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    Vienna waits for you

    We all have a calling in life; one that is God given.  From the beginning of time we were born with a vision. God knew us while we were still in the womb.  (Jeremiah 1:5) We all work toward creating careers that we love, that will help us make a living; however, there is a true difference between work, and your vocation. An artisan is a skilled tradesman.  They use their hands to create.  When the work of your hand is guided by the father, learned from the father, and anointed by the father, you can never go wrong. I like to think that I am an artisan of the…

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    Acts of God

    “David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob.  But it was Solomon who actually built it. However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, ‘Heaven is my throne,and the earth is my footstool.  Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the LORD.  ‘Could you build me such a resting place?  Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’ – Acts 7:46-50 I awaken every morning, make a coffee, say a prayer and turn on the weather network.  I like to keep up with the news, and prepare myself…

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    It Won’t Rain Always

     “Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” – Joel 2:23 Rain rain go away, come again another day! Many see rain as an annoyance, sometimes myself included; however, rain is something of a miracle. Freezing rain…is another thing altogether. But, everything in nature is miraculous in my opinion. I read a post on Facebook the other day that said: “We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe…

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    Right expectations – The best is yet to come

    “There are two ways to be happy:  improve your reality or lower your expectations.”  – Jodi Picoult This is by far one of the hardest things we struggle with in life it seems.  Some days you may feel like you can’t walk right, talk right, or do anything right.  Especially if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed.   It is a thing. We take for granted the fact that we have all we need (Psalm 23) As humans we are just in a constant state of expectation.  Not that it’s wrong to expect things, even miracles; however, sometimes we have an unrealistic expectation of how things…

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    A Man With a Measuring Line

    “And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.” – Zechariah 2:5 It is said that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Dr Martin Luther King Jr If you wait until the perfect circumstances come along in life to do anything great, you will be waiting forever and a day, and you will never get anything done. (Ecclesiastes 11:4) I’ve learned time and time again not to trust in my circumstances, but to trust in God.…

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    What is your pleasure?

    “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm 16:11 I’ve seen movies where the bartender, or waitress, or a host at a party may ask “What’s your pleasure?”  Meaning, what is it that I can give to you, that will bring you pleasure? God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and He created pleasure.  He knows our desires and what will genuinely bring us joy and pleasure, more than we would know ourselves.  Most people on this earth seek pleasure alone….   Sometimes as Christians we think that God doesn’t want…

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    Trust in the Lord

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”  – Psalm 28:7 Sometimes when I turn on the television to catch up on current events, my heart sinks into my lap.  It just seems as though there is never enough good news to go around. Planes are crashing, people are missing, and horrible tragedies are taking place.  I was watching the news about the fires in Fort McMurray thinking, “When will it all end?”  How can we continue to have joy in our lives when all this is happening in the world?  When we have…

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    Blah Blah Blah

    “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” – Philippians 2:14  Sometimes we can take an otherwise perfect day or situation and turn it into something completely opposite with negativity.  It’s easy to do, and hard to erase once you get into the habit. Our outlook on life can change and it can influence those around us.  When we look for the negative in everything, that is what we will find; however, when we look for the good, it is there also.  There is a purpose hidden in every situation.  (Philippians 2:13)  “But test them all; hold on to what is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21  Negativity can lead to anger, and can contaminate…

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    Humility

    “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” – Proverbs 18:12 Pride is focused on self, but humility is focused on God.  You cannot do anything effectively for God, when you are focused solely on self.  “The Purpose Driven Life,” is a great book.  Its first line says, “It’s not about you.” Anything you do for God will be about helping,”people.”  You must love people.  That is easier said than done sometimes.  We were all placed on this earth with a purpose and a dream.  A dream for our lives of course, but our lives are made up of us, and the people around us.…

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    Without Vision

    “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 Abib stands for Early Spring. In the Hebrew lunar calendar, around March or April, was when the Israelites were led out of Egypt into a blooming new land full of milk and honey.  (Exodus 13:4-5)  It was a good time to travel. Spring is significant of new life, and new beginnings.  It gives us something to look forward to when the winter of life becomes treacherous and never ending.  We all look forward to ground hog day, hoping for a sign that spring is near.  We all need a vision, a hope for a…