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May 31st, 2009 by stephanie

Americans always try to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything


Winston Churchill

May 31st, 2009 by stephanie

“For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Psalm for your Sabbath.

May 31st, 2009 by stephanie

Psa. 121:1  ¶ I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;

From where shall my help come? 

Psa. 121:2 My help comes from the LORD,

Who made heaven and earth. 

Psa. 121:3 He will not allow your foot to slip;

He who keeps you will not slumber. 

Psa. 121:4 Behold, He who keeps Israel

Will neither slumber nor sleep. 

Psa. 121:5 The LORD is your keeper;

The LORD is your shade on your right hand. 

Psa. 121:6 The sun will not smite you by day,

Nor the moon by night. 

Psa. 121:7 The LORD will protect you from all evil;

He will keep your soul. 

Psa. 121:8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in

From this time forth and forever.

May 29th, 2009 by stephanie

Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense.

– February 22, 1842 – Temperance Address of Springfield, Illinois

– Abraham Lincoln

May 29th, 2009 by stephanie

Without being too loud and showy make your presence felt –

Don’t waste time on advertising yourself.

-Rosie Cash

Does Your Bark Match Your Bite?

May 29th, 2009 by stephanie

While scanning the morning headlines, one particular bit of news immediately had me doing a double take. Did I really see that right?  Chihuahua takes on Cougar…and wins?

Sure enough, I clicked on the link, and the story began to unfold.


Apparently a pet owner that has two of what I refer to as “taco dogs” heard a horrendous cry coming from one of her pooches in the dead of night. As she raced to determine the situation, she looked out her window only to see one of her Chihuahuas pinned to the ground by a cougar.


Her second pup, unseen by the pouncing predator suddenly emerged with a frightful attack – of barks! Not a bite. Not a scratch. But they worked all the same. And the cougar slipped off into the night.


It reminds me of the story of David and Goliath. A young teen-ager stepped out in front of a fearful Israeli army that had been taunted by a nine foot giant for 40 days.  With nothing more than a sling shot and five stones, the boy David, the future king of Israel, won.  ( I Samuel 17)


If you are facing some sort of giant, you too can know that regardless of the odds. You can win. It’s up to you. Step out. Growl. Swing your stones. Whatever you need to do.

But take on the giant. And go for the win. You never know where you just might end up.


Just my thoughts.





(Link for story on precocious pup.


May 27th, 2009 by stephanie

The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.   –  Thomas A. Edison

May 27th, 2009 by stephanie

What must be done discourages some,

Others become enthusiastic just visualizing what can be done.

-Rosie Cash

Plan The Work and Work The Plan.

May 27th, 2009 by stephanie

I can’t recall the first time I heard that pithy saying, but I do know that it stuck with me.


As I took on the project of my back yard and the landscaping it so desperately needed, I was amazed at the man hours, the planning and the calculating that would be involved. With that, I decided that I might want to take the plan in phases.  How do you eat an elephant? (One bite at a time.) And off I went.


So you can imagine that these words from a devotional by Chuck Swindoll caught my attention. Pastor Chuck was talking about work. Finishing what needs to be accomplished.  And I like what he had to say about taking stock before you dive in. I thought I’d share it with you. Here are some questions he posed that you ask first:


  • What does the job require? 
  • What do you expect of me? 
  • What is the deadline? 
  • What are the techniques? 

Or, you can ask the “how”  questions:

  • How does it work? 
  • How long will it take? 
  • How much does it cost? 
  • How fast can it go? 
Whatever project or to-list you are working on this week, why not take a look at the above, then take another good look at what it is exactly that you need  or would like to accomplish. There has to be something, even if it’s cleaning up the kitchen!
Best to you!
Go get ’em.

May 26th, 2009 by stephanie

A nation which makes great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.


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