My Kid Said That

 

When my daughter was about four years old, she still had a hard time grasping the concept of marriage. But anyway, I got out our wedding album, thinking visual images would help, and explained the entire service to her. Once finished, I asked if she had any questions, and she replied, “Oh. I see. Is that when Mommy came to work for us?”
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A mother took her three-year-old daughter to church for the first time. The church lights were lowered, and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles. All was quiet until the little one started to sing in a loud voice, “Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you……”
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After listening restlessly to a long and tedious sermon, a 6-year- old boy asked his father what the preacher did the rest of the week.
“Oh he’s a very busy man,” the father replied. “He takes care of church business, visits the sick, ministers to the poor…. And then he has to have time to rest up. Talking in public isn’t an easy job, you know.
“The boy thought about that, then said, “Well, listening ain’t easy, either.”
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At the beginning of a children’s sermon, one girl came up to the altar wearing a beautiful dress. As the children are sitting down around the pastor, the pastor leans over and says to the girl, “That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter dress?” The girl replies almost directly into the pastor’s clip-on mike, “Yes…. and my Mom says it’s a
bitch to iron.”
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I had been teaching my three-year-old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime she repeated it after me. One night she said she was ready to solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer.
“Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some e-mail. Amen.”
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A mother was watching her four-year-old child playing outside in a small plastic pool half filled with water. He was happily walking back and forth across the pool, making big splashes. Suddenly, he stopped, stepped out of the pool, and began to scoop water out of the pool with a pail. “Why are you pouring the water out, Johnny?” the mother asked.
“‘Cause my teacher said Jesus walked on water, and this water won’t work.” The boy replied.
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FMC member Pastor Stan Holdeman of Garden Baptist Church in Indiana went to an informal church gathering, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. A little girl from a newly religious family; who had seen him only in his Sunday morning suits loudly proclaimed: “Hey, preacher, you sure look different with clothes on!”
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After church one Sunday morning, a mother commented: “The choir was awful this morning.” The father commented: “The sermon was too long.”
Their 7-yr. old daughter added: “You’ve got to admit it was a pretty good show for a dime.”
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A four-year-old Catholic boy was playing with a four-year-old Protestant girl in a children’s pool in the backyard. They splashed each other, got very wet and decided to take their wet clothes off. The little boy looked at the little girl and said, “Golly, I didn’t know there was that much difference between Catholics and Protestants.”

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Antigua: One of the Most Beautiful Islands in the Caribbean

Certainly one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Antigua stands out from the rest in natural beauty.

Nelsons Dockyard

Nelsons Dockyard is a sail boater’s Heaven

Daggar Plant

The Daggar Plant has a certain beauty all it’s own. 

Barrel Cactus overlooking the bay

  I always thought it strange to see cactus in the Caribbean Ocean.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

 

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

I Am Who I Am

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey. 

Written by Gary Wonning

I have finally come to realize my view points are entirely different than most people on planet earth.

I have traveled extensively and observed life in many ways most people never have the opportunity to participate in.

Many years ago, I questioned the existence of God and the mysteries of life. I began to wonder what it was all about and after asking people of faith, the only answer I received concerning an issue I was having about why bad things happen to good people, the only answer  was that it was God’s Will. To me that was a non answer.

  Why does God will me for a particular event and not someone else. Thus through my search I began to find my answers. The search took me to many lands and I was privileged to talk with many spiritual leaders, many who were from native cultures.

I was fortunate enough to make contact with life forms not of this planet, and from them  have and continue to learn much. We are not alone in the universe.

The life journey we are all one can only be done alone, we must walk alone. Many times others will come into our life for a brief time or longer to aid and assist, but the journey is ours. No one can take it for or from  us. What I have discovered is my truth, and no one can take it from me. If you don’t understand or cannot comprehend what I am referring to, I understand, you are on your own path. We each experience reality in a different manner and what I have seen and felt has set me apart from others, that is OK. 

It just sometimes makes for a lonely life. But,  often times the loneliness gives me the opportunity to explore creation even more and learn new things. We choose to be born into a life situation of our own free will and accord. From the very beginning of life we learn from the environment we are born into.  I was born on a small farm and was an only child for about ten years, during that time, I spent many hours alone and entertaining myself. It gave me much time to contemplate life and to form my own conclusions based on my parents and others input.

It gave me a perspective that stays with me even today, my core values remain much the same as they were during my childhood. I believe, based on universal truths, those truths carried down from the beginning of time: many of the time worn values  that have given us the life and freedoms we enjoy should never change. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553273701/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=garwonpho-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0553273701&linkId=f56c4bb38690967e95270b52cd7c5997 Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world. He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times. In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge. For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond. He has published several books about his adventures. For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Group Discussions Concerning Politics or Religion Always Turn Out the Same

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey. Learning outside the box.

Written by Gary Wonning

I have been a part of many group discussions and regardless of how they are structured, they become biased and opinionated.

Most people come , not to learn anything, but to strengthen their own beliefs.

I find that most who want to think outside the box trip over the cardboard and never go beyond a certain self imposed limit. There is a limit to what they are willing to believe or consider and not willing to go beyond that. 

That’s OK, spiritual growth can be slow and painful.

I recently began attending one such discussion lead by a church here in town, a church that was purportedly open to new ways of thinking.  After a very short time, I soon discovered that I was the only one with my particular view, either religious or political.

They weren’t really open to ways of thinking that didn’t conform to their particular beliefs. I had t change the way I thought about continuing attending the meetings.

I began going with the attitude that even though no one really agreed with me, I was open for debate. After all the purpose I came was to gain a different point of view and learn something in the process.

After a few meetings it was pretty obvious that my thoughts didn’t matter. Whenever I decided to chime in with a different thought I was immediately interrupted and the subject was changed, when someone offered a viewpoint that was a similar to what everyone else was thinking, the point would be discussed.

Most people don’t want to think outside their comfort zone. It hurts to much, not only a physical hurt, but it hurts their ego also. 

I have been outside my comfort zone so much, I don’t even know what my comfort zone is anymore.

I did hear different points of view, but what I became aware of more than anything else is that  people come to these events, not to learn anything new but to reinforce their believe and to try and force their beliefs, many times unconsciously, down other peoples throats.

Sorry, but listening to what they think and believe only reinforces what I know and believe.

I came, I listened , I saw, I have learned.

Going to these meetings, I discovered we will never agree on what we believe, but they give me a lot of information to write about , and a new perspective and understanding of what I believe.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

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

sphinx at dusk

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

The Twin Towers Of Good and Evil, Of Government and Of Men.

 

photo of jefferson lies

The truth about what Thomas Jefferson believed

Written by Gary Wonning

On September 11,2001 our world changed.

The day the towers fell.

The twin towers represented not only the financial world of the west but many other facets of our life as well.

The twin towers also represented our form of government, as is all things in life there is a duality to our American constitutional republic. 

We have two distinct elements of our government, there is the physical government and the spiritual government, in a constitutional republic one cannot exist without the other. 

We are a free society, our country was founded on a belief in  a supreme being. 

Our whole government is patterned after a belief that our rights come from God, not government, the ten commandments and golden rule was used as a guide. Studying the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence illustrate this. 

It cannot be denied, the same tenets of freedom are illustrated in all of the above documents, without a belief in a supreme being our documents of independence are useless, since we believe that our rights come from God, if there is no God, there is no one from whom to be given our rights. 

In the United States and the United States alone, we have two leaders of government; the President and Congress, and God. 

We don’t have a state religion, it isn’t allowed in our constitution, but we as a nation have a strong belief in a Supreme Being. 

We have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion as many believe. We have the right to practice our faith in the public arena, in fact Thomas Jefferson insisted on it.  In the early days of our country, Sunday church services were held in the U.S. Capitol.

When the state capitol of Virginia was formed, Thomas Jefferson insisted that Sunday services be held in the Virginia State Capitol building.

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and insisted that religion professors be on staff to teach the various religions practiced of the day.  

There are many, many times throughout our history that a strong belief in God has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and enabled this great country to continue to prosper and enjoy freedom. 

Several times General Washington returned from battle with bullet holes in his uniform  jacket , but he was unharmed. Several times a wind would keep the enemy at bay in New York Harbor, and at Yorktown as well. He escaped several times leading thousands of troops under the cover of darkness while undetected by enemy troops. How do you move thousands of troops without being discovered by the enemy.

During the War of 1812, a sudden tornado in Washington D.C. kept our nation’s capitol from being burned to the ground.

The story goes on and on, through the civil war, and both world wars. 

The two pillars also represent life on this planet, there are always a polarity or duality to life, good, evil, male, female, light, dark, physical government leader, spiritual government  leader.

In the case of America, our government leaders are actually representatives, they are supposed to represent us, the American people. We are a self governing people.

Our only leader is God, it is to him we pledge allegiance and loyalty.

You cannot have good without evil, they always balance out.

It is a law of the universe.

 

photo of book

The Five Thousand Year LeapGary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Theme Songs For Bible Characters

 

Noah: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”
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Adam and Eve: “Strangers in Paradise”
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Lazarus: “The Second Time Around”
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Esther: “I Feel Pretty”
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Job: “I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues”
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Moses: “The Wanderer”
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Jezebel: “The Lady is a Tramp”
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Samson: “Hair”
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Salome: “I Could Have Danced All Night”
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Daniel: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
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Joshua: “Good Vibrations”
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Peter: “I’m Sorry”
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Esau: “Born To Be Wild”
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Jeremiah: “Take This Job and Shove It”
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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego: “Great Balls of Fire!”
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The Three Kings: “When You Wish Upon a Star”
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Jonah: “Got a Whale of a Tale”
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Elijah: “Up, Up, and Away”
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Methuselah: “Stayin’ Alive”
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Nebuchadnezzar: “Crazy”

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

We Choose Our Reality

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Each one of us experiences reality in a slightly different ways depending on our life experiences, our environment and even our personal likes and dislikes play into our perception. 

The differences may be tiny, such as what kind of foods we like and how we perceive their taste, to much larger issues such as our political and religious views. 

Our perception is no different than if we both sit side by side at a ball game, based on which team we are rooting for, our perception of a referees call can be entirely different. One of us may be cheering, while the other is booing. So it is in daily life, our reality is based on many factors.

We attract into our lives the reality we want or need to experience, sometimes on a conscious level and often times it is done unconsciously by our subconscious mind creating events or persons to enable us to learn various life changing events. 

Several years ago, my ex-wife and I were living just a few miles apart in a rural area. Despite the fact we were living so close and I would drive within just a couple of miles from her home to work every day, and we shopped at the same stores and went to many of the same social functions, we never saw each other. 

We had subconsciously timed our lives to never meet, there was no need, the lessons had been learned. 

And obviously, she may have a different perspective on this. 

Many times we will go many years in our life without meeting someone who lives just around the block from us. Until a certain point in our life, we had no need to meet them, we were both off in our own life living and meeting people on a daily basis who were important to us at that particular time in our life. 

Sudden an event takes place that places us in the same time and physical plane.

Many times we are amazed that we have lived so closely and never met. 

This can have various effects on our life, it may just be a moment in time for us to contemplate how we could live so closely and have never met, or it could lead to a lifetime friendship, depending on what spirit has in mind for us. 

We chose our life and the events in it, either consciously or subconsciously, when the events occur subconsciously, it is our Super Consciousness, or Christ Consciousness creating the atmosphere to make it all happen. 

It is still our decision, it is just our Christ Consciousness lining up all the players in our little scenario. 

Our Christ Consciousness is our connection to Divine Being, or God, and because of it our reality is created. 

We may live in nearly the same reality, but our perception of it is entirely different from anyone else’s. No two souls ever see things entirely in the same light. 

It’s enough to drive you bonkers.

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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