Sunday, September 30, 2007

Take it with a grain of salt

Just when I thought I had heard about all the diets, here comes one more. It is unusual in that a preacher is peddling this diet among his sermons.

Rev. George Malkmus has people flocking to hear him from all over the world. They are not only coming to hear him preach, but to hear him talk about his "Hallelujah Diet". He says that God has set forth us a diet in Genesis consisting of only fruits and vegetables. Rev. Malkmus is a very thin man at the age of 73. He says he has followed the diet since he found out he had colon cancer at the age of 42.

Malkmus pounds the pulpit: "What did God tell man in Genesis 1:29? That your food shall be all of those plants that are in that garden. You will not find anything of animal origin in the garden diet. You will not find Twinkies either!"

We've always been taught that you must eat from all four food groups in order to maintain a healthy body - milk/dairy, meat, vegetables/fruits, and bread/cereal. Now they teach the nutrition pyramid instead.

I find a different diet from God in Leviticus 11 where He adds meat to the diet. We are given instructions on what animals we can eat on land and in the seas. If God gave Moses and Aaron the right to eat meat, why would it not also apply to those of us today?
Asked if that is God's endorsement of eating meat, Malkmus insists that section of Genesis refers only to the time of the great flood, when those aboard Noah's ark had to eat animal flesh.

In other words, Malkmus believes, God gave man a onetime pass to stray from the vegan diet of the Garden of Eden. In fact, Malkmus preaches, according to Genesis, that man lived, on average, for more than 900 years.

Each of us have to make up our own mind as to what we will believe as truth and what we believe is not. Each of us have been given the charge of maintaining our own health and well-being once we reach an age where we understand the need to eat correctly and exercise. We have learned that, if we do not eat and exercise correctly, we may become sick, or we may develop obesity. It makes sense to follow a sensible diet daily. And, if we don't, we suffer the consequences of our decision. I, for one, would rather listen to God and His truth on the food that we are able to eat rather than listening to someone who dismisses the Truth in the Word, i.e. Leviticus 11. You will have to make up your own mind.

Food for thought:
Luke 7:36, "And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat."

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tell Me About Heaven

Tell Me About Heaven – Book Review
Author: Randy Alcorn
Paintings by Ron DiCianni
Publisher – Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL.
ISDN: 978-1-58134-853-8

”Heaven is not about not knowing, and not about remembering. It’s about seeing things through God’s eyes and experiencing His joy.” Pg. 44

Reading through Tell Me About Heaven gives even the youngest child a clear picture of what Heaven will be like. The story is between a grandfather and his grandson, Jake, who has always come to visit his grandparents for two weeks every summer. But, this summer is different. Papa is alone, having lost Grammy awhile back.

Papa always talks to the boy in terms from the Word. He finds ways to bring up scripture in each and every thing they do together, whether it be star gazing, going to the zoo, or fishing.
”We’ll never run out of time. We’ll all be part of a great story going on forever. Like C.S. Lewis said, every chapter will be better than the one before.” Pg 56

This is a short book that I read in one afternoon. It is a great book for a youngster or even an adult. Heaven is made real through the eyes of Papa. He talks about Grammy going on before and how she’s still alive, just ‘behind the door’ where you can’t see her right now. But, one day we will all join her and be together forever. Jake seems to understand this concept of Heaven.

Randy Alcorn was a pastor before founding Eternal Perspectives Ministries. He is the author of more than 25 non-fiction books. He and his wife, Nanci, live in Orgeon near their grandsons.

I highly recommend this book for children and adults. I give it a 5 out of 5 points. This book was sent to me free for review by Crossway Books.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007


This is definitely not your usual 'tour' bus. You can go for a tour, but it won't be on wheels. In fact, it will be via the Internet. In fact,Tourbus is a newsletter put out by Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen.

Their motto seems to be 'Why Surf When You Can Ride the Bus?" And, they are right. I've been a subscriber to this newsletter for almost the entire time they have been online. And, over the years, I have learned lots of things, found out about free software that I had never heard of, and realized they know a little about almost everything you might be interested in. They not only give you hints as to the best software available for a particular application, but they can show you how to master the Web, use the search engines to the best advantage, or they can just be down right entertaining!

If you would like to subscribe to Tourbus, just skip on over to The Internet Tourbus site, and sign up. It is free, comes by email twice weekly, and, believe me, you will not be disappointed.

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A toilet or commode?

My Mother always said never air your dirty laundry in public, but she never mentioned the toilet/commode. And this has you wondering why I am doing this now.

Well, a friend of mine told me she always says commode for the indoor plumbing, but was told it was a toilet. To her I said, “I always think of the outhouse of years ago when I hear toilet”. Lots of people do not even have a clue as to what an outhouse is, so I thought I’d inform them.

During my younger years, our small town did not have running water. We had to rely on wells and there was not enough water to put in indoor plumbing. We had a bathroom, but it wasn’t like those we now have in homes – no commode or bathtub. And, the outhouse was down a path where you often had to go late at night with a flashlight. We didn’t give it a thought back then, but I’d think twice now going out late at night.

I remember one funny incident that happened when my younger brother and I had gone there one cold night. In those days, there was a Foremost milk truck that brought milk to your front door. The milk was in coated paper cartons. We always saved the cartons to burn. This one night, my brother had a neat idea, or so we thought. He suggested, rather than light the paper in the carton outside for the one on the outside to stay warm, that we put it in the outhouse. Bad idea!

My Daddy had just built a brand new outhouse, and the floor was 2 x 8’ wood, very thick. But, the carton burned a big, black hole in that floor. I just knew our Daddy was going to tan our hides, but he didn’t. I think that time we were actually saved by the outhouse!

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Monday, September 24, 2007

President Bush Proclaims September 24th Family Day

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 24, 2007, as Family Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day by engaging in activities that strengthen the bonds between parents and children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty- second.


Source: FaithNews Network

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Win an iPod Nano

It's Right Now blog is running a contest. The prize is a nice red iPod Nano. I just found out about the contest tonight. But, the thing is I just saw one of those on television today and told my husband I needed one!

The contest runs through midnight, October 31st, Halloween night. The winner will be announced by the following Monday, November 5th. So, if you are interested in winning an iPod Nano, go right over and check out the contest rules.

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Teacher Smackdown

I just found a blog called Teacher Smackdown. In their 'about' statement, they give the following:

Teacher Smackdown identifies the molesters, thieves, and lecherous adults masquerading as teachers in our society. It also gives parents resources and information on protecting our kids and identifying these monsters. Teacher Smackdown – putting the spotlight on bad teachers betraying the public trust one kid at a time. These are their stories.

As is stated in one post, there are good teachers who are not bad people, but have a problem with alcohol or drugs. They need help rather than jail time. But, some do land in jail for these actions.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Televangelist Rex Humbard dies

Rex Humbard, son of a minister and member of the Humbard Family Singers, died Friday in the hospital in Atlantis, Florida, at the age of 88.

Rev. Humbard is the minister who officiated at Elvis Presley's funeral. Elvis said Humbard was "his preacher".

In its Dec. 27, 1999 edition, U.S. News & World Report named Humbard one of the 25 shapers of the modern era.

The folksy televangelist was the son of a minister and a member of the Humbard Family Singers. He was born on Aug. 13, 1919 in Little Rock, Ark., and grew up in Hot Springs, Ark., where he was inducted into the Arkansas Walk of Fame in April 2007.

Rex Humbard has been married to Maude Aimee for 65 years. He also leaves behind 2 sons and a daughter, one brother, two sisters, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. He will be buried in a local cemetery in Akron, Ohio.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Are you getting old or just growing up?

My age is ‘rising’ in numbers, but I do not view myself as getting old. I believe old is a mentality we sometimes take on. It has been mostly set in our minds that, as we approach a certain age, we are getting old. As the old saying goes, ‘I refuse to get old. I’m only getting better.’

Today’s women and men look far younger than those that I remember when I was a youngster. Times were harder back then, and people were broken down in body because they had to work so hard, especially if they had a big family and had to do manual work.

I told a friend today that I love the verse that says ‘calleth those things which be not as though they were’ (Romans 4:17). I used to see my Mother have terrible hot flashes and I always said I would never have them. And, I haven’t.

I hear people say “MY” arthritis is getting me down. Well, I don’t have arthritis and I never would want to OWN him! I tell them to tell ARTHUR to go elsewhere.

Today, I was sent a poem called ‘The New Alphabet – 2007’, in which they give the senior citizen an aliment for every letter in the alphabet. Well, I refuse to have all those ailments. Of course I have an occasional pain in my knee or my back, but I’m not going to be saddled with something that will keep me from doing the things I love to do. My mother is 90 years of age, never had arthritis, so why should I? She does have a problem with her lower back and knees at times, and she doesn’t get around like she did a few years ago. But I’d be happy to have those if I were to live to be 90+. But, right now, I’m not saying I’m old – because I’m of the opinion that we are only as old as we think – not as we feel. Many young people have more problems than I’ve ever thought of, so we can’t say those things come only to the older generations. I’ve had many people to tell me that I am not as old as I say I am, and I love to hear that. I’ve been told that some people I graduated from high school with look ten years older than me – same way with my husband. That’s nice to hear, too. I don’t care if those people have bad eyesight or not. I just know that I don’t consider myself old, although I do love to take the seniors discount!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thursday Thirteen 36

Things that have happened in weeks past since I have done a Thursday Thirteen

  1. My oldest grandson started college and is loving it. But, he isn't playing football. In fact, he turned down a scholarship - said he wasn't going to play. We were disappointed, but he knew best.
  2. This same grandson totaled his truck on the way home from taking his girlfriend from his home to hers. But, the good thing was, the estimate given to his Mom was more than she paid for the truck; therefore, they paid off the loan and had almost enough to buy another one. He finished paying for it - another bill off her.
  3. Our granddaughter (only one) has found a new beau. Yes, they go through them quickly now days. But, she says this is 'the one' ........ the one who has made her laugh more than all the others put together - the one that never upsets her - who has adored her from afar since she was in 4th grade. He used to watch her and her brother get off the bus at his neighbors' home - the woman who kept them after school.
  4. We had another truck to run off the road into our yard, downing 2 trees, and totaling a big tri-axle dump truck. He did not know the road, since he was down here from Tennessee, and was driving too fast. Thank goodness, nobody was hurt this time. Just spilled gas on our yard and the Environmental Protection Agency had to send out people to clean it up.
  5. We finally got enough needed rain last weekend. Now, our grass is growing again after being stagnant most of the summer.
  6. We learned that the people who get the bus tours together that my Mother and I enjoy so much will no longer be doing this. The husband has been too sickly. We certainly are going to miss those trips.
  7. My husband finally got called out on a job (he was retired, bought a tri-axle dump truck and went back to work) yesterday for the first time in almost four weeks. Man, was he happy. He didn't get to work today, but will work the rest of the week.
  8. The reason he didn't work today was - we buried one of his older sisters.
  9. We have spent the past 3 weeks in NICU and Palliative Care with his sister who had an aneurysm. She took violently sick at the gym 3 weeks ago this past Monday, went to the hospital where she experienced the aneurysm.
  10. She lives in another town about 2 hours away. My husband, another sister and I traveled there early this morning and got back around 8PM.
  11. We discovered we never want to be in NICU for any reason, especially as a patient. The doctors seem so disconnected from feelings there - it's all a business, it seems like. There is a way to tell someone that their loved one may die other than blurting out that they only have 1% chance of making it through the weekend - she undoubtedly proved them wrong on that one. She did die, but not on their time - on God's two weeks later.
  12. We were able to be with her most of time the last 4 days, after she was moved out of NICU and into another section of the hospital. We found our bodies can stand only so much time without rest or sleep.
  13. And, time goes on..........
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Hate Crimes Memo

Liberty Counsel, a nationwide public interest religious civil liberties law firm, has a memo out about hate crimes and what impact they have on religious organizations and clergy. I urge you to read the following:


By: Erik W. Stanley, Esq.
and Mathew D. Staver, Esq.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Life throws us curves II

Again, I've been away from this blog for over a week. In fact, I haven't been here too much in the past three weeks. As I wrote in the first Life post, my husband's sister suffered an aneurysm and was in the hospital. Last Thursday, all tubes were removed and she was moved into Palliative Comfort Care at the hospital where they tend to your needs and that of the family until you pass or are healed. His sister went to be with the Lord Sunday morning about 11:40. We all had left to bathe and rest a little and only her son was with her. We think she knew her husband was gone and she was alone with her son.

So many things have transpired in these three weeks in NICU and Palliative Care. We have met so many people who were facing the same things we have faced. As one man put it, "we have family here, although we had never met before". And, you become entwined in other families sorrows. Everyone is praying for everyone else. You can hardly wait to see the person to whom you have become a close friend in order to find out the latest prognosis.

We saw people come in with accident victims who were badly hurt, even brain dead. We saw many come in with aneurysms. And, these things are not limited to older people. We were surprised at the number of young people in NICU with a sickness that meant they would probably never come out unless God intervened.

The one thing that has stayed with me is the amount of faith in those waiting rooms. Just Saturday, a mother stopped us in the lobby of Palliative Care and said she remembered us from NICU. Her daughter, who is only 29, married with 2 children, had a bad car accidedt and is brain dead, but still alive. Her heart is still beating. She told us, without faith, she'd not be able to handle the things they have gone through. But, she went on to say that, one day, God sent a messenger to pray with them and, after the prayer, she said she felt a peace come over her. She realized God didn't let her daughter go immediately, but gave them time to come to terms with her impending death. I believe the families of these patients are testifying to people there that possibly do not know the Lord. They don't know who is a Christian and who is not, but they are unashamed in telling their story as to how God is helping them deal with their problems.

We left a 20 year old young man in NICU who may or may not come out.
His Mom and Dad were taking him to work, a tire blew, and it threw them in the path of an 18 wheeler. But, we went back to visit another friend, and found this young man's uncle there. I asked about his nephew, and he started talking about God. He said he would never know why this happened, but he knew it was for a purpose. He said perhaps it was to draw him back to God - that he had strayed since his Mom died, but had been seeking Him again since his nephew was thrown out of the car.

There were so many similar incidents, so many people's lives that have been completely changed due to those accidents. But, the majority of them still hold on to their faith,never buckling under when they hear the words, 'you know he/she may not ever leave the hospital'. Perhaps they feel this themselves, but they continue to have faith in the Lord. It takes a strong dedicated Christian to never waiver.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Actress Jane Wyman dies

Oscar-winning actress, Jane Wyman, died at the age of 90 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California yesterday.

Jane Wyman is the ex-wife of President Ronald Reagen. They were married in 1940 and divorced in 1948.

Wyman bore the couple two daughters, one of whom died after a premature birth; the other, Maureen Reagan, died of melanoma in 2001 at 60. They also adopted their son Michael before divorcing in 1948.

Jane Wyman is survived by her son, Michael, and three grandchildren.

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In Remembrance of 9-11

by Barbara Sanders

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Mornings are for waking up happy, going on with your business, and enjoying life. After all, the weekend is over; it's the beginning of a beautiful new day given to you by the Lord. But the morning of September 11, 2001 wasn't to be one of those mornings that were so simple. Nothing could have prepared us for the tragedy of the morning. If someone had said to me, the World Trade Center will be bombed today, I would have said you have to be kidding! And, I would have meant it. This is the land of freedoms - a family sometimes divided, but together in times of trials. Things like that just do not happen in our country. But, today would change my thought pattern - it does happen, and it did happen!

I was sleeping a little later that morning and my husband came in and told me that my daughter was on the phone. He also said, come in the computer room - the World Trade Center is on fire. I don't think that he actually knew it was a plane that had hit it at the time, or perhaps he did. My memory of that morning is like a haze. We sat there and looked in horror. Our fears were found to be true - it wasn't an accident. Another plane hit the south tower right before our eyes.

I look back now and realize, at the moment of the second plane hit on that tower, and the aftermath of the explosion, that we knew it was terrorism, but we didn't know who would have wanted to strike beautiful America, and right in the heart of downtown Manhattan. After all, these were buildings with multiple tenants from all over the world. Everyone was affected, not just America. Thousands of workers, and hundreds of rescue workers and policemen were lost, without a reason! The enemy came to our country, took our own planes, and unsuspecting people, and used them as bombs against us.

As we watched the men and women come out of that building, run down the streets, or being helped by others, we were horrified. Our hearts went out to them - tears stung our eyes. We didn't know any of them by person, but felt for them - the things that they had to undergo and the time it will take to heal. Our hearts went out to the many families that lost loved ones, and never will be able to put closure on that part of their lives, having no body to bury. The very thought made me angry. Like others, I suppose I would have gone after the person/persons responsible, if it were possible. Sure, the terrorists that did the acts were dead, but someone had set this act up, and someone will pay.

America's heartland has been scarred, and we cried tears. But, if the enemy thought that he would tear out our hearts, he has another thought coming. As someone said on television, we are family. Families bicker amongst themselves, but when attacked, families stick together. America is united more in Spirit and cause than I have ever seen in my lifetime. We will go after those responsible and AMERICA WILL RISE AGAIN!

©Barbara Sanders, September 16, 2001. All rights reserved.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

A compassionate President

I don't know your feelings about our President, but, I, for one, admire him for the compassion he shows and his down-to-earth presidency. The following tells me lots about the man, George Walker Bush, President of the US.

By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer

President Bush told the author of a new book on his presidency that "I try not to wear my worries on my sleeve" or show anything less than steadfastness in public, especially in a time of war.

"I fully understand that the enemy watches me, the Iraqis are watching me, the troops watch me, and the people watch me," he said. Yet, he said, "I do tears."

"I've got God's shoulder to cry on. And I cry a lot. I do a lot of crying in this job. I'll bet I've shed more tears than you can count, as president. I'll shed some tomorrow."

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The Power of Prayer

Prayer is our communion with God, whether it be a petition made to God, worship, repentance, praise, or thanksgiving. It doesn't have to be a laid-out patent prayer, but words from the heart. God wants all of us, he knows our minds and hearts, so why not talk to him as if he already knows the situation.

James 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The effectual fervent prayer is one with power behind it, one that produces results. We have to believe what we pray, not just 'mouth' words. Sometimes we go blindly into our prayers, not knowing in which direction to go.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you , What things soever ye desire, when ye pray , believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

Desires of the heart should be those that will glorify God, not necessarily the human desires we have to make our life better.

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray , use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

God knows each thought we have, so why not go to HIM and talk with him as you would if you were to meet him on the street. Prayers do not have to be long, drawn out affairs, but we need to be precise in what we are asking, and ask according to the bible rather than asking blindly for what we want. If it glorifies the Lord, then it will be something good for us. If it does not, then we shouldn't be asking for it in our prayers.

Taken from Barbara's Entourage Power of Prayer

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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Blogging World of Karl Moore

If you would like to find a well-rounded blog, full of humor, up-beat posts, and lots of great inspiration, then go to Karl Moore’s blog, Karl

Karl is also a best-selling author and entrepreneur. You can hear Karl live online at Writers FM
, as he interviews other authors.

Karl also includes Monday’s Random act of kindness in which he encourages his readers to do something kind for someone else. It does not matter the deed, just that you show kindness in a way that will help another person have an easier, happier life. He also writes a Friday Factoid article on the blog. I encourage each of you to go visit Karl at his blog and see the many things he has to offer. Not only will you learn things you may never have known otherwise, but you will
be inspired, also.

At his Karl Moore blog, you will find a gallery of pictures of Karl and friends. You can also find out many more interesting things about the life of Karl Moore.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Who you are in Christ

I am accepted...

I am God's child ~ John 1:12

As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ ~ John 15:15

I have been justified ~ Romans 5:1

I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit ~ 1 Corin. 6:17

I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God ~ 1 Corin. 6:19-20

I am a member of Christ's body ~ 1 Corin. 12:27

I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child ~ Ephesians 1:3-8

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins ~ Colossians 1:13-14

I am complete in Christ ~ Colossians 2:9-10

I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ ~ Hebrews 4:14-16

I am secure...

I am free from condemnation ~ Romans 8:1-2

I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances ~ Romans 8:28

I am free from any condemnation brought against me, and I cannot be separated from the love of God ~ Romans 8:31-39

I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God ~ 2 Corin. 1:21-22

I am hidden with Christ in God ~ Colossians 3:1-4

I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me ~ Philippians 1:6

I am a citizen of Heaven ~ Philippians 3:20

I have not been given the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me ~ 1 John 5:18

I am significant...

I am the branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life ~ John 15:5

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit ~ John 15:16

I am God's temple ~ 1 Corin. 3:16

I am a minister of reconciliation for God ~ 2 Corin.5:17-21

I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm ~ Ephesians 2:6

I am God's workmanship ~ Ephesians 2:10

I may approach God with freedom and confidence ~ Ephesians 3:12

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me ~ Philippians 4:13

Thanks to Who You Are In Christ

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Life throws us curves

As you have seen, I have been absent from this blog most of this week. Life does throw us curves that we wish it may not have. Ours was a personal one in my husband’s family.

On Monday morning of this week, my sister-in-law was at her exercise class. She became very sick and they called her husband and the paramedics. They thought she had a stroke. But, after getting to the hospital, she had an aneurysm to burst in her head. It has been touch and go with her all week. She was transferred from her hometown hospital to UAB in Birmingham, AL, where she is just holding on, according to the doctors. She had surgery to repair one aneurysm. But, it has been up and down with her situation. One day she is responding and her vital signs are stable to the next when she is not responding and not given much chance of living. It has been a roller coaster ride for the family. This happens to be where she is tonight. We had come home to rest up and then go back. But, there has been no change in her condition since we left there in the early afternoon.

We know that we all have to travel the road from birth to death. We hope we have a long stay in this world. And, we should be making preparations for the eternal future. But, sometimes we have no warning to what may happen. Whatever is in her future only God knows. The doctors may give us time lines, but only God knows our future. We want her to stay with us, but God also knows when it is her time to go. If He calls her home, that is His decision and we will have to realize that. God makes no mistakes. We may not see this, especially when someone is so close, but we can rest assured that His Word ‘is truth’ (John 17:17) and God never makes mistakes.

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Tony Snow resigns from Bush Administration

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who is battling cancer, announced his resignation today, 16 months before the end of the Bush presidency. He'll be replaced by deputy press secretary Dana Perino.

``I sadly accept his desire to leave the White House,'' President George W. Bush told reporters today. ``He'll battle cancer and win.''

I have certainly enjoyed seeing Tony Snow as White House Press Secretary. He is a very respected speaker and journalist. I would have liked to have seen him stay with the Administration for the duration, but I understand why he is leaving now. We must make decisions for ourselves, not for others. Only Tony Snow knows what is good for him and his family. We do wish him well in all his endeavors, and pray that he overcomes the cancer.

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