Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wanda and I are on the run. We left Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon headed to Tampa. We left Tampa that evening driving back up to Leesburg. Friday morning we’re headed to Orlando, and then later Friday afternoon we return back to Jacksonville.
Why make such a trip?
The answer is simple.
One grandson had a track meet. One grandson had a music concert. One grandson had a football game. Proud grandparents want to see it all.
We can’t do everything or go to everything they do, but it is a joy to share in their lives and watch them grow up. It is happening so quickly. They are good grands. We are proud of them all.
We also celebrated Julie’s birthday which is next Tuesday. We made every moment count. Julie is such a beautiful young woman. We are so proud and thankful to the Lord for her.
Between going to Tampa and Orlando we stopped overnight and saw mom and dad. Our visits were too quick, but very enjoyable. We love our family.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
from the depths of the pit.
56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears
to my cry for relief.”
57 You came near when I called you,
and you said, “Do not fear.”
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Encouragement is a difference maker. A good work spoken can lift the spirit, release new hope, strengthen, and propel to a better future. Everyone needs encouragement. Kinds words shared at critical times can foil failure and compel the discouraged to become more than a conquerer.
How can we encourage? I am glad you asked. Here are a few ways.
1. Say thanks to someone doing a new or hard task.
2. Say thank you for jobs well done.
4. Smooth over a failure of a friend or stranger.
5. Offer a cup of cool water to the heavy laden.
6. Be a peace maker.
7. Speak truth in love. Make that lots of love.
Paul wrote that we should encourage one another. He shared:
Serve one another-Gal. 5:13
Bear with one another-Eph 4:2
Forgive one another: Eph 4:32
Submit to one another: Eph 5:21
Comfort one another: I Thess 4:18
Edify one another: I Thess 5:11
We are further told to greet one another, be hospitable to one another, to consider one another, and to encourage one another. Over and over we are told to love one another.
The truth is we need one another. No one does well on an island alone. Everyone is important in God's KIngdom.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here are pictures from the landing of the Ocala Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington D. C. Dad was one of over 100 veterans who made the day long flight to Washington and back to see the World War II Memorial. The landing ceremony was quite impressive as hundreds turned out to salute the veterans. I was proud of dad and all of the vets. It was a touching time to see men and women who served our Nation with such honor.
I left late Thursday afternoon and rode "Big Red" to the Ocala Fl Airport and waited with all the other thankful families and friends and Americans for the Honor Flight. They landed to great celebration and fanfare. It made you proud to be an American.
They call World War II veterans "the greatest generation". I think there is something to that. We have so much to learn from this group, but not much time to capture their spirit and heart.
So, thanks again Dad, and welcome home!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My father, Oscar Milton Dykes, served in the Navy in WWII. He served at the end of the war in Pensacola, Fl. Through the years I have heard his stories of Navy service and have been thankful and proud of him. He gave his time and service in an admirable manner.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wanda and I rode "The Tail of the Dragon" in Deals Gap, NC. We rode it in the rain. That is 11 miles with 318 curves. Now before you say we are crazy, let me tell you that I had a certified trainer coaching us through the drive.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Faithful church members are jewels in my book. I am talking about those who are there when the doors are open. I mean those who remain faithful to their church for years and do not leave. These kind love their pastors and don't shun any. They carry the load of church work. They are givers and not takers. Faithful church members are not fair weather folks. They don't merely ride on the band wagon. They love the Lord, their church, and the lost. They stick through thick and thin.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Friendship is the result of being friendly. It happens when no records are kept.
I have been fortunate to enjoy having many friends and some for years. I wouldn't attempt to name them because I would surely leave someone off the list. Not good!
What do good friendships require?
Time. Trust. Truth. Tact.
Friendships that are genuine can be picked up even after long lapes of involvement. They don't fade or wash out.
What make for friendship?
A smile. A kind word. A few compliments. A thoughtful deed.
What makes for friendship?
Reaching out again. Being hard to be offended. Accepting the good, the bad, the ugly.
Jesus is my friend.
Wanda is my friend.
My family are all friends.
The list goes from there. I hope I can be a good friend. So many have been kind to me.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Safe riding isn't automatic. It requires focus.
Safe journeying in life also demands more attention. My heart breaks when I see personal life crashes. I have ministered to so many fallen individuals. It hurts when you see people hurt.
I have ridden "Big Red" in the rain some this week. God has kept me safe. I thank Him.
Now, may God help me to complete my life journey safely too.
That is all that matters.
Maybe I need to slow down. That is a key in safe riding. Maybe I should wait more on the Lord. He will guide if I will listen.
Wait on the Lord.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
In the early '80's I bought one of the first Apple computers. It had a floppy disk, but it was cool for the day. Not many folks had one back then. It basically was a word processor. It couldn't do much more.
Now with a MacBook, IPhone, IPad2, I am cooking with gas, as my father would say. What am I doing with it?
Research, reading, writing, journaling, bill paying, calendaring, and the list goes on.
I love reading with it. I don't have to carry a handful of books around everywhere. It is something!
It is interesting to learning how to use it. I check an IPad2 book for Dummies out of the library. That's me. I am a dummy, but I am learning.
What does John Maxwell say about leaders?
Leaders must be learners. So, I am a dummy, but everyday I am learning a little more.
I wonder what will be coming down the road? When I was in college, it was an old typewriter. Now, I am cool. I'm hip. Like man, I am with it.
Just a dummy having fun!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Bright, alive colors get my attention. I love reds and yellows and oranges, and greens and blues and all of the rainbow's hew. Colors capture my eyes view. They stimulate and inspire. They decorate and make for better connection.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
I remember 9/11/01 as if it were yesterday. We will all remember where we were and what we were doing on 9/11 for the rest of our lives. I was at home and turned the TV on just as the first attack had occurred and was being reported. I never turn the TV on in the mornings, but I did that day. I thought I was watching a promo for a movie. It was surreal. It took a few moments to realize this was real, not a movie.
It is an unforgettable date. It is like Dec 7, Pearl Harbor Day or Nov 22, the day President Kennedy was shot. Those dates are indelible.
Once I ate dinner on the 109th floor of the World Trade Center. It was expensive and very high up in the air. I have flown on airplanes that didn’t get that high. I remember thinking that if terrorists were ever to knock down on of those buildings that it would be a world changing event, and it truly was.
But what do these unusual dates mean to us? What should our responses be? What should good Americans or good Christians do?
We can remember. Pay respects. Show honor. Give thanks. Reflect. Move to right action.
But our greatest need and greatest response or action should be prayer. America needs prayer. We are in a battle for our survival. It is a war against terrorist and a war against spiritual attacks against the very fabric of society. Neither war will be won without prayer.
This weekend, join with me in renewing efforts in prayer for our Nation. Let’s humble ourselves and pray. Let’s turn from sinful ways. God will hear and answer.