The Daily Political Deviation

Probable Fact:  Mr. Bloomberg dominated the Democrat debates last evening and stood his ground admirably against a barrage of accusations, insinuations and innuendos, coming out on top of the heap ….. but what good is it going to do him? —- I still don’t think he is going to beat Trump in 2020. — But does it really matter what I think? — After all, it is God who appoints the authorities over us. (King James Bible tells us plainly, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” And, I am not a prophet nor a seer concerning worldly things because my kingdom is not of this world.  This world is passing away along with everything in it and I seek a place in a higher realm … In the Kingdom of God with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. — So, all my best to Mr. Bloomberg in his quest for earthly power …. I wish him well …. But I am not placing my eggs in his basket.

There is one indisputable fact to come out of the Democrat debates last evening and that fact is this: Trump emerged the winner.

Vaya Con Dios Mia Amigos

Flower Power, Flowers, Ornament

Alter the form and the life itself becomes something new …. I meant it when I said it but no I don’t remember what it was that I said ….. so it now becomes insignificant. Try the nearest tree if you need to pee. Hee Hee!”

“Gnarly” was a California word used by beautiful blonde beach bums and their buxom broads ….. sand always stuck to them in the strangest and most fascinating places ….. but it was nothing compared to the seals playing on the rocks just off the shoreline …. or the tons of seals that took up residence on local boats moored at the wharf.

The canyon was a tough descent on foot ….. jumping across small chasms ….. from rock to rock …. hoping that the rocks you landed on did not slip and fall … was a few hundred feet to the bottom of that damned canyon ….. it would have taken days for somebody to find you if you fell. — and I am certain that if you fell there … you would lie there … you would die there …. and when they found you, you would already smell …. you would smell bad ….not a scene to take a lunch in.

Mountain, Canyon, Landscape, Travel, Adventure

But the river was clear and pristine and delicious. — It ran off a glacier a few miles to the north across the border and it ran over sand and purified itself every 300 feet …. so I could lay on my belly and drink from that river like a dog ….. and I could nap on the warm rock in the middle of the stream ….. a rock that had been weathered into a smooth and comfortable bed for someone who had just walked and jumped for 5 miles down into a canyon.

Imagine the sensation and the thrill of being able to imbibe endless quaffs of pure, liquid glass …. a ten-foot-deep section of the stream looked to be only a couple of inches deep to the naked eye …. you could plainly see the fish swimming …. just reach down quickly and grab a fish …. no need for a line, a hook or a pole …. just reach down and grab the fish.

I loved the music of the wolves baying at night ….. Danny and Jim and Glenn and I all dressed primitive in our deerskin loincloths and nothing much else …. the only other person around was some old gnarled prospector who came by the camp with two pet wolves …. but he was soon gone ….after warning us to stay out of abandoned mine shafts.

Wolves, Love, Animal, Attention, Mammal, Predator

The old man’s beard was scruffy and matted and reached to his beltline …as did his hair … like an old hippy ….crusty … wrinkled … weather beaten …. slim and trim … wiry … husky growly voice … helpful disposition … didn’t know whether to invite him and is pets to supper or not … so we did not …. he went on his way  … singing and humming and muttering to himself …. we slept with one eye open that night for sure …. creepy!

There is something about a California night …. way out in the boondocks …. where the night is as black as black can be and the stars are so bright ….. and they appear to hang so low in the sky that you could reach up and touch them ….. and there were millions of them to see ….. the occasional shooting star frisking across the heavenly landscape …. the last embrace of the campfire dying in front of the tent ….. listen to those darned wolves …. I hope they do not think we are something to eat.

Universe, Person, Silhouette, Star, Joy, Hug, Search

Speaking of eating ….. Danny had made some hush puppies and had fried some of the fish that the other guys caught …. Danny was from Louisiana …. He had a deep Cajun accent …. kind of wild and untamed …. but one heck of a decent guy …. just like the rest of them …. one for all and all for one ….. you know the drill.

Fish, Fish Fillet, Breaded, Lemon, Salad, Refreshments

It was not the place where one would find an ice cream shop but there was an ice cream shop in the town from which we had driven to get to the canyon.

This particular ice cream shop offered a sundae that had at least a dozen or more dips of ice cream on it and some toppings ….. it was humongous …. the deal was that if you could eat one of these sundaes, then the next one was free. —- I was never able to eat one of them and neither were the rest of our gang ….. but my young son ate one ….but he did not eat the entirety of the other one ….. that was the day that the small maverick cloud had come running over our heads, rained on us and then sped away like some mischievous dog who had just urinated on us out of pure cussedness.

This night that we camped in the canyon was the same night that I dreamed that a rattle snake had rested on my bare chest and was staring me in the face.  — I was so scared that I could barely breathe ….. I finally screamed out that there was a snake on me …..the guys rushed to my aid only to discover that the whole thing had been a nightmare …. a vision ….not real ….my imagination …. (Or was it?) — I really didn’t want to know if it had actually happened or not. —- After that, we all got into the habit of checking our shoes and boots before putting them back on in the morning.

Danny and Glenn went diving in the river ….. under the massive boulders in the midst of the stream …. they dug under these huge rocks and found several small vials of gold nuggets …. the rest of us panned for gold for awhile …. I ended up with a few grams of gold dust …. we cashed it all in at an assayer office upriver a bit ….it was rewarding but hard work ….

Gold Nugget, Gold, Nugget, Natural Gold

Looking back on all this now ….. I was just 22 years old then …. young and dumb and full of it …. no common sense …..adventurous …. foolhardy ….like the rest of my compadres there in that geological depression with the river running through it …..we looked to an invisible future …. we dreamed …. we shared our dreams …. some of those dreams seemed impossible …. some of them seemed stupid ….we were alive …. we were really alive …. alive and filled with the proverbial piss and vinegar that you hear about sometimes …. it was good … the memory is still good …. and the memory comes often. —- I still have a half of a brain, I guess.

Life, Beauty, Scene, Nature, Landscape, Earth, Wild

The night air was something like a fine glass of rare wine …. dark, musky, fragrant, delicious. —- a very rare wine …. a very expensive imbibery ….. the wine of the night …. poured of an eternal goblet into a crystalline glass formed by the beams of the moon overhead …. a wine that titillated the senses …. a wine reaching into the vast nether regions of our very beings ….. we drank deeply …. we shared the glasses …. we kept the glasses in our knapsacks …..until we got home and discovered that moonbeams are not something that can be captured and kept …. except, perhaps, on the negative of a film in a camera …. or in the retinal regions of our cerebrality ….images imprinted on the synapses ….for future reference …. if for nothing else.

The dogs of night quickly became the wolves of our being … for the moment totally uncivilized in our primitive gear …..the hoot of a distant owl lending a seriously macabre tonality to the symphonies that surrounded us in that darkened place …. as once was said, “Listen to them … the children of the night … what beautiful music they make!”

In places like that and times like that it is perfectly possible to get entwined in one’s own sense of self and when that sense reaches out with exploring tentacles of curious predisposition, it an intermingle with the reachings of the others and a pseudonym-like tribalism materializes …. brotherhood ignites …. a flaming torch of mutual loyalty burns… the sense and realization of creation and self inside the creation weaves a web of intrigue … that is the power youth … that is reserved for the young …I was young … we were all young.

Tent, Backpacking, Camping, Wilderness, Mountain, Trip

I have never felt the Spirit of God more strongly than I have when I am in desolate places, along with my thoughts and with our blessed Savior.

Jesus Walks On The Waters Of Our Life

O.k., I see what is happening here …. I had inserted a picture in this space …. a picture that has been out of copyright for at least decades …. and somebody decided that it was not safe to allow me to use it here. — so I am going to change sources and try it again:

Nows this picture of Jesus walking on the water is in the public domain so there should be no problem with me posting it …… Check it out on Wikipedia.

This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or fewer.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1925.

By Brother John Liming

When the wind and the waves of Life threaten to overwhelm us, we have a sure help in the person of Jesus Christ who never forsakes us; never leaves us; is always with us and is always unfailingly ready to come to our aid and assistance with all power in heaven and in earth.

Jesus’ power is unlimited! There is nothing that He cannot do for His children and there is nothing in the Will of God that He will not do for His children or that He will not give to His children if it is asked for in line with the Scriptures.

Jesus’ power has no limits: ”

Matthew 28: 18-19:

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Every good and perfect gift that any Christian can ever imagine or hope for comes down from God through His Son, Jesus Christ —

James 1:17 (NIV)

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

And there is no good thing that God, The Father will withhold from the Faithful if only they will believe that he is God and that He is a rewarder of those who believe in him:

Luke 12:32 King James Version (KJV)

32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God wants us to ask Him for things … If we are to receive from God, then we must ask:

Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Please note that God’s willingness and ability to give good things to His children is not limited in any manner nor degree and that the only conditions for receiving these gifts from God are to believe that He is God and that He rewards the believers’ faith and that we ask ….. we must ask if we are to receive.

Even though God wants us to ask, He already knows what we need even before we ask. But for some reason, known only to God, He desires us to ask anyway.  God loves for His children to use their faith … the faith that comes from God …. The faith that is also a “Gift” from God …. The faith that every person already has been given a measure of to use …

8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Now, with all this power at your disposal … a power that has worked down through the centuries … a power that never fails to bring something good to those who ask of God …. with all this power at your disposal, what can you imagine that might do you any harm in this life or the next? — What mountain do you think might not move before the limitless power of Almighty God who desires the very best Life has to offer for all His children?

Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Mark 11:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:9 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Now, when the devil comes at you with some lie or threatens you in any way, you know where your hope lies, you know where your deliverance comes from and you know how to invoke the unlimited power of God to come and fight your battles against every evil for you.

Do not look at the circumstances that surround you.  Do not fix your eyes on the storms that assail you.  Do not focus on the raging waves and the rushing winds.  Put your eyes firmly onto Jesus and He will take your hand and walk alongside you in victory over the raging waters of Life.

Know the truth and the truth will make you free.


The Spiritual Hope For Anxiety

By Brother John Liming

God does not want His children to live in a state of fear or anxiety — He has promised never to leave us or forsake us —– Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth — this means that Jesus can fix everything that causes fear or anxiety if only we will release our cares to Him, trust in Him and wait on Him to move in our lives.

If fear torments us, we need to stop focusing on the fear itself and what is causing the fear, and we need to begin focusing on God’s great love for us —– The way to focus on God’s great love for us is to get into The Word of God (The Bible) and believe that The Word will help us get rid of every fear because The Word of God is God’s perfect love for us in written form and in a language we humans can understand.

Beach, Idyllic, Man, Ocean, Peaceful

When fear comes, we need to combat it …. to fight against it …. by repeating God’s Words over and over and over again …. Here are a few of God’s Words that can be used in the fight against fear and anxiety:

“God is on my side! (Psalm 118:6 and Hebrews 13:6)

“Since God is for me, who can stand against me?” ( Romans 8:31)

“No weapon turned against me will succeed!” (Isaiah 54:17)

“My God will supply all my needs!” (Phillipians 4:19)

“The Holy Spirit is guiding me toward the truth!” (John 16:13)

“Greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world!” (1 John 4:4)

Book, Bible, Open, Glasses

When you understand how much God loves you, there is no more room for fear to stay with you; It has to leave you alone in Jesus’ Name.

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