“Steady and True”

“seeking His will”

Steady and true is our course!  If our focus is truly upon the Lord, then our destination is a certainty that nothing can change!  One day at a time seeking His will we move closer to Him.

“For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7. 

Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ, for your faithful efforts in serving our Lord!

Shalom.

 

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Lawrence Morra

Last Chance to Wake-up?

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

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Another blogger wrote a very nice piece about how Salvation is by faith not fear which was in reference to the COVID-19 scare sweeping the globe.  This article went on to explain how past catastrophes have come and gone and each time there  were those that while all the turmoil or uncertainty was in play people showed up at church that hadn’t in a long while or maybe never, then later when the danger was gone they slipped right back into their usual sinful nature.  It spoke about how people seek comfort and others to quell their fear and consternation.  I want to allow you to read a comment I made to another blog last night which touched on this same concern and how I was seeing too much lip service as usual and the same old routine of almost pretend we care.  More like when there was a snowstorm when we were kids and we got to stay home, so then we were on the phone with our friends and having a bit of fun instead of doing our school work at home like we should.  Today this article mentioned the attack of America on 9/11/2001 just as I had mentioned it last night in this following comment, which I refer to today’s article.  “I left a comment on a NYC resident’s blog where it was a consoling sort of love-in as I saw it and I know how people are just like this blog you presented here says!  And quite interesting how it specifically referred to the attack on America on 9/11/2001 by outright evil satanic Jihadists!”

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My comment to the blog last night follows:

You sound like you’re getting on the page I’ve been ranting about for a while!  Perhaps you and millions of others are ready to re-calibrate and focus on the fact that the human race has gotten too big for its britches as the old saying goes and feel too high and mighty or are living day to day like machines that don’t think so good, even though they are under the deluded false impression that they have the world by the, excuse the expression, by the balls!  I’ve been saying this in many of my blogs too, how people are way too self-serving and arrogant and they went beyond ignoring God, but they instead decided to play God, be their own world unto themselves and figure they can do as they damn well please, and butt out everybody, even God!  Don’t anyone take me wrong here, I can see why people got this way in our modern materialistic high tech world of convenience, being lulled into an almost zombie like pace and style of living; but we’ve had serious wake up calls before (9/11) and people don’t ever seem to learn or get their shit wired and make up their minds that they better live on the straight and narrow from now on.

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They just slip back into their old habits as soon as the dust settles and the dark cloud passes us by!  I’m sorry to say, but I think it’s going to take a lot more than a COVID-19 scare to shake the “bejesus” out of enough people to come clean and fess up!  Look at our National Seat of Power with people like, Schumer, Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, Feinstein, Maxine the Crazy Machine and so many others that are so corrupted and dirty there is no going back now, they are going to die wicked and greedy pigs!  Sorry, I hate to be morbid under such sad conditions but I may cool off and get back to seeing the light shining through, not the clouds, but though “human consciences” hopefully soon and have wonderful things to report to anyone who will listen.

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I do think there are still so many people that want to do the right thing and make a good world that is in tune with what Jesus told us to do when he was here.  But, we have way too many bad people running things and that has to stop I think before enough substantive change can occur!  Sorry, people are ruining this world, so we better pray harder than ever to be delivered from this madness, especially for the sake of all the innocent kids and babies!  I hope it is going to change for the better, I do!

God Bless!

I want to add some additional thoughts about this fear factor and related ideas.

Now to this point about fear!  I believe everyone should have a healthy dose of fear as we are all fallen and our souls are a glimmer away from eternal damnation if not for the Lamb of God who took away sin on the cross at Calvary, for those who will abide in Him!  But, I think some people get the idea it’s not hard at all Jesus did us all a favor and took care of all the dirty details of our transgressing nature, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” and our souls that have at least original sin and I dare say most of us are nothing but dirty rags, without Jesus and His salvation, we’re not even worthy to be near Holy God Almighty let alone look at Him!  No as in Holy Scripture it tells us clearly:

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12

Not fearing the things of this world is fine but fear of God is wise as it humbles us to make certain we know we aren’t worthy in the slightest and we are not home free until we are past the pearly gates so there is no slacking or doing as we damn well please then just when it’s time to face death we suddenly can say hey I’m good I like Jesus and always did!

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

I can safely say I believe that nobody on this earth does enough to hold themselves up as a prize to God, only Jesus could claim victory over all things seen and unseen.  Are we worthy of praise for some of the things we have done for others or in the name of Jesus, surely some of us can rest assured of that, but we can also be certain that we carry sin and guilt that will not go away and we will not be free of until we are in heaven with God the Father through and by the forgiveness of our transgressions only by Jesus Christ Himself, and that is why we need to be concerned to a great degree if we don’t call it outright fear, we are all in jeopardy and are in a most tumultuous world these days full of vanity and sin in so many basic things we participate in which serve the beast or the prince of this world and not our heavenly Father.   Can we judge ourselves, of course not, we are mere humans that die, but the one who can is who we should fear because we don’t know whether we are truly worthy until He the Lord our God tells us so!

“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10

What we want to hear from our Lord when we stand before him is simply this:  “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:23.

Now when people try to fool God they lose.   If this COVID-19 is a wake-up call I feel it is potentially a last chance, then again maybe not, but it very well could be and that is how the world should look at it as a last opportunity to come clean, because He sees how evil this world has become and the good is more and more suppressed each year!   Abortions by the millions each year alone is a mockery and abomination that transgresses God horribly, so we are in a deep hole full of manure and as my dad used to tell me as a kid when I got wise-ass or a chip on my shoulder; “don’t try to bullshit me.”  He would go on to say, “if you did wrong you best admit it and take the consequences, so you can learn from it and not do it again.”  My dad meant business and that taught me and tells me now how God is fed up with us here on earth and things better start going in the right direction with so many leaders and peoples, because if not all hell will break loose, because God may allow His wrath to pour out by perhaps allowing evil to prevail sooner rather than later, via-a-vis the antichrist, and that is Scriptural obviously, but still much can be avoided if people will stop and turn to HIM so that many more souls will be saved!  Then on bent knee in humble supplication ask for His mercy and help; to only do His will.

I see in this world today how so many opportunities have been given to us to allow the human race to come together with forthrightness and honorable truth that was given to us from God, but all they do is attack one another, even if it is only mind or cyber space attacking it’s all wrong!

Keep praying and changing for the better!

Lawrence Morra

 

Post Script 3/18/2020

Steady and true is our course!  If our focus is truly upon the Lord, then our destination is a certainty that nothing can change!  One day at a time seeking His will we move closer to Him. “For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7.  Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ, for your faithful efforts in serving our Lord! 🙏

 

 

God Does Work in Mysterious Ways

“awakening to God’s truth and will” unfolding in our lives.

GOD IS SO PATIENT WITH HIS PLAN AND WE HIS CHILDREN!  I thought how I would think it’s time for this freak show to end and I really felt that way until yesterday, and only because God allowed me to get a leg up on knowing all is not lost and He is totally in control of how this will all end-up and that isn’t my worry at all; but my concern is so very basic and simple.  A fellow blogger had responded to my no sugar coating commentary which was her typical gentle way of putting things in perspective, in order to move forward and make some kind of progress.  I want to chronicle here with some of my commentary then a few of her ideas along with another Christian’s idea from statements that all came into play when I took a walk with my dog yesterday, Thursday 3/12/2020.

Well here I am with another personal chronicle which ultimately will demonstrate once again that I’ve had some dots connecting around me.  Actually there are plenty of them connecting all of the time in all of our lives but most are happening like clockwork as routine as the sun rising and setting each day.  But, then there’s the myriad of  infinite  possibilities unfolding that we can neither truly fathom let alone be aware of at any given moment or even second and portions of one of those, down to the tiniest fraction that one can be divided before we are left with zero sections of pie left in the dish.  But, “God in His Mysterious Ways” can and does intercede sometimes in ever so slight and subtle ways, or as blatantly as a bucket of cold ice water in our faces.  My initial point though is to make sure not to get anyone agitated wondering what are you going on about this time Lawrence, just in case someone is in a hurry now, as most people usually are, too much so for their own good.  So, the last thing I need anyone to do is say I really have too much to do and if you’re going to blah, blah, blah then count me out!  Well, all I can say to that is don’t be hasty, and as most of us were told as children “haste makes waste;” so nobody should go rushing off half-cocked to count themselves out before they have all of the preliminary facts when indeed anybody may just be the singularly most important person that should be counted in on this excursion, though it may be a bit zig-zaggy, and I don’t mean go roll another joint so someone can try to escape this torment of giving me their undivided attention for a span of time, hopefully such a person will put those away, lol. God knows many have wasted more time online than they will ever want to admit, while still others have just gotten wasted period; so this isn’t going to “break the bank” by any means!

Now COVID-19 has already become a household term and hopefully not for the worst reason in your case, but if you or anyone you know is unfortunate enough to have it I do pray that it will disappear as quickly as it made its appearance in your life. Outside of that my reason for bringing that up was because about the same time it came into the headlines, so too was all of the usual crazy off the wall politics and typical MSM sensationalizing crap that really gets me fuming and so disgusted with the mess people have made of this world, and then even on top of that many people I can’t bear to think about them let alone look at their sorry pusses on the TV or internet!

But, now I’ll drive my point home regarding my infuriation lately with something you may have already read on my previous blog article the day before yesterday, but I do this not to drive you off or make myself come across like one of those  horridly annoying human beings we see way too much in the media repeating themselves with their same old shtick, say for example the putrid Chuck Todd of Meet the Press, and who actually have a lot to do with how our lives may go depending on how they perform the tasks at hand for their  puppet masters, and if they have a real conscience with integrity being first and foremost; but as you know that’s a tall order to fill with the likes of the tools or trolls running around calling themselves our betters in politics and media, and many even being charged with the duties of public office!

So, before I speak to the remarkably calming and spiritually refreshing occurrence that happened on Thursday when I was out hiking with my dog, I’ll just use a few excerpts from my previous writing yesterday interlaced with some other commentary to attempt to chronicle the progression of dots and the difficulties leading up to this Epiphany.

Things just seem to go from bad to worse with the human race each passing week; especially if we stay plugged into the MSM, New World Order “media appendage,” or propaganda arm for the ruling class, elite and some of the most wicked despots on the planet, AKA, Killery, Soros, Obozo and even sympathizers for Evil Iran, after the terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleiman was taken out in the “theater of terrorism war planning!” It makes me want to puke when I see the leftist, wicked, perverted minded Dems and MSM catering to such brutal evil monsters and the regimes they are part of namely Iran’s mullahs running that country based on a totally false, fabricated, political ideology masquerading as a religion of Islam, but yet many of these same people in the millions continue to push the “kill the babies agendas” that’s become a cottage industry and has total diabolical roots and purpose here on earth!   And yet we hear Pelosi’s rant this week that she and her party of “lost souls” want to save lives from COVID-19, but she has to have more cash to kill babies?   The New York Times sewer publication and most MSM acted like they lost their great hero and mentor; a most evil, demented devil of terror when Soleiman was taken out.  OK, so you most assuredly get my message how upset I’ve been and at whom generally speaking.  Then something happened when I focused more on prayer and seeking insight from our God via the Holy Spirit.  I know for me much of my dot connecting happens with walks or hikes, sometimes very long ones, but they are always worth it not just for the obvious reasons but because I’ve had actual revelation come my way.  This was the case again on “Thursday’s Hike.”   Because when on this hike there came a juncture or “crossroads” if you will, right along the path, where I was to encounter a woman and her granddaughter, a newly born child of God only 9 months of age, and some of what I’m about to tell you was actually some text I wrote to another fellow blogger just previous to the hike and after it, that all tied together  with the previous conversation about depressing worldly affairs and so many people going against God these days; being antichrist!

The way the hike time got set and the whole progressive excursion had to unfold, too many dots that had to line up exactly in order for this to have happened and one that I can point out now that was so obvious, was while on the hike with my dog, a hawk suddenly appeared in a tall tree a couple of  hundred feet ahead of us and just when I brought my eyes into alignment with it, that bird suddenly flew off in a “particular direction,” and although there were a few directions we could head off into, I had in a fleeting fraction of a moment thought about hiking to a “particular destination” which is in the same direction that the hawk flew, that is along that path; where we could stop to rest, then back track!  And so, that was the cue, we did just that and got to our resting spot, and after relaxing for a time headed back.  When we got back to the open area this woman was coming toward us pushing a baby stroller from the opposite direction and we were going to run into each other with not a minute to spare one way or the other, because both of us it turns out were going to depart away from our potential encounter ahead or that encounter point; crossroad!  That was a God Send and meant to bring focus upon what a fellow Christian blogger had mentioned the night before when I had complained about all the turmoil in the world; on what the most important factors are to keep in mind when in battle, which is what we all are in just like this movie I told her about that I love, the old classic “Heaven Knows Mr. Allison,” because God speaks to him at a “critical juncture” or “convergence” point, while he is with a Catholic Nun marooned on a Japanese occupied island in the Pacific during WWII; which ultimately leads to this Marine, a good heartened soul of a man saving many troops lives, and I told her that she and her husband will see what I mean and love it when they watch that movie, which also has a lot to do with today’s message.

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These are literal examples of God at work in our midst helping us along where need be or when it really is very important or vital to accomplish His will, especially in helping others who we can by being His instruments, because in the final analysis His will is going to be done, no two ways about it, not anything or anybody else’s, that is what this Christian blogger, a Catholic, helped me to focus on with her telling me how to try focusing on prayer and doing good, even in the midst of so much turmoil; and by the way, that is what the Marine does in battle, the real deal; but I sometimes tend to react too emotionally.  What she was saying is like what my dad always told me to do in a tough situation, “remain cool, calm and collected!”  Now here I should mention that for this other blogger and myself to be having conversation about some serious challenges that came our way in life which took a lot of faith and prayer to overcome, this too was part of the hike journey leading to a truer “awakening to God’s truth and will” unfolding in our lives. As I had tried to explain my dilemma to her why I was so distraught but, Scripture does tell us plainly that in “End Times” this world will be that bad, so bad in fact that it won’t seem like there is any relief!  Now that’s a big problem to tackle for all of mankind, if only “all the corrupt politicians would GO AWAY,” I figure!  If we aren’t in “End Times” yet, we sure as hell are close!  Of course I must temper this train of thought with the reality of how much, much worse so many people are having it than me, how there are those who suffer incomprehensible pain or sorrow; so that is the reality check needed to put it all in proper perspective.  I must thank God for all of the abundance of gifts He gives to me each moment of every day!  Be humble is the key.

Already out of all this conversation and hiking on these paths I see how we are gifted even in spite of any unhappy events that had hurt my fellow blogger in her past that she mentioned, just like some similar things happened to me I can see this as a good metaphor, the “Flight of the Phoenix” rising up out of the ashes, as in the sense of being very down trodden and in an injured vulnerable position, to be seeing nothing but defeat and loss; but look what happened by the miraculous loving power of our Lord Jesus Christ!  He reached into her heart through her faith and healed it, blessing her with strength of character and intuitive insights that she would never have achieved otherwise!  Same with me in a way; as over the last 15 years I could say evil and nefarious deeds were directed at me to punish and torment my heart and take away the joy and happy go lucky kid that was always there but now though I felt sorry for myself at moments or angry and disappointed, I never allowed that to overwhelm me because of “my faith in Jesus” that my parents and grandparents instilled in me; and of course God when He planned me in His infinite wisdom, “The Master Potter,designed me to be who He needed me to be so I could grow to be who I am now, in spite of those destructive attacks upon my life and heart, and to ultimately do His will serving Him alone, in order to help fulfill His plan!  I too like my blogger friend sister in Christ wouldn’t go back if I could and get an easier path to avoid the hardships and pain because I know now, and Jesus of course does, that I’m better off because of my not giving up or trying to fight fire with fire!

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Discernment she had mentioned to me in her comment is so vital, and that is the key, I had to carefully learn my hard lessons and discern as I could with Jesus leading the way, but learning how to do it so much better than ever before, to be receptive and listen to Him closely from my inner most heart!  My mom to me has always been a beautiful woman and not perfect by any means but not a disaster like some friends I had growing up whose parents with serious alcohol or other disruptive, painful problems added to their burden of daily life.  As a kid I noticed my Mom was emotional and that took me time to learn how to understand her more as I grew up, but she had some difficulties growing up even like my friend did, and having many children is a hard thing to go through, but she was always attentive and loving to all of her children like a true Mother in my eyes, like the “Blessed Mother!”  My grandmothers along with my mom all used to tell me growing up, “when the kids get all messed up or in trouble out in public, they blame the mother, because it’s her task to teach them and guide them properly in all matters of behavior and civility, to have a conscience and proper respectful attitude; and of course always loving Jesus!”  Such good women I’ve had, OMG I want to cry thinking of them all, really fine women even like my friend!  “The best of the best!”  I know this is so true about Jesus, “He is always holding our right hand!”

But because, I had been so stirred up by the world events and even my own personal difficulties caused by other people; I needed to regain the proper perspective and focus!  God is so good in doing that for us just perfectly, if we will allow Him totally into our hearts to speak to us and lead us to paths of righteousness.  This verse came to mind after the encounter with the woman with her granddaughter, and upon reading a comment from my blogger friend.

“19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”  Romans 12:19 NKJV

As I mentioned this other blogger and I having conversation prior to and after I met the woman and baby, I had some of the following to say to her and I attempt here to elaborate or add to what was said so I’m including partly what was in the conversation and what I’m seeing in all of this now.

But, returning to the encounter as I looked ahead and saw this woman with a baby stroller heading right toward us in a completely open and almost desolate area, in this part of a community, wide open spaces with several paths or roads to take, that I’ve often traveled through heading to my home, but this time I felt a definite certainty and purpose unfolding by just allowing those words we sometimes hear Christians saying; “Let go and let God,” actually was taking place as this was not by chance but only by God’s directing it for His ultimate purpose and of course to help us!  I have to ask are we willing servants and warriors ready to follow His will?

We know from my previous writings that on these long walks, with Jesus, at times some important dots get connected, don’t we!  I was thinking about your last comment and my lengthy reply and about the idea my father would stress to me about putting things in perspective.  On the walk today I came to this very wide open space area as I was making the loop back home when out in this area a lady with a stroller was heading right toward me and my dog.  We were virtually the only people around and the day being very comfy we slowed a moment to engage in a nice how do you do interlude.  The baby was her granddaughter of 9 months and this baby was so beautiful and bright eyed it was astounding to me!  It was so captivating to look into the babies most beautiful innocent eyes, truly into the soul of an innocent baby!

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This baby wouldn’t take her eyes off of me as we spoke there for a while, and it turned out the lady grew up in the same neck of the woods as me and my siblings.  It also turns out that we had some family dots connecting as her father and grandfather had been in law enforcement and my father knew many of these same folks with some very close ties to them in his growing up and through business relations.  I still couldn’t get over how this baby kept staring at me so innocent and sweet with eyes from heaven and I almost want to cry now thinking how precious that child from God is; and this dawned on me, how like you said it’s what we focus our attention on that will matter from here on out to whatever comes, that’s all in God’s hands, but to that I say, these precious babies are in ours now and that is our first priority!  Boy, do I love little babies, even my mom used to say so when I was a teen and would give a bottle of milk to my youngest sibling or baby cousins, and they loved me too, it was easy to tell as I would make them laugh and smile so much when I would clown around making silly faces and different voices or tickle them on the cheek or chin, “COOCHIE, COOCHIE COO!”  We talked about the bad scene in politics me and this woman, not the baby, she kept trying to figure me out I  guess; and how so many things are out of whack, and this nice lady agreed how the media is so warped or biased; as I say “running the evil agenda.”  But, phooey on that, we need to use our noggins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and get the best picture we can then get to work doing what we can that’s helping those babies and all the innocent beautiful things that are still in abundance all around us and be receptive that way to do God’s will, that’s the ticket!  I know that after my mentioning this meeting to you in another comment you said you had a granddaughter who when a newborn of just one day looked into your eyes and seemed like she was saying hi to you, even making a sound, and this I see is similar to how it was when the baby I met looked at me, how she was talking to me through her eyes and her soul was connecting to mine, being so innocent and a new soul God put in this world!

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This whole message of yours is turning out to be a kind of spiritual “manna from heaven” to me, because again I see how God’s Holy Spirit is literally handing us knowledge and insight!I thought she was trying to say: “Hi’ to me 🤗. She is 22 now, and training to be a nurse.” That was what you told me.  This makes me want to cry because now that you said this I must say that little baby today looking at my face so peaceful, calm and in a state of grace as she stared into my eyes, she was talking to me silently and the Holy Spirit was there between us making that possible to convey something beyond what I could see with my eyes, and to say that you will know what the reason is for a given thing happening even if it’s when you leave this life and go with God when all will be revealed. 👼  The Holy Spirit was there between us making that possible to convey something beyond what I could see with my eyes for sure, and the baby is so fresh and new from God who knew that child of His before it was in the womb as he made that baby the unique soul that it is, and it was meant to meet me there that day so we could make the connection, that was God’s will at work, and what it all means I can speculate in essence like you have extolled here about your first encounter with your granddaughter and she wanting to speak to you which led to her becoming an “angel of mercy” now all these years later!  I just recalled how my mother told me many times when I was a new born and before I could walk or talk as a baby,  “I was so quiet and had an air about me as I too stared at others intently.”  But, also like my father would tell me, “what was meant to be was meant to be and you may not know the reason why something happened now or even in your lifetime on this earth, but rest assured there is a reason and God will reveal it and you will know what it is when you should.”  He went on to say that, “you will know what the reason is for a given thing happening even if it’s when you leave this life and go with God when all will be revealed.

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You had asked me what is a favorite scripture of mine just the previous evening to which I replied I have many favorites, but I’ll be thinking about this.  Now after this encounter with this nice woman and her grandchild this is what I’m thinking God wanted me to say right now, as it came immediately to my mind when I picture the baby I met today with her nice grandmother.  And, I know this is what God wants me to say because as you were aware I was troubled by some of these global events happening currently to the point of not sleeping well and the effect has been noticeable in my speech and thinking the last couple of days as I also see my enemies local and otherwise are still hating me and looking to hurt me further as they are influenced by evil without a doubt, but this is the TRUTH God says to focus on NOW!

“2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have [a]ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

I will say this my sister in Christ Jesus, I sense that God wanted that baby to encounter this man and hear him speaking while looking into his eyes to “witness for God like an angel,” and the same for me to see the awe and absolute beauty I beheld in that “most precious little innocent baby girl like a cherub from heaven” to be in that state now for a time, then as she grows up to carry that essence of God’s Holy Spirit working among us, because her work might very well be such a saving grace to others in the future perhaps like your granddaughter being “an angel of mercy” helping the needy and sick or infirm!  Something special was happening in that encounter today beyond my understanding it fully, that God directed; and something will materialism from it in the future!

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And if this don’t beat all, yesterday you asked me if I had a favorite Scriptural verse and I had a flash of verse come to my mind which I believe was the appropriate one for me to say at that point, but said I would think about this idea further as well.  Then this morning I received a notification that a fellow blogger had just posted a verse which I say speaks directly to what you’ve been offering as your personal insight to my own sadness and anger about what I see happening on a global level with mankind.  Now I must share this verse here and thank you again for the connecting of such important dots in our daily lives! 😊  🙏 🙏

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 NASB

I add here one other that is at the top of my all-time favorite verses which my mother had a lot to do with it being so if not making sure it was my favorite!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

I’m sure I should mention Psalm 23 makes me cry, it is so deep into my soul when I think of those words from God letting us know that nothing should be feared if we truly walk with the Lord our God in the Holy name of Jesus!  Amen.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

 

Like you my sister in Christ Jesus, I too am in continued unrelenting amazement as I read your words and actually began crying as I felt God’s presence and glory touching within my heart and soul, saying again just as in the walk and other times lately, “I Am here!”  I just absorbed those three words this second after typing them and felt the tears welling up so powerfully, these are never tears of sadness, but tears of joy and peace, knowing our Lord loves us, and He isn’t looking beyond us or ever going to forget us, “WE BELONG TO HIM!”  It is we children of God who lose sight and go astray from all that it is we need, and could ever dream of, like wanton foolish or even truly rebellious children, that allow themselves to become confused when the “WHOLE TRUTH” is right before them, as they only need to, “ask and the door will be opened,” He is always waiting on the other side for us to enter into our personal relationship knowing and loving Him by just opening our hearts to Him, so we may join Him in our inheritance, to be members of His glorious everlasting loving family, to be as one and loving each other beyond measure or words; for eternity!

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God Himself has shown us so much in the last 24 to 36 hours that I see clearly that I should form a compilation of what transpired in order to serve Him in this acknowledgement not for me alone but for so many others who need to come back into the fold, to not be lost or scattered as we see happening all around in the world, that was what was so troubling to me lately and God said, He is on it, and wants me and others to be a part of the solution here on earth; while our work for Him isn’t completed yet.

Thank you Lord again so much for helping to open our inner sight to the TRUTH!

All Glory is Yours Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior and Redeemer.

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!”  “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Blessed is the king of Israel!”  John 12:13 (NIV)

Lawrence Morra

Post Script 3/18/2020

Steady and true is our course!  If our focus is truly upon the Lord, then our destination is a certainty that nothing can change!  One day at a time seeking His will we move closer to Him. “For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7.  Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ, for your faithful efforts in serving our Lord! 🙏

Will You Follow Me?

The purest human heart that has ever existed

While I was writing my blog as a Lent Offering today I received a notice which turned out to actually be about a very nicely written article by a fellow Christian blogger about Lent Season, which helped to inspire me to focus my writing upon this subject with fervor and try my best to explain what my personal perception about Lent is, and making such an offering to our Father in heaven during this Lent Season.

Good advice here and words of wisdom.  This got me thinking about the difficulty of separating ourselves from sin especially those sinful little pleasures we grow so accustomed to throughout the years.  Such a huge challenge at times because why?  Well the basic truth is we are fallen and not in a pure state of grace or good enough as we are to be in the presence of absolute holiness which God is and we are not.  The good news is He created us in His image having an eternal spiritual nature within us to make us heirs, to become all we can be as members of His glorious eternal kingdom in Heaven. The gap between here and there is huge and impossible a chasm to cross on our own and another huge culprit in all of this is temptation which you helped me to think about right now during Lent!  My dad would always tell me as a teen and on into my mature years, that there is too much to be had out there and it doesn’t take much to get into trouble real fast if we don’t strengthen our faith continually.  And that is where you came in with this very nice blog which speaks to the directive or marching orders put before us, these orders or the edict is simple and clear; Will You Follow Me?  Good Lord knows I want to and have tried and failed often enough like all of us do, sometimes appearing to be so messed up that if we had tails we certainly would be chasing them!  But here is the good news, God made it so simple and guaranteed that we can be where He is in splendor and peace forever, if we as my mom always said, just keep trying our best because Jesus took all sin away and tossed it into hell where it belongs and He knows if we have sincerely tried our best or not.  The purest human heart that has ever existed, completely perfect and without any sin is pleading to us to follow and does all the pleading of each of our cases before our heavenly Father to forgive us for our transgressions or lack.  See that is the amazing thing God does through Jesus Christ He is searching out every heart to know it perfectly as to whether that heart belongs to Him or is running a scam or charade playing both ends against the middle, like having the best of both worlds if you will, to party it up for the short term appeasement this world can offer which the evil one uses continually against those of us who figure as far as heaven goes I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, because Jesus is so loving and will cut me enough slack to get through the gate.  Many of the politicians we actually witness these days are a prime example of this folly and deception they play with grabbing all they can now while they cause nothing but ruin and misery around them.  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23 Any self-serving or becoming puffed up with one’s own interests and worldly power or pleasures is guilty of this transgression from God and will never reach His kingdom following that path to perdition and eternal damnation.  The polar opposite of this is what Jesus himself stated to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)

I refer now to a faithful servant of Jesus who dedicated his life to serving God’s will on earth, Rev. Billy Graham.

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“What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I’ve heard people talk about a problem they have and say it’s a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?”

A:

“No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross.  He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death.  What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us.  He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life?  Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life?  Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day”.  billygraham.org

Reading Rev. Graham’s words to others who desire to know and serve Christ reminded me of something my grandfather would say many years ago when I was a boy, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”  Which leads my thoughts back to what I believe this other blogger elicited in my thoughts about lent;  And that reminds me of what you’re saying here, how Lent Season should be looked upon; how we are not to waste this golden opportunity to get into alignment with the Lord!

“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it.” Matthew 7:13

So yes it is a difficult road we travel but we can make it much more difficult than it need be and indeed impossible to overcome or we can make it a journey of “Fulfillment and Victory” over all that is against us, yes even death itself; to become champions at being His “humble servants” though Jesus Christ for God who is in heaven, our Father Who is waiting to embrace us in our everlasting New Life when we join Him there.

Jesus is still here leading us to the Father by His Holy Spirit, to our New and Everlasting Life if we will just follow Him our Good Shepherd. 

God Bless You and Keep You.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script continuation Part II

I needed to share here a potion of what I had to say to another fellow Christian blogger yesterday while having a conversation about a dog I rescued and this too also serves as evidence demonstrating how, Jesus is the Master Potter and He will shape our lives to suit what purpose our Father sees as best for each one of us as long as we turn our lives over to Jesus and are truly letting Him lead us by our right hand.

Thank you so much for having the interest in Penny and sending out all of the good thoughts you do!  Yes, she was a very confused panic stricken animal when I came along, that was about to have her life taken away by a too busy not always caring world, but God gave her a chance by allowing me and Penny to act as a message of “Salvation and Hope” when God brought us together, so in time that example would be observed or even duplicated through the hearts and minds of others that hear about her story!  God gave me a chance to serve as an instrument to that end appreciating life and every little blessing even more this example of Penny, because having her as a friend has actually changed me for the better too!  God’s power and infinite love is at work all around us and that is where our attention should be focused as much as we possibly can.

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https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/03/18/a-god-sent-ray-of-hope-and-light-on-thanksgiving-for-a-dog-and-a-man/

I do believe that we children of God are much like Penny in that when she had no direction or hope, feeling that way because of her confused and lost emotional state when I found her, through what I know was “God’s deliverance and Divine Intervention.”  To move from despair to hope and onto salvation!  This is an example of God’s daily handiwork in our lives to shape each of us to bring about His Great Plan which is unfolding every second, He does actually have; “the whole wide world in his hands!”

The other thing that immediately captured my attention in your comment was when you mentioned Brother Lawrence and his writing who I actually never heard of and this was very intriguing to me, so I actually got to thinking about him a bit looking him up here online as I was telling you about the seagull I rescued, and now I want to read about his beautiful, as I see it methodology of communing with God continually from a very basic simple focus and complete openness with due diligence, being able to know His presence first hand and in the way that God allows one to manifest a very close relationship with Him, in what I would call a state of attuned connection with the Holy Spirit moment to moment, sort of being on the same frequency, by being free and trusting through genuine belief that He will talk to you if you are willing to let yourself go and allow Him to lead, trusting Him by faith alone.  You and I do this because now I know we were meant to converse, and little special dots are being connected as we just do like this, whereby you told me about this fascinating Monk Lawrence that I’m so inspired to read about now, and will get this book of his,  “The Practice of the Presence of God.”

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“The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite friar, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort.  The compilation includes letters, as well as records of his conversations kept by Brother Lawrence’s interlocutors.  The basic theme of the book is the development of an awareness of the presence of God.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_the_Presence_of_God

“Brother Lawrence retreated to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value.  ‘I (Brother Lawrence) began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.’  Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.

Christianity Today International

So, as always God is in control and we are continually being guided and molded to suit His purposes for each of us and if we pay attention and are willing to let Him lead the way it will become all the more apparent as we move forward. spirituallyhungry.com/christian-challenge/

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“I regard myself as the most wretched of all men, stinking and covered with sores, and as one who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King.  Overcome by remorse, I confess all my wickedness to Him, ask His pardon and abandon myself entirely to Him to do with as He will.  But this King, filled with goodness and mercy, far from chastising me, lovingly embraces me, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the keys of His treasures and treats me as His favorite.  He talks with me and is delighted with me in a thousand and one ways; He forgives me and relieves me of my principle bad habits without talking about them; I beg Him to make me according to His heart and always the more weak and despicable I see myself to be, the more beloved I am of God.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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Post Post Script continuation part III

Just today I had spoken with a sister about some events in the news and my “Lent Offering” blog which she said inspired her not only because of how it was written but that as usual I had prayed to Jesus to help me with the body of the article, from my most genuine thoughts, feelings, and desire with my heart through Him, to know what words to say and even the right photos to add which seem to come along easily.  Then today an email notice had arrived at the same time my sister and I had talked, which was about one of the very topics we had been discussing since my writing the “Lent Offering” article and how this article that addressed the unfairness of President Trump’s impeachment had definite tie-in to what we discussed; but most remarkable was the fact that the photo I felt directed to add to my blog when I wrote it was of Rev. Billy Graham taken many years ago in the early days of his evangelizing which now along with the photo that accompanied the article I received about President Trump connected profoundly in my way of seeing these two photos and men; especially in spirit and intent of both men being called to a higher purpose in order to serve God for their fellow man!  I see dots being connected all of the time lately as God sees best, in order to reach and help each of us to see Him and the truth he is revealing over time about our personal journeys in serving Him; our unique part that each of us has in His plan, day by day and bit by bit or as I say “dot by dot!”  I’m adding the photo for your discernment and I appreciate how we are so richly blessed to be able to share this way in fellowship for Him, especially when we consider how often times we actually make it through the gauntlet of life here on earth each and every day!  3/2/2020

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“The Salvation Stone”

 “they will walk and not be faint.”

Early this morning I had a conversation with one of my sisters in which we talked about just following Gods will each day by praying to Jesus and asking His Holy Spirit to guide while we just do our best to serve and love Him.  After having the conversation I was by force of habit going to make some breakfast and usually I feed my dog hers first but she didn’t seem interested once I had put some food out for her which was unusual because she always eats immediately, but this time something felt more pressing than eating our breakfast!  So I looked at her and said, walk, you want us to go for our walk first then we can come back and eat, is that it!  Her ears perked up and she started mulling around in the room a bit so I said OK let me get my boots on and as I did she got all fired up and chomping at the bit in a sense.  So off we went for a brisk morning walk and I decided to be sure to let her take the lead letting out some extra leash.  She led us in the direction of the cove we often like to walk around and then hike on to some other sites in that area.  We were coming up on a fairly busy secondary road which wasn’t as busy as it can often be but all the more unusual was that immediately there was a good break in the light approaching traffic so we hurried across the road and as we began to proceed on our walk I suddenly noticed a nice new pickup truck just about to pass us and saw that it was a neighbor who doesn’t live in town anymore and moved out of state but occasionally visits family here.  We waved at each other and then my dog and I continued on in the usual direction.  When we got to the next cross street my dog seemed not as typically wanting to head straight on toward the cove and then like a flash I realized the neighbor does have a dog that was in the truck, and with the direction they were heading the most likely place they would be going to is the park and how it does have paths that go along the shoreline too, so I suddenly had a feeling I should be heading to the park which was further away yet a nice long walk especially because when we got there we could walk along the trails and bike paths to another shoreline spot that I actually love.  My dog was very eager and so we picked up the pace and continued on until we got to the gate into the park.  As we went through the gate and walked about another 150 feet I looked to my left at a park bench and immediately something caught my eyes attention.  It was a nearly triangular shaped stone almost the size of the palm of my hand.  It was beautiful looking as it had been painted and had some distinct appearance right away as I noticed Biblical Scripture written on it and as nobody was around, because I really gave a good look in all directions, I decided maybe this stone was meant for me to see and pick it up for keeps.  I put the stone into my jacket pocket and continued walking down the main driveway through the park waiting to pick up one of the trail entrances further along into the park.  Just at the point along the way where I was about to turn to enter onto a path I saw the neighbor just getting into the truck and driving away and we had that brief moment to actually say hi and have a nice day!  So my dog and I continued on to where there is also a fenced dog park area off of the path we were following that many people like to bring their dogs to let them run loose with the other dogs in the enclosure.  My dog barks too much at other dogs and actually had far worse issues at the time I rescued her when she was about a year old, bad enough that she’s not even supposed to be alive, because when I found her at the animal shelter late one afternoon by a mysterious set of circumstances and I believe even directives, when she was slated to be put down first thing the next morning and when I saw her I was taken aback how beautiful and full of energy or even personality she had.  Long story short here; through an act of God I know was divine intervention the very next morning I was taking her home in my Jeep to give her a life when all hope had been lost, and that was a first because the committee and Chief of Police that have to sign off on euthanizing the animals had never backtracked and cancelled an order and this dog was determined to be un-adoptable, having issues making her supposedly unsuitable!  Thank God I got to her in that nick of time because she’s been so amazing and full of love, giving me a true friendship.  I spoil the heck out of her and feed her the best food, basically that I actually eat; you name it as long as there’s no toxicity concern for dogs involved she eats it whether sockeye salmon, sea scallops or chicken dinner she eats like a queen, all of it along with a high grade kibble.  Anyway I digress, as we continued on past the dog enclosure I rounded a corner on the fenced area and saw down in front of us on the grass a stone just about the same shape as the painted one but this one was just a blank stone.

Stone both side by side.jpgNow the funny thing is this; I was planning on posting a short blog today because I had a feeling about the Holy Spirit telling me that there was something I was going to need to mention or write a blog about since yesterday; and today’s date being quite novel meant I really should get my butt in gear and find some time to put out a blog, no if’s and’s or but’s, so without trying something special happened here putting what to write the blog about right on my proverbial lap!  My dog and I did our trail blazing and a few hours passed, then finally when we arrived home I put out some fresh cold water for her; and as I would be cooking an early afternoon dinner and needed to do some chores first, I got cranking along.  Later as the dinner was just starting to cook I checked in online and saw that at the very top of my email inbox was one that arrived about a blog at exactly 2:02 PM, on this date of 02 22 2020!  Now that caught my eye just as much as the Special Stone had, so I opened it and it was about a song I hadn’t heard in ages by a very poetic and at times quite spiritual soulful recording artist with much passion of soul in his music.  This is the song and artist, “A Passing Ship” By Gordon Lightfoot (1986).  This song and the video imagery fit to a tee many of the things I was feeling and thinking about over the last couple of days, and in a way some passing ship had arrived, during the walk by the shore!  But, getting back to the Stones I had happened upon, when at home during careful examination of them I found on the back of the hand painted stone that it had a faintly painted inscription which said “Post On,” then “Salvation Stone” in the center!  Of course you saw the feature photo of this stone which has the Biblical Scripture painted on it, which I’m listing here for your convenience, followed by the link to the Music Video which I’m sure you will enjoy!

Isaiah 40:8

8“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.

9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[a]
 lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Feb 22 at 2:02 PM  Arrived!

A Passing Ship By Gordon Lightfoot (1986) Gordon Lightfoot

A Passing Ship – Gordon Lightfoot. Video by Bob Perkins

Gordon Lightfoot Lyrics

“A Passing Ship”

A passing ship
I have found the open ocean
Give me no lip
The waves roll by as I pass on
A snulit  sea
On the first day of April
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me when I’m gone
How many words
How many songs still unwritten
How many ships
Of the line have come and gone
In the good old days
May they never be forgotten
They had heavy wind
Or they had no wind at all

A passing ship
It is midnight on the ocean
Had a real long trip
I have been at sea all winter
When my ship came in
I was givin’ up the ghost
I think I should be
Leavin’ those passing ships alone

When the sea runs high
The sea runs wild and I’m unsteady
And I think of you
In the warmth of your home and family
When love is true
There is no truer occupation
And may this gale
Blow us to the ones we love

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Another day
Another ocean
Give me no lip
But stand aside as I pass on
A sunlit sea
On the last day of October
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me from now on
I guess I should be
Leavin’ passing ships alone.

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Later on after eating early dinner this entire spiritually inspiring course of events today brought me to remember an old tune I hadn’t heard in a while, “Straight Down the Line.” by Gerry Rafferty.

I did some praying and thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ for being with us and guiding us; thanking Him for every precious moment.  Then I went into my music archive and selected that old tune and my dog went to sleep having a nice nap, as I kicked back and took in the song remembering some special times!  I left it on loop for a good hour!

God Bless.

Lawrence Morra

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Photo of the Burra Homestead.  Dave And Deb

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“Converging Conversations and Inspiration”

“Call upon Jesus to send the Comforter the Holy Spirit; then many interesting things happen”

What follows are thoughts and ideas as well as answers to prayers, that occurred over the last 24 hours, creating a mosaic of growing, connecting, fulfilling faith.

It just came to me in reading some scripture and looking over the writings of few fellow bloggers; that God was speaking loud and clear to me!  It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.

My mind does like many of yours, I find it wandering and almost fishing or trying to grasp onto truths hidden in the wide array of worldly human distractions!  Look at the television and listen to the commercialization or commerce advertising and even propaganda being blasted out at you and me to fill our heads with more unneeded and unwanted trash!   I think somewhere way in the past long before I was born there was a time when it was easier and simpler to focus on the essential and yes even spiritual but now we all get cluttered in our minds and lives around us with so much hurry and get this done or get here or there and almost becoming non-human and more machine in that we are buzzing away getting nowhere fast at all.  Enlightenment doesn’t come this way, no, no it becomes suppressed and muted which is what you got me to thinking about and more people should awaken to this fact!

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Let’s hang in there and try better to still live like we mean it and are part of this jumbled up contrived world the best we can, but set time aside day to day and even moment to moment to recognize that God is everywhere and always has been.  But we need to pay attention to Him through His Holy Spirit being manifested in our lives regardless of how hard we may try to stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich or bury our inner mind with a flurry of stuff to do, and growing numb minded in the process; we need to remain vigilant and of heart; not closing our minds but by connecting them through the heart to the Holy Spirit and let Him lead the way and keep our attention on what really matters in all we do, so that we really live in the moment and are enriched with more enlightenment and not extinguished or turned off in our  “desire to know Him better and do His will” in the moment to moment fulfillment of the daily process of living on earth.

“When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you – you know your nation is doomed.” -Ayn Rand

I’ve experienced the kind of massive global corruption spawned from the “New World Order” which is the Devil’s plan; in my own backyard in a most personal way; when my own representatives moved against me to do severe damage with little or no recourse than to try filing law suits which I did alone.  The system is highly politically rigged and extremely biased, Illuminati, Free Mason’s, devils for whom hell awaits; so even the lawyers won’t touch it, unless of course I were able to heap large amounts of cash on the matter, but that would be no assurance that even the one I hire to help me achieve justice wouldn’t sell out to the highest bidder leaving me in the dust.  I’m sorry to say that if this happened to me in my locale where I was born and raised; I’m sure it’s running rampant or much worse in other locations around the globe.  Greed can be the only reason people would do harm like this to each other and their societies willingly or so wantonly with such impunity!  The Scriptures make it clear that money is the root of all evil.  I would say all of this is a clear sign that the human race has moved away from God much too far now.  Sodom and Gomorrah were full of corruption, heathen sin and transgression from God; and they were destroyed!  I dare say that we now living in this radically fast paced, decadent over the top world of celebrity and serving of self to the point of worshiping self, has brought us all clearly to the precipice of the abyss!   You who have ears and eyes had better hear and see before it’s too late!

What we have here now in this era is plenty of lip-service revolving around political correctness or global climate catastrophe which is deflection or diversion away from all that matters most to any of us, and this is part and parcel to the New World Order Agenda.  This ultimately is playing right into the hands of the coming antichrist and enslavement of the entire human race leading to Armageddon, I’m so sad to say!  People will not wake up and join together to save lives and this world as a human family of God’s in order to ultimately save souls from hell; eternal damnation!  Instead, they would rather have the spoils of victory or earthly treasures now and give up any eternal peace.   This is very evil and out of control, transgression.

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All any good heart that abides in Jesus should want over all things on earth is for all people, children of God, to awaken and do His will as we surely should if we love Him and each other!  Peace and brotherly love are of God and Holy!  Amen.

The purest heart that ever existed on this earth the “Blessed Heart of Jesus”  said to us and still does through His word and Holy Spirit far beyond what any man can put into words;  is that we should love Him above all things and each other, “seeking to galvanize others to be of like mind and heart!”  All Glory and Praise to God Almighty!  Amen.

Mark 12:30, Jesus tells us that our first responsibility is to Him, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This same theme is reiterated many places in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:5, 13:3, 30:6; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27).

“Putting the Lord first in our lives is the most important decision we could ever make.  A life built around anything else but God, is a life built on shifting sand and vapor.  Too many people today wonder why their lives are filled with so much turmoil and misery. However, these very same people refuse to submit to God and live for Him.  These people build their lives on fantasies and deception; then they wonder how it could all fall to pieces.  It is because their foundation was untrustworthy.  They put their faith in something other than God and that something let them down.  There is no surer foundation for life than a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.  It is this relationship that must be first and foremost in the life of the Christian.”(RobertDriskell)whatchistianswanttoknow

I think we all get melancholy or feel a sense of drudgery in our sometimes overly mechanical, “going through the motions” and routines of just living a plain temporary physical life!  Like the old adage of, “getting from point A to point B!”  But, therein lays the crux of the matter or question my dear friends, what is truly our destination?  Is it to merely continue on living like a gerbil on the running wheel or as mice through a maze!  We can choose to seek out the Truth and Light or we can follow into the trap!  So we must first and foremost ask ourselves are we willingly being deceived and led astray by the many temptations and the glitter of the fool’s gold or snares of this world?

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Or are we looking deeper into the heart of our simple existence here on earth to see the profound reality that much, much more is going on than meets the eye!  The Holy Scriptures say “Seek” and you will find, (7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-12), and I’ve learned though time and some very painful experiences that at times in my life I got too sure of myself, basically allowing myself to get lost in my own delusions of contemporaneous material fulfillment’s, only to find myself on the other side of that process as being more empty and unfulfilled than when I began on my escapade or journey into “going it alone.”  I know now that until any of us actually awaken to the fact that the Almighty made all this possible to begin with and that we are simply here to fulfill His plan, we can go off in ninety-nine different directions and never find one that brings any lastly or substantive  meaning, purpose and enlightenment; like being on a “fool’s errand” if you will, and therefore in seeking we must seek the “Divine and Unseen” in order to elevate our own petty fractional lives of great need above the fray; and into the light of real understanding.

“The straight and narrow path for those who see the light and the forest for the trees!”

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I too recognize He was with me all along but I may have gotten too sure of myself while not staying truly sober or obedient to His word, and then I was damaged severely by the onslaughts of others; who were my enemies seeking to ruin me.  Then I look back and feel some regret that I didn’t prevent all of it myself, but didn’t He know I would fail and even be angry?  Of course He did, and even though it’s hard to swallow one’s own pride and know that the damage is done and it may be too late to fully recover, there was more value in things turning out as they did, finally putting me to the test to see what I would decide to do about it all; to truly grow and change as He knows I needed to preparing me for what’s to come at the end of my journey.  You know the old adage of “get up, brush yourself off and get moving again.”  This life is a proving ground, and we all go through trials and tribulations; to come out of it hopefully in the final analysis as not just test pilots anymore, but as astronauts ready to carry out the whole mission!

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What comes to mind in all of this is the Prodigal Son Parable in the book of Luke 15:11-32: 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.”  Basically this younger son was so foolish and threw caution and reason to the wind wasting all that his father had given to him!  Of course in time he realized what a fool he had been and that his father’s servants wee better off, so thinking he should return to his father and admit his error perhaps his father would allow  him to at least be kept as a servant, which would obviously be better than being a vagabond or beggar!  On his journey back to his father, “still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’  And they began to celebrate.”  Obviously this is to illustrate that our Heavenly Father who knows and understands all things holds out for us if we have run amuck or been led astray to awaken from our doing wrong because learning from a mistake and growing in wisdom is achieved if genuinely felt in the heart which to God is a most pleasing thing for any of us to achieve. as we are all fallen and none are worthy or righteous, and to rise above sin or transgression and be sincerely sorry is an act of courage and shows character!  Remember how Jesus at Calvary told the condemned sinner and criminal on His right side as they were being crucified, “I say to you today, you will be in paradise with me!”  A despot heathen criminal who in his final opportunity saw the light and truth and showed genuine sorrow and faith to Jesus our Father and that was something Jesus would not deny being rewarded; just as the prodigal son’s father saw in his son true remorse or repentance, and how it was a blessing that he came back into the light and fold or the family!  But, in all of this the older brother who had followed his father’s ways and fallen into line all of his adult life was shaken by all this praise heaped upon the wayward younger brother!  He was asked to join the celebration that ensued.  “But he was angry and refused to go in.  His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes; you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’’  This is such great hope and encouragement for any of us to remember that the gate into heaven is narrow and the road to hell is wide; but, our heavenly Father who knows all things is full of mercy and love for us, so there is always hope even for the lowly criminal or worst sinner if he can see the error of his ways and repent turning his heart over to his Father in heaven!  Our Lord Jesus Christ knows us, and when we stand before Him there will be no fooling Him, but there will also be no denying of His own.  That is a promise He made to us!  We should pray we are so worthy when we see Him!

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But, clearly the takeaway in all that I say here is that we are all lost and yet all found, because our Father in heaven knows us all better than anyone can and is always calling out to us watching from afar.  C.S. Lewis went full circle being both a faithful son from the time he was a boy going to church with his beloved mother, whom when she died he couldn’t accept it and rebelled; so he became like a younger prodigal son and went astray while at the same time the older son within him who had known the Father all those years going to church never could, which led him to eventually serve our Father doing so much good for Christendom than he otherwise could have done if not for the hard lesson which restored his faith and motivated him!  This the dichotomy of human life how we are all in a state of perpetual conflict actually stemming from our broken hearts, like C.S. Lewis’s, between doing what is right and what is wrong.  Our conscience should be our guide but isn’t always taking the lead, and that is when we succumb to temptation and sin.  I see how when I was so sure of myself at times in my past perhaps too proud under my earthly father’s wing in a sense, I was that older brother and son, but then the younger prodigal son took over or rose to the occasion gladly to stray or sin when I went off on my own coming and going as I pleased, no longer under the watchful eye and guidance of my earthly father.  Our lives are like the test pilots always being tested until hopefully we are full-fledged astronauts going home on our final mission to God’s heavenly kingdom.  But, when we are at our lowest points on this earthly journey and falling away or going astray is when our Father in heaven reaches out to us the most to come back into the fold and be lost no more; and when we do return, just like the prodigal son, it’s such a beautiful thing that happens for any of us, showing understanding and true love for Him our Father who is in heaven; which isn’t by our being like a controlled robot but by choice out of deep genuine love for Him, a true child of God’s.

They say, we should pull ourselves up by our bootstraps when we are downtrodden, and those are words of wisdom!  Only don’t expect AOC to agree or even get what you’re talking about!   Some people only know illogical speak, or lack God in their hearts as I see it; in my mind!  They are truly the blind leading the blind.  Most important is that Jesus Christ promised that those who have faith in Him and abide in His living word that He will be with us to the end and forever!  He is definitely with us and this is a “short ride;” so I often wonder how I wasted so much time!  I really have to kick myself in the ass for that one; so much more I could have done better!  But, the good news is there is no better time than the present, today, right now; to make the biggest impact!  It’s a collective building power of faith, which can get over any mountain and make the impossible possible!  Amen to that.

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Convergent Beam of light Rays:
“when the rays of light coming from different directions meet a point, then such rays constitutes convergent rays.”
Examples:
1. Parallel beam of sunlight are made to incident on a solar cooker consisting of concave mirror so that the rays converge at focus point.
2. The rays received by camera are converging through a lens.
3. The rays entering in our eyes converge on the retina.

Lawrence Morra

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Calls Out to You

“Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”

Jesus knows and judges us by our hearts.  Therefore; Valentine’s day should be a day for “all to reflect” upon what it is we are investing our hearts into, and that by doing this we are able to allow a positive affirmation or resolution on this special day, to make correction and improvement in what our hearts are drawn to or truly invested in.  “To be right with the Lord our hearts must be right.

We are all fallen and in this extremely imperfect state, so it is virtually impossible for one person to fulfill another enough to give him or her any lasting peace and tranquility.  Romantic love is a failed proposition from the outset, setting one up for disappointment and heartache.

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To you who say that Jesus is the answer to all of our needs regarding love.  Whether it’s in regard to family, friends or desired earthly romance, I agree and add that there can only be one ultimate truth in all matters of the heart.   You’re on target with this:  “Jesus Christ is where you will find what you are looking for, by true love and faith in Him.” That’s the only source of true love and peace, but yet we all go through the motions here in our contrived fabricated man-made world of pretending.  There is no panacea and definitely no utopian level of earthly love between two humans.  WE SETTLE!  We all do that, deciding that, it’s better to grab and hold onto someone and hack it out, taking the good, the bad, and the ugly for better or worse, because the alternative of being alone seeming so much worse, and is shuddered by most as an unbearable place to be for the rest of your life.  But, we tend to sellout for this quick fix, in this very short-life,  when the eternal plan should be our total focus  Even though, Jesus promised that He walks with us holding our right hand, and that believing in Him we are never alone, therefore, which is giving us the greatest sense of security obtainable in this brief conflicting life.  After all, we are here to decide which we will choose, to walk with Him to Everlasting Life and Salvation, or to turn away from Him to be mesmerized by this world full of trickery, sin, corruption, lies, hate, misery, pain, suffering and all manner of evils; thus in so doing; forfeiting our Redemption and true everlasting sanctity with God.

13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”
  Isaiah 41

Love is not sex and sex is not love.

Here is something I had to incorporate into this Valentine message from my responding to a preacher’s message.

While I was writing a Valentine message your article came to my attention which is directly related to all of my thoughts about these human earthly celebrations and the earthly false notion of love or its true expression.  What you said about sex wrongly being entwined and mistakenly interpreted as love in the hearts and minds of many; to which I say is a great falsehood that is being perpetuated by pagan commercialization of, a spiritual matter between God, His children and each other, as I see it being manifested in cultures, art, film and just about anywhere money can be made by exploiting people.

This is profoundly true, what you said.  But, I also say this is a symptom and indeed a large portion of the bigger problem we as humans are all facing each and every day we live on this earth, being subjected to the ways of the world which are crooked, fallen from grace and all holiness.  The commercialization and pagan secular promotion of what constitutes a truly loving heart is far from being anything like the love that Jesus spoke about and still does in the Holy Scriptures and through the Holy Spirit.  A Box of Roses and even close intimacies, sexual or otherwise don’t signify the presence of pure love, but are many times mostly vain attempts to convince someone of something intangible in human earthly terms as being real, when in fact it’s all become a game of pretend, fakery, delusion or smoke and mirrors if you will; while big business is making a fortune off the foolhardiness, vulnerabilities and weaknesses of people.  But, it is a symptom and indeed a large portion of the bigger problem we as humans are all facing each and every day we live on this earth, being subjected to “the ways of the world” which are crooked, fallen from grace and all holiness.  In essence a continual brainwashing by the man-made world, a world where opportunity runs rampant for the father of all lies to deceive, captivate and lead astray, to cause the lost sheep of the flock to fall into the clutches of, sin, despair and suffering!

Secularism and materialistic living abound and draw upon most if not all people at some point in their lives like the proverbial moth to the bright artificial light.  It’s  been said,  “all that glitters is not gold;” people being often times weak, vain and petty sink to the lowest common denominator of living in this world for only the here and now which would be to serve self and obtain pleasure, whether it be addiction to drugs and alcohol or sex, along with a host of other temptations to escape reality and turn away from God,  that the Devil uses to ensnare God’s children and draw them away from the “true light of the world,” the Creator, our Father in heaven, and instead to that fool’s gold that which glitters but has no Divine truth or lasting reward and instead brings those that follow it to doom, just like the moth into the heat of the bright light being lured continually closer to the flame that consumes it, eventually bringing it to ruin and death.  But, as children of God created in His image this death is not just of our physical bodies that wreaking with sin or imperfection; but more importantly it’s a spiritual death.

The Holy Scriptures tell us in Matthew 7:

7“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

6“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.7 Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

1“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

9“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

12“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets”.

21“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”

24“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

28 “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.”

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Jesus communicates with us in many ways — through prayer, through the Scriptures, and through images.

Jesus promises all who devote themselves to His Sacred Heart” that they will receive many graces, especially:

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I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

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​“I will give peace in their families.

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​“I will console them in all their troubles.

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I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.

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I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.

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Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

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Tepid souls shall become fervent.

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Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.

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I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.

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I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

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Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.

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In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

(Verse Concepts)

“I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations,” Isaiah 42:6

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A most, “Blessed Sacred Heart of Jesus,” to all of you. Amen.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script: 02/15/2020

🙏 ❤ This is what all heart’s desire; to be filled with everlasting peace and love, yet all men are incapable of providing such to anyone, not even one’s self.  Therefore, seek the eternal through God the Creator; who is all absolute love and peace!

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ❤ 🙏

It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.