Hope Fueled 2022

HOPEverb (used with object)

 – to look forward to with desire and confidence.

 – to believe, desire, or trust.

HOPE REFUELED.  Coming January 2022.

If It Had Not Been

‘.. He let the sun shine through a cloudy day. Oh, He wrapped me in the cradle of His arms When He knew I’d been battered and torn. If it had not been for the Lord on my side Where would I be? Where would I be?’

Amazing. Grace.

‘T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far And Grace will lead us Home.’   Unmerited. Matchless. Amazing. Grace.

When You Rise in the Morning

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.  –

Strong Shoes

Movers here in a few hours/Spectrum this afternoon; going to need to lace up some ‘strong shoes’ today.

He Knows My Name

Our All Seeing, All Hearing, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, All Knowing Heavenly Father – we are never insignificant. Every step. Every move. Every tear. Every prayer. Every worry. Every pain. HE KNOWS OUR NAME. Be encouraged today. God’s got this – and He has us. Together. #LoveWins

Find Another Way

‘Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.’ –Leroy Satchel Paige

He Moved Them

Not so ironically came in my memories feed this morning–letting go of ‘pieces’ of my surroundings for the past 5+ years yesterday was harder than I thought it would be. But things (they) are just things. So the message is for me this morning – He moved them. Have a blessed Sunday everyone. Batten down… Read more »

Good Morning Greenville!

‘Lord, I will lift my eyes to the hills Knowing my help is coming from You Your peace You give me in time of the storm You are the source of my strength You are the strength of my life I lift my hands in total praise to You.’ Good morning Greenville! Yep–it’s 3:30. Thanking… Read more »

The Old Will Become New

It’s getting real – the move upstairs is in countdown mode. Absolutely loved working and living in this space for 5+ years–those who have graced #00 at an event, a meeting, a holiday meal or a game night got to feel first hand just how special this space has been for my business and for… Read more »

Always Have. Always Will.

A Don Moen classic on repeat from 1987 that became an early standard in Praise & Worship closing out a busy work day/now morning here @ West Court. Praying for many this night. God ALWAYS has a Plan–working in ways we cannot see. He will make a Way. Every Time. And in His Time. Night,… Read more »

Sufficient Grace. Every Time.

‘I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night Or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight. But I did say I’d be right there by your side And I did say I’ll always help you fight. ‘Cause you know I made a Promise that I intend to keep My Grace… Read more »

Even on a Tuesday

Be still, even on a Tuesday and KNOW He is God. #BeEncouragedToday #eventhesparrows #forevergrateful

In the Stillness

‘When the mist rises and the winds quieten, There in the stillness as the dawn cradles your soul, Stirring you to walk in dew-laden fields, There I will greet you in the center of your being, To awaken you, and to walk with you In the splendor of light that has always been your home.’… Read more »

It Is Finished

‘Then I heard that the King of the ages Had fought all my battles for me. And victory was mine for the claiming And now praise His name, I am free. It is finished, the battle is over It is finished, there’ll be no more war. It is finished, the end of the conflict It… Read more »

Even the Sparrows

The humbling thought that a Savior looked ahead thousands of years in time and looked beyond every one of my failures, my faults and my falling soul and saw me. ‘I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary To view the cross where Jesus died for me’ And how marvelous the grace that caught my… Read more »

Bending Low and Serving

On this Maundy Thursday, may we pause to reflect on the unsurpassing humility of Christ who knelt to wash His disciples feet. If there was Anyone in human history who had the right to say, “This is not my job” it was Him. I pray that as we quiet our hearts and remember, we would… Read more »

Had It Not Been

‘Just suppose God searched through Heaven, And couldn’t find one willing to be, The supreme sacrifice that was needed, That would buy eternal life for you and me. Had it not been for a place called Mount Calvary, Had it not been for the old rugged cross, Had it not been for a man called… Read more »

Living, He Loved Me.

Living, He loved me Dying, He saved me Buried, He carried my sins far away Rising, He justified freely forever One day He’s coming Oh glorious day!

I Know

The very same God that spins the world in orbit Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak. And the same gentle Hands that hold me when I’m broken They conquered death to bring me victory. Now, I know my Redeemer lives…’ – Nicole C. Mullen   In a day and time where so… Read more »

The Unseen Hand

A respite and brisk Sunday Morning Sunrise @ Pretty Place; two packed services in Mills River with so very talented Friends Mike & Mandy McNeil--pulled out some tracks we trio'd together many years back including this classic. It felt incredible to be out singing again--it's been too long. And getting to play a vintage 1932... Read more »

Palm Sunday 2022

‘Your grace, it changed my life Your love, included me Your mercy heard my plea From death You pardoned me Your Grace it overflows Your joy renews my strength My despair gives way to Hope Through Your power that sets me free So I say… Jesus, I give You praise For the things You have… Read more »

Peacespeaker

For some beloved life Friends tonight. I know your storms seem relentless – my prayers that you feel His Peace this very night – ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ John 14:27 ‘There’s never been another Man With the power of this Friend. By simply saying, “Peace, be still”… Read more »

The Greatest Man in History

A Thankful Thursday. 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… Read more »

I Did This For You

‘The fairest of angels were not summoned from the throne up in the sky To purchase my pardon and not even the angels could die. The only provision for my freedom was destined to be The sweet Lamb of Glory, and His only reason was me. I was the reason, that one earthly reason; I… Read more »

Two or Three

‘Where two or three are gathered in His name When two are three are praying, things will change. Situations turn around As we pray heaven down. God’s still answers If there’s only two or three.;   In the past months – countless nights on my knees agreeing with one or two of my friends and… Read more »

Peace

‘It seems like the noise of this world is louder than i can ever remember. I find myself closing my eyes more and listening for that Voice. that still small Voice. It’s like being on a mountaintop and taking a deep breath— cleansing my soul from the discourse, delusions, devisiveness, and deconstructions. “In Me you… Read more »

That’s the God I know

A working Sunday Night creative audio inspiration @ West Court by The Erwins–a great family group of PK’s from Texas. He holds you safely in His arms and He won’t let go. THAT’S THE GOD I KNOW. Heading to the prayer closet later for many tonight…God’s got this; and He has you. Love you Friends…. Read more »

Every Morning

Every morning lean your arms awhile upon the window sill of Heaven and gaze upon the Lord. Then with the vision in your heart, turn strong to meet your day ~~Thomas Blake (1757-1827) Be encouraged today Friends. Do good for others. It will come back in unexpected ways. Have a great Saturday! #LoveWins

8030 Days

8,030 DAYS. 192,720 HOURS. 11,563,200 MINUTES. 693,379,200 SECONDS. At today’s end, our first 22 years in business makes it mark in time. Looking back, it seems like a blink – admittedly some days brought some anxiety but WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY RIDE! God is Amazing. Not only did He bless me with this business; but a… Read more »

Saved by Grace

Creative inspiration this cloudy Workin’ Wednesday morning @ West Court by Triumphant. It’s not what I deserve, but I am Saved by Grace. Have a blessed day everyone. ‘I was alone in the darkness I could not find my way. But then Jesus shined a light on me And He turned all my night to… Read more »

But God.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

Eagles Wings

§ He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, BUT those who WAIT on the Lord shall RENEW their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and… Read more »

STORMS

STORMS.  When a storm makes a home in our body and washes over our mind — an unwanted guest comes with uncertainty and worry entwined. When the days are challenging and the nights are long. When the surge of emotions are overwhelming and we’re unsure which of them belong. It’s okay to grieve a thousand… Read more »

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 »

A Grateful Monday

‘I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true. I would tell you how He changed my life completely; He did something no other friend could do. No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There’s no other friend so kind as… Read more »

Trusting God

This chorus dating back to my treasured Morningside youth group years in the early/mid 70’s–woke up this morning resonating in my heart. Hope it blesses you as well. ‘I Just Keep Trusting My Lord As I Walk Along, I Just Keep Trusting My Lord As He Gives Me A Song. Those Storm Clouds Darken The… Read more »

Perseverance

This life quote always amazes me because of the author— “You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will SUCCEED if you PERSEVERE; and you will have a joy in overcoming obstacles – delight in climbing rugged paths which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometimes slip backward, if the road… Read more »

Early Morning Serenity

Early morning serenity @ Falls Park in The Neighborhood. Have a blessed Friday and safe weekend everyone.

Christ Beside Me

“Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.” – St. Patrick of Ireland

His Time. His Will. His Glory.

A Wednesday Morning Blessing: May we sense God’s invitation to believe Him for something more, something greater, something deeper this day. He holds out His hand to us and bids us to walk on the water with Him, to trust Him for what breaks our hearts, and to believe that some of those dreams in… Read more »

Total Praise

‘Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills Knowing my help is coming from You. Your peace, You give me in time of the storm. You are the Source of my strength. You are the Strength of my life. I lift my hands in total praise to You. ‘ – Richard Smallwood / Psalm… Read more »

22 Years

April 1, 2022. Celebrating Twenty-Two (22) Years of the ‘Not just simple, Simply Brilliant’ journey of Carolina Creative. God has been good in my life–blessed more than anything I deserve. I am eternally #thankfulgratefulblessed2022

Six Months

What a difference six (6) months make. 9/8/21 – Blood Sugar 458 A1C 14.6 3/11/22- Blood Sugar 89; A1C 6.3 And 60+ lbs. to the curb. Thank you Lord for the courage and the wake up call. #eternallygrateful

Just One

No matter what we face this day–it takes only one move from God. JUST ONE. Have a blessed Friday everyone!

Always.

We never know what someone may be quietly going through. Always encourage. Always choose kindness. Always.

The Cross

“No matter the bumps, no matter the bruises, no matter the scars, still the truth is the cross has made, the cross has made you flawless.” – MercyMe

Storms

Storms. A thankful rainy morning @ West Court. #throughitall   ‘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… Read more »

Morning by Morning

‘Morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.’

Night Prayer

‘I clothe myself with You this night And hold You in my heart, As you attend to all I love The world and every part. Attend the sick, the frail, the dying Bless the ones they love, And hold us all within Your arms God bless us, everyone.’

Through Thick & Thin

LIFE FRIENDS. Everyone needs them — you know, the ones who has been there through it all. The ones who has been there through the laughs, cries and everything in between. The ones that take bad days and turn them into better nights. The ones that help put back the pieces. The ones that always… Read more »

Wings of Hope

United in prayer for the Ukraine, for our world and each other. Remembered best from the late great Ethel Waters–prayerful encouragement for us all today and hope for our brothers and sisters in peril.

Worrying

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 told the story of how… Read more »

Day by Day

One of those ‘toss & turn’ restless nights here @ West Court. The Neighborhood is strangely peacefully quiet this night–very little traffic, sirens. My thoughts go to the inspiring and brave souls in the Ukraine and what they would give for night like this. Bless them tonight and keep them safe… Admittedly, I have learned… Read more »

God is in Control

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

United in Prayer for Ukraine

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

That’s the God I know

‘The One I know will go, to the darkest place to reach you No matter how far, He ll come to where you are to meet you. The One I know will stay when others go away and leave you If you think that God is far away and cold, that s not the God… Read more »

The Lighthouse

Wrapping up a working Wednesday with Vintage Original Hinson Family vinyl tonight @ West Court–Live from Fresno (John Baker will remember from our Gospeltones days in the early 70’s–we about wore this double album out). Ronny Hinson classic lyrics that are timeless– ‘And I thank God for the Lighthouse I owe my life to Him… Read more »

Anxious for Nothing

Amazing read from early this morning–highly recommend the Max Lucado book ‘Anxious for Nothing’. A snippet below–Friends, it will encourage your heart. One of the best lines.. ‘I can’t change tomorrow until tomorrow. Today, I will live today.’

Trusting

‘Simply trusting every day, Trusting through a stormy way; Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus, that is all.   Refrain: Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by; Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus, that is all.’ – Edgar Page (1876)

Counting Blessings

On this sunny Thankful Tuesday, a classic hymn of the church dating back to 1897. Have a blessed day everyone and do some ‘counting’ today–the blessings will far outnumber the ‘billows’. When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by… Read more »

What Kind of Man

Wrapping up a Monday work night here @ West Court; L5 on surround for creative inspiration. One of my favorite lyrics on repeat…   ‘What kind of Man pours out His mercy On someone who stumbles and falls. With no way to earn it, no way to deserve it Forgiveness still came after all. What… Read more »

Today is a Gift

Today is a good day to be kind, to be brave, to see the good, to live with empathy; to be grateful, to let go, to help others, to be generous; to live with grace and to care. Today is a gift.

A Sunday Afternoon Drive

Retrospecting Inspiration on a beautiful afternoon drive up Highway 11/Cliffs @ Glassy after church today to some southern gospel quartet classics. Penned by the late Savana Foust–one of her best. My favorite lyric – ‘I was in darkness until Jesus found me. And when He touched me, I now am Free. I’m free.’ #sunshineinmysoultoday ‘Somebody… Read more »

It Won’t Rain Always

‘Someone said that in each life some rain is bound to fall And each one sheds his share of tears And trouble troubles us all. But the hurt can’t hurt forever And the tears are sure to dry. And it won’t rain always The clouds will soon be gone. The sun that they’ve been hiding… Read more »

Making All Things New

‘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 quaking… Read more »

Eyes on Jesus

Don’t get stuck trying to fix everything. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 ‘So no matter what you’re facing. No matter where you’ve been; In hard times or in good times keep your eyes on Him, So be strong and take courage when you think you’re gonna fall ’cause right in the middle of… Read more »

He’ll Find A Way

Wrapping up a wet & stormy Thursday night @ West Court prepping for meetings tomorrow. One of my favorites, the extraordinary Babbie Mason tonight for creative inspiration. Praying for many. Love for all. Rest well, Friends. He’ll find a way.   ‘And at times your heart is breaking With a pain that’s so intense And… Read more »

Just Smile.

Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by. If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll see the sun come shining through for you. Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a… Read more »

Write It On Your Heart

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and… Read more »

My Job To Love

Dr. Billy Graham said it best, “It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict. God’s job to judge. And my job to love.” “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying… Read more »

Be That Thread

So many people are hanging on  by the thinnest of threads.  Treat people well.  We could just be that thread. tobymac #speaklife

How Long Has It Been?

A Mosie Lister classic dating back to 1956–and a probing Monday morning question for us all–How long has it been? ‘How long has it been since you knelt by your bed and prayed to the Lord up in Heaven? How long since you knew that He’d answer you And would keep you the long night… Read more »

Unmerited Favor

Being a life ‘P.K.’ (and awesomely proud still to be my Dad and Mother’s baby Son of a Preacher Man..) you realize early on that ‘Ministry’ is a calling well beyond the pulpit or a church building. Our ministry is our day to day lives that impact every person we meet or interact with. I… Read more »

1916 Inspiration

Wrapping up a work Tuesday–now Wednesday wee hours @ West Court; needed some ‘soul’ inspiration earlier and as I often do, I pulled out one of Dad’s vintage revival cassettes from the late 60’s; choir was singing this beloved hymn with a couple of repeats. It was one of his favorites and a little shoutin’… Read more »

Give Us this Day

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us… Read more »

Wrapping up a Saturday

Wrapping up a chilly Saturday work day & early evening @ West Court. NFL Playoffs – a really good Bengals/Titans game on multiple screens; Packers and 49ers later tonight. Prayers for many tonight–a heavy heart for several in my Circle. God knows each need. One of my favorite hymn classics–I had it on repeat earlier… Read more »

A Leaning Friday

‘When I can’t stand, I have to lean. And when I can’t see I must believe.’ Decades of incredible lyrics from the late Kyla Rowland that bless my life–maybe yours as well. A ‘leaning’ Friday @ West Court. ‘He is the Fountain for a thirsty soul He is the Healer and so much more. When… Read more »

Forgiven Again

Wrapping up a long work day @ West Court. Bible study tonight before bed focuses on being forgiven. A favorite Gaither lyric below – ‘ There’s a way you can know that where ever you’ve been, you can make it HOME and be forgiven again.’ Amen. And Amen. Have a good night’s rest everyone. ‘The… Read more »

Early Mornings @ West Court

Early morning vintage Russ Taff & The Imperials on surround @ West Court. Have a blessed day everyone.   ‘Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you Serve only to remind you, that… Read more »

Love & Faithfulness

Wrapping up a little early tonight– car is loaded with pickups earlier today with prescription & grocery deliveries and doing love checks on some of our beloved shut-in Senior Saints–a couple of them were headed out earlier today I gently talked/bribed them out of it as there is still ice prevalent on sidewalks parking areas…. Read more »

Hold On

‘When there’s no step left to take. No moves left to make. Oppressing fears, tormenting doubts, Prayer after prayer, still there is no way out. And it seems like pain is all you gain.   Hold on, hold on. Through every storm, hold on. Even in the darkest night, Walk by Faith not sight. Hold… Read more »

The Applause of Heaven

On last Saturday afternoon before our Snow Saga, I was asked by a lifelong family friend back to my Dacusville years to participate at a Celebration of Life service for their family matriarch who had passed several weeks ago with COVID complications. When I arrived – come to find out that the minister was not… Read more »

LOVE in Any Language

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. LOVE in any language Straight from the heart Pulls us all together Never apart. And once we learn to speak it All the world will hear LOVE in any language… Read more »

The Greatest of These

13 And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Strength

For a Friend tonight–just maybe for you as well.. Sometimes life is just hard, but hard does not mean impossible. There will be times you will break, but it does not mean you are broken. Find your inner strength and let it light the fire inside you. Remember that you don’t need a giant flame… Read more »

Just Come Home

Some days you just need to go on a Sunday drive–a ‘run away’ respite to clear your mind and your heart. After church this morning, I was in a retrospective heart and head space and headed toward Dacusville and my childhood ‘roots’. Very few remnants are left from the old family home place and Grandpa’s… Read more »

G.O.A.T.

Two reminders on this brisk sunny Saturday in The Neighborhood. God is God over ALL things and He WILL have the victory. Psalm 3:8 #GOAT

Life’s Rear View Mirror

Life’s rear view mirror. Hearing this song earlier this morning took me back to 1983 when it was first released–and where my life was at. Looking back – even in the deepest, darkest of days of our life journey–Jesus Never Ever Fails. Never Has. Never Will. Period. ‘Jesus never fails. Jesus never fails. You might… Read more »

He Will Carry You

Wrapping up a chilly work night here @WestCourt in The Neighborhood. Praying for many tonight battling COVID, various serious health issues, and those grieving loss. One of my favorite Scott Wesley Brown songs from decades back – hope the lyrics will bless you and bring you comfort and rest this night. ‘There is no problem… Read more »

Epiphany

Today is known as Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, on the Christian calendar. It celebrates the wise men’s visit to Jesus—and their realization that the young boy was fully human and fully divine.

Strong Shoes for Strong Paths

Late work night @ West Court; vintage Kyla Rowland classic lyrics by Gold City on the Victrola. ‘When I can’t stand, I have to lean. And when I can’t see, I must believe. The Great Physician’s touch is a Balm that can mend broken hearts with One Scarred Hand.’ Praying for many tonight – broken,… Read more »

What if I Fly?

CIRCA January 2015 Shared with Your friends A new friend stopped by my office yesterday –her career and life in general at a crossroads that we all have faced…”What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” I was able to share with her my prodigal story circa 15 years back. It… Read more »

Our Compass

Praying for all those affected by the storms last night–a lot of trees down and power outages. Be patient and safe in your travels today. Early AM @WestCourt – Casting Crowns ‘Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth Would care to know my name Would care to feel my hurt Who am… Read more »

Moving Mountains

MOVING MOUNTAINS Whatever you do in life, DO NOT SETTLE. Do not settle for anything that dulls your spark or spirit. Do not settle for someone who only wants to have parts of you–there is no room for a partial or part-time commitment. Do not settle for a star when you deserve the galaxy. Trust… Read more »

Try a Little Kindness

‘If you see your brother standing by the road With a heavy load from the seeds he sowed And if you see your sister falling by the way Just stop and say, “You’re going the wrong way” You’ve got to try a little kindness Yes, show a little kindness Just shine your light for everyone… Read more »

1 January 2022

1 January 2022. Today isn’t just the beginning of a New Year..it’s the first day of the rest of your life. The opportunity to awaken from your slumber and choose to be who and what you are born to be and do. – Rory Feek. Amen. And Amen. (Drop the mic…). #hopefueled2022

Happy New Year!

“…And He walks with me and He talks with me And He tells me I am his own And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known.” Just a thoughtful reminder journeying into 2022. Happy New Year Everyone!