Sep

28

2014

after 55 years

I revisited the doughnut shop where I would eat hot doughnuts as an 8 year old.  My mom and dad would go to the auction house on Friday nights in Maryville, Tennessee.

To give me something to do they would give me some change and I would cross the road to the Richey Kreme doughnut shop and visit heaven.

Can you tell I’m feeling better?

richy kreme1

 

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Sep

25

2014

it all goes back in the box

One of the most compelling videos I have ever seen about determining where you will place your hope.

 

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Sep

22

2014

never be thirsty again

jesus

Some of the greatest words ever spoken by Jesus were to the women at the well in Samaria. In his conversation with her, he asks her for a drink of water. He also tells her that if she knew what God could do for her she would ask for a drink of living water. She responds telling him that he has nothing to draw water from the well and the well is deep.

Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring in the man himself, welling up into eternal life.”

The woman said, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may stop being thirsty.”

My prayer today. Give me this water Jesus

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Sep

21

2014

september 21, 2014

I was 15 years old when I first hurt my knee. Spring football had caused my knee to really hurt and the doctor recommended surgery, which would end my athletics and leave me 10% disable for the rest of my life. I had the surgery. I refused to hear the disability message and continued to participate in sports even to this day. My knee reached the end and four weeks ago I had my knee replaced. I was very fearful to say the least.

Everything has gone well and my pain is down to a “tooth ache”. My PT is painful but I am making great progress.

My friend and surgeon recommended staying “in front” of the pain as I healed. I took 20 mg Tylenol #3 every four hours for 20 days. I began to realize the toxic nature of Tylenol #3 and stopped taking it. I did not reduce my dose. I stopped!

I can’t begin to tell you the darkness I began to experience. Depression and fear occupied my mind. I developed insomnia. I would cry over nothing. I have rooms in my house that I was scared to go in. I was in this dark hole. Each day off the drugs I would feel a little better. I made myself begin to drive again. I made myself get up and change my environment. I would set outside on our deck instead of being inside our home. I have been a real mess. When I would lay awake at night I would read scripture and pray while I would cry. Jesus would comfort me and give me some rest. Just like Brennan Manning says, “God is enough” I learned that Jesus is enough.

Be careful what you pray! Yesterday I prayed a prayer. “Jesus, heal me but let me keep my tender heart.” I woke this morning and was healed. I am well. I continue to have my tender heart. I am a different person. I feel I used to have an abrasive edge. No more. The only other event that comes close to the feeling I now have is the night 42 years ago when I ask Jesus to save my soul. I feel reborn again.

When you see me crying over something, rejoice with me that Jesus has saved my soul, kept my heart tender and given me a new path.

“In essence, there is only one thing God asks of us-that we be men and women of prayer, people who live close to God,

people for whom God is everything and for whom God is enough.

That is the root of peace.  

We have that peace when the gracious God is all we seek.” 

Brennan Manning

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Sep

21

2014

ragamuffin

I had many chances to meet Brennan Manning.  I was scared of what he would be like.  He was an insightful troubled follower of Jesus.  Drug and alcohol addiction were only two of the scary things about him.

I am meeting him now through one of his books “The Ragamuffin Gospel” I wish I had taken the chance and met him in person.  He is waiting for us.

“In essence, there is only one thing God asks of us-that we be men and women of prayer, people who live close to God,

people for whom God is everything and for whom God is enough.

That is the root of peace.  

We have that peace when the gracious God is all we seek.” 

Brennan Manning

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