A Letter To My Grandson

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Dear Lincoln,

An acorn is a tiny little thing, its a nut to be more precise.  Now the little acorn goes and gets planted under the ground.  Its hard to believe that the little acorn will one day be an oak tree.  That’s right Lincoln, inside that little acorn is a mighty oak tree just waiting to come out.  Again it’s a hard thing to believe, but residing in that little nut is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

“A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.    Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.    Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.    Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  When he had said this, he called out,  “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”  Luke 8:8

My point today Lincoln is that as you grow up surround yourself with good people and follow the Lord, for inside you is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

I love you little man, Puppa

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God’s Trademark Is Love

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Designer clothes are known by their trademarks or designs.  You know if it’s a Tommy Hilfiger or a Ralph Lauren.  They have trademarks that make them very visible and very identifiable.  Those that hold an office of a unique kind can be identified by their attire.  You can know a doctor by his attire or a policeman by his attire or a judge by his attire.

God has sent forth something as irrefutable evidence that we are close to God – an irrefutable test by which you can measure your own spiritual growth.  In fact, so awesome is this trademark of God that He said it would be the major declaration of your faith.  Jesus put it this way.  He said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.    Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.  Romans 13:8

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.  1 John 3:11

There Are Three Kinds Of Givers

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There are three kinds of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb.  If you want to get anything out of the flint, you have to hammer it.  And you’ll only get chips and sparks.  To get water out of the sponge, you have to squeeze it.  The more you squeeze, the lore you get.  But you have to squeeze a lot.  But the honeycomb simple overflows with sweetness.

When a person understands what God has done for them, you don’t have to prime them to give and you don’t have to have collection after collection.  They understand that He is a great God.  In fact, at offering time, we ought to jumping to our feet and applauding that we are here to give, have something to give, and have been blessed to be have the strength to work that we might be able to give.  We ought just to appluad the privilege of giving.

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ”  Luke 6:38

Believe in Your Heavenly Father

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Evolution is the belief that nobody plus nothing equals everything.  But that’s not so.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Isaiah 64:8 And yet, O   lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

It’s quite natural for us to see a watch and assume that it has a watchmaker.  Evolution would have us believe that we could take the contents of the watch, throw them up in the air, and expect them to fall perfectly, and precisely in the correct order and positioning and automatically start ticking.

O  lord , our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O  lord , our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Psalm 8:1-9

Lets say you walked into a quiet forest and stumbled upon a ball, the natural assumption would be that someone put it there.  You would be right to assume someone had been there before.  If you stumbled upon a very large ball, say like the size of a house, you’d assume that someone very big had to have put it there.  Now suppose that ball is the size of the planet Earth.  Then someone really big would have had to put it there!

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.  Romans 1:20

The whole point is, if there is a design, there is a designer.  If there is a painting, there has to be an artist.  If there is a you, there is God.

for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.  Colossians 1:16

Men, Have The Courage

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Men these are things to ask your wife and children to pray for you. Have the courage to ask your family to help hold you accountable for these things.

Love Christ first.

By your sacrificial example, encourage your wife to love Christ first.

Love your wife so that she is confident, you understand her deepest thoughts and moods.

Love your wife by honoring her in the presence of your children.

Love your wife by joyful sacrifice to enable her spiritual growth. Also love your wife by being sacrificially involved in the daily household needs.

I miss you Dad.

SEVEN HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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I opened my email this morning and found this little tidbit by Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and I thought I just needed to share this with all of you.  Number 1 and 7 are the key ones for me.  How about you?

SEVEN HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

1. Start taking care of yourself. If you don’t put a priority on your health and mental sanity, you will pay for it now and later. Not only will you be constantly overworked, exhausted, and stressed, but you’ll also suffer from the physical and emotional fallout that comes from not making yourself a priority.

2. Go to bed early and get a good night’s rest. Most Americans are severely sleep deprived. It’s no wonder they don’t have passion and purpose for life; they can barely keep their eyes open and their heads from nodding off! Refueling your sleep tank is important to being efficient during the day.

3. Make the most of your mornings. Getting your day off to a great start is one of the best ways to kick-start your productivity. Wake up a little earlier, and spend time building your faith by reading the Bible and praying. Start tackling a few items on your to-do list. Make a goal list for the week. Go for a walk around your neighborhood.

4. Set five small goals. Without goals, all your good intentions amount to nothing. You need concrete, realistic goals if you want to make traction in the right direction.

5. Break down your goals into bite-size pieces. Sometimes a big goal can seem overwhelming. Break down your big goals into monthly, then weekly chunks—things you can accomplish in fifteen to thirty minutes at a time. You’ll instantly transform your goals from daunting to doable.

6. Find an accountability partner. You can’t live life on purpose on your own. Find a friend or two who are willing to keep you on task. Set up regular check-ins, whether online, in person, or over the phone. Share ideas on how to practically engage in an accountability relationship.

7. Replace the TV or Internet surfing with productivity. Feel like you don’t have enough time? Well, you’re not alone. Most Americans feel like they are incredibly strapped for time. But the average American also watches four hours of television per day. If we all invested even half of that time into improving ourselves, working toward our goals, working out, getting more sleep, and so on, think about how much better we’d feel and how much more fulfilled we’d be in life!

No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your upbringing, you can live an exceptional life. You can say goodbye to survival mode and hello to a life that matters. A life that makes a difference. A life on purpose!

Today be a blessing!  Jay