Leaving the past behind, letting go. When we leave a place that we spent a lot of time in, there will be memories, experiences some good, some might be bad. Some of those experiences might be like a ghost that we can’t get rid of.

Some of those haunting memories are really stubborn and refuse to leave us, even though we wish they would. They leave a bad taste in our mouth, like biting down into a lemon. They could be fears, or words someone spoke to us, something horrible that was done to us. These ghosts can take many different forms.

They can hold us back, speak lies to us. Tell us we will never get rid of them no matter what we do. In my own past, there have been ghosts trying to hold me back, experiences that left scars.  Sometimes I have let the ghosts win and i have believed the lies they told me. It is hard to overcome them at times.

Yet, I realize that the times that I silence them, are the times that I am the most connected with God. The times that I tune out that negative voice in my head. The time I realize that I am loved and that I am comfortable with who I am. That is when my ghosts disappears.

Scripture Sunday

Today is a special day of remembrance for the church. Palm Sunday. Called Palm Sunday because the people laid down branches in Jerusalem as Jesus entered the city the people, spread out their coats and palm branches as he was coming in humbly on a donkey. For most of the crowd they could not even imagine the pain and suffering that Jesus was going to go through at the end of the week, many of those who laid down their coats and who laid down palm branches, would later that week ask for a murderer to be released and to have Jesus crucified. Palm Sunday reminds me that Jesus will come and reign again and it reminds of the pain that he endured for my sake and for the sake of everyone else, so that we might have a personal relationship with God the Father.

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus[a] sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” Mark 11:1-10 (ESV)

Embrace Jesus this week and remember what He has gone through to redeem and rescue us.

everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve

My Happy Place

Everyone has a place they like to go and forget the worries of this world. There is something special about that place, it brings about happy memories. The very thought of that place can bring a smile to one’s face. It is one of those thoughts, that compels us to get out of our chair, off the couch and into the car to drive to our spot.

For me that spot is the beach, I love the ocean, I love the sound of the waves, it’s like sweet music to my ears and soul. I also love watching all the people and the way they interact with one other or seek solitude. The beach always brings a calm to my soul, no matter what storms I might be fighting. It is a place I go to calm down and collect my thoughts. The beauty of the sand and the palm trees are like a sweet hug between old friends.

I visited the beach today, I am happy. Where is your happy place?

Hello, Hello

Hey my readers. I am sorry for the radio silence. Life got in the way, which is no excuse, it’s just the honest truth. My lovely wife, Sarah, gave me good advice and encouraged me to keep blogging. I love writing, so I am back now.

These last few weeks have been very full but good. I feel like I have turned a corner, I feel more alive then I have felt in awhile. I feel happier. I feel more peace and it has come from God. He has been restoring me and healing wounds. Hope has been blossoming in my heart and it has been lovely. Was there a specific event or moment that caused this change in me? Thinking back on it. It was a decision I made to allow God to carry my burdens, to hand over my worries, to be honest about what I was feeling and the areas in my life that needed healing.

I am glad to be back on here writing again and I am going to stay with it.

A Rare Gem Part 7

Jed, was feeling very good about himself. He had landed the world’s most valuable diamond and he was cruising in his new, pristine Lamborghini Huracan. He was going at least one hundred as he was speeding up the 5 freeway to give the diamond to the highest bidder; Trip Mccoy, a wealthy billionaire, who made his money off of those addicted video gamers, he ran his own video game empire for many years. Relishing those adolescents and not so adolescents who made him rich beyond measure. Trip was merely buying this diamond because he could. He loved weird, expensive things. He would buy every new top of the line hasn’t been tried out gadget he could get his hands on. He would also buy rare unique jewelry for his wife Samantha and a diamond with supposed magical properties how could you past that up?

Jed had spent a week making sure the drop-off would go without a hitch, just in case anyone was watching. He had set-up a secret security team that would be there, he made sure they were prepared for anything. They had arrange for the drop-off to take place in a dead industrial section in Los Angeles, in the early morning hours when the world was still asleep or barely stirring.

Bandi, had great resources, his best being a man who was on Jed’s security team that he has paid off. Jed had no knowledge of it. Bandi’s man was big 6’6, he had a face of stone, like he didn’t even know how to smile or even the faintest hint of kindness in his soul. His arms were not naturally huge, he was an avid steroid user, who loved money and would give his services to the highest bidder. Bandi’s man, had been texting him all the details that Jed would reveal daily about the drop-off. Bandi was up to speed. Bandi knew there would be ten men there, he knew they would all be armed with automatic weapons. He also knew that he and his team had to get there first, so he had his team ready to go and in position by 2am. The plan was simply to break into some of those defunct buildings climb up to the roof where they had a good line of sight for and pick of Jed’s men one-by-one, with help of course by the man Bandi had bought off.

Jed pulled into the parking lot, he surveyed the area because he was always paranoid, but his paranoia left his system in just a quick glance, everything was silent as the dead. Just a bum walking across the street, that he wasn’t concerned about. He called his head of security Josh Parter and told them to get out off the vehicles and get into position. They got out and formed a wide-circle, Josh gave him the ok to come out of the car with the diamond. He saw that Trip had just pulled up in Tesla S 60. Trip exits the vehicle, and that is when he remembers everything starting to go haywire. He hears a shot, sees one of his men drop-dead. His other men look around confused as more shots, break the cold silence of the night, more of his men dead. He is on the ground with his diamond. Trip, was on the ground behind his Tesla. Josh pretended to be firing at their shooters, but no one was watching him, so he turned around and gunned down the two guards next to him. What Josh did not notice is that Jed was watching, Jed had a gun of his own, he always brought one everywhere he went it was hard being a billionaire, people wanting your money, he needed protection. Jed from the ground got his Glock out of his coat, fired it three times at Josh and Josh was finished. He was counting in his head, seven guards dead, he had three left, just as that thought ran through his head, another guard went down. Then he saw three men running towards him and he let a curse slip out of his mouth he recognized Bandi. He got up took three angry steps and pointed his gun and fired it right at Bandi…