"The real issues of life aren't the ones in the national headlines but the ones in our small personal spheres of life." Jan Karon
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!
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.
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.
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. > >
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.