Use what you have.Do what you can."-Arthur Ashe------A quote generally unveils an individual of illustration, inspiration, and perspiration.This is most certainly true of Arthur Ashe.Arthur Ashe was a professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles.He was the first African American player selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and the only African American to win the singles title at Wimbledon and the US Open.Harry Hopman (world acclaimed Australian tennis player and coach) ranked him No.1 in 1968.The World Tennis Magazine ranked him No.1 in 1975.The ATP computer rankings ranked him as No. 2 in 1976.Phenominal at his game, Ashe succeeded in his determination to become the "singlehanded" best at the game of tennis.-----In 1980 Arthur experienced a severe trial that would alter both his life and his purpose.The HIV virus attached itself to him through a blood transfusion received during a heart bypass surgery.He publicly announced his illness in 1992 and began to educate the world about HIV and AIDS. As founder of the Arthur Ashe Fourndation for the defeat of Aids and Institute for Urban Health, he sought to educate and utilize his fame for educational purposes.He died on February 6, 1993, at the age of 49 of AIDS related pneumonia.Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom postumously on June 20, 1993.------We never know, until it's all said and done, what our earthly journey might entail and encompass. What we can be sure of is that God is preparing us for a task He has preordained for us in advance and none of us, not a single one of us, really knows what that is.God has the scoop and the scope on our lives and He alone determines what our lives will bear out for Him."For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained what we should walk in them."Ephesians 2:10This is God's truth to you and me.Trust Him when it's hard.Trust Him when you can't see.Trust Him when the tennis ball no longer bounces; and the blood transfusion rewrites the story.God is in control ...and He knows your name.-------"Start where you are.Use what you have.Do what you can."-Arthur Ashe
BECAUSE OF YOUR HANDBy: Darrelyn L. TuttTwo were the pieces that lay on the shelf:One was a vessel refined,Of beauty and grace and a dignified air,The other a much simpler kind.Clay, just a lump, but as little to see,Nothing to flatter the eye,The one would be bought at a price very great,And the other be simply passed by.Behold, but the potter, the maker of clay,He gazed upon what he had made;He picked up the one, for the work had been done,And he knew she was ready for trade."You are a beauty, and you shall do well,Much you have learned and you know,But never forget that the day that we met;You were "this" clay long ago.A look of disdain on the beautiful vase,As proudly she gazed at herself,A great sense of pride had crept in as she dried,And a longing to leave the old shelf."I will be sold for a fine piece of gold,And I will be put on display,But you shall remain, you are simple and plain,"Said the vase to the small lump of clay.Oh but the clay that was shapeless, unformed,Though little the eye would behold,The potter was pleased when he looked down at her,For she was so ready to mold."You are potential unseen to the eye,A clay with a purpose and plan,Few will behold what I see here today,And hold in the palm of my hand.A clay in the rough and yet suited for use;In humbleness ready to mold.For beauty is not what you see with the eye,But what you are willing to hold."Oh how the clay would respond to the pain,Forgetting that there was a plan;But the potter undaunted, reworked, and remade;Forming her out of his hand.So much to endure and so little to see,Of what would the purpose be for?But the potter could see what the vessel would be,And he'd heat up the flame even more.Then out of the heat came a beautiful shape,No longer a wet lump of clay;But pressured and fashioned to beautiful form,Created for more than display.The beautiful vase gazed down at herself,And looked at the potter so wise;"Because of your hand, I am what I am,Thank you for merciful eyes."The touch of the potter was gentle and kind,His presence and purpose were true:"You shall go out as a service to man,For I've made provision for you.A vessel of mercy, a vessel of grace,You were created to be;Chosen, designed, and completely refined,To hold what is priceless ... to me."-------
By: Darrelyn L. TuttThe past two weeks my shoulders have been unusually tight,my back has been out of whack,and a share of Advil and extra stretching has been mine.To no avail.Then it donned on me ...it's my new pillow.------The purchase of a new Bamboo memory pillow was made several weeks ago on account of a good sale and a simple need. I found the best comparable I could to my old flat, firm pillow and made the exchange.I had no idea the effects would be so dramatically "felt" and didn't anticipate such consequential results.Bugger and Blast ...So here I am this morning, exchanging my new pillow for my old "retired" pillow with a little conversation ensuing in-between.Listen to what I hear:What we lay our heads on affects us.If we lay our heads against gossip, negativity, lies, emotions, circumstance, test, trials, people, we will most certainly experience issues and effects in consequence:-Tightness of spirit.-Misalignment of mind and thought.-Unsoundness in the soul.-Undesirable thinking patterns.Unneccesary, obvious, consequential effects will be ours, guaranteed.Nothing healthy, positive, beautiful, or notable results from laying our heads against anything or anyone in this world ...Nothing and no one but Jesus.-------We must take back what we once retired and remember and rehearse the words of God.We must lay our heads and souls upon the Ancient of Days, heal with the balm of grace steady applied to our spirits, and lean with repose upon the One who knows our souls, and grants true rest.We must lean upon God's promises anew.-------Pillow talk is tender talk for the soul,and when we rest our heads against the One who grants steady and sure repose,we experience the rejuvenating effects of mind, soul, and spirit He desires for us.We must pay attention to what we lean our heads upon, for the lives we live are its consequence.Pleasant pillow talk is sweet ... when our minds rest on Jesus.-------"For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, 'In returning and rest ye shall be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength ..."Isaiah 30:15
DANCING AND LEAPINGBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThis season of life is allowing for the experience of joy:-Meditation and reflection are becoming liberating, daily habits.-Alone time with the Lord is ushering in a "core" soul development incomparable to anything ever experienced.-Opportunities to serve the Lord and love people are expanding.-Healing, health, and joy are forcible agents radiating from God the Father and quickening to new possibilities, landscapes, and peoples.The love of the Father is "leaking out" and desirous of flow.The strength, mercy, and grace of God is flooding my soul and filling with wonder."Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house that Thou hast brought me hitherto?"2 Samuel 7:18The words of David, my beautiful "writing" companion and brother.I do love him and his heart for God,and I feel him "beating" in me.------One time, I saw in a dream or vision of some sort, myself dancing, and leaping, and praising God down the center of a sanctuary, filled with radiant joy, and experiencing nothing but a childlike "Christmas wonder" in my dance.Totally captivated by the love of God,oblivious to the thoughts and presence of man, dancing forcibly and heartily with all my might.Feeling the experience and "oneness" of unity with Christ.It was really very beautiful and it's my perception that this "dance and leap of faith" will be experienced literally one day.Hmmm ...Maybe you'll take my hand and dance with me.Who can know?------Come beside me, my friend, and dare to be ...the "one" God made you.See with wonder the beauty of your soul intermingled with His,enjoying holy camaraderie, indescribable love,and experiencing the joy of the Lord.To be "His" and to be called by His name;there's truly nothing like it ..."Thy words were found and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts."Jeremiah 15:16
SEVEN DAY PRAYER CASTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Mercy of God Monday*Scripture Meditation: Luke 10:25-37Monday's mercy emphasis: The "Marginal and Misplaced."These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.------Tenderness of God Tuesday*Scripture Meditation: Matthew 18:1-5Tuesday's tenderness emphasis: "Toddlers - Teens" and everyone in-between.These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.------Washing and Cleansing God Wednesday*Scripture Meditation: John 13:1-17Wednesday's washing and cleansing emphasis: The "Working, Weary, and Wounded ones."These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.------Thirst-quenching God Thursday*Scripture Meditation: John 4:4-26Thursday's thirst quenching emphasis: The "Throw-aways, Cast-aways, and Toss-outs.These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.------Faithfulness of God Friday*Scripture Meditation: Luke 5:4-11Friday's faithfulness emphasis: The "Fearful, Forgetful and Forsaken ones."These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.------Supplying God SaturdayScripture Meditation: 2 Kings 4:1-7Saturday's supplying emphasis: The "Sourceless and Sorrowing ones."These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.-------Seeking God SundayScripture Meditation: Mark 2:14-17Sunday's seeking emphasis: The "Seeking and Sinful ones."These are the individuals I will be looking for, loving on, and praying for today.-------The "attributes" of God have become the focal point of my prayer life. The redemptive activity which follows, leads into an earnest identification with individuals in each audience.This beautiful, creative discovery was revealed to me on my "sacred retreat" with God.My love for words, letters, patterns, rhythms, and people are wondrously, methodically, and marvelously woven into each day.It's unforgettable in me.I rise in the morning with an "attribute and audience" immediately applied and supplied.In the short time of its implementation and practice, it has brought me great blessing and a deeper level of awareness about the love and mercy of God.Perhaps it will spur and encourage something in you also.-------Redemptive living and redemptive loving;this is the new life I'm learning to live,and the new love I'm learning to give.God's blessing ever attending ...