Psalm 121:7-8

“The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever.” – Psalm 121:7 – 8

The Fighting Fish

There is a delightful tetra fish in our tank that has come to the end of its life. However, as close as it is to death, it is fighting hard. What goes through the mind of our scaly friends is beyond me or if heaven is their home or they are just a passing through is another mystery. But what I find inspiring is both how hard it is fighting to live and how much his little scaly friends are swimming beside him, seeming to encourage him. Or they are just hungry. Nevertheless, a fighter he is. Something in him keeps moving forward when being taken down. I like to think it is a touch or fingerprint of the Creator who is life. It inspires and encourages the no matter what is dragging you down, the touch of the Creator is there to promote life and keep you afloat.

Ephesians 5:25-26

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it to make it belong to God. Christ used the word to make the church clean by washing it with water.” – Ephesians 5:25 – 26

I love the patient love depicted here. Wonderful! 🙂

A Troubled Doubled Mind

For every great bite of steak there are fifty rotten apples. This is my new analogy for life. Our minds seem to be easily drawn to that persuasion as well. An easy mark we make for an enemy that knows full well how easily clouded our minds can become. It is this and that, we chase that forever game of tag for the next pot of gold around the next bend or the next better thing. Technology was promoted to save time but ends us losing souls. Far flung ideas that were the building blocks to American entrepreneurship now are rehashed ideas to make money and promote self and not art and ingenuity. Disturbing is this collective lack of personal responsibility or morality and our minds are jumbled with senseless and temporal things. Entertainment teaches children life philosophies where parents once taught. Schools test rather than teach. Bullies are denied punishment that would give them and their targets a chance in life. It is easy to see what is wrong around us. More difficult (because of ego) and entirely more simple is the solution. What America needs is a return to the Judeo-Christian mindset and philosophy that enabled her to exist in the first place. We need a leader who actually lives God as much as America who will lead and set the example of leadership and personal responsibility and truth. We need the 10 Commandments back on every school classroom wall. We need to pray as an American collective. We need to simplify and justify every penny spent and only spend precious pennies on American made products. We need to smile and laugh together and leave the tech alone at the dinner tables. We need board games and books and ideas shared. We need the clarity that comes with appreciating more and wanting less. We need to stop disposing of unborn babies. We need God on our side and military provided for. These are my thoughts.

Panama City Beach

The best beach in the United States, in my opinion, is Panama City Beach, Florida. It has clean white sand that is cool to the touch, even on hot days. You can walk barefoot on the beach and not get your feet cut up or burned. And I highly recommend Edgewood Beach and Golf Resort. We used a Groupon for this amazing place, and the room rate comes with kids activities, a 2 bedroom suite with fully supplied kitchen and a pool that is only shared with only 3 villas. There is also free tram rides over the bridge to the beach, spas, kiddie pool and ropes course for the kids, as well as the group pool that has islands and waterfalls in it. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented or you can bring your own or just go in short spurts so as to not need them. The club facilities has a workout room and 6 tennis courts and there is a 9 hole golf course on site. Our balcony overlooked a pond with a fountain and we counted 6 turtles. Within minutes is a Publix grocery store and Sonic and a few more minutes for everything else. We had a wonderful time and will go back for longer next time. If there was one drawback, it would be that our bed was not comfortable to sleep in. However, that was really the only downside. All in all,with the Groupon pricing, it was a lovely vacation value on the best beach in the USA. 🙂