My Journey to Patmos – Excerpts

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“I had come to know that there were unholy things inside my heart that could cause me to forfeit my trip to Patmos.  How could I be cleansed? I wanted to know the answer to that question right away………”

“Guilt is a terrible feeling. After such a wonderful night of joy and love, I now felt guilty for the things I had done in the….”

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Wisdom’s Corner No. 4: The Foolishness of Trusting in Riches

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“Hear this, everyone! Listen, all people everywhere, great and small alike, rich and poor together. My thoughts will be clear; I will speak words of wisdom.  I will turn my attention to proverbs and explain their meaning as I play the harp.

I am not afraid in times of danger when I am surrounded by enemies, by evil people who trust in their riches and boast of their great wealth.  We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives, because the payment for a human life is too great.  What we could pay would never be enough to keep us from the grave, to let us live forever.

Anyone can see that even the wise die, as well as the foolish and stupid.  They all leave their riches to their descendants.  Their graves are their homes forever; there they stay for all time, though they once had lands of their own.  Our greatness cannot keep us from death; we will still die like the animals.

See what happens to those who trust in themselves, the fate of those who are satisfied with their wealth-they are doomed to die like sheep, and Death will be their shepherd.  The righteous will triumph over them, as their bodies quickly decay in the world of the dead far from their homes. But God will rescue me; he will save me from the power of death.

Don’t be upset when someone becomes rich.  When his wealth grows even greater; he cannot take it with him when he dies; his wealth will not go with home to the grave.  Even if someone is satisfied with this life and is praised because he is successful, he will join all his ancestors in death, where the darkness lasts forever.  Our greatness cannot keep us from death; we will still die like the animals.”

Psalm 49

Please take the time to meditate on these wonderful words of wisdom.

My Journey to Patmos: Excerpts

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EXCERPT: Pages 9-10

“After the failure of the enraged passengers to recover their luggage.  I saw several uniformed officers come and escort the fire-fighting passengers away from the blazing bin.  The uniforms of the officers were unique.  Their pearly-like uniforms had some foreign object on the back of their jackets, which looked like wings.  The wings were in a folded position, not as if they were ready for take off or anything.  These winged officers graciously ushered the dispirited passengers into a doorway marked “Burn Unit”.  The passengers were crying and falling on their knees.  They appeared to be praying for something.  I could not be certain, because I could not hear any words.   However, if I had to make an educated guess, I would declare that they were pleading not to be taken through the door marked Burn Unit.  Their apparent expression of regret did not change the determined duties of the winged officers.  The officers kept guiding them through the door.”

EXCERPT: page 147

“It was not long before the attendance had placed all the dead bodies in individual bags and onto the rolling carts.  The attendants were all very organized as they performed this clean up.  They were in perfect formation as they filed out of the Grand Room with the dead bodies.  The clean up was expertly done.  There was not a sign of death before us, accept Piercing Fire’s flute sonata of death.”

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Wisdom’s Corner No. 3: “Virtue provides an example for people to follow; when it is not there, they miss it.”

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The popular term “politically correct” is being worn out! It’s a word phrase used to hide behind and disguise ones true feelings, or even the truth. The sky is blue, not sort of blue.  Gray is gray, no matter how many shades it is displayed.  The truth is the truth, no matter how much we deny or disguise it with slight of tongue or any other props.  What are we forging in our societal and personal relationships, when we replace virtue with degraded social principals and immoral pacification? We get a disenchanted society. We become a divided and a low standard society.   Virtue is a moral value that we must not release if we are to survive as a civilization.

What is this virtue that provides an example for people to follow? One example of virtue is the inward and outward expression of good principles.   For example, if one is given the responsibility to manage a money fund of any kind.  It is expected that all distributions of those funds are appropriately distributed exactly as the guidelines states.  The money fund does not become ones personal piggy bank.  It is not to be used for elaborate trips and shopping sprees. The principle here is trustworthiness of the one who has been entrusted with this money fund.  Yet, we have so many who have been given this sacred position, which requires trust, and they have violated the oath and principle of it . Trust is a virtue many people miss.

Another example of a good principles is honesty.  It is one who will not distort or falsify the truth.  A great admiration is not always rendered to an honest person.  This is very unfortunate.  Honest people are often called  snitches.  How sad is that?  One becomes a villain because ones conscience does not allow them to lie for monetary gain or for personal favors.  How can a people, in all good conscience, salute dishonesty because it holds a false peace for a moment? Honesty is missed.

A virtue that is losing its way is kindness. It almost seems like a crime to say hello to people anymore.  If one speaks to a stranger it becomes a stirring match.  The response has become negative to a simple “good morning”.  What should I do, text it!? Kindness has not dissipated altogether, but it is slowly losing its strength in the heart of many people.  Many have become so self -indulgent and callous.  Unfortunately, there has to be a major catastrophe before many will acknowledge that we need all hands on deck! There was a time when we said, “good day” to each other.  This kindness is few and far in between.  Maybe we can be an example of kindness and start greeting our families and friends and even strangers with a smile.  Kindness is a virtue people miss.

Thankfulness is a virtue of gratitude that use to be displayed with such humility.  Now we barely hear the words thank you.  We live in an entitlement society.  If one is not entitled, then they will perish or will be forgotten.  If someone helps us with a small task, we don’t say thank you.  Many act as though they are above giving thanks.  Are we not thankful for the bread on our tables?  Whether there be much bread or a little. We have stop thanking God for all of his goodness and grace.  We have stopped looked up in sky and acknowledging that there is a creator.  There is a God that “sits high and looks low”.  We forget to say thank you to God for providing for this planet.  Let’s be an example, and be thankful and show gratitude as a principle of virtue.  Thankfulness is a virtue people miss.

Starting this very moment, let trustworthiness be our heart banner, and honesty be our lamp, let kindness be our armor and thankfulness be our song of praise. We all have the opportunity to be an example of virtuousness.  Thereafter,  when we are gone from this life, we will be missed for living a life of integrity, honesty and decency.

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Wisdom’s Corner No. 2: “Don’t stick out your hand to get something if you’re going to be tight-fisted when the time comes to pay it back.”

 

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Why does credit spending make us feel like we have hit the jackpot? While paying back the loans and interest make us feel like we are aboard the sinking Titanic?  Why don’t we just spend what we have earned and just have a good night sleep? Why are we driven to purchase services and products beyond our means, only to regret we ever laid eyes on a loan application?  I suppose we can blame it on great advertising, such as the media.  We can also turn an accusing nose to the sweet smile of cinnamon encouraging us to spend.  We can also convict the comforting music playing in the stores while we are conjuring a financial storm for our household.  Yet, we still grab our plastic promises of bliss and sell our financial freedom for a single moment of “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” Well, “You shouldn’t have!” Because most people are tight-fisted when it comes to paying back what they have stuck their hand out for.

Recently, while standing in line waiting to pay for my goods. I watched attentively how people were using two and three credit cards to pay for their merchandise.  This was a discount store, mind you.  Each item in the store was one dollar.  Yet, the borrower, when using a credit card we are  borrowers, conveniently avoided spending cash.  Somehow we think that we are saving when we use a credit card because we don’t see the cash transaction.  Not only are we not saving, but we are spending more because we are collecting interest! We are sticking out our hand to get something in the discount store and we will have to pay it back. How can we keep our hand in our own pocket?

First, we should try spending our own money.  Whether it be a one dollar or ten dollars.  I remember there was a time when we could not afford something, we did not get it!  There was a time when there was no credit cards.  Why don’t we just try living within our means?  What happened to saving for the holidays? We cannot have champagne ideas and soda pockets.  If we have soda pockets then shop where they sell soda. Don’t shop in the champagne store and be tempted to dig a financial storm for your family.  Debt hurts everybody in the family.  If your family and friends really love you, they will understand that you cannot afford to buy them expensive gifts.  Love is kind and does not complain.

Second, do we really need expensive or new ornaments to hang on the tree and around the house? Save some old socks or articles around the house and let the kids decorate them and hang them up.  This creates family time and saves money.  There are a lot of things around the house to create ornaments with, use your creative skills.  I find that homemade gifts are absolutely in fashion, try it. This saying still remains true: “It’s not the cost of a gift, it’s the thought that counts.”

Third, think about all the hard labor you give to your job everyday.  Then ask yourself the question, “Is this how I want to spend my hard earned money?”  Also, ask yourself the question, “Is this gift practical and useful?” Consider the reason you are buying a gift. Are you buying the gift because you want to be admired? Do you believe you will be loved because of your gift? Will your gift bring much needed help to the receiver, such as food and clothing? Would you rather give a can of beans to a hungry person or a fur coat to an ungrateful person? What ever you decide to give, just think about how you labored to earn what you are giving away.

When we borrow from a creditor, we have all good intentions of paying the loan back, but circumstances arise and then we have to decide who gets paid.  Truthfully, some people just don’t like to pay back what they borrow.  Either way, We go back on our promise to repay the lender.  Whether it be family, friend or credit lender.  Now we have caused bad relations because we did not honor our agreement.  We lose relationships and we lose trust and we lose credit opportunities.  All because we stuck our hand out for something we could not afford. Now we wished we had never borrowed.  The hype of the holidays are gone.  The cinnamon smell in the store is filled with the reality of debt.  The music in the store now plays songs of regret. We now asked the question, “How did I get into this mess?”  Wisdom’s answer is, “Don’t stick out your hand to get something if you’re going to be tight-fisted when the time comes to pay it back.”

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He gave his life that we may have the opportunity to have a person relationship with his Father, God our creator.  It is a love offering that Jesus made for all humanity.  Christmas is a celebration of God’s love for humanity.  There is no charge for God’s love and it is plentiful and everlasting.  Use wisdom and she will guide you and your pockets wisely through the holiday season. Be Blessed.

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Available January 11, 2016