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I can’t stands it no more…


Today, I was eating lunch with my pastor at Taco Bell.  I said very clearly that my early bias against the seeker-friendly church tagline apparently given to Willow Creek forced me to rewrite my thoughts.  I had to erase the blackboard and think something new and oh, so much more fact based than the opinion I had held for the better part of a decade.  Bill Hybels video, “Walk Across The Room” did it to me.

Passion for the Gospel and the desire for all men to hear the Good News in a language they could understand was so clearly evident that I could not retain a stupid prejudice of what I thought I knew.

With that said, will you explore with me this thought shared on the weblink below:

In just a few moments, it opened up a new stream of thought about how my life should look and I must go down the river to see what is in store.

Maybe you too have something deep inside burning to be released.  I pray as you journey and seek God’s wisdom, that He alone will reveal the next thing you should do…as you are connected to the Vine as one of His branches.

Looking for the fruit in my life as well,

Emery In Hollister

I can't takes it no more...

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A lesson in the vines

While doing my duties as a roof inspector this week, GOD showed me an example of His care of my life.

I was asked to visit this elegant estate with a superbly maintained but small vineyard. Above will-tilled, weed-free earth are strong posts anchoring the rows of weathered vines, green leafy growth and large clusters of almost ripe grapes.  Each row is ended with roses.  What caught my eye was the addition of netting to keep pests from the fruit.

I felt the prompting from GOD to first observe it, then photograph it and then share it with my small group last night.  It was so easy to see this was a spiritual lesson wrapped in a fall picture of abundance.

I asked my group to share their insights.  So what do you see in this picture below?  Is there a spiritual lesson here?  Just asking.  Be BLESSED and have a wonderful weekend!  The harvest is coming…

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The story of two Kevins

driving down the highway Recently, some things have  shifted in my thinking and I  want to give credit to two  guys that have helped me  realize this…even though  neither of them have any  clue how they have helped  me.

In fact, the first Kevin worked for me almost 18 years ago.  He was an incredibly intelligent man who drove truck for a living but was inciteful and observant in all that he did.  What made him such an inspiration to me was that he would share his thoughts with me, his dispatcher, almost every day…in ways that would aggravate me because no one in our chain of command cared what he thought.  But I loved his use of his talents.  He was so bright!  Only part of his brain kept him driving his 18-wheeler all over the state quite safely while most of his brain was observing the world around him provoking him to come up with innovative ideas.  Even though virtually none of his ideas were ever achieved, the world viewed from the cab of his truck was his observation station.  Thanks Kevin.

Dare I say, the other Kevin is my current boss.  He has helped me more than he will know.  Most of all he is accepting, encouraging and provoking in the best of ways.  He has given me a place to work for almost 3 1/2 years to date.  It is my place to provide resources for my family, a place to express my skills, and a place to reflect.  I need that.  It is not my dream job.  I have spent almost 35 years in the construction, mostly roofing, business in various positions.

Reflecting while driving, a skill I developed from observing Kevin #1, gives me a place to talk to GOD, to myself, while working for Kevin #2.  My duties give me a fair amount of window time.  GOD seems to fill the windshield with abundant joys to view while my iPhone filled with podcasts of wonderful authors speaks to me about the things of God and of life and yes, even a little automotive and tech talk as well.  I love information.  I love thinking about applying it to the world I am centered in.

Maybe today I am in the library of the universe gathering the thoughts, ideas and understanding for my tomorrow.  I am learning to enjoy it as a respite and not just a waiting room.

Thanks Kevin and Kevin and GOD.

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We are all amateurs

Andy Andrews – 50 Famous Parental Sayings


Do you have control of your life? Do you make the best choices in every day? Do you contain all wisdom?

No? Well, neither do I! That is why this is so stinking funny…GOD made one of His stupendously funny decisions when He left parenting to amateurs!

I am beginning to think that was so we would be so incredibly grateful for His love, acceptance, forgiveness and strength when we fail miserably at the simplest things in our lives.