April 5, 2015

An Arizona SONrise!

An awesome Arizona sunrise reminds me of a SONrise that is spectacular!

Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key in Miami, Florida was originally built for powerboat racing but the memory I will cherish forever was an  Easter Sunrise Service only a few months before Hurricane Andrew in 1992. As the group Truth sang "Holy of Holies" the sun began rising over Biscayne Bay filling the sky with unforgettable colors.

"Watch the Lamb" by Ray Boltz fills my heart & spirit with tears of gratitude for all that JESUS has done for me & for you!

Daisy's Song" by Dominic Balli expresses beautifully the love JESUS has for you & for me!

"Peace on Earth" by New Zealand's Parachute Band will happen if we allow JESUS to be the Peace in us!

"Let the peace of CHRIST rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." — COLOSSIANS 3:15

"Que la paz de CRISTO reine en vuestros corazones, a la cual en verdad fuisteis llamados en un solo cuerpo; y sed agradecidos." — COLOSENSES 3:15

If we are able to live the truths of "Devoted" by Mynista our journey will be filled with Faith, Hope, Joy, Love, & Peace which will keep us refreshed emotionally, mentally, physically, & spiritually to complete the things that HE created for you & me to do!

"For we are GOD's workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS to do good works, which GOD prepared in advance for us to do." — EPHESIANS 2:10

"Somos hechura de Dios, creados en Cristo Jesús para hacer las buenas obras, que Dios preparó de antemano para que anduviésemos en ellas." — EFESIOS 2:10

"Step by Step" by Rich Mullins is an awesome way to end this entry & I hope you have been blessed & encouraged.

As we each continue on our own personal journeys, may we be aware that something as simple as a smile or a pat on the back may be just what someone needs & that means you & I are literally how the LORD chooses to express HIS love to others by JESUS loving people through you & me!

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February 3, 2015

The Road of Life

At first, I saw GOD as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. HE was out there sort of like a president. I recognized HIS picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know HIM.

But later on when I met CHRIST it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, & I noticed that CHRIST was in the back helping me pedal. I don't know just when it was that HE suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable ... It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when HE took the lead, HE knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, & through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, HE said, "Pedal!" 

I worried & was anxious & asked, "Where are You taking me?" HE laughed & didn't answer, & I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life & entered into the adventure. And when I'd say, "I'm scared," HE'd lean back & touch my hand.

HE took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance & joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my LORD's & mine.

And we were off again. HE said, "Give the gifts away; they're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, & I found that in giving I received, & still our burden was light. 

I did not trust HIM, at first, in control of my life. I thought HE'd wreck it; but HE knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. 

And I am learning to shut up & pedal in the strangest places, & I'm beginning to enjoy the view & the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, JESUS CHRIST.

And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore, HE just smiles & says ... "Pedal."

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June 24, 2014

Dead Duck

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary office. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope & listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly & said, "I'm so sorry, your duck has passed away."

"Are you sure?" the distressed owner wailed. "Yes, I am sure the duck is dead" he replied. "How can you be so sure, I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around & left the room, & returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever.

As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table & sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes & shook his head. The vet patted the dog & took it out, & returned a few moments later with a cat.

The cat jumped up on the table & also sniffed delicately at the bird. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly & strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman & said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys & produced a bill which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$850!" she cried. "$850 just to tell me my duck is dead?"

The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry, if you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report & the Cat Scan it's now "$850!"

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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014!

Memorial Day is extra-special for me this year as my home in Key West was originally naval housing & I daily enjoy the stream of planes overhead from Naval Air Station Key West which is a state of the art training facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services.

"It is the Soldier" by Dennis Edward O'Brien 

It is the Soldier,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of press.

It is the Soldier,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier,
not the campus organizer,
who gives us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag. 


Thank you Dennis Edward O'Brien!

After that, all I can say is that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then enjoy my Fifty Thousand word photo essay!

FYI: As you scroll through my 50,000 word photo essay which = a grand total of 50 photos, click on this link for "Brothers In Arms" by Dire Straits & enjoy their original video or better yet come back to this page while listening to the song to see the 50 photos I have chosen for my special salute to all soldiers past, present, & those who will serve in the future!

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