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  1. “In calm water every ship has a good captain.” Grover Cleveland When facing challenges in business, in politics, on the battle field, or in our daily lives leaders are revealed, for how people respond to the storms in life reveals the mettle of their spirit and their courage and fortitude. In the calm it is easy to lead, but when the storms come we need men and women who have the experience of previous storms and the courage to face new storms. I do not seek life’s storms, but they have come unto me, and it is my hope that each one has strengthened me to appreciate the calm that comes after the storm and the courage and strength to better face the future storms surely to follow. Experience is not gained by reading a book, and leadership is not developed by those who never leave the port, we must face the storms of life so that we have appreciation for the peace and calm, and experience, strength, and courage for the storms and battles of life.
  2. Isaiah 60:1-2, “Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you.” Darkness covers the earth, and deep darkness is upon the people, but in the darkness the Lord shall shine upon them and his glory shall be seen. Shine your light of glory upon us O Lord, let your presence be felt and let your power be known. Open eyes and open hearts unto your glory and unto your ways O Lord, for the darkness covers the earth and many are lost and many walk in the darkness far from the light of your glory. Let us see your hand of mercy O Lord, shine down upon us and let your love and mercy be as a beacon that will lead us unto the place of your holiness. Like blind men staggering in their darkness we also stumble in the darkness of our hearts and we need the light of your glory to show us the way. Reveal the need for your glory unto those too blind to see and those too lost to hear, for without your light and your voice they shall remain upon the dark path and shall not know the greatness of your glory and the joy of your presence. Shine your light upon us O Lord, shine your light.
  3. I was lost, and I was in need and I was searching, for in my heart I felt that I did not belong, and it was my desire to belong that filled my thoughts. I did not know that I was lost and I did not know what I truly needed, all I knew was that I needed something, something different, something more, something new. In my longing to belong I found discontentment with things that once filled me and satisfied me, for all that once pleased me no longer filled me with joy. The desire to belong was strong within me, to fit in and to belong is a yearning deep within, and in our search to belong we often seek the fleeting more than that which is lasting. Longing to be a part of something different, something more, something new as I yearned to find the fullness and contentment that has eluded me. The longing within is strong, so I make my way through another day seeking to satisfy the deep yearning to belong. The trappings of success and joy fill my life and are as a facade to those who do not see behind the smile and beyond the laughter. My heart should be full, but it is empty, for there is a deep need within, a need to belong and to fill the void that exists without my truly knowing why. I continue on each day in search of something different, something more, something new, something to fill my heart and to let me know that I belong to something greater than myself. Alone even when in a room filled with those who know me, alone as the echoing blast of a horn that drifts across the ocean as a ship passes quietly in the night. I am alone in my thoughts, alone in my heart, alone, and seeking to be known and seeking to belong. I search, and I hope, and I wait for my longing heart to belong to something different, something more, something new and something greater. There are many in our nation and in our world that know the name of Jesus but still don't know him as their savior. Many are searching for something different, something more, something new and something greater without fully understanding how to find it. We as Christians have a great calling and responsibility to be lights unto this world. We need to be vessels of love and kindness. Too often Christians fail for they have a greater desire to preach or judge than the desire to love and care. Ask the Lord to guide you this day, ask him to open your eyes to see the traces of tears hidden behind the smiles, to see the needs of aching hearts. Reach out the hands of love this day and do not pass by the hurting and alone. Show them by your actions that there is something different, something more, something new and something greater...
  4. “Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.” …Unknown The Bible is a book of great wisdom for it is a living book that speaks unto the very heart and spirit of man. It is not perfect in its form as human error is found in the various translations, but in truth it is the most perfect book that man has been blessed with. To read it without meditation, reflection, and prayer reduces it to a book of knowledge but not a book of wisdom. To gain knowledge of the ways of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus you can simply read the Bible, but to understand their ways and to know their hearts you must read their word, meditate upon their word, reflect upon their word, pray over their word and apply the principles of truth and power within their word.
  5. Shadows do not truly hide nor do they fully conceal, shadows only distort the image and the likeness of that which is real, that which is seen. In light things become very clear for light reveals, but shadows create an illusion that can change the reality within our minds, for that which is reality in the light remains constant but the shadows distort the reality within our hearts and minds. Even the slightest shadow can create an illusion and can change our perspective of that which was known and clearly seen in the light. Shadows in the heart, secrets held and secrets protected can create a similar illusion and the shadows within change our perspective. In light secrets are harder to conceal, and in light there is truth and boldness, and in light there is purity and peace, but in the shadows there are secrets which are not truly hidden, they are only cloaked by the illusion within our hearts. With the Lord there is no variableness and no shadow of turning for he is light and in him there is no darkness. In the shadows near light there is still the presence of light but the shadows create an illusion of secrecy and we seek to convince ourselves that we remain in the fullness of light. In light we grow, in light we prosper, but in the shadows we lack peace and we lack joy and deep within we long for the fullness of light once more. In the shadows dwell guilt, remorse, and sorrow for the secret sins of the heart dwell within the shadows, but the sins of the heart are known for even in the shadows the light reveals our hearts unto us. We are called to be children of the light so let us leave the distortions of darkness and walk in the peace and joy of the light.
  6. “A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” … Unknown There is truth in this statement for a word of encouragement during a difficult time or after a failure or loss can do wonders for our spirit and our outlook. However, a word of encouragement should not be held until a trial or a failure, words of encouragement are at times needed to lift us and to give us strength even when we are achieving success and doing well. It is not weakness to desire an encouraging word from someone. I worked for a company for seven years and was a regional manager and I had confidence, and I knew that I was doing a good job for the results were plain to see, but a word of encouragement on occasion from my boss would have gone a long way. At times we need our sacrifice and efforts to be noticed. When I tendered my resignation to that company the departmental vice president called me and told me that he was shocked that I had sought another job for I was the best manager within the company. I told him that if on occasion I had heard those words that I would not have sought a new position. Even those with all the trappings of success and confidence need a kind word and a word of encouragement from time to time. We motivate others by our actions but also by our words, so encourage someone with a kind word this day.
  7. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” … Nathaniel Hawthorne We tend to be a people in pursuit, we pursue better, for better is the elusive butterfly that contends with satisfaction and contentment. We pursue a better job, a better home, a better car, better clothes, better furniture, better food and for some a better spouse or a better life, and in this pursuit happiness, or the lack thereof, is the root of our desires. Happiness is akin to contentment and when happiness is pursued it can be a most elusive thing. There is power in waiting, for at times waiting is the best way to pursue that which has eluded us and there is power in diligently waiting. While we wait for some of the blessings that bring peace, happiness and joy we are to do what is needed and we are to quietly wait and do the good works that we were created to do. Some of the best of God’s blessings and mercies come unto us when we are still and quiet before him. Happiness is worthy of pursuit but when our efforts alone are not enough, be still and see what the power of waiting can do.
  8. There is action within action and there are emotions within emotion. In laughter there is laughter, in joy there is joy, in sadness there is sadness, in love there is love and in anger there is anger. Our emotions give power to deeper expression within the emotion or our emotions give power to other emotions. Anger can lead to greater anger which can escalate to harsh words, cruel actions, sadness, loneliness and depression. Laughter can lead to increased laughter for laughter can be contagious, and laughter can give rise to other emotions such as happiness, peace and joy. Emotions give power to emotion so we need to give power to that which is good, just, and holy and seek to not give power to emotions that have no real benefit. Feelings can come quickly and emotions rise up, but we have the power to control our emotions and our responses, so negative and detrimental emotions can be subdued and the good emotions can be nurtured to give power to more emotions that benefit our lives. Emotions are of the spirit and can be most powerful and we truly need to focus upon what is good, just and holy. I pray each day that my first response always be rooted in love and light, with the heart of the Lord leading me and praying to see with his eyes. I have always had my greatest challenge when driving my car. It is when I am in a car that people's actions can affect mine, such as someone pulling out in front of me in a 55 speed zone but insists in pulling out and going 35. I have never had road rage, but have often stated my opinion out loud concerning the other person's intelligence or lack thereof. I remember once when a man ran a stop sign and I hit my brakes and shouted, "What an idiot!" I then heard my three children in the back seat all echo, "idiot, idiot, idiot". I realized my words weren't affecting the other man, but was influencing my heart and the hearts of my children. I now try to strengthen the good emotions and pray always that my first response is never in anger but is one rooted in love and light. I don't always succeed but continually try to reach the point where I know the Lord will be pleased. I truly try to see others with the understanding that God loves them too. I remember that my grandfather was a man that was known to never say an unkind word to or about anyone. I know once that my dad told me that one of my grandfather's most cantankerous neighbors passed away and that he was a man most unkind. Others spoke against this man but my grandfather was more of one that believed that if you couldn't say something nice not to say anything at all. Someone dared my grandfather to say something nice about the neighbor that had passed away. My grandfather also wouldn't lie, so he simply smiled at the other person and said, "Well, he owed a great pair of mules".
  9. Never apologize to someone who is in need and tell them that prayer is “all I can do,” for prayer is never an inadequate response to the trials and problems of life. We are to help others when it is in our power to do so, but in some cases, we are not physically in a position to offer help other than our prayers unto the Lord. There are times when prayer needs to be followed by other actions but never negate the adequacy and power of prayer. Praying for others is not a lesser thing to do, for in truth prayer is often the best thing that you can do. The Lord is on his throne so do not underestimate the power of prayer in all circumstances.
  10. Ephesians 4:18, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” Blindness of the heart sounds like a very dangerous condition. We have many medical procedures and medicines to treat the conditions of the body, but blindness of the heart is of the spirit and lies within our thoughts and emotions, but is a condition that will greatly affect the physical life that we live. We do, at times, have blind spots in our character that are not always apparent to us though they may be easily seen by others. Blindness of the heart is more than a blind spot or a tiny flaw; it is a philosophy and attitude that affects our thoughts, words and actions. Blindness of the heart does not come suddenly but is a degenerative condition and some of the symptoms appear to be envy, jealousy, lust, pride, anger, prejudice, hatred, greed, selfishness, and a judgmental spirit. While I am confident that each of us knows someone who would be more than happy to point out some of our flaws and weaknesses there is a better way. The Lord knows the heart of every person on earth, and he will examine your heart and help you to see what is preventing you from the fullness of understanding and joy. Open the eyes of my heart Lord open the eyes of my heart that I may see.
  11. “What we know is a drop, what we do not know is an ocean.” Isaac Newton The totality of the knowledge of man is but a drop compared to the vastness of the knowledge of the Lord. There is comfort and peace in knowing, and it is good to hunger and thirst for more than a drop from the ocean that is the Lord, but some allow the vastness of that which is not known to cause them to doubt that which is known. Truth can be found in the simple and the small even when there is much that is unknown. Seek truth, and apply the truth revealed, but do not allow the simplicity of truth to cause doubt when that which is known is compared to that which is unknown. The Lord is found in the majestic and the Lord is found in the simple. Isaac Newton also said, “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence.” I stand before the enormity of his ocean with only a drop of knowledge, but in that simple drop I clearly see the vastness of the ocean from which it came.
  12. Psalms 119:11, “Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Lord, I humbly beseech you to hear my words this day for I see so much sadness and sorrow all around me. I see sorrow from sin, sorrow from departing from your word and your statutes, judgments and law. The greatest sorrow I see this day manifests itself in hatred. Brother against brother, sister against sister, children against their parents, parents against their children and neighbor against neighbor as the people of my nation allow hatred to guide their words and direct their actions. Your word is light and your statutes are laws of love given to guide us, so help us dear Lord to do as your Son Jesus taught us, help us to love you and your beloved Son with all of our heart, with all of our soul, and with all of our mind, and help us to love our neighbor as greater than ourselves. Let me walk according to your just and holy word, and help me to hide your word in my heart, so that I might not sin against you or against the people that you love, the people that I call family, friend and neighbor. Help me dear Lord to love more, in my words and in my actions help me to always love more.
  13. Thanks, I will check it out.
  14. When you mentioned the "Sons of the Pioneers", I don't remember much about them. I do remember one song about Tumbling Tumbleweeds and one where they sang of cool, clear water.
  15. I do remember the Sons of the Pioneers. My dad had at least one of their albums. He gave me one as a kid done by Smiley Burnette, where he told stories, jokes and sang a few songs. Good memories. I remember when my parents gave my older brother (by one year and 6 days) a gun and holster with a badge based on the show "Gunsmoke" and they gave me a set of guns and holsters from the show "Have Gun Will Travel" and it came with a card and holder, the card had the chess piece a knight on it with the words "Paladin.... Have Gun Will Travel" on it. Many a day was spent playing with this. My brother and I each thought we were the fastest draw! It is a good memory of my brother. He passed away early .... around ten years ago.
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