tryingtobeamanofgod

My name is Dwayne Peterkin. I was re-baptized April 2011 and since then I have been doing my best to obey the Lord Jesus Christ and do his will. In this sinful world IT IS NOT EASY to stand up for God. You'll be tested, friendships may fall by the wayside, old habits will fade away. I hope that as I share my Faith Walk, others are encouraged on theirs. I hope you join me on this journey.

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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

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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

 

Praising Him in the midst of the Storm

Storm And Blue Lightining At Sea

Hi Friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. I’ve wanted to post so many times and I may have let some good stuff get away.  I’ve always said that this life is a journey, a faith walk, a spiritual walk, and that I have to go back and read my own words sometimes.

That being said I’ve been (and I am being) tested everyday.  The good thing is that I have the victory, because I know who goes before me everyday.  I  was laid off from my job unexpectedly about 3 weeks ago, (does anyone really expect it?) and as it came, rather than be mad at the world, I gained so much peace from it.

You see, because of my connection with God, and through the time I spend with Him, I realized that he was preparing me for such a time as this.  With all that I have been asked to do for His work, I am so comfortable with Him closing doors for me and taking me out of situations he doesn’t want me in.  I know that when your desires are in tune with God’s will, He will take care of all your needs.

The peace that passes all understanding is an amazing thing when you truly experience it.  The world expects you to act and react in a certain way, yet when you have a true relationship with your Heavenly Father, you have a confidence that cannot be tested. For some it is beyond comprehension.

I wanted to put this out there in the Blogosphere and have it on record right now that I am praising Him in the storm.  I know he won’t take me halfway through the storm and  let me drown or be defeated.  I know that he will see me through it and that I will make it to the other shore and be on solid ground.  I’m putting this out there from now so when my trials are over and my prayers are answered, my family and friends will have living proof that God will not leave us or forsake us.

Many of us will praise God and thank Him after our trials are over but how many of us praise Him in the midst of the storm? When the bills are due? When the money is low? When the employers aren’t calling?

Just because we don’t see God’s handy work does not mean He is not working for us.  He will ALWAYS do His part, but we have to do OUR part.  We need to give Him His time, His praise, His honor, as He so rightfully deserves at ALL times.   God is not a big ATM or Genie that we can just go to for withdrawals (we need to be making deposits!) and just ask what for we want.  He is our Heavenly Father that wants a relationship with us and wants to take of His children. He knows the desires of our hearts.

I’ll be posting again soon, because I know the Lord is going to do a great thing through me and for me to bring glory to His name.  For my prayer warriors that read this, pray for me as I pray for you.  Know that God hears us when we pray and He will answer.

I can go on and on, but I will save that for future posts… I will close with Jeremiah 29:11 – 13:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings!

Dwayne

Reblogging….Blessings!

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At this the Easter weekend, I felt the need to post this – Something outside of Easter Baskets and Easter Egg hunts…”the reason for the season” as it were.

The definition of the word PASSION according to Merriam-Webster is: a : the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death b : intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction and d : an object of desire or deep interest

Oh how God loves us! One of the most quoted verses in the Bible is John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  I always put John 3:17 with it because it really completes the whole thought and the concept of salvation. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world…

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Re-posting…for today which would have been my Dad’s 84th Birthday. You are loved and missed….

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Hello Friends,

My Earthly Father,  Fitzgerald Godfrey Peterkin  would have been 83 Years old today (Read Obituary here).

He always said “I set the standard, It is up to you to follow it”.

When my Father was in the hospital last year, I remember the morning my sister, my niece, and my mother were leaving the hotel they were staying at to go to the hospital.  As is customary in our family, we started to pray before leaving the house.  As we bowed our heads, I was waiting for my mom or my sister to pray, it was silent.

It was at that very moment I felt like the torch was handed to me and that I was now the Godly man of the house.  That is part of the reason I have this sincere passion and desire to follow the Lord, because my Father (Earthly and Heavenly)…

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The Wilderness

Tasmanian-Wilderness Guess Who’s back?! It has been a few weeks since I have blogged…(I guess we all need some time off every now and then.) I can’t believe its been just over a year since I started this blog! I took some time to go over some of the first posts and I am glad to see the progress I have made in my life and God’s blessings since I started this phase of my Journey.

For me. the purpose of this blog is to inspire, invoke thought, and encourage those on their Faith walk and Life’s Journey. I felt like I was getting into a rut and that I was not bringing the quality of writing I started with and needed to come back with a renewed focus.

I recently attended a Men’s Weekend Retreat sponsored by my Church’s regional conference we were on 650 acres of campground, forest, and wilderness and I must say – the renewing of the Holy Spirit within me was truly amazing.  The connections made with “Men of One Accord” are priceless!

That weekend one of the speakers spoke of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. Moses time in the wilderness,  John the Baptist’s life in the wilderness, Saul’s time on the road to Damascus,etc. and how, at some point, we all need to be in the wilderness in order to get that true one on one time and focus with God.  One speaker stated the “men are made in the wilderness.”

Looking deeper into those stories you can see where that time in the wilderness got them to where God wanted them to be, focused them and united them with the Father.

At my retreat I was able to leave the cares of daily life behind and commune with the Father and it was truly a blessing. Matthew 6:6 says But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. If you can’t get away from it all, fine your secret place, somewhere private and meditate on Jesus and get connected.  When our steps are ordered by Him and are in harmony with His will, then we will surely see our purpose and His prosperity.

2 Corinthians 5:7 says For we walk by faith, not by sight,  and Galatians 5:25 says If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 My brothers and sisters let us strive to walk closer with Savior day by day for we know not the hour when He will come.  Get out in the wilderness if you can or find a secret place where you can reconnect with your God…you won’t regret it…

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod…

Blessings!

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, so I was looking at old posts and I decided to repost this one…Blessings!

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calm water

 

 

I have been blogging almost a year so I was looking at old posts and decided to repost this one…Blessings!

 

Hello Friends,

I will get back to Part 2 of my story next post –  I promise.

The past 3 mornings as I have gone out to my car to go to work, there has been a bird in my neighbors tree that  sings the most beautiful song.  (I think I’m going to try and record it).

The first day I noticed it and said “that’s a pretty sound”.  Other than the bird it was quiet that morning.  I thought it was a one time thing and then I heard it again on the second morning. I thought “wow that’s that bird again”. This morning as I heard the bird I said “Good Morning Bird”

This morning when I woke up for some reason two words came…

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