Sometimes you run across different quotes, sayings or interesting ideas that just hit the nail right on the head- I ran across one of these years ago and it spring back to memory last night- Not my saying but someone else’s that hit the spot- Here it is !!!

Know Jesus,,, Know Peace
No Jesus,,, No Peace

If you know Jesus then you can relate to what this says- If you don’t know Jesus then you will have a hard time with it and my guess, from 70 years on this earth,,, is that you have never had true peace in your heart !!

One thing that has become perfectly clear to me in all my chasing the world,, all over the world, is that this is always true !!!

I have known Jesus and accepted him as the real deal most of my life,, but I am not a good witness for him- Many many times I have run from him so I could live the life I thought would be the best for me !!! Every time, without exception, I have had to run back for his protection, help and guidance because of my sinful ways and the decisions outside of his teachings !!! Every time !!!!

Now,, the times I followed his teaching and guidance in my life, although they may have been tough to swallow and not exactly what I thought I needed,, they have always turned out to be the absolute best case for me,,, No Exceptions ,, even when they were real tough, from the world view (my view),,, I always had an inner peace that transcended anything I could have on my own !!! Always !!!

So why, you are probably thinking,,, if this Peace is so good,, why did I keep running from him ??? Well the short answer would be because I was and still a little am, an ole world loving defiant sinner that thought I could do it on my own- Having said that, let me make one thing perfectly clear,,, if you accept Jesus and try to live both this world and his world ,,, you will fail at both !!! Maybe not at first,,, but I guarantee it is coming !!

When you accept/invite Jesus into your life he fills you with his Holy Spirit that dwells in you and directs and guides you to change- You are no longer a part of this world,, you are living for and in his spiritual world- If you keep trying to have it both ways,, he will, because he loves you,, discipline you like any good father will do with a wayward child !!! You cannot mock God forever without consequences !!!

My consequences came all in one year ,, this last year- When God decided I had gone to far for too long he withdrew his protection for a bit- I was diagnosed with Cancer in my leg, which lead to amputation below the knee- I fell and broke/crushed my hand and fingers- My work ended and I ended the year with divorce !!! HE did get my attention !!!

Now am I bitter at God ,,, how could I be??? I know/knew exactly what was/is happening and why- He was telling me to repent or else !!!

But through all this tough time ,,, Jesus has remained with me and comforted me with his inner peace so I could handle it – Is that fatherly love or what !!! I am definitely closer to him now then I have been in a long time ,, but I still have a ways to go !! Thank You Lord !!!

I hope you will learn from my experience and mistakes and think about finding Jesus if you have not already !!! If you ask him for guidance,,, I guarantee someone will appear in your life and help you find him – Guaranteed !!!

If you know Jesus and have accepted him already,,, I hope this will help show you the wrong way to follow him and abide by his guidance, love and direction in your life !!!

Angry, Mad, Upset

The other day I was having a “bad day”- I was getting mad and angry and upset with my situation- The “Demon No See-Ums” was hitting me big time- Searching my weaknesses and firing me up- It was working because I was letting them get too me- I needed someone to blame,,, Who could it be,, myself,, some friend,,, my parents,,, God – God ??? there you go Larry,, God !!!!- He is suppose to be in charge of everything and I know he is ,, so what happened with me,, cancer, amputated leg, broken fingers, separation from my wife, end of job ,,, and all of a sudden being alone- What Happened God ????

Then a bible verse came to me,, A Heavenly breath that put the Demon No See-Ums to ground,,, Colossians 3:15, Because let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. “Peace of God rule in your hearts”- All of a sudden there was, No angry, No Mad, No Upset because he has given me a fulfilling peace through all of this and has always been with me !!!

So why did he allow this to happen to me ??? To Humble Me !!! In almost the flash and an eye I was stripped of almost everything that the world sees as strength,, The Pride,, The Arrogance,, The Self Centeredness,, The Judgemental Atitude,, The “Maybe I am a bit better then them” and most importantly,, The,, I can do everything myself and don’t need anyone !!!

The hardest and best thing during all of this is/was the lonesomeness and loneliness- Being alone and lonely,gave me time and opportunity to get back to Jesus- With all my high marks in the world of “The World” I had drifted far away from him- I wasn’t using what he had given me to glorify him,, simple put,, like any loving father will do,, it was time to get my attention before it was too late – I will forever be thankful for that !!!

So now I understand,, in everything be thankful !!!

If my situation with an amputated leg or anything else allows a split second in someone’s life to open their heart’s door just a crack, so I can get my footless leg’s foot into someones heart’s door for the Holy Spirit to work his magic,,, and they accept Jesus,, all that has happened to me is nothing compared to their eternity in heaven-

There is nothing about all this that is me,, I am just the messenger, but if I can serve the Lord in my humble state to let the Lord work in people,,, that is what I was put here for- I certainly didn’t do it in my Powerful Worldly Pride filled state –

God Bless You in All you do !!!

Wishbone – Backbone – Funny Bone !!!

I ran across a Great Quote this morning, while have morning coffee, by Reba McEntire ,,,

“To succeed in life, you need three things, a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.”

I can tell you ,,, from my experiences,, you have to have all of these to survive !!!

A wishbone- When I was growing up, whenever we would have chicken, or especially Turkey, my sisters and I would via for who got to pull the wishbone apart- You would make a wish and the person who had the big half of the wishbone after breaking would get their wish !!! What is a wish,,, it is hope and belief in something wonderful given to you – You need to have Hopes and Dreams to keep moving forward !! My Hopes, Dreams and Beliefs are all founded through the Lord Jesus Christ,,, through Cancer, Amputation on lower right leg, Broken hand, Separation from family and Living alone,,, he has always been with me- He fills me with a peace within that enables me to keep going each and every day- With him there is always a Silver Lining to every dark cloud of life !!!

A Backbone- That is standing tall against all odds- My Dad used to tell me to get a backbone when I would be whining around,, meaning quite whining about it and do something to change/deal with whatever it was that was pushing me- You have to stop, access what the problem is and figure out a solution to resolve- While growing up in Oregon and Alaska, I spent a lot of time in the mountains, hunting, hiking or just out and about- More then once I have had the helpless feeling of being lost, not paying attention to where I was going- My Dad taught me to stop, look around and determine what I knew from my surroundings and plan a way back- One thing for sure,,, you don’t get un-lost by getting more lost !!! There are going to be hard times and trials in any life- You have to stop,, access where you are and what your beliefs are and plan forward,, sticking with what you know and believe and have faith that it will work out for your good !! Faith is the food for the soul- Through Faith in Jesus and his support,,, you can make it through anything and become,,, un-lost !!!

A Funnybone- Now this is for sure a necessity of any meaningful life- In short, don’t take yourself to seriously- Enjoy what you have and laugh with people, even when they are laughing about you- Nothing will ruin the fun of a vicious attach from someone, who is trying to disguise it as a funny joke, then for you to laugh with them- It takes away their satisfaction- Think of it as rain off a ducks back ?? When I was young on the farm, I remember some downpours of rain that would soak you immediately,, but I also remember the ducks we had around,, it would be pouring with lighting and thunder, and these ducks would be quacking and playing and having a great ole time- The rain never bothered them a bit,,, the rain just ran right off their backs with no consequence !!! Whenever you are attached with harsh words,, think of yourself as a duck in a rain storm and just let the words ran off your back with no consequence !!!

If you have Jesus in your life he will always be with you and guide you, no matter what is happening around you !!!

Have a Great Day !!!

Conditional Love ???

Can you have conditional love that is real love. I don’t think so. I found this quote from Thomas Merton ,,,this says a lot about real love. Think about it,,,, I know I am ???

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

“the reflection of ourselves we find in them” Is that love,,,, no ,,, that is us trying to glorify ourselves through someone else and calling it love for them !!!

Real True Love is Freedom for both of you. You want them to excel at whatever they choose. You want them to soar like an Eagle !!! Love is not here today,, gone tomorrow and back the next day !!! You love them through their mistakes as they love you through yours !! After all, there has only been one perfect person on this earth,, Jesus Christ and he will show anyone who comes to him truely , forgiving, unconditional love. He will let you soar with Eagles and guide you through any of life’s storms!!

He has certainly taken care of me through all my storms,,, storms that I brought on myself, due to the ” I can do it myself ,,, better and I don’t want to wait” )

Accept him and prepare yourself to soar ,,,, while the world around you is crashing and burning !!!

God Bless You and all that You can be with Jesus by your side !!!