Monday, July 28, 2014

Eagle Song

"Take that which is coming against you, turn it around and use it to lift you up higher" are easy words to say but hard to put into practice. Life is not always fair and today I know there are some are hurting and may seem like their world has ended. A headline for a house fire read "They lost everything"? Did they really loose everything?  Yes, I do use comedy to relieve stress, but I also know the importance of trusting in God. Jesus is the Best Thing that has happened to me.  I hope to meet Mike Williams someday- I enjoy his comedy and his testimony. He not only makes me laugh, but he makes me think and challenges me. He Quotes max LaCado as saying;  "Opportunity knocks, but tragedy kicks down the door".

Q: What do you call a sick eagle?
A: Ill-eagle

A policeman in the big city stops a man in a car with a eagle in the front seat.
"What are you doing with that eagle?" He exclaimed, "You should take it to the zoo."
The following week, the same policeman sees the same man with the eagle again in the front seat, with both of them wearing sunglasses. The policeman pulls him over.
"I thought you were going to take that eagle to the zoo!"
The man replied, "I did. We had such a good time we are going to the beach this weekend!"

President Obama was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation in Arizona. He spoke for almost an hour on his future plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living. He referred  how he had signed "YES" 1,237 times for every Indian issue that came to his desk for approval. Although the President was vague on the details of his plan, he seemed most enthusiastic about his future ideas for  helping his "red brothers."
At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented the President with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name -- Walking Eagle. The proud President then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds.
A news reporter later inquired to the group of chiefs of how they came to select the new name given to the President. They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of s**t it can no longer fly



Sunday, July 27, 2014

It's How You Live

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Point of Grace sang a song called It's How You Live (or called Turn up the Music)- we actually got to see them in East Wenatchee several years ago. I realize Jans birthday is not for another 7 months, but I had to post this video I made a few years ago because I am so proud of Janice. As you know I add photos to songs for many of my videos I make. I think I have 15 or so videos of just Janice- I am proud of her and thankful for her. I first met her in Sept. of 1971 when we moved to Coulee Dam.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Little Girl

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 My Little Girl is sung and written by Steve and Annie Chapman. It  reminds me how fast children grow up (and grandpas get old). I am glad God allowed us to us to be Grandparents- I don't think I realized how fast my children would grow up and don't want to forget that again.  I am also grateful for living this long- I think of the many who have gone home already- some younger than myself.  Tonight we are celebrating Emilee's 12th Birthday- (she actually will be 12 on Tuesday the 29th)- but I never turn down an opportunity to celebrate a birthday. In fact before that party, we get to celebrate our former pastors wife's birthday who is turning 80 today, in Moses Lake.  They have 17 great grandchildren and have been married over 61 years. They were an important part of my high school days when we lived in Grand Coulee Dam in the 70's and they pastored the Electric City Church. I pray Emilee finds many friends like that to help guide, encourage and show her by example the right roads to walk in for life. Happy Birthday Emilee  Wentworth and Vida Smith. May God Richly Bless You this coming year! 
 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Trunk Monkey Compilation

Several years ago an auto dealer came out with these trunk monkey commercials- I am not sure they still use them, but some of them are pretty clever and cute. Check them out. Who says commercials cannot be funny. I sure wish my car came with a trunk monkey. And as for commercials, we do not have cable, so the shows we do watch on Netflex do not see many commericals.

We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

Q. What did the monkey say when he cut off his tail?
A. It won't be long now.

Q. If twenty monkeys run after one banana, what time is it?
A. Twenty after one!

A little boy asked his mother, "Mummy, am I descended from a monkey?"
The mother replied, "I don't know, son. I never met your father's folks."

A monkey walks into a drugstore and orders a fifty-cent sundae. He puts down a ten-dollar bill to pay for it. The clerk thinks, "What can a monkey know about money?" So he hands back a single dollar in change and says, "You know, we don't get many monkeys in here." "No wonder," answers the monkey, "At these prices you won't get many more."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

USS Montana

Somehow this video reminds me how some people treat God in prayer?  Mrs. Billy Graham once said she was glad God did not answer all her prayers or she would have married the wrong man. It also reminds me of Gods Laws and that the things  that do not change. God is so much bigger than myself and my problems. And no, God does not always answer all my prayers how I pray-(if he did I could take the credit, and not give it to him) but he does answer,  and he is so good to me. Thank You Jesus for the many times you answered my prayers. It was so good to wake up this morning to hear a little bit of rain- Thank You and send some more please for our fires.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vintage Comedy

Here is an old video clip of Mike Williams from 1999. Mike is a christian comedian- some comedy does not change and some of this comedy will jog your memory.
A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large garbage bags behind her. One of the bags was ripped, and every now and then, a $50 bill fell out onto the footpath.
Noticing this, a cop stopped her, and said, “Ma’am, there are $50 bills falling Out of that bag.”
“Oh, rats! Darn it!” said the little old lady. “I’d better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me of...ficer..”
“Well, now, not so fast,” said the cop. “Where did you get all that money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”
“Oh, no, no”, said the old lady. “You see, my yard is right next to the baseball stadium parking lot. On game days, a lot of fans come and pee through a hole in the fence, right into my garden. It used to really annoy me and kills the flowers, you know. Then I thought, ‘why not make the most of it?’ So, now, on game days, I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my shears. Every time some guy sticks his dingus through my fence, I surprise him, Grab hold of it and say, ‘O.K., buddy! Give me $50, or I cut off your johnson!”
“Well, that seems only fair,” said the cop, laughing. “OK. Good luck! Oh, by the way, what’s in the other bag?”
“Well, you know”, said the little old lady, “not everybody pays”

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Obama You

I have voted in our primary and hope you have as well- Please Vote. It was a easy vote and I wish I could have voted for more positions. There was one candidate who I liked but could not vote for, because of what his party he preferred, stands for.  Sometimes political issues change, but Liberals do not. Someone wrote a letter  to our two Senators, apparently they have had the same luck in a response as I have- and I  doubt if a response has yet been offered. Let me post the letter below- the only thing that is not funny is that some people voted for these two.
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, DC , 20510
Dear Senator:
I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important - honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the... laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.
Last year, the president spent an estimated 1.4 $billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America 's answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the "perfumed princes and princesses" of our country.
In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. "Obama Care," a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.
You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the "one percenters," consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).
You understand very well the only two rules you need to know - (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote ) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called "safety net" has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps - pretty much all Democrat voters - and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?
I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.
As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 -1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." I'm only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?
While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the  consumer more and more every day.
As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me "You'll just have to take a pill," while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.
The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares. This letter will, however, go on line where many others will have the chance to read one person's opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.
I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours,ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.
My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.
Sincerely,
Bill Schoonover
3096 Angela Lane
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Barack Obama was visiting a primary school and he visited one of the classes. They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asked the president if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy'. So our illustrious president asked the class for an example of a 'tragedy'.
One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a f...arm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy."
"No,' said Obama, 'that would be an accident."
A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."
"I'm afraid not,' explained Obama.
'That's what we would call great loss."
The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Obama searched the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally, at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said: "If the plane carrying you and Mrs. Obama was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!' exclaimed Obama. 'That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?"
"Well,' says Johnny, 'It has to be a tragedy, because it sure wouldn't be a great loss... and you can bet it's probably not an accident either."
Famous Presidential Lies Contest
LBJ:
  • We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin)
Nixon:
  • I am not a crook 
GHW Bush:
  • Read my lips - No New Taxes
Clinton:
  • I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski
Obama:
  • I will have the most transparent administration in history.
  • The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
  • I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
  • The IRS is not targeting anyone.
  • It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
  • I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
  • You didn't build that!
  • I will restore trust in Government.
  • The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
  • The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
  • It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
  • Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
  • We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
  • I am not spying on American citizens.
  • Obama Care will be good for America.
  • You can keep your family doctor.
  • Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
  • If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
  • It's just like shopping at Amazon.
  • I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
  • I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
  • I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.
  • I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
  • And, I have never lived with that uncle. He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.
  • If elected I promise not to renew the Patriot Act.
  • If elected I will end the war in Irar and Afghanistan within the 1st 9 months of my term.
  • I will close Guantanamo within the first 6 months of my term.
  • I will bridge the gap between black and white and between America and other countries.
And the biggest one of all:
  • "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."
 I believe we have a winner.
In Case You Don’t Remember Here is what happened on January 1st 2014:
Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%Capital Gains Tax went from 15 % to 28%Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.

The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the coast of CALIFORNIA today.
This placed the Navy in an awkward position, as the boat was not heading to, but away from the USA, towards Mexico.
Another surprise finding was that they were loaded with White Americans who were all seniors of Retirement / Social Security age.
Their claim was that they were trying to get to Mexico so as to be able to... return to the USA as illegal immigrants.
And therefore be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate American Citizens on Social Security.
We’ll get more respect, more privacy, FREE attorney to fight America for us, free air transportation, free drivers licenses, no taxes to pay, get paid to stay at home, home will be provided by the government, ability to vote, the list goes on.
The Navy, it is believed, gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey.
We are booking on the next boat out.
Let me know if you want to come.

I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left”.
 By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:
"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen.
 Can't get any simpler than that.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Super Bowl Church Ad

People seem set on their opinions when it comes to security and I certainly do not want to change yours.  Security is big business- some of it justified, but most driven by fear and watching too many TV programs that feed our minds with garbage. Sadly, it is all some know and they push it off on others. I actually wish most of those police and detective shows were eliminated. "The final bill for the 2012 Olympics security could be ten times higher than the original estimate, according to an investigation. The predicted cost of the games when London won the bid in 2005 was 2.37billion. That figure has now spiraled to more than 12 billion and could reach as much as 24 billion, the Sky Sports investigation claims. The Olympics public sector funding package, which covers the building of the venues, security and policing, was upped to around 9.3bn in 2007.
I laughed at this superbowl commercial on youtube.com. Today’s video does not happen at our church- and that is the point they are trying to make. You are safe and you are welcome- see you next Sunday. So- do Secret Service Agents make lousy Greeters or not?
 
 
Status Update
By Mike Huckabee
Should a mother be jailed for letting her daughter play in the park?... Debra Harrell of North Augusta, South Carolina, works at McDonald’s to support her 9-year-old daughter. She can’t afford day care, and her daughter was bored, so Debra let her go by herself to a nearby park. There were lots of other people there, and she had a cell phone. On the third day, a woman asked her where her parents were, then called the police. Debra was arrested for child neglect, and her daughter taken into state custody. Some people are rallying to her defense, while others say it’s too dangerous to let a child out of your sight. This story made me think back to when I was a kid. Every summer, we were shooed out of the house early and didn’t come home until suppertime. Some of us even had summer jobs at age 9. Oh, but it’s different now: sexual assault of children is way up! Actually, no: it’s down 62 percent since 1990. What IS different: we didn’t have 24-hour news channels to turn every tragedy, no matter how rare, into a ‘round-the-clock media frenzy.

This story is adding more fuel to the big debate between helicopter parents and advocates of free-range kids. One side believes that kids never develop self-confidence and independence if you don’t give them the freedom to explore the world. The other side sees the world as filled with scary strangers, just waiting for parents to look away for a split-second. Please understand, I’m not saying there’s no such thing as “stranger danger.” But there’s also a slight danger that any plane could crash, yet it doesn’t keep most of us from flying. Was Debra negligent for leaving her daughter in a public park instead of putting her into day care? Well, consider that not only is sexual assault of children way down, but when it does happen, 93 percent of the time, the culprit is someone the child knows. Sixty-nine percent of the time, it happens inside the residence of someone involved. So Debra could argue that statistically, that park full of strangers was much safer than a daycare center. After all, who was it who cared enough to get involved and call the police? A stranger.

Friday, July 18, 2014

God's Kind of Man

E V Hill was is one of my favorite preachers even though I have never heard him in person.  This sermon was for fathers day several years ago, and shares insights I had not thought of but are so Biblical.   Many still need to hear this message from the church- it is too important to let die. E V Hill has since passed on. He shares insights as a pastor, father, grandfather from Gods word. Men-this one is for you.  Please listen up and share. this one deals with the importance of knowing God personally, the next one our role model reponsibilty and the last is my favorite, being a real man!
 Above is part 2 of 3. Today he reminds dads of their roles they need to fulfill. It is only 10 minutes and I decided to post all 3 parts on same blog page for your convenience. Please take time to listen to entire message.
Above is the final part of E V Hills message to Fathers he gave on TBN several years ago. EV Hill has since gone on to his reward. E V Hill was pastor, Billy Graham board member, a father and Grandpa who shares his heart on what it takes to be Gods Kind of Man. I highly recomend you listen and share this video- they are only 10 minutes long. (pt. 3 of 3)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kentucky Math

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This is an old video but it still makes me laugh- for you who cannot view the video, I posted a quiz from my Wisdom, Wonder & Wit joke book below.


Intellect Test
Here is a simple test, four questions to determine your level of intellect. Your replies must be spontaneous and immediate, with no deliberating or wasting time and no cheating
1.You are competing in a race and overtake the runner lying in second place. In which position are you now?
Answer: If you answered that you’re now coming in first place then your completely wrong. You overtook the second place runner an took their place, therefore your coming in second. For the next question try not to be so dim.
2.If you overtake the last runner, what position are you now in?
Answer: Think about it, How can you overtake the person coming in last? If your behind them, they can’t be last. The answer is impossible! It would appear that thinking is not one of your strong points.
3. Take 1000. Add 40. Add another 1000. Add 30. 1000 again. Plus 20. Plus 1000. Add plus 10. What is the total?
Answer:5000? Wrong. The correct answer is 4100. Use a calculator and try again. Today is not your day. Although you should manage to get the last question right....
4. Marie’s father has five daughters. 1. Chacha. 2. Cheche. 3.Chocho. 4. Question. What is the fifth daughters name?
Answer: Chuchu? Wrong. It’s obviously Marie. Read the question properly.
 
 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Good Night Kiss

Happy Birthday Cody!  I pray this is a wonderful year for him and Gods richest Blessings and protection. I made this video years ago, it is one of my more popular videos on youtube.com. It reminds us all that our children/grandchildren grow up too fast and to cherish each moment we have with them. Cody, We are proud of you and love you. Thanks for all the joy you bring into our lives with your smile, big heart, tender spirit, humor and wisdom. Parents, Never take good nights and tucking your kids in at night for granted. Always Kiss Your Children good night even if they are asleep.

Cody and Trent at KOA campground near Concrete yesterday.

Celebrating Cody's B-day cake on Friday night.
We saved some for him and his family to enjoy tonight
Engine #6 was retired in 1954 and sits along SR 20. Is that Cody hopping a train?



Saturday, July 12, 2014

How to Stay Safe

Perhaps we can agree to disagree on the need to attend church-you won't change my mind.  I certainly have not agreed with everything others believe, but that is also true of my wife as well and I still love her and am committed to her. The church has helped keep me accountable, encouraged me, balanced me out, and blessed me in so many ways. I have met so many good friends because of church- sure it is not perfect- but neither are people who go to health clubs. I hope you will be in church this Sunday and make it a habit if you have not. Don't wait for back to church Sunday to come around- be in church this Sunday morning- it is the safest place to be. If you dont' have a church home, check out ours today at 10:00am- 1520 McKittrick, Wenatchee.
THE SAFEST PLACE
How to stay safe in the world today.
1.. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
2. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
5. Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals. So, ... above all else, avoid hospitals.
BUT , ... You will be pleased to learn that only 1%  of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church!
... And....Bible study is safe too. The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less.
So,...for SAFETY'S sake  ATTEND CHURCH, and READ YOUR BIBLE  It could save your life!
Going to Church is Good for Your Health!
It was a short sermon and to the point with lots of scripture. Church was about 1/2 full maybe.

A common phrase that pastors hear when a family leaves their church is “We just don’t feel connected.” I’ve heard it countless times. When a family makes this statement to me I always ask the following four questions. The answer inevitably is almost always no to each. Here they are:

`1. Are you serving in an area regularly? I’m not talking about passing out bulletins once a month as a greeter. I’m talking about substantially serving in a ministry within the church. There’s something about serving alongside one another that allows you to get to know one another and feel connected.
2. Are you part of a small group? Most churches have small groups or Bible studies that you can be a part of. This is crucial for families to move from being anonymous in the church to being known and knowing others. These small group settings offer the opportunity to get real about life and to have an intimate connection with a group of people in your church.
3. Are you spending time with some of your church family outside of Sunday worship service? This could a be over coffee, lunch or even a family cook out. If you’re not investing in building friendships you’ll have none. Nor can we wait to be invited. About 8 years ago my wife and I moved to a new church and we knew no one. For three weeks no one talked to us. It was brutal. But, after the third week I finally walked up to another couple and introduced ourselves and said, “Would you guys like to go have lunch?” Our relationships exploded after that. Stop waiting for the invite, be the inviter!
4. Are you attending church more than twice a month? This is another issue that keeps people from feeling part of their church. If you’re gone half or more of the month of course you’re going to feel disconnected. The more often you’re in worship with your church family the more you’re going to feel connected to the vision and mission of the church. This will also give you more opportunities to grow in relationship.
Most people that feel disconnected think that going somewhere else will solve the problem. It doesn’t. They end up feeling the same way in the next church because they’re behavior is the same. If your church is anything like mine it provides a ton of avenues to get connected. It just means you have to make the investment to get the relational pay off you’re looking for. I promise you if you do each of these four keys you will feel connected in your church family. Now, go be the friend you’re looking for.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bless His Heart

I hope to meet Aaron Wilburn someday- sure enjoy his humor with the Gaithers. He is also a songwriter and singer- very talented. Check out this clip called Bless His Heart. For you who cannot view it, I posted some humor below from my humor book called "Clean Humor"  Remember, We need to laugh at least 17 times a day.
A Little Hymn Humor
The Dentist's Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns
TheWeatherman's Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
The Contractor's Hymn: The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn: There is a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: Standing On the Promises
The Optometrist's Hymn Open My Eyes That I May See
The IRS Hymn: All to Thee or I Surrender All
The Gossiper's Hymn: Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn: Send Out Thy Light
The Shopper's Hymn: Sweet By and By
Revised Hymns for the Elderly....
Blessed Insurance
The Old Rugged Face
Just a Slower Walk With Thee
Give Me that Old Timers Religion
Amazing Grace (Considering My Age)
Nobody Knows the Trouble I have Seeing
It is Well with My Soul (but my back hurts)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (And Please Speak Up!)
Precious Lord, Take my Hand (And Help Me Get Up)
Count Your Many Birthdays, Name Them One by One
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah(I've forgotten where I parked)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Technology Will Never Replace Love

Some Commercials you do not need to understand the words or what is being sold- as in this one called "Technology Will Never Replace Love". And some Videos I cannot really add to what has been said. Thank you to those who take time to hold and mold little children- they grow up too fast and they need you when they are small to build a solid foundation for their lives.
Great reminder that human touch will NEVER be replaced by technology. Not just babies need touch we ALL do. Touch someone intentionally today. It take eight significant touches a day to survive. How many do you need to be HAPPY. As much as you can give and receive. Be Blessed today and touch someone.


10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day

Hugging therapy is definitely a powerful way of healing. Research shows that hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.
Research shows a proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can benefit you in these ways:
1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.

2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one's serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body's production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we're born our family's touch shows us that we're loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system - parasympathetic.

8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.

9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.

10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it's synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Eight or more might seem quite high, but while researching and writing this article I asked my child, “How many hugs a day do you like?” She said, “I'm not going to tell you how many I like, but it's way more than eight.” That really made me smile and touched my heart. And, I realized how organic and deep the need for hugs is.

As a loving father, I get plenty of hugs from my little princess and her Mamma. And as a yoga therapist, I often give and receive them from my students at the end of a session. I find that love, is a miracle drug. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Over 55

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I never planned for the day I would  be 55- it just happened.  I still have a hard time accepting I am 59.  Why do people seem to ask when I will retire so much lately? Someone sent me this video- guess they are trying to tell me something- I don't know what he is talking about in this video- maybe you can help me understand? For you who cannot view the video, I posted some thoughts from my Wisdom, Wonder and Wit humor book, on Being over 40. That just happened as well.

You Might Be Over 40 If..
Instead of combing your hair, you arrange it.
You stop to think and sometimes forget to start again.
Work becomes more fun and fun becomes more work.
Your doctor is younger than you.
You develop a taste for bran flakes.
You appreciate the luxury of a nap in front of the TV
You are cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of by the police
when getting a little action means the prune juice is working
even your teeth have wrinkles....
you go to an antique auction and people bid on you
you remember when the dead sea was just sick...
people say your look like a million, and they are serious..
you streak through the garden Club Flower show and the judges give you an award for the best dried arrangement..
When you don't care where your wife goes, just so you don't have to go along.
When getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot.
Your try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.
At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.
Your back goes out, but you stay home.
Happy hour is a nap.
It takes twice as long - to look half as good.
Everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt - doesn't work.


not making any age-related jokes because I genuinely feel bad ...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dog Assistance

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Someone posted a photo of a dog on facebook (below)that reminded me of this video I copied several years ago and want to post it for you. I will let you decide if it is true or just a skit. I posted the photo below from facebook as well. We have a Attack Bird and an Attack Cat that I think eats less than the dog below does. And just last week in the news, a homeowner is upset when his dog was shot in his own backyard by police. Police were looking for a lost child, opened the owners fence and felt threatened by dog, so the policeman shot the dog? Now there is a lawyers dream$$$.

Why did the snowman call his dog Frost ? Because frost bites !

Why did the poor dog chase his own tail ? He was trying to make both ends meet !

What happened when the dog went to the flea circus ? He stole the show !

What happens when it rains cats and dogs ? You can step in a poodle !

Diplomacy is saying "nice doggy" until you find a rock.

What has four legs and an arm? A happy pit bull

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going Home

Last Monday Everett Melton joined his wife of 71 years who went before him, (in Heaven) as well as his Lord and Savior, "The King". Everett was 96 1/2 and always so faithful to attend church- even as of last month I prayed with him. He would always find a way to be in church no matter how he felt or how old he was or was not or with or without a wheelchair.  He and his wife were one of the Sunday night "faithful ones". He always had time to listen or talk to you- and shared that smile of his with you. We used to visit along the hiway when he was Pilot car driving and I worked at scales for WUTC. You could tell his priorities and what was important to him- God, his family- and he had room to make you part of his family too. Service is Tuesday at 11am at Wenatchee First Assembly. I look forward to meeting him and others on the other side-I believe  Heaven is Real- I hope you will join us and have made your reservations. Please don't ever gamble on that issue.- Life may be short but Eternity is Not.
Not all sermons I hear come from the pulpit on Sunday mornings- Many come from friends God placed in my life for a reason. Thank you Everett for "living sermons" for me in how you treated your family, your wife and even me. Thank you to his children on how they honored their father by example and all they did for him in his final years. I am sorry I will be out of town and cannot attend the funeral on Tuesday. Praying for you as you deal with this as well.
Everett A. Melton
December 1, 1927 ~ June 30, 2014
Everett A. Melton; The BEST Dad, Grandfather and Great-grandfather anyone could ever have. The Lord chose to take him home on June 30, 2014. His work here on earth was done and he was ready to meet his wife of almost 71 years, Imogene W. Melton. Everett passed away at Confluence Hospital; he was 96-1/2 years old. He was born to Calvin and Clara Melton December 1, 1917, in Violet, AR. He really wanted to live to 97 years of age, the same age that his mother lived to be. In his early days, Everett worked with his father in the coal mines, which you didn’t get paid unless you found coal. Following the sudden passing of his father when Everett was only 15, he continued to live with different family members in Arkansas until 1939, when he moved to Wenatchee, where he took a job working for ten cents an hour in the orchards. He returned to Arkansas in 1940, where he met and then married Imogene Melton on December 24, 1940, (they woke up the Justice of the Peace to marry them). They moved back to Wenatchee January 15, 1941. Later, his father-in-law moved up for health reasons and slowly all the Melton and the Johnston families followed. Everett was the main reason that many family and friends landed in Wenatchee.
Everett served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 during WWII and was first stationed in North Fork Virginia, before serving time in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans aboard the Destroyer USS O’Brien and Battleship USS Wisconsin. Everett’s ship was a part of the fleet during the invasion on Okinawa Island. He was injured during a Kamikaze attack upon the USS Wisconsin. Everett was awarded the Purple Heart from his service in the Pacific and Silver Star from his service in the Atlantic. He was also aboard the USS Wisconsin at the time of the formal Japanese surrender and three days later, was in Tokyo Bay as a part of the occupying force. Everett was honored to be able to go on the Honor Flight back to Washington D.C. as a WWII Veteran in 2012. He really enjoyed seeing Washington D.C. and sharing it with his daughter. After WWII, Everett worked for Coca-Cola for many years, before starting a 28-year career at Alcoa Wenatchee Works, where he retired. During that time, he was the secretary for the Aluminum Union Trade Counsel for Alcoa and also member of Aluminum Brick and Glass Local #310. Everett later owned Central Washington Pilot Car Service, which he operated with his daughter, Darlene. During this time, he became known as “Hoghead”. This CB handle came from a time when he was driving down Wenatchee Avenue and a hog got out of his truck. Everett was seen running down the Avenue trying to catch him.
Everett loved going fishing and bird hunting with his dog, Tina and enjoyed taking his son with him. Playing dominos with his grandsons and great-grandsons was very enjoyable and he would also pass the time doing crossword puzzles. He would also spend time helping his son, Cal, as the “supervisor” on fencing jobs, where he would make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the crew. Everett loved having a BIG garden, that he would share others. His rose garden was very special and he would always bring Imogene roses, because she enjoyed the smells. The two of them spent a lot of time canning vegetables and fruit from their garden and fruit trees. Everett had a favorite canning recipe for his pickles and loved the zucchini bread that his daughter, Darlene, made from his garden. His signature dish was made-from-scratch cornbread, a side dish of pinto beans with an onion from his garden; everyone loved his cornbread. Everett and Imogene loved to travel and joined their children on many vacations, including a trip to Pearl Harbor. Everett viewed many of his friend’s names on the plaques of the Arizona Memorial. He was blessed to enjoy one last trip to Arkansas, this past October. Watching baseball and wrestling with his son became common after the passing of his wife. However, his little dog Ramon became his constant companion and brought him so much joy. Whenever “Papa” would go out to eat, he would always save some to take home, because Ramon would come up and smell his breath to see what he’d eaten and wished to have some as well. They were best buddies.
Everett really shared a lot of himself to many people. He cared for his family very much and loved to spend time with his grandchildren, always kidding around with them. The most important thing to Everett, was that we would all meet again in heaven. That was his final statement before he passed away. His family and friends will deeply miss him and he will always be in our hearts. Dad and Grandpa Everett, we will meet you and Grandma Jean in heaven!
Everett was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene; parents; two sisters, Pearl Harvey and Lela Markum; a grandson, Scotty Daniel Curtis. He is survived by his son, Calvin (Liz) Melton of Wenatchee; daughter, Darlene (Dan) Curtis of Malaga; grandchildren, Katrina (David) Anderson of Wenatchee, Todd (Cathy) Melton of Wenatchee, Kevin (Amanda) Curtis of Butte, MT, Chad (Shauna) Melton of Mountlake Terrance, WA, and Cary (Christa) Melton of Wenatchee; great-grandchildren, Brenden Copner, Grant Anderson, Dalton Anderson, Everett Anderson, Gage Melton, and Grace Melton, all of Wenatchee, and Dylan Melton and Devon Melton of Mountlake Terrance, WA; a brother, Albert Melton of Leavenworth; a sister, Vesta Harvey of Michigan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Everett attended the First Assembly of God Church in Wenatchee. He was a member of American Legion Post 10 and a 70-year member of Riverside Lodge #112, where he was a Charter Member, and Past Master of William H. Jett Lodge #285. Everett, his son, Calvin and grandson, Chad, became the first three-generation family in Lodge at the same time. Everett was very active in Lodge until the end.
The family would like to thank, Dr. Bethany Lynn, Dr. Cummings, Dr. Schroeder, and the staff at Colonial Vista Therapy. And a special thank you to all the nurses who he would tease and laugh with up until his last hours.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, 711 Grant Road in East Wenatchee. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Wenatchee First Assembly of God, 1520 McKittrick Street, Wenatchee, with Interment and Military Honors presented by the Wenatchee Masonic Lodge to follow at Wenatchee City Cemetery. Donations, on Everett’s behalf, may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Arrangements made by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stupidity Is A Gift

The Bible lists gifts he gives the church- I sometimes wonder if Stupidity is a gift as well, since so many people have it? Don't hear many sermons on that topic or people seeking it?  I hope you can have a good laugh as you watch todays video humor called Stupidity is a Gift.  I have never heard Mike William in person- I enjoy his clean everyday humor.  I also know you will enjoy his testimony.  For you who can only read this blog- let me post some humor for you below from one of my humor books- I believe God wants us to laugh. I know of a scripture that talks about fools....
Report from the Pastor Search Committee:
We do not have a happy report to give. We have not been able to find a suitable candidate for this church, though we have one promising prospect. Thank you for your suggestions. We have followed up on each one with interviews or by calling at least three references. The following is our confidential report.

ADAM: Good man but has problems with his wife. One reference told us how he and his wife enjoyed walking nude in the woods.
NOAH: Former pastorate of 120 years with no converts. Prone to unrealistic building projects.
JOSEPH: A big thinker, but a braggart; believes in dream interpreting and has a prison record.
MOSES: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator; even stutters at times. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly in business meetings. Some say he left an earlier church over a murder charge.
DEBORAH: One word --- Female.
DAVID: The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbor's wife.
SOLOMON: Great preacher, but serious woman problem.
ELIJAH: Prone to depression; collapses under pressure.
HOSEA: A tender and loving pastor, but our people could never handle his wife's occupation.
JONAH: Told us he was swallowed up by a great fish. He said the fish later spit him out on the shore near here. We hung up.
AMOS: Too much of a country hick. Backward and unpolished. With some seminary training, he might have promise; but he has a hang-up against wealthy people.
JOHN: Says he is a Baptist, but doesn't dress like one. May be too
Pentecostal. Tends to lift both hands in the air to worship when he gets excited. You know we limit to one hand. Sleeps in the outdoors, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders.
PETER: Too blue collar. Has a bad temper, even said to have cursed. He's a loose cannon.
PAUL: Powerful CEO type and fascinating preacher. However, he's short on tact, unforgiving with young ministers, harsh, and has been known to preach all night.
TIMOTHY: Too young.
JESUS: Has had popular times, but once when his church grew to 5000, He managed to offend them all; and his church dwindled down to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. And, of course, he is single.
JUDAS: His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money. We're inviting him to preach this Sunday in view of a call