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Mark Lowry...His Music Carried Me Through

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It had become a Saturday Night tradition with Mom and I. We would turn on WVPBS at 8:00pm and watch Classic Gospel. It was a program produced by Bill Gaither that featured his Gaither Home Comings and some of the videos that he produced over the years. This program was how I fell in love with Jason Crabb. I also got to love Vestal Goodman, Dottie Rambo, The Issacs, The Hoppers, Ernie Hass and Signature Sound, Lynda Randle, Ivan Parker, Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, David Phelps, and Mark Lowry. It was because of that show that I started buying some of the Gaither Homecoming CDs. I would play them in the car when Mom and I were traveling places. It was one of those programs on Saturday Night that they played songs from the Gaither CD, Rock of Ages. One of those songs was called Does Jesus Care/God Will Take Care of You by Mark Lowry. Mom loved that song. She told me after the program that I needed to get that CD so that we could play that song often. Mom loved God Will T

Please Park Considerably

I don't have anything for handicap parking myself. However, I do take my Uncle and my Aunt who each have their own handicap placard places. When I take them out we use their placard to park as close to the building as possible. My Uncle has had both hips replaced, has arterial fibrillation, irregular heart beats, and breathing issues. My Aunt has balance and coordination issues. Too often when we go places we have to take the nearest spot to a handicap because the handicap are full. Too often I see people getting in and out of cars parked in the handicap spaces that are not handicap. They don't have a handicap license or placard. These are the same people that abuse the motorized carts in the stores. Yes, I am aware that there are some handicaps that you can't see. Those people I am not mad at. But, when a person parks in a handicap spot they should have either a handicap license plate on the car or a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror. Then there are

Tolerance

Webster's defines the word Tolerance as  sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own (this is one of 4). Recently a friend of mine wrote about how she was being tolerant of something going on in her life. I have had times in which I was tolerant of things going on in  my life and the lives of those that I loved. I didn't want to loose them from my life so I decided it was ok to be tolerant of their behavior rather than to be objective of it. You see Jesus taught about tolerance. In his day Jesus communed with people who were the outcast of the society of that time. He did not judge them for the things they did or who they were. He loved them all the same. John 15:12 says  This is my commandment, That ye love one another , as I have loved you . Right there in that verse he says that we need to love each other as he loves us. That is unconditionally without fault. This theme is found many more times in the bible.

I Will

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I recently was watching a sermon from Pastor T.D. Jakes in which he was saying that if you speak I Will over your life that you will start to see changes in your life. I never thought of that before. So I thought about it for a bit. I am reminded of the woman with the issue of blood. She said to herself that she was going to touch the hem of Jesus' garment and was going to be healed. This was something that had never been done before. She said it over and over again. She was reminding herself of what she wanted. She did what she set out to do. It made God ask questions.  That woman had faith. We need to be like her. We need to have faith that when we say I Will do whatever it is that it is going to happen. When you say I Will whatever you have sent the devil running in the other direction and allowed God to come into your life to do great things.  We need to speak I Will statements over our lives everyday. We will in time see results in our lives. We will see our lives

Thanks Journal

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As we go into 2018 I have been thinking about things that I can do to strengthen my relationship with God. One of those things is to keep a Thanks Journal. A Thanks Journal is a journal in which each day you write down all the things that you are thankful for. It will remind you of the good things in this life that come from God.  Here are some tips for keeping a Thanks Journal. Don't just go through the motions. Journaling is more effective if you chose to be happy and grateful. Go for depth over breadth. Elaborate about several of the things that you are thankful for because it carries more benefits. Get Personal. Focusing on the people that you are grateful for has more of an infect than focusing on things of life. Try subtraction, not just addition. Take time to focus on one blessing and state what your life would be like without it.  Savor Surprises.   Try to focus on those in expected blessings cause they help you be more thankful. Don't over do it.

Christmas Traditions

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Many of us have traditions of things that we do at Christmas each year. Some are things that we have done since we were a child. Others are things that we have come to do later in our life because of how our lives have changed.  As a kid we had traditions at Christmas. On Christmas Eve we would go to my Aunt Sandra's house for dinner and opening of gifts. Then at 6:30pm those that wanted to would gather up and go with Grandma to her church for the Christmas Eve Service. On Christmas Day the Grandparents and Aunt Virginia and Uncle Ed would come to our house for soup and sandwiches as well as a gift exchange.  Times have changed and family members have gone on. My sister and I are making new traditions. With her work schedule it is sometimes hard to spend Christmas together. So we have our Christmas on Christmas Eve. We have a meal, open presents, and then we go to some of the local Christmas Eve Services. This year we are going to the Valley Baptist and War

Not In The Mood For Christmas

I love Christmas. It is my favorite holiday. Most years I am ready for it and can't wait. I am like a kid in a candy store about it. This year is different. I am just not feeling it at all. I feel like skipping the whole thing. The holidays though are to be a happy time they bring with it for some depression. At the holidays some miss family members and become depressed. Christmas is more than just giving and receiving of presents. It is the remembrance of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is remembering that Jesus came as a baby boy and grew to become a man that would later die on the cross for you and me. I remember that thought, but I still can't get into the spirit of Christmas. It seems like this year the spirit of Christmas has been zapped out of me. It is like there is no joy in the holiday for me this year. I just can't explain it. This too shall pass. I will get over it. It is just a phase. I think that once I start playing my Christmas music