Remember the Sabbath

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

The Sabbath has been called a day of rest for many reasons besides the obvious reason; that time to worship God.

There was a time when no business was conducted on Sunday, except for the almost mandatory occupations to keep the world moving and to protect us from harm and provide a service if harm did come to us.  Even most restaurants , what few there were, were closed on Sunday.  Sunday dinner was around the family table, with as many relatives  as possible. 

In most families, going to church was mandatory, and was only missed if weather or other circumstances mandated.  

I grew up in Indiana, basketball country. Hardly a day went by where I wasn’t shooting hoops dodging cow pies in the ban yard. 

Neither snow, nor rain or dark of night kept me from my daily routine. In the winter, Friday nights were spent at the local high school gym rooting on our favorite team.  It was unpatriotic to miss the weekly highlight. 

The only thing that put a stop to shooting hoops, was church on Sunday, or some other event at the local church. That took priority over everything else. 

A few years ago, I took some friends to Fort Lauderdale to sail away on a seven day cruise. Normally, people need to be at the cruise port around noon or earlier, this was no exception. As a result I was driving I-75 on my way home through Fort Myers about twelve-thirty, (noon). I noticed a large soccer field near the freeway and probably about a hundred kids playing soccer. 

Because of my upbringing, I was surprised, and thought,” why aren’t these kids in church?”

Thinking back, I remembered, my mom would have strangled me if I even thought of picking u a basketball on a Sunday morning. I never even considered it. 

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Growing up on a dairy farm, the weather always played a factor in our daily lives, everything evolved around the weather, even with that, very little work was done on Sunday, except necessary chores , like milking and tending to the cattle.

The most critical and frustrating times were during the hay harvest. The hay(cow feed) had to be cut down and left to cure in the field for three days before it could be baled and put in the hay mow for the winter feeding of the cattle.

The hay consisted of clover, alfalfa, and timothy, if it was baled too soon, it would still have too much moisture content and would soon mold and rot, rendering it useless, in that condition, it could catch on fire and burn the barn down, and kill any animals in the barn. 

Dodging the weather, it seems it never rains when you need it, and always rains when you don’t need it,  we always timed the cuttings so as to not have to bale hay on a Sunday. 

It is one of the hardest and dirtiest duties on a farm. Despite all of our planning, the rains would come and delay our work, making the first day available Sunday. Even though it is eminent to process the hay as soon as possible, the longer it lays in the field and is exposed to the elements, the condition of the hay deteriorates and can become practically useless. 

Even under those circumstances, I don’t remember ever baling hay on a Sunday. We took the chance, and normally the next day the weather would break and the hay was harvested. 

Even today, Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday due to religious considerations, and it is the most successful fast food franchises in the United States.

You gotta wonder.

We are told time and time again to keep the day holy, besides the obvious spiritual connotations, there are other factors to consider. 

Regardless of our vocation in life, we all need a break and time for rest and refreshment. We do need time to reflect on our relationship to a supreme being, and we need time to pursue other more enjoyable and relaxing interests than our job can provide, we need time to connect with friends and family, and a Sunday afternoon nap while we pretend to watch football.

Many work on Sunday and take another day off to have that time, it may be a good option but I have done that. It isn’t the same. When you work on Sunday, you miss a very important part of your life. 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Life is too Short

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Love someone who is honest.

Honest with you, with others, and with themselves. You cannot love someone you do not trust.

Find someone who willingly shares responsibility. You will be a team in every single sense. Find someone you cherish togetherness with.

And someone who understands the importance of alone time.

Someone who values your opinion. Someone with a willingness to learn. A person with an open mind.

Find someone who makes it easy to feel grateful for everything.

Wit is important.

Life is too short not to love someone who loves to laugh.

Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. Despair will come.

Find someone that you want to be there with you through those times. Do not settle for second best. This sort of love is out there.

Believe it!

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Gary 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.

Your comments are welcome

Are Extraterrestrials Our Spirit Guides?

Written by Gary Wonning

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Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

We often wonder where extraterrestrials come from, who they are, and what is our relationship to them.

How do they travel those vast distances and how do they appear out of thin air and then disappear so fast when pursued by military aircraft. They seem to be traveling thousands of miles per hour, and even then, they suddenly disappear in plain sight of trained pilots and ground observers.

There must be something we are missing, they don’t seem to be following the same natural laws of physics as we do here on planet earth. If they did, they would be unable to function as they do.

I believe what we are missing is many don’t actually live in the physical world as we humans do, and they have learned to teleport and only manifest when they enter the earth’s atmosphere.

I believe we humans do the same when we come into physical form after being in the spirit world, in other words, we gather what we need to exist on earth from the elements of the earth.

Isn’t that what we do while we are in the womb?

We need to stop thinking as humans having a soul and begin thinking as a soul that has a body would think. Our thinking has become obsolete, and we have put ourselves in a box. 

Embrace change, but keep your values

Our visitors come from many different solar systems, planet and realities, it’s not a one size fits all situation. They come for many various reasons and agendas. 

Some wish us harm, but I believe most are here to learn about our cultures and also to guide us in our spiritual advancement and learning, not only do we advance but by us advancing in our evolvement, we advance everyone else in the universe and thereby enable every soul to eventually return to Source.

I’ve heard them tell me they are our future, what does that mean? In that respect, they need us to advance so they (we) can exist in the future. If we don’t (do it right), neither we or they will have a future.

They are here to guide us so we don’t destroy ourselves and them in the process if we cease to exist, they also no longer exist.

Even the so-called evil ones, who would do us harm are here for the same purpose. 

That purpose is to teach us to stand up to evil and do the right thing, regardless of how we think the outcome will be. 

It’s all about positive forces and thoughts overcoming the negative forces and thoughts we all deal with on a daily basis. 

Only when we encounter and overcome the negativity and fear in life, will love reign supreme. 

It is then the earth will welcome a new level of thought, the Christ Consciousness in what many believe will be the second coming.

Gary 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.

Your comments are welcome

 

Are You Living In Faith Or Fear?

 

After the recent hurricane season, where a couple of strong hurricanes struck the United States, I suddenly realized how many people are actually living their lives in fear. 

People were buying enough supplies to last for months and exhausting supplies for those who needed them.

During Irma, which struck Florida, I determined that there are only two ways to live your life, either you live it in faith, the faith in a Supreme Being and regardless of what happens you will survive. 

Or you live your life in fear, always fearing the next crisis coming down the road, by living in fear and with lack of trust in a Supreme Being one continuously experiences stress, putting undue strain on not only your body but on those around us as well.

To live in faith one needs to realize there is a Supreme Intelligence and we are all connected to it. That Supreme Intelligence or God Force is available to each and every one of us for guidance and protection.

Even though bad things do happen to good people, in the end, each and every one of us only experience what we can handle and the lessons learned through adversity make us stronger and wiser.

We need to realize we never die, regardless of what may come about, our soul never dies and we do live in eternity. Once we totally understand this, it is much easier to live in faith than being constantly in fear.

Gary 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.

Your comments are welcome

 

The Tree of Life, and the Tree of Knowledge

Many don’t realize there were two trees in the Garden of Eden, The Tree of Life, and the Tree of Knowledge.

 

Gary 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.
Your comments are welcome

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Ronald Reagan Told Us What We Need To Say Today

Normally I only publish my own thoughts, but occasionally I find something extremely important and I republish the article, this is one of those times.

There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries:

  1. Nero A.D. 54-68
  2. Domition A.D. 81- 96
  3. Trajan A.D. 98-117
  4. Antoninus Pius & Marcus Aurelius Antoninus A.D. 138-180
  5. Severus A.D. 193 – 211
  6. Maximus A.D. 235-238
  7. Decius A.D. 249-251
  8. Valerian A.D. 253-260
  9. Aurelian A.D. 274-287
  10. Diocletian A.D. 292-304

Emperor Diocletian’s persecution was the worst. When Diocletian had lost battles in Persia, his generals told him it was because they had neglected the Roman gods. Diocletian ordered all military personnel to worship the Roman gods, thus forcing Christians either into the closet or out of the army.

After purging Christians from the military, Diocletian surrounded himself with public opponents of Christianity. He revoked the tolerance issued a previous Emperor Gallienus in 260 AD, and then used the military to force all of Rome to worship pagan gods. In 303 A.D., Diocletian consulted the Oracle Temple of Apollo at Didyma, which told him to initiate a great empire-wide persecution of the Christian church.

What followed was an intolerant, hateful and severe persecution of Christians. Diocletian had his military go systematically province by province arresting church leaders, burning scriptures, destroying churches, cutting out tongues, boiling Christians alive and decapitating them.

From Europe to North Africa, thousands were martyred. The faithful cried out in fervent prayer. Then Diocletian was struck with a painful intestinal disease and resigned on MAY 1, 305 A.D.

Emperor Gelarius continued the persecution, but he too was struck with the intestinal disease and died.

Commenting on Roman persecutions was Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, who was the Democrat Party’s candidate for president in 1896, 1900, and 1908. William Jennings Bryan stated in his speech, “The Prince of Peace,” (New York Times, Sept. 7, 1913): “I can imagine that the early Christians who were carried into the Coliseum to make a spectacle for those more savage than the beasts, were entreated by their doubting companions not to endanger their lives. But, kneeling in the center of the arena, they prayed and sang until they were devoured. …”

William Jennings Bryan continued: “How helpless they seemed, and, measured by every human rule, how hopeless was their cause! And yet within a few decades the power which they invoked proved mightier than the legions of the Emperor, and the faith in which they died was triumphant o’er all the land. … They were greater conquerors in their death than they could have been had they purchased life.”

President Ronald Reagan commented on the Roman Coliseum at the National Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 2, 1984: “This power of prayer can be illustrated by the story that goes back to the fourth century – the monk (Telemachus) living in a little remote village, spending most of his time in prayer. … One day he thought he heard the voice of God telling him to go to Rome. … Weeks and weeks later, he arrived … at a time of a festival in Rome. … He followed a crowd into the Coliseum, and then, there in the midst of this great crowd, he saw the gladiators come forth, stand before the Emperor, and say, ‘We who are about to die salute you.’ And he realized they were going to fight to the death for the entertainment of the crowds. He cried out, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And his voice was lost in the tumult there in the great Colosseum. …”

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Reagan continued: “And as the games began, he made his way down through the crowd and climbed over the wall and dropped to the floor of the arena. Suddenly the crowds saw this scrawny little figure making his way out to the gladiators and saying, over and over again, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And they thought it was part of the entertainment, and at first they were amused. But then, when they realized it wasn’t, they grew belligerent and angry. …”

Reagan added: “And as he was pleading with the gladiators, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ one of them plunged his sword into his body. And as he fell to the sand of the arena in death, his last words were, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And suddenly, a strange thing happened. The gladiators stood looking at this tiny form lying in the sand. A silence fell over the Colosseum. And then, someplace up in the upper tiers, an individual made his way to an exit and left, and the others began to follow. And in the dead silence, everyone left the Colosseum. That was the last battle to the death between gladiators in the Roman Colosseum. Never again did anyone kill or did men kill each other for the entertainment of the crowd. …”

Reagan ended: “One tiny voice that could hardly be heard above the tumult. ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ It is something we could be saying to each other throughout the world today.”

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Gary 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.

Your comments are welcome

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The Pleiadians on Personal Responsibility

According to Pleiadian thought, spiritual growth is the responsibility of the individual.

Accepting this fact is a sign of spiritual growth for we must take responsibility for our lives and the actions and choices that we make.

Yes, there have been messengers who have come teaching us about the truth of why we are alive on planet Earth, but we wind up worshiping the individual and not heeding the message after they die.

The messages and teachings get twisted and distorted as they drift further and further away from the original truth.

Human egos then become more involved, secrets are kept, and the people become “sheeple,” as they are led around like sheep.

The Pleiadians say that one evolves by connecting with Creation and studying the natural world.

When The natural world follows the laws of Creation, harmony, and peace are achieved.

The Pleidians teach that knowledge is the key to a spiritual life because that knowledge applied can be wisdom.

Knowledge in and of itself is nothing. This is the basis for the Pleiadian “religion.” The Pleidians encourage humanity to seek a religion of knowledge so that we can evolve and obey the laws of creation. It is crucial to gain knowledge of life and to develop an understanding of the nature of the universe in which we live. This understanding of how and why reality functions as it is the key to evolution and the connection with Creation.

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Gary 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.

Your comments are welcome