I Can Begin Again

January 6, 2014

Thinking about 2014 goals is pretty exciting (and daunting). My heart skips a beat when I think of some of the big mountains my little legs want to climb. Dreams are awesome, aren’t they? It’s like we’re saying, “That one, God. Yes! Let’s conquer that!” And with a little faith, we chase them.

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The New Year Is In Me

January 5, 2014

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new is here.” –2 Corinthians 5:17

Read: 2 Corinthians 5

The confetti is all but cleaned up, the streamers are in the trash, Christmas decorations have been stored and the calendar is brand new. Deep breath…and…let it out. So THIS is 2014! But it doesn’t take long for things to feel normal again does it? For some reason, the commute this morning is still bumper-to-bumper, co-workers are still grumpy and junk food made its way back to your lunch box. Seems last year’s ho-hums and habits still cast their shadows.

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2014: Let Him Make The List

December 31, 2013

Well dear friends, here we are. Last day of the year. Many of us are cleaning out cupboards, jotting down training schemes and setting our goals and objectives for a happy and healthy new year. And for that, we are so excited. We can’t wait to be a resource of encouragement and motivation. And like many of you, I want God to make my list. But not as an item to be checked off, but that He actually MAKES my list.

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On God’s Errand

December 30, 2013

er-rand: a short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, often on someone else’s behalf.

malibu sunsetA couple days away from the dawn of a new year, and I can’t believe how fast 2013 came and went. Anybody with me on this? It literally feels like it flew by. Last night, Loretta and I took in a Malibu sunset as a way to try and put a button on the year. I snapped this pic to memorize the moment. A minute or so before it finally disappeared, I removed my cap, grabbed her hand, and we prayed. I tell ya, if one thing a good sunset will do is shine a nice light on a year gone by.

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Joy To The World

December 20, 2013

Friends, today will be the last entry until after Christmas. And I’d like to simply take a second to wish you a wonderful week. Your health, family and entire lives are on my mind each and every day. Trust that. We have a lot in store next year, but we’ll get to those 2014 dreams soon enough. For now, please know how much you mean to me. We’ll have a gentle presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the coming days, but devotions will return December 30th.

So, from all of us, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Celebrate Jesus, enjoy loved ones. Joy to the world.

Jimmy

It Was A Gift

December 18, 2013

I’ve never shared this story before, but Christmas seems to be the perfect time for it. A few years ago, traveling with a friend and client, I was working, writing the first PrayFit book, doing my thing. Well, one busy day he called me over and asked me to take a walk with him. I wasn’t sure what he needed, so as always I simply said, “Yes sir.” When we turned the corner, he stopped, put his arm around me, pointed and said, “It’s yours. Enjoy.”

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Me and My Drum

December 17, 2013

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, working as unto the Lord, not for men.” –Colossians 3:23

Read: Colossians 3

Turns out PrayFit has a theme song — a song that sums up PrayFit perfectly. My wife and friends might guess it’s a Rocky montage, but alas, no. I have one better. The Little Drummer Boy. (Pa rum pum pum pum)…

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Our Place in the Son

December 16, 2013

Saving Mr. BanksThe expression on her face says it all. During the Summer, Loretta and I saw the announcement of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks to hit theaters this December, and well, it’s been circled on our calendar ever since. Not only that, but because Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks were filmed at Disney Studios in Burbank, they had a special, exclusive engagement in honor of them both. Trust me. If you want to earn major husband points in my little home, you make arrangements for our names to be on the short list of special guests. And oh friends, what a night. Like I said, the expression on her face says it all.

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Seeing Words

December 15, 2013

Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:28)

Christian vocalist Mark Harris has a wonderful line in one of his songs that goes, “Preach Christ, even if it means use words.” Plainly put, our actions to an unbelieving world matter more than what we say. I thought of that line last week watching the recap of Nelson Mandela’s memorial. By now you’re aware that while the President and other world leaders offered their speeches, the sign language interpreter was doing anything but interpreting. Sadly, some people needed to see words.

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Be Born In Us

December 12, 2013

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”
— Matthew 2:10

Read: Matthew 2

If you missed Christmas Presence yesterday, we talked about the shepherds and their efforts to see the newborn King. We agreed that their best was all they had to offer Him — our pacesetters if you will, and they made it. Can’t you just see their cold breath and chests rising as they arrive? But today, let’s focus on the one who didn’t run. Though she trembled when she was told of the miracle, Mary waited for the promise.

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