My Uncle passed away last summer. As soon as his soul left this world, and went to the spirit world, my Dad say two bald eagles, which is very rare. My Dad and his brother are only one year apart, (my poor Grandmother), so they are very close, almost like twins.
This was a very spiritual experience for us. This is the way my Uncle spoke to us after his journey to the spirit life.
My Uncle was a spiritual, creative and an intelligent person. He was a dreamer, a leader and a visionary. He was very strong willed, and resilient. He was a free spirit. So yes, you can say his spirit animal is an eagle.
When you see an eagle, in the spiritual world it symbolizes: strength, leadership, wisdom and vision. Eagles fly higher than any other bird, so they are man’s connection to divine. They guide us to greater spiritual knowledge. Eagles signify self discovery, and personal freedom. They also signify strength to overcome adversity, and step out of your comfort zone. Eagles push you to reach higher ground.
The eagle is a guardian from high above, watching over us, with messages for us from the divine. They also signify spiritual rebirth, and renewal.
The picture about was taken in the same family vacation spot, where my Dad saw the eagles, after my Uncle passed away.
Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my favorite influential heroes. The way he advocated and advanced civil rights is remarkable. His speeches, boycotts, and acts lead to the end of segregation. I am so glad I did not have to grow up in this era of ignorance and racism.We are all humans and created equal. We all deserve the same rights, and opportunities.
Hypocritical much of America? This contradicts the bases of what America was founded on. I’m glad this bigotry and ignorance has come to an end in this regard. We can learn from other cultures, and expand our mind, interests and experiences. It is a great thing to have rich experience from differences. I love diversity. America is supposed to be the melting pot, where everyone is created equal, and the land of opportunity, for everyone, regardless of their race, age, sex, or religion. The home of the free and brave. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” ~Emma Lazarus
For my senior year of High School, I wrote a paper on him and got an A+. His speeches are so awesome and powerful.
He fought with passivism, and told his people to not fight back physically, and organized civil disobedience without aggression. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was powerful and wise. His quotes are very inspiring. He was very wise.
God has a exciting plan for your life. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit”; John 15:5. We are the vessel and he can do great things through us. It will not be easy, and there will be struggles, but He will never leave us, and we can do all things through Him. He is there always, in our despair. It will be worth it in the end.
One of my residents that I care for has told me that “What you do that is worthwhile is not going to be easy, but in fact challenging.
Don’t give up, in our weakness He is strong. Jesus also says in John 15:5 apart from me you can do nothing. But through Him we can do all things.
It is great to have this strength, and offers hope.
Your disabilities, race, social status, and weaknesses do not matter. Look at Moses in Exodus in chapters 3 and 4. Moses had a speech impediment, and was a Hebrew of the tribe of Levi, so he was in hiding for 40 years. He was born in a time where the government wanted to kill the Hebrew boys to reduce the population of the Israelites’. His Mother put Moses in the Nile river and he was raised Egyptian, but Pharaoh’s daughter. The Pharaohs enslaved the Hebrews.
God called Moses at the age of 80, to lead the Israelites out of slavery and bondage. Moses doubted himself, but God said “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:12.
God accomplished something great through Moses and he can accomplish something great though you. Do not be discourage or give up! Do not doubt your ability. God knows you and your heart. He knows you better than you know yourself. He knew you before the foundation of the world was made.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Signs for Moses
4 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous[a]—it had become as white as snow.
7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second.9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
Moses Returns to Egypt
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
21 The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son,23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’”
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[b] and was about to kill him.25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.[c] “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.
29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,31 and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
“The five people you meet in heaven”, by Mitch Albom, is a book about an 83 year old man, who is an owner and operator of an amusement park. He passed away trying to save a little girl falling from one of his rides, and woke up in the afterlife.
In his earthly life he took over ownership of the park, when his Dad passed. He feels like his life is meaningless, and stagnate. Stuck in the day-to-day routine of going to work. He beloved wife passed away years ago of brain cancer, and a he is a injured war veteran. Since his wife passed away, he felt like life was meaningless. He thinks his life had no impact but in the afterlife he learned that it surely did.
This book encompasses meaning in life, and how everything we do impacts the life’s of others, even the little things. How certain people die, instead of us. The real reason why people have hurt us, and their true stories. I recommend it if you feel stuck, and are looking the meaning in your life. This book greatly explains how we all have purpose in our life. It is very interesting, because he was in the war, stationed in the Philippines. I recommend it. It was a great read.
In the stillness of winter, the earth is resting. The earth is getting ready for the new life that is yet to come. The flowers and trees will bloom, plants will grow to yield us food. The earth will wake up from its rest, and give us new life. It has a job to feed us, and give us air to breathe.
We can learn to do the same as the earth, and rest. Listen to its peacefulness in the dead of winter. The earth knows best. Our souls, mind, and body all need rest, for we are at our best when we are well rested. We do not have to be constantly productive, this will wear us out. Life has something great for us to accomplish, but we are at our best when after we rest.
I received a pressure cooker from my Mom for Christmas, thanks Mom! I love it, it saves me time as a busy working Mom. I can now cook a meal, including pot roast in an hour. How awesome is that?
This recipe was for my family of 4.
Ingredients: 2 Pounds of beef chuck roast
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 bay leaf
6 Large Carrots peeled
5 Large Potatoes.
2 Small diced Onions
1/2 stalk of celery
3/4 cup of water
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
Salt and Pepper
Sear the pot roast in a frying pan. Season it to taste with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook until brown. Saute onions for about 3 minuets.
Add 1 table spoon of vegetable oil in pressure cooker and let oil get warm, and 3/4 cups of water. Add pot roast, and diced onions and 2 beef bouillon cubes. Add 1/2 stalk of celery, carrots, and potatoes. Add bay leaf.
Cook for 65 minuets on high pressure.
If you don’t want the carrots and potatoes to be mushy roast potatoes and carrots, but I was busy and was looking for a quick and easy dinner. Works great both ways.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
On a baking sheet, add non stick spray, and place carrots and potatoes. Season with salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Place on lower rack of your oven. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
There you have it. My fast recipe. It was delish, and saved me time!
Your thoughts become your reality. Be aware of what you put in your mind. Be careful of the negative let influence your reality. Filter these negative thoughts, and do not dwell on them, do not let them imprint your mind. Fill your mind, and life with positivity. Look on the good side and beware of untruths and negative influences. Believe in the good in the world and not the bad. Look for the good in everything to be your best. You can achieve more with a positive mindset.
When I was 11 years old, I decided to cross a busy intersection, right before it turned green. I was hit by a small truck. I was pinned under the truck wheel, the wheel was on my knee. I was rushed to the hospital for knee surgery. I was not hurt bad, I just had stitches.
My body was in shock, and I was not in any pain. It didn’t even hurt that bad. It is amazing how our bodies can block out pain, and trauma. The truck wasn’t going fast, and I cannot remember when he stopped driving.
Kids must be extremely resilient, because I took this easy. I was a tough kid. I wasn’t traumatized by it either.
I have a big scar on my knee today, and my knee is not in any pain.
I remember when I was under the truck, my memories saw angels above me, this could be a false memory, because memories are not accurate, but I know God was watching me and protecting me. I had a lot more to accomplish on this earth.
While I was in the hospital, the Nurses were so nice to me. This inspired me to be a Nurse, but I am a caregiver. I have a purpose, somebody has got to be a caregiver.
The echos of the past influences who you are in the today. Do not look far into the past to create today. You are different than before. The past has already come and gone. Today is here and now. Embrace it. The winds of change come through, and create everything anew. As time goes on things change. Change is inevitable. Time doesn’t stop for no one. Time is ever passingThe hand of time is constant. Make the most out of your time on earth, and realize that things change. Do not be passive in this life, because time is not passive, it is aggressive, ever ticking. Do not waste time, because time will keep on going so keep up its the pace.
January is “National Blood Donor Month”, since in the winter months, it is more difficult to get blood donations.
This is near to my heart because my father had “I.T.P.”, which is a autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your platelets. So, since my Dad was lacking platelets, he was having a bloody nose, gums, and at risk for bleeding to death. He was very sick, in the hospital, for one month. I was stuck with sadness, but he got better, and his I.T.P. comes and goes, and he has not been this sick since, in 12 years! So this is one motive for me to donate!
Blood donations are needed. Facts about blood donation.
One donation can save 3 lives!
Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood
More than 38,000 blood donations are needed everyday
1 Million people every year are diagnosed with cancer.
There are also benefits for the donor as well:
You get a free blood tests! They check your Iron, and they check to see if you have HIV.
Donating blood decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer
It burns calories
You are making a difference, and saving lives!
Donating blood only takes 10-15 minutes. I recommend eating a well balanced meal before donating, and make sure you eat enough. Also drink plenty of water and make sure you feel rested.
Mine and my Dad’s blood type is O-. We both can donate to anyone but if we are to have a blood transfusion we can only receive O-. So we are universal donors. My Dad obviously cannot donate.
I have donated since I was about 18. I still do but not as much as I used to. In my 20’s donating blood didn’t effect me, but not sometimes I feel tired, and lightheaded afterwards, as I got older. I am not sure why? I am perfectly healthy, I eat well, and drink water, and feel well rested.
I encourage blood donation if you are well and able. It is greatly needed for the ill, and the families of the ill sure appreciate it!