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Friday, December 18, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Casting Crowns has a song that makes you want to just Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
"While You Were Sleeping". Turn up your speaker and enjoy my Christmas Music.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 09

(Turn Up the volume on your speaker and enjoy my music)

We had a great time during the holidays. The only thing that could have been better is Lana and her family being here. Holidays get really hectic when the family grows and we have had to learn to share and to make the best of the day even when it is not perfect.

When Bud and I lived in Leoti, Kansas several hundred miles from family we really learned what "Family" and holidays meant. Our next door neighbor who was a sweet friend and the mother of 9 sons invited us for Thanksgiving dinner. Several of her sons and family would be there and she knew we were alone. Lana was 3 and Jana 5 months. Loppy ( as the girls called her) fell in love with our little girls. Her invitation was such a nice gesture but it wasn't the Thanksgiving we were use to. First of all the dressing was terrible. Maybe this is why Lana never developed a taste for dressing. In the north the dressing is made from different ingredients than my mothers Cornbread dressing. Instead of apple pie we had rubarb pie. Yukky I thought. It was really pretty good if you added enough ice cream but it wasn't mother's or granny Hogan's Pecan Pie. And, one of the worst things about the day. Texas A & M versus Texas Longhorns was not on our Television Cable and neither was the Dallas Cowboys. How could you celebrate the birth of this Great Country without Texas A & M, Dallas Cowboys, Cornbread Dressing and Pecan Pie. I remember Bud saying at the end of the day. If there is any way possible we will always drive to one of our Families for the Holidays. And for the most part we did. I remember more than one snowy icy Christmas that we spent on the road to Granny Hogan because we thought that was the thing to do. Note..I didn't say it was the thing to do but "we thought" it was the thing to do.

TRADITION reminds me of Fiddler On The Roof one of my favorite movies of all times.
TEVYE & PAPAS sings:
"Who, day and night, must scramble for a living,
Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers?
And who has the right, as master of the house,"
To have the final word at home? And then he sings, "
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!

We all have our traditions but we have learned to adjust when everything is not perfect. Jana and her family came and yes, we had cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, and pecan pie. We had Texas A & M Football played lots of Joker (this is a tradition that we have started the past several years that my family loves). But, we missed the extended family because they are so much a part of our tradition.

Last Sunday I heard my friend Bryan Burgess preach on the radio as I was in the car on a short trip. He told the story of William Bradford who was the governor of Plymouth, Mass. He helped to establish the first Thanksgiving. Bryans telling of the life of William Bradford helped me to focus on what is really important about Thanksgiving and why we celebrate. It is not about Cornbread Dressing or Texas A & M. It is an amazing story and you can read about William Bradford here. I encourage you to go and read his story. His parents died when he was very young. He became a Christian at age 12 and lost his inheirtance. I am thankful for our ancestors who loved God and Country enough to live and die that we could be free to form our own Traditions. Traditions are OK as long as we keep them in perspective.

I get a devotional from a school teacher in Crane, Texas. Her prayer for Thanksgiving has become my prayer. Did you pray for the food on Thanksgiving? There is so much more that we should be thankful for.

Lest we forget:

Thursday November 26, 2009

Daily Devotional by Melinda Clements/ Perceptions Ministry

Copyright (C) by Melinda Clements/ Nov 2009/All Rights Reserved

Thank You, Lord!

I thank you for this day, my Precious Lord, for who you are and who I can be through you. I thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that took my sin and for you loving me enough to help me change.
I thank you this day, for this country and all the freedoms it represents and for each and every leader who turns to God in waking moments and ask in reverent prayer what he can do to make this country better.
I thank you this day for every man and woman who serves this country in the military who fights each day to protect me and the freedoms I enjoy. I thank You for their families and the commitments and sacrifices they have made so I can pray and do all the things I like to do.
I thank you this day for my family, each and every one; for my home, my job and my community and those who touch my life each and every day. I thank You for my life and the trials and tribulations that have made me-me!

I thank You this day for my health and the fact I live in a nation where there are doctors who work to help me stay healthy. For my wealth that is not measured in money or possessions but measured in the friends, family and God I am so blessed to share; I thank You this day for the food I partake in every day to nourish by body.

For all the blessings and miracles that take place in my life each day that I do not even recognize but are in place to make me a better person and my world a better place.
I love You, Lord--Spread blessings to those less fortunate and help me to realize the cross I bear is never as heavy as someone else's. Help me to see that things could always be worse. Help me to see You in each and every situation and to know there is nothing You and I cannot handle together. Amen.

Traditions are OK but let's add another one. Being thankful for what is really important in life.
Happy Fall Ya'll and get ready for some Christmas traditions.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Difference between citizens and politicians

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he
asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stimulus Money

Sometime this year, we taxpayers may again receive an Economic Stimulus payment.

This is a very exciting new program. I will explain it using the Q and A format:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

• If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China .
• If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs.
• If you purchase a computer, it will go to India .
• If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala .
• If you buy a car, it will go to Japan .
• If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan
• If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

Instead, keep the money in America by:
1 spending it at yard sales, or
2 going to ball games, or
3 spending it on coke
4.go to the beauty/barber shop preferable The Body Shop
5. go to the Dairy Queen for Ice Cream

(These are the only American businesses still operating in the US .)
I'm going to go to a ball game with my friend that I met at a yard sale,
and drink coke with her! That should help stimulate the American Economy and the Dallas Cowboys Paychecks.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Psalms 37:4

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I have been meditating on this verse of scripture for some times. My question has been, "What does "delight yourself in the Lord" look like?

Websters puts it like this:
1 : a high degree of gratification : joy; also : extreme satisfaction
2 : something that gives great pleasure
3 archaic : the power of affording pleasure

Life Application Bible says, "The knowledge of God's great love for us will indeed give us delight. It is great pleasure and joy in His Presence."

Do I take great pleasure and joy in God's presence? Am I joyful and do I have extreme satisfaction.

What is your definition of "delight"? Do we expect God to give us the desire of our heart, ie answer our prayers unless we are delighting in Him.?

What do you think?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Can't wait for Government Health Care

-----(I'm not sure about these Numbers but I wouldn't doubt it)

A clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800
gallons of gas a year.

A vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480
gallons a year.

So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction will reduce US
gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.

They claim 700,000 vehicles so that's 224 million gallons saved per

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.

5 million barrels is about 5 hours worth of US consumption.

More importantly, 5 million barrels of oil at $70 per barrel costs
about $350 million dollars

So, the government paid $3 billion of our tax dollars to save $350

We spent $8.57 for every dollar saved.

How good a deal was that ???

They'll probably do a great job with health care though!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

James A. Measles

My brother James lost his battle with cancer on September 1, 2009 at 6:20 A. M. Mother's birthday. My sister Mary Lu said mother got a wonderful present. The Doctors gave James 3 months in August of last year but they agreed he was a fighter. He declined the chemo treatment when they said it would give him more time but he ask if he would be sick with his head over the commode for a year and then he would die. He lived a year only being in the hospital a few times for them to put in an outside drain tube from his liver. He was surrounded by his two children Shaila and Dirk, his loving wife Shari and a couple of his grandchildren. James slipped into a coma a couple of days before he died. They said the day before he died he sat up on the bed and kissed Shari and lay back down. Shari was a wonderful wife and caregiver. She lay by his side for the last month reading to him and talking about the wonderful years they had shared. I can't tell you what comfort it was to our family to know James was in such good care. That's what a good mate does. There were times she wasn't sure she could do it but she would tell you God gave her strength and grace.

This is a picture of James one time when he came home from the navy with my sister TiaJuana. Tia Juana died December 26, 1964. I can just imagine this is the way they met in heaven.
This is a poem "I'd Marry You Again" that Shari read to James over and over the last month. She said he would say when she finished reading it, "Read it again". It was on the back of the program.

(I added this photo of all of James' family taken last summer shortly after James was diagnoised. Dirk has 2 sons and 2 daughters; Shaila has 5 sons and 2 daughter in laws. James was so proud of his family)

This is Shaila and her family with Shari at the cemetary. Just look at the beautiful mountains in the background.
Dirk, Shari and Shaila.
The Pallbears were James and Shari's grandsons. Notice they are all wearing James' bolo ties.
James had a milirary funeral. He served in the Navy during the Korean war. James was very patriotic. He always had a flag flying in front of his house. His son Dirk went out and bought a Texas Flag and hung it at half mass on the day he died. When I saw that I lost it. James loved his flags and he never stopped being a Texan.

Ten of James' nephews and nieces attended the funeral service. Tia Juana's 3 children Bob, Steve and Tonya; Mary Lu's 2 daughters Shelly and Sharla; Bob's son Bryan and my 2 daughters Lana and Jana. The cousins had a really good time getting reacquainted. The oldest Bob is 61 and the youngest is Jana who is 42. Almost 20 years between them. Below on the back row is Bob Caddel, Jana Hogan Nelson, Dirk Measles, Lana Hogan Jordan, Steve Caddel, sitting: Tonya Caddel Canada, Bryan Measles, Shaila Measles Bergquest, Shelly Grant Hackler and Sharla GrantSchaffner. Bob and Steve came from Reno, Nev. Lana flew from Austin, Jana and Bryan flew in from Dallas, Tonya, Shelly and Sharla flew in from Lubbock. There were 15 of us Measles who came to celebrate James life.

My sister Mary Lu and her husband Billy Tom and I flew in from Lubbock and Bob and his wife Bernita flew in from Dallas.
Another picture of the cousins.
Shaila's husband Brad ask us to bring dirt from Lamb County Texas where James was born and graduated from High School and got married in Mother and Daddy's house in Olton. They said he never stopped being a Texas. This was a touching moment. They ask Mary Lu, Bob and I to sprinkle the dirt.
I am so grateful for family. My parents married young and both of them came from what we would call today disfunctional families. They worked hard and kept us all together during difficult times. I am so thankful to God for His amazing grace.