Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sounds like Math










Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Waterson


I Know Something About You

by Louis C. Shimon

Wouldn’t this old world be better
If the folks we meet would say —
“I know something good about you!”
And treat us just that way?

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy
If each handclasp, fond and true,
Carried with it this assurance —
“I know something good about you!”

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
If the good that’s in us all
Were the only thing about us
That folks bothered to recall?

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
If we praised the good we see?
For there’s such a lot of goodness
In the worst of you and me!

Wouldn’t it be nice to practice
That fine way of thinking, too?
You know something good about me,
I know something good about you?


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Wisdom From the Berry Patch

By Anita Sitarski
Country Woman, August-September 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

You're Always a Role Model to Somebody #12




















"The wise in heart are called discerning 
and pleasant words promote instruction."
Proverbs 16:21


Drop a Pebble in the Water

by James W. Foley



Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,
But there’s little waves a-flowing, and there’s ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You’ve disturbed a might river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you’ve started them to flow.

Drop and unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget;
But there’s little waves a-flowing, and there’s ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there’s gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy a-circling yet,
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.


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How much is that tiger in the window?











Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Waterson


Our Extraordinary God




I am ordinary,
but I serve an extraordinary God.
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1 Corinthians 1:18-25



For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel,
not in cleverness of speech,
so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

For the word of the cross

is foolishness to those who are perishing,

but to us who are being saved

it is the power of God.  

For it is written,

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 

 For since in the wisdom of God
the world through its wisdom did not come to know God,
God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached
to save those who believe.
 
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
but we preach Christ crucified,
to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,  
but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God
is wiser than men,
and the weakness of God
is stronger than men.
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"From goo to you, by way of the zoo" is a lie

You are important to the LORD.  Do not allow yourself to believe the lie that you are nothing.


This statement is not true:


"From goo to you, by way of the zoo"


We did not evolve from goo into "whatever" and end up as humans.  God created everything in its own kind---including man and woman.  He cares for us.  His Son died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.


You are unique in Him, you are precious to Him, your life lived for Him is glorifying His name.


You are important to the LORD.


We need to live our lives in vibrant ways for Him in all that we do.


Continue!







Monday, October 6, 2014

My Mother


by Jane Taylor

Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest, 
And on my cheek sweet kisses preset?
My mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet lullaby
And rocked me that I should not cry?
My mother.

Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping in my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye
And wept, for fear that I should die?
My mother.

Who ran to help me when I fell
And would some pretty story tell, 
Or kiss the part to make me well?
My mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray,
To love God’s holy word and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee
Who was so very kind to me, —
My mother.

Oh no, the thought I cannot bear;
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward thy care, 
My mother.

When thou art feeble, old and gray, 
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My mother.

And when I see thee hand thy head,
’Twill be my turn to watch thy bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed, —
My mother.


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from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”










Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Waterson


You're Always a Role Model to Somebody #11

















"Listen, my sons [daughters], 
to a father's instruction;  
pay attention 
and gain understanding."
Proverbs 4:1


Friday, August 29, 2014

Who are you?

"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far above rubies."
Proverbs 31:10
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Who are you, what do you do, what do you look like, and what is your age?

It does't matter. 
What matters is if you love the LORD
 with all your might and accept Jesus as your Savior.
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"If you confess with your mouth 
Jesus as Lord, 
and believe in your heart 
that God raised Him from the dead, 
you will be saved; 
for with the heart a person believes, 
resulting in righteousness, 
and with the mouth he confesses,
resulting in salvation."
Romans 10:9-10
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The world does not hold on to the value of people 
unless they are in some profession deemed important
by the world.

I was asked once, "Don't you have a job or something?"
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"Whatever you do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks 
through Him to God the Father."
Colossians 3:17
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 Mothers, homemakers 
are not held in high esteem 
and may never be again,
but this does not show your value.  
Your value as a mother, as a homemaker, as a person 
comes from the LORD.

Do not believe the lie
that you are not valuable.
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"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? 
And yet not one of them 
will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

So do not fear; 
you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31
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The LORD knows you and He sees you.  
He has not forgotten you.  
He holds you in the palm of His mighty hands.

Run to Him.
Draw near to him.
He is your strength and 
He is your comfort.
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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 
who comforts us in all our affliction 
so that we will be able to comfort those 
who are in any affliction with the comfort 
with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, 
so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 

But if we are afflicted, 
it is for your comfort and salvation; 
or if we are comforted, 
it is for your comfort, 
which is effective in the patient enduring 
of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 
and our hope for you is firmly grounded, 
knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, 
so also you are sharers of our comfort."
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
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Praise the LORD!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Broken, frail me can smile at the future

I was with two dear friends this week.  Each of us have gone through great agonies, we are still going through them, with some of the great agonies becoming great victories.  Each of us know pain and sufferings of long standing.

As we chatted, laughed, cried through our Bible Study one of these precious ladies turned towards me and asked,

"How do you do it?"

I didn't understand what she meant.  We had not been speaking of my agonies at all and I didn't want to~~~ but she was wondering how I was able to smile, to continue, to look to the future....  

Certainly, she knows!  She has been through so much, and yet, she has relied on the LORD throughout!  

But that day she saw me, and she needed to ask, she needed to know.  Her agonies through her life had drawn her close to the LORD, but that day, these last weeks, she had been grieving anew after losing a precious son to a car crash where the other person had been texting while driving.

I looked at her with such compassion.  This precious woman has given me hope every single time I have ever seen her~~~even at her treasured son's funeral.  Her faithfulness is a beautiful example which we all look to achieve, and yet, here she was asking me how I do it.  

We all need to be reminded of the LORD even when we know Him!

Of course, the LORD is how I do it.  This is not of me, I rely on the LORD.  The agony is in me, sometimes right on the surface, and other times so deep inside.  I live every moment remembering the agony, but giving it to Him, allowing Him to take it, to handle it, to work in me, to work in them.  

It is an all the time thing.  I live and breathe relying on Him.  Part of my testimony is that these have been the worst years of my life, and yet the very best years of my life, because I have drawn closer, and closer to the LORD in my agony~~~and isn't this our greatest desire to be closer to Him?

"I get up and do next things" for Him, because of Him.  Sometimes I do them with great gusto, praising His name, and other times I do not want to do them at all, but I do them, and I praise His Holy name.  Sometimes I can smile to the world easily, even though my agony is right there hurting so badly, and other times I smile when I do not feel like it at all, and I do not want to~~~but others need to be loved and encouraged ~~~so I smile and love on them.

I am not a super-Christian. I am broken, frail me.  I live in the moment with Him, for Him.  If you ask me what I did yesterday, I probably won't remember, and usually I do not even try to remember.  I am living right then and thinking of what comes next.  My life is for Him, and I want to have Him shining through me so others will see it. I don't have time for yesterdays.  

Because of Him, even in my agonies, I can smile and laugh at the future.

Proverbs 31:25
"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles [laughs] at the future."
NAS/NIV



Moving on Day

Today I decided to "move on".  

It is a full day, and I am way too busy even to write this, but here I am.

I have accomplished one thing after another this morn in a rush so I could get to the things which must be priority today.  Just like "If you give a mouse a cookie"...I went from one to the other, never really breathing as I went.

Eventually the kitty was so thankful she was finally on the "list" and received her breakfast, and then I saw the pile of letters to be mailed.  So I grabbed them, and out I ran to the mail box.  On the walk back to the house I began to "slow down" in my inner person as I was admiring the flowers on the south facing porch.  I realized I must water them next, but there were those porch railing pots looking so lovely, although completely ridiculous.

In the spring I had planted them with a magenta wave petunias each and also a few "thumbelina" zinnia seeds.  When the seeds germinated I was so excited! How lovely these pots would be!  As they continued to grow...they never stopped!  First one foot high and then two.  Every wind storm we have received has blown the pots almost off the railings as the zinnias have been like sails in the wind!  

Today I decided to move on.

I walked right over and lugged those two pots off the railing.  The thumbelina zinnias are now topping 3 feet!  Although as lovely as can be, they are too tall for a flower box.  I placed the two pots in the crook of the porch and house right below where they were, so they are now filling up the space where day lilies have faded.  The flowers are still lovely and will be through the fall, but they will no longer be blocking the porch's view, being a sails in the wind, and looking rather silly for flower pot plants.

As I was moving the zinnia pots, I contemplated how I had finally decided to "move on" with them.  It took a few weeks of thinking how tall would these zinnias grow before they stopped, and what should I do with them.  Today became the day, and I did it.

In our everyday lives we have lots of things with which we must deal.  As precious children of God we have His wisdom, strength, and comfort to help us.  

Even so....there are many days and days where we hold on tightly to situations we have no control over.  Days rush by and even lifetimes fly by as we hold on to our pain, our situations where we have absolutely no control~~~we just "feel" and "think" we have control over them.

Through my own life I have held on tightly, and I have also let go of many things.  As my time as His child has progressed, I have learned the difficult lessons of letting go of things I never had any control over.  

The trite saying, "Let go and let God", is not what I am talking about, as we all know how serious our own pain has been.  Allowing the LORD to take your agony is usually not an easy thing to do ~~~ "to loosen the grip of your controlling hand"  of things which you have grieved over for so long.  Personally, I have had very difficult times of allowing the LORD to have my pain, and other times it has been as easy as breathing, I suppose because I trust and know Him and realize it is time to allow Him.

When we are His child deciding to move on doesn't mean we live in a dream world. 

"Oh, this and that never happened"

Our agonies, pain, memories, struggles, heartaches....remain in our minds, our hearts, but now the LORD is being allowed by us to work in our inner most person.  We have allowed Him to finally take what we never were suppose to control.

He has already been working on our heartaches, but now He can work in us as we allow Him to do so.  This all takes time.  We have lots of pain in there.  Lots of things which are still happening in our lives which are not over yet---so our level of agony is still high.  

When we decide to move on a whole new day begins!  A whole new breath of fresh air is given to us.  We can rely on the LORD to carry us throughout our trials which are too big for us to even think about, much less be able to control.

Our agonies, our struggles, our heartaches, our sadnesses....may still be there, but the LORD can hold them as we allow Him.  He has already been dealing with them in His way and in His time, but now we realize it!  

Today, precious ladies, begin to think of your big ol' pot of overgrown zinnias which you have allowed to sit there flying in the wind and blocking your view.  Think about moving them down and over to the LORD's capable hands.  Your grieving may continue, but as you allow Him to take control of what you have thought you had control over, He will help you even more so in your grievings because you are open to His almighty touch in your inner person.

How can we continue to live fully, and how can we smile?  How can we find joy in this evil world?  We can do this when the LORD God Almighty is our God and we allow Him to reign in our lives, our broken, frail lives.

Proverbs 3 :5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your won understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."




Monday, August 4, 2014

Your value is above rubies


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"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far above rubies."
Proverbs 31:10
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Who are you, what do you do, what do you look like, and what is your age?

It does't matter. 
What matters is if you love the LORD
 with all your might and accept Jesus as your Savior.
*
"If you confess with your mouth 
Jesus as Lord, 
and believe in your heart 
that God raised Him from the dead, 
you will be saved; 
for with the heart a person believes, 
resulting in righteousness, 
and with the mouth he confesses,
resulting in salvation."
Romans 10:9-10
*
The world does not hold on to the value of people 
unless they are in some profession deemed important
by the world.

I was asked once, "Don't you have a job or something?"
*
"Whatever you do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks 
through Him to God the Father."
Colossians 3:17
*
 Mothers, homemakers 
are not held in high esteem 
and may never be again,
but this does not show your value.  
Your value as a mother, as a homemaker, as a person 
comes from the LORD.

Do not believe the lie
that you are not valuable.
*
"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? 
And yet not one of them 
will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

So do not fear; 
you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31
*

The LORD knows you and He sees you.  
He has not forgotten you.  
He holds you in the palm of His mighty hands.

Run to Him.
Draw near to him.
He is your strength and 
He is your comfort.
*
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 
who comforts us in all our affliction 
so that we will be able to comfort those 
who are in any affliction with the comfort 
with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, 
so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 

But if we are afflicted, 
it is for your comfort and salvation; 
or if we are comforted, 
it is for your comfort, 
which is effective in the patient enduring 
of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 
and our hope for you is firmly grounded, 
knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, 
so also you are sharers of our comfort."
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
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Praise the LORD!
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