Wishbone – Backbone – Funny Bone !!!

I ran across a Great Quote this morning, while have morning coffee, by Reba McEntire ,,,

“To succeed in life, you need three things, a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.”

I can tell you ,,, from my experiences,, you have to have all of these to survive !!!

A wishbone- When I was growing up, whenever we would have chicken, or especially Turkey, my sisters and I would via for who got to pull the wishbone apart- You would make a wish and the person who had the big half of the wishbone after breaking would get their wish !!! What is a wish,,, it is hope and belief in something wonderful given to you – You need to have Hopes and Dreams to keep moving forward !! My Hopes, Dreams and Beliefs are all founded through the Lord Jesus Christ,,, through Cancer, Amputation on lower right leg, Broken hand, Separation from family and Living alone,,, he has always been with me- He fills me with a peace within that enables me to keep going each and every day- With him there is always a Silver Lining to every dark cloud of life !!!

A Backbone- That is standing tall against all odds- My Dad used to tell me to get a backbone when I would be whining around,, meaning quite whining about it and do something to change/deal with whatever it was that was pushing me- You have to stop, access what the problem is and figure out a solution to resolve- While growing up in Oregon and Alaska, I spent a lot of time in the mountains, hunting, hiking or just out and about- More then once I have had the helpless feeling of being lost, not paying attention to where I was going- My Dad taught me to stop, look around and determine what I knew from my surroundings and plan a way back- One thing for sure,,, you don’t get un-lost by getting more lost !!! There are going to be hard times and trials in any life- You have to stop,, access where you are and what your beliefs are and plan forward,, sticking with what you know and believe and have faith that it will work out for your good !! Faith is the food for the soul- Through Faith in Jesus and his support,,, you can make it through anything and become,,, un-lost !!!

A Funnybone- Now this is for sure a necessity of any meaningful life- In short, don’t take yourself to seriously- Enjoy what you have and laugh with people, even when they are laughing about you- Nothing will ruin the fun of a vicious attach from someone, who is trying to disguise it as a funny joke, then for you to laugh with them- It takes away their satisfaction- Think of it as rain off a ducks back ?? When I was young on the farm, I remember some downpours of rain that would soak you immediately,, but I also remember the ducks we had around,, it would be pouring with lighting and thunder, and these ducks would be quacking and playing and having a great ole time- The rain never bothered them a bit,,, the rain just ran right off their backs with no consequence !!! Whenever you are attached with harsh words,, think of yourself as a duck in a rain storm and just let the words ran off your back with no consequence !!!

If you have Jesus in your life he will always be with you and guide you, no matter what is happening around you !!!

Have a Great Day !!!

Conditional Love ???

Can you have conditional love that is real love. I don’t think so. I found this quote from Thomas Merton ,,,this says a lot about real love. Think about it,,,, I know I am ???

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

“the reflection of ourselves we find in them” Is that love,,,, no ,,, that is us trying to glorify ourselves through someone else and calling it love for them !!!

Real True Love is Freedom for both of you. You want them to excel at whatever they choose. You want them to soar like an Eagle !!! Love is not here today,, gone tomorrow and back the next day !!! You love them through their mistakes as they love you through yours !! After all, there has only been one perfect person on this earth,, Jesus Christ and he will show anyone who comes to him truely , forgiving, unconditional love. He will let you soar with Eagles and guide you through any of life’s storms!!

He has certainly taken care of me through all my storms,,, storms that I brought on myself, due to the ” I can do it myself ,,, better and I don’t want to wait” )

Accept him and prepare yourself to soar ,,,, while the world around you is crashing and burning !!!

God Bless You and all that You can be with Jesus by your side !!!

No Oil — No Problem

As I have stated in the past,,, I grew up on a small farm- Living and growing up on a farm, I was around all kinds of equipment from an early age,,, tractors, trucks, mowers, combines, rototillers,,,, all types of equipment- One thing you learn early about all this equipment with an engine,,, they have to have oil to keep operating- Well I have burnt up a couple engines in my time because I didn’t check the oil- Now why would I do that, knowing what I knew ,,,, well there are a number of reasons !!!

1- Didn’t have the time and need to get or keep going !!!

2- This engine doesn’t need oil !!!

3- It is someone else’s engine and don’t want to make them uncomfortable telling them to check the oil !!

4- Pretend or not believe an engine has to have oil to keep running!!!

5- It is someone’s else’s responsibility to check the oil !!!

6- I will do it tomorrow and tomorrow becomes today so I can wait for another tomorrow !!!

7- It will all be okay !!!

Well, any one of these excuses or “head in the sand” belief’s will, eventually land at the same outcome- The engine will run out of oil, Heat-up, Freeze-up and Quit !!! At this point you have no choice but to put in oil,,, after you have spent time and money to repair the damage to the engine !!!

Now,,, lets apply these same principles to your chose for eternity- As you know I believe/know there is a Heaven and Hell- We are all going to spend our eternity in one of them depending on our choice in this life- You can accept Jesus’s path to salvation and wake up in heaven after your engine stops or you can spend eternity in separation and torment from God suffering in Hell- Yup we all hate to think about that- Okay,,, lets apply the oil, no oil reasoning to this !!!

1- Don’t have the time to think about it right now,, no decision before your engine stops,,, No Heaven

2- I really don’t need to make a decision because all is good with me,,, no decision, no acceptance,, No Heaven

3- I don’t want to make any of the poeple around me uncomfortable because they don’t believe that it is necessary,, no decision, no acceptance,,, No Heaven

4- I don’t believe in this stuff/teaching so it does not effect me,,, no decision, no acceptance,,, No Heaven

5- It is someone else’s responsibility to prove to me that this is true,,, no decision, no acceptance,,, No Heaven

6- I will think about it tomorrow or tomorrow after tomorrow- I am young and have lots of time to deal with this,, no decision,, no acceptance,,, No Heaven

7- It will all be Okay,, no decision,, no acceptance,,, No Heaven

So there you have it- Your life/engine is going to end/stop one of these days- None of us get out of that- The HUGE DIFFERENCE between our life/engine ending and the equipment engine quitting is ,, after you die there is no going back to make the decision- It is a done deal and if you have not accepted and consciously asked for forgiveness to Jesus Christ you will be in Hell- Believe it or not,,, It is a done deal !!!

Right now,,, fill your life/engine with the holy oil of Jesus Christ and stop worrying about whether your engine needs oil- After your acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and life,,, Heaven is a, “for sure”, Done Deal !!!!



I spent quite a bit of time in Alaska- Living, Playing, Working, Hiking, Boating, Fishing and Hunting- Alaska is a beautiful place, full of breath-taking scenery- Most everywhere you go there you can stop and take a deep breath and be filled with clean, fresh Mountain Air- If you ever get a chance you should go experience it- The summers are fantastic with almost continuous daylight,,, you seem to never run out of energy-

It is GREAT,,, but there can be one downside when you are out and about,,, No-See-Ums !!!! These are itty bitty biting flies (smaller then mosquito’s)- When they bite they leave a welt with a major itch !!!! We call them No-See-Ums,,, because ,,, unless you get into a swarm of them,,, you can hardly see them,, until they strike !!!! We would wear hat nets like bee keepers but with real small mesh because they will come right through most screen mesh- You cover yourself with insect repellent and try to keep the bare skin to a minimum out in the bush- Anyhow they will always be around to bug you and usually will always find an unprotected spot to attack !!! But,,, there is one thing they can’t handle,,,, a gentle breeze- They can be swarming around you and driving you crazy,,, but as soon as you get a gentle breeze they are driven to ground immediately- Oh how great those gentle breezes are !!!!

It seems to me that we also have another type of No-See-Um in the spiritual realm- I would label them the Demon-No-See-Ums !!! The other night I was a bit in the dumps and was having all kinds of thoughts about,, self-pity,, whoa is me,, pride,, arrogance,, why did I deserve my situation,, prejudice,, greed,, selfishness and give me a break God !!! Well as I was setting there thinking and heating myself up about everything,,, the No-See-Ums came to mind- All these self-serving thoughts I was fighting were just like a swarm of Demon-No-See-Ums attacking from all fronts- For a bit they were winning,,, but then I thought of the gentle breeze that sends Alaska No-See-Ums to ground- I stopped, focused and prayed to God for a bit of heavenly breath/breeze,,, you know what,,, almost instantly the Demon-No-See-Ums must have went to ground,,, because I felt relived and understood the selfishness of my thoughts- You know if you just stop and focus on Jesus and ask,, he will send you the breeze of his powerful breath to send all your Demon-No-See-Ums to ground-

It is a filling breath of fresh air !!!! He is always, always there for you if you just believe in him and accept what he is !!!!!