In Deep Over My Head

30 10 2008

As most of you know I have entered this year into the wonderful world of Insurance.  Yesterday I was out visiting businesses in a nearby town when I came across a huge commercial deal in the making.  I’ve been gathering all the information needed all day in preperation of putting together a quote for this gentleman.  Did I tell you it is huge?  Anyway please be praying for me over the next couple of days while I do this.  Pray that my quote comes in under these guys.  Pray that I don’t make any mistakes that may harm his business in the future.  Just pray!

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Asking God For The Right Things

27 10 2008

I will admit to you that I do have a prayer life.  It is not perfect.  There is plenty of room for growth in this area of my life.  Let me make this point right here.  One of the greatest tools given to me to help in my prayer life is a friend’s ministry in Mississippi.  I’ve learned more from Kevin Meador than just about anybody.  A lot of his resources are free and can be found at www.prayerclosetministries.org.  Kevin has put together a lot of prayer guides and I use them.  I use them because they help me pray Biblically for anything conernng my marriage, my church, my children, and the list goes on.  I don’t just repeat the prayers.  I use them as a guide in my prayer.  Each item always has a Scripture attached.  I have found that I can pray for an hour easily using these guides.  Kevin has taught me how to pray for the right things.

What made me think of this was the Scripture I read this morning.  In 2 Chronicles 1 God tells Solomon, “Ask what I hall give you.”  Solomon could have asked for a strong army or gold in His coffers.  What he asked for instead was wisdom.  God was pleased with his request.  He responded to Solomon with this:  2 Chronicles 1:11-12 (ESV)  God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”

Wouldn’t you agree that he asked for the right thing?  Well how do you do that?  You learn to pray the Scripture.  You learn pray for that which God has already willed.  I believe Kevin can help you in this.  Give it a shot.





The Day The Yellowjackets Went To Church

22 10 2008

My mom told me a story when I was a kid about how mean her brothers were.  They were always getting into mischief.  They were mean too.  One day they found a yellowjacket nest near their home and came up with an idea of catching as many of the as they could.  What they did was place a coke bottle directly into the nest in the ground.  Quickly the coke bottle was full of angry yellowjackets.  The next question that comes to mean mischievous boys with nothing to do on a farm is what to do next with this bottle of yellowjackets.  A bottle full of angry yellowjackets should not be wasted in their eyes.

Well there was a small church just down the road from their house and they had their annual revival services going on that week.  This was before air conditioning and padded pews.  This church would let the windows up and crank up the ceiling fans.  Well they were just a singing and had no idea that just outside one of the windows were my uncles.  Well you know what they did.  They placed that coke bottle over inside one of the windows and took off the cap.  Yellowjackets went everywhere and the people began to pour out of the building.  Before they could be caught my uncles made it to the nearby woods to take in action.  It was funny to them but not funny to the church folk.  They never got caught.  Three of thoses guys have died and no doubt got a talking to from God.

Well you have heard the story about the Mississippi Squirrel Revival.  Now you have heard one about the yellowjackets.





The Death of an Insurance Salesman…almost

21 10 2008

Last night I had an interesting appointment.  I went to this home with the intention of giving the husband a quote on some life insurance.  As I entered I felt a little tension in the room and the husband gave me the impression tha he was not very happy about me being there.  Half way through my questions I was not feeling very good about the appointment.  This guy had to reveal to me that he had his driver’s license revoked, had served time on a felony, and was currently on probation.  I’m immediately thinking that the underwriters are going to decline this application.  This particular policy requires you to be on a bank draft.  Well you guessed it he didn’t have a checking account and he immediately told me that he didn’t want the policy.  Oh well, waisted trip I thought.

Before I left the 71 year old mother in law asked me if i could write a policy on her.  I told her that I would try and immediately started asking her all of the medical questions.  The husband in the mean time when back to where his wife was and turned up his music.   When he did that the battle was on.  She accused him of cheating on her.  He accused her of smoking crack.  The 71 year old mother just dropped her head.  I prayed for my life.  All I can think of is he fact that this guy has done time and I’m a witness to it all.  I just kept asking my questions.  I may die tonight but I would die doing my duty.

Well after about 20 minutes and realizing I was still there they hushed and I could hear her crying.  She told him that she was cold.  “Do you want a blanket?” was his reply.  “No, I want you to warm me up.”  Gross I thought. Mom sign here.  She signed and I was out of there…thankfully…alive.





My Prayer For Sam

21 10 2008

I’m sitting here reading 1 Chronicles 29:10f and I’m reading David’s prayer for his son Solomon.  David has been making some preparation for Solomon and the building of the Temple but of course if the Lord doesn’t build the house we labor in vain.  So he prays and it is a very God centered prayer.  He says:

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (ESV)
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name
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Wow, isn’t that a great way to begin your prayer.  It certainly puts God where He belongs in our prayer attitutude.  I’ve always said that if you want to get your petitions right in your prayer time then you had best get your praise right.

Once you see how great God is then you realize how small you are.  Look how he continues:

1 Chronicles 29:14-15 (ESV)
14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.

He is humbled by the fact that this great God had given them the chance and opportunity to serve and worship Him.  When you truly recognize what the Lord Almighty has done for you, all you can say is, “Who am I…”

But on down is my focus.  My son is 15 and he is driving with his permit now.  He is getting interested in girls (which is better than the alternative…praise the Lord) and he is building friendships.  He is not perfect but Sam is well above average.  In just a few years he will be leaving for college and I can’t believe that.  I’ve been praying for him and his sister a lot here lately but I think David summed up what I desire of Sam.  This is what he prayed:

1 Chronicles 29:19 (ESV)
19 Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”

My prayer for Sam is that he may have a whole heart for God.  That he won’t just go through the motions of this Christianity stuff but that he might truly have a complete love for God.  Whole is a big word.  It leaves no room for anything else.  That is what I want for Sam.  I want him to be completely the Lords.  Everything else will work itself out if he will just have a whole heart for the Lord.

The next phrase is based upon the first:  “that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all…”  I want Sam to keep God’s commandments, testimonies, and statutes.  His life will go so much better than mine if he would do that.  Lord, please empower him to obey you.

So there.  That is my pray for Sam.  I do not pray for a million dollars for him nor do I pray that he will marry him a trophy wife.  I pray that he will be a Godly man.  The rest will work itself out.





Man…I love my little girl.

15 10 2008

My Mom, Dad, and Sister were in this past weekend and we took a few pictures.  Here are a few of my daughter Sydney.  My sister is in one picture.  I got the looks in the family.  Just kidding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





My Family

15 10 2008

For those who check my blog from time to time I thought I would share the latest picture of my beautiful family…dogs and all.