9-18-14 Why Can't I Sleep?

“I can’t sleep! I know what I’ll do, I’ll read the book of records.  All that legalese will put me to sleep, for sure.” Ahasurus clapped his hands to summons a servant.

In his haste the servant arrives with sleep still tugging on his eyelids and hair mussed up, “Yes, sire?  How may I serve you?”

“Sleep has eluded me, bring me the Kingdom Chronicles.”

As the king paged through the local events, the servant stayed nearby, making himself presentable for further service.

However, instead of inspiring sleep, he discovere4d a disservice to a worthy citizen. Mordecai had reported a plot to assassinate the king. 

God had a purpose for the king’s insomnia.  At 3:00am when I can’t sleep, I often wonder why.  Then God gives me some great stuff for my devotionals and stories at 3:00am. He had a purpose for my insomnia, as well

“On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.” Esther 6:10-3

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

9-10-14 Moving Day

We are loading the Uhaul today. I will post when I can, but it depends on access to a computer. 

Today we (my wife and I) are moving. We will be loading the truck and we will head out for Farmington, NM. I am wearing my NPF “Moving Day” shirt for the occasion. God began leading in this direction a few years ago and now it is here. (If you don’t see a post for a few days, it’s because I don’t have a computer to use. Stand by). We are having a moving experience.

It’s interesting how God uses circumstances and events to move us where He wants us to be. I have seen God open and close doors to direct my path through my life. We have a lot of unknowns ahead of us, yet we can trust that God will continue to direct us.

No, we do not know anyone there, except for those we met on our survey trip last May. The number one thing we looked for is a good church. God led us to one – College Heights Baptist Church. Otherwise, no, we do not have a place to live yet. No, we do not have jobs waiting. So, why move? The idea is for a better climate because of my Parkinson’s disease. God is using my PD to move us there. We are trusting Him.

Please pray for us for safety and that we recognize God’s leading for the things noted above.

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” Genesis 12:1.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff, author & ventriloquist

9-9-14 Dressed for the Occasion

I enjoy fixing up cars that need body repair.  This often requires a trip an auto salvage yard for parts.  I generally dress in old clothes when I go there because the odds of getting dirty are quite high.  My jeans often have holes in the knees. However, when I have had to stop in to pick up parts in dress slacks and shirt, they treat me like I am an ignoramus and charge me more.  Thus, I now dress for the occasion. I always wear old clothes whenever I go there.

However, I have noticed that by wearing those old work clothes into a nice restaurant brings frowns from the help and draws looks from other customers.  I am not dressed for the occasion.

When I go on a date with my wife, I dress nicely for the occasion.  I don’t mind cleaning up, shaving and dressing nice for her. 

Esther dressed in royal apparel to meet with the king.  She dressed for the occasion. In doing so, she showed respect for him and avoided offending him. She took every effort to please him to gain an audience with him. 

My King deserves my best as well. I dress appropriately when I am going to worship the One who died for me in church.  It’s the least I can do to dress my best for the occasion.

“Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.  And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.” Esther 5:1-2.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

9-8-14 Learning to Listen

“I’m always right.” My wife announced.
“You think so?”
“Well, most of the time.”
“You mean some of the time.”
“Rarely.” Actually, she is right quite often and I can trust here perspective.  Sometimes she is wrong and sometimes we simply do not agree. But I have spent a lot of years learning to listen to her.

Sometimes male pride or the idea of being the leader gets in my way of listening to good advice.  I am learning to listen, then consider the advice given to me and implementing it if it is sound.  I am learning to listen by watching my Pastor as he listens before giving spiritual guidance. I am learning to listen by discovering that my wife is right many times – not always, but many times.  She can see a different perspective and has ideas worth considering.

Mordecai had told Esther about the new law ordering the extermination of the Jews in their kingdom.  She was the only one he could approach that could possibly get an audience with the king.  She understood the gravity of the problem and agreed to seek an uninvited meeting with the king.  This could mean the death penalty if the king desired.  Therefore, she gave Mordecai a commandment – have all the Jews pray and fast about this meeting.  This role reversal meant Mordecai had to swallow his male pride, put aside his leadership ego and do the right thing. 

I am learning that I can learn something from everybody I meet.  Sometimes it’s what not to do, but most of the time I can learn something positive by listening. I have learned many things through the years and one of them is that I am still learning to listen. 

“So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.” Esther 4:17.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff