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Beauty Will Rise

Beauty will rise

I've been getting so blessed by Steven Curtis Chapman's new CD – "Beauty Will Rise." The CD has as it's backdrop, the recent passing of his daughter, so he ministers to the brokenhearted in this esentially acoustic set. If you can, check out the songs, "Questions," and "February 20th." Maybe you can try downloading them from iTunes.
Music is such a wonderful gift from the Lord, and SCC is such a gifted musician with a heart after God's own heart. (2 Kings 3:15)

Here's the song "Questions" – feel free to click, listen and be blessed…deep stuff!

click here – Questions, by Steven Curtis Chapman

A Day That’s Changed My Life

High blood pressure

On September 30 I was diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure (170/100).  

At first I wasn't going to mention this in my blog, but after talking this over with the Lord, I sensed it was something He wants me to chronicle.  This blog is for God's glory, and this diagnosis is something He is using in my life.  

I'm not sure (from a physical standpoint) why my blood pressure is so high (I have another appointment on the 23rd).  My cholesterol levels are good, and I don't "feel" stressed; I'm only slightly overweight (I've shed 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks).  The doctor says it might be genetic (hereditary).

What I am sure of, however, is that God has used this to speak volumes to my heart, here's a few:

1. I need to live every day as if it were my last (the doctor said my condition is "dangerous").

2. I need to appreciate so much more, the life, the love, the family, the people I have been so graciously surrounded with.

3. I need to slow down, take walks (talks) with the family, and in a holy way, enjoy every moment God gives.  

This whole thing is an answer to prayer…I have always wanted "more of God in my life."   It's sad to say, but such a desire usually requires trials, wake-up calls; our world needs to be rocked.  

"Thank You Lord."

"Please have Your hand on my heart."

"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." – Psalm 90:12

Surviving Hurricane Ike

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When I saw this photo and read this article I immediately thought of Jesus words in Matthew 7:24-27.  Jesus essentially said that unless we build-to-last, by obeying His Word…than one day that Hurricane will hit…and our home (family) will fall.  Here's the modern day illustration as written in an AOL news story.

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How Did Lone Home Survive Ike? 

(September 18, 2008)   When Hurricane Ike crashed ashore in Texas with 110 mph winds, it left almost nothing behind in the small, coastal town of Gilchrist.  Aerial photographs taken after the storm revealed that the neighborhood that stretched for miles along the narrow peninsula had been swept away with just one exception: a single home left standing, seemingly untouched.  Some viewers of surreal photographs showing the yellow house that remained amid the wasteland argued that it may be fake. In a debate on iReport.com, a woman named Judy Hudspeth jumped in with a stunning statement: “This is my sister’s house. It is real,” she wrote. Hudspeth uploaded a photo of the home taken in May that silenced the skeptics. She explained that her sister and her sister’s husband, Pam and Warren Adams, rebuilt the home in 2006 after it had been destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Hudspeth said they hired a contractor to build a structure that could withstand a Category 5 hurricane and watched over the process to assure it was done right.


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Hats off to a wise family who took the time, invested wisely and ensured that their home was built to survive a Hurricane.  God help us to do the same Spiritually.  Jesus put it this way, "Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and winds blew and beat on that house; and it did-not-fall, for it was founded on the rock."  - Matthew 7:24-25


It's too bad that such "homes" are rare. 


"Lord, I pray for my own home, for Shelly, Ariel, Aaron and Me.  Lord, help us to be doers of Your Word and not hearers only.  Lord, I pray especially for me…the responsible leader in this home.  Please grant me grace, fear and wisdom to invest the time, to pay the price, to do everything I can, to ensure that all that takes place in this home honors You.  Lord Jesus, I pray that when the hurricane hits (and I know this is inevitable), that our home, Your home, would stand…I ask this in Your name.  Amen." 




Jesus is Coming!

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I was super blessed to be able to share at Calvary Chapel Pasadena last night.  This was the final meeting in a summer series with the men entitled, "Living in the Last Days" – Studies in 2 Peter. God reminded me of the fact that He can return at any moment…even today.  God help us to be ready, and to truly live life in the light of His eminent return. "The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness" (2 Peter 10-11).