In Plain Sight

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The Truth is in plain sight, to those who seek it”~TB

Right in Front

Contrary to popular belief, God is not hiding from you. No, He is patiently waiting, eager to speak with you, but you refuse to listen!  He isn’t some sneaky figure, traipsing in the shadows, but rather a gentle Father, allowing you to seek him. God will never force a relationship with you, and He will not deny you the opportunity to know Him either. If you truly want to know the Lord, open your hearts, minds, and eyes and He will reveal Himself to you. On the flip side, keep your hearts, minds, and eyes shut, and you will never see what is so plainly in front of you!

Attention

The reason why God seems so mysterious to you is that you are focusing on the wrong things. Ask yourself, where does your mind wander? What holds your attention? What do you consider to be the most important thing in your life? If God is not at the forefront of your attention or line of sight, do not be surprised that you do not know Him. You simply don’t care to! Gather your thoughts, your focus, and your attention. Divert them to where they belong– on God. When He is the main thing in your life, watch the Truth unfold, like a red carpet sprawling out for an event. Then you will see that He was right in front of you all along!

Today’s Question

Is your line of sight on Him or are you focused on your own selfish desires?

Enjoy the reading

Psalm 103

1 Let all that I am praise the LORD ; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 
2 Let all that I am praise the LORD ; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! 
6 The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. 
7 He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. 
8 The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 
9 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 
10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 
12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. 
13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. 
14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. 
15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. 
16 The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here. 
17 But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children 
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments! 
19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. 
20 Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! 
22 Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the LORD .

Bored

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Your life is boring when you have accomplished nothing with what God has given you because you buried your talents in the dirt and wasted the time of development and mentoring.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Boarded

Walking with God is exciting with new adventures to face at every hand.  There is no time to be boring while walking by faith, not by sight!  The success of each mission is granted by each step you take in the right direction, as new doors open and close for your protection, growth, and maturity. There is no need for you to live in a spiritual house that is boarded up. 

Game

Master the board game of boring by bringing your fresh ideas to God for approval. His guidance and confidence in your abilities to do good things will overwhelm you.  Just pick one of the great ideas God has given you and finish the job.  Practice makes perfect so play the game every day and listen to what God has to say.  Your playground will become more interesting, fresh, and new each morning.

Smile

Let God put a big, permanent smile on your face, as you love everyone around you, particularly your enemies, and enjoy the transformation of lives right before your very eyes.  That smile you have will make everyone else smile and work to do a better job.
Remain diligent and focused in your best effort and you’ll be remembered for the quality of work you produced.
Today’s Question
Is your life boring because God is not present in your lifestyle?
Enjoy The Reading
 

Psalm 56 

For the choir director: A psalm[a] of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. To be sung to the tune “Dove on Distant Oaks.”

O God, have mercy on me,
    for people are hounding me.
    My foes attack me all day long.
I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
    and many are boldly attacking me.
But when I am afraid,
    I will put my trust in you.
I praise God for what he has promised.
    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?
They are always twisting what I say;
    they spend their days plotting to harm me.
They come together to spy on me—
    watching my every step, eager to kill me.
Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
    in your anger, O God, bring them down.
You keep track of all my sorrows.[b]
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.
My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
    This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
    yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?
12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
    and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
    you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
    in your life-giving light.

Love,

Jonathan

Approbation

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Connecting science, math, language, engineering, architecture, physics, chemistry, ethics, and God to music with Charles Funn in High School, gave me a world wide approbation, appreciation, appetite, aptitude and cultural respect for unlimited possibilities as a world class, life long student of Love and Quality.” ~  Jon Barnes

Praise

As a musician, understudy, and student you remember that one teacher in High School who flew above the clouds and attached a musical rope to you to travel with him during class, rehearsals, gigs, other performances, to connect life experiences to future reality.  The connection, tools, and lessons of fatherhood become part of your DNA, as you share them with other students, family, and enemies for life. Good Christian Role Models are truly heroes in the sight of God.

Thankfully

Mr. Funn told me that I would be a great music teach, with  prophetic tone on confidence and majesty, at my immediate disapproval.  I was too young to see the vision myself and was rather blinded by the smell of money and other possibilities.  He was Right!!!  Thankfully, I recalibrate my thinking, followed my heart into God’s hands to balance my intellect with wisdom, grace, mercy, and love. Now I travel the world teaching people on different continents about things I learned from Mr. Funn and other mentors.

Officially

Finally, I can officially approve and sanction the path God has set in my life to embrace my current destination and future plans to help students worldwide.  Great Teachers do not go unnoticed and I’m thankful to contribute to humanity on a global scale with what I have learned from the work ethics, music, and parenting skill of Manhood from Charles Funn.  Being a blessing is the Official Road to take, even when it cost you with misunderstanding, roadblocks, and disapproval.  Keep the faith.  
Today’s Question
Did you apologize to God, your family, and your teachers for not listening and following the wisdom and love that was given to you?
Enjoy The Readings

Job 15 

Eliphaz’s Second Response to Job

15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
“A wise man wouldn’t answer with such empty talk!
    You are nothing but a windbag.
The wise don’t engage in empty chatter.
    What good are such words?
Have you no fear of God,
    no reverence for him?
Your sins are telling your mouth what to say.
    Your words are based on clever deception.
Your own mouth condemns you, not I.
    Your own lips testify against you.
“Were you the first person ever born?
    Were you born before the hills were made?
Were you listening at God’s secret council?
    Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?
What do you know that we don’t?
    What do you understand that we do not?
10 On our side are aged, gray-haired men
    much older than your father!
11 “Is God’s comfort too little for you?
    Is his gentle word not enough?
12 What has taken away your reason?
    What has weakened your vision,[a]
13 that you turn against God
    and say all these evil things?
14 Can any mortal be pure?
    Can anyone born of a woman be just?
15 Look, God does not even trust the angels.[b]
    Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in his sight.
16 How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person
    with a thirst for wickedness!
17 “If you will listen, I will show you.
    I will answer you from my own experience.
18 And it is confirmed by the reports of wise men
    who have heard the same thing from their fathers—
19 from those to whom the land was given
    long before any foreigners arrived.
20 “The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives.
    Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.
21 The sound of terror rings in their ears,
    and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer.
22 They dare not go out into the darkness
    for fear they will be murdered.
23 They wander around, saying, ‘Where can I find bread?’[c]
    They know their day of destruction is near.
24 That dark day terrifies them.
    They live in distress and anguish,
    like a king preparing for battle.
25 For they shake their fists at God,
    defying the Almighty.
26 Holding their strong shields,
    they defiantly charge against him.
27 “These wicked people are heavy and prosperous;
    their waists bulge with fat.
28 But their cities will be ruined.
    They will live in abandoned houses
    that are ready to tumble down.
29 Their riches will not last,
    and their wealth will not endure.
    Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon.
30 “They will not escape the darkness.
    The burning sun will wither their shoots,
    and the breath of God will destroy them.
31 Let them no longer fool themselves by trusting in empty riches,
    for emptiness will be their only reward.
32 They will be cut down in the prime of life;
    their branches will never again be green.
33 They will be like a vine whose grapes are harvested too early,
    like an olive tree that loses its blossoms before the fruit can form.
34 For the godless are barren.
    Their homes, enriched through bribery, will burn.
35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
    Their womb produces deceit.”

Love,

Jonathan