The Sea Horse: The Organizer

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The Sea Horse

The British Rose stood in front of the computer screen.  The Organizer was giving orders.  “High Society and The Caterer are at odds, the Wonzu is trying to play both sides against the middle.  The Sea Horse is stirring up trouble everywhere. It’s your job to maintain order, to promote the Organizer’s agenda, make them see what we want them to see.”  

“Of course T.O., I’m great at misdirection, you know that.  How is our common friend?”  “The image on the screen was a shadow, but the British Rose knew who he was talking too.  The image was just for anyone that might stumble in.  Of course, the image was twenty years old, and it wasn’t even the Organizer’s silhouette, not that he existed.  
The Organizer was a creation of the man in the hospital bed, but under another name.  It had been called Mr. Oliver, the Don, and Power Broker in the eighties. The Organizer was a front man for an organization that had a fundamentally different goal than they pretended too.”Is everything in place?”  The British Rose nodded, he himself was not what he had appeared to be.  
“The Sea Horse will soon figure it out, but not before the coming battle that will pit him against myself.  The scene is to be a local airport, transport a gold shipment out of the hands of the local authorities. The Sea Horse would be there to stop me, as planned.”  
“This will reinforce in the public’s mind two things, the importance of their hero, and the danger of our criminal element.  High Society will step in and attempt to take the gold for himself in the fight.  That is when our men will seize him, the real objective of the mission.”
“How do you know that either will be there?” The concealed voice asked?  “Simple, I’ve floated the threat to the papers, and in the various nooks and crannies of the city.  They’ll be there Thomas, they just won’t know you’re involved, at least not yet.”

PruittWrites Book Club: First Edition

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Adding value through words and pictures, that is our mission statement.  It’s who we are, not only in our writing, but what Ashley and I attempt to do in life.  We’re far from perfect, but we try to show people through our words and our actions, that they matter. This thinking has given birth to PruittWrites Book Club.

This will enable us to share with our readers content that, may not be ours, but  that is highly valuable.  Our goal is for this to be more than just a reading list, but a way of introducing our readers to interactions with those people, and resources, that have added value to us.

We wanted to begin with two heavy hitters right out of the gate.  Each one is more than just an eBook, they’re an introduction to continuing content.  The first is 5 Ready, a five day devotional from www.DennyLivingston.com.

As my readers know, this is from our Pastor and friend, Pastor Denny Livingston. He is the Lead Pastor of Point Of Mercy in Nashville, Tennessee.  You will receive this wonderful book when you subscribe to his free mailing list.  This guide is a wonderful way of bringing you closer to The God that equips us each day to fight and defeat our giants.

On top of that, you will receive such wonderful, encouraging blog posts such as Big, Just Return, and Fellowship.  It is sites like this one that provide consistent, weekly encouragement.  I believe that you are what you put inside of you, and that’s why we believe in bloggers who have something meaningful to say.

The second is “Shave Ten Hours Off Your Work Week” from www.MichaelHyatt.com.  If you haven’t signed up for this wonderful site, I recommend that you do it soon.  It’s a chance to learn new methods to spread your message, one that can help others in your own, unique way.

I strongly believe in positioning yourself to receive regular, valuable pieces of knowledge, every week.  That is why PruittWrites seeks out material independently of the authors.  It’s our way of letting our readers know what we find value in.  These two men have made us better, and I truly believe that they will do the same for you. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this edition of PruittWrites Book Club, and we can’t wait to share more with you soon.

For Best Supporting

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Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

My favorite award at the Oscars is early on in the night, it’s the award for best supporting actor. One reason is that character actors, those people who are in everything, are great at what they do. You may not remember their name, but you know their face, and you can’t forget their performance.

The second reason is because those same type of people have made such a difference in our lives. It’s not that they’re secondary to us or anything like that, but the fact that they make themselves there for us. They voluntarily put our needs before their own.

Many times, a former leading actor will win a role for best supporting. They took the role because they liked what they had read. So many people in our lives read where Jesus taught us to bear one another’s burdens, and they loved what they read. As a result, men and women who could easily be the dominant voice in the room, became the most supportive one there.

There was a picture yesterday of J.K. Simmons, the actor who you know from the insurance commercials, sitting while his Oscar was engraved. Another picture showed the best actor standing while this happened, but J.K. sat patiently waiting. How many times have those who loved us sat patiently at tables, in living rooms, and even hospital rooms waiting for us?

Only they didn’t do it to get an award, they did it because our lives mattered to them. Our needs, our hopes, and our dreams were so important that sleep didn’t matter. The only writing that was done was a note or a text encouraging us.

Whoever it is in your life, Family, Friends, Pastors, or role models that have been there for you, celebrate them. Take a little time today, show them in some small way, that they helped you become a better person. Let them know that the part they played in our lives made our story so much better.

After you’ve done that, look around, find someone who could use a support today. Be to someone what others have been to you. Someone needs a burden bearer in their life, one they’ll never forget, to help them to be the best that they can be!

It Will Be Okay

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Mark 9:31

31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, — The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.

John 16:33
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

It’s a bold statement, one not without risks. If you’re talking to a two year old getting a shot it’s an easy one. The older we get, and the bigger the scenario, the more danger involved.

Yet, we have reassurance from The One who looked Calvary in the face, and told His Disciples just that. Christ wanted them to know, when He, who they had pinned all their hopes on, was dying, that they weren’t wrong.

While the crowds were still cheering, He was telling them that one day they would yell crucify. Before Matthew was confused, and Thomas didn’t understand, He wanted to brace them for that night.

The other reference, in John, was to their own crosses. He was saying that we would all face trials, and battles that would seek to scare us. It was then that Our Heavenly Father, who knows all and was headed to Calvary to conquer all, put His arm around us. He was saying, at times it will be more than scary, but it will be okay.

Ok comes, as near as they can find out, from an old phrase ‘oll korrect’, or all correct. This means that, no matter what the foe, the outcome will be all correct. Righteousness will defeat wrong, the good guys will win, and those who endure unto the end shall be saved.

Like that two year old, clutches his Mom and Dad’s hand, and fights back tears, so do we. The beautiful thing is, while the little one is scared, his parents are holding him. They’re watching, ready for any contingency. So is Our Heavenly Father, no matter what we face.

While we are flooded with tears, and face living nightmares, Our Father stands in front of us, His sword drawn. He holds us yes, but He also goes before us. Christ let every battle, and every warrior know that, when His children are in conflict, He is in the room.

So, I say again, no matter what crisis, disease, or heartbreak, it will be okay. These aren’t my words, they’re His, but like Paul I believe them. Before he ever faced the chopping block, Paul was convinced of them. The Lord Jesus had kept him through both stoning and shipwreck, and would see him from Earth to glory. He will do the same for us, trust Him, for it will be okay!

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Sea Horse: Alliances

imageWhile Rook was fuming, the Wonzu was keeping a promise. It was the agreement to prevent the Hospital from being taken over. She was meeting personally with the representatives of the two factions.

“You both want my allegiance, I have not decided yet, but I seek a gesture. The Hospital must be spared, it is no longer in play. This must be agreed upon by you both, before I ever consider who I will support.”

The British Rose spoke first, “I agree, it’s of little value to us anyway.” High Society’s veiled nameless representative spoke next. “Agreed, we will not touch it, but we expect an answer within two weeks time, good night.”

The two agents left at the same time, leaving Wonzu and her driver alone on the pier. She looked at the water for a long time, imagining what her son was doing now. Her sister had kept her promise to raise him, soon she would send him back.

“Drive by the hospital slowly.” As they did, she remembered the night her late husband and herself had the baby. She also remembered having to send the baby away for its own safety. There was a war then too, but now as then, she planned to come out on top. That was another promise she intended to keep.

In close proximity, Rook stood on his balcony for several minutes. He was holding the letter in his hand. The agent wasn’t one to be bullied, but he could use this. ‘Swallow your pride, or at least appear to, let the Sea Horse think he’s got you stymied, then strike.’ It was a good plan, one Rook would follow, the problem was, he said it out loud.

When you’re accustomed to spying on everyone, you think you’re an expert on eliminating others from spying on you. Rook’s men had checked the package, the letter, the plastic trinket, and even the chocolate for a listening device. The problem was, they had failed to check the Senator.

Oh they wanted too, but Rook had stopped them as a courtesy to a powerful ally. Sea Horse was sure they would find it, on the balcony railing tomorrow, but all he needed was tonight. When they did, Rook would get the point, Oceania wasn’t his playground.

It was a city that needed help, and Rook could assist, but not on his own terms. There would have to be conditions, and Rook would agree to them, if there was to be an alliance.

#CollageFriday: Viewpoints

This week’s #CollageFriday is all about “Viewpoints”. Whether you’re in the city, or the country, you should always take the time to appreciate the sights around you. God has blessed us to be a part of this life, and we should appreciate all the wonderful things around us, even if they seem simple or common place.

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Snowstorms

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Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?

Snowstorms, they’ll stop you in your tracks. That thick blanket of white wonder, will change your plans in a very short amount of time. It stops schools, transportation, and places of business, altering their usual course of action. Whether it’s a natural pause like a snowstorm, or some other kind, we view them as an imposition.

Kids that don’t live in an area that has regular snow dream of it, while those who do rejoice in it. We ‘grown ups’ don’t like it because it changes our plans. We don’t like anything that alters our agenda. What we forget is that like many pauses, snow is an agent of Heaven, and we are His children.

Sometimes that delay is not meant to destroy you, but to both protect and position you. God knows that, in order for you to reach your destination safely, at times, you must get there later than you and I had planned. What we view as an opponent, was sent as a protector. What we look at as a punishment, was God keeping us safe.

They say that snow was known in Bible days, but primarily in the higher elevations, as Jerusalem and Lebanon. God cares so highly for us that He sends pauses our way. He loves us enough to send an entire snowstorm just to secure our future.

In the Psalms they were called Selah, which meant pause, or interruption. Even in songs, there is a time of rest. If you’re weary today, maybe the answer isn’t to plough through. Perhaps God meant for you and your pjs to find a warm corner, wrap yourself up in Him, and talk.

The greatest pause, or interruption in Scripture wasn’t a covering of snow, but of cloud. Both Tabernacles and Temples were so filled with God’s glory that ministers couldn’t work, only rejoice in Him. “This is the Rest that causes the weary to rest.” Christ is our blanket of both snow, and cloud. He washed our sins from scarlet to snowy white, and filled us with His presence.

Let Him rejuvenate you today. That battle that seems so icy and insurmountable, will thaw out. God will cause you to break through the ice, and mount that hill. He just knows that before you do, you and Him need some time together. It’s an old song, but on this cold wintry morning, the old strains come through, “Just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.”