Smile

by John on March 19, 2015

Some people are too tired to give you a smile, so just give them one of yours.

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”

Proverbs 15:30

The Drop Box Film

by John on March 6, 2015



CLICK HERE to go to site and see brief video

Forgiveness

by John on February 24, 2015


He who will not forgive destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25

Fifty Shades of Grey….not what you might think

by John on February 18, 2015

From the Office of the Archbishop of the The Catholic Diocese of Cincinnati

The movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, is scheduled to debut in
theaters across America on February 13, 2015. The story line
is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is
that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal
and pleasurable. In the story line, a young Miss Steele is
urged to sign a contract becoming a sex slave and agreeing to
an abusive and degrading relationship. This movie is in direct
contrast to the Christian message of God’s design for selfgiving
and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy.
The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the
moral and spiritual strength of God’s people. We need to
inform our people about the destructive message of this
movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving
relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of
marriage

My Prayer for Today

by John on February 9, 2015

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone………………….Thomas Merton

Suicide touches many families

by John on December 26, 2014

(This is a eulogy from a friend, whose mother committed suicide. I wanted to share it with others, like our family, who have been confused and broken hearted from family members who have taken their own life.)

Several people approached me after Mom’s (Marilyn Lamb) funeral tonight and asked me to post my eulogy. Suicide touches many families and there are many confused and broken hearts left behind. Feel free to share this if you know of anyone in need, or read it if you just want to understand a little better.

“I know you expect me to talk about mom tonight – maybe share funny foibles, touching tributes. And, I could. I have hundreds to share. But, I’ll leave that to others. Today I’m going to talk about the elephant in the room. And, the elephant in the room is suicide. And now that you know I’m going to talk about suicide, I know that you are terribly uncomfortable and would like nothing better than to get up, jump in your car and go home. But you are a captive audience so, in honor of my mom, I’m going to ask you to stay and I’m going use this opportunity to try and help you understand my mom and her suicide.
Yes, my mom committed suicide. And we are all horrified and shocked and so very sad. And, let’s face it, even if we try really hard not to, we all tend to judge her just a little bit. Even the words we use seem a little damning, don’t they? She committed suicide. As if it is a crime akin to murder. We say, How could she do this? To me, to all of us? How selfish. How awful. How could she? And we are puzzled. She looked fine to me. She seemed fine when I saw her at the party just the night before. Well, don’t feel bad, she seemed fine at the party to me too.
But, you see she wasn’t fine; hadn’t been fine for my entire life. My mom had severe chronic depression. I don’t know how many of you know someone with severe chronic depression, but I know all of you have known someone who died of cancer…they fought it, they wanted desperately to live, they took medicine, sought help, people prayed for them and “yes” sometimes they even seemed fine. Yet, at some point they could no longer fight – they had become too weary, too weak and they just could not continue to live. And, that you see is exactly what happened to my mom.
My mom died from a chemical imbalance in her brain. Not a weakness, not selfishness, not a sin against God. A very real, physical imbalance that left her unable to cope and unable to hope for things to get better.
So many of you have asked what you can do to help during this time I’ll tell you what you can do. In memory of my mom, I ask that you re-file “suicide” from that place in your brain that judges and is horrified, to a place where there is nothing but compassion and understanding.
Your mom died of cancer? Well my mom died of chronic depression. And, today she is no longer hopeless. She is with my dad and, even in the midst of my sadness, THAT has to make me smile,
Mom, I understand and I love you.”

Thank you for your prayers for my wife

by John on December 5, 2014

My wife’s open heart surgery was successful this week. She should be coming home in the next few days. Thank you to those who prayed for her.

God Bless You

Giving Money to the Homeless

by John on December 5, 2014

Many good Christians want to help the homeless by giving them cash money. Some, however, are concerned that if they give the homeless cash, they might be enabling them to buy drugs if they are addicted to drugs. An idea to consider is to go to Kroger (or local supermarket) and buy a $5, $10 or $20 Kroger Gift Card. The card cost the exact amount of the value of the dollar amount you choose, with no tax and no fee. So if you wanted to give a homeless person a $10 Kroger Gift Card, for example, then that person can buy anything in Kroger that is sold there, but you can rest assured they won’t be using your gift card for drugs.

Please pray for my wife, Joy

by John on December 2, 2014

Please pray for my wife, Joy, who is having open heart surgery now.



God has a sense of humor, too.

by John on November 19, 2014

Forgiving

by John on November 6, 2014

Forgiving comes naturally to one who has been forgiven.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

Laughter

by John on October 30, 2014

Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper—it doesn’t solve the problem permanently, but it makes things more acceptable for a while.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22

Wait for the Lord!

by John on October 26, 2014

Everything works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Pope St John Paul II Feast Day

by John on October 22, 2014

We remember our
beloved Pope Saint John Paul II
on his feast day, and pray
for his intercession.

Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II

Oh, Saint John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus.

Bless the young, who were your great passion.

Help them dream again,

help them look up high again to find the light

that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. Saint John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family

and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love:

pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh Saint John Paul, from heaven’s window,

where we see you next to Mary,

send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.

My Grace is Sufficient for You

by John on October 2, 2014

If you are never brought to the point of total weakness, you will never now how much you can trust God and how faithful He is.

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’

Persevere under trial

by John on September 22, 2014

In school, first you learn the lesson and then you’re tested. In life, first you’re tested and then you learn the lesson.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12

Robin Williams and our All Merciful GOD

by John on August 14, 2014

Here is what I believe.

Robin Williams had Clinical Depression. He had admitted himself 3 times in recent years for treatment. At its worse, Clinical Depression, from what I have read, puts people into a black box, separates them from everyone in their life. Sometimes the darkness becomes so overwhelming and debilitating and they are so isolated from all loved ones and they are so desparate that in their mind they conclude, because of the distortion of the mental illness, that there is no way out except to end their life.

This is what I believe Robin did. At the very moment Robin took his life, I believe that our All Merciful and All Loving God snatched his soul and lifted it to HIS All Gracious Heart because Robin had suffered enough.

Praise be to God.

Nine Words by Allen Hunt

by John on August 10, 2014

AWESOME BOOK, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Thoughts for the day

by John on August 10, 2014

If there is no God, and you bet your life that there is, you have lost nothing. But if there is a God, and you bet your life that there isn’t, you have made an eternal mistake.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

You can only have one thought at a time, so make it a good one!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

A test of character is not only how we respond to our failures but also how we respond to our successes.
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.” Proverbs 27:21

The Shoe Man

by John on August 5, 2014


So after the closing prayer…….. I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark….. And his hair was truly a mess…..

But I thanked him for coming………. For being our guest…

He said, ‘My name’s Charlie………… I’m glad to meet you, my friend.’

There were tears in his eyes……… But he had a large, wide grin..

‘Let me explain,’ he said…………. Wiping tears from his eyes.

‘I’ve been coming here for months…… And you’re the first to say ‘Hi.”

‘I know that my appearance………..Is not like all the rest.

‘But I really do try………………..To always look my best.’

‘I always clean and polish my shoes…Before my very long walk.’

‘But by the time I get here……..They’re dirty and dusty, like chalk.’

My heart filled with pain………… And I swallowed to hide my tears.

As he continued to apologize………. For daring to sit so near

He said, ‘When I get here………… I know I must look a sight.’

‘But I thought if I could touch you….Then maybe our souls might unite.’

I was silent for a moment…………. Knowing whatever was said

Would pale in comparison…. I spoke from my heart, not my head.

‘Oh, you’ve touched me,’ I said…….’And taught me, in part’

‘That the best of any man…………..Is what is found in his heart.’

The rest, I thought,…………… This shoe man will never know.

Like just how thankful I really am…. That his dirty old shoe touched my soul

The Slower Life

by John on August 5, 2014

By Pete Beerse, a very good Christian man, who suffered a neck injury causing paralysis.

The Slower Life

If only we’d learn to take life really slow,

We’d see in the shadows, that flowers still grow.

We’d hear many whispers of beautiful things,

And the notes of a song, when a tiny bird sings.

We’d touch the sunshine, that falls from the sky,

We’d share all our smiles, with each passerby.

We’d talk about things that spread joy to our soul,

We’d spend time as if it were precious as gold.

We’d sit with a stranger, to comfort their pain,

We’d wipe away tears, from a sorrowful rain.

We’d let suffering teach us about Faith mighty cure,

We’d walk each day boldly with a God who is sure.

We’d smell the sweet fragrance of a baby’s small hand,

We’d find courage to change, the things that we can.

If only we’d learn to take life really slow,

We’d forgive any hurts, so wounds never grow.

We’d walk with a purpose, into each dawning day,

We’d ponder what love has made us this way.

We’d greet every morning and evening sunset,

We’d cry with laughter, till our cheeks were all wet.

We’d run from the busyness, that clouds our mind,

We’d save our energy in turn to be kind.

We’d lift our eyes up to the heaven above,

And never once doubt, that our Life is about Love.

Don’t worry so much!

by John on July 31, 2014

Jesus said:

“Don’t worry about tomorrow. This isn’t a suggestion but a command. I divided time into day and night so you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My Grace is sufficient for you but its sufficiency is only for 1 day at a time. When you worry about the future you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame and you stagger under the heavy load which I never intended you to carry. Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust. Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain but trusting Me brings you directly into My presence. As you thus affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly. Enjoy My Presence continually trusting me at all times.”

Very Good Advice

by John on July 25, 2014

This Lotus Touts has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far.

ONE.
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO.
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational

skills will be as important as any other.

THREE.
Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR.
When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

FIVE..
When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye..

SIX.
Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN..
Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT.
Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE….
Love deeply and passionately.
You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely

TEN..
In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN.
Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE.
Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN.
When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer,

smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN.
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN.
Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN.
Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY
Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice

TWENTY- ONE.
Spend some time alone.

How Long is Eternity?

by John on May 29, 2014

How Long is Eternity?
Imagine a gigantic steel ball as large as the EARTH. Then imagine every 1000 years a dove flies down and brushes its wing one time across the surface of this EARTH-SIZE steel ball. By the time the dove has reduced the size of the EARTH-SIZE steel ball with one brush of its wing every 1000 years down to the size of a marble you can hold in your hand…..Eternity will just be beginning!

by John on April 22, 2014

The Only Safe Investment

by John on December 30, 2013

The only safe investment is an investment in eternity.

“But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:20-21

Faith

by John on December 11, 2013

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.

Emergency Phone Numbers

by John on December 9, 2013

A Man of Mercy

by John on December 5, 2013


CLICK HERE

The Other Side of Prayer Requests

by John on November 26, 2013

By Jerry Robertsons

Back on 15 April my friend and co-contributor, Rich Brewers, posted How We Respond to Prayer Requests. His post came just two weeks after my official conversion and entry into the Church. I admit that, subsequent to reading his thoughts, praying for others was an action for which I only had about a year’s experience. I simply didn’t know how to pray prior to the singular event which led to my decision to become Catholic. Any prayers I might have intended to offer before this time really couldn’t be considered to be much more than best wishes.

That event was my first Christ Renews His Parish retreat weekend. During the weekend I had the opportunity to pray for others and be prayed over by others. Not really knowing how to do the former, I chose to do the latter. I had a compelling reason. I had just returned the night before from an Easter week visit with family in Missouri. My sister has a 14 year old daughter who is both mentally and physically handicapped. With every visit I would leave saddened knowing that their struggles in life are incomprehensible to me, and frustrated that I didn’t know what I could do about it. This had bothered me for a long time and, so, even though I barely knew these men, I asked them for their prayers for my niece, my sister, and for myself. One of the men praying for me was Jim, the gentleman Rich referred to in his post. I sat in the chair with his and other men’s hands on me and they prayed for the three of us. In my heart I felt something happen in that chapel. I wasn’t sure what it was but it was certainly nothing I had ever experienced before. I was shaken. I thought maybe it was simply the sincerity and love of these fine men. But, I came to realize it was the Holy Spirit working through them. It was such a powerful experience I decided to stick around and participate in the prayers for other men. I’m not sure I can describe the feeling other than to say I found a tremendous sense of fulfillment in doing so.

I believe one of the most difficult obstacles to asking others to pray for you is the fear of appearing weak or of lacking control. What other obstacles might prevent you from asking someone else for their prayers for you?

Since that experience I have had several opportunities to pray for other people both with and without their requests. I’m still not very good at it but I think I’m getting better. I try to pay attention and learn from role models, like Jim and Rich, who make it seem so easy. I’ve also learned that, like golf, to get better at praying you have to spend more time praying. Thus, I usually have two or three intentions on my list at all times and I pray for them daily. I find deep satisfaction in this. Although I may not always see any direct results which can be attributed to my prayers, I have faith they are being heard and the intended recipient will be affected in some positive way. And, somewhat selfishly, I find my time in prayer, even for others, allows me to get closer to Jesus.

But, there is another side to prayer requests – the side of requesting people to pray for you and your loved ones. It’s not as easy as you might think it would be. In many ways, it’s more difficult than responding to prayer requests from others. Such was my case. Up until about a month ago, I had been focused on praying for the needs of others. I never really considered that I would have another significant reason to request their prayers. But, then, one never expects the person whom you love the most to become ill with a disease that requires surgery and further treatment. We discovered what a scary proposition it really is. When we got the news, we, like many folks, thought we would keep it to ourselves. No need to burden others with our situation, right? We thought we might tell one or two people who ought to know. But, then, we decided that sooner or later those one or two people would feel the need to tell someone else and eventually everyone who you didn’t want to burden would eventually learn of it anyway, or be hurt that they were the only ones who had not heard. And, then, fortunately, we turned the table and looked at the situation from the outside in – what would we want if we were a friend or family member of the afflicted? We realized that we would certainly want to know about it for no other reason than we love the person and would wish to pray for them and ask for Jesus’ intercession and healing. We have a large family relatively speaking (pun intended), but our parish family of loved ones is much larger. After realizing we could use all the requests for divine assistance we could get, we decided to let the cat out of the bag.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation seemingly out of your control and hoping for a miracle? Have you kept it to yourself? Or have you sought prayers from others?

Spreading news like this via word of mouth, especially through people who you know love and care about you, is a wonderful thing! It doesn’t take long. By the time I got around to making the official request to be added to our parish’s prayer chain, most folks already knew and had been praying for a while. How do we know? We can feel it. It is the sense of peace that has come over us, the sense that everything is going to be alright, and the feeling that we are in Good Hands. It is in the comforting smiles and the reassuring hugs. It is a feeling borne from knowing that so many people have said rosaries, novenas, offered personal prayers, fasted and made other sacrifices on our behalf. It is the collective, confident assurance from an entire faith community who seem to be saying they have inside information.

If you have requested others to pray for you for personal reasons, how did you feel? Was your faith strengthened? Were you comforted?

Thus, here we are on the eve of the prescribed surgery and I believe we could not have a more positive outlook, feel more at peace with the outcome, or more accepting that this is just a bump in the highway of life. We know we have our immediate families and our extended parish family and friends who will all be pulling for us tomorrow. We have faith in God and the healing power of prayer. Please know that your love and heart-felt prayers are indeed felt and appreciated. We love you.

God Bless you all.

Alexander the Great

by John on November 22, 2013

The last wishes of Alexander the Great:

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin;

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones.) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery.

3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.
Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

1. I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal;

2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody
sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.

3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

4. We do not take to our grave any material wealth . TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED. We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time.

5. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion
of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life!

6. The best present that you can give to your family and friends is
your TIME.

May God grant you plenty of TIME and may you have the wisdom to give it away so that you can LIVE, LOVE and DIE in peace

It is possible……..

by John on November 8, 2013

In today’s JESUS CALLING from Sarah Young:

“It is possible to be content in any and every situation. Don’t let your well-being depend on your circumstances. Instead, connect your joy to Jesus’ prescious promises:

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will meet all your needs according to My glorious riches. Nothing in all creation will be able to separate you from My Love.

Just For You Pet Lovers

by John on November 5, 2013

JUST FOR YOU
Click on JUST FOR YOU above

Christ Renews His Parish

by John on October 17, 2013

Christ Renews His Parish

I had an amazing spiritual experience when I attended my 2nd Christ Renew His Parish (CRHP) Retreat last weekend which is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It is a process designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ.

“The community of believers was of one heart and mind, …With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.” Acts 4:32-33

For 2000 years communities of Christian believers have been witnessing to Jesus Christ. These communities have been persecuted, mistreated, abused, and many have offered their very lives all for the faith of those who would believe, you and me. Communities have been beaten and battered but have kept the faith alive by trusting in God and encouraging each other in their faith.

The Christ Renews His Parish process is just one way to stop our busy lives, see past the pains and lies, and know God, not just experience Him.

So in the words of our Savior we too, invite you, “Come and you will see”, Jn 1:39
.
Christ Renew His Parish is sponsored by the Catholic Church but welcomes all Christian Believers. I would encourage you to please consider attending a CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH weekend in your community.

THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON

by John on October 17, 2013

My favorite Bible passage is THE PRODIGAL SON, which shows God’s wonderfully boundless and gracious forgiveness. The book looks in depth at forgiveness from the perspective of the younger prodigal son, the faithful older son and the forgiving father and how each perspective can apply to our lives.

LIFE OF THE BELOVED. Spiritual Living in a Secular World

by John on October 17, 2013

This is a book I recommend everyone should read who at times questions their faith with all the distractions of the secular world.

Jacob’s Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth

by John on October 17, 2013

This is not the controversial movie many years ago. This is an amazing book I highly recommend. “There are 10 important questions everyone should ask; and the answers to these questions, which lead to ultimate truth, are a matter of reason, not of faith.”

Great Spiritual Books

by John on September 10, 2013

BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW by John Eldridge

CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE by Richard Foster

THE CONFESSIONS OF ST AUGUSTINE

Sitting quietly in MY PRESENCE

by John on August 29, 2013

From Sarah Young’s JESUS CALLING, August 29, 2013

Demonstrate your trust in me by Sitting Quietly in MY PRESENCE. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. Put aside all that is waiting to be done and refuse to worry about anything.

By waiting with Me before you begin the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of My living Presence. This act of faith, waiting before working, is noted in the spirit world where your demonstration of trust weakens “principalities and powers of darkness.”

The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near Me. When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and over stimulating that you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy. When you spend time with ME, I restore your sense of direction. As you look to ME for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.

Spend Time With Me

by John on August 27, 2013

Spend Time With Me

Have you ever heard the sayings “an idle mind is the playground of the devil”, or “idle hands are the devils workshop”, or “too much idle time makes one prone to unproductive thoughts”. These can hold true.

Sometimes when we get in a rut, or get bored, or life gets monotonous, our minds begin to wander and negativity sets in. You may start thinking about people that have hurt you in the past, or bad situations from years ago, or perhaps doing something that is dishonest or hurtful. This is when we need to refocus our thoughts on the Lord. Spend some quality time with Him, pray to Him, talk to Him, for He is your friend and is with you always. Once you acknowledge his presence, your thoughts will be put back on track.

Get into the habit of doing this and you will be amazed at how even the darkest day will be nothing but sunshine to you. Peace :-)

8/27/12 devotion by Sarah Young – Jesus Calling

Spend time with Me for the pure pleasure of being in My company. I can brighten up the dullest of gray days; I can add sparkle to the routines of daily life. You have to repeat so many tasks day after day. This monotony can dull your thinking until your mind slips into neutral. A mind that is unfocused is vulnerable to “the world, the flesh, and the devil,” all of which exert a downward pull on your thoughts. As your thinking processes deteriorates, you become increasingly confused and directionless. The best remedy is to refocus your mind and heart on Me, your constant Companion.

Even the most confusing day opens up before you as you go step by step with Me. My Presence goes with you where you go, providing Light for your path.

Psalms 63:7-8; Psalms 119:105

A “not so Happy” Father’s Day

by John on June 16, 2013

(a message from my wife)

I always used to hate Father’s Day. My dad struggled with alcohol abuse and was very troubled in his life and eventually left our family completely. I used to go to the mailbox each year on my birthday hoping he would send me a birthday card, but he never did. I was very sad. He never expressed his love for me so I always assumed he never cared. He passed several years ago and I was never able to reconcile my relationship with him. I realize now as an adult that some people just can’t express their emotions and have their own demons to deal with. I know God expects us to love everyone unconditionally and I am truly trying to forgive my dad. I prayed for him today and hope that he is with Jesus. I send this message today to those who may not have had the relationship with their father they wanted. But know that God understands your pain and sadness and is there for you. God loves us all unconditionally and is our one True ABBA, Father.

Ronald Regan: “In God We Trust” Video

by John on April 17, 2013


CLICK HERE to see Ronald Regan’s IN GOD WE TRUST Speech.

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

by John on March 27, 2013

CLICK PRAYER BELOW FOR MORE

Let nothing upset you
Let nothing startle you
All things pass
God does not change
Patience wins All it seeks
Whoever has God lacks nothing
GOD ALONE IS ENOUGH

SLOW DANCE

by John on March 26, 2013

Slow Dance

Poem from a 16 year old dying from cancer.

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round, or listened to rain slapping the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight, or gazed at the sun fading into the night? You better slow down, don’t dance so fast, time is short, the music won’t last. Do you run through each day on the fly, when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed, with the next hundred chores running through your head? You better slow down, don’t dance so fast, time is short, the music won’t last. Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow, and in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, let a friendship die, ’cause you never had time to call and say hi? You better slow down, don’t dance so fast, time is short, the music won’t last. When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, it’s like an unopened gift thrown away. Life isn’t a race, so take it slower, hear the music before your song is over.

RAISING A MODERN DAY KNIGHT

by John on March 22, 2013

This book by Robert Lewis, should be read by EVERY FATHER who wants to raise their son to be a true Christian MAN.

WILD AT HEART by John Eldredge

by John on March 22, 2013

“Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul”

Amazingly inspiring book. Every Christian Man should read this wonderful masterpiece

DAILY PRAYER

by John on March 1, 2013


CLICK HERE TO GO TO A WONDERFUL SITE FOR DAILY PRAYER

What’s So Amazing about Grace?

by John on March 1, 2013

Best explanation of what God’s Grace is truly about and how we are so blessed to receive it.

GRACE means…..

by John on February 28, 2013

GRACE means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less

Where is God When it Hurts?

by John on February 28, 2013

If you have ever asked:

Why is God punishing me?
Why do I have to suffer?
Why is my loved one in pain?
Why does God allow pain, suffering, agony and tragedy in this world?

Then read this book

Never regard failure as failure

by John on February 21, 2013


We must never regard failure as failure. It may simply be what is needed to turn us in the direction we should have been going in the first place.

Joan Chittister

Some defeats more triumphant than victories

by John on February 16, 2013

There is nothing we can lose in life that does not teach us something worth knowing. Sometimes we learn to pick our friends more carefully; sometimes we learn not to be so committed to what the world calls “success.” Sometimes we learn we have been about the wrong things entirely in life. But there is no such thing as failure as long as we learn something from it. Or, as Michele de Montaigne wrote, “There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.”

Compass of you heart

by John on February 15, 2013


When you find yourself more likely to cling to schedules, rules, lists, and personal agendas rather than to the needs of those around you, beware. There is something amiss in the compass of your heart.

Joan Chittister

THE RADICAL CHRISTIAN LIFE – A year with St. Benedict

by John on February 14, 2013


“Anything you do may seem terribly insignificant, but it is terriby important that you do it” Gandhi

Too often we dismiss the spiritual significance of the unusual act–the visit to the hospital, the conversation with the stranger on the bus, the quotation you write down to pass onto a friend. A life of value is not a series of great things well done; it is a series of small things consciously done.

From the book:

    THE RADICAL CHRISTIAN LIFE – A year with Saint Benedict

by Joan Chittister

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

by John on February 4, 2013

“I found deep comfort in realizing that Jesus loves even me, a ragamuffin, just as I am and not as i should be; that He accepts me, though I am most unacceptable. I came to this book hungry. I tasted and saw afresh that our God is truly good and that He is, after all, for us.”

Michael Card, Musician, recording artist, and author

” Brennan Manning does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God’s Grace to do what only God’s Grace can do –amaze.”

Max Lucado, Best Selling author of COME THIRTY and THE GIFT FOR ALL PEOPLE

Stop worrying about the future

by John on January 31, 2013

You can’t change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.” Matthew 6:27

Prayer

by John on January 22, 2013

Over the last few years I have allowed myself to become so occupied with “the details, noise, worries, hassles, disappointments, struggles and busyness of LIFE” that I had forgotten how important taking time daily to PRAY was. I had forgotten to take time, specific, scheduled, quiet time to Pray and talk to Jesus.. I tried to fill up my life with noise, TV, movies, work, computer surfing….anything that would take my mind off my worries that I lost my way….but I have found my way back and I know Jesus gently nudged me back on the path to HIM.

I now find myself spending up to a full hour a day in the ‘classroom of silence” (as Matthew Kelly calls it) where I find a quiet place, turn off my phone, computer, push everything out of my mind and “Pray-talk-dialog-and most importantly LISTEN to what Jesus is trying to tell me.” If you would have told me that I should or would have taken an hour a day to “Pray” I would have said you were completely out of your mind…..There is no way I could possibly find a full hour…don’t you know how busy I am….how important I am….how many people rely on me……..WOW What a crock…..pure foolish pride.

I started out trying to carve out 10 minutes of quiet alone time and quickly it escalated to an hour. I even put on my headsets to drown out the noise and world on a recent flight and entered the “classroom of silence” and “calmly and quietly talked with Jesus”….had the plane not landed and jolted me I probably would have been “praying” even longer. That was one of the best days I had because I cleared my mind, got my priorities straight and devoted my entire day to Jesus. Not everything went exactly as I wanted but I felt very connected to HIM that I offered the entire day to HIM. I owe HIM so so much.

I now find myself conversing with Jesus thru most of the day because I can feel HIS presence and I know HE is with me.

When I have a chance to objectively and honestly think and pray about my life, my struggles, priorities, I realize how much I need to change in my life. I can’t do it overnight but with HIS help I am trying to take small consistent steps to become what HE wants me to become to Glorify HIS NAME.

Praise to You O Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Retreat

by John on January 15, 2013

I had a great experience last weekend attending the JESUIT MEN’S SPIRITUAL RETREAT in Milford, OH. If you have not been before or recently, I highly recommend you consider finding a SPIRITUAL RETREAT which are offered all over the country for men only, women only and mixed. Mine started at 6PM Friday thru Sunday noon.

The objective was to grow in my Spiritual and Prayer life drawing closer to Jesus. It was truly amazing. Here are just a few of the many benefits I received.

A chance to:

-get away from all the non-stop deafening noice, busyness, rat race of daily life

-find peace, quit and a calmness I had completely forgotten and the “joy” they represent

-study and reflect on the bible

-hear over 10 inspiring presentations for reflection

-find quiet time with Jesus

-find quiet time with myself

-watch the squirrels, duck, birds and rabbits by the nearby river

-study the lives of Mother Teresa and Pope John II

-find some amazing books on prayer, the Saints and other subjects from leading Christian authors

-examine my life, priorities, relationships

…..and so much more

Here is the web site: www.jesuitspiritualcenter.com, I attended. If you simply google: “SPIRITUAL RETREAT” you can find a retreat near you. There are retreats taking place all over the US nearly every week.

Give yourself the best gift possible and attend a Retreat.

God Bless You.

WISE men still follow Jesus today

by John on January 10, 2013


WISE men still follow Jesus today

I can do everything thru Christ who gives me strength

by John on January 9, 2013


If you believe you can’t, you won’t.

“I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Do not worry about tomorrow

by John on January 8, 2013

Chinese Proverb: If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow will come. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow still comes.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:34

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

by John on January 7, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

by John on January 1, 2013

With the passing of each year, there is a sense of a fresh beginning. Hope waits just ahead!

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Happy and Blessed New Year, Everyone!!

Twitter

by John on December 28, 2012

Be what you wish others to become

by John on December 28, 2012


Be what you wish others to become.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:15

Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly

by John on December 28, 2012

GREAT BOOK

A debt we couldn’t pay

by John on December 28, 2012


Jesus paid a debt HE didn’t owe because we had a debt we couldn’t pay

‘Jesus Calling’ by Sarah Young

by John on December 28, 2012

Crushed in Spirit

by John on December 19, 2012


Unless we ourselves are broken, we will never be touched by what breaks the heart of God.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Proclaim HIS Glory

by John on December 15, 2012

Do not give in to fear or worry

by John on December 14, 2012


Give yourself fully to the adventure of today. Walk boldy along the path of Life relying on your ever-present Companion., You have every reason to be confident, because My Presence accompanies you all the days of your life…and onward into eternity.

Do not give in to fear or worry, those robbers of abundant living. Trust Me enough to face problems as they come, rather than trying to anticipate them. Fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Perfector of your faith, and many difficulties on the road ahead will vanish before you reach them. Whenver you start to feel afraid, remember that I am holding you by your right hand, Nothing can separate you from My Presence!

Hebres 12:2; Isaiah 41:13

When you are plagued by a persistent problem…..

by John on December 9, 2012


When you are plagued by a persistent problem, one that goes on and on, view it as a rich opportunity. An on going problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank ME for your problem. Ask ME to open your eyes and your heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down. On the contrary, your thankful attitude will lift you up into heavenly places with ME. From this perspective, your difficulty can be seen as a slight, temporary distress that is producing for you a transcendent Glory never to cease!

Isaiah 30:20-21; 2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMP)

Handle your fear

by John on December 4, 2012

If you don’t handle your fear, your fear will handle you.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Where’s your heart?

by John on December 3, 2012


If you really want to know a person’s values, look at the things that bring them joy.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Stress works like a credit card

by John on November 29, 2012

Stress works like a credit card–it forces your body to borrow resources from tomorrow to get through today. But at some point that bill comes due, with interest!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

The Importance of going to Church

by John on November 23, 2012

(A close friend sent this to his children and I wanted to share his letter with you.)

As your father, I want to give you some advice based on what I have learned over 65 years.

I think it is critically important to go to church, attend church services as a family and be part of a church community. One does not “have” to go to church necessarily to be a “good person.” It seems some may go to church and are Not good people, even though I can’t possibly know what is in their heart as that is between them and God. And simply going out of Sunday obligation as expressed in the 10 Commandments does not seem like the right attitude either. But here are the many, many advantages of being part of a church community for me.

THE WORD. So many times I have heard a certain word, phrase or thought in the scripture as it is read in church that I had not heard before, considered before or maybe heard again, but this time I understand something in a new light about life and God. God gave us the bible as a guide. I don’t read the bible on my own nearly often enough. It is a blessing to know that every time I go to a church service, I have the opportunity to hear the WORD of God. There have even been phrases that caught my attention in the prayers and songs I heard at church that made a difference that day. THE WORD Inspires me to be a better Christian, quit feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have enough money, or am disappointed about something that happened or didn’t happen or angry with someone else. THE WORD encourages me to Praise God in ALL THINGS. It constantly reminds me why I am here and that this life is only temporary as the real goal is HEAVEN for Eternity.

COMMUNITY. We recently moved and started attending another church. I find it tremendously inspirational to be in the presence of other God-Fearing, Christian men, women and children. I see people who attend church, not just on Sunday, but every day I go during the week, I see some of the same people. They are not simply fulfilling their Sunday obligation. They want to be there in the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I know these are good, honest, holy people,….not saints, but sinners, like me who are trying to live a good life. They smile at me and welcome me. They are not decked out looking to impress others with how fancy their clothes are or how expensive their car might be.

FAMILY. Recently, after a Wed morning mass, one of the men I saw many times at mass, who also frequently was a lector, asked me to have a cup of coffee at UDF with some of the other men who meet there often after mass. I accepted his offer and met with 6 men, 60-80 years old who welcomed me like I had been their friend for life. I felt so comfortable with them. No one was putting on a facade about how successful or great they were. We just joked, had fun and talked honestly about our life. Two had recently lost their spouses of over 60 years of a blessed marriage. Two were P&G alumni. One had 10 grand children. Some were seriously hurting financially. I was so inspired and humbled, it brought me to tears as I drove home for these reasons:

1. They completely welcomed me and loved me from the moment they spoke to me. I felt they accepted me as part of their family.

2. They were good, honest, Christian men, fathers, husbands, grandpas, siblings who loved Jesus Christ more than anything.

3. They put their family first before everything else

4. They lived “in” the world but had not been seduced by its deadly vices and temptations

5. They did not flaunt their faith; they cursed, joked, had fun with most situations in life but in their hearts I could tell they were focused on making sure they kept their eye on the goal of achieving Heaven for Eternity.

6. When they asked me “how I was doing” they meant it and I felt completely uninhibited and told them we were seriously struggling financially. They were so gracious, supportive and inspirational as each one encouraged me to “keep the faith” and many cited their own struggles. There are no other social gatherings in my life where I don’t feel compelled to put up a wall and try to impress the group. Not so with these Christian men.
7. They completely inspired me to be a better Christian, husband, father and grandpa. What a blessing to be in the presence of other men who inspired me to be better in all aspects of my life. Most men I encounter in business, life and by chance unfortunately don’t always inspire me to be a better person. But these church-going, Christian men could not have been more inspirational.

8. It is an incredibly wonderful feeling to know that I can connect with other men whom I consider family where we all have a common faith and beliefs. They made me feel like I am not alone. It was so encouraging to know there are such good wholesome people out there. But I would not have known them had I not made the effort to go to church.

9. They made me feel very special because they were genuinely interested in me and my family and they wanted the best for me.

10. Now I have one more positive reason to get up and go to church as often as possible because when I see them before, during or after church I am excited to speak with them and look forward to our UDF “coffee” (in my case, decaf tea) sessions.

MY FATHER’S LEGACY. My father took me to morning services and communion at 6AM hundreds of times when I was a child. Those were some of the times I felt closest to him. His example of making the effort to go to church and take me during the week when he was not “obligated” to go as on Sunday, is one of the reasons I have always felt compelled and inspired to attend church often. His actions and example are one of his wholesome legacies for me. He inspired me to continue going to church and church has helped me get through some of the most challenging times in my life.

YOUR LEGACY. I challenge you to consider what legacy you leave with your own children. Our actions speak volumes when it comes to how we affect our children. I believe that church community is a Gift God gives us if we only make the effort to attend…and HE will do the rest. Please consider giving your own children the Gift of church community to provide a lifetime of inspiration, encouragement, and source of peace and contentment for them while they fulfill God’s Plan in this very temporary existence until they spend Eternity with their Savior.

God Bless You.

Love, Dad.

Anxiety

by John on November 14, 2012



The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith; the beginning of faith is the end of anxiety.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Difficult Days

by John on November 13, 2012



Learn to appreciate difficult days. Be stimiulated by the challenges you encounter along your way. As you journey through rough terrain with ME, gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything. This knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with ME, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times.

Look back on your life and see how I have helped you through diffcult days. If you are tempted to think, “Yes, but that was then and this is now, remember who I AM. Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity, This the basis of your confidence. In MY PRESENCE you live and move and have your being.

ISAIAH 41:10; Psalm 102:27; Acts 17:28

Carefree Timelessness

by John on November 11, 2012


I have been listening to a lot of Christian CD’s from church lately and one message has really captured my imagination. The message is called “CAREFREE TIMELESSNESS” as it relates to nurturing any relationship. What it means is that every relationship needs to have regular CAREFREE TIMELESSNESS which means scheduled time where there is no agenda, no clock, no deadline, no distractions and other priorities but simply to be completely and totally be consumed and focused on that person.

The CD went on to say to schedule CAREFREE TIMELESSNESS with God in addition to your other significant relationships: spouse, child, parents, grand children, siblings, significant other, etc.

The message I got from the CD was that as life gets difficult due to stress, money, work, medical, sickness, other relationships, etc., we tend to stop making time for that CAREFREE TIMELESSNESS. We can be in HIS presence, but if we are distracted with other worries and preoccupied, not only do we miss the opportunity to connect with HIM, but we cheat ourselves of nurturing that most important of relationships.

The CD encouraged everyone to make a promise to spend at least one CAREFREE TIMELESSNESS session with GOD once a week at a minimum. It does not have to be in church, but it can be anywhere, in the car, back porch, on a plane, at the coffee shop, even at my desk. When I am able to clear my mind and really be focused on HIM, I begin to better understand what HE wants for me and from me.

My life is very difficult at times, but I try not to forget to Thank God always for everything. I ask HIM for help not only to do what I need and want to get done, but to ask HIM to give me the Grace to accept whatever happens. Most of my anxiety comes from me not getting what I want or think I need or deserve. When I let go and turn it ALL over to HIM, I find I am happiest and more often at peace.

At the end of the day, God is in control…we are not. We need to try to step back and understand, accept, embrace and thank HIM for HIS Plan for us. It is easy to say “not to worry” which is so difficult not to. Especially when we have other family members who rely on us. But I truly believe God does not want us to worry but try our best with what we can do on our own and then trust that HE will help us in this life. We may not get everything we want or think we need or deserve, but if we accept HIS Plan willingly, and let go, that is our best chance for peace, contentment and happiness in this life. And then we have Eternity to look forward to be in Bliss with HIM forever.

Praise to You O Lord Jesus Christ.

God Bless You.

Cheerful look

by John on November 5, 2012


If you find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people, why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others?

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” Proverbs 15:30

Humility

by John on November 2, 2012


Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6

God is Light

by John on November 1, 2012

One can easily understand a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy is when grown men and women are afraid of the light.

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

Honeycomb

by John on October 31, 2012


You can’t speak a kind word too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Thimble

by John on October 30, 2012

Trying to grasp and understand as a human being the omnipotence of our God is like trying to put all the waters of the Earth’s oceans into a thimble.

Praise to you O Lord Jesus Christ.

Choice

by John on October 26, 2012

A wonderful couple close to us shared the following. One spouse was worrying obsessively about the severe hardships and times they were enduring. The other spouse wrote the letter below in response.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Every person on the planet, all 7 billion of us, has something to worry about: hunger, pain, health, disease, children, parents, spouse, grand parents, addictions, money, work, promotion, failure, taxes, discrimination, bullying, politics, religion, world peace, terrorism and on and on. No one is exempt from worry. One’s quality of life and happiness is directly proportional to one’s attitude and faith. One can choose to focus on the worries because Everyone has worries. One can spend their whole life worrying about something until suddenly their life is over. So they and those around them are miserable because of “worry.” Or one can choose to focus on all the positive in one’s life…and we have so many and so many more than so many people. Consider a few basic facts.

1. 16 million US children will go hungry today. 15 million children die worldwide every year from hunger. Our kids have never been hungry

2. We have healthy children and healthy grand children

3. 1.5 billion people are not allowed to practice the religion of their choice

4. Only 30% of Americans have a college degree. We and our children have a college degree.

There are over 100 references in the bible about not giving into to worrying about the future.
It is human nature to be concerned about future events especially about family but when one obsesses about it to the point that it makes them physically, emotionally and spiritually sick then it suggests that they have given up on their faith that God is in control and that there is a Plan.

One of the most wasteful aspects of worry is that one cannot enjoy and embrace “the now, today, this moment” if one is preoccupied with the future worrying about “what it?” Throwing away this moment worrying about the future wastes not only the worrier’s life but can also waste or distract or destroy those around the worrier.

One can CHOOSE to not be depressed all the time. The circumstances that prompt the “worry” are many times beyond our control. But our reaction and response to that which is worrying us is Completely within our control. One can choose to be depressed, wallow in self pity and convince themselves that no one on earth since the beginning of time has had to endure the same hardships or worries as they have.
Or they can choose to do everything in their power to try and fix, improved or correct “that” which is worrying them. And after they have done all they can do, they turn that worry over to God and ask for HIS Help, Grace and Guidance to not only Help but provide the strength to cope with what every happens.

That is the only way one can achieve any semblance of Peace on this earth in the face of problems and worries. This earthly life is temporary, a mere blink of the eye compared to eternity. Rather than waste “the blink” here one should first Praise God, work towards helping their family and resolving and easing all our suffering but at some point the Only thing a Christian can do is to turn it all over to God because we cannot do it all ourselves. The only Peace on this earth comes from complete faith and trust and surrender to God. And ironically by surrendering to God, and releasing constant obsessive worry is the only conduit to Peace and Happiness on this earth.

As bad as we have it, so many, many have it so much worse. Our crosses are heavy. But They are no comparisons to many.

We have a choice to make the best of what we have. We can choose to give in to worry. Or we can try to allow our faith to see us through it, what ever it is. The choice is ours.

…..for the glory of God

by John on October 24, 2012




Boredom is a matter of choice, not circumstances .Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

Don Cormell is now with Jesus

by John on October 22, 2012

I have known Don Cormell for over 15 years. He passed away recently, suddenly. He was in his early 70′s. He has been my friend, broker, advisor and brother. He could have retired some time ago but loved what he did and was very good at it. He always had time to talk business but more importantly, loved talking about his grand children more than anything else. Everytime I spoke with him I felt uplifted, encouraged and always ended up thinking more about my own family, children and in particular my grand children. His positive and Christian attitude and outlook had a very positive influence on me. Don was one of Jesus’ messengers as he always SPREAD THE WORD in a very subtle….yet incredibly effiective way. He was always so positive. He never preached or flaunted his faith, but when you got to know him you realized how close he was to Jesus. I am a better person, Christian, father, husband, and grand father because I knew Don. I know he is with Jesus at this very moment and I look forward to seeing him again some day. Praise to You O Lord Jesus Christ.

Release all your worries

by John on October 9, 2012



In order to hear MY voice, you must release all your worries into MY care. Entrust to ME everything that concerns you. This clears the way for you to seek MY Face unhindered. Let ME free you from fear that’s hiding deep inside you. Sit quietly in MY Presence, allowing MY Light to soak into you and drive out any darkness lodged within you.

Accept each day just as it comes to you, remembering that I am sovereign over your life. Rejoice in THIS DAY THAT I HAVE MADE, trusting that I am abundantly present in it. Instead of regretting or resenting the way things are, THANK ME IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. Trust ME and don’t be fearful; thank ME and rest in MY sovereignty.

1 Peter 5:6-7; Psalm 118:24;1 Thessalonians 5:18

“UNCONDITIONAL” – The Movie

by John on October 4, 2012


I am a BIG movie fan and love most kind of movies. My favorites this year
Sci-FI: LOOPER, Animation: Finding NEMO 3D, Drama: End of Watch,
Comedy: The Campaign. All Time Classic: My Fair Lady.

But my favorite movie this year, bar none, all genre, is UNCONDITIONAL. A wonderful Christian message with real world issues and brilliantly acted. Please do yourself, your family, spouse, friends, significant other and even “your faith” a very big favor and go see the movie: UNCONDITIONAL.

“Worry” is a plague

by John on October 2, 2012


While it is difficult not to “be concerned about the future” or think about the “past”, worrying about either is a complete waste of time. There is nothing I can do about the past. While I can “plan” for the future, “worrying” about it accomplishes nothing except wasting time, draining my energy, raising my blood pressure and stealing precious time and focus away from the only moment I have the ability to impact….which is NOW. I regret when my wife and kids says to me….”dad, where are you at this moment, as you are certainly not here with us.” I am distracted, preoccupied or fixating on the future, or “what if,” or something in business that is happening in the future. And in the process I rob myself and my family of time together.

The stronger my faith becomes, the more I can TRUST that God will be there for ME in the future. In fact, HE is already there so why should I spend time worrying about what is going to happen then. HE already knows and whatever happens, I believe HE will help me get thru it.

Praise to you O Lord, Jesus Christ.

The STREAM Wins

by John on October 1, 2012


In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins—not through strength but by perseverance.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

Fear Nothing Else

by John on September 25, 2012


When you fear God, you fear nothing else. When you do not fear God, you fear everything else.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

The World would be a better place

by John on September 22, 2012

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we lived by this Corinthian’s passage:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

“Good” from “Bad”

by John on September 19, 2012


FAMILY

A young couple our family knows waited for several years to conceive their first child and when they did they were so thankful and excited but their baby was born prematurely and soon after passed. I struggle with my Faith when I hear of such tragedies. I want to believe that “it’s part of God’s Plan………….There is a reason…………..”good’ will come from bad……………there are no mistakes.” But I don’t understand. Hopefully some day I will.

I tried to step back and see what possible “good” could have come out of this bad situation. I realized that all the couples with babies and children we know who were aware of this sad story expressed how grateful they were for the precious gifts of their children. Many said they would hug and cherish their children and thank God Daily for HIS gift of family. They also expressed how fleeting life is and we never know for sure how long we have.

While I can’t imagine the agony of the couple who lost their baby, I know many who were forced to look at their life, their children and the uncertainty of this existence because of this event, may have benefitted because they appreciated each moment so much more.

I am praying to YOU today, Jesus, to please help me appreciate daily the many Gifts YOU have bestowed on me in the form of my family. Praise to YOU O Lord, Jesus Christ.

The “DASH”

by John on September 17, 2012

The \"DASH\"

click the word “DASH” directly above this line to view this wonderful 2 minute video

AMAZING CROSS

by John on September 13, 2012

Hope is the fuel that the human heart runs on.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Happy 37th Wedding Anniversary, Joy

by John on July 25, 2012

Happy 37th Wedding Anniversary, Joy. It has gone by so fast and we have so much to be thankful for – 4 wonderful children and 4 wonderful grand children. God Blessed me most of all with you!

My “booted flower plant” anniversary gift symbolizes my request not to be “booted from your life or kicked to the curb.” HA

I love you. Love, John

Special 4th of July

by John on July 5, 2012

We moved recently to a small rural area of Cincinnati, down sizing, to Maineville, OH, I was pleasantly surprised when I attended a local church service on July 4th, 2 miles away. I was amazed there were over 200 people there that day at 9am (and there was nearly 100 people the next day). What was so refreshing and inspiring was:

1. How many good, Christian people showed up
2. Singing GOD BLESS AMERICA and AMERICA during service (I had forgotten religious freedom was such a big part of our Independence)
3. The Homily focused on the blessing of our religious freedom and our responsibility to cherish, defend and support it
4. I felt right at home the first time I walked in as I had been a bit discouraged feeling out of place at my former church
5. I immediately connected with the pastor and even made arrangements to speak with him privately
6. God is in control and wanted me to attend this church as I have a really good feeling about it and have committed to try an attend 9am service when I am in town

Praise to You O Lord Jesus Christ

Say less

by John on July 2, 2012




It’s always better to say much too little than a little too much.

“The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.” Proverbs 18:7

Jesus Gives Honest Counsel

by John on June 23, 2012

Jesus Gives Honest Counsel

by Rick Warren

“Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed.” (Ephesians 4:29a TEV)

Correcting another person in a loving way is powerful. Done the right way, it builds people up. The difference between the right and the wrong way is your attitude.

If all you’re doing is pointing out faults, then stop. The purpose has to be to correct, not to condemn. You need to ask, “What’s my motive in this? Am I correcting him for my benefit or for his benefit?”

A lot of times we want to correct people just because they’re being jerks and they’re hassling us. We think, “If they would stop being such a jerk, my life would be easier.”

That’s the wrong motive.

Instead, follow Ephesians 4:15, which says to speak the truth in love. The key to proper correction: Affirm the person, then correct the behavior.