TODAY THE WORDS ARE GIDDY UP!

My husband, Greg, a great horseman, riding his horse.

TODAY THE WORDS ARE GIDDY UP! Each morning, since I write the blog early, I may benefit if I  use a command, Giddy up for myself. For some of the readers who may not be familiar with this southern word used to command a horse, mule or donkey to move or go faster, I will take you on a ride for a lesson of life. My father was raised on a farm and mules were used for plowing. I heard many stories about the daily plowing and the tedious laying out the rows in the fields were all in a day’s work. The mule would normally fall in line and keep going down the rows without a lot of command. That is “normally” but there would come the day when the mule would be “stubborn” and Giddy up was shouted many times. They would have to use the whip at the hardest times as the mule had made up its mind to do no more. These were rough times and many will not remember the hand plowing days as technology with the latest in tractors and equipment have replaced the mule so the word Giddy up has taken on new forms of meaning. Giddy up has been used to say, “Are you ready to go to the game?” and “let’s go”. I myself, have not used Giddy up for a long time, but this morning it came to me this phrase may need to get back into mainstream communications. Children, and grown ups too, have forgotten to move  or go faster. We show stubborn streaks in our relationships; we have days that we give up and decide we do not need to do more. Does this sound familiar? Do we plow full days in the fields of life; do we give our all; or do we do as few rows as we can get away? Have you ever watched a horse in a race? They give every bit of their strength and endurance. They sweat, their nostrils flare with intensity, their eyes are focused on the track ahead and I am sure jockeys have their special words for the horses. I think those words are more for the jockeys instead of the race horses as they were born to run and to run as fast and as long as they possibly can endure. Now for the deeper thought……Should someone have to say Giddy up to us to move us in life? Is it possible to rise each day, start “plowing” in the fields of life, be excited instead of finding something to complain about, and endure the sweat, the nostrils flaring, the pain associated with pushing it to the limit, and knowing at the end of the race, we have GIDDY UP’D  with the best of them.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Luke 9:62  King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE ANOTHER SUNRISE



TODAY THE WORDS are ANOTHER SUNRISE. In the aftermath of the bombing tragedy at the Boston Marathon and its horrendous outcome, my heart is hurting for all of the people who were killed, injured, and/or traumatized. Onlookers will never forget the sounds, the screams, the horror of what they witnessed. So many hurting, some will never see a sunrise again. Sunrises are such a special gift from God and a visual sign a new day is beginning with radiance, beauty, and wonder and that is important for all of us blessed to see another sunrise. I made the statement yesterday, when Americans cannot attend, without shuddering with fear, an event meant for good success from hard efforts; sanity has left the world. We all live on this planet, filled with beauty and wonder and it is beyond my comprehension why there is evil taking over. With a sunrise, hope should come for people to love, share, unite instead of divide, and join together to enjoy the brilliance of another day. Now for my deeper thought…..with so much reverence for the people who experienced this tragedy, and those of us who received the horrible news, those of us checking on people we knew who attended the marathon to see if they were okay….if we are reading this blog; we are survivors to see another sunrise and to have another opportunity to do something blessed with our lives. So many that rose early, saw yesterday’s sunrise, will not see another sunrise on this earth. Many other people saw their last sunrise yesterday who will not see another sunrise due to health,some from car accidents, homicides, suicides, and other fatal events. The point is not meant negative, however to get to the point of this message, has to reflect what we, as ones who were afforded another sunrise, to rise with the sun and go forth to do good. Prayers, charity, compassion, fellowship with others, sensitivity to the tragedy, and most of all love for others. Evil cannot override love and none of us know if this morning’s sunrise is the last we will see. All we can do is all we can do; but all we can do is enough! was a statement from AL Williams who turned the insurance world upside down, but this statement stuck with me as it is so true. Today, all we can do is hug each other tight, be thankful for the blessing of another sunrise, and do everything we can to be good people, charitable people, giving people, and make this day count! Our days on earth are numbered, we don’t know how many days we each have.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Lamentations 3:22-23  King James Version (KJV)

22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


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TODAY THE WORDS ARE PLAYING JEOPARDY



TODAY THE WORDS are PLAYING JEOPARDY. Maybe, because we have a new puppy; maybe because I am a little sleep deprived; or maybe it is because this is the subject that was presented this morning, I am writing about the television show, Jeopardy. The show was originally created in the 1960s by Merv Griffin, a famed television host, musician, and actor. Irritated by the impossibility of trying to create a quiz show because of scandals that had taken place involving that genre, Griffin was inspired by a suggestion from his wife Julann to create a show wherein contestants were presented with clues in the form of answers, and had to phrase their responses in the form of a question. One of the cutest statements my Mother made to me was when I asked her to watch Jeopardy with me on one of my overnight visits with her and when I happened to answer a few questions right; she said, “Baby, you should be on that show.” Oh the love of a Mother is so precious and unconditional. I didn’t reply; I just smiled. I still watch Jeopardy and Greg walks in at certain times to answer the history questions and I have actually learned a lot from watching. Watching Jeopardy is not the true focus of this blog message. Even contestants who apparently have prepared and been prepped by their families, friends, and a lot of self study and they simply miss questions which brings me to the deeper thought…..Life can be a game of jeopardy and even though we feel we have prepared thoroughly and we feel confident we can handle a lot of categories to give the correct answers to the questions in life and then comes the jeopardy question and we are not sure of the answer. The music starts playing in our head, stress starts causing perspiration, and our hearts pound. We can sometimes feel defeated if we don’t know all of the answers to all of the questions. What we can remember is that we are not expected to know all of the answers in life. If a contestant on a show, prepped to the ninth degree misses questions, we need to lighten up, research the answers, be upfront with others we do not know the answer, and trust in others who might know the answers and ask them to help us. Jeopardy, only has one winner for each show; life offers many winners and gives the losers another shot at victory. God tells us it is not expected for us to understand all and the old song comes to mind, “We will understand it better by and by!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Corinthians 1:10
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;


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TODAY THE WORDS ARE WHAT MILE MARKER IS IT?

TODAY THE WORDS are WHAT MILE MARKER IS IT?  Years ago, and I am admitting this, when I first starting traveling in my work, I somehow had missed the information that mile markers are placed one mile apart. I know that sounds like I am less than intelligent but some of you are relating to this confession. Maybe it was because I was traveling at a fast pace and I didn’t slow down to think about such things as mile markers, and maybe even a few speed limit signs. I had to be somewhere at such a time and it was hurry, hurry, and hurry up some more. I can’t say life wasn’t exciting and I experienced going to a lot of places in this time frame. The mile markers were there and when the first time someone asked me what mile marker was it, the light came on when I realized the next one, and the next one coordinated with my mileage marker in my car. I am far from stupid, but I wanted to share this story with you for a deeper reason and thought. A dear lifetime friend suggested this topic and this subject is one we need to think about in life. As I was going through life, not paying attention to this “helpful information” which was in front of my face during each trip, only to go unnoticed until someone asked me, What Mile Marker Is It? I ask you, my dear friends, what mile marker in life are you positioned? At what point in life do we slow down from the fast driving, look around for the signs which will tell us where we are in our souls, and give us a benchmark on how much farther we have to travel before we get to our designation. I know from my personal experience, when I started to look for the mile markers of life, using them as a gauge on my progress in life, understanding my purpose and the time frame to get to where I want to go, and know how far I have been; life has become more meaningful, more focused on the important position I find myself in, and most importantly, I have learned that the fast pace of life can be harmful, accidents can happen, lives can be lost if we don’t watch where we are going, and there are law officials (God) watching our life driving habits and sometimes, we get a warning ticket to make us aware we need to be watchful, careful, dedicated to our cause in life, and obey the rules of life that we have been given. Next time, you are on the highway and see a mile marker, think about exactly which God’s mile marker are you  and smile if you are making good progress, make sure you are not crossing the center lane (main street trends and habits) and keep your car (soul) steady and straight. Life is a journey and it can be very scenic but also can be very treacherous. What Mile Marker Is It for Us?
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Matthew 6:33 ESV     

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE "LET GO EGO"


TODAY THE WORDS are LET GO EGO. This one can be a very sensitive, two sided sword subject but here we go. Ego, oh ego, I might could get something accomplished it I let go of my ego! I say, however, we have attached a label to something and given it a “not so nice” name.

e·go /ˈēgō/ Noun

  1. A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance: “a boost to my ego”.
  2. The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of…
In my opinion, the reference to self-esteem is more important than the self-importance and also pay attention to the mind section that deals with reality testing. Now let’s get real as I normally do. We, as humans, need a good self-esteem or as I had rather call it self confidence to give us a boost of courage to try things, take well thought out risks, and sometimes we have to fly by the seats of our pants. These elements have to be completed in the adventure of life. So in order to do those things, we have to possess some ego. The reference to a double edge sword is because it can cut both ways. At some point in some people’s lives, and I was in my past among that count, ego can become the enemy of life. We have some successes due to the good side of “ego” and unfortunately, if we are not careful; we flip the sword of ego to the “self-importance side”. We sometimes stop using the portion of ego that gives us a reality check and we can become self absorbed. Now, we have trouble; it has to be our way or the highway; our plan or no plan; our spotlight or no light at all; or me, me, me is the theme. This is now ego on the destructive side. When self-esteem is replaced by the other side of the sword, self-importance, what usually happens is non-productive action. Let me give us a deeper thought on this….A crossroad if you please. We travel down the road of life, we struggle to find the right path, we get lost a few times on the road. We make this trip several times and each time we become more familiar with our destination. We start feeling confident, we move faster, we make better time each trip, and finally we know this road by heart and feel good about ourselves (in other words we have a healthy ego). Another trip down the same road, and we start feeling so confident and feel really strong about our talents and have this feeling that we can travel this road better than anyone else can travel and we get a little over confident (self important). Our mind starts shutting down on the reality check and we come to a crossroad and all of a sudden, even though we have traveled this road so many times, we take a different turn and guess what, we become lost all over again. Instead of asking a fellow traveler what is the way to go, we struggle and find our ego defeated by itself. God wants us to have confidence that He has given us all we need to go down the road of life without getting lost, but if we do, He wants us to check His road map and get us going in the right direction.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Proverbs 13:10 (#4 of 10 Bible Verses about Pride and Arrogance)
10Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE DILL PICKLES



TODAY THE WORDS are DILL PICKLES. Why oh why would I be choosing this subject? I happen to love dill pickles, but I am going to take you back some years. As a matter of fact, a lot of years have passed since my first experience of dill pickles. Most of you may be remembering the very first time that you put your first dill pickle in your mouth. Some of you were tricked into tasting it, thinking of the usual sweet taste to only have it burst into your mouth with a sour and tart taste instead. Right now, some of you are puckering up your face on that memory, I know I puckered my mouth and the taste buds started salivating. I say this to bring you up to the present. I acquired that savory taste and I grew to love dill pickles and time has proven, given a chance, we are open to spicy, tart, sour, and different tastes than our parents. We are in a period of food revolution and I am amused to see people who, in the past, would not have tried dill pickles as well as sushi, bratwurst, Mexican cuisine, Thai food, etc. We have given up a lot of resistance and have become more adventurous in our palette. How many of you remember the experience of trying things you never thought you would like only to find it among your favorite food now? Now for my deeper thought….we need to open our minds to more good things in this life. Sometimes, and I have been guilty on occasion myself, to get into a routine of like our Mother used to say, “I am set in my ways”. I am not talking about trying or experimenting with harmful addictive substances; I am talking about trying new foods, trying a Zumba dance class, taking a trip to one of this country’s historical places, a new hobby, reading, and for some of the ones that cling to non-technological ways get a computer, etc. Some of us have become stale and are hesitant to try something new and we sit at home; we don’t travel; we eat at home; we go to the same type of restaurant; we go to the same church; we are hesitant about taking a risk. I found out a long time ago, the more I try, the more I learn, the more I learn the more I can share what I have learned to others, and the more I share with others, the more I learn again. We are blessed with an opportunity to go forward, learn, share and give; why are we sitting on our sofas with this wonderful world God has given us? Today, pick up a dill pickle, remember how you squinted your face the first time and try something new today. Life is for living and not for being depressed. A lot of things are not fixable; a lot of things have to be endured; but if we are willing to try, life affords distractions from those very things. Dill pickle anyone?
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Jeremiah 31:29
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.

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TODAY THE WORDS are PLAYING DEFENSE



TODAY THE WORDS are PLAYING DEFENSE. For those of you that know me, you know that Greg and I are huge Georgia Bulldogs’ fans and when it is football season, we re-arrange our weekend schedules to make sure we can watch all of the televised games and even work out watching the others through my computer. One of the things we always are watching during the games is how our defense plays. We understand that we can have a great offensive team; without a great defense we cannot stop the other team from scoring. We need both offensive and defensive strategies to be successful. We yell Defense! Defense! when the other team starts moving down the field and getting in scoring range. We love a good sack of the other team’s quarterback or if our defense stops a potential pass and we jump to our feet with an interception. Yes, we love our Defense as much as we love our Offense and that brings me to my thought on playing defense in life. As our soldiers in the field defend our country and most of us understand the danger, the risks of life, and the total sacrifice they sometimes make for us; a soldier is usually honored for their offensive moves of destroying the enemy; saving another life, etc. Should they not be honored for “defending our country?” When a child is being bullied and a friend steps up to defend the child that is being bullied, is that not a time for honoring the child who steps up in “defense of the other”? When a person down on their luck is laughed at and a good samaritan stops and helps them out in “defense of their plight in life, is that not a great gesture? When we defend our rights to freedom of religion, constitutional rights, freedom of speech, and our family structure, is that not a reason to stand up and defend what we believe to be right and just. When we defend our founding fathers and what they thought to be worthy of defending or protecting, is that not a good defense strategy? When we defend our belief in God and His existence and our desire to pray for God defending us and keeping us safe, is that not worthy of a good tackle and interception from those who do not believe? A strong defense is very important and there is no place on the field of life to shy away from tackling the opponents that would keep us from scoring an eternal touchdown. I love the Dawgs but I love God the best! Go God!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Timothy 4:7

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;”

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