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Friday, December 26, 2008

JESUS IS COMING AGAIN

Bud and I came to Jana's and Bruce's home for Christmas. We attended a Christmas Eve Service and their Pastor Roger Raymer gave this Benediction:

The Lord Jesus Chris who we exalt a Christmas is not jusst a baby in a manger. He is not a character in a children's story. He is far more.

The first time He came, He came veiled in the form of a child. The next time He comes, and we believe it will be soon, He will come unveiled, and it will be abundantly and immediately clear to all the world just who He really is.

The first time He came a star marked His arrivl. The next time He comes, the whole heavens will rol up like a scroll, and all the stars will fall out of the sky, and He Himself will light it.

The first time He came, wise men and shepherds broght Him gifts. The nex time He comes, He will bring gifts, rewards for His own.

The first time He came, there was no room for Him. The next time He comes, the whole world will not be able to contain His glory.

The first time He came, only a few attended His arrival....some shepherds and some wise men. The next time He comes, every eye shall see Him.

The first time He came as a baby. Soon He will come as a Sovereign King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


Are you ready? The next time He comes He will come as a thief in the night.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Will the Christ Child Come?
Written by Gaye Willis

One Christmas we had an interesting experience that I would like to share.
Halfway through December we were doing the regular evening things when there
Was a knock at the door. We opened it to find a small package with a beautiful
Ceramic lamb inside. We looked at the calendar and realized that the 12 days
Of Christmas were beginning! We waited excitedly for the next night's surprise
And only then, with the gift of a matching shepherd, did we realize that
The lamb was part of a nativity set.

Each night we grew more excited to see what piece we would receive.
Each was exquisitely beautiful. The kids kept trying to catch the givers
As we slowly built the scene at the manger and began to focus on Christ's birth.

On Christmas Eve, all the pieces were in place, all but the Baby Jesus.
My 12-year-old son really wanted to catch our benefactors and began
To devise all kinds of ways to trap them. He ate dinner in the minivan,
Watching and waiting, but no one came. Finally, we called him in to go through
Our family's Christmas Eve traditions. But before the kids went to bed, we
Checked the front step - - no Baby Jesus! We began to worry that my son
Had scared them off. My husband suggested that maybe they dropped the Jesus
And there wouldn't be anything coming. Somehow, something was missing that Christmas Eve.

There was a feeling that things weren't complete. The kids went to bed and before
I went to bed, I again checked to see if the Jesus had come - - no, the doorstep was empty.
In our family, the kids can open their stockings when they want to, but they have to wait
To open any presents until Dad wakes up. So one by one they woke up very early and I
Also woke up to watch them. Even before they opened their stockings, each child
Checked to see if perhaps during the night the Baby Jesus had come.

Missing that piece of the set seemed to have an odd effect. At least it changed
My focus. I knew there were presents under the tree for me and I was excited
To watch the children open their gifts, but first on my mind was the feeling of
Waiting for the ceramic Christ Child. We had opened just about all of the presents
When one of the children found one more for me buried deep beneath the limbs of the tree.

He handed me a small package from my former visiting teaching companion.
This sister was somewhat less-active in the church. I had been her visiting teacher
For a couple of years and then, when she was asked to be a visiting teacher, she requested
To go with me. I had learned over time they didn't have much for Christmas, so that
Their focus was on the children. It sounded like she didn't get many gifts to open,
So I had always given her a small package -- new dish towels, the next year's Relief
Society lesson manual -- not much, but something for her to open.

I was touched when at church on the day before Christmas, she had given me this
Small package, saying it was just a token of her love and appreciation. As I took
Off the bow, I remembered my friendship with her and was filled with gratitude for
Knowing her and for her kindness and sacrifice in this giving me a gift. But as the
Paper fell away, I began to tremble and cry. There in the small brown box was
The Baby Jesus! He had come!

I realized on that Christmas Day, that Christ will come into our lives in ways that
We don't expect. The spirit of Christ comes into our hearts as we serve one another.
We had waited and watched for Him to come, expecting the dramatic "knock at the door
And scurrying of feet" but He came in a small, simple package that represented service,
Friendship, gratitude and love.

This experience taught me that the beginning of the true spirit of Christmas
Comes as we open our hearts and actively focus on the Savior. But we will most
Likely find Him in the small and simple acts of love, friendship and service that we
Give to each other. This Christmas I want to feel again the joy of knowing that Christ
Is in our home. I want to focus on loving and serving. More than that, I want to open
My heart to Him all year that I may see Him again.

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name esus,
Because he will save his people from their sins."
Matthew 1:21 NIV

May the spirit of Christ be with you and yours
This Christmas and always.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Partridge in a pear tree

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were
not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.'

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Rules


1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3. If a friend comes over while you are making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free - rule #1 applies to your friend.
It would be rude to let your friend sample alone, and being the friend that you are makes your cookie calorie free.

4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have 3 and green ones have 5 - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

7. Cookies eaten while watching Miracle on 34th Street have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.

8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

And finally...

10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Food for thought

“The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.”
Proverbs 16:33

This was my Bible reading today. What do you think about it?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

After two hard days at work I thought I needed to give an update on James. I got an email from Shari and she says they are having more good days. Seems like he does have more problem with nausea during the middle of the night. I wonder if lying flat could be part of that problem...I know people who have reflux have that problem and if they prop up on pillows it helps. Anyway, Shari says James gets up late but puts clothes on. He was getting outside to walk some most every day but she said they have had some snow and cold weather which has hindered him some. They have tried to get out and do a few things most days. He has a good attitude which always helps. Dirk has been to Hawaii on business (who believes that???) so she has had to take care of a few medical things that Dirk had been doing and was really proud of herself. We can do some things we don't like...can't we Shari. So good to hear another good report.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Remember the Lord

I received this from a friend today and couldn't resist sharing it.

As I was studying this morning, I came across a passage of scripture that sounded as though I was reading from one of America's national newspapers. Should we be surprised that our country is in such a turmoil?
God was reminding the people of Israel what would happen to them or any country that forgets the Lord . Deut. 8: 10-14
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws, and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery."
verses 18-19 "But remember the Lord your God, for it is HE who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. "If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God."
America prides itself on how far we have come, but has forgotten who brought us.

I would just have to say Amen and Amen! Forgive us Father.

A true Conservative

Sanford: Stop raiding TARP funds for private enterprise

Mark Sanford continues to add to his conservative credentials. After penning a refusal to request bailout funds, Sanford has written the White House to add his voice to those opposed to a bailout of Detroit’s automakers. The chair of the Republican Governors Association calls this a tipping point in American economics:

“I believe this would be a very great mistake,” Sanford said in a letter written to the President on Monday. “It would open the floodgates of federal monies for every distressed industry across this country–and there will be many in this economic slowdown.”

“I believe we are at a tipping point in moving from a market-based economy to a politically-based economy, wherein one’s success can be determined not by good decisions and good work, but by the size of one’s voice and connection to Washington,” Sanford wrote. “The real economic stimulus of this country lies in the daily work and effort of millions you have seen across this land. These bailouts not only represent an enormous cost they are left to carry, but a shattering of the rights and responsibilities that have historically been linked to achieving the American Dream.”

Sanford hits the nail on the head. The American government does not have a mandate to select winners and losers in the market, apart from buying products for its own use from the private sector. People on the Left talk about crony capitalism, but this is nothing less than crony socialism — the government subsidy of selected private enterprise, based solely on their political impact.

Even as “investments”, as bailout advocates describe the package, the loans make no sense at all. None of the automakers have a problem selling cars; they have a problem showing a profit. Why would any lender, private or public, invest in that failing model, let alone lend money on its basis? They can’t pay back loans when they lose money on their car sales, and nothing that management and labor have yet produced shows any serious attempt to solve that problem. This is exactly what Chapter 11 bankruptcy exists to resolve.

The first time I heard Sanford speak, I wondered why he hadn’t thrown his hat into the ring in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes. His leadership on limited government and refusal to throw away money we don’t have should put Sanford in the first rank of candidates for national leadership in 2012, if we’re bright enough to recognize it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Hogan




Happy Birthday to Hoggie Bear:

This is a picture of Hogan and his dog Sparky. Sparky was part of the family long before Hogan and he wasn't very happy when Hogan was born. Sparky doesn't like noise and he would just go crazy when Hogan would cry but he got over it and they became friends. Whichever room Hogan is in you can bet Sparky will be there too. He has ridden his back, pulled his tail, kicked him and Sparky just turns the other cheek so to speek. We all need that kind of friend.

Hogan is 4 years old today. He is a special baby. He was prayed into this world and he has been a blessing to all. Know what Hogan???? I love you Darlin. Hope you have a very happy birthday.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Jana Lea




25 years ago today God sent us a beautiful baby girl who has been a joy for all these years. Our first grandbaby. I can't believe she is all grown up. She is a working woman now and has joined the world as a taxpayer. Yea, Jana I hope you can help pay mine and Poppy's Social Security for years to come.

This is Jana when she graduated from Tarleton University in Stephenville, Texas last December. She worked really hard getting through college sometimes working 2 jobs but she did it. Jana you are a beautiful young woman and we are so proud of you.



Poppy and I wish you a Happy Birthday and hope it is a wonderful day. We love you.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa Christ

I am still caught up in Emmanuel...God with us and found this article from a friends blog.

One Christmas Eve in my teenage years, I opened a book a friend had given to me as a present. I found myself so overwhelmed by its teaching on my recently found Savior that I began to shake with emotion at what had dawned on me: the world had not celebrated His coming, but rather had crucified Him. Go read the article here.


Why are we surprised when atheist don't believe there is a God when Christians don't seem to understand that Jesus birth has nothing to do with all the hoopla we make it. God forgive us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Gift

"He will save his people from their sins...and they will call him Emmanuel, which means 'God with us'." (Matthew 1:21,23)

Just think about it....The reason for the season...Jesus came to be "God with us"...

If you have Jesus in your heart...you have the joy of Christmas..."Emmanuel...God with us"

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Another reason not to bail out auto companies

I don't know who wrote this but it is typical to Many American Companies today. Thanks to my friend Jack.




American management


A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (Ford Motor Co.) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.



On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.



The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.



Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.




Feeling a deeper study was in order; American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.




They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.




Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.


They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.



The next year the Japanese won by two miles.



Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses.




The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India



Sadly, the End.




Here's something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US , claiming they can't make money paying American wages.


TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US The last quarter's results:




TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.


Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses.

AND THE IDIOTS EXPECT THE REST OF US TO BAIL THEM OUT?!?


IF THIS WEREN'T SO TRUE IT MIGHT BE FUNNY

Why should WE bail out the American car companies? There have been years of mis-management, poorly made cars which are constantly being recalled for some gross and dangerous defects. All the while they continued to big bonuses to the top executives.

When Bud worked in the corporate world they only paid bonuses when the salesmen and the company make a profit. What has happened to this country?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Update

I just talked to Shari and she said James said he felt better the past two days than in a long time. When she ask him how he felt he said, "With my fingers". Sounds just like Daddy. Thank God for good days.


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for...most of all Jesus. We always put up this sign in our front yard at the beginning of November. We left town on Wednesday before Thanksgiving for several days with our children for the holiday. I had a wonderful email from Shari sharing her thankfulness this year. This is just a part of it.

Two days before Thanksgiving this year 2008 I told myself that I was just going to be thankful. I tried to think of all the blessings I had received throughout my life. Even way back when I was very young. All through my life.
I wanted to show my Heavenly Father gratitude for so many blessings. I decided for 3 days I would not ask for one single thing in my prayers. He knows my needs and desires before I ask. So for 3 days my prayers were of Thanksgiving to my Heavenly Father for all the blessing that came to my mind. So many that I can not count them. Each day I would think of even more. I had never done this before. It seemed that I had always had something I needed to ask for. But I made up my mind that this year I would only be thankful for blessings. I did it.
Even though James had to go to the ER the night before Thanksgiving. I just gave thanks and had faith that all would go well. It did.
I thought of things that I had not even thought of for years. I wanted Him to know that I see His hand in my life and in all things. It was a blessing to me to do this also. My prayers were prayers of Thanksgiving only this year!


Isn't that a beautiful way to spend Thanksgiving? I love her thoughts "that we always have things to ask for" Isn't that just how we are...always asking and rarely giving Thanks. Thanks Shari for your thoughts. James did go to ER the night before Thanksgiving. He had a knot come up just above the tube but they said it was just a little fluid that had accumulated and was not serious. They had a good Thanksgiving with Dirk and his family as well as Shari's sister Sue. Thank God for family.

We went to Lana's for Thanksgiving and enjoyed the day cooking and eating, visiting, going to see "4 Christmases" at the movie and a little football. The movie was funny and we could see a few of the disfunctional people we know but of course they do not include our families. Haha. I am afraid we could see a little of all of us but anyway we had some laughs. The Texas/A&M game was not so good so we ended up playing a little joker. Kelsey, 19 was home from Texas A & M where she is a sophomore. She works and goes to school and has only been home once since August so she was happy to be home with the family

On early Saturday morning we drove about an hour to watch Levi who is Lana and Greg's baby play in a basketball tournament.

That was a lot of fun. This is the family watching...Jake and his wife Crystal and their little girl Kaylee are with us. As you can see Levi is taller than his Poppy. He is about 6 foot tall and a very good little basketball player. His gran sure hopes he continues to improve and forgets about baseball and football because I love basketball.
Here he is making his free shots. Levi got a concussion his last football game (that is why I don't want him to play any longer) and he didn't get to work out with the basketball team for a week. He only got to practice his free shot. Must have worked because he hit 6 of 8 of his free shots. The other team beat him up pretty good. He got hit in the eye.

Here is a shot of the the last play of the game and he hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer.

All of Lana's family drove to the game as well as a couple of their friends. We had a lot of fun. Here are some random pictures.
Levi turned 15 on November 19th. He is a lot of fun and very competitive. His older brother Jake claims to have taught him all he knows and it is really pretty true. Jake is 23 and he has always helped Levi with everything. They are very close and it shows. He also taught him to be tough. Bud had to leave for work on Saturday afternoon and I drove on the Jana's for a few days. The traffic was terrible. It took me 3 and a half hours to drive what usually takes about 2 hours.



Jana's baby girl Ella had her 2nd birthday on Thanksgiving day. Hogan will be 4 on December 12th.

We even took the kids to the mall to see Santa. Ella wasn't too excited about him but Hogan got right up in his lap and told him what he wanted for Christmas.
Jana had to get into the picture with Ella if we had a picture. Don't know if she told Santa what she wanted.

When we got home from Jana's this is what we found in our yard. Side by side:


We live on a cult-t-sac and many years ago one of our neighbors built a "Snoopy" sign for every yard on our street. It just made me realize that our biggest thanks for Thanksgiving is the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ. Hope you all have begun a Wonderful Holiday Season and remember:

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008



May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have narry a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

Monday, November 24, 2008

Update on James



I had a long talk with Shari and she said James color had really improved. I guess because he is not going to have chemo they will not do anything else at this time. When he went in for a check up last week they changed the tube that is in his side to a smaller one and Shari says it has help his sleeping. She said he continues to have good and bad days but all of their family came for Thanksgiving this past weekend and they spent the day out of Shaila's family cabin which is about 30 minutes from Lehi. All of the kids and grandchildren were there.

The Dr. told James she would see him in 3 months. I guess they don't plan to do anything else at this time. We are praising God that his color is better and he able to be up and going part of the time. God is in control. As I said in an earlier post.... don't worry about tomorrow...today has enough trouble of it's own.

Thursday, November 20, 2008



My niece Shaila over at DeBergs had this on her blog last Thursday...so I am adding it to mine this Thursday.

Things I am thankful for:

That I came to know Jesus at an early age.

My health and good Doctors

My parents who raise me to believe the glass is half full

My husband who is my biggest supporter

Beautiful fall days

My 2 precious daughters and their husbands who love them

10 beautiful grandchildren

2 greatgrandchildren

cherry limeaides especially during "Happy Hour"

a roof over my head with washer/dryer, running water and indoor bathrooms

Good food and restaurants

warm bowl of oatmeal when the weather is getting cold (and it's good for me)

friends who love me no matter what

a church that loves and appreciates me

Freedom

Living in a Country that has abundance (at least for today)

A government that may fight with words but don't take to fighting in the streets

Peace ... Peace in my heart even when the world is in turmoil

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Update on James

I talked with Shari last night and had a good report on James. They have had 4 good days even went out to Beto's for a breakfast burrito yesterday. They make the best steak and egg burrito that you ever put your lips to. Mmmmmmmm makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Can you believe they make burritos in Utah??? Excuse me...I lost my train of thought for a minute.... back to James. He is still taking antibiotic to keep down the infection and that seems to be working. Still doesn't have much appetite and his stomach has shrunk but Shari is trying to feed him every couple of hours and he is getting a little stronger. She said they are just taking one day at a time...which is all any of us have anyway. Reminds me of the scripture in:
James 4:13 "Come now, you who say, Tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit. 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you should say, If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that."

We don't have a clue what we will be doing tomorrow. It also says in

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I believe each of us must come to the realization that we are but a vapor. My friend over at Blah blah blah has some interesting thoughts on our mortality...
Think about this:
There are billions of people who have died that NO ONE REMEMBERS AT ALL.
They are forgotten.
Sure, there are a few people who are remembered through literature and history but the VAST majority of all earth's human inhabitants are forgotten... unnoticed by history...unmentioned by time.
Read it here.

There is one thing about my brother James. His life will not be forgotten. Shari told me about a long time friend David who worked his way through college working for James. David went on to become a Baptist Minister. He worked for James about 45-50 years ago. David recently looked James up and called him and has since written James to tell him Thank You and How much his friendship and kindness had meant to he and his family.
James and Shari had a little white house which was their first home. When they bought their new brick home James ask David if he would like to move his family into that little house. David told James, "I can't afford to live in this house" and James told him they would work it out. David was going to college and living in the barrack housing. David lived in that house and never forgot James's goodness to him. David recently had a brain tumor and after being a minister for many many years has had to retire but he remembered James and wanted to find him. I am sure there are many other stories that we could tell about James. He will not be forgotten. Who knows how many people David touched through the years in ministry. James had a part in that.

This story just made me think how important it is that we all tell those people that have helped us along the way that we will never forget how much their kindness meant. Tell your children and their children about the kind deeds that have been done for you. We all need each to go out tomorrow and do a kind deed. Call someone and tell them Thank You for their past deeds. Not just to be remembered but a kind deed will not be forgotten.

Thank you James for being the kind of person that will be remembered by many. God only knows your many kind deeds. I pray you have many more good days and I know you will continue to do kind deeds.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just thinking

The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are
suffering from some sort of mental illness.

Think of your three best friends --

IF THEY'RE OKAY, THEN IT'S YOU.
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I got this email today and thought it was pretty interesting...and funny.

Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:53 PM
Subject: Business Strategy for All
Fellow Business Executives:
As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama will be our next President, and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.
To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients will have to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8% but since we cannot increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who will have to go.
So, this is what I did. I strolled thru our parking lot and found 8 Obama bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off. I can't think of a more fair way to approach this problem. These folks wanted change; I gave it to them.
If you have a better idea, let me know.
Sincerely,
The CFO

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Reasons Not to Bailout GM

I found this interesting blog and thought he had some interesting information on the GM Bailout. What do you think? I need to borrow some money for some bad investments...do you think I should make application?
Since it is a blog you will have to scroll down to Nov. 10th to read but he has a lot of good stuff over there.

Three Reasons Not to Bail Out General Motors
November 10th, 2008 · Bob McCarthy writes

Click image to view article.

After reading an article in today’s edition of The Moscow Times (see graphic at right), I came up with three good reasons why at least one of the “Big Three” automakers — General Motors — should NOT receive any portion of a proposed $50 billion bailout from the federal government:

* Reason #1: GM is, according to a recent CNN article, pouring some $300 million into the plant near St. Petersburg, Russia. Coming from a company that reported 2007 pre-tax earnings of $55 million on revenue of $37.4 billion (details here), that seems to prove GM capable of making money. So let them make it the old-fashioned way. Let them earn it.

* Reason #2: GM Headquarters is located in Detroit, a city The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Ingrassia writes is comparable to the world’s trouble spots (i.e., Iran, Iraq, North Korea, etc.). If, indeed, the Motor City is a war zone, members of the Democrat-controlled Congress should, as a matter of principle, balk at sending taxpayer dollars there.

* Reason #3: GM executives should know better than to invest $300 million into a country run — or, more accurately, being run down — by President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Why? Because, if the venture proves it can make money, the Cold War Era-loving duo in charge of the former Soviet state will nationalize it, leaving GM stockholders around the world “high and dry.” And that’s never a good thing.

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God Bless America



We salute our Veterans from all wars. They are the ones who have made it possible for us to freely rant, vote and go about our lives in a calm way and many times completely forgetting who we should thank the most. God first...soldier next. We are a blessed Nation. God Bless America
here is a great rendition by some School Kids of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Please take time to go and spend a few minutes...pray for our Country and Thank God for His Many Blessing. You will be blessed I promise.

To see an amazing UTube video covering all the wars that will bring tears to your eyes go here.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Update

Great article on praying for our President elect Barack Obama here.. these are my sentiments exactly. Got this over at my friend Jackie's blog.
The campaign is over and we have a new President so it is time to get on with life.

I am still trying to get over my sciatica problem. I finally got the results of the MRI and I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. Don't know when or how that happened but it is there so I am dealing with it. I have been on muscle relaxers and lots of ibuprofen and have had 3 body massages. The muscles in my left leg and thigh were in knots and the therapist has tried to work them out. I could tell after the first visit to the therapist that this was going to help. I did work on Wednesday and Thursday but had a scaled down schedule. Research on the internet says I can expect 4 to 6 weeks recovery.

I thought I would share my friend Cindy's Coleslaw Recipe for my cousin Mary Faye. She is a collector of good recipes and I know she reads this blog. We have a fund raiser for our little town once a year called "Taste of Munday". One of the local men who makes the best barbecue will do brisket and sausage and the women in town provide the side dishes and deserts. My friend Cindy brings this cole slaw to our church dinners and I love it and even Bud who isn't much on unusual dishes or vegetables like it so here it is for those who would like to try something different.

Cindy's Coleslaw

5 cups shredded cabbage (I use 1 bag of mix)
1/2 cup toasted almonds (I use pecans because we have a lot in our freezer)
1 and 1/2 cups dried cranberries (crasins)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped green onions including green part
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
DRESSING:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 T. sweet pickle relish
1 T. Honey mustard
1 T. Honey
1 T. Red Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper taste

Do not add the pecans or dressing until you are ready to serve or it gets soggy. It is better to make it all ahead of time and add dressing and pecans just before serving.

I doubled the receipe for the lunch tomorrow and Cindy usually doubles it for church meals because it is good and goes fast. Enjoy

Friday, November 7, 2008

A few more quotes

Another couple of good quotes from my new friend over at A Patriot's Heart.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower


"We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but
we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of
socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism."

Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959

Thanks Crabby for sharing....go check him out here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Great Presidents

I stole this from my neice Shaila's blog site:
(And...just a note. James is having some good days and some hard days...but today was a pretty good one. He and Shari got out for a visit with Shari's sister Sue. He says is is walking some better...I guess the physical therapy is helping.)


You cannot help the poor, by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity, by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up, by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man, by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage, by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help 20 men permanently, by doing for them what they could and should, do for themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Just a thought

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie ten Boom

Monday, November 3, 2008

I have a friend Jennifer who has started a new blog and I thought her post by Rick Warren was appropriate for me to remember on November 4,2008:

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know = You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.
That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.


I have been struggling with a painful sciatic the last few days so I have had a lot of time to pray. I was reminded that God is in control "...And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28

He tell us in Daniel 4:17 "..That the Most High is ruler over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses...even to the lowliest of humans."

So, all that to say I am at peace with the election because I know Who is in control of this world. And I will as Rick Warren says:

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.

Our God is an amazing God and HE RULES OVER THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD.

If you would like to visit my friend Jennifer's blog and read all of Rick Warren's interview go here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Think about this

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The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. (Cicero, 55 BC)

(I received this quote from my cuz...Ron who got it from his friend Melinda Clements)
You decide....

Dr. Paul Kengor



Let me begin with what I hope is a credibility enhancer: For daring to write a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton, I was questioned by fellow conservatives, especially for calling Mrs. Clinton a "lifelong, committed Christian." In the final chapter of that book, I included a brief section on the faith of Barack Obama, where, taking him at his word—based on a major June 2006 speech on his faith—I felt confident in reporting, "Obama is a Christian."

I'm not disputing that here. Since then, however, I've taken a careful look at Obama's faith, and there are quite a few things that stand out as historically extremely unusual, and in some cases unprecedented for a potential president. They are worth knowing, especially given the secular media's adoration of the man.
Indeed, journalists are so worshipful of Obama that they are unfazed by his two decades of membership in the church of a ranting, blasphemous preacher who mocked everything from Bill Clinton to America itself—and who married Obama, baptized his children, and whom Obama considers a mentor and the inspiration for the title of his best-selling book. That double standard has struck even the likes of atheist Christopher Hitchens. After eight years of wailing and gnashing of teeth over a Christian Republican president, secular liberals have undergone a Saul-like conversion.
On rare occasions, however, the press has offered constructive analysis of Obama's faith. The most revealing look remains a glowing profile in Newsweek a couple of months ago. The Newsweek offering was remarkably one-sided, even venturing into evangelical phraseology, the shared-language-of-believers style characteristic of Religious Right publications. I counted ten examples of phrases like, "He found Christ," "accept Christ," "Obama went to Jesus."

Nonetheless, even in this unusually un-critical article, much can be mined about Obama's faith. Most salient is this inescapable conclusion: More than any presidential nominee this close to the White House, Barack Obama's faith is a patchwork of divergent beliefs, philosophies, and influences, from what Newsweek called a "Christian-turned-secular mother"—her own views a product of "two lapsed Christian" parents and a Bill Moyers book—to a "Muslim-turned-atheist African father" to a stepfather with a "unique brand of Islam."

As for Obama's personal path, Newsweek noted how Obama, in his younger years, enjoyed, on one hand, Augustine, and then Nietzsche and Graham Greene. Obama hopped and groped his way through Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, asceticism, and eventually settled at the political church of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Most interesting is what Newsweek revealed about Obama and his current family: His wife, Michelle, "also didn't go to church regularly as a child." Neither really began regular attendance until they were married. And only then, their choice was Reverend Wright. On that, Newsweek reported approvingly: "The cross under which Obama went to Jesus was at the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ. It was a good fit."

The couple, writes Newsweek, attended "fairly often—two or three times a month." That changed, becoming less frequent, with the birth of their first child. Normally, the arrival of children is the blessed event that drags young couples to church—the Bushes, the Clintons. For the Obamas, however, the hassle of getting the baby out of the house for a packed service was an obstacle. "So," explained Barack, "that would cut back our involvement."

The Obama girls have never attended Sunday school—a definite contrast with most White House children. Even wayward president's kids like Ron Reagan, a proud atheist, was taken to church every Sunday. Obama explains of his daughters' religious education: "I'm a big believer in a faith that is not imposed but taps into what's already there, their curiosity of spirit."

Once Obama ran for the U.S. Senate, he skipped church for months at a time. Now that he publicly parted ways with Reverend Wright, reports Newsweek with a gentle wink, "Obama is a little spiritually rootless again." Newsweek neglected to mention that Obama often appeared in churches in 2007 for strictly political purposes—i.e., to campaign in houses of worship, a practice that launches liberals into fits of screaming rage when done by Republicans.

Read it all here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Getting old "ain't" for sissies



My friend Billye told me several years ago when she turned about 80 that getting old is not for sissies. I laughed and probably thought I just would pass that "old" problem on to others and I would stay a young perky woman for the rest of my life. Just ask my daughters...I can outwork either one of them and I just turned 69. Last week in fact I had a birthday. 69...I can't believe it. I don't know what you are suppose to feel like at 69 but on Friday of last week I felt just great.

Then came Saturday night. I turned over in bed and wallllllay..... a pain running from my back down my left leg. It actually hurt to turn over. I had to get up early because we have started a prayer thing at church where we are going to take turns going early to pray for the Sunday Service and the people who come. This was the Sunday that Bud and I had agreed to go. My leg hurt a little just to walk but I managed. As the day progressed my walking got slower and more painful. Monday night I slept very little which meant I was calling Dr. Finnley first thing Monday morning. I made an appointment at 2:30 and hobbled into the office. I left with two perscription for muscle relaxers and Relafen. He told me it would take a couple of days and call him if I needed pain medicine.

About 2:00 this morning (Tuesday) I am digging in the closet for pain medicine...any old bottle of pain medicine. I felt like I had a knife in my butt ripping down my thigh to my knee. I understand how you can get hooked on prescription drugs. I would have killed for some relief. I finally found some hydrocodone left over from mother. We always gave Daddy and mother a hard time because Daddy called that his "nerve pill" and mother decided if it helped him she would take it also so by the time she was living with me she was taking l/2 of a pill each night. Could this be the "sins of the parents visited upon the children"?

Anyway, today the Dr. made me an appointment for an MRI and a prescription for pain pills. I have been on drugs for over 24 hours and I can still barely drag myself to the bathroom. So I began to think about:

MY LIVING WILL
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> Last night my sister and I were sitting in the den and
> I said to her, 'I never want to live in a vegetative
> state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a
> bottle to keep me alive. That would be no quality of
> life at all, If that ever happens, just pull the
> plug.'
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> So she got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out
> my wine.
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> She thinks she's funny.


Thanks Billye for warning me, "GETTING OLD AIN'T FOR SISSIES".

Monday, October 27, 2008

O.K. Is anyone out there reading this stuff I post??? I would love some comments. Let me know what you like and what you don't like. I could load you down but you may not be interested in all the things I like so just drop me a comment.

Laugh for the day:

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and
car keys to teenage boys.


P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Sunday, October 26, 2008

You might be a Redneck If.........

Pennsylvanian Voters: You Might Be a Redneck If . . .
by Doug Giles


Check it out . . .

• If you think “socialism” when you hear Barack say “change,” then you might be a redneck.

• If you think there’s nothing about San Francisco that a rise in the ocean level could not cure, then you might be a redneck.

• If you think slick politicians who rise from a political dung heap like Chicago might not be the fresh breeze they purport to be, then you might be a redneck.

• If you think Michael Moore is John Murtha and Joy Behar’s love child, then you might be a redneck.

• If you actually believe Obama’s close buddy Bill Ayers when he says he’s an anarchist, a Marxist and is unashamed of bombing the Pentagon and the Capitol building, then you might be a redneck.

• If you think Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for 20 years, is more unhinged than a spider monkey that just had turpentine poured on its butt, then you might be a redneck.

• If you get PO’ed because the vast majority of our college campuses spew anti-American rhetoric to your young ‘uns, then you might be a redneck.

• If you think it’s kind of weird for Obama to be close friends with some of the most unpatriotic SOBs in the USA, then you might be a redneck.

• If you don’t like your kids being taught in the public schools that America is an oppressive, imperialistic country that needs a heavy dose of Marxism to make it better, then you might be a redneck.

• If you’d prefer your kids not be a part of an elementary education that has thoroughly been queered—their words, not mine—then you might be a redneck.

• If you’re looking for a new name to call acorns after this election cycle because the fraudulent voter registration group ACORN has sullied the name of this innocent nut, then you might be a redneck.

• If you like Joe the Plumber’s tax plan more than Joe “the Bumbler” Biden’s tax scam, then you might be a redneck.
Read it all here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

They play the games, they hold the elections

Rich Galen

"February 3, 2008." That's how I began my speech to the CIBO annual meeting last night in Charlotte. "11.5," I added. "Remember that date and that number."

I did my act for about 25 minutes and then came back to the date and the number. February 3 was the date of Superbowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

The Patriots came into the game 18-0 and were 11-and-a-half point favorites to beat the Giants who were a mediocre 10-6 in the regular season.

The Giants hadn't even won their division. The Dallas Cowboys at 13-3 had cruised to that honor.
The Pats had already beaten the Giants in New York with its golden-boy quarterback Tom Brady. The Giant's quarterback was the lesser of the two Manning brothers - Eli - not the darling of TV commercial producers, brother Peyton was the Giant's quarterback.

No one in the near solar system thought the Giants had a prayer, hence the bookies made them 11.5 point underdogs. Read the rest here.

Another interesting article I ran across:

Regardless of Who Wins the Election, It's Great to Be an American
by Marvin Olasky


No matter who becomes president on Nov. 4, I'm proud to be an American, and others are too. Let's not hear evangelical muttering about leaving the country if a disliked candidate wins next Tuesday. Read the rest here.

Update on James

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care fore itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

James had a really rough week. It started out on Monday with his trip to see the Oncologist Dr. who was in charge of chemo. He had already made the decision not to do chemo so they really didn't understand why they were there. I understand: It is called Drs. making money on sick people. After Shaila asked some questions about the side effect and telling them they had made the decision not to do chemo the Dr. left the room. They visited with an intern and called their primary oncologist and ask why they were scheduled there in the first place. They will not be going back to the chemo oncologist. They were told in office that James had a temperature but he was sent home without their addressing that problem. Later that evening about 10:00 P.M. James temperature went way up so they ended up in the emergency room. This could have been avoided if the Dr. had taken care to address it in his office. They spent the night at the emergency room with James getting 2 bottles of antibiotic intravenously. They got home about 5:30, slept until 8:30 and got ready for home health. Anyway, after 24 hours James began to feel better. They were told he had an infection in the tube that drains into his stomach. This happened a few weeks ago and they think it never got cleared up so it had come back. Anyway, James is feeling much better. He has been up and out a little. I had to laugh when I was told that he had gone to vote. Can't keep a good man down. If they can keep that tube from getting infected I think he will have some good days. He does not go back to the Dr. until November 18th to see if the radiation shrunk the tumor. He has really been pleased with the physical thearpy and home health taking care of his daily care. They just need some rest. Shaila spent the week and they had a really good day on Sunday for their anniversary.
Thanks again for all you emails, prayers and thoughts. One day at a time is all any of us have so that is the way we will take this whole ordeal.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

52 years and counting




Memories come flooding back as I look at the pictures I am rounding up to send to Shaila for your scrapbook. Where have all the years gone? James, I was 11 when we moved to Kress and you went off to protect our country in the Navy. You were such a handsome big brother and boy were you handsome in your navy uniform. I remember being so proud of you. I was just a kid but you always treated me so kind. (If that's not true you can blame it on old age but that's what I remember...not so much with Bobby but that's another story. LOL). I remember how mother worried about you and going to the mail box daily was a big event.
Then you came home and lived for awhile on the farm at Kress. I guess you worked for Daddy on the farm before you went to Lubbock to Draughn s Business College. During that time you met that cute little blonde Shari Watts in Plainview. I was 15 and sometimes you would take me with you to town. I thought I was pretty special hanging out with Shari, Sue and their older friends. Shari, you and Sue were always so sweet to me and I remember spending the night at your house in that upstairs bedroom. Your folks always welcomed this little sister into their home. I loved your mother and daddy.
James, I told Shaila this summer how I remember you telling mother and daddy that they couldn't expect a 15-16 year old girl to just stay at home out on the farm all the time. You were the best brother. You would take me into Plainview to the movies and to drag main street, hang out at the drive in and then pretty soon we would have Shari hanging out with us. Those were some really fun days...about 53 years ago.
When you got married we were living in Olton and ya'll were the cutest couple. James you were always so handsome and Shari you were so cute. Brother Jennings who had been our minister for many years married you as well as Tia Juana, Mary Lu and I. They were good friends as well as our minister. As I said, ya'll were so cute but who is that tacky frizzy headed girl standing with you? I do remember the best man was Wayne Moore. I wonder where old Wayne is now? And, then here is your picture outside the front door in your "going away" outfit. Where did you go away by the way?
I found this picture of my wedding shower with Shari and it reminded me how you were always there for me. You were like a big sister. Weren't we cute? I am sure we thought we were. There is a picture of you and James at our wedding. James was an usher I believe. Ya'll were such a cute couple. That was 1962.
The years have come and gone. Some hard, some joyous. I will never forget James knocking on my door after we got the news that Bud's Dad had committed suicide. Bud had gone on to Winters to be with him mother and the girls and I were to come later. That was during the hard years we went through in the economic slow down of the late 70ties. President Carter had put an embargo on grain and agriculture business were really struggling until Reagan was elected and helped turn things around. Bud was having a hard time finding work because they had put a freeze on all agriculture jobs. (A little history here) Anyway, times were pretty hard and I guess you knew it James because you gave me a $100.00 bill and said to use it for whatever I needed. I could fill my gas tank up for probably $20.00 so that was a real God send. James you have always been a tough sounding guy but you have a tender heart. So much like Daddy in many ways. He talked tough but if someone needed money he would loan it to them knowing he might not ever see them again. Thanks for being that kind of a person. We need the tough guys and you can be one but we also need the tender. Daddy taught us, "You have to instill fear into kids but you overcome that fear with love". You are that kind of a man.
Shari, you have been there for James through thick and thin. I know there have been days that you could just kick him (like I said, he can be tough) but you loved him and were always there when he needed you. You have modeled what a marriage should be for your children and grandchildren.
1 Cor. 13 says, "...love is patient, love is kind,...." That is the kind of love you guys have had these 52 years.

Happy Anniversary to you. We love you.
Your "Little" Sis
Wilma

Friends

Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend. To read more go here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe The Plumber


There has been a lot in the news the last couple of days about Joe Plumber.

This is one of the main issues in the 2008 Presidential Election. TAXES

If Barack Obama wins the election both of my sons in law will be in a heap of hurt. You see they are both "small businessmen". One of my son in laws is in Construction. Greg has 2 and sometimes 3 crews working most days. There is no way Greg can pay Health Care on 9-12 people, much less taxes that will be levied on his small business. Greg will probably go back to pounding nails which is what he loves to do. This will mean 9-12 men will lose their jobs and several families will be out of work.

My other son in law Bruce has a landscape business as well as small reconstruction. He hires 2-3 full time employees and several part time employees. The same problems hold true for him if Obama wins. Several people will be out of work and my daughter and her family will be in a difficult time in their life. What do you do when the government makes it nearly impossible to do business today. I know one thing. They will both find a job and feed their families but it may not be doing what they are doing now. What will happen to the 10 families they employ? Will they go on the welfare rolls?

Republicans have found themselves in disarray. They use to be known as the small government and low taxes party. They certainly have strayed from the party that I have been a part of the past many years. Frankly I don't know what has happened but I pray John McCain will get his act together, remember what our party is all about and speak plainly to the American People. Obama is a great speaker and he can certainly sway a crowd. As many said about Governor Palin this is a talent and cannot be learned. He is a natural. But beneath his eloquent speech Obama is the most liberal candidate that has ever run for our country's highest office.

If Obama wins we will become a socialist country and he and Congress will "share the wealth" ,we will have abortion on demand, and they will try to take away our guns. We will get 3 new liberal Supreme Court Judges to name just a few changes.

BE AFRAID...VERY AFRAID!!! and I might add PRAY LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE AND PRAY FOR MERCY FOR OUR GREAT LAND. GOD WONT ASK US WHO WE VOTED FOR HE WILL ALREADY KNOW AND HE WILL KNOW WHAT OUR MORAL STANDARDS WERE.

Did we vote for the candidate that upholds life and supports Christian Values? That is the question we need to ask ourselves when we go into the voting booth.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

'A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.'- Thomas Jefferson

A Black Christian's View on Obama

Why I (A Black Man) Can't Vote For Obama
I wanted to send this article from Huntley Brown - he is a fabulous concert pianist, man of God and is a black man. I would like to see this article published or spread out via Email to as many as possible. It's good stuff! Listen to Huntley here

Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown

Dear Friends,
A few months ago I was asked for my perspective on Obama, I sent out an email with a few points. With the election just around the corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list have seen some of this before but it's worth repeating...

First I must say whoever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain why I will not be voting for him.

Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness. I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means He leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms He does because He is the leader.

I can't vote black because I am black; I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I won't be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior.

In an election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning to name a few, wrong economic concerns will soon not matter.

We need to follow Martin Luther King's words, don't judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I don't know Obama so all I can go off is his voting record. His voting record earned him the title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007.
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008)
To beat Ted Kennedy and Hilary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing. Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen to America if he had four years to work with.

There is a reason Planned Parenthood gives him a 100 % rating.
There is a reason the homosexual community supports him.
There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Hamas etc. love him.
There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal judges to the Supreme Court. There is a reason he voted against the infanticide bill.
There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.
There is a reason he voted No on banning partial birth abortion. There is a reason he voted No on confirming Justices Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to continue.
Let's take a look at the practice he wanted to continue
The 5 Step Partial Birth Abortion procedures:

A. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps. (Remember this is a live baby)
B. The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
C. The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
D. The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
E. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
God help him.
There is a reason Obama opposed the parental notification law.

Think about this: You can't give a kid an aspirin without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion without parental notification. This is insane.
There is a reason he went to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years.

Obama tells us he has good judgment but he sat under Jeremiah Wright teaching for 20 years. Now he is condemning Wright's sermons. I wonder why now?

Obama said Jeremiah Wright led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19 - 20 "Go and make disciples of all nations." This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you, walk like you; talk like you believe what you believe etc. The question I have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him?

Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenets that said they have a

1. Commitment to the White Community
2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic
4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community.
5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.

Would you support a President who went to a church like that?

Just change the word from white to black and you have the tenets of Obama's former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside.

This kind of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and just discovered he went to a racist church. The church can't be about race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole world.

A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if it's a white church or a black church it's still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote.

Obama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a disciple of liberal theologian James Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once wrote: "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.

Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to. Does Obama believe this?

So what does all this mean for the nation?

In the past when the Lord brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one thing - judgment.

Read 1 Samuel 8 when Israel asked for a king. First God says in 1 Samuel 1:9 "Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."

Then God says

1 Samuel 1:18 " When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."

Here is what we know for sure.

God is not schizophrenic

He would not tell one person to vote for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says, a city divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not hearing from God.

Maybe I am the one not hearing but I know God does not change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt it.

For all my friends who are voting for Obama can you really look God in the face and say; Father based on your word, I am voting for Obama even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial birth abortion. He might have to nominate three or four Supreme Court justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will be making laws that are against you. I also know he will continue to push for homosexual rights, even though you destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this. I know I can look the other way because of the economy.

I could not see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions. Finally I have two questions for all my liberal friends.

Since we know someone's value system has to be placed on the nation,

1. Whose value system should be placed on the nation.

2. Who should determine that this is the right value system for the nation?

Abortion Extremism

Obama's Abortion Extremism
by Robert George
Oct 14, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama's views on life issues ranging from abortion to embryonic stem cell research mark him as not merely a pro-choice politician, but rather as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.

Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.
Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals-even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals - who aggressively promote Obama's candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from the pro-life point of view.

What is going on here?

I have examined the arguments advanced by Obama's self-identified pro-life supporters, and they are spectacularly weak. It is nearly unfathomable to me that those advancing them can honestly believe what they are saying. But before proving my claims about Obama's abortion extremism, let me explain why I have described Obama as ''pro-abortion'' rather than ''pro-choice.''

According to the standard argument for the distinction between these labels, nobody is pro-abortion. Everybody would prefer a world without abortions. After all, what woman would deliberately get pregnant just to have an abortion? But given the world as it is, sometimes women find themselves with unplanned pregnancies at times in their lives when having a baby would present significant problems for them. So even if abortion is not medically required, it should be permitted, made as widely available as possible and, when necessary, paid for with taxpayers' money. Read more here.

Obama is the most liberal pro abortion candidate we have ever had. He will use our tax payers money to pay for abortion. If you are even considering a vote for Obama just think about killing babies.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October Surprise

Now this is a "Community Organizer" Stanley Kurtz is a writter for the National Review.


Happy October...Surprise! [Stanley Kurtz]

It took me a while to put the pieces together, but I think I’ve figured out what’s had the Obama camp so worried about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge records. It goes way beyond Bill Ayers. In fact, it connects the dots between Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Obama’s own early radicalism. I lay out the details today in my new piece, "Wright 101." The gist of what I found is that, from his position as board chair at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Barack Obama was funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to education programs built around the same extremist anti-American ideology preached by Jeremiah Wright. As I argue in today’s piece, this puts the Wright issue back in play in this campaign.
John McCain, take note. Obama’s tie to Wright is no longer a purely personal question (if it ever was one) about one man’s choice of his pastor. The fact that Obama funded extremist Afrocentrists who shared Wright’s anti-Americanism means that this is now a matter of public policy, and therefore an entirely legitimate issue in this campaign.

African Village
In the winter of 1996, the Coalition for Improved Education in [Chicago’s] South Shore (CIESS) announced that it had received a $200,000 grant from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That made CIESS an “external partner,” i.e. a community organization linked to a network of schools within the Chicago public system. This network, named the “South Shore African Village Collaborative” was thoroughly “Afrocentric” in orientation. CIESS’s job was to use a combination of teacher-training, curriculum advice, and community involvement to improve academic performance in the schools it worked with. CIESS would continue to receive large Annenberg grants throughout the 1990s.

The South Shore African Village Collaborative (SSAVC) was very much a part of the Afrocentric “rites of passage movement,” a fringe education crusade of the 1990s. SSAVC schools featured “African-Centered” curricula built around “rites of passage” ceremonies inspired by the puberty rites found in many African societies. In and of themselves, these ceremonies were harmless. Yet the philosophy that accompanied them was not. On the contrary, it was a carbon-copy of Jeremiah Wright’s worldview.

Read the entire article here.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Update on James

I received this from Dirk today:

Quick update on Dad; Last week was a long and tiring week for him. I took them in on Monday which was a full day at the Huntsman Cancer Center for replacement of his biliary drainage tube. Tuesday he had 2 sessions of radiation at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Wednesday was a repeat of the same schedule he had Tuesday. Thursday was a follow up and moving the biliary drainage tube in place for it to drain internally. I had meetings and some work obligations and was unable to spend the full week with them; thank goodness for my good wife who spent these days with Mom and Dad, driving them and supporting them so they would not be alone. She was great, and was thrilled for a little time to sit still and get the binding completed on two quilts! Dad was very tired from all this and spent the weekend resting; the majority of his time in bed. But by Sunday evening he was up, dressed and sitting in his chair watching Fox News. He had a few visitors on Sunday and enjoyed that. Home health has started coming. They will come three times a week. The first visit from them was on Saturday, they came today also. This will be good for him since they will attend to any needs; bathing, checking vitals, helping him walk to get some exercise, monitoring pain, etc.

His next follow up with his Dr. is on October 20th, with his Medical Oncologist. That appointment will be to follow up on his treatment schedule and see how he is feeling overall. The Medical oncologist does an overview of all his treatment and coordinates with the other entire oncologist for his needs. He has follow up appointments with his Interventional Oncologist and his Radiation Oncologist on November 18th, at this time they should be able to see if there has been any change in the tumor.

Thank you all so much for your love, prayers and support in behalf of Dad and all our family. I express how grateful I am for the healing power of the Saviors Atonement, not only for my sins, but for the strength to endure all pains, and afflictions of mortality.

Love you all,
-Dirk

Saturday, October 11, 2008

McCain-Palin

I know it will not come as a surprise to most of you but I'm voting for McCain-Palin and this guy will pretty much tell you why (click on link)
BTW I'm voting for McCain-Palin.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Update on James

Thought you would like to see James' family that was taken a couple of weeks ago. He has one daughter Shaila (the blonde with curly hair) and one son Dirk on the back row in the middle. Shaila and her husband Brad have 5 sons, 2 daughter in laws; Dirk and his wife Ellen have 2 sons and 2 daughters. Aren't they a good looking family?



I talked with James on the phone this evening (Thursday). He sounded good considering all he has been through this week but the good news is HE MADE IT THROUGH THE WEEK.
I ask him if he felt like the had been through the wringer and he said "Yes and the dryer too". At least he hasn't lost his sense of humor. I ask him if they changed the tube into his bile duct and he really didn't know. I guess he was pretty much knocked out. He is to go back in a month and half I believe and I guess they will just check to see if there is any change in the tumor. Please pray that the tumor will shrink and he will get some strength back in the mean time. Thanks for all of your prayers and please do not stop now. James has a wonderful attitude and that is so important. Eph. 3 says God is able to do exceedingly above all we dare ask or think. So I am asking for a complete healing. I still hate cancer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

One Nation Under God

This country is certainly in a mess. The news is depressing and the election is down right scary.
Many Christians quote the scripture,

"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

God is calling us to humble ourselves and pray about this election.

I have been doing an online bible study called "Setting the Captives Free". In my study today was a section on repentance which is the same as "turn from their wicked ways". Repentance is more than just saying "I'm sorry".

James 4:8-10 says, "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." That is a little more than saying I'm sorry. We need to have some action.


(Oswald Chambers _My Utmost For His Highest_ December 7th Devotional) says:
"Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses a man's conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God--against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight. Conviction of sin, the marvel of forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven man who is the holy man, he proves he is forgiven by being the opposite to what he was, by God's grace. Repentance always brings a man to this point: I have sinned. The surest sign that God is at work is when a man says that and means it. Anything less than this is remorse for having made blunders, the reflex action of disgust at himself.

The entrance into the Kingdom is through the panging pains of repentance crashing into a man's respectable goodness; then the Holy Ghost, Who produces these agonies, begins the formation of the Son of God in the life. The new life will manifest itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness, never the other way about. The bedrock of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a man cannot repent when he chooses; repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for the gift of tears. If ever you cease to know the virtue of repentance, you are in darkness. Examine yourself and see if you have forgotten how to be sorry."

Did you catch that repentance is a gift from God? This truth comes from 2 Timothy. I never thought about repentance being a GIFT from God.

Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:25-26

Maybe we should be praying for the GIFT OF REPENTANCE as well as 2nd Chronicles 7:14 Someone recently gave me this definition of repentance. Burning down the house and salting the field. Nothing left to go back to. Think about that.

Recently I received this prayer by email by Billy Graham. It might be a good prayer for us to use...what do you think?

Billy Graham's prayer aired by Paul Harvey...........................
THIS GUY SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY!
PAUL HARVEY'S ON- AIR PRAYER

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. 'If you don't stand for something, you will fall for everything.' We need to pray for the gift of repentance.


One Nation Under God