Monthly Archives: October 2011

Thought For The Day 10/31/11

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Trying Our Best!

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We have to learn to be our own best
friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.

Roderick Thorp, Rainbow
Drive

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How often have we wondered whether or not our best was good enough? I know that question plagued me often. I would find myself looking at the goal I needed to accomplish, planning my strategy for attacking it, completing the task, and then evaluating my success in meeting my goals. The problem I found that was often my biggest stumbling block was having something comparable to measure my accomplishment against….

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Time and time again, I would see my effort as being wanting in some way. Not special enough or detailed enough or attractive enough or thorough enough. And then I realized that the only person I needed to please was me. I do not need to compare what I do to any one else because no one else can do what I do in exactly the same way. Because they are not me. My strengths and talents are uniquely mine. And all the comparison in the world can’t change that simple
fact!

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If it took me this long to discover that fact then it’s not surprising that so many of our young people look inwardly and find themselves wanting in some way. And while I can not quote statistics, I’m betting that the self-esteem of our young people, no matter where they live, is at an all time low! Yes, there is always that one special person for whom the world is their oyster but more often that not, I think most see something lacking inside themselves.

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So how can we help our young people build their self-esteem in a world that esteems perfection? There are a few things I think we can look at to help us help others to feel better about themselves and the efforts they are undertaking.

  • There are many years ahead of us so why not try to make the journey a fun one. When you enjoy the things you are doing it becomes easier to do them well!
  • No one becomes the best they can be overnight. Be patient but persevere and keep that forward momentum going.
  • Dare to try new things. Often it takes trial and error to find the way through that works best for you, but you may never discover it without daring to try doing something a different way.
  • Do not let others work to undermine you. Often others will try to build themselves up by trying to tear you down…but only if you allow them to have that power.
  • Refine the way you learn by listening and tuning in. Get to know and understand your surroundings. The better you do, the more likely you are to learn more about yourself.
  • Take responsibility for your own actions. Do not look to blame others for your own failures or be jealous of another’s successes.
  • Actually take the time to think about your strengths. If this is difficult, ask someone you trust to help. Write them down and then strive to live them every day.
  • Understand that there are times you will fail. Failure is a learning process and should be seen as such!
  • Turn all those negatives into positives. Learn to see things for what they are. If you don’t like what you see, try a different strategy!

 

Above everything else, remember that you are special and that you are deserving of a happy life. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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For God gave us a spirit not of fear
but of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7

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Thought For The Day 10/30/11

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My Radio Show

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God gives us dreams a size too big so
that we can grow in them.

Author Unknown

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I am about to embark on a terrifying venture. I am preparing to launch a radio show in a week. The show I am preparing, “Finding The Way” will be based on my blogs, especially as to how they relate to life, love, family, faith and country. I’ll pose questions as “food for thought” and segments on hope, heartache, doubt, brokenness and redemption. I will be hosting a one hour slot every Saturday night from 8PM-9PM on the ULC Radio program at Live365.com.

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Now you all know that I love to write! I have written 223 “Thought For The Day” posts since the end of March. But talk? No way, Jose’! I know everything I want to say. I can type it down at lightning speed and I can spin messages into stories of faith when the need arises. But TALK?!?!?!?!? Now I am planning on dividing what I say with music and that will help, BUT TALK!?!?!?!?!? For probably 40 minutes out of every hour? TALK!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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The decision to embark on this was not of my doing. I had been offered the opportunity and spent weeks saying “No”. And then, suddenly, I was compelled to say “Yes”! It was out of my mouth, typed in an Email and sent even before I realized I had done it. And now history is about to be made, because if you all tune in, you will probably hear a voice, with a little bit of a “Debbie Downer” (from Saturday Night Live) twang to it. But you will be hearing my words, my thoughts, my plans, my dreams and my faith! You will be hearing ME! And I will do my best to give you a wonderful listening experience. We shall see! Wish me luck and say a prayer!

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong
and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your
God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

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Thought For The Day 10/29/11

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Cleaning…Good For The Body & The
Soul!

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Housework is something you do that
nobody notices until you don’t do it.

Author Unknown

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Cleaning out is very good for both the body and the soul. I believe that is
why those of the Jewish faith clean their houses thoroughly before Passover.
Their idea is that all traces of leavened products must be removed from the
home. Those pesky pieces of popcorn that have migrated under the seat cushions
of the couch or that package of crackers you forgot was in your nightstand
drawer must be eradicated. And while I try to do a cleaning like this
occasionally, I choose to do it for a different reason, which in a way, I
believe is also a secondary factor that my Jewish friends already know. Cleaning
up and out is a very therapeutic. Yes, cleaning is very good for the body and
the soul.

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Firstly, the body. Cleaning gives you a light workout that is easy on the
joints. And at this point in my life, those joints are a tad creaky and
delicate! And while I don’t know how many calories are burned by cleaning, I do
know for a fact that it is nearly impossible to be feeding your face while your
are pushing a vacuum or dusting the cobwebs from the light fixture. Instead of
groaning about all the effort the next time you are faced with a tough cleaning
job, how about changing your thinking and looking on the hard work as a chance
to exercise in the comfort of your own home, and for free! You might just be
able to give up that gym membership!

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Now for the soul. It is exhilarating to realize that under the layers of
grime is often a beautiful article. Turning chaos into something ordered can
actually be soothing. And just the physical act of throwing out garbage can
often help us to rid ourselves of that mental or emotional garbage we tend to
carry around with us. And even though this order never lasts long, it is still
very satisfying while it does last! Having beautiful surroundings is a sure-fire
way to beat stress. Don’t forget that aesthetics should be about all the senses.
There is something very nostalgic for me about the smell of Pine Sol. It evokes
memories of my childhood because it was used to clean the haunted house, my
favorite attraction at a small park where my dad had a summer job every year.
Every time I wash my floor with Pine Sol I am transported to a time of pure joy
and happiness.

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Now I am not saying that you can eat off the floors in my house. My house is
a home and a home is well lived in. When you visit me you share my furniture
with my pets and often, my grandson. And more often than not, you will find
raisins between the seat cushions. But I try to do a thorough cleaning a couple
of times a year….for me. So join me. Get out your Pine Sol, scrubbing brushes,
vacuum cleaner and cleaning rags; switch on the music and go to town! Treat you
house and your soul to a thorough cleaning!

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“By wisdom a house is built, &
through understanding it is established.”

Proverbs 24:3

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“The wise woman builds her house, but
with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Proverbs 14:1

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Thought For The Day 10/28/11

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Defending The
Hunter!

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And God said, “Behold, I have given you
every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree
with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the
earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the
earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant
for food.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:29-30

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I grew up in an “outdoorsy” home. We all enjoyed all sports and we enjoyed things like hunting and fishing. Now before anybody gets upset, I need to let you know that we were taught a healthy respect of and to love all of God’s creatures. But, we are a family of carnivores. And we always used what we caught learning early on to savor the different tastes and textures of all kinds of fish and meat.

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Yes, I know that today we have supermarkets where we can obtain all the protein sources we need, although, truth be told, I wonder if the way these animals were slaughtered is any more humane than the way those who fish or hunt, kill their prey. I doubt it! We are following traditions that are thousands of years old from mans earliest days when animals were first used as a sacrifice, the shed blood thought to be a way of cleansing sin, and then, somewhat later, when they were also used for the nourishment of man.

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When creating the earth and life on it, God provided the animals Adam and Eve used as a sacrifice (animals were most likely not used for food until after the flood) and, after eating the forbidden fruit, the hides used to cover their “nakedness”. When Noah offered his sacrifice to the Lord, “The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma” of the burning meat and made a promise that he would never again curse the ground because of the actions of human beings. Yes, animal sacrifices
were only properly offered to God before the death of Jesus on the cross. Once His blood was shed, and offered before God, this ultimate sacrifice was the only one needed, opening the way to heaven for all who believe.

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I support all the causes established to protect innocent creatures from cruelty at man’s hand. I do not condone inhumane methods of raising herds and flocks not do I support inhumane slaughter techniques. But I do believe God’s intent for man is to use and benefit for His many gifts. This includes all the flora and fauna he has gifted the world with.

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Men would live exceedingly quiet if
these two words, mine and thine were taken away.

Anaxagoras

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Thought For The Day 10/27/11

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Patience

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One moment of patience may ward off
great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.

Chinese Proverb

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I always suspected that as I aged, gracefully I might add, the wisdom of my years would add patience to my collection of assets. However, I am finding that the opposite seems to be true. Now I seem to have refined my selective hearing skills over the years, which some would see as patience being exhibited, but I think most would agree that tuning out is not patience, when really thinking about it.  The fact that I can tune some things out, usually the dogs barking or Dan grousing about something simply seems to indicate that I have simply refined the things I worry about but not really developing the skill of being patient! I find that once irked, my tendency is to ride that horse to the end of the trail instead of breathing deeply and saying to myself, “…this too shall pass”!

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I think some of this is due to the fact that we have become a world of instants….with a mouse click, everything is made instantly available to us! So it’s easy to understand how we would become accustomed to instant gratification! I see this more frequently in young people who have always lived in the world of the informational super-highway of the world-wide web. However, in reality, we can not, nor should we, ever get things instantly. That instant gratification fails to provide a true appreciation for the thing obtained through diligent hard work should not be lost on any of us. Because of this, we need to put more effort into cultivating that thing called patience. We need to realize that often the best things in life are not free or easily obtained.

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In thinking about this issue some questions have come to mind that might just be worth pondering over as you look inward at your own capacity for patience. I know I have and I think there are some answers I can come up with for my own life just by asking these things. See if it works for you too!

  • Are there patterns that we can identify that trigger that need for
    immediacy?
  • Do we try to accomplish too many things in too short a time in our life?
  • Do we always remember the things that matter most and give them their
    rightful place in our order of daily tasks?
  • Do we know that understand that most things are beyond our control to
    manipulate and use?
  • Are we prepared for some of the unexpected things in life?

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19: My dear
brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry,
  20: for man’s
anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

James 1:19-20

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32 years ago today, I had just completed a few days when I exhibited the patience of Job as I labored to deliver my son. Happy 32nd birthday, Danny! I am so proud of you and of the man you have become over the years!

Danny on right on the day of Nicholas’ confirmation!

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Thought For The Day 10/26/11

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Getting Older!

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Thanks to modern medical advances such
as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in
the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.

Dave Barry, “Your Disintegrating Body”

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People must have about a Trillion nerve processes that happen in the brain every second. So how is it that I can sit and sit and think of nothing “interesting or fun” for my thought of the day? Now I haven’t been feeling my best lately as you all know. I have had chronic ankle issues and am awaiting a prosthetic that hopefully, will keep the pep in my step. And, to boot, Landon and I have been trading colds back and forth since August. Now I just saw my MD a week ago for a complete physical including cardiogram, chest x-ray, blood work at which time I was deemed to be the perfect specimen of health! Now the Landon cold hits me and suddenly I find concrete in my head that threatens to blow the top of it right off!

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OK, the lightening bolt has struck! And that’s the way it works with me. Often nothing and then……BAM…..it hits me! I have to wonder how people managed to share the word of God as followers of Jesus Christ when the life expectancy was only about 50 years old! Younger than I am now! Just think about it. A 20-year-old at the time of Jesus’ death would have been 49 in 62 AD. A 25-year-old would have been 54 by that time. According to this Life Table Approximating Roman Population at any given time, over 17% of the population was 50 or older. Almost 5% of the population was 65 or older.

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According to Paul in 1 Corinthians, there were more than 500 witnesses to the resurrection itself and there were likely others who followed Jesus at one time or another, or who heard his teachings and joined the movement later. Thus, there were at least several hundred witnesses to Jesus’ life who were active in the early Church. Obviously these witnesses had survived a perilous time, when high number of deaths occurred….child hood. Therefore, it seems very likely that many of these eyewitnesses would have lived well into the second half of the first century, assuming they were not martyred because of the profession of Christian faith, as Polycarp was. He was more than 85 when he was martyred by the Romans. Justin Martyr died at 65 when he met a martyr’s death. Origen lasted 69 years and Tertullian made it past 75.

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Think about all that you have done in your life so far. Then sit down for a second and think about all that you want to do. Then just imagine having to live it all in just a 50 or 60 year span! It’s hard to do. I, for one, became proactive in attempting to extend my years when I quit smoking in January. My little guy is almost 21 months old. I hope that I am blessed to be able to dance at his wedding when I’m 79 or 80. I believe God has gifted so many talented healers to help me along toward my goal. That’s my plan. Now I have to hope it’s God’s plan for me as well! But the first step…..get rid of the concrete in my head!!!!!!!

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For through wisdom your days will be
many, and years will be added to your life.

Proverbs 9:11

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Thought For The Day 10/25/11

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7 Brides For 7 Brothers

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From our ancestors come our names, but
from our virtues our honors.

Proverb

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There are many movies which I love but none more than the musical “7 Brides For 7 Brothers”. Just call me a sucker for movies that ooze love and devotion and family and happily ever after endings. And then there’s the fact that this particular movie happened to be released the year I was born, which I always find so very special! Oh yeah, and the fact that the brother’s names are Bible names. I will always remember that most of all! According to the lines in the movie, the Bible names were “Mama’s idea” and the ABC’s Daddy’s….so he could “keep us all straight”, especially since Daddy’s plan was to go all the way to the “Z’s”, Zachariah, but then he “felled a tree on hisself”!

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To this day, I remember every name of every brother but I never, until now, actually tried to look the names up and find out their history or what they mean. So I decided there’s no better time than the present to add one more page to that ongoing education of mine that I mentioned a few days ago!

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  • Adam: This is the Hebrew word
    for “man”. It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם (‘adam) meaning “to be red”, referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning “to make”. According to Genesis in the Old Testament Adam was created from the earth by God (there is a word play on Hebrew אֲדָמָה (‘adamah) “earth”).
  • Benjamin: From the Hebrew name
    בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) which means “son of the south” or “son of the right hand”. Benjamin in the Old Testament was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and the founder of one of the southern tribes of the Hebrews. He was originally
    named בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-‘oniy) meaning “son of my sorrow” by his mother Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth, but it was later changed by his father.
  • Caleb: Means “dog” in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this was the name of one of the twelve spies sent by Moses
    into Israel. Of the Israelites who left Egypt with Moses, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who lived to see the promised land.
  • Daniel: From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning “God is my judge”. Daniel was a Hebrew prophet
    whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king’s dreams. The book also presents Daniel’s four visions of the end of the world.
  • Ephraim: From the Hebrew name אֶפְרָיִם (‘Efrayim) which meant “fruitful”. In the Old Testament Ephraim was a
    son of Joseph and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Frank: Frankincense – also called olibanum (Hebrew: לבונה,obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly Boswellia sacra, B. carteri, B. thurifera, B. frereana, and B. bhaw-dajiana (Burseraceae). It is used in incense and perfumes. (And remember, Frank was named this because there weren’t any “F” names in the Bible!)
  • Gideon: גִּדְעוֹן Means “feller” or “hewer” in Hebrew. Gideon was a hero of the Old Testament who led
    the Israelites against the Midianites.

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I don’t think it ever hurts to think about things in a new and innovative way. We can never, nor should we ever, stop that need to learn and understand and so why not try to do it in a fun and interesting way, especially if the lesson learned is another chapter in Bible knowledge! Perhaps you too can find some unique way to expand your Bible smarts and while you’re at it, remember to share those fun facts with your family, especially those young ones in your home whose minds are like sponges just waiting to soak up all those fun facts!

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A good name is better than fine
perfume, and the day of death better than the day of
birth

Ecclesiastes 7:1

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