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I Corinthians 12:14-20, 26

14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body . . 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it..

Today I want to talk to you about your pinky toe—actually my wife’s pinky toe.

My wife has a habit of breaking her pinky toe. It seems that about every two years my wife will kick her foot on the bed, on a toy, on a curb, or on something else that she didn’t see and break her toe. I always know when she’s done it. It always starts with a loud banging noise followed by my wife’s reaction. Now, my wife was raised with three brothers in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee, so—if she were so inclined—she could swear for about three minutes without repeating herself, but—since she’s not so inclined—she just groans.

I always feel so bad, that she feels so bad.

I’ve never broken my little toe, but I know it hurts, because I’ve seen what it does to my wife. When she breaks her pinky toe, she can’t walk. It hurts to put even the smallest amount of weight on her foot, so, for a couple of days, she has to hop around on one leg if she wants to get around. It hurts to put on a sock, and a shoe feels like an instrument of torture.

My wife does not need to be convinced that her pinky toe is important. It may be a small part of the body, but it is definitely an important part of the body.

Every part of the body is important.

Which is why I love Phil so much.

Phil is a faithful servant at Journey Christian Church. He is one of the first people at church on most Sunday mornings, he opens the church building whenever someone needs to get in, he routinely locks the church up after events, he helps wherever and whenever we need him. I’m so grateful for Phil and can’t imagine Journey without him. He may not feel significant, but he is very important to Journey, to Jesus, and to me.

The Church is a body and every part of the Church is important.

Apparently, some of the members of the church in Corinth were not convinced that some of the other members were an important part of their church, so the Apostle Paul reminds them that every single part of the body, although different, is important. He also reminds them that, in a healthy body, the parts share both pain and joy.

In a healthy church there’s a place for the mouths—those who speak words of inspiration, healing, and encouragement.

In a healthy church there’s a place for the hands—those who touch the hurting, serve the needy, and point the way to God.

In a healthy church there’s a place for the arms—those who hold the tired, protect the vulnerable, and lift the downcast.

In a healthy church there’s a place for the legs—those who stand up for truth and righteousness.

In a healthy church there’s a place for the feet—those who take the message of hope and salvation to everyone everywhere.

In a healthy church body there’s a place for every part, because every part of the body is important.

In a healthy church body there’s even a place for pinky toes like me and Phil.

©2016 Arron Chambers

Ducks on the Pond!

May 13, 2016 — 2 Comments

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Ephesians 5:15,16

15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Today has 1,440.

Every year has 525,600.

The typical life has 39,420,000.

Every minute of every day of every year of every typical life is an opportunity. Every opportunity is a chance to grow into more, or shrink into less. Some opportunities are divine and some are not. Some opportunities are Satan’s attempts to get us off track. Satan wants to mislead us as much as God was to lead us.

Knowing not every opportunity is a good opportunity, Paul warns, “Be very careful, then, how you live.” Make good choices. Seek the Lord. Seek the lost. Redeem the times.

My son, Sylas, is preparing for summer baseball. One thing his coach will probably say at some point this season is, “Ducks on the pond!”

This saying is typically used by the coach when cheering on a hitter to drive in a few runs. The Baseball Journal notes, “It can be said in a state of relief (We finally got some ducks on the pond) or in a situation where runs are needed (Let’s go! You got some ducks on the pond!). Either way, you know that there are runners on base who are ready to cross home plate and score some runs. They don’t want to be stranded in the field.”

It’s about seizing an opportunity.

Paul’s correct: “The days are evil” and the nights will one day never end in the place prepared for those who choose to embrace evil opportunities and reject divine ones. Paul is writing to Christians who, in their former reality outside of Christ, were “darkness” (Eph. 5:8). Notice, Paul doesn’t say they lived in darkness; he says that they “were once darkness” (emphasis mine). Choosing to embrace opportunities for evil transforms us from light into darkness incarnate. Opportunities for evil are as equally abundant as opportunities for good, but those who choose to do good are few. Affirming this, Jesus said, “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Mt. 7:13, 14).

Quoting the Prophet Isaiah, Paul writes, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Eph. 5:14). Paul wants these Christians to wake up to the reality that the ducks are on the pond! They are standing at the plate and there are runners in scoring position.

We are standing at the plate.

Each day divine opportunities come our way and we have a choice. We can choose to make the most of every opportunity, or we can choose to make excuses. Each divine opportunity is a step on a path that leads us to the center of God’s will. Each divine opportunity comes with love—true love—so we are not forced to seize any or all opportunities. Unaccepted opportunities will disappear into our past like mile-markers in our rear-view mirror, but each divine opportunity we accept makes Heaven more real and worth the journey.

It’s been said that, “Opportunity only knocks once.” This is an idiom that means that you only get one chance to achieve what you really want to do. I think only idiots believe this idiom.

I think God immerses us in opportunities. I think He surrounds us with opportunities. I think He daily sends opportunities to our door—occasionally, we hear the knock; rarely, we open the door; and almost never do we recognize opportunity for who He really is.

We say things like:

“You must have the wrong house.”

“I’m not going to accept that—it costs too much.”

“You want the guy next door.”

“I’m not ready. Can you come back later?”

“That’s too nice. That can’t be for me. You must be looking for the person down the street.”

I don’t think the problem is a lack of opportunity, but the inability to recognize opportunity when it’s standing on your front porch.

That’s why coaches yell things like, “The ducks are on the pond!”

This is essentially what the Apostle Paul is doing in this passage. It’s as if he’s saying, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, because the ducks are on the pond!”

What about you?

Can you recognize opportunity when it’s knocking on your door?

What do you see when your wife is on the front porch and she’s asking you to come home early from work so you can talk?

What do you see when your son is on the front porch asking you to play catch after dinner?

What do you see when a co-worker is on the front porch admitting trouble in his marriage and asking you if you have time to talk?

What do you see when that homeless guy is on your front porch—again—asking if there’s anything you can do to help?

What do you see when your neighbor is on your front porch asking you to explain to her the reason for the hope you have?

Looks to me like the ducks are on the pond.

So, you better not strike out.

©2016 Arron Chambers

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I don’t have a green thumb. I don’t even have a green pinky.

Plants have a picture of me on the wall of their post offices. Why? I kill plants on a regular basis. This is not intentional. I’m just not a very good gardener.

My brother-in-law, on the other hand, is a fantastic gardener. He can actually put tomato seeds in the ground and tomato plants grow that actually produce tomatoes. Can you believe that? I can’t, because when I put seeds in the ground, dirt grows. Nothing happens, and it should. That’s how God designed the process.

Seeds go in, and something—very unseedy—comes out. I know this process occurs trillions of times every second of every day, but it still amazes me.

Put a seed in the ground and, in the hidden realm of worms, dirt, moisture, and darkness, a transformation occurs that unleashes intended potential. God intends for seeds to become plants. That’s what seeds were designed to do. Unplanted seeds are destined to always be . . . seeds. Unplanted seeds will never know the pleasure of sunshine on their leaves. Unplanted seeds will never know the joy of blooming. Unplanted seeds will never experience the pleasure of providing nourishment and pleasure to others. Unplanted seeds will never know the pleasure of being a tulip and the pleasure of being seen as an expression of God’s faithfulness.

Two important things occur when seeds are planted: death and life.

When a seed is planted in the ground a death of identity occurs—while beneath the surface the seed dies to itself and becomes not seed. But, life occurs as a plant pushes up through the dirt reaching for the nourishment of the sun.

For all of these reasons—and for others we may not fully understand with minds familiar only with the modern approach to horticulture—the Apostle Paul compares being baptized to being planted.

In Romans 6:5, Paul, when describing what happens at baptism, uses a word that is only used one time in the Bible and that word means, “Planted.” This is how verse five literally reads, “If we have been planted with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection” (emphasis mine).

At my baptism, in the spring of 1978, I too, was planted.

At your baptism you were planted.

At our baptisms, you and I experienced death and life. When we were beneath the surface, like a seed, we died to ourselves and became new. As we came up out of the water our intended potential was realized. We emerged as new creations, with a new life, and new identity.

I hope you never look at tulips and baptismal services the same way again.

©2015 Arron Chambers

 

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Boy, do I have a gift for you!  Do you need a “pick-me-up” this holiday season?

If so, here you go!

I asked my Facebook friends to share the best Christmas gift they ever received. I suggested that “Jesus” and “Salvation” are givens.:)

Keely Tidwell Evans–My husband home for christmas then he was in bootcamp and the year he was supposed to deploy. That time we had together on christmas exodus was so cherished because it was short, and the other time because he was supposed to be gone and got to be home.

Teresa Lewis–The birth of my youngest son Shane.. nick named my “Christmas Puddin’

Andy Woods–Three spiral notebooks. My Dad tells the best stories and he’s not getting any younger. A few years ago I was bugging him about writing them down. On Christmas I unwrapped my present to find three notebooks full of stories. Family who didn’t know what was going on couldn’t understand why I was so excited over three 99 cent notebooks.

Jim Ray– My Dad recorded about six cassettes of stories from his life that Donna spent months transcribing and now typing up to print books for all of my brothers and sisters to receive this Christmas.

Emmalie Spackman Armstrong–My husband once bought me a vase before we were married. I thought it was a terrible gift at the time but 18 years later he still buys me flowers to put in it. It has become my favorite gift.

Bobbie Jo Gorman Pittman–My homemade/ handmade cabbage patch doll. My grandparents couldn’t afford one (way back when they first came out and were like $100)so Grandma made one right down to her crcrocheted clothes!!! My Grandma is gone now and my daughter, Macie never got meet her but she gets to play with that doll.

Jeffrey T. Hare–My wife!

Piney Grove Christian Church–Two seater go cart

Andres Augustine Benavides–A plane ticket to Colorado for the holidays!

Christine Cavazos Gonzales–My second grade son’s $ .99 light bulb earrings that turned my ears green! Gaudy but I was so touched he bought them for mom.

Glen Fritzler–Best Christmas ever hands down, was the last Christmas both my mom and dad were still alive.

Karah Long–My grandma made us a cook book of family recipes

RaVae Erickson–My engagement ring. I got my hubby 5 months later!

Ben Siemon–techno super bowl

Donny Hughes–Tangible Object – Stretch Arm Strong – my sisters tore him apart frown emoticon The best gift has been memories and precious time with family (laughs, heartfelt thank you tears, jokes, catching up and of course traditional Christmas Drama) These are fun, thank you for letting us get involved.

Ivy Moya–My camera. I love capturing special and everyday moments.

Cassie Dawn Ruhl–Life!

Fred S. Turner–Atari 2600 when I was 12- complete with Asteroids, Space Invaders, Etc.. Knew there was no way my parents could afford it. Later learned they attended an all day time share sale presentation where it was the “prize” for showing up. Knowing how my parents disliked being sold anything, it made me appreciate them investing all that time and enduring the pressured sales pitch.

Angela Dowling Brogan–A saddle because I knew there must be a horse out back!!!!!!

Jude Champagne–Dog tags and letter explaining their significance from my marine brother while he was on leave.

Rose Marriott Larimer–My daughter got everyone a nerf gun and instructed us all to open them at the same time. The room spontaneously erupted into a good half hour of shooting each other all over the house. Lots of noisy laughter and silly frivolity. Not a real gift perhaps, but a great Christmas memory enjoyed by all ages of family members.
Donna Hays–My husband has given me the best gifts B/C he always gives me something I didn’t ask for but, apparently, needed. Our second Christmas together, he gave me a wool comforter and mattress pad to keep me warm during the Winter. That was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten.

Laura Pattee–Our firstborn child.

Jim Ray–My first guitar was a Christmas gift. I only asked for it because my older brother (and biggest rival) asked for a ukulele. I had no idea at the time how the gift of music would enhance the rest of my life.

Jonathan Dana Blayney–My daughter birth 2010, first date with my wife 2007, guitar 1985

Kimberly Lee–A blue bike and a blue coat when I was about 10 that I heard Santa bring into the house.

Anisha Gutierrez–A few years ago, about a week before Christmas, we noticed that a couple of our items had gone missing. It turned out that the kids had snatched a couple of our things, wraped them and put them under the Christmas tree. I had never been so excited to see my hairbrush and I think Mikel got his belt returned to Him smile emoticon The kids told us they knew that we would love the gifts they got us. We laughed so hard!

Kitty Johnson–A 1989 Mustang XL that my grandparents got for me. It was hidden next door (Kirsten’s house) & everyone knew about it but me! My Papa was so proud to give that to me & I was blown away. I still remember him taking me by the arm to lead me next door & I was clueless. Meanwhile half the neighborhood is creeping out of their house to see my reaction. It was white with a humongous red bow on top. (Thanks for letting me relive that too. Got me teary.)

Amy McBride Chirichigno–My Nook! #bookworm

Katie Babbino–My mom gave me $1000 for a computer, all in $1 bills, rigged in a cookie tin to burst open and spray the money everywhere when it was opened. My last Christmas with her 🙂

Jennifer Barnett Seminara–A pair of diamond earrings. My husband Joe had given me a pair when my daughter Paulina was born. Unfortunately someone stole them and I was heart broken. My husband replaced them on Christmas with an upgraded pair .. The best part was that he had put them in an ornament that had been hanging in the tree all season. He had me hunt the tree for them. I had no idea he was replacing them and he made it a fun process .

Jeffery McDowell–My wife Liz. I proposed to her on Christmas 15 and she said yes! God took a hurt rebellious meth head like me and restored me in Him. He gave me a beautiful gift! Restoration in Him after straying for many many years! :)

Laura Jones Sampson–Grandma jones saved back jewelry and trinkets that had belonged to her mom and gave them to us over the next couple years after she died so we would remember her at Christmas. 💕

Leah McManus–My parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents pooled together and bought my violin when I was 14 or 15 years old. My mother insisted it would be the only gift I got for Christmas that year because it was expensive by our standards. I still use it every week to teach my violin students.

Anissa Keaton Snow–on Christmas morning when I really needed to feel/see God working in my life.

Audra Kingsley Blythe–After being married at 18 and 21, I cherished my wedding ring (that he picked all on his own) for 21 years. We’d talked about new rings for a few years, but I’m not a big jewelry person and it just wasn’t that important. Christmas of 2013, with our kids (18 and 20) present he was being a bit weird and really watching which present I opened. I grabbed a 8×8 box and as I opened it he got down on one knee…and began to sob. He eventually told me how much he loved me and handed me the little box inside as he appoligize for not being able to talk. My best Christmas present ever was his willingness to tell me, with our family present, how much I meant to him. The ring was just an extra…though I wear it happily, knowing how much thought he put into it 21 years later!

Aaron Gossage–My dad got me a flight in a T-6 Texan, a WW2 era aircraft.

Lizzie Johnstone–My keyboard I got last year

Connie Slaymaker–When my dad came down from Canada.
Hadn’t seen him in 6yrs. He worked the pipeline so rarely could get away. He spent a whole week with me in California.
I’ll never forget it.

PeteNheather Ramsey–My mom made life size rag dolls for me and my sister. They were made from some of our old clothes and looked like us. She must have put so much time into it. I am sure I didn’t appreciate it then. She worked full time, but gave so much of herself and time late into the night to make us happy. Now I know just how difficult that is to do

Amy Woodrum–An engagement ring. Funny story about that, The next year my husband got me the “Indiana Jones” movie set and he thought I didn’t like it b/c my reaction was nothing like the year before. I tried to explain that when you start with a wedding ring as a present it’s all kinda downhill from there LOL

Cheryl Grom–Record player

Ramona Griffin Eldridge–A cassette Walkman with an Amy Grant Christmas cassette inside it.

Melissa Kelly Colgate–My first Christmas together with George at my brother’s house.

Josey Sampson Corbett–It’s so relative! Not many can relate to this I suppose… When I was in Bulgaria, I got an awesome care package one Christmas. My two favorite items were toilet paper and crunchy peanut butter. I hid them both from guests of all nationalities. :)

Denise Casseday Finning–Gavin! He was born at 11:17 on Christmas morning 16 years ago! There is more to the story though… My grandpa, who was so excited to have a great grandson passed away on Dec. 3 that year.

Aaron Jennifer Warnick–My engagement ring or the spa gift card.

Rene’ Corbett–A teddy bear from my grandmother that has been made from a quilt top made by my great grandmother.

Beverly Jackson–Proposal from my husband

Tammy Skogen–The movie Scrooge. wink emoticon

Brenda Frame–After my husband passed away right before Thanksgiving, my teenage kids bought me a Bose radio so I could listen to talk radio. They definitely couldn’t afford it.

Julie McGrath–A really beautiful ring…to a ten year old girl? Ooh lala!!

Marina Davidson–Christmas was my Christmas present. Before I got married my family did not celebrate Christmas. I went to friends houses sometimes at Christmas time, but never had a Christmas at home. So when I was finally able to celebrate and make memories and go to church, and open presents and have Christmas morning breakfast and Celebrate Jesus it was and still is the best gift! My 10th real Christmas!!! ♡

Kelly Jones–My favorite gifts were the ones my sister picked out from Sanrio Surprise (a store for just hello kitty merchandise). Every year dad would fund a trip for each of us to pick out stuff for other one. Then we would wrap each individual item, including each pencil, tiny accessory, or knick knack. They were my favorite!

Lisa Barham-Dopler–A “Big Wheel” when I was 5.

Marrianne Kay Davis–A cabbage patch doll…when I was 18!! AND my mom and my aunt sewed and crocheted a ton of cute clothes for her!! I still have her!!

Susan Bartsch Smit–2 things…
My own bicycle… my Dad had been at sea and I had learned to ride on my big brothers’ much too tall for me bikes. Dad didn’t know I’d been learning so when I was happily surprised with a bike for me under the tree, he took me out to show me how to ride. My Mom and I had a great time watching his face as he held the bike for me and I surprised him by taking off and riding. The second gift is anytime we’re able to be with family and friends to hang out and/or share a meal. It’s always so special!

Janet Morris–A Blizzard! Sue and I were stuck in her little apartment in Denver and all our presents and Christmas dinner was in Greeley! We had no electricity and only soup and crackers for Christmas dinner…but one of my best gifts. We sang Christmas carols by candlelight and talked ourselves hoarse! And the soup was “blessed” extensively!

Drew Bromm Risk–Lord of the Rings trilogy edition

Kyle Andrew Morrissey–White Power Ranger Gloves

Shannon Tetiva–My parents got me the baby doll I wanted! I know it was expensive for them as my dad was layed off. I still have that doll.

Susie Moreno–1973 Barbie Townhouse. We lived at Island Grove Apt., Mom, Dad, and 6 kids. We didn’t have a lot, in fact we had very little, but they always made sure we got a new outfit and at least one really good gift. So something like a Barbie Townhouse was AMAZING! I loved that thing. It was also the last gift they gave me before splitting up so that might have something to do with it holding such fond memories for me.

Pat Brunner–First and foremost would be God’s gift of his Son. But also my family’s love was, is and always will be my best Christmas gift over material things.

Ginny Mackey Graham–One of my most memorable Christmas gifts was a velvet long robe. It was even more special to know my dad picked it out. I think I was 12 years old.

Sheryl Wilson–I have to explain …My husband never just gives a gift because you want it, in his head he has to understand why and see value in it or you may not get it!! A couple years ago he got me a mic and stand as well as a book on carving, he stepped out of his comfort zone and gave me a gift I find joy in doing!! If you knew him you would understand how priceless that gift was too me!

Melody Willert–First and foremost, Jesus. The one gift I remember, and I’ve lived through 63 Christmases, was a gold bookmarker with an “M” on it from my cousin Penny. I was probably 8 or 9.

Julie Nelson–Positive pregnancy test/the gift of becoming a parent!

Terri Herrington–The only ring my husband has bought me….he couldn’t afford anything when we got married….so a couple years later he bought me a heart shaped ring with a diamond in the middle. I wear it everyday and think of him everyday for he is forever on my mind and in my heart.

Mark Wheeler–Baptized into Christ December 1988 and engaged a couple days later to my now wife of almost 27 years!

Dave Jones–Stretch Armstrong!

Sheryl Wilson–A few years back!! I had ask my husband if he would go to church with me for Christmas, je would not answer because he had not made up his mind, he surprised me and very last minute he came with me, best gift ever to be with your husband on such a day of blessings

John Jordan–December 26, 1992 I got Jennifer Jordan; December 27, 1994 I got Joshua Jordan

Sarah Badding Selby–Arianna telling me all she wants for Christmas this year is “a happy Christmas”

Kathy Cook–One year we were struggling financially and my sister BETH gave us a honey baked ham. I was so excited that I could put a holiday meal on the table. Will never forget that year.

Melissa Schultz Smith–One year when we were really struggling we had an anonymous card with $200 given to us at church. The only inscription was”here is your Christmas miracle”

Tara Woods–My parents divorced when I was young, but a few years back we decided to all have Christmas together. It was the only time it happened, but it was the best Christmas I’ve had thus far greatest gift I’ve received is being with ALL my family at once!

Annie Lathim Bellis–Our daughter, Hannah! Went through a lot to have her and almost lost her while having her on December 22, 1997!

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Join the conversation! What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

©2015 Arron Chambers

Lord, I’m Thankful For…

November 26, 2015 — 1 Comment

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Salvation

Forgiveness

Grace

Mercy

Jesus

Life

Hope

Your Word.

Your Body.

My wife of 25 years, Rhonda

My kids, Ashton, Levi, Sylas, and Payton

My son-in-law, CJ Jenkins

My parents, Roger and Linda Chambers

My in-laws, John and Mary Smith

My siblings and their families

My brothers and sisters in-law and their kids

Journey Christian Church

My health

My friends

Calling us to Greeley

Seasons

Snow

My team: Terry, Matt, Patrick, Chris, Darlene, Stephany, Isaiah, Brad, Gus, Tammy, Sandy, Timothy, Dan, Keri, Steve, Mark

My Elders: Mark, Neal, David, Dave, Mark, Jason, Ryan

My heritage

Florida Christian College

Abilene Christian University

Blythe Daniel

Don Pape

My Covenant Group: Alan Ahlgrim, Greg Marksberry, Rick Grover, Bryan Myers

Drs Ben and Sheri Lerner

Your Word

The Holy Spirit

Calvin Miller, Donald Miller, Steve Miller

Being able to preach for You

Being able to write about You

Being able to serve people in Your name

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Bloomin’ Onions

Fellow Coaches at Frontier Academy: Brett Shanklin, Ashlynn Rhule, Bobby Lewis, Laura Hodgson, Dan Biscelgia, Heath Miller, Ben Harrison, Daniel Zender, Mike Danson

Frontier Cross Country Team

Southside Christian Church in Orlando

America

Service men and women.

Coal, Lucky, and Belle

Coffee

The Blue Mug

Pop Secret Home-style Microwave Popcorn

Skiing

Work Out West

Peyton Manning & The Broncos

University of Tennessee Football

FSU Football

Steve Jackson

NavPress

Mark Taylor

Dr. Brad Keeney

Angel Flores

The 2016 NACC Planning Team

Tastebuds

Turkey

Pecan pie

Green bean casserole

Thanksgiving

Receiving our thanks

Loving us

Saving us.

For these things Lord, I’m especially grateful today.

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What are you thankful for?

I have 2 blogs.

This one and one designed for marriage and family issues called, Extraordinary Marriages for Ordinary People

Well, yesterday on my other blog, I posted an article entitled, 3 Reasons Why Married Couples Should Have More Sex, and it is going viral. Just yesterday alone about 1,500 people read it!

I decided to link to it here, so you can read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, I’ve been struck by something else. From my informal research, it appears about 70% of those who have “liked” or shared the article are women.

So, let me ask my women readers a question. This survey is for women only.

©2015 Arron Chambers

 

 

Cherished Wisdom

November 6, 2015 — Leave a comment

Wisdom

In Proverbs 19:8 we read:

The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Recently, I asked my friends on Facebook to share some bits of wisdom they’ve heard along the way. I was blown away and so encouraged by the number of responses I received and the sharing of such great wisdom. I received input from over 200 people from all over the world. Here are some of my favorites.

I hope you’ll cherish this wisdom as much as I do.

btw…I didn’t want to lose the viral nature of these posts, so I’ve only edited as needed. Also, a big “Thanks” to these people for allowing me to bless the world with their wisdom.

Words of Wisdom…

Emmalie Armstrong: My grandmother always said,”Great minds think alike. Sewer pipes run in the same channel.”

Brian Richard: In all criticism there is at least a nugget of truth.

Bud Gothmann: Shortly before I got married, my dad gave me this advice, “There will come a day when you have to choose to make your parents happy or your wife happy. When that day comes, make your wife happy”. Great advice from a great man.

Sheryl Wilson: My Dad always said if you take care of the things that matter they will take care of you, meaning if you need to so an oil change do it, it you have a broken window fix it, don,t whine about it, be an adult and do what you need to do,

Carmen Barber: My dad always said “A bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need it”

Olivia Myers: My Opa says: If it’s ‘too good to be true’, then it’s too good to be true!

Jason Bucky Walters: My dad always said “Keep the main thing, the main thing!” I’ve learned when I follow that, life seems to be a little easier!

Angie McPhee Barnett: My dad: “Deal with the cards you have been dealt”

Bud Gothmann: I’ve often said, you can’t always control the cards you’re dealt in life but you can choose how you play them.

Sheryl Wilson: Mom always said, if you lay down with dogs, you will get up with fleas…..

Stephanie Kowalski: My Dad used to tell me, “nothing worth having comes easy…”

Brandon Smith: If you fall on your face, at least you know you’re moving forward.

Marlo Holbert: My grandpa always says pretty is what pretty does!

Dwayne Toney: Always be someone that gives more than you take

Bruce Hoppe: If your intake doesn’t at least equal your output, your upkeep will be your downfall.

RaVae Erickson: My grandma says all the time, “The early bird gets the worm”

Sam Wirick-Velez: The second mouse gets the cheese.

Cash Hunter: My mother told my wife before we got married, told my cousins before they got married, told my sister in laws before they got married – “what’s yours in yours and what his is yours”.

Scot Longyear: “Choose your hard” – Stephanie Longyear. After loosing 100 pounds she says it was hard being heavy and it is hard to lose and maintain weight. Either way it is hard. Choose your hard.

Lance M Williams: If you do not quit, you cannot lose! Work is hard, but hard work is fun!

David Mehrle: We teach our kids “people before things”

Sam Wirick-Velez: “Happy wife, happy life.” Goes along with “You can be right or you can be happy.”

Allison Hill Pilliod: “If everyone threw their problems out in the street, you would run out and grab your own.” … My grandma.

Nancy Osborn: “To have a friend you must be a friend”

Jeff A. Rosenberry: “Live for today… with eternity in mind.”

Nancy Osborn: “You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar”

Shauna Raymer: If you’re on time you’re late.

Nancy Osborn: “Everyone you meet is facing some difficulty about which you know nothing”

Bobby Wallace: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Dave Mason: You live life forward and understand it backwards.

Stephany Jenkins: My Grandma always said, “Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow”

Diane Stortz: You can go anywhere if you just read the signs. (My dad talking about driving, but I think it applies to more than that.)

Keely Tidwell Evans: Look before you leap! Seems I still have trouble with that one

Christine Cavazos Gonzales: That boy has a lot of quit in him.

Chris Swanberg: My Grandaddy ( southern ) said… “Boy, if you’re gonna sell it, you’ve got to BELIEVE in it! You’ve got to KNOW it’s what is best for anyone!, Ya hear what I’m telling you, boy??”

Lou Encinias: My grandpa spoke Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish. So, I really don’t know what he said.

Aaron Fusselman: God’s love is not a reward for good behavior.

Mark Smith: Every tub must sit on its own bottom.

Brenda Free Nikielski: He would always say “grass doesn’t grow on busy streets” about being a man with very little hair.

Mike Kjergaard: “That which was not placed by logic will not be removed by logic.” (In other words, don’t waste your time arguing with the irrational).

Mike Kjergaard–“People who come to your church disgruntled will most likely leave your church disgruntled.”

Spencer Hudon: “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!”

Keely Tidwell Evans: If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?

Dave Jones: You cannot choose how people treat you, but you can choose how you respond.

Stephen Corp: Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat. (I’m a patriots fan.)

Stephen Corp: Arron – on a more serious note: “Little details make big differences” is something I’ve been learning more and more. Hope the sermon goes well!!

Nora Mahoney Elkins: A good marriage isn’t something you find its something you make.

Andy Woods: Dad always said, “A man who says he understands women will lie about other things too.”

Rita Montgomery: My mom always no matter how bad things get,laugh.

Dawn Schwartz: It is what it is.

Eddie Tison: “Don’t pass up a good deal just because you couldn’t get a better one. ” (from my dad)

Beverly Jackson: My dad says…if it hurts don’t do it

Maronna Mathews: If you don’t think with your head, you’ll think with your feet.

Scotty Newsom: My Grandfather used to say “son you can’t teach an old new tricks but you know you can’t teach a dead dog nothing” He said that everyday you were alive that you could learn something if you try.

Bo Temples: My Grandpa shared many wise things with me. One I’ll always remember is; “Never trust a skinny chef for a good meal.”

Suzanne Page: My dad told me in relation to boys, :why would he buy the cow when they can get the milk free?” LOL!! (I’m sure that’s not quite what you had in mind, tho.)

ChunkyDee Wayne: Choose happiness! You may not feel like it, but you can choose joy.

Greg Marksberry: Don’t borrow trouble.

Eddie Tison: One more from my dad: “To make a lot of money, you have to either HAVE a lot of money, work really hard, or take a lot of risk. If anyone tries to sell you on a way to make a lot of money that doesn’t require at least one of these three run, don’t walk, in the other direction. ”

Andres Augustine Benavides: If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody

Joe Harvey: “If you can only love God when he meets your expectations, you’re really just using God to love yourself.” -lessons I learned during tough times

Hoss Ridgeway: Never buy a car in the dark, in the rain or in a hurry.

Kaylee Dunham Kesterson: Live one day at a time.
Don’t half way do two things; whole way do one thing.
Refusing to forgive someone is like swallowing poison and expecting it to kill them.

Korina Glover: He told me “make home promise you a rose garden”.

Beverly Orris: Dad said ” Help as many, hurt as few” and you would be all right ..”Love is all that matters love is all that lasts” is mine

Sharon Watt Freeman: I once heard a wise man once say…”I’m not in the business of raising jerks”!

Robert Andrew David Evans: Being extremely hyper-active my mom would say, “Think before you speak.” Or “Think about something before you go all-in” Or “Know everyone, that way when you are in a bad area or get into trouble you know where to go for help or protection.” Or “Learn …See More

Wendy Root: a little bird never flies so far that his/her tail feathers don’t follow~ my grandma

Robert Andrew David Evans: “Do things right the first time.” <that one got me more times than not. One dirty dish after washing them and I would end up washing everything in the cabinet. Taught me integrity and honesty and the value of hard work.

Ted Janie Adkins: Never say or do anything outside the church that you wouldn’t say or do inside the church and you’ll make a lot less mistakes.

Darla Dunn Moxon: All that is gold does not glitter. (Tolkien gets the credit for turning this saying around.)

Cecily Moen Badding: Children are to be seen, not heard. Still makes me sad.

Adam Granger: My one Grandpa used to say “it’s not what you know it’s who you know”

Aaron Gossage: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” – my dad

Steve Malone: You don’t just have to go through it, you can grow through it.

Anisha Gutierrez: Never say something behind someone’s back, if you wouldn’t say it to their face. Also, laugh….a Lot! It truley is good medicine!

Dan Garrett: My friends used to say: don’t hang out with that guy Arron Chambers. (Thanks, Dan! Funny thing is, my friends used to say don’t hang out with you!)

Ben Brunswick: You’ll never know what it feels like to fly if you never take the jump

Hal Hoggard: I stand with Anisha Gutierrez and might add to have wisdom is to be a wise soul ( SPIRIT )

Renee Keen Young: My dad would say, “Treat your family like royalty, and everyone else like family.”

Isaiah Magana: “Leave it better than you found it.”

Charlie Crowe: “Remember who you are!”

Bo Temples: Grandpa also told me; “the best way to kill time is to work it to death.”

Laura Sweigard: When you spend all your time pullin at the weeds your wildflowers will never be able to grow. – G ma

David Arnold: The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence , just a different color.

Judy Wood Dalrymple: Keep your eye on the goal.

Joe Alexander: It’s easier to make nice people smart than it is to make smart people nice.

Darren Griffin: Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Laura Sweigard: Think smarter not harder

Melissa Kelly Colgate: Less said…. Less mended

Neil Rohe: Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance

Vicki Steiner: My mom used to say “they have the same clothes to get glad in”. Most of my dad’s are not repeatable, but they were very memorable! One I used for me kids: for every choice you make there’s a price you pay, so make good choices”.

Anne Klinger Maxey: “God made dirt. Dirt don’t hurt.”

Pete Vincelli: Close the fridge, are you trying to refrigerate the whole neighborhood!

De Anna Hundley: “God willing, and the devil don’t take me tomorrow!” (My grandmother’s favorite mantra)

Tracey Diaz Lawrence: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Prov 1. (Really all of Proverbs is the best medicine for living beyond conventional wisdom)

Dan Douglass: When my Grandpa found out I was going to be a preacher he said: “Keep it short and remember people’s names”. I’ve been able to remember names😀

Polly McKay: things will be better in the morning.

Courtney Flood: My grandma would always tell us to arrive early anywhere we needed to be. It was a sign of respectfulness.

Holly Stimson: My dad always quoted Churchill to me whenever I fell off my bike one too many times and felt like quitting: “never, never, never give up!”

David W Hamilton: They don’t care what you know, till they know that you care. And, success is not what you achieve or accumulate, it’s what you leave behind.

Kimberly Boren Martin: My dad, when I would ask him how I look after getting all dressed up….”it’s not the dress that makes the girl, it’s the girl that makes the dress!” So true! It’s not the clothes we wear…it’s what’s inside! Oh another I heard in high school that I teach my children especially when they don’t win or make the “A” team or whatever….”It’s better to deserve the prize and not win it, than to win the prize and not deserve it.” This one has stuck with me for years. As a parent I use the “losing” moments as the best “teachable” moments!

Amanda Zema: Keep your nose clean. Don’t take any wooden nickels! Be good.

Shannon Tetiva: Keep your nose clean. My dad always told me that.

Judy Parsons Fitzpatrick: My Dad was a banker. He always told me to balance my checkbook and save my money!

Jennifer Belter: To get to the peak, you have to travel the valleys first

Jeff Greene: One good turn, gets most of the blanket!

Mark Wheeler: “You can’t control how others respond/react, you can only control how you respond/react.” A great piece of advice for me over the years. “A bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work.” LOL!!

Carrie Elizabeth Anderson: Beauty is as beauty does!

Scott Smith: Keep walkin’

Christy Green:My Father used to say ” If a bullfrog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass on the ground”. I never did understand that one. He had a million of them.

James Cook: For want of the nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the message was never delivered. For want of the message the war was lost.

Jess White:If an apple a day helps keep the doctor away then couldn’t we stop eating apples and have doctors make house calls again?

Susanne Clark Bjork: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do.” Everett Hale, Chaplain of the US Senate and grandnephew of Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War patriot who was executed by the British after he stated “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Marjorie Cobb: any day above ground is a good day

Lisa Rose Wright: “Do things the easy way, unless the easy way is the wrong way, then, do things the right way.”

Xenia Staves: My mom used to tell us to make sure we had clean underwear on in case we were in a car accident or something

Alisa Mock Franz: “Take good care of each other.” Grandpa

Jamie Smith Askvig: My Dad used to say “Look people in the eyes when you talk to them” and also “Nobody owes you anything in this life”.

Jessie Mae Hendrickson: “When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time” Maya Angelo

Jackie Prosise Holliday: “Love is a decision”. And “real faith will move real mountains. ”

David Roberts: Nanny Roberts used to say, “Never wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it.”

Angela Horton: Well, you know what my old daddy use to say…a fool with his money soon parted.

Matt Zeller: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care wink emoticon

Karah Long: Tough times never last tough people do

Geoff Rogers: “Let them that didn’t want any… Have memories of gettin’ none.”

Katie Babbino: A couple of good ones from my mom: “Do what you know is right,” and “Make a decision and live with it.”

Ruth Spellins Phipps: My Grandmother would say: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” But my favorite was after she would belch she would say “Well that ole dead cow wasn’t finished talkin’. ”

Matthew Elam: A man’s word is his bond. A hand shake is as good as a contract.

Mark A. Taylor: “Quit crying or I’ll give you something to cry for!”

PeteNheather Ramsey: Uncle Steve – “You can pick your nose and you can pick your friends, but you can’t wipe your friends under the couch.”
Great Grandpa – “Don’t worry about missing my funeral. I won’t be there either.”
Heather – “You have to choose to be offended. So don’t.”…See More
Scott Falconer: Just had the conversation last week when I was asked “what does that do for us?” It’s not about us! And I know that usually is said into the talks of “its about Jesus”, but it is also more than that. One action or good deed towards another can have huge and ongoing effects towards that person and others. I guess its “Pay it forward” thinking.

Lacie Dalrymple: “It is none of your business what other people say about you.”

Justin Dalrymple: Dont take work home and don’t take home to work.

Ross Runnels: Remember son, when your trying to keep the alligators off you a&@, the objective was to drain the swamp.

Ryan Bailey: My grandmother used to say, “Always give people the benefit of the doubt. You never know what they may be going through.”

Ross Runnels: It’s hard to soar like an eagle when your flying with turkeys.

Stephany Jenkins: If you don’t use your brain you’ll have to use your back….and…
Cut once but measure twice.

Amy Woodrum: Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things

Susan Duttweiler Campbell: Sometimes you have to just roll with the punches

Paul Chambers: My brother Roger would say that if you treat your children like little ladies and gentlemen that they would grow use to it and learn to settle for nothing less. His children turned out alright.

Bethany Jett: It is what it is.

Mark Edward Clark: “T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Every thing has a price…in time, talent, treasure, or trust.

Kacey Joy Vande Steeg: Not my grandpa but my dad says this all the time… “You can’t fix stupid” or “I don’t have to do anything you say, I just have to die and pay taxes” … Solid things to live by!

Mike Herbst: “Use your head for somethin, besides a hat rack”

Philip Claycomb: If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs – the one that howls is the one you hit! (about dealing with critics)
You can’t wrestle with a skunk without smelling like one!

Melody Willert: The child is a whole lot more important then that sink full of dirty dishes.

Steve Horton: Ask yourself if I would do it, if I would, its ok

Philip Edward Koban: If you don’t have anything nice to say about somebody don’t say anything at all!

Trevor Fritzler: Living beyond your means is mortgaging your future!

Steven Gorman: In order to train to fight; you have to fight to train

Chris Ho: This too shall pass.

Allie Schepers: Jump rope while you can, because you won’t be able to do it forever. -my grandmother

Tammy J Davis: If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts we’d all have a wonderful Christmas.

Casey Scott: If at first you don’t succeed, you’re doing it wrong.

Emmalee Shoup: You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar

Susan Duttweiler Campbell: One more for you that grandmother used to say…Visitors and Fish, both start to stink after 3 days

Clay Terrell: Related to Casey’s quote: If at first you don’t succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed!

Wesley Williams: Do your work right the first time. If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time when will you find the time to come back and do it the right way.

Jim Stafford: There ain’t no education in the second kick of a mule.

Pete Wurdemann: If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.

Kirk Garreans: You’d better try to go now, because you never know when you’ll get the chance to go again! (Mom, before a road trip with my dad driving).
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Betty Nelson Goodart: “As smart as you are and as dumb as I am, I’m as smart as you are as dumb as I am”

Christopher Onnen: It’s not so much of falling out of love as it is falling out of repentance

Sandi Peppard: Reality of life in a fallen world — When you are facing a challenging situation over which you have no control … It is what it is, and it’s okay. God is still God!

Tara Olender: Look up, not around.

Pete Wurdemann: My Grandpa who made award-winning pea soup, had been through the great depression: “If you eat pea soup for breakfast, have pea soup for lunch and be lucky enough to have pea soup for dinner you’re gonna pee soup ALL night long.”

Richard D. Perry: From a dear lady of 85+ years, whom we used to visit on a weekly basis. “Your only as good as your word. If you don’t keep it, no one will take you seriously.” Guess who the comment was aimed at.

Shaun Daly: Hope and fear cannot exist in the heart at the same time. Hope wins!

Laura Jones Sampson: “A fresh coat of paint never hurt an old barn,”

Gina Moore Clark: I never promised you a rose garden— roses take work and love and PATIENCE!!!

Marna Tillinghast: We look at the cross from amidst the crowd; Jesus would have us look at the crowd from the cross – Reinhardt Bonke