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“Meanwhile, I was in a place of clouds. Big, puffy, pink-white ones that showed up sharply against the deep blue-black sky. Higher than the clouds-immeasurably higher–flocks of transparent orbs, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long streamer-like lines behind them.
Birds? Angels? These words registered when I was writing down my recollections. But neither of these words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher.
A sound, huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if winged beings were producing it. Again thinking about it later, it occurred to me that the joy of these creatures, as they soared along, was such that they had to make this noise–that if the joy didn’t come out of them this way then they would simply not otherwise be able to contain it. The sound was palpable and almost material, like a rain that you can feel on your skin but that doesn’t get you wet.
Seeing and hearing were not separate in this place where I now was. I could hear the visual beauty of the silvery bodies of those scintillating beings above, and I could see the surging joyful perfection of what they sang. It seemed that you could not look at or listen to anything in this world without becoming a part of it–without joining with it in some mysterious way.
Again from my present perspective, I would suggest that you couldn’t look at anything at that world at all, for the world at itself implies a separation that did not exist there. Everything was distinct, yet everything was also a part of everything else, like the rich and intermingled designs on a Persian carpet……or a butterfly’s wing……….. A warm wind blew through, like the kind that spring up on the most perfect summer days, tossing the leaves of the trees and flowing past like heavenly water. A divine breeze. It changed everything, shifting the world around me into an even higher octave, a higher vibration.
Through the Orb, Om (GOD) told me that there is not one universe but many–in fact, more than I could conceive–but that love lay at the center of them all. Evil was present in all the other universes as well, but only in the tiniest trace amounts. Evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth–no forward movement, no chance for us to become what GOD longed for us to be. Horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant.”
“Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thoughts and emotion–and in essence makes us human–shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in a coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with the Divine source of the universe itself.”
I am currently in the process of reading this remarkable book called “Proof of Heaven” by Dr. Eben Alexander. This is an outstanding book written by one of those previously doubting skeptics that has to have everything proven by scientific facts. If you have never read this book, I would certainly recommend it. You will never be the same after reading this one. The statement that evil is necessary kind of threw me a bit… I suppose we would all just be robots in life if we were not allowed choices by an all-knowing, all-powerful GOD. And GOD knew that if we did choose evil instead of good that he still loved us and would forgive us.. But he wanted us to want him, to want to come back to him, to turn from the evil choices of this world, and to follow him. Love is stronger than any amount of evil that can be thrown at us by the little god (Satan) who controls the world we live in for now. If you get a chance to read this book, let me know what you think.
Have you ever known anyone that has had a similar near death experience. I haven’t but my sister used to go to church in Pasadena, Texas with Don Piper (her Sunday school teacher) who wrote “90 Minutes in Heaven”, and who died in a car accident and came back to tell the story of his own encounter with heaven.
There is an unseen dimension, an unseen world that is as close as the breath we breathe. A world more real than the physical world that we can see with our eyes. A spiritual battle rages on day in and day out, and we will not know how many times we have been saved from terrible accidents by our own guardian angels until we get to the other side of heaven. I have had personal experiences with angelic beings myself which I have written about in some previous blog posts. On this side of heaven, our prayers and our words are ever powerful. We can choose to speak words of evil or of love. Remember to pray always for your family and friends for protection from the evil forces of this world that fight against us, and let love win out in the end!
We had the opportunity to visit with our daughter at our house this past weekend, who will soon be having a daughter of her very own. While she was here we happened to come across an old box with some of her papers from when she was younger that had something I had written about her when she was only about 3 or 4 years old. Here is the original paper I had hand written those so many years ago.
“She came into our lives as a blessing from above. So tiny, so beautiful. GOD blessed us with our little bundle of love. At first she barely crawled, and now look at her run. At first she could hardly talk. Now look at her; she hardly stops talking! Each day we grow to love her more. Thank you LORD for our little blessing. Thank you LORD for Valerie. Brown eyes, brown hair, and that special warm caring smile.
Each time I look at her, I hear GOD whispering in my ear. Be good to her, and raise her to learn of me. Teach her love, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and train her in the way she should go. Teach her right from wrong. Teach her to love others, to give unto others. Look at her now how big she is growing, changing every day. Thank you LORD for our gift from heaven above. May we love her and show her your ways each day. Thank you LORD for our Valerie.”
The picture above is of our daughter Valerie and her own grandfather, my wife’s dad. His name was “Papa” I can’t wait to have a photo taken with my own granddaughter. I know people say it often, but it does seem like only yesterday when our daughter was this age. As a matter of fact, it still seems like only yesterday that I was carrying her to her first bed to lay in after being born in the hospital. As the days pass, I pray that I will be able to be the grandfather that my granddaughter deserves me to be. I pray that I will be able to show her the right road to take too, and that we will have many good years together. If we are together, they can’t help but be good!
I promise again LORD that I will teach her just like I taught her own mother. I will teach her the road to take, right from wrong, to love others, and to give unto others….. and I promise you I will love her every single day!
Purple rays of light slice the dawn
Before the sun settles in and light is gone
I must pass the baton
Now I see
I will forever be with thee
It’s now I know
It’s now I see
It’s not about me
The race is here
Your face so near
You hold my hand
I take my stand
And if I fall
I’ll surely call
On you today, and every day
Love doesn’t take a break
Even when mistakes I make
But now I see
It’s not about me
It’s now I know
It’s how I see
You whisper in my ear
I am here, I am here
Just keep going, I am near
Life will twist and turn
And yes, it can be stern
But when you see
That he is with thee
You’ll take your stand
On his command
But now I see
It’s not about me
My step-dad had his own construction company in the southeast Texas area for many years building forms for houses, installing post-tension steel cables for the slabs, and doing miscellaneous carpentry work. I had the good fortune of working in the summer with him starting at the age of fourteen. It was hot, brutal, and sometimes dirty greasy work. Even with all of the negatives I really enjoyed making my own money and working for him over those summer months.
One summer when I was sixteen years old Dad gave me some work to do on my own. He actually contracted with me to build a total of 10 – 12 x 14 patio forms for several homes in a residential development we were working on in Pasadena, Texas. I was going to make some good money at a flat rate of ten dollars per patio. I had built several patio forms before and one of the primary rules was to make sure that the water drained good once the slab was poured. To accomplish that we dropped the wood form down on one side by placing a level on top and lowering it just a bit on one edge with the level on top to half a bubble. That would ensure the water drained properly and that the homeowners didn’t have to go out after every rain and sweep the rain off the patio before they could use it.
I scrapped around trying to find enough 2″ x 4″ lumber on the site that weekend to build all of the forms for the patios I needed to and finally came up with enough to accomplish the task. I worked hard and was real proud of being able to build all 10 patio forms in one long day. Dad paid me the money in one big check and was I ever excited to have that much money at one time. When I went back to school two months later, the construction superintendent for the subdivision mentioned to Dad that there were 10 patios that ended up being perfectly level and all were holding water. Guess what? Those patios were all of the ones that I had built! I had forgotten to drop the patio forms the half a bubble which was a very important part. I am not sure why I did it or how I forgot. Maybe I was too busy dreaming of what I was going to do with all of that money.
That’s how it is in life too when we forget about GOD’s words and his ways that are best for us. When we forget him and his words, then our lives tend to be in a state of constant uncertainty and turmoil. We end up having to constantly sweep the water off the back patio after a rain.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein. For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 KJV
There have been some outstanding tapestries that have been woven over the course of human history. One such tapestry is that of the “Apocalypse” which shows scenes of Revelation from the bible, and is some 459 feet in length. The people in our life become part of a beautiful tapestry carefully filled in by GOD over time. Our lives are influenced and changed by our friends, roommates, family members, teachers, neighbors, and coaches. We are what we have received as a gift from others. Even our spiritual lives are a gift from GOD. Gradually over time we are perfected into the person we eventually become. All the voids of our tapestry are filled in with what we experience and learn, or have to go through in life. Nothing is happenstance in life as the loom and threads remain in the very capable hands of the weaver and creator of all life.
Similar to a tapestry, each important moment of our life represents a letter. Our life is made up of a collection of letters that in the end becomes a book which tells the story of our life. The story has been written in advance by GOD. Our story is made of a series of letters with many parts. The errors of any misspelled words are corrected, scratched out, and replaced with words that are a better fit. Sometimes our letters are rewritten or influenced by others in some way. A few sentences are changed around here and there until the final draft is complete. Mistakes are made and we learn from them while adding yet more words to our final story. In the end the letters of our life are finalized. They are bound together to form a book with a beautiful cover wrapping the contents in magnificent splendor.
Yesterday I spent traveling to the north part of the state of Oklahoma to a small town called Ponca City which is located approximately twenty miles to the south of Kansas. Ponca is the city where I was born and I was there to do some research for a few of my books. This little city has a lot of interesting history associated with it and oil has been in the center of much of the history.
The statue above was dedicated in 1930 by E.W. Marland who was a millionaire oilman who pretty much put Ponca City on the map in a lot of ways. The theme of the statue was based upon the settling of the american west. It was dedicated on April 22, 1930 on the 41st anniversary of the land run of 1889 which opened Oklahoma territory to settlers. More than 40,000 people attended the unveiling of this 17 foot tall bronze statue weighing in at 12,000 pounds that cost more than $350,000 at the time. In today’s dollars it would have cost about 4.5 million dollars.
The plaque below that first step reads ” This monument was erected by E.W. Marland in appreciation of the heroic character of the woman who braved the dangers and endured the hardships incident to the daily life of the pioneer and homesteader in this country.”
This is a photograph of the home of E.W. Marland, the millionaire oilman who went on to become a U.S. Congressman and the 10th Governor of the state of Oklahoma. This mansion is listed on the National Register of Historical places and has almost 44,000 sf. It is roughly 80 feet by 185 feet and has four levels.
The mansion was built from 1925-1928 at a cost of 5.5 million dollars which in today’s dollars would equate to approximately 77.5 million dollars. There are 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, and three kitchens and was designed by architect John Duncan Forsyth. The mansion has come to be known as the “Palace on the Prairie”.
E.W. Marland came to Ponca City pretty much broke and was living in a local motel. He used some of the last bit of his money to lease land from a Ponca Indian where he started to drill for oil. Things went really well for E.W. after that when in 1911 he hit his first gusher, and continued to find oil everywhere he drilled.
By 1922 E.W. was one of the richest men in the United States and controlled more than one tenth of the world’s oil resources. More than 1/3 of the population of Ponca City worked for Marland Oil Company. Mr. Marland was always very kind to his employees and pioneered employer paid insurance, eye care, and dental bills. He even built homes for many of his employees. There is a movie about the Marland story entitled “The Ends of the Earth” that is in production now staring Jennifer Lawrence.
This photo was taken of the old Poncan Theater which is still operational today. It was built in 1927 at a cost of $280,000 dollars which in today’s money would equate to approximately 6.5 million dollars. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic places and started out as a combination vaudeville/movie theater house. I used to go to this old movie theater as a young boy.
My dad tells a story of how when he was a teenager, they were giving away a bedroom set in a drawing and he ended up having the winning ticket that day. It turned out to be a pretty nice set complete with bed, mattress, night stands, and dresser drawers, that would probably be worth 4 to 5 thousand dollars today.
My day in Ponca City turned out to be a great day. The weather was fantastic and I got to take my mom and daughter with me. We also got to have lunch with a few of my cousins who I had not seen in a long time. I don’t believe it could have been a more enjoyable day!
I just published my new children’s book “Teddy & Cowgirl” which is now available at Amazon in ebook format and will soon be available at Barnes & Noble and other online stores as a paperback. Teddy & Cowgirl is a great little children’s book with best friends – Teddy & Cowgirl together for the first time in this bundle book. Children as well as adults will love this little book and can’t help but smile and laugh all the way through at these funny little animals. It was a great pleasure for me to be able to put this new book together for children and to bring them joy. If you know some little ones who you want to make happy and keep them smiling and laughing – check it out at the link below.
My new book “Papa’s Family Recipes” is now available on Amazon. Papa was written in honor of my late father-in law who became like a father to me. He was the son of emigrant Italian parents in the City of Detroit and went on to become one of the largest contractors in the Midwest. He was a great cook but an even greater father-in law who I truly miss. Stop by and check out Papa’s Family Recipes where you can find some great Italian recipes and learn about the man called “Papa”.
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