Spirit Chronicles: Gingerman

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My wife and I were on a mini vacation to the North Carolina mountains in a small cool town called Banner Elk. In this small town is an old very haunted hospital called Cannon Memorial (check it out on youtube). This place has been on several top ghost hunting shows on various channels. I actually spent a week in that old hospital back in the mid 1980’s with a severe head injury and while in there I had several odd experiences. As we entered the town limits we drove past the old place and I immediately picked up on a heavy spirit load. This means that I got heavy chest pressure, a headached and breathing problems.

This happens when I am surrounded by bad spirits that mean harm to people. The old hospital has a history of hauntings, documented pictures, sightings and other paranormal expereinces. This feeling of spirit told me that something or many somethings knew I could sense them and they came to me to try and communicate or harrass me. I pushed them away as I do with negative spirits and drove on past the place. Later that night about 12:15am as I preparing to go to bed I saw a tall red headed man standing beside my bed. He was holding a little girl and both of their faces were deformed which signifies to me a lost or mean spirit. I see them for what they really are due to my abilities and gifts.

The tall man looked at me and pushed the child towards me and it cried and screamed at me with an horrific smile with nasty teeth. This told me that it was not a real baby but a trickster spirit using the image of a child to try and fool me. Sensing that both wanted to harm me I immediately went into attack mode which is the typical response for me. It is a response of fight or flight and I usually go after it first to let it know that I am not afraid of it. I took a swing at it and it moved away and growled at me. I began to command it to leave me alone and leave the room and house immediately in Gods name. It growled and mocked me when I spoke the Lords Prayer. I continued to pursue it and read Bible verses to it and it left because no spirit can stand to Gods word.

The next day I was meditating near a river to cleanse myself and I heard my spirit guide say that was the Gingerman. I went back to the room and did some research and found several references to the Gingerman. None of the them seemed to tie directly to the old Hospital but I am sure that is where this came from. So I called on my Angels and guides to show me more and I had a dream the next day about the old hospital fourth floor. Turns out I was on the fourth floor when I was in that old hopsital many years earlier when I was in my early twenties. The Gingerman is still to be figured out, but the feeling I have is he was one of the negative people that died there before the place closed and he is now a wandering spirit in that old Cannon Hospital. I will continue to work on this story and find what happened and who the Gingerman is.

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Spirit Chronicles: E6 The Armour of God With Me Always

A few nights ago I had a bad experience with a demon that attacked me and tried to hold me down and beat on me. I ran it off and prayed to God for guidance, grace and mercy. I asked him for protection as this was the strongest demon I have faced yet. I went to sleep and soon dreamed that I was outside at my grandmothers house playing in the back yard with my cousins and I saw a light bubble appear in the tree near me. I pointed to it and asked everyone if they seen it, but noone could but me.

Sitting in that bubble was an ancient spirit that I saw as God and he looked at me smiled and said “E6”. I looked to my right and left and saw demons coming at me and God took his hand and swiped them away and they were gone. I saw “E6” again and the bubble closed and I woke up. I immediately wrote down what had happened in this vision and told my wife about it and she said she could see me smiling as I was dreaming. I felt so happy and soothed that God was with me.

I got my Bible out and went to look at Ephesians 6 and the chapter deals with demons and Gods control and command of them. It was a clear sign that God had heard my plea and answered that prayer by telling me to read his word. Folks, it all fits together and God has our back. Demons will come at us, but we must know that God is with us all the time and will handle them for us on our behalf. I sleep now knowing that God is in control. Read the Bible verses below and make your own judgements.

The Armor of God From Ephesians 6:10-17

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Spirit Chronicles: Spiritual Support from Beyond

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One of the things that I can sense, feel, detect, pickup on and see is spirit that surrounds people all the time. This is spirit that has moved on from the earth and are now part of the spiritual realm from Heaven to the earth. Spirit is in constant motion and flows to and from what it considers to be Heaven and the earth. These are generally loved ones that have departed this life that hold special feelings and love for those of us left on Earth in this realm. It is typically an immediate loved one and at times may be someone that has been assigned as a guardian Angel.

I have several gaurdian Angels that have moved on and feel them around me often. My mom and dad are two of my guardians combined with a great grandmother and an old man from the past that watches over me. I have a friend that knows about the spirit gift I have and everytime I see him spirit wanting me to communicate with them comes at me hard. They touch my arm, mess with my hair and send me messages that they are around. This week I was talking to him and felt the same spirit that shows up and immediately started rubbing my head because it tickles me. He recognized that I was having a spirit moment and smiled and started to walk away.

He is a great friend and very supportive of me but it creeps him out a bit when this happens. Unlike many gifted spiritual people I do not immediately hear voices or see the folks as my skills are still growing and I have not been able to hone in on spirit signals like many that can do that. I simply feel them touch me, walk up to me and on occasion catch a quick glimpse of them. I am intrigued by this situation with him and want so bad to be able to tell him who it is. Often I do not let him know that spirit signal is happening out of respect for him and not to mess with his mind any.

As I write I feel spirit touching me right now and I know it is a good spirit and it feels like one of my guardians. But it could be any spirit as we live on a property with huge power lines that carry tons of energy that spirits can use to signal with. It takes tremendous energy for them to do that before they and myself get very tired. It happens all day long at random with those I know and do not know. Somtimes it ovewhlems me and I just have to clear the area. Since September when I died and came back during a procedure I have developed or had the following spirit signs.

Dreams, Visions, Spirit Touch, Poking Me, Quick visual imprints, Vocal Signs, Tunneling (I see a tunnel of light full of spirit) and several other spirit signals. I am working to hone in and figure out what I am and who I am and how I can use this gift to help people find God, peace and blessings from those that have departed. Along with this comes the bad also. The occasional bad dream, demons messing with me, temptations and mean spirits literally punching me in the gut, stabbing pain, headaches and body pain. I can ride by an area where a bad wreck happened and pick up on the pain felt. That sucks at times, but it is part of what I am now. I am protected by Angels, Guardians and God and blessed to help those that might not otherwise be able to help themselves.

I pray each of you have peace, prossperity, strength, good health, emotional stability and the vigor to pursue life and your dreams with Gods help.

Spirit Chronicles: 12 Angels and The Message of Acts

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I went to bed and said a prayer for guidance and a sign from God about whatever he wanted me to see or tell people. I fell asleep and immediately had a dream about Angels and the Acts in the Bible. I asked the Angel what the message was and he told me that nothing would happen until the Acts were finished. I went back and read the Acts again to see what I could get from that information. The dream was 12 Golden Angels standing around the thrown of God. I could make out the Angels and see the Throne but the light was so bright that I could not stare at the area if the throne. It was a beautiful light that I wanted to go to and as I stepped towards it that is when the Angel told me “not until the Acts are completed”.

The book of Acts was written with several key messages and themes. The main theme that hit me was that in Acts the 12 Disciples were established. The 12 men I saw may have been the Disciples of Jesus. Acts speaks to the establishment of the church and the founding beliefs of Jesus and his influence on the nations. There are five key principles to the book of Acts. Prayer, witnessing, the established church, the Holy Spirit and the growth of the church across the world. Acts tells us about Jesus ascension into Heaven and how he becomes the right hand of God the father, son and holy ghost.

I beleive this dream was a biblical message that the church still has much growth to do and that the world has turned its ways from God and growing the church and the spirit of God. The 12 Angels are holy and assigned to bring the message and peace of God to the world. I will be reading the book of Acts again and know that this message is direct and to the point that we the people need to turn to God and do better as a whole. We need to seek God and be disciples of his word. Angels in your dreams are a sign of divine intervention and spiritual awakening.

The number 12 signifies a need to focus on spiritual growth, physical health and emotional stability in life. 12 means big changes in life and spiritual awakening. I have been experiencing that growth since I died during a heart procedure in September of 2020. I am glad God has plans for me and look forward to his many messages and heavenly notices going forward.

Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual Growth

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Today as I was eating breakfast with my wife I looked over a side table and staring at me was a prized picture of my mom and dad. I had been thinking about growth and praying to God for guidance in that area. The mention of my parents is because when you look at the three types of growth mentioned above my folks would meet all three categories. Obviously they had physically grown into adults well into their 70’s prior to passing away and moving onto greater things. My mom physically was short in stature about 5’0 tall and medium build. She was dynamite in a small package. My dad on the flip side was 6’4 and 350 pounds. He was a full grown man that stood over people in any room and rarely would you see a man much bigger than him. Intellecually they were both very mature adults. I cannot remember one single time in my childhood or adult life around them when they fought or argued. I am sure they did at times but they knew that was to be done away from people and the kids so they did it in private.

Spiritually they both loved the Lord and were great role models for my family in that part of life. My dad read the entire Bible 3-4 times from start to finish and kept notes in a notebook and his own Bible that I still have in my possession. Mom was a Sunday school teacher, mentor and volunteered at church and in the community. Rarely did you ever hear either of them say a curse word or something off the wall. They had been raised to be physically, intellecually and spiritually grown people. Even into their 70’s after their bodies started to reverse course and fail on them with achy joints, diabetes and other physical issues they continued to seek to grow intellecually and spiritually. Mom would read, watch TV shows and do puzzles to keep her mind sharp. Dad would read, listen to music, and still read the newspaper like the old days. They knew that being able to read and write were basic adult abilities and tools that could help you be successful in life.

I gave this background because that is the example of grown that I have seen and bless thier souls my parents are now in Heaven together and have reached full mature growth in all three areas. They have new bodies and are strong and able. They have been granted the intellecual thought of Heaven and know so much now we only wish we could know. And finally, they have made the final step in spiritual awakening when they closed their eyes and took their last human breath and were in the presence of God himself. So now I have to ask myself am I grown and in what areas do I need to increase my physical, intellectual and spiritual growth?

The good old internet had a definition of physical growth. The process of the body changing, growing and aging into full human growth. Typically this physical maturity occurs by the early 20’s for most people so I can check that one off the list. I am now in my mid 50’s so I am way past the physical growth stage of life. The intenet also defines intellectual growth as the process of growing ones mind, mental capacity, learning and retaining knowledge. As a career teacher I have studied lots of information, read books, sought information and I think I have reached a good adult level of intellectual growth. Lastly, the good old internet defines spiritual growth as: the increase in knowing God’s word, learning the process of fighting off sinful actions in your life. Spiritual growth may have other meanings to you based on your releigion or lack of.

For me spiritual growth is the process of getting closer to God through his word and study. It is the process of awakening the soul and making a life long connection to God. It is seeking out him and his will in your life. I have made great strides in this area, but am far from where I need to be. With that said I have read the Bible for guidance and prayed and came up with these ways to become a master of spiritual growth. Not a masters degree, that is intellectual growth. I am talking about being awarded the ultimate growth certificate and that is to know God, his expectations in my life and how to meet those requirements. I want to live my best life in all three areas so to keep growing physically, intellecually and spiritually I will do the follwing things.

Physical Growth- The only growth I see at this point in my 50’s is my belly getting bigger and weight changing. I made a decision a year ago to make physical growth a must in life and have since lost about 50 pounds and have a long ways to go. I feel better with less weight, take less medicine, get more exercise and have more energy so that is how I can continue to grow in this area. Be smart, do the right things and live my best physical growth life.

  1. Eat better foods
  2. Drink more water
  3. Stay off sugary products and eat more natural
  4. Walk, bike, run or work in the yard to get exercise
  5. Lose some weight if needed

Intellectual Growth- I like to read about topics of interest such as faith, paranormal, spirit and leadership. I plan to continue to grow as an intellect and reach all the potential I can in that area. An idle mind becomes less effective the older we get. So I will read, write, research, study, watch and even take a few more classes of interest to grow this area.

  1. Read books you like
  2. Watch documentories about history, life and culture
  3. Go back to school or take some online classes
  4. Write, Blog or make videos using your knowldege and background
  5. Attend seminars, Church, conferences and other events designed to motivate the mind

Spiritual Growth- This is the most important area for me as I am now at the point of a full spiritual awakening with God and his spirit in me. I will read his word, research, pray and meditate so I can seek him and his full guidance in my life. I dare you all to do the same and see how this helps you live your best life and reach full growth in a physical, intellectual and spiritual way.

  1. Read God’s word daily
  2. Pray daily
  3. Meditate
  4. Go to church, attend conferences, watch videos, and other online opportunity
  5. Seek God first and ask him to guide you
  6. Submit to his will and watch what happens

Spiritual Growth

Hebrews: 4:12; For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Physical Growth

3rd John 1:2; Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

Intellectual Growth

1st Peter 1:13; Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Spirit Chronicles: The Giant Screens of Good and Evil

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I dreamed about a large city full of people everywhere. The streets were booming with life and vibrant colors and celebrations. I looked up and saw a massive LED Screen about 200 feet tall that was in the middle of all the activity and it had images flashing on it very brightly promoting sex, violence, drugs, mental and phsyical abuse and other epidemics that are plauging the lands. The people were watching this screen, laughing and talking about how cool all of that was. Then a very deep voice said “this is the way to do things” join them. I knew this voice was bad and had heard it before. The devil cannot hide his voice from people like me and I knew to avoid it instantly.

I told the voice to leave me alone and go away. It laughed loudly with a real creepy growl as if to smite me and try to scare me. Then I heard another sweet voice say, “leave him alone, he is ours”. The loud voice growled again and I could feel it going away. The sweet voice of my guardian said “be not like those others” and I looked up and the screen actually showed me what was really happening. The demonic voice and entity that had tempted me was on the screen laughing at the people and pointing at them. He was using trickery of the flesh, drugs, addictions, mental illness and physical prowess to make them follow him.

Then another screen appeared and on it was a giant set of musical notes that were being played and sang by a heavenly choir. It outshined and was much louder than the devils screen and soon people started watching the good video and singing the song. “He is the way and the light, do not fall from the light”. “He is the way and the light, do not fall from the light”. The other screen began to crack and crumble as if something had hit it like a baseball bat and the demonic entity screamed in agony and was swpet into the shards of glass falling from the screen. He soon was gone and the other screen got louder and louder but it was not deafening but pleasant to the ears.

God had turned many away from the sins of the flesh and won that battle for those souls and the people. The heavenly choir was formed and was louder than ever. I woke up and wrote down the dream and started reading the Bible to seek answers. These heavenly dreams and visions continue to grow and all point to bearing witness that sin is the dividing line between life eternal in heaven and hell. God is calling to his people to prepare them for the coming. Seek the face and glory of God and turn away from the sins of the flesh.

Revelations 16:14; For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.

Reveltion 12:10; And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

Spirit Chronicles: Three Old Ladies

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I saw three old ladies in my dream. One of them was sitting in a chair and the other two were standing over her and she was begging for food. One of them held food just outside of her mouth and when she opened up the lady pulled it away and laughed at her. The other lady held some gross looking food outside of the ladies mouth and when she tried to lick it to taste it she pulled it back and threw it on the ground. The lady being taunted looked at me and her eyes were very sad. You could see the sadness and emotion in her eyes and expression. She was a dead spirit and had been in a nursing home and the other ladies had been mean to her.

The ladies continued to taunt her with the food until she finally looked away and when she did they smashed it into her face and mouth forcing her to eat it. As she cried and wept uncontrollably the others laughed at her and were speaking in an unknown language. The lady in the chair opened her mouth and one of them tried to feed her and she bit down on the fingers of the lady holding the food and began to chew on them. The lady whose fingers were in the mouth of the chair lady just laughed as if it did not hurt her or bother her at all.

This went on for a while and I tried to tell the ladies to leave her alone so I stepped infront of the lady but the others were able to reach through me. I finally began to pray and said in God’s name leave her alone and when I did the others turned their glare to me and laughed. I repeated in “God’s name” leave us alone and the ladies screamed and turned away. That is when I knew they were demons and were there to torture the woman and were trying to get under my skin.

I held my ground and stood there quoting Bible verses and the more I did the madder they got and the farther away they went. Finally they left and the other lady in the chair sat there and started to smile. She was telling me thank you but could not speak. The plate of food was near the chair on a small table and she looked at it and opened her mouth. I knew she was hungry so I reached down and grabbed some food and put it to her lips. Then she opened her mouth and I woke up. I knew the old lady, but just could not figure out who she was or think of a name. I helped her and prayed for her that she move into the light and feast on God’s eternal light in heaven.

Spirit Chronicles: The Golden Flood Gate

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I dreamed about a huge Golden gate that was holding back tons of beautiful water. The water was crystal clear and clean. It had no contamination and was pure of anything. It was the most beautiful water anyone could ever see. It was thousands of feet deep and came from deep into the earth. It was held back by a humongous gate that was made of gold. There were two huge Angels standing at the ends of the gate watching over it and they were the protectors. Another man was also standing there and he was looking out over the land that water was about to cover.

People were walking about doing their day to day life activity and many were doing things that they should not be doing. He pointed to them and some would shy away or wave him off. Others would acknowledge him and started to walk towards him up a ladder towards the huge Golden gate dam. The others continued to do as they pleased laughing, pointing back and mocking the gate guardian. One by many of the people climbed the ladder and went to safety away from the gate to higher ground.

The others soon began to be swept up by these black shadowy figures that placed them in cages. They were so wrapped up in themselves and the things they were doing that they got caught up in the sin of the world and did not seek to climb the ladder. After millions climbed the ladder to safety and the other millions of people were caged, tied down or unable to climb because the sins of the world they had committed with flesh, drugs, violence, self loathing and other sins held the in bondage. Even in bondage and struggling they would not seek the guardian the Golden gate.

Then the guardian of the gate told the two Angels to let the dam go. They pulled the dam and millions of gallons of that beautiful water began to sweep across the land and wash those tied down, in cages and bound up away and under the water. One by one the water washed them away or under and the cleansing of the earth had begun. Those that climbed the ladder stood and sang songs of praise to God and prayed for the lost ones that were being swept away by the waters. The water consumed the earth and it was flooded that beautiful water stayed pure of any contamination.

The gate was ordered closed and the flooding stopped and the earth was a sea of beautiful water and those that had been saved and came to the guardian of the gate were given new lands more beautiful than anything the earth had ever seen. Trees as tall as skyscrapers began to grow with multicolored flowers. Gardens of plenty were growing all over the earth and the water was going away revealing glory and heaven on earth. Watch for the guardian of the gate and go to him before the gates are opened.

Spirit Chronicles: Obstacles In The Road

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I dreamed I was walking into school and everywhere I looked there were obstacles standing in the way. I walked around them, through them and over them and they kept popping up. A man was standing beside me walking with me and he kept looking at me and smiling as if to motivate me to keep pushing forward. I cleared those obstacles and kept walking out to my car and in the parking lot were the same obstacles. One by one I cleared them and kept pushing forward. I climbed, went around, crawled and did what I had to do to get to my car. I made it to my car and cleared the parking lot and when I got into the car I saw a lady behind me sitting in the back seat and she just smiled at me.

I started driving down the road heading home and then obstacles started falling in the road. I was driving my jeep and I used it to run around, run over and knock things out of the way. These obstacles were of various shapes, sizes and colors. They were made of foam or some kind of light material like a building block that kids play with. These obstacles were more of an annoyance than anything to me. I knew I could get past them but I had to push forward and not give up. The guardian with me just kept smiling at me and wanted me to keep going.

I knew that I had some obstacles coming from another dream or vision that I had and was waiting on this to happen. It had been a month or so and I was in waiting of the dream to show me what type of obstacles were coming. It was kind of an ah hah moment for me and let me know that I was prepared mentally, physically and spiritually to handle what may come at me down the road. I had been in prayer for guidance and direction on some things in life around career, family, finances and such and this was a positive step in the right direction. It gave me hope, focus and motivation to continue to push towards my goals in life with physical, mental and spiritual health.

Isiah 57:14; And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.”

Jeremiah 6:21; Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will lay before this people stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble; fathers and sons together, neighbor and friend shall perish.’”

Oh God, We Seek You

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In our weakest moments we seek strength

In strife we seek peace

In trial we seek justice

In failure we seek encouragement

In doubt we seek hope

In brokenness we seek healing

In stress we seek patience

In exhaustion we seek energy

In anxiety we seek understanding

In darkness we seek light

In life we seek you

In death we seek new life

Amen

1st Chronicles 16:11; Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Matthew 7:7-8; “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Original Poem by Coach B 8/4/2021

Faith- Finding Gods Will In Your Life

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In my reading today I was looking at how to follow or find God’s will in life. I have to admit that I often ask for God to influence my life and give me his direction. However, I am not so sure that I have been doing that for the right reasons. I think as humans we often seek things and ask for things because it will possibly fill a void we have or allow us to advance in life. I know in my heart of hearts that I want God’s will to be in my life and after thinking about it, studying the word and praying I have come to a clearer understanding about how to seek that will and guidance in my life.

The Bible tells us about many promises God made to us and one of those is that he will use us for his work and give us guidance in the process. God also allows us to make our own choices and I know personally speaking I have often went the wrong way, took the wrong path or stepped backwards instead of forward. To move forward we must step beyond our past and learn from those missed steps and stages God had set up for us in our lives. For me it is a combination of a few things being a goal driven teacher, coach, father and mentor I have personal goals that may not have always lined up to what God expected of me. I work hard and value being a good man, friend, husband, father, teacher and coach. So I think I over halfway there but have a long ways to go to achieve what God wants me to achieve.

In Psalm 32 the Bible tells us that we should allow God to instruct us and guide us. We can do that by listening to his still small voice and doing as he wants us to and not as we want to. I pray daily for Gods grace, mercy, guidance and will and he is working hard on me and my family. He makes me a better man everyday with his support. I put together a list of things that I need to do to become the best I can be from a perspective of Gods will in my life and not just what I want to achieve as a professional teacher, writer, blogger, coach, mentor and family man. With Gods will in my life and by opening up to that he will enable me to grow my physical, spiritual and mental capacity to seek his will.

1- Be in prayer daily asking for God’s will in my life

2- Read the word daily. Seek his will by diving into his word and growing in wisdom from the word.

3- Follow the commands God puts in our hearts. I have to do better at following his will and not my own.

4- Seek to live in a Godly community and surround myself with God loving people.

5- Truly be open to God’s will and guidance and submit to his word and will.

Proverbs 16:3; Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him. And he shall direct your paths.

Americana- Off Shore Fishing With Dad

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Growing up and into my late 30’s we always took family vacations to the beach. When we did my dad, brothers and I would take a day trip with a Captained boat to go out and do some off shore fishing. My dad loved to fish and we often would catch the limit on about every fish we got into to. The last trip we took before my dad got where he could barely see and walk was on a boat called the Captain Stacy. We went out of Morehead City, NC into the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean about 25 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

My dad, two brothers and myself went on this trip. After about a three or four hour boat ride out into the Atlantic into 150-300 feet deep water we put our lines in and soon began to catch Dolphin (not flipper folks) but the actual fish called a Dolphin. We then got into some Amberjack which are big and strong and give one hell of a fight to get into the boat. We fished out the limit on both of those so we moved into some deeper water in search of some bigger game fish.

We put anchor down and suddenly things got hot again and we hit a school of Spanish and King Mackerel and hit the individual limit on both of them. I cannot remember I think it was like 5-7 per person and we had a good time tearing them up and getting them on board the boat. Mackerel is a bony fish that doesn’t eat that well so we gave them to the people who show up everyday at the local docks when the boats come in so they could eat them.

The day continued and we found ourselves surrounded by five or six other boats because we were hitting the fish hard and catching them like crazy on every cast. Other than a few that broke the line or fought off we tore them up that day. Late in the day before coming back in for the three hour return trip we hooked into a large shark. My dad fought it first and then one by one we took turns fighting that beast. It breached the water three times to let us get a hint of his size and power but we never could get it close to the boat.

The last time the shark jumped out of the water three hours later as it was still fighting the Captain got a good glimpse of it and determined based on his experience that we had hooked a 8-10 foot long Tiger Shark that likely weighed in the area of 400-600 pounds. He told us we would not get that thing on the boat and it was best to cut it loose and let it go. He also reminded us that it was getting late in the afternoon and we needed to head back before it got dark. The last thing he said was we really don’t want that full grown adult shark close to a 30 foot boat anyways.

It was big enough to pull the boat around and mean. One huge, lean, mean eating machine. So we cut the line and let it go. That shark won the battle that day as he proceeded to wear all of us out. One by one he kicked our butts and sent us packing and we are all healthy and strong men. My dad was older but was still a 6’4 340 pound mans man and the most experienced of us all and it wore him down also. Just as we were cutting the line my brother hooked a good size fish and as he was reeling it in and just as it was coming out of the water it got hit by another Tiger shark.

This one was not as big but was mean and about 6-7 feet long and he was a monster. He bit the 18 inch long fish in half and kicked his tail at us as to say better stay on that boat. As a kid I spent lots of time in the ocean playing, swimming and fishing for two weeks every summer. But that sunny day in July showed me a life lesson that we are humans and are meant to be on a boat and not in that water out there. We may be the ultimate predator on ground, but those big sharks are the rulers of the deep. They can have the deep water and I will stay my big butt right in the shallows where it belongs.

We lost dad in 2009 and man would I love to fight another big shark or just catch a few pond bass with him. One of these days we will fish again. Dad, thanks for the memories growing up at the beach. Thanks for teaching us how to fish, be men of faith and take care of our families like you did for so long. Happy fishing in Heaven dad!

Love, Hugs and Kisses in Heaven!