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Have I knot commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

That Perfect Day!

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Welcome To The Future

Back_to_future2_sm_tThe future is here. Were you expecting it?
 
I know I wasn’t. One day, many years ago, (30 to be exact) in a theater near everyone, a movie came out that predicted a little bit about what life might look like today. We can now watch it at home on VHS, I mean DVD, wait no, Blue Ray, or simply just live stream it over the internet. However we view our media, it is always fun to take a look at what we thought the future might look like, and maybe think to ourselves about what our future might hold. Auto lace sneakers, and REAL hover-boards are just a few fun fantasies that might one day become a reality.
 
It is fun to see where we came from, and where we are going. Personally, as exciting as flying cars might sound, I think it would be disastrous… people can barely drive on roads…oh well. Maybe we can set that up on Mars. You see, the world is always changing, and the future is here before you know it, so make it awesome, because it can be!
 
Oh and remember, no matter what we think the future holds, we have a God who holds our future. He said so.
 
Jeremiah 29:11
 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Scared to Death

Scared_to_death_sm_tAre you Scared? You should be.
 
That is the question that has been presented many times throughout literary writings, thematic plays and movies.
 
You should be scared, there is plenty to be scared of. Everywhere you look there is danger. Cars are dangerous. People die in horrific accidents everyday. Guns… don’t get me started on guns. Some people are so scared of them that they would have us believe even catching a look at a gun is dangerous. Almost as if the inanimate object would just start firing by itself. Health. Eat this and you will die… never-mind that your parents ate it and they outlived their parents. Don’t even get me started on kids… don’t let them leave your site. There is a creepy guy who wants to grab them waiting just around the corner. Then there is the other one who wants to sell them drugs, and their pears, at school, that will bully them into a massive heap of emotional turmoil. Their teachers are all horrible people who want to teach them some insane common standard that turns them all into mindless government zombies…Zombies that can’t do simple math…because it’s not simple anymore. Common Core Zombie Apocalypse. AHHHAaha!!! Ok, that last one is a little overkill, but nevertheless, it is something to be afraid of.
 
Speaking of the apocalypse, did you know that the end of the world is coming? It is! We are reminded of that every single day it seems. Something bad is going to happen that will end it all, make everything worse. It could be anything, the economy, the terrorist, the environment, some massive super volcano is getting ready to blow its top any day now and all of us are doomed.
 
There is so much to be afraid of. With the coming of age of social platforms fear seems even more prevalent. I used to not know every time someone got hurt halfway around the world. I never saw the everyday messes that so many people find themselves in. I would never know about lions getting shot, or stupid teens driving drunk around my town, then posting it to social media, but now, it’s in our faces, every day, day in, day out. We can turn it off, but someone in our circle is right there to turn it back on, to tell us, to let us in on the fear that they fear. So much fear, surrounding us, inviting us to dive into it, even drown in it.
 
STOP. Breath in, Breath out. Breath in again. Take a moment and pause.
 
My understanding of the world makes me afraid, but there is a better way.
 
While doing a little research for this article I found out that phrase “fear not” Or it’s equivalent in “non” King James translations, appears in the bible 365 times. Wow! That’s incredible! It shows up one time, for each and every day of the year. Coincidence do to translation?…Maybe, but if it is a coincidence, what an amazing one.  That means that God, the Great I AM was constantly telling us not to be afraid. He doesn’t want us to live in fear, to worry or fret. He wants us to be free, to live, to love, to share. After all, what do we have to loose.
 
A great man once told me that fear was never a good reason to do, or not do something important. I thought that he was pretty smart, and that was a wise point, so I married him.
 
God has a great message for us too. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be so scared of everything that you don’t do anything. Know that He is God. Live well, live free, and Fear Not!
 
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
 
Isaiah 41:10
 

Pure At Heart


 
Is there too much gunk in our hearts for them to be pure?
 
I definitely struggle with gunk, and junk filtering through my heart. Most people don’t know that I like just about every type of music, but one of my favorite types is Hip-hop. Something about the passion, energy, and force of the spoken poetry rhyming with the beet of of a great track, makes me want to dance. It can be so honest to what people really feel; angry, sad, powerful. I love that passionate emotion that is not held back. What I don’t like is the negative messages that are prevalent throughout many of the main stream artist lyrics. To me, it’s gunk. If I listen to it, I find myself wanting to cuss, wanting to be more angry and aggressive, even being more selfish. None of those things are reflected in a pure heart. I want to have a pure heart, even more then I want to listen to one of my favorite genres of music. My desire should be to flush out all of the grit and grime of the world and all of it’s “gunk” and focus on the things that will make me clean.
 

With that being said, I try my best to avoid those things that are gunky; movies that glorify evil, songs that express hatred, and anything that steals my heart away from truth. Do I always succeed? Nope! Not even close. So, I keep trying. I truly want all the things that are inside me to be clean. Having a pure heart means that I will see God…and WOW, that’s a way better place then any lyrical arrangement could ever bring me.
 
Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
 

What is that?

 

I love the earth, the beauty of nature all around us. That is probably why most of my photos are of God’s Glorious Creation, in all of it’s spender, mystery, majesty and power. My quote, at least the one I like to use on my e-mail has been the same for years. “I’ll never paint the sky as He who made it”. That’s how I feel about the awe inspiring, and often times breathtaking dance of color, light, texture, and sound that create the ultimate 3D experience known as life.

 

I have often found myself thanking God for a flower, a tree, or a sunrise, even more likely, a sunset because I don’t usually get up that early. Do I celebrate earth day. Yes I do, every day. Not to preach about how foolish man can be, and how destructive to the very place we live and depend on. I think there are many people who can do that with much more authority then I. Just for the record, I do not hug trees, at lest not many. I prefer to climb them, or sit under their shade.

 

The picture above is one I captured of something foreign, almost alien, but yet somehow it belongs. It is unique, bold, sharp, and special. Much like most of creation it has a purpose. Mysterious or not, it was made for a reason. My question, however, is…What is that?