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THE MAN

Charlie Williams (pictured below), is a wonderfully talented man, wrote and shared this poem with me this morning. I’m happy to call this man my friend! I hope it moves you as much as it moved me! Happy 4th!

The Man

charlie williamsI watched a tall willowy man, with a shock of radiant white hair
He was knelt in peaceful silence, deep within his prayer
His prayer was spoke for unity, in this embattled world
For all the goodness that’s within us all, to be universally unfurled
More patience and understanding, more kindness was his hope
More helping hands to those in need, a loving embrace to help them cope
A prayer for no more bloodshed, to be spilt by hatred deeds
A prayer to calm those with anger, which grows deep within their seeds
The cry for help to be answered, from the child that has no food
For we, are all responsible, no one, should we preclude
Let all the disenchanted know, that deliverance is very near
There’s no need to live in terror, and no need to dwell in fear
For we all can live together, let good hearts show us the way
Changing a life, one at a time, each and every single day
Blessed peace and harmony, should be the objective of us all
Eradication of discrimination, build a bridge, knock down a wall
Let the weary know relief, may all the abused slaves be set free
May happiness and joy be the glorious light, the blind can clearly see
Then a glow of light surrounded him, he was cocooned in the purity of love
The brightest, whitest light emanated from him, and lit up the skies above
He stood and turned and looked at me, the beauty of his eyes calmed me to my core
My heart swelled with exultation, Exquisite love raised me off the floor
For serenity, compassion and gentleness was mine
For now I was bestowed the secret, and its everlasting Love, divine
His prayers were now within me, and I will live them out each day
I will spread the word of Love and kindness, to all I meet along my way
A smile of love will be my weapon, for it is far greater than any sword
For I have gazed into the eyes, the loving eyes of My Sweet Lord.

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7/2/15

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EXCUSES are just that . . . EXCUSES!

Excuses 2Imagine what life would be like if you lived a day, a week or a month without believing or promoting ONE excuse. What would your life look like?

We have some pretty ingrained excuses – many of them that seem real to us. There is a difference between an EXCUSE and a description of your current circumstance. We confuse the two. Usually your current circumstances BECOME an excuse and it’s easy to hide behind it because no one can argue with your circumstance. I happen to believe you are MORE than your circumstances and that you can, through trial, effort and faith, rise above your circumstances. Why?

Because you are NOT your circumstance. You are SO much more than that!

You are a one-of-a-kind individual created by God and connected to Him for the short while you are in this body that you inhabit. When you identify with God (and not your circumstances) you take the first step in rising above your limitations.

Here are some circumstances that become ingrained excuses:
• I don’t have enough (time, money, connections, creativity, etc.)
• I’m too (old, fat, young, out of date, tired)
• I’m not (smart enough, tall enough, wise enough, brave enough, etc.)

There are MANY more, but this is a short list. It might be true that this is your circumstance, but you are NOT your circumstance. The more you affirm and identify with your circumstance, the more you will create it. Why? Because what we focus on is what expands and becomes real in our lives.

So what if you began to see your excuses, not as excuses – but as circumstances? And what if you believed that you are more and could overcome your circumstance? What would life be like a day, a week or a month from now? What if you suspended belief and took a risk?

What if you trusted the subtle whispering within you beckoning you out into the unknown realm of your dreams and potential? What if you decided to no longer make your excuses your identity, but instead your circumstance – and then get about the business of changing your circumstance? Not through painstaking effort, but through prayer, meditation, service, solving other people’s problems, personal growth and making Love the bottom line.

What if taking steps out in Faith became the new norm? What if you took total responsibility for your life, right now, as it is? You may not have been fully responsible for what happened to you, but you are now responsible for how you engage with and meet your life circumstances.

You are so much more than you are giving yourself credit to be and you have so much more help and assistance that is yearning to come to your aid, if you but allow it to. Be still.

Jeremiah 33:2-3 NIV says, “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Listen. Identify with everything God has for you. Make this a new lifelong practice and then get out of your own way.

Can you? What would your life look like if you did?

Nevertheless

I heard my  old friend, Jeff Blugrind, passed away unexpectedly this week.  He was a good man, an integrous man, a family man, a wonderful husband, father and friend!  There will be a hole in the lives of all who knew him!

After hearing of his unexpected passing, my thoughts kept going to something I had written back in 2009 which I wanted to share with all of you!  I hope this blesses you!

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As we all continue to struggle our way along with what is going on in the economy, this one word would not leave my heart . . . “NEVERTHELESS”!

“NEVERTHELESS” . . . An adverb which indicates the opportunity to change, yet maintaining the same direction or course of action.

This one word serves as a major turning point throughout the Word of God. This one word has stood center stage throughout the course of human history. Allow me to explain.
In March of this year, our dear sister, Kelly Goldsmith, lost a fellow employee of the Southern California Edison Company–his name was Paul Miller.  This man, Kelly’s fellow employee, had battled colon cancer for three years.  Many times Kelly would send out prayer requests for Paul and his family, but what amazed me is that this man exhibited tremendous courage in the face of cancer.  As we learned more about him from Kelly, it became very evident that he used his illness as an opportunity to minister to others.  When others shared words of encouragement with him, he in turn, took that same moment to encourage them!  This note, written to his son, shows you what kind of a man he was:

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It was clear to me that he faced and conquered what I call a “nevertheless moment”.

In Mark 14:36, we find Jesus at one of the most crushing moments in His life. Temptation was pulling on Him, causing His flesh to war against His spirit. The agony that Jesus went through at that moment in the Garden of Gethsemane caused Him to cry out to His Father for help.

“And He said, “Abba Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me…” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if God (the Father) would have answered that prayer? What if Jesus yielded to His own desire that night?

Satan would have certainly won. The virgin birth, the baptism, the miracles, the teachings, everything would have been for nothing!
But praise be unto God for this one small word: “nevertheless”.
“…Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.
Precisely at this moment in time, Jesus stood at the crossroads of eternity and held humanity in His hands. Jesus through prayer completely yielded His will, His desires, His flesh, and His plans to the Will of His Father.

If Jesus turned His back at that moment, we would not be reading what is written here today.  We would not have a moral compass to guide our thoughts, nor an ethical path to lead us to correct decisions.
Today we all face, at times, “nevertheless” moments. The decisions we make and the prayers we pray can change the very course of our lives or that of another person.
Let’s be sure that our prayers do not enable us to take the easy way out. Let’s look and take the example of our Savior.

Today, let us walk in His footsteps.