He Still Loves Me even when I Blow It

637685246Peter in his zeal blurts out “I will never be made to stumble”. Again moments later, in rebuttal to Jesus’ prophetic word in Matt 26:34-35, revealing that he would deny Him three times; Peter emphatically declares, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” Strong words that came from love and a life that was transformed by the Master. As well, the other disciples followed in voicing their commitment and devotion to Jesus that historic night on the Mount of Olives not knowing exactly what would shortly transpire.

The city was doing construction on the sewer lines in front of my Aunt and Uncles house many years ago while they were keeping my siblings and me for a summer. My brother and I were at the young age where curiosity can make you do things you shouldn’t. I remember so vividly my uncle sternly saying, before he went to work that day, “Do not play around or get down into that construction hole”.   Well… even though we had made a oath and commitment that we would never do that we were overtaken and enticed with adventure. Being able to resist no longer, my brother lowered me into the hole later that day for a harmless look. Then at the sight of my uncle coming around the corner he ran and left me in the

Jesus still loves us even after we have made great commitments to Jesus and then failing Him and totally blowing it.     (tweet)

hole. The willow tree that conveniently hung over in my sight was a perfect place for my uncle to get a branch and proceed with one hand to help me out and wimped me all in the same motion.

More than the sting of the whooping was the pain of knowing I had failed in my oath and commitment that I had made to my uncle. The thought of disappointing him and possible losing his love was worse than any other pain I was feeling. It wasn’t until later that a valuable lesson was learned.

In comparison I can vaguely imagine the feeling of disappointment that Peter Continue reading

Time has Run Out and I haven’t Gotten it Done?

630575256How many times have you come to the end of the year or even to the end of the month and realize that you haven’t accomplished what you felt you should have? Whether it is goals for your job or even what we call “the honey dews” around the house, there are things that we all need to scratch off of our “To Do list”. Yet sometimes we have been distracted or maybe have procrastinated and find ourselves with unfulfilled goals.

In this season I find myself thinking of the future and not wanting to one day find myself gray headed rocking on my porch, wishing I would have done something more to obtain spiritual goals in my life. Too many people have good intentions of doing God’s will, but never get to the point of ever doing it. I shudder to think I will live my life through and not make a difference in this generation.

Too many people have good intentions of doing God’s will, but never get to the point of ever doing it.    (tweet)

What is hindering us from seeing God’s will manifest in our lives? Well, let us look at a portion of scripture to answer these questions. In John 5:5-6 it says, “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

In this portion of scripture, we see Jesus had gone up to Jerusalem for the feast of the Jews and ends up at the pool of Bethesda. The people who are crammed around this pool are people who were in desperate need of a miracle. Scriptures says at certain Continue reading