Friday, August 28, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .

Every Christian is born great because he is born for heaven.

~Jean Baptiste Massillon

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Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

~Ezekiel 36:25-28, The King James Version

Thursday, August 27, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .

God does not answer our desperate questionings; he simply gives us himself.

~Francois Mauriac

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Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

~Psalm 25:4-5, The New International Version

CHILDREN IN CHURCH

Too cute not to share with you:

A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear."

One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!" One particular four-year old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."
A Sunday S teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"

Six-year old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."

A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible. Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking, "Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus ? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?"
A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

QUOTE OF THE DAY


THIS DAY'S . . .

Just as a door testifies that it had a carpenter and a coat testifies that it had a weaver, so does the existence of the world testify that it has a Creator.

~Akiva ben Joseph

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believe in Him will not die but have eternal life.

John 3:16, The New King James Version

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

POSITIVE THOUGHT (and a cute photo!)

God grant me the strength to reach out for my dreams and see the world with love .

JUST ME

I did a really dumb thing, and because of that one thing, I'm suffering some serious back ache. It was dumb because I did it out of my own embarrassment. It would have been better to have suffered the medicine and to be embarrassed.

I was at my girlfriend's place on the lake. She has about an acre or more that is grass all the way to the creek where the water comes from the main channel and where her house sits. I went up with her on Friday morning and Lee was coming that afternoon. We talked on the way and she said she needed to "ride Clyde" (uh, that's her name for her riding lawn mower), and I insisted that I should do this while she did other things to clean up around the yard and the shop and covered patio where we spend time talking and gazing at the lake. She relented, though she didn't want me to do anything.

She insisted on starting Clyde and getting him out of the little "well house" where he spends his time (gosh, now I'm referring to "it" as "him" .... kinda like people naming their boats after women, huh?). I hopped on and was making my first cut down the edge toward the water. When I got to the curve where the flag post sits, I was going to have to back up and go around, cutting the best I could. Oh I was gonna do this up right, going as close to the rocks she'd put down last year to serve as a quasi-sea wall (lake wall). I noticed the lake was higher than I'd ever seen, and not surprised because we'd had a lot of rain. The water was right up to the edge of the grass and, well, I got a little too closed and me and Clyde were stuck in the mud.


What do you do first when something like that happens? You look around to see if anyone is looking at your stupid mistake! My eyes quickly darted across the creek - nobody there - then shifted quickly up to the house behind me - Fannie Brown was nowhere in site. Ah, what luck! I can get him out of the mud before she knows anything ever happened.

I gave him the gas forward, the tire spun. I gave him the gas in reverse, the tire spun. I was only making the hole deeper. "Light Goes On!" I know! I'll put some of those rocks behind the back tired and back right over them. WRONG! Now I am really getting frustrated. I know Fannie is listening and Clyde hums smooth and LOUD and she has to know I've stopped for a reason cause there is no sound. I'm suddenly embarrassed all over the place AGAIN but I know I need Fannie to help me, so I holler, "FANNIEEEEEEEE!" Once more, "FANNIEEEEE!" No answer.

This is the kicker, you'll like this. I stood behind the "little" tractor mower and grabbed him by his back end, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that I could lift him and move him just about four inches and he'd be out of the mud.

I lifted, it was hard and I was doing all I could possibly on my end, I saw the tire rise so I knew I was getting somewhere, now, just a little bit over and I'd have it. Clyde refused to cooperate and I had to let him down; my arms could not hold him. I had to walk all the way to the house and ask my best friend to get her Gator and come pull me out, which she did, and I insisted I was fine and I'd finish cutting the acreage.

It has been about twelve days since that little snafu, and my backache has increased. Maybe it was the little flowers that I took from their pots and put in the ground because I didn't like how they had done in the pots, which wasn't good .... more stems and leaves than anything. There again, I should not have done it.


I'm having a huge problem realizing my limitations. Yesterday I could hardly move. I was on the heating pad last night and to bed early with some muscle relaxers and a pain med. Today my back is "tight" and I can feel that if I move JUST the right (wrong) way, it'll hurt. I'm so aggravated at me that I cannot find the words to do my aggravation justice.

Today, I see my rheumatologist and now I have one more thing for which he is no "expert" to talk about. It's my two-month checkup for the fibromyalgia, the arthritis and the bursitis. Does that possibly give you even the most dim idea of my physical state? I don't want or need pity; I'm just telling you that I'm very stubborn - the proof being in the story above, and that if I don't have enough to worry about, now I have something else.

It will get better; I have to believe that. I have to forget that I had a fusion on two levels in this very area of my back four and a half years ago, that I contracted a staph infection because of it, and underwent another surgery because of that. NO! I will not see a surgeon or orthopaedist about this ... the meds I take for the fibromyalgia should suffice in this case.

Thank you for indulging my diatribe; I had to tell someone - as if confessing - that I'd done something really stupid. My family already knows and I've received sufficient tongue lashing for my stubbornness in thinking I could actually lift that tractor. I think I'm super-woman; I do not know my limitations, or stubbornly refuse to give into them, and now, here I am. On the mend again, I just can't wait to mend again, where I'll spend time hurting with my friends, on my heating pad again, I just can't wait to be on the mend again! There's the faint hint of a song in there somewhere . . . . .

Blessings everyone, wherever you are!

Monday, August 24, 2009

45 Life Lessons


Written By Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio. Somewhere along the line, it was said that Ms. Brett wrote the following after turning the age of 90. However, she confesses that she is only 53:

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now.. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now7

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles ar e waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we ’d ’grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GOOD MORNING!

I thought I might catch you all early by posting tonight, which is last night if it's Thursday morning where you are ... shall we begin with one of those famous POSITIVE THOUGHTS? I say YES!


I think the best thing we can do for our children is
to learn to love ourselves, for children always learn by example.

Counting Your Blessings


NEWS FOR EVERY CATHOLIC











Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, who is leading a national fight against abortion provisions in Democratic healthcare bills, distributes Communion during the National Prayer Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington in January. (AP Photo)

Catholics Fight Against Abortion in Obamacare Bills

Monday, August 17, 2009 7:32 PM
By: John Rossomando

Roman Catholic leaders are stepping up their fight against the Obama administration’s healthcare plans, urging their faithful nationwide to contact legislators to protest abortion provisions in Democratic bills.

Catholics who attended Mass Sunday in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for example, received weekly bulletins with a call to action from Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' pro-life committee. The archdiocese, one of the largest in the nation, serves 1.45 million Catholics.

Continue to the rest of the article here ....

HEARTLIGHT

Today's Heartlight caused me to stop and ponder all the love that I have shared in my life. I can say without a doubt that I have given love freely, and that I suffered hurt many times because of it .... but, as my bio says, "I am an eternal optimist", and I never allowed even the deepest hurt to discourage what comes naturally for me. FINALLY, I've been doing something right!

VERSE:

We love him, because he first loved us.

~1 John 4:19

THOUGHT:

We love others because God has first loved us. Our Heavenly Father taught us how to love in Jesus. Our Abba Father has given us security and confidence so we can love more fully. Our Holy and Almighty God loved us boldly and sacrificially so we could properly understand and define love. We are not the source of love; God is. We are not the great example of love; God is. We tend to be careful and share our love with only those with whom we want to share it: God's love is expansive and open to all. We love because he first loved us.

PRAYER:

Forgive me, Righteous Father, for the times that I have been careful and guarded with my love of your children. Please help me to love others as you have loved me. I ask especially for today that I might use your love to touch someone who needs it in a special way, whether they respond favorably to that love or not. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

WISDOM:

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shallbow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

~Romans 14:11, King James Version

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Advice From An Old Farmer


*Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

*Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

*A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

*Words that soak into your ears are whispered... not yelled.

*Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

*Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

*Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

*It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

*You cannot unsay a cruel word.

*Every path has a few puddles.

*When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

*The best sermons are lived, not preached.

*Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

*Don't judge folks by their relatives.

*Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

*Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

*Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

*Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

*If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

*Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

*The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

*Always drink upstream from the herd.

*Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment..

*Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

*If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

*Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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CHEESE!

I am in a much less serious mood today. Actually, I'm always this way, but for some strange reason I am in fear that my readers won't appreciate my "brand" of "cheese" (i.e., humor). I'm easing you all into so you don't freak all at once ... eventually, you'll either laugh til it hurts, or just say, "well, that's Abbey, for sure!"


JUST FOR FUN!








OBAMA HEALTHCARE PROPPOSAL

The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new Obama health care proposals.


The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, ut the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.

Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, Grow up!"

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.

The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter...."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out,leaving the entire decision up to the a-- holes in Washington.

Monday, August 17, 2009

ABOUT DOGS


Why did God make dogs? I don't think it was accidental, so why do you suppose hounds are around?

Recently, I watched an elderly woman trying to recover from a stroke. Her brain was damaged, and her arm was weak, so her therapist brought, of all things, a dog to help out. Instead of completing monotonous drills, the elderly patient threw a bright red Frisbee across the room, and the dog bounced over, picked it up, and brought it back, his eyes begging, "Throw it again, please!" And she did, over and over and over, forgetting that she was actually working quite hard.

What possessed God to make dogs anyway? Certainly there are exceptions, and certainly people can breed dogs to bring out the worst in them, but in general, there is nothing more selfless, loving or patient than a dog. Mistreat it and it comes back to you anyway. Ignore it and it never gives up hope that you will be its friend again. Make it wait days to go play, and it will still be ready. It offers you friendship and companionship and in return asks only for food, water and an occasional scratch behind the ears. Why would God bother to make such a creature?

I suppose that if dogs were like people they would eventually give up on us ... but they never do. A dog's love is almost impossible to destroy, because it's not a love you earn; it's simply a love you are given. In other words, dogs love unconditionally.

Unconditional love; unending patience; faithfulness to the very end. Do you suppose, just perhaps, that God made dogs to show us a little something about Himself? Do you think maybe "man's best friend" is really pointing us to the One who is truly our very Best Friend?

~Author Unknown

DWIGHT LYMAN ("DL") MOODY

If you are one of my followers, you know how much I enjoy the quotes of "D.L. Moody" that appear often in the "Smiles" under "This Day's. . ." posts. I finally decided to read up on Mr. Moody and I was very surprised by what I found. Here is the beginning of the Wikepedia listing on Mr. Moody:

"Dwight Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837 - December 22, 1899), also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (now the Northfield Mount Hermon School), the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers."

When I read his bio, what threw me at first was that he lived and died in the 1800s, because my impression was that he was a man of the 19th century. His bio is quite interesting, he was an evangelical Christian; however, that should not deter from his accomplishments and his ability to draw hundreds to Christ.

If you're interested in reading the full bio of D.L. Moody, it is continued here.

THIS DAY'S ....

I thank thee more that all our joy is touched with pain; That shadows fall on
brightest hours, that thorns remain; So that earth’s bliss may be our guide, and not our chain. For thou, who knowest, Lord, how soon our weak heart clings, Hast given us joys, tender and true, yet all with wings; So that we see, gleaming on high, diviner things.

~Adelaide Anne Proctor

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I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have earned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

~Philippians 4:12-13, Today's New International Version


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A Christian is the world’s Bible- and some of them need revising.

~D. L. Moody

Friday, August 14, 2009

POSITIVE THOUGHTS

"You must understand that even if just one of you goes out of here and begins to light other lights, you have made a place of darkness turn bright."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

TODAY

There's lots of reading on Abbey's Road today .... maybe I am making up for lost time, or it could be just a spurt .... in either case, enjoy the reading and please leave me a note so that I know you came by for a visit!

Blessings,
Abbey

CHEESE!

How about a little levity after reading my tirade below?? LOL!

BOB & THE BLONDE

Bob, a handsome dude, walked into a sports bar around 9:58 pm. He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV. The 10 pm news was coming on. The news crew was covering the story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump. The blonde looked at Bob and said, "Do you think he'll jump?" Bob said, "You know, I bet he'll jump." The blonde replied, "Well, I bet he won't." Bob placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, "You're on!"

Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death. The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bob, saying, "Fair's fair. Here's your money." Bob replied, "I can't take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 pm news, and so I knew he would jump." The blonde replied, "I did too, but didn't think he'd do it again."

Bob took the money

ABOUT HEALTHCARE "REFORM"??

I received this comment last night from my wonderful friend, Jen, at Dustbunny Hostage in response to my post of the picture of "Healthcare Reform" yesterday:

I have to tell you Abbey, I am VERY concerned about the healthcare bill. I'm not yelling at anyone. I'm not a radical. I'm not un-American. I'm not a Nazi. But I AM concerned. We are SO indebt as a nation. HOW can we pay for this????

And I responded:

Jen, I couldn't imagine anyone thinking such things about YOU, b/c you are only one in millions who are scared to death about the direction this country has been steered by egos and cronyism. It is a big game to them in D.C., one-upmanship, deal making - I'll vote for your bill is you put this [pork] of mine in it. There isn't a single bill put before the House and Senate that is not stuffed full of pork. This is Dems, Reps, all of them ... our country needs a clean sweep in Washington and begin with new leaders; and the first thing on the agenda should be to pass term limits all the way down the line. Perhaps I will post on this tomorrow when I have more time. I am with you, and I know, like me, you are probably praying every day for a brighter future, for your children and their children. This cannot go on much longer. I don't believe anything I hear out of Washington. I mean, if it makes the news that Hillary tells her husband "you are not Secretary of State", what does this say about her position and her marriage, should this even have been the level of importance to be reported? I say "NO".

Thursday Morning:

Americans certainly need healthcare reform, but not socialized medicine! This was my fear when Obama won the Presidential election. He wreaks of "socialism". I don't believe he will be re-elected (see, if you say it enough, it's like a "mantra chant" or "prayer"). I choose to think positive ... that is my nature. But I fail to find any positive redeeming value in the platform of the President. His honeymoon in the hot seat is hardly begun and it is already over. Where is your concern regarding insurance carriers and physicians who are in cahoots, bargaining over what each will receive in the long-run? Can they provide efficient and attentive treatment to patients while their ultimate goals are to make as much money as possible? I do not want government control, but I do believe there could be a watchdog system in place.

If nationalized medicine becomes a reality, you will find yourselves waiting for weeks to see a physician. It will be a complete and utter disaster. Yes, Canada has national healthcare, and we hear all the praise, but that is the ones who probably don't have special needs, are not awaiting a date to schedule a much needed surgery, or you have the flu and you and you are told you can see the doctor next month or further out. Can we not have some control over pharmaceuticals? Look at how much we are gouged for scripts.

I recently lost my job and had to do a very quick turnaround to get on my husband's health policy from his employer. I have a couple of chronic conditions and I had to see my physician before I received a card from the provider, and the provider had not gotten the information processed, so I had to pay it out of pocket. That one visit and the prescriptions that were given cost me, out of pocket, over $600.00. One visit, two 30-day supplies of medicine. Isn't that a bit much to swallow? Well, it didn't go over well at home either, I can assure you. Now, do you really think that if Uncle Sam takes it ALL over, that this situation will cure itself overnight? If you do, I have some swamp land in Florida that I'll give you a great deal on if you're interested!

I'm already disappointed in Obama; and, I am seeing more and more that many of his constituents feel the same way. He talks smooth, and he's quick on his feet, but that does not make a man worthy of the office President of the United States of America. It's only August and already his approval or "popularity" rate has declined. It speaks for itself - but hey, SOMEBODIES out there elected him ....

I'm so tired of Democrats. They are the absolute worst of the lot. They have no spiritual sense of obligation whatsoever, are full of pomp and circumstance, are overly preoccupied with political correctness, and the Republicans are starting to catch up with them.

Parents, now more than ever, you simply MUST educate your children at home in these matters. Sad, isn't it? It certainly wasn't the way of the time that I was raised. Times have changed. But we are alive, we are here, and we are being forced to take lemons, so we might as well make lemonade.

I'm thinking of that story, or inspirational quote about tossing a pebble into a pond and the ripple effect. In this area of your life, live as if you were the pebble, voice your concerns to everyone you know, spread the word, and don't forget to also mention THE WORD of GOD. I cannot believe that this country cannot turn itself around. So many have given up and become complacent - WRONG!

If we are to be a strong America, we must be strong beginning in our home, spreading to our neighbors, to our community, to our local government, to state government, to neighboring States, all the way to Washington.

WAKE UP, AMERICANS! We cannot sit by idle while Washington becomes a cesspool that is pouring it's filth all over us. SPEAK UP for gosh sakes, be PRO-ACTIVE, even if it is just in your home and with your friends.

I could go on all day. I am so upset about all the "political correctness" and immoral ways of life that have been shoved down our throats with a right hand (especially on television that our children watch and also see on the internet) while the left hand is holding onto the Constitution of the United States. It is been ALLOWED by too many, and the bulk of them are Democrats with their liberal values and complete lack of reason of what is right, especially in the eyes of God, Whom they deny every day.

Please pray for us, pray diligently. God hears and prayers ARE answered every day in unfathomable numbers - we know this because we have FAITH.

God bless you and have a beautiful day!

HEARTLIGHT

VERSE:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

~ John 15:13

THOUGHT:

Words communicate and explain. We can tell people that we love them. We can explain how precious they are to us. Actions validate and confirm. When we sacrifice our preferences for another, we show our respect and affection. When we sacrifice ourselves, our wishes, and our preferences for a friend, we give the greatest of all gifts and prove our love beyond any doubt.

PRAYER:

Father, thank you for loving me enough to send Jesus as a ransom for my sins. Jesus, thank you for your loving sacrifice that not only saves me, but shows me the full extent of your love. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

WISDOM:

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

James 3:10-11, King James Version


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I absolutely love this verse. I cannot imagine there being any one person who can honestly say they have not violated these words of wisdom. I think we all do it every day without thinking, and it is probably impossible to say "I'm never going to do that again." That would be a promise that one could not possibly fulfill; HOWEVER, we CAN create good and honest intent in our hearts and do the best we can do. God sees, knows and HEARS all. And he sees what is in your heart. I have a confession: I don't know how often I say something and immediately follow it by, "I shouldn't have said that!" But, I work at it and I'm better than I was yesterday, or the day before.

The message is this: Never stop your journey, even when it is uphill, toward your eternal reward in heaven. The Bible, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit are your guide. It's quite simple: FOLLOW! You don't have to find your way alone,
He is with you always.

Have a blessed day, everyone,
Abbey

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PARDON MY LANGUAGE, BUT ....

You can't cure stupidity, BUT,
you can vote it out of office!

HAPPY TUESDAY!


GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! The skies over Helena, Alabama are grey. We had a very strong thunderstorm front that came through around 3:00 p.m. yesterday, just as I had settled myself into a chair on the downstairs patio, some new reading in hand, a glass full of pineapple orange Crystal Light over ice, and the new custom CD in the boom box, when all of a sudden, I saw it coming. I was determined to stay put and ride it out ... the gentle lightening was not a bother, neither was the gentle rain and the blowing wind. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by wind blowing the roll-up shades all around me, which I raised to avoid damaging them, and the rain began to blow. It was pelting and I suddenly remembered that the umbrella on the upstairs deck was open.

By the time I gathered the phone, the book, my glasses and my glass of refreshment, it was torrential rain storm. I ran upstairs through the kitchen and to the back door and looked. I stood there a few moments. "It looks like it's okay, it's raining so hard and I'll be drenched...", I thought. I turned my body to walk away but my eyes couldn't pull away from the scene I was beholding. I looked at the large cable spindle, which serves as a table and has a hole in the middle which is perfect for the umbrella, and I thought, "...if the wind just blows underneath the umbrella, it's going to take it to parts unknown, destroying it."

I've already lost one very large and expensive umbrella, the frame of which was mad from teak wood, and we replaced it with a smaller, and cheaper, roll-up. We also lost our 12X12 on the beach the first night. Everyone left their tents on the beach in front of the condo and we felt it was safe to leave it, along with our chairs underneath.

We awoke the next morning, first full day at the beach, to find that a storm had literally demolished our tent. It looked like tiddly-winks lying there on the beach. This was depressing!

Oh, I'm looking straight out the window and the sun is trying to peep through .... there it is!!! My plans today are to go and get my nails and pods cleaned up, then possibly to the library or WalMart to buy the 3rd book in the Twilight series, "Eclipse".

I don't want to leave without giving praised and thanksgiving to our Loving Father. My daughter had a real bad couple of days - you know the ones where nothing is going right (or so it seems) and your female emotions hit rock bottom ... you feel as though nobody cares and you are the doormat. We all know this isn't true, but I appreciate every one's feelings, for they are their own and they are important to them, just as mine are to me. She finally called me last night and she said she felt somewhat better having gotten it off her chest. As we were chatting, suddenly she says, "OH! Oh my gosh! Oh, hold on a minute .....OH!....I have an email ....," where she drops off a few seconds and suddenly she hollers in my ear, "OUR MACHINE SOLD! MOM, OUR MACHINE SOLD!"

Glory be unto the Lord, we have had this Janome sewing/embroidery machine on eBay for 3 months. We had an interested party whom we emailed back and forth and she offered us slightly more than half of what we were asking. We had told her we would split the difference and take that amount. She said she would try to raise the additional funds and should have them by July 16th. The day came and went, and then a week and then here we are, we haven't heard from her again. Now, there is a message that our listing actually had BIDDERS! And we made $2,500 more than the asking price!!!

It was not a coincidence that she and I were talking at this particular time. No, No, No. I had sent her a long email the day before with a little sermon on giving it up to the Father and letting go, and how there are others (I gave a good example) who are going through worse, and how blessed and loved she is, especially by her three wonderful children, and how much they adore and need her.

No, God put us in that place and time, and then the notice that the machine sold and our elation and thanksgiving just washed over the both of us. I got goose bumps! I was remembering how earlier in the day, just as I sat down outside (as I said above), I said, "Precious Lord, she loves you and she just hurts right now. Please wrap Your arms around her and give her Your Presence, and help her to feel better."

In the presence of my readers,

Heavenly Father, You are so loving, gracious and merciful. You fill my days and my nights with comfort and love. My love for you knows no bounds. I am eternally grateful for the answer to many prayers, for it strengthens my faith every day. Thank you for blessing me and my family in such a loving and comforting way. Amen.

Have a very blessed day,
Abbey

THE NEW HEALTHCARE


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

POSITIVE THOUGHTS


If you haven't forgiven yourself something,
how can you expect to forgive others?

by
Karina Loureiro

THIS DAY'S ....

This Day's Thought is going to make you really think .... I'm not there yet and it may take some time .. I'm not the most gifted thinker on the block, but it still rings right .... Abbey

By chastening, the Lord separates the sin that he hates from the sinner whom he loves.

Unknown

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For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 8:38-39,The New International Version

(Shared by Laura of Bolton, England)

INSPIRATION


I see Thee in the distant blue;
But in the violets dell of dew
Behold, I breathe and touch Thee, too!

~ Fr. John Bannister Tabb

Verse courtesy of Are We There Yet, photo from Google!

Monday, August 10, 2009

EASY CORN SALAD

Straight from my Mother's Kitchen, and I've tried it - it is delicious!


2 (15 oz.) cans whole kernel corn
2 C grated cheddar cheese
1 C mayo
1 C chopped bell pepper
1/2 C chopped red onion
1 (10 oz. bag) coarsley crushed Chile-Cheese Corn Chips

Mix first five ingredients and refrigerate. Just before serving, add the crushed corn chips and toss.

Bon Appetite!

HEARTLIGHT

Today's verse and thought touch me deeply. For it is WHEN (an in, it sure took me a long time, needlessly long) I came to terms with my faith and truly BELIEVED in His promises, I finally felt whole and at peace. I am not incapable of worry, and I worry a lot, but I am more able to give these worries to Him. It sure is a better feeling than going around feeling as if I had the whole world on my shoulders. If you are reading this, then you are very blessed. If you BELIEVE IT, then you are blessed ten-fold!


VERSE:

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

~ Psalm 84:11

THOUGHT:

These promises are made to the true worshiper (see Psalm 84). This worshiper delights to be in the presence of God and yearns to be with God in worship. This worshiper trusts fully in God as his source of strength, hope, victory, and joy. For this worshiper, God has left this incredible set of promises! Very similar to Romans 8, and its hallmark passage in verse 28, God promises to work out things for good and bless those who "love him and are called according to his purpose" and withhold nothing that is good (Rom. 8:32). Why? God is for us! He is our sun and shield, he lavishes his grace and glory upon us, and he will not withhold any good thing from us.

PRAYER:

O dear Father, how can I thank you? You have lavished your grace upon me in Jesus. You have promised me victory and heaven. I praise you for your grace. I thank you for sharing your glory with me. I rejoice knowing that you long to bless me. Now, dear Father, help me through your Holy Spirit to be the faithful person you long for me to be. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

I thought it was time for a "new look" . . . and I cheated . . . just copying the code that some other individual designed and popped it in here. To be sure, it was FREE!

Also, I have a short, but NEW Playlist at the bottom. Hope you have time to give it a whirl . . .

I'm reading the "Twilight" quadro-trilogy, and have already sailed through book one ("Twightlight") and nearly finished with the second, "New Moon". I'm finding that Bella is an individual who is dangerous to herself, much like I have been in my life. No, I haven't met any vampires or other unworldly creatures, but Bella seems to gravitate to situations that are not good for her, and they involve falling in love with the wrong guys. But my point was, I have several friends who have read them all and I haven't had a bad review yet. In fact, all have been rave reviews. I even went on the web to look up the photograph of the guy who plays "Edward" and the girl who plays "Bella" in "Twilight" just to get a good visual.

We spent a week in Panama City with my daughter, her hubby and the grandies. It was probably the most non-stressful vacation I can remember in a long time. Everyone, and I mean everyone did what they wanted, when they wanted. There were no schedules, just an atmosphere of total free-lance. I'll post a slideshow in the side bar next.

GOOD NEWS: My son, Kerry, and his fiancee, Amber, are having a boy the end of January. I'm beyond excited! This is a high-risk pregnancy for Amber, so please pray for them and for our baby. So far, the doctor says she is doing very well, thank you Jesus.

I did this so-not-cool thing at the lake on Friday afternoon. I was riding the lawnmower, and in fact had just begun, when I got a little too close to the water and the back wheel ended up in a muddy ditch. I got off, took a loook-see and had this totally unrealistic thought, but of course, realistic isn't the first though in MY brain, so I thought I'd just heave a bit and lift her up and over a couple of inches andthen I could driver her outa the mud. Reality bites! And I am paying for that brain fart, but DO NOT feel sorry for me ... it was idiotic on my part. I'll be fine in a couple of days.

The novel is coming along. A friend asked me to post a chapter, but I've done that before and I feel it has jinxed me, so I'm holding it under wraps until it's finished. I KNOW that it will have a wonderful message, else I wouldn't be writing it. LOL!

Hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

MY MUSIC . . .

I REALLY love this song, "Second Chance" by "Shinedown." [Be sure to click on the "pause" button on my Playlist at the bottom of the page before playing this. Then go back to the playlist and click on the arrown to resume playing Abbey's Listening to....]

It's a year or more old, but I guess I'm behind ... I heard it on General Hospital recently.


Here's the tag bio:

"Second Chance is the second single by the rock band Shinedown from their 2008 abum The Sound of Madness. It was released on September 9, 2008. The song has been used in promotion for the second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It was also used in the 2008 WWE Tribute To The Troops show. In May 2009, the song was used in a promo regarding the return of character Mchael Corinthos on ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital."

More interesting is that,

"At Pointfest 22, lead singer Brent Smith told the audience that the song is about him leaving his native Knoxville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in rock ‘n’ roll;“It’s important for you to hear this… When I grew up, everyone was ok with being in a bubble. They were cool in their circle. That’s fine. But no one should discourage someone if they have a dream, if they want something more […] This song was difficult for me to write the lyrics to, because it’s about my mother and my father, and about the day I said goodbye to them, because I had to go try, and I’m still trying every day, to become a man. So, this song is about that. It’s about the moment that you wake up and you decide you want to go for every single dream you ever wanted.”

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

CHEESE!

AN AUBURN GRADUATE LAUNCHING HIS FIRST BOAT!

QUEEN OF ALL THINGS

Dear me, I was not tagged by just one, but TWO of the most lovely ladies in blog Heaven, Cathy and Tracy. Goose bumps presently running all over my body at my humbleness ... I am truly blessed with a few regular visitors (better than none, right?)

So now, I am asked to tell you things about ME that are "different" and that make me "special". Don't you realize that this is the hardest thing you could ask of me? Telling people really what I feel is special .... Foreword: I AM NOT BRAGGING, just doing my best to follow the instructions so here goes . . .

First, here are the the rules.

Rules:

1. List Seven Things That Make You Awe-Summm!
2. Pass the award on to seven bloggers you read religiously.
3. Tag those seven bloggers.

ABBEY'S WALL OF HONOR:

1. I am "loyal to a fault" (to use a cliche phrase), with friends and family alike.

2. I am a wonderful grandmother called "Mimi". My three grandchildren, Hannah Irelynn, Bailey Christopher, and Riley Dale live three doors up from me and I see them almost every day, which fills my heart with joy. I support all their endeavors, including, but not limited to, school plays (even doing my part as seamstress), soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, birthdays ... you name it. I live and thrive on their love.

3. I love to sew, and I have a business mind, so I agreed to help my daughter start a business. She has been blessed with the gift of Creativity ... where I have none. But tell me what you want sewn and it will be done to perfection.

4. I am an excellent cook and I enjoy cooking. This is quite difficult when I'm always "dieting" and I love food. I take after my Mama, who lives in her kitchen. It is not work, it is a labor of love that was passed down to me and I will pass it to my own legacy.

5. I have a very neat and clean home. Once my children were gone, the strangest thing happened .... there were no messes, clothes in the floor, bath towels lying in the bathroom floor, dirty dishes in the sink, etc. But you know what? I would welcome all of that if I had my children back home with me. I will never get over "empty nest syndrome".

6. I converted my faith from Pentecostal to Catholicism twenty-three years ago and I've never regretted that change. Rather, I have thrived in the most beautiful religion that I have every seen. It is wrapped around me and flows in my veins. It's rituals are beautiful, but more than that, the Mass itself gives me the feeling of truly worshiping in God's House. I feel His presence and the presence of Jesus Christ. I love my faith!

7. I try so hard to please and I set myself up for disappointment all the time. But my glass is half-full and I have picked myself up hundreds of times in my life and moved forward beyond my pitfalls, having always taken a lesson from every experience. Does this mean that I am wise? Perhaps. I can only tell by the many who confide their troubles in me and look to me for guidance. Receiving their good feedback just makes me want to keep on the way I'm living. Life IS good.

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Now the difficult task of offering this Meme to others. I would gladly have given this to all I know. But what follows is only a preview of all the grand women out there who have much to offer us all!

1. Theresa at Aussie Coffee Shop

2. Charnita at Charnita's Expressions

3. Jennifer at Conversion Diary




7. Charlotte at Cheeky Pink Girl

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

THIS DAY'S ....

Truthfully? I have failed miserably ... I never looked at the Stations of the Cross quite like this ... I am so happy to have received this Thought for Today, what a blessing! I can see them in an entirely different and human way....


The Way of the Cross winds through our towns and cities, our hospitals and factories, and through our battlefields; it takes the road of poverty and suffering in every form. It is in front of these new Stations of the Cross that we must stop and meditate and pray to the suffering Christ for strength to love him enough to act.

~Michel Quoist

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The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will hasten it.

~Isaiah 60:22, The Revised Standard Version

HEARTLIGHT

Now, isn't this just the most comforting message? Always reassuring us that we are on the RIGHT path, His path toward His Home. I am AMAZED!

VERSE:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

~1 John 5:4

THOUGHT:

This is the companion passage to 1 John 2:17 -- "The world and its desires are passing away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever." Our destiny and future are not limited to the boundaries of existence tied to our little blue planet. Our future and our hope burst the boundaries of mortality and are tied to our faith in a resurrected and victorious Savior who is coming back to bring us to his eternal home. This faith is displayed by doing God's will even when most in our contemporary culture choose to chase what is fleeting and transient.

PRAYER:

Thank you, dear Father, for the assurance of victory, immortality, reunion, and joy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, August 03, 2009

A NEW BEGINNING

Each day is actualy a new beginning, every minute is a new beginning. We are traveling through time with a chance to start anew at any given time. So it is not unusual or cliche to say that today is a New Beginning for me. It so happens to be a Monday, and that is coincidence because it was not the day that I chose, but the time to begin anew that I felt inside of me.

When I worked full-time (and I have worked since I was 14 years old; I am now 55), Sundays were ruined, and it was totally because of my own outlook, but I dreaded the looming Monday morning and going back to work. It was hovering over every thought every Sunday, for all these years.

Since I am no longer working (thank you, Lord), I have an attitude adjustment that is taking place, although sometimes I feel as if I am dreaming of my freedom. Freedom from stress, freedom from the dread, the Sunday dulls, and freedom from the anxiety of dragging myself to a job [my last one] that was the worst of them all. I had joined this firm with all anticipation of the highest nature. The partner who interviewed and hired me was so jovial, laughing at all the right times, and even warm enough to call me and tell me how excited he was that I accepted their offer. I began with the highest of attitudes, anxious to "begin anew" with new job, making new friends and a new boss whom I wanted to support in every way to make his job more efficient, and ultimately, to make him shine. You know, behind every executive, there is a support staff member or more who do the actual typing, organizing, drafting, creating of documents that not just read perfectly, but to the first glance, they look perfectly inviting. It was my experience for the first time in my life to work for someone who I eventually found juvenile and untrustworthy. At my age, I was going to float through the next few years into retirement. I planned to stay there for the duration. When my applecart was turned upside down, which was when I realized the undercurrents at the office, I was hurt. I usually have to be angry before it turns to hurt, but in this case, I was hurt to the core and so very disappointed. That is water over the bridge and I have digressed ...... so .....

Now I have nothing pulling on me on my Sundays. It feels surreal somehow. And throughout the course of Sundays, my mind thinks, "OH! I don't have to worry about going to work tomorrow!" I become almost giddy with happiness. And that is where I am. I am giddy with relief and joy that I have been placed here, in this time, in this very spot, by the Grace of God.

You may recall the two cervical spine surgeries that I have undergone. The first was a fusion at two levels due to "degenerative disc disease". In that surgery, two synthetic discs where implanted and secured with a titanium plate and screws. This synthetic material actually grows to and becomes a part of the bone. The surgery was a huge success and my neck and shoulder pain went away. Come July, 2007, I was rear-ended when I was at a dead stop by a man on the exit ramp who was looking at a State Trouper giving a ticket on the side of the ramp. The man never even touched his brakes and slammed into me at full speed. Of course, I never saw him coming and I had a horrible whiplash, which eventually turned into one of my graphs cracking.

Months later, I find a neuro surgeon and his plan was to insert titanium screws from the back and "secure" the prior surgery. He didn't feel that he should disturb the prior surgery - which I thought, "go back through the front, fix the crack, put the plate and screws back in. But what do I know, I'm not a doctor.

Getting to the point here (I promise), I have had a burning down the back of my neck for months, pain in my shoulders, arms, hands, hips, legs, feet - you name the place and I can assure you there is some pain. Diagnosis? Fibromyalgia, along with the rheumatologists statement, "your neck is a mess and it is affecting everything else, compounding the Firbromyalgia". I'm in treatment, but I won't ever be well.

My new beginning is today. I've had the most wonderful time at the beach with my grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law, and of course, my husband. I feel the juices flowing; I had an epiphany of sorts while at the beach and have a solid course ready and already started on my novel, and I am beginning a new and healthy diet today, which is long overdue. I have so much on my mental list, and it's hard to slow down and realize that I have the time, I have all the time in the world to accomplish what goals I have set. It's new and wonderful and I finally feel FREE!

I know that the Lord and the Holy Spirit have guided me here. I was in constant prayer with Him, talking about my stress, my pain, my unhappiness with my job and the hurt that I was feeling over being in the role of "outcast" at my job. No one ever befriended me, even though I was all smiles and nice to everyone. Nevertheless, I prayed for the Lord to find a solution to my pain. I came home every day and took pills. I couldn't take the pills at work or else I wouldn't be able to function, or drive myself home in the afternoons. Sitting at a computer all day, lifting heavy shucks of files, packing and moving boxes of files - all of it took a huge toll on my health issues.

I knew my demise, but I just didn't know WHEN until about two weeks prior. I knew that I would be fired and soon. I had taken all of my personal possessions home in anticipation. You see, the HR Director is not very good at her job and totally untrustworthy. She is young, click-ish and ran her mouth about my impending doom. Seems the whole office knew. As I tried to accept what was coming and prepare myself for it, I was so hurt inside and it was difficult to go to work every day and look at all the faces smiling back at me, saying nothing, but knowing that I was doomed. I can truthfully say that this was the most horrendous trial, second to only one that I won't discuss, that I have ever been through.

HOWEVER, there is a bright side! When all has been said and done, I am thanking the Lord for bringing me to the here and now. He was guiding me, he allowed me to experience those very hard issues for a reason, and I believe He is pleased that I leaned much from the experience.

I feel so very blessed. I've enjoyed the summer, read several books, become involved in some things with my daughter that I never could have done while working full time, enjoyed time with loved ones and friends, and found a praying spot that is perfect, reverent, peaceful. In short, I am happier than I have ever been, and I thank the Lord for all the trials because He is my teacher, and I am His student, and I want to make Straight A's in his classroom. My heart is overflowing with His love and I am researching ways to serve Him and spread the Good News of Christ every day.

Today, I release all that has tormented, hurt, angered and irritated me for the last two years. I feel "whole" for the first time since childhood. If I succeed in being published, you will all know how I came to be who I am and where I am at this moment.

I love you all, no matter who you are, if you comment or not, just that you are here, reading my thoughts and maybe - just maybe - you are touched in some wonderful way and turn your eyes upward to the Almighty and Loving Father.

Abbey

THIS DAY'S . . .

D.L. Moody has a way with words; he gets me every time!

The life of faith does not earn eternal life; it is eternal life. And Christ is its vehicle.

~ William Temple

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For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

~ Isaiah 57:15, The King James Version

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Every mistake I've made in my life, I made when I thought twice.

~ D. L. Moody

Sunday, August 02, 2009

HEARLIGHT FOR SUNDAY

I'm probably in good company when I say that I have for years wondered what my "calling" was to be in His service. However, I came to a conclusion that is best described in the Verse for today. It is a calling for all of us, and it doesn't mean you need be a Priest, Chaplain, Pastor, etc. It means, to me, that the Lord calls ALL of us to follow Him in His service and proclaim as follows. Peace be with you. Soak up these words, soak your heart and soul in them, and then LIVE THEM!

VERSE:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our
God; to comfort all that mourn ....

~ Isaiah 61:1-2

THOUGHT:

Jesus read this passage at a synagogue in Nazareth to describe his ministry (see Luke 4). He came to preach good news, to bind up, to bring deliverance, to offer release, to proclaim grace, and to offer comfort. If Jesus has sent us into the world as the Father sent him (John 20:21-23), shouldn't we be teaching and serving as
he did?

PRAYER:

Through the power and wisdom of your Spirit, who longs to powerfully work in me, please open my eyes, dear LORD, to help me see those you put in my path with whom you want me to share your grace, deliverance, and comfort. In Jesus' name I ask this. Amen.