New Beginnings of All Things USA

Have you ever wondered about ‘How Did I Get Here’;  ‘From Where Did I Come’; ‘How Did I Get Put With the Parents I Have’; ‘What Am I Supposed to Do With the Life I Have Been Given? Do not worry about feeling like the lone ranger with those questions. There comes a time in our lives that we the human race of mankind; be you male or female of this race will indeed ask of ourselves those questions. My suggestion would be to start from the beginning of “The Holy Bible” written by men who were filled with the Spirit of God for whatever reason in their own stage of life looking for those same questions in addition to a few more that related to their own personal life. They may not have been aware of the need for our Creator whom I call God the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to step into their lives and lead them through their purpose in life, or were they?

With the focus on God, I will start at the beginning of all things that God has done in His order of the first seven days of His creation.

The Book would be Genesis: Chapter ONE, verses 1-31

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The FIRST DAY

And God said Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light #Day, and the darkness He called #Night. And the evening and the morning were the first #day.

What I have learned of God:

  • He created the heaven & the earth
    • Earth was filled (deep?) with darkness, and without form, and void.
    • There was water.
  • The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
  • God spoke into existence #light. He saw that light was good.
  • God divided the light from the darkness. 
  • God named the light #Day, and the darkness He named #Night.

Hence, it was God who created the heaven and the dark deep formless void of earth filled with deep waters upon which God’s Spirit moved? And before He could go on to that next step,

  • He had to get some light on earth; hence,
  • He spoke light into being of which He saw that it was good. Then,
    • God divided the light from the darkness, and named that light day, and the darkness He named night.

To get to the naming of Day, there had to be a separation of light from the darkness of the formless, void filled with deep waters upon which the Spirit of God moved on its face?

And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Awesome work! God. Might I ask that why question?

The SECOND DAY

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

  • REMEMBER: The first day here on earth God had to speak into existence Light, and divide that light from the darkness of which He named Light Day and Dark Night out of which came His first Day: and the evening and the morning were.
  • And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and
    • let it divide the waters from the waters.
    • And God made the firmament, and
  • divided the waters which were under the firmament
  • from the waters which were above the firmament:
  • and it was so.
  • God named the firmament Heaven.

And the evening and the morning were the second day.

  • God said, Let …
  • And God made …
  • and it was so.

Awesome second day of work! God. Might I ask that why question again?

The THIRD DAY

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Sea: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

  • And God said, Let …
  • and let the dry land appear:
  • and it was so.
  • And God named the dry land Earth;
  • and the gathering together of the waters called He Sea:
  • and God saw that it was good.
  • And God said, Let the earth
    • bring forth grass,
    • the herb yielding seed, and
    • the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind,
      • whose seed is in itself, after his kind:
    • and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the third day.

The FOURTH DAY

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

  • And God said, Let there be lights in
    • the firmament of the heaven
      • to divide the day from the night;
      • and let them be for signs,
        • and for seasons,
        • and for days,
        • and years:
      • And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven
        • to give light upon the earth:
    • and it was so.
  • And God made two great lights;
    • the greater light to rule the day, and
    • the lesser light to rule the night:
    • He made the stars also.
  • And God set them in the firmament of the heaven
    • to give light upon the earth, and
    • to divide the light from the darkness:
  • and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

The FIFTH DAY

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

  • And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life,
    • and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
  • And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after kind:
    • and God saw that it was good.
  • And God blessed them, saying,
    • Be fruitful, and multiply, and
      • fill the waters in the seas,
      • and let fowl multiply in the earth.

And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

REMEMBER all things God spoke into His creation: The waters brought forth in abundance the moving creature that hath life, and the fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

  • God saw …
  • God blessed …
  • God said in his blessing, Be fruitful, and multiply …
    • and fill the waters in the seas,
    • and let the fowl multiply in the earth.

And there was the SIXTH DAY

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Still on that SIXTH DAY after the beasts of the earth, cattle and every thing that creepeth; which was good as God saw came the

CREATION OF MAN:

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

  • And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: 
    • and let them have dominion over
      • the fish of the sea, and
      • over the fowl of the air, and
      • over the cattle, and
      • and over all the earth, and 
      • over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
  • So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him;
    • male and female created he them.
  • And God blessed them,
  • and God said unto them,
    • Be fruitful and multiply,
    • and replenish the earth,
    • and subdue it:
    • and have dominion over
      • the fish of the sea,
      • and over the fowl of the air,
      • and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
  • God said, Let us …
    • in our image,
    • after our likeness:
  • So God created man in His own image,
  • in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
  • And God blessed them,
  • And God said unto them, …

And yet still on that SIXTH DAY, after all that God created; food was given:

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

  • And God said,
    • I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,
      • and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
      • And to every beast of the earth,
      • and to every fowl of the air,
      • and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life,
        • I have given every green herb for meat:
  • and it was so.
  • And God saw
    • every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.

And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

It would not be fitting if I did not end this post with “The SEVENTH Day; which would be the start of Chapter 2, verses 1 through 7, before continuing on about the Garden of Eden.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made.

About God on this seventh day:

  • God finished His creation of the heavens and the earth in six days,
    • and all the host of them (heavens and earth).
  • God rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

  • God blessed the seventh day,
    • and sanctified it:
      • Why? because that in it He had rested from all
        • His work which
        • God created and made.
      • These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created,
        • in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew:
  • for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth,
    • and there was not a man to till the ground.
  • But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  • And the Lord God 
    • formed man of the dust of the ground, and
    • breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became
      • a living soul.

FAMILY – whether immediate or extended

Family in the immediate, close-in situation: Ever wonder why it is that we tend to worry and try to force a member to do what is right in the sight of the Lord? The more we try, the further the family member backs away to anything closely related to what God has to say about His creations.

The same applies to a church building filled with more unworthy broken people seeking and searching for hopefully the same as you. The closer one gets to another, the more they may feel as a family member; And the more they may push their way onto that extended family member their thoughts and ideas on how one should do with just about everything they think family member should do with their life because after all; “My kid is all the way to being in college and doing well; ‘Listen to me, I have the key to life that is good.’ ”

STOP: What is good for you, doesn’t necessarily work for another’s family. We do not have the right to interfere in another’s life, but we can just be there for the listening for perhaps recognizing something said to try and point another back to what God the Creator of all things and people has to say about it.

tbc

US Military Motto

Be all you can be are the signs I have passed standing on the curb sites and in windows of the different branches of our armed forces throughout my life. There is a lot of truth to that statement. Some of our children may grow to maturity only to know that they either do not have the ability or want-to to further their education. This does not mean that these individuals can not learn or even dumb. We seem to have become people who compare their children to other’s children. We seem to have evolved into people who do what they have to with their children by way of the traditions of how it was as they were growing into their maturity. Perhaps we have lost the balance of knowing what we know to survive and teaching our children without our opinions to know what they know for their own survival.

Lots Going On; but is it right and good?

Since my last posting in March of this year, we here in Louisiana have gone through a lot of rain which possibly led to the emptying out of those waterways to their respective avenues to get to the main body of water to take to the big waters. Seems like it did not work this time starting August 16 2016. The main water avenues as well as the bayous of our little state were heavily laden with excess waters from the rains that came down on the heavily populated land owners who either have resided in their homes for years or bought homes in those many subdivisions that seem to have been built on a frequent basis within our little parish of Ascension. Places that have never flooded were flooded, and places accustomed to their area flooding just a bit saw more water within their homes. One could argue that residents living directly on those waterways were used to water cresting within their four walls, and had grown accustomed to knowing in order what to do after the waters receded. Others could argue that they built their homes just outside of the flood-plain so they would not have to worry about waters entering their homes. And yet another argument to those that built their homes inside the flood-plain, yet either digging a pond for the use of the dirt to build up the foundation on which to build. Lots of arguments out there as to why Louisiana experienced flooding that generally does not happen but once in 500 years. It happened. All residents experienced the fear of rising waters with the question of “Should I leave my home? Do you think the water will get in my home? Where do I go, if it does?”

Through all experienced, we have heard of the federal government officials possibly requiring that homes be raised to the government-required elevation set. These are homes grandfathered in before the rush of development of subdivisions being built. These are homes that someone built to the requirements of the day they were built. Is it right to demand they raise their homes to requirements of today before government will forward monetary help for repairs to homes?

I really get that there are some who abuse the monetary privilege they receive, but there are some who actually obey the laws set forth for the building or repairing their homes. #No quick fix here because a bit of #education may be needed within both the local, state and federal levels of government as well as residents affected.

A look at the storm system that lingered for a few days that was one of the causes of the Louisiana Flood of 2016.

 

Studying Who Isaiah Was

Please bear with me as I try to ‘Keep It Simple S…’ with recording what I have learned in my study of Isaiah. Isaiah was apparently one of the descendants of the tribes of Judah and lived in or near Jerusalem; close enough to go to the Temple to pray and seek the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Isaiah was a major prophet who received his calling from His God, but I perceive that calling was received only after he recognized his sin which was the same sin of those he lived and associated with each day (chapter 6 of Isaiah).

The first five chapters of Isaiah as I am perhaps seeing is like a courtroom setting. God is revealing to Isaiah the ways of life that the people of Judah and Jerusalem are living, and to be quite honest here, it is not so different to how the people on earth are living. Male and female of the race of mankind all living for self with no thought of others or even checking in with their God. No one was doing right in the sight of the Lord; right down to sacrificing of those animals that were to be sacrificed. Israel did the sacrifices, but their heart wasn’t really in it. They did it just because it was the law handed to Moses by God for them to live in a civilized manner while recognizing the one God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as they lived on the land that God had promised to them way before they came out of slavery of Egypt.

By the start of chapter 6, Isaiah was sitting in the Temple at Jerusalem, and I am assuming that he was prayerfully seeking guidance from the Lord. He described in his writing what he saw. He saw the Seraphins on either side of the altar. Some minutes later, Isaiah saw his sin because it is written about his mouth and not only that; he lived among those with the same sin. Sound familiar? It does for me.

Once he recognizes this sin, the seraphin take a piece of coal from the altar and places it on Isaiah, and then the Word says his sin was forgiven and healed. Isaiah saw that God was still on His throne, and heard him talking with the seraphin about “Who are We to send?” As it is written, Isaiah heard and responded by saying: (paraphrasing) Here I am, Lord. Send me.

 

ITs BEEN AWHILE

Christmas has come and gone; as well as New Year celebrations, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras celebrations. Children are about to have a break from their schooling. Thinking about what it would take to foster children. Too old to adopt so perhaps fostering may be something I may think about. Then again, there is the very short term through Volunteer of America program where children are placed in very temporary homes for the removal from their parents’ home till danger has passed. As I understand, one doesn’t have these children too much more than two or three weeks. VOA supplies toys, computers, food and such for needs and entertainment while in home. Something to do; something to do; paying it forward.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch with my work and thoughts: All is well, just feel the need to tighten those details that need tightening. We have seen rain for quite a few days this week; not hard rain, but steady rain. Yard is soaked. Weeds and grass growing. Work in the springtime with mowing, planting, etc. Thinking fruit trees and river bamboo cane, the spreading kind all around the borders. I like cane. I have an idea on that spreading; perhaps in the helping it to spread in the right directions.

Make some tabs to this blog for the posting pictures for all to catch a glimpse of those with some of the same blood that runs through each of us.

Demanding and Controlling

Do we perhaps as children are reared, put too many demands on our children? I tend to look at mama birds pushing their babies out of the nest when they naturally know they can fly. I know there are some mothers who stay in demanding mode throughout the different stages of their children’s lives. Would this be a form of controlling the actions of their children through their lack of ability to trust that they have taught their children enough of the tools it takes to venture out into the real world to secure their place in life?