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Monthly Archives: November 2018

BONUS DAY #239

I got to spend some time with a hard working Pastor with a huge vision for God’s work.  It was an inspiration to be able to share a few ideas with this young man who is moving God’s message/mission forward.  He is NOT without challenges, but seems to have a real balance in how he processes the vision of ministry with the practical part of life.  The experience today reminded me that every time we drive by a Church or ministry we should breath a quick prayer for the leadership.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #238

The conversation of “which car should we take”–was quickly validated when the winds whipped up, rain came down in buckets, and changed to snow…..during an eight hour stretch from Texas to Kansas.  It is starting into winter, and it is time to adjust our thinking to winter weather conditions.  Preparation is an interesting thing.  Normally we say “do what you can and leave the rest to God”….I think we should edit that thought:  “Leave it to God ALL THE WHILE doing what you can….”

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #237

Our weekend in Austin, Texas, continued with a visit to Waco where Magnolia Springs is the major attraction.  I have been there several times, but was with friends who were first timers.  Even though I can’t eat the baked goods, I did stand in line for the group who wanted to taste the world renowned cupcakes and cookies.  I don’t think I have ever waited an hour in a line for baked goods, but today was a first.  It was an hour, but I enjoyed conversation with family, friends, and fellow-waiters.  Make the most out of every moment seems to be the common theme this weekend!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #236

I was delighted to meet up with our dear friends the Alldridge’s as well as our son and family in Austin, Texas to enjoy some meals, talk about ministries, and catch up with each other’s lives.  It is so important to celebrate each other and celebrate with each other.  The enjoyment of fellowship is a rich dynamic God gives us in our lives.  Don’t take a minute of it for granted.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #235

Because of a 13 hour drive I wasn’t able to get in my full 10,000 steps.  (A goal I adhere to strictly).  There I was at 9:45 PM with 4,000 steps and a desire to keep with the goal, but the realization it wasn’t going to be  possible.  I had to surrender to acceptance.  “Surrender to acceptance” is more important than I realized–from time to time–it is necessary for us NOT to become legalistic in areas of our lives.  Goals can and do become legalisms, if we don’t “surrender to acceptance.”

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #234

Watching my 11 year old granddaughter walk in with her trumpet and fellow band members made we realize how essential Bonus Days are all the way around.  It is important to “be present” even though I (we all) might not have a single thing to do with/for we can do one thing–which is the most important thing–that is:  BE PRESENT.  Always be present.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #233

Its Election Day–meaning–no more election spots for another few months!  Dirtier and meaner each election cycle….even the ones calling to be “civil” are the ones creating some of the nastiest.  (Of course they don’t claim to be the nastiest, they claim another group put it together without their knowledge–like a PAC or special interest organization).  I don’t claim to know the answer, because politics in general has become so corrupt in every way.  All we can do is examine our own hearts and lives to be kinder NOT nastier–and be fair and civil in all we do.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

 

BONUS DAY #232

We spent the day finalizing the details of our FEB 2019 Holy Land Trip as well as talking with our good friend, Dr. Brian Allen, from Olivet Nazarene University about their Holy Land Trip in NOV 2019.  It is so fun to think about and plan trips to the Holy Land.  The best of the best of Bonus Days……I can’t wait to get back to the Sacred Western Wall.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #231

God spoke to me to bless a widow today.  The Book of James is clear that the only religion that God the Father considers pure is to look after the widows and orphans and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  There is pretty well known adage that “no good deed goes unpunished” but we can’t allow an adage of the world to slow down our generosity.  As a matter of fact, I believe we need to use the adage to motivate us to go deeper, run stronger, and push harder.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

 

BONUS DAY #230

Today was a wonderful blessing.  It was Marceil’s birthday and we were able to have three of the grandchildren over to celebrate along with my brother and sister-in-law, and two other grandchildren Facetimed to sing Happy Birthday.  I took two of the kids to Target to get Grandma a birthday present and we ended up getting baseball gloves, balls, and bats to play outside.  We made it part of Grandma’s gift and she was delighted!  It doesn’t matter whose birthday it is, birthdays are fun.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc