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Happy New Year 2017

Fall on the promises of God, this year and always.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24‭-‬26 ESV

In His Love,

Daniel

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!

Taken by Kirk Schiebel

Taken by Kirk Schiebel

2014 was an interesting year. There are many things that happened that were good, many things that happened that were bad, and many things that fell in between.

The important thing to remember is that God is in control:

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’
Isaiah 46:9-10, ESV

As I have said in the past, I say for the coming year,

The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ Numbers 6:24-26, NASB

Do not forget this year to get your daily wisdom from Proverbial Thought. Perhaps it will help get you into the Bible!

Love and grace,

Daniel & Caitlin

2014 in review for a simple man of God

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Resolutely Seeking Righteousness

Seek wisdom and get a taste through the words shared at Proverbial Thought!

For the past week and a half I have been talking about why I do not like New Year’s Resolutions.

Here are some reasons why:

1. Resolutions are more like wishes personal wishes for the future. If you really want to stick to your desired goal, it is better to write out specifically what you ultimately want to achieve, sub-goals for marking progress and getting encouragement to continue, and have a support team.

2. We tend to approach resolutions more as guidelines for looking responsible than actually being responsible with our lives.

3. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3, ESV)

Why is number three Proverbs 16:3?

Because, along with my first two reasons, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) We are always trying to do things we think are best for us, but we do not always seek God’s will for our decisions. Perhaps we fail at so many resolutions because we were trying to do something that either God has not ordained or in a way He has not ordained.

[“ordained” simply means sanctioned, permitted, or established]

Therefore, whether the resolution is to lose weight, change diet, quit smoking/drinking/some addiction, or anything of importance, it is best to seek God first. In fact, one of my favorite passages to quote about just about anything will help with this, as well:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

And I couple it with this:

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

Whatever plans you have for this year, remember to always put Christ first. Seek out the will of the Father, act on His will, and always give thanks no matter the circumstances or results!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY!

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 01/05/2014

Resolve to discover wisdom, and find some wisdom at Proverbial Thought!

As I have discussed, I am not big on making New Year’s resolutions. I much prefer setting goals and meeting them.

That being said, here is today’s poem, inspired by this passage:

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
Luke 9:51, ESV

New Resolution

a new year has come around once again
and i see where i have fallen short
people are setting new resolutions
that last two weeks or one or two more
these resolutions do not make much sense
if they can barely get past the start

as Jesus resolutely turned His face
toward Jerusalem where He would die
i resolutely declare every day
i shall turn my face to His sacrifice
because Jesus resolved to take my place
giving my life to Him is worth the price

The End of 2013

A friendly reminder to finish the year right with some wisdom as found at Proverbial Thought!

To close out this incredibly full year, I will keep it short and sweet and remember some things that happened in my life this year.

After 12 years of on-again-off-again work, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University. My journey started after high school, naturally, when I attended a semester at Olivet Nazarene University. A year after that I took some classes at Heartland Community College, took a year off before taking some more, and then taking another year off before getting a few more classes in. After getting married in 2009, I was accepted that fall to GCU’s online program doing one class at a time with only 3-4 weeks off from class each year!

The day after I finished my final class, my wife and I found out we were getting our house! It took five months to get through the financial process and two months of restoration before we could move in this past September.

We moved in one month into my first semester in graduate school, working on my Masters of Divinity in Biblical Communication. Graduate school is not easy! But I got through the first semester, and Caitlin took a class with me!

In January I was ordained.

In May I officiated my first wedding … for my sister-in-law!

I went to San Diego for the first time (with our youth group).

I signed with a talent agency for acting and modeling (weird, I know).

This was a crazy year.

However, God has taken the opportunity to work in my life through all of this.

He has taught me a deeper patience with people.

He has taught me the importance of Sabbath rest.

He has taught me the importance of gratefulness: to Him and to others, especially others.

He reminded me of the importance of trusting His sufficiency as we paid rent and mortgage for four months, two of which without income!

He reminded me of His grace as He imparted more grace through me.

He filled my wife and me with more peace, patience, and hope than we could understand during a crazy year of change!

Tonight as we host a New Year’s Eve get together in our new house, God will get that special place of honor in all of our interactions.

If you want a resolution for the new year, try this one: to walk closer with Christ each day.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness …” (Matthew 6:33)

For this next year,

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

As I said last year, for the coming year,

The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ Numbers 6:24-26, NASB

Do not forget this year to get your daily wisdom from Proverbial Thought. Perhaps it will help get you into the Bible!

Love and grace,

Daniel & Caitlin