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ANNOUNCEMENT: I am now a student at Marshall University and will be in school on Tuesday and Thursday all day. However I am going to do my best not to allow that to interfere with my blog.
BCoF Blogger of the Week
January 21-27, 2018
February 11 - 17, 2018
May 27, 2018 - June 2, 2018
July 15-July 21, 2018
December 16 - December 22, 2018
|"May 25, 2019"
"Prompt: Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. – Chief Seattle, Duwamish
Let this quote from Chief Seattle inspire your blog post."
Although I disagree with Native American beliefs in general, I have to say that I agree with this one. All of life is interconnected. All life depends on all other life. Whatever actions we take have a ripple effect. Everything we do effects everything else. Just like a spider's web, an injury to one part affects the performance of every other part. Well spoken!
I just want to share this passage of Scripture that gives hope and comfort to each of us who believe in the life hereafter through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Today, my heart is torn because of the passing of my dearest life partner and soulmate, my husband of forty-five years. Actually, our marriage is a month short of forty-six years with our anniversary falling on July 3. I am a firm Christian believer and this passage of Scripture is my comfort and consolation. I am sad but not in despair. I am encouraged and I cling to the spirit of Jesus Christ that fills my heart with joy knowing today is not the end: It is only a prelude to what we can look forward to in the sweet by and by.
So here is the passage that gives us the assurance and reassurance of God's abiding love for us.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
(1 Thes. 4:13-18) KJV
Very comforting words indeed! I find all of God's word comforting, even the more difficult passages. I just had the opportunity yesterday to lay hands on several ministers and pray for their ministries. As an elder for the organization that ordained me I have the privilege of doing this. Now to let you in on a secret I have doubts about myself. You see I can hide my sin from others but I cannot hide it from God and I. I know me so I did not feel worthy of praying for these ministers though it is part of being an elder. So I prayed and asked God why I was being given such a humbling honor. Immediately I was led to read Isaiah 6: 1-10. In this passage Isaiah sees God and is certain he is going to die. A seraph cleanses him so that he can live. God asks "Who can I send?"
Isaiah responds "Here am I. Send me."
I pondered on that for a few minutes and it hit me. God does not use people who are worthy. He uses people who are willing. I challenge everybody to be willing to be used of Jesus Christ where you are. You will be surprised where He may lead you!
Pick a topic to discuss from this day in history on May 25th... or something that has happened in your world on May 25th.
As a history buff I will definitely go look at this link. I was bitten by the history bug on Christmas Day 2018 when I turned on the television and a show called Mysteries of the Abandoned" began informing me of the histories of various castles around the world. I was enthralled and watched episode after episode for 13 hours straight. I have taken three history classes in college and will be taking a fourth this fall. I thought about becoming a historian but felt led to pursue a social work degree. Therefore upon graduation I will be applying to an MSW program but I still love history. I made history yesterday by leading the first ever West Virginia Gathering of the National Association of Christian Ministers in Huntington West Virginia. It was a humbling experience for me. See my Christian Blog Forum entry above for details.
|"May 24. 2019"
Do you feed your body but starve your soul?
I try to read my Bible at least once a day to feed my soul. I also try to attend worship services at least three times a week and usually go four times a week. As chaplain of the West Virginia Veterans Home I hold a prayer meeting once a week with the guys. I also attend a Thursday night Bible study and go to my own church on Sunday and Tuesday. I feel it is important to be in church as much as possible because it does feed our souls. We eat for our physical bodies three times a day. We should feed our soul in someway everyday.
"Write a list of questions you would like to ask someone if you had the chance to interview them."
If I were to interview anybody I would need to know who I was interviewing and what their specialty was. One person I would like to interview is Jesus Christ. I do interview Him every day by reading His word. I'd like to ask those questions the Bible does not answer like "Why is energy wasted on youth?"
When you are little you have all kinds of energy but don't know what to do with it. When older you know what to do with it but have lost it. It seems like a mistake. I want to ask.
Prompt: "Grab a picture or a photograph from anywhere and write about it. Create a story or a poem. Have fun!"
My picture has a drug addict sticking a needle in his arm. It is called "Addicted". My story is that this was my story. I never did intravenous drugs but I have certainly done my share of narcotics. I remember being too stoned to go to the bathroom. Yes, I have been there but thanks to the power of God I have overcome those demons. Addiction can be a death sentence but it does not have to be. It can be arrested and held in check. All it takes is faith in God and effort on the addict's part. There are no magic wands but with work help is possible. Ask me how!
|"May 21, 2019"
Prompt: Reflect upon your present blessings. ~ Charles Dickens
As a Christian I am blessed every day. My worst day today is infinitely better than my best day was prior to being saved. I remember well being lost. I was a drug addict who lived to use. I sought oblivion on a daily basis because the pain of living was unbearable. Then Jesus came into my life and all of that changed. I no longer had to use drugs because I had worth. I was truly blessed.
Prompt: Einstein said, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
Can you think of a few things about people that show stupidity? What about the universe’s stupidity?
The biggest thing I can think of that shows stupidity is denying that God created the world. I just spent a semester at Marshall University where evolution was the theory taught. How can anyone believe in evolution? I will never believe that I am just an animal with no more value than a link in the food chain! I have worth and Jesus Christ gave me life. I am not an overrated animal! How do these educated fools believe life began? They seem to think a bunch of chemicals mingled and suddenly began to move. I believe I own the Golden Gate Bridge too but just because I believe it does not make it true!
Prompt: Use these words in your blog entry: knife, stretch, glistening, cheese, lure, deep, money, and bait .
I just got back from vacation and I had a blast! My muscles all feel like they were cut by a knife. I don't think they could stretch any farther! My skin is glistening from the sunburn and heat exhaustion I suffered. (My body temperature actually went to 105!) I felt like Swiss cheese in my head. The lure of the games was too much! I felt a deep spiritual connection to my fellows. There was no money involved but the experience was more valuable than gold. Why is it we know we had fun if our bodies feel like fish bait afterwards?
Prompt “Ego never accepts the truth.” Buddha
How useful are our egos if they can’t accept the truth? What do you think?
As a Christian I pay little mind to Buddha. However he has a point. Our egos cannot accept the truth. Egos however keep us from becoming totally dejected.
|"May 11, 2019"
I just finished the semester at Marshall University with a 3.75 Grade Point Average. I don't know if I will be able to blog daily or not because I am starting a full time internship soon at LifeHouse Recovery Houses in Huntington WV. I will be a peer support specialist. That will require me leaving at the crack of dawn and returning close to bedtime so blogging may be put on hold. However that doesn't start for a few days so I'm here now. I transferred my Christian Blog Forum to QueenOwl ~ A New Day Dawns due to my time constraints. I will continue to follow it. I love you all!
"Prompt: Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Write about your Mother's or Grandmother's favorite flower or candy."
My mother's favorite flower was any portrait or gathering attended by all of her children and grandchildren. She didn't care what your relationship to her was. If you were around her you were one of her children. She loved her family and would spend hours preparing for large gatherings like Christmas or reunion. Her biggest wish for her family was that they all be Christians. I am sure there is not a soul in my family who would not gladly sit next to her in church this Mother's Day if it were possible!
Mom did not show partiality to any of her children. We all believe that she naturally favored those who were best in a position to help her as she aged and those who spent more time with her, but you never would have proven that by her actions. She always did her best for all her children and encouraged them to bloom where they were planted. She believed in discipline tendered with love. I miss my mother and think about her every day. It seems odd but I think about my late mother more often than I do my late wives. I loved my mother. May she rest in peace. May all mothers have a very happy Mother's Day!
|"May 6, 2019"
Prompt: Put in the form of a prayer something you are grateful for.
"Lord Jesus I am eternally grateful for good friends and the support I have received in the past two months. As you know I have been sick due to medical complications, depression, and physical illness. I have been hammered by one after the other. My friends and family covered for me on here and allowed me to do my duties at school. As it stands now my work is all up to date and I may well make the president's list at school, proof that you are blessing me. I will be back to blogging full time as soon as possible. Thank you again Lord for family and good friends.
Prompt: May Shadows
May shadows for me took on a slightly different meaning than most may think of. You see I have bi-polar disorder, a mental illness characterized by mood swings. My spring mood swings of late have been depression. Never let anybody tell you depression is not real. It depletes you of energy and robs your stamina. My get up and go got up and went. I spent two months battling it and physical illness and was in bad shape. My writing is way behind and I hope to catch up. I have a busy month ahead of me as my new May shadows include a paid internship, a conference, a camp, and finals this week. Pray for me still. Thank you.
|"April 19, 2019"
Prompt: Today is Good Friday. What are you doing today to remember the Lord's sacrifice?
I am chaplain of the West Virginia Veteran's Home. The faithful here and I are gathering at 6:30PM to hold a special devotional. Tomorrow night we will hold our regular prayer meeting.
|"April 17, 2019"
Prompt: Jesus said we should love everybody. Does this mean we must love Satan?
I believe it does. We are not to obey Satan but we are to love him. He is after all a fellow creature of God.
Hemingway was famous for his six word memoir "For sale:baby shoes, never worn." Now, it's your turn to create a six word story. Have fun!
Writer's block: my mind is blank.
|"April 15, 2019"
Prompt: What are you doing to serve Christ?
I am a soldier in the Salvation Army. A soldier is a person who has been saved and decided to dedicate their entire life to Jesus Christ by signing a covenant which guides daily life. The covenant specifically names worldly habits that we must avoid such as alcohol and other drugs, gambling, fornication, pornography, and other such worldly pleasures. A soldier volunteers to become a servant of the Lord and to follow the orders of the officers over them. It is a strict way of life that I love.
I am also a student at Marshall University, where I am completing my Regents Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Psychology. I plan to become a drug abuse counselor and combat the addiction around me while working with various churches.
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Image #2177637 over display limit. -?- What does Philippians 4:13 mean to you?
My favorite verse in all of Paul's writing, and possibly in the Bible, is Philippians 4:13. It says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
You see I have a mental illness known as bi-polar disorder and like most mental illnesses it is accompanied by a second illness called Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Bi-polar disorder is disabling and often left me flat on my back with depression or acting wildly with manic energy. The anxiety disorder often leaves me with chest pains mimicking a heart attack as well as a lot of anguish. I have learned however that the key to overcoming the symptoms of anxiety is to cast my cares upon Jesus Christ. I really can do all things through Him. I find that the worst anxiety attacks and even the mood swings that accompany bi-polar disorder respond to that name. Yes, I still take medications. I feel that God uses doctors. However the day to day symptoms are only relieved by prayer.
Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: What is your favorite poem? Who is your favorite poet?"
Who is my favorite poet? Me of course! No seriously my favorite poem is Robert Frost and my favorite poem is "Snowy Evening in the Deep Woods", although I also like "The Path Less Traveled."
Both of these poems have meaning and heart, although "The Path Less Traveled" has a lot more philosophical meaning. We all like the easy roads and this poem tells us there is a lot to be gained by taking the tougher roads. I tell people all the time that humans are like plants. We need a good helping of manure in order to grow.
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