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Friday, November 28, 2014

Not Yet

The month of December hasn't arrived as yet and the media sources are full of ads for Christmas Gifts.  I have a birthday coming on the 2nd  and it's not one I relish except to be thankful, that I'm alive and well.  Considering the crazy world today, I'm glad to be at home on this "Black Friday" shopping day.  Who knows what crazy people are out there trying to grab the best deal from someone else?  Not, me and it's a shame that the season is tainted with this commercialism, when there's only one reason we celebrate.  The birth of  "Jesus Christ".

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanks

Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example -- to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who will delete this without sharing it with others. I pray for those who don't believe. But I thank you that I believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.
 I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly..

This is my prayer.
In Jesus' Name,

Amen.

ROSE


The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.
I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old.
Can I give you a hug?'
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of course you may!' and she gave me a giant squeeze.

'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I asked.
She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...'

'No seriously,' I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.
We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would
leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.'
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do
anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.'

She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose.'
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our
daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had
begun all those years ago.
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute
to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make
a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

'Good friends are like stars.......You don't always see them, but you
know they are always there.'

Recent Events?

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your
neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities
would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know
what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Funny Isn't It?

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start
sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace,
but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Thanksgiving

A time to reflect on years past, and things that were very important to us. A time to be thankful for the things we have and if able, to share the things we have with others, less fortunate. 
In a couple of weeks you will be gathering with your family to be together again, on this occasion. It may be the last time for some of your family to be with you. It may be a new beginning for a few of you. Either way, this will be a time for you as a family to make memories, as you have on previous occasions. 
Each year, one or two of the members aren't able to make it, for one reason or another. Two of my sons, live out of state, and won't be here. Another may have other family members to be with at this time. So, we will be thankful for the family members that do get to drop by and enjoy the day as well as we can. 
Once again, let us remember to thank the Lord for each day he has given us and for a great healthy coming year.

Wisdom

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain therof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Proverbs 3:11-18

God's Word

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:11-12

Good Idea

Remember....live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards They are the ones that care for us. Some meetings are fashioned by chance - some are truly a gift of fate........
If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply.. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God! 

Beautiful Fall Day

It’s a beautiful morning, here in the North Texas area, and a real lazy one at that…….I’ve been in here playing around on the computer, doing my usual email checks and looking for jobs. Heaven forbid, I should find one……..the weekend’s are not good for getting jobs on the websites. It’s as if they take a weekend off from work, too. I hope they get back to letting us work more on the weekends, because I need the money.
Anyway, I got up this morning, made coffee and then breakfast……..took the time to eat and then hit the computer……..my boyfriend has been in here several times………acting as if he’s lonely…….guess I had better go be with him……some…….lol.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Temple

I'm sure if at anytime you have read the word of God, or gone to church, then you've heard many stories. I remember the story of how Jesus ran the sellers and buyers out of the temple. He never allowed there to be any person who was a psychic to go unpunished. I have seen scriptures in the Bible, about psychic's, who will not be allowed into the kingdom of Heaven. I know that if you believe the word of God, then you will see how this could affect a person who deals in the psychic realm. If you are still interested you can follow this website.

Punk Dating?

I know there are many of you young people who are into the punk dating scene. I've been around several who go to the concerts and follow certain entertainers, who sing their type of rock music. I know that the young people are trying to find something to associate with and believe in. It's hard growing up in the world today. There are so many deterrents to side track a young person's life.

Love

I was sinking deep in sin,
Far from the peaceful shore
Very deeply stained withing,
Sinking to rise no more.
But the master of the sea,
Heard my despairing cry.
From the waters lifted me,
Now safe am I.
Love lifted me
Love lifted me,
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me..........

Love lifted me, love lifted me.........
When nothing else could help.............
Love lifted me......

Saturday, October 25, 2014

He Is Good......

Many things have happened recently and I can surly say that I'm thankful for the good in all of them.  I find that I can always expect God to know my needs before I even know of them.  
He has led me through situations, where I didn't want to be and brought me out because I was unable to do it on my own.  In some way, I'm sure he taught me a lesson, even if it was only to remind me to trust him.......
He has blessed me in ways that would take awhile to tell all of you.  But, truly.........he is good!