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On Becoming Connected

My beloved and I get along most stupendously. I don’t say this lightly or in a ‘Evangelical Christian” way, to say something that ain’t so to make it so. We really do get along great. What’s our secret? We both bend, but we don’t break.

We have such different tastes in many, many areas. I love technology. She hates most of it. I couldn’t wait to get my first computer in 1990. She gets all glassy eyed over plants on sale at WallyWorld. I’m thinking of getting the latest and greatest from Apple. She has finally gotten the hang of texting and Pinterest and decided her next cell phone will be similar to a flip phone.

I love movies, T.V., drama, stories, suspense, action and plot. Not her. Just the facts please. She would rather listen to a good teacher about Torah than 100 offerings of the Netflix fare.

Don’t get me wrong. I love good Torah teaching, too. But my entertainment diet has to be watched carefully because the Yetser Hara (the Evil Inclination, a tool of Satan) knows my weakness and exploits it when he can.

And this brings me to the point of this treatise. Since we decided to leave the mainstream and convert to Judaism, we have to work to maintain balance in our lives. Because, if nothing else, Judaism is about balance.

Most of Christianity has this conversion thing so wrong. You don’t just walk down the aisle and ‘accept Jesus in your heart’ and you are ‘Saved’ and your ticket to Heaven is secure. In Judaism, you become righteous/generous and grow toward HaShem (the Creator of the Universe) and by the way, (spoiler alert) nobody goes to Heaven. You’re either going back to Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) or being eliminated completely. That’s right, according to the Sages of Judaism, there is no ‘permanent’ Hell. Now there is Gehinnom, which is not to pleasant, but it is for tikkun (correction) and never lasts more than a year.

I think now would be a good time to interject my personal belief on the afterlife. Any time someone tells you what is going to happen after you check out of this incarnation, take it with a grain (grain? how about a spoonful) of salt. The obvious reason is because the stairway to Heaven is a one way ride. Now I know that there are people that have had NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) and I don’t discount their encounters. But that’s the key, it was THEIR experience, not yours. HaShem, most blessed be He, may have something entirely different in store for you.

So, do NOT, base your actions because someone said they’ve been there and this is the way it is. Base your actions on what the Holy One tells you. Just make sure you know it’s the Holy One, the Ancient of Days.

How do you know it is G-d directing you down a certain path? This is the reason my beloved and I get along so well. We have a relationship. We talk to each other. We know each other.

This is what you must have with the Creator, blessed be He. Read His Word, pray to Him and follow His directions. Now, you don’t have to be Jewish and have a Siddur (Jewish prayer book) to pray to G-d. He created YOU! He loves YOU! He wants to hear from YOU! My advice on reading His Word is that you learn Hebrew if you want to get the correct translation. I know, I know, learning a language is very difficult and Hebrew is really difficult. So if you’re going to continue to read the Bible in your native tongue, here is a rule I have found helpful. If you read something that contradicts or nullifies the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) it is most probably mis -translated and needs further research to see what went wrong.

Becoming a Jew for me is a process. I’m still walking it out. I’m definitely a work in progress. But guess what, we all are. The thing is at the end of the day, you need to be able to say … I think I’m a little bit closer to you HaShem, Todah Raba (thank you very very much), because we never are stagnant, we either grow to Him or away from Him.

December 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

Thoughts of Living a Long Life

I woke up for the 3rd or 4th time today at about 5:30. I’m getting better at just getting up and not lying there for another 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes or so. I realized later that I got up because today looked to be a great day. When you have hope, it’s easier to throw the legs down and get the torso off the rack.

I plan on living life till HaShem (G-d) takes me off this rock. Next year will mark my 7th decade here. The Word says in Psalms that man is afforded 7 maybe 8 if in strength. Then there’s the quote about 12. (Gen 6:3) And HaShem said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever in his going astray. He is flesh, and his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Whatever I’m allotted, I want to make the most of it. If you’ve ever visited a Nursing Home or the like you know what I’m talking about. I don’t know whose at fault for the condition of some of our Senior citizens but they are in bad shape! If I’ve got up to 5 decades left, I dang sure don’t want to end up close to vegetation stage like some I’ve seen.

My beloved was certainly a wise choice for me. That woman is adamant about living healthy. We eat healthy, and eating healthy and kosher is no small feat. We don’t smoke. I used to smoke but she finally convinced me the balance sheet of momentary pleasure benefits versus long term health deficits was no contest. She never smoked. I still drink beer and liquor in moderation. For some reason, she can’t. It just don’t agree with her.

You ought to see how that woman cooks!!! She researches (pinterest, facebook, books, et. al.). She has all kinds of cool gadgets, (go-sun cooker, grinders, mashers, etc.) She fixed me up some squash that looked like green colored spaghetti. Throw some parmesan cheese on top and it is DELICIOUS! Right now she’s on the Keto diet. I’m trying to stay slim and trim to stay off of it. It don’t look like fun.

I’m not in tip top shape and haven’t been since arthritis attacked in ’84 and the cancer in ’07. But the only prescription medication I am on is the daily Thyroid pill and I plan on keeping it that way. Although, I have heard that BSO (black seed oil, sold by Dr. Fitt, https://drfitt.com/black-seed-oil/ ) can help that thyroid. I’ve tried it and it had adverse effects on my colon but I may try it again.

So now we get to the main treatment for against a miserable old age… the brain. Because if you’re brain goes south then you’re toast. I pray every day that I never think that I have achieved all I will achieve in knowledge. Just like the universe the brain is ever expanding. But it won’t expand unless YOU expand it!!! . I am learning Torah (the Bible), Hebrew and computer. I help when and where I can with a local group helping Senior citizen shut-ins.

That’s my plan. I hope you have one too. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Seventy slips up on you like a thief in the night.

December 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Love will keep us Together or Tear Us Apart

Love is Blind (to Truth)

It baffles the tar out of me that ANYONE would be a Democrat these days. Or a Muslim. Or a Socialist. Are these people nuts? What kind of insanity justifies their thinking?

Love

They love their belief. So much so they overlook, turn a deaf ear, ignore any logical explanation of why they are … as I heard someone once say,”Lost as a goose in a snowstorm”.

How do I know this?

cue the Beatles … “because I’ve been in love before and I know that love is more … than just holding hands”

When a soul latches on to something he/she/it believes in and they know in their knower … it’s hard to shake. When something happens to someone and it rings true down deep, convincing them otherwise is nigh near impossible. True or not, doesn’t matter. If they BELIEVE it true, to them TRUE it is. No amount of argument, statistics or even facts will sway them.

It reminds me of a young one that won’t hear anything bad about their future mate.

cue Percy Sledge … When a Man Love’s a Woman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHS8LAqHyHs

Liberals, for the most part, are in love with their fellow man. They want equality for all and willing to give all to get it. Liberal politicians know this and exploit it to the max.

This is why the “swamp” we call Congress is so corrupt.

Conservatives, for the most part, are in love with earning and fair play. They are not against charity but know that it can be abused. Conservative politicians also exploit this to the max.


This is why the “swamp” we call Congress is so corrupt.

What’s the answer? Well, barring Yeshua returning and setting us all straight, I gotta say I don’t know.

I just think I see the problem.

May 1, 2019 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Report from Spiderluf

It’s in the Heavenlies, so the description is not really possible. One of the Melach’s is approaching Gabriel with a report.

“Here’s the report you asked for yesterday, Your Eminence”

“Did you read it?”, He asked (knowing that he had).

“Yessir, looks like all is good on Monroe residence.”

Report from Spiderluf: Monroe Date Monday April 9, 2018

Subject appears listless. Vitals are nominal. Color is pale. Frequent trips to bathroom.

Last Monday, I was lying in my bed feeling horrible. Some virus had entered our domain (Brenda had it yesterday) was causing terror. In the afternoon, my body was exhausted after several trips to the john that were necessary to expel through the southern end whatever it was that wasn’t supposed to be there.

I looked up the wall and saw a black spot on the ceiling molding. I thought, “hmmm, how’d that get there?”

Then it moved.

Ahhh, a spider. What’s it doing? There’s no food there. Nothing to hang a web on. It moved about a foot to 18 inches and then reversed course and went back to wherever it came from. 

“Looks like they got that bug we sent. I was wondering why we didn’t hear the morning or afternoon Schma (prayer). OK, thanks, that’ll be all” 

 

 

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April 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

Why Su Ann Is Talking to Yeshua As We Speak

One of my favorite cousins is in the Afterlife today. Her soul is not trapped in her body any more. This is a sad time for us but I guarantee you not her. She is talking with the Master and finding out  her next mission.

From the Gospels (We call it the Nazarean Codicil).

Mat 22:35 and one of them, one learned in the Torah, did question, trying Him, and saying,
Mat 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
Mat 22:37 And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’
Mat 22:38 “This is the first and great command.
Mat 22:39 “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

יהושע  is Hebrew for Yeshua (Jesus).

Every time I saw Su she was fulfilling this mitzvot (commandment). In the Jewish faith it is the Schma (Schma means to hear and to do). No matter what tests and trials this life gave her, that’s what she did.  I could give you examples and stories but have neither the time nor the talent to do so. Besides, if you knew her, if you met her then you know I’m right.

I love you SuAnne and can’t wait to see you again when I go for my next mission.

The last few months have been rough but she smiled through them because she knew what was ahead. HaShem (G-d) granted me the privilege of being with her last December. She was SO excited. She knew she was about to shed this earthly suit and she was grinning from ear to ear about it. She had questions for me because we both were trying to fulfill the mission laid out in the Schma to the best of our abilities. I was woefully inadequate in explaining what I thought she would be facing.

I know she forgives me because that’s how we show we love each other. We forgive each other.

Goodbye Su … can’t wait till I see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2018 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

I Am Addicted

I thought that would get your attention. But it is true.

I am addicted. I can’t get through most days without thinking about it.

Situations arise, and my mind goes where it shouldn’t go. How I can get what I shouldn’t get. How can I watch what I shouldn’t watch?

I’ve known a very long time I was addicted. I just dealt with it the best I could.

Which as it turns out wasn’t very good, but what do they say about spilt milk? No tears, regrets, but no tears.

I think psychologists would say that I have an “addictive” personality.

One of the major reasons I got into ‘Religion’ was that it showed me how I could overcome this addiction.

Oh, I guess you’re wondering what my nemesis is. Doesn’t matter, if it makes me feel good or escape from reality (or even a present problem), I am addicted to it. Jewish sages call it the ‘Yatser Hara’ … the evil inclination.

I overcame various addictions in various ways. I was forced, cajoled, brainwashed, etc. but one of the better ways was to convince myself of the harm done.

I’m going to fire off an e-mail to Amazon about their lousy programming. I’ve already cancelled Netflix. I like Amazon Prime because of the free shipping but the free ‘soft’ porn is not helping. Amazing what is considered ‘soft’ today was XXX in the ’60s.

Anyway, I need to get to studying and my day, thought I would get this off my chest.

Have a blessed day and if you too are addicted, hang in there. Fight it with all you’ve got and you will overcome.

That’s how I do it anyway.

October 23, 2017 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

How to Handle a Bad Situation

The Setup

One day last week, I was innocently living the dream of retirement when my beloved called to me and asked in her sweet voice,”What have you ordered now?”.

I said, “Who knows, why?”

“There’s a box out here by the door.”

Lo and behold, she was right. It was about the size of a shoe box. Guess what. It was a pair of shoes. Nice brand name (Adidas) shoes. Black. Slip on. Looked like a fancy track or golf shoe. The soles are about 1/4″ thick. I remembered shopping for such a pair a couple of weeks ago because the slip on athletic shoes are worn smooth out! I bought them in Dallas so many moons ago. (2000? 2001?).

I says to myself,”hmmmm …. I must have ordered these and forgot about it”

I try them on. Not too bad. Right foot is a little tight on little toe but tolerable.

They are comfy, no doubt.

I take them off and put them up.

The Plot Thickens

Last Tuesday, I was taking care of business, and Brenda was mowing the front lawn, when up pulls a car and a woman gets out. She is the Head Muckity Muck of the Local Post Office. She politely introduces herself and asks if we received a package recently?

Brenda says why yes, as a matter of fact, we did.

She says it wasn’t ours and they need it back to take to the rightful owners.

Brenda then tells her the problem. That I had taken them, put them on and walked around a bit.

“They fit!?!”

“Yeah, apparently”

I wasn’t there so I don’t know how the rest of the convo went but Brenda calls and fills me in.

Things Get Hairy

I go to the Post Office and learn that the situation is between me and the customer. Even though the package was delivered to the wrong address, the ball was ‘in my court’ since I had the audacity to open a package not addressed to me!

I go to the house that said shoes were supposed to go and ask to talk to this customer of Kungfu4less.com. The lady that answered the door said he was not home do I have the money for the shoes?

I asked to speak to him.

He is at work and will be back around 5.

It’s 5 and I go back and he not home yet. Do I have the money?

My plan was to offer the guy $20 and take the shoes.

Well, he finally calls last night and that’s a no-go. When do I get my $76?

I tell him I’ll bring him a check tomorrow.

The Resolution

It’s Friday morning and I’m sitting here waiting for the Cable guy (don’t ask). I go to the website to see what their return policy is. NO used goods can be returned. So I call the phone number and choose “customer service” from the recordings menu.

Mr. Sewell listens patiently to my sad tale and agrees with me that the onus should be on the Post Office but since that’s not true he has a solution.

They will send the customer another pair of shoes if I agree to buy the shoes I have ‘at cost’ plus shipping.

I am amicable. What choice do I have? So I saved $26 and have a pair of top of the line shoes in which to play racquetball.

Lessons learned

  1. DON’T open any mail unless you are sure it’s yours.
  2. DO explore all of your options.
  3. Resolve situations in a timely manner but don’t resolve before you have prayed.

 

 

August 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

Why I Am Boycotting the NFL

Now, I am under no Grandiose Delusion here.

I understand that their loss of one part-time viewer will not affect the bottom line to any extent. It would be close to a raindrop in the Pacific.

But I love watching football and hate to see what the NFL is doing to it.

The Tom Brady case was the first crack in the ice. He should not be playing today but that’s a different argument.

The fact that the NFL allows players to promote an agenda completely against this great Nation and doesn’t allow an agenda that supports our way of life is why I’ll not be watching any NFL game.

I hope you know I’m talking about Colin K. and other thug millionaires that are showing contempt for America by not standing for the National Anthem and on the other side, the NFL ruling that the Dallas Cowboys could not remember the fallen police officers slain in the line of duty by assassins.

When I was in High School, I got caught drinking and was kicked off the football team. I thought it was unfair because I knew that the ‘stars’ of the team drank and smoke all the time. My buddies told me that the coaches knew it and if I were a starter, they would have let it slide.  Well, whether the coaches knew about the others or not, I’ll never know, but I do know this:

They were right in booting me off the team because it was against the rules.

If only I had learned that lesson then I probably wouldn’t have had so many failures later in life.

That’s what sports are all about. To teach youth how to live in our society.

The NFL has devolved into some political monstrosity that confuses more than teaches.

It shows youths of today that it’s okay to cheat if you get away with it, i.e. Tom Brady.

But today’s protest go farther. The NFL is actually backing an agenda that divides rather than unifies our great Nation. At the same time, punishing those who believe in G-d, USA, and family values, i.e. the Denver QB that knelt in prayer.

I don’t see much hope in the NFL changing their ways. The problem is a cancer that is deep inside the bowels and brains.

I boycott because I don’t like my stomach turning every time the National Anthem is played before a game.

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Rededication

As I was fixing my morning medicine., words of my beloved came to me. Last week, she told me she didn’t want to have to care for me if I got crippled up. This hit me like a ton of bricks! The last thing I want in this world is to be a burden to anyone, especially Brenda, the love of my life. So, I have re-dedicated myself to preserve my health. I am going to get back on my diet. The past 2 years it has been closer to 80% cheating than 20%. We were told by a very good chiropractor, long ago, that 80/20 (80% good food, 20% bad) would be a good target. Well, that gradually slipped to reversal. When I say good and bad food, I am not talking kosher or not, I avoid all forbidded by HaShem, if at all possible. I have Severe Rheumatiod Arthritis. I was first diagnosed with it back in the early 80s.
The causes of this disease are many. Life situations cause stress and stress is a major factor. Diet is a major factor. We were told that I should avoid all nightshades. Do you know what nightshades are? Staples such as tomatoes, potatoes (but not sweet potatoes) and a wide variety of peppers, hot and sweet. I found an excellent resource about them: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/08/what-are-nightshades.html
Before I retired, my mindset was I was going to have complete freedom in my sunset years. Have as much fun as I wanted to have, eat what I wanted, drink as much as I could stand, as my Dad used to say,”Do what I damn well please!” This attitude has been one of my biggest enemies to good health. Every time Brenda would say,”That’s not good for you.” My knee-jerk reaction was, you guessed it, “Hey I’m retired, quit raining on my parade!”
Well, I’m tired of waking up like an old ’54 Ford (my first car). Creaking and straining to move, hurting every inch of the way. Fingers screaming in agony every time I want to open a carton of milk,(by the way, we drink almond milk).

Deu 34:7 And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

That’s the way I want to go out. I saw my Dad die. Eaten up with cancer, that strong Marine Raider, that grew up on a farm, went to war, came back and loved and supported Mom, loved and reared 3 kids, built a thriving business, had a great life reduced to less than 100 pounds and not even 70 years old. Not this guy! I am going to go out like Moses. I am going to make love to my wife every Shabbat!  I’m going to build things, repair things, do things! Doubt me if you will, haters gonna hate, doubters gonna doubt. But I’m going to live for HaShem, as best I can or die trying.

December 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

New Day

I feel better today than I have in a long time.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (ASV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Oh Yahweh you are sooooooooooo good!!!

Psalms 92:2 (GW)
2 It is good to announce your mercy in the morning and your faithfulness in the evening

Well, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do but I wanted to put up a quick post to let you know that this latest puny attempt by hasatan to discourage Brenda and I brings us only closer to our Maker.

May you have a great day and …. May God be  exalted and Praise to Yeshua our salvation…………

Gary

February 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

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