Fresh Start

The year ends and we’re still here.  Forget the past and consider plans for 2016.  I want to contribute that which edifies and encourages all who wade in this water. Remembering our theme song, there will be trials and troubles, but even when darkness comes on every hand, we can walk through the blackness as long as we keep our eyes on the still small light at the end of the tunnel. Here is my recipe for overcoming tribulation:

“LET GO!  Give all the detritus of destruction to GOD.  It’s as easy as kneeling in humility and surrendering to the hope that comes only from HIM.  This is Our Father’s World.  It is what it is and HE’s already provided victory.” Here’s our Theme Song:

“Wade in the water, wade in the water, children.  Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water.”

I believe GOD troubles the water for our own good. because it provides us opportunity to achieve greater FAITH. Happy Greater New Year!  That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.  AMEN

2015 in review

This report interested me, so I thought I would share numbers with you. After some soul-searching, it seems best to belay politics and political issues and keep to the course of sharing my Faith, observations and dredged up memories that might edify the body.  To all who have waded with me in 2015, I wish a lot more of your company and of those with whom you share this opportunity.  May the LORD bless you, real good, donchaknow.

Here are the facts:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Education Empire

How many institutes of higher learning constitutes “A Bunch”?  I’ve not lived where there were more than two, up until now.  Charlotte covers the entirety of Mecklenburg County and at last count, we have Nine, some with multiple campuses.  Here is a list:

  • Montreat College
  • University of North Carolina
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Carolina’s College of Health Services
  • Bradford Schools
  • Queens University
  • Charlotte University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Wake Forest University School of Business
  • Johnson and Wales University

That’s a bunch of learning opportunities, but I wonder just ‘what’ they are learning.  With all the confusion and ‘party-spirit’, I am a bit concerned with the quality of that learning.  I went to places of ‘higher learning’ for more years that I wish to reveal.  After graduating from a teacher’s college, I entered the public school classroom without a clue, but I had been taught by professors who certainly had one.  I was successful simply by following their example.  It worked from me and now, I wonder what example the profs are leaving with today’s future leaders and educators.  If this mess called ‘core curriculum’ is any example, it’s no wonder that there are riots. Young people cannot be taught truths that are diametrically opposed to GOD’s TRUTH without there a strong sense of unease and rebellion.  We who know the Truth, must pray that there will be nothing but the Truth taught to our young.  That’s what I get from my Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

The Beauty of Discourse

I love it when I get response from you here.  I read every word and cogitate each perusal.  I welcome your opinion, since I am simply sharing my own, donchaknow.  I received a good one from a very close friend up in Utah.  It has to do with my “SmartGun” blog.  He points out some things that make sense.  He will read this and let me know that it is OK to share it.  I promise I will never do so for anyone, unless given permission.  How better can we grow unless we learn to listen?  That’s what I get from my Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

Smart Guns

Since no gun will jump out of a holster or where ever, and start killing, all by itsself and since a person must be holding it to do so and since there has been no way to really control the whole ‘shootin’ match’, here is one statement from an article I found on the internet:

Gun control has become an increasingly debated topic in the wake of the recent shootings in Newtown, Conn (and elsewhere). But as Nick Bilton of The New York Times reports, utilizing biometrics and grip pattern detection could help prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands.  For example, the Mossberg Group’s iGun can detect if the registered owner is holding the gun, and only allow that person to fire it.

So why aren’t they built into every gun sold?

 

That’s a pretty good question and it makes me wonder just why there has not been more discussion about it.  First off, it would put all those ‘Gun Shows’ out of business and it is most especially a ‘squelch’ by the NRA, but will all the rhetoric and waste of legislative time, why not?  That’s what I get from my  Box of Chocolates, donchaknow.  ‘Tis NO puzzlement, at all.

If it makes sense, let’s pray about it!    AMEN

But, wait!

 

I intended to take a break, thinking it would be good to leave a few days in the  hands of those of you who wade with me.  As you can see, my urge to share, however illicit and mundane, is my only way to witness of the Truth.  I attended our Christmas Eve Service at our neighborhood Harvest Community Church and while reading Luke’s account of JESUS’ birth, I was hit with this thought: “JESUS was, before HE was born”.  The first words from GOD to us said that, “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was GOD.”  That’s pretty wondrous.  The man, who is my Savior, was our Creator-our GOD-our HOPE-our JOY-our MASTER and then became flesh.  HE didn’t leave GOD and the HOLY SPIRIT in Heaven; HE WAS GOD and the SPIRIT.  Well, now that’s a stretch since GOD was both places, donchaknow.  At any rate, if GOD is all-powerful; if GOD/JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT are Omnipotent, then it only makes sense to bow down and worship in total obedience to the Author and Finisher of Our Faith.  I wrote that much of the joy and happiness of Christmas ends when the cheerful wrapping of our gifts goes into the garbage bag, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  I have experienced some dark valleys in the last few days before Christmas. I have lost friends; I have suffered a slight reversal in health; I have experienced a frightening two days of concern for a Member of our Clan (who has recovered enough to participate in our Clan’s Christmas Eve Celebration) and some other stuff, but through it all, I clutched the slippery slope of the mountain GOD placed for my own good. I’ve come through and though a bit bruised, will survive, GOD willing. When I wrote about the dark valley, I had no expectation of walking it, but Praise GOD, my Faith has not failed me.  I am closer to HIM now than ever before.  I take this from my Box of Chocolates with joyful anticipation of what the future road will be like.  HE came, HE won, HE will continue to LOVE and FORGIVE all of us, donchaknow.  Now, what better choice from our Box of Chocolates can there be?  Our theme going further, should be: “In times like these, we need a Savior! In times like these, we need an Anchor and that Anchor hold from a Solid Rock named JESUS.” Aren’t you glad that JESUS LOVES us?               AMEN

Lonesome Valley

Christmas isn’t always ‘Merry’.  Unfortunately too many are expecting a guarantee of Joy and Happiness during this time of the year.  But, alas, many are experiencing sadness since life is dealing a ‘busted flush’.  Unless the ‘Merry and Joyous and Happy’ is a result of knowing the truth of the reason for the season, one’s exuberance is short-lived.  The emptiness that accompanies what little fun there be, far overshadows, with more darkness than light. In many households, the fun and excitement is over the minute the gift wrap is stuffed in a garbage bag. Hope and Peace of mind, is not found in ‘worldly’ pleasures, donchaknow. In his “Love Worth Finding” website, Pastor Adrian Rogers posted  JESUS’ promise in Hebrews:

“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). When I’m discouraged, His presence sees me through. When I’m lonely His presence cheers me up.  When I’m worried, His presence calms me down. And when I am tempted, His presence will help me out.  Write down the last portion of this devotional thought and personalize it. Now use it as a prayer of faith and trust.

This is what I get from My Box of Chocolates.    AMEN

The Reason for the Season

Luke 2:6-14New International Version (NIV)

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”