Worth Dying For – Destroy

Worth Dying For – Love Riot Album

What an awesome battle cry!

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The Noticier by Andy Andrews

Just finished an incredible book called “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews. At first look I thought what kind of story can be captured on only 156 pages. Boy did I get a schooling. I was hooked from the first chapter. It has changed my perspective on life in a huge way.

The story all takes place in the town of Orange Beach, Alabama. A gentleman named Jones, not Mr. Jones just simply Jones was making life changing differences for so many people. Jones was all about perspective. It was amazing to see how peoples lives changed because of a new perspective.

The words of wisdom in this book are incredible. I have post it notes on my desk top with different quotes in it from the book. That is not normal for me. I am looking forward to rereading it again. Which I rarely reread a book.

A town of people where changed forever in the story of the book. A world of people will be changed forever by reading this book.

Living from the Heart

“What more can be said, what greater case could be made than this: to find God, you must look with all your heart. To remain present to God, you must remain present to your heart. To hear His voice, you must listen with all your heart. To love Him, you must love with all your heart. You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and you cannot live the life you were meant to live, unless you live from the heart.”John Eldredge – Waking the DeadThis was posted on a great blog called: The Ramblings make sure to check it out. I normally don’t repost, but it really was a great reminder for me.

Shelter In The Storm

Mountain Summer Storm

Psalm 55:4-8 My insides are turned inside out; specters of death have me down. I shake with fear, I shudder from head to foot. ”Who will give me wings,”  I ask—”wings like a dove?” Get me out of here on dove wings; I want some peace and quiet. I want a walk in the country, I want a cabin in the woods. I’m desperate for a change from rage and stormy weather. (MSG)

David wanted to escape from his problems. He wanted peace in his life. How many times have I wanted to escape? How many times have I tried to run from my problems?

Can you imagine that your hiking a long trail in the mountains. The scenery is beautiful except for the clouds forming over the ridge. You are 12 miles from your car and you know the storm is moving in faster than you can walk. Your in a boulder field with no place to seek shelter. In a time like this I would be saying the same prayer that David did. “Lord get me out of here.”

Psalm 55:22 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin. (MSG)

All we need to do is give it to God and He will make sure we don’t fall. He will make sure you make it to shelter when the time is perfect. We might disagree on the timing part, but He knows what is best.

Lord help me to try and not take short cuts. Help me to trust in you when I am going through the storms of life.

Amen

Shelter in Boulder field

The not so merry Christmas

Patched broken HeartI have a lot of readers that find my blog by searching the words “Broken Hearted”. I have posted some articles about that in the past. It has just amazed me at how many people are hurting. Especially around the holidays. Whether it was being hurt from family or others, they are hurting. It has really made me aware of why it’s not a “Merry Christmas” for a lot of people. I have struggled for years with the holidays because of my past. All the things that where taken away from me as a kid. As a kid I tried to act like it didn’t bother me. But it sure did.Patched broken heart

Probably of all things I lost it was the relationships with family that hurt the most. It has been 32 years and it stills hurts. Have I forgiven? Yes, but there is still a hole in my heart. It will probably always be there.

Now before all of my Christian readers get on me about God filling up that hole. STOP! Christ is in my heart. He has put light into the darkest places of my heart. But that doesn’t mean the scar isn’t still there. So get off! lol.

The one great thing of this time of year is hearing about God’s amazing grace. His never ending love for you. His compassion for a screwed up world. Hearing these things give a lot of hope to many people. A great place to hear these things is at a church. We went and visited a church this weekend that we used to attend. I was looking forward to all the feel good stuff and heard none of it. I got beat up. It was all about what we could do to be a better Christian. How we should be. How we should act. Not about how God came to us in all our faults and screw ups. It was basically how once again you miss the mark. You don’t measure up. This time of year people need hope not condemnation. We all know where we need to open our hearts up to let God in. But when you are broken you only open up to those that show they care. Those that comfort you.

Thankfully we have a God that cares. One that wants to comfort you. One that loves you no matter what you have done or have had done to you. He is waiting with arms open wide to hold you and cry with you. To listen to you until you are speechless. To give you hope and a reason to go on. No questions about you past asked. Just pure love given.

That’s the God of the Broken Hearted. The Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Baby Jesus

Broken Hearted II

Broken Hearted

Here is a great post on Broken Hearts from my son Tyler. Check it out here: www.lifeofworship.wordpress.com

Check out my other Broken Hearted Posts Here 

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There is an awesome article from Mark with Geography of Grace. Make sure to check it out here.

Help the Street Kids

I know that November was Homeless Youth Awarness month but you can still help the kids who are on the street.

I have had an opportunity to meet a few of our street kids in Denver. In a lot of cases they are there from a broken heart. Either being abused or just not loved or wanted.

I met a guy that I will call steel, he is one of the most intellectual guys I know. His story is one of abuse that left him on the run. His heart is good but he doesn’t trust any adult.

I met a girl who has leukemia. I don’t know her story but can you imagine going through that crisis in your life without your family. Well she has a family, it’s the other kids on the street. In a lot of cases they are closer and more willing to help then our own families.

Please click on the link above and help our street kids. It can be something as easy as a phone text to give a piece of clothing or give them your used cell phone.

If you want to help on a personal level contact one of the following groups:

Drybones Denver

 

Dan Wakefields Broken Hearted Music Video

A friend of mine Dan Wakefield created this video of a song that he and his wife Mariana wrote. The lyrics are so simple and so true. Make sure to check out his blog http://danwakefield.typepad.com/


Clenched Fists!

I came across a blog with the following post. You can check it out here. This is just a part of the post. Go to his blog to read the rest.

“Dear God,

I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!

Who will I be when I have nothing to hold on to?

Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?

Please help me to gradually open my hands

and to discover that I am not what I own,

but what you want to give me.

And what you want to give me is love,

unconditional, everlasting love.

Amen.” p.21

What are you holding tightly with a clenched fist?