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5 Ways to Survive in This Not So Friendly World

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Finally found out what was happening with my hip. Ex-rays shows that I have arthritis. I trying to decide if that is a bad thing or a good thing. I was told I may need surgery for a bad hip.

I have meds to help with the pain, so I guess I will be Ok.

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Where does it say we need to agree to all the mess we are going through? I am tired of the excuses our government is giving us for the high inflation, disaster at the southern border, high crimes rates, etc.

They are trying to tell me that it is OK to pay $50.00 to fill my car up with gas. It is not oK!

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I have solutions to almost everything above, but I am sure it would fall on deaf ears.

So what do we do to survive in this not so friendly world?

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  1. Take one day at a time. Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow it has enough worries on it own.”
  2. Read the Bible every day! It has all the comfort and truth you need.
  3. Face the storms of life head on. After all with God on your side, who can be against you?
  4. Help others who are struggling. It helps them and you too.
  5. Pray for God’s protection.

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Remember:

You are never alone,

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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The Date December 7th, 1941 Changed life for Americans.

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On December 7th, 1941 The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and killed several thousands of Americans. I was only two years old at the time, so I didn’t really know what was going on.

Three of my uncles, fought in WWII and two of them received Purple Hearts. Their heroics helped stop the war and our freedom.

I enlisted in 1959 in the Army. I did it to honor my uncles who fought ahead of me. Each of them was a hero to me.

I am proud to have served my country, and I would do it again if I could.

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It is getting close to the most important holiday of the year. It is Christmas. The word Christmas means the mass for Christ. During this hectic time many people have completely forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Christ seems to have disappeared out of their lives during this holiday.

Jesus was born on Christmas day. he became the savior for the world. He paid the supreme price by dying for each of us on the cross. That means you too. Jesus doesn’t hand pick His favorites. He loves ALL of us no matter what our beliefs are.

All we have to do is invite Him into out hearts and we are Christians. You become His child.

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I mentioned before that this time of year is very hectic. Do not let the stress of the holiday pull you down like a huge magnate. Keep being positive, and share your joy with others, who are suffering.

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Remember:

You are never alone,

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Life is Full of Bumps and Suffering For Us.

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Not a Very uplifting title today, but unfortunately it is true. We face storms every day. I have some thoughts that we as Christians need to be aware of:

  1. Be prepared to suffer.
  2. Rejoice in suffering. You are sharing with jesus.
  3. The Bible says suffering is a gift.
  4. Suffering for Jesus brings future glory.
  5. Let suffering purify your heart.
  6. Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
  7. You are never alone in your suffering.
  8. Entrust yourself to God.

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The reason I am approaching this post with these thoughts is that there is a growing dislike for the church. I have had people tell me that it is wrong that the church doesn’t pay taxes. I have had others think that Christians are “stuckup,” and look down on others. Of course none of this is true, and we need to be strong in these attacks. We don’t need to get angry, but be firm in our beliefs.

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How are you doing. Are you strong in your belief? Is it hard to continue your faith? Remember, Jesus paid the supreme sacrifice. He went through more torture we can imagine, and He died for us. The little harassments that we get is nothing compared to what He did for us.

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Remember:

You are never alone,

You are never forsaken,

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Friends Are Extremely Important in Our lives

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I have been feeling very weak lately. I am sure it is because I can’t exercise. I have a hernia that is too painful if I exercise. Seeing a doctor to see if he will do surgery on it.

I am going to spend a few days at the Oregon Coast. A friend has invited me to come and stay with him. This will be much needed relaxation.

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What would we do without friends? I mean close friends. You have some that are acquaintances, but a true close friend at hard to find. I have a few like my friend I am going to visit. He is a guy I can spill my guts to and never fear it will get to other people.

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Do you have close friends? If not, reach out and get to know new people. There will be a diamond in the rough there somewhere.

Close friends are vital for you and I to have.

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But, we have a friend in Jesus and the song goes. God is there for us as well. They love you and want what is best for you, so seek them out as your true best friends.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Adversity Should Be Used to Grow in Our Own Life

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Well, I told you on Monday that I was in the hospital for black stools. I have been home for one week and a new ailment has come knocking at my door. It is bad stomach cramps, plus constipation. There is much pain in several parts of my body because of it.

It seems similar enough that I may have some more difficulties with Polyps. I see my Gastro doctor on July 1st, He may know what to do right away. (I hope)

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Sorry I am sharing such unpleasant things right now, but that is what is in my world right now.

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How are you doing? Do you have health issues? Does it seem hard to face life, because you are suffering so much?

I hear you. It isn’t fun to go through this.

There’s things to remember through all of our adversity:

  1. All things come to an end eventually. Be strong.
  2. All pain should be used to help others. Go to someone who is suffering and help them.
  3. I always think of the pain Jesus went through for us on the cross, and realize my pain is pretty small.

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God didn’t promise us a rose garden, but He has many other promises we can cling to. Persevere and He will reward you.

Never let the dark side pull you down. Stand tall and know that God is in Charge.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Getting Older Certainly Is Not For Sissies. Cling to God.

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I am having a bad hair day. I fell yesterday and the second day aches and pains are here visiting me. It was at my niece’s house and didn’t see that her living room was a step down to get into it. I hit my grand nephew’s stroller and landed directly on my right knee. It scraped up my knee, but today it is hurting on the inside of knee in the bones as well.

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Have you had some falls? Do you have aches and pains from everyday efforts? You certainly are not alone. For people my age, (82) falling is not an uncommon thing. I am now living with a cane.

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Do not let this drag you down like a huge magnate. We will always have aches and pains.

I could say, “Buck up and quite whining,” But I feel for you. Getting older is not for sissies.

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Here is my list to cling to during my aches and pains:

  1. Remember the pain that Jesus had to go through for us. Our pain is nothing compared to that.
  2. I use my ailments to reach out to others. It helps them, and makes me feel good.
  3. Never let the darkside control your thinking. It is easy to be depressed all the time if you let that happen.

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I know that if you cling to God’s promises the pain won’t feel as bad. He is there for you. He knows your aches and pains. Pray for His protection, and comfort. He listens.

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You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Mary Did You Know?

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I sat and thought about Mary, mother of Jesus. What a task she was asked to do.

Most scholars think she was between 12-14 years old. They allowed men to have very young wives.

Mary met Joseph and they traveled together.

Suddenly, Mary was pregnant. She was only engaged and not married. I wonder what Joseph thought. “Should I quietly leave mary?” An angel came to him and said, “Fear not!” Mary will conceive the child of God.” Joseph understood, and stayed with Mary.

Mary was very scared and asked why she was chosen. Another angel came to her and told her, ” You will be the mother of God’s son. Call Him Jesus.”

So they went to Bethlehem and gave birth to Jesus. They had to stay in a dirty barn with many animals in it. Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes.

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This is where I really started wondering when I read this in the Bible. What did Mary know about this little child of hers? I found a song that covers it real well, and I am going to share it with you:

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Mary Did You Know?

Words by Mark Lowry

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy has come to make new; this child that you delivered will soon deliver you?

Mary, did you know that you baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with His hand?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

Mary, did you know that when you kiss your little baby boy, you are kissing the face of God?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will rule all the nations?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy was Heaven’s perfect lamb?

Mary, did you know that the sleeping child you are holding is the great, the Great I Am?

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That cleared everything up for me. Jesus is the son of God, and Mary is His mother.

Be blessed knowing that Jesus has the perfect CHRISTmas present for you. Eternal life.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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If You Want Freedom, You Need the Truth From God

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It takes a lot of work to get where you are going. So many walls to climb over, but when you do, you are close to freedom. Knowing the truth also leads you to freedom.

Freedom is not doing whatever you want. You can’t choose to rob a bank, steal a car, kill someone. freedom is doing what we ought to be doing. Reaching out to others. Helping someone who is struggling. Being a good friend.

Sin is our main struggle. To find freedom, get rid of sin. Turn to the truth.

So what is truth?

God is the truth, and the truth will set you free.

It will also set you free from eternal death. Freedom comes from the supreme sacrifice that Jesus did on the cross.

Never try to get freedom in this world without the Lord.

If you are struggling with if you are free. Read the Bible it is full of hope, and shows ways to have true freedom.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Temptation isn’t a Sin, It’s an Opportunity to do Right

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I was reading in the Bible about the temptatons that Jesus faced with Satan. It was for forty days and nights. I can’t imagine that!

Jesus was hit by the Trifect: alone, tired and hungry.

Satan is the most prolific liar ever. Replace his lies with the truth of God’s Word.

Jesus has taken care of all of our sins in one moment. The moment He died on the cross.

Jesus succeeds where we fail, but on our own we will fail where Jesus has already succeeded.

As we wait for the return of Jesus, Satan can have minor victories in our lives, but he will not have the ultimante victory.

Remember: Our soul needs fuel. You can either learn from the Word, or from the world.

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Never let Satan put you up on his wall like a trophy. Fight the darkside with all your heart and pray for God’s help to do it.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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It is Hard to be Positive in This Not so Friendly World

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More updates from Afghanistan.

Horrible reports are coming in. The most aggreges one is that a woman who was cooking for the Taliban was burned alive because she didn’t cook the way they wanted her to.

Many more horrible stories coming in I will not share, because of the graphic scenes it may cause.


I try to think on as many positives things as I can. I think we need to lighten up the dark side a little.

I had to miss two weeks of church while on vacation, last week. It was very hard to do that. I need to keep hearing about the good things God is doing for us.

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Here are some good things God does for us.

  1. He loves us unconditionally.
  2. He protects us from the dark side.
  3. His Son died so that we may have eternal life.
  4. When storms come, He is there holding our hand and helping us through them.

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Have you had some storms come into your life? has it been a rough road for you?

FEAR NOT! The shortest verse in the Bible comes from Jesus Himself. He is there with us 24/7.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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