MY SHIP , MY CAPTAIN (2017)

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*Dedicated to Mike P. and with optimistic hope for a good new year for those who are with, as we watch the Lord deal with those who are without. –Moraldiplomat

“My ship, traveling into the oceans called life,
It carries people; good, bad, beautiful, ugly, poor, rich, young and elder
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On our journey sometimes waves come up roaring,
With storms that batter recklessly.
But the walls of my ship are built firmly,
No matter how hard the situation, my Captain maneuvers wisely.

My entire load, I trust to Him to keep it safe.
With His expertise, I need not to worry.

Sometimes the water is calm and sunshine makes my ship glittery, and sometimes the air blows angrily, makes my ship quiver enormously.

Frightening thunder and horrible sharks ready to attack my load mercilessly, but my Captain I trust.

I can sleep well, peacefully.
Onto their destination, they can go victoriously,
Because of my Captain, I truly trust sincerely.

My mother’s favorite verses:

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. ”

Prov 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

Psalms 34:19

 

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”

Get Ready! 2017 Like it or Not

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“On the edge…..

There will be moments when the only thing left is for you to question your existence. Life can be so damned hard for each of us.

There are always days when we get so lonely and depressed. When we cry. When the world has lost its colors. When the rest of the world is happy and you are not.

There will be times when we lose all reasons for living; and problems will seem so hard that we wish there was no such thing as tomorrow.

But then again, we should also know, that they are just another bitterness in life trying to twist the personage in each of us; and corrupt our perceptions about life.

When these times happen, do not succumb to the temptations of giving up. Yes, to live is to suffer and the only way to be happy is to suffer willingly.

We don’t have to go through the school of hard knocks; we can do it God’s way. However, the worst of times can also yield many lessons in life. When we do go through life’s extremes, we don’t have to give up. Someone once said, “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that, in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

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God’s Word says it like this:

1 Peter 4: 12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. ”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ”

James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Rom 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Lord, I’m Grateful

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God, how can I say thanks for all you’ve done for me?
For standing beside me on the lonely road of fear,
For lifting me out of the dry valley of despair,
For holding me close during the thundering storms of doubt,

Lord, I’m grateful.
For walking before me through the dark forest of dread,
For carrying me over the river of worry,
For bathing me in the fountain of peace,

Lord, I am grateful.
For clothing me with the robe of your forgiveness,
For covering me with the veil of your mercy,
For pouring over me the essence of hope,

Lord, I am grateful.

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HUMAN BEING vs HUMAN HAVING

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So often we try to create our identity with what we have, with our possessions and our position, yet our identity is actually created by our behavior, by what we do and more importantly by how we do what we do. What really matters is not what you have got or the position that you hold, but who you are and how you behave.

We have become a society where we tend to measure a persons status by their possessions and their position. We no longer measure them by their contribution to society. This has created an enormous pressure to constantly flaunt the trappings of “success” the material things that create the impression of status.

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Yet the very drive to constantly acquire the trappings of “success” creates a problem. The problem of spending money that you don’t have, to buy things that you don’t need, so that you can impress people that you don’t like.

This leads to constant insecurity, firstly can I afford these things and secondly, what if someone gets something bigger, better, faster, brighter. You sacrifice your peace of mind for the illusion of material comfort and power.

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We have to learn to do more with less. Realize that your personality is more important than your possessions. Realize that what you do is more important than what you’ve got. Realize that how you do what you do is more important than what you do.

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Your actions have a greater influence on your reputation than the position you hold or the possessions you accumulate. The one thing that you take with you where ever you go, is you. Make sure that you are worth taking along. Realize that all possessions and positions are transient, here today gone tomorrow. Think of all the changes that have already taken place in your life. The only constant is “you”.

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So choose to “Be a ‘Human Being’ instead of a ‘Human Having‘”.

Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. ”

James 2:5 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

Why We Sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve

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This tradition is mostly thanks to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band. While their work is largely unknown to those born in the last few decades, the band has sold over 300 million records to date. Guy Lombardo himself has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was once the “Dick Clark” of New Years before Clark and his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” attempting to appeal to younger audiences, started supplanting “Mr. New Year’s Eve,” Guy Lombardo.

It was in 1929 that Guy Lombardo and his band took the stage at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Their performance that night was being broadcast on the radio, before midnight Eastern-time on CBS, then after on NBC radio.

At midnight, as a transition between the broadcasts, the song they chose to play was an old Scottish folk song Lombardo had first heard from Scottish immigrants in Ontario. The song was Auld Lang Syne.

Previous to this, there are several documented instances of others singing this song on New Year’s Eve, going all the way back to the mid-nineteenth century, but it wasn’t anywhere close to the staple it would soon be after Lombardo’s performance.

The next year, and every year thereafter, all the way to 1976, with Lombardo dying at the age of 75 in 1977, they played it at midnight on New Year’s Eve at first broadcast out on the radio and later on TV. Thanks to “Mr. New Year’s Eve” and his band, it’s still tradition to this day.

Bonus Fact:

It is often said that the song, Auld Lang Syne, was written by famed eighteenth century poet/songwriter, “Scotland’s Favorite Son” -Robert Burns. However, Burns never claimed to have written the song -in fact, quite the opposite. When he submitted it to the Scots Musical Museum, he included a note stating:

“The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man’s singing, is enough to recommend any air.”

The song was first published in 1788, and later a slightly modified version was published in Thomson’s Select Songs of Scotland in 1799, three years after Burns’ death.

The title, roughly translated to modern English, literally means “old long since,” but more figuratively means, “Times Gone By” or “Times Long Past.” It is simply a song about remembering old friends and the times spent with them. Burns set the lyrics to a traditional Scottish ditty called Can Ye Labour Lea. (Source)

 

A POEM OF FRIENDSHIP

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The Message:

As I read all your messages today
I couldn’t help to thank God for sending you to me
I had tried to question & even hated this life’s mystery
Yet how can I hate it now when mystery brought you to me?

I don’t understand why of all people
I feel close to you when in fact I hated you before?
You seem so conceited to me, with all your philosophical beliefs,
Which irritated and challenged my interest.

Maybe God has just His own way
To inspire and enlighten my day
That all I do now is thank Him each day
For giving me such a friend who completes me.

The Reply:

Keeping in touch with you
I am one day this stranger
To one I have never met
I share my life and wit

A moment when friendship bonds
Beyond the horizons of the seas
I dream for the day that this stranger sees
A friend in distant lands

Remember each day to be happy
Meet the challenges of life with glee
Remember from this stranger I say
“Reason may not be necessary!”

Every single day I wish
That this stranger by you be missed
And in this verse try to cherish
How much this stranger cares

Now ’til forever I say
Assured you are tho’ I cannot pray
For things you want to be
A place in my heart’s reserved for thee

The Master of Many Things

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*shared story

‘As a child growing up, I always thought by the age of 50, I would be the master of many things. I would have traveled around the world, perhaps become famous, have a house in the country and one by the sea. I’d spend my days painting in the garden and my nights researching a cure for some disease.

That child has long since grown up and 51 years quietly embrace me. And while I shall never be the master of many things, I am leaving my mark;

I belong to a family who has proudly survived many terrible illnesses and war. A family whose humor and affection stand strong.

I am indebted to my friends who are a true joy – encouraging me, cherishing me, accepting me.

I am blessed to have an amazing mentor who guides me with wisdom, kindness and experience.

I work at a job where I can share my heart and make a difference. A job where I am surrounded by people who have truly changed my life for the better.

And so I travel not the world, but the roads in my small town, famous only to my friends, living in a house not by the sea but filled with a remarkable family. I spend my days satisfied with my work and my nights grateful and eager for what comes next.

I am content. ‘

Heb 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

1 Tim 6:8 “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

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