Monday, July 6, 2015

Lady Liberty Quality of Life Brigade and Shining River Press

Mission Statement:

            Shining River will go all over the  world, singing, dancing, laughing, leaping from sea to shining sea, gathering beauty, wisdom, understanding, instruction and knowledge from many pens, musicians, composers, poets, artists, teachers, carpenters, gardeners, etc--some from the distant past, some from the  emerging present, some from the budding future. We shall return to The Garden!

"Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all."--Jeremiah 31:12


            She gathers together the outcasts” (Psalm 147:2) to make Polk County a world class example for mental health and prisoners.  The Brigade will have dental for everyone and musical instruments.   A plan of  recovery--not Big Pharma Making Mental Patients.  Psychiatric is at the top of health care expense.  Recovery will greatly reduce cost.  We will have respite houses for those in altered states of consciousness (see Lakeland Ledger comments to mental illness articles blog  below)  We will make banners (Song of Solomon 6: “awesome as an army with banners”)and restore furniture, write books, art, music, etc.  The income will more than take care of the expense.  Grants will flood in for such a program.  What if we believed in redemption?


"Psychiatry has no label for delusions of grandeur that come to pass." 

--Dr. Ronald Fieve, Mood Swing

"For with God nothing shall be impossible."


Recovery is the will of God.  I am VERY ENCOURAGED FOR AMERICA.   The greatest liability America has is this distortion of truth, lies, jumping to judgment.  I see this shortly to blow off of center stage and then what is already in the wings to come forth—so many wonderful people doing what they have been put on this earth to do!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow! “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and not learn war anymore.”  “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth, peace. . .”the angels sang.


            Many victorious battles have been won by music. Examples: Psalm100, Psalm 149; 150; II Chronicles 20; Acts 16:20-24, Nehemiah 6, I Samuel 16:23; II Kings 6:8-23; Judges 6-8;Joshua; Psalm 46; Luke 2:13,14.  Biblically, we are told over 500 times to “Praise the Lord” and 400 times to “Fear not.”  Security is in the Secret Place—God’s 911 #-Psalm 91:1 “She who dwells in the Secret Place. . .”—Memorize Psalm 91. Read  aloud for 10 days. Shut Bible, stumble through, see where you missed. Repeat. For children who can’t read, after 10 days leave out words—start with Psalm 23 or Psalm 100. End of month it’s in your heart.

                The greatest progress needs to be made in the human heart.” –President William Jefferson Clinton


The Meetinghouse, Shining River, 1400 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd. #4110, Bartow, Florida 33830, 863-409-7071;  Go to Web site and click on recent thoughts blog for comments on Lakeland Ledger articles on Mental Illness and the Baker Act—present condition in Polk County.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mother Emmanuel and Lessons of Forgiveness


Mother Emmanuel and Lessons of Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not mean condoning wrong.  Forgiveness is release to God.  At first it may not be a feeling but an act of the will.  I will forgive.  I pray God to give me the grace.  Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.  They do not know what they do.” 

 The people of Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston are an example for our nation as they demonstrated how powerful is forgiveness.  They told Dylann Roof they forgave him and prayed for his soul. The music, and the speeches of the four hour funeral of Rev. Pinkney were inspiring and uplifting, revealing how God can bring good out of tragedy.  “God works in mysterious ways,” President Obama said. He spoke of God’s grace—something we don’t deserve or earn—it is just given.  He sang, “Amazing Grace”, the church joining him.   If you did not see this, I pray you will. (C-Span, June 26, 2015)

What if we, as a nation, had responded this way to 9/11? Some of the victims said, “Not in our name will you wage endless war, invade countries, bomb civilians, kill more children.”  With such methods have we not recruited more terrorists?  As a nation, we need forgiveness and God’s grace.