Every now and then it is good to sit and look at things and tweak what is not working, remove political junk, and anything else not really related to the motto of the website. Hence, I will be working on the website for a few weeks and not really posting much, but editing mostly. Hope you will come back again, give it a few weeks and things will be better than ever...I hope!
“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
Exquisite, simply exquisite. This read is like no other. Nina George is a lyrical writer whose prose is beautiful, sensual, and filled with such sensory language one is whisked away into the moving narrative. I could not put the book down for more than an hour. I disliked every moment I had to stop reading. Check out Barnes and Noble for this book and more.
"A story that reflects all the romance and sweetness of Paris itself."
Raymond loved driving his truck. Ever since he was a boy, he wanted to be like his dad. In third grade, he did a report on his dad being a coal truck driver and how he wanted to follow in his footsteps.
Today, sitting in the cab of a shale fracking water truck he was living a very profitable life with a schedule that fit his modern lifestyle. Being a gamer, he was home by eight and on the computer until mid-night. Sleeping until seven and out the door by seven thirty, he had his schedule down to a science.
With the invention of the smart phone and his love for new technology, he had learned to multi-task. Driving and texting was a matter of coordination and he was very good at it. He had one rule, no texting and driving over thirty-five miles per hour.
Texting and driving is never good at any speed and Raymond was about to find out. It was early one spring morning and they had been on this routine for several weeks now at the new drill site.
Rounding the top of Saint Rose Hill and heading down Route 982 through the sleepy community of Loyalhanna, Ray opened his window for a breath of fresh air. He was also texting a friend about the game tonight when a bee buzzed through the window and got jammed in his ear.
Looking up from his phone he saw the huge rocks and sign, he had no time to pull back, BOOM! Crackle and then silence.
He slammed into the rocks and sign at seventy miles an hour his foot on the pedal full throttle. With the bee buzzing in his ear, he hit the gas instead of the break. Texting, hitting send. His life over, in just seconds.
The sign said:
Remember you can't control
You can only control your
In some cases, you can't control your response either.
1. yenta - (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal.
2. gossiper - a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, gossip communicator - a person who communicates with others.
3. catty chatter is a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!"
4. scandalmonger - a person who spreads malicious gossip blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale - someone who gossips indiscreetly.
Remember the GOLDEN RULE: "If you can't say something nice, do not say anything at all!"
Two things about a small town is large mouths and stupid minds who need to mind their own business. Really are you bored with your own life. How sad!
I live in "Mr. Rogers neighborhood" and you'd be hard pressed, heroin and gossip are killers here.
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe.
The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.
To the Chief Musician.
A Psalm of David.
Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered;
Let those who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God.
But let the righteous be glad; let them be in good spirits before God,
Yes, let them rejoice with delight.
Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Lift up a song for Him who rides through the desert—
His name is the Lord—be in good spirits before Him.
A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land.
O God, when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.
The earth trembled;
The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary.
Your flock found a dwelling place in it;
O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor.
The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan];
The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army);
“The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee,
And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].”
When you lie down [to rest] among the [a]sheepfolds,
You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver,
Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy].
When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan,
It was snowing on [b]Zalmon.
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A [high] mountain of many summits is Mount Bashan [rising east of the Jordan].
Why do you look with envy, mountains with many peaks,
At the mountain [of the city of Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place?
Yes, the Lord will dwell there forever.
The chariots of God are [c]myriads, thousands upon thousands;
The Lord is among them as He was at Sinai, in holiness.
You have ascended on high, You have led away captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even from the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there.
Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day,
The God who is our salvation! Selah.
God is to us a God of acts of salvation;
And to God[d] the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free].
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways.
The Lord said, “I will bring your enemies back from Bashan;
I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea,
That your foot may crush them in blood,
That the tongue of your dogs may have its share from your enemies.”
They have seen Your [solemn] [e]procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness].
The singers go in front, the players of instruments last;
Between them the maidens playing on tambourines.
Bless God in the congregations, [give thanks, gratefully praise Him],
The Lord, you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel.
The youngest is there, Benjamin, ruling them,
The princes of Judah and their company [the southern tribes],
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali [the northern tribes].
Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation];
Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf.
Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
[Pagan] kings will bring gifts to You [out of respect].
Rebuke the beasts [living] among the reeds [in Egypt],
The herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples;
Trampling underfoot the pieces of silver;
He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.
Princes and envoys shall come from Egypt;
Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,
Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.
To Him who rides in the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
Behold, He sends out His voice, a mighty and majestic voice.
Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And His strength is in the skies.
O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary;
The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!
Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddlebags.
Psalm 68:14 I.e. a dark, wooded hill near Shechem.
Psalm 68:17 Lit multiples of ten thousand.
Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), usually rendered Lord.
Psalm 68:24 A reference to the procession bringing the ark of the covenant to Mt. Zion.
I got to see comet 2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) sweeping past our planet early this morning about 4:20am on the right side of the moon as I was facing southwest. Very cool to observe! My brother would have had his telescope out for sure. TYR!
Comet 252P/LINEAR is safely flying past Earth on March 21, 2016, at a range of about 3.3 million miles (5.2 million kilometers). On March 22, comet P/2016 BA14 safely sweeps past by our planet at a distance of about 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers). Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech.
11 Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord [and understand the importance of obedience and worship], we persuade people [to be reconciled to Him]. But we are plainly known to God [He knows everything about us]; and I hope that we are plainly known also in your consciences [your God-given discernment].
12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are giving you an occasion to be [rightfully] proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in [outward] appearances [the virtues they pretend to have] rather than what is [actually] in heart. 13 If we are out of our mind [just unstable fanatics as some critics say], it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit.
14 For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died;15 and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way.
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. 21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious loving-kindness].
It is with sincerity of heart that you be reconciled to God through His son Jesus Christ. I hope that this Lenten Season you would meditate up His word, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, and accept what Christ did and be saved, renewed in mind, and refreshed in spirit.
Live Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, now and forever.
I took a clean old olive jar and filled it with filtered cold water and flower preserver. Then using a pair of kitchen shears I set out to cut some tender branches of azalea, forsythia, and lilac bushes, trimming buds below the waterline of the jar to keep the water from getting grimy. Replace and keep the water clear, re-trimming branches every week. Blossoms will appear in about three weeks. I am looking forward seeing this year's blossoms because this is the first time I am forcing blossoms from three types of plants.