These are the things I taught my children from my life experiences
There are two roads in life, the road of success and the road of destruction. Each road is for us to decide which is best for us. The destination on the road of success is happiness. It is a long road and is not smooth; In some places it is rocky, and lots of bumps are along the way. There will be some bumps you will land in that you could not avoid. The jolt you will feel from each of them will be unpleasant, and each jolt becomes a stronger challenge to keep your balance; If you keep your eyes focused ahead, you will be able to stay on the road. The storms you will encounter will challenge you: these are your enemies, but with prayer, you can make it safely through the storms. When you reach your destination, you will find a road that is safe to travel, one that is smooth and filled with the good things in life.
The road of destruction is risky, and some people will choose it as a short cut, to get to the road of success. There are more people who choose this road, than those who choose the road of success. The reason is there are lots of things to attract the travelers and divert them from reaching the road of success.
It is filled with things that are exciting and bring pleasure to the desires of the physical body. It has a way of keeping the people who choose it entertained by the things that appears to satisfy the pleasures of the body, while it robs the mind of the most important things in life: freedom, Love and peace that results in contentment. The people who travel this road made the choice to gamble with their life. For them happiness remains at a very far distance.
Those who choose to travel the road of destruction never find the way to the road of success, because the road of success leads to the destination of completeness; Life, freedom, Love, and happiness that is a peaceful life. This is the spirit of contentment.
On the road of destruction, the storms are greater, the road become too foggy to see ahead, it is too difficult to focus, and is impossible to move forward. Your life is at risk, if you stop.
You become fearful! The bumps have become too dangerous, and are too difficult to avoid; each of them is a warning that the next one you land in could be the end of your life. You are blinded by the fog that has caused your mind to become numb to thinking rational, the fog is showing you evil images, and you feel the unsafety of this road.
We have the ability to make a rational decision for our life, to choose which road we want to take. Each day we have a choice to write the blueprint for either the road of success or the road of destruction for our life. Which road is the best option to choose?
I chose the road of success.
Written by Ellen Jean Barrier
Barrier’s Books and Associates
Lies destroyed him, and changed his life forever. His mark is like the thread woven in the fabric of his clothing, and a bullseye shot engraved in the center of his forehead. He is a Marked Man. The world will never accept him, as a free man.
The truth is suppose to set a person free. And therefore, the soul is free to enjoy life and happiness. But on the other hand, a lie can imprison a person mentally and physically and take away his liberty. But it cannot hold his soul as a prisoner.
The Marked Man was once a free man, living in society and enjoying his life, until it all ended on an early summer morning while jogging in his neighborhood. His neighbors described him as a “good guy.” His employer said, “He is a hard worker.” Some of his acquaintances said, he is too kind-hearted, and others said, they have personal feelings about him, but did not care to discuss them.
Good guys and hard workers can have enemies. Lies are a kind of evil, that search for good guys and hard workers to cause them harm. They found an innocent man, and destroyed his life with their mark. While he was jogging, his enemies were committing an act of violence and plotting to put him at the scene of a crime that he did not commit, at 10:00 a.m. on that Saturday morning.
As he was jogging, two patrol cars pulled ahead of him several feet away and stopped. The officers approached him on feet. He slowed his pace. They ordered him to stop, and get his hands up in the air, so they could see them. He was searched, and the Miranda Rights were read to him. He chose to remain silent, and wait to speak with his lawyer. He knew he was innocent of whatever, he was being arrested for.
After speaking with his lawyer, he was informed the charges are homicide and robbery that occurred at a restaurant in his neighborhood. Multiple people were shot, and some were fatal. He was told, there is a female star witness, who said she saw him at the scene, and several other witnesses identified him as well. Yet, he was nowhere near the restaurant at the time of the crime.
How could this be happening? When will I wake up, and this will all be a dream? (he thought to himself) Although, he knew this was reality. And he asked, “Who is this star witness?” ‘Miss Jane’ was the name she called herself. After a moment of reflecting on the name ‘Jane’ he remembered her vividly: And the words came flooding his memory like hot boiling water when it splashes on the skin. They were the words she yelled at him after a fight, “You bastard! We will get you for this!” Seeing the discomfort on the face of the Marked Man, the detective asked him, “Do you know her?” “Yes!” He replied in anger.
Now, he knew who framed him. He had thought they were out of his life for good. They never left. They had waited and planned this evil to use against him.
How could they be so evil, and cold hearted, after all the good things he had done for them?
The Marked Man Reflecting Upon the Fight He Had with Jane and Bob (Jane’s husband):
It was the night after he had returned home from work, and found them stealing items from his house and putting them in their car: He became angry with them, and demanded that they return his items.
The Marked Man accused them of taking an advantage of his hospitality for much too long. He had taken them into his home as a homeless and hungry couple, who needed a place to stay for a few weeks until they found work. They promised they would help out on his ranch with the chores for the animals, while they looked for work. However, they did not keep any of their promises. Instead, they stole from him, and considered themselves to be his special guests, and enjoyed the luxuries of his financial gains.
Miss Jane, wanted her husband to believe that she and the Marked Man, were having an affair behind his back. (She did these things to make Bob jealous)
The Marked Man said, to Bob, “I am dead serious! I want you guys to put my property back in my house, and start looking for your own place, beginning tomorrow. You have 48 hours to be off my property.”
Miss Jane said, “Bob! Don’t put any of this stuff back. He gave it to me, for sexual favors.” After hearing this, the Marked Man, faced her and said, “That is a lie, and you know it! You have been flirting with me, but I have ignored it.” Hearing this, Bob, pulled a knife on the Marked Man, and said, “Don’t call my wife a liar! She said you did this, and I believe her! She told me you raped her, and threatened to kick us out, if she told me.”
The Marked Man kicked the knife from Bob’s hand, put him in a headlock, and took him down to the ground. Within seconds, Miss Jane, was standing and pointing his own gun at him, demanding that he let Bob go!
Quickly, the Marked Man threw Bob onto Miss Jane’s feet, his head hit her knees, causing her to lose her balance. She fell backward and the gun flew out of her hands. The Marked Man grabbed his gun. He asked her, “Were you going to shoot me, with my own gun? Don’t bother to answer. You are a liar! And a thief!” He said.
Holding his gun as a skill shooter, he said to them, “Get up! And Get out! Put my property back and leave. Don’t ever come near this place again. I never want to see you anywhere near this place. You are thieves and liars.”
Miss Jane yelled in anger at the Marked Man, “You Bastard! We will get you for this!”
Facing Miss Jane and her husband Bob, and the other so called witnesses, during the trial, while listening to them telling lies, after lies, made his stomach ache. Miss Jane portrayed herself to be a helpless victim, and the Marked Man as the evil perpetrator.
She told the court, the Marked Man, raped her more than once while they lived in his home, and paid her in money and gifts to not tell her husband. She also, said he threatened to kick them out of his home if she mentioned these sexual encounters to anyone. She was such a great actress! She appeared to be sobbing in her hands hysterically; and her shoulders shook violently as if these things actually did happen. The Marked Man would have believed her himself, had she not been his accuser.
After such performance, she said to the court in a shaky voice, “I was with him this morning, and he told me he was going to the restaurant, and rob the place after shooting as many people as possible. She then informed the court, that she had gone to the restaurant, about 15 to 20 minutes before the shooting to warn the manager, to watch for the Marked Man that said those things to her. She then, dried her eyes, on the back of her hands, and stepped down from the witness stand. After leaving the stand, she looked at the Marked Man, with the expression on her face that said to him, “You are our prisoner”
The Marked Man’s plea, was “innocent.” But he had no evidence to prove his accusers were wrong. The Marked Man, had said, “Good Morning” to his neighbor that morning as he jogged passed his home, while he was mowing. He could not be sure if he saw him, or heard him, above the noise of the lawn mower; but felt it might be worth it, to call him as a witness.
His neighbor was unable to identify him as the man that was jogging on that Saturday morning when the shooting occurred at the restaurant, because when he looked up from mowing his lawn, the back of the man was in his view. There were no other witnesses that could help him.
The Prison Sentence:
The court found the Marked Man guilty on the charges of robbery and murder. He was sentenced to prison for life, without parole. His lawyer informed him, he had gathered a team of lawyers who were working with him to get the evidence they needed to clear him of these charges.
The Marked Man spent 15 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. However, he prayed day and night upon every hour, he spent behind the corridors of his prison cell, for his freedom. He asked, that his lawyer and others working on this case, would find him to be innocent, so he could enjoy his freedom again. On the day his lawyer and the others who had worked on his case came to visit him, they told him he was a free man. He could leave the prison, and return to society.
He thought he would be happy, to hear those words after 15 years. Instead, he became sad, when he realized he no longer had his ranch to returned to, it had been foreclosed by the bank where he had a lien on his property. He no longer owned anything; just his prison clothes on his back. He was the Marked Man.
Life for the Marked Man was a big disappointment. Society saw him as a prisoner who had escaped. No one trusted him, he could not find a job to hold for more than a couple of weeks, the employer would find an excuse to terminate his job for reasons that appeared to be false. He was homeless and hungry and it was not because he wanted to live this way. He still had his dignity, and the character of a hard worker when given the opportunity.
He had tried to live as a free man in society, outside the walls of the prison he had left behind, but society judged him harshly and was never going to accept him as a free man, in this world, where every human being should be judged by God. They saw the ‘Marked Man’ through the eyes of fear; He is an evil image that lies branded upon him. He was tired of being without a home and going hungry. He was tired of living as a prisoner in society.
He decided to return to the prison as a volunteer worker, and help those who appreciated his work. There were plenty he could do: he offered his work for free. And this is what he did with his skills: Educational level teaching, Social activities level teaching, and Spiritual level teaching.
The people here had accepted him as a free man upon his return, and showed their willingness to appreciate the skills he offered them. It was in this place where he understood the true meaning of liberty. His soul was free. This was his choice to be here.
He found contentment in giving of his time to help those who needed the things he could offer to them, for free.
Scripture: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
II Corinthians 3:17
Written by Ellen Jean Barrier
Barrier’s Books & Associates
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The Adult with Childish Behavior Never Grow Up
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
Unfortunately, we live in a world that is constructed with the behavior of some childish adults that have been placed in leadership positions. Such people are allowed to operate things that depend upon the survival of our lives. This is a serious problem worldwide. There is a scripture that says, “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” Psalm 60:11
Change in adults with childish behavior never comes, because such people refuse to follow instructions. Therefore, they refuse to change their childish ways. They will never grow up.
Why is the world in such disastrous condition? Childish adult leadership is the reason.
1. Childish adult parents
2. Childish adult bosses
The childish adult parent is not the grown-up in the family. Their behavior, is childish. Their offspring have no adult guidance. Therefore, they mimic the behavior of their parents. They have no sense of knowing what is right. Their mistakes in life cause harm to themselves and to others.
In the work place, a childish adult boss, is the person, who cannot control the workers. Such person cause problems that leads to unhappiness and disasters, because they are unqualified to do their job. They team up with some of the workers and become friends. The workers have no respect for them, because they are one of them. No one listen to the childish adult boss.
The childish adult in a leadership position, cannot lead the people. Instead, they follow the people that makes them feel comfortable. They are unable to make rational decisions.
It is up to the people who have put away their childish behavior, to take on the role of leadership positions, to make a better and peaceful world.
Written by: Ellen J. Barrier
Barrier’s Books & Associates
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Problem #1: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; But how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Problem #2: “But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
Question: Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Making the Case for Sin:
Every person is confronted with the same problems regarding temptation. The flesh desires to commit wrongful acts that the spiritual makeup know should not be done; as the author notes “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
We know that the acts we contemplate on to commit, are wrongful, but our mind is unable to overpower the desire of the flesh. Once again, the author makes the case for sin by stating, ” Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
Understanding the cause of the problem and confessing our weakness, begins with getting power over our mind, through the works of the spiritual part of us. The author’s solution is the answer to the question:
“Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
The bible teaches us that if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us. When we stay in prayer to God on a daily basis, we become stronger and is able to resist committing wrongful acts; the spiritual strength we receive guides our mind, with righteous thoughts, that will enable us to resist temptation.
Scripture: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
A Stronger and Better Person
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5:17)
Written by_ Ellen Jean Barrier
Source of quotes: King James Bible (Romans 7 chapter)
God tells us what we need to hear about ourselves, that will guide us in ways of righteousness, to improve our attitude toward himself and man. We become aware of wrongful behavior, and is given the opportunity to correct our mistakes if we listen to his voice speaking to our conscious.
True friends will try to help us to see our mistakes and work with us to correct them.
Friends in general, tell us things they believe we want to hear about ourselves; and offer advice based on what we want to be told, to feel good about ourselves, even when our behavior is self -righteous and unkind toward others. The truth is ignored; and such behavior is allowed to continue that results in uncontrolled wrongful behavior.
Because such people, live in a world of darkness, only harm can come to themselves and to others.
Self- destruction occurs when we follow the advice of those who encourage us to ignore the truth about ourselves, and refuse to make efforts to correct our mistakes. The bible informs us to pray without ceasing.
Hear my prayer O LORD, give ear to to my supplications; in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust; cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Scriptures: (Psalm 143:1, 8 from King James Bible)
Written by Ellen Jean Barrier
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