They Will Be Loved

* I meant to post this yesterday and forgot it.   With Mother’s Day upon us, and Father’s Day approaching, I began thinking about the couples who can’t have children.  I have a cousin who was adopted as a matter of fact.  

With the unprecedented numbers of abortions happening in these “modern times”, it is very hard for these couples to adopt infant children.  My heart breaks for them.  Many of these couples have the means to support several children, if they could just find them.

What is also unfortunate is the growing number of older children who are being abandoned and put into the system because people don’t want to take on a child/adolescent who already has issues that need to be addressed.  This is a crying shame!!

Is this not a statement of the decline of our society in America?  I can’t help but think that the more “liberal” we become, the more we fall short of morality, compassion, and charity.  And the more we fall short, the more selfish and self-centered our society is.

Maybe it’s my age; being raised Catholic; or my Irish heritage (the Irish are known for their compassionate nature).  I don’t know which, nor do I really care, I just think this is the worst state I have ever seen this country in and it is sad!!

Love and hugs, 

Terri

Free Write Friday; Time & Place Scenario – Dear God, What Now? – Part 2

Just as the waiter was setting her lager on the table, her cell phone began to ring.  Reggie thanked him and dug out the phone.  ”Unknown Number” it read.  Upon answering, she got the shock of her life!  A voice said, “Wonder what you’re supposed to do with that money, huh?”

“Oh my God, who is this?  How and what do you know about this wallet and money?!” Regina asked in total disbelief.

“Who this is isn’t the important part of this conversation that we are about to have!  You are just supposed to listen to what I tell you to do.  Were you not just asking God about His plans for you on this trip?!”

“How could you know that?  I’m NOT talking to God on a cell phone, this I know!”  Reggie was now sputtering her words.  The waiter arrived with her food and gave her an odd look that told her he had overheard what she had said.  With a weak smile, she thanked him.

The voice on the other end of the phone was chuckling at what she had said.  “If God wanted to call you on your cell phone, do you think that He couldn’t do it?  What kind of faith is that?!  He uses all different means to talk to us, whatever He feels you will accept.  Why not a phone call?”

“Are you telling me this is God?” she was flabbergasted at what was said.

“NO!  I didn’t claim to be Him, I just asked a question.  Now, listen to what I’m about to tell you and don’t get bogged down with the details.  It is not for you to question or try to figure out in that analytical mind of yours, you are only to act upon it!  Have you not heard of the term ‘stepping out in faith’?”

“Yes!  Of course I have or I would not be on this train in the first place!!  Go on and tell me what I’m doing here.”  Reggie’s voice was a little tense now.  “Really,” she thought silently, “what a stupid thing to ask me when I board a plane in America, fly to Italy, visit the Vatican, and then board a train all because I heard a voice tell me to!!”

“Alright then, here goes.  I’m on a journey of faith here too!  I was in prayer one day last week when I was told to fly to Germany and visit the concentration camps.  I wasn’t sure why I was supposed to do this but it was a very emotional and moving experience.  Then I was told to board the train that you are now on.  When I saw you embark, I was told that you were the next in line for this journey and my part was almost done.  I had been told to bring $5,000 in an old wallet and place it in your luggage compartment as soon as you were asleep.”

“Wow, this is really freaking me out!!  So you are American too?”

“Yes, I am.  But that immaterial, don’t get sidetracked!  Now you are supposed to take that money and get off at the next stop.  Check into a hostel and you will be given further directions from there.”

“By who?  The people at the hostel?  When?  When I arrive?”

“I don’t know any of that, I’m just telling you my part of this and that’s all I know!  I was told to go home and continue praying for the next step of my faith journey.” the voice was gentler now.  “Good luck and God bless you!” and with that the line was dead…   to be continued

Teresa Marie 5/14/12 ©

#FWF Free Write Friday; Time & Place Scenario

by kellieelmore

Your Monday icanhascheezburger Laughs

A Thought For Your Day From Charles Spurgeon

Free Write Friday; Time & Place Scenario – Dear God, What Now? – Part 1

Time & Place Scenario

You have been travelling by train in Europe. You wake to find that you’ve missed your stop and you are the last one aboard. You reach for your luggage in the hold above and as you pull it down a wallet (not belonging to you) falls out. You open it to find a large amount of cash…Tell me a story!

When Regina woke up from a deep sleep, she was disoriented.  The traveling had caught up to her.  Trying to get her bearings, she glanced out the window to see if she recognized where she was.

Just then the train passed a sign that said “Switzerland”!  Oh my God, Reggie thought to herself, I missed my stop hours ago.  What am I going to do now?

She quickly reached up to the baggage hold to locate her cell phone when a wallet dropped out.  “What in the world?” she said out loud.  Looking down at it she was almost afraid to pick it up, almost like it was a hot coal or something.  As she opened it up, Reggie saw that it was full of $100 bills and began counting them, 10 – 20 – 30 – 40 – 50 in all!  Not knowing what to think of the wallet with $5,000 in it, she shoved it down into her purse and started a conversation with God.

“Dear God, what now?  What am I supposed to do with this wallet and money?  There’s no ID in it for me to return it to the person, is this a sign?  You told me to take this trip in the first place.  I didn’t know why or what I was supposed to do but I followed Your lead!  Now what does this mean?!  I’m so confused.  And why did You let me get all the way to Switzerland?  Is this where I’m supposed to get off?”

Reggie’s stomach was growling something fierce and she decided to go to the dining car to eat and have a think about her situation.

As she walked through the cars, she noticed that there were no other passengers on board the train but her!  This was extremely disturbing to Reggie considering the train had been practically full when she left the station in Italy.  Her stomach was rolling now, and not just from the hunger either.  Now there was fear on top of that!

She sat down at a table and picked up the menu that was laying on it.  Within a few seconds, a waiter appeared with a glass of water.  “Do you speak English?” Reggie asked.

“Yes, I do quite fluently madam.  How can help you?” came his reply.

“I’d like to have a roast beef sandwich, french fries and a bottle of lager please.”

“Very good!”

Reggie’s hands were trembling as she pulled the wallet from her purse and looked inside it once again.  Confusion, fear, elation and apprehension all seemed to wash over her at the same time.

Just as the waiter was setting her lager on the table, her cell phone began to ring.  Reggie thanked him and dug out the phone.  “Unknown Number” it read.  Upon answering, she got the shock of her life!  A voice said, “Wonder what you’re supposed to do with that money, huh?”

To be continued…

Teresa Marie 5/13/12 ©

#FWF Free Write Friday; Time & Place Scenario

by kellieelmore

Our Menagerie

I don’t know if I told you about this or not; with everything else going on in the last few months, I doubt that I did.  It’s been about a month ago now that our Rat Terrier (Geezer) and our Jack Russell Terrier (Jack) got out of their pen and ran away.  We waited in hopes that they would come back or that one of our neighbor’s would spot them running loose and return them (which has happened before).  But that hasn’t happened.  With all the coyotes that we have out here, we wondered if they got them.  Hard to say for sure.

So, Friday after work, Mark went to pick up our new beagle puppy.  

His name is Tucker:

Sara was trying to hold him still but he wasn’t cooperating too well!

And here is the rest of our menagerie; 

Rosie:        

  

Ozzie:      

Stubby (sleeping):

And Bun-Bun or Gizmo depending on my mood (Lion’s Head rabbit):

He kind of reminds me of a Yorkie with the hair around his face, lol!

Just thought I’d share these cuties with you!!  🙂  Have a great day everybody!

Love and hugs, 

Terri

Mothers Of The World

Picture it & Write; Two Mothers

-Picture by Mihai Tamasila

Your arms were always open, even when I wronged you.
You gave me life, you gave me air, even when I hurt you.
You never discouraged me, never dragged me down.
You perform little miracles every day,
Even when people are hacking away at you.
I wish for your strength, your patience, and your resilience.
Someday I will stop taking you for granted. 

Happy Mother’s Day Mom.
Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature. 

 Eliabeth Hawthorne


Picture it & Write

by Ermilia

Your Sunday icanhascheezburger Laughs

Hey, don’t worry – I got it myself!

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This Week’s Sermon From The Ranch – Being Wise And Innocent

(Each Sunday, This Day’s Thought is blessed to share Eric Elder’s sermons from his wonderful ministry, “The Ranch“)
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Being Wise And Innocent

Lesson 37 from Romans: Lessons In Renewing Your Mind
By Eric Elder

 

Once you’ve worked hard to renew your mind, God wants you to keep it renewed.  And one of the best ways to keep it renewed is to be careful of the company you keep.

 

Believe it or not, there are people out there who don’t have your best interests in mind.  They’ll use smooth talk and flattery to try to lead you astray from the teaching you’ve learned-teaching that has helped you in many ways in your life.

 

In the final chapter of his letter to the Romans, Paul warns about such people.  Paul says:

 

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:17-19).

 

If you look at this paragraph closely, you’ll find some secrets for how to detect when people are trying to lead you astray for the wrong reason.

 

First, Paul urged the Romans “to watch out for those who those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.”

 

God had taken a great deal of time to teach the Christians in Rome good solid truths about Himself and the Bible, and Paul wanted them to hold onto those truths.  In the same way, God may have taken a great deal of time to teach you some good solid truths about Himself and the Bible, and God wants you to hold onto those truths, too.

 

If someone comes along and tries to teach you about a “new” truth, or “higher” way of looking at God and the Bible, be wise about how you listen to them.  Take what they say back to God and the Bible to see what He says about it in His Word.  While there’s value in keeping an “open mind,” you don’t want keep it so open that all the good teaching you’ve already learned falls out!

 

Be a good student of the Bible, like the people in the city of Berea, who took even what Paul said and examined it carefully according to what they had already learned.  The Bible says:

 

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).

 

Second, Paul gave the Romans some simple advice about what to do when they came across people who were teaching them things that were contrary to what they had learned:  “Keep away from them.”

 

Why?  Because the company you keep matters.  If you don’t choose your friends wisely, Satan will be glad to choose some for you.  Satan knows that one of the best ways to lead you astray is to put people in your life who will pull you over to his side.

 

Paul gave a similar warning in his letter to the Corinthians when he said:

 

“Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33b).

 

How can you know who’s “bad company”?  By studying not just what they’re teaching, but by studying their character as well.  Paul alludes to this when he talked about the motives of those who might try to lead the Romans astray.  Paul said:  “For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”

 

Although it’s not always apparent right away, a little study can go a long way in determining someone’s true motives, whether they’re doing what they’re doing to serve the Lord Christ, or to serve their own appetites.

 

It makes me think of a girl who falls in love with a boy just because he tells her, “You’re beautiful.  I love you.  And I want to do something special to make you happy.”  All his smooth talk and flattery may work in his favor, but it may not work in hers.  If the girl were wise, she would study not only the words that were being spoken, but the motives of the person who is speaking those words.

 

If we’re wise, we’ll do the same: anytime someone tries to speak something into our lives that runs contrary to what we’ve already learned, we need to study not only the words that are being spoken, but the motives of the person who is speaking those words.

 

I think it’s interesting to note that leading up to this warning about “bad characters,” Paul begins the chapter by listing some good ones, people that Paul knew personally in Rome, and what made them noteworthy or admirable. For instance, he said:

 

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe… for she has been a great help to many people, including me.

 

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them… 

 

“Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

 

“Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you” (Romans 16:1a,2b,5b,6).

 

The list goes on and on, as Paul commends to them person after person:

 

“Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

 

“Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord.

 

“Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.

 

“Greet Apelles, tested and approved in Christ… 

 

“Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord… 

 

“Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too” (Romans 16:7-10a,12a,13).

 

If you want to learn something about a person, a personal recommendation like this goes a long way.

 

In choosing a doctor one time, Lana and I talked with a friend who worked for a doctor.  Our friend told us that when the doctor she worked for needed a doctor, he chose a particular man in town, having seen his practice long enough and knowing his character was strong enough that he trusted this other doctor with his own life.  Now that was a recommendation that was worth following.

 

Contrast this with another doctor we went to visit who, with his smooth talk and flattery, almost convinced us to come to him.  But  when we went home and looked into his life and practice a little more, we found out that his credentials weren’t quite as good as what he made us believe and that the number of complaints against him by others convinced us to go elsewhere.

 

This isn’t to say that we might not be led astray at times by a personal recommendation, too, but many times, if we’ll take the extra effort to study the person as well as what they’re trying to teach us, we can save ourselves from being led astray.

 

Third, Paul concludes his warning with these words: “Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”

 

Paul was full of joy over the obedience of the Romans.  Everyone had heard about it, he said, and he didn’t want anyone to take that away from them.  “Be wise about what is good,” he said, “and innocent about what is evil.”

 

Again, these are similar to words he wrote in his letter to the Corinthians:

 

“In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults” (1 Corinthians 14:20b).

 

Paul wanted the Romans, and the Corinthians, to put their minds to work, being wise about what was good.  At the same time, he wanted them to be like children in regards to evil, having nothing to do with it, and being as innocent as possible.

 

What’s the end result of all of this?  As Paul said at the end of his warning:  “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

 

With all the work that goes into renewing your mind, be sure to keep it renewed by being wise about what is good, and innocent of evil.  Study the teaching of those around you-and the character of those teaching it-before allowing their teachings into your mind.  As you protect your mind, God will protect you, and keep Satan at bay.

 

Will you pray with me?

 

Father, thank You for reminding us to stay true to what we’ve been taught about You and Your Word.  Help us to study deeply any ideas, and the people behind those ideas, that are presented to us that conflict with what we’ve already heard from You.  Help us be wise and innocent so we can keep our minds pure.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Questions for Reflection
1. Read Romans 16:1-20.  What are some of the words that Paul uses to describe those whom he trusts in Rome, compared to the words he uses to describe those who might be trying to deceive their minds?
2. Can you think of some times when you’ve been led astray by smooth talkers who’ve been serving their own selfish interests?
3. Can you think of other times when you’ve been blessed by the wisdom and personal recommendations of true friends?
4. What are some ways this week that you can “be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil”?

 

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