Be The Change 2021

Be The Change 2021

The rear view mirror of 2020 changed us all–how we live our day to day lives, our empathy, our compassion, our business arenas and structure.  As we progress into 2021, I lean on words of wisdom from very wise people noted below.  Join us in 2021 and Be The Change.

John Maxwell

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

C.S. Lewis

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

 

When God Ran

A Forgiven Friday. Have a blessed day everyone! ‘And then He ran to me He took me in his arms Held my head to his chest Said my son’s come home again Lifted my face Wiped the tears from my eyes With forgiveness in his voice He said Son do you know I still love… Read more »

More than Sufficient

‘His grace is more than sufficient Even when your heart aches Even though you’re to blame. His heart is big enough to love you So run back to Him today.’ #unmeritedfavor

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Please join me in making it a priority to check on family, friends, and associates. You will never know what someone is privately going through. #BeTheDifference

Heaven’s Rays

Some call them “Heaven Rays.” Some call them “God Rays.” Today we call them ‘Mom Rays’–vivid rays of radiant light beaming down–our Moms and Grandmas that have went on before us, simply shining down on us today. May the warmth of their light shine across our faces and upon our hearts with hope and with… Read more »

Thankful Throwback Thursday

Thankful Throwback Thursday – May 2014. #thankfulgratefulblessed

You Still Are

‘Even if this season isn’t going as planned, Lord and if it’s not at all what we hoped, and if “we’re* not yet quite what we hoped, and if life’s not unfolding to our Plan A and if it’s not even close to Plan B and if the diagnosis is not great and if the… Read more »

A Mother’s Love

A MOTHER’S LOVE Thank you for watching over me All of the sleepless nights you lay awake. Thank you for knowing when to hold me close When to let me go. Thank you for every stepping stone And for the path that always leads me home. I thank you for the time you took To… Read more »

Sunday Afternoon Perspective

Sunday Afternoon Perspective… ‘How could I boast on anything I’ve ever seen or done; How could I dare to claim as mine the victories God has won. Where would I be had God not brought me gently to this place. I’m here to say I’m nothing but a sinner saved by grace. I’m just a… Read more »

What A Day

First song Mother taught me to sing–in my Dad’s early Revival years before Roanoke if He was preaching locally while Mother was still recovering from the surgeries and cobalt cancer treatments–but she would get me all ‘spit and shined’ and I would climb into the car with him every single night, sit patiently on the… Read more »

Through

‘Through the dry and barren places; Through life’s dense and maddening mazes. Through the pain and through the glory; Through will always tell the story; Of the God whose power and mercy Will not fail to take us through.’ – Gaither A Promise for all of us this Last Friday of the Last Day of… Read more »

Every Hour

“I need thee, O I need thee; Every hour I need thee! O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.” Wrapping up a Monday here @ West Court with this classic hymn–prayers for many tonight; and a night of peaceful rest for all.

She Taught Me How To Fly

You provided for me an unconditional love that provides courage and comfort all at once. My wings were built from your heart and are entwined with your enlivening strength. And when you told me I could fly, it was impossible to doubt, because I have seen all that grows from being wrapped in your light…. Read more »

Life is an Echo

Wrapping up a Thursday/now Friday AM work day here in The Neighborhood. Thoughts for our Friday – Life is an Echo – What we send out comes back. Let’s send out goodness and kindness today. Our world needs us.

Strength

Being thankful for our strength–someone just may need to borrow today. Prayers for many this morning. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone.

Immeasurable Impact

Never, ever underestimate the impact we all can have on a life of a child. Our mission is simple–the impact is quite immeasurable. #loveourkids

Everything.

I owe God everything. I was asked by a business magazine publication recently during a feature interview upcoming in May–about who had influenced me most in business and in life.  Living Life lessons from my extraordinary Mom & Dad; My business influence early on was our beloved C. Dan Joyner.  But my ultimate influence–I owe… Read more »

Home

Wrapping up with motivation for our Friday morning–prayers for so many tonight. Headed out to ‘sit a spell’ with splendid night views of my favorite Grace Downtown steeple before bed. Have a terrific Friday and weekend everyone! My 2nd Pfizer vaccine @ Walgreens on Sunday. ‘When the mist rises and the winds quieten, There in… Read more »

Through Thick & Thin

Wrapping up a blessed Wednesday here @ West Court–a quiet walk down to the Reedy before bed this quiet peaceful night in The Neighborhood. A few hours begins a very Thankful Through Thick & Thin Thursday for my Life Friends.. From my early years at the Looper homestead, schooling at Dacusville, Dad’s pastorates at Midway,… Read more »

Kindness

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher (1803 – 1882)

Reflections on the Reedy

Night lights & reflections on the Reedy–Some nights the layers of light from the River St. bridge are quite special. Wrapping up a terrific Tuesday here @ West Court. Some nights the layers of light from the River St. bridge are quite special. Great seeing our valued friends Southland Properties here earlier today–reviewing new creative… Read more »

His Strength is Perfect

‘No great success to show No glory of my own Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know His strength is perfect when our strength is gone He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on Raised in His power, the weak become strong His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect.’ –… Read more »

Easter 2021

Wrapping up a busy Good Friday here in The Neighborhood @ West Court. A bare cross. An empty tomb. A Risen Savior! A Coming King! Reflecting upon one of my favorite songs & artist from the 70’s – Dallas Holm. Enjoy a safe, wonderful weekend with your families and have a blessed Easter everyone! God… Read more »

Finished

The Greatest Man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they… Read more »

Celebrating 21 Years

7,670 DAYS. 184,080 HOURS. 11,044, 800 MINUTES. 662,688,000 SECONDS.   At today’s end, our first 21 years in business makes it mark in time. Looking back, it seems like a blink – admittedly some days brought some anxiety 🙂 but WHAT AN AMAZING RIDE! God is Amazing. Not only did He bless me with this… Read more »

SQUAD

Once in a while the right people come into your life and never leave. They are the people that celebrate you on your brightest days, but also comfort you on your darkest nights. These people are more than just friends – they are our SQUAD – we hold onto them, protect them and love them… Read more »

Storms

STORMS. 11 PM–Still hearing some ‘thunder boomers’ here in The Neighborhood–the Reedy will be thundering in the morning–I am staying put and will stroll down to the River St. bridge in the morning. Wrapping up a long but productive work day here @ West Court – several projects launching by 3/31 and early April –… Read more »

Circa 1971

Circa 1971–hard to fathom that is now 50 years ago. My early teen years – 8 track worn out. ‘Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water; Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea. Take a look at yourself and you can look at… Read more »

Having Enough

A Thought for our Tuesday dating back awhile “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus, Greek philosopher (341 BC – 270 BC)

Just a Spark

Sometimes life is just hard, but hard does not mean impossible. There will be times when we will break, but it does not mean we are broken. It is in those times we find our inner strength and let it light the fire in us. Remember that we do not need a giant flame to… Read more »

Happy Trails Thursday

Colors in The Neighborhood so vibrant before the recently cloudy days–even the skyline shows out. And the progress on the new Grand Bohemian is remarkable! A busy day ahead here @ West Court–stay safe and vigilant today–look like the severe weather may be targeting our friends in the Midlands. A challenge for us today –… Read more »

Beannaithe faoi dhó.

When I count my blessings this early Scotch-Irish morning in The Neighborhood @ West Court, I count you twice. Beannaithe faoi dhó.

Master of the Wind

A 1984 Hemphills classic vinyl on the victrola this rainy Tuesday morning…   ‘My boat of life sails on a troubled sea Whenever there’s a wind in my sails. But I have a Friend who watches over me When the breeze turns into a gale.   I know the Master of the wind I know… Read more »

Through It All

I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do. Through it all, I’ve learned….

Jesus Led Me All the Way

One of my favorite Fanny Crosby lyrics written back in 1875 to a tune written by a Baptist minister, Dr. Robert Lowry–sharing from my ‘Sunday Afternoon Hymns with my Piano’ early yesterday evening here @ West Court. ‘This my song for endless ages, Jesus led me all the way..’ All the way my Savior leads… Read more »

Running Away from Home

Ever just wanted to run away? I remember as a kiddo I always wanted to go with my Dad–he was serving as pastor of a small church; visited hospitals and shut ins during the day + preached every funeral + ran revivals during the week all over SC / NC / TN / KY —… Read more »

God Was Working

Some parting Thoughts this Tuesday night. OK. I don’t have all this figured out. All I know is He does. Luke 12:25-26 says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very thing, why do you worry about the rest?” The beloved Corrie Ten Boom… Read more »

Burdens Lifted

‘Troubled soul, the Savior can see Every heartache and tear. Burdens are lifted at Calvary Jesus is very near. Burdens are lifted at Calvary Calvary, Calvary. Burdens are lifted at Calvary Jesus is very near.’ /John Moore (1952) He sees us this morning–every heartache, every tear. Praying for many carrying some very heavy burdens today…. Read more »

Thoughts for Today

THANKFUL FOR TODAY – LIFE IS A GIFT. Today before you say an unkind word -Think of someone who cant speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Today before you complain about life – Think of the loss of someone who went too… Read more »

The Prayer

‘I pray You’ll be our eyes And watch us where we go And help us to be wise In times when we don’t know Let this be our prayer When we lose our way Lead us to a place Guide us with Your grace To a place where we’ll be safe.’ Wrapping up a Saturday… Read more »

He Cares for Me

A rainy Friday afternoon work break here @ West Court @ the piano. One of my favorite classics–I can’t imagine in my lifetime the number of soloists I accompanied in my Dad’s churches in my early years. Not having to read music playing always with my ear–I could follow soloists and groups by mouth movement(s)…… Read more »

Hopes of the Helpless

“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭10:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

True Friendships

A Twice Thankful Thursday for loyal, true and faithful friendships. God has blessed me beyond measure with each of you. Sometimes there are stormy moments when friends more than just walk with you, they become angels that carry you and protect you with their wings. Love you all. “There is nothing on this earth more… Read more »

Sometimes It Takes a Mountain

‘..Your love is so much stronger Than whatever troubles me. Sometimes it takes a mountain To trust You and believe.’ – Gaither

70 Years

Before wrapping up for night here @ West Court, I wanted to take an opportunity to honor what will be Mom & Dad’s 70th Anniversary early next week. You all know the story–the $10 budget that covered Mom’s corsage, the Preacher who married them and the celebratory dinner @ The Clock–I am sure they could… Read more »

A Simple Prayer

A simple prayer for all of us this Friday for Strength for Today. May you always have the courage to face your obstacles and mountains in front of you and discover your strength through them. The Master hears us. Unwavering Faith in our God. Following your heart. Listening to your soul. Trusting in yourself. Hope… Read more »

A Thankful Thursday

A Thankful Thursday. One of my favorite Squire Parsons lyrics – best known for his timeless Sweet Beulah Land–The Greatest of All Miracles.. Today, so very humbly and eternally grateful because I KNOW WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME. I’ve walked the road of the Prodigal more than a few times the early decades of my… Read more »

Day by Day

Yesterday on a rainy, quiet Sunday afternoon, I found myself in a familiar place of comfort and solace–just my piano and I and a Church Hymnal–page to page enveloping myself in the old Hymns. Admittedly, those days that my ‘tank’ nears empty–I know you have had those as well–when you feel emotionally and spiritually you… Read more »

Blessed on Both Sides

To love and be loved is being blessed on both sides. ‘The greatest of these is love. ‘ I Cor 13:13 Happy Valentine’s Day 2021 Friends – Love you all.

Pray Big

He loves you and He is listening. “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:2 Praying specifically today for Friends who are grieving, hurting, and feeling alone. Remember, no matter what battle you’re facing right now you are not alone. Claim with me today… “For God… Read more »

Prayer For Today

Comfort on difficult days. Smiles when sadness intrudes. Rainbows to follow the clouds. Sunsets to warm your heart. Beauty for your eyes to see. Friendships to brighten your soul. Faith so that you can believe.

Today is a Gift

Today is a gift. Life is a gift. Today and everyday, I am thankful. #lifeisagift

All We Need

‘All that I need is All that You are. Help me believe that it’s true. All that I need is All that You are.. Help me to trust in You.’ Remind me (us) today that EVERYTHING we need is found in You. #LovingJesus #AllThatINeed

Master of the Wind

Closing out a Monday here at West Court; classic Hemphills vinyl on the victrola and one of my favorites. ‘My boat of life sails upon the stormy sea Ever the wind’s in my sails. But I have a Friend who watches over me When the breeze turns into a gale. I know the Master of… Read more »

Chains are Falling

‘O to grace, how great a debtor Jesus saves, Jesus saves. All the saints who shout together Jesus saves, Jesus saves. Rising up so vast and strong Lifting up salvation’s song; The redeemed will sing forever Jesus saves.   Freedom’s calling, chains are falling Hope is dawning bright and true Day is breaking, night is… Read more »

New Every Morning

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases His tender mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning And great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord; Great is Thy faithfulness.

Through

‘When I saw what lay before me “Lord,” I cried, “What will You do?” I though He would just remove it But He gently led me through; ‘Cause without fire there’s no refining Without pain no relief Without flood there’s no rescue Without testing no belief. Through the fire, through the blood Through the water,… Read more »