amazing what happens in a very large family when a mother undergoes such severe
health trials. We must trust that God is in the details, and despite our human
frailty, weaknesses and limitations, His will and love will conquer all.
to preach, just finishing up this series and drawing on current events to do
Update on my Mom
in ICU. It’s not easy to recover from two intense surgeries, especially when one
is in their 80’s. Please continue to pray for her and our family. Thank you.
I am very
happy to report that my mom is out of ICU and I was able to talk to her on the
phone today and tell her I love her. She even said she loves me too. Things are
starting to get much better now.
all for your prayers and kind wishes. Keep ‘em comin’! We’ve got a long road
ahead of us yet. I’ll be sure and let you know the power of them as things
continue to improve.
power, people, work, toys – you know, the big ones like homes, cars, prestige,
vanity and celebrity status…all those things that make our egos float us right
out of reality, while some unsuspected savage waits in the shadows to bursts
our bubble, if indeed it is able to pop.
Way back in
biblical days, they worshiped Greek and Roman gods; then they idolized golden
calves and all sorts of images, sometimes going so far as to make them grand
and glorious and pleasing to the “spirit” behind the image.
we worship people mostly. We covet popularity, forgetting the importance of
wisdom and common sense. Then we wonder why so many celebrities crash and burn.
We feel for them, only to attach to their drama for gossip’s sake.
another thing we worship, sex and alcohol too. Party on, and forget your
troubles in a hurry. Getting numb, becoming irresponsible…who needs to be
coherent anyway? Everybody does it, so why not get drunk, stoned or numb to fit
I can think
of a few reasons…
A Great Blogging Community
of the blogging community truly amazes me. The other night, I was particularly
down – it’s hard not seeing my mom, even though I know it’s best right now. I’ll
visit her when the time is right, probably after she goes home from the
hospital, which could be a while yet. She needs time and rest to heal right
now, and with eight kids and so many grandkids, you can imagine that’s not
preparing to turn off my computer, but thought I’d check my comments one last
time. So many uplifting and positive messages appeared – most hadn’t been there
earlier in the day, so all of a sudden, I received more warm fuzzies, all at
once – they were needed and very well received. Thank you to all my blogging
buddies on all of my blogs for being so kind and keeping my mom in your
surely, this prayer chain, along with countless others that have been started
on my mom’s behalf are helping her during this time. Our family’s thanks goes
out to all who are praying and sending kind wishes to us these days.
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credit: The Adoration of the Golden
Calf, National Gallery, PD-US
a way of giving you just what you need. I’m so glad God made sisters, and I’m
more than a little thrilled our sisterly love goes way beyond the boundaries of
Thanks to my blogging sister Tina for sharing the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
with me yesterday. I definitely need my sisters these days, what with my mom
being so sick and all.
on that – she still needs all the prayers we can give her. She’s still in ICU. It’s
going to be a long, tough road for her. Thank you for being part of the prayer
chain storming the gates of heaven on her behalf.
this award with 5 blogging sisters; I’m the 5th of 5 sisters in my
own family, thus a list of 5 here. This is by no means an exhaustive list –
these fine ladies are merely representatives of all the wonderful blogging
sisters I have in Blog Land. Let the ripple begin, as they share the love with
other sisters in Blog Land and spread the joy throughout our amazing community.
Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the
Lord Thy God in Vain
Duh! And yet
it happens all the time, especially on t.v. and combined with other
profanities. I read a post recently by my friend Arlee Bird; he addressed the onslaught of so much foul language in our society and
culture. For whatever reason, much of our culture and society doesn’t seem too
concerned with swearing these days.
Even my kids
tell me, “They’re just words. Why get so uptight about it?” Because regardless
of how we minimize it, words still communicate what we say, think and feel, so
when we don’t choose our words carefully, or when we cuss like sailors who have
been out on the sea too long, we don’t exactly represent ourselves or our
culture in a positive light.
is, we’ve conditioned ourselves to become desensitized to profanity. G. D.,
taking the Lord’s name in vain, is literally broadcast across the airwaves
numerous times every day. Pick any intense show that isn’t about vampires and
werewolves, and you’re likely to hear it by the head of the corporation, as he slams
his foes and puts his family members in their place. Strong leadership requires
swearing, after all. People stand up and listen to you more when you preface
your words by saying, “G. D.”
I don’t have
the answers to this decline in society’s communication skills, or its
disinterest in making it stop. There is no swearing police that I know of, and
the entertainment industry doesn’t seem likely to edit “G. D.” out of its
scripts anytime soon.
say what they are going to say, imposing it on our ears without thinking twice.
When they did it with smoke, the government put a lid on it, making bookoo
bucks on all their government rules, regulations, fines, tax codes etc. etc.
a money-maker, however, and it seems the entertainment industry is doing just
fine adding it in for effect. Until such a time as society gets tired of it,
swearing is here to stay. And “G. D.,” (taking
the Lord’s name in vain) and the ripple effect from letting it be
considered “just words” is one of those commandments that seems to have been
caught in the crossfire.
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credit: No bad behavior sign, Ben
Schumin, Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike 3.0
interesting to note that I was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness on the
last day of the RAK Blogfest. So instead of writing about it, I experienced it firsthand.
It was one
of those dreaded early morning phone calls…the kind that throws your world
upside down, punches you in the gut and makes you gasp for air before you
realize you’re really on the phone and this is not part of the dream you’re
coming out of. Yea, I received one of those yesterday, about my mom. She’s
pretty sick these days and your prayers for her would be very much appreciated.
I was in the
process of emailing back and forth with a fellow blogger, because he won a
couple of Blog Hopper Marathons on my Writing Tips blog. Winners have their names listed in the Blog Hopper Marathon Hall of Fame and receive one full post, all about them.
first general post, my idea was to find out a bit more in depth information
about him for the second and third post. So we were emailing back and forth,
and I was due to send him some interview questions sometime yesterday, the
earlier the better so he had time to answer them and they could go live this
As it turned
out, I received a phone call sending my mind and heart in a blur, making it
difficult at best to organize my thoughts enough to figure out the right
questions to ask, let alone do the appropriate web searches to help me do so. I
ended up sending an email to my friend, alerting him to the situation about my
mom, letting him know that in lieu of sending interview questions I would appreciate
it if he would send me whatever he could – pics, personal tidbits, background
info etc., and letting him know that if he would do this, I would come up with
a really nice post for Monday.
I did the
same thing regarding his post for next Wednesday, sending him a brief paragraph
about what I was looking for, so I could do the write up, which will focus on
him being an author and the journey he took to get there.
sent me a brief note telling me he was sorry about my mom and letting me know
that he would send everything I requested as soon as possible. By the end of
the day, not only did I have all the information I requested, but it was
completely written, pics included and ready to be drafted into two posts. My
friend didn’t want me to worry or stress about anything, listened to how I
wanted to create these posts and created them according to my wishes for my
blog – spur of the moment, on the fly.
hadn’t had much opportunity to see this side of Alex J. Cavanaugh before. He was
always a curious blogmeister, the guy who helped other bloggers on his blog and
visited more blogs than many of us think possible. For the most part, Alex was
an enigma – a blogging machine, and by all accounts, a very busy guy in my
often has the means of exposing us to things we might never see otherwise. Alex
took this opportunity to become my friend, and for that I will always be
grateful. Thank you, Alex.