12.31.19 Wacky Wonderful New Years

I hope everyone is enjoying a fun and safe New Years’ Eve!


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If we all chose to live by this, our new year would be a spectacular one!

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25 OF THE COOLEST HOTELS BEGINNING WITH GIRAFFE MANOR IN KENYA

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nyd20recipe for something needs cdroppingAND YES HERE WE GO INTO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR OF 2020 WHERE WE HOPE OUR FAVORITE PRESIDENT WINS AGAIN!

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We love the freshness a new year brings. New opportunities, new chances, new ways to grow.

We can make fresh starts every day, but there’s something about the change of the calendar year that makes it even more real.

Let’s keep giving this year to God. I loved this prayer and thought you might, too.

Written by Jack Larkin

New Year’s Prayer, by Jack Zavada

Lord, this year I want to change, and I’ve said that in the past.  But now my prayer is different ’cause I understand at last.

I wanted my own way before, I ignored your loving plans. But now I’m putting everything into your nail-scarred hands.

I promise to obey you out of gratitude and love. I won’t be giving orders to my Father up above.

I finally realize the truth and so I’ve changed my prayer. The safest place for me to be is in your gentle care.

Please be my shepherd, Jesus, that’s all I ask of you. In good times and in bad this year, take my hand and lead me through.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER…

Complete set of encyclopedia Britannica.
45 Volumes. Excellent condition.
$100 or best offer.
Reason for sale: No longer required.
Got married last weekend.
Wife knows everything.

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THESE TWO ARE ADORABLE!

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Many of us couldn’t imagine whirling and twirling on the ice, but for Taryn Jurgensen, she couldn’t imagine life any other way. Taryn has been skating since she was a little girl and is ready to show the world what she’s made of during a local showcase.

Her God-given skills are amazing and she’s about to highlight her ability. Shaking off the nerves, Taryn skates onto the ice and waits for her song to begin…

The feeling of freedom on the ice and the exhilaration of performing in front of an audience is what pushed Taryn to enter into the Los Angeles Showcase. Skating to “Hallelujah” by Alexandra Burke (a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s hit), Taryn takes the ice and demonstrates her incredible skill.

Taryn’s elegance, poise, smoothness and expressiveness is part of what wowed the judges. She truly is an incredible ice skater. It simply too my breath away!

Take a peek at her prize-winning routine for yourself by clicking in the video below.

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THIS SUNDAY AT NOON THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WILL TAKE ON THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN THEIR FIRST PLAY OFF GAME. PLEASE WATCH AND HELP US CHEER THEM ON TO VICTORY!

  nyd20 This is such incredible art drawn on hands.
I was fascinated with each one.
I hope you enjoy them too!

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12.27.19 The Legend of Ed Orgeron, by “Papa Heaux”

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The thunder rumbles in Death Valley
A storm has arrived this you know
This storm brings bright lightening to rally
And the storm’s name is “Coach O”

LaFourche is the bayou on which he was born
To parents named BaBa and CoCo
They saw a special light in this one they adorned
A young Prince who we now call Coach O

Making a life in Galliano he drove a shrimp boat
And he grew to be the man that we love so
With that gravelly Cajun voice from deep in his throat
He became the King who we call Coach O

He took a group of cub Tigers under his paw
And breathed fire deep into their souls
He turned them into scrappers and fighters without flaw
This Papa Cat who we call Coach O

He conquered this country with fire and with storm
With a handsome young quarterback named Burrow
Making strength and love forever his norm
Not afraid to show tears is brave Coach O

This man is a hero to the people of Luzianne
A symbol of pride to people I love and know
But against the LSU Tigers no one can stand
As long as they’re lead by Coach O

You see him on the screen after he’s just been tried
And you know its not just for show
When he says GEAUX TIGERS he makes you swell with pride
This tower of a man named Coach O

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Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

12.24.19 Roy’s pain update

The epidural steroid injection Roy had on Monday, December 2nd started easing the pain just a few days after the shot!.

Roy’s is not happy about having to quit smoking but he is doing really well from what I can tell. Yay! He has counseling sessions at North Oaks and continues to take the medicine they gave him.

He has been going to Kelsey Physical Therapy two to three days a week for a few weeks now and is doing very well with that. They started off doing just a couple of things because they were reluctant to push Roy until the Vascular Surgeon gave his okay.

Roy saw the Vascular Surgeon who gave his okay for strenuous physical therapy.  While we were meeting with Dr. Eckholdt, he reviewed the MRI and the Ultrasound. He said that the results of the size of his aneurysm were different on those two tests.  He ordered a CT scan which Roy had done this morning. Waiting now to hear from the doctor with the results.  Probably won’t hear anything until after Christmas.

Since he has been feeling better he started and finished a project of putting handles on all our kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. Not too strenuous but he did feel some pain when he did this.

When we built our home in Amite we chose not to have handles on our cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Over time we’ve realized that was not a good choice, AT ALL.  Using our fingers to open the doors constantly kept that area on the cabinets dirty. I was always wiping down cabinets which wasn’t fun and if I didn’t wipe them down they looked dirty.  Over time opening drawers with our fingers caused the drawers to open crooked. Kinda hard to explain that one but it did.  We wanted cabinet pulls that were as close as they could be to the handles on our furniture in the living room. We priced similar cabinet pulls at Lowes and the total was kinda expensive. Roy did some shopping on the internet (which he is extremely good at – another quality in my husband that I really appreciate!) and found some that are very similar and were only $25 for all of 22 them. Internet shopping is so worth it!  Roy installed a few each day and the finished look was well worth even the tiny cost! 

Before Roy’s pain started he was working on replacing many parts to our back door.  He had to put that on hold with all the parts sitting in a pile in the living room! Yay cool Christmas decorations!. He’s been working on that the last week and when he’s finished I’ll share all he did.

We will be spending Christmas Eve enjoying dinner and gift opening with our sons and their families at Chip and Misty’s house. After that, we will all go together to Christmas Eve Candelight Service at our church! I’m so thankful that Roy is not having the bad pain he was having and can enjoy Christmas with all our little grandchildren!

 

 

 

12.23.19 WALNUTS AND POPCORN: PRIORITIES DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, by Felicia Mollohan

Walnuts and Popcorn: Priorities During This Christmas Season
While I was growing up, every Christmas Eve, my parents would bring out the walnuts and popcorn jar. At that time, I didn’t quite understand the meaning behind this activity, but now I completely get it. I appreciate my parents for showing us the true meaning of this time of year, but I think it can be for the entire year.

You see, it was a simple glass jar full of popcorn and walnuts. They would bring out the jar and a big bowl. My dad would empty the jar into the bowl and start talking to us about Christmas.

He started to talk about all of the things that we do at Christmas time. We would talk about things like buying gifts, going caroling, eating candy canes, and seeing Christmas lights.

He would fill up the jar with the popcorn. Then he would lead our conversation to the more important things about Christmas: Jesus coming to earth, being with family, and reading the Bible story about Christmas. He would put in a walnut for each important thing about Christmas.

To our surprise, they wouldn’t fit in the jar. Impossible! We just saw them all in the jar just a minute ago!

He would then go about telling us that when we fill up our time with the unimportant things first, we don’t have time for the most important things. Then he would empty the jar again.

He would then start filling the jar with the walnuts first…the important things…then he would pour the popcorn over it and it all fit!

When we remember and do what is important first, then there will still be time for the other things.

Not that the unimportant things are bad, they aren’t! They just have their place and we need to remember that.

Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Keep Christ FIRST and all else will follow.

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12.22.19 BORN UNTO US! by Eberhard Arnold

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THE GREATEST MAN IN HISTORY IS JESUS.

He had no servants, yet they called him Master.

He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher.

He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer.

He had no army, yet they feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet he conquered the World.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He Lives Today!

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11) .

There is no event in the history of salvation that so expressly calls forth joy as does the experience of Christmas. Into the world of fear and worry, right into the midst of all our troubles, comes the proclamation of great joy, “Today a Savior has been born to you!

The coming of the deliverer among people who groan under their need in loneliness and death must truly be a source of abundant joy. One is born who brings us the greatest thing of all: fellowship with the living God! Here is One who through his life and death brings God to all those who are willing to accept him.

Christ’s birth was a prelude to his death. The lowliness of his birth, the immediate persecution by Herod, and the terrible massacre at Bethlehem – these are the signs over the manger signifying the life that awaited him; they are the sign of the cross. But they are also the sign that the broken bond between us and God will be restored.

The angel does not merely say that Christ is born; he says, “for you,” for you he is born. He does not say, “I bring news of great joy”; he says, “to you, I bring news of great joy.”

This brings us great joy! Here is someone who will sacrifice everything in order to free us and redeem us. This little child is our Savior because he is born to redeem us from our sins. His life and death, the action of his spirit, proves that he is the Son of the living God. This is the gospel: what was promised through the prophets is the Son who in the flesh is born of the seed of David and whose power is proven as Son in the Spirit.

This living, risen Son can only be known by faith. “The real, blessed faith that God’s word and work demands,” Martin Luther says, “is the firm faith that Christ is born for you and that his birth is yours, that it took place for your sake; for the gospel teaches that Christ was born for our sake and that he died and suffered all things for our sake. The angel does not merely say that Christ is born; he says, ‘for you,’ for you he is born. He does not say, ‘I bring news of great joy’; he says, ‘to you, I bring news of great joy.’”

The birth of Jesus took place under the sign of light. If we want to become united with the One who was born, we will give ourselves wholly to him – with all our sins! For, as Luther reminds us in the old words of the mystic Angelus Silesius, “Were Christ born a thousand times in Bethlehem and not in you, you would still be eternally lost.”

“See, Christ takes our birth from us to himself and immerses it in his birth and gives us his, so that in it we might become pure and new, as if it were our own. Thus every Christian may rejoice and glory in this birth, as if he, like Christ, were born of Mary.” Therefore, Christ must become ours and we his. To us a child is born, to us a son is given. Born to us, to us, to us!

Written by Eberhard Arnold

 

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12.21.19 Gold wrapping paper, by Fred Burks

Whether or not the following inspirational short Christmas story is true, it’s a wonderfully inspiring story for people of any faith.

In this season of love, may we all remember the beautiful love of a small child.

Have a meaningful and love-filled Christmas season and New Year ahead.

May your days be filled with love, joy, growth, and inspiration.

The Gold Wrapping Paper, by Fred Burks

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Written by Fred Burks

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12.20.19 The Cajun Twelve Days of Christmas, by Tee Jules

On dem first day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
A crawfish in a fig tree.

Tee Jules (Jules d’Hemecourt IV) recites his “Cajun 12 days of Christmas”. Mr d’Hemecourt passed away on 02.12.2008. In His memory I post this for people near and far to hear.  His Cajun accent may be hard for some to understand so the words can be found below the video clip.

Lyrics to “The Cajun Twelve Days of Christmas”

one sprig of holly
On dem second day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Two voodoo dolls
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem third day of Christmas my true love she gave to me:
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

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On dem fourth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem fifth day of Christmas,
I could not believe in all my days what she come up with:
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem sixth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem seventh day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem eighth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Eight crabs a brewin’,
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem ninth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Nine oysters stewin’,
Eight crabs a brewin’,
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem tenth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin’,
Eight crabs a brewin’,
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem eleventh day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Eleven duck decoys,
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin’,
Eight crabs a brewin’,
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

one sprig of holly
On dem twelveth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Twelve shotgun shells,
Eleven duck decoys,
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin’,
Eight crabs a brewin’,
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d’eau,
Four pousse cafe’, Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.
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** Notes: a pirogue (pronounced pee-roh) is a flat-bottomed canoe; fleur de lis is the flower of the french kings and the New Orleans Saints football symbol; cypress knees are the roots of a cypress tree that sticks out of the water; poules d’eau (pronounced pool-doh) is chicken or hen of the water – ie: a coot or duck; pousse café (pronounced poose kaffay) layered drink composed of several layers of differently colored liqueurs; and Cajuns are the French Acadians that live in southern Louisiana.

From our Cajun family to whatever your family is, Merry Christmas!

 

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!