I Have Seen Things!!

I Have Seen Things!!

It is no coincidence that today’s Daily Post Word is Eyes. I am on a trip in Northern Minnesota with a couple amazing friends (who are getting married and want to get married up here) and my beautiful bride. 

Today we started out slow, but by ten a.m. we were out the door and waiting at the gate of The Lake Superior Zoo. Definitely an impressive thing to visit if you are in the area. They experienced some flooding in 2013 and are still in the recovery process of that. But, they still have an amazing selection of things to see. Have you ever actually seen the eye of the tiger? Today, I literally got to look eye to eye with one!! Lemurs, lizards and spiders exhibits all got our hearts racing. And then we entered the night! 


It took a few minutes for our eyes to adjust, but the sites to see in the nocturnal exhibit were amazing!! Bats, and cute, fuzzy four-legged animals that look cuddly, but know how to hold their own in the darkness of the wild can be seen! As we exited the darkness we wandered to a souvenir penny machine that gave out engraved, flattened pennies commemorating the zoo. Peacocks, a bald eagle and cranes are available for all bird lovers. And I got to witness what I can only imagine Bugs Bunny would look like as a real bunny at 22 pounds!! 


There is so much to see at The Great Lakes Zoo that you have to experience it yourself. I recommend the zoo, but bring your walking shoes and if you are in a wheelchair like me, make sure your arms are in good shape for all the paved hills. 


Or, ride in style. But if you are in Duluth, Minnesota, make sure to visit The Lake Superior Zoo. It will be a memorable experience with many great species of animals. There is even a petting zoo for those who wish to get up close. Check them out online at www.lszooduluth.org and plan your visit soon!! 

Lost Again. 

Lost Again. 

Image from a Google.com search for ghosts are demons which lead to http://www.spectralintelligencesolutions.com 

Today’s Daily Prompt Word is Ghost and once again, I am lost on how to write about this word. I used to have a huge draw towards ghosts and the paranormal. I still enjoy things that are unexplained, but for me, ghosts are explained. 

In my honest, not highly educated on the subject, opinion, ghosts are demonic presences (Stacy, is presences a word?). God created this world and Satan really wants control of it. When a person says they have seen a ghost, for me, 99.9% of the time I can honestly say I believe it to be a demonic presence that is manifesting in the known world. 

Our world is full of things we know. Our world is full of the things we don’t know. And when we are truly honest with ourselves, we must admit there are things in this world, in our daily lives, that we don’t even know that we don’t know. Spirituality and how things really occur in God’s eyes is in this area. We believe in what we don’t see and we call it faith. 

We try to explain things so we can understand, but the truth is, we will never full understand every single morsel of everything this universe (or multiverse if you prescribe to that camp) has to offer. Ever. Only The creator can know all that and He chooses what to allow our human brains to conceive. 

All of the scientific and spiritual breakthroughs of the past few centuries were no mistake. And they were not out of God’s thoughts. There are things we currently know. There are things we currently don’t know. And, like I said, there are things we don’t know that we don’t know. 

I have changed a lot in my Christian Journey and if I am honest, I am not fully there yet. I still fail daily. Until I am so wrapped up in a relationship with Jesus Christ that nothing else matters except what He will have me do in this world, I am still learning. But, one thing I can tell you that He has taught me, ghosts are nothing more than demons Satan brings to entice us into a lower world where everything looks fun, sometimes scary, but we are enticed nonetheless. When we see something we really want to look into, we must ask ourselves, ‘Is this really something God wants for me? Or will it make me a ghost of my former better self?’ Satans demise will often be wrapped up in our greatest wants and desires and it is nothing more than a ghostly trap set to enslave us. Be careful of the ghosts in life, my friends. They can often trap you in a Devil’s Grasp. 

Wheels In The Sky!! 

Wheels In The Sky!! 

I am the type who wants to get in the car and just start to drive. My wife is not. 

Today is the perfect day for a drive. We had a massive storm come through last night and there is a lot of newly placed trees in our little town of Montevideo. 

We had no power until late last night. My wife and I went to sleep with no sound, and no night light. My wife was not happy. 

We woke up this morning and the sun is shining and the storm has past. The wheels in the sky keep on turnin’. Weather comes and weather goes, but it is not what drives us. 

I am driven by the need to move and explore. Others may be driven by their idea of success. Others still may be driven by other people and their happiness. What drives you? And what are you willing to do after the storms of life? Are you willing to get in the car and drive? Are you willing to drive to where needs help? What drives you?

Food For Thought.

Food For Thought.

When I think of today’s Daily Post Word Of The Day, Fork, my thoughts veer off in two directions. Just like a fork in a road, I think of the journey and all the forks that can rise up to meet us, and I think of the untensil used to eat foods. 

Both of these forks can be nourishing in different ways when used properly. A fork in the road of life can give us new direction. As Led Zepplin said, “There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” Over the past five years I have often wondered if I am on the right road. Walmart was never meant to become a career for me, yet here I am five and a half years later and every opportunity I have tried to capture has died. 

As my dad says, ‘Grow where you are planted.’ He also says, ‘Growth happens in the valleys.’ So if you feel you have taken the wrong fork, or are trying to come to a new fork, stay the course. God has a way of working out blessings no matter what forks we take. 

For example, if I had left WALMART and opted for a different career, I probably would not have stayed in the small town we are in. I say ‘we’ because now for the rest of my life I am a we. My wife and I are on one journey together, no matter what forks come up. And without staying at Walmart that wouldn’t have happened. She was a very pleasant surprise on this fork in the road. 

The other fork I wish to talk about today is the fork of nourishment. Forks feed us. They bring fruits and meats to our mouths. I wouldn’t recommend soup with a fork though. I also wouldn’t recommend any soup that isn’t home-made. We need to retrain our brains and our forks to eat like the majority of the world still does- Healthy!! 

Somewhere over the past 40-50 years America has entered the fast food nation. We like everything on the go. We have put down our forks for hand-held, preservative rich hamburgers and fries– Finger Foods. 

I was made aware of my own fork habits this past few days. I have an ongoing battle with cellulitis and I can’t help but wonder if my own eating habits are mostly to blame. The doctor told me during my hospital stay that cellulitis is like asthma or pneumonia, once you get it, it is in there and will continue to flare up whenever it wants. Bah!! Talk about an unexpected fork in the road, possibly due to my own fork habits!! 

So, cleansing it is. Fruits. Vegetables. Fresh, lean meats. I admit, this morning I did sneak a Dr. Pepper and some peanut m & m’s, but hey, I’m only human, right? I am going to do everything I can to hold to it now. That’s why I confessed it here. Now, the whole world can hold me accountable to my fork actions. 

One final story I wish to share with you all about forks. The year was sometime around 1988, maybe it was 1987. I was 11 or 12 years old and our family was around the dinner table. If memory serves, which it often doesn’t these days, my parents were talking about taking my younger brother to one of our local small towns for ice cream, or to run an errand. I remember that I was not going to be included in this trip, so with as much gusto as I could muster, I said, ‘This is where I put the fork down!!’ because I wanted to go too! Sadly, now at 234 pounds I have picked that fork back up too many times!! 

Well, here we are at another fork in the road. I am a blogger. The entire world has access to my words. As one world, all nations, under God, will you all join me and say, ‘This is where we put the unhealthy food and forks down!!’ My friends, we were created to be so much more than we have become. But we will only see our true potential when we first seek Him who gave us that potential. He and He alone will rise us to potentials we have never dreamed of if only we seek Him first. 

Seek Ye first the Kingdom Of God, and His righteousness. And all these things shall be added unto you.’ 

Matthew 6:33 

He wants to add blessings and years into us, not pounds. And when we seek Him, He will make every fork that comes up in our journey and on our plates a blessing. 

Photo credit of enjoyingthejourneys.com 

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. 

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. 

When I first saw today’s Daily Post Word “Borrowed”, I admit, my thoughts first went to this cherished old saying for weddings. But I had no idea where to take it. 

Sometimes we need to go back to the drawing board, come up with new ideas. My second thought was about how we all borrow. We borrow from neighbors, we borrow our own lives. Unless you will be here an eternity from now, all this, all you see is borrowed. 

But now, my mind is coming back to that old saying. Some people borrow a hand kerchief, some people borrow a dress, or a tie. And then there was the most touching thing I have ever seen at any wedding ceremony I have ever been to. Luckily, it was mine. 

I have spoken of my wife in my blog before, but I have never spoken of her parents. They are awesome people. Sadly, we don’t get to see them very often because they live in Montana. Her dad is now 80 years old. He has Alzheimer’s. For some people it can be suffering, but for him, he has his fair share of pain, but he is so far into the depths of this terrible disease he doesn’t remember. I have had the honor of seeing one moment of clarity, which I will remember for the rest of my life. 

Okay, back to June 29th, 2013. That was the day my bride and I got married (even though I didn’t go to the courthouse to get the marriage license). Her daddy was not able to make the trip to Minnesota for the ceremony. 

So, the time for the daddy/daughter dance. I didn’t even have any idea this was about to happen, but it did!! Not a dry eye in the house as my father got up for the daddy/daughter dance. And it didn’t stop there!! There were a few other men who stepped up as well. If there is one thing I know for sure, my bride is loved!! Even though her real daddy couldn’t be there, many father figures stepped up for the occasion. For a song, my bride got to borrow other daddies!! 

Let Go!! 

Let Go!! 

Edge~ 

So many people only tip toe up to the edge and stop. 

What would happen if we lost sight of the edge? 

Would we lose ourselves and all that we love? 

Or could we possibly find a deeper meaning for ourselves in the unknown? 

The next time you find yourself at the edge, the edge of a crossroads, the edge of a major decision, the edge of your sanity, the edge of an unknown journey, take the leap of faith and go beyond the edge. You may be pleasantly surprised how far you can really go. 

With Or Without You.

With Or Without You.

If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?

This is such a bold and thought-provoking question, or is it? I am a believer in the eternal soul. I am a believer in the notion that Jesus Christ has already paid my entrance fee into Heaven. He’s an awesome lawyer- Jesus Christ has already said on my behalf,  ‘He is forgiven! Case dismissed!!’

Eternity has no use for the constraints of time. It always was, and it always will be. No slowing down, no speeding up. It just simply is. Some things are true whether we believe them or not. I am also a believer in that time is irrelevant, we have this moment. The past ones cannot be changed and the future ones are not promised. What if it takes me another three minutes to finish typing out this post, but within two minutes a life-altering event I don’t see coming, like a car out of control comes careening through this room, or a speeding bullet, or a health problem, like a heart attack or aneurysm takes place before I hit publish? It is possible, right? What if? No moment is ever promised!!

 So, why are we so concerned with slowing down the good moments and speeding up the so-called bad ones? Time is irrelevant, my friends. Each day we are given 86,400 seconds at the beginning of a day. At the end of a day we have all used all those seconds. A large number of them poorly, I might add. 

At the middle of tomorrow’s day I will reach the milestone of 40 years old. Will I still be this side of Heaven when 2:54pm Minnesota time arrives on February 26th, 2016? Who knows? I don’t. I sure hope so, but we really don’t know. 

Why are we worried about trivializing life so much that we want to speed up or slow down any of it? Take the good times, take the bad times, it’s all just moments in life. And we all owe a death, all of us! I refuse to spend one second worrying about speeding up or slowing down any of it. It’s all just borrowed time that belongs to Eternity. 

The real question to be concerned about is not when it is coming, or if it is coming. I will not be concerned with hanging on to moments in this life that (in the grand scheme of things) really are trivial.

 The real question to be concerned about is where we will spend all of time when this life and all of its moments are done. With God or without Him? Time is irrelevant because we don’t know how much we have left. Don’t waste time trying to change the speed of things. Find your purpose and live for that, with all you have left. And I assure you, you will never find your purpose in this life without looking into something greater than yourself. With or without you, this world will keep on turning. Your hands are tied. Make it count.