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Saturday, July 31, 2004



Ready



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I am stepping out. I am heading out. I am leaving my shell. I am going for broke, I am leaving myself. I am no longer afraid. It is time. Selah.

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Selah!



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Selah!
So today I randomly spent relaxing and reading scripture. I find it mostly relaxing, and it helps me focus on what I have to do in the day. I was reading Psalms (my favorite book) and came across these verses:
"He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor."
"For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper."
"He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy."
~Psalm 71:4, 11-12
It makes me reflect on all the times I needed money (or anything for that matter). I would often go into a frenzy and most things wo31

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Friday, July 30, 2004



Sorry for the Delay...



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Psalm

"In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion."
~Psalm 71:1

Daysman, never let me get my priorities out of order. It is so easy to get distracted by the daily neccities of life. I have to go here, check out this website, get this money, call this person, prepare for college, prepare for home life, prepare to travel overseas, etc. It would be nice if you could just take away the madness, the crazyiness of life. Take away the haze lest I feel confused and distant. Your spirit fills me with life and opportunity. Never let me forget that.



"Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress."
~Psalm 71:3

Daysman, continue to be the rock in my life. Continue to guide me into your paths and into your ways. Help me understand who you are, that I may trust you not with just the big decisions in life but also with the small. I am excited for where you are taking me next year, as well as the future and will be faithfully waiting for your next step. Selah!




"For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth."
"By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that tooke me out of my mothers bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee."
~Psalm 71:5-6

You have been with me ever since I was a teenager. Continue to be with me as I begin adult hood. You have spared my life before I was born. For if it hadn't been for you, my parents would have never had me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I, even I can rest in your goodness. Help me use the gifts that you have given me to help others here and around the world, that your glory may be displayed through them. I love you and seek your face continually. Selah.




Snap Shot

So today was kinda random. It was a Friday, which usually means that there is not much work to be done. Yesterday was kinda busy, and I didn't post because I was too tired and there was a fire alarm (that is another story).




Anyway, I went to work and did random favors for my manager (who just got a hair cut which is really cool). The year is almost over with 15 days left until I graduate, which means I get to travel again. I think I will take a semester off from college so I can re-establish myself financially. That will be good I think.




One random event is that my friend just returned from the Arabic nation of --------- (I can not mention where yet) and he had a blast. I am envious of him, but will get over it I guess. In a good sort of way. I just love to travel. We all should. After all, who wants to stay in the states?




And last but not least I edited some HTML on the site to finally put Xangonians and Bloggerites on my site (they both might as well have their own culture to them). I have a friend who uses Live Journal, but I think Xanga is cooler and Blogger beats them both out so I will not use it.
Anyway, last night (to give a snap shot) I went to a concert and we had a Mosh Pit! It was awesome! Well, I almost got my eye poked out (which would have been bad) but I am glad I didn't. Imagine me with a bloody eye? Gross!




Well, that is all that I have for now. Selah! And remeber, the world is made out of Love & Peace!




Story of the Day

Today (or rather yesterday but it also made news today) Apple Computer accused Real Networks of hacking into it's popular iPod after Real Networks released software allowing iPod users to download songs from Real Networks own Real player store.


For more info on the story click here.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2004



Another Day



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Psalms

"O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee."
~Psalm69:5
 
--> Daysman, you know my faults. You know the errors of my ways. I create foolishness and lead others into foolish actions. I have errors and have led others astray by my actions. I have diminished others and yet you have used me. I am nothing positive, but you take my negative and mold it into something effective. You have chosen me, I did not choose you. Help me to walk in your paths and your ways. Selah.
 
"I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children."
~Psalm69:8
 
--> My convictions are changing. My convictions of life have been altered. Is there a home for me Daysman? Do I have a place to lay my head? This campus is no longer home, and neither is where my family resides. We have different philosophies, different standards and yes different goals. They are spliting us apart. Shall I trod this path alone Daysman? Will I ever find rest in this life? Why do I have to take a different route? What gain will I have from this journey? I feel so seperate from here. Shall I walk this planet without a comrade or companion?

 
"When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach."
"I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them."
~Psalm69/10.11
 
--> Destiny can be a lonely place. I am not sure why I even chose this path. I have abstained myself from the desires of the flesh, as well as common enjoyments of life, and I find that I feel no longer invited to parties or celebrations of life. I smile on the outside and decline offers and my friends look upon me as strange. Am I strange? Is this wise? What gain has this for me Daysman? Is it worth missing out on conversations, and common discussions? I don't know anymore. I would go back to them but I find them increasingly...vain. Is this my fate? To walk this road? This road to reality?

 
"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."
"The humble shall see this, and be glad: band your heart shall live that seek God."
~Psalm69/30,32
 
--> But I will still praise your name Daysman. You have revealed much unto me and have yet more to show. I will glorify your name, for you have brought clarity out of my life. You have removed the haze out of my eyes and have exposed me towards the real world. Your world. How you see things and not man, and how you hear things and not man, and how you feel about things. They are so different than my own perspective. Selah.
 
--> If I have to lay down my life for your glory, if I have to place my desires on the alter for your glory, yeah if I have to walk this path without comrad nor companion for your glory, then I will. I count all things loss for your excellency. All things are loss for your glory. Selah!


 
 
Snap Shot
 
So, I woke up late today. Well, I woke up at 6:30 am, but I wanted to get up at six. I took a shower, peeled the sun burnt skin off of my face, and after getting dressed for work, headed out the door. It was then that I read from the psalms, but I forgot exactly where I read from.


 
I arrived at breakfast and was surprised to see good food. I ate some artificial french toast (yum) as well as some artificial southern oat meal (all the southerns understand what I mean by that). After that I watched the news as they talked about a murder, the Democratic Convention in Boston and my friends debated politics for a while (fortunately it was not a heated one).

 
I went to work which mostly consisted of training the incoming replacement (I did not do this, but Katie did). That consisted of mostly boring details until the Mr. Cricket came by and scared half of the girls. After he was kidnapped inside of a glass cup (which entertained my friend Elizabeth) we later on threw him outside in order to spare his life (I wanted to flush him down the toilet but decided not to because of potential protests from the ladies).

 
What made today a highlight so to speak was when I found out one of the reasons that my friend Jenn was staying another year was because of me. My manager's manager told me this and I was touched a second time (the first was when she wrote me a card). That is a snap shot into my life and more will follow. Selah!

 
Story of the Day
 
Well, this one will be a sad one. According to an article on Google News 200 Israelis left France towards Israel because of the anti semitism. This angers me as rascism is something I loathe, regardless of origin. People who ignore the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat it. And we do not need another holocaust in this world. I have many friends, both Jewish and Arabic, who I feel are often discriminated against because of their background. This unjustice has to end. Selah.
 
 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004



The Meek



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"The meek will he guide in judgement: and the meek will he teach his way." ~Psalm25/9

--> Meek. The word means in the dictionary one who shows patience and humility and is submissive. Meek is often associated with weakness, lowly, a "push over." But Daysman sees it as teachable. Am I teachable? Sometimes I am, other times I am not. This is something that I do not laugh at though. Those who are not teachable, who do not learn from their situations often end up (unfortunately) dead. I have seen it with friends in drugs, with those who acquire STD's from sleeping with each other, for those who refuse to heed the advice of others. I want to be teachable. I want to be able to learn. I do not want to be ignorant, for if igorance is bliss, then why do they leave no impact upon life?

--> The world is changing, changing constantly. Beliefs are changing, changing constantly. If one does not have a foundation in something, they will be swept away into apathy and despair. One thing that I am noticing in my nation, is that many people are caught up in the delights of the temporary. They do not think about the long term affects...this is dangerous for many do not realize a culture war is ensueing within our nation. A war about abosolutes verses relative beliefs, a war over the very basis of right or wrong. Our governement is at a cross roads. A final battle is coming.



"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" ~Psalm27/1

--> If Daysman is my source, my source of truth, whom do I have to fear? Why should I hold back? They are trying to take away my rights...my right to even believe in a God? Or more specifically, a God of absolutes? I am not a fool! I did not choose this path because of philisophical preference! I chose it because it is the truth! The belief that I now walk in is the one I tried desperately to fight against. I have traded all for this faith and will give more in the future if I have to. For years I walked in darkness, and now that I have found the light they ask me to surrender it or else face their wrath? I am not afraid.



"When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell."

"Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident." ~Psalm27/2.3

--> What is the price of freedom? What will a man exchange for it? Why do people give up freedoms for "security" and "stability?" Freedom is something that is precious. It is a gift from God. It allows us to be human. Why do authorities desire to take these away? Do they not know that a nations greatness is determined by the liberties of it's people? Look at history and understand! I could go on about this forever, but I will not. I am angered by reports of tyranny, or rather the attempts of it by activist judges. Praise Daysman for his disciples who have fought off the attacks. But now we are drawn towards an Armageddon so to speak. It will be decided in November. We will see what happens. Although I will be heading into a region hostile towards my beliefs, I will not give up or fear. Though thousands oppose me and I become ostrocized by others, I will continue to persevere. Selah!



"One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple." ~Psalm27/4

--> This is something that I seek...that we all seek. We just seek to follow our beliefs. Nothing more. If the battle turns against us, if the culture turns against us, if the final blow is given, we will not lay down and give up! We will continue and push on. They have slaughtered us by the thousands before our nation existed, and if we have to enter another persecution stage, then so be it. The truth is more important than political policies, more important than making some cash. "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." Selah!

--> I know you are listening Daysman. You have answered hundreds if not thousands of prayers of mine. I will be waiting. I will be watching. I will be active in the truth. Enlighten my eyes lest I sleep the sleep of death. Selah!




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Monday, July 26, 2004



Our foundations...



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"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" ~Psalm11/3

--> If what makes your nation great is removed, can you survived? If the basis of your culture is grace, mercy and truth, and those are removed, what will happen? I feel that is what is happening with my culture. I am past the "worrying" stage about it though--but I do fear for my nephews and nieces growing up in it. Without a steady foundation in something, you are apt to fall down into despair and agony. That is not good at all.



"The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men." ~Psalm11/4

--> One of the things about God that puzzles me. He is constantly trying us, pushing our society to the limits. Why does he constantly seek more out of us than others? Why does he do it? I guess for our potential. Maybe because he wants us to "be all that we can be." It is funny to me. Before I met the Daysman, I was totally undisciplined in all my actions. Girls were "fun" to me, nothing more than toys. Money was irrelevant because we were all going to die anyway, and the only enjoyment I got out of life was living on the edge. I swore like a sailor, refused to do drugs (thought it was done) and was extremely pragmatic (the ends justify the means). But afterward...things changed. I think my whole perspective on reality has changed. Been more...refined so to speak. Women are people to me. Pragmatism doesn't always work (and often hurts those around you) and I can control my mouth with ease. Selah.



"I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." ~Psalm16/8

--> You know, the Daysman has put me in some crazy situations, some of them which (from my perspective) have almost gotten me killed! But I know that he has been with me and will continually be with me regardless of where I am at. I think the strangest thing is that those situations have proven to stretch me, despite my close calls with insanity (balancing college, Teen Mania, work, and friendships). But he has sustained my path and now I know where I am going. I no longer fear the future, but now embrace it. Yeah, I'm excited for the future. Selah!



"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." ~Psalm17/15

--> To be like Daysman, someone who walked the earth without fault. That is the goal of every human, something that is unattainable. It is like a moth trying to reach the stars. We can not become, but we can try. As long as I strive for something better, it is alright, right? I mean, if we have no higher standard for our life, what is the purpose of it? We might as well as go around like the animals, and enjoy whatever food or sex that we get. I will strive for a higher standard...I will reach it by Daysman's might. Selah.



"For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness." ~Psalm18/28

--> Enlighten my darkness Daysman, help me to see the errors of my ways. Uphold me unto your truths, that I might be able to sustain my path in the dark seasons. If it were not for you, I would faint in the way. Help me to guide others into the truth, not just "great" sayings. "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." (1Corinthians13/8). Selah.









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Sunday, July 25, 2004



The path of Psalms...



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"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." ~Psalm1/1.2

--> Where do my values lie? I always ponder this constantly. Are they based upon the ever changing circumstances of life, or upon the Daysman. My faith and hope should not be in this political system. There is no hope in that. My delight should--no will rest in the Lord, from where is my help. I will meditate upon his ways constantly, and I know I will prevail by doing so. Selah.



"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whasoever he doeth shall prosper." ~Psalm1/3

--> The Daysman has blessed me immensely for putting my faith in him. I remember when I wanted to travel to the Middle East, and need $1700 in two days. I did not know where to get the money so I prayed and low and behold, the Daysman provided! I am glad that he has shown much favor upon my life. Without him, there would be no hope for me.



"But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him." ~Psalm4/3

--> Confirmation for what Daysman has done in my life. Hmm...I wonder if I should start a prayer journal? In order to time how long it takes my God to answer prayer. Selah!



"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;"

"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"

"For thou has made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."

"Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet." ~Psalm8/3.6

--> This is what confuses me about Daysman. Imagine creating the entire universe, as well as a mighty race of beings, then creating this feeble race called man. Then, placing the entire creation under his feet. Isn't that weird? I do not get it sometimes. But maybe I am not suppose to get it, and rather I am suppose to enjoy what he has given me. Like when its your birthday. You don't know the ultimate reason people celebrate it, but you are just suppose to enjoy it. Selah!




"The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." ~Psalm9/9

--> Daysman, continue to guide me in your ways. You have been with me through fortune and famine, and have never forsaken me despite my faults. Help me to love those around me, and to see them as you see them. Guide me in all of your paths, and protect me from the evil one. Answer the prayer of my friends, and of those who are desperately trying to seek you out. Only in you will we all find freedom from our hellish life, and from the despair that often surrounds us. Strengthen us, uphold us by your power and authority, which is blessed for ever and ever. Selah!




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Saturday, July 24, 2004



(Obedience) Universal Reflection



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"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet."

"For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." ~John13/14.17

--> I think this is one of the most puzzling things I have noticed about Jesus Christ (aka the Daysman). He never lorded his authority over others. I mean, if you had power over the entire universe, wouldn't you command action and expect it? But with his power he displayed responsibility, proving that power does not exist to be served, but rather to serve. We all have power at various levels. But are we serving those underneath us, enabling them to experience a better life or are we using power to make ourselves fat and gluttonous? Why is it that following his footsteps demands that I leave behind my selfish desires? I use to think of myself as a good person (I don't do drugs, I don't sleep around, I don't cuss as I use to). But he reveals my selfishness towards others. I still have that. I must get rid of it. I must serve--no meet the needs of others. That is my purpose towards my brethren on earth. Selah.



"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." ~John13/34.35

--> Loving people even when they do not love you. Is it possible to love someone who utterly seeks your destruction? Can you focus your energy in caring for those who hate you? Even loving those who share similar thoughts you at times are angry with them. Loving them can be hard, frustrating and most of all, hard. But we must love them and care for them. I must look at them as God would look at them, realizing their potential that lies underneath. The past does not define us, but the future does. I must seek that and focus on that. But I must love them as they are in the present. Focus on that and never let go. Never let go to what they have for my life. Sometimes I feel low on my "love level," even towards my brethren. Even if I never see them again, I must still love them.



"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

"If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." ~John14/6.7

--> Daysman is the way towards salvation! He is also the way in my daily affairs. So many times I try to present myself just as I am before God, outside of his will and offer up petitions to him! But, when I am in his will, as well as the Daysman's, my prayers are answered rather swiftly! He has answered everything from getting Gmail, to understanding HTML, to find support for the church in India, he has answered all! I wonder if I should write a journal for answered prayers. Maybe I will, and do a timeline for it! Selah!



"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." ~John14/12.13

--> Greater works than Daysman? Can a man walk the earth and divide time into two? Look at it! We mark our calendars either B.C. or A.D. I do not understand how we can do greater works than Daysman himself, but I can accept the second part telling us that whatever we ask in his name shall be accomplished. Hmm...I think I will start another blogger charting my prayer activity. I will right after my Higgaion. Selah!



"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." ~John14/27

--> I love this part of Daysman the most! No matter what happens in my life, how my nation goes, what direction I head into, I know that the Daysman will be there and will always be give his peace to  me. Like the eye of a hurricane, I will remain calm despite my circumstances. I will overcome and move on. I will succeed by his power and grace. Daysman, I know that you are watching me, and I thank you for all that you have done for me. I can not wait to see you at the end of life, and bow before your throne. You have always been there for me and have been my closest friend as well as my master. May glory and honor go to you forever. Selah!

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." ~John15/7


 




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Friday, July 23, 2004



The hour is come...



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"And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified."
~John12/23

--> The time is now to act. To seek--to communicate. To go and to follow the foot steps of the one before me. I will go, I will not hold back...I will strive towards what the Daysman revealed to me in my Higgaion. I will not give up...I understand the purpose of my sacrifice. Why it is necessary.



"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."

"He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." ~John12/24.25

--> We are all here not because of our own will but because of his. I am here not of my own will but because of his. The desire for a Creator to know his own creation is what drives his mission, and what he compels us to do. Imagine talking to the Creator of the Universe on a day to day basis. Isn't that something most humans (if not all) desire in their hearts? In order for me to be the most effective for him, I am going to have to give Daysman my all. Everything. I can hold nothing back. The darkness has dwelt for too long. We have been saving ourselves for too long...waiting for the right "moment" when millions pass into eternity. I will no longer be ashamed.



"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out."

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." ~John12/31.32

--> This is his promise to us. It is funny how we as "the elite" often look to changing political systems, business agencies, fiscal policies and even our own back yard but refuse to present the real issue to our neighbor. We are more concerned with stragtegy than with spirituality, more concerned with methods than with ministry. Whose plan is it any ways? Why do we waste time? There are many people around the world who do not have an opportunity to hear, to seek a better life. When the Daysman comes into a society two things usually happen. Either a physical/culture war ensues splitting families and friends or a culture is refined and the best is brought out of it while the worst is put away (end result of the first one). Why then do we hesistate from entering in the fray of battle? Are we too cowardly? Too "concerned" with society rather than individuals? I wonder, where do our priorities lie?



"Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me."

"And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me."

"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." ~John12/44.46

--> We are suppose to be lights of Daysman and unto his father Ancient of days. We are not to hold back anymore. We are suppose to bring light to dark areas, to random corners of the globe, to counter the forces of decay that are in the world. If not, who will?



Am I shining my light to the world? (Higgaion)





"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to jugde the world, but to save the world." ~John12/47

--> The world is waiting. What am I doing about it?

"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." ~John9/5




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Thursday, July 22, 2004



The Road Less traveled...



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So we have all heard of that poem by Robert Frost...I won't waste time here but if you are curious as to how it goes click here. Anyway, I was thinking...most people do not take the "road less traveled." Reasons being why?
  1. It is lonely
  2. It is harder
  3. It is more comfortable where people have been before

But what if we took the road less traveled? What if I took the road less taken? I know what that would mean. Separation from most of my current friends. Most of them would no longer be seen. I would simply "fade" into the background and disappear. But would the benefits outweighed the rewards? I feel as if I am once again in some conflict of choices.

I always ask the Daysman, why is it that I have to give up so much in order to gain things later? Should I travel this road alone? Would I be more effective for his cause? I remember what he told my mother. Would I have to sacrifice that much? What is the price of one's faith?

The days are counting down until I enter into the world again. Back with family again. I know the standards that I have to live by, the steps I have to take. I can honestly say my focus will not be America in general. Nor will it be my current friends affairs. I am looking outward...towards the east. I am looking away from the west. I am looking into...the future. Selah...



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Wednesday, July 21, 2004



Behold the Cosmos!



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Have you ever felt like you are at the edge of something unexpected? Something huge and undefined and as if opportunity is just waiting around the corner? I feel excited again! I will be leaving this place, this solar bubble and begin my exploration of the universe...My universe...the one inside of me!



Maybe that is one of the reasons I like space so much...because it is something that is just full of exploration. You know? Have you ever gazed at the heavens and wondered what was out there? Just look at them...here are some interesting little worlds that I have discovered (hidden ones that few pay attention to).



Here lies the moon Triton. A moon larger than Pluto that has geologic activity on its surface (well, geysers count, right). This moon boggles scientists because it orbits Neptune in a retrograde fashion (as in opposite direction of which the planet turns which is rare). Scientists have yet to explain how this is yet to be since this would imply it was captured (which defies even common logic?).

 




Now we are at Saturn...it's moon rather. This one is called Titan and is the only moon to have an atmosphere (well, at least thicker than Earth's). This moon is bigger than Mercury and may have frozen methane on the surface (which equals money). Selah!

 


And now entering Jupiter...this is Io. This is also known as the Lava World because that is basically what it is: a world full of lava. You would not want to be on this moon, not only because of the volcanic activity but also because Jupiter (as well as its 3 other large moons) constantly pull on the planet causing its "tidal" surface to rise 300 feet! Selah!

 


Last of all is Ida and it's little moon Dactyl. Ida is approximately 32 miles long (if I remember correctly) and has it's own lunar asteroid! Crazy, isn't it? Well, that's all thus far. I will have to post some other time. Anyway, hopefully I entertained myself with some cool and crazy images. Selah!


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Hope for the future...



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"The ticket to the future is always open." ~Rem Saverem
 
So, I know what you are thinking. Why are you quoting Anime? Hey buddy, there is hope in that statement. The ticket to the future is always open. This is a quote from a Japanese Anime Cartoon from a character named Rem Saverem. The Ticket to the future is always open. Do not let others assault you, take away your hope without a fight. You deserve the future! The past does not define us, but the future does! I have seen so many give up hope, merely because their hope was in their circumstances. Challenges ahead may frequently bring pain, but pain is temporary, while growth is permanent. It is the hope in this growth that we all seek, that we yearn for. The ability to place our faith in tomorrow is so key to us being human. If that is taken away from us, we will most certainly perish. WE WILL PERISH without hope! Selah!
 

And the trials may come. I know they will. But I am willing to lay down my life for the future, for the future of others around me. I seek the future, not today, not tomorrow, but a hundred years from now. The future is everything and it is in the future where we will rest in hope. God bless those of you with liberty, and persevere those of you lacking it. You have tasted freedom. Do not let anyone take that away. Selah!

"And if you keep your vision clear you will see the future. What happens in our future is our own responsibility." ~Rem Saverem
 

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004



At the edge of another Age...



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Well, it seems as if the world is quickly heading into "destiny" so to speak. In Iran, the government is censoring information. In Israel, the wall is separating Palestinians from an economic future (although until I can come up with a better solution I will keep my mouth closed about the topic). I am quickly graduating and entering a world which I left behind three years ago. A world that is hostile towards any virtue of liberty in itself. Hostile towards all that is considered good.  Or worth while. We might find ourselves in another age pretty soon. One that will determine who is coward and who is not. Where the ideals are defined by strength and speed...and ultimately power. I know this philosophy. I have seen it before.
 
 

It is coming back again. I have dreaded it before. But I guess we shall see. I am seeing more activity amongst the masses. His emblem is becoming more fierce. But I know what the Daysman says.
 
"In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." ~ISA27/1
 
I pray that it comes quickly. I will see you all at the end. Selah.



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Sunday, July 18, 2004



Reaching out...



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So at church today our Pastor told us that we had to be reaching out to more of the community...to find out what is going on in people's lives and no longer be ignorant of what is happening around the world. Well...I have been thinking...what have I done lately to reach out, to understand, to sympathize? I have done very little. So I decided that today I would do something daring...I would act upon the opportunities that I see before me instead of merely gazing upon them. I decided to start in Iran (thanks to my friend Emelia) as it is a place that has free media and much persecution of liberty.


 
While we sit here in America, drinking our Coca-cola we forget that not everyone else is enjoying life.  I currently have the liberty to say what I want, pray to whom I want (praise Daysman) and go where I want. Look at the pictures...does it stir up any feelings?
 
 
 

 

 
Ignorance is bliss...but then again how long do sheep live? Daysman, give me the ability to reach out to them, to help them, and to alas equip them with your power. Selah!
 
 

 

 
So much to do. And so little time to do it. Below are links to sites for more information (from other Iranian Bloggers). You now see why I became a Google Citizen. Selah!
 
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." ~JAM1/25
 
"And if you keep your vision clear you will see the future. What we do in our future is our own responsibility." ~Rem Saverem
 
 



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