Sunday, September 30, 2012

The secular mind...

... sees nothing beyond this world.
So it wants to make it a utopia.  It's the secularist's only chance of one.

Here's one picture I found when I searched for 'utopia'...
(That looks pretty utopic, I think.)

Here is another picture I found...
(I smiled at that.)

I was listening to Dennis Prager the other day on the radio and he was talking about this (how the secularist needs a utopia here and now, since he knows of no utopia anywhere else).

It got me to thinking about the futility that must be in the mind of the secularist and the atheist.

I think that's sad... though I'm sure the militant atheist would smile at reading that.
(Poor Nancy's heart. She feels for the atheist.)


I can remember going to the zoo when I was experiencing major doubts about whether God existed.  My doubts really affected my enjoyment of the animals.... and of the pretty flowers and plants around.  I remember asking myself if I could really think that little monkey was cute, or those peacocks were beautiful.  And how could I appreciate anything if I just thought it came out of nothingness and will go back to nothingness?

'What's the point of anything?' I thought.

[There's a misery with that thinking.]

Fortunately, I researched what I'd been raised in (the Christian faith) and began affirming it.
I found that there is a TREMENDOUS amount of historical evidence for Jesus, the Bible, etc. (which was VERY important to me), and it's NOT wishful thinking. 

Oh, Christians and their sometimes hypocrisy and lack of love - and their sometimes insistence on far right politics - so turn off folks.   Like me.
But the truth of the Bible... IS TRUTH.

And I am so glad that I came to my senses.... let down my defenses... and accepted God as God, Jesus as the Messiah, and the Bible as the Word of God.

Recently I came across an interesting article (a blog post actually) about atheists and the Bible. I thought it was good...
 Click HERE  if you'd like to read it.

(It included that cartoon on the left.)


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To conclude this sermon I will leave you with some quotes I like...

“Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.”
- Blaise Pascal



"To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, "I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge."
- Ravi Zacharias

"I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast understands the complexity of me."
— Donald Miller

"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?"
- C.S. Lewis


"Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live forever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever."   - C. S. Lewis



That's it.

Oh, here's a final C.S. Lewis quote I like...
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." 
- C. S. Lewis





Friday, September 28, 2012

Early to rise...

... was I this morning.
 
On a whim (last night) I decided to go to Canton Tradesday today.

I set my alarm for early-early.

I got to see the sunrise, going east on I-20. It was so beautiful that I got my phone camera out of my purse and tried to capture it. (I had my spa music going on on the radio, so it made it super serene.)

 I got there so early that shops weren't opened... so I had to take a picture of that....

Later I spent quite a bit of time in (on) the old First Monday grounds, where treasures abound....

Then I went to the pavilions and arbors....
You can tell they were busy-busy. 

At one point I got the backs of my ankles hit by a lady riding a motorized cart-thing.  She kept apologizing and I kept saying it was really all right, though it did hurt some.   (Oh, the perils of Tradesday)


Would you believe I didn't buy anything, not one thing? 

Ah, but I had to eat.  
And, I don't go to Canton Tradesday without eating something bad for me. That is my tradition.

I tried this new place....

I ordered the chicken fried hot dog with queso, onions and spicy fried pickles on it... and fries.
(And a Diet Coke, of course)

The lady sitting across from me asked if I had the paramedics ready.
 I said, 'Thanks for reminding me to contact them!"
(Seriously, that WAS the conversation!)
We laughed and laughed.  (We hit it off right away.)

 Here's the view from where I sat...

And here's the view as I left the food court area....

So I had a great day.  It was short, though.  I got home by 1:30, exhausted, but smiling.

Click HERE to read Wikipedia's info on CANTON TRADESDAY.
Here's a quote from it (I'm copying and pasting)..."It purports to be the largest and oldest continually operated flea market in the United States, and is a highly popular event in the area. Depending on the time of year, up to 100,000 shoppers can and will frequent the fair in a weekend."

And click HERE for their official website.

On GOOD MORNING, AMERICA years ago they did a segment on the Tradesday. They interviewed a man who was selling a hearse. The reporter asked, "Why would anybody want to buy a hearse?"
 The vendor's reply, "Well, it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."

Since then that's been my reply when asked why I've bought anything.  :)
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Whimsy (some is human)...

... like Super Andrew!!...
He's Superman/Batman/Lifeguard and more!

And here's preciousness herself, Anna...
I met Andrew and Anna and their mother at Central Market in Southlake today.
I think that's one of my favorite places in the Metroplex.... especially when my favorite people are there.

On a different note, here's a picture I took of a speed limit sign near us...
I hadn't noticed it until last week. I like it! 
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 Now here's some whimsy from LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX), starting with a unique candy dish...

Look closely at that last picture.
You'll see the Lord's Supper's supper is watermelon! 

You just never know what you're going to see at LoneStar!!!

Oh, and here's a tie you can buy.....

You could do some Christmas shopping at LoneStar.... clearly!! 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I recommend...


... the devotional book, JESUS CALLING.

I had heard about it for some time, but hadn't gotten one.

I can be kind of cynical
when it comes
to devotional books,
actually, and well, Christian
books period.

Does that surprise you?

I guess through the years I've gotten jaded.
Certainly skeptical, which can often lead to being cynical.

I'm just telling it like it is. 

I think there are lots of folks out there that put sweet stuff in a book, and sell it.   Some of that stuff, in my opinion, has no depth, and not much validity with me.

Who am I to critique that stuff?
Well, I'm a Christ-follower who wants to be true to the Bible.  And I want depth, not fluff.

Sarah Young's JESUS CALLING is, to me, a true devotional.   It helps me be more devoted to Christ, and the fact that it has at least two Bibles verses on each page that you can look up and get more in depth, well, I like that.  And those verses are not printed on each page.  I can see how some wouldn't bother to look them up, but I really want to... so as to validate what Young has written.

By the way, my mother is the one who got me thinking about this book, and then a dear friend, Diane Worcester, highly recommended it, too... and since those are two people whose opinions I respect, well, I got a copy.   LIFEWAY book stores have them for sale for $10.    And COSTCO sells them for even cheaper, I believe.    (If you get one, read the introduction. That helped validate the book for me even more.)
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 On a completely different note,  Shiloh got sprayed (again) by a skunk Friday night.  Ugh.
Ah, but we have FOUND THE ANSWER!!!

Sam made a call to his animal expert friend, Greg Bargsley, and found out about the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/Ivory soap/ water solution.

Here is Sam using it on Shiloh-pup....

It worked!!

Shiloh is tolerable!!!

(It seems this solution is better than tomato paste/sauce because it ELIMINATES the odor, not just covers it up.)
(Oh, and this solution is SO MUCH CHEAPER - AND MORE EFFECTIVE - than having PET LOVE come and clean him with their skunk remedy.)

So Shiloh is lovable again.  Well, he's always been lovable.... but now I can hug him again.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cap!

Cap is having a birthday today!!!


Cap was born 32 years ago today, the first child of my dear twin, Peggy (and my parents' first grandchild)!

Here's a picture his sister, Elizabeth, put on Facebook in 2011, of them and their mom, marking the 22nd anniversary of her sad death....
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You may ask, "Why do you call him Cap?"
 Because that's his name!
His full name is Captain Emory Jones IV.

 Here is with his dad, Captain Emory Jones III...


Here are some other pictures I found around....
That's him with his precious little sister, Elizabeth. 


Here he is with his nephew, Andrew, a few years ago...


Here he is with his dear Grandmother...


 Here he is...
...on the far left.... but not politically.
(I couldn't resist.) 


Here he is with his absolute favorite aunt (I couldn't resist that either)...


And here's a picture I found on Facebook that I like...
(He's a handsome thinker, don't you think?) 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAP!!!

I have a present for you, but you have to come get it!!!
(I'm ready to see you as soon as possible!!!)

LOVE YOU!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fun and yum...

Last night we had fun with nephew, John, and his girlfriend, Abby...


We went to EL PAISA in Bedford and enjoyed some authentic Mexican food.
I ordered the Sopes Plate for a change. (I usually order the Bistec tacos or the beef enchilada platter - which are both WONDERFULLY YUM.)

I changed my order this time because I'd just read that a pastor in the area had declared the Sopes Platter at that EL PAISA to be his favorite plate of food in the entire Metroplex. Whoa.

Now I understand why.
They were DELICIOUS. 

I had not known of Sopes before.

I found out they can be called 'tortilla boats' or 'masa boats'.

Here's a picture I found online (because I forgot to take a picture last night)...



Click HERE to see a recipe for them.

[So now I have a new favorite food.]

After we ate, Sam, John, Abby and I went back to our house and had a wonderful evening of conversation.
I hope we do that again soon, John and Abby!
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So Sam and I like to try new places to eat.  We did that with EL PAISA a while back.... and we did it AGAIN just today!!

There is a tire place on Harry Hines in Dallas, and we needed to take Sam's car there late this morning.   We realized it was near lunch time so we began scouting places to eat (which is always fun.)
Harry Hines is not known for its eating places, as you may know, so we had a challenge.

Ah, but we found a hamburger place that MET THE CHALLENGE.


Here's the view from our car...

The hamburgers were greasy and delicious!!

It was truly a drive-up place, where they come to your car to get your order.  Our 'waitress' had a funny t-shirt on ("I Keep Hitting 'Delete', But You're Still Here"), and she had lime green nail polish on her nails, with some sparkles, and pink and purple streaks in her hair, and I would put her age at 55.  She was very friendly and we liked her.

We will go back.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

We were all happy....

... but you can't tell it from this single picture.
But we so were happy!!!
(This was the only time Bailey wasn't smiling and Will, barely smiling - but it's the only picture I got, and I like visual aids, which I'm wanting this to be.)

That's Sam and I talking to Bailey and Will on Facetime this afternoon.
Facetime is the video-chatting thing on Mac computers.  Click HERE to learn more about it, though I'm thinking my internet-savvy friends and family already know all about it. 
Notice the little picture in the bottom left on the computer screen. That's Sam and I. The little hot pink thing is my iPhone taking that picture.

We can see them, and they can see us, and we can talk in real time... and it cost. nothing. (Well, except for the Internet, which we already pay for.)

It is WONDERFUL!!!

It was 3:15 in the afternoon here, and 9:15 at night there (Scotland).
We'd done this once before and know that we can do it WHENEVER we can!!!!!

It is so fun.
And so wonderful.
We got to find out about their first week of classes, which just ended. They (the classes) sound daunting, so I'm glad they (Will and Bailey) are doing them, and not I. :)

We live in a wonderful day and age, huh?  Well, not about the classes, but about Facetime!!!

Just 30 years ago Sam and I were living in Brazil, and getting to talk to anyone in the States was MAJOR.  And of course, we couldn't ever see them, unless they got on a plane to come see us.

A little known piece of trivia is that I (Nancy) got my ham radio license before we went to Brazil. 
I know, that sounds so out of the box for me.
Well, we wanted to communicate with loved ones back in the States, and we heard that was a great way to do it.  So I went to a class, learned Morse Code, passed the test and got licensed!!

When in Brazil we'd contact a ham radio operator in the States, give him our folks' phone number, he'd called them and then let us talk to them, through our radio.    It was "over" and "out" all the time.  On Facetime today we didn't say "over" and "out" once!!

We did have phones back then, but oh my, the cost of making a phone call to the States was crazy.... well, unless you wanted to talk just 2 seconds, which would just be "Hello - Goodbye," so forget it.

I say all that to say that we can SO APPRECIATE the Facetime we had with Will and Bailey today!!!!
Next, we'll get Mother on... and Caroline, Andrew, and Anna, and their parents.... and others.
(Oh, Laura and Ryan have already Facetimed with W&B- they're 'old hats' at it.)

Well, I better go.  I'm not a fan of long, wordy blog-posts, and this is becoming one.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trivia Tuesday

  • In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

  • In San Salvador, the punishment for driving drunk is death by a firing squad.


  • A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away.



 
  • The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992.

  • Psychologists see compulsive texting as a symptom of deeper problems.

  • Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

  • The average person laughs about 15 times a day.

  • The song "Happy Birthday to You" was originally written by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill as "Good Morning to You." The words were changed and it was published in 1935.

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A little different trivia: yesterday I saw a church sign that read, "The only one who can satisfy your soul is the one who made it."

It begs the question, "Really?"

And I'd say a hearty "YES."

Some unbelievers think that Christians need Jesus like they need a crutch.

Well, I need Jesus like I need a wheelchair, or a stretcher.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Here's Andrew!

He's a Firecracker!  Really. That's the name of his soccer team, THE FIRECRACKERS! 


I had the privilege of taking him to his soccer game yesterday morning.
We met his great-grandmother, Alice (whom he calls Coco) and she and I enjoyed the morning talking and laughing and cheering the main Firecracker on!!


First, though, he had to have his snack.



Then Coco made sure his shoes were ready.....



Then he got with his team...
And they played.
You can tell the sky was overcast, and the morning was kind of chilly.  (Yes, chilly. - felt like fall!)

This next picture I didn't take. It was taken on a sunnier day two weeks ago (by Elizabeth), but it shows Andrew going after the ball, and looking like a natural.... which he is.

Did you know he made the first goal of the whole season, in the first game, and then scored 2 more times that game?

The next game he scored once, but was playing a hard team.

Yesterday, he scored the first and second goals.  Coco and I were yelling and screaming, so proud.

Unfortunately after half time he just wanted to sit in my lap (Alice-Coco had brought folding chairs, thankfully).  He just didn't want to get back in the game.  Hmm.  How forceful should I get, I thought. Frankly I liked him sitting in my lap.... so I relaxed and enjoyed his precious presence. 

Then I took him home, and his Coco brought him one of his favorite things: chocolate milk!

Life is good.

(I forgot to ask the final score yesterday... but the Firecrackers won!)