Tag Archives: Religion

Filling Holes

Heard  Plumb’s God Shape Hole the other day and begin thinking about the lyrics.

God Shaped Hole

Every point of view has another angle
And every angle has its merit
But all comes down to faith
That’s the way i see it

You can say that love is not divine and
You can say that life is not eternal
“all we have is know”
But i don’t believe it

There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us

And the restless soul is searching
There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And it’s a void only He can fill

Does the world seem gray with empty longing
Wearing every shade of cynical
And do you ever feel that
There is something missing?

That’s my point of view…

It is so easy to forget that were created by God, in his image and to have fellowship with him. Some how we get our priorities messed up and focus on our needs, wants and goals.  It seems no matter how much we accomplish or how busy we get there is a hole or emptiness that can’t be filled.  What are you trying to fill that hole with?

2009 In Review

Monday, I posted the top TDZ posts from 2009, based on site stats.  I would also, like to post a month by month review of my favorites.

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January

Providence

Jimmy at Keeping it Simple wrote a post recently inspired by the actions of Chesley B. Sullenberger, pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. Sullenberger was able to safely land in the Hudson River. Surprisingly, everyone on the flight survived. As I read Jimmy’s post and listened to news reports, one word came to mind: Providence! More

February

My World Tuesday: My World of Contrast

The Big Guy and I are from Texas but currently live in Florida. Today I thought I would show the contrast between my two worlds. More

March

Top 10: Soundtrack for Life

Got tagged for another Facebook Meme. I think it was supposed to be more albums.  I decided to make it fit my Top 10 format and since it is my blog … More

May

What Makes a Good Pastor?

Our church is in a period of transition. As a part of the process we were asked to complete a survey. Most of the survey focused on the type of pastor desired for the church. While pondering my responses I began thinking about the survey, vision for our church, and qualities I want in a pastor.  More

Lessons from Crocs

On a recent shopping trip I got stuck in an unusually long line. While waiting I begin comparing a display of knock-off “Crocs” type shoes with my Crocs. As I was comparing the shoes I realized that there were some spiritual lessons that could be gleaned from the experience. More

June

Worship is Not a Spectator Event

It seems that sometimes in church we get in a routine where we come in sit down and wait for those on the stage to sing, teach, pray etc, while we sit in our comfy little pew and observe.  This really frustrates me because I think we have a misunderstanding of worship.  Matt Redman is right that at its very core worship is all about Jesus or at least it should be. Worship is not just a corporate service that we attend once a week to please God. … More

July

3 Things

In Bible Study recently we discussed what does it really mean to be a Christian. Some have tried to turn being a Christian into a bunch of do’s and don’ts. So, being a Christian becomes just a bunch of rules. The word Christian literally mean’s Christ follower.  As Christians we should be imitators or followers of Christ. I think it is more than following rules. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we should become more like Him. So what does that look like in our lives if we focus on following Christ and not just a bunch of rules?  A good place to start is with three commands that Jesus gave. More

September

Two Irish Bands

My go to music this summer has been from two Irish bands, one is a well known band and the other is a new band.  So, I’m sure you’ve probably guessed that one of the bands is U2. The new band is Bluetree. More

October

Facebook Quizzes Out of Control

It seems that there is a Facebook Quiz for everything. I played along for a while but  have grown weary of them. Many use  the following format “What type of _____ are you?” Some are funny while others are just plain ridiculous.  I have decided I don’t need a quiz to tell me what type of ____ I am.  I can figure that out for myself and have decided to share my unbiased and non-scientific results. … More

Zero-Tolerance or Zero Discretion?

Zachary Christie holding the "dangerous weapon".

As an educator one of my biggest frustrations was the unfair enforcement of school rules. I tried to be fair with all of my students regardless of who they were or were not. I have been a supporter of zero-tolerance. However, I think that discretion must also be used when enforcing rules. There are times when the penalty may far exceed the offense.  A recent incident in the Christina School District in Delaware is an excellent example of zero-tolerance out of control when  six-year-old cub scout Zachary Christie was suspended for bringing a dangerous weapon to school.  The dangerous weapon was a camping utensil with a knife, fork, and spoon. Zachary was excited about his new tool and wanted to use it at lunch. He was not threatening anyone but simply wanted to eat lunch. In an interview Zachary responded to the questions about his motivation by saying he simply wanted to eat lunch. Zachary has been suspended for 45 days and may be sent to a reform or alternative school. … More

November

Be the Best

As a child my Granddaddy Crain used to quote one of his favorite poems Be the Best for me. It was one of the many lessons my Granddaddy taught me. … More

December

Happy Birthday Big Guy

Check my pictorial tribute to the Big Guy. … More

Top 10: Top Posts for the 2009

Top 10Criteria Used: All post had to be written in the 2009 calendar year.

#10: ProvidenceJimmy at Keeping it Simple wrote a post recently inspired by the actions of Chesley B. Sullenberger, pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. Sullenberger was able to safely land in the Hudson River. Surprisingly, everyone on the flight survived. As I read Jimmy’s post and listened to news reports, one word came to mind: Providence! — More

#9: Top 10: My Dream Music Festival - Regular readers have probably figured out that I love music. Over the years I have been able to attend several concerts. I  have often thought of bands/artists that would be included in my ideal music festival. The best word to describe my line up is eclectic. - More

#8:  What Makes a Good PastorOur church is in a period of transition. As a part of the process we were asked to complete a survey. Most of the survey focused on the type of pastor desired for the church. While pondering my responses I began thinking about the survey, vision for our church, and qualities I want in a pastor. — More

#7: Top 10: Best Burger Joints - A compilation of my favorite burger places.  More

#6: Daves Highway - Last week I someone posted a Daves Highway a video on Facebook. Sorry, I don’t remember who posted it. If you haven’t heard of these guys you need to check them out. Siblings  Delaney, Zachary and Erika Daves  make up the trio.  The group is from Brandon, MS.  The tight harmonies and vocals are amazing for a group still in their teens. The group’s repertory includes Christian, country and rock tunes.  Their cover of Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin.  May be my favorite. — Read More

#5: Michael Tait Joins the Newsboys – Yes, that is right Michael Tait has replaced Peter Furler as lead singer of the Newsboys. I had been hearing rumors of this for a while but it is offical. After 22 years with the group Furler will no longer be touring with the group. He will continue to write and produce plus make some appearances with the group. – Read More

#4: The Bucket List (Another Facebook Meme)Due to technical difficulties I’m not able to participate in ABC Wednesday this week. Hopefully, my computer will be back up soon. I have decided to respond to another Facebook Meme. I’ve been tagged several times for the Bucket List. — Read More

#3: Top 10: Tips for Walt Disney WorldA few years ago we had seasonal passes to Walt Disney World. That is one of the perks of living in Florida. Over the course of two years we learned quite a bit about the parks and some tips that might be helpful for visitors, especially from out of state. — Read More

#2: Top 10: Worst Movies Ever – So, this one is really a worst 10 list.  The Big Guy collaborated with me on this list. Read More

#1: Heroes: What Makes a Her0 - The theme for National Blog Posting Month is heroes. Posting on the theme is optional but I am going to try to post something each week about heroes. Some would consider athletes, rock stars or other celebrities heroes. Or maybe heroes are those who show extraordinary bravery and selflessness. I have been thinking what qualities define a hero. — Read More

God Guide Us

U.S. Flag

There is a business in our town that has a patriotic themed building. Among the decorations is a banner with the following:

God bless America, stand beside her and guide her.

Had to wait at the light near this business today and began thinking about that sign. The first thing that struck me was the last part “… and guide her.”  God is a gentleman and will not force his will on anyone, family, church, or even nation. He will only guide those who are willing to be led by him.

The next thing that struck me was the first statement “God bless America…”. We can’t expect God to bless our lives, family or nation if we are unwilling to be led by Him. To me it seems hypocritical to pray “Lord bless me” when I fail to make my relationship with him a priority.

For change to happen in our nation it must first begin on an individual level. We must first allow God to guide our lives and put him first.