The Word Of God

Holy BibleI am convinced that my life’s journey became more focused and clear when I decided to start my day with the Word of God. I’m not a theologian. I’m not a bible scholar. I’m a husband, dad, teacher & REALTOR who wants to be a student of God’s Word. My perspective has changed a lot over the years. I believe my journey in God’s Word has reshaped my heart to be more like His. I have a lot of growing yet to do, but I believe this daily discipline, as simple as it is, has had a profound impact upon my life.

I came across one of those passages that I remember from years ago. It affirms the power and significance of the Word of God. Check this out…

12 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account. (Hebrews 4:12-13 CSB)

I started writing a journal of sorts after reading a passage. There was nothing complex about it, I just wrote about what “jumped out” in the passage that I read. I underlined or highlighted in my Bible. I started this journal process for me. I wanted to remember at 3 PM what I had read at 6 AM to start my day. I wanted the Word of God to live in me throughout the day. I was a bit surprised at how it stuck for longer periods of time – all because I journaled about it. My blog became part of the process later. I felt like the Lord prompted me to share my journey in His Word. I’m not sure when I started this – (I guess I could look it up), but it’s blessed my life to share my journey. I feel called to be in His Word every day. I share my journaling because I believe He asked me too.

I wish I could adequately describe the profound impact my daily journey in His Word has had on my life. I wish everyone who read the words of my journey would try reading His Word daily for at least 30 days. My life has never been the same since. I’ve had hardship and suffering, but I keep coming back to the Word of my Creator – His inspired Word. His Word brings comfort. His Word brings clarity. His Word tells me how to be saved. His Word introduced grace and mercy. His Word tells me all about Jesus. God’s heart is revealed in His Word and I want to know His heart.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Inheritance

 

Bag with inheritanceI have 5 amazing kids and my family has expanded with two my sons marrying great ladies and now they have children of their own. I find myself reflecting on my journey as I look at the kids. I often see myself in something they do or the way they say something. It seems like a life-time ago since they were babies. I will sometimes have conversations with my parents or my wife’s parents and they reflect similarly – they remember us being small sometimes like it was yesterday.

I started reading the book of Hebrews this morning and this book starts out declaring the importance of Jesus, the Son of God. The Hebrew writer is a mystery, although he writes like Paul. The content is strong as he describes Jesus. Check this out…

In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. So he became superior to the angels, just as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:2-4 CSB)

I love it when someone is blessed by something one of my kids has done. I love it when they say I favor. I tell everyone that my youngest son Luke looks the most like me! (In case you didn’t know, he’s my Nicaragua son!) I want my kids to grow up being honorable, honest adults who serve the Lord.

The older I get, the more I start thinking of what sort of inheritance I’m leaving for my children. First, I want to leave an inheritance of faith in Christ. The Lord changed my life when I surrendered my heart to Him many years ago. The Lord changed the way I love my wife, the way I parent my children and the kind of friend I am to others. I believe knowing the Lord has been the most pivotal choice of my entire life. I was young when I made that decision, but it’s been affirmed many times over as I get older. As I read the Word of God, my faith gets deeper and stronger. My inheritance with Him is His Presence forever in heaven. My family receives that incredible inheritance as well because they’ve given their heart to Him as well.

I try not to worry about how this life comes to a close because of the promise of my inheritance. I want to simply trust Him and walk with Him every day that I have ahead.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Inspiration

Grace AND Truth

I am inspired by the stories of people who have gone before me. I am reading a book called “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965” It is about the long and storied history of Churchill’s leadership during the World War II era. The hardship that he and the people of England faced was very hard and very real, but they emerged in great strength through the hardships. Churchill was an inspirational leader. He was a motivator. He was a thinker. He had his weird moments. He inspired others by his speeches, writings, but most of all his leadership. Great leaders inspire others to follow their lead.

The Apostle Paul in writing to Timothy is encouraging his young protégé by writing to remind Timothy of his journey thus far. It is often helpful to reflect on where we’ve been to truly appreciate where we are today. Paul closes out one of the chapters by reminding Timothy that tough times are ahead. He reminds him that there will be opposition and persecution. He gives some strong counsel to Timothy in the face of trouble. These words inspired me many years ago and I was reminded of the significance of The Word as I read these words. Check this out…

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 CSB)

I think I was around 14 years of age when I gave my first message to the little church I grew up attending in Casey Creek, KY. I remember being encouraged by this passage of scripture that talks about its value to my life. I can’t say that I had a daily discipline of reading scripture every day, but I am thankful that the Lord spoke into my heart and used His Word to build me and equip me for whatever was ahead for me. My journey has most definitely had struggles and hardship, but God’s Word kept speaking into my life. The Word teaches, rebukes, corrects and trains me. I am inspired to keep reading The Word as I live out my life, because I feel Him speak directly into my heart. Reading His Word daily doesn’t make me anyone special, but I’m reminded and inspired to keep surrendering my heart to Him and the peace that only He can give settles into my soul.

I want to live my life inspired by God’s Word. I want to lead my family inspired by God’s Word. I want my career to continually be inspired by God’s Word – His character, His Wisdom for my life. The journey of my life has been profoundly influenced and directed by my daily discovery of God’s heart found in scripture

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Good Work & Word

Work Characters Shows Working Workers And Manual LaborI believe that work is honorable. Those who work produce something and often the work product serves others and not just themselves. I think of serving professions: Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMT’s, Physicians, Pastors, Teachers, REALTORS, etc.… This list could get very long. There is a joy that comes from serving others that is hard to explain. There is often a call to a certain profession or type of work. I used to watch a show called, “Dirty Jobs” where the host Mike Rowe interviewed and work alongside people who had dirty jobs. As I said earlier, I believe work is honorable because of the earnings as well as the service. I can take care of my family and serve them because I’m compensated for the service I provide for others. I love this blessing nugget that Paul shares with the church at Thessalonica in his second letter to them. Check this out…

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 CSB)

The second part of that last sentence is “word”. I love hearing a well-spoken word. I can grow when I hear a word of encouragement, teaching or blessing. Almost a year ago, I discovered Podcasts on my phone. I know that they’ve been around for a few years, but I had mainly used my phone to talk on when in the vehicle. Lately, I’ve used my truck as a training center and I’ve tuned into Podcasts that are teaching me and helping me grow.

I enjoy DarrenDaily in my text messages each day.

I am a big fan of the Brian Buffini Show through iTunes.

Dave Ramsey’s team does a podcast called Entreleadership that has blessed me and built me.

Andy Andrew’s “In The Loop” is an excellent podcast as well.

Nothing I could ever find on this planet will replace the Word of God. I find wisdom and truth dripping from the pages of scripture. I believe that the Words of Scripture are divinely inspired by God and put in written form so that I can know Him and grow in His likeness. The podcasts and “self-help” stuff I listen to could never replace the truths and teachings from the Word of God.

I want to be a life-long learner. I want to take the principles found in the Word of God and weave them tightly into my life and my being. I want my life to produce both good work and good words.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Written Directions

 

GPS And MapI used to read a map decent and I think I still can. It’s easier to put the address or coordinates into a smart phone and take off. Some parts of technology have “dumbed me down” a bit. J I do love all the tools that technology has brought to my fingertips that can make me a better husband, Dad, friend and REALTOR professional.  At times, it helps to reflect on the “old school” ways of doing things or going places.

This past week I had a few days to unplug a bit and hang out with my family for a few days called “Spring Break”. I sat by the campfire down by the lake and relaxed. It was enjoyable. My reading for the first day was Psalm 119 – the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. I read through this passage three different times and it became clear that the writer loved and respected the Word of God. Several passages out of this chapter really spoke to my heart. Check this out…

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,book
    who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart –
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways.

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.

89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;
    it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
    you established the earth, and it endures.

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.

114 You are my refuge and my shield;
    I have put my hope in your word.

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I have put my hope in your word. (Psalm 119:1-3,9-11,89-90,105,114,147 NIV)

I don’t think I’ve ever read a passage so many time. The Power and Presence of the Word of God just kept jumping off those pages into my heart. I was recently reflecting on when my journey with daily study of the Word began and it was right before the recession began in 2006 think. I just started getting up about 15 minutes earlier than everyone else to spend time reading and studying the Word of God. That 15 minutes has expanded into about an hour now as I just want to hear from the Lord each morning some truth directly from His Word. His Word has shaped my heart in ways I never saw coming. I am not smarter because I read His Word, but I do believe I know Him more. I am not more of a Christ Follower because of reading His Word, but my spiritual root system is way healthier.

My passion for His Word is stronger than ever. The Lord says things to me in His Word that I’ve never heard from anyone else or any other source. I want to know His heart more intimately as I get older and I want Him to continue to speak into my heart.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Perspective

 

Mountain ViewThis is an interesting word to define. As I look up this word in the dictionary, the definition has little to do with how I use the word. I’m thinking of perspective as the position of my view on something. My angle or my point of view is my perspective. My perspective of life has been changed as I live my life over the years. My view of life looked a lot different at age 25 than it does at age 55. My perspective of The Lord has changed as I’ve walked a lot closer to Him in the last several years. The writings of Psalms often give me perspective with the Lord. I want to follow Him and walk with Him all the days of my life.

Praise the Lord.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
    who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
    and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
    for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
    who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:1-7 NIV)

Proper perspective can lead to being righteous.

Proper perspective can lead to the light.

Proper perspective can lead me to generosity.

Proper perspective can lead me to confidence in the Lord.

Proper perspective gives me great strength.

Proper perspective gives me calm during bad news.

Proper perspective keeps my heart steady – trusting the Lord.

I want the perspective of God that comes from His Word, not just my personal experience and personal perspective. His Word speaks from the proper perspective of God of Creation. He is faithful, loving, grace-filled and strong. His Word speaks truth and from that truth I can have the proper perspective of Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne