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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Three Little Birds and their joyful praise

Seagulls and Palm trees

Animals They Praise God
Ever wonder if animals praise God? Psalm 148 gives us a clear picture that all creation praises God. However verses: 7-12, undoubtedly affirms that not only creatures of the ocean, trees and storm clouds but also birds and kings of all nations.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,  lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,  you mountains and all hills, 
    fruit trees and all cedars,
 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
 young men and women,
    old men and children.

God created man in his own image Genesis 1:26 with the intent that all his creation should love Him and worship Him. Unlike animals, [creatures] God does not force man to praise Him; he gives each of us a choice.

Listen to the birds praise God
Each morning many of us rise to the sounds of birds cheerfully serenading the dawn of a new day.  Often for hours you hear the repeated chorus from each species. The songs heard in the morning  is quit different from that what you hear from the same birds during mid day.  The morning croon seems to be happy and full of true unconditional praise, something each of us should do daily.

Three Little Birds
The attached audio is a brief example of what I am greeted with each morning when I walk out my door. One has to imagine this was the inspiration to Bob Marley’s classic song Three Little Birds

Learn how to Praise God
This is my message to you, if we as children of God can learn how to make a joyful praise like the birds, learn to worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs his love will endure forever and his faithfulness will continue through all generations.

Tigner Rand 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mindless doddle can predict your future!

Doodles and Smiles

Perfecting your future by doodling
Doodling, sketching, or scribble scrabble whatever you want to call it many of us occasionally find ourselves creating meaningless drawings usually while thinking, talking on the telephone or in a very important meeting. These illustrations typically consist of bulging eyed caricatures, abstract lines, stars or flowers on a note pad.  Some pen-and-ink depictions are anatomically correct while others are a mystery even to the artist. Did you know great opportunities can be found in between the lines of each picture?  I recently read an article which stated what you doodle can reveal a lot about the type of person you are. Doodles, like dreams are subconscious symbols which can “reveal much about hidden goals or types of jobs that can make you happy.” So don’t put that pen and pad away just yet! Stress expert, Debbie Mandel admits her intent is to doodle her way into a creative idea every day.

Bright Eyes and happy smiles
Doodling has been medically diagnosed by professionals who believe such mindless behavior can uncover new possibilities for you and loved ones.  Take me for example; I typically scribble the outline of eyes and faces during my idle time. According to the doodle experts I am a smart person… (Cricket sounds), they cannot be talking about me! While handwriting expert Dr. Marc Seifer PhD also forecast that such doodlers are intriguing and care about the feelings of others… (Now that bears a resemblance to me).  The list of other factoids includes the geometric drawer is considered a focused go-getter, while those who create hearts and animals demonstrate they are filled with love. Not to leave out the sensitive artiste typically draw flowers while an energetic person usually scribes their name or initials on every surface available.   What do your doodles say about you? 

Professor Who doodle
The Talents inside each of use
God established inside our spirits talents. As found in the parable, God gives us, according to his ability these gifts. Some may have one, two, three or multiple talents (Matt 25:14-30).  In this story, the servant that received one talent chose to do nothing with his gift. Are you guilty of hording your talents or believe you have nothing to contribute to others?  We all possess a skill set, trait, or personality that can be used to Praise God as well as uplift our fellow man. Many spend a life time trying to uncover talents while others discover their aptitudes and nurture them early in life.  The Bible also speaks of talents as treasures or a form of currency which equates to about 20 years of a day laborer’s wage.  In the Old Testament, a talent is described as a biblical measure of weight, usually applied to precious metals such as gold or silver which weighed approximately seventy-five pounds (2 Sam 12:30).  Metaphorically, when I think of my talents and the bible’s definition of a talent it gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation of what God had given.   I perceive my abilities now as something that should not or cannot be easily squandered, wasted or tossed to the side.  A seventy-five pound talent is hard to misplace or throw away unlike a quarter or small valueless object.  So, however you uncover your talents; doodling, prayer or if you know what they are guard them and make sure to edify the Lord.

A Mustache Doodle
How to uncover your Though it may appear that you have no talents, or traits of any kind and you are struggling to recognize your God given gifts, finding them begins with acknowledging what are your passions, such as the things you love or enjoy doing. God has equipped us with what is needed to unwrap our gifts by following our heart, abilities, personality and life experiences.  Our experiences are uniquely your own so where one person loves assisting others; another is a great orator, teacher, preacher, artist, or doctor.  Once revealed, you can soar on wings like eagles; run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. Why? Because this is your passion and you would not give it a second thought while doing it. Your abilities provide you with a willingness to go the extra mile stay up into the midnight hour and never tire. Understand that by not using or opening your gifts is worthless and a lack of appreciation for what God gave you. It is like having a very expensive car parked in the driveway but never took the time to open the door or turn the key that car is nothing but junk.  Once discovered and implemented you could realistically never work another day in your life.

A Harry Hippie Doodle
As talented as we are in our professions most of us currently work in some environments that don’t allow us to exercise our strengths or forte, we divulge all our time working and attempting to make a living doing something that drains the joy out of life.  With your new found gifts, time to edify God as well as educate others.  Recall to mind with valiant effort that deeply rooted inside each of us is a bit of Picasso and a talent which can reveal great possibilities.  So the next time you stare mindlessly into space and begin doodling let your creativity run free, allow yourself to find and perfect your future with Christ.

Tigner Rand

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It is inside like a clown you cry

A Happy Clown
Clowns are the saddest people on earth
It has been said that Clowns are the saddest people in the world.  Their life consists of being kings and queens of humor; jesters who entertain with antics, or practical jokes that bring out the child in people of all ages. It is when the lights fade to black and the crowds make their way home, that these painted face pranksters return to a sense of normalcy once they remove their decorated disguises of gigantic smiles revealing their true identity.  Their pain floods the soul so much it over flows, only they and God can see the real heartache. Laughter may hide sadness however when happiness disappear, sorrow is always there.

You are not alone
Do you find yourself easily moved to tears, struggling mentally trying to hide your pains on the inside from the world around you? At different phases in life many find themselves playing the role of a clown by hiding the tear tracks of true feelings. As with most things, some are better than others in camouflaging their violent yet intense struggle in living.  It is inside our homes, minds, and spirit that we cry trying to find peace, love and some comfort. Recently I heard a pastor/gospel recording artist named Kenton Rogers, make public how the passing of his mother caused physical and mental pain which lead to lying in the bed in a fetal position grieving for weeks. It took all the strength his feeble body could muster up to pull himself out of bed each Sunday to preach the Holy word. Yes, even Preachers and leaders find themselves on the border of their faith fighting through tears of pain, all torn up searching for some relief.

Laughter is the best medicine
Even while laughing a heart can ache, and joy can end in grief Prov. 14:13. Life’s journey can make way to all forms of discomfort and when facing such grief we often have nowhere to turn just as Job experienced during his tragic escapade of losing virtually everything he loved and owned.  In the midst of his pain and confusion, Job searched for God just as many of us do during our crisis. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling Job 23:3.  No matter where you turn God cannot be found not east, west, north or south but he knows the way that you go and from your test you will come forth as gold. Job 23:10.  It is during sorrowful times Christians have to find inner strength to dig deep within and conger up faith which can sustain all sadness.

Not long after Jesus appointed his twelve disciples, he encountered a barrage of people in need of healing. So as they reached Judea they were met by a great number of ‘troubled’ people; diseases and impure spirits Luke 6:17-19. Though the Bible did not indicate other conditions it is a safe bet that many individuals where masters of concealing their sadness no different than we do today. Realizing the desires and conditions of the people Jesus began Blessings and eases Woes.  Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh, rejoice in that day and leap for joy Luke 6:20-23.  I find it amazing that the crowd all tried to touch Jesus, because power was coming from him and healing them all. Verse 19 exemplifies that despite their afflictions they had enough faith to believe that through Jesus Word and by touching him they would be healed. Stop and think for a minute, if we as believers would take the same mind set as the people of Judea,  the clown like behavior can actually be eradicated if we would simply take the time and reach out and ‘touch and agree’ with God’s word. 

As a believer of the Word, God wants us to use our faith to rise above the troubles that cause us to masquerade around hurt and dejected. Contrary to your belief God does hear the cries and knows your pains. None of us are immune from any worries in the world, however, when turbulent days increase make sure you are plugged into the source; through praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto God. Over a true smile will find its way to your face.  As you continue your walk with Christ, seek to improve yourself spiritually by inviting the Holy Spirit into your life, studying the word, loving others as you love yourself, and be kind hearted.  Utter a prayer of praise just as David did I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help Psalms 121. Remember, God will never leave or forsake you. Trust and believe in his word and the Lord will fill you up with his Holy Spirit and in due time, you can begin to laugh out loud again without the tear tracks of a clown. 

Tigner Rand

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Love That Never end: Mother

A Mother's Day Poem:

Every year in May there is time set aside
A DAY – when young and old give praise
Each expressing joy of former days.
Many lavish with flowers some call and talk for hours
While others choose to treat with good food to eat.

There are those who like to reminisce on the good she has done -
Like a shoulder to cry on in time of need
She is a soldier always ready and willing to do another good deed.

As the tides of life ebbs and flows one can still be mystified of her ability
Always realize
When trouble is within -
She is there through thick and thin.

No matter how your love is expressed there is one thing that remains true
This is a special gift sent from GOD for me and you
SHE – is your true friend
The one we all LOVE until the end



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