ABC’s of Being a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

The ABC’s of Being a Blessing…
Here’s 26 things or ways to be a blessing to the people around you!

In Genesis 12, Abraham is told he blessed! So that he may be a blessing to others.
We are blessed!! Not just for ourselves, but rather so we can be a blessing to others.
Below are the notes from my sermon on Sunday, with the link to the video below… The sermon (of course) expounds on the notes below…

Be a blessing!!

http://mvpclv.sermon.net/main/main/20954929

Adore God
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! (Psalm 34: 3)

Build someone up
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4: 29)

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Labor of Love

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Hello September!!
We look forward to the beginning of fall this month as the ninth month of the year begins ushering in cooler temperatures bringing with them a crispness in the air…

This weekend is Labor Day Weekend!
Shouldn’t it be called “Rest Day Weekend” since we are supposed to take a “day off from laboring?”

My mind got to thinking about “labor” the other day and we will address the issue of “labor” this Sunday at church…

“What are we laboring for?”
“What are we laboring against?”
“What are we laboring to…?”

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“25 Days of Christmas” Now Available on Amazon

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Merry Christmas!!

I am pleased to announce the publishing of “25 Days of Christmas” – A 100 word daily devotional, counting down the days until the birth of the Newborn King!

Below is the brief description found on the Amazon website…

Christmas is the most special time of the year!
Anticipation, thoughtful preparation and joyful expectation all play a role in having a better understanding of the Christmas story.

“25 Days of Christmas” offers a unique look at unpacking the Christmas story. Author and Pastor David Dendy took on the challenge of using only one hundred words per day in this twenty-five day devotional adventure in diving into the depths of the biblical Christmas story.

Get ready to be challenged and inspired in this thought provoking daily devotional discipline that will offer the reader an opportunity to prepare fully for the arrival of the newborn King!

It is available in Kindle ($2.99) or Paperback $5.50).
http://www.amazon.com/25-Days-Christmas-David-Dendy-ebook/dp/B019SF2CWQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451252325&sr=8-2&keywords=david+dendy
Thank you for your continued support and may you see God in magnificent and meaningful ways in the New Year of our Lord 2016!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com

#10 “Shoulders” – 25 Days of Christmas

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For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given…
(Isaiah 9: 6)

Did you look at the sonogram of your baby in utero?
Boy or Girl?
Did you want to know ahead of time?

What did you picture?
His eyes?
Her nose?

His smile?
Her laugh?
Healthy, hearty ten fingers, ten toes?

How about the shoulders?
Do you think of the baby’s shoulders?
How wide will they be?
Did you even envision the shoulders?

Neither did I…
But God did…

This Jesus to be born?
“…and the government shall be upon his shoulder…” (Isaiah 9: 6)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com

 

What does your Billboard say?

Driving home from Reno, Nevada last week my eyes were drawn to a tattered vintage billboard on the opposite side of the road. As I approached from its backside, it was obvious that years ago six telephone pole type timbers had been securely placed vertically into the ground for support. Ten horizontal slats of wood had been meticulously placed across those six timbers to hold up the twenty or so four by eight pieces of plywood that would make up the billboard.

Much like the billboard pictured above, there were two or three pieces of plywood missing from this once proud billboard that in its heyday brilliantly advertiased to passing motorists a certain product or upcoming destination.

In fact, on this particular billboard the paint was so faded and other coverings for the billboard in more recent days were so tattered that it was literally impossible to figure out what the billboard was advertising.

With faded paint, torn coverings and missing pieces, this billboard had lost its primary purpose: capture a driver’s attention and create a memorable impression.

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

Seeing this billboard along the highway along with many other billboards which were newer, more vibrant, and more colorful, with clear, concise and memorable messages, my heart was stirred to ponder, “What does my “Billboard” say?”

The scriptures are pock full of allusions to the fact that our life is a light for all to see, pointing people to Jesus who is in turn the Light of the world. We are subsequently called to live a life that shines bright the joy of Jesus, capturing the people’s attention around us and creating a memorable impression of said such joy…

Which leads me to ask myself (I’ll let you listen along), “What does the billboard of my life project, say, communicate and convey? Am I capturing the attention of those that pass me by on a daily basis with a memorable impression of the love of God?”

I wonder…

Do you wonder the same thing?

Or am I alone in this???

Here’s the paradoxical good news:
First, no matter how tattered the current condition of our billboard may be, God has an amazing ability to restore, regenerate and recreate a beautiful memorable message for all to see.
Secondly, no matter how tattered the current condition of our billboard may be, God has an amazing ability to speak to those who pass us by through our brokenness and “tatteredness.” How amazing is that!!

So, fellow billboards, straighten up and stand tall! I look forward to our paths crossing and my attention being captured by your memorable, unique and beautiful billboard!

Praise be to God! (That would be a good Billboard!)

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” (Matthew 5: 14-15)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com

Shut Up and Dance with Me…

Recently, my two hip hop, up to the minute, music loving children, Faith and Joshua compelled me to watch on YouTube the song, “Shut and Dance with Me” by Walk the Moon.

My reaction was immediate!
I loved it!

A good looking young man makes his way out on to the dance floor in a rather shy and unassuming way.
He’s looking to fit in.
He’s ready to have fun.
He’s not tardy to the party.
He’s ready to dance…
But there’s hesitation in his moves…
His eyes dart back and forth between all the women who are available to dance…
None seem interested…
His confidence is starting to tank…
All eyes are on him…
And then…
And then…
There she is!
She’s moving right toward him with bright red Chuck Taylor sneakers
Her short sassy hair parted on the side and her bright, shiny lipstick are an exact match to her red sneaks.
Their eyes lock.
He cannot believe that she would be interested in him.

Listen to these lyrics…

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were bound to be together,
Bound to be together

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back, “
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

SeeingGodAtWorkEveryDay…

Whether we realize it or not…
We are on the dance floor of life.
Our eyes may dart back and forth looking for the perfect dance partner.
There are tons of potential suitors trying to catch our eye.

But there is only one Lord of the Dance.
God approaches us with outstretched arms…
He’s not tardy to the party…
His smile lights up your universe…
Your heart starts to beat a million miles an hour…
The God of the universe wants to dance with you..

We begin to backpedal..
We start to make excuses…
“I’m not good enough…
I don’t know how to dance…
Pick someone else…
Why would you want to dance with me?…
I’m too scared…
I’ll make a fool out of myself…”
And the list of excuses goes on and on…

I can’t help but laugh out loud as I see God draw near and with a hearty infectious laugh that brings the rest of the known world to a “slap your knee” moment, reaches out, takes your arm, ignores your excuses and shouts to the top of the mountains….

“Shut Up and Dance with Me!”

And you do…all night long…laughing and dancing night after night..for the rest of eternity!

And David danced before the Lord with all his might. (2 Samuel 6:14)

SeeingGodAtWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12: 1-2) –

Dendy Paraphrase – “Dance this life with your eyes fixed on Jesus!!

Enjoy the Music video below:

He Didn’t Let Go…

My friend’s only son lives on the other side of the country.
The son is learning a new trade, a budding occupation, a skill, the ropes by being an apprentice in his desired field.
The son left his home state for this new venture several months ago.
Sure the father and the son talk on the phone, just about every day.
Sure they Facetime now and then.
Sure they exchange emails.
Sure they do a lot of things to keep the connection of Father and Son alive and well.
It’s all good!

But not really…
For the father there is no substitute for being in the physical presence of the one and only son.
The distance can only be erased by a ride on a 757 jet, a Hertz rental car ride and a pulling in the driveway…

The father gets out of the car…
The son quickly moves from the couch to the door,
from the door to the porch,
from the porch to the front step,
from the front step to the driveway..
closing the gap.

With bursting anticipation the father spreads his wingspan wide…
With homesick pride the son imitates the father to perfection…

The embrace is thunderous…
The smile from ear to ear is as wide as the Pacific Ocean…
The longing, loving arms of the father and the son wrap around each other like a vice grip…

The moment lasts a long time.
The Father relaxes his grip…
The Father takes a deep breath…
The reality of the moment is too much…
The father is reduced to tears
The son follows his lead with rivers being created on his strong cheekbones
This is the unconditional love of the father for the son
This is the amazing love of the son for the father

My friend tells me this story…
He’s reduced to tears once again as he says,
“I went to let go of the embrace in the driveway…But my son…my son…

He didn’t let go…He didn’t let go”…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

I love the Son (Jesus)
The Son loves me…
Many times I have gone to let go of His strong, tender, loving embrace

Hear me loud and clear…

He didn’t let go…He didn’t let go…
And He never will…
And that my dear friends…reduces me to tears

“…for God Himself has said, “I will never, never let go of your hand: I will never never forsake you.” (Hebrews 13. 5)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

A Knock on the Door…


A year ago on May 14, 2014 my precious daughter Faith turned nine years old.
I was in Houston, Texas on that day.
Eleven hundred miles away Faith was in Dubuque, Iowa.

Since then the whole family has moved to Houston, Texas.
As I drove away last month to begin my ministry as the pastor of the Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, Faith looked at me with her big blue eyes and said, “Daddy, will you call me on my birthday? You know, you weren’t there on my ninth birthday and now you are not going to be here on my tenth birthday.”

She was so matter of fact.
She was going to be in Houston, Texas.
I was going to be in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fact of the matter was my heart broke at the sound of these words whispering out of her mouth.

I missed her ninth birthday.
I wasn’t about to miss her tenth!

Unbeknownst to Faith I had purchased a ticket to take the “red-eye” to Houston, Texas from Las Vegas.
I boarded the plane at 12:05 am on Wednesday morning.
I arrived in Houston, Texas at 5:24 am.
I jumped into the rental car at 6:03 am and pulled into the driveway of our home at 6:30 am.

I walked up to the front door.
It was locked.
I knocked.
Within ten seconds the door flew open and there she stood…
Faith Louise Dendy…
One day shy of being ten years old…
Her big blue eyes became bigger than blueberry pancakes!

There was that moment, that ever precious moment where reality seems to stop for what seems like an eternity when in reality it is not more than one tenth of a second.
But in that moment…
She recognized
She realized
She reacted
And
Without a word
She raced
Into my arms
Wrapping her barefooted feet around my waist
Enfolding my neck with her long loving arms
Burying her head into my pounding chest!

All I could hear were the muffled sounds of my daughter’s voice through her tears and through her surprise and wonder say over and over and over again…

“Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!”

And all of this started with “A Knock on the Door!”

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

I love surprises!
I love being surprised and I love surprising other people!

I have no doubt that I learned this from Jesus.
Jesus is always full of surprises!
You think Lazarus is going to stay dead? Watch this! “Lazarus – Come out!” And guess what? Lazarus comes out of the tomb, alive!  A little stinky…but alive!
You think the wedding reception party of the year is about to come to an abrupt end because the host ran out of wine? Ha!! Jesus turns the sixty gallons of water into the best wine anyone had ever tasted! Party on!!

The list could go on and on.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was when I kept hearing this knock on the door of my heart for many years.I finally took the time to open the door to find out what all the ruckus was about and then SURPRISE!!!

There stood Jesus!!
At my door!
Of my heart!!
Wow!!!
It wasn’t even my birthday.
But in a very real way…it was my birthday.
Jesus tells Nico (Most people called him Nicodemus, but I like the nickname of Nico!) that we are invited to be born again. Once Jesus comes into our hearts and into our lives, it’s like starting a new life, a new birth all over again.

Opening the door of my heart and inviting Jesus to be the honored guest and eventual Master of the home of my heart has been the most wonderful surprise of my life!

With Jesus every day is an adventure.
A life of risk…
Decisions of faith…
Moments of mystery…
Never ending curves of learning, growing, and maturing into the person God wants me to be.
Years and years of trusting, counting on and believing that God has an incredible plan for our lives.
Seasons of security, acceptance, and mercy…
Countless opportunities to share, to love, to be loved, to offer grace, to ask for forgiveness and also to bestow forgiveness.
It’s the roller coaster ride of a lifetime…
An eternal lifetime!

And all of this started with “A Knock on the Door!” 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”  (Revelation 3. 20)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

Look what Faith made in art class yesterday…A card for me!!
What a beautiful surprise!

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“Julie… Come home!”

“Julie…Come home!”

That was my fifty-two year old friend’s plea to his wife Julie for the last ten days of his life last month.
He was dying a horrific death due to a horrific cancer that horrifically devoured his six foot, GQ chiseled frame until he was barely recognizable with his weight plummeting to double digits.

Peaceful is not the word that would describe his last days.
Piercingly painful would be a better description.
For the remaining family members surrounding his bed their pain was equally piercing with the feeling of utmost helplessness.

My friend’s wife Julie was out of town receiving a job promotion.
My friend would call every day and beg.. “Julie… Come home!”
My friend’s son would call every day and beg…”Mom…Dad is dying. Come home!”

On the tenth day, my friend made one last call to his wife…
“Julie… Come home!”

Julie deliberately stayed away from home…
Julie inexplicably wouldn’t come home..
Julie didn’t come home..

And then…
God called my friend home.
My friend gracefully and quietly obliged, dying in the house he had called home, surrounded by his loving family…minus one.

Seven days later Julie showed up in time for the funeral…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

May I just offer two words of counsel?

COME HOME!

If that means getting in the car and driving over to a loved one’s home…
If that means swiping open your phone app on your iPhone…
If that means sitting down at a laptop and composing an email…
If that means Facetiming or Skyping…
If that means going “old school” and pulling out a pen and paper with a #10 envelope and a forty-eight cent stamp…

Whatever it means to you, just COME HOME!
Let your loved ones know that you
Treasure them…
Cherish them…
Admire them…
Love them…
Appreciate them…
Forgive them…
Honor them…
Value them…
Adore them…
Remember them…

And maybe, just maybe
by coming home,
the ones who matter most to you will face the day ahead with their hearts bursting with an abundance of love and grace.

If you decide to stay where you are
I would hate for you to live with the haunting words
my friend’s wife has to live with…
“Julie… Come home!”

My prayer is that Julie will come home
And
may you too…

To all of my friends…wherever you may be..how blessed am I to know you and love you and to be known by you and to be loved by you. Each of you make up a piece of the grand puzzle that God has so gracefully designed for me over the last 52 years. I wouldn’t be the same without you! The puzzle is far from complete as more friends will continue to fill in the spaces until the day when the full picture comes into glorious view and God finally says to me, “David…Come home!”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15. 57-58 ESV)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com