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Oh now I get it….

Oh now I get it….
Parents just don’t get how hard it is for ‘children’ these days:
When their cell-phone isn’t working
When they don’t have a ride somewhere or a car they want
When they don’t have the popular clothing line
When they don’t have internet working
When they don’t have the most popular electronic device
When they don’t have anything to eat because it’s not what they want and/or cooked
When they can’t do or get something because they haven’t done what they’re suppose to do

NOT…..

Children just don’t understand how easy they have it today
Having a cell phone is a privilege;
Having a car of your own is a privilege and using the feet God gave you is a blessing only some others would love to have;
Having clothes on your body is a blessing;
Having internet is a privilege;
Having electronic devices are a privilege;
Having something to eat is a blessing whether it’s something you like or not; there are starving people in this world who would give to have what you have;
Getting something or being able to do something you want should be the reward for something that you have done or worked hard for…not because you feel entitled

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Food for thought!!

**This was sent to me by a family member and I wanted to share it with you.  Had me thinking alot about what’s going on in our world.  Everyone has a right to their own opinion but im curious to see what yours is if you’re willing to share.  (I’m not here to bash just want to share).

     Only  hope we find GOD again before it is too late ! ! 

The  following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS  Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession:  

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a  Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for  being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are  sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no  idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly  atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and I  don’t like it being shoved down my throat…

Or maybe I  can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we  should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God  as we understand Him?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m  getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are  wondering where these celebrities came from and where the  America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we  send to one another for a laugh, this is a little  different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not  funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.  
    In  light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings,  etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she  was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she  didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then  someone said you better not read the Bible in school…   The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and  love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said  OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our  children when they misbehave, because their little personalities  would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr.  Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should  know what he’s talking about..  And we said  okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have  no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it  doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and  themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard  enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal  to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is  for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to  hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but  question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send  ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when  you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think  twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and  obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public  discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.  

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward  this message, you will not send it to many on your address list  because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will  think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more  worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks  of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.
   
If not, then just discard it… no one will know you  did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit  back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.   

My Best Regards,  Honestly and  respectfully,

Ben  Stein
   
 
 
 
 
 

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Does there have to be a reason or is “Just Because” enough?

Just Because

Lovely

The Little Things

Beauty

No reason needed

Yesterday while at work I received a text message from my boyfriend that said “Ummm… stay in your courtroom k babe!” (I work as a clerk in the courtroom in case you may be wondering). I sat there and thought it weird because it was his day off and had mentioned staying home and working on his car. I went out on a limb and replied that if he was coming up to the courtroom to knock on the door as it may be locked”. About two minutes later he called and said he wanted to surprise me by coming up to my courtroom and walking me out and take me to lunch. He ran a little late to actually come to my courtroom so he asks me to meet in the circle driveway outside and he and our son were going to take me to lunch. We went for pizza, which was also weird because I was actually craving pizza! (Great minds think alike!). When I got in the car our son says, “Mommy look we bought you flowers”…

After lunch was over I was taken back to work and both my boyfriend and son walked me to the courtroom and were able to meet the deputy and judge that work for. We chatted for a while and then it was time for them to go. My boss and I spoke for a little while and upon seeing the roses on my desk, he asked me “Roses, is it your anniversary?”. I replied that it was not and it was just because. As the day went on the roses filled the courtroom with a beautiful scent. It brought life into the courtroom.

As I left for the day to start my weekend, a few of my co-workers, upon seeing me carry my roses, asked if it was my birthday, anniversary or what the special occasion was. When I replied that it was “Just Because”, I received a lot of “Aww how sweet” comments and “He’s a keeper”. One thought that came to mind was “Doesn’t anybody else do this?” It must be rare because just the day before, I delivered a single red rose to my boyfriend at his work before he arrived. When his co-workers asked who the rose was for and my boyfriend replied that it was his, one of his co-worker’s asked who it was from, of course he replied it was from me. She thought it was the weirdest thing and asked if guys really liked that sort’ve thing. My boyfriend replied along the lines of, yes but it’s not necessarily the rose, it’s the thought behind it. He went on to explain to her that she probably wouldn’t understand it unless she were in a relationship such as ours. It’s those little things that keep a relationship alive and shows the other person that they are not being taken for granted.

I am fortunate to have such a soul mate, just as he has told me he is just as fortunate to have me as his soul mate. It’s the little things that keep us going and strong.

There doesn’t have to be a reason for such an event to occur, but simply an appreciation for the other person. Take the time to do the little things….because it’s those little things that count and will probably be the most remembered.

I am blessed beyond words with the relationship I have and can’t be more grateful.

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Do you take time to “Stop & smell the roses”?

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Driving to work today, I saw the beautiful sun rise. If my daughter didn’t have a zero period class, meaning she has to be at school by 7 a.m.; I would miss this altogether!

How many of us take for granted the beauty in every day things such as this? I’m guilty. 

We all get wrapped up in our busy lives that we forget to really stop and smell the roses and appreciate what’s in front of us.
Even though I don’t work until 8 a.m. I would typically just go in right after dropping my daughter of at school.  Today, I decided not to rush in and stopped to capture these images.  They may not be professional, but none the less, they are beautiful.

I challenge you all to “Stop & smell the roses”.

Have an awesome day!!

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We all start off small like flowers but can blossom into a beautiful person inside and out

People and flowers are very much alike:

We begin small and grow and blossom to be beautiful inside and out. With all the proper tools and love, we can continue to grow within and make the world a better place.

Like the flower below: This is how we begin:

Where we all begin

This is how we grow & spread our wings:

This is how we grow and blossom

This is what we can blossom into:

To this beauty

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Summer has come and gone….school is back in session

Summer has come and gone!! Where did it go? I never believed it as a young kid, but I am a believer now in the saying that “Time goes by faster as you get older”. So now it’s back to the hectic, crazy routine of trying to remember your children’s school schedule, what each different teacher/class requires, what notes need to be read, signed and turned it…so on and so on!!

Some time late July or early August I thought I would put myself ahead of the game and start a little school supply shopping early. Here I was giving myself a pat on the back because I got everything the kids needed. Well, despite my efforts of getting ahead of the game, I have found out that teachers now (at least high school), much prefer that their students use the spiral notebooks for their work instead of loose lined paper. So it was back to the store the first week of school scrounging around for those 70 page, 3 subject notebooks and of course they had to be college-ruled paper. Well I managed to scramble up 3 “normal” ones and the last one I came across was a Taylor Swift notebook. I pondered and pondered as to whether or not I should get that…finally I just told myself I might as well get it because this may be the last of it.

I took the notebooks home, proud that I was able to get the notebooks that I did and of course my 15 year old turned her nose up to the Taylor Swift one. I probably should have expected it but thought she would have been a little bit more appreciative of the fact that she got the notebooks. Oh well, just another day right? just another teen moment?

It’s moments like this that I wish they were in elementary still. The lists of needs was far more easier than it is now. But as fast as summer has come and gone, it goes the same for they are no longer those small kids….Where does time go?