Short Time with God This Morning

About 3:00 a.m. today I woke up and wrote this down. I don’t remember if I was dreaming or not, but this was on my heart, so I felt it was important…

Dan, keep your focus on me! When you get emotional, take a second or two to slow down and control your tongue. Words hurt. (James 1: 25-27) I am the judge, and only I. Go out of your way TO NOT judge others (James 4: 11-12), it damages OUR relationship. It tells Me that you think you know better than Me. 

I showed you Grace and Love at your worst moments. I accepted you where, when, and how you were, no questions asked. I loved you unconditionally even when you turned your back on Me. Do you think you are any better than all the rest of My children? Do you think deserve more than all the rest of My children? (Acts 15: 8-11)

Loving and accepting Me into your heart was not the first step in our journey together. I have been with you the whole time, even when you didn’t think I cared. Keeping Me in your heart and at your side means humbling yourself on a minute to minute basis. It means making Me first, others second and yourself last. I sent My Son as an example of this journey. As one of my disciples, it is your job Dan to show all of My children grace and love. Whether you think they deserve it or not is not your concern, leave the judging to Me. If you want to be My hands and feet to the world, a beacon of Light, a reflection of Me, then humble yourself and keep me First. (1 Timothy 1: 15-17)

Father God, please forgive my sins and transgressions. I long to be your servant and to glorify you. You have blessed me in so many ways that I can’t even count them all. I am not worthy of all You have done for me, but through Grace, You have redeemed me. Thank You for that gift. Father I pray that You help me keep my focus on You. That You continue to transform me. That You bring me peace in emotional times so that I may temper my tongue. I pray that I can see everyone I encounter through Your eyes and extend them the grace and love You have given me. Not because they or I earned or deserved it, but because You loved us first.

I pray all this today in Your Blessed Son’s name, Jesus.


Short Time with God This Morning

It’s 1:00 a.m. and the pain in my head, is again keeping me from sleep. Doctors are at a loss and medications that work, wipe me out and make me feel like a zombie. Some days are worse than others, and yesterday and this morning have been particularly rough.

As I lay awake in this early morning, it is hard to keep my mind focused but I try to pray and the Lord lays this message on my heart:

Dan, be patient and trust in Me, I am always here for you, don’t ever forget that. Continue to seek Me first above all else, that is what pleases Me. Make time to spend with Me in prayer, it is important to Me. I long to be with you, to look into your heart and mind. It is in these moments that I will refresh you and open your eyes to My plan for you. Psalm 37:3-6 (NLT)

You are limited by your earthly body, but your soul know’s no bounds and that is where I am living and working in you. So take time and rest when you need to rest. Patience and trust are what will make your path clear. I will give you all you need and when you trust in Me, I will multiply your blessings beyond your dreams. Luke 12:27-34 (NLT)

Two Steps Forward – One Step Back

I have written a lot lately regarding my faith and quoted a lot of scripture. I have done a great deal of research and study to accomplish these posts. I do this: A: Because it interests me and I am enjoying my newly found faith. B: Because I am finding being in the Word is helping me become a better disciple. & C: I want to communicate to others who believe they are in dire situations, that it is never to late to let God into your life, regardless of the mess YOU think it may have become.

Today, I am taking a different approach. I am going to write about why I believe when our life starts going well in one area, we feel attacked in other areas. Additionally, I am going to try to do this from a secular approach. Not that I don’t have scripture to support my position, I just want to try to mix this up, so it may be more appealing to the non-believers. Preaching to the choir is easy, spreading His message to the public, that’s not always so well received. So here I go…

I believe that whether you are a believer or non-believer, we can all agree that none of us are perfect. I believe that our lack of perfection is just one of the many failures that facilitates this phenomenon of two steps forward, one step back. In the United States we have created a culture of “Now”. We want everything Now. Our lives, even from a very young age, are being driven by instant gratification and Social Media. I have seen elementary age school children with Smart Phones, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram accounts. Our news media, competes to “scoop” their competition. How many time have you heard “You will only see this video on News 4“? Our society has moved from an era of cooperation and cohesiveness to an era of cut throat competition and one upping each other. You can even see this at a youth sporting event. You can see the loss of vision for the game and sportsmanship, shift to the focus of parents berating umpires and officials for a “bad call” against their child. When this is the example and environment that our children are exposed to, how can we expect them to share and cooperate with each other?

Individuals are so focused on themselves, that they can’t be bothered with the needs or concerns of others. We are so consumed with “Now”, we can’t be bothered by the past or future. When we look at life through these blinders, we only see the issue of the moment, and since the moment (or time) is not a fixture, but a fluid environment, how can we ever be expected to accomplish any one task?

If you are over the age of 40 look back into your life before cell phones, before the internet, before online gaming, before Mp3’s… life was much different. If you can remember those times, you needed the help and support of others much more than you do today. You couldn’t Google the answer for your question, you had to ask others for help. Maybe you had to go to a library and interact with someone for help finding the correct book. You may not have even had a TV, and even if you did, you probably didn’t have more than a few channels. It wasn’t until the late 70’s that Cable TV really got big. In fact, VCR’s were still the only media available for recording or watching movies at home until the late 80’s. During that era, people depended on each other for information, help, guidance, and spiritual issues.

If you are under the age of 40, you still probably remember a time when only the people who were considered to be executives or wealthy had cell phones. If you look back, you can probably recall when people would sit in a restaurant and talk to each other instead of texting on their phones. When if you wanted to go on a date with someone, you had to stand in front of them and ask them if they would like to go out for a meal or movie with you. People interacted and depended on each other.

Before technology made our lives easier (deep sarcasm), we had to depend on others. We were more focused on the “how” then the “now”. Somewhere along the way, as a society, we gave up on the “how”. When we were given the chance, we abandoned each other for ourselves. I believe this is where we lost our way. We chose the technology, or easy way, over relationships. Technology has isolated us from, not only each other, but in many cases, from spirituality. Whether you are a believer or non-believer, you can’t argue that isolation is not good for anyone. Even global society realizes the negative repercussions of isolation, and uses it as a form of extreme punishment for prisoners. Is this the future we want to inflict on ourselves and our children?

If we are willing to do this to ourselves, imagine the way Satan can use isolation. Satan understands that if we are self-dependent, or isolated, we have no need for belief in God. This isolation or no need for God, is simply not true, hell, even Satan believes in God. Even if you don’t think or believe that YOU need God, you must admit that the support of others is important. Even the worst of the worst criminals in society band together in community. What better way for Satan to work himself into our lives than via self-dependence? Self-dependence equates to pride and/or arrogance. Believing so highly in oneself is a sad and lonely existence at the very least. In its greatest manifestation, it will result in an eternal damnation.

As I have been on both sides of this fence, I feel safe discussing this topic. Living a care-free, come what may, self-dependent life, is fun in the moment. I know, I have been there. At some point however, when I looked around and saw who my “friends” were, and what “community” I belonged to, I got scared. Friends only had my back when it was convenient for them, and when they stood to gain from the relationship. Community was only there if there was no fear of judgement for their actions. Outsiders or a “do-gooder” were the freaks who didn’t understand what a good time they were missing. I know some of you reading this can relate to this. Now just for a minute, sit back and look at your life. How often are you taking two steps forward and one step back? If your like I was, quite often. The hole gets deeper and the methods of covering the hole become more drastic and severe. This is Satan manipulating you to believe it is OK to be this way, to be self-dependent. This is the perfect life for those who don’t want to rely or trust others, because they don’t want to feel guilty when they mess up. This is self-induced isolation, and Satan thrives on it. He counts on it, because remember Satan believes in God, and Satan knows you need the help of others, but he doesn’t want you to know that.

Once you come to the realization that being dependent on others, that needing help is really a sign of strength, not weakness, then you can start pushing Satan out of your life. Once you understand that life is not meant for you to go through alone, you will start to see life change. You will start taking four or five steps forward before you stumble. Don’t let me mislead you, you will stumble, but as long as you are pushing Satan out, you won’t go backwards. By realizing only God (AA/NA call Him a “Higher Power”), can save you from that eternal damnation, only then can you truly start moving forward in life.

I guess what I am saying is that it is never to late to turn around. No matter how deep your hole, no matter how dark your past, no matter where you are, it’s not too to. Someone near you understands and love’s you, in spite of yourself. I know I do, and I know God does. Reach out and be strong, ask for help.

Father, I pray tonight that these word fall on receptive ears. That Your light be so bright to someone who reads these words, that they turn away from Satan and towards You. Let the grace and mercy You have shown me, be available to all who will accept it. Only You can save us from ourselves God, and I pray that You continue to forgive my sins, and keep me open to Your will. That I may continue to spread Your message and glorify You in the process.

In your Blessed Son’s Holy Name,


Short Time with God this Morning

Well God, You know the convictions of my heart, and I pray that You help lead me on the correct path. There are many battles, of all types, going on in the world today; not just globally, but locally in our own country, states, and towns. I pray Lord that You lay Your convictions on the hearts of all Christians to stand-up and draw a line. A line of faith and accountability.

You Lord, are The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Your teachings are clear and confirmed and I pray that You help not only me, but all Christians to remember our baptism’s. To remember the commitment that we made to You. That accountability starts between You and each one of us, individually. That the relationship You have with each one of us is sacred, and if we disrespect or ignore that relationship and accountability to bow to social pressure, we are a modern-day Judas.

Father, please forgive my sins and continue to guide me on the path of repentance and reconciliation. Help me be accountable to You.


Dan, your heart is known by me and I love you. (Romans 10:9) I will win all the battles in the end, and then, all will have to make an accounting of their actions to Me. (Hebrews 4:13), I am The Way, The Truth and The Life, and all who ignore My teachings will know my wrath. (John 14:6), (Romans 2:8) The time is coming Dan when you will be asked about your faith, about how “your God of grace and mercy” can be so judgmental? My teachings were prophetic from the Old Testament through the New Testament. (Jude 1:2-4) Stand firm in your convictions Dan, you will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7)

Short Time with God this Morning

Good Morning God. I come to You today with thanks for Your Son, Jesus Christ and Your Grace of the Holy Spirit. When I was at my lowest of lows, when I thought that I was so useless, despicable, unclean, and so unworthy of love, You loved me anyway. In spite of myself, You loved me. I was so sick of my past and sinful ways that I couldn’t even love myself, yet You loved me. How awesome You are God!

Father, please continue to transform me. Each day I hunger and thirst just a bit more to know and understand Your Will. I feel Your Love and Grace around me all the time, and I see signs of You everywhere I look, and this thrills me. To think that someone as horrible as I was, that committed the deplorable sins I committed, that someone who was so unworthy of love or redemption, was washed clean and filled with Your Love and Grace anyway; it is so humbling and remarkable.

At the same time God this scares the crap out of me. People are coming to me with questions that I don’t know if I have the “right” answers to. I pray, research, study and read Your Word, but I still am only a man. I seek counsel and cross-reference “my” interpretation of the message you want me to pass along, but I am still only a man. Father, please give me patience and discernment. I am confident that You have control of my life, for that I am grateful. When I controlled my life, well You know how that went.

I guess my prayer today God is that You lead me in Your Will. Fill my heart and mouth with Your thoughts. Make the answers I pass to my family and others Your desire for them, not mine. I understand that my “transformation” has been a process, and I don’t see that ending, and that is fine with me. I know I did not change overnight, the work You have done on me took time. Please help me remember that with my family. They are starting to seek You more frequently, through me. Please guide me to be the spiritual leader You desire me to be. Please give me patience to “wait” for them, like You “waited” for me.

Father God, please let me always be an example of Your Love, Patience, Mercy, and Forgiveness. If I can show these attributes to my family, You will be glorified, and their reward.

I Love You God!


The old Dan is gone, and has been made new. Stop thinking about that “old Dan”, I don’t. I knew you before you were born, and I know where you are going. I am so proud of you. People are coming to you because you look “different” to them than before. They are drawn to you, and they want to know “why”? Why is he different, what changed? Tell them. Tell them it was Me. Tell them that I have taken over your life and how that has effected you. Let them judge your heart for themselves, they will understand when they are supposed to understand. How long did I wait for you? Be patient with your family, the work I am doing on them, I am doing through you. It is important that you stay the course. Some will see and hear, how and why you are changing, and they themselves be transformed. Others will not. They are not your concern. Those that choose to dismiss or ignore you, those are My concern. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21), (Jeremiah 1:1-10) 

All things will come together in my time Dan and Love is the key. Love, Patience, Mercy, and Forgiveness are all part of the foundation that I will lift you all up from. Give all these things willingly and with joy, not just to your family, but to all you meet. This is My message Dan. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

I Love You Too.

The Ship is Sinking – Should I Save My Wife or My Child

I always thought that if the ship were sinking and you can only save one person, who do you save between your wife and your child? I always said I would save my child. My justification was that my child is the future of my family. Then we had a second child and the philosophical answer got a little more complex. Imagine the philosophical struggle for families with many children. There had to be a theological or faith based answer to my dilemma. God had been opening a lot of doors and answering a lot of questions for me lately, why couldn’t He answer this one?

Discussing this with a very close Christian friend, he said that I was wrong. Wife ALWAYS before children, it’s biblical. I asked my friend where this was in the bible and he wasn’t sure of scripture and verse, but he was very confident and convicted in his answer. This led me to start praying and digging for answers. Here is what the Lord, has laid on my heart.

First, in Deuteronomy 6:5-7 it says:

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

There are over 39 verses in the bible where this command is issued in one form or another. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments God tells us the He should be OUR FIRST PRIORITY in everything. God promises us, that by making Him our first priority, He will insure us and secure us in all other areas of our lives. See Deuteronomy 7:9 for proof of this:

Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

So by making God my first priority, He will make choosing who to save easy… “I’ll just wait and let God tell me who to save”. That is great if you are used to “hearing” instructions from God; especially during times of extreme crisis. Well, that is not how He has worked with me, and from what I understand from most of my Christian friends, that is not how He works with them. There has to be more? If God is to be my first priority, how do I know my wife should be my second priority?

Early in the bible, God goes on to say that a man should leave his parents and take a wife. In Genesis 2:24 it says:

This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

So does that make the wife the automatic or default next priority in the familial prioritization dynamic? Yes. From a biblical perspective, I believe that our “wife” is the next priority in our lives. There are several texts in the bible that point to this fact. I think that Ecclesiastes 9:9Hosea 2:19, and 1 Corinthians 7:39, all point to the fact that God wants a husband and wife to be a priority, a LIFE LONG relationship, second only to our relationship with Him. God goes through an in depth description of His expectations for us in relationship with our wives in Ephesians 5:21-33:

Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands

21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body. 31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”[b] 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

OK, God says that my wife should be next, but what about the children? In the bible, God has several references relating to how, where, and why our children should be placed in the familial prioritization dynamic. In the Old Testament, in the book of Proverbs, there are 18 different references to children. Almost all, are instructions for parents in the way they are to raise their children. In Proverbs 8:30-36 it says:

I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence. 31 And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family! 32 “And so, my children,[a] listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. 34 Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord36 But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”

Then in the New testament, in the book of Ephesians, There are 6 references to children. The first four are talking about “grown children”. How, once we are on our own, that we are to live as taught by our parents. The last two references in Ephesians 6:1-4 are instructions to both children and parents. The Word tells us:

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,[a] for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”[b]  Fathers,[c] do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

I believe the first four references in Ephesians are instructions of how we are to live as the “Next Generation” of children of Christ. Then, all the references from Proverbs and the last two references in chapter 6 of Ephesians, are instructions for how we as children of Christ, should treat our parents, and how we as parents, should raise our children. Instructions of how we should raise the “Next Generation” of Christians. If we at one point, and our children today, are the “Next Generation”; and the bible tells us that our wives should be our top relationship priority after our relationship with Christ, who are we to question that?

Asking my friend “where in the bible does it say my wife is my first priority”, was really not a fair question. There is no one verse that says “when the ship is sinking and you have to choose between your wife and your child of who to save, save your wife”.

Learning, studying, listening, and understanding what God wants and expects of us, or “trusting God’s Will” is a never ending process. Getting into God’s Word and trusting Him and His answers will always trump the philosophical approach. The trick is staying connected to Christ in all areas of our life. If we do this and stay connected to Christ, we don’t have to worry. He is the answer.

Today, whether the popular answer or not, I will save my wife when the ship is sinking.

My justification, God is the ultimate Truth.

Short Time with God this Morning

Good Morning God,

First thing, please forgive me my sins. I try hard to walk in Your Son’s footsteps, but fail daily. You know my heart Father and You know that sometimes my head over rules my heart and my words are hurtful. Please forgive me.

You know I struggle with some of the relationships in my life God, I ask that You give me strength and patience to keep my focus on You. If I can do that, then those relationships that test me will be easy. Loving fellow brothers and sisters is sometimes difficult for me, when I know they claim to be “in relationship” with You, but live otherwise. I am not judging God, as I know that is not my place. I am praying that You touch the hearts of those people in my life, that they will realize the error of their ways and turn to You. Father God, You know who I am praying for this morning. I know better than anyone that earthly pleasures and living for self, are fertile breeding grounds for the Enemy. I pray that You touch the heart of this person and help them to realize that You are all they need.

Lord, I am so blessed. Father You are doing amazing things in my life these day’s and I am grateful. Please Father, keep me humble and let all glory and success, rest on You. You are the source of my strength that keeps me going each day, and for that I thank You. Please continue to bless the mission that You have laid on my heart. This event being planned is to honor you Lord. I pray that the Love of Your Son, Jesus Christ, shine so brightly through this event, that just one person in this community accepts You as their Savior. That just one person realize the importance of being a “father” to their “child”. That just one person realizes that life without you, is an empty life. God I pray that it is Your Will to shine through this event. That the people of this community see the Love that You and Your Holy Spirit have placed in the hearts of our church. Father, thank You for the amazing people who You have surrounded me with for this event. Please continue to bless their lives, so that they can continue to worship and honor You.

God, there is so much suffering and pain going on in the lives of people I know. Pain of loss, expected loss, disease, and so much more. I pray this morning that You lay Your hand of healing over them. That they gain wisdom and insight that Your plan is bigger than they can see or comprehend. You have our whole lives planned out, even before we were born, and if we look to You, we can find joy even in pain and loss, as we know it is for Your Glory. We don’t have to be happy about the pain or loss, but we need to find joy and comfort in You. You will make ALL THINGS work for Your Glory.

Lastly God, I praise You for the convictions You have laid on my heart lately. I know the tests won’t be easy, and changes in our family lifestyle will need to happen. I pray that You lay Your hand of strength on not just me, but all the members of my family, so that through Your wisdom and understanding, we can do what is right in Your eyes.

Father, I pray these and so many prayers in my heart that you already know, in Your Son’s Holy Name; Jesus.


Good Morning Dan. You are carrying a heavy load, relax I will work all things for My glory. I have given you the job of Loving ALL My children, as you Love yourself. I did not say the job would be easy. (1 John 4: 7-21) Sometimes, your show of Love to others is all I need to change a heart. Keep making the efforts you make and doing what I tell you. You have seen evidence in your own life, that if you just “show up”, I will work wonders. Keep pressing on Dan. (Isaiah 58: 8-10) Also, don’t worry about your family. Keep firm in the convictions I put on your heart, and your family will fall in line. You are now the leader I have been grooming you to be in your household. Stay the course of bringing honor to Me in ALL aspects of your life, and your wife and children will see the power in that example. (2 Timothy 3: 14-17)  I am proud of you Dan, and the growth you are experiencing. (Mark 1:11) Keep your focus on me Dan and I will bless you more than you can imagine. Trust me, your needs will be met, and multiplied.                            (2 Corinthians 9: 8-15)

Short Time with God this Morning

Father, you know I’m never far from you, or at least, I try not to be. I talk to you every day, all day,  because I know I need you in my life. I am not worthy of the amazing blessings you give me, but sometimes I don’t understand. I don’t doubt like Thomas, I just struggle sometimes like Peter.

I know “your Grace is sufficient…”, but some days my human self strives for answers. I’ve seen “our walk together”. The one You should me about a year ago, and I know You have washed me clean. I don’t deserve that grace, so I thank You for that second chance. I know I was living a deplorable lifestyle, and for that I am completely repentant.

However, like Paul with the thorn in his side, I know You have given me this pain to make me weak, so You can be strong. I count that among my blessings. I also know that You have a plan, and as long as I keep “showing up”, through You, that plan will come to fruition.

Father, I pray tonight that You give me sleep. My head pain is off the charts this morning, and I am hurting physically and mentally. I need You tonight (or morning) to please surround me with Your Holy Spirit and give me rest.

I am sorry for my imperfections and sins, and beg for Your forgiveness.  I love and worship You, and thank You for my life. Without You I am nothing, with You, I have no limits.

In Your Son Jesus Holy Name,


Short Time with God this Morning

When I awoke this morning this was the message God had laid on my heart.

Dan, you have been worrying and stressing over to many things. The world is not your worry. Pray constantly and turn to Me, I will settle you. You look to yourself, to your pride, to fix “little” problems. STOP! Turning inward is the beginning of idol worship. I am your Savior, I am jealous and want all your affection and attention. You will be given all the things you deserve as my child, just trust me and be patient. (Exodus 20:1-6) I could grant your every wish right now, but you’re not ready for that much. I know all and will grant all when the time is right. (1 Chronicles 29:10-12) I love you and cherish you as my child. (Matthew 3:16-17) You think that your pain and weakness make you less of a man. I tell you Dan, that is garbage. In your pain and suffering, you bring Me glory. If you want to be prideful and boast, boast about that. (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

Short Time with God this Morning

Father God, You have given me a bountiful life of which I am undeserving. Please forgive my sins and give me the strength I need to glorify You and avoid the Enemy with every step I take and every word I say.

You have blessed me with a strong spiritual family and for that I thank You. They love me unconditionally and don’t judge me for my past. They are quick to forgive my transgressions, and even quicker to celebrate even my smallest victories in You, Christ my Savior. You have given me a beautiful wife and two children that I pray everyday will be more like You, than me. I am flawed, where You are perfection.

You have just blessed us with a wonderful vacation in one of Your most beautiful creations, and for that I thank You. You have blessed us with safe passage in both directions and fed us beyond capacity, both physically and spiritually. Thank You God.

Please make my family patient and faithful as we begin a life of tithing, as it is for Your Glory. I know lifestyle changes will be needed, but I trust You to lead my family through them, to honor You. God, You are all-knowing of our needs and want’s. My prayer is that You help my family understand the difference, and bring us peace and contentment through that journey. In Jesus, Your Son’s Holy name.


Dan, the moment you accepted me as your Savior, you were forgiven. (Acts 5:30-32) Stop carrying the past like a burden. I will use your slips and stumbles as opportunities to bring others to Me. You were broken and I made you new. (Galatians 3:13-14) I, your Godly Father did that through Grace, not because you earned it, but because I Love you. (Ephesians 2:7-9) I made you perfect for the purpose I have for you Dan, trust Me and be patient. Let Me steer the ship, you just sit back and enjoy the ride. By keeping your focus on Me, your success is guaranteed. (Luke 12:30-32)