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Just 27 miles south of Hollister is Pinnacles National Monument.  Yesterday Nathan and I drove out there again to see them.  It is amazing.  You are traveling along in the beautiful rolling hills and all of a sudden these jagged peaks are in view.  Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California’s Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.  It is quite an awesome sight to see.  It also never ceases to amaze me the micro-climates there are in California.  When we left Hollister it was only 76 degrees and just 27 miles south it was 94 degrees.  When we left the Pinnacles we drove south a little way and then cut back across the hills toward Salinas.  By the time we got to Salinas the temperature was 58.  Then by the time we got back to Hollister it was 72 degrees.  I can’t figure that all out but it’s really interesting to me.

Pinnacles National Monument began as a volcano that first erupted about 195 miles south of its present location. It has traveled northward along the San Andreas Fault, and currently moves at a rate of about 2 – 3 centimeters per year. 

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Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

As my mother would ALWAYS say, “Pretty is as pretty does”.

 

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Human Frailty

Romans 8:20 (Amplified Version)  For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it–[yet] with the hope.

Sunday when I was in the office before church I reached to pull a drawer out on the desk to get a pen and my back went out.  How can a simple movement make that happen?  I immediately grabbed my back and said to no one imparticular, “OH MY BACK”!  So, this week has been spent going first to some Wellness Clinic where the lady just pulled and pushed and told me she was aligning my body back to where it was supposed to be.  I knew that wasn’t working so I went back to my good ole trusted chiropractor.  Things are looking and feeling better, Thank the Lord!  If you’ve ever had any kind of back trouble you can relate.  If you haven’t I pray you never have any.  I know that as long as we are in this world we will have “little” things like this happen to us.  That’s why I’m thankful for the last 4 words of Rom. 8:20  “yet with the hope”.  I look forward to the day when there is NO MORE PAIN!  I am not a good pain tolerant.  lol  Well now that I have had my complaining session, I do hope you all have a good day and please no one pull your back out.   

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My sister-in-law, Ginger sent this picture to me of my twin great-nephews, Cayden and Cole. It is just so cute I had to share it with you all. They had just been reprimanded for not sharing their toys.  The parents are Jimi and Shara Wilson.  Jimi’s grandmother, Beverly Putman took this picture.  She said, “They must sit quietly until ready to say they are sorry”.  That could be a long time from the look on Cole’s face.  And Cayden doesn’t look like he’s turning around to make amends any time soon.   LOL 

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 I think you all will really enjoy this sign team.  I have seen many sign teams but this one is rather different from anything I’ve ever seen.  This was done at The All Regional Conference of the United Pentecostal Church International in Holland by the church in Oslo, Norway.  Enjoy!

Who Am I?   by: Casting Crowns

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 This is just part of our President’s speech today at Virginia Tech.  The part that caught my attention most is that “There’s a power in these prayers, a real power.”  Yes! There is a real power.  God is our comforter in times like these.  May we continue to pray for the families and friends of these students and faculty members who were so brutally assaulted yesterday.  May we pray for America!  We need JESUS!

 President Bush speaking to a somber basketball arena, packed with students and others, many wearing orange short-sleeved Virginia Tech T-shirts,  quoted a recent student blogging about the killings to encourage those who grieve to reach out for help.

“To all of you who are OK, I’m happy for that,” Bush said, quoting the Internet posting. “For those of you who are in pain or who have lost someone close to you, I’m sure you can call on any one of us and have help anytime you need it.”

He urged those angered by the killings not to be overcome by evil.

“People who have never met you are praying for you,” Bush said. “They’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, a real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God.”

Amen, Mr. President!

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Virginia Tech

Even though we don’t know all of the details at this time, we do know that what happened in Virginia this morning is a terrible tragedy

Let’s be sure to pray for all the families, friends, students and faculty involved in this situation.

 

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There is a story told about two young men during World War I.  These men had grown up together and had been friends from childhood.  They enlisted in the armed services together and ended up in the same area of battle together.  One evening, after a severe battle, it was realized that one of the young men was missing.  The other went immediately to the commanding officer to ask permission to try and find his friend.  It was only after much persistence that permission was granted.  After a number of hours, the soldier returned to camp carrying the limp body of his comrade.  The officer asked, “Didn’t I tell you that you were wasting your time?”     “Oh, no,” the young man replied radiantly, “it was not a waste of time.  I arrived just soon enough to hear him say, ‘I knew you’d come.’  “

Loyalty is a value which is desperately needed in our world today.  It is a priceless virtue for which everyone should strive.  Few people are as highly respected as those upon whom others can depend.  That is the fruit of loyalty—earning the trust and respect of others.

Loyalty is easily recognized in an individual.  When a person is truly loyal, he is faithful—even when it hurts.  He is constant, consistent, and faithful in any relationship or obligation to which he commits himself.  He is not swayed by his own personal feeling, family relations, or the popular opinion of the day; rather, he stands firmly upon the things he believes.  He does not accept or believe destructive criticism, gossip, or rumors, but exhibits trust and confidence.

Obviously, loyalty does not come easily.  It takes a definite determination, a strong “will-power,” and the grace of God.  However, the blessings and rewards–both spiritual and earthly–make it well worth the effort.

Are you a loyal friend?

Are you a loyal spouse?

Are you loyal to your pastor and home church?

Are you a loyal mother or father?

Be Loyal!  The reward is well worth it.

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Our week-end started with a Neighborhood Outreach give-away.  The outreach team handed out 150 Easter Bags.  Then on Sunday we had a great time celebrating our risen Savior.    After church the family came to our house for food and fun.   Following are some pictures of the week-end beginning with Saturday Outreach and ending at our house on Sunday Evening.  I hope you enjoy. 

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Celebrate!  HE IS RISEN! 

Jesus has come to give LIFE and that more ABUNDANTLY!

Have a Happy Easter and celebrate our risen Saviour!

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