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If I Won The Lottery???

This is one of those things that I doubt would ever happen, because I don’t play the lottery, but it is still fun to think about. It’s kinda fun watching folks happen upon unexpected riches and then watch what they do and how they live, but I am not so sure that a bunch of money would change that much for me.

If I won the lottery, I would choose to live right where I am living today. The place we live is not just our house, it is our home. My Bride’s PaPa and MaMa built the house and there are reminders of them all around the place, inside and outside too. It’s not a big house, but it is big enough for us. My Bride always said that her dream house would be brick ranch style house with a circle driveway in front and that is exactly what we have. It’s very comfortable and there is land to work a garden right beside it. We might would upgrade a few things, like the barn and flower beds, but we are happy with our home, it’s comforts and the joy it brings our family.

If I won the lottery, I would continue to work and minister. I don’t really do either of those things for the money, because there are a lot of ways that I could make a lot more money. I do these things, because it’s what I am called and gifted to do and because this is where my joy comes from. I enjoy getting up early and going to bed tired. I love the opportunity to serve others. We live a pretty blessed life and have learned to be happy with what God has blessed us with.

If I won the lottery, I probably would buy a more reliable and comfortable vehicle. I mean if I had the money to splurge??? What would I buy? I really don’t have any idea, but it would be kinda fun trying to figure it out.

I’ve never had a lot of money and I don’t think a lot of money could buy me a life as happy and blessed as the life I am living. I don’t think money is a bad thing, in fact, I like having some to do with as I please, but my happiness if not dependent on it.

Life has a way of teaching you what really matters. A family and friends that you love and that love you back, a roof over your head, food to eat and a way to get from “a to b” and you are pretty much set for an amazing life, at least that’s what I think.

P.S. One more thing I thought about! If I won the lottery and had more money than I knew what to do with, then I would buy a place at Fripp Island, because it is one of my favorite escapes. I would want a place big enough that I could always bring family and friends to share it with, because I just can’t keep the good stuff to myself, the real joy and pleasure comes from sharing!!! 😎

Learning In The Dark!

In a lot of different ways, we are living in very dark times. People are scared, worried and frustrated. And the big temptation is to curse the darkness, but what good will that do? Cursing the darkness only breeds more negativity. Instead of cursing the darkness, maybe we should go running right into the middle of it? Why??? Because in the middle of the darkness, it is much easier to see the light and this is the very place that our tansformation begins to take place.

Think about the dark times of your life: You thought they were going to kill you, that you were not going to make it through, but you are still here, fighting the good fight. The reason why you are still here is because what you thought might be the end, was really the beginning of your transformation and growth into something more and better.

When we find ourselves in that deep, dark hole that we think there is no way out of, when the blows of life have knocked us flat on our backs and when it seems that all hope is lost, it is then that the miracle takes place. In the very midst of the darkness, which we hate so much, we begin to see a glimmer of light, we feel the encouragement of hope, which promises that this thing called life is not over just yet.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5

When we come face to face with the limits of what we can’t do, it is at this place that we begin to discover what God can do, will do and has done. The darkness is necessary to help us really appreciate and be grateful for the light. As we move from darkness to light, we make the amazing discovery that we are more than just flesh, we are SPIRIT, which makes us so much more than anything we will ever face.

When you find yourself in the dark, do not focus on the darkness, instead, begin to look for the light and in the process discover the amazing gift of transformation, growth, life in the Spirit and all that comes with it…

Delight In The Sunlight!

Some say the sun is our best source of vitamin D. The way it works is when our skin is exposed to sunlight, the sun’s ultraviolet rays interact with the cholesterol in our skin cells and provide energy so that vitamin D synthesis can occur. This process is essential to good health and vital living. Vitamin D in our system helps with the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our living the blessed life.

The sun comes from our Creator, who gave us our bodies as a gift for our spirit to experience this human existence of growth and learning. This life in the flesh gives us opportunity to live in what would appear to be time and space. This slowing down process allows us to observe, listen, learn and grow from our successes as well as our failures.

Today as I stood outside, looking up at the beautiful blue sky, I could feel the warmth of the sunshine on my face and it was a beautiful reminder of the life giving grace of God. Just as the sun rejuvenates my physical body, the light of God rejuvenates my spirit by blessing me with undeserved gifts and blessings.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17

We all experience times of darkness, times when depression sets in and confusion reigns supreme. During those times, we must look to the light and open ourselves to its miraculous life giving power, which infuses us with supernatural strength, so that we might overcome the obstacles of the flesh and grow into our great big unlimited spirit.

Give yourself to God’s love and light and you will be amazed at how you overcome the chaos of fear and chase away the darkness of doubt and depression. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart, so that you might look to the heavenly son-light that cleanses, empowers and frees you for all you were created for…