Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Our Father who art in
Heaven…”Our Father who art in
Heaven…”
“Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying…

“BUT YOU CALLED ME.”

“Called you? I didn’t call you. I’m praying. Our Father who art in
Heaven…”

“THERE YOU DID IT AGAIN.”

“Did What?”

“CALLED ME. YOU SAID, “OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN…”.
HERE
AM I. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?”

“But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my
prayers
for the day. I always say the Lord’s Prayer. makes me
feel good,
kind of like getting
my duty done. “

“ALL RIGHT. GO ON.”

“Hallowed by thy name.”

“HOLD IT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?”

“By what?”

“BY “HALLOWED BE THY NAME.”

“It means…it means…good grief, I don’t know what it means. How
should
I know? Its just part of the prayer. By the way, what does it
mean?”

“IT MEANS “HONORED,” “HOLY”, “WONDERFUL”.”

“Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what Hallowed meant
before.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in
Heaven.”

“DO YOU REALLY MEAN THAT?”

“Sure, why not?”

“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”

“Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be neat if you
got control of everything down here like you have up
there.”

“HAVE I GOT CONTROL OF YOU?”

“Well, I go to church.”

“THAT ISN’T WHAT I ASKED YOU. WHAT ABOUT THAT HABIT
OF LUST YOU HAVE? AND YOUR BAD TEMPER? YOU’VE REALLY
GOT A PROBLEM THERE, YOU KNOW. AND THEN THERE’S THE
WAY YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY…ALL ON YOURSELF. AND WHAT
ABOUT THE KINDS OF BOOKS YOU READ?”

“Stop picking on me! I’m just as good as some of the rest of those
phonies at the church.”

“EXCUSE ME…I THOUGHT YOU WERE PRAYING FOR MY
WILL TO BE DONE. IF THAT IS TO HAPPEN, IT WILL HAVE TO
START WITH THE ONES WHO ARE PRAYING FOR IT. LIKE YOU,
FOR EXAMPLE.”

“Oh, all right! I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now
that you mention it, I could probably name some others.”

“SO COULD I.”

“I haven’t thought about it until now, but I really would like to
cut
out some of those things. I’d like to, you know, be really
free.”

“GOOD, NOW WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE. WE’LL WORK
TOGETHER…YOU AND ME. NOW, SOME VICTORIES CAN TRULY
BE WON. I’M PROUD OF YOU.”

“Look Lord, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer
than it
usually does…Give us this day our daily bread.”

“YOU NEED TO CUT DOWN ON THE BREAD TOO…YOU’RE
OVERWEIGHT
AS IT IS.”

“Hey, wait a minute! What is this, “Criticize Me Day?” Here I was
doing my
religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my
hang-ups.”

“PRAYING IS A DANGEROUS THING. YOU COULD WIND UP CHANGED
YOU KNOW. THAT’S WHAT I’M TRYING TO GET ACROSS TO YOU. YOU
CALLED ME, AND HERE I AM. IT’S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW. KEEP ON
PRAYING. I’M INTERESTED IN THE NEXT PART OF YOUR PRAYER.
WELL, GO ON.”

“I’m scared to.”

“SCARED? OF WHAT? I KNOW WHAT YOU’LL SAY. TRY ME AND
SEE.”

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against
us.”

“WHAT ABOUT JOE?”

“See, I knew it? I knew you would bring him up! Why he’s told lies
about
me, cheated me out of money… He never paid back that debt
he owes
me. I’ve sworn to
get even.”

“BUT YOUR PRAYER…WHAT ABOUT YOUR PRAYER?”

“I didn’t mean it.”

“WELL, AT LEAST YOU’RE HONEST. BUT IT’S NOT MUCH FUN CARRYING
THE LOAD OF BITTERNESS AROUND INSIDE, IS IT?”

“No, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I made
some plans for
ol’ Joe. He’ll wish he never did me any harm.”

“YOU WON’T FEEL ANY BETTER. YOU’LL FEEL WORSE. REVENGE ISN’T
SWEET. THINK OF HOW UNHAPPY YOU ARE ALREADY. BUT I CAN
CHANGE
ALL THAT.”

“You can? How?”

“FORGIVE JOE. THEN I’LL FORGIVE YOU. THEN THE HATE AND SIN WILL
BE JOE’S PROBLEM AND NOT YOURS…YOU MAY LOSE THE MONEY,
BUT
YOU WILL SETTLE YOUR HEART.”

“But Lord, I can’t forgive Joe.”

“THEN I CAN’T FORGIVE YOU.”

“Oh, you’re right! You always are. And more than I want revenge on
Joe, I
want to be right with you… All right! I forgive him. Help him to find the
right
road in life, Lord. He’s bound to be awfully miserable, now that I think
about
it. Some way,
somehow, show him the right way.”

“THERE NOW! HOW DO YOU FEEL?”

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“Hmmm….not bad. Not bad at all, In fact I feel pretty great. You
know, I
don’t think I’ll have to go to bed uptight tonight for the first
time since I
can’t
remember.
Maybe
I won’t be so tired from now on because
I’m not
getting enough
rest.”

“YOU’RE NOT THROUGH WITH YOUR PRAYER…GO ON.”

“Oh, All right…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil.”

“GOOD…GOOD. I’LL DO THAT. JUST DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN A
PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE TEMPTED.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“QUIT HANGING AROUND THE WRONG PLACES, WATCHING
INAPPROPRIATE MOVIES AND TELEVISION, LISTENING TO SINFUL
CONVERSATIONS; HANGING AROUND THE PLACES WHERE PLAYBOY
AND PLAYGIRL ARE SOLD. CHANGE SOME OF YOUR FRIENDSHIPS.
SOME OF YOUR SO-CALLED FRIENDS ARE BEGINNING TO GET TO
YOU. THEY’LL HAVE YOU COMPLETELY INVOLVED IN WRONG
THINGS BEFORE LONG. DON’T BE FOOLED. THEY ADVERTISE THEY’RE
HAVING FUN, BUT FOR YOU IT WOULD BE RUIN. DON’T USE ME FOR
AN ESCAPE HATCH.”

“I don’t understand.”

“SURE, YOU DO, YOU’VE DONE IT…LOTS OF TIMES. YOU GET CAUGHT
IN A BAD SITUATION, YOU GET INTO TROUBLE AND THEN YOU
COME RUNNING TO ME. LORD, HELP ME OUT OF THIS MESS, AND I
PROMISE YOU I’LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN. YOU REMEMBER SOME OF
THOSE BARGAINS YOU TRIED TO MAKE WITH ME?”

“Yes, and I’m ashamed Lord. I really am.”

“WHICH BARGAINS ARE YOU REMEMBERING?”

“Well, when the guy next door saw me backing away from the
neighborhood
bar… I told my wife I was going to the store… I remember telling you,
“Lord,
don’t let him tell her where I’ve been. I promise I’ll be in church every
Sunday.”

“HE DIDN’T TELL YOUR WIFE, BUT YOU DIDN’T KEEP YOUR
PROMISE, DID YOU?”

“I’m sorry Lord, I really am. Up until now I thought if I just prayed
the Lord’s
prayer everyday, then I could do what I liked. I didn’t expect anything to
happen like it did.”

“GO AHEAD, FINISH YOUR PRAYER.”

“Oh yes…For Thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory forever
and ever. Amen.”

“DO YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BRING ME GLORY? WHAT WOULD
MAKE ME REALLY HAPPY?”

“No, but I’d like to know. I want to please you. I can see what a
mess
I’ve made out of my life, and I can see how great it would be to
 really be one of your
followers.”

“YOU JUST ANSWERED THE QUESTION.”

“I did?”

“YES, THE ONE THING THAT WOULD BRING ME GLORY IS TO HAVE
PEOPLE LIKE YOU TRULY LOVE ME. AND I CAN SEE THAT HAPPENING
BETWEEN US. NOW THAT SOME OF THESE OLD SINS ARE EXPOSED
OUT OF THE WAY…WELL, THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT WE CAN DO
AND
TOGETHER.”

“Lord, let’s see what we can make of me.”

“OK? YES, LET’S SEE.”

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

 

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Thoughts Create Your Future

Thoughts create actions and actions create the life we live. We are the grand total sum of everything that we have ever experienced and how we reacted to the situation.

When some so-called negative event occurs in our life we have a choice, we can let it define us, destroy us or it can strengthen us, the choice is ours. It does no good to be upset about it, it is over and done with and can’t be changed, you need to move on and learn from it.

We all get into destructive relationships, it is a fact of life, those relationships are brought to us so we can learn and grow. Sometimes the people who give us the most grief are the ones who love us the most and are trying to teach us something, while they themselves are also learning. They may not always have the most altruistic motives in mind as they are also dealing with karma and how you react will  also affect their growth and have a positive effect on their evolution.

By setting boundaries on their behaviour and how it affects you, you are teaching them an important lesson. They need to learn they can’t always have their way, especially if it affects someone else in a negative light.

We can’t change the past, stop regretting was done way back when. The road to success is always under construction,and there are detours, but you need to start doing the things today that will improve your life tomorrow.

By constantly striving to improve your life and remembering that we often take two steps forward and one backward, sooner or later you will create the life you desire. Change normally comes when we least expect it and sometimes the outcome won’t be exactly the way we envisioned it, but it will be better than you ever imagined.

Earth is often called the “School House” of life. We come here to learn and grow. The opportunity for growth is faster and more intense on this planet than on many others. That is why we all came here. Our lessons could be learned at a  slower rate in other realms, but we all chose this plane  of existence to be  able to attain this phase of our evolution as quickly as possible.

Learning through so called negative experiences is just part of the game plan. An incentive to learn is the knowing that once the lesson is finally completely, the negativity will also be complete and we can move on to more pleasant surroundings.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

 

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His Name was Fleming

His Name Was Farmer Fleming

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish
farmer.

One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard
a
cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran
to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified
boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.
Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what
could have been a slow and
terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse
surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and
introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had
saved.

“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s
life.”

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“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish
farmer
replied, waving off the offer.



At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family
hovel.

“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.

“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

“I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good
education.

If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can
be proud of.”


And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated
from St.
Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become
known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming,
the discoverer of Penicillin.

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Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with
pneumonia.
What saved him? Penicillin.


The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph
Churchill.


His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

 

A Time When the Doors were Unlocked

I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.

Financially,
times were hard , my dad and mom had purchased an extremely
impoverished farm when I was three years old. We ,along with my brother ,
who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a
more productive state. The farm was so over grown with weeds that after
living there for a while, dad had time to mow the weeds around the barn
and lo and behold! He found a hog house no one knew was there.

The
soil was totally depleted, the first year’s twelve acre corn crop
yielded a whooping two hundred bushels of corn. Hard to live on that.
Fortunately, about that same time, turkey raising came into fashion,the
following year dad purchased and raised 1000 turkeys. The resulting
turkey by-product increased the corn yield from 200 bushels to 1200
bushels on that very same field

The rest of the story.

Good Morning

Good Morning!

A sweet little boy surprised his grandmother
one morning and brought
her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and was so proud. He anxiously
waited to hear the verdict on the quality of the coffee. The grandmother
had never in her life had such a bad cup of coffee, and as she forced
down the last sip she noticed three of those little green army guys in
the bottom of the cup.
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She asked, “Honey, why would three little green army guys be in the
bottom of my cup?”

Her grandson replied, “You know grandma, it’s like on TV, The best
part
of waking up is soldiers in your cup.”

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well

 

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Numerology and the Planetary Shift

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Numerology and the Planetary Shift Into Higher CONSCIOUSNESS

The date, 11/11/11 has passed but that does not mean that the
significance of the energy that was being keenly felt by a lot of people
during that time has lessened in its effectiveness to bring about
change in the minds and lives of many people. Most of us continue to see
double digits-especially 11 for the past two years. People have
reported seeing the number 1 repeated on car tags and odometers, or that
they look at a clock at exactly 11:11.

The winter solstice of Dec
21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan long count cycle. This occurs at
11:11 universal time (on the prime meridian at Greenwich).
Interestingly, if you add the numbers of the date 12-21-2012 the sum is
11.

The number 11 represents new beginnings/cycles, synchronicity,
the opening of portals or gateways, fresh ways of thinking, increased
spiritual tendencies, and compassion. Eleven is one of the master
numbers. When the number 11 is repeated, it has even more significance
and is meant to call our attention to something going on spiritually,
astrologically, individually, and planetary. It is a sign that something
is about to change or shift.

The year 2012 is noted as the
closing of a great cycle within the complex calendar system of the Mayan
civilization. The ancient Mayan people of Central America (specifically
the Yucatan Peninsula) were astronomically advanced and kept as many as
twenty different calendars marking cyclical events with pinpoint
accuracy or noting schedules for anything from seed planting and
religious rites, to solar and lunar eclipses. The Mayans perceived time
to be cyclical rather than linear; so, they expected events to repeat
themselves in some fashion.

The Mayans indicated that the time
period in which we are now in would be a time of environmental chaos
(floods, fire, wind, and earthquakes), social upheaval, as well as a
time of great spiritual opportunity in which humans could choose to move
into a new harmonious age. The Mayans prophesied the return of
Kulkukan, and modern-day Christians herald the return of Jesus Christ,
also known as Lord Maitreya.

One calendar, known as the 13-Baktun
or long count system, runs for just over 5,125 years. That cycle is set
to complete on the winter solstice of 2012 at 11:11 Universal Time. Many
people see this “end of the cycle” as the end of the world. Since the
Earth has undergone many shifts that nearly wiped out the global
population, some people fear that this might occur again in our near
future. We don’t have to look far to see that things on the Earth are
rapidly changing. But, does this mean that the Earth is about to be
destroyed? I hardly think so. We are on the threshold or beginning of
something wonderful and peaceful. If you look at the number 11, you can
imagine two upright poles side by side. This could represent a door post
or portal. I like to think of it as you and me-everyone on the
planet-standing side by side in unity and oneness. We really are one.

The
December 21, 2012 date was considered important to the ancient tribes
of the Amazon jungles, the builders of the pyramids in Egypt, indigenous
people of Canada, and the Hopi Indians. As I mentioned before, the
Earth is entering alignment with the equator of the Milky Way Galaxy. On
this date, the Earth is also completing one full astrological cycle
known as the “precession of the equinoxes” as it does approximately
every 26,000 years. During this cycle, the Earth passes through each of
the twelve signs of the zodiac, each lasting for 2,000-2,152 years. When
all these converge, we know that something big is on Earth’s horizon.

The
element of surprise is best appreciated when it comes to holiday gifts
and birthday parties! Sudden and unprovoked change in one’s life is
scary and unsettling. When people are provided with knowledge-especially
when it has to do with major life changes and a significant spiritual
transformation-they tend to calm down. Putting things into perspective
brings comfort and we can more easily relax and go with the flow. If
someone holds the belief that the changes we are experiencing means that
the Earth is about to be destroyed, one will feel panic and out of
control of one’s own life. If a person understands that the turmoil of
the shift is simply a step of progress in our spiritual evolution, he or
she may be more inclined to tune in to what Spirit is saying and find
peace in the process.

Yvonne Perry is the author of Shifting into Purer Consciousness ~
Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience ( http://shiftingintopurerconsciousness.com
). She holds a bachelor’s degree in metaphysics from the American
Institute of Holistic Theology and provides personal coaching for
spiritual seekers. The host of We Are One in Spirit Podcast, she enjoys
speaking about a wide variety of topics to help people realize their own
creative power http://weare1inspirit.com.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 Enlightenment

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth

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