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Ear

Ear (Photo credit: Menage a Moi)

 While listening to others talk, are you listening to their message and what they’re trying to convey? Or are you listening for a subtle message behind the message? One that tells you that they really think a lot about themselves. Hmmm. Like how many times they said “I” in their speech. Don’t get me wrong, we have to talk about ourselves some. When we are asked point-blank about how we are when someone hasn’t seen us in a while, they really want to know what’s been going on in our lives. But come on, when we see someone every day and they ask how we are, they don’t want a moment by moment itinerary. Let’s face it, some of us talk about ourselves way too much, and some people will start avoiding us because they don’t get to enter the conversation unless they butt in. And if they don’t butt in, we don’t know how they are feeling or what’s going on in their lives. Maybe God led them there today to have you pray for them and what they are going through.  We are to think of others better than ourselves. Maybe…we just talk to be talking. And when we’re self-oriented we tend to say the word “I” way too often. God can’t use us for His purpose when we don’t listen to others and put their needs before our own.

 English: Oil painting, "Praying Hands&quo...

 There’s no “I” in team. Have you heard that quote? Christians are a team, or we’re supposed to be anyway. This is an even better quote: There’s no “I” in team but there is in “win.” When we work for God–we win. Plain and simple. When we visit someone in the hospital, we can talk with other patients there, find out about their loved one, and ask if we can pray with them. Or we can simply take down the name of the patient and what they are having done, a little background on them if it’s serious, and pray on our own. We win!

Win Win (film)

Win Win (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The bible tells us to be slow to anger, quick to listen and slow to speak. And since God gave us two ears and one mouth, maybe, just maybe we are supposed to listen at least twice as much as we talk. A lot of words are wasted in any given day. We don’t only talk about ourselves, but we also talk about others, and this in a derogatory manner, perhaps hearing it from another source. Gossip. If we hear something we don’t know for a fact is true, we need to allow it go in one ear and out the other. Again, the bible tells us to mind our own business, and not be busybodies. This is sound christian doctrine, and words we should all try to live by. Let’s do what we can to let this “me” generation fizzle out. Let’s ask ourselves how many times a day we say “I.” Then if it’s too often–we can change. Change is good. I’m  just saying.

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Beautiful landscape

Beautiful landscape (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict))

   Have you ever really pondered the notion that the maker of heaven and earth gave us all this myriad of colors and textures of nature? Also giving us the changing of seasons, and beauty of the skies, magnificent rainbows, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets to experience and enjoy?

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How about when a certain situation you’ve stewed over that seems to have no positive outcome in sight–miraculously gets resolved after many prayerful tears and humbling of  yourself– giving the situation to God?

Ever ponder all the love a baby feels for a parent when that baby is held by someone  else close by, then suddenly the baby searches for that parent and the infant’s arms reach out to its mom or dad to hold and comfort?

Project Hope volunteer holds an infant during ...

Project Hope volunteer holds an infant during Continuing Promise 2011 (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

  

 What about the feelings of a husband and wife after many years spent with each other sharing children, heartache, sickness, desperation, etc. The good and the bad. When asked to face each other and ponder the moments of their lives together without speaking–do you think you could begin to capture the special looks they give each other, and all that is in their hearts, along with all the love and blessings they’ve shared, having tackled everything–all aspects of life–together?

I was just thinking. Ever ponder things like this? Yeah, me neither.

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 What I'm reading and re-reading

Let me tell you about it. It’s chock-full of everything you can imagine. Something for everybody. It’s action-packed with danger, conflict, mystery, intrigue, passion, love, romance, happiness, and the ever-present struggle for power. Next, throw in some espionage, family life, generational differences, friendship, and travel. Not to leave out your anger-management, deceit, forgiveness, life, death, sorrow, indecision, failure, success, and oh, yeah–fashion sense.

Has your interest piqued? Okay, ready for the title? Here it is…The book I’m referring to is…the Holy Bible. No kidding. It’s the most popular book ever sold. This is not just my opinion. I researched this. It has many authors because it contains many books within a book. It was inspired by God. And if you’ve read it before and did not experience its power–pray for wisdom and understanding first. Then read it again. I guarantee you it will come alive, and you will get new meaning out of it this time around. It will change your life. Try it. It’s the greatest love story ever told! I’m talking about God’s love for all of us. After you read it for yourself, my hope is that you’ll be inspired to pick one up for someone you know. After all, it’s timeless, and it’s a classic and a great read.

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We’ve all heard how much better it was to live “back in the day,” right? When life was slower and much more laid back and calm. Yeah, I know you’ve at least heard about it from somebody. Your mom or grandparent, someone. Just ask somebody you trust. I’m talking about the 50s/60s era vs. today.

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They’ll probably tell you that back then they didn’t have to lock their doors at night because the world was a safer place. And that then people kept their jobs longer or they could change jobs if their bosses didn’t pay them enough, and get another by the end of the day. And then children entertained themselves by playing outside and using their imagination for long periods of time. Or how then they could ride their bikes over to a friend’s house as long as they came home before dark. They’ll probably mention that then the children had more respect for their parents and elders, and discipline was doled out regularly. The crime rate was much lower then, and neighbors helped neighbors. They might add how much easier it was to buy a house or land. They slept better at night, too because they worked so hard during the day at their homes and jobs. Then when a woman got married, she assumed the role of housewife and stay-at-home-mom in most homes.

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Thieves break into locked homes now. Their is little to no job security. Now children entertain themselves with video games, computer, tv, iphones, ipads, cell phones with games, texting, internet, etc. Now it’s not safe to ride bikes anywhere because sexual predators are so prevalent. And because now social media is so polluted with ungodly behavior, attitudes, language, etc., it’s hard to raise proper, respectful teens and tweens now. Not impossible, but hard. When children don’t have appropriate role models in their life, or have

tex playing video games

tex playing video games (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

dysfunctional families, problems ensue. Now a lot of times discipline in the home is not as effective because there are no consequences or consistency in the punishment. Teens talk back more now and get away with more, especially if there is an absent/deceased parent. Crime now is rampant. Our neighbors move out of the neighborhood more frequently now and we don’t really get the chance to know them. Some work nights and are asleep during the day. Most of them aren’t as “neighborly” as they were back then. It’s not as easy to buy a house now, or land in this present economy crisis. AKA The Great Recession. Many people don’t sleep well or have sleep disorders now, probably due to being overly stressed. We’re not as physically active now as we used to be. And housewives and stay-at-home-moms are almost non-existent now (except on tv) because both spouses work outside the home. Most households own two or more vehicles. Now couples accumulate much higher debt and feel both parties have to work full time jobs with some taking on second jobs.

That’s it. So…what do you think? Having a reasonably good idea how each era lived/lives–which of the two eras  would you choose to live in–then or now? 

Just curious. Thanks for viewing.

*These are random views of people I’ve spoken with in day-to-day conversation. I don’t have any real statistics.

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