It Is Amazing

It is amazing how music sets the tone of the heart!

Listening to Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” and it takes my memories back to when my journey with cancer, chemo and radiation, the surgeries, the divorce, when all that took place and then reminding me where my focus should be. To not allow the enemy to take my mind back to those times but to see where he has brought me in the midst of it!

Easy to say, hard to do, but do we must. When we have done all we know to do, then we need to let go, yeild to the Father, yeild to the Holy Spirit and to walk in the new life that we have been given by Yeshua, who died and arose that we might live when we accept Him. How simple and real is that, not complicated, not at all, that you dont need to be a theologian!

That we now live in Him. The life I live, we live, is in Him, we have been redeemed and brought back into a relationship with our Father, the greatest gift ever given.

So I rest this day, knowing that the Father’s plans, what He has begun, how He has used these last twelve years when my journey began, will ultimately be fulfilled as a father, grandfather, brother, friend, a writer, will be accomplished, because He who began this work, has been with me every step of the way. He will finish and I will be part of the story that He is writing now and that gives me hope!

So a new day has begun, with hope within, knowing that it at times may be a flicker, yet hope it still is, because it is the Father who breathes life, that kindles the flame within, that it might shine forth and draw others to want to know, what it is that gives us Hope! That even in times like this, we are with hope, always!!

Later,

Paul
Aka The Mayor
Galations 2:20 

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When You and I Hurt

When You and I Hurt!

“WheWriting Lampn you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God but a revelation of God. We need to see how great God is: we need to recover our lost perspective on life. Things get out of proportion when we are suffering, and it takes a vision of something bigger than ourselves to get lifes dimension adjusted again.” Page 51, “Why Us? When Bad Things Happen to God’s People” by Warren W. Wiersbe.

What a blessing this book has been to me. I have been so blessed by all that I have read so far. There is much that I can identify with over these last twelve years and I agree with Warren, what we need is a revelation of God and I can say that all through the times of the suffering that I went through, that the Lord showed himself in so many ways.

As I look back to when my journey with cancer began I can see how the Lord was with me.

Through the chemotherapy and radiation treatments. As I would go through the treatments I would have opportunity to encourage, lift up and exhort others who were walking this path.

From the tech’s to the patients, there was not a time that I was not able to share something and to let them know how much I appreciated them and the talents that the Lord had given the technicians or to encourage my fellow patients and be encouraged by them.

During the stay at the hotel in San Antonio, for a little more than three months, the Lord would open the doors so that I could share with others.

Often when I would go to dinner, someone would always join me or the Lord would open a door of conversation and I would be able to encourage them if they were taken treatments or if they were family members I would encourage them and let them know that I would be praying for them and the family member that was receiving treatment.

The Lord will use us even during the times of suffering and pain if we allow Him too. He would have me take the focus off myself and to focus on others and in doing that, in blessing others, it blessed me also. I was able to share out of what has been real in my life and not just mere theory.

It would be in the simple things that the Lord would use me. Healing comes to us as we give out of what has been given us. To have the treasure of the Lord within us and not to share Him, we deny that treasure which is so precious. Let our life reflect the reality of that treasure, of Christ within.

There were days that were rougher than others but those are the days that we have to draw even closer to the Lord, knowing that the Lord will meet us. It is an act of Faith.

When you and I hurt, let us give out of what has been given us. Let us share that reality with others and in sharing we too will reap the healing, the peace, the rest, and the presence of the Lord.

Let us share about the greatness of our God. Let us have a vision of the awesomeness of our God and to realize that we can come into the presence of the creator of Heaven and Earth and He will bring things into perspective, so that we can see with His eyes!

Till later,

Paul

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Another Day, A Fresh Start and A New Beginning

TheMayorDigitalPainting 1Another day, a fresh start, a new beginning!

Isn’t that what we look for each day? To move forward, to learn from the past but not to look back and linger, for that is what saps our strength as we are being focused on those chains and it refocuses our mind on us, rather on Y’shua, who gave us new life!

It is that relationship, that intimacy with him that gives us heart, hope, to move forward and to do what he has called us to! Knowing even in the mist of the storm, he is there, even when we can’t see him with the natural eye!

Just a reminder this day whose you are! That in Y’Shua we have life and through him we are one with the Father, who embraces us, walks with us, that we truly can call Him Father!

Remember each day is a gift, a new beginning, a fresh start, knowing that as we put our trust in him that he will never leave us nor forsake us, that each day we wake, He is there!

Be blessed family and friends! I am lifting my family and you my friends each day in prayer and He knows your needs, what you are going through and though at times it may seem like a thread and I have had that feeling many times, He is still there!

Have a super weekend!

Paul

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A Path Called Hope

It is in the midst of the struggles of life, in the battles, that we learn, that we find our

1544373_10152868791885752_319293139_nstrength in Yeshua. We come to a place that we no longer look to ourselves but rather we look to Yeshua, the author and finisher of our faith.

It is when we come to an end of ourselves, to that place of saying, “Nevertheless Yeshua, your will be done, Your kingdom come. Reveal yourself in us that others might see the reality of the hope that is within.”

I share out of what has become real, that which has become part of my life, I share out of the hope that I have been given by Yeshua. To share out of that which I have and I’ am going through, not out of theory, but out of reality, out of a relationship with the Him.

To write about the hurts, the pains, the disappointments, about the defeats, and the victories, about joys, about my walk with Him during this time of my life.

The one thing I know, is that the only answer to these problems, to these things that we are going through in our lives , is to have absolute trust in Yeshua. That no matter what, even when we don’t understand what is going on, that we have to trust, to put ourselves in His hands and be utterly dependent upon Him.

We are in a world that says, do it yourself!  You are your own master, your the one and that is not true. The only time we are free, totally free, is when we are a servant. In servant-hood, in serving Yeshua, in walking in His ways, in His word, then we are set free.

It is one of those things that boggles the old nature, our minds, that in serving we become free, we have to put it all back into our Fathers hands, we are those prodigal sons and daughters that are returning home, coming back to that place, that relationship with our Heavenly Father.

To be a servant is to be like Yeshua, to follow in His ways, to come to a place, that it is no longer we that live, but Yeshua that lives in us!

The natural mind can not comprehend that, but the spirit can. We put on the full armour of Yeshua, we renew our minds each day. Each day a new beginning, a fresh start, of trusting in the Him.

As long as we have hope, then we have everything, because our Hope rests in Yeshua, knowing that His plans for us as individuals, as a people, that they are good plans and that which He has begun in us He will finish.

I see a new path, a new trail of Hope, that grows larger as we press on and press into Yeshua, into the word and into His presence.

We are real people, going through real life, living in a real world, and we serve a real and living God, who sent His Son Yeshua to bring us home and He has given us His Holy Spirit to reveal His Word and Himself to us. That we can live and walk with hope and fellowship with our Saviour, and with each other.

Till later,

Paul

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Father I’am Tired!!

Storm Clouds and Sun 12-7-2011“Father, I am tired!”

“Sometimes I think I can’t take it anymore!”

“The pain I feel is beyond my strength, but you are my strength in these times, like David, of old, who else can I turn to but you!”

“In the times that my mind says give in, give up, let go, my heart cries out and you are there!”

“Lord, take the times of pain, of hurt and use them to honor You, to exalt You. I thank you that I no longer run from you but to You!”

“You are always there, even when I don’t “see you” or “feel you,” nevertheless you are there with arms open, to take me into your arms, to let me lay my head on your shoulder, that you hold me tight, as the tears flow, you feel my pain, my hurt, my wounds, my fears.”

“You let me know, it’s all right, that I will make it through this, that your purposes are being accomplished and that brings joy to my heart, to know that our relationship is not based on how I feel but on Your Word, that it was all taken to the cross so that we might be one!”

“You sing songs to my heart, that go deep and bring healing within, that brings comfort and helps me to endure the dark nights of the soul, to walk through the valleys and to climb the mountains together, knowing, that you walk side by side with me.”

“Father, I know many of my friends who are reading this are going through pains, through hurts, through things that seem impossible, but let them know, as you have let me know, that you are here right beside us, leading us, guiding us. Help us to hold onto your hands.”

Father help us to remember Psalm 23:

Psa 23:1-6 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd, I do not lack, (2) In pastures of tender grass He causeth me to lie down, By quiet waters He doth lead me. (3) My soul He refresheth, He leadeth me in paths of righteousness, For His name’s sake, (4) Also–when I walk in a valley of death-shade, I fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff–they comfort me. (5) Thou arrangest before me a table, Over-against my adversaries, Thou hast anointed with oil my head, My cup is full! (6) Only–goodness and kindness pursue me, All the days of my life, And my dwelling is in the house of Jehovah, For a length of days! (1898 YLT)

Later,

Paul

 

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A Little Light

Writing by Oil Lamp

Back in 2004, when I was living in Junction, Texas, I woke up at around 03:30 in the morning. I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got up and went out to the front porch, which was screened in and as I sat down and lit the oil lamp, the thought came to me how when it was lit, the darkness around me disappeared.

I thought of Psalms 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Though there was darkness, the porch was lit up from the soft glow of the oil lamp and I was able to see everything. It was all brought into the light so that I would not stumble or fall or trip over anything in my path.

That is what it is like when we come to the Lord, a light is lit within and it begins to expose those things that need to be dealt with in our lives so that the Lord can bring the changes that are so necessary.

But the light does more than expose things, it illuminates the way before us. The Word of the Lord is a lamp unto our feet, showing us the way to walk and guiding us in the paths of the Lord. Light is an important aspect in our life.

The light keeps us from falling into the traps that the enemy sets before us. Keeps us aware of his tactics. Light also shows us the beauty of things around us, that we can see the Lord reflected in so many things.

It is up to us as to how much light we want to shine forth. As I adjusted the wick, I could get the flame so small that you could barely tell there was any light at all, but as I adjusted the wick it got brighter and brighter and eventually the whole porch and surrounding area was covered with the radiance of the light, of its glow.

So what do you want to do with the light of Christ? Do we hide it under a bushel? Keep it for ourselves, not to share it or do we set it on the table and let it shine forth and adjust it to get the maximum light, not so low you barely see it.

Let us adjust the light for its maximum effectiveness, to allow the Lord to adjust the light within, that we will give off a light that will make it easier for others to see that in the midst of a world full of darkness, there is hope, there is a way.

To give hope to those around us and to shine forth and truly reflect the light of the Lord. To reflect the reality of who He is.

Till later,

Paul

 
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Every Day A Gift

TheMayorAuthor LookDrinking a cup of Tully’s House Blend Extra Bold, that should wire me up for the rest of the evening. Been a little under the weather so I am just relaxing a little, reading, writing some and hopefully will post something soon.

Sometimes it is easy to allow ourselves to get sidetracked, get into a rut, so glad that I am reading “Imagination @ Work” by Alton Gansky. It has been a real good kick-start to remind me why I write :-)

Everyday is a gift, to be enjoyed one day at a time, we cannot go back but we sure can move forward, knowing each day is an opportunity to rise, take a breath, hoping each day, we can touch the lives of others by the words we write, that we speak, that we can lift up and build up others as they walk this path called life.

I am thankful for my family, my children and grandchildren, for those that the Lord has put into my life, my friends online and offline, those that I have met over the years in the coffee shops, especially The Rev!

Have a great weekend everyone,

Paul aka The Mayor :-)

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