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The Ministry Of Presence!

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” -Galatians 5:13

Some times the greatest gift that we have to give to someone else is simply the gift our our presence with nothing added and nothing taken away. I’m not sure if you are like me or not, but I am one of those people that often thinks “I’ve got to fix it!”, but the Spirit is teaching me that I don’t have to fix it and there are going to be times that I can’t fix it, but I can almost always be present and my presence is more than enough.

My wife used to come home from school and she would start telling me about her day and the challenges that she faced and I would immediately start telling her what she should and should not have done. One day while we were having this very traditional back and forth, she just put her hand up and said: “I don’t need you to be my preacher, pastor or friend, I just need you to listen and let me get it out.” And from that day on, I learned the value of a sore tongue, because I have almost bitten a hole in my tongue while biting it to try and keep my mouth shut.

One of my teachers in middle school used to say: “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so you should do twice as much listening as you do talking.” There are times when we worry ourselves ragged trying to figure out what to say or what to do to help someone else, when honestly all they need is our presence. Just to know that someone cares is often more than enough to get a person through what they are doing their best to get through.

I ran into the above little poem about ministry and it reminded me that each and every one of us have the opportunity to minister to others.

We can minister to others by taking the time to listen. We can minister to others by looking for and accentuating the joy. We can minister to others by helping someone else, even when we feel like we are the ones that needs the help. We can minister to others by asking God to use us to share His love and blessing with others. We can minister to others by putting our arm around someone’s shoulders, giving them a hug around the neck or maybe a pat on the back. We can minister to others by encouraging them by finding the positive that has to be in there somewhere. We can minister to others by praying for them and with them. We can minister to others by serving them and meeting whatever need we can. We can minister others by comforting them with our words and actions.

Ministry at it’s best is about our presence. Some time, most of the time, just being there is more than enough…

20 Random Facts About Me!

1. People think I’m an extrovert, but I am most likely a mixture of extrovert and introvert. I can be the life of the party or sit in the corner watching everyone else. Sometimes I can actually be very shy!

2. I am adopted by my Dad – he married my Mom, because I was part of the package! I always think it’s funny when people tell me I look like my Dad, because I do not have his dna, although I have always had all of his love and acceptance.

3. I love collecting and have in my life time had many different collections – comic books, star wars figures, knieves and antiques just to name a few…

4. I love the outdoors – almost anything outdoors is a treat to me…

5. My very first job was at a bank before I was a teenager. (I watered their grass!)

6. In High School I was voted “Most School Spirit” along with the Cheerleading Captain Kelly Burgess!

7. My current comfort binge show on Netflix is Supernatural.

8. Two of the most meaningful relationships in my life have been with my “PA” on my Dad’s side and my “Granny” on my Mom’s side.

9. I was across the street neighbors with Cher, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore in NYC for one week back in the early 90’s.

10. I currently have 3 tattoos – an eagle on my wrist, the word “blessed’ on the side of my hand and the “lion and lamb” on my upper arm.

11. I love just about any kind of food, but my regular goto food is BBQ, Mexican, Japanese, pretty much any meat and three w/ corn bread and I will flat out hurt myself on cube steak with rice and gravy!

12. I would really like to travel one day and I love going pretty much anywhere, because I have found that there are very interesting things all around us, even in our back yards…

13. I like pretty much all genres of music and usually listen to whatever I’m in the mood for, but grew up on classic country… (Hank, Waylon, Willie, Haggard and Jones = you get the picture???

14. My favorite word is probably “GRATITUDE”, because so much of our lives can be set right if we will begin to practice an attitude of gratitude.

15. I don’t really have any superstitions, but I still lick my finger and draw an x on the corner of the windshield anytime a black cat runs across the road in front of me.

16. I used to have bad migranes and terrible stomach aches, but outgrew them thankfully. I will still get a headache if a bad weather front is coming through, but other wise I stay pretty healthy.

17. My favorite animal was my horse Ceasar. My time with my horse and riding my 08 Harley Davidson Heritage Motorcycle got me through some hard times in life.

18. A favorite movie I could watch over and over is Tombstone!

19. My favorite color is blue, with purple coming in a close second.

20. My favorite candy bar goes back and forth between Snickers and Milky Way, but I also love Butterfinger, Resses Cup, Babe Ruth, Moon Pies – well pretty much anything sweet!

Peace Of Mind!

The mind is a very powerful thing. With our mind, we can make or break life. We can give into the limits of the flesh or tap into the unlimited power of our Creator. This is very often a battle we find ourself engaged in and rather than fight our way through it, any times we just give up with the attitude that “this is just life!”

But, it’s not just life, unless we choose for it to be. We have the power, if we are willing to utilize it. We will either control our mind or our mind will control us. When our mind connects with it’s Creator, we have the potential to be positive, creative and intuitive, which leads to our growing and being a blessing.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. -Colossians 3:2

By allowing our mind to connect with Spirit, we are making a choice to not give up control, but to take control back with God’s help to make our mind and His mind one. To set our mind is to make a choice in the direction that we are going to allow it to be empowered.

God is love and when m mind becomes love, I am invited to be a co-creator with the great “I AM” and I am destined for breakthroughs, miracles and blessings as I learn to walk with confidence through God’s mercy, grace and love. This is a beautiful thing!

When we allow our ind to connect and yield to God’s Spirit, we are able to take on and take out the wrong, self defeating and limiting thoughts of this world we live in. Our mind can be a worst enemy or a best friend. When we train our I’d to see, understand and act as our Creator, the dimension of the miraculous opens up and the unexplainable begins to manifest in incredible and breath taking ways.

Set your mind on things above, you will be glad you did!