Through Joy comes Happiness

” The joy of the Lord is our strength”

Nehemiah 8:10

Just like through faith there will be hope, the same is for, to be truly happy, you need to have true joy. The joy is deep within our souls and is what makes us happy on the outside. You may be smiling on the exterior, but do you have true joy, or is that a fake smile on your face, hiding the fact that, you are truly hurting deep within your soul? I think in this broken society, we have confused what happiness and joy are to us? Happiness is a feeling on our exterior, as joy is a feeling deep within our interior. Happiness is that smile on your face, that when something happens in a positive way, brings a smile, but to truly bring a smile of joy, then that positive needs to touch our souls deep within. We can not be truly happy, unless the joy in our souls, is truly happy as well. Jesus taught us this also, just that through time, we have lost that teaching, and have confused the difference between the two.

We all put on that ” happy face” whenever we are with each other, but is that a true happy face, or is that the fake smile that we have perfected over time? A true smile will make us truly happy, when we feel the warmth of joy within our soul, which will bring us true happiness as we walk our paths of this journey through life. We all go through many trying times that will bring us many issues, these are known as the troubling times of life, these times will rob us of our true happiness, but they can never rob us, of the joy within our souls, which comes from God and unless we acknowledge his faith within us. You will never really know the true joy within your soul, especially if you do not enter into the doors of the Lord, then accept his faith, as you then find that faith of yourself, to do whatever you want to, along your path of this journey. We of this society have confused the two, as we have combined them as the same, instead of looking at them as they truly are, Joy is within the soul, and happiness is that smile we put on our face.

Without truly feeling the warmth of joy within our souls, we will never truly put on that happy face, as we portray a fake self to those around us. Then with all the fakness going on, how can we be true to ourselves, let alone one another? Quick!!! Someone is coming, put on that fake smile, then as they leave, out comes the real face, the face of sadness, from all the pain and hurt deep within. The more we keep hiding from one another, the more this society stays within this fake world. When we really put our happy face on, really feel the warmth of the joy deep within our soul, now we all can be not just in true happiness, but we all can be within the true peace as well, the peace and happiness that Jesus showed us, as he walked his path, through this journey of life.

This journey through life has so many paths, it also brings us many facets within those paths as well, but when we walk our paths correctly and truly of who we are, then we will not put on that “fake” smile, cause we will not have to, as the warmth of the joy in our souls, will warm us all, with our true smiles of happiness, shining brighter then the sun, on a bright sunny day. I get the fact that this journey and others around us, will bring these things known as ” life events” to us, yes they will control us if we let them, but if we only could see through them, just maybe we can get around them easier, so we could never lose of who we truly are. When we are truly of who we are not, we then bury everything deep within our souls as it goes cold, the warmth within our hearts, that is the blood of Jesus goes cold as well, then as we try to keep the pain and hurt from hurting us further, we stop aknowledging them and even worse, we stop entering into the house of the Lord, that helps us stay true to who we are.

This journey through life is more than just an outward appearence, it is more about what is deep within us, as we then bring it towards one another. We can keep putting on that fake smile, but is that really fixing what is going on within us? If we never acknowledge what is truly within us, then our exterior will be full of many holes, as all those around us will see right through us. We all have a heart, as we all have a soul, but unless we use them and use them correctly, then this journey really will never change for any of us, life is a constent battle, but when we stay on top of that battle, then life will never become a war, making it very difficult for anyone to walk their paths within. When we stay on top of the paths we walk, while staying true to who we are, we will always feel the warmth of the blood of Jesus warming our hearts, we will always feel the warmth of joy within our souls, as now we will never have to use those fake smiles anymore, cause they will not be of any use anymore. To be truly happy is to really feel the warmth of the joy within your soul, so just like we share the love of Jesus within us with each other, we also will bring the true joy within us, to all those around us also, as we smile a true smile of happiness, everyday as we walk our paths, through this journey of life.

Right now in this society, we have let the battles become a war, with all the ugliness and the division around us. We can end this war around us very simply, we can end all this fakness around us as well, just that we have to want it bad enough, change what we have become, get back to truly of who we are, so the love and the blood of Jesus can warm our hearts again, let the warmth of joy warm our souls, as the real smiles come back to our faces. When the true warmth of this journey comes back to us, that is when we all walk our paths in the peace, joy and happiness of Jesus Christ, throughout this journey of life.

” The joy is within our souls, as the happiness that comes from that joy, brings a true smile to our faces”

” Faith is to hope, like joy is to happiness, we just need to acknowledge them, to truly feel them deep within us”

The Temptation to be Tempted

” No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able”

Corinthians 10:13

Temptation is a part of this journey, we get tempted every day as we walk our paths, it is when we give in to temptation, especially when we have no clue what exactly is being tempted. Just like anything else along with this journey, there is the good, as well as the bad, and temptation is no different than all else. Sometimes we will get sold into temptation, like a car salesman trying to sell a car, they will suck us into what sounds like a great deal, then, Boom!!! What you have been sucked into buying, becomes part of the other junks within the junkyard for cars. We can get tempted by many things, as well as many others, as they walk their paths of this journey. This goes to show that, when we are troubled and easily intimidated, then yes we can be tempted into things we would not otherwise do, just as Jesus showed us how to resist temptation, we can do it, we just have to stay true to who we are, with complete faith in ourselves as well as Jesus Christ.

Just as there are bad temptations, there are plenty of good temptations and because they bring no pain or hurt, we then don’t acknowledge them as temptation at all. You step out within mother nature, you’re going four-wheeling, or maybe taking to a journey with the kayak? As you set out on that journey, you find many different trails or roads to take, what a choice right? You now become tempted toward one of the trails, simply because it had less twisting and turning along the drive, but as you follow the temptation, and after a day’s journey, you now find out it was a dead-end, and you are now lost? Temptation is just that, it is tempting you to take any action, but before you take that action, you first need to look deeply into that temptation. Now there are good temptations also, but unless you look deeply, you will never know at first glance. Your four-wheeling down this old dirt road, the road comes to a crossroads with zero signage, how do you know where to go, to either get to where you want or to get to that place of beauty within mother nature for a great camping experience? Well if your off-grid the GPS probably will not work? do you have a compass or a map? When there is nothing then look deep down each road, look within the sky of each direction, then trust your gut, as the gut will seldom let you down.

That gut feeling you have deep within? I am willing to bet that it is Jesus, who is always within us, letting us know of which direction to go, so we can get through whatever the temptation, as we keep moving forward as best we can. The problem is, we do not listen to our guts enough, which then has us go within any temptation whether good or bad. There are many temptations out there and most are disguised very well, well enough to fool even the smartest of us, so when we give in to the wrong temptations, we then fall into the shame of the decision and hide it, from all those around us, because we do not want to look as bad as we feel, for making that bad decision, to begin with.

We all have made some bad decisions in our lives, and we will probably make even more before this journey is over? A decision is the first step in the temptations of life, they are like the gateway into the big world of temptations. This is why, before we open those gates, we first have to look deeply into what is within those gates, so we can avoid any bad decisions that may come to us. The temptations through this journey of life are plentiful, so just as we look at our options of anything else along our paths, we also have to look at our options at the temptations, so we can avoid the bad, and stay with the good ones.

As you can see in this picture, a good decision was made, as the temptation to stay straight was there, but as I took a turn to the left, the beauty opened up and gave a great reward to the lake that lies ahead. Now with that good decision away from the temptation, time to go set camp and enjoy the true beauty of mother nature. Does everybody want that perfect campsite? does it really exist? You may find one and call it perfect, but what if you continued and found one even better down that trail you were on? The perfect campsite really does not exist, it is just our own way of personalizing something and hiding away a decision, from one temptation to another. Hm!!! Do I continue straight down this twisting and turning road, or do I turn right and follow this road toward the lake? Two decisions with two very different temptations pulling us, which way do you go? We get pushed and pulled in many different ways on our paths of this journey, but what we take for granted is, it always starts with being tempted toward a temptation, as we then make a decision into that temptation we chose. Never be tempted into the wrong decision within any temptation, always look deeply into that Abyss, look deeply into the perception of all temptations, then think through your actions, so you can walk your paths with less resistance, throughout this journey of life, as you strive for the peace and love within and gain the trust of all that may be around.

” There are many temptations that will tempt us in many ways, but a good decision will help bring us to the good and away from the bad”

” Look deeply into the abyss of all the tempted temptations, to make a more informed and well thought out decision always”

The Miracles of life will always be there within us

” So he went in and said to them, ” Why this commotion and weeping”? The child is not dead but asleep”

Mk 5:39

It is said that everything happens for a reason? It is just that we lost our way to finding that reason, so we can move forward, better and stronger along this journey through life. We all go through many events throughout this journey, that will alter the way we walk our paths, With the disruption of these events, we then get lost in the reasons, while we also lose the faith in ourselves, as well as the faith in Jesus Christ. This journey will throw many curve balls at us, it will also test us in many ways as well, but when we stay true to who we are, keep the faith in ourselves, as well as Jesus Christ, there will be no curveball, that we can not hit and make it on base safely, on the playing field of this journey through life.

With the last couple of years we all have gone through, may this be a sign from Jesus to us all, showing all of us that, he is here for us all, he will guide us back to the light of the path of righteousness, all we need to do is, keep the faith in ourselves and in him, so we then can walk through the dark clouds of the storm, to get into the bright lights of God, as we all move forward into the peace and serenity, that the path of righteousness holds for us all.

One of the biggest miracles of this journey is, we all take so for granted that each day we wake to a new day. Just like the sun rises to a new day over the horizon, we rise to the light of a new day. such a peaceful picture this is, of the sun rising to shine on a new day, the quietness of the crack of dawn, only to be interrupted by the beautiful sounds of the birds, singing their morning tunes. As everything wakes to the new light, so do we wake, only we take it for granted, simply because we have to get ready for the day within our jobs. Now some may be within their dream job? Do they really exist? Or do we just lie to ourselves to make it seem like a dream? Nonetheless, we still wake so we can earn the living, which helps us walk our paths, as peacefully as we can. Everything happens for a reason, it is on us to find that reason, so we can fix what we need to fix, stay true to who we are, then keep moving forward along our paths, of this journey through life.

The Eagle sits atop the tree and keeps an eye on all that is below. Jesus also watches all of us from high above and at the right side of his father. He sends us the needed signs, just that when we lose the faith in him, we never truly see these signs. Jesus is always watching us, his blood as it warms our souls runs through our hearts with his love, when we stay true to our feelings, we will feel his warmth and love within us, as we then will, share this love with each other. But as we lose all faith in ourselves and in Jesus Christ, now our hearts turn cold, and we bury our true selves so deep within, that we now become someone for who we truly are not. This is when Satan shows up and tempts us with many temptations, that bring much ugliness, pain, and hurt to us all. There will always be good and evil, only if we stay true to who we are, we will know that good will always win over evil. But when we are someone who we are not, then the dark clouds of the storm will never leave us, as the light of the new day becomes even further from us.

Sometimes as we walk our paths of this journey, things will happen that we can’t explain? These are the miracles that Jesus puts forth in front of us, these are the signs he sends us, so we can, with the faith in him, see the signs, as we keep moving forward along our paths. Miracles do happen, just that through the ugliness of Satan, we never see them as we should. Jesus Christ trusts us in so many ways, we also need to trust him in the same ways, but when those life events come to us, scorn us in the wrong ways, this is when we hide deep within ourselves and portray a fake self to all those around, as we try to minimize the pain and the hurt that will come to us. There is so much to this journey of life, there is so much that will come to us, that we then become lost as we walk our paths. When we become lost, we then trip on the bumps of the path, sometimes these bumps will knock us down, but if we do not get up in the correct way, we then do not walk our paths the same way, as we once did.

In the eyes of Jesus Christ, there really is no right or wrong way to walk this journey, we just need to stay true to who we are, stay true to the faith in ourselves, as well as the faith in Jesus also, so he then can send us those signs for us to see, he can give us those miracles that help guide us to the light of the path of righteousness, so as the bright light of the sun lights up the horizon each and every day, we to can wake up to the bright light of a new day, as we keep moving forward with the warmth of the blood of Jesus flowing through our hearts, his love warming our souls, as we then share that love with each other. May we all truly see and feel the miracles that Jesus puts forth along our paths, so we all can walk through this journey, in the peace and happiness, that Jesus wants for us all.

” The miracles of Jesus Christ are all around and with the true faith we can feel these miracles as we stay true to who we are”

” As the sun wakes up over the horizon and brings the light of a new day, The faith in ourselves and Jesus Christ will wake us up to a new day always”

The Differences are endless

” If the sun makes you free, you shall be free indeed”

John 8:36

The differences throughout this journey of life are endless, and we never stop seeing all the differences around us. From the paths we walk to the beautiful views mother nature provides, everything is different, and yes, we may be equal to each other with our features, but with our uniqueness, we are as different as these two pictures of the sunsets within mother nature.

Some of us may never truly step out within mother nature and hike a mountain, or camp off the grid of society, but that does not mean that they too, do not see all the differences around them, just that they do not see all the differences throughout this journey of life. When God created all that is around us, he did so thinking of everything, which that alone, makes you sit and wonder how he truly did this? God thought of everything, right down to all the differences all around us today. The different kinds of plant life, the different wildlife as well, then you have all the different sunsets each and every day, yes there is only one sun, but each sunset comes in many different ways and colors. Then if you are in a great viewing place for the sunset, and never look away as the sun goes deep into the horizon, you then will be rewarded with different colors at each stage of the sun going down. I have seen this on a beach, on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, simply stunning is the word I can best describe, and that word really does not describe the true beauty of what I saw.

There are so many differences all around, you really need to escape into the world of the outdoors, get off the grid and away from the bright lights of society, as you become one with mother nature and really feel the pulse of this great planet, that we all walk a path through this journey of life. Unfortunately within this broken society, the differences we see are all of the negative types, as some do not want us to see all the positive differences, these certain few, are why we are surrounded by all the ugliness, as this promotes all their agendas, so they can seem so powerful, that nothing can touch them? I have a simple news flash for you, they are not that powerful, as all we have to do is ignore them and turn the channel, now eventually they will lose enough money, that they will disappear from our existence. Mother nature has been here through thick and thin, throughout the history of Mankind, by all the true beauty she brings to us, you can see why she has always been there for our viewing pleasure.

The sun may be a few million miles away from us, which makes you wonder how it brings so much difference and beauty to us all? What we can really see when we look deeply into what we see is, the sun brings the light of day, which then takes a rest within the night sky. So very true is it when, as the darkness comes to us, there will always be light right around the corner. So yes, the sun comes and teaches us a lesson, as did Jesus when he came and walked his journey here with us, the problem is, we take it so for granted, that we never see the lesson we are being taught, simply because, we are to busy being out of focus, for all the wrong things. That bright thing within the sky, that heats up the day’s sky, brings us so much with each daily journey among us, but none better than the sunsets with all the different colors, as it goes deep within the horizon, right in front of us every day.

The differences throughout this journey vary greatly, with each difference will come much ugliness, as well as great beauty. As the sun brings the light to the day sky, the moon will bring the darkness as well, each comes with plenty of differences, but unless we look at the differences with an open mind, we will never see the true beauty they will bring as well. Just the animal life within each the moon and the sun will come very differently, like for instance, you have the Owls that fill up the night’s sky, but during the day they will sleep, as they can’t see as good during the day, hence why we call the night worker’s, ” night owls”. like why you never see a moose at night, as they wake up at the crack of dawn, to make their way to the local watering hole for a splash.

Everything has its differences, just like everything has its similarities as well. Yes, you can have your similarities, but without looking at the differences, you will never see the big picture, nor will you ever see the true beauty that is around you at every turn. Sometimes as we walk through this journey, we will let ourselves get too wrapped up in the ugliness, that we then will lose our focus on what is truly in front of us. Then as we become out of focus, we will never look deeply into anything around us, let alone look deeply into any horizon, to see any kind of beauty, that sunset will bring for our viewing pleasure.

Yes, we all walk through this journey of life, and yes, this journey is very similar to us as well, it is the path that we chose, that has all the differences for each of us, so when the path becomes full of bumps and twisting turns, it then becomes our responsibility, to then put in the work to flatten the bumps, and straighten the curves as best we can, as we continue moving forward, throughout this journey of life, as free, happy and peaceful as we can. There are many lessons for us to see, there are many differences in those lessons, but unless we look deeply into the differences, we will never see the lessons, let alone, see any true beauty that this journey will bring to us all.

” The differences may be endless throughout this journey, but so is the true beauty at every turn”

” The bumps and the twisting turns may bring real pain and hurt, but they should never stop us from moving forward and truly seeing all the true beauty”

Separation is okay, but division brings great pain

” He himself is our peace, who…has broken down the middle wall of separation”

Ephesians 2:14

Some time ago, a University Professor was quoted as saying, ” there are two things that will never be solved, the problems of race and war”. The biggest reason for this is, both racism and war have their origin in the pride and covetousness of the human heart. Until the heart then changes, we will forever fall back into the darkness of destructive sin. We all have sinned at some point in our lives and there is nobody that has not sinned throughout this journey of life. When Jesus came and walked his journey here with us, he taught us how to wipe clean the sins, so we can move forward in peace, then through the peace, our hearts can feel the warmth of not only the blood of Christ but feel the warmth of the love, pride and the covetousness, but being so far removed from the time of Jesus Christ, we the people have turned our hearts cold toward one another, which brings forward the racism of all people, with the threat of war hanging over our heads at every turn along our paths.

There is a time and place for everything we do on our paths, sometimes we need to step back, access the situation, so we can move forward even better than we were, but for the reason of power, control, and greed, we the people will never take the time to step back, cause we want nothing more than to get totally ahead of one another. We the people have this crazy notion that, for us to be better than each other, we first need to attack one another, now that was the war part, the racism part is, no matter who you are, no matter the color of your skin, no matter what religion you are, etc… You will always be different than me, so, therefore, you must be divided from me and separated from the path that I walk. We the people are our own worst enemies, and until we come to the truth on that until the heart within us changes from cold to warm, then all the chaos, ugliness, hatred, and corruption all around us, will never end, meaning we will never, in the eyes of Jesus Christ, be within the peace of this journey through life.

The tree in this picture was split from the power of lightning, yes this was a bit too close for comfort, but, this was a sign not just to me, but for all those within this area, that there is nothing that can be ended in the eyes of God, with the way we all are walking this journey, this journey as well can end quicker than we may think. God is not happy with the way we are not just walking our paths, but the way we treat each other along this journey. Everbody becomes so sad from all the destruction from the natural disasters like the tornados, the hurricanes, the fires, etc…as this is a sign from God that, the time is now for us all to change, let our hearts be filled with warmth, and get away from the coldness that comes from Satan. The loud Boom that the lightning made as it split this tree, yes it was very loud, but it is a Boom that I never want to hear again, as I saw first hand the power of lightning.

Our hearts have become so cold toward one another, we really do not know one another anymore, we attack each other as we have never attacked before, we think nothing but to belittle someone, just to make ourselves seem better and more powerful, then some want to come out and blame the guns for this? Really!!! It is not the gun that pulls its own trigger, it is we the people that actually pull the trigger, or better yet, take better control of the ” Mentally Deranged”, and the problem of all the shootings go away, and still, take care of all the Illegal guns that are either being sold on the black market or being made with the technology of a 3-D printer, now you shall see the shootings be reduced greatly. In order for a Gang member to be a part of the Gang, they have to do some inhumane things, which one thing are, the killing of another person in cold blood, this is what needs to change, as well as the hearts of us all, so we all can further walk in the peace of Jesus Christ, throughout this journey of life.

There are some Leaders of other countries out there, that will do anything they can to achieve all the power of everything within this world, The issue then lies on all of us, the people of this world, allowing them to achieve their goals, simply by attacking one another and being divided from one another. Racism brings great division, as war will come from the division, as we show weakness instead of strength. Jesus Christ showed zero Racism, as he was there for all, no matter who you were if you needed healing, Jesus didn’t look at your color of skin, or what religion you were then walk away, he brought you whatever you needed so you could heal from your pain, Jesus showed us how to love one another all the time throughout this journey, the hatred is on us the people and the way we treat each other at every turn. This world is so full of sorrow, that none of us want to take that first step to end it, so we then follow as not to disrupt, or be singled out. Do some think they have all the answers? We all think that we are better and smarter than each other, but no one will reach out to lend a helping hand to another. We all have our opinions as well, but you know what? We all have a backside of the anatomy as well, In order to come together in unity, we need first to change our hearts, let the blood of Jesus flow freely through it, so we then can warm it again, so the cold and all the ugliness go away. It is true that there is strength in unity, but until we get away from the weakness of division, we will never find that out. When we come together in unity, there are no leaders that will succeed in their goal of having all the power within the world, as they truly find out that, they can not control us anymore, with we the people taking back the control, while showing our love of ourselves with each other, will not only have us get away from the racism, it will break down the walls of the divide, which will bring back the peace and love of Jesus Christ, so we all can truly unite and walk this journey as Jesus showed us, while he walked it here with us.

The signs of God are all around us, we just need to acknowledge them, so we can see them, to change what we need to change, as we truly move forward along this journey of life. The lightning splitting this tree, truly shows that God has the power to take away, even as he created it. Everything happens for a reason, but unless we find out that reason, we will never know the why? All the issues we see all around us, are totally on all of us, the people of this society, which we the people through real change, can fix all the issues, as we all heal moving forward. Just as Mother Nature changes all the landscape around us, we to can change the environment around us, with the keyword being, “can”. We just have to want to do it, not just for ourselves, but do it for each other, and the way we do this is, to come together in unity and totally get away from the word of, ” Racism”. The more we keep throwing around this word, the more it becomes the issue, we need to bury this word once and for all, then we can move forward together in harmony, as we truly change what is around us and what is within us, so our hearts will truly feel the warmth of the blood of Jesus Christ. What we are doing now is not of who we truly are, when we look in the mirror and truly see who we are, then we can move forward, in the peace and love of Jesus Christ, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

” This journey we walk we will be separated on our paths as they are different, but we unite through the journey, as the journey is the same for us all”

” Until the attacking of one another stops, then the division will always be there, with the threat of war hanging over our heads”

With faith, the storm will never last

” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ” Quiet! Be still”. The wind ceased and there was a great calm, Then he asked them, ” Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith”?”.

Mk 4:39-40

When Jesus came to us and walked his path of this journey here with us, he was so calm always, but some never wondered of his calmness, with each turn along his path. Jesus was always calm with each step along his path simply because, he had total faith in his father, the creator of all Mankind, to provide him with the right tools needed to walk with confidence, so he could walk through any storm, to get to the calmness of the light on the other side. Faith is the keyword here, and faith is something we today have lost, through all the chaos around us today.

With all the chaos around us today, the clouds of our judgments have become really thick, so thick that we can not see clearly what is right in front of us. We overlook all the little things in life, then make like everything that we do see, is only for us ourselves, without giving a thought that, what may be in front of us, is also in front of all others around us. We have become so self-centered that, not only have we lost empathy for others, we have lost all faith in ourselves, as well as everything around us. Without any kind of faith, there is no confidence, and when we have no confidence, then whatever we may do will never be easy, as we think that we are totally alone, within this journey we walk.

Jesus Christ showed us many things as he walked this journey with us, the one thing that he showed us, that today we take so for granted is, to not only have faith in ourselves, but to have total faith in him, so we to can walk through this journey with the confidence he had, plus be as calm as he was while walking with the faith in his father. Without the confidence and the faith, you can see where that is taking us, we have become so consumed with the chaos, that we do not look at the little things anymore, and we look at everything around us as bigger than life, that will bring great pain and hurt, to which we then fear everything that will come before us along our paths of this journey.

When we walk our paths of this journey as Jesus showed us, we can truly see that we all walk the same journey, just different paths. We will also see that, when we have empathy for each other, we then will help each other, without even thinking about it. When we help one another, this is where the confidence in what we do comes to us, this is how we learn from the little things, so everything else does not surprise us and bring us pain and hurt. Yes, we will go through many storms in this journey, but with the faith in ourselves as well as Jesus Christ, the storms will pass, bringing us to the other side, within the light and away from the darkness of the storm.

Sometimes the dark clouds above us will seem so thick, and seem like they will never end? This is where our faith in ourselves and in Jesus needs to be at its strongest, Without faith, we will never get to the light, we will never have any confidence, which then leads us to great pain and bitterness along the paths we walk of this journey. We then let the doubt of all things around us, which then leads us into the power of denial, that then strips us of who we truly are. Yes, the grip of denial is very powerful, and it will control every fiber of your mind, body, and soul, but when we have the faith in ourselves and Jesus Christ, then the doubt and the denial of the storm above us, will never last, as the dark clouds above us, become thinner and the light starts to shine through them, that then leads us to the path of righteousness, that Jesus showed through this journey.

When the dark clouds are so thick above us, and we have lost all faith, we know become all wrapped up deep within ourselves, and never put forth our hands, to give anyone around us something to hold on to, as they try to pull us from the storm that surrounds us along our path. We are so deep within ourselves, that we see nothing or no one that may be around us. As we are deep within ourselves, yes we may cry, but because we are so deep, the tears fill up all the cracks around us, and we may seem like we are drowning? The wet tears may not have a place to go away from us, only because we hold them back, which then make it seem like the waters of the storm, are violently attacking us, which make it seem like there is no end to the storm? Only when we keep the faith in ourselves, as well as Jesus Christ, do we find that the tears will flow away from us, which help us extend our hand, so the hand of another can and will, pull us from the storm and help us into the light, leaving the storm behind us, as we move forward along our path, through this journey of life.

There will be other smaller journeys within this bigger journey of life, these are the journeys that help us with our faith and our confidence, like for instance, climbing that mountain before us. Sometimes when the weather becomes bad, that has the mountain within the darkest of the clouds, it is the faith and the confidence that tells you to hike another day, but with no faith or confidence, you will proceed up the mountain, within the strongest part of the storm, that they can and will, lead you to much pain and hurt before you. Because of the lack of faith and confidence, you have then put yourself into more troubling times, which now your better judgment becomes clouded, with much doubt and denial. The mountains will always be there, so when they become socked in from the dark clouds of the storm, then hike another day, so you can be rewarded with great views of the better day, be rewarded with a clear day within the light, as the darkness of clouds, are nowhere near, making for a quiet path, through this journey of life. Each reward that comes to us will bring us not just the faith and confidence in ourselves, but the faith and confidence in Jesus Christ as well, so we all can walk through the darkness of the storm, to get to the light on the other side, which is the peace and happiness, that Jesus showed us along his journey.

” With true faith and confidence, the darkness of the storm will never last, as the light will always light up the end of the storm as we move forward”

” Without any faith or confidence, the clouds become thicker and darker as they consume us dearly, into the power of doubt and denial”

Changed for Life

” We…are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory”

Corinthians 3:18

We all want that nice beach house on the ocean, but through change and erosion, you can see that this beach is one more storm away, from having waves crash into the beach house, as people sit and watch television in the living room. Erosion is a constant thing as we walk our paths through this journey, we may not see this erosion, simply because we are too busy out there living our lives. We all in this society have become so engulfed, with trying to be the one to bring the next big thing, that we all have lost focus on what is truly going on around us. We all want so much for that five minutes of fame, we don’t focus on who we truly are anymore, which leads us into the world of, ” I am better than you”.

We are all working so hard to buy all the material things and showing them off to all those around, that when we buy these things, we don’t really look too deep into things like erosion and the effects it will have in the future. These material things are just that and we can’t take them with us when this journey ends. So, begs the question? Then what really do these material things hold for us? I can see the short answer of having the beach house, so one can walk the beach whenever they wish, but when erosion comes into play and takes away that beach, now it becomes very hard to walk the beach, as now you need not be afraid of the ocean and become a very good swimmer, which most are not.

Erosion is a huge part of this journey, it will affect every aspect of the land around us, whether at the beach, or maybe a cabin in the woods, or even within all the houses being developed around us. A lot of these houses and as the developers don’t want us to know, as they will never sell a home? Are being built on either swampland or old landfills that have been filled in. They may think they are filling in a hole in the ground to develop some homes, but nobody thinks of the erosion that comes to us, from this planet that we walk our paths on. Climate change, global warming, are all terms that some makeup to make a profit, but these terms have always been around through the word ” Erosion”, as mother nature changes this planet, with the help of erosion.

Some may think they can change the beach with the help of some heavy equipment? What they never admit to is, you simply can not fight mother nature, nor the fury of the ocean during a raging storm. Erosion has been around since the beginning of time, then lies the problem of we the people, especially those within the walls of Washington DC, as all they want is to put more money in their pockets, leaving the ones struggling through the erosion, standing there holding the bag, as now their beautiful beach home is in jeopardy, from the power of erosion and being dismantled before their eyes.

You build a nice little cabin in the woods, with beautiful mountains all around you. As you build this cabin, all you are thinking about is, all the peace and serenity you will have away from this crazy society. Well, the one important thing that slips our mind as we build is, the exact location of the cabin, while we look up at the mountains, to determine what would erosion do, as it eats away from the mountain? Where will those boulders go as the erosion eats away at the mountain? Will this cabin slip away into the river below while the erosion eats all the tundra beneath it? These are all very good questions, but these are questions we overlook, simply because we want so bad of these things, we then look away from them, thinking…Oh!!! This will never happen to me? Yes, there may be that chance that it will never happen, but!!! We must always keep in mind the chances, so we can be better at the decisions we make, while the changes of erosion are happening all around us.

Everything that happens as we walk our paths of this journey, happens for a reason, but we never get into the reasons, because we fear more of the negative reasons, so we look away from them, then later when things start going south…we then ask ourselves why? When things around us happen, we then need to find out why did this happen, so we can truly understand better, as we then try to keep moving forward along our paths. Because we do not want to know the reasons why something happened, will have us regress and move backward, which then has us, lose faith in not just everything around us, but lose the truth of everything around us, which then leads us into the self-destruction of everything we do.

Erosion has and will always happen right before our eyes, we need to look at this as, how can I better understand this moving forward, instead of looking at it as a way to profit from it, which then has us robbing one another, of all our hard-earned work, as we walk our paths through this journey of life. Everything erodes over time, even we ourselves erode over time, remember those things you once did when you were younger? Well here you are later in life and now you can not do what you once did. Erosion is a huge part of this journey through life, it is time we start looking at it, to truly understand it, so we all can be better as we walk our paths through this journey, to be true of who we are, and live our lives in the peace and happiness, that Jesus Christ showed us, while he walked this journey here with us.

” Erosion has been in this journey since the beginning of time, but we still do not truly want to know and understand anything about it”

” People, land, beaches, mountains, there is nothing that erosion will not affect, we must understand it, before the erosion takes everything away”

The Brevity of Life

” What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”

James 4:14

The band named Kansas has a song out there that sums it up in the title of the song, ” Dust in the wind”. We are all just dust in the wind, that blows around as we walk our paths of this journey, we are a blade of grass that gets blown in the wind, and are just a part of the landscape around us. There is nothing here within this journey that is forever, just look at this tree, or what’s left of it after the power of lightning got a hold of it. Just like we need to do the cultivating along our paths, mother nature does the cultivating of all the landscape around us. You just do not know how long this journey will last for you, either you are here for a short time, or a bit longer, so you need to cultivate properly so this journey will bring you all the fruit, instead of the pits, of all that is around you.

We all need to face it sooner or later, face the facts that one day this journey will end for us, yes this is a sad day, but one even sadder to all those we hold dear, as now you are taken from them. Can you ever be ready for this day? Who knows, as once this journey ends, it is not like you can communicate this to those around you. All we can do while we are here is, prepare ourselves for this day, prepare our paths to the best ability we can, so those that walk behind us can keep moving forward in your honor. Some may ask, why do some need to die on this journey? Maybe simply look deep within mother nature, to see that much of nature also die off, so the future can be greener and more vibrant. With all the ugliness, hatred, and the attacking of one another, maybe this is the way of the Lord, sending us a message that we need to come together in unity or die apart from another in the division?

Grief is a part of life within this journey, when we do not grieve properly, now we open ourselves up, to a whole lot of issues as we walk our paths, It’s these issues then, that turn us into someone/something we are not. From the process of not grieving properly, this is what has us, not cultivating our paths as we should, so this journey can be full of peace and joy at every turn. The Brevity of life may be short, but life itself does not have to bring great pain either.

The grass is green and vibrant, but just don’t look at the grass, look through the grass and see all the vibrancy all around that blade of grass. Sometimes we never look around us to see what is there, we walk around with blinders on and see only what we want to see, as we totally miss what we need to see, so we can walk through our paths properly, along this journey of life. There are so many cancers throughout this journey, sometimes we let our focus become blurry of the rest of what is around us, the cancers of life, when you look deeper into the cancer, it goes a lot deeper than any disease, there are many cancers that will come to us, and many more that we never truly understand, only because we chose not to understand, only to walk around, instead of hitting it head-on.

Sometimes like within the world we live in today, we think that we are entitled to everything around us, we do not want to share anything with anybody, we take so much for granted, that we then lose sight of everything around us. We can’t have everything and we also can not take it with us, when this journey comes to a close either. So there is no real answer to any of what is going on around us today, just that we have not only lost sight of reality, even worse, we have lost sight of each other as well, which would explain all the division all around us. What is happening all around us, is not true of who we are, cause when we are who we are in the eyes of God, there is zero negativity, there is zero bitterness, this is all on us, and we need to fix our wrongs before it becomes too late, then the ride through this journey comes to an end, leaving us all with regret, for what we should have done, instead of what we failed to do. Life is full of Brevity, we need to understand totally from it, or forever be within the doubt and the regret that will keep us from walking our paths through this journey, in the peace, joy, and serenity, for which we all so deserve.

” Through Brevity comes longevity, it is time we truly understand before it becomes too late”

” We are the cultivators of our paths, like mother nature is the cultivator of all the landscape around us”

Be Free


“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you”

James 4:8

You ever get your hand stuck inside a vase, then call for help to get it out, the help says for you to outstretch your hand, as they try to pull the vase from your hand, but you say back to them, if I do that then I drop whatever it is within my hand? We of this society are very similar to this situation, we are so afraid to let go, so we can be free from whatever it is that is holding us back.

We of this society will let fear of anything control who we truly are, this fear will stop us from moving forward and keep us running in circles with no true direction. When the fear of anything comes to us, we then shut down, bury who we truly are deep within, as to try to keep all the pain and hurt away from us. All our true feelings and emotions get buried so deep within along with our true selves, that we then feel nothing and our hearts go cold. When our hearts are cold, we then stop acknowledging Jesus Christ, which then his blood doesn’t flow through and warm our hearts, and even worse, his love gets lost among all the ugliness that surrounds us.

Trust is the word of the day. Trust is what helps us keep all fear at bay, trust is when you truly have trust in yourself, to overcome anything that may come to you. When we have trust in ourselves as well as Jesus Christ, there is no fear that will come to us and bring us great pain. I get the fact that there may be some life events that we can not control and come to wreak havoc on us, but when these events come, it is more important than ever, for us to have complete trust in ourselves as well as Jesus Christ. Simply because once the fear takes a hold of us, once the fear grabs us within the big cold hands, it is very hard to break free from that fear. it is not impossible to break free, but it then takes very hard work on us, as it then consumes us so much, that, yes we may get back to who we are, just not totally of who we could have been, as we have used up so much energy, that now we struggle to get away from any fear moving forward, plus now we even fear the fear.

We can be as free as we want to be, as we walk our paths through this journey of life. We get so focused on just keeping up with the Jones sort of speak, that we totally forget about walking this path for ourselves. We let everything affect us, and struggle with letting go of anything, so we can move forward better and stronger. This journey is not about us walking it for another, this journey works best if we walk it for ourselves, then as others see this and do the same, now you have a healthy journey, where we all can walk our paths in peace and happiness. Plus when we acknowledge the blood of Christ within our hearts, he then warms our body and soul as well, while his love leaks out of us, and into all those around us.

When my journey finally comes to a close, I want to be an Eagle. A big powerful bird that flies through the skies with no worries, they are so strong they fly so effortlessly no matter how strong the winds are. Watching an Eagle take to the sky and flap those wings with such a force to get really high in the sky, then just simply glide all through the ” big blue yonder”, as they catch those wind currents just right. The Eagle is such a Majestic bird, a bird that its beauty shines from afar, a bird that sees his dinner from so high above and within the waters below, then swoops down and snatches it with the greatest of ease. The Eagle just does its thing along its journey and does not let the fear get in its way, or it wouldn’t be able to soar at such high heights, with the greatest of ease.

Letting go isn’t all about cleaning out the basement, or cleaning out the car. To really let go is about cleaning out yourself, taking stock in your life, seeing where you were, where you are, to get to where you want moving forward. It is kind of like being a hoarder, where you are so afraid to throw anything away, so your house becomes so cluttered with crap, you can’t even walk around the house correctly. The difference is, you have become a Hoarder of your life, where there is so much clutter within yourself, that now you can’t see clearly along your path of the journey. The journey then becomes so heavy that now, you don’t even want to walk anywhere anymore, not just that you don’t want to, you just have no clue of the direction, because of all the inner clutter. Let go, be free, fly the open skies like the bird in this picture, as you let go, so does the heaviness of trying to take off and be free, then you can see clearly along your path, to walk through this journey, to be free, within the peace and happiness, that Jesus Christ showed us, on his journey here with us. Let go and be free, so we all can be everything we want, throughout this journey of life, as peace and happiness surround us all.

” Fly away, be free, don’t let the clutter weigh you down and bring great pain in all you do”

” Focus on yourself more and get away from the focus of others, so you can truly be free to fly the heights you want throughout this journey”

Within the Kingdom of God, Jesus cultivates us all

” To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God? It is like a Mustard seed…once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants”

MK 4:30a, 31a, 32

The Kingdom of God is far and wide, It holds so much within it, that we would never see it all, even if we went out and explored every day throughout this journey of life. Then you have Mother Nature within this Kingdom, even when you get out and explore one area, as mother nature then changes it with even more beauty for us to see. The Kingdom of God is so vast, but yet, we take so for granted just how vast it truly is. God created all this around us, not so we can attack one another, not so we can take it all for granted, he did so, for us all to come together in unity, to walk through this journey, in the peace and joy, his son Jesus showed us when he came and walked his path here with us on this journey.

This bird flying freely within the Kingdom of God, without a care or a worry with each flap of the wings, simply taking in all the true beauty of what is God’s Country, this is what God had in mind for all of us, until we the people started getting away, for what this journey truly is all about. The trees within this picture started as a seed, then mother nature became the Farmer and sown these trees into a beautiful part of all the beauty we see around us. Look deeply into the horizon of this picture, take in mind that throughout all these mountains, there is plenty of wildlife that lives within them. That’s the problem in this society, if we can not see something, we then lose all belief in anything else out there, which explains why so many have walked away from the house of the Lord today. When you truly look deeply into that horizon, then you will totally see everything and not just a picture of a landscape.

A Farmer is one who cultivates the land, throughout the many societies the Farmer’s job has always stayed the same, to take care of the land, so they can bring the fruits of their labor to us all. Throughout time, the tools for the Farmer have changed, just like mother nature has changed the landscape throughout God’s country, to bring even more beauty to us all. There are many trades within this journey, with all the trades, there are also many tools for each trade. Now, these tools will be very different from one another, as they are specific to the job they were designed for. Very true all these tools have changed over time, only because they are designed to make our jobs easier, so we can enjoy the fruits of our labor, as we walk our paths to be better and stronger moving forward.

In many ways we the people of this society have failed each other throughout this journey, we have stopped short of coming together in unity, as we attack one another, we have stopped looking deeply within what we see, and totally judge one another from a glance, without truly knowing each other deeply. We say we want to get out within mother nature, then we leave a big mess in our wake, we do not clean up properly as we walk the trails of nature, yes mother nature will cultivate this land and keep it beautiful, but when we the people leave our trash, instead of disposing of it properly, eventually there will be no more beauty for any of us to see.

God was the first farmer as he created all this for us all to enjoy, then came the farmer to cultivate the land, bringing much fruit to us all, but mother nature has always been there to cultivate the landscape that God brought us. We the people and when we stay true to who we are, with the faith in ourselves, as well as Jesus Christ, can and will bring much hope to each other, but with our actions toward each other, the hope has become lost, while the faith has become buried deep within us, as we have become so divided, that we can not even say a simple hello to our neighbors anymore. This journey through life is so much better when we come together in unity, it is this division that will bring to us, all the hatred, ugliness, and chaos that we see today. We the people started all this ugliness, we the people can end it as well, if only we come together in unity, come together within the house of the Lord, so we can truly see deeply of what we see within the horizon, of the true landscape that God created for us all. We all walk our paths through this journey of life, with unity we can overcome anything we set out to do, as we walk within the peace and joy that Jesus taught us, at the time of his journey here with us.

” God gave us the farmer to help mother nature cultivate and sow the seeds, for all the fruits of this land”

” The birds fly through the skies with ease as they glide into the horizon of life, so we can look deeply into that horizon to truly see all its beauty”