If She Could Turn Back Time

It has been almost 11 months since I have blogged here! Like our friend Cher belts out “if I could turn back time…”! It is true, many of my musical quips are locked and loaded in the 80’s. I have missed reading and writing da Blog with you all. I must mention how apropos the Waiting on the Lord post from Mitch Teemely was. We are generally impatient in waiting for His good timing! A lot truly went down in the last calendar year. Two jobs ended (sorry to admit it, but grateful I am free from both!), a close friendship ended, and miscellaneous complications thereof! That is the true Reader’s Digest of the last year. The 2nd job was an all-consuming one, my boss was pretty good overall (just one of those meat grinder type of jobs that runs you over). Close to landing the next spot, so I thought I would throw down some words.

Lest someone hear complaint in the words, I am full of liberty and freedom. I didn’t say it was easy to get free, but….! I see opportunity like never before in the liberty of God. What is your time and freedom worth? Life has a balance in it, and here in our American freedom I find imbalance! Here is a song that the lyrics describe my processing. The whole song paints a little different picture, but these lyrics speak to the heart of it! The Ongoing Concept ‘places you go’.

Places you have been make you who you are
(You can make a difference now)
Places you will go make you who you will become

Places you have been make you who you are
(make you who you are, make you who you are)
Places you will go make you who you will become
(who you will become, who you will become)

I find myself continually grateful for what I go through (whether hard or easy) as it shapes my future and gives me experience to share with others when they face similar situations. It is important for all who tell the story of their own lives also. A few more lines from the song:

Get up off the ground
You can make a difference now
Get up off the ground

Another phrase that pays in my world today is “get free”! I am looking forward to the coming months of diving back into all the expressive overflows. Blessings to all readers and writers, I have missed you!

R.W.B. Pearls 10-25-17

Can YOU follow ME where I go? Will YOUR need to know keep YOU out of ‘the know’? MY loved ones know when I AM moving and when I AM staying. YOUR destiny (where YOUR going) is created with people…NOT by people!!!

In MY kingdom there are only servants & lords- What have I said of the first and the last?

R.W.B. Pearls 10-16-17

 

This is a piece that I was inspired to write down amidst many circumstances of my life over the past few months thru others I know. It is for those facing life with hard circumstances and seeing God within those…

ARE YOU ENOUGH?

When the family came apart because of selfish choices

When the best place for my son was to stay in jail

Are You enough….to take away the tears

…to just hold me together

…to gently whisper answers I need

When my true love loses the battle to disease

As the sun sets on another day of me begging please

Are You enough…to take away this pain

…to bring Wisdom’s answers again

If your not enough then something is certainly wrong

There was no one else there before the first dawn

Too many folks keepin’ their perspectives and not ditchin’ their issues…

The truth of life is we can’t handle or control any of it to start with…but we can cry out to Him for help each step of the way.

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R.W.B. pearls

Pearls of wisdom mean different things to different people. What pearls mean to me personally is ‘what I keep’. We all face challenges just living this life. I am not one for random events, but a purpose driven existence. While I see why others get the pearls they do, I have found and experienced mine (pearls) to come from my Creator (the God of the Bible). While I know many have misused God for their own gain, it doesn’t change what is true. I also understand many debate ‘what is Truth’. The God I have come to know shreds debate every time…everyone must make a decision about who He is.

I believe sharing what we learn and keep helps others. What I feel led to share are from the moments of revelation and clarity. Even if you are not a believer, I hope it shines light your way to see God. I will be randomly posting these tidbits for what they are…something I keep!

Good Government is Possible! Like…a good car or a good marriage.

 

But You Have To Know What Most People Don’t, & Believe It Can Happen!

 

Did you know?

  1. Our US congress can tell the US Supreme Court they do not have jurisdiction on certain issues, like what is marriage, or when life begins? It’s in the Constitution.
  2. The Congress has done that in just recent history, but only about brush fires!
  3. Judges who “legislate from the bench” can be impeached for a crime? Even lower gov’t levels can pass laws that say, “Judges who make rulings based on opinions or case law that are not based on the intended meaning of legally approved laws AND state & federal constitutions may be found guilty of a crime & removed (impeached) from office.”
  4. Married men compared to single men based on recent US statistics:
    • Earn more money with a high school diploma, than singles with a college degree!
    • On the average are in much better health & live much longer than single men.

 

Married men have better relationships with their children than single fathers

 

  • Have better relationships with their children than single fathers.
  • Say they are more satisfied with sex, than singles who cohabit!

 

 

Married men are more satisfied with sex than singles who cohabitation

 

  1. The point of the above is that just based on statistics, gov’t should encourage & not discourage marriage!
  2. Single men compared to every other population group:
    • Are in prison the most.
    • Dominate mental institutions.
    • Commit almost all violent crimes.
    • Are more likely to die of violent crimes or accidents.
    • Are more likely to die of ordinary disease in their age group than married men.
    • Are more likely to be addicts or mentally ill.

Single men are more likely to have

  • Are more likely to have anger management problems or be terrorists.
  1. Absent fathers are very common with single fathers producing children who are:
    • Much more likely drug users.
    • Much more likely mentally ill
    • Much more likely to commit suicide.
    • Much more likely to drop out of school young.
    • Much more likely to never get a diploma or degree.
    • Much more likely to have lower income.
    • Much more likely to have children outside of marriage.
    • Much more likely to produce children with an absent father & repeat the cycle.
  2. The point of all the previous two points, is that statistically unmarried men are the root of nearly every societal problem. Just based on indisputable statistical facts, good government should always judge every law or policy on whether it supports marriage or whether it hinders marriage.
  3. Shouldn’t voters vote for candidates who say that every law & gov’t policy should be kept or dumped according to whether it supports or hinders marriage & healthy families?
  • According to “The Story of Liberty”; which is based on real historical truth, our US gov’t is the first in history to give so much liberty & the freedom to the “pursuit of happiness” to most of its citizens. It was a real revolution in human government, but it fell short of curing social ills, because government & education policies have helped destroy the family instead of encouraging & supporting it.

 

We need a new movement that demands that government work & understand its purpose is to protect, encourage, & strengthen the foundation of society (family) with permanently committed (married) fathers & mothers raising children who are happy, healthy, & able to repeat the same good cycle.

Introducing a new Block member!

The original inspiration God gave me for this blog thing was a batch of raw writers producing for Him (and inspired only from Him). I have to be honest, I have nothing great to write without Him…just A.D.D. babble that no one will want to read!! The first official member of the Block is Greg. I have been in a prayer group with Greg for a year and a half now. Greg has passions that are unique that he wants to share. I am guessing he will never run out of material because his area of focus is on good government!! When Greg speaks, I find myself chewing deeply into what he says as God inspires him. The minute Greg approves his first offering, I will release his writing about government, leadership, and Kingdom.

Consumption DYSfunction

 

Consumption is a key part of our life. Sure, you can be anti-consumption, but there is always going to be someone more militant against it than you! The kick back is because life isn’t all about that (but don’t alert the rest of the Americans). No, this isn’t a diatribe on the American economy (insert favorite pun jokes here)…it isn’t about a kinder, gentler earth…or even about the plight of mankind itself. This is actually about relationship (men, please come back!). Men, it’s safe on this one, not the touchy, feely stuff today. Consumption is a relationship to ourselves and what lies in the recesses of our hearts at times.

In my randomly unenlightened look back of history, it seemed that a majority of ‘the stuff’ was set aside for the kings and wealthy few (usually friends of the king). Even then there were pitfalls for the mighty. The king wakes up one day and says “oh, what do we haveth here!” to his servant. His servant replies, “it wouldst appear the evil king of the North stoketh the flame to cook thy head…my dear king!!” All the greats good and evil may have had good runs, but mostly ended in some sort of tragedy or scandal. The influence of each had its limits as well. The main point to draw out is consumption is quite temporary in our lives. Christmas is a prime example: when my daughter was little, she would be so excited…get the toys unwrapped, play awhile with them. Only hours later the cool looking box would be made into something else and it was kept longer than the toy itself!

I personally believe with all my heart we must enjoy our days on this planet. I see many people who never will be happy, and their lives reflect that. It is why we consume so much news. I am a recovered news junkie (and yes…politics too). I learned of both arenas: take 10 years off of all of it, come back in 10 years…still the same deal! It is quite similar to soap operas. I will be walking by a tv and see Victor and think ‘dang, that dude is still on there!’ We can all complain about media in every form, but at most levels it reflects who we are and want to be. If you want or need to be afraid, cable news is like a best friend to you! I have witnessed people who watch so much news they are practically afraid to leave the house. “If I am not careful how I drive to the grocery store, ISIS may find me”.

If we believe we are created and for purpose, how can we allow the madness to overtake us? We are here only because we are created. God designed us this way, to only be able to enjoy life in the balance of good things. If we are obsessive it becomes about me (most people’s favorite topic). Much like our pet dog chasing his tail around in a circle faster and faster! I do wonder what a dog thinks he will achieve in that little game he perpetuates. There is one man who lived thousands of years ago who was and is the king of indulgence and yes consumption. If you read all the words of King Solomon and Ecclesiastes, how could you be more of a consumer than he? Sure, in this modern era consumption is a different ballgame…but doesn’t it all boil down to the same soul holes? We look here and we look there, simply trying to enjoy our lives by pursuing more. Do you ever ask yourself ‘when am I satisfied?’

In this question is part of the dysfunction: why am I not satisfied yet? Human nature plays a part and even though we are born with it (and He created humans), is contrary to God’s nature. Can you see the need for dependency on Him in that? Oh, we all do it: ‘this is great, I want more and more of it’. This is the base operation within human nature for addiction, obsession, power, murder, and on she goes. This is leading to a question I have asked myself recently: why am I not content and enjoying life better? What do I feel is missing that I have to chase? If you are a Christian, these are tough questions to entertain! I find the hope in the examples of Solomon and Jesus. Solomon soaked it all in and found that his days were limited and God had the best plans. Jesus showed each of us how to live and love others with little focus on ourselves.

This is no doubt a big subject that may require more parts, but is a good stopping point to introduce what He may say with it. Thanks for reading!

Rootorch

 

These roots have pulled me down repeatedly. They are attached to my walk(ing) like a bungee cord is to my body. They stay nourished and draw life from me like a weed thieves life from an otherwise healthy plant. The toxins below the surface are hard to visualize. I have been pruned many times, but to no use…it produces its own off shoots! In many ways it makes me feel even less because I am without a core above the ground, but controlled by what is below. What the rich soil around me cannot accomplish is feeding my pure food. Everything is through these toxic roots that need uprooted first!

For so long I focused on what was the root of my problem. Now I, a weakened plant am immune to Miracle Grow and the normally adequate sources of water and sun. “If I can just get rid of these toxic roots that hold me down. Perhaps I will have to wait until my regeneration comes to be a whole and renewed plant.” So I walk on, but never too far as I rubber band back to the source roots. These source roots are different for each plant that is affected this way. All of our dark friends are here: fear, rejection, anger, lust, feeling invisible, unworthy…you know all those darkies and can add a hundred!

So I cry out to the Giver of my life: “Help me to remove these roots, I can’t move away from them!” I see His advice on what to do next. I hear a small voice say “build a fire”. I think to myself “that is a strange requirement to remove deep seated roots from me, that is for sure!” I honor the request honestly wondering how this will work. I stretch out my bungee like cord as far away from me as I can so as not to burn me…a tender plant in the process. I stand back as it burns. I look down in my normal posture…all these years I have focused down at these roots, the one thing that holds me here!! But the Giver speaks louder…”turn your gaze upwards My plant…see Me come!”

For the first time in many years I look up and see what is coming…I am struck with awe. An enormous hand reaches down from the heavens…I stretch my bungee in the opposite direction of the fire to be out of the way of everything coming. The Hand of the Giver powerfully plunges into the earth disturbing the soil all around my roots. He uproots them entirely freeing me from all these dark friends that took from me all these years. The bungee snaps and I feel a new freedom that I have never really felt! I am now free to dance in the wind, look up to the Son, and go everywhere He, the Giver takes me. The fire burning hotter than before consumes all the roots that used to be…me.