Monday, May 31, 2010

HOME!

Home from our trip to Georgia to visit Lee's mother, brother and sister-in-law.  I have so much to tell, but it'll take me a bit to pull it all together.  In brief, we visited the graves of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley of The Allman Brothers Band at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia.  While there, I found Berry Oakley's sister, Candace, working on cleaning up the cemetery on behalf of the Rose Hill Cemetery Foundation.  Candace was extremely gracious of my intrusion and talked candidly with us for a few minutes.

On to "The Big House" where the Brothers lived and wrote many songs from 1971-1973.  This was an indescribable experience.  It was if I could feel the aura of the Brothers still there.

We attended Mass at St. Joseph's on Sunday.  This is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL cathedral I have ever been inside.  Mass was truly a holy and awesome experience.  It was so holy and peaceful that I found I didn't want to leave.  More on that later ....

Good to be home and I pray you all had a wonderful and blessed Memorial celebrating the men and women who have died for our freedoms.  God Bless The USA.

I'm so tired .... much more to come.

Peace, Love and Joy,
Abbey

Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Dear Ones,

"Start Me Up" and "Hit the Road Jack", oh no "Jam, jam, traffic jam, I don't wanna be late!" "I can't drive 55!" so "Get Your Motor Runnin' . . ." cause I'm "King of the Road" on a "Magic Carpet Ride", but fill that tank cause "I'm runnin' on Empty" - y'all don't worry about me, "Sister Golden Hair", cause "I'm Already Gone"!

Hope you enjoyed that - it was getting confusing!  I'm feeling better and thank you, thank you for your prayers and support.  I realize I'm not the only person on the planet who goes through hard times, but when you're there, sometimes you feel like it.

We're headed to Georgia to spend the weekend with hubsy's family. His baby girl, Jessica, is going too. We're so excited because we are going to go to Mass in Macon at a "real" cathedral. I hear it looks awesome from the exterior.


Jessica was wanting to see the inside, so our relatives got the Mass times for us, which was very thoughtful. 



We are also going to tour "The Big House - Allman Brothers Band Museum", which is an enormous thrill.  You may recall that I posted photographs when we were last there over Thanksgiving 2009, and grand opening was 2 days away, so we missed it.  Lee and I are huge fans of their music, so this is one we can check off our bucket list!

Just heard that Paul McCartney is playing in Nashville on July 26th.   Tickets are from $76.00 to $276.00 per ticket! That would REALLY be a thrill of my lifetime, to actually see at least ONE Beatle in person! But the price is so steep .... shoot, I'd take the nosebleed section and my binoculars for that matter.  Gotta do some fast talkin' to hubsy on that one!

Wishing you all the blessings of a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.  Don't forget to remember our fallen soldiers.  If not for them, we would not have the freedoms extended to us in the U.S. Constitution (including those that have been stomped on and rearranged for special interest groups).  God bless you and God bless the United States of America and its' Heroes.

I'll be back online Tuesday, so see you then!

Peace, Love & Joy,
Abbey

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Cucumber

WOW, WHAT A LITTLE GEM THE CUCUMBER IS. I WILL LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY NOW.


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.


4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.


9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.


12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Breakfast At Ginger's

A FAIRYTALE . . .





AND IT CAME TO PASS
in the Age of Insanity that people of the land called America , having lost their morals, their initiative, and their will to defend their liberties, chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as "The One."





He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning; but He hypnotized the people telling them, "I am sent to save you. My lack of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego, and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. I shall save you with Hope and Change. Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the land that he who proceeded me is evil, that he has defiled the nation, and that all he has built must be destroyed." And the people rejoiced, for even though they knew not what "The One" would do, he had promised that it was good; and they believed. And "The One" said " We live in the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!" And the people said, "Hallelujah! Change is good!"




Then He said, "We are going to tax the rich fat-cats." And the people said "Sock it to them!" "And redistribute their wealth." And the people said, "Show us the money!" And the he said, "redistribution of wealth is good for everybody."




And Joe the plumber asked, " Are you kidding me? You're going to steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??" And "The One" ridiculed and taunted him, and Joe's personal records were hacked and publicized. One lone reporter asked, "Isn't that Marxist policy?" And she was banished from the kingdom!




Then a citizen asked, "With no foreign relations experience and having zero military experience or knowledge, how will you deal with radical terrorists?" And "The One" said, "Simple. I shall sit with them and talk with them and show them how nice we really are; and they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!" And the people said, Hallelujah!! We are safe at last, and we can beat our weapons into free cars for the people!"




Then "The One" said "I shall give 95% of you lower taxes." And one, lone voice said, "But 40% of us don't pay ANY taxes." So "The One" said, "Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!" And the people said, "Hallelujah! Show us the money!" Then "The One" said, "I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!" And the people yawned and the slumping housing market collapsed. And He said. "I shall mandate eployer-funded health care for every worker and raise the minimum wage. And I shall give every person unlimited health care and medicine and transportation to the clinics." And the people said, "Give me some of that!" Then he said, "I shall penalize employers wh o ship jobs overseas." And the people said, "Where's my rebate check?"




Then "The One" said, "I shall bankrupt the coal industry and electricity rates will skyrocket!" And the people said, "Coal is dirty, coal is evil, no more coal! But we don't care for that part about higher electric rates." So "The One" said, Not to worry. If your rebate isn't enough to cover your expenses, we shall bail you out.  Just sign up with the ACORN and you troubles are over!"




Then He said, "Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let's grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches, free medical care, bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing..." And the people said, "Hallelujah!" and they made him king!




And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers. Others simply gave up and went out of business and the economy sank like unto a rock dropped from a cliff. The banking industry was destroyed. Manufacturing slowed to a crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support. Then "The One" said, "I am the "the One"- The Messiah - and I'm here to save you! We shall just print more money so everyone will have enough!" But our foreign trading partners said unto Him. "Wait a minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung! You will have to pay more" ... And "The One" said, "Wait a minute. That is unfair!!" And the world said, "Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced. Lo, you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power. Now you shall play by our rules!" And the people cried out, "Alas, alas!! What have we done?" But yea verily, it was too late. The people set upon The One and spat upon him and stoned him, and his name was dung. And the once mighty nation was no more; and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope. And the Change "The One" had given them was as like unto a poison that had destroyed them and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built.




And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish, "give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!" But it was too late, and their homeland was no more. You may think this a fairy tale, but it's not. It's happening RIGHT NOW.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kerry, Amber, Cooper and Jersey Girl

Here is a photograph that I took at my son's today.  He wanted the whole family in the photograph, even his K-9, Jersey Girl.  I think they took a great picture!

Cooper has found his voice, and oh, what a voice he has! We played so hard that he fell asleep in my arms.

This Day's . . .



Well bless my soul and call me shugah! After all my whining about depression, this comes in the mail today.  Thank you, Lord, I needed this encouraging Smile!

~*~


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. It does not enable us to escape evil. It makes us unfit to face evil when it comes. It is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes.

~Corrie ten Boom

~*~


He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”


~Matthew 13:31-32

~*~


I am born happy every morning.

~Unknown



O What A Beautiful Morning

I've been up only twenty minutes.  Time flies when you're . . . . in a good sleep!  So, I feel better this morning, probably because I am going to see my little Cooper today!  I actually got a little boost last evening.  Bailey and Riley's baseball games were at the same time at different fields.  Riley's was a championship game so I offered to let his mama go and I got with Bay.  When she asked Bailey if he minded if she didn't go to his game, he said, "No, my Mimi is taking me and she's gonna stay with me."  That melted my heart.

The coach on Bay's team - they call him Jolley - did something unusual.  It was their last game of the season, and win or lose, it made no difference in how they would come out in the standings.  So, he told the other coach, who is viciously competitive, that our boys were going to change positions every inning as they pleased, including the pitching.  The other coach was doing his yelling and his arm signals from his spot to his team, and our kids were just having a blast.  Guess what happened?  We ended up 7-7 and played an extra inning and still left with the tie.  That's pretty amazing.  Jolley was a hero for doing this for the boys, and the other guy was mad that the umpires wouldn't let us play another inning.  It mad no difference in the way his season came out; he was still in second place, so it must have been a "Daddy Ball" thing.  That's when the dad's are more competitive than the boys.  Parents can ruin a good youth sports experience so easily!  I'm glad my son-in-law isn't like that with my grandchildren.

I'm going to post my Heartlight for today, and then get myself in gear so I can get down to see Cooper.  Everybody have a beautiful and blessed day!  The sun is shining here and it promises to be a very warm day!

~*~


VERSE:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

~John 3:17

THOUGHT:

How do you view God? Is he someone looking for a way to condemn you? Is he an out of touch old man who doesn't really know what it's like in our modern world? Is he too holy to soil himself with the concerns of mere mortals and has left it up to us to work everything out for ourselves? No. NO. NO! God chose to enter our world and experience it from the side of mortality. God chose to enter our world, not to condemn us, or it, but to redeem it and each of us. Jesus is the great reminder that God longs to save us, not condemn us. Thank God for God! Thank God for Jesus who was and is God with us.

PRAYER:

Holy and Heavenly God, thank you that you live with those of us who are contrite and repentant and who long for your presence. You know we are only mortal, but you love us. You know that we are flawed, but you redeemed us. You know that we are not perfect, but sent Jesus as the perfect sacrifice to save us. Thank you. Through my Savior I offer my sincerest gratitude and praise. Amen.

Abbey

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

You Convinced Me



I could pull a Sally Field ... "you like me, you really, really like me", but that is so goash ... the support and prayers coming through is felt deeply.  I like the nighttime because I know I will be going to sleep and that tomorrow I can begin anew, and hopefully feel better.

I took Bay to his last ballgame.  The coach did something fun.  He let all the boys rotate to different positions every inning and he reversed the batting line-up, starting from the bottom up.  The funniest part is that we were playing a very serious coach who screams and hollera and nearly blows his own mind with his theatrics .... and of all that, we still tied them 7-7!  Isn't that the funniest thing?

Riley was chosen for All Stars in his league and I'm really happy.  Bailey said he didn't think there were going to be All Stars in his age group --- I hope this is wrong.  He will be hurt not getting to play.

Thank you all for your comments and prayers, and encouraging words.  I put out the call and you all came running!  Now I know exactly WHO are my friends and trust me when I say that you are the salt of the earth, each one of you, and you are beautiful, faithfilled and Godly people.  I love you all so very much!
Blessing, Peace and Love,

Abbey

Queen of Peace - Message of May 25, 2010

My precious Lord, in my time of need, I am blessed with the words from the Blessed Mother of God.  Dear ones, I am fully immersed in the waters of our faith, the waters that wash us clean.  I fully believe in the Marian Apparitions and the messages from the Blessed Mother of God.  What an extraordinary blessing to receive her guidance.

~*~



Message of May 25, 2010
[emphasis added[

"Dear children! God gave you the grace to live and to defend all the good that is in you and around you, and to inspire others to be better and holier; but Satan, too, does not sleep and through modernism diverts you and leads you to his way. Therefore, little children, in the love for my Immaculate Heart, love God above everything and live His commandments. In this way, your life will have meaning and peace will rule on earth. Thank you for having responded to my call."

I AM . . .

DEPRESSED ...


... and this too shall pass.

Sorry . . .

Didn't mean to make people feel like they had to explain.  It was tongue-in-cheek, honest!  I do have a human failing of needing validation, however.  I can see that people visit and I often wonder why they don't feel they can comment ... even anonymously.  My problemo, not yours!

Love you all and it's a brand new day!!

THIS DAY'S . . .


May the strength of God pilot us.

May the power of God preserve us.

May the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us.

May the way of God direct us.

May the shield of God defend us.

May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world.

May Christ be with us.

Christ before us.

Christ in us.

Christ over us.

May Thy salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forever more.

~St. Patrick Breastplate

~*~


The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.

~Psalm 24:1-2, The New International Version

Abbey


Monday, May 24, 2010

Only In America . . .



My favorite is about the psychic and the lottery! LOL!  Something whimsical for today....

~*~

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.

Only in America......do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America......do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America...........do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

EVER WONDER...

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can't women 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 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?

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?

I like this one!!!

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"?

The Interview With God

Bryn at Celestial Offerings had this posted today, and I am borrowing for those who may not visit her. It's a keeper!

HEARTLIGHT



This verse made me think about gossiping.  Not sure why, but my husband and I had a conversation in the last few days about saying something not nice about another person.  Make it a goal to always be kind, and always to say something nice, and you won't get caught up in such things.  Happy Monday, my dear friends.  Your week will be blessed, if you want it to be so.  Just "be still" .... and listen for Him.

~*~

VERSE:

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.

~Romans 12:10

THOUGHT:

Being "devoted to one another in brotherly love" requires that our church talk -- we're family, brothers and sisters, children of God -- must be more than mere words. We must enter each others lives, getting to know one another so that we can serve, love and bless each other. What have you done lately to get more involved in the lives of your fellow Christians? Devotion to others follows a commitment to know and be known by them!

PRAYER:

Father, thank you for giving me a world wide family. Thank you for loving me so completely. Father I ask that you help me be more open with myself and my time to those in your family. Give me a heart that burns to bless and be blessed by those you have made
your children. Through my brother, Jesus I pray. Amen.

Abbey

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cows, The Constitution & The Ten Commandments

I'm reduced to copying and pasting funnies from friends ..... pathetic, I know, but it's all that I've got at the moment.  Laugh and the world laughs with you!  With regard to the following, it's blunt and to the point, and I agree with the points made.  If you live in America, you know what I'm talking about.  If not, you cannot imagine how far this country has sunken in my own lifetime.  I worry about the world of my grandchildren, and their children.  'Nuff said . . .

~*~

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately -- illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida .



........ not me -- I concentrate on solutions for the problems -- it's a win-win situation.

* Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
* Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees.
* Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today?

Think about this:
1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow..

THE CONSTITUTION

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ... it creates a hostile work environment.

It is time for America to speak up!

Mumbo Jumbo

I'm going through a "phase", for lack of a better word.  I am busy, yet I don't feel I have much direction at the moment.  I believe the problem lies in the area of treating a long-time malady of mine.  And, I'm changing from one anti-depressant to another, and it brings a couple of days where I feel I just do not know anything and there's this hollow place in my stomach ... that's the only way I know to describe it.  Today, I am completely passive, and I was the same yesterday.  I have little ambition, but we did go to Riley's baseball game this afternoon and I had the thought, "getting out of the house was a good idea.  I'm enjoying this."

Do you ever feel as though nothing you say is right or is taken the wrong way?

Do you have times where you feel everything that you do is all wrong?

They say the road to hell is wide and paved with good intentions.  That worries me.... defending my "good intentions" is recurrent ... TOO recurrent.  Am I mad and the whole world is sane; or am I sane and the whole world is mad?

This shall pass and I will be myself again very soon.  I pray that you will bear with me, and that you will pray for me, as I pray for you.  That's another thing that has suffered - my prayer time.  It is difficult to explain that I don't know the way out, when I don't know how I came to be here in the first place.

I talked to Mother and Daddy today .... Daddy is sick again.  He's just been well for a few short weeks from this respiratory thing, and now it has hit him again.  I stall moving out there for monetary reasons, and my grands ... how can I leave them?  But I worry that I should be there for them in times like this.

If you're thinking, "Abbey has gone off the deep end; this is just rambling ...", then you'd be 1/2 correct.  I have not gone off the deep end, but this IS rambling.

Tomorrow is another day, and I am an eternal optimist.  I just read this over, and I sound like a lunatic, but I know what I mean, so that is promising, right? Seriously, I just needed to let you know why I  am not posting my verses, visiting you and leaving you little notes.  I just don't feel I have much direction at the moment.  I need to infuse something NEW and INTERESTING into my blog and I'm at a loss.  When I find it, you will be the first to know.

I love all my readers; those known and those unknown (so you think - I see you whether or not you know it) .... have a nice Sunday evening.

Abbey

P.S.  The music pod to the right on the sidebar is new .... click the double arrows to skip to next songs, etc. (I use it to click over the descriptions - I want MUSIC!)

Manufacturer's Warranty

This states the "obvious", but "obviously" some don't get it .... so, I found it in writing; an official Manufacturer's Warranty for Priests .... it must be straight from Heaven!

~*~

New Priest Warranty


MANUFACTURER'S NOTICE:

It has come to our attention that the pastor you received was shipped with a slight defect: he is not psychic. This defect necessitates certain special procedures to ensure optimum performance of your unit.

It is necessary to inform him of any members who are hospitalized.

It is necessary to inform him of any members who should be added to the "shut-in" list.

If someone you know is sick or otherwise in need of the pastor's prayers, or if you know of someone who should be included in the prayers on Sunday morning, the pastor must be told, or he won't know.

If you are in need of a pastoral visit or some other service from the pastor, you will get best results if you ask him.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause. If these special procedures create an undue burden, please feel free to send the unit back, and one with full psychic abilities will be shipped as soon as one becomes available.

A Story With A Moral Point

A priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25 years in the parish. A leading local politician and member of the congregation Was chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner. However, he was delayed, so the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited:


"I got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a television set and, when questioned by the police, was able to lie his way out of it. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his employer, had an affair with his boss's wife, taken illegal drugs, and gave VD to his sister. "

"I was appalled. But as the days went on I learned that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people."...

Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and gave his talk: "I'll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived," said the politician. "In fact, I had the honor of being the first person to go to him for confession."

Moral: Never, Never, Never Be Late!

Friday, May 21, 2010

THIS DAY'S ....




The resurrection that awaits us beyond physical death will be but the glorious consummation of the risen life which already we have in Christ.

~D. T. Niles

~*~


This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.



~Joshua 1:8, The Revised Standard Version

~*~


Why must we have memory enough to recall to the tiniest detail what has happened to us, and not enough to remember how many times we have told it to the same person.

~Unknown



One Flaw In Women


One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.....

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

But they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

And laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in..

They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer

When they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

And cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

A birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

Yet they are strong when they

Think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

Can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

To show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

Makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

Family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

And everything to give.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,

IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Reality Sets In

John G. Is 63 years old and owns a small business. He's a life-long Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year has all but evaporated. With the stock market crashing and new taxes coming his way, John assumes now that he will work to his dying day.

John has a granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives a flashy hybrid car, wears all the latest fashions, and loves to go out to nightclubs and restaurants. Ashley campaigned hard for Barack Obama.. After the election she made sure her grandfather (and all other Republican family members) received a big I told-you-so earful on how the world is going to be a much better place now that her party is taking over.

Having lost both roommates, Ashley recently ran short of cash and cannot pay the rent (again) on her 3 bedroom townhouse. Like she has done many times in the past, she e-mailed her grandfather asking for some financial help.

Here is his reply:

Sweetheart, I received your request for assistance. Ashley, you know I love you dearly and I 'm sympathetic to your financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election of President Obama, your grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold new economic plan of our own..."The Ashley Economic Empowerment Plan." Let me explain.

Your grandmother and I are life-long, wage-earning tax payers. We have lived a comfortable life, as you know, but we have never had the fancier things like European vacations, luxury cars, etc. We have worked hard and were looking forward to retiring soon. But the plan has changed. Your president is raising our personal and business taxes significantly. He says it is so he can give our hard earned money to other people. Do you know what this means, Ashley? It means less for us, and we must cut back on many business and personal expenses.

You know the wonderful receptionist who worked in my office for more than 23 years? The one who always gave you candy when you came over to visit? I had to let her go last week. I can't afford to pay her salary and all of the government mandated taxes that go with having employees. Your grandmother will now work 4 days a week to answer phones, take orders and handle the books. We will be closed on Fridays and will lose even more income to the Wal-Mart.

I'm also very sorry to report that your cousin Frank will no longer be working summers in the warehouse. I called him at school this morning. He already knows about it and he's upset because he will have to give up skydiving and his yearly trip to Greenland to survey the polar bears.

That's just the business side of things. Some personal economic effects of Obama's new taxation policies include none other than you. You know very well that over the years your grandmother and I have given you thousands of dollars in cash, tuition assistance, food, housing, clothing, gifts, etc., etc. But by your vote, you have chosen to help others -- not at your expense -- but at our expense.

If you need money now sweetheart, I recommend you call 202-456-1111 . That is the direct phone number for the White House. You can also contact the White House here:http://www/..whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/ . You yourself told me how foolish it is to vote Republican. You said Mr. Obama is going to be the People's President, and is going to help every American live a better life. Based on everything you've told me, along with all the promises we heard during the campaign, I'm sure Mr. Obama will be happy to transfer some stimulus money into your bank account. Have him call me for the account number which I memorized years ago..

Perhaps you can now understand what I've been saying all my life: those who vote for a president should consider the impact on the nation as a whole, and not be just concerned with what they can get for themselves. What Obama supporters don't seem to realize is all of the money he is redistributing to illegal aliens and non-taxpaying Americans (the so-called "less fortunate") comes from tax-paying families.

Remember how you told me, "Only the richest of the rich will be affected"? Well guess what, honey? Because we own a business, your grandmother and I are now considered to be the richest of the rich. On paper, it might look that way, but in the real world, we are far from it.

As you said while campaigning for Obama, some people will have to carry more of the burden so all of America can prosper. You understand what that means, right? It means that raising taxes on productive people results in them having less money; less money for everything, including granddaughters.

I'm sorry, Ashley, but the well has run dry.. The free lunches are over. I have no money to give you now. So, congratulations on your choice for "change." For future reference, I encourage you to try and add up the total value of the gifts and cash you have received from us, just since you went off to college, and compare it to what you expect to get from Mr. Obama over the next 4 (or 8) years. I have not kept track of it, Ashley. It has all truly been the gift of our hearts.

Remember, we love you dearly....but from now on you'll need to call the number mentioned above. Your "Savior" has the money we would have given to you. Just try and get it from him.

Good luck, sweetheart.
Love, Grandpa

Positive Thought . . .



See your whole reality with the eyes of love. Accept yourself and everybody else just the way they are. The reward: Happiness.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

GROWING OLD . . .

A BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE ABOUT GROWING OLD .....



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I forgot what it was....

THIS DAY'S . . .


How often do we need to see God's face, hear His voice, feel His touch, know His power? The answer to all these questions is the same: Every day!

~John Blanchard

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Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

~Acts 4:12, The King James Version

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Don't tell me that worry doesn't do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don't happen.

~Unknown

Abbey