The Daily Prompt and All Grown Up

The Daily Post has asked us…”When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?”

I can actually remember this one quite clearly. I did not feel grown-up at eighteen when I registered for selective service or to vote. I did not feel grown-up when I married at nineteen just before my twentieth birthday. The grown up feeling did not arrive with the birth of my son or my daughters. I really expected to feel like an adult at these major junctions of life but somehow they just left me feeling more like a kid than ever. The sense of “am I ready for this?” And “Wow! I have no idea what I am doing.” really popped out big in each of those moments and made me feel decidedly un-grown up.

All those years I wanted to feel “grown-up”. I hungered for the feeling but no matter how hard I tried I just could not drum it up. I worked. I provided. I acted like a grown-up (mostly). I just never felt like one. Then on my thirty-fifth birthday it hit me. It came unbidden without fanfare or any kind of life-changing event. I blew the candles out on my cake and just knew. “I’m a grown-up” or maybe it is better to say I just knew, “I’m not a kid anymore.”

Strange to say, from that day forward I have wanted nothing more than to return to childhood. Funny how that works isn’t it?

Share Your World 2014 Week 51

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Here we are batting clean up in the last inning of 2014. Cee has asked us 5 of the last 10 questions for the year and really next week’s questions only half count in 2014 since half the week will officially be 2015.

Here are this week’s questions:

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

I would prefer not to need snowy winters. The first big snowfall feels like a treat. The eight feels like a torture. However I do realize that one of the reasons our fair state remains so lush is because of those snows. So I guess I’ll take the good with the bad and just keep shoveling or snowblowing as the case were.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

My umbrella is in my van which by the way is mostly unhelpful because by the time I get it I am usually quite wet. Maybe I should change that.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Hello! Peanut butter and spaghetti sauce guy here. Mix mine please. 🙂

What is set as the background on your computer?

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I was very grateful to get a day with my son! We had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to preaching this Sunday at Cornerstone Church. My message is entitled “Paying the Asking Price.”

Check out Cee’s other contributors at

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/12/29/share-your-world-2014-week-51/

The Daily Prompt And Hindsight

 

The Daily Prompt has given us what I consider a huge challenge today!

Now that you’ve got some blogging experience under your belt, re-write your very first post.

Holy Cow! That was four and a half years and a whole different blog ago. Still I suppose certain truths are timeless even if most words are momentary.  I am choosing to rewrite my second blog since that was actually about something other than my personal story.

I remember the first piece of blogging advice I ever got. It was from my daughter… “Dad be brief.”

So in brief here it is:

Hearing And Listening:

God doesn’t listen to everyone. Does that shock you? I have to admit it jars me a little. No matter how disconcerting it might be, though, it is the truth.

There are  some people who think that as long as we pray to any god, rock, tree bush or lightbulb the real God will somehow hear and answer by proxy…. BUT…  The whole idea that it doesn’t matter who you believe in, only that you believe in something, is absolute drivel.

I do believe that God does hear every prayer that goes up  from the mouths of humans. But there is a grand bit of difference between His hearing and His listening. You don’t have to look very far in Scripture to find this truth:

God said these words to the prophet Jeremiah when the children of Israel had sinned grievously against Him. “Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.” Jeremiah 11:14 NIV

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Peter warned the men of his day that there was a condition of heart which would stop their prayers dead cold. “Husbands in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” I Peter 3:7

More examples could be given but in this short space let me just say that God Hears every prayer but He only Listens to some of them. According to Scripture, the way you live affects how effective your prayer life is.

Now that is shocking!

 

Gosh I was a little flame thrower back then. Even edited this is a little “Ravenhillesque”. I am not sure I would write this piece today and honestly I cannot decide whether that is good or bad thing. It certainly has me thinking.

To view hindsight through other eyes go to:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/hindsight/

Pastor Wrinkles: Quotes From the Sin Under the Sin

These quotes came from today’s sermon at Cornerstone Church.

“Sin is something that goes against God’s plan for human flourishing.” Pastor Brad Hackett

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” All sin comes down to unbelief which in turn becomes self-righteousness.” Pastor Brad Hackett

“The marvelous thing about God is He never sends anyone where they do not chose to go.” Pastor Brad Hackett

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“man sinned. God suffered.” Pastor Brad Hackett

“Satan is in Hell because he thought he could do a better job of running Heaven than God, but he is running Hell the same way he’d run Heaven. Hell is a counterfeit of Heaven. Everything Satan does is a counterfeit of something God does.” Pastor Brad Hackett

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

It is not our governments that will determine the course of our world.

Don Charisma


«As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.»

— Pope John Paul II


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Get Out of Dodge!

We are all in a battle. But good news we can win this one!

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Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.  Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace.  Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.  Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights (2 Timothy 2:22-23)

I remember the old western, “Gunsmoke” where the sheriff was known tell potential “bad men” to get out of Dodge to avoid conflict with the law.  So, too, are the circumstances in our lives when the devil seems to be more powerful than we are.  One of the most important pieces of information that the Bible teaches is that this great dragon–the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world–was thrown down to the earth with all his angel (Revelation 12:9).   Even Jesus was tempted by the devil’s power over the earth.  Again, the devil took him to a very high…

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Circles & Curves

This week Cee has challenged us with the theme of : CIRCLES & CURVES.

Check it all out by goin’ round to:

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/12/25/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-circles-and-curves/

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