Friday, August 27, 2010

Proverbs 17:27

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

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Betty G

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

FROM THE PRAISE NEWS LETTER

This is an article by Mary Carothers co publisher of the Praise News letter I get once a month. I thought someone would like to read it just as I did.

A five-year-old tearfully approaches his mother. In agitation he plops a puzzle on her lap. "I can't make it work!" he wails. "I'll fix it for you," she answers, and promptly begins to put the pieces straight.

"But I don't want that piece to go there," the child whines. "That's where it belongs, honey," says Mother.

"But I don't like it there....I want it in another place." More whining! As long as the five-year-old whines and insists on having the pieces where he wants them, Mother can never complete the puzzle.

How many of us would be exasperated in this mother's position? If only the child would keep his mouth shut and his hands off, the puzzle could be fixed in minutes.

Yet, many times we are that "fine-year-old" as we tearfully take our problems and burdens to the Lord. "Lord, why don't You get busy and make my husband like I want him to be?" Or, "Lord my children just don't want to go to church."

What we are really saying is, "Lord, I don't like the way You are "putting the pieces together' in the lives of those I love. I want You to work in their lives the way I want it done."

How much better for all of us when we bring our problems to Jesus and then stand back and keep our hands off. When we whine and complain, it binds God's hands and prevents Him from working out the puzzle or our lives.
When we stand back and praise and thank God for what He is doing, even though we may not see any evidence of it, it releases His hands to work in our lives.
Besides, it's more fun to rejoice always!

Rejoice always.
Betty G

Sunday, August 22, 2010

HOW AM I DOING ??

Well, I am not doing so good. It has been a month now and I am still not walking without a lot of pain in my right hip. Still not sure what is causing it.
Dean put a board under the mattress today and now pray that will help. My doctor said my spine is bad above all my fusions. I say, no more surgery, so he is giving me pain medicines and hoping the pain will just go away. Now, that doesn't sound very hopeful to me but we will see.

Peg is doing so-so. She is still having spells of vertigo and still going for acupuncture. She and Denny went camping last week with friends and her vertigo hit her about every day but she insists she is better. She did go to church today. Jeremy had his breaking of bricks yesterday in a big grocery parking lot, with all the hoopla of big balloon stuff for kids, Dean said it very impressive, and Peg was baby sitting part of the day.

Betty had a birthday party for 10-year-old Brett today after church and I couldn't go because I still can't walk. She had Tacos and sent some home for me.

Bryant is still happy with Maryland. He and Vada are planning a gravestone for son Buck. Should have it done with week.

Gary is still busy as manager of the auto parts store. Brandy says it is the best auto parts store in the district, she adds she is very proud of him. We all are proud of him and would love to see them. Our sons are so far from us now.

That is how we are doing. This week is scheduled for something everyday but one. That is too busy but I am grateful.

Take care,
Betty G

Saturday, August 21, 2010

CAN'T BELIEVE THIS

"John G Kappenman, owner of Storm Analysis Consultants and an expert on the dangers of electromagnetic pulse, EMP, damage to modern society, and with a list of qualifications after his name as long as a phone book, " issued a warning of eruption of power. This could come from the sun or from nuclear-triggered EMP wave that would destroy society.

I have been hearing of this possibility for a long time and assumed our nation was in control of protecting us from it. Just a short time of ago, August I think, the House "authorized plans to defend America's power grid against such dangers." That sounded good to my ears.It was unanimously approved,a bill specifically to protect us.

Now the Senate followed the House bill with rejection of any protection. I would like to know why and who voted for this rejection.
Actually this is one vote that scares me.

Read of this danger by googling EMP and it will scare you too.

Betty G

Friday, August 20, 2010

MR. & MRS. BRYANT GUMBERT

1710 LONGWOOD ROAD

EDGEWATER, MARYLAND 21037

Monday, August 16, 2010

FAMILY REUNION

This reunion has been held every year for over 50 years and we are still going. It is my husband's family and everyone I have met has been a precious person. He has a wonderful family and I want to go to every reunion. I thank the Lord for each one of them .
It gets smaller every year and I think, every year, the rest of the family doesn't realize what they miss.
This year we met in a park, just the family. There was a pond, quite large actually, and Greatgrandson Brett had brought his new fishing pole and worms. He is 10 and got his pole for his birthday, August 1. He did catch a little fish and the other kids had to feel it before he threw it back! Greatgrandson Tyler "cutie", 2, carried the worms around in their dirt and carton and of course he had to show them to everyone. The kids had a great time.
Then the food was really good, and the visiting was great, so of course the adults had a great time too.
I was hurting so sat in my walker all the time, but I enjoyed every minute.

Next year we plan to go to the same park. I thought it was perfect. It was good to see everyone.

Betty G

Saturday, August 14, 2010

THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL

Things are at a standstill for us. We are trying to have a last time garage sale this Friday and Saturday but it has been a disaster so far.
Thursday Dean and Doug put up the big tent for the garage sale in Betty's yard. During the night a strong storm came through and took it down and broke some poles. That was the start of the disaster.
Dean and Bobbi got busy and tried to set the stuff up in half of Betty's double garage. It was nice for a while and then the rains started most of the day. So they were forced to close it.

Now it is Saturday and they are trying again. Hopefully the weather will be okay today. Bobbi is a Watkins dealer so she has set up a really nice array of Watkins products and a huge sign so the purpose of the sale may be better today. She has been a Watkins dealer for many years and has a good business as a side line.


So we will try again for a garage sale today. Next thing will be fall and winter, and outside sales will be over.

I love garage sales. I remember having them over 40 years ago and going to them in Eau Claire with Lucy Meir, we were having a great time. Her husband, Holly, was editor at the Chippewa paper and we would stop and pick a paper for that day.

Down south the churches would take things to the poor areas and sell them for a nickle or a dime to make money for their churches. What they didn't sell was given to the poor. It was a hard time for everyone in the 30's and even the early 40's.

Those were also the days, down south, of curb markets. Produce from gardens and even from farmers, filled vacant lots in town. Now they are called farmer's markets. Those selling produce often had trucks and they peddled their produce up and down the streets in towns.

That was the depression. I was young and really didn't know how bad it was.

Take care, know what is going on in the world.
Betty G

Thursday, August 12, 2010

ARE THESE WORDS FOR US???

Jeremiah 13 has God speaking to Jeremiah that he is making the country, Israel, good for nothing.
And He tells him why. Pride, evil people, serving and worshipping other gods, they refused to hear His Word. God gave dire warning, He would make the leaders drunk, even the prople of the nation. Then the terrible words, He would dash the fathers and sons together without pity, nor spare them or have mercy, but He would destroy them.
Verse 15. "Hear ye, and give ear, be not proud, for the Lord has spoken."
Verse 16. "Give glory to the Lord your God, before He causes darkness and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains---"

Read on through Jeremiah, this terrible time goes on for a long time. Doesn't this read like our own country? Jesus and prayer is banned just about every place, evil is granted the right to be lawful, pride goes before the poor and the honest person, other gods come first in the law of the land, and so many people are drunk with liquor and drugs. What must we look like to God??
Why would He spare us as a people???

Sorry this is so drastic but it is what I am reading today. Jeremiah was right this time and since we fit God's definition of an evil land, I see our land in the same situation today. We need to stop condemning other nations and look at our own.

This is God's Earth and we are looking at the enviroment for salvation, all wrong, we should be looking at repentance and giving God control.

Hopefully tomorrow's reading will be better !!
Betty G

Thursday, August 05, 2010

ME, TODAY

It's a beautiful day, "It's a day the Lord has made so let's be glad in it." That's not quoted word for word but it means the same.
I love these days when the windows are open and the doors, and it is pleasant to sit on the porch. The air is turned off, it is great.

As for me, I am having a time after taking steroids for the hives. I have learned what is bothering me, the steroids affect the joints in a painful way making it painful to walk. I must say I am thankful for my walkers, One is for inside, it sqeezes the wheels to go through doorways. Now isn't that a new wrinkle? The other one has a seat yet folds up to carry in the car. I am not ready for a wheelchair so I am not complaining, just thankful. Bryant gave me Buck's wheelchair so it is ready when I am. Before grandson Buck died he had been in a wheelchair for about eight years. Sad, he was a beautiful young man.

Dean is doing great. Today he is out cutting the lawn. So the weather isn't too bad for it today and he is taking it kinda easy but he is getting it done. This afternoon he is going shopping for a couple of tires for the 97 Lincoln. He loves that car.

Sunday, he and Betty went to LaCrosse, picked up Bobbi, and attended the reunion of two Flight for Freedom vets. They really had a great time but the lincoln had a flat tire on the way home!!!
So, Dean is getting tires today, hopefully.

This has been written haphazardly, but I'd really rather be outside that sitting in here. That's how nice it is today!!! Enjoy!!!!!

Take care,
Betty G

MOURNING FOR OUR MILITARY, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

This is so real. I have copied it word for word but I have no idea who originated it.

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was failing fast, he sat around the post telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds that he had done, in his exploits with his buddies, they were heroes, every one.
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke, all his buddies listened quietly for they inew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, for 'ol Bob has passed away, and the world is a little poorer for a soldier died today.
He won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way, and the world won't note his passing, 'tho a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, while thousands note their passing, and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories from the time that they were young, but the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land, some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who in times of war and strife, goes off to serve his couintry and offers up his life?
The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives, are often disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier who offered up his all, is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It's so easy to forget them, for it is so many times, that our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys, went to battle, but we know: It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploy, who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand, would you really want some cop-out with his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a soldier -his home, his country, his kin- just a common soldier who would fight until the very end.

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict we find the soldier's part is to clean up all the trouble that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise, then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
..................AUTHOR UNKNOWN