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Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2009 by Lee

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Ps 118:1

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More on my Thanksgiving List

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2004 by Lee

Here are a few more to add to my list of 100 things I am thankful for:

12. The changing of the seasons (The extreme colors – even hear in West Texas – give evidence to God’s variety.

13. For growing up where I did (Small town life made it possible for me to participate in many activities)

14. God’s Word (To walk with those from the past and still hear his voice for me today. It changes me and instructs me.)

15. Words / Language (The opportunity to communicate and read. It has such power. I need to read more and communicate better.)

16. Friends (For me real friends are few – but I have good ones and true ones)

17. Pictures (To be able to capture images in time – what a pleasure and priveledge. I want to take more pictures)

18. Cartoons (The good ones make me laugh – I have already listed laughter)

19. The local church (Not always perfect and sometimes loses its focus – but she is the bride of Christ and I have been blessed by many in the body. I pray I have been and will be the same blessing to others.)

20. Computers (strange thing to list – but they have made my life a little easier – most of the time)

21. Weddings (Great pictures of the return of Christ. Great celebrations of lives coming together.)

More on my Grateful List

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2004 by Lee

More on my grateful list:

10. My cloud of witnesses before me and with me. (I am so encouraged by the believers who surround me and walk with me through this life. Their example is incrediable!)

11. Freedom (War on Terror and the Persecution of the church make me thankful for the freedom I have as an american here in the US.)

I have a long way to get to 100 – but I will keep trying.

No Distrust

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2004 by Lee

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

(Rom 4:20-21)

Do you have a hard time trusting God? No, really think about it and be completely honest with yourself. Do you trust God with everything? I have to admit I do not always trust God with everything all the time. I think most of us are like this. I am sure there are times in your life, just like mine, when we do well at trusting God. And there are times we do not do so well.

Abraham is the ‘him’ in this verse. Can you imagine what must have gone through his mind when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his promised son? The one thing he prized the most. The physical proof of a miracle. God asked him to give it up. Do you think he told Sarah? I wonder what that conversation was like – if he told her.

But Abraham obeyed. And he took Isaac just has he was asked to do and placed him on an alter and prepared to kill him when God stopped him. (Genesis 22:1-14 – read it!) Can you imagine the relief even the joy he must have felt? What do you think Isaac was thinking?

How could Abraham do this task? I am a father. I have a hard time disciplining my children without my heart breaking. I can’t imagine being asked to give one up. But do you see what God was doing?

Here in Romans we see the result of Abraham’s walking with God. “No distrust made him waver concering the promises of God..” Abraham knew God was faithful – no matter what God asked him to do Abraham knew ultimately goodness whould come from it. Abraham trusted God and was convinced God would fulfill all his promises.

Are you trusting God with all of your life? Look back over the course of your life. How many times have you found God to be faithful to you? God fulfills his promises. Are the examples of God’s faithfulness to you in the past effecting your future? Are you seeking God about the path of your life? What is God calling you to do with your college career? What is God asking you to do with your Spring Break or your summer? Are you trusting God enough even to ask the question and listen for the answer? No matter what God is calling you to His goodness and His glory will be made known through it. That is the best result of any thing in life.

Do you trust God? Are you willing to ask and listen for God’s answer about your life? Abraham’s and Paul’s walk with God are testiments of hope for us to learn from. Will you trust God with everything?

I was just thinking…

More about Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2004 by Lee

I was just thinking…

More about giving thanks. Read these verses:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

(Psa 103:2-5)

The Reverend Billy Graham writes of theologian Matthew Henry who at an old age was mugged on the street corner. That night Henry wrote in his diary, “Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”*

*Billy Graham, Unto the Hills (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996), 411.

I wonder what I would have written down. I am not sure I would have found the discipline to be thankful that soon after being mugged. But the command of God is echoing before us, “forget not all his benefits.” It is often that I forget the benefits of God, especially in the midst of hardship.

But isn’t in hardship that we learn the most about gratitude. I think if we really take some inventory we would discover the benefits of God in the hardships of our humanity. The best example – the cross. The hardships of humanity (our sin) necessitated the cross of Christ. This tragic tool of execution became the very passage to eternal fellowship with God the Father (His benefit to us).

Thank you for the cross, the forgiveness of my iniquity, the healing of my diseases, the redeeming of my life, my crowning of steadfast love and mercy, and the satisfying hand of God’s goodness that renews me like eagles.

Thanksgiving – Starting my list

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2004 by Lee

One of my goals for the last 6 weeks of this year is to make a list of 100 things I am truly grateful for, so here I begin:

1. My Salvation (Sunday school answer – yes but w/o it I am nothing)

2. My wife – Rhonda (She is my soul mate – I need to do so much better for her sake. She is a constant companion, friend to the end, encourager, comforter, confronter, lover, comedian, servant – Thank God for her!!)

3. My Son – Micah (This guys is a joy. I cannot imagine life w/o him. He is in constant ‘make you laugh mode’. He is sincere, never meets a stranger, and always thinking of ways to enjoy the day. He reminds me to look for the fun in life)

4. My Daughter – Megan (She is a gem. Her smile brightens everything. Her eyes pierce your heart with one look. She is kind and constantly seeks to help. She reminds me to be gentle)

5. My health – (I am in good health and very able)

6. The ministry – (I cannot see myself doing anything else. I don’t want to do anything else)

7. My sight – (I get great joy out of all I see and read. To look into people’s eyes and see the beauty of God is a great blessing)

8. My ears – (Hearing the voice of my wife & kids, nature, of course music – what joy!)

9. Laughter – I so enjoying laughing. I should do it more!

I have a long way to get to 100. But I will strive to be grateful and know why I am grateful.

Goal Setter

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2004 by Lee


I am a goal setter. At least I used to be. For some reason this year I have failed to really set very many at all. I must say the result has been a lack of focus on my own part. Not a good thing. So here are few goals for the last 6 or so weeks of the 2004 year:

Play with and read to my kids more.

Take my wife on at least 3 special dates over the next 6 weeks.

Read through the entire New Testament in the next 6 weeks.

Make a list of at least 100 things that I am truely grateful for.

Renew some old relationships with distant family and friends

– cousins

– college friends

Spend at least one full day (8 hours) in prayer and scripture reading.

Read one biography during the holiday break.

Write more often

– Blog more

– Journal at least every other day

Pursue students more vigurously about being all God wants them to be.



These are just a few. I good start I think. Some great things to focus upon.