Sunday, October 30, 2011


well my dear ones,

Take a moment and ask yourself this:
is there any thing in your life
that you love so much
that you'd not be willing to sell it
if someone you love needed the money
and it was the only way they could get it?

My friend, Mike, wanted a Harley badly;
when he finally got the one he wanted,
he said it was a great bike
and he really loved it,
but he sincerely hoped
that he would never get so attached to it
that he wouldn't be willing to give it up
if God put it on his heart
that he was being asked to part with it
in order to have the money to help others.

A friend of mine once pointed out to me
that many of us have life backwards;
we are meant to use things and love people,
yet many people seem to have that reversed;
they tend to love things and use people.

If we focus our lives on ourselves
and our possessions,
then we will always be disappointed,
always left wanting for more.

But if we focus our lives on others,
even if they don't appreciate it at the time
(some will, some will not),
if we choose to live
with an attitude of gratitude for what we have,
if we choose to live with an attitude
that we are blessed to be a blessing,
then God will honor that choice
and multiply the blessings in our lives.
(& from my own personal experience,
 I can verify for you the truth of that =>)

Have a great week!

grace, peace, and love to you,


"Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
 And your wages for what does not satisfy?"
Isaiah 55:2

Sunday, October 23, 2011

two hearts

well my dear ones,

I heard about a couple
who had been married for 72 years.
They died of injuries from a car accident,
but because they had been moved to the same room
they died holding hands.

The unusual thing is this;
the husband stopped breathing,
but continued to show a pulse for another hour;
his pulse stopped only when his wife passed.

( the story is here:

Was his monitor picking up her pulse?
Or did two hearts beat as one?

According to their son, his Dad said,

"I have to stick around.
I can't go until she does
because I have to stay here for her
and she would say the same thing."

I think in an age where things tend not to last
God poured out some extra grace on this couple
for their long commitment to each other, and
let him hold heaven's door open for his bride
that they might go through together.

Have a great week!

grace, peace, and love to you,


Thursday, October 13, 2011

thinking of you

well my dear ones,

I generally do not read the paper
(I get my news from the internet =>),
yet on occasion
my wife will cut me out an article,
especially if it's a human interest story.

This morning she handed me a story
about a young man which read:

***begin insert***

Kody Lucas, 19,
who was diagnosed with a brain tumor,
is now in Hospice.

One item on his bucket list
is to receive "thinking of you" cards,
not "get well" cards.

[His friend] Draper Watson
is trying to get his bucket list filled for him.

The cards can be mailed to:

Kody Lucas
207 Addison Lane
Perry, GA 31069

***end insert***

For anyone who feels led to so do,
for anyone who has ever asked themselves,
"What can I do?"
(i.e. to make my life make a difference),
here's a chance to lift someone up.

It may seem like a small thing,
but we'll never know this side of heaven
how many of the "small things"
are actually the big things
because God sees things differently than we do.
Have a great week!

grace, peace, and love to you,


"I want you to show love [show mercy],
 not offer sacrifices.
 I want you to know Me[know God]
 more than I want burnt offerings."

Hosea 6:6

Sunday, October 02, 2011

rent money

well my dear ones,

The other day, a friend of mine was saying
that if he ever lost his wallet,
while he might get it returned to him,
perhaps get his license and credit cards back,
he'd never expect to see his cash again.

Granted, bad things do happen in this world,
and since the fall of mankind, human nature
is nothing to write home about. *lol*

However, there are some bright spots,
some people who do the right thing
just because it is the right thing,
and their actions lift us all.

I told my friend about a situation
that happened many years ago,
back when my brother and I
were sharing a beach apartment
with a $400 a month rental fee.

It was the end of the month
and the rent was due;
my brother and I had just gotten back
from having a pizza in New Haven,
a rather large city in Connecticut
(recall, I'm a Connecticut Yankee
 hiding out in the South;
 so please keep that on the QT =>).

When my bro asked me for the cash,
for my half of the rent,
I reached in my back pocket
and found...nothing.

In a panic, I drove all the way back
to the pizza parlor,
which was right in the heart of downtown
of that big city;
the place was closed, but the door was open
so I went in to talk to the owner;
it went like this:

me: "I think I lost some money in here."

him: "In a wallet, right?"

me: "No, it was loose cash."

him: "Really?  How much cash?"

me: "$200."

him: "How was it?"

me: "It was folded 3 times, folded in eighths."

him: *handing me the still-folded money*
      "You're a lucky man, my friend;
      a really honest waitress found this
      and turned it in to me."

me: "Thank you!"  *turning to leave*

him: "Like I said,
      a REALLY HONEST WAITRESS found this."

me: *light bulb coming on*
      "Oh, *handing him a twenty*
      please give this to her."

I don't remember exactly how
I replaced that extra money
(I think I hocked something stupid
 that I didn't really need anyway),
yet it was something that needed doing.

There were actually 3 cool actions here.

The waitress turned in "found money,"
$200 in cash on the floor
that she easily could have just pocketed,
but her conscience didn't allow it.

Her boss gave me the money
when he could have just kept it
and told her he'd returned it;
yet not only did return the money
but he also gave all credit to the waitress
and gently chided me
for not thinking to reward her on my own.

In fact, in retrospect,
if I'd neglected to hook her up
I do believe he'd have given her
one of his own twenties
and told her it came from me,
or that it should have come from me.

Anyway, the point is
that in just reliving this whole scenario
I am both humbled and uplifted
by these small unselfish acts
by some of our fellow human beings.

Have a great week!

grace, peace, and love to you,


“But I say to you who hear:
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
and pray for those who spitefully use you.
To him who strikes you on the one cheek,
offer the other also.
And from him who takes away your cloak,
do not withhold your tunic either.
Give to everyone who asks of you.
And from him who takes away your goods
do not ask them back.
And just as you want men to do to you,
you also do to them likewise."

      --- Jesus, in The Sermon on the Mount

(man, that's some hard & heavy stuff!)