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Posted By Harolene
Oh yes I did!
Oh yes I did!

In the interest of fair "reporting" or blogging as the case may be, I think I should tell on myself! I have done a lot of dumb things in my time such as getting my foot caught in a concrete block and having to have it hammered off, running into a see-saw swing which was in full motion and catching it with my chin, climbing on a folding chair to straighten curtains and falling through it getting my ankle caught (what is it with me and getting caught in things?) Those are only the beginnings of mistakes... one that was not so funny was when I mistakenly put ear drops in my poor unsuspecting dad's eye causing him pain and a very red-eye, using baking soda instead of baking powder in a pineapple upside-down cake (when I first started baking) creating, instead of mouth-watering, a mouth-puckering experience. Then there was the time that I was playing the piano for my sister to sing "The Old Rugged Cross" at a funeral and played it in a key that was several octaves too high so that when she got to the place in the chorus that says, "I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it one day for a crown" it was impossible for her to hit causing me to shake with laughter thanking God that it was a very old funeral home with an upright piano that faced the wall..which brings me to the worse music mistake I ever made which was again at a funeral...let me insert a parenthetical statement here concerning funerals, ok? My dad was a minister and was asked to preach a lot of funerals of people that we did not know, had no emotional attachment for and being stupid young people and easily tickled often fell prey to fits of... well let me finish this story first... It was New Year's Eve many, many moons ago, there was no one to preach the funeral of a man who had died of alcohol poisoning and liver failure, he had very few family members and my dad felt sorry for them, never mind that we (his three jack-ass children) had plans that we had to interrupt in order to go sing. The family requested a song that was popular at the time, "Why Me Lord"? My dad had given a eulogy and waxed elegant quoting the poem about the clock of time being wound but once and we could only see him through the bamboo screen as we watched for the signal to sing. Thankfully the family was seated in the little chapel and could not see us. As I struck the first chord my brother, who was past the age of voice changes so no explanation, started in a voice that sounded like it was coming out of a thirteen-year-old, it was first high then fell to a low pitch. Try as I would I could not sing, both hands and feet playing the Hammond all I could do was lean over the keys and try to keep from laughing out loud. We could only see the tip of my dad's very large Armenian nose through the screen and he never moved, looking straight ahead... we finally got through the song and out the back door leaving him there to finish the funeral with taped music. I don't think we ever lived that one down with that group of funeral directors and they probably still tell the story which was actually much worse than what I have related to you.

Posted By Harolene

OK time to bring this to an end... Sunday morning I got up, put on coffee then went into the bathroom. I usually wait until I have my coffee to brush my teeth but for some reason saw the red and white tube laying there, picked it up and put a generous amount on my brush. As I began to brush my teeth I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my brush as it tasted so odd and the paste wasn't lathering. I had walked into the great-room to watch the news as I brushed and walked back into the bathroom to see if I had picked up the wrong brush, no I had my own, but then I saw two tubes laying side-by-side and as you can see in the picture.. I will probably never have itching teeth again (do teeth itch?) Needless to say I was quick to wash out my mouth and finish the job with the actual toothpaste, no I will save telling you about picking up the Lysol spray in the dark to spray my very teased hair-do, again on a Sunday morning, and that time there was no solution, I went to church and fired up the Hammond with very disinfected hair!

I hope you will just consider that I am stressed, yes that's it, very stressed out and continue to read my more serious articles! :)

Posted By Harolene

It is amazing to watch Eagles build their nest and lay their eggs! I have watched them for several years via computer. The young eagles are born with their mouths open and squawking for food. The parents take turns sitting on the nest, bringing food. Sometimes it is a sight you would rather not see, if your stomach were weak. I have watched them use their mighty beaks and claws to rip apart small animals for their babies. The eagle has a long life span, with one in captivity living for 48 years.

The eagle has the unique ability of renewing itself and that is what I want to talk about. As the eagle ages, is sick or wounded, it will fly to the highest place it can and begin the process of plucking out its feathers, there are seven thousand of them, until he is a bloody mess. He beats his beak against a rock to trim it down, and his talons get the same treatment. He then stays in the sun and begins the process of being renewed. When the feathers grow back in and the beak and talons, which are made of keratin like our own hair and nails, grow back, he is again the mighty hunter that he was in his youth.

Psalm 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

The Bald Eagle is our nation's symbol of strength and valor, and as the eagle goes through a process of healing and renewing, it is time for our country to take a lesson and do the same. How can we accomplish that? By remaining the Christian nation that our forefathers came to this land to build! 2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

We must stand strong in the unity of prayer if we are to keep the blessings of God on this nation. On a personal level, the eagle teaches us that we are never too old to start over. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. That is our promise, we can be renewed, and not only can we walk, and we can run and not be weary!

I imagine if the eagle looked at himself in the mirror as he was resting on the rock, stripped of his feathers and waiting for them to return, he might be discouraged at his image and decide to never try to fly again, let alone try to hunt.

So what's going on with you? Are you tired, discouraged, stripped of your glory? Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Know that the saints that have gone before you are rooting you on and want you to succeed! Rest in the "Sun" while you are healing and be renewed! Be Blessed!

Posted By Harolene

We don’t do anything that we do without first giving it a thought. Oh I know there are those impulse items…such as having an ice cream cone when you KNOW you are on an all protein diet…well doesn’t ice cream come from a cow and a cow is protein, and think of all the calcium and vitamin D it contains…Oh I know all about that!! I am talking about doing something productive, such as my son did. He graduated from Georgia Tech and then decided that what he really wanted to do was to enroll in Life University and become a Chiropractor, so after a lot of thought wondering if he had just wasted the four years he had just spent at Tech, he DID it! He now has his own practice and is happy doing the thing he wanted enough to take four extra years to learn! Deciding to buy a new appliance for the home, or new flooring is not impulse stuff, it is something you must give thought and plan before you do it. Now let’s look at the negative side. When Eve handed over her authority on this earth to Satan he really took his position seriously. He had already done a number on Eve’s thinking by talking her into taking the fruit and eating it after God had told her not to do that. He convinced her that there would be nothing wrong with it, she would just be smarter and more like God. That was the beginning of a “beautiful friendship” between Satan and all of our thinking facilities. Our thought life can be good, but it can be toxic also. The Bible tells us in the Proverbs that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. We have all seen hypochondriacs…these are people who “think” they are sick for so long that they actually DO become sick. I am using at this moment one tool (the computer on which I am typing) that is at once so wonderful and can be used to spread knowledge and facts of all kinds and a way for me to write my thoughts to you, but can also be a great tool of Satan himself. There is so much evil that starts right in those chat rooms, secret emails that become not so secret when one person becomes disenchanted with the other, pornographic pictures and every evil that man can imagine. Who is in charge of YOUR thinking? I did a lesson one time on “Stinking Thinking” and sometimes, no one that is reading this right now I am sure, we get that stinking thinking and do things or say things in what we think is a private forum that we would never say out loud to someone. One young girl went into her closet and hanged herself because an older woman pretending to be a young boy insulted her and told her she was too ugly to live. Oh my God, what have we come to as humans? James 1:14-15 says: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

 So we are ALL tempted and following that temptation can bring us to ruin. How can you get out of the temptation? Now you know I would not have asked you that question if I didn’t have an answer…right? 1 Cor. 10:13 says No temptation has overtaken you except something that is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Posted By Harolene

In order to overcome the thoughts and temptations that want to grab you and say “Gotcha”, put on the Whole Armor of God! Ephesians chapter 6:10-18 “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Did you put on the armor? Yes? OK, NOW you are armed and dangerous