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About Butch Dean

I was born and raised in the mid-west and attended high school in the '50's. My paths in life have taken me from a teenager in the fifties to the U.S. Navy in the sixties; from a blue collar worker to a nursing degree; from Illinois-Arkansas-Florida-Tennessee and back to my hometown in Illinois. Many roads have I traveled and many travelers have I met along the way, all with stories to be told. With my faith in God and “dust on my shoes,” I travel the writer’s path. My poetry and writings are about faith, hope, love and the human condition. It is my sincere hope that the thoughts expressed will find a way to speak to your heart and soul. "It's never too late and you are never too old to do what you’ve always wanted to do.”

Blindness

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These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

 (Matthew 15:8 NIV)

 The greatest blindness is that of the heart.

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Opposites

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

—1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

 

The ways of this world…

this human nature…

are opposite of the Lord’s ways.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

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Your Eyes of Faith

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…So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink.

(Matthew 14:29-30 NLT)

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 Jesus invited Peter to get out of the boat and walk on the water. Peter didn’t hesitate to accept. He stepped out of the boat and onto the water…he was walking on water…he was actually walking on the water toward Jesus.

He was, until…he saw the wind and the waves and became afraid. He was no longer focused on Jesus. He looked at his circumstance and allowed fear and doubt to rob him of the faith to walk on water. Peter made the big, huge mistake of taking his focus, his thoughts and his “eyes of faith” off Jesus.

Peter literally walked on water…by faith…because Jesus said he could. Although we may not be called upon to “walk on water”, we are called upon to “walk by faith”.

Keep your “eyes of faith” on Jesus.

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Hump Day

For the Monday through Friday workers, Wednesday is considered “hump day.” The work week is half over, you’re on the downhill slide. Another weekend, two days without going to work. Time for kids and play and catching up around the house. Two days that go too fast. Monday morning, woe is me, back to work…counting the days to “hump day.” It’s interesting how we mark our life away by the calendar; work days, play days, holidays, vacation days…and another year passes.

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