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When All Is Said and Done

by: Don Carmichael

11/21/2022

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We really have a fetish to be near-sighted, from our to-do lists to our habits.  I remember seeing more than one that had post-it notes or note pads everywhere, full of notes: reminders full of notes to be done immediately, as in that day.  But alas, many were still there when the day expired, ready for the day following and even later, when all is said and done.When the work looks like we need to move, like the ice is melting or darkness is looming, we are reminded of wha...
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Gifts

by: Don Carmichael

11/14/2022

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We normally think of gifts as something we get, received from another, like for graduation or birthdays or Christmas, or even just because, which is even more special, since we were not expecting it.  The design is normally for our need or pleasure, although sometimes we may have to grow into it.  Perhaps the gift is needed clothing or perhaps as the result of starting a new job.  Or the gift could be a game, board or digital, just for fun. God gifts us out of His abundanc...
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Don't Quit1

by: Don Carmichael

11/10/2022

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When the workload becomes overwhelming, don’t quit!  Be your battlefield downrange, children, work, study, illness, or other life balance, don’t quit! Yes, you may have to rearrange a daily schedule, even cut out the non-essentials or fluff, but don’t quit!Apostle Paul had even been shipwrecked and another time stoned and left for dead, be he learned to be able to sing at midnight in jail, and admonishes us to “Not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper ti...
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Statements

by: Don Carmichael

10/31/2022

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Statements, one-liners, quotes, verses and lines and stanzas; they all have one thing in common, being a thought.  Even a bank statement expresses a single thought at a point in time, although with many lines of activity.  I’m sure you accountants and financialists can say this better with your vocabulary, but what the statement is saying is your balance from their perspective.  Hopefully, it’s never a surprise!The Bible gives us many statements, lines of verse, historical...
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Submission

by: Don Carmichael

10/17/2022

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SubmissionAlthough often met with resistance, on the other side of anarchy is submission, submission to law and order, seemingly contrary to the thoughts of many in this age.  Within itself, submission is a confession, an agreement with the need to work within an established framework, regardless of it being of earth or heaven, physical or spiritual, laws of the land or kingdom above.The Apostle, being from the Jewish heritage himself, was able to testify his people had...
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Forgiveness

by: Don Carmichael

10/10/2022

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Negotiations are filled with reciprocity, a little giving and taking for and to both sides of the table, trying to move forward being at the heart of the process.  Even when we interview for a position, there must be a win for both sides of the table.  Reciprocity. Jesus plainly said, “For if (as) you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.”  This is not a negotiation.  He is addressing the task of the first offense, being us and our r...
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Paradigms

by: Don Carmichael

10/03/2022

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A paradigm is an orientation, a mindset, the way we think about something, regardless of what that something is.  We can refuse or accept to understand.  We can accept truth or not, to our own good or demise.  We can expect rain in our lives, or expect blessings as God freely gives His “mercy drops.”  When was the last time you had to pay for a sunny day, other than perhaps a sunburn, which was not the sun’s fault?  Paradigms of thought.Consider this concluding thought.  “...
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Dream Sheet

by: Don Carmichael

09/26/2022

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Years ago there was a process and result called a dream sheet.  It was actually a form, go figure, where you could submit the places where you would like to be stationed.  For pilots, it also addressed which airframes.  I cannot validate that it worked, as we enjoyed every one of our assignments, even the one or two that had no dreams attached.  Dream sheets now seem to be called bucket lists, but I confess I still like the dream sheet idea.God adds His twist to our dreams...
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Contracting

by: Don Carmichael

09/19/2022

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So much, even of our lives, can now be contracted out, hired out, outsourced, as opposed to doing it ourselves, even with big box store availability and do-it-yourself centers and YouTube to show the way.  Others will buy our groceries and even put them in the fridge for us, or we can order meals to go that are even attended to our dietary desires.  A company now has a choice to host their own Human Relations department or outsource their information technology department ...
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Counter Movements

by: Don Carmichael

09/12/2022

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You may have witnessed counter movements in the movie Top Gun or other action movies.  As the enemy's (or trainer’s) aerial maneuvers for kill shots were nullified, the roles became reversed as the enemy became the target through swift counter movements.  Although not as glamorous as movies, we too are in battle daily and hunted, lined-up for kill shots.  So how do we train and maneuver and counter being setup to be taken out of the life battles?Apostle Peter counters our ...
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Comms

by: Don Carmichael

09/05/2022

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Communication is both simple and complex.  It may be a simple connection between two people, face-to-face or distant.  Regardless, if both are listening and talking, they have comms allowing this to happen.  Often times, there are comms on top of comms, which leads to confusion, distraction, and miscommunication, as these same two miss the full message, hearing only every other word, leading to the chaos of confusion and even mis-communication.Jesus taught, “But when you p...
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What to Do

by: Don Carmichael

08/29/2022

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There are many times we wonder what to do, be it in the midst of circumstances, battles of others with us in their midst, or making decisions or figuring out our next step, what do we do?  In fact, the question alone is a what to do event, isn’t it, having it’s own process.The Bible, like no other writings, gives us the answer as a book of revelation of God:  “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares about you.”  As He knew our every day before we were born, cast all o...
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Simplicity

by: Don Carmichael

08/22/2022

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Imagine a conversation between an adult and a child.  Depending on that child’s age and capabilities, the child may or may not comprehend the words of the adult; although they may with certainly grasp the tone and body language. When they do understand what we say, they do.  You can see it in their eyes and facial expression. “Blessed be the LORD!  Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation (rescue).  Selah.”  Selah is a Hebrew expression of halting, where al

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Rush!

by: Don Carmichael

08/15/2022

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Have you even experienced a rush of thoughts? A rush that got your heart beating faster? It could have been a boss or teacher spouting off the homework for the weekend, or a coach yelling as you head back onto the field or court. And yet, you were able to catalogue each thought of the rush; because you had to do so. There’s a message in most every event. But what does it take to hear it? And how does it relate to where I am? Even if I’m grumpy, the message is still present...
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Defense

by: Don Carmichael

08/08/2022

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Many evils and dangers we do not see, until we see them, often too late. Are we distracted, perhaps even so focused on something else that we miss the nail or the brake lights in front of us? Or do our fears creep in to attack us from the inside? The answer, of course is yes, and often so. The warrior psalmist wrote of God, “You are my shelter and my shield (defense), I put my hope in Your word.” Why would the poet say to God, “I hope in Your words?” Because he is trusting...
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living w/god: Baptismal speech

I am Desire and this is my son Enrique Gianluca. Today, I am here to share with you how God has changed my life.

For a long time, I wondered why, why things were not happening the way I wanted them to happen, after all, I was working hard, I was providing, I was strong, and I trusted myself.  As I looked for answers, I turned to the world, but the world was not providing answers.  I found myself blind, hopeless, and disoriented, and I lost all perspective. In my desperation, I turned to Christ, and I asked Him to come into my life and free me from this burden and guide me to live for him.

It was not until God heard my request that I received answers. The day that He knocked on my door and I opened my heart to Him was the day I understood I inflicted this pain on myself because, for a long time, I trusted myself instead of trusting Him, I relied on myself when I should rely on His promise. Jesus said on Matthew 11: 28-29 “Come upon Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul, and My yoke is easy, and my burden is light

When God came into my life, he offered me a new beginning, a new life, and I embraced it with open arms because for the very first time, I understood that I am not alone and I should not be afraid because everything is under His control, not mine, and so I trust Him, and today I declare Him as my savior, my refuge, and my strength.

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