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October 27, 2014

Memories—Don’t Miss Them

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, wouldn’t have missed lovin’ you girl.

You’ve made my whole life worthwhile with your smile… I wouldn’t trade one memory”

Ronnie Milsap

I watched through the laundry room windows as she took our little rescue dog—Tulip—out for her first morning exploration of the yard. Tulip is now three and part Jack Russell and Rat Terrier mix, sweet, energetic and attached at the hip to my bride.

The breeze tossed Lynda’s hair as it blew by, and from the way she pulled her robe tight around her, then wrapped her arms around her chest, I knew what the temperature must be like, and what her words would be when she returned.

A cold front had wandered through our part of North Florida over the weekend. And with it brought what appeared to be a beautiful day.

Wow, it’s cold out there.”

She hurried to open the door, with Tulip bursting past her to return to a somewhat warmer space.

Fall has arrived and with one week to go before we set our clocks back an hour, you can already feel the cool weather settling in, determined to stay around for a while. The World Series between the Kansas City Royals, the American League champions, and the San Francisco Giants, the champions of the National League, is shaping up to be one to remember. College football is in the homestretch heading toward conference championships, bowl games, and a four-team playoff designed to crown a national champion. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 20, 2014

Always Doing Better

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12: 1-2 (NIV)

Fall has now officially arrived. You can feel it in the air.

The autumnal equinox officially began and marked the beginning of the fall season one month ago for the Northern Hemisphere on September 22, 2014 at 10:29 P.M. EDT.

We began to notice a drop in temperatures around the nation while the hours of daylight in each day started to decline. The signs of fall were noticeably all around us. Leaves began to change from green to glorious breath-taking unimaginable colors in various places around the country. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 13, 2014

Impact & Significance or Success

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (NLT)

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work.

But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind.

There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message)

There he is, Solomon—supposedly the richest, wisest, smartest, most influential man in all the world at that time and he probably would be by today standards—and yet he gets to the end of his life and says—

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work.

But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind.

There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message) (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 6, 2014

Turning toward More

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided the property between them… [and] the younger son…set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living…and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating…

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say…‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”

Luke 15: 11-20 (NIV)

A dear friend of mine, and of many of us, is having hip replacement surgery early this morning, probably lasting all morning. His name is Clint Hurdle. The doctor performing the surgery is Dr. Nick Sotereanos. I would ask you to pray for Clint and his doctor this morning, for Clint’s good healing, and for his family.

There are many neat things about our friend, one of which is that he is humble enough to personally understand and connect with today’s “early morning thoughts.”

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The scripture above is a big message in a short story. I suspect that Jesus was smiling as He told it—even though the story didn’t seem to have much to smile about for a while—just knowing the punch line that was coming. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:37 am
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September 29, 2014

I Don’t Know

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

We’ve all experienced those types of questions before. You know, the ones you can’t answer or don’t want to think about, so you try to dismiss them with a quick and easy answer. Maybe an answer just acceptable enough to deflect the question so the conversation can move on to something else.

But you can’t dismiss a Grandchild’s question. Oh, I suppose you could for a while, but you really shouldn’t—never, ever. And if the truth be told, the same applies to your child—it’s just that with a Grandchild you’ve been given that second chance to get some things right.

Well, our younger Granddaughter Ellie Kate’s question seemed to come from out of nowhere. We weren’t talking about anything related to what she all-of-a-sudden came up with to ask me. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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