Thursday, July 31, 2014
"Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints." New Testament Book of Jude, Verse 1
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Prophetic Words: "The White House isn't the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation." ~ Joe Biden, (August, 2008)
I Can't Remember
Just a line to say I'm living
that I'm not among the dead,
Though I'm getting more forgetful
and mixed up in my head
I got used to my arthritis
to my dentures I'm resigned,
I can manage my bifocals
but oh how I miss my mind
For sometimes I can't remember
when I stand at the foot of the stairs,
If I must go up for something
or have I just come down from there?
And before the fridge so often
my poor mind is filled with doubt,
Have I just put food away, or
have I come to take some out?
And there's a time when it is dark
with my nightcap on my head,
I don't know if I'm retiring, or
just getting out of bed
So, if it's my turn to write you
there's no need for getting sore,
I may think I have written
and don't want to be a bore
So, remember that I love you
and wish that you were near,
But now it's nearly mail time
So I must say goodbye, dear
There I stand beside the mail box
with a face so very red,
Instead of mailing you my letter
I opened it instead
With those encouraging words I leave you to your own approach to dealing with life's challenges. Take care. May God bless. See you next time. Amen. ....More later.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Brain Fog To Do List: Find the to do list I already made. ~ Remember that something else I was supposed to do. ~ Look in the fridge for my coffee mug. ~ Try to remember where I wrote down my passwords. ~ Keep the calendar handy so I know what day it is. ~ Find out if anyone knows if I have already taken my pills. ~ (copied)
Friday, July 25, 2014
"It is not strange... to mistake change for progress." Millard Fillmore,13th President of the United States, (1800-1874)
Welcome to the end of the work week, at least here for me, on this Friday, July 25, 2014. I feel for the emergency dispatch folks, the 911 people. They tell us there has been a huge increase in the number of accidental calls coming in, typically from people's cell phones. The most likely source? The rear end calls when the phone ends up in the back pocket. As if they didn't already have enough to say grace over. Right? Life is all about choices. I read about one fellow who was stopped for a traffic violation and started running to try and get away. That was his choice. He ended up running himself smack dab into the middle of a police training academy where he was promptly detained. Then we have the older folks to think about. Nearly everyday you find stories about them. Here I am dealing with a few aches and pains and then I read about an avid baseball fan and she gets to throw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game. She is only 105 years young. Pleeeeeze! Then I see one about the 97 year old fellow who got himself kicked out of the retirement home. Turns out he was driving everyone nuts because he wouldn't stop playing his ukulele. This, at least, gives me some ideas for the future.
|For my wife.|
Thursday, July 24, 2014
“The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had.” (Unattributed)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while." ~ Kin Hubbard, American humorist, (1868-1930)
Last early Saturday morning my wife called me from Del Rio. I could tell she was excited. They had been out in a park Friday evening inviting children to come to their Vacation Bible School (VBS). The kids she was talking to came and the dad did also. He ended up giving his heart to Jesus. His wife later did the same thing. My wife didn't directly lead him to the Lord, another fellow with our group did, but, she saw firsthand what it means to be a part of the Lord's harvesting process. She invited the children and was able to witness mom and dad being saved and on their way to heaven. Jesus explained this to His disciples: "Jesus said to them, 'My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.'” (Gospel of John, Chapter 4, Verses 34-37) Some plant, some water, and some are there at the time of harvest, but, all who work in the vineyard of the Lord share equally in the outcomes. And lest we forget, the Apostle Paul made clear how the increase comes: "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth." (I Corinthians 3:7) No wonder she was excited!
I'm glad that our Great God made it a whole lot simpler than we often appreciate. Sometimes the theologians can take the most simple of Bible passages and explain them in ways that tend to obscure rather than illuminate the simple truth being heralded. A tremendous Bible scholar and radio Bible teacher, Dr. J. Vernon McGee, (1904-1988), used this construct as his goal in teaching God's Word: "Put the cookies on the bottom shelf so the kiddies can get them." I have listened to his radio teaching more times than I can remember over the years and have been impressed to do my best, with God's help, to present God's truth with that same goal in mind. It did take me a while to grasp this approach. I can tell you, it is easy to get wrapped up in great technical theological discussions. And, I enjoy those. However, God provided His Book to men, women, boys and girls. He made the message simple and clear reflecting everyone's need and His provision of salvation through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. It's so clear that a daddy can be saved by attending children's VBS. Now here's what I have to say about that: Amen and Hallelujah! We all need to be reminded that it is the Message and the indwelling power in the Message, not the messenger. Have a great day and may God be with us all. Amen. ...More later.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known." George C. Marshall, US General, WW2, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
|And, it looked just like this one!|
Monday, July 21, 2014
“One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.” ― Anne Rice, from her book, "Pandora"
|"Nice fire. Looks tranquil to me."|
I will readily admit that I could not resist sharing that one. It's things like this that define my concern for the current state of affairs of our dearly beloved nation. But, believe it or not, politics are not the driving force in my life. When I was writing that first paragraph I could hear my mom's voice from the past, "Son, why don't you leave well enough alone?" Sorry mom, but sometimes it just has to be said. Maybe I will make her question the title of my next book. What? You didn't know I had written a first one? I'm not sure either but I've probably written a ton of them over the years in this notebook and that one, on the backs of reports, and in these blog visits each day. And, I still have those short stories I did for children. Somewhere. I will find them one day along with the rejection letters I got from publishers. They didn't say they were bad. They just didn't see them fitting into their line. I had conducted my own testing of the material. I read one of them to my grandson and he thought it was real good. He was the age back then that I would have been targeting. But that was some time ago. What about self publishing? Good question. Illustrations? Tracking down these kinds of things will be a part of my new job when I am no longer doing the job I am doing now. I do hope I will be able to find those stories. You know. When the time comes. Bingo! I may have found something for my bucket list. But, I just remembered. I don't have one. Life can be tough at times. Especially when you are making it up as you go. Right?
Life can be about as unpredictable as the weather. Most of you know that I am a serial reader of obituaries. I know. I know. Many of you think that is borrowing grief when it is not needed. What fascinates me is how a person's life is summarized down to a handful of words. Some have more words than others. That likely reflects the cost of the funeral service or a willingness to pay the newspaper extra for additional space. Sometimes you can actually gain some insight into a person's life by the things emphasized in the write up commemorating their life. Some report the facts and others pay tribute. Here's one I read last week that spoke to the uncertainties in life. I'm not using the individual's name but here's how the obituary opened in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle, "...... ........., age 50 of Houston, Texas passed away July 8, 2014 in New Mexico after suffering a tragic hiking accident. He was there to attend his brother's funeral when the accident occurred." (I edited out names and specifics.) That write up jumped out at me as it reminded me of just how fragile life is, and, more importantly, what we have in mind to do, especially for the Lord, we might better get on with it. For as I have heard all my life, "You just never know what a day might bring." That's a little jolt to go with our coffee, (Community, please.), for the day. Take care now, you hear? May God bless each one. Amen. ...More later.
Friday, July 18, 2014
"I got overwhelmed by the magnitude of the celebrity culture in America. My background is as a news journalist, and newsrooms in the US are shrinking - investigation teams are being terminated or shrunk on newspapers all around the country. The one aspect that's expanded is coverage of celebrity culture." ~ Carl Hiaasen
Thursday, July 17, 2014
"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." ~ Thomas Jefferson
|Dot and Lil Bit|
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
"Texting is addicting. Once you get emotionally involved with constant outside stimulation assaulting your brain, it is hard to stop looking at your machine every two minutes. Without rapid fire words appearing on a screen, you feel bored, not part of the action." ~ Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Commentator
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Joke of the Century: "I'm not interested in photo ops." (President Obama, 7-9-14, speaking about his decision not to visit the crisis on the border.)
|Mandella funeral: The President is not interested in photo ops!|