The Love of a Friend
After a bout of uncertainty over the first part of the year, life has taken a turn for the better in many ways in the latter.
My wife and I enrolled into Integrity Bible Seminary: she is going for her masters in missions, and I’m working on my associates in theology. By the time we have completed our education we will not have our doctorates: this will help us in our ventures into the ministry field, which is something we desire to be able to do full time.
Four months ago we started our own business, Leap Generation LLC. It has been slow, we think we could have taken a better approach with it. We currently are in the process of revamping the business. We started it with the main purpose of it being a way for us to support being full time missionaries. We don’t believe where we started is wrong, but it would make it more difficult to do while overseas.
One of the things Daddy (God) has began taking us through a period of preparation of training, not in just one area of life but in all aspects of it.
He told us to sell our TVs that they were to much a distraction, to put away ‘childish things’. The training will cover everything from what we eat, drink, do, think, say and much more.
Another part of the process has been to start learning Spanish, which has been fun and interesting to say the least. We picked up two complete (OT & NT) Spanish Bibles: this being the case because of where we feel the Father leading us to go; which are Central and South American regions.
Downsizing: getting less materialistic items for the sake of just getting them, or even to fulfill desires isn’t important to us any longer. Now we weigh things in the scales of calling and Divine purpose. Does what we desire to attain furthering the Kingdom and the Gospel thereof? This is the wisdom that drives us in what we don’t and do acquire in life.
Another one of the things Daddy has really laid strongly on my heart to do is to really buckle down and write a book. This is something I had dabble with in the past but put off doing, then when I picked it back up, Yahveh stopped me from completing it.
I fully believe it wasn’t it wasn’t the right time, nor the right focus on what He wanted it to deal with. But now He has laid it heavily upon my heart to revisit and finish writing this book.
We are both very excited to see where the next three years open up, to where Daddy leads us for His Kingdom!
I just want to say how I am grateful for the parents God has blessed me with. They have helped my with my girls over the years so much.
Tonight my daughter was stung or bitten by an unknown bug or spider. Why my dad didn’t ha
ve too come over to the house to check on my daughter and help figure out what to do, he did.
They get my kids when I am at work and care for them when I am gone.
There is so much more that I have to be grateful for but they are just 2 amazing parents and grandparents.
God revealed something as I sat waiting for my daughter to have her hair done.
Today is Fruitful Friday….
People will truly know us by the fruits we produce. Whether those fruits are good or bad.
What is fruit good for?? Most people will eat fruit… they consume what is produced from the tree.
As a Christian I have a new purpose in life. That is to produce good fruit for others to consume. (Eat) By my fruits they will know me…
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Can others see this fruit in me?
There is good reason that the scriptures say, ” Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
We are able too get a taste of How Good God is by tasting the fruits or consuming the fruits produced by those who follow Him.
This is why it is so important to make sure those fruits are good.
What taste are we leaving in the mouths of others who watch our every move, our daily lives…
Do we leave a sweet taste that they can’t get enough of and come back for more?
Do we leave a salty taste that leaves them thirsty for more?
Do we leave them with a sour taste, where they don’t want to taste it except rarely. When they want that punch to kick start their mouths for a new taste.
Do we leave a weird taste where they have to get used to the difference before truly enjoying it. Some come to like it others decide after a while they don’t want to keep tasting the weird taste in fear of never coming to truly enjoy it.
Do we leave a rotten taste where they walk away and never want to taste or try it again…
I personally want to be the fruit that is sweet and salty… where those around me long for more, thirsting for the water that never runs dry.
I want every fruit produced of the Holy Spirit evident in my life. The closer I get to God the more my bad fruit is pruned and good fruit is produced from the Tree of Life…. come taste and see for He is Good.
Today has been a blessed day for sure. I was able to shine some light in some really needed places today.
Last night our visiting Pastor spoke on being a true disciple of Christ. I want to be that person. I want to live 100 % for Christ, not part time but full time. I have a mission and that mission is to love others as Christ loves them.
Today I had several opportunities to see how this kind of love can effect those around us. I work as a clerk at my job. We hold the team together even if we think that we are not seen most of the time. Clerks and Asst Admins are very important in my job.
As I start my day everyday I always say Good Morning with a smile on my face. You never know what kind of day someone is having and bringing a little cheer to those around you never hurt anyone. 🙂 Smiles are contagious and they brighten people’s day.
I always say please and thank you, even for the smallest request. Another thing I do is use my manners of Yes Sir, No Sir, Yes Ma’am, No Ma’am…. Am I required to do this? NO It is just a common curiosity that I do in order to show respect for those I work with.
About 2 weeks ago all the clerks and asst admins had our monthly meeting. One of the main focuses was how we need to build each other up and not tear each other down. How we needed to work as a team and pull together and tear apart. I personally have decided that I want to make it my mission to do just that.
After that meeting I had a very important email to send to one of the clerks that was dealing with some very hard personal issues. I sent an email thanking her for her hard work and made sure that she knew that I appreciated everything that she does and has done for me and others. I also informed her that she was in my prayers and I spoke a prayer over her situation and told her that I would be there if she needed anything.
This morning, as I get to my home that I work with I had a certain clerk that was heavy on my heart. I just spoke to this clerk shortly before arriving on my home. She was just very stressed and concerned about things and not feeling 100% physically. Out of respect for those around me and not wanting to offend any one I chose to sit and write her an email when I reached my home.
In this email, I started it out with an apology, for I had pointed out that something seemed wrong with her and that I was concerned and wanted to make sure she was okay. When others noticed she felt like she might have looked really bad today. So I explained my reasoning for questioning if she was okay. I then wrote my prayer for her in the email, yes I said that I wrote my prayer for her in the email… You see prayer that are read can be just as powerful then those prayer that are done right at that moment. I held my tongue earlier for a reason that was not to push others away. I also informed her that no matter what happens that God has her, and He knows the plans He has for her as well. Then I decided to tell her how awesome she was and that she did an amazing job at keeping her department together. I knew that she would be busy all day with interviews but I sent the email anyway. Just to encourage her and hopefully make her day brighter.
As the day goes on I start to head to lunch… as I am walking I see one of our JCO Vs coming my way. I love this woman and she is really the sweetest lady. Last week she went through a really hard time with her family and my heart goes out to her. I decided as we were walking towards each other that I was just going to tell her: that she was Amazing at what she does for our home and that she runs the home well and keeps it going! That she too was Awesome and that I appreciated all that she does for our home. She then gave me a huge hug and thanked me and said that she was grateful for all that I do as well. Then she said that she loves it when I am at work. I did not expect this response and was not doing what this to get any response except to up lift and encourage her.
I then head to the front where I have to drop the mail from my home off at the mail room before I headed to lunch. Now let me tell you, there is the sweetest clerk that works in the mail room. She will brighten anyone’s day and everyone loves her. As I stood at the door knocking lightly to wait for her to open it.. I started to fill with excitement. This was her turn… As she let me in I closed the door behind me. I sat in the empty chair and told her that I had something I needed to tell her. I just sat there with a Big smile on my face. She said okay what is it? Oh so patiently not knowing what to expect due to being out sound board when we all need a listening ear. I grinned really big and just started with I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you so much… I just want to know that your smile brightens my day and that when you are here you start my mornings off right. When I need help or don’t know where something is or a number all I have to do is ask you and you know it instantly. You are a blessing to me… She then started to tell me how much she appreciated us (clerks) and I told her that we just loved her and really care for her. I noticed she then picked up a napkin and then told me okay stop your going to make me cry… She then asked if she could have a hug… I said of course, I am all about hugs….. As I hugged her I told her that we loved her.. I then left for lunch.
When I got back from lunch I made my mind up that this is what it is all about. Not just for the clerks but for all those that I work with. I am to encourage those I work with, to lift them up, and to love them for who they were created to be. Not what others see but what God sees in them.
I will continue to find people to encourage and uplift in my work place daily for my purpose even if it is just one person I touch in some way, is to make a difference in the lives around me.
These testimony is about what God is beginning to do through me as I become that willing vessel to be used in a lost, hurt, and dying world.
On a side note: My husband and daughter (the 9 year old) are on the phone tonight and they are wrapping up their conversation..
Chloe: I love you
Dan: I love you too
Chloe: I love you the most
Dan: I love you more
Chloe: I love you more than anything in the whole world, except for God
Dan: good, that’s the way it should be and nothing else.
We must be doing something right! It is a huge blessing to know that your child knows you can love others but nothing will come before God. She amazes me at times and I am very proud of my husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I am grateful that God saw fit to bless me with them as my own to raise and have for this short time here on Earth.
Be Blessed tonight and know that you can make a difference….
Always Smile, Dance in the Rain, Shine as bright as a Rainbow, but know You are the Treasure that He Seeks!
It has been a very long but good Monday. Work was good and seemed to go by quickly. After leaving work I had a doctor’s appt that went well too.
My daughter had to show rabbits for the first time today. They didn’t place but she learned alot. I am proud of her.
My oldest daughter will be turning 15 on Sunday and it seems like yesterday she was just born. God gave me this child in the middle of a life style that could have been a bad one. If it wasn’t for my oldest child who God gave to me to raise I am not sure what or where I would today. Stormy was my turning point and she changed me for the better. I am so blessed to be her mom. I have enjoyed watching her grow up but I don’t want the last few years of school to go to quickly.
I know that God is going to use her in a mighty way for His Kingdom. She has always had a servant’s heart and the
courage of a mighty warrior. She will be on the front lines on the battle field. She will do might things for God.
I am Blessed to be trusted with such a treasure of Abba’s.
Excited to see His plan unfold for her.
The Lord revealed to me some things the other night as we were worshiping Him. Since I am a mother myself the Lord showed me an example of what He wanted me to understand by using my own situation as a parent with my kids.
I have always enjoyed giving my kids things that they would enjoy. Like taking them somewhere that was unexpected. To me the surprise that awaited them at the end of the car ride was always the best…. Keeping it a surprise was hard.
I would make plans for my children and not tell them of those plans. I will make reservations online and print out the tickets. I will set time and money aside to go eat some place special. I will get all the plans in order before even uttering a word.
After all the plans are set in order I will tell them when the time is right to get prepared for we were fixing to leave. If this trip required any special clothing such as shoes or long pants I would make sure those instructions were given. Other than that no other information would be given.
I would tell them to get in the car…. When my oldest was little she would ask me questions. Where are we going? What are we doing? When will we be there? All these questions were good questions but not for her to know. She would have to trust that I knew the plans and that she would soon find out, but it would be a process. These plans were not for her to be concerned about.
As she has grown to know the process over time. She has learned that if she will follow the directions at the beginning of the trip and then sit quietly that reward will soon be before her. She has learned to get in, sit down, and buckle up… without questioning the plans. Even though she doesn’t see the plans or end results. She has learned to trust the process in me as her parent. For the plans I have made for her were not to harm her but to show her what was to come…….
Yes this is like the verse Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)
Since my oldest daughter has learned how the process of trusting me when I say let’s go she has taught my youngest daughter that if she just follows the directions and sits quietly in the car then she would get the reward in the end without delay.
I say all of this because the Lord is taking my family through a time of follow the instructions, get in, buckle up, sit back, shut up, and enjoy the ride.
He wants us to trust in His plans that He has for us. Not to questions or try to fight the instructions of how it should happen. For He doesn’t always give us the plans for He wants to surprise us. For He is a Good Father and wants us to enjoy what is coming. The Lord knows the Plans He has for us. He wants us to just Trust in Him and not question the process but to enjoy the ride.
So even though I don’t know the plans that lie before me, my Daddy does. I am not to try to figure it all out. I am not to try to figure out where we are going, what we are doing, or how it is going to all fit together. I am to trust in my Daddy that He knows the Plans for me. One step at a time. He will give me instructions of what is needed for what lies ahead but the rest is not for me to know. He wants me to sit back and enjoy the ride while trusting Him.
ENJOY THE RIDE!!