Friday, August 31, 2012

THIS DAY'S . . .

 
    
    
This Day's Thought


 
The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick along side it.
 
D. L. Moody

This Day's Verse
 
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Amen.
 
Philippians 4:23
The New International Version

This Day's Smile
 
Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.

Robert Schuller

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I'M CHRONOLOGICALLY GIFTED

  
They say that laughter is good for the soul.
If you are over 50 and need a chuckle, read on.
If you are not there yet, don't worry, it's coming.


















HOW ADAM GOT EVE (NOT SERIOUS, JUST FUNNY)

How Adam Got Eve -- Priceless
 


Adam was hanging around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely.

So, God asked him, 'What's wrong with you?'


Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to.


God said that He was going to make Adam a companion

And that it would be a woman.

He said, 'This pretty lady will gather food for you, she will cook for you,


And when you discover clothing, she will wash it for you 


She will always agree with every decision you make and she will not nag you,


And will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a

disagreement.

She will praise you! 


She will bear your children.


And never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them.


'She will NEVER have a headache and will freely give you love and 


Passion whenever you need it.'


Adam asked God, 'What will a woman like this cost?'


God replied, 'An arm and a leg.'


Then Adam asked, 'What can I get for a rib?'


Of course the rest is history............!!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

MEDJUGORJE MESSAGE OF AUGUST 25TH


Today, August 25, 2012, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Marija and delivered the following message:

"Dear children! Also today, with hope in the heart, I am praying for you and am thanking the Most High for every one of you who lives my messages with the heart. Give thanks to God's love that I can love and lead each of you through my Immaculate Heart also toward conversion. Open your hearts and decide for holiness, and hope will give birth to joy in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."

MAXINE

As we progress into 2012, I want to thank you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I can no longer open a bathroom door
without using a paper towel.

I can not let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't sit down on a hotel bedspread
because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of transfats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.

I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I can't have a drink in a bar because I fear I'll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.

I can't eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.

I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.

I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Thanks to you I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instandeath when it bites my butt.

And thanks to your great advice I can't ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’sex mother-in-law's second husband's cousins best friend's beautician!

Oh, and by the way...

A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

Friday, August 24, 2012

DEEP THOUGHTS

 
I believe Satan to exist for two reasons: first, the Bible says so, and second, I've done business with him.

Dwight L. Moody

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What makes your soul sing and your heart dance?

Everyone has a song in their heart. Everyone has a reason for being here and a season for making their highest, greatest most auspicious contribution.
No one knows what that is or when that is for anyone else. Only our own heart knows what and when it is for us.
Your heart wants to sing. Don't die with your music still within you.
There is a reason for everything and a purpose to your life.
Too many fail to listen to the song in their heart and therefore fail to find their purpose and their part.
What makes your soul sing and your heart dance? Actually you heart is your soul and you are both! Ask this one question of yourself but don't be in a hurry to answer it.
Live in the question for a day, a week, a month. Let it invite your heart to speak to you.
And when you are absolutely sure what your heart is saying is true then begin to invoke the changes necessary in your life so that you live in alignment with your song.

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THIS DAY'S

This Day's Thought

To be really truthful, we have to do more than stop lying.  Really, most of the work is positively learning how to speak the whole truth in love.

~Tim Stafford
This Day's Verse
And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior.  He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
~2 Timothy 1:10
The New Living Translation
This Day's Smile

A lad who heard his father pray for missions, and especially for the needs of missionaries, that they might be supplied, and that their institutions might be amply sustained, said to him, "Father, I wish I had your money."  "Why, my son, what would you do with it?" asked the father.  "I would answer your prayers," was the reply.

~Unknown

Monday, August 06, 2012

THIS DAY'S . . .


    
    
This Day's Thought


 
It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray. The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning.

Oswald Chambers
This Day's Verse
 
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
 
Psalm 4:8
The New International Version
This Day's Smile

Honesty is like a flu shot.  It may give you a short, sharp pain, but it keeps you healthier in the long run.

Willard Harley Jr.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

ABBEY IS FALLING APART!

My friends in Christ,

Yes, I feel as though I am breaking down, and in light of my very active youth and younger adulthood, it is quite disheartening.

I will have surgery for a knee replacement on my left knee this coming Tuesday.  THIS SHOULD BE the last of "fixes" for me, at least for a long time - I PRAY!  Here is a photo of the prosthesis that I have in my right knee and will have in my left also, after Tuesday's surgery.
I knew it was coming.  I have known for a couple of years that my knees were a problem.  The meniscus disc (the pad of the knee joint) is gone and it's bone-on-bone, which has created a lot of arthritis and a big bone spur.  So there's really no option; I can hardly walk as it is.  I don't need to tell you how painful it is.  I had the right knee replaced last November and it went very well, so I have no fears regarding this upcoming surgery. It meant, however, that I had to postpone my vacation to see my Mother and Daddy for a second time.

God has given me this challenge for His Glory and I do give him all the Glory!  I will see mom and dad sometime later, hopefully sooner rather than later.  Pray for me that I do well! I'm going to tackle those therapy exercises with venom and rehab to an acceptable point that I can travel.  I miss them so much.

I am so grateful for your prayers and for your visits.  Please do not despair if my posts fall off this coming week. Tuesday is surgery, and I will probably be home on Friday.  I'll try to pop in when I can.

Much love,
Abbey

CNA/EWTN NEWS


Spanish Olympic athlete to enter seminary after London games
Carlos Ballve, athlete on Spain's Olympic Field Hockey team.

  ~  Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team that is competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the competition ends, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest.

According to the Spanish daily El Pais, even though he always considered himself a believer, it was only in 2005 that he became aware of the importance of God in his life.

In the summer of that year, everything began to change while he competed at the under-21 World Championships.

“We began the competition terribly. It was so bad that one Sunday I went to Mass and made a deal with God: I told him that if he fixed that Championship, I would go to Medjugore (where the alleged Marian apparitions are still being studied by the Vatican) with my father. We made history. Never before had a U-21 team won a medal, and we came in third,” he said.

Ballve kept his promise and visited Medjugore. However, he said his life still did not change, as he continued “to go to parties with girls, spend money left and right, and had little or no intention of praying.”

But “something inside of me said, 'Litus, you are free and you can do what you want, but right now you are not happy.'”

Although he was at the top of his game, he decided to quit again and go in search for God.

“I told him, 'I don’t know what’s wrong. Strange things are happening. I want to come clean with you, so here I am, do what you want.'”

His life began to change, and he only asked the Lord to let him fulfill his dream of playing in the Olympics.

Ballve called his time at the games thus far “an incredible and precious experience.” He said he hopes “not only to win, but to grow in my living of the faith, sharing this with people from so many parts of the world,” the newspaper reported.
~*~

~Always so exciting to see a young man make this biggest of all decisions. We need our Priests!

Peace, Love & Joy,

Abbey

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I LOOK TO YOU



HOLY MOTHER'S MESSAGE TO MIRJANA 8-2-12


Today, August 2, 2012, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Mirjana Soldo and delivered the following message:

"Dear children, I am with you and I am not giving up. I desire to have you come to know my Son. I desire for my children to be with me in eternal life. I desire for you to feel the joy of peace and to have eternal salvation. I am praying that you may overcome human weaknesses. I am imploring my Son to give you pure hearts. My dear children, only pure hearts know how to carry a cross and know how to sacrifice for all those sinners who have offended the Heavenly Father and who, even today, offend Him, although they have not come to know Him. I am praying that you may come to know the light of true faith which comes only from prayer of pure hearts. It is then that all those who are near you will feel the love of my Son. Pray for those whom my Son has chosen to lead you on the way to salvation. May your mouth refrain from every judgment. Thank you."

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

SATAN: A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER - REAL OR DREAMED? PART II

To continue my story regarding what I strongly feel was an encounter with Satan when I was but a young girl, I have another story to tell.

This time, it was my daughter.  We were visiting my Mother and Daddy when she was about six or seven, and she was in the small front bedroom that was my room after my sister and became teens and wanted our own rooms.  In short, many years later, she would tell me of something that happened to her one night while she was supposed to be sleeping. In fact, everyone in the house was asleep, except my daughter.

Exactly as it had happened to me, she told me the exact same story of the hot, growling breath hovering over her face; keeping her eyes shut as if she were asleep, and the "thing", Satan or whatever it was taking her by the arms and squeezing her.  I don't know why she didn't tell me then but after she had the very same experience, frankly, it frightened the hell out of me!

Secondly, but no less important, she was 17 years old and had gotten a job at the new Galleria mall.  It was on the other side of the city and a long drive, so naturally, I was always worried when she had to close.

Remember, we did not have cell phones back then.  She burst through the door in absolute hysterics and I could barely make any sense of what she was saying.  Once I had her calmed down, she told me that driving down that long stretch of dark highway toward home, there was a voice whispering in her ear, demanding "Close your eyes!"  She tried to shake it off; she rolled her windows down to get some fresh air, but there it was again, demanding even more emphatically, "CLOSE YOUR EYES!"

At first, she didn't think she could hold her eyes open, something was weighing heavily on her eyelids.  She fought and fought throughout the repetitious "close your eyes" until she pulled into the driveway.

Real or Imagined?


Let me tell you one more story.

After my daughter got married and had her first child, she began to experience "someone" whispering in the night, "Mama!".  She wasn't frightened, and in fact, would feel something pressing down on her feet at the foot of the bed, like someone was sitting down on her feet.  She'd kick at it and it would disappear.   The call "Mama" and the "sitting on the foot of the bed" occurred a few more times while she lived in that house.

Oddly, I went to Texas to see my folks.  One night, I was lying there trying to go to sleep and there it was:  "Mama!"

Even now, I catch things out of my peripheral vision, a smokey or cloudy shape that passes so fast that it's gone by the time I turn to look and see what it was.  I feel pressure when I am in bed at night, sometimes, right next to me on the edge of the bed.  If it bothers me, I just kind of nudge it, but I am convinced that it is either my Guardian Angel, Barnard, or some other angel.

God, it is said, sends two Guardian Angels to ever person.  I am never afraid, and in fact, when crazy things happen, like when I washed a large cup and it's lid and left it on the sink and in the morning the lid is on the kitchen table, I just laugh and say "I don't know who you are, but you are welcome and you are quite playful."  Who knows if it is a spirit that is earthbound for some reason.  Whatever the reason that these spirits/angels are here with me, I feel that it is for good and not bad, so I am, as I said, unafraid. 


Yes, I'd just as soon they moved on, but I don't want to find out in my afterlife that I was mean to some "being" that God sent to me.

By now, I'm sure you all think I am quite mad, but I would beg to differ.  Rather, I feel I have been blessed with a gift, a gift that I am not able to control and I do not try to.  But as Christians, we know that there is a spiritual world.  Who are we to say why these things happen or why these "spirits" or "angels" are there.  All I know is that I choose to believe they are for the good.  I've cast Satan out of my home so many times, and with Holy Water from Medjugorje nonetheless, so I don't think these spirits are evil. 

I thank God fort he gifts that He blesses upon me, for His Graces, and I pray that I am worthy, every day in, and day out.

Peace Be With You,
Abbey

WACKY WEDNESDAY!

From Brian Burch at Catholic Vote

Dear CV Friend, 

Remember the book?

Wacky Wednesday is the title of a Dr. Seuss children's classic.

The book famously begins: "It all began with that shoe on the wall. A shoe on the wall...? Shouldn't be there at all!" A young boy wakes up on Wednesday to find the whole world confused, backwards, and chaotic.

Sound like our world?

Much like the fictional children's tale, Americans woke today not simply to a shoe on the wall, but to a boot on our first freedom.

Wednesday August 1 marks the official legal launch of the Obama Administration's HHS mandate. Starting today, every business in America with 30 or more employees will be required to pay for abortion drugs, sterilization procedures and other immoral medicines when they renew their health care policies.

Think about that: American businesses will now be compelled -- by our own government -- to pay for the drug-induced murder of countless unborn children.

This isn't just wacky. It's wrong. And it must be stopped.
We were thrilled last week by the court order preventing the mandate from applying to a private business in Colorado. The Denver based Catholic business owners sued, and were defended by Alliance Defending Freedom's attorney Matthew Bowman -- a regular contributor to the CatholicVote.org blog.

Our own lawsuit against Kathleen Sebelius on behalf of a Catholic business owner in St. Louis is likewise proceeding. Our aim is to prevent the law from taking effect in Missouri very soon.

Many other lawsuits are moving through the courts, with the hope that the entire mandate will be struck down across the country.

Your continued prayers and support are urgently needed.

While the legal challenges continue, CatholicVote.org is focused like a laser on November 6. We have been working for the past year to raise funds, build a strategy, and execute on a plan that will launch a new era for the Catholic vote.

And because we are a lay organization, CatholicVote.org is not afraid to be political -- and say what needs to be said.

The HHS Mandate must be defeated.

And President Obama must be defeated.
It's that simple.

I talk to political experts, pundits and analysts every day. We can win in November.

We can, and we must.

Sincerely,


Brian