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2 years, 10 months ago 0

I’m going in for a stress test tomorrow morning. Seems the old body continues to remind me that mortality is inevitable. I’ve had a few instances that have given my doctor some concern. I prefer to think that it is more, caution, either way, I’m fine with it. I fully expect them to find the spells to have nothing to do with my heart, but then I’ve been surprised before, so we’ll see.

About four years ago I had some tests and when I came out of the mild sedative, my doctor looked concerned and Sherelene had been crying. I knew what was coming, had heard it before. “You have cancer.” The best part was that my doctor got to see, first hand, what faith is all about. I answered him calmly and in a matter of fact manner, “o.k. what do we do now?” My doctor actually said to Sherelene, “ I think he’s still not completely with us.” I was, I’m just not afraid of leaving this earth. I am not expecting bad news, but I’ve had bad news before, and I’m still here, and I will be here until God is ready to take me home.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m having a great time, and love my family, and friends, but no one ever said this would last forever. I have the glorious promise that whatever God does it will be to His honor and glory. Given a choice, I’m having too much fun to say goodbye, but then to be with Him will be divine. I’m not sharing this to evoke sympathy, or cause alarm. I certainly would be happy to have your prayers, but mostly I want to share how wonderful it is to know you can trust it all into His hands.

I’m sure later tomorrow I will write a blog saying another false alarm, but I will not complain regardless. I’ve lived the most incredible life, that has been filled with the most stellar family, and friends. I’m ready to serve Him here, or worship Him there.

Till later,

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: D7000, 70-300 AF-S VR.

2 years, 10 months ago 0

Over the weekend, I watched a great college football game between Baylor and TCU. Texas Christian University was highly rated and no one expected Baylor to be able to stay in the game with them, except Baylor. Baylor shocked everyone, (the last time they had beaten a top ten team was over 20 years ago), by building a big lead. Then also, as everyone expected, TCU roared back and got very close, late in the game. The quarterback for Baylor who had played an incredible game, breaking a number of school records, threw an interception that allowed TCU another chance at a win. On the sideline, dejected, he saw TCU take the lead on a field goal. With only a minute to go, he went back into the game that he felt he had lost for his team. In the huddle his teammates told him that he was their leader, and that they were going to win the game with him leading them, just like he had, all night long. With one minute on the clock they drove down the field, kicked the winning field goal, and shocked the top rated TCU team, and the national media.

God loves us so much that he gives us teammates, people we can count on, people that will be with us even when we think we’ve let them down. For 42 years I’ve vacillated between being a good husband, and a failure, but many, many times, I’ve come back to the huddle dejected and down on myself, and Sherelene has said, you lead and I’ll follow, and sometimes when I couldn’t lead, she has. Teammates.

Thank God for a teammate I know I can always count on…….. and the God that gave her to me.

the pilgrim

2 years, 11 months ago 0

Colossians 3:23 New Living Translation (NLT)

23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
If we have given our lives and hearts to Him, we are commanded to live for Him. To honor Him in all we do.

Why? Because when we consider what He has done for us it becomes the desire of our heart to honor and worship HIm.

When? Not monthly, not weekly, not even daily, but every moment of our lives we are to honor Him.

Where? Everywhere. At home, at work, on vacation, under the sea, and high in the air. Everywhere you go, do all, as unto Him.

How? We must honor Him with His:
1. Love. Unconditional love for others, just like His love for us. He gave His life for us.
2. Compassion. Deep care and concern for others welfare and condition. His compassion.
3. Grace. Love given freely and unmerited, just as He gave His to us.
4. Forgiveness. Let it go, give it to Him, forget it, just as He forgave us.
5. Power. We could never accomplish His mission for us in out own strength, but He, through the Holy Spirit can enable us to accomplish all He requires of us.

In scripture it says that He not only forgave us, but that he threw our sins as far as the east is from the west and, remembers them no more. Let me share a wonderful story;

There once was a young girl in a Mexican village and she told her parents and friends that Jesus
was visiting her and talking with her. Soon there was stir of interest in her wonderful stories of what Jesus was saying. The Catholic Priest was concerned about these stories and called the young girl in and asked her about her visits with Jesus. In order to prove to everyone that his
child was not actually being visited by Christ, he asked her to ask Jesus a question the next time He visited her. The question was what sin did He just confess to Jesus. Several days later the Priest called the little girl and asked her to come back in. He asked if she has seen Jesus since they had last talked. The little girl said, yes she had, and the Priest asked what Jesus and said when she asked what sin the Priest had confessed. The little girl said, He said, “I forgot”. That may have not been what the Priest expected, but it was the correct answer. He not only forgives us, he even forgets our sins.

God wants you to Live Large.
Large in a Never Ending Hope. 1 Peter 1:3-4 : 23
Large in Mercy & Grace. Titus 3:5
Large in Love. 1 John 4:7
Large in Overcoming Evil. 1 John 5:18
Large in Victory. 1 John 5:4

Come Just As You Are

Come just as you are
Hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Come receive
come and live forever

Come just as you are
Hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Come receive
Come and live forever

Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again

Come and see
Come receive
Come and live forever

Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again

Come and see
Come receive
Come and live forever

Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again
Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again

Come just as you are
Don’t you hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Christ my King
Come and live forevermore

Today’s blog was written in response to an email I got from someone that attended the class I taught at Dury’s last weekend in Nashville. The person thanked me for coming and sharing with them and sharing my faith openly. They said it was rare to see someone be so open to share their faith public-ally. My Savior gave me a new life and desires for me to “Live Large”. It could be no other way. I could not bare to fail HIm.

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: Painted brick wall in my hometown, Nikon D3x, 70-300 AFS VR.

2 years, 11 months ago 0

The metal doors above are slowly rusting away, so are our bodies. We were never promised that we could stay here forever, and we won’t. Now that does not have to be a downer, life is short but eternity is, well, eternity. We can be assured that after this life is over we can be in paradise with family and friends, and our Lord forever. That only takes one easy step, accept Him.

Why this theme today? I have a doctors appointment this afternoon for a general, supposed to be, yearly physical. I say supposed, because I fight going in for exams with a passion. Why? Let me make a list for you. In my past appointments I’ve been told;

You have cancer, requires surgery and radiation treatments (1982)
You need cataracts repaired in both eyes (1988)
You have a detached retina requiring emergency surgery (1994)
You have Type II Diabetes (1995)
You have a bleeding ulcer need transfusions (1996)
You have had a TIA, (mini stroke), need many tests, and meds (2003)
You have stage 2 colon cancer need surgery (2004)
You have hypertension need medications (2008)
You have a torn rotator cuff, need surgery (2010)

And I’ve survived two airplane crashes, used to white water canoe, and raced motorcycles when I was much younger, and had even less sense. Oh yes, and I fly ultralight airplanes, and scuba dive.

You can imagine why I don’t like going to see the doctor, seems it never goes well………

O.K. the bottom line is this, I’m, by the grace of God, still alive, feel great, for my age, and
love life, and serving Him. So whatever the Doc has to say is fine with me. As Paul, said,
to be here with you, or in the presence of my Lord………… I’m good either way. (the pilgrim’s loose translation of scripture)

Have a great weekend,

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: D3 and 70-300 AF-S VR