May 2009


LORD PROP US UP… 
 
 
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 Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old deacon who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side.’ After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently .

  
  He answered, ‘Well you see, it’s like this… I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years. It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit.  So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall.
 

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  Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time.

 I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.

 Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t . So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.”

 

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 If you stare at this barn for a second you will see who will help us stand straight and tall again

To the British people, on behalf of the American people for the truly inexcusable treatment our President has extended to your leaders. We are horrified and appalled. I am sorry that our elected leader was so  utterly disrespectful to you, our longtime friends and allies. 

When our two elected leaders met, Mr. Brown presented our President with extremely thoughtful gifts. He went to a great deal of trouble to arrange for and aquire these gifts. Brown presented Obama with a pen holder made of oak from the HMS “Gannet”, a Royal Navy ship which, in the late 1880’s fought the muslim slave trade in the Mediterranean, and that helped to break the hold of the Sudanese slave dealer, Osman Digna. 

In addition the Prime Minister also gifted Mr. Obama with the framed commissioning paper for the HMS “Resolute”, another Royal Navy ship.  This ship, in 1854, had been stuck in the ice of the arctic. Americans at the time, rescued and repaired the ship and then returned it to England, as a goodwill gesture to our good friends. Later, Queen Victoria had the wood from the decommissioned ship made into a desk, which she presented to President Rutherford B. Hayes. This desk is forever seared in the memories of Americans, as the desk used by JFK, and used by his children as a hiding place. This was a very special gift with great meaning to both our countries.

Rounding out the collection of treasures thoughtfully given to our elected leader from our British friends, was the 1st edition of Martin Gilbert’s seven volume biography of Winston Churchill; and some British designer clothes for the Obama daughters.

All well thought out, kind and gracious gifts from one nation’s leader to another.

Obama went down to Wal-mart and bought Brown 25 American movie classics DVDs. Too bad Obama had no idea that American DVDs do not play in European DVD players. But, he did run down to the White House gift store and buy the brown Children some “Marine one” toy helicopters, which I am positive that the toddlers loved.

And then Mr. Obama had the extreme audacity of rudeness, to cancel the traditonal Rose Garden press conference; further insulting OUR guests.

To add insult to insult by this American Executive, Mr. Obama went on to insult the American people, by bowing  to the King of Saudi Arabia; 

 

but grabbing the hand and slapping the back of the Queen of Great Britain! Then continuing his new tradition of giving meaningless extremely thoughtless gifts. He gave the 80 year old Queen…the richest woman in the world, who could buy anything that she wanted: an ipod.

Ridiculous.

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Huh?

I thought he graduated from the best college in our nation? I thought he was a professor? I guess that speaks to the standards of education in our universities, that this man would have no idea of international relations, or even international electrical standards, for heaven’s sake!

Again, please, Great Britain, accept our apologies. In our zeal to elect our first Black President, I am afraid many of us didn’t examine the man too closely.

According the the Canadian Free Press, Obama may have a personal reason to dislike the British; which has nothing to do with his American heritage, and everything to do with his Kenyan heritage.

To quote the paper;

Obama’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama worked as a cook for a British army officer when he became involved with the Kenyan independence movement.  Grandpa Obama was arrested in 1949 as a sympathizer for the Kikuyu Central Association, the organization that ultimately spawned the Mau Mau.

Was Mr. Obama just foolish, or did he make a concerted effort to insult Great Britain for personal reasons?

Either way, Obama did not represent the American people well, and for that we are sorry.

The shocking reality of a black man being jailed for exercising his civil rights in 2009. His right to be on a public side walk. His right to speak out against the injustices of our day.

Here is video proof of Walter Hoye and his “illegal” activities.  As a protester, he is mandated by law to stay at least 8 feet away from abortion clinic workers. He was arrested and thrown in jail for breaking that law. As you can see, from the video, Hoye tried to get away from the workers, (who have on orange jackets). It was the workers themselves who constantly walk close to Mr. Hoye and cover up his sign, that says, “Jesus loves you. Let us help you”! This is wrong. This is tyranny at it’s worst!

 

 

I have often heard teachers, lawmakers, minister, actors and ordinary citizens state, ‘I may not like what those people have to say, but I would fight to the death for their right to say it”–Prove it! Now is your chance! Support Walter Hoye!

Please listen to Lori Hoye. Expand your mind. Listen to other opinions. Be informed and aware of what is going on in your country!

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Steve Neild grabbing the arm of Cara Gosselin, during the plane trip to Utah, episode. Cara is trying to walk up to her Mom, and complain about sitting with her sister Mady.

 Why would a security man, hired by the producers of this show, grab the arm of a child, he is hired to protect, in an effort to stop her from speaking to her mother? How is this a duty of a security guard, especially when there are two parents and 3 babysitters around? Doesn’t this show a level of intimacy with the family that is inappropriate for his position? Cara seems to think so, as she jerks away from him. Yet her parents said nothing to the man.

This was captured from a “youtube” video of the episode. It happens so quickly, but one can see on a TiVo’d episode, how Mr. Neild grabbed Cara, and she jerked her arm out of his grip. How many of us would allow an employee to manhandle our children in this manner?

Why does Mr. Neild never protect Jon, when he is with the kids, or travels for business? Why is he seen carrying his client’s personal belongings, even her purse!?

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 How could he stop a gunman, when his hands are full with Kate’s stuff?

 

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Why is he seen wearing sandals, and carrying toys?

 How could he possibly chase and wrestle down a suspect in those shoes?  How can he be alert and observant while watching the kids and picking up their toys?

Mr. Neild is paid over a thousand dollars a day to ‘protect’ this family.  He looks much more like a boyfriend, albeit a paid boyfriend, than a bodyguard. Maybe that is his undercover identity?

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Here is another thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept them with pleasure. You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows.  

Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.  “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

  You have wearied the Lord with your words.

   “How have we wearied him?” you ask.

   You have wearied him by saying that all who do evil are good in the Lord’s sight, and he is pleased with them. You have wearied him by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”–Malachi 2:13-17

A person who will not change their actions nor their opinions, even when circumstances prove them wrong; a person who hangs on to their own ideas despite being confronted with the truth in the Word of God–that person has made their own opinions their “idol”.  Their “feelings” are their God.

 

My oldest child, my first born, my child of promise, who I adored and loved; who made me laugh and whose intelligence never failed to surprise me; this child who I poured myself into; is a drug addict.  She is the girl in this song.  Why? I don’t really know.  I did everything “right”…I stayed home with my kids, I interacted with them, I took them to church, prayed with them and mentored them. Her father and I stayed married–and love each other. We both participated in our children’s lives. We loved her and told her so all the time. We were proud of her, and believed in her, and told her so. We encouraged her artistic talents in music, drama, and all the visual arts she enjoyed and to which she was so gifted. We were there for all her plays, her art shows, her band and symphony concerts. We were proud of her academic achievements, and told all who would listen of her talents. We trusted her. We supported her love of animals, and praised her for taking such excellent care of her reptiles, and dogs. She was dependable and responsible. We taught her to value work, and she started working for her own bicycle when she was 12 years old. She even took her first paycheck, and entirely on her own, she bought her grandmother a Bible. She got herself a job when she was 15, and was able to save enough money to buy herself a car.  She went to church, whenever the door was open, and even took her friends to church. She went on visitation, and to youth group. We had no doubts and no worries about her future. She was college bound, and well grounded.

What happened?  She has chosen to reject all we have given her. She has taken our gifts and literally tossed them into a trash heap in her yard. She has sold and pawned all she has ever valued, and worked for herself. She has sacrificed her artistic talents, her reputation, her virtue, her intelligence,  her health, her security, her faith, and given all she has and is, to her addictions. She serves her addictions. She lives for them. She has given them all she is.

Yet, she still loves us. She calls us, and sees us and talks to us. She lets us know when she has a basic need. And we often will buy her groceries, or clothes when she asks. She likes to talk to us. She enjoys discussing politics, and religion. And when she is in a very bad situation, we are the first she calls, for she knows we are there to help her.

But, the fact is, that my daughter can not live in my house. We can not trust her with our things. Although we love her and are ready to help her at any moment; her choice to continue to serve her addictions separates her from us. She isn’t as close to us as she could be. She will never receive any part of our inheritance, that we have saved up for her. Instead, she will receive what the faithfulness to her addiction provides: illness, misery, brutality, cruelty, hunger, poverty, and eventually, death. Our hearts are broken by her choices, and the misery she lives. We so want her to live out the promising life she was given. Yet, even though we are there, constantly ready to help her overcome her addiction–she chooses not to stop serving it.

The same is true for each of us. God has given us so much. He has done so much for us. But, we all have a sin that separates us from our Heavenly Father. Our Father who loves us and is heartbroken over the way we are living our lives, when we could have so much more. The Lord has all we need to overcome the sin, we just need to take it. God doesn’t just want to talk to us about what we believe and want; although he is happy to hear from us, in prayer and worship…and He will talk to us…but, what would really make him happy, is if we would choose to accept His help. If we would stop serving our sin, let go and live the glorious life, and spend the inheritance that He has saved up for us! He has a home for us, He has gifts for us and treasure for us, that we are missing because we chose our sin, everyday.

Maybe that sin, is that you don’t want to see, be around, befriend or witness to, someone like this girl in the video. Someone like my daughter. Someone who needs you. Maybe it is your comfort that you serve. Maybe it is your pleasure that you serve. Whatever it is, you will not have all God has planned for you, until you give it up.

Several years ago, my 70 something mother and I, a 30 something, went for a walk. I was pregnant at the time.

It was a beautiful day. The sun was out, and the air was crisp, for it was early spring. The long winter was gone, and we just had to get out and see the first signs of spring.

As we rounded a corner, all of a sudden, a huge snarling dog jumped out at us! He gave no warning, just all of sudden, there he was–gleaming white incisors on display, with copius amounts of foaming drool accenting his chin. He was so close, I could smell his putrid breath; and he was groweling at us as if we were about to try to horn in on his recent kill!

In that instant, several things happened that were very revealing of human nature, my nature, and animal nature.  I learned a lot.

I was a strong self sufficient woman. A mother myself, I had lived away from home for over 10 years. During that time I had given birth ‘naturally’, to two children. Each had held on to a rib, to extend the birth experience for over 30 hours. So, I wasn’t afraid of pain….I ran a business and held public office.  So, I wasn’t afraid of a challenge. And as an EMT, I was very familiar with emergency situations. I knew how to remain calm in horrific circumstances–to keep my wits about me, and think of the best possible response to any given situation.

And so, with all my experience,  I reacted as swiftly as my pregnant body could. In seconds, I grabbed my mother and threw her in front of me!

The funny thing is, that my little Momma didn’t find that odd at all. She just spread her arms as far around me as she could, in an effort to save me from a horrible fate. She didn’t even think about it. She was ready to take on any wild animal, who threatened her family, no matter how old she was, or what happened to her!  She stamped her foot, and told that dog to “git!” And he did! He put his tail between his legs, turned around, and ran off as fast as he could go!

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