“The soul that Jesus has saved and sanctified goes with a calm and unwavering tread through earth’s heartbreaks, sorrows, and joys — through death itself — with the whisperings of Christ, ‘Let not your heart be troubled, for I have gone before you.’ Glory Be To God!”
The journey of life is an interesting reality. Today, I fly home to Virginia from Kansas City via Atlanta. Three days of traveling has been part of my week and I am sure it’s been part of God’s plan for my life.
Wherever God leads my life, I am always totally blessed and humbled to simply and profoundly be entrusted as a carrier of His Presence into the lives I encounter.
I’ve had several God-encounters, yet, I truly believe the biggest reason I’ve been on this journey was to engage and encourage the two men who shuttled me to and from the airport, the hotel, and the Nazarene Global Ministry Center — Glenn and Michael. We shared such deep and rich conversations together. I know Jesus reminded both Glenn and Michael of His Love for them through me. And I saw His kindness in them. Amazing.
And so, the journey of surrendering control of my life continues as my chosen lifestyle. I am not sure what the future holds for me personally — none of us know — nevertheless, I know Jesus holds my future. In fact, He is My Future, as well as, My Past and My Present, too.
Finally, I want to be God’s friend like Abraham was. Abraham didn’t know where God was specifically leading Him, but he was surely content just knowing it was God Himself He was journeying with. Let this be true in my desires as well. I feel like traveling on.
Statue in front of Nazarene Global Ministry Center
My space at meetings of the P&B Board
Lady pilots bring me comfort
Bresee quote and display in foyer Nazarene GMC
Prayer in display case by Susan Fitkin, pioneer of Holiness
I think most of us would admit, if we are truly honest, that we want to be remembered -- in our lifetime and even beyond our lifetime -- especially by those we love and those who love us.
As I get older, I find myself thinking about these things much more often. Don't get me wrong and please don't hear what I am not saying. I'm not interested in leaving a personal legacy, but I do hope that when I am absent -- especially from those I have loved and those who have loved me -- my presence will be missed because I was simply yet profoundly a true sanctuary of the Presence of Jesus while I was around those I shared my lifetime with.
Perhaps we are a whole lot like Jesus when we desire to be remembered. After everything He has made an eternal reality for us by being present here on the earth, surely He hopes and maybe even cries out to us: "Remember Me."
A song comes to mind... a song by Mark Schultz titled "Remember Me!"
Billy Graham is now in His presence. He finished his race on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at age 99. This link is a tribute to Billy Graham with the invitational hymn, “Just As I Am” as a background melody.
Personal success in life for me is to be loved, respected, and appreciated most by the one who calls me husband and the two who call me daddy. I am honored to be the son of a fisherman and humbled to be a fisherman (and a shepherd) for the Son. To help others minimize future regrets is my joy-description. Ultimately, I only exist so that Christ can manifest Himself in/through me. In fact, for me, the Secret of Life is found in these 7 words from The New Testament in Colossians 1:27 -- "Christ in you, the hope of glory." I do not consider myself to be "religious" but I wholeheartedly believe that "when relationship RULES, there's little need for rules!" My first published book was released by Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, on August 6, 2009. It is titled "Relational Leadership -- What I learned from a Fisherman about Leading a Church." My second book from Beacon Hill Press was released in 2013. Co-written with Dr. Brian Charette it is titled "The Stress Factor -- Finding Rest in an Uneasy World." Finally, not to forget, I was master to a 13-year-old Beagle who passed in 2016 -- The Oreo Pup. I miss him. "...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW
My "Relational Leadership" Book. Click Image to review book and/or to order from Beacon Hill Press, NPH, Kansas City. Grateful!
We don't have to. We get to.
Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me...
My late, dear, artist friend, David A. Lawrence, painted this dove in the 1970s. It hangs majestically today in my Granny and Granddaddy's old homeplace. Click on Dove Above for David A. Lawrence's tribute page.
From Cradle to the Cross
From His first cry in the manger to His final cry on the Cross, Jesus lived and lives again with His arms-opened-wide saying, "Come to Me!"
i am grateful. kerry i am.
I pray the time you invest saturating on my RomansTenFifteen blog will inspire your life by radically increasing real intimacy with the Wonderful One, Jesus the Nazarene.
LOVE A GOOD NEIGHBOR!
My neighbor, Philip blessing me.
Lil' Boy, Big Sea. I Stand in Awe of YOU, my GOD!
Click Image to visit America's Best Beach, Ocracoke Island, N.C.
His Beautiful Feet
I want to know Christ... in the fellowship of His sufferings...
Spontaneous Baptism: Click Image for Article
Sunday, May 31, 2009, was Pentecost Sunday and a highlight in my life and ministry as 191 in our local church were spontaneously baptized -- some emmersed, some poured, all humbled! Hallelujah!
Human Feet, Holy Water
i am grateful. kerry i am.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. -- Colossians 1:27b