Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Ecclesiastes 3: 1- 15
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
Today is Ashley's wedding day and I'm certain that I feel like every father who has given their daughter away on this very special occasion. I look forward to this afternoon and dread it at the same time. Yet, I know that today is a great day!
We go through life and really don't pay attention to the things that matter. We tend to forget that God has blessed us with so many gifts of His amazing grace. I feel so blessed to have a wonderful family who shows unconditional love each day. I am also thankful for those family members who are no longer with us and celebrate in Heaven today. Through the good times and not so good times in life, I have been blessed beyond measure and my heart is full. I am so thankful for God's provision for our family.
This is Ashley and Donald's day and we will celebrate with them as they start this life journey together. My prayer is that God will give them days filled with dreams come true, glorious moments of hope, and blessings beyond their imagination.
I love you Ash & Donald!
Under HIS Grace...
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It’s hard to believe that my daughters, Morgan and Ashley, are now in their 20’s! It seems like yesterday that they were running around as little girls looking for ways to stay busy. Now, they are two wonderful, talented, beautiful young ladies with bright futures ahead. However, one thing has not changed. In my mind, they are still Daddy’s little girls.
When Morgan was about 5 and Ashley was 3, they had a very unusual relationship. Ashley tended to want to make sure that Morgan always knew that she was there! No matter the time or place, Ashley was doing something that would just about send Morgan over the edge. The words would always come from Morgan, “DAD! Ashley is bothering me!” My response remained the same through the dozens of time that I heard this phrase. I would tell Morgan, “Ignore Ashley. You know how she is.”
This ritual continued for quite some time and finally, one day while we were traveling and the girls were buckled in their car seats, Morgan uttered her famous phrase, “DAD! Ashley is bothering me!” Before I could get the words out of my mouth, I heard Ashley proclaim, “Well, G’NORE me! You know how I am!” This story lives on in infamy in our family. It’s truly one of the funniest things that I’ve ever heard a kid say.
“G’nore me! You know how I am!” Have you ever said that to God? I think we go about our days and forget about God. When we do something that we know we shouldn’t or we don’t do something that we know we should, I think we probably go into “G’NORE ME” mode. We want God to be there when we want Him. Yet, we really don’t want Him there all the time. We don’t want Him to control our lives. Instead, quite frankly, we ignore Him. What we want is to control how God intervenes in our lives. We don’t want God to be involved in our day-to-day activities. We just want him to be there when we need Him. “G’nore me! You know how I am!”
It just doesn’t work that way. We can’t have it both ways. We need God to be involved in ALL things in our lives. Turning over our lives in total surrender is what God desires – but He gives you that choice. What is your choice? “G’nore me!” or “Change me!”
I LOVE YOU, ASH!
Under HIS Grace...