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Archive for April, 2009

We live in such a crazy and sin sick world.  The news is depressing.  You, like me have probably turned it all off for a few days at a time.  We just can’t stand to hear anything else BAD.  What I am about to write may seem to simplistic, however it is true.  If we focus on things that are lovely, of good report, etc.  our minds won’t be so stressed by the things of this world.  Give it a try and see how much better you feel.

Page after page can be written about a person’s life.  We call this a biographical view of an individual.  However, sometimes a biography can be summed up in just a few words.  These expressions refer to the character and/or impact someone had on the lives of those they lived around.  Last year, in our ladies ministries of the UPCI we focused on “Leaving a LEGACY”.  Usually when you mention someone’s name who has gone on to their reward you don’t go into a great dissertation.  You simply say things like, “He was a GOOD man”.  “What a man of WISDOM”.  “She was such a LADY”.  “She was a QUEEN”,  etc. and we all know what you are talking about.  That one word pretty much sums it up, how a person lived their life.

When Peter was sharing the Gospel with Cornelius and his household, before pointing to the Crucified Christ and the forgiveness of sins that can be received in His Name…He summed up the life of Christ like this:

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

GOOD is what we can expect associated with God.

GOODNESS is what marked the essence of Jesus being here on earth.  He was GOOD to others.  It wasn’t because they deserved it but because it was needed and would ultimately bring glory to God. 

When Jesus was to come on the world scene it was announced by angels with GOODNESS….Luke says it like this, “Fear Not, for behold I bring you GOOD NEWS of a great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Jesus came to earth during a time when there was definitely a need for some GOODNESS.  We live in such a time right now, today!  Among all the bad news there is need for GOOD NEWS and maintaining our focus on Jesus!  If we seriously focus on the GOODNESS of Jesus and portray that in our lives, then we will have opportunity to share the GOOD NEWS with people in this trying time.  Folks will want to know why you can be so happy and peaceful in this time of insecurity.  Keep your focus on JESUS! 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

Have a GOOD Day for GOODNESS sake. 

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NO BLOGGING for Awhile

I really don’t like reading notices like this.  However, it is something I feel I need to do for awhile so here goes…I will not be blogging for a little while.  It may be a few days or a few weeks.  Not quite sure.  I will return when I feel it is right.  I will continue to read your blogs as much as possible.  Love you all.

Many blessings!

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Easter Pic

I posted this on Facebook, then I realized that all of my blogging friends are not on Facebook.  You should all consider coming and joining me.  It is a lot of fun. 🙂

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My Family

Easter 2009

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Yesterday at Easter Dinner, we were all talking and having a great time.  Yes!  ALL talking at once.  That’s how it’s done when all the Hurst Family is in one room or at one table. 🙂  We tell the same stories over and over again and laugh in the same places.  You know how it is with families.  Well, several times my Mother-in-Law wanted to tell something and would attempt to but my Father-in-Law kept butting in.  🙂  She finally had enough and looked at him, like only she can do and said, “Would you please HUSH?”  ROTF!  It was hilarious.  Needless to say we all nearly passed out with laughter.  The look on Dad’s face was priceless.

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What a smashing success!  Over 87 visitors.  So many good things happened I don’t even know how to put it in words.  Go here for a good report and some photos.

You can also view photos on my flickr account.  You will find it in the right column under “More Pics To Enjoy”.

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HOW TO CALL THE POLICE WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND DON’T MOVE FAST ANYMORE . . . George Phillips, an elderly man from Meridan, MS was going up to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” He said, “No, but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.”Then the dispatcher said, “All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available.” George said, “Okay.” He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again. “Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now, because I just shot them,” and he hung up. Within five minutes, six police cars, a SWAT team, helicopter, two fire trucks, a paramedic and ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed. One of the policemen said to George, “I thought you said that you’d shot them. George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

True story . . . . I LOVE IT.

Don’t mess with old people.

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