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God's Man | Are You Excellent

Are You Excellent?
If you would find happiness and success get in the habit of overcoming
your fear everyday.-Ralph Waldo EmersonI have been stuck on this topic in my personal study for the last year. This morning I was listening to Brian Tracy's Success Mastery Academy and he mentioned the quote above. He said that Emerson found this quote on a piece of paper that he found while walking down the street as a child. This quote lead him most of his life.
God has really be dealing with me about this. I have felt like Paul many times as I don't do the things I want to do and yet I find myself doing what I don't want to. I understand the frustration that comes for know in your head what must be done and doing many things that are the polar opposite of it.
Much of my time has been spent learning the principles of success that I think I should be further along on my own path. My career has included partnering with people in the pursuit of their personal success. As a minister, trai…

Thank You Father...

Father,
I Thank You for my Wife. She seeks you and so should I. Thank you for a marriage where we do not hold grudges nor do we play games. Help me to always look beyond what she is really telling me. In this case she was telling me that there was something wrong with the car. She was also telling me to listen to her opinion. In my arrogance I thought I knew the situation better. I should have considered her feelings more. I apologize for not using your discernment more because in the end God, she was right! I should remember that you stepped in and told Abraham to listen to his wife. That was Good Advice. I married her so I should at the very least take what she says seriously. You gave me a good one. I would say your best.
Keep working on me so I can be the husband that you want me to be.
In Jesus Name. Amen

Prayer Request

My Co-worker just told me that his Uncle who lives in Rochester, NY has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Please pray for him as well as his family in this time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My Prayer For Them Father I ask that you be with my co-worker's uncle today. He needs you more now than he has ever before. Help him to rely on you to be his strength. Help him to put his trust in you. You have a perfect will for him even in this difficult time. Help him to see it. Be with his family as well God. Let them also focus on you. Let them find comfort in your arms and with each other. Help them to provide a loving atmosphere for the uncle. Let them also find your perfect will in this situation. God I also pray that you would raise him up from his bed of illness. That you would give him strength and energy until you are ready to call him home. In Jesus Name Amen -God's Man

Nighttime Musings | Psalm 140

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Well my partner decided to get up with me tonight so here I am. The last few days I have been reading a book called, The Prayers of David: Becoming a Person after Gods Own Heart. It has been enlightening to look at David in a new way. To walk through the Psalms as a whole and see how they fit together with David's Life. As a story teller I enjoy the way the author highlights the events in David's life that possibly inspired him. He truly was a man after God's Own Heart. Even in times of struggle.

That leads us to tonights lesson: Psalm 140:
Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; protect me from men of violence who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Selah Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet. Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps…

Nighttime Musings | Deuteronomy 6: 6-7

It seems that my late night partner has decided that she is ready to sleep all night long. I'm sure that any parents understand the joy of finally returning to a full nights sleep. I have mixed feeling about this as I enjoyed holding the baby, feeling her relax in my arms and watching her fall asleep in my arms.
This reminds me of when her sister made the jump to sleeping all night. She and I used to get up and watch concert DVD's. I remember that her favorite was the Kirk Franklin concert from his Rebirth album. He performed this at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. She would always be asleep by the 10th song. It is funny the things you remember. It is so hard to believe that 5 years have passed.This morning God lead me here to Dueteronomy:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”- Deuteronomy 6: 6-7A fu…

5 Things Am Grateful For...

Do you have a gratitude list

5 Things I am grateful for:

1. My oldest daughter accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior on Sunday 02 March 2008
2. My wife for working with me, not against me.
3. My parents for providing a home with accountability.
4. The creative ministry team at my church for being my spiritual refresher each week.
5. My God-Children for being awesome.

The Power of Gratitude...

You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:11-12I was in a real funk tonight. I was frustrated with everyone. Nothing seemed to be working the way that I wanted. I felt entitled to be in bad mood because I had done so much for everyone. I want to be taken care of. I wanted to sit back and let others do things for a change.

So after I had gotten the kids into bed and my wife off tosleep I sat down to have my pity party. I sat in my chair and surfed the internet with a serious "poor me" attitude. Well as
I sat there I heard the words "Be Grateful". I thought to myself what do I have to be grateful for. Next thing I began doing is going through my personal email and delete all the junk. So I started scrolling thourgh all of my emails. As this was happening I kept hearing "Be grateful". Well o…