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wow that 6-year-old, she most be someone special;)
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2009 on Web Bonus - Parenting Q&A at TimHowey.Com
First I want to say thank you for yesterday, Kim and I attended 2nd service, and you guys "brought it". We are so blessed to have such a wonderful group lead us in praise every week. Now, listening to God is sometimes very difficult as he tells us things that are right, but we may not want to hear. I have asked God to direct me when I was at a crossroads in my career 3 times over the last 15 years, and each time, he directed me to a lower paying job, but I listened and took them. Each time, it has been the best move I could have made. My daily surrender is to keep asking for and listening for God to speak to me, and guide me through this life he has provided me. Also to teach my kids to ask and listen for God, as he will guide them and help them through every situation in their life.
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For the record, I am the "smiling girl" that can't sing very well. I also can't play an insturment, and that is why I am a stage manager. I have always been a little insecure about dogs howling in the neighborhood around Grace when I sing, but she's right. God created this voice, and I am guessing that he loves to hear it. I really feel better now. I pray that God show me what I can and must do to show my continued praise for him.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2009 on Week 2 Day 2: Perfect Praise at GracePurePraise
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I think it has been great. A wonderful way to spend my lunchtime with God. Everyone in the office is a little sad I don't join them, but they have all commented about what a wonderful study that it appears to be. Thanks for the invitation. I will pray for you all that the music you play will touch the hearts of our church, as I am not sure we will make it Sunday.
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I have been guilty of being how the nurses and doctors wanted to see a christian act on multiple occasions. When a suicidal driver took my grandfather-in-law (George) from us several years ago, I was bitter and angry at God. When Kim and I struggled for several years (spending $1,000's we didn't really have) to have another baby I was bitter and angry. Both were during my "off time" of my current walk with the Lord and I just didn't know how to deal with it. As I look back now, I not only praise him for those things I have a wiser heart to all things that happen. The death of George was ultimatley what brought us to Church, where my wife has been saved, my daughter is well on her way, and we concieved a son once we gave that over to God. My surrender is that I deal with everything with a loving heart even though it might not be my choice, or what I want. It is God's will, and it will be alright.
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I have to agree with what most have said about our sin nature, and having the inner demons that only me and God know about. There is temptation all around us every day, in television, radio, print, emails from friends and God knows what is in our heart when we view, its amazing he still loves us. I would think he would have the dissappointment that we as parents have when our kids do something they know they are not supposed to, but do it anyway. But he doesn't cause God is great, and God is good (I paid attention Sunday). In our early life together, my wife could not understand why/how I had so many friends and why they always came to me for everything. Well, she had no idea of God's love or desire, but I did as I had grown up in a church and accepted God as my savior at a young age. I took 20 years off of my walk (thankfully I am back in the race), but he was always in my heart, and I always knew that I needed to be that friend for all who sought me. Now that she has been saved, she understands that, and has started to become "that friend" to other people. Last thing, I am so greatful for electronic tithing, as it REALLY helps me to be a cheerful giver. My prayer today is that God keeps my mind away from things that are evil, on focused on his love and how I can live the life that other people will want. Opening and oppurtunity for me to share his word.
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I remember being in the hospital holding my sleeping baby girl on my chest the day she was born. I think I had more love in my heart at that momement than I can ever remember, and to think that our God loves little ole me, and everyone else even more than that is an incredible feeling. I have a hard enough time just spreading love to those I give it to, but the WHOLE World, man is he awesome. My surrender; Lord, I continue to give you my life, I trust that you will always provide for me and my family and I will follow you wherever you lead me. I love saying that.
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Most of the time in a professional setting it seems easier to see what worhipping God is not like. For instance that guy that cuts everyone off on his way to work, or the person that talks bad about other coworkers. And even the salesman that will tell lies about the competitor just to make the sale. I try to never be that guy, and go from there. I am lucky that in my office with only 13 people almost all of them regularly worship with their families, so we have a very positive work relationship, and we openly discuss ways that God moves in our lives. But even with that, I think at times people are guarded because not everyone feels the same way.
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