New House Has Almost Enough Rooms (Funny)

When the Jones family moved into their new house, a visiting relative asked five-year-old Sammy how he liked the new place.

“It’s terrific,” he said.

“I have my own room, Mike has his own room, and Jamie has her own room.

But poor Mom is still in with Dad.”

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Have a blessed day!

Dwayne

Depend

This word jumps out to me as an attribute of God. It means, to rely upon or be controlled or determined by someone or something.  As I read scripture, I’m reminded that this is fundamental to my journey with the Lord. I must learn to depend more on Him or guidance and provision. He is faithful and consistent and will not let me down. He is the Leader of leaders.  The Psalmist reminded me to depend on Him. Check this out…

 1 Give thanks to the Lord and pray to him.
       Tell the nations what he has done.
 2 Sing to him; sing praises to him.
       Tell about all his miracles.
 3 Be glad that you are his;
       let those who seek the Lord be happy.
 4 Depend on the Lord and his strength;
       always go to him for help.
 5 Remember the miracles he has done;
       remember his wonders and his decisions. (Psalm 105:1-5 NCV)

The word Depend and Deep End are different because of the one letter “e”.  If  I want grow deeper in my faith, I must depend upon God.

Our country celebrates our independence every year on July 4. As a believer, I should celebrate my dependence each and every day of my life – not just once each year.

I can count on God to do what He says He will do. He will not leave me or forsake me. He will not let me down. He is strong. He is consistent. He is faithful. He is creative. He is dependable!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

PTL!

I remember when the PTL club was in it’s “hay day” taking donations from people in the name of the Lord and lavishly spending on themselves. It was a huge embarrassment to the church and put TV preachers is such a bad light. In fact people quit using the acronym, PTL.  I think it’s a shame to let the evil one win at things like this. I want to bring PTL back out in the open.  I want to Praise The Lord (PTL) for Who He is and the work He’s doing in my heart!  The Psalmist would probably agree. Check this out…

1 My whole being, praise the Lord.
       Lord my God, you are very great.
    You are clothed with glory and majesty;
 2 you wear light like a robe.
    You stretch out the skies like a tent.
 3 You build your room above the clouds.
    You make the clouds your chariot,
       and you ride on the wings of the wind.
 31 May the glory of the Lord be forever.
       May the Lord enjoy what he has made.
 32 He just looks at the earth, and it shakes.
       He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
 33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
       I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.
 34 May my thoughts please him;
       I am happy in the Lord. (Psalm 104:1-3; 31-34 NCV)

Today is a good day to praise the Lord! I can see His handiwork in all of creation. I can see His work in my heart and in my life! He is so Powerful, yet so Gentle. He is over everything and yet He cares what is happening with me.  I love the song penned by Martin Smith and the band Delirious….

I could sin of Your love forever!
Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the Healer set me free
I’m happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
Of when Your love came down
I could sing of Your love forever!
 
Pressing On!
Dwayne 

R & P

I think sometime the sequential order of things is important. I believe that respect for God leads to praising Him for Who He is and what He has done.  I believe that respect is very basic to my understanding of Him. I believe respect is a healthy attribute to my personality and my character.   I love this Psalm because it speaks to both respect and praise.  Check this out….

1. All that I am, praise the Lord;
       everything in me, praise his holy name.
 2 My whole being, praise the Lord
       and do not forget all his kindnesses.
 3 He forgives all my sins
       and heals all my diseases.
 4 He saves my life from the grave
       and loads me with love and mercy.
 5 He satisfies me with good things
       and makes me young again, like the eagle.
 11 As high as the sky is above the earth,
       so great is his love for those who respect him.
 12 He has taken our sins away from us
       as far as the east is from west. (Psalm 103:1-5;11-12 NCV) 

Respect for God leads me to praise Him for Who He is and what He has done in my life. I can’t even imagine my life without Him. He is integral to shaping my view of everything that happens in my journey. He welcomes me in spite of my imperfections and flaws. He had removed my sins from me and had loaded me up with love and mercy.  There are not enough words to adequately say or write all that He has done and keeps doing for me. I respect Him from every fiber of my being and I want to praise Him with every one of those fibers of my being!  I respect God & I praise Him for Who He is and What He has done!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Remain

That word carries a lot of meaning at so many levels. It can mean to stay steady when others are not; leftover; staying put in a particular place. I think of this word a positive word. It speaks to me about consistency and steadiness.  As I read Psalm 102, my thoughts of the Lord were all over the place and then settled on this one attribute of the Lord. Check this out…

 25 In the beginning you made the earth,
       and your hands made the skies.
 26 They will be destroyed, but you will remain.
       They will all wear out like clothes.
    And, like clothes, you will change them
       and throw them away.
 27 But you never change,
       and your life will never end.
 28 Our children will live in your presence,
       and their children will remain with you.” (Psalm 102:25-28 NCV)

God is steady, strong and steadfast. He doesn’t move or cease to exist. He remains through all the changes in me. He doesn’t change with the environment of my life. My life would be consistently steadier if I remain attached and anchored to Him.  I thought of a song that stirs my heart to worship Him and the title is “Remain”.  Check this out…

Defender of this heart
Starfield
 
You loved me from the start
You never change
 
Through the highs and lows
As seasons come and go
You never fail
 
Day after day
Your love will remain
Faithful and true
You are good
 
You are God with us
You’re victorious
You are strong and mighty to save
For Your word stands true
There is none like You
And when all else fades
You remain
 
When troubles come my way
You guide and You sustain
Lead me, I pray
 
Forever You will be
The great eternal King
Now and always
 
Day after day
Your love will remain
Faithful and true
You are good, you are good (Music & Lyrics by Starfield)

 I am holding on to the ONE Who Remains! He is everything I’m not and He’s all I’ve got. I know He won’t leave or quit. He is steady, strong and faithful – He remains when all else fails.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Trustworthy

This is a core value to me as well as many other people. I usually assume that everyone I meet or work with are trustworthy people. I guess maybe that I’m a bit optimistic. A trustworthy person is a person able to be relied upon to be honest and truthful. 

Over the years I’ve really hammered this point to my children. Being honest is the  MOST important part of my character. I hate lying. I get more frustrated when a person lies to me than at any other time.  David speaks to this when describing the people who will work for him and live in his house. Check this out….

6 I will look for trustworthy people
       so I can live with them in the land.
    Only those who live innocent lives
       will be my servants.
 7 No one who is dishonest will live in my house;
       no liars will stay around me. (Psalm 101:6-7 NCV)

I believe it’s very important for me to model honesty at home, at work and at play. There are so many times when it seems easy to shade the truth or go around it rather than simply speak it. I love the angle that one person took; “if you don’t ever tell a lie, you don’t have to remember what you said.

My Mom & Dad always taught me “honesty is always the best policy”. I believe that it served me well. If someone is dishonest, how can a trusting relationship ever be built or grow at all. I believe honesty speaks to the core of all relationships big or small, personal or corporate. The truth is not always popular, but it’s still always the truth!

Pressing On!
Dwayne