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The Storyteller Almanac

6 Jul

Reblogged 7/6/21

Independence Day 2021. The story is about a song I wrote and recorded back in 1991 – “Freedoms Wings” – for an album I did back then called, “Heritage.” Rather than explain it here, just tune in and listen to hear the whole story behind it all. There are some poignant ‘Americana’ audio clips inserted within the tune. The narration at the beginning of the piece is also something I wrote for the “Heritage” CD back in the day. That narration was done by an old friend – Donald MacCallum. Thank you Donald!

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Thanks for droppin’ by neighbor. Once again, Happy Independence Day 2021!!!

I’ve been ‘clickin’ the shutter since I was about 16. I morphed into video production when I went to work for The Walt Disney Company many years ago. Currently, I still work for Disney. But my real passion and path is utilizing my photography and multimedia skill sets for the greater good. Translated, anything or anybody that deserves recognition, appreciation or documenting for future history, I’m all over it. Too many important things just slip away in a fast moving, fast paced world / society. ‘If ya’ wanna know where you’re going, ya’ gotta know where ya’ come from’ (Sir Lawrence Olivier – The Jazz Singer 1980). 

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Freedom, A Distant Desire

1 Jul

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

Ouch! It hurt when I read the following:

“I will not read any of your books,” a reader wrote some months back when I presented my views about the not-so-hidden-agenda that drips from Hollywood.

But after I spread some salve on the scratches of my ego, I realized this person was flagging the trophy of democracy— including freedom of speech.

When I stood in that courtroom over thirty years ago, I lifted my right hand, and tears of gratitude trickled as I pled my allegiance to the United States of America.

Becoming a United States citizen was an honorable vow, a commitment and a promise that America would from then on hold my allegiance and my respect.

American freedom graced my life like a treasure. Not a freedom to indulge my own gain and desires, but a freedom that required responsibilities. Moreover, the realization that responsibilities call for commitment. Commitment requires courage. Courage begs wisdom. Wisdom requires truth. And upholding truth demands action.

Sadly, this writer believes we’ve taken action. But not toward upholding the freedom this country was founded on. But to freedom that is slowly opening the door to a prison of moral destruction.

We have the freedom to paint TV and theatre screens with vulgar scenes, words, and examples of behavior that ridicule God’s precepts. That freedom we do have. But will we have the courage to face the consequences?

Pushing God out of our courtrooms, schools and public entities does indeed shout freedom of speech. But do we have the commitment and diligence needed to pick up the pieces of a country veiled with darkness in the absence of God?

Freedom includes wisdom—not our own, but that of our creator. The same wisdom that fueled the founding fathers to birth a country that rose to be the most powerful and prosperous in the world.

But that prosperity, rather than evoking gratitude, brought false confidence and pride. It masked values and opened the door for discontentment, criticism and a free-for-all for financial gain at the expense of innocent eyes and ears.

Freedom of speech is like pouring rain—it can moisten parched land, or cause destructive floods.

And flooded we have become with distorted values, and violence that fills our kid’s minds excused as acceptable, lyrics that sing of horrific actions blaring over radio stations, even groceries stores displaying magazines that celebrate sin with luring headlines is as common as milk on the shelves.

Admirably, some parents still fight the battle, attempting to instill truth and morals in their kids. But when did freedom of speech become the enemy making those efforts more difficult every day?

My love and gratitude for America haven’t dwindled, nor my appreciation diminished. It’s that admiration that evokes fear as the wind roars announcing the destructive hurricane of corruption

We have freedom of speech handed to us. But do we have the valor to stop its abuse, to make a stand before we drown in the murky waters of sexual decadence? Like a frog in boiling water, we won’t realize its destruction until entertainment dripping with violence and blatant depravity cooks our conscience.

To the lament of most, that coveted freedom would then be but a distant desire.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Father, we need wisdom to seek you, your ways, your laws, your precepts and your freedom. Grant us a humble spirit to recognize without you, darkness awaits. But with your hand guiding, victory is ours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Will you join in prayer for America?

Janet

Video sneak peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKWLQLJBzMg&feature=youtu.be

 

Source: Freedom, A Distant Desire ~ Janet Perez Eckles

Secrets to Find Freedom from Burdens

9 Nov

“Did you read that?” my friend said. “What an idiot…”

Harsh words, I thought, but part of me agreed with her.

A man was fishing in the ocean somewhere. He cast his line and hours later, he got a tug. But it must have been a fat, papa fish because the struggle got fierce. The fisherman gripped the line with all his might. The struggle grew more intense. And what’s to be expected happened—the fish won. One strong yank pulled the man right out of the boat and he splashed into the ocean.

Not funny, not really. You and I have done the same thing. We ask, pray and believe that God will take care of our concerns and all the ugly stuff that happens. But when we do, in our heart, we’re still gripping on so tight. And before we know it, we’re about to be pulled off from the boat of peace into the ocean of turmoil.

Here are three secrets to let go our burdens today so tonight, sleep can come back.

  1.  Choose to whom you will cast that pain, that disappointment and fear. If the Lord is the first choice, the solution has already begun.
  2.  Believe that He, the God of the universe, powerful and mighty can sustain us, carry us and provide what we need for the journey.
  3.  Change your grip—instead of holding on to your burden, hold on tight to God’s promise and to the belief that He wants to set us free And trusting that no matter how dark it gets, how much the pain sears and how deep the fear burns, He will never, never let us fall.

God said so: “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).

Father, I confess the burdens that trouble my heart still have my fingerprints on them. I vow to let them go, to release them, and be set free from the. Grant me the wisdom to remember the battle is yours and you already proclaimed victory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
• What are you holding on to right now?
• Where do you go first when troubles come through?
• What will it take for you to be set free?

Freedoom

Janet Perez Eckles,

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