Willingness.


We are made up of 3 parts body, soul and spirit.  Our body is the dust of the Earth. Our soul is the life of God that combines our spirit and our body. Our spirit is who we are. it is our mind, will and intellect. We were given a free will by God. With this free will we can choose whatever we want. When we choose God, What God wants from us is a willing heart. The plan of God is to bring everyone back home to heaven. What God needs from us as children is to help him to bring people home. What that requires is a willing heart. God gives us basically everything that we need to work in the Kingdom. So our part is a willing heart to work in the Kingdom. With that willingness God can use us to work what he needs.  all along the way God provides what we need in our lives. A willing heart can change the world or one person. All it takes is one person with a willing heart.

Crain Blanchard. 

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Convenience.


Everything today is built for convenience. We like things to go faster to go easier without even thinking of what we do. We want our lives to be as uncomplicated as possible but to be as easy as possible. So we’ve given our effort over to a convenient machine. I’m using a smartphone to write my blog. I am not  complaining about it it’s just easier. But we are losing our ability to do it ourselves. I have a pen and paper which I can use to write and I do use it. It’s there just to keep myself focused on what’s real and what’s not. Our smartphones will not replace the interaction between people. I use my phone on daily basis I like to take pictures I like to blog I like to write it it’s easy for me to do that but I have a sense that it’s just separating us. There is nothing quite light just pressing the flesh, shaking hands and talking to people. It’s not convenient but it is a way to hone our social skills And to stay in touch with reality.

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The Nth Degree


To the The Nth degree. As I started thinking about the blog, I was talking to my wife. We were talking about money. it seems to be a conversation that most people have these days. Because it seems to be in short supply. But God never requires more than what you have. God does require what you have. When Jesus was at the temple watching the people put money into the Treasury, an old woman came in and put two mites or pennies into the Treasury. Jesus turned to his disciples and said that woman has put more into the Treasury then anyone else. The people would giving out of their abundance. This woman would gave all she had. Tribute to whom tribute is due. God requires that we give tribute to whom it is due. They held up the Roman coin in the temple and they asked him do you pay tribute. Jesus said whose inscription is on that and they said Caesar. And Jesus said you give tribute to whom tribute is due, honor to whom to whom honor is due. Then God asked me who do you give tribute to. I said you give tribute to the president, Congressman, governor, people in Authority. Then God asked who else. I said my boss, my wife, my pastor, all the people around me. God said it includes everyone. We give of ourselves all the time. it is tribute to that person. Then God asked me how do you give? To the Nth Degree.

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The Effectiveness of Prayer


The 1st prayer that God ever heard from us was the prayer of salvation. Before we came to the Lord God would not answer our prayers what he would do Is to get believers to pray for the person. Answered prayer is reserved for believers.  People need to understand that God will move heaven and Earth for a believer. So our prayer as a believer can be very effective if we will pray like God says. We can’t pray for things just to waste it on ourselves God will not answer those Prayers. God wants us to pray his will so that it can be done here on Earth. As we move into the relationship with God we began to see how effective I prayers can be and how much God wants to answer them. But everything depends on our relationship with God. 1st you must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. Then your prayer will become effective.

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Favor


I heard once that the definition of favor is undeserved merit. It is when someone gives to you their blessing, their help, their whatever to make sure that you achieve your goal. So when you receive favor it is just a gift. A gift from the person who can help you. There is a scripture in proverbs that says he that finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Our favor that comes from God is due to the covenant that he made with Abraham. God being the stronger party in the covenant is able to give to mankind all sorts of gifts that will help us to walk through this life and to go home. Favor is an important part of our life. We need it to go home. But there’s only one way that we can receive favor from God. We must come to him and receive him as our savior. Then as children of God, we have the blessings and the favor of God.
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Seek Ye First


When we want something, we look for it. We will search wherever to find the item. And depending on how much time, effort or cost, is depending on how much we want it. It’s funny, we can search the galaxy, find something, acquire it, then throw it aside. It all depends on it’s worth to us or value. What is worth more than your life to you? Is there anything in your life that is worth so much? What is your life worth? Some difficult questions that we must answer if we want any kind of life. What makes your life valuable? Is it a person, place or thing? What is there in this life that we can base our life on? Trust sometimes is a difficult thing. With all the changing morays, what can you trust in? There is nothing that remains the same. The only constant in this world is change. I searched for 28 years, before I found something that I could trust in. What surprised me the most, was that it was always in front of me. I never saw it because I wasn’t looking. When I began seeking the truth, it presented itself in front of me. Someone had to point it out to me, first. So, I am going to point it out. Right in front of you, is a person who had been there since the beginning of your life. His name is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the Life. And if you seek Him first, you will find the value in your life. So, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Crain Blanchard.

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Stepping up


When I came to the Lord I  Knew I hadn’t done anything worthwhile on this Earth. If God was going to use me I had to step up. My knowledge of God was poor. I hadn’t read The Bible except for a few stories of king David which I still like to read. As I read I found out who God really is. Again as I read I found out who I was. And looking at who I was as I stood in God’s presence. But the one redeeming thing is that God accepted me as I was.  I didn’t stay that way. I want to become like my father God and changed the world. I began to use the things that God gave to me like faith hope love peace and the big one long suffering. I was stepping up to the challenge that God presented to me. I haven’t reached perfection. But I know what to do and what not. God help me all along the way. As he says in his word all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to his purpose.

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For King and Country.


Pride in our servicemen and women isn’t new. Do you know how many times Americans have sent their young people to war? Since the beginning of our country, we have defended it. I began thinking about this why our son first went to war. My wife and I had to come to the realization that only God could keep him. We began to pray and believe. A young friend, whose parents were believing as we were, died in Iraq. It didn’t mean that we were better. It was God’s plan for that young man. There are 1000’s of young men and women who sacrificed themselves for our freedom.  This is why, we the living, must never take our freedoms for granted.  We were given a precious gift by God and those young people. Freedom is never free. It always costs. Sometimes we might think the price is too high. But that’s the cost of freedom.  Our duty to our king and country doesn’t end with military service.  It ends when we go home to our Father,  God.

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Veteran’s Day.


Veteran’s Day: My Families Rollcall

Calvin and Luther Blanchard, Massachusetts Minute-Men, 1775.

Thomas Blanchard, North Carolina Militia, 1776.

Thomas Newton, Commissioner, US Navy, 1776.

Francois Boutte, Atakapa Militia, Louisiana, 1776.

Thomas O. Blanchard, War of 1812.

Albert G. Blanchard, Maj. General, 9th Louisiana, CSA, 1861.

Calvin and Ebenezer Carson, 16th Alabama Cavalry, CSA, 1861.

Carey Edward Blanchard, 17th Texas Brigade, CSA, 1864.

William P. Blanchard, Sgt., 71st Inf. US Army, 1941.

Neal Blanchard, Doctor, Capt., US Army, 1941.

Dyer Blanchard, US Navy, 1941.

Hal McGown, Lt. General, US Army, Korea and Vietnam, 1948.

Felix Castille, 1st Marines, Korea, 1951.

Charles Blanchard, Sgt., US Air Force, Vietnam.

Carson Blanchard, US Army, Vietnam.

Crain Blanchard, US Air Force, Vietnam.

Jonathan Blanchard, US Army, Iraq.

Joel Blanchard, US Army, Iraq.

Joshua Blanchard, US Air Force, Afghanistan.

Tully Blanchard, Louisiana Army National Guard.

Will Blanchard, US Army, Iraq.

My older brother was a Physician’s Assistant in US Army during the Vietnam War. My cousin Charles and I served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He died in Thailand. Three of my sons and two of my nephews serve in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since my grandfather Blanchard came to this country in 1637, our family has defended it. My family are patriots. There are a lot of people who have served our country and I am thankful for it. We are blessed by God with a good land to live in. And it is worth defending our country, no matter how bad it seems to be. I just want to thank the men and women who have served our country in the military. It is right to honor them. Have a blessed and safe Veteran’s Day.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Work Ethic


The definition of the Work Ethic is a belief that hard work and diligence have a moral benefit,  virtue or value to strengthen character and individual abilities. I agree with the definition. But it didn’t originate with per se. It originated with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Adam was hard working and industrious in the garden of Eden. When Eve was decieved by the serpent (devil) and ate of the forbidden tree, then got Adam to eat it. They were both removed from the garden of Eden because of their sin against God. God told Adam the earth was cursed because of his sin. It wouldn’t yield anything but thorns and thistles. God said by the sweat of your brow shall you eat. So, Adam had to farm the land to eat. It has never changed. People still have to work the earth. The Work Ethic is a good thing. God does bless the effects of people who work. And God also dealt with the sin problem. This is why Jesus came and died and rose again.  Ask for forgiveness and you shall receive. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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