Thursday, May 07, 2009
This is a photo of the North American River Otter, one of which has moved into and currently occupying our little fishing pond. Our Son called last evening to say that when he and his wife were driving by the pond on the way home from work, they saw what looked to be a River otter. Of course, my response was, "What the heck is he doing in my pond when there is a river so close?' They just do this and it can have tragic results as they can wipe out the fish population fast. We had an agae kill a few years ago and the fish population is just now beginning to recover. We had hoped for some good fishing in that pond this year. DH talked to the Missouri Conservation Department who says we can trap it and move it to one of the rivers close by. We will pick up a trap tomorrow. In the mean time, I hope Otto does not devour all of our fish.
Take care and have a good day tomorrow. Sunny
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The History Of National Day Of Prayer
(From The National Day of Prayer Website)
Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln's proclamation of a day of "humiliation, fasting, and prayer" in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
The National Day of Prayer is Significant
The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation. It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.
Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Last year, local, state and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that more than two million people attended more than 40,000 observances organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.
The National Day of Prayer is Ours
The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: "We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too."
1775 - The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer
1863 - Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
1952 - Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)
1988 - The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).
1) The President of the United States has called for a National Day of Prayer every year since 1975.
2) There have been 134 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789-2008).
3) There have been 56 Presidential Proclamations for a "National Day of Prayer" (1952-2008).
4) Gerald Ford (1976) and George H. Bush (1989-91) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign two National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.
I personally will be praying for our families, our country, and our soldiers who continue to fight for the freedoms which are so very dear to all of us.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week 2009 Nurses: Building a Healthy America
Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. We have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Place Your Healing Touch In My Hands
Help me as I care
for my patients today,
Be there with me,
O Lord, I pray
Make my words kind
--it means so much--
And in my hands place
Your healing touch
Let your love shine
through all that I do,
So those in need
may hear and feel You.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
This is a photo of my new bird house that we purchased in Chattanooga, Tenn. on our way home from Florida. We noticed this week that the bottom floor had occupancy but the top floor was still vacant. On a closer look, we noticed the perch had fallen off. We found the perch and put it back in it's place. Within an hour, we had birds investigating the new space. Yea! Today, I noticed some work in the house so looks like a bird has already taken up residence.
I am off today to pick up some new Hummingbird Feeders. I love watching the Hummingbirds so decided to put one on each side of the house and another one out by the garage.
Have a Blessed Day. Sunny
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