Finding God in the everyday

Day 5 Really counting our blessings

Genesis 24:1Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.

            “Count your blessings; name them one by one…” (Johnson Oatman Jr. public domain) Do you remember singing this old hymn? I heard it a lot growing up, But what constitutes a blessing from God? I have a rather short list in my mind. Breath, wakefulness, mobility, food shelter, relative safety, to name just a few. But, as I look at Abraham’s life I note that not everything was pleasant. Not everything was easy. There were struggles, and enemies, and there were direct challenges from God himself. Did Abraham rise to every occasion? Was he ever overtaken by fear? Was his performance 100 per cent perfect? Not in the least. He was, however head and shoulders above his contemporaries. Why; because he listened. God does not expect perfect performance. He expects obedience. He commands reverence.

            Obedience is often confused with slavery. It is rather, a path to understanding God’s “good pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2b)

            Reverence is the doorway through which we enter into the holy presence of God, anytime, anywhere, and in any circumstance. This is the place where we receive not only knowledge, but wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7, Psalm 111:10)

            What factors and circumstances combined in your life to be considered the blessings of God; Trials, sickness through which you have gained insight; Pain which may have immobilized you for a time perhaps to give you the opportunity to seek Him? The euphoria of success, the moments of clarity, the greatness of someone’s compassion toward you, all of these and more combine as the blessings of a loving God.

Meeting God in the every day

Day 4 Qualified for the call

For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:19

            God “chose Abraham”. What a wonderful statement. When I read this I do not feel excluded. I do not sense any hint of personal greatness, Rather I tend to think of the people God chooses, and I believe he wants to “choose” everyone, as having some unique gift built into their makeup, something that they alone can accomplish or be in the kingdom of God. Think of it like this. A group of the world’s greatest musicians will each make music according to their instrument, their skill and personal application, but even within the same genre they will all be unique, different in some special way.

            I look at Abraham and see in him a man, humble and great, courageous and fearful, willing to lead, but reluctant to give offense. It is little wonder that many have portrayed Abraham as a “type of Christ”. Perhaps this is so. But even as I venerate the man I realize that he is just that, a man.  What made him unique? He listened and heard the voice of God. Then he obeyed. Are you listening? Can you hear the voice of God? 

                “In the rustling grass I hear him pass He speaks to me everywhere.”

                 (This is my Father’s World- Maltbie Davenport Babcock public domain)

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Finding God in the every day

Day 2

Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.

Genesis 7:6

             It is hard to imagine what it must have been like for Noah to undertake such an enormous task at any age, let alone 600 years. Sometimes I try to imagine what Noah’s storehouse of memories would have been like. I can only wonder at how much he might have learned, I am sure that whatever skill, or whatever materials he needed God provided,  He may have had knowledge, even wisdom, but the enormity of the task he was facing was unprecedented in history up to that point. As I have gotten older I am sometimes in awe of some of the activities folks my age have taken on. Everything from skydiving to mountain climbing have been enjoyed or attempted by people even up to the age of 100 years. While I must be honest, and admit that I do not do those things, nevertheless, I see this attitude as a sure sign of the seeds of immortality that God has sown in his creation. When I realize this is God’s intention for his people I am encouraged and excited about every minute the future holds. Are you discouraged by the changes life brings and the transitions that happen to everyone? Consider again the powerful statement of Jesus as recorded in John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Welcome to Larry Lawrence Mysteries

I would like to welcome you to an experience of intrigue and adventure with the launch of my first book offering The Whitney Chronicles-Echo of Chains.

Josiah Whitney is a semi-retired forensic engineer. A widower he has settled in a small Piedmont town in North Carolina following the death of his wife Sarah.

The adventure begins as he tries to understand a series of break-ins and fires that began suddenly without warning.

The story takes place over a span of time encompassing the antebellum period of the American South and continues to the present day as passions, greed and subterfuge create an unforgettable tale of mystery, mayhem and new hope.

This book is available now on Amazon.com. There are both Kindle and paperback editions available.

I would encourage you to tell as many people as you can about this offering. I believe it is something different within the genre and may find a niche with the avid mystery fan and people who may be struggling with direction and hope in their middle years.

  • I am a retired Nazarene minister. I have pastored Churches in New York and North Carolina. I currently serve as worship leader in my home church in Union Mo.Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • I am a proud father of five and have thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. I have been married to my wife Jane for forty seven years.
  • I enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting sports and camping.
  • I am a songwriter and musician and have been playing guitar for more than fifty years.

I would like to encourage anyone who believes that their lives are drawing toward the sunset to consider. the following verse from scripture 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;   his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.