42 Years Old

 

Today is my birthday. I am 42 years old. 42 is an odd age for me. My mother died when she was 42. So remember tomorrow is not a guarantee. Live life as if it’s your last day. God said the greatest commandment is love. Don’t forget that!

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To Buy or Lease?

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Need a new car? What do you do?  I faced the dilemma of needing a new car earlier this month. My old car served us well for many years but now we needed to fix it or get a new one. My old care was stalling when we stopped, so I brought it to our mechanic and we found the car had an oil leak, a transmission problem, and various other problems. We had to decide if it was worth it to pour more money into this car or use the money to put down on a car. We had a few things to consider. Do we look at used car lots, buy a car or lease one? 

I didn’t want to buy a used car. In the past, I had bad experiences with used cars, so I didn’t want to buy a used one.  When you buy a used car, most times you are just trading your car’s problems for someone else’s. The car needed to be reliable and safe. I knew I didn’t want a used car. 

My next question was whether to lease or buy. To answer this question, I had to weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what I can afford. First, when you buy a new car, your payments will be higher than that of a lease.  My insurance will be high both whether I lease or buy so I didn’t need to worry about that right now. Either way, I will have to pay for full coverage. When you buy a car, you can drive as many miles as you want. There is no mileage penalty. When your payments are over, you own the car. It is yours, not so when you lease a car. You can make any upgrades you want. When you lease a car, you can’t change anything. What you see if what you get. When you buy a car, any wear and tear on the car are yours. No one will charge you for these scratches, dents, and stains. 

Thinking of leasing a car? Sure the payments are lower, but when your lease is up, you don’t have a car. The car is not yours; it belongs to the dealership. You could lease a new car every 3 years. Drive a new car every 3 years.  Your car is under warranty for the entire length of your lease, so the dealership will cover anything that goes wrong with the car. You must pay for the maintenance of the car, the oil changes, brakes, and tires. So what do we do? Buy a car or lease one?

I wound up leasing a car as it was 200 dollars less a month to lease than to buy. I paid extra for scratch protection on the car. It is a sealant that goes on the outside and inside of the car. It could cover most scratches and stains. My plan is to drive a new car every 2 to 3 years. So far the car is amazing and since I had full coverage for my old car, my insurance didn’t go up all that much. Before buying or leasing a car, weigh the pros and cons of each and make the best-educated decision you can. 

You’re in My Seat

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I had an interesting experience at church last week and it reminded me of these two stories I have heard pastor’s use for their sermon.

In the first story, a man is visiting a church. This man sits in a pew and a lady came up to him and said, “I’m sorry but you are sitting in my pew.” This man got up and moved to another pew. Again, a man came up to him and said, “You’re sitting in my pew.” This happened several times before the man left the church. I have heard this story told by pastors with the message of welcoming new members.

There is another version of this story where the man sitting in everyone’s pew was a homeless man who smelled and wore torn clothes. At the end of this story, he came to the front of the church and said, “You asked me to move because I was sitting in your pew. I have sat in your pew and have died for your sins.” The man was Jesus. The Bible says giving to those in need is giving to Jesus. We should embrace people in need and welcome them.

When I went to church last weekend with my children, I had a similar experience. I drove into the parking lot and saw an open parking space. I drove in and parked, while a car came up next to mine and rolled down the window. A middle-aged woman was in the driver’s seat, so I assumed she needed directions or something.

So I asked, “Can I help you with anything?” What came next surprised both me and my children. She said, “It’s my parking spot. We only have six spots, so you need to move.”

I looked at her confused for a moment, then I realized that she was attending the church next to mine. So I replied, “Well it’s a good thing I am not coming here to visit your church because I will never come back.” I then drove off and parked my car elsewhere.

The woman pulled out of the spot she was in and moved her car closer to her church. My kids caught this and said, “So she just pulled in next to you to tell you to move your car. Jesus will not like that.” And my kids are correct. What if someone was planning on visiting this church or someone thinking about becoming a Christian? That person may never want to visit another church or becoming a Christian if Christians treat others this way. My daughter said, “I guess that’s why they only have 6 parking spots; no one wants to go to their church. I love our church. Everyone is nice and friendly.”

People expect Christians to be perfect, but we are far from perfect. Sometimes it takes compassion and common sense. This woman didn’t have either. She taught my children a lesson. She taught them to always welcome others because they know what it feels to not be welcome. It might be a small thing but for someone searching for a church of someone searching for God, it’s a big thing.

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Awareness day.   1 in every 4 pregnancies ends in a miscarriage.

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I always wanted to be a mom. After my miscarriage, I thought it would never happen. God had a wonderful plan for my life. I just have to wait and put my faith in Him. Many women suffer the tremendous loss of a miscarriage. They often believe they are alone, but they are never alone. It is not anyone’s fault! It is a sad component of life. In every four pregnancies, one ends in a miscarriage. I am sharing my story to help other women who have experienced the same pain I have.

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October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Awareness day.   1 in every 4 pregnancies ends in a miscarriage.

During this month, I will give my book. Birth After Miscarriage: A Spiritual Journey away for free. You can download the E-book from Amazon.

FREE FROM OCTOBER 13-17

I always wanted to be a mom. After my miscarriage, I thought it would never happen. God had a wonderful plan for my life. I just have to wait and put my faith in Him. Many women suffer the tremendous loss of a miscarriage. They often believe they are alone, but they are never alone. Rest assured that it is not anyone’s fault! It is simply a sad component of life. In every four pregnancies, one ends in a miscarriage. I am sharing my story to help other women who have experienced the same pain I have.

E-books

USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q6M5ZBN
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I don’t know if anyone here is on Medium. At first, I went on to build a following but the site seemed too preoccupied with how much money you make and whether the curators liked your story. Most of the groups I have been in about Medium have only been concerned with money.

I try to get my work on as many sites as I an to build a following. If you are interested in building a following and finding a new place to showcase your work please join me. I created a publication on Medium for all writers.

Purple Pen

 

The Purple Pen (4)

The Universal Protection Agency

Here is a quick look at a new story I am writing. I hope you like it.

Chapter 1

Nessie had been trying to hack the computers to get information to the new crew. It’s a daunting task, but they had to know.  What if they know and they are working with them? Nessie knew of one other changeling on board but she didn’t know how to get information to her.

She stayed onboard watching them. Nessie transformed into a rat, so she can move around the ship and watch everyone. She knew Kon was the leader, but she didn’t know if she can trust him. Is he working for them? If not, and the company finds out they will kill us both. 

She scurried to his quarters and laid in wait for him. She knew she could talk to him as a rat but will he believed her. I have to show him. How can I show him? She went to the computer and being a rat she couldn’t hack into it, but she could eat through the wires and disable his cameras.

Then she waited in the corner, in the shadows as the rat.

The doors to Kon’s quarters slide open and he steps in smelling the acrid scent of the burnt wires. He sniffs the air, “It must the computer?” He searches for the source of the smell. “Something chewed through the wires, hmm.” He says out loud. 

As soon as the cameras went out in his quarters, it triggers a silent alarm. A figure sits in front of the computer screen where a flashing red light shows the cameras in the captain’s room are not working.   “Nessie is back,” the figure said. “Switching to secondary cameras. Let’s see what you’re doing here.” 

Nessie ran up the legs of the desk and ran across the keyboard to his computer hoping to get his attention. She didn’t want anyone to get hurt. Kon has a good heart. I’ve been watching him for a while now. He can’t be part of this. 

With a burst of speed Kon snatches Nessie up off the floor.

“Well,The Universal Protection Agency what have we here? You the little fella chew up wires?”

Nessie squirmed in his grasp. “Let me go,” she said in her normal human voice.

Kon opens his hand so he will not hurt Nessie. 

“Well if you can talk, the means you chewed my wires on purpose. I’d start explaining.”

Nessie then formed into a woman. Kon gasped as he was not expecting this.  His heart fluttered as he saw her. 

She was wearing a uniform from the company, one she found in storage in case someone or something should see her. Her hair was pure white, as white as her face but her lips, her lips had a hint a red to them. 

“What are you?” he asked as she intrigued him. “Are you an angel?” 

“I had no choice, I apologize. I’ve been watching you for some time and I can tell you are a wise and caring man.”

Kon’s brow creased with concern.

“How did you get aboard my ship?”

Nessie, “I’ve been watching you.”  I hope he doesn’t report me. “I need to give you important information on this company, The Epoch society.”  Her heart raced through, “Please tell me I am not wrong. I’ve watched you for a while. You are a good man.”

I can hear your heart racing. Just calm yourself and breath.” Kon says as he pours a cup of water and hands it to Nessie. “Take a drink and relax. Tell me your story. You say you’ve been here for a while but I’ve never seen you. I don’t remember ever seeing you and I remembered seeing someone as angelic as you.” Nessie’s enthralled him. His eyes lingered on her every move. She’s clever, resourceful and angelic. 

Nessie sat though she was not at ease. 

I am a changeling. I can become I chewed through your wires so they can not see or hear us. The company you work for, do you know what their mission is? Do you trust them?

Kon leans back on his desk.

“I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them. What proof do you have?”

Nessie didn’t have much proof with her, but she can show him. “Kon, they travel through time changing events to suit their agenda. Stealing, killing and altering the course of events so they will be the most powerful. They destroyed my homeworld so they can use the changeling abilities.” She knew Maeve and Kon were close but Maeve did not know what happened to their homeworld.

“Maeve was not there when they destroyed our world. She left before they came. They kidnapped most of us and made us work for them. They told us we were helping the world by allowing them to use this ability.” Nessie looked away as she didn’t want to cry.

“I will show you,” she shows him the device on her arm. “This device allows us to time travel on our own. Most changelings can use this device and transform without those chambers. You have seen the chambers, I assume?”

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Ghost of a Life that is Not Mine

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What have I done wrong,

To keep me from your mind?

Forgotten and left aside,

A memory of one who came before.

 


 

A ghost of a life that was not mine.

A memory of one who shares my face.

Lost in an endless tide, reaching but never touching.

 


 

Summers in the sun, the surf at our feet.

Summers in the sand, drawing, and laughing.

Summers on the street, bikes and games and more.

 


 

A ghost of a life that was not mine.

A memory of one who shares my face.

Lost in an endless tide, reaching but never touching.

 


 

My childhood lost in a daze

My Innocence long since forgotten

My memories fade away.

 


 

A ghost of a life that was not mine

A memory of one who shares my face.

Lost in an endless tide, reaching but never touching.