Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing." Will Rogers, (1879-1935), Stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.
Monday, April 24, 2017
|Happy 18th Wedding Anniversary to Rodney and Mitzi.|
"I find that it takes a lot of years of living, and many more of reckoning, to come up with one worthwhile paragraph. And when a deadline looms, prayer doesn't hurt, either." ~ Carmen Agra Deedy, Children's Author
Friday, April 21, 2017
I don't really even know where to start. She comes from a great family and I know in my heart of hearts her mom and dad would be so proud of who she is. She is first and foremost a woman of God who wears that identity everywhere she goes. She is a loving wife, mother, and a doting MiMi, and great grand MiMi. She is a talented singer and has many other talents as well. She stays fully immersed in using her God given gifts of friendship and encouragement. People love her. She loves people. She has a true servant's heart. She's a tireless worker. And, an excellent cook! I do my best every day to make sure I thank God for her and what she means to me and the rest of our family. While I know she is human and she does have her faults, everything I've said about her is true. I should know. I've been around her long enough to know these things. (Read Proverbs 31 for additional information about the kind of testimony she has.)
I've also lived long enough to have learned exactly the meaning of this verse as expressed in the New Living Translation of Proverbs 18:22, "The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD." My way of saying it each year: "Happy Birthday, and Baby, you're still the greatest." Amen. ....More later.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
“I am often amused and sometimes amazed by the free-reign constructs of my mind. That is why I converse regularly with myself - I am one of my better friends...” ― Gavin Mills, Author
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"I dream of a better world where chickens can cross the road without their motives being questioned." ~ copied
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!" Jesus speaking as recorded in Matthew Chapter 23, Verse 37.
I've always enjoyed looking at some of Doug Savage's cartoons that he draws under the name of 'Savage Chickens'. I'm glad I know which came first. I'm glad that chickens are a part of our circle of life. I leave you with God's reflection on Day 5 of Creation: "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good." (Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 21) If I think of anything else regarding the subject I will let you know. Later. Until next time, have yourself a finger licking good day and may God bless us all is my prayer. Amen. ....More later.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
"No, my friend, I am not drunk. It is that I have been to the dentist and I need not go again for six months. It is a beautiful thought." ~ Agatha Christie, from her book,The Patriotic Murders (Hercule Poirot)
However, it is where a marker recognizes their time here on earth. I tried to visit each grave of those who were connected to our family. Granny and Paw Paw Mac alongside their infant daughter Seawillow Beal. Their daughter, our Aunt Jean. Granny Mac's mother, Grandmother Curtis. Granny's sister Aunt Mary and her husband, Uncle Claude. Uncle Red who had been married to our Aunt Helen. My dad Cecil, my brother Jimmy, my brother Donald, my brother-in-law Kenneth, our baby sister, Kayla, our nephew Andy. There were just too many memories to wrap my heart and mind around. I left that place in tears, climbed into my old truck, and as I was leaving I clicked on the satellite radio. I had left it on the Bluegrass channel. As they say, if I'm lyin then I'm dyin, but it was as if the windows of heaven opened because there it was, Roy and Dale, singing, "Happy trails to you until we meet again." I thanked the Lord for having them sing that song for me and continued on my journey. Have a blessed rest of the day. Amen. ....More later.
Monday, April 17, 2017
"The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate." ~ Douglas Engelbart
Friday, April 14, 2017
"Believe in Christ crucified and preach boldly in His name, and you shall see great and gladsome things. His reward shall parallel His sorrows. Let no man’s heart fail him! Christ has died! Atonement is complete! God is satisfied! Peace is proclaimed! Heaven glitters with proofs of mercy already bestowed upon ten thousand times ten thousand! Hell is trembling, heaven adoring, earth waiting. Advance, ye saints, to certain victory! You shall overcome through the blood of the Lamb." – Charles H. Spurgeon, (1834-1892), "Prince of Preachers"
Thursday, April 13, 2017
"A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have." ~ Dwight L. Moody
Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.” “But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. ~ (Gospel of John, Chapter 18, Verses 28-40) Amen. ....More later.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." ~ Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of John, Chapter 10, Verse 10
your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Or maybe even this visionary statement from President Abraham Lincoln, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." My simple viewpoint: Jesus is the answer. Amen.
Let me be clear here. Jesus is the Answer but as long as we live in a fallen world where fallen people respond to their fallen natures, we will not see the fruition of a peaceful world until Jesus returns to make all things right. (That's in the Bible too.) That doesn't mean the power that brought Jesus up from the grave is not still available to change the hearts of men, women, boys, and girls. It is available. I heard an interesting discussion on the BBC News program on the radio the other day. They were talking about the value of human life compared to the value of animal life. The host of the program threw out the concept of the value of human life for those who see it connected to God. He more or less set that aside as being non-consequential from a scientific viewpoint. That led to a discussion about pain and suffering and whether people should be given any more consideration than animals. The fellow advocating for the same consideration for people and animals promoted a vegan lifestyle. I don't want to make him feel bad but I've heard people like himself say that plants also feel pain. Yikes. While this may sound preposterous to you, check out how prevalent some of these notions have become in the views of many of our fellow citizens. Check it out. Meanwhile, I will stick with "thus says the Word of the Lord" as best I know how, and, that's what I recommend to you as well. Amen. ....More later.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Question: What's the difference between death and taxes? Answer: Congress doesn't meet every year to make death worse. ~ copied
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Jolly: happy and cheerful. "he was a jolly man full of jokes" synonyms: cheerful, happy, cheery, good-humored, jovial, merry, sunny, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, in high spirits, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, gleeful, mirthful, genial, affable, fun-loving.
|Great and Grand Madi girl at her mom's birthday celebration.|
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father." Matthew 10:29) Amen. ....More later.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
" (1st Timothy, Chapter 6, Verse 6, as rendered in the New American Standard Bible, NASB)
I know exactly how some of you feel. It has not been that long ago that I would not have even thought about pausing to read that article. I actually had to answer a question before they would let me see the data. They wanted to know that when I think of convenience, what is the first retailer that comes to mind. That was a really hard one for me because, forgive me, but, I don't believe I ever think much about retailers, period. But I did want to see the study results so I began to ponder how to answer. Let me see. Convenience. I do typically buy gasoline. Those places do have what they call a convenience store. Bingo! So I answered Exxon-Mobil. I don't know if they even have those outlets in the land of leprechauns, but, they did open the door and I was able to read additional proof that all lives matter, including the white haired variety. At our Bible study last Wednesday evening I told the class I wanted to hurry home in time to watch the final episode of Duck Dynasty. One lady asked why I didn't just DVR it. I confessed that I had never learned how to do the DVR deal. The response was less than encouraging. All these silver haired saints shaking their heads in pity. But, I thought about it like this. It is true I have never taken the time to learn how to record programs, however, I'm past 70 and can very boldly say I feel very content with my inability to do so. Okay. That's enough joy spreading for one day. Enjoy. Be blessed. May God help us all. Amen. ....More later.