A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Sometimes the choices we make are irreversible.  Once we begin walking forward, we just have to keep going and never turn around.  Those decisions are made slowly and methodically.  Make sure you give it much thought, because you know there’s no going back.  Nothing in your life will ever be the same again.  You have to ask yourself if there may be a time in the future when you’d like for things to be the way they are.  If the answer is no, then there’s no reason to stay where you are.  That’s the only time it’s okay to take action and keep walking forward.

I’ve only done that once.  I don’t care to ever do anything that painful again for the rest of my life.

I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken, and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.  – Bobby Fulks

Sometimes decisions are made for us.  Things happen in life that are completely out of our control.  Life-altering experiences occur and that’s when we are left with our faith in God.  We hopefully have people in our lives who love us, but we know without a doubt that we have God…  and yes – He loves us.  He cares and He wants to hear what our hearts are feeling.  Even if what has happened leaves us frightened and angry and alone – He still wants to hear from us.

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Life is a little like on the job training.  We are born into this world – expected to perform at a certain level through school and receive a diploma which magically leads us to the pursuit of happiness.  Right?  Hang on, Sloopy…  let’s back this truck up.

Stuff happens in life because not only are we just human, but the people around us are… you guessed it…  human.  We all have dreams and expectations once we graduate.  We’re going to meet the right person to spend a lifetime with – we’re going to have this wonderful family together and we’ll fly off into fluffy white clouds in a classic car – like Danny and Sandy did at the end of the movie GREASE.

Have you ever seen a classic car fly???  I rest my case.  Just as a classic car most definitely will not fly, no woman could possibly fit into that leather outfit that Sandy wears toward the end of the movie.  I’m convinced that’s why most men want to watch that movie so many times.  Sigh.  I dunno – maybe it is to see the classic cars… 

Yes, life is like on the job training; however, most jobs are dull compared to the twists and turns that life takes.  When it seems your life is a rollercoaster ride, just keep in mind that Jesus sits at your side.  He doesn’t need a barf bag…  but there are times when you might need one.  Jus’ sayin’…

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The common thread throughout this topsy turvy ride of life is LOVE.  Find LOVE – a connection that makes it all worthwhile.  Love here on earth, of course…  but know that you are loved completely by your LORD.  He knows you better than anyone, and He loves you more than anyone here ever will.  We need human love to hang in there.  We need God’s love to make us whole and give us purpose.

Finding love on this earth is so difficult.  Finding love from Heaven is so simple.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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FATHER’S DAY

TL FATHER'S DAY-screenshotTHANK YOUI’m so thankful for the lessons my earthly father taught me.  I had him until I was 28 years old, which is a blessing because so many people lose their father at a much younger age.  I was married and settled by the time I lost him, but there is still a large empty place in my heart, I must admit.  ❤

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BROAD SHOULDERS – bear the weight of our world.

DEEP EYES – the window to a thousand stories.

GIVING HANDS – give charity unnoticed.

STRONG ARMS – protection from our darkest fears.

KIND HEART – of forgiveness, happiness, and love.

How did my father get so smart?  He sought wisdom from the source, God.  I know in life, my daddy knelt in prayer to seek God’s will on everything.  I guess that’s the most important lesson he taught me.  I learned to pray, to seek God’s will and His way throughout my life.  Thank you, daddy, for teaching me to pray!

THANKFUL FOR A DAD THAT PRAYS

A father’s love is strong and sure, a quiet kind of care, a haven for his family, a promise to be there.  – Unknown

What a blessing it was to be adopted into the Turner household!  So many adopted people get all hung up over the fact that they are adopted, but I just remember that God had a plan, and me being with them was a significant part of His overall plan for my life.  I wouldn’t change a thing even if I could. 

WHAT DID YOU GIVE ONE LITTLE GIRL?  A popular game or expensive toy?  A Campfire Girl uniform, a Barbie doll?  Oh these things are fine and so much fun, but is that all?  Surely there was more to raising your adopted daughter than that.

Did you give her a real live pet, perhaps a cat!? If she had to choose what she wanted more than these, she would spend the day, the entire day with her daddy, together down on their knees:  praising the Savior, praising the King, for all of their blessings, for every little thing!

There were teachable moments, there were life lessons learned; these were the rewards of living, yes, they had to be earned.  Many crowns you received in heaven when your life was through – they were given because you gave her your time – a part of you.

– Linda Palmer

Happy Father’s Day in heaven, daddy!  I love you!  🙂

SEPTEMBER 1-7 IS SELF-UNIVERSITY WEEK

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Writers have a never-ending bent toward curiosity.  The most interesting part of writing is the research involved.  Hours of digging, as though part of an anthropology excursion!  By the time we’re finished, we hope we’ve made the world a better place and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Learning does not only happen within the walls of schools and universities.  We all know you can’t believe every word you read on the internet, but if we use trusted sources, we can relay information that is usually spot-on.

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If you have not darkened the door of a university for decades, that’s no excuse to stop learning.  Life itself is all about learning, and to stop that process is to cause premature mental decline.

Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go.  – Unknown

What can we do to maintain mental sharpness?  Keep learning!

  1. Learn a new word every day, then use it in three sentences.  If you watch The O’Reily Factor on Fox, you know that at the end of his show, Bill shares a new word with his audience.  I have a popular online dictionary in my favorites, along with a rhyming dictionary.
  2. Read something besides a magazine article once in a while.  I’m not knocking Reader’s Digest, but once in a while you need to open a real book.  I recently re-visited Henry David Thoreau’s writings.  Walden holds a special place in my heart, as you know.
  3. Driving is time wasted unless you have something to engage your brain.  I find audio books to be a good companion if I’m driving alone.
  4. We are a society of entertainment-seekers!  What happened to watching informative television?  Are we afraid we may learn something?  Oh, that would be horrible!  I like Fox News and Fox Business.  I find those programs to be fair and balanced.  Some consider them to be fake – not real news.  Well, that’s what the left would have you believe.  The truth hurts, as they say.
  5. Our local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, has a section called The Opinion Line.  I enjoy writing letters to them, just to see if anything gets published in the paper.  It’s a good way to hone my writing skills and share my opinions on important issues.  http://www.kansas.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/  If it was a phone number, it would be on speed-dial.  Jus’ sayin’…
  6. I like to facebook or tweet with like-minded people about current events.  It’s especially neat when I find famous people who think the same way I do.  Hey, if you are famous and hold to a conservative, right-wing political view – like me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041 or follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/makemelaughnow1   I look forward to chatting with you!
  7. The newsgroups I follow on twitter and facebook are right-leaning.  It’s a quick and easy way to stay up to speed on what’s going on in the world and in the country.
  8. Since the 2016 election is around the corner (okay, we have a way to go yet), go to You Tube and find all of the Republican candidates’ speeches from the Iowa State Fair.  They all spoke – and they are on You Tube.  Listen closely to what each one says and let it sink in – and then pray about who you want to see as president.
  9. Sign up for a seminar or workshop.  Make sure it’s something that interests you.  If it isn’t, you’ll regret spending the time and the money on it.
  10. In the workplace, we sometimes get caught up in a routine.  We enter the office building and walk straight to our little world – our safe little cubicle or office.  Make a point to wander beyond your comfort zone.  Go to another department and have a conversation with someone you’ve seen around but have never actually spoken with.  It’s amazing what you may learn.
  11. Here’s a challenge for you:  Take ten photographs that represent who you are.  Take ten photographs that best symbolize your dreams for the future.  Make an album of these photos on facebook and share with your friends!
  12. Remember back in school when we had to write essays?  We chose one subject and just researched the heck out of it – then wrote an A+ paper?  That was my favorite thing to do back then, and I still want to write those essays today!
  13. Choose two prominent figures – one living and one dead (for example, rapper Kanye West and Mozart).  Find out as much as you can about their family lives and accomplishments.  Write a paper comparing and contrasting the two.
  14. It’s easy to ignore the library because it seems easier to research everything from the comfort of my own home.  This week I think I’ll venture out and go to the library and maybe a bookstore.  I may go to a section I’ve not gone to before.  Learning something new is the idea this week.
  15. Is there a lecture you could attend this week?  If it is something that interests you, take advantage of the opportunity.  If it’s not something that interests you, take a chance and go anyway because you might walk away surprised that you learned something new.
  16. The last movie I watched with subtitles was The Passion of the Christ.  Funny story – I didn’t know I’d have to read subtitles, so walked into the movie theatre without my glasses.  I often watch movies without them, and just assumed it would be fine.  My friend was so kind to whisper the subtitles in my ear, with the occasional comment such as, “I can’t believe you didn’t know you’d have to read subtitles!” 
  17. Go to Goodreads or a similar website and from there compile a list of books you will read during the harsh winter months.
  18. Make a list of the most inspiring books you’ve ever read, then share the list on facebook with your friends.
  19. Reread a book.  You’ll find something you missed the first time.
  20. Is there a book club in your area?  No?  Start one.
  21. Nothing is more fun than ghost writing.  Write an article for someone, using their name, for their company, institution or community organization.  Post the article on ezine articles.  Most people will pay for that kind of writing.  There is minimal research (the one you’re writing for will fill you in on specs), and you will get paid for your writing.  That’s something that blog writing does not do – pay.  😦
  22. Wichita has a wonderful art museum.  If you have one near you, visit it and choose your favorite piece.  Research it and write about how it makes you feel and why it is your favorite.
  23. Train or teach.  A sure way to learn more about something is to teach it to someone else.  Whether it’s Sunday School or piano – share your knowledge with someone.  Most folks are willing to pay for that as well – so that’s a good thing.  It may be time for you to learn how to play the piano.  Hmm…
  24. As I get older, I tend to have a sort of “Who the heck moved my cheese?” mentality.  I don’t adjust to change very well.  This week, I’m determined to practice the tutorials for a new piece of computer software.  May the force be with me…  :-/
  25. Part of the reason I write a blog is to document some of my precious memories.  I don’t want to forget my past, my loving parents, my roots or my faith.  Take a moment (okay it’ll take longer than that), to write a brief summary of your life.  You may discover the inner blogger or book writer!
  26. Update your résumé.  Even if you don’t think you’ll need it…  keep it updated.
  27. Do a computer search on a subject that interests you.  For example…  PIANO, or MUSIC.
  28. I took a creative writing course in college and was challenged to write my obituary.  Talk about a smack in the face!  There’s nothing like that to make you reassess your life and how you’re living it.  What goals do you want others to remember that you met?  How do you want to be remembered?
  29. I wrote articles for the high school paper.  Part of good journalism is asking the right questions.  I decided to visit a local nursing home and ask some of the residents about the major lessons they have learned from life.  We should listen to their answers – it could save us from learning lessons the hard way.
  30. Read important American documents with the anticipation of learning something new.  The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution still have much to teach America.
  31. Volunteer your time – somewhere – anywhere.  Find an interesting person or persons to spark your imagination in writing.
  32. Turn off the television, radio and internet for an hour a day.  Just think, journal, meditate and pray.  Let God’s Holy Spirit speak to you and inspire your writing.
  33. Write about the greatest errors and accomplishments of the twentieth century.  How can these lessons make life better in the twenty-first century?
  34. If you are in management, read a book about the health risks of your workers (carpal tunnel, obesity, etc.).  If you are a worker, read about the challenges that those in management face.  We need to understand one another.
  35. Memorize a piece of music, a poem or a passage of Scripture.  Hide God’s Word in your heart – and other things too.

Learning can be FUN!  The goal is to learn something new everyday!  See you again on the 8th of September.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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It’s difficult to erase years of conditioning – but now at age 54, I’m learning an important truth:  SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH.  It’s not a sin to take care of this one and only body that God gave me!  There is a difference between taking care of yourself and being completely wrapped up in your own needs while excluding others.

I think a lot of baby boomers struggle with this same issue.  We were raised in church and learned that everybody’s needs come before our own.  To a degree I guess that’s true, but I’ve finally learned that you cannot care for anyone until you care for yourself.

Winning at weight loss taught me that I have control over my looks and my life.  – Diane Gurden

I SUCCEED IN YOU

With 12 pounds gone comes less body fat and yes, more confidence, I am still not comfortable with the idea of control – I want to always be careful to give God the glory for any of my successes.  Left to my own devices, I might fail – but when I give Him the glory, I remember to lean fully on His love and power – and especially His wisdom, which hello – is better than mine!

An important lesson I’ve learned is that carbohydrates matter.  It’s not only about the grams of sugar in food – in fact, I’ve eaten more fruit lately than snack crackers.  Even though fruit has natural sugar, it is just that – natural.  It counts, of course – but carbohydrates do more damage than natural sugar.

These days I do not use the word CAN’T.  I never say I can’t eat (fill in the blank).  I either say I don’t want it (if I think the nutritional price is too high) or I may eat that later – (and then don’t.)  Sometimes I have to psych myself into thinking I’ll revisit a food – and make myself get involved in something else to take my mind off of it.  I celebrate small victories, like when I manage to pass on a high-carbohydrate snack.

I’ve learned the importance of hydration and the early to bed advantage!  Drinking enough water helps diabetes stay in check.  For years I did not recognize the signs of dehydration, but now I know if I feel dizzy or weak – I probably need some water.  The way to combat those late night cravings is to go to bed early – then it’s easier to get up earlier and get my workout finished first thing – what’s the second thing?  COFFEE…  of course!  🙂

 

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.

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Have a wonderful Father’s Day!  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The LORD is never a disappointment!  His counsel is concise and clear.  His love is perfect and He is patient and kind.

WHEN YOU LIFT MY SPIRIT

Have you ever paid a large sum of money to attend a conference with the hope of coming away a more enlightened (maybe even smarter) individual?  I see you nodding in agreement.  Now, how many times have you gone to the seminar and been given an exercise in futility?  Oh, you’re still nodding!

We’ve all been there.  We have our notebooks, booklets and intend to soak up every bit of knowledge we possibly can.  We leave the building with more questions than answers and a notebook full of doodles we could have drawn while watching a daytime drama on television.

Isn’t it frustrating to pay money for something and receive nothing?  It’s especially bad when you’re in a forum that discourages questions from the peanut gallery.  You feel as though you just have to sit there and keep listening to the fingernails scratching the chalkboard.

Several years ago, I was at a lecture by a brilliant speaker, Nido Qubein, who said, “If you’re in the presence of a true expert, you will understand everything they say.  If you don’t understand what someone is saying, they are not an expert.”  Often when we don’t understand what someone who is claiming to be an expert is saying, we tend to blame ourselves.  Now my filters are simple.  I cut people off if they don’t make sense.  – Julie Morgenstern

Honestly, sometimes you are better off using google – or at least not any worse off.  Who are these so-called “experts” that seem to speak fluent confusioneese?  It seems to me if a person is a true expert in their field, they should be equipped and informed enough to break the information down into palatable bites for those of us who are anxious and have the desire to learn.

A student is not supposed to know more than the teacher.  With that basic fact in mind, teachers should be prepared to present lessons in easy to understand, simple language with illustrations for those of us who tend to learn visually (pointing to myself).  Wink!  😉

VIOLIN DAY

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If you were in your school’s orchestra and happened to play the violin, your parents were saints!  When a person is first learning to play the violin, it can sound like fingernails on a chalkboard!  It was bad enough for my parents to have to hear me practice the piano, but there is nothing like the sound of a budding violinist!  But once you get past that stage, with encouragement, practice, love, and fiddle camp, this can happen:

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Today is VIOLIN DAY!  I played the clarinet in many orchestras and got to see the instruction given violinists.  It’s interesting to watch the unspoken language between the conductor and the first chair violinist.  So much goes on in the orchestra that most people aren’t privy to.  It’s not as easy as they make it look – trust me.

This is precious – I love to watch the little ones, don’t you?

I know – this was 8 years ago – but one thing is for sure – now he is potty trained!

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.  – Leopold Stokowski

This blows me away – such beauty from one so young!

There is no shortage of young talent on You Tube!  Listen to this!

Honestly, at 7 years old, I was out making mud pies after the rain!  I’d like to say that experience helped my culinary skills, but I still have not made my own pie crust – shhh…  don’t tell!

I’m so impressed with the talents of these youngsters, but to be honest, my musical taste veers toward the “fiddle” sort of violin.  There’s an old musician’s joke:

What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin?  You don’t spill beer on a violin!

Yee-haw!  Let’s go to the Grand Ole Opry! 

Here he is on his own front porch:

Dang, boy!!!

Nailed it!  Does she have a country soul, or what?

He will be playing at barn dances – probably already does!

There’s a thin line between country fiddlin’ and Celtic fiddlin’…  learn to play those rolls an’ there ya go!!!

Makes me want to put my clogs on!  Wait…  I don’t have clogs.  How about fuzzy socks?

Bravo to all the young talent around the world!  Your talent does not go unnoticed and we appreciate the contribution you make to our lives!

Silent Night…  Holy Night.  That about says it all…

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  A safe, peace-filled, worry-free, no-stress, love-enriched New Year.  May God bless you as only He can.  🙂

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