I have to be careful showing pictures of headstones on social media. Someone took it as a death threat. I found my mom’s side of the family’s cemetery by “accident”.
I was headed north on 75 in McKinney, Texas when I recognized a landmark that I remembered passing on the way to previous funerals. I followed a winding road back to a plot of land my maternal grandparents purchased decades ago in the small town of Climax, Texas near Princeton, Texas; where my grandparents grew up and got married in 1938 until his death on February 7, 1990.
I just missed Mother’s Day and her birthday is coming up so this picture came to mind that I took a few years ago.
People today talk about the American Dream being a big house, white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a car. Although that dream is dying, or evolving , into luxury apartments and an Iphone. But I don’t believe the original American Dream had anything to do with materialism; at least not until Corporate America took over everything after World War Two.
The original American Dream was freedom. The freedom to be anything you want. It still is. You are as free as you want to be. Materialism leads to economic slavery and is bondage. Of course, just like sex, it is not bondage if you are actually enjoying your job.
Most people aren’t materialistic. They are just trying to keep up with their peers. Peer pressure doesn’t stop just because you get out of high school
For me, I have this overwhelming urge to want to go against the status quo. It’s the reason I left college to try and succeed without college.
The new American Dream is working 70+ hours a week to pay for wood, hay, and stubble. If people didn’t depend on insurance as much, or healthcare in general, or go into debt to have everything, the economy would collapse
Maybe that is why they play the game. It’s not my way of wanting to die for my country.
You don’t have to make your life about work and money. If you add enough value, you can still get rich anyway. Even if you don’t get rich you can still value yourself. The secret to getting rich is knowing how rich you already are.
You can pray to God to show you how to be rich, but “He” will more than likely show you where true wealth lies; within.
The Talmud says a rich man is a person who is content with what they have. There are probably more rich poor people than poor rich people. I will let you think on that for a minute. . .or two.
If you are content with what you have and live within your means when you have little, you will be more generous if you ever attract an abundance. The abundant life Jesus was talking about was in spiritual things, unlike what the prosperity gospel teachers tell us.
I first read this series in a library back in 2004. I’m a slow reader and these 500 page novels I still managed to finish within two weeks each. There were eight books at the time:
The Puritans-set around the time the first colonists’ arrived in America and follows Drew Morgan who is the Patriarch of the fictitious Morgan family and the legacy he passed down with a 1611 King James Bible he inherited from his Father-n-law and spiritual mentor, Christopher Matthews.
The Colonists’-Fasts forward to the early 18th century with the three kids of Drew’s great-grandson Benjamin Morgan. That would make the kids 5th generation Morgans in this series. This is by far my favorite novel and I sincerely felt a spiritual revival reading this and the one to follow.
The Patriots-Jared and Anne Pierpont Morgan (Ben Morgan’s youngest son and his wife) and their twin boys Jacob and Esau Morgan. This story is set in the time of the American Revolution and features a cast of characters that make up our founding fathers. Each son makes up one side in the American Revolution.
The Adversaries-Fasts forward to the Civil War with the surviving twin’s grandson the honorable Reverend Jeremiah Morgan and the founding of the Heritage Churches of America and his four kids. There’s a surprise heir to the Morgan line at the end.
The Pioneers-Takes place around the turn of the century with Jess Morgan pursuing a woman halfway across the early settlements of the U.S. territory. Jess is the son of the surprise heir in the previous novel and the 10th generation in the Morgan line with the same Bible.
The Allies-Features Jess’s and his wife’s son and daughter during the time of the Great War of the early 20th century.
The Victors-Jess Morgan’s four grandkids by his son during the time of World War Two.
The Peacemakers’-Jess’s great grandkids Travis and Paige Morgan and features Paige as a college bound hippie and Travis lost in the world of the Vietnam War Era. My second favorite novel.
The Guardians-Came out around the time of the 21st century and is the more recent novel which means it classifies as contemporary fiction now with the 14th generation of the Morgan clan nearly 400 years after Drew Morgan set foot on American soil. The family in the last two book have migrated all the way to Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada with Travis Morgan’s twin boys and a suprise trip to the ruins of Edenford where the legacy started with Drew’s salvation.
I bought the latest book for $2.99 on my free Amazon kindle for pc and I intend to reread this entire series. Only this time I will be purchasing each book so I can reread once every decade for spiritual enlightenment. Maybe I’m weird but I felt a spiritual revival just reading this series. It actually got me into historical fiction.
Gal. 3:6. . .”And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to Him as righteousness.”
A direct quote from the Old Testament. Abraham, the father of faith. The one who nearly butchered his own promised son because God told him too. The bible mentions Abraham and his seed being God’s people.
Who is Abraham’s seed? Some would think it’s anybody directly descended to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel). The seed of Abraham are all those that come to God through faith in the messiah (Christ). Those, who like Abraham, put their faith in God. Because that’s what true righteousness is.
Recognizing that you don’t have any righteousness of your own, you’re only a righteous person through faith in God.
True righteousness is trusting God to help you in every area of life. I once slipped and said something like, “it’s hard to trust some one you don’ tknow.” Wasn’t talking about anything spiritual, but it reminded me-The true test of how well you know God can be answered in how much you trust Him. And you can only trust God through Jesus Christ because God revealed HImself through His incarnate Son.
The root cause of sin (transgressing the law of God-which we’re all guilty of, is taking matters into our own hands and not trusting God with our needs.
Because ever since the fall of man in the garden it’s just not human nature to trust in any one other than yourself. Jesus said in Matt. 18:4, “unless you humble yourself as little children you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Being right with God means trusting Him with childlike faith and relying on the blood of Christ to take away all your sins.