10 Feb

Deep Water Difficulties

Deep water difficulties.

I walked away from a serious car accident yesterday. Other than an air bag burn on my hand, I am physically sound. Other than reliving the crash in my sleep, time and again, last night, I’m moving forward and not looking back in the rearview mirror.

It has been tough for us the last few days and years. We don’t understand why it has been so difficult but we do know he is with us.

It is a counter intuitive perspective. He is with us, as things only seem to get worse outwardly. Inwardly, we are strengthened and renewed.

We some how expected things to be easier by now but it seems things are still harder than they need to be.

Yet, we feel stronger than we were before. The weights on the rack are heavier but the muscles we build, through endurance, can now handle the load, given the presence of his strong right hand!

He never promised life wouldn’t be hard. He did promise to be with us and help us through it. The hardest of all is the thought of doing it without him. He is with us, loves us and considers us precious.

And for now, we carry on!

The passage below is a great reminder for me just 24 hours after the crash as we navigate the difficulties of deep waters.

“… listen to the LORD who created you … the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One … your Savior. I gave … a ransom for your freedom… you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…”

Isaiah 43:1-5 NLT

09 Feb

BLESSED!

It has been one of those days.

I feel lucky to be alive. A total of 5 vehicles were involved. Thankfully, no one was hurt. No citations.

After the accident two ladies approached me and put things in perspective.

The lady in the BLESSED shirt said, “You are blessed. You walked away and weren’t rolled away. You can get another truck. You can’t get another life. Your wife has her husband and your babies have their daddy.”

Thank God for heavenly and ordinary angels. That is the best full coverage any guy could hope for.

Counting my blessings today.

Let me know if you know anyone who might be interested in a slightly used Silverado. Sure glad I had a grill guard. It comes with the truck!

It is fair to say I am living up to my motto, BE DANGEROUS! Notice the rearview mirror.

06 Feb

Be you today.

God created you exactly as he needed in order to fulfill his will.

Rest in his creation. He created you.

He strengthens those with tired hands. He encourages those who have weak knees. (Isaiah 35:3-4)

Be strengthened.

Be encouraged.

Do not fear.

He is with you.

05 Feb

Waiting serves as the simmering pot for faith.

We often believe we are waiting on God but clearly, it is he who waits on us.

If only we will ask for help, he will surely respond.

If waiting is then necessary, it is based strictly on his perfect timing.

Faith is always required in order to please him. Waiting serves as the simmering pot for faith.

What are you waiting on?

What do you need to ask and trust the Lord for?

He is waiting to show love and compassion for he is faithful to those who call on him and believe he is willing to answer.

So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. – Isaiah 30:18-21

22 Dec

Values and valuables

A heritage is what you are given. A legacy is what you leave.

Your dynasty and your childrens’ destiny, is dependent on the successful transfer of your valuables and your values.

There is more to an inheritance than silver and gold.

2 Chronicles 21:1-15 is a great passage that convey’s the importance of transferring your values along with your valuables.

Jehoshaphat transferred his valuables but clearly, his values didn’t make it to the next generation.

His son became king, killed his brothers and other leaders and he then led the people astray.

What a nightmare!

Your succession plan is critical. It is truly important to see the full perspective. Transferring valuables and values is essential for an enduring dynasty.

(Inspired by 2 Chronicles 21:1-13)

24 Nov

It’s time to move on.

Have you been wronged, deceived, betrayed or let down by family and friends?

King David can relate. While he accomplished much in his life and was the most beloved king of all, he had more than his fair share of disappointment, discouragement and despair. The frown on his face was often brought about by the actions of those closest to him.

We get a glimpse of one of his best life lessons when he poured his heart into Psalm 37.

He learned to quit giving the naysayers, wrongdoers, wicked, betrayers, deceivers, connivers and crooks the time of day. Quite frankly, he learned to move on.

He shares that when we do, the so called “sticks in the mud” will begin to fade away and become a distant memory when we decide to delight in the Lord and trust in him.

As we focus on the desires God has placed in our hearts, rather than dwell on the past offenses, we are free to move ahead and regain our joy for living.

The key is to commit everything, every single aspect of our lives, to him. When we trust him, he will help us. We can go it alone or we can invite him into the challenges by asking for his assistance.

That’s right, the creator of the universe, because he delights in every detail of our lives, is standing by to lend a hand, pitch in and direct our steps. Wow! We simply need to be still and wait patiently for him to act.

It sounds easy but waiting on the Lord is hard when you are prone to take matters into your own hands. The temptation is to get impatient, upset and even angry about the timing and the circumstances.

Have no fear, the Lord is near! No need to be upset. In due time, the wrongdoers will be marginalized. Put your hope in the Lord and continue to travel steadily along his path.

Focus on what God is doing not what they have done! Living the great adventure need not be hindered by a false start or a party pooper.

You might stumble, you might stub your toe and even make a few ill advised decisions, but you will not fall. You will not fail. He simply delights too much in your love for him to let you come up short.

Don’t worry about the wrongdoers. Let them go. Release them into their cesspool of demise.

As for you, look ahead and take hold of the ride of a lifetime that you are living. Come what may, you are on your way to better things! It’s time to move on!

(Inspired by Psalm 37)

11 Nov

THE CHARMING CUNNING CONNIVER

BEWARE OF THE CHARMING CUNNING CONNIVER

Cunning: having or showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or evasion.

Conniver: to cooperate secretly; especially to conspire.

Do you know a charming cunning conniver?

BEWARE: Cowardly connivers aren’t always easy to discern. They are masters of deception. Don’t let their friendly smiles and righteous facade fool you!

The opposite of conniving is being honest and straightforward.

Conniving usually occurs in secret.

Conniving is considered dishonest and cowardly.

King David was fully aware of the state of the human heart and mind.

He provided a warning of his own!

If you are a charming, cunning conniver, heads up, you are running out of time. Your time is up. What you have done in the dark will be revealed by the light. Life has a way of making wrongs right in the end.

“O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies’ threats. Hide me from the plots of this evil mob, from this gang of wrongdoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning. But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down. Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. – Psalm 64:1-8 NLT

07 Nov

LIFE TIP

Accept the reality that life is hard. Expect to be offended, disappointed, delayed, interrupted, cheated, betrayed, misunderstood, hurt, broke, burdened, frustrated, bothered, angered, confused, abused, used, unappreciated, discredited, unrecognized, blamed, accused and lied about.

Then remember, being alive is better than the alternative, there are some things worse than dying and we should all do our best not to contribute to the life we have come to expect.

30 Oct

SWEET!

“Oh what joy to live and operate within your sweet spot, that life-giving place of fulfillment found only in the discovery of your true calling. You owe it to yourself and the world to reside there. Satisfaction is guaranteed!”

“Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.” Psalm 86:4

-RaySanders.com