Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
This year's politics is serving up a buffet with lots to offer but most of it is stale, inedible, or ruined.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dear people of the world, please try to do things that make my life a little easier. Thank you very much.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Greetings on this auspicious occasion. No. It's not something you would have known about. Today is special because it marks the 1200th episode of my daily visits with you, my wonderful audience. It is special to me because I have enjoyed sharing so much about my life and my views. Special because I know from some specific responses that God has used some of the verses and applications I've shared to minister to folks in their time of need. I gave up some time ago in trying to avoid repetitive stories. Why? Because my stories are on a mental Lazy Susan and they whirl around and stop without giving a lot of forewarning or notice. If on any particular day, a story shows up and it seems to fit the subject at hand, then I try to wear it. But it is Tuesday, January 24, 2012, and I am glad to be with you again. I will be the first to confess there's no way to estimate just how many mangled sentences, dangled participles, and other word atrocities I've committed since that first blog was written and published on May 9, 2007. For any of the words that did make sense I can thank my teachers including my high school English teacher, Mrs. Reba Jones. She was a huge encouragement to me in my writing. Also another teacher, Miss Mollie Self was instrumental in my life long love of reading. These folks have gone on to their reward but their influence is still a part of my life and the lives of many others who have gone on to put into practice their instruction. I've used this one many times but it does seem to be a reasonable assessment of my work thus far. It's what my grandfather used to say about me talking so much: "When is that boy going to stop long enough to come up for some air?" I'm still at it Paw Paw, and I know in many ways, you would be proud.
Monday, January 23, 2012
You may have heard by now that Paula Dean the celebrity cook on the food channel has announced that she is diabetic. I've never been a fan of Paula Dean but I know enough about her cooking style to say that she may be directly responsible for at least a good share of the Type 2's who became diabetics while using her recipes. She has signed up with a diabetes drug company and I can almost guarantee you that pretty soon she will be hawking all kinds of diabetic cookbooks. Her world for years has revolved around the concept that you could never add too much butter or granulated sugar. I read where a number of the diabetic associations are welcoming her as a spokesperson for dealing with this disease. I have my own thoughts about that: No thank you. Maybe she will have one of these huge events where everyone can bring her old cookbooks and burn them. They say most folks have trouble tolerating those who become preachy about their conversion from fatty foods to healthy eating. At that book burning event they will no doubt provide the opportunity to stop by the merchandise booth for any number of her brand new personal nutrition guides, healthy cookbooks, and maybe even some autographed diabetic cooking utensils. If she actually ends up helping some folks in the process of selling the antidote to her previous cooking style, well, I suppose that will be progress. As for me, I will stick with my Dora the Explorer gummy snacks and dream about opening a package where all of them will be lime flavored. Now that would be sweet, if you know what I mean.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
If you don't like the weather at the moment, hang on for a few minutes and it will change, sort of like Mitt Romney on any number of issues!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I've saved this one for a long time: What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It's Christmas, Eve!
Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (The Revelation, Chapter 22, Verse 20.) What was that fellow saying? Come and get me Lord and get me out of this mess of troubles I'm having to deal with. I know exactly how he was feeling. We all do. But I reminded him of the reason why God has not yet sent His Son to catch us up into His very presence. It is because there are still men, women, boys, and girls that need to become His very own by trusting in His Son. How do we know this? It's exactly what the Apostle Peter said in his 2nd letter, "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (2nd Peter 3:9) But I well can appreciate this desire to be rid of the troubles and trials that at times seem to dog our steps. The good news? God knows all about it and He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) There is a song that says His grace is enough. Let me say this about that. I stand in need of a whole bunch of it every single day! Thankfully, He has plenty to share. Amen.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so he gave him another six months." Henny Youngman
Monday, January 16, 2012
|Thank You Street|
Friday, January 13, 2012
Okay. Here we go again. It is Friday, January 13, 2012 and I bid you a warm welcome on this rather cold morning. Since we are dealing with some below freezing temps here, it brings up the opportunity to share some cold weather related funnies. Here's the set up: It was so cold the .....politicians put their hands in their own pockets. (One of my favorites, by the way.) It was so cold the pet stores began selling penguins. ~ ...the police tell the robber to freeze and he does, he actually freezes. ~ ...the optician began giving out scrapers for people to scrape the ice off their eyes. ~ ...the silly putty became serious. ~ ...the smoke coming out of the chimney had to be broken off. ~ ...the snowman begged not to be left out at night. ~ ...the cows were rubbing up against the electric fence. ~ ...the neighbor had to chop up his piano for firewood but he was only able to get two chords. ~ ...the hot sauce was added to every meal hoping to get some heartburn. ~ ...the parents were praying that they and the children would get cabin fever. ~ ...the person writing this blog read through about 400 so cold jokes, so you wouldn't have to. ~ The End. You may have your own 'it was so cold' story. Most of us do. Mine include some stories from back when I would go hunting with my grandfather. We had very little in the way of winter clothing and being out on a deer stand before daylight after having broken ice on the puddles with your tennis shoes, walking in the dark, well, it was some of the most miserable fun I've ever had. I wouldn't trade it for anything. These were the times where my grandfather taught me to just say no to the cold, and those times became great memories that warm my heart, even on a cold day, even on a day like today.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I have worked hard the last few days to stay away from the political shenanigans that suck quite a bit of air out of our existence, but in reality they typically don't amount to much more than a hill of beans. Sunday afternoon when things were heating up in New Hampshire where the Republican candidates for the nomination for President were begging for votes, folks across the land were tuned in to the latest episode of the Tebow show. That game between the Broncos and Steelers drew 45 million viewers. That's the most for an opening weekend playoff game since 1988. They tell us the Republican race has turned very ugly with negative ads heating up the airwaves. Brother Tim did some heating up of the airwaves both on and off the field on Sunday. No, I am not obsessing over Tim Tebow. It's just too much irony to miss out on the fun of it all. Here you have the worst rated quarterback statistically but he is helping set records each week. Hello? What's not to love? Why do people care? Folks who are believers care because this man is under attack from all sides because of his faith. Others care because who doesn't enjoy seeing a classic underdog story being played out each week. His jersey is the number two in sales for 2011 just behind Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers. His book, "Through My Eyes, a Quarterback's Journey", was the number one selling sports book of 2011. It is true that the rest of Tebow's team have been to a great extent overlooked in all of this. He would be the very first to lament this fact because he knows that football is a team sport, and in particular the Denver defense has been instrumental in much of their success. Meanwhile, here's a fellow who chooses to acknowledge his Creator and Savior and he has somehow captivated the attention of a nation. I pray that his testimony will stay strong and that he will be able to withstand all that is being hurled at him, because you can be sure that our enemy, Satan and all his emissaries, are working tirelessly to bring him down.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
If they put his brain on the head of a pin, it'd roll around like a BB on a six-lane highway, bless his heart." I get it. But, I'm the one with the keyboard and while I am aware that you have the ultimate power called the delete key, why don't we all just take it for what it's worth, smile a little, and go out there have yourself a reasonably good Wednesday? And, may God bless us all as we go. Amen. ....More later.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Good Tuesday morning, here on January 10, 2012, where the buzz about the BCS has now been put to rest. The college football season has now officially ended with the crowning of the champion. I actually watched the first meeting of these two storied teams back in the regular season and I thought that game was one of the most bruising and hard hitting I had ever seen televised. Last night LSU did not show up for the championship game. Give Alabama credit. They did. And, they did in a big way, dominating on both sides of the ball. LSU had a great regular season but when it came down to that one and only final game, let's face it, they blew it, big time! I know folks take their football seriously no matter what area of the country you happen to live in. But, the folks over in Louisiana, well, I do believe they may have the corner on fanaticism when it comes to the Bengal Tigers. I can only imagine how crushed the folks over there felt. Embarrassed, disgusted, and angry could also be an apt description of how Tiger fans are feeling. But life does go on and they always have their beloved Saints that are still in the hunt to be champions of the world. Speaking of being overheated, I got home from Church Sunday evening just in time to see the overtime between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I know folks have made much out of the Tebow saga but we who are believers cannot help but admire this young man's testimony and outspoken devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That being said, I got home, my wife was sitting on the couch, and four of our grandchildren were there. When Tim threw that 80 yard pass in the opening seconds of the overtime period, I literally lost it. I was jumping up and down like a foolish person and my grand kids thought it was the funniest thing they had seen in a while. I even jumped up and down during the replays, therefore, I plead guilty as charged because even now I can't help but think it was rather silly, but, it was also exciting. My wife questioned whether I should have said "Praise the Lord" so loudly when I was jumping up and down. I suppose she had a theological point to make but as I told her, Tim was no doubt doing exactly the same thing, therefore, I was just agreeing with him. How many yards did Tim accumulate? How about 316 total yards? How did the media report his yardage? Total yards: 3:16 as in the Gospel of John. You just have to love it folks! Amen.