Monday, September 27, 2010

WOW

THESE ARE JUST PENCILS! PLEASE READ THE PARABLE AT THE END!!












A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX :

1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.

We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what's inside of you and then allow yourself to be guided by the hand of God.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Study of Isaiah and "Hear Us From Heaven"

For several years one of my dear friends has been encouraging me to come to BSF. (bsfinternational.org) She and the LORD finally caught me this year for the study of Isaiah. It's only week 3 and I can hardly wait for Monday nights to come so I can go delve deeper into the LORD's word. 

Today this book came to life to me throught the words of the song, "Hear Us From Heaven".
Lord, hear our cry
Come heal our land
Breath life into these dry and thirsty souls
Lord, hear our prayer
Forgive our sin
And as we call on your name
Would you make this a place
For your glory to dwell

Chorus:
Open the blind eyes
Unlock the deaf ears
Come to your people
As we draw near
Hear us from heaven
Touch our generation
We are your people
Crying out in desperation

Bridge:
Hear us from heaven,
Hear us from heaven,
Hear us from heaven

Our different our lives would be if this were our cry. It is what GOD wanted for Israel and Judah and what HE wants for us...to "cry out in desperation."

Monday, September 6, 2010

NEW JEWELRY

I've had all these bracelets hanging in my closet for quite a while now. So, I decided to try my hand at jewelry making and turn them into necklaces. I spent about $15 in supplies and here we are:


Bought the chain, had the rest.


Bought the medallions. Had the rest. So these are my new creations.


LET THE HOLIDAYS BEGIN

You may know that my husband LOVES Christmas and starts decorating Nov. 1. But you probably don't know that he also LOVES Halloween. He started decorating about 3 weeks ago. Tonight's installment is the new Halloween tree.  It started out life as a regular tree then metamorphed into a black tree with silver ornaments for Christmas last year. It has now expanded to include Halloween accessories.


LABOR DAY

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882


Observed by United States

Type Federal Holiday (federal government, DC and U.S. Territories); and State Holiday (in all 50 U.S. States)

Date first Monday in September

The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation's first integrated major trade union.[1] It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] The September date originally chosen by the CLU of NY and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair, for which it had been observed to commemorate.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.


The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labor Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.


MY LABOR DAY
Spend 2 hours removing the old faucet, 30 minutes installing the new one.  1 hour yardwork, run errands, make 3 necklaces, cook dinner, help decorate the Halloween tree.

Whew! I need a parade and another day off.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Driver's Ed Redux

So today was redemption day for Alex. He did beautifully. Mastered the cul-de-sac and speeds up to 30 mph. I am so proud of him.  BTW, the blow out incident of last week was a bit more costly than initially anticipated. Doesn't it always??  After having the tires realigned, I was strongly encouraged to purchase a matching front tire for the right side. Otherwise, my front wheel drive car would continue to pull to the right. Sort of like favoring a bum leg. I might have been skepitcal, but the mechanic (Automotive and Moore) wasn't trying to sell me a tire from his shop.  http://www.automotiveandmoore.com/home/
I highly recommend them. They were quick, nice, reasonably priced and took extra care to call me before doing anything to the car.
I'm still thankful that no one was injured. I must say he was much more alert today. Way to go Alex!