Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Musings: The Countless Edition

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  • Countless are the times I said things I wish I hadn’t.  
  • Countless are the comments I didn’t type, and I’m glad I didn’t.   Ah, but countless are the ones I did type.  Nobody has all the answers; thinking you do might make you look a little trollish.   There comes a time when we need to learn when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em…comments and comebacks, that is…not the Gambler’s cards.
  • The countless times I’ve thought of just what to say…after the fact.   It’s usually when I’m holding on to some unforgiveness, and having conversations with the offender in my head.   Forgiveness is always better than one-sided conversations. 
  • Countless times I’ve laid down a grudge only to pick it back up because of something said or done that reminds me that perhaps I didn’t forgive as fully as I thought. 
  • Oh, the countless fat grams, calories and carbs I’ve counted.   Countless more are all the ones I ate.
  • Countless blessings in my life…some I recognize daily, others I take for granted.   For those I take for granted, God forgive me.

Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
And who meditate on His name
Malachi 3:16

Will the Lord write a book of remembrance 
on what I speak about today?  
Lord, help me be a positive voice 
in a dark and negative world.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday's Word

God will always help us.  In times of trouble and in mundane of our daily lives, He is our strength, and He is forever available to us.  When we call on Him, He is right there…He was there all along!

He’ll never leave us, and no matter where we go or what we do, He will not stop loving us.   He knows us…but loves us still.   We are His children, there is great joy in recognizing all the benefits of being His child.

Would you like to be free from the snares (fear, depression, oppression) of the world?  Look to things above and not on all the strife surrounding us.  Freedom comes from knowing Him and by no other way.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Musings: The More Better Edition

Sometimes less is better…the older we get, the better our skin looks with less heavy make up.  

Sometimes more is better...there are times when those skirts really are too short.   When walking out of church and a small wind gust exposes your...everything...a few more inches of hem would have definitely been better.   Is that judgmental of me?  Don’t want to be judging others, you know, but I don’t want to see their hineys, either. 

Less social media is better.   Facebook is a colossal time waster!  (“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”  Psalm 119:37)  Some may say blogging is, too.  :::looking around to see who is agreeing with that:::

Speaking of social media…less politics is definitely better!  At this point, 97.8% of voters have made up their minds, and they won’t be changing them.  All of those political posts from questionable sites, and the rants from people who put stock in those stories…on both side…stop it!   If the story is sensationalized, exaggerated, or fabricated, just stop it!   Liberals and conservatives are equally guilty and equally stubborn.  (Disclaimer:  I made the 97.8% statistic up.  I’m only assuming the number isn’t 100%...or 110% if you count the dead folks who voted in the last election.)

Sometimes less government is better.   satan has worked long and hard for America.   With the last two elections, we nearly handed it to him on a silver platter.   I sometimes wonder why Donald Trump is being fought so hard.  When in history do you ever remember violence breaking out at a presidential rally repeatedly, as it is with Donald Trump?   A little unnerving, isn’t it?  Also kinda makes me happy to vote for Trump…not that he didn’t already have my vote because I sure won’t vote for HRC.  

Less Jeb Bush…why would a strong political figure publicly declare he would not vote in the presidential election?   Inappropriate and irresponsible!   Is he a little bitter and jealous, or is he and his ilk afraid that what they have made the Republican Party has been exposed, and people want their party back?   Someone needs to tell him to shut up…along with Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Glen Beck and a host of other RINOs.     

Sometimes, less is better.  In this case, less is always better:  Weight.   Started a diet again today.  ::::Excuse me::: I mean I started a new healthy lifestyle.   Wish me luck. 

Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  
I Peter 5:8

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday's Top Ten: The "Just Don't" List

  1. Don’t leave conservative comments on liberal sites.  They don’t like that.   They write things in response that you won’t like, vulgar, classless things.   They want things for you that are worse than death.
  2. Don’t respond to people who just want to rile you.   I promise, you are getting more revenge by not giving them a reaction than anything you could say.
  3. If you need to vent…vent.   Do it in your car, tell it to God, say it to your best friend.   But don’t hold it in.  It may cause your eyeballs to pop out.   You don’t want that, do you?
  4. If your good friend needs to vent, let them.  Don’t keep cutting in with your own great advice (looking in the mirror as I type).  If they are venting about their loved one, don’t ever say anything negative about that person!   Just listen.
  5. Don’t tell secrets you’ve promised not to tell.
  6. Don’t keep secrets that will harm someone else.  
  7. Don’t be contradictory.   (I know.   I read the above two lines as I wrote them.) 
  8. Don’t spend your life not liking yourself.   If you’ve done terrible things in your past, ask God to forgive you, and then forgive yourself.   It doesn’t matter what you’ve done…it really is okay to forgive yourself, even if someone else doesn’t.  Pray for that person.  Learn to like you.
  9. Never hold unforgiveness in your heart.  God has great rewards for those who have suffered.   It’s called justice, and it’s mentioned over 500 times in the bible.   Justice and righteousness are the foundation of God’s throne.   Forgive that person who hurt you because God’s compensation for what you’ve been through outweighs the hurt you’ve suffered.  Only He can repay like that.
  10. Never think that someone got away with hurting you.  Even if it devastated your life as you knew and loved it, and they seem to be prospering from it.   God is not mocked, what we sow, that’s what we will reap.   The reaping won’t be pretty, either.  Don’t miss your compensation by holding on to unforgiveness.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Musings: The Truth and Integrity Edition

Does integrity still mean anything? 

In a world where everyone is talking, truth gets lost amid the noise and distractions.  Truth is vitally important.   Our continued freedom depends on knowing it, and without it, we are in a very dangerous place!

Do we have a responsibility to fight for truth?   Though it may seem like a small deal, shouldn’t we demand truth even in the simplest of news reporting?   How about in the headlines?   The things we repost and share on Facebook or Twitter?   

What about in our everyday life?   Do we exaggerate a story or share gossip?  Matthew 12:36-37 reminds us that we will give an account for every idle word we speak, our own words will either justify or condemn us. 

Truth is absolute.  It is what it is.  Denying it won’t change it, and it cannot be altered to suit our lifestyle, just as the words of the Bible cannot be rewritten until we have justified our sin. 
If we had known the truth from our government about Islam extremists, would we be in a safer America today?  Would the fifty men and women killed by Omar Mateen in Orlando still be alive today?  I can’t help but think they would be.

The path to a better America has to start somewhere, it may as well be with you.  And me.  Truth and integrity should be important to all of us.   Be kind to someone today.  Don’t repeat gossip, listen more than you talk.  Make Truth a priority in your life.  And say a prayer for the families and friends of Orlando’s slain. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Personal Responsibility: A Friday Weigh In...

No, I’m not talking about my weight, though I did see the lady doctor today (don’t think too hard about that) and she asked me how my diet was going.   I think we can safely assume she knew the answer before she asked.  She told me to start back on low carb today.   Today?   Isn’t there a law against starting a new life style on a Friday?   After listening to her run down the list of all the terrible things in my future if I continue to eat sugar, I realize I simply must take personal responsibility for myself.   Monday's coming.

Judge Aaron Persky.  Wow!  Two separate petitions with over one million signatures each calling for his removal from the bench.  Aren’t sure who he is?   He’s the judge who sentenced convicted rapist Brock Turner, a former Stanford star swimmer, to a mere six months in the county jail (to serve only three months with good behavior, and he will be in a protected area due to the “nature of his conviction.”)  He is scheduled to be released September 2. 

The light sentence was due in part to a presence of alcohol and lack of prior convictions.  The judge decided sending Turner to prison would have a “severe impact” on him.   Does it matter that the Judge Persky graduated from Stanford and was involved in sports?  Does it matter that Turner’s “twenty minutes of action” (how his father described the rape) had a severe impact on his victim?

The victim wasn’t careful with her own personal safety and drank her way into oblivion at a party where she didn’t know many people.  That gives no one the right to assault her, but it did open the door to her attacker, who dragged her unconscious body behind a dumpster and violently violated her.   It’s never a good idea to drink until you are at a pass-out level, if for no other reason that there are Brock Turners and Aaron Perskys lurking about.   She was allowed to address Turner in court, reading a lengthy statement to him, a statement so heart-wrenching, Vice President Biden wrote an open letter to her in response.  It was the first time I ever took Joe Biden seriously. 
Deception in America is rampant.  Is it any wonder that our youth are so mixed up and distracted?  

And these distractions?   Eleven children so far this year (which means since it got hot again) have died, having been forgotten in hot cars by their distracted parents. 

While the world is distracted by dead gorillas, six month sentences, our leaders, candidates, and the false teachers of the world are sowing dangerous seeds of untruth.

For they will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,  always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.   (2 Timothy 3:2-7)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Should I Have Done?

Not so long ago, I decided to buy breakfast for a (handicapped) man who is always hanging around the McDonald’s I pass on my way to work, often drunk and often arrested, but not homeless, to my understanding.   I had a cold bottled water and an Egg McMuffin for him.   When I handed it to him, he thanked me…but told me he wanted coffee to drink.   I was on my way to work and a little later than I wanted to be, so I told him the water would have to do.

But yesterday was one of those situations when I didn’t know what to do.

I pulled up to the Wok and Roll, next to the same McDonald's mentioned above.  There was a young guy with his dog sitting against the wall behind the speaker where I placed my order.   He immediately asked me to buy him some food.    I had no problem with that.   I asked him what he wanted, and he said an egg roll.  I ordered him two egg rolls and a drink.   Then he started asking me for several other items…things I didn’t even see on the menu.  

That’s when I didn’t know what to do.   So I ordered him two more egg rolls and rolled up to the window to pay for it.   I told the cashier to put the egg rolls in a separate bag for the guy outside.   She told me others had bought him some food, and that she would make sure he got the drink and egg rolls I bought for him.   I hope she did.  I feel pretty certain the employees chased him off, because they said something about him “still being back there.”   Then I felt a little guilty, like I had tattled on him and he may have no place to go if they chased him away.

What would you have done?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday's Political Thoughts

This phase of political unrest sweeping across our country is a bizarre time indeed.  We have a generation of extremely self-centered people who fully believe society is indebted to them, and they are unwilling to let opposition have a voice.

But I can sense a growing hope in the midst of the chaos, proving that we aren’t going to hell in a handbasket just yet.   I worry, though, that the people who are weary of Washington so desperately want change that they are putting their hope in a man who is, after all, a mere mortal like the rest of us.  Placing all of our confidence in another human being usually garners disappointment. 

What did we learn from recent history?  I remember eight years ago, then again four years ago, when America was promised change, and voters chose our current administration.  We did see change.  It wasn’t the change most of us wanted, but it was definitely a change…almost a revolution, in fact. 

Something I didn’t expect on the democrat front was the opposition to Hillary Clinton.   The biggest surprise from the democrats, however, was their support of an admitted socialist.   I never dreamed Bernie Sanders would still be in the democrat race, just as I didn’t think Donald Trump would be the frontrunner for the Republican Party.  

I halfway expect some nasty late surprise, in either or both parties.   It would be a foolish gamble, I believe, but the insane choices of the people we have elected to office is disturbing.  

Definitely unsettling,
this peculiar phase in political America.

I comfort myself by remembering God really is in control.  He’s God, you know.  He hears the prayers of His people, and His people are praying.  The remnant.  For the sake of ten, my friend.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Morning Musings...The Dreaming Edition

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains

I dream big.   Daydream, that is.    My night dreams get wild.   The other morning when I woke up, I realized I’d just been working on Donald Trump’s campaign.   Sometimes I am glad to wake up.

I don’t snore.   Ole Boy argues about that.   He snores, that’s for sure.  He says I don’t “snore bad,” but I do sometimes.   I decided to try one of those Breathe Right nasal strips while on vacation.   It’s hard to explain what happened that night, but I will try.  I was having an extremely intense dream, and while in my dreamstate (a word I just made up according to spellcheck) I knew I was dreaming, and was trying desperately to wake myself up.  I was thrashing about and moaning loudly in my dream, and according to Ole Boy, in reality, as well.

I didn’t put the nightmarish dream and the nasal strip together until sometime later when I tried the strip again at home…and the same thing happened.   I’ll just snore (but not bad), thank you very little, Breathe Right/Wrong.

My daydreams?  They are so vivid and detailed I don’t even know my own self in my day-dreamland.  I’ve written several books in my head from my fantasies, but since I am AADD and a procrastinator, the real book I have started only has around 5,000 words written.  I need around 45,000 more.   Go me!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Musings: My Buddy Edition

It was a life time ago.  I felt as if my life was crumbled and in pieces at my feet.  My new marriage was suffering major adjustment pangs, my 13 year old daughter seemed hell-bent on destroying her life, and I was employed in one of those positions where you know you surely must be paying dues for that good job to come.    I also worked a second job doing medical transcription from home 20 to 30 hours per week. 

My steady companion during this time was Legend, a black and white mixed mutt who was happy to see me even on my worst days.  He sat patiently at my feet until I could take a break from typing and toss him a ball or scratch behind his ears.  No matter what, he loved me.  Where I went, he followed.   I often told him he was the only one who never gave me any trouble.

One evening as Ole Boy was coming in from work, Legend slipped outside the front door.  I am not sure how he got out unnoticed, but by the time I realized he wasn’t in the house, it was too late.   He had been hit by a car, and he was gone.   I was devastated, and I grieved for that dog.   I thought he was my one constant, and he was gone.

I remember sobbing, asking my mom why God would have let this thing happen, knowing how much I needed my little Legend.   Of course, we don't have answers for such questions; if there were such answers, we’d understand why children die of cancer or other catastrophic diseases.   If we understood these things perhaps we could stop it from happening.   But I digress…though finding out why children die is immeasurably more important than my little buddy dying.

Not too long after losing Legend, I found out that the neighbor’s dog was having puppies…and the daddy-dog was none other than my Legend.  My neighbor promised me the pick of the litter.   I chose one that looked just like Legend, only he was brown and white instead of black and white, and I named him Titus.  Poor Titus never had the personality of his papa, and he had no intentions of being an inside dog.  He went to doggy heaven some years ago, too.

By God's grace, I hung in there.  My marriage survived and we are stronger than ever, my daughter is doing well, and I did get that good job.  God has been infinitely wonderful to me, and I am grateful.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Musings: The Target Edition

Musings are back!…Did you think the A to Z Challenge depleted my brain?  It may have, that remains to be scene…er, seen!

Thoughts on Target ~

I am ahead of the game.  When Target first come to Florence, I boycotted them then.   I was irritated that they plowed down all those beautiful trees (that now no one can even remember!) in the springtime, when mother birds had their young in the nests.   After a few years, I periodically ventured into the store, and I sometimes found a little something to buy.  But I rarely shopped there before the restroom hoopla, and never once, in the times I’ve visited the store, did I visit their restroom.

Since they’ve announced that anyone who ”feels like a woman today” can choose the restroom of their choice, people who disagreed had meltdowns, and people who applauded the free-for-all policy had meltdowns about the people who disagreed.   It was a social media maelstrom for a week or more.  AFA started a boycott move, and as of this posting, there are over 1,200,000 signatures.  

I wonder how many people would be so anxious to sign a WalMart boycott?  
But that would be meddling, then, wouldn’t it?  

My opinion, since I know you all are wondering (or not), I think the safety of even one child or one woman outweighs a man who “identifies as a woman” so much that he wants to use a woman’s restroom.  It's not about "transgender" people.   It's about a sexual predator who would take full advantage of this new way to target victims by simply saying he was more comfortable in the ladies room .  I have to be honest, from what I know about men’s restrooms…t’were I a man…I’d rather use the women’s room, too. 

At the risk of being called sexist {and I roll my eyes as I type that word}, I think females would be at greater risk than males in this situation. 

One final thought about Target:  On their Facebook page, they keep pointing out that they also have a single-stall "bathroom" for people who are more comfortable with that "format."   Wouldn’t common sense dictate that they put this option in all stores and leave the ladies room alone?  

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A to Z Blogging: Miscellaneous Zany Photos

I have no Z photos...well, I do, but they are not nearly as interesting as these, so we will just call these ZANY photos....

Roscoe photo Roscoe Nose_zpsbfflzyrz.jpg
My dog, Roscoe aka Rocco
Orange photo Sunflower2_zpsqfyz4mij.jpg
Sunflower from my backyard
Just Because photo Just Because 6_zps5hq4aglb.jpg
I love this color, but...
Blue flowers photo Blue3_zpsih2dhhtg.jpg
...Blue flowers are my favorite

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Friday, April 29, 2016

A to Z Blogging: Yellow!

 Yellow Pansies

Field of yellow flowers

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

A to Z Blogging: The X's

Obvious X

More Xs (or is that Xes?)

Even More Xs....All in Nashville, TN

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A to Z Blogging: White, Winter Wonderland

 Winter Wonderland...Great Smoky Mountains, November, 2015

White Petunias

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