"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Monday, November 29, 2010

Arranged Love


It’s poetry time…well, it’s what I call poetry, whether or not the majority of you out there thinks so is a matter of faith on my part. I am spending most of my writing time trying to finish RETOOLED before the year is over. So, I plan on filling the pages of Soulfari with some of my poetry from years past. Hopefully they will bless you and help you reflect on our Father God who loves us so. Blessings, Jay

Arranged Love

I burn with images
of a crossing

A personal genesis
of purification

Where scarlet stains
cleansed to white
as if I was innocent

Where I dance with
the sureness of forgiveness

Where arranged love
took the darkness from my soul
and placed life there

Jay Cookingham © 10/31/03
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Leftovers…I Don’t Think So!


fridge "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
- Calvin Trillin

Leftovers are challenging and Thanksgiving leftovers, even more so. I personally prefer my own term of “left-ins”. To me, leftovers, implies that something has left or is over and done with. Left-ins is far more accurate, for they are left in our fridge way past any reasonable timeline, a cryogenic mishap that we mistakenly imagine de-thawing and resuscitating some day in the near future. They rest dormant in the deep, cold recesses, awaiting the EPA to declare the back of our fridge a Supersite candidate or for some brave soul like myself to suit up and dive in. Fortunately, during my years of “research” of this phenomenon, I’ve come up with a few guidelines to help determine the spoilage factor of any food item.

  • If it covered with enough fuzz to knit a small sweater, it is spoiled.
  • Anything that looks like cottage cheese but wasn’t before, is spoiled.
  • Anything once solid but now a liquid, is spoiled (excluding ice), the
    opposite is also true.
  • If you can tie a slip knot in a carrot, it is spoiled.
  • If fruit looks mummified and from the tomb of the pharaohs, it is spoiled.
  • Anything that requires a hacksaw to remove it; is spoiled.

I included my “research” above to start this post with a little humor but I have something serious to ask…

Do you feel like a leftover? Do you feel…spoiled?

You see, I started to feel that way this past week, even though it was a great week. I didn’t realize until I found some time today to write and God told me to listen to something…one of my past sermons called “Spoken For”. It may seem strange but there was a message in my message for me…I left something far too long in the cold, dark part of my heart…and it needed to come out. I needed to remember that I was spoken for.

When we believe whole heartily that we are spoken for, we can say to the enemy of our soul, when he comes to rob, steal and destroy…move along…we’re spoken for.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

It’s God’s words that determine the “abundance” of our lives, not society’s words, not the enemy’s words, and not the words of our past. His words alone define our value.

When we sin, when we are worried, when we doubt, when we are afraid…we are no less valuable to God.

And that’s what I want to share with you…there are no leftovers in the Father’s house, only valuable sons and daughters. I’m going to ask you to listen to the sermon (here, just click on Spoken For in the sermon player), please believe me when I say that this isn’t a plug but just me being obedient. I do feel an urgent cry of the Father’s heart for someone who feels like a spoiled leftover…someone who needs to hear they are spoken for, they are chosen, they are wanted.

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”
John 15:16

We are spoken for, our hearts are His, our lives are not our own, everything we are belongs to Him. We are chosen, set apart and established…for our benefit and for His glory.

Blessings, Jay


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bad Sheep and Random Video Thanks


God is so very good and we have much to be thankful for. Praying for you and your families to have a blessed day. I hope you enjoy another cheesy video greeting from me and the Bad Boys of Wool want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving in their own way below! Blessings, Jay

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts
are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Part 3 – Are You Game?


Here is the final part of my thoughts for Thanksgiving, if you like you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

As I write this my home is filled with the smell of apple and pumpkin pies. Our thoughts are filled with anticipation of welcoming home our son Josh who has been away at college in Indiana. It is a good feeling to know that our Father has blessed us so. I am also grateful for all of you who have graced Soulfari with your kind words of encouragement and grace.

I pray that this Thanksgiving will be one of overwhelming awareness of the Father’s love and care for you…He is worthy of all praise. Blessings, Jay

Oh, since Part one featured squirrels, I have include Josh’s latest movie in the post at the end…it’s one you won’t soon forget!

Are you game?

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

To be ready to be grateful means you might have to let go of a few things.

I had to let go of some things in order for thankfulness to penetrate my spirit. Listen to this verse in 1Peter 5:7

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

To cast means to release, to throw out, to throw away, to let go of, to get rid of, to let loose of whatever concerns, issues, guilt, confusion, problems and worries that are burdens and obstacles in your life and leave them with God. Sitting at His feet, seeking Him that’s when our heart learns trust and that leads to a thankful spirit.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”
Psalm 28:7

Being truly thankful means you trust more in the Provider than the provision.

“Lord, you have put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and their wine are increased.” Psalm 4:7

In this scripture, more than the provision itself, the Lord excites the heart of the Psalmist! The true provision is knowing Him.

Again, Relationship is essential to thankfulness

In Hebrews we see just how far God went in “personalizing” his contact with us.

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. (16) Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Hebrews 4: 15-16

He’s reachable, he’s touchable, and we can approach the Father as sons and daughters. As ones who know Him and trust to act on our behalf.

One of the most memorable Thanksgivings was the one I spent in my dorm room at Evangel College in Springfield Missouri (the state of misery we called it). My roommate and I were basically stuck there over the holiday, with no money to return home we were obliged to accept the hospitality of our college home away from home. With only a box of Sugar Pops and a loaf of banana bread we shared Thanksgiving Day away from family and friends. We were bumming and not especially thankful, I remember thinking unkind thoughts about pilgrims and hoping all the balloons in Macy’s parade would suddenly fly off with some of their handlers still hanging on. It was the only time in my life that I longed to spend time with a turkey.

Then somehow (Hmm, I wonder), another student found out we were still on campus. He invited us to his apartment to share his small feast with him, which we accepted with drooling excitement. God had provided and I learned another lesson about being grateful, no matter the circumstances.

This season is not really about the pilgrims, or turkey or parades; it is really only about the Father and His faithfulness. It is a time of reflection, a time to celebrate the awesomeness of His provision for His people.

Lets read Psalm 70 again…but from the Message Bible.

Let those on the hunt for you sing and celebrate. Let all who love your saving way say over and over, "God is mighty!" (5) But I've lost it. I'm wasted. God--quickly, quickly! Quick to my side, quick to my rescue! GOD, don't lose a minute.

Father God comes and reminds us that we are not alone, that circumstances are opportunities to know Him more intimately. Are you game? Are you ready? We need to look for ways to give thanks-giving…to cultivate that spirit

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also are called in one body, and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

The Greek word for thankful in this verse talks about cultivating an attitude, a lifestyle of thankfulness. Born from relationship with the Father we can offer up praise and GIVE thanks.

This Thanksgiving I’ll be thankful:

For the prayers for it means the presence of God will fill my home.

For the smells and aromas and the memories they stir.

For the crowd at my house for it means I have love in my home.

For the noise of children for it means their lungs are healthy.

For the laughter for it means I have joy in my home.

For the old stories retold for it means there is heritage to pass along.

For the sleepiness afterwards for it means all are content.

For the cleanup afterwards for it means we all had our fill.

For dessert for it means there is always something more to look forward to.

For leftovers for it reminds us that God gives abundantly beyond our imagination.

Amen…Bless you all!



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Monday, November 22, 2010

Part 2 – Are You Game?


rockwell-thanksgiving This post is the second part of musings from a sermon I gave last Thanksgiving. If you like, you can read part 1 HERE

There were some really awesome comments on Part 1 but alas I lost them when I accidently posted over  the first one…sorry about that!

Blessings, Jay

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

Are You Game? Part 2

Remember the questions God asked me from yesterday’s post?

So God asks me…are you game? Are you ready?
Are you ready to be grateful?

I’m a bit confused, so I ask…I have to be ready…to be grateful?

His reply to me was to read Psalm 70, especially verses four and five.

“Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say without ending, Let God be magnified. (5) But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God; You are my help and my deliverer; O Jehovah, wait no longer!”

Thankfulness gives us a different perspective; it opens our eyes to see God’s heart. The point He was trying to teach me in all this was this…

Relationship is essential to thankfulness

God is all about relationships. Our greatest cause to celebrate…salvation…the forgiveness of our sins happened because Father God wanted a deep, loving relationship with us. There is something about seeking God first that brings out a thankful spirit. I believe that Psalm 70 is teaching us about is that thankfulness born from our need, not our needs but our need of Father God.

Yes, we need Him for provision, for help, to answer our prayers…but we need HIM more. Not just what He can do for us, but something much deeper.

Richard Foster in his awesome book on Prayer says this.

“True prayer is not gritting our teeth but falling in love.”

I think the same can be said of gratefulness, that it’s all about falling deeper in love with Father God. Our need of Him is a good thing. Total dependence on the Father is the answer for all our needs. Psalm 70 is first a declaration of who He is. Then it’s a shout of desperation, a cry for rescue and then declaring His ability to meet that desperation. In that order true thankfulness is born…it’s all about seeking HIM first. Relationship is the most important part of this journey with Christ.

In Matthew 6:33 we read….

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

Jesus is reminding us that worry casts doubt about the goodness of God. Seeking God’s way first is not a denial of what we need, or the circumstances that trouble us. Seeking Him first is a pursuit of relationship, which benefits us in many, many ways. The Father is fully aware of what we need but He is not a vending machine, he’s not an online shopping network. It’s through relationship he meets our need.

I’m thankful for that…what do you think?

Did you know that…

To be ready to be grateful means you might have to let go of a few things.

Next Time in “Are You Game Part Three”

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Are You Game ? – Part 1 (again)


Last Thanksgiving I gave this sermon (you can listen on line) and I thought I would share some thoughts that still resonate with me…even though it’s a year later. Thanksgiving is such a powerful opportunity for us to express our gratitude in as many ways as possible. Can I encourage you to do so? Take every opportunity to give thanks…it will add so much to your life.
Blessings, Jay

Are You Game?

You know, thankfulness doesn’t come naturally…listen to this quote by Eric Hoffer.

“The hardest math to master is the one that enables us to count our blessings.”

So, of course God wants me to share about being thankful with you all…not because I finally understand it but because of what He is still teaching me about it. He is teaching me is by taking me down memory lane. You know what I discovered? Gratefulness is the memory muscle of the heart. How we exercise our memories can help us remember things to be grateful for.

Are you Game? …Its another way of saying are you in, are you ready?

To help explain this wacky title I need to share a story….about game.

Growing up I was exposed to rare culinary…uhm, treats. Since we were quite poor, my father would hunt for meat, for small game, deer, whatever he could shoot. One of the more common entrées was the fuzzy gray speed bump known as “the squirrel”. My father hunted them often, which never seemed much of a challenge to me. Our cat seemed to have no problem catching one in our backyard. However, my father would come back from hunting with a few and act like it was from some dangerous safari expedition. Complete with tall tales of stalking his prey, militant squirrels and the like. The cat would just drop one at the front door and be done with it, all the while looking at my father with pity. No, eating them would prove to be a far greater challenge.

Squirrel graced our table frequently, and there might be a way to cook squirrel and have it taste good, but my mom did not know that way. My mom was a horrible cook, how bad you say? She had a hard time with making toast. She would make squirrel stew an adventure in eating. The stew took on the characteristics of the squirrel itself…it would turn grey, all except for the peas, which I hate.

I remember one Thanksgiving when I was around eight years old, there was no money for anything close to a traditional turkey feast, and we were going to have to eat whatever was still frozen in our freezer for our meal. Fresh squirrel stew is one thing, squirrel stew that has been frozen for months is ungodly! Believe it or not, squirrel stew does not age well, but that is all we had.

There was a knock at the door and when my mom answered, there was a man carrying a huge box. We let him in and he placed the box on our dining room table. Wishing us a happy Thanksgiving, he left as soon as he came. Inside the box were all the fixings for a hearty meal, including an already cooked turkey. I never did learn where that man came from, but I was so thankful he came that night.

Believe it or not, I look back at those times with fondness, (now that the squirrel stew nightmares have ended). They are memories of the faithfulness of our Father’s care. I really don’t remember the taste of squirrel, (someone say Hallelujah!), but I recall the provision He made for us during those times.

Those memories have taught me that, whatever our state, whatever our position, we need to be thankful to our God.

There is a need to be thankful and it answers God’s will for us.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

True thankfulness is not ignoring the struggles; and the pain and fear that haunt us at times.

So, I don’t have “Seven Keys to true thankfulness” or “3 Steps to be truly grateful” to share with you today, although I wish it was that neat and tidy…but it’s not. Life is not. Life is hard and difficult; it challenges us on a daily basis. Worry, doubt, fear and disappointments, they claw at us don’t they? Life messes with us, with our faith and our peace of mind. However, in the middle of strife and struggle, thankfulness can change us, not our circumstances, us.

So God asks me…are you game? Are you ready?
Are you ready to be grateful?

I’m a bit confused, so I ask…I have to be ready…to be grateful?

More next time….

Friday, November 19, 2010

If you could see me now…


video-image Well, you can, that is…if you want to subject yourself to my first ever video blog! Inspired by a few of my fellow bro-nation members I thought I do a quick intro into my life. I own a rather lame webcam so bear with that please…and I’m sorry if I’m moving around like Ray Charles…but that’s part of the experience. So, I hope you take the five minutes to view my vid and maybe you’ll even get blessed!
                                                                            Thanks! Jay


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Song, My Heart


hearthands I love poetry…not sure how good I am at writing it, but I do enjoy the musing of it all. Poetry is a cleansing of the soul for me and frees the breath from my lungs. Every once in a while, poetry turns into a song…I wish I could write music but alas, that gifting I did not receive. So, here is a song…use whatever melody the Holy Spirit places in your mind and voice and sing it to Him. I hope it blesses you.

                                                                                      Peace, Jay

My Heart Is My Psalm To You

Trials deepen my faith and
makes wide my view
Leaning on promises, always
proven true

Although sorrow seeks only
to bend my frame
Such pain can not hold me as I
call on your name

My heart is my psalm to you
Praising your name in all I do
Humbly I come, just as I am
My heart is my psalm to you

The sweetness of laughter,
the bitter taste of tears
Bold steps of faith and
the measure of fears
My life filled with the
cost and the call
Securely placed in the
surrender of all, my all

My heart is my psalm to you
Praising your name in all I do
Humbly I come, just as I am
My heart is my psalm to you

Hiding my face in the depths of your love
I'm made whole by being undone
Poured out and spent, empty of me
now filled with the fullness of the Son

My heart is my psalm to you
Praising your name in all I do
Humbly I come, just as I am
My heart is my psalm to you
Jay Cookingham
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Monday, November 15, 2010




SUNFLOWER%202 What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it?  ~Jenny DeVries

As promised here is my list of my online sisters who bless me with their wisdom, their talents and their lives. I posted my Bro-nation list a few days ago (you can find it here)

These sisters have encouraged me with words, photography, poetry and an awesome, on fire devotion to Jesus. Head on over to their sites and see the life of our Master expressed through their words.

Blessings, Jay

Susan at Just a Moment Here

Sandra at Sandra Heska King Here

Sarah at Living Between the Lines Here

Leigh at Tokens of His Love Here

Bridget at Bridget Chumbley Here

Karin at Flickers of a Faithful Firefly Here

Mari-Anna at Flowing Faith Here

Caryjo at caryjo-roadrunner Here

Michelle at Psalm 104:24 Here

Ginny at Make a Difference to One Here

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Worship Poetry - My Soul to Keep

It was a relaxing Sunday and I'm amazed once again
on the Father's love and beauty. I am blessed to have the family I have, my beautiful wife and my totally awesome kids create joy for me every day. My life is filled with so many dear friends and each of these streams of life point to His glory. So, I hope you enjoy the poem, and are blessed by the video...He makes everything glorious! Blessings, Jay

My Soul to Keep
I walk through the varied
hues of a twilight sky
The ebbing day surrendering
its moment to the blanket of night
I am soon to rest
My soul to keep
Peacefully in the twilight
Securely through the night
Until a fresh dawn
awakens new colors
to walk through

 Jay Cookingham © November 11, 2003

Friday, November 12, 2010




Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 KJV

"If God is thy father, man is thy brother." – Lamartine

“Bro-nation” A nation of brothers

This post is dedicated to my online collection of brothers that I call my bronation. (I like making up words, you can ask my wife).

Since I have entered the blogasphere, I have been extremely blessed to get to know these men. Some are pastors (you should listen to their sermons online), some are fathers, and some are teachers. All are funny, creative and alive for Christ…they are warrior poets.

I try to read their blogs everyday and I’m never disappointed when I do. They share their hearts, their talents, their dreams and just how Father God is moving them closer to the image of His son Jesus. What I read on their sites are stories of real men, not perfect,, but trying to love their God, their families and the communities they live in. I have never met them personally (I hope to some day) but I can honesty say they have enriched my life.

So, I encourage you to visit their sites and allow the story of their lives to encourage and challenge you like they do me.

Thank you Bronation!

Jason at Endless Impact here

Bill at Cycleguy's Spin here

Ryan at Doorframes of Tater House here

Gary at Generational fathering here

Glynn at Faith, Fiction, Friends here

Herb at in.his.grip here

Dusty at Reflections on the Life of a Christian here

Tony at My story, His Glory here

Michael at Untitled here

Jonathan at Uncommon here

Kevin at Shooting the Breeze here

Scott at Serving Strong here

Matthew at Geek for Him here

Duane at Scribing the Journey here

I’m always looking for new members of our bronation tribe, so drop me a note and we’ll hook up. Blessings! Jay


BTW (I have a Sistanation as well…tribute coming soon)

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hero Time


USS_Lake_Champlain_CV-39_SCB-27A_Only Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.  ~G.K. Chesterton

This is the Aircraft Carrier my Father-in-law served on, the USS Lake Champaign. In my eyes (and his 3 kids) he is an hero…willing to serve and possibly die for his country and his family. So this is a small tribute to all the brave men and women who have served and who are serving in harm’s way. There are not enough words to say thanks but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Veterans Day!


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Artist in the shadow of God



To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.  ~George Kneller


Just some artist type ramblings today folks…bear with me

Since I was about seven years old, I have always found some area for my talents to be used. I have painted murals, designed every thing from T-shirts to logos, written studies and sang in just about every choir that you can imagine. I even did a one-man play of the Prodigal son story (that was a blast). My creativity grew every year but not the opportunities…my main talents are in the realm of graphic design, writing and teaching…not the usual suspects for the worship part of the Sunday gathering.

Yet, when we create, when we explore our gifts and push the envelope of who we are as artist I believe (are you ready for this?) we are worshipping. With all my heart I believe the Father’s heart is made glad when we dive into the fullness of creativity…that He has deposited into us! The best part may just be the “canvas” we paint on doesn’t have to be used just on Sunday to be a blessing to the church. Of course I’m talking about the Church with a cap “C”.

I’ve been studying this artist guy found in the OT…Bezaleel (His name means “in the shadow of God”). The Word says this about him.

"I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship. Exodus31:3

Bezaleel was designing for the Tabernacle and it blessed the heart of the Father and all of Israel…that’s a major deal right there. We are all artist in the shadow of God…anointed with the same Spirit and we can worship Him with what we create.

Just my thoughts, be blessed!


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Repost Move – En-ing it All!


An early blog entry I thought/hope/pray/beg you find to be a blessing…reposting is not really being lazy is it?

"In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." - Jose Raul Capablanca, World Champion 1921-1927

Chess was played many centuries ago in China, India, and Persia but no one  knows for sure in which country it originated. Then, sometime in the eighth century, the Moors invaded Persia and they learned chess from the Persians. When the Moors later invaded Spain, the soldiers brought the game of chess with them. Perhaps if they (the Moors) spent more time playing chess they wouldn’t be invading other countries…just a thought. Anyway, soon the Spanish were playing chess too, and from there, chess quickly spread throughout all of Europe. Here’s the lesson in all of this. The downside of invasion is loss of independence, the upside? Why, new board games!

In chess, the endgame refers to the strategy geared towards the stage of the game when there are few pieces left on the board...in my case that would be the beginning. In fact, that’s the case with most games I find myself playing. The beginning and the end are so close together. Still, I like the way my son Isaac plays chess, a six-year olds view of games is always more entertaining than the actual rules. Isaac chess combines chess, checkers, dominoes and something close to Australian Rules Football. You’re never quite sure what is going on and pieces are flying everywhere! The best part is that the pace is swift and you can clearly see the end.

Believe it or not, that’s the point. Fathers can (and need to) see the endgame – the time when parenting ends. This is generational significance time – making our “now” matter for the future. We need to “en” it all now…no, I didn’t forget to spell check and I’m not suggesting a lemming-like leap off a cliff somewhere. Knowing the endgame means the opening and middle-game needs a strong strategy.

Here is how the strategy works…with words. Impartation “en” words like encourage, enlighten, enjoy and enlarge. These words speak life, strengthen our moves and help us see the board clearly. We are no pawns but we are in the hands of a Grand Master who enables us when he imparts His character into us. With power and purpose released in our lives our endgame strategies are honed. They add significance and purpose in the present and future moves of our children. Let look at a few.

“For the rest, brothers, rejoice! Perfect yourselves; encourage yourselves, mind the same thing, be at peace; and the God of love and of peace will be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11

“The eyes of your mind having been enlightened, for you to know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18
“Charge them that are rich in this present world, that they be not highminded, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” 1Timothy 6:17
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested.” 1Chronicles 4:10

Check out other “en” words, search their meaning and find scriptures for them. Then apply them to your endgame strategy, man…what a move!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bad Sheep Time – Social Sheep


Well, it’s been a while since the Bad Boys of Wool chimed in on anything, so here they are with their unique view on life. Their creator is been swamped with lots of work, meetings and such…but their voice must be heard! Blessings, Jay

bad sheep no 25 (1)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What Do I Say Now?


Permanent-3 copy This post is a part of a weekly book discussion hosted by Jason Stasyszen of Connecting to Impact and Sarah Salter of Living Between the Lines. I encourage you to check out the other posts which can be found on their sites. The Book we are discussing is The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns.

This is a raw post…I wrote as I thought…

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Words are not enough…I no longer think or imagine I can convince anyone to move or act. There is great need in the world but I believe there is still greater provision.

I have to believe that…I have to be part of that.

In this chapter the author makes this statement…

Poverty is a four letter word.

Many have answered the issues of poverty with indifference or contempt. Treating the plight of the poor it as if it was their own fault for the condition they find themselves in. In this way it is easy to close our ears to their cries for help, like turning a deaf ear to foul language.

Poverty is a four letter word.

So is…








…and Hope

I like those words…but I need them to be active in my life.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  - James 1:27

Blessings, Jay

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