You’re Invited…

 

If you knew there was going to be a big party and EVERYONE was going to be there wouldn’t you want to go? Better yet if you knew there was going to be this huge party and you had VIP tickets and a few extras, what would you do?

You probably would go find your best friends, tell them all about the party, and let them know you have VIP tickets for them so that they could enjoy it with you.  The best of the best.  After all, you would want to be able to hang out with your friends at the party so that they didn’t miss a thing and you wouldn’t have to go back to tell them about what happened and everything they missed.

If I were to win the lottery today, I wouldn’t go out and find some strangers to come celebrate my winnings with.  I would probably go and find all my family and close friends and invite them to the celebration I would have.

It’s only natural to want to be surrounded by the ones you care about the most when it comes to good times.

The story was told of a man who was caught up in the air and went to Heaven.  On his way up in the sky, his friends who were not caught up to go to heaven and still on earth were looking at him and they were calling out to the man.  One cried “Why didn’t you tell me about Jesus? You knew about Him and you didn’t tell me!”  Another said “I worked with you everyday and you never told me about Jesus.”

Friends,  I don’t want to be at that that glorious celebration in Heaven and not see my friends, family, and coworkers.  Those of us who know Jesus need to tell others about Him.  Especially those who we come in contact with everyday.  We may be the only ones who come in their path to give them the Good News.

I want to tell all who read this blog post that Jesus is in Heaven right now preparing the greatest party of all time and you are invited.  All you have to do is accept the invitation of the Savior Jesus Christ and he will prepare you and your heart for the greatest Celebration the world has ever known …for the Bible says in John 14:2,3:

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Revelation 3:20 says: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Friends, I know of the greatest party ever…Won’t you be there?  After all you are invited!

Until Later,

I am just tryingtobeamanofgod….

 

 

Expiration Date

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I can’t believe that this is my first post of 2014.  I have been growing in the Lord while I have been away from you but I feel like there are not enough hours in the day. (can someone relate?)  Nevertheless I miss sharing with you all about God’s goodness and I have had this topic on my mind and I had to get this post out.

In my growth group tonight we talked about how the disciples woke Jesus up in the boat in the midst of the storm and they thought they were going to die and they said to Him: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up , rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet, Be still!” The wind died down and was completely still.  He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” – Luke 4:38-40 

Whatever you are going through has an expiration date. It won’t last forever.  “This too shall pass!” It is so hard to see the outcome of a situation when you are in the midst of it.  There are so many sayings that I can insert here…”There is light at the end of the tunnel”, in Jamaica they say “one day, like one day”, etc. (You get my point.) Anything God brings us to, He sees us through. We need not worry how big the storm is, we will make it through whatever it is.  All we need to have confidence in our God and our faith.

How many storms in your life has God seen you through? 1? 2? 10? more? So why when the storms of finances, broken relationships, lost jobs, foreclosures, etc. come our way do we  get afraid and lose our faith? We panic, we worry, we forget the loving God we have that will see us through the storm if we just be quiet and be still.  Friend, we serve a mighty God and He has the power to command the wind and the waves in our lives to be still (and they will obey!)

It is so nice to know that in the midst of the storm, Jesus is right there with us and that all we have to do is call on Him and He will make it alright. Why stress yourself out and worry over things you cannot control. Call on Him in the storm, and I promise he won’t let you down. I leave you with the words of Ephesians 3:20,21 – Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. 

Until the next time, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.

Blessings!

 

The Debt I Can’t Repay

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The last 24+ hours have been so amazing, more than that I can say in the last few months I have watched the Lord make major moves in my life and I am so thankful.  The apostle Paul stated many times that he would not boast of his works but he would boast of his shortcomings in the Lord.  By doing this, we minimize ourselves so that God can be glorified.

First I must say, The Lord provides! In previous posts I spoke of how God placed me in my apartment when I wasn’t working (and by His grace I’m still in it!) and He provided someone to furnish it for me.  (Amen!)  While I was given a bedroom set, I still needed a bed.  So It’s been a few months and I’ve never gotten around to getting the bed.  I’ll get back to that.

So now I’m working in Orlando so my commute is 85 miles each way. I had to sell my car just before getting laid off so I’ve been driving my dad’s old Jaguar which is nice, but not for commuting (93 Octane – 19MPG hwy if lucky)  so I need my own car. I’ll get back to that. If I’m not driving the Jaguar, I’ll drive my Mom’s car when she doesn’t need it.  I was driving her car today and the car was vibrating in the front and the vibration was getting worse as I was going to work so I was like “Lord just let me get to work and back today”.  (The Jag needs tires so I’m not trying to drive it until payday).  I’ll get back to that.

I’m transparent and some of you who read this know me. So since I’ve been rebuilding my life and finances for some time now and I was $2,000 from being debt free when I was unexpectedly laid off. (does anyone expect to be laid off?)  So it has been my goal to be debt free for some time and once again I’m very close to it. No credit cards, no car payments, no loans, you get the picture. Just a couple bad bills hanging around.

Proverbs 22:7 says “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” You see friends, God wants us to be lenders not borrowers!  Like I said I’ve been on that for some time now.  I’m still living check to check but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m no stranger to final notices, past due, disconnect, etc.  So I dream of what it would be like to be debt free.  Finally in the black! No one asking me for nothing! Calling my own shots!  Bills is getting paid! (I know how I said that!)

Getting back to the story…

So I have not been sleeping on a Sealy but where I am in life right now that is not in the picture, it’s coming, just not in the budget right now but my body has been saying “make it happen!” Saturday after I came from church I started to get the mail from my mailbox but I was like whatever is in there can wait it’s the Sabbath so it’s my day of rest and that’s not important.  Sunday afternoon I go to check the mail and there is a sign in the kiosk saying “Free Queen Size bed and frame”  I call and it’s available so I went and got it!  (1)

So here I am the week of payday or “broke week” as some may say and I’m just trying to make it to Friday. (Insert cat picture hold on Friday’s coming!) I not trying to drive the Jag because I need tires so I drive my mom’s car and the tires are vibrating.  I make it to work and the ride is slow and bumpy going home. I’m like “Lord just let me make it home!” Thankfully I make it home and I’m thinking about tomorrow. I pass by the tire shop and no cars are in the bays! They are about to close and I ask the guys can you put my good tires in the back on the front? He said we’ll look at it.  Turns out the tire is separating so it has to be replaced.  So I say “great I have no money for this!” The manager suggests putting on the spare but I am not driving almost 200 miles roundtrip on a donut tire.  He looks at me and says to his worker “look and see if there’s anything in the back”.  So the worker finds a used tire and the manager says “we’ll put that on for you”.  So I’m still thinking how I’m going to pay for this. After they finish I ask how much will it be. The manager shakes my hand and says “get out of here!” The worker says “Happy Holidays” (2)

So one of the guys from the church that we always talk cars tells me “Dwayne, I just bought a new Honda I got a great deal on it!   I said “nice did you trade in your Civic for it?”  He says “no I got such a good deal on the Accord I didn’t have to.  I thought you might be interested in it! It’s the HX model made for high mileage…40+MPG! (3)

I had some furniture in storage that I had taken to a consignment store a couple months ago. It’s been there so long I almost forgot about it and a week or so ago I prayed the Lord for someone to buy it.  I came home tonight and there is a check in my mailbox for the furniture! (4)

I am so in debt to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior first for dying on the Cross, and for the ways in which He looks out for me… even in the small things! I CAN NEVER REPAY HIM!  He hears me when I pray, He knows what I need before I even ask!  God is awesome!

Since I got this new job I have for the first time in my life been able to consistently pay my tithe and He keeps blessing me over and over and taking care of me. Malachi 3:10 says Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

I don’t say all this to say God is like a genie in a bottle or if you believe in Him he gives you things.  I say this all to give Him the glory for what He has allowed me to do for Him as I have given him charge of my life and that He takes care of those who put Him first.

He died for us so we can live for Him!

God is real and God is Love I say to try Him….You’ll be in debt!

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.

Blessings!

 

God Smiled at Me II

Tampa Moon

After reading  a post (click post to read) from fellow blogger Prodigal Daughter, I had to relate my experience last night.  I  was fasting last night and as I work nights, I had to take a few breaks and go outside to pray.  Each time I went out the moon was out and your could see the stars.  Around 4:00am I went out and it was overcast.  As I looked to the sky and prayed, there was an opening in the clouds just enough for the moon to be viewed. It looked like an eye was looking at me. The eye of God!  (A little like the picture I took above but a smaller opening).

Another time when I was truly going through some difficult times, I was driving my convertible top down on a beautiful day and playing christian radio.  As I pulled into my parents driveway I noticed a few small clouds on a virtually cloudless day.   As the 3 small clouds passed they came together as Paul Baloche’s Glorious was playing the clouds formed the face of God and was looking directly at me!  The words of the song the sun on my face and the image the clouds made in majestic high definition gave me one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever experienced.  All I could do was let the tears flow and I said to God “i see you!”

Friends seek your Heavenly Father.  God truly sees us and will make His presence known when we seek Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to us.  That can only happen when we are in tune with Him and have that deep relationship with Him. He reveals Himself in His Word which is the Bible and in everything around us if we are open and able to see Him. It is so important to have time for devotion to meditate on Him.  Make time for Him, submit to Him and he WILL smile at you…Try it! He’s waiting…

Thank you Prodigal Daughter for making me appreciate these experiences even more!

Until Later…I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.

Blessings!

Dwayne

He Will Not Leave You or Forsake You

Jesus holding

 

I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I last posted.   I needed to write this update to proclaim God’s goodness.  The Lord provides and I thank Him for providing me a job.

The last 3 months were not easy but sometimes God makes us rest.  Sometimes he needs to break us down or tap us on the shoulder to remind us of our need for Him and our dependence on Him.   My goal was to continue to post during the storm, but looking for a job was a job and after being in front of the computer for so long each day, the last thing I wanted to do was blog.  I had good intentions, no follow through.  My apologies!

My prayer throughout these past month’s has been for God to open the door He wants me to go through and close all the others.  He did precisely that.

The job I took was in all honesty not my first choice.  As a matter of fact I wasn’t trying to take this job at all.  Let me explain.

You see the last job I had was an almost $20,000 pay cut for me, but I took that job because of family needs at that time.  The job I ended up taking,  I was called for and actually interviewed for it a month before I was laid off.  It was a local opening working at night,  and I thought it would be a great side job for extra income, the pay was no where near the salary I was willing to work for for a full time position.  It didn’t pan out and they did not offer me the job.

Then I got laid off.  I pounded the pavement, (or should I say surfed the internet!)  After a few weeks, I was pretty much promised a job after an interview that would have put me back in the salary range that I was used to, BUT it would have been a 2 hour commute each way.  I didn’t care though – I’d be back where I used to be salary wise. Then the side local side job I wanted called me back but I didn’t want to take the local job at night for what they were paying.  At last minute (as God would have it) they put that position on hold.

As I was  debating and praying if I should take the local job.  I was like “God,really? A $20,000 pay cut again? Nights?”  But when you pray and ask God for something and he provides it,  you can’t say “God I don’t want this one”  There were possibilities for other offers and contracts for way more money but they were all out of town (some out the country!) But the Lord provided this position and it’s just 8 miles down the road.

God works in mysterious ways.  After three months that job called me again because they hired a few people in that time that didn’t work out.   Originally I was going to do it as a side job but only God knew that it was going to be my job.

We never know what God has planned for us or how He will work things out in our favor.  One of my favorite Bible quotes is  Jeremiah 29:11-13:

 11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (NLT)

Dueteronomy 31:8 says: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (NIV)

So I trust and I wait to see why He has me where I am.  Living a submitted life provides much adventure because you never know what the day will bring,  You can be assured that God goes before you and knows what your day will be before you even wake so we need to trust that whatever may come, He has allowed it and will work it out for our good.

This is easier said than done.  It is hard to understand for us as humans because we cannot see the future.  He who holds time in His hand knows and it will be revealed to us in His time not ours.  One thing I know is that during my time of unemployment  He never left me. He never abandoned me.   My gas tank was never full, but it was never empty.  The refrigerator was never stocked, but I never went hungry.  I had no money for the things I wanted, but I had what I needed.   The Lord provides.

Living life on God’s terms and not your own is not easy but it’s humbling and rewarding at the same time.  You appreciate things more and you do more with less.  I’m thankful for His blessings and his constant refining process in my life.

Stay encouraged my brothers and sisters for Emmanuel (God with us) remains true to His promises Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.

Blessings,

Dwayne