God, Master Creator, King of the universe, maker of Heaven and earth, thank You! Thank You for another beautiful day, thank You for allowing me to be aware of Your presence in my life! Thank You for some down time with my wife and girls yesterday and for some time to myself today to recharge and get ready to go into another work week. Thank You for leading, guiding and directing my life, my thoughts, my decisions on what I should be doing with my time. Thank You for encouraging me to not only pour into my family’s life but also to take time for myself and not feel guilty because when I am with my family You are helping me to be more present and helping me to experience and enjoy the moment rather than rushing through life. Thank You for our time together today and all of the things You are showing me. Please be with me as I share what You have placed on my heart to write about today, help me to find the right verse that fits the topic. Thank You Lord, praise You Lord, bless You Lord, Amen!
Hello and welcome to this crazy journey, whether you’ve been here for awhile or you’re visiting for the 1st time, welcome. If this is your first time here, you may be in for a treat because I’m changing the format of my online journal, slightly… per my wife’s suggestion. I’ve always prayed before writing in my journal, I usually put the prayer at the end but my wife is informing me that most of the time that is the best part. I’m not sure exactly how to take that but I’m open to suggestions so here we go. I’ve recently been given the opportunity to change my work schedule and due to some changes… (Speaking of my wife having good suggestions, she interrupted me writing this to invite me outside to enjoy the beautiful Southwest Florida afternoon in our zero gravity chair and brought me wine and cheese, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. The evening continued with dinner and watching an episode of The Chosen with our girls. Now that they are in bed I shall continue…) due to some changes at home with our girls now being homeschooled it seemed like as good a time as any to try a different schedule. I now work Tuesday-Saturday and this is my 2nd official week doing so. Before I go any further, I need to ask a question, do numbers matter to God? Can He speak to us through numbers? Specific and repetitive numbers? I’m believing more and more now that numbers do matter to God and He does try to communicate to us with numbers at times. One of my most recent changes within the last couple of months or so is that I feel like I can’t leave trash/litter just sit. Before if I did see something I would say something to myself like I don’t litter, while I can’t believe someone else would litter, someone else will pick it up. Not any more, whether it is paper towels in the bathroom at work that people seem to have the worse aim and an even worse time seeing or caring that they missed to the trash out in the parking lot or employee parking areas. Sometimes it can be that we’re taking the dog for a walk in our neighborhood and I see trash and I not only feel the need to pick it up but an overwhelming sense of not doing the right thing if I don’t. All of that to say last week on my 1st Monday off I decided to take a walk through the nature trail in our neighborhood and I was amazed at the beauty and disgusted by the amount of litter scattered throughout the trail but I wasn’t prepared and vowed that next week I would take a garbage bag with me on my walk. At the end of the trail when I was starting to walk back through our neighborhood I heard a low flying plane, I looked up and noticed a small air plane flying above me, he circled 3 times and then did a barrel roll and I was impressed. I don’t know about you but that is not something I see every day, I thanked God for the amazing show and continued on my way home to inform my family what I had seen. Fast forward to today, I followed through on my commitment of taking a walk through the trail with a trash bag and nearly filled the trash bag even though I didn’t get every last bit of trash, I went easy on myself as I figured this would not be the last time. Near the end of where I got off the trail to head home I passed by a pond and heard something jump in the water, after I walked a little further I noticed a fish jump out of the water, dive back in, jump out, dive back in, jump out and dive back in, he did this 3 times, it was probably about an 8-10″ fish, maybe bigger but it was acting like a dolphin. I had never seen anything like it before. Now, maybe I’ll come to find out that every Monday this plane circles this part of the neighborhood 3 times before doing a barrel roll and every Monday this fish does it’s own little sea world show and he can’t jump more or less than 3 times in a row… I suppose these things are possible. However, I currently feel like God is telling me, “you’re doing my will, no matter how small it looks to you, you are being obedient but pay attention because at the same time I’m going to let you know you are on the right path, it doesn’t matter how small or random it seems, pay attention.” I hope that you the reader of this online journal will also become aware of the ways that the Lord has come to give you life abundantly. I am so grateful for all the blessings He’s given us, all the ways that He has and continues to take care of us and most of all for waking me up because I was sleep walking through life, I was asleep at the wheel and an accident with severe consequences was not far from becoming a reality. Thank You Lord! Come join His army, it will be the most exhilarating you’ve ever done, at least that’s the way it’s been for me. -A humble warrior in God’s army
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were commited, and, having been set free from sin, and have become slaves of righteousness.” -Romans 6:16-19 ESV
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. -The Lords prayer