Blog 82 for 10-20-2018
DON’T MISS PASTOR KIRBY’S UNFORGETTABLE
KEY-NOTE MESSAGE TO THE SERIES
“GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR A POWERFUL CHURCH”
ON NOVEMBER 4TH
I AM A BLESSED MAN!
When I count my many blessings it is then that I really do see what the Lord has done! A few days ago I celebrated my 81st birthday. I was encouraged, blessed and overwhelmed as I read and heard expressions of best wishes and appreciation from the internet, cards, phone calls and text messages. A host of people, including family members, from many states and other countries were represented. It is a fact, my 81st birthday was a tremendous heart-warming experience for me! Many of you who read my blogs were involved, and I am very grateful to each one of you.
When I count my many blessings it involves my health and my strength. My dear Lord continues to keep my energy at a high level. I just told Bess today sometimes it seems like I have the same energy I had at 40. The harder I work around our cabins, the more my energy level seems to rise. I inherited it from my dad, who at 80 was still working as a carpenter. My energy and strength allow me to mow the grass on our sloping mountain in front of Stargazer cabin, a hill in front of Snuggled-In, and a larger hill along the lane to our cabins. I keep my chain saw busy cutting trees and limbs. I just had it sharpened and now it is ready to go again. By the way, I just noticed a fast-growing tree growing closer to Snuggled-In cabin. If I don’t get it cut down before we head south, I will cut it next spring. A huge fast growing beautiful round hedge along our lane needs continuous trimming; with falling leaves, gutters must be cleaned; two cabin decks need to be stained annually; tomorrow I am planning to do some staining on some of the logs on Stargazer cabin; I have not mentioned weed eating and spraying to kill fast-growing weeds. Just today I told Bess the large Majestic View Cottage Rental sign at Majestic View Way and Buckeye Lane needs to be sprayed with Awesome to make it look awesome once again. Now you can see cabin owners in the Smokies never seem to catch up. However, I really enjoy the physical activity in my retirement because it helps to “keep me young.”
Bess and I will be back in Lakeland at the end of the month. We are excited about the new season from November 4 through April. God is helping me in my study and preparation of a new series through Acts chapter 2. If you are within driving distance to Kathleen High School auditorium in Lakeland, I invite you to be at the 10:00 a.m. worship service of Restoration Fellowship Church, on November 4. It is going to be an exciting Lord’s Day with God’s anointing Holy Spirit upon the music and the Word! The difference will be worth the distance!
It is going to be another NEW DAY!
Blog 82 for 10-20-2018
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A ROSE,
YOU CAN BE A TULIP!
Just don’t be a weed. Each of us is unique. The key is to BLOOM...to shine. Maybe you are not a rose, nor a tulip, but are a deep fuchsia-purple “Kansas” Peony. Oh, you mean you are a stunning “Beguine” vanilla blushed with maroon, iris? (Lest you think I’m smart, go buy you a flower book.)
Someone recently shared on Facebook, a quote from “LIFTABLE” by Aaron Neville. It is this: “Be a flower, not a weed.” I thought how appropriate for all time. To be a flower takes work. To be a weed takes nothing and needs to be destroyed.
Flowers are used in all sorts of ways and circumstances; in celebrations, as gifts, cheering up someone, arrangements & memorials in churches, weddings, decorations, to beautify landscapes, to bring joy, and I could go on and on.
What does it take for each of us to be a strong, healthy, beautiful flower for our lifetime? Well, surely it begins with:
(1.) a definite PLANTING - Ecclesiastes 3:2 says there’s "a time to plant…," “...Choose you this day whom ye will serve…,” (Joshua 24:15),
(2.) a daily NOURISHMENT - “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14),
(3.) a constant GROWING - “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15),
(4.) a bountiful HARVEST - “...and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing...they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.” (Isaiah 35:1,2) - “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14) - “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8), and
(5.) planned and continued REPRODUCTION periods, - “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he what winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
So what flower are you? a Rose, a Tulip, a Peony, an Iris, or what? And, is your bloom healthy, shining and beautiful? Well, I choose to BLOOM WHERE I’M PLANTED. I choose to let my light shine. Hope you make that same choice to shine like the stars for His Highest..
P.S. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3)