A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART 35

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Wednesday, September 23rd was the annual event, SEE YOU AT THE POLE.  It’s my understanding that most schools take part, or at least allow Christian young people to gather around the flag pole to pray.  Apparently, for 2 years in a row, one school did not participate or even allow their kids to engage in prayer around the pole.

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SEE YOU AT THE POLE - ALONE IN PRAYER

Would you have had the courage to do what this child did?  I honestly can’t say that I would have when I was nine years old.  Can the staff at school tell a child they cannot pray by the flag pole?

Note to all who want to squash religious liberty in America:  you’ll never EVER have the power to keep us from praying to our God.  You can’t take that away from us!  Religious liberty in America is under attack…  just as sure as radical Islam wants America dead, there are those here on our soil who want to see the freedoms of Christians depleted, i.e. eliminated.  What do you think would happen to the blessings from God that America has enjoyed up to now if that happened?  Do you care?

If you admire this sweet girl for taking a stand against the status quo, please share this poem on your facebook wall, blog, twitter or wherever people will see it.  Even though a school does not “allow” activities for Christians, guess what???  We pray anyway!

They all met together and were constantly UNITED in prayer.   – Acts 1:14

The only way our young people will develop good morals and values is if the parents teach them.  Our schools today have absolutely no interest in having prayer or saying the pledge of allegiance.  Things have sure changed since I was in school.  It used to be that honoring the God of the Bible and pledging the American flag mattered.  What has happened to us?

Then we wonder why kids grow up to be what they grow up to be…  hmm.  We really are a sum total of our experiences in life.  Knowing God from a young age is the greatest experience of all.  Prayer is the greatest privilege we have as a Christian.  Shame on any school that would deny a child of that!

You know, we are so much more tolerant of other religions.  I saw a recent episode of Watter’s World on The O’Reilly Factor – he was interviewing Muslims and asked the question, “Do you think Sharia law should override the American Constitution?”  In my mind I thought, “Surely they realize that here in America the Constitution comes before any religious laws.”  I was shocked when most of them answered yes – they thought Sharia law should be the law of the land – meaning America.

I understand there is a separation between church & state.  It’s not a bad idea – seriously.  There are beliefs from other religions that I do not agree with (Sharia law in particular).  So, more than ever, we as Americans need to cling to the Constitution in order to stay free and united.

Being a Christian, however, means that we can absolutely pray to God anytime – anywhere.  The purpose of SEE YOU AT THE POLE is to provide Christian kids an opportunity to pray together.  It’s tough enough to be a kid at this time in history.  What would it hurt a school to allow their Christian kids to pray together at the flag pole?

It’s really getting crazy.  Just last Thursday a Jersey City school board meeting voted on whether they should close for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.  It would have extended the school year by another day.  There’s video of some very upset Muslims that maybe you’ve seen.

Here’s the deal.  This is America and our Christian children are practicing a faith that this great country was founded on!  To show special favor to any other faith than the Christian faith is just wrong.  Yes, America is a melting pot – we all know it is.  I remember being taught that in history class, don’t you?  It’s fine to make allowances for other folks – but let’s protect our American Christian youth.  They are precious to God – and to us.  🙂

This just in…  the school has decided to have SEE YOU AT THE POLE at a later date.  This blogger has to wonder if they would have done this if not for the brave girl who honored her God before her school?  I pray God’s richest blessings on her.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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  1. PLEASE & THANK-YOU
  2. EXCUSE ME
  3. MAY I?
  4. I APPRECIATE THAT
  5. YOU ROCK MY WORLD

Who else remembers Captain Kangaroo???  I DO!

When did we stop teaching children the MAGIC WORDS???  When did we start raising little people who seem content to take without feeling obliged to be grateful?  Somebody dropped the proverbial ball…  and they need to pick it up.

No matter who you are, you appreciate a person who appreciates you!  For the effort you put forth for another, whether it’s a family member, friend, or acquaintance, you want to be recognized.  Most of us do not expect a Dixieland band to be hired in appreciation, but is it too much to ask for a simple “thank-you”?  I don’t think so.

It’s my hope and prayer that we take back the sense of entitlement that seems to be trying to take over our youth.  They need to be taught that words are important and the right words can make or break another person’s day, especially when someone has made an effort to do something nice.

This generation of ENTITLEMENT needs to end.  We need to teach our young people that no one is born into this world and automatically given everything without earning it.  I know we want our children and grandchildren to have a better life than we had, but handing it to them on a silver platter may not be the best way to ensure that happens.  There’s something about knowing you have worked for something that makes you appreciate it more.

I was taught to honor and respect those who are older than me.  If an older person did something nice, I was taught to write a thank-you note in appreciation.  I remember the first “e-thank you note” I ever received.  I had mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, the young woman took the time to acknowledge the gift.  On the other, it felt less than proper somehow.  These days, it’s common to receive email acknowledgements, so I guess that’s something I just need to roll with.  As long as a gift is acknowledged and appreciated, regardless of the media used to do so, I think it’s okay.  I’ll still sit down and write a note, but that’s because I’m old and set in my ways.

Gratitude is not something that comes naturally to us.  It must be taught from a very young age.  If we can teach children to first be grateful to God, then to others, it means so much.  Magic words matter…  they really do!  🙂

 

VIOLIN DAY

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12-13 FOLKSY OR FANCY

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:

Or this:

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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BIG WIND DAY

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I hope some young people read what I have to say today and take heed.  If the wind is blowing very much, please wear earplugs when you go outside to walk or ride a motorcycle.  I know when you’re young you love the wind in your face and your hair blowing freely, but trust me when I say that wind can do damage to your ear drum.

It is both frustrating and annoying to me to have constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  That sound interferes with normal conversations and I’ve gotten to where I don’t say “huh” or “what” anymore because that just irritates others.  I’ve started nodding and agreeing.  I’m not sure that’s the best thing to do, but Cie la vie! 

I avoid talking on the phone much because voices sound so terribly muffled and once again I get lost somewhere in the conversation when I can’t hear what someone is saying clearly.

Here’s the part I want to emphasize to you, young peeps – 

The damage is irreversible!!!

You could have this horrible affliction – permanently.  Think about it.  With just a bit of common sense and prevention you could save yourself from a lifetime of bells in the belfry that can drive you BATTY!!!  Listen to me, please! 

Are you listening to me???

I know what you’re thinking.  Believe me when I tell you – yes, it can and will happen to you if you don’t wear earplugs.  Everyone says that tinnitus happens because of age – but that’s simply not true.  I’ve experienced the consequences of not being ready and at the young age of 30 I had to pay the piper.  I’m still paying – dearly!  This damage has effected not only my everyday conversations but also my ability to hear musical tones.  At one time I had perfect pitch.  Now, not so much.

There are two things that you should always wear on a motorcycle – earplugs and a helmet.  I know the helmet will ruin your experience with the wind in your hair, yadda yadda.  Guess what?  Not wearing the helmet will mess with more than that if you crash.  Don’t say it can’t happen – it can.

If you think it’s too much of a hassle to wear earplugs, do what I did.  Attach the earplugs to your helmet strap, since we’ve already established that you are indeed going to wear a helmet! 

For me, wearing the earplugs now is a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse has already gotten out, but I want to save what bit of hearing I have left.  It doesn’t look real cool, but frankly, Scarlet…

Use either a helmet with the earmuffs or plugs, please.  

Wear ear protection when you go out to walk on a windy day.  Sometimes I just poke a cotton ball in each ear before stepping out.  It’s a small thing but it can save your hearing.

Today is BIG WIND DAY!!! April 12th, 1934 Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

Three weather surveyors at the observatory recorded the highest speed natural wind ever measured on earth.  The wind reached 231 miles per hour, and is commemorated each year on this date.  🙂