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Always room...for a friend...

Monday, December 02, 2013

In this season of hustle and bustle let all be reminded of this story:

The old professor stood in front of his class. Sat an empty jar on the table. Filled it with golf balls. "Is the jar full?" asked the wise old man. "Yes it is." replied the young'uns in his class.

Then he filled the same jar with pebbles which shook downward as they went in between the golf balls and rested until he had filled the jar. "Is the jar full?" asked the prof. "Oh definitely" replied his students.

Then the sage filled the same jar with sand and it went in between the balls and the gravel. He shook the jar until the sand filled the jar. "Is the jar full?" "Yes it is! Without a doubt FULL."

Then the professor took a cup of coffee and poured it in on top of the sand, on top of the pebbles on top of the golf balls. The coffee ran downward 'till it filled the jar to the brim. "Is the jar full?" "Yes sir! It is now!" was the reply.

The wise prof then reminded: When you think your life too full, there isn't room left for anything, always remember: THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR A CUP OF COFFEE with a FRIEND.

  
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NANHBH 12/4/2013 11:34AM

    Dennis,

Love this! I don't drink coffee, but I'd sure have a cup of tea with a friend.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season.
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MOMMY445 12/2/2013 8:01PM

    that is so true! have an amazing day!

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A Matter of Life and Death...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The other day I was driving down a street in which I remembered a man I used to know. He was a good man. A good husband (he and his wife were high school sweethearts) and family man. He had a hangup with anger but his job made him take an anger management class: 3 times! Now that's enough to make you mad! haha His blood pressure, weight and smoking were out of control.

He simply told his medical doctor when the Dr. told him if he didn't change he was going to die: Hey, I know the Lord and if I should die then I know where I am going and that I am in good Hands. He wouldn't control his blood pressure, losing weight was out of the question and he continued to smoke like a fiend. His idea of relaxing was to go gambling at the casinos where of course smoking and drinking ( and lots of it) is allowed.

Well folks, he died at age 60. No doubt, because of his acceptance of Christ, he is with the Lord. But many times I have wondered did he tempt the Lord? By not taking care of the precious gift God gives to us? That being life and this body in which we only have one of. I know his wife of 42 yrs misses him. His children miss him. His friends miss him. And perhaps the Lord still had some big plans and big blessings for him yet in this life.

It's a dilemma. On one hand Jesus seems to be indicating to throw our lives away. Yet, he calls us to do the work that requires our bodies be in the best of shape. The spiritual is always more important than the physical yet the physical is important too. When Elijah was depressed & running away. The Angel of the Lord prepared good food and commanded he eat it several times, because he had a long journey ahead. The disciples were always hungry it seems and yet Jesus provided for them even on the Sabbath. After giving spiritual lessons to 5,000 men in addition their wives and children, he fed them fish and bread to strengthen them for their long journey home.

It appears that the spiritual and the physical go hand in hand. If you are spiritually strong you are also physically strong and vice versa. Jesus is our great example of both being the strongest Spiritually and Physically.

Should we do any less? This is a question each individual must answer for themselves.
Because it is a matter of life and death...

  
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NANHBH 9/24/2013 11:49AM

    Dennis,

I'm so sad for this man's family that he left behind at such a young age. He never got to see his grandchildren grow up. With an attitude like that, he surely wasn't thinking of his family's welfare after his departure. I hope he left his wife with the means to live out the rest of her natural life.

In addition to the scripture stories that you point out, I am reminded of the story of Daniel (I think it was Daniel) who refused to eat the king's rich meats and instead ate only vegetables. He was healthier than those who ate the rich foods.

Our body IS the temple of God. We should not desecrate His temple. Just my humble opinion.

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NWFL59 8/1/2013 8:48AM

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JANNEPERRY 7/31/2013 8:46PM

    Thanks for your insightful words. It is sooooo hard to give control of every portion of our life to Christ!

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CAROLINAKIWI 7/31/2013 4:40PM

    I think God wants us to take care of the precious gift He has given us so we an carry on His work.
Good blog - makes you think!!!

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MARTA_M 7/31/2013 4:36PM

    So many good words.

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In Memory of Frances - My Wonderful Mother-In-Law 1925-2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see.
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we never got to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you..
And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too..
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand..
An angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
It seemed my place was ready - In Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind, those things I dearly love..

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye.
For all of life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you..
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad..
I thought of all the love we shared, and how much fun we had..
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I'd say goodbye, then kiss you ‘til I saw that special smile..

But then I fully realized, that it could never be,
'Cause emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of all those things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. .
But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, From his great & golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you.
Today your life on Earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day is the same day, there's no longing for the past. .
But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true,
Though there were some times you did some things you shouldn't do. .

But you have been forgiven, and now at last you're free,
So come and take me by the hand, and share my life with me.."
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be right there - in your Heart..

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NANHBH 9/24/2013 11:54AM

    Beautiful poem, Dennis. I hope the memories of your beloved Mother-in-law are alive in your heart as you approach the first anniversary of her entrance into Eternal Life. Peace, my friend.

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SIGLED 10/29/2012 8:08AM

    Thanks for your beautiful thoughts! On Saturday Oct 27th we gathered for Mom's funeral. I used this poem in the funeral sermon. Much of it was Mom's testimony.

As we met, as relatives & friends in a full chapel, we cried, we laughed, we shared, we remembered & we said farewell for but a moment in time. For the day is yet coming when we too will join our beloved in the Promised Land where there will be no more parting & no more tears! emoticon

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BILL60 10/25/2012 8:07AM

    Incredible poem. Thank you so much for sharing and my deppest sympathies for your loss.

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JANNEPERRY 10/25/2012 7:38AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this special poem

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NWFL59 10/24/2012 11:44AM

    Lovely poem. My humble condolences upon your recent loss of your beloved mother in law.

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wow! It has been way to long since my last blog.

Let me do a little thinking...some planning...and some action and soon a brand new blog will appear to cheer, encourage and help.

Meanwhile, enjoy the Spring and the May that is calling us all to get out there and JUST DO IT!

--Dennis

  
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NANHBH 9/24/2013 11:57AM

    "A Matter of Life and Death" was worth waiting 14 months for!

Just teasing ya.
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DAVEINSEOUL 7/14/2012 7:13AM

    Just Blog it :-)

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JANNEPERRY 5/18/2012 10:29AM

    Good to hear from you again! Thanks for the call to action! emoticon

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NWFL59 5/17/2012 8:12PM

    Thanks for the 'Just Do IT' and getting out there and enjoying May and the last of Spring for summer sets in with its way too high temps and humidity (at least here in Northwest Florida). Looking forward to reading your next blog.
thanks for keeping track of my progress/posts/and the like. emoticon

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Walking at the Mall

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I was at the Mall the other evening. Doing my usual 3 laps of walking. I was moving along at a good pace. Passing the shoppers. And being past once in a while by some walkers. I wasn't trying to race anyone. Just wanting to maintain a good walking pace.

One lady cautioned her young daughter who was trying to keep up with me. "Be careful honey, men who are walking fast like that are wanting to snatch your purse!" I don't know if she was serious or just trying to scare her daughter from being too friendly. I wanted to turn around and say, "Sure, Lady, look at my grey hair. I am ready to snatch and run!" hahaha

On my 3rd time around, I see this family walking up ahead of me. They are moving slow. But they are walking together. At first I thought they were shoppers trudging along. I noticed too, each member was pretty hefty weight wise.

I walked around them, as they were walking to the side. The side is a favorite for walkers. Then I made my way past them. Yet as I made my way down one wing and up, I saw them coming around the corner, staying to the side and walking slow but sure. THEY WERE OUT TOGETHER WALKING FOR EXERCISE!

When I realized the whole family was out walking the mall. I thought, "God Bless them! They are trying to make a change and a difference in their lives as a family!" That is boldly stepping out to make the needed changes. Instead of living in fear that someone might come along and snatch something from you.

What's keeping any of us from LIVING OUR DREAM in 2012?

Make 2012 the year YOU made a difference in your life!

Whether it be physical and needing to lose weight and/or build strength through exercise.

Whether it be mental needing to get the brain in gear by reading a book or teasing it with a good word game. Or learning something new this year.

Whether it be social needing to spend more time with family or friends. Or being the best you can be on the job.

Whether it be spiritual needing to come closer to the God you love through reading His Word and getting involved in a good Church. By living the life He has set for you to live!

Whatever it be, make this year, 2012, the year to succeed by LIVING YOUR DREAM!

  
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ELDUNBAR 3/14/2012 9:03PM

    I am in agreement with You! I'm making a change in 2012! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/16/2012 5:07AM

    I'm also glad I stopped by - very inspirational blog - you should do so more often!

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MCCOURTT 1/12/2012 9:57PM

    So glad I stop by to read you blog, just made my day!!


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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/11/2012 10:22AM

    Purse snatcher? Too bad you didn't have your own "man bag" with you and then you could turn around and say "oh, that's okay lady, I'm just walking fast for my health, and I already have a purse, thank you!" (and smile your best clown-face smile!). Hahaha!
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I guess on one level, it's nice that the mom is looking out for her daughter, but on the other hand, there is a time to be discreet and let your child know that a mall is generally considered to be a safe place for people to walk without being in fear of slipping and falling on the road, being run over, dealing with the cold or the heat, that sort of thing. They need to be aware that people in the mall walking for exercise are not usually wanting trouble. They are going to be at the mall on a regular basis. Doubtless that mom wasn't a "regular"!?

I can remember walking at Towne West when I lived on that side of town, and getting to know who "my peeps" were, the ones I saw regularly and waved or nodded to, as we all walked around the mall!!





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JESSIKA_56 1/10/2012 8:22PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for your encouragement!

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JANNEPERRY 1/9/2012 8:22AM

    You, a purse snatcher, hehhe, that's kinda funny!

It's great to work on your goals and see others working toward theirs too! Thanks for all your support and encouragement on SP emoticon

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AWOOD1973 1/9/2012 3:09AM

    Well, I will make sure to keep a tight hold on my purse, while I am at the mall! lol

What a great blog! You keep doing what you are doing!! You are an inspiration!!!

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JOYATLAST 1/8/2012 8:27PM

    That reminds me of the time I was walking in the neighborhood and smiled at a little girl with a cheerful "HI!"

She looked at me real mean and shouted "Don't you say Hi to me!"

I am boldly stepping out with you. You make it sound so do-able AND so attractive.

GREAT BLOG!

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