Enough of the evil one… it is a time for heroes… so let me begin with the man who had quite an impact on my life when I saw the movie “To Hell and Back” in 1955.
Once I watched it, I finally understood what I had been feeling from December 7, 1941 until V-J Day… for those 5 years, all I wanted to do was get old enough to enlist in the Marines and help defend our country against the Japanese invaders… Let me digress for a moment to explain V-J Day, since so many people I have met during the past 30 years had no idea what I was referring to when I mentioned “V-J Day”…
“The U.S. Army Center of Military History recognizes V-J Day as Sept. 2, 1945 – the day on which Japan formally signed surrender documents aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. A little after 9 a.m. that day, Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed on behalf of the Japanese government and a tearful Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed on behalf of the armed forces. On the Allied side, Sup. Cmdr. Douglas MacArthur signed on behalf of the United Nations. Ten signatures and 20 minutes later, the war was officially over.”
Audie Murphy was 10 years older than me on that ‘day of infamy’ … his story is an amazing story of a young man who desperately wanted to serve his country but was too small, underweight and under age…. here is a link that is worth the read…
Audie Murphy became one of the most decorated soldiers of WWII… his memoirs were made into the movie “To Hell and Back”… Murphy played himself in the movie… here is a link about the movie.
Audie Murphy was a hero to me…. I will be sketching more of them…
here is my sketch of Audie Murphy …
(definition of hero: a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character)
Although there have been many people I could have selected as the epitome of evil throughout the years… in my lifetime… this was the man who most exhibited the life of the evil one… one of Satan’s darkest ‘coins’….
Here is the personification of our Father’s love… His Name is Jesus… He rules the “Coin” of the Kingdom of God…
The family has strongly exhorted me to begin sketching again… this time it was at my 83rd birthday party… where I was presented with a set of pencils, erasers and sharpeners…
The direction I have is more along the line of my previous “Musings”, so I am posting each one here… To begin with… I drew up a dream I had some time ago about the “Coins of the Realms”… so… it has begun…
I appreciated all the wonderful comments on Facebook… and all the great emails full of encouragement and kind words about my musings… unfortunately… philip can only say the same things so many times in so many different ways… just one of the reasons the Lord told me it was time to stop…. 🙂
So it was time ….just think though… there are 538 “Musings” in the “archives” here… so…. if you really miss my “Musings” too much, you could go back to March of 2016 and start all over… 🙂 at one “Musing” a day it would only take you the next year and a half to go thru them all… 🙂
Feel free to also visit my other 2 web-sites as well….
philips-consulting.com and philips-journey.com
It’s time… time for philip to “ride off into the sunset”… I believe the Lord wants me to spend whatever days I have left, just “walking and talking with Him in the garden of my life”... a phrase I have often used up here in my “Musings”….
I felt that an appropriate way to leave would be to share once again, the most significant things He has said to me since my pretty dramatic collision with Him back on June 24th, 1968…. I will be celebrating 50 years of walking with the Lord just 10 days from now.
The first thing He said, after 32 years of working very hard trying to “serve the Lord” was after my pity party at the fence in 1999 when He said so gently and lovingly… “Philip… I never asked you to do anything for me… all I ever wanted was a relationship with you…”
It took me 10 years to even begin to understand that that is actually exactly what He meant. But the “doing of things” was so ingrained after all my years of “religious activity” … that in 2009, even after gaining this incredibly different understanding of God and what He is really after… there I was again, asking Him… “So Lord… you have taught me all these wonderful things… what do you want me to do with them?”…. once again… that sweet, loving voice said so very simply… “Philip… just be who you are… where you are”.
Still needed another almost 10 years of walking this out to finally realize that entering His rest truly meant to cease from “all my works” and just let the Father do whatever it is that He wants to do.
I will be trying to walk this way for the rest of my days, doing the above things, together with the most recent things I have seen about “doing what is in my heart to do” … each day… knowing that what I want, is whatever He wants…. and He is the one putting things into my heart. Your will be done Lord…. not mine.
“So far as it depends on me”… this is the way I will live. My “Musings” have ended.
Happy to interact with any one, any time… just send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking up where I left off yesterday… He showed me what I was doing… took me back to my own history of trying to do the next big thing for God and finally realizing that all those “things” I was doing, were just opportunities for Him to show me how I was loving being important, getting lots of praise for being a great man of God, etc. etc… so… the assumption was that would be the response of any one in any place of responsibility, in any large ministry operation.
So here I was listening to the speaker and analyzing where he was at, in his journey with God… looking for what was wrong in his heart… sitting out there “being as God”… and deciding what was right and what was wrong with the speaker’s heart. Ugggh…
Yet one more repentance… and the revelation that it has nothing to do with the bigness of anything…. God will use whatever we are doing to mold us into the image of His Son… and He is the one that does that… not philip.