2018 into 2019 -A Personal Note!

It was for me, a truly blessed year. Good times with family, shows everywhere, jail and prison sets, recording and doing prison gig with dear friend Todd (clip from his studio here), Alaskan tour, Audiofeed Festival sets, more work on solo record and book projects, Wendi’s knee replacement, Amazing Grace throughout!

But here I offer the following bits which are placed around my office, hand-written, to remind me daily about the issues most important to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They speak directly to my areas of lack, my personal needs as both encouragement and conviction of who I am and who I must become by God’s grace. The earlier short GK inventory (below) is also up on my wall. May God grant us grace in these throughout 2019 -cuz this ol’ world is in deep need and perhaps you and I can help meet just a small bit of that need via faith in and surrender to Him. HE ALONE is our Source. (In my view, there is no other actual route to a Happy New Year.)

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Galatians 5
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Romans 15
1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 
2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 
3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 
6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
8a Love never fails.
Colossians 3
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

From my earlier post “What’s Up With Me (Inventory)? :

A couple of months ago at a community gathering of our fellowship a call was put out for a sort of personal inventory time.

The very good and penetrating questions we were to prayerfully ask ourselves (and keep confidential if we were so inclined) lead me to respond as you see here below.

So full disclosure, these were my notes re. myself and I think they have long held true in my life. You may be quite unlike me or not relate at all to some if not most of these responses of mine to myself and the Lord, but I thought some of my readers might be encouraged by them which I why I share them now.

1- For me, almost never “Why?” but rather “What”? [not why did this or that happen or go this or that way, but what did I do or not do and what must I do under the Lord’s guidance now]

2- How can I w. right heart/attitude SERVE “the stranger”? [whomever I might consider “the other”, “a lesser-than”, someone foreign to me, my way of thinking, my culture or comfort zone]

3- Frustration is with self, mySELF, old nature, focus on circumstances as opposed to eyes of Jesus and Hope… my need to repent when I fall into this trap. Then believe, walk FORWARD… [nobody and nothing frustrates me more than me re. the way I deal with the hard stuff of life]

4- They FELT lost, they had in reality been FOUND, we are never in truth, alone. We HAVE the SPIRIT, HE LIVES in and through us!

5- Finish the race well

6- Both/And 🙂 My cause and need is for logos and rhema [biblical Greek words, the first means God’s Word, the other God’s Word to -me- via the Spirit of God, to me personally]

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