Three days of Darkness

There is a prophecy among the Catholics predicted by a few saints. That the world will be 11902565_10207373968616346_8729183580023926970_nengulffed by a darkness that can be felt. That all evil will be purged from the surface of the world. Many think it will coenside with the end of the world. That this is how ,when Jesus returns, He will wipe away the last of the dwindelling evil doers and the rightous will enherit the world. Like the end of the world it has been predicted to happen several times and obviously hasn’t yet.

This is not the first time we have heard of something like this though. The nineth plauge of Moses, that he inflicted on Egypt from the Lord. Was a thick darkness that blocked all light and was palaple. It could be felt. It was not just a pitch blackness. It is unnerving when you are in the dark. You can’t see anything around you and it makes you nervous. But this was not that kind of darkness, it was a darkness that could be physically felt. On your skin and body. When you moved through it you could feel yourself moving through it. It was oppressive. It had a weight that could be felt and understood that it was the darkness. It paralyzed the people. It halted all work and made them uneasy. It caused them to become paniced and probably pointed fingers and acted out in riots. The pharoh was powerless to do anything about it. This too lasted three days.

The first signs will be. The wind will howl and roar. Lightning and thunder will fill the skies like never seen before. The whole earth will shake, heavenly bodies will be disturbed. Every Demon, every evil spirit will be released from hell and allowed to roam the earth. Terrifying apparitions will take place. Many will die from sheer fright. Fire will rain forth from the sky, all large cities will be destroyed, poisonous gases will fill the air, cries and lamentations everywhere. The unbelievers will burn in the open like withered grass. The entire earth will be afflicted it will look like a huge graveyard.

To survive this as soon as you see these signs head indoors and stay there. Close all the doors and windows. Close the blinds and curtains. Do not look outside and do not open the doors for any reason. Do not answer any calls you may hear from outside. Anyone outside will perish. Bring your pets inside. Be sure to pet any large animals and pray over them. Animals that have been touched by a rightous person will be spared. Bring your family in the same room as you and light a blessed candle. This will be the only light that will work. Electric lights, even flashlights, other candles, and any other source of light, will not work during these three days. No tv. radio or phones will work either. Keep your family together and pray. The entire home will shake except for the table on which the blessed candle will sit. This is what they say. Once lit the candles will not go out. Not for the three days. These candles will not burn in th ehouse of the Godless only the faithful.

Similar to the Isrealites in Egypt. When the darkness decended on Egypt they had no lights at all, but the Isrealites had light in their homes. It was the only light there was.

Keep on hand a supply of water and if possible food. Enough to last three days. Sprinkle holy water around your house and mostly around the doors and windows. This will give extra protection to keep out evil spirits.

Spend this time in prayer adn singing hymns.

 

Add a spiritual element to your morning commute

So, part of my favorite moments is my morning drive to work. I usually leave a little earlier than i need to so i can have a little more drive time. When in leave for work it is about five something in the morning. The sun isn’t up. I find it very relaxing to drive that early in the morning. I have the road to myself with maybe three other cars sometimes. I can put in a mix cd of my spiritual music or the much more likely stream some podcasts over my phone.  There is just something about the cool morning air or the late dusky crisp air. The low light makes a feeling like anything can happen. It is the perfect time for adventure.

This is a great time to talk to God as well. You are alone, (pay attention to the road though) There was a new article about a woman who drove off the road and into someone’s home, because she was praying while she was driving and had her eyes closed. You can talk to God without closing your eyes in this instants. He will understand. I talk to him all the time while we are driving to work. In the later seasons it is dark when i drive home as well.  The very early and very late times of the day are very spiritual for me. If you like podcasts i recommend Saddle back Church and Touching Lives by James Merrit. They really speak to me and can help you.

IMG_20150731_051017.jpgIn addition to adding spiritual elements to your commute you can accessorize as well. To the left are a set of prayer beads as well as an air freshener. I have used them while praying before (while parked) Not shown is a dashboard Jesus. I couldn’t find the picture of it. I bought it on a whim and it it is no longer in my car actually. It wouldn’t stick well. It was a comical one and not very respectful of Christianity to be honest, but there are better ones available.

There are also angel bells you can hang from somewhere in your car. I will bet pictures up eventually, They are usually called trucker bells or biker bells. You can get them with different pictures. Mine has an angel on it. The legend goes that they capture road gremlins that cause car trouble and drives them away with the ringing.

Not all accessories need to be store bought or fashionable per say. To the right is a KFC GoIMG_20150821_181952

Cup. I use it for holding little snacks i get from the vending machine at work. What is a

little road trip adventure without a little snack. I usually keep the lid off and just pour in the candy or chips. It fits into a cup holder and has two short but deep pockets. Comes in handy.

Outdoor Experiment:Drinking while peeing outside

11880556_10206903706168256_1907525563727763931_n.jpgOkay for this adventurous experiment, you need a bottle of water and privacy. This very male experience, does have a purpose of sorts. It is very straight forward and interesting. Have you ever tried this. Everyone urinates, fewer than you would think have done it outside. There is a sence of freedom in it. Hard to explain unless you hae done it for yourself. A feeling of out of the norm. a sence of adventure really. Anyway the point of this experiment is a psychological one. You will need to really go so that you will have time for this.  You will need a large bottle of water. When you begin to urinate, start drinking. As far as possible you should try to drink the water straight down without pausing. (Don’t choke yourself though) You will feel quite bizarre sensations almost immediately. The water you expel seems to be synchronized with the water you are pouring into yourself. You should then visualize  your body to be organized in a way that the water you are drinking is directly exiting your body. It will feel as though your body has become simple and pulled inside out. Your complex intestinal system is absent.

Okay i admit this has little to do with Christianity and i am ready a new book on simple experiments for everyday life. I am trying to tie them in with Christianity and this one seemed so simple and fit with outdoor living. In biblical times it was common to use the great outdoors. There are references to “those who pissesth against the wall” It was a common practice. Anyone who camps, hikes, or does any out door activity has done it at least once. This is an experiment that few have done i expect and thought i would post it to enhance anyone interested outdoor adventure. Just do it away from the campsite or ground water.

Outdoor Experiment: Cemetary walk

10362376_10204729758500923_9197612711912293083_nFor this experience what you will need is just you and a cemetery nearby. One with few to no people or activity. You want to go at dusk or close to dark. It is actually illegal to be in a cemetary after dark.

What you are doing there is just taking a little walk around the place. Look at the headstones. All these people were once alive. Now they are not. How do you feel about that. Death is a part of life and we need to look at it. Understand it. As a Christian, this is not the end. It only feels that way on this side. Not a single one of these people are beyond God’s reach.

Ezekiel 37 the valley of the dry bones. God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones that he will breathe life into them and put flesh back on their bones. God is capable of this. Even  those who hae been cremated. God knows every molecule of your body. Every strand of your dna. He can make a new body identical to the old. Your soul is the essence of what you are and God hold that in his hand and it is eternal. This fleshy body is just a shell and it will fall apart one day. It may even be put int he ground, but you are never beyond God’s reach. He can build a new body. From the dust of the earth same as e made Adam’s.

So as you walk about the headstones consider God’s power over death. These stones are markers for the living to remember them by. It is to comfort those who still have things to do in this world. No believer is lost to God. You can’t move beyond his reach. If he chooses he could raise you from the dead as he did with his son Jesus.

Death is real and death is sad. We miss our loved ones. We need to remember that they are still alive to God and they are happy where they are. They would want us to continue on and be happy as well. We will be together again one day. It is all right to mourn them. It is good to grieve. But we also need to let go of that grief once it has run its course. God still has things in store for us. Death is not all that scary. God is not the god of the dead, but the God of the living. Those attached to God will never die. Though the body may pass away we will never be lost.

This can be comforting to those who have lost loved ones. It can be painful especially when we lose them to an unforseen accident before their time. It is unfortunate that other’s poor decisions can affect us so profoundly. Someone drinks and gets behind the wheel and causes an accident. They survive and an innocent person dies. This is a tragedy, but it is not God who caused the accident. He gave us free will. It is our choice and many don’t think about how our choices can have far-reaching effects. We only see what we want and how things affect us. They may be gone to where we can’t see them, but they are not gone from God.  We can never move beyond God’s presence. You are not beyond God’s presence while you walk among the headstones.  contemplate that. Consider God’s presence.

Okay that being said. Be careful where you do this. It may be tempting to go way off away from the city or town you live in. It may be a good idea where you live to take a team mate with you. Just keep your distance from each other. This is ment to be experienced solo, but bad things do go on sometimes in cemeteries at night. As i mentioned it is illegal to be in them at night. So don’t go when it is all the way dark. Some ghost hunters have mentioned their experiences when ghost hunting in cemeteries at night. (you can get permission from your local court house) They found evidence of black mass rituals (Satanists) or occult goings on with strange graffiti and broken religious artifacts. Usually in cemeteries way off the beaten path where there is little traffic. You wouldn’t want to stumble on to one of these.

Some have reported feeling a strange oppression feeling like a presence and feeling of dread and fear. Ghosts and spirits are nothing to fear for a christian. Pray for God’s protection before you go as you should before any outing or adventure. Carry your prayer beads and pocket Bible. Remember your hymn as i mentioned in a previous post. These things will protect you and keep you safe. Evil precence will flee from you. God’s precence will fall on you and surround you.

The Real you…..

This world we live in is a scary place. It seems to get worse every day. You look at the news and the bad stuff seems to effect everyone. Whether you were involved or not. For some people their lives were turned upside down. People did bad things to them. They were hurt. Thier families were hurt. We live in a world that want to drown us in hurt. We feel pushed down and don’t have the strength to get up. We just wish we could start over again. Be someone else. Or just be who we were. There was a boy who a molester had kidnapped. He was rescued, but he told the police. “I wish i could be me again.” Before he had been kidnapped. What the man had done to him. It changed him. Effected him and he couldn’t be the same. That is how so many people feel. Life throws such chaos at us.

When we carry so much baggage around it weighs us down and effect every part of our lives and makes it to where we can’t enjoy anything any more. Like a constant cloud overhead. It shadows everything we do and think. It makes us feel different. Disconnected from others.  Like we don’t fit in. That no one can understand. Or that everyone will judge you or look at you weird or with pity.

Okay, so what do you do. This is what Christianity is good at. The whole point is that you are a new creature in Christ. When you are baptized you are born anew. A new person. A new life to start again. You do have the choice to set the baggage down. If you find the right church, the people  will be excepting, not judging. As the Bible says, Judge and you will be judge.” So we Christians don’t judge, we all have our skeletons in our closets we don’t want God to point out on judgment day.

God loves you, damage and all. He can help you heal. It does take time. But it is real. You may be thinking “You don’t know what i’ve done, or You don’t know what was done to me.” You would be right.

God does. He can help you. Doesn’t matter what it was. He knows you. Every hair on your head. Every thought you have. Are you mad? Do you think really bad things about what happened? Are you mad at God? Tell him. Yell at him. That can start your relationship. He already knows how you feel. He is a big boy, he can handle it. Scream and cuss at him if you want. Just open that door and let him start working in your life.

So often when we face tragedy in life, we get to the point where we feel unloveable. For some reason, we feel so separated that we feel no one can understand us therefore no one can love us. At least not the “real”. You know what i mean. We feel like we wear a mask. We hide our true feelings. We go through motions sometimes. We feel alone even when we are in a crowd of friends. Then we go home and take off the mask. When we are alone and we feel the most like ourselves. The self that no one else really gets. God gets it. God knows you. He loves you, even under the mask. He know the very nature of your heart. The reasons you feel the way you do. He wants to help you understand those feelings and help you feel his love for you.

Christianity was once described as an ocean. It is always there. You can start by dipping your toes into the water and then your feet. If it feels weird or frightening you can pull your feet back out. But it is always there. When you are ready to dip back in. God is not going anywhere. He is waiting. He will listen. He will show his love. If you choose to turn away you can. He will still be there. He is patient. Love endures forever. His is a perfect love. Give it a chance.

Energy snacks for your adventures

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Trail snacks are very important for an adventure. Wether you are packing a bug out bag or just something simple for a day trip, you want the right snacks for the adventure. I have tried several different kinds thanks to my Cairn subscription box. There is usually something new to try in each one. I’ve also sought out energy bars and found a homemade energy bar recipe i would like to share.

But first i will review a few here. The mocha latte coffee bar. Very heavy on the coffee. Did not care for it.

Little red wagon  geo coffee instant coffee. It was pretty good. It hangs on the edge of your mug and pour hot water over it. Rip van Wafels. It was a sweet little waffle that tasted great.

Jimmy’s bar peanut butter clutter bar. Dairy free and gluten free. If you like peanuts it is good. There are alot of peanut bars out there. The protein keeps you feeling full and provides energy. It is a main ingredient in most energy bars so if you have an allergy you better check the labels.

Skratch labs fruit drops and scratch labs hydration mix you add to water. Both were good. Something a little different than the energy bars. Gummies are pretty good and some water addatives are great too. There are plenty  of water flavorings out there.

Something a little (well more a different) Chapul Choco Bars. It is made with cricket flour. Full of protein, iron and b12. When i say cricket flour i mean yes crickets. They are full of nutrients and are ground  into  flour so you don’t have to see them. You don’t even know they are in there.

Freeze dried cheesecake bites and neopolitine ice cream. great flavor. You miss the cold of the ice cream, but the flavor is still there.

Homemade energy bar recipe

What you need:

2 cups chopped assorted nuts (peanut, cashews, almonds, ect)

If you have an allergy to nuts skip those and use seeds. (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, ect.

Dried fruit like (raisins, craisins, apricots, dates ect.)

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup peanut butter If allergic try marshmallow fluff

1/3 cup light corn syrup

3 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp water

cooking spray

8×8 inch baking pan

parchment paper

Stir all dry ingredients together. If you want add nuts and seeds too.  In a separate bowl, whisk the butter, corn syrup, and water together. Add the dry ingredients. Then add the peanut butter (or fluff) and mix well.

Line the baking pan with parchment paper. Transfer the mix to the baking pan and press it down firmly, spreading evenly.

Pre-heat oven to 350. Bake until done, about 25 minutes or until it starts to brown around the edges. Let cool until it firms up. Lift out of pan by grabbing the overhanging edges of the parchment paper. Cut into squares.

I have to admit i have never tried it with the marshmallow fluff.

Soudtrack to your Life

“Make a joyous sound unto the Lord”

Music has long been at the center of worship. It is the perfect way to express your feelings, faith, and lift your spirit. There was an article i read once that a pastor pulled into a fast food restaurant late at night and he heard Christian music being played over the loud speakers. He mentioned this to the waitress that brough his order and she said she did it because it kept away the riff raff. This is a very real thing. Spiritual music drives away the presence of evil.  It can make the devil flee.

King Saul was troubled by an evil spirit that threatened to drag him into a depression and possibly posses him. He brought David who was a psalmist and played the harp into his palace to play for him and it drove out the evil spirit.Saul would later turn against David and attempt to kill him so maybe he lost his battle, but Davids music lifted Saul’s spirit and drove out the spirit and such music can do the same for us today.

20160730_135654I believe everyone should learn to play something for the Lord. Wether it is singing or an instrument. That being said, i quite suck at my chosen instrument, But if it is played from the heart God will love it regardless of the ear splitting noise. I play a Wow Flute. It is just like an ocarina. Wow flute is a brand name and they are practically indestructible. Good for someone who goes on adventures and trekking the outback. It is a palm sized flute with six holes and is easy to learn, though i prefer to free style most of the time. There are all kinds of songs you can learn and even hymns like amazing grace.

If an instrument is not your thing then learn to sing a hymn or two. I know someone at work who is an associate member to my survival team who sings to herself hymns and Christian songs when the day runs long or is especially hard. She is one of the most up beat people i know. A true Christian. Everyone should memorize at least one hymn for those times when you just need a pick me up or are in a frightening situation. It can give you strength. Remind you that God is there.

If you have trouble memorizing actual verses, like i do sometimes, it is easy to freestyle a hymn. Consider this.

I’ll go with him through the (insert something here),

I’ll go with him through the (repeat insert),

I’ll go with him through the (once more repeat),

I’ll go with him all the way.

Repeat those lines inserting different things, Whatever you are feeling at the time. Storms, dessert, forest, valley, anything you want. Make it your own.

In addition to inspiring and lifting us, we can show God how we feel and glorify him. This is pleasing to God, even if we are tone deaf. God hears the music from our hearts and the love we put into it. So don’t worry so much about the sound.

So whether you are going on a road trip, Long or short hike, Or just jogging around your block. Add a soundtrack to your life. Make a playlist of your favorite Christian music or whatever speaks to you.

I will add a laylist here of my favorite songs and the groups.

Down to the river to pray- alison krauss

Hearts lost in Nowhere- altar boys

You are loved- altar boys

Holy water- Big and Rich

Somebody said a prayer- Billy ray Cyrus

Lost highway- Bon Jovi

Trapped- bruce Springstreen

In Me- Casting Crowns

Jesus and Gravity- Dolly Parton

I’ll take you back- Jeremy Camp

Healing hands of God- Jeremy Camp

There will be a day- Jeremy Camp

Tonight- Jeremy Camp

What if God was one of us- Joan Osbourne

Me and God- Josh Turner

Everything- Lifehouse

Long Black Train

In Christ alone- Newsboys

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jerico-Oak ridge Boys

Baptism of Jesse Taylor- Oak Ridge Boys

/Tenth Avenue North/ Calling out, Love is here, Let it go, You are more, By your side, Healing Begins,Times

Incomplete and insecure- Avett Brothers

Stumbling to Bethlehem-Patti Scialfa

Shame- Avett Brothers

You are a Child of mine

You’ll be in my heart