Russ Taff Anyone?


I’m in a good place with Jesus right now.  Er, as opposed to being in a bad place?  I dunno.  I’m just sayin’ I’m in a good place.  I’ve been doing a lot of digging – both internally and externally.  I have asked Jesus to take all of the stuff inside of me that’s not of Him, and smash it into the ground.  Or something like that.  Whenever I surrender all of me to Him – the good, the bad, and the ugly – He never fails to take it all, and pour into me everything Jesus.

And, folks, everything Jesus just feels good.  Hence, the good place.

Every book and scripture I read is fresh.  It’s full of life.  And, it makes me fall in love with Jesus all over again.  Ever have that feeling where you truly get back to your first love?  That’s where I am.  I am head over heels in love with my Father.  Kind of makes me want to break out the old Mylon La Fevre and Petra albums.  Oh, and God bless David Teems. 

This past Sunday, I heard Craig Groeschel say, “If you want what you once had, you have to do what you once did.”  Of course, he was referring to marital relationships, but you just might be able to apply that to your relationship with the One that matters most.  So, if it takes Petra’s old “The Color Song” to bring you back to your knees, then by all means, listen to it. 

For me, I’ve just needed a fresh surrender to Him.  A dying of myself.  It isn’t the first time I’ve had to die to me, and it certainly won’t be the last.  Because, I am Dusty Takle.  I have young children, and I heart Junior Mints.  Actually, it’s because I am very imperfect.  But, I’m pressing toward the mark…  The word press here means to pursue.  To go after Him with intensity.  And, bury all that is Dusty Takle along the way.  So, Christ can consume me.

This journey with Christ truly “gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by.  Oh what a love between my Lord and I.  I keep falling in love with Him.  Over and over and over and over again.” 

13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing:  Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:13-14

Are you pressing toward Him?

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9 responses to “Russ Taff Anyone?

  1. Judy

    ” I keep falling in love with Him. Over and over and over and over again.” ….well can’t you just see E. D. standin on that small platform on High Falls Road singing that CHORUS and clapping justtttt a hair after everyone else…totally messing my timing up lolllllll….I did love Jesus way back then….it seemed so EASY …Oh I still love Jesus ….but he treats me like a GROWN UP now….way back on High Falls Road, He spoiled me rotten…. the pressing takes more energy and focus now…I would imagine that was what Craig was sayin….PRESS ONNNNN

  2. Good words today – thanks. I liked what Pastor Craig said after the part you mentioned…something about if you want what you’ve never had, do what you’ve never done. That was good for lots of things in life. And Petra!!! I need to dig out some old CDs.

  3. I do feel like I am pressing into Him, but I want to press more.

    Now give me some “People in a box, TV personalities, show me how to live…”

    Love it. Long live the cheesy Christian music from 25-30 years ago!

  4. Dusty Takle

    Judy, I CAN see it. I miss that man.

    Cari, download Petraphonics. It’s a collaboration of their really good stuff. Did I just post that on the web?

    Cindy, I love it that you know People In A Box. Casey, would you please “El Shaddai?”

  5. Petra? WOW…haven’t heard that in FOREVER! I needed to be reminded that each and every day I need Christ to clean my insides out, my everything so that I can become more like Him. Some days I just am too lazy to press forward, and that’s just not ok. I want my life to only be directed by Him and getting rid of all that “me” is what has to happen. Pressing forward toward the goal!

  6. YES, this was on time for me! I want MORE of Jesus and Less of stress, want to hear those whispers from Him, telling me to Trust Him in ALL things! (tears) Sunday, felt like I was surrending, thought I was…need to be in TUNE with Him, let the fears go. Good blog Dusty! THANK YOU!

  7. Love love love this. I am trying to press in. I keep getting pulled in the opposite direction but I am fighting my way back. Just look out because when the enemy can’t get at you anymore he goes after your kids. That is what I am experiencing right now.

    Love Petra!!

  8. Judy

    The Sista wants your Dad to sing Rise Again…..remember that one….you were tiny….maybe not…I think your Mom sang with him and Why Me Lord…now that was BG’s song….MEMORIESSSSSSSS

  9. Russ Taff.
    Good times.

    I especially like the “forgetting the past” part of that verse…

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