By Faith

Sitting on the porch, oil lamp lit, soft glow and a sense of the presence of the Lord. It seems almost impossible that one can have such peace in the midst of so many things going on.

Yet that is exactly the way things have been in my life lately. The Lord enables me to live and walk in the real world, not as some “spiritual giant” who never has any “problems” with that silly grin on his face, that mask that says everything is ok when it isn’t.

I think in life we are always going to face challenges, battles, and obstacles. Again, it is how we deal with them that matters and they produce character and faith to trust in God. It is an act of faith, of believing, of trusting, of overcoming. By faith, we are made strong in Him whom we believe.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the word of God. As we spend time in the word, as we spend time in His presence, that is the time when we learn to become like Him. The more time we spend with the Lord, the more we become like Him and take on His character. That we are being transformed into a new creation even as He reveals Himself to us.

It is relational. It is getting to know Him. May we ever draw close to the Lord and find our strength in Him!

Till later,

Paul

Originally shared in 2004, the beginning of my present journey, The Father has brought me a long way and we still have miles to go 🙂

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Hidden Garden by Paul E. Dawn Jr.

The Court Street Coffee Shop, Seguin, Texas has a really cozy corner out back. A garden, that is being maintained by my friend Jacob Brug, a Gardner.

The other day I spent some time out back, under the arbor. A number of tables, a cozy setting, the coolness of a cloudy day, enjoying a mug of Walnut Springs Blend or you could have a cup tea, a glass wine, or a local brew.

Court Street Coffee Shop is one of those places, where a lot of people in the area, don’t realize the treasure that they have in this coffee shop. Coffee, Salad Bar, Sandwiches, all kinds of bakery goods and on Friday and Saturday nights, live music from  7:00 till 9:00 PM!

When I moved to Seguin last August 2016, I was looking for a Coffee Shop and when I walked through the door of Court Street,  I knew that this was home! When I walked through the door I met Lyndon and Mary Jo, the owners and I told them I was looking for a coffee shop to call home and they said, “This is your spot but on Fridays at Noon, I would have to sit in another spot because there is a sewing circle that comes in every Friday from noon to three and I said no problem!”

It is a place to call home, my coffee spot, my home away from home, and a place to meet and make new friends, where I do most of my writing. I get to meet so many new people and to listen to them. Sometimes people just want someone to listen, they are not asking for advice, just someone to listen.  Hopefully, I am a good listener and get a chance to exhort, encourage them by simply listening.

If you have the time, drop by Court Street Coffee Shop and check it out and if you see a pleasantly plump gentleman, wearing a white cowboy hat, busy writing on my MacBook with a black front, say howdy!!

Paul

Aka The Mayor

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Ponderings From My Journal

“If you would have asked me years ago what I would be doing, the last thing I would have said, was a market place ministry, a ministry of hanging out!! Of listening, encouraging, exhorting others!

Not preaching!! But being who I am in Y’Shua.

It is amazing the number of people, young and old, who just want someone to listen! Hopefully my life reflects a relationship, not religion. Hopefully I am reflecting the life I have in Y’Shua.

I could stay in my apartment, to write, etc … but that is not who I am! When I am out, in the marketplace, in a coffee shop, I know I am where I am supposed to be! To write, to listen, to encourage young and old and in so doing, I too am revived because my focus is not on me, it is on others, to observe, to listen, to lift others up!!

In a coffee shop, you overhear conversations, not because you want to, yet those very conversations I can lift to the Father, I don’t have to go to them. I can in my heart and mind lift it to the Father as He leads me too. Putting it into His hands. Hopefully this makes sense to those that are reading this!

For about nine years, I, along with eight others wrote columns for Crossmap. We did not know that everything that we wrote was sent to all the major countries in the world where they had offices! I have copies of my columns that are in French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, etc. I did not get to travel to different countries as my children did, but with my hands on the keyboard, I was able to do so, I never saw this coming!!

The Father will use the gifts and talents He has given us. For me, it was the heart of a ready writer!! Hopefully I can be a pen in His hand, reflecting the reality of a relationship with Him. Faith is a relationship, a walk, day by day, literally one day at a time! Each day a new start, new beginning, fresh mana, new words for the day!!

So now, at 03:10 in the morning, these thoughts are on my heart, that the Father has had me to write down to remind me that this is what He has called me too! That it is about Him and I get to be part of it. How about that!!

Later,

Paul
Aka The Mayor

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Carpe Diem

​Just sitting here at my desk this evening comptemplating the events of the day.
Taking it easy,  thinking about my friend Chad’s post to the Joshua’s Men’s group that I am part of and it was spot on! The title of the article was called “Carpe Diem”  which means to “Seize The Moment.”
What an awesome word,  to seize the moments that are given to us,  for that moment may never come again,  likely to not be repeated!
We don’t want to lose those moments! We need to write them on our hearts so that we don’t forget them.  Some to share,  some to hold deeply within, treasures to look back on and to say “Ah, Father,  thank you for these moments that you have given us!”
My brother,  my fellow servant,  Chad,  with his post,  stirred up so many “Cape Diem” moments in my life.  That I was able to look back and look within and give thanks for those times that I did seize those moments and the Father open doors, such as the move back to Texas.
Let us seize the day,  those moments that have been given to us and let us release it so we can move forward in the moment and time that we are in.
That in doing so,  we touch the hearts of others.  As we open ours,  others will see that hope,  that rest,  that peace we have as we walk with the Father,  with Y’shua, our Savior, being lead by the Holy Spirit, to seize the day, to seize the moment!!
Cape Diem family and friends, seize the day, the moments you have been given!
Paul

Aka The Mayor/PDiddy

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It is Amazing!

SittingTheMayorTheRevExpresso here at The Rev, the thought “It is good to dwell in the House of The Lord, to dwell in His presence” kept going through my mind and then I realized that the Lord was speaking about the here and now, right here in The Rev, I was dwelling in His presence. That we were enjoying the company of each other! It was the same thought He gave me years ago, at Starbucks, in Kennesaw, when I first moved to Georgia in 2004

What a thought!

To realize that where ever we go, we are in His presence. That we can walk in that relationship with Him. That He makes His word alive within. Writing them upon our hearts and allowing us to share with others.

That it is more than just Sunday and Wednesday. It is living daily in the Lord and realizing that He has given us His Spirit to do so.

It seems to me, the more that we press into the Lord the simpler it becomes. That we are really learning to live daily with the Lord!  He has called us to be living epistles, written on by His hand, molded and shaped to reflect the reality of the inworking of the Holy Spirit.

We are daily being conformed to His image by the things that we go through, that we experience in life, even the dark nights of the soul and He gives us the strength to walk in Him. He has already prepared the way, even when we do not see it with the natural eye, we walk by faith, walking in the strength and might of Lord.

He has given us the answer and it is not as complicated as we think!

He says “Come, dwell in me and I will dwell in you and we will be one.”

Is that not awesome? We can dwell in the presence of the most High and we will never be the same as He mold us into living epistles, written on by the Lord, read by others and the fragrance they smell, will be the fragrance of Jesus, that when He is lifted up in our lives. It will draw others to Him, because of what He has done in us!

Till later,

Paul


Paul E. Dawn Jr.
Writing for the King
Hill Country Thoughts
A Coffee Cup Ministry

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You Are Unique, You Really Are!!

Writing LampSometimes it is just nice to do nothing, to just enjoy everything around you! A time of relaxing and catching up with my friends and fellow bloggers/writers online, to see how things are going.

I am so blessed by the many friends that Y’Shua has given me through Hill Country Thoughts over the years. I never know what I will experience as I visit each one. I am always touched as I visit, as different ones share their thoughts, their ideas, their hopes, their dreams, their hurts and wounds, often vulnerable but yet sharing from the heart. I may leave with tears in my eyes, or a rejoicing heart.

We have been given such an awesome tool in the Internet, to be used, a chance to be real and honest, vulnerable at times. It is the honesty and the openness that draws others, because what is shared is shared from the heart, out of what they have experienced in their lives.

One of the things that really amazes me is that a number of times, is the way that various bloggers/writers will post their thoughts and often times , it goes along with what I am sharing and none of us had read what they other had posted to their site.

One of the main themes I have always talked about, is the fact, that often times we may think why share this, it won’t mean a thing, when it is the very thing someone who is blogging or surfing by needs to read, to hear in their hearts and when they do, it gives them hope, it plants a seed that someone else might water and another harvest.

That is why I encourage you my friends, don’t be weary in blogging, in writing, maybe not every day, but know, that even when you don’t “get comments” you may be touching lives that you will never know about this side of heaven.

I just really felt to post this today, to let you know, that what you write, what you share is very important, it touches the hearts of others.

Allow Y’Shua to use you, even when you “don’t see results” for our purpose is to encourage, exhort, lift up one another. To listen, to be there as we blog by those that are on our hearts.

Each one of you my friends are unique, one of a kind and only you can share what you share because you are sharing from your heart. Allow Y’Shua, allow others to be encouraged by sharing what He has written upon your heart. Stir up the gifts He has given you, use them to bless others.

Be blessed my blogging/writing friends, my fellow surfers. May you find in what you read here in at Hill Country Thoughts or elsewhere, that which will draw you closer to the Y’Shua and give you hope as you walk this pathway, called life.

Till later,

Paul

Note: Y’Shua, the Hebrew name of our Savior

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Nothing Wasted!

Nothing Wasted!

It is really good to get out of the apartment. The portable oxygen makes it nice. This will be a temporary thing, while they continue to check things to see how I do over the next month. Just have to use it when I am out and about. While settTheMayor2015_opting at the coffee shop, I can turn if off, only when I am active, on the road, shopping, etc and while sleeping at night.

For a little while I was frustrated that it was going to be one more thing, to slow me down. The machine at the apartment, I use all night. Been getting full nights of rest. It takes the air and extracts oxygen for me to breath.

I am thankful for each breath and for each day the Father gives me and for the opportunities that I have to be out and about in the marketplace, in the coffee shops, of hoping that I am able to exhort, encourage others, as they move forward in this walk of life. And I hope and pray family and friends, that I can always be a source of encouragement to you, even though the things that I go through at times.

I know that none of it is wasted and that hopefully again, you will receive encouragement, blessings as I walk one day at a time with The Father and the Son, I am blessed with awesome children, grand-children, with my brothers and sister and mother, with friends, thank you all for being there. You all are greatly loved and appreciated!

For all my writing friends continue to put pen to paper, hands to keyboard and to express what has been written on your hearts, for others need that very thing that is being birthed within, that will touch their hearts, and released them to move forward.

Writing from the Heart,

Paul
aka The Mayor

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