Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thought For The Day 04/30/12

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Heralding Summer!

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. 

John Lubbock

http://www.quotegarden.com/summer.html

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Just 24 hours from now….a mere 86,400 seconds….May will herald her arrival for the year 2012. And with the month od May comes the promise of warm summer breezes and children running around through lush green grass barefooted. Can dips in the ocean or swimming pool be far behind? Does the music of the ice cream truck which drives every parent on the face of the earth crazy at the same time it causes the Pavlovian drooling response in children, begin its rounds through out your neighborhood just as the sun winks below the horizon? And, lastly but certainly not least, every child alive counts down the seconds until their parole from the institution that has held them prisoner since August or September…..school!

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 Yes, summer is nearly here and in some cultures, especially those that embrace a polytheistic view, this is also a time leading up to the celebration of the summer solstice, or the day the sun stands still! But, except for the Feast of St John the Baptist in August and perhaps a handful of Feast days for other Saints (after all we do have roughly 10,000 canonized Saints), we who believe in the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, do not honor  this time in the calendar with some special celebration! And though we do not have any particular observances scheduled in the church, man has taken care of this on his own.

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I decided to see what special days and celebrations await us in May and I discovered a lot of them! Some are ridiculous, some are not. But they all serve to provide us a secular time of celebrating this time of the year. While the Bible certainly does not show the Apostles celebrating ANY days like these, we validate the celebrating of them because there is so much joy and love of family that occurs at this time, that we hope that God would approve of such a joy filled time in the human life, whether or not the day celebrates Him!

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Here are the special observances and celebrations I found for May! Read them! Laugh at them! And then head out and spend some quality family time with your family as we turn the page on yet another month!

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Month Long Observances

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American Bike Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asparagus Month

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Flower Month

National Bar-B-Que Month

National Egg Month

National Duckling Month

National Hamburger Month

National Mental Health Month

National Salad Month

National Photo Month

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

National Strawberry Month

Older Americans Month

Transportation Month

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Week Long Observances

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1st Week – National Postcard Week

1st Week – Teacher Appreciation Week

2nd Week – National Pet Week

2nd Week – National Police Week Celebrate in whichever week has May 15th.

2nd Week – Stuttering Awareness Week

Last Week – National Backyard Games Week Last full week before Memorial Day.

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Individual Day Observances

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May 1

Hawaiian Lei Day

Mother Goose Day

May Day

Worthy Wage Day For child care providers.

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May 2nd

Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Birthday Born in 1903.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Called Yom Hashoah.

 National Truffles Day

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May 3rd

Constitution Memorial Day In Japan.

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May 4th

National Weather Observers’ Day

Space Day Celebrated the first Friday of May.

Susan’s Birthday From Sesame Street.

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May 5th

Children’s Day In Japan.

Cinco De Mayo

National Scrapbook Day Celebrated on the first Saturday of May.

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May 6th

International No Diet Day

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May 7th

1st Stamp Collection Started

Pulitzer Prize Established

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May 8th

National Teacher Day Always the Tuesday of the first full week of May.

National Train Day

No Socks Day

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May 9th

Lost Sock Memorial Day

First Newspaper Cartoon In the USA in 1754.

Peter Pan Day James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Scotland.

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May 10th

Clean Up Your Room Day

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May 11th

National Family Child Care Provider’s Day The Friday before Mother’s Day.

Twilight Zone  Day

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May 12th

International Nurses Day

Kite Day

Limerick Day

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May 13th

Mother’s Day Second Sunday of May.

Tulip Day

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May 14th

Beginning of Lewis and Clark Expedition In 1804.

National Dance Like a Chicken Day

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May 15th

Aoi Festival Celebrated in Japan.

L.F. Baum’s Birthday Author of The Wizard of Oz – born in 1856.

National Chocolate Chip Day

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May 16th

First US Nickel Minted In 1866, called the ‘Shield Nickel’.

Wear Purple for Peace Day

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May 17th

First Kentucky Derby In 1875.

Pack Rat Day

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May 18th

International Museum Day

Mount St. Helens Erupted In 1980.

Visit Your Relatives Day

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May 19th

Armed Forces Day The third Saturday of May.

Circus Day The Ringling Brother’s Circus opened in 1884.

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May 20th

First Photo Sent From Space In 1990 the Hubble space telescope sends 1st photograph’s from space.

Peace Day Third Sunday in May.

Strawberry Picking Day

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May 21st

American Red Cross Founded Founded by Clara Barton in 1881.

Lindbergh Flight Day In 1927.

Victoria Day Celebrated in Canada on the Monday before May 24.

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May 22nd

Buy-A-Musical Instrument Day

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May 23rd

Penny Day

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May 24th

First Morse Code Message Sent Sent from Washington DC to Baltimore in 1844.

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May 25th

National Missing Children’s Day

National Tap Dance Day

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May 26th

Blueberry Cheesecake Day

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May 27th

Golden Gate Bridge Opens In 1937.

Masking Tape Patented In 1930.

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May 28th

Amnesty International Day

Jim Thorpe’s Birthday Born in 1888.

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May 29th

John F. Kennedy’s Birthday Born in 1917.

Paper Clip  Day

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May 30th

Hole in My Bucket Day

Compact Disc Birthday

Ice Cream Freezer Patented In 1848 by William Young.

Memorial Day While officially Memorial Day is May 30th, it is observed on the last Monday of May, which is the 28th in 2012.

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May 31st

World No Tobacco Day

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Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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Thought For The Day 04/29/12

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“Blessings”

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. 

Thornton Wilder

 http://www.quotegarden.com/gratitude.html

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 We are Christians! And with the acknowledgement of that comes another indisputable fact. We will all, at some time or another, face the stings and barbs of others who do not share our beliefs and who will work their hardest to undermine that which we hold to be the truth within our own hearts. This fact is an absolute!  Just as Jesus was persecuted, so will many who openly profess their belief in God be persecuted. And with that persecution comes  hurt and pain and sometimes even feelings of despondency. But never forget the special gift he gave to each of us by his promise of eternal life. And while the trials I face might just cause me to fear at time my mortal life as I understand it to be, never, ever, have I feared for my immortal soul!

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The blog of a friend was where I was introduced to a very special song. And the story of the young artist who wrote it is just as special and unique. Gifted artist Laura Story wrote the hit song, “Indescribable”, which was recorded by Chris Tomlin in 2004. However her trials at God’s hands were just beginning. She married the next year, and began working in the music ministry at Perimeter Church in Atlanta. She won a Dove award for Inspirational Album in 2008, but the acclaim wasn’t without triumphing over tragedy. Her beloved husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006. And while her husband hasn’t been completely healed, she is very thankful for the blessings God did choose to bestow upon her family! Her song, “Blessings”, is a reflection of the hopeful place that God led her family to. And it is my hope that you who might also be feeling hurt or pain now, will hear this beautiful song and finally be able to find that “silver lining” that has seemed to be missing in your life!

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Blessings

by Laura Story

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We pray for blessings, we pray for peace.

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.

We pray for healing, prosperity.

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.

All the while, You hear each spoken need.

Your love is way too much to give us lesser things.

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Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?

 What if your healing comes through tears?

 What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

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What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear.

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.

We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love.

As if every promise from Your word is not enough.

All, the while, You hear each desperate plea.

And long that we’d have faith to believe.

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Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?

 What if your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

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What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win;

We know that pain reminds this heart, that this is not,

 this is not our home. It’s not our home.

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Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?

What if your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

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What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life;

 Is a revealing of greater thirst that a world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights;

Are Your mercies in disguise?

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“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies”

Genesis 22:17 (KJV)

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Thought For The Day 04/28/12

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Are You Doing What You Are Meant To DO? 

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Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character.  Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. 

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/self-discovery.html

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I saw a post this morning which really struck a chord with me and has given me pause to wonder if, at last, I am doing what I was destined to do with my life? And, more importantly, am I doing with my life that which God is asking that I do?

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This man whose story I saw today was the son of an Air Force General and an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.S. degree and then became a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University. He joined the U.S. Army at the prompting of his father.  After graduating from Officer Candidate School he graduated from both Army Airborne and Ranger training in  the top of each class.  He was selected for U. S. Army Special Forces Training but he decided instead to undergo pilot training where he earned his wings, and became a helicopter gun ship pilot, achieving the rank of Captain. After he was selected for promotion to Major and assigned to teach at West Point, he resigned his  commission from the Army to go into music and acting. To whom am I referring? This very famous person who found the need to rewrite his life is, none other, than Kris Kristofferson! And I just can’t help but wonder at the degree this change was other directed!

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I, too, know all about rewriting a life. If you had asked me 15 years ago where I saw myself today I would never, in a million years, have said right here, in front of my computer, writing this blog and sharing my thoughts and my hearts desire with hundreds of people I have never laid eyes on before! I would have never said I would be doing an hour-long radio show every week about faith on an internet radio station. I would never have said I would be involved in community activism and working my hardest to help give children who are in the system in my community a voice! And then again, 15 years ago……was the time of the old Mandy!

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I had earned my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and had received additional certification in the nursing field. 15 years ago, I was working as a Certified Case Management Nurse for people who had suffered severe, life altering trauma. I was working every day in “The Big Apple” in the heart of Midtown Manhattan! I left home at 4:45 AM and returned home at 6:45 PM (on a good day)! I crammed life with my children into the few paltry hours that I had remaining! Quality time with my husband was a distant memory. Spending time with my parents was not in the cards!

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Suddenly, God intervened! In the blink of an eye, life as I knew it ceased and Mandy was suddenly born anew…..thrust into a world I was not prepared for. No one expects illness to cause paralysis. No one expects to fall breaking bones so severely that surgery and a month-long hospitalization and rehab stay becomes necessary! No one expects to find themselves with wheels replacing legs! No one…. no HUMAN…. knew any of this would happen……… except for one! And He is, most assuredly, not human! The one that directed this calamity to befall me was GOD!

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He led me along a path He knew I would need to travel. Slowly and after many, many months of painful and hard work, I was walking again. And that is my miracle! It did not happen suddenly and it is not always the way things are nor is it the way it might always be. The disease I have can exacerbate at any time. Tomorrow, I might just find myself back in that wheelchair! But for now, I am upright and alive. And I allowed the Almighty to enter my heart and let me know what it was He expected of me. And I listened! And here I am!

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 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV

This is my birth verse! It fits perfectly with my life’s story, don’t you think?

If you are interested in seeing yours, visit the website below!

http://www.birthverse.com/mybirthverse.cfm

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Thought For The Day 04/27/12

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“To Do Or Not To Do? That Is The Question!

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After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done. 

Author Unknown

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Have any of you ever made to decision to sit down, take some time, and really do a thorough and honest self-assessment? And before you stop reading this and say, “I sure have! I live a good life! I don’t hurt others in my life, AND, my friends think I’m good”, I want you to think about…..REALLY EXAMINE, just what it is I am asking of you! I’m not asking you to look at the superficial things bout us that we let the world see every day. I’m talking about really and honestly assessing the inner workings of your heart and soul! What will an honest assessment of our true character reveal?

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Can you honestly say that you live for others or are you someone who thinks that what is important to you is the only thing that matters in life? Do you walk by the “have-nots” without a second thought as to whether there is something….anything you just might be able to do to help? Do you listen to your children arguing among themselves and hold your head as you yell at them to shut up? Do you scrape the dinner plates into the garbage and toss away food without a second thought about he homeless shelter in your community who struggles to feed 20 people on a paltry budget that mirrors the amount you have to spend at the store when you run in for a quick pick-up of the half-dozen items you forgot during your weekly shopping spree?

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Most of us are lucky in today’s world. Most of us do not have to struggle for every single thing we have. Most of us are fairly healthy. Most of us have a roof over our heads. Most of us work at a job that provides us not just financial resources but a sense of self-satisfaction as well! So what more can there possibly be? What is it that God sees when he looks into your heart? What will you present to him on the day of reckoning, when He asks you how you lived your life? What questions will He ask you? And, perhaps even more importantly, what questions won’t He ask?

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15 Things God Won’t Ask

from the April 23rd, 2012 edition of the newsletter@Godvine.com

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  • God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
  • God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
  • God won’t ask about the fancy clothes you had in your closet, but will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy.
  • God won’t ask about your social status, but will ask what kind of class you displayed.
  • God won’t ask how many material possessions you had, but will ask if they dictated your life.
  • God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but will ask if you compromised your character to obtain that salary.
  • God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
  • God won’t ask how many promotions you received, but will ask how you promoted others.
  • God won’t ask what your job title was, but will ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
  • God won’t ask what you did to help yourself, but will ask what you did to help others.
  • God won’t ask how many friends you had, but will ask how many people to whom you were a true friend.
  • God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
  • God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but will ask how you treated your neighbors.
  • God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but will ask about the content of your character.
  • God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but will ask how many times they didn’t.

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“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Luke 6:45 KJV

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Thought For The Day 04/26/12

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HINDSIGHT!

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Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk.  If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator.  Forgiving seems almost unnatural.  Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do.  But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.

Lewis B. Smedes

http://www.quotegarden.com/forgiveness.html

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Why is it that hindsight can always provide us with those glimpses into a time of crystal clarity so sharp and clear and RIGHT that we find ourselves amazed that we could not see the correct route to take the first time around? And just why is it that during my reflections of my actions do I find myself coming face to face with not just the finger of God, but also the finger of the Satan, both of which feel like they are somehow dueling for possession of my very soul? As I look to dissect and analyze and interpret my motives that led me to act as I did, was it really a mistake? Does God allow accidents to happen in our day-to-day decisions? Or are those “oops” moments really intended to teach us some profound lesson? What are the effects or the consequence of creeping determinism?

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I remember once seeing a sticker plastered on the back bumper of a car that had just cut me off as I was driving in traffic in New York City. The bumper sticker said, “Christians Aren’t Perfect! But They Are Forgiven!” And therein lies the million dollar answer to the issue of hindsight! We are human. We will make mistakes. It is the very human part that we might wish we did not have….but alas, that was not the plan during the time when the blueprint for man was being mapped by the Almighty! However, the even bigger piece is the word “FORGIVEN”, and it is thanks to Him that we have been gifted with this. After all, as Christians do we not seek to live our lives following the model given to us by Christ? And, was not that hope of forgiveness His gift to us by making the supreme sacrifice that He did? Because of His sacrifice we each have been gifted with the hope for salvation, despite the fact that our mistakes might just make that hope seem to be unlikely option! But only when we confess our sins in all earnestness…..only then!

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My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I ask that you find it within to forgive me my transgression. I will learn and grow and become a better person from this, and I think, a better Christian, as well!

Amen

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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV

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Thought For The Day 04/25/12

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Just One Minute

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The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not….

Thomas Carlyle

http://www.quotegarden.com/time.html

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I am 57 years old. I was born August 9th, 1954 shortly before 8 AM in the morning. My mother used to joke that I arrived in time for breakfast and haven ‘t stopped eating since! Now, by my very rudimentary calculations, and trying my best to include the 14 odd leap years I lived through, and calculating the total number as of 8 AM April 24, 2012, that means I have been alive for somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 Billion, 821 Million, 139 Thousand, 200, Seconds! Now when I tell you that I just sacrificed about another 2700 Seconds trying to figure out the answer to this puzzle, you probably won’t balk at me asking you to take just 60 more seconds from your day to read and to think about what I am writing today! That should be all it will take each of you! And when I add that the words you will be reading will be teaching you all about some of the facts concerning the sacrifice Jesus made for mankind some 2 Millenia ago, I don’t think you will mind very much the 60 second sacrifice I am asking of you all!

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This story appeared in the March 16th, 2012 edition of the newsletter@Godvine.com.

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60 Seconds for Jesus

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

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  • At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
  • At the time crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.
  • Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.
  • The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.
  • Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
  • Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering?
  • A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.
  • From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear.
  • But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.
  • He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.
  • Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His side.
  • All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers (1.242 miles), while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones. The cross was almost 30 kg (66.14 lbs) of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed.
  • Jesus had to endure this experience, so that we can have free access to God. So that our sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR US!

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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV

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Thought For The Day 04/24/12

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My Small Blessings!

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PeeWee

 adopted from The North Myrtle Beach Humane Society 02/14/04

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I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man.  I find the result humiliating to me. 

Mark Twain

 “Letters from the Earth”, 1907

http://www.quotegarden.com/animals.html

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Occasionally Mandy finds a need to stand atop the soapbox and today is that day!

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I have written several posts before about the extended Bruscella family members who have, somehow, managed to snuggle, face-lick, lap-warm, and swim eagerly into my life and heart! They are all a house and a hand full……and I wouldn’t trade any of them for all the gold in the world!

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I have 2 two-legged testosterone infused adult male humans that live with me. Added to that is a tiny two-legged toddler male whose testosterone is still dormant, thank the Lord, who also has his very own room in my house. And then I have 2 dogs (a Long Haired Chihuahua Male, a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier/Lab mixed female), 2 cats (a grey LongHaired Domestic female and a Mackerel Tabby male) and a Beta fish, sex unknown, that I have been fish sitting since October, 2011…..and a Partridge in a Pear Tree! 

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The Bruscella house was always known as the house where anyone and anything could find a place to rest, a meal to nourish and some words of wisdom imparted, when they were asked for….and even when they weren’t! When tragedy struck, my children’s friends knew they could cry and laugh and be comforted in my arms. When emergencies arose, we house sat dogs as long as was necessary. And we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Which is exactly how and why the number of family members who lack the ability to walk upright, has managed to multiply throughout the years!

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All of our animal companions require a long-term commitment from their human guardians. Sometimes that commitment is only a matter of months but more often than not, that commitment is 20 years, or more. It is a commitment that requires money as well as a moral responsibility. It requires an affiliation with a Vet. It requires food and water and a safe place to bed down at night. It is NOT a responsibility to be undertaken lightly. And even in families who are committed and responsible, the unforseen can happen! Jobs and homes are lost and sometimes death robs pets of their loving masters. When the unthinkable happens, there are havens of love and light for those animals who have lost everything. There are not enough of these Oases in the world which is why it is so necessary that we do all we can to encourage spaying, neutering, responsible pet ownership and adopting rather than buying your forever companion.

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We have a number of local Humane Societies here in SC. It was in the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society where some of my very own companions first caught my eye. They are wonderful places and filled with loving and caring staff. And yet, as much as they want to, they can not do it all! I encourage all of my friends to find their local Humane Society or Shelter and become a supporter. Volunteer to foster a pet waiting for a home. Stop by once a week with some paper towels and bleach or clean your linen closets and donate your old towels. Bringing food and cat litter is always welcomed. There is something we all can do to help!

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There is another such place across the “pond” in the UK! A very special man and dear friend of mine, and the sainted woman he was lucky (and smart) enough to marry, visited there just last week. He had been invited by the staff of The Willows Animal Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeenshire, Scotland (http://www.willowsanimals.com/ ) to visit and offer blessings to both the facility as well as their animal occupants and the humans entrusted with their care. Friar Jeffrie Wallace and his wife, Anna-Marie Wallace have been kind enough to share this visit with us all through the miracle that is You Tube, and I wanted to share this very special video with you too! After seeing it, I just bet you will think a bit differently about the special work done by animal rescue groups world-wide!

http://youtu.be/b6jG6EcpW4g

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 Just incase any of you have not had the opportunity of having you pet blessed at one of your local ceremonies that generally occur in many Catholic parishes throughout the World, on or about October 5th which is the Feast day of St Francis of Assisi, I am including the You Tube link to Friar Jeffrie’s very special and personal pet blessing should you wish to view it and share this special moment with your animal companion!

http://youtu.be/_vguXDwFoLA

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So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:21 ESV 

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Thought For The Day 04/23/12

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He Carries Me………..He Carries Us ALL!

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Man is never alone.  Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within. 

Laurence van der Post

http://www.quotegarden.com/self.html

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I can’t do it alone! NONE of us can! Man was not made to endure all the trials sent his way without that little something….that BIG something that having Faith and Believing in the Almighty provides to each of us!

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Look at the relatively fragile creature that is the human being. We are a framework of calcium covered with the most delicate of tissues that there can possibly be. Our outer layer is so fragile that the prick of a pin can rupture it. Our skin covers fat and muscle and a million mile network of blood vessels and a billion mile network of nerve endings. Our intelligence is governed by a spongy mass only about 6 1/2 inches long (about 87 cubic inches in total) and which weighs only about 3 pounds. And yet this miracle of creation is what makes each of us the singularly unique creature that we are!

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Interrupt or damage just one component of this unique being, like what happens when a single cell that can’t even be seen with the human eye mutates and morphs into a Cancer, and life as we have come to know it may just come to a standstill. Injure the fragile dermal covering by fire or other manner of harm and we find ourselves at risk from an invading horde of bacteria whose singular mission it is, is to destroy our life. Fracture the supporting framework in an accident and we might just find ourselves permanently unable to walk or function independently.

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Yes, the human being is a perfect symphony created by the hand of the Almighty. But just one scratch of the record can cause that symphony to skip and stop playing in beautiful and melodic harmony. And sometimes that scratch happens where we can’t see it. Sometimes that scratch is one that mars our feelings and emotions. Sometimes that scratch results in fear and doubt and loss of purpose and will. And it is during these times which EVERY person experiences during their lifetime, that the loving and nurturing support that a belief in the Almighty provides to us. It is what serves to sustain us and help us along our journey of life when the trials we face make us wonder if we can take one more step. And while God’s purpose for his children can not keep the bad things from our doorstep, He always makes sure that we are not home alone when they come knocking.

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Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 ESV

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Thought For The day 04/22/12

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What Will I Be Sharing?

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Landon 04/21/12

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 In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start out having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured. 

Robert Brault

 www.robertbrault.com

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This weekend Memaw and Pepaw are watching Booboo! My daughter is spending time with her grandfather at the Loch Norman Scottish Games near Charlotte, NC, and, as much as she would have liked to take him along, it didn’t seem like the best idea. While the two-day  event is in its 19th year, we figured a toddler in the throes of the terrible twos might just be the undoing of a tradition, despite the organizers claims that there is “something for everyone” at this festival. And just in case you are scratching your head and thinking, “Scottish Games? Mandy is off her rocker”, here is a link that proves to you all that I’m not! http://ruralhillscottishfestivals.net/Entertainment.htm.

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Now I have said it before that there is a reason that people have children during their young adult years and not their late middle-aged ones. That fact was brought home the second Landon pulled loose from my hand when we were walking the dogs and headed straight for the tree line in the back, complete with briars and the run off ditch which serves to keep the rains from flooding my yard! Well Memaw moved like she hadn’t in years and managed to get Landon before any harm befell him! And Memaw did not have a heart attack although my knees have been singing to me ever since! But it was this scare that gave me pause to really think about just what it is I hope will be the legacy my grandchild or hopefully, grandchildren, will discover that Memaw has left to them when God calls me home!

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When asked this question in 2011, author and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson gave an answer that nearly sums up all my wishes! She said, “a sustainable, peaceful and just world.” And while this is what I would wish for on a global level, there are a few things I might consider adding that touch on the personal, human level!

  1. Hoping that all find it within their hearts to believe that a power greater than ourselves directs existence as we know it to be!
  2.  Paying attention to those around us and seek to discover the beautiful things that they can bring to our lives!
  3. Doing our best to BE the best and kindest person and friend we can be to others, whether we know them or not!

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Children today have the benefit of living during a wondrous time in human history. We have the power of the media to introduce us to the people and countries that circle the globe. And while we may see pictures that are disturbing, we are also inspired to want to change ourselves to become people who choose to make a difference. Understanding that poverty and homelessness is a global tragedy, perhaps we will choose to become community advocates for those who are disenfranchised! Understanding that violence permeates every thread of human existence, perhaps we will choose to become advocates for those whose lives are permeated by violence. Understanding that illness transcends all socioeconomic levels and countries worldwide, perhaps we will study and learn and become the person who finds a cure for Cancer or AIDS!

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The world and all its possibilities just awaits all of the toddlers of today and I, for one, hope that God allows me to be here to witness the man Landon is, God willing, destined to become. But in the mean time, we will snuggle and tickle and laugh today away while he is willing to spend time with Memaw and Pepaw and dream about all of his tomorrow’s!

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“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NASB

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