Thursday, November 29, 2007
As you go about your day, think of how people will remember you when you are no longer around, and live a life so that you will be remembered fondly for many years to come. We may have decades yet to live our life, or we may have much less than that. Either way, certain people may only come in contact with you for a brief time, and you only have a small window to leave a lasting impression on them. Others you will know for years, and they will see your good and bad times, but make sure they remember the good times, more than the bad. Yet others, we live with. They are the ones who see who we truly are; what will they remember about you? What will live in their hearts for the rest of their lives every time they think about you? Today, live intentionally, love others, and laugh a lot.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So the big hoopla over Good Morning America in Coeur d'Alene for the 'lighting' of the already lit lights at the Resort has taken over the local media. I'm sure the local residents will be thrilled when fireworks are shooting off over the lake in the wee hours of the morning, just to impress GMA, even though they were already shot off Friday night at the 'official' lighting of the Resort lights. The lights may be impressive, but I can't say firsthand because I haven't been down there this year. In the past, it has been good show, but there is a home in Post Falls that to me rivals the Resort. It may not be as large, but it is a great display, and the neighbors have great displays in their yards as well. This little cul de sac has done a great job of bringing Christmas cheer to the area. The one house has their lights set to music. There are thousands of lights, all colors and all displayed at different times as the songs go along. If you are in the Post Falls area, I highly recommend taking a drive down Seltice, turning on Greensferry, driving down to Black Forest, and turning on the first street to your right, Glenwood. As you turn the corner, flip your radio station over to 90.5, and enjoy the show!! It may not get national attention, but it's definitely worth checking out! Just remember it's the Christmas season, so be polite as you may have to wait in line to see the lights, and as they remind you on their radio station, please do not block the neighbors driveways! Enjoy the show!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Psalm 51:7-8
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Today, my hubby and I opted for a more serene setting and headed to the mountains before the massive snow storm they are predicting hits the area, and we won't be able to go up to enjoy the serenity of going for a mountain drive for at least five months. It was a cold day, but it was so beautiful in the woods. We forgot to grab the saw, so weren't able to get our Christmas tree but the day was filled with beautiful scenery. We found a dusting of snow, and trees brushed with ice. The setting was picture perfect.
As we came around an icy corner, we spotted a cow moose above the road. She wasn't much for showing herself off to us, so she trotted up the hillside, into the trees. A few hundred feet down the road, I spotted a cow moose and calf below the road, nibbling on trees. The calf went closer to mom, but other than that, they were pretty unaffected by us sitting and watching them for a good half an hour. On our way out of that area, we spotted another cow moose on a hillside, who I am sure had spotted us before we spotted her.
We decided to take another road, and as we were traveling along it, I noticed some fresh moose tracks. We came around a corner and there were three ATV's sitting in the road. One of the kids came running back and told us there were three moose in the road ahead, and they wouldn't move. They decided to play it safe and turn around, but we were in our pickup so went around the corner to see the moose. Sure enough, momma moose had the road blocked!!
She did not have any intentions of moving, either, and if a moose does not want to move, you certainly don't make them move. Unlike the ATV's, we did not have anywhere to turn our pickup around without backing up for quite aways, so we waited, and we waited some more, and mama moose kept giving us a dirty look, and we were wondering at one point if she would charge us with the look she was giving us.
After half an hour, she finally moved off the road, along with one calf. Yes, the other stayed up on the road, eating those bushes you see, for another five minutes. The second to last thing you want to do is to push a moose. The last thing you want to do, is to get between a mama moose and her baby! So, we waited awhile longer and finally jr. moose decided to go with mom. By this time it was almost dark. We found out the road ended up ahead about 1/2 a mile, with a nice wide turn around. The snow and ice were even more beautiful as the sky turned to a dark blue-gray, and darkness settled in.
We felt totally blessed as we traveled down the mountain in the dark. God not only painted us a beautiful picture to enjoy throughout the afternoon, but he put seven moose in the scene to add even more enjoyment to our day.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. ~George R. Hendrick
I have a lot of things to be thankful for and the list could go on and on. Today, I am most thankful for my husband, my family, my church family, living in a free country, and the men and women who fight to keep this country free. I am especially grateful today some close friends who have offered a lot of support, prayers, and encouragement in the past few days. I am eternally thankful to God for His son, Jesus.
Having a heart filled with thanks takes some practice, but it can become extremely easy if you practice it throughout the day. It doesn't always have to be a huge thing to be thankful for, but the other day I thanked God for giving me green lights on my way to work. Would life have changed if I would have had red lights? Not likely, but it was nice to just get to work without the delays. Thank God for the sunrise, the sunset, the time in between, the rain, the snow, your safety while traveling, for food on the table, for health, for employment, for laughter, for quiet, for the ability to hear, see, touch, taste, and smell. There are things all around to give thanks for. I remember picking up a book a few years ago on 1000 reasons to be thankful/praise God. I remember I started my own list, but somewhere in the years, and a move, I don't know where that list went. I think I will start a new list today in my journal, so that I am not taking things for granted, but noticing the big things as well as the small things that are so wonderful in life. What a better way to start out Thanksgiving than to have a mindset on praise and thanks.
I was going to post a couple verses from Psalm 100 but my dad did that on his blog http://www.intothewildministries.blogspot.com so I don't want to copy him. It's a great passage to read and think about, so I encourage you to do it over this Thanksgiving time.
The LORD is my God! I will praise him and tell him how thankful I am. Tell the LORD how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful. ~Psalm 118:28-29
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I'm not defending Barry Bonds here, but doesn't 30 years of possible imprisionment seem a bit ridiculous? I know of rapist, killers, major crimes people who serve less time than this. Many get off completely free, while others serve one to two years and are let out. I'm not saying that using performance enhancing drugs is right, because it's not, nor is perjury, but compared to murder and raping a child, or anyone for that matter, it seems pretty minor. I wonder if Joseph Duncan will serve this much time? A girl I know was violently raped at a young age and the man who raped her only served two years. There is always a chance Bonds will get off completely free, but if he does go to prison for thirty years, this countries justice system needs to be seriously re-evaluated, which I believe it does, anyway. I am thankful to live in a free country, and I am thankful that we have a better justice system than most countries, but we definitely need to find a balance here.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Life hands us rocky trails, and smooth sailing. It gives us ups and downs and times of great joy, along with times of sadness. We have times when we are pretty certain about how things will turn out, and times of great uncertainty. It's best to go through all these times with someone beside you, who loves you no matter what, good or bad. I am thankful for my husband, who has been with me on this bumpy road of life for over twenty years. The journey has been much easier with him, and God, by my side. So today, I just wanted to say how thankful I am for my hubby, and how I appreciate and love him for being my traveling partner on this road of life.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
It seems that there are a lot of personal storms going on as well right now. Many of my friends are going through some major storms right now, whether it be financially, personally, in their jobs, with family members, or health issues. It gets scary out in the middle of the storm. We have a couple storms going on personally as well, and I keep trying to remind myself to seek refuge from the storm in Jesus. When the storm seems to be hammering you with all it has, we try to either run from it or use our own power to be safe from it's affects. We need to remember that Jesus can calm the storms and that He is the refuge we should seek. He will bring us through the storms in life. As one of my friends told me last night, we get to a struggle, a storm in life, and wonder how we will make it through, but we always do. It may not be the result we wanted, but God holds everything in His hands and we just have to trust Him. So as the storms of life pound away at us, we need to run to God for our protection in the storm and be assured that He is always by our side, keeping us close to Him.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Laugh. Make others wonder what you are up to by laughing at life. It sure beats going through life in a bad mood! God gave us the gift of laughing, so don't waste that precious gift. Use the gift of laughter often, and make sure to pass the gift along to others. When was the last time you enriched your day by laughing so hard, your stomach hurt? I had one of those laughs a couple weeks ago with my nieces and it felt so good. So the challenge from me for this week, including to myself, is to laugh, a lot.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
AP - Thu Nov 8, 7:10 PM ET
President Bush greets Army. Sgt. Brendan Adam, Sandpoint, Idaho, who lost both his legs while serving in Baghdad in May 2007, as he visits a physical therapy lab for wounded soldiers at the Center For The Intrepid at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Marianne Love wrote:
Army Sgt. Brandon Adam of Sandpoint met President Bush a couple of hours ago in San Antonio. . The President shook Adam's hand and asked how he was doing and if he was getting what he needs to recover from losing both legs above the knee in a roadside attack last May 5 in Baghdad.
Adam said that yesterday his therapist at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio (a state-of-the-art rehab center for amputees and burn victims) told him to be sure to show up for therapy today---and to stay a while.
"All the sudden there were Secret Service everywhere," Adam said in a telephone conversation with Marianne Love. "They came flying in and shut the place down. We were just doing therapy, and there was press all over the place.
"The President came up behind me while I was bouncing on an ab ball," Adam added. "He said hi, shook hands, and we had our pictures taken. They're going to send those to us."
Adam said he really liked the President.
"He had a sense of energy that showed he cares a lot," Adam said. "I got that much from him; he was kind and happy to see that we were doing well . . . just checking on his soldiers."
Approximately 20 wounded soldiers were going through therapy during President Bush's visit, and cameras from news agencies were rolling throughout the room.
"While I was doing push-ups, I had at least 90 pictures taken," Adam said. "It was crazy and pretty cool." He says it's possible that footage of the President's visit to the rehab facility may appear on CNN News tonight.
Adam plans to continue his therapy until he's completely adjusted to his prostheses and can run two miles on a track. He estimates that to be March, if not sooner. The soldier graduated from Sandpoint High School in 2003. He signed up for the Army after being emotionally moved by the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
He suffered his injury on his second tour of duty to Iraq. He is the son of Doug and Karen Adam of Post Falls.
Marianne LoveAuthor/Freelance Writer
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
I got this quote on my email the other day. If you know Jesus as your Savior, not as a religious person, then you understand this quote. If religion is what you follow, I challenge you to look at the real Jesus, see what the Bible really says about him, not what someone else says about him or the world has portrayed him to be. Jesus really isn't too complex, and he makes the way to follow him quite simple. Money and job titles don't impress him, but a heart change does. If you want a place to start to read about him, the book of John is always a great place to start. I am thankful that I got past the religion and found a relationship with Jesus, that he loves me where I am, and that he knows I make mistakes but loves me and forgives me anyway.
Lifehouse has a song called Everything, and the link to the following video is pretty amazing!
Friday, November 2, 2007
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed. Frank Buchman
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough. ~Janwillem van de Wetering