I don't know everyone of you personally, and not everyone of you know me. I want you all to know that you can consider me a friend, though. Friendship is a very important thing to me.
Recently I had a great week of love, encouragement, and rediscovery of old and dear friends for me. Bear with me while I share a couple of things I was reminded of.
I had a friend a few years ago, when we were living in another state. He was very dear to me and a special friendship developed. He had so many complicated and serious problems, I could never touch them. All I had to offer him was my friendship. My heart broke as I waved goodbye to him.
A few nights ago I got a phone call into the wee hours of the morning. When I realized who it was I got really excited. Instantly reminded that friendship is forever. Forever. He told me of his new baby, and his life. His excitement to share important details blessed my heart. From where he was to where he is now, is very good news. The love was still there. The enjoyment of hearing each other talk. It was all still there.
That same night another old friend called. We have lived in different states for some time now, and there has remained a close friendship. He used to be an average, decent, law abiding citizen. He called me in trouble, and shared about all of the mistakes he has made recently. Stupid mistakes, made by a precious friend....it broke my heart. Yet, the amazing and wonderful thing?? My heart felt the same love and loyalty for this friend, and maybe even more than I have ever felt. Friendship stands strong through the adversity of the times, and struggles we live in. Friendship is strong. Supernaturally so, even.
Friends are 4-ever! Now and always. Isn't that cool? That isn't to say that every friend is this kind of friend. Just that the act and relationship of true friendship, is truly, forever.
Another thing I was reminded of...
True and loyal friends forgive and understand even when we do dumb things.....like...forget their birthdays. Ooops!
I have a few close and precious friends, but none come any closer or more precious than my best friend in the world. Through every dumb teenage trial and tribulation, through every passing phase and fancy, through hundreds of miles and all of lifes changes she has been right by my side. She has always stood there with me, even if only in spirit. Not always agreeing with me, but always waiting for the opportune time to disagree. Biting her lip sometimes when she could have easily said, 'I told you so'. Supportive and decent even when her world is a little more than upside down. When my grandmother died and my world fell to pieces, she was there holding my hand. She didn't have all the right words, but had all the right feelings, and a comforting smile. As is the case with all of us, she is getting just a little older every day. As a matter of fact, she recently had a birthday . Wouldn't you know it? It completely slipped my mind. I feel like a fool. I am so sorry.
Happy Birthday Robin...your friendship means the world to me..always has, and always will
I've heard the term used a thousand times. 'Kindred spirits'. What does that mean? Well, of course, most of us know that it is a term meant to describe the closeness and likeness of ourselves to someone else out there in the world.
"Kin"- meaning related, being the key and root word, yet most often a kindred spirit true to the term, is referring to someone not biologically related.
Recently I've discovered a kindred spirit who just happens to be, 'kin'. She is much older than me. She has lived hundreds of miles from me my whole life, and I've only seen her for short visits a very few times during the course of my existence on this planet.
That being said. I must tell you that upon this recent extended visit, I've found a true kindred spirit in her.
So much of her ways, thoughts, and even her past, parallels my own. We talked so much, and knew what was meant by the silent moments.
Never having been close, or even talking at length about anything, this is a blessing I never expected. Not in a million years.
This makes me realize that there is so much more out there than what we see on the surface. We look over, around, or even through what was meant for us. A blessing meant for us, passed up because we have preconceived ideas or no idea what we're looking for.
There is a world out there full of pain and confusion. This is undeniable. I'm not blind to that, and you shouldn't be either. Yet, peppered in different and unknown places around that same world are blessings that we have to look for to appreciate.
Some of those blessings are people. People who are wandering the same world, needing us as bad as we need them. Kindred spirits, yet unknown to us. Treasures waiting to be discovered. Friendships, though rough and unpolished..precious, just the same.
This is just a thought. A reminder. Go through life with your eyes open. What is lacking in your life might be walking past you in the grocery store. Another spirit just like you wandering through life lacking something.
God bless you, and a special thank you to my cousin, Pat.
I was on Highway 20 out of Montreal driving toward Quebec city and I decide to stop at a rest stop to use the men's room.
The first stall was occupied so I went in the second. I am barely sitting down when I hear a voice from the other stall saying: "Hi, how are you?"
I'm not the type to start a conversation or fraternize in men's rooms at a rest stop but, I don't know what got into me, so I answer, somewhat embarrassed: "Not bad!"
And the other guy says: "So, what's up with you?"
What a question? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say:
"I'm like you, just traveling east!"
Then I hear the guy say nervously...
"LISTEN!!! I'll have to call you back, there's an idiot in the other
stall who keeps answering all my questions, bye!"
|A shelter in the storm and a shade in the sunlight....
Only in America...
1. Only in America......can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in America......are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in America......do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
5. Only in America......do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
6. Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the
driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. Only in America......do we use answering machines to screen calls and then
have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns packages of eight.
9. Only in America......do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.
10. Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
"Be Who You Say You Are"
It was recently brought to my attention and suggested to me that who I am in person doesnt always match my website articles. Now, while this person was almost certainly not calling me a hypocrite, allow me to remove all doubt.
It is my belief, my opinion, that life is a tightrope/a balance. A song my dad used to sing said it this way, some days are diamonds, and some days are stone. We have extreme highs, and we have extreme lows. We make major mistakes, and sometimes...just sometimes, we do some things right.
Sometimes the articles on this site are all, warm fuzzy, and touching type subjects, but sometimes they are not. I fell in my heart that this is a direct reflection of real life and of who I am.
It is my belief that you should be who you say you are. I want to be that all the time, to everybody. This does not mean that Ill be the same every time someone sees me. I have different moods and feelings, as does everyone else. I assure you, however, each and every article is from my heart, and they are each a part of who I say I am; a part of who I am.
There are more than enough hypocrites in the world. Watch one commercial on TV and youll most likely see one. Selling something. Swearing its the best darn, something or other. When in reality they dont even know what a Ginsu Knife is. They lie, in effect, for money.
We live in a world of people who habitually put on a front for everyone else to see that doesnt remotely match the person that they actually are.
We can blame it on TV, the media, peer pressure, the devil. In actuality, it really comes down to....us. We can blame ourselves. We are the ones who build these false personas. We are the ones who allow, in fact prefer, peoples fake faces and actions.
Are there churches full of hypocrites? You bet. And schools, and workplaces, and homes, and anywhere else there are people. For God sake people, be who you say you are!
"From My Point of View"
The other day on a nature hike, my family and I came across a little spider. Probably no bigger than a quarter of an inch in diameter. It had spun a beauty of a web, round and forboding, about a foot in diameter.
My nephew and niece, and my son, 10, 6, and 7 years of age, approached it in curiosity and youthful mischieviousness. As my nephew drew close the tiny spider rared up and took a defensive stance with its fangs showing. Warning him that he would certainly get a painful bite if he went through with any assault on the spider.
As I stood there watching, I explained to the kids that the spider wasnt being mean. It wasnt a bad thing. It was actually something to watch and admire. It was hard from their point of view to understand, so I suggested that they imagine things from the tiny spiders.
Here was this tiny little thing, not even an inch tall, looking up to us 3 1/2 to 6 feet tall. Were approaching it with quick and noisy movement, and in my nephews case, with every intention of destroying its beautiful home.
How very brave that little spider was to stand its ground. To stand up to impossible odds to protect and preserve everything he held dear.
We went away from that little guy with a new respect. Now maybe the kids will still trash a spider web or two. They are kids. I expect them to. But...
How about us? Will we continue to go around destroying everything we touch? Or on the other hand, would we ever fight for what we have?
In light of the terrorism and war in the world, you might think of this right away, and rightfully so, but this is merely the obvious. Further, its someone else fighting for us.
No. What I mean is, when was the last time you were willing to be yourself and, no matter what kind of giant tried to hinder you, did you hold your ground on what you believed in?
We, as a society, are so quick to talk out of both sides of our mouth. We are chameleons. We blend with our surroundings. Hypocrites and liars in many ways.
Im not saying that we should be negative and intrusive on others. Remember the spider? He wasnt trying to offend or change us. He was merely unashamed of who he was and was willing to die for it.
From, my point of view, we could learn a lot from..his.
"Invisible"- A Letter to Me...and You
Do you know what it's like to be invisible? Do your spoken words fall on deaf ears as if you never said them? Do you ever feel like you're in the world by yourself?
Recently I've been talking to a new friend of mine, I've referred to her in the prayer request section as, 'Pink'. As I listen to her struggles and feelings I realize more and more that this is all too common.
Pink feels all alone and desperate sometimes. Perhaps, even, most of the time. This shouldn't be. Where are her Christian brothers and sisters? Where is her family?
Does Pink play a role in the neglect that seems to be in play here? Has she done something to ostracize herself from her loved ones? Maybe, maybe not. Did she make herself invisible?? Shouldn't somebody notice her whether she did or not? Shouldn't she be noticed even if simply because of her absence?
I, myself, know some of what she is going through. I know what it feels like to be on someones 'B' list. A last resort kind of friend. They call everyone on the 'A' list first. Or, worse yet, they don't call at all. If you don't call these types of friends yourself, you might not ever hear from them.
Then, there are family members that are just as bad, or worse. I understand Pink, believe me.
I know what it's like to speak freely, openly, sometimes painfully honestly, to a close family member and have them prove, then or later, that although they were there when you spoke, they didn't listen to a word you said.
I know the pain of being ignored by the ones you love the most. It's a nagging, numbing pain.
I hurt with you, Pink. I care and want to help. I understand through my own experience and can identify with you. More than you know.
I wish I had all the answers. A way to stop the injustices of our lives. I wish there was an instant cure to what ails us.
If there is a reader out there who would like to comment on this, please submit a comment in the comment box. Perhaps you have the right words to say to touch another persons life.
Until then, I'll close this, 'letter to myself'. Pink, you hang in there hun. We are blessed to know each other, and even more to know Him. He feels our joys, and our sorrows. All else is finite and flawed, but He remains perfect and constant.
The following is a college entrance exam for athletes.
Time Limit: 3 Days.
Write Your Name: ________________________________________
(20 point bonus if spelled correctly).
1. What language is spoken in Germany?
2. Give a dissertation on the ancient Babylonian Empire with particular
reference to architecture,
literature, law and social conditions -OR- Give the FIRST name of
3. Would you ask William Shakespeare to
____ (a) build a bridge
____ (b) lead an army or
____ (c) WRITE A PLAY
4. What religion is the Pope? (check only one)
____ (a) Jewish
____ (b) Catholic
____ (c) Hindu
____ (d) Polish
5. Advanced Math: How many feet is 0.0 meters?
6. What time is it when the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand
is on the 12?
7. How many commandments was Moses given? (approximately)
8. What are people in America's far NORTH called?
____ (a) Westerners
____ (b) Southerners
____ (c) NORTHerners
9. Spell the name of the current President of the US. (George Bush)
10. Six kings of England have been called George, the last one being
George the Sixth.
Name the previous five.
11. Where does rain come from?
____ (a) Wall Mart
____ (b) Kmart
____ (c) Canada
____ (d) the sky
12. Can you explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity?
____ (a) yes
____ (b) no
13. What are coat hangers used for?
14. The Star Spangled Banner is the National Anthem for which country?
15. Explain Le Chateliers Principle of Dynamic Equilibrium -OR- spell
your name in Capital Letters.
16. Where is the basement in a four story building located?
17. Which part of America produces the most oranges?
____ (a) Minnnesota
____ (b) Florida
____ (c) Canada
____ (d) Wisconsin
18. More advanced math. If you have three pears, how many pears do you
19. What does NBC (National Broadcasting Corp.) stand for?
20. The Cornell University tradition for efficiency began when
____ (a) B.C
____ (b) A.D.
"Unto Thee, oh my Strength, will I sing: for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy."
-Psalm 59:17 KJV
Where have I been???
I know that thought has crossed your mind if you read this site with any regularity. Some of you have written me and asked me what was up. Well......
I have had some difficulty with sickness. Nothing serious, but my heart has been going a little crazy. Some tests behind me, and some more to come. Nothing serious has shown up yet. Your prayers are definitely appreciated in this situation.
School is about to wrap up for my son. Wow, I cannot believe that he will be going on to the second grade. He is growing faster than I can comprehend. His little mind amazes me, too. He has taught his little class at church twice now. I'm so proud of him. He just up and said that he wanted to teach, and his teacher was wise and thoughtful enough to give him the chance. This has been such a great experience for him.
Let's see....what else. Basically, everything in life has been flying past me and I have just had to pause to catch up. All is well, and God rules...
Read on my friends, and enjoy yourself. As always...thanks for reading.
|He is doing great...just got his yellow belt.
|We just came back from here....the Mackinaw Bridge
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we
grow older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying; "If
you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain, so . . .
below is a very private way to gage your loss or non loss of intelligence.
So take the 5 simple questions presented here and determine if you are
losing it or still a MENSA candidate.
(Answers at the bottom of this page)
Q1) WHAT DO YOU PUT IN A TOASTER?
Q2) SAY "SILK" 5 TIMES
NOW SPELL "SILK".....
WHAT DO COWS DRINK?
Q3) IF A RED HOUSE IS MADE FROM RED BRICKS, A BLUE HOUSE IS MADE OUT OF BLUE BRICKS, A PINK HOUSE IS MADE OUT OF PINK BRICKS, A BLACK HOUSE IS MADE OUT OF BLACK BRICKS.... WHAT IS A GREEN HOUSE MADE OUT OF?
Q4) 20 YEARS AGO A PLANE IS FLYING AT 20,000 FT, OVER THE OLD COUNTRY
GERMANY WHEN 2 OF THE ENGINES FAIL, THE PILOT REALIZING THAT THE LAST
REMAINING ENGINE WAS FAILING, HE DECIDES A CRASH LANDING PROCEDURE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE ENGINE FAILS BEFORE TIME AND THE PLANE CRASHES SMACK BANG IN THE MIDDLE OF "NO MANS LAND" THE LAND BETWEEN EAST GERMANY AND WEST GERMANY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BERLIN WALL. SO, WHERE WOULD YOU BURY THE SURVIVORS, EAST GERMANY, WEST GERMANY OR IN "NO MANS LAND"?
Q5) **WITHOUT USING A CALCULATOR** YOU ARE DRIVING A BUS FROM LONDON TO MILFORD HAVEN (WALES). IN LONDON 17 PEOPLE GET ON THE BUS, IN READING 6 PEOPLE GET OFF, 9 PEOPLE GET ON, IN SWINDON 2 PEOPLE GET OFF, 4 PEOPLE GET ON, IN CARDIFF 11 PEOPLE GET OFF,16 PEOPLE GET ON, IN SWANSEA 3 PEOPLE GET OFF, 5 PEOPLE GET ON, IN CARMARTHEN, 6 PEOPLE GET OFF, 3 PEOPLE GET ON THE BUS THEN PULLS INTO MILFORD HAVEN BUS DEPOT..... WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE BUS DRIVER?
Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?
Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?
Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on "Start"?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.
On a Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping. ( and that's the only time I have to work on my hair).
On a bag of Fritos: ..You could be a winner! No purchase necessary.details inside. (the shoplifter special)?
On a bar of Dial soap: "Directions: Use like regular soap." (and that would be how???....)
On some Swanson frozen dinners: "Serving suggestion: Defrost." (but, it's just" a suggestion).
On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): "Do not turn upside down." (well...duh, a bit late, huh)!
On Marks Spencer Bread Pudding:"Product will be hot after heating.(...and you thought????...)
On packaging for a Rowenta iron: "Do not iron clothes on body." (but wouldn't this save me more time)?
On Boot's Children Cough Medicine:"Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication." (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with head-colds off those forklifts.)
On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness." (and...I'm taking this
On most brands of Christmas lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only." (as opposed to...what)?
On a Japanese food processor: "Not to be used for the other use." (now, somebody out there, help me on this. I'm a bit curious.)
On Sunsbury's peanuts: "Warning: contains nuts." (talk about a news flash)
On an American Airlines packet of nuts: "Instructions Open packet, eat nuts."
Step 3: maybe, uh...fly Delta?)
On a child's superman costume: "Wearing of this garment does not enable you
to fly." (I don't blame the company. I blame the parents for this one.)
On a Swedish chainsaw:"Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals." (..was there a lot of this happening somewhere?)
IF YOU SAID "TOAST" THEN GIVE UP NOW AND GO AND FIND YOURSELF A SHOE BOX AS YOU CAN'T HANDLE LIFE....
IF YOU SAID "MILK," YOUR BRAIN CELL IS OVER -TAXED, YOU NEED A VACATION!!
IF YOU SAID "GREEN BRICKS" THEN WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE
READING THESE QUESTIONS!!!!
Q4- YOU DON'T BURY "SURVIVORS"
IF YOU SAID ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE SENTENCE ABOVE THEN PLEASE NEVER FLY, YOU MAY CAUSE MORE DAMAGE SHOULD THE PLANE CRASH!!!
Q5- "YOUR NAME." READ THE FIRST LINE.
I guess the general theme of this present edition is friendship. As I sit here writing this I'm overwhelmed with love for my friends and family.
I am so thankful for my best friend..my son. He is my everything and the closest friend I have. My brother is so special and dear to me. I know that he is not just my flesh and blood, but a loyal and precious friend.
All of my family have proven through thick and thin to be not just obligated relatives, but dedicated friends.
On the other hand, I'm blessed richly with dear friends who are more like family.
I have an adopted son who means the world to me. Of all the people in all the world, I'm so thankful God brought you to me Brice.
I know that our lives are a journey, and not a destination. I see this every day and have proven it over and over looking back through my memories.
It can't be a mistake, or chance, all of the precious friends I have met along the way. My loved ones are stretched across this country and beyond. The list grows, and still there is love for one more.
Friendship amazes me. I'm thankful for all of you, and welcome each new friend to my list.
As the saying goes... A stranger is simply a friend..you haven't met.
"Who's To Blame?"
The Republicans, the Democrats, George W. Bush, Osama Bin Laden, me, you? If you listen to any one segment of people for very long, on the subject of 9-11, chances are someone is going to blame someone...else. More than likely, the wrong, someone.
I've watched CNN and Fox News until I'm ready to bust. I find myself talking back to the TV set. My dad thinks I'm losing my mind, and he might be right. "Would you stop?", "What are you people thinking?", "They're gearing up for another dirty election!" Those are the nicest things I say to the TV. I raise my voice, I get mad, I let the media work me into a frenzy. I let the political machine get me going. I give them exactly what they want. My attention, and my emotions. They get ratings, and throw doubt into our hearts and minds.
He did it! They did it! You knew. When did you know? Simply put. The world is a corrupt place, generally speaking. Who is guilty? Who is responsible? Maybe we all are to some degree. To what degree and extent? Maybe we have to work these details out with fear and trembling. Perhaps each individual in the world needs to take personal responsibility and worry a little more about their own short comings and work through them. If we are working through our own struggles we find a lot less time to criticize and more time in thought and prayer.
Think about it. Who is to blame?
Just My 2 Cents....
June 15 marks the day that my dear friend, Tim, was taken from this world. As I have said before, it is a day that I will never forget. The worst experience of my entire life. Yet, June 15, 2002 is a day of celebration. His mom and I have decided to make it a day of celebrating his life, rather than mourning his loss.
We are going shopping and exploring and just enjoying life, as we are sure he would want us to.
This brings up something that has been on my mind for the last year since his death.
We as humans become very attached to the other humans we are blessed to know in this life. Especially, close friends and family. It's natural that when one of our close ones pass we show grief and mourn their loss. Yet, we continue to mourn their loss so long, and so deeply, that we never get the chance to celebrate the gift that was them.
I want to be happy for the fact that I was able to know the loved ones that have gone on. I want to remember the good things. The bad takes up so much space in our hearts that we seem to forget the good. Well, I don't want to just remember the bad stuff. I want to remember the smiles, jokes, hugs, and special moments. I want to remember words of wisdom. The way they combed their hair. These are things worth dwelling on.....not how they died, or where. Not the funeral, or where they are buried.
Anyway....just thinking out loud. Death is such a thought provoker...now back to the business of living.
God doesn't have to tell us everything.
Just because he tells us this and this,
does not mean that that's all there is.
Desperation is just...
inspiration, waiting to happen...
"Reel Life, or Real Life?"
Pretty much anyone who lives on planet Earth, knows of the movie, 'Star Wars'. A phenomenon of stories created by George Lucas that started their reign in the 70s and continues to pack out theaters and generate millions at the box office. Science fiction buffs everywhere have been enthralled by the storyline and special effects since the first film.
Recently I watched the latest addition to the series and was inspired. More by what my son said about the movie than the actual movie itself.
For those of you who don't know...those three people who have never seen or heard about the movies.. There is a villain in the original trilogy named Darth Vader. He actually turns out to be a good guy gone bad, and eventually, with his last willful act, turns back to good.
Now the new trilogy takes place before this. Before Darth Vader was evil. His name was Anakin, and he laughed, loved, and fought the good fight.
The first two episodes of this present trilogy show Anakin growing up and doing good. A 'Jedi' in training. A noble warrior for good.
Anyone who has seen and knows Star Wars history, knows that he will eventually turn bad and do evil works.
On the way home from seeing this episode, my son got very quiet. "Dad, I wish Anakin would stay good. I dont want him to turn evil and do all of those bad things."
My mind raced for something to say. This sums it all up pretty well:
Anakin was born and raised to do the right things. He had many good influences and chances. He also had corrupt and evil ones seeking him out.
Somehow, some way, he gave up the good that was so present in and around him, and, for whatever reason, began to walk in evil rather than good.
That much is true. It's 'reel' life. We can't change the script. But, as I told my son. The good news is that as evil as he was, someone saw the good in him and had hope for a change in Darth. That the once good and loving person could be once more.
Anyone who knows the 'reel' life story of Anakin knows that in the end, he chooses good over evil and dies with a clean and forgiven heart. Finishing, in effect, where he had begun so many years earlier.
What I want to point out is that 'reel' life isn't always as far fetched and separated from real life as we think it to be.
Recently I went to a town where I used to live. There I gathered with a group of friends from years past. Friends, I might add, that had been in the depths of crime, drugs, you name it.
I was shocked and amazed to see so many clean and sober. Lots of growth, and good, where once had only been evil.
People..in 'reel' life, no matter what you do, no matter where you've been, you can stop, turn, and do the right thing. I'm here to tell you...real life offers the same chance.
You have not gone too far. You are not evil through and through. There is hope, and you can be clean once more. Reach inside to that good that is there. Follow the straight and narrow path, and come to realize all of the good things that are there for you.
Anakin-Darth Vader-Anakin. Good-bad-Good, again. God bless you dear ones. I believe in you!
"Its Raining Folks.."
One of my most beloved stories in the Bible is of Noah. There is so much to say about him, and his story, but I'll just leave that alone for the time being, and be selective for the purpose of this article.
Focus with me, if you will, on chapter 6, verses 5-7. Imagine a little with me. Think in terms of today. In terms of where we are right now. Ask people, from any walk of life, from any religious, or non-religious background. I believe that you'll find most people agree on this one thing. Mans thoughts dwell on evil most of the time. Whether it be crime, drugs, dishonesty, etc. The tendency of man in our world today is to dwell on evil, and also to become involved with evil things physically. I'm not saying that it's everyone, all the time, I'm simply saying that the trend is to expect the worst, because you're likely to get it.
I'm not one to focus on the negative. In fact, I really despise negativity in people. I love open and honest communication, but balanced with a positive attitude even on negative subjects.
The world is spiraling downward? Most likely. I'm not going to sugar coat the inevitable. Man has fallen to an amazing low. We are likely to commit the most heinous acts and never even bat an eye. The streets are no longer safe to walk in broad daylight. We watch our kids with a justifiable paranoia for fear that someone might abduct and murder our babies. Some parents use and abuse their own babies. The age of innocence is definitely past.
Yet...Genesis 6:8 "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."
That should encourage and uplift you people. In a world that had grown inherently evil, Noah found favor/or grace, in the eyes of God. Was he perfect? Nope. Was he a super human? Nope. He simply trusted and obeyed God. He looked to God for guidance and then obeyed His words.
I want to leave the thoughts of the great flood with you, and interject this one final statement.
It's raining folks...which side of the door are you on?
Star Wars...Episode II
Recently had the chance to go and see this movie with my son. I was curious to see if George Lucas could keep the magic going, and I wasn't disappointed.
This movie is full of action from the start to finish, while keeping to the storyline. You might even want to watch it twice to catch all of the references to the other films of the series.
It is a little different than the other films, but I can't really put my finger on how. Let me just suffice it to say that, if you are a science fiction, and/or Star Wars fan, this movie is a must see.
It is quite long, and covers a lot of ground, but we have grown accustomed to that with this series, haven't we?
Happy watching, and take your kids. This is an overall great movie.
"Left Behind"....the movie
I had the privilege to see the video based on the novel by the same name. I had been told I should see it and finally sat with my family and watched it intently.
First, it is unlike any Christian movie I have ever seen before. It's, both, high quality in special effects and first rate technology, and it has top name actors and actresses.
The acting is great, the quality is great, and the story is great. It's accurate and imaginative at the same time. So many things we know as absolutes, but the writers dialog of those, left behind is so real and heart renching.
If you haven't seen this movie, do so. Keep in mind that it is just the beginning of the series. Keep your eyes open for more. In the meantime, read on in the series where this movie leaves off.
This video is entertaining, and powerful. Powerful enough to be a great witnessing tool, and great to touch your own heart and renew your drive and determination as a Christian.
Anything Harry Potter!!!
As much trouble as it tends to get me in, I can't help but review this series of books. If there was time and room for all there is to say, I would review each book individually. However, for the sake of time, space, and those of you who want to hear nothing of Harry Potter except for how evil and sinful he is, I'll keep this a lump review of all of the series.
What a pleasure these books are to read. Not always easy. There are a lot of big words. Unusually so for young peoples reading, but the story loses nothing in the process. If you knew none of the definitions of the large words, you could still understand and follow the story.
They are all very well written. The author takes us right where Harry is. You follow along with him and find yourself feeling what he feels, and laughing with him, and even hurting with him. I have to aplaud the writer in the utmost, for her skill as a writer.
On the up side, there is a lot of fantasy and imagination in this series. It's so good to see my sons eyes light up and to be right there with him as he imagines flying, and dragons, and a host of other whimsical things. It's fun to laugh at all of the humor that is offered. There are actually belly laughs on these pages.
On the downside....there are a few swear words in the latter books, but they are kept to a minimum, and they are rather tame compared to all of the garbage we face every day in this messed up world. When I'm reading to my son, I skip right over them, and he never misses a beat. He wouldn't even know they were there if I didn't tell him.
Overall, I highly recommend this series of books. As with anything that your child consumes into their base of knowledge, it should be reviewed and handed down through loving parenting. Of course, there should be communication with your children regarding the issues brought about through these books. Of course, they need to know that these are pretend.
Yet, the hours of enjoyment and together time my son and I have had with these books have been and are priceless.
So far the least expensive I have seen these books is at Wal-mart. Go figure. Check them out, and by all means...splurge and start reading today. It's a safe bet.