Thursday, March 22, 2012

Back at Home.

Tom's Journal.

Hi Friends!
It's so good to be back home again, and I was well missed, but I had to take that 3 day 'sabatical' and get my feared taxes done-- with nothing to pay into the Gov't!  Also went to the Milwaukee VAMC for an appointment, where all the good doctors did was to examine me for something that has no cure or treatment-- psoriasis on the skin-- that mostly heals up in the Summer time --sun shine, in my case.  So, I was happy to at least collect my VA travel pay after spending about $200 for gas, to and from Iron Mountain, MI. 

While down in the Kenosha area, I picked up a valued special gift for my finance, Terri.   We both picked out an ID bracelet, 14 ct gold and inscribed:  "Blau Diamant" -- two German words that carry an special, cryptic meaning for Terri and me.  It cost me over $800, but I feel that Terri ought to have a few precious keep sakes to have and to hold, because she is my queen, and we have some special plans for the future that no body can rip away from us. 

So, I got my stick welder up in U. P., some of my torch set, lines, gauges, cherry wood, moretools,  air compressor, etc.   I would like to carve in wood:  Ephesians 4: 26;  Galatians 4:16, an d1st Cor. 3:19, etc., and maybe create another foot stool, with something nice carved into it.  So much to do, and unfortunately, I hurt, strained my Left shoulder.... grrrr.  I went to the Iron Mtn., VAMC this morning, but my power scooter was dead and needed a re-charging.  I was also going to join the local YMCA today too!!  Well, I have not eaten all day, but promised that I would take Terri out for a fine, good, meal/  supper, where I could wear my brand new, OFF THE SHELF, blue jeans and a dress shirt, and right now I cannot find a darn belt to keep them up....  It's like the tale of two cities-- where half of my stuff is in my old house--Southern WI, and the other half is up in the Upper Peninsula or MI.  But we are getting organized.  We need to buy some more good eating apples, and I just happen to like Braeburn apples, but also pears, black grapes, and that is how I lose lots of weight! I call it my "fruit and pure water diet", and it worked well enough to lose over 70 pounds last year, but I was also emotionally stressed and distraught after losing two dear relatives in my immediate family.  Terri is certainly helping me mend my heart -- to start over, as I am sorry to say that I didn't get much support from my own family near Union Grove, WI, and the local Baptist church there, sorry.  A few of the brothers stopped by a few times, but I felt that it was a drop in the bucket, and I could have used some TLC and more kindness, instead of mend my 2nd total knee of the Left knee by a civilian doctor name James Shapira... a top notch surgeon who treated me well --- but did the home therapy after my replacement all by myself, dealing with everything else at the same time.  I must have dated a dozen women after a proper time to grieve my losses.  And it really hurt to be disabled after being a man of action, a  power lifter, biker, hard worker, and fast mover, so I had to also deal with some frustration, but perhaps God was preparing me for something/ someone really good and different, full of joy-- who needed a mature, loving, combat Vet, who had that pent up passion for love and life, as I did!! 

So, Terri and I both feel that God has blessed us BIG TIME, even thru some mountains and Vallie's, hurdles, FLAK, hidden enemies who just want to kill her joy, and perhaps control her-- so now we have THEM to pray for, and hope that they will see our happiness and joy-- and learn to live with it.  We are happy to have the freedom to study the Bible together in the security of Terri's home, and I believe that we will stay up here, and pretty much do what Terri desires...  I just want to make her happy, special, pretty lady, that she is.  I love to spend money on her and buy her gifts... as it gives me more special joy and good feelings inside.  

The definition of the term,  SARCASM, is:  A bitter or wounding remark.  I made a firm, hard commitment to change and remove sarcasm from my memory banks and refrain from striking back when I am hurt and wounded by others-- with the help of the Holy Spirit, much prayer and concentration.   I have quit many other things in the past that I thought were harmful and nasty for a growing Christian man to have and use, like smoking, drinking, road rage... lol, etc, etc., and I am a better human being for my hard work, and help from God.  I found out a few years ago that an average man, with an average IQ, but with the heart of a lion, can do pretty much anything he/ or she wants to do !!!  But it's more about God, and the power of the Holy Spirit helping a real, true, born-again Christian, who wants to try.  As most of you  already know,  it starts with a simple, humble, honest, heart felt prayer.....

Warm Regards,
Tommy Schuckman

What Makes Us Different?

Q. My question is, in the Bible it states that “the Devils also believe and tremble”. What is the difference between our belief that God is God and their belief? If they are full of sin and so are we what is the difference. Why am I saved when they’re not? The answer is probably right in front of me, but I can’t figure this one out.

A. The verse you have in mind is James 2:19, which says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”
Being disembodied spirits, demons believe there’s one God because they’ve seen Him and felt the effects of His judgment. But believing there is one God is not enough to save us. In order to be saved we have to believe we’re sinners in need of a savior, and that God sent His Son to die for our sins. Then we have to ask Him to be our Savior. That’s what gets us saved, and that’s what makes us different from them.
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