Sunday, April 18, 2021

Learning Lessons

We can all learn lessons from playing
or watching a sport on Television.

I have heard opinions from some it
doesn't matter what the score is if
your team is shutout. Other words
what is the difference losing 1-0
or 10-0.  

I think there is a difference in those
two scores. The 1-0 game you had
a chance to win though the other
team was just a little better. In the
10-0 game you had no chance.

I believe you can learn something
from the 1-0 game. If it is baseball
you can learn about a better job 
against the same pitcher next time
or how you can score runs when 
you are having trouble with hits or 
scoring. The 10-0 game you just 
say it was one of these days. 

Teams will look at video to see
what they can do better next time
when they lose or even if they win.
Watching a game we may learn 
what the players could do better
as well.

I figure at the very least we can 
learn life lessons. We can do the
same at the end of the day. What
could we have done to make the
day better than it was and go out
the next day and try it. Go Us!
Amen!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Up Early

My brother doesn't like waking up
early on the weekend. I have to say
it is a tough thing to do.

I am sure most people wake up on
Saturday as they do during the work
week. The key do you go back to 
sleep.

I have gotten up early for years so
stay the same for me. Good time
to get some things done before the
day begins.

I do my writing early in the morning
and I am able to think and pray before
going out.

The weather continues to be really
nice this week. On Thursday I bought
a new jacket for the spring and summer.

Being positive and grateful are to thinks
to work on early in the morning too.
Whatever you do today be blessed.
Amen!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Lost Phone

On Thursday I lost my phone so I
had to get a new replacement.

The new phone is better than the
old phone and it isn't really costing
me anymore on how I updated my
account.

What I don't like is wasting time
especially it is my own fault. I was
talking to a gal with two small
children then I showed her picture
of my grandniece Ellie on the
phone screen. That was the last
I know about having the phone.

When I got home I realized the
phone wasn't in my coat pocket
and not in the car. I borrowed my
roommate's phone to call to see
if I could hear it and no success.

I went back to the store first seeing
if it is in the parking lot where I
had parked. Not there so went into
the store to lost and phone. There
was a similar phone but not mine.

I went and got another phone as
a replacement. I don't have insurance
however it was OK. They ask if I
wanted to add insurance on the account.
I said no. I just have to be sure that
I don't lose this one in the next year
or at least six months.

Make me wonder about hearing from
God. Not a big wonder but I can hear
about what is happening in others live
and give them their original design or
what is called here their life purpose.

There might be a time I will find out
about the lost phone or God wanted 
to bless me with a new phone and how
to deal with frustration along with 
wasting time. 

I am sure I am not the only one in
this whole world who deals with
frustration in this way. So how do
you deal with frustration. I hope 
better than I do. I hope you are
encouraged today. Amen!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Spring Weather

The last couple days we have had good
spring weather, however, we will see
even high temperatures over the next
week here in Western Washington.

We are expecting temperatures in the
low 70s. I don't think there is not a
more beautiful place in the world
when it is like this. The problem
it isn't like this during the winter.

Everyone's attitude changes when
we have this weather that is for sure.
At the coffee shop a lot of people 
will be able to sit outside.

The schools are on break this week
so made the perfect time for that too.
With covid I am sure families are not
traveling like they are used to. May
go somewhere in the state.

I will pray that God will provide you
with his blessings along with the love
he has for you. Amen!


                                  An older picture but shows what it is like
                                  when we have sunny weather. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Day By Day

Every day we live our life of purpose. It
is who we are. It is the reason we live and
have our being.

We share our gifts to others. I find it is
important that we encourage others, even
if it isn't our primary gift. 

One word of encourage to another can 
change their life forever. All the gifts
we have is to encourage others.

How I encourage others most likely 
different than how you encourage,
however, the point is we do it.

So today find even one person to 
encourage. I hope your gifts will
be a part of it. The person you give
encouragement will remember you
forever. Thanks and Amen!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Frustration

I don't know about you, however, I don't
like being frustrated. This happened to me
yesterday and this morning.

I gave a gift card to a friend. They message
me the card had already was redeemed. I 
found out to get customer service or support
you have to do it on line. 

I got hold of a so called "expert" however,
they not only couldn't solve the issue they
couldn't even help me. 

I did not have an account which I didn't
want to have, however, I had to create
account anyway. 

Other words I had to an account up. They
don't have a phone number to call at all.
I submitted the code which came back it
cannot be redeemed so I had to submit
an order through support along with a
photo of the card.

Something that should have only taken a
 few minutes to resolve took a couple hours.
 No longer going to purchase another of that
  gift card. I am sure you understand. I just 
hope to get a refund.

I wonder they realize their system how do
they expect to get new customers especially
if they can't activate a card the first time
try.

Now I go on with my day having faith 
everything will work out. Again no use
of that gift card company. Thanks for 
reading my frustration. I am sure everyone
has gone through this on several occasions.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Beginning of another week

I woke up this morning feeling I need to
make a change in my life. Actually God
was going to make the change in my life.

We all have issues in our lives that can
actually be changed especially when they
are reveled to us. In my case, I said I would
never get heavy like others I have seen. 
Turned out I have primarily because of 
my heart. 

Often we all put curses in our lives whether
how we are or can be. In this case I came
against the curse of obesity. Now I will do
what I can and leave the rest to God.

I know this isn't the only curse I have put
on myself like we all experienced so I look
for more revelation in this area. I ask you do
the same as well. Our lives can change when
we take off curses willing or not willing we
made. A major thing is to forgive yourself 
for doing so. Amen! 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Standing on our identity

I was thinking about one of my friends
mentioning on social media not trusting
God like we should. Not giving our life
over to him.

There are several reasons for that among
them is our identity. We don't know our 
identity in Christ or in ourselves. 

I have to say most people care about
what other people think about them.
It goes all the way back when we were
kids trying to figure all things out. It was
important to be liked by others and if we
not popular with the other kids made it
really difficult.

So this is why important to know our
own identity and the love God has for 
us. We should realize it really isn't that
important what other people think about
us as much as what God thinks of us and
he thinks of us a whole lot.

Let's take today and think about that. What
should be important to us. In our nature we
do care what others think so we have to 
change around believing what God thinks
about us. Amen!



Saturday, April 10, 2021

Remembering Camp Fires

This morning came to my mind how much
going to the coffee shop reminds me of
camp fires.

The guys I chat with at the coffee shop
tell stories of the past or current affairs.
Made me think of sitting by the camp fires.

Most of the camp fires I was involved in
was as a youth in boy scouts. Every 
summer for four years we would go on
a 50 mile hike in the Olympic Mountains.
Each August we would be out hiking for
about ten days. 

We hiked a different trail each year. We
had two extra days for hiking jut in case
it rained which it usually did. Those days
we would spend in a cabin or have covering
where would not get rain on us. We would
spend the day playing cards after and between
meals. 

Depending on how much it was raining often
a few of us would go down to the river to see
if we could see any fish. Most of these days
where we rested away from the rain we would
not see anyone coming by on the trail.

During meals we would sit by the camp fire
hearing stories from the adults about their
experiences hiking. These stories would make
us laugh. Now I hear similar stories at the
coffee shop. What a great way to spend time.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Get On Board

Early every morning a train goes by that I
can hear if I am awake that is. I happened
to hear it this morning. A train does go
several times a day, however, early morning
is when I really hear it. Not really loud at
least for me.

This reminded me that God's train comes
along every day several times asking people
to get on board. I know it isn't scriptural 
based in the Bible but a good med fore. 

One of our purposes is let people know 
about Jesus Christ. He loves us and is
here available for us any time of the day.
They should get on board today. We are
never promised another day besides today.

Our job is not to cram it down their throat
but to let them know Jesus is available
right now for them regardless what is 
going on in their lives. Jesus has the  ticket
take it from him and your life will change.
Amen!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April Showers

We have all heard "April Showers bring
May flowers".

So far here in Western Washington we
haven't had a lot of rain the first week
of April. In fact less than an half of
inch. Of course  that can change.

I always look forward to May; in
particular because my birthday is
in May. Of course, the older you
get don't want count birthdays any
longer or May can take it's time to
get here.

The older we get health issues do
creep in. Last night at a church
home meeting a gentlemen having
health issues said his days are 
numbered. H doesn't think he
has much time left. We told him
all our days are numbered. We
just don't  know when the number
ends. 

Life as we know brings struggles
the point is how do with deal with
it all. I figure I was blessed surviving
a fire when I was four years old
every day now is a blessing. My
time like everyone else's will end
however, enjoy each day and be
a blessing to others. All we can
do for sure. 

The April showers may come but
let's be the May flowers to others.
Amen!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wake Up With Motivation

When we wake up in the morning our main
motivation is making money. It is how the
world works we have to use money to do
anything.

Another motivation is helping others or in
Christian terms our ministry. Most of our
gifts will deal with making money and 
helping others. Your job likely is or was
something that motivated you with your
talent and gifting. This works with both
work and helping others.

So if you are still trying to figure out 
your life purpose well the answer is
probably your work and what you do
to help others. Yes our ministry is 
helping others to. 

I know my primary gifting is to encourage
others with humor thrown in. I enjoy
using humor whenever I can. Humor
will make people feel better and make
them feel comfortable as well. 

So whether at work or play let your
gifting be working at all times. Actually
I am sure it is working right now even
if you do not realize it because it is You!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

How To Start The Day

I figure to start the day we should begin
with examining ourselves. What I am
mean is how are we going to improve
our lives and be a better person.

I know there are those out here who say
or at least that others are judging them.
I am not sure that is happening or not
and if they are judging you what difference
does it make.

Being judged by someone are they a friend
or someone you seen once in a while at the
coffee shop.  

A friend judging you may not be a bad thing.
The importance are they judging you with
love and wanting you to be a better person.
Maybe they see flaws in you that you don't
see or don't want to acknowledge. This could
be a good thing. 

A friend judging you with the wrong motive
then maybe you should be looking for a new
friend.

I am sure there are those who judge me on a
regular basis but I don't really know them at 
all. Maybe they don't like me because of my
hair or what clothes I wear or something totally
different. I figure I won't please everyone.

So let's get back to examining ourselves. There
are things we can do to improve us. It could be
what we wear or how we act. Important thing
are you living as yourself or trying to be someone
others will like. I would go for the first. The 
point is not everyone is going to like us. 

Anyway that is today's encourage for us all to
hear and let's see how it goes today then tomorrow
we examine ourselves on how it went. Amen!