Saturday, July 4, 2009

The 4th of July did not come free

All Men gave some
Some men gave all

The text of the Declaration of Independence is shown below.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:Column 1Georgia: Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall George Walton Column 2North Carolina: William Hooper Joseph Hewes John PennSouth Carolina: Edward Rutledge Thomas Heyward, Jr. Thomas Lynch, Jr. Arthur Middleton Column 3Massachusetts:John HancockMaryland:Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of CarrolltonVirginia:George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton Column 4Pennsylvania: Robert Morris Benjamin Rush Benjamin Franklin John Morton George Clymer James Smith George Taylor James Wilson George RossDelaware: Caesar Rodney George Read Thomas McKean Column 5New York: William Floyd Philip Livingston Francis Lewis Lewis MorrisNew Jersey: Richard Stockton John Witherspoon Francis Hopkinson John Hart Abraham Clark Column 6New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett William Whipple Matthew ThorntonMassachusetts: Samuel Adams John Adams Robert Treat Paine Elbridge GerryRhode Island: Stephen Hopkins William ElleryConnecticut: Roger Sherman Samuel Huntington William Williams Oliver Wolcott

Have you ever wondered
what happened to the 56 men
Who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
Hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants,
nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
men of means, well educated,
but they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
Pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
Was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
And poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that
the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill
were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they
Remember: Freedom is never free!

It's time we understand that patriotism
is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer,
picnics, and baseball games.
Happy Independence Day America, and may we as a nation turn BACK to God and be the Christian Nation as like we began.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Charitable Gifts on a budget


  • Main Entry: char·i·ty
  • Pronunciation: \ˈcher-ə-tē, ˈcha-rə-\
  • Function: noun
  • Inflected Form(s): plural char·i·ties
  • Etymology: Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kāma love
  • Date: 13th century

1 : benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need b : an institution engaged in relief of the poor c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a : a gift for public benevolent purposes b : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4 : lenient judgment of others

synonyms see mercy

When we Budget

We are not just budgeting our monies

On some lines if your ability to give money is hampered
As it well may be for so many in these days
There are endless ways that you might be able to contribute to the acts that build up the world around you.

Give of your heart Prayer acts of service making a needed item If you have two shirts and you see someone with non share If one is hungry share If one is lonely too Well add a potato to the pot and sit down for a meal and give an ear.
If one is in a prison give them liberty For the prisons of man are without limits
Those of incarceration true...consequence to be sure What of the prisons
rejection by others
Mental illness
of error
Hardness of heart dysfunctional relationships stuck in ways that began in wounds.
Helping them heal
now that is a priceless act
that can effect many for generations to come.

When I was a little girl (before the age of 6) my Momma would get so mad when those folk from the church would pull up feeling all good about themselves offering us the scraps from their pantry and acting beholden.

Momma would say "I don't accept charity"
We would be hungry...a single mom of 8 kids
Well I always remember this...
Some smart soul of humility figured it out how to bypass the wound to her dignity.

They were from the Salvation Army
Late at night in the dark a box of food would be left in secrete.
Momma had no wound by it or shame.

We would eat well that week.

It was that momma had charity mixed up with being shamed for having a need.
She did not understand that it really was not the charity but the ego of the pride in others that she really was rejecting.

It was her dignity she was trying to hold onto.
When you are on poor times that is sometimes all you might own.

My mom would cook for the Veterans every Friday night.

This after working hard all day.

As early as I can remember
I was serving tables at the Veterans Administration Hall.

Reading BINGO numbers (a game)
That is where I learned to cook and too serve.

That is where I learned that a simple glitter covered pine cone
is the world greatest treasure to a lonely man.

My Mom really knew how to offer charity.

Although she had little material substance to offer
What she did give She did so with humility.
So if ever your going to give do so in a way that you never harm an others dignity.

Go out of your way to do so.
Season your words so that they are doing you a favor.

Even accept their help if they have a offer it to you.
I often say
" I have some extra, I was wondering if you would like to take it off my hands"
or something like that.

Just cause there is nothing left over in the coffer
does not mean that there is nothing left within you.

Clothing Inventory

With two children who grow and change
I have to keep atop of the needs for the next school year.
It is far too easy to neglect this until school days are at hand.

I try each summer to go through the clothing
at least a month before school fall semester

My reasons are two fold

1. The children around me who are of the sizes that my kids out grow can better be set to know what they are going to need for the next year as we will be .

2. It is NOW that the clearance racks are full!
In another two weeks the competition for said items will increase substantially.
It is now that the greater selections are at hand.
In this economy it will even be more fierce a competition than before.

We are doing clothing inventory this week end.

What that looks like...
Each child will go through the clothing to see what they will no longer want and put it aside.
I then go through that.
I find things like pants that I can let the hem out of...
undies that are new and not the out grown ones :)
Genderless items that can be passed down in house.

One other category of keepers even though out grown are those hand made items that I will store for them to give them when they are adults.
That will come faster than any of us think:)

Dove did a pretty good job yesterday with very few exceptions.
This morning attending her closet with her we went through every item.
All of the child's hangers are being switched over to little brother this year....
She is becoming a young adult soon.
Oh the joy she felt to graduate to grown up hangers.
(they were readied by the inventory/sorting of our master closet this morning).
I box winter and open summer to hangers by swapping them out.
Then sorting out the worn out items or things that have not been used.
Some items that I really like and hope to grow/reduce :) into are stored.

I have a huge box in the hall with the clothes from us in the bottom.
Dove is the next layer and then later today Dash will have his on top.
This way I know who to send what items when I box them to pass them on.
This year will be the first year (Dash is now 9 and Dove 11) that I will need to purchase or make much for them. I make clothing every day.
I remember when we adopted the kids that we were afraid or concerned how we could pull it off or afford to tend them...(Darling was laid off right after Dash came home from Russia). So we just trusted.
Year after year beginning with their arrival God had led folks...
some I did not even know
to pass on to us the things their kids had out grown.
It has been amazing how God has provided for these tow kids.
It is a joy to give freely and pass them on to others.

I have been tempted at times to sell on ebay to cover costs and every time it was just not my way...
when I gave it always returned back often many fold.

Remember School is only a few weeks away...

Biggest Kitchen Table

Biggest Kitchen Table - Living Deliberately and Money
So if you too are serious about living Deliberately this is some of our method
Our challenge this week is to spend nothing for a week.

It is a thrill to do the no spend thing.
We often will go two and three weeks with this.
I shop in bulk and with the garden often have no need to go to the store.

however this last week we spent so very little until
we had some flowers and birthday gifts to tend too.
Thinking back if I were more on top of the birthdays I could have made something much more personal.
There are those times when things spring up quickly.
I think I will develop a method of keeping track and perhaps listing on the prior month any birthday or event that a gift might be required
Perhaps a creative gift list that has each name and month perhaps a line for interests and favorite colors and such.

I may need a bit for a luncheon out with the girls.
Or I may consider forgoing the meal or even perhaps doing an appetizer as an option and eating a small meal late in the afternoon.

We are using the Dave Ramsey system and have been living deliberately now for 7 months.

We use a zero balance budget spread sheet. I will try to have my husband give me a blank pdf to post for any one who is interested

These are the major categories and the suggested percentages from the book
we have tweaked them for our families needs

Charitable Gifts (10-15 %)
Non Deductable

Savings (5-10%)
Emergency Fund No Touch(to eventually = 3 months income for emergency living)
Emergency ONLY Fund (for an a/c unit or such $1000) sugested
Child 1 savings
Child 2 savings
Pay Pal Fund

Housing (25-35%)
First Mortgage
Mortgage Late Fees
Additional Principle
( I am so looking forward to hitting this hard)
Replace Furn/Appliances /Deco
Yard/Garden Maintenance/insect control
Yard/Garden Purchase
Security Door

Utilities (5-10%)
(It came down over $20. a month already)
(bare bones basic service)
(we have no cell phone)
Easy News (our brouser)

Transportation (10-15%)
car 1 car 2
then we list each week as in wk 1-5
Auto Ins
License and registration
by car with due dates
Emmisions Test
Car Replacement

Medical and Health (5-10%)
co pay per family member
list family members
list family member
keep track of apts and due dates for cleaning and exams...
list each for each family menber
Non Mail order
non prescription
Hearing aide batteries (son)
Vet exams
list each due date for vacinations

Food (5-15%)
list 5 wks
Birthday celibrations
(a very rare event indeed)
Dog Food
Chicken Food
School Lunches
(I make them)
Steve's Lunches
(I make them every morning)
I have researched ways to save by baking bread
Costco Membership

Personal (5-10%)
Allowance child one
Allowance child two
Computer fund hrdw/softwr
Educational expenses
School Supplies and expenses
School Photos/Field Trips
Adult Eduation
Library Fines
Gifts (aniversary,Holiday, Christmas
Gifts(our bithday, adoption day)
Gifts (to give, bday , wedding, ect
Hair care (I buy in bulk at a beauty supply)

Life Insurance mom
(we place a very high priority on this)
Life Insurance dad
(Knowing that the family is covered if anything should happen to either of us.
However gain knowledge the type of ins. is crucial)

Postage/shipping and Handling
Pet supplies
Chickens(pine shavings)
Dogs (yearly Licence)
Pocket cash (petty Cash)

Clothing (2-7%)

Recreation (5-10%)
Media,Movies, Games

upcoming pmts for Dove
upcoming braces for Dash

Total all catagories

by check or pay period
Federal Tax Refund
State Tax Refund

Total income

every dollar has a place and if we do not use it there by month end it is either allocated for an unexpected expense or set aside for quarterly/yearly pmts.

We start out wit the income and then the essentials of house pmt and bills, transportation in that category we save for the auto insurance and pay it quarterly
Then we have medical and Rx, here I have gone to mail for the 3 months for the price of one co pay, all meds are then used in this way so that they are scheduled and we know when we need to reorder. We set aside a copay per family member

then as the totals drop we see what we have left if a bill is due that is covered.

Off the top we set aside our life insurance pmts divided by 12 so that is is there when we need it.

we have a spot for everything

I do not have a blank to show you but will try to create one. So every penny is assigned a spot in the apx column.
Then as the month proceeds we review weekly adding actual to the actualized column

we have paid off all debt except the house by prioritizing those sheets to do so. Now just the house is left.

We are basing our expenditures on the lowest 40 work weeks.
If overtime we will save of pay unexpected

any bimonthly or quarterly or yearly bill we set aside the amount divided by 12 so it is there when we need it.

If we then have a month where we have more than we need it will cover the items like clothing or shoes and such.

Now 7 months ago when we started the categories were often used
Now often as the months have gone by I have found ways to not use monies to fill those spaces but to use creative solutions to make it myself or find cheeper ways of getting by.

It is a highest leek come first basis.
Now only 7 months out most all leaks are stopped and any hemerages are gone
When they do occure we are able to say no to something and use it to cover the hit.

Thats the jest of it.
I hope it might help some of you.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thankful Thrusday

Join us over here at Lynn's
This Evening...
I give pause to a moment of catch up.
I give pause in the gratitude of this odd day.
Here at the Life Uncommon another uncommon day...

May I tell you about it.
Humbly I admit that I had a real struggle ....
This Morning I awoke tired for My darling pulled a 14 hour day yesterday and we ended it with a very long drive to deliver a gift of kindness across town I really wanted it to be there.
This was a pull up to a curb and drop of an arrangement of flowers for my SILove who had a successful (it appears) surgery yesterday.

So after the early morning duties

I had some a clearing of confusion with amends of my error in a miss communication.
I found myself in some prayer as last night too, was I in prayer over said miss communications. I really grieve anytime I hinder someone.

My day started off in prayer over this and a dear friend who faced a ct scan today.

So on the sofa sat I with my two kids watching the Price Is Right and vegging a bit, so much so that Dear Dash offered me a pillow and covered me with a blanket...sweet little boy.

My life is far from perfect

and there are times where here in this paradise :)
I too like you must face my own challenges and slay my own dragons.
Wielding my own swords over the life of my loved ones
and those who are placed in my path.
There are even times when I have to stand up for what I believe in
and not be too popular for it.
It is not all glamorous and beautiful.
Yet oddly that really is the beauty in it.

When I live it though
in comparison with my youth yep...

boy howdy it is pretty perfect
for I am safe,
I belong
with a great purpose
and competencies
I can live my life and the hard times pale so
(even when any other might see them they would be FAR from easy)
yet do I celebrate this life.

I guess I do not speak of the trials too much for it is just that I have this perspective...
This too shall Pass

That even if and when
it is so difficult...
there must be an opportunity for me to humble myself or grow or offer up myself to help another.
Even medical tragedies like threats of health or life...
Over and over I have witnessed that everything turned out alright ...
within days I will need to really help another who has not had the good news.

Yet becoming intimate with the threat somehow I can comfort with the comfort I have been comforted with by God.

This life is FARR from perfect but
it is not my own.

I have been bought with a price and have given it away to love.
Love then has overridden all of the hardships and threats from torture to Alzheimer's

So today fatigue and a heavy wherry mind and heart over friendship strained I vegged on the sofa.

When into my world came the door bell quite
unexpectedly for the house was well....lets say well lived in :)
First thought is they came here
unannounced they must feel free with me so I let down my embarrassment and greeted a neighbor (who drives me bonkers!).
This dear woman so wounded that she appears to act "better than thou" when in fact it is her insecurity and need to feel good about herself that causes this behavior.

So I sat at the dining table with her while folding clothing all the while praying in my mind for the endurance to be patient with her and just let her talk to be heard.
Each thing she spoke could easily be taken an insult and I chose moment by moment to hold my
At one point she finally pushed it a bit too far... Expressing a "well why not...why can't you afford it?"...
I hung in there and after two hours she was then opening up about the real reason of her visit
I sat with her and watched her change her tone
understand her tone
see her wound
receive unconditional love from me
that pulled it up out of me
She then sat at my table asking question after question regarding changing her
responses to life and changing her control,
bossiness and self willed
Seeing that it was not her heart but her learned behaviors
I am so thankful that some how I hung in there and
confronted behaviors while loving her so much that she could hear.
She studied litrature I had on the developmental needs of a human
applied it to herself and to her son.

I am worn out a bit.
I see though that no one had ever really loved her enough to speak candidly and stand up to her behaviors without attacking her.
She had no Idea of how she came off...
she was saying how good she was because she felt to
inadequate and bad about herself

She needed that badly to be
acknowledged that it came out of her own mouth.

Somehow I saw that having known a little of her story.
I told her how proud I was of her...
that she then responded in a negative of how she really has a lot of work to do to restore her self to her son...

I told her today is today

"This day I am proud of you...
you showed a lot of character to be honest enough to say that you see your controlling lecturing behavior and you want to learn to do this custody battle for your son and not to win over your ex husband."

she looked at me and said yes...
today is today...
to which I added

"I am proud of you"

It takes great courage to be exposed
fears of rejection
"if they really knew me inside ?"

I was loved
within me is the choice to love.
Was it easy

It sorta wore me out It took a lot of mental energy to stand up to defensivness and excuses that later became a humor of truth to her.

but her son....
just maybe she will be a little better able to be restored to him before it is to late.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What of the internal compass of man?

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

We all depend on each other.
Even a fish has the world at their needs...constants in our cycles of life
It all has a beginning
an internal compass

It by Him is gained

That knowledge
Through waters murky.
Following become routine
our way became unclear.

Without instruction
lost masses caught up in a surge

exchange of the eternal
things shine as gold
pretty smiles to tempt us

Is our compass just for show
or a pretense of our private hours.Man made courses search a way upstream
For the rivers run choked
in the schemes of man

We reckon with maps
for a better wayGiven steps we climb
a delusion
White waters forces
a mighty foe holds us back

press on


Compass true
guild our way

For others we fish
Real them in

But ask...
The intent of the catch?
Degrees easily off
a course that is trueChildren capture unknowing
for power and praise

We age then degrees now infinite
mastered into deception

Old men who humor capturing goals

Thus killing the wisdom of Elders
In all sorts of arrogant ways
So lost without compass
we become an others' prey
Lost with out compass
Jumping into jaws that devour

We then bitten hard
as a meal consumed
But...Oh those travelers
Who face currents head strong
Fighting all odds compass true
Fighting for me for you.

Find yee your compass
Choose well a set course.For who you set course with you will come to be known.
Be they a common or your bother your friend

Even to gain a perfect devise
A high tech direction...
what will it gain you?At the end destination achieved

Studied well
usage distracting from the inner guied

Lay it all down
Surrounded in the glory of honorable men

Lashing waters alone
come to HimYour legacy
Setting them begin
By will to be living

Or forced out into the world to begin
A meal for others
It is the greatest of gains to give all to Him

But lay me down now
in the end
Muscle and scale will I fly from

Saved for the life that continues with out end
Will I have fed a belly with goodness
or rotted as carrion
on side of the steam
for the vultures and skunks to feast upon
as many have done

Then in the end

The love you give
is equal to the love

That you live
Sound compass
only in Him...

Those that I live love for
May carry again out to sea
Inner compass
may I plant now within them.

Set with intent purposed to be
When from these spawning tides
They enter the world to begin

The Salmon can find home from a knowing.
What of the nternal compass of man?

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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Amy has clicked her heals and flown to her real home. There is no place like home.

This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

Thank You Ross

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What warm hearts you all offer

Thank you all for the kindness you have shown me with every Award. I am embraced. You Are a blessing.

Thank you Michelle

Thank you Michelle

Thank you Annette they are beautiful
Thank You Annette
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