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Religious/Spiritual / Special postings
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:16:11 am »

 
 

WRITTEN BY A 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID

who got an A+ for this entry

 

 

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

Is not allowed in most

 

Public schools in America anymore

 

Because the word 'God' is mentioned.....

 

A kid 15 wrote the attached

 

NEW School prayer:

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Now I sit me down in school

 

Where praying is against the rule

 

For this great nation under God

 

Finds mention of Him very odd.

 

If scripture now the class recites,

 

It violates the Bill of Rights.

 

And anytime my head I bow

 

Becomes a Federal matter now.

 

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

 

That's no offense; it's a freedom scene..

 

The law is specific, the law is precise.

 

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

 

For praying in a public hall

 

Might offend someone with no faith at all..

 

In silence alone we must meditate,

 

God's name is prohibited by the United States.

 

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

 

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...

 

Guns are allowed, but Not the Bible.

 

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

 

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

 

And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.

 

It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,

 

We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..

 

We can get our condoms and birth controls,

 

 

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles...



                                 But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

 

 

No word of God must reach this crowd.

 

It's scary here I must confess,

 

When chaos reigns the school's a mess.

 

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

 

Should I be shot; My soul please take!

 

Amen

 

If you aren't ashamed to do this, Please pass this on..

 

Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.'

 

Not ashamed. Pass this on.
 (I did!)
 
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Religious/Spiritual / Encouragement for Today 2014
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:55:32 am »

Glynnis Whitwer   
JULY 30, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Something You Love
GLYNNIS WHITWER

"And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided." 1 Chronicles 29:19  (NIV)

Cheri handed my crying baby to me, his little eyes swollen, his sobs subsiding into gulping sighs. Within seconds, Robbie calmed as I nuzzled him and kissed his sweet face.

I hugged my friend and thanked her for trying again to watch Robbie while I went back to work part-time. Again, my son refused a bottle and cried constantly. We both knew this wasn't going to work.

Forcing a smile, I turned quickly so she wouldn't see my tears. By the time I got to the car, I could hold them back no longer. Securing my son, I slipped in the driver's seat, put my head on the steering wheel and wept.

He was my third child, so I thought I had the mommy-thing figured out. Only Robbie didn't have the same personality or needs of his older brothers. They'd taken bottles easily. But this child had a unique bond with me.

Not only that, but we couldn't just sit together; I had to be walking and rocking him. If that boy was awake, he needed to touch me and be moving, or the crying began.

My older sons, ages 2 and 4, weren't the quiet type either. Other children kept occupied with a bag of toys, crayons or paper. Not mine.

My life changed dramatically with the birth of my third son. As a result, I made the difficult decision to quit many things I enjoyed: my part-time job, leading children's ministry and teaching Bible study to name a few. Most days I just felt sad as the world seemed to pass me by.

A highlight was picking up a dozen donuts and a Diet Coke and heading to Cheri's house. She was the only friend who could tolerate my three rowdy children. And she also understood that Diet Coke offsets the calories in the donuts. The perfect friend!

I loved those little boys immensely. And not a day passed that I didn't thank God for them. But I grieved what I'd left behind, and that grieving affected my enjoyment of the present.

I missed having position and authority at work. I longed for the sense of completion. Sadly, I thought my "ministry" was outside my home, and wondered when God would use me again.

Thankfully God intervened in a dramatic way, and I came to understand and appreciate the calling and cost of motherhood. God changed my heart and priorities, and the rewards have far outweighed the sacrifices. But it was still hard.

Recently, God brought those difficult years to mind as I read 1 Chronicles 28 and 29.

These chapters record King David passing his crown and assignment to build God's temple to his son, Solomon. In this decision, David gave up his position, authority, respect and purpose.

Did David mope and moan? Did he grab donuts and diet soda with a friend? No, the Bible tells us David "praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly" (1 Chronicles 29:10).

What follows is one of the most beautiful, humble prayers in the Bible. David's gracious actions and adoration for God inspired and moved hearts in the Jewish people.

After praying, Scripture tells us David invited the people to praise God: "So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the LORD and the king" (1 Chronicles 29:20).

What a vivid contrast between my response and King David's when each of us gave up something we loved. David didn't grip the past tightly; he opened his hands and heart to embrace what God was doing in the present.

I can't go back to those early years, but with God's help and David's example, I can change how I respond in the future.

David had cultivated a life of praise, so when faced with loss, that habit elevated his response. David's trust in God was so great that he joyfully supported others who would build the temple he longed to build.

As I've addressed this personally, I've discovered praising God is at the center of contentment. As we praise Him, we find the assurance that He's got things covered ... even babies who cry inconsolably and our longing for significance.

It's there, in knowing God sees us and hasn't forgotten us, we find peace.

And it's there, in every walking-rocking-sleepless night, we find purpose.

My season of life is different now, but I'm still faced with saying "goodbye" to things I love. That "little" boy moves away to college next month, and I'm praying for an attitude like King David's — full of praise, grace and generosity of heart.

Heavenly Father, thank You for seeing me right where I am today. You see what I've given up, and what I long for. Help me have an attitude like David's to impact others for Your glory. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Glynnis Whitwer tells more of her story in her book I Used to Be So Organized .

Like to win a copy? Glynnis' publisher is giving away five copies! To enter, leave a comment  on our website. We'll select and email the winners.

Wondering how God turned her life upside down? Visit Glynnis' blog .

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Read David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-20 .

How might praying this prayer change your perspective?

© 2014 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 31 Ministries
630 Team Rd., Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105

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Religious/Spiritual / oops
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:02:58 am »
Sorry to tell you..........I am not getting my emails, therefore I can't post what I don't get.

I will keep posting the ones I do and in a few days after I catch my breath I will hunt down the reason why. Or, find some new ones.

The ones I have been doing, some of them are repetes and repetes,  etc. I am ready for a change. What say you?

I planned on taking it easy this summer, just not this easy.

God bless you and just know "JESUS LOVES YOU!" yes He does.

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Religious/Spiritual / God is in control......be patient!
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:06:58 am »

 
God is in controls…be patient!

 
A man from Norfolk , VA called a local radio station to share this on Sept 11th, 2003, TWO YEARS AFTER THE TRAGEDIES OF 9/11/2001.

His name was Robert Matthews. These are his words:

A few weeks before Sept. 11th, my wife and I found out we were going to have our first child. She planned a trip out to California  to visit her sister.  On our way to the airport, we prayed that God would grant my wife a safe trip and be with her. Shortly after I said 'amen,' we both heard a loud pop and the car shook violently. We had blown out a tire. I replaced the tire as quickly as I could, but we still missed her flight. Both very upset, we drove home.

I received a call from my father who was retired NYFD. He asked what my wife's flight number was, but I explained that we missed the flight.

My father informed me that her flight was the one that crashed into the southern tower. I was too shocked to speak. My father also had more news for me; he was going to help. 'This is not something I can't just sit by for; I have to do something.'

I was concerned for his safety, of course, but more because he had never given his life to Christ. After a brief debate, I knew his mind was made up.  Before he got off of the phone, he said, 'take good care of my grandchild.  Those were the last words I ever heard my father say; he died while helping in the rescue effort.

My joy that my prayer of safety for my wife had been answered quickly became anger. I was angry at God, at my father, and at myself. I had gone for nearly two years blaming God for taking my father away. My son would never know his grandfather, my father had never accepted Christ, and I never got to say good-bye.

Then something happened. About two months ago, I was sitting at home with my wife and my son, when there was a knock on the door. I looked at my wife, but I could tell she wasn't expecting anyone. I opened the door to a couple with a small child.

The man looked at me and asked if my father's name was Jake Matthews. I told him it was. He quickly grabbed my hand and said, 'I never got the chance to meet your father, but it is an honor to meet his son.'

He explained to me that his wife had worked in the World   Trade Center  and had been caught inside after the attack. She was pregnant and had been caught under debris. He then explained that my father had been the one to find his wife and free her.  My eyes welled up with tears as I thought of my father giving his life for people like this. He then said, 'there is something else you need to know.'

His wife then told me that as my father worked to free her, she talked to him and led him to Christ. I began sobbing at the news.

Now I know that when I get to Heaven, my father will be standing beside Jesus to welcome me, and that this family would be able to thank him themselves.

When their baby boy was born, they named him Jacob Matthew, in honor of the man who gave his life so that a mother and baby could live.

This story should help us to realize this: God is always in control.

We may not see the reason behind things, and we may never know this side of heaven, but God is ALWAYS in control.

Please take time to share this amazing story.  You may never know the impact it may have on someone.  God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.  His love endures Forever.  Psalm 136:1

It's been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God.
'In God We Trust!'

"May the Peace of the Lord be with you"

JESUS SAYS:
"COME, FOLLOW ME, DISCIPLES AND FRIENDS, LET GO YOUR SELFISH WAYS, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, COME FOLLOW ME, AND LOVE EACH OTHER, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU."
 
 
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The Coffee Shop / And, Then there is Winter
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:51:13 am »
AND THEN IT IS WINTER
 
You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.
 
I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
 
But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
 
But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
 
And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's over. A new adventure will begin!
 
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
 
So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, what ever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
 
"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
 
 
LIVE IT WELL!
 
ENJOY TODAY!
 
DO SOMETHING FUN!
 
BE HAPPY !
 
HAVE A GREAT DAY
 
Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
 
LIVE HAPPY IN 2013!
 
LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
 
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
 
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE
 
SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
 
~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
 
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
 
~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
 
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything... especially golf.
 
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do , but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
 
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.
 
It's called "pre-sleep".
 
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
 
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
 
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
 
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
 
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
 
~Everybody whispers.
 
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
 
~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
 
Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
 
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
 
 
BE SURE YOU HAVE GODS' HAND ON YOUR STEERING WHEEL OF LIFE , BECAUSE LIVING RIGHT IS HARD*****
 
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Religious/Spiritual / eye surgery tomorrow. Wednesday
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:36:11 am »
I won't be posting until doctor says I can. Which may be day after or several days. So read what is already posted or post your own.

I shall be back. It is just one eye.........and one cataract. Now, Kiddies play nicely. God be with you all.

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Religious/Spiritual / Today's One Thing
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:57:18 am »
Allen and Rachel’s blended family was faced every day with the same challenge: being comfortable with each other.   
 
 
 

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13
 
 
Blended Marriage

Allen and Rachel’s blended family was faced every day with the same challenge: being comfortable with each other. They found resistance to change from their children ages 4-13. The children were apprehensive about new siblings. They were feeling like they lost their parent to someone else.
 
Allen and Rachel’s blended family is like an investment. One day, small contributions will add up to a lot of interest. The return was not immediate, but it was steady.
 
The parents began to see success as they spent more time with all the children. They had picnics and went to sporting events. The exercised together and worshipped every Sunday morning as a family
 
The greatest gift Allen and Rachel could give to their children was to love each other and demonstrate that love through their daily words and actions to one another.


30-Day Challenge
If you could do ONE THING and know that it would make a significant, lasting, possibly life-changing difference in your life, would you do it? Dr. Carlson shares the power of ONE THING and why you should get started doing your ONE THING today.


Today’s One Thing
Write out a mission statement for your family. If you have one already, revisit it.

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The Coffee Shop / Happy Birthday America
« on: July 04, 2013, 09:02:04 am »
Happy 237th Birthday, America
I often ponder over things and hold to information, which is absolutely useless to anyone other than me. During these reflections, I will sift through my thoughts, and recall a piece of this information, my mind has for some unknown reason stored away. Such, is the case today as I was thinking about our great Nation, and how far we have come. I hold a deep fondness for the literary charters granting freedom to people. First the Holy Bible, second our Bill of Rights, and of course the reason we are celebrating our 237th Birthday, our Declaration of Independence. Upon further inspection of this great document, I noticed a few things remarkably similar to events which are taking place in our country today.
Keep in mind, when Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. He listed 27 oppressions committed against the Colonies, by the, then King of Brittan. It was due to these acts of tyranny, we as a people declared our independence from Great Brittan. So I encourage all, to read The Declaration of Independence, and pay close attention to the oppressions I’ve spoke of. I am not trying to start a revolution; it’s just a revelation which defines irony. How our forefathers put it all they had on the line, to escape, that which we accept as normal today. GOD Bless America and I pray he will continue too, Happy 4th of July everyone……. Joe Love
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The Coffee Shop / Gone Visiting
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:06:25 am »
Morning to all.
My car is packed and all I need do is walk the dog to the post office and pick up mail. then go to church and print out the bulletin for Sunday and then I am heading to Dad's for  Father's Day and a weekend of family.

If all works out my best friend and I will get together Monday and then home Tuesday. So play nice and re-read some of my devotionals....or post your own.........see you next week. (Oh, I will shop too) Not sure which excites me more all the recycle shops I know about in Topeka or all the shops in the malls. Haven't really had a shopping trip (window shopping) since mom passed and that is going on 4 years. Hugs

God bless.

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Miscellaneous / The Definition of Golf and other popular sports
« on: May 07, 2013, 07:18:18 am »
The Definition of Golf
 

*GOLF, n.*

GOLF, n.

a game that consists of a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.

a game of opposites - the world's slowest people are ahead of you, and the fastest are behind.

a colorful sport that keeps you on the green, in the pink, and financially in the red.

a game which is allowed to be played on Sunday (under blue laws) because it was not considered a game by the law, but a form of moral effort.

a game a lot like taxation - you drive hard to get to the green, and then you find yourself in a hole.

 

GOLF CART, n.

A popular mode of transportation because, unlike a caddie, it can neither count, criticize, nor snicker.

 

GOLFER, n.

a person who yells "fore," takes six, and puts down five;

a guy who has the advantage over a fisherman - he doesn't have to bring home anything when he brags he had a great day.

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