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Posted By Harolene

I'm tired of hearing people argue over politics, sick and tired. Tired of people getting other people "told" because they don't agree with their point of view. Why is it you can be liberal until you need to be liberal by accepting that my point of view is just like yours is your point of view.... so I decided to post this video I made three years ago showing family that love each other even though some of us have very different political views, we are still family! Just watch it with love!

Posted By Harolene

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be. With God as our father Brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With every step I take let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment and live each moment with peace eternally, let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Watching the news I saw reports of hit and run drivers, home invasions, people in high places running financial scams, cheaters here, liars there, thieves, thieves everywhere! I thought I just could not watch another minute of it, and that was not even the World News, just the local stuff. Then I remembered a story that really grabbed my heart not long ago about a little eleven year-old boy that had hanged himself, with a noose fashioned from a fabric belt. When I saw this little child's face on the screen my heart felt crushed, it could have been my own baby or grandbaby’s brown eyes looking out at me, not knowing what pain might have been behind those eyes when that picture was made.

Am I my brother's keeper? The answer is YES. We have to be responsible for watching and listening to people around us to see if there is anything we might do to help. "And feed a hungry world through me", that is the last line from a beautiful song (I Then Shall Live) that touches my spirit so strongly. Feeding the hungry world is not only with food, but with spiritual support, a word of encouragement to someone, you never know how much it might help. Who could have helped that child? A teacher? A coach? His mother had tried, his sister knew but he had sworn her to secrecy. What drove him to suicide? He was called "gay and a snitch". What did he fear? Now let me ask you that same question, “What do YOU fear? What is the trouble that haunts you?” I want to help. You may not talk or write but I do pray that anyone who reads this will know that I am not just a bunch of words, but someone reaching out to try and "feed a hungry world", whoever you are. Hebrews 12:14 Work at getting along with each other and with God Otherwise you'll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God's generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. King James says it this way, "Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man will see God" Our part of the equation is to do the best we can for our fellow man, here is God's part: Psalm 23 God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.  

Posted By Harolene

It seems to me that there are not many peacemakers today and listening to the news is proof positive of that. When a National leader doesn’t speak to the people in tones of peace and a “let’s all get along” attitude it says to me maybe they want derision and division so that they can charge in and provide a solution down the line, I am thinking that before that happens it will ultimately be too late. Then I wonder how it is that people are quick to remember the faults of people who are close to them and let someone who has made a blatant public error, something like saying, concerning troops that were killed in a protest, “What difference does it make [whether American's at Benghazi died from a protest or not]?” And when asked if they had died because of a protest the answer was, “So what?” I am very sure that the families of the men that were killed and dragged through the streets would say it mattered quite a lot. Yet people will forget that or dismiss blatant disregard of a law concerning, well anything I will go no further with that, and still laud these people as leaders. Lies go unchallenged, promises revoked, to which I am sure the Armenian population of this country can identify with as the incoming President had promised, in order to get the Armenian vote, a recognition of the Armenian Genocide and then reneged but no one seems to notice or if they do remain silent on the matter. How will it end? Will the beheading of Christians continue and then suddenly we will look at the people who are doing this with a sudden realization that they are a peace-loving people who didn’t mean to do it after all? The things happening in our world today were predicted, Luke 21: 25-28 “It will seem like all hell has broken loose—sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, in an uproar and everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the powers-that-be quaking. And then—then!—they’ll see the Son of Man welcomed in grand style—a glorious welcome! When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!” There are wars all around us and not just country against country but citizen against citizen, racial tension, the haves and the have-nots at odds with one another, and worse of all there is so much trouble within the family unit. Wasn’t it Rodney King who said, “Why can’t we all just get along?” I have said some of these things before and I don't want to be redundant, however I have seen trouble and I don’t like the look of its face, I want to see the face of Peace and Love, I want to hear my daddy sing, “There will be peace in the valley for me someday, there will be peace in the valley for me, there’ll be no more sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I see, There will be peace in the valley for me.” Hebrews 12:14 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God.

I want to have my five minutes of peace, love and joy and I hope it lasts for a long time so that I get a happy ending here on this earth while I am in the land of the living, but if I do not get it, then so be it because I have seen the other side from up close and personal, I am not afraid, and as it is when a movie is coming to an end I hear the music getting louder, it is signaling, “The End” and I want it to be a happy one !

Posted By Harolene

Today I walked out onto my back porch, it’s three stories off the ground which gives me a wonderful view into the trees which form a line on the other side of a three car parking space. I was enjoying the feel and fragrance of the fall air and something caught my eye, lying at the bottom of one of the trees was a long forgotten and very sad looking soccer ball.  It made me catch my breath as I imagined I could hear the sounds of the little boys that played in that back yard before it had concrete laid so that everyone would have a parking space, before drivers licenses were needed, a time when soccer and basket balls ruled the yard. I stood there and let my spirit see the boys running while the dog my little boy loved so much chased them and tried to grab the ball, which he did more than once causing major damage and the necessity of buying new balls to kick and throw. This time of year brings back so many memories of going with youth groups to parks and standing around an open fire roasting wieners and marshmallows. While I was feeling very sentimental my “little boy” called and wanted to know what kind of food I had that I could prepare for his lunch, I quickly came back to the present and the boy throwing the ball and running with his dog was on his way to my house from his office to get lunch.  We had good conversation while I cooked a steak then he ate and then went on about his business. The drama queen in me wanted to get back to my reminiscing so I sat down at my computer and began to go through pictures. What I didn’t realize was that my grandchildren had been playing with my computer since I got it, before I realized that I could actually make movies on this machine and there were several very interesting clips and one in particular that caught my attention. I will share the contents a little later just go with me here, remembering that when I was young my mother kept me terrorized to do anything covert with the threat “be sure your sin will find you out”! She didn’t share the story from the Bible, Number 32:23, I just saw a very angry God looking at every thing I did with the determination that if I transgressed even one of my mother’s rules I would be sentenced to hell and every one of my friends would know all about it! Mother’s wrath was far more fearful than the fear of a burning hell! 


Posted By Harolene

Back to the present, as I sat and decided to watch a few of the clips my grandson had made while clowning around and filming himself, the date stamp was 1-01-08. There was laughter as he was making fun of his sister and then suddenly I saw a close-up of his small red mouth as it said two very, very bad words! I was shocked but couldn’t stop myself from laughing out loud (don’t judge me)! I called out to his mother and told her I had something very interesting to show her. When she finally came to stand behind me to see what I wanted to show her I told her to go ahead and bring her husband as I was sure he would want to watch it with us! I played the X-rated video for them and they had the same reaction as I had, first shock and awe then laughing at the fact he didn’t even know this video of his dreadful deed even existed! Yes you guessed it we called him to come and see this neat video we had found! Of course he denied ever doing it, never mind we had video proof, of not remembering it and knowing he would have never done such a thing! His mother told him that if his Christian school principal ever saw it he would probably be kicked out of school and his life would be in ruins, never mind the deed took place seven years ago when he was eight, it was punishable right now! As his face drained of color I remembered all the dreadful times I had felt the same way, once for setting the dirty clothes basket on fire, another time for burning the end of my nose with the cigarette lighter in our car (curiosity folks, curiosity!), not to mention telling a group of preacher’s wives that my parents were not really married, or that my mother was in love with someone else… oh my I guess I was going for an X-rated novella way back then, and spilling the orange snow cone on my white ruffled dress. I had to laugh and tell him that none of that was true, no one would ever know, and if you don’t repeat this no one ever will! Just remember next time you want to do a dirty deed, someone is watching and “be sure your sin will find you out”!