Another Martin Luther King day-Now what?


It’s 12:01 AM – another memorial day gone for a humanitarian hero for another year.

Will what he stood for and died for live on, or take hold, or are we just going to continue on and bring up the topic again next year?
Let’s stop mere annual recognition and start clear volition.
Give peace a chance – Peace without pieces.

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Generations


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Generations come and go
Rivers always flow
Lives are changed by who we are
Not by who we know
People searching to be free
Love is always free
It’s already part of you
Simply let it be
Generate the love of God
Love will always flow
Generations come and go
Rivers always flow
Lives are changed by who we are
Not by who we know
Love will always flow

What can I sacrifice?


“What can I sacrifice – when everything has been given to me?”
My greatest gain I count as loss – compared to Jesus on the cross.
Philippians 3:7 “However, what things were gain to me,
these have I counted loss for Christ.”
1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Sacrifice your discontentment for Godliness.
I’m overwhelmed by the depth of His love.
He became a sacrifice for me. What can I sacrifice?

I’m Overwhelmed

I’m overwhelmed – by the depth of your love
and how much you give to me
I’m overwhelmed – by the price that you paid
and gave it to me for free

I’m so in awe of you – at times don’t know what to do
I’m overwhelmed – and I’m starting to see
that you’re overwhelmed with me

I’m overwhelmed – that your mercy endures
and your goodness is there for me

I’m overwhelmed – when my faithfulness fails
that your faith is still with me

I’m overwhelmed – You’re overwhelmed with me
So overwhelmed, that you’re a part of me
I’m overwhelmed – by the depth of your love
and how much you give to me

1Cor.2:12, Romans 8:32ISRAEL & JORDAN 334

Seeing life differently – forever


 

 

 

 

“What experiences have you had that made you see the world differently, forever?”

This is a question asked by a new blogging friend of mine at the closing of their blog. I’ve included mine, for this ever changing world to see.
How about sharing yours, so we may all see the world differently.

I saw the world differently forever :

… When I fell off of a cliff and all I saw were rocks beneath me, but I landed in the water.

When I watched my mother dying of cancer when I was nineteen years old.

When I jumped from a boat, into the water of the Florida Keys for the first time, in scuba gear, and when the bubbles cleared,
I saw colors and life that I didn’t know existed and I was part of them – breathing under the water.

When I watched my sons being born.

When I was born -again and saw Jesus standing in front of me -glowing – pure white, with His arms reaching for me, and my eyes were closed.

When I saw the Northern Lights dance in rhythm to the music we were playing, for an hour, while camping in Northern Pennsylvania.

When I watched the World Trade Center buildings collapse and remembered being at the bottom of them, looking up and also
on top of them, looking down and just gasping and saying: “Lord have mercy.” Then I said: ‘Things are going to be different from now on.”

I saw the world differently forever, when God Himself intervened and stopped me from committing suicide, by showing me His word and His love for me, as I stood alone in a desolate room in a steel mill, twenty two years ago.

I hope that by reading and sharing your experiences, that you and others may see
how life is the same for some of us but also how some events in our lives can make us see life differently, forever. Life is precious. Thanks for sharing yours.


 

The Father’s blessing – a father’s cursing. You are not a failure.


We are pardoned and exonerated by our Father God for our sins, and we forgive the sins of others.  Some of us though, struggle with being  released from the effect of the sins committed upon us.

Words from our natural fathers, linger in our brains.  Some of us may have  actual scars, embedded on our flesh, like a memorial date in bronze, that will never fade away.

Yet we must persevere and move forward each day.     Often the pain surfaces -you gasp for a  breath –  hold back the tears and keep walking.   Only the power of  forgiveness – for you and for another, causes  the memory to dissipate  the pain and let healing come forth.

Holding on to these memories , dwelling on the pain, replaying them at will, with bitterness, hatred and contempt, will never change anything or make you free.

Our heavenly Father has forgiven us and is not angry at us, nor is He replaying memories of our sin or our father’s sins. We should do likewise.

Sins of the fathers are passed down  through the generations. We are all products of our parents and their lack of parenting skills. It is not God’s desire that we live with this pain, rather a plague of  replaying events and  unforgiveness on our parts. Forgiveness is the only thing that breaks the cycle.

Some of us were  paralyzed by the words or actions of an earthly father who made us feel that we’re not good enough. Your Heavenly Father created you to be good enough. You’re not who your natural father  thinks you are.

You are who God says you are. In God’s eyes- through forgiveness, we’re in a place where we can’t do anything wrong – we were created to succeed. Though sometimes the effect of being paralyzed,  interferes with your ability to see yourself able to do anything right.

The key to freedom, is to honor your natural father but serve and  answer to your Heavenly Father. Your natural father, likewise has to follow and answer His Heavenly Father. If he wasn’t following or accountable

to God,  that was the source of the problem. You need to realize and look beyond that fault with forgiveness.

Your natural father, had or has  no insight or proof that you will be a failure.  Ultimately, being your father, if  he thinks you are a failure – how does that make him look – being  the one who raised you?

Why would any one bring  that upon themselves? Do you see  the effect that  this form of delusion and deception can have upon  people?  Someone’s  jealousy, pride and unfulfilled desires don’t make you a failure.

Conversely, someone projecting on to you to be a success by accomplishing their failures, won’t make you a success – only in making them feel better.

Do you grasp the curse –  the pattern – the poison – the dysfunction that is handed down through unforgiveness ?  Especially unforgiveness paired with jealousy or pride.

Failure is not when you don’t  meet another person’s standard of excellence – it’s when something doesn’t sync or reach completion.

The term: “Failure to communicate” is a perfect example. The solution being,  to attain communication or to inquire: “What will make our current dysfunction a success – what can we both or all agree upon?”

Simply making an effort, indicates that you’re not a failure.  When you do become successful,  you’ll be making your father a success by being a success,  by default – he is your father.

What is a success? Following God and doing His will,  makes your character a success, not titles or riches or possessions. Success lives in the heart and mind of a person.

If you do fail at something,  it’s only temporary, until you resolve it.  Realizing that you can fail at something and trying to improve it  nullifies a failure.

How can you be concerned about failing, to a Heavenly Father who doesn’t get angry at you or berate you, but picks you up when you fall?  God loves for us to admit our faults and seek Him for the answers or

finding peace through it.  Blessings lift us up – cursing puts us down. Which are you going to listen to?  Bless those who curse you.?

God  has commanded a blessing be spoken over you and has already spoken a blessing over you. Cursing is delivered by someone who isn’t following God and you are not subject to those curses – they are empty and useless.

You have the right to hear what you want to hear and believe what  you want to believe. Forgive.. Believe you are a success – believe the blessing..

Your only possible failure, would be the failure to believe that.  You will succeed.  I myself, am still working on it – and I’m succeeding at that.

Change is beautiful


Once as I looked up into the starry sky.

I realized that there was more than I can see.

The stars have been in place, before the first man ever saw them.

Forever and to this day -remaining the same.

They have never changed – they watch us change.

Do their shapes speak of the past or are they in shapes

of the things to come?

The seasons change, though they remind us that they will return –

the same – again and again.

Their change stays the same – what a beautiful change.

Change is beautiful.

God, who never changes, is beautiful.

He allows us to change.

One day, we’ll all be the same.