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Monday, October 23, 2017, 07:21 | No Comments »
Growing up our kids practically every morning when we would set down to read heard me tell them “everyone you come in contact with today you will make an impression on, and it is up to you if it is a good impression or bad”
Or kids grew up knowing that they were no more important than any one ells on this planet but that at the same time they were taught that even if they were the only one they were of such importance that Christ would have hung on the cross on the cross just for them.
Yesterday this came up with our three grandsons, Jacob 19, Sam 17, and Joy 14 they are co-owners of a restraint Jacob runs the kitchen Sam waits tables and joy washes dishes.
We were talking of how they impact the community we are in, a small town of 716 and over 2100 in the surrounding country side, with an average of 200 different people coming in to the café every week, which they personally get to have contact with.
These three young men have touched so many people who have walked through the door and like most have not known the impact they have had in people’s lives.
Joy who shins joy probably 23/7 has touched one elderly man who came in to have His last meal before committing suicide, the impact of the joy of the Lord Joes lives in made a life changing impact and Joe had no idea what was taking place, I found out about two weeks later from the Man’s daughter whom he confided in.
Sam who serves everyone who walks through the door has felt like he makes no difference in any one’s life, has had the biggest impact in this community, the things i have heard spoken of Him on how he has changed peoples concept of things are simply amazing, one man has quite drinking, a young unmarred couple went to his parents and told them that they wanted to live their lives with dignity and honor and when his father asked what caused this desire to change their son told them of Sam and a short conversation they had with Him and His dignity to live His life with purity, dignity and honor. The weekend before Sam had gone to an O 2 Experience meeting at Fresh Life Church and it impacted His thinking and the way He wants to live His life.
(( O 2 experience, Pastor Levi speaks to the youth about Life, Death, Sex, and Romance ))
That is only two of the many Sam has influenced to live and live a good life.
Jacob even though He is at the grill most of the day has also so made a huge difference in people’s lives without even knowing it, after the café is closed the boys will do work roe others in the community and they are heard workers they get in and get the job done so they stand around texting or on the phone, they don’t slack off they are workers. And this is a topic of discussion i the community of Jacob is a good and heard worker, one young boy who has heard Jacob being praised for his work has decided to change His life He no longer stand around with a mountain dew in one hand and his phone in the other most of the (this was a big step for him)
Another has made the choice to step up and help his dad work in his automotive shop rather than being a bourdon and strain on the business as he was.
The thing is no matter who you are or what you do you are making an impact on the lives of the people around you, you have an opportunity to make a positive impact so take it, stop trying to make a difference and just live your life upright before Christ, take care of your attitude and your demeanor and go live life, and change the world.
These three young men have, so why can’t you?

Friday, October 20, 2017, 05:31 | No Comments »
i will be back Monday over the weekend think on this Jesus loves you and will supply all your needs; IF you follow His commandments and seek Him before all ells.
So put Christ first each and every day, chose to follow Him and do what is right seep His kingdom not yours and see what happens.
you will still have the world around you but you don’t have to be caught up in its trap.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 01:56 | No Comments »
Ever plaid the computer game Sim Farm?
i became very successful playing it you build a farm one acer at a time, you till the land, plant, fertilize harvest and sell. As you make more money you purchase more land, plant or seed, equipment, and buildings and storage for your produce and grain. And then duplicate the whole proses over and over It just keeps going and eventually you either become dedicated to it with your time or your crops decay in the field, it all depends on how dedicated you were to build and develop your farm.
Our relationship with Christ is the same, we can choose to be dedicated to developing a strong relationship or we can chose to only spend a minimum amount of time and effort on the relationship. If your desire is to have a fruitful prospers life full of rewards, love, joy and peace you will dedicate your time and effort to the lord. If you are just looking for the occasional meeting with the Lord, He will be there but your life will be intermingled with the world and its ways.
So many games are like life but life is really not a game; our actions, reactions, and responses to the things in our lives determine the outcome just like your moves in a game determines its outcome with life when we get to the finish line there will be a Y in the pathway on one side it will lead to a small gate and the other to a vast abyss, you will be evaluated as to how you played the game what side you were on and you will be told inter in at the small gate my good and faithful servant, or depart from me for I never knew you and you will be sent down the wide path to the vast abyss.
Jesus said we are to in the world but not of the world (and be not conformed to this world) we are to live by the rules of God if we want to win the race we are on, not man’s rules.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 05:54 | No Comments »
Jesus told us that He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it.
And then went on to let us know that the law goes far beyond the act of doing or not doing something, it goes deep and involves our words and thoughts, our thought life is of great danger to us.
What do you spend your time thinking on (meditating on) work, movies, music, play, what you have or don’t have how you can better your income our position in life?
Or do you go through your day speaking with the Lord, asking Him to guide your footsteps, to direct your path, to make you the blessing to others He has been to you.
Are your thoughts good and up right or all about you and how to get ahead in life?
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your hart, mind and soil and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself.
Some people when i see them i think do you really love yourself that little, and some; do you really hate yourself that much. Look in a mirror and be honest what do you see; a love of the world, tolerance, disgust (for self or others), discontentment, worry, grief, hate? Or do you see Jesus; love, joy, peace?
Guard your eyes for what they see, guard our ears for what they hear, guard yor mouth for what it speaks for these three are the quickest to form thoughts in your mind and those thoughts will influence your heart either towards God or against God.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 03:30 | No Comments »
Matthew 5:13
¶ You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus is speaking to you. You are the salt of the earth; YOU if you have asked Jesus in to your life and you confess to men of being a Christian then you need to check and see if your salt has any savor (taste). Salt is a healer it hurts in a cut but it heals and preserves.
No matter how week your life may be as salt if you have even a speck of savor left the Lord will use it, and your life can still be a blessing to Him, others and yourself and just like when you came to the Lord the first time bring what you have and allow the Lord to use it.
Jesus goes on to say you are the light of the world; YOU are the light of the world and He speaks of not hiding your light but letting it shine for the world to see. At work, school, or play do people see the light of Christ or the darkness of man in you?
Have you hidden your light Christ placed in you for so long that your eyes have become a custom to the darkness?
Are light is like that of the moon have you seen the moon when it is full and so bright it lights up the night, our lives are somewhat like that we should be reflecting the light of Christ so that even in the darkness of glume and despair in this world we shine out, to draw the world to Christ even as a moth is drawn to the light.
Then take in to consideration you are salt and light, you have the ability in Christ to draw those out of the world and to give them healing words such as “Jesus loves you so much He was willing to die for you.
By the way you live your life they will be drawn to either the Lord or the world.
So go shine on someone today be a blessing, be a guiding light, let them hear healing words.


As time went on He just sat, knoqing, knowing what no one else seemed to know.

But staring in to the red leave's He knew spring was on it's way, and that His life would go on as He reflected on the Love He had felt.

And that no mater how the lonely streets desended upon Him He would continue to shin, as He sat their He could be heard sining softly to Himself,   This little light of mine.

Hodgepenny's philosphy has always been take care of home first, only give to those who are truly in need, never, No never take anything that you have not earned. always spend as much time with the Father ae you can, for His love will guide and keep you through all things, and this will make your life better than great.


in the Wilderness