Not What You Think…

There is a lot I would like to share although I cannot at this time. I will write more about it all when I feel comfortable with it. I can only say I am an avid researcher and biblical student; in the process over these 40 plus years I have been on many, many paths of which I believe were leading me to where I am now. I can only say I am shocked and astounded by where this search as brought me. Truth is stranger than fiction for sure…

A Prayer

Praying HandsFather in heaven, may Your name be exalted and Glorified in all the earth, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, in our lives, as it is in the heavenly realms. You also are the good shepherd who’s loving eyes watch over us all with loving care and grace, leading, guiding and protecting in all things. Seeking out even the farthest straying one. Providing for our every need spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, romantically, materially and financially.

Father I Pray for myself and all my family, love ones, friends, and all; especially those with power or authority over us. From the bosses on our jobs, through all the state and local authorities, Police & Military, through all the federal government, to the President and ruling authorities all over the world. I lift up the doctors & Nurses, Staff; also lawyers, Judges & juries, for the Teachers and all the Ministers that minister to us in every way. May they all do Your will in their places and positions, in bringing about peace on earth and good will toward all humanity. May we have grace and favor in each other’s sight. I pray that you would lead, guide, and direct us all in all we do, say and think. I pray that your will, plan, and purpose will be worked out in all our life and circumstances. I pray that we would be, do, and become all that you have planned and purposed for us in your infinite wisdom and love.I pray that through these we would build strong loving, caring families as good godly examples to our communities and the world.

Please protect us from all harm, sickness, accidents, death, disease. I pray that your Holy Spirit would fill us; also the Spirit of Christ and all the fruit of the Spirit being produced in us and flowing out from us; with the mind of Christ directing us. I pray that as You help us walk in the Spirit of Christ we would overcome the sin that is still working in our mind and flesh. God of all comfort, mercy and Grace, forgive us where we fail. I pray that the love of God would flow into us and then flow out from us to all those around us that we might see you in us and be drawn closer to you. I pray that you would help us grow in our gifts, talents and abilities; setting and achieving good goals for our life, work ministry according to how you have created us. Please give us right desires in our hearts and dreams according to the promises in your word. Help us read and understand your word in the Holy Bible and know the truth; not being led astray or deceived. Also help us recognize and understand your present word that is being spoken, and in our heart’s thoughts & through others, also in our surroundings and circumstances. Help us make Your Word applicable in the now, today, not just the past or future.

In addition, especially help us to grow in a living, loving relationship with you in the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. I pray for Your will, that all mankind will come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved; when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess and give praise to God that Jesus The Christ is LORD In the name of Yeshua Messiah our Savior, It is so, Amen.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)

Luk 2:10-11 NASB But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; (11) for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

1Ti 2:3-4 MKJV For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Isa 45:22-23 NASB “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. (23) “I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.

Obadiah 21 (NIV) 21 Deliverers will go up onc Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the LORD’s.

Isa 52:7 MKJV How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, making peace heard; who brings good news, making salvation heard; who says to Zion, Your God reigns!

Rev 22:17 MKJV And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let the one hearing say, Come! And let the one who is thirsty come. And he willing, let him take of the Water of Life freely.

Rev 5:13 NASB And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

Joh 3:16-17 MKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.

Amen!

Many times I write out my prayers. This is one example of one I wrote many years ago and have edited over the years. I felt I should share it.

Daniel W Isrite

More Morality

Very wise words for a not-so-wise society. Many would say we are always pulling the religious card when these topics come up. Although, insanitybytes makes a clear case here that religion really doesn’t have to have anything to do with it.

See, there's this thing called biology...

A statement I have bumped into a few times this week, three hot button issues that I allegedly oppose for religious reasons, abortion, homosexuality, and birth control. I say “allegedly oppose” because as far as I know I’ve never really made a religious argument against any of these things. I have written a rather secular argument against abortion here.

I wish to address these issues from the perspective of an alien lizard overlord…..or Batman. Batman is cool. Anyway, from a rather detached, non emotional perspective, simply as an observer of how civilization creates itself, there are some potentially negative consequences from embracing all three of these things.

Birth control, the invention of the pill for example, forever changed relationships between men and women and altered the course of civilization. Women gained some illusion of control over our biology. Suddenly we were able to plan and organize our lives without being left in a biologically vulnerable…

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The Muddle Man

Thru the eye of the fog

Thru the eye of the fog

THE MUDDLE MAN

I feel I am living,

In a dream state,

How long has it been,

Since I’ve been awake?

I’m trying to rise,

How long will it take?

My mind is so muddled,

I can’t seem to think.

It’s all out of sorts,

All out of sync.

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew,

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do!

How long has it been?

I really don’t know.

Time seems it’s racing,

And then it’s so slow.

What’s going on?

Where’s my mind,

Where’d it go?

In this fog I am living,

My mind tends to wander,

The haze grows heavy,

As I sit and ponder.

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew,

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do.

Things all around me,

Are moving so fast.

I can’t keep up,

How long will this last?

I want to wake up,

From this dream I am living!

Disarray and derangement,

So many misgivings.

This is not where I thought,

I would be at this age.

I should be more sure,

And clear at this stage.

Yet here I am in this state,

Of darkness and haze.

Is this how I’ll spend,

The rest of my days?

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew.

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do!

I was once so sure, so clear and exact,

I was a standard of steadiness,

On each point and fact.

Where’d I go wrong,

And get so off track?

So now tho I travel,

A land of film-flam

I keep trusting You Lord

Tho I know not where I am

Daniel W Isrite

© ™Daniel.W.Isrite

Finally, A Nice Day at The RV Park!

Nice Day RV Park
I woke up this morning before daylight, went back to sleep until light coming through the bedroom RV window awoke me. I looked out to see what kind of day it was and if the lake was receding any. It does seem to be going down some

RV Park 1I got up went to the bathroom, got my coffee water started in the microwave, got Yogi and Rascal out of bed and put them on the kitchen table bench, took my medicine and sat down and peered out the picture window while I had a few drinks of coffee.

In a few minuets after I got myself going enough I took the boys out for a morning peepee, just a short time at first in the morning. The cool but not too cool breeze was nice. Brilliant sunshine filtering through the trees gave me the feeling that this was going to be a good day!

For
“He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.

(1 Peter 3:10 NKJV)

I came back in and sat down at the table and talked to The Lord a while and then opened my bible and read from proverbs then psalms which lead me over to Matthew and a topic search in my Thompson KJV Large Print (Small print doesn’t work well for me anymore) on the importance of words. Another way to put it is guarding what comes out of our mouths. The good and the bad words, warning about negative or hurtful words mostly. I think the point was that the bad things we say about others end up hurting us more than the one’s they are directed at. It just occurred to me that the bible must have a lot more to say in warning about negative speach than the positive benefits of speaking good words.

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned

(Matthew 12:34-37 KJV)

I suppose these frequent warnings are because of God’s protective nature towards His children. Like us, if we can’t get our kids to do things that benefit them we try to at least keep them from doing things that will hurt them. God isn’t so mean as people suppose Him to be, just protective of His children. We like children rebel against his advice many times thinking He is only wanting to spoil our party or just won’t let us have any fun; sound familiar? That’s why Jesus introduced us to God as “Father” so we would get an idea of how He thinks and operates, the reason behind the commandments, He loves us.

boys looking water RV park

It rained for four days when we first got here at this park. The lake kept coming up until the park ranger came and told me we would have to move to higher ground. They were going to shut off the electric to the site I was on and it may even get overrun with water. I’m looking down from this site now on the site I was on and it did almost get covered over. The road going around the park on that end is under water right now.

 

 

looking down on site where I was

 

 

 

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Today is gorgeous! It’s been worth the wait even if I only enjoy this for today. It is so beautiful looking out the RV windows across the woods and the lake. The other campers out here are very quiet; all I can hear right now is the gentle rustle of the breeze blowing through the green leaves glittering with silver light. A bird chirps its song now and then and the distant sound of children’s laughter. There is something calming to me about hearing the sound of children playing in the distance.

Home away from home!

Home away from home!

boys looking out across the back of the RV Park

boys looking out across the back of the RV Park

The boys, my fur babies as I refer to them, and I went for a slow stroll around the park about mid morning. We stopped and talked to a couple of people just briefly. The boys barked their hellos, especially at one site where the couple had another Maltese. They know they are special and don’t think any others like them should be in their territory. The little one is a little fire cracker and thinks he rules the world and can tackle anything from German Shepherds to Doberman Pinschers.

 

My mother had me worried this morning for a while. I couldn’t get her to answer the phone till about 11:00 am. All was well though, she was just sleeping late. I have to keep a close eye on her any way I can even when I am away. She is in her 80s and has crippling arthritis and getting Alzheimer’s in early stages. I stay with her often and help her as much as I can. My own thinking isn’t so clear anymore since my life is split up in so many pieces, from home to moms to going out in the RV just to get away for a while to clear my thoughts. Although, I seem to always have a gnawing feeling of guilt in my guts that I am being selfish. I try to tell myself it’s not reasonable and I do deserve to get away now and then but another voice from somewhere says“ No you don’t, you’re a selfish person and you know you should be somewhere else, at home doing things or taking care of your mother”. I can’t seem to kick it, although I do not believe it is right. I have many health issues of my own that I am struggling with as well which doesn’t make it any easier. As a matter of fact it makes nearly everything I do painful or more difficult than what used to be normal. Normal, that’s only a faint memory of the way things used to be way back in what seems now to be another world entirely. We find ourselves sometimes somewhere and we are not sure how we got there. This is why I hang on so dearly to my God; He is the only lasting stability that has stuck with me through these years. Yes, unchanging, ever-present, always knowing and understanding me as He loves me through my life. I don’t know what I would do without my faith in my God and Father, my Lord Jesus Christ and His precious Spirit and Holy Word. I would probably have imploded by now I’m sure.

It’s about time to take my two little bosses out again, so I guess I’ll have to go for now.

Peace,
Daniel W Isrite

A bit about me to get started.

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Let’s see, I have two of the cutest little Maltese dogs you ever saw. They are my constant companions and best friends. We are a team, we eat, sleep and play together. We take walks and have talks. We love to play fetch and eat treats. Life is so filled with joy to them they bounce up and down and run in circles they cannot contain it; so it runs over into me and I love it! They can make me smile when it’s the last thing I want to do.

I have written a lot about religious views, some poetry, some technical stuff, RVing, and general life experiences. There is no telling what I might write about on this blog. It’s just me Daniel W Isrite and my life; love me or hate me, take me or leave me, I am who I am. I like to express my opinions but I am teachable, open minded to a point, however some things are ‘in my opinion’ no-brainers and non debatable; at least it would be a senseless waist of time ‘in my opinion’. Although opinions are like passing gas; everybody does it, some just don’t want anyone to know it’s theirs. They would rather share someone else’s and hide behind whoever it might be they’re quoting; that way they don’t have to own it. You see a lot of that on Facebook and twitter. I suppose I do it too at times like everyone else; but then there are times I just let my words fly and tell the world what “I” think. Although I have written some things I wish I hadn’t; it’s kinda like toothpaste, once it’s out there there’s no putting it back.

I like reading although I am a slow reader. I have took speed-reading courses and tried all the tricks but nothing really helped me. Oh yes, I increased my reading speed dramatically according to the test but usually didn’t have much of an idea what I just read! So the thing about more retention and comprehension didn’t work for me. I listen to a lot of books with Audible while I’m driving and enjoy it, still, it’s just not the same as reading it. I also read a lot on my iPad, and Mac (the iPhone is just too small for me to read much) even so, digital reading is just not like holding a book in your hands and reading words off a page. It really doesn’t make sense, it’s the same thing, but not the same…? Can I say that? I have literally thousands of books in my digital libraries for different purposes (Mostly for study) I use them for reference for the most part accept for some titles on my kindle and iBooks account. Digital books also makes it a lot easier to copy and paste when I want to quote something. I have books on almost everything I could think of. I also have a large library in my study that mostly collect dust. I have so many interests it’s hard for me to focus on one thing for very long. Maybe I have ADD I don’t know. Then there are times when I am zeroed in on something like a laser and I won’t let up till I take it to a conclusion even if it means staying up till the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes I just need to know, ya know? My brain wont let me rest till I know that I know.

I like the outdoors and nature. I love being in the mountains, or out in the boonies by a lake or on a sea shore. This is why I like RVing. As a matter of fact that is where I am right now, looking out at the lake as I type these words. I used to ride motorcycles cross country and tent camp. I did that a lot until I had an accident at work that injured my neck leaving some nerve damage. I can still ride, but I like to ride big bikes and I don’t think it is all that safe anymore for me with the possible side effects of the nerve damage flaring up at 70 mph. with a 900 lb. bike under me. Maybe I should get a scooter… Anyway, I traded in the big bike and bought an RV, well, three before I got settled on one; kinda the goldilocks thing… RVing is what I do now whenever I can; which is pretty often since I’m retired. My wife is still working and I do have an elderly mother that needs me to not stay away too long so that kinda keeps me from only seeing life through the windshield and rearview mirrors for now. RVing is more than just recreation for me; it’s therapeutic and the perfect setting for the few things I can be productive at and I like to do. I could even see it being a lifestyle someday.

I am a Christian but I am also a thinker. I don’t believe everything someone tells me because they have some title or are standing behind a pulpit. I have even been behind that pulpit myself many times and many times I’m sorry to say, I was wrong, sincere, but sincerely wrong. The difference is when I am wrong I will admit it when it is proven to me that I am wrong; publicly if I need be. Many will not do this because their livelihood depends on being right or at least in agreement with whatever denomination is telling them what is right and or wrong. I was never in that position as I always worked at a regular job. Teaching and preaching was always something I considered a gift so I figured I should return the favor and make it a gift as well. I was put on a salary once but soon refused it. I cannot count how many different views I followed thinking I was right at the time, only to find later on I was mistaken yet again. Now? Well now, since about 8 months ago I decided that the bible is my only rule of faith and practice. Many will say that is what they adhere to as well, however, when confronted with an obvious discrepancy in their teaching as apposed to what the bible actually says; they will dance around the issue quoting from this commentary and that expert Dr. So-n-so, juggling words like a circus clown in a bin full of beach balls. Anything but admit they must be wrong; that is if the bible is their sole source of truth. Anyway, I’m off on a rabbit trail here. I’ll just say, if the bible says it, I believe it, if it says it’s right, it’s right, if it says it’s wrong, it’s wrong. I’ll just say I do not wear any Christian labels, I’m just a bible believer, Jesus follower, and kid of the King of the universe who thanks God everyday for His forgiveness. I’m sure I’ll say more about all that later.

So that’s a little about me and what this blog may be used for. Feel free to leave a comment.

Peace,
Daniel W Isrite