Thursday, November 20, 2014

Smile for the day

"For fun, he hit's people..."



Jack Mook is a tough detective working at the Pittsburgh Police Department. He met brothers Josh and Jesse through his volunteer work at the Steel City Boxing Gym and one day they turned up missing. When he found the older brother, the startling truth he discovered set up a chain of events that changed these boys’ lives forever. This man is a true hero.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Prophecy just slapped on a pair of skates

1. Divorce was 4% when I was born, today it is 51%.
2. One generation ago, gum was the #1 problem in America's schools.  Today, it's a gun.
3. Cohabitation: 65% of alter bound singles live together before marriage.
4. 57 million babies aborted, most with tax payer funding and abortion is now part of socialized medicine.
5. Marijuana is being legalized, now called recreational.
6. Euthanasia and infanticide is now legalized using more politically correct names.
7. Pornography is a click away on hand held devices.
8. Homosexual and transgender lifestyles are promoted, even by our president. Christians are 
     persecuted for refusing to marry or support this lifestyle.
9.  Movies and TV have removed standards that were in place one generation ago.  PG movies now 
     contain sexual references and foul language.
10. The first time in US history, more than 50% of all births are to unwed mothers.
11.  Sexually transmitted diseases now claim 1/3 of all Americans as their hosts.
12. 18 Trillion dollars in debt.
13. Over 11 million illegal aliens, with politicians pushing open borders and amnesty.
14. Corruption, fraud, nepotism entrenched within all levels of politicians.
15. Islam exploding worldwide, with an increasingly vulnerable America, dismantling their military,
     placing incompetents in high level positions.
16. 25% of the world's ocean is now dead or dying due to radioactive water pouring out of
     Fukushima, Japan. Our oceans reach 100% within 10 years.
17. An ignorant and low information populace now make up the majority of voting age Americans. 
    (I.e.: There is nothing you can do to fix all of the above.)



What's the good news?
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!  God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him will have eternal life.  Salvation is but a prayer away.  All you have to do is #1: ask him to forgive you #2: ask him to live in your heart.  The rapture IS coming.  God said to his people "For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed...”  Malachi 3:6.  He promises to take His people out of danger, by way of the rapture.  After the rapture, life gets much, much worse on earth.

J.D. Farag is a pastor from Hawaii.  I started listening to his sermons a couple years ago.  J.D. posts 2 youtube videos each week. The first one is his regular Sunday sermon, and then he posts the second part of his Sunday sermon. In the second half he compares scripture with events that revolve around Israeli current events. This pastor reminds me of the pastor I listened to for 8 years, Pastor Charles Alber.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Not all Christians are really Christians

Senator Ted Cruz is a man who proudly, loudly proclaims he is a Christian.  He was invited to speak at an event by a group called "In Defense of Christians".  As you probably already know, he was boo-ed off the stage after he said “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” Cruz said. “Thank you, and God bless.”



In the beginning of this video you see Toufic Baaklini, the president of In Defense of Christians, asking the crowd to be respectful of Senator Cruz.

It occurs to me that this is what it will look like after the rapture.  God will come for His people and we leave this world to go with Him, turning our backs, as Senator Cruz turned his back on the 'Christians' in this crowd. At that time, many who called themselves Christian will be left behind.

Take God at His word…

In Psalm 132:13-16, we read, “For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. ‘This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her with bread.”


"...I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of my people and my inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up my land."  Joel 3:1-2


Yes, take God at His word.  If you split the land of Israel, God will split yours.  Do you follow God 100%?  Anyone who hates the Jews, hates God.  God has said the Palestinians are followers of Satan.  Any 'Christian' who wants to give the Palestinians a state will be disciplined by God and He will not hear him.


Below are documented occasions of catastrophic phenomena happening 24 hours after the U.S. compels Israel to surrender some of their Holy covenant land for peace. The following was not written by me.

1. October 30, 1991: The Perfect Storm—

As President George H.W. Bush is opening the Madrid (Spain) 
Conference to consider "land for peace" in Israel's Middle East role, 
the "perfect storm" develops in the North Atlantic, creating the 
largest waves ever recorded in that region. The storm travels 
1000 miles from "east to west" instead of the normal "west to east" 
pattern and crashes into the New England Coast. Thirty-five foot
waves crash into the Kennebunkport home of President Bush.

2. August 23, 1992: Hurricane Andrew—

When the Madrid Conference moves to Washington DC and 
the peace talks resume, Hurricane Andrew, the worst natural 
disaster ever to hit America, comes ashore and produces an
estimated $30 billion in damage and leaving 180,000
homeless in Florida.

3. January 16, 1994: Northridge Earthquake—

President Bill Clinton meets with Syria's President Hafez el-Assad 
in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel 
that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, 
a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California. This quake, 
centered in Northridge, becomes the second most destructive
natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew.

4. September 28, 1998: Hurricane George—
As Secretary of State Albright works on the final details of an
agreement in which Israel would give up 13 percent of
Yesha (Judah and Samaria), Hurricane George slams into
the United States Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and
gusts up to 175 mph. The hurricane hits the coast and
stalled. On September 28, Clinton meets with Yasser
Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize
this land deal. Later, Arafat addresses the United
Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian
state by May 1999, as Hurricane George pounds the Gulf
Coast, causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time
that Arafat departs the country, the storm begins to
dissipate.

5. October 15-22, 1998: Texas Flooded—

On October 15, 1998, Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the 
Wye River Plantation in Maryland. The talks are scheduled to
last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13
percent of Yesha. The talks are extended and conclude
on October 23. On October 17, awesome rains and
tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is
deluged with rain. The rain and flooding in Texas
continue until October 22 and then subside. The floods
ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion
dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares
this section of Texas a major disaster area.

6. November 30, 1998: Market Capitalization Evaporates
Arafat comes to Washington again to meet with President Clinton 
to raise money for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. 
A total of 42 other nations were represented in Washington. All the 
nations agreed to give Arafat $3 billion in aid. Clinton promised 
$400 million, and the European nations $1.7 billion. On the same day, 
the Dow Jones average drops 216 points, and on December 1, the 
European Market had its third worst day in history. Hundreds of 
billions of market capitalization were wiped out in the U.S. and Europe.

7. May 3, 1999: The Powerful Super Tornado—
On the day that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital, the
most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the
United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The
winds are clocked at 316 mph the fastest wind speed
ever recorded. The declaration is postponed to
December 1999 at the request of President Clinton,
whose letter to Arafat encourages him in his
"aspirations for his own land." He also writes that
the Palestinians have a right to "determine their own
future on their own land" and that they deserve to
"live free, today, tomorrow and forever."

8. Week of October 11: Hurricane, Earthquake and Dow Collapse—

As Jewish settlers in 15 West Bank (Israel)
settlements are evicted from the covenant land in
Israel, the Dow-Jones financial averages lose 5.7
percent in the worst week since October 1989. On
October 15 the Dow lost 266 points, and a hurricane
slams into North Carolina. On the next morning,
October 16, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks the
southwest in the fifth most powerful earthquake in
20th Century. The earthquake was centered in the
California desert and did little damage but was felt in three states.

There are a few more I noticed as I searched for examples of God's judgment but I think this is enough to show a "coincidence". 

Are you one of the Christians to be left behind?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ode to sewing machines #23



Many of you follow my "Ode to the Sewing Machine" posts.  We've all seen the ads on craigslist, ebay and elsewhere.  The clueless sellers give those of us who sew a belly laugh, or two!

No one in their right minds would continue reading, but who says quilters are in their right minds, so here's installment #23...



Hand held!  What will they think of next?













Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ode to the sewing machine #22


Many of you follow my "Ode to the Sewing Machine" posts.  We've all seen the ads on craigslist, ebay and elsewhere.  The clueless sellers give those of us who sew a belly laugh, or two!

No one in their right minds would continue reading, but who says quilters are in their right minds, so here's installment #22...



Tetanus shot needed just to look at the poor thing.
Flunked Spelling, Punctuation and Math
Or is he using Common Core?





What in tarnation is a kick foot?  
And is that a bungee cord for a belt???









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Monday, October 13, 2014

Re: UFOs: UnFinished Objects

Therapy no longer needed.  I lasted 5 days.

Here are my new projects, started about midnight last night.  How many free patterns have you downloaded and never used?  I decided to use this one, Garden Gate Plaids, from Andover Fabrics.  (Click on the tab called "download" to find the pattern.) I ordered the green background a few minutes ago, and all the rest are in my stash. I started cutting fabric for the blocks last night.







While going through my stash I found a kit that I forgot I had.  It's called "It takes a village", an african proverb.  The kit uses, appropriately, African batik fabrics.  I bought the kit and let it get buried for some reason.  I took a break from cutting to add this blog post!  I need coffee!


I'm amazed, simply amazed how quilting 'feels'.  What a great way to relax and let the cares of the day fall away.  I resolve to never go through life without UFOs.



Last, but not least, I picked out these fabrics for ... drum roll please... my bedroom!  Imagine that?  Making a quilt for myself??? Oooo, what a lovely idea!  This pattern was downloaded from Quilter's Club of America.  This company has a free online forum, I've made some wonderful friends there!  It's a free forum, but if you decide to become a member, you get to download 400 free patterns, get discounts at fabric stores, they mail you free quilting magazines and more!  This is the pattern, and the fabrics I chose from my stash last night!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Skip the flu shot this year!

I found something that works better than the flu shot.  I use this, my children use this and it works! Sip this tea 3 x's the first day you feel your body fighting off something.  It will be gone by evening, but repeat 3 x's the next day to boost your immune system.


Thieves is a mixture of clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus and rosemary oils. 2 drops of thieves is enough, it's very potent.  Add more water if you accidently get 3 drops in your cup.

What's the difference between essential oil and the rest?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

UFOs: UnFinished Objects

I don't make a good retired person.  You know the feeling you have after handing out the chocolate cake, only to realize that was the last piece and you didn't get one?  Or the dream where you're walking down the aisle at church, with no clothes on?  There's something seriously wrong at my house and I finally found out what is causing this unsettled feeling....

All my UFOs are done.

I'm seriously in need of therapy.

I finished my last UFO 5 days ago:








The photo above shows the detail in the outer border.  It's a large throw size quilt I made for my Aunt Louise. I chose this fabric because of the childrens book illustrations from the 1950s.  She is a wonderful mom, and does so much for her family.


I MUST CUT FABRIC BEFORE I GO NUTS!




Friday, September 5, 2014

Italian Chicken and Potatoes


I found a fabulous recipe online.  I can't believe I didn't think of this myself!  I don't buy packets of zesty Italian dressing, I make my own and the recipe for it is below.


Right click and choose 'print'

Right click and choose 'print'

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coincidence?

On March 23rd, 2010, the 77th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's Enabling Act bill (google it), Obama signed into law H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.  
Did you see what was hidden inside it?

The copy that I read at frwebgate.access.gpo.gov is filled with legal blah blah blah up until you get to section 5210. It's called "ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS".  Obama told us in his 2008 campaign it was coming, hear it for yourself...



Why is this significant?  In a nutshell, President Obama signed into law a bill that gives him the power to create a standing army of soldiers to carry out his direct orders without consulting anyone. Remember being told "we need to pass it so you can find out what it says"?

Why does Obama need his own army? What would he do with it? You know the answer if you've paid any attention to the news, but just in case you don't watch the news I'll give you the answer. Homeland Security Forces, FEMA camps and REX-84.  I'd like to remind you how FEMA transpired 30 years ago...



"FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. " source - FEMA.gov

They have the power to support and help when disaster strikes. Nothin' wrong with that, right?  Until you realize that 30 years ago the government gave FEMA the power to seize complete control of government and suspend the Constitution if that is "deemed necessary". Remember, in the video above, the Speaker of the House shut down the conversation about the constitution?  Before the bill was passed no one wanted to reveal how the constitution would be affected.  We now know the constitution will be thrown out the window.

Remind yourself, that Obama has established his civilian army to operate as he "deems necessary." All he has  to do is "deem it as necessary" is to have an emergency...like an earthquake crisis, a Ferguson, Missouri type of crisis, or right-wing extremists who are out of control.

And that takes us to REX-84.  Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, is a plan by the United States federal government to test their ability to detain large numbers of American citizens in case of civil unrest or national emergency. This project was launched under Reagan, and was headed up by Col. Ollie North.
Did you notice how uncomfortable he looks as as he gets grilled by Congress, who then is denied the
answers to the questions they ask North?

In the next video, take a tour of one FEMA camp...



Did you recognize what you saw in this video?  As I watched the tour, I was expecting to see the sign "Treblinka" or "Dachou" come into view.  Why would our government put millions of dollars into remodeling abandoned properties such as this?

Main gate at Auschwitz, 1995

I don't know what all this means.  Someone in my government does, agreed?  Please don't ignore these signs?  All it will take is one major disaster.  


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Zucchini

Like everyone else who has a garden, my zucchini is overwhelming the garden!  I love this time of year.  I tried something new tonight, grilled zucchini added to our paninis.


Young child who shall remain nameless says (que the tune "Nobody knows the suffering I've seen, nobody knows my sorrow") MOOO-ooooOOOM! There's vegetables in here!!!!


Sourdough is on the left, and an italian brioche is on the cutting board. Yellow and green zucchini from my garden, ham, turkey and the cheeses are either smoked cheddar, swiss or asiago or have all 3! Who wants to come for dinner tomorrow night?

One of my BFFs used zucchini instead of apples in a pie tonight.  What a great idea Cindy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If I disappear...

Dear reader, Many of you will think my topic today is completely nuts.  But read through to the end, it will make sense eventually.

I began studying Daniel and Revelations in college back in the mid-80s. I'm not a preacher or a prophet by any means and I don't make prophecies. But after watching events unfold over the last 6 years, there is clear evidence that God knew what He was talking about when He wrote warnings over 1000 years ago.  Let me share some evidence?

What is the Hebrew word for violence? .... It is "Kha-mase". The K and the e are silent... say the word again without these two letters.

Written a millenium ago, here it is, in Genesis 6 "11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence (Kha-mase). 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. 13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence (Kha-mase) because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth." Reader, the Lord used the word Hamas.  It is no coincidence that the group attacking God's people in Israel are called Hamas.  But did you know Hamas is here in America?  Keep reading...

We've all heard the story of Noah and the arc... but did you know the bible describes the return of Jesus to be as in the days of Noah? (Luke 17:26)  Hebrews 11:7 says "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family."   Dear reader, know that the warnings of His return were given to us centuries ago.  Please listen and continue reading, with faith?  God will never deceive you, He longs to give you hope and a future!

Jesus is coming back! There are warnings in the bible.  God gave us signs to watch.  Just like in the days of Noah. Please, please ask Him to be your Savior while there's still time. After I disappear, along with millions more, you will still be able to ask Him. But you will still be here to live through the destruction that comes. Hamas is everywhere in America.  People from Hamas were photographed in Ferguson, Missouri just this week.  Did you know seven muslims control the White House? And more muslims poured into America after one of them threw the borders wide open.

For someone just starting to read the bible, I know, it is difficult to understand.  Jump in somewhere and start reading, it doesn't matter where.  Eventually, you'll come to a paragraph that sounds familiar, like you've read that somewhere else.  So you go back to where you saw it before and compare that paragraph with the paragraph you just read.  This is how God talks to you.  Eventually it makes sense, like an idea dawning on you, only when it starts making sense know that is the Lord talking to you.  "Those who seek me find me." Proverbs 8:17  "If you need wisdom, ask our God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." James 1:5

Accepting Jesus as your Savior is FREE! And He is a gentleman! He will never force himself on you, he waits. He longs to shower you with blessings, but he waits for your invitation. Please don't put off this decision?


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Doorbell ringer

WARNING!  If someone comes to your door telling you they are from the government and they're checking to see how bad the ticks are in your area, and then tell you to take off your clothes and dance around so they can check for ticks.... DON'T DO IT!!! This is a scam! They just want to see you naked! I wish someone had told me this yesterday, I feel so stupid.

Friday, August 8, 2014

If you give a mouse a cookie...

Has anyone watched what is going on in Muslim nations the last few weeks? Ok, so I know lots of us don't have the time really, but still! I think it's wise to know what goes on around the periphery of my life. It's not like I change my way of life by any means, but it's good to be prepared in case something interrupts my family's daily life. (I'm thinking 9/11 here.) 

This video is less than 5 minutes long. But this is a Kuwaiti preacher speaking to a large audience about America, some he calls "followers of Zion" and other things near and dear to my heart.

I remember when Oliver North was being grilled by a Senate committee in 1987. The Senators were mocking him after North stated he strengthened the security systems around his home as a result of his fear of Osama Bin Laden. They ridiculed him repeatedly over quite a few of his beliefs as I recall.


MEMRI: Kuwaiti Cleric Tareq Al-Suwaidan to Hamas: Do Not Agree to Ceasefire until They Bow Before Us. We Must Contemplate a Plan to Erase them Remember when we gave Kuwait a pretty big 'bail out'?



Just some thoughts as I drink my coffee this morning....

Here's a news story released only a few hours ago:
Russian nuclear-capable bombers 'tested' US air defenses 16 times in last 10 days

Only 2 months ago:
 Russian bombers fly near California but didn't enter our airspace.  Now they're entering our air space?




If you give a mouse a cookie...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ode to the Sewing Machine #21




Formerly stored in that 5 gallon bucket?
Many of you follow my "Ode to the Sewing Machine" posts.  We've all seen the ads on craigslist, ebay and elsewhere.  The clueless sellers give those of us who sew a belly laugh, or two!

No one in their right minds would continue reading, but who says quilters are in their right minds, so here's installment #21...

May she rest in peace



Friday, August 1, 2014

Doubt

I studied at Faith Baptist Bible College in the 80's. During my first year, a brilliant man named David Powell was one of my instructors. His class on Old Testament Theory was, by far, my favorite class. He taught in a way that made you think outside the box, to dig deep for the answer. I loved his class. After each test, I found myself striving to get a better grade than the one before.

In 1985, I was 25 years old. 7 years earlier, I almost flunked out of high school. I received a 1.42 out of a possible 4.0 grade average. While enrolled at FBBC, I worked 70 hours a week, drove an hour each day to classes, and studied when I could. I worked full-time as the owner of a small business with 5 employees. I also worked part-time as the manager of a 64 unit residential facility. I could only attend FBBC part-time, it was all I could afford at the time.

In David Powell's freshman class, as we studied each book in the Old Testament, one of his assignments was to create a graph of the book. We were to break the book down into events and chart each one as it progressed to the next event. In the evenings, I dove into each graph with gusto. I learned things about the Old Testament I'd never thought of before. I started out the class getting a B, or 80%, but by the end of the semester I received 100%+ on my graphs and tests.

In the middle of the semester, mummering started on campus. At first, I tried to ignore the whispers that reached my ears, as I studied in the campus lounge above the cafeteria. But the whispers became bolder as time went on. Freshman who were in the class with me began to grumble about how hard the class was, Powell was a bad teacher, he did this and he did that...mur-mur-mur-mur. And I began to wonder why am I doing so well if he is such a bad teacher?

Once, I nearly stood up in class to ask them what was going on. Mr. Powell was late to class that morning and the little rebel inside me wanted to ask why someone who nearly flunked out of high school 7 years earlier and worked 70 hours a week was getting A's and they weren't? I chose to remain silent. Instead, I chose to make my sentiments known in Dr. Houghton's presence. 3 decades later I still regret my decision.

As each decade has passed, I've often thought of my time at FBBC. I love my school and pray for the students and teachers to this day. Dr. Walton and Dr. Shipp changed my life through their kind and loving example. They loved us, truly loved each student. It was an honor and privilege to attend FBBC and I look back at my time there with fondness. Today, I look forward to reading the alumni newsletter and always look for people I knew in the pages.

But I'll never forget how gossip took away a brilliant teacher. A few students wanted mediocrity. They wanted an easy road and they received it. He was let go at the end of the semester. He was replaced by someone, I don't remember who they hired. Through the power of gossip, a truly great teacher was sent away.

Gossip destroys. It should be hated by more than just One Person.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Your participles are danglin', honey

I had the pleasure of reading several resumes this week. [sarcasm]
Some were better than others on the entertainment spectrum.  R U gettin' me?

Each person wanted feedback on their resume.  I gave them a link to this fabulous video:



Now, if only I could write the word 'weird' without having to 
first visualise it as "i before e" every time!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ode to the Sowing Machine #20

Many of you follow my "Ode to the Sewing Machine" posts.  We've all seen the ads on craigslist, ebay and elsewhere.  The clueless sellers give those of us who sew a belly laugh, or two!

No one in their right minds would continue reading, but who says quilters are in their right minds, so here's installment #20...

I think they may have inhaled a few of those chemicals.









  







Thursday, July 3, 2014

Do you have negative energy today?

Created by Natalie Pascoe
You know that like attracts like, right? So here’s the deal: Positive people are drawn to positive energy; negative people are drawn to negative energy. We tend to perceive negative energy as something other people have. Sure, sometimes we feel negative – as in, “go away and leave me alone, world!” but did you know that negativity can be so ingrained in you that it goes unnoticed?

That’s because negativity sometimes wears a disguise called ‘reality’. It’s easy to rationalize that you’re ‘just being realistic’ in not daring to act on a dream – and believe it! You may assume that positive people are not being realistic – that they’re being naive, that they are in denial with their heads stuck in the sand, that they put on fake smiles in the face of difficulty and so forth. But are they really happy fools or is there something to their positive attitude?

Consider this: since when does ‘being realistic’ necessarily mean that things will go wrong and that you have to accept that as the truth? That doesn't mean that being realistic is automatically negative. When you view the world from a ‘realistic’ standpoint, you can’t help but be negative.

"IF" your version of reality is negative, you are conditioned to believe that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and whatever can go right, will probably go wrong too. Your unconsciously held beliefs make you into a negative person without your being aware of it!
So – if this negativity is so ingrained in you that you don’t notice it, how do you determine whether you’re stuck in a cloud of negative energy that is attracting the wrong people, wrong situations and wrong feelings? And how can you be sure you’re not perpetuating that negativity?

Here’s a quick quiz to gauge the level of negative energy within you:

  • Do you complain? All the time or just sometimes?
  • Do you often discuss what’s wrong in the world more than what’s right? This includes the ‘terrible’ weather, ‘horrible’ traffic, ‘idiotic’ government, ‘lousy’ economy, ‘stupid’ in-laws, etc.
  • Do you criticize? All the time or just certain people?
  • Are you attracted to drama and disaster (can you unglue yourself from the TV when there’s a news story of a disaster and can you avoid getting involved in the lives of dysfunctional celebrities?)
  • Do you blame? All the time or just certain situations?
  • Do you believe that you have no control over most of your results?
  • Do you feel like a victim? Do you talk about people doing things to you?
  • Are you grateful for what is or will you be grateful when things finally start going right for you?
  • Do you feel like things are happening to you? Or do you feel that they are happening through you?

These last two points are important:

  • If you’re not grateful except when things go right, you are negative.
  • Gratitude is positive. If you are grateful for what is (including the unpleasant school of life lessons), then you can invite more and more positive energy into your life.

Here’s another interesting idea to consider: have you noticed that positive people seem to get what they want out of life, and even if things don’t go their way, they still enjoy their lives… while negative people whine and moan about their misfortunes and even the good things in their lives?

To clear negative energy, try this 3 -step process:
  1. Take ownership: “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – the Dalai Lama
  2. Cancel negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. This takes practice, dedication and making a decision to see the world through the eyes of “what can go right” instead of “what can go wrong.” You’ll have to catch yourself anytime you are acting out or speaking out your negativity, and immediately change your tune.
  3. And when you feel drawn back to negative thinking, remember...
    Visualize the positive instead of getting sucked into negativity; overcome past conditioning; think intuitively from the soul instead from ‘reality’; create a new, desired reality in your imagination and manifest it in the outer world. Nobody wants negative energy to permeate their lives, yet many of us allow it. But we allow it unconsciously, based on past conditioning that suggests an inevitable outcome to certain situations. When you overcome that conditioning and realize that the future is NOT cast in stone but that you have more control over your circumstances than you believe – then you can begin to consciously design your life.


What’s going to happen then? Your positive energy will magnetically attract what you consider to be good and right for you: people, situations, things… and you’ll notice a huge, huge increase in your happiness and inner peace.

Why not start today?

(sources include the website Raw for Beauty)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Your thoughts?








“The America Republic will endure until
the day Congress 
discovers that it can bribe
the public with the public’s money.”
 
— Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Have no doubt

I studied at Faith Baptist Bible College in the 80's. During my first year, a brilliant man named David Powell was one of my instructors. His class on Old Testament Theory was, by far, my favorite class. He taught in a way that made you think outside the box, to dig deep for the answer. I loved his class. After each test, I found myself striving to get a better grade than the one before.

In 1985, I was 25 years old. 7 years earlier, I almost flunked out of high school. I received a 1.42 out of a possible 4.0 grade average. While enrolled at FBBC, I worked 70 hours a week, drove an hour each day to classes, and studied when I could. I worked full-time as the owner of a small business with 5 employees. I also worked part-time as the manager of a 64 unit residential facility. I could only attend FBBC part-time, it was all I could afford at the time.

In David Powell's freshman class, as we studied each book in the Old Testament, one of his assignments was to create a graph of the book. We were to break the book down into events and chart each one as it progressed to the next event. In the evenings, I dove into each graph with gusto. I learned things about the Old Testament I'd never thought of before. I started out the class getting a B, or 80%, but by the end of the semester I received 100%+ on my graphs and tests.

In the middle of the semester, mummering started on campus. At first, I tried to ignore the whispers that reached my ears, as I studied in the campus lounge above the cafeteria. But the whispers became bolder as time went on. Freshman who were in the class with me began to grumble about how hard the class was, Powell was a bad teacher, he did this and he did that...mur-mur-mur-mur. And I began to wonder why am I doing so well if he is such a bad teacher?

Once, I nearly stood up in class to ask them what was going on. Mr. Powell was late to class that morning and the little rebel inside me wanted to ask why someone who nearly flunked out of high school 7 years earlier and worked 70 hours a week was getting A's and they weren't? I chose to remain silent. Instead, I chose to make my sentiments known in Dr. Houghton's presence. 3 decades later I still regret my decision.

As each decade has passed, I've often thought of my time at FBBC. I love my school and pray for the students and teachers to this day. Dr. Walton and Dr. Shipp changed my life through their kind and loving example. They loved us, truly loved each student. It was an honor and privilege to attend FBBC and I look back at my time there with fondness. Today, I look forward to reading the alumni newsletter and always look for people I knew in the pages.

But I'll never forget how gossip took away a brilliant teacher. A few students wanted mediocrity. They wanted an easy road and they received it. He was let go at the end of the semester. He was replaced by someone, I don't remember who they hired. Through the power of gossip, a truly great teacher was sent away.

Gossip destroys. It should be hated by more than just One Person.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Poetic justice!

I was following this $70,000 SUV this morning and thought I'd take a pic.


The message on the back window is a little blurred. The acronym is G.R.E.A.T. which stands for
Gang Resistance Education And Training. It's a $70,000 SUV with tricked out wheels
(not seen in this shot), the kind pimps and drug dealers buy,
bright chrome wheels that keep spinning while you sit in traffic.

Monday, June 16, 2014

A remarkable family


"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:4 (NIV)

Pass the remarkable stories of the Ten Boom family to others. 
Please visit   http://tenboom.org  for more information. Thank you!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

What a beauty!

I found this on craigslist, located in Kansas City. A very rare 1889 Willcox and Gibbs Treadle.
I so want this machine!! Alas, it's a 2 day drive.



Friday, June 13, 2014

Ode to the Sewing Machine #19

Many of you follow my "Ode to the Sewing Machine" posts.  We've all seen the ads on craigslist, ebay and elsewhere.  The clueless sellers give those of us who sew a belly laugh, or two!

No one in their right minds would continue reading, but who says quilters are in their right minds, so here's installment #19...




Better run right over there!