Do NOT Fear

I don’t know about anyone else, but I do know that I have certain fears in my life. A few of my fears would be those creepy crawly things that many call spiders. I also have a great fear over snakes.

philippians-46-7I got thinking about something our pastor said during last weeks sermon. While there are hundreds of Bible verses about fear and anxiety, the verse Pastor Ray mentioned was Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If God is all you have What stands out to me about this particular Bible verse is about that we can find peace in God when our worries become to much for us to bear and overwhelm me. Even though I don’t know what is going to happen, I know that I can trust that God will be there during times of trouble and make things easier to deal with.

I help home-school my grandsons and we have been discussing Thanksgiving and what it was like on the first thanksgiving.

What we have been learning about is how In 1621, how the pilgrims and the Native Americans praised God for what they have been given and they had a special day of thanksgiving to praise the Lord for a bountiful harvest. During their first year in the new world they went from having 102 Puritans to 46. They could have given up since so many have died due to sickness and extreme cold. However they were thankful for God’s grace, His provision and His mercy!

What I have found is that even though there are things that could cause me to be fearful and worry, I can look to God and be thankful for all He has done for me. Even though I have fears, the one thing I never fear is that I am alone. God is always there and God loved me so much that He sent His Son to die for me. Love is the most powerful and fear reducing emotion that we can experience.

Love has become a generic term for most people. When it comes to the kind of love God has for us it is the most effective way when it comes to conquering our fears…

If you turn to 1 John 4:18 it says; “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not madquotes-god_00254107e perfect in love.”

In my life I would say that the more I love God, the less fear I have. In my bedroom I have a couple papers that I printed up that have verses about trusting God. When I have those moments where I let fear and anxiety get the best of me, I read them and I am reminded just how much God loves me.

I know that I can’t rely on myself when it comes to overcoming my fears and worries. I do know that I have to trust God. God will take care of me and He is there for me, even when I make stupid choices. Knowing He is there relieves any kind fear more than any Dr or medication could ever do. God has always provided for me and He will provide for anyone who asks.

I also realize that the more I love others the less fear I have. Love is the most potent remedy for fear.

There are a number of things that I keep in mind when I love others. In my life, I have to keep in mind that Satan has a way of using my fears and anxieties against me. He has no problem using my past sins and failures against me. Satan is the greatest deceiver of all time. He thrives on our fears. He wants nothing more than to have us turn away from God. While I have my moments, God is always there.

288I have had some people ask me if I was afraid of dying. I can honestly say I’m not. Of course there is that fear of not knowing how it will be in those final moments. But it isn’t actually a fear, it is just not knowing. Life is full of not knowing what the future holds. When it comes to my faith, I do know what my future holds. That future is with Christ. If I didn’t have my faith and a personal relationship with Christ, I would be very fearful. But, I’m not.

As a Christian and believer in Christ, I know that I am only passing through this world. This is not my home. My home is with Christ alone and only through Christ can we have life. In Cor 5:8 it says; “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Because of this and hundreds of other verses I know that I can apply this verse to each and every fear I may come across. Because of Christ I have no fear. Well, I still have a fear of spiders and snakes, lol.

New Addition

Our household has changed a bit because of pets.

Patsy eating one of her gifts- it was gone in 5 minutes

Patsy eating one of her gifts- it was gone in 5 minutes

We were told by the city that we can only have 2 dogs. We had three. We had Patsy our Boxer, Jasper our Pug and Parker our Pug/Pekingnese. Since we live in a duplex and have a smaller back yard, my good friend Lisa took Patsy over to her house. Which is working out great. Patsy needed more room and I have the two smaller dogs are over zealous when it comes to the wanting to hump anything in sight. So, Patsy has been getting more exercise and she hasn’t had the other two trying to do what boy dogs do best. Even though I thought if they were fixed, they would loose that urge. Parker didn’t get the memo.

But today, we added a cat to the mixture. It is actually a little kitten. We have a family of mice that thinks it needs to be in the wall and run amuck. We haven’t named the kitten yet, but we will be doing that.

He should be called Love Bug because he is super cute and you don’t even have to pet him for him to start purring and he has the foot action going. He gets super excited. Now, I have to figure out how to train him to catch mice. Some cats are better at it than others. I think this little guy is going to be good. As soon as I brought him in and I put him in our bathroom, he went to check out a mouse hole. That’s a good sign.

drpem3xzef3kf.cloudfront.netHe has been treated for a cold and is on medications for that. And we have to introduce him to the dogs. He showed no interest in our bird and my bearded dragon. Which is awesome. Since he is young, he will be having to get use to them. Even though I’m not going to totally trust him with Fred my bearded dragon. Fred’s top will have to be locked and secured. But it should be interesting around here while kitty is being trained.

I’m glad I got the little guy. We haven’t had a cat in a long time. It’s been about 13 yrs. I just hope and pray the kitty gets the idea that the bird and Fred are not for eating, lol. This weekend my hubby will have a honey do list to make sure all is safe and secure for all involved, except the mouse.

I would like to add that if anyone that reads this and is looking for a pet to add to the family. We got our little guy at the Ivin’s Animal Shelter in Ivin’s Utah. Please don’t buy a kitten or dog. There are so many animals that are in need of a good home. Ivin’s Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter. But most aren’t. When we picked up our new family member, there had to have been 25-30 cats that are in need of a home. It is sad to see how many are in need. I also want to say that you can save lives by spaying or nuetering your pets. Animals are put down all the time because there is no room at the shelters.

6f82958fb4b81ab79296ab22a52c12d4I have been rescuing dogs for a long time. Some shelters only give animals a few days to find a place. Most dogs are sweet and need someone to love them. If people would get their pets fixed, that means that there are less homeless animals being put down. One of the shelters in Phoenix on the average puts down a couple hundred pets a month. Most of the time they are out down because the owners can no longer take care of them or they have to move to a place where pets aren’t allowed. For me, if we move, we move where they can go. I don’t understand why people have to turn their pets into high kill shelters. Most never make it out alive. So,please be responsible pet owners.

With Christmas coming up, many will want to buy their children or loved ones a cute little puppy or kitten. Please remember that they grow up. They won’t be puppies forever. If you want to get a pet, do some research and make sure they are a good match. The newness wears off fast and the one that has to pay the price is the pet.

Political Bashing

ba9d8653b148197f6b33999a290dcfcfFacebook drives me nuts at times. It isn’t really Facebook, but it’s some of the people or the things they post. Granted, not everyone may like what I post or care about what I think. But, I try to be respectful when it comes to what people feel about faith and politics. There are times when lines are crossed and hate seems to be spewed from the fingertips and minds of the person posting.

It seems like politics and religion brings out the worse in people. You would think that friends should be able to discuss politics and religion in a calm manner, but that is very far from reality. Many like to hide behind their computers and post just about anything they wouldn’t want to discuss if they were face to face with a person.

There has been more than enough discussions when it comes to Obama-care, medicare, the deficit and so on. There are always going to be those who are diehard Republicans, Democrats, Independents and so What-is-truthon. I’m not diehard anything. I vote for the person. I would say that I am about 70% Republican and 25% Democrat and the other 5% is none of the above. I am a registered Democrat though. However I never vote a straight party.  When it comes to voting, I read up on things they have voted on in the past and I make sure to make informed decisions. I never use Facebook as a tool to decide on who I am voting for.  It drives me crazy when people don’t take the time to make sure a story is truth or fiction. Most of the time, it is fiction or half truths. For those who want to know the truth before sharing, I will post some links at the bottom of the page.

For some off the wall reason, I guess people have this thought that if it is on the internet or if it shows up on Facebook, it must be true. Well, here is a wake up call. The internet lies and so do many on Facebook. When it comes to politicians, I think they all lie.

There’s enough politics on the news. Turn on MSN, CNN, Fox News and so on and you will see for yourself. There are times it is OK to share information on Facebook and other social media sites and if one must, make sure it is true and not from sites that is only out to bash political parties.

I was reading on a CNN Website and it stated that Nearly one-fifth of people admit to blocking, un-friending or hiding someone on social media over political postings. The biggest gripes: The offending person posted too often about politics, disagreed with others’ updates, or bothered mutual friends with partisan political postings. When it comes to the debates and such I always have to block people. That’s because they have nothing good to say, they only bash whatever party they aren’t a part of. It can get down riracismght ugly and makes me question who they are as a person if they would say such horrible demeaning things.

Just last week, I deleted or blocked a few friends because their posts weren’t just hateful towards Obama, but they were hateful to specific faiths also. I have no problem blocking someone if they are full of hate and racism. While I don’t agree with what Obama is doing and his choices. I’m not going to bash anyone. I have chosen to pray for our country and our leaders. Our country was founded on freedom of religion and I will not listen to people who have a hatred towards anyone. To me it shows how small minded a person is. I am thankful that there is a way to block some of the peoples racist tirades.

I don’t care what people post on Facebook and I’m guessing many don’t like what I post and I am OK with that. I am not going to un-friend someone just because I do not agree with their opinions or viewpoints. However, it is very difficult to have political discussions on social media sites because of the number people that like to get into heated discussions. I will occasionally discuss politics with some friends and family. I also make sure that they can have a calm and reasonable conversation. If someone wants to un-friend me because I am a registered Democrat, that is OK. I have no issue with that.

Links to Fact Check what you are posting…

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Little Black Salamanders

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Grandma Grace and Grandpa Harry

I’m originally from a small town in Indiana called Knox. We would spend a great deal of time at my grandma and grandpas house in Grovertown. Which is just over a bridge from Knox.

We didn’t have power or indoor plumbing. My grandma and grandpa lived in a one room small house. There was a lot going on with my parents, so we were there most of the time. There was nothing fancy about the house. We had a wood burning stove and we cooked on a wood burning oven and stove top. Since there was no indoor plumbing we had an outhouse.

Since I grew up in that kind of atmosphere, we had to entertain ourselves. I was always getting myself into some kind of trouble. I did have an awesome sidekick though. My cousin lived just around the corner and we hung out most of the time.

223a80d03d07307b737a01e1542903bbThere are a couple things I remember as if it was yesterday. Here are just a couple of adventures we had. Salamanders were pretty cool. There were these little black slimy kind of Salamanders. My cousin and I would see who could catch the most. I had them in pockets, shirts and just about anyplace I could hide them at so they didn’t get away from me.

One day I got the bright idea to store my salamanders in a horse trough. My grandma Grace had horses, pigs, goats, chickens and just about any other kind of farm animal. Instead of holding onto all my salamanders and risk squishing them. I would fill my pockets and such and then take them to the horse trough and put them in there for safe hiding. Little did I know that the salamanders would go hiding in there. I would say I had about 50 of them. I couldn’t count them, but I knew I had a lot of them.

My grandma went out to get some grain for the animals and out popped these little heads. She screamed and was not impressed. My grandma knew it was me and I got into trouble. Grandma Grace was German and she had a temper. You knew you were in trouble if she starting yelling in German and her boots in hand, lol. She wasn’t seeing these salamanders the same way I was. I had to go get all of them out, and that was not an easy task since they would sink into the grain. I never did that again. Well, I caught them, but didn’t put them in the grain, lol.

Then, there was this legend. Not sure if it was true or not. Just down the street there was a small bridge that I would have to walk over to go see Raelene. The legend was that someone was shot and they buried his body under the bridge. In June of each year, the man buried there would come back and walk up and down the street. Many said they seen him, but I never did.

My cousin and I decided one day that we were going to go try to find the bones of who was buried there. I would never dream of doing that now, but it was an adventure and we went and looked. We never did find anything there though. It was kinda freaky. Every-time we heard something, it would scare us. Imaginations run wild when you are trying to dig up dead peoples bones, lol.

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Grandma’s house. There were 7 people at times sleeping in this little house, depending on if we all were there or just some of us kids. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.

My fondest memories are from Indiana and living at my grandparents house. To most people we must have been like little mopy kids. We didn’t have the best cloths. We dug around in mud and played with whatever we could. We made swords out of sticks and would see if we could find bad guys in the forests. We took baths in the middle of the living room in big steel buckets. In the summer we took our baths outside with someone holding something up so others couldn’t see us taking a bath.

I can honestly say, i can understand how people lived back in the western days. That’s how my grandparents lived and that’s how we did. When I watch Little House on the Prairie, that is a reminder of how I grew up. Or at least lived until I was 10 yrs old and we moved to Arizona after my grandma died. My parents had all the luxuries of electricity, indoor plumbing and so on. But my grandparents never did. I think I prefer the way my grandparents lived. It was simple and we weren’t so caught up in worldly things. There isn’t much from my childhood that I remember, I have blocked most of it out because of how my life was as a child. Grandma made life better. She let us be kids. She had no money, but she still made sure we had what we needed.

Even though I only lived in Indiana as a child. I was born there and I will always think of Indiana as home. I think that is because most of the good memories as a child was from there. My grandma was a Sunday School teacher and she is the one who began to lay the foundation of my belief in Christ. She was a giving person and never expected anything in return. As long as you keep salamanders out of the grain bins, life was good, lol.

Thanksgiving Has Gone Missing

October and November are my favorite months of the year. The weather is cooling down, leaves are changing and the air is fresh and crisp.

HappyThanksgivingThanksgiving is in November and I personally get a tad bit upset that it is passed over so easily. In many ways, Thanksgiving is the beginning of the Christmas season, at-least from the business world. I know many that have no problem shopping early, but I do. If people want to shop on Thanksgiving, that is up to them and they can choose for themselves I guess. For me, Thanksgiving is important in so many ways.

It seems over the past number of years that Thanksgiving Day has become the lost or forgotten holiday. We are already hearing about how stores will be open on Thanksgiving and lists are being made. Of course if you have one of those lists and you go to Black Friday that actually begins on Thanksgiving, you risk life and limb. I guess it is the forgotten holiday because we don’t put an importance on being thankful and giving thanks to God. The almighty dollar is taking over the day of thanks. Don’t ya think that if it is Thanksgiving, we should be offering thanks?

saupload_091119_christmas_rushOne of the things I enjoyed when I went to church at the Nazarene Church is that on Wednesday evening, we would have church and we would give thanks. We would sing songs, offer prayers and share what we are thankful for. It seemed very appropriate to be at church to offer our thanks and thank God for our blessings. Now days that doesn’t happen. Instead people are lined up at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Kohl’s and whatever other store that may be offering the prized gift. Giving thanks must not a big money-maker.

There are many things we can be thankful for. We have freedoms that many countries doesn’t. We have the freedom to gather together and hear Pastor Ray preach freely. I’m pretty sure that my pastor is thankful that he can share his faith and what the Bible says without being persecuted or have to have it approved.

John-3-16The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the world. I’m thankful that God loved me so much that He sent His son to die for me and everyone else. We are told in John 3:16 that God loves us and that even means He loves Americans and those from any other country, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.”

This year I hope that we can focus on the blessings we have. There is so many horrible things going on in the world. I think of Pastor Saeed that is still in prison for sharing his faith. Asia Bibi is on death row for drinking from a cup in Pakistan. I’m thankful that I have the freedom to pray for those who are persecuted and on death row. I’m thankful that I can pray for our president and our government. I don’t have to agree with what they do, but I do think that no matter what, prayer is the only way to make a difference.

Jesus Christ birthI do want to touch on Christmas though on this post. Thanksgiving is very important to me because it comes before Christmas. I am thankful that Jesus Christ was born. I’m thankful that Jesus died for my sins on the cross so I could live. He paid the penalty for my sins and for the sins of the world. As a Christian, I would say that Thanksgiving and Christmas goes hand in hand.

Help Needed: We Need Some Interaction!

My daughter is a first year 4th grade teacher in Beaver Dam Elementary. They are a high poverty elementary school. They could really use your help to get some items for their classroom.

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Elmo MO-1 Visual Presenter, White

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Children deserve to be in a classroom that is going to help them reach their full potential. Utilizing an interactive board can help liven up the classroom and keep the students engaged in the lesson, and as a result, help the students be more successful.

I have a lively bunch of fourth graders that are eager to move and learn. They love to interact with each other and various technology. Our school is a high needs school with the best students. Our school is a school that is focused on the community and seeing our students soar to their highest potential. I have many English Language Students who would benefit from being able to view and interact with the lesson. If the students are able to see and play with the materials on the board, they will be able to have a better and deeper understanding of the material.

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We are requesting an interactive white board and a document camera. These resources will allow the students to observe videos on the Internet, interact with digital manipulatives, and play whole class academic activities. The students will be able to use the interactive white board to help them gain a deeper understanding of the various concepts and skills that we are working on. The digital camera will allow the students to view any documents that we are working on together. There are many times when I am teaching that I am trying to show the material that we are working on to the students but have no way of showing the students the current material. Having a document camera will help me to better explain what we are currently working on.

These students are a fantastic group of kids that could really use technology in our class. The students will be able to gain a deeper understanding for the material if they are able to interact with manipulatives, interactive lessons, and academic videos on the Internet. This will be beneficial for all students but could be a real benefit for the English Language Learners as well as the students who struggle.

My students need a document camera to help view document and an interactive board to help display information/documents for all students to view.

 

Busy Bodies on Facebook- TMI TMI

I have done a couple blogs on Facebook status’s. But, I have decided to do another one. I will make it short though.

I don’t get why people feel they have to put every little detail of their life on Facebook. There are some things that are better kept to themselves.

BusyBodyLogoSome people on my Facebook have the idea that it is OK to talk about every detail from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. They talk about other peoples life history and are nothing but busy bodies. We have enough of them in this world, I don’t like hearing the gossip and discussions that go on. I went to yahoo to get the definition of a busy body and thought I would share what and who they are;

bus•y•bod•y (ˈbɪz iˌbɒd i)

n., pl. -bod•ies.
a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others.

busybody
noun nosy parker (informal), gossip, troublemaker, snoop, intriguer, intruder, pry, eavesdropper, snooper, stirrer (informal), meddler, scandalmonger or Some busybody tipped off the police.

It has been some time since I cleaned out my friends list. I think I will be doing that though. It’s pretty sad that some people think it is OK to share every little thing with complete strangers. There are some things I share on Facebook, but I categorize tmipeople and family. Not everyone see’s everything I post. Even with my church family, I have grouped. If it is church oriented or a prayer need, then I will make the post visible.

I would prefer my life not being an open book. I also prefer to share information or updates with only those I choose to share with. I have to say it does tick me off when someone will update others about me without me giving permission to do that.

I’m just going to leave this post with this thought. Why is it that some people need to be into everyone else’s business? And why do they think they need to share their sex life and bathroom duties on Facebook.  TMI TMI