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Our Journey in Life is more than we allow it to be.
We must all Be Ourselves to really enjoy what's all around us.
Take hold and learn from Life and Others.

I Follow the Way of Jesus.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Patience, Patience, Patience.

When trying to listen to GOD and what HE wants for you I think that Patience, Patience, Patience are the three most important characteristics.  Location is good.  Timing is good.  Listening is best, but it all comes down to Patience.  Why?   Let me explain.

Without patience, you run off into a wall, over a cliff, down a steep hill, off a bridge, lost in a forest, or alone.  Patience on the other hand takes you gently down a path that is meant for you.  Even when you don't see the results or the goal until you are long into the journey.

I have been dealing with this for over 3 years.  I was working at one job.  Thinking that I would never get out of it and it was becoming difficult, both on me and on my family.  I had prayed and listened and was told to be patient and wait.  I did. Within a few short months.  I found a better job.  One that I am currently at now.  I enjoy it, the hours are better and the pay is a little better.  The most important part is that it is now messing with my family and I have a consistency that I needed.

Now I am being drawn toward ministry.  Yet I am being impatient.  I want to start down that path now.  Not later.  Not when it will be better.  Not when it will be more convenient.  Not when it will be in GOD's perfect timing.  I don't want to wait.  I want to start now.  I want to be doing what I feel lead to do now.  Not later.  Not when it is right.  Not when I should, but when I want to.

That's not right.  I mean it is understandable to want things, it is okay to want changes.  Where it gets messy, difficult, even confusing is when the time is the issue.  I for instance want a bigger Hammered Dulcimer.  The one I want is a more expensive than the one I have.  It is the Warbler by Song Bird Dulcimers.  It is the biggest one I can afford.  But I can not afford it, at least not right now.  I have to save up the money.  I also want my family to have a house of our own.  We have to save up for that right now also.  I must wait for these things to come to pass.  Why?  Because finances dictate that waiting is the only option.  While I wait for these things.  I want to change my occupation and work in ministry for the LORD.  More than I already do.  I am a Trustee of my Church and an active member.

What I want may coincide with what GOD wants, but a main thing to understand is when.  Now may not be it.  I probably have some more growing and changing to do.  There are things that I need to do before I can follow what I feel GOD is leading me towards.

I once asked for patience.  Isn't that how the joke goes.  "A man prayed for patience,  'Dear Lord, Please give me Patience, and give it to me right now.' "  I did once ask for patience.  I learned how to take things a little more slowly and a bit more patiently.  I have since not used that skill and it has gone unused for sometime.  I guess it is time to get that skill out of the storage and re-apply it to my life right now.

"Lord please grant me patience and do it in your time."

I am going to endeavor to be patient, with family, friends, people and definitely with my GOD's timing.  So that what HE wants I can allow to happen when the time is right.  That will make things so much better for me in the long run.

" but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) "

As for me I will try to wait upon the Lord.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Parents who home school are one in a million...

My wife is home schooling our child.  She started early and he has not been to public school at all.  Except to visit where his father works.  I have it on good information that home schooled students are also one in a million. 

My son is in 3rd Grade and is 8 years old.  He is doing very good in school.  His mother teaches him and they just started doing a journal writing exercise this morning.  He wrote seven sentences and wrote some words that we were surprised he knew how to spell correctly.  He is doing very well.  I am very proud of him and his mother for all the hard work they do, in which they are educating each other each day.

I really think that more students should be home schooled.  It will lower attendance at public schools, but that will help students in public schools learn better too.  Since the class rooms won't be so overcrowded.

More Home Schooling is needed, because Home Schooling Rocks!

Monday, January 4, 2010

A New Year is Here....

Well Happy New Year to everyone once again.  I am glad that I survived the Ball Drop.  Yes my wife and I stayed up late and watched the ball drop @ Times Square, from our bedroom, about a 4 hour drive from NYC.  We last stayed up that late 10 years ago the year we got married.

Now I am back to work and back to learning.  I am trying to learn what GOD has in store for me.  My wife is trying to instill in me a little bit more patience and trying to keep me from striving so hard for perfection.  So I am a "Work In Progress".  I will always be one.  But I will try to let GOD handle the work more and I will just try to enjoy life and do what I love to do.  Read, Play my Hammered Dulcimer, Talk and Listen to my Family, listent o music, shovel snow, cook, write, watch a little T.V., go to Church and Learn, Learn, Learn.

I am attempting to learn "Just As I Am" and "Amazing Grace" for the Hammered Dulcimer.  I already know them both, but "Amazing Grace" I am trying to add on some chords and make it better than just the sum of its notes.  With "Just As I Am" I am trying to do the same and pay homage to my good friend Rocky Reed.  Who has a great talent with an Organ or Piano to make music come alive.  I am hoping that I can also learn "Hold Me Jesus" by Rich Mullins some day.  It is a little tricky, but it is coming along, little by little, that is when I have time.

I find that there is a lot of things I want to do and not enough time to do them.  So I end up just doing what I can and to the best of my ability.  Here is what I can do I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  I can attempt to follow my dreams and see where GOD leads me.  I can do something for myself once in a while.  I can be the man my family needs.  I can just be  . . . . . . ME!  And that is what I am going to do.

You will find attached a recording I did of myself.  I played this arrangement for Christmas Eve service at my Church.  I recorded it 4 days later, as I needed some new equipment to just do the recording.  Next time I might use the Church for the recording, we will see.  So anyways this is what I played and how I played it.  Just happened to be 4 days later and at home.  If interested let me know what you thought of it.

Thanks to all and any that read here.