Tuesday, January 31, 2017

King David Series: The Boy After God's Heart

David's beginning starts with Ruth who married Boaz. Ruth was a trusting woman; advised by Naomi, her mother-in-law, whom she dearly loved.

Naomi trusted God. Even through all her tragedies, Naomi knew God would bring her great blessings. When Ruth married Boaz, then gave birth to a son, Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David, Naomi's life and legacy were significant. She lived in faithfulness to God, knowing that the significance of her life will extend beyond her lifetime. (Ruth Chapters 3-4)

David became her reward.

Israel demanded a king. Samuel, the prophet heard God and prepared Saul as Israel's first King. By anointing Saul, indicating that Saul was God's representative to the people. This special anointing oil was a mixture of olive oil, myrrh, and other expensive spices. It was poured the king's head to symbolize the presence and power of the Holy Spirit of God in his life. This anointing ceremony was to remind the king of his great responsibility  to lead his people by God's wisdom and not his own. (1 Samuel Chapters 8, 9, 10)

Saul presented the ideal visual image of a king, but the tendencies of his character often went contrary to God's commands for a king. Saul was God's chosen leader, but this did not mean he was capable of being king on his own.

Saul's greatest successes were when he obeyed God. His greatest failures were a result of disobeying God and acting on his own.

God loved His people, the Israelites. He granted their request for a king, but His commands and requirements remained the same. God was to be their true King and both Saul and the people were to be subject to His laws. No person is EVER exempt from God's laws. No human action is outside His jurisdiction. God is the true King of area of life. We must recognize His kingship and pattern our relationships, work life, and home life according to His principles.

God rejects Saul for his disobedience and rejects Saul as King. The Lord guides Samuel to a new leader. A new King. (1 Samuel Chapters 13, 14, 15)

In secret, God sends Samuel to Jesse of Bethlehem and his sons to consecrate themselves and sacrifice with him. Samuel knew he was there to choose the next king. Jesse paraded seven of his oldest sons before Samuel, but God did not choose any of them. (1 Samuel 16: 1-10)

Saul was tall and handsome; a very impressive looking man. Samuel may have been trying to find someone who look like Saul to be Israel's next King. But God warned Samuel against judging by appearance alone.

When people judge by outward appearance, they may overlook quality individuals who last the particular physical qualities society currently admires. Appearance doesn't reveal what people are really like or what their true value is.

Fortunately, God judges by faith and character, not appearances. And because only God can see on the inside, only he can accurately judge people. Most people spend hours each week maintaining their outward appearance; they should do even more to develop their inner character. While everyone sees your face, only you and God know what your heart really looks like.

What steps are you taking to improve your heart's attitude?

Samuel asked if Jesse had any other sons. Jesse replied that his youngest was in the fields tending the sheep. Samuel asked that this son be sent for and brought forth.

David appeared in glowing health, with a fine appearance and handsome features. God spoke to Samuel saying,"this is the one. Anoint him." (1 Samuel 16:11-12)

Samuel uses the horn of oil to anoint David in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. (1 Samuel 16:13)

While Saul was still King, God prepared David for his future responsibilities.

What are your first impressions of David?

  • Shepherd
  • Poet
  • Giant-killer
  • King
  • Ancestor of Jesus

One of the greatest men in the Old Testament.

David also had failures:

  • Betrayer
  • Liar
  • Adulter
  • Murderer

However, above all else, David is known, respected, and admired, for his heart for God.

Acts 13:22 "God testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, he will do everyone I want him to do.'"

David, more than anything else, had an unchangeable belief in the faithful and forgiving nature of God. He was a man who lived with great zest. He sinned many times, but he was quick to confess his sins. His confessions were from the heart, and his repentance was genuine. David never took God's forgiveness lightly or His blessing for granted. In return, God never held back from David either His forgiveness or the consequences of his actions. David experienced the joy of forgiveness even when he had to suffer the consequences of his sins.

We tend to get these two reversed. Too often we would rather avoid the consequences than experience  forgiveness. Another big difference between us and David is that while he sinned greatly, he did not sin repeatedly. He learned from his mistakes because he accepted the suffering they brought. Often we don't seem to learn from our mistakes or the consequences that result from those mistakes.

What changes would it take for God to find this kind of obedience in you?

The King David Series continues. Up Next: David's Service to Saul.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Series Coming Up. Subject is King David/Psalmist David

I am really excited about this new series I am researching and how I am going to put it together to share with you. I've been doing a lot of studying of King David, recently.

We all remember young David when he brought down the mighty Goliath, right?

Do you remember how David grew and became the most lauded man in his nation?

David was a KING! The highest position in the land. Yet, he was humbled when exiled, an outcast from his on people, from God.

Or so he thought.

We are going to start out with Psalm 42:5,6 learning about why David is so depressed and heartbroken.

David was taken from his home.

Why? Because Saul was hunting him and sent others to hunt David.

David was depressed because exiled from his city, he could no longer worship in the temple. And, during the God-given holidays, the Jewish nation was remembering all that God had done for them, but David could not be there.

So, we will study David's exile. His depression, and the facts that led up to his exile. We all know that David was a man that was of God's heart.  However, David did some things that didn't please God. We will discover what they were and what God did about that.

This is the perfect time of year to study David's actions and God's reactions. This is a time of Thanksgiving. And a time to be grateful. How did David come to be grateful for being an outcast?

We shall find out. Stick around and read more.

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Guess Who is Turning 55?

Remember when ...

The 1961 Favorite TV shows

  • Hazel
  • Perry Mason
  • Candid Camera

In 1961 Sports News

  • World Series Champion - New York Yankees
  • US Open Golf - Gene Littler
  • Pro Football Champions - Houston Oilers & Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis 500 Winner - A.J. Foyt / 139.130 mph
  • Stanley Cup Winner - Chicago Blackhawks
  • NCAA Basketball Champion - Cincinnati
  • College Football Champions - Alabama & Ohio St
  • Heisman Trophy Winner - Ernie Davis from Syracuse

1961 Interesting Facts
President of United States - John F Kennedy
Vice President - Lyndon Johnson

Pulitzer Prize Winner - Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird

Miss America - Nancy Fleming from Montague, MI

A chimp named Enos became the first non-human primate sent into orbit by the US

1961 Cost of Living

New House ..... $12,550.00
Average Income ..... $5,315.00
New Car ..... $2,849.00
Average Rent ..... $110.00 / month
Harvard University Tuition ..... $1,250.00 / year
Movie Ticket ..... $1.00
Gasoline ..... $0.27 / gallon
US Postage Stamp ..... $0.04


Granulated Sugar ..... $0.89 / 10 pounds
Vitamin D Milk ..... $1.05 / gallon
Ground Coffee ..... $0.85 / pound
Bacon ..... $0.67 / pound
Eggs ..... $0.30 / dozen
Fresh Ground Hamburger ..... $0.40 / pound
Fresh Baked Bread ..... $0.21 / loaf

1961 Favorite Music & Movies


Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Runaround Sue - Dion
Runaway - Del Shannon
Mother-in-Law - Ernie K-Doe
Please Mr Postman - The Marvelettes
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
 Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson


West Side Story
Breakfast at Tiffany's
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
The Parent Trap
The Hustler
The Guns of Navarone

Uh, if you haven't figured it out by now, IT IS MY 55TH BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy Birthday, USMC! OOH RAH! Best Inspirational Speech EVER!

 Happy Birthday, Marines!!

Every year, I get a bit nostalgic when this day rolls around. Even though its been 36 years since I stood on those yellow footprints at Parris Island and met the drill instructors who would shape my life.

I'd like to share something inspirational I've heard and seen a few times.

Navy Seal Commencement Speech to 2014 Texas Graduates

This inspirational speech can be applied to civilian life.

Happy Birthday message from commandant of United States Marine Corps

Marine Corps Birthday Celebration History

Take the Marine Corps History Quiz!!!

Marine Corps History: The Medal of Honor

Why the Marine Corps Birthday Matters

Make your Country Proud and Boost your Confidence

Memories of Boot Camp
by Vicki M Taylor

We stood at attention for so long I thought I’d break down from heat stroke. Finally, our sergeant gave us the parade rest command.


A light breeze picked up. I stretched my short body as high as I could to catch the intermittent wind as it passed by. We were packed in like sardines. All of us sweating, dripping on each other.

Those at the head of the squad received the command to pick of the backpacks on the ground and help put them on the recruits in front of them. Then signal to the recruit behind that they were ready for their backpack. At once, forty pounds heavier, the world took on a new meaning.

A silence fell over the squad. Then the next squad. Then the next. No more jocularity. We didn’t even complain about the weather. Life became serious.

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I would like to extend heart-felt, deep gratitude to all those who have or are serving our country. May we never forget!!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Chobani Now Offers a Healthy Alternative to Dips

Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? Eat more clean and natural foods? Have you become bored with the same old dip options for your tailgate party, after school snack, or a get-together with friends or family? Are you looking to put some pizazz in your chip and dip platter?

Well, Chobani is stepping out with a new product, inspired by Turkish flavorful snack that answers your needs with a new product made with real vegetables and only natural ingredients that will tantalize your taste buds.

What is this new product?

Drum Roll, Please!

What makes Chobani Mezé Dips™ so special? Where do I start?
               They are made with Greek Yogurt
     Real Vegetables,
     Natural Ingredients
     Perfect for chips, pretzels, crudités
      Nutritious, - 80% less Fat, 65% fewer calories than the leading Hummus
      Made with non-GMO ingredients
      No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives

Crafted For Flavor
Whether you’re throwing a barbecue or just having a snack, you can’t go wrong with exciting flavors like Roasted Red Pepper, Chili Lime, Three Pepper Salsa, and Smoked Onion Parmesan. Perfect for pairing with platters of chips, pretzels, crudités and more, our Chobani Mezé™ Dips are a delicious addition to any occasion.

If you’re looking for new ideas to use Chobani products as healthy alternatives and especially try out the Chobani Mezé™ Dip, then check out the Recipes

But, don’t take my word for it. Statistics have proven the healthy nutritional for the  Mezé Dips™.

Delicious Nutrition
Chobani Mezé™ Dips are nutritious and delicious with 80% less fat and 65% fewer calories than the leading hummus*. To top it off, they’re made with only natural, non-GMO ingredients, with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Now that’s a reason to throw a party.

*Chobani Meze™ Greek Yogurt Dip: 1g fat, 25 calories per 2 Tbsp serving; leading hummus: 5g fat; 72 calories per 2 Tbsp serving

About Chobani Mezé™ Dip
   80% less fat and 65% fewer calories than the leading hummus*
   No preservatives
   Includes live & active cultures
   Gluten free
   Kosher certified
   Vegetarian friendly
   Less than 5% lactose

*Chobani Meze™ Greek Yogurt Dip: 1g fat, 25 calories per 2 Tbsp serving; leading hummus: 5g fat; 72 calories per 2 Tbsp serving.

**According to the FDA no significant difference has been found between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.

If you are interested in more information about Chobani, their products, visit their informative website and don’t forget the Nutrition Center!

Friday, September 09, 2016

National Teddy Bear Day is Today

In honor of National Teddy Bear Day, Build-a-Bear workshops are offering limited edition commemorative teddy bears for $5.00 each. (Limit of 5 per customer)

In the spirit of the brand's mission to "add a little more heart to life," for every $5 bear purchased on Sept. 9, Build-A-Bear will donate a furry friend to one of three charitable organizations: Toys for Tots in the United States, up to 30,000 furry friends; Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in Canada, up to 1,000 furry friends; and Childhood First, along with other children's charities, in the United Kingdom, up to 6,000 furry friends.

I don't think I am the only person out there who has already altered her plans for the day, am I?

What is the origin of the teddy bear?

In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. After hours of searching, Roosevelt and his group had not come across any wild animals. Finally, the group did track down and surrounded a helpless bear. One of the guides asked the president to shoot the bear so he could win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt's kind act.
Not long after this took place, a famous cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon based on Roosevelt 's rescue of the bear. When a store owner in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, he decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop. He asked president Roosevelt for permission to use the name “"Teddy's Bear"” for his toys, as a reminder of the bear Roosevelt had set free. Nowadays, everyone knows these toys as Teddy Bears, but few people know that they were named after President Theodore “"Teddy"” Roosevelt.
Source: The U.S. Navy
Fact Monster/Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

So, what else can you do to celebrate? How about

Today is Teddy Bear Day. A Teddy Bear is a special friend to children all over the world. He's cuddly. He makes you feel secure in an otherwise insecure world. He's lovable. Your Teddy Bear is both a companion and a comforter. And, he's not afraid of the dark. He'll keep you safe. Spend the day and night with your teddy bear. Cuddle up to him. Talk to him. And, do all of your favorite things together.

You can also add these ideas to ways to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day:
  • Color a Teddy Bear. There are tons of free Teddy Bear printables online. 
  • Make your very own Teddy Bear. Choose from simple kits and patterns to more advanced kits and patterns. This is a great way to introduce sewing and toy making to kids. 
  • Donate to Teddy Bears for Kids. Pediatric patients receive Teddy Bears from your monetary donations. 
  • Share the legend of the first Teddy Bear with a child. Helen Kay's book "The Very First Teddy Bear" tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt inspired the American Teddy Bear and how Rose Mitchom made the first toy "Teddy's Bear".

Written by John W Bratton, Jimmy Kennedy • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic
Every teddy bear who's been good is sure of a treat today
There's lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees they'll hide and seek as long as they please
That's the way the teddy bears have their picnic
Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares and see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o'clock their mummies and daddies will take them back home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears
If you go down in the woods today, you better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods today, but safer to stay at home
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic

National Teddy Bear Day Facts

  • is celebrated September 9, 2016 this year.
  • The year 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of the political cartoon that sparked the creation of the Teddy Bear.
  • Teddy bears are good for your health
  • Teddy bears are good for children and adults
  • is the namesake of our annual winter children’s event – The Teddy Bear Tea. 
  • shares the message of the birth of Jesus Christ to our younger audience
  • there are 7 famous teddy bears 
  • History is made -- a Brooklyn shopkeeper, Morris Michtom sells the world's first 'Teddy's Bear' in his shop in November 1902.
  • In March 1903, as many as 3000 stuffed bear toys are shipped across to America by the Steiff Company in Germany.
  • Bear toys were called 'Bruins' in those days. The first advertisement for Bruins appeared in the American toy trade magazine Playthings in May 1906.
  • That same year in November, the words 'Teddy Bear' featured for the very first time in another advertisement in Playthings by American manufacturer E.J. Horsman.
  • "Teddy Bear" was one of the first illustrated books based on these popular soft toys, written by Alice Scott.
  • In 1908, the J.K. Farnell company started manufacturing the first British teddies.
  • The firm was originally founded in London's Notting Hill as a silk merchant and first produced tea cossies and pin cushions. But, it is believed that their Alpha bear of 1925 was the inspiration the creation of Winnie the Pooh.
  • In 1909, the first animated teddy cartoon "Little Johnny and the Teddy Bears" appeared in USA.
  • In 1912, as the world received news of the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage with shocked disbelief, the German soft toy company run by Steiff created a black bear to give as mourning gifts for all those who lost loved ones on the Titanic.
  • One of the most famous and loved bears of all times, Winnie-the-Pooh made its appearance when the first edition of Winnie-the-Pooh was published A.A. Milne in 1926.
  • In 1944, even as forest fires caused havoc across the USA, Smokey Bear was adopted as the mascot of the United States Forest Fire Prevention Campaign.
  • 1958 saw another immensely loved and popular bear, Paddington Bear, appear on the scene for the first time. The first Paddington story, A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond was published this year.
  • In a significant development, Walt Disney acquired the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh in 1959.
  • Colonel Bob Henderson launches The Teddy Bear Club in 1962.
  • The first animated film on Winnie-the-Pooh is produced by Walt Disney in 1975. It instantly became a classic.

Some Teddy Bear Day facts found here.

Looking for a way to share the joy and hope of Christ with other children? Consider adding a small teddy bear to your Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

Remember your teddy bear and use #NationalTeddyBearDay to post on social media.

Parents and adults: No child should grow up without a teddy bear. If you know of any kid without one, use this day to buy a teddy bear for them.
As we become adults, some find it difficult to give up our teddy bears. We feel there is no reason to give him up. Some adults have their teddy bears around all their lives. Its perfectly normal....and okay.
Have a happy Teddy Bear Day! #TeddyBearDay