Happy Independence Day

As I sit here in my room above the US Vets program in Las Vegas on this 4th of July I am listening to some very patriotic music by a variety of military bands. I am very thankful that the good Lord allowed me to be a citizen of this great nation, where at least I know that I am free to be all that God intended me to be. I don’t need anyone else to tell me how to live my life or what to believe. I follow my God given conscience of what is right and what is wrong (see Rom. Chapter One).

Well,  I don’t feel like ranting much today so I’m going to go and enjoy my 4th. They are having a BBQ downstairs today to feed the homeless. If anyone can make a small donation to US VETS it would be greatly appreciated. Mention me in your prayers. Happy 4th to you all. Love: Mike 😁

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Caring People

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Sitting here thinking about all the good and caring people in the world. With all the evil that the news media is always portraying it’s sometimes difficult to realize that the vast majority of people in this world are basically good people. Most people regardless of their ideology want the same things in life, i.e. food, shelter, safe home for their children etc. The truly evil people, like mass murderers are a very small minority.

During my time as a Homeless person most people that I met seemed to be kinda apathetic to the suffering around them. They are probably wrapped up in their own thoughts and problems. I know that before I became homeless I never really noticed Homeless People. I supposed they existed same as they do today, I just never saw them.

I could tell many stories of how kind people were to me when I was living on the streets. The many instances when I woke up in a doorway and someone had left me some food and money while I was sleeping. There are also many Christian agencies that provide physical as well as spiritual services to the Homeless. Such as the Church group that provided lunch to the Veterans here at US Vets today. One of my favorite radio programs is “Unshackled” from the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. They tell of how Jesus can and does change lives.

I’m in the process of putting together my testimonial website in the hope that it’ll be a blessing to other people who have been through similar situations as myself. Plus website design is kinda a hobby of mine so I’m also getting some satisfaction out of the project. So stay tuned for the announcement of its launch. Hopefully soon, if I don’t get lazy and procrastinate. Another of my shortcomings.

Well, I’ll be saying, “Good Bye” for now. May the Lord continue to bless you and your families. Especially all you Fathers tomorrow on Father’s Day. My father went home to be with the Lord several years ago and I still miss him. Also because of my previous lifestyle I’ve missed out on the pleasures of fatherhood or being a grandfather. 🐸

Causes for Homelessness

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There are many reasons why a person finds himself or herself in the position of being homeless. It usually has to do with living a sinful lifestyle and believing the lies of Satan. Such was the experience of my life. Believe me, Satan is very alive and appears to be in control of many people’s lives. As I walk the streets I can see abundant evidence of this fact. I see people who are either very mentally unstable or controlled by an evil presence, i.e. Satan and his demons.

 

I wish to digress from the topic of homelessness for a moment to reflect upon the event in Orlando yesterday. If you need proof that Satan is alive you need look no further. I spent most of the day praying for the victims and their families as well asking God how long is He going to tolerate such evil. I can say one thing about the God I serve, “He is a very patient God.” If it was up to me I would have destroying this world a long time ago. Come quickly Jesus!

 

Anyway, the reason that I became homeless had to do with the reason stated above. I started living nothing but a pleasure seeking life while in High School. It continued all through my seven plus years in the Navy and ended with my sister asking me to move out of her house. Well I found myself on the streets of Philadelphia and I was scared. But, I soon learned how to survive. Praise God that there are many good people in this world also. I truly believe that the vast majority of people in this world are good in their hearts, even if they haven’t accepted Christ yet.

 

I’ve known many homeless people who have decided that they want to live that sort of life: No responsibility or accountability and can continue living the sort of life that they desire. They have become complacent and comfortable. I have never quite reached that frame of mind myself. But, I have come close. Just giving up and accepting my lot in life. God has been gracious to be and hasn’t allowed me to give up on His plans for my life. Probably why He has protected me through all the years of being homeless.

 

As I said earlier, there are reasons why people become homeless. Granted that not everyone on the streets are there because of their addictions and bad choices. I don’t really understand economics and it’s influence on people’s lives, but I know that there are many people trying to survive on very little income and can’t afford the cost of living. Sometimes they have to chose between eating and paying rent. They are basically living from paycheck to paycheck. If something happens, such as an illness or losing their job it is very easy to become homeless. One of the sadist situations is seeing a family, especially with young innocent children living out of their car. Another sad situation that I’ll briefly mention, manly because I understand so little about it, is that of the abused woman. I’ve met a few of them on the streets also. They are escaping an abusive relationship and it was either the streets or worse. Then of course there are the runaway and street kids. So as you can see, the streets of America is a culture within a larger society.

Homelessness

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I have an aspiration to become a writer. My main subject matter will be my experiences as a homeless person. I have made a commitment to publish something in this blog each day. I am also involved in writing my autobiography and redesigning my website as a testimony of my life. Also I’ll be working on writing short stories. This is to make people more aware of the problem of homelessness. Its causes and effects and how people get involved in that lifestyle and end up staying there.
A little about my life and qualifications: I’ll be sixty years old in a few months and have been homeless most of my life since I was twenty eight, except during times that I was in some sort of a program. More about various programs later. I have been up and down the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle, the East Coast from Miami to New York and across this great nation several times on a Greyhound bus. I am grateful that I am a Veteran because I have been able to live the past four years rent free in a little studio apartment. Which is a good thing since I am unemployed and broke. So at least now I do have a roof over my head, such as it is. But I am content in my present circumstances even though I wish that it was different. I often reflect on my past decisions and speculate on what my life could have been like if I had made different decisions. Oh well, the past can’t be changed.
I’m looking forward to the decade of my sixties. As I embark upon this new career as a writer I feel a new since of purpose for my life and am excited to be doing something productive. Also I hope to be able to receive some small monetary compensation for my labors. Even though I am mostly doing this out of enjoyment and in the hopes that some people will read my writings and give me some feedback. I feel that I have a story that needs to be told! Well, all you dear readers out there in Cyberspace, keep checking on me and remember that Jesus loves you!! 😁

A Blessing

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I just felt a need or an urging from the Holy Spirit to send out a blessing. I’ve been meditating recently on how blessed I am living in the USA compared to most people in the world. I may be poor and unemployed, but I’m healthy, well fed and have a warm bed to sleep in. What more could a guy want?

A Thank You

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This is true in my experience, especially when I was a Homeless person. Most people seemed to be indifferent to my situation, but I did meet a lot of very nice and wonderful people. I could tell a bunch of stories how people were generous to me. Of course I ran into the occasional bad or evil person, but they were very few.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my family, friends and cyber followers (friends) during this blessed season. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,  And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

A Constant Prayer

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It seems like I am constantly praying this prayer, or one similar to it. I probably need to. I need a lot of help in my life that only the Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirt are able to provide. Check out my updated website at: http://www.mikeosborn.comule.com. Thanks! and may the Lord continue to bless everyone in all that you do. 🙂

Do You Want Eternal Life?

Think about it! Do you want eternal life in God’s kingdom? Or eternal death (separated from God for all eternity)? Make your choice today, because it will be a very sad thing if you make the wrong decision. What if you live to be 100 years old? What is that compared to eternity? You can have an abundant, joy filled life here on earth even if Jesus and God is just a myth. Jesus said in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Where is Your Wealth?

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“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Heb. 9: 27).  “And I will say to my soul,  ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease;  eat, drink, and be merry.’  “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” {Luke 12: 19-21).  “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16: 26).