Welcome to my world

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I’m so excited about the opportunity to blog. I love good conversation and in a perfect world I’d have a big beautiful porch with rockers and other similar seating, days warmed by sunshine,  iced tea and lemonade for refreshment, and the company of close friends and loved ones where we were all engaged in conversation sharing thoughts, feelings and a lot of laughs.

However, this is not my present reality, much as I’d love it to be, so I find I do the best I can with what I have. While a blog is not a personal two way conversation, it will serve as a good medium wherein I can share my thoughts, feelings and opinions.I hope I am able to write things that are edifying, entertaining or otherwise enjoyable to read. I’d really enjoy positive feedback.

I will also use this forum as a means to share some of the good reads I enjoy. I have a passion for learning and I also enjoy good fiction. Since childhood I’ve been a real mystery buff. Most of my blogging will be on non-fiction, however, as I want to share about some of the good and edifying work that I come across.

With any luck I’ll be able to write something that resonates with you, enough so that you look forward to hearing from me again.

Until then…         Gina Torso shot-crop

In The Hot Seat

Such an enjoyable read, yet such an awesome message–I love it when I can get both in one.

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I’m living the life of one of those 60-year-old “ladies who lunch.”

Seriously. All I need is a red hat, and false teeth and I’ll be ripe for initiation into bridge club. Or bunko.

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Juuuust kidding.

But it’s true though. In addition to the speech therapy and one-on-one work, one of the things my mom is doing to help her recovery from her stroke is to have lunch/coffee with a different girlfriend every day. Get her conversing in new situations with different people.

And guess who gets to accompany her on all said coffee dates….

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Haha. I actually don’t mind at all.

I will say this though…I’m gathering enough intel to pen an exposé on the housewives of suburban Ohio after all this.

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Haha….in another life.

But I’m also accompanying my mom to all her bible studies and book clubs.

Like I said…I’m turning in to a Red Hat Society…

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Raining Fire update and revision

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13 and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken by a mighty wind.

The above adds new meaning to what I once was guessing at. For those who read my first blog post on this dream, here’s a refresher of it, and below is an update as things have become clearer for me. Be sure to take a look as I believe this to be very important.

I was sitting at the top landing of a beautiful, open stairway, in an open and spacious house. Directly above me was a huge skylight window.

I heard someone say “here it comes”. Initially confused, I asked: “here comes what?”

My attention was drawn to look above and to the rear of me, in what had previously been a beautiful blue sky. Quickly approaching was a massive, very dense, extremely dark and very ominous looking cloud. I had the sense of something evil.

Next thing I knew it was as if there was fire raining down from heaven. In amazement I watched as what looked like bolts of fire shot down from the sky, hitting objects on the earth.

I first saw one hit a massive tree. Immediately the entirety of the tree lit up in flames; I could clearly see each leaf simultaneously, yet individually, burn. The tree burned almost instantaneously, and quickly fizzled out; quicker than a 4th of July sparkler burns.

This process took place with multiple trees, but I also witnessed quick and similar demolition of statues and buildings, in particular governmental and other public buildings, as the fire bolts continued raining down from the sky.

The events came on so quickly that initially I just watched in amazement, but somehow, in the midst of it I became aware this was somehow connected to God allowing his judgement to be meted out upon the land.

After my initial fascination of what had so suddenly begun to transpire, I seemed to become aware of the extent of the destruction happening all around me and the danger of it upon which I began to pray God would spare and protect my family, from this destruction.

After the cessation of these targeted bolts of fire raining from the sky, I was no longer in that house on the landing but instead took on a view outside of the house wherein I was surveying the aftermath of the attack. In particular I saw broken statues, and the destruction of what were once massive public buildings that had been constructed of stone or brick.

I marveled to recognize these once large beautiful buildings were now desolate heaps of rubble. I was marveled to realize how quickly something so impressive could so easily be destroyed.

Next thing I knew I was pushing a boxcar in which I had placed children as I attempted to get them to a place of safety.

I don’t know just where I was taking them, I just knew the danger was not in the physical environment that surrounded us, but instead had something to do with escaping some form of newly established government control; a regime being implemented following the destruction brought about by the rain of fire.

I’m uncertain just what the danger was; I simply knew it was urgent I get these children to safety; a process that included getting past the people of authority at set checkpoints; a feat which I was relieved to be able to manage.

It was at this point I woke up; somewhere in the early hours just past midnight. I was awake long enough to know I needed to recall this dream, after which I promptly went back to sleep.

I don’t know why I had this dream and I don’t know for certain what it means. However I believe it is something to come and I now have a strong sense I was shown what a part of what will happen when the 6th seal is open, as described in REV 6:13.

Here is a link to an informative, chronological, and interesting series explaining the book of Revelation. Not only did I find it to be education I found it to be most interesting.I’ve attempted to post only Video 19, as that is the video I was watching when I immediately recognized the significance of my dream, but I’ve been unable to do so; I’m only able to post this link for the whole series (which I personally, highly recommend). If you wish to only view the portion that pertains to the content of my blog, go to youtube and search out: The Book of Revelation – A Bible Breakdown Study Series, and find video 19, Chapter 6 part 6.

The Book of Revelation – A Bible Breakdown Study Series

 

 

 

Fire your futurist

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Growing up I learned bits and pieces of end time, end of days, information from my dad, but never had a clear or chronological understanding.

A few years ago I found I was most desirous to gain that understanding.

However, I found it most frustrating that I was unable to find any resources to grant me that which I desired to know and understand.

Like before, at best I was only coming up with bits and pieces that failed to give me a clear chronological picture.

This seeking is what led me to seek out youtube videos.

When, at last, (a week or so ago) I happened upon the following series I was rather excited to note each segment is reasonably short, and thus it wouldn’t take too long to get through this series, so I decided to listen to a few to see if they would be something I’d want to continue with.

I’m excited to share that I was drawn in, my attention being quickly captivated; this series has proven to be exactly what I’ve long searched for.

For the first time I now feel like I can see the big picture of Revelation through to the Millennial Reign.

I highly recommend this series to everyone, as no matter who you are or what you believe, I believe this will affect you.

 

 

February 1

This captured my attention and I was immediately drawn in by the illustrative analogy. The message to follow is such an excellent reminder (new concept?) for all of us, married or single and desiring relationship.

The After-Oakdale Chronicles

TODAY IS…

a perfect day to move closer to your spouse.

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife and the two are united as one.”  Genesis 2:24 NLT

Imagine finding yourself adrift in a small boat in the middle of a vast ocean.

You are hungry, your throat is parched from thirst and your skin is burning due to the relentless sun from which there is no place to hide. In the distance is an island which you just know is full of wonderful things to eat, pure crystal clear water to drink, and tall, full tropical trees under which awaits cool shade, allowing escape from the sun.

Your little boat has no motor – just a set of oars. Getting to the island will be hard work. Blisters will develop on your hands. You will sweat, strain and become…

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Three words that changed my perspective on marriage

An excellent blog wherein you’ll learn a key to true marital happiness.

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Back when I was a young man, I received a bit of counsel about marriage that I thought only applied for that time of my life.  Looking back now, I see how wise that piece of counsel was…and how it applied to me at any time in my life.  The counsel was from God in an answer to a request I had for Him.  And these three words shows me just how much He truly knows my heart, what I need…at any point of time in my life, and how I understand.

He knows me…and tailored an answer that He knew I’d understand:

LIVE FOR HER.

In the Beginning

During my youth, I was considered a kind of social klutz…considered “weird” or “nerd” by many of my peers at the time, and that affected me to some point.  I was awkward with girls and was unsure of how to act…

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In the desert

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Because they had been protected they were unaware of the danger all around them. Just as we don’t, they didn’t see the dangers that were unseen and not yet felt, so they didn’t know what was there. Rather than be thankful for protection received and their many blessings, they instead, yet again, began to grumble and murmur about perceived unjustness; the extension of this being cursing and murmuring against the very one who was protecting and providing for them.

To teach them a very important lesson, the one who has long provided for and protected them, lifted that hand of protection. All a sudden the people realized that in this desert environment they were surrounded by deadly poisonous snakes.

The effects were swift and immediate. “Now there was terror and confusion throughout the encampment. In almost every tent were the dying or the dead. None were secure.”

The murmuring of past perceived trials completely ceased as what they previously complained couldn’t compare to the trial they now faced. How often do we do this in our lives; lack gratitude only to find ourselves in even less desirable circumstances only to wish we’d only recognized the blessings we once had .

The people were now, again, humbled. They approached their leader and pleaded with him to intercede for them and call upon the hand that had once protected them to do so again.

Their leader was instructed to make a serpent of brass resembling the poisonous snakes. He was then to raise this brass snake high in the air and let the people know that anyone who had been bitten by one of the poisonous snakes need only to look upon the brass snake and they would be healed.

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Some refused to look believing it impossible to look upon a snake of brass and find healing. Others chose to look upon the brass snake.

Those who refused to look upon the replica died. Those who chose exercise faith in looking upon the brass snake were restored to health.

There was a time, in my life, when I thought stories like this sounded like science fiction. Stories of this nature do not get reported in our modern times, to my knowledge, so I was very skeptical, thinking perhaps such stories were created for the purpose of teaching allegorically.

As of this writing I have a deeper and thus vastly different understanding of this tale. I am no longer skeptical.

This is a story of an experience of the Israelites during the time they were being led by Moses to the Promised Land.

“The lifting up of the brazen serpent was to teach Israel…they could not save themselves from the fatal effect of the poison in their wounds. God alone was able to heal them. Yet they were required to show their faith in the provision which He had made. They must look in order to live. It was their faith that was acceptable with God and by looking upon the serpent their faith was shown. “

There was no power in the brass serpent; it significance was in that it was a symbol of Christ.

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so was the Son of man ‘lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.’ John 3:14, 15. All who have ever lived upon the earth have felt the deadly sting of ‘that old serpent called the devil, and Satan.’ Revelation 12:9. The fatal effects of sin can be removed only by the provision that God has made. The Israelites saved their lives by looking upon the uplifted serpent. That look implied faith. They lived because they believed God’s word, and trusted in the means provided for their recovery.

jesus_137_smallJesus came to earth and took on a human body and then allowed his blood to be sacrificed for mankind so that now we can look to Him, Jesus Christ for salvation. Thus it is He is our “Savior”. Only through Him can we be saved from the poison that is in our lives, called “sin”. The wages of sin is death. Without a savior to save us, our fate is to die because of our sin. But if we trust in the merits of Jesus Christ, and thus we look upon Him in faith, just like the Israelites, who looked upon the symbol of their salvation from mortal death, we can be saved from eternal death.

I have come to recognize, in my study, that the Old Testament is full of stories that ultimately point to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. What once sounded like fantastical stories, so vastly different than the reality we experience in our time, I now recognize as God’s way for a time long before the arrival of The Son of God, who came to earth to redeem mankind.

For those who are skeptical, I appreciate how E.G. White summed it up:

“Many are unwilling to accept of Christ until the whole mystery of the plan of salvation shall be made plain to them. They refuse the look of faith, although they see that thousands have looked, and have felt the efficacy of looking, to the cross of Christ. Many wander in the mazes of philosophy, in search of reasons and evidence which they will never find, while they reject the evidence which God has been pleased to give. They refuse to walk in the light of the Sun of Righteousness, until the reason of its shining shall be explained. All who persist in this course will fail to come to a knowledge of the truth. God will never remove every occasion for doubt. He gives sufficient evidence on which to base faith, and if this is not accepted, the mind is left in darkness. If those who were bitten by the serpents had stopped to doubt and question before they would consent to look, they would have perished. It is our duty, first, to look; and the look of faith will give us life.”

Quotes taken from Patriarchs and Prophets Volume 2 by E.G. White

Raining Fire

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I was sitting at the top landing of a beautiful, open stairway, in an open and spacious house. Directly above me was a huge skylight window.

I heard someone say “here it comes”. Initially confused, I asked: “here comes what?”

My attention was drawn to look above and to the rear of me, in what had previously been a beautiful blue sky. Quickly approaching was a massive, very dense, extremely dark and very ominous looking cloud. I had the sense of something evil.

Next thing I knew it was as if there was fire raining down from heaven. In amazement I watched as what looked like bolts of fire shot down from the sky, hitting objects on the earth.

I first saw one hit a massive tree. Immediately the entirety of the tree lit up in flames; I could clearly see each leaf simultaneously, yet individually, burn. The tree burned almost instantaneously, and quickly fizzled out; quicker than a 4th of July sparkler burns.

This process took place with multiple trees, but I also witnessed quick and similar demolition of statues and buildings, in particular governmental and other public buildings, as the fire bolts continued raining down from the sky.

The events came on so quickly that initially I just watched in amazement, but somehow, in the midst of it I became aware this was somehow connected to God allowing his judgement to be meted out upon the land.

After my initial fascination of what had so suddenly begun to transpire, I seemed to become aware of the extent of the destruction happening all around me and the danger of it upon which I began to pray God would spare and protect my family, from this destruction.

After the cessation of these targeted bolts of fire raining from the sky, I was no longer in that house on the landing but instead took on a view outside of the house wherein I was surveying the aftermath of the attack. In particular I saw broken statues, and the destruction of what were once massive public buildings that had been constructed of stone or brick.

I marveled to recognize these once large beautiful buildings were now desolate heaps of rubble. I was marveled to realize how quickly something so impressive could so easily be destroyed.

Next thing I knew I was pushing a boxcar in which I had placed children as I attempted to get them to a place of safety. 

I don’t know just where I was taking them, I just knew the danger was not in the physical environment that surrounded us, but instead had something to do with escaping some form of newly established government control; a regime being implemented following the destruction brought about by the rain of fire.

I’m uncertain just what the danger was; I simply knew it was urgent I get these children to safety; a process that included getting past the people of authority at set checkpoints; a feat which I was relieved to be able to manage.

It was at this point I woke up; somewhere in the early hours just past midnight. I was awake long enough to think I needed to recall this dream, after which I promptly went back to sleep.

I don’t know why I had this dream and I don’t know for certain what it means. I do believe, however, it is not just some crazy dream. My sense it is a warning of something to come.

I do recognize the signs that our world is fast approaching what is often referred to as the “end times”. We are seeing Bible prophecy being fulfilled and thus anticipate the days of Judgement, or the days of wrath, will soon be witnessed.

I have learned, by listening to Bible scholars blessed with the ability to understand Bible prophecy, that during the days of Judgement, or the great tribulation, the world will experience things like nothing ever before experienced.

I understand that nuclear weaponry is advanced and very effective, so when world war 3 breaks out, it would not be beyond reason to see it “rain fire from heaven”.

Wondering if what I dreamt might have been an example of nuclear fire power, I googled the topic. What I find leads me to think that pretty much describes it; a nuclear air strike would be akin to fire raining down from the sky. 

I have a feeling, should something of this nature take place in our country, or any number of other massively catastrophic events, there would be some form of government regime established from which many would prefer to escape. I can’t say for sure, but martial law comes to mind. I believe that is what was being implemented in my dream and my feeling is I was in process of getting these children to “underground” safety.

After the many hours I’ve spent listening to sermons on “end-times” prophecy as it relates to the time of the great tribulation, I believe both some form of attack on our country as well as martial law being implemented may not be a far stretch. 

I dreamt I prayed for God’s protection, to be spared from this destruction, because God can protect us, if we call upon Him.  I do believe, however, that for His protection we must call upon the Lord, and we need to do so now, not wait until destruction is upon us.

Below I am posting a link to a short video which shows numerous scriptures pertaining to being spared from the wrath to come, which is also termed “blessed hope”.

Regardless of your beliefs I recommend viewing it, as the scriptures presented establish why we can have hope, rather than being very afraid; the latter being a feeling which I believe people may be beginning to feel.

Prepare for the worst…

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A thought came to my mind the other night weighing so heavy on me it affected my dreams.

Initially, when thinking to share this warning, I was hesitant as I didn’t want to sound like an alarmist.

However, it was in listening to a speaker discuss a potential scenario with the potential of causing a major power outage that caused me to think on it to begin with.

Add to this the nature of nature in recent times, and I’ve determined I’m probably not being over reactive in thinking upon and sharing about this topic.

My nature is such that when I go to bed a night, or awake in the morning, I don’t (normally) envision pending disaster; I tend to expect life to roll along typical to what it has for these many years.

However, that apathy is what can lead to tragedy due to unpreparedness should something happen that affects us.

I propose each of us think of what could happen in a “worst case” scenario (use your imagination), and think of how you could prepare for that.

Some issues I thought of are: no means of heating or cooling the house (depending on time of year, how would we deal with this?); no power for refrigerator or freezer (food would eventually go bad); limited or no use of stove for cooking (what alternate means do I need for food preparation?), no lighting (what do I need for long term darkness?) , no TV, stereo, internet for laptop or youtube, etc. (what will we do for entertainment and to communicate with the outside world?)

Other questions I’d have would be will the water still run (and will it be safe to drink) and will the toilets flush (lack of this could cause serious sanitation and health issues)?

In an attempt to figure out what else we’d need to prepare for I did a google search on the topic. Thankfully there are others who have planned ahead before me, so:

Here’s a very good blog on the topic of two weeks of no electric: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/getting-started-prepping-for-a-two-week-power-outage-06292013-09282014

(I highly recommend taking time to read over it as well as follow the suggestions contained therein).

I’ve already begun taking steps to fill in the gaps where I see them to meet my family’s needs. I highly recommend you do the same because we really have no idea what the future, even the near future may bring.

I’ve heard it said: prepare for the worst, hope for the best. I believe right now is a very good time to put that into practice.

 

 

 

Love, Sex, Marriage and Affairs

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Many years back, when she was a friend of mine, a married woman asked me if I’d ever experienced an orgasm.

We were in our early thirties at the time of this conversation; she was married to the same man who got her pregnant her senior year of high school.

She explained to me that she had never experienced one despite the fact that she had sex with her husband daily; a fact declared as she proceeded to tell me that each morning upon waking he would roll over and “do the deed”, then promptly get out of bed to shower. She would get up, gather together his clean clothing for the day and hand the bundle to him as he got out of the shower.

Up until the sixth year of living in the same neighborhood, she led me to believe her husband was the love of her life.

Thus, in the last year I lived in that neighborhood, I was disturbed to witness this same woman cheat on her husband as she launched into a friendship turned to affair with another man; someone who lived just down the street from me.

This man had been single a few years, his wife having left him soon after we moved to the neighborhood, for reason unknown to me. More recently he had been in a relationship with a single woman who also lived in the area. That relationship ended when this other woman died from a heart issue. It was then, this friend of mine, who until this point had been a “third wheel” in this trio friendship, seized the moment to further infiltrate herself into his life.

These two adults were not in the least discreet about their association after the death of the woman who created the common link between them, thus it was anyone paying attention could see their relationship was now more than just friends.

This woman’s husband was quite upset with the way his wife was carrying on but he seemed at a loss how to stop it. What he didn’t seem to recognize is he’d been effectively destroying his marriage relationship for a long time.

Yes, he provided financially, and yes, he certainly got his quota of sex; but there was so much more needed, thus so much more missing.

I was reminded of this incident this morning upon thinking on the matter of sex in relationships, and more specifically in how it correlates with a woman’s needs.

There’s no shortage of written material espousing the responsibility/duty of a woman to meet her husband’s sexual needs. Some self-proclaimed professionals pound mercilessly on women about their “duty” to have sex with their man whenever he “needs” or wants it.

Seldom, if ever, do I see mention of a woman’s needs, when it comes to this topic. And by “needs” I do not reference sexual.

In the story of that friend of mine; clearly she didn’t deny her husband sex, as she did her obligatory “duty” on a daily basis. His so-called “need”, which I believe he sought selfishly, was met.

However, her “needs” were clearly not being met, by him, as evidenced by her blatantly open affair with another man.

This “other” man (at least initially) was meeting her emotional needs, the needs her husband was failing to meet. Her desire to be with this other man was so strong she defied her religious beliefs, endured social criticism, and gave up husband and children, in order to be with him.

I can state with confidence it had nothing to do with sex, for her, but instead had everything to do with emotional needs.

What men DO need is to understand that women, by nature, have a strong desire for relationship and to love and be loved. Thus it is, a normal woman (I state it thus as there could be exceptions) will, by her nature, seek to give of herself to meet the needs of the man she loves when her she feels loved and cherished and fulfilled—which comes about when her emotional needs are met.

Imagine a young man setting out to buy the car of his heart’s desire. He’s endured driving his parent’s car, then his first jalopy, but now he’s in a position to buy the car of his dreams. So off he goes car “hunting” until he finds just the one; a beauty of a dream machine; a car he vows to treasure forever.

He proudly drives it around for all to admire. He starts out washing it regularly, tending to all its mechanical maintenance needs, and in return it provides him a sweet ride.

But after a while it loses some of its appeal to him, because, quite frankly, it’s become familiar.

It’s always there, dutifully parked in the drive, and starts up when he turns the key.

In the meantime, life demands start to weigh in on him. Maybe it is college, maybe it’s his job; whatever they are it is life demands. Between these and his recreational pursuits he doesn’t feel he has time and energy to put into his car like he did when it was new.

So he lets the oil change slide; he fails to do a timely tune up. His computer gaming and sleep needs don’t allow energy for the car washing.

But, still each day he depends on those trusty wheels to drive to his every desired location.

After a time of this, the day comes when he hops into his car, turns the key in the ignition and proceeds to drive down the road only to find his car is misfiring, spewing some smoke out the tail pipe, and in a word, driving like crap.

He gets out of the car and kicks it a few times in his frustration—damned car, what’s wrong with it! He has somewhere to go; he’s angry because this car is NOT properly meeting his need.

A woman is not so unlike a car. In order to run properly and not run “dry” she too needs proper maintenance.

From the book “His Needs Her Needs” by Willard F. Harley, Jr., I learned the following list of 5 needs, to which I’ve included my interpretation of each:

  1. “A woman needs affection”:  To which I say, affection is not groping; affection is loving touch. She needs and longs for non-sexual hugs and kisses that say “I love you”–with no (sexual) strings attached. FYI: Sufficient amounts of that affection will lead to a loving desire that can be consummated in sexual activity when the timing is right.
  2. “A woman needs conversation”: She needs a man who cares about what she thinks and feels. She doesn’t need a man who pretends to “listen” while she talks hoping it will culminate in sex. She needs someone who is strive to understand and  to care about what she has to say. As a side note: it’s reported many extramarital affairs come about upon a woman meeting a man who shows an interest in her thoughts and feelings and engages with her in meaningful conversation. So, for men, developing this skill is really important to the health and wellbeing of  their significant relationship.
  3. “A woman needs Honesty and Openness”: The lack of these can be highly detrimental to a relationship. Feeling that you cannot fully trust your man to be completely honest and open can bring about a serious problem. It opens the doors for fear, distrust and suspicion. Dishonesty in a relationship makes so a partner never knows what to trust resulting in anything that appears suspicious can potentially inflame into full blown doubt and distrust.
  4. “A woman needs financial support”: I realize this could offend someone, but regardless, it suggests to be a fundamental truth. There may be exceptions, but my experience suggests a woman needs to feel her man is capable of taking care of her—even when she is capable of earning her own income.
  5. “A woman needs family commitment”: For me, time, energy, interest, love and loyalty of my husband to our family are very important, and cause me to feel closer to him.

While I in no way condone the aforementioned friend’s affair, I believe I recognize how it came about. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard of men who condemn the woman who cheated on them not seeing or understanding they played such a significant role in the breakdown of the relationship.

Affairs don’t “just happen”.