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Come To Me

Matthew 11 28

Come to me…and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me”.  Jesus didn’t say come to a certain doctrine, come to religion, or come to a certain system.  This is a very personal invitation to God, our Savior.

We need to understand that our God is not so far above of us that he can’t see or understand our troubles, our problems, the trials and tribulations that we endure.  He does see, He does understand, and He is inviting us to come to Him and He will give us rest.

Jesus didn’t just stay on a mountaintop, He came down and lived  and worked with the people.  Crowds followed Him wherever He went, drawn to Him like a magnet because He was and is…our Savior.

Read about the life of Jesus and you will find a message of hope, of mercy, and a message that in a dark world there is light.  That Light is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Go to Him and He will give you rest.

It is my prayer that today you find rest, Jay.

I’m Doing a Great Work

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“I’m doing a great work and I cannot come down.”

Nehemiah 6:3

When my girls were little I would go in late at night and sit on their bed and stroke their hair and say out loud, “I’m doing a great work and I cannot come down.” There are a million things I could do and even more things that I could get involved in, but this is the great work that God has called me to do in my life and I am not coming down. For those of you with little ones or even teenagers I urge you to do the same thing. Walk in their room when they’re asleep, even if it’s very late, (you may have to set the alarm clock to get in there when they’re asleep) and you need to look at those tiny little bodies (or big old bodies) that God has entrusted you with and say “This is my great work and I will not, can not, come down!”

My daughters, and now my grandson and granddaughter are the greatest things I could give my life to. I am doing a great work and I’m not coming down and I’m not going to allow anyone or anything to distract me from the privilege I have of investing in these beautiful children. I know that they will go on to live longer than me and do things I would never have the chance or the potential to do. I’m doing a great work and I can’t afford to come down.

In my office at work I have pictures of my wife, my children, my grandchildren, and everyday I look at them and say I’m doing a great work and yeah there are other trips I could take and yeah there is more money I could make and yeah there are more opportunities I could chase and yeah I could be away from home more and always say yes to the people asking me to do things and I could be busy, busy, very busy but right here, right now I’m doing a great work; I’m doing a great work and I cannot come down.

Men, and ladies, you need to look at your wife or husband and say what a piece of work they are. He/She needs my help, where would he/she be without me. I don’t know what my wife thinks when she looks at me. She probably feels sorry for me. I understand that. But each of you needs to understand that there is a significant, significant role that you play and I don’t have to tell you what it is. You’re smart enough to know what it is but it’s so easy to get distracted. Starting today shout it from the rooftops, sing it loudly, let all know “I’m doing GREAT work and I cannot come down!”

Lead our children to a life with God.
Maintain a healthy marriage.
Maintain a realistic & healthy self-image.
Lead the family to be what God intended.
Foster a good work ethic.
Foster a concern for others.
Foster a sense of God’s call for their life.

Seek to be biblical parents!
Challenge culture, make God priority #1!

Today my friends I pray that you do your great work and when tempted you answer “I cannot come down!”

Peace, Jay

Mom Left Footprints in The Fabric of Time

Mom, Bugga, Grandma, Great Grandma, Boo..no matter the name you will be missed.
Mom, Bugga, Grandma, Great Grandma, Boo..no matter the name you will be missed.

The dictionary defines the term mother-in-law as – the mother of your spouse – a relative by marriage.  I have never been able to use that term with my wife’s mother, she has and always will be my mom.  I could write pages upon pages about mom.  How she raised 4 girls into incredible women of God, her love for her husband of 58 years, how she turned a wayward boy into a man, how she instilled love, worship, family, integrity….did I mention love?, into every child, grandchild and great grandchild in her family.  I could write about how she cared for the love of her life until last June when he lost his battle with cancer.  How she found out only weeks later that she too had cancer and was told she had 3 months.  I could write about how she fought, prayed, loved, and held tight to her faith that in the end God has a plan.  I could write about the joy, the laughter, the guidance and the love she shared with all that were blessed enough to know her.  I could, I could write and write and write, but I won’t, not now.  Now I will share what my son (again I don’t like the term in-law, he is my son) wrote and asked me to read at mom’s funeral last week.

Keep love in your heart….. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.-Oscar Wilde

Daughter, Sister, Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother…… This is the natural progression of a Woman. It is an inevitable progression of life. But what do those titles mean? What makes you a Mother or a Grandmother? What defines you after your days have passed? What defines your legacy? Your legacy is no more than a tiny footprint in the fabric of time. Legacy is a term most often associated with men of great achievements; men of war, power, or great intellect. They leave something lasting for the people of the world. But what of the smaller footprints in the sand? Are they less important, less meaningful? What happens when the small foot prints branch off into tiny ones, and then divide again? These are the footprints of every woman that has strode side by side with her husband, best friend and partner. Their lives so intertwined that often the tracks are indistinguishable from one another.

There is a common quote we hear….. “Behind every great man there is a great women”; unfortunately this is terribly inaccurate. As any couple can profess there are many times there is a single set of tracks to follow. Those are the instances that a woman must step forward and carry her partner through a moment of weakness. The only time she may falter or fall behind are deviations she must take in order to look after her own daughters, or grandchildren. She is the mother, she must not let harm befall her flock. She is the torchbearer, a rallying point, a light in the darkness for her offspring. This is no easy task as any matriarch can attest to, all throughout the cycle of life it is the matriarch that is the binding glue that holds the family group together. While the men fight their fights, harvest their crops, and dream of glory the mother is left holding the end of each delicate string, weaving them into a family tapestry.

Mom was the matriarch of her pride, a proud family. Every person sitting here today has been shadowed by her tracks in the sand. She was the driving force behind a much loved patriarch. Often times she was the quiet force without the mane; but when needed a fierce protector of her family or the gentle guiding hand for a daughter or grandchild. We know that there was nothing in her life more important than her pride,….. her family. No one knows a mother’s love like her own offspring, and each one of those cubs have grown and guide a pride of their own. Sometimes the love is shadowed in a harsh hard or a hard lesson. But inside you know that the matriarch is doing her best to guide you to the path in the sand so you may leave your own prints, branching off ever more; but forever alongside your husband, partner and best friend, as she did.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you. ~Philippians 1:2-3 

May God Bless each and every one of you, Jay

The Sunshine Award

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I was recently in need of some sunshine and it came from my friend Coach Muller. I am extremely humbled by Coach’s nomination for the “Sunshine Award” which recognizes bloggers whose writings “light up the dark corners of our minds” It amazes me that someone that I look to on a daily basis to bring sunshine into my day would think that my writings “light up the dark corners of our minds”.  Please stop by Good Time Stories and let Coach’s sunshine light up your day.  Thank you again Coach for this incredible honor.

I now want to share the Sunshine Award with some of my friends on other sites but before I do, here are the rules for this award…

 (1) Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.

(2) Do the Q&A below.

(3) Pass on the award to 10 – 12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

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The Questions…

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite animal? Bear

Favorite number? 28, the day I married my best friend. 

Favorite nonalcoholic drink? Ice Tea

Favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook and occasionally Twitter

My Passions? My family, every crazy one of them!

Giving or Receiving Gifts? Giving, always giving.

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My award nominees…

A Journey of Faith

Photography in Patmos

New Things

Faithrises

Write Here Joel

A Story By Me

Beyond Blessed Blog

worthabowedhead

Proverbsgirl

Brooklyn Bystander