Seven is the number of Heaven!

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It took me seven years to make it to this point in my life.

WHAT POINT IS THAT?

Where, I had enough money to enjoy a beach vacation-truth is there is never enough money-never enough time to enjoy our freedoms and all of these freedoms remain in the hands of the one true GOD whom has found a way to bless America despite her troubles.

The enjoyment stems on the fact that I am not seen as a “hippie.”

There are signs still posted in the hotels discouraging people from feeding the hippie-vagabond stranger.  I am  not seen as trouble; I remember when I could sit on the beach and people would flock to hear from me. That is over now.

No occupy movement, no rallies for anything, just acceptance that there are the winners and there are the losers.

I am no different from how I was before. I still only spend what I earn. I only speak when spoken to, still have nothing to sell. Nothing to earn; What I have is time to write, time to envision. Time to see my son.

I’m considered a child because I desire my family close. Years have passed and no word from them.

Years and years and the affirmation of how important they are (How important family is to anyone, is still considered an affirmation of a person who can’t move forward in life. This is why I am still considered a child.)

What forward progression is there if you can not share the riches God has allotted, with those that gave you birth!

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I bought sandals from the owner of Pacific Beachwear on 17th Ave of Myrtle Beach, on Kings HWY. I left her a token of my appreciation…I pray it bears fruit.

 

I found something interesting today. Psalm 135:15

Idols of heathens:

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For so long I thought I was faithful to GOD and to his church because I was a man whom worked with his hands, saved his money for what was needed and never proved to be self-serving in my desires. Only I have always felt to be poor was a symbol of my folly in life. A symbol of my sinful nature that being poor was a reflection on my spiritual condition and it left me angry because unless the LORD GOD of Israel blesses me with more opportunity, more money; I am prone to believe (I am) doing him a disservice.

If I continue to delude myself into believing being poor pleases the GOD that for years was said to bestow riches, wanted us to have the kingdom of heaven and life more abundantly and does not want poor people crowding and stinking up his home with their tears of need, so he blesses them with riches and renewal: That he ends their poor states of existence with job security and Government welfare and it is ok for people to be poor-That God not being a respecter of persons loves the rich and poor equally, curses them equally when they sin:

If I continue the measure myself by the girth of my belly, the swell of my pocket, the size of my home; the materialistic filth that grieves the Lord God; grieves him because we forget to thank him for it when we have it: making me no better than a heathen who covets his silver and gold and (erects himself above the GOD of Israel, when his comforts allows it)

Until I am willing to give it all to GOD, I am a heathen and he never knew me.

The question becomes, Once he blesses you:

What will you do with it?    

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Three Lost Sheep

There was a time when the mere act of speaking to those we come across was not deemed a solicitation.

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It hurts my heart to say, “Those days are long gone by.” When people speak to me I’m always asking myself, “What are they trying to sell me?”

This is a problem, for now our “friendships” are based upon:

(How much we have: Who we know:) Rarely will you find a case in which people are meeting for the mere sake of fellowship and the joy of being around people. Of course the bible condemns idle chatter:  2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

He asks us to balance out our lives in a fashion that allows our speech and language to emphasis growth. Growth in profit, in provisions, growth in our daily lives.

To envision things that bring peace to a man and builds trust; it is only in the building of trusts can one sustain a marketable business.

I had come across three vagabond travelers over the weekend.

(I needed directions north of where I was, in a days travel, I asked those that worked in that city and they gave me the same backward directions AAA is prone to give everyone.)

I spoke to the vagabonds and the man that worked in the store looked me as if I was crazy because I gave the three “spange-masters,” time of day. They of course decided to barter with me for what I desired of them. I did not allow this to disturb and listened to there pitch. The young woman as the leader of this group because she spoke first. “I help you, then you help me, I need a ride!”

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According to the rules of travelers there are equivalent exchanges for any service provided. Equivalency is based upon the need of the individual, not on the actual product that is being sold. I just wanted directions. They were so kind as to even offer me money for a ride. I said no, I am not going to be in debt to a traveler. I just wanted directions.

After we agreed on the price of information they asked me why would I not take money. I told them: I am Christian. I told them I could identify with their plight: I had been where they are and I know how to get beyond where they are if they want it:

The leader of the group was not going for it.

She tosses her pink hair and would have cursed me if she thought I was lying; only she knows Christians do not lie. She would have no judgments though; for before I could say anything further she sought to justify her life and woo me to her home. She say’s, “If you know so much about us, that makes you family, Christian or not, once in the family, always in the family.”

I gave her a ride because I could, not because I had to.

They went so far as to say, “they don’t like Christians. The world they live in (Christians) is that of snubbing their noses at people that live as travelers, preconceived notions come from there mouths and never help. Never pay, never any work besides what can be gained from cheap labor.”

They had a lot to say, I listened…this is why they like me…

Because I wanted nothing from them…I helped them along the way and offered a service of kindness.

They were confessed how they used to believe in the Church, used to go to church, yet they felt ministries are not working enough to aid people and unless we learn how to help ourselves no one else is going to do it.

I left them my card. Told them to look me up if they ever just needed to talk…

I write about them now, hoping they read this and know that we are connected.

We are family. No matter how tough things get, Jesus will always love them, as I do.

Here’s to the Lost Sheep

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Today’s thoughts from an Advent Voice

 

 

 

Low Hanging Fruit that is good for combating diabetes

 

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A good health sense is important in this day and age of diabetes and obesity.
Diabetes is a disease that has been causing me to question a lot of things lately. For instance, is it true that the sugar in fruit, a leading cause to sugar spikes in diabetes victims? If so, why was fruit so important to the American diet studies. Why were we as children, through out grade school forced to eat one banana and an apple a day to keep the doctors away?
Would I really be wrong if I went out of my way to keep the loved ones I care for alive a little bit longer, if I got rid of all of the oranges, apples, bananas, figs, pears. All of the Low-Hanging fruit; knowing that the sugar is just not good for them.
If I am not wrong for it, why do I feel so bad from doing it.
There is a Nordic diet; considered the best for those that have diabetes or at a risk for it. (whatever that last statement means, I don’t know and never felt good about it. They say when your ACL numbers are above 100, there is too much sugar in the blood and the only way to combat this is to try this intense Nordic diet. Which consist of High protein meals and vegetables, no low-hanging fruit, along with the medications the doctors prescribe)
sure the sugar levels drop, only after maintaining this diet, the moment you have any source of sugar you spike. So I am made to ask, who is this really helping? Are these numbers really accurate and do they fit the mold for every person. Is 100 really the standard of a healthy individual of say 83 who has been not eating low hanging fruit since she was 50 because someone told her fruit was bad for her?
Now, after eating fruit, like mangos etc; and her numbers go up to 225 sometimes 230 only to drop after sleep to 140 the next day can we really say that person is diabetic?
There are so many mystery’s in life that I do not believe have to be that way, we as people just make things complicated for the sake of the conversation. For the sake of the money it takes to combat an illness that we are not sure comes from over eating or low-hanging fruit.

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Yes this is the best marketing techniques, Speaking to those you know in the area to get the ball rolling in the direction best for your life goals.

See I chose the Low hanging fruit of health and thought I would involve you all in the conversation of health studies and how to best save money on diabetes treatment and caring for those elderly around you.

Only I must ask, what about those 8 year old children with health problems…how are we to help them with the Low Hanging Fruit?

 

I am a business, man!

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I wanted to reiterate this line of thinking because through my work I am hearing a lot of things that disturbe me.

I give advice to people. I hear the tone of others and it seems people are disheartened because no one is takiing them seriously or because they don’t take themselves seriously.

We are told it is not the product that sells or generates money. It is the loudest person in the room.

That is true.

If you are presenting work and no one is taking interest it is because you are not presenting enough and do not precieve yourself to be “SELF-MADE” enough to produce.

I do not work for a corporate and I think that is great. Only when we do work for a corporate then our checks are garuenteed. That is what people like, gaurentees of pay.

We present our art work, thinking someone will like it because we like it. We know deep down that is no one pays for it, then they don’t like it! We have this idea that green backs mean we are worth somethning and everything we produce has to have a political angle and it if does not then we are not relevent.

That thought has to stop. Art has it’s our relevancy becuase the stories that are generated by the artists are relevant.

Those that do the work thought it was enough simply to do it, Thus they are relevant and should be heard. Should be seen and this is why we are thankful for NG. They give us that space to become relevant.

The moment you begin to feel your line of work is not reaching the right ear or an idea is just not surfacing around the right people. Then you are missing the point. Those that you are trying to impress with your work, your words, your prose, your ART, are in the same boat as you. Seeking relevance, none of them are any more richer or poorer than yourself because there money is depandant upon your feeling of relevance.

Case in point Michel Jordans Shoes. Can you imagine what used to be worth 100.00 a pop and kids used to shoot eachother over is now in Walmart for 20.00 or less. Why? cause Jordan is broke, he lost his sponsers that have seen he is no longer relevant, Everything he did has become the past and unless someone comes around and has something new to share, then what. Well his shoes will remain worthless as they were when they first came out.

Now that logo, “Jump Man!” will live forever in my heart, I want to know the man that created that image and how much he got paid. Did he use NG? probably not, but he was relevant. Maybe it was not a man, maybe it was  a woman. Who cares, the point it is, that image was what helped to sell Jordan. It was the Art and the commercials, it was people that viewed themselves as a buisness not buisness men that changed the world.

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Just a thought from your ADVENT VOICE!

Hard earned “likably-fraudulent” money

While I was paying my taxes the other day I heard an interesting story. I know the news stations  were involved because the local police force was called in. Where ever the police go, so does the story.

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Anyway, I walk into the tax office to pay my taxes and the blond behind the counter is there with a smile. She is cold in the government building and decided to dress for her station. I was really daunted by that smile that I no longer cared that it took her a while to count the money. She counts it and says I don’t have enough. So I offer to pay the rest of the balance. I was 13.00 or so off. As I am digging around for the rest of the money she begins to share with me how she had someone arrested for bringing in counterfeit money and she hopes I don’t have any.

I chuckle at first, (I mean really who is going to think of that? When any normal person works hard to pay there taxes they are going to bring what they earn and simply pay it. I mean all the work that it takes to make sure something is counterfeit and will pass inspection, that person could have went out and earned it.)

She was not laughing, she was very serious at this point and decided to share more.

Because the man that came in to pay his taxes with fake money had one fake twenty in his tax envelope and was deemed at fault of fraud, ‘In conspiracy to cheat on his taxes.” She was so happy and proud to tell me, because she was able to keep her job. She likes her job; ran every dollar I gave her through the machine and smiled the whole time. Little did I know, that  if one dollar showed to be false, she would have had me arrested or would have called the cops. What’s even more interesting is the fact that the cops tried to accuse her of fraud.

One officer actually said she might be the one that gave the man the fake money; this became the tax-payers defense; what we called as children “Hot potato;” “Passing the Buck,” Only the crafty tax-collector got away by insisting that the man was at fault, I mean really it is her job to collect money, not give money. 

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While each claimed innocence no one can really know where the twenty dollars came from, but this does prove that there is something wrong with our legal system. Unless someone can trace where this single twenty dollar bill came from: this man of unknown occupation is set to, “Sit-it out,” till proven innocent. While the blond beautiful tax-collector continues to smile and ring in our, “hard earned “likably-fraudulent” money.

Now, what is to say the man did not know of his mistake at the same time the tax-collector realized his mistake and he tried to correct the matter by giving a real twenty. None of this is recorded and the man is going to have to pay a lawyer plenty of twenties to prove innocence for something that could be the fault of a bank or a clerk at the groceries store. Yet we are to believe that he or anyone has a process of creating counterfeit dividends to pay or cheat the tax-collector. We are asked to believe that maybe the institution of collecting money is prone to giving out fraudulent earnings. Neither of these are at face-value likely and that is where the story comes in. The fact that they put out a warrant at the waste of tax-paying dollars for a single twenty dollar bill that no one can really say where it came from.

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What is certain is, the tax-collector was not proven at fault, never should have been questioned for doing what she is trained to do, “report fraudulent monies,” and a man is sitting in jail for something he is not known for doing and thought he was doing his civic duty by paying his taxes.

 

 

 

Biblical Health

For the past few years now there has been high debate over whether or not the American diet is right for the people. There has been debate over whether or not diabetes, which is growing in numbers is a disease or simply a dieting problem. Whether or not the obesity that is weighing the population down is coming from lack of exercise, lack of work, lack of social motivations, or just dieting. We are asked to reference Vegan ideas when it comes to dieting. Vegans have written books on such ideas as to suggest eating meat of an animal is the same as eating meat of man. There are a lot of implications in the Vegan diet that we don’t consider and are told a plant based diet is the best way to keep off a lot of, Man made diseases, such as diabetes.

Now I personally have been blessed most of my life. I have taken into account what is considered healthy for me based on the ministries of social sciences associated with diet and health  and have applied what I have read or I have omitted what I don’t like or what just does not mesh with the bible. I have tried to keep in mind that not every man is the same. That we are all genetically built different and are effected differently by the foods we eat. (I always try to keep in mind the person allergic to peanuts and omit the idea of nuts being a good source of protein, for the person that breaks out in hives or can not breathe from the ingesting of such foods.) Again I have been blessed in my life to not be allergic to food. Or many things. So because I am particularly healthy I try to spend my time, maintaining my health;   I find this to be the best way to determine our health in a society that is prone to creating problems that do not exist. I can not say life is worth living if I develop the habits of turning everything into an anathema because I had the weakness of overusing something. i.e. Sugar in excess causes many problems, this does not make sugar bad but in the cases of everything in our world seems to need sugar laced on the top of it to make it taste good, I am wondering why do we question why someone is sick, when you have made the only option for them to be satisfied to be a sugar laced meal.

I digress, looking to share what the bible says about health and how we aught to view what goes into our body.

Beginging with Gen: 1:26-27 ending with Gen: 1:30 we find that there were many things that are deemed good for man to eat. There was no thought of what was bad because it did not exist. From the beginning of time, there was only one thing GOD forbade man to eat   Gen: 2:9

It was after we began to debate about GOD’s creation and denied ourselves this or that did we find that we where half the men or women we wanted to be. We we no longer satisfied with the chickens of GOD’s creation or of how “slow” the process is of raising farm raised food, that we deicided to, “clone,” the meat and wondered why we get sick. No longer where we satisfied with warming our meals with steam that we devised “radiation” and in order to sell a product you have to mass market it. “TV dinners where all the rave in the 80’s and all the more bad for you because it required a machine that is recorded in causes cancer and elimating all of the nutrients out of it before your body can digest it.”

Deut 8: 3-6, Deut 8:11, Luke 4:4,

Drive down main street of most metroplitain areas and count the number of sandwich shops you pass. count the number of burger shops, count the number stores that only serve strach products, pizza parlors, count the number of fried food, grease burger shops, count the number of places in which breaded sources of fish, chicken, beef, is the main menu. You will find more than you can handle and say, “I’ll just eat at home where I know the food will not clog my arteries.”

Go into your grocerie store and count the number of products that have been “genetically modified.” Spliced with another organisim to suppliment what it not in the soil to help the product grow anywhere. Half of your prison population grows these products and half the farms in America grow these seeds because there is no chioce, “it is all that is supplied, lest you know of other sources for seed.”

Count the number of “Artifically flavored” food in America. Then the count the side effects associated with eating the color red. Or licking the color yellow. In a world of such curious dangers keep in mind

Phil 4:5-7~Everything in life should be consumed in moderation.

Phil 3:16-19~ They would tell you not to eat the things GOD made for it is defiled yet not telling you it was their science that defiled it.

Farm raised fish is bad; Not the fish

1 Cor 8:8-9, 8:13, 9:27, 10:3-4, 9:19-23-25

1Timothy 4: To  be seared with a hot iron all that GOD laid out for us for no other reason to confuse and hurt his people.  This is called being FOOLY-COOLYied and it is a hurtful feeling to know that someone was lied to by thinkers of another doctrine. When I look at myself in the mirror I am so happy with what I see, I see a man who is living by rules of moderation.  The healthiest I have ever been in a long time because one plate of anything suffices, No extremes one way or another and have found a line of peace. A peace I wish to share with others.

Something that stuck with me when I would teach people how to work out. The perfect body is 10% hard work 90% what we eat.