Thursday, June 30, 2016
"One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, 'Is it half full or half empty?' So I drank the water. No more problem." ~ Alexander Jodorowsky, Chilean film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
If you didn't need to be reminded of that. Good! Don't worry. I did. I think that is the origin of quite a lot of the subjects I share. They become encouragement, beginning with me. That is part of what we are called to do. To build each other up in the faith. Any of us can become weary as we see all that is happening around us. Over the past few weeks I've heard more and more folks who have lost their jobs. Their world has changed. Some have expressed confusion since they had gone above and beyond to give of themselves in their respective workplaces. They are feeling let down. God is still in control. He does know all about it and He cares. I've been in that very situation. I know that feeling of emptiness and desperation. That's why we need to remind each other of the truths that transcend our difficult experiences in this life. I hear people say this is not a good time to be bringing children into the world. I understand that sentiment, but, at the same time we all know that God has a plan and purpose, and for those who are His own, He desires to work in our lives. Even when things are tough. I've been encouraged as people have demonstrated their faith in dealing with great adversities. He is still at work and He is still working all things for the good of those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) All things. Not just good things. All. We can depend on Him. Amen.
I didn't set out to give a sermon outline in today's visit. I opened the page and this is what came forth. I know these truths remembered have spoken to me. I know that God speaks through His Word. Therefore, I could never apologize for sharing His Word because it sets forth the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, regardless of what might be happening in our lives. I also know that knowing the truth doesn't make it easy as we try to put one foot ahead of the other. We live in a fallen world. There is pain all around. None of us are exempt. I was told just this week again by my lovely mother, who, at 92, mentioned these words, "I just don't know how people can make it in this old world without God." Sadly, there's many who are trying to do just that. Meanwhile, we may go through tough times and we may have to deal with unexpected trials, but, that will never change who we are in Christ, His care for us, and His ultimate plan for our future. A number of years ago I was asked to try and comfort someone going through a really tough time. The person who asked me to contact them added how they were hurting so badly they certainly didn't need to hear anything about God. I told them I didn't see how I could do that. Folks, whether it's me or you, the song is still true, "Jesus is right for whatever is wrong in your life." Have a great rest of the day and may God add His blessings. Amen. ....More later.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Here's a funny one: "Caution Men at Work" (Women work all the time, men have to put up signs when they work.)
Monday, June 27, 2016
The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a snake walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the snake's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!" "Not really," said the snake. "Your name is written inside the cover." ~ Copied
Friday, June 24, 2016
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” ― Albert Einstein
|Christopher Duffley and his family.|
I mentioned the other day the good news about my handed down fancy Keurig. It works so well it may be contributing to an increase in my coffee consumption. Think about it. It sits there waiting for me to pop in one of the little individual serve containers. It's ready. Close that dude up and within 2 seconds it is brewing. Bam! There it is. No mess. No fuss. Perfect. Now he's waiting again. He's ready. Before, I had to measure the water and pour it into my little single maker and wait for the water to heat up and after maybe a couple of minutes the coffee was ready. This one just sits there looking at me like a dog waiting for me to throw the frisbee. I mentioned this development to my son. He just laughed. I'm sure the Community Coffee folks will be pleased with my enhanced capabilities. In order to get more bang for the buck, he suggested that I try the tiny cup setting and reuse the individual serve container. I did. It reminded me of coloring eggs. The water looked darker. The taste didn't. Oh well, at my age, one small indulgence isn't that bad. Is it? I don't think it is. Maybe I should do some research on that one. I'll get back to you.
I know what many of you are thinking. 1. That man does have issues. 2. Or, he makes me glad that I am not him. 3. Or, will he ever give his fingers a break? 1. Yes. 2. Glad to help. 3. That is something I need to do and it may be a good time to start thinking about thinking about doing just that. Items one and two are mostly going to be the same because it's a little late in the game to do much about them. Item three is something the wife and I talk about occasionally and it might just help the other two some if giving it a rest were to provide me with a fresh perspective. In the meantime, I will soldier on and do the best I can with the stuff that shows up on my radar screen each day. I tend to enjoy thinking about doing stuff more than doing the stuff itself. You know. Like travel. I travel to a lot of places in my plans and that does occupy a fair amount of my time. It's certainly less expensive and less complicated than actually doing the travel. What's that? You think I am demonstrating Numbers 1 and 2 again. Pray for me. I will do the same for you. Enjoy your Saturday and Lord's Day Sunday. Until next time, may God bless us all is my prayer. Amen. ....More later.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" ~ Isaiah 5:20
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." Okay. For the purists out there. Some attribute this statement to Abraham Lincoln. And, there's a number of variations on how it is said. My belief is that it most likely is a figure of speech based on the Bible verse that says this: "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent." (Proverbs 17:28) I'm the first to enjoy a joke on myself but I see that as being very different than putting all my dirty laundry out on the Facebook clothesline for all to see. They tell us that when folks are applying for jobs these days that prospective employers are looking at everything including all forms of social media. I look at some of those postings and I think about that individual in a leadership role, and, the way I see it says that may not be their best foot forward. That's my interpretation of some of the stuff I observe from time to time. You may think differently. Go ahead, but don't come crying to me when your ship fails to come in. I really have no idea what that means but think about it. That's all I can say. Think about it.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
“Calvin : There's no problem so awful, that you can't add some guilt to it and make it even worse.” ― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
|Our Kenneth, 1935-1975|
Monday, June 20, 2016
Reflections from the man on the street as he surveys his former neck of the woods, his old neighborhood, or his previous stomping grounds.
I suppose today we will all find out if I was able to harvest anything of value to share. That's one way of looking at it on this Monday, June 20, 2016. The other day when I was walking around on the streets of Houston, I noticed something. People appear to be heavier than I remember some 23 plus years ago. I was on those streets a lot way back then. Let me state upfront that in the interest of full disclosure, that even though I'm some 30 pounds lighter than back then, I could still benefit from taking off another 6 to 8 pounds. At the same time, seeing those I met and those I saw on the other sides of the street, well, it was something I did take note of. The next morning I saw a brand new report in the online Washington Post. Here's the opening quote from this report: "The majority of Americans weigh too much. In 2014, 72 percent of American men and 62 percent of American women were overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." This factual report flies in the face of a survey taken in 2015 where 56% of the respondents thought their weight was 'just about right.' My interpretation of what I was seeing on the street was proven in this story because it documented the actual averages of the significant increases in these numbers over the past 20 years. I can tell you from experience that I am typically the last to admit the facts about my own situation. One of the most frequently heard pieces of advice I get from my better half, "Don't you think you should have that seen about?" I suppose the big questions have to do with the causes of this unprecedented increase in overweight people. Even the military are saying this could be a huge problem in providing an effective military force in future years. I know we hear all kinds of reasons. Lifestyle. Fast foods. Too much TV. Not enough exercise. Depression. The fat gene. Stress. And, the list goes on and on. For me, it's typically a discipline problem. Paw Paw Mac used to say if you want to lose weight then you have to learn to push. Push away from the table. He had an abundance of just plain ole common sense. (The origin and history of all the figures of speech used in the title are available online if you are interested.)
Fahrenheit. It seems that drinking coffee at anything above 145 degrees Fahrenheit could be problematic. The optimum brewing temperature is between 195 to 205 Fahrenheit. The recommended drinking temperature is between 120 and 140 Fahrenheit. I am going to guess that mine falls within that guideline. At least we have coffee off the cancer list. For now. Writing about it has stirred up my taste, therefore, I'm going to make me a cup of Community and hope that when I drink it, it will be less than 145 degrees. I'm going to do my very best to not let that temperature warning mess with my mind. I will try. I will.
You know it's bad when you hear this from a younger person, "Does anyone know of an uninhabited island I could move to until after this election is over?" This recent mass killing in Orlando continues to remind us all of the danger faced in this fallen world. Our President seems always to blame someone other than the perpetrator. He points the finger at Republicans, the American people, those who own guns, Christians, and anyone else who does not buy into his philosophies. Even some of the liberal media outlets are saying, "Enough already!" He said the shooter was radicalized by the internet but he didn't call for banning the internet. Mike Huckabee recently commented on how the government has asked people to be alert and to report to the authorities if they encounter something suspicious. He said unfortunately it typically goes like this, "Goverment: If you see something, say something. Citizen: I see something. Government: You bigot!" My heart does go out to the families who have suffered such horrendus tragedy. I suppose for those of us backward folks who, as our President says, cling to our Bible and our religion, well, I think doing what The Book says is in fact the only way to see any hope going forward. I wonder if that younger person was able to locate more than one of those isolated islands? It's a thought folks. One I can understand. Take care and have a wonderful rest of the day Monday, and may our Great God intervene on behalf of His own and our great nation. Amen. .....More later.
Friday, June 17, 2016
"We all have something in common. It's just a matter of taking the time to find out what it is." - Susan Gale, Very successful Real Estate Sales Executive
Thursday, June 16, 2016
"Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits." ~ Dale Dauten, Author, professional speaker and management coach
|Our Madi trying on hats last week during an outing to New Orleans.|
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Thursday, June 9, 2016
“Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.” ~ Maggie Kuhn, (American social Activist, 1905-1995)
|What a mess!|