Thursday, April 30, 2009


"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines, and PESTILENCES, and earthquakes, in divers places" Matthew 24:7

PESTILENCE - Websters 1) any virulent or fatal contagious disease - 2) an epidemic of such disease - 3) anything regarded as harmful.

Look up.....our redemption drawth neigh.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Do you know the Preamble for your state?........

I received this e-mail from a close friend and wanted to share it here on blogland.

Alabama 1901 - "We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution....

Alaska 1956 - We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land...

Arizona, 1911 - We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...

Arkansas 1874 - We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...

California 1879 - We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...

Colorado 1876 - We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe...

Connecticut 1818 - The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy...

Delaware 1897 - Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences...

Florida 1885 - We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...

Georgia 1777 - We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...

Hawaii 1959 - We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance...Establish this Constitution...

Idaho 1889 - We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings...

Illinois 1870 - We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors...

Indiana 1851 - We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government...

Iowa 1857 - We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution....

Kansas 1859 - We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution...

Kentucky 1891 - We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...

Louisiana 1921 - We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy...

Maine 1820 - We, the People of Main, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity...And imploring His air and direction...

Maryland 1776 - We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...

Massachusetts 1780 - We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction...

Michigan 1908 - We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution...

Minnesota 1857 - We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings....

Mississippi 1890 - We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work....

Missouri 1845 - We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness. Establish this Constitution...

Montana 1889 - We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution...

Nebraska 1875 - We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. Establish this Constitution...

Nevada 1864 - We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...

New Hampshire 1792 - Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844 - We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors...

New Mexico 1911 - We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty...

New York 1846 - We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings...

North Carolina 1868 - We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those...

North Dakota 1889 - We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...

Ohio 1851 - We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common...

Oklahoma 1907 - Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this...

Oregon 1857 - Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences.,,

Pennsylvania 1776 - We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance...

Rhode Island 1842 - We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...

South Carolina 1778 - We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution...

South Dakota 1889 - We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties...

Tennessee 1706 - Art. XI...III. That all men have a natural and indefinsible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...

Texas 1845 - We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God...

Utah 1896 - Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this constitution...

Vermont 1777 - Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man...

Virginia 1776 - Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other...

Washington 1889 - We, the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...

Virginia 1872 - Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God...

Wisconsin 1848 - We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...

Wyoming 1890 - We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution...

I had seen this and was aware of these. Based on the attack that our country is going through at this time, especially on our Christian based liberty and freedom, I felt the need to post this.

May we stand firm in defending our Rights that have been bestowed on us, not only in our National Constitution but in the Preamble of each and every one of our 50 states. These stood the firm test of time from 1776 to 1959 - 183 years. Surely, we must not cave in now.

My apologies to my intenational readers. I know that many other areas of the world are also facing many of the same issues we are here in America. I pray God leads you to stand firm to His word also.

Addendum: After posting the above my dear friend, Pea, from Sudbury, Canada left this comment which I wanted to add here to be a permanent part of this:

The Preamble to the Canadian Constitution.......Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.

Thanks Pea!!!!!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Adventures with Honey Bees

Mickey has had some exciting adventures with his Honey Bees. This picture shows Mickey and our dear friend, Ronnie, sorting through the 2 hives hunting for the queen. As they finished this process, they never found the queen!!, they suddenly spot a swarm on our honeysuckle bushes. As soon as they spotted them they flew away. They got in their vehicles and drove, seeing if they could see where they landed, but they never located them.

Mickey was splitting his bee's into 2 hives and moved one hive back against our back privacy fence.

Then Mickey was out checking his bees, and once again noticed they were swarming around the honeysuckle bushes AGAIN. He quickly called Ronnie. Here they are just surveying and trying to figure out what to do next!!!

Still looking things over.

Still looking!!!

Setting up the ladder. Ronnie said, "Susan, you need to write a book." I almost do!!

Placing one piece of the hive box, a nuke, on the ladder. The nuke has been sprayed with lemon pledge to attact the bees by the cent. They are hoping the bees will all return to the box. After awhile the bees are mostly gone and Mickey assumes they are in the box. He seals it up for, just before dark, for the night.
The next morning he goes out to remove the seal and check the box. There was not one bee in this nuke!!!
Even Ronnie is perplexed over this development. They called John, another bee keeper from our church, and he says it was probably a "test" smarming. As of this writing Mickey, do to losing these bees, he was unable to develop a 3rd bee colony.
We may not know what is happening, or going on, but we know that Our God knows and we are not overly concerned. The worst that has happened is Mickey was unable to establish the 3rd colony.
By the way, the new hive which he set back by the fence is doing great!!!! So he has two hives this year which are doing well. He began this venture last year with one hive. Never a dull moment around our place :o)
Another busy week for us. Oh Thursday we were invited over to Don & Barbara's for chilli and then we all attended the Dave Ramsey symacast that was held at their church. It lasted 1 1/2 hours. We had gone to a conference by Dave Ramsey about 7 years ago in Oklahoma City. He didn't have a lot of new stuff to say, but he does believe our economy will come back and be okay if the government will just get out of the way. OOOOPPSSS ----- I don't think that is going to happen. As always, his main point is GET OUT OF DEBT!!! We are working hard to do just that.
My Tuesday night Bible Study is really getting interesting and we are learning so much. I'll share some on that later.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Fun Luncheon - Bee Club - Devotional

Our Monday morning in-home Bible Study group took yesterday off from Bible study and 10 of us went to Muskogee for lunch. Muskogee is a town south of Tulsa. You might recognize the name from the song Merle Haggard made famous in 1969 titles "Okie from Muskogee"!!!!
We ate at Harmony House which is a restaurant is in old 2 story home, full of antiques. Their food is wonderful. It was my first time won't be my last.

A picture of 8 of the 10 of us. Starting at the back left, in the white is Judy. Judy is the one who started this Bible Study in her home. Then continuing on the left: Betty, Barbara, Martha & Linda. On the right from the back: Pat, Shirley & Wantha Ann. Thelma had already left by the time I remembered to take the picture :o( and of course I am the photographer. What a fun time we all had. Wantha Ann picked me & Shirley up and did the driving. The ride to and from was also a great time of sharing. It is such a blessing to be a part of this group that God has put together.

Last night was our Bee Club meeting so we made the trip into Tulsa for that. As always the camaraderie is fun and we always learn a great deal. We've had so much going on that we've missed the last couple of months so it was great to attend.

The following is today's devotion from "The Word For Today". It was so good I wanted to share it with you:

"The Glory of the Lord appeared...before all the children of Israel"

Numbers 14:10 NKJV


"People once thought the world was flat and that you would sail off the edge. They thought man would never walk on the moon. In 1899 the U.S. patent office almost closed because the CEO said, "Everything that can be invented already has been." In retrospect his statement is ridiculous. But some of us have bought into the same philosophy about our lives. We stop learning because we're "too old". We're afraid to change careers in case we "jeopardize our pension." We don't pursue our dreams in case we fail or get ridiculed. We're so accustomed to self-imposed limitations that we tell ourselves, "I can't do that, so I can't do anything." In essence we're building a box, crawling inside, then looking for something to blame for our lack of faith. God didn't box you in you did, and you need to take the initiative for breaking out!

"When you get down to it there's very little difference in people. But the little difference amounts to a big difference, and the little difference is attitude; it determines whether you see life through the eyes of faith or the lens of fear. When others around him saw only giants and wanted to turn back, Kaleb said, "If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us." (Numbers 14:8 NKJV At that point two things happened. First, "All the congregation said to stone them" (verse 10). Second, "The glory of the Lord appeared in the Tabernacle".Caleb's critics said "no" but God said "yes." All you need is God's approval. When you have it, disregard the naysayers and move forward."

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Busy - With a capital "B"

WOW - what a busy week I had last week......and this week is panning out to be almost as busy. My father use to say, "Busy people are happy people." I know we are very happy, so it must be true.
Sunday, a week ago, was of course Easter so after church I prepared a delicious ham dinner with all the trimmings. Suzette brought a delicious grape salad and Marc brought ice cream to have with our Strawberry shortcake. Of course our usual 2 church services and Sunday school.
Then Monday morning I had my woman's home bible study and that night attended a special meeting at another church. I didn't get home until 11 p.m.
Tuesday night I went to my other friends home bible study. I was really torn between going to it and the special meeting but I am one who believes in commitment. Our bible study was awesome and I knew I'd made the right decision.
Wednesday, as always we picked Aric up from school. He & Mickey went to Royal Rangers at our church and Wantha Ann & I went to the special meeting. We didn't get home until 11 p.m. again.
Thursday Mickey finally got to attend the special meeting with me and we took David and Kathy, church friends, with us. We didn't get home until midnight!!! and the meeting was still going and we heard we really missed out on some good stuff.
Friday we picked Oksana & Aric up from school and brought them home with us for the week-end. We took them to McD's for dinner and then left them at home and Mickey & I attended a birthday party for a young woman in our church celebrating her 40th!!! We were home by 9.
Saturday Suzette, Oksana & I had a "girls day out." We all three had pedicures and manicures. Then we went to Ro*n's Ha*mburgers, one of our favorite places, for lunch. Then we went to 6, yes 6!!! different shoe stores looking for hot pink heels for Oksana to wear with her prom dress. She found one paid she "sort of liked!" so we returned home without new shoes. Ginger, even after you reminding me I forgot the camera :o( !!!! But I have a treat below :o)
Grandpa and Aric had their "boy's day" which included a trip to Mc'ds!!!!!!
Sunday was Sunday School and Church, so wonderful to have Oksana and Aric attend with us. Another BIG highlight is my friend Kahri and her 4 children visited our church........YEAH!!!! Her husband, Michael, had to work but next week they will all be there. For those of you who have read my blog long know that Kahri & Michael are good friends from when we met about 4 years ago at the church we use to attend. They have our little miracle baby, who was not expected to live, and is now almost 4 1/2 years old. She is a living testimony to God's healing power and the STRONG faith of her parents.
After church we took the kids out to IH*OP for lunch.
Grandpa had to be "cool" and put on Oksana's sunglasses.
I did get a picture of this wonderful trio.
Dad, Marc, got back to town and picked them up about 4.
Last night at church we had a special singer who performed. He was good.
So not one day last week was it just a "stay at home day"!!! We also had damp, coolish, rainy and stormy days all week long. Friday night we even got out Code Red telephone call that woke us up to be aware of tornado conditions....but it was just a hard rain, wind and hail. All was well.
This week is lining up to be almost as busy......I'll report on that later. Have a great day and forgive me for not making the rounds visiting your posts. I'll get back on track soon.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

SHOW & TELL #6 - Stamp Plate

Happy Show & Tell Friday. I am once again participating in Kelli's S&T. Join the fun and sign up on Mr. Linky here.

Today I am showing a decoupaged plate that I bought when we were traveling in Canada. I bought it at a garage sale we stopped at. This was purchased by me in 1999 but since most of the stamps have 1964-65 dates on them and the price ranged around 5-6 cents I believe it was done in the later 60's.

It contains a total of 46 stamps. The two center stamps are Hemisfair '68 (which was held in San Antonio, Texas) and Indiana Sesquicentennial 1966.

On the outer edge of special interest to me, and the reason I bought the plate. are John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the eternal flame - 6 cent & First Man on the Moon - air mail 10 cents.

On the second row from the outer edge is New York Worlds Fair 1964-1965 - 5 cents.

This plate sets, among many other items, on my kitchen plate rail above the cabinets.
Thanks for letting me share yet another item that has memories for us and makes our house our home.
We are going to be picking up granddaughter Oksana and grandson Aric from school today and they will be with us until late Sunday. We are looking forward to is. Daughter, Suzette, and Oksana & I are going to have a "girls day out" for manicures, pedicures and lunch on Saturday. FUN!!!
I attended meetings with Rodney Howard-Browne on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday nights. I did not get home until around 11 each night. They were wonderful, and glorious!!!! If you EVER get a chance to hear him be sure and go.
I didn't go Tuesday night because I went to our Bible Study at my friends house. Mickey finally got to attend with me last night and we took some other friends, David and Kathy, with us. Tonight we are already committed to a church friends 40th BD celebration so we'll miss tonight. One of those times you'd like to be in 2 places at once!!!!

Have a wonderful week-end and be sure and attend church.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


As I enjoy the MANY blessings that God is bestowing on me, I am ever mindful that none of us know for sure what our future here in this life holds for us.

Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Arrested: March 2009

Days Imprisoned: 41

On March 5, Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad and Maryam Rustampoor were arrested by Iranian security forces and labeled "anti-government activists," according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN).

Thirty year-old Marzieh and 27-year-old Maryam are being held at Evin Prison, which is notorious for treating women badly. "Both women are allowed just a one-minute telephone call everyday to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention," FCNN reported. During their last call on March 28, Mazieh said that she was suffering from an infection and high fever. She said, "I am dying."Marzieh and Maryam's apartment was searched and their belongings were confiscated.

"Their only crime is that they are committed Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus,"

FCNN added. “They are being unfairly labeled as 'anti government activists' because of the hostility of the government towards practicing Christians."The women have reportedly been interrogated numerous times and were held in three different police detention centers before being sent to Evin Prison. FCNN reported an exorbitant bail amount of US$ 400,000 has been set even though Marzieh and Maryam's families have been told on numerous occasions that a judge is not available to discuss the case.

Marzieh and Maryam's arrest is the latest incident highlighting increased government intimidation of Christians in Iran. Believers are subjected to surveillance, arrests, imprisonment, and sometimes torture.

Please join me in prayer for these two young woman who are paying the price for their faith.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

HOW CAN IT BE.........April 14th

Where have the past 3 months and 13 days gone?!!!!! I cannot believe how fast life is passing and how much is happening.......not only in our world at large but in my life.

My two woman's Bible classes are such a huge joy in my life. We are learning so much and sharing so much. I am making some wonderful new friends, true sisters-in-the-Lord. What a blessing and honor.

Last night Wantha Ann and I went to hear Rodney Howard-Brown. I'd seen him on TV a little but never it person. What a blessing and powerful service. Close to 1/4-1/3 of the entire audience went forward at the close of the service for salvation or re commitment. He is in Broken Arrow for 5 nights and I hope to be able to get back to several more services. Not tonight though because it's our Bible Study :o)

Our Monday morning Bible Study finished up the series of video tapes by Perry Stone on The Rapture. Boy what a powerful study it has been. We are taking a one week break, next week, by going out for lunch in Muskogee.

In addition. I have read 3 books, 11:59 by Jack Van Impe ~ Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee, ~ & Escape the Coming Night by Dr. David Jeremiah. I am starting the 4th on the same topic, New Temple & The Second Coming by Grant Jeffrey.

I have studied a lot on the rapture and end-times over my lifetime, but with all the world events we are seeing come to pass, almost on a daily or weekly basis, we have to know how very close we are to the soon return of our Jesus!!!!!

Friday at noon we attended the noon Good Friday service at our Church. Our Easter service was fabulous with all three services, 2 morning and the evening packed out. On Sunday evening the singers and drama team put on the program and it was so good.

Sunday I fixed a big Ham dinner. Jacque & Benny went to Missouri to spend it with Benny's mom so they weren't here but in attendance were: Suzette & Dave, Jessica (believe it or not she didn't have to go into work until 5...YEAH!!), Marc, Oksana & Aric and Marc's friend DeAnn and her three sons, Mason, Aaron & Cody. This is the first time we had met the boys. They are 6th, 4th & 2nd graders and were all delightful. It was a lovely, fun afternoon AND we failed to take ONE PICTURE. Don't know what's going on with us lately about the pictures :o(

I went to the Dr. on April 2nd for just a general check-up. I had not been since August of 2007!!!! 2008 was just such a busy year and so much going one I just missed it altogether. Got my results and report last Friday and EVERT test was good. The only slight thing is my cholesterol is a little high. Pretty good......HUH?

We have had a lot of WIND - RAIN - and CHILLY temperatures and I'm sure most of you have heard of the terrible fires south and north of Oklahoma City. So many people lost their homes on Good Friday. We are hoping for Spring to finally get here soon.

I think this brings you up to day on what's been going on in our lives. Happy, busy, blessed and excited about what God is doing?

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Sunday, April 12, 2009


~ He Is God ~

He is the First and Last,
The Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!

He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times
He always was, He always is, and He always wil be...
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!

He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!

He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can't understand Him,
The armies can't defeat Him,
The schools can't explain Him,
and The leaders can't ignore Him

Herod couldn't kill Him,
The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him,
and The people couldn't hold Him!

Nero couldn't crush Him,
Hitler couldn't silence Him,
The New Age can't replace Him,
and "Oprah" can't explain Him away!

He is Light, Love, Longevity, and Lord.
He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, Mighty, Powerful, and Pure.

His ways are right, His word is eternal.
His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me.
He is my Savior, He is my guide, and He is my peace!

He is my Joy, He is my comfort, He is my Lord, and He rules my life!
I serve Him because His bond is love,
His burden is light,
and His goal for me is abundant life.

I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,
the power of the powerful,
the ancient of days,
the ruler of rulers,
the leader of leaders,
the overseer of the overcomers, and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.
His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me, never forsake me,
never mislead me, never forget me,
never overlook me and never cancel my appointment in His appointment book.

When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!

When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!

When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!

When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for everybody, everywhere, every time, and every way.

He is God, He is faithful.
I am His, and He is mine!

My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world,
So, if you're wondering why I feel so secure, understand this...
He said it and that settles it.
God is in control, I am on His side, and that means all is well with my soul.
Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!




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Thursday, April 9, 2009


The New Testament
in the Old Testament.

The Old Testament


in the New Testament

The Old Testament


A person.

The New Testament


That Person



If HIS blood has been applied to

the door posts of your heart


IF you do not know





ask Him into your heart today.

"That if thou shalt confess with they month the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead.thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Romans 10: 8 & 9

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Monday, April 6, 2009


A few years ago I bought this Kenneth Copeland recording and mailed it to our son.
My prayer this Easter week is for ALL the prodigals to return to their God.


I have returned to the God of my childhood.

To the same simple faith. As a child I once knew.

Like the prodigal son I longed for my loved ones,

For the comforts of home, And the God I outgrew.

I have returned to the God of my childhood.

Bethlehem's babe--prophet Messiah.

He's Jesus to me, Eternal Deity,

Praise his name. I have returned.

I have returned to the God of my mother

With unfailing faith. For the child of her heart.

She said, "Bring him up in the way that you want him.

Thank God when he's grown. He'll never depart.

I have returned to the God of my mother

I learned at her knee. He's the Lily of the Valley.

I have returned to the God of my father.

The most God-like man a child could know.

I just heard a shout from the angels in glory

Praising the Lord, A child has come home.

I have returned to the Yahweh of Judah,

On my knees I did fall.

This lesson I learned as I worked my way homeward,

The Savior of all - Is a comfort to man.

I have returned to the Father of Abraham.

The Shepherd of Moses,

Who called him, "The Great I Am."

Sweet Jesus to me, Eternal Deity,

Praise his name. I have returned.

(Words by Marijohn Wilkin)
(Sung by Kenneth Copeland)

LORD JESUS, grant it is my plea.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009


Mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school.
He didn't want his mother to walk with him.
She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet
know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it.
She asked a neighbor if she would
please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance,
so he probably wouldn't notice her.
She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway,
it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out
following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew.
She did this for the whole week.
As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs,
Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them
as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally she said to Timmy,
'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week ?
'Do you know her?'
Timmy nonchalantly replied, 'Yeah, I know who she is.'
The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'

'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'
'Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us? '
'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm
with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much.
And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me
all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make His face to shine upon you,

and be gracious unto you;

the Lord lift His countenance upon you,and give you peace.


May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.

I know you smiled!
I sure did.

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Friday, April 3, 2009


Don't know how!!!! ..... but I was just linked to here under Morning Coffee Posts on The Right Opinion, for the Right Wing.



Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's whoyou got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

WHEN YOU STOP LAUGHING --leave me a comment!!!!

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SHOW & TELL #5 - Still Life Oil Painting

Happy first Friday of April!!! Time to participate in Kelli's Show & Tell. Go here to list your Show & Tell item on Mr. Linky and view all the other's who are participating today.

My Show & Tell today is this still life oil painting that is currently hanging in our home office. I don't know why the wall color looks turquoise!!! It is actually a lighter green than the frame.

I purchased this oil painting back in the late 70's. At that time Mickey & I would quite often take our boys, who were both still at home, and go over to Oklahoma City to spend a week-end. We would stay at the Hol*liday I*nn Sup*erd*ome. It was completely enclosed with a swimming pool, miniature golf and other activities in the center. It was a relaxing week-end for us and our sons loved going because of the swimming, golf and games.

One week-end when we were there they were having a painting auction on Saturday night in a ballroom. Mickey wasn't interested so he stayed in the room with the boys and I went down to the auction. I really was just going down to watch....but when this still life came up I just had to have it. I can't remember how much I paid for it, wish I could!!! Whatever it was, it was worth it because this lovely oil has hung in 4 different homes and we have enjoyed it thoroughly.

Thanks for letting me share just another little one of our treasurers that make our house our home.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009


On this day when our government is "Fast tracking" the President's Budget these truisms are even more undeniable!!!

1. It's a shame two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. - John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. - Mark Twain.

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But then I repeat myself - Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. - Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. - G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner - James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. - Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts - Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. - P. J. O'Rourke

14. In General, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! - Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session - Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. - Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby;s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. - Ronald Reagan.

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. - Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. - Herbert Spenceer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. - Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)


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Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Wanted to give you an update on Mickey's garden since posting here on March 10th.

This is our lone fruit tree. We "think" it is a peach tree. Let me explain, when we were traveling we planted a peach seed and an apricot seed in 2 little containers. When we got home we placed the two containers outside by the garage side door and more or less forgot about them. A couple of years ago the one (?) had grown enough Mickey decided to plant it here in the back yard. This little trees has been growing now for 3 or 4 years. Last fall Mickey pruned it back and straightened up. Now this spring we have these lovely blossoms :o) Whether we will get any fruit (?) this year we don't know yet. We loved seeing it bloom and we'll let you know.

These are the 6 root seeds that he has planted: onion, radish, carrot, swiss chard, lettuce & spinach. He has also planted onions sets and behind the fence he has planted potato sets.

The onion sets were doing great and the radishes were already coming up. Then Mr. Weatherman informed us we were getting cold weather and SNOW!! We had to cover up the bed he had planted all those seeds in. I helped him with this cover, to bad no one was around to take a picture of the two of us trying to get this tarp down and fighting the wind. He puts the boards and then cement blocks to keep the tarp from blowing off.

Here you can see the snow that did come.

This side way picture is our 18 little pots of our tomato seeds coming up. All of them are 3-4 inches high now and doing well. We are keeping them on the kitchen table near the window.

Here are the seeds that are under our light in the garage.

From right to left these seeds are Lupine, Blue Sweet Pea and Sunflower. The Lupine & Sweet Pea seeds are from my friend Anita from Germany and the Sunflowers are from my friend, Jennifer in New Mexico. These are all really growing well. We already have some Lupine plants in the yard that we planted last year and weathered the winter. Jennifer's Sunflower's are now about 5" tall and will be planted outside along our fence just as soon as we are sure we'll have no more frost. We had frost on the ground this morning. No, not April's Fools....wish it were.

These seeds are not yet coming up they are Inpatient's, Watermelon and Cantaloupe.
Thanks for letting me share this update on Mickey's garden. We are so thankful to have the large backyard we do where we can have a nice garden and we are praising the Lord that Mickey is totally healed and able to enjoy his gardening and his bees.
Speaking of Mickey's bees......they are doing well and have also survived the winter well. I'm sure we'll be having some bee posts in the future.

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