Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This was inspired by a post by Sherri, in which she talks about depression in her life.
I wanted to post this, but it was making me......depressed.
I was a normal child. I went to school every day. I did well in school. I even showed amazing talent in the arts - I could draw and paint by the time I got into Junior High, and by 8 years old I was already composing music. I had passion for life, and loved our life in our small town - 4H, and summer trips, and winter skiing, and playing down by the river in the summer.
My parents moved us out of our town that we loved into the city when I was 13. I was sad but not yet truly depressed. I had passion for my studies and for all the things offered in school - art and journalism classes.
Then, at the end of my senior year in High School, I was visited by manic-depression. All of the sudden I went off on a trip like an LSD trip, only without taking any drugs.
I turned my life over to Jesus. I began to read the Word Of God.
This began to build my life over. I studied God's word and memorized many passages. I still had trouble with manic-depression, but through the help of a faith healer, I was not put on any medication and I went on free of episodes for many years.
Then I drifted away from God and from His word. Depression set in and I turned to medication for help instead of God. Medication became my nemesis. I was now dependent on it, and when it caused ugly side effects, I couldn't get off of it. Going off it caused episodes of manic-depression.
Seeing how I was trapped in a cycle of dependency on medication, which was causing unbearable physical side effects, I turned once again to God for help.
I began again to study His word, and apply myself to read and meditate on it.
Now, after years of doing this, I notice great changes in my mental and emotional state.
I am so high most of the time that to try to go on anti-depressants causes me to become manic, because I am already so high.
The word of God elevates me and gives me strength. It gives me peace.
The doctors keep lowering my medication and I foresee going off it.
I have fallen in love with God's word lately, spending more time in it, absorbing and meditating on it, and speaking out loud the verses that have the most meaning for me.
This is my strength and my healing.
I still get down because of things that are truly depressing in the world, but find the strength to come out of it because of God and His word.
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 15:16
Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name oh Lord God of hosts.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
AND ONE MORE.............................The next picture will warm your heart
The is pregnant. The fireman had just saved her from a fire in her house,
rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, then he continued to fight the fire.
When he finally got done putting the fire out,
he sat down to catch his breath and rest.
A photographer from the Charlotte , North Carolina
News- paper, noticed the dog in the distance looking at the fireman.
He saw the Doberman walking straight toward the firefighter
and wondered what she was going to do.
As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had just saved her life
and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer snapped this photograph.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
think our kids know what an apron
principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect
the dress underneath,because she only had a
few,it was easier to wash aprons than dresses
and they used less material, but along with
that, it served as a potholder
hot pans from the oven.
wonderful for drying children's tears, and on
occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty
chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying
eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched
eggs to be finished in the warming
company came, those aprons were ideal hiding
places for shy kids.
the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around
old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent
over the hot wood stove.
kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in
garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out
fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that
had fallen from the trees.
unexpected company drove up the road, it was
surprising how much furniture that old apron
could dust in a matter of
dinner was ready, walked out onto the
porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was
time to come in from the fields to
It will be
a long time before someone invents something
that will replace that ' old-time apron' that
served so many purposes.
to those who would know (and love) the story
about Grandma's aprons.
used to set her hot baked apple pies on the
window sill to cool.
granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to
go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs
was on that apron.
P.S. I know
I never caught anything from grandma's
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here is the court house near our old house. We loved to visit here as kids. It housed real criminals. We would go and visit the lady who fed the criminals, and the jail.
Here was our favorite part - the theater only a block from our house. We could walk to see shows, and needed no supervision. We saw "To Sir With Love" and "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter," among others.
We had many fun hours playing down at the river that ran through our town, behind city hall.
This is the view that we had from the alley that ran between the laundry (left) and our house which used to be on the right, but is now an apartment building.
City Hall, which was designed to look like Independence Hall was right across the street from our house.
Now, in North Dakota, and the badlands, I am camped out in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. See, Sherri - I can camp too! But no showers, can you imagine?!!
This is just some of the wildlife that I saw there - wild horses! I also saw Bison - up close, and prairie dogs. There are over a hundred species of birds and over 500 species of plants in this park.
This is a taste of the town of Medora, nestled next to the park. It was founded by Marquis de Mores in 1883. Theodore Roosevelt came on the scene at exactly the same time. It still has a few of the historic buildings from the original period and is very quaint.
It's hard to capture the beauty of the park.
More beauty of the park - notice the red rocks similar to the Southwest. Here the area becomes more like Montana - dry and more desert-like. The weather is awesome.
And, I almost got to find out what life was like before showers, as there were no showers in the campground where I was staying. Now this girl loves to camp in a tent under the stars, but she has to have a shower every day!!!!!!!!!
So, I went looking and found one - in a city pool in the town of Medora next to the national park.
History of the Teddy Bear......from Wikipedia
The name Teddy Bear comes from former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". The name originated from an incident on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino.
There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already shot something. A suite of Roosevelt's attendants, led by Holt Collier, cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.
While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a white handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.
Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending the bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to sell the bears. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co., which still exists today.
At the same time, in Germany the Steiff firm, unaware of Michtom's bear, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs. They exhibited the toy at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903 and exported 3000 to the United States.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Life in God’s Garden
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
18 And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
In the little daily devotional "Daily Bread" there is a May 15th entry on The Secret.
It says, "If you believe Rhonda Byrne, author of the bestselling book The Secret, 'The shortcut to anything you want in your life is to be and feel happy now!' According to Byrne, this has to do with something called the law of attraction. If you think only about things that make you happy, she says, happy things will be attracted to you. Sounds easy enough.
However, the bible says that 'the secret' to life is something very different. It has to do with 'the law of the spirit of life' that sets us free from 'the law of sin and death' (Rom 8:2), not with the 'law of attraction.'
According to the apostle Paul, the most important thing to know is 'Jesus Christ and Him crucified' (1 Cor. 2:2). To those who are concerned with happiness now, this is indeed foolishness (v 14). They do not recognize the power of God in what appears to them as weakness.
The Lord created us with a desire to know what is secret. In His wisdom, He kept certain things hidden in mystery for a time (v. 7). But now, through His Holy Spirit, He has made them known. And the secret He reveals has nothing to do with having happy thoughts in order to obtain happy things; it has to do with having the mind of Jesus Christ (v. 16).
To know lasting happiness, we must get to know Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2: 6-16
6 We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought:
7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:
8 which none of the rulers of this world hath known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory:
9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him.
10 But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.
12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words.
14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.Go here to read a Berean review of the book.