TODAY THE WORDS are HAPPY HALLOWEEN

TODAY THE WORDS are HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Get the costumes out for the kiddies and for those adults who refuse to grow up and love Halloween as much or more than they did as kids. We have an average of 200 trick or treaters at our home each year. Over the years, we have had the cutest and some scary visitors. May all of the little ones be safe and have fun getting the sugar rush of the year. May all parents who will feel the effects of the sugar highs…..Patience dear parents….we used to be them!  I wanted to give us a little history which is later than the Celtic Pagan festivals for the dead. I found an excerpt from Bodie Hodge’s article for us to enjoy.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL! 

WHISKERS in HIS HALLOWEEN COSTUME

MILLER’S HALLOWEEN 2007


The Name “Halloween” (Excerpt by Bodie Hodge on October 29, 2013)

Around AD 600, Pope Boniface IV created All Saints’ Day, and Pope Gregory III later moved this holiday to November 1 in an effort to give a Christian alternative to this pagan celebration.5
Christians who did not want to celebrate pagan festivals celebrated something of positive spiritual value—in this case honoring the saints and martyrs. With the overwhelming expansion of Christianity in Europe, All Saint’s Day became the dominant holiday.6
In fact, the current name of “Halloween” originates from the day before All Saint’s Day, which was called “All Hallow Evening”; this name was shortened to “All Hallow’s Eve” or “All Hallow’s Even.” The name changed over time and became “Hallowe’en.”
A couple hundred years later, the Roman Church made November 2 All Souls Day to honor the dead. This may well have been influenced by the continued persistence of the day of the dead by the ancient Irish, Scots, and others in Europe. Standing against this, many Protestant Christians celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day in honor of reformers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others who spearheaded the Reformation in the 1500s.
Now for the deeper thought…..Many people wonder if Halloween should be celebrated. As anything can be used for good or evil; remember to keep good thoughts in any holiday with reverence and kindness. For us, it is a time of fun for the the children to dress up in costumes and go to either church events and/or going around the neighborhoods for treats. It is up to the individual families to decide for themselves. We, as children, had so much fun trick or treating, I cannot see harm in it; but again choose for yourselves and enjoy your children doing something fun.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Colossians 2:16–17 (NKJV)
16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.


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TODAY THE WORDS are HOW FRENCH IS FRENCH ONION SOUP?


TODAY THE WORDS are HOW FRENCH IS FRENCH ONION SOUP? I love French Onion Soup and even though it is not on my menu lately; I will splurge once in a while and have a bowl. I had a thought about its origin and wondered as I do sometimes on other dishes which claim to be originated in a certain region, How French is French Onion Soup? I found a great article which I am sharing my findings. I also want to thank all of my French readers for visiting my blog.

The Story of French Onion Soup
Published On June 25, 2013 | In Food Blog, French Cuisine By Gary Willicott |  0 Comments The History of Soup
Historians have found evidence of soup dating as far back as 6000 BC. Boiling food or liquid was an unconventional way of preparing meals until the discovery of water-tight containers. Before clay pots were used, cooks would heat liquids in animal hides.
In 1765 a Parisian entrepreneur opened a shop selling a highly concentrated inexpensive soup called restaurant (meaning: restoring [something]). The soup was advertised as an antidote to physical exhaustion. This prompted the modern use of the word restaurant.
French Onion Soup
Legend has it that the first French Onion Soup was created by King Louis the XV of France when all that could be found in the pantry of his hunting party’s lodge was butter, onions and champagne. It is said that he combined these ingredients to create the first French Onion Soup. It is unclear if this story is myth of fact, but it is a good story none the less!
Onions have been a popular staple in preparing meals from at least as far back as the Roman Times. Onions are easily grown in most soils they are cheap abundantly available and have a long shelf-life. For this reason onions were seen as The Poor Mans food.
The modern version of the soup has evolved from a basic recipe where onions were sliced, fried and then cooked in water and would typically be served with bread and capers. It was only in the nineteenth century that cooks started adding flour, salt and pepper and topped the soup with cheeses such as Gruyere.

Today French Onion Soup Recipes is often made with caramelized onion in a meaty broth. This is often served in individual ramekins and topped with grilled Gruyere cheese. Try Chef Billys take on this time-honored dish ideal for keeping the chills at bay on those cold winter nights!
Now for the deeper thought…..It really doesn’t matter where we come from or what our past has been. It is only important we savor each taste of life which enriches our souls. Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the fullest by making the most out of Life.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Matthew 4:4 ESV 

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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TODAY THE WORDS are WHERE DID THE TEEN CENTERS GO?


TODAY THE WORDS are WHERE DID THE TEEN CENTERS GO? My classmates of 67 are going to enjoy this message. Every so often, someone will post a photo of several of us listening to a popular band at our teen center, or as we called it the Rec Center and we all smile trying to figure out which ones are there. Why this topic came to my mind was due to never hearing young people talk about sharing times like the ones we shared. I wonder why we lost our teens to video games and where do they hang out? 
Let’s go back into my teen years and as I said, my classmates will enjoy this dance down memory lane. Our years were the sixties and this may be a major factor as we were the generation of having fun by joining in community fun. We supported our bands made up of local boys, our classmates and we were loyal fans and supporters. We gathered on the weekends and danced our hearts and legs to the T Bird; the Jerk; the Chicken; and the Twist; and some moves which never had names but we danced them anyway. We danced with each other and even if we weren’t dating someone; it was okay to dance with them. We laughed and we enjoyed the walk around by Ms. Maxine Moore who made sure we behaved. She joined in with us but we respected her. 
Oh, there were occasional spats or as people like to think of them as fights; but the cool part is after everyone calmed down; they were having fun together. No weapons were present so it was a punch or two and usually stopped by their buddies.
It was a place to go and we built friendships which have lasted all the way to our now Medicare years. Now, I may not be in the loop with young people these days but I somehow don’t see friendships lasting that long. I don’t see friends who will go to their grave with secrets shared in those early years. I don’t see too many bonds which are everlasting and true bonds. Is it just me or do young people find themselves in a revolving door society. I hope I am wrong and maybe my Twist days are not my primary focus but I do care about my friends and their families.
Now for the deeper thought……As life pulls our classmates out one by one; it seems we want to return in our thoughts to those beautiful, fun, carefree days when we could smile at each other; be dancing partners; scuffle sometimes; but all in all, we can be friends. Life can be fun; life can be cruel; and friends can be fun and unfortunately, friends can be cruel. Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the fullest by being a good friend to another. The last face you may see on this earth is one of those dear friends who has been standing by your side since the teen center.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

John 15:13 ESV 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 


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TODAY THE WORDS ARE LOVE WITHOUT A PRICE TAG

                         
Elias and his scarecrow
The Miller’s wrestling match

             

           

Four of our six grandsons, Nolan, Jonas, Elias and Abram (L-R) Myles was sleeping
TODAY THE WORDS are LOVE WITHOUT A PRICE TAG. When we go shopping, which is very seldom for me; we look for the price tag and according to our budgets or lack of any budget; we decide to buy or not to buy. We look for sale prices or what we call bargains. One thing I wonder is if we did not have to check price tags; would we buy as much or less? This thought is the reason for the topic for today. Do we have more expectations if we pay more or is it more attractive if we obtain something which is bargain priced?
Hank, we missed you!

Digging into this subject, let’s look at another possibility to ponder. Which means more to you? Does a high priced dinner at a luxury restaurant or a home cooked meal mean more to you? In other words, does the price of the dinner or the sacrifice of someone’s time and thoughtfulness impress you more? Get real with this thought because it is important for us to get to the main thought of pricing. Would purchasing a  high price relic at an antique store mean more to you or a quilt handmade from your grandmother or even passed down from prior generations, even if it was not highly monetarily valued?
I want to relay a few facts I keep discovering as I get older. I had a business which was very successful and I was so busy; I would rush into a store and buy clothes, accessories, and shoes and wouldn’t even look at the price tag. I was more concerned at the acquisition to fulfill my need. I had nice cars and a huge house. There, now that said….those pricey items meant nothing to me. They only filled a temporary need. I was wasteful as I see it now. I could have saved more money and have given to others more. Oh, I gave to others; and sometimes even gave to people who never even thanked me. I didn’t slow down to even notice they didn’t thank me or God for those gifts. 
This past weekend, we were blessed to have one of our sons and his wife, along with their boys; our grandsons. There are five boys ranging in ages from 6 years old to around 7 months old. Each of them are individually personalized with their own uniqueness. I watched them with both of us, Granddaddy and Nana, waiting for a few minutes of their “time with us”. They brought their coloring books, or wanted us to see them wrestle or throw a ball, or chase one of our dogs, Buster, or eat next to us, crawl in the bed and have some one on one conversation with Nana, or tell Granddaddy they liked him cooking breakfast. and most especially love Nana’s homemade banana pudding. I thought about all of these simple, non expensive “gifts” of love. They wanted our time. They didn’t ask to go to the store so we could buy them expensive toys. They loved it when Nana hung their colored pictures along with the special gift they gave us; a sheet with each one’s hand print outlined in colors with their names……..priceless items placed on our refrigerator and all of them came in to see their priceless gift to Nana and Granddaddy.
Now for the deeper thought……WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIVES? No expensive clothes or shoes can come close to the love and happiness we received and gave. No outlandish trip to a foreign country can outshine the simple words one of our grandsons said to me…..”Why do we get to stay just one day; I like it here!” That is priceless to me!


Live life; Love Life; Live Life to the fullest by not putting a price tag on love. Even the smallest gift of your time may be the biggest gift you can give.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE FROM THE PULPIT


TODAY THE WORDS are FROM THE PULPIT. This message has been inspired from a friend who has been using his life’s testimony to minister to prisoners and after he gave me some great news he had been asked to take the pulpit for a night. He said it was one of the items on his bucket list. I added I would put that on my bucket list, not to take the pulpit, but to hear him in person one day from the pulpit.  While I was messaging him, and like it usually comes, a blog post came through.
This young man has used his life, one which makes such a strong testimony, to speak to those lost souls who find themselves incarcerated. He knows the despondency, the hopelessness, and the confusion along with anger and bitterness. He is not a goody two shoes who doesn’t know what he is sharing; he has walked the same streets and now lives a totally different life with family. He can share with them how God moved in his life and saved him from himself. What a lot of us who have not lived in that world do not know is these lost souls have fallen so far; tough love may not work. They have to grab on to a fine string let down the deep dark hole of sin, addiction, and crime. God can bring a full grown man up from the pits of Hell with a thread spun by a spider. I applaud this man of God who wants to pay back by praying forward with young people. 
What was the amazing part of this accomplishment was his desire of wishing one of his great sponsors was still here to hear he had taken the pulpit. See, here is the message in the message. We are all speaking from the pulpit every day. His life had already spoken the sermon as had the one who encouraged him to enter into the sanctity of a Godly life. As the men have preached their sermons of life, and I am sure my friend will continue to share his testimony; I can see him taking the pulpit more and more if this is the direction God has mapped for him and he will do great.
Now for the deeper thought…… I am not advocating our dedicated pastors are not necessary; they are indeed called for the divine position God has reserved for them. What this message says, it is not entirely up to our pastors, ministers, and preachers. We are taking the pulpit every time we testify, share, listen and give advice to others who are in need; who are seeking more knowledge by helping them get in touch with our clergymen. People watch what we say, what we do, and as importantly what we don’t do. Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the fullest by not just talking the talk but by walking the walk.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Ephesians 5:8 ESV
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 

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TODAY THE WORDS are AFTER THE SONG HAS ENDED. **Note: This is a favorite post of mine, not because of sadness but for the love and meaning. I am reprinting it for those who missed it the initial posting. 
First, I would like to reflect on yesterday’s topic, Lyrics. I received such  a moving comment from a FB friend who added more emphasis on how touching lyrics can be to her. Her story was a personal reflection on how her late husband had such great intentions for their future. Even with those great intentions, he left for work one day and didn’t return as he was t-boned by a semi. The Travis Tritt song “Good Intentions” reminds her of this emotional time in her life. I felt it was important to take a step further into this topic “when the song has ended”. 
How many times have we been listening to a song and it ended; we were left wanting to hear it longer, and we were ready to sing another verse when there wasn’t one? We hit replay and that is a fortunate thing for us; life doesn’t usually give us a replay. We have to go forward. We can make changes in the future; we can apologize and repent for things in the past (in other words change the lyrics of life) or we can keep doing the same things we did in the past (keep singing the same song). 
Our life is our song, the lyrics are ours alone, and we do write the lyrics, and whether the song becomes a “hit” or “miss”, we are given choices for the chorus (direction from God). How many times have we heard a certain song and thought of a certain person? This is a way artists pull from their experiences or others and put them to music. As I wrote yesterday, some songs bring us to tears and some make us laugh. 
Now for the deeper thought…..One day, we will face the end of our song. How do we want people listening to it play for the last time to feel about us? Recently, I attended a funeral for someone special and while I was sitting there listening to this person’s last song, I found it amazing that I couldn’t remember anything negative about him. I heard his lyrics, some funny, some thoughtful, some kind, and none that was bad. He never became famous, but he was a star in his family; he was a rock. What a nice song he sang during his life! As my friend so truly feels, “Good intentions” are good but they may never come into play. May we sing our life’s song in such a beautiful melody that when our song has ended; our song will be the one which plays over and over in someone’s mind. When you smile, you have placed a musical note in someone’s mind; smile a lot and make a melody.


DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
James 5:13                    
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE WHO IS THAT ANYWAY


TODAY THE WORDS are WHO IS THAT ANYWAY? Most of us have been in a position of the focus of this message. We are standing in a line; we are at a sporting event; we are walking around in a department store or at a wedding or funeral and it happens……”Hi Arline, it has been a while.”……and I am looking at this person like a deer in the headlight and I don’t have a clue who is this person. I am flustered; I am embarrassed since this person seems to be my best friend. I try to use small talk to see if I can catch a tone in their voice as if I have the skills of voice recognition. My mind is scrambling, “Who is this person anyway?” I can tell by their mannerisms and smiles, they know me. It is very uncomfortable until they say the right clue and it comes flooding back to me. Oh yes, this was my neighbor when we were about 5 or 6 years old and it has only been about 60 years. I let my mind off the hook and then I chuckle to myself; who told them who I was before they came over. 
My husband has the best trick when this occurs when we are together. He has that same look but he smiles as if he has a perfect memory. His response is, “By the way, have you met my wife Arline, introduce yourselves.” Clever, right? This brings a smile too as I think, “What does he do when I am not there?” He is pretty quick on his feet so I am sure he handles it better than me.
I think fast, but it is the idea I could forget someone who apparently meant a lot to me at one time. But let’s get real; we don’t forget them easily; it is life’s changes which make us play the guessing game. We change our looks; we change our weight; some start wearing glasses; we change our hair color and styles; and some of us have changed spouses. What we seem to not change is our personality. At a class reunion I noticed the guys who were the “class cut ups” were still cracking jokes; the cheerleaders were still cheering us on; and the class presidents were still being politically correct. 
Now for the deeper thought…….Looks can change; circumstances can change; we may act differently due to age or changes in our lives. Our personalities are more consistent and if we have a positive attitude, we usually stay positive. If we are negative and woe is me; we usually will find the negative in anything we encounter. But our souls are the one thing which is the same throughout our lives. We will be one who serves Our Maker or we will be one who resists Our God. What I hope is I never hear God say at the end of my life, “Who is that, anyway?” May we Live Life; may we Love Life; and May we Live Life to the fullest by acquainting our soul with God.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Romans 10:13 ESV 

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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