Showing posts from December, 2009

For Laura!

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD. (Proverbs 18:22).

To be loved, to find love is what many, if not most hearts yearn for. That for does not happen, or is yet to happen, does nothing to diminish the desire to find in the eyes...and heart of someone!

Growing up, I often thought about my life, what I would be, what I would do...who I would love...what my family would be like. In God's plan for that part of my life there was, there wife of 28 years...Laura.

She is a remarkable woman, and those who know her...know that in her I found a real treasure.

God has for a " season" allowed us to be in Southwest Wyoming, her in Metro Denver, awaiting our sons graduation that at last will bring our reunion.

Her absence has served to refine my love for her....and according to her, her love for me.

I simply don't know if I would be functioning now after my sisters home going (To heaven, in Sept…

Please Celebrate Me Home!

When you hear the word home, what comes to mind? For me It's more than mortar, more than bricks...more that a certain place that is so many degrees longitude...and latitude.

Home when I really think about it has little to do with geography. Now I love Colorado, and Wyoming, and (split time between the two). I hope to never take towering majestic peaks for granted...but home is well... more than that!

Home someone wrote is the place that "When you show up, they have to take you in"!

Home for the last 28 years has been anywhere Laura my wife was located. Then God sent into our lives three sons, and they became home to!

Prior to Laura capturing my heart, I was blessed to grow up in a home where love, and laughter and kindness was common. Oh we had our times...but they were always tempered, with the joy of belonging, of being welcomed, of feeling needed... of being home!

Surrounded by warm and caring parents and a younger brother (Mike) and sister,(Michelle, who was celebrate…

This will make your day!

Tenessee Ernie Ford with his son...Brion. No other introduction needed:)

Living without Regrets

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4: 31-32).

Is possible to live without regrets? We look back on our lives and we think if only I had done this...if only I had not done that, if only I had not said that...

Like it or not you are, where you are now, because of choices you made, along the course of your life. It is to easy to blame other people for why we are the way we are.

There comes a time (hopefully early) in every life
where we must accept responsibility for the choices, the moment by moment decisions that have impacted our life, and others lives... either for good or for bad.

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” Sydney Smith

So what will you do, what will I do about living a regret free life? Can it be there just to muc…

Corrie Ten Boom on the "Goodness of God"

If my wife and I would have ever had a girl (We have three wonderful sons) we would have named her Corrie, after Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who for the first 50 years of her life toiled in obscurity, working with her family in her fathers watch shop.

Her life like millions of others was disrupted by the maniacal desire for World domination by Adolph Hitler. Corries family, provided safe sanctuary for Jewish people who were literally running for their lives.

In their home they had a secret room...a hiding place. Sadly their compassion and concern was discovered by the Nazis who imprisoned the entire family...Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to the Ravensbrook Concentration Camp.

Between 1939 and 1945, over 130,000 female prisoners passed through the Ravensbrook camp system; only 40,000 survived.
Betsie and Corrie faced unrelenting brutality.

Betsie died there

Their deep and abiding Christian faith, sustained them, even during the darkest of moments. Corrie was released …

God is Good!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say this-- those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” (Psalms 107:1-6).

Psalm 107 was written after the Judeans came back from exile in Babylon, so this is a Psalm which was written specifically for the returning, exiles to give praise.

We do not know who wrote it. Some Levite, perhaps, wrote it, or someone who sang in the choir, but it was some godly man whom God used to express his praise on behalf of the exiles.

The writers theme is profoundly simple and simply profound

God is Good!

I remember reading a devotion sometime ago, when the writer stated:

When the Bible says tha…