Loyal Followers

“How blessed is every one of the Lord’s loyal followers, each one who keeps His commands.” (Ps 128:1)

The psalmist reminds us of the beneficial blessings of loyalty to Him.  God’s blessing is seen in our work (vs 2), our family (vs 3-4), our community (vs 5), and in our legacy (vs 6). All because we are loyal and obedient in following God.

Too often, we exchange following God for favor with of others; obedience for opportunities; or being loyal for being liked.

The blessings are amazing for each and every one of the Lord’s faithful and loyal followers.

Follow.  Keep.  Be blessed.

Is Your Wall Crumbling? (part 2)

I’m sure you have heard the illustration of “climbing” the ladder of success . . . and then the subsequent thought that the ladder might be leaning against the wrong wall.

During these challenging economic times, many have not only found that their ladder was leaning against the wrong wall . . . but in fact the wall is crumbling.  Continue with Part 2 of “Is Your Wall Crumbling?”

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Is Your Wall Crumbling? part 1

I’m sure you have heard the illustration of “climbing” the ladder of success . . . and then the subsequent thought that the ladder might be leaning against the wrong wall.

During these challenging economic times, many have not only found that their ladder was leaning against the wrong wall . . . but in fact the wall is crumbling.

Several years ago, we purchased an extra car . . . a fun car.  It’s the kind of car we would drive on a Sunday afternoon, with the sun shining and the top down . . . on a long road . . . with curves or not . . . it didn’t matter.  Recently, I came to realization that it was time to sell the car.  It really wasn’t that I wanted to sell the car . . . I needed to sell it.

For some, it may be the need to sell assets or valuables, to cut expenses, to cancel vacations, or to eliminate the “pleasures” in lieu of the necessities.

If you are in business for yourself or an entrepreneur, it is probably extremely challenging and difficult.  Banks are not open to new ideas, lines of credit are drying up, personnel budgets need to be reduced and even the best clients have slowed down their orders for your products or services.

Service and support business are slow.  Real estate has lost value.  Prices are going up.  Equity, retirement accounts and financial portfolios have been drastically reduced.

Is your ladder against a crumbling wall?  We’re there.

I bet your prayer life has gotten stronger and faith is ever challenged.  Lottery tickets probably even look good.

So, how do you hang on?  How do you do life?  How do you survive?

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Notes To The Future

I have always enjoyed writing notes to people.

When I was young, writing was an easy way to communicate my thoughts and heart. I would find myself spending time writing to friends, family and to God. I still have journals from my high school days where I had poured my heart out to God.

I used to have small spiral notebooks with a cardboard cover. They weren’t very attractive or costly, but what was inside had great value to me. I remember when I first found one of those books with just blank pages . . . I thought this would be my first published book. What excitement that I could write my own thoughts on blank pages in a bound book!

Shortly after our first daughter was born, I was humbled and scared with the thought of being a father. I was so unprepared. I knew there was so much that I had to learn . . . and then trying to communicate these truths, lessons and principles to my daughter . . . what a daunting task.  As our family grew to four daughters, the task became more impossible.

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I Trust In Him

“Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion,” (Ps 125:1).

This passage is a needed reminder of God’s protection and provision for us. This is a day when I need remember this great reality.

Clarified to the simplest truth – He is worthy of my trust and, I trust in Him.My confidence in Him is my security And, my commitment to Him is steadfast.  

Four purposeful words: In God We Trust!

 

Building Loyality

The following thought is from Dr. Henry Oursler of Tightrope Communications from Franklin, Tennessee.

A century ago, Ernest Shackleton was one of the most renowned explorers of his time.  Today, however, Shackleton is best known for a failed mission.  In January 1915, while trying to be the first to journey across the Antarctica, he and his men aboard the Endurance were trapped in pack ice in the Weddell Sea and forced to abandon the ship. They floated on icebergs and paddled three small lifeboats to reach a remote, deserted island.  From there, Shackleton and five men embarked in one of the lifeboats on an eight-hundred-mile voyage through some of the planet’s stormiest waters, landing more than two weeks later at South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic.  After a rest, Shackleton and two of his men hiked and climbed across treacherous mountains to a whaling station, where Shackleton procured a ship and sailed to rescue his comrades. Every member of the twenty-eight-man crew returned home safely.

Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capprell, in their book Shackleton’s Way, list eight principles Shackleton applied to forge unity and loyalty among his team.

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