Monday, July 30, 2007

Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

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Ecclesiastes 3-1
There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under heaven:

Monday mornings have a way of setting the tone for the rest of the work week. Somehow Monday gets a bad rap because it comes just after we have had a day of rest and we have to get ourselves going again. Monday doesn't have to be a day we dread. All we have to do is set the tone the way we know it needs to be. Setting the tone has everything to do with mindset. If we set our minds on doing what God would have us do and continue in that spirit, then our week will get off on the right foot.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

James 1:12-15

Today was a great day and I've been thinking all day about the message Bill Barber brought this morning using his reference of James 1:12-15. Some messages hit home more than others for sure, but todays message gave me much to think about on Satan and how he operates, what his main goal is and why he never quits. I know I've read this passage many times and my Bible is marked over with notes out to the side, but today it finally hit me that when someone says .... God is really tempting me today... they are just mistalking for God isn't the one that is tempting us, but we tempt ourselves because of our nature. All of us do not have the same temptations because we are all different liking different things, having different preferences and Satan knows what those are and will use them against us. As Bill Barber said, there is nothing wrong with having preferences for things like nice clothes, houses, any material thing but it's when we put those above Jesus that it comes sin which leads to death.

¶ Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sandy and Johnnie

Today I've been in prayer for my friends Sandy and Johnnie Broadnax. Johnnie is Tom's cousin so I've known him a long time. I've known Sandy almost as long and can truly say I think they were meant to be together. To me this is proof positive that God wants the best for all of us and if we listen to Him He will lead us in the path we should take.

Johnnie is having test in Texas concerning a mass in his lungs. My prayer is for his strength and the doctor's wisdom and skill.

My life is so truly blessed with so much joy. I am very thankful for each day and praise God for this time in my life.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The Psalms 121

The LORD Is Thy Keeper
A Song of degrees.

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth,and even for evermore.

Published by The American Bible Society

Note from Sandy:

Hello to everyone. We hope all is well with each of you. It's been a rainy day in Houston but thankfully we don't have to walk outside to get to our appointments. Buildings are connected by skybridges. Carts are used to shuttle patients thru the skybridges because it is so far to walk between some of the clinics. We began early this morning trying to get Johnny's MRI and CT scan changed from Friday to Thursday in hopes of seeing the pulmonary doctor today. We did it!!! Based on their CT scan the pulmonary doctors recommend a bronchoscopy with ultrasound to biopsy the mass. Not many facilities in the country do this. Johnny had the normal bronchoscopy procedure at Crawford Long but Dr. Miller was unable to reach the mass because of the location. The pulmonary doctors here feel very certain that they will be successful with the biopsy. The downside is that the bronchoscopy/biopsy can't be done until next Thursday. There is a chance that Johnny could be bumped up due to a cancellation but that doesn't happen often. Johnny has an anesthesiology appointment at 10 the Wednesday before so we will need to be here by Tuesday afternoon. Our dilema is whether to drive home this weekend and fly out next Tuesday or stay here and hope for a cancellation. We will decide in the morning. Some things just aren't easy. As I'm doing this email, I am having a conversation with a super nice (young) Christian guy from Americus, GA who has leukemia. The world is small. He has a 4 yr old and a 6 month baby. He's here for a transplant that will be done tomorrow. He will go home sometime between late November and December. He will be in the hospital 6 weeks and has rented an apartment until he goes home. Family members are scheduled every 2 weeks to come out and stay with him. When you pray for Johnny please pray for Ander and his family. Thanks again for your love, support, and prayers. Much love. Johnny and Sandy

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Lucky Day

This morning I read from an old workbook I had on counciling. Some of the steps in the workbook reminded me of things that I need to pay attention to just in regular life. One of the things that jumped out at me right off was how important it is to really listen to what people say to you and make eye contact with them to show that you are really paying attention and care what they are saying. I don't think it matters how old or how young you are. All people want to know is that you care.

As a man thinks in heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)

.:. The SOP (standard operating plan )... don't forget it!
  • Daily dress routine complete with vitamins
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Walk around the block
  • Prayer time
  • Lunch -Health fruits,vegetables& water
  • Paint weekdays and work on organization
  • Healthy Snacks
  • water
  • Dinner - Healthy fruits,vegetables &water
  • Sleep
  • Log Morning weight on calendar

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

In Memory

Today I attended the funeral of my aunt Aline Fowler who died Monday July 2 around 7A.M. She was a twin and her brother Aldene has also passed on. They were born on February 15, 1927. The funeral was sad but at the same time very uplifting because the pastors Chuck Byrom and Joey Smith both gave such comforting words to the family. Knowing the life that my aunt had lived and her faith in Jesus Christ, I know she lives today with Him. Rest in peace aunt Aline. We all loved you.

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