Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Churches giving away gas

In Eastlake, Ohio, the Worldwide Great Commission Fellowship church started raffling a $25 gas card and a $20 grocery card for attendees during Sunday services last month.

A church in Flushing, Michigan is giving away $5 gas cards to first-time visitors.
Rev. Mary Lloyd, the pastor, says that God led her to give away the gas cards. The 300 member church has given away 36 cards since May.

North Point Church in Springfield, Missouri, a large church of 2500, sponsored a gasoline outreach in May, spending over $9000.

The Catholic Diocese of Providence, R.I., used a $17,500 grant from the Catholic Charity Fund to buy more than 1,000 bus fare booklets that were given free to recipients based on income and the tickets' use.

Helping the community with gas is an excellent way to show the true compassion of the Church. Other churches are offering raffle tickets too.

A more rural church reports more members arriving by horse power - literally.

LINK: Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

cursing and swearing

I've been browsing through some political forums recently and am absolutely astonished at the offensive language some people use.

Once I see an obscenity - on a blog post or in a forum, I usually scroll down to read the next post - totally ignoring them.

If they can't get a point across without vulgarity, then they are probably not intelligent enough for me to want to waste my time reading their rant.

I realize that politics is a touchy subject, but a person can get angry without using curse words.

I wonder what these bad language people say when they stump their toe or hit their finger with a hammer? Now THAT's when I'm tempted to mutter an obscenity under my breath. If you use such ugly words just having a normal conversation, then what's left for you when you really need it?

Besides, why are they so angry? There is no single person to blame for any of this political nonsense.

My Mother always taught me that "cursing" and "swearing" were an indication of a person's intellect and lack of vocabulary skills. It worked. I have never been one to utter profanities at the drop of a hat. I probably haven't used a "bad" word more than twice in the past couple of years, and I was really angry when I slipped up.

Of course, no one heard me. It was for therapeutic purposes only. (grin)

What I keep telling myself today...

You aren't responsible for another person's actions (or words), you are only responsible for your REaction.

Here's my reaction - I'm blogging about it - I feel better now.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Blog Genie

Magic Lamp
I got this from dday at http://daytoday101.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A Bright Future

My daughter is spending this week with her Dad and I find myself with free time.

Free time is usually a good thing, but this is the summer before her senior year in high school and I find myself wondering what in the world I will do with myself when she goes off to college.

We have a fine university in our town, but she wants to attend a Christian college a couple of hours away. I'm quite proud of her, but since she is my baby, and since I am divorced and just turned 54, the isolated and abandoned future looms ahead of me.

Fortunately for me, God moved in another mysterious way today.

As I was checking blog labels for another blog at Technorati, I came across a couple of good blogs for women. There are many more, but I only had time to read two.

The first one is the Superhero Journal. This journal is just what I needed to read today.

The post that inspired me the most is "permission granted."

#2. Tiny slices
Stop waiting for some grand sprawl of time to do something creative. Use the little slices. Quiet those gremlins that tell you that you don't have the right supplies, you need a better space, you need to learn photoshop, you don't have the right camera, or you need to do laundry... and just make something. That is the best way to shut those gremlins up. They are no match for action.

My favorite way to write is in 15 minute "wild writing" bursts. I set a timer and write as fast as I can for 15 minutes. The only rule is to write quickly and never take the pen off the page. Everything I've ever written, good or bad, was done this way.

Photography is one of past loves, and while I certainly continue to take pictures, I have not always had my camera with me to capture the world's beauty when it sometimes magically appears. It has been months since I actually raised my camera with the thought of creating a great photograph.

Thanks to this artistic lady, I intend to change that.

Today, my camera will be taken out of its bag, the digital images uploaded to my computer, and it will be used. This senior year will the one where I capture as much of my daughter's life as is possible with my camera.

Today, my writing will be more focused, well, for at least 15 minutes as I start my own "wild writing" burst.

Today, I choose to see a bright, fulfilling future. I will start today so my daughter can leave the next with no regret and no pangs of guilt.

Prayer: Dear God I thank you for this day and this beautiful world which you provide for us. Thank you for having me cross the paths of people who could renew my gratitude and wonderment of your creations. Thank you for my children, my grandchildren, and my family. I am blessed. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Amen.

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