Posts tagged ‘LIFE’

March 26, 2014


I’m titling this post Wanda, who is Heather’s grandma. She died on March 12, 2014. She lived to be 92. That being said, yes she lived a long life, but this was unexpected. She had a strong will to live and live to at least 100! I thought for sure, as well as everyone else, that she was going to make it to 100. She had a series of strokes that led to her death. Very unfortunate and untimely. She lived by herself at home and was very active in the community-working in the public library and doing helpful and fun things with friends and groups she belonged to. I admire her for living as long as she did and for the many accomplishments she made throughout her life. A great legacy she leaves behind, one to be admired. One to look up to.

I believe one of her great accomplishments was having 5 children and getting them ALL to go to College after high school, on little money they did have. All 5 children are doing very well for themselves and so are the many grandchildren and great grandchildren. All because of a strong home life and work ethic that was engraved in their children.

Heather, my wife, being one of the grandchildren is accomplished so far in her own right. She accredits it to her mom and grandma/grandpa for where she is today. Her strong work ethic, being a great mother to our daughter Sophie, a second to none wife and her faith that she so dearly cares about.

Many fun and wonderful times was I able to experience with Wanda, as well as hear about and learn about in such a short time, gives me pause and makes me smile.

May we all find ourselves living a life to be admired as much as this Matriarch did.

God Bless you Wanda!

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March 10, 2012

Safely Home

Safely Home

I am now at home in heaven; all’s so happy, all so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty, in this everlasting light.

All the pain & grief are over, Every restless tossing past;
I am now at peace forever, Safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly trod the Valley of the Shade?
Oh! But Jesus’ love illuminated every dark & fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me, in that way so hard to tread;
and with Jesus’ arm to lean on, Could I have doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows, pray to trust our father’s will.

There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idle still,
Do you work while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When the work is all completed, He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of the meeting!
Oh, the joy to see you come!

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December 6, 2010

An end to 12 years…

Today was my last day at Chevron.  Not by choice, but by a lay-off/reorganization.  As my mom said,”It was a good run.”  I agree with her, it has been a good run. I have enjoyed many fond memories over the last 12 years and now I look forward to the next chapter and opportunity in my life.

I am thankful and hopeful to what God has in store for me even though right now in my life I can’t see the Big picture, I do know He does and I trust in Him for the guidance and direction.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all your way acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6

March 10, 2010


A friend of mine shared this with me and I really like it so I’m passing it on to you.  It made me think about what we are all doing at different times in our lives and how we all are dealing with things/stuff at different times and how we all need to be sensitive to that.  Remember, it’s not about you, but about giving back.  Blessings!

“Life is not a series of non-sequiturs, not a bunch of unrelated happenings. You are on a journey, and as soon as you realize that, you will have a whole new perspective on your present situation.
Once you realize that you are on a journey, life begins to take on new meaning. When you begin to accept that all things have purpose, and that experiences come and go in our lives for a reason, you can learn how to say, “this too will pass.” I have learned to ask myself, “What can I learn from this experience?” I have become more patient with others, knowing that since I am on a journey others must be on journeys as well. Since I am not the author of my journey or the journey of anyone else, I cannot be judgmental about where others are on their journey. Maybe we are on similar journeys but at different points along our way, and so, instead of being judgmental, maybe I ought to encourage others along the way.
Recognizing life as a journey helps me to avoid getting stuck in any particular moment of life. I can enjoy the moment, but I shouldn’t get stuck in the moment. I can hate the moment, but I should not let the moment define me forever. It is God’s intention that you enjoy your journey; you really are supposed to enjoy life. There is something wrong with always being angry and always being distressed. If you let everything that happens to you rock your world, you are in for a rocky existence! Bless God, even in difficult times.
Doing this is possible only if we understand that we are on a journey, and the journey is the will of God for our lives.”
-Dr. Elyn E. Waller

January 26, 2010

When you die –

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his tombstone

From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of his birth

And spoke of the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time

That he spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved him

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own —

The cars, the house, the cash.

What matters is how we live and love,

And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left.

(You could be at “dash midrange.”)

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real,

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile,

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read

With your life’s actions to rehash,

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

December 28, 2009


“For a worker is worth his keep”    Matthew 10:10b

Reading my devotional I came across this scripture.  It hit me today and then I was speaking with a co-worker about his 19-year-old as well on this topic.  WORK!  At anything and everything you do, WORK at it.  Don’t be lazy.  Don’t expect things to be given you.  There is no such thing as ‘OWED!’  Nothing comes free and all is given at a cost/price.  Even our Salvation cost Jesus His life. 

Learn the value of a dollar.  WORK for the things you desire and WORK hard.  Even a lazy, half-hearted effort will get you something, but you will also reap what you sow and half-hearted returns will be what you get.  Shortcuts and easy way outs and excuses are for the birds.  Don’t be stuck in the lack of caring, lack of responsibility crowd.  Own up to your faults, make things better for you and your family and WORK hard at everything you do.  WHY?…because a worker is worth his keep.

“Lord, help us to work hard and give us the strength and guidance and direction to do so. Amen.”

December 7, 2009

My view

I would rather die knowing Christ as my Lord & Savior than not to believe in anything.  I am compelled to believe in what Jesus did here on earth.  I understand religion gets in the way of a lot of things in this world, but to simplify EVERYTHING to a minute detail, I would follow Christ to death than to not follow anything at all.  Jesus did everything good, right and perfect.  How can you not be compelled to follow Him.  How can you not believe in what he said and did.  I’m not asking you to believe in what I’m saying.  I’m asking you to ‘taste and see that He is good!’

Man has gotten the equation wrong, History has proven that.  But, let’s not make excuses for ourselves as to why we don’t want to follow or be a Christian.  Do not look unto man as an answer to or for guidance.  Read The Gospels in the Bible to find out more about this man named Jesus.  He is our author and perfecter of our faith.  Learn about who he is in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.  These are the Gospels and they will show you the way.  For Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life.  The Resurrection!  Amen and Amen!

July 14, 2009

time flies

18,000 hits, 350 posts and I figure I’m doing well to be on this path of blogging.  I can’t believe how time flies when your blogging, it seems like just yesterday that I started doing this.  I have talked about my life and personal things I have been dealing with and about my faith in Jesus. 

What’s important to me is to know that my life is not so interesting as to keep my audience captivated by my life as much as it is to speak about my faith and how more important that is than my life.  My life is short, but GOD and faith are everlasting.  I hope that you have been blessed in some way by what I have posted and I appreciate all your words of encouragement and your thoughts and views on my different posts as well.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O God.

June 11, 2009

The present

Many people will walk in and out of your life,

but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;

if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events;

small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much;

he who loses a friend, loses much more; he who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,

but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others.

You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me. . . you brought another friend. . .

and then there were three. . .

we started our group. . .

our circle of friends. . .

and like that circle. . .

there is no beginning or end. . .

yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That is why they call it the present.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

June 9, 2009


Is at work in your life even when you don’t feel it!

That’s the Good Word for today!

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