Faith amidst world madness!

p10406372017 has begun with many new developments. A new President for the United States, a new program plan on the job, new orders being signed by D.Trump, new daily news, new shocking observations as pertains to our own nations’s development. New, new new.

Amidst the newness, I suspect there is a level of trepidation that is plaguing various sectors of our world, and our citizenry here in Dominica. This, coupled with deep uncertainty of what this year will bring make it difficult for the average peace-loving, justice-seeking and carefree-world-citizen to relax and hope that all will fall in place for the good of the majority.

The Wall, the threat to hike taxes on Mexican imports, the disagreement about paying or not paying for that wall, the rumors of the CBI (Citizenship By Investment) program, the constant political noises blurring through cars, and homes tuned in to various radio stations and television channels here at home all cloud our focus. Then, there are the frequent horrible deaths, the all too many vehicular accidents, violations of people’s rights and freedoms, the harassment of patrons to our land by a minority and dishonoring of our Tourism Industry, and heck the list can just go on and on.

Is there any form of positivism to tap into? Maybe some will argue, that there is some of that covertly existing in some of the aforementioned challenges. So, maybe there is some hope there. But alas, one must look elsewhere for an assurance, a solid source of hope, a strong wall to lean on, an investment one can take to the above-the-world’s largest bank and indeed an accident-free and incident-free environment. Is there such a thing existing anywhere in our world, or in our little island?

To answer this, I will tap into the definition of FAITH – (Forgetting All In Trust of HEAVEN)! The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. So, one must be aware of what is going on in our world; certainly, but must keep his or her eyes on an existing realm beyond the tangible, edible, and legible. To entrust one’s energies to the debris of this life, is to forfeit many a grace, strength and hope for a better place, time, and space.

Simply put, I cannot put my trust in things of this world, for all these things will eventually come to nought. They will vanish, man will lose his power, woman will lose her charm, leaders will fall, change, be changed, be replaced, lose their voice, be made humble, and death will steal some away. God in His Majesty will remain. Thus, I look to this unchanging Hand! I look to God amidst this world’s drama. FAITH persists. Not that I will not see troubles, or experience personal challenges.  When they come though, I will be able to dig deeply toward a place of abundant grace and peace.

Hope you can faithfully join me on our quest toward a higher standard of life way beyond this fleeting world. What say you?

Be Blessed!

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My Confession – Ben Stein

I didn’t write this, but it was sent to me by a colleague.  I found it necessary to share. Feel free to do likewise.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat…

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school… The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,                         Ben Stein

It is High Time…

To tweet, you've gotta breathe.  To love, you've gotta breathe.  Twitter spreads Love too.

To tweet, you’ve gotta breathe. To love, you’ve gotta breathe. Twitter spreads Love too.

One week ago, on a program “Ceez-the-Moment” which I recently began hosting on the PossieVibrations Radio within the Town of Portsmouth, I focused on the song – “A Woman’s Worth” by a new Female Calypsonian – Mrs. Sherian Parillon Letang – De Elektra – (Her Calypso name). Our discussion focused on the importance of knowing our worth as women, and upholding that value. De Elektra exclaimed that this thought for her song has always been something she wanted to sing about. Some of our callers mentioned the great need for our young ladies within the Town to have more good female role models. I was urged to do something practical about this, and I thought that this has been on my heart for a while too. Women were exalted, local women of high esteem were highlighted and young ladies were urged to value themselves, cherish their worth and aim for a better quality of life in our daily events.

As if to curse the great effort, very early in the week thereafter, the horrible news of two of our young ladies being exposed in the most explicit ways via the internet made waves. We couldn’t help but wonder what our little Dominican society is quickly deteriorating into. The value system seems to be eroding, as if in a whirlwind of filth, children are no longer seen as precious, young ladies are being seen as sex objects, and irresponsible use of the internet to project and promote these seem to be a cool thing to do. How can men and women (young and grown), propagate this derogatory and degrading act in such speed by forwarding this video without second thoughts about its impact on the victims? The sad reality is that, this once it hits the WWW is almost virtually immortal.

I know it is easy for people to pass judgements on the young ladies, but clearly we should realize their naivety was exploited by a vindictive male. My general attitude toward our male brothers is not negative, neither do I see all men in light of being wicked, exploitative nor abusive in such manner, but let us face it folks, isn’t that some wicked, malicious and irresponsible act? This is major, and I personally condemn this negative act within our society being propagated by male and female alike. Please note: I do not know the victims nor the perpetrators. It is high time that we offer some level of respect for our children, our minors and women on a whole. It is high time that our laws become more enforced and not remain mere legislated thoughts on the aged law-books. It is high time for us to speak up against such nonsense, and rally the positive energies of our young men and women. It is high time.

My friends, Ceez does not hold the answers to this evil phenomenon of sexual abuse, incest, domestic violence, gang wars and malice that plague our society more and more, but WE together can find solutions. Let your voice be heard on this matter. What can we do?
To those who know the young ladies who must be currently suffering from this darkness, please note: They will need all the support we can possibly give them. So, rally around them, encourage them to know that Grace of God abounds, forgiveness is available, and God can lift their heads. Remind them that they will come through this in time. Teach them about forgiveness on all counts, and hold their hands.

To those of you know know the perpetrators: Urge them to man-up and come and face the penalty for their coward act. Urge them to repent, to seek forgiveness from God and others, ask them to bring healing to the situation by being remorseful, and tell them to teach a young person that this is dangerous. Tell them – Change is Possible. So, with that said, please do the right, for really, they cannot hide forever.

Finally, to all of us I say: Society is US. WE fail to participate in society, and we allow the filth of it to take precedence and prominence. We need to Protect our Children, thereby protecting ourselves. We need to realize that the use of the internet responsibly is vital. We need to avoid abuse of this system, and utilize the internet for good rather for its adverse. We must note that, the internet is a great asset but can be manipulated for evil. Never forget that. With this said:

What are some practical things we can do as a nation and or community to address such darkness?
Please feel free to share here. We need a plan of action.

Be blessed!

Please take my simple poll

Grateful if you would share any comments about “Crowds”
that you would like. Your overall feelings about being in crowded spaces.

Maybe, how you define a crowd.

Anything you feel about crowds would be welcome.

Please help me with my next project.
Thank you!

It’s entirely up to me…

It is entirely up to me to:
# Stay above the water from the raging seas
# Continue writing what is on my heart
# Try to remain positive about life
# Make the hard decisions when necessary
# Let go of the things that have hurt me in the past
# Read the scriptures like I should with more meaning, taking time to ponder, reflect and meditate
# Learn to dance more often, and with greater passion
# Keep drumming up a storm, beating up a praise to God, neglecting the hurt and redness of my fingers
# Smile when I feel like crying, cry when I cannot keep it any longer regardless of who is present or absent, talk when I don’t want to if it is required, shut up when I should
# Talk less, listen more, harbor my secret thoughts till it is right to express them
# Keep reading a good book as often as my intellectual pursuit yearns a feeding
# Pray even when I don’t have any strength left to do so, and when the desire to do so totally fades
# Be grateful to those who show me unconditional love, support and deep concern when they do
# Thank those who treat me with disrespect, scorn and disregard for the wake up call to self-motivate
# Keep dancing in this hard life, even if my feet hurt; afterall it will take my mind off my ‘hurting knees’. (Inspired by the movie: “Shall we Dance?”)
# Reach out to family members even when some of them forget I exist – for the Love of God
# Love in the deepest way – when it hurts to do so
# Keep aspiring for a better life daily, by living each day with purpose and passion
# Let It Go – for good! Forgiving all who have injured me to the core
# Treat my friends with love, respect, honor and honesty always
# Treat my body best I can; since I have no other place to live here on earth
# Speak for the voiceless, advocate for justice and serve others with joy
# Keep my sanity when my head hurts, my heart bleeds and emotions rage.
# Try to – Not allow anything to unearth me,…as hard and impossible as it may be to do so.
# To be real to myself, fair to myself, selfish when it matters, and more selfless.
# Make good use of skills, talents, gifts etc that God has given me for HIS Glory and honor
# Laugh hard till my tummy hurts, shout to the top of my lungs when struck by something funny & be free to do so
# Realize that, It is Entirely Up to ME!!!

None is easy to be accomplished, but is a personal goal. Obviously, they are not one-shot things to be acquired. They are like Conversion…A journey, a constant walk, hard work and require persistence. I thus aspire! It’s Entirely UP to ME!!!

There is a reason!

There’s a reason, they say, there is a reason.
There is a reason for Everything they say!
For the sun, the rain, for every season
They say there is a reason for life’s way!

Well how I wish I could see it vividly
Protruding from every aspect of my life
How I wish reason could marry reality,
Afterall, life’s unfolding needs a wife.

If reason there is – then why so many Ys?
If reason there is – then why so many ifs?
Reason if real, must make its subjects wise
Reason if alive cannot remain so stiff!

I mean, there must be a reason for my season
Or I’d better not be thinking of surviving
That reason I am hoping shows on the horizon
Where my life will evolve into new thriving

There must be a reason, to bring ?s death
Why, if, maybe, possibly, supposedly?
Decisions better give reason some breath
‘Cause I’m ready to erode possibility!

There must be a reason, for reason!
Do you know the reason?
Do you have a reason?
…. reason!

It takes a true Christian…

Loud Random Thoughts swimming around…..

It takes a True Christian:
1. To be humble and apologize even after they have been wronged by the receivers of the apology.
2. To accept a genuine apology gracefully
3. To openly acknowledge they have wronged someone
4. To not distort the truth to look good in the eyes of others
5. To be the “Bigger Person” by looking at the God-Business-Picture

It takes a True Christian to be Truthful!
The Buddha once said: “Three things cannot long stay hidden: The sun, the moon and the Truth!”

Oh well…Pilate still asked “What is truth?” So, what is truth nuh?
Guess everyone has their own truth?

Thankfully there is a simple, but powerful word: “I am the Way, The Truth and the Life.” Pray with me then: Jesus, may you, your truthfulness, and truthful disposition captivate me daily. Amen!”

Feel free to add to this list…
Blessings all! 🙂