Thursday, January 31, 2002

The young man was walking on the beach after a storm.
Nearby was an old gentleman stooping to pick up stranded starfish and tossing them back into the sea.
"Why are you doing that?" the young man asked. The old man replied: "If the starfish don't get back into the water they will die."
"What difference does it make? There are millions of them." The young man replied.
The old man smiled, picked up another, threw it into the water, looked up and said: "It made a difference to him."
What a changed world this would be if we each tried to make a difference in someone's life this year.
Lucy Blog

What about you?

THe true measure of loving..........
is to love without measure.
St Bernard of Clairvaux (Whoever that was)

It is absolutely necessary for every human being to be loved.
Your partner will never tire of hearing you tell him or her of your love. Tim LaHaye

Editors note: In today's convoluted world the word "partner" can mean the person with whom one is having a homosexual relationship.
Although the above truth prevails even in that context, God's word is true and the relationship is wrong.
Think about it, Raisin

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, Shining ever brighter 'till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
Proverbs 4: 18-18 NIV

What did Samson die of?
Fallen arches?

Shalom Y'all

Sunday, January 27, 2002

Spare change? Consider yourself among the elite.
If you could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like this:

There would be 57 Asians, 21 Euoropeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south, eight Africans: 70 would be non white, 30 would be white; 70 would be non Christian. Six people would posess 59 percent of the entire world's wealth and all six would be from the United States.

Eighty would live in substandard housing, 70 would be unable to read, 50 would suffer from malnutrition, one would have a university education, one would own a computer.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the two million who will not survive this week.

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

If you have food in the referator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent 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 percent of the world's wealthy.
from Almost empty: weblog

Shalom y'all, Raisin

"Faith is not trying to believe something regardless of the evidence. Faith is daring to do something regardlesss of the consequences."
Sherwood Eddy

We need to make sure our faith is in God and not something else, or I am sure will will not be happy with the consequences.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is Go:
it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of hi pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto hi, and bless his name; For the Lord is goo; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.

Friday, January 25, 2002

"Never settle for someone else's definition of who you can be." Susan Sarandon

"How could God let something like this happen" Referring to the attack of 9/11/01

"I say God is also angry when He sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace." And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, removing His hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we're sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you.We have trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it."
Anne Graham Lotz

Think about it.

"A good marraige is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love." Pearl Buck

"There is no remedy for love but to love more." Henry David Thoreau

"Yes, Virginia, there are times in every good marraige when a husband and wife don't like each other very much."
James Dobson.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

"The likelihood of survival is markedly improved when marraiges are grounded on friendship, companionship, and the awareness of an unending covenant, no matter what."
Alistair Begg

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 14:14

Sign in a drycleaner's: "Drop your pants here."

Flatter me and I may not believe you.
Criticize me and I may not like you.
Ignore me and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me and I may not forget you.

"Express your gratitude to each other until it becomes habitual.
Neil Clark Warren

...........for love is as strong as death.
Song of Songs 8:6b (NIV)

Men: "From the moment you exit the womb and the doctor says "It's a boy." you have been designated a leader."
A Christian brother.

Think about it...........Raisin

Monday, January 21, 2002

"Aspirations count--and failure to have aspirations, sadly,counts, too:on the negative side of the ledger."
Ervin S.Duggan

"A good marraige is not a contract between two, but a sacred covenant between three.
Donald T. Kaufman

"Show me where Stalin is buried and I will show you a communist plot"
Edgar Bergen


Sunday, January 20, 2002

What a wonderful weekend we had. We need to remember that God is not necessarily going to be fair but He is always right.

Hope to see as many of you as possibly can make it to Mel's Diner on 41 in Ft.Myers just south of Rooms 2 Go and north of Sam's Plaza.
6 am on Wed.

"Life is not just about getting into heaven; It's also about the journey.

"God's kingdom is upside down from anything else. Want more? Give more.

"It wasn't raining when Noah built the arc."
Howard Ruff

Shalom, Raisin

Friday, January 18, 2002

"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."
James A. Michner

We can generally learn more about Peter from listening to Peter tell us about Paul than we can about Paul.

On self aceptance: "To me, acceptance is knowing who you are, who made you, and giving God the glory."
Josh McDowell

Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

"I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee."
Genesis 12:3
"Whose side are you on? Israel or the people who call themselves Palestinians?
I made my choice a long time ago.

Sign in a men's clothing store: "Wonderful bargains for men with 16 and 17 necks."
How many necks do you have?

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Samuel B. Clemens
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."
The Bible.
You find the balance: Raisin

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best freind.
Inside a dog it is too hard to read.
Groucho Marx
What to read is also of great importance: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers...............

"The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep."
W. C.Fields


Monday, January 14, 2002

Hey guys. When you get a chance, I've put up a discussion board for the HIGH ALERT bible study on the church's website just click on the high alert logo's and then click the discussion table logo. and post away.

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

On Love and Marraige
"Passionate love is a fragile flower;
it wilts in time.
Compassionate love is a sturdy evergreen; it thrives with contact."
Elaine Walsher and G. William Walsher

One needs only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape.
If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.If it moves and it shouldn't, use the tape.
T. D. Brown

Shalom, Raisin

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Pastor Gary will not be with us Wed.for our devotions but Charlie and I will be there. Come join us. 0600 hrs at the Farmers Market

We need to pray for our Mens Retreat this coming weekend.

See you Wed.

"As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious."
Albert Schweitzer


Two things-Alone
"Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying."
Martin Luther

"Greif takes a lot out of a person. One must go through it and not around it."
Marmee; (recently widowed mother of seven children)

"Ther real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but having new eyes."
Marco Proust

Sing in a Budapest zoo: "Please do not feed the animals. If you have suitable food, give it to the guard on duty."

Shalom, Raisin

Friday, January 11, 2002

"Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry he leaves."
Martin Luther.

What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
They were all invented by women.

Bye Bye

Thursday, January 10, 2002

Blogger was having trouble again and wouldn't let me publish so yesterday I didn't.
I'm sure I had some good "stuff" swirling around in my head but like the echo on the mountain each time the thoughts circulated their way back through they were fainter until now they are gone.
My answering machine had a message on it when I returned home this evening. Little four year old patricia has a problem.
The incisions from her most recent surgery are bleeding.
Please pray with the rest of us that she will not need to endure another trip to the hospital. That the the mending will happen and Patricia, her Mom, Dad, and brother will have peace.

"And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;

No one liners today, just keep Patricia on your mind, in your heart, and in your prayers.

Shalom, Raisin

Tuesday, January 08, 2002

"God, the High God, is my shield who saves men of honest heart."
Psalms 7:10

It is easier to say scriptures like this than to live it.
Most often we seem to take the attitude that WE are tough, WE can do it ourselves.

Sign in a funeral parlor: "Ask about our layaway plan."

Monday, January 07, 2002

"Do not suppose I have come to abolish the Law and the prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to complete.
Mathew 5:17 The Bible (From the New English Translation)

In the window of a Kentucky appliance store: "Don't kill your wife. Let our washing machine do the dirty work."

Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Sunday, January 06, 2002

(voices in my head) a poem
FEAR SAYS........

You're weak.
You always say you won't give in or give up
But you always do.
You'll fall flat on your face
Over and over and over.
You love the taste of dirt
You love to cause pain
Look at your face-
Is that the face of an overcomer?
Overcomers' faces aren't streaked with bruises.
Wake up from your dream.
I always told you you'd never fly.
Now I get to laugh at you
As you lie bleeding on the ground.
Too bad your wings weren't real.


You are a beautiful overcomer
With the potential for all things.
You are a legacy and an example,
A dreamer and a thinker,
With wings and a spacious heart.
You have power in your small body
That will guide you through winding roads
And dark detours.
You always smile in the end.
I love who you are,
And I love who you are becoming.
Sail on angel girl.

Sara From her site: You can't steal my joy

Saturday, January 05, 2002


"We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon, of which we do not dream."
William James (1842-1910)
Raisin would hasten to add: Since we are made in the image of God, those reservoirs are a direct inheritance from Him.

On a display of I LOVE YOU ONLY valentine cards: "Now available in multi-packs."

Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Friday, January 04, 2002

The recent hiatus was not planned, but it was worth it!
Two of my favorite people have been occuping the room where my computer resides for several days.
The computer was not lonely however, since the grand daughters were constantly in communication with their freinds.
Last night A. J. was instant messaging with five of her freinds AND doing her homework!
They left ten minutes ago and I miss them.
God, safe journey for the children, their Mom and Bob.

Sign at a military base: "Restricted to unauthorized personell."

God bless,

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