This World

This world screams at you. “Your birth insults me, and I will break you. Feel time slip away, And your loves destroyed.” “I never stop. Relentless Time. Hounding your mind. Slaving to eat.” “Crushing you. Twisting you. Molding you.” “Until You Are.” “Dead” (Diminished Hexaverse) (Photograph of a swamp at Rend Lake in Southern Illinois)

Our First Love

I see folks on Facebook talking about praying to God to heal the land, and to stop the evil in the land, and to drive away pestilence and all of that. I’ve heard it for years. How exactly do you think God will do this? Are you really ready for it? Maybe the problem isn’tContinue reading “Our First Love”

8 Ways to Stay Clean

As addicts we need to totally change our lives, in order to be free of addictions and the temptations to reuse.             It is my belief that God created us, and that addiction is not a surprise to Him. Actually, He created everything associated with addiction, but the purpose was originally for good.Continue reading “8 Ways to Stay Clean”

Your Own Thing

Some discover it;some never do.  Everyone has it;yes, even you. Born with something;something to do.  Sometimes you know it,or work it through. Sometimes you die,or live a lie.  If we all do our thing,how great that would be. God will guide us,if we ask Him too.  He will give us a place;to do what weContinue reading “Your Own Thing”

You Go With You

Here’s a lesson I learned while my life was falling apart. I had been abandoned after driving my family away. I drank and drank and partied and fought. I was arrested time and time again, and that’s who I was.             I had been drinking and decided to go to the bowlingContinue reading “You Go With You”

Happy Place

I was asleep, and in my happy place. I’m not sure where that is, but it is a place where I finally relax. It is a place where everything is ok. Where there are no problems. I was there, and I was happy; until suddenly I was pounced on. I was literally pounced on byContinue reading “Happy Place”

Bless Everyone

Bless Everyone,especially those who don’t deserve it. Pray for them;bring light into their darkness Love their soul;that little girl or boy who lives inside them. Give them hope;in this fallen land. The good we do,comes back to us through God. It builds a world;that is worth living in for everyone. Bless, and do not curse;inContinue reading “Bless Everyone”

Hiking in Southern Illinois

I love to hike. I have done it for beauty, exercise, for spiritual reasons, and for fun. There’s nothing like getting out in nature and letting go of what ails you. Southern Illinois has many great hiking trails that will suit your needs, no matter what you are seeking.     If you want short trails,Continue reading “Hiking in Southern Illinois”

Facing the Bar Scene

I haven’t drank alcohol since November 1, 2002. My life was destroyed. I cried out to God and He moved. I went to prison and with God, I’ve rebuilt my life. I am no longer tempted to drink or use.             But, let’s face it. This life is a battle. It’s tough forContinue reading “Facing the Bar Scene”

Jailhouse Religion

When I was locked up, I first heard this term. It was used to refer to someone who turns to God only when they are in the jailhouse. I’ve heard high class people use this term and I’ve heard inmates use it to slam other inmates. They would say things like, “Man, you only wantContinue reading “Jailhouse Religion”

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