Monday, July 28, 2014
During my life time, I have traveled many miles and visited lots of scenic places through out America, there are so many beautiful places to visit, I hope you have gotten to see some of them by now yourself.
Each time I planed a trip I would sit down and figure out where I wanted to go and what I would need to take for the journey.
Preparing for Heaven is much like taking a journey, first you must decide you want to go there, next you must pick up your ticket.
But wait you may say How will I purchase a ticket to Heaven ? Can you buy it by being a good person ? Or going to Church or acting religious ? Or giving money or volunteering your time to help others?
The Bible says none of these will suffice, because the ticket to Heaven is expensive------far to expensive for any human being to afford.
Does that mean we can never go there? No----and the reason is because, Someone else has already purchased the ticket for us.
That person was Jesus Christ and the price of the ticket He purchased for you and I, cost Him dearly, He paid for it with His own blood on the cross at Calvary
Today He offers each of us, the ticket to Heaven free and fully paid for, Why anyone would refuse such an offer, is beyond my understanding.
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. Mat. 25:14
I'm glad I got to do most of my traveling, while I was young.
Today driving isn't as much fun for me as it use to be.
I would recommend doing your driving and touring while you are young, and book your trip to Heaven as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On my mothers side of of the family, we've been having reunions since as far back as I can remember.
Everyone looks forward to our Parman and Brock reunion and many travel long distances to attend.
Every year on the fourth Saturday of July we gather at the Feltners 4-H club, in London Kentucky, to celebrate this great event.
Don't know exactly what the secret ingredient is for its longevity .
Uncle Ralph Parman is our current Hoist, perhaps its his jolly humerus presentation that helps.
Uncle Ralph is in his late 80's and still as active as some of the younger folks, he says his waggle isn't as keen as it used to be, but other wise he's still doing great..
I'm happy our family has kept this reunion going over the years, it seems to have made a bonding affect on many of us, and has helped keep the family closer I am sure.
I hope if your family has reunions that you have as much fun as we do in ours, family time is so important to all of us, and in my opinion reunions are one of the best ways to keep the family together.
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” -Jane Howard
I love my family, its an important part of my life, don't quite understand how they let me in, but I am happy they did, our family is kinda like God's family, you don't have to be perfect to get in, you just need to be forgiven.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Laurel County Kentucky has some interesting history, George Parman my grandfather, better known to the family as "Cap." knew quite a bit about that and shared some of it with me.
I learned from him the Cherokee, Shawnee, and Chichamauga Indians were native to southeastern Kentucky, and played a part in its history.
Indian artifacts, were collectable by many folks and could be found through out the State.
Some of the fields, when you plowed them , would often yield unexpected trophy's .
"Cap" and Uncle Tipp Brock were probably the biggest collectors in Laurel county.
Before he died Uncle Tipp donated his collection to the "Mountain Museum" At the Levi Jackson Wilderness State Park, In Laurel County. Don't know for sure what happened to Caps collection, may still be in the family some where.
Laurel County was also witness to the worst massacre in Kentucky History.
"Cap" explained it this way to me; a party of 14 family's called the McNitt's,
had come from Virginia by way of the Cumberland Gap, with out incident, and were camped out near the Park.
During the night Cherokee warriors fell up on the party and all were massacred except one pregnant woman who hid in a hallow tree.
Certainly a most horrifying story to make history in the history books but never the less it did.
I cherish Kentucky history, especially the parts that happened close to our home.
I am grateful to my grandfather "Cap" for his generosity in helping me understand some of it better.
Hope you have enjoyed our journey back in-to Laurel County history today.
Be blessed of the Lord everyone, and may His loving kindness and mercy endure in your life forever.
Monday, July 7, 2014
A beautiful summer day, "Oh my", but was it ever windy this morning on my walk. At times it blew me right along. I listened to the wind making different sounds, through the trees, some of them rubbing against each other.
With this display of the wind and nature, Summer is showing its self in a special way today. I don't know what kind of flowers those were that i just passed but they were pretty.
One man out walking his dog, was holding steady to the reign as they hurried along.
A Red Winged Black bird was having trouble navigating the wind, and a couple of robust Robins were walking instead of flying, Some rather noisy geese honked, as the breeze carried them off of their course overhead.
Summer time here is a special time of year and can be windy as well at times. We have four distinct seasons in Michigan. The winters are long and cold, but when summer finally rolls around, we're ready to enjoy it.
I can't wait for my next walk, I love the adventures of walking, being part of nature, feeling the wind blowing in your face, hearing the chirping sounds of the birds, and seeing Gods grand display of nature .
Happy Summer everyone !!!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
America is changing, and at a rapid pace may I say .
One of the major changes I have witnessed, is our moral behavior toward God.
In the America I grew up in, biblical morality was accepted as central to educating the whole person.
That is what Noah Webster, author of our Dictionary and founder of a historic university, meant when he wrote "Education is useless without the Bible."
There is no doubt that a culture war is raging in America. And the conflicts are largely about attitudes toward God and religion.
Prayer has been taken out of our schools, the Ten commandments are Ten suggestions--- un wanted children elevated--- marriage redefined .
From the beginning, the United States has found its core values in the pages of the Bible.
When a nation reads the Bible and practices its principals it will prosper.
The America I grew up in Neighbors would help one another.
Today people don,t work at being good neighbors anymore and rarely vote their true conviction when asked,its more about helping yourself and letting others fend for themselves kind of attitude.
Many of this country's people are good and descent folks, they work hard at their jobs ,attend church on Sundays and support their community faithfully, unfortunately many are pulling against them in this effort.
Morality is not something that a government can bestow on its people; it flows from the hearts of free people reared in a tradition of morality, independence, and resourcefulness.
Great nations often reflect great character and purpose.
When families are strong and parents instill true values and godly character in their children, the nation is strong.
But when a society abandons traditional "family values," history shows that its day of judgment looms.
As we celebrate Independence Day this year let us pray for our country, that its people will turn back to God and avoid judgement, no country has ever turned its back on God and avoided His raft.
2 Chronicles 7:14
King James Version (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I weep for my country, I fear the way we are going, we are testing God's patience.
I weep for my country, I fear the way we are going, we are testing God's patience.
I suggest praying for our nation this Forth of July is the least we can do and the least God expects us to do as its people.
Have a Safe and happy "FORTH OF JULY EVERYONE."
and don't for get to pray if you are concerned about our Nation as well...
Thanks for letting me vent my concerns.