Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Rest in Peace Doreen Bailey."

     Last week I had a death in my family.  My stepmom passed away in her sleep on September 1st.  It was a shock to all of us family and her friends.  She will be greatly missed.  I did not think that her passing away would affect me like it has.  I would do anything to bring comfort to my dad and brother.  I just don't know how or what to do, but pray that the Holy Spirit would bring them peace in this time of grieving and loss.  

You are so loved and missed. There is not a day that goes bye that you are not in my thoughts and in my heart. One day we will see each other again...



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

You are a Contender...

     The biggest battle we fight daily is not what we think we are actually struggling with. We can not wrestle with our demons in our own power.  That will only make us feel defeated as the end result. We will want to throw in the towel and allow the devil to win the match...

     The most spiritual battle every Christian must wage every day is "contending for our faith." The enemy of our souls would like to rob us of the supernatural flow of that unfailing grace. 

     I exhort you to really think about it for a minute... In our own minds our flesh makes it seem that trusting God is so superficial and visible. But finding our faith by all means can be a very deep,  and enriching experience. We must keep at it no matter what, and really dig into the depths of our heart for it until we strike pure gold of that tried and tested Faith that comes by the all consuming fire of God... 

     Once we tap into the living waters of our faith, mercy over flows into our lives taking over, and virtually makes us unstoppable as good soldiers of KING JESUS!

     There will be times when we are just tired of trying to muster up that truth in God. We have got to hold on and dig deeper and harder to surpass all our own carnal religious thinking; and thus, forsaking all and trusting God...putting on all our full armor to protect and take up our shield of Faith that will quench all the fiery darts of hell.

     We should trust God and not trust in our flesh. Letting it rule our lives will make us very miserable. We must live in the Spirit of the Lord Jesus...walking by faith and not by sight!!

     It is a all out war but even a mustard seed faith is a trite trickle that flows out of your spirit and from your lips professing and claiming the promises of God found in the holy scriptures.

     Hold on to those promises in the Word of God and do not forget them. His Word will not fail you.  Keep trusting and believing God for that mountain moving faith that only He can give!

Jude 1:3 - Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We love our Doggies...Rest In Peace Mia.


     Saying RIP is just not good enough when we lose a dearly loved pet.  One of our pets, a doggy name Mia, passed way today.  She was worse off than we thought, we thought she would get better. But it turned for the worse.  

    We were taking her to the vet today for the third time in two weeks. The Vet told us that she had a kidney infection. I believe her kidneys shut down. I came home today around 2:00 p.m. and we were going to take her to the vet together, but I found Mia in the living room.  She had passed away.  I buried Mia in the backyard behind the fence.

     She has gone to that place where the sun always shines.  I can see her running through the grassy fields with our Savior Jesus, with the wind whipping around her. She is free from all pain. We did not know how much she truly suffered but I know that we did all we could to give her comfort and love during her last days.  

      We had Mia for a little over two years. We got her at the animal shelter.  She had those puppy dog brown eyes, and her facial features enhanced her beautiful eyes.

    All our doggies have a special place in our hearts. When my wife is at work and I am in my study,  the animals always migrate around my computer chair.

     Mia was a very obedient and trusting soul.  I truly believe that we can all learn a lesson from Mia.  Just to come into that place where Jesus abides and to set at His feet. With no agenda...just to be with our Lord and Savior.

     We will never forget the way your brightened our lives with your loyalty and your faithfulness.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Talking about Depression

     Sometimes when our faith is weak, we cannot see the road ahead of us, depression can take over.   Because of circumstances we have gone through beyond our control, we just have to trust God no matter what is around the corner.  The Father has richly blessed us with many special blessings. Here lately, as you the reader has noticed in my writings I have been in a dark place.  

     The point of this message post is to help you to understand depression and to trust God when you are weak, not knowing what's next. I believe as you trust God more and more then He is going to bring you into a greater dimension of hope and faith not only in God but in ministering to others.

     Things will get out of control from our grasp at certain times. Its all part of living and how we choose to deal with those things that seem out of control; from death, to money issues, and even relationship problems can spiral out of our reach and beyond our grasp.

     I will say this as well, depression is a killer, and is not of God. There are many people out there, even Christians who have gone through some sort of mental anguish in one form or another and have made it though when those things seem bleak .  Depression is a daily struggle for some of us to keep our heads above the water.  

     I believe we have to die to be resurrected. I am not at all talking about suicide. I am talking about dying to sin and sickness. In order words we need to die to depression and allow the resurrected life of Jesus Christ manifest within our hearts out into our lives that we live.  Our Savior took all our sin on our behalf, nailing it to the cross of Calvary. 

     Its okay to be sad, and its okay to grieve.  We "have" to be able to move on. If you can not shake or move away from sadness I would say you are suffering from depression. Its okay to remember situations or people in our past but not dwell on the past or even the future. Depression can rob your happiness and make you cold and numb to the world around you.  If you are suffering, I pray that you reach out not only in prayer but to get medical help.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Never let Go of the Hope...

     There is such a dynamic power in the hope of Christ that enables us to see beyond the scope of our own troubles.  Without it we are lost in the sea of darkness not able to experience the Spirit of light and peace in our lives.  I believe we can get so self absorbed in our own problems that it is difficult to see a way out.

     Without hope we feel stuck to what we see around us, oblivious to everything and everyone else that may help us see the light.   Those troubles can be anything from a sickness to a death and even a financial disaster.  We see no possible solution to our dilemma, so we give up. we become hopeless and depressed and despondent.

     Where do we get that hope then? I do know that once we get it we need to hold onto it tightly.  

     Several weeks ago I went through a very severe depression that nearly destroyed the life I do have.  I was ready to let it all go, turning my back on God's grace.  I felt I had nothing to live for.  But something deep within me compelled me to not give up. I had to decide to make up my mind to cling to Jesus even though the way was dim and dark. Through the prayers of many people plus a devoted praying wife who loved me regardless and didn't give up on me, I am finding my way back. I know God is going to give me a greater zeal to serve Him.

     Never let go of the hope that God placed within me or you. At times the way may be pitch black, yet God will bring me through those dark shadows. Just around the bend is all the things that bring light and peace to your life.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Monday, March 16, 2015

Note from me...

     To say these last several weeks were okay is a great over-statement.  It seems like my faith has been greatly tested, shattered, and things of this life seemed beyond repair.  But I can not survive thinking this way.  I have got to believe in the impossible, and that God is going to orchestrate something beautiful in my life. I can not give up no matter how much at times it seems I can not handle situations and circumstances and just throw in the towel. 

     I surrender my heart and every area of my life to God. No matter how bleak things seem at times please help me to  see and count my blessings that you have given me that I take for granted.. Give me vision and purpose beyond my life as I see it. Pour out Your Spirit of life upon me, and let me sense your forgiving grace. Sustain me in your strength and allow me to do those things that please you Father above all that would attempt to ensnare me.  Help me to overcome my fears and step out in the faith that You have called me to, in Jesus name, Amen

    I will continue to write and pray and hope that I can be a light and encouragement to someone somehow, no matter what...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Word Given By: Judy Scurr 2/25/2015

 i see you as having a gentle and kind heart. Often others might look at you and wonder what is going on with you but God says that there is lots going on with you. He is walking along side of you and together you and He are walking and talking, stopping and pondering on the things going on in your personal life and life that is alla round you. You are a listener and He has given you the ability to hear what people are actually saying. They feel the peace and presence of the Lord when they are around you. Often you might not see that but others do. There is much growth happening inside of you and you don't have to make waves to have waves happening all around you, because it is the Holy Spirit that goes before you and prepares the way for you. You are approachable and people will be drawn to your gentleness. You are a safe person to be around. You will be going through a stretching time which will seem a bit uncomfortable but it's all good. God has a big plan for your life. Rest in what He is doing in this hour and you will see more doors and adventures opening up to you just around the corner