Burrrr It's Cold In Here!

Have you ever noticed that when everything in your home is working correctly you really don’t think about the little things like say, the heat pump, but when they’re broken you REALLY think about them.  Recently our heat pump decided it no longer wanted to do its job for my house and just quit, can you believe that?  The audacity of that instrument of my comfort, to just quit like that, and it didn’t even give us a 2-week notice!  Times got tough, temps got low and it just quit at the worst possible time. Have you ever felt like quitting on God, or the ministry He has called you to?  If you’re like me you probably have had seasons of doubt, distress and had the overwhelming urge to throw your hands up and just quit, but let me ask you something, who else would be affected if you gave up?

Our heat pump’s decision to stop working and providing the heat that it was designed to provide has not only effect it but everyone that enters this house.  There is a void now that its service has been taken away and the same is true for you.  YOU are the only one God created to be who you are and do what you do.  If you quit it will be felt by many.

Paul says in Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  This verse is a good reminder. If you feel like giving up and want to just stop doing what you were designed to do take a moment to pray, remember the hope Christ has given you, recalibrate and stay patient in the affliction because this too shall pass.

Romans 12:4-5 says For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  We are all one body and each of us has a specific thing to do for the kingdom of God.  My ministry may be drastically different than yours but neither of our specific callings is more important than the other.  We are called to function as a living organism and if you give up your absence will be felt.  Just like the looming cold in my house that is felt stronger now that our heat pump has quit working, your absence will be felt.  So take heart, have hope and let the warmth of your faith heat up a cold world!

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Swimming with my furry buddies

Today I got the chance to take my two dogs, Randolph a 7 year old white boxer, and Raleigh a 6 month old boxer/hound? mix to Belew's Lake for a Memorial Day weekend swim.  It was so much fun.  Raleigh didn't know what to expect and excitedly attacked and lunged at the breaking waves on the shore.  I was also able to allow my nearly 3ft Savannah Monitor the chance to "swim" in our bathtub the day before.  I put together a quick mash up of the experience with my cell phone camera so please forgive the lack of quality and enjoy some frolicking swimming dogs.  I do believe that our heavenly Father also enjoys seeing us happy and enjoying life like I enjoyed seeing my animal buddies enjoying their swims.  

 Proverbs 17:22 says "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."  Lets not live in denial of our circumstances BUT let's live in the joy of knowing our heavenly father works all things for our good and that this too shall pass, whatever your THIS is.  Let's try to enjoy life like the animals in this video and pray that the Lord is pleased with the way we are carrying out our lives.  God is good, and He loves you!