I’ve adopted this couple as my grandparents. I’ve known them for over 9 years, go to my church, Mrs p has been praying for me a lot. She just recently lost her mom at age 98. We all loved Mother deeply. So Mr p has been sick lately coughing having asthma symptoms. End of June he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, out of no where. I was heart broken the Drs did a biopsy June 30th and tests came back July 3rd its official stage 4 cancer. How does a completely healthy 60s something man no smoking and all of a sudden boom he’s got 4 stage cancer? I know everything happens in God’s timing sometimes I don’t understand. Just like everyone else. Of the last 4 years I’ve lost 5 ppl I dearly love. The day we took this pic I cried my eyes out, I’ve puffy eyes and a fake smile. But its in God’s hands and when he calls him home, I know he’s going to a better place!!!
I read in a biblical article, I get once a month by Charles Stanley, 3 years ago I discovered my God given talent among other talents. This one touched my heart dearly and I’d like to share it to you.
In this article I read about how a lady had asked her friend when her friend’s husband had passed away, and asked her friend if she could have her husband’s clothes to make a quilt out of them. Weird I know right. Well I was inspired by it and when my Grandma passed away 3 years ago, I asked my mom and aunts to get me as much of my Grandma’s clothes they would bring me to make a quilt, and I did it, it took awhile, and my other Grandma helped me as well.
Now,I’m working on my friend’s daughter’s clothes when she passed 2 years ago at the age of 14, do to an ATV accident. I love making quilts and pillows with peoples clothes to have that family smell and memories forever rather than donating their clothes or selling them.
Please anyone who has a deceased loved one, I’d love to do this for you for a small fee, and shipping back to you.
Thank you for all the men and woman who put their lives on the line for our freedom, and making American who we are today.
Today isn’t the easiest for me today, no story, just pray for me. As well as my BFF( aka big sister), 2 years ago today she lost her daughter due to an ATV accident, so today we are sad she’s gone, but rejoice she’s in Heaven watching us! Today is all about Isabelle. Happy Heaven Day Angel Isabelle we miss you and love you so much!! I’m here with your mama!
Yesterday I got to meet three veterans plus a retired police officer, I couldn’t be more thankful for my law enforcement and First Responders!
Oh yeah, funny for today: Remember to be nice to your nurses, they keep the doctor from killing you,lol! I’m ready for some funny phrases to keep me going today, so blow up my comments with the funniest jokes pics anything!!
I wanna be fearless. Nothing to block me down. But why when so close to God I still have fears? Where do they come from? Other than the obvious fear of heights? Or bugs? I don’t get it!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Father’s the Father’s to be and the one’s who desire to be one. And those that have babies in Heaven!
Thank you Father’s!
I don’t know if I should keep blogging. I’ve made a lot of great people, but social media is overwhelming me. But I want to write a blog about my adopted Grandma but first I need permission. And my big blog about my uncle. Any advice? Any blogs to write about? I need some help from my fellow followers!!!
Today 8 years ago at 1pm CT my daddy walked me down the isle, I had just stopped crying from the overwhelming morning, and then my groom at the altar started crying and I cried more. What a beautiful day, sunny, nice breeze. Receiving line, I thought was never going to end. I got hot and made the janitor turn the air down, lol. I’m never hot, I’m always the coldest in 90° weather.
I just visited an elderly couple from church who’s been married 64 years.
Here’s to many years ahead!
My friend is having surgery today, I don’t know what time, but it’s a major surgery. Can ya’ll pray for her please? She already has enough stress going on in her life, she could use the uplifting, and for the doctors, nurses, anesthesiologist to lead them in the right direction, and keep her safe. Thanks all!
adfontes.ca: Arguments that Kill your Marriage by Paul Carter
Good Arguments, Bad Arguments:
“In a marriage there are good arguments and bad arguments” begins Paul Carter in his article, Arguments that Kill your Marriage. “Some arguments are both necessary and helpful. An argument that settles an issue that has been an on-going source of tension is a good argument…
But not every argument is a good argument. Some arguments are unhelpful and some arguments are downright deadly. In my experience the following 4 arguments should be avoided like the plague:
1. Arguments about arguments
Generally speaking, when you find yourself arguing about how you argue its time to seek pastoral or professional counsel. This is a bad road to go down.
Try having a conversation about the agreed upon rules for marital dialogue when you are not engaged in a particular conflict. When you are both in a good…
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3 years ago my Grandma J got to meet Jesus. 8 years ago she was diagnosed with cancer, but it went away by the grace of God. Until May 10th Mother’s Day none the less, she was really sick the next day her bff took her to a hospital they gave her an inhaler for pneumonia, she refused. The next day May 14th her bff took her to another hospital they admitted her with pneumonia and was bring treated. Her doctor heard a lot fluid in her lungs and drained about a liter of fluids to test it, it again was cancer this time it was too late to save, it was choking her she was on oxygen, and eventually on morphine, exactly 16 days in the hospital and my grandma passed at 80. It was endometriosis metastatic cancer, I was with her 12 hours before she went, I know she was fighting but I told her it was okay to go see Jesus we’d be okay and I love her!
Do you dare?
That’s what she said!
Who did that? you might ask… The Bag Lady, of course!
To make a not so long, but possibly long if I tell it, story short… It was The Bag Lady’s grand son’s birthday, and he is a firefighter. And she ended her post wishing us a great week, and asking that we’d go and hug a firefighter! I innocently mentionned the firestation only about 3 minutes of walk away from my apartment, saying how I could go there and get a fireman hug! And she did it. She said the three forbidden words…
Ooooooooh. Daring me, uh?
I love being dared. Being dared is a passport for doing silly things I wouldn’t do otherwise. I am incredibly shy, you see? And being dared gives me someone else to blame for my peculiar behaviors…
“That’s crazy? Well, yes, I agree, but it’s not my…
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What is it? A day to remember those who have served, currently serving, and those we lost in war.
We’re thankful for them for fighting for our country’s Freedom!
What it isn’t? Just another holiday!
In memory of those lost, take a moment in silence for them!
In honor of those who served/ are serving Thank You! I couldn’t be more grateful for what they’ve done, and will do!
When I get a chance to see a militarist I always say “Thank you for your service, and shake their hand”
2 members of my family who served: Dan, and Great Uncle Paul!!
Take off the labels!
In my blogging, I have had the privilege of getting to know a fellow blogger through telephone conversations. Our phone conversation today led me to this post. I encourage you to check out his blog at dontlabelmykid.wordpress.com.
In our discussion, we talked about how people are treated for physical, emotional, and psychological issues. Many “professionals” give them a label that they use as a crutch or it ends up becoming a stigma, and these people can never see past that label. They become a slave to a label placed on them by a man or woman…a label they allowed themselves to receive.
Then I began to think about labels in general. We go to the grocery store and see labels on what we buy. The truth is that we cannot trust the label. There are often ingredients that are not listed on the label. There are dates on the label…
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Sitting in line, okay standing in line for 15-20 mins is ridiculous! I’ve 5 things for my sister’s college graduation party cupcakes. 22 check out lanes and 6 self check outs only like 10 open,awesome!!! Happy Saturday All!!!
I don’t know this police officer, but someone does, he’s someone’s son, father, husband, friend! Either way, respect him, and other first responders, they aren’t to harm you, but to protect you. Do they pull us over? Sure,why to protect us if we’ve a headlight out,so we can see at night when driving,so we can see other drivers and they can see us to avoid an accident. Speeding? Yes, to protect us from hurting other drivers or ourselves.
I wish there were officers who could pull over the drunk drivers before they kill others, is it the police? No, it’s the alchol in the drivers blood stream. The leagal alcohol point to drive is 0.008, if your level is 1 point higher you are legally drunk.
They are the first responders to a car accident, to help people out of their vehicals if they can, and keep them calm until the meds and firefighters get there. They’re there to defend you if it wasn’t your fault for the accident and take your report of what happened. I was hit by another car in 2010, who was the first on the scene? The police!! Did it help that she hit 4 other cars as well, and turned my vehicle 90 degrees and ended up missing 2 months of work from a fractured shoulder, that still hurts to this day, no? But they were there to ticket her, and get everyone’s statements from others in the accident and witnesses from the side.
They don’t use their guns to kill, they use them to protect themselves and their partners, and their K-9’s which is also their partners for life.
Let’s take a stand for our men and woman in all uniform not just today, everyday!
God Bless Them!
Dear Younger Me,
Where do I start? First I’d say look under your bed for old letters from your best friends. It’s hard to break up after your first boyfriend, who you wanted to marry, its pain and fast, you got so much going for you, he’s not worth it to be crying over to survive, hunny your “Knight in shining armor, ended up being alummin foil, you’ll find your Prince Charming will be wearing God’s Armour to protect you.
Have a little faith, and know the kids you grew up with won’t be there after 18, because you’re not too cool, to not be changing boyfriends everyday like underwear, too keep your self pure as long as you can, not drinking underage,or at all, no smoking, no kissing other girls, just be yourself its worth it! You’ll find better friends after marriage, doing bible studies with great Women Of God!
Each and everytime you have a fight, just assume your wrong and mom and dad are always right, because someday you’ll say/do exactly as they did, and still do. You’ve so much ahead you’ll have the best years in your life, when you find your spouse, who will love you through thick and thin. Thank Mr. Thompson for getting you out of your “comfort zone” without him you wouldn’t be so courageous and do “dangerous things” like riding crazy horses, going on a mission trip that you pray yourself to safety places. Talk to people you never know at parks, and take pics of strangers. Walk up to dogs you don’t even know, being bit by a dog at age 4, who bit through your skin and broke a vein in your arm, and being brave enough to have 18 stitches inside your arm to repair your vein and 4 big stitches on the outside of it.
When you get married mom will ask you if you want to remove the scar from your arm, and you say “No,because it has a story its been part of you for 18 years,why change now?” You will marry a uncondional loving man, through thick and thin. And have a beautiful child who yes, you will go through trials and tribulates but not fear God is with you even when you get diagnosed with mental illnesses, he’ll help you through the hard days.
Yes, you are going to loose your grandparents 6 years apart, and feel like you’re dying when grandpa dies,because you were so close to him, but remember the good days, when you’d spend the summer with him and grandma having the best times ever: feeding and playing with Patty’s puppies, naming the puppies (yes one of them I named Hercules, because he had a ‘H’ shaped on his forehead), having the “lawn mower lady” stop over randomly, playing cards with grandma and grandpa(Skip-O and Uno) while watching Wheel of Fortune and lots of game shows. Letting you drive at 14 on the ole back gravel country roads. You make a great relationship between you and grandma when you’re 23, you call her every week or everyother week. She’s lonely now that Grandpa’s gone, she needs you. Now, she’s got cancer, and needs you even more than you know it.
She beats cancer,YES!!!! Cancer kiss this! She gets to meet her great-grandson when he’s 4 months, and will see him for another 14 months, at 18 months he’ll be kissing her in the hospital, and kissing her good-bye at her funeral, and still asks about her at 4 and you tell him everything about her. 4 years later you’re going to get the phone call that grandma is sick in the hospital and you tell your husband, it’s time to go see her, no matter what, this could be the last at her age, we never know when we’re going to see our grandparents again, even if they’re released from the hospital, this time she won’t be coming home, in 16 days she’s going to be rejoicing and singing with Jesus and be reunited with Grandpa.
The days are short,remember to have fun,some days are long, but it’s always an hour or two ahead of time somewhere. Or hours ahead serving our country to protect our freedom and nation in hot weather wearing heavy gear, and hot clothes, along with their hot heavy boots, walking hours/days on end with no food, and not talking to family, or seeing family for months at a time, when you have the priviledge to do all these things in a day. Respect your elders, military, the law, others. Love people, no matter their situation/race/religion, show the love of Christ.
Your Older Self
Blessings yesterday was that I was able to enjoy God’s beautiful sunshine, and warmth while I worked in my yard, and my precious son play in the sprinkler.
Today’s Blessing is to be able to relax and have a roof over my head, and a bed to rest my head on at night, to wake with the morning light!
Come join the party!!! 🎊
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Too all the 1-3 children 4 children and more good luck!!!
1st baby: You start wearing maternity clothes as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as you can squeeze into them.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
PREPARING FOR THE BIRTH
1st baby: You practice your breathing exercises religiously.
2nd baby: You don’t bother, because you learned the hard way that the breathing exercises don’t help.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
1st baby: You pre-wash all the baby clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold and store them neatly.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and throw out only the ones with the worst stains.
3rd baby: A few boxes of disposable diapers and a small stack of hand-me-down t-shirts will do the trick.
1st baby: You spend a good bit of…
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Please pray for these employees/employers and their families as some have lost their offices, thankful there weren’t many people in the building being it to lunch time. I praise God my father wasn’t in the building, as he was just returning from lunch, and saw all the firetrucks ambulances, and two news helicopters. Prayers and thanks go out to the first responders.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s!!!
I know right now you’re in your rebelious stage of life, I was there too. But you’re hurting our family. Please don’t let your relationship with your boyfriend and moving out affect your relationship with your sisters, and our parents. I miss you, and I know what I did yesterday may’ve not been the brightest thing to do, but I did it out of love for you and our sister Liz on her day of gradution from college. Now she’s starting her new career in social working. And one day we all may not be living 15-30 mins from you.
When I was younger, that was what I wanted too,was to leave at 18 and get away from family, but I’m so glad I didn’t, yeah my relationship ended with the stupid boy, but you know I had our family to support me through thick and thin. We are always there for you and always be there for you no matter the choices you make. We love you and miss you very much. I hope some day you will see this, and start talking to us and seeing us, you’re really missing out on seeing your nephews grow up. One is about to start Pre School in August, the other will be 3 in Sept. I hope you come around to be there for them when they turn 3 and 5. You missed my birthday.
Mother’s Day is next Sunday, I hope you will see our mother and me on our special day. And the Sunday after is mom’s birthday, and I hope you will see her on her special day as well, and May 30th is the 3rd year anniversary of her mother being gone, I hope you understand we need you bad in the next couple weeks that you’d come around, with or without your boyfriend.
I love and miss you,
Your Older Wiser Sister
Listening to the radio yesterday they were talking about recharging our bodies and how we are so busy with life we forget to relax and let our bodies recharge.
Recharging our bodies helps gives us more energy, feel better physically and mentally.
If we don’t recharge our bodies we get worn out stressed, overwhelmed, tired, makes us sick. Please relax, read a book, take a nap, watch tv/movies, and good nights sleep.
My lil man did great, no tears leaving mommy n daddy. Doctor said he did really well, and she got everything out to biopsy it, I hugged her she’s so awesome, I wouldn’t recommend anyone but her. He was a little tough when he came to, which is what the anesthesiologist said, they can be fighters, criers, and the clingy type, oh yeah when he woke he def flying hands, trying to get out of my lap, and wanting down. Ate a snack and drink while watching his cartoons was ready to go home about an hour after surgery.
I won’t be blogging til Sunday, enjoy your weekend all. My son is having surgery tomorrow morning 9:30am Central Time to remove a cyst off his neck he’s had since birth. None cancerous but needs to be removed before kids start asking what it is. And how it got there. And now my son has been picking at it, bye bye extra cartilage no more! Or told by the doctors its a “gill” apparently we all had gills and his didn’t close.
1. Whats your philosophy in life?
Live like there’s no tomorrow, sing like no one’s around, dance in the rain
2. Whats the one thing you would like to change about yourself?
My teeth, one day
3. Are you religious or spiritual?
4. Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert? Both
5. Which parent are you closer to and why?
Both now, when I was a rebellious teen I wasn’t close to either one. I came closer to my mom after I had my son, and my Dad he’s always there to put me in my place!
6. What was the best phase in your life?
2003-2007 I was baptized in 2003, had my first bf for 2 years, ended on a good note.
2012- having my soon
2009- married my husband!
7. What was the worst phase in your life?
April 2007- lost my grandpa that I was closest to.
May 2014- lost my grandma to ovarian cancer
8. Is what youre doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?
Kinda, I knew I wanted kids, maybe 2, but after 1 I’m done, lol. I wanted to be a nurse, but never went to college,graduated HS and went into the working world. Could’ve made my way up in Target.
9. What makes you feel accomplished?
Cleaning my house
10. Whats your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
Book: Priscilla Shirer bible studies, she’s so awesome! Movie: Miss Congeniality, I love Sandra Bullock she’s hilarious!
11. What is a relationship deal breaker for you?
12. Are you more into looks or brains?
13. Would you ever take back someone who cheated?
14. How do you feel about sharing your password with your partner?
My husband and I don’t share.
15. When do you think a person is ready for marriage?
When they are willing to be committed to their spouse/spouse only
16. What kind of parent do you think you will be?
Well too late, I’m already a good parent my worst would be when I was manic and didn’t know it. But after being treated for my bipolar I’m back to normalcy, what is normal?
17. What would you do if your parents didnt like your partner?
They’ve always liked my boyfriends I only had 2 my ex-boyfriend and my husband
18. Who is that one person you can talk to about just anything?
My husband, my bffs
19. Do you usually stay friends with your exes?
20. Have you ever lost someone close to you?
21. If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?
Leave me alone. Otherwise my anger will escalate!
22. Whats an ideal weekend for you?
Chores and church
23. What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex?
Best friends, no friends, yes
24. Do you judge a book by its cover?
25. Are you confrontational?
Confrontational? No, voice my opinion yes!
26. When was the last time you broke someones heart?
27. Would you relocate for love?
Where my husband goes, I go
28. Did you ever write a journal?
When I was younger yes, now blogging is so much better!
29. What are you most thankful for?
Family,friends, Jesus dying for my sins.
30. Do you believe in second chances?
Depends on situation
31. Whats the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
My mental illness
32. What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Cabin in the woods
33. What did your past relationship teach you?
It always hurts before it gets better. God,family,friends,yourself then everything after. Dating younger guys is a bad idea. He didn’t tell me that, I figured it out by myself.
34. What are your thoughts on online dating ?
I met one guy online we went on one date, my horse riding lesson, lol. And bowling he asked me out via text yeah unacceptable!
35. Whats on your bucket list this year?
To eventually ride a horse
36. When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?
37. What is the craziest thing youve ever done and would you do it again?
Riding crazy barn sour horse. Yes, but with a helmet this time
38. If a genie granted you 3 wishes right now, what would you wish for?
1- all our bills to be paid off
3- no more mental illness and no medicine
39. Whats your biggest regret in life?
I have no regrets
40. What do you think about when youre by yourself?
By myself with a toddler? Haha! When I actually get me time I go to a quiet place at the local park in the woods to clear my head.
1) Go to Jerusalem
2) go to Paris
Chocolate is my comfort food
Quirks? I don’t know what mine would be
We need to stop this man! Let’s help our fellow blogger TJ in this! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Well it’s no wonder the jackass is smiling in his pictures.
I just told the head detective in North Carolina and his area that I have the statement from the victim five other victims – plus two adults eyewitnesses and want him to take a report – and he refused.
REFUSED TO TAKE A REPORT ! THEY REPORTS FOR STOLEN IPODS! NOT HUMAN VICTIMS??
Marriage Monday Tip #1: Show respect and admiration for your spouse in a public setting. Here is the beginning of a series that will include a marriage tip every Monday! Please share, like, and follow to keep up with loftforum! I will still post my usual weekly articles. Have a great week everyone!
Day 27: What makes me feel better, always:
Would be my son, talking to God, reading my Bible, Sunshine, Going on walks, Taking Pics.
Day 28: Last time I cried: HHHMMMM, I’m not really a cryer, so maybe 2-3 weeks ago? although I may cry Friday when my son goes in for surgery!
April 2017: Mental Health Awareness – http://wp.me/p1rk0X-mPM
When I think of Harmony, I think of music, and how people can sing in different melodies, and how someone can sing the harmonies so beautifully. I also think of my friend Harmony, she’s so loving and understanding.
Harmony is peaceful, and relaxing.
Day 24) Difficult time in my life would be back in 2014, when I was real sick, and my husband, son, and I had to live with my in-laws for about 4 months. Then lived with my husbands grandma for a month, but for I could go back to our house.
Day 25) Best Physical Features would be my hair, smile, I maybe little but I’m very strong. Don’t under mistake a small girl/woman. I’ve handled big horses that want to pull you, but I hold on tight, and show them whose boss. I take no crap from anyone.
Day 26) Five Favorite Blogs:
- My Anxiety Blog
- Grandma Blog
- Famous in a Smalltown
- My Valentine’s Blog
- My first Blog
Good morning all. With Spring finally upon us it’s time to do some deep cleaning. Below is a deep cleaning check list for every thing you may not always think about. I got this off of Pinterest from Bless’er House. I think it’s a fantastic way to clean and purge some of the things that […]
Spike, so things come to mind. One, I love when my son takes a bath, his hair is all wet getting out of the tube, and I spike his hair just for kicks, I want to send a pic. to my grandma-in-law which she doesn’t use her phone for that, so I’d have to go see, which we are soon! But Grandma hates when people spike their hair, but I don’t want to give the old lady a heart attack,lol.
Two, the word spike reminds me of playing volleyball at camp, and with the youth girls that I was their Bible Study leader. After classes we’d play volleyball at night, and the girls would spike the ball to the other team and visa versa.
Three, at prom we’d have to be careful that no one spiked the punch.
Miranda Lambert- Famous in A Smalltown
Reminds me of going to the Famous Smalltown, where my Aunt L lives, and where my Grandparents lived. Small town, big talk. I’m close with the kids I grew up down there with for the summers, I remember going down there for a sports camp, one girl braided my hair, we put make up on one of the male leaders, we sang Christmas Carols at a nursing home, for our “Christmas in July” themed camp. I remember moving G&G lawn. All the pups grandpa raised, bred his sheltie.
If we were late for church, every one looked at the front door, or side stairs to the sanctuary. Never knew anyone that went to jail down there. I don’t think they even have a jail for 100-200 people. Never once seen a cop car. The drive from my Aunt L’s to my G&G was maybe 5 mins, depending who was driving. Going to the dairy farm open fields, G&G W’s to G&G S’s is where we had dinner.
I can clearly remember the day I got the message from my boss told me my mom called, and I needed to go home for a family emergency. I knew I knew it was my Grandpa S, I had this bad feeling something happened to him, I cried the whole way home, about 30 mins, because he was sick and was recently at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, when the tech asked if Gpa had had a heart attack because he had water around his heart, he replied no, he felt fine, but that my Gpa stubborn. Nothing bothered him, and never admitting pain. That morning we got the call, Gma called and said Gpa was up early in the morning to use the bathroom, when he returned to bed, he didn’t even make it back in bed, Gma, said wake up B, and no response just foamed mouth, sleeping soundly on the bed, but she knew he was gone to our Father in Heaven. Gpa was always the one you know you are always dragging him behind talking to strangers, not about anything, but sharing the Love of Christ and making sure they were saved, boy I wish I had his courageousness to do that.
Going on a missions trip is the only time I open up to strangers on the street, you heart is so fired up, but once we’re home, it tends to soften down. The missions trip I went on was in Tunica,MS. We slept in a camping based area, luckily we had bunk beds, running water and electricity. Not all mission trips do we get that. Our mission campus was in a bad neighborhood, I remember walking ministry day, and I walked with 2 of my best friends, tall, and scary looking men. Best bodyguards. We walked on one street where people were shooting up, and the guys didn’t want me to see it,and told me to cover my eyes to not let me see it. God, led us out of that situation to a park nearby where kids were playing basketball, we joined playing basketball, and the one boy took us to his house to talk to his dad,how wonderfully we got to witness to the dad and boy, and the dad even gave us waffles for breakfast. An amazing giving 3 white strangers into his home. This was a very bad area. In Mississippi they’ve richly white people side, and poor black people, so racist down there, why can’t we all get along? I’ve good friends that are black, I love this quote from Ducky from NCIS: “Black is just a color, we’re all red on the inside.” I have a brother half black/white, a brother whose half mexican/white, race doesn’t bother me, as long as you don’t hurt my family.
I love everyone! One day I want to do a missions trip in a foreign country to do medical aide. And one day to visit Jerusalem to walk where Jesus walked!
20: Big 40! My son will be 13, oh my a teenager, I thought 2’s were back
now a rebellious teenager, I don’t know. But I see myself, as a loving wife, comforting mother, living in a nice ranch, with horses, and acres of land so quiet, I can relax and walk in the deep words and talk to my Father. Married for 18 years to my husband/best friend til death do us part.
21: I miss riding with my best friend, but unfortunately, she moved 1,300 miles away. I miss my pony, her and I worked so well together, I never had to use my legs, she was very mouthed broke. I miss riding/running in the fields to release stress/anxiety. Or racing in the biggest pasture, or racing up hills. The good ol’ days! Oh when we were young!
The airwaves crackled with radio calls that day. A U.S. attack helicopter had been forced to crash land in the desert just north of Baghdad and about 20 soldiers, members of Delta Force, had arrived to help protect it and fly the wounded to safety… but the rescuers soon found themselves under heavy attack from al-Qaeda.
“Mayday, mayday!” was the frantic call for help. Mortars, rounds, RPG’s, and two trucks outfitted with machine guns headed their way… they were taking a beating and with no place to hide, the troops needed immediate help.
“We had called our people, our command, and requested tank support, helicopter support, anything to help us because we were being overrun,” the radioman later reported. “Nobody would help us. They couldn’t get in because it was too hot.”
Then, miraculously, Troy Gilbert appeared in his F-16.
Enemy forces were too close to civilians and US troops to bomb, so Gilbert dropped fast and low- to a mere 200 feet above the desert. His cockpit warning system blared into his headset, “Pull up, pull up, pull up!”
He did, but not until after he’d unloaded his six-barreled Gatling gun into a truck full of al-Qaeda fighters.
Gilbert screamed into a right turn and circled back to open up again, this time on the second truck. He fired two bursts at the second truck before pulling hard on the control stick to regain altitude… but it was too late.
His son, now 19, says, “He had to act quickly, and within a matter of seconds. Knowing him, there was no other option [but successfully completing his mission].”
The F-16 was pointing up when it slammed tail first into the ground less than a second after those gun bursts.
Air Force investigators said, “This motivation to immediately support friendly forces under fire produced a series of decisions and flight parameters that left little room for recovery on the first strafe pass, and no possibility of recovery on the second pass. Gilbert died because of his excessive motivation to succeed.”
In other words, Troy Gilbert made a choice that day to rescue his fellow Americans at the cost of his own life.
You may wonder why I’m telling you the story of Troy Gilbert on Easter and here’s why:
Somebody came after you.
Do you get that?
You were in dire straights, under attack, hopeless, stranded, abandoned by everyone else and doomed for a massive takedown by a ruthless enemy… and Someone came after you.
At the cost of His own life, he showed up to redeem yours.
Friends, that’s a big deal. I know sometimes we become so familiar with the facts of the gospel and going through religious motions that we forget what actually and really occurred. We forget how desperate we were and the Divine intervention… and cost… that was made on our behalf.
When feasting at the table of grace, we can forget the excruciating act of love done for an unknown struggler on the backside of the desert.
But I also know something else. I know that someone reading this still needs to be rescued. You are in that desert right now and the enemy is closing in. You’re a goner, an unknown, a hopeless one sending your “mayday, mayday!” with no one responding.
You aren’t sure God is on your side and you don’t know how to get His attention. You are bleeding out and no one cares. If you were to die tonight, you aren’t sure you’d go to heaven.
Friend, you can settle that right now. I can’t rescue you but I can tell you how to call out to the Redeemer who will. He is standing by, on the alert, scanning the skies and ready to swoop down just for you. Today, on this Easter Sunday, it is my joy and privilege to tell you how in 4 simple steps.
1. Acknowledge your need. Our universal problem isn’t ISIS, cancer, betrayal or our circumstances. It’s our own sin. Sin is what’s separated us from God and the consequences of sin is death. This means physical death but it also means spiritual death. (See Romans 6:23) Your sin is the biggest problem in your life, wreaking havoc… and it’s one you can’t deal with on your own.
2. Accept God’s provision for sin. God sent a perfect Redeemer to rescue you from sin. When you were without hope, separated from God, and doomed to an eternity in hell, God acted. Independent of you, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place so that you could have His righteousness. Jesus willingly took your place. He is the only way to God because He is the only One who perfectly fulfilled the requirements of God on your behalf.
3. Place your full trust in Jesus Christ and what He did. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” God asks you to believe this amazing news! He doesn’t ask you to go to church, read your Bible, fast, pray, clean up your act or stand on your head in order to be rescued. He asks that you believe He is THAT good and THAT competent, that He singlehandedly accomplished everything on your behalf. This is amazing! The sad thing is, many people won’t believe it because they find it too simple.
4. Surrender your life to the Lordship of Christ. When Jesus becomes your rescuer, He also becomes your Lord. Just as a drowning person, we must relinquish control of our own lives in order to be rescued. Jesus will transfer you from the domain of darkness to the Kingdom of light, which means He doesn’t redeem you so you can build your own little castle and live life however you want. He redeems us that we may “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (I Peter 2:9).
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Christianity isn’t just a fire insurance policy. It is a new life of following a new master (Jesus). We daily take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). If you are ready for this new life, simply call out to Him! He is near and ready to save. Acknowledge your need, accept God’s provision, place your trust in Christ, and surrender your life to Him.
Happy Easter my friend. My prayer is that today, each and every one reading this exults in the Greatest Rescue Mission of all time and the greatest victory He accomplished when He rose again. Praise GOD!!!