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A Little More Love

13 Feb

When Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves and as He has loved us I don’t think he was just referring to the neighborhood or something across the street. He was telling us to love all as He loved us and to teach this love to all we meet. This is not much to ask for all He has given us.

Yet it is apparent that more and more people have taken the attitude that if you don’t agree with them you must be the opposition.  This my way or the highway posture is exactly what has divided our country, and it is getting good worse rather than better. 

I’m even seeing it in the churches and on social media posts from many Christian’s some of them church leaders. In my opinion they should be held to a higher standard as they set the example for the congregation.

If we are to heal this divide, we need to share His love with everyone. We need to accept the diversity of the world, realizing not everyone thinks the same as we do and that we aren’t always right. It will take just a little more love and a lot more patience. Imagine the wonderful things that could happen if everyone just shared a little more love and hope with each other. 

With just a little more effort on. our part we can change the world for so many, giving them hope which in turn will give them love to share and on and on. What a beautiful way to bring peace to our divided nation.
 
Love shared with others is contagious and can spread across the country and world bring hope to all it touches. Will you do your part to spread the love?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed 

On Higher Ground

5 Feb

  1. I’m pressing on the upward way,
    New heights I’m gaining every day;
    Still praying as I’m onward bound,
    “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

    • Refrain:Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
      By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
      A higher plane than I have found;
      Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
  2. My heart has no desire to stay
    Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
    Though some may dwell where those abound,
    My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
  3. I want to live above the world,
    Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
    For faith has caught the joyful sound,
    The song of saints on higher ground.
  4. I want to scale the utmost height
    And catch a gleam of glory bright;
    But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
    “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
  5. Johnson Oatman 1898


    Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

    I recently heard the classic old hymn, “HIGHER GROUND,” which prompted me to write this post, because we are supposed to be moving higher-and-higher in our walk with God each passing year. Are we closer to God today than we were a year ago? Are we as concerned about bringing lost souls to Jesus today as we were a year ago? Are we pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day, still praying as I’m onward bound, Lord plant my feet on higher ground? … 

    It is my prayer to be more for God today than I was yesterday. May every day find us a better person. As former U.S. President Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and may every year find you a better man.” Unfortunately, Benjamin Franklin died a sinner’s death, having openly rejected Christ’s deity and the gospel. 

    Walk daily with God at your side!


    Love always, 


    Ed


     Pulling It All Together

    11 Dec

    ​In my post Solitude I discussed the importance of prayer and the importance of seclusion where we can experience His presence and hear His answers. Today I want to reflect on some on these points and revisit the reasons behind them.

    https://efchristi.com/2016/12/11/solitude/

    Through prayer I have learned never to under estimate the power of God!

    His compassion and love is overwhelming to us here on earth, but it is through His love we are even here. He is the referee of our troubled hearts and the source of all our joy.

    Prayer is our medium to talk with Him and the gentle whispers and nudges come from Him in answer. He will listen to our cries of sorrow and the tears of joy. He is always there to provide an answer or a path of guidance and He never turns a deaf ear.

    Paul encouraged the Colossians to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).

    Our prayers are a powerful force in the universe! 

    But he reminds us that faith and love are essential to each other and that we may not forget the Golden Rule. In the Sermon on the Mount, when speaking of the sixth commandment Jesus taught his disciples that acceptable worship of the Father was impossible if everything was not right with one’s brother.

    After having taught us to pray,

    “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors,”

    Christ added,

    “If you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

    I am reminded of my younger days when grandfather would tell me:

    “Just because you don’t see His hand, don’t question His plan.”

    God has a plan for each and everyone of us, we just have to be patient and listen to what He whispers to our hearts. 

    In the bible every time Jesus prayed he went away from the crowd and prayed in seclusion. We are instructed in the bible to pray in a closet or some other place of privacy. The reason for doing this is so we can hear what His answer is. When He whispers in your ear or into your heart, it is best to be in a quiet place so you have no distractions from hearing His words. 

    Are you willing to find some silence in the day where you take the time to be with God? Are you prepared to follow Christ’s example and like him want to pray unceasingly?

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1Thessalonians 5:16-18)

    For me this has been the most efficient way to talk with God. He is always there to guide my every move and I am always looking for ways to share the blessings He has given me. We are in continuous conversation with each other.

    At the close of the parable of the unmerciful servant, He applies His teaching in the words,

    “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:35). 

    Throughout the day we can ask God for guidance. When we come to a rough area it is Him we may trust and count on. He leads us through it. Let prayer be a continuous conversation. Come to see that His answers are always within reach.

    The importance of listening can not be overstated. He is always there and always has the correct answer.

    Walk daily with God at your side!

    Love always,

    Ed 

    Solitude

    11 Dec

    Having the advantages of growing up on an Indian Reservation, I know the importance of Solitude, especially when you are looking for answers to your prayers. The bible tells us to hide in a closet while we pray or to pray in secret, but doesn’t really explain why that is necessary.

    Grandfather would always have me go find a quiet place in the canyon when I came to him for answers telling me the answer is there I just have to listen to it. As a small child, I didn’t understand his statement. Now as an adult I have found more truth and understanding in the reality of his words. The answers are right there if you are willing to listen and it is so much easier to hear then in quiet Solitude.

    Bob Dylan wrote a song on the early sixties called “Blowing In The Wind” which tells us the answers to our long standing questions are out there but just out of reach. In reality they were within reach but we didn’t listen for them.

    Prayer is a private conversation between you and God. He listens and then answers according to your needs. Many times the answer is just a soft whisper in your ear, which is why He says pray in Solitude so you can hear the answer. Yes, sometimes the answer is not what you want to hear, but as you continue down the path the reason becomes much clearer.

    I have listened to.many people complain that prayer is useless because they never get answers to theirs. I tell them it is important to listen more and talk less for the answer may come as a soft whisper in their ear.

    I am an early riser, so I use the early morning Solitude for my conversation with God. We cover a wide range of subjects and He fills my day with hope, peace and love.

    Throughout the day I ask for guidance when I come to a rough area and He leads me through it. To me prayer is a continuous conversation and His answers are always within reach. The importance of listening can not be overstated. He is always there and always has the correct answer.

    If you find it hard to find the answers to your prayers, try finding a little solitude, a quiet place where you can have a private conversation and listen for that whisper. He always answers. You will find a new world of peace in your life.

    Walk daily with God at your side!

    Love,

    Ed

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    A Talk With The Father

    12 Nov

    The other day I had a chance to have a sit down for a face to face conversation with the Father. I had asked for the time because I had several questions about religion and He was the only one who could answer them.

    To begin, we have about 4200 different religions in our world and all of them worship or answer to a Supreme being or God. So how do we know which is the right one? So I asked Father about religion and which was the right one.

    His answer surprised me some, but as I thought about it, I began to understand what He was saying. He said “I have a problem with religion because it is so regimented and this regementation places shadows on what it is striving to achieve. When I gave my only begotten Son to redeem believers, He had only two commands for the church. Love your neighbor as I have loved you and put no other God before me.” Then He added “The Church consists of believers who love and help each other and all they come across. This happens all around the world and in all religions. With all the different religions in the world there is one common core and that is love. The people around the world are one church.”

    So I asked if all we have to do is love each other and lend a helping hand, why is it we as a world can’t achieve a meaningful peace? He answered “Freewill, I gave you all the right to choose what is right or wrong for you, but it turned out that many felt their right was better than yours and here comes a dispute. Institutions were formed and fear took the place of love. Security was formed to protect you from fear and on and on. It is all false because if everyone respected the choice of the other there would be no fear, no war and no need for security.” 

    I came away from our talk with two revelations: One as children of God we are to love each other as ourself and as He loved us. Two, we are to serve all as equal in His name lending a helping hand as needed. That means putting others ahead of ourselves. That is what He wants and expects from us.There may be 4200 different religions in our world, but there is only one God!

    This will probably upset a lot of people, but all are equal in God’s eyes.

    Walk daily with God at your side!

    Love always,

    Ed 

    Weather

    23 Sep

    When following the way, you learn to be acutely aware of all your senses, eyes, ears, touch, smell and taste. Believe it or not, most people are aren’t even fully aware of what’s going on around them. 

    The lighter the air, the higher the birds will fly, heavy air forces them lower. Light air no rain, heavy air rain is on the way.

    So with our high humidity, how do you notice lighter air? If you notice when you go out in the morning very few birds are moving, more than likely the air is heavy. Heavier air is hard on their heart so they stay low. The bees stay closer to the hive in heavier weather and you see very few butterflies. Also, if you pay close attention you can feel the difference on your skin and the hair on your arms feel the air move. There is a big difference when it is going to rain and when it is going to be clear. Give it a try.

    Ok, so now you know one of my secrets, I watch the birds. Then we have the fire ants and mud bugs who also have an acute sense of when the pressure is going to change and rain is on the way. They can feel an upcoming change four to five days before it happens and they prepare their homes for it. Fire ants will build their mounds and move their eggs before it even starts to rain and the mud bugs build up a protective barrier around their entrances. Just one more interesting fact to learn. 

    Have you ever noticed the cattle bunching up and moving to higher ground before a rain storm? They do and will even lay down to have a dry place. Deer do the same thing. This helps keep them dry and warm. The animals can teach us a lot about living, if we are willing to pay attention.

    When I go out in the morning the first thing I do is perform a top down observation of the sky. I look at the highest things I can see, then the clouds, the trees, the birds and the plants. What this tells me is pretty much what the weather is going to be for the day. 

    Besides being beautiful to look at, what can we learn from a rainbow? Rainbows require three things: Rain, sun and someone to observe it. In order to see the rainbow the sun must be behind you. This is why we see them in the morning and evening hours and very seldom around noon. 

    Ok, let’s look closely at the rainbow. The deeper the colors are the bigger rain drops and the lighter the colors the smaller the rain drops. If you feel the wind coming towards you the rain is coming your way and it only stands to reason if the wind is behind you the rain is going away. 

    The upper winds flow from West to East. My Grandfather called them the parental winds as they are steady and steadfast. The lower winds, which he called the rowdy child like winds, would flow any direction when they got cantankerous with their parents. He had a way of making lessons fun.
     
    When the upper and lower winds move in the same direction, good weather always follows. When the lower winds change so follows the weather. 

    This is a simple overview of winds. There are four main layers in our atmosphere  and they all affect the weather, however the upper and lower winds appear to have more influence.  When we get into the different clouds it will begin to come together .

    If you stand with your back to the wind and monitor the the upper winds, you can get a pretty good idea of what the weather is going to be.
     
    Left to right: Warm air is on the way; there may be an advancing warm front and a deteriorating weather situation with prolonged rain possible. 

    Right to left: Cold air is advancing; a cold front may have gone through and an improving weather situation is most likely. 

    Same direction: No imminent change is likely. If you stay tuned to the wind direction, you will notice a large shift before all major weather changes. 

    If the winds shifts to come from a noticeably more counterclockwise direction (backs), then things will probably get worse. 

    Stand with your back to the wind, look for the highest clouds and remember this line: “Left to right, not quite right.”

    Simple techniques to learn when you want to know what’s coming your way.

    ​When it comes to interpreting the clouds, there are some very general trends that are useful to know. 
    The higher the level of the lowest clouds you can see, the drier the air is in general and the less likely it is that rain is imminent. If the clouds you see are deepening or lowering, then the weather is likely to deteriorate, and if they are swallowing or rising, then it is likely to improve. The more different types of clouds you can see, the more unsettled the weather and less likely that fair weather will hold.
     
    To read clouds with a little more insight, we need to be able to identify the most helpful ones:

    Cumulonimbus: A very tall, dark giant of a cloud. Sometimes with an anvil top.

    Cumulus: Fluffy little sheep that scoot across the lower part of the sky.

    Cirrus: Wispy streaks, scratch across the high sky. Can look a little like cotton candy.

    Cirrostratus: A high shapeless blanket of cloud that foster a dull layer. 

    Out of these four types, there are the ones at each end of the weather spectrum that most cloud watchers will recognise instinctively. There are the fair weather cumulus clouds that are scattered across a blue sky and symbolize a fine day and then there is the pantomime baddy of a cloud that gets hissed each time it enters the stage: cumulonimbus, the thunderstorm cloud. 

    Outside of these two clouds, it is harder to look at an individual cloud type and predict anything with certainty.

    Now you know that I study the animals, birds, clouds and wind. In reality all nature and life is full of little secrets that will teach you something about how the world works.

    I have been doing this since I graduated Sixth grade from the AYOP School when I was eight. State law wouldn’t let me into middle school until I turned 12, so I had four years, with Grandfather, for one on one training on nature, weather and life. After 65 years of following this training, it has become part of my life. I have three graduate degrees, but consider the training I received from age 8 to 12 the greatest education of my life.
     
    My suggestion to you is to start out slowly taking in everything around you and begin to realize the life you share this world with. Start your day with a top down assessment of what your day holds, from the clouds, wind, trees, animals, birds and all the little things from there. You will be surprised what you will discover. As always, I am here to answer questions or point you in the right direction.

    One last word on weather I would like to share. Wind is shaped by the surrounding areas including buildings and trees. Most people don’t realize as things bend the wind it has a tendency to grow. 

    Like a fire creates it’s own atmosphere, the wind can create it’s own life. Also we are very seldom without some sort of breeze. If you study nature, you notice the littlest things can create a small trickle of a breeze. Watch, as the sun warms up the dew on the trees and plants, the branches sway ever so slightly as the moisture evaporates from the leaves and pedals. The air could be perfectly still, yet the evaporation of the moisture creates the slightest breeze.

    I close with this, we are all part of nature and we all contribute to the world around us. Let us all open our eyes and do what we can to help improve the world we live in. It is a study of life.  Give nature a helping hand. 
    Love life!!

    Walk daily with God at your side. 

    Love,
    Ed 

    What’s Blocking Your Vision?

    27 Aug

    I know this sounds like a fairly obvious question, but it seems so any people are stumbling down the path of life with no concept of why.

    We all have aspirations on how our life should be, but I have found many have no idea how much they control the path they follow. I also have found many don’t realize their temperament drives the direction they are going.

    I study people and how they interact with the world around them. When I got my Masters in Applied Science in Environmental Psychology, my job was to take the work environment and mix it with the need of the people and make a better work process. Thus the Team Process was born. Over the years I have developed it into taking the world around us and showing people how to make the best of it.

    Some people feel God tells them what to say and how to act, using that as an excuse for their bad temper and negative attitude. They spout so much dislike for others, they can’t see how it is affecting their life progress.

    I had one person tell me: “It appears I am negative more so than the actual extent .I am showing the conditions of the society in which we live. Right now the decline is in full swing. It is a very serious situation. Yet, I must say that I feel an intervention coming from our Great God. Man cannot lead man unless they are guided by God. Only God can know the content of the heart”

    We have free will and God does not want us to be so negative, in fact He wants us to love each other. We choose if we want to be positive or negative and we choose to hate rather than love. We choose what path we follow and we make life as hard or easy as we want it to be. God is there to guide us and offer suggestions, but He will not make us do anything – because of His love for us.

    Life is short and it needs to be happy and full of compassion. When you learn that your choices control your life, then you decide that a positive approach will make life easier to handle.

    What we say and how we say it is also very important to being successful in life. Nobody likes someone who is always negative, it just turns them off. A little compassion goes a long way and people who are compassionate find doors open for them.

    So how are you blocking the vision of your life? If you find your path is constantly running into blockades, try changing your attitude.

    Walk daily with God at your side!

    Love always,

    Ed