05.19.20 Were you alive during the pandemic, Grandpa? by Taylor Greene

I hope lots of young parents will get to read this. Please share with them if they are not my Facebook Friend or a follower of my blog. It really made me think of how important it is for parents to really make an effort to create memories with your young ones during this pandemic.  Spend more time with your child and make sure it’s quality time! Here we go!

Child – “How old are you, Grandpa?

Grandpa – “I’m 81, dear.”

Child – “So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?”

Grandpa – “Yes, I was.”

Child – “Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools had closed. And moms and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.

They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.

They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.

They said that the summer holidays were canceled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who died.

They explained how hard all the doctors and nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.

That must have been so horrible, grandpa!”

Grandpa – “Well, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mom and dad and having picnics outside and lots of BBQs.

I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom.

I remember making forts and learning how to do handstands and backflips. I remember having quality time with my family.

I remember Mom’s favorite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’

Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’m a bit busy’.

I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one.

It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right. But I remember it differently.”

Remember how our children will remember these times.

Be in control of the memories they are creating right now so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.”

– Author unknown 💕

Shared on Facebook by Taylor Greene

05.13.20 Hey God, I am falling apart….

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Me: Hey God.
God: Hello….

Me: I’m falling apart. Can you put me back together?
God: I would rather not.

Me: Why?
God: Because you aren’t a puzzle.

Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?
God: Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.

Me: You don’t understand! I’m breaking down!
God: No – you don’t understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains.
You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back.
You aren’t falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax.
Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don’t need anymore to fall off of you.
Quit holding onto the pieces that don’t fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?
God: Only the very best pieces of you.

Me: I’m scared of changing.
God: I keep telling you – YOU AREN’T CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming who?
God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion.
I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided to adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear.
Let those things fall off of you. I love you!
Don’t change! … Become! Become!
Become who I made you to be. I’m going to keep telling you this until you remember it.

Me: There goes another piece.
God: Yep. Let it be.

Me: So … I’m not broken?
God: Of course Not! – but you are breaking like the dawn. It’s a new day. Become!! Become!!

~Author, John Roedel From Hey God. Hey John.

I like this young man’s writing and encourage you to click that link and go check him out. He even has a book called Hey God. Hey John!

02.02.20 Meeting our Lord in Heaven

This is my VERY favorite picture of what it might possibly be like seeing God for the first time in Heaven!

Most pics of God are sweet and humbling. I get it. But this!

This is exactly how I want to run into His arms and say “It’s YOU! It’s really YOU! Oh how I LOVE YOU!”

It totally captures how I picture my first few moments in Heaven! Whoo hoo!!


Knowing this is what will happen when I die, helps me cope with the knowledge that this life will end. When that moment comes I will get to experience all this picture conveys. Eternity is a long time, like “an eternity!” I’ll get to live eternally with my God and I just had to share this picture with ya’ll.

Oh how I want this very thing for all of you! My life here on earth is not perfect, mostly my doing, but some of it is God teaching me through trials and hard times. After this earthly life is over, I know I will spend eternity in Heaven and that makes my heart so happy with smiles!

Do you have that assurance?

I hope ya’ll have a Blessed week!

01.28.20 Hallelujah – Veterans Version

I recently heard this Veterans Version of the song Halleluja. Watching the pictures in the video got me to thinking about all the young men and women who right now are laying their life on the line for us to be a free country. We owe them so much and this version is a great tribute to all Veterans.

Sailor Jerri, as the musician goes by, is a veteran of the United States Navy who worked as an Aviation Mechanic on F/A-18 Hornets. Now out of the military, Jerri is pursuing her music career. Recently she wrote her own version of lyrics to create the Veterans Version of “Hallelujah” — and already it is becoming a huge hit with tons of support from veterans, military families, and patriotic listeners.

The lyrics reflect a veteran’s story and heartfelt emotions at the price too many have seen from war. Those lyrics, mixed with Sailor Jerri’s beautiful voice, is something incredible that I hope you will enjoy!

 

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

01.04.20 A little girl at peace

There is a story about a train traveling through the night in a very violent rainstorm.

The lightning flashes were almost blinding, the rain hitting the windows was deafening and the strong gust winds rocked the train from side to side.

When the lightning flashed and lighted up the darkness, the passengers could see the rising water along the tracks.

This created terror in the minds of the passengers.

Several passengers noted that through all the noise, lightning and wind, one of the passengers, a little girl, seemed to be at perfect peace.

The adult passengers couldn’t figure out why the little girl was so calm during all this excitement.

Finally, one passenger asked her, “How is that you can be so calm when all the rest of us are so worried about what might or could happen?”

The little passenger smiled and said, “My Father is the engineer.”

End of story.

That’s the beauty of knowing that God, our Father, is in control of everything. Like the little girl in our story, she’s at peace and calm, despite people around her are panicking, because her father is in control.

Trouble is,…the world is full of sins that feed our mind unconsciously or subconsciously. That’s why we should be more active and aggressive in meditating in God’s Word whenever and wherever.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

12.19.19 ARE YOU READY FOR THE END? BY BILLY GRAHAM

I was brought up learning about God from Billy Graham.

My parents, preacher, youth ministers, choir ministers, Sunday School and Training Union teachers also fed my young heart that was eager to learn but Billy Graham was special. No one told it so clearly and so personally like Billy Graham did. In our home, there was never any discussion about whether we would watch Billy Graham preach when one of his crusades came on television.

If you’re not a Christian I hope this video of one of Mr. Graham’s sermons speaks to your heart. If you are a Christian I hope you are lifted up in your beliefs!

I am so thankful for the messages Billy Graham left on my heart and that his ministry goes forward with his son Franklin Graham and others in the Graham family.

Ya’ll have a Blessed Christmas!

12.17.19 Will never die, by Susan Adams Moffett

If you only hear one thing from the gospel of John this Christmas season, lean in and listen closely.

Because of Jesus, because of that baby born in a manger who was God Himself, because of His life and death and resurrection, we have eternal life.

We will never die.

Sorrow and grief from a loved one no longer here with us in this life? Yes.

Assurance that, since believing in Jesus, they are more alive than ever in His presence? Yes.

Confidence that what happens after this life is not frightening or final? Yes.

Be assured friend, Jesus came for this!

Written by Susan Adams Moffett. Other writings of hers can be found on her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/susan.a.moffett

09.01.19 Please, please, please read this one, take your time and think

When I read this story, written by someone else who is unknown, it brought back so many memories of my own childhood and teen years. Even the years that Roy and I were raising our two sons. Life wasn’t all sunshine and roses back then but it was so very different than what I see in many families these days. My heart grows sad when seeing how far families and some of our country have grown away from the life we enjoyed growing up.

I was raised during a time when most everyone treated each other with respect. We didn’t eat a lot of fast food because it was considered a treat, and not a basic food group. We drank Kool-Aid or iced Tea made from water that came from our kitchen tap. We ate bologna sandwiches and peanut butter sandwiches, but mostly we ate homemade meals consisting of meat, potatoes, beans, & vegetables.

We ate breakfast at the table before going to school.

We had no cable TV or remote control, Dad used Me as the remote. We had just a few channels that you had to manually turn a large knob on the TV to switch channels, no microwave, or cell phones. and no computers. We watched TV as a family. Gunsmoke, Gilligan’s Island, Wonderful World of Disney, Bonanza, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Little House on the Prairie and Love Boat.

After school, we came home and did homework and watched the Brady Bunch, did some chores and watched some cartoons, American Bandstand on Saturday morning, or listened to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 on the radio.

Our fun was finishing chores and dinner so we could go outside to go to play with the neighborhood kids. We were inside at dark for bath and bedtime!

If we were bad in school, you got in trouble first there. When we got home, we got in trouble again (because your parents already knew). Paddling was allowed in school and you behaved yourself or else.

We LEARNED FROM our parents and grandparents instead of disrespecting them and treating them as if they knew nothing. What they said was the gospel. We were told to go play and we stayed out of our parent’s hair as we were told that children should be seen and not heard.

If someone had a fight, that’s what it was – a fistfight and you were back to being friends a few days later and the bullying pretty much ceased. Kids that were around guns were taught how to properly use them and to respect them and never thought of taking a life.

We ate around the dinner table and talked to each other as a family unit. We said the Pledge of Allegiance, stood for the National Anthem and we listened to our teachers.

We watched what we said around our elders because we knew If we DISRESPECTED any grown-up we would get our butts whipped. It wasn’t called abuse, it was called discipline!

We held open doors, carried groceries and gave up our seat without being asked. “Please, Thank you, Yes M’am and Yes, Sir” were part of our daily vocabulary!

We didn’t hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you had a bar of soap stuck in your mouth and had to stand in the corner for quite some time.

We grew up with good, God-loving families.

Life seemed easier with less stress when we were kids. It seems that we complicate life when we become adults.

Thank You to our parents for showing us how to adapt to change and take responsibility seriously.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to get back to this way of life? If this brought back cherished memories you are Blesssed!

Can I get an Amen? Getting back to these things with our families and friend can be part of what “Making American Great Again” is about.

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

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08.23.19 A Quiet Thought, Chemistry and Physics by Rev. Bob Adams

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God alone is maker of the chemistry and physics of this universe, and thus of all life.

Mass has gravity because God created that law. It didn’t just happen.

Trees draw water from their tiny root fibers up to the little leaf on the top branch because God created the physics that cause that drawing upward.

The mysterious energy of light exist because God called it forth.

God’s breath is behind the chemical impulses that cause the tiny ant and the great elephant to move, to breath, to exist.

Learned people may tell us what those chemical transactions are, but they cannot tell us WHY they are.

That a periodic table of elements exist is true, but why does it exist?

The nerve endings in my body carry tiny electrical currents at unimaginable speeds and in untold numbers.

Because of these impulses I move and sit and stand and see and cry and speak and constantly rebuild my body.

With each passing day studious scientist describe more of these impulses and chemical reactions that are you and me.

Sometimes they conclude that is what we are . . . elements and chemistry.

In this conclusion they stop short and fail to ask: why are these elements me and why do these chemical laws exist?

Everything I see, and the fact that I see, and the fact that I am – all this shouts the glory and continuing presence of God who is beyond our highest thoughts.

And He knows us and loves us, actually loves us.

Let us worship Him!

Thank you Rev. Bob Adams for another thought provoking message.

 

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