POSITIVE VIBES

Vibes is a feeling that you will get from someone.  You’ve heard people say that they get negative vibes from certain people or positive vibes.  We should make a conscious effort to give people around us Positive Vibes!  We try to avoid people we get negative vibes from, don’t we?  We don’t have time for people like that in our lives.  That might seem harsh but I know I feel like that.  Why waste my time on someonp vibese who is going to bring me down.  This would be a great spot for a Bible verse that says something to the effect of The Lord says to turn everyone’s frown upside down!  But let’s continue.

My thoughts on staying positive and giving off positive vibes is that even if someone you are conversing with has a negative view on the topic is that you can be showing them your positive caring side.  You don’t need to change their mind or ever make them smile.  But by not being negative with them you will plant a seed of Positive Vibes in them.  They can either nurture that or let it die.  If they nurture the positivity it can eventually help them see the light, or they can turn away from you and continue to find people who want to hear and support their negative vibes.

Ephesians 4:29 ‘Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.’  This verse in my opinion is talking about Positive Vibes.  Be positive in your talk and your actions in every situation.  Not only should you act this way around your inner circle but around people you run into every day.  You never know when you can be showing and telling people that you are a Christian just by the way you act.

“But but but, I’m having the worst day ever!  I just want to tell the world that it sucks to be me today!” ‘Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’  Whoa hold up here!  Having negative vibes is conforming to the world, and God says not to conform to the world.  We know the Bible says rejoice in all circumstances but as humans on this earth we sometimes just cannot comprehend all that God or the Bible is asking us to do.  Like I’ve said before God has his own agenda and will and we as Christians need to do our best to read and believe in the Lord our Savior.

I hope you all have a great day and I’m sending you POSITIVE VIBES!

I pray all is well in your life and I hope this helps today.

3.19.2018

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DON’T EAT THE WORMS!

On a recent fishing trip to some local waters with my youngest daughter Mattie I thought this would be a great time to teach her about how Jesus was a fisher of men.  I mean she is eight years old now and has been really interested in becoming a Christian and being baptized.  So, as a Dad of a pre-teen who iFishing 3-10-2018s now saved and baptized I remember taking her fishing and sharing the same story of Jesus from ‘Luke 5   10 Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.’  The story from Luke was not happening on this drizzly Saturday morning while we were attempting to fish and stay dry though.

As I was preparing our fishing rods with new hooks, weights and some fresh worms Mattie looked at the small Styrofoam container of works wiggling inside the fresh compost soil.  “What are the worms for Dad?” Mattie said.  “Well hun we use them to catch fish.”  “Why do we need to catch fish if we have all these worms!?!” Mattie exclaimed!  Well I guess we could just eat the worms instead of catching fish then!  I laughed thinking it was all pretty funny.

“No Dad we can’t eat worms or snails the Bible says we can’t!”  Here we are out fishing with worms and I’m trying to be the Dad with the message about making men fishers of men and my eight year old has plans to teach me.  “Our teacher in class said in Leviticus it says we can’t eat them!” ‘Leviticus 11:42 Whatever crawls on its belly, and whatever walks on all fours, whatever has many feet, in respect to every swarming thing that swarms on the earth, you shall not eat them, for they are detestable.

What a great teaching moment my lil one has shared with me.  Most times I don’t think she is paying attention to what I say or even what her teacher is saying and here she is teaching me a Bible lesson that I hardly even remember.

We can talk about the laws of the Bible, New and Old Testament and the discussion can go on forever.  Some Christians don’t believe some laws apply to us in our time now and some still believe the Bible is the Bible through and through.  I would challenge you to research for yourself and pray on your beliefs to see what you truly believe.

My thoughts are that the Bible was given to us to study and have an understanding of what God wants from us.  I have never come across a book of the Bible that has told me to stop studying any of the other books or to stop reading what is considered “Old”.  Research this topic and let me know what you think.

So instead of teaching about becoming a fisher of men we talked about insects, worms and snails and that the Bible says we shouldn’t eat them.  This was one of the proudest moments I have had as a Dad listening to my youngest quote scripture to me out in nature.  I feel truly blessed.

I pray all is well in your life and I hope this helps today.

3.12.2018

STOP PRAYING!

Are you one of those people who pray daily and pray for everything?  Pray in the morning, pray for great weather, pray at the bus stop, pray at school, pray while making copies, pray while you are stirring your coffee.  Well stop!  Just stop praying that things will become better and that everything will work out. (Please read on…)

But aren’t we suppose to pray daily and about everything in our lives?  Yes, yes we are!  ‘1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’  But wait I just told you to stop praying, I mean I wrote it in the title right?  God tell us to pray without ceasing, he doesn’t say to pray when times are good or when times are bad or pray when we need something to happen immediately.  He says to always be praying.  So, why did I say to STOP PRAYING?  I want you to pray always as well but in the manner that God talks about in the Bible.  If we only pray in certain times we are not praying without ceasing.

‘1 John 5:14 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’  He hears us but doesn’t have to answer us.  God isn’t required to make everything perfect because we pray.  Just as we believe that God exists and we put our faith in him we have to obey Him when he says to pray and give thanks in ALL circumstances.  God can see the master plan because quite frankly he is the Master Designer of the plan!  But how can I pray and give thanks for a car accident, a death in the family or even a school shooting.  God said to pray and you need to pray, but so many times what is it that we do?  We Stop Praying!  Plain and simple we stop praying and lose our faith because things didn’t go our way.

I am going way back here but in 1990 Garth Brooks had a song called ‘Unanswered Prayers.’  One of the iconic lines from the song was, ‘Sometimes I thank God, for unanswered prayers.’  Whoa whoa whoa!  Thank God for prayers he didn’t even answer?  Yes indeed, Thank God for being the God who controls all and knows what is best for us.  Pray in all situations and pray that God’s will be done.  On earth here we cannot fully understand what the ultimate reason for things that happen here to us but with faith we should know that God is always looking out for us.  ‘Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’

I am guilty of praying only when times are bad.  When times get good I almost feel like I did it all by myself!  If things are great why pray?  This is when you need to remember to always be praying and thank God for giving you a few hours, days, weeks or months of stress free living or living that you can handle.  There is another song that says, “It’s hard to stumble when you’re on your knees.”  What a great line and how true.  When you are praying daily and doing God’s will it’s harder to stumble.  Not saying that you won’t but you know where you should be and what you should be doing, praying without ceasing.

I pray all is well in your life and I hope this helps today.

3.5.2018

“Everyone needs Whipcream!”

by: John Thomas Heiligenthal

First off let me say Happy New year here on the 8th day of 2017.  I hope your 2016 was good but I hope this year is even better!

When I say, whipcream, you most likely think of a sweet dessert topping for ice cream, milkshakes and of course on top of PIE!  Everyone loves whipcream and the few that don’t well they are just missing out and there will be more for me.

On December 23rd of 2016 the ballet organization that my two daugthers are affliated with (Ballet Yuma) were involved in helping at a local shelter called Crossroads Mission serve a pre-Christmas lunch.  A great local organization to help men, women and families get off the streets, clean up and get help with addictions.

As we arrived we were given aprons and introduced to what we would be doing to help serve at the lunch time.  My oldest daughter was passing out candy and water before the lunch.  The director of the mission came up to me and my youngest daughter and said “John, we have no whipcream for the pies!  But I guess they don’t need it we will have some tomorrow.”  Before I could utter a word my little one says “They need whipcream!”  Mind you, this girl will put enough whipcream on a piece of pumpkin pie that you will not be able to see the pie.  To me it looks like a plate of whipcream!  So, this girl knows that Everyone needs Whipcream!  The director laughs but we agree that whipcream is needed.

My little one and I head out to the nearest grocery store…and yes you guessed it they are out of whipcream!  Back in the car and onto the next store.  Plenty of whipcream in the cooler section.  The director said 4 cans of whipcream would be plenty.  So, 4 can in the basket to head up to pay for them.  “Dad, really only 4 cans?  There was so much pie!  Maybe, we should get 8 cans just to be sure!”  My very convincing 7 year old added 4 more cans to the basket.

“8 cans of whipcream, that’s all?” The cashier asks.  We explained the story and she just laughed and without saying anything else she also says “Well everyone needs whipcream!”  We all laughed and headed back to the mission to add whipcream to all the pies that had already been cut and platted.

My daughter didn’t hesitate for a second that pie needs whipcream.  She knew our goal for the day was to help the less fortunate and serve.  She knew prior to going that all the food and goodies were not for us and that we would not be eating this and she knew the whipcream was not for her.  But even with knowing all this she didn’t delay in saying that if we have something for our desserts they need the same treatment.  We give unto others because God gave us everything by just believing and following him.

In 2017 I hope I can be more like my little one.  I don’t want to hesitate to help others.  I want to be able to love and put my blessed life on the back burner in order to bless my friends, family and strangers on a daily basis.

Isaiah 41:10 ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’  To me this verse says it all.  God will always help us and be there with us.

Have a Blessed and Happy 2017!

“Thanksgiving 2016”

Thanksgiving is upon us.  Actually in less than 24 hours the majority of people in the United States will be sharing a meal with friends, family and loved ones.  So, I thought thankful-comicI would take the time to mention somethings that I am thankful for.  Psalm 107:8-9Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.’  This verse tells us of God’s lovingkindness to us all and he is our best example of how to lead our lives.  He is truly an awesome God!

I am thankful that I live in a country where I can worship my Lord and Savior openly.  I am humbled by his awesome love that He has for me.

I am thankful for my parents who raised me to be a believer in God.

I am thankful for the love my parents and sisters have shown me in my life.

I am thankful for my two beautiful daughters, without them I wouldn’t understand ballet.

I am thankful for my ex-wife’s forgiveness and that she remarried a good man who is helping raise my daughter’s part time.

I am thankful for my extended family across the world that cares and prayers for me.

I am thankful that God continues to bless me daily even though I do not feel I deserve what I have been given.  He forgives me daily.

I am thankful for each one of you that will read this and I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your time with loved ones and remember we all sin daily, no man (woman) is perfect…Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I am most thankful for God’s gift of salvation.

11.23.2016

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“FREE TACOS!”

FREE TACOS!  Most everyone loves tacos and free is even better!  My oldest daughter Gracie came up to me with a coupon for a ‘FREE TACO’ at a Mexican fast food restaurant.  “Dad, can we go get my FREE TACO soon!  It’s free Dad you don’t have to pay anything!  They are just going to give me a FREE TACO!”  “Ok ok ok slow down yes we can get your FREE TACO!”  How can I let my kiddo down by not getting this FREE TACO?  “We will go soon!” I promised.

Then I started to think about this ‘FREE TACO’.  I said “Hey Gracie, when have you ever paid for a taco?  Aren’t all tacos free to you?”  (My daughter is only 11 so I guess I won’t make her get a job yet to pay for her food.)  She thought about it for a second and said “Oh ya right, well but Dad this one is free for you!”  She had a point; this would be one taco out of how many that I would not have to pay for.  I’m not going to make her pay for the drink or extra tacos when we go either.  She will have no debt owed to me yet she cannot pay but must eat to survive.

Ephesians 2:8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God’  My daughters have faith in me that I will provide food for them, just as we have faith in Jesus giving us eternal life.  There is no way we as Christians can ever repay God for sending his son to die on the Cross for our sins yet we can have salvation for free.  FREE SALVATION?  Wait, there has to be a catch?  Nothing in this world is free, I’m sure you have all heard.  True, nothing in this world is free not even salvation.

In order to receive the FREE TACO I must physically go to the restaurant and place my order for the taco and hand them the coupon.  Easy enough, right?  So, just because Jesus died on the Cross for our sins doesn’t mean we have FREE SALVATION.  There are steps to take to acquire the salvation from Jesus Christ.  In Acts 16:31 it states ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…’  So, there we have the Salvation from God.  Then to complete this transaction for the FREE SALVATION let’s turn to Mark 1:4-5John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.’  You must ask for forgiveness and then be baptized.

I can’t just go ask for a FREE TACO and get a FREE TACO, like I said there are steps that must be made.  Just as in asking for FREE SALVATION there will be steps to take.  On a closing note I say that you will always be physically hungry and thirsty and as a Christian we should be the same for God’s holy word.  Be hungry for what God has written in the Books of the Bible and thirst to know and understand all you can.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-1816 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   Makes me feel good to read that verse!

11.14.2016

“Be Thankful…for flat tires.”

By: John Thomas Heiligenthal

Is it really November already?  The month we celebrate Thanksgiving in America.  A time to be thankful for all that we have and the abundance of food that will be at most of our tables.  Sitting around a big turkey with family, friends and loved ones eating till we are stuffed!  Then comes desserts, pumpkin pies, pecan pies and some Jell-O dessert the neighbors brought over and you better take a “No Thank You” bite if you know what’s good for you!

1 Thessalonians 5:18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’  Oh, I have this one covered!  God, I am thankful for this amazing Thanksgiving feast and these dinner rolls are pure heaven with a little bit of butter!  What’s that?  Give thanks for EVERYTHING?  But, I’m not going to give thanks for the flat tire I just had a week ago.  And the tire shop bill that was 100 bucks!  I’m not thankful for that at all.  In everything God are you sure?

A few Friday’s back now I was scheduled to drive my first grader over to the San Diego Zoo for her class field trip.  Early that morning she woke up and was sick, twice in an hour.  We would not be seeing any lions, tigers or bears this day!  Was I “thankful” she was sick?  Not at all!  I wanted to go to the zoo as much as she did and see God’s creatures.  But I stayed in bed with her giving her a little bit of water some juice and a few crackers till she felt better (the next day).  But what happened that night driving home from the store with her…she heard a loud hissing sound, “Dad, what’s that sound?”  I knew it had to be a tire.  Sure enough as we rolled up to the house a tire was going flat.  Good thing we were at the house when this happened, makes changing the spare so much easier.  Wait! Was I just thankful for a flat tire?  Well, not the flat but being at home to change it.

At the time of the flat my daughter and I would have been coming back home from the zoo through the mountains leaving California.  A place I would not want to change a flat tire much less traveling 65 mph on a highway, who knows what could have happened.  Now was I thankful for a sick kid and getting a flat in my driveway?  You bet I was!  Too often we have our own agenda as to what WE are going to do in a day.  We do not put our trust in God as we should.  Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.’  God has a plan for each of us and he outlines it all in the Bible, but we first have to put our trust only in HIM and to stop relying on ourselves first.

11.2.2016