Jonathan's Journey
Saturday Feb 2, 2013

The Groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil) didn't see his Shadow! At least that is the report from Punxsutawney, PA this morning...so I think that means Spring is here in 6 weeks---well, we will just have to wait an see what happens in Nashville.

I am in Johnson, City today...for the Lipscomb-ETSU basketball game (2:45 pm pre-game on 102.5 M The Game)--and then instead of riding the bus home---we are driving. Justin, Jamie Gilliam and I left on Thursday and drove to Spartanburg, SC for the LU-Upstate game---and then drove on to Johnson City Thursday night----now we are waiting on the snow!

I understand Nashville woke up to some snow this morning...and we could have snow from here to Knoxville...and through the Crossville-Cookeville area---so not looking forward to driving home after the game!

Driving...instead of traveling with the team...allowed us to get a full day and night of work in on Wednesday. (I had a elders meeting after class on Wednesday). So, instead of riding the bus---we will be driving the car through the snow! We'll just have to wait and see how it all goes!

I had a Journey ready to post Thursday morning before we left for the trip....but I didn't get it posted....and then I forgot about posting it...so I will make it part of this morning's post.

Lady Bisons play first today as part of the double header. We have pre-game around noon...and then play at 4 pm local time.

Got some work to do...emails to send ad BHCC Lifelines to check on.
Don't forget we have a SUPER BOWL Service tomorrow at 3 pm...and then we will replay the QUEST session about 3:30 pm. Also, tomorrow is the deadline for signing up for the Sweetheart Banquet. Please stop by the sign-up area in the foyer.

Be safe driving this morning...and pray that we don't have any problems traveling tonight.

By the way, I hope to get home tonight...to see Benjamin and Elizabeth...they are in Nashville for several events...including the fact that Yesterday was Benjamin's 25th birthday! Happy Belated Birthday!

Here is my earlier post that I didn't post on Thursday....


Jonathan’s Journey
Monday, January 28, 2013
It is time to begin a new week…as our Journey continues.
Sarah Young began the week ---speaking as Jesus in her book “Jesus Calling”---saying “ I am with you always” Those were Jesus’s last words before ascending into heaven. That promise is important to us today! His Presence is so important to our daily walk!
Jim Burns had this devotional thought for today:

Getting Your Priorities Straight

By Jim Burns
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

Amber Thomason punched her alarm off at 7:01 a.m. and rolled out of bed. She meant to get up earlier to have her quiet time but last night she got to bed late—there had been dinner, homework, a phone call, and the TV. In addition, she had dilly-dallied with her make-up and her hair before finally crashing into bed. She had meant to pray then but simply had forgotten. At 7:02 a.m., she quickly started her morning routine, which included clothes, teeth, hair, more hair, a quick bite, and a glance at her homework. Rush, rush, hurry, hurry. She picked up Janine on the way to school, had a great talk about Tyler, complained about Mr. Shelton's class, and gossiped just a little about Marissa and Brandon.

School was a blur. Classes were OK. It was almost summertime. Then, Amber told herself, I will really start spending time with God. In Mr. Shelton's class, everyone talked about God, but they didn't talk to God. She remembered that at youth group Mr. Bodnar invited people to go on another mission trip to an Indian reservation. One of these days, Amber told herself, I would really like to go, but not this time. She was just too busy.

After school, Amber was swamped. At dinner with half the Thomason family present, her mom asked her if she was going to youth group tonight. She definitely wanted to go but once again her homework wasn't done. Instead of going to the youth group meeting, Amber crammed for a math test. Her brother turned on the TV. Amber stopped studying to watch. After a few phone calls, and two hours of watching TV with her books on her lap, she headed for bed. She didn't even remove her eye mascara. Amber stopped for a moment and looked at the devotional on the table by her bed. She was way too tired. Maybe tomorrow she would wake up early.

She woke to the alarm at 7:01 a.m. and rolled out of bed. She had meant to get up earlier and do that devotional but—This summer, Amber told herself, I will get my priorities straight. Of course, that is what she had said last summer, too.

Can you relate to Amber’s schedule and even her desire to spend time with God? Amber means well, she just never gets around to putting her priorities in order. What if she made a three-month commitment to God to spend a few minutes a day with Him? Does that seem too difficult? How about you? What if you made a three-month commitment to God to spend ten minutes a day with Him? Can you do that? Do you have the time? Is it worth the energy?

Today, make a commitment to give God ten minutes a day for the next three months. These devotionals can assist you in your times with God. It is a challenge from me to you. Here's my guarantee: if you spend ten minutes a day with God on a regular basis for three months you won't be the same person you were when you started. OK, it's a challenge, right? Go for it. You'll be glad you did.







GOING DEEPER:
1. Will you make a commitment today to give God ten minutes each day for the next three months?

2. Read Joshua 1:8. How might this scriptural promise in this passage motivate you?

FURTHER READING:
Psalm 119:1-3, 9-11

Taking the time to be with God…is so important. However when we plan our days, work on our schedule---how many of us put that on the schedule. I am so diligent to work on my calendar—with every meeting---every appointment---every trip---but where do I list my time with the Lord.
Almost every Monday Morning during our Quarterback meeting---Al Bradshaw reminds us that we must spend time daily in the word reading and studying!
Let me encourage you to put it in your “daytimer” your I-phone , your outlook calendar, your paper calendar---whatever means you use to stay organized….schedule a meeting time daily with God!
Tommy Clevenger shared this email with me this morning….one of those that you forward from person to person or group to group---so Tommy elected to send to me---so I could post it for you in the Journey!
Big J: I got this from an old and treasured friend. I guess it is one of those “pass it on” e-mails I get but really do not like to pass on. So, I did not forward it to a list of folks. But I did find the message thought provoking and thought I would send it to you. Thought you might like it.

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged
for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.
"How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked."

"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? "I asked.

"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy, and if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness.. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day."

"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."

"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world."

"If your parents are still alive and still married.... you are very rare."

"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair......."

"Ok," I said. "What now? How can I start?"

The Angel said, "If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all."

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are..........

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it."

If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on?
I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.

Here is another story that Tommy Clevenger got from an old friend---

An old friend sent this to me:

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, he shook his head and continued.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.'

Startled, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.

'Yes', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he's watching you.'

The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me…….. Who are you?'

'Moses,' replied the bird.

'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'

'The kind of people who would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

I know the snow has surprised a lot of people this morning...so please travel with care.

If you can sit by the fire and enjoy the snow...that would be a perfect Saturday Morning....enjoy the Journey!





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