Nathan Tune

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

Dry Tears

Feb
07

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Whatever time it is wherever you are and whoever you are, I would just like to say to you on this special day… Welcome, welcome to today! Welcome to tomorrow and welcome to the rest of your lives. Last week I mentioned three main blog post topics that I would be releasing soon and this is the first of those three. I hope that it blesses you in some way today.

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Cold and bitter was the darkness, where you find yourself all alone and weak trying ever so carefully to quietly weep. It seems as though you have shed your last tear. OH – but what have we here my dear. It seems you’ve shed another tear and another one is drawing near as it sears another one falls, just when you thought you’ve shed them all. You soon find out the teardrops will never end, the pain may never mend, the good might never win. And the world around you begins to spin and spin about, as your head starts to pound and pound…

Until… Until you cannot shed another tear, until you’ve faced your greatest fears. Until you’ve lost track of all the years. And all you have left, is the empty and cold dry seared tears. Life can be an unfortunate event, it can have many unexpected twists and turns from time to time. Unwanted events such as – Trials and Tragedies, Turmoils and Miseries. It’s all a mystery! That is the cycle of life, for a short moment there is pain and then… There is death. But oh! Why? Why must we, such simple-made beings be forced to reckon with such a devastating and treacherous life? What did we do to deserve such despair and emptiness? Are we not worth more than this? Do we not deserve better than pain and death? Have we not paid our dues? Done our good deeds? What is it worth to me to pay my tithes and go to church every Sunday if it’s just going to leave me with the same outcome of pain and death? To what extent will you see my pain?

To What Extent?:

Why should we? Why should we do any good at all if it’s only going to be returned for pain and death? Is that not what life is all about? Karma? Is Karma real? Karma isn’t real. It’s a sham, it’s a fraud. It’s something we tell ourselves to make each other feel better about life, something to help us cope with the pain and death that is to come. Because whether we like it or not that’s what we’ve all got coming to us, pain and death. In some way shape or form. Even Jesus Christ had to face it. So why should we, such lesser beings escape the wrath and fury of life any more than he did? Why? We are not worthy of saving. We do not deserve salvation. We deserve pain and death. We act on one another with immense violence and hatred every single day.

We murder our own by the millions on a daily basis. On the streets of our greatest cities, in gas stations, grocery stores, abortion clinics and across the nation we commit the most unimaginable, unthinkable crimes that could ever be committed. We sit here in our own despair weeping and crying our last dry tear while we try and think up some excuse as to why none of us are deserving of pain and death. And all we can come up with is more dry tears. Because in our hearts, we know. We know above any other living thing in this world, WE are the most deserving of pain and death. If anyone deserves to be wiped off the face of the earth, it is us. We devour each other, spit each other out, devour each other again and then spit that out and feed it to the dogs and then what they don’t want they give to the scavengers of the air. We are pitiful. There is so much hatred, so much pain. So much devastation. So much greed, so much idolatry, so much self absorption to the point that we devalue the lives of others around us. So much to the point where we would look over a passed out man in the middle of a doorway and walk over him rather then helping him back to good health. No, we do not deserve to be spared. Our children hunger, our veterans go without medical care.

The elderly are abused, women are raped and Churches are used as party houses. Mothers abandoning their families, Daddies walking away. What makes this okay? Nothing does. Nothing.

In Conclusion:

We are all worthy of hell-fire and damnation. Eternal damnation. The point is, no matter what we do, no matter how much good we try and do to make up for all the bad. In reality, we could never make amends for all the evil we’ve brought about in this world. It is if we are lost in the darkness forever, unreachable, unable to be saved. But somehow, among it all. Jesus looks down with grace upon us, giving us a final chance. A chance for redemption. A chance for purification and reconciliation with him and with one another. An opportunity to find healing and peace. Because there is more to life than pain and death. There is Joy and Love. There is laughter, there is caring for one another and sharing with one another. There is helping on another and loving one another. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, tending to the sick and helping those in need. While we are capable of great devastation, we are also just as capable if not even more capable of great compassion. Choose love, choose joy, choose life. Choose the right thing, because it’s all we’ve got left. And one day, the dry tears will be done away with. No more tears, no more pain, no more death. Only Joy, Peace, and Happiness.

However, do not be fooled. Until that day, life as a Christian does not mean pure bliss.

Feelings of pain and heartache are natural, crying out in the darkness of the night until your eyes are full of dry tears is absolutely normal. Just because you come to Christ does not mean you are free from hardships and tragedy. In fact, when you come to Christ is when your hardships and tragedy will truly begin. Because scripture states that we shall be hated among all men for HIS names sake. When we proclaim the name of Jesus we will be mocked, we will be ridiculed, we will be hated. People will not take us seriously, they will laugh at us. But know this. He is with you, he will not forsake you. And when you think you are alone crying those dry tears, you are not. He is right there, holding you in his arms and he will see you through.

He’s the great God Jehovah and he’s looking over from over your shoulder, he can see the end and you will win. He is our provider a strong mighty tower. Much more then our maker. He IS our DEFENSE.

SHALOM –

Conflicted – The Holidays

Nov
22

Blessings and SHALOM in Jesus alone, today I would like to write about some things that have been on my mind for the past few months now, I just needed to find a way to express myself fully. So without further ado…


The Holidays have been and are always a bit of a conflicting and complicated time for me personally, due to my family’s situation with things in the past with my mom and what not: I am constantly torn up inside about it. It eats away at me more than I let on and some days are harder than others. I fight away the anger each day, fighting to stay sane because sometimes the situation gets me incredibly upset. I’m sure there are some who might be able to relate. But with Gods help I am able to move past it and I choose every day to be BETTER and NOT bitter. And some days it is just really hard. But I move past that, I keep pushing forward.

Because greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. I have had many friends tell me after really getting to know me, that they can’t believe I am as nice and caring of a person as I am considering all I’ve been through in my short life, they tell me they’ve known people that have gone off the deep end. People that go out and do drugs and get drunk and steal and get arrested and just hate the world. So it’s always amazing to them that I’m the way I am, but I tell them. I battle with the anger sometimes, I’m sure we all do. But I choose to be good, I choose to do good, but most importantly…

Choose To SEE Good:

I choose to SEE good, in this world. Even though it feels like it’s not there. Because life can be so dark and so cold and so painful and full of such despair and hate and anger and bitterness and death and sadness and heartache and tears and destitution and desolation. But I choose to look beyond what I see and I choose to see the good first. I choose it so much so that it happens for me automatically, I am almost to the point where I don’t even have to try anymore. I just look at something and see the good in it. Even if it’s just a speck. But it wasn’t always that easy. And there isn’t always good. I have been hurt and abandoned and ridiculed and mocked and hated by “friends” “family” for what I believe, for what I have stood for. Because I believe in a just and holy God. I’ve been harshly ridiculed, things I don’t even talk about.

All because I said I believed in God’s truth. Things that would make some people want to just lock themselves away and never talk to anyone ever again. But I overcome those things, I refuse to live that way. I refuse to live in pain, I refuse to live in darkness and despair. I refuse to live in fear, I refuse to live hidden from the world because I am called to be a light and what good is a light hidden under a bush? What good is a light that has been blown out by the evilness of this world from the devil himself? What good can that light do?

I could very easily never talk to anyone ever again, I could very easily choose to see only pain and hate and dark, cold, bitter despair in this world. I could choose to believe that there are only fake backstabbing lying scumbags in this world. I could choose to believe that. But what kind of a Christian would that make me? The whole purpose of my faith is to be like Christ? Where would we be if Christ chose to believe like that? If he chose to believe that none of us were capable of change and we should all just die?

We would all be dead, in hell. Many of us might not ever have even existed. But no, Jesus chose to look beyond that and in spite of our wickedness, in spite of our sins in spite of our iniquities he chose love. He chose the greatest form of love there can ever be, he chose to die for us so that we might be saved from hell. Imagine if he’d stayed hidden from the world, imagine if he chose to let darkness win. Imagine. I don’t want to imagine. Do you? No, it’s too easy to live that way. I refuse to, I have told myself this every since I was very young and I will forever stick to this belief.  People will fail you, they will. They will hurt you, they will. That’s life. They will ridicule you, they will mock you and they will try and destroy you.

There will always be that type of evil in this world. But in locking ourselves away, we let that evil win. It doesn’t matter what other people do, what truly matters is what WE do as true servants of Christ.

There may be heartache and pain and anger and sickness and sadness and death and tears and hunger and poverty and war and hatred and bitterness and despair. That is this life in which we live. But I believe that good will always conquer evil. Because In life there is also, love, joy and laughter and peace and friends and family and kindness and caring and sharing and giving and helping others. There are so many great people, beautiful wonderful people in this world that have beautiful wonderful souls and they are loved by God they are special to God so special that he gave his son to die for them on the cross. For all of us.

So how can we not have love for people? How can we not have compassion and how can we not care? Hundreds of thousands of people die every day and only God knows where their soul stands, how can that not bother us? How could that not make us want to be as bright a light as we can. How on earth can that not make us want to go out into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature? Because that’s exactly what Jesus commanded of us, many times throughout the scripture he tells us to be a light that we are a light and that we are to be his workmanship. Witnessing and most importantly, being a witness for him.

And that is what I will always do, I’m a people person. I have always had such a deep compassion for people, and a love for life. It’s a Christ like compassion I suppose. Because life is beautiful. How could it not be?

 

This is the day which the lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 KJV

 

We rejoice because God made it and God is in it and therefore it is good. I refuse to believe there is ever bad days. Only bad things that can happen in those days.

Because a day that God allows us to wake up and have breath is a great day indeed.

For life is beautiful.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

SHALOM –

Peace – Hope – Life

Mar
19

Ladies and Gentlemen. Men, Women, Boys and Girls. While this blog post can be read entirely on it’s own, it is part of another which is entirely separate from this one. For those of you who haven’t read that, CLICK HERE. Today I will be continuing that post by discussing the last three topics I mentioned in last weeks post.

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I would like to get straight to the point as I wish to take up as little space as possible due to my nonsense rambling. Let us begin then shall we? First, let me begin with…

PEACE –

What is peace? Can anyone apart from God ever know true peace? Many non-believers and some modern day preachers would pose the argument that one can achieve peace without God. But what kind of peace exactly? Better locks on the doors of your home? Or a more secure security system? A vault of weapons and ammunition? How about a bunker deep beneath your feet for you to go to when ‘It all hits the fan’? Perhaps it is a $10,000 mattress? Or a $1,000 pillow? Is that how you achieve peace? Possibly, that is somewhat of a pathway to peace. But is it true peace? Is it real peace? Many people think that peace is ignoring the storms in life, they believe that if one has peace, then they are totally obliterate to the chaos around them. For that last statement, in some ways this is true. Meaning that, the chaos around one with true peace does not affect them nearly as much as it would someone without true peace.

Why?

Jesus Christ. Often times, many modern day preachers and Christians will make the case that once you come to Christ, all of your problems and worries will go away. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, once you agree to commit your life to Christ, your life is just going to begin getting chaotic and interesting! So how is this achieving true peace, you might ask? I have said this a many times and I will say it again. Being a Christian does not mean you live without storms. It means, because of Christ, you can come out of the storm VICTORIOUS! One who has true peace, does not ignore or is not obliterate to the chaos around them, they face it every single day. But because of their peace, they can conquer it and emerge from it, victorious.

The bible tells us that those who are without God do not and cannot ever have true peace. It also tells us that, peace found within God is a peace like no other. We may be able to find temporary comfort in this world, but that is all it will be. Temporary. The peace that can be found in Christ, is something to last for eternity.

HOPE –

I cannot write about this subject enough. Hope, it’s an amazing thing. And the most amazing part about hope, is not when you have a lot of it. It’s when you have very little of it. Because that, my friends… THAT is when HOPE will shine the most. How? Let me go on and explain what I mean by this. I have seen time and time and time and again where I am on my last thread of hope, just about to give up and sometimes I even have given up. But then, hope surprises me. And I am blessed and shocked in ways I could have never even predicted in a million years. You have to understand, unlike so many people I know, I have always been quite an optimistic person. I don’t know why. But I am. At this time in particular, I am very optimistic that Ted Cruz can win the Republican Nomination, but am I saying that I put my hope in HIM? No, of course not. One cannot simply put their faith in MAN and expect to get anywhere. Now, hold up. I hear you, I hear you. You’re thinking to yourself right now, shouting in your mind.

“JESUS CHRIST WAS A MAN!”

True… That’s True, Jesus Christ was IN FACT a man. But here’s the thing. A man alone, he was not. There are some Christians to this day that believe Christ is nothing more then JUST a man. Then there are those who believe that he is a ‘god’ separate from ‘God’ and both of these groups of people could not be more wrong. The scripture is clear, God was manifested in the flesh. He came to earth as a child. He ate with us, walked with us, talked with us. He felt actual pain, he felt our pain. He was in every sense of the word, a MAN. However, here’s the thing. At the same time, he WAS in every sense of the word, GOD. He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and rose from the dead. He’s God in the Father, He’s GOD in the Son, and he is GOD in the Holy Ghost. He was, he IS God.

One does not simply deny that Jesus is God. However, so many do on a daily basis. But this is besides the actual point. My hope is not in Ted Cruz. His hope is not in Ted Cruz. His hope and my hope is in Jesus Christ. So when I believe with all my heart that Cruz can and will win. It’s because I myself (and I know Ted does) put my hope In Jesus. My grandparent’s sing a song. I have shared this song over and over again. It is an oldie, but a goodie. They sing this song which was written by their pastors long ago. It is called – “Jesus My Hope Is In You” Anytime my grandma goes to sing it, often throughout the song she makes the point that hope in Christ is all we’ve got. And when you think about, it is. Scripture tells us –

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 KJV

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In Conclusion:

At this point, you are probably asking yourselves, what about ‘LIFE’? Well, that is just the thing. The key to a whole and fulfilling life is in finding true Love, Joy, Peace and Hope IN Christ! Life without Christ, is not life at all. The scripture says, to live is Christ and, to die is gain. Why? What does this mean? Without Christ, we would have no life. He died on the cross for our sins, without that sacrifice he made. None of us would be here today. He died for us, can we not at least bring ourselves to live for him? In knowing the truth of the Gospel, we know that after death, there is glory. Heaven. We should not fear death, because our reward in heaven is great. So I would like to take this moment to pose this simple question. You do not have to answer right away, but at least ponder it would you? OK, here it goes, you ready?

What Hinders You From Committing Your Life To Christ Today?

I know, I have asked this question before. But it’s a very important question that we must all come to face one day, I’ve heard so many different answers, and I find each and every single one of them interesting. But the fact is, while you sit and think you have tomorrow to choose whom ye will serve, what happens tomorrow is uncertain. Over 150,000 people die each and every single day, how many of those were saved? The answer is unknown. But the time to get right with God could not be any better, and the time to start warning all that you know and claim to love, could not be any sooner. The time is now, Christianity is not a game. It’s not, go to Church every Sunday and where your finest attire while you sit and listen to a guy preach for an hour or so. Those things are good, but Christianity is taking that message with you, out to the streets and letting others know. JESUS IS ALIVE and he SAVES.

Until next time, my dear friends.

SHALOM –

200 Blog Posts Later…

Mar
12

If you haven’t guessed it by the title yet, or the big picture below with bold letters stating it, then you need glasses or something. Because today is my 200th blog post! Greetings, fellas, fellows, ladies, girls, gals, gentlemen, hobbitses and dwarves. I don’t know half of you as well as I should like and I like less then half of you half as well as you deserve. (Sorry, I could not resist the urge)

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Today’ I would like to begin to talk with you about love, joy, peace, hope and life. And how one might go about obtaining these things. Win the lottery perhaps? Find a nice place to settle down with your soulmate perhaps? Install a new and improved high tech security system? Buy into the stock market to put in for your future? While all these things are perfectly acceptable actions, none of them will ever help you obtain ‘true’ love, joy, peace, hope and life. In fact, some of these things may even cause you stress, pain, heartache and cause you to grow jealous and envious and greedy of what others might have.

But for now, let us start with my basis of this entire post. This is a big number, it means that I have published 200 blog posts to this site, most of them mine and some of them guest posts, either way I have come quite a long ways since I first started blogging. It is not always easy to write and there are many occasions I feel as if I’m just writing to the wind, (most likely because most the time I am) I do not get many views, however I am fine with that.

My goal has never been about popularity, It’s always been to share a moral message with others and if I can reach one person, out of everyone in the entire world, then to me it is worth it all, because I’m not doing this for anyone else, I’m doing what I love and I’ll continue to do this, as long as I am given the opportunity to do so. Finally, let us start with the first and most important attribute of all.

LOVE:

What is ‘true’ love? What is love? It’s something that many of us wonder about and something that is still unanswered in many ways. It’s unlike anything we can explain. I don’t believe that it is something  anyone can properly explain. Words can be written, beautiful words can be written, words that make the heart warm and happy. Words that can be said to one another in the little dark moments  of ones greatest tragedies, words of passion. But then there are actions, big, little, in between. Buying a loved one that special something they’ve wanted all their life. Making a scrapbook of all the good times, or just taking that call in the late hour when a friend is in need. Love is a wonderful thing, but just how much of a wonderful thing?

I believe that the greatest example,  an amazing demonstration and the most beautiful act of love that was ever made, was made by the most high. Jesus Christ, he loved the world so much that he died in agonizing pain on a cross for our sins, I’ve said it before and I will say it again. My dear friends, THAT is LOVE. Only in Christ can one find TRUE love, within themselves.

Moving on to attribute number two.

JOY:

The scripture often speaks of ‘Joy’ unspeakable. Can you imagine, being so joyful that you could not even utter a single word of it? It is most definitely achievable, not in any way is it impossible, and as matter of fact. You can achieve it  today. Whether you are a believer or a non-believer, you found this blog post somehow. You are most likely searching for something, whether that is love, ‘joy’, peace – hope or a better life. You were led here. Do not worry, I bring good news. The good news of the gospel actually.

Of course one can find joy in many things, but to find ‘true’ joy, you have to first learn to enjoy the smaller things in life. Like the way the wind blows through the leaves on the trees in the middle of a hot summers day. Nothing is more refreshing at that time is it? (Other then a tall glass of ice cold homemade fresh squeezed lemonade) Wouldn’t you like your life to be like that? Well, you may ridicule me all you want. But I only speak the truth.

Jesus can give you that, he can come into your life like a cool breeze or a refreshing glass of real old fashioned lemonade and he can refresh you. He can fill your heart with Joy unspeakable. But how is he to do this you might ask? The answer is very simple and you are only a few words away from true love and true joy in your life. I will not ask you to repeat after me, but if you are serious about having Jesus Christ come into your life and having him refresh you and give you true love and joy in your heart. Then the very first step, is believing that he can, accepting that he can and asking him to do so, ask him to come into your life.

In Conclusion:

While there are many ways to find love, often it may not be true, and love that is fake is not love at all it is just an empty black hole that you are trying to fill an even much bigger empty black hole with and you will feel even more empty. You can find true love in a soulmate, you can find true love in friends and family. But it will not be as true a love as you will find in Christ, because there will be times when your soulmate cannot understand how you feel, your friends or your family even, but Christ will be able to.

Joy cannot be found in riches, materialistic possessions, not TRUE joy anyways, true joy can only be found in Christ. Because the fact is, you can have all the riches and all the worldly possessions there is. And still be the saddest person alive, too many celebrities have taught us this valuable lesson.

I will be back next week with my two hundredth and first blog post, to continue discussing the rest of the attributes I listed above, until then however, always remember. “There’s still good in this world Mister Frodo.”

SHALOM –

Welcome To My Blog 2016

Feb
27

Greetings, friends. Brother’s, Sisters, Traveler’s, Wanderer’s. Welcome, welcome to today’s blog post and welcome to my website. May you be richly blessed in some way on this day.

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Hello, for those of you that don’t know this yet – My name is, Nathan Tune. (Jut in-case my website’s name didn’t give it away very easily.) You can read my bio to find out more about me and you can search the rest of my site to learn more about the goals and aspirations that I have. If you do so, please feel free to like me on the Facebook, follow me like a little creepy stalker on Twitter and subscribe to my Youtube channels. It would most definitely be much appreciated and I’ll do my best not to disappoint.

For quite sometime now, I have been inactive on my social media accounts. I’ve gone from posting regularly once a week to not at all. I build myself up just in time to see my views go all the way back down to zero due to lack of activity. I wish I could promise “NO MORE” to any of you that faithfully followed my blog. (Which would be very few and ancient of course) But sadly, I cannot. The fact is. Life can sometimes get in the way of everything, it can bog us down and make it incredibly difficult to continuously keep your creativity going, no matter how hard one might try or how good one might be at creating.

Don’t get me wrong, my light of creativity isn’t completely dead, not even a bit of it has been dimmed. Just halted. The candle is still burning, it’s just not burning as quickly as it once did before. Which is a better thing if you ask me. If you let the candle burn too quickly then it will soon become burnt out, and we don’t want that now do we? To be completely honest, when I started writing this post, I had no idea where I was going to take it. As I am with most the posts I write. But I have stumbled upon a perfect, yet short message subject matter.

Let It Burn – But Slowly 

Slow and steady wins the race. Or so they say. If you think about it, if you light a candle and it’s not made well enough and the wick isn’t good enough quality. Then it will burn out too quickly. And in most instances, candles are used to either put out some light or to put out some kind of fragrance. There are so many fine fragrant made candles out there, that just aren’t good quality. You open them up and they smell divine. But when you go to light them, after a couple of hours, this huge candle is gone and it barely put out any aroma at all.

Now what good is that? In life, we often feel the need to use every last talent we have as quickly and often as we can in hopes of being successful. We go bold and we go strong – and… We go fast. Yes, that is the truth. The finest smelling candles that are cheaply made will start out with a bold strong aroma, but it will quickly dissipate into the air without leaving so much as a whiff of evidence that it was ever even lit. I believe that we, mere humans can sometimes become like that. Like a cheap wick candle that burns out too quickly. We too can become burnt out too quickly from going to bold and too strong and too hard in the beginning of our aspirations.

Which is why, I myself. From now on, tend to take things a bit slower. This will be the second post I have written this year. 2016 is an interesting year for me, I am still working at the movie theater I wrote about a few months back and it is still as meaningful to me as it has ever been. With all the new movies coming out this year it should be quite interesting for sure. I am excited for what is to come and I hope that you are too.

In Conclusion:

Sure, there is much to fear in what the future may bring. But we must hold on to hope, for without hope we have nothing. We must believe. While I do intend to write more regularly then I have been, it will still be on my own time and on my own terms. It sure isn’t like I have made or am generating any money from this site/blog. I write on this and share my belief’s and opinions because I care. Because I enjoy it, because it is my passion. And I have found that while it may not be much. Over the past 3 years of being active on this blog, I have almost written 200 blog posts. The 200th post is not far away and when I do arrive to that post. It will most certainly be as special as I can make it.

If it isn’t obvious to you yet, let me make it a bit more clear. (Let me be clear. Obama impersonation) I don’t have a definite theme for this blog/website. Not a primary one anyways.

My motto has always been this. I want to be able to write about anything and everything I see fit, so long as it relates to God and life. And I can make pretty much anything relate to God and to life. You’ll hear me rant about multiple things. You’ll hear me talk about God and politics in the same sentence. (HOW DARE I?) You’ll hear me mix scripture with a political message of hope and freedom. You can even find my full set of biblical and political beliefs on this site. You’ll find a presidential endorse at the bottom of this page and in multiple blog posts. You’ll find quiche recipes, cake, and television/movie reviews as well. Anything and everything. However, I strive to revolve my blog solely around these major points.

  1. God
  2. Politics
  3. Life

If you have a problem with that, well… Then that’s your problem. For those who enjoy this blog, thank you. God bless y’all (because I’m southern and refuse to say you all just to be grammatically correct) and have a blessed day/morning/evening/night/afternoon – wherever you are and whoever you are/may be.

SHALOM –

Children & The Corn

Jul
14

Don’t get it twisted just yet my friends, at least listen to what I have to say first. However, before I get into that, why not a short word of inspiration? When people tell you that you can’t, show them that you can. When they tell you that you won’t, show them that you most definitely will and lastly. If people tell you that you will never, show them that you will never let them be right no matter what it takes.

CornA long time ago, back in the day. When I was but a wee lil’ lad, I did something really stupid. Haven’t we all? It was the summer of the year 2000 something (which we are still living in, for anyone confused) and I had just went outside to play with another member of my family and a neighbor friend that we had invited over, my grandma and my mom were gone and my grandpa was the only left at home to watch us. He was in his bedroom, most likely taking a nap. When all of a sudden, we decided to go and play in the garden, well isn’t that a bright idea? I remember standing next to the corn stalk’s, I must of only been 4 1/2 feet tall and they were almost as tall as me so they must not have been that tall yet. I believe we were playing cops and robbers, I even had a toy dispatch radio.

As we were playing, I started getting tired and wanted to rest for a moment, but my younger family member started pulling on me and I decided to grad a hold of the corn. The constant tugging at it eventually caused it to become uprooted, I stood there for a few minutes in shock while holding the ripped up stalk in my hand. I heard my grandpa come outside, he must of heard all the ruckus and woke up from his nap to see what was going on. My family member told me that I was in trouble, our neighbor just stood there for a moment in the garden until my grandpa got there and seen what had happened, I have to say. He wasn’t too happy about me pulling up one of his corn stalks that my grandma and him had put so much time and effort in to grow, let’s just say that I learned a lesson that day and a lesson that has stayed with me even to this day.

Parents – God – Children – Corn

So, by now I bet you are wondering, “how does this tie into children?” Well, let me explain. It took my grandparents a whole lot of hard work, time and effort in growing that corn. First, the ground had to be tilled and then the seed had to be planted, it had to be covered up with a gardening hoe. Watered, weeded and nurtured for quite a long time to get it as big as it was. Only to be uprooted as if it was all done in vain, for nothing. It couldn’t bare any food anymore and there was no way of getting it deeply rooted again as it was once before, it seems as though it was lost forever. In the same way that an uprooted corn stalk can upset a person that values their garden a lot, having a child become uprooted from everything that a parent has taught them and raised them on their whole life can also very easily be upsetting for that parent.

It didn’t take them over night to get their child so deeply rooted in such a strong solid foundation, or well at least what they thought was a rock solid foundation. So why is it that many times parent’s children can become so easily uprooted almost over night as if they were never rooted at all? Temptation, tugging perhaps. The enemy will come and no matter how deeply rooted parent’s may think that their children are mentally, and even spiritually. If they aren’t fully committed to the will of God, then they will be easily taken down by the tugs of the enemy and like the man that build his house on sand, they will come crashing down.

In Conclusion:

Really all there is that we can do is pray. It may not seem like a whole lot, but it really is more than we could ever imagine, because it is true that prayer changes things. It is true that with faith and prayer, what once seemed like a terrible tragedy, can be turned around in to something so much greater than we could have ever thought. Continuously nurture your corn, water it, weed it, help it to grow as strong as it can be. Help it to be as deeply rooted as possible, so that no matter how strong the wind is, it won’t be able to blow it down. And no matter how rough the enemy comes in tugging, they won’t be able to pull it up. It’s not going to be an easy task and I for one am not one to give too much expertise on such issues, however. I must say. With God, it most certainly will not be impossible.

So you see my friends. It appears that the title should make some type of sense now, shouldn’t it? I know that some may have gotten the wrong impression at first glance, but believe you me. That was not my intentions. My only intentions is to help people see a great message of inspiration each time I share something on here, and while there may be times that I become weary and discouraged with everything. I know that with God ALL things are possible and I keep trusting in him for inspiration and he just keeps right on giving it to me.

I hope you liked today’s post and until next time…

SHALOM –

The Best Job

Jun
16

Those of you that have followed me since I started this blog, you know that I have struggled since the day we moved here to get a job. It has taken me almost 3 years, but finally I have got a job. Not just any job though, the job that I have wanted since the day we first moved here.

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I do not know what it is that I have felt a pulling to this place since the first day I saw it, but I have. As soon as I got settled in to our new home, I began calling to see if they would be hiring. The first minute that they were I went to them and got an application and filled it out and even landed an interview. However, I did not land the job that time. I was quite discouraged, but I continued on looking for a job anyways. I just could not understand and I still can not understand why it is that everywhere I went I could not get a job no matter how hard it is that I tried.

I went dressed up, I went dressed down. I wore casual, business casual, suits, ties, no tie, my shirt tucked in. You name it, I tried it. I searched for a job within a 50 plus mile radius from our home and at all manner of places. I tried “Whataburger, Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Dollar General, Family Dollar, local grocery stores.” Anywhere and everywhere that I thought I could work, I put in an application. Though I did make a few exceptions. I would not put in an application at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Walgreens or even CVS Pharmacy (it was called CVS Pharmacy when I was applying) because I would not and will not sell people Alcohol or Cigarettes, I can not consciously sell people something that I believe is wrong in a moral and health matter. CVS Pharmacy may have stopped selling Cigarettes and now they call themselves ‘CVS Health’ but they still sell alcoholic beverages, such as beer, which can be very bad for ones liver, it has nothing to do with health.

All In Due Time –

After much prayer, much fasting and much effort in searching for a job. I finally decided to just give up the search and do my best to help my Grandparents with what I could and after awhile I got back in to searching and then I just stopped again. Then one day, I was riding home with my Uncle from another little town not far from us, where we had just seen the movie called “Home” for whatever reason I felt urged to stop by our local movie theater to see if they were hiring and to pick up an application, I do not know why. But I do as I feel led. We pulled up in there and I asked them if they were, it turns out that they were. I filled in another application and turned it in the next day, I did a check up on it the next week or so and then the day after that I got an interview.

After my interview, I did a few more check up calls, I really was interested in the job. I wanted that to be shown as much as possible. After all, I’ve been really interested in a job there since the day we first moved here. (That’s right, this is the job that i’ve felt pulled to since day one) Why it is that I could not get a job there sooner I do not know, but what I do know is that God always has his reasoning’s, he always has his purpose. He always has his perfect timing. We may not know when, we may not know why. And we may not know how, we may never know. But we do know that all things work together for the good to them that love God.

In Conclusion:

It was Monday, May 25th. Memorial Day, I had just finished taking some burgers off the grill and I was making lunch. I had already given up on actually getting the job, because I did not get a call when I thought I would. So I was very surprised to receive a call that day. I got the job! With what seemed like only moments after that, a tornado came through and really tore up the town. I wasn’t able to go pick up my paper work to fill out until a few days after, and I started Monday the 1st of June. I have to say that this job is actually everything I imagined it would be and much more, if I was talking about you I would say that it’s an “OK” job. But I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about me and this is what I think.

I believe it is the best job ever. For me. I love the clean up of theater rooms after each of the shows, and I love the cleaning in general. I love the people, I love serving the people and I love seeing their reactions to the films when they come out of one and I just love everything about the environment. Some people may think I’m completely insane, and that’s OK. I don’t mind, It wouldn’t be the first time that someone questioned my sanity. I really do enjoy every little aspect of this job, I’m still new, I’ve still got much to learn and I will continue giving my best because I hope to work here for a really long time. As long as possible. I drive to and from work with a great big smile on my face.

The best job is not necessarily the one that pays the most, or one that has the most benefits. But it’s one that you benefit from the most personally. One that you are passionate about, one that makes you truly happy. That’s the best job. All of my co-workers and managers are great, they help me out really well. They teach me with good patience and they are understanding and everyone is fantastic. I am really glad to have been blessed with such a wonderful work place. I do not know what else God may have in store for me in the future, but until then. I’m going to keep doing my best while hoping for the best. Thank you for reading this post today.

Enjoy The Show!

There Is Still Hope

Jun
09

When you have taken the last step that you think you can take, there is still hope. When you have reached what you say is absolutely the very last destination you will ever reach, just let me take a moment to remind you of something that you might have forgotten while on your journey, there most certainly is ‘still’ hope. Though it seems that all hope may be lost, when you least expect it, it is there for you.

11271140_1141879335837580_152668578_n If you feel as though you have given the last bit of advice you can ever give, there is still hope for more, if it seems as though you are no longer able to care for anyone at all, there is hope. There is hope for you when no one else thinks there is, there is hope for you in the darkest pits of this world, and yes I have to say that absolutely there is hope even when you don’t deserve a second chance, even if you have failed at everything else, you still have hope. Somehow it’s there when you need it the most and deserve it the least, could it be that God cares about his children that much, that he would be so gracious and kind to extend hope to us even though it is certain that we do not deserve one ounce of mercy?

Absolutely, it most certainly is. Why? For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever ‘believeth’ in him should ‘not’ perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) “Everlasting” Eternity, Forever, on and on and on and on and on and on and on! IF – ONLY we would just BELIEVE that HE IS, he is what? He is our LOVE, he is our LORD, he is our GOD, he is our LIGHT he is our JOY, he is our STRENGTH he is the TRUTH, he is the WAY, he is the LIFE, he is EVERYTHING, he IS ‘EVERLASTING’ he is the beginning and the end, he is eternity he is forever, he is HOPE. When we least expected it he was our hope, he came into this dying world and he SAVED it, he gave us new life, he gave us new faith, he gave us new air to breath, new light to see and my friends, he gave us HOPE.

Our Hope Lies In Christ –

I may have mentioned this before on my radio show, but I do not believe that I ever have written about it on my blog post, there is an old song (bet you thought I was gonna say ‘there is still hope’ didn’t ya? Fooled you.) that my grandparents often sing, they learned it from one of their old Pastor’s from when they first got into church, (many moons ago, no, just kidding, only one.) it explains how there is only one hope that we have, and that would be hope in Jesus Christ. It is entitled “Jesus My Hope Is In You” in the lyrics it goes on to say that there is no one else who could possibly carry us through (and if I may elaborate) no one else could ever carry us through such dark times of this wicked world that we face as Christ can, no one else has the power to help us overcome evil with good and no one else deserves praise and honor as he.

Though there are times when satan may try and tempt us to give up and walk away from the path that God has set out before us, we cannot allow him to fool us into believing that what he says is true. He will try and trick us into believing that there is no hope, that our lives aren’t worth much, or anything for that matter. He will laugh at us and get us to feel terrible about ourselves, he will ‘try’ and make us worry about every little thing that you can imagine and he will try to make you think that God doesn’t care about you, that God does not love you. That you aren’t able to be saved from all your sins and before you know it “IF” you let him get in your head, you will soon become a victim to evil mind play of the devil himself.

In Conclusion:

When you’re down and discouraged, and feeling alone, a beggar an outcast, or a man with no home, know that in one special moment your life can be made new, because there is still hope. In Jesus alone. The other day I became worried about something, so I decided to call and find out the outcome so I wouldn’t have to worry anymore, when I got off the phone with the people I wanted to talk with it became clear to me that there was no reason to be so worried, not just yet anyways. And what became even more clear to me was the fact that there was still hope for me. Thus the inspiration for this blog post was born, we all need a little hope in our lives, living in these days don’t we?

We could use it. If you find yourself in a predicament that causes you to start worrying, fear not, remember that even if it doesn’t seem as though it’s there, it is. Hope will always be there, and you will always be able to find it, no matter how big or small the situation is or no matter how unlikely it is that there be any chance at all. I promise you that even if it’s a very small thread, it will be there and it will be something that will help you make it through, it will be what gets you to your next destination and it will be what gets you to the finish line of this race to glory.

Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope that it has blessed you in some special way my friends, until the next time we blog I pray for you to be continuously be treated the way that you treat others on a daily basis. God bless and as always…

SHALOM –

Travelin’ On…

Jun
04

Hello everyone, I titled this post “Travelin’ On” however, I do not know entirely what I am going to say on the subject and please let me warn you ahead of time that I may stray away from topic here and there, I just needed a nice little title for the post so I thought that the one above was a perfect fit. You see, it becomes ever more difficult to find inspiration to give inspiration, to be an inspiration!

airplane-wallpaper-3I am often weary from thinking of what to write next even though I try my hardest to keep these posts scheduled way ahead of time so in a sense I am working each day to travel on with this blogging mission that I have taken upon myself, I do enjoy writing and posting what it is that God has given to, and I love reading all the feedback that I get whether it be negative or positive (though the positives always outweigh the negative) I enjoy being able to shed some kind of light in someones darkest hour and I love to bring hope to the world in some way each day that passes us by. Because I know that there are so many who doesn’t feel as though they can continue traveling on, as matter of fact they feel as though they might have hit their limit, ran their last mile, spent their last ounce of strength and lost their last drop of fuel to get them through.

This may be true for some, however, I am here to say otherwise. It’s my job now isn’t it? Otherwise. There, I said it. You heard me, yes that is correct. OTHERWISE. Otherwise what? OK, how about this. What if you haven’t spent your last ounce of strength or your last drop of fuel, what if you are seconds away from a pit stop and if you give up now you will feel so foolish when you could have gone a few more steps ahead and rejuvenated yourself to keep moving on, but instead you gave up because you didn’t think you could go on any further. When in reality, God had otherwise planned, there was a way, there is always a way. We must find a way to make a way to live the way.

Hold On –

Keep holding on no matter what, we know that it is hard, we know that it isn’t easy, we know that things can become tiresome from time to time but we must not forget to keep holding on to our faith, to hope. Because there most certainly is hope, there always is hope my friends, when we least expect it, hope comes around the corner and slaps us in the face with a wake up call and we are amazed at the way things start to turn. Because when we thought about stopping only seconds from a pit stop, we didn’t, we kept going, we got a rejuvenation and went back out there until our next checkpoint and we kept going.

Along the way we may have faced some dark valleys, some mountains and some storms, we may have had to endure freezing temps and brutal heat waves, we may have had to endure slippery slopes and rugged hills that were almost too hard to get over but by the grace of God we made it and we continue to each day.

In Conclusion:

In the words of one of my favorite TV Ministers of all this world, though he’s not a real Minister at all, rather just a Character from one of my favorite TV Shows called “7th Heaven” he most certainly was an amazing Pastor in the show, and though the man that had the honor and privilege to play the role of “Reverend Eric Camden” has recently had some bad stuff come upon him from some awful things he did in the past. The Character is still the character and the character is amazing.

“You live, you learn, you learn to cope.” – Reverend Eric Camden

And that is so true, in this life we all go through hard times in the struggle we pray for a life line, needing someone to show us the way but we’ve got to have faith. We must continuously grow stronger in our faith each day, because God is our mighty defender.

Thank you for all who have read, may it have blessed you in some way. (Rev. Camden’s quote may have been slightly paraphrased for the sake of not being able to find the actual quote and not being able to remember it fully)

SHALOM –

It’s A Flip Flop Life!

May
18

Wake up this morning feeling as though nothing will go your way? Your hair isn’t the way you hoped it would be, you burnt the toast or you flopped the pancake, maybe you even caught something on fire, It seems that everywhere you turn, everything just flip flops out of control. Now isn’t that something? In life we will have to endure flip flops, what outcome we choose to make of them is left up to us.

beach_grayscale_monochrome_par_2560x1600_The other day I was planning this wonderful dinner for my family, I had it all envisioned in my head, cheeseburgers and fried potatoes – does that not sound so yummy? Well, it ‘DID’. I like to blanch the potatoes in hot boiling water (usually oil but you can use water and it is all I had so it’s what I used) for about 10 minutes or less, well I had got distracted with making the burger patties, which by the way I had to add some black beans to the ground beef because I only had a little less than one whole pound of hamburger beef, as I started to pat them out I noticed they weren’t holding together too well. It seemed as though I had added one too many eggs, (oh bother, little did I know though, that, that was the least of my problems.)

When I went back to check on the potatoes I found that they had been blanched for far too long, at first I will admit that I started to let myself panic, and then I stopped myself. I quickly began thinking of what I could make out of these potatoes that would go well on the side of Hamburgers that I had just cooked, mashed potatoes? No, that wouldn’t work, mashed potatoes don’t go well with a meal like cheeseburgers, not in my book. Aha! It came to me like lightening in the midst of a storm, as if a light-bulb had just lit up on top of my head like in those old cartoons that I used to watch. Potato salad! I can make potato salad!

When Life Gives You…

The old saying goes:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

My dear friends, in my case it was: when life gives you overly blanched potatoes, make potato salad, don’t let the flip flop become an inconvenience in your life. Make something beautiful out of it, in my case it was a great big ole’ delicious bowl of potato salad, in your case maybe it will be a chocolate cake instead of brownies, or cookies, or scrambled eggs instead of fried, either way you are still blessed to have what food you have to prepare any dish you like with, so don’t let the flip flop life get to you, flip flop it right back into something absolutely ‘FANTASTIC’ (as THE Doctor would say.)

Notice that though I became slightly panicked, I did not allow the over cooked food to spoil the rest of my meal, I went right on making dinner for my family with joy and I ate that potato salad right up, it was muy delicioso! (Psst. It’s my favorite.) So you see, I took what seemed as if it had ruined our meal for good and turned it around around, I flipped a flip flop life incident and come to think of it, I am glad that I did. (Because like I said above, I ‘REALLY’ love potato salad.)

In Conclusion:

There will be times when our life will flip and it will flop, we may wake up and everything will be flipping all around us and flopping all over us, but nevertheless, no matter how flip flopped things may seem. We can make it, “YES WE CAN” (In the words of our greatly adored, most high and mighty king, Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama, did I mention ‘HUSSEIN’? Ah forget that though, back to the blog post, shall we?)

Scripture Verse:

“We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.” – Philippians 4:13 (Paraphrased)

(Wonder if good ole’ Barack read that verse before his campaign? Hmmm… Moving on.)

Indeed my fellow brethren, the reason we can is because we know that God is with us, and if our God is for us then who can be against us right? While today’s post might have been much shorter than usual, as I have said many times before, ‘Quality’ is far better than ‘quantity’ any day, in my opinion. With that said, I will bid y’all (you all) a farewell, well, a good evening, a good night, a good day – perhaps a ta-ta? Eh, whatever, until next time my friends.

SHALOM –

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