All posts by Dale Vaughn

About Dale Vaughn

Husband, father, papaw. Life is good with God.

Meet Thor & Charli

I promised my granddaughter that I would post about her and her dog Thor.

Charli & Thor

Thor is a Daschund through and through. He runs in circles, barks at almost any noise. And it’s really close to his birthday which is July 3rd. As you can see Thor and Charli are pretty close and they spend many days running and playing.

Charli can call Thor and he comes running, most of the time. In fact Thor is usually right beside her. And he usually sleeps on Charli’s head, or close by. Thor hasn’t learned how to text or use you tube yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him watching something soon.

Thor getting comfortable
Snapchatting

Charli loves to play and has a vivid imagination. Sometimes she will use blankets and furniture to build a fort, or cave, or house, or whatever she decides to call it. Then her and Thor have a new home to play in. She is part of the reason that I don’t post more often on here. She keeps this old man busy, and a little younger.

She doesnt realize it and may never realize it, but she is a huge blessing in our lives. Both my wife and myself regularly thank God for allowing us to be a part of Charli’s life. God is soooooo good!

Why Won’t They See

For a while now I have had a thought rolling around in my head. And I’ve been trying to figure out this thought and what I should do with it. So here goes. Short answer is that I need to pray for friends and family and trust God to cover the details. Long answer is below.

You know how you share the gospel with friends and family and they don’t respond? They just choose to stay where they are and seem like they are happy there. I’ve been wondering why that certain people won’t follow the gospel. Or for that matter, why won’t they follow me. After all, I’m a pretty good fellow. Anyway, that’s my thought. I’ve been wondering why you sometimes see no response when you have shared the gospel and what God has done for you.

Looking into the scriptures, you can find the answer to this question. And it’s a really good answer from Jesus personally.

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 

John 3:19-20

Basically, they are happy with their lives and the way they live, so they won’t change. They don’t want interference into their lives and choices. I remember a friend that I would sometimes share the gospel with. He told me I was scaring him when I talked about heaven and hell. We both liked to ride motorcycles so I asked him this question. What if we were riding our bikes and I looked over and saw that the wheel nut was loose on his front tire. If I started yelling pull over, would I be trying to scare him or save his life? He quickly said if I could make him see the danger of a loose wheel nut, he would pull over and thank me for saving his life. But what if he is really enjoying the ride and he just tunes me out and rides on down the road. He won’t listen to the warning or see the danger that’s coming.

Doesn’t that describe some people that you know. People that get content with their life and just cruise on down the road unaware of any signs of danger. They have made choices that make them happy and they are just cruising along without a care in the world. Maybe they think that they have done enough good works for God to take care of them. I know some that believe that God is so good, He would never pass judgement on them. And some think that the goal is to make sure that your good works outweigh your bad works. They think that somehow this will impress God. I’m figuring out, and sometimes remembering, why they won’t come to God.

Over the last couple of weeks I have had this thought in my head and it’s taken me on a journey through the scriptures. I’ve looked at predestination, election, free will and other things that can make you cross eyed as you ponder the details. While looking for the answers though, I had forgotten a basic thing in my own life. And today a friend, Nicki Woodfin, posted on her blog something that helped me remember.

Due to events in my life, (more about these events later) I have spent some time in my own desert wandering much like the children of Israel. I was dealing (not very well) with things and was guilty of finding my own way in life. I had questions that seemed to be bigger than life itself. I was finding my own answers to my questions and problems and leaning on my own strength to make it through. And, for a while, I was content with my life. But God began dealing with me on the issues in my life. I didn’t like the way he was dealing with me either and as a result I didn’t make immediate changes in my life. I tried to justify what I was doing and how that it all seemed to be good for me.

I had forgotten how that I too was blinded by the cares and troubles of this world. I remember now how that I had hurt so much, all I wanted to do was not hurt anymore, So I tried to make a world that protected me and would allow me to have pleasure without worry or hurt. It didn’t work of course, but I was determined. Not smart, but determined. Then God began to draw me back to Him. I fought him along the way, but eventually God won out. I’m so thankful for that.

Simply put, all that time thinking led me back to remembering how far that I drifted from God and that it is always God who draws us. In my zeal to live life without pain and full of pleasure (which is impossible), I was not looking for God. But God had another plan and he wasn’t finished with me. I’m sure there were people praying for me to get my life together. Praying for me to trust God instead of my own strength.

So, with that thought in mind, I’m reminded that I need to pray for family and friends who don’t seem to respond and I need to trust that God is already on the case. In fact, He wants to save them way more than I do. After all, He gave his one and only son as a sacrifice so that we could be saved!

Have a great day and know that God loves us much more than we ever realize. His desire for us in not to have a comfortable life, but to be able to find comfort through Him and His word.

Old Barns

A little blue sky, a little green field, a small patch of woods and an old barn.

When I first saw this old barn, the first thing I thought was that it was just an old barn. There was nothing that really grabbed my attention except for the fact that it was standing all alone, surrounded by the trees. I liked the way the boards had been angled on the walls and the red tin roof served to make it all complete. So I decided to capture the shot if, for no other reason, just to have the photo. It really didn’t strike me as something special.

But then, a while later, I was going through the photos on my computer and found the old barn. I started to look at it and did a little editing to help bring out some of the colors. Then it was cropped to help the composition. And before I knew it, I had a photo that I wanted on the wall of my house. I ended up ordering it in a 16×20 metallic paper print that makes all the detail and color pop. And it’s really pleasing to me when I view it. Just looking at the print brings joy to my heart.

Different barn, same day

This second barn was just down the road a little way from the other barn. I liked the way this one also sat at the edge of a small patch of woods and the way the tree branches hung down from where I was standing. Again, there was nothing about this shot that really grabbed your attention, but I liked it so I took it and went on my way.

Then, just like the other barn photo, I did some editing. First I added some detail, did some cropping and made a few adjustments to the lighting and after some editing, I found another pic of an old barn that I really liked. This one is different due to the look that the increased details added, but I think its got a good look. It pleases me and that’s what I was after.

Both of these photos lived in my computer for a while. The basics of the photos were there but they needed some work to really make them pleasing to me. In a way, my walk with God has been like that. I wasn’t perfect and was a long way from fitting the description of Christian. But over time, God has edited me. He’s removed some things, He’s added other things and has brought me out of things that were harmful. God has also taken care of me during sickness and He even delivered me from what the doctors thought was certain death. And He has not only delivered me that time but He has protected me so many times even when I didn’t know I needed protection. In other words, He has kept me and He has been so very faithful.

But still, I’m not perfect and there are things in my life that need some work. But I know that God will keep and sustain me. He has promised that He would never leave me nor forsake me. And sometime in the future, God will look at me and decide I’m a finished work. Then He’ll take me home to live forever with Him in heaven.

Now, isn’t that a most wonderful thought?

Spring 2013 and Easter

This is a post I made in spring 2013. I thought it was worth posting again. Hope you enjoy!

I’m looking out the window at the car lot watching things move as a slight breeze is in the air, little specks of snow are twirling in the air as if they are dancing in rhythm with the breeze, and it’s warm in the office so all in all,  things are good.

Then I have to go outside.

Suddenly, the gentle breeze is fierce and will cut you in two. (seems like) AND the snow specks are like little aggravating insects hitting me in the face. AND, it’s COLD outside!

WOW! Just a few feet difference in my position on earth seem to make a huge difference in how I view and experience things. The breeze didn’t change. The snow specks didn’t change. The temperature didn’t drop suddenly. All that changed was my physical position in relation to the elements around me. And what a huge effect it had on my experience.

That’s the way it is when you become a Christian. Not one thing in the world changes, except you!

This life is full of troubles. Everything from sickness, money problems, job problems, marriage problems, family problems, loneliness, depression, loss of loved ones, etc…… The list could go on and on as it seems that there are almost as many problems as there are people. Life is hard. Jesus said it himself in John 16:33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I for one am very glad that this verse is recorded in the scriptures. Being a Christian does not mean that problems vanish. Problems are a way of life in this world. Jesus said that in the world we would have tribulation. AND He said to be of good cheer, because HE has overcome the world. AND He is willing to help us overcome the world also. Jesus is telling his followers about the Holy Spirit and how he would come to be with them after He is gone. They didn’t understand why Jesus was leaving or where He was going, but Jesus was reassuring them they would not be alone.

When we become a Christian, we also have God’s Holy Spirit living inside us to teach us, comfort us and guide us.

Remember at the beginning of this post how that a small change in my physical position made a huge difference in the way I experienced the things outside? Remember how I said this was like becoming a Christian? Here’s why. The office is a warm place that offers me protection from the cold, the wind, the snow specks, and whatever is outside. It’s a place that I can go to escape all the harsh ugly stuff we call weather. Just a few feet difference in my PHYSICAL position makes the difference. Likewise, just a small step in my SPIRITUAL position makes a huge difference in the way I experience life’s problems. Just like the weather, the problems are still there, but now God’s Holy Spirit is alive in me, comforting me, guiding me and giving me peace. I still have problems, but now experience them in a whole new way. I don’t have an office that I go to, but I have a God that comes to me. He comforts me, gives me peace, uses my problems to glorify Himself and in the end, shares that with me. He’s pretty awesome.

In a few weeks, we will celebrate the death, burial and most importantly resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has overcome all that this world had to offer. And through Jesus Christ, I will also.

 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:9-10

Finally February

It’s finally February. February 10th to be exact. I have been doing my impersonation of a black bear. I’ve been hibernating since late fall. Haven’t done much and haven’t been on here. I always dread late fall because I know the winter is coming. And as I’ve gotten older I have lost my enthusiasm for winter weather. When I was younger I would be very excited when the weather buy would predict snow. I couldn’t wait to get out in the old 4 wheel drive and have a little fun in the snow. Going places just to see if I could get there and back without calling for help. Now, I dread the snow and even though I still have and old Ford Expedition 4 wheel drive, I just can’t get excited. It’s more of an inconvenience now than fun. I get cold, and when I fall it hurts a lot more. So much for getting older.

But now it’s finally February. That means that spring is coming and the dark days of winter and January are slowly fading away. I’m now looking forward to warmer weather and sunny days. Can’t beat a combination like that. And the days are beginning to get noticeably longer. I don’t like it getting dark at 5 pm, it’s much better later in the day.

Anyway, that’s enough complaining. I sincerely hope you have had a great January/winter and that all is well. Remember that Jesus loves ya and that He paid it all on the cross. Have a great day.

Jesus paid for our sins……..
 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Romans 6:9-10