Christmas Tree

November 27, 2011

My family and I have set up our Christmas tree and decorated our home with Christmas wreaths. Have you?

Let us enjoy the holiday season with a great spirit of Christmas and tell others the True Meaning of Christmas: Jesus is the Greatest Gift of all.

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Lord, Thank You!

November 23, 2011

My Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you so very much for all You have provided for me and my family.

I do not deserve to have what You have given me, but You always love me unconditionally.

I am so thankful that You have blessed me with a lovely, godly wife, and two beautiful boys.

Psalm 23:1 (NIV): The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Happy Thanksgiving.


The Awful Mile Run

November 22, 2011

This post is a poem written by my son.

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The mile run was horrific,

It was far from terrific,

 My side so painfully aching,

Because of my gym teacher’s making,

It is a very dehydrating pest,

But at least I did my best!

Copyright Dicky To 2011


The Violin

November 22, 2011
Violin

Violin (Wikipedia)

This post is a poem written by my son.

*****

Oh how I hate the violin,

It really belongs in the trash bin,

It is the cause of all distress,

And makes me feel so oppressed,

The piano with its black and white,

Would be a hundred times better than that dreadful sight,

The cause of infinite stress,

It is such a horrible pest,

I do not have to play it for long,

Since it makes me so forlorn,

Just a year and a half’

with 10 added to that!

 Copyright Dicky To 2011


“Staying Faithful to God” by Chad Young

November 17, 2011

Authenticity: Real Faith in a Phony, Superficial World

This post is a devotional written by Chad Young, author of Authenticity: Real Faith in a Phony, Superficial World. http://www.findingauthenticchristianity.com/authenticity-the-book/

Waiting on the Lord is essential to our Christian lives. You will learn more on this subject by reading Chad’s devotional. At the end, you will find his contact information and a link to his website.

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“Staying Faithful to God” by Chad Young

Simeon was a devout man of prayer, who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would see the promised Messiah before he died, but he had been waiting a long time and was growing very old. Moved by the Holy Spirit, he went into the temple courts:

“When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.” (Luke 2:27-33)

Perhaps you are in a transitional stage of life, waiting to see what God has in store next. What is your future career? Who should you marry? What is God leading you to do next? Or, maybe you have been doing the same things for a long time (same job, same ministry at church, continuing good parenting, etc.), and you’re struggling to muster energy and enthusiasm you once possessed. You desire to bring God glory through your work, but you are tired and things seem mundane.

I imagine it was easy for Simeon, in his old age, to lose faith that he would live to see the Savior of mankind. He must have been close to the end of his life if he said, “You now dismiss your servant in peace.” Yet he continued to trust in the Lord, and remained ready when the Holy Spirit told him to enter the temple courts. My guess is he passed away soon after because Simeon is never mentioned again in Scripture.  As I’m working through transition or continuing to press on and do well with my current responsibilities, I remember these lessons from Simeon’s story:

1) Be faithful. Simeon remained faithful until he saw Jesus.  This isn’t the only time when someone was faithful to wait on God’s timing.  The story of David also shows great faithfulness. David was very young, almost a boy, when he was anointed as the king ofIsrael by the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 16. However, he had to wait many years before Saul died before he officially became king. David was faithful!  Like David and Simeon, we must also be faithful to do well and complete the task we are currently undertaking.

2) Be focused. Simeon did not take his eyes off the Lord. He continued to be focused on prayer throughout his life. Again, David is a good example of this as well as he waited to officially become the king ofIsrael. Saul had been trying to murder him when David found Saul asleep one evening (1 Samuel 26). Abishai, one of David’s mighty men, said, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won’t strike him twice.” But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” David stayed focused, and he didn’t sin by being disobedient to God and taking matters into his own hands.

3) God’s plans for us are good, and he will reveal those plans in his timing (Jeremiah 29:11).

The story of Simeon reminds me to trust in the Lord as I’m waiting on his direction. What decisions are you currently facing? How does the story of Simeon speak to you, and what application can you take from it? Spend time today praying for wisdom in your decisions, and ask God to give you faith and patience like Simeon and David had. Surrender your heart to the Lord, and trust in him to lead you well.

About the Author:

Chad Young is the author of Authenticity: Real Faith in a Phony, Superficial World, available at Amazon.  As Campus Crusade for Christ’s director for the South Carolina Lowcountry with a scope of 25 college campuses and 70,000 students,Chad resides inCharleston,SC, with his wife Elizabeth and their four young children: Wyatt, Clark, Evelyn and Josilynn. He holds an undergraduate degree from Clemson University and a graduate degree from Georgia Tech; Chad worked in the paper industry for 6 years before going into full-time ministry. He has served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for 9 years and has also written a discipleship training manual. He has a passion for helping students learn what it means to have an authentic relationship with Christ.

Here is his contact information:

Chad H. Young, Director of the SC Lowcountry
Campus Crusade for Christ International
1304 Woodpecker Lane
North Charleston, SC 29410
E-mail: chad.young@uscm.org
Website: http://www.findingauthenticchristianity.com/authenticity-the-book/


Never Walk in Darkness

November 16, 2011
Never Walk in Darkness

Never Walk in Darkness

Never Walk in Darkness

A timely and powerful book…based on a true story…this ‘über’ romance genre novel takes readers on unexpected dark twists and turns…from the ‘high mountains’ of love, faith and hope to the devastating caverns of torment, secrets, and silence surrounding child sexual abuse and pedophile behaviour.

In a bold début novel, author Davayda Daniels introduces readers to a vibrant young woman, Marina Jacobs – a courageous central character readers will instantly love … and never forget. What doesn’t engage readers about Marina…? From her sunny disposition and childhood days in South America’s blazing ‘Grand Chaco’, to her close faith and family ties, ‘tomboy’ antics and ‘new life’ in America’s Pennsylvania heartland, Marina engages readers with her outlook on life inspired by her grandma, Oma Lowen’s caring words, “Every day is a gift from God…just waiting to be opened!” Marina believes life has nothing but sweetness in store, and throughout this well-scripted story, Daniels weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure which invites readers to explore the heart of Marina’s dreams including her whirlwind tour of Europe and sudden romance with Ken Krayker, a fellow American college student. When Marina says, ‘I do’, the couple seems destined for a match made in heaven until darkness falls as Ken discloses his boyhood secrets of sexual abuse. As the story continues, Marina is caught in a web of lies that threatens to destroy everything she has ever believed in…

A professional marketing specialist, as well as a Christian writer of over one hundred personal life stories for the Why Am I On this Earth? publication (whyencounter.com), Daniels wrote Never Walk in Darkness in order to help raise awareness about child sex abuse and the insidiousness of pedophile crimes, which as she says, “…can impact any community…”

One dollar from every book sold will be contributed to child protection initiatives.

To order Davayda’s novel or to get to know more the author, please visit on line at http://www.neverwalkindarkness.com


A ‘small’ request but a ‘big’ blessing

November 11, 2011
Hole Punch

Hole Punch - Wikipedia

Near the end of September this year, my co-workers and I moved to another office suite. As we settled in our new place, we discovered that something was missing. A 3-hole punch. My manager and I presented our request to the office manager.

She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, her smile affable. “Sure, I will order one. It will come in about a week.”

“Great.” My manager returned the smile, then walked beside me to his office.

We waited…

A week later, there was no sign of a 3-hole punch.  I let out a deep sigh, stood from my chair and strode over to the office manager. My gaze kind and my tone soft, I asked her, “Have you ordered a 3-hole punch yet?”

In an instant, her cheeks flushed with embarrassment. She bit her bottom lip as she cast her eyes to the floor, then looked back up and cracked a smile. “There was a backorder. Let me follow up.”

I could hear her heart hammering against her chest. It wasn’t your fault, I thought to myself. “Thank you.” I gave her a nod and left.

I waited…

This past Monday, the subject line of an email grabbed my attention: 3-hole punch. I read the email once and then twice as if I could not believe my eyes. It is finally here. I took my documents from my desk, walked to the printing room and glanced around. But I could not see the punch. Where is it?

I looked again, and this time my face lit up when an electric 3-hole punch appeared before my eyes. It was on the shelf that stood against the back wall. How did I miss it the first time? I approached the device and peered at it. It’s brand-new, and it’s really electric.

During our one-month waiting period, we just expected to have a manual 3-hole punch because we were told that the company would not buy an expensive electric punch. It did not really matter to me as long as I would have something to punch holes in my documents. But the Lord provided us with a better machine, far beyond our expectations. I acknowledged that God’s provision came from His Love, and I thanked Him and praised Him for His faithfulness.

Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!