America’s Future Is At Stake

In the past few months, several high-level governmental decisions have been made that (in my opinion) indicates the United States is in a death spiral. Unless there is a miraculous turnaround in the near future, it will soon be time to transfer America to hospice care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, the leading cause of deaths in the US is heart disease followed by cancer. Doctors around the world agree that the most common prevention to heart disease is reduce stress, don’t smoke, exercise regularly, and watch your diet. In other words, we should guard our heart above all else.

The Bible says:

Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Some may feel the spiritual heart is different from the physical heart. But I ask you, is it different? Just as the physical heart spews forth life, so does the spiritual heart.

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19 NIV

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 6:45 NIV

The heart defines who we are. Christians have strong beliefs about the heart. The heart is where Christ makes His home (John 14:23 & Ephesians 3:16-17), and where God’s Spirit dwells (Romans 8:9-11 & 1 Corinthians 3:16-17). The heart determines our receptivity and our responsiveness toward God (Deuteronomy 30:6 & Ezekiel 11:19-20). It’s the center of our worship (Jeremiah 32:39 & Psalm 86:12). It defines, shapes, and “determines the course of our life” (Proverbs 4:23).

The Bible clearly shows us how to prevent heart disease. “Pay attention” and “listen carefully” to God’s Word. Let His words “penetrate deep into your heart,” for God’s word brings life and healing to our entire body (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Many Christians understand the importance of memorizing scripture as a means of preventing heart disease. King David said in Psalm 119:11I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”.

The battle in the world today is a battle between good and evil.  Jesus saysThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV.

I can remember starting each day in school with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I emphasized the word “indivisible” because, sadly, America is not indivisible. America is a nation divided because heart disease has caused this great nation to lose its moral compass.  The Apostle Paul spoke about a battle in the heavenly realm.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18, NIV)

Can America’s moral compass be restored?  Can America’s death spiral be stopped? I believe it can. It is time for Christians to pray boldly for America’s restoration. It is time for Christians to stand firm on the foundation that made America great It is not too late.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is just as appropriate today as it was in the Old Testament days.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I am believing it is time to for America to become a great nation again. Pastor John Hagee, founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas recently offered this prayer:

FATHER GOD,
Send us the rain! Send us your mercy! There are still righteous among us. Heal our land! Preserve us, Father! Go before us to make a way and behind us as our rear guard. In a world that has lost its moral compass, our only hope is YOU!
Amen!

Will you stand in agreement with me by making this your prayer of restoration?

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Countdown Continues

Yesterday, I escaped my post by claiming I had to replace a pool pump. This was legitimate. Remember this photo?

IMG_2931This is what the pool pump looked like on Saturday afternoon (8/22). The motor had seized meaning the pool was not filtering its 28000 gallons to keep the crystal clear water cleaned. We had to close the pool early on Saturday.  The owners ordered a new motor on Monday (8/24). Yesterday as I finished up the blog post, the office informed me our new motor arrived.

Time to put away to computer, grab a handful of tools and get that pump installed. After about 45 minutes of cleaning the old parts, and making sure everything fit, the new motor was installed.

IMG_2949That motor looks pretty good. And the best news – when I turned on the power, it came to life and started the process of moving the water from the pool through the sand filter and there were no water leaks anywhere.

IMG_2950You may think the pool looks pretty good. The problem is ALGAE. Algae is that nasty green stuff the grows in still water. And it sticks to everything. You can see the reflections of the clouds but you cannot see the bottom of this pool because the algae has turned the crystal clear water into a murky green mess. I wonder how long it will take to filter 28,000 gallons of this gunk?

This morning, I checked the progress. Water was still cloudy but it was clearing up. I can actually see the bottom and the water’s chemical levels tested safe for swimming. YAY! Other than being a little cold, we decided to open the pool. Campers were tolerant of the cloudy and cold water.

Tomorrow, I will check the chemical levels real close and make sure the pools get a good health check. The cool weather we’ve had for the past few days have kept the algae from being a real big problem.

I think the fog is beginning to lift. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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Six Days To A Fresh Start

I really like the weather in Virginia. Actually, I should say I like the weather in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This afternoon, I decided to break the norm and enjoy the outdoors where we have beautiful weather 76F (24.5C) and very few people in the RV park. Here is my view from the picnic table while staring at the blank screen on my Mac, waiting for the fog to lift.

IMG_2948O Motivator, Motivator, wherefore art thou Motivator?

I searched for links related to “Breaking Writer’s Block. Sheesh only 575,000 links. That means I am in good company. Or that means people who have nothing to write about write about how to break writers block. Since Google puts the most relevant link at the top, I’ll look at the top three. Surly, I will find my motivator there.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

Up pops an article written by John Warner. It looks like a quick and easy read. Let’s see what Mr. Warner has to say –

Symptoms of the Block: You know that you have the next Great American Novel burbling inside of you, one so brilliant that it would make Philip Roth trade his pen for a box of fingerpaints, but you just can’t seem to get anything on the page.

Likely Cause of the Block: You are lazy.

Throughout your life, have your parents, teachers, bosses, or significant others called you a shiftless good-for-nothing who will never amount to anything? Was your last shower more than three days ago? Do you earn less than $20,000 a year? If so, you’re most likely lazy.

W H A T ? How insulting! Now, I am not lazy; I just need a good kick in the back side to get me moving.

Next up,

@Lifehack Article: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

Author Thursday Bram (Really! That’s the author’s name) says I can overcome ‘writer’s block in just a few easy steps.’

  1. Do some research
  2. Seek inspiration
  3. Work on supplemental material
    – and a few more encouraging suggestions.

That’s more like it.

Number three on the list from Google looks like a link to a sales related site – so I’ll skip that and go to number 4.

20 Tips For Breaking Through Writer’s Block

Surly, you are kidding me. Twenty steps? Do I really need 20 steps to get this fog lifted? I hope not.

I think I will go fix the pool pump, then I will get back to blog writing. Seriously!

IMG_2931The pool pump seized up on Saturday at our RV park. My job here is to keep things running smoothly. Considering we have a weekend coming up and the pool water is an algae green color, our RV campers will not be happy campers if we do not get the pool cleared up by the weekend (2 days away).

Wish me luck. I’ll be back.

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Foggy

In case you have not figured it out, I am in a blog fog. All day long while fixing stuff in the RV park, my mind races with ideas for an upcoming blog post. Then the work day ends and a fog rolls in. By the time I’ve showered and eaten, my mind is mush.

So, I am going out on a limb here. If I commit to blog more often and don’t, the mud is on me. My motivation before where the blogging courses WordPress offered. I don’t feel like repeating the courses so I will look for a different motivator.

School is back in session so this is a good time for me to get my mind in gear and get to writing. I look forward to fall since I am in an area where God will begin painting a masterpiece in my back yard. The Shenandoah Valley gets more visitors in the fall than in the summer. My camera is ready.

One week from today is September 1st. I will find my motivator by then. Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.

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Changes to Make to Windows 10 Configuration

After installing Windows 10, there are a few things that I changed

  1. Yes, it is true. Windows will force updates on you when you least expect it. For some folks that may be OK. For others on limited bandwidth, that may be a problem. And that just plan sucks. However, I can control how updates are installed in my PC.
    Go To Settings > Update & recovery > Windows Update > Advanced options. Under Choose how updates are installed, pick Notify to schedule restart from the drop-down menu.
    Win10 Update 1
  2. I hate those instant notifications that show up on my phone. Fortunately, I can turn off ‘notifications’ from Windows 10.
    Go To Settings > System > Notifications & actions and turn off the various notifications — tips about Windows, app notifications, and lock screen notifications.
    Win10 Update 2
  3. Wi-Fi Sense This is a scary one (maybe). Why would I want to even use that. Let’s say I go to my daughter’s home and want to connect to her WiFi. Using WiFi Sense technology, I can now do that without asking for her WiFi password. That makes sense (I think). The problem is that I cannot choice individuals I want to allow to access my WiFi’s. I can choose which application can connect to my WiFi. This means all my Facebook friends or Outlook contacts, etc. No thank you, I think it would be safer to just give my password to family members as needed. This allows me to control the Wi-Fi sharing business individually.
    Go to Settings, Network and Internet, Wi-Fi, Advanced Manage Wi-Fi Settings.  Turn off everything.Win10 Update 3
    For more info on WiFi Sense, check out this article http://thehackernews.com/2015/07/windows-10-wi-fi-sense-explained-actual.html. Thew logic is simple. If you are not sure about using something, disable it.
  4. Privacy Stuff – Looks like Microsoft is getting a bit Facebook. Step through these 13 categories under Setting/Privacy and decide which ones you want to disable. After you disable stuff here, shut your PC off and restart. Go back and check to see if any of the items you turned off are back on. If you trust Microsoft, you can skip this step.
    For more info related to privacy, check out this article.
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-privacy-settings/

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