truthful perceptions: protection…

Over two thousand years ago the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has sustained and fed the church, meaning the body of Christ. It has given salvation and provision of mankind for everyone who believes is not saved from the wickedness of who they used to be in the world. Jesus through His love and salvation demonstrates a love of protection that can only be equivalent to highly valuing each of our lives beyond our understanding. We need only to follow him and he will cherish us for all eternity.

This highest form of love is not weakened by a wrongful perception of a strong man. Which quite often in this world being a strong man is wrongly defined as possessing an arsenal of guns, committing violence against your wife, spending time in prison and every other form of machismo portrayed on the movie screen.

The fact is the strongest man who walked the earth practiced the highest form of love that is humanly possible and divinely ordained. It was done for the sake of protecting us both from the world we see, the world we don’t see and most importantly from the consequences of investing in negative energy.

When we accept the love of Christ through being born again, we begin to learn how to love ourselves and our flesh, and not in a way of lust as that word flesh is now commercially used and conventionally understood, but in the biblical sense of our uniquely sensitive yet durable skin covering of the soul.  

After being saved by Christ I slowly began to learn how to love my flesh again through organic dieting, regular exercise and developing a disciplined and healthy sleep regimen.

In the eyes of God, once man and woman have made the marital covenant, and he is to love and protect her beyond all things because they are now made whole of one spiritual flesh. “Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder ~ Matthew 19: 4,5,6…”  

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truthful perceptions: virus…

A dislocated nose, busted ear drum, bruises, black eyes seem par for the course in beatings that lasted over four years for one noted survivor in Mobile County, Alabama. Her drug addicted husband had decided he was going to beat, abuse and bruise her when he was both high and not high and seemingly blaming her for both.

Had he not overdosed, her fate more likely than not would have fed the statistics of either homicide or homelessness caused by abuse. Battered women shelters now serve more children than they do women. It is estimated in some small cities in America, battered women’s shelters are more populated with children than the Children’s Hospitals in those cities.

There are so many causes of peril, sadness, disease and charity to support in this world. There truly is no excuse for us not to, other than for lack of trying. I AM aligned with three major causes. Stopping Gun Violence, The Alzheimer’s Association and Domestic Violence Awareness.

88 guns for every one hundred Americans and the insanity of needless deaths caused by them is my reason for stopping gun violence. Alzheimer’s disease ran rampant in my family taking the lives of six paternal Aunts and my maternal Grandfather. That is my reason in joining that cause.

Although there is never been an issue of domestic violence in my family, I AM motivated for just that reason. To know from experience that women are to be protected by men from the men who are true cowards for abusing them. As the bearers of our future it is critical to bring awareness and formulate solutions to the plague of domestic violence. In my mind there is no greater threat to civilized society than to ignore the virus of genocide domestic abuse produces.

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truthful perceptions: aid…

A leader is a person who takes action to better the lives of those under his/her influence. He takes the necessary time to reflect on those things essential to the quality of life of each and every individual. This should naturally lead him to utilise a variety of sources of power to employ compassion and apply the resources necessary to achieve harmony within the nation.

Sadly, the current president we have in the white house does not represent these values as a leader and based on his history with women is factually devoid and woefully impotent of them. By signing off on a draconian budget removing the legal resources that help aid victims of domestic violence, he shows the world his real character when it comes to protecting the women and children of this country.

Helping domestic violence survivors have access to legal protection would seem a no-brainer for obvious reasons, especially an organization like the Legal Services Corporation that provides this type of assistance to domestic violence victims and survivors in virtually every state. President trump is planning to defund the entire organization. All Americans truly interested in fighting back against this travesty should flood the telephone lines of their representatives in congress and the senate.

Raise holy hell on behalf of low-income victims of domestic violence who endure hell each and everyday and need all of the free legal assistance available. Let’s not simply sigh, moan and complain. Let’s stand up for victims and survivors, take action and fight!

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/20/donald-trump-plans-to-eliminate-legal-aid-funding-that-supports-survivors-of-domestic-violence/

Find Your Representative:  http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

 

 

 

 

 

defund…

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In September 2015, a study conducted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that in Texas there were 1,539 unmet requests for domestic-violence services in a single day, with 48 percent of those requests for housing. The study found many programs, in Texas and the rest of the country, dealing with a “critical shortage of funds and staff to assist victims.”

Instead of defending women and children, Donald Trump is defunding not one, but all 25 separate programs managed by the Justice Dept’s. Office of Violence Against Women;

Instead of defending women, he is defunding Planned Parenthood that provides critical and in most cases the only health services to millions of women and low income men who also benefit from their services;

Instead of defending efforts against republican voter suppression tactics and laws, he is defunding any investigation into proven Russian hacking/involvement into the election;

Trump cannot defund the republicans because the moral conscience of the Republican Party leadership is already bankrupt. The mind-numbing unsurprising bigoted tinged hypocrisy displayed by the Republicans and conservative evangelical Christians in how they support, sign-off and turn a blind eye to every immoral, ungodly, unethical and infantile tantrum this man demonstrates is in and of itself a sheer disgrace, especially in comparison to how they disrespectfully treated President Obama.

Listening to Trump speak both the madness of his policies and the mania of his paranoia just five days into his presidency glaringly reminds us how psychologically and ethically unfit he is for the Presidency. He too often goes into a tangent of illogic ranting, logical to no one but himself and the conspiracy theorists who undoubtedly have access to his pathology of paranoia.

All of this would be the funniest of entertainment on a SNL level of comedy were it not for one solemn, sad and somber thing. Every time you see Trump speaking on television and at every juncture, it is sobering to remember that this individual, this man who is by all accounts the most powerful man on the planet carries in his pocket that which is simply known as “The Biscuit…” which are the launch codes to start a nuclear attack.

Based on his mental instability, if there was one legitimate thing that needs to be defunded in the trump presidency, it’s his ability to use the biscuit. Because of his thin skin and inability to handle criticism, this may one day leave us all tragically defunded of life itself.

MUSIC: “THE TEARS OF GOD – Russel Blake

truthful perceptions: begin…

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The best gift any Man can give to a Woman in this day and age is honesty. This can only be done by first being honest with our very own self. To daily evaluate our emotions, thoughts and experiences about the Women in our lives and to do it honestly and objectively, without any unfairness or prejudice, so that our examination will lend itself to the truth of how blessed we are as Men, to have the gift of Women amongst us.

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Domestic abuse perpetrated by a man on a woman is not an act of courage, but rather one of fear, cowardice and a inner insecurity of a male embryo; a child having never grown up and now existing in an adult male body.

In having no point of reference on proper interaction with a Woman, either by a multitude of circumstances or some other deep seated incident, the first step in the necessary change of an abuser from cowardice to courage, embryo to manhood, predator to protector and from being a divider to one who brings people together is first recognizing he has a problem, and with a subsequent inner and outer confession of pain, with God’s help, we will let the healing begin.  

truthful perceptions: daughters…

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An news item that received little in the way of national attention took place this week. The sentencing of Rene Lopez to 1,503 years in prison for raping his daughter over a period of four years. Convicted of 185 counts of felony rape, he showed no remorse and actually blamed his daughter for the crimes. 

It’s one of the most horrific incidents of rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse ever recorded.  This is still domestic violence awareness month and the fact of coincidental timing of this incident only shows how serious a problem this plague of violence against women continues to be.

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Child sexual abuse is not rare. Research indicates that as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.1 However, because child sexual abuse is by its very nature secretive, many of these cases are never reported.

If you think a child is trying to tell you they are being sexually abused, be supportive, calm and caring. Do not show anger as this does not help the victim. If you feel they are in immediate danger contact 911 and or Child Protective Services.

Real men do not only protect all women, but they also stand up for those who are most defense-less  Our children. Our sons and our daughters…

NATIONAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE HELPLINE 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)

MUSIC: – “The Tears Of God…” – by Russel Blake

 

truthful perceptions: hidden…

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There comes a time when shock is a word that’s just not appropriate enough to describe the feeling when a horrible revelation is made known to you. Something that’s been taking place right under your nose and all of a sudden it’s brought to your attention not by an email or a text message or even from a friend. It comes knocking at your door in the form of a uniformed police officer informing you that your daughter is dead.

From that point on everything that’s said comes across like the teacher speaking in the Charlie Brown cartoon, blah, blah….blah, blah, blah… The officer informs you she was apparently killed in a domestic violence incident involving her boyfriend. The forthcoming details begin to pale in comparison to the screams of agony now coming from her Mother and you as her Father can only stand there frozen in a mixture of emotions from sadness to grieving, anger to disappointment. If I only knew she was being abused is the thought rolling over and over in your mind…

Too many families find out all too late of a family member who was being abused by a husband, a boyfriend or even a work colleague. 

Domestic violence often plays out in the workplace. For instance, a husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend might make threatening phone calls to their intimate partner or ex-partner. Or the worker may show injuries from physical abuse at home.

If you witness a cluster of the following warning signs in the workplace, you can reasonably suspect domestic abuse:

Bruises and other signs of impact on the skin, with the excuse of “accidents”
Depression, crying
Frequent and sudden absences
Frequent lateness
Frequent, harassing phone calls to the person while they are at work
Fear of the partner, references to the partner’s anger
Decreased productivity and attentiveness
Isolation from friends and family
Insufficient resources to live (money, credit cards, car)

Know the warning signs and learn to recognise all red flags of abusive behavior upon a potential victim. Never be to apprehensive to question nor too proud to believe it can’t happen to your loved one.

The worst feeling in the world is attending a funeral with an open casket of a loved one, when a timely intervention could have saved their life and brought to light that which was hidden.  

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Music: “Believe In God…” MEDITATIONS CD

 

 

 

 

truthful perceptions: daggers…

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Words can cut like a knife. My Dad always told me that a woman knows she’s not as physically strong as a man, so she uses her words to make all things equal. Interesting theory but when it comes to domestic violence both men and women equally use the tongue like a steel furnished machete. 

When wielded with anger and physical intimidation words have the power to cause emotional internal bleeding and severe psychological damage. No man worth his salt as a man of integrity does this. Only woman beaters do this when he’s yelling or using hate-filled whispers to threaten and terrify his wife/intimate partner.

Possibly the worst form of verbal abuse is the silent one. The use of the silent stare which is a code that his victim interprets with a knowing fear of what is to come.

Real men use words to build up and not tear down a woman’s self-esteem. Being accountable for your words is a measure of true integrity and a yardstick of good communication skills.  As the good book say’s, “sweet water and bitter water cannot come from the same fountain…” So choose your words wisely and season them with decency. 

No matter the time or the circumstances, when you use your words towards your wife/intimate partner for positive direction, devoted encouragement and heart-opening dedication, you’re empowering a woman who will now love you to the ends of the earth. 

I believe words were created to be used wisely to build up a person’s life with both healing and dignity; not as daggers to stab and destroy their spirit. 

Music: “God’s Peace…” by Russel Blake  

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truthful perceptions: discernment

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As a man, you are not here to set the world right, but to see it rightly. When to judge a situation rightly is to know what triggers your anger, your fear and your jealous emotions and then immediately stop, intervene with replacing negative images and stop the pattern of habitual behavior you would normally do.

You have the ability and the obligation to judge a situation rightly. This principle is most important and exists especially in situations where you may have been legitimately wronged and have all the evidence you need to prove it.

Give no opportunity for yourself to be influenced, coerced, pushed, persuaded, triggered, pressured, brainwashed and angered to become physically and/or verbally violent with your wife/intimate partner.

Use whatever negative situations that may arise as an opening to practice right judgment over your own actions. Always remember that you have control over no one but yourself.

#ManUpToNoDomesticViolence

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truthful perceptions: children

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This past week I read the most horrific news of a man in Colorado, who posted a picture on Facebook he took holding his one year old baby girl, right before taking her life using a gun.  Is there injustice, yes. Is there the constant thread of man’s inhumanity to man, Woman, Children, Animals, the Planet and eventually not just the exploration of Space, but the inevitable exploitation of it too, yes, there is and will be.

This irrationality of behavior is far from the things of God and the purpose of love, which are sadly forsaken for the cause of greed, the existence of fear and the illusion of power.  For greed has never created one human being to be loved, fear has never freed one soul and lust for power pushes men ever further from the divine design of compassion.

Domestic violence and all of its devious tentacles is an insidious virus of the human condition, continuing to morph into the most hideous of all earthly creatures. More and more men are now killing the children of their victims of abuse, as a form of punishment against the Mothers. This has got to stop.

Stories come in from all over the country: In Grifton NC. A man kills his 3 yr. old son with a gun in front of the Mother wounding her soul in ways no physical blow can.  In San Jose CA a man kills his three children in a fit of anger to punish the Mother.  The most recent happened in Colorado with a man who shot a toddler in the head, (who incidentally had just learned how to walk) because he wanted to punish the Mother for leaving him, stating that if he can’t have her, no one else will.

Using children as weapons against Mothers is the worst demonstration of greed, existence of fear and the illusion of power a man could ever manifest.  Whether it became a spontaneous last minute tactic brought on by an argument, or a nuclear option you decided to implement after feeling you’re losing the control you’ve had over the Mother for so many years.

Abusing a Woman through killing her child is the lowest level of manhood and the highest form of cowardice you will be forever known for. Deep down as a Man you know this to be true, as this contradicts and presents the complete opposite of why you are divinely blessed to be a Father.  In this case opposites are not attractive.

As a man, if you’ve ever come to this level of thinking then now is the time for you to truly seek the help that is available for you.  No matter where you are, please look into the National Resources listed below to find the someone to talk to in your area.

Just remember there is an answer to every anguish in your soul and a solution to every shadow in your life, but you have to fight to obtain the peace and dignity we all deserve, especially the children.

http://www.thehotline.org/

http://www.menstoppingviolence.org/