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Can You Hear the Cries of the Fatherless?

20 Jan

My heart has always been for kids. Not so much as a kid, but after I had my own it was over.

Growing up in a divorced setting myself, I always took special care to make sure they knew mine were loved. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort but you have to be intentional about it.

Mainly all they wanna know is that you’re interested. Kids internalize just about everything. If you don’t spend time investing emotional capital into their young lives they’ll find it elsewhere.

Somebody will pick up on that and end up becoming their primary source of information. It needs to be you bud.

I know maybe nobody showed you how, or worse yet raised you to believe that men don’t think about such things . . . not to over analyze, but you’ve got a solemn obligation to them and to society to be there.

Our culture is slowly veering out of control because fathers and their kids aren’t connecting anymore. Manhood is almost viewed as adolescent behavior, something our culture needs to grow out of. But true manhood is what holds it all together.

Roll up your sleeves and get busy man will ya? 👊😯

What is manhood?

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Here’s to New Beginnings

7 Jan

I’m super excited about this new path I’m on. I’m still an aspiring Author . . . but we all need something to anchor to. Even the Apostle Paul supported himself as a tentmaker.

My family’s been in the wood flooring business for over a century. I love working with wood, I didn’t see any other path for myself to be honest.

I watched as the industry continued to grow and expand but I couldn’t keep up with it anymore . . . and opportunities were dwindling for a 48 year old man with arthritis.

I was scared to death.

Outside of the book I never thought about branching out into other directions. I’d worked as a professional apartment painter for a while but when the work ran out I had to find somewhere else to play, so I went back with what I was familiar with.

“Painting,” isn’t much of a challenge for me but professional painting is a different beast. There were a lot of fine tuning skills, in terms of production that I just didn’t possess, and it’s really hard to get an apprentice gig with a painting outfit. There’s SO much competition!

But God knew what He was doing. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He’s got our lives all planned out.

Psalm 51:1-6 Have mercy on me oh God, according to Your steadfast love, according to Your abundant mercy. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You would be justified in Your words and blameless in Your judgements.”

The Great Flat Earth Deception

1 Jan

About a year ago, a former business associate began looking into the flat earth theory. At first it was innocent, just a guy digging around on YouTube for information, but it’s morphed into a dangerous delusion. He’s a Seventh Day Adventist, I can work with that in terms of the Christian faith and non-essentials. I’m all about some unity when appropriate, but something started to shift in his thinking.

I felt constrained to speak up but I knew it would cause an issue so I just kept my mouth shut. He’d already lost all of his friends (literally like, don’t call me anymore), and besides who was I to critique his personal choices? This is America after all (and I was on his payroll). However, he started quoting the book of Enoch as gospel and twisting scripture around to align with his new illumination.

Then came the, “videos.” He spent $1000.00 on camera equipment and became obsessed with close up images of stars and time lapsed photography of the sky. It wasn’t long before he completely lost his grip on reality. He now considers himself a prophet sent by God to spread the message to unbelievers. He holds the earth as not only being flat, but that it’s a never ending plane. 😶 The only thing stopping us from venturing out further is a giant ice wall that surrounds the continents, heavily guarded by the military.

His life was beginning to unravel, and it was affecting business. He’d, “evangelize” to anyone; our suppliers, fellow contractors, builders, even his customers! I started praying . . . hard.

In less than two weeks God provided the best job I’ve ever had with an awesome boss, great pay, year round work, lots of room for advancement . . . a phenomenal opportunity. I told him it would have to be part time for now, that I’d like to give my old boss some notice, he agreed.

SO, for the past couple of weeks I’ve been keeping him updated. He knows I’m working somewhere else but I haven’t it told him that I’m moving on yet. He says he’ll let me know when something cracks. I figured this would be my opportunity to clear some things up so I texted him last night after he sent me yet another one of his daily videos.

Me: Be careful with how you’re using scripture bro, truth is holy..not to be trifled with.

James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

The vast majority of historians and scholars don’t even believe that Enoch wrote the, “Book of Enoch” for instance.

If you’re gonna, teach” you have to exegete and have a thorough understanding of the hermeneutics around the verses. You can’t just apply it willy nilly to what you’re talking about. In other words we need to bend our understanding around the scriptures not bend the scriptures around our understanding.

His Response: Mind your own business. If you don’t agree with it don’t fukin watch it

Your mind is indoctrinated by mans foolishness which makes you a fool as well.decieved by the devil.just think if im wrong well I would be in deep shitright.but the thing is that you are which makes you the one that is in trouble with the lord….denying his true creation.and believing the lies of science..even dareing.to even QUESTION my fukin intelligence and my discerning powers..how dare your foolish ass message me these things on my phone regarding my life and my beliefs. You bitchI am a profit of god.a messenger to this world.id be fukin careful what comes out of yo fukin mouthIf i were youGods word doesn’t teach a heliocentric model of earth.he hints that it’s flat with a sun and moon under a FIRMAMENT so if you deny me.u deny the lord

God is Faithful

26 Dec

Just an update . . . that new job I started last week, what an opportunity! I had a gut feeling it was gonna work out, but talk about pressure. I was right up against the wall!

For the past few years I’ve been dealing with severe chronic pain. Due to the nature of my particular field of expertise, unbeknownst to me, I’d developed arthritis in my hip. I thought it was more of a muscular issue than a skeletal one. I figured that stuff didn’t happen until you were in your sixties.

Initially it was more of a dull ache than anything else, but one day it got to the point where I couldn’t work anymore, I could hardly walk without a cane.

I was cleaning up the yard at my place of employment when out of nowhere it felt like someone stabbed me in the leg. The pain was unbelievable! The next day I went in for x-rays and discovered the underlying problem.

It was devastating.

I was recently divorced, I had no insurance benefits and now that the issue was exposed it was a, “pre-existing condition.” I didn’t know what to do. I hadn’t even earned enough points to receive disability benefits, because for years I’d been trying to get various businesses off the ground so my wife could stay home (I’m an entrepreneur at heart). Over time I went through my savings just to survive, until I was flat broke.

Things looked bleak, that’s actually when I began writing Boundless Devotion.

I went to a pain clinic and got some relief but as it is with many of these kinds of situations, I became dependent on the medicine. I suppose that’s just a fancy way of saying addicted.

I was now trapped in a piercing enigma. It was all I could do just to trust God, read the Bible and hope for a positive outcome.

Eventually I was able to lay down the meds (thank God) and began a physical therapy regiment I’d found on YouTube of all places lol. Not long after a friend of mine offered me a partnership deal of sorts in his business (I mentioned it last week) but it just never worked itself out practically speaking.

Now finally, after almost three years, the Lord has shown Himself to be that friend that, “sticks closer than a brother.”

I was always a lover of God and souls. His word truly has been, “a lamp unto my feet” since the kids were little, but I’ve had my share of battles with the flesh and to be honest, was in need of some serious spiritual intervention. The problem is, my ego has a tendency to hold me captive at times.

I see all this as God’s discipline, He’s been using it to draw me closer to Himself. As a result of His faithfulness and His excellent craftsmanship I’m now entering a new phase in my life.

Oh, and the ex and I are talking again. 😉

I know a lot of you have been praying for me lately, thank you.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

New Beginnings

21 Dec

I start a new job today.

It’s a great opportunity, I’m really excited about it, but I’m also a little anxious.

The business is owned by a Christian, one of the prerequisites was that I had to be a believer. I’m fine with that trust me I’ve been missing the fellowship, but he has a pretty rigid policy manual.

Where I am now I’ve got job security, the only thing is there hasn’t been enough work. I’m surviving but that’s about it. Couple that with the fact that he wants to pay me under the table . . . it’s not a good plan.

It started out as a business proposition. If I helped him on his jobs, we’d eventually become partners. I’d end up just driving to estimates, delivering supplies etc, but it hasn’t worked out that way.

I hate bouncing around but I’ve gotta move on, that’s the scary part.

If you’re reading this I could use the prayer.

Thanks.

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

17 Dec

Lately I’ve been facing some real challenges. I had something worked out with a friend of mine, we were gonna be partners in my given industry. However work has been sparse; hard to come by.

My mobility is limited nowadays so I don’t have a whole lot of options anymore. Going into business seemed to be the ticket, but it hasn’t been working out as planned so I’m looking at my options.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with anxiety, it’s enough to keep you up at night.

I think about the future a lot and it scares me to be honest. I thought I’d be a lot farther than I am right now at my age. But when I think of the yet unfolding tragedies this past year with the hurricanes, the tremendous suffering people are experiencing all over the world, I’m reminded that I’m not doing too bad.

Then I read the scriptures and recall God’s faithfulness to me.

Lord help me to trust You, give me Your perspective, help me to see the world through Your eyes.

For Your glory..

I love the book of Psalms, it’s pregnant with meaning. It’s like going to prayer school.

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. 8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

Viral Trump Christmas Song!

14 Dec

“This video shows, during a wonderful Christmas theme, Trump doing away with much of the Democrats’ mistakes, especially Obama’s.

They play the song made popular by Andy Williams in the 60’s. It also shows a clip from the famous Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. They have George Bailey beg Donald Trump to make America great again.

The video was created by the entertainer Dana Kamide, a talented artist who creates lyrics and videos for entertainment.”

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