Eyes for Jesus Only

He comes to us in the quiet,

in the Still Small Voice –

something to remember especially during the “noisy” times of year,

and the chaos of such times and epochs as the events of these days.

“Many voices” clamor for our attention,

but there is only one thing needful…

Money Matters. Or Does It?

I’d like to share with you a really good experience I had today. After finishing a brief errand at the grocery store, I’d just finished putting a few groceries in the trunk. I was locked in and tucked away behind the steering wheel, when I noticed a very frightened looking woman (probably around age 40) with no coat on (It’s about 35 here today) approaching my car. She was thin, looked very haggard, and was crying. She approached crying and apologizing for even coming up to the car. It seemed safe, so I cracked the window a bit and asked her if I could help her. She kept repeating how sorry she was to ask for help and even for approaching my car. I assured her it was OK.

Her story was that she lives in a small town quite a distance away, and her husband, who works in Chicago (around 90 miles from here) had taken the wallet and checkbook out of her purse without telling her. She didn’t know about it until she started to get a few things at the store (I suspect it was the Goodwill Store right around the corner). She asked if I had a dollar or two, that it would really help. So I looked in my purse and handed her a $10 bill. She was very, very thankful, and still crying. I told her to just take it and do what she needed with it, and it will all be OK. I promised I would pray for her.

Just this morning the Holy Spirit put me in touch with a lot of scriptures about the love of money and how no one can to serve God and mammon. There were other associated scriptures specifically about not being attached to wealth, and the willingness to bless others. The synchronicity was not lost on me. As she walked away and I started the car, my heart just went out to her. I checked the rearview mirror in the direction she had come from. She was nowhere to be seen.

The words of Jesus drifted into my mind: “As much as you have done unto one of the least of these, you’ve done it unto Me!”

Additionally earlier in the morning, when I was browsing through Christmas cards, there was one with a golden retriever on it that said, “It is more blessed to give than to RETRIEVE.” Point taken! God’s sense of humor is clearly top drawer. So it seemed like I was more than given the hints and prepared. Then came the opportunity.

It’s been a very good day!

Although teary eyed and prayerful all the way home from the store, I also felt more elated than I have in a long time to experience the realness of God in this way. Maybe things like this happen to a lot of people, but most of the time I find that must go along on faith, without a lot of obvious occurrences like this one.

I’m not sharing this in order to get points for standing on the street corner with a trumpet, to announce my “almsgiving”, but to share what for me was an event of amazing synchronicity, divinely set up, to be able to share with someone who was really in a pinch. Something that doesn’t happen every day. (Maybe if I’d pay attention better, it would.) Who knows, as we once again approach the “Holly Daze” where so many people go into panic mode, if there will be more opportunities to provide a bit of relief? It always seems more meaningful when the opportunity comes walking up like that than it does when “relief” organizations with a lot of overhead come making their appeal to our guilty consciences.

What if we could just get into the habit of blessing in tangible ways all the time? In fact, such opportunities may be only a practice run for the other things Jesus asks of us, such as, “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:33-35)

“… freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

Considering that depth of expressing His love, I have long way to go.

Related Scriptures:

1 Timothy 6:5-10
Psalm 37:16,17
Matthew 6:24-34
Luke 16:14,15
Psalm 49:6,7
Mark 10:24,25
Matthew 19:23,24
Luke 18:18-30
2 Corinthians 6:10
Matthew 8:18,19
Philippians 2:3-8

Light Shining in Darkness

“Black Friday”. Those very words prime the mind with a sort of hypnosis to anticipate darkness. Christ-less. Commercial. Gloomy. Wintery. Pressured. Stressed. Complicated. It is like that for many people. What will it mean for you? Go to link for some ideas:

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November Becoming December

A little piece of art combining some poetry and digital design – in praise of our wonderful Creator’s blessings in nature – sunset, treetops, soft colors, a feeling of anticipation in the air, and an unseasonably warm November. Thank You, Heavenly Father!

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Blessings, dear visitors. Thank you for stopping by.

Memorializing The Noble Cause

Prefacing remarks: I proceed with a heavy heart and mixed feelings, but every time there’s a military holiday, this message or one similar to it rises to the surface. This post isn’t a particularly “religious” one, but that aspect of things plays into the narrative. There’s a back story to history that every person owes it to himself and those he loves to grasp. It has to do with a hidden cast of characters acting as managers of the stage of this little world…

What I have to say at the outset by no means is meant to disparage any veteran. Every one of us (yes, I’m a Veteran, USAF, Viet Nam Era) had a way of perceiving “the noble cause” the way it’s been presented to us – as “fighting for ‘our’ freedoms”. We were all rallied to the support of “the noble cause”, if indeed some of us weren’t drafted against our will – or were even dumb enough to think that being “chosen” to be a drafted sacrifice was a good thing.

OK, first off, let’s get our military holidays straight. (Or maybe it’s not politically correct to use the word “straight” anymore in this context?)

Memorial Day (end of May on whichever day will provide people – especially legislators – with a paid day off as well as a long weekend) commemorates military personnel (currently known as “human resources” in all “corporate military complex” settings) who have become sacrifices (as in died) for “the noble cause” (whatever the cause actually is, which remains nebulous once you understand how things actually work here on Earth).

Veterans’ Day (November 11) is for Veterans still alive after their time in the military is finished, as well as those who no longer inhabit a body, or those who died in line of duty. It’s a catch all day of “remembering” persons who have been in the military.

Ever notice how much conflict and death are celebrated on Planet Earth? Does anybody ever question the assumption about the “nobility” of the cause for which people sign up to… die? Take a stroll through any park, and you will see one military monument or memorial after another. Do you ever wonder why LIFE cannot be celebrated with equal if not greater gusto?

Tell me once more WHOSE freedom our young people serve, fight, and die for? Is is really the freedom of the American people, or is it the freedom of globalist elites, bankers, corporations, and their minions to make money doing business and politicking as usual? … Or something even more nebulous which they report to?

Step back a moment. Ask the hard questions. Dare to challenge your perception of narrative. Actually observe what goes on beneath the surface of what the side show mainstream media, Hollywood talking heads, and “authority figures” tell you that you should see. They have woven a narrative that is best spelled illusion.

Unsettling? Yes. But truth ultimately afflicts the comfortable as much, if not more, than it comforts the afflicted. And that’s as it should be. We have to question everything, including ideas we’ve all been taught to blindly uphold. And it is time for the really comfortable who have gleaned the advantage through the enslavement of Humankind to become very afflicted. It is time for them to reap the harvest of all they have sown for generations, if not millennia. And quite honestly, I think they know it, so they’re running scared because the day of their accounting has arrived. So they’re ramping up their agenda.

Don’t take this wrong. I’m not another “Hanoi Jane”. I love my country and would still come to its defense – if I was convinced that’s what I was actually doing instead of playing international police force. But the question to ask is, what is our military (or any other military for that matter) used for?

Fifteen years (this go round) of endless war started by the “Bush League” has been perpetuated by the Obama administration. They just pass the baton, one party to the next. They create the “problem” to rally the troops and watch the public reaction, then provide the solution. The solution is always another war, bypassing congressional approval and funded by tax dollars which were also not approved by those who foot the bill. At the end of the day, it costs John Q. Public dearly, in terms of our wealth (taxation!) and the shedding of our dearest blood. And all it does is feed the greed of the wealthiest world bankers and their cronies and bloodlines.

Does that sound like “defending our freedoms” to you?

Just as these young men and women are about to take their places on the stage of life, something called “military duty” comes along and supplants and suppresses it, dramatically changing the dynamic of their directions and dreams, all too often to the point of death.

And now “they” are talking about re-instituting the draft, to also include our beautiful daughters whose loving hand is intended to rule the world as it once did by rocking the cradle. This is a travesty and an affront and an insult to the dignity and beauty of our daughters! For a woman’s strongest motivation is nurture, not to have a gun put in her hand to become a murderer! This is yet another move at dishonoring young women, and all young women need to comprehend this for what it really is, instead of buying into feminist bravo sierra rhetoric!

But we keep buying into the hype. And when some of us question “the noble cause” of fighting for God and country – because we are convinced that 1) God doesn’t need to be defended with ammo and tech, and 2) that it may not after all be our country’s freedom we’re fighting for, but some other hidden, nefarious agenda entirely – we are shunned as cowards, traitors, and “conspiracy theorists”. Because we resist the general acquiescence to the idea of “playing nice” and going along with “this is how we’ve always done it”, without stopping to think about the fact that we’re surrendering our finest and most promising to the foolery of a cult of death, demanding covert Human sacrifice under the guise of “the noble cause” of “defending our freedoms”!

So be it, if you don’t want to look at things as they are. But know this: this writer is not among those who claim to be “pro life” but then defends war. Both abortion and war are assaults on the children of humanity, and should be banned as murderous. If you are pro life, you should speak out against war! It is time that Humanity put away its swords and beat them into plowshares. Yet the powers that be understand that if you can get a society to acquiesce to the murder of innocents in the form of abortion, it should be no problem to get them to go to war to murder their peers.

Humanity would undoubtedly do this, since we’ve been set up as cannon fodder for elite interests and bear the brunt of the burden, in terms of suspension of life and liberty, if the majority could understand what they’re really fighting and sacrificing for!

I can see having a standing and ready army to defend our nation internally, with strong boundaries, and our Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, but we should refuse to participate in this folly of war for the sake of the interests of multi national banks and corporations, or foreign interests of any sort.

Why else do so many Veterans come home as Human wreckage? They began to understand what “you’re in the army now” really means, signed on the dotted line, sworn an oath, and could not quit their “job” without being labelled deserters and traitors! The oath meant one thing to them, but quite another to those to whom they swore it! But that doesn’t hit home until that aha moment when you scream, “What the hell am I doing here?!” And then when they come home from defending “the noble cause of ‘our’ freedom”, the government they served will not even keep its part of the bargain and take care of their health needs! That is the kind of trash we’ve allowed to take over our United States of America.

No wonder the rest of the nations of the world hate us. They can see right through what American stooges for some reason cannot comprehend, and they laugh at the buffoonery of our so called leaders, in a two-party system which in truth serves one agenda and one set of overlords through cunning and coercion. (Story for another day.)

I hope this will make you, dear reader, at least start to question the narrative. Yes, it may make you feel a little crazy at first. But once that clears, one discovers that one prefers a “No Bull Cause” to “the noble cause” any day.

First Thoughts 2016

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It would appear that we all like to sing “How Great Thou Art” to ourselves, to “strut the stuff” of our good deeds, our good positions on just about everything, our self righteousness… to be seen before others as “good” people.

However, the truth of the matter is –

“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.” (Oswald Chambers, The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed, 669 L)

Maybe 2016 means more work to do outside the public image. Or does it mean more of our own “goodness” – of which we’re so proud – to be surrendered? …

Silently. In secret. In His Presence. If it doesn’t happen, “opportunities” may be divinely provided so that it can.

Welcome to the Edge Of Forever as it unfolds in 2016.

2 Corinthians 10:18 “For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”

Matthew 6:18 “that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:4 “so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Fear Not

Fear not, for I Am with you. Even if you are going through the consequences of your foolishness, I ever seek to draw you to Me.

Come to Me, you who are weary. I always stand ready to lift you up out of the burdens of darkness, back into the Light for which you were created in the first place. Come to Me; learn from Me, for I Am with you.

If you acknowledge that I Am everywhere present, then you know that I Am now here, and it cannot be otherwise – although your dimmed perceptions and the voices of chaos and darkness tell you that I am nowhere to be found.

But again I say, fear not, for I Am with you.

Look to Me; I Am here to set you free to be in Me. Have you not called Me Emmanuel – God with us? And so I Am. Come to Me. Know Me. Learn of Me. I do not condemn, for I Am unconditional Love Who has come looking for My beloved. I Am Love that sets free, heals, and restores you. That is all I want – to love you as you were meant to be loved!

Fear not, for I Am with you. Look for Me, and you will see Me. Turn around and look. I Am with you.