Author: Chocolate Vent

Stay Strong This Week!

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Get And Stay This Way

It’s possible to love someone and not be committed.
You could say you love the man you’re dating, but if you’re not available to him as a listening ear  when he needs you, if you’re not supportive of his endeavors, and if you’re dipping out and dating other people behind his back, then you can claim to have deep, heartfelt love for him all you want – but you’re obviously not committed to him.

 

It’s the same way with God.

 

We can say we’re Christian all day every day and claim to love Him with all of our mind, body, soul and strength – yet if we don’t make ourselves available to be used by God by not taking time out of our day to pray, if we don’t stand for what He stands for nor believe in what He believes in according to His Word, if we don’t attend church regularly yet the Word admonishes not to forsake the assembly of other believers (Hebrews 10:25), and if we dip out on Him by pulling out the grace card every other week as we continue to have sex on the regular while making excuses to sin instead of coming up with excuses not to sin – then we may say we’re saved, but we’re truly not committed.
They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled  (Matthew 5:6)
The more you hunger, thirst and long for more of God, and the more you couple that desire with action (such as showing up for daily prayer whether at your church or at home, attending service regularly, and really seeking God about your purpose and destiny and not making another move until He reveals it to you), the more He will make Himself known to you.
The more you read His Word the more His character becomes your character, and the easier it becomes for you not to sin against Him as reading the Word grows your spirit and kills the flesh (Psalm 119:11)
The more you pray, read the Word, and praise God on a consistent basis and not just when you need something from Him, the more your commitment level will rise and the more He can trust you with the ultimate assignment and purpose He has for you.
God is not hiding anything from you.  (Psalm 84:11)
He’s just waiting for you to show up so He can lead, guide, direct and talk to you.  He’s waiting for you to turn your salvation confession into a lifestyle so that as you seek Him daily He will be found of you and will show Himself strong in you. It’s not enough to just get saved, now it’s time to get committed.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a
*Originally published

#SaturdayStamps: James Beckwourth

James Pierson Beckwourth was born April 26, 1798 or 1800, in Frederick County, Virginia to an African American slave mother and English father, Sir Jennings Beckwith. Although his father raised him as his own son, according to the law, Jim Beckwourth was still legally considered a slave. His father appeared in open court on three separate occasions (in 1824, 1825, and 1826) and “acknowledged the execution of a Deed of Emancipation from him to James, a mulatto boy.” Beckwourth’s father, mother and siblings moved to Missouri in the early 1800’s. The young Beckwourth, as he later came to spell his surname, attended school in St. Louis for four years. When and why James changed his name to Beckwourth is unknown. He was apprenticed to a blacksmith in St. Louis but was unhappy as an apprentice. He left home in 1822 on an expedition to the lead mines in the Fever River area. In the summer of 1824 he signed on with General William Ashley for a trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains. For a number of years Beckwourth took part in a series of trapping expeditions with the American Fur Company and the Rocky Mountain Fur Company where he learned the frontiersman skills he would use for the rest of his life. He also met and worked with such well-known mountain men as Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, Jim Clyman and Edward Rose. He participated in the first Mountain Man Rendezvous at Henry’s Fork on the Green River in 1825. The location of the rendezvous changed every year, and it quickly became the best-known social and business institution of the American mountain men.

In about 1828, while on a trapping expedition with Jim Bridger, Beckwourth was captured by a party of Crow warriors. By Beckwourth’s account, he was mistaken for the long lost son of Big Bowl, one of the tribal chieftains, and adopted into the tribe. Beckwourth spent the next six to eight years with the Crow, and gained considerable influence with the tribe. There are many documents from his contemporaries which confirm his position of leadership with the Crow. He apparently rose within their ranks to at least the level of War Chief, and by his own account was named head Chief of the Crow Nation upon the death of Arapooish (Rotten Belly). Beckwourth improved a Native American path to create what became known as the Beckwourth Trail through Plumas, Butte, and Yuba counties in 1850. In August 1851, he led the first intact wagon train into the burgeoning Gold Rush city of Marysville, CA. Between 1851 and 1854, 1,200 emigrants used the trail. The Beckwourth Trail was used during the California Gold Rush until about 1855, when the railroad supplanted the wagon train as the preferred method of traveling to California. Between 1895 and 1916, the pass was used by the Sierra Valley & Mohawk Railway narrow gauge. The abandoned right-of-way is still visible on the eastern slope of the pass.

Beckwourth dictated his autobiography to Thomas D. Bonner, an itinerant Justice of the Peace in the gold fields of California, in 1854-55. After Bonner “polished up” Beckwourth’s rough narrative, The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians was published by Harper and Brothers in 1856. The book apparently achieved a certain amount of popular success, for it was followed by an English edition in the same year, a second printing two years later, and a French translation in 1860. In 1937, a bronze plaque was erected at Beckwourth Pass by the Native Daughters of the Golden West to commemorate the discover and the pioneers who passed along the trail. On August 8, 1939, Beckwourth Pass was designated as California Historical Landmark Number 336. Beckwourth Frontier Days was established to honor James P. Beckwourth, an unsung, genuine American hero who created a lower, safer passage across the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid-1800s. Beckwourth Pass, is located in Plumas County, CA, State Route 70 and crosses the Sierras at an elevation of 1,591 m (5,221 ft.), making it one of the lowest crossings of the Sierra Nevadas in California. In 1994, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 29 cent commemorative postage stamp honoring Jim Beckwourth. In 1996, the city of Marysville renamed its largest park Beckwourth Riverfront Park in recognition of Beckwourth’s significance to the growth of the city.

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “WHAT GOD CAN’T TEACH THRU INSTRUCTION, HE TEACHES THRU EXPERIENCE.”

“Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool. Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like an archer who wounds at random
    is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. As a dog returns to its vomit,
    so fools repeat their folly.”  {Proverbs 26:6-11}