Tuesday, October 30, 2012

~ When God Speaks...

        This past week I was able to go on one of the most amazing Journeys I have been on yet. ....I don't really know where to start, the verse that kept coming back to mind is Isa. 26:3  " Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace who's mind is stayed on thee."  I went up with the expectation that God was going to give me direction for some "what I thought" were important decisions in life. God quickly showed that I needed to just seek Him... just seek His face... just know Him more.
        It was when I set aside my own desires and and the things I wanted answers for and just really sought to know Him in a new way... that's when the answers began to flow. God gave me verses and passages that will stick long after the memories of the moments fade. I saw God work in the lives of the guys that I went up with. I hope to return to Northwoods again....  good times....  ptl.

~ 7homas
Psalm 37:3-7

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Morning in the Woods...

        So.... I love the woods, I love pretty much everything about them... the smell the trees, leaves ok.... you get the picture. yeah pretty much want a house in the woods one day. Brings back allot of memories from times past. I used to walk through the woods just for fun... listening and watching. There's a million little awesome things if we just take the time to look...

Psalm 37:1-3

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Beauty of Dying ~

        Last night I was laying in my bed thinking of all the events that had taken place this past year... some made me laugh, others things I wish could have been handled differently ... and still others I was surprised to see how I had reacted one way only to find out that I was only told half the story... I took a more internal look at myself...  Had I reacted to to things I only knew half the story to? Had I done things that would make God smile? Had I handled every situation as if he was standing right there watching me?...
        Sadly I wish I could say yes to all the above but such is not the case... In fact I was surprised to see how much I had "let myself go" in different areas... just passing the little things on as if it wasn't such a big deal, when in reality it's the little things that make deals big. I was disappointed, I had even let people and situations skew my way of thinking....  what was I doing!??  Being a child of Christ we are called to die daily... yes daily, something Thomas Paine has never been good at doing... dying to what I want, What I feel and yes even to what I think!
        It an all or none relationship, it's a selfless all of him relationship, it's a full surrender... Lord I'm willing to  do anything for you relationship... its dying.  "John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

-7homas <><
Psalm 37:3-7

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Fall Evening ~

        It was cold, crisp but clear....  And God met us there...  "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be in the midst of them." I was surprised to see how many actually gathered to praise, pray and read His word and even though we were cold our hearts were warmed with His presence. In Christ alone.  
       " Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that is may minister grace unto the hearers."   It was a special night that I will remember for a long time... let's no take for granted the freedoms our country still enjoys...  Have an awesome week in the Lord.

-7homas Paine 
Psalm 37:3-7