Shifting Sands

In a moment of ideas and differing views we have seen the shaking of times as we strode in times of unrest and social injustices. Times are shifting; moments when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Never before have we seen so much disrespect for life, dignity and human culture. It is sad to say this but the writing is on the wall and there is no one capable of interpreting it. Everyday things are shifting and the moments of madness has caught us in a state of compromise. It’s time to stop look and listen to the signs that has emerged. We are traveling in a direction where the pendulum is swinging and the sliding pole has taken us into a place of the unknown. We listened to the clips as the comparisons are made; we are not far from those day of turmoil that was vowed never to return. However, I believe a great climax will take place; be prepared to advance into a time and season with hope and fulfillment. We are living in times of shifting sands.

The era of tweets and talks into Siberia silence where we will not meet the confronters face to face. There is hope for a brighter tomorrow and a peace that will surpass our imagination. Let us build our hope on the rock of all ages and rise up out of the dreads of a low life and living; off the shifting sands of time on to the rock of hope and promise.

The word is “Shifting Sands.” In life we must to be prepared to build. It might be things but at this point we want to focus on lives. Let us build our lives on a rock where we will not be shaken. Those who build on sands will be quickly removed and blown off course. A wise man build on rocks. Therefore they will not be shaken. When the storms of life comes because our foundation is deep we will stand firm. The foolish build on the sands and is being moved by the times and seasons. May God help us to be grounded on the rock that will withstand the pressures of time and into eternity!

Look at the times we live in! It is truly disturbing. Everyday there’s another school shooting. It has now become a norm. The empty promises are overbearing because there is no one willing to take a stand. Have you ever encountered a sand dune? It is a ridge of sand created by the wind and is found in deserts or near lakes and oceans. It is that moment when one find themselves sinking into a hole that seems to be without end. When we find ourselves in this condition we usually cry out for help hoping that there is someone or something too hold on to. Moments like these are very testing because only then we find out what we are made of or who our real friends are. We should never attempt to ride the shifting sands alone; we need codependency; someone to help us out of our mess being careful not to be blown too far off course to a place of no return.

When a nation is in the state of decline, it is on shifting sands and need a stabilizing force to hold it together. Who is going to be that anchor to carry us through the storm? We all have to decide because no man is able to take us to that place of comfort and ease. As much as we are afraid to admit it, God is the only true source of help. Only he can help us now! It is time we let go of our insecurities and hope in the shifting sands of time and trust in the rock of all ages to take us to our place of comfort and joy. Let go of the “Shifting Sands.”

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Forgetting the Joneses

It is interesting how we live our lives; sometimes it seem in contradiction to the reality of who we are. We live in a world that is moved by the things we possess, not taking the time to evaluate our live and what we can afford. Wanting to be like everyone else we cause ourselves much pain and regret in the long run. However, we have all heard the saying, “keeping up with the Jones.” That can be a task in itself as we try to navigate the real issues that it presents. The word says that a man life does not consist of the things which he possesses. May I engage you for a moment in a conversations that might influence your thoughts and sense of perception of the way we emerge into things so simple and seemingly innocent that they are allowed to pass without recognizing the adverse affect it has on our lives and way of living. It is time to forget the Joneses and carve a place for ourselves that is not base on what everyone has or possess. Being satisfied is the greatest blessing you can have. You will possess an attitude of gratitude and live with peace, love and understanding.

The Joneses are a simple and innocent couple; they never asked or demand your attention. However, it is easy to see from the flares and trills of what seems to be their lifestyle, everyone wants to be like them. Every body knows them! They are the most sophisticated couple in your neighborhood. When you are least aware they will sneak up on you with the latest possessions, fashions, ideas and luxury. They always seems to be on top of the world, a perfect couple! I would describe them as being very ambitious, out going and sometimes outrageous. This is not an attempt to hit on them or even criticized their behavior or their personality; it is an attempt to inform the innocence about the trap of wanting to be like the Joneses.

I am sure you know of individuals who you can describe as wanting to be like the Joneses.

These individuals has everything however secretly he complained of not being able to make ends meet. My question is, why follow the Joneses. Following ends to lasting regret and broken relationships. Many good relationships has been broken up because of not being able to maintain that lifestyle which leads to disappointment, pain and distress. Trying to project something that is not is a bad deal on individual perception when you are not able to maintain the things promised. Therefore I would urge you to forget the Joneses and live a simple live without false perception which leads to painful regrets.

The word says, be aware of covetousness because a persons life does not consist of the things he possesses. This is the first lesson I would like to leave with you as you take a peek into the life and time of the Jones. For them it is ok, they choose to be the leader of their pack. To them it is very simple and wonderful to be in a position of comfort and ease. They go through life seemingly un perturbed enjoying the luxury of life. They say that life is good! For you it might be a life of regret and a road filled with many obstacles ahead because of the decision made without thinking of the consequences.

It is important to live simple; live within ones means and make plans for the things that is important to you in the future. Don’t forget to make a budget while sticking close to what is planned. It would be easy to keep things simple as you travel through this journey with a road map of your own. Do what many are doing and forget the Joneses!

Goliat must fall

We are in times and seasons when we are overwhelmed by things happening around us. Constant attack leads to fear and frustration that causes us to worry about things to come. Isn’t it a wonder that the word of God declares don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself. The more we give ourselves to intimidation and stress, we become susceptible to all that comes our way. This can lead us to places of despair which gives power to the enemy of our soul. Fear has no place in our lives. However, we have to move in self confidence, to a place where we can take the leap of faith if we want to move to positions  of power and prosperity.

We are confronted daily with mountains of problems; bills, decisions and other such things to barrage our mind. However we are no different from the people of the past. They to had their many issues and challenges that forced to make hard choices. We are in constant warfare, taunted by the enemy of our soul. It is easy to find yourself between a rock and a hard place. The mountains of despair on one side and frustration on the other sides with the valley of decision between. The question is, where do we go from here? It is time to rise up with the stones of determination and aim with all your might to bring those taunting walls down.

Goliat caused the people of God to live in fear of the moment; he came out of hiding sending His daily threats. Just like a barking dog he would come with threats but never leaving his place of confinement. Without knowing it, he might have been afraid; he had to find a way to release and relieve himself. He must have been worried not knowing what the enemy was planning or where they were heading. However no one knew the real impact of fear which gripped either side; the challenges continued until someone came out of the shadows to calm the people’s fear and restore dignity to a people of promise.

There are giants everywhere with insurmountable challenges; however, our focus should not be on the problem but the promise. Gods word says, take no thought of tomorrow, that day will take care of itself. Consider the Lillie’s of the field how they grow, the birds of the sky. They do not gather things and put them into barns but God provide for them daily. Not even Solomon in all of his glory was like one of them. God provided for them daily. Why are we getting stressed out about the future? Please let the Giants fall!

Rejection is a feeling that is hard to bear but with a promise there’s no turning away from destiny. Just like David you might be scolded for being interested and for trying to help. However the question was, “isn’t there a cause?” Frustration is the greatest barrier to success; intimidation is the road to fear. When you rise up in faith you will conquer the giants of stagnation. You will get on the road to building monuments of change that will propel your dream into a vision for success. Please don’t worry it is all taken care of by the God you know! There is no faith in fear; the blood of Jesus The conquered all.

 How to make America great again

The seed has been sown in the garden of the nation that is a Mecca for freedom to those seeking peace amid turmoil. The symbol on Ellis island showing the Statue of Liberty is a sight of freedom and hope, a relief for those who once lived in despair. Now more than ever before this nation is in trouble as the wind of change has taken this hope and once again turned it into despair. It has been brewing for years but now with the advent of a new Chief in town, this has emboldened the madness taking place amongst us. We are in trouble: far more than we have ever known. The madness is raging without any chance to reign it in. Let us put a stop to this flow of madness that has never been seen before. The path is closing in as the road ahead is winding to a narrow foothold, soon we will have no place to go; we are hemmed in with a fence of hate. Lord have mercy!

How do you make America great again? America is now the laughingstock of the nations of the world sending out treats and waving the false wand of imperialism trying to take back lost territories it never should have control. Just like the philistine’s Goliath of Gath it has a leader that is roaring insult at the rest of the world and worse of all its very own people. We are heading back to the dark old days of the barbarians where the ruler ruled supreme; a place where questioning authority would mean the loss of life. How are we going to control this epidemic that has engulf us and are dividing our souls? Remember a house divided will never stand!

How to make America great again. Focus on nation building, look after those things that matters to the common man. Stop trying to repeal and replace; fix the things that needs tweaking. We do not need more hate; we need love and togetherness. Speak up when things are wrong and shut up when there is nothing good to be said! When leaders in authority propagate the process, it spreads like wild fire sending a nation into division; splitting us apart. To make America great is to heal the wounds of injustice, stop the
inequality and covert racism in every aspect of life. All life matters but stop the genocide of the black race who suffers the share force of police brutality and the mass incarceration of our brothers and sister for minor incidents while slapping the hands of the others with a mere warning and letting them go free to repeat the cycle again. Why not repay us for the atrocities committed against us? Everyone else has been paid! Why hold out and disregard the powerlessness of the people who suffers and are still suffering. Talk about race relations is getting us nowhere. We must come to the realization that we are all of one race and that is humanity! It doesn’t matter who you are we are all related: how you treat your neighbor is how you are treating yourself.

Make America great again when you stop having people live in fear of being deported from the only nation they ever know. Let us look at DACA with a sense of “Decency for American Children to Advance” no matter how they got here. It is not their fault that they are here! They are making worthwhile contribution and should be treated with respect. They are the future that America is building upon. Why destroy the foundation for freedom, togetherness and self-respect for political gain? One day you will awake from your slumber only to ask yourself what have we done? By that time, it will be too late. The seed of destruction would have been planted and grown into maturity and the nation once prosperous and proud will live in despair. Wake up and look up, the end is near!

Every great nation must ask the question: Where do we go from here? History will remind us of those in the past who thought they were invincible but has now flatlined into despair. They are recorded into history as disgraced; lying in proverbial disgrace because of the path they chose when they were at the top of their game. They were too proud to look after the poor, the homeless and the forgotten. The one percent was there focus, enriching the rich and trampling the poor. They took away the rights of the hardworking man and silence their voices. They have become dictators seeking to crush anyone who disagree with their point of view. Using the White House to become a decadence of society meddling into things that has no bearing into good governance. Just like the kings of old, the writing is on the wall. It’s time to look back and retrace our steps; make right the wrong and ask for mercy before our days come to an end!

We can make America great again when we seek to compensate the blacks for the hundreds of years working as slaves; building this nation taking care of your kids while you beat our brothers and sisters into subjection brain washing them into your way of thinking trying to destroy our culture as if we never matter. We will rise to build this nation just like we did in the past. The foolish few has tried to stop us opposing all we have done trying to rewrite history but just like dust we will forever rise amid despair opposition and discrimination. Let us make America great again by truly following the principles of love, tolerance and unity! Arise, arise, arise, people open up your eyes!

Lend a helping hand

We have all watched with horror and amazement as the event of CharlesTown unfolded. We thought, here we go again! What we thought was the coming of age of this great nation has suddenly turned into a mascaraed of opportunist bigotry and hate. How could there be a storm of hate so persuasive that captured the frontline of all human imagination. We have now revealed the true nature of what this place we all love has become. It only took a few turns of indecisiveness and a forgotten past to take us back to the place we vowed never to return.

I recalls the lyrics of a song I heard before: “Out of chaos and strife, we have found a hope we have never known. A glimpse, just a glimpse, just a gleam but a flicker of light like we have never seen.” This was the way I felt just a few years ago but now my soul is in search for this peace and assurance that this light will ever show. “Yet in spite of all our hardship and misery and poor economic condition we must struggle on.” We will never forget but we must carry on!

Only a few weeks later we are here together lending a hand to those in need in the time of disaster. We see the outpouring of love as the nation come together lending a hand of love and togetherness helping to heal the wounds of those affected. Let’s ask ourselves why can’t we all just get along; live in peace with love for all mankind? No matter how awful the situation might look, not everyone is a spreader of hate. Unity will hold us together in times of crisis and human turmoil. Let us not live in despair!

We send our prayers to those affected by this disaster (Harvey). We share our resources not forgetting everyone in need. Today we are well and in high spirit, tomorrow we could be in the very same condition so let us take up the challenge and lend a helping hand!

I do not want to divert to what was written a few weeks ago so I am attempting to continue this dialog. It is now our turn and the arrow is pointing at us. The lasting effect of Irma will be felt for decades to come. History has rewritten itself because we have never seen anything like it before and all records seems to have been broken! Though we might have been spared the wrath of the wind, some have to deal with the flood of rising water as we seek to salvage what is left of the memories and memorabilia’s that can never be replace. We need a helping hand, a hand of mercy and grace. We need a hand of comfort and courage because some are living in despair. Some have lost hope and are barely hanging on. Let’s not forget the words of the Psalmist: “Yea thou I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” When all is gone we turn to God!!

The pressure is mounting as we look around: we ask what next, who can we turn to? This is the magnitude of what we have never seen. It stretches from the Caribbean to the Americas. The chaos the heart break and despair. It is time to hold on, don’t give up the fight. I believe that help is on the way. As the darkness fell so will the light break through. We can all do our part in some way to lend a helping hand. Comfort the weak, reaching out to the poor and lonely spreading the love to let someone know that we care! This is the time for us to break down barriers across borders, spread love that will dispel hate; a time for unity when we all can stand as one human chain holding hands across nations, towns and cities in love for all!

Is it normal to be afraid? I believe so! Fear builds courage and courage build trust, faith, hope and a belief in one self. This is how we are going to be able to move on and conquer the giants that surrounds us. The moment for us to rise is now. Let’s be resilient and rebuild for the future not only homes of brick and mortar but lives built on a solid foundation. No matter the storms of life we will stand because we have built upon a rock whose foundation will never crumble. It is time to lend a helping hand!

 

What’s going on?

Have we reached to the point of no return? I am just asking! Can somebody please tell me “what’s going on?” Never have we experience the things we are facing. Moral behavior has receded to a place of ultimate disgrace. I might not be making much sense but the evidence is everywhere. I hope we are not asleep drowsing in despair because we the people will have to rise to take back our dignity from those who have trample self-respect and tolerance under their feet. We cannot just go on ignoring all the symptoms that is so evident amongst us. Ask yourself is this real? It seems to be the norm but I will appeal to the Lord above to intervene on our behalf because as the head goes so does the body; the head has passed and now it seems we are in a tailspin.

I often hear the song “What’s going on” it forces me to look at the lyrics closely, as I do, I can’t help but ask the question myself. What the hell is going on? Believe it or not we are at the threshold of no return because we have lost our leadership role in the world. Who will rise to take the stand and set the precedence for what is to follow. We have taken a back seat leaving a void for the rule of subtlety to fill. How can we establish a union without communication? In a progressive society, there are no room for mediocrity. Standards of dignity and politeness to what was so evident for all the world to see has been thrown out like a baby with the bath water. We have replaced morality for ridiculous insensitivity. Why did you make that mistake in thinking that our problem can be solve by a novice with no real self-worth? My oh my; what’s going on? The chicken has come home to roost!

This world has no place for hate! The time for healing and self-worth is an urgent need for humanity. Let those from the dark ages practice their barbarism but we should be the catalyst of change showing the way to true independence, democracy and freedom. It is a travesty to think that the world as we know it has not changed while we suffocate in the heat of climate change and environmental disasters. The evidences are everywhere. Why are we going backward instead of forward? Can someone please tell me what’s going on? It seems we have become insensitive to the truth and are willing to accept a lie. God have mercy! We have conquered space but have not caught up with the problems of humanity. It’s too much to ignore; the question is circling everywhere we look, the same question remains: “What’s going on?”

Let’s reflect on the words of the song as we try to see it from the writers prospective. “Mother, mother there’s too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother there’s far too many of you dying. You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin’ here today – Ya Father, father we don’t need to escalate. You see, war is not the answer; for only love can conquer hate. You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin’ here today.” Why is the rug being pulled from under our feet? Why is the little we have been sacrificed and given to the rich and powerful? Why are we being shot and mistreated without true justice? Why; Why; Why? What’s going on?

Tell me what’s going on! We need to truly make America sane again! It seems we are drifting through a tunnel of disgrace, neglecting the poor and needy while propping up the rich. Take the little we have; ignoring the voice of the masses. Truly this is not the way we make America great again? We have now become the laughing stock of the world and are looked upon with disdained. We never saw this one coming; or so we thought! I may be passive but this is not the time to be quiet. We have been trampled on; we might be considered poor by the worlds standard but we are very rich in spirit. Money can buy you things but it can never buy peace and contentment so tell me: what’s going on?

Is there a light beyond the horizon, can anyone see the ray of the rising sun? The time has come for us to evaluate before it’s too late. Look at the road we have traveled, the bumps and bruises we have been forced to endure. Do we want to return to the days of despair as a people or do we want to march on enjoying the fruits of our labor; the true sense of worth and freedom we deserve. Think about this while making your decision the next time you are called upon. Remember if you run with the wolves you will learn how to howl but if you fly with the eagles you will learn how to soar.

Why should we pay

With all the chaos that surrounds us it is easy to turn a blind eye and not see the things taking place within our society. Let us not forget that we are a part of this turbulence and as the water rises we should be careful not to get swallowed up by the rising tide that is about to consume us. We must not forget the place where we were and the efforts made to put us at a place where we are able to make great strides and advancements for the future.

Why the rhetoric, the empty promises that is leading us to a path of no return. What was built in years is now being destroyed in a day. The choices we make, the selfish rhetoric’s the hate and the pain will take years to wash away leaving us in bondage to low self-worth, worry and fear. However, the price will be paid for ignorance, self-love and visionless leadership. The time has come to let our voice be heard because silence is not golden and ignorance is not bliss but wisdom will prevail!

Why should we pay for a wall of frustration, degradation, mistrust and political manipulation? The writing is on the wall; the hand is moving but no sight of a body to guide it. Therein lies the mystery of the moment. Heaven help us all! What times are we in! With all being said, it is time to brace ourselves for the next chapter because we are about to turn the corner to a place with many crossroads. Therefore, we are called to listen to the one voice that is standing ready to guide us; however, if we are not attentive we will miss the mark from which we will not recover.

Money will not pay for common senses. It can pay for sabotage as you rejoice to see a legacy being destroyed but in the end, it will take decades to mend the fences that are being destroyed. Heaven help us all as we sail on this ship that is sailing to a land of no return with a captain that is steering without a compass or a map: relying on the ignorance of others to steer this ship into the storm. The turbulence is rising, the waves are rolling high, the skies are dark without a glimmer of light but we are asleep in the dark hoping to ride this through. In the end who will pay? It is we the people who are too blind to see the road we are being led down wearing a mask of religion, a mask of hate and confusion not having a clue until it is too late.

Wake up my people; see men as men and not men as trees. Don’t be fooled by rhetoric. Loyalty has no place to play in the path of a fool. If the blind leads the blind they both will fall into a ditch. It is only a matter of time until your grave clothe is off then you will realize the travesty of the moment long past. It will be too late and the only thing you will have to look back on is the memory of the past. The word is: ” By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down and there we wept when we remember Zion.” Please don’t let this be your song wake up and take a stand!