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May 27, 2013

We Stand on Their Shoulders

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary; when troubles come and my heart burdened be;

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence, until You come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;

You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;

I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;

You raise me up… To more than I can be.

“You Raise Me Up,” Josh Groban

Her words returned to my thoughts as I posted our American Flag again this morning on the front of our house.

That was awesome, Gran,” she shrieked as her head bobbed up out of the frigid water. “Let’s do it again!”

My younger granddaughter Ellie Kate had stood on my shoulders in the pool yesterday afternoon, and as I slowly stood up from under the water with her aboard, she rose higher and higher eventually rising completely out of the water, until she could dive freely to the other end. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 11:46 am
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May 20, 2013


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty!

At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.

Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 (The Message)

We all have them in a multitude of shapes and sizes.

The Apostle Paul couldn’t understand why he had them and asked God to remove what Paul referred to above as a handicap, a limitation, and in other translations as a “thorn in the flesh.” Some commentators suggested the “thorn” was a disease, a physical weakness, or perhaps severe headaches and still other commentators suggest that it was some kind of sexual temptation, or spiritual temptation. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:06 am
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May 13, 2013

What Comes to Us

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

It was a number of years ago, but there was always a part of me that could identify with what Frodo must have been feeling in this scene from the first movie “The Fellowship of the Ring” from the Lord of the Rings trilogy:

Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me.

I wish none of this had ever happened.”

Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkein

To a casual observer from afar—as were those of us who saw the movies comprising the Lord of the Rings trilogy—Frodo’s assigned task clearly seemed unfair.

His journey to make sure that the Ring was destroyed of its evil power was fraught with intrigue and life-threatening danger. It was not a venture to find something, but to rid the world of something—something that was both a burden to him and had potentially terrifying consequences to the world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:23 am
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May 6, 2013

Golden Yellow

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”

Proverbs 29: 18 (KJV)

Here we are entering another week through yet another Monday together. And I hope that where you are the sunshine is streaming through into your day, whether or not any clouds may have temporarily rolled in over the locale where you live.

As we sit here, I have a few questions for us to think about together. Here’s the first one—what do you expect the day to be like? And the second, looking forward a bit—what do you expect the upcoming week to be like? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:39 am
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