GONE TO THE BIRDS!

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Why Birds?    I was reading in Luke 12:6-7; 24…”Are not five sparrows sold for two cents?  And yet not one of them is forgotten before God….you are of more value than many sparrows.”  “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow or reap….and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!”

In a trip to India, you will encounter animals while walking around.  Cows in your way, goats and other animals running loose, Monkeys all over with no boundaries…and all exist alongside mankind.  I went through a very narrow street, and cows were blocking the way, but you just push the cow to one side and slip past it.

Many animals are restricted by weather conditions (Polar Bears, Penguins), by habitat (Whales, Fish), or locations conducive to their lifestyles (certain Snakes, Bears, Coyotes).   We have zoos that house Pandas, Elephants, Giraffes, and other animals which are not native to this place.

Birds are free to roam high and wide and go wherever they want.  Butterflies and other air creatures also.   Luke points out the bird:  Sparrows and Ravens.

Think of the value of Sparrows in terms of Dollars and cents.  Not one of them is “forgotten before God.”  

YOU ARE OF MORE VALUE THAN MANY SPARROWS!  God does not forget about you!  How awesome is that, in a society where even our parents and friends “forget” about us.  Happy Belated Birthday!   Why?  I forgot!

God knows how many “hairs on your head.”   Why would He care about that.   I lost several hairs this morning in the shower….Do you think God goes back and corrects His record.  God cares about you so much, He is aware of everything about you.    Have you ever experienced someone caring that much about you.

Several weeks ago, I met a man, and we shook hands and I begin to talk to him.  He turned around to talk with someone else, whom he knew very well and pass some material between them.   I found myself talking to the wall in front of me.   Have you ever been in a situation like that.  They really don’t care about you.

God cares about you!

The birds don’t sow, or plant what they need to eat, and they don’t reap, or harvest what they need to eat.  They have nothing stored up.   They just look and there is food out there someplace for them.   Robins come to my yard because I have a large supply of worms in my yard.   I plant flowers that are favorable to Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds.

God feeds them….the birds!  How much more valuable you are (to God) than birds!

God will not leave you….He will not forsake you….He will not forget you….and He will not let you go without.

Being a “free-spirited” person, this is the greatest news to me in my Journey of Life.   I have someone who cares for me “better than a brother” and who understands what I need, when I need it.  I am not alone on my Journey for I have a mentor God who walks and talks with me, even when I cannot do something for myself.

On My Father’s Business,

Dean

fathersbusiness33@yahoo.com

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LEAVEN–

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There is a dough, that you take a small piece of it, and set aside, and when you come to make bread next week, you put that little piece that you saved, into the new batch and it causes the leaven, to permeate the whole batch. Then you take and set aside some piece of the new batch for next time.

“To permeate with an altering or transforming influence.” “To produce change or modify (someone)*” (*I added someone.)  Look up the word Leaven….and see what other definitions your source gives to you. Then apply it to Luke 12:1-12.

This is important for parents because, you are spending an awesome amount of time with children…..and I believe….”Train up a child in the way ****he/she****should go….Even when he/she is old he/she will not depart from it (the way they should go).” Proverbs 22:6

I trained my children up in the way I wanted them to go. So are they any better than I was?  Are you training your children up in the way you and your spouse want them to go or in the way they should go.  Do you understand why your children may be in conflict….their way….versus your way?  Can you believe God enough….to let go of your children, and “Train them up in the way they should go”?

This can be very scary for parents.   I am not suggesting you just “let your children do what they want to do,” but rather that the parent(s) understand, what is the best route for the child to go in order to give him/her the best chance to become what God wants for them.  Think of the POTENTIAL!

The Great News right now….Luke 12:11-12….”The Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” We have the comfort of knowing that, we can let go of our children, as long as we depend upon the Holy Spirit to control us in what we do and say. Then….and only then, will we be able to “train up our children in the way they should go.”

It is not the one who will destroy you/your body, physically….but beware and shun the evil one who will destroy your children Spiritually…and for these special Children, that is a tough call.

God cares very deeply for sparrows, how much more does He care for you, and for your children.  Abraham was satisfied with life.  Are you satisfied with your “parenting” of life….as adequate according to the Word of God?  Start today, right now, and make changes that will be “Spirit-led” and according to The Word of God.  If you have ears to hear, and eyes to read….understand and go do it!    Then (your name) will be Satisfied with Life!  Be the “Bread of Life” for your children.

KNEAD I SAY MORE!

On My Father’s Business,

Dean

fathersbusiness33@yahoo.com

ARE YOU ATTRACTIVE???

ARE YOU ATTRACTIVE?    I DON’T MEAN LOOKS…I MEAN ARE YOU ATTRACTIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE?  DO PEOPLE TAKE AN INTEREST IN YOU, OR HAVE A DESIRE TO TALK WITH YOU?

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I went to church one Sunday morning, and then I intended to go to the Fair Grounds three hours later for an event.  I had put my favorite cologne on, and off to church I went.   At this outdoor event, standing around several other people, a woman tapped me on the shoulder, and asked me what my cologne was?   I told her and her response was, “Oh, I just love how you smell.”   Ha, catch me early in the morning, and let’s see if you have the same response.

Let me contrast that with another statement.  I was going in for a medical procedure last week, and in the instructions I read this statement:  “Please do not wear fragrant perfumes or lotions today.”   I am almost sure they also meant colognes…no one will say to me, “I just love your cologne…!”

Do you attract other people to yourself?   Paul speaks of being a “sweet fragrance” in our lives; of being a “savory aroma” to those around us.   I have come into contact with many who claim to be “Christians” or “Christ-Followers” but it is not a sweet fragrance or aroma that I smell.   It can be rather “offensive” at times.  Am I like that….?

To be an “attractive” personality doesn’t mean that we have to say anything.  People will be “drawn” to us by our demeanor….our pleasant outlook to life, and maybe in all that, they will see “Christ is us….the hope of Glory!”   For, “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ in me!”   “Don’t put a bushel basket over your light, Let your light so shine before men.” 

(Check out “Stumbling About”)

I plant a lot of plants in my yard to attract butterflies, bees, and even hummingbirds. I hope to attract them to come into my yard.  That is what I want to do as a “Christ-follower.”   I want others to see my life, and value something they see in my life which will help them in their Journey.  Doesn’t it feel good when someone says to you, “I want to be just like you.”

On My Father’s Business,

Dean

fathersbusiness33@yahoo.com

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH LIFE?

th-2 “ABRAHAM…WAS SATISFIED WITH LIFE!”  Genesis 25:8 NASB  What would make you satisfied in your life?   If you go to Thanksgiving dinner, and eat, you know you are satisfied.  If you eat too much, you are “over-satisfied” or maybe the work should be sick.  I have done that, and I feel like I need to lay flat for several days.  I learned how to be satisfied.   In the Bible, Abraham was 175 years old, and he breathed his last breath.   His eyes closed, his ears heard nothing, he quit breathing, and his heart stop.   As recorded, the summary of his life was:   “ABRAHAM WAS SATISFIED WITH LIFE.” WOULD YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE PLACE THAT THE NAME ABRAHAM IS AND READ THAT BACK TO YOURSELF!                  “DEAN WAS SATISFIED WITH LIFE!”

I have made a lot of mistakes in my life.  One way to cut down on mistakes is to get help from another person.   It could be considered to be a mentor, someone who guides you through all of life.   Believe me when I say, I need a mentor even today.  I use perfection for my mentor. GOD/HIS SON-JESUS THE ANOINTED ONE/THE HOLY SPIRIT.   YOU CANNOT GET ANY MORE PERFECT THAN THAT. IT MEANS THAT I MUST FULLY TRUST THEM, AND PUT MY FAITH IN THEM.   THAT THEY WANT THE BEST FOR ME, AND I AM WILLING TO DO WHAT THEY ASK ME TO DO.

Then I need a guidebook.   There are things I can find out about them, and what their expectations are for me.   I know they don’t want to hurt me, and I know they don’t want me to hurt myself…so that means I must be careful to follow their instructions.  I cannot tell you how many times I put together things, only to find out, it doesn’t work or there are extra pieces left-over.  Now I go to the instructions, and find out the error that I made. The Bible is there to show me the path to walk, to show me when I got off the path, and how to get back onto the path, and how to stay on the path.   My Journey is so much easier, when I stay on the path.

There are things that make us “satisfied with life.”

1.)  Be content with life and in the way in which you find yourself.

2.)  Be happy about the situations you find yourself in and focus on the good and bright side of life.

3.)  Be thankful about everything in life. Thankful for heart pumping on its own. Thankful for system of digestion which you do not have to control. Thankful for hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, etc. Thankful for a brain in which you probably only use 10% of its full capacity.  Just think about adding to the percentage.

4.)  Be Righteous.   Be upright.  Do good in life.   Look for opportunities that you can lend a hand to someone, or help out in some way.  I saw a cook come out of his kitchen, and spotting an elderly lady trying to maneuver down stairs, went and grabbed her arm and helped her. As he came back up, I gave him the “thumbs up” and every time he sees me now, he smiles at me and gives me a greeting.  How hard can that all be…for us.  Do to others as you would like others to do to you.   Treat others with respect, because you would like them to treat you with respect.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SAY WHEN TAKING YOUR LAST BREATHE…”I AM SATISFIED WITH LIFE.”

On My Father’s Business,

dean

fathersbusiness33@yahoo.com

DEATH

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In our Journey, the end is coming….sometimes far faster than we can think…death!  Jesus says we can yield a great harvest if we, like a grain of wheat, die to ourselves and planted in the ground…yield “a great harvest.”   John 12:23-26

I like to be in control of my life.  I like to make my own decisions.   I like to decide how to spend my money.   But many times in controlling my life, I make bad decisions, wrong assessments, or burden myself with more work than was needed.  Sometimes I try fixing something and I should have just called for help from someone who knew what they were doing.

A few years ago, I had left for many months, and came back to a few potatoes in a bag which were smelly and useless.  I decided to cut them up and plant them.   For each planted piece, I got several smaller potatoes (end of the fall).  Dying to “themselves” they yielded “a great harvest.”

On my Journey, I am giving myself over to Jesus, dying to self, and living to Him and for Him.  It is not easy to do, but each time I do, I find my life more fulfilled.  Results are much better!

On My Father’s Business,

Dean

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STUMBLING ABOUT!

Many of us on our Journey, stumble along without any direction or any knowledge of where we want to be.  We stumble because we don’t have a guiding principle, or goal in mind.   Jesus says, Are there not twelve hours in the day?  (yes)  Any one who walks about in the daytime does not stumble., because he sees the light of this world.   (You can clearly see your path, and what is in your way…so you are “sure-footed.”)  BUT…if any one walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him—the light is lacking to him.  John 11:9-10

When I was walking from my hotel to the airport in Jamaica, right in the middle of the sidewalk was a manhole without a cover.  I went back that way one night to see if I would be able to see where the hole was, and to see if I could save myself from falling into this (deep) manhole.   There was no light for many blocks either way, and it was dark out.   If I was walking in the nighttime, I would have fallen into that hole and at least, hurt myself very badly.

JESUS SAYS, “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!”  I WILL GIVE YOU THE LIGHT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING AND FALLING INTO DANGER AND HURTING YOURSELF.  

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 On My Father’s Business,

 

Dean

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I AM

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“I AM” JESUS SAYS, AND REFERS TO EXODUS 3:14.  JOHN 8:58 “JESUS SAID TO THEM, ‘TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS BORN, I AM’.”  WHAT JESUS WAS SAYING AT THE TIME THAT GOD SPOKE THAT WORD TO MOSES, HE WAS SAYING IN THE PRESENT TENSE, I EXIST!  JESUS WAS THERE AT THAT TIME AND WHEN HE SAYS, “I WAS BEFORE ABRAHAM,” WE FIND HIM IN THE BEGINNING…JOHN 1:1-5 AND NOTICE WHEN GOD CREATES MAN IN GENESIS 1:26…”THEN GOD SAID, ‘LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE….”TO OUR LIKENESS…”  WHO WAS GOD SPEAKING TO….?

GOD SAYS TO JESUS (THE SON OF GOD) “LET US (YOU AND ME) MAKE MAN IN OUR (YOUR IMAGE AND MY IMAGE) AND IN OUR (YOUR LIKENESS AND MY LIKENESS).   THAT IS WHY JESUS CAN SAY, (JOHN 10:30) “I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE.”

On My Father’s Business,

Dean

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