"You crown the year with Your goodness." - Psalm 65:11 NKJ
"You crown the year with Your goodness." - Psalm 65:11 NKJ
Three things I DO want for Christmas:
Today I want to share with you a message that is very special to me. This was written by Bug, at school for an essay contest:
Why Christmas is Special to Me
Why Christmas is Special to Me. Jesus was born on that day. I do not like Christmas because of the toys. It is Jesus' birthday! That is almost the only reason I like Christmas. I love Jesus.
Also, I like Christmas because we celebrate Christmas. We sing Christmas carols. I love Christmas. I like it because we celebrate. I love Christmas.
The most important part of about Christmas is the first six letters.
"...I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
"...a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2: 10&11 NIV
I find it very interesting that I got two comments on my previous entry that was titled "Please ignore". LOL Just proves how dog gone curious we are I suppose.
This morning, I'm playing a little. Went to visit Charley over at Courage and found him playing Blogthings again. So, I played along. This is the result I got:
|You Are 71% Peaceful|
You are a very peaceful person. All is good in your world, no matter what's going on.|
Occasionally you let your problems get to you, but you generally remain upbeat.
Your inner strength is inspirational - much more so than you may realize.
"Glory to God in the highest Heaven," they sang, "and peace on earth for all those pleasing him." Luke 2:14 TLB
If you have not peace within, I implore you to look to the Gift of peace that was given to us in a manger and fulfilled on a hill.
Hello, one and all! That precious little poem reminds us we don't have to be big and special to make a lovely difference!
I want to ask that everyone will go and make a difference by signing the card the VFW is going to deliver to to the wounded troops recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. They are short their goal of signatures by 4,884 and the deadline is December the 12th! It's quick, easy and painless and will mean so much. Then, please share the link with others via email or your own journal. (The actual page to sign on is a secured sight and it seems AOL won't let me post that. But if you click on the link above and look a little over half way down the page you can see a link to go and sign the card.)
Poem and beautiful graphics from Dover Publications.
|A new contract for Santa has finally been negotiated....Please read the following carefully.......
I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will no longer be able to serve Southern United States on Christmas Eve. Due to the overwhelming current population of the earth, my contract was renegotiated by the North American Fairies and Elves Local 209. I now serve only certain areas of Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Montana and California. As part of the new and better contract I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies so keep that in mind.
However, I'm certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement who happens to be my third cousin, Bubba Claus. His side of the family is from the South Pole. He shares my goal of delivering toys to all the good boys and girls; however, there are a few differences between us. Differences such as:
1. There is no danger of a Grinch stealing your presents from Bubba Claus. He has a gun rack on his sleigh and a bumper sticker that reads: "These toys insured by Smith and Wesson."
2. Instead of milk and cookies, Bubba Claus prefers that children leave an RC cola and pork rinds [or a moon pie] on the fireplace. And Bubba doesn't smoke a pipe. He dips a little snuff though, so please have an empty spit can handy.
3. Bubba Claus' sleigh is pulled by floppy-eared, flyin' coon dogs instead of reindeer. I made the mistake of loaning him a couple of my reindeer one time, and Blitzen now overlooks Bubba's fireplace.
4. You won't hear "On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen ..." when Bubba Claus arrives. Instead, you'll hear, "On Earnhardt, on Wallace, on Martin and Labonte. On Rudd, on Jarrett, on Elliott and Petty."
5. "Ho, ho, ho!" has been replaced by "Yee Haw!" And you also are likely to hear Bubba's elves respond, "I her'd dat!"
6. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus' sleigh does have a Yosemite Sam safety triangle on the back with the words "Back off" The last I heard it also had other decorations on the sleigh back as well. One is Ford or Chevy logo with lights that race through the letters and the other is a caricature of me (Santa Claus) going wee wee on the Tooth Fairy.
7. The usual Christmas movie classics such as "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life" will not be shown in your negotiated viewing area. Instead, you'll see "Boss Hogg Saves Christmas" and "Smokey and the Bandit IV" featuring Burt Reynolds as Bubba Claus and dozens of state patrol cars crashing into each other.
8. Bubba Claus doesn't wear a belt. If I were you, I'd make sure you, the wife, and the kids turn the other way when he bends over to put presents under the tree.
That's the fun. Now to pass on a little cheer and Christmas spirit:
Deliver a giant morale booster to wounded troops recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.
Sign the giant VFW 2006 Holiday Card
Send a card, courtesy of Xerox, to our troops serving now.
And offer your prayers and best wishes for the families of those who gave their all.
Make a snowflake and contribute to the Salvation Army all at one time!
Now.....more laughter? Visit the Redneck Nativity Scene.
That should keep y'all busy for awhile!
And the results were:
Barbara, you're a Pug!
No bones about it, you're an intelligent, playful Pug. Witty and charming, you're a lot of dog wrapped in a small package. People just love you — a wonderful approachability and sense of humor put you at the top of everyone's list. And because you're smart and quick-witted, you attract a crowd wherever you go. (Have you ever considered running for office or starting a company? You've got the charisma for either.) But that doesn't mean you can't be a little naughty or mischievous when opportunity knocks — you've definitely got a nose for fun! A happy, optimistic breed, you're admired and respected by all. Woof!
I feel honored because our amazing miracle dog, Xena, is a PUG. Precisely, she is a Boston Terrier. And she is wonderful! If you've never read her story, do so now and be inspired!
Well, actually.....no it isn't. At least not here. Not yet. But in just a few days December will be here.
Krissy and Val have gotten together to bring us a journal about everything Christmas, called Joy to the World. They have only just started and already have a lot of good links: info, fun things, advent, etc. Go by and check it out! Better to put it on alerts so you don't miss a thing.
And my friend Kim sent me a link to a little Christmas Trivia Quiz, Novice level. My score was 7 out of 10 correct. Can you best me?
There I am down at the feedstore, AGAIN. I go there almost every single day. All these animals to feed and no where to store up a lot of feed. Plus, gas, milk, coke, etc.
Going in the boy that loads the feed looks at me. I say, "Just a sack of corn, tonight." He shakes his head.....no corn. Well, a bag of chops then. (chopped up corn) None of that either!
So when I go in, I tell the owner, "Hey, you really need to start saving back some corn for your regular feed customers!" He just smiles and laughs. I said, "No, really, you should. Those hunters come in and buy it all up and our hogs still have to eat." He just grins and laughs some more. "I can't do that." I said, "Oh, yes, you could." He's still laughing. "They'd slit my throat." Humph! Yeah, well, I'm not feeling the love right now, myself. You could at least stop laughing and look serious and tell me you are sorry. Sorry that my hogs have to eat pellets that they are not used to. Sorry that I have to pay more $$, because you ran out of corn.
Then on the way home it begins to dawn on me, maybe that's exactly the reason he was having such an attack of the giggles. Laughing all the way to the bank. Order all the corn you can. Sell out. Then sale me higher priced feed I don't really need. Now, this is basically a good man. But, if there were another feed store between here and there or even a little further, I'd sure take my $100-$300 a week down the road for a few weeks and see how much he grinned then.
See! The deer feel safe to come out cause preacher is in the church. LOL I realized that I have to work Monday thru Wednesday....full days. And Thursday IS Thanksgiving, so I figured I'd best get my warmest wishes to you all now, as I probably won't have time to do an entry until after the holiday.
When reviewing the replies and comments to 'Could You Live in Caneyhead?', I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are a number of folks out there that share a very similar life to ours! And there are a few that had no idea what I was talking about. LOL And it seems the whole U S of A uses Wal-Mart bags for trash can liners.
As to our laundry.....it's split pretty near down the middle with half of us searching through piles, digging in the dryer, etc and the other half reaching for a clean garment in a draw or the closet.
Wanted to share a little about the family as well. We are all doing good. Was proud of the kids for having another round of good report cards! Each of them got to have a special day last week.
For Bubba, it was Thursday when we took a college day and went in search of information on his career of choice, custom car stereo installation. It consisted mainly of visiting shops, as it is not mainstream college curriculum as of yet. The first shop we went to was so friendly and extremely helpful! The manager talked to Bubba a good 30 minutes and stressed that a business degree is almost a must if you plan to run a shop.....very complicated what with license agreements and all. Then, his top installer came out and talked with Bubba another 30 or 40 minutes. Once these guys started talking to each other it was like I was hearing a whole nuther language! Installers must know all things electrical, a good deal of math, and many skills from wiring to body work. He even took Bubba back and let him check out and sit in the car they are doing for an upcoming competition! And it seems that it may be when other moms are saying Bobby is at A & M or Kelly is at S.F.A, I may be saying.....Bubba is in the Snakepit! Like I said, it's not mainstream formal education yet. Then we went by a couple more shops, who were nice too, but as it was later in the day, they were busier and the visits were not nearly as long. Then we went to CiCi's pizza so my teenagers appetite could be filled. My first time there. Very good! Especially for the price. On to L.I.T. to pick up a course catalogue and financial aide form, just in case. All in all a very enjoyable day together, but Mama was pooped!
Bug's adventure was school related. They had the traditional Thanksgiving party. She made a poster that said she was thankful for "God, and people....everything except for Satan." LOL Gotta love her! And then they took the kids to our local theatre to see the Santa Clause Three. She gives it two thumbs up.
Pete had to put mud tires on his truck, as the road in and out of the deer camp is so very bad since all the heavy rains we have had. He and Bubba are hunting this weekend. Bug decided to hang out with Mama.
As to our own Thanksgiving, I believe we'll probably have our Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, Edna and her husband, Howard. She's got a brand new kitchen this year, thanks to Howard's pocketbook and Pete's cabinet building. So I guess you can say we are going to christen it. Then we are likely to all go to the camp for the night.
So, whatever you do this holiday, be safe, be warm, have fun and be Thankful!
Those who venture into Caneyhead regularly know about the Feedstore. Had to run up there yesterday evening, like so many days, to get a few things. Saw dear Bro. Ard in the parking lot as I was about to leave. He was on his way to the deer lease. But he had a word of testimony for me. A true bonified miracle! Seems preacher C.W. has already been doing some hunting. He saw three deer walk out into the clearing near his stand. He picked out one, took aim, and fired. Then he proceeded to get down to go and see what exactly he had. Imagine his surprise and his resounding praise to God Almighty when he saw laying there, not one, but TWO DEER!! Both killed by the same shot! So, apparently there's no need for our little church to wonder or worry....we definitely have a pastor anointed of God!!
Now, while I'm feeling all cocky and full of fire, I'll share with you an email my niece Paige sent over from Conroe. It's a good one.
RULES OF TEXAS
Imagine my surprise and delight to come in from work and find that I am one of this week's guest editor's picks!!! Blow me over with a feather!
Robin from Random Threads is this week's guest editor, and she chose me as one of her newer reads she's been enjoying. To me, that says a lot. Says she felt welcome and at ease here. I hope you all feel the same! ;o)
My sister gave me one of those calendars that give you a thought for the day and a verse. The one for Monday said "There are two freedoms --- the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true, where a man is free to do what he ought." (Kingsley)
The false: A very self centered freedom. Me. My way. What I want, need right now. The consequences be damned. No true right or wrong. A whole wide range of grey area. Free to cause pain and wreck havoc. Leading up to a wide path of destruction behind and a very rude awakening in the end. A heavy load of extra burdens to drag along as a result. Ending in regret, disappointment.
The true: Freedom based in caring and morality. Kind. Compassionate. Brave. What's best for me and everyone involved. Doesn't go against my conscience, heritage, the law or the Bible. Pretty much black and white. Leaving behind everything a little better than it was before, looking forward to a prize. Fond memories and feeling of accomplishment to carry with you. Your worth recognized by those who know you. A satisfied mind. A content soul.
Maybe it's just me....but seems that the false kind is what is prevalent here in America today. It's the driving force behind so many hot button political issues. It's wrapped up in high divorce rates, fraud, greed, pornography, and many other ills. A cheap imitation of real freedom.
So, I've thought about it and now I leave you to think about it.
In other news, Paul has done it again!! Posted the links for CarnivAOL, that is. I submitted the previous entry. And there are a number of others of all various shapes and sizes. Exercise your freedom to browse and read this week.
And somehow, Paul and I got to discussing laundry via e-mail. How hard it can be to keep up with it and all of that. And that got me wondering:
Where do you go to get clean clothes to put on, most often?
Leave an answer in the comments or email me (email@example.com) one and I'll post the results.
As I wonder around J-land and meet folks from all around the world it is apparent that we just live a little differently than the rest of ya'll. When I go to work in Beaumont, TX...it is apparent that even all fellow Texans don't do things like we do at home. Why even in town (10 miles south of us) they don't do everything like we do here in our little community of Caneyhead. It makes for some hilarious conversations.
In the interest of understanding, I have compiled an original list of things that we ourselves have done or regularly do in our life here in Caneyhead. Enjoy. Hopefully chuckle. And see if you could live in Caneyhead.
|If The Earth Were a Small Village|
|If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of 100 people, with everything else remaining the same, it would look like this: |
There would be:
* 57 Asians
* 21 Europeans
* 14 from the Western Hemisphere,
* 8 Africans,
* 52 would be female
* 48 would be male
* 70 would be non-white
* 30 would be white
* 70 would be non-Christian
* 30 would be Christian
* 95 would be heterosexual
* 5 would be homosexual
* 6 people would own 59% of the world's wealth, and all 6 would be from the United States
* 80 would live in substandard housing
* 70 would be unable to read
* 50 would suffer from malnutrition
* 1 would be near death
* 1 would be near birth
* 1 would have a college education
* 1 would own a computer
* 0 would play oboe
|It can buy you a House, |
But not a Home.
It can buy you a Bed,
But not Sleep.
It can buy you a Clock,
But not Time.
It can buy you a Book,
But not Knowledge.
It can buy you a Position,
But not Respect.
It can buy you Medicine,
But not Health.
It can buy you Blood,
But not Life.
It can buy you Sex,
But not Love.
So you see, money isn't everything. The best things in life can't be bought, and often we destroy ourselves trying!
I tell you all this because I am your Friend, and as your Friend I want to take away your needless pain and suffering...
So send me all your money and I will suffer for you.
A truer Friend than me you will never find.
CASH ONLY, PLEASE
The upcoming elections and recent headline news has stirred up all the old, familiar questions once again about life issues such as stem cell research, abortion, euthanasia & bio ethics. So when does life begin? How long does it hold it's value? What is the science behind the issues? Is the mainstream media and info accurate and fair?
Does your heart cry to stand for Jesus, but your mind spin on how to accomplish that? What would Jesus do? Or are you a non-Christian trying to understand what all the hullabaloo is about?
Carolyn of No Apologies - Biblical perspectives on world events has created a journal to try to mainstream all pertinent information on matters such as these from a Pro Life Christian point of view in one concise location. Whether you are merely curious or confused, A Matter of Life, contains information and links to help you.
And whatever else you do, please pray about your decisions on candidates before you vote.
I went over to a new journal ... well, new to me, yesterday and was very pleasantly surprised! There I met a young man named Kellen. He is a Senior in high school and apparently passionately devoted to Christ Jesus and to his faith...Catholicism.
Now, many of you may gather, if you have read me for very long, that I am of a Protestant denomination. So, I readily admit there is much I do not know or understand of Catholicism. But, what I read and saw at Kellen's journal I do know: a belief in the body and blood of Christ to cleanse us from all sin and a calling to prayer as His disciple.
This dear fellow has a wonderful idea of praying for our country, world leaders, world peace and each other. He has a plan set up in such a way that he can accomodate Catholics in the Eucharist and others in their own daily time of devotion and prayer.
Please go over and check this out at Faith in Roman Catholicism! It is a wonderful opportunity on many levels: support a young Christian in service to their Lord, encourage a fellow journaler, be involved in a wonderful prayer initiative, and perhaps learn more about your own or another religion.
Graphic from christiansunite.com