Motivational Monday. December 7th 2020

Monastic Monday December 7th 2020

Monastic Monday: Tap in, tune in, stay awake to the presence of God in us, the power of God available to us, and the depth of God’s love for us!

Romans 8:16-17, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (NIV) #pilgrimpath #fccnaples

Gratitude The Greatest Gift

Gratitude is the greatest of all gifts. It alone allows us to see all other gifts in the light of God’s favor. I’m grateful today for the gifts God has placed in my life. I’m grateful for a beautiful wife who builds the Kingdom of God alongside me on our pilgrimage. I’m grateful for children who love the Lord.

I’m grateful for the Church, and not in a vague way. I’m grateful for every church that nurtured my faith. I’m grateful for every church that has allowed me to ascend its pulpit to nurture the faith of others. I’m thankful most of all for Grace.

Just like the Pilgrims on the first Thanksgiving in 1621, I’m thankful for the Lord’s providence in carrying my family and the churches I’ve served through hard winters and always providing a harvest in the end.

I’m a Congregational Christian Church Pastor. We are heirs of the Pilgrim heritage. I’m thankful for their legacy. I’m thankful for their imperfect faith in a perfect God. I am thankful for and want to emulate their courage to go wherever God leads with an open Bible in one hand with the other hand to the plow… Like them 400 years ago, today I’m thanking God for the gift of gratitude so that I am able to see clearly that He is the gift giver!

Happy Thanksgiving! Wherever you are on your pilgrimage, whatever your current condition on the journey of faith, “There is more grace in God than there is sin in us.” (Richard Sibbes) And God love you more than we can imagine! Many Blessings in Christ Today!

(Curious what the first Thanksgiving menu was like? Follow the link to this image source. Good article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/what-was-on-the-menu…/ )

#pilgrimpath #pilgrims #Congregational

First Thanksgiving Pilgrims 1620

Modesto California Orchards and Fog…

It’s amazing what a scent can do. Leaves burning in a neighbor’s yard on a cool day on Thanksgiving week and I’m transported in time back to Modesto as a little boy playing in a foggy orchard in the Central Valley of California where I grew up. I’m throwing a football with my cousin or riding my bike to a friend’s house…

Foggy Orchard in Modesto, California.

It’s amazing how memory and senses and feelings all weave together; the way God made us. Our memories and our senses are all woven together making a tapestry of life together as a family.

It’s no cliche to say that God is always guiding the path and that the Christian life is a pilgrimage. we are where we are and we are headed where we are going because the Lord has providentially purposed or protectively allowed it. If we are His, then we are His at all times.

That fog in California was so thick. I remember playing tag or hide and seek in that fog in the fields at the elementary school waiting for the bell to ring for class to start.

It can be just as difficult to discern God’s will for our lives as it was to see through that thick fog. Sometimes the dense fog is one of unbelief, lack of clarity, the influence of others, but once we hear from God The only way to know is Will is to begin to walk in it…

The past shapes and informs us, the future allurers and draws us, but in this present moment we must be submitted to so that we might be guided by the holy Spirit.

Praise be to God today! #pilgrimpath

II Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (ESV)

(Image Source: https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/california-central-orchards.html)

Mind Exploration

Cast Net of Dreams

The mind is the last great unexplored territory.

Thoreau said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” Every thought is a thread on the cast net of our hopes and dreams.

“Matthew 8:13, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” (ESV) Will you cast the net of faith today? Will we rise above carelessness, mindlessness, pettiness, and thought patterns that hold us back?

Let the dream God has planted in our hearts become actionable! God always provides for those He prompts! Imagination. Courage. Faith. Action! It starts in the mind…

Mark 9:23, “And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” (ESV) #pilgrimpath

(Photo Credit: https://robertskrob.com/are-you-fishing-with-holes-in-your-cast-net-is-your-recurring-revenue-slipping-away/