Thursday, January 30, 2003

As cold water is to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord Jeremiah 17:7

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

"I will send down showers in seasons; there will be showers of blessing" Ezekiel 34:26 (NIV)

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

Shalom, Y'all

Sunday, January 26, 2003

"The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men." Psalms 12:8

The fool says in his heart "There is no god." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalms 1`4: 1

"I will sing to the Lored, for he has been good to me." Psalms 13:6

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalms 20:7

Shalom, Y'all

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Ismael Hernandez comments about reparation for slavery to plack people.
He says: "Too many Black intellectuals...............continue to press the contingency where our advancement still depends on white action."
I say "Intelectuals?"
He also points out that thr GNP of blacks in America, if a country, would rank as the tenth most prosperous nation on the planet.
Consider where it would rank if such a disproportionate number of black people had not fallen prey to the rehtoric of the political left and become a large part of the dependent community, the community that has developed the attitude that government owes them a living!
Ismael sums a recent essay with these words. " Lets repair the moral foundations of our community. Let's get busy developing ourselves. Our success today is possible and would be the greatest reparation for the memory of our ancestors. We are the ones who owe it to them."
Well said, Ismael

If the black people who read Ismael's article dissagree, perhaps they should journey back to the lands of their ancestors and consider who has it better, those who stayed behind, or those in America. Then, perhaps the death of my great great uncle, who died fighting for the freedom of the slaves will not have been in vain.
The reparation crowd seems to think that the color of my skin somehow means I should pay!
THAT'S racism.

One of my favorite puns was seen on a sign hanging over an antique shop: "Remains to be seen."

Sign in a sporting goods store: "How about a boomerang for the girl who returns everything?"

Shalom, Y'all

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Ice on the windshield this morning, lunch on the patio this afternoon!
Ain't God good?

Pharaoh's daughter was like a stock broker:
She took a little prophet from the bull rushes.

And then there was the teacher who asked the class: "What is the cause of overpopulation?"
Little Charlie called out: "Over bearing."

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Flo Garret died this week, so did Aunt Nellie.
Makes me think about loss.
That thinking led me to this quote:
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost;
When health is lost, something is lost;
When character is lost, all is lost! Anonymous

Comment: When character is lost, it never really existed! Raisin

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure." Thomas Edison

"Successful people are influenced by the desire for pleasing results.
Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing activities." Earl Nightingale

"Making a living is best undertaken as a part of the more important business of making a life." Sidney Lovell

Shalom, Y'all

Friday, January 17, 2003

Sorry about the hiatus
Sometimes when one has nothing to say the best thing to do is remain silent.

It is easy to know when one is on the right track.
The going is all uphill.

Always do what is right.
This will gratify some and astonish the rest.

"I failed my way to success." Thomas A. Edison (From the book of Florida Wisedom.)

Shalom, y'all

Friday, January 10, 2003

"And thus did Hezekia throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God.
And in everthing............he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.
II Chronicles 31:20-21 KJV 'nuff said?

Outward circumstances have no final power over the individual whose interior is strong.

"Time is the best teacher. Unfortunately it kills it's pupils." Hector Louis Berlizon

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

A perfectionist is one who takes infinite pains, and often gives them to other people.

To struggle when hope is banished!
To live when life's salt is gone!
To dwell in a dream that's vanished-
To endure, and go calmly on.

Shalom, Y'all

Sunday, January 05, 2003

"Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy." Exodus 20:8 (NIV)
There is never a better time than right now to begin, or renew your comittment to God.

Saturday, January 04, 2003

I must preface this little essay by explaining my qualifications.
My bride and joy of forty years and I are the proud gradparents of seven. The youngest is yet to enter grade school, the oldest is in college.


Have you ever heard anyone say something like this?
"What is the matter with kids today?
When I was a kid" ..............
Maybe you have said it yourself.
Several years ago I worked as an installer of aluminum framed screen porches. The work was performed in above 55 communities where nearly everyone who lived there were grandparents.
"The workman is worthy of his hire" was a phrase foreign to most of them.
While negotiating the purchase of an new addition a person who had two homes and wanted a porch on the second, (sometimes third) would say something like: "Can't you do any better? You know I live on a fixed income."
These were gated communities. Only residents were allowed to enter.
How dissappointed I was when materials were missing from my staging area. Once, A fellow for whom I did work drove up to his job site in time to catch a resident balancing a twenty foot long component on his bicycle, ready to take it down the street to his home!
Another time a lady was loading brick piled on the side of the lane in front of a new project into the trunk of her car. When my partner discovered her she said "It doesn't belong to anybody."
It was a very competitive business and people got multiple quotes before signing a contract. All the contractors knew each other and everyone knew their costs and what would be a reasonable profit. The grandparents would lie about another installers bid in an effort to secure a lower price.
And then there is the grocery cart!
A little old lady (grandmother,) pushing a grocery cart is a clear and present danger! She will use it like a battering ram in order to "horn in" in front of someone else, especially at the checkout line! How rude!
Interstate 75 bisects the county where I live. Some of the worst offenders of speed limits, tailgating, cutting off, etc. are gray haired people driving cars with license plates from other states. Often they are pulling large RVs or driving big motor homes. Grandparents on vacation.
I could continue but I think the point is made.
My answer to the question is this:
Maybe they have been watching their grandparents!

Since people learn the most by imitation, they need models rather than critics.

Shalom, Y'all

Friday, January 03, 2003

"Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 1 Peter 4:9
Remember in days past when folks would just "drop by?"
That was time for shareing a little snack, maybe something from the garden or something fresh baked or canned.
That doesn't happen much much any more does it?
Maybe it should.
Maybe, since it doesn't, we should invite?

On the other hand.
Beware if people fall at your feet.
They may be reaching for the corner of the rug.

Shalom Y'all

Thursday, January 02, 2003

"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand...........Psalm 139:17-19

Since people learn the most by imitation, they need models rather than critics.

"The future lies in the strength with which man can set his powers of creation against his impulses for destruction.
Perhaps this is the unending frontier." Margery Stoneman Douglas, from "The Book of Florida Wisedom"

"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowel of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
Genesis 1:28 (KJV)

Shalom, Y'all

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

"Begin each new day as if it is the beginning of your life, for truly it is the beginning of what is left of the rest of your life."

The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on this day in 1863.
"......that all persons held as slaves....are, and henceforward shall be free...
And upon this act I invoke the gracious favor of Almighty God."
Abraham Lincoln.

There were about 3,000 incidents of cross border violence perpetrated on Israel by "Palestinians" in 1952.
In the years 1951-1955, 503 Israelis were killed by Arab terrorists infiltrating from Jordan, 358 killed in attacks from Egypt, and 61 from Syria and Lebanon, most were innocent civilians.
This is why Israel undertook to"occupy" the West Bank and Gaza. The topography of the land made it necessary.
They were, and still are, defending themselves from invaders.

"The flesh is forever moving from present posessions to future ones. It loses the former in the persuit of the latter and thus deprives itself of the use of both." Martin Luther.

Why is it if someone tells you there are one billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if the tell you a wall has wet paint you will touch it to be sure?

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and drycleaners depressed?

Shalom, Y'all

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