Sunday, May 29, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: MEETING GOD



I was a child when I was first introduced to God, somehow I knew that He was a powerful man and that I must honor Him but that is all I knew. Years of Sunday School taught me that Jesus was God’s Son and I must believe that He, Jesus, was born of a virgin died on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday early in the morning. There was mention of the Holy Ghost but no one really explained to me who He was or why He existed until I was much older (and left the denominational church).
Moses was told about God as a child but he was raised in the home of Pharaoh as the adopted child of Pharaoh’s daughter. Thus, Moses was raised knowing about the gods of his adoptive mother. After killing a man and fleeing to Midian, he became a shepherd tending to his father-in-laws,’ the priest of Midian, flock.  As an adult Moses met God. (Exodus 3)

“”Moreover, He said, I am the God of your father- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.” Exodus 3:9 NKJV

I had an encounter with God just as powerful as the one Moses had. He presented Himself as a non-consuming yet intense heat; it was a life changing experience.

I believe there is a difference. There is a difference in accepting the truth of what people tell you and having a personal encounter with God. I believe every person on this earth can have their own personal encounter with God not as Moses did or as I did but according to their need and purpose.

Those who have a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus live life differently than those who are religious. Abram had an encounter with God and became Abraham (Genesis 17:5) and Sarai became Sarah (Genesis 17:15);  Jacob had an encounter with God and became Israel (Genesis 32:28).  It is an understatement to say that a personal encounter with God is life changing and destiny fulfilling.
No one knows more than the Apostle Paul who, is also referred to as Saul, traveled the country persecuting, condemning, followers of Jesus. And then on his way to Damascus Saul had an encounter with Jesus.  (Acts 9:1-9)

I believe Moses encountered God the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, as Paul did after his encounter with Jesus. (Note: After Sauls’ encounter with Jesus he was blinded and had to be led into the city.)

“Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord - Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here - has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. : Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he rgained his strength.”  Acts 9:17-18 NKJV

Though there are a few people who have had personal encounters with Jesus most of us will, like Moses, encounter the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, many churches do not teach than manifestation of the Holy Spirit and discourage the speaking in a heavenly language. Not teaching the fullness of the Trinity restricts the relationship a person has with God.

Moses was by himself on a mountain when he encountered the Holy Spirit. I was in a car by myself when I encountered the Holy Spirit. Many people have testified that they were alone, in a room, or sleeping (no outside influences0 when they encountered the Spirit of the Living God.  I have yet to meet anyone who SINCERELY wanted to meet God who did not meet Him.

Do you want a personal relationship with God? Ask and He will come.  My encounter with God was not as complicated as some religious folks make it out to be. No one prayed over me, no one laid hands on me; I just sought Him with all of my heart and soul and He came.

“Seek, the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.”  Isaiah 55:6 NKJV

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Thursday, May 26, 2016

NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION: POLITICS

People get so worked up over politics! It does not matter what your political affiliation: Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, or what ever else there may be, people need to stop getting so emotionally invested in a candidate.

Political office is a career choice and these candidates do whatever is necessary to get the job. If they don’t win the first time they run they make adjustments to their presentation and try again: if you didn’t like the red suit they work last year they will wear blue the next time; if you want them to talk about school lunches they will talk about school lunches even if they don’t care about school lunches.
Debates are job interviews on steroids. Candidates determine what you want to hear, how you want to hear it and what they should be wearing when they say it so that you will believe they are very sincere. There are individuals, political consultants, who tell the candidate what you want and advise them to say what you want to hear.
The media makes money by telling you problems. During a political season they tell you the problems with candidate XYZ. If candidate TUV is part of an unpopular political group then they will tell you all the bad things about TUV but if the polls determine that people now like TUV then the media will start telling you the good and tell you the bad about candidate FGH. They are playing to your emotions not your intellect.
Politicians tell you what you need to know. The media presents information based on what they want you to retain in your mind. For example:
Candidate TUV has a friend who had an abortion years ago, this candidate is anti-abortion. His opponent calls him a hypocrite and declares for all to hear: “You associate with people who have abortion yet you don’t want a woman raped to have one.” The media reports: CANDIDATE XYZ ASSOCIATED WITH ABORTION. Both are misrepresentations of the truth unfortunately once the words are released it is hard to take them back.
What I do in selecting a candidate is to determine the type of person I want to hold that office. I read position papers, listen to the debates and listen to their speeches. I do not pay attention to what the polls say because polls only reflect the opinions of the people who were asked a question, they never ask me.
This election season is really no different than any other. People are getting so worked up about their “guy” that they become hostile to those who disagree with them. Citizens are getting worked up over a person who will have a job for 2 to 8 years maybe more, depending on the office and the number of terms, and then move on to bigger and better things.  Yes we should take voting seriously however we do not need to get so worked up about it.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: ABORTION


There are three general positions people have regarding abortion:
1) They are totally against it.
2) They are totally for it.
3) They are against it but think it is OK if someone does it.
And there are those who had one but are now against it, and those who are against it until they decide to have one.

I have never had an abortion thus my opinion on it are based on the word of God and some of the medical data that I have read.

The first fact that needs to be addressed regarding abortion is this: When does life begin? Individuals who support abortions believe life does not begin until after the “fetus” is separated from the womb. For many individuals, such as myself, we believe life begins at conception. I believe the second the ovum merges with the spermatozoon and becomes a zygote potential is created which when allowed to fully develop will manifest a Divine purpose in other words: God has determined that a sperm should enter an egg God for a reason and that reason is life.

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”” Jeremiah 1:4 NKJV

The Bible is true even if people do not believe in it, its’ words apply to those who know God and those who do not. Thus God knows who will be born, who should have been born and even the date of a person’s death. Pregnancy is not a surprise to the Creator.

“Know this: children are a gift from the Eternal; the fruit of the womb is His reward.” Psalm 127:3 THE VOICE

  There are no exception clauses found in the Bible regarding pregnancy. Thus in the cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother I believe each person must go to God in prayer and He will direct their path. There are women who have given birth to pregnancies that were the result of violence; there are women who chose to risk their lives to give birth.

“If any of you lacks wisdom,, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NKJV

There are individuals whose mothers chose not to abort; the following is a short list of individuals who were given the chance to fulfill their destiny:
World renown singer Eartha Kitt,
Zahara Jolie-Pitt the adopted daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt,
Seven time World Champion Surfer Layne Beachly,
Kelly Wright from FOX News
Faith Daniels,
Janet Sheen (Martin Sheen’s wife),
Actress Ethel Waters,
2014 Miss Pennsylvania Valarie Gatto.
In addition actress Nell Carter was impregnated as a result of rape at the age of 16 and gave birth to daughter Tracey. Evangelist James Robison often shares with his audience that he was the product of rape and he is so glad that his mother chose not to abort him. I read that the Reverend Jesse Jackson was conceived when his young mother was accosted by a 30 plus year old married man. And of course most people know about the contributions of Fredrick Douglas a former slave, who became a spokesman for the anti-slavery movement.  Each of these individuals, and many more have lived or live very productive lives despite the origin of their conception.

The Bible teaches that our purpose was determined before we were born.

“You see all things; You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb; every detail of my life was already written in Your book; You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.” Psalm 139:15 The Voice

It is the plan of Satan to steal life (John 10:10) and he has successfully convinced many that a baby in the womb is not a life. The world has convinced many that a heart beat only matters if it is outside of the womb, and that a child does not feel pain until after he or she is born.
A growing idea is to treat an unborn baby as a criminal who is breaking and entering .

Many women declare she has the right to do with her body as she pleases and thus proclaiming ownership of the body that is within her. A baby is not a cancer cell that a person can annihilate at will. Cancer cells do not have heart beats or have feelings. Cancer cells do not have a neurological system.

The Bible says children are from God (Psalm 127:3).  I believe a child who was destined to cure cancer was aborted; the child who understood Alzheimer's, H.I.V. and other diseases were aborted. Godly leaders have been killed before they had a chance to breath oxygen on this earth.

“The enemy does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Satan is a life stealer Jesus is a life giver.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursings; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live,” Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV


If you have had an abortion that is not an automatic ticket to hell- God still loves you. However, do not have another one and don’t advice someone to have one.

Will you go to hell if you had an abortion? I do not believe so however, without repenting your life here on earth will be difficult. Look around at the women who support abortion they are so angry and they look distressed. There are organizations out there who can help women who have had an abortion or are considering one. Guilt is a tool of the devil to keep you away from Father God.

A baby is a baby at conception. If you are pregnant and there are issues associated with your pregnancy pray about it.

“The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in My name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you. My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful.”  John 14:26-27 The VoiceAnd that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph



Saturday, May 21, 2016

YOUTUBE VIDEO SHARE: PREPPING

It is important that you are able to care for yourself in case of emergency- short or long term. Learn the basics of being PREPARED. 




Saturday, May 14, 2016

GM -oh no!

Eating healthy ain’t cheap! At least when you first get started. However,  the cost of not eating healthy cost more.  

It is very important that you begin to understand the things you are putting into your body and why it is important that you know where ALL YOUR FOODS come from. 

I personally believe: the reason there is an increase number of autism, alzeheimer's and cancer cases is because of the man made products we are putting in our bodies. 

Please watch this entire video on GMO products: 





Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A FRONT PORCH STORY: NOT WHAT I PLANNED

I was sitting on my front porch shukinG corn when Florence pulled up in the drive. It could not have been more obvious that her soul was troubled as I watched her slowly, hesitantly, get out of the car. She looked like she was going to get back in the car without speaking so I hollered: “What’s the matter honey?” “Hi, Ma.” A lot of the young people in the community call me even though we are not related. I don’t mind I love them all like children. “I am so overwhelmed I just don’t know what to do. I had to talk to somebody and you are the first person I thought about.” Florence said. Florence Parkham is married to Jacob who has a successful real estate business. They have two children a daughter and son, both are grown. One would think the two of them would be living comfortably but that is not the case. “Jake’s son is in jail again!” Jake is Jacob Junior. Jacob Parkham Junior has four children the oldest, Jacob the third, seems to stay in trouble. “What did he do now?” I was standing as she was was slowly climbing the few steps onto the porch. Life can age you fast if you let it trouble you and Florence, Flo, looked like she had aged quite a bit since the last time I saw her. Preparing corn was going to have to wait; I went into the house returning with two glasses of wine and a tray of cheese anc crackers. “I just don’t understand ma. I don’t understand how you can give children everything and they turn out to be so much trouble!” The tears were welling up in her eyes as she spoke and she began to take deep breaths trying to keep them at bay. I wanted to say: children don’t need everything they need to earn what they want and receive from their parents what they need but I said nothing. “Jacob and I paid for that boy to go to private school after the first time he got in trouble. We bought everything he needed to be successful, not that Jacob Junior could not afford it but we just wanted to let him understand that his family was there for him.” She paused for a long time concentrating on breathing. Flo reached for a piece of cheese and grabbed a few crackers, I sipped my glass of wine. We just sat and looked at the sky; it was beautiful this time of evening. My front porch looked out onto a field Chip had purchased after the last owners died. We saw the wild fields, we had not decided what we would do with the land yet, and the glow of the sunset. Peace began to flow. “Ma, I am soooooo tired. I am tired of listening to my children’s complaints about what they don’t have and what did not happen the way when they were younger. Neither of them were old enough to appreciate how their father struggled to build this business and be there for there extra curricular activities. They don’t know the sacrifices we made so that they could have the opportunities they have. Even helping with child care after Evelyn’s divorce and putting the down payment on her home. “I am tired of helping them with their bad-ass children! Of course Evelyn’s children are angels compared to Jacob Junior, and he is the oldest of the grandchildren.” Florence started laughing. “I got my nerve don’t I? Here I am complaining to you about my children complaining!” she reached for her glass of wine took a sip and ate a few more crackers. “I am always coming to you with my problems.” “What we learn to do as we get wiser, not necessarily older, is speak sparingly. I have learned over the years that most people know what to do they just need to talk it out. Anytime you need to talk it out my front porch is here, in the morning there is juice, in the afternoon we can have some tea, and in the evening we can have wine.” “But, I don’t remember the last time I came over here just to see how you were doing. I am always talking to you about my trouble.” “You don’t remember bringing us dinner two weeks ago?” “Yea.” “Do you remember the skirt you brought me last month or the fabric you brought me three days ago?” “Yes, but..” “No buts. You bring so much joy to me and Chip, you and Jacob. The fact that you trust us enough to share your troubles with us is an honor. Don’t ever be concerned about that. And, if it ever becomes to much I will let you know.” “I guess my real problem is my life is not turning out the way I planned. I admire you and Papa Chip so much that I want me and Jacob to be like you guys.” “Well, you should know it ain’t always smooth sailing for me and Chip. We have our ups and downs just like everyone else. Don’t try to be like us though, you and Jacob are a good couple and as long as your life turns out the way God planned you are going to be alright.”
Just then my husband pulled up in his truck and we watched him unload some mulch. “Pappa, you need some help?” “No daughter, I can handle it; hard work keeps me young and out of trouble.” Chip, my husband, laughed and kept on working. By the time he had finished stacking the mulch in the barn I had brought him a tall glass of lemonade and sat it down next to his porch chair. Florence caught him up on what was going on with her grandson revealing details that she had yet to share with me. Apparently Jake had decided to participate in a political protest in another county and got arrested for disorderly contact, assault and resisting arrest. Despite being a juvenile he had a two year history of incidents in which law enforcement had been called, three times in which he had been arrested, once he was sent to juvenile detention center. This in addition to being expelled from public schools twice were all warnings that Jacob the third was well on his way to being a thug. His father Jacob Junior, refused to get him out of jail so his mother did but he was not permitted to come home. Thus he was currently staying at his grandparents residence except Jacob Senior was in agreement with his son and only allowed him in the house to appease his stressed out wife. The tension in the home drove Florence to Nettie’s front porch. “There is a program that I just helped another troubled child get in, have Jacob call me and I can see about getting young Jake in. Let me warn you Flo, though it is a Christian program it is very strict and it is very private which means it is going to cost a lot of money. In addition to hours of Bible study he will be expected to complete various community service activities as well as chores in the building. There is a contract that must be signed by his parents, and I am going to recommend that you and Jacob sign as well, that states: once he is in he cannot come and go as he pleases, failure to complete the program is guaranteed jail time; period. The program can last from one month to a maximum of five years.” “Could you do that for us?” Hope could be seen in Florence eyes. “I can’t do anything for you but I can help Jake if he wants.” “He’ll do it.” She interrupted. “Florence, he cannot just do it. He has to want to change his life and that takes a change in his “the world owes me attitude.” It also means you and his mother need to take those tit-ties out of his mouth and let him be the man that he needs to be.” Chips words caught Flo off guard and she just stood there with her mouth open. “I know you think that you helping your children but you are not.” Chip continued. “Children don’t need everything given to them,, they need to earn what they want and receive from their parents what they need.” He looked at me and smiled. “There is also a family counseling portion as well and you may not like what they say to you. You and Jacob have not encouraged your children to earn much in life and therefore they believe they are entitled to things they are not entitled to. This philosophy has trickled down not just to your grandchildren but to many of the children of today. Now don’t feel bad sweetie, poppa’s not fussing at you I am just giving you something to think about.” Chip looked around and then turned to me. “We are having communion for dinner?” “I thought we were going out.” I said laughing. “Can we all go together?” Florence asked. “Jacob and I were going to go to that new place in town.” “Sounds like a good idea, what do you say Poppa?” “Sounds good to me, but only if Jacob lets me pay.” Chip answered. “Now, that is between you and my husband though I think you are going to loose on that one. Let me call him and see what he wants to do.” With that Florence picked up her phone and called her husband who said he would meet us at our house. Chip went in the house to shower and change. Florence gathered the plate that had a few chunks of cheese and a couple of crackers the glasses taking them into the kitchen. I gathered my shucked and unshucked corn and place them in the house for later. By the time Jacob arrived at the I had changed and we were all sitting on the porch appreciating the moonlight. This is not the day I had planned but it was a good day never-the-less. A FRONT PORCH STORY- according to the world of NETTIE. All rights reserved; do not use without the permission of Marsha L F Randolph