3000 Miles To Grace Land

October 17, 2013

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” –1 Peter 2:21

Read: 1 Peter 2

You can learn a lot on a walk. I’ve been so blessed this week by your comments and thoughts on our theme. On our walk that counts, we learned that when things get pruned, they bloom. We encouraged one another to take another step during dark times and wear the song out the door. And yesterday, we watched the gait of some of the Bible’s most amazing characters as well as that of our life’s main character, Christ. The only walk to follow.

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A Powerful Statement

October 17, 2013

“Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” –Isaiah 2:5

Read: Isaiah 2

Walking is a powerful statement. We’ve spent a few days this week on the subject, but there are a few biblical faces I wish I could see as they put one foot in front of the other. Try to imagine Abraham’s anguished face as he walked with Isaac toward the altar; a wide-eyed Moses when his feet touched the Red Sea’s floor; a groggy Lazarus coming out of the tomb; a soon-to-be-blind Saul heading to Damascus. The visionary Paul pacing in prison writing, “We walk by faith”. Picture the crippled boy carrying his bed through town, or a once-blind Bartimaeus — now turned follower — not letting Jesus out of his sight. I’d love to have seen Simone the Cyrene heading to Jerusalem, or Simon the Cyrene leaving Jerusalem. The two mourning disciples shuffling along the road to Emmaus just before their eyes were opened, or Peter’s look of wonder as he strolled across the water.

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Wear The Song Out

October 16, 2013

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path.” –Psalm 119:105

Read: Psalm 119

I’m gonna wear this song out. Seems I can’t get over a new ditty by Steven Curtis Chapman. Play, repeat, play, repeat. Thing is, I want to wear this song out; out on my walk, out to my therapy, out to the store. Well, you’ll be glad that I have a new song for our stroll together today. Let’s walk and talk.

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Bring On The Crew

October 14, 2013

“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” –John 15:2

Read: John 15

IMG_8120Shall we? Let’s go this way. I have a friend I’d like you to meet. See, just down this street — not too far away from that palm we talked about recently — is a row of trees. And for years I’ve watched pruning crews pull up and do their work. I admit, it’s painful to watch. Cut, snip, snap, buzzzz. And just like that, the crew cleans up the rubble and off they go, leaving nothing but a seemingly empty, barren-looking tree. And here we are. A couple of weeks ago, I took the picture on the left. To the right: the same tree today.

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A Walk That Counts

October 13, 2013

“Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.” –Job 14:16

Read: Job 14:16

Along with some of her co-workers, my wife is watching her step, literally. In a company-wide initiative, she and a group of co-workers have decided to encourage activity and join the Get Active campaign. To help keep track of daily movement, everyone is wearing a pedometer to catch each step of the day, from the first to the last. And they’ve dispersed log books to help monitor their every move. It’s a neat exercise among co-workers and friends. (Hmm, I’m starting to think our nightly walks have taken on a new meaning.)

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Glorious Unfolding

October 10, 2013

Well, how did the week unfold? Any glorious victories? What about pitfalls, any of those? Well, at the PrayFit house, we had a little of everything. But one thing’s for certain, we sure have been blessed by this week’s entries and your comments each day.

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I Got It, Daddy

October 9, 2013

“Bear one another’s burdens.” –Galatians 6:2

Read: Galatians 6

Growing up the younger of two sons, I used to love it when Daddy and I would take a ride in his truck just the two of us. Sitting shotgun, of course, was not my birthright, so I’d take advantage by rolling the window down, sticking my elbow out, and letting the wind blow. To a baby brother, the front seat was the promised land — a 10-year old’s olive branch.

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What We Do In Life…

October 9, 2013

“She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches her hands to the needy.” –Proverbs 31:20

Read: Proverbs 31

Brother Henry and Sandy Powell

Brother Henry and Sandy Powell

She was always there. Where he went, she went. The constant encourager and supporter to one of my life’s most special friends. For nearly 50 years, she stood by his side, sat and watched him preach, traveled with him and taught with him on the mission field. Together they were non-stop servants on a non-stop gospel-giving, soul-saving parade.

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Strength and Honor

October 8, 2013

“This is what the Lord says, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom or the strong man boast in his strength…” –Jeremiah 9:23

With so much on my mind yesterday, I walked into my physical therapy session. Progress is slow. Parents need prayer. PrayFit at a crossroads. Swirling and swirling inside my little pea brain. After my daily evaluation, one of the therapists asked that I follow them to the other side of the center. We walked through the machines, the cable stations, and then we finally reached the free weights — first time in a weight room in close to two years and sentimental me had to pause.

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October 6, 2013

IMG_4510We were finally there. The 10th Anniversary Gala of The Walt Disney Concert Hall had been circled on our calendar for months. Loretta and I did nothing short of soak up every moment. We walked the red carpet, stood in the lobby, ate hors d’oeuvres, and to strangers who were equally as excited as we were, I gave a few cordial “How do you do’s?” Within minutes, we’d witness the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra with honored, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and of course, conducted by the great Gustavo Dudamel. Before we knew it, bells tolled and lights dimmed. We took our seats. (I typed that with a whisper.)

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