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Simply Put, We Just Need To Take It Easy

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

Too many times in life, we are dealt a hand from the deck of cards that seems more like it should be thrown in the “muck” rather than being played through to the end. We gaze at our hand, wondering how to play it, eventually making a decision on which way to go. Simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God. But many times we make what we consider the wrong decision. Why did we make the wrong decision, did we not analyze the information available to us accurately enough, were we too hasty with our decision? There are many factors that come into play in making the correct decision, but one thing for sure, most of the time, prayer was not put into the mix as a consideration for the final outcome.

It is not exactly like playing cards, we don’t just throw a card out and grab a new one, each and every time we need a new hand. We are not so unintentional about our decision making that we just don’t care about what decisions we make, as if they don’t matter to the final outcome in our life. But as far as are state of mind about how we react to things in our life, we certainly should not “sweat the load” over how things are going to turn out. Right now, the way the economy is, with job loses, hour reductions, home foreclosures, etc., it is tough for many of us; but how should we react to all of this uncertainty? Even during times of great stress, such as the previously mentioned difficulties, we can still have a positive attitude about life and about our options, simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God.

In all of this decision making process, the number one thing we should do is take the time to talk to God about it, yes, pray to the God of the universe. Jesus told us to pray like this in Matthew 6:9-10 (ESV), “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Clearly, Jesus wants us to pray to God, the Father, and for His will to be done. So, we need to be mindful of this when we are trying to calculate what is our next move in life, it is His will to be done, not our will.

So again I say, simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God; in doing so, our lives become infinitely better. He is the God of the universe, He has everything under control, we just need to relax and allow our minds to go with things a little more, and quit trying to control the entire universe ourselves, and we probably will be less stressed. When the life dealer asks you if you want another card, pray first, then take a card, because if it is in Gods will then you got the right card. Either way, be comfortable knowing that God is sovereign over all, and He is marvelous. When you are praying for His will to be done in your life, think of Romans 12:2, which says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” For we always should want to do what God wants and wills us to do, not what the world wants and wills us to do.

Things are always going to change, so how we adjust to those changes, will make a difference in our state of mind and happiness, so simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God.

So long and may God bless you,


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Let Your Imagination Run Wild; But Don’t Forget What It’s Like To Be A Child

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: Children, Family, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

Disneyland, they say, is the happiest place on earth. That can be debated, but while you are there, you can take all of your troubles, leave them in the trunk of your car, put on a different hat, and stroll through Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown, Adventureland, Critter Country, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Main Street, U.S.A., all in the same day. You can let your imagination run wild; but don’t forget what it’s like to be a child. This is very important, because too many of us spend a great deal of our time and energy, stressing over things in life, getting way too serious about things, then never really experiencing similar times like we had as a child, when we entrusted our imaginations to run wild.

People come from all over the world to Disneyland, because they believe in the so-called “magic” of Disney. They can escape from the real world for a while, sinking into the music, stories, and following the characters they love, such as Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and Goofy. Most of us like to remember them from our childhood, and when we go back with our children, it helps us bring back fond memories of days gone past, when we could be carefree and allow our imaginations to run wild.

Children love to have their imaginations run wild and free, because they are learning things every day. It’s easy for them to allow their imaginations to go crazy in that way, I believe, because they have no inhibitions, no cares about what others think about what they are doing. When they are learning things of the world, the freshness and newness of God’s creations grants them a curiosity that empowers them with the sense not to care about anything but the wonder and splendor of their learning adventures. It is this inquisitiveness that lends itself to making the imagination such a wonderful attribute. When unleashed to it’s potential, we begin to create from it, establishing that there are no limits to our abilities to create with God’s guidance, direction, motivation and will.

Throughout history, God has directed man to many feats that are amazing, wondrous, creations, and in order for those creations to come to fruition, the individual had to let their imaginations run wild. Most of the time, if we were to sit back and watch the world go by, not allowing ourselves to think BIG, then we would be stifled, and our imaginations would not flourish, seeming to diminish in our daily routine.

Would Noah have been able to build the ark that God commands him to build in Genesis 6 if he had not thought BIG? Of course not. Then God tells Noah in Genesis 6:19-20 (ESV), “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.” Now Noah, of course had a lot of faith in God, that’s why God chose Him, but he also had a lot of imagination. Think about it, having to put all of those animals in that gigantic boat he was going to build. Plus, all of the people around had to be wondering what he was doing; asking him a lot of questions, giving him a difficult time. His imagination had to be HUGE in order to make this happen, fortunately, he had the support of God.

I also have to believe that God “gifts” us all with talents. We all have an extraordinary talent, each and everyone of us, because God made each one of us unique and special. Every individual on the earth that God made, he made for a purpose. It is for that purpose that we must take the time to let our imaginations run wild, and when we do, the spirit of God seems to run through us in an innocent way like the beginning of time. God gives us this freedom to have imaginations and generate ideas, it’s exciting to think of new creations. Certainly, God must give us the abilities to do this, or how would we be able to continue to create throughout history. We were created in His image, remember, as it says in Genesis 1:27, so since God used His imagination to create so eloquently, and wonderfully, and He created us in His image, it makes sense that we can use our imaginations to create similarly to Him. The shame would be and is, when the talent that God gives us, goes unused and wasted. That becomes a tragedy.

So go out and let your imaginations run wild; but don’t forget what it’s like to be a child.

In doing so, I know you will have an awesome day, blessing others in the process.


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Vacation-A Time Spent With Family

Posted on June 27, 2009. Filed under: Children, Family, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

Wow, today I went on some wild roller coaster rides at Knotts Berry Farm with my wife and one of my daughters. My other daughter couldn’t make it because of work, and my son is flying in tonight to be with us for the next couple of days. Let me tell you, I am 48 years old, and I can not ride those roller coasters the same way that I used to. I got off of a few of them, and I was prepared to let loose of my breakfast and lunch, it was not a pretty site. I really felt like I was a wimp and a loser. But this was “vacation-a time spent with family”, and I would make the best of it.

My son sent me a text message this morning, wanting me to send him “tweet updates, including pictures”, all day long, and he included some “must do” rides. He was just thinking that this was our “vacation-a time spent with family”, and he wanted it to be the best time possible for us, so he thought that if it was good for him, it would be good for us to, wrong answer. Suffice it to say, I did not go on those rides. I could barely make it through the rides that I did go on, not including the rides that he thought were “must do” rides.

My wife, daughter and I did manage to have a great day, and as the day neared it’s end at Knotts Berry Farm, I continued to watch all of the families that were there enjoying themselves at the park. People gathering for any reason is a good one. I also noticed that there was a particular group that had some people with their group with some special disabilities. They were all over the park throughout the day, helping those that had the disabilities; this warmed me inside to see them caring for others as they did. Even having the opportunity to spend the day at Knotts Berry Farm together was a huge blessing for us. It had been a long time since we had gone somewhere and done anything together, so I was feeling grateful for this time together.

We should always count the blessings that God gives us in our lives, each and every day. Regardless of our circumstances, all of us, no matter what walk of life we come from, has something to be grateful for. Today, as I continue on with my vacation with my family, although one short, because my oldest daughter is at home, I am grateful for all that God bestows on us each and every day. So, I just want to take the time to thank Him for that, and for the moments that I have to be able to spend with my family and enjoy some fun. Because now we just picked up my son from the airport and we are going to Downtown Disney for the evening, so we will continue to enjoy our time together, as God has planned it, for He wants us to be together, as one unit.

We are a family, together, loving, caring, sharing, always looking out for each other, watching out for each other, and making sure that we tell each other that we love each other. I think that is important. We like to tell each other that we love each other a lot, and we don’t say it frivolously, we actually mean it, we just like to say it to each other a lot because we feel that way about each other. The world needs to feel that way more. I think that would really help.

Have a loving, caring day,


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Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop Suddenly Dies

Posted on June 26, 2009. Filed under: God, Politics, Spiritual Growth | Tags: , , |

I, like millions, maybe billions around the world enjoy listening to the music that Michael Jackson made. Yes, I too was saddened when I heard that “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop” was dead. I was not your typical Michael Jackson fan, I was a heavy metal maniac that would not be caught listening to Pop music, but Michael Jackson had a way of transcending from one culture to the next. He was able to bring people from all cultures together to enjoy his music, which is one reason people called him “The King Of Pop”.

So, when he passed yesterday, someone who was able to bring people together musically is gone, and we will only be able to listen to his time-honored music in our CD players, IPODS, Cassettes, and maybe a few remaining record album players, (I don’t think that are any 8-track’s). We all wanted him to continue producing more music over the last several years, but unfortunately his life was marred with all of the legal and anti social behavioral issues that seemed to continuously invade his private life.

With his fame, came disappointment. Disappointment in the fact that he could not continue making music the way he was able to, calibrated, with a lot of energy. But, as life continued on, he seemed to be bombarded by the media and all of these issues outside his music. To me, this is the counter tragedy. We all wanted him to make more music, but he couldn’t shake the demon of fame, that stretched it’s ugly arms around him and did everything it could to bring him down.

As a culture, we placed to much pressure on our so-called “Icons” or “Kings”. We want so much to look up to someone, that we put them up on this pedestal, only to watch them eventually fall. After all, we are all human, including “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, he too has a finite life span. We put too many expectations on our celebrities, sports stars, etc. We need to stop making them “KINGS”, for they are just men and women like everyone else.

Eventually, all of us fail as humans, and so did Michael. The big difference for “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, was that he was so high up on everyones social scale, that when he did make a mistake, everyone watched. If people like Michael, who are really good at their craft, could just practice it and not be worshiped like “Idols”, then maybe we, as a society would not recognize their failures as such. You see, we all flounder in our lives, we are not any different, just not in the lime light.

Throughout the Bible, God tells us not to worship idols, which is what we do with many of our celebrities and sports stars. We even call Lebron James, “King James”. God doesn’t want us to do this, He tells us not to, and in doing so, makes Him jealous. So, we shouldn’t put people in this position. It is great to enjoy the arts of their craft, the abilities that God has given them should be appreciated, but we should not idolize the people doing the craft.

I have missed “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop” making his music for a long time. But I will not ever think of any of our so-called Stars as someone that I should worship. The only one that we should worship is God, as he tells us in Exodus 20:3 (ESV), “You shall have no other gods before me.” We really need to consider this when we have the next “King Of Pop” come along, because we need to give them a break, allow them to be human, make mistakes, have a private life, and just enjoy their craft for what it is. We do not need to watch every part of their lives. Let’s just let them enjoy being remarkable at whatever it is that they are remarkable at, so that we can enjoy and experience their craft. Beyond that, let them live their lives, just like we want to live our lives, one day at a time, with our families and friends, maybe making a mistake here and there, apologizing in the process, and receiving forgiveness for our sins from Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

“Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, may you rest in peace, and may your music live on in the memories of all those who enjoy listening to it. I am blocking out the rest, all I want to remember is the music.

May you all have a blessed day,


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Throw Pride Out The Door

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Personal Happiness | Tags: , |

Today, part of my family and I took a road trip from Phoenix to Anaheim. It was quite an experience driving, as we were challenged by several motorists as to how I should drive. Many, as you can imagine, decided to use the I-10 freeway as their own personal Indianapolis Motor Speedway. People were constantly jockeying for position, trying to inch into the next spot, thinking that they can get to their destination a lot faster than everyone else. Personally, I just try to stay in one lane, enjoy some tunes, and go with the traffic flow.

In order to keep sane, though, I find that I have to throw pride out the door, because it would be easy to get caught up in all of the mega ego positioning going on throughout the trip. I really don’t like to drive that way, and quite honestly, I get a little scared when I am around the people who are driving like it is a race track. So, for me, it is a lot easier to throw my pride out the door, and calmly enjoy the ride.

We enjoyed some rain, saw some beautiful mountains, had lunch, talked to each other, and still managed to get to our destination in a reasonable amount of time. Unfortunately, there was someone along the way who didn’t. We did see a roll over accident that happened just prior to us going by. It is dangerous on the highway, and is the reason we need to proceed with some caution. As we entered the Los Angeles/Orange County area, the driving became worse. The mayhem that ensued made me squeeze the steering wheel with a death grip I hadn’t used in quite some time. Back and forth, people would go, bumper to bumper, slamming on their brakes, my nerves were a little on edge. It was for this reason that I was really happy when we finally made it to the hotel.

I believe that there is an application for this in Matthew 6:34 (ESV), where Jesus says,“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” We need to just relax a little bit in life and not allow the stress of the day to get to us all of the time. Do we really need to get there 5 or 10 minutes earlier? What if, because we are in such a hurry, we don’t get there at all, plus, if we relax along the way, we can enjoy some of God’s majestic scenery, conversations with others, a good tune or two on the radio, or even listen to the Bible on CD.

A lot of the jockeying for position, I believe, is people not wanting to let the other person get ahead of them, as if one car length matters. It is totally a pride situation here. If this person would just throw pride out the door, I can almost guarantee that their drive to or from wherever their are going would be a lot more pleasant for themselves and for those on the road around them. Plus, Jesus really wants us to not worry about things, he is saying, just allow things to happen, they will happen anyway.

As a society, we need to relax a whole lot more, and allow our minds and spirit to be engaged by God in a way that we can experience His joy from knowing true serenity. We just need to be willing to allow God and the Holy Spirit to indwell us in a way so we can experience that inner peace. It certainly doesn’t come from racing down I-10, attempting to beat the next guy by 5 minutes to the destination, but it can come from our ability to throw pride out the door, and in turn acknowledging that we are not the most important thing on the road or the universe. Let’s give the time to God, enjoy Him in all things, even driving to and from work, or on long road trips, and each and every moment of our lives becomes more precious. This is how it should be, giving God glory in all of our time, He deserves it, He is our creator.

Be Blessed Everyone,


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The Unmentionable Hurt

Posted on June 24, 2009. Filed under: Forgiveness, Personal Happiness | Tags: , |

Many circumstances arise in life, that people must endure, but they seem to have no one to turn to for assistance or comfort. There are some things that happen that people do not want to or can’t talk about, and in treating it so, become an “Unmentionable Hurt”. It may be an ordeal whereby they are really in dire straits, either financially, physically, spiritually, or emotionally, but rather than seek assistance from a friend or professional, they keep whatever is going on in their lives to themselves. While keeping all of this hurt inside, it builds and begins to become greater in intensity. We here about physical and emotional abuses, and we ask the question, why does that person continue to allow themselves to absorb the impact of someone else’s outbursts. But it happens all of the time, and we can change this. I believe the first thing is a physical abuse scenario the abused needs to do is to get away from the abuser until outside help can intercede. The abused can not continue to receive the abuse.

There are many theories as to why people stay in abusive relationships, and many books have been written, but the fact is that the end result is that the person gets hurt and doesn’t know who to turn to. Now, regardless of the magnitude of the predicament that the person is in, the bottom line is that they need to be able to deal with this in a way that will bring them back to a position in life that is healthy, safe, and positive.

There are also times, when someone may be hurting about a situation, and they just need to have a conversation with someone, but do not feel comfortable talking to anyone in their lives. Other times, due to the sensitive natures of things, a person may need to just keep some things to themselves, but still may be hurting emotionally about it. So what do they do? How does this person, who does not have someone to talk to, or does not want to talk to someone about whatever hurt they have, deal with what is going on? The hurts real, but they can’t talk to anyone. In this case I am not talking about the physical abuse situations. If a person is being physically abused, IT NEEDS TO STOP, PERIOD!!! This person needs the abuser to stop now first, then the healing can happen later.

For others, with every day situations, some more difficult than others, they still choose to keep things inside. It may also be a situation where they need to be silent for sake of others. As with all, we can seek out God in prayer for comfort, understanding, and for a releasing of the burden that may be accompanying this circumstance. The good news is that with God, He understands all, and there is nothing that we can’t bring Him, that He won’t be able to handle. There is no hurt, that should be considered an “Unmentionable Hurt”, with God. Psalm 10:17-18 (ESV) says, “O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” This verse can give us comfort in knowing that God’s power can overcome and we should have confidence in His justice.

I believe many who keep these “Unmentionable Hurts” inside need to realize that we have a God who genuinely loves and cares about us. Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” We can go to Him at any time, with any concern, God is waiting for us lovingly waiting for us to bring Him our burdens. He longs for us to pour out our hearts to Him. Because God loves us so much, His desire is to have this relationship that is fulfilled in many ways, but one really important way is our prayers with Him. Jesus talked about it also, He told us to have faith and ask and it will be given to us, (Matthew 21:22). Of course, we have to be faithful, and open to hearing God when He answers our prayer.

The bottom line is this, we do not have to keep anything silent, to ourselves, because we have a God who is always there for us. God does not have bankers hours, He doesn’t take vacations, isn’t bound by time, space or anything that our finite minds can fathom, so we just need to trust, and have faith, in Him, seeking out the kingdom, as Jesus said (Matthew 6:33), then our lives can be easier to deal with. We can’t be bound by these “Unmentionable Hurts”, that people carry around. The silence stifles a person in a way that hinders there ability to have the freedom of God’s happiness. We are still going to have issues in our lives, but we can seek that spiritual and emotional comfort from the God who created us, the universe, encompassed it all prior to it being here. He can handle it, so go to Him, He is waiting. NO MORE SILENCE!!!!!

Please have an awesome day, and go Bless Someone,


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Note To Self-Why Do People Ask Questions They Do Not Want An Answer To

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

NOTE TO SELF—Why do people ask questions that they do not want an answer to? People do this all the time, think about it, they either already know the answer, want a different answer than you are going to give them, or they really do not want an answer at all, because they just want an affirmation that they are right about their answer to the question. A lot of times our bosses ask these types of questions, so you have to be careful how you answer. For those of us a little more seasoned in life, we understand a little bit more about this scenario, and we realize the purpose of their questioning, so we just don’t blurt out the first thing that pops into our head.

Because in this situation, with this type of a person, asking this type of question, you will only win, by losing. If you try to over think the answer, and try to come up with something spectacular, when this boss really could care less what answer you have, then all you are doing is wasting your time. So, it is best to go with the flow, ride the wave, and when an opportunity arises where you can interject your thinking, then do it and be a hero, because remember, in the previous situation, your boss didn’t want an answer, because he or she already knew it.

What is really important to note, is that most questions that we get into debates over, are meaningless. How many times do we get into petty arguments, or “discussions” over something silly or ridiculous, just to realize later on that the end result was a tie, a “I guess we will just agree to disagree”. The problem lies with the fact that before the final resolution, we many times were in heated discussions because both sides would not give an inch. This is where experience needs to step in.

So, you just have to choose your debates carefully, and know when you can win. Which it means you need to study and have done your due diligence on the subject at hand. Preparedness is important when it comes to having a conversation about important subjects with people, such as God, or politics. Oh well, forget the politics one, but certainly a subject such as God always gives people a lot of questions, which commands many answers. So, what do we do to prepare for people looking for the answers to the questions they have about God?

Well, I for one, trust that the Bible is the true Word of God, and that in it God has revealed His plan for us and gives us the answers to life’s questions. He gives us a plan of redemption, so that we can live with Him for eternity in the next life after we pass from this earth to the next. So, I trust God, in His Word, the Bible, because in it, He tells us that He doesn’t lie, as in Numbers 23:19 (ESV) says, “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.” I can trust God’s answers, from His Word, the Bible to be true, because He doesn’t lie.

God takes the stress and worry of the day, and certainly gives us plain truth in knowing that He has revealed His Son Jesus Christ, as savior, as Paul indicates in Ephesians 3:4-5, “When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.” The great thing about God’s Word is that it is trustworthy, Psalm 119:160 says, “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”

Knowing that we can trust God’s Word has to give us comfort, that, as we study, diving in to see what He will reveal to us, we know that it is pure, trustworthy, and without error. Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words”, and we should be excited about that, and that God’s Word is God-Breathed (2 Tim 3:16), we can know that the answers we are getting from the Bible are the right answers, not just some off the wall answers that someone is saying just to make someone happy.

We don’t have to make our boss happy here, He decided that He would reconcile us by having His Son Jesus die on the cross for us. So we don’t have to have any other answers to the questions. There is only one answer, Jesus. The question is how do we get to heaven, and the answer is believe and trust in Jesus, He is the way. So, I guess the reason why people ask questions they do not want an answer to, is mainly because they just do not want an answer, but to the question of God, ultimately I believe everyone wants an answer. Go to the source of the truth, the Bible-the answers are there

May you all have an awesome and Blessed Day!!!!


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King Of The Remote…..Happy Father’s Day

Posted on June 21, 2009. Filed under: Children, Faith, Family | Tags: , , , |

So today is father’s day, for some a good day, for some not. But for me, it was one that brings back some good memories of remote controls. I have always thought of myself as the one in the house who should be able to be in control of the remote control, because I am the “King Of The Remote”. Over the years, we have had a lot of remotes, small ones, big ones, remotes that control specific devices, and remotes that control all of the devices. The kids always would seem to lose the remotes, which would certainly freak me out, because after all, I am the “King Of The Remote”.

One year, for Christmas, the family bought me this huge remote, thinking that it could not get lost, WRONG! Today, for father’s day, one of my daughters got me a coffee mug that says, in BOLD LETTERS, “KING OF THE REMOTE”. Now, when I opened the gift bag, I took this as a reassurance and a confirmation of something that I already knew for years, that I was “King Of The Remote”. She really didn’t have to notify me with a coffee mug, but if there was any doubt in anyones mind before today, who was the “King Of The Remote”, then there would not be a doubt any longer.

I was more than happy to clarify her point, and let her know that she was correct in her assumption about the remote. It comes to know surprise to me that she got me the mug, you see, I have trained her well, she has listened to me for 15 1/2 years, so it only makes sense that she understands the truth about such things. As a father, we expect our children to listen to all of our ramblings, hopefully taking some of them in, and using them for their future.

Now, I know that a silly thing like a remote may seem stupid, but lets take a look at the analogy here. I want to believe that my daughter has spent all of her life, listening to my teachings, and hopefully learning from them. Just like our heavenly Father wants us to listen to Him when we read His word, or when He speaks to us through prayer. He wants us to obey, to learn, so that we do not make mistakes, and so that we can live the type of life that will be pleasing to Him and to ourselves. It is the same thing that we do with our children, we always want the best for them.

And God wants us to pass down to the next generation knowledge, in order that they will learn and know how to live. In Deuteronomy 4:9-10 (ESV) it says, “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children, how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.” God wants us to continue to teach our children, and I believe, as fathers, it is especially important that we do not carry this responsibility lightly.

Our children listen to everything that we say, no matter how insignificant we may think that it is. Even something as silly as, I am the “King Of The Remote”, they listen to. So, as fathers, we need to take that to heart, do what is right, and make sure that when we speak, we train them in righteousness, like the Bible tells us to do. It is an awesome responsibility that God has given us, and on this Father’s Day, I urge each father, to reflect on their lives, and to focus always on how we can better serve our children for the purposes of God’s Kingdom. I know that I will enjoy my coffee cup, filled with the coffee that my other daughter gave me for Father’s Day, I will savor each and every cup, and when I do, I will try to remember how I can be a better father for them and give them the best guidance for their future.

To His Glory May You All Be Blessed,


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I’m Keeping My Stuff Forever, So Don’t Touch MY STUFF!!!!

Posted on June 20, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Personal Happiness, Salvation | Tags: , , , |

We all do it at times, some more than others, we think and act like our possessions, our “stuff” is so precious. We sometimes may even say, I’m Keeping My Stuff Forever, So Don’t Touch MY STUFF”, when people get too close to our so-called prized possessions. We go to the stores and buy things, use them for awhile, then get tired of them, outgrow them, or the trend outgrows us, and we pack them away in a closet, attic, under a bed, or in the garage. Soon, we have “our stuff” everywhere, and we have long forgotten that we even have it.

If you live in the same house or apartment long enough, and you go to move, you might be ridiculously surprised that you even have all of the old “stuff” when you go to move it all to your new location. You may even get a chuckle or two at some of antique clothes that you used to where, LOL. But, one concept is certain, you will soon realize that you should have discarded a lot of this, “stuff”, along the way, instead of keeping it for years, not even remembering that you even had it.

The big question is why are we keeping this “stuff” forever that we don’t need. Who are we kidding? We think that someday we will use it again, or that the style will come back, as if disco will be back and I am going to where my bright blue, bell bottom John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever, looking pants, let’s get real here. No way would I ever dare to where those pants again, even if they did come back in style. We keep kidding ourselves about saving all of our, (now I am changing the terminology to) “junk”, forever. The problem is that we don’t have forever here on earth, so why should we even care about saving it forever.

Jesus tells us not to worry about our possessions here on earth, that we should concern ourselves more about heavenly things. Jesus says in Luke 12:32-34 (ESV), “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Now I am not saying that we need to go and sell all of our possessions, but what I am saying is that if our heart is totally driven by your possessions, then we need to take a look at that. Because Jesus is telling us that we should have our heart focused on things of heaven, not on earthly possessions.

We need to always be taking a look at ourselves, and keeping ourselves in check when it comes to our possessions, and where our heart is with respect to this subject. Sometimes we may even need to have someone to talk to about it, or an accountability partner, because it is easy to go astray in a world full of temptations that say earthly things matter more and heavenly things don’t.

If you catch yourself saying, “I’m Keeping My Stuff Forever, So Don’t Touch MY STUFF”, then grab your Bible, a friend to talk to about it, or even email me about it, because you need to prioritize what is the most important things in your life, and it shouldn’t be your “stuff or junk”. The most important possessions you have are your relationship with God, your family, your friends, and allowing God to show you what and how He can use you in your life for His purposes.

Now if you don’t know God, then seek out a friend or someone who does, and find out how you can get to know God. Remember, we are only here on earth temporarily, so this stuff is not going with us, think about what counts forever.



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The New iPhone Launch, What Was That All About?

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Personal Happiness | Tags: , |

The new iPhone launch, what was that all about? I thought the iPhone had been out for a couple of years, so why did they have to come out with a new iPhone today anyway? Does it really have a lot of new features? I heard that it has a video camera, voice memo recording, a 5 megapixel camera that you can focus in on the picture, two times faster internet, 32 gigabyte hard drive capacity, voice control, so you can activate your ipod songs as you drive or call people, digital compass, cut and paste, landscape keyboard, oh that does it, I am going to just get one. Maybe that is why I was with my son, at the AT&T store at 5 am this morning getting one, so that I could get all of those cool features to use and explore.

Even at work, my boss wants me to email him pictures of displays with the information of the sales from the current week. I do not have the capability of doing that at work, I would have to go home, email him from home with the data, so basically take my work home. I don’t want to do that, so this new iPhone allows me to complete my work at work, that is really cool. So, I guess they really had to come out with a new one, because a lot of the new features I will be able to use. I was showing the teller at the bank, and as I explained to her, it is not really a phone, but a universal tool for mobilizing my life in a way that allows me to keep up with the demands that society has put on me to be on the go all of the time. It keeps me grounded because I can complete tasks more efficiently and quicker than I would be able to do without it, so it saves me time, which my time is valuable, therefore giving me more for God and my family.

The iPhone is to our physical life like reading God’s word (the Bible), and prayer would be in our spiritual life. We could almost say that we could call that time the iGod time. God gives us all of the tools to get things handled in life. Throughout God’s word, He instructs us how to live, how to deal with life’s problems, concerns, and situations. That is why someone made up the acronym for the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), because no matter what subject you want to look up an answer for, you can search the Bible for the instruction.

Certainly God always wants us to search out in His word for answers to life’s questions. God tells us in His word that scripture is the place to seek out for answers. 2 Tim 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

God launched His work, 2000 plus years ago, and now stands the test of time, because as Psalm 119:160 says, “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” We can rest easy knowing that God’s tools, His word, and our ability to pray to and communicate with Him never falter. We never have to worry that we need to upgrade to another edition of God, that we have the final God, and that the God we have is the only one ruling the universe (Hebrews 1:3), as He is holding up the universe by the word of His power.

So, while we wonder about the new iPhone launch, and what was that all about, we can take a step back, because although it is cool, it is far from the master of the universe, God, who rules everything, and who holds up the universe by the power of His word. I mean, come on, ponder that one for a moment! Voice memos vs. holding up the universe by your word, I don’t think there is any comparison. I like my iPhone, it is cool, but………………… I will take my God please, thank you.

God wins out every time. No question on this one, and there shouldn’t be anytime. That is the point, we always should put God first in everything, there is the takeaway, that we never put anything before God.

i want you to all have a happy and blessed day,

daryl dho

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