In Remembrance: Sharing of Memories related to Janie Blake

My thoughts have been many since Janie Blake started her new day and left us behind. It has been hard to focus and write anything, yet there is much to write and process. It is though time to start putting down words that are on my heart. The best place to start is sharing a bit of the impact that Janie Blake had on my life and in the life of others. Yet, for me the sharing of the memories that is the story of Janie Blake and how she touched my life is not easy. See, Janie Blake in my life from the start is a mix of pain and hurt along with blessing and healing. The two really go hand in hand and are hard to separate. The elements of pain are not appropriate to write about as there are other people involved and they need to be considered and honored. So, my sharing of memories publicly is limited. However, the limit is on me being able to share the fact that God did use her in people’s lives to build them up and help them grow in love and truth by sharing love and truth.

Ultimately, the core of my relationship with Janie Blake can be summed up as a mutual sharing of love and truth. No matter what was going on with each of us being who we are, there was love and truth in operation. And honestly, most of the time, most of the memories are just us being who we are, together. This was whether sharing meals, playing games, or just having conversation. There are stark differences in our personality despite sharing that core of interacting in truth and love. Her personality was more active. She would find a way to be involved. She had to be part of the “action.” If there was something going on, rest assured Janie wanted to be a part of it. Now, my personality is one that is more observant, watchful. I want to be where action is but will often be at the edge, watching what is going on, always looking to grow and understand. Recently saw a picture from during my sophomore year on college, it was me as always on the edge, watching & observing. My nature is to meet people where they are and come along side.

Janie’s nature is that of going after someone and pulls them in. It is because of Janie that have met and cared for several people that otherwise would not have. It is even in her active pursuit that the healing, blessing, and growth that occurred in time, happened. She actively pursued with love and grace. Part of the healing pertains to my dear wife. We had a period where she ran from God in response to deep pain and disappointment. One related to a young man dying of brain cancer, the other a disappointment over a hope for job situation. Janie loved her, spoke truth, and pursued her with not knowing anything more than my wife was hurting and angry. She provided an accurate reflection of God’s pursuit, for ultimately God pursued my wife through Janie and others until she returned back to God. Janie was consistent in her pursuit and building up of others, reaching out with love and truth. She was faithful to God’s call on her life and produced much fruit. She lived who she was before God and man. She let her light shine in her actions and deeds and brought Glory to God the Father.

I hope folks take the time to share memories of Janie there are many places to do so. There is the comments section here on this blog article. There is here Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=828554733. There is my father’s Facebook page as well: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1128826601. There is also Janie Blake’s caring bridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/janieblake. There is also the option to share thoughts at the online obituary at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=147504299. You also may have own resources, but please do share. I may add folks thoughts to comment sections as run across, so please subscribe to the comments in this article. I know there are many folks who have prayed for Janie and did not know her, by sharing others can know and the harvest and impact will continue.

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April Fool’s day musings

Today, April 1st is recognized as April Fool’s day and is a day where deception is honored. It is not really known when or why the practice of attempting to deceive other people with pranks, gags, and other hoaxes. And amazingly enough, that even though April Fool’s day is known as to when it will happen, still many people are deceived by the assorted hi-jinks that occur on this day. The fact that even with knowledge that hi-jinks and deception may well happen, still deception readily occurs.

One of the main ways people allow themselves to be deceived is by not being aware and alert. Some individuals completely forget that it is April 1st or that the day is one folks try to deceive others. These people accept things at face value, particularly if it comes from somebody they trust. Deception comes easily if you are not aware of they need to be on guard and be attentive.

Even if you are aware and on guard, an individual can still be easily deceived by those that you trust because of that trust. We trust the people we trust for a reason, and as such we can be more easily deceived by those we trust. We can forget that in the name of fun, those we trust can attempt to deviously deceive.

    This day teaches us important things to take into account every day. We need to be alert and aware for deceptions are many. We know deceptions will be coming on April 1st and even then deception can occur readily. How much easier is it to be deceived when we are not alert and aware? Do we simply forget that it is simply very easy to be deceived? Everyone to one degree or another has accepted a lie as true. We face lies and deception every day and often times the deception even comes from our-self. In reality, in order to be able to best avoid deception one needs to be aware, be willing to examine the facts, and have knowledge of what is true and real. So with those musings in mind enjoy some quotes and Bible verses pertaining to fools.

Famous quotes about fools taken from http://www.worldofquotes.com/topic/Fools/1/index.html

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. Benjamin Franklin

 

A fool boasts of those who fear him; a wise man’s pride is those who respect him. Philip R. Breeze

 

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln

 

Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn’t be any fun living in it, or profit. Josh Billings

 

Every fool finds a greater one to admire them. Bioleau

 

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. William Blake

 

Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools. Gene Brown

 

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. George Eliot

 

There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world’s ills will be cured. Henry Ford

 

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid of the light? Maurice Freehill

 

No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it. Oliver Goldsmith

 

While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple. Gerald W. Grumet

 

He who lives without folly isn’t so wise as he thinks. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

Colleges don’t make fools, they only develop them. George Lorimer

 

Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side. Jewish Proverb

 

Some Bible verses on fools taken from http://www.transporter.com/FatherPeffley/Family/Verses.html

 

ACCUSING
    Do not accuse a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm (Pr. 3:30).

ANGER
    Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret it leads only to the evil (Ps. 37:8).
    Of wise man fears for the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hot headed and reckless.  A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated (Pr 14:16-17).
    A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control (Pr. 29:11).
   
ARGUING AND FIGHTING
    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Pr. 15:1).
    A hot tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel (Pr. 15:18).
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him (Pr. 16:7).
    Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out (Pr. 17:14).
    It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel (Pr. 20:3)
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful (2 Tim. 2:23-24).
    All of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble (1 Pet. 3:6).

BAD COMPANIONS
    He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm (Pr. 13:20).

BAD LANGUAGE
    Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips (Pr. 4:24).
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Eph. 4:31).

BITTER SPIRIT
    Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger; brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (Eph. 4:31).

BOASTFULNESS
  Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips (Pr. 27:2).

COMPLAINING
    Do everything without complaining or arguing (Ph. 2:14).

CONCEALING SIN
    He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy (Pr. 28:13).

CRITICAL SPIRIT
    A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue (Pr. 11:12).

DECEITFULNESS
    The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out (Pr. 10:9).
    The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands (Is. 32:8).
    Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to who we must give account (Heb. 4:13).

DISCONTENT
    Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Tim. 6: 6-10).

DISOBEDIENCE TO PARENTS
    Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you (Ex. 20:12).
    Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck (Pr. 1:8-9).
    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”which is the first commandment with a promise “that it may go well with your and that you may enjoy long life on the earth (Eph. 6:1-3).
    Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord (Col. 3:20).

DISORDERLINESS
    But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way (1 Cor. 14:40).

DISRESPECT
    Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves (Rom. 12:10).
    Show proper respect to everyone; Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king ( 1 Pet. 2:17).

FOOLISHNESS
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline (Pr. 1:7).
    As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly (Pr. 26:11).

GOING ALONG WITH THE CROWD
    My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them (Pr. 1:10).

HATE
    Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs (Pr. 10:12).
    Whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him (1 Jn. 2:11).
    If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, how he has not seen (1 Jn. 4:20).

IGNORING ADVICE
    The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice (Pr. 12:14).
    He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored (Pr. 13:180.
    He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding (Pr. 15:32).
    No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Heb. 12:11).

SCORN AND MOCKING
    If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer (Pr. 9:12).
    The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures (Pr. 30:17).

SELFISHNESS
    A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Pr. 11:25).
    An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment (Pr. 18:1).
A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him (Pr. 28:22).
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Ph. 2:3-4).
    And do not forget to do good and to share with other, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Heb. 13:16).

TATTLING AND NAME CALLING
    Whoever spreads slander is a fool (Pr. 10:18b).
    He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends (Pr. 17:9).
    Without wood a fire goes out, without gossip a quarrel dies down (Pr. 26:20).

UNCONTROLLED TONGUE
    He who guards his lips guards his soul, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin (Pr. 13:3).
    A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them (Pr.14:3).
    He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity (Pr. 21:23).
    But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken (Mt. 12:36).
    Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech (1 Pet. 3:10).

UNFORGIVING SPIRIT
    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Col. 3:13).
    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Eph. 4:32).

UNGRATEFULNESS
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (Ps. 118:1).
    Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Th. 5:18).

UNKINDNESS
    A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings himself harm (Pr. 11:17).
    Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor. 13:4-5).
    As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Cor. 3:12).

UNTRUSTWORTHINESS
    As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him (Pr. 10:26).
    Pride only breeds quarrels but wisdom is found in those who take advice (Pr. 13:10).

IMPATIENCE
    The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride (Ec. 7:8).
    The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23a).
    Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love (Eph. 4:2).

JEALOUSY AND ENVY
    A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the body (Pr. 14:30).
    For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice (Js. 3:16).

LAZINESS
    Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth (Pr. 10:4).
    The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied (Pr. 13:4).
    One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys (Pr. 18:9).
    It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young (Lam. 3:27).

LYING
    Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies (Ps. 23:12-13).
    The Lord detests lying lips but delights in men who are truthful (Pr. 12:22).

PRIDE
    The Lord mocks proud mockers, but gives graces to the humble (Pr. 3:34).
    When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom (Pr. 11:2).
    Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Pr. 16:18).
    Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor (Pr. 18:12).

RETALIATION
    A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult (Pr. 12:16).
    A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense (Pr. 19:11).
    Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Rom. 12:17-18).
    Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else (1 Th. 5:15).
    Do not repay even with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Pet. 3:9).

REFUSING COMMANDS
    The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin (Pr. 10:8).
    He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded (Pr. 13:13).

REFUSING CORRECTION
    My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the    Lord disciplines those he loves as a father the son he delight in (Pr. 3:11-12).
    Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning (Pr. 9:9).
    He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads other astray (Pr. 10:17).
    Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he how hates correction is stupid (Pr. 12:1).

Daniel Amos The “¡Alarma!”Chronicles prophetic?

I just want to recommend to any and all that have ever listened to Daniel Amos 4 CD collection  The “¡Alarma!”Chronicles to dust them off and relisten.  In particular the first album,¡Alarma!” seems to be very appropriate in addressing current events down in Lakeland, Florida.  Granted, I have read that Terry Scott Taylor wrote the first two albums with the “Name it and claim it” type of pastors in mind.  Given those pastors are roots of Word of Faith which is part of the roots of Lakeland, the words clearly still fit.

I am going to post the lyrics to four songs from the album. If you want to read over the rest of the lyrics I would recommend going over to www.danielamos.com where the entire catalog’s lyrics are available.  I also would enjoy thoughts about anyone else seeing or sensing anything prophetic in the The “¡Alarma!”Chronicles.  I certainly intened to reread the Novella produce along with it.  I believe the 4 installments are also available on the Daniel Amos website.  Do yourself a favor and check it out. 

Here are some songs lyrics in think are appropriate to Lakeland and other matters:

¡Alarma!from the album “¡Alarma!”

Words and Music by Terry Taylor
©1981 Paragon Music Corp./ASCAP

It’s a brain drain laid down on the reel to reel
The warning of the after life the after birth
And telling how we feel

Alarma, somebody’s crying
Alarma, somebody’s dying
Alarma, somebody’s turning away

Sugar cane in cellophane is playing at the radio station
Laughs out in the gallery believing that it’s all elation

Alarma, somebody’s pleading
Alarma, somebody’s bleeding
Alarma, somebody’s turning away

A wise guy in the sky invites you to a guilty party
Won’t charge you at the door
But sure knows how to get your money

Alarma, he’s pointing a finger
Alarma, he’s such a dead ringer
Alarma, somebody’s turning away
Somebody’s turning away, somebody’s turning away
Alarma, somebody’s turning away
Alarma, somebody’s turning away
Alarma, somebody’s turning away

 

Big Time / Big Deal from the album “¡Alarma!”

Words and Music by Terry Taylor
©1981 Paragon Music Corp./ASCAP

Beam it on the satellite, send it through the T.V.
Get it on the play list, preach it to the masses

I want the big time, it’s not for everyone
I want the long line, to tell them what I’ve done
Give me a bullhorn, I’ll help Your kingdom come
I get all this, and heaven when I’m done

Why stop with the little things, wires cross the continents
The moment of conversion, on the cover of my album

I want the big time, it’s not for everyone
I want the long line, to tell them what I’ve done
Give me a bullhorn, I’ll help Your kingdom come
I get all this, and heaven when I’m done

Heard some talk about the big big big big big deal
Can’t wait, moving on, can’t wait, moving on
Lawyers talking ’bout the long long long long
long long long long contract
Five years, how long?, sign here, moving on

Send a tape to Carson, got a date in Vegas
Start a church in LA., billboard off the freeway

I want the big time, it’s not for everyone
I want the long line, to tell them what I’ve done
Give me a bullhorn, I’ll help Your kingdom come
I get all this, and heaven when I’m done
I want the big time, I want the long line
Give me a bullhorn, I get all this, and heaven when I’m done

 

 Cloak and Dagger from the album “¡Alarma!”

Words and Music by Terry Taylor and Jerry Chamberlain
©1981 Paragon Music Corp./ASCAP

 Disguising shadows are concealers
Of traitors spies and double dealers
In the street somebody staggers
Killed again with cloak and dagger

If somebody tells you that their love is true
Don’t believe it if they hold a gun to you
There’s cold war tactics hidden in a smiling face
A pretty kind of poison that will leave no trace

Disguising shadows are concealers
Of traitors spies and double dealers
In the street somebody staggers
Killed again with cloak and dagger

If somebody tells you ’bout the master plan
Don’t believe it if they got the bloody hands
Secret agents masked in plastic moulded smiles
Wolves that stalk the innocent and trusting child

Disguising shadows are concealers
Of traitors spies and double dealers
In the street somebody staggers
Killed again with cloak and dagger

 

 Endless Summer from the album “¡Alarma!”

Words and Music by Terry Taylor and Jerry Chamberlain
©1981 Paragon Music Corp./ASCAP

Surfer boys, surfer girls
And all those hoping to catch that ultimate wave
We were looking for an endless summer
We’re still looking for an endless summer
It’s no surprise will be looking endlessly

Surf and sand, eternal tan
We’ve paid the price in looking twice our age
We were looking for an endless summer
We’re still looking for an endless summer
It’s no surprise will be looking endlessly
And we had to get to surf city
But we’ll tell you man it’s just drag city
We won’t come back from dead man’s curve

 

Angels Tuck You In

from the album “Doppelgänger”

Words and Music by Terry Taylor
©1983 Twitchen Vibes/ Paragon Music Corp. ASCAP

You hold an image, it provides a common thread
No sense of menace, no feeling of dread
You never worry your pretty little head and
Angels tuck you in tonight
Angels tuck you in tonight
Angels tuck you in and greet you in the morning light

This cartoon world you’ve created, it’s like Disneyland
Get out you golden ticket
The one they give you when you’re born again
A guardian personage is watching over you
Nothing uncomfortable can ever get through
There is no suffering for the chosen few…

You’ve been a wide-eyed innocent
Come to the garden, come to the hill
Come to the tree, come to the kill
Won’t break your bones, but it can break your will
You’re too afraid of hurting
Been playing cover-up
Expose yourself to dying
And in this real world, it is your calling

You hold an image, it provides a common thread
No sense of menace, no feeling of dread
You never worry your pretty little head and
Angels tuck you in tonight
Angels tuck you in tonight
Angels tuck you in and greet you in the morning light

 

And this is what is really important. We need to attend to the true central theme:

Central Theme from the album “¡Alarma!”

Words and Music by Terry Taylor

©1981 Paragon Music Corp./ASCAP

 Central theme, the most important thing

Central theme, the tie that binds together

Central theme, every line is breathing

Central theme, another heart receiving

 

Shining in the center, my Lord in the center

Jesus in the center, revolving around Him

Always revolving around Him

 Solar screams, I am nothing

Vibrations under the rings, how great you are

Moon like a gong, how great you are

 

Central theme, the object of affection

Central theme, the core of our perfection

Central theme, moving upward in direction

Central theme, changing musical conceptions

Shining in the center, my Lord in the center

Jesus in the center, revolving around Him

Always revolving around Him

 

Infinite space, I am nothing

Infant moves in the womb, how great you are

Wind and sea, I am nothing

Ghost of the heart, how great you are

 

Solar screams, I am nothing

Vibrations under the rings, how great you are

Moon like a gong, how great you are

 

Who is on the throne you find, the King of Kings

He’s the one I have in mind, the central theme

Lord of Lords, Lord of lords, Lord of Lords…