Archive | November 2013

What’s in a Name?

A lot of good food for thought in this Chris. You make some excellent points.

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Let’s be completely honest with ourselves right now. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Christian? For me, several words surface into my thought process. Hypocritical. Judgmental. Self-righteous. Whoa, wait a minute. That doesn’t sound very nice at all. I am a Christian. I believe 100% that God sent His only Son to die a criminal’s death on a cross, to take all of mankind’s sin upon Himself, to be the ultimate sacrifice for me, so I wouldn’t have to pay that debt. I also believe that after three days of being held captive in the clutches of death, He rose again.

I believe Christians are viewed by society in a not so great light because of things said and done in the name of Jesus.

Christians are the first ones to jump on a bandwagon to protest something. It could be anything…

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Cats are Unique!

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Great bed! basket of clean laundry!  🙂

I was just reminded a few minutes ago of this silly story I wrote almost a year ago on another site.  It is such a silly little story about cats in general and my two grand-kitties–yes I did say grand-kitties–that I thought I would share it on my blog just to make people laugh.  🙂

One of my granddaughters  has two cats who I refer to as my Grand-kitties. These two cats are sooooo spoiled; they are like having two little kids! She converses with them constantly and can tell you what they are saying to her .   I tease her that she speaks and understands “Cat” fluently,   😀   They do funny, silly things all the time.  One day, one of them found my granddaughter’s lunch for work and ran off with it, baggie and all, took it upstairs and proceeded to dig her way into the sandwich and eat a good amount of it,   Who knew cats like ham sandwiches?  🙂  Well there went lunch that day!   The cats would greet her at the door every night when she returned from work–waiting right at the door and then they start chattering away, especially the younger one–the real chatterbox of the pair.  Another story has been added at the end of this regarding the old cat that cracks me up!

My granddaughter shared the following  quotes with me that she got on line and I thought I would share them with you.  Each of them is so true of cats, especially hers!!   ENJOY!!!

 Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.

Cat’s motto: No matter what you’ve done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it.

Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.

In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.

 It’s really the cat’s house – we just pay the mortgage/rent!

Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously. – Louis J. Camuti

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. – Jeff Valdez

Addendum:  My granddaughter just sent me a message about one of the cats that is sooooo funny!   (note:  this happened when I wrote the story last year- not today)

” I think Esme broke the computer! She climbed onto it to get my attention and it went black, went into sleep mode, I turned it back on, and Firefox had some crazy troubleshooting message.  I swear, I should give them their own login for their computer, since they walk on the keyboard so much!  yup.. the Netbook, perfect cat size computer– let them go bonkers with it”

I could go on and on I am sure with silly things about cats but I am sure you get the picture–especially if any cats own you!  🙂

Hope this silly little blurb made you laugh today!

The American Soldier

And another from Chris Martin, An American Soldier. Chris I thank you for your wonderful words of gratitude,

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Since before and after the birth of our freedom, men and women have given their lives in sacrifice for this country. I won’t lie, our country is in a world of hurt, full of sin and despair. That, however, doesn’t change the fact that there are still brave men and women today who answer the call and put on that uniform. I wrote this for them and their families…for those brave souls presently serving and who have ever served in the military. It’s called The American Soldier.

The American Soldier Copyright 2012 Chris Martin In the fading sun, you can see them standing tall The fearless men and women, unafraid to risk it all So far away, they fight even when it doesn't make sense While we sleep inside the safety of our white picket fence A father sits in silence, a wrinkled picture in his hand With each tear that…

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Thank You Isn’t Enough

On this Veteran’s Day 2013, i want to honor all of our veterans for their sacrifices made daily to protect the freedoms we still have in this country. this is just one of a few things written by fellow blogger Chris Martin to honor them. and I want to share it with you, God bless you all for the sacrifices you made!

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It’s a typical morning. My dreams dissolve into the sound of two little girls running up and down the hallway. Birds chirp outside the window as golden sunlight trickles in through the half-open blinds. Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I greet my wife with a kiss and stumble into the kitchen. With the press of a button, frothy hot liquid pours into my mug. The aroma brings a smile to my face.

Thousands of miles away, a young man sits on the damp earth, trembling. Bombing continued throughout the night, shaking the very ground beneath him. His eyes burn from lack of sleep. He grips the M16 rifle across his lap with both hands as his thoughts drift away to a normal life he can barely remember. Tears dampen his face as he recalls the last words his mother spoke to him right before he left.

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Santa May Be Comin’ to Town, but……..

A new song I just heard courtesy of one of my blogging friends. (Thank you Skye!) I wanted to share it with all my friends and family as a reminder of the Reason for the Season that will soon be upon us. As we lament the fact that even before Halloween arrives, the stores are over-decorated for Christmas. They seem to skip right over Thanksgiving and straight on to worshiping the almighty dollar before the kids are hardly back in school. Stores are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving–all to make that almighty dollar! It is very evident that the world in large part has forgotten all about what Christmas really is! (I know I get caught up in that a lot!) Christ’s name is in the word CHRISTmas for a reason. It is all about HIM! It’s about the Cross! It is the Lord we need more than any of the glitter, the gifts, and all of the other trappings of Christmas. Enjoy the season when it arrives but let’s enjoy it first for all the gifts we have already received from God and the Ultimate gift of our salvation because of the great sacrifice made for us by Jesus Christ. Let us remember to FIRST thank him on Thanksgiving and every other day!

Happy 238th Birthday USMC!!!

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This Sunday, November 10, 2013  is the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, born on November 10, 1775.   Please join me in wishing a Happy Birthday and a huge Thank You!  to all currently active and veteran Marines!   Semper Fi

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Nothing but Respect

This poem really touched my heart and brought me to tears. I have a special place in my heart for our military members for all they sacrifice for our great country, most especially our Wounded Warriors and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. I reblogged this back in July but as I said to the author, especially with Veteran’s Day upon us, it bears repeating! A huge thank you to all our veterans and active military.

Chris Martin Writes

I was never in the military. I never served multiple tours in Afghanistan. I’ve never had to spend sleepless nights in a bunker somewhere on the other side of the world listening to continuous gunfire and explosions. I’ve never had to spend months or years away from my family wondering if I would ever see them again. I’ve never spent holidays and birthdays alone, far away from the ones I love the most.

Unfortunately, there are many brave men and women who have, and who are still serving right now. I have the utmost respect for anyone who lives a life of sacrifice. True heroes don’t wear capes, football pads, or memorize scripts for the silver screen. The true heroes in this world wear dog tags, a shield on their uniform, rush into burning buildings to save lives, and stand in front of a classroom full of kids who don’t…

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Who Do You Pick?

Reblogging this post from a fellow blogger. Something to think about –if we were being persecuted and our lives were in danger because of our Faith in the Lord, what would we do? Who would we pick? I want to say I would still pick Jesus and I hope I would but would I run away and hide? How about you?

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I honestly had no idea where I was going with this blog post when I started it. I had one line in my head, and I went with it.

Take a short trip with me back to middle school when you were standing on the playground with a group of kids from your class. It’s time to play kickball. The big moment has arrived to pick teams. It’s obvious who will get picked first, and the back and forth begins. “I’ll take him.” “I pick her.” And it goes on until there are one or two geeky kids left, standing there looking like hair gel at a bald man convention. Very out of place. Reluctantly, each one is picked up by a team, but everyone knows they won’t be allowed to do much. They were picked because they were the last ones standing there. The only options remaining.

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Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth

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1 John 3:18 KJV

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Yesterday, I reblogged a post from my friend Skye about an outreach ministry she and her family are involved in through their church.  In her post, she talks about how much she and her family enjoy this ministry, how excited they get taking part in it.  She shared with me that she thinks of the 12 children around the world who will be getting gifts this Christmas from her family and prayers from  many, many, others as well.  She said “They are walking around today, going about their lives, and soon, our lives will intersect with God at the middle!!!!! Yay!”

Reading her post and her comments and seeing her excitement and love for sharing God’s word and His love was on my mind all day yesterday and still is.  I began to write this post last evening but was unable to finish due to the late hour; so here I am again to complete it,

I have been thinking about Love; God’s love in particular, and how many ways for us to show His love to others, as Jesus served us and showed His Love to us when he was on earth,  whether it be friends, neighbors and relatives or people halfway around the world.

We all have heard of people near and far who have so little, not even the bare necessities of life many times.  There is so much that could be done to help them and so much most of us would like to be able to do, but we are limited on our funds to do some of the things.  But we can teach them about God’s love and give them the hope of his loving-kindness and build in them the desire to want to do things for themselves.  They say if a man is hungry, you can give him a fish and he will eat for a day.  But so much better is the latter part of that old saying:  Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.

I noticed when I watched one of the videos included in Skye’s story, that one of the little boys who received a “shoebox” gift hoped for and did receive school supplies to help with his education.  It’s one of the items particularly mentioned on the list of suggested gifts.  What a great way to help a child toward his goal of education, to not only receive supplies he needs, but also to be encouraged by the knowledge that he is being prayed for by many around the world, to hear God’s word and most especially to know that he is loved by God.  A few school supplies or small toys, books, etc. may seem so little in comparison to what many of us or our children have, but what a long reaching effect the gifts will have on each of their precious lives.

I have a great deal of respect for those who are called to serve in the mission fields because they do so much to improve the lives of the people they come in contact with.  They show them God’s love, teach them many things to help them be self-sustaining. But we cannot, of course, all be missionaries such as these.  However we can do things from our homes and our churches to help in these efforts to improve the lives of others.  We can pray, we can pack boxes of gifts, we can take part in providing them with Bibles.  We also can very easily volunteer in our own communities to share our varies talents and skills with others, all while sharing God’s love with them.

There is so much more I can think of to say about this subject but I don’t want to get too long-winded!  (who? me?) I am sure everyone has their own ideas of things we can all do to make life a bit brighter for and to encourage our fellow human beings who are in need like Operation Christmas Child which is sponsored by a group called Samaritan’s Purse.  Imagine the great feeling of showing someone that they count in this world; they are not forgotten human beings.  More importantly, imagine how they will feel!

Goals and Inspirations

It's Not Who You Know That Matters, But Who You Are Inside

An inspirational quote I came across a while back that I really like.  Nice reminder to each of us I believe.  So many times we seem to get caught up in worrying about how successful we “should” be and how to get there.  We set a lot of goals and perhaps, at times, they are unrealistic goals personally.  For instance it would be incredibly silly of me to shoot for a goal of running 5 miles when I can rarely walk 1 mile.  (I am great for setting those unrealistic goals!)  And don’t we all just love being around the “name-droppers”!  NOT.  What does it matter who we know, or what we have, how much money we have?

My goal is to change those personality traits in me that are just taking up wasted space in my brain.  Can I do it all at once? No and I am not even going to try.  One step at a time, one trait at a time,   My goals are, as the above quote says, to see how high my faith in God can climb, to see how many hearts I can touch as I live my life.  When the day comes that the Lord calls me home, will anyone remember whether I was wealthy, had many possessions, lived in the biggest, most expensive house, or knew all the so-called “important people” ?  No, of course they won’t.  But will I be remembered for the way I made someone feel, for smiles I gave to someone who needed to see a smile?  Will I be remembered as a loyal friend,  or a loving mother/grandmother, as an encouragement to another person?    My wish is that I leave behind many more good things to remember than bad things.  I believe all of us want to be remembered for what is inside our hearts and inside our minds.

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