Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise




“Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It’s unbridled, its unplanned, it’s full of suprises.”
― Erma Bombeck

Help me I'm 21photo be MJ Lillie

Help me I’m 21
photo be MJ Lillie

“Would you like to know your future?

If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator.

So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence — a surprise.”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Surprise smooch

Surprise smooch


“There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved.”
― Charles Morgan





Pastor Wrinkles: Charts Pt. 133

I know what the Bible says about me….I am more than a conqueror….God will never leave me nor forsake me….Nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.  I know these things are true but sometimes when the enemy is hot on my heels forgetting the truth seems a foregone conclusion.

How about you? Do you ever struggle with the truth of who you are and what you are capable of in Christ?

Here is what I see in today’s chapters:

I Samuel chapter 23 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Engage Afraid! I Sam. 23:1-5

2. Betrayed By Those You’ve Tried To Help: I Sam. 23:6-1

3. Look For the Helpers: I Sam. 23: 15-18

I Samuel chapter 24 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Opportunities To Be Passed Up: I Sam 24: 1-5

2. Remembering Your Real Enemy: I Sam. 24:5-12

3. “From Evil People Come Evil Deeds!” : I Sam. 24: 13-22

Now tell me what you see in these chapters! 🙂

The Temple

What follows are the thoughts of my son. When he read these to me last night I thought I just had to share them…So with his permission…

The Temple

Today I ate dinner at the Thai place. I noticed some things  I had never given thought to before. A Vietnamese friend of mine works there, well actually that is where I met her, and I am friends with the owner. I noticed today, however, Lee (my Vietnamese friend) waiing to a small statue I never even saw before. I know the statue has been there for a while. It is not like they put new decorations in every day.

The people who work at this restaurant are people I have come to know and cherish deeply. I know they feel the same about me (teaching me Thai and taking 10% off my bill whenever I come in). My friend’s act, however took me back to the spirit houses (that “house” the displaced spirits) I would walk past in Thailand. It reminded me of  the monks in orange who became my friends. I was  reminded of the temples I went into with my friend Lara. I would see people putting golden leaves on the statues of Buddha for merit in the next life. I can still smell the incense they’d burn, and see the lotuses they held. Countless people walk into these centers of worship every day, these are people whom I love. Right now I am taken back to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma, a hub of Buddhist worship. This is the golden center of a rundown city. I see people kneeling in front of the Buddha. It is one thing to be taken in by such beautiful buildings as a tourist. However, I am no tourist. I see artificial beauty masking a dark truth. There are people who are still out there who have yet to hear the good news.

Salvation does not have to be earned; It can’t be. People without this truth go on with their day-to-day lives thinking “salvation” (I use this term very loosely) must be earned. These are what you would call “good” people.

I don’t just speak this only about Buddhists. You can apply my words to Muslims, Wiccans, and Atheists. I  speak out of my own personal journeys and adventures. How many people do we see a day? How many do we close our eyes to? It is a tragedy that because we lack love our churches are shrinking. Show me a church that loves (God, brothers, and man) I will show you one that grows.

I have often wondered what is more important, loving people, or being a witness to them. We must do both, and not witness because it is our duty, but witness because we love.

We are all TEMPLES of the Holy Spirit. I am not saying you should  imbed your chest with a cross and have people kneel at your feet. What I am saying is that inside of us there ought to be two things: First something in our life that points to the God we serve,  second a heart that is constantly worshiping God in Spirit and in truth. Each man is a temple to that which he worships: god, ideals, entity, morals, etc.  What we serve will show. How much it pains me to see  Christians pointing people away from God because we have constructed a temple to self within us.