all have hometown appetites. Every other person is a bundle of
longing for the simplicities of good taste once enjoyed on
the farm or in the hometown [he or she] left behind." -
wife and I visited a local tourist attraction yesterday. We
decided to have a quiet “picnic” lunch away from the hustle
and bustle. Behind us was a busy cafe, to the left, hundreds of
shoppers, and to the right a parking lot. This little oasis was
the perfect spot.
live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we
all need to learn how to pull ourselves together... I think
that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.” -
one of my favorite things about this attraction is the nice
sized, 25 cent cup of coffee, you see displayed here on the
table... a definite plus.
"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
folks are at a special sale to find a bargain... we all like
a bargain... but as I looked out over a small part of the
crammed parking lot... I wondered just how long will this
economic crisis last?
are all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain
greedy.” - Mignon McLaughlin
lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their
wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their
fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon
the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The
ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction,
while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” -
William Butler Yeats (“The
Days' (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry
days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of
summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July
and August, which typically observe the warmest summer
temperatures. The name comes from the ancient belief that
Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun
was responsible for the hot weather.” -
are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people
are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” -
Natalie Babbitt (Tuck
let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a
steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall
[into sin]. For no temptation (no trial
regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it
leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not
common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you
that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and
adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man
can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His
compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you
be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength
of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He
will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape
to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and
powerful to bear up under it patiently.” -
1 Corinthians 10:12,13 AMP
Even if this meal looks really good there is something missing.
If you guessed that it is missing a decent amount of carbs, you are right.
This is a low carb meal... in prep for a pet scan.
I don't know about you but after a couple of days with little to no carbs... I'm ready for some potatoes, or pasta, and some sweet desserts.
We do tend to miss things we are used to... when we don't get them.
And... no matter how much we already have, we want even more.
It is good for mind, body and soul to, at least occasionally, deny ourselves.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].”
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.”
- Albert Einstein
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
With all the electronic gadgetry... e-books and the like... it is still rather nice to display, pick up, hold, and read a “real” book.
“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx
“Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” - Christopher Morley
“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” - Anna Quindlen
“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” - Henry Ward Beecher
"Never, never discount what God has promised man If he will walk in meekness and accept God's flawless plan, For if we heed His teaching as we journey through the years, We'll find the richest jewel of all are crystallized from tears." - Helen Steiner Rice
"I believe the reason we have had a great falling away from the
Word of God is no one seeks Truth once they have accepted it.
biggest thing that strengthens our faith from any doubt is the
Truth. Jesus said He is Truth. Jesus is also known as the
Word of God. You can accept Jesus with only hearing a little
bit in the beginning, that’s the way it usually always works.
However, when there is an assault on the Word of God, someone
who doesn’t know it at all has no way to identify heresy.
The Bible constantly warns us about many things. It’s
constantly warning us to do certain things. If we don’t know it
at all we’re not going to be obeying those things.
again we are to come as we are. However, when we accept His
sacrifice, we are supposed to start the process of dying to
ourselves and our own sinful nature and begin living for Him.
one is perfect and one will falter usually on a daily basis,
but continue to walk forward notbackward.
The grace of Jesus was not meant to be a get out of jail free card. It was meant for us to accept and begin the journey to serve him and no longer our own self or wants. What the Lord wants more than anything is a relationship with His own and for us to reach others so He may have relationship with them. If not, more will perish and He doesn’t wish for any to do that.” - Patrick Boruff
I feel that I should be doing more in service to the Lord... that
“my domain” should be growing... that more folks would come to
know, to love, and to trust in Him.
I am reminded that however small and obscure our light may be He
can still use us for His glory... so let us let our light
shine wherever we are and in whatever we do... and let the
harvest up to Him.
to be a king of a vast domain Or be held in sin’s dread
sway, I’d rather have Jesus than anything This world affords
Rhea F. Miller
are our close companions because they provide love, comfort,
safety, warmth, happiness, levity, wonder, laughter, and
friendship. Pets teach us to have more patience with life and
to enjoy the simple things." -
takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some
grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a
deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter
what the battle, If you really want to win. There's no easy
path to glory, There's no road to fame. Life, however we may
view it, Is no simple parlor game; But it's prizes call for
fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged
disposition and don't know when to quit.” -
can be a healthy unusual day for you - and for others - if you
take time to give someone a smile . . . to express a word of
kindness . . . to lend a helping hand to someone in need . . .
to write a note of gratitude . . . to give a word of
encouragement to someone who is temporarily overcome with
problems . . . to share a portion of your material
possessions with others."