The Tow-Head Gang

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A rare photo of the little known Tow-Head Gang in the early years. The gang was last seen looking out the back window of a red and white ’57 Ford Fairlane, as it sped west on a rural Texas Panhandle road. Rumor has it they settled in Buckeye, Arizona where they lived a quiet–though somewhat tumultuous–life before dispersing sometime in the late ’60s. You can read more about them in the book, “Just A Boy”, written by the surly, yet loveable, leader of the group, Charles. He’s the bad-looking hombre on the right.

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The Absence of Love

Darkness is nothing more than the absence of light, evil is the absence of good, and hate is the absence of love. If Satan rules a person’s life, neither God, nor His love is in them. Their judgment and view of all things are distorted by a lack of knowledge only God can give; the difference between right and wrong.

Perhaps if we live our lives in a manner pleasing to God, they will be swayed, not by our battling against them but rather by the fact we continue to love—even them—in the face of their hate for us.

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

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No Place Was Home

I discovered too late—it seems only moments ago—that there is a troubling downside to the wandering life I’ve led, where no place was truly home. A life that—in the end—leaves one feeling very much alone and truly homeless. For a tree cannot grow strong branches—branches being the friendships we develop in our lives—when it is constantly removing and leaving them behind. A tree, in fact, cannot be strong when it is constantly uprooted and asked to grow and flourish in a new place. Limbs die, and though they are replaced with new growth, the new ones seem never to be strong, easily broken, and in truth, receive not enough nurturing or care to ever survive. Which is of no consequence when the tree is surely to be moved again. Even the roots—the things that are family—grow weak from the constant transplanting. And so… the oft-moved tree is destined to be alone, supported and kept alive by the tap-root, which is self, and is enough to nourish existence, but in the end merely allows survival, not fruitful life.

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The Day Will Come

In the early first hours of the day, God speaks to me silently from His heart to mine, and I feel like a child on my Father’s knee, my head against His chest, listening to the sound of His loving heart. And as I go into the day, where I’m often quickly swallowed by the cares and turmoil of this world we live in, I hold tight to His hand, as a toddler holds his father’s hand. I feel His presence—His hand on my shoulder—every minute of every day.

The day will come when all this is true. Perhaps not while I inhabit this body and dwell on this earth, but it will come. He tells me this in the morning, and it causes me to sing for joy and be glad all my days.

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Hey, You Guys! I’m a Hypocrite!

IMG_20171016_150100797_HDRAccording to Webster, a hypocrite is a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. Unfortunately, I do that often, so by that definition I reckon I’m a hypocrite. Webster also defines a hypocrite as a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion. I think most who know me, will agree I don’t fit that definition. I make no bones about the fact that I am who I am, and what I am is a terribly flawed human being. Oh, I’m not as bad as I used to be, but I’m still far from what I could be. The thing is, all I’m trying to do is encourage others, using the Bible as my guide. I try to find and focus on the good stuff and hope what I write will help others find and focus on it too. That’s it! So, if being me trying to be a better happier me and trying to help others be better and happier too, while at the same time being plain old messed up me, is being a hypocrite, then I am one! And… I’m okay with that.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.   Romans 3:23

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It Seems to Me

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No matter what our troubles might be, no matter our worry or strife, Jesus will give us peace, and all we must do is love Him and trust Him. Most of the time, we trust Him with the little problems, but when a large one comes along, we tend to dive right into despair and worry. Then when we realize He’s our only hope, we turn to Him and cry out for His help.

 

 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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What Do You Want From Me?

What do you wantIn the last several years, when times were tough—those times when I questioned not only my faith in God, but his faith in me—I would often ask Him, “What do you want from me?” It seemed I was getting nowhere fast and doing nothing for Him… or me. Of course, He never answered. Or did He?

But these days I’ve come to the realization that I had things backward those times when I asked God, “What do you want from me?”. I have a good life. I’m not rich, and far from famous, and some parts of my life could be better, but all-in-all I have no reason to complain. God has blessed me with so much, and yet I have the nerve—too often—to complain. It dawned on me recently that God, who’s given me so much and continues to bless me with peace, joy and love—more abundantly than I ever have, or will, deserve—Is the one who should be asking me, “What do you want from me?”.

 

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