Monday, April 24, 2017

realize

A friend wrote in.  She mentioned that she had been praying for God to be with her.  Then she realized that God was always with her, she just needed to be reminded of that.

Anthony deMello, in his book Awareness, tells the following story:

different cover, same book
Life is a banquet. And the tragedy is that most people are starving to death. That's what I 'm really talking about. There's a nice story about some people who were on a raft off the coast of Brazil perishing from thirst. They had no idea that the water they were floating on was fresh water. The river was coming out into the sea with such force that it went out for a couple of miles, so they had fresh water right there where they were. But they had no idea. In the same way, we're surrounded with joy, with happiness, with love. Most people have no idea of this whatsoever.

Friends, we don't need for God to be with us.  We need to wake up to the fact that he is with us, already.  He is all around us.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

you are worth it

A friend recently went to a funeral where the preacher said this:

"over the years I have come to think of our personal grief as a tribute or compliment to the one we miss. He said it is like saying to/of that person "you are worth my sadness."

I love it.

If you are sad or grieving today, just think of how that honors the person that we miss. They were great. They were worth it.

 I can not imagine a life where there was no one that I thought was worth crying over.  Thank you God for those who are worth our tears.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

if the video isn't playing

Several have emailed today to tell me that they don't have a video or they can't get it to play.

scroll mouse to bottom right

There are a couple of things to try.  First of all, put your mouse on the bottom right hand corner and the download symbol should appear.  Click on it, the video will download and you can watch it.  The other option is to go directly to the web site and watch the video at www.canyouhearthebirdssing.blogspot.com

Have a great Saturday.  It is a beautiful day.

open your eyes please

So, I am standing up by Mulligans just listening to the waves roll in on the beach.  It was a beautiful, peaceful glorious moment.  A couple just slightly older than me came walking up and stood next to me.  This was their first time to Vero Beach.  They watched the waves for a moment and then she said something that I found to be so sad.

She said, "it's dirty.  Not even white.  Too much seaweed."

I thought, oh my.  How sad.
Then I took this picture and this brief video.
video

Friends, there is much beauty and glory to see in this life.  Unfortunately sometimes people stand right in front of it and don't even see it.  May we all wake up to see the good.

It is a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I shouldn't have done it


So last week when I was driving to KC, I stopped for the night in Clarksville, Tn.  820 miles in one day is about all I have in me.

Just up from the motel are my dinnertime choices.  Burger King or Shoneys.  I know that Burger King has nothing healthy, so I give Shoneys the benefit of the doubt.  That was a mistake.

I get in there and sit down and tonight is my lucky night.  It is the seafood buffet night. Now that I live in Florida, I am getting into seafood!!!

$11.95 for the buffet, I check it out.  Ok.  lets do the buffet.

Well some things look better than they really are.  Let's see.  We have fried shrimp, fried catfish which is mostly bones, fake crab something, hush puppies, boiled shrimp... tiny not peeled boiled shrimp.

When I was done eating all of that I had one thought:  I shouldn't have done it.  My belly hurts.  I need some Rolaids.

Next time I am just going to go to Burger King.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, skip the seafood buffet at Shoney's and see the good.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ants


So I am thinking of the theme to the Pink Panther.  Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant.........

I know my wife will love this post.  On the way to KC from Florida, I stayed overnight in Clarksville, Tn at the Baymont Inn.  Nice place for what you pay for.  It is not the kind of hotel/motel that my family would have liked to have been at.

I moved into the room, got set up, and started working on my computer.  That is when I noticed all of the little critters on the desk.  Ants!  Yeuch.

I went to the front desk and asked nicely for some ant killer.  They sent the maintenance man around to spray.  That seemed to do the trick.

I guess that ants serve some purpose in God's economy, but I don't care for them in my house or in my motel room.

It's still a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Therapeutic Drive


Sometimes our brains need to get away.  Sometimes we just need some time to decompress.  How about a 20 hour drive from Vero Beach to KC?  All by yourself, no annoying cats in the car.  It might be good.

So I did it in 2 days.  820 miles the first day, 500 the second day.

One of the highlights of the trip were the Georgia and Tennessee mountains.  When you live in Florida, you forget what hills look like.

I loved driving along Kennesau Ridge and Lookout Mountain.  It was peaceful, and beautiful and the glory of those hills spoke to me.

Never let your normal surroundings become mundane to you.  If you live by the ocean, love the ocean.  If you live by the hills, appreciate the hills, if you have 4 seasons, see the good in that.

God has spoken to us all through the things that he has made.
I loved the Tennessee hills.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, please see the good.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jack

My buddy Dan and I used to sit on his back porch and drink Jack Daniels. We would laugh and tell stories. I thought of those times and it reminded me of this Luke Bryan song.

On a side note, my daughter Jennifer loves country music. I used to like to tell the joke, I like both kinds of music: country and western.

Here are the lyrics....

When I got the news today
I didn't know what to say.
So I just hung up the phone.

I took a walk to clear my head,
This is where the walking lead
Can't believe you're really gone
Don't feel like going home

So I'm gonna sit right here
On the edge of this pier
Watch the sunset disappear
And drink a beer

Funny how the good ones go
Too soon, but the good lord knows
The reasons why 

Sometimes the greater plan is kinda hard to understand
Right now it don't make sense
I can't make it all make sense

So I'm gonna sit right here
On the edge of this pier
Watch the sunset disappear
And drink a beer

click the link below to listen to the song....

luke bryan song on youtube

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stephen Wright

My buddy Dan loved the comedian Stephen Wright. If you are unfamiliar with his humor, here is a smattering of it. Dan sent me this collection some years ago.  This is a small part of what he sent me.... I hope it makes you smile.


All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

OK, so what's the speed of dark?

How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked

something.

Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.

When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.

Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.

Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.

I intend to live forever - so far, so good.

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.

Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

I like to skate on the other side of the ice.

I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.




It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter

This is the first Easter in a long time that I was not offering the Sunday Sermon.  I have to tell you that it kind of hurts to be on the sidelines.  But for one moment, let me make it not about me.

It is Easter!  Jesus is risen!
We have new life!!!

I used to love Jesus because I was ensured a spot in heaven.  Believing in him saved me from the fear of hell and death, as long as I was good.  So there was always some level of doubt, because I could never be good enough.

Today, in my old age, I am loving Jesus because of the amazing grace that he offers freely to every human.  I am accepted.  I am loved.   I don't even have to do anything.  He has done it all.  I am tearing up as  write this.

Life is beautiful.  The message of grace has been delivered.  We are free!

Happy Easter.  Receive the grace.

It is the beautiful day in God's world.  See the good.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lion's Den Man

 Left to Right - Gary Glenn, Tyler Stephenson and Dan Horn
I have terrible news to share.  My dear dear friend, Dan Horn, passed away suddenly Thursday night of a heart attack.  Dan has posted with me on this blog for 10 years.  He wrote under the name of Lion's Den Man.... a brief riddle matching his first name with the Biblical Daniel in the Lions Den Man.

When I was sad or empty, we was always ready to write for me.  He always had my back.

I am in shock.  I am in shock.  I don't know what to say.  I love him so much.  Please grieve with me.  Please cry with me.  I am heartsick.  He was one of the finest human beings.

Dan was one of the most kind, gentle, gracious humans that I have ever known.  It took a while to get to know him because he was quiet, but oh, what a treasure of a person.

He loved the St. Louis Cardinals, All kinds of music, the comedian Stephen Wright, fishing, canoeing, and of course his family.  My deepest sympathies to his dear wife Joni and to their two delightful children Laney and Eric.

I am heart sick.  I loved this man.  55 is too young.

So please hug your friends, hug your family.  Life is short.
Goodbye my dear dear friend.
You will be missed and you will be grieved.

Friday, April 14, 2017

I used to be someone

I was in church a few weeks ago.  After service a man came up to me and said, "hey, I recognize you.  Where do I know you from."

Whenever this happens I have two stock answers.  One is, "oh, I have a generic face."  The other is, "have you ever been in prison?"

I tried both on him.  Finally he said, "oh, I know, you used to be a pastor."

I know that he didn't mean anything by that, but way down inside of me, it stung a little bit.  It was kind of like, well, you used to be someone, but now......
Yes now, now I am a hobo, now I am a nothing.

Well, let's talk about that.  All of us used to be something.  We used to be younger, we used to be better looking, on and on it goes.

But all of us are something.  All of us are somebody.  We are all God's children.  We are all dearly loved.  We are all more valuable than we can ever imagine, regardless of what job we hold or don't or what age we are, or how much money we do or do not make.

You still are somebody.  So am I.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure  to see the good.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent


The Fight Between Carnival and Lent is a 1559 oil painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a Dutch painter.  I was introduced to this painting during an excellent sermon given a few weeks ago by Pastor Angie McNeil.

Since her initial comments on the painting, I have spent several hours looking at it and reading about the message that it carries.

Carnival represents, joy, merriment, and Mardi Gras.  Lent, well lent is lent.  Serious time.  The painting is about the clash in our hearts and minds between the enjoyment of life and the seriousness of life.

On the left of the painting is an Inn where people are drinking beer and enjoying themselves.  There is a parade and silly merriment.  On the right side of the painting is the church.  People on the right side are contemplating life, helping the poor and being reflective.

In the center of the picture, as pointed out by Angie McNeil, is a woman, maybe the woman at the well.  She is looking into a bucket of water, considering her image.

The idea of looking at our image from time to time is not just for lent.  Every now and then we should pause to ask ourselves who we are and what are we about.  I think that life should have its Inns and it's churches.  I think that merriment is as holy as contemplation.  Both are gifts from God.

Sometimes people are too serious.  Too heavy.  Sometimes, too frivolous.  We all need from time to time to stop by the well, look in the bucket of water and take stock of our lives.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

shhh!! pt. 2

Last week I posted on the value of quiet.  Silence is a spiritual discipline.

In response to that post, my friend Margaret Lightfoot replied, "if there is constant talk or tv, one can not hear the birds sing."

Well said.  It's not just that we can't hear others when we are talking, we can't hear the basic message that God has infused in all creation.

 I should probably listen more.  Pat Stark tells me that is why we have one mouth and two ears.
Can I hear the birds sing?  Not if I am talking.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

we are small

Zach Collins #32
We can be small.  Well, at least I can be small.

So I was watching the NCAA basketball tournament.  I was, as many of us were, rooting for whomever I wanted to win.  Now I am aware that all of these kids that we are watching were recruited by all of the schools at this level.  That means if you have a favorite player on the Villanova team, he may have been a hair's breath away from playing for Duke.

Yet we get all tied up in this team or that team.  Our egos line up for or against whomever we wish to come out on top.  So I was watching the Oregon vs Gonzaga game.  Since I usually root for the underdog, I was rooting for Oregon and against Gonzaga.  Nothing against Gonzaga, nice kids and all, I just wanted the Oregon Ducks to win.  Anyone who names their team mascot the Ducks, needs someone to cheer for them.  Kind of like the Arkansas Razorbacks... the Hogs.  Someone should root for them.  [I inserted a small joke there.]

Anyway, I am rooting for Oregon and against Gonzaga and particularly against this 7' kid, Zack Collins.  I don't know anything about him, I just want him to lose.  But Gonzaga won the game and life goes on.

Then last Monday, Gonzaga is playing North Carolina in the final game.  Now Gonzaga is the underdog, so I am rooting for them.  A turn of loyalties on my part.  No offense to the Tarheels.  Good team, good guys, all a hair's breath away from playing for Duke or KU.

So I am watching the game, rooting for Gonzaga, and ironically, rooting now for Zack Collins.  North Carolina went on to win that game.  

And I was struck with the fickleness of my cheering.  Of the rampant self-interest that floats freely through our lives.  Against a thing or a person one day, for the person the next day.

We are a funny bunch we humans, and we should not take basketball games, or ourselves quite so seriously.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Uncle

When the kids were little, one of my favorite things to do when we would wrestle, or when I would tickle them, would be to make them say, "Uncle.  Dad you're the master."  I would not quit tickling them until they said it.

Now when you are wrestling, the last thing you want to do is lose, and you certainly don't want to be humiliated by being forced to say, "Uncle. Dad you're the master."

As the kids got bigger and their pride grew stronger, they could hold out longer.  Sometimes they would even say, "Never!  I will Never Say it."  Then they would say things like "Dad, you're the stinkpot!"  Then great laughter would ensue and I would torture them more.

Well as the kids grew into adulthood, our wrestling episodes went by the wayside.  Until the other day.  My son had hurt his shoulder.  Yet, he was still messing with me.  So I went after him.  He was a bit handicapped.  And yes, I got him to say it, "Uncle, Dad you're the master."  It was a great moment of victory of an old man over a youth.

I am victorious again.  I am, I was for one moment, the master.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2 lions

This is one of my favorite Anthony DeMello stories....

Once upon a time, a lion cub was found by a momma sheep. Being a kind mother sheep, she took the lion cub in and raised it as one of her own lambs. So effective was his indoctrination that he grew up thinking that he was a sheep, eating grass, baa-ing, and walking with a stiff little sheep gait.

One day a lion came out of the forest and found the flock of sheep, and saw the sheeply lion. The sheeply lion ran as did the other sheep. The forest lion, not believing what he was seeing, gave chase. Finally, he caught the sheeply lion and cornered him at the base of a large tree. Cowering in fear, the sheeply lion said, “please don’t eat me, please don’t eat me.”.

The forest lion came near the sheeply lion and inquired of him, “what are you doing…cowering and shaking in fear?” The sheeply lion replied he was afraid the forest lion would eat him.

The forest lion grabbed the sheeply lion by the neck and dragged him to a nearby poor of water.

He forced the sheeply lion to gaze into the reflection from the pool. “What do you see?” inquired the forest lion. The sheeply lion looked at the forest lion, back at the reflection in the pool, and then back to the forest lion.

For the first time, he saw himself as he really was. The sheeply lion raised up from the pool and gave a great roar. He was never a sheep again.

Maybe it is time for you to stop cowering in life and see who you really are.  An amazing person that God loves very much.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Grace

I was sitting in church last Sunday and the pastor talked about how the "incredible, amazing grace of God reaches out to you."  I got to thinking about this.

We think we need to earn God's love.  Since we are used to having to earn human love, we think that we have to earn God's love.  But we don't.  In fact, we can't earn it.  Think about that.  YOU CAN'T BE GOOD ENOUGH TO EARN GOD'S LOVE.  It is a free gift.  It already belongs to you.  God made men and women, he stepped back and took a look, and he said, IT IS GOOD.  See Genesis 1:31.

The incredible amazing grace of God reaches out to you.  Past your sins, past your worries, past your perceived sense of unworthiness.  His grace is reaching for you, if you just open your arms.

Revelation 3:20 says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock."  This passage has been used in many guilt laden ways over the years to press people into salvation.  Like God wants to press people into salvation..... But forget the guilt for a moment and look at the grace at work in that picture.  A loving gracious friend is knocking at your door.  He wishes to come in and smile and extend grace.  Why would we not open the door?

The incredible amazing grace of God is reaching out to you.
It doesn't get any better than that.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, April 7, 2017

trouble with kids

just wait until they are adults!
So I used to think that when our children grew up that I would stop worrying about them.  Well, I guess I was wrong.

I got to thinking though.... Jacob's sons sold their brother Joseph into slavery in Egypt.  At least my kids aren't selling each other.  David's son Absolom sought opening to kill him.  At least my kids aren't trying to kill  me [as far as I know.]  Even God had trouble with his first children, Adam and Eve.

So there will always be something to worry about, no matter what age they are.  The question is, to what degree do I allow myself to succumb to worrying about them?  I am not in control of what they do, but I am in control of the extent to which I allow myself to be consumed by what they or what others are doing.

Thank God that they aren't selling each other or trying to kill me.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Fools recap

Ha ha ha.  Gotcha.  Got a bunch of you guys.

I have a big grin on my face.  So many of you sent in your regrets that the blog was closing.  I received 30 emails and 4 phone calls expressing regrets...... Several of you did catch that it was an April fools joke.

My favorite comment came from Kim who saw through it all and posted this, "Thank goodness. I never ever read this blog anyhow and do not look forward to it every single day."

Next year, if I remember, I will post on April 1 that the blog is closing.  That is, if I live to see next April 1.  I hope to, I plan to, so be ready.

Thanks for giving me a chuckle.  Thanks for reading.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

fear

"What saves us from fear is not courage, but compassion."
                   Hubert Neth

I hate to speak for this great man, but what I heard him saying was this... When we are struggling personally, when we are broken, when we are a mess, you can't power yourself through it.  The sacred act that saves us from ourselves is the act of caring for another.  When I care for another, my mind is off of me and onto you.  When I show compassion to another, my heart is no longer focused on myself, but is now moving towards another.  My pain is swallowed up as I am lost in your pain.

Compassion save us from fear.
Something to think about.........

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

the rule of three

So I was talking with my buddy Bob Tuttle about quoting people in your sermons.  When do you quote someone?  When do you ignore the fact that you are using some of their stuff?

We talked about how there is nothing new under the sun.  No new ideas.  We talked about how for every idea that you throw out, there are five people that you could probably attribute the idea to.

He told me a story.  He and a friend would sit in lectures and in continuing education events.  When they heard something good, one would look at the other and hold up three fingers.

The three fingers were a sign.  Three days.....
Day one:  I quote the person who said it.  As Bill Smith has said.....
Day two:  I make it generic.... as someone said.
Day three... I make it mine.... as I have said.

And so you see that it is possible to make an idea your own in three short days.

some things that I have always said......

1. Those who say, don't know.  those who know, don't have to say.
2.  Everything is spiritual.
3. No one knows.

Take a great idea and make it your own.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Monday, April 3, 2017

silence

Shhhhh!!!
Some people are not comfortable with silence.  Some that I know, seem to have to fill every single moment with the noise of their voice.

Silence is golden.  I love people who know how to be quiet.  If you were raised on a farm, you are used to silence.  I tend to love people who were raised on farms.  I was not, but I still love the silence.  The sound of the wind, the sound of a train rumbling by, or the sound of  a car on a gravel road.

I love silence.  I am good with it.  Hey... the next time that we sit down together, lets talk for five minutes each, then lets just sit there and say nothing.  Just taking in the ambiance of being together.  remind me and let's do it.

Silence is the door to contemplation.  Do you want to grow in your prayer life???  Stop talking.  Say good morning Lord.  Then just listen for 20 minutes.  We learn more by listening then we do by talking.

Silence is the door to contemplative prayer.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Fools!!!

Alfred Toll House
[next door is the Jacob Loose Mansion]
Yesterday I told you that the blog was closing. Some of you got it. Some of you knew.....   But for those of you that were wondering............. April Fools!!!

One of my favorite April fools stories comes from 1971.  I was 14.  My grandma, my dad's mom came to live with us.  My sisters got to share a room so that grandma could have her own space.

Her name was Mary Lee Toll Brinkman. She was born into big money. The house of her childhood is now the Catholic Reporter building on Armor road and Warwick in Kansas City. [Or it was the last time I was down in that area.] The house and the money were gone long before I was born, but my Mom used to tell the story of going to dances in the ballroom on the top floor of the "Toll Mansion."

We called Grandma Toopta. No one knows why. She used to babysit us on Friday nights so my parents could go to lodge meetings. Years later we found out that lodge was really Dad's AA meetings. Back then we had one little black and white TV, an RCA Victor model. Sometimes I would go with Dad to the store to replace the tubes. Do you remember when the grocery stores had little tube testing stations where you could test and buy tubes? Anyway, we would sit up on Friday nights with Toop and watch TV. She taught us all the song, "the incy wincy spider" and the more obscure, "I don't know why she swallowed the fly" rhyme. I will have to say it for you sometime.

So, anyway, Toopta came to live with us when I was 14. She liked Hawaii 5-0 "book em Danno." She watched the Today show and General Hospital. She drank Sherry [something like wine or brandy I think.] She attended the Episcopal church. My mom didn't like her. I am not going to speculate why. There were a number of possible reasons, but it was a real sacrifice for my Mom to have Toopie living in our home. It only lasted for about a year, and then she was gone. As quickly as she had arrived, she was gone, traded off to another Uncle for a player to be named later.

One morning, I heard a thump, thump, thump, coming down the stairs. I ran around the corner and there was Toopta in a writhing ball of pain at the bottom of the stairs. I called for help, and in a few moments, my mom and both of my sisters were there. We were all gathered around Toop. My Mom took over. Kids step back.

Mom: Toop, where does it hurt?
Toopta: Oooooo. [groaning]
Mom: do you want me to call an ambulance?
Toop: Oooooo.
Mom: where does it hurt?
Toop [quietly]: what day is it?
Everyone looks at each other. We are puzzled. She must be losing her mind.
Toop: what day is it?
Mom: Toop it is Wednesday.
Toop [a bit louder now]: no, what day is it?
Mom: it is April 1st.

April 1st!!!!!!!!! It is all a big joke. She is not hurt, she did not fall down the stairs. My sisters and I start laughing. Mom is furious. She does not think it is funny at all for a 72 year old woman to pull such a stunt. She storms off into the other room. I help Toop up and Toop and the kids go on about our business, somehow the better for the story.

That's the way it was, April 1st, 1971.

Oh, and by the way, The blog will continue.  As long as Scott Connors reads this, I am going to keep typing something.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I'm sorry

I am sorry but this is going to be my last post.  I closing down the blog.


Friday, March 31, 2017

spiritual vs secular

I have written about this before, but it has been on my mind so I am going to hit it again.

 This is my disclaimer.  Read it and understand: Yes there are mean people and there is music that I find distasteful.   But in general after that, Everything is spiritual.

Yes.  Going to church, reading the bible, quoting scripture and the like is spiritual.  Listening to "Christian" music is spiritual.

But did you know that some people go to toxic churches?  That is not spiritual.  Some misuse and even worship the bible.  That is not spiritual. Some "Christian" music has terrible theology and music that is just plain bad.  So not everything that is tauted as spiritual is that spiritual.

It is also spiritual to listen to James Taylor.  To read Tom Clancy.  To walk around the block.  All spiritual.  You see, for Jesus, all of life was spiritual.  If you stopped Jesus and asked him how his spiritual life was doing he would say, "what?  What do you mean?  It's all spiritual."

Jesus said, "I always do what pleases the father." John 8:29
Jesus ate.  It pleased the Father.  Jesus went to the bathroom.  It pleased the Father.  Jesus got dirty.  It pleased the Father.  Jesus had emotions.  It pleased the Father.

All of life is good.  All of life is beautiful.  Everything is spiritual.  See it.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

a song that touched me

My dear friend Wendy Minshall, that is Pastor Wendy Minshall used to sing this song at church. It came up on my play list the other day and I started to cry.  I love this song and I love my friend Wendy.

Blessings by Laura Storey

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we have faith to believe

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the achings of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

Here is the link to listen on youtube. It is worth the time.

Click here to listen to the song


It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

fix you

Today and tomorrow I am posting about songs that reach me. One of them is Fix You by Coldplay. I have listened to it many times and prayed for my friends and my children when they were in distress.

Fix You lyrics

When you try your best, but you don't succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse
And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face and I
Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face and I

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

click here to listen to the song
Dear friend, if it were in my power to fix what ever is going on in your life, I certainly would. I offer my friendship, my listening ears and my hugs.

Bless you.

It is still a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

friends

Yesterday I wrote about my sisters and I said that "friends can dump you if they want to, but blood is forever."

I once had a friend dump me.  It crushed me.  I grieved for a year.  I worked hard to make new friends, and to each new friend, I made a promise and I insisted on the same in return....  "we are friends forever..... nothing can be allowed to come between us."  So my friends can not dump me and I cannot dump them.  Not anymore.

Life is too short for fracture.  Pick your friends well and stay with them.

Friends for life.... we are.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sisters

So, pictured here are some of my family members.  Front row, my sister Julie and her husband Mark Hannah.  [a great brother in law.]  They live in KC.

Back row my sister Amy from Ft. Collins, Colorado, and me.

Amy was passing through town on the way to St. Louis and we met for lunch at the Applebees at the old Blue Ridge Mall.

It was so great to see them and so great to be together.  I think that you tend to appreciate your family more as you get older.  Your friends can dump you if they want to, but blood is forever.

If you have family that you have not spoken to for a while, today might be a good day to do that.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Training


Last week Cathy and I had a treat.  Friends Dan and Joni Horn came to visit from Lees Summit and took us down to Jupiter for a couple of Cardinals spring training games.  It was my first Spring Training game ever!  Oh how I miss watching baseball!

The stadium was beautiful and the company was great.  If you are a Royals fan and are concerned about me wearing Cardinals gear, There are some things that you should know.

First of all, my Mom was from Kirkwood and we spent most of the summers there growing up, so I have a fondness for St. Louis. Secondly, please remember that the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9 "I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings."

Sometimes, in order to bond with people, we must leave our world and learn to enjoy theirs. It does not always have to be about us vs them. We are all in this beautiful life together.
It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

free coffee

So I was staying at a friend's carriage house.  It was wonderful, but I had not bought coffee for the coffee maker.  So each morning, I went somewhere for a cup of coffee.

One day at burger king, at 630 in the morning, I pulled around to pay, and they would not take my money.  Free coffee for me at burger king that day.

I didn't understand.  It made me weepy.  I thanked them profusely.
To be generous to a person is such a blessing.

Bless someone today.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Note to Eric who commented on a blog:  Yes I work on front doors.  email me at jsbrink57@gmail.com and let me know what you need.  thanks!

Friday, March 24, 2017

home of a friend

So there is this home that I have visited many times over the years.  I have sat at the kitchen table and visited with the friends who live there.  We have talked about everything in the past.  I have missed them.

Last week, after a 10 month absence, I walked up the sidewalk and pushed the doorbell.  It made me so happy to see that doorbell, and to see my friends of course!

I hope that you do something today that makes you very happy.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

my favorite lunch

green sauce in lower left....
For a time this was my favorite lunch.
Taco Johns....
It is only in the Midwest.... not in Florida, not yet.

I found out that one of my friends that I used to take there, hated the food. That killed me!!! Broke my heart.  I used to buy them lunch there and they secretly hated it!!!

Anyway, the other day I was able to hit Taco Johns.  Two Soft tacos, potato oles and a large tea.  Oh and don't forget the side of super hot green sauce.  The super hot green sauce will make your head sweat. 

It made me happy to eat there.
If you are reading this, hoping for some meaning today, think about your favorite comfort food and go there and eat it.

I have missed Taco Johns.  I'm gonna hit it every time that I can.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

you've got a friend

So this is a nerdy story about me from when I was in 7th grade.  One of the first albums that I owned was Carol King's Tapestry album.  One of the songs on the album was, You've got a friend.

I was only 13 but I loved the long.  I still love it, to this day.  So, I wanted to paste the words up in my locker at school.  We had a typewriter and I worked on the lyrics.  Listening to them over and over to get the words just right.  I wanted it to look good so I kept typing it over until I had all the verses with no mistakes or corrections.

Once I was happy with my typed out lyrics, I took it to scool and taped itup in my locker.  It made me happy to see those words every day.

Yesterday I sent a note to a friend.  It is important to remember that we have a friend.  Always.  Friends for life.

Here are the lyrics.....................

When you're down and troubled,
And you need some love and care,
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me,
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

If the sky above you grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
Soon you'll hear me knocking at your door

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running, running, yeah, yeah, to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
And I'll be there, yes I will.

Now, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend
When people can be so cold?
They'll hurt you, yes, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them,
Oh, but don't you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running, running, yeah, yeah, yeah, to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there, yes I will.
You've got a friend

You've got a friend
Ain't it good to know, you've got a friend?
Ain't it good to know?
Ain't it good to know?
Ain't it good to know, you've got a friend?


If you are unfamiliar with this song, here is a link to it on youtube:

Dear Friend, It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

for you

So I was talking to a friend the other night.
That is an interesting thought.... I have a friend.....
This friend told me to write to them.... so here we go....

I have talked about this before, but I love this story.....

In the movie The Replacements Keanu Reaves plays a quarterback that had choked in the Sugar Bowl. Because of his failure, he lost the chance to play professional football and his confidence was broken. In this movie, he gets a second chance. When faced with a similar situation as the one he failed at in the Sugar Bowl, Reaves chickens out again. In response to this, his coach, Gene Hackman gets in his face and makes the statement, "Winners always want the ball when the game is on the line."

The first time I heard these words, I stopped in my tracks. I paused the movie. I thought of the many times that I was fearful or hurt and wanted to pull back. I thought of the times in softball when my team needed me to get a hit and I was nervous. I thought of all the challenges in church and how easy it is sometimes to curl up into a ball and go and hide.

For years I have been saying to myself. Winners always want the ball when the game is on the line.  It really does not matter what other people do.  What matters is what you do.  You can only control what you do.  Sometimes in the midst of pain and struggle, you have to get up and get after a thing. You can always quit another time, but not today. The world is changed by those who step up, get in the game and give life their very best.

The game may be on the line. Missions may be on the line.  Winners want the ball, they want a chance. Step up. Get in the game. You will be glad that you did.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.





Monday, March 20, 2017

ok

I was in Kansas City helping a friend with his rental property.  Painting, cleaning, laying tile, installing doors and such.  One day I was fortunate to have lunch with one of my dear friends, Hubert Neth.  While we were eating, we were reminiscing and a thought came to my mind.  It was a thought about why I like him so much.

When I am with him, everything is ok.  When I am with him, everything is right.  He makes me - ok.  He has such a calm, gracious, compassionate demeanor.  When I am with him, everything is ok.  I am going to keep visiting KC just to see him.

I hope that you have people in your life that make the crazy world be ok.

It's a gorgeous, ok, wonderful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shower Pt. 2

tub ripped out


So if you remember the post with the tub ripped out of the wall, here is the almost final product.

It took me much longer than I anticipated, and I had to work like a dog to get it done before I left town, but none the less, it is now operational.











in the process of grouting
The bathroom floor will be like the gray wood-tone threshold

new floor


We used to sing a song in church.  It was based on a quote from Ecclesiates 3.  The words of the song went "in his time, in his time, he makes all things beautiful, in his time."

You may be experiencing a difficult time in life.  You may feel like your tub has been ripped out.  But God.... but God is the master craftsman.  He is still with you and working with you.  Trust him.  It may take longer than you think, but he still makes all things beautiful.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

U sure r being strong here

On Monday I posted about "leaving the self behind."  Someone commented, "U sure r being strong here."

So I am sitting here today thinking about how I did not mean for that post to sound harsh.  I do not believe in guilt.  It is a horrible motivator.  Jesus never guilted anyone.

So we I speak of self renunciation, please do not feel any sense of "I am a bad person" or "you are a bad person."  I was simply trying to remind myself and all of us, that we are our own worst enemies.  We too often get in the way of grace.

The joy of the Christian life is not found in having it our way, but it loving others.  That is all I was trying to say.  I don't ever want this blog or my words to hurt a person.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day

Well what do you know.  It is St. Patrick's day.  Today is the day that I always think of that famous Irishman who invented outdoor tables and chairs.  Do you remember his name??



The famous Irishman who invented outdoor tables and chairs, his name was.....

wait for it................

Paddy O'Furniture

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the green.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My counselor's last words

I have seen counselors off and on over the years.  I don’t think that is a sign of weakness, I think that brave people let others into their brains to challenge their thinking.

Anyway, I saw a counselor monthly when I was in Cape Coral.  Nice lady.   She actually helped me a lot.  When I told her that I was leaving and that this was our last session, we had a nice talk about that.

I paid her and said thank you and good bye.
She said something that I thought was a bit profound.
Her last words to me were this:
“Enjoy your life.”

I stopped.  I looked at her.  I smiled.
Enjoy your life.

Enjoy your life my friends.


It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No.

No.

No.  No is a complete sentence.   One of my friends was telling me that.  Sometimes it is ok to say no.  Just say no.  No need to feel guilty.  No need to explain.  The answer is just no.  Sorry.

Being a person who always tried to make everyone else happy, I loved the thought.
No.  It is a complete sentence.


It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

my car

I have a dear friend who has been praying, "Lord, may I bless others with my car."  He is not thinking about driving people to doctors appointments.  He is thinking about how he is perceived on the road.

Do I speed?  Am I angry?  Do I cut others off?  Do I weave in and out of traffic?  Is my car perceived as rude or as a blessing?

If Christianity is supposed to affect all areas of our lives, how about we join him in his prayer, "Lord, may I bless others with my car."  Instead of sticking a little fish on the back of our car, how about we drive as if we are the fish people.

It's a beautiful day on God's roads, be sure to see the good.

Monday, March 13, 2017

leaving the self behind


Jesus said, "If any man would come after me he must renounce himself and follow me."
There is no Christianity without self-denial.

How do we renounce ourselves?
By living sacrificially.
We are not living the Christian life when we are taking to ourselves.

I need more, I want more – this is the American mantra.
I must protect what is mine – it is our way.

But the Christian life is different, it is a life of sacrificial living.
What can you do - what can I do to help another?
That is what it’s all about.  Any other definition of Christianity is self serving. 
Self renunciation is well ---- self renunciation.

Christianity is not about what we collect, or what we learn, it is about what we give away.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

85%

I believe that when we die and cross over to the other side, 85% of what we believe will fall away.

We are so full of ourselves.  We think we know it all.  We have ideas about politics and religion and judgments about people.

I believe that we are not as smart as we think we are.  I think that when we finally enter the presence of God, we will be much less sure of ourselves.  All that will matter in that moment is if we loved God and if we loved others.  Everything else is parsley on the plate of life.

Let's not get so caught up in our 85%.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

what we worship, part 2

Someone offered a comment, or a question after my post on March 3rd.

Here is the post:
Ask yourself what you worship.  I hope the answer is God.   But if you look at how people act and how people talk, we all know that people worship other things than God.  Even good Christians worship things besides God.

Some Christians put their church before God.  Your church is good, but it is not God.
Some Christians put the bible before God.  The bible is great, but it is not God.
Some Christians put their doctrine before God.
On and on we can go.

It is easier for us to worship things like this because we can hold them and manage them.  They are finite and fit into our box.  God is not managed by us, nor does he fit into our box.

A good church points us to God.  The bible points us to God, but it is not God.  Doctrine should connect us with God.  All three are the means to the end, not the end.

They are not the moon, they are the finger that points at the moon.

Here was their comment:
How then DO we worship God if it's not by the ways that that point us to him? Did I miss the point?

So let me try again.  Churches, the bible, and doctrine are helpful in worship of course.  They point us to God, but they are not God.  Some people treat their church, the bible or doctrine as if they were God themselves.  In heaven I believe that there are three thrones.  One for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  There is no 4th throne for the church, the bible or our doctrines.  In fact, much of what we think about those things will be proven wrong when we die.

Do you carry pictures of your family?  I carry a picture of my wife in my wallet, but the picture is not my wife.  It is a reminder of my wife.  The picture points me to my wife.  If I settle with loving the picture, I have missed the point.

The church, the bible and doctrine are a picture of God.  They point us towards him.  But if we begin to think that these are the end, or the goal of our faith, then we have missed the point.

Use the church, the bible and doctrine to worship God, but worship God.  Think on him.  Be lost in him.  He is the goal of our faith.  Everything else just points us towards him.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, March 10, 2017

pressure

This is a candid post about the pressure that pastors feel to be perfect.  It probably applies to others who are not pastors too because many Christians feel the pressure to be perfect.

For some reason, people want to put pastors on a pedestal.  It puts you in a position where you have a choice.  Either pretend to be perfect and hide your faults, or be yourself and accept the consequences.  The consequences of being yourself, your broken imperfect self are many.  Some may stop attending your church.  Some may be hateful to you.  Some will accuse you of being unchristian.  If you let people see your warts, some will reject you.

It is an odd thing to feel pressured to be perfect, when no one is.  Pastors put their pants on one leg at a time.  They don't always think about Jesus.  They are just like us.  Normal people.  Please allow your pastor to be a normal person.  They will relish the acceptance that you bring.

I for one, will never be able to accept the pressure to be perfect.  I grew up on it with my mother and I can't live up to perfection.  I think it was W.C, Fields who said, "be yourself, everyone else is already taken."

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

you made me

You made me.  You did it.  You made me a better person.

Yes.  That is right.  Knowing you has made me a better me.  I could name 100 people here.  If you are reading this, you are probably on the list.

How you say?  Maybe it was your support and kindness to me.  Maybe it was the grief that I saw in you when I was leaving.  Maybe it was your sense of humor, your advice, your wit, but you did something that left a mark on me for good.

Thank you.  Thank you for the gift of who you are to me.
You have made me a better person.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

deconstruct

I am remodeling our bathroom.  The tub and shower combo was old and dirty.  It was one of those set ups that you just can't keep clean.  So my wife said, "it's time for the tub to go."  So the tub is coming out and a walk in shower is going in.

It has been 4 years since I took on a project of this size.  It is a lot of work.  Good thing I don't have a job or I wouldn't have time to do this.

Here is something that I noticed.  It took me 4 hours to remove the sliding glass doors, the tub surround and the tub.  Deconstruction was easy.  Putting the bathroom back together is taking much longer.

And so here is a lesson for life.  It is much easier to tear a thing down then to build a thing up.  It is easier to pick a person apart then to build them up.  Deconstruction is easy.  Making something beautiful takes patience and care.

Resist the human urge to tear down that group, that idea or that person.  On the contrary, look for ways to build them up.  It is more difficult to build up, but it feels much cleaner.

I will show you some pictures of the walk in shower when it is done, but it is taking a while.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

second half truths


Many of the truths my parents experienced in their second half of life I am now experiencing too. Aches and pains from reasons known and unknown.  New things appearing on my skin.  The joy of seeing my kids become adults. Understanding it is important to listen to my Doctor’s advice. That it is a blessing to have a wife to grow older with…

And here is another truth I have discovered.

“In the second half of life, people have less power to infatuate you. But they also have much less power to control you or hurt you.” – Rohr

I read this just the other day but I have been thinking something similar for some time now. I need to value time and value the good people in my life more. I need to not waste time on those who want to rob me or others of what is precious.

Peace,
Lion’s Den Man

Monday, March 6, 2017

boundaries


Last week in the men’s group at WCC a talk was given  using the John Lennon song "Imagine" as a lead in. I think it struck each person in the room in a positive way. To me it is a song about removing the lines we draw in the sand.

Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

No heaven-No hell. No countries-No religion-No possessions. Views on these things and others can and have divided us. It is an ancient tribal way of thinking. Us and Them. Sadly, we can develop an appetite for it and we lose focus on God’s love and the work he has for us.

Peace,

Lion’s Den

Sunday, March 5, 2017

growing


“Life is a matter of becoming fully and consciously who we already are, but it is a self that we largely do not know…” Richard Rohr

When I was young and growing I was taught things about God from my parents. A practical God that fit nicely into our lives.  I grew into my teens and I stopped pursuing God. In college I was introduced to a new way to see God. The God of guilt. I had much to feel guilty about so this seemed like a good way to straighten me up. It was very short lived. Although the people I met were nice and “good” it didn’t feel right and so I left it behind. As a young parent I headed back to church. I was uncomfortable. I wasn’t sure what was expected of me. I didn’t know what God would show up. My parents God or my college friend’s God.  I found the God of my parents with a twist and I became connected. Giving outwardly was encouraged. Transparency was encouraged. My flaws, I discovered, were not there to hold me down. I found the God of Grace and Love.

In retrospect I see that I had to let go of the things I had experienced and learned earlier in life. Now I am constantly in the process of growth and change. It feels good. I am glad for the people in my life that I get to grow with. Conversations are full of life and questions. Growth is good. Discovery is great. God is awesome.

Peace,

Lion’s Den Man

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Yes my friends, today is the day

Today is the day of the big parade. I hope you did not forget. All of the bands are going to line up downtown and march forth. March 4th.......

My mother told me that joke with the comment that it was the only joke that she learned from her mother.

My mother's mother. My grandmother. Louise Heising was born around 1896 and died in 1989. She was German. She spoke German. Children were to be seen and not heard. She raised six of them. Four boys and two girls. My mom was the youngest. Grandma was a good cook, but since they were poor she did not have much to work with. They caught, cleaned, and ate rabbits. My mom used to talk about digging dandelion greens in the front yard for the vegetable to go with dinner. Grandma made maple syrup from scratch and baked a lamb cake every Easter. They attended church every Sunday at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, MO.

My Grandma tried to kill herself when I was a boy. My parents never told us very much about that. She was depressed I guess and got tired of it all. I don't think that she ever worked outside the home or drove a car. She liked to bowl. That is all I know about my grandma. That's not very much.

But, she left a joke. Today is March 4th. That makes me happy. I tell her joke every year. Friends, today is the day. Don't miss the parade.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Friday, March 3, 2017

what we worship

Ask yourself what you worship.  I hope the answer is God.   But if you look at how people act and how people talk, we all know that people worship other things than God.  Even good Christians worship things besides God.

Some Christians put their church before God.  Your church is good, but it is not God.
Some Christians put the bible before God.  The bible is great, but it is not God.
Some Christians put their doctrine before God.
On and on we can go.

It is easier for us to worship things like this because we can hold them and manage them.  They are finite and fit into our box.  God is not managed by us, nor does he fit into our box.

A good church points us to God.  The bible points us to God, but it is not God.  Doctrine should connect us with God.  All three are the means to the end, not the end.

They are not the moon, they are the finger that points at the moon.

May we always keep God in his rightful place.  What do you worship?

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

phone call

I called a friend that I had not spoken to for a long time.  Usually when a phone call begins, they say “Hello” and then the caller responds with “Hi this is so and so.”  Or “Hi, how are you?”  This phone call began differently.

When my call was answered, the voice on the other end said, “Hello, I love you.”  I love you was added to the greeting.  It stopped me in my tracks.  I started to cry.  I caught my breath, and then I said, “I love you too.”

Those three words are so powerful.  We should use them more. 

Hello.  I love  you.


It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1

Today is March 1st.  Three days until the big parade.

But that is not why I am writing.  There is an old saying about March.  I can't remember which way it goes... "in like a lion, out like a lamb" or is it "in like a lamb, out like a lion."  Maybe it is both.

Anyway, I used to say that March first breaks the back of winter.  Once March 1 gets here, winter is over.  And I am in charge of the weather you know.

It may get bitterly cold where you live, but after March 1, it won't last long.  The back of winter is broken.

Now since I live in Florida, I am going to have to find something else to say about March 1, because there is no winter here.  So If you are tired of being cold, there are a couple of houses for sale on our street.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It never pays to hurt back

Someone hurt you, yes they did.
You are hurting, you may even be seething with anger over what happened.

The worst thing that a person can do in such a situation is to try and get even by hurting the other person back.  All that does is hurt you.
 There are many things that we can do to avoid the natural inclination to hurt back.  Here are some ideas.


  1. Go for a walk or exercise.
  2. Watch a movie, get your mind off of what happened.
  3. Talk to a friend that can listen and help you process it.
  4. Go somewhere by yourself.  Kick a tree and scream.
  5. Pray - even pray for them.  We can't hate someone and legitimately pray for them at the same time.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.