TODAY THE WORDS ARE ABANDON SHIP


TODAY THE WORDS are ABANDON SHIP.  Ahoy mates, let’s talk about the phrase “Abandon Ship”. With all of the talk about some cruise ships having all of the passengers getting sick, it may be a phrase we see more often. In history, a captain would give the order for crew and passengers to leave a ship that was sinking for their safety. Life boats were loaded with as many people who could fit into them. You can imagine the turmoil during the “abandonment” period with a lot of pushing and shoving. People who are in fear of their lives are sometimes less than courteous to state an understatement. Sometimes, people would fall into the water and face drowning or sharks; others would be huddled together in the life boats. Families have been separated and some members lost in the dark waters. The Captain was the last one to “abandon ship” if he didn’t stay on board and vow to go down with the ship. This is worthy of some deeper thought….how tempting would it be to get a good seat on the life boat instead of stay with the ship and suffer death? We are traveling on the sea of life in a vessel surrounded by family, friends, acquaintances, business associates, spiritual associates, etc. We tour the ship and explore the cabins, look at the skies above and the water below, we eat, and we sleep. Some days are better than others and some days are full of stormy weather; others are clear, sunny days. The winds of life have an effect on our days, blowing and sometimes tossing us around and we lose footing. We have to grab a rail and hold on! Do we realize that if the order to abandon the ship, are we prepared to face death? I am not trying to be morbid but we will, at some time, face death or abandonment of the ship during our lifetime. It is time to think about that Captain of the ship (God) as he will stand and stay and will stay with us throughout our life. He doesn’t take His Glory and Power lightly and is there for the sunny days, the treacherous storms, and if we go down, He reaches in the dark waters and He will lift us up into the life boat of safety. We might get wet, we might get cold, and we might even get scarred but Our Captain doesn’t abandon us!
Good Sailing through life and count on the Great Universal Captain of Eternity to make your trip fantastic!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Ecclesiastes 11:1  King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days
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TODAY THE WORDS ARE REST AREAS


TODAY THE WORDS are REST AREAS.  If you have been reading the blog for a while, you have seen the topics of Stop Signs; Mile Markers; Yield Signs and now this morning my mind went to Rest Areas. As drivers, we spend a lot of time traveling on Interstates as well as highways. On long trips, we sometimes use the state maintained rest areas. Some of the rest areas, especially the newer ones or recently renovated areas are attractively landscaped. For the most part, they provide a fairly safe bathroom break; time to walk your dogs or to walk yourself; get a soda and/or snack and allow a short break from the repetitious miles we drive or ride. Usually there is an area for truckers to park and catch a short nap before resuming their long hauls. Most of the newer rest areas are fairly lit. Our GPS show us where the next rest area is located as Rest Area 42 miles so we can plan our stops at regular intervals. Why did this subject come to me? I think most of us are guilty of improper planning when we start our trips and we don’t check to see when the next rest area is located and we don’t include the sometimes eventful closing of the Rest Area and we have to drive on, sometimes a little uncomfortable. We start looking at the exit signs and try to decide if we can make it to the next one. We become even more uncomfortable and we sometimes have to take an exit even if it is not the safest, nicest accommodations. Now for the deeper thought……Doesn’t this seem like life itself? We start traveling down the road of life all excited about our journey but maybe a little ill prepared. We don’t stock water, snacks, and other niceties and we try out our luck, hoping that all will go well. Our trip is temporarily troubled with unexpected, unprepared stops along the way. We begin to be aware of our unpreparedness and we try to find the exits. We find unclean environments and some clean ones. We intend to do better on our stop. We drive again and over and over until it hits us that we need to choose better rest areas for our comfort and safety. We need to check our GPS (God’s Positive Salvation) for directions on our life journey. If we plan, if we check, if we are guided by the right directions, our trip becomes such a pleasant journey with stops to rest; we can bask in the beauty of the land; and enjoy some nourishment and treats. Journey through life with planning, focus and love of what we have been given to enjoy in the well lighted joy of life!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Jeremiah 6:16   King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) 
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE PUSH COMES TO SHOVE



TODAY THE WORDS are PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. I didn’t get this topic from all of the rowdy fun at the game/fun center with our grandsons, even though there was plenty of fun pushing with all of the young children who were trying to climb the same ladder, go down the same slide, ride on the same ride, etc. Well, maybe it started with all of the innocent pushing. My thoughts, however go to one of the interpretations of the phrase. Personally, I think the phrase originated in earlier times than some references in the 30’s and 40’s. It has been referred to rugby but also was referenced as a time when a person proves their worth in difficult times as when times when a push will not get the job done, it takes a shove (or more physical strength). If a person is trying to move furniture and tries to push it and it doesn’t move; it may require this person to muster up more physical strength and give it a shove. If a person is working on a project and it is more demanding than normal; we refer to the extra demand as when push comes to shove, this person will give this project everything it needs to get the job done.  Push comes to shove is not a phrase which means a physical shove as it seems to personify. It can be mentally driven or emotionally stimulated as the situation commands. Now for the deeper thought…..A push not a shove thought….In this life,  we are faced with so many demands on our time, we sometimes feel we have to “shove” when we really only need to push gently. Love is a good example of gently pushing and shouldn’t be a shoving match to see who loves the other most, who does more than the other, who shoulders most of the load, etc. In the individual’s participation, however, a little use of the phrase, “push comes to shove” should be applied. We need to give love our all, whether it be between husband and wife; parent and child; siblings and other members of our families and friends. It should not be required for someone to ask us to require “push comes to shove”. When we practice our faith and our beliefs, we should always use “push comes to shove” and exhibit the faithfulness and loyalty as God desires us to be. Let’s not be pushing and shoving our way through life; lets’ love and when push comes to shove; let’s live life; love life and live life to the fullest.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES


TODAY THE WORDS are OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES. This topic is inspired by two of our five grandsons visiting us this weekend. We, as adults, try to express ourselves in a tactful way while children call it as they see it. There is a sense of innocent air when a child is in your presence and it is refreshing for a change. It is a lesson to all of us grown up kids, who some are more grown up than others to remember; innocence is a good thing. If a child likes something he or she is eating, the words yum or yummy; if they don’t they express that dislike as much. Adventures and new things are expressed with eyes wide open, smiles on their faces and they truly enjoy life at its best. They don’t have any trouble telling grown ups if they are not ready to do things; they express when they are ready. Statements like Abram and Nolan were saying, “We don’t like spiders but we would go on spaceships” shows the broad spectrum of their imagination. It is easy for them to say I love Nana; I love Granddaddy but either of us may go up or down on the scale of love and we may score 100 or 500 at any given time. We work hard to get the 500 I can assure you and there is fierce competition between Nana and Granddaddy. Now for the deeper thought…..Innocence is sometimes lost in the adult world and I may not be advocating that we become children and say what always comes to our mind. Children can say things and it is looked at humorously, but what comes out of adult mouths should reflect others’ reaction to what we say. We should however be honest with our thoughts and intentions. Deceit is not healthy for young or old. Remember, children learn from adults and if they hear things that are not true or honest, they learn fast and therefore, innocence may be lost. God loves pureness, truthfulness, innocence, and most importantly, love. All parents, all grandparents, stop for a moment, and close your eyes…..think of one of the precious little ones who says openly and honestly, “I love you Nana Five Hundred” ! Love is wonderful with life thrown in; Life is wonderful with love thrown in!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Matthew 19:14          
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
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TODAY THE WORDS ARE CHEW THE FAT



TODAY THE WORDS are CHEW THE FAT.  Sometimes, I wonder why the topics come to my mind, but here it is “chew the fat” for today. I know that most of us have heard this phrase at least once or more in our lifetime. I feel we southerners have used it more often than that amount. I remember, several times when I was young, hearing someone refer to some one or group that was chewing the fat. I decided I would investigate how this phrase came into our language.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “Chew the fat” first appeared in 1885 in a book by J Brunlees Patterson called Life in the Ranks of the British Army in India. He implied it was a kind of general grumbling and bending of the ears of junior officers to stave off boredom, a typical part of army life.[7] Patterson also uses “chew the rag” in the same sentence he used “chew the fat”, but it is not the oldest occurrence.[7] Prior to the adoption of metallic cartridges, most ammunition was composed of powder and a ball wrapped in paper or cloth soaked in animal fat, which was bitten open during musket drill. Soldiers were known to chew on these ends to pass the time and reduce nerves, and in some cases to stave off cravings for chewing tobacco. It seems that it has been used to mean several things but to grumble to keep from being bored but I didn’t realize the use in musket drills. For all of you who know me, understand that I can’t leave this combination of meanings alone. I see some semblances between the two meanings. I have been unfortunate to be in some groups that encouraged gossip (and in my earlier life I engaged in some myself before I found out how useless this is for a successful life). If you have ever been in this situation, you may agree that with a lot of chewing the fat, it becomes loud like a musket firing. What amazes me, is those same voices who gladly share undesirable statements about others would cringe if something was said about them. I thought how this phrase refers to chewing the fat and in this day and time of low fat diets and eating regiments, maybe we all could use a lowering the amount of “gossip fat” to a minimum or cut it out entirely. If we are bored with our lives, do something productive to avoid the boredom. Life is meant to be rich, but never at the expense of others. It is better to add to another’s life being a positive influence rather than a destructive “fat chewer”. Chewing the fat may seem harmless, but it can add pounds of misery to anyone participating. Have a “fat free” day and live life; love life and live life to the fullest!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Ephesians 4:29     
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE SCARED OF THE DARK


TODAY THE WORDS are SCARED OF THE DARK? Today is a good day to ponder the subject of being scared of the dark. As children, it seemed different when our parents turned out the light or we turned out the lights and had to find our way to the bed. We sometimes tripped or bumped into things we couldn’t see. Night lamps became popular and that seemed to remove some of the “dark fear” and we went to sleep easily. We are going to talk about why some people have this fear even into adulthood. Houses now have more built in lights coming from appliances, computers, DVDs, etc. and I laugh that it looks more like airplane runways than a dark house. People have installed track lighting to avoid the dark and little lights along the hallways seem to be everywhere. But why is there a different feeling behind the darkness? My thoughts about the darkness is that fear is  mostly associated with “bad guys, crime, evil, and scary things”. It goes back to both fairy tales and stories told by others to scare us, and also from the holy scriptures. Nothing bad usually occurs in the bright open sunlight, right? Usually all of the scary stories take us to the night or darkness and the reference to evil or fearful things is sometimes “black”. Now for my deeper thought on darkness…..for the first part of our life, we are scared of the dark; we grow up and we venture into the darkness of life, not necessarily the true evil of life, but darkness which draws us away from the light of life, God. We sometimes choose lifestyles, hobbies, habits, etc which are not centered in light, but have a darker side and it can be tempting to live this way. We can lose the fear of the night and engage in more trendy events. We can be drawn into darkness and therefore we lose the sunlight of life. Only when we see, and unfortunately we usually have a long trip back to the light of life, that we were born with a fear of the darkness for a reason; to keep us in the light and favor of God. Think about how wonderful the bright sunlight feels on your face after a long rainy dreary dark period. This is meant to awaken the soul when we bask in the rays of God and goodness. It is raining today, but in my heart the SON is shining and it makes for a beautiful, well lit day for me to see all of the blessings of life coming my way. For those of you who relate to this message, you feel the Son. For those who don’t feel it; step into the SON shine and your day will be brighter and your life fuller.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Romans 6:23  King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE SKATING PAST THE OTHERS



TODAY THE WORDS are SKATING PAST THE OTHERS. This post is dedicated to my brother “in law” Troy who is having a procedure to remove some arterial blockage and insert stints. Prayers for him are going up in so many directions. While praying this morning, I had him and my sister on my mind. The reason I wrote “in law” is because I have always felt Troy seemed like a real brother. I know you might be wondering what does skating past the others has to do with Troy. When we were younger roller skating was a “in” thing and there was a skating rink at a place called Lake Bea. Troy and Juanelle took us there to skate. There was music to skate by. I was learning how to skate, so prolific I was not. I had gotten to the point of turning loose of the rail and I ventured out onto the floor. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Troy and others gliding by fast and with rhythm and I wanted to do it their way. Troy was tall and his long legs were taking long strides and he skated past the others so easily. Well, this adventurous girl was not going to be outdone, so I started learning how to go around the corners by picking up one skate and crossing over the other one. Now, I was moving, skating at least with the rest of the “non pros” and it was fun! I was getting the hang of this skating thing and then it happened……Mr. Glider himself, Troy came up behind me and touched my back, intending on congratulating me on my progress right at the same instant I was doing my now famous lift of the skate to corner and down I went! Bam, and the entire skating audience witnessed my “shame”. Of course Troy being the nice guy he has always been wanted to know if I was okay and helped me up. He went on to skate past the others and I was embarrassed. I went on to become a decent skater, never like Troy and others, who skated past the other skaters with a dance like movement. I learned a valuable lesson that day and now to share the deeper thought……Some dance, some skate, some sing, some play great sports, some are great horsemen, some are great swimmers, some are not meant to do all of these things in a great way and some of us write! The real meaning is try hard, but do not beat yourself up when you don’t measure up with others; find something you can do and do it well. The ones that skated past you will applaud you when you find something you love to do! Live life; love life and live life to the fullest! Troy, we are pulling for you and skate past the others today and get well!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
1 Corinthians Chapter 924 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.


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