Close the Dryer Door, Please

18 12 2015

control-freak-cartoon

Here in Egypt without my twin Maytag washer/dryer (sigh); I’ve been washing my laundry by hand.  I actually don’t mind and find it quite Zen.  There are people in the community that will hand launder clothing for a small fee.  In fact, I paid for this service just two weeks ago due to having a big idea.  The young lady who lived in my building offered to hand wash a large bed comforter for me.   A little background: She is the wife of the building maintenance man.  She did a great job and returned it fluffy and clean a few days later.  While her pretty baby girl played at our feet, she confided that she was controlled by her abusive and dictatorial husband.  She showed me bruises.

After confiding her abuse, I hatched a plan.  In my mind, doing my laundry (over a short while)  could become her “Freedom” money from this abusive guy.   We stashed the sack of sheets, towels and other wardrobe whatnots  at her apartment.

During the same period of time, with the best of intentions, I tried to control Stateside situations and the people involved. Yes, I had it all figured out, except for the part where I was informed in no uncertain terms that things would remain “as is” until further notice.  Not one to be easily sullied, I then emailed another party to reinforce my email to the first party.  I insisted within this email that I be communicated with about the progress of things, “as soon as possible-like, immediately!”   It took a few days for me to realize that I was being patently ignored.

Meanwhile, my laundry and my laundress were both missing.  I was in a tizzy.  Some of the items in that sack were relatively new and expensive to replace.  Crap!  I soon learned that this man’s violent assaults on his wife had been overheard by residents in the building.  To thwart rumored plans of being confronted by his employer (the building owner) and the police; he had uprooted his little family and disappeared into the night; padlocking his apartment.  Padlocked?  I had to enlist the assistance of building management to search and retrieve my laundry from their abandoned apartment.  My laundry was returned (Eureka!), but it had not been washed (okay, whatEver!).  The items were returned in the same condition I’d sent them: In need of cleansing.

With the return of my unlaundered laundry and unanswered emails regarding situations and folks Stateside; I decided to reflect.  The bathtub is my personal reflecting pool.  I read a few passages of a book by Ilyanla VanZant, who picked up right where I was:  “I was being a Control Freak and getting my comeuppance.”  I had become like the bullying husband of my little friend.

What is the remedy for runaway Control Freak’s?  Surrender.  Surrender the outcome of every thought to God.  “Let go and Let God.”  Yes, I’m rolling my eyes and squirming because I hate cliche’s.  But, to surrender: Literally as well as figuratively is the only remedy.  The act of surrender sounds like whimping out or being irresponsible to the mind and ears of a bonafide (but evolving) control freak such as myself.   However, it wasn’t until I surrendered the idea that my clothing, like the young woman who was to launder them; as well as the situations and people I was concerned about Stateside; were simply… Gone – out of my control.   When I surrendered the knowledge that  the troubled wife and the Stateside situations and people in general were simply going to do whatever they were going to do, no matter what; is when I felt… Release.

All to thee my Blessed Savior, I surrender all…

       During reflection, I realized that the same day I truly gave my dirty laundry to the Lord as well as the considerations for the young woman with the reportedly abusive husband; I got my laundry back!

I realized what was important: I’d donated a few dollars to a young lady that needed the money.  I planted seeds of the idea that she had a choice.  I prayed for her to have a blessed and peaceful future.  Bonus: I got back my laundry!  The next afternoon, with my spirit still in a state of peace and release from the cares of other people and situations; I also got a unique and encouraging answer from the U.S.A; which is all I really wanted: Blessed assurance.

Funny, God knew that all along.   HE knew I wanted to help a young lady by instilling a new idea into her psyche; to know that she had choices in her life and she had paid skills that could one day sustain life for herself and her three month old baby-girl.  You see, I had prayed for my U. S. A. concerns as well as this young woman.  However, I then picked up the baton (snatched it back out of the hands of God Almighty) and began maneuvering and manipulating (bullying) toward “my” desired outcomes regarding them all; including my laundry.

The irrational need to control is simply Fear at its core.  “Ours is not the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”   Fear and control are synonymous.  Fear is the catalyst and control is the effective behavior.  Control Freak-dom mixed with prayer is like opening the door to the dryer.  Immediately the drying cycle stops!   Time is spent poking and prodding the wet clothing inside, but you won’t receive the desired result until you let go of the dang door.  Close it, for crying out loud!  Allow the cycle to take place.  Allow the process to play itself out.  We can put the wet clothes in (Prayer to God), but until you shut the door and let the processor (God) do the work; things will never change or be finished or obtain the desired outcome.  In fact, by surrendering the outcome, we can rest assured that the results will be – Eph. 3:20 “…more than we could ever have asked for or think”- because; “His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts…”

In conclusion: I thankfully, only have my own dirty laundry to care about and I’m grateful today to spend the time with soap, water and a basin; lovingly rubbing away and giving thanks to God.  They shall dry in their own good time.

laundry2Be Blessed!

Credits: 

“Value in the Valley” – Ilyanla Vanzant

Van De Venter – Hymn  – “I Surrender All” is a Christian hymn, with words written by American art teacher and musician  Judson W. Van DeVenter(1855–1939), who subsequently became a music minister and evangelist.  It was put to music by Winfield S. Weeden (1847–1908), and published in 1896. Google wikipedia content 2012

Ephesians 3:20″Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according … By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”  biblehub.com/parallel/ephesians/3-20

Isaiah 55:8-9    *8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  *9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Holy Bible NIV  www.biblegateway.com

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PARIS… A LOVE LETTER

16 11 2015

Eiffle Tower

Dear Paris, France…  I’ve been trying to get cozy with you for more than a three hour layover.   Read the rest of this entry »





Swap Meet

25 06 2013

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”

Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV/Amplified

  • Don’t hold back.
  • Let go of the “good stuff.”
  • Never calculate giving as a loss.
  • Give your very best.
  • Don’t even give it another thought.
  • Happily and spontaneously, “Make someone else’s day.”
  • When you least expect it, your giving comes back to you again.

[Then Peter said:] “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I to thee…

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”  Acts 3:6 KJV

Food for thought: Mark 4:24 and Matthew 7:2

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 “Giving you the best that I’ve got…” By Artist: Miss Anita Baker

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Be Blessed!

The Light Keeper





And So It Goes (In Memorium)

6 06 2013

Pastor William Borieo, Director and founder of Ambassador Fellowship International; the spiritual Father of The Light Keeper; our mentor and our friend has passed from this life.

We send our love to his beautiful wife, lovely daughter, many family and friends all over the world (especially his ministry partners in El Salvador).

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

New International Version (NIV)

Our spiritual Father, Pastor Bill Borieo

Our spiritual Father, Pastor Bill Borieo

Believers Who Have Died

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of humanity, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

And so, as we see the time approaching of the coming of our Lord, we continue our labor of love in the earth with “Pastor Bill” as our very good example.

Be Blessed!

The Light Keeper





What Are You Waiting for? Get Going!

2 06 2013

Now I Lay me down to sleep...”

How many human beings would love the luxury of a good nights sleep, but cannot due to: The ravages of sickness and disease; perhaps sleepless nights keeping watch in the midst of their war-torn communities; or as traumatized victims of weather and climatic upheavals rendering them homeless.

“… I pray the Lord my soul to keep…”

Wallace in 1975, three years after he was paralyzed in an assassination attempt. In his later years, Wallace reached out to civil rights activists and black churches to ask forgiveness.

Not widely reported outside of his home state, but Governor George Wallace; the radically racist Governor of Alabama (circa 1960’s); repented and spent his last days in philanthropic endeavors inclusive of all-Black Churches whose members came to forgive,  love and accept him as “Just another sinner saved by grace, like the rest of us.”

” If I should die before I wake…”

There are no ‘Do-Over’s

The Psalmist says our lives are as a ‘Vapor’, a mist. We are as delicate and substantive as the morning fog.

We interact with one another in life as members of a grand concert in a huge orchestra.

We take center-stage in our life-solo as the Director and lead performer until we bow out.

Be ‘Awake’ to what is truly your important part in this concerto.

Play it for all you’re worth!

“… I pray the Lord my soul to take…”

Be Blessed!

The Light Keeper





America & Israel = Unity

30 12 2012

Prayer Changes---Things

FISCAL CLIFF: The Holy Bible tells us: “Been there, Done that.”

Let’s investigate for ourselves in the book of Zechariah (just two books backwards from the beginning of the New Testament as in: Matthew, Malachi, Zechariah… got it?).

Once you arrive at the book of Zechariah, we want to focus for this study on chapter 7, verses 9 through 14 (The end of the chapter).

A little background: When Israel was prosperous, well populated and flowing with commerce through the blessings and grace of the Lord God; they got greedy, selfish and withholding among themselves and other nations. They forgot God and from Whom all their blessings flowed. It became a lot of religious lip service, power grabbing and divisiveness at every level.   ‘Hmm… sound familiar?’

Our Heavenly Father got fed up and empowered the Babylonians and others to ride in and topple the whole system as well as carry off the inhabitants of Israel to become imprisoned (captives) in foreign lands for seventy years. Whew! That’s a long time.

However, at this point they have now been freed after seventy years (70 years) of captivity to re-inhabit Israel. The people want to know if they should keep the same solemn fasts and prayer vigils that they kept while in captivity… or just skip it since they were now back home?

One of the prophets {Zechariah} heard from the Lord and answered the people. Verses 9-14 are what our Lord God replies; reminding them through His prophet, Zechariah, how things used to be and how they got in the predicament in the first place. It is the same truth we can apply to ourselves here in America 2012/2013 as we near the so-called Fiscal Cliff.

“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner (immigrant) or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

Now doesn’t that sound like it was plucked straight out of a leading news story today? The criminal justice system in the USA has been corrupted; the hardest hit in our society are the senior citizens; the largest number of people in poverty within the United States are below the age of fifteen years old; the most aggressive laws within the United States are centered around deportation of “foreigner’s, illegal immigrants;” and the highest rise of mass killings without mercy or compassion, but showing an intelligent plan (plot) have all happened within a country that sang about how, “God shed His grace on thee and crowned thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

However, the Lord our God continues to speak through His prophet, Zechariah…

11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry.

Has anyone asked themselves, “What is going on with our crops and food resources?” Our food is not nourishing us but poisoning us with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension; especially in our children; which is our next generation, our future and strength. Why is this all happening?

13 “When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty.14 ‘I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land they left behind them was so desolate that no one traveled through it. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.”

Let us pause and reflect on the last line of the 14th verse:
This is how THEY made the pleasant land desolate.

We are each responsible for our country, our rulers, our brothers and sisters whom we have never met… our neighbor.

Pray for those who have the rule over you [Hebrews 13:7].

We ask for your obedience in this, inclusive of All government officials, whether you voted for them or not. Pray without ceasing, calling on the name of the Lord. Pray that our Heavenly Father will have mercy and bless America again. Fast from: Texting, gaming, chatting, sex ting?  and so much TV watching… Fast and pray a solemn prayer of repentance; calling on the name of our Lord Jesus.

                                                                …and as always:  Be Blessed! The Lightkeeper





Road to Damascus, Again

4 12 2012
Beautiful Damascus

Beautiful Damascus

Turn on the National news in the U.S.A. and you’ll invariably hear something about the tragedy and trials of the city of Damascus.

As an average American Christian; other than having learned the account about the Apostle Paul, back when he was still ‘Saul‘, regarding his having had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ while, ‘On the Road to Damascus,’ I guess most of us don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the city of Damascus.

Well, that all changed for this author when a comment came in about one of our Blogs from a lovely young woman named, Rhula, of Damascus. She sent her picture, she subscribed, she ‘Liked’ us and sent a lovely comment that “as a Christian, she found TN Lighthouse Ministry very interesting and enjoyable.” We are still humbled.

Over the many months as we have heard news of Damascus, Rhula has come to mind and we are always mindful to remember her in our prayers for safety and peace for she and all the people of Damascus.

I am asking the reader’s and even casual lookie-loo’s to this Blog to remember Rhula in your prayers. Remember that there are living human beings… men, women and children behind the headlines.

Many in Damascus have already died and many will not live to see the end of this very day. We are reminded of the souls of the martyrs that live beneath the very altar of Jehovah-God, Almighty and cry out to Him…

“How long? and He replies to them… “Not long!” 

Another soul of a martyr that resides there is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who seemed to know prophetically that soon he too would join his brothers and sisters beneath that altar. Listen to his speech (Link below).

Remember Rhula, remember Damascus and remember to pray without ceasing.

As always… Be Blessed!

Scripture Keys:

  • Saul on the road to Damascus: Acts 9:1-5
  • Souls of the martyrs under the altar of God: Revelation 6:9-10-11

We Covet your prayers, we Thank you for your Giving and we Love to Hear from You!  cca








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