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    • I took this photo thinking about the beauty of the two leaves.  As you can see in the background, the majority of the trees have not yet turned into what we call “fall colors”, yet we know that they will all turn soon enough.  You see, these two leaves that had changed early, signal to all of us that fall is just around the corner.  As the fall months begin and before winter sets its course the leaves turn colors and then fall to the ground.  We always view this as beautiful and actually long to see such beauty.  But as I held these two leaves it became clear that even death, the ending of our human life, in God’s timing, is a beautiful event not to be feared.  Instead, when a believer has lived their entire life in the will of God and serving God, it becomes a shining crown to meet your Lord as a humble servant who lived, loved and embraced a Holy God.  I, myself, have lived long enough to see my parents and my in-laws struggle health wise in their later years on this earth.  I now realize, there is nothing as beautiful as seeing them display God’s magnificent beauty in every glorious moment of their elderly years.  I only hope, that others see this beauty in me, as I too, sense my earthly frame getting older and older.  I guess what I am trying to say, is that there is beauty in the journey, especially in the latter years of life.  #ilovemyparents #ilovemydad #ilovemymom #ilovemyinlaws #ilovemysavior #jewelofcrowns #aginggracefully #hiswillbedone #maranatha #amazinggrace #creation #psalm19 #thecertaintyofeternity #certaintyofeternity #onemonthtolive
    • First time to Denny’s with Jiggy Jayce.  He loved it.  Then, on the same day I took him to the Bear Pit 🐻 for the first time.  And, yes snuck in a lollipop too.  Ohhhhhhhh this was one of the greatest days ever!!!!!!! Love you grandson!!! #jiggyjayce #papacoach #dennys #bearpit #mentoring #bestdayever
    • Former #UCLA coach Jim Harrick is now the assistant Coach at Cal State Northridge University.  I stopped by and he was in his element teaching and coaching.  He is 80 years young but had a spring in his step and and he was spot on with all his instruction.  The team is very young but in coming years they are going to be strong.  Hats off to Head Coach @mark_gottfried hiring Coach Harrick and #mowilliams.  A lot of Coaching going on in the Matadom.  #ridered #csun #gomatadors #jimharrick @davidpump7 @dana_pump #ucla #8clap #formerbruin #coachlooksgoodinred #80years #80yearsyoung
    • Finally, met @carichampion and 1000 other women at the LA Women Who Influence Conference at @shepherdchurch.  @kaylafrancisla did an amazing job putting this event together and equipping women in whatever sphere of influence that God has placed them.  @candacecbure was amazing.  Enjoyed seeing DA Jackie Lacey and also the chance to interview @glennbraggs and #cindyherronbraggs of @envoguemusic.  Can’t wait till next year for the 3rd annual conference for Women Who Influence.  Love you Kayla Rae.  And Cari, see you soon at the #Lakers game!
    • Two days to the start of our Women Who Influence Conference @shepherdchurch.  Looking forward to being with @carichampion @glennbraggs @cindyheronbraggs @candacecbure via video, @jenbricker @frankmsontag @kaylafrancisla #jackielacey #chiphurd @reneclarkca #dominiquefuraqawa #talithaphilips @theluwilliams
    • Trevor Morgan of 3rd Day Band helping lead worship this weekend.  Trevor leads on a regular basis at my brothers church in Fresno, California.  If you are ever in Fresno be sure to attend Cross City Church.  #crosscitychurch #trevormorgan @trevormorganmusic @rutherford_d
    • Church was amazing tonight @shepherdchurch and can’t wait for Sunday Morning to worship with believers from every walk of life!  #shepherdchurch #onemonthtolive #philippians #worship
    • Enjoyed seeing several Shepherd youngsters playing football last night in a local High School football game between #Chaminade and #Alemany.  #33 #22 #jonahburton #johnburton #5 #jonathanthomas to name a few.  Be sure to check out #dailynews article by @_tarekfattal.  And to the parents of these young men, I say to you.... job well done.  Raising teenagers who work hard and who have great character is not easy in this world today. It was an honor to be there and looking forward to catching a @hcs_warriors football game soon.  #fridaynightfootball @cluv5jbs
    • Breakfast at @pillarscafe this morning.  #oatmeal #coffee #avacadotoast #firepit #water #churchat6:00pm.
    • Saw this on my twitter feed today.  Praying that whoever broke into this car listens to the CD’s!

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