…our record setting day of July 16th topped out at 90 page views everyone! Thanks for reading! Also, besides previously mentioned posts I’m going to write something up about introversion myself because it’s such a big topic now, and I myself am one… hang on, posts are on the way…

Yet another letter [All things blogging & writing related]

…I know, I’ve been absent, its been a while since my last posting but I’ve been caught up with this thing most people call “life,” trying to survive, find a job and such… it takes time away from my writing here on my blogs. Of all things blogging and writing related, would you believe that I’ve been stuck trying to complete just one blog post for almost four months? Yes, really! In previous updates I see that I’ve said I was going to do a post on meeting Pastor John P. Kee, a testimony post, a post about a tough work week I’ve had while working for a security company and also a chance encouter with my ex, but here’s the thing though: I haven’t finished the one about meeting “her” again; the ex story is the one I’m stuck on. Not to worry, every post I said I was going to do I will do, even if it takes ’til the end of the year (hopefully it won’t take that long; the ex story is almost finished).

…though in other things blogging and writing related, in the time I’ve spent stuck on just one post I’ve also updated both of my blog pages- a freshening of the title images and colors, links and widgets (and more) on Welcome to Joppa Road and a new theme and layout on Word Play Joppa Say, along with some new and updated pages and a soon-to-come, supposedly-mandatory “About Me” page linked from Word Play (I promise I haven’t been delaying intentionally, it’s just hard to do…I don’t like the spotlight being on me! My birthday’s coming in a few days, don’t know how that’ll work…)

Something else, just one more thing blogging related…recently, Welcome to Joppa Road has been seeing spikes in traffic (page views) the past two weeks; on July 4th our previous record for views in one day (60, set in March 2014, the day I don’t remember) was broken by a hair: 61 views on that one day. Again, even that record is being broken today- as of this writing, we’ve tallied 88 page views today (the final number will be posted tomorrow). I haven’t been sharing or posting a lot during this time (last post was June 19, Word Play’s last post was in March) but readers have been seeking, and therefore reading, so… I guess we’re not going anywhere.

Well that’s about it, keep following me and my blog pages here and share them as well because these posts are coming y’all. I’ll even do some quoteables, and posts full o’ previous quotes but I can’t tell you everything I’m working on because that’s too much so just watch out for me…

Today God Is First: The Strength of Brokenness

Today’s Prayer,
Dear God, Open my eyes that I may see every divine appointment You prepare for me. May I study Your Word and spend time in prayer and fellowship with You and take time to be still and know You, so that I will be aware and prepared for those special opportunities and appointments that come to me. Please forgive me for my failure to be consistent. Help me to grow in faith and goodness as I seek Your face and live each day…and to grasp every opportunity to work for Your kingdom. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Strength of Brokenness
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

06-19-2014

The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.” – 1 Samuel 2:4

There is an oxymoron throughout the Bible. It says that brokenness is strength. How can this be? How can brokenness be strength? In order to use men and women to their fullest extent, the Lord has to break His servants so that they might have a new kind of strength that is not human in origin. It is strength in spirit that is born only through brokenness.

Paul was broken on the Damascus road. Peter was broken after Jesus was taken prisoner. Jacob was broken at Peniel. David was broken after his sin with Bathsheba. The list could go on of those the Lord had to break in different ways before they could be used in the Kingdom.

When we are broken, we see the frailty of human strength and come to grips with the reality that we can do nothing in our own strength. Then, new strength emerges that God uses mightily. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Do not fear brokenness, for it may be the missing ingredient to a life that emerges with a new kind of strength and experience not known before. Pray for a broken and contrite heart that God can bless.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Today God Is First: Learning to Stand

Today’s Prayer,
God, When I remember the story of Joseph’s life, I realize how you want so much more for me than I could ever dream of. I also see how you can turn what man means for evil into what you mean for good. Please bring this to my mind whenever I’m feeling doubt and confusion; whenever I’m feeling oppressed and alone; whenever I’m feeling unjustly treated; whenever I think that I don’t have something I need. I know that you are in control. I pray that I will always allow you to do your work and that I will not interfere in your plans for me. Please give me strength and fill me with your desires for me. Thank you, loving Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.


TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1,
by Os Hillman

06-17-2014

…”Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…” – Exodus 14:13

The Israelites had just left 400 years of slavery in Egypt. They had fled to the desert, but they had come to a dead end at the Red Sea. Word reached them that Pharaoh had changed his mind. He was sending his troops to recapture the Israelites. They cried out to their leader Moses, complaining that he had brought them that far only to die in the desert.

Learning when to move and when to stand is the greatest challenge for a workplace believer. We are trained for action. We are not trained to sit idly and wait. We are trained to solve problems, not wait for them to resolve themselves. However, God says there are times to wait. We are to wait until He says go. If we go before He says go, we likely will make our situation worse. If the Israelites had attempted to cross the Red Sea before it parted, they would have drowned. If they had fled north to try to avoid the Egyptians, God would not have moved in a miraculous way. God cannot work on our behalf if we continually try to solve our problem when He has instructed us to stand still. Standing still is sometimes the greatest action we can do, although it is the most difficult thing to do in the Christian walk.

Stand still when He says stand and see the deliverance of the Lord.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Today God Is First: When Planting Yields No Fruit

Today’s Prayer,
Dear Lord, How amazing it is to compare our life to the caterpillar that is surrounded by the cocoon and struggles until it emerges a beautiful butterfly. I pray that as I struggle through life’s challenges, that I lean on You and allow the cocoon of Your love to surround me and the circumstances and trials to help mold me into the beautiful creature You want me to become. Thank You for all You do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

When Planting Yields No Fruit
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1,
by Os Hillman

06-12-2014

“You have planted much, but have harvested little….” – Haggai 1:6

Have you ever worked and worked only to yield very little from your efforts? Such was the case for the workplace believers during the time of the prophet Haggai. Finally, God spoke through the prophet Haggai to inform the people why their efforts were not yielding any fruit. There was a specific reason this was happening.

“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of My house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands” (Haggai 1:9-11).

God had finally had enough. His priorities were not His people’s priorities. So, He withheld in order to get their attention. Zerubbabel was governor of Judah at the time. He was a godly man who sought to do God’s will. He listened as the prophet gave these words; then he responded.

Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord (Haggai 1:12).

Sometimes God has to stir up the spirit of one man to initiate needed change. Zerubbabel was that man. Scriptures say, “The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel” (Hag. 1:14). God is stirring up the spirit of a remnant of workplace believers throughout the world today. They are seeing what breaks God’s heart, and they’re responding. Has God placed the spirit of Zerubbabel in you? Are you one who will make a difference for the Kingdom, or are you concerned about building bigger and better barns? The Lord is calling forth His people in these last days to make a difference. Ask Him what He wants to do through you.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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