Blown Away

From The Pen of a Ready Writer

Such a month – so far – and it is only the 12th of December! My gifts that are for the out of town relatives are already shipped (this is a first)! I am blown away. Thank you, Lord.

Our family plans for gathering and celebrating Christmas are coming together so easily!

I am blown away! Amazing.

And – and- Suddenly, today, faster than I could have ever hoped – my childhood dream came true. A contact from my publisher called and announced that my first book was just put on Amazon. Wow. It’s really happening! I am published. I’m blown away!

God has overwhelmed me with His good surprise and I am struck with awe and wonder. It is so hard to get much work done since it is such a surprise. Things are changing, and there is a lot to think about. Being a published author means excitement…

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Faith Vs. Fear


Yesterday a military acquaintance of mine posted some quotes about letting go, and fear of change. As I read this I kept thinking of the Israelites in the desert. Moses sent 12 men into the land to spy it out and see what it held. Twelve leaders went out, one from each tribe, and 12 saw that the land was good, but because 10 could not see beyond their fear, lacked the courage to step into their promise by faith, the entire nation wandered in the desert for 40 years, waiting for the next generation to rise up and step into their promise. The irony is, that it only took them 40 days to reach their promise, but 40 years of marching around the mountain to walk into that promise. I wonder how many times we have “gone round the mountain” needlessly because we lacked the courage to step forward.

But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage]. Amalek dwells in the land of the South (the Negeb); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea and along by the side of the Jordan [River]. Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it. But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are. So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature” Numbers 13:27-32

Today, he posted some quotes on optimism vs pessimism, and I saw a distinct connection; 10 of the spies said: “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are. So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” But Caleb had a different report: “Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.” The in Chapter 14, they continue: “And they said to all the company of Israelites, The land through which we passed as scouts is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not.”

With faith filled eyes, they were able to see what the others could not. They saw the very real obstacles before them falling because of the favor of the Lord. They were able to say as Paul did to the Philippians “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” Philippians 4:13
Be Blessed in Him


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God and the Bubble Tea

God is totally current! As you may be aware, I love to write and draw. My journal is full of illustrations of principles and Bible verses, and ideas. I usually ask God to inspire the drawings, beca…

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To Vote or Not To Vote

In a few days, we will go to the polls to make what may be the single most pivotal decision we have made in many years. Tuesday, we will choose our next president. Well technically, we will choose the electors who will choose the next president, but anyway …. Never has the choice been so clear, never have the differences been so stark, and never has the choices been so critical.

In the balance hangs the fate of this nation, with one, and quite likely more Supreme Court Justices to be appointed by the next president. That is what we face, a decision that could affect us for decades. The world stands at the door of multiple crises, ISIS, the Middle East in general, North Korea and Iran, not to mention Russia and China casting their eyes on their neighbors, and moving aggressively to expand their influence and territory. In the midst of this, we struggle with porous borders, anger and discontent simmering in many cities, foreign policy that seems to drift aimlessly with no clear goal, and a military that is tired, overtaxed, and struggling to maintain equipment that in many cases has exceeded it’s intended service life.

I have talked to many, too many who state they can not in good conscience vote for either of the major candidates. Some plan to stay home, some plan to vote for everything but the president and some for one of the third party candidates. After much prayer and research I have come to the conclusion that none of these are viable responses.

As I said, I have done the research, and the only effect a third party candidate has ever had was taking votes from the candidate most closely aligned with their platform. Before you bring it up, no, Lincoln and the Republicans were not the third part candidates, nor was it a three way race in 1860. There were in fact four parties running, and the Whigs which had been the second party had effectively collapsed since the 1856 election and did not field a candidate. In that sense, the Republican Party became the second party.

Given that, and given the enormity of the gulf between parties, and the very real issues we are facing, I can not in good conscience not vote. Nor can I in good conscience vote for someone with a snowball’s chance in a very warm place of winning. We may not like the candidate’s morals, or their ethics, but each one has set forth a platform endorsed by the party. These platforms state clearly what they stand for and against. One stands with God’s will, not perfectly, but then again we are man. The other is opposed, very opposed.

Trump was not my first choice, nor second or third, I still have some reservations, but he is the choice, and while I do not pretend to understand it, I have come to the conclusion that in this election he is the God choice. Many forget that we are not electing the pastor of the US, but the leader. I just hope Trump can be that leader. I know Hillary can not.

According to estimates, as many as 4 million Christian voters stayed home rather than vote for Romney. An additional 6 million who self identified as Evangelicals voted for Obama. Were some or many of them people who refused to vote for Romney because he did not fit their preconception of a “Christian Candidate”? I don’t know, but this I do know, if enough believers stay away as they did in the last election, Hillary WILL be elected, and the fruit of that will be very bitter indeed. The damage done by her agenda and her appointments will last for generations, and may indeed be irreparable.

Mark these words well, those who do not vote, will have no one to blame for what is to come but themselves. So if you have not voted already get out and vote Tuesday. The choices are clear, even stark, one candidate and platform stands for the things close to God’s heart. OhTrump is not perfect, not by a long shot, but he has made a stand for the things of God, and he has chosen many godly men and women to advise him. The other stands opposed to those things, with equally if not more questionable morals. She has made a stand, for the ending of life, both new and old, for bigger government and with it more government intrusion into our lives, and surrounding herself with like minded people. Make no mistake; the justices she appoints will be anti life, anti first and second amendment, and pro globalization. Chose which future you want, because the man or woman who wins will determine your future and the future of the children and grandchildren to come.

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Thoughts on Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches I find my thoughts turning to the many friends and family who have passed on in the service of their country. Classmates who went to that hell hole we called Nam never to return, those who returned only to die slowly from exposure to toxins like agent orange. Those who returned only to fight the battles every day and night for the rest of their lives. Those who gave their all in the Cold War, no shooting perhaps, but as much a war as any other. Those who fought and died in Korea. Our parents, aunts and uncles, and I suppose for some of you younguns grandparents, who fought for freedom in WWII, Pacific for my father, Europe for my Father in Law. No my folks didn’t die, but they are all gone now. Let us not forget those who went before them, WWI, Civil War, and so many others. Nor can we omit those who have come after us, The Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, the list goes on.

But perhaps our greatest gratitude should be reserved for those who stood up and said count me in back in the 1770s, for they made this great country possible, by rising up in the face of impossible odds and saying, “Count me in, I’ll do my part.” That often ragtag bunch stood against the greatest military power in the world, and they did it many times with only the clothes on their backs, not enough food, ammunition, or training, but they did it.

I also think of the many who came back and never quite forgave themselves for that. The WWII vet whose entire platoon died in the Ardennes, He survived only because he was pulled from the line for OCS the day before the battle. He passed on some years ago, but if he were here today I would say to him what I have to others. “We all signed the same check. It is only by the grace of God, that ours were not collected upon.” We may never know why that bother or sister was chosen, and we were spared, just that we were, and that God had a purpose for that.

To the brothers and sisters still with us, be at peace, to those who have gone before, fair winds and following seas, rest in peace.

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Brunswick Tonight—Prophetic Overview 2016

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Announcing the 911 Watch!

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Amos 9:11—In that day I will rebuild the fallen tabernacle of David…
Isaiah 16:15—A throne will even be established in lovingkindness, and a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David; moreover, he will seek justice and be prompt in righteousness.


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Our hearts are heavy as we write. A second American journalist has been beheaded by ISIS. Please pray for Steven Sotloff’s family and friends as they grieve and wrestle to mitigate the fear, pain and anger inflicted on their lives by this atrocity.

And beloved in Christ, lets not forget the tens of thousands of others, brothers and sisters who have been crucified, raped, mutilated, whose bodies now lie dormant in mass graves in the very land…

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