Launch Point?

Or another way of asking it… as the good and bad come at you in your life… or as everyday life… or the adventurous life…the ho hum life, the life of privilege, or the life of poverty… the life of being middle class… the life of being extremely good-looking, average looking, or horrible-looking, defines you…. & molds you into what you perceive yourself to be… and how others perceive you….continues…ask your self…

Just where do you launch from?…what is your starting point?…what is your ‘standard’… your ‘Plumb Line’ if any, for going at life?… because where your ‘launch point’ originates, determines your trajectory… your trajectory derermining your point of landing…. all of these words metaphorical for how is it, that you deal with life?… and why do you deal with it as you do?…making the decisions that you make?…

Example: When dealing with the bigger and deeper questions of life….. such as who am I?…. where did I come from?… what is the origination of life?…. what does it all mean? where am I going…. is there an eternity? or is life just a flesh and blood existence and then you die & they bury you in the ground…. or burn you & place you in a container and put you over the fireplace, and it’s all over?

Is there a God…. is there a Satan?….. is the Big Bang Theory the correct explanation for creation & time and space in this universe?… or as the Christians believe, is there intelligent design indicating an intelligent designer?…. did God set the whole thing in motion and then leave it alone? or is He active in his creation?….. just what is your launching point?

How did your ‘launch point’ come to be in your life?….was it from your parents and what they believed?…. your brothers and sisters, what they believed…. some teacher along the way…. some University Professor? some Pastor?… some person that came into your life that you fell in love with…. & you wanted them to love you back, so you agreed with their belief system?… sacrificing your own…. perhaps you never really thought about it that much…. all caught up in life and things such as this, just never really came to the surface of your mind / or to a level of the slightest consideration, or importance?…. if you can relate to any of these suggestions and circumstances it just means that you are normal…. I’ve always been one to check things out for myself…. my lifelong mission has been to understand why people believe what they believe… I have my own belief system ( by that I say I’m a Christian), I try and not stand in judgement of what someone else might believe… that would be very ugly of me, and besides, I am no ones judge, I will leave that up to God, who knows the human heart, and does not look on the outward appearances… so I’m just asking you to deeply look at yourself, and try and figure out why you are like you are… and if you don’t like it, start on a journey, be like a lawyer and figure the truth out…. with all the shouting out there, the truth is a hard thing to get to, but you can get to it….SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND…. also please…. do not be so bold as to ‘make’ your OWN TRUTH… which is typical of human beings…FIND THE TRUTH…. it is waiting to set you free…. and nobody can take it from you…littleraventhpoet.blog….Sincerely, Frank Payton….

INTROSPECTION…

How about we all just pause and take a deep breath, a few deep breaths… let’s slow everything down for a while…having composed ourselves somewhat, let’s think about a few things….

A favorite prayer of mine is…”Dear Lord… as I praise Your wonderful Name… I confess my sins, my imperfections, my shortcomings, and I thank you for your long-suffering and grace towards me…. Lord I humbly ask you to ‘illuminate” my mind… Lord I thank you for accepting me ‘WARTS N ALL’ so to speak… and as I pray this, I’m not seeking justification for my shortcomings, however, I am reminded that you have been working with the imperfect since the beginning…. so my many imperfections are nothing new to you…

So…. let’s look at some other things… let’s use the wonderful mind and brain that God has given us… let’s start from a supposition…. let’s say that my life, your life, and all life, is a gift from God… that there is an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God behind & in control of this universe and all things…

How about this as a starting point…. if Someone ( a power higher than yourself) has given you life itself…. & is ‘the’ reason and Who is responsible that you are a living breathing entity… and that this creator has made you in His very image… doesn’t it stand to reason, that’s some thankfulness to this Creator might be in order, I mean at the very least?

Have you ever thought about NOTHINGNESS?.. what I often think about is the apparent nothingness that I experienced prior to being born in this world and becoming aware that I have a life… perhaps there would be memories of a spiritual existence with God before this flesh life that have been erased…[Ref : Jeremiah… “Before I formed you in the womb” I ‘knew’ you] ( this takes a deep study to even begin to comprehend) my presence, our presence, on this earth, in this realm, is for a greater purpose, a test you might say… stay with me, I don’t want to lose you…

I am always knocking on the door of this question, as I wish everyone would…” Why am I here on this earth, in this universe, for such a short period of time?”…. I mean really, other than enjoying life itself, ‘what is the purpose?’…. why are there so many hardships, and misunderstandings, and death, and destruction that come with this beautiful life?…. don’t you think it kind of puts a damper on things to be given this wonderful life & to have it only end in death?…(of course you’re going to have those that don’t see the value of this life, or any future life, or eternity, or eternal consequences, I think they are the minority)

Shakespeare asked…TO BE OR NOT TO BE…. and that’s a very deep intellectual question… it seems to me that God made a choice and said that we are TO BE…( I know some of us don’t want ‘to be’ or we don’t want ‘to be’ in a Godly system, that is… the system that God has put in place, with Him claiming to be the one & only true God…. we do have the freedom of choice)…. but we have to be careful with this freedom of choice…. I won’t retell the story, because you all should know it, our problem occurred in the Garden of Eden…. Satan, a created being… who had led a rebellion, a revolution against God… was cast out… was in in the Garden of Eden waiting to challenge God and to challenge his creation, through the first man and woman, Adam and Eve…we all should know the consequences… the main one being that ‘death’ was brought into the creation because of disobedience to God…. Adam & Eve doing something that they were told they should not do, and if they did do it, they would die… but I want you to notice something else about this… God said that they would ‘die’ if they ate or ‘touched’ from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil… so they ate of the fruit but they did not physically die…. they became spiritually dead at that point… and would die physically eventually, bringing both physical and spiritual death to humanity…. so we get the picture of what happened…. death is our greatest enemy…. Jesus Christ is so important because He proved Himself to be God by overcoming death.. no other ‘would be God’ from Muhammad to Buddha and all the rest of them can make this claim…

So all of these words that I’ve thrown at you…what do they mean? What do I want them to mean?…. I want your awareness to be heightened as to your presence on this earth, as to your never making a decision come to this earth to experience life… I want you to leave all this craziness of these times because we are coming up on the end of an age, lines are drawn in the sand, it’s either good or evil… life or death, and there are eternal consequences… so please… don’t be any further misled and duped by the devil, who only wishes for you and I to spend an eternity without God, and if you think about it, that would be hell….littleraventhepoet.blog…Sincerely, Frank Payton

Look up… for your Redemption is near…

USEFUL SHELF LIFE…

Have you ever thought about the strange predicament we are in as human beings…. think about it… we come of age around 18 to 21… then we are able to be super useful for about 20 or 30 years and then the decline begins… some people live to be way too old and some people die way too young…. but generally speaking on the average our usefulness is very limited..

Then consider the reproductive system and the short time that a woman has to actually reproduce… and men are only actually sexually procreatively productive from about 18 to 38 or so… of course this is just averages…. and then really stretch your mind and compare our lifetimes to eternity…. if eternity has no end.. then our short little lives here on earth comparatively speaking…are less than one second in duration of time… now you have to think about that a little bit… don’t discard it…because it’s true… again…that is comparatively speaking….littleraventhepoet.blog

Va Beach…2020

IF I HAD A BETTER NOSE…

If I had a better nose…why I could have done anything…. I would have been a millionaire by the time I was 30…. I would have had the most beautiful girlfriends in my life…. if I had a better nose… I would have had no inhibitions… I wouldn’t have been afraid to ask that cute little blond at school to dance for fear that she would reject me, because of my imperfect nose… they couldn’t have pulled me off the dance floor…. me and my fantastic nose… nostrils flaring… very intimidating but engaging… yes if I only had a better nose… yes I wouldn’t have been afraid when I felt some nice looking woman staring at the back of my head… I wouldn’t have been afraid to turn around and be eye to eye with her… if I had a better nose… I wouldn’t even have been afraid to pick my wonderful nose in public…. because it would have been a marvellous conversation piece… that would go something like this…. two girls at a bar… “Look at that nice looking guy over there picking his nose, he’s got his forefinger two knuckles deep”….’But it’s such a beautiful nose that he’s picking.’…. life would have been so grand and easy…if I only had a better nose…littleraventhepoet.blog…

WHAT I BE WANTIN’

Yes ma’am could I have a menu…Ok… I wants me some hog balls..maws…and jowls,wit Black Eyed Peas… I want to me some greasy collard greens…. I wants me some sweet cone’bread…. I wants me some Roastin’ Ears on da grill…. I wants me some super sweet iced tea…. I wants me some sweet German tater salad… I want me some brown sugar baked beans smothered with bacon…. I want me a nice country homemade salad with fresh lettuce and tomato onions, peppers, and a big pile of croutons on top… and then bury it in some Southern Ranch dressing…. I want me some candied yams wit giant marshmallows on top…. then I want a nice ‘Shady Tree Down by the Riverside’ while I watch the Bobber on my fishing pole bob up and down…littleraventhepoet.blog

LOVE & LUST

…. Can you imagine both of them standing there looking at each other…. checking each other out…. and Adam looking at his plumbing and then looking at Eve’s plumbing…. and thinking something like this: Wow… this is a no-brainer, I think I know exactly what to do…Yes!…Yes!…. just look at her I think I know what goes where and so does she….yippee!…. now the way I’ve described it here, is in no way disrespectful to God and what he has created and provided, but could you imagine the enthusiasm that must have taken place… and can you imagine what must have been, the pure love they felt for each other… because I don’t think lust was in the plan at this time… now here’s something else to think about… often times I’ve wondered how God gave us this union of two bodies between a man and a woman… that is so beautiful ….yet he expects a man to be with one woman, and a woman to be with one man, in spite of all the candy that’s in the store… but here I think is some understanding and wisdom… especially for us modern-day creatures…I wonder how many of us have experienced the genuine love that is required for one man to be with one woman and one woman to be with one man for a life time?… I think that God’s spirit being in the union is the only way that experiencing the ‘God love’ could happen…. and if God is not in the union at all… then it is more than likely lust…. or some lower form of what was originally intended….littleraventhepoet.blog

Is All The Magic Gone?

Where is the love…. you said was mine all mine till the end of time… was it just a lie?…

Does anyone remember laughter?… does anyone remember sitting in your favorite place on a big city street…or a local town street, and just watching the world go by?

I used to have this thing that I would do with a friend we called it…”Conversations At Large”…. we started this fun thing down in St Petersburg Florida… we would just be walking through the crowd and as the people passed by, we would pick up ‘pieces’ of their conversations… and we would write them down, and then later we would jam them all together like a puzzle… and then read them aloud.. it was totally hilarious…. it was like magic…

Unfortunately, I look around and have to try very hard to find the magic… it seems the world is filled with hatred for the most part… love and acts of kindness can still be found but they are rare, at least in the world I’m observing.

It’s a sad ‘State of Affairs’ in my humble opinion…it seems like a struggle just to survive…. and keep what little bit of sanity remains…. seems there is a spirit of fear most everywhere, and it is being perpetuated by those in power in this country, namely the Congress and the Senate… there is a spirit of division that comes from what I call the the seat of Satanic power.. people that are elected to positions of power,that are supposed to represent the masses, do no such thing, they only represent their selfish agendas… and anyone that gets in their way is either defamed, destroyed, or in some cases murdered….

I believe the seat of satanic power to be in many places, but mainly in Germany and parts of Europe… it’s Nation against Nation… belief system against belief system… black against white… yellow against red… if someone says the sky is blue, there is a contradictory comment that “No it’s yellow.”…. I say to each his own… why do you have to say that you hate me because you say blue, and I say red?… why can’t we see the value of diversity and everyone being different?… if we were all one color or one belief… what a boring world it would be ( at least in the world as it is now configured)…the United States is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave…. and I believe that it still is…. but it is slowly eroding away…there exists spiritual wickedness / & people that want to bring this country down… all of you people that are tearing down statues and burning cities…. where will you go if everything is torched?

Being free…breeds freedom… because if we don’t have freedom how can we have anything else that is not a burden?… a system that is controlled by an elite group of people at the top of the heap… those in power want us all to be the same… that makes the masses easier to control….some would suppress and oppress everything that brings magic to humanity, that brings imagination, that brings innovation, that brings production…. folks we need to return to the magic…. the good kind of magic…littleraventhepoet.blog…

Herman…my squirrel…

Little Things…

Turns out, it’s all about the little things… Clouds rolling by and birds that sing…. turns out these mean everything…

Turns out it’s just a friendly talk… taking your son or daughter on a nice long walk.. be with the one you love on a front porch swing… you can find it all in the little things…

Do you remember your first loves kiss?… Thinking how life could never be better than this… soaring high like you had wings… ain’t nothing quite like the little things…

Do you remember when ‘that’ dog died?… you were so young, how you cried.. sometimes life can feel really mean… yet you’ll always treasure the little things…

Do you remember Sunday School… how all your friends called you a fool?.. because when you were in church you just had to sing…and thank the Lord for the little things…

Do you remember your dad telling you.. “Son, you can be anything you want.”… as you both sat by the river in deep thought… finally it came to you, and you gave words wings…”Dad, seems I stay all caught up in the little things.”

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My Mizuho..

Expectation…Yearning

Sometimes when marveling in the pure peace… that can only come as the sun dips into the ocean… I often wonder… how many more of these sunsets will I be allowed to see?… how many more times will I be afforded the illusion of a sunset…. and it doesn’t really matter so much that the sun only ‘appears’ to rise and fall…& that both before and after becoming aware that the sunset rising and falling is an illusion, doesn’t change the magic of its beauty…

Then again… in the coming New Earth… there will be no sun as we know it in this life…. God’s pure light, whatever form that will come in, will light the world as we will know it…God will be light among other manifestations.

What I would imagine, is that the resurrected life and body will be so grand, we probably won’t have any desires of the past flesh an earth dependent life… we will probably be able to move around at the speed of light, totally unrestricted.

Will I miss the perfect physical union that occurs between a man and a woman as I enter my resurrected body ( and possibly remember the life that was)…. will there be a heart beating in my chest?.. I don’t believe so…. will I be be breathing oxygen?… I’m not sure…

So, I have an expectation, a yearning… a desire for my ‘long home’…. my eternal journey with God….a deep yearning for everything and everyone that will be my heaven…

But still, I can’t think of not being able to see the wagging of a dog’s tail…. the way that mans best friend seemingly smiles at us… perhaps and I hope, we will have something very similar in our heaven.… I believe the animal kingdom will be spectacular and we will observe such marvelous things as the snake and the child playing in the grass…. impossible to imagine such things in this misaligned world… things such as the lamb lying down with the lion…littleraventhepoet.blog

CHECKMATE…

Satan has me at checkmate… he has me at checkmate in this ‘tumble’ that is my life.. a checkmate of seemingly dire consequences… it’s difficult to find a reason to speak…it’s difficult to find the wherewithal to move… it’s difficult to continue the writing of this post….it’s most difficult, near impossible to do anything that is ‘voluntary’.

It’s difficult to breathe…. I’m trying to figure out if breathing is voluntary or involuntary… I’m definitely not sure at this moment…. any type of relationship or communication with another person is near impossible in this state / this dark sky of trouble that has me in its grasp / has me with the consuming question of ‘why I am at all’… and my situation doesn’t stem from being unappreciative or not thankful for my very life… but involves the total misery of my failed life… and the falling short, and being a total disappointment to my creator…

I also don’t know if this will be my last /or one of my last posts…. and what is more troubling is… I don’t care…. and I guess the real reason that I’m bothering with this post, is to give interested people an insight into my / ‘a’ full-blown spiritual attack… I have experienced many attacks and many manifestations that have left me numb… which have left me in near checkmate… but somehow through the grace of God I have recovered… and I could recover from this… I’m not much into revealing my feelings, or even talking about feelings in general… but here is what this ‘feels’ like…”I feel like I’m experiencing all of the negative (+ love) emotions that a human can feel” / all of them at once / at the same time….love / hate / rage / fear / doubt / approaching death / hopelessness / loss / poverty /failure /etc… pressing me down with extreme exhausting weight… and is overwhelming to say the least…

I have little or no desire to watch any news programs… I have no desire to listen to the media hype and misinformation about the downfall of the United States… and their eagerness, willingness, burning desire, and enjoyment of presenting this information…( most of them, nearly all)… I feel it has made me mentally and physically sick… and I surely don’t have much fight left…. I would encourage others younger and stronger to persist in the fight for what’s right… but right now I’m a casualty…. to be quite honest, I could throw my TV and my phone out in the woods… they seem as a cancer to me… a relentless controlling cancer… reading is about all that I can handle right now… and I guess I’m better for it….

Words from the Melancholy Hamlet: How (weary), stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world!…. the time is out of joint–O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!

What [a] piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world; the paragon of animals; and yet to me what is this quintessence of dust?…Act 2 Scene 2, Lines 303- 8.

Hamlet: There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be [now], ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it [will] be now; if it be not now, yet it will come– the readiness is all….Hamlet ( Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 219-22

CHECKMATE.

Outer skin of a tree…