Monday, September 26, 2016

TELL ME A TRUE STORY BLOG PARTY Week of 09/26/16


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Counterfeit Checks – A True story from my book “Rescue the Stories – Book 3” 

In the early 1970’s when we were in the roofing business in Oakland, one day we received a package delivered by our UPS man.  He knew something was not on the up and up so he brought the parcel to us instead of delivering it next door. 

The package had our company name on the front, and also the name of our neighbor a known drug addict, old Freddie.

We had not ordered it, and were very surprised as we opened it.  Inside was a check machine where you could adjust numbers that you wanted on a check and our company name was there - - pretty as pink would also show up for the one writing the check; just pull the lever when ready! 

We could only wonder how this would work for our neighbor to be able to forge checks that looked legitimate, and be able to cash them.   

Naturally we never gave the machine to our neighbor and of course we did not tell him that we had it.  He in turn never asked us about it either. 

Our workmen, who had watched us open the box, probably got the word back to old Freddie, because we did not see him around for many weeks.  Usually he was a regular visitor always wanting to borrow money which he always paid back – eventually. 

Even a sinful drug addict can be ashamed of their behavior at times.  They can also be honest at times, because when his welfare check arrived he always paid his drug bill first. 

In another time, Freddie might have been good in business or a good worker, because that was pretty smart to try to counterfeit our checks.  His efforts were misdirected and eventually Freddie died of a drug overdose. 

Missing God’s plan for one’s life can be sad.  Daily choices made can create havoc in later years.   

Joshua admonished in the Scriptures:  "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." 

Choose and make wise decisions today to avoid the counterfeit and reach out for reality!
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Monday, September 19, 2016

TELL ME A TRUE STORY BLOG PARTY - Week of 09/19/16



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FEAR HAS TORMENT

Take a DEEP Breath – It will do you Good !! 

My husband tells the story about when he was a very young boy and he and his brother were both living with their mom and dad. 

It was dark, and dusty shadows fluttered across the room as the boys lay in their bed.  In the next room, mom and dad were arguing.  Perhaps Mom was nagging and fussing would be a better term.  Dad told her to please be quiet and get some sleep.  Mom was known as a chatter box and keeping quiet was not her style, so she continued on and on... Yakity Yak. 

Dad gave a final warning, be quiet or else, but the warning went unheeded.  All this time both boys lay trembling in their beds, waiting for the next shoe to drop.  It was not a shoe, for dad had a gun under his pillow (why I don’t know) and suddenly there was a LOUD BANG.   

Abruptly all was quiet – not a sound anywhere.  Both boys held their breath until at last they were forced to release all the air and try to breathe normal again.  They dared not move or get out of bed to see what they could see. 

It took a long while before the boys eventually drifted off to a restless sleep. 

The next morning, there was mom smiling and frying bacon and eggs while dad sipped his coffee as he read the news-paper.   

Fast forward many years later, Fact:  my husband stops breathing in his sleep.  He subconsciously holds his breath until he gasps and comes up for air, which abruptly wakes him up.  Science has termed this “Sleep Apnea,” and documents state that this is wide spread. 

Doctors have all kinds of reasons as to why this happens, and they are probably right, but I have always wondered if it had anything to do with the frightened reflex of that night during his childhood.   

My husband says he has forgiven his long deceased dad for scaring the living daylights out of him, but the panic attacks still continue to come on at times. 

A few years ago, my husband and I went to a class at our HMO about getting some relief from his panic attacks.  The doctor asked the class how they breathed.  He instructed to place your hand under your rib cage and breathe normally.  For most their hand did not move.  All but one said they took shallow breaths.  As a guest to the class, I was the only one who breathed from my diaphragm.  (Pat on back)  A teacher in grade school taught us to breathe that way, and maybe that is why I do it. 

Taking deep breaths on purpose can relieve stress.  I must do this too, as things do pile up even when you are "retired." 

I am reminded that God breathed the breath of life into Adam.  May we be God breathed when stress comes our way and we panic at the anxiety and pressures of life.   

Take a big deep breath now – It will do you good!!

Don't worry or be anxious about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Philippians 4:6

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Monday, September 12, 2016

TELL ME A TRUE STORY BLOG PARTY Week of 09/12/16


Girl Reading a True Story to her Dog.
 
 
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Small World vs. Large World - A True Story from my Book One Rescue the Stories

Prior to World War II, my world was pretty small.  “Current Events,” at our grammar school consisted of  our “Weekly Reader” that gave us a peek into new inventions, the World’s Fair on Treasure Island, and our beautiful Bay bridge - -that the powers that be had promised that they would remove the toll charge as soon as the bridge was paid for. 
 

When World War II happened, my world became a bit larger.  Each week at our school assembly, we were shown propaganda films about the war that was supposed to enlarge our patriotism.  It did that and at recess we would sing songs about Hitler and in his face.
 

The war was over and time went by and in the eighth grade, our teacher requested that we bring a blank scrap book to class and collect current events from the Newspaper.  The most exciting event was that of Israel being declared a nation.  My mother helped me collect the articles from our local paper.
 

Remembering back in high school, our government teacher urged us NOT to give away our right to vote.  Read carefully the propositions and do not allow appointments to be made because that is removing the control from the people she said.  Government is by the people and for the people !!
 

As time went by and voters became more and more lazy and not involved, appointments were made and today many corrupt leaders have overruled the will of the people.  Propositions have been voted into law by the people, and “One” judge or President can decide to void the entire law and make a different one that is opposite of what the people have voted on and won.
 

All around us is enough corruption to cause us to not read our head-lines or the news page on our computer or watch the news on TV.  Yet, please do NOT give up.  I am reminded that God is still on His throne.
 

As Christians, we need to pray that our leaders will have wisdom to make wise choices and it behooves us to use common sense, keep our eyes open as we go to the polls to vote.
 

We may not get on a soap box, but we can let our voice be known by our vote and hope that it will matter.  My husband writes letters to the Editor and they get published !!
 

One of the men at our church was ranting, raving and actually red in the face from his anger at politicians.  I suggested that he stop reading the newspaper and see if that helped;  - - -
 
It seems that his world was too large.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party Week of 09/05/16


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Give Others The Benefit of the Doubt

What a revelation this young lady was disclosing as she spoke. 

I was sitting in an adult Bible Study Class, and the teacher had just asked the question, “How can we love our enemies?” 

One of the ladies was explaining how she reacts to people who are rude or angry or very upset.  She says she just makes up an “excuse” for them in her mind and gives them the “Benefit of the doubt.”

She reasons, perhaps they have had a very bad day, maybe they received some bad news, are getting over the flue, or they may possibly have a rock in their shoe!!  She went on to say that she chooses to believe something good about the person, rather than something bad, when she has the possibility of doing either. 

If we treated our enemies and friends this way, believing the best of them, we might be able to stop all wars or at least get along better with each other. 

One thing we must realize is - - that in believing the best of people, we must not justify wickedness.   Honestly, some people are simply mean, manipulative, hateful and evil.  We can pray for them to repent and to open their heart to the Lord.   

Understand that they probably will not listen to you preach at them, but pray that God will send someone else to them.  They may listen to a friend, a neighbor a TV program, or read a magazine that will strike a cord in their spirit.  

The best thing is to try first to give them the benefit of the doubt, and if that doesn’t work, then the next best thing is to distance your self from them. 

In a job situation this may not be possible, but you can at least be civil and polite. 

Other times it is wise to learn to be quiet ! 

Proverbs 15:1 - 2  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly. 

Proverbs 19:11  A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
 
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;


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Monday, August 29, 2016

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I began blogging in January of 2010 and La La La  was one of my first posts. 
My prayer as a blogger was that those reading my posts were also listening to God.

 
La La La La La La?


Have you ever seen a child (or wife) put their hands to their ears and cry out La La La La La La La?   They just did not want to hear what was being told to them.  
 
 
The words were probably good words and worth hearing.
 
In the case of children it was probably something they needed to hear.
 
In the case of wives – it is often good to listen to a husband’s wisdom. And the same goes for husband’s; take time to listen to your wife.


Have you ever said La La La to God when he is speaking to you?

 
God may be speaking through the Bible and definitely worth listening to.
 
OR it may be the preacher at church who is presenting a good message.
 
OR it could be a friend just sharing; - - what ever the case - -
 
Next time you are tempted to put your hands over your ears and say La La La,
 
It might be better to listen to what is being said.
 
It could be just the very thing you need to hear.

Mark 4:24 ESV /  And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

James 1:19 ESV /  Know this, my beloved brothers: be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger - -

John 10:27-28 ESV /  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Tell Me A True Story Blog Party - Week of 08/22/16



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Birth Certificate

 

The year was 1931, and the old dimly lit ranch house belonging to my Grandparents welcomed into this world the first-born daughter to my mother and father.

The attending nurse was able to stay, and instruct the new mother in all that was necessary to care for her new baby, but the hurried doctor was anxious to leave for a scheduled fishing trip.

In his haste, the doctor neglected to fill out the paper work for a birth certificate. Ultimately, the birth of the new baby was never documented at the county recorder’s office.

A few years later, during World War II, each family was requested to report to their local grammar school to apply for food and gasoline ration books. Proof that each person was a member of the household was verified by presentation of a legal birth certificate.

By this time, there were two other children in the household with recorded birth certificates, but none for the oldest child.

The oldest child agonized with a whiny complaint, “Now I know that I was adopted, and I have suspected it for some time!”

Because she was the elder child, she was expected to take on more responsibility. This caused her to feel put upon and somehow, different from the other children. Because more attention was paid to the baby, and the younger brother, it also stirred a bit of jealousy.

Her mother assured her that she was not adopted, and that steps were already being taken to prove that she was indeed a bona-fide member of the family.

The doctor had since passed away, but the nurse was located. Her memories of the birth at the old farm house were clear, and she was willing to sign an affidavit of birth for the anxious parents. With that behind them, the paperwork was taken care of speedily, enabling each family member to obtain their ration books.

As we reminisce about the importance of having our names subscribed to a recorded certificate-of-birth here on this earth, it is also of the utmost significance to understand the eternal magnitude of having our names written down in God’s book in heaven!

Entrance into heaven is only as we are able to present to the gatekeeper, our Second Birth Certificate. Some call it being Born-Again, which is an excellent term for receiving Jesus into our heart.

One day Jesus spoke to a man named Nicodemus, and told him, “Unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The well educated man did not understand and asked Jesus, “Must I re-enter my mothers womb and be born a second time?” Jesus explained to him, that the new birth is a spiritual experience, and comes about by inviting Jesus to be your savior and Lord.

If you have not already done so, it is essential that you do so today! Jesus stands at your heart’s door and is knocking for entrance. The door of your heart is decision and voice activated. Just speak with your mouth and invite him in.

Revelations 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

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Changing our World by Sacrifice
 
We don’t like the word sacrifice.  It means giving up something and usually it is something that you want or need badly. 

At first I thought to write about the widow who gave up her last portion of oil and meal, in order to feed the prophet who demanded that he feed her first.  This was a test for her, because she had a young son who was also hungry.  Because of her obedience she, her son and the prophet were able to enjoy daily food as the oil and meal was replenished each day by a miracle. 

Have you ever sacrificed something you wanted badly and instead shared with others?   

I remember one event in our young married life.  We did not have a car, so we were walking as we returned from a mid week church service.  My husband asked me how much money we had to last the week.  I told him I had put our last $5.00 in the missionary offering that night.  He was not too happy, but what was done was done.  We had enough food in the pantry so we would not go hungry.  He probably had to sacrifice something he wanted that week. 

The Bible tells us to cast our bread upon the waters and it shall return to us after many days.  This verse is not referring to actual bread, but our subsistence.  

Many times God has asked us as a family to sacrifice money to help others in need.  The support of missionaries can be far reaching.  As they labor for the Lord, we shall also share in their reward. 

I can honestly declare that God has been faithful and has provided for our family for many years. 

Is God asking you to sacrifice something?  It may not be money.  He may be asking you to step back from friends who are pulling you away from the Lord.  He may be asking you to take a new direction for your life. 

If God is asking you for a sacrifice, I would urge you not to weep and beg to be let go, but instead to obey quickly, wash your face and do what God is requiring of you. 
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