Tuesday, June 28, 2016

                                                       This prayer is prayed for Stanley Sutton

Heavenly Father, this prayer is a special prayer for one of my friends here at Renaissance, and his name is Stanley Sutton I ran into him this afternoon as I was walking around the grounds getting my exercise and listening at some wonderful gospel music and just meditation on the life of Jesus and parsing the name of you dear God. I struck up a conversation with Stanley and I let him listen a little bit of my gospel tape and within our conversation I discovered that he was a devout Christian, I also discovered that he had had a stroke as I had. His stroke left him much more afflicted then myself.  I know that he has some Constance pain and he uses a wheel chair to get himself around within the premises. I found that he was many years younger then myself.

Dear God none of us can understand why bad things happen to good people, but we know that if we will pray and have faith and trust in you that you will and can heal us, as you have done so many times before. I pray dear God that you will bless my friend and give him amazing grace and heal his body.

I thank you dear God for the many blessings that you have bestowed on me and my family, I am so grateful for them; I love you and appreciate everything that you have done for me.

This prayer is prayed in the name of my savior Jesus Christ. AMEN

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

             HE CROS

As I sat here tonight and thinking about what am I going to write about? Well as I reminisce about my article yesterday about the cross and I received many responding emails telling me they enjoyed my article and to keep sharing with them and that encouraged me to keep sharing with family and friends and neighbors and if I have any enemies they can read them as well. There is about 100 occupants living here and ever since I have been here for the last five years and 10 months I have been sharing devotions taken from my computer and some of my written scribbling there as well, and many tell me they have read them. I have a space on the magazine rack to place them.

I do not worship the old wooden rugged cross but I love it, I respect it, I honor it, because that is where my savior Jesus Christ died for me. I remember talking with my pastor brother Joe one time after he had preached about the cross and I remarked to him that I thought that ever sermon should have the cross-mentioned at least five times in every sermon. The cross is one of my communions, just like the bread and wines the remembrance of my savior. Many of my friends of Goodwater may remember that Speck Sprayberry and my self built three large crosses and with the help of William Harrell and bro Joe we planted them in front of Baptist church.

Some may remember that I made many crosses and gave them to my friends. I also had A 10 ft cross in my front yard and I used to tell people if you need to find my home just look for the cross in my yard. A little funny story of the cross in my front yard after I begin to need a little help in mowing my big yard and I had a black man helping me to mow. Any way as I was sitting out in the shade of the large sweet- gum tree, just watching and admiring his work and I thought that he was taking particular pains to mow around the cross with the running lawn mower, I motioned to him and called him over to me and I told him that I noticed that you were very careful not to damage my cross, and I ask him what was his thoughts as he was mowing around the cross and he stated that he did not have any thoughts that he was just trying to do a good job. I then ask him did he realize that was the cross he was mowing around and he said that he was just doing his work.  I then ask him now that you know that was a cross what comes to your mind and he hesitated a little and said I don’t know I guess the Ku-cluck clan.

I then spent the next forty five minutes telling him the story of the cross and Jesus and I do not know if it soaked in to his ignorant mind, but this simple minded person did the best he could of telling him the story of the cross and Jesus and if there is any one who is ignorant about the cross or Jesus this simple minded person will be glad to tell it to you. I wonder how many people see the cross and just thanks about the KU-Cluck Clan, instead of Jesus Christ.

God help us.

Compassion Prayer

                                   COMPASSION PRAYER

Heavenly Father I pray for your loving grace for compassion that you had with your disciples. Give me wisdom that I can display the same kind of love and compassion that you did for all people around Galilee. I do have true love and compassion for family, friends and neighbors and all mankind, but I do not display it the way that you did for all the people. I would like to feel more comfortable and be more relaxed in speaking and displaying my conversations talking about you my savior.

I know that my body is your temple, I know your Holy Spirit lives within my heart mind and soul, and I can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit working with me thru out each day. I just want to feel closer to you when I pray, I want to feel that I can just touch you hand and hear you say well done my good faithful servant.

And he answering said, thou shalt love thy Lord thy, God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and  with all thy mind, and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10-27

Jesus has compassion love forever person that has ever walked on this earth whether they are believers, non-believers, atheist, or what ever, he stills love them and desires for us to love him as well.  


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Story-2009

Heavenly Father, our Father which art in heaven, hallowed would be thy name, I approach you this day in the grace of my savior Jesus Christ, and give thanks to you for all my wonderful blessings that you have given to my family and my self. It is fitting that I should take this time to write a thanksgiving story and share it with my family and friends and tell them how you have blessed me so wonderfully. I count my blessings every day and give thanks to my lord every day and I share them sometimes to my neighbors but since we are approaching the national holiday thanksgiving, I have a desire to write it and share it with others.

Dear God I feel so unworthy of receiving these blessings but dear God, how I love them and appreciate them and I praise you for them. This reminds me of the song count your many blessings and counts them and names them one by one. Well time or space will not allow me to name all of my blessings here but I will recite a few of some of my large ones just for my story.

Heavenly Father, where should I start you know dear God that I have been a Christian since early teenage years, but you know that I swayed away from you for few years and was not trusting you whole heartily and was not obediently to your will for me. Sort like the prodigal son, I came back into your folds and joined the Goodwater Baptist church and served with them there for forty eight years and function in many positions, I could not preach like Peter, and I could not pray like Paul, I just took my sins to Jesus because he died for us all, I just did the best that I could under long stressful hard working years. O I was a Christian I had complete faith in God, I praised the name of Jesus that he died for my sins, I trusted him to forgive me of my sins, but I did not read and study his word the way that I should have as a born again Christian should have done.

You know dear God that I have had many, many trials and tribulations thru life, especially thru the eighties and nineties and you blessed me and give me sufficient grace to endure them. It probably was over in the eighties that I really felt like that I had become born again Christian. Thru the eighties and ninnies with so many heartaches and adversities, I seamed to grow more in faith with God with each episode. I know that I have grown more ever year since then, in faith and have trusted my savior and studied his word, I thirst and hunger to learn more about his word and the life of Jesus Christ.

After retiring from the corporate world I changed my life style of living. I let my hair down, the meaning of letting you hair down means; you behave in a free uninhibited manner, I did not feel that it was no longer necessary for me to present my self in a dignified sophisticated manner, so I started presenting my self as my true self, I started doing things that give me joy, and doing things that I never had time to do, like helping my friends and neighbors, working in the town and community. I had helped with many project and details before but it was all in the form of business.   After the death of my parents I turned in their house in to a wood shop and I made all kind of articles and give them to friends, my specialty was birdhouses, especially blue bird houses, I made many different designs.

                                   A few of my blessing 

1-   1-   First blessing was being born as a premature baby and only weighed about two pounds and no one thought that I would live. I have always considered myself to be a miracle child. Now I do not remember all of that but my Mother related that to me.
2-   2-   I have been truly blessed all thru my long life even thru the years of trials tribulations and hardships, because God has given me suffiiencent grace to help me endure them, and I walked with God and he walked with me and he walked beside me, what a blessing.
3-   3-   Next was having God fearing parents that loved me enough to teach me right from wrong, and taught me love of God. That was a wonderful blessing
4-   4-   I lived thru the big depression years and it was really hard but with the grace of God we survived it. Our family suffered the most was in the years of 1930’s 31st, when my father had no work at all. Then my father got hired in a sawmill town and at least we had food, but there was never enough money to do any thing else but have food, the depression lasted until the beginning of world war two. I grew up in that sawmill town until I entered in to the service. It was in that sawmill town that I surrender my life to God and accepted Jesus as my savior. That all was a wonderful blessing.
5-   5-   I was privileged to serve our country during the world war two as well as my two brothers and all three of us was blessed to return back home without being injured.
6-   6-   After returning home from the war I was given my old job back, which was store clerk, I felt very blessed to have been given my old job back, and my boss promoted me to assistant manger.
7-   7-   In the same year 1946, a Chicago firm came down and purchased all of the assets of our previous company and the new company promoted me to be their purchasing agent to buy all of the mill supplies.
8-   8-   The new company did not feel feasible to continue operations there because it was twenty-three miles to the nearest railroad and about seventeen miles to the neatest pave road. The biggest reason why the Sterling Company purchased the previous company was the previous company had a large inventory of hardwood lumber and the Sterling had a fabrication plant in Chicago and they needed the lumber to be transported to their Chicago plant, and they thought that would give them adequate lumber for the Chicago plant needs.
9-   9-   The Sterling Company selected me to inventory the mill supplies and store contents so that they could put them up for sale, I knew that it was going to be a tedious job and I suggested to the company attorney that if they would give me a secretary it would speed up the detail tremendously and he agreed. He then assigned me a beautiful young lady who was very smart and we got along real good together and were making much progress. In the Friday evening I thought that I would ask her for a date and I ask her if she had a special boy friend and she said that she had a boy friend but they were not in a serious relationship, that they were just good friends. So then I ask her would she like to go with me to a movie and have a nice dinner somewhere, and she refuse me and stated that her boy friend may come this week end, so I said that’s fine. So we did not mention that again but we had a good week and had fun talking together and I thought that she was being more friendlier then the previous week. Then Friday came again and I approached her again for a date and again she declined, so I more of less wrote her off my list. Then we started our final week of work and we enjoyed the final week and got along very good and I enjoyed her company but nothing was mentioned about dating again. Then Friday came again and we were completing our job and I was thanking her for her help and how I enjoyed knowing her, that was her last day of her employment with the company and I would go on over to Goodwater work of the extensions and have it be typed up. She then volunteered to take some of the work to take it home with her and help run the extensions for me, and I told her that I can not     let you do that because I could not pay her for her work, and she said that she did not want to be paid that she just wanted to help me. She really insisted that I let her take some work home, so I let her take some with her, you see I was not a complete fool, I could read the writing on the wall. I told her that I would come over Sunday afternoon and pick up the papers and I arrive there around three or four in the afternoon and I notice that she was dressed more for like going out then just like at home, so I picked up the work pages and noticed that she has not done much work on them, but I picked up the papers and I told her that I was going to a movie and have a nice dinner and I ask her if her boy friend was coming over this evening and she stated that she had told him good-bye two weeks ago, then I ask her if she would like to go to a movie with me. After that night we had a standard date every weekend until I married her about two years later. What a blessing that the Lord give her to me.
10-                 10-                  The Sterling company moved on over to the town of Goodwater, Ala. And purchased another lumber company and they started making wooden pallets, skids, boxes, Shipping crates, and other lumber commodities, and sold wholesale lumber. I had gotten acquainted with the Chicago attorney and he wrote a letter to the new president of the southern division and suggested that I be transferred to the Goodwater office and be a general office clerk, and on the recommendation of that letter I was transferred to Goodwater. That was another tremendous blessing.
11-                 11-                  About three or four months working in the office and I was enjoying that kind of work very much and I went in to the new southern president and he was marine captain veteran and had been discharged about the same time that I had been discharge. This new president would hire every veteran came and ask for a job whether he was needed or not, anyway I ask the president what was my potential with the company for advancement and he stated that it should be up to you, and he ask me what would you like to do I stated to him that I would like to become the chief accountant for the southern division. I knew that our chief accountant was getting to retirement age and the president stated to me why don’t you go for it. To close this episode I did become the Chief accountant when the chief accountant retired in about year of 1954 and I stayed with the company till 1989 when I retired as their executive vice president and we had 3 vice presidents under me that answered to me. I do not write this to brag I write this to tell people that you can accomplish most any thing in life if you will work hard for it and trust in the Lord.

This is just a few of my wonderful blessings in my life you will have to catch my next episode to read many more of my blessings.

Here's wishing every one a happy Thanksgiving ever day.

John Davidson                        

Monday, June 20, 2016

To my friends and neighbors of Renaissance. This is a copy of the memos that I used to put into the bird- houses, that I gave to our church people, and other people and other functions in my town of Goodwater. This was one of the ways that I tried to minister to my friends and neighbors there.

I regret that I am unable to do the same ministry to you, but I just do not have my wood shop here. I try to do a little ministry work of my Lord and savior, by putting some devotional messages in the lobbies here. I hope and pray that you pick them up and read them. May God bless, I love each and every one of you very much.

                                        John Davidson

Copy of my memo:

                             Happy Birthday


                             Happy Anivarsy

This birdhouse is a gift given in the name of Jesus Christ our savior. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed giving it to you. God loves you, so do we. God bless you , and GOD BLESS AMERICA.

We hope and pray that you are a Christian. If you are not, we want to give you a few key bible verses that should help you to become a child of god.

1-   Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
2-   Romans 6:23 “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
3-   Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you.”
4-   Romans 10:9 –10, “ That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead,you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteous and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.”
5-   Revelations 3:20,”Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and open the door, I will come to him and dine with him, and he.”

6-   Acts 16:3o-31,” Sir, What must I do to be saved? And they said,” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved.”

7-   1 Corinthians 10:13 “ There have no temptation taken you but such as common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able , but  will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye man be able to bear it.”

8-   Romans 10:13, “ For whoso ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. “

This birdhouse is given to you in the name of our savior Jesus Christ by your friend John Davidson and your pastor Joe Fain.