I’d never ever share such stuff as this, but this is the good stuff, and pretty sure their identity is protected, and I hope you’ll find some encouragement in this, same as I.
Lots going on in Full Throttle Ministries, and a new direction of sorts. I spoke with a friend last night, and only she knows the gravity of this. But this lines up to a T, with what’s going down. It’ll make sense later when I can share.
Listen man, I’m a nobody. Just a regular ole bearded preacher man, who’s tested about every limits of this ole Harley, and this ole body. Ride hard, and love the lord.
And I may or may not be able to cook, yet to be determined.
But someday I may, or may not share the bad messages, bad text, bad mail that I regularly receive. Talk about people being mean, man you have no clue.
Wanna talk about putting on the armor of GOD? I’m learning exactly what that means. To go out and about spreading the Big G Gospel is a sure way to make the devil really really mad I can tell you that.
See.........we often fail to discuss this spiritual warfare we are in.
If you ain’t being attacked from all directions, I’d check up is all I’m saying. I recently had a Preacher man, and I say that lightly lol, tell me a few weeks ago son you ain’t affected by any of that, if you are a child of GOD. I just sniggered and said uh huh, what the heck ever, conversation over mr. I’m good at putting a end to nonsense talk.
Listen, Christ himself was taken up in the Mt of temptations, why would we think we are above him ?
So as I battle the battle, and keep pushing until my push is gone, I cling to these things that the LORD impresses on a individuals heart, to encourage me to the absolute highest of levels.
No return address, no check, no name, no signature. But to me, Clayton Reeves, it’s worth more than money could ever possibly buy.
So to the mysterious person, YOU was #1 on my prayer list this morning. Jeremiah 29:13
Roll baby, Full Throttle 😎
As a Monday morning begins.
Lots happening, business of life, dragging from the weekend, or maybe just nothing...........sitting looking at the wall.
We all fall under some of that. Unless you’re just arriving in life, then this will apply to you.
Past, present, and a future. We’ve ALL got that.
Some of our past are a little bumpier than others, been, done, and seen stuff we wish GOD would take away. Learn from it, that’s where you’re testimony is born. Use all of everything that’s ever went down back there. Use it to glorify GOD.
Like it or not it’s your story.
Some of our current situations, well they just flat out stink, man I get it. People come, people go. They seem to use and abuse the heart. Makes zero sense. We end up carrying around lots of burdens, brokenness, bruises and scars. We want, seek, and continuing searching for things that we feel will complete us. Honestly I’m learning as I go man. This “present” moment in time, well it’s a gift in itself, don’t miss it.
This is where we get it all jacked up. We get the past all mixed up with the future, and we miss it all. We look back to often, thinking this or that will happen again. We don’t trust, we won’t Love, we look for it, in all the wrong places. Feeling as though if we can only make it to that place over there, it’ll all be ok.
We look towards retirement someday, planning, investing, like we’ll actually make it over there one day. When in all actuality we haven’t a clue as to what our future holds.
So.............Not that I am any kinda expert on any thing whatsoever, cause I ain’t. But here’s my take on it, and what the lord has laid upon my heart.
As I have learned just recently, things often come to a end for reasons we just can’t explain.
It doesn’t mean any one single person is right or wrong, it’s just the way it is. And sometimes things end rather hard. Kinda like a good run down a nice smooth Drag strip, put the chutes out, get stopped, run is over.
Or good run, no chutes, sand trap, Safety net, and the fillings get knocked outta ur teeth, car tore in a million pieces, everything destroyed. Almost get dead and stuff, but ya didn’t.
In both cases it stopped lol. At my current situation, I’m in the second of those two.
Learning from the past, dealing with the present, looking towards the future. Question marks about it all, yes sir/yes mam. Tears, joy, all mixed up into one, YES.
Trusting GOD, seeking HIS guidance, direction, peace and comfort, absolutely I am. Every time I go into the garage, my Harley is moved. Strangest thing ever. It’s always turned, pointing west for some reason.
And this picture ?
If you notice there is a sailboat sitting in a absolutely completely calm body of water. Sail boats don’t sail without a breeze. Telling me that it is a pretty certain deal, that the situation will change, and that winds gonna blow again.
Be patient and hang on, for these seasons are your life, enjoy them all.
Happy Full Throttle Monday 😎
Early this morning.
While looking for something that I just knew was there, and it wasn’t, I went to my bike, opened up my tour pack, and found these. Nearly $200 worth of gift certificates to some local restaurants.
I had done a benefit for a family, back in the earlier part of summer, and I bid on these, and obviously won.
Now one or two of them, I didn’t pay the value, and maybe another one I paid more. I don’t know, it was a benefit. Anyway, it’s been a few months, and lots of life happened.
Regardless, I had stuck them in my bike, kinda saving them, thought it’s be a good idea, when the time was right, and like a rebel, I’d just ride up in there and eat, like I stole it or something
I mean they’ve been there all along, and they don’t expire. I had access to free food, and they belong to me. Sadly, I just forget about them. So as I brought them in the house, to place somewhere I WONT FORGET, I snapped this picture as a joke, a laugh, to send to someone.
But the picture..............
Man as I looked at it, I see this old Fender Telecaster & the word of GOD. Honestly I should’ve sold the guitar long ago, and spared my kids the pain of listening to me.
But the Bible. It’s got the answers to all my junk. I do read it, I do study it.
But do I study it enough? Is it more important to me than a cruise, a vacation, my Harley, or a what the heck ever ?
Have I attempted to grasp ahold of it as much as I’ve bent the strings on this ole guitar?
I mean it’s been there all along. It’s my go to, if I’ll only go to it.
It’s my owners manual, and it’s got ALL the answers.
Some things are just hard to put into text, and sometimes the words just don’t come. But see, some things ARE just fact. It’s real life, and it’s got to be faced.
Just this past week, coming out of a divorce, yes you read that right, and I can’t really repeat it. It’s just hard to say. But the past few months have been hard as hell on everyone, not just me. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and for reasons we can’t explain. But final is final, and done is done.
Now go ahead and act like you got it all figured out, man you don’t, I’ll help you with that right now, right out of the box!!
It doesn’t make one person right, or one person wrong. WE ALL can point fingers at each other until we are blue in the face, and it ain’t gonna solve one single thing, you know it, and I know it.
Rumors fly in this quaint little town we live in, but GOD knows the truth, and so does she, and I.
All is well, but doors must be closed to move on, and heal. She’s a good person, and a fantastic momma, but the fork in the road came, and that’s that, and it’s also absolutely NONE of anyone’s business sucka
But saying all that, a mans mind goes to places it shouldn’t in times of heartbreak and distress. See fact is, even as a Preacher man, we struggle. Truth be known, way more than most.
But during the darkest moments, sadly the one thing we should ALL be clinging to gets forgotten about. Satan does his thing, and our mind heads off to never never land.
When all along, the answers were right there beside me, just like my already paid for gift certificates stowed away in my Harley, for that rainy day that didn’t come.
I’m terrible ashamed that I didn’t get alone with this word of GOD, instead of a life ender device in my darkest moments.
But fact of the matter, through this, thus far, GOD has opened my eyes to the REAL in me, and the real in so many people. I’ve had those closest to me tell me my ministry was finished, done, and I’d never preach again, believe it or not.........#TRUTH.
Christians can be mean, believe it or not lol.
See, fact is last weekend I was scheduled to preach, been on the calendar for months, straight up canceled.
Man I’m good with that, cause fact of the matter is, I go where most won’t go, and I plow ground most gave up on ever producing crops, long ago.
That’s where GOD has sent me, and I’m most certainly comfortable with that, and a Committee I don’t have, or need.
I’ve been called a loner, a hermit, stubborn, fake, wannabe evangelist, and things you just wouldn’t believe. Things come to me in text, mail, and all sorts of other ways that would just break the toughest of hearts.
All I’m saying is GOD has a way of making, sending, setting it all up, to move us, place us, and park us when we just don’t get it. The most gratifying part is watching HIM remove the fake ones, to insert the Real ones in our lives, and I am absolutely NOT referring to my ex wife.
HE has a plan through this for me, her, the ones who have proven themselves TRUE though this, and those who have gloriously been proven to me to be fake.
So grateful for the many in my church family who’ve reached out and loved on her and I both. This stuff is hard on everyone.
I am without question moving forward.
I didn’t die. Although I did temporarily loose my vision, it has returned Full Throttle like, to be honest.
So this is my story, and here is where it lays upon ur lap my friend...........
Don’t make the mistakes I did in times of life’s distress, and don’t “ALMOST” do something that can’t be undone. GOD does without question have a plan for YOU, and HE will fulfill it, if you’ll only let him.
It doesn’t make a hill of beans what any single person around here, or around there thinks of you, or me either, for whatever goes down in my life.
You, and I answer to the GOD almighty, JESUS CHRIST, and that’s ALL that does matter.
So whatever is happening in your life.........cling to the only hope there is, this word of GOD, for the answers are in there, ask me how I know, for I’m a dang survivor!!
Happy Full Throttle Tuesday 😎
My new normal. It’s long & it’s REAL.
A new Bible given to me by a friend. I love a new Bible, stiff pages, won’t stay open, no marks, no notes. Lots of space for me to write my own, and when the time comes I’ll give it away, just as I did with my last. Every sermon I’d ever preached was out of that Bible.
To say my life has changed recently is a understatement lol. I guess yesterday was actually my day #1. So today’s my day #2, if I’ve got my math right.
Gotta friend who’s invited me to his church forever, but to many obligations, and I just couldn’t go. Well today I’m gonna visit. Maybe the lord has a word for me there, I don’t know.
Man I’ve questioned absolutely everything I’ve known these past 3 months. I’ve thought A LOT about living, and I’ve thought A LOT about dying. I’ve tried to hide, tried to run, tried to stay true to my calling, tried to keep encouraging folks, posting devotions, ministering and keeping my promises to do outreach events, that I had booked. Even when I couldn’t hardly find the strength, just being honest as I know to be.
I’ve struggled to hell and back with what I was absolutely without question certain GOD has placed in my path a few months ago, thought it was it, the future, the peace and the hope, but quickly learning, man I seriously have zero clue about anything as far as to what my future holds lol. Just being honest, for one day, my last post, will be my last.
So saying that, it’s definitely brought me to a whole new level of trusting GOD. I’ve learned if you have “to Chase after” anything or anyone, probably a very good chance, and there is a reason YOU are chasing. It’s cause they, or it, is running away lol.
I’ve thought about quitting, thought about stopping. Stopping all I’ve done, or was gonna do.
I’ve had churches, and people back out of promises made in faith, telling me I needed to take a serious long break from ministry “to heal”. Listen man, don’t tell a on fire Preacher man to take a break, and sit down, stupid bad advice. That’s opening a door of doubt, and allowing the devil to have a play day.
Had those who said “I love you” who’s actions clearly proved differently. Don’t shoot your soldiers while there bleeding man, and don’t leave someone to dry up the tears. The tears you’ve help inflict.
Listen man, you’ll never make someone be ready for what you are, and you’ll never make their heart accept whatever it is you’re trying to give them, regardless if it’s a family member, church family, or a single individual.
They’ll look back one day, and realize they missed it. Or you’ll look back and say........ thank you lord you didn’t let them love me, the way I loved them, when I once did.
Life has a way of shaping, molding, and forming a man into something beautiful, or something ugly. That right there is where YOU can, and will make a choice, and make no mistake about it, YOU will choose.
Desperately seeking guidance from the lord I am. NOT man, and his ulterior motivate ways I can tell you that. I’ve been ask, directed, pleaded with this year to shut this ministry down, or replace it with a church’s name, or go here, go there, and so much junk you just wouldn’t believe.
But amazingly and to my complete disbelief the number one question I haven’t been asked by ABSOLUTELY no one, is this.............Clayton, what is the lord telling you to do ?
See, the devil comes in many forms, and many ways, I’ve learned this well. Robert Jordan, thank you for your faithfulness, it’s helped shape me, and through it the LORD has, and is directing me into the path HE wants me to travel.
So.......for any calls, messages, appointments or anything else I haven’t taken care of, please accept my humble apology.
I’ve seriously been in a life or death battle. Everyone speaks of that empty cup you can’t pour out of, but when you take time to fill it, they get all jacked up and stuff.
I’ll never forget those who called, pushed, and hang by, and I’ll forever thank the lord for revealing to me those who were, and ain’t real, that’s priceless. I love you the same, cause that’s just who I am
But back to where this began, my first marks in a brand new, day #2 Bible, well it’s definitely a word for me, as to GOD's plans and direction for me.
For the love and faithfulness HE's extended to me, if I’ll continue to keep that in my heart, it’ll forever guide me to the very places HE has for me to go, day in, and day out.
So for you?
Follow GOD, NOT man. Never loose sight of the vision, and direction HE has placed in your heart. Don’t miss the help, and love HE sends your way, And please, please never miss a opportunity to love on someone, and be loved by someone.
Some things just don’t come around twice in life, YOU Know it & I know it
Forward I am moving, wide open I am, looking back I ain’t.
Thank you lord for the grace and forgiveness I certainly don’t deserve.
In love, Full Throttle Ministries 😎
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