If You Fall (Story)

It’s Sunday…..so here is a story in “of the story..” style:

I recently read a story about a man needing to move some cattle he owned. He needed to move those cows to the opposite end of a pasture to let them start grazing on a new section of grassland. And, this meant that the cows had to cross a waterway. A few calves went first; leaping splashing, tails lifted up with excitement. The more mature ones went through the waterway at the shallow end, it was a well-used crossing…some with more drama and others with less; but they moved along making good headway…it was a show to see!

The last cow however, a skinny one, did fairly well until she got to the opposite side. As she began climbing the bank, she FELL. There she was, with her back feet in the water and her front feet on the slick slope. She made several valiant attempts to go up the slope but she was too weak. NOW WHAT?

Would that little calf slide back down into the water and drown? The owner of the cows thought to himself that there was no way he was strong enough that he could help that little Bessie keep her head out of the water until help could come; cow heads are heavy, especially when attached to a cow. So the cow and that man were both stuck. What a sight!

The moral OF THE STORY? If you’re a Christian, we do not practice sin. But if we stumble, God helps us back up.

Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:….

Again, Psalm 37:24 states, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

Because of God, we can say,“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” (Micah 7:8)

But for some, for all really, we need to make a certain “FALL,” and we must fall hard. We need to fall on Jesus! “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:…….” If we FALL on Him, and let our self-will be broken, we can be assured that He will lift us up to walk in newness of life.

Wondering about that skinny cow? She got out. She trusted the man and gave it her all, all the while, the man held up her head to keep her from drowning. It’s a true story by the way. 😉

2 Peter 1:10
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:………”

Have a great and peaceful Sunday. 🙂

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A Story About Guardrails (Sunday Write-Up)

Let me tell you a story (true), about a man who was driving along a highway (route 33), somewhere in Ohio. The man was rounding a curve a tad too quickly and slid off the road. He was helpless and could not maintain control of his car as it careened toward a ravine. If it were not for a sturdy guardrail at the edge of the road, the man would most certainly have plunged down the embankment.

As the man’s car embedded itself into the guardrail he could hear the crunching sound of bending mental- the guardrail did its job. When the his car came to rest, it was dented and scratched but still drivable.

Those that appreciate the guardrails will always have them. Life is full of guardrails; they keep us from taking our natural course (Jeremiah 10:23). Homes have rules, states have laws, towns have ordinances, companies have policies and churches have standards (at least they use to). Guardrails on roads and in life are often preceded by warning signs that advise us of conditions ahead. Heeding these timely warning will keep us from crashing into the guardrails.

But in crashing into a guardrail, we of course, will regret the damage done to our vehicle. But maybe the harm would have been minimized if the guardrail had been flexible material. I mean, after all, gentleness is always appreciated, is it not? Hitting a guardrail is very stressful, damaging and a costly event.

The makers of guardrails seem to have no consideration for making the experience less traumatic. Instead of using softer materials, they build their product of very heavy steel to make it as unyielding as possible.

But the truth is that the guardrail was not to blame for the loss in a crash. We sometimes overlook a warning sign and we drive too fast or improperly for our highway conditions. With our free will, we alone are responsible. The purpose of guardrails requires them to be unyielding. Gentleness is not part of their job description. Typically, guardrails are the last barrier before the edge. So,….before we complain about a guardrail experience, we should consider that any guardrail is more gentle that the ravine below. 🙂 Thank God for Guardrails!

Have a great Sunday, and slow down…consider the signs ahead. There are many ravines to avoid.

  • Thanks in part to Gary M. for his contribution in the “Write-Up”

Awe…Sugar-Honey-Ice-Tea, Not My Popcorn Too! (LINK)

Ya know, these so-called giant corporation geniuses can do better eh??? I mean this is why they are millionaires…they make cool food fast…microwaveable. And we thought it was due to the cigarettes; ok they’re bad too, but seems like the way food is being processed,…crap, let’s put these guys outa business. We need to stop buying their chemical food products and make better choices eh? 😦 I guess I’m going to cook it with hot air (Assuming I can find NON-GMO popcorn at a fair prce, also maybe cooking it on the stove-top like my grandma use to do…I gota have my popcorn!! The NEW #1 leading cause of “sickness/death” ……ignorance! hmmmmmmm

Try…to enjoy the link:

“……………Diacetyl is a common food additive most often used to imbue popcorn with a creamy, buttery flavor. It’s made by extracting hydrogen from 2,3-butanediol, a naturally-occurring substance and byproduct of sugarcane molasses fermentation. Although delicious when added to popcorn, diacetyl was all but phased out of popcorn production by the early 2000s due to its dire effects on the health of factory workers.

In 2005, a report pointed to diacetyl as the primary cause of severe obstructive lung disease in eight former workers of an unnamed microwave popcorn packaging plant. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), noted how workers were exposed to a variety of volatile organic compounds, with diacetyl being one of the most prominent. Further studies only supported these findings, with some finding out that heating up diacetyl could result in damage to the cells covering the lungs and trachea. (Related: Microwave Popcorn Flavoring Fumes Linked to Lung Disease.)……..” WANT TO READ THE REST VISIT THE LINK BELOW:

The hidden health dangers of microwave popcorn

https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-06-02-the-hidden-health-dangers-of-microwave-popcorn.html

 

Hos 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…..”

 

Being in the Cement Mixer

Did you ever have a day like this? A man, cleaning one of those big cement trucks, got caught in the mixer. He climbed into the back of the truck with a hose to flush out remaining cement when his hose caught on a lever and pulled it to the ‘on’ position. Suddenly, he found himself going round and round in the mixer with no way to escape. Slipping, sliding and banging around inside, all he could do was shout for help.

Fortunately, another worker came over and shut it off. In moments a bruised man, covered with wet concrete, emerged from the mixer. It reminds me of some days I’ve had. You know what I mean.

If you ever feel as if you are being knocked about by life, think about the amazing bird called the Water Ouzel. I can’t imagine this water bird knows what it is to have a bad day. The little creature is often found living next to violent waterfalls and fast-rushing rivers. And however threatening the weather, however cold the water, in snow and rain and even blazing summer sun, the tough and cheerful Water Ouzel can be heard chirping and singing. What’s more, while the voices of most song-birds, however melodious in warm weather, fall silent over long winter months, the hearty Water Ouzel sings on through all seasons and every kind of storm. I have to wonder: does this little creature know something I don’t?

It’s as if the bird knows that every violent storm will eventually give way to sunshine; every dark night will finally fade into dawn. And isn’t it true? Even our bleakest and stormiest times do not last forever. Like the poor man buffeted about in the cement mixer, there is almost always an end to the turmoil.

As the incredible humanitarian novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe said . . . ‘When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, until it seems as if you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.’ I have had that experience more times than I can remember.

Maybe this is one of those days you feel as if you are in the cement mixer. If so, maybe you need to hold on a little longer?

Mt 6:26 “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Ps 30:5 “……………weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Mt 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_dipper – A.K.A =Water Ouzel

 

Daily Struggles

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I write this for many who are like me, in the midst of an unexpected storm, a bewildering disappointment, a heart-breaking loss. I write for the tears that can’t stop falling, even though we try to be strong, we try to move on, we listen to the voices that keep telling us ‘the storm will be over, God is always helping us, picking up the pieces.’ We listen and we understand and we believe… but the truth is… it’s not that easy. It’s not that easy to forget.

I’m claiming the promises of God and believing that He’ll see me through, I know He will, it’s not too hard to believe that, but the difficulty lies in the daily struggle… waking up every day to the memory of what once was, to the losses that cannot be regained, to the pain and to the tears. The days suddenly seem much longer, you smile but it never reaches your eyes, and you wonder… for how long will it be like this.

For anyone who can identify with my pain right now, who’s fighting a similar battle, let us just keep on going. Let’s take it one day, one hour, one minute at a time. It’s hard to see the sun rising over the horizon, when the sun just faded into darkness and misery, but let’s keep the faith.

Our lives are not over, this may be a major setback, but we’ll pull through. Let’s embrace life with as much joy and enthusiasm and fire that we used to-there is always a plan “B”. Don’t let your circumstances destroy your spirit. If you are truly trusting God, then He is guiding your steps on a better path! It’s okay to cry sometimes, but let not your heart be troubled. Let’s try and remember that it will get better. It’s just a matter of time. The daily struggle will one day be over.

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Credit : more in parts to Dinah H.

Thanks Dinah!!!

 

Strong Women vs. Women Of Strength

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A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape…
But a woman of strength builds relationships to keep her soul in shape

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything…
But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the better of her…
But a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future…
A woman of strength realizes she makes mistakes but God will turn an issue into blessings, because she loves and trusts Him.

A strong woman wears a look of confidence on her face…
But a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…
But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Which one are you?

Credit: Caroline, Ireland

Thanks Caroline

Eph 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Deut 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

1 Cor 11:8 “For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
1 Cor 11:9 “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.