XMAS EXPLAINED


“XMAS EXPLAINED”

A recent survey disclosed why XMAS is the most wonderful time of the year.

Xtra food is at it’s peak.
Xternal coverings are the most popular gifts
Xcuses for having to leave are the most numerous
Xpressions on the face are priceless
Xit plans are at an all time high
Xtreme drinks are drunk to the Xtreme
Xplanations of careers, sexual preference, and even your Xistence
X-favorite dishes are created abundantly
X-partners are celebrated
Xmas next year is looked forward to by all

Do you have any X’s to add? Please feel free to share them.

Merry Xmas!

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“Surrounded by His love” Poetic devotions


Book Photo

Thank you to those who have been following my blog and welcome, to those who are just viewing for the first time.
My book “Surrounded by His Love” is available to anyone who would like to have it shipped to them, by using the link below.
The book is 150 pages. Thank you and if you find this book inspiring, please tell your friends. Help me spread the message of love.

How this book came to life

Twenty three years ago, Mark was divorced and lost his family of a wife and his two sons.

 Believing the lie that he was a complete failure and fighting suicidal thoughts, one day the enemy of his soul told him the perfect lie, saying that he can’t even commit suicide right.

“I’ll show you” Mark  said.  Feeling loveless and unloved and hanging by one finger from  the crane in  the steel mill where he worked and seconds from letting go – God sent an Angel that stepped between him and death and said: “Enough.” God introduced Himself  to Mark that day and he has been with Him ever since.  That was Divine intervention. Worldly mercy is not equal to Godly mercy. The world and the enemy will yell “jump!” and watch your demise.  God will change you and give you  life.

         Why did God save a hopeless, sinning, Godless failure from ending his life?

Love- unending love.

He knew that twenty three years from that day, He would bring to life a book about His love, from Mark’s expressing his love for God through poetry and song, for saving his life and to share his  experiences with all of His people. A book that shares how God took a man with no will to live and turned him into an instrument of His love, for all to hear and to  be drawn near to Him.

Mark’s   hope is  that this book is living proof  that it was God’s intention for him to write it and for you to bear witness  and realize the power of His love that is also there for you, even if you think you don’t deserve it.

Enjoy the simplicity of the messages of God’s love in these writings and use the book as a devotional,  with all of the scripture references  added to each one. May God bless you with a new revelation of His love for you through Mark’s revelation of God’s love for him and his love for God.

You may click on this PAYPAL link  below.to order the book – thanks, Mark

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“Just Be”


ME

 

 

 

 

 

I can be just who I am and just ‘ be’ and that’s enough. Can anyone else just ‘ be’?
Sometimes all of the doing messes up our being. ME

So Many


 

 

So many words – I can’t say them all

So many tears – I can’t cry at all

So many ways – to tell you how I feel

 

So many times – I go round and round

So many rhymes – I can’t write them all down

So many pages – an author, never done

And I want – so many

And I love – so many

Try to find – so many

Can’t find one

 

And I’ve tried – so many

Tried to hide – so many

Looked inside – so many

More than one

 

So many lost – don’t know where to go

So many found – that may never show

So many ways – yet so many delays

When will it be done?

When will so many be one?

 

 

 

 

Life is like an obstacle course


 

 


A Father took his struggling child to a grave yard full of tomb stones and pointed to it and said:

“Run through here as fast as you can” The child replied:”I can’t run through there, I may run into one and get hurt.

“So what’s the answer, the Father asked?”
“If I go slow and work my way around them, I’ll be OK.” “Exactly- the Father said.”
“Do you see all of those obstacles in there?”  “The only people on this Earth that don’t have to deal with those, are the ones underneath them.”
Obstacles make you smarter and stronger. Live with them and learn from them.

Help free the children from sex slavery


 

 

Twenty tears ago, I wrote an editorial to my local paper, as I was appalled by what I had read about child sexual abuse. Through the years, up to the present,

I wrote a song, pleading to God to save the children, attended a conference concerning human trafficking and child sexual abuse, viewed several documentaries about it,

then wrote a couple of blogs on the subject. The problem hasn’t gotten any better but worse.

Today I saw a show addressing the issue which had actual victims and a phone conversation with an imprisoned man who was  found guilty of selling children for sex, one of which was given by the parents.

The man didn’t deny that he did it and said he was wrong –  asking forgiveness. He then attempted to dodge questions by saying that the girl in question was not 14 years old but

16 and that he didn’t beat her (badly? ) The woman showed scars on her body.  He said he wasn’t a (bad) pimp but just a pimp. The interviewer hung up the phone.

A detective present at the show stated that they try to help the girls, rather than arrest them and that the people guilty of selling children for sex aren’t caught or go to trial because apparently there is no law against

free enterprise or selling whatever you want to – including children. The detective stated that the problem is so large now, that the focus is more on just rescuing the children, not prosecuting the crime.

Pennsylvania, the state I live in, was highlighted as one of the worst states for child sex crimes.  Since the time of Moses and probably before, children have been targeted, abused, victimized, sacrificed  and killed.

Apparently some people, the government and even the parents don’t care. Children are cast out into the desert to be eaten by wolves and vultures who are  under the guise of being human.  People want sex – people want

money and  they don’t care how or who they get it from.

There are problems in the home, in the parenting, in discipline, in the legal system, in government, in the perverted hearts of the people who originate, sell and buy these human trafficking services that abuse and scar these

children for life. I am appalled that our governments , foreign and domestic along with the United nations don’t just step up and put an end to it. Who determines what is priority?

There is no time to discuss which political party will get the credit for stopping it – just stop it. It has nothing to do with Republican or Democratic, Foreign affairs or Religion or tradition. It has everything to do with freeing

innocent children from lust filled , money craving, evil people who will sell you if you give them the chance. There are private groups trying to help these children but there need to be laws enforced world-wide at a

governmental level. Children have rights as human beings and are supposed to be  protected by laws as minors. Yet it seems that some of the sellers have laws protecting them as being in free enterprise.

I say to that: “Free the children!”  I’m appalled that we even have to ask our governments about this, but would you please make an effort to communicate with your government officials concerning freeing children from sex

slavery and putting away the people who buy and sell children – before , God forbid, that someone tries to legalize it. God, save the children.. Thank you – the children will thank you.

 

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.