Nathan Tune

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

Upcoming Blog Posts…

Jan
31

Life is busy, is it not? So much to do, so much to see, so what’s wrong with taking the taking the back streets? Ahh… Smash Mouth, the 90’s… Those were the days, were they not? Well.. If you’re a 90’s kid like myself they were. If not then maybe it was the 80’s? 70’s? The 60’s? 50’s? 40’s? 30’s?!? COME ON!? How far back do you go!?

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We all have our favorite moments in time, for most of us it’s from our childhood. The 90’s for me is a special thing, and they are not confined to just 1990-1999… NO, Sir! The 90’s extended well into the 2000’s, I would say that the 90’s began in 1989 and ended somewhere the same time Barack Obama was elected President. (Not saying that has any relevance at all, just that in 2008 is about when the 90’s ended) Since then kid’s have moved on from shows like Drake and Josh, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Bill Nye The Science Guy. Teachers Pet, Toy Story… Yes, we’ve moved on from playing outside with our mere imaginations. From our water guns, baseball, cops and robbers…

Oh! Don’t dare try and play cops and robbers today, pointing your finger in the shape of a gun or using a stick and pointing it at a friend to say “pow pow” is just downright uncivil. We don’t want that in our society. Ban anything that looks like a gun, if a child pulls out a cheeto and it resembles a handgun then ban cheeto’s from the class room. I’m not saying things were better or perfect back then, but they sure were simpler. Kid’s could learn the value of a dollar by opening up a lemonade stand and making a profit. Nowadays you need the proper permits and licensing to do such a thing. We’ve become a society where the need to work a job has grown thin. People do not need a job, Government assistance is acceptable and encouraged by the Socialist-Democrats of our time.

Government and society spend all their time discouraging the young to work and then wonder why they are so lazy all the time. I’ll tell you why. It’s because they have no need for it. Government will pay for their medical expenses, their grocery bills, their electricity, they will give them free phones. Free everything. At the expense of the average hardworking American citizen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against helping those in need, I’m all for that. I’m just saying we have lost track of what is truly important. We need to prioritize or we will see our own demise much too soon.

What Can Be Done?

Many ask “What can we do to set America straight again, how can we change our outcome?” we must encourage hard work, we must teach the value of a dollar and the value of life. Nothing is free in this life, everything is bought and paid for with one price or another. Freedom itself is not free. It was paid for with the ultimate price. The deaths of many American soldiers who were Brothers, Son’s, Fathers. Friends, Uncle’s and Patriots. We owe it to them to set America straight again. We owe it to them to make things right.

The question has been posed time and time again. “Which would you rather have? Peace or Freedom?” Because the fact of the matter is this. If you have a peaceful world, the odds are most likely to be that you will have a world without Freedom and you will be forced to put aside all your own personal beliefs. There will be a set of guidelines that everyone must abide by to maintain law and order. If these guidelines are not followed then severe punishment will follow.

And with Freedom will come war, because freedom must be defended at all cost. For without freedom, one cannot embrace their own individualism. Without freedom you can have no difference of opinion. And where there is a difference of opinion, there also is a necessary means for war. Because it is the contrary ideals of men that lead them to war, instead of agreeing to disagree many times tyrants would see that the entire world bow down to their ideology. But a land of Freedom does not fight as offense, we fight as defense. Defending life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For these things are precious and dear. Without these things, what is life?

For a land of freedom does not seek to persecute those around them that disagree with them, only to stand by ready to defend it’s ideals when it’s enemies rise up against them. Ready to liberate those who need liberation but most importantly, those who WANT liberation. That is where we have failed at times. We try and liberate those who do not wish to be free, many enjoy the ideology of communism and socialism. We cannot change that. Which I find interesting. American Patriots do not want to change the ideology of the communists and the socialists. If they wish to live that way far away from us than that is fine.

But why do so many in this country wish to incorporate such ideologies of communism and socialism into our American culture? These are things our founding Fathers went to war over. They are rolling over in their graves to think we would ever embrace such tyranny. I for one will NEVER embrace it. I stand against. Let freedom ring!

In Conclusion:

I bet by now you are wondering, “what on earth does any of this have to do with ‘upcoming blog posts’?” Don’t worry, I am wondering the EXACT same thing! I intended to write something entirely different but what you’ve read is the outcome of my own bewildered search for words. Nevertheless, what’s done is done. Is it not? All I have left to do now is come to some type of conclusion. Which would be this, short and sweet and to the point. Time’s change, life is not always simple, freedom is not free and there cannot be freedom where there is peace nor peace where there is freedom. Man will always have arguments and disagreements which will lead to war and pain and suffering. But let’s not let that pain and suffering be in vain, let us honor the lives of those who fought and died to defend our freedom and our liberty.

Let – Freedom – RING!

Now, the upcoming blog posts… If you remember correctly, the last post I wrote was a bit of a touchy/feel-y one. Emotional, sad. Heartwarming and deep. Well the next few blog posts I have planned will not be any different than the last. I have had quite an emotional early year so far. Good and bad. Happy and sad. Nevertheless, the good outweighs the bad, I am always able to derive some type of heart-wrenching message from my deepest emotional turmoils and day to day events. And that is what I have done to be able to share the posts I have planned. It will be a three part series of blog posts. Three titles, three distinct messages, three different emotions and thoughts I myself often have and feel. I will list an index below.

  1. Dry Tears
  2. Lost Time
  3. A New Dawning

I look forward to sharing these posts with you and much more in the near future. Until then, I hope that you are greatly blessed beyond measure. May Yahweh shine his face upon you and may Yahweh give thee…

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 –

The God Of The Mountain

Jul
07

In your walk with Christ you will face many ups and many downs. The ups will always be far greater then your downs, however the downs will likely be more often then your ups. That is the way it goes. I have seen multiple times in my life and in my family’s life where the same God was with us through both.

11117654_1169356379756542_1243764855_nHow is it possible that the same God who ‘allows’ such pain and misery is indeed the SAME God during our good times of love and peace? Because surely no ‘good’ God would ever let any harm come upon us now would he? And if it does, if we were to ever face any hardships in our life then we must not be living for God good enough now are we? If we hadn’t of missed church last Sunday or if we had been going to church more altogether. If we had been doing this, if we had been doing that. What if we had been going to church all of our lives? What if we had served God with all our heart, all our lives? What if we hadn’t of? What if we had of just died when we were laying on the death bed, gasping for air? As I have heard my favorite TV Minister Character (Rev. Eric Camden from my Fav show, 7th Heaven) I have to say.

We can’t play ‘What If’, we can only deal with ‘What Is’ and what is, is this. The Bible tells us, Jesus Christ himself tells us that if wechoose to follow him,we MUST be willing to count the cost. Because there IS a cost that we will pay, DAILY for serving him, for claiming to live in HIM. Too often ministers today try and paint ‘The Christian Life’ as this glamorous lifestyle. One where you never do any work and everything gets handed to you on a gold platter and a velvet pillow. But that isn’t true. Another saying from one of my other ‘real’ favorite TV Ministers, (Billy Graham) is this. (And I am certain I’ve repeated this before, because it’s true.)

“Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything.” – Rev. Billy Graham

The way of righteousness is straight and narrow is the gate, but the way of hell is broad and wide and it leads to destruction.

He Is Still God In The Valley –

When times are rough, it is often hard to believe that someone really is up there looking out for you. But we must not forget, he is still God of the valley. The same God that was with you when you landed that big real estate deal, he’s the same God with you now while you struggle to pay your bills. Don’t doubt God. While questioning and reasoning is OK and most certainly natural, don’t even do that. Just Believe. Have Faith. He will bring you through, it will be alright. It may be hard to see the brighter side of your situation right now, but believe me when I tell you this. There is a brighter side to every dark day. And most likely, it isn’t too far away. All you need to do is keep holding on.

“Don’t give up, it’s worth it. Just keep trying.” – Obama

(Yes, I quoted the big O’)

It’s like a little light in a huge dark room. It’s not bright enough to light your entire way. Though it is just enough brightness to light up enough ahead of you so you can see your way through. Don’t worry about what is behind you, don’t worry about what is ahead of, just look beside you and God will be there. He’s guarding you from the front, he’s walking beside you and he’s trusting that you’ll never look back. Whoever puts their hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God. In the Christian walk we will be given many mountains to climb, (many plows to put our hands to) we must never look back, because each step we take is one less step to glory and one more step from hell. So there is no point in looking back, by the time we reach the top, even though we must go back down. It’s still to far to look back.

In Conclusion:

After each mountain, there will always be another valley and after each valley, there will always be another mountain. Back when I was still struggling with the pain from my mom in 2010, I wrote this short piece about ‘The Christian Life’ it isn’t anything of great extravagance, but it is something of significance.

“With every sorrow there is a joy. With every valley there is a hill. But with every joy there is a sorrow. And with every hill there is a valley. The life of a Christian is not easy. You follow a path that winds through the darkest places only to come out in the brightest of all, then to go back down into the darkest pit only to rise on the highest mountain.” – Nathan Tune

So keep walking my friends, keep climbing. Keep struggling, keep pursuing, keep persevering. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep letting your light shine. Keep rocking on, and keep moving on. Keep your held high and your spirits held higher. Keep your eyes on Christ and your mind on truth. Keep your heart on love and your feet on the rock. Keep picking up your cross, daily.

SHALOM –

Love & Shame Of America

Jun
27

During the whole ‘unlawful’ ‘legalization’ of ‘Gay Marriage’ (whatever that is) I have seen quite a few people speak the phrase “I’m ashamed of my country” That is a phrase that I have a hard time getting around. I must ask myself, we must all ask ourselves. “Are WE ashamed of our country? Am *I* ashamed of my country?”

grunge_bless_america___precut_png_stock_by_somadjinn-d727784For me, the answer to that question has got to be, ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. I will always have a great love and patriotism for the core values of what America was founded upon, what America used to be. How we once stood up and defended freedom, justice, equality, liberty and all of that good stuff. How we took a stand against terrorism and put an end to it right then and there when it was the darkest times the world had ever seen. How we were that shining city on a hill, a leading example for the world. A place where people looked to for freedom, shelter and a better way of life.

A place where people could actually make something of themselves, not get any benefit under the sun if they came here as an immigrant, but where they could be anything they wanted with hard work and determination. That is what makes me proud to be an American. The men and women before me that actually built this country, instead of just ‘talking’ about building, they actually did. The brave men and women that died defending it’s founding principles to the bitter end. Even if it meant their life, they stood for what was right. Not like us wimps today. So no, I’m very proud of my country. Or well, what it used to be.

I Am Ashamed –

But today, I am very ashamed of what it has become. Of what her people have become. You cannot say “God bless you’ without someone curling up into the fetal position with their feelings hurt. You can’t have Jesus in school because it’s ‘unconstitutional’ so he is removed. Yet when anything goes wrong the first question anyone asks is “Where is God?” the answer to that is that he wasn’t allowed on the premises. Could it of been avoided if he was? That is a high possibility. He does defend his people. Those that call on his name.

What was once unthinkable is now acceptable in many peoples minds and they don’t even care how it affects them or are country. They don’t even care how each so called ‘victory’ in the Democratic party is just another loss for all of us as Americans as far as freedom is concerned. So yes. I am very ashamed at what America has become, because everyone has become a bunch of wimps. I am ashamed of our leaders.

Mothers young sons died fighting for freedoms and religious liberties so we could wimp out. I think not. Christians are too afraid to get political but I believe it is a Christian’s duty to be concerned with these issues. Americans in the beginning dealt with two things very seriously. God and Politics. Many people think the two can’t collide and they are right. In the wrong way they can’t, but in the right way they can.America was based on freedom, morals, values. Ethics. Now we bow down to everyone under the sun.

We are weak and feeble. We have no backbone anymore. We put the desires of other cultures before the founding principles of our own. Our founding Fathers was be sickened with disgust of how weak we have become. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t blame them.

We deserve to be spat on in the face for our ignorance.

In Conclusion:

With that said, what do I believe about Gay Marriage? I believe in what the bible says, (and no, don’t give me that garbage about shrimp being worse then gay marriage. Either you can’t read or you don’t know how the bible defines things) the bible tells us that marriage was a sacred bond created by God. A bond between a man and a woman.

Therefore, I do not believe in ‘Gay Marriage’ nor do I support it. I would not ever vote to make it legal. HOWEVER, this is a big however by the way. I do believe that the STATES have a right to choose whatever it is that they want when it comes to this issue.

I believe as a Christian and a Conservative that these two beliefs are based upon freedom, liberty and free will. You can’t very have freedom, liberty and free will when it is being oppressed. So, while I myself personally do not support the idea of ‘legal’ ‘gay marriage’ I do support a persons right and free will to live however it is that they please. Which means this.

The Supreme Court should not have any right to tell individual states what to do in this matter. If states want to vote for gay Marriage, fine, let them have it. Don’t force them to stop it. If states don’t want it, don’t force them to do it. Simple as that. And lastly. Don’t sue Bakeries, T-Shirt Companies, or Photographers for not participating in the wedding ceremonies because that goes against their ‘religious’ beliefs and that is wrong. Do not make them out to be this awful ‘bigoted’ hateful people when all they are doing is refusing to participate in a gay wedding. After all, it isn’t like they are cutting their heads off or anything. (Oh wait, I’m sorry. That is from places like Saudi Arabia and Sharia Law where that happens. Which happens to be the same location of many well known Liberal owned companies. HA how hypocritical) makes me sick.

Stop being such wussified hypocritcal babies and stand up for what you believe. Not in hate, no. Do it in love. With truth. And with boldness. That’s what it’s going to take. Where we can find common ground, for the sake of ALL our lives and all our freedoms and our country lets find common ground. Lets stand together. Let’s stand strong.

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!

Brokenness

Jun
01

We often spend our life trying to protect our most valued items, we store them in a cabinet, on a high shelf far from little ones grasp, or we have them wrapped up in plastic bins out in the garage. Only to use them once a year maybe during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Birthday’s, Wedding Anniversaries, because we don’t want them to get broken, we don’t want to break them.

BrokennessThere is just one thing wrong with that, the most valuable possessions are usually those that are easily broken, because you see my dear friends, even the best can become broken eventually. What is it that I am getting at? Do you feel like you are broken today with no way at all to describe the pain that you feel from all the times you have been wronged? All the times that you have blatantly been lied to, abused, provoked, used, mistreated and deceived by the goodness of your own heart towards mankind, you were only trying to help, you were just trying to be a friend to someone in this dark cold world and all you wanted was to be there for somebody and here you are now, broken to little pieces and you don’t know what goes where.

But God does…

Broken things can many times be easily fixed, other times it takes a little more time and patience, but don’t worry, when it is your life that we are talking about always remember. God is the creator of that life and if anyone can fix it, he can. Will it ever be the same as it was in the beginning? Will things ever go back to normal? That is uncertain, we must always remember that perfect to us may be something far different than what perfect to God is, we may see a burnt pile of a dilapidated building lying on the ground and God may see something so much more beautiful that we couldn’t even begin to imagine the beauty of what that burnt pile of nothingness could be, because we see a burnt building, what God sees is what it once was and what it can be.

RESTORATION –

Allow yourself to be restored, allow God to pick you up in his gentle hands and allow him to begin the process of putting you back together the way that you were supposed to be. Because unlike a broken pot or a broken vase, God won’t use super glue, he’ll take time mending our wounds, he will comfort us and help make us stronger so we aren’t easily broken by the afflictions of this world the next time that they come around slapping us in the face. With their mockery and their laughter of everything that we stand for, everything that we claim to live in and all that we are, with the help of God we will no longer allow evil to overcome us, we will no longer allow it to break us down into little pieces of nothingness, we will overcome evil with good and we will break it down in our lives to little pieces of nothingness.

We will rise above the situation in our life no matter how tough it may be, no matter how rough we have to get and no matter how dark it may get, we will shine our way through and we will come out in victory over the enemy, because if we don’t then we will not have a single chance of making it anywhere, not in this life or the next, we have to be as bold as we can be and we have to realize that being broken is not always such a bad thing. We also have to learn that we can’t be so afraid to use the most valuable items in our house because we are afraid of breaking them.

I was washing the dishes the other day and I’ve noticed that my favorite McDonald’s Coca Cola glasses keep going down in number and the reason for that, is because we keep breaking them, not on purpose of course. There are accidents that occur which cause us to break them without any way of stopping it from happening, I was thinking of not using them anymore but then what is the point of having a glass and not being able to use it? Ahh, you see what I mean by that? What is the point of having this vessel and not using it?

In Conclusion:

What is the point of dedicating this vessel to God and not allowing him to use it? Because we are too valuable, too vulnerable and will be oh so easily broken? How in any way or in any life is that at all an logical excuse? It isn’t and here’s why, yes it is true, the most valuable things are those that are easily broken, but, those that are of the highest quality are not. What am I saying? By allowing God to have full control of our lives and every decision that we make he can make us far more valuable then we ever were, because we are of far more value to him then we are to anyone else in this world.

And he can also make us of a higher quality, does that mean we will be better than others? Does that mean that we will not be able to be broken down like others? Of course not, I didn’t say that things of a higher quality are NOT broken at all, I simply said that they are not so EASILY broken, meaning that through God being made of a higher quality then we were before we can be made stronger and much more durable to withstand against the wiles of the devil, we will become broken from time to time, yes. However, when we do, each time we will grow less and less likely to break again.

Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope that it has blessed you in some way.

SHALOM –

LIFE (It’s Precious)

Apr
14

Good afternoon people, good morning, good evening, whatever time it may be for you wherever you are and whoever it is that you might be I would like to personally welcome you to this blog.

DDD

A very special edition to this blog indeed, you know  even though  I may be quite young I have been noticing that more often people these days are beginning to less and less take heed to  one  of the most important gifts we have in this life which would be LIFE itself, now I know that many people may suffer and live without the basic needs that they should most definitely have but if you talk with many of those people (which I have before), they will tell you that they are really mostly happy to be alive, which is amazing because there are people that have SO much, yet take everything they have for granted, including their life and even others.

But why would there even be cause for such a thing? Do they not even know or can they not even begin to comprehend how precious life really is? All around this globe there are people out there who are fighting each day to keep living because it means something to the, life means something to them, they have family, friends, jobs, dreams and goals that they have yet to accomplish, they have so much left to do that they don’t want to give up so easily because it is something where they value it to the point they are willing to endure the pain of sickness as long as it means that they will continue to live.

It’s Beautiful:

It really is beautiful, sadly most people don’t really ever get to experience the way that we all should, most people aren’t able to experience it’s full potential because everyone is too busy with work or whatever else they have going on, and they forget how precious life really is, people can quickly become selfish and will unknowingly even take life so that they can continue living theirs the way that they want to without being interrupted, but really is that the society that we have become? I suppose it is.

Life begins at the moment of conception, that is when we are first brought into existence and then for 9 months we live in our mothers womb and then all of a sudden we are ready to come out and face this world, the cry of a baby as it is brought into this world is said to be one of the most life changing experiences for people, seeing life at one of it’s finer moments when a new person is being given to us, a gift from God really.

So who are we to say that this new existence doesn’t have a right to continue on in this world like we all have? Are we somehow better than that baby? I’d like to say that we aren’t any better than that baby because that is where we all came from, we couldn’t scream out in a frantic tone begging for someone to hear us, to please not take us out, to please allow us to be born, we couldn’t for we didn’t even know any language at all, we were helpless, yet someone decided it was right to let us live, so who are we to decide anything less for someone else?

What Is There To Miss?

You know this life has a lot to offer us if we would only pay attention to all of it’s best attributes but we won’t because we are too busy focused on ourselves and what WE want at the time and I’m not saying that it isn’t ok to want something for yourself every once in awhile but lately the people of this world have become so consumed with their own self that they don’t really care who it is they might hurt along their way and it’s really quite sad because we were all meant to be more than what we are becoming, we were meant to be greater, yet we continue down a path of such darkness.

Taking for granted the smallest of things, you know to be granted bigger things in life we must first show responsibility for the smaller things, we must first show that we can appreciate the smallest of items because if we can’t appreciate something that isn’t worth much, how are we ever going to be able to appreciate the finer things in life? We most likely won’t, if we are given the best that life has to offer first then we will most likely become reckless and careless of everything, we will lose all sight of right and wrong, we won’t care how much we hurt those even those that we claim to love, we will be ungrateful, hateful, angry and bitter, we will be lost for quite sometime.

But if we could only take consideration for the littlest of thing, like the way the wind so gently can often blow the leaves through the trees, or just how the air feels on your face, how the roses smell so incredibly amazing, how the water glistens from a distance so elegantly, the way that the birds sing their songs early of the morning, the way laughter makes us sound and feel, or how it might sound to us, the way music can sound to the mind, spirit and soul, oh how wonderful that it can make us feel, imagine all of those fun activities like playing outside in the playground or going snowboarding in the winter, surfing in the summer, scraped knees from learning to ride your bicycle for the very first time and hot chocolate near a warm fire place way up in the rocky mountains during the winter, imagine all of that and then…

Imagine someone not being able to experience all of that, can you imagine taking the best joys of life away from anyone? Because I can’t possibly imagine preventing anyone the opportunity to experience those things, I can not even comprehend being able to consciously do that.

In Conclusion:

There is more to life than pain, hurt, sickness, disease, heartache, war and strife there is so much more than that in this life, there is joy, happiness, peace, laughter, fun, family, friends, genuine love  togetherness, there is hope. If only we as a society could take into consideration how important these things are, then maybe, just maybe, we would think twice before taking that away from someone.

Lessons to be learned from today’s post are these:

  1. Be More Grateful
  2. There Is More
  3. Life Is More
  4. Life Is A Gift
  5. LOVE – LIVE (loving is living)
  6. We All Deserve To Live

The 5th one may not be too obvious in this post but it is in there and it is something that I have discussed many times before, I hope that you have been uplifted, inspired and encouraged by today’s post and I hope you leave here today valuing your life and the lives of others along with the lives of those that have yet to born a whole lot more, may you be richly blessed as always and don’t forget that sometimes we go through a little bit of pain so that we might gain the strength to face another day more easily.

Until next time my cybernite friends, I’m Nathan Tune from the deeply conservative pineywoods of east Texas saying ‘ya’ll come back now ya here?’ have a great rest of your day, drink some Iced sweet tea and have some fried chicken with mashed potatoes and collard greens.

SHALOM –

Imagine…

Mar
24

I’d like to share with you today, the last audio recording of mine for quite awhile.

imagine

I titled this piece “Imagine A World” because if you listen to the background music, which comes from “The Secession” on youtube; I was inspired just by listening to this song called “Move Forth” it’s amazing. I love listening to music, I really love everything that music has to offer us and if I do say so myself well, sometimes I can get a bit carried away.

However, as I was watching youtube one night thinking as always, I ran across this song and while It’s not the first time I’ve listened to this group, I have to say that this time I was truly consumed with inspiration, I immediately started writing the words that I heard as I was listening and then I went on to make an audio recording of it, which was almost impossible trying to get done because of the limited space on the computer (which is now full.)

I was struggling but eventually I got it done, and I’m pretty proud at how it turned out, and when I get the first chance I can I am going to make a video along with it and launch a campaign  called –

Be A Difference – See A Difference:

Because these are some of the most important things that I can think of that we as a society can do to make our world a better place, because if we don’t do these things then we will sadly continue to rush down this hill of hate, anger, angst, racism, violence, discrimination and cruelty.

I’m sure no one wants that, I sure don’t. But sadly I see it everywhere, Hate – I see it in the schoolrooms of our children’s schools, I see it in the big shot businesses of our society, it is easily spotted in the dark shadows of our media, our politics, our ‘religions’ in Christianity.

It can be spotted from all corners of this earth, with old hatred rising in the Middle East against the Jewish people, with what is happening in Ferguson, it seems to me that no one is really looking around for a solution. It seems to me that everyone is too busy blaming each other totally completely ignoring all facts and all logic, making it about race, oh the liberals have been doing that for years, Al Sharpton and others spew their hate against the Whites and I don’t deny there are White people doing the same against blacks.

But fire with fire will only cause more fire my friends, we have to fight this thing with real love, real truth, real equality, not a wishy washy love – not a half truth, not a liberal equality, but to get down to the core of this we need to reach deep within ourselves and start looking beyond race, color and sex.

Be Better:

It is incredibly painful to me how the hate is rising in our country from all sides against all people, of all types in all faiths, races, political agendas and society over all is deteriorating something fierce. It’s deeply disturbing, It angers me that people do what they do, people’s stupidity angers me, peoples lack of facts, ignorance and blindness to the truth it all angers every last fiber of my being. I might even rant and rave, but we have got to quit pouring gasoline on fire that will indeed create more fire.

We’ve got to be better, we’ve got to look at each other as people. #LIFEMATTERS ALL Life matters because if it doesn’t then what type of society are we? I don’t deny Racism, when I notice it or sense it I get upset, but everyone plays the race card, discrimination and it’s ruled out any possibility of real racism and it’s affected those people, it’s only stirred up more hate sadly, and things are not as racist as the left keeps trying to make them out to be.

If you’re somebody that really wants to see a difference, then be a difference.

Because once we start doing that, that my friends, that is when we will truly SEE a difference.

Imagine A World:

Imagine a world where anything is possible, where dreams always come true hearts never break, tears are never shed, lies are never told, pain isn’t a reality. Imagine a world filled with pure bliss, joy, love, peace, kindness, friendship, togetherness, laughter.

No cancer, no sickness or disease at all.

Imagine a world without hate a world without crime a world without war a world without hunger.

Imagine the best world your mind can possibly imagine, now open your eyes and go out to make that world – your world.

Life is precious, make it count.

Be A Difference – See A Difference

Audio Clip:

 

SHALOM –

Are You Wealthy?

Mar
18

Before you answer that question, let me tell you a story.

GoldThere was a man, Frank, he worked all his life for everything he had yet he barely had nothing by the end of his life.

Everything he had worked for was taken away from him by his children, his wife had passed away three years prior to his utterly disturbing diagnosis of Pancreatic cancer.

What little he had left he gave away, he donated millions to charity and then had it put in his will that everything else go to the make a wish foundation.

His dear Anna would have wanted it that way.

Now, as he sits on an old wooden park bench all alone with a few pieces of stale bread he had gotten from his favorite bakery on fifth street near his wife’s favorite beauty parlor, he’d throw the pieces one by one, watching the birds peck away.

And all of a sudden this young man sits down next to him.
The old man quite startled by the company jumps back a bit, the younger man asks if he’s alright to which Frank replies “yes”
As he settles back down on the old wooden bench he begins to question the younger man sitting next to him.

 

“I see you have an engagement ring poking out of your coat pocket, who’s the lucky lady?”

Taken by surprise the younger man replied, “excuse me? I don’t even know your name?”

“Oh, I’m sorry, Frank. My names Frank, and you are?”

“I’m John, how’d you know abou-”

“Well you are a young man, and based on the sneakers you’re wearing with such a fine suit as that, being that your neck tie is slightly loosened, the richness of your dark hair, the texture of your skin and flawless wrinkle free face, I’d say you are about 23 years old, due to the value of the watch you’re wearing you are a rich man as well, being that you are only 23 years old wearing sneakers with such a high quality suit Id say that the money you have isn’t yours though, not entirely, you clearly didn’t get it by chance, you earned it from working on your fathers ranch, I can see that by the toned out body you have and the calluses on your hands, also the ring bulging from your coat pocket appears to be an 18 karat and if I’m not mistaken that haircut you have came from Shirley’s Beautician and Spa which would have cost you about $125.99 with a $15 tip, but of course you’re also a giver so I’m sure you donated at least $25 more to her charity fund that helps disabled veterans. The picture of you and a young girl is slightly hanging out of your coat pocket, I would assume she was your sister, but by the way you’re holding her and from how she looks at you I have to say she’s your girlfriend, based on the initials on the picture I presume her name is Louise. Anything else, John?”

“Uh… No, not at all sir…”

“Good.”

“Are you from around here Frank? I haven’t seen you before.”

“I mostly keep to myself, but you see, I’m dying John.”

“Dying? Of what?”

“Pancreatic Cancer.. I don’t have long, I want to spend the rest of my days out here, it’s where I find peace and comfort”

“I know what you mean, when I was little my dad would bring me here all the time.”

“I know, your dad didn’t always have much time for fun did he John?”

“No, you’re right, he didn’t. How did you know?”

“Well he’s a rancher, I assume he first struck it rich with oil, then he purchased cattle to further sustain himself, the cattle that when you were old enough helped him tend to. As a young boy he was always working, he only had Saturday’s off which is when he brought you here, to this park. Where you’d feed the birds on this bench, and talk about life.”

“Yeah, that’s exactly right, how do you know so much anyways Frank?”

“I’m old, John. That’s a benefit of being old, wisdom. I brought my kids here when they were younger too, they could never appreciate it though. Always wanted to go and play at the arcades with their friends.”

“Sorry to hear that sir.”

 

The old man sighed deeply as he looked out at the birds pecking away at the bread, as he goes to toss the last piece to them, something doesn’t seem right.

A sharp pain shot through his chest, up his neck and throughout his body, he stiffens all over. He tries to gasp for air but fails.

The young man next to him, surprised in a panic calls 911.

But he was too late. The old man died with that last piece of bread barely hanging out of his hand.

When the young man returned home he told his fiancé, Louise all about his experience at the park, she thought he was insane, but when he proposed to her later that night she without hesitation accepted with glee.

The story is fictional, but the moral point I hope to make, is very real.

Sometimes in life, we live all our life looking for a meaning, a purpose and a value greater than we can imagine. And while there is no doubt that there isn’t something bigger out there, sometimes, some of us never find it, because we are too caught up in the riches of the world, instead of enjoying the riches of life.

The riches of life are far greater than any riches the world could ever offer.

These riches are love, faith, family, friends, laughter, joy, peace, kindness and togetherness.

One might have all the riches of the world… But if they lack just one of the riches of life. Then sadly, without even knowing so, they are one of the poorest alive.

So I leave you with the same question I had in the beginning.
Are you wealthy? And if so, how wealthy are you?

SHALOM –

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