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Forerunners and First Followers Create Tipping Points That Spark Movements!

Posted on May 5, 2018 at 3:35 AM




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One of the goofiest videos out there, but, boy, does this say it all!


The "Shirtless Dancing Guy" is the forerunner, the one who takes all the slings and arrows the naysayers throw at him. He’s the “nut,” the “loon,” the “wackadoodle,” and most likely, the guy who’s the most high at the time (just sayin’).


The forerunner is a visionary. S/he sees the future, grabs it and brings it back to the present. The first follower catches the vision and joins in. S/he tells the others about the forerunner’s vision and inspires others to also catch the vision. When enough are inspired to join in, we reach a tipping point. Once we’re there, the event in and of itself will spark a movement or a great awakening!


This is where we’re at, folks, in American history. We’ve just about hit a tipping point (if we aren’t already there) and we’re a few Patriots from a movement or a great awakening.


This is history in the making. We are, all of us, a part of what's being called the Second American Revolution. The original American Revolution was won by no name Patriots like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, and the like.


I know. You’re saying, screaming, “No names? Are you kidding me?! These are the founders of this great country.”


And you’re correct, but most were no names back when. Oh, sure, some were famous in their own right, but most were just average joes like you and me — aka, no names.


But just like the world was changed back then … we’re changing the world now! Oh, man, what a great time to be alive!


Now what are we always preaching? Discover your passion and take your mountain! Join in because we are just about to reach that tipping point, and when that happens all that’s left is the shouting!


I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve been.


My precious 92 year old Mom, my best friend and partner, went home to be with Jesus in March. She was sick for a little bit so that was my only focus. I rejoice that she is happy and pain free, but my heart still aches for her. I miss her terribly, but I vow to do her proud!


I also created a YouTube channel, PROJECT 2by2. It's taken up most of my free time. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=project+2by2


If you like the channel, subscribe. It helps.


Here’s the thing. My YouTube is different from this site. I’m extremely political and make no apologies for being so. I comment on a person, a team, called Q Anon. If you don’t know who s/he/they are, you will if you follow me.


I’m not sure I’ll do both this and maintain Project 2by2. I’ll pray on it, and keep you posted.


For now, be blessed! Thank you for your love and support through the years!



The Trump Effect

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 10:50 PM





You may remember that shortly after Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy, I told you he’d be President. I was right. You also probably remember the million and one other predictions I made that I’ve missed by miles.


Why was I so sure about President Trump? Well, it’s all a spiritual thing.


There has been a spirit of control over America for decades. It’s called the Jezebel spirit. In the Bible, Queen Jezebel was married to King Ahab. Ahab was totally whipped, allowing Jezebel to dominate him. She was also sexually perverted; killed innocent children; was a control freak, and more.


How do I know America’s been under Jezebel’s spell? American men have been made to be weak, effeminate, and cowardly. Don’t be offended, guys. I blame women for that.


See, we’ve pressured men into being this way. We call it being “sensitive.” The truth is we’ve simply sissified our men. Why do you think 53% of women voted for Trump? He’s an alpha male and women, despite our double-mindedness, love alpha males.


When President Trump won the election, there was a spiritual shift that happened in America. Jezebel’s stronghold over America was broken, and what broke through was hope, strength and joy. If you’re a Trump supporter, you feel it. If you’re not, you feel just the opposite. I’ll explain.


Eighty-six percent of evangelicals and Catholics voted for President Trump. That’s yuuge. What’s even yuuger is that most of those in this group who did NOT vote for President Trump were in leadership positions. Here’s why.


There are 7 mountains, kingdoms or spheres of influence that shape every culture: church, family, education, government, media, art & entertainment, and business. Each sphere is controlled by only a small percentage: 2% to 5%. President Trump has reached that “high place” in the business, art & entertainment, media, and now the government mountain. And, because of God’s Hand on him, he has shaken not only those spheres but all the other ones, too.


President Trump is chosen of God. Period. No man could ever curry both the favor and the hatred this man curries, be able to withstand the vitriol this man withstands, destroy the evil pillars that have perverted God’s perfect foundation, transform not only America but the world, unless God is working through him.


President Trump has been referred to as a bull in a china shop, a wrecking ball, a King Cyrus mantle. He has what’s called a “breaker anointing.” It’s a power that breaks evil strongholds for the purpose of freeing up God’s righteousness.


Yeah, you ask, what about all this unrest and these violent protests? That’s spiritual, too. It’s a spirit of rebellion and lawlessness. Right before Jesus was asked to deliver a boy with seizures, the boy began seizing uncontrollably. That’s how evil works. Right before evil is ousted, it shakes violently and uncontrollably. In due time, that will wane.


The Trump effect? God doing His thing through a man. Simple as that.



September 24, 2017 - The Revelation 12 Sign ... Again?

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 4:15 PM


September 24, 2017





September 23, 2017




Folks are now saying that September 24, 2017 is a more perfect alignment for the Revelation 12 sign because the moon is more "under" the foot of Virgo. Perhaps, but why are people saying this?


If you believed Jesus was going to Rapture His church (the catching away of Christ's Body) on September 23, 2017 and it didn't happen, the next logical step is to ask the world to believe the following day, September 24, 2017, is more suited to fit your Rapture scenario.


Does the alignment happen on both days? Absolutely, but the question is not whether the Great Revelation 12 Sign is real, it’s how one interprets this sign.


I stated I believe it signals the Great Awakening of the Body of Christ, not the Rapture. One of my main reasons is because Jesus said He’s returning for a Bride (the Church) that’s not spotted or wrinkled. Look at us, the Church. Do we even remotely resemble a group without spot or wrinkle?


We're immature; easily offended; fearful; disorganized; disunified, and our love is cold. We're riddled with spots and wrinkles, and we need to grow up, mature. We cannot do that without a Great Awakening that only Jesus can give us.


Yes, I know that when Jesus died He gave us all we need. He gave us power and authority to carry out His Great Commission: (Matt 28:18-20) Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (The end of the age is not the end of the world. The world won’t end. The age will.)


Here’s our problem. We’re so focused on baptizing and making converts and being raptured that we ignore the command to make disciples of the nations, teaching them to obey the ways of God. For us to disciple nations means we must occupy those 7 mountains (church, family, education, government, media, art & entertainment, business/finance) that influence the nations. Yes, darkness abounds, but we are called to be the light in the darkness, the salt of the earth.


It’s not about being whisked away. It’s about toughening it out to occupy the high places of these mountains (spheres of influence) so that we can become the gateway (mouthpiece) for Jesus, enabling Him to transform the nations into His image and likeness.


Psalm 2:8 tells us to “Ask Me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” We need a Great Awakening to make this happen. We need God’s wisdom to dispossess our enemies from these mountains, and God’s courage to possess.


Being raptured is easy. Sticking around is the hard part. Do what’s hard: Go! Take your mountain!



September 23, 2017 - The Revelation 12 Sign

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 4:45 PM



Revelation 12:1-2 “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered ... And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”






The great, first ever, won't happen again, Revelation 12 sign will appear in the heavens on September 23, 2017 on Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets).


The constellation Virgo (the woman) will be clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet. She will be crowned with 12 stars: the constellation Leo (comprised of 9 major stars), Mercury, Mars and Venus. “But those are planets,” you say. Yes, but they’re also called “wandering stars.”


What, exactly, does this mean: “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered?”


On November 20, 2016, the planet Jupiter (king planet) entered Virgo’s “womb.” It stayed there until September 11, 2017 (42 weeks -- period of gestation). Let me explain how Jupiter stays within the womb. It's amazing.


Jupiter experiences “retrograde motion.” This means it enters Virgo’s womb, travels toward the “birth canal,” stops, goes back to where it entered, stops, goes back toward the birth canal then exits (gives birth).


Does Jupiter really travel this path? No. It only “appears” this way because we are viewing a moving Jupiter from a moving planet Earth.


Technically, isn’t the sign happening on September 11 when Virgo “gives birth?” No. The “moon at her feet,” along with the Revelation 12 alignment will be complete on September 23, 2017.


What’s it all mean? Some people see the “man child” as the Body of Christ (Church) and the statement “and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” to mean the “rapture.”


If you don’t know, the rapture is an event where the Body of Christ will be caught up together in the clouds to meet Jesus at the sound of the last trump. Some argue that the word “rapture” isn’t used in the Bible. The Greek word “harpazo” is used. This means “a catching away” which is what the word rapture means.


The “sound of the last trump” references the Feast of Trumpets (Sept. 22-23) where 100 trumpet blasts are sounded. The final (or last) trump is the longest.


Is Jesus returning in 2 days? The Bible says no man knows the day or the hour of our Lord’s return. Unfortunately, most take this to mean that no one has a clue about when Jesus is to return. That’s not true. Jesus, in fact, chastised those who didn’t know the day of His visitation.


“No man knows the day or the hour” is a reference to the start of the Feast of Trumpets. It’s the only Jewish feast day marked by a new moon. The other 6 are marked by full moons. “No one knows the day or the hour” references the start of Trumpets that officially begins when two witnesses see the moon completely disappear.


What does the Great American Eclipse, Harvey, Irma, catastrophic earthquakes, the Revelation 12 sign all mean?


A great worldwide awakening is upon us. The Body of Christ will mature, and finally use the authority God gave us to change the world.



What's Up With Harvey?

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 12:45 AM



I know. I’ve given you all this info, but you haven’t told you what it means.” And I’m doing it again.


Was the eclipse a “sign” of judgment, forewarning us about Harvey? Is Harvey the result of God judging America?


Some have erroneously reported that President Trump dispatched a Middle East envoy to discuss a 2-state solution with Palestinian leader, Abbas. The envoy did in fact discuss the Middle East situation, they did arrive the day before Harvey hit and held talks during the storm; however, President Trump, unlike the past two administrations, does not subscribe to a 2-state solution.


Why is this important? Obadiah 1:15. “For the [judgment] day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done (to Israel) it shall be done to you [in retribution]; Your [evil] dealings will return on your own head.”


The eye of this Category 4 hurricane made landfall about 10 p.m (10 = completion) CDT August 25, 2017 (8/25/17 = new beginning/essence of grace/victory) about 30 (right timing; moment to reign) miles east-northeast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Texas. Winds were 130 mph (fullness of right timing).


The name “Harvey” means “soldier; warrior; battle worthy.” Experts called Harvey a “once in 500 (5 x 100 = grace; children of the promise; maturity) year flood. It’s the first Cat 4 hurricane to hit the Texas coast since Carla on Sept. 11, 1961 (remember this).


Why is this important? In 1517 (500 years ago), Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the door of the Catholic Church, thus marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It’s also 50 (jubilee) years after Jerusalem became Israel’s capital (1967).


The eye of the storm hit Rockport, Texas (28 N/97W). The number 28 means “awaiting, expecting new beginning; eternal life.” The Hebrew number 90 means “saints sifted.” At about 10 pm PDT, Newport, Oregon was one of the first cities to experience totality during the eclipse.


In the world of computers, PORTS allow computers to access external devices (keep this in mind). They are also the endpoint of communication.


Cedar Bayou registered 51.88 inches of rainfall (50 means “jubilee;” 1 means “God;” 80 means “prayer;” 8 means “new beginnings”) — breaking the record for most rainfall from a single storm in the entire continental US.





Harvey made a second landfall (remember this) around 4:30 am CT (Acts 4:30 “... grant that Your bond-servants may declare Your message [of salvation] with great confidence, 30 while you extend Your Hand to heal, and signs and wonders (attesting miracles) take place through the Name [ant the authority and power] of Your holy Servant and Son Jesus”) on on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (8/30/17 = new beginnings/beginning of ministry/victory).


What’s it all mean? Patience. I’m simply laying the groundwork for what I believe will be the greatest worldwide spiritual awakening that ever was or will be.



The Next Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

Posted on August 27, 2017 at 9:45 AM



On February 26, 1979 (38 years ago), the U.S.A. experienced a total solar eclipse that cut through SOME parts of the U.S. and other countries. On August 21, 2017, The Great American Eclipse cut, from west to east coast, through ONLY the contiguous U.S. states.


A mere 7 yars later, on April 8, 2024, the U.S. will experience another total solar eclipse. Its path will cut upward the U.S. from south to north, beginning in Mexico and cutting through the U.S. and Canada.


This eclipse marks the beginning of the Jewish Biblical New year, Nisan 1, 5778 (2024). Nisan 1 is when the fire fell from Heaven; when the Moses Tabernacle was dedicated. Some believe Nisan 1 (3760) or Wed., March 24, 1 BC is when Jesus was born.


The number 3760 (3+7+6+0=16). Sixteen - derived three ways: (1) 4 x 4 = 16, means a double emphasis of the rule of humanity (abomination); (2) 2 x 8 = 16, means renewal of relationship with God because of the Word of redemption, or association of resurrection; (3) 10 + 6 = 16, means the complete order of humanity. March 24 (3/24): 3 means “Godhead” and 24 means “governmental perfection.”




“X” marks the spot. Where will the 2 eclipses intersect?


Some say Carbondale, IL (called "Little Egypt” and the city that experienced the longest duration of totality during The Great American Eclipse of 2017) while some say Makanda, IL (called "The Star of Egypt"). Everyone agrees that Cedar Lake, located in the Shawnee National Park (in Illinois) is dead center for both, specifically right next to SALEM Road (means "peace.") Lest we forget, when the 2017 eclipse began in Salem ("peace"), the sun was setting in Jerusalem (“city of peace”).


The “X” will also mark the spot where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet. This “meeting” divides America in 3 parts. Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threestrand cord is not quickly broken.”






Will Ohio experience totality?




Absolutely. In fact, Cleveland, OH (where I'm from) will be in the center of the path of totality. This means (among other things) we will be able to see the total eclipse.


The 2024 eclipse happens 7 years after the 2017 eclipse. 2422 days sits between these two eclipses. There will be an eclipse in 2045 followed 7 years (exactly 2422 days) later by a totoal solar eclipse in 2052. The combined time of totality of these total solar eclipses will be 7 minutes. Seven means “perfection.”


What's next? The Revelation 12 sign occurring on September 23, 2017, Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish Civil New Year and the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets.




And we're just getting started, folks.





Buckle Your Seatbelt For The Great American Eclipse

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 11:50 AM






“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’” (Genesis 1:14.)


“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25.)


“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the su(n to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day” (Amos 8:9.)


**Note: Keeping to my promise of 500 words or less, the following is Part 1 and Part 2.



On August 21, 2017, what is being dubbed as The Great American Eclipse will stretch from west coast to east coast ONLY in the contiguous USA. The last time this happened (from Washington to Florida) was 99 years ago on June 8, 1918. 


A total solar eclipse occurs only when a new moon gets between the sun and the earth.





How is it possible that this itty bitty moon can totally block out the sun (which is 400 x's larger)?




Earth is the ONLY planet that can witness a total solar eclipse. Though the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, it’s 400 times further away. Catch this. The circumference of the Earth is 40,000 km. The distance from the Earth to the moon is 400,000 (or 10 x's). The mathematical possibility of this is incalculable.


The Hebrew letter Tav (last letter of the Hebrew alphabet) means “a mark or a sign.” It’s numerical value is 400. In its original form, the Tav is an X or T (cross). This is significant because 7 years from now (on April 8, 2024) there will be another total solar eclipse. It will run from south to northeast (Mexico, USA and Canada). A “cross” will be made where the two solar eclipses cross paths.


                              



Totality begins in Salem/Newport/Lincoln City, Oregon at (44 N/124 W) at 10:16:05 am PDT. The number 44 means “judgement of the world (world systems) which closes in victory.” The number 124 is 100 (meaning “election; children of promise; maturity”) + 24 (“governmental perfection.”)


It ends in Charleston, South Carolina (33 N/79 W) at 2:4:851 pm ET (totality). Oregon is the 33rd state. South Carolina is on the 33rd parallel. The eclipse happens on day 233 of the year, 33 days before September 23, 2017 (the Feast of Trumpets when the Revelation 12 sign will appear). Jesus was 33 when He died. The number 33 means “promise.” It's 99 years (3 x 33) since the last eclipse to go coast-to-coast in the US, in 1918. The number 79 is 70, means “perfection,” + 9 means “harvest.”


It will take approximately 1 hour and 33 minutes to move from coast to coast, with totality lasting about 2 minutes and 40 secs. The combined length of totality for this eclipse and the April 8, 2024 eclipse is exactly 7 minutes.


Salem, USA and Jerusalem, Israel: When the moon begins to cover the sun in Salem, OR around 9:05 am, the sun will be in the process of setting in Jerusalem. Salem means “peace,” and Jerusalem means “city of peace.”


The center line of the eclipse will cross through 12 primary states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The number 12 is considered a perfect number that means "government" or "government perfection." It symbolizes God's power and authority.


Nashville, TN is the only major city that will be completely engulfed in totality.


ALL of the USA will be covered in the “shadow” of the eclipse. The path of totality is 67-70 miles wide, 3,000 miles long with an average speed of 3,683 km/h.


The number 67 is related to Psalm 67. The number 70 has a sacred Biblical meaning. It has two perfect numbers, 7 means perfection and 10 represents completeness and God’s law. It also symbolizes perfect spiritual order and a period of judgment. The number 3,683 (3+6+8+3 = 20). Psalm 20 is read every morning by religious Jews because it has 70 Hebrew words. They believe it corresponds to the 70 years of travail and suffering referred to as the “Birth Pangs of the Messiah.” Jews consider the birth of Israel (May 14, 1948) as the natural birth when the “Birth Pangs” of the man-child began. They believe it will last until 2018 (5778). The number 3,000 (3 means “Godhead” + 1000 which means “ever increasing.”) 3,000 were baptized at Pentecost.


During totality, temperatures will drop and creation will believe it’s nighttime (for example crickets will chirp). Stars and planets will appear as if viewing the nighttime sky (Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter).


When Jesus died, there was an eclipse (blocked out the sun for 3 hours) and an earthquake.


Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 - the day of a total lunar eclipse.


Solar eclipses ALWAYS take place 2 weeks after a lunar eclipse -- a partial lunar eclipse occurred on August 7/8, 2017.


The Great American Eclipse will occur on what is called the 3rd New Moon of the season or a BLACK MOON. There are four criteria for a Black Moon: 1) 2nd New Moon in a month (next one 7/31/2019) -- occurs every 29 months; 2) 3rd New Moon of the season. Each season (spring, summer, fall, winter) consists of 3 months and each has a new moon. When a season has 4 new moons it’s called a black moon -- it’s FULL moon counterpart is called a “Blue Moon” (occurs every 33 months and the next one will occur on 8/18/2020; 3) a calendar month without a FULL moon (only occurs in February), once every 20 years. January and March of that year will have 2 new moons. (Last one was Feb. 1999 and next one is Feb. 2018; and lastly 4) a calendar month without a NEW moon (only occurs in February), once every 20 years. January and March of that year will have 2 new moons. (Last one was Feb. 2014 and next one is Feb. 2033).


This somewhat rare BLACK MOON will cause this rare total solar eclipse.  


The eclipse is exactly 40 days from Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”) and marks the beginning of what the Jewish people call the Season of Repentance. Repentance means to “change one’s mind.”



Our Signature Sound

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 10:40 AM


(Universe, Particles, Vibration Photo by Pixabay.com)


Everything in the universe vibrates because everything in the universe is made of sound. The computer you’re touching, even light beams are made of sound because everything is comprised of waves. The only difference between light, sound, and even matter is the speed at which these waves travel. Impressive, I know.


Scientists have recently discovered that like the strings on a violin or the pipes of an organ, the proteins in the human body vibrate in different patterns. These tiny motions enable proteins to change shape quickly so they can readily bind to other proteins, a process that is necessary for the body to perform critical biological functions like absorbing oxygen, repairing cells and replicating DNA.


What’s even more impressive is the fact that every sound is unique. We not only vibrate, but we each have our very own sound. This “uniquely ours” physical vibration is a reflection of what is called our “signature sound.” A signature sound is a collection of the talents and the gifts that belong only to you -- your voice, if you will -- that is as uniquely yours as are your fingerprints.


No one else is wired the way you are wired. No one else can do what you can do. No “sound” but yours, your unique voice, can unlock the doors that only you have been destined to unlock. How amazing is that?!


Each of us has a purpose and a destiny. To accomplish our purpose and reach our destiny we must master our signature sound because mastery creates a “voice” that becomes a key that unlocks doors that only your signature sound can unlock.


Studies have found that we need these 3 things to master our signature sound: 1) competency, 2) confidence, and 3) focus.


Competency is simply being the best at what you do. It means having a spirit of excellence on you. The word “mediocre” means "halfway up the mountain." The word “yateer,” however, means “above the rest or jutting up or out higher than the rest.” Regardless of what you do, do everything with excellence.


Confidence is not arrogance. People are turned off by arrogant people because arrogance is a sign of insecurity, and everyone knows this but the person who’s arrogant. Confidence comes as a result of the time and energy that you pour into being competent.


Focus is knowing your assignment, and letting nothing distract you from completing that task. Unfortunately, a majority of the population have no clue as to their assignment. You need to take time to discover the sphere of influence you’ve been assigned to occupy then, with laser-like focus, fulfill that call on your life.


Don’t get confused here. There’s a difference between an assignment and a destiny. Your destiny may be to occupy (or influence those who do occupy) the high places of government, for example. Your assignment may be to run for mayor.


Whatever your destiny or assignment, only your unique signature sound can unlock that special door created just for you.



Life's Problems Aren't The Problem

Posted on June 3, 2017 at 11:55 AM





Men of Honor, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert De Niro, is the true story of Carl Brashear who becomes the Navy's first black American Master Diver.


There's a scene where Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is on a mission to uncover a bomb that hasn't yet detonated. He must literally walk the bottom of the ocean floor to find it.


At that time, divers were connected by long breathing hoses to oxygen tanks positioned aboard the ships above. In this scene, Brashear searches but is unable to find the bomb. A submarine suddenly appears, forcing him to run for cover. Unable to get out of the way, the submarine snags his breathing hose, lifts him high then slings him in a different direction.


Not only does Brashear survive this close encounter, but the event has stirred the ocean floor to uncover the bomb. You see, the submarine wasn’t the problem. The submarine unearthed the problem.


Brashear was trained by the Chief (De Niro) who berated him on a daily basis. The Chief wasn’t the problem. The Chief’s daily berating only unearthed the real problem which was the Chief’s superior, a racist who didn’t want Brashear to become a Master Diver.


Unfortunately, the movie attempts to make racism the problem. By doing so, they detract from the real problem the others had with Brashear. A spirit of excellence rested on Brashear. He was a hardworking man of integrity and principle; focused and determined to reach his goal of Master Diver. The others were so jealous of him that they hated him for it.


Too often we convince ourselves of problems that aren’t really the problem at all. You can look at your monthly bills and blame the company you work for when the real problem is your inability to manage money wisely. You may blame your boss for picking on you when the real problem is that you’re way too sensitive and insecure. Maybe your lack of clients is unearthing your need to treat people with more respect, to be better organized, to manage with more integrity, or perhaps it’s for no other reason than to move you in a different direction.


Sometimes we talk ourselves into believing we’re not where we desire to be because of our gender, race or social status. It’s often more convenient to believe others are the problem than it is to confront the flaws within us. No matter how miserable others can be, blaming the world for your unhappiness will never change your world.


The purpose for our problems, trials and conflicts is to uncover the real problems, the deeper issues we need to confront. Problems aren’t there to make us hopeless, but to provide us the opportunity needed to experience greater freedom and joy.


Let the problems you face dig deep inside you to root out the real problems. Let them build character. Let them do their job by molding and shaping you into the fabulous person you are destined to become.



The Butterfly Effect

Posted on May 27, 2017 at 9:55 PM




(Photo by Pixabay.com)


Edward Lorenz, MIT graduate, mathematician and meteorologist, presented his “Butterfly Effect” hypothesis to a New York Academy of Science conference in 1963: A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion which would then set other molecules of air in motion which would then eventually be capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.



(Photo by Pixabay.com)


He was laughed out of the conference.


More than 30 years later, however, a host of university and college physics professors concluded that the “butterfly effect” was authentic, accurate and viable. Shortly thereafter, it became an actual law known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions which now encompasses more than the motion of butterflies.


Speaker and NY Times best-selling author, Andy Andrews, based his book, The Butterfly Effect, on Lorenz’s law. Andy doesn’t call himself a motivational speaker. Instead, he states that because of the butterfly effect he can “prove” that the life of every human being is significant. 


A man once called Andrews in to speak to a group of young men who were all suicidal. The number one reason these men were committing suicide, the man told Andy, was because the men believe they have no worth. “I need you to prove to these men, Andy, that they have worth and value.”


Andrews told these men how a single human being making one move can change the world. In 2004, for example, ABC honored Norman Borlaug as the Person of the Week for being the man responsible for developing a hybridized high yield corn seed that resulted in feeding billions of people. Who they didn’t honor, however, was U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace who used the power of that office to create a station in Mexico that would develop a hybridized corn seed. Wallace hired Borlaug to run the station. So it was Henry Wallace who saved billions ... or was it? 


A 19 year old George Washington Carver took 6 year old Henry Wallace under his wing, teaching him and instilling in him a love for all things botanical. So it was Carver who saved billions ... or was it?


When an infant, George was kidnapped, and his mother murdered. The Carvers paid the ransom for baby George, gave him their name then raised George Washington Carver as their own.


The moral is quite simple. The world credited Norman Borlaug as the one who saved billions because the world has an extremely limited perspective. The eyes of truth, however, see the butterfly effect in the lives of  Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and the Carvers.


Life is the butterfly effect. No matter how small the action, everything we do matters. Every decision we make, every action we perform, matters.


Life is the butterfly effect. No matter how insignificant we believe we are, every life has meaning, and every individual has a unique assignment that is priceless to the world. Now, more than ever, the world needs the effect of your precious life.




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