Are All Government Leaders Really Appointed By God?

Here in the United States, our Presidential election is right around the corner. This election has been and continues to be the dominant topic, not only on the news and social media, but almost everywhere you go. It seems the country is solidly divided.

Regardless of who is elected the next president of the United States, you can be sure of one thing. Half of the country will be utterly disappointed, while the other half will be beaming with glee. And, with very different agendas proposed by each candidate, the winner will endeavor to set their course for the United States.

I rarely comment on politics on this blog, but I thought with all the discourse flying in every direction these days, a comment about government leaders might be in order.

Over the years I have heard others


Great Song By Casting Crowns

I heard this song recently.

It’s very encouraging and inspiring.  My favorite line in the chorus is, “My seasons change; You stay the same.”

Write a comment if you like it too.

I came to You with my heart in pieces
And found the God with healing in His hands
I turned to You, put everything behind me
And found the God who makes all things new
I looked to You, drowning in my questions
And found the God who holds all wisdom
And I trusted You and stepped out on the ocean
You caught my hand among the waves
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

I ran from You, I wandered in the shadows
And found a God who relentlessly pursues
I hid from You, haunted by my failure
And found the God whose grace still covers me
I fell on You when I was at my weakest
And found the God, the lifter of my head
And I’ve worshiped You
And felt You right beside me
You’re the reason that I sing
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

In my worry, God You are my stillness
In my searching, God You are my answers
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
In my weakness, God You are my power
You’re the reason that I sing
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
All my days


Living Your Life To The Fullest

Who has a perfect life with no troubles, challenges, or setbacks? You and I both know living life “without a care in the world” is not reality. We all have unwanted and unwelcomed circumstances we need to face.

And no matter what one faces in life, there is always someone around to remind us, “It could be worse.” Oh yes, of course it could be worse; it could always be worse. But that’s not my point.

To be alive is


3 Great keys On How To Change Something In Your Life

change-222Sometimes situations force us to make changes.  At other times, we get so tired of our current results that we initiate the change.  Sometimes in life we know we need to change, but just refuse to change.

Why do we resist change?

At times in life, we recognize the need for change.  Perhaps we see it or someone else points it out to us.  But, we all know too well that nothing ever changes by simply recognizing a need for change.

For example, if you are overweight then you



I saw a cool quote from Zig Ziglar recently.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Zig quote I didn’t like. Once again, this one hit the mark:
“Miserable people focus on the things they hate about their life. Happy people focus on the things they love about their life.”

That’s really true, isn’t it?  Think about the happy people you know, and the miserable people you know: what do they


Powerful Song Then; Still Powerful Today

On September 11, 2001, our country came together, and all American lives mattered!

I posted this last year, and it’s still a powerful song.

Alan Jackson first performed this song, November 7, 2001, barely two months after 9/11, at the CMA Awards.  Ten years later, he talked about how he came to write the song.

For me, it’s just as inspiring today as it was 15 years ago.  How about you?



Your Focus And Attention Really Does Matter!

We have a 7-year-old flat top stove. The other day it quit – all four burners. Poof. Done.

Instead of spending more money fixing it, like we did two years ago, we found a really good deal for a new one. They came and installed the new stove, and I’m back to being spoiled by my wife’s fabulous cooking.

End of story, right? Yes. But, I could have mentioned


Posting It Again

Maybe it’s from years of playing songs over and over on the radio.

Or, maybe it’s just a really cool song. I’ve played it a couple of times when visiting The Phoenix Rescue Mission.

I posted it here a year ago, and so, here it is again. Sometimes you just gotta leave it all behind. This is from the group, Casting Crowns, called, The Well.

It’s from their album,  Come To The Well.

I think it’s inspiriting – what do you think?  If you like it, share it!


How To Eliminate Bad Choices

worried-female-2We’ve all experienced the results of a bad choice. Most of the time when it happens, our resolve is to “not do that again.” But so many times we fail to realize what caused the bad choice in the first place.

As Andy Andrews puts it, “Our thinking determines our choices and decisions; choices and decisions decide an action; the action always, always yields results.” (At the end of this article there’s a You Tube video with Andy explaining this process.)

We all choose the thoughts we think. We sometimes overlook just how powerful and indeed life changing our own thoughts really are.

A couple of years ago I posted an article called


When We Want Info Today, We Just Google It.

googleThis is the information age, and millions of people get tons of information every day on the Internet. It’s fast and easy to search for what you’re looking for. And you don’t even have to be sitting at your computer; you can even verbally ask the app on your smartphone a question!

Many times at the office where I work, I opt to get an answer I need from the Internet rather than call customer service. Years ago, needing an answer, my boss said, “Just Google it.” So often when calling for support on the phone, you have to endure all the prompts, then have to wait a long time in line, and then finally you get to speak to someone who might not speak English very well.

Google It

I saw a statistic recently. “Google now processes over