Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Finally, More About Akiane, Artist and Poet

This follow-up has been deliberately delayed because I had the hope that the news story by Lori Henshey about Akiane Kramarik would be coming soon. After our initial contacts about Akiane’s story I had received a message from Lori in which she stated that she was having difficulty in contacting the Kramarik family to set up an interview. I’ve been hopefully waiting for what hasn’t come. I’m sorry for the delay of any additional information about Akiane.

So, with no actual story form Lori Henshey, I went in search of videos of interviews that she had done. Lori had told me that she wanted her story to be from her own interview of Akiane and her family, not written based on the interviews of others. That is how I knew to look for them.

As a reminder, here is the original post that I did about Akiane after the Colton Burpo stories. Remember, it was Akiane’s painting of “Prince of Peace” that Colton Burpo said was the closest image of Jesus as he remembered Him.


Following are three different videos in regards to this amazing young lady. The last one as an interview with Kris Vallatton is the longest, running just over 21 minutes. But, the first two, being parts 1 and 2 have additional videos over to the right of the “current” video. I won’t even begin to link to all of them. If you wish to see more of them, that will be up to you.

Video of Akiane Part 1


Video of Akiane Part 2


This one is the interview of Akiane by Kris Vallatton of GodTube, including her description of her experience. In this one, the interviewer is not all that great, but her answers are still interesting to hear. To some degree, she describes her “heavenly” experience. To some, it may very well be difficult to believe.

I can’t even say for sure what I think about her experience of “being gone and returning to her family extremely quick.” But, who are we to say how God works?


From FOX News: (This video has pretty low volume, which is the reason I posted it last. That way, you don’t have to adjust volume back and forth so much.)


1 comment:

  1. I.M. with ya on not understandin' all this. As to some folks believin' or not, someday when we is a standin' their, a waitin' for the judgement, is when what we believes is realy gonna matter.


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