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We Need to Return to Congregational Singing

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today I want to share with you all a link to what I consider to be a blog post that is relevant, forceful and I heartily agree with his sentiments and view. Congregational singing is rapidly becoming a thing of the past and I mourn our loss of human voices raised in harmony before God. We need to change this.

I don’t know this author, David Murrow, or anything about his work, other than what he says about himself on his blog, “Church for Men,” in his profile.  In that he states he states he is “the director of Church for Men, an organization that helps congregations reach more men and boys. In his day job, he works as a television producer and writer. He’s the author of three books. He lives in Alaska with his wife, three children, two grandchildren and a dachshund named Pepper.”

Sounds interesting.  Although, I think women would greatly benefit from the work he is doing as well.  Anyway – here is the link, so read read the short article and then my comments about it beneath.

Why Men Have Stopped Singing in Church.”

I grew up in, and am still very involved in four part A Capella singing in the churches of Christ. I am a deep believer that we all would benefit from knowing and being able to sing the old, great hymns which have such deep meaning in them – AND, learn to sing out loud again(!!!) with others! I’m a big believer in singing and having those tunes and lyrics in my heart and mind, having them come to mind when things seem darkest and I need spiritual comfort!

I’m often amazed at the words and tunes of hymns that pop in my head at the most appropriate time.  It’s as if they are right there beneath the surface of my consciousness ready to rise at the exact moment I so need such support and comfort.

So – those are my thoughts this warm, moist rainy morning here in south Mississippi.

Later.

Cheers!

Dee

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Happiness is . . .

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Happiness is something that happens inside yourself when you stop and realize how much you do have, when you make the choice to stay rooted in that awareness. What is going well, even if life isn’t easy right this minute. It happens when you’re living in alignment with what’s true for you, when you’re living with your heart wide open. It happens when you uncover your gifts and give them away freely. It happens when you lend an ear, or your hand or your shoulder or whatever else you’ve got to someone else. It happens through connection, and a feeling that your life has meaning and purpose.

I deeply believe that  all of these things come from God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Afternoon Sonata

March 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The cardinals have been flitting to and fro in the warm, windy afternoon sun looking like bright red leaves falling, yet here in springtime in south Mississippi. I rejoice and give thanks for all of God’s blessings, including our scarlet cardinals.

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Here’s A Much Needed History Story: What Thomas Jefferson Has to Teach Us Today

January 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Thomas Jefferson

This is amazing.  Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British Americaâ and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active
head of Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, the same day as John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:

“This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

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“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

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“Grace” Note to Amber . . . Because I Promised

January 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

A lovely 21 year old young woman in San Antonio, Texas named Amber gifted me this afternoon with her pleasant, calm, reassuring voice as she talked with me, but mostly listened – for more than an hour – about some problems I was having with some Medicare issues affecting my very life.  I won’t go into any of the specifics of the conversation right now. But I will be back here later to talk with you more, because they are important.

The most important thing this evening is for me to let  you know that sometimes in our daily struggles when we feel overwhelmed, we can be liberated by a stranger’s grace in trying to help us. “Grace Notes” I used to call them.  Remember?  After Hurricane Katrina?

Well, Amber in San Antonio, near the Alamo, you were a Grace Note in my life today and we began to form a friendship because of it. Because you were kind to listen to me as I cried my heart out in frustration. You listened to me and tried to help. And you did. You helped me immensely, more than you’ll ever know probably, unless we somehow in this crazy life get to meet one day. I gave you this website to look at and my email address. I gave away more of my life to you – a young, innocent young woman working for a medical supple company under “Medicare’s” demands – than anyone has ever asked of me before. But, because you “sounded” kind and good, and because I had no other choice (which we’re going to start talking about here friends), I went along.  I did it, and I can’t believe that I did.

All of you who have found me or remembered me or who wondered what ever happened to Dee Andrews who wrote daily at “Finding Direction: The Wind Vane Chronicles” are probably really wanting to know right now what it was that I gave “Amber, who lives in San Antonio” this afternoon that has really given me a lot to think about in most profound ways.  Right?

Well . . . then comment here and/or over on Facebook and I’ll tell you.  Next time.

But, in the meantime – Thank You, Amber.  You MADE my day!! I hope us talking this evening made a little difference in your life, too.

Dee

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It’s Been So Long . . . Can I Still Do It?

August 13th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Note to my Facebook Friends:  I’m trying to get back into a routine of blogging, again, because some days I have more than just a few quips on my mind.  Join me, if you will.

If you are reading this, it is most likely by accident that you’ve come here, as I have not blogged much at all in the past many months.

I was an avid blogger for years.  Since mid-February 2005, to be exact.  I’d have to look at my old posts to count how many I’ve written & actually published, but I can see right here on this page that there are some 5,809 comments logged.  If yours have been some of them, thank you.  If not, feel free to leave one now.  Without feedback, how do I know if I’m striking anything vital in your life?

After a couple of hard, busy, all over the place years, things have finally – or should I say, temporarily slowed down.  Too much so for me.  I’ve become incredibly bored overall with my life.  My mom is settled in for a while in a very good, loving, care-giving place where she needs to be.  My work for her has mostly all been done now, except for the day in/day out maintenance in seeing that she is financially able to be cared for in all the ways she needs.  I  could write several long posts if any of your are interested in how to deal with and survive living with someone who has dementia/Alzheimer’s.  It was a brand new road to hoe for Tom & me and we struggled to get through it as best as we could for my mom.  Our mom.  She has been come as much his mom any more as by birth.  He has been a loving, giving son-in-law who has done all he could.  As has my sister-in-law, Roseanna.

As age as crept up on me and slammed me down, at times, I’ve become ever more philosophical.  I have trudged down a long road and have arrived at what I guess most would call “upper” middle age.  I think of it as being a lot older, especially with my health worries, that are ever increasing.  But, by most standards, I hope to have yet a few good years left in me.

Lately, I’ve been focusing on what is most important in this life.  Trying to figure that out, actually.  What do you think?  What is most important to YOU right now in your life in your walk with Jesus before God?  Share with me and I think we’ll talk about some of those things, if you would be interested.  Would you be?  Are you?

Most of you I visit a lot on Facebook, but some of you are not there, so leave me messages here, if you will – all of you.  This is a very open, free forum in which to express your own thoughts, and I hope you will.  You can do so publicly or privately – your choice.  I promise to listen to everything you have to say (read it, I should say).  In fact, if you’d like to talk over the phone with me, privately message me here with your phone number and I will call you to talk, listen, questions – whatever.

Thanks!  God speed and God bless.

Cheers!  Dee

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Puns For The Educated Mind

August 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here’s a PUN list.  Y’all enjoy!!  Dee

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.  He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a nonprophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: “You stay here; I’ll go on a head.”

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: “Keep off the Grass.”

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, “I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, “Dam!”

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One said, “I’ve lost my electron.” The other said “Are you sure?” The first replied, “Yes, I’m positive.”

25. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

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