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About Denny

Hello! Welcome and thank you for stopping by. My name is Denny and if you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted His gift, you are a sibling of mine! You are especially welcome if you’re not a believer and you are reading this blog. My only hope is that I can plainly tell you the mystery that I searched for, years and years to find out what the gospel really is. I am glad you are here with all your questions and doubts. You have nothing on me because I was a believing unbelief for years. Now that’s a real mess. I am not very good at writing, but it will not stop me from sharing in this format the thing that I’ve been searching for, for a long time. If you read my blogs you will know that I am not a trained theologian or even a great thinker. I’m a plain guy that has discovered some things about Jesus Christ and I am looking for a way to interactively talk about what I found out to the world. If you’re reading this in your part of the world I welcome all your comments, criticisms, corrections, instructions, and any other comments you might have. I would request that you be respectful of how I believe, even if it’s dead wrong, but please do not think I will not listen to your comments or read them. As time allows I hope to get through all of them and well, I think I’m being rather presumptuous that there will be any comments, but I hope there are. I do attend a fellowship of believers that Grace has grabbed hold of them and the fellowship is good. No, not perfect, unfortunately, they are fallen beings also and none of them are perfect. But, if they were perfect and I showed up they would no longer be perfect because of me. So I find this essence of people working through grace and truth a very attractive one and one that I can be a part of. I grew up in Northeast Ohio, had a wonderful family, of course, Yes, it did have flaws and was imperfect. My folks made sure I went to church whether I wanted to or not, and it was good for me. I knew there was something up when I was saved, I was afraid to tell anybody because I really did not understand what happened to me, yet there was a change in me. Then a year or so later I was baptized. I didn’t really understand what baptism was but I knew it was important to be baptized to be identified with Jesus. So I went through with it. Well after drifting around sports and having fun on my own and having church on Sundays I felt more a drift than anchored in my faith. Then at about 24-25 years old I felt really lost, I probably prayed my best prayers ever then, but I felt it was very audacious of me to ask God to make a difference in my life. I actually threatened to leave and not go to church anymore. But God was good. He opened up a class that was especially for my needs, well at least felt needs. For the first time I understood a little bit more about what fellowship was in the church and the people could be connected outside of Sunday. This was a very good awakening. After that part of my life dropped out, I moved on to a mission situation in a new community church. It was those 10 years of my life that were the best of times and the worst of times. I lost a great community and found a mediocre community. Okay toughen up Denny be tough it is a mission situation not an established situation so back off complaining and do what you came to do. So with the best attitude I could muster that’s what I did. I ended up being head usher and head elder and treasurer all at the same time. Learned a lot about church was I ever super Christian! LOL! I was working hard for that salvation that God freely gave to me, but at the time I did not know it. Grace was just something we said at the table. I was living well back then. I didn’t raise a ruckus and lived a pretty tight and secure life. There was not much that someone could say because I was near blameless. Yes I did forget things from time to time and everybody razzed me about it but there were no major breakdowns. I was a pretty good fellow, I was extremely miserable, but a pretty good fellow, even dependable. Then God began crashing in on me, I was never so miserable doing something good in my entire life. Have you ever been there? If you have you know it’s a miserable place to be. Yet I still did not find what I was looking for. So, it was time for another church! Right? I went to a church then that was a lot of fun. Got back to a community that I was a part of and was a part of me. Got active again, not quite as active but was leading a group and enjoying it, yet that hole was still missing what I needed. I had the rhetoric down about how to live for Jesus and make God happy! Except for the fact, I wasn’t excited about serving God, and was still on the search for that something real in Christianity for that fellowship. Funny(and painful) thing how over the years I had taken the advice of Christians on how to be real. Bought a house to become real, and then came new regulations on being real. Then I got married, I still was not real the standard of the real was continually changing and I never could make the grade for the standard. It was always just out of my reach. If I was stupid enough to reach for it I could do it but after all my past failures I did not reach for it anymore I was frustrated. I was also getting older, still playing the church game and hoping that God would understand. I don’t know if I had to go through all those things and failures to finally be soft enough to look at God as my all in all. Evidently I was still hard because then I had to suffer through a divorce. Sorry to all of you who think divorce is the final sin that will not allow me into heaven. Now I’m at peace about it. The Gospel covers it. Try reading Romans 8:1 if you don’t believe me. It was the stark first for me, that I never understood Christianity, because Romans 8 the first verse was so unpracticed in Christianity. Then one of my very liberal Christian friends gave me a book by Timothy Keller. (Prodigal God) For the very first time in my life the thing and I had been searching for was touched. The Gospel was finally spelled out and taught to me for the very first time. The Gospel did not have an absolute rule/ power over me. It did set up a new unbelief in me. I actually thought that the gospel was too good to be true! There was nothing here on this earth that I can compare the Gospel to. I still struggle with how impossibly good the gospel is. To find that Christianity is the only belief system out there, at least once I looked at, that the God who set the impossibly hard standard came lived the standard then took the punishment for all those who could not keep the standard. Then freely gave all the righteousness to His children that Jesus had amassed and took all the deadly sin away for accepting His gift. Simply acknowledging that he is God of you life. You cannot add anything to the Gospel truth without destroying its message. God is good.!! As I live to this truth it changes me every time I think about it. Yes I still struggle with sins, but I have hope that even if I die on a bad day I will be accepted into heaven because of the work that Jesus did. My work has nothing to do with my entrance into heaven but it has everything to do with the work that Jesus did on the cross for my sake and yours. The gospel is about God’s performance and His work on the cross and has nothing to do with my performance. I could never in 1000 lifetimes of just dropping the all the bad that I did and adding just the all good together, I would fail to earn my way into heaven. But God did in the single act of living the cross and resurrection.(yes a single act) And in the act that was finished on the cross a new testament and He did not take away my free will I can still choose to sin or not to sin. This is the story God gave me and the point is to attempt to share it with you. I hope you do not have to suffer as long as I did to find the pureness of the work of the cross and resurrection. The gospel is unimaginable not comparable purest good ever experienced on earth, no wonder I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel demands little and gives all we ever really needed.

FORGIVENESS is

FORGIVENESS is

Forgiveness is that one precious element, a gift from God, that both demonstrates love and extinguishes Satan’s hold and control on us so we can love.

Denny

 

Luke 7:47 kjv

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

NLT

“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

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Grief

Charlie Brown always said “good grief!”  I have never found grief to be good!  Nonetheless, when occasion comes to grieve, as a believer in Jesus, I do not have to fear grief and can embrace grief while navigating grief.  No, grief does not drive me near crazy and to helpless state as it once did or strong denial.  Embracing grief allows me to walk with grief as I navigate through grief.  This leads me to a healing that does not exclude grief but integrates it into my life and prepares me for the future with a healthier spirit and mind.

Do not grab the USA grief style that has to be over in three days then back to work, that is three days if the person is close family to you.  There are many things to grieve in this world, death is a final one, most grief we must live with day by day because causes for grief occur in our daily life.  If it is a small grief take a moment and embrace it, then let it go.  If it is a big grief, embrace it walk with grief.  Try not to run away or deny grief, because grief will attack and overcome you in the most inopportune moments.  Remember child of God you have a resource to help you face the devastation grief can cause.  Call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as you walk closer to him he will walk closer to you.

Praying for you,

Denny

Walls

I have found walls to be a very fascinating thing in my life.  The walls of the place I live help keep my son and I protected.  Walls give me a place to live, entertain, and a peaceful place to rest or blog.  Walls can make fortresses for protection, they can also make jails for cells to restrict you and isolate us.  Whether we like it or not we are all born into a penitentiary of thoughts called assumptions and beliefs, which direct our lives and decisions as we make our way.

The subtle thing about ideas we believe is this, they have always been there, and we have learned to trust them without question, not because they are tried and true but because we rarely see our core values and how they control us.  However, because they have long been a fixture of our thoughts and actions, we therefore do not question them very often.  This conditioned thinking leads to response and decisions we sometimes do not understand.  Have you ever heard “That was not me that did that”?  Response: It looked like and sounded like you….?   Why do we make the decisions we make?

Do Not, I repeat Do Not start searching for these walls on your own!  Yes, they do guide your decisions and they are important to be aware of their impact.  Nevertheless, there is only one, who is tender, wise, and loving enough to deal with us on these core values and that is God and God alone.  I have found the path to seeing these walls is usually not a choice that we make but something that “just happens.”, not always though.

In my case, one such wall was a legalistic attitude.  A brief description of this attitude would be using God for vending machine of blessing.  The way this works is I drop in my obedience and a good work or two, then the vendor god would dispense a blessing for whatever it was I prayed for.  Yes, I know it is silly and not well thought through but it is subtle in my thinking,  The reach of these thoughts were  surprisingly hidden from me and far reaching in how I thought of God and all his creation. Enough said, bits and pieces as we proceed.

“Be angry and sin not” a real laugh out loud moment in the heat of this life altering realization that the “God I knew” was not there to help me in my CRISIS!  I tried to do the right things and good things even though I was in pain spiritually and emotionally.  Yet, where was Godin in all this stuff?  I was circling the drain and going down fast.  God still was not there!  I was still, crumbling and time was marching on.  Where was my friend called God who would never leave me or forsake me?

As I look back on this time, the only good thing I can think of that was happening in the moment was my life was so broken and falling apart. Therefore, I could not really take action against God and all the thoughts that I had against him!  What an awful time!  My anger toward God was hot, I am sure I sinned. Yet in all my doubt,  I never stop talking to this God that abandoned me. Things that make you go hmmmmm. This developed a good core value in me that I continue to depend on today.

A question that has been with me my entire Christian life has been: ”Is God good?”  I was in the grips of the most core-shaking  test of this question, which has ever taken me in the most painful way.

Several issues came to light in my struggle to answer the question, Is God good?  Number one issue was a seemingly unrelated issue of not forgiving two people in my life.( I had not thought of the wrongs in years but now could not shake the remembering)  Now if you were to ask me I would have said is no big deal and I would have ignored it as a happenings in life.  However, these two issues kept coming up in my mind over and over and over again.  In my mind I thought to God and said.  This is no big deal and has nothing to do with this situation God.  God hinted, forgive again.  No, not in an audible voice, just in promptings of thought from deep inside me.

So in my wisdom!,  I said okay I will forgive the people just to prove to you that this is a non-issue God.  Well, after forgiveness, the problems seemed to drop back into perspective, instead of looming out of control and actually controlling me.  I was stunned, amazed, in deep wonder and exuberantly joyfully happy all at the same moment all this because I chose to forgive an unrelated incident…  Think about it!  Unforgiveness caused chinks in my armor so Satan could grab me!

Think of it this way: Gods armor  he gives us is made out of God material.  God wants me to let go of sin so he will allow sin to pass out of his armor but not into his armor.  On the inside I was hanging on to this sin God was letting out of his armor to help me.  But since I was hanging onto the sin, on the inside, it gave a place that Satan could touch and hold onto because it was made of sin.  Satan cannot hold on to God material Satan rejects God material and God material rejects Satan.  So long as I was hanging onto this sin there was a place on my armor the Satan could hang onto made out of sin not God material.  Just a way of thinking of how Satan was hanging on to me badgering me, discouraging me and so on.

My absent God showed up on point of my worldly problems and I found he was there all the time and was waiting for me to come because he was calling me!  When I answered (honoring his request that I forgive) I could see him clearly but the fog I was in prevented me from answering quickly, I was in confusion.  This seemingly simple interchange happened over months.  I know I am slow!  My point in this would be when God prompts and you in a consistent calling or unction to take care of spiritual matters that have no real importance to you, they may well be very important to God.  Wrestle well with God, but in the end, be still and know that he is God.

As far as my wrestling with God over the months, I am glad it took me that long because I proved (to me) how good God is in his long-suffering toward me (us).  God is Especially patient with hard heads like me who want to wrestle.  “Be angry and sin not” is no longer just a verse of the Bible to me.  It has served me impeccably in the years after my wrestling with God.

Forgiveness is more free-flowing from me, yet in the forgiveness there is a fullness of realization of the wrong that is being perpetrated against me or others without the anger controlling me.  Which means I can be angry in the moment and still be clear headed enough to think about how to handle the anger and focusing the anger to energize me to do something constructive with the situation, instead of being frozen in anger with no reaction or throwing gasoline on the fire of reactions….  Have you been there?

Yes in my fiery trial the walls of my mind were broken down.  When the walls came down I found I was living in a dark prison that I was used to not a house.  God welcomed me into a bigger place that is so much more than what I expected here on this earth.  I saw core values uprooted and destroyed while others were affirmed and grew even stronger because the light of God which was shining on them instead of being imprisoned by self-protection walls.  Walls came down and light came in, Forgiveness is a powerful tool in the arsenal of Christian as we live.

My poor core values were exposed and yes I was embarrassed to realize I was operating in that mode without even really realizing it.  In God humbling me he also lifted me up closer to him.  I sometimes call the Holy Spirit the original World Wide Web.  He connects us to him, and us to each other as believers.  I could tell Spirit was the one who was moving me through this maze of life that I was so discouraged in.  Because I had no idea what to do yet, just kept Going following one I trusted.

Now the connection is better with God than it has ever been in my entire life.  With people to!  The Spirit is a real working person in you, Spirit  is perfect, and wants to communicate with you and guide you.  No, I am not saying go on the street and go crazy.  However, worship the way you want, as long as your worship is focused on God and God alone, worship to God is all good.  Do not ignore the magnificent working of the Holy Spirit each child of God has as a part of the gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Some walls are good in our life; a mighty Fortress is our God!  Nevertheless, God’s Fortress must be mobile because the Bible also says: the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church.  So we God’s people who are connected to each other through the Spirit are to be a communicating battle group that is storming the gates of hell,  At God’s direction.  I have found most the gates of hell have been seated deeply inside of me.  Yes, I could blame other people for it.  However, when the bottom line was exposed it was and is me. Rats,, found those invisible for core values running me.  King David once prayed this in Psalm 139: NASV

17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.

When I awake, I am still with You.

19O that You would slay the wicked, O God;

Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.

20For they speak against You wickedly,

And Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

22I hate them with the utmost hatred;

They have become my enemies.

23Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

24And see if there be any hurtful way in me,

And lead me in the everlasting way.

Please note, David after he praises the wonder of God, then talks about God’s enemies.  Immediately after talking about God’s enemies David says search my heart.  David did not mention a single outward enemy of Israel, or enemies of his person.  David went directly to his heart the seat of his greatest enemies, David ask for God’s help, and God’s leadership to lead him in the way everlasting.

God is good, forgiveness is powerful, this truth moving from my brain into my heart and soul was expensive, painful, excruciating leading to despair for me as a person. In all the trouble, it made me a person who is more refined.  A person who is no longer afraid of trouble people get into, because I no longer have to solve the problem, because it really belongs to God for his solution.

I just have to be brave enough to listen, walk with, and be there for the person that is going through the trouble.  Sometimes I even talk!  Maybe too much!  I have learned to not fear breaking down protective walls that I have and exchanging them for God’s protective walls, which are pure clean, and proper.

I would never choose to go through what happened  to get this epiphany from God.  Now that I have gone through this test, I would not trade my tested and proved relationship with God for any amount of gold, cash, or worldly possession.  Yes, it is painful writing this, I shuddered at times for the trouble that I went through, remembering it and feeling its seduction to doubt.

God is waiting for you at the point of your troubles, trust him for he is good!  Listen to his voice and answer his call.  Expect fear, especially when you are wrestling God and not going his way.  He is patient he will continue to call you and give you many opportunities to follow him.

Forgiveness may be the furthest thing away from you as you are going through a painful event, I encourage you to forgive no matter the cost.  God will show you how to afford it.  God is worth the trade and loss your forgiveness costs you, and God has promised he owns all vengeance, “Vengeance is mine thus saith the Lord.”  Let God repay, God knows the end and to who his vengeance is due, or not.  However: We do not know who vengeance is due….. Let God be God.

Are you ready to get off the bench Christian?  Are you Ready to start a new life if you do not believe in God?  First drink deeply into the forgiveness  and love of God, humble yourself, ask for forgiveness and God will meet exceedingly your need for him.  Seek his forgiveness, start growing the seed of faith that he loves you and is good.

Accept his gospel as complete and finished not needing any other additional act or proof.  Follow God in baptism just as Jesus did.  Baptism is an act of obedience, the symbolism is powerful, it will cause an epiphany in your life.

Baptism has never been able to save any person, salvation and the gospel are an act of God and God alone, a unilateral action of his love toward his creation and humanity in particular.  Come taste see how good the Lord is!  No matter your situation, history or feelings you are invited to his table.  The choice is given to you and you and you alone.  God will never take this choice away from you .  He will honor the choice eternally.  Come Taste, see for yourself, God is Good.

Respectfully submitted,

Denny

Betray

Betrayal is a foundational block of this world.  From elementary school on we have had to deal with it.  Have you been betrayed by one or more of these examples:  friends, country, companies, family, and spouse just to name a few?  We are going to be betrayed by others in our future, This is a given.  The only real hope I see in my two previous thoughts is that we trusted somebody this is not bad, even encouraging.  Trust is a gift given by a person to a trustee.  As we know, there is no guarantee the trust will be honored or used for an advantage over you.

The one truth is that betrayal is a part of life here.  The closer the person is to you the deeper the hurt, breeding a deeper commitment to finding ways to avoid betrayal in the future.  We are all sure committing to, never trust anyone again, is not the way to go.  If you do choose not to trust it results in loneliness, suspicion, and sometimes a superiority complex.  This outcome will isolate and reduce you while hurting others.  Is there another way to deal with the hurt caused?

I have witnessed several ways to deal with the hurt of betrayal in others and myself.  Enemy making/hate is one way.  This action does not go anywhere near good!  Closing in on oneself, isolating is a very reclusive way of self-protection.  Pretending it did not bother you, stuffing the hurt deep inside.  You can seek vengeance on the perpetrator, by telling secrets that you know about them or creating a payback cycle!  Moreover, the list goes on and on but these do not lead to any place healthy emotionally or spiritually.

Jesus is the only creator of a new way for us.  Jesus created this way before the foundations of the earth.  All pain and suffering is a part of the OLD broken world we live in.  Jesus took for all time such pain on Himself with the cross he was hung on.  This is a complete payment for all sin; if you want to be created NEW, the only way is Jesus.  The only reason Jesus came here was to show a new way of reconciliation, the only new way to live ever made available to Humankind and only through Jesus.

We have to choose if we desire the old way or the New Creation way offered by Jesus.  Accepting Christ Jesus will enter you into a battle of learning faith in grueling situations of life, not relieve the stress of life.  Life in Jesus is walking/struggling through the valley of death, while learning most of the time God  is really carrying you in your suffering, doing the walking for you.  True friendship love is this: Giving your life for a friend!  Is Jesus your friend?  This question must be answered daily as you live.

Jesus answered this question by allowing his love for us hang Him on the cross to pay for our sin.  And in giving his life for his friends Jesus gave a choice for humans to accept or deny him and his ways.  Then Jesus rose from death to show us the way to everlasting life.  The promise of this truth is that nothing can separate us from the love of God and God will never leave or forsake His children.  This is the only New idea on earth and is wrapped in forgiveness, so that we can forgive also.  The work of the cross is a perfect Finished work of God. God was forsaken/betrayed in my place.

Do you or I accept this exceedingly real truth?  We can choose to have faith in what we can see and touch as our provider of hope and a home.  This is the most critical decision we make on earth. This decision is made in our mind and heart contained in our physical, clay body.

If this life satisfies, or fools us, then we have made a choice about God,  If this life seems harsh, unforgiving, and incomplete even just plain wrong.  Then there is hope of starting a life NEW with Jesus because this reasoning comes only from the living God.   Ask for God’s help, slow down, shake the dazzling and confusing misdirection’s of this world.

Look at Jesus, he fully understands betrayal and its effects.  He was betrayed by his disciples, they could not heal without Jesus’s intervention.  Jesus requested people not talk about miracles performed for them, they talked!  Near the end of Jesus’s life he was betrayed by his disciples again when they fell asleep, Jesus asked them to pray for him the disciples slept.  Jesus is the reason betrayed by a kiss is such a poignant saying today and deeply understood because of Judas betrayal kiss, which gave Jesus to be tried in the darkest trial ever.  While Jesus was on the cross Peter who promise never to betray him, betrayed him three times!

How did Jesus handle betrayal?   Forgive them for they know not what they do!  In Peter’s case Jesus additionally said feed my sheep!  In no way do I suggest that you restore anyone who has hurt you deeply in life to give them opportunity again to destroy you.  However, I do say forgive the wrong of anyone who has hurt you.  Some people will learn from their mistake, they can be good solid people, friends.  Some people are flippant and they do not learn, they carry on in their lost ways and hurt many people.  I suggest discernment and wisdom, which comes from God as you ask for wisdom to discern in these issues.

Then follow the answers to prayer in your request, rejoin with those that are repentant and ask Sincere forgiveness for the sin.  Nevertheless, please remember: forgive everyone, but do not set yourself up to be abused in thoughtless and unwise ways with the same people or similar people.  Think about Samson and Delilah story, causing a haircut for Samson.  Sampson was abused and betrayed by Delilah in the Old Testament  story.  God did forgive Samson allowing Samson one final heroic act of God’s strength to carry out his mission one last time.

Forgiveness is a secret super weapon of immense power in your life, without radical forgiveness, you will never see God as clearly as you possibly can on this earth.  It is expensive, costly personally to forgive!  It was expensive personally for God to forgive us.  Yet in the face of the extreme cost a binding choice was given to us: either accept or reject Jesus’s gospel offer of forgiveness to us.

You know how it feels to be betrayed, think about it, does Jesus ask you to do anything bad?  Then what is the harm of coming in and tasting what Jesus offers in his gospel, which includes the forgiveness in salvation.  Do not let someone else make this decision for you on hearsay and false news.  The extreme power of forgiveness is in your grasp and is your decision.  What say you?  Crush betrayal when it happens, join the forgiven!

Respectfully submitted,

Denny

Fear

“If you have no fear you are not following God close enough! Therefore it is good to have some fear.”

Overcome your fear by following truth in all faith as you navigate your day and the remainder of your life.

In Christ,
Denny

Good Fear

 

Psalm 2:11
Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psalm 9:20
Make them tremble in fear, O Lord. Let the nations know they are merely human.
Psalm 33:8
Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him.
Psalm 103:13
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear
him.
Psalm 111:10
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!
Psalm 147:11
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Proverbs 1:7
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Acts 9:31
The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.
Colossians 3:22
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.
Hebrews 13:6
So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Overcome this fear.
Hebrews 13:6
So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Of Adventures away and Back again!

I had surgery, I definitely do not like being in the hospital!  But they did a fine job taking care of me, getting me on the road to recovery.  I would like to thank each of my caretakers and every one of you for your prayers.  They were abundantly answered in a very positive way for me.  I also pray that your kindnesses and blessing you have been to me would be returned to you many times over in the coming New Year.

I had bilateral knee replacement.  Recovery is painful and slow, but the results have been phenomenal.  I may even be looking for a dance partner!  If you are single female and interested, please apply at dennyisms and other thoughts LOL!  My sense of humor is even coming back, I think!  It is good to want to be able to walk and enjoy life again without the pain of the original knees.

I am finding it is not such a chore to smile anymore.  The smile now is not motivated by overcoming pain, but out of the peacefulness of very little pain which is much easier.  Not that I was faking my smiles I was truly enjoying the challenge of living.  My participation level in living had dropped off immensely.  Everything in my life was controlled by the pain experienced in two knees thereby limiting activities because of allocation of energy to overcome pain.

As I said, recovery is intensely painful at times.  Seeing the improvement in my range of motion was encouraging and the pain was growing more temporary.  Facing the pain as I went to therapy sessions was a mental exercise.  Had to remind myself that life enjoyment was the goal, whatever God has decided to give me to live, was more important than the pain that I was suffering to get better and be fully mobile.  So into the pain I advanced.  If you did the things to me that cause pain on the level of PT while on the street, I would have defended myself fiercely without conscience. Yet God was there and took as a team the pain that was there. The Help of prayers and answers from God.

Then in the battle of one of my more painful sessions, the thought came to me:  On the cross, Jesus endured all forms of pain known to humankind.  I stumbled upon the idea that he should help me bear up under the pain and I began saying: yes God this is my pain, would you please take it from me because I can handle it anymore.  In this the far-reaching work of God on the cross came home to rest in a new way to me.  Only realization of how true it is that God will never leave us or forsake us was reinforced at a completely new level.  Pain is truly a gift in deep cover bearing insight and power of living.

I humbly thank each of you for your prayers.  Seems I cannot say this enough!   May your troubles in the New Year be handled with wisdom and care.  May the blessings and joy not be taken for granted or received as deserved.  Let each good event be celebrated and treasured as we navigate this life we have been given.

In Thanksgiving,

Denny

P.S.

For all who have pain with no cure or little hope. I pray for you in your pain and I have tasted a brief moment of your daily pain.  I lift up you in your courageous battle as you give of yourself to folks who do not understand your battle.  Stand strong in the Hope God is with you and feels each moment of your pain.  Jesus is not untouched by your pain and struggle.

I do not understand how God will do this, But God will make all your suffering be transformed into joy in His time.This is the hope that you are headed to as a child of God.  Not one moment will be missed because the true record keeper is with you experiencing each agony with you.  You are precious in His sight, and enduring what his mission is for you.

Stay in the battle my fellow labor in Christ Jesus,  He will never leave or forsake you.  You are living in all hope and courage, Your hope is a blessing to all who catch a flavor of it as they cross your path.  You can not see it but God never forgets!

Worthy Birth, Dec. 25

Happy Birthday Jesus!  Thank you for offering THE GIFT to we who had nothing to give.  Thank you for the choice you give us in this life on how to deal with you.  You have never forced anyone to follow you into your Kingdom.  Only a willing soul of humility, faith and forgiveness can reenter the lost fellowship with God through Faith in Jesus.

God’s Gospel through Jesus has not had to change because the Gospel addresses our deepest needs.  Our needs of forgiveness, love, belonging, purpose, and  the fact of no abandonment or rejection of God’s children.  This family security is derived from Jesus’s life, not on His children who fail at being perfect.  No worries.

God is the source of all good that has ever happened and has no responsibility for the evil and corruption in this world.  No matter where you are or what you are doing, do not let the fog of the battle hide the true way of life from you.  Come taste and see for yourself that relationship with God is Good and worth your choosing to accept Spirits call to turn away from separation from God.

Merry Jesus Christ Birth celebration,

Denny

 

away

Hi All!  Looks like I will be away for a few weeks.  I would greatly appreciate your prayers for this time away.   To all of you, keep up the wonderful work on the blogs so I will have even more to look forward to as we share together in this fun format.  May the creator God bless and keep you. May His face shine on you and give you peace and rest.  Remember to rest in the Love of Jesus often in this hustle and bustle Season.  I will miss all of you.

I have not been keeping up lately with the blogs for this I ask your forgiveness. However I am looking forward to catching up when I can.

 

Joy and blessings to you and yours,

Denny

Dealing with spiritual grief

This post from Scott is spot on for grief and its blessing and danger. I waited to re-blog this closer to the Holidays because of the troubled relations and disappointment of relationships is emotionally volatile this time of the year.

A prayer to go along with this post: Dad help me to depend on you for life more than people around me. Strengthen me in your love to forgive as the hurt is painful. Lead me in your everlasting way. Remind me of some of your last words on the cross,,, Forgive them for they know not what they do.,,,,, Lord help me to focus on the kindness that this season brings, let me see how and when I can participate in bringing joy to others in in spite/war with my pain. Teach me the humble way to live and love in your everlasting way. Honor and Glory all belong to you Lord Jesus. I need you to be able to walk in your everlasting way. Help me to see your answer Lord, I am blind with out your sight. All this I pray to honor and Glorify you, Shine bright Jesus. In Jesus’s Name I pray, I believe, Amen.

Scott's Blog

I have to admit I struggle greatly with allowing grief to rule my life. I start out seeing bad things in the world and feel sad. I start thinking that people are out to get me and don’t care about me and only want what they can get for themselves.

These things are true. The world has a lot of bad stuff in it and most people are only interested in their own stuff. How guilty am I of the same thing. I wish everyone cared about what I am thinking. They simply do not just as I’m thinking different from them as well.

The problem is not so much that evil is real as my own decision to be sorrowful about it. Instead of thankful to Jesus for all He is doing despite the evil.

The more I meditate on evil things the more depressed I get. Two ailments…

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In Thanksgiving

Hello to all my blog friends new and not so new, I enjoy the work you have posted.  First, I would like to thank you for reading this blog and all the many blogs that are out there.  Thank you on a deeper Level that is a bit more personal; I would like to thank you for the likes and comments that you have given.  You have encouraged me to continue to write even though I am not very good at it.  Thank you!

Thanksgiving has to be the one holiday that I enjoy the most!  You really do not have to have a significant other, you really do not have to buy gifts, most everybody has a special dish they make, even us guys!  We get together in a group of people and you enjoy each other, even if relationships are strained a bit. Thanksgiving always has brought a truce and upped the level of enjoyment for the day.  I know Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States at the end of November.  Why just one day, why not always?

As being, a member of the family of Jesus Christ, Thanksgiving never ends for me as a life calling.  As I interact with people, I consistently try to bring in a thank you for something they have done.  However, as I read my blog I see very little Thanksgiving to people that I interact with the blog on paper.  I think I have some explaining to do!  LOL!  Now you see some of my imperfection and inconsistency that I live with. OH!  I had to put it on paper too…..

I thank you Lord for letting me see my inconsistency in this matter of giving thanks.  I still need your help Lord, but moving on.  The first Thanksgiving after you peel away the fantasized stories surrounding Thanksgiving they did not have much of a foundation for Thanksgiving.  In the previous Winter and Spring, many people died and hope was slowly drying up.  Nevertheless, some help came along, they had a good crop with healthy people there were, to plant and cultivate the hoped for harvest.

The survivors of the group purposed to give thanks to God in spite of their loss, hurt, sickness, reduced numbers, and in less hope still purposed to give thanks to their creator.  What a shaky start to the beginning of a new winter, to give thanks to Creator knowing you might not be here next year to give thanks, nevertheless, you still give thanks.  I am thinking this is grace under fire and the hope against all thinkable odds.  Why?  Because God is true, before they came, in their trouble they were having, and for all the future, the Lord God creator is worthy.  They gave thanks to the creator in humility not pride.

Now for the Thanksgiving challenge!  There are people around you, some you like some you do not like.  Can you find it in your heart with grit and steadfastness to thank the people, not just your favorites for something good they did to someone else or you?  Do you have the intestinal fortitude forgive; sure, it will cost you dearly.  Forgiveness is not free forgiveness is costly to the one who forgives.

I do not ask for you to forget.  I only ask that you forgive.  Do not set yourself up for abuse by the person again.  Forgive the person deep in your heart, then let that forgiveness flow out of your heart and let them figure out on their own if they are forgiven or not.  Maybe never they will they know.  Will this compromise your sense of justice?  Maybe, think about the unmerited love and forgiveness that Jesus gave us at a great price.  Did this upset justice?  No, justice is still in place and active, Jesus decided to pay it all for us, now can we pay for someone’s forgiveness, paying the price of giving forgiveness?

That is a big task I just ask you to do.  Now, for a fun one, think about the year that has just passed; from past Thanksgiving till now.  Is there anyone you can think of that you can thank per specifically what they did for you.  The process will be like this, I thank you, their name, for this marvelous thing that you did for me.  It really meant a lot, made things better for me when you did this and I just wanted to say thank you.  The person answers:  it was nothing.  You answer immediately: it was really something to me and I thank you again.

How many people can you think of to give a purposeful thank you given out of your heart?  I have found it is a very fun thing to do.  Enjoy Thanksgiving everyone!  No matter where you are give thanks!  I thank you for reading and interacting with this blog.  I thank you for posting your blog is because they are fun to read.  I thank you for posting your photographs they have been a visual feast.  I thank you for the time you put into your blogs.  Now get out there mix it up with people, be a blessing, and have fun giving thanks.

With much thankfulness,

Denny

Giving Thanks

How many people can you think of to give a purposeful thank you given out of your heart.?  I have found it is a very fun thing to do.  Enjoy Thanksgiving everyone!  No matter where you are give thanks!  I thank you for reading and interacting with this blog.  I thank you for posting your blog is because they are fun to read.  I thank you for posting your photographs they have been a visual feast.  I thank you for the time the you put into your blogs.  Now get out there mix it up with people and be a blessing and have fun giving thanks.

With much thankfulness,

Denny

Three Line Tales, Week 91

What would you do?

A little lower, a little right rudder, slow down, ready to grab, after grab apply power.

Plenty of flight calculations and a lot of skill, this is what I did for a cookie.

Now the real question is, what would you do for a Klondike bar?

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 91 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 91: a raven at Stonehenge for Halloween photo by Julien Laurent via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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