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Thought For the Day 03/31/14

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Three!

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HolyTrinity with Mary

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Weave in faith and God will find the thread.

Author Unknown

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

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It’s been nearly two years since the moment I began to think about the old saying that “bad things come in threes” and I wondered just why that saying came to be and does it really hold water? And even when I tried to enter it into my search engine, did you know that no real answer was to be found?

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Now I am both a sane and rational person for whom superstitions generally don’t come into play as I live my life every day. And yet, I had been trying my hardest to regroup from a tremendously stressful few days back then. You see, we had suffered a family death and my daughter became quite ill while we were out-of-state for the funeral services. In fact, we left…a hasty departure, indeed, but made so that we would be near her medical team should the need arise, which was a good thing considering that an urgent trip to the MD was the order for the day after we returned home!

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So, sanity and rationality aside, I could not seem to stop myself from sitting there and wondering just exactly when the other shoe would drop, and number three would rear its ugly head! And even today, two years later, “Murphy’s Law” and those pesky threes seem the norm, rather than the exception! Which is why I found myself thinking about all of those sets of three that we all wish we could avoid like the plague… most of which I am certain you fear as well as I do!

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3 Strikes & You’re Out
3 Mile Island
3 Ring Circus
3 Sheets to the Wind
3 Witches in Macbeth
3 Is a Crowd
3 Blind Mice
3 etc., etc., etc!

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Now, all of the things I listed above are not just negatives on their face but also evoke feelings of sadness and even hopelessness and helplessness! In fact, if we examine those etc’s too, I am certain we all would come to the same conclusion with the remaining hundred or so of those bad threes! So doesn’t it fall into line that those negative feelings seem to propel us forward, head first into those doubts where we are forced to second guess every step we take? And would that not predispose us to tripping over and over…. repeatedly falling into those potholes along the road, until, at last, we reach that number three? And finally, we relax in the belief that we’ve met our “bad” quota!

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Suddenly, another thing struck a chord when I was thinking about that grouping of three! When I sat here and tried my hardest to picture some very good groupings of three, there were only three that seemed to loop over and over in my mind!

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The Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)  
The Three Wise Men (Casper, Melchior, Balthasar)
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
(one of the most well crafted, influential sentences in the history of the English language)

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I don’t know about you all, but I like this grouping of threes much more, as short as the list might be, especially the Holy Trinity! The whole work of creation and grace encompassed in this group of three divine persons, separate and unique and yet one, seems to me to be the ideal answer to the doubt we feel when those hopeless feelings threatens us with landmines along our journey in life!

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And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold,  the heavens were opened to him, and he  saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold,  a voice from heaven said,  “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 13: 16-17 ESV

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Thought For The Day 03/30/14

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

 Sunday March 30th, 2014

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The Fourth Sunday Of Lent

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St John the Evangelist
Painter: Giotto di Bondone
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John, the Apostle

Author of today’s Gospel

St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He became the “beloved disciple” and the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. His later life was passed chiefly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He founded many churches in Asia Minor. He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him. Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Dometian cast into a cauldron of boiling oil but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Pathmos for a year. He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow apostles, and died at Ephesus about the year 100.

St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from his Divine Master, and which he constantly inculcated by word and example. The “beloved disciple” died at Ephesus, where a stately church was erected over his tomb. It was afterwards converted into a Mohammedan mosque. 

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=228

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Today’s Gospel Reading 

John 9:1-41 NIV

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

“Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.

Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

“We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”

He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Spiritual Blindness

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

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What Does John Mean?

 

Here is another beautifully detailed accounting of the events that occurred during the last weeks of the life of Christ….a time in His ministry that was known for many miracles of healing. And while there are many dramatic and detailed descriptions of these events, this only serves to reinforce the transitioning of Christ from man to deity.

It is also worth remembering that the theological components of these days involves a challenge to some widely held Jewish beliefs that existed during this time. You see, the Jews believed that it was man’s sin that was the cause of his physical sufferings and afflictions. But Jesus challenges these beliefs by affirming that these things serve the purpose of God and rather than focusing on the cause  the of suffering, He demonstrates what glory to God could result from it…. something that we might try to emulate when we are confronted with our own spiritual blindness that can be the result of the suffering we experience, but which we can not explain nor understand.  

Mandy

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Our Second Reading

Ephesians 5:8-14 NIV

 

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Thought For The Day 03/29/14

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Baggage!

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I think everybody has a little relationship baggage. I’m no expert, but I think when screening potential partners determining whether your two sets of luggage is compatible is part of the process.

Sistah 1

http://community.beliefnet.com/sistah1

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It is not often that I use another’s post exclusively in my thought. I believe that what you want to read are my thoughts, hopes, dreams….my heart and soul….rather than someone else’s. But every so often I run across an article that tugs at my heart and that is when I know the time is at hand to think outside the box a bit. I did that yesterday and I am doing it again today! Don’t worry though. Tomorrow we’ll be back to my own take on matters of faith or love or trust or whatever tickles my fancy!

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This article came from a dear friend of mine who has been wintering someplace a bit warmer that the weather we have been having here in South Carolina, this winter. And wouldn’t you know it, that just as the temperature rises above my age, she is on her way back home. But not before she sent this to me as an email while traveling back here from Arizona in the car (Ain’t 4G wonderful?). The title of the piece was “A Great Lesson On Stress”, although I think that a more appropriate title might be, “Letting Go Of Excess Baggage”. I’ll leave it up to you to choose the one that you think fits the message best!

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A Great Lesson On Stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.  Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
 
She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an Ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
 
She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.””As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow. 
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Sounds a bit like Psalms 55:22 (GOD’S WORD Translation), “Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble.” You see, He is always ready to shoulder our cares if we but trust them with Him, which is why Mary C. Crowley’s quotation has taken off like a house on fire. “Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.” Now looking back at the stumbling from the verse from Psalms, here are a few “stumbling” or “a-hem” truths that might just bring a smile to your face! I like number one because it mirrors what was once my profile quote on my social media page before I re-found religion!
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Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
Never buy a car you can’t push.
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate! I THINK !!!!

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“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV

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Thought For The Day 03/28/14

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The Miracle

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I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne

 “Mosses from and Old Manse”

http://quotegarden.com/gardens.html

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Throughout history man has witnessed first hand or read about the miracles attributed to the hand of the Almighty. From the parting of the Red Sea which allowed the children of Israel safe escape from Egypt’s advancing army, to the raising of Lazarus from the dead, to those 21st century miracles we witness, such as the curing of a person suffering from the cruel effects of a terminal disease, we seek to understand that for which the only explanation must be that it was the result of some divine intervention. And yet, when Moses wrote in Genesis 1:1 that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” he summarized in one single sentence one of the most important miracles of all…..the miracle of creation!

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I want everyone to close their eyes for just one moment and think about the feeling you got deep in the pit of your stomach the very first moment you shared the newly born life of one of God’s miracles of creation. Do you remember seeing that single, tiny, innocent taking that first breath or uttering the first noise to pass through a tiny mouth? Even people who have never been blessed with the miracle that is the birth of their own child have perhaps born witness to this once in a lifetime experience through another family member or perhaps through the birth of a beloved non human companion. Creation!

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I was fortunate last week to be given a link for a video on You Tube that shows us first hand the very miracle of creation. I share the link for the video with you today. It is about 9 minutes long but I promise you that those 9 minutes will be the shortest you ever sat through. Once you are done viewing it, I defy any to say there is no God! For I believe it is truly the face of God we are seeing in every second of that piece!

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 Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (This video does contain some graphic images.)

http://youtu.be/fKyljukBE70

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“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them

Mark 10:15-16 NIV

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Thought For The Day 03/27/14

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Just 60 Seconds

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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 59 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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The following 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

 

  • 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 03/26/14

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What Do Others See?

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You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.  

Douglas MacArthur

http://quotegarden.com/age.html

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Our years of care are worn on our bodies like a badge of courage but it seems as if we spend our days all too often trying to erase those very same effects of time. We spend thousands of dollars on lotions and potions in an attempt to rejuvenate our bodies and turn back time. Women cover their faces with powders and foundations and learn from an early age to artfully apply eye makeup to not just enhance what it is we think we should look like but to mask those flaws that we somehow find ourselves embarrassed by. We purchase foundation garments that make it hard to draw breath and carefully select clothing styles to hide bumps and bulges, as if we really are successful in the attempt! And you men reading this, do not for a single moment think that all of this doesn’t apply to you too! My husband who, for the most part is pretty comfortable in his own skin, refuses to buy a shirt with horizontal stripes because he thinks they expand his girth! And why? What things are we missing in life as we try to hide the very human side of ourselves?

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What if every grey hair really was a trophy of or success in seeing our children reach adulthood or perhaps living with a partner for 40 or 50 years? Have we considered that every wrinkle might just be the tiny scar of our victory over temptation? Or perhaps every sun freckle might just be heralding to the world the moments we spent working….whether in our job or at home? Are the pounds we are struggling with from the children we brought into the world? Why then do we struggle so with showing the world, proudly, the very unique and special people we have become throughout our lifetime of years? Are we really that unhappy with ourselves and our accomplishments that we struggle so to mask the very nature of the portrait time has painted of the being that is each of us?

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I am less uncomfortable these days about the real me than I was a few years ago. That does not mean I don’t want to do things that will help me to live more comfortably. I find myself moaning and groaning as I struggle these days to rise from a chair on knees that have passed their expiration date. My doctors and I know that the day is rapidly coming when Mother Nature’s handiwork will be replaced by Dr. Leighton’s handiwork and whatever company it is that manufactures artificial joints. This, however is not vanity but a realistic attempt to continue to live a life that is one of quality….as well as quantity. And that is all I can hope for, really. In fact, it is what we all should hope for. What it is that I want is for people to see, when they really look at me, is that I am someone of quality. That it is my heart that is kind. That it is my brain that looks for the solutions to the problems that friends bring to me every day! That it is my will to effect all the positive changes I can possible manage in the world in which I live! When really thinking about it, what could be more worthy and right?

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With my moans and groans that inspired this blog, I began thinking about the people who lived during the early years of the Bible and was wondering if time was as hard on them as it seems to be on our 21st century population. But except for Methuselah, I honestly could not remember how old some of the people who made such an impact in the Old Testament were. So, like any 21st century person, I began a search on my computer! Just in case you are curious too, here is a list of the 10 oldest historic figures from the Bible.

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1. Methuselah – 969 years.   Genesis 5:27

2. Jared – 962 years.   Genesis 5:20

3. Noah – 950 years.   Genesis 9:29

4. Adam – 930 years.   Genesis 5:5

5. Seth – 912 years.   Genesis 5:8

6. Kenan – 910 years.   Genesis 5:14

7. Enosh – 905 years.   Genesis 5:11

8. Mahalalel – 895 years.   Genesis 5:17

9. Lamech – 777 years.   Genesis 5:31

10. ???????

Enoch lived 365 years. He was walking with God and then disappeared.Could he possibly still be living? Maybe taken away by God like Elijah but not noted? This is spoken of in Genesis 5:23 & 24

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But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit, they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”

Psalm 92:12-15 NLT

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Thought For The Day 03/25/14

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A Time And A Purpose For Everything

 

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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ulman

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

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A long time friend (who also happens to have been my husband’s immediate superior when both of them worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation) e-mailed me the following posting entitled “AND THEN IT IS WINTER!”, last year. (I was reminded of it since we are picking him up at the airport today, as a matter of fact!) And since it’s been more than 10 years since they both retired, (in fact, they both retired in the last century, come to think about it), I guess we are all closer to Winter these days than we are to Fall. But even if you are a Spring, the lessons to be learned from reading the wisdom of these words are profound, indeed! (I tried to discover the person who penned this, but like so many other posts like it that circle the globe through the internet, time and tide have made it nearly impossible to identify the author, and is simply another sign of a winter fast approaching, don’t you think?)

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER!

You know . . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. So here is my best advice. Take it or leave it but if you do leave it, it won’t change the fact that, whether you like it or not, you will be faced sooner than later, with choosing the path you will travel as Spring becomes Summer, Summer turns into Autumn, and Autumn transitions to Winter! And always remember…it’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived!

 

Live it well! Enjoy today! Do something fun! Be happy! Live happy!

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LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

Today is the oldest you have ever been, yet the youngest you will ever be!

SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!
Going out is good… Coming home is better!
You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf.
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.
You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch…
You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!
What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
Everybody whispers.
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.

But OLD is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

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A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NIV

3) 1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

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