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…..it is really me.  God has it for me and you.

My buddy that has been battling with and won over melanoma sent me this Soccer Saturday email….I missed soccer this Saturday and just went to the woods with my son to mess around….I share this email from him about soccer and life with you…..

Louie, You missed a great soccer game this morning.  Prior to the game starting I noticed the other team members seemed a bit taller and more mature than our team. Made me a bit worried! The other team was lined up in the center of the field for the kick off. Three up front in a straight row and two evenly spaced right behind them backing them up. They were all focused and alert at the start. No smiles on their faces only stern looks of winning on every player. 

Our team was not focused. They seemed to be distracted and acting up. Our team had smiles on their faces and wanted to have some fun. Jumping up and down a bit. Again I looked at the opposing team and they were looking at our team as if they were going to eat our lunch. Made me a bit worried! The other team members were very focused and when they had control of the ball they immediately were kicking it in the right direction. When our team had possession of the ball they had to be reminded a number of times which way the goal was and to “turn the ball around”. Made me a bit worried! As the game progressed our team kicked the ball in and got a goal. WOW! I was amazed. Not too much later our team again kicked the ball in and got a second goal. The opposing team didn’t score once. Not once the entire game!

Such a life lesson for me today. Being to serious and having the hard look doesn’t win the game. Having fun for these kids while learning a number of life lessons along the way is well worth “not being as polished” as another team. In the end our team not only won but they had a blast playing the game. Even if they were not too focused, at the right time they made the strategic kick and that was what counted. Made me a bit proud!  They were not intimidated at all by the stern faces and focused line ups. Our team just wanted to have some fun. This morning was a reminder to me that God wants us to enjoy life… and still win the game! We know in the end we win. The Bible tells us that. In life’s difficulties I can sometimes be too focused and lose the joy during the journey. My last four years have been a very hard journey but I have always had reminders like today that God still wants us to enjoy our lives. He gives us the joy if we are willing to receive it and hold on to it. You missed a great game! God Bless, Bro Brian.

God is awesome.  Just enjoy life today.  Just today…have fun…  louie

It was an unusual phone call.  My wife called on her cell to my cell and asked if I was in my office.  I was.  She said, I am in your parking lot at your work, I will be right in.  She had never done that.  After 20+ years of marriage,…I could sense it in her voice.   I knew it was odd….and wondered if it had anything to do with her doctor’s visit that day.  It did.

3 millimeters is small unless it is a spot on the base of your wife’s brain.  That is what the MRI found.  We were stunned and did not know what to think……but there was just this peace about it.  It is hard to describe.  That is the sort of peace that God is able to provide….even when the news is not always the best.  

Follow up tests…..how to process this….and God is saying to not worry.   

You have probably faced these sort of things before too.  You can’t keep it in and you talk to friends….and get every horror story that there can be….about what could happen. 

As parents, we had one chance to show our children how to react to bad news….and that was with peace.  That is what God wants…..he wants us to trust in him.

One week later….7 days, ….the number of perfection….Doctor today says that they will watch it….but does not appear to be a bad one.   Do nothing for now.  …..  God’s peace.   

God is not the author of confusion but of peace…..

louie

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I am messed up.  I struggled today with my kids and my work.  This past week I was at near overload.  Some days,….I just do not want to get out of bed…  Sounds like depression to me sometimes….but not me.  Just so many things coming at me.  Probably just like you!!    So, tonight I just wanted to run some things by my dad.  He is still alive and 83 years old.  I am glad he is still here.  I am glad he answered the phone.

We were talking and I was just hitting on the things I had that were troubling me.  I knew deep down that he could not “change” things.  I knew he could not just take over my life and fix the “issues” I have had with my children and my workplace decisions.  I just wanted to talk to him.  It was sweet.  It gave me peace.  It feels good to just talk with dad.

So, my weekly blogs this week will be pieces of what he had to share with me.  Tonight, Monday night, you may read it on Tuesday, is about just talking with my dad.

You may not have had a relationship with your dad like me and my siblings do….it is so nice.  But what I want to share with you in the next few blogs is about The Father.  My dad shared this with me tonight about the father and the sons and the relationships between them….

So, hang  with me the next few days.  Also, check out what my buddy Mike is hitting on.  He is an up front guy too. 

Son number one next…..”boys will be boys”.  Check it out next.

louie

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That is  2 for 1.  I like getting 2 for 1…  I was in Publix this week and they had easy mac on sale 2 for one… they had fruit cups 2 for 1, they had sweet tea and butter on 2 for 1.  I loaded up on them…..stuff I like and my family uses. 

The second part of Romans 8:6 says to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  2 for 1. Life and peace. I know a lot of people that have life but no piece…Life and piece are not always together automatically. I know a lot of people that life but do hot have peace.  They are tormented with so many differing things that they just cold not be settled and select piece. They could not get up in a hammock and just relax.   They select life, they want life but the things in life that they select do not equate to piece.  Oh they get the house, the car, the job, the money, the status, the place to go to, the neighborhood….. but in there is not piece….but more captivity. More carnality.  More death.

To be spiritually minded….. to be of the mindset of the spiritual,  the pneuma, the breath and air of God is life.  Now, I don’t know about you but if there is torment in your life and an unsettling feeling…..a non  peace….it may be that you are alive but not at peace….shalom with God. 

Get minded on God and his life and His peace.  There is nothing like it.  I have a spin on this I will share tomorrow and probably at Swervechurch on Saturday night.  Maybe a Michael Jackson gig about spiritual living that I think you will find interesting.  Why not….everyone else is getting on the Michael Jackson deal.    louie

An old song (like me) but a relevant message…it is at the end of this post if you want some old school mix….. I love it…

There are a lot of reasons or maybe excuses why we can’t be friends.  Most are just baseless.  The scriptures talk about us getting along.  Psalms 133:1says that it is good and pleasant when we can get along and live together in unity.  It specifically mentions the brethren…. the Christians…believers, church goers…..church folks… the dressed up, raising our hands, tongue talking or just bible believing folks….  Why can’t we be friends?   

The bible says that unity is the way of God.  Not my way, your way,….but God’s way….as based on our leaders.  The scriptures go on to say that it (unity) is like precious oil.    Well, we all know that oil is expensive but precious oil….well, it is really expensive.  So, the scriptures equate unity with the value of precious oil.  I would say that unity is important to God. 

So,….what is between me and you?  What is between you and God?  What is between us and our church leadership?  You might be thinking,….well, you are a preacher and this is self serving garbage..  But I struggle with this too!  I want to second guess things too, to question, to wonder why….and to not pray enough for my leadership….yes, I have leadership that I am ordained under. 

Why can’t we be friends?  It is us.  May we pray for each other and for unity in our churches.    And….if you want to chill with the 3 minute video on why can’t we be friends….just sit back and enjoy. 

 louie….

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You ever just get so much stuff going on that you just want to zone out?  Ever get so much stress, maybe about a  job, or debt or kids that drive you crazy that you want to run away?  Ever get so much coming at you that you feel just closed in, cornered, want to sort of just disappear?  How about sickness, or addictions or habits that just seem to linger and never go away?  It is like you just want to get in the car and drive, drive, drive away from all the “stuff” that pokes and prods at you.  I don’t know about you but I have felt that way before.  I have felt like I have just wanted to get away…..and that is what I have done.  Get away.  Shucks, even this morning….I got up just all stressed out.  I am not sure why…..so I got up and went for a walk, along one.  Then sat and chilled on my ipod for about 30 minutes in the back of the yard near the porch in the dark..head down, singing to the songs (hopelessly out of tune) … at 545am after walking for an hour or so.

In Mark 1:35 the scriptures say, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” I just began to pray this morning after chilling on some Misty Edwards.  I then grabbed my bible and read the verse above.  It was like pure revelation.  I  had left the house at 415ish am, watched the stars in a clear, cool dark moonless morning and thought about God.  Then I just prayed.  Left the house where my wife and kids slept.  The most wonderful things on earth that I have.  The source of so much joy and fulfillment.  But it was in the house where it is oftentimes hard for me to get close to God.  Kids, clothes, lunches, beds to make (that is a lie) clothes to wash, weeds to pull…just the house. 

Zone out like Jesus did.

louie

God is so cool.