Are You Lost?

*Survival Tip

Why is it some of us seem to know instinctively where to go and others wander around without a clue? Some researchers believe the answer lies deep within the brain, embodied by an actual “sense” of direction that can be resurrected and trained.

For instance, in 1981, R. Robin Baker, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Manchester, England, reported that blindfolded subjects, when transported to a distant site, could indicate the direction home. Based on his studies, Baker theorized that humans possess a magnetic navigation system that works similarly to the way some birds and fish use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way during migration, a feat known as magnetoreception.

Although other biologists have been unable to duplicate Baker’s results, it’s undeniable that some people have extraordinary abilities to find their way.

In animals, much of the directional mechanism is inherited, but a lot of it is learned. We humans are likely born with this innate sense of direction, and then either develop it as we get older or lose it from lack of use.

To improve your sense of direction, you need to get out and test it from time to time. No matter how prone you are to get lost, you don’t have to go through life with a GPS in your hand. And what happens when the grid goes down? It will one day you know?

Strategies to help you find your way. It’s best to start out on your home turf.

Study the topography maps of your home town to get the lay of the land. Concentrate on imagining what the valleys, streams, and mountains will look like in relation to one another, and store these images in your memory.

Allow plenty of rest time before and during trips. Studies show the brain is more adept at receiving and storing spatial relationships when well rested.

Practice learning where north, south, east, and west are in relation to your surroundings.

Learn constellations, particularly the North Star, so you can locate true north no matter where you are. It won’t necessarily help you hone an internal sense of direction, but it may help you keep your bearings.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek!

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What Have You Lost?

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Here we are, afraid of losing what we have all the time, holding on to it so tight that not a soul can touch it. We think by hiding it from the world, it’s hidden and it’s ours. Nothing is. Nothing ever will be. For, nothing ever was.

If you think there is anything that you have, that’s yours, be it money, a house, a car, a job or even a friend… it’s nothing but an illusion. It could all disappear… in one blow; and for some it has.

Here we are, so insecure that we are afraid of re-starting our lives, so we just carry on trying to sort out the current mess. The thought that we should give it all up and just start all over – with nothing – might cross our minds some time, sure, but we get scared and we push away anything that scares us.

There is nothing I can ever achieve or gain that I cannot lose, in a matter of seconds. You have never gained enough to not be able to lose it all, in just a few minutes. What you think is yours, was never yours and will never be yours (try not paying your taxes and see what all you lose). Whatever you make here, you leave here.

So what are you afraid of?

Let all be lost. Let them take away everything. As long as you have your heart beating strong, as long as you have your nostrils working fine, as long as the blood flows in your veins, you will live, you will breathe and you can get it all back… again and again. For, if you can do it once, you can da*n well do it again. It’s just a game we play – Life.

And remember, what can man take from you that God cannot give back to you, or give you more of or something better?

1 Tim 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Lk 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Acts 27:22 “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.”

Mk 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. ”

God never takes from people, we do that through our own choices and actions. Our incorrect decisions and actions cause us to lose in this world. Trust the Lord to supply your needs through Christ! Take a break from the world-take a break from worry; what have you got to lose?

Credit: Written in part by Rohit W.

*Thanks Rohit!

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Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

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A man once went to a fortune teller, curious to know what she would say about his future. The fortune teller looked into her magic ball and then her facial expression said it all. The man would die, she said, involved in a bus accident. This would happen within two to three months time, but she couldn’t say exactly when. The man went home, depressed and worried telling himself how he never really believed in fortune tellers. Why should he now?

When two months passed, he had thought about what she said, day in and day out. Now he decided to lock himself in his house where he wouldn’t come close to any buses for the next month.

Another 3 weeks went by when the man came down the stairs from his bedroom to make some coffee. His little son had left his toys on the floor of which one was a little toy bus. The man stepped on the bus, after his last step down the stairs, slipped and knocked his head against the stairway railing and died instantly.

Moral of the story: “Live life on the edge, don’t lock yourself away.”

Credit : Submitted by E. Van der Nest — South Africa

“This story helped me to overcome many of my fears… Fear only has one purpose; it holds you back! Don’t let it. Carry on with your life, as fear doesn’t resolve anything. It’s like they say, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – E. Van der Nest

Thanks! E. Nest

LET IT BE!!

Key thoughts to take from this are :

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Cor 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

1 Cor 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

So keep living and keep loving 

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Please note (Disclaimer): I do not condone or support the fortune-telling or soothsayer type (psychic) of anyone. This is at best, witchcraft and should not be considered. I hope the message will trump the method.
Mic 5:12 with Gal 5:20

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Our Original Face

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*”I recently lost my brother-in-law, Mike … never really got to spend a lot

of time with him. In short, we never had been close until recently. It’s still 

unknown as to what killed him. Things just looked “funny.” Anyway, what

a way to spend the day after Christmas, seeing your brother and new-found 

friendship dead at a scene reminiscent of a Columbo crime scene. I’m dedicating

this post to Mike. I believe Mike was finding himself, was …getting back on track,

but had a lot of luggage he just did not need. No worries now 😦 …I miss ya Mike-

still can’t believe you’re gone!”

-Marty (Moraldiplomat)

Note: I’m not really sure how the following will mean to you, but I know what it means to me. Thanks for taking time to read.  I hope you can glean something from it. Much love to you all in these uncertain times.

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Our Original Face

Who were you before you were born (Job 31:15)? What was your face before your parents were born? Can you imagine yourself being a thousand years younger? Who will you be after this world, in eternity (1 Jn 3:2)? In a thousand years from now? Who are you now…here. Deep down, really, truly, authentically, basically, simply (Phil 1:6,Col 1:27 with Philem 1:6).

The answer to all these questions is the same, and once you know, you know. You remember…it is just a case of remembering. The way I see it is this: Virtually from the day we’re born we begin to play roles. We start to adapt, to fit in, to conform. Throughout our lives we will play thousands of roles (Daughter, Son, Mother, Father, Friend, Grandparent, Stockbroker, Bus Driver etc.)

The problems come when we become too identified with these roles. We forget that we are the one who is playing the role. The word “personality” comes from the root word “persona”, which means mask. We wear millions of different masks throughout our lives, changing them for every role, every occasion.

The trouble is we do this unconsciously and eventually begin to see ourselves as others see us (1 Sam 16:7). We start to look at ourselves through other people’s eyes (James 4:4), from the outside in. We forget that we are the ones behind the mask, looking out. We allow ourselves to be pushed and pulled away from our true, real, authentic center, our home (2 Cor 5:17).

We will have many, many different experiences, but we are none of them. We are the one who is having the experience, the experience-er. Life is a dream and we are the dream-er. The eye of the hurricane, the real center (Rom 8:9).

If we begin to think of ourselves as the role, the mask, the dream or the experience, sooner or later these ideas will become more solid and they will become imaginary walls around us – separating us from each other and from existence itself. This is hell; this is illusion.

Basically it is essential to, at some point, witness all of this going on. Through focusing our thoughts and heart onto God; the Creator of all life, spending time alone with Him etc., you can gain a glimpse of your Real Self / True Nature / Original Face- what God in Heaven intended us to be.

Once this has happened, it is so much easier to see all the layers of personality, conditioning and falsity we have allowed to be integrated into our being from the poisons of the world.

We can peel it away like peeling an onion or carve it away like Michelangelo releasing the ‘angel’ from the marble. But the trick is that once you can see it and feel how heavy it is, how constricting, what a burden…(1 Peter 5:7) it is pretty easy to drop it, to surrender to the will of God; calling out to Him for help, to just let it go, renewing our minds to what God has done inside our born again spirits (Rom 12:2).

To me this is the most essential thing in life, because by doing this you understand what is Love/Freedom/Peace/God/Reality/(Rom 6:11). You understand that the essence of who you are in the Lord and are no longer in a state of being “lost.” (Rom 8:1)

In that moment, you have come back home (Lk 15:4).

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Little Sheep- (Poem)

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For Sunday August 30, 2015

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you stray?
Because O Lord, there’ll be another day

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you roam?
Because O Lord, we know a short cut home

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you fall?
Because O Lord, we fail to heed your call

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you cry?
Because O Lord, we have not given a try

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why won’t you go?
Because O Lord, we’re afraid of answers we’ll not know

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you weep?
Because O Lord, your commandments we do not keep

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
If you are my sheep you’ll know my voice
It’s time to kneel and make a choice

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
But why Lord? you might say
It’s because of love, my life I gave

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Just follow the Light
You’ll flee the darkness and be victorious in the fight

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Don’t have any fear
I know the best outcome and control things from here!

This is not a moral blog or a lesson but the implications are there.
Are you one of these sheep who are lost and need to find your way back?
If so, could this be your time? Have you ever felt like you have it going on;
but still felt like something was wrong, out of place…maybe even you, were out of place and cannot find that missing element in your life? Do you feel something nagging at you? Then maybe it’s not too late.

 

Call upon God, the name of the Lord, Jesus and today find the Shepherd and come back to the fold. No conditions, just come back. God loves you! And not just you, but we all need that second chance. Let today be yours.

 

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Save me Lord!

Saved, but…..

Is 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:…”

Matt. 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

1 Pet 2:25 “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

Mt 18:13 “And if so be that He find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”

A day coming near, that the door will be closed. Don’t be one of those that knock and the door will not be opened unto you. Call upon the Lord while there is time!

Lk 13:25 “When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:…”

Genuine Love

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A young man was struggling hard on a dirt road to keep up his pace on a very hot day. He looked like he had not taken a bath for a long time. From the look of his dirty, tattered clothes and his bare feet, one could say that he was a homeless person. He pressed on with heavy breathing and occasionally stopped to wipe the sweats off his forehead. Dried and thirsty as he was, he did not take a detour to find a drink of water.

He then slowed down and came to a complete stop, putting his hand above his eyes to see who was standing far ahead of him. It was an old man of rather high social status. Even on such a hot day, the old man had put on his best outfit and was very well-groomed. He patiently stood there waiting in the middle of the dirt road. It could have been hours…

The young man gathered whatever strength he had left and ran toward the old man with great emotions. He stopped right in the front of the old man, gathered his composure and whatever dignity he had left. He was speechless… His eyes met the old man’s, begging for forgiveness. The old man said nothing, although tears were rolling down on his face already. He simply extended his welcome to the young man with opened arms. It had been a long time since someone embraced the young man with genuine love, but this time, it was even more, because it was the embrace of a father to his son who was once lost and now has found his way back.

The Prodigal Son

It appears in only one of the Gospels of the New Testament. According to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:11-32), a father gives his two sons his inheritance before he would die. The younger son, after wasting his fortune (the word ‘prodigal’ means ‘wastefully extravagant’), goes hungry during a famine spending all his increase. He then returns home with the intention of begging to be employed and renouncing his kinship to his father; asking his father to hire him as a mere servant. Regardless, the father finds him on the road and immediately welcomes him back as his son and holds a feast to celebrate his return.

The older son refuses to participate, stating that in all the time he has worked for the father, he did not even give him a goat to celebrate with his friends. The father reminds the older son that everything the father has is the older son’s (his inheritance) but that they should still celebrate the return of the younger son. It is the third and final part of a cycle on redemption, following the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Parable of the Lost Coin.

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CHAPTER 15:11-32 (KJV)

15:11 “And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

Happy Father’s Day!

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For me, it’s Father’s Day everyday… Praise God!

Praying in a Jungle

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I’d like to take a moment to dedicate this post to Debra in India. She and her family are very blessed. ‘ “ofthestory.”

I want to relate an event which happened nearly 10 years ago. I was 9 at that time, still a small child back then. It happened in a village in Alibaug a place in Maharashtra in India during the summer holidays.

We (my mom and me) were at the beach for quite some time when we decided to go back. Normally, after walking for about 10 minutes, we would reach the hotel.

My mom asked her friend where our sandals were (we were still at the beach). Her friend pointed in some direction, and my mom then went there. However, soon mom realised we were lost.

We were now in a quite a big jungle. And since it was noon, the ground was quite hot and my mom had to carry me. I was scared. I didn’t understand then, our plight, mom was in a big jungle with her 9-year-old kid and completely lost.

I was scared and didn’t know what to do. So I began to pray. As a child, the only prayer I knew was “Our Father” and “God Our Protector” (Mt 6:9, Psalm 91). I don’t remember which of the two I prayed, but I do remember my mother telling me that as soon I had finished praying, a woman stood before my mother. The woman gave mom her chappal (slippers) and told my mom that she had crossed an entire village and currently was in a different village. That woman safely took us back to the hotel we were staying at.

My parents told me it was that kind woman who helped mom back then. However, I know it was our Master in Heaven, Jehovah-Jireh; the Lord our Provider (God) who helped us.

Next time you find yourself lost; call upon Jesus, remember the Lord your God and He will make sure you get found. Of course, we were never lost…He knows where we are…Amen?