Nathan Tune

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 (KJV)

Today Is The Day!

Jan
21

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Today is the day that Lord hath made! This day is good because Jesus is in it! You have heard me say this scripture many times throughout my blog posts, youtube videos, and “The James Fickle Show” – he is a strong believer in this bible verse as well.

I would like to talk with you today about why I posted that blog post the way I did on Friday – the one I did with the audio of me in a sense preaching. Well one of the reasons is because I’m sure you have all been in withdrawals from hearing a weekly broadcast of James Fickle so I thought:

 

“What better way to let them have a little bit of that experience then giving them the next best thing? ME! I am the one the one that created James Fickle in the first place.”

 

Though James Fickle is me – I am not him. People need to understand  that yes, James Fickle is in me. I’m sure while listening to that message posted on Friday you could hear him come out of me in certain parts. That’s always been in me, but like Tyler Perry and his ‘Persona’ Madea; that is what Fickle is like to me- my  persona.

Now you can go on over to my own youtube account and see that I am in a sense my own motivational-speaker/minister and  a whole lot more than that as well. No matter where it is that I am be I’m constantly trying to encourage and uplift those who are broken down and hurting. You have heard me speak of giving H.O.P.E. that is what I try to do often, because if we are letting our light shine we are, Sharing, Hope, In, Everyone.

 

“If there is a chance for you to S.H.I.N.E. no matter where you are then let loose and shine like you’ve never shined before. Your life just might depend on it”- James Fickle

 

Often you will hear me talking about how one of the biggest reasons this world is so dark is because the majority of God’s people are hiding under bushels not letting their light shine like they are supposed to. Either because they are lazy or because they are afraid.

But the scripture says:

 

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”- Isaiah 41:10 K.J.V.

 

Just follow his guidance and don’t be afraid, he said that he would strengthen us and help us, so if you aren’t letting your light shine because of fear, then STOP! And climb out from under the bush and SHINE! The world needs it; you need it! Now onto my next subject: I’m sure if your a Facebook user you see how these religious pictures are floating around your news feed constantly and…

They look something like this:

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Now nothing to me is wrong with the actual picture, but I was scrolling down my newsfeed one day and seen a few of my friends had liked this picture, well I almost like it and then quickly I caught myself from doing so. Why? Well the thing that irks me the most with this picture is the fact that people out there try to guilt others and try to gain popularity with the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen in my life! Why is it that we still like the pictures though? Most the time they are pretty good but there is always some evil out there that pollutes the goodness of something and I will explain to you where the pollution is with this photo and why I stopped myself from liking it.

If you’re familiar with the abbreviations then you know what the letters mean my arrow is pointing towards on this picture. Well, that is what irks me my friends. The fact that the picture states what it says and then the person who shared it said that above it contradicts itself so badly, I couldn’t help but laugh at it and shake my head. It’s absurd!

I’m sure that God will more likely overlook the fact that you kept scrolling then that you help to share that kind of awful language or as for the photo sharer  that he used that language which is something that is just unacceptable – period. Especially in this case! It’s insanity and ridiculous! So many people these days go and party all night long through Saturday and come Sunday morning they are holier than thou…

Well you might as well just kept scrolling because living that way is just wrong not just in my eyes but in the eyes of God. You can’t live for God on one day of the week and then live for yourself your entire life and expect Jesus to just come back and sweep you off your feet to carry you through the gates of heaven when you’ve lived a life of sinful acts.

That photo above still bugs me, and it irritates James Fickle even more! I believe that it was one of his grandkids he seen that liked the photo and when he ran across that on his Facebook he went ballistic! Sister Fickle’ had to calm him down.

“The James Fickle Show”

That is another thing I wanted to talk to you about is the return of James Fickle which will be April 23d! If you miss the show and are in withdrawals while waiting, until then you can get your very own copy of Season 1!

The James Fickle Show now has 20 messages that I have burned off onto two CD’s (Part 1: Messages 1-10 and Part 2: Messages 11-20). That is the COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.

I do accept freewill offerings and donations. Also, for a love offering of $20, I will send you the COMPLETE FIRST SEASON of the James Fickle Show. These two CD’s are chock-full of inspiration, motivation, encouragement and more. It’s perfect for your loved ones or friends who refuse to go to church but you know they need to hear the word of God and be encouraged in their heart and soul. (Even rebellious teens enjoy James Fickle! He makes them laugh in spite of themselves!) It is also perfect for your fellow Christian who is going through a battle – or several battles – at the moment and need to be inspired and refreshed so they can continue on their walk with God with a lightened load and pep in their step.




If you need to send a money order, you can find out about getting your copy by contacting me through my contact page

Back to the photo:

It’s just not right,. Now the majority of us don’t even pay attention to anything but the picture when we’re see one we just like the picture, but these days you’ve got to be so careful. You’re claiming to be a Christian representing God and when you like a picture similar to the one above with words like that on it. People notice and that’s not a very good example to them.

Take precaution.

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

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This Was My Dog “Miracle”

Jan
20

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Around July of 2009, my grandparents were back in our old town at a doctor’s appointment. Well, after they were done there they went to visit with some friends.
My grandpa told me that when he stepped out of the car, he saw the most beautiful blue eyes and he smiled – but his smile quickly faded when she came fully around the other car, dragging her hind legs behind her all crippled up.

A girl who my grandmother practically helped raise, was walking home from school one day and she found this dog on the side of the road; some punk kids had run her over. She was pregnant and had a full litter of puppies in the condition she was in..

Another girl also like a daughter to my grandma was going to be coming back with them to spend a little time with us all.They knew how much I had been wanted a blue-eyed husky. Miracle was a blue-eyed Husky/Shepherd mix.

When they pulled in the drive and I saw her, I looked into her eyes and fell in love immediately. I already knew what “I” was going to name her because they had named her something else but I wanted to name her myself. It didn’t take me long to figure it out.

She was a Miracle – a Miracle to me, and to be alive.  I loved that dog. I still get tears when thinking about her to this day. This dog had all these problems wrong with her. The vet said that she had no quality of life. We wanted to save her. We knew she was in much pain. But it seems she never wanted that pain to get in her way of anything. I learned quite a bit from her and I felt I had a little in common with her too as I’ve always had muscle problems and issues with my legs. I’ve never been able to run like other kids, play sports or stuff like that. Kids would ask me to play tag with them and I’d only have two choices in my mind. Either tell them no I can’t play tag and explain my whole problem – or play tag with them and go home not being able to sleep at night in severe pain.

Miracle was always a happy dog, the happiest most energetic sweet-spirited dog in the world to be dealing with what she was. She never tried to bite or hurt us when we’d go to bandage or take care of her wounds as instructed by a vet. She rarely gave us any trouble at all. And when it came time for her to get to run around a bit she would run her fastest with her legs just dragging behind her. There again I felt a similarity, a connection.

When I was born, I suffered with my legs really badly. One of my legs was crippled terribly and when I started toddling around, I drug it behind me but it was literally healed by God when this elderly evangelist pray for me and they said it turned out straight and I could walk regularly.

Miracle would try her best to keep up with the big dogs and she never let anything get in her way. We didn’t even have her a year when we had to put her down in May of 2010, I believe. We had done all we could do. We couldn’t afford the wheel chair for her like we planned on getting. And we most definitely didn’t want her to suffer any longer.

It was hard saying goodbye to her, but at the same time a good thing to know that she wouldn’t be hurting or in pain anymore. I remember looking into her beautiful happy eyes one last time and that was it.

We buried her on our Amish Farm back in Missouri.

Miracle may have only been in my life for a short period of time. But she continues to live on in my heart.

She was the most amazing dog I’ve ever had.

Have you ever had a “Miracle” in your life?

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

Stepping Back In Time…

Jan
19

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Howdy, folks! Today I’d like to talk to y’all about the time I moved to an Amish Farm with my family In Southwest Missouri.

That certainly was a time to have! And a very humbling experience as well, which I intend to share some of that with you today!

First off, to those reading this let me say that I AM NOT AMISH and neither is my family. You move to an Amish farm and all of a sudden people get the idea that you’ve converted.

 

Though we weren’t Amish, we did live in one of the houses that they had built and for almost a year we lived how they we’re living, so in January of 09′ when that nasty ice storm had hit my family we weren’t really effected at all because we didn’t have any electricity to begin with.

 

For about six months I believe we lived without electricity, the day light savings had went an hour back so night came fast and it got really DARK out there so we had to move very quickly getting the chores done, such as going to the windmill and  filling five gallon buckets with water to prepare for our baths and also had to get water for our pets as well. As you can see there was much to be done, so when 4:00 pm came around, everyone was frantic.

 

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…”

 

People can’t imagine how much water they use until they have to tote it all over the place in a five gallon bucket! Also, our bathroom was a three-seater outhouse (some people don’t know what that is). I had heard of one, but never used one until we moved there. (Don’t question the three-seater part – I will save that for some other day.)

Among other stuff living on an Amish Farm was a paradise, wasn’t that luxurious as you’d think. But it did have it’s perks, and helped us connect to the real world a little more and the beauty around us that God created. No T.V. … hardly anyway to have a computer, Well there wasn’t one. What did I end up doing for fun? Well, I had always watched Scooby Doo up until that point, though I’ve always loved to read I happened to find more time to read when I moved there.

 

What else could I do?

 

Aside from daily chores, winter was coming and we had to get wood gathered for heat which came from our wood-stove. There wasn’t much more that I could do. I found myself outside more – a-lot actually. Riding my bike, playing hoops or just running around like wild. No I didn’t actually run around like wild, but I did run around. And I got a lot of reading in as well. Mostly stuff like Scholastic, Scooby Doo and this one collection of books my mom brought me called “Puppy Patrol” – I LOVED those books! I still do! I never got the full collection, though, but during my time at on the farm I did indeed read every single one that I had. And other books, one about the holocaust, which was really sad but educational.

I learned a few things there and experienced a lot, too; I remember how before that I wasn’t much of an early-riser. I’ve never been much an early-bird anyways. But when you’ve got no T.V., computer, or much light at night, you find yourself going to be around 7:00 pm and waking at 7:00 am while being awakened by your distant neighbor’s mule. Or the neighbor himself talking (He was a very loud-speaking man) One morning I woke and heard his voice and he was all the way at the back of our land by a fence talking to my grandmother and uncle. That’s how big his mouth is – some people are just that way, though.

Having that experience will also help me in my acting career as well. When I was attending the two week acting camp in July of 2011, all my classmates were all fascinated about the whole thing as well. And that is something that one of my Drama instructors mentioned to me is that It would help knowing how it is to be in that setting if I ever got an opportunity to play a role in such a time period, having the experience living that way would help me in the future.

 

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”- Benjamin Franklin

 

It has also taught me to be prepared. That isn’t just something that the Boy Scouts or living an Amish lifestyle taught me but something my grandma has instilled in me from the day I was born. Being prepared for anything that will be thrown your way is important and it helps keep you from panicking as much, too. Knowing what to do is important in a time of urgency; without preparation you are just preparing yourself to fail.

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

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L.I.F.E.

Jan
18

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Today my blog is going to be about:
 

“L.I.F.E. Live, Inspire, Feel, Encourage.”- Nathan Tune

 

Now I am not going to write much today because the other night while sitting in my room, I was awaiting the call from my best friend for our prayer time and this message came to me. It wasn’t my intention for all that to come out like it did, but I feel that God wanted me to get this out there; it just hit me so I went with the flow of it.

Before I give you the audio link to my message on L.I.F.E, I’d like to explain a little more about that acronym. Live to Inspire others, Feel God’s presence and his joy always Encourage everyone’s life that you enter.

For my message CLICK HERE.

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

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Live The Journey

Jan
17

Zig Over the past few days I’ve been discussing dreams, the impossible being possible, and believing in those goals – no matter what.

Even though it’s important that you reach for your goals and leap into them with great determination, will power and perseverance, it is also important that you remember it is not nearly as important to reach your destination as what you will become by reaching your destination.

I know one can become extremely anxious while setting out on the path to evolve into the greatness you know you can be, but on your journey don’t forget to stop and smell the roses every once in awhile. It’s ok to take your time and stroll along. You don’t want to get too hyped up in the moment because you could miss out on a few things – a lot, actually. And that wouldn’t be good,  now would it? Imagine yourself traveling across America on foot whereas to driving a car across the states instead. You’ll be able to take a lot more of God’s beautiful world from a very different perspective than you would in a car.
 

“But we stupid mortals, or most of us, are always in haste to reach somewhere else, forgetting that the zest is in the journey and not in the destination.”- Ralph Delahaye Paine

 
I can agree with the quote above. The zest is in the journey – and not in the destination. We get too caught up in the moment and don’t realize what we’re missing out on when we’re constantly going, rush-rush-rush, just to get to our next destination.

Now I know in today’s day and time, time is a valuable thing and people try to rush around every minute to squeeze every last drop that they can get to save time. But if you’re rushing around how are you really saving time? How does that save time? You’re moving around rapidly and life is moving just as fast. You don’t take the time to slow down a little and just watch the sunset or sunrise. No, you’re too busy getting ready to go to your next doctor visit or business meeting to worry about the beauty of the sun’s light spread out across the sky. Not only should we slow down for the beauty of life to enjoy our journey, but also for the good that will come of us as well.

What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination. During the journey of a lifetime you’ll learn a lot, I’m sure. I’ve got an adventurous spirit myself, you know. I ache to travel cross-country and then around the world. But first, I’m going to start with home and then I wish to go overseas eventually.

I want to see all 50 states one of these days, and then I want to see Italy, France, and London so I can have fish and chips and drink tea… Spain, Scotland, maybe Australia as well. Wonder what things I will see during those adventures? When going to Spain, I plan on traveling this Christian pilgrimage called “El Camino De Santiago De Compestela” . There I could share my testimony and have a journey to remember forever! What creations of God I’ll stumble upon, oh and the people I will meet! I’m sure some might be wicked, rude, crude and just downright evil and then I bet I’ll come across many good people as well and that’s what makes it all worth while. The witness I could be for them as well, possibly leaving a footprint in their hearts that will stay with them forever and always.
 

“Just because one apple is spoiled on the tree why toss the rest of apples away as well? Not all apples are spoiled, therefore they shouldn’t be thrown away without ever giving them a chance first. Same goes for people.”- Nathan Tune

 
Yeah, this world is full of bad apples. You just gotta inspect carefully be wise and keep searching for the good ones. Because you will find them! They are out there and thanks to them it helps give others hope that the world isn’t as dark as it seems. Follow your dreams, travel, focus on the journey and not the destination. What you will become by reaching your destination and much more. You’re never too old for dreams either.  You’re never too old for a journey or to start a new adventure.

Remember what I said awhile back? NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. With God ALL things are Possible! I guess we should all learn to stop forgetting that the zest is in the journey and not the destination. Think about it like reading a book. You don’t pick up a book just so you can get to end quickly, and it isn’t the same if you just read the end of it. I mean, yeah, for some people it is but look at all the pages you miss out on by doing so. True book lovers read each and every single word, ingesting every single page until the very last one. It’s a journey for most. I know it is for me – and my imagination can run wild! That’s another thing I ask you to do:  let your imagination run wild!
 

“The world is a book and those who stay at home read only one page.”-St. Augustine

 

Get out and about, people!

LIVE THE JOURNEY!

 

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

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Believe

Jan
16

Believe Believe. I talk often about the power of believing and this little pillow that I got my grandma for Christmas years ago, when we still lived out in Gatewood, Missouri.

During those times we had to have faith and look toward God for strength, hope, and guidance.

I am still amazed to this day about how we were blessed in that moment of our lives, all that we went through, the hard times we had to endure and the absolute heartaches there were at times.

Nevertheless, we made it THROUGH and that’s the key word here. We made it alive and well. Yeah, still to this day we are fought constantly and I know I am oh-so-young and I’ve yet to begin my hard, dark path in this cruel sinful world.

But I believe that I’ve been through a lot in my young life and that helps me see that if you just believe you can get through anything – no matter what it may be, how hard it is, or how hopeless the situation may seem.

They say when life gives you lemons to make lemonade… What about when life gives you a big pile of GARBAGE? Improvise, my friends, IMPROVISE.

They also say one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, so maybe the trial that you’re facing (whatever it may be)  maybe it is a blessing, instead of a curse. And if it isn’t at the moment, then make it one! You may not be able to control the events – but you CAN control their meaning.

In those days, it brings me back to dreaming again. I know I’ve mentioned that word a lot lately. But we have to have dreams. As matter of fact, you always should dream no matter who you are or what situation you’re in because it can’t hurt you and it’s good for you. As long as you wake up long enough to make those dreams come true. I remember oh-so-often my grandma and I dreaming of some better day ahead. My grandma would tell me that these trials we’re in, they too shall pass. For a while I shook my head in doubt but my grandma said (paraphrased)  “Oh you just wait, BELIEVE it and you will see.” Indeed, I did see – and couldn’t believe it! Some days I STILL can’t believe it!

 

“Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.”– The Santa Clause

 

That is the truth for sure. I don’t think that’s a silly statement at all. Actually, I find it to be very truthful myself. So, when you think about it, if you believe in something so much and strong enough, then it will be. But, of course, things just aren’t going to happen for you on there own; you have to be out and about. It take us moving and getting out there.

Funny, how we stumbled on our escape from the twenty acre farm. It was much-needed at the time. My grandpa had been too sick to handle it and my uncle and grandma couldn’t continue taking care of it on their own anymore, so when we came upon this two-story repossessed home in Doniphan, Missouri, my grandma jumped on it. Again, there was to be work… work that just had to be done.

But my grandma and my grandpa both have been the kind of people that if there is any way for them at all to make something happen, they will find that way and do so. (You learned about that yesterday). I’m still not sure how they were able to make it all happen but they did and it turned out beautiful, and for them very rewarding – definitely the nicest home that I remember us living in. We still weren’t in the clear. We still faced the same trials, struggles and hardships we had been enduring, but we also still believed. That little pillow helped remind us each day of our lives there and then we moved again, still carrying that little pillow with us to remind us that we should continue to Believe.

It’s  worn, torn, tattered  and old, It may have many tears, snags, and stains. But it still has the same meaning and that is to BELIEVE. For almost ten years now that little pillow has been in my family’s house; wherever we’ve been, it’s been with us.

When we went on that trip to visit our family in California back in the fall of 2011, I brought it with us then and hung it up in the living room area of our bus. That’s where it was in the picture I posted with today’s blog post. The meaning of that pillow has brought my family and I through a lot during the past. We still have it today in the bus which is our temporary home at the moment.

And we still face the same trials, and struggles that we always have, but as I said above:

We still BELIEVE.

How could we not believe after everything we’ve faced? The devil thinks that he can throw all this grief and destruction in our face to make us doubt God but for this family it just makes us believe in him more! It just helps our faith in him grow stronger and we want to serve God more than ever. Where there is a will, there’s a way. Amen!

 

BELIEVE

 

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

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All Things Are Possible – With GOD

Jan
15

DisneyWalt Disney said it right! What a name.

 

Disney, it’s a shame it isn’t as good as it used to be.

 

You’ll never be too old for a Disney movie, though, right? I know I won’t!

And I really don’t care what anyone thinks of me for it either! If you don’t like Disney movies, that’s your problem.

Anyway, doing the ‘impossible’ goes above our good friend Walt, yes indeed. To the mere human, it is impossible for us to do much of anything on our own. I like to believe that God has something to do with everything in our life. You woke up this morning, right? Where did that first breath of air you took yawning, waking up this morning come from? Who gave you that air? God, of course. He allowed us to wake up another day and for that, we are blessed – yet we tend to take it for granted. When you have God in your life, it makes it much easier for you to do the impossible. Look at me again, using Disney as another reference to why I believe In God and why my faith is so strong.

Jesus’ said in the book of Matthew: 

 

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.“- Matthew 19:26 K.J.V.

 

It is fun to do the impossible!

When someone tells you that you can’t do something; if you’re like me (or my grandma) you’re probably gonna want to prove them wrong (depending on what it is). I’m going to be referring to my blog post a few days ago about “Dreaming On”  and if you missed that you can check it out later  – but for now let’s talk about your dreams and the impossible. When someone laughs at you for your dreams and tells you that you are just making a fool of yourself and what you plan on doing is impossible, what do you do? Well here’s what I do. My first defense is that I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. My second defense is that God put this dream in my heart for a reason and a purpose a good reason and a good purpose and I plan on fulfilling it. Finally, to my third defense.

 

“Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is possible with God.”- Nathan Tune

 

That’s how I’ve always believed, my grandma has this small piece of paper with the words “With God All Things Are Possible” for a number of years she kept it taped to her visor of her mini van, which she gave up to help me get the truck of my dreams. There is that word again. Though she still has the piece of paper I’m not sure where she keeps it now, but it’s still around – along with the door pillow I got for her that says “BELIEVE”.

Another reason for you not to fall too quickly for what discouraging negative remarks others might have to say about your dreams, goals and passions… If you think about these days, pretty much anything is possible. I seen this story about this man with NO LEGS who climbed the Great Wall Of China – The GREAT WALL OF CHINA, people! Now, I’m sure when he first had the idea to do that there was probably more than one person against him filled with doubt.

But he went about it anyway and not only that, he also accomplished his somewhat “IMPOSSIBLE” goal while showing all the doubters and non-believers that he could. Isn’t that an amazing story? Inspirational, isn’t it? So, if you have a dream or goal that’s half the size of that one, the next time someone tells you it’s impossible think about the man with no legs who climbed the Great Wall Of China and showed the world that he could. Look back on that story and don’t let they’re words of disbelief and doubt get you down.

 

“Let your heart lead you around; and wipe that frown right off your face, your heart can lead you any place.”- Nathan Tune

 

Let your heart lead you around. Wipe the frown from the naysayers right off your face. Your heart can, and will, lead you any place you let it take you! Never give up, never say never, just let your heart lead you around! Take with you belief, faith, strength, courage, and a cloud of possibility for your dreams, goals, passions and impossibilities to travel on and to travel far, far into the sky of reality.

Like I always say: 

 

“With determination, will power, perseverance and belief in God, you can accomplish anything.”– Nathan Tune

 

That’s all it takes folks, is determination, will power, perseverance and belief in God to prove that you CAN, and you WILL! I’ve often said that Philippians 4:13 doesn’t say that, We can’t do anything with Christ – no it says that we CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST! My grandmother has always told me that there is no CAN’T there is only CAN and WILL. She has also said (both her and my grandpa) that there is no TRY. You don’t try, you DO. They are really firm believers when it comes to something being impossible that if there is any way for it to be possible than they will find that way and make it so.

That’s all they have ever known, not like todays generation of people, though. No, they tend to give up too easily. When the going gets rough most peoples motto is to HIDE. People these days don’t care about what their word means and they hardly TRY, much less DO.

So what have we learned today?

  • It’s fun to do the impossible!
  • With God all things are possible; we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.
  • With determination, will power, perseverance and belief in God you can accomplish anything.
  • There is no can’t only CAN and WILL.
  • There is no TRY, you don’t try you DO.

 

So for today and the days to come, let us all ask God to help us accomplish the impossible and show the world that we CAN with determination, will power,  perseverance and belief in God and that we will DO so no matter who tells us otherwise, because….

 

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE – WITH GOD. 

 

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

It’s Monday: Let Your Light Shine

Jan
14

Good day to all who read my blog post! It’s MONDAY; that means the weekend is over. Time for the working men and women to go back to work and for their kids to go back to school.

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In other words for the majority of society, it’s time for them to go back out and face the world – a world which is full of darkness, that is.

 

Now I know that pretty much EVERYBODY hates Monday – and almost every kid hates school.

 

But how about we go back  and take a look at the past posts I have written about:

Looking Beyond What You See, World Of Darkness, or the one I wrote about Hakuna Matata?

If you missed those you can check them out later – but for now let’s bring up some of what I talked about. Take Looking Beyond What You See, for instance. You could get up today and say (as an example) it’s raining, cold, windy and miserable today. Or you could get up and say – “Oh It’s raining outside, but the lord has made this day so I will be glad and rejoice in it. It is a bit cold, I’m thankful for my heat and warm clothes the good Lord has blessed me with, the wind is incredibly strong today but at-least I have a nice coat to keep me from freezing.” Wow that was a big difference when you LOOK BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE. I love that quote; it’s truly something we should all do more of.

 

Now I know life can be hard from time to time but as they say, “that is life – disappointing, sad, dreadful, cruel, heartbreaking, miserable – and full of pain.”  Again, let’s put to use looking beyond what we see. With life there is also much, joy, happiness, strength, love, serenity, peace and kindness. Amazing what looking at the bright side of things can do, isn’t it? But it’s still hard to do that from time to time right? Yet, whether we want to accept it or not, the bright side of things are still there – even if we can’t see them. Which brings me to my next explanation from one of my past blog posts.

 

“Let your light S.H.I.N.E. (Share, Hope, In, Everyone.)” – Nathan Tune

 

I’m sure you noticed how that is written on the picture in this post. That is one way of letting your light S.H.I.N.E. To me anyways, with this being another Monday and with you going out into this ‘World of Darkness’ it is especially Important for you to let your light S.H.I.N.E as brightly as possible. And sharing hope in everyone is something we should all be doing anyhow. Because everyone needs hope, and if your light is shining then that means that this dark world might be seeing his hope. Which is what definitely needs to be known and shown in today’s world daily. Where does it begin? With YOU. We are the body of  Christ so for those of you who went to church yesterday then came home and threw your bible on the table know that your not to practice his word just one day of the week but in every single of the week, and not just at church but everywhere you go because the bible says that we are the church.

 

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”-1 Corinthians 12:27 K.J.V.

 
On to my next explanation from another one of my recent posts about “Hakuna Matata”… it means no worries, right? Well try not to worry today about anything at all if you can. I’m sure some things may be going on in your life that you just can’t help but worry about, though, I ask if there is anyway possible at all that you can stop worrying then do so. Think about your blessings instead of your problems and I’m certain that the good will by far out-weigh the bad. I’ve said this often because it has been proven true. So much is taken for-granted by people who live in America like the fact that we have the freedom to serve God and to share his hope with other, also that we can pray in the safety of our own home. There are many other things that we as Americans don’t appreciate – like food, water and much more but those are just a few small, yet to others VERY IMPORTANT.

With that said, I hope you all go out into the world saying, “I’m going to (S.H.I.N.E) Share, Hope, In, Everyone!” Sure takes a different meaning to “Rise and SHINE!” doesn’t It? Being a witness for God and showing others the hope that he gives. That is something we should all work harder to do, no matter where we are, what we are doing or who we are with, treat it always as a moment to “Let Your Light S.H.I.N.E”

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

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Posting Postmaster MOM!

Jan
13

Posting Poar mARWE MOMMy post today is about my mom – the POSTMASTER!

That is right! I really can’t believe it either… Talk about being blessed. It is quite amazing how she happened upon the job here at our local post office. The photo to the left, though, is my mom standing in front of the Tyler post office, where she went to have training.

 

It sure is something, a blessing straight from the heavens! It is funny how I can’t seem to say anything at all without telling of my faith and the many blessings that God has bestowed upon me and my family.

 

Well, along with mentioning my mom being the Postmaster, I would also like to mention my feelings about all this and the journey it took her to get to where she is today. I am amazed really; it is something how God has moved in the situation. I’ve talked often about how it’s still been a lot for me to take in and it really is.

I’m more than thrilled to see my mom working as the local Postmaster – it is great! Now, whenever I send a letter or package, I can just give it to my mom! That is quite fun. I have already mailed one of my packages for “The James Fickle Show Ministry” through her.

Lets go back a bit though before she came to this job, even before she came to the great state of Texas to be with us.

 

July 26th ,2010, she caused me much pain and on August 1st, 2010, even more pain when she walked out that door and left me and her entire family, She said she would come back but never did and as you know ended up marrying the homeless man that we brought out to our farm to help get back on his feet – I was very disappointed in my mom during that time and hurt by her as well. It was frustrating to me that she had done this to all of us. It was also frustrating all I could do was pray and ask God to watch over her, open her eyes, and bring her to her senses so she might realize what she had done.

During this time though my grandmother was telling me that I shouldn’t be doing and saying what I was doing that it was going to hurt my mother. Well I didn’t do, say, or write anything to hurt her on intentions though I assumed it probably would hurt her, yet that wasn’t my plan or purpose. My plan and purpose wasn’t for myself but because I was feeling led by God to get my story out there so that maybe others going through the same situation would have hope… that’s all I was trying to do and It’s all I’m still trying to do. I pray that I may be a light of encouragement for others to give them hope.

 

“H.O.P.E. Helping One Person Everyday”_ Derek Clark

 

Notice I quoted a man named Derek Clark. He goes by Derek Never Give-Up Clark on Facebook, he helped show me hope and actually inspired me to make the video I did expressing my story to the world I called “Heartbreak In An Empty Room“. If you watched that video you know that my mom, my family and I have come a long ways since I posted that video.  I still have my guitar I got with the contest money I won and I play it nearly everyday.

My mom is now back with the family and it is good; I am happy.  But there are still times I feel a bit uncomfortable about it. She did do a lot of damage to us all in two years and caused everyone a lot of pain, but she is a good person and I’m very proud of her for getting this new job.  I’m so thankful that she got away from that man. That is actually the most important thing I’m thankful about. I hoped constantly, praying endlessly that even if God didn’t put her back into our lives that he please get her away from that terrible man.

 

“God gave us HOPE so that we can COPE”_ Nathan Tune

 
Many prayers for my mom went up everywhere.  I would go this church down the road from me when I still lived in Missouri. They were in revival and every night, I would go to the altar and pray, just begging God to please here my cry. I know he heard my cry during that time. I knew he was listening to me and even though he wasn’t working on MY time he was working on HIS time!

It may have taken two years and I’ll admit there were times when I began to start doubting but then God always showed me a reason to BELIEVE. My grandma has always instilled in me to BELIEVE – that is some of why my faith is so strong. When my mom left the man and got away I was very happy but then I was disappointed again when she decided to take him back.

All of these excuses she kept making up… I was so upset. Never did I hate her or even get mad at her. All I felt was pain and HURT. I didn’t understand why SHE couldn’t just open her eyes, see the man she was with wasn’t worth her life, and hear my cry. Not only was I hurt by what she done to me but it also hurt to see her in that situation. It was hard for me to see her in that type of life and that’s why I prayed God please get her out of there.

And he answered my prayers! He got my mom out of that situation and he put her back into our lives as well! Not only that but he has given her this wonderful job at first she couldn’t even get because of some technical difficulties – but it most certainly is GOD’S WILL! I am very proud of my mom as begins her new life with us here in Texas and VERY proud of her about being the Postmaster! I love writing letters and sending mail. Mail is just a fun thing! Real mail that is, yes it may take sometime for it to arrive, but I believe that’s what makes it all worth while – plus being able to hold something in your hand.

To my mom the Postmaster! I pray that God give you the strength, energy and everything else you may need to fulfill the requirements of your new job at the local post-office!

God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Dream On…

Jan
12

 

tumblr_m8nsc1XB1i1r6rgp2o1_500Over the years I have had many dreams, Today I’d like to talk to you about some of them.

Yesterday I was looking at the in ground swimming pool that is on the Ranch here in Texas.

 

 

I remembered playing out back on the 20 acres in Missouri with my uncle – I remembered how we we’d imagine getting an in ground pool on our land, I remember my uncle telling me how deep it was going to be and It almost scared me at the time I was shorter and couldn’t swim.

 

I recall us fantasizing over many things during that time, my grandpa was very sick and the whole family sacrificed things, another thing we dreamed about was going to this theme park in Branson Missouri called Silver Dollar City. We would save up our money and put it in an envelope for when that day would come, but it turns out every-time our money had to be spent for important stuff to help us survive out there, but we continued to keep on dreaming hoping that someday we would get there to that place.

Well years passed the pool never did come, and neither did Silver Dollar City we still hadn’t been able to fit it in. But things were looking up! My family had moved off the 20 acres to a place that suit us all better, especially my grandpa because of his sickness. During that time there was this old shed out in front of our new house and my grandma had discussed making it an herb-store at that time I had knew for awhile she had the dream for that store and now she was making it a reality that is what really amazed me about dreams, if they are strong enough, real enough and driven enough then you can make them a reality. I loved the store to I helped run it, I was the cashier, stocked shelves and priced items I think I loved pricing items the most.

I like to call it from dreams to reality when something like that happens, then finally a few years later we did make it to Silver Dollar City, but not exactly as a complete family. You see my mom was gone that time out of my life and my family’s life so she wasn’t a part of that and I felt a little unsettled about that. Another dream we had which goes back to when I was a little boy as well, we have family out in North California, I had always heard my grandma talking on the phone to them and she would tell them that we would be coming to visit one day if we ever got that camper we were wanting, which ties in with this dream I guess. In the year of 2011 we got that camper we were wanting it just came as a converted bus a really nice conversion too, but with everything we’ve ever had it needed some work.  Once we got it fixed it was ready just in time to help me reach one of my very own dreams, that’s when In July I got to go to Dallas Texas to the acting camp.

 

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”_ Walt Disney

 

That was indeed a dream come true for me, actually more then one dream came true for me during my 2 weeks there, there I met the best friend I’ve ever had and always hoped for and It’s funny how God played this one out because I really believe this was his work, for a long time I was praying for a friend but in my mind I was hoping for a german shepherd puppy or a husky, but I never really specified that I just asked God for a friend, a best friend..

Well it was in July I was at the point of giving up on that ever happening and then I met Cameron who I now am calling for prayer time every night. That is really a great blessing for each of us, but lets get back to my family’s dream of visiting the family we had in California, after going back in August we knew we were going to move, we found a place in Texas and was planning on making a trip to go back in Fall to drop by check out the house (which is now our Ranch) and go on and visit our family. Well it wasn’t exactly that easy, we had some setbacks and problems, but somehow we managed to make it through and we made it to see our family!

That was a bit unsettling for me as well because at the time my mom was still not with us and that was reminded to me constantly during my trip there, when I seen the sunset over the ocean for the first time in my life I couldn’t believe it and I couldn’t believe my mom wasn’t there with us because it’s something we had planned together for years.

I still have many dreams of my own, and if there is one thing I have learned even though I don’t want to admit it, it’s that with dreams comes work, they are not just going to happen on there own, even when the door opens it takes you to go through it, and if you don’t then well God will close it he won’t leave it open forever now! So I guess what I’ve got to do and encourage all you to do the same, those of you with dreams, passions and goals. Continue to dream, let the passion burn deep in you always, Have Faith, Believe, Dream on…

Oh and another thing, about that pool, yeah we finally have the pool but it still needs some work too.

God bless!

Sincerely,

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