So, my wife gets an IPhone 4. She does not know what she has. She had some sort if goofy flip type phone that texting was hard and did not show all of the message, did not get email, did not get internet, …. it was just like an old technology phone that was klunkier than an Edsel.  I hated it. We would laugh at it.   Me and the kids have macs.  All in.  But she resisted….until today.

Now, let me tell you this.  She does not know what she has.  She has an Iphone4 but does not know how to work it.  She does not know all it has to offer.  She does not know all that is is capable of.  She does not know all that it can do.  She does not know all that it was made to do.  She does not appreciate the power of it in a traffic jam to get around stuff.  She does not know the power it has to skype all over the world.  She does not know the power of money and purchasing it has.  She does not know …… well, the power and ability of all it was meant to be.  Then, I sit on the porch and think about me and God.

God has all this power, all this salvation, all this healing, all this provision, all this peace, all this love, all this joy, all this forgiveness, all this righteousness…… and I don’t just grab it!  Me!  I don’t access the application.  I don’t use it.  I don’t call on it.  I don’t just get into it and just soak in all that God has for me.  What am I thinking?  My wife has this powerful product and she got it because me and the girls have apple stuff and she sees it and says I want that too.

God has it, I want it too.  I think I can still learn from my wife.  God has all these applications for my life and I don’t know what I have.  I thought she did not know what she has… is really me.  God has it for me and you.



I have been having a tough time with 2 of my daughters…the older one I went through it about 10 years ago…you know what I am talking about if you have kids….it is the rebellious stage.  For any of you that know me…I love being a dad.  I just love it.  Now, I have 3 outstanding girls and 1 boy.  Daddying is one of the best things in the world.  But, being a dad is a tough job. 

Now, I have had folks try to kill me,…at least 3 different times specifically…I have been in a couple of bad wrecks…one other time the docs thought I had some sort of leukemia… but I got out of it…but it just seems like this stage with my girls is a hard time. 

James was a brother of Jesus.  James 1:2 says to count it all or consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds.  Now, I have a hard time with this.  I just can not seem to count it joy or even to consider it joy…but then I think about my children and  how much joy they give me.  My wife and I just marvel at the fun that they are…we sit around and just laugh at them….then we think about this tough time…..and other tough times.

What you may not know is that both of them…but especially one of them….well, we almost lost.  She got very sick.  It took all the time, all the effort…all the money we had at the time to keep her here…and it almost trashed our marriage…but….we got through…and now…well, we count it joy that they are here.

My wife has to remind me of those very dark times …  especially now when they are such a  challenge… but I do consider it.  … at least in perspective.

You got stuff you are going through?  Think about it for a little.  I suspect you can consider…if you will … that there is joy in it.  Consider it pure joy… it could be worse.