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Run With The Horses when your over fifty


Re Reading this one.

In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” We all long to live life at its best―to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence―to run with the horses in the jungle of life? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.

Run friends.


books I'm reading again, leadership


John Mason emailed this to me this morning and I just had to copy it to my blog.


Here are some important questions to ask yourself today.

  1. Both enthusiasm and pessimism are contagious. How much of each do you spread?
  2. If someone were to pay you a hundred dollars for each kind word you spoke and collect fifty dollars for each unkind word, would you be rich or poor?
  3. Are you a creature of circumstance or a creator of circumstance?
  4. Are you ready for your opportunity when it comes?
  5. Do you make others feel bigger or smaller when they’re around you?
  6. Are you spending your life answering questions nobody is asking?
  7. If you have God’s promise for something, isn’t that enough?
  8. Why worry when you can pray?
  9. How old is your attitude?
  10. Do you acquire the doubts of others?
  11. Are you willing to follow the truth no matter where it leads?
  12. What progress are you standing in the way of? (Tim Redmond)
  13. How much has fear and worry about things that never happened cost you?
  14. Do you go through a problem—or try to go around it and never get past it?
  15. Do you say, “There ought to be a better way to do it” or do you say, “That’s the way it’s always been done”?
  16. Are you deliberately planning to be less than you’re capable of being?
  17. If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  (Hillell)
  18. Are you willing to give up what you have in order to become what you can be?
  19. What do you believe in the depth of your being?
  20. What is the first, small step you can take to get moving?
  21. “If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?” (Oscar Hammerstein)
  22. Do you look at the horizon and see an opportunity, or look into the distance and fear a problem?
  23. Do you put off until tomorrow the things you’ve already put off until today?
  24. Has failure gone to your head?
  25. Are you traveling or going somewhere?
  26. Do you see difficulties in every opportunity, or see opportunities in every difficulty?
  27. How many people of great potential have you known? Where on earth did they all go?
  28. Ten years from today, what will you wish you had done now?

I love John Mason’s wealth of wisdom. He is the author of  An Enemy Called Average and other amazing books that are a must for your personal library.

Have a great day.


Arizona, books I'm reading again, outdoors

Stopping By The Woods

Stopping by the woods just after a snow storm here in Prescott proves to be breathtaking and worth the time invested to take a break and be reminded of its mystery and beauty.

Just look  in the woods and you can’t help but be amazed..

Tonight driving home I just had to take some pics of the woods the water and the winter.

Each Winter I think about Robert Frost famous “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening” poem.
If you know the poem you probably think about it’s amazing words whenever you see snow in the woods.

Stopping By The Woods by Robert Frost

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Granite Basin Recreation area just behind the house here in Prescott is an amazing playground of beauty and God’s art.

Here is a great youtube link if you would like to hear Stopping by the Woods.

Enjoy every season of your life.


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I love joining the millions that read God’s Word every year.

With a great new tool like this one it will make the reading over the next 365 days absolutly more accessable to us.

Join me in doing this! Here is a schedule for reading the entire Bible this year. It even includes choices for the plans, and you can pick from a whole bunch of translations. Here is a plan you can read on your cell phone. For you over-achievers, here is a schedule to read it through TWICE.

Let me know what you think of this.

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I read this book to the entire church every Sunday before Christmas and the kidos sit up on the platform while the congregation looks on.

The story begins with three little trees growing on a mountaintop. Each has a dream. The first wants to be beautiful and hold marvelous treasures. The second hopes to be the strongest ship carrying kings across the seas. The third never wants to be cut down. She dreams only to grow tall and point people to heaven.

The years pass and the three trees grow tall and strong. Three lumerjacks come and cut them down. The first two are initially excited, but then disappointed as they are turned into less than they had hoped. The first is built into a feedbox for animals. The second a small fishing boat. The third tree is simply cut into planks and left in a pile. They’re dreams are all but forgotten until one night a young mother lays her newborn baby in the manger. That tree knows he hold the greatest treasure of all. Then the small fishing boat watches a weary traveler calm the stormy sea. He knows he holds the King of heaven and earth. Finally, the third tree is taken from the pile to form a cross. She feels ugly and ashamed when a man’s hands and feet are nailed to her. But when the earth trembled on the third day, she knew “God’s love had changed everything. It had made the first tree beautiful … the second tree strong … And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.”
I love the simple story. It reminds us that God always gives us our desires, but sometimes they materialize in ways drastically different than we imagined.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 A.M.for the reading of the Tale Of Three Trees.




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With all the credit going to Michael Phelps right now I thought I would reach back into my library and pull out a book about another of sports greats.

Lance Armstrong’s journey is one to look into.

Scarred physically and emotionally, Lance Armstrong considered his cancer “a special wake-up call,” one that crystallized for him the blessings of good health, family, friends.

The reasonn I’m reading this a second time is because this book is filled with the nutritional, physical, emotional, and spiritual details of his recovery, It’s Not About the Bike follows the amazing journey of one of America’s greatest athletes to a singularly inspiring appreciation of life lived to the fullest.

A must read for anyone going through challenges.