Your Story

20 Nov

Your story…

YOU are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.

Isn’t it interesting how we, as humans, believe our life is not under our control, that our past defines us and we can’t change our path? It’s true our past stays with us forever, but we decide what our future is. We have the option to change our paths, to go another direction anytime we want. I’m not saying it will be easy, for all things good require effort on our part. We just need to be willing to work for it.

DON’T turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them.

Many times I have written that people cross our paths for a reason and that reason is we have something to share with them or they have a gift to share us. That gift just may be the answer you are seeking to brighten you future, putting you on a different path in life. Our goal is to determine if the answer we seek is in that future or not. God brought that person to you for a reason, don’t sidestep it, make the best of it. I’ve often wondered just how many blessings I’ve passed up, because I decided I didn’t have time to stop, listen and share. Yes, it’s true, we are the sum total of the choices we make in life, take the time to explore them before throwing them aside.

YOU’RE always free to change your mind and choose a different future or past.

The beauty of freewill is we always have the option to change our mind. If the direction we choose turns out to be a bad choice, we can change direction and start a new path. Powerful isn’t it? Many of us feel we have little control over our life when in fact we almost have full control. Yes, before you ask, God knows what position we are going to take before we do, but He also is there to guide us back when we overstep our brain. We just have to listen to that soft whisper in our ear.

Over the years I’ve learned that life just doesn’t happen, we chose the direction and He guided us along the way. We made mistakes, probably more than we should, but He was always there to help guide us back to where we needed to be, if we asked. I have also learned He is always there, as promised, and always will be.

So, are you happy with the direction your life is going? If not change it and find a path that brings you closer to Him. Ask Him for assistance and He will guide you back to where you belong. As you travel your path, shine your light and share your love with everyone you meet. One just may be that angel you are seeking.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love alway,

Ed

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We are…

15 Nov

As a Christian I have learned God is love and since He resides in my heart, I am love also. My soul is the light that shines the love He has given me to share with all.

Yet, some in the church feel that love is only to be shared with fellow members who talk and act as they do. The divide in our Country starts right here in the church. As strange as it sounds, the place that teaches us to love our neighbors is also the place that is dividing us as a country yet so many are blinded by their intolerance to see it.

The pastor of our church said something the other day that, hopefully, will open the eyes of Christians everywhere. He said if you think Baptists are the only ones in heaven, you are going to be in for a big surprise. I think that will fit for just about every denomination we have in this world. God created each and everyone of us in His image, with His love and He blesses everyone of us.

I have written many times about how unique each and everyone of us is and how we all have a place where we fit in the world. It is also true that we need everyone working together to make it whole. Love is the answer and the glue that holds us all together. Light of the world we look out in the darkness, open our eyes let us see…

Father, I ask that you open our eyes and let us see the divisiveness amount us and help us come together as one, with one purpose, to love all that cross our paths. Help us see that the blessings You bestow on us are meant to be shared in order to show Your love. Remind us that we are the light that reflects Your love and light. Open our eyes so that when we look into the mirror we see actually are looking at the face and eyes of You, that this is why we are made in Your image. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

I will close with one of grandfathers reminders:

The soul is not where it lives but where it loves.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

More Than Your Share…

9 Nov

More than your share…

Over the years I’ve received many comments on my posts from people who say they’ve gone through many hardships in their lives and wonder just when it is enough.

This got me wondering why some feel they got more than their share, so I decided to share a life experience of my time in Vietnam to show both sides of that experience. As you know our lives are full of roadblocks and potholes that we have the opportunity to learn from and grow.

As you know, I was a Scout/Sniper in the Marines from 1967 to 1971 in Vietnam. As a sniper I saw my share of hardship and turmoil along with death. But this is part of combat and we all saw more than we needed. The plain fact is, war is not fun period and in Vietnam one had to fight day and night to stay alive. The friendlies you fought side by side with during the day were your enemy at night.

One mission had us finding prison camps where our solders were kept and to bring them home to safety. We were able to render the camp harmless and free our men in due time. On the return trip, I was at the back of the group closing the trail when one of the soldiers tripped a wire and blew a claymore off. It killed six and wounded a few more. I was hit in the head and right side causing severe damage to my right arm and shoulder along with opening part of my skull. I was rushed to camp and moved to the hospital ship Sanctuary where a group of surgeons put me back together. I ended up with 360 stiches in my head, a double compound fracture of my arm, a shattered elbow and they sewed the tendons back together on my shoulder which also had shattered.

While the doctors were putting me back together, I was sitting in His immediate presence while He held my hand. I felt no pain, only immense love. It was obvious He was not finished with me yet and He sent me back. Where I was taken to Germany and then sent home.

Ok, I hear you asking yourself what all this has to do with more than your share?

At the time I thought I had more than my share of pain and suffering, until I remembered He saved me for a reason and blessed me to share with everyone else. I very easily could have been one of the 58000 plus who didn’t get to come home.

It comes down to this we, as humans, tend to complain about our sufferings in life, but fail to realize all the blessings we receive along the way. Do you get more than your share of blessings? I know for sure I do.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

When Opportunity Knocks…

3 Nov

When opportunity knocks do you open the door or do you turn away? I ask this question for two reasons, one is that you just may be opening the door to your true calling and two if you turn your back on am opportunity, you just may be passing up on a blessing from God. So that makes the answer to the question very important.

I started my blog with the purpose of putting my life memories and lessons down to share with my readers. Over time I hoped to open people’s eyes to a different world, mine, with the hope that they would see life as a journey full of hope and love. Now, with over 40000 readers, I have found my purpose has changed to one of following God’s will and sharing His message of love and understanding.

Life doesn’t just happen, it’s a carefully choreographed path laid out for us to follow. Oh yes we have free will and do make choices that take us off that path, but He is always there to help lead us back onto the path. His love for us is so great that He will forgive us our sins and gladly guide us in the right direction if we just ask. Yet, in today’s world, so many have trouble acknowledging this love or even considering sharing it with others.

Grandfather had a saying: Life is a gift of Love, we need to share that gift by helping others see life as an opportunity to give love to all they meet. Love just isn’t love until you give it away.

As a Christian I see this as Jesus’s command to love your neighbor as yourself and as I have loved you. This leads me to believe that when I lend a hand or help pick someone up or shine His light, I am serving Him as He commanded. Yet, so many Christians look at this as a burden and would rather turn away a possible blessing.

So I ask another question, why do you as a Christian feel it is beneath you to help someone in need when God lifted you from the depths of sin and saved your Life? Funny, I see so many who feel the under nourished and poor are there because they failed to get an education or could do better and are just leaning on others for support, so why should they help them. What they fail to see is this just may be God testing your faith and love for others.

Love happens when you realise that helping people isn’t a burden, but is an opportunity. It is your opportunity to shine His light within you so that all may see His love and blessings.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Finding Yourself

24 Oct

Life Is like a highway where you make turns and stops along the way to learn about you. What is your vision and how has it changed over the years?

I remember asking Grandfather how I can determine my purpose in life. We all have a purpose, how do I go about finding my purpose?

Grandfather responded by saying: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

At age 8 that stopped me in my tracks. How does one go about looking at ones heart? It took me a while to realize just what Grandfather was telling me, we all have a path to follow which helps define us as we grow. The choices we make in life follow us throughout our life and as we grow, hopefully we begin to make better choices spiritually as well as physically.

This is where our Faith in God and ourself meet. It is then when we can actually look into our heart and see what that our vision is really God’s plan for us.

Each of us are unique in that God’s plan for each one of us may be different, but as each plan unfolds we begin to see where in the universe we fit in. We find there is a lesson in each and every stumbling block we encounter and how we accept these lessons form our little niche in the puzzle. We also learn that no matter how hard that lesson is, something positive comes out of it. So live your life searching for these lessons, both good and bad. The universe is immense, but there is a place for each and everyone of us. Find where your piece fits!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

What You Are…

21 Oct

Grandfather once told me: Your theology is what you are when the talking stops and the action starts.

We’ve all known people who talk a lot but never follow through and maybe we have been guilty of it ourselves. It’s really nothing but being human, or is it?

Grandfather would say otherwise and he would be very pointed about how he stated it: You are only as good as you follow through with what you promise or more to the point your actions speak louder than your words.

There lies the problem, people seem to separate their everyday life from their spiritual life as if they are two separate lives. In reality they are the same and we are being watched by everyone we cross paths with. Our spiritual life and daily life are one and the same.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in business, a everyday worker, a minister or, like me, just an old retired person the life you live reflects your spiritual values along with your personal values. So face it, you can’t be one person on Sunday and another person the rest of the week. It just doesn’t fly.

We talk about Faith, Hope and Love in respect to God, but then forget these same values extend to everyone in our daily life. Grandfather used to talk a lot about the many faces of God, reminding me daily that all people are created in His image then added a simple message:

God resides in our hearts so remember when you look at yourself in a mirror and then look at everyone you pass, you are looking at the face of God. So live your life accordingly because when people look at you they are seeng God at work. Don’t make Him look bad!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

On Faith Part 3

17 Oct

After writing about Faith several times, many comments have come in asking for a more defined meaning and explanation of what it really is and how do we utilize it.

This could present a problem since I, at first, offered Faith as something individual to all of us. It is this and so much more.

Hebrews 11:1 Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Over the years, I have found, faith to be a personal thing and that almost everyone has their own way of defining and measuring it. To have faith is to defy logic. It takes faith to think positively. It takes faith to believe that there is a loving God who cares deeply about our pain. To believe in life, the universe, or yourself after numerous failures is to have courage. Faith is an act of courage. It is choosing to get up in the morning and face our fears and believe that God will help us. Faith is choosing to believe that even though we may have failed one hundred times before that we can succeed the next time. At the same time I’ve discovered that Faith should also unite us not divide us.

Watching what is happening to our nation and some of.our churches, I wonder just where our Faith is taking us. Some churches are teaching the doctrine that their way is the only way and our politicians are doing everything to keep the country divided. Needless to say this is not the message Jesus gave us.

If we follow God’s word, Faith, Hope, Love and Charity should be forefront in our daily life, with love your neighbor and yourself and as I have loved you.

I am going to answer the question as to what Faith really is this way:

Faith is Love, just as God is Love and it is intended to unite us all, regardless of who you are or what you believe!

We, as humans, tend to forget not everyone is the same, believes the same, looks the same or even acts the same.. but be assured each and everyone of us is made in the image of God, by God and He loves us all. Why can’t you?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed