ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it.  The intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.  – Sidney A. Friedman

On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan.  The lucky worker to drive that first Vette was Tony Kleiber.

Earl Automobile Works designed custom auto bodies for Hollywood movie stars in the 1930’s.  They were about the only folks who could afford to buy cars since the rest of the country was experiencing the depression.

Harley J. Earl was hired to redesign the LaSalle, the mid-range car introduced between the Buick and the Cadillac.  He also designed the Buick LeSabre in 1950.  His great achievement was the ever popular Corvette in 1953.  The Corvette was labeled a “dream car” and was part of General Motors’s traveling Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Vette was a hit and 300 models were built in 1953.  All 1953 Corvettes were white convertibles with red interiors and black canvas tops.  Underneath its sleek exterior, however, the Corvette was outfitted with parts standard to other GM autos, including a “Blue Flame” six-cylinder engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and the drum brakes from Chevrolet’s regular car line.

It was a disappointment compared to the European competitors and sales were unimpressive.  GM kept refining the design, however, and the addition of its first V-8 engine in 1955 greatly improved the Corvette’s performance.

By 1961, the Corvette had cemented its reputation as America’s favorite sports car and today it continues to rank among the world’s elite sports cars in acceleration time, top speed and overall muscle.

Vroom…  Vroom…  wink!  😉

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Today I want to share a praise report with you!  I’m so excited and grateful to God that my Hemoglobin A1c is 6.4!!!  I’m so grateful for His loving kindness and guidance on this journey!

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  – William Arthur Ward

This is an actual surgery using the di Vinci robot.  Using a single port, it’s an outpatient procedure.  I was in surgery at 11am and going home by 3pm.  Amazing!

I think I had such a sick gallbladder for such a long time – it was really messing with me.  Now that it’s gone, the struggle to maintain control of my type 2 diabetes seems to be so much easier!

Since surgery I’ve very easily lost 12 pounds and a few inches from my waist.  It’s not about looks with me – but hey, nice side effect anyway.  The best news was my lab report – I never thought I’d be considered a controlled diabetic!  My blood pressure also went back to normal after surgery.

The surgeon said my gallbladder was red, swollen and angry.  I probably waited too long to get it removed.  I wish I had gone in for surgery sooner.  If I had known then what I know now, I surely would have!

I still have to eat right and exercise every day, but I refuse to look at the long-term – I choose to look at the moment and take it one moment, one food choice, one exercise choice, one hydration choice – at a time.  I want and need to be smarter – and keep asking God for help when temptation comes my way.

The most impressive part of this journey has been the incredible amount of energy I have now!  I feel so much better – it’s hard to explain, but every time I think about how much better I feel – it makes me cry because I was blaming so much on age.

I SEEK YOUR WISDOM

Diabetes will always be with me, but it sure is a great feeling to know it’s finally under control!  I’m not saying that everyone with a high A1c has a malfunctioning gallbladder, but in my case – it seems that was part of the problem.

Who knew?  Wink!  😉

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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GOD'S FIREFLY

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.  – Meister Eckhart

We’ve all felt the sting of failure in our lives.  I’m the queen of failure at times – I flunked Shorthand I in college – 3 times!  Who flunks shorthand???  So much for that Associate Degree in Secretarial Science.  On the up side, shorthand was soon obsolete, so what difference did it make in my life?  Um…  not much!  I went out into the world and became a secretary without a piece of paper.  Even without a degree, I was secretary for a bank president – then took a few night classes at our local university and became an oil secretary in the early 1980’s.  I leaned on God – and I did okay.

Even when you think you have failed – God declares that you are His precious child – and you are a success!  It’s up to us to declare that we will be God’s Firefly – we will fly and we will shine!!!

I believe that we as Christians can share our hearts with God and He will make a way for us to get where we want to go.  He knows the desire of our hearts, after all.  It’s not always so easy to talk to family and friends about our hopes and dreams.  Sometimes they lack the enthusiasm we wish they would have for us.

Never cut corners.  Customers notice everything.  Take the time to do things right and to create the very best products that you can.  – Deborah Bauer

When I began giving piano lessons to pay for school books, I learned that I had to give my very best in every way – my attitude, my enthusiasm, my knowledge – it all had to shine forth for the benefit of my students, who were not always very sure of themselves.  When we serve others or create products for others to buy – it has to be the best.  Be genuine or be second best.

Ignore the naysayers.  I was told I was silly and that this wouldn’t be worthwhile.  Take the leap.  I’ve never been happier.  – Jada Aloisio

Once you have prayed and asked God for direction and help, make sure you stay on top of your trade.  Are there more classes you need to take?  Do you know the most advanced methods, or are you leaning on those you are familiar with (which may not be as good)?  If you are providing the very best to students or customers, don’t sell yourself short.

Charge what you’re worth.  People know quality and will pay for it.  – Kim Wollenburg

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So, whether you are making soap, designing jewelry, decorating cookies or teaching piano, seek help from your heavenly Father first.  Trust Him to make the path clear for your success and ultimately, His glory.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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GOOD MORNING!

Mornings…  sigh.  Are you at peace with your pace?  As a kid I woke up listening to my favorite music on my stereo.  Daddy used to come in my room and turn on KLEO – and my day would begin.  Once I was a married woman, I had an annoying alarm clock that made a very annoying buzzing sound to wake me up.  It didn’t even have a snooze button!

As I get older, I have a desire to wake up more slowly and with a greater sense of purpose.  I have the most wonderful and aromatic way of being allured to consciousness – I recently purchased a coffee maker with a timer!  I set the timer, the coffee is made and I smell it!  Ah… time to wake up – and I can handle that!

I asked the group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, how they deal with this common problem called – morning.  Here are some of their responses:

  • Coffee
  • Tea (hot and iced)
  • Facebook
  • Coke
  • Pepsi Zero
  • Exercise (most said a walk outside)
  • Meditation / Devotions / Prayer Time – to seek purpose and direction
  • Sunlight streaming through open curtains into bedroom
  • A glass of cool water to invigorate and prevent dehydration

So even if we are caffeine junkies (and most of us are), we should still begin with that glass of H2O because we need to be rehydrated.  We care for our physical, psychological and spiritual needs every morning.  It’s important to keep a balanced attitude toward morning – every morning.

Get a full 8 hours of sleep because it’s during that time physical repairs take place.   Choose a way of waking up that will make you happy to begin with.  No matter how you begin your day, make it a great one to whatever extent you can!  Your routine each morning should reinforce the joy you want inside that will spill out to others.

If you are still part of the workforce (not to rub it in, but I’m retired)…  here are some good tips for streamlining your work week:

Wow – that brings back some memories…  I used to plan my wardrobe a week at a time.  It really does save time in the morning.

Having my gallbladder removed has left me feeling SO much better with tons of energy!  It’s so weird – I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I felt really great!  Since the surgery on June 3rd, I’ve lost 12 pounds and a few inches off my waist.  This is my head start on significant weight loss!  I am so very excited about the future, and the future begins…  tomorrow morning!  🙂

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On June 26, 1807, lightning hit a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people!

Every year in the U.S. alone, lightning kills approximately 73 people, but victims are almost always killed one at a time.  The Luxembourg disaster may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history.

In the U.S. we will see about 70,000 thunderstorms somewhere – and I swear most of them happen in Wichita, Kansas – LOL!  These storms produce about 20 million lightning strikes annually.  A bolt of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit in instant heat!  There are 100 million volts in an average lightning bolt, which can be as much as five miles long.

How did the Luxembourg tragedy happen?  In 1807, it was occupied by Napoleon’s army.  The country was used to stockpile weapons and ammunition.  A fortress built in 1732 was used as an armory.  When lightning struck the fortress, the ammunition inside ignited on contact, causing a massive explosion!

Two blocks were completely destroyed by the blast, which caused several other raging fires as well.  What an odd combination of man’s resources and God’s nature!

Living in Kansas, I’ve always had a healthy respect for lightning and stay indoors, away from windows during thunderstorms.  My mom used to tell me the story of how Granny LaVella was standing at a window in their little farmhouse in Oklahoma during a thunderstorm – and she got struck by lightning – and miraculously survived! 

I don’t think we have anything here in Kansas that lightning could strike and cause such a catastrophe, but by the same token, I’m not going to be out on a golf course holding a golf club either.  A scene from the movie Caddyshack just flashed through my mind – LOL!

Lightning will travel the easiest route from the cloud to the ground – and will strike the tallest object.  If you see lightning, go to a low area and crouch down until it subsides – go indoors if possible.  If you are with a group of people – spread out to make yourself a smaller target.

There are some common misconceptions about lightning:

  • Yes, it will strike the same place twice (like it has a brain and knows where it’s struck before – really???) 
  • No, rubber soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However the steel frame of a hard topped vehicle will protect you, if you are not touching metal. If your car is struck by lightning, you may suffer injuries and your car may be damaged, but you are enormously safer than if you are outside.
  •  Yes, you can tell how close lightning is.  It takes Sound 5 seconds to travel 1 mile. So, count 5 seconds for one mile, 10 seconds for 2 miles, etc.

This morning, around 4am, we had a dandy thunderstorm here in Wichita, but on this day in 1807 in a small European country – it was explosive!  :-/

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW 6:25 ON 6/25

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  – Matthew 6:25-26

We live in a world that seems quite focused on food, drink and fashion, don’t we?  It’s easy to become anxious about these things because they represent immediate needs – well – when it comes to fashion clothing – let’s get real – that’s more of a want.

The older I get, the less I stress out about superficial things – especially fashion clothing.  Frankly, at this stage in my life, I can’t tell you what the newest fashions are.  It’s great to get to the point in your life when you know what you’re comfortable wearing – and you don’t really care what anyone else thinks.

Stress and anxiety in life will happen.  It’s what we do with it that makes a difference.  If we as Christians can just remember to hand that concern over to God through Christ, trusting that He will take care of us, we will be so much better off in the long run.

The Bible tells us that God cares about the little sparrow – and if He cares about them, how much more does He care about us?

Know today that God will provide every need you have.  No, He may not do it the way you would, but that’s why He’s the all-knowing God and you’re not.  😉

We all have needs every day and God knows what they are and He will provide.  Yes, sometimes the needs all seem to crop up at the same time, but that’s when we need to keep trusting God to help us.  He cares about us – He really does!  🙂

 

 

MATTHEW 6:24 ON 6/24

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No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  – Matthew 6:24

We know we should serve God and not money…  but how should we serve God?  Is it by serving each other?

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I’ve heard money described as a necessary evil.  Unfortunately, in this ol’ world, we just need to have money – because no matter how many ROLLBACKS they have at Walmart, I’ve yet to see anything that says FREE!

There are people who put the almighty dollar on the throne of their heart – a place where only God should dwell – and that’s when it gets dicey and dangerous for Christians.  It’s not bad to have money if you don’t put a greater value on it than on God.

Most of us have read the back of the Bible – and we know that the dollar we work so hard to earn will one day be as worthless as the paper it’s printed on.  The real value of the dollar is not what it used to be – and it’s getting more worthless every day.

I read an article about how they will soon be putting a chip in all credit / debit cards to avoid identity theft.  I told my husband about this and we just looked at each other – and he said, “They’ll figure it out – probably pretty soon.”   I believe the next step will be to implant a chip under the skin of every person in the world.  I believe Jesus is coming…  SOON!!!

Christians know – we know that the green paper with the picture of the presidents on it – well, it will not be the most important thing when it’s all said and done.  In the past, people have lied for it, deceived for it, embezzled to get it and killed for it.

We know that money is the root of all evil – but it is something we need to have because it is the accepted token of trade for those things we need and want in this world.

As Christians we need to remember that it is God who supplies our needs – and can I let you in on a little secret?  He cares about the things we want as well.  He really does!  Have you ever wondered how something is going to work out and you may receive a refund check from a company that tells you that you’ve over-paid a bill?

I love the way God provides for His own.  He will never forsake us.  There’s a whole world out there that doesn’t have a clue about the prophecy in the Bible that is revealed – that there is coming a day when we won’t be able to use money to make purchases – that they will need a chip in the back of the right hand or the forehead.  Once you receive that chip – that mark of the beast – you are marked as Satan’s.  It will seem like just another societal requirement – but we know it’s much more than that.  Our money says, “In God We Trust” – I pray we really do.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!  – Mark 3:24-26

Join me in prayer for our country.  My spirit is heavy and I’m so weary of the widening chasm which is leading to hate and division in America!  I just want to scream – STOP IT!!!  Enough already.  Am I the only one?

These tragedies are happening much too often.  What fuels the fire of hate that leads to this end?  What is the answer for the United States?  What will it take to keep the United States…  well – united?

I believe with my whole heart that Carman sang about the only hope to solve America’s problems nearly 20 years ago.

 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.  – 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

When will we listen?  When will America humble itself as a nation before God?

The fact that this shooting happened makes me so sad, but that it happened in a church – a place that should have been safe…  well, I can hardly wrap my mind around it!

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Do I have the answers?  No, but it’s my hope that America will seek God with a humble heart and ask Him to please heal our sick, immoral, divided, irreverent land.  The Bible is not just a book – it’s the Word of God.

B.I.B.L.E. = BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH.

Let’s continue to read the instruction Book, pray and seek God together…  🙂

 

 

LUKE 6:22 ON 6/22

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Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.  – Luke 6:22

Does it bother you to be excluded from the “popular” group?  Do you think co-workers or others in your class hate you, or at the very least misunderstand you?  Well – me too, but I want to encourage you and let you know that God is blessing you while the world turns its back on you.

When we trust Christ and accept His gospel, it means there is an automatic target painted on our backs.  We have to  keep the eternal perspective in mind and remember that God’s blessings on our lives is forever and the acceptance or rejection of other people – well, it’s temporary and means little or nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Really – sometimes when we are excluded from some activities – it’s nothing that we need to be engaged in to begin with.  God really does protect His children from harm and keeps us safe.  We have to lean more on Christ when we are feeling especially left out.  By the same token, we need to pray that God will provide a safe haven with like-minded friends where we can feel accepted and loved.

Why is church so important?  It’s almost like a support group of sorts, where we are not seen as the world often sees us.  Finding a group of believers where you can feel comfortable and at ease to speak your thoughts and beliefs means so much to Christians.

While we are not to spend all of our time hidden inside the church building with like-minded brothers and sisters, it’s good to have a soft place to land after we’ve done our best to share the good news of Christ with a world that does not even almost understand what we’re talking about.

At times, we will be hated and rejected in this world simply for what we believe.  We profess, preach, teach and believe the full gospel of Christ from beginning to end.  Our Messiah came in the flesh and was the Son of God according to His divine nature, yet the son of man according to His human nature.

He walked the earth doing miracles – doing good.  He suffered, bled and died on a cruel cross as the Lamb of God – the only worthy sacrifice for the sins of every man on earth.  By the power of God He arose from the grave and sits at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He left us a helper known as the Holy Spirit.  God’s Holy Spirit helps us navigate this life and do what God would have us do.

One day God the Father will instruct Jesus to come back to earth to take those who love and trust Him to heaven to live forevermore.

MEET GOD AT THE DOOR

God blesses His children – even when others make fun of us, reject us, and intentionally hurt us because of our faith.  It’s my prayer that you will notice less of the temporary hurt and look beyond to the eternal blessing from your Heavenly Father.  🙂

 

 

 

 

FATHER’S DAY

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Our Heavenly Father,

Please bless all the fathers in the world.  Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children.  Help them to be a father like You are.  Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.

In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.

We glean so much from our earthly fathers, don’t we?  As children we watch their mannerisms and pick up on the habits and traits they hold dear – and sometimes make them our own.

My dad had a very rigid work schedule.  He was the boss and had to be a shining example of punctuality.  I remember every morning before he left the house, he would say…  WATCH, WALLET, GLASSES.  Those were the 3 things he wanted to make sure he took with him!  Now that I’m – um…  shall we say, more mature…  guess what I do???

Before I leave the house, I say, WATCH, PURSE, GLASSES.  I hear you laughing at me…  quit it.  LOL!

Children are watching and taking mental notes.  Don’t ever think they are not paying attention.  When God gives you the privilege of becoming a parent, it comes with so much responsibility.  It’s wrapped up in love and joy – but ultimately it’s a lot of responsibility.

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!  – Lydia M. Child

What a blessing when there is plenty of support from family and friends because it really does take a village to raise a child in this day and age.  Raising a child to love the Lord and learn His ways is the goal of Christian parents.  Our Heavenly Father gives us the wisdom and insight to navigate through life as our earthly father teaches us life lessons as we grow up.

We may not shower him with praise nor mention his name in song, and sometimes it seems that we forget the joy he spreads as he goes along, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t know the wonderful role that he has had.  And away down deep in every heart there’s a place that is just for dad.  – Unknown

As children grow, we see not only physical maturity, but spiritual maturity too.  Between the lessons learned from their earthly father and Heavenly Father, a great balance is seen.  It’s what makes us smile and thank God for His influence in their lives.  We begin with the simple message…  Yes, Jesus loves me…  the Bible tells me so!  We pray they accept His love and make a decision to love Him back and honor Him with their lives.

Lucinda and I had such fun writing this poem about the influence our earthly fathers had on us and the awesome influence our Heavenly Father continues to have on us.

FATHER'S DAY - LESSONS OF SURVIVAL AND WISDOM

Have a wonderful Father’s Day!  🙂