What I read today:

Numbers 5-6; Psalm 61; Isaiah 61; Luke 17; Philippians 4

There are specific verses in the scripture that leave me with a feeling of seeing God and understanding who God is.  Philippians 4 verse 8 is one of those verses.

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

I know that it’s difficult to get past the craziness that we see all around us to see the beautiful things that happen every day.  It’s difficult to view the world in the way that Paul describes.  But let me give it a shot.

In my lifetime I’ve seen so many things.  I’ve seen mountains in Austria, Peru, Chile, Washington State, Tennessee, and the magnificent Rockies.  I’ve stood on the shores of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans watching the water and the waves. I’ve swum in the Gulf of Mexico.  I’ve seen the power of storms that could tear houses off the ground.  I’ve witnessed foxes, coyotes, moose, deer and other wildlife in their natural homes.  I’ve seen geysers erupting.  I’ve seen buildings in Germany, Switzerland, and France 3 times older than the United States.  I’ve been helped by people in foreign countries who couldn’t even speak my language.  I’ve been supported by strangers in unexpected ways. I met the most incredible woman who said yes when I asked her to marry me for some yet unknown reason.  I’ve watched the birth of my daughters then I’ve cried as their tiny hands grabbed my finger.  I’ve watched my oldest daughter get married, and I’m seeing my youngest plan her wedding now.  I’ve stood next to the graves of loved ones when they went home to see God.  I’ve sat next to my wife in the hospital, and she’s sat next to me when I was in the hospital.  I’ve watched my daughters grow into beautiful adults who I’m so proud of. I’ve seen incredible poverty in Peru, massive skyscrapers in New York and Chicago.  Stood in awe at the monuments in Washington DC.  Looked in wonder at castles in Europe.  I’ve been inspired by things said to me by many people.  I’ve cried watching Jim Valvano’s ESPN speech.  I’ve seen the incredible, joyful look and the wagging tail that seems to propel my dog Sam towards me every time I walk in the house.

I’ve seen God move in so many ways throughout my life.  Most of the time I take him for granted and don’t even acknowledge he’s there.  Yet he’s blessed me in so many ways that I stand in utter disbelief sometimes just thinking about all he’s done and all he continues to do.

We live in an incredible place, filled with incredible people, blessed beyond belief.  Praise God for everything he’s done for us!

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