The Way of the Locust

" . . . locust have no king, yet they advance together in ranks . . ."

Proverbs 30:27

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Update 2016

So I have continued my journey. So many new blessings. You can read about them here: Reviving President Trump nominated to be our President through much prayer! Reading Proverbs 20 now. Praise the Lord O my soul. On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE! Andy Valadez e-mail:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Lure of Fantasy, Proverbs 12

Proverbs 12:11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

I am a dreamer and a doer. I often wonder if I am on track. Am I chasing a fantasy or am I working the land? My land is not tangible, you can't see it (when it is in early stage development). I work in the land of ideas and possibilities and work hard to bring them to reality (the hard part) so that others can work the land (the real part).

Are we all chasing a fantasy? A dream of our life and how it should be? Or are we being directed by God to bring glory to his name? My prayer is for the latter.

How do you know? It's a two-edged sword. How does one work their land while keeping their focus true to God's calling? A calling and a fanatasy are two separate ventures. One leads you and others back to God, the other leads you away from him. Dreamers and doers should hede the call and stay focused on working the land for God's glory so that in the end, it will bear much fruit for the kingdom.

"Chasing the Dream"

Proverbs 12:15 - "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice."

Are you one who seeks advice or takes advice? I enjoy learning from others, but have found that there are many who do not seek or take advice. I've been guilty of the same. I think we have to fight the tendency of "knowing it all". We do live in a culture of people who are opinionated, argumentative and stubborn. We shouldn't join that chorus. Work at learning from others and avoid a few pitfalls along the way. Check your attitude at the door and open your mind.

On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE!

Andy Valadez

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Proverbs 1: The Simple Life

". . . for giving prudence to the simple, . . "

Proverbs 1:4

Do you have a simple life? Life used to be so simple it seems. When I was a child, I enjoyed the freedom to do what I wanted. I had a great home, plenty of food, clean clothes, my friends, and my trusty bike that could get me anywhere I wanted to go. In those days, parents let their children out of the house for long periods of time.

My friends and I would plan our day outdoors jumping ramps, hunting in the woods, crawdad fishing, playing football or baseball, or even playing the kissing game with the pretty girls in our neighborhood.

We all have our childhood memories - some good and some bad. In reality, life wasn't that simple. My parents had to provide that carefree environment for my sister and I, many times my dad worked two jobs (thus the alone time). My wife and I try to provide a sanctuary and nurishing environment for our children. They live a more complicated life than we did as a children.

Technological advances promise to make our lives much easierer, which it does. At the same time, it seems that life is full of twists and turns and complexities. How do you deal with the many uncertainties of our age?

"You are holy" - Michael W. Smith

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline."

Proverbs 1:7

Are you a fearful person? Courage is not the absence of fear. I am often curious about what it means to fear the Lord. What does it mean to fear him? I believe we can get to a place of total awe, fear and trembling, and respect for the almighty. Much like the Jews who heard his thunderous spirit on Mount Sinai in the old testament bible. How do we get to that place in our spirit where we hear God, we respect and honor him, and we receive the knowledge and wisdom he desires to share with us in these times.

On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE!

Andy Valadez

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Proverbs 20: 90 Minutes in Heaven

"Ears that hear and eyes that see—we get our basic equipment from God!"
- Proverbs 20:12

Finished reading "90 Minutes in Heaven" today. Finished it as I was donating blood platelets. I didn't realize that this procedure helps cancer patients. Procedure took almost 3 hours, but I didn't mind.

Author Don Piper on TBN - "90 Minutes in Heaven"

On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE!

Andy Valadez

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Proverbs 18: Drawing Straws

"You may have to draw straws when faced with a tough decision."
- Proverbs 18:18

Do you have tough decisions to make? I do every day. Decisions change the course of destiny. We are impacted by the hundreds of decisions we make everyday. Many we make without serious thought like what to eat, what to wear, which route do we take to work, what time we go to lunch, which e-mails we write or don't write, etc.

How do you solve difficult decisions? I have never tried drawing straws? Have you?

"Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty" by Agnus Dei

Proverbs 18:19 - "Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond."

I love helping people. I look to be a blessing to others all of the time (of course one cannot help everybody). It is amazing to see the influence that people have (people have opened doors of opportunity for me all of my life). I enjoy when God uses me to open "big doors" (the bigger the better) for people I know and love. Sure it is a risk to help people. They might not appreciate the gesture the way you would have liked or forget your help. That isn't the point. When you help someone in need, they never really forget and neither do you. It is a bond that lasts forever. Do someone a favor today, just for the heck of it and because you can.

Check out this video I did for my new friend Demetria Dixon:

On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE!

Andy Valadez

Friday, September 11, 2009

One-Year on the Journey, Proverbs 11

"Count on this: The wicked won't get off scot-free, and God's loyal people will triumph."
- Proverbs 11:21

I started the Proverbs Journey a year ago tomorrow. I had read a book "The Richest Man Who Ever Lived" by Steven Kay Scott and decided to pursue my own journey. Over the year, God has shown me a lot about my life that has been in error. It has been a difficult walk. There have been moments where I just laid out flat on the floor asking him for greater wisdom and discernment, realizing that we are never truly wise. Yet, we are called to walk in wisdom that comes from him. I started this blog to encourage others to do the same. We are living in incredible times and our walk may seem right to our own understanding, but we may indeed be way off course.

"If good people barely make it, what's in store for the bad!"
- Proverbs 11:31

Today I heard my neighbor start a quarrel. He is blind and felt that the other neighbor had been ignoring him. It started off as a basic question "Have I done something wrong to you and your husband?" Well that led to an argument with the offending neighbor. I walked away, I knew where this was heading and it got worse. I came home to pray for him. We have a culture of "wronged" people, we seem to be looking for an excuse, any excuse to start a quarrel. I have been guilty of this too. Sometimes I do love a great argument or should I say debate, but often it is a waste of time, so why do it?

On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE!

Andy Valadez

Saturday, July 25, 2009

God's Inspection and Review, Proverbs 25

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of Kings."

Proverbs 25:1 (NIV)

I have written about this subject before. About the yearning within each of us to discover and create. We will persist until we discover. Yet many will quit on their journey. The challenges become too great to bear.

How do Christians learn to perservere to the very end? I submit that it is through prayer. We must pray daily, unceasingly as the bible commands, so that we will be ready to act when the Lord leads and directs. What is God hiding just for you? He has something perfect in mind, but he isn't just going to give it you to squander. He wants you to seek it out, then will it have the value and impact he is commanding. Journey with him, seek out his daily signs, become familiar with his ways and you will accomplish his plan for your life. You and I are so close to greatness, because we serve a great God who is mindful of us. Not some fairy tale.

"Diligence, Integrity, and Patience"

Proverbs 25:6-7 - "Don't work yourself into the spotlight; don't push your way into the place of prominence. It's better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted."

I love the idea of daily diligence. "Inch by inch it's a cinch" says Zig Ziglar. Sometimes we get overwhelmed with the tasks and the dream before us. It is best to hack at it everyday, take a rest, and back at it again. There are no short cuts. Take time to sharpen the ax. Ask God for direction and cut through the circumstances that are blocking you from God's vision. As you grow closer to him, he reveals the "crud" in your life, those things that are displeasing or repel him. Don't fear or give up, shed those things and walk closer still. He is dangerous, he is fierce, he is excellent, and he expects the same from his people. Be diligent.

On Mission, On Assignment, and in the ZONE!

Andy Valadez