A Matter of the Heart

Jan 09 2013

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 13:5 …it keeps no records of wrongs. (NIV)

Over Christmas Jo and I took a few DVDs to the cabin to watch and one of the movies was “Facing the Giants”. If you haven’t watched it before get a copy or rent it to watch with your family I think you will be highly inspired. For those of you who have not seen the movie I don’t want to spoil it, but let me try and give you a synopsis: Grant Taylor is the head football coach for Shiloh Eagles Christian high school and he has never had a winning season in the six years of coaching there. After finding out that several influence men in the community and fathers of the players had gotten together secretly to try and come up with a plan to have him removed as head coach. He cries out to the Lord for help and comes up with a new game plan which challenged the player to seek a higher purpose for the game and for life. 

Well I don’t know if you watch or follow different sports or not, but this past Monday was the final football game to determine the BCS National Championship between #1 ranked Notre Dame (12-0) and #2 ranked Alabama (12-1). Now, by no means of any kind do I profess to understand how the ranking system works or how they determine who plays in what bowl game against what opponent. But what I have noticed is sometimes teams with equal or even higher winning records don’t always make it to the title game or at least it seems at times the best two teams when it comes to being equally talented may not be playing for the title. And for the first time in college history a freshman has won the Heisman trophy. Oh, by the way for those of you who missed the game or maybe a better way to state it “the blowout” Monday night Alabama won 42-14 “Roll on Tide”.

You might be asking where I am going with all this football stuff. Well in one of the scenes in the movie Facing the Giants coach Taylor asked the players several questions. While I can’t remember the exact questions it was something along these lines, can anyone remember who won the state championship five years ago? What was the score? Who was the quarterback? He asked the same question over a several year span and no one could answer him. I would ask you the same type questions -could you name the last 5 or 10 Heisman trophy winners or who won the BCS title over those same years? I doubt many of us could come up with the answers unless we searched for them on the internet.

Well I think the same is true in life. Within just a few short years we won’t remember who made the employee of the month or year, who got the biggest raise or promotion, who has the biggest home and most toys sitting in their drive way, or even who the president was for any given year. But, what you will remember is the person who gave you encouragement when you were down, hope when all seemed lost, faith when none was to be found, and love when you felt unlovable. “But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

So, while games are fun to watch; players and teams can build up points for your fantasy team statics and you root and cheer them on, don’t forget where the real trophies and final prize for life is won and waiting for you. You know most people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. So, what do your game statistics thus far for life look like?  Is your life one that will be remembered by others or quickly forgotten? You know it’s not too late to change your statics in this game called life. That is-if you join God’s winning team where love is made perfect.  Read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and meditate on God’s word. Start this new year out building up your statistics with faith, hope and love and remember “the greatest of these is love.”

 

Jan 08 2013

Verse of the Day: Hebrews 11:40 “God had planned something better for us that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (NIV)

Dream Come True

Well before you ask, yes the couch was alright last night and I did get a blanket. Just kidding again, I actually got two blankets. Ha Ha! Thanks Honey. I love you Lots and Lots!! 

Well let me kind of sum up where we left off yesterday, On September 21, 2012 Jo and I met with Dan Murphy in Lake City to look at possible building sites for a future log cabin home someday.  The last property he showed us that day already had an amazing log cabin home on it, which we fell in love with, but felt it was way out of our price range. So, we began to pray daily for God to reveal His plan and provide the means if this was the home He had planned for us. And a week or so later Dan called us to let us know that owners lowered the price of the home by 15% without us making any kind of offer, but we felt it was still out of our budget range. This is again where today’s verse comes in as we continued to wait on the Lord and He had something much better in store than the 15% reduction.

Over the next month or so we reached an agreement with the homeowner in which the total price of the home was reduced over 25%. So, on November 20th I sent a letter of agreement to my bank and we officially started trying to secure funding for the home. While we waited for all the finances and terms to be worked out we went back to look at the home one more time. As we walked though the home we realized how blessed we were knowing that if we closed on the home as planned, that when we returned all we would need would be our clothes, food and a few personal items. As the home came fully furnished with everything from sheets, towels, blankets, TV’s, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, everything you might need even down to cleaning supplies and TP. WOW! You talk about God opening doors and providing just what you need. I am here to testify and praise to God’s goodness.

So, on December 21, 2012 @ 9:30 in the morning we were able to close on the home of our dreams. And to think we were able to close on this home in less than 25 days from start to finish is truly amazing. Especially when most real estate contracts and loans usually take a minimum to 45 to 60 days I am told. And this was very important as part of the requirements from the home owner was being able to close before the end of the year or the deal was off.  I don’t know if you agree, but we truly feel this was a God thing—being able to close this quickly.

The day after closing we decided to run in to Montrose to look around for the day. Now for those of you who know my wife and have been in our home in New Mexico it’s not hard to see she loves to hang signs in our home which acknowledge and glorify the Lord. And while looking around town we came across a new sign which we had to buy for the new cabin which states: “Thank God for blessing me much more than I deserve” Oh! How true this statement is as Jo and I look back on this past year; especially over the last several months, and see how God has truly blessed us beyond our wildest dreams with this new home in Lake City, Colorado.  Our prayer is that we will be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with and we that might use this new home to honor and serve Him with our family and friends. We can’t wait to share it with you.  And may God be in your wildest dreams this coming year. 

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