Archive for October, 2010

Off Road Go Kart at Wooly’s!

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Videos

Come take a ride with Brian and me on our go kart at Wooly’s Off Road Park!

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What, Lord, is my life, save that embrace wherein Thy delightsome sweetness doth so lovingly enfold me?     Written by Nicolas of Cusa four hundred years ago.

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When the Israelites were caught between the pursuing Egyptians and the Red Sea, Moses said to them, “Do not fear!  Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.”  (Exodus 14:13)  He said this BEFORE God told him he was going to divide the sea (check out the following verses.)

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If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.     Max Lucado

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Oh, God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You…My Souls clings to You; Your right hand upholds Me…I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You.     David, Psalm 63:1, 8, 143:6

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A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it.  God Himself is here waiting our response to His presence.  This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.     A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

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Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so nether can you unless you abide in Me…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.   Jesus, John 15:4,7,11

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Victory comes through surrender.  Surrender doesn’t weaken you, it strengthens you.  Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear or surrender to anything else.     Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

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 I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.     David, Psalm 73:23-24

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Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God who gives the answer. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.     Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.     David, Psalm 63:3,4

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As you tarry before God, let it be in a deep quiet faith in Him, the Invisible One, who is so near, so holy, so mighty, so loving.  In a deep, restful faith too, that all the blessings and powers of the heavenly life are around you, and in you.  Just yield yourself in the faith of a perfect trust to the Ever Blessed Holy Trinity to work out all God’s purpose in you.  Begin each day thus in fellowship with God, and God will be all in all to you.     Andrew Murray, Daily Fellowship with God

Beholding Motes

Posted: October 11, 2010 in Candle Lights

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We all know how someone else should play the game.  From the time our son started in T-ball to his last college football game, I coached.  Oh, I did not get out on the field or know much about how to play the games, but from my seat on the sidelines I could see that the coach’s game plan was flawed.  The fact that the umpires and the referees all needed glasses did not help either.

It is also very easy to be an armchair quarterback to another person’s life.  So often we forget that no matter how well we think that we are running our race, we have not reached the finish line.  We glance at the people running beside us and there it is!!  A mote!!  Right away we know that they could be a better runner if they would just learn how to pray correctly, how to more effectively study their Bible, and they definitely need more faith.  We get so wrapped up in trying to pull out their mote that we stop running, and we fail to see how destructive our beam is to our vision.

To stay on course in a race, a runner must keep looking forward.  In order to connect with the ball, a batter must keep his eye on the ball.  To stay on my course, I must keep “Looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2).  If I am beholding and pulling motes, I have taken my eyes off Jesus.

Keep looking up and remember you are loved.  (Luke 21:28 & Jeremiah 31:33)

Diane Padgett

5/19/2010

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When the Israelites were caught between the pursuing Egyptians and the Red Sea, Moses said to them, “Do not fear!  Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.”  (Exodus 14:13)  He said this BEFORE God told him he was going to divide the sea (check out the following verses.)

If you like the quote, click on the comment link

Previous Quotes:

If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.     Max Lucado

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Oh, God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You…My Souls clings to You; Your right hand upholds Me…I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You.     David, Psalm 63:1, 8, 143:6

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A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it.  God Himself is here waiting our response to His presence.  This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.     A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

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Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so nether can you unless you abide in Me…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.   Jesus, John 15:4,7,11

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Victory comes through surrender.  Surrender doesn’t weaken you, it strengthens you.  Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear or surrender to anything else.     Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

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 I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.     David, Psalm 73:23-24

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Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God who gives the answer. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.     Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.     David, Psalm 63:3,4

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As you tarry before God, let it be in a deep quiet faith in Him, the Invisible One, who is so near, so holy, so mighty, so loving.  In a deep, restful faith too, that all the blessings and powers of the heavenly life are around you, and in you.  Just yield yourself in the faith of a perfect trust to the Ever Blessed Holy Trinity to work out all God’s purpose in you.  Begin each day thus in fellowship with God, and God will be all in all to you.     Andrew Murray, Daily Fellowship with God

HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION

Posted: October 3, 2010 in Roots by the River

 I was about 14 years old when my parents decided to move from downtown Pensacola, FL out to the country to build a house on my Grandfather’s farm.  It was a dream they had since Dad returned from World War II.  My Grandparents moved to Pine Apple, AL,  where my Granddad was raised,  to build their retirement home on 60 acres of family land.  So that left their house for us to use while our new house was being built.  We moved in and life was good.  I loved just being on the land. 

It was the spring of 1968 when plans for the new house began to take shape.  My best friend’s father, Pete Ubelstead, was a carpenter and agreed to act as general contractor for my Dad.  I later discovered Dad was going to subcontract out the house one step at a time, paying as he went, with the end product a new house, debt free.  What I didn’t realize was the labor he was going to us was cheap, young and without a summer commitment.  That translated into me, my sister and any other young teenager in the neighborhood who was up to the challenge.

As with any good construction project, it began with the foundation.  The footers were poured, and dirt was brought in.  My cousin Johnny Kilhefner was elected to tap down the dirt.  What a sight, one inch at a time he pounded the dirt with his homemade tapper. The other kids in the neighborhood began to gather with interest wondering if they too could get in on the action.   It took about two weeks for him to pack the dirt before the concrete could be poured. There were secret bets  he wouldn’t make it, but he did, and by the end of his job, he looked like Mr. Universe, with muscles bulging everywhere.

Next came the framing and rafters for the roof.  Between my sister and I, Johnny, Pete’s two daughters, Gail and Sharon, and the Thompson brothers across the road, the little house began to take shape.  We were such a sight with our blue jeans, tank tops and tool belts, the workers from Monsanto about a mile away, would stop along the roadside just to watch the action of these seven teenagers standing up walls, and walking the rafters.

Dad hired professionals to lay brick, and put in the electrical and plumbing. Under the guidance of Dad and Pete we did the rest.  We took great pride in the quality of our work.  The large picture window in the living room was put in four times because it was a 16th of an inch off square.  When we finished, it was perfectly square.  For three months, from sun up to sun down the “Homeowner’s Association” as we called ourselves, worked diligently to put up paneling, stain cabinets, hang ceiling tile, stretch carpet, and install light fixtures and by the end of August, just before school started our little house was finished.

It was an ambitious project, but my Dad was not known for his lack of motivation.  He knew if he could harness the energy of seven teenagers, not only would we have a new home, but the experience for each of us would last us a lifetime.  During those three months, we learned what it meant to stay focused.  We learned what it meant to work together and solve problems.  We learned if you get tired, you rest, but you don’t give up, you press on toward the goal.  Not to mention by the end of the summer we were in the best physical shape of our lives.

I am grateful to my Dad for his vision for our home.  But more grateful for his vision to teach us, by allowing us hands on experience, the rules of life.  Some kids join sports, others clubs, but we got a lesson in real life construction.

Matthew 7:24-25 says: “Therefore, whosoever heareth these saying of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.”    

Dear Father, let me learn of the foundation of Christ.  A foundation which will never crack, a foundation which will sustain me throughout eternity. 

Ann Cason

3/17/05

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