Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Beautiful Phrase

Just read a post from a nurse sharing some stories of her workplace.
She used a beautiful phrase:"Comfort Measures Only".
I love that.
I love the idea that those who are nearing death, who do not wish to be kept alive in pain may ask that extraordinary measures not be taken.
We all will pass, but not all have that option available.
Comfort measures. That is perfect.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

DEBATE RULES! DEBATE RULES! BEETLEJUICE!

For those of you who intend to watch the "Thrillah (of the) Vanillas" Debate Monday night,
the Rules have been leaked:

RULE: Clinton is allowed to sit down during the National Anthem, but MAY NOT raise her fist
in protest.

RULE: Moderators are allowed to address Clinton as "Madame President" but MAY NOT call
Trump an egg sucking hound. However, they ARE allowed to address Trump as a 'homophobic racist deplorable'. 

RULE: While Trump is answering a question, Clinton is allowed to smoke discretely.

RULE: Every time Clinton lies, Trump must take a shot of tequila. 

RULE: Every time Trump tells the truth, Clinton is allowed to fume and look angry.

RULE: Moderators MUST update the audience on the Falcons/Saints game at least every ten minutes. Unless it's also a blowout.



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Are You Carrying?

Not really a POLITICAL post, more about the interactions we have as humans.
There's a very good reason why the Bible places such an emphasis on Forgiveness.
We ALL screw up.
We all have personality warts, failures, rough edges which
abrase against one another's rough edges.
Not one of us tripping over our own feet can exist without needing to be forgiven.
Persona non Grata-describes one who is not appreciated, is unwanted...but the actual meaning (Doug's interpretation) is a person to whom Grace (forgiveness) is NOT to be extended.
This is universal-it is a lot easier to tear someone down than to forgive them.  If you forgive someone, you must drop any grudge against that person...and for some, that is impossible.
If their entire existence is defined by being outraged, offended, hateful...to forgive someone attacks their self image.
Here's the bucket. Follow me on this, please.
If person ONE has an issue with person TWO and vents to persons THREE and FOUR (Or four million)...THREE and FOUR may take up and carry the outrage of person ONE.
Especially if they already have issues with person TWO-it reinforces their grudges to find others who also consider person TWO a Persona non Grata.
So...if you sift out all the forgiveness, hold on to grudges, and never extend grace...will grace be extended to you when you screw up?
Break the cycle.
If I have offended anyone, if any are holding on to grudges against me, please forgive me. I am imperfect, and have issues. I'm trying my best to make it through life without offending anyone. And I fail.
I am sorry. Please forgive.





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fear'n Not No Matter {Or Anti-Matter} What Happens!


Picture above is of a chilly morning a few years ago-in this context it denotes a Horizon which
we seem to be traveling towards in a hurtin' hurry.
No lie-whilst we zip around our anthill cities busy working our busywork and arguing everything from baseball teams to Candidates...I can't help but see God readying this world for Judgement. I've read enough of God's Word to recognize actions which being Blessing and other actions which bring Curse.
Guess which actions dominate this current landscape?
Yup.
You hear Christians and some Othren speaking of the Tribulation period of the End Times.
Christians look forward to this, not because we are sadistic haters of humanity, but because it signals the return of Christ Who will rule His Creation from Jerusalem.
He will put an end to human striving and governance. No more elections!
I am not making light of the Tribulation which will occur-nothing as terrifying has ever taken place before...except.
Except God once brought Judgement on wicked Judah/Israel in Jerusalem in a passage which reads like a type, a symbol/model for the final global Tribulation.
This is only my opinion-I could be absolutely wrong; I am not a scholar, just a Christian seeking to learn from Scripture what God reveals.
But Ezekiel chapters 8 through 14 (or so) do seem to be a template for coming worldwide Tribulation.
You Christians out there, if you have read this, I encourage you to ask God for understanding, to open those chapters for you as you read them. And I mean that-read them.
As for the Othren, those 'Other than Christians' who think that God is a lie, a fraud, a manufactured religious Scarecrow propped up to keep peoples subservient to other Peoples...you do the same.
Ask God for wisdom, to open the Scriptures for you...and you may find that God is Real.
We can all be encouraged by the fact that Jerusalem's future is much brighter than it's past.
May God richly Bless you today.




Saturday, September 10, 2016

Respectful Something

We're all thinking of this Day, this anniversary of 9-11-2001.
We didn't know what to do, how to process what had happened.
The young lady pictured above acted. 
At the resort where we worked she set in place our small memorial around the flags,
tea candles in white bags which looked wonderful when lit.
I took this picture before they were lit to signify lights gone out, lives lost.
I've always appreciated what my friend did, how she gave us a focus,
a way to show our respect for those who died on that terrible day.
May God Bless her and you today.








Thursday, September 08, 2016

Hope On Hope On Hope





Christians, justified by faith, at Peace with God, exult in hope of the glory of God.
We need not worry nor fear the terrible passing things which surround us here in this evil world.
It is God's plan to redeem this Creation, and we will see that Day.
May God richly Bless you today.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Our Courageous Commander In Chief Once More Leads By Example





So, if you call President Obama a bad name, he goes/stays away?
This might encourage bad behavior.
I hope.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Sad In A Pantsuit

Full admission-Hillary Clinton isn't one of my favorite people.
Her assumption that she can win the election is galling.
She seems to believe that IF she can successfully denigrate/demonize Donald Trump...
SHE will appear to be...the better option?
If someone lies to me, it offends me.
The baked in assumption is that they can get away with it because:
A: either I'm too stupid to know that they are lying OR
B: they don't care whether or not I know that they lie. I mean nothing to them.
Hillary Clinton expects voters to trust her?
Here's the honest truth: Trump will win the election because he is not
Hillary Clinton.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Walking Into My grave

Tonight I walked our town cemetery, looking for/finding friends. No names, as privacy
extends beyond, but I saw one stone, a duet marker as yet incomplete, the husband
yet alive.
I wondered how it was for him, to see his name and birthdate there next to his wife's particulars.
Moving on, I saw a classmate, and recalled when he passed.
But then the living.
I continued my walk at home, visiting with a neighbor; my usual route and then more visiting with friends coming out of a restaurant.
About the walking-back in May I hit the Diabetes lottery and came out a winner.
So now I have changed everything in my life, and go out walking most every night.
Sounds odd, but this diabetes has been a blessing, in that it has forced me to focus more on remaining as healthy as I can for as long as possible.
Look for another post soon.






Monday, August 29, 2016

Focusing On A Square

"Sharknado 3" is made all the more majical with the casting coup inclusion of Anthony Weiner Abedin's as NASA Mission Control Administrator Regina.
He's a natural-when he's watching that white square cube for early warning reports of Sharknados...you feel as if he's really, really watching it! 
Like to see Meryl Streep try to match Tony Abedin's stagecraftiness!


 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Stain The Coarse

Staying the course.
Let Hillary denigrate Trump.
Let Trump riposte.
Nothing she says will change my mind about voting for Trump.
Nothing He says will change my mind about voting for Trump.
Wondering about the picture?
Up until THIS ELECTION, "The Heat" was the worst thing I'd seen...
and I only wasted 12 minutes on that before giving up.
We still have 80 plus days to endure this contest, including at least
5 'October Surprises' because every previous election only needed one.
This is five times worse.
Stay the course-someday it will all be over and we can get back to our simulacrum 
of a decent country.




Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Peace We've Hoped For

APRIL 5TH, 2017  Former President Obama tours Middle East with a ceremonial Olive Branch, seeking to bring together warring peoples under the banner "THE PEACE WE'VE HOPED FOR".


APRIL 12TH, 2017 Former President Obama is taken hostage by a Islamic terrorist offshoot calling itself the "Peace Warriors". The Peace Warriors demand 400 million dollars from America for the return of our former President.
President Obama is videotaped calling his successor in the Oval office.



 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back To Basics

"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,     
Nor stand in the path of sinners,     
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!     
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,     
And in His law he meditates day and night.  
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,     
Which yields its fruit in its season     
And its leaf does not wither;     
And in whatever he does, he prospers.    
The wicked are not so,     
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.   
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,     
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.     
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,     
But the way of the wicked will perish."

Christians may seems odd to you.
Good. 
Our lives have Christ as our foundation.
He is working in us to make us like Himself.
Wicked scoffing sinners have what for a foundation?
Themselves?
Here's the funny thing-Christ is the one who saves us
from... the ranks of
wicked scoffing sinners.
No one is born holy-what you are we once were.
Don't think that there's no chance for you to be saved~
while you are still alive there is Hope.
Seek Him.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Speaking Of Heroes...

Nadezhda Bazhina. Russian High diver at the Olympical thing.
Jah-she flopped instead of flipped and landed her firmament in the water backwards.
On the largest possible global stage she went all Laces Out.
My Hero!
Why?
Because she's young and will get over this.
Because one bad dive doesn't define an athelete.
Because she is among the world's best, who won the right to represent her country in Rio.
People who never make mistakes never improve.
Nadezhda Bazhina reminds me that we all fail at times, and it humbles us.
That is good.