Sunday, July 30, 2006

Some Questions

I have a couple of questions that are kinda bothering me.

#1 How can you tell who are civilians and who are the terrorists or whatever they call themselves??? I mean, do they have a uniformed army that you can distinguish them from the civilian population?

#2 I know this is going to sound awful but feel free to correct me. Isn't suicide for "the cause" considered a BIG deal for those people? I mean I am coming from strictly a lay person who watches the news closely so I could be speaking out of turn, BUT is it such a far stretch to think the death of those families may have been hoped for and even planned on their part? Would these people go to that extreme??? Would they allow themselves (whole families) to be sacrificed for the cause knowing the death of women, children and elderly is something the "free" world can not tolerate and how badly it would make Israel to appear. They know us ALL TOO WELL and they KNOW what will get to us. I mean am I not right that their beliefs are that those persons that were killed are now GREAT and will be rewarded?

#3 At first, I was just SICK about the children who had to die. Then it was like, gosh, children on both sides are dying so do you sacrifice your own for the sake of NOT killing the enemy's children???? If we as Americans have to make that choice, will we be willing to sacrifice our children or will we do whatever it takes to protect our children??

#4 As the day goes by and I listen more and more, and watch the protests which are not holding up pictures of these poor innocent children but pictures of the evil men who hid behind them, then I wonder, would these people go to that extreme??? I don't understand why those "innocent" people stayed. I don't understand why Israel warns them ahead of time, tells them where they are going to bomb or whatever and gives them time to leave the area and they STAY. Especially those with children. Did those people not know the "bad guys" were using them as a shield???? Or is that it, they saw it as an honor to protect their "good guys"? After all, there was no loosing on thier part in that situation. Either the Israelites would never dare to harm the innocent or they would and the world would hate them for it. Is that not the way these people have shown to be the way they think and see things?

Nevertheless, the children truly were innocent and my heart goes out for them and all children, who have no control over what happens in their lives. There is no such thing as an child enemy.....there just isn't. All they want is to be fed, clothed, loved and protected.....in all places of this world, it is the same. They must be taught how to hate.

It is not Israel that should be hanging their heads in shame over this incident. They are trying to protect their children.....it is the evil, evil persons who hide behind thier own children to protect themselves and have no shame over it. NOT once have we heard one word of regret on their part. At least Israel can mourn for the children........I hear no celebration from their part about it.

#5 One last question to ask, I wonder what the results of the following scenerios would be.
(A) An Israelite child or an American child, caught alone in the middle of a battle. The Islam enemy finds the child........would he kill the child or try to save it?
(B) An Islam child caught alone in the middle of a battle. An Israelite soldier or an American soldier finds the child......would he kill the child or try to save it?

(I know I don't use all the proper names for all the Mid East countries and people, forgive me. So as to not misspell or use the wrong names, I chose not to try.)

In Danger: Right to Worship

I have been home the past two week-ends and back into my home church family services the last two Sunday mornings. As some of you who have read my past postings know, I have been having some questions and concerns about the large growth and some changes in my church family. I had to literally determine to go the past two Sunday mornings. Just ignore the fleshly impulse to "lay" out. It's so funny but you can do that. I mean, my mind was going 90 to nothing with all kinds of reasons not to go but I never once stop getting ready. Amazing how one can do that kind of thing. And both times I have been soooooooo glad I went.

Does that mean all the questions and concerns are gone. Nope. Today, I think I got a clearer idea of what has been going on though.

Last Sunday, I kept to myself and left as soon as I could....did not want to socialize. (Bad on me) BUT there was a very old friend there I had not seen in like what....10 -15 years. I would have missed saying hello to him and turns out he comes to our church when he's here visiting his family. Also, I enjoyed so much the worship. Worshipping with my brothers and sisters in Christ. There's just something refreshing about it. The message was meaningful and touched me. This Sunday there were other "old" friends from 20 years ago there and it appears they are moving back to the area and they are planning on attending. I stayed and socialized today and it was so neat to speak and talk to people I think the world of.

A young lady approached me. I have known this young lady since she was in high school and she is now a teacher. God had laid her on my heart yesterday out of the blue and she came up to me and said the same thing happened to her. She worked for me for 3 or 4 years while she was in school. I love her dearly. We did some catch up. She will be announcing her engagement in a couple of months and she wanted me to know but she also wanted to talk to me about how she has been so torn because she goes and visits her fiance and his family and attends their church which will most likely be her's and then comes home and it's just so hard to know how she is suppose to feel and she gets so mixed up to where her heart should be. I smiled and said hon, the world is not limited to this building and there is a whole world of us Christians all over the place. Perhaps God is wanting you to realize that you should not limit yourself or Him. You should feel the same love for all your brothers and sisters no matter where they are. She smiled and she said, Well, you know what God told me to give me peace about it? He said, where-ever you are at the time, there is where your heart should be. You love where you are at the moment. You serve where God has you.....where-ever that may be at the moment. I said....AMEN.

The restlessness I have been feeling, I am not feeling it alone. It's not against my church family per sae but I'm beginning to think it is to get me out of my "comfort" zone. To realize that there is going to come the day when there will be no "large" congregations to meet and worship. We will be broken into smaller groups, just trying to survive. BUT because we have received what we are now, in these larger groups, we will be able to do what we must. We will have these memories that we are making now to help us too. And to help us recognize one another.

There seems to be such an urgency to reach our young and the larger the group the more we can teach and strengthen and prepare them. I can not deny that. So perhaps instead of me looking at it all from the "me" aspect, I should be rolling up my sleeves and jumping in to help out.

There is a saying I have always loved and I can not tell you who said it first because I have quoted it for so long I have forgotten but it's something like this: You are either going to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution.

The enemy would love nothing more than have me abandon my RIGHT to worship in a "house of God" with my fellow worshippers because that would make it so much easier for him to steal that RIGHT away. Please ponder on that statement my friends. Please take it to heart.

Friday, July 28, 2006

The End to "One of Those Weeks"

I know you all know what I'm talking about. Where the entire week it was one trial after another. Like NOTHING could go right or just simple. Yes, simple, I like that word. Actually it's been that way all month, it's just like it all came together this week and tried it's very best to push me right over the edge.

For instance, I have been trying to get our clinic painted for.......ohhhhhhhh 2 months now? Actually 6 months but it has been 2 months since I actually got the painters hired and THOUGHT the process started. All I have so far is a big mess. Finally today I send the word, if it is not at least half finished by Monday morning I will be turning them over to the Better Business Bureau, suing for what they have cost us and finding someone else to do the job. It's like, if you do not want the job, why bid on it??? Why come in and set up and make a mess and then leave it???

Another 2 months ago example, where I tracked down, negotiated, did everything for new lawncare crew and cleaning crew because the ones that we have now are quite frankly terrible. So I have done all the work, send it over to the proper parties for them to okay, do whatever paperwork is required and officially hire these people. Find out Monday that it just fell through the cracks and nobody on the other end had done a blasted thing. I got a request from my boss to call the new hires and do what the others were suppose to do and try and save the contracts, etc. I did.

My lab person put in her notice back in April that her last day would be July 28. I in turn notified the parties in charge of all that so that we could get on top of it and I would not have any time of none coverage and I would have plenty time for training. Well, you can not post the opening until 30 days prior. Okay, fine. 30 days starts to come around and I call and remind them. Well, time went by and I wasn't getting any applications and I KNEW there was people interested in the position. So I call and ask questions. Finally, on Monday of this week I find out my boss secretary forgot to post the opening. Yeppers. How about those apples!!! So my lab person left today and I haven't had one interview to replace her. Nice, huh?

Last one, I promise. I get a call today. Yeah, Myrtle (name change) calling wanting to discuss some paperwork. I go track down the papers. Okay, here I am, what's up? Myrtle says, well I don't understand this quotation on the bottom of the page that Gertrude (another name change) made. I said, Well, Myrtle, why don't you ask her? She works in your office not mine. Oh? Yes. But Myrtle, while I have you on the phone, let me ask you about something I got today from Winter (another name change)You do remember Winter, she works over there too? Oh good. Okay, she sends me a copy of a blanky form with a sticky note stating I am to copy and use this blanky form instead of the one I've been using. Okay, except when I pulled out the blanky form I've been using, the only difference I see is the form I'm usining is a cleaner copy and it doesn't have three lines (I mean straight lines, just lines, you know _______ ) May I be so bold as to say it appears to me someone doesn't have enough to do or something. Myrtle says, well now, I know you have been having a bad week and if you hadn't you wouldn't think anything of that and just go ahead and use the form Winter wants you to. (My hand is now on my forehead holding my head up and I am biting my tongue so hard I swear I taste blood.) I say......"Yeahhhhhhhh, right......okayyyyyyy I am dumping the folder full of copies of the forms I have been using in trash now and I will make new copies so we can keep Winter happy. You have a great weekend now, okay??? Bye bye."

I made an executive decision at that point........to end my work day while I am still ahead. So I make my rounds to tell everyone bye. I get smiles from all, sweet well wishes, and a hug or two as I go around. I find myself smiling as I walk out the back door thinking.......maybe it wasn't as bad a week as I thought. Then I get home and walk in my door to hear the most beautiful sound in the world....."Hiiiiiiiii Mam-maw!!!!!!!!! You're home!!!!!!!" I get a big kiss and a bigger hug and then I hear "Let's wrestle Mam-maw!!" So Mighty Mam-maw and the Great Wessie fight the greatest match there ever was.....at least in the world of pretend ....LOL......and all is well, once again!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

NOT GUILTY????

I sat at my desk today listening to my xm radio which I keep on Fox News (I know, surprise) when what do I hear? Mrs. Yates, the woman who KILLED her five children. MURDERED five babies. She NEVER, NOT ONCE denied the act. There has never been a question that she did indeed commit the horrific act. This woman was found NOT GUILTY today. NOT GUILTY!!!! How can she be NOT GUILTY.........she did it. She admitted it. NEVER denied doing it. Described in detail how she did it. Chased one of them down and dragged him to the tub. Oh yeah, because she was found insane. So insane people have a free ticket to do whatever they please??? From what I heard, they said she could be released by the doctors at the mental institution she is going to. No question about that because they will find her sane as long as she takes her medicine and release her. And who will be accountable for making sure she takes her medicine??? Who will be held accountable if her meds stop working??? Her ex husband, the father of the five children she murdered, he was there, to support her. Saying how kind she was.......ummmmmmmm hard to imagine that when I keep picturing those poor babies.....I mean, the last thing they saw on this earth was their MOTHER'S FACE with her holding them down under water until they died. I mean, can you imagine what that must have been like for those children???????? MOMMY, WHY??? I MIGHT could understand a little if they said, Guilty but not accountable due to insanity or something like that.....but NOT GUILTY???? That's an out and out lie. And if she's insane enough to murder her own children.........five of them.......then she should NEVER be given a chance to hurt ANYONE else. She should NEVER be free again. I don't care if it's prison or mental institution.....but she does not belong on the streets. What, to marry and have more babies??? To go on with her life while her innocent children can not???? I'm sorry if I sound harsh and hard hearted but my heart is hurting for those babies. It was bad enough to be murdered but by your own mother?????? I'm just finding such a hard time with that. From the little bit I heard, something was said that the jury did not know she could be released by their verdict. If that's the case, why didn't they???? I couldn't have heard that right. I just couldn't have. I hope I heard the whole thing wrong.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

NOW Is the Time!!!

Back in February of this year, my son-in-law went to India on a missionary trip. It has been a desire of his to become a full time missionary, just as it has been of my daughter's. That was one of the common bonds that brought them together. I will not lie and say it is something I necessarily desire for them and it's very selfish on my part. So far, it's not been something I have had to deal with except for this short trip to India. My daughter had gone to Guatemala years ago on a short missionary trip and has had the "bug" since then to become a full time missionary. One of the "stories" my son-in-law shared with us upon his return (he went with our pastor and one other man from our church) was when they visited the home of an elderly lady who was a Christian. Many of the village people came by to visit. One woman put her baby girl into Steven's lap and then begged him to please take her back with him. That the child had no hope there and her only hope would be if he could take her back with him. I know just hearing the story and seeing the picture of that darling child in his lap brought me to tears and broke my heart so I can only imagine what it must have been like to be there. How very, very hard it had to be to walk away. Steven came home and spoke to my daughter about the child and they came together and discussed it with me. They wanted to try to adopt her. I advised that they pray carefully about it but that if they truly wanted to and felt it was God's will that I would support them in all ways that I could. Unfortunately, the best we could do was see that the child was placed into a Christian "home" for children that were in need. The parents are able to visit and the children are able to go home but they sleep, are fed, clothed and taught at this "home". It's the best anyone can do to help these children at this point. I think of what it must be like for that mother. Oh my goodness, the thought of having to give up my child hurts me beyond belief. It wasn't because she lacked love, it was because she loved the child so much.......and how brave she was to do what she did. I thank God that there was another answer for her and although there is some separation, she still gets to see her child as often as she wants. She gets to watch her child grow up healthy and happy. Thinking about all of that I can't help but then think of how many people here in our country take so much for granted. The precious time they have with their children. Now don't get me wrong, we ALL have times when we want to wring thier necks and when we all need a break (I'm sure even this mother had those times too), that's not what I'm talking about. You know there use to be such a thing as the "family meal time". Some called it supper, other dinner. But at the end of the day, the family gathered together for a meal. All sat down at the dining room table or kitchen table, whatever the case may be and ate a meal together. No one got up from the table until all had finished. It was a time where the family came together and discussed the day or whatever. The meal always began with saying grace and no one began to eat until it was said. In most homes the father said it but sometimes the children would take turns. The food was passed around and plates were filled. It was a special time. There was no tv going, no radio going......just family talking and eating. Sunday mornings the family would prepare for church and go as a family unit. The day was spent together as a family. Now, everyone is going in different directions. How often is your tv actually turned off? Would your children know what to do with themselves without it? I'm an older woman and have raised my child and now living as a Mam-maw and loving every second of it. It makes me proud to see much of what I "put into" my child now being placed into my grandchild. I try to remind my daughter and son-in-law that a child also learns by what he/she sees. So what kind of example are we setting? No, I was not and am not the perfect parent........oh how I wish I had been. But you can not go back. I did do some things right but I messed up too. That hurts. So if I could just help even one parent see, today is important. What you do today, this second, is important and can not be taken back. Do you know what your child will remember? The things that make the biggest impressions. Will that be the good things or the bad? Will there be more good than bad for them to remember? I can not stress how important it is. Are you an active parent or one who is just too busy? Can you laugh and enjoy them as well as discipline? Is it easier to turn on the tv and watch, than it is to turn it off and interact with your children? How long has it been since you played a game as a family? Do you have "family time"? NOW is the time to begin if you don't. It may feel strange at first, but you will be sooooooooo glad you didn't let a little "feeling strange" stop you. If you don't believe me, try it. Again I say, NOW is the time.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Thank God for Family

I just returned yesterday from a visit with my favorite cousin (wadical's mom). She and I had lost track of one another for many, many years. God brought us back into contact with one another and I am so grateful. We have had such special times together catching up. We have such a comfortable relationship and honestly, she feels more like a sister to me than a cousin. I travel to her home and I feel so at home. She and her dear husband have welcomed me with open arms and I have an open invitation there which I have taken them up on many times and intend to many more times. They are the sweetest couple. Wadical came by Saturday night and he and I had such a great time just talking. Or at least I did. My daughter and grandson had gone with me and they had a ball too. Not that we did anything special.....it was just special to be there. My job is a pretty high pressure job most of the time, which I won't even lie, I love it, but there comes a time when I need to be able to get away and chill. My "sister" and her husband have given me that place. I have never been anywhere like that before, where I just could be myself and chill out completely. I mean I can run around in my old clothes and no make up and not feel the least bit guilty or worried. It's great!!! And then to find out how much of the same kind of things we have experienced throughout the years and never realized. She's a very special lady and I love her bunches and I just wanted to say that publically and thank her for her love and kindness. While I'm at it I might as well go ahead and say I'm so proud of wadical, who feels more like a nephew than a cousin to me. He's the greatest!!! Now both he and his mother are sooooooo talented. I'm just plain jealous. His mother, she's the kind, we could both look at something and I will see the thing and she will see what it could be. She tells me wadical is same way and if I go by his writing skills I would have to agree. We will go shopping and I will see something I like and she says, don't buy it, we can make it. And then she will and it will look better than the one in the store. Mannnnnnnn I envy that kind of talent. She wants everyone to think she's not a sweetie, but I'm going to expose her, she has a very soft, tender heart. She may be quicker to speak out than me, but she's also quicker to act when there is a need. I ponder too much. And then I have this very practical side of me that has to weigh it all out and see all sides, meanwhile Nancy has done what needed to be done twice over. God's timing is perfect. I thank Him so much for bringing us back together. Family is so precious and should not be taken for granted.

Could It Be?

I'm in a hurry this morning to get to work and I will quickly admit I only heard one sentence but that caught my attention and made me ponder. It would appear that one of the "many" wars going on at this moment, I want to say Lebanon but unsure, the religious leaders of whatever believes their god will come in the middle of chaos and bring peace. I'm not saying it right but at any point, it struck me, they are waiting for the anti-Christ's coming. And that is why they are fighting as they are in hopes to hasten his arrival. Did anyone else hear that report?

Friday, July 14, 2006

We Are Being Watched

I was reading at another blog site last night and it just touched my heart so deeply and although it had nothing to do with this subject, in a way it did and it's where my mind lead me. People, we are being watched daily. I mean closely watched. Every move being analyzed. Yes, it's true. And we will one day "reap what we sow" concerning what is seen because what is seen and heard will affect the ones watching. I'm speaking of the children. Doesn't matter if you have any or not, whenever you are around any, they watch. They watch "grown ups" intently. And they mimic what they see. We parents and grandparents have the most accountability but don't think it stops there. Luke 17:2 "It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves." I did not have a very happy childhood. My parents stayed together until death so it was not because of a broken home. It was because of many reasons but one that was the hardest for me was how I would be punished for doing what I saw them do......I never understood that and still don't. Is not wrong, wrong???? I'm here to tell you that the line "Do as I say, not as I do" is a bunch of crock. Yes, there is a time when a child must learn to respect authority.......that is very important. You do it because I, as your parent, told you to period. But I am a firm believer that you have accomplished nothing if you do not make sure that child understands. LOL I remember my child telling me "Mom, please just spank me and don't talk to me." But you know what, I am watching her use the very talks she hated so much now to raise her own son. When you are out in public do you behave in a manner that will be uplifting and good for a child watching? Because I believe with all my heart, if you don't, the Good Lord is going to ask you about it one day. And I'm not just talking about your children. If you do something by behavior in a place where children can see, you will be held accountable. I believe that. Little minds are like sponges. Parents, if you do not encourage your children, if you do not "brag" on them, then who will? I don't mean to the point that you end up with a self centered child....there is a balance. My parents NEVER complimented me and if someone did in their presence, they ALWAYS made a point to say something negative about me that usually embarrassed me to no ends. Thus to this day I have a horrible time accepting compliments. In later life, my Dad explained that the reason they did that was so I wouldn't become vain. LOL Well, they certainly succeeded at that. You may think your child doesn't pay any attention to your words, but hon, they are soaking them up. Your words make more impression upon them than any other....I mean even more that thier piers, don't kid yourself. If you berate them, they are going to believe every word of it. You are helping to form a personality....a life. If you are a Christian, you need to walk that walk if you feel it is important for your children to be because they are going to go by your actions as well as your words. Adults are examples for children period. Children NEED love AND guidance AND examples. Are you having family devotions? Are you reading the Word daily? Are you having family prayers? Are you teaching how to know Jesus Christ? That personal relationship? What are your children seeing? If you are non-Christian, hey, your kids are still watching. If you fuss and fight in front of them and berate one another.......don't be shocked when they grow up and have the same kind of marriages. If you have a drinking problem or drug problem......you have opened the door and endangered your children to the same. If you smoke, again, you have opened that door to them. Sorry people, yes we all have free will but that does not mean we don't also have RESPONSIBILITY. The future generation, all of them, it's all of our responsibilities. Keep in mind, we are most definitely always being watched.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

When The Role Is Called Up Yonder

I have been in a very interesting discussion lately concerning Christianity. And now I have this GREAT desire to explain my opinion concerning denominations. I titled this When The Role Is Called Up Yonder because that is just what popped in my head when I was thinking about this. I mean think about it. When we get to Heaven, are they going to classify us according to our denomination????? Okay, all you Baptist, you get over there and you Methodist, well, you go over there.....oh wait, do you think they will go alphabetically???? Oh goooooddddddddddd because I'm presently attending an Assembly of God so I'll be among one of the first, right????? Come on. Where in the Bible does it discuss denominations???? In Acts it talks about that the Christians were of one mind and one heart. Denominations is a creation of man, not God. Paul wrote and warned about divisions and is not denominations just that??? "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, I follow Paul; another, I follow Apollos; another I follow Cephas; still another I follow Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you?" 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 I was raised in a Presbyterian church, joined Church of Christ as a young woman, attended many different denominations then joined a charismatic church and now am a member of an Assembly of God which is but isn't. That's very hard to explain and not sure I could but we have so many people who all come from so many different denominations who quite frankly feel somewhat as I do about denominations and was just seeking a place to worship God. But in today's world it is very difficult for any church (well impossible actually) to not be classified into some kind of denomination. My denomination has changed throughout my lifetime, but my status as a Christian has not. I seek my place of worship not by denomination but by the church family and where I feel a part. The title just doesn't do anything for me. I honestly hate the idea of denominations and feel like it has done nothing but cause problems and hurt many. It has also kept many out of church. I believe in the coming together for fellowship and worship and teaching. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another" Hebrews 10:25 I also believe in daily Bible reading, devotion and worship. I have a 40 minute drive to work everyday and I'm telling you, me and God has a good thing going!!! I have my Bible cds and my Praise/Worship cds and different lesson cds. It's a perfect time for me to spend some "private" time with God. The differences between the Christian denominations are so trivial and petty until it's very sad to me. I do not believe that being a certain denomination is going to give you access to Heaven.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Mob (a disorderly crowd) Mentality

My family and I went to see Pirates of the Carribean last night. (Not for small children) The time we wanted was sold out so we bought tickets for the next showing and went to eat and came back. Let me explain something, I HATE crowds. I will do anything I can to avoid a crowd. Why? Because they quickly become a mob!!! Whatever the reason that has drawn enough people together that they are called a crowd, will also make them become a mob as soon as whatever the event is begins. It's like people loose all common sense, forget manners or courtesy. I HATE it. We were all crowded into the lobby waiting to be allowed into the theater, I'm trying my best to find a corner somewhere away from the "beast of people" who are all already, breaking lines, sneaking around for a better position.....just acting like wild animals. Wait, I think animals behave better. So here we go, the ropes go down and oh my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhh.........it's a wonder someone wasn't trampled!!!!!!!!! I could not believe it. There was two young people in wheelchairs (now why didn't the staff let them go first?????) trying to make their way in, being polite but people just about climbing over them until a young man and myself made a barricade stopping the idiots and allowing them to go through. It's a wonder we weren't killed. I have knee problems and can not walk fast so I tried to stay to the side and let people by so they wouldn't knock me down. My family had gone ahead and gotten seats. They were caught up in the moving stream right off. It's just amazing to me how people act. And I'm not talking about children, it was adults and teenagers. My family was so proud that I had gone with them because I avoid that kind of thing and won't go but I did last night and I am here to tell you.......that was enough for me for at least another 10 years. There is nothing I want to see bad enough to make that worth it. As my grandson said because my daughter missed a part of the movie "It's okay Mommie, we can see it again when it comes out in the box." I'll wait for the box from now on.

In God We Trust

I received this today in my email, thought it was interesting.

The Preambles of all 50 States Of The United States:


Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.
Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties , do ordain this Constitution...
Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.
Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe.
Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences
Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Const itution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the peop le of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance .. Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our fre edom, to secure its blessings.
Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...
Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryl and 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe ... In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction ..
Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michiga n, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, an d desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness .. Establish this Constitution .
Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ...
Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution .
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty
New York 1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those
North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ... establish this ..
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences..
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing
South Carolina , 1778, Preamble. We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties .
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution
Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to .enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator .can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other . < BR>Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and re ligious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility
Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, p olitical, and religious liberties .. establish this Constitution

After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong!

"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn

If you found this to be "Food for thought.." copy and send to as many as you think will be as touched a s I hope you were.

GOD BLESS AMERICA








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Saturday, July 01, 2006

A Ponder Point

I'm not sure why this popped in my mind but it did and I have been pondering on it. Now I readily admit, I'm a natural born ponderer and it doesn't take much to get me going but this one hit me to the point of wanting to share. I think I can thank mistyforeverlost for it LOL. Okay it is based on misty's comment (and I'm paraphrasing here, so forgive me misty) that being gay isn't about sex. I think that's the best way I can put it. So that lead me to the following. Once upon a time, girls had best friends, we had girlfriends. I think that still happens. Boys or guys they had their best friends too. You would have sleepovers. Shoot, best friends of the same sex have shared beds forever, usually out of convenience, just nothing thought of it. Best friends have shared homes. All strictly platonic. Some of those relationships have lasted a lifetime. Best friends (male or female) can be stronger than any. I would say platonic love can be a very strong, loyal, wonderful relationship. Some best friends will reach a point in their lives where they will move in together, perhaps after loosing mates or whatever and will live the rest of their lives together. Now they probably date members of the opposite sex or if they have sex it's with members of the opposite sex, but then you said this is not about sex so that should not be held against them. So tell me, what is to keep these "couples" all strictly platonic love relationships, from saying look, we deserve the same "rights" as all the gays? I mean if the law is changed and gays are given, what I consider "special" rights? If it's not about the sex, but the bond, then how can we say that two platonic love friends are not a "couple" and deserve the same rights? Ohhhhhhhhh I can't wait to hear the responses to this one LOL. Don't disappoint me now.