“Stay in the chariot” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“No one will be able to stand against you.” Jos 1:5 NIV Standing on the threshold of the Promised Land, Joshua realized there were seven nations and forty kings to be conquered before he could possess it. So God told him, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life…I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When you’re in God’s will the forces and resources of heaven are behind you, and that means you’ll ultimately win. It doesn’t mean you won’t have to fight, but it means you’ll win! The movie Ben Hur won more Academy Awards than any other movie in history. Charlton Heston, who played the hero in this movie, had to drive a chariot for his role. He was supposed to win the climactic chariot race, but there was a problem: He was having trouble learning to drive the chariot. He walked over to his director, William Wyler, and said, “Mr. Wyler, I can barely stay on the chariot. I can’t win this race.” Wyler looked at Heston and said, “Son, your job is to stay on the chariot; my job is to make sure you win.” Every time you head to the office, or walk into a pressure-packed meeting, or job interview, trust God. When you make that dreaded doctor’s appointment, or confront a friend who has done you wrong, trust God. Stay on the chariot. Don’t quit on God and don’t stop trusting in Him. Your job is to obey; His job is to make sure you win. And when you do your part, you can be sure that He will do His.

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Onward, 2019!

Whoa!  2018 has come and gone!  It left me sixty years old and tired to the bone.  Still, I learned a lot this past year, especially dealing with my work.  I can now publish on Kindle, and run a webcomic almost completely free.  To note some further accomplishments, I completed The GlymyreScape Player’s Manual and got a handle on the ‘Game Master’s Guide’!  As the old year spirited away and vanished however, the new year bested its accomplishments on the third day.  My new grandson was born, and that’s a pretty hard event to outdo.  Yeah, I thank The Good Lord for all my grandchildren and consider them each a Blessing that I don’t deserve.

Believe it or not, I have been working on page 35 of Glymyre Tales.  The drawing of each panel has been completed, and tomorrow I plan to do the coloring, shading and special effects.  Hopefully, I can get a schedule going and produce a lot more work.  We’ll see.

An Early Snow!

Snow Day 12 9 2018

An amazing day, today.  Normally, we don’t get snow around here until late February or March, but there it is.  Even with our yearly week of snow coming early though, I don’t think we’ll have a white Christmas.  Our snow is usually gone in a few days.  Still it is pretty while it lasts.  I spent a good part of my childhood in climates which had snow all winter, so on days like today I dream of sledding, snowball fights, and building snowmen.  Those days are gone however, so now I tend to go into hibernation mode.  I suppose it could be due to the wonderful soups, hot chocolate, and peppermint tea my wife and I enjoy on days like this.  Hmmmmmm…  that sounds pretty good right about now…

The Churro Stand

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As the days get shorter, and the nights get colder, I am reminded of times gone by. Don’t get me wrong, I love the forests of the Rough Woods in South Carolina. The crisp leaves and frigid breezes of this time of year which accompany the smells of wood burning stoves and hearths from the country cottages as well as the farm houses give this place the feel of home. Even so, I remember the time my family and I lived in a little village called Torrejón de Ardoz of Spain. In the summer, that part of Spain was dusty, dry and very warm. In autumn however, began the cold rainy season. We lived in a small apartment building that opened into a side street which was little more than an alley. The small town had no theater of any kind, but there was a pub on almost every block. The pubs there could be described as a bar and cafe all in one, (I really enjoyed the thick espresso-like coffee they served). Anyway, at night those little streets would get really dark, and the street lights (as well as the pubs) became little islands of illumination in an ocean of dark buildings. On the weekends that we didn’t go to Madrid, my wife, young son and I liked to take a stroll through those shadowy waves of cobblestone and brick, visiting the little islands of light. Our eventual goal would be one of the street vendors. Emerging from the darkness, we would step into the light of their stand, where the damp cold was kept at bay by a bubbling cauldron of hot oil. There they would deep fry the best churros my little family and I ever tasted. We might get some chocolate syrup to dip those delicious fried bread sticks in, or just eat our fill of the plain. As good as the food was, that wasn’t what it was all about. It was being on the street of a European/Mediterranean village in a cold damp evening, and being warmed by the warmth and light of the stand while meeting the other members of the neighborhood there. Now, I love to watch movies, but I have never seen a motion picture more entertaining than a weekend evening with my family and friends on those dark little streets of Torrejón de Ardoz.

So says the writer; with one foot in the country, and the other foot in town.

“DON’T ENTERTAIN WRONG THOUGHTS” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“Guard your heart…for it determines the course of your life.” Pr 4:23 NLT When Satan sets out to destroy you, he starts by planting wrong thoughts in your mind. Jesus illustrated this when He said, “The law of Moses said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say: Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:27-28 TLB). Before you surrender to sin in reality, you entertain it as fantasy. Evil thoughts aren’t really yours until you allow them to “move in and rearrange the furniture.” Left unchecked to ramble through your mind, a thought can attach itself to an incident in your past or a proclivity in your present and feed on it until it’s like a tumor growing inside you. Paul warns, “Take captive every thought…make it obedient to Christ” (2Co 10:5 NIV). And Solomon writes, “Guard your heart…for it determines the course of your life.” Don’t give wrong thoughts an inch or they will take a mile. Evict them before they weaken your commitment to Christ and leave you in the place of regret . Generally speaking, when we clean house we focus on what others can see and inspect. Imagine how much mental junk we collect because we think nobody sits in our heads examining our thoughts. But God does! David said, “Lord…you know all about me” (Ps 139:1 CEV). Knowing that should lead you to pray: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord” (Ps 19:14).

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Our mailing address: The Encouraging Word, Inc.
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RG2Cents I’ve been receiving emails from “The Daily Encouraging Word” for years and always find them edifying and inspiring. To receive emails (or snail mails) of lessons like this, click on the following link: The Daily Encouraging Word