“I HAVE MY REASONS”

March 1, 2018…

Me: Babe, I wonder what this chemo treatment is going to be like?

Wife: Trust in the Lord, that is all that “WE” can do!

Me: Excuse me, are these two seats taken?

Woman: No, they are all yours, how are you doing today? My name is Joanne, I haven’t seen you here before, is this your first time?

Me: Hello Joanne, my name is Damon, and this is my wife Diana, it is a pleasure to meet you. And yes, this is our first time. I was recently told that I have stage 4 throat cancer, so I apologize if I seem a bit preoccupied mentally. It is a bit intimidating once you actually walk in, but what can “WE” do?

Joanne: “We” can pray! I have been receiving treatments for about six weeks now, so “WE” will be seeing a lot of each other over the next few weeks. Don’t worry, the Lord is with us.

“RING” “RING” “RING”

Me : What is that?

Joanne: When “WE” finish our last treatment, “WE” ring the bell.

Me: That is a blessing!

I never seen Joanne after that day, I do not know what happened to her, but she will be forever in my prayers.

April 14, 2017

Young man: Excuse me sir, is this seat taken?

Me: NO, it’s all yours. How are you doing today young man? I haven’t seen you here before, my name is Damon, it is a pleasure to meet you.”

Young man: Hello Damon, my name is Bobby, I am fourteen years old, hey dad!

Roberts father: Thanks for talking to my son. My name is Mike, we are a little nervous, this is our first treatment.

Me: “PRAY!” My wife and I know that feeling well, we have been getting treatments for six weeks now. We have three weeks left, so we will be seeing a lot of each other, don’t worry, the Lord is with us.

Three weeks later….

“RING” “RING” “RING”

Thank you Jesus!

DAME

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“WATCH YOUR STEP”

DECEPTIVENESS- giving an appearance or impression different from the true one; misleading.

“There is a thin line between being authentic and being counterfeit, for the world is full of deceptiveness.”

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:8

DAME

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“FOR BETTER OR WORSE”

I was in the grocery store yesterday and I ran in to old friend of mine that I haven’t seen in a number of years…..

FRIEND: “Dame is that you?”

ME: “Excuse me?”

FRIEND: “Dame it’s Ron!”

ME: “What’s up Ron? I didn’t recognize you, how is the family doing?”

Friend: “I am doing great and the kids are doing well. Tracy is in college, and Ron Jr works for me.”

ME: “He works for you?”

FRIEND: “Yeah, I started a landscaping company after college.”

ME: “How is Martha doing?”

FRIEND: “We got a divorce some years back, she was starting to slow down a bit, she was a lot older than me.”

ME: “That’s to bad, I really liked Martha, didn’t she help put you through school?”

FRIEND: “Yes, she was a good woman, but enough about me. How have you been? I heard about what happened to you.”

ME: “I am blessed, and my family is well, I have no complaints. Lets exchange numbers, my phone is in the car, follow me.”

FRIEND: “Is that your car Dame?”

ME: “Yes”

FRIEND: “What year is it? It looks old, it looks like you need a new one.”

ME: “She may be old, but if I take care of her, and the Lord takes care of us, we have many miles left!”

DAME

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“THE SLAUGHTER”

I am a cow grazing in the warmth of the world and there is nothing but green pastures as far as my eyes can see. I have servants that feed me endlessly, they wash me, they groom me, and people come from miles around to get a glimpse of me, life is good, real good. I feed unconsciously for the need to fatten up for the long winter that comes, for I shall be tested as the seasons die and are reborn. As I graze with outright gluttony I notice a change in my servants behavior, it is as if they are preparing for something, or should I say, preparing “ME” for something. Then one day, without warning, I was blindfolded and driven to an undisclosed location, a location with the stench of which I have never known. A feeling of uneasiness besieged me, I was being moved from the only life that I have ever known, a life full of comfort, security, and peace, luxuries that were meant for me, and only me.

“That’s the one, that’s the one right there, the healthy one!”

When I heard that I stood tall and proud, shoulders broad, hide glistening and full of color, “They want me! They want me!” Through my many years of living in luxury I have heard many stories about moving on, or to a better place with greener pastures.

“You also must be ready, because the son of man will come at an hour when you don’t expect him.”

Luke 12:40

“It will be good for those servants whose masters finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.”

Luke 12:38

These stories, or should I say fables, they comfort those who do not have greener pastures for as long as the eye can see, such as mine. They want, but I have, there is no better place than this, I have everything I need right here!

“Get him ready, he looks of good stock.”

“Good stock? I am of great stock!”

“Put him in chute number four!”

As they proceeded to insert me into chute number four things began to get a little tight, but there is no fear, for I am going to greener pastures, “MY GREENER PASTURES!” As I waited I heard the rustling of the others, I wonder what greener pastures they are going to? Will we be together? I hope that they are separate from me, I do not want to share “MY GREENER PASTURES” with anyone!

“SHOOT NUMBER ONE!”(bang)

“EXCUSE ME”

“SHOOT NUMBER TWO!”(bang)

“ I THINK THERE HAS BEEN A MISTAKE”

“SHOOT NUMBER THREE!”(bang)

“STOP!” “PLEASE STOP!”

“SHOOT NUMBER FOUR!”

“NOOOOOOOOOO!”

“I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will fall in the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”

Isaiah: 65:12

“DO NOT FALL IN THE SLAUGHTER”

DAME

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“NOTICE”

I thank you for making it easy to love you. I thank the Lord daily for allowing us to love each other in such a way that those of the world will take notice. We have set the bar high concerning our love for each other and those who choose to follow, for our love has reached even higher heights with the Lord leading the way. Our love exist to remain, for I would not have it any other way, as we are one. As I bare my soul to the world for all to examine, a feeling of accomplishment begins to explore my being, for I dreamed of letting the world know that true love does exist, our true love. With the world now on notice we must stay steadfast with our love, not only the love that we have for one another, but the love that we have for the Lord as well, for there will be forces in this world that will try to test our love and faith as we continue to grow together. In this cold world our love is warmth, it is comfort, it is good for the soul! It is 3am as I think of you, for I watch your beauty in its stillness, in its warmth, in its comfort. As I gaze at your beauty that is within arms reach my thoughts are of a thief in the night, for I want, but I shall let your beauty rest. As I fight my sleep to watch the sunrise wake your beauty, I think of how blessed we are to have found love in a world that is void of that love. I appreciate our love, I give it thanks, for it gives us what the world does not.

I love you Diana Morgan O’Bannon

DAME

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“SEE FOR YOURSELF”

“Our inability to see past the present is not because we do not have the eyes to see with, it is because we are being led the through the vision of others, and what they want us to see.”

Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Mark 8:25

DAME

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“RESTLESS FOR YOUR LOVE”

It is truly a blessing watching you wake up, I fight sleep through the night so I won’t miss your rising with the sun. As I guard your beauty before your awakening I gaze in awe, for I know that I am blessed to have you on this day. My anticipation grows with every sudden move that you make in route to your awakening, it can be your rollover move followed by the pulling of the sheets, or your outstretched arms followed by a yawn, both signs of your rising with the sun. Waiting for your wake up call can be maddening at times, for the anticipation of your arrival that is of the morning, will not let me sleep through the night. As you slowly rise with the sun I can feel your warmth, for the coldness and the loneliness that was of the night is now gone. We are blessed once again to share this day together, for the night will soon be upon us, but I will be there to watch over you until the light of day.

“I will love you during the day, and watch over you through the night.”

DAME

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“TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE”

As my hair grays and my age rises my thoughts are beginning to haunt me, for I should of given more of myself to you, for you give all of yourself to me. The thought of you leaving me behind never crossed my mind, for you have so much of yourself to give, but when I woke up this morning your bags were packed. I cannot say that I was not warned, for In the beginning you told me that you wait for no one, but I took you for granted, I did not use you wisely.

Teach us to be mindful of how we live each day and use our time wisely.

Psalms 90:12

DAME

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“IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE”

The world does not prepare you for the Godly character traits that love demands, such as:

*LOYALTY- a strong feeling of support.

*MUTUAL RESPECT- in order for a relationship to remain healthy, both partners must be equally respected and appreciated.

*SELFLESSNESS- thinking of others before yourself; generous, kind.

*TRUTHFULNESS- to have confidence, or hope in someone; confident expectation, surely.

*HEALING-to bring to an end; reconciliation; free from conflict.

*COMPANIONSHIP- company; compatibility; a close friendship.

*GROWTH- maturation over a period of time; positive development.

*COMMUNICATION- allows you to explain to someone else what you are experiencing and what your needs are.

*TEAMWORK- involves work in a good relationship, two people work hard to know each other and last through tough times.

*HONESTY- always telling your partner the truth and being totally open with them, both big and little things.

*COURAGE- mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

*COMPASSION- sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

*FORGIVENESS- a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment toward a person who has harmed you.

*PERSEVERANCE- doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

*RELIABLE- able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed.

*SELF-CONTROL- the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotion and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

*EMPATHY- the ability to understand and share feelings of another.

*UNDERSTANDING- aware of other people’s feelings; tolerant and forgiving.

*ENCOURAGEMENT- the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.

*COMMITMENT- involves dedicating yourself to someone; obligation.

*GODLINESS- is being faithful to our calling by doing the good works for which we were saved.

*FAITH- “Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Zechariah 8:17

“IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE, TO LOVE YOU AS I DO!”

DAME

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