Sunday, December 31, 2006

Resolutions? - Resolved!

                  

                      "You crown the year with Your goodness." - Psalm 65:11 NKJ

I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions.  It seems to me that as a need to adjust something in our life;  our doing, our thinking, our habits, etc., comes to light we should start right there at that point and time to facilitate a change.  Some adjustments come easy.  Some are a struggle.  Some we start, give up, back off, and circle back to at another point in time.
 
If one is to take on the task of resolutions for the New Year, I suggest we ask what they should be outside of our selves.  Not what we think, what we yearn for.  But rather what change or addition will please the Lord.  Certainly, this is a daily task as we endeavor to mirror Christ in our lives.  But all too often it gets pushed and shoved into a corner.  Forgotten and neglected.  Sometimes we purposefully avoid it like the plague, because we know there are changes that need to be made that we just aren't ready to make.  We get complacent and content.
 
Thankfully, we who have Christ don't have to wonder what we should resolve to do!  We have God's Word to learn and know His will.  We have the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us, show us where we need to apply it and how.
 
"And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power."  Col. 2:10 KJV
 
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned....But we have the mind of Christ."  1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NIV
 
The mind of Christ!!  We can look at things, people, thoughts, ideals, situations as Christ does.  You cannot see things as Christ views them and still deal with them, react to them, think of them the same as before.
 
Take the plunge!  Don't dawdle on resolutions.  Resolve to become the new creature He intends you to be!  How?  Would you have more of Christ?
 
"...Then learn to know him better and better.  For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life:  he even share his own glory and his own goodness with us!  And by that same mighty power he has given us all the other rich and wonderful blessings he promised; for instance, the promise to save us from the lust and rottenness all around us, and to give us his own character."  2 Peter 1:2&3  TLB
 
If you are a child of the King it is there for the asking!  Oh, it won't just fall on you.  You have to progress and grow.  But he helps us every step of the way!
 
"But to obtain these gifts you will need more than faith;"  -  Faith is essential.  It is the cornerstone.  Without it you cannot accept Christ as Savior.  Doesn't take a lot.  Grain of mustard seed size will do.  But it is a necessary ingredient.  No faith, no salvation.  No salvation, no indwelling Holy Spirit.  No Holy Spirit, no growth.....for all this is foolishness. 
 
"you must also work hard to be good, and even that is not enough."  -  Being good.  Good works.  A godly lifestyle.  Virtue and modesty. 
 
"For then you must learn to know God better and discover what he wants you to do" - That love relationship with God.  Spending time in his Word.  Spending time with his people.  Spending time in prayer.  Spending time quiet and still enough to hear his reply.
 
"Next, learn to put aside your own desires..."  -  Self control.  Temperance.  Reigning in your emotions.  Thoughtfully and prayerfully responding instead of knee-jerk reacting.
 
"...so that you will become patient and godly, gladly letting God have his way with you."  -  Self denial.  No longer all about Me.  Patience.  I can wait until God's perfect timing.  Sacrifice.  Me, my time, my desires, my talents and abilities are not mine...they are his.
 
"This will make possible the next step which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them, and finally you will grow to love them deeply." - It starts with simple kindness.  Courtesy.  And it grows until we begin to love others and see others as Christ loves and sees.
 
"The more you go on in this way, the more you will grow strong spiritually and become fruitful and useful to our Lord Jesus Christ."  2 Peter 1:5-8 TLB -  Doing his will.  Making a difference.  A difference in lives around you.  Being a witness, a living testimony.  Bringing others to know the Lord.
 
Resolutions?  No.  Resolved?  YES! 
 
"I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world's delights.  Things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my sight!  I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free!  Jesus, greatest highest I will come to thee.
 
I am resolved and who will go with me? Come friend without delay.  Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit, we'll walk the Heavenly way!"
 
              
 
 

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Present

Supper is simmering on the stove, Bug and I will be making some no bake fudge oatmeal cookies this evening.  So Santa can have a couple with some milk when he comes through.  Bubba and Pete are deer hunting.  Tonight I'll read the Christmas story out loud.  In the morning as soon as the kids awake we'll open presents.  Then the guys will probably go off a hunting again, while us girls prepare our Christmas meal.  We decided on some simple, country favorites this year:  Chicken 'n dumplings, cornbread dressing and ambrosia fruit salad.  Coconut pie, chocolate pie and banana pudding for deserts.  Will be us and whomever happens to drift through for a late Christmas meal. 
 
Yesterday, we went to my sister's house for her more or less traditional Christmas gumbo.  Yummy!  She makes it from scratch.  Had a wonderful little Cajun for a mother-in-law.  Her two grown daughters, spouses and their children were there.  Close as thing to a big family gathering to be had on our side anymore. 
 
Pete's siblings have grown or almost grown children, so since his parents are both gone, they pretty much just have Christmas to their selves with their kids and a sprinkling of grandchildren. 
 
So I suppose you could say we are in the mid-life of Christmas holidays.  No parents to visit, but not yet grandchildren to spoil.  We never had my parents as a married couple, but when Pete's were here and his Cousin Janie, our Christmas days passed in a blur of dashing from house to house, eating until we were stuffed.  Playing dominoes here and there.  Those days are gone.
 
I have been lagging behind in alerts and email.  Just realized today that I had been tagged to play a game by Kara! Seems everyone is saying three things they definitely don't want for Christmas and three things they would like to have for Christmas.  So, here goes...off the top of my head.
 
Three things I DON'T want for Christmas:
  • anything that sits around and collects dust/needs dusting.
  • snow, ice or other frozen liquid on Texas highways.
  • a fruit cake. 

Three things I DO want for Christmas: 

  • Happy, healthy kids.
  • My family, safe and sound together.
  • Warm, boot type houseshoes.        

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Very Special Message

   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

                                           


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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Past

                        

Things stay the same.  Yet, they change completely.  Christmas now is nothing like Christmases of the past, yet there is something very familiar in it.
 
I'm not speaking of the Spiritual side of Christmas.  Or even the historical side of Christmas.  I'm speaking of the personal, intra-family side of Christmas.
 
My earliest memories of Christmas start with Mama working to prepare the house, decorate for the holiday.  It didn't involve much shopping.  She'd cut sprigs of cedar, use pipe cleaners and small glass balls from the Five and Dime.  She'd make arrangements in a vase.  Stick springs in the shiplap on the front porch around the door frame and windows.  Then the old screw-in Christmas lights would be strung around the door. 
 
Our tree was always a real one.  Usually a small pine or pine top or a cedar.  Everything wasn't owned by the timber companies then.  There were plenty of places one could go and cut a tree, without anyone hollering or raising cane.  Seldom got it more than two weeks before Christmas, as keeping water in the stand could only keep the needles on the tree for about that long.  There would be more of those old large bulb lights strung on the tree.  Lots of different colored glass balls and ornaments.  Occasionally a paper chain I had made from construction paper.  Or sometimes we'd pop and string some popcorn.  And I loved to cover the finished tree in ice cycles.
 
For the most part, gifts weren't expensive.  Just something Mama thought the person might enjoy or need.  Usually one per person.  I remember Mama Ruth, mother's mother, would put a small envelope on the tree with the name of a grandchild on it.  Each envelope held only a dollar.  A dollar didn't do a lot, even in the late 60's or the 70's, but it was constant.  It was a sure bet, you'd have an envelope and there would be a dollar.  For most of the years of my memory, she was a widow on a fixed income.   Funny, it is only now that I'm older that I can realize how much love was in those envelopes and how hard even it must have been sometimes to have a dollar for each child.
 
Food preparations would start a few days in advance of the 25th.  That's because both my sisters were grown, married and started families of their own.  They would be at our house on Christmas day for dinner.  (Down here that's the noon meal.  The evening meal is supper.) Bowls of assorted nuts would appear along with the ones stacked with fresh oranges and apples. 
 
Anyway, Mama would start on her candies first.  Fudge, date rolls, etc.  Then there'd be flurry of pie baking.  Chocolate, buttermilk, sweet potatoe, pecan.  Some cookie baking too.  Chocolate chip was a standard. Sometimes tea cakes.  All these sweets were on hand to share over coffee with anyone who happened by.  But mostly, they'd be our desert on that special day. 
 
The day before was involved with a lot of work on her cornbread dressing.  The chicken had to be boiled, and deboned.  She had to make several bakers of her buttermilk cornbread.  (Note:  in the South anything that is good, can be better when you use buttermilk....cornbread, biscuits, pancakes, hushpuppies, etc.)  A whole lot of dicing of onion & celery.  Christmas morning she was at it by daylight.  Sometimes there was turkey.  Often ham, glazed with a brown sugar glaze.  Vegetables.  The putting together and baking of the dressing.  The making of her own Jello salad, with nuts, coconut and fruit cocktail.
 
Not long before noon, the family would be arriving.  Kids often tagging along their favorite toy Santa had left at their house.  My sisters, each bringing their own dishes to complement the meal Mama had made.  Brother-in-laws sometimes arriving at the last minute, fresh off the deer stand.  We'd have a merry old time opening and exchanging our gifts.  Gather around the table for grace as the smell of the rolls coming out of the oven filled the room. 
 
We'd all sit down together, eating, talking, visiting, laughing.  Then as the parades on TV gave way to football there'd be dishwashing, relaxing, playing, catnapping. And they'd start to migrate off to their homes or another destination.  The house would be rather still and silent again.  I'd cuddle with Daddy as he finished the football games.  Mama would often take a well deserved nap.  But a feeling of oneness, of love and tradition lingered like the scent of Daddy's aftershave.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Peace

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.

 

tags:  BethlehemThe Living BibleGolgotha

Thursday, December 7, 2006

The Story of the Holly Sprig

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.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Bubba's Coming to Town!!



Bubba Claus Is Coming To Town

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.

                                      

9. And finally, lovely Christmas songs have been sung about me like Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer" and Bing Crosby's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." This year songs about Bubba Claus will be played on all the AM radio stations in the South. Those song title will be Mark Chesnutt's "Bubba Claus Shot the Jukebox" and "Grandma Got Run'd Over by a Reindeer."

Sincerely Yours,

Santa Claus
(Member of North American Fairies and Elves Local 209)

 

That's the fun.  Now to pass on a little cheer and Christmas spirit:


De
liver 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.

Let's say thanks

And offer your prayers and best wishes for the families of those who gave their all.

In Remembrance

Make a snowflake and contribute to the Salvation Army all at one time!

Popular Front: SnowDays

Now.....more laughter?  Visit the Redneck Nativity Scene.

 

That should keep y'all busy for awhile! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I'm a Xena!!

I feel very flattered and honored!  I played along with Celeste with What Kind of Dog Are You?    

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!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas?

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?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Think I can't RANT as well?

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

An Eye Towards Thanksgiving

           

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!

Love,

Barbara

Saturday, November 18, 2006

More From the Feedstore

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

  

 
1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Let's get this straight; it's called a "gravel road." I drive a
    pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're
    going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

3. They are cattle & oil wells. That's what they smell like to you.
    They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-20 and
     I-10 go east and west, I-35 goes north and south. Pick one.

4. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000
    cotton strippers that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

5. So every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly. 
    Try to understand the concept.

6. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of doves are coming in, we
    WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up
    to your ear at the time.

7. Yeah, we eat catfish & crawfish. You really want sushi & caviar?
    It's available at the corner bait shop.

8. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's a
    religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November
.

9. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless
    of age.

10. No, there's no "vegetarian special" on the menu. Order steak. Or
      you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham &
      turkey.

11. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats,
      vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and Picante
      Sauce!! Oh, yeah....We don't care what you folks in Cincinnati call
      that stuff you eat...IT AIN' T REAL CHILI!! Chili was born and bred in
      San Antonio ....and real chili never met a bean!

12. You bring "coke" into my house, it better be brown, wet, and
      served over ice. You bring "Mary Jane" into my house, she better be
      cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

13. College and High School Football is as important here as the
      Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

14. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards
      -- it spooks the fish.

15. Colleges? Try Texas Tech, Texas A&M or University of Texas . They
      come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country,
      and they still wave at passing pickups when they come for the
      holidays.

16. We have more folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines,
      than any other state, so "Don't Mess with Texas ," If you do, you will
      get whupped by the best.

17. Always remember what our great governor Sam Houston once
     said:  "Texas can make it without the United States, but the
     United States can't make it without Texas!"
                                                                               
                  HERE

Friday, November 17, 2006

WOW!!

                                              

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) 

(Graphic and Tag by Donna.)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

So, I was Thinking...

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 (bhbner2him@aol.com)  one and I'll post the results.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Could YOU live in Caneyhead?

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 you go barefoot more than with shoes on...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you have ever shot an armadillo with a 12 gauge by dawn's early light in a silk tap pant set....
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you generally purchase used vehicles in twos, one to drive and one for parts...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If your weekly feed bill equals or exceeds your weekly grocery bill...
                  you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If a loose hog has ever been the reason you were late for work...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you own more off road vehicles than on road vehicles...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If eating healthy means switching to 2% milk from whole milk and frying only one dish per meal in canola oil instead of hog lard...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you say you need a pie crust                  and you still get out shortening and flour...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you can't get from your house to the highway without picking up mud or dust on your truck...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you have a $2,000 stereo system in your $1,500 truck...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you can't figure out how to make the walk/don't walk sign at the crosswalk change...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If your seven year old daughter has only recently ever eaten in a restaurant with menu's that are handed out by a waitress at the table...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you save the plastic bags from Wally world and the grocery store to line your small trash cans with...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If the official school bus stop is actually a compressor station...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you still identify callers by answering the phone instead of checking a caller I D display...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If camping still involves coal oil and firewood...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If, when you realized you had no hamburger buns,you put your bacon cheeseburgers on hot dog buns (baconcheesedog's)...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you've ever been to a hog scrapin'... 
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you let your neighbors know their music is too loud, too late by raining shot down on the tin roof of their party shed...
                                        you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If three consecutive shots fired means "send help this way" to you...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you kitchen sink has ever been on your back porch...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you know how many square bales of hay fit in the trunk of an Oldsmobile...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If corn pickin', tator diggin' or cracklin' frying are family social events...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you spend more money on deer season than all the other holidays combined...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
If you have an 800+ lb hog named after your father...
                                         you could live in Caneyhead.
 
 

Friday, November 10, 2006

Tidying Up Loose Ends

Both Nat and Penny are asking us to write about what we are thankful for this month.  Gracious!  The list would be too long.   All the people God has blessed me to know in my life.  My salvation.  My reasonable health.  The man I've shared my life with for nearly 23 years.  Two smart, healthy, loving, beautiful children.  Extended family....the ones that love me and even the ones that merely tolerate me.  The beauty in this world.  The nation in which I reside and those that defend it. 
 
But, as I grow older the thing that stands out to me more and more is the heritage that my parents, aunts and uncles passed to me.  The heritage of a Christian family.  Of staying together, of doing what is right, of helping and kindness.  Of hard work and responsibility.  I see that this is the springboard from which most of every other blessing in my life has sprung.  It is the promise of God and it is true!  My prayer is that I am doing it justice in my attempt to pass it on. 
 
And then Canyonsun04 and Pharmolo were looking back to what was posted on their journals a year ago.   Made me curious about my own self.   Seems I had just posted my last entry about Hurricane Rita, which was a list of acts of kindness displayed throughout the aftermath.
 
Then I posted what is probably my favorite of the entries I ever made, in response to some questions about faith that Stacy had posed.   It was the first time I ever tried to express what faith meant to me, was to me.
 
And there was a rambling entry about the value of journals, and responding to Paula asking about Pig Stand restaurants.  Shame to say the one on Calder has had to close.  Seems some taxes weren't paid.  May be goodbye to an era.
 
I also put my two cents in on the advertisements in AOL Journals issue that cost us some talent and friends among us here in J-land.
 
Nat has hit us with the question of why we hang out in J-land.  I first started browsing around online, looking to find female, Christian fellowship.  In my search, I found a large Christian web-site with a message board on which so many posted questions they should have known the answer to if they ever bothered to open their Bibles.  I felt lead to find a place to post encouragement.  For everyone, but focused toward women.  While starting up here in J-land I found such warmth!!  It has become a very symbiotic relationship for me.  Or at least I pray it is. 
 
Lastly, I want to say Congratulations to all who won awards in the VIVI's!  It means a lot to know your peers enjoy and appreciate your work.  Everyone here fills a place, a niche.  Some touch many, some only a few profoundly.
 
I will be posting soon a comedic piece, entirely original.  Do hope you will all drop by to check it out, and hopefully enjoy it.
 
  Barbara  
(More of Emma's gifs.)

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Some Truth Hid in Humor

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
Money
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
Jokes from Arca Max.  See sidebar for link. *  Graphics by Emma.

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Confused? Need Answers?

                        

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.

      

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

That's a Great Idea!

  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 

Sunday, October 22, 2006

You Think You're Not Good Enough?

                    

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...
 
Noah was a drunk
 
Abraham was too old

Isaac was a daydreamer

Jacob was a liar

Leah was ugly

Joseph was abused

Moses had a speech impediment
 
Gideon was afraid

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer

Rahab was a prostitute

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

David had an affair and was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Isaiah preached naked

Jonah ran from God

Naomi was a widow

Job went bankrupt

Peter denied Christ

The Disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once

Zaccheus was too small and was a cheat

Paul was too religious

Timothy had an ulcer... AND

Lazarus was dead!

Now! No more excuses!
God can use you to your full potential...all He needs is someone who is willing.  Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.
And one more thing...
Share this with a friend or two...
In the Circle of God's love, God's waiting to use you to your full potential.
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