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Picture above: Taken at the Mall in the middle of the day. We had to test the "husbands" lounge area at one store, just to be sure it was comfy. LOL
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What are you thankful for this year?
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Oh happy day! It's a picture perfect day. How could it be wrong with two dogs and a kitten sharing the couch in perfect relaxation and chill mode, right?
When you consider the relationship between dogs and cats, usually the first is one of strife or disagreement but in truth, sometimes cats and dogs do get along.
As children, we, my sister Heidi, and all the cousins, spent a lot of time at my Gram's and Aunt Nancy's home. And...we got along ALL the time, NOT! We were kids, for goodness sake, even as adults we don't live in a perpetual state of agreement.
After a visit to the doctors, we both returned home with a prescription for antibiotics, yes, both of us. We had to wait for the pharmacy to open a little bit before returning home. We lathered in Vicks (My Gram's secret remedy) and I surrounded her with warm corn bags and multiple blankets. Within a half hour, she was sound asleep.
While she slept, I watched Heaven is for Real (it was good but I like the book better) and I think possibly, dosed off a few times throughout the afternoon. Once she woke up for the afternoon, we watched the second Hunger Games together since the next one releases later this month. I'm glad I didn't watch it sooner because now I can't wait for the next one either.
Same picture as above but with descriptions...
"In the 1960s, Jerry Waxler, along with millions of his peers, attempted to find truth by rebelling against everything. After a lifetime of learning about himself and the world, he now finds himself in the middle of another social revolution. In the twenty-first century, increasing numbers of us are searching for truth by finding our stories.
In Memoir Revolution, Waxler shows how memoirs link us to the ancient, pervasive system of thought called The Story. By translating our lives into this form, we reveal the meaning and purpose that eludes us when we view ourselves through the lens of memory. And when we share these stories, we create mutual understanding, as well.
By exploring the cultural roots of this literary trend, based on an extensive list of memoirs and other book, Waxler makes the Memoir Revolution seem like an inevitable answer to questions about our psychological, social and spiritual well-being."
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Jerry Waxler teaches memoir writing at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, online, & around the country. His Memory Writers Network blog offers hundreds of essays, reviews, and interviews about reading and writing memoirs. He is on the board of the Philadelphia Writer's Conference and National Association of Memoir Writers and holds a BA in Physics and an MS in Counseling Psychology.
This photograph was taken at the Syracuse Airport the day our family met the Governor. I'll be honest, not sure why, but we did. I think we (Heidi's family) gave him certificate of thanks for helping with the search for Heidi Allen, and he gave my parents a certificate of some sort for their strength while they search for their missing child.
I apologize for not remembering the details about why we were there, but one thing I know, I was surrounded by family. Mom, aunts, uncles, and cousins waited together, shook hands, and posed for pictures with the governor. While waiting, my aunt took this picture of me. When I first saw this picture, I thought, "I look better than I felt."
Any temptation you face will be nothing new. But God is faithful,
and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle.
But He always provides a way of escape
so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward."
1 Corinthians 10:13 VOICE
Do not be too hasty to speak your mind before God
or too quick to make promises you won’t keep,
for God is in heaven and you are on earth.
Therefore, watch your tongue;let your words be few.
For just as busyness breeds restless dreams,
so wordiness reveals the voice of a fool.
Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 VOICE
One of my favorite shows to watch to prepare for Thanksgiving was "Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving". As kids, Heidi and I looked forward to watching this holiday classic. We were, and I still am, Charlie Brown fans, but it was the activity surrounding this show that we enjoyed the most.
We watched this as a family, as soon as the TV Guide (do you remember this necessary item?) came, Mom marked the calendar for when each of the holiday shows would be on. The night Charlie Brown was on, Dad was always home to watch it with us. He never worked late because it was one of the special things he liked to do with us.
Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks. --Linus"
But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown. --Marcy
This is the childhood memory of why I like this annual tradition. As an adult, Charlie Brown was my mother-in-law's favorite holiday cartoon. Charlie Brown never grows old and the message of love, hope, and thanksgiving fill this show. When I was a kid, we had to wait and it was a special night because it was only on once. In today's society, you can buy all the Charlie Brown shows on DVD and watch them whenever you want.
There's enough problems in the world already, Chuck,
without these stupid misunderstandings.
It wasn't the silly conversation about the importance or value in talking to plants I want to share with you though, it's the likeness of this plant and us. There are a couple different levels to look at it.
The first I already mentioned, life's situations, good and bad, are the snow in our lives. Sometimes it weighs us down and other times, we are able to keep our branches high and brilliant in the Sonshine.
A commonality is our roots, when rooted in a relationship with Jesus, it's easier to shine and it's easier to endure the weight of the snow. Why? Because Jesus is in, and with us, through it all.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish,
but that all should reach repentance.
Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land…
2 Peter 3:9; Psalm 37:34a ESV
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Rather than have everything together, the front and back of this journal have different purposes. My free writing journal is a separate from this and varies but for the initial part of my quiet time, it starts like this.
In the front, the pages are divided into two columns. On the left I lift praises to God. These are things only God could do in my life.
"I will shout for joy
as I sing Your praises;
my soul will celebrate because You have rescued me."
Psalm 71:23 Voice
The column to the right is for the things I'm thankful for. These are things God is doing in my life through family, friends, strangers, neighbors, at work, the grocery store, and in my life.
Basically, these are the things I'm thankful for, God is at the root of all that happens in our life yet a lot of the things in my thankful column reflect the people and situations God used to bless me.
I will praise the Eternal in every moment through every situation.
Whenever I speak, my words will always praise Him.
Everything within me wants to pay tribute to Him.
Whenever the poor and humble hear of His greatness, they will celebrate too!
Come and lift up the Eternal with me;
let’s praise His name together!
When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him;
I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded.
He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid.
What is this Greek tragedy all about?
A summary from Wikipedia:
"Electra or Elektra (Ancient Greek: Ἠλέκτρα, Ēlektra) is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Its date is not known, but various stylistic similarities with the Philoctetes (409 BC) and the Oedipus at Colonus (401 BC) lead scholars to suppose that it was written towards the end of Sophocles' career.
Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon."
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"The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy."~Jim Rohn
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"If you don't manage
As I got up earlier this morning to be sure my TOP's Tuesday blog was written and posted, I realized something - I only blogged once since last week's TOP's Tuesday. And last week's blog was short, sweet, and a little dancing, rather than blogging. The week before, there were only a couple blogs. One a tribute to my friend Laurie and all she does to encourage the families of the missing. Why haven't I blogged daily? Where are the daily posts of encouragement?
A friend once told me, "You can't trust emotions." She is correct, yet when life gets crazy, it seems the emotions take the forefront and start to determine the direction of my days and evenings. As I wake in the morning, I start with a little prayer, "Lord, give me the strength for this new day. Let my thoughts, words, and actions reflect You and not my reactions to the world's going ons. Amen." This may not sound like much of a prayer, yet it helps to get my mind focused on what and Who is important in the midst of the storm.
"Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid;
do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God
will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9 NIV
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