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Monday, June 24, 2013

Google Reader is Closing Down, Bloglovin Quick Fix

Hey Everyone! This message will be showing up on all my blogs so I appologize in advance to those of you who will see it multiple times.

Google Reader is closing down July 1st and any of you who follow that way will be losing not only your updates from this blog but also all your other blogs.

There are many ways you can follow blogs, but I wanted to suggest a simple solution for those of you who don't have much time. Bloglovin (a free blog following - compiled feed thing :) ) has a simple ways to copy all of the blogs you follow via google reader or Google Friend Connect into your personal Bloglovin account. All you need to set up a bloglovin account is an e-mail address or a facebook account.

How to Transfer your blogs:

- Go to
- Click on Google Reader
- Click Import from Google Reader
- Sign in or choose an account
- Accept the request to Manage your data in Google Reader

The transfer will start and then all your favorite blogs will be right there where you can find them. Hope this blog will be one of them!
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Friday, February 8, 2013

The Wrong Simple Solution

Road through the trees, The Wrong Simple Solution - How often does God save your future for you?
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"Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.""        
                     Exodus 13:17

After the children of Israel left Egypt, God led them through the wilderness to the Promise Land, but the wilderness was not the direct route.

I'm the type of person who finds the quickest route from "point A" to "point B" and uses it all the time. Why takes 10 minutes to get somewhere if you can get there in 5? Why put twice as much work into a task as is necessary to do it right? I'm not talking about cutting corners, just being efficient. And yet, there are definitely times when it feels like God's plan for my life involves taking the long way around.

What I love about this verse is how much better God knew these people then they knew themselves. I'm pretty sure that had you told any of them that they would want to return to slavery once things got rough, they would have thought you were crazy, but if you've read the story of the Israelities in the wilderness you know that's precisely what happened.

God foresaw their pitfalls and lead them around the long way to save their future from themselves.

How often does God have to do that for us? How often is that construction on the road, that broken ankle, that lost reception His way of saving us from pitfalls we don't see coming?

How often does He save your future for you?

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Never be Swallowed by Life

"If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our soul; Then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul."
Psalm 124:2-5

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Simple actions like checking the news or Facebook can leave you feeling buried, not to mention the daily grind. Sometimes I would swear that laundry and dishes are going to consume my soul.  It's easy to get in the mindset of just trying to survive, to keep your head above water, while secretly wondering if at some point it will just be too much.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Knowing Good

"Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." James 4:17
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The ways this verse can apply are endless and staggering.

We know it's good to say hi to that really obnoxious person, but we chose to avoid them instead (sin)

We're called to care for the orphans, yet how many of us really adopt? (sin)

We know we should exercise and start eating less (sin)

We know we should do good, but there are others called to those areas. We don't want to be inconvenienced unless a bolt of lightning from heaven strikes us with the idea. (sin)

So many sins in our day to day lives, not from doing something wrong, but from not doing something right.

I like to think that God simply hasn't called me to all the things 'm not doing, but does he really need to tell me to do all the things that I know are good to do? What parent isn't thrilled when their child cleans their room without being asked? Are we watching opportunities pass?

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Who's the Guy whose Wife asked for Springs?

"Then Caleb said, "Whoever attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give my daughter
Achsah as wife." And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah as wife. Now it happened, when she came to him, that she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, "What do you wish?" So she said to him, "Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and lower springs." Judges 1:12-15

Alright, so that's very interesting. The same story is recorded almost word for word in Joshua 15:16-19. I've read this story many times and always wondered why it was included. So I did some background research on this guy Othniel and guess what? He was the first judge of Israel. I know, I know - I should have caught that before. But there are a lot of funny names and I never made the connection. Anyhow, in Judges 3:7-11 we learn that Israel forgot God, got taken over, God raises up Othniel who judges Israel, goes to war, prevails, there's rest in Israel for 40 years, them he dies. So I guess the guy whose wife asked for springs played a rather big roll after all.     
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


"If He goes by me, I do not see Him;
If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;"
Job 9:11

I read this verse and thought, "What's so great about that?"

Often times I view God's invisibility as an inconvenience. It would be so much easier to follow Him if He were visible. The fact that I don't see Him doesn't inspire a feeling of awe, and yet, this verse is part of a long list of God's amazing attributes.

It set me thinking. If I were reading a story or watching a movie where the hero could move without being seen, if this hero could be invisible - wouldn't i think that was amazing, cool, or even wicked awesome?

God's ability to be invisible is as much a sign of His power, an indication that He truly is God, as walking on water.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Constellations Then and Now

"He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;"
Job 9:9

Some part of my mind got this idea that the sky looks very different to us now than it did back in the beginning and yet this verse references some of the most well known constellations.

In our world where nothings looks the same as it did in bible times (society, government, day to day life), it is amazing to realize that we still look up into the same night sky. 
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Without Him Nothing

Without Him Nothing John 1:3 leafJohn 1:3
"All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made."

Over time I find myself losing my grasp of the full weight of certain truths.

For example:
"God is good"
"For God so loved the world . . . "
 and "God made the world."

Yes, I know that God is good, but if I were to truly sit and try to comprehend how good He is or acknowledge the magnitude of His love - I would doubtless find myself overwhelmed with awe. I easily throw around the "God made the world" bit, but when I really stop and take in the words "without Him nothing was made that was made," I am forced to see how everything around me is a testament to His awesomeness.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Impossible Foretold

Impossible Foretold Job 9:8 Walking on water"He alone spreads out the heavens,
And treads on the waves of the sea;"
Job 9:8

It's amazing to me to think that Job made reference to God walking on water so long before it actually happened.

Had Jesus not walked on water, I don't think I would have associated walking on water with God. After all walking on water is about as possible as swimming in lava. Yet Job doesn't say that he swims in lava, but that he "treads on the waves of the sea" and that's exactly what he did.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


"For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's
And He has set the World upon them."
                  1 Samuel 2:8c
Every other day, it seems, you hear about another nobody who rocketed from obscurity into somebody. A budding new author, a lucky unknown in a lead acting role, the heroic marine, all around us in every area of life there are individuals coming to the forefront while others are moving back.

People struggle year after year to attain these positions of influence and the greatness that accompanies them, but these positions are God's to fill. He can replace them in a blink of an eye with whomever He chooses. If God wishes to lift you up - He will, but if God wishes to bring you down, that's just as easy.

As I watch the people around me move up and down it just serve to amaze me with how Big God is and how small we really are. We are but pawns that can stay lowly or become a queen as it best suits the overall outcome of the game. Either way I am just honored to be a part of His game. How about you?
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