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As I guided my Silverado slowly up under the shade of the oak trees I noticed that our favorite spot was also being enjoyed by many others on this beautiful spring day at the lake. It wasn't just the normal picnickers, but a vast array of others. There were bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. A couple of retired folks were sitting on a shaded bench reading a book, and a mother, daughter team fishing on the shoreline. Three dozen Canadian geese were making their presence known by the sounds that come from their species alone. One pair of these Canadians were proud parents showing of their 5 little goslings all in a row. Birds,butterflies and a pair of big white ducks made famous by the Aflac commercials topped off the attendance at our secret place...
"Come Holy Spirit I need you
Come Holy Spirit I pray,
Come in your strength and your power,
Come in your own special way."

1 Cor 15:58 Paul tells us, if we work without the Lord,
i.e. do not seek His direction in all we do, we labor in vain.
How many times are Christians caught off guard and attacked at their weakest points because they started off the day without putting on the Armour of God? You see, my back and knees are my weakest points in my body because of old production injuries, So when I don't protect them, well the cold and wind can sneak up on me and POW! Hits me unawares, and I suffer because of my unpreparedness. Many Christians today still have not become strong and mighty in the Lord because of not seeing the weaknesses in their spiritual lives. They go to church, and sing the songs, smile and nod at the Pastor, Like my long sleeve shirt, it's a weak first layer of protection, not really much at all.
A few days ago, Georgina, my wife, and I were out for a drive, just being alone with the Lord. (You might remember in my last Blog I told you about our "prayer drives" ) It was a beautiful day, and I took a lot of back roads that day, turning this way and then that, until I think I even confused "Elizabeth". That' is my Garmin GPS voice. When I came out at the end of one of those "I'm turning left," even though she said, "turn right", I came out at a 4-way stop, Crossroads with a country store/gas station and pit BBQ, "Mm-mm". My wife looked at me and with a really big smile said, "I know where I'm at!"
...Dave and I are about the same age, and during the late 60's, with the war in Vietnam in full swing, the US military service would not take me as a volunteer because of a medical situation I had, the US Navy took Dave. Eight mounts into his tour of service while I was living a normal life, dating young ladies, working in a grocery store in Phoenix and driving my red convertible, Dave was slipping up the inland river network of Vietnam as part of the elite Brown Water Navy Patrol and was critically injured for his endeavors of trying to help free the Vietnamese people. ..
Early last Saturday morning my buddy Riley woke me up by frantically bouncing on the bed. If he could talk, other than his barking, whispering, and low tonal growls, I'm sure I would have been treated with something like, "wake up, wake up, wake up, your gonna miss it, Jessy is mowing the yard again"

However, since he can't speak English, and I don't speak very good "dog", I just took it that something was going on that I needed to take him outside to see...
This morning as I was in my prayer and meditation time, I felt such heaviness in my spirit for those whom have been devastation in the last 24 hours. A Facebook friend, who is a pastor in Uganda, is asking for prayer because of the untimely death of a Brother in their church. Another need came from a friend of many years as she emailed a prayer request for her grandson. He was rushed to the ER in the wee hours of this morning with an elevated white blood cell count and the doctor's report of possible leukemia. Last night, like so many others, I watched my Twitter account, Facebook, and the news into the late hours until I got the "All is well, and everyone is accounted for" report from my family who lives south of Oklahoma City. The horrific tornado had not touched down close to them. In each set of circumstances there was a cry for someone to help...to pray...to care about a need and then there was a mighty band of folks who reached up and out to do just that!
This morning as we explored a new field, dotted with Eastern Red-bud trees, Riley suddenly stopped dead in his tracks, and took the stance of a hunting dog. He paused, and then pounced on something in the tall grass. When his head came up in his mouth he had a creature of the field. As he started to run off with his prize I quickly gave a tug on his leash and commanded; "No Riley! put that down!" reluctantly he obeyed...On this Mothers Day how many of us can say, I'm so glad God instills in our Mothers the art of guiding with a leash. Oh yes, it is not a physical leash, but a method of directing our steps; A word of direction, a gentle guiding hand, and sometimes even the rod of correction keeps us safe and secure as we travel down our life's pathway.
It rained last night and into this morning, even now the clouds are still heavy with rain. As I was driving around our new home town today I noticed something that was not a familiar sight to me since I lived most of my life the deserts of Arizona. There were areas on the sides of the road, in yards, fields and the edge of some forest areas which were filled with standing water, creating pools, small ponds, and ribbons of water long after the rain was done...All around me I've noticed that everything and everyone feels the impact of this saturation...
...Take a look at what happened to the first King of Israel young Saul, as described in the story we find in I Samuel 13. Samuel the prophet told Saul the King, go down to Gilgal and "WAIT seven days for me to come down and I will offer the sacrifice", (because that was what the prophet does, not the King). But Saul thought, "hm-mm, the Prophet Samuel is not here when he said he would be, I guess I'm just as good as him, I'll offer the sacrifice. However, the opinion of the King does not trump the Word of the Lord via the prophet.Look at what happened...

Now I want you to also understand that to have an opinion that is not in line with that which God wants cannot be hid from Him even if you keep it, you know, quite in your heart and not speak it out. The Lord sees everything you do, and he watches where you go. An evil man will be caught in his wicked ways; the ropes of his sins will tie him up. He will die because he does not control himself...

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