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August 31, 2015

A Sound Within

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.”

Isaiah 2:3 (NASB)

I would venture a guess that you too have had them before. Those quiet still mornings when you are all alone, before anyone else is awake.

Special mornings where fresh thoughts drift to somewhere inside, where you haven’t been in a while—before the news begins to filter in for the day, and as the sun gently tiptoes across the yard.

Mornings where you’ve felt energized and uplifted by all the memories from your yesterdays, the reminders of the blessings coming your way today, and the hope in all your tomorrows.

You’re ready. Ready for the day. Ready to climb. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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August 24, 2015

Threads

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The very best fabric representing one’s life at the end of the day is woven of threads from the deepest daily experiences of the heart…all of them.”

Anonymous

They seem to come in waves.

They come crashing into our feelings with tides of emotions often impossible to explain.

They come in a wash of tears mingled with smiles—reflections of heartaches inextricably entwined with joys.

The moments, the threads of our lives, created, determined and woven together by the values we have held, and now hold dear.

The recollections of life’s littlest, yet often greatest moments, hits us when we least expect it to happen. The threads making up the tapestry of our lives lived out in the twists and turns along the winding roads from our beginnings, through yesterday, today and eventually to somewhere and someplace in our foreseeable tomorrows.

And at times their remembrance seems to come in waves. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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August 17, 2015

Change—God’s Hidden Hand

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55: 8-9 (NIV)

Change.

It’s usually something we endure. Often, not all that well. I would imagine it would be a whole lot easier for us to endure if we knew what life looked like at the end of the change.

Contrary to the normal human condition in the midst of change, some dear friends are in the midst of a change going on in their lives—moving from what they know to what they know less. They are making a change in their lives after nineteen years of calling Gainesville their home. Leaving a neighborhood, friends, church, and other familiar people and places to walk through a new door they believe God has opened for them. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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August 10, 2015

As Only God Can Do It!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left…

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians…”

Exodus 14: 21-22, 30 (ESV)

Let me start this morning with a recap which may lead to the miracle for your day, and this week. Just in case you need one.

Moses and the Israelites have been on a faith building journey, leading to what would be a miraculous moment which only God could orchestrate.

After 400 years, or so, of being enslaved, God used Moses to confront Pharaoh (along with some pretty nasty plagues to really get Pharaoh’s attention) to free the Israelite people from captivity in Egypt. God then led them with a pillar of cloud in the daytime, and a pillar of fire by night, on a journey through the desert toward the Promised Land taking care to protect them, and make sure they received food and water along the way. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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August 3, 2015

Starting Right

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” I Peter 5: 6-7

So how are you this morning, or whenever you picked this up to read?

How is your day going so far? How did it start out?

It seems that the start to a lot of things in life is important. Just ask a 100 meter dash sprinter.

And so through the years I have come to appreciate that the start to our day is pretty important.

Doctors and nutritionists have been telling us for years, trying their best to help us develop better health patterns, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So how many of you ate breakfast today? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
Filed under: Thoughts
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