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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 128)

Psalm 128

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

"There are four of us grandkids -- with two more on the way!"

“There are four of us grandkids — with two more on the way!”

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 127)

Psalm 127

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Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Good advice — from Kids!

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Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, Age 10

When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents. Matthew, Age 12

Never smart off to a teacher whose eyes and ears are twitching. Andrew, Age 9

Wear a hat when feeding seagulls. Rocky, Age 9FirefoxScreenSnapz593

Sleep in your clothes so you’ll be dressed in the morning. Stephanie, Age 8

Never try to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Rosemary, Age 7

Don’t flush the toilet when you dad’s in the shower. Lamar, Age 10

Never ask for anything that costs more than five dollars when your parents are doing taxes.
Carrol, Age 9

Never bug a pregnant mom. Nicholas, Age 11

Don’t ever be too full for dessert. Kelly, Age 10

When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?”don’t answer him. Heather, Age 16

FirefoxScreenSnapz594Never tell your mom her diet’s not working. Michael, Age 14

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat. Joel, Age 12

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone. Alyesha, Age 13

Never try to baptize a cat. Laura, Age 13

Never spit when on a roller coaster. Scott, Age 11

Never do pranks at a police station. Sam, Age 10

Beware of cafeteria food when it looks like it’s moving. Rob, Age 10

Never tell your little brother that you’re not going to do what your mom told you to do. Hank, Age 12

Remember you’re never too old to hold your father’s hand. Molly, Age 11FirefoxScreenSnapz595

Listen to your brain. It has lots of information. Chelsey, Age 7

Stay away from prunes. Randy, Age 9

Never dare your little brother to paint the family car. Phillip, Age 13

Forget the cake, go for the icing. Cynthia, Age 8

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in wisdom

 

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Gotten outraged recently?

FirefoxScreenSnapz258I was doing the good-husband thing today which meant I had to take some items to our local consignment store for my wife.  As I parked my car, I saw a little boy who was about 4 years old in an SUV much like the one in the picture to the left.  The car was running, I assume the air conditioning was on, and he was by himself in the car.  It was about 92 degrees outside.  He was alone — by himself — in the car.

Now you need to understand that the wait to turn in consignment items in this place can be as much as an hour.  I’m not sure his mom was bringing in items on consignment or was there to shop — but she had left her little boy alone in the car in the parking lot!

I was incensed!  When I went into the consignment store, he had actually climbed behind the wheel and was pretending he was driving.  He had lost all interest in the dvd.  I didn’t check to see that the doors were locked.  But I did do something about it.

I reported the car and the little boy to the store manager who was also shocked that anyone would leave their little boy unattended for perhaps up to an hour!  I’m sure he would have been a handful in the store, but isn’t that what parenting is all about?  With a car running, it probably would not have taken much for someone to kidnap the little boy or drive the car away with him in it!

The only word that comes to my mind is NEGLECT.  FirefoxScreenSnapz260This mother, or grandmother, or parental substitute, in my humble opinion, was neglecting this little guy for something deemed more important than his safety!  What would you have done if you had noticed this situation?

Questions:

1.  Anything outraged you recently?

2.  What other actions would you have taken in my situation?

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in children

 

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