Friday, November 29, 2013

Captain Obvious

Sometimes I need a good laugh, and sometimes it does not take much to make us laugh. Sometimes we just need to stop and listen to what we are saying. What is sad and not funny- is that I have said many of the things on this video- and no one has said anything to me about it? Guess they were not listening to me after all?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Weight Watchers Meeting


Happy Thanksgiving! Most Holidays remind us to be thankful for something- Somehow we relate Thanksgiving to food, family and friends?  I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving- no matter what your circumstances may or not be- and may you choose to be thankful and happy every day. It is impossible to be thankful and complaining at the same time.
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP,
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS,
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER

STAY OFF YOUR THIGHS 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Salt and Pepper


 
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you can share it with family and friends- even if its a new family and friend. Looking forward to new memories.

Melody Beattie, a noted self-help author, often stresses the importance of gratitude.                       
She says, "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."                      
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let us commit to being grateful 365 days of the year
To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident..

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:
LOSE ONE.

The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving- Thanksgiving is not about a day, but rather a choice and a lifestyle. It is easy to post a video and photo, but harder to put into words, what I am thankful for. I am thankful for Life.  Sure I believe in Heaven- but I want to thank  God for not only giving me another day- but so many of my friends and family. I am thinking of the one who was flown to Harborview with only 30% chance of surviving a flesh eating disease, a co worker who beat cancer, a friend who survived diabetes and heart problems as well as those babies who survived abortions. I am thinking of those who I cannot wish a Happy Thanksgiving to this year but have influenced my life so much and I cannot tell them now. Perhaps I do not know how close some came to not being here today- including myself? I value life more each day, not because of my age, but to see so many loosing it- many needlessly. Your life is important, sadly some took their own life  last year, that is so sad and selfish. You are important, and I am thankful for you- even if I have not met you yet- you have a purpose and God Loves You.
A Helping Hand
Years ago, a Thanksgiving Day editorial in a newspaper told of a school teacher who asked her first graders to draw a picture of something they were thankful for. Most of the children were from poor neighborhoods, and the young woman sorrowfully thought of how little they had to be thankful for. Nevertheless she knew most would draw pictures of stubby brown turkeys on tables loaded with bowls of food.                      
That's not what a little boy named Douglas turned in.            
The teacher was taken aback with his picture of a childishly drawn hand.            
The whole class was captivated too. The teacher asked them to guess whose hand it was. "I think it must be the hand of God that brings us food," said one child. "It's a farmer," said another, "because he grows the turkeys."            
Once she put her pupils back to work, the teacher bent over Douglas's desk and quietly asked him whose hand it was.            
"It's your hand, Teacher," he mumbled.            
The woman smiled and went back to her desk. There she recalled that frequently at recess she would hold one of the children's hands. She hadn't thought much about it. But obviously Douglas, a scrubby forlorn child, had. That simple, caring gesture was something he was thankful for.            
"Perhaps this is everyone's Thanksgiving," the teacher said to herself, "not for the material things given to us, but for the chance, in whatever small way, to give to others."            
-- Adapted from a sermon by Eric Lenhart, illustrated by Stories from the Heart (Multnomah Books: Sisters, OR 1996).



Monday, November 25, 2013

Count Your Blessings

I have so much to be thankful for and Thanksgiving does not end or begin on a certain day. I am thankful for the real meaning of Christmas. I had posted this on Christmas Day actually a few years ago, it is called "Count Your Blessings.
"Don't you think its ironic that Americans spend the most money on new things they day after they say they are grateful for what they already have?"
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

We Are So Blessed

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We are So Blessed
Thank you Lord, for giving me the chance to share this message with others and also, for giving me so many wonderful people to share this with.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace…you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you work up this morning with more heath than illness..you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death..you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married.. your are very rare.

If you can hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, your are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder… you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, your just received a double blessing in that, someone was thinking of you, and furthermore you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a Good day, count your blessings, and Thank you for being part of my friends who I can share this with.

Forgive Me When I Whine

Today upon a bus,
I saw a lovely maid with golden hair;
I envied her -- she seemed so gay,
and how I wished I were so fair;
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle;
she had one foot and wore a crutch,
but as she passed, a smile.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two feet -- the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,
the lad who served me had such charm;
he seemed to radiate good cheer,
his manner was so kind and warm;
I said, "It's nice to deal with you,
such courtesy I seldom find";
he turned and said, "Oh, thank you sir."
And then I saw that he was blind.
 
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Then, when walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue;
he stood and watched the others play,
it seemed he knew not what to do;
I stopped a moment, then I said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word,
and then I knew he could not hear.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go;
with eyes to see the sunsets glow,
with ears to hear what I would know.
I am blessed indeed.

The world is mine; oh, God,
forgive me when I whine.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Comedy

I wish you the Best Thanksgiving- I know it is not until Thursday, but with Christmas being pushed up, I need to start today. We have lots to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?
A: Because he had the drumsticks

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
A: The outside

Q: What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
A: Boy! I'm stuffed!

Q: Why did the turkey cross the road?
A: It was the chicken's day off.

Q: Why can't you take a turkey to church?
A: Because they use such FOWL language

Q: What's the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey trot

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
A: Plymouth Rock
You know you ate too much when you have to loosen your bathrobe.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ronald Reagan Tribute

The city council postiton is a non partisan position- so I didn't have to follow any parties views. I do know if my parties views changed or did not line up with mine, I certainly would change parties. I have not changed my values/views to keep up with what society may be headed; that does not matter to me. I am not trying to change your beliefs, I just am not ashamed of my morals and my faith in Jesus Christ. I still have the freedom to express my views unlike many church's. Let me share this video of one of my hero's, Ronald Reagan.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Fourth Man

There is a lot of talk about the 12th man- I am not a big sports fan, but I am a big Southern Gospel Music fan, and I think you will enjoy this song called the Fourth Man by Tim Lovelace from a Gaither Homecoming Video several years ago.  Even if you don't like southern gospel, I am sure you will get a laugh from it. And yes, I knew the fourth man long before there ever was talk of the 12th man.

It was visitor's day at the lunatic asylum. All the inmates were standing in the courtyard and singing "Ave Maria," and singing it beautifully. Oddly, each of them was holding a red apple in one hand and tapping it rhythmically with a pencil.
A visitor listened in wonderment to the performance and then approached the choir. "I am a retired choir director," he said. "This is one of the best choirs I have ever heard."
"Yes, I'm very proud of them," said the conductor.
"You should take them on tour," said the visitor. "What are they called?"
"Surely that's obvious," replied the conductor. "They are the 'Moron Tapanapple Choir'."

A church had a man in the choir who couldn't sing. Several people hinted to him that he could serve in other places, but he continued to come to the choir. The choir director became desperate and went to the pastor.
"You've got to get that man out of the choir," he said. "If you don't, I'm going to resign. The choir members are going to quit too. Please do something."
So the pastor went to the man and suggested, "Perhaps you should leave the choir."
"Why should I get out of the choir?" he asked.
"Well, five or six people have told me you can't sing."
That's nothing," the man snorted. "Fifty people have told me that you can't preach!"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Airport Security

How often so we let fear run our lives, or let TV shows determine to throw out common sense under the name of safety? Life has changed so much since 9/11 all in the name of safety-  but common sense is lacking. At work, some throw away perfectly good hard hats if the expiration date on hat has been reached even though we only wear them as part of uniform for flagging? Did you know its illegal to wash your car on the street/driveway in our state? I wonder how I managed to survive growing up without some of the rules we now have. I feel sorry for kids who cannot be touched for fear of child molesters that they have seen on tv and the few that are out there. The article below is a prime example of fear and no common sense;

Student Suspended for Breaking School’s No-Hugging Policy
A 14-year-old middle school student was suspended as a result of the Florida school’s strict no-hugging policy.
Nick Martinez said he hugged his best friend, a female student, quickly between classes, according to WKMG-TV, Orlando, and never thought the gesture would result in suspension. The principal at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay saw the hug and brought the two students to the dean, who issued a one-day in-school suspension.
“Honestly, I didn’t know, because I didn’t think hugging was a bad thing. I didn’t know you could get suspended for it,” Martinez told WKMG-TV. “A lot of friends are hugging. I just happened to be the one caught doing it.”
According to the school’s student handbook, students can be penalized for hugging or hand-holding with either a dean’s detention or suspension. Kissing calls for a one-day out-of-school suspension.
Martinez’s mother, Nancy Crescente, was outraged to learn her son had been suspended for the “mutual hug,” and is calling on the school board to clarify the policy.
As it stands, the school’s handbook doesn’t distinguish between an inappropriate hug, which could constitute harassment, and a mutual, friendly hug. It also makes no distinction in the policy between 11-year-old students and 16-year-olds, who all attend Southwest.
“We cannot make an opinion or judgment call on whether a hug is appropriate or not. It’s very difficult to police that on campus,” Christine Davis, the public information officer for Brevard County Public Schools, told ABC News.
Davis said the school puts policies and procedures in place to help keep the students focused on learning.
The official policy across Brevard Country schools is that public affection is “in poor taste,” but it does not necessarily result in suspension. This middle school’s Student Advisory Council, a board made up of teachers, parents and administrators, reviewed the district’s guidelines and outlined the specific consequences for public displays of affection.
“Sometimes district policies are broad,” Davis said. “They outline those that need further clarification. They have outlined the consequences for kissing or hugging. They do a very good job.”
The school has no plans to change the policy.

Ok- let me post one more news article. I am sure it was written before 9/11.
Hug Your Way to Health
Virginia Satir, a family therapist and counselor believes people need a minimum of 10 hugs a day to survive. If people want to grow and develop, they need up to 15 hugs a day. Children need even more. When was the last time you got a hug?
People under stress need even more hugs per day in order to function, maybe a many as 20. Hugs make you feel good because they show you someone cares about you and likes you. They reinforce your self esteem, they give you breathing space, and they allow for contact with other people.
Hugs don’t have to be physical all the time. They can be compliments, a kind word, a favor, encouragement, a smile, a “hello”, a friendly nod in your direction- all the things we forget to do.
Hugs In our society have become connected with sex, but that is a special kind of hug. People deserve politeness hugs, consideration, courtesy and kind words too.
What should you do if you’re not getting your full daily quota? Ask for them. There is nothing wrong with that- if the askee says no, just ask someone else. But I doubt if you will be refused. Most people are happy to give out hugs.
I’ve found that giving hugs is almost as much fun as getting them. In fact, the benefits you get giving two hugs equals the benefits of receiving on hug.
When was the last time you gave someone a hug? If your total of giving hugs is low, you might want to think of ways to increase the number of hugs you give each day. The people around you will really appreciate it, and your stress level will definitely be lower!
Hugs Are Better Than Drugs

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Slow Fade

"Little feet will follow what you do............"people do not crumble in a Day- its a slow fade...A Price will be Paid....They say sin would not be as popular if they wages were paid right away. This video/song was made several years ago, but the message is just as relevant today. It was part of the Fireproof Movie which I highly recommend along with the Courageous Movie. Consider them for Christmas Gifts for someone.  Take your wedding vows seriously and make your marriage work.
Is There Hope for My Marriage?
 
 
 
 
 
Often we think an unhappy couple has only two options:
  1. Stay together and be miserable.
  2. Get a divorce.
But there is a third option, and many couples successfully take this other road. In an exciting new study, couples participating in a national survey were asked to rate their marriage on a scale of one to seven, with one being very unhappy and seven being very happy. Those who rated their marriages a "one" had incredible turnarounds just five years later – if they stayed together. In fact, 77 percent of those giving their marriage a very unhappy "one" rated their marriage as a "seven" after five years.1 Was there some breakthrough therapy involved? No. In fact, many did relatively little – they just "stuck it out" and things got better.
As mentioned earlier, another study found that about 60 percent of marriages that ended in divorce were not bad marriages, but average.2 They had average levels of positive interactions and average levels of conflict. Basically, these marriages were "good enough" but could be improved. Most marriages go through emotional ups and downs – times of great happiness and times of boredom and fatigue.
To have good marriages, we need to ride out the "lows" and learn from those times so that the relationship can be strengthened. If your relationship is at a low point and you wonder what happened to the spark, there is good news. It's not too late to revitalize your relationship.

What Makes Marriages Get Better?

Researchers followed up on those couples who rated their marriages as unhappy at first and happy five years later. Here's what the couples told them were the reasons for the dramatic turnaround:3
  • Waiting. Since many couples have unhappy marriages due to outside pressures (like a job loss or the demands of young children), the passage of time changed those circumstances. Things just naturally got better again.
  • Working at it. Many of the problems in marriage are a result of poor communication. Some couples told the researchers they simply learned to take small steps – like listening to each other – which resulted in happier marriages. For example, husbands learned to compliment wives, and wives learned to encourage husbands.
  • Personal happiness/perspective change in one spouse. Sometimes, one spouse simply decided not to base all of his or her happiness on the mood of the other spouse. Instead, one spouse took up a hobby or simply made an attitude adjustment that allowed him or her to be more patient and accepting of the other.
  • Credible threat of consequences for bad behavior. Some of the marriages were initially very unhappy because the husbands were engaged in "bad behaviors" – out late drinking with the boys, infidelity or even occasional abuse.4 Just as Dr. James Dobson advises in his book Love Must Be Tough, these wives took firm action and let their husbands know they would not tolerate such behavior. The husbands changed.
There are many ways to improve your marriage. Today, there are hundreds of tools focused on ways to build strong, healthy relationships. A few examples include weekend getaway-style marriage conferences by Family Life Today or Marriage Encounter, film series and seminars hosted by local churches under the title "Marriage Enrichment" and mentoring programs through local churches.
  1. Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher, The Case for Marriage (New York: Doubleday, 2000), p. 148.
  2. Amato and Booth, 1997, p. 220.
  3. Linda J. Waite, Don Browning, William J. Doherty, Maggie Gallagher, Ye Luo and Scott Stanley, "Does Divorce Make People Happy? Findings from a Study of Unhappy Marriages," Institute for American Values, 2002, http://americanvalues.org/search/item.php?id=13.
  4. While women are also known to exhibit these negative behaviors, in this particular study it was the men who were "misbehaving."

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ma Bear

Someone sent me this video I had to share of ma bear and her cub who will not listen to come down. It reminds of kids who will not mind and even a song I sang as kid in church, called "Zachieus was a wee little man...Zachieus, you come down....." I am sure none of us would ever be like the little bear in this video, would we? I really appreciate those moms who care about their kids and make them mind while they are still young.

A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands s...tarted going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."
He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it...?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.
You are special-Don't EVER forget it."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stinking Thinking

 
Mark Gungor put out a video series on marriage called Laugh your way to a Better Marriage. We have the video series, it is good. He also must have a TV show, that I discovered on youtube.com. This is one of his segments on ways to have a better marriage. Its has some fillers for the breaks, but please take time to listen him out, some good advice no matter what your age or gender.
 
 
A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The woman below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."
"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist. "I am," replied the woman, "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is, technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."
The woman below responded, "You must be in Management." "I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air
You made a promise which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."


Monday, November 11, 2013

Return to Makin Island

Happy Veterans Day! Todays video is true story. I was born after this war, but I owe a great debt to those who fought for my freedom. It is with great honor, respect and a lump in my throat, I say Thank You. I do not take our freedom for granted. Freedom is not Free- someone paid the price. May we never loose our freedom. Those wars go on every day still, and we must stand guard- so our grandchildren can enjoy the freedoms we have. Thank you to every Veteran- May God Bless You.

The Unknown Sentinel

After 21 seconds he walks 21 steps and repeats the process again and again.                   
Since July 1, 1937 a relatively small number of hand-picked soldiers have stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tough duty is not for everyone. Over 80 percent of the soldiers who try out for guard duty at the Tomb do not make it.                   
Each soldier must have strong military bearing, discipline, stamina, and present an outstanding soldierly appearance. Each sentinel must be able to flawlessly perform seven different types of walks, honors, and ceremonies. They must retain vast amounts of knowledge concerning the Tomb, Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Army, and their unit. They can have no military or civilian convictions for violating the law. They must score a minimum of 250 on the Army Physical Fitness Test. Their height must be within 5’11” and 6’4.” They need a 30-inch waist and be able to present a soldierly appearance in the Army Blue Uniform.                   
The Tomb Guards make personal sacrifices to have the honor of serving in their special role. They work on a team rotation similar to firefighters at a firehouse. Those soldiers who serve well for at least nine months are rewarded with a special badge to wear on their uniforms that acknowledges their service at the Tomb of the Unknowns. If they ever bring shame on the tomb that they guard or otherwise fail in their duty they are stripped of the badge and the honor that goes with it.                   
-- Michael Otterstatter
                      


I had to share this too, from Darrell Elliott
Blessings on all the VETS today. I pray that each of you would know the one who fought and won the battle for your eternal life. He is not buried in an honored tomb but if he is the " unknown soldier" to you his name is Jesus


Friday, November 8, 2013

Heavy Equipment Final Exam

This past week at work they have been giving interviews and that includes equipment operation testing. I am glad todays video is not part of the exams. There are lots of ways to make work fun and it's always good to do the best you can. Everyone has their own strengths. I have tried working an excavator, and believe me, this guy is good and makes it look easy. Somehow I don't think Jan would let me try this with her? Actually, I hope my grandkids do not see this and want to try it no matter how good they may get. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Humor by Aaron Wilburn (Why)

 
What a Beautiful Day in Grand Coulee. The leaves are so pretty and air so clean.  I moved to Coulee Dam back in  September 1971 and lived there until the late 70's.  we were married there in 1974 and Our first child was born there. The Bureau hires us to stripe their highway in the spring and fall. I love comedy and I have several videos by Aaron Wilburn. This one the video is jerky, but  the humor is still there in the words and I know you will Enjoy it and have a good laugh. I love his humor on tatoos.

You might be A redneck if....
· You think "loading the dishwasher" means getting your wife drunk

·  Your wife has ever said, "Come move this transmission so I can take a bath."

·  Directions to your house include, "Turn off the paved road."

· You think the French Riviera is a foreign car

· You recycle motor oil by moving it from the car to the truck

· You think a subdivision is part of a math problem.

· Your mother has "ammo" on her Christmas list.

· You consider the fifth grade your senior year.

· You think a "thesaurus" was a dinosaur.

· You believe all-star wrestling.

· You've ever been involved in a custody fight over a dog

· You prefer car keys to Q-ips.

· You've ever bought a used hat.

· You've ever hit a deer with your car, deliberately.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Secret to a Long Marriage


I admire people married over 50 years- they all have such a sense of humor as well- maybe that is one reason they are still married. I don't think we celebrate anniversaries over 50 years enough. Zig Ziglar was one of my heros- he has gone on and I expect to see him in heaven someday. Here is a video where he explains how to  have a long marriage- without using the Bible.
You approach the buffet table and see a golden-brown turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, lumpless gravy, buttery vegetables, and freshly baked pies. Your friends await your arrival so the feast can begin.                      
“No thanks,” you say, “I couldn’t wait, so I ate a bologna sandwich and bag of chips on the way.”                      
Ridiculous! Who would choose a bologna sandwich over a turkey dinner?                   
Okay, this is a simple allegory. But still, it illustrates something powerful: The abundance Christ offers us if we trust and obey. Jesus calls us to look beyond our immediate satisfaction to what He is preparing for us in eternity. He has made wonderful provisions for our future with Him.                       
So don’t settle for a bag lunch (sin and immediate gratification) when you can have the whole feast (salvation and sanctification). It’s worth the wait. The glories that await us in heaven far outweigh any trials or tribulations we might have to deal with here.                   
-- Adapted from Jule-Ann Lattimer

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I am Second- Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee has always been one of my heros- This video was made in 2009- it is a good reminder to me who is in control and who I need to keep my eyes focused on- not man, but Jesus Christ. I will continue to do all I can, I will vote and express my opinion, but I will also pray and know God is in control. This world is not my home, I am just passing thru.
 Is a lie less dishonest if you call it by a nicer name?... NBC News was the first mainstream media outlet to report that when President Obama repeatedly promised that Americans could keep their current health care plans, he had to know it wasn’t true. Now, Obama’s defenders are twisting words like balloon animals to avoid calling that untruth a “lie.” Rep. Steny Hoyer called it “accurate, but not precise enough.” James Carville said it just wasn’t nuanced and accurate enough. Rep. Sander Levin claimed those aren’t really “cancellation notices,” they’re “transitions” into Obamacare. Like getting voted out of Congress is a “transition” into the lobbying business. And a number of liberals now claim that what Obama said is true -- for the handful of policies that won’t get canceled. Never mind drone strikes or NSA spying: this Administration’s biggest civil liberties violation may be the cruel way it tortures the English language.By Mike Huckabee
The warning has been passed down to Americans from the days of the Founding Fathers: that if most Americans ever decide to start using their votes to get the government to give them freebies from the public Treasury, it will be the beginning of the end of America. It’s hard not to think of that when you see this week’s news that according to the latest Census figures, 49 percent of America’s population is now receiving some kind of government benefits. That includes a staggering 82 million-plus households receiving Medicaid benefits.

It’s no surprise that according to Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee, over the past five years, the US government have spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare. That’s trillion, with a “t.” And no, that’s doesn’t include Social Security and Medicare. The amount spent on welfare over the past five years is nearly five times more than all money spent on NASA, education and federal transportation projects, put together. And most of that period was a time when the recession was officially over.

I still believe that most Americans would still much rather have a job than a handout. But if we don’t want to lose the greatness of America, then the government needs to start thinking at least as much about creating jobs as it does about creating giveaway programs.by Mike Huckabee

Friday, the Los Angeles airport was shut down after a 23-year-old man pulled an assault rifle out of his duffel bag in Terminal 3 and began firing. He killed TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, and wounded two other TSA officers and two civilians. He was carrying over 100 rounds of ammo, and his shooting spree might have been far more deadly. But fast-moving airports officers ran to the scene and shot the killer four times. He was taken to the hospital and slapped with charges, including murder. In his duffel bag, police reportedly found a paranoid screed, filled with conspiracy theory buzzwords like “new world order” and “fiat currency,” and threatening to kill any TSA officer he could. 
What can we learn from this? Several things we should already know by now, because they’ve been proven true over and over, in tragically similar circumstances. First, it was impossible to predict or prevent. People who knew the killer say he was very quiet, kept to himself, seemed normal – in other words, nothing that would’ve been flagged in a background check. He staged his shooting spree in one of the most stringent gun-free zones in the universe: a major American airport. And the only thing that stopped him was that good guys with guns showed up. By Mike Huckabee

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Other Letter

 
Christmas commercials can say so much more than just advertising as in this IKEA commercial. You don't need to know another language to see what your kids really want for Christmas. Please slow down this Christmas and spend a little more time with your family.