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Passionate Warrior

No longer fair of face or form,

a solitary, lonely guardian peers

into the gathering darkness;

while from the lonely, stony heights,

and braving the approaching storm,

the passionate warrior stands

and braves the biting winds and cold,

and feeling every fear, deciding to be bold.

With vicious, biting winds the onslaught comes

and stinging, icy, deadly rains;

yet stands he pierced, still firmly planted,

while renouncing countless wounds and pains.

A dark host follows on its heels,

a hoard of shadow, lightning, clouds, and thunders,

foreboding fierceness foul reveals all manner

of deceit and lying wonders.

Unyielding to appearances,

he from his post will not be put asunder,

for in the heights of glory knows he

where his spirit dwells –

in spite of anguish, sorrow,

or the devastations of a thousand hells.

© Only a Messenger

November Night

“He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;

He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;

He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers.

He established the earth upon its foundations,

So that it will not totter forever and ever.”

Psalm 104:3-5

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Endurance!

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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Hebrews 11:1-3

Burdens and Plans

This time of year matches the mood of so many of us – often because there are “loud voices” calling on us to look to the right and to the left, that only want us to notice and be afraid of or depressed about the darkness … But that is not the only thing to look at!

Interested in some new but very ancient options? Read more here:

http://www.at-the-crossroad.com/430065897/4266623/posting/burdens-and-plans

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Good Newsflash / Psalm 18:1-3

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Tune in to the radio, the television, the Internet, mainstream sources, or alternative news… it’s not possible to come away from exposure to any of that without a sense that there’s a lot of bad news concerning our corrupt, confusing, and crumbling world. It can, if we let it, cause a sense of hopelessness or helplessness. This is not what our Heavenly Father wants us to have as a focus!

Certainly we need to be aware of what’s going on in the world, but what in the world is going on for heaven’s sake? This is what we need to get hold of. Might we consider taking a higher perspective, a “God’s eye view” of any and all situations?

Dear reader, here is what I have found to be helpful, and offer as a suggestion to you.

A Psalm such as Psalm 18, when prayed in its entirety, or by the use of a few verses – personalized, proclaimed and professed – can work wonders, lifting our hearts and spirits away from all the grim happenings and gloomy specters that haunt the very air we breathe. Singing the Psalms – if you’re so inclined – can be even more helpful.

The world may indeed be a very dark place, but when we can begin to speak or sing God’s truth into it, somehow affirming His grace, good, and glory begins to change the view and the reality. There is power in singing and proclaiming His praises and His truth! For while we are acknowledging Him in this way, in essence we have “gone higher” – into His Presence, which is always now, always here. We needed to be aware of it. To pray and to sing His truth can bring in this awareness.

This can be done in the silence of our inner praying, or the words can be spoken aloud. It’s easy to directly pray many of the Psalms. They can be contemplated, meditated upon, taken to heart, and offered up to the Lord as our own prayers. This one is suitable because it is written in the first person and we can take it to heart and make ot our own that way.

I love You, O Lord, my strength! … You are my fortress and my deliverer! … You are my God, my strength in whom I trust … You are my buckler … You are the horn of my salvation … You are my high tower! … I will call upon You … You are worthy to be praised … Because all of this is true, so shall I be saved from my enemies!

This is perhaps why some Christians have the practice of praying through all the psalms in their entirety once each week! They are potent prayer and praise songs revealing God’s will and how He works, which we need to acknowledge and to contemplate – prayers which so clearly reaffirm how deeply God loves His people, and invites them to call upon Him at all times and in all places.

To pray the psalms is to call out for the wisdom, strength, and almighty power of the Lord to be brought into our “situations” both personal and public, when things seem hopeless – because we need a Good Newsflash in a bad news world. Not just once, but continually.

Let’s also hold onto the related promise of Jesus Himself: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Let His word always be the last word – in any situation, at all times, and in all places.

Hallelujah! Amen

Political “Reality” Show? Just Say No!

While I’m doing my crazy, abstract art (https://studioblaise.wordpress.com) a lot of thoughts arise out of the relaxed state such projects bring. While people might be puzzled as to the “meaning”, it’s always surprising what comes forward for the artist along with the art. It never seems to fail. The following is an example:

It would be so greatly helpful if we’d all start using electronic social media for sharing solution-oriented information instead of all the hand wringing, whining, “the sky is falling” problem fixation, victim glorification… blah blah blah… that goes around and around.

I’m not talking about “Pollyanna Positivity” – stick your head in the sand – everything is beautiful – pretend it isn’t happening posts, or just dwelling on what ticks you off in the way of “ain’t it awful”. I’m talking about innovative, creative life solutions that every INDIVIDUAL human being has the ability to come up with. Maybe THAT is why you and I are here in this world now… Have you thought about that?

Seriously – might it be possible to actually think about, ask for, pray for guidance about, and come up with solutions (other than politics, which is no solution at all but the way we’ve always done it)?… A place to begin might be one’s own life, not the national or international levels of matters. After all, the “history” that REALLY counts is yours and mine, not what “they” want it to be – because “they” want to focus us on what the “upper echelon” wants – which is always to be center stage, in the limelight, and adored by the rest of humankind. Consequently they syphon our energy, our resources, our tax dollars, etc. Hogwash! They are not God or gods! They deserve no adoration whatsoever. Respect – in some cases – yes, but not the adulation this sick sycophantic society has been indoctrinated to bestow upon them!

I think that to a degree we’ve been talked out of living our own life and our own God given creativity (no, not necessarily “art” & that sort of thing, but ideas that could be innovative and refreshing for living), and it could begin with something so simple as taking a little time each day for serious, focused reflection on our own interior landscape, our life, and where that needs to go – not where the powers that wannabe (“PTWB”) would like our attention placed.

There might be a lot of healing (even physical) in this approach – consciously building our own God given “energy containment field” and not letting the PTWB syphon it off.

Solutions, wisdom? “You have not because you ask not” . “Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be made full”! Governments have not proven that they are capable of, or deserving of, our adoration since time began. Eventually they always get the big head and start playing God.

For this reason I’m becoming more and more convinced that it’s time to “leave the auditorium” (as in stop focusing on it!) where this charade is played out over and over again. The focus must be higher than a corrupt system made up of some of the most corrupt people on earth. I’m a non violent person, and this is the most rudimentary non violent solution I can come up with: simply pull the focus back in where it belongs – personal, domestic, local. Screw the international scene and its ship of fools!

Remember, it’s been said, “Where the focus goes the energy flows”. We need to stop wasting it on politics – what Gerald Celente ( www.trendsresearch.com ) calls “show biz for ugly people”. Maybe we could all start entertaining instead the “angel unaware” – the new idea that holds answers, a stranger to the thinking of all too many of us.

That may sound odd, because we’ve just never allowed ourselves the luxury of being anything but a “human resource” for one system or another that doesn’t deserve that kind of power… whether we’re “going against” it or supporting it. It’s never too late to start a different way of thinking. It could bring a whole new experience.

Please – I hope you will consider and ponder these ideas.