This contains entries to BCPF, BCOF, 30DBC, Christian blog, & Writing Classroom blog
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 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.
|"April 1, 2019"
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.
"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.
Prompt: What did Jesus mean when he said "Do not judge, or you will be judged."?
I have often heard this verse discussed and the one's discussing it would say that we are not to make judgments of any kind. I do not believe this is what Jesus meant. I believe He meant that we were not to condemn anybody for wrong doing. We all make mistakes and it would be an even greater mistake to know that something is wrong and do nothing about it for fear that we would be judging. On the other hand if we condemn somebody for wrong doing we should consider our own sin. Judgment is necessary and we could not grow if we did not discern between right and wrong. However we should never do so with condemnation.
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Image #2177637 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: Jesus said we are to forgive our brothers in order to obtain forgiveness. What is hard for you to forgive?"
It was hard for me to forgive the locomotives that kept me awake last night. My home is close to a set of three railroad tracks and a side track. Last night after I went to bed at least five trains went by blowing their horns at every intersection. I was two hours late getting to sleep with an early morning.
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My clothing hasn't changed. T-shirts and jeans are still my favorites with a pair of boots. I doubt it will change.
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