Wednesday, March 30, 2005
A Parable of Two Frogs
Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn't be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible.
The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could, and after several hours of desperate effort were quite weary.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief. The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted.
His companions began anew, yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and -- wonder of wonders! He finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit.
Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him asked, "Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?"
Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.
This simple story contains a powerful lesson. The book of Proverbs says,"There is death and life in the power of the tongue." Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help them make it through the day. Your destructive words can cause deep wounds; they may be the weapons that destroy someone's desire to continue trying -- or even their life. Your destructive, careless word can diminish someone in the eyes of others, destroy their influence and have a lasting impact on the way others respond to them.
Be careful what you say. Speak life to (and about) those who cross your path. There is enormous power in words. If you have words of kindness, praise or encouragement -- speak them now to, and about, others.Listen to your heart and respond. Someone, somewhere, is waiting for your words. This is so true, we either empower or destroy with our words. Are you aware of what you say? Which of the two do you do most of the time?
By David Langerfeld Mar 30, 2005
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
A Fun Thing! : )
This is pretty neat. DON'T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST! It takes less than a minute....... Work this out as you read.. Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out! This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.
1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate. (more than once but less than 10)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (Just to be bold)
3. Add 5. (for Sunday)
4.. Multiply it by 50 I'll wait while you get the calculator.................
5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1755....
> >If you haven't, add 1754 ......
6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
You should have a three digit number .
The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are .........YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)
THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2005) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.
Monday, March 28, 2005
God is good!
Also, we just got back from Mobile last night, where Daniel was competing with SELTC (South Eastern Leadership Through Christ). God blessed Daniel with a silver medal in speech, silver in song leading, his team earned a bronze in Bible Bowl, and his puppet team earned a gold medal!! We are so very pleased with Daniel, not just with the medals (although they sure put a smile on his face!), but because this was the first year he ever did anything but speech and song leading--and he did well with the new (to him) categories. All of our other kids in the youth group did REALLY well, and brought home several gold, silver, and bronze medals. I think one of my favorite things that I saw (other than Daniel's level competitions) was the 9-12 grade puppet shows. The one our group did was SO funny--then it zinged you! Really well written!
We had a really nice weekend. The weather was just BEAUTIFUL for our beach day on Friday (once we got to Gulf Shores after missing our turn and ending up at the Florida state line! LOL!), and the kids had a marvelous time! We ate at the Original Oyster House in Mobile after the competitions were over on Saturday night, and the food was SO good! I guess I had forgotten just how good fresh seafood is. : ) The Easter Bunny managed to find my kids and leave them Easter baskets full of goodies on Easter morning. Madeline just beamed at me and told me, "See! I TOLD you the Easter Bunny would find us. He's MAGIC!" LOL. We took lots of pictures, and as soon as I can, I'll post them to my website. Keep looking!
I hope you all had as nice of an Easter as we did, and that God has showered you with lots of blessings, too!
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Getting ready! : )
We're all getting ready to go to Mobile for the LTC convention. Daniel is competing in public speaking, song-leading, puppets, bulletin boards, and mixed media art. The convention is this weekend (Easter weekend), and we can't go that close to the beach and not end up there, too. We'll be spending the day at Gulf Shores on Friday, so pray for sunshine! I really feel like I need a good sunny day at the beach with my family, y'know?
Sorry I've been neglecting my blog. I've succumbed to the charms of Zoo Tycoon (LOL), and it's rather addicting. ; ) I'll try to do better.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter. Eat lots of egg salad! : )
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Coveting prayers . . .
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Lessons from unusual places . . .
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Thought For The Day . . .
This was written by a Hospice of Metro DenverPhysician...
I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends:
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over.
Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickiemart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel. At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.
I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now.
So I asked, "And you were praying?"
That made her back away from me a little but I assured her I wasnot a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and He sent me."
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there. So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road.
As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or something?" This definitely made me cry.
I said, "Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people."
It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings...
Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
Monday, March 07, 2005
I'm trying a new soup recipe today. It's a chicken broth based soup, and the weather seems to go along with the soup idea. I'll let you know how it turns out. It smells good right now, but so far, I'm just boiling the chicken--LOL.
I've also got to brave the weather in a little while to go get my check from Kids Mart and any clothes that didn't sell. Wish me well!
You know what? Babies are wonderful things. Aside from the fact that we love them dearly because they are ours, they are people magnets! If you have a baby with you, people will go out of their way to speak to you (and your child), when they normally might not feel comfortable doing so. I was a bit harried when I went to the grocery store earlier today, because I had worked all night, was tired, etc. But just having Malachi with me brought all kinds of people to smile and say hello. And of course, he smiled back. And how can you not smile yourself when everyone around you is smiling?
Has anyone tried the new Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper? I used to have those made at Sonic, and when I saw the commercials for the ready-made ones, I couldn't wait to try one--and I can't find one! Are they good?
Saturday, March 05, 2005
How old do you feel??
Here's my result--
You Are 25 Years Old
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
Friday, March 04, 2005
It's been a very busy day from the getgo, but how can you frown when it is so absolutely BEAUTIFUL outside. (applauding) God, you made such a pretty day!
I got up out of bed today, cold, but ready to face the day. After all it's M.O.M.S. meeting day! : ) I put Malachi in the highchair and gave him some Coco Roos and milk (his favorite), and tried to get dressed as quickly as possible. Madeline is having pajama day at school, so she was so excited to wear pajamas to school (I would be excited too!). All of a sudden, Malachi starts spewing everywhere. Stomach virus strikes again. So, I run to change out of my cream colored outfit while John starts to clean up the mess. We get Malachi bathed and dressed again. Well, maybe I can go to M.O.M.S. next week? (I haven't gotten to go in over a month) Daniel, on the other hand, is in the shower. He always takes one at night, but apparently, his school teacher told the whole class that their body odor was offensive, and Daniel decided to do his part. So, he showered (even though he had bathed last night), put on deodorant, and men's body spray. LOL--I must admit I was rather pleased with my 11 y/o son's apparent fastidiousness and wondered how long this will last? As I was curling Madeline's hair, Malachi pulled somebody's drink over on himself and the carpet! ACK! So, I had to put yet another outfit on Malachi as Daniel cleaned up the carpet (thank you, Daniel!). I went to take the kids to school, and somehow ended up there EARLY. So, we waited and listened to my scanner while waiting on someone to unlock the door. After I got home, Malachi ran over and DEMANDED more Coco Roos. Oh, I hope they stay down! I got the dishes and clothes going, was putting clothes away when the PD called. They wanted to know when I could come in and try on the silly uniforms before they sew the patches on. Naturally, I asked if paychecks were in yet (NO). I'm hoping that they come in by the time I have to be at work to try uniforms on, so I won't have to make TWO trips up there. So, yet another item is added to my day! And I have GOT to get a nap in sometime, because I'm working tonight. Wow. Maybe I'll get bedsheets washed tomorrow??
But isn't it a beautiful day to be busy in . . .
Take time to look out your window today! ; )
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Oh, yeah . . . . MY blog!
I've been so busy! Our Kid's Mart is this weekend, so I've been cleaning out the kids' closets, washing, ironing, hanging, and pricing clothes! And I worked last night and tonight, so I'm also trying to work a nap in there somewhere--LOL. I tried to work in a nap yesterday, but no sooner had I gotten Malachi down and laid myself down, than the phone rang. It was 12:30pm, and the Chief wanted me to be at the PD by 1:30pm to be fitted for UNIFORMS! ACK! And I needed a shower!!! Have you seen police uniforms lately? Do they strike you as particularly feminine? Or feminine figure flattering? Oh, well. At least I have pretty fingernails, feminine hair (with no gray, thanks, Emily!), and my make-up. I can do this, I suppose. (yuck) And LOL--another girl dispatcher and myself were talking about the non-feminine figure flattering aspect of the uniforms, when one of the officers wanted to join in the conversation. Then he got a complex--did the uniform make HIM look fat??? LOL! We assured him that it really is mostly just a woman thing--LOL.
My husband brought me a dozen roses on Friday. No reason. Is he a prince, or what? ; )
Is anybody else just SO ready for spring/summer??? I can't wait for Easter weekend, so I can go to the beach. Definitely praying for sun, here! Thinking about you, Donna, since I know you thrive on sunny days. ; )
John just called, and he has to work late tonight. His boss is not happy that he has to leave by 8pm to pick the kids up from daycare, but what do you do? I have to be at work at 6pm. My kids are finally well again, and I have to take them to the daycare for a couple of hours tonight. Praying for good health for my kids! : )
WHOO HOO! Just one more night of work until I get 2 days off! : ) Gotta like that! I love my job, but I love playing with my kids more--and feeling rested enough to really enjoy playing with them.
Today, my goal is to smile and smile and smile some more!!!
Cheers all! : ) : ) : )