Sunday, December 6, 2009

P's and Q

I have always liked the quotation, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.” But the more I think about it, GOD is what happens when you are busy making other plans. You think you’ve got it all figured out and POW – right out of left field comes God’s plan. Or maybe you don’t have it figured out and don’t think you ever will and all of a sudden God drops it right into your life. All the significant changes in my life have come that way. I’m not even smart enough to know what to pray for and maybe that’s good because I know I would sell myself way short. Remember the country music lyric: “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers” -- too, too true.

I don’t even try to conjure up a sweet deal anymore. I just wait and see what God has for me and it is always way sweeter than anything I could have dreamed up.

Back in the 1970s, staying with a friend in Washington, D.C. and hitting the streets every day looking for a job, I was getting pretty discouraged 6 weeks into it and one Saturday evening some folks from a nearby Baptist church that I had visited the week before dropped by the apartment and asked if they could pray for me. It seemed like a novel idea so I said, “Sure – pray I find a job.” While they were still praying the phone rang. It was someone with the Securities & Exchange Commission who wanted me to interview on Monday.

So big deal right? Well, I had never even heard of the SEC much less applied there. The lady said she had gone to the Civil Service Commission and picked up my file. This was just crazy because the SEC got so many applications they didn’t need to go to the Civil Service Commission to look for files. For another thing, government personnel workers didn’t work at home on Saturday nights calling people for job interviews.

Well I went to the SEC on Monday morning and had 5 interviews. Three of the supervisors that interviewed me offered me a job on the spot. I got to pick. I worked there for 4-1/2 years till I decided to move back to Kansas to have my second child.

That was the first set of extraordinary job circumstances that happened in my life. Each job I have had in my life has happened with extraordinary circumstances. Each and every one of them has a story just like that to go with it. God had a game plan and I just followed where He lead me.

That was just one instance of miraculous provision I could tell you about. There have been many instances of miraculous protection too. Situations that were so bad and could have been potentially fatal where God intervened and made it a near miss instead of a tragic accident.

God has put extraordinary people in my life – the right people at the right time to show me the path I was to follow. He’s always put at least one person in my life at every season of my life that tried my patience, my fortitude and most of all my BE-attitudes. He doesn’t make life easy but He sure makes it interesting. How would that great piece of woodcraft become perfected without the sandpaper being applied?

God has made me some promises in my life too. I’ve seen some of them fulfilled and some of them seem improbable and if God wasn’t in it – impossible. I’ve waited a very long time for one of them but God is faithful. Some of them have been fulfilled very quickly and some have been ongoing. When your best friend is God it’s an adventure to say the least.

So these days you will find me minding my Ps & Q. I’m either praying and thanking God for His provision, His protection, His promises and the people he has put in my life (those are the Ps), or I’m quilting (That’s the Q).

(Oh and sometimes I work too --just in case my boss is reading this ;-) )

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mountains and Valleys

Sometimes it feels like just the minute we’re basking on the top of the mountain, the wind comes along and blows us off into the valley. It’s easy to pray on top of the mountain. “Thank you God for your bounteous goodness to us.” But down in the valley, bruised and battered from the plunge down the slope, it’s easier to despair sometimes than to pray. But that’s exactly what we need to do because that prayer in the valley means you still have hope. And without hope we are hopeless. Sometimes it takes effort to praise God in that valley. Sometimes we are so weak we just have to say, “God I can’t do this in myself so you will just have to hold on tight to me right now.” I remember in one of my valleys saying, “God, I know I’m supposed to love this man but I’m not feeling it – please love him for me and teach me how to do it again. And He did. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t fun, it wasn’t even something I much wanted to do at the time but no matter how little we have to offer, God can take up the slack.” In another deep valley, my daughter and I wept in each other arms when the little baby whose healing we had prayed so hard for died within minutes after her birth. Heartbroken, we just prayed, “God we don’t know why you didn’t heal her on this side of Heaven, but we thank You and praise You for the short time me had her.” God blessed us even through that experience because some hearts were softened and some broken bridges rebuilt as we went through the funeral and the time with family afterward. Today, as we were preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, we got word that a family member had been involved in a terrible car accident and is in grave condition. Once again I felt that familiar plunge into the valley as I contemplated what it would be like for this young girl’s mother to see her only daughter lying helpless in the ICU, not knowing what would be the result. I find myself crying out to God again in the valley and asking for His hand in the situation. I don’t know what the future holds for this beautiful young girl any more than I know what the future holds for any of us. As the old song goes, “Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand; but I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand.” I’m praising God today and I’m just so glad that HE IS GOD and that all of us are held firmly in His hand!

Monday, May 25, 2009

This is the life ????

This whole chapter was hilarious but it was REALLY LONG. So here is the author's summation of the chapter:

"To recapitulate, in as few words as possible, the following are to be strictly avoided by those whose desire it is to lead a pure, chaste and continent life:

Tobacco in all its forms
All manner of alcoholic liquors.
Late suppers and over-eating.
Sweetmeats, candies, etc.
White bread, when it is possible to get the Graham.
Pork, and all fat and salt meats, sausages, pickles. oysters, Lobsters, eels, etc
Salt, except in moderate quantities, pepper, mustard. spices, vinegar, and other condiments.
Mince and other pies, and all manner of pastry
Tea, coffee and chocolate.
All constriction of dress about the body.
Idleness and inaction of body and mind.
Feather beds and pillows, and heavy bed coverings. Unventilated and unlighted bedrooms.
Remaining in bed in the morning after awaking. Companions of doubtful or bad natures.
Irresolute will.
Uncleanliness of body.
Turkish and Russian baths.
Drugs and patent medicines.
Plantation and all other kinds of " Bitters."
Quack doctors.

In the foregoing list there are many things that the majority of mankind will think twice about before relinquishing their use. Yet, to the individual whose desire is for a true life, all and each item of the list must be discarded. There is not an article of food, condiment, or so-called luxury, mentioned above, that is in the remotest way necessary to the growth and nourishment of a healthy body and soul. I assert, without the fear of successful contradiction, that any person disregarding, in whole or in part, the foregoing Plan of Life, cannot be healthy, chaste, continent, or even a Christian. A man cannot have a pure, clean, lovable soul in a foul, filthy body, and purity of soul is essentially requisite in a good Christian.. Therefore, oh! man, young and hopeful -oh! woman, fair and trusting, see to it that you discard and avoid these abominations of modern civilization, and use, observe and enjoy only that required for your growth, purity and health of body and soul.
The things above enumerated you are commanded to discard, if you would avoid a sickly, irritable, fretful, licentious, and curtailed life. The things below enumerated you are requested to observe, use and enjoy, healthy life, a continent life, a happy a long life:

Moderate eating of food, and in as nearly as possible its
natural condition.
Two meals a day-breakfast at seven or eight o'clock; dinner at two or three o'clock, P.M. If more than two meals are taken, the supper to be not later than six o'clock, and very light-say, a piece of bread and a glass of water.

Regularity in eating.
Using as food:
Bread, mush or gruel made from unbolted wheat; mush or cakes made from oatmeal, cornmeal; hominy, samp, rice, etc.
Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, plums, melons, oranges, figs-not in the shape of jellies, preserves, etc., but in as nearly their natural state as possible during their season; out of their season, from the dried fruit, in the form of stews, etc.
Potatoes-common and sweet-green corn, tomatoes, green peas, squash, cabbage-cut up fine and eaten in its natural state without vinegar-shell and string beans, spinach, spring greens, etc.
Milk in moderate quantities, cream, butter and cheese in very small quantities, if perfectly sweet, fresh and new.
Lean mutton, lean beef, chicken; as little animal food as possible; best if altogether discarded.
Not a particle of food, candies, nuts, etc., to be eaten between meals.
The regular morning evacuation of the bowels. If possible, acquire the habit of evacuating them, at a regular hour, just before retiring to bed.
Bed and pillows made of corn husk, hair or sponge.
Rising with prompt and careful regularity immediately on waking in the morning, and going to bed at an early and regular hour
Bedroom to be well lighted, and to be thoroughly ventilated at night as well as day.
A hand-bath to be taken every morning, thoroughly and quickly cleaning the surface of the body; after drying, rapid friction with the palms of the hands (no Turkish or other coarse towels or brushes to be used for this purpose). After friction, while in the nude state, slightly exercise the body by throwing the arms suddenly and forcibly in different directions; and during all this time, if the sun be shining, allow its rays to fall directly on the body. Between ten and twelve o'clock in the forenoon is the best time for this life-renewing bath and exercise; but to those whose business will not permit this, the early morning hour after rising, or after the morning walk, will suffice.
During waking hours, excepting while at meals, the constant and active exercise of body and brain.
The daily walk of from five to ten miles morning or evening.
The cultivation of a firm and determined will.
The active morning and evening exercise of the religious sentiments.

In the right and faithful observance of these laws, man will find all the requirements necessary to the growth of perfect health, purity of body, nobleness of soul, and, above and over all, contine1tce. By the just observance of these laws, woman will acquire and retain beauty-beauty of face, form and character; and she will retain and gain strengtb--strength of body, mind and soul; but, above and overall will she be pure, lovable and chaste."

I don't know about you, but according to this guy's criteria, I'm an utter failure at this. Oh woe!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

GIRLS -- SOME OF YOUR HAIR STYLES ARE LEADING YOU ASTRAY!

Still in this great book from 1911:

"The great provocative of amative desires in woman, next to a wrong quality. and quantity of food, is dress. The constricting of the waist and abdomen by corsets, girdles and waistbands, prevents the return of the venous blood to the heart, and the consequent overloading of the sexual organs, and, as a result. the unnatural excitement of the sexual systern. In the mode of wearing the hair, it is observable that the majority of women, adoring followers of the goddess Fashion, wear the hair in a large, heavy knot on the back part of the head, and when their own is insufficient to make a roll large enough, false hair is added. This great pressure of hair on the small brain produces great heat in the part, and causes an unusual flow of blood to amativeness, and, if persisted in, a chronic inflammation of the organ, and a chronic desire for its sexual exercise.
Closely allied to food and dress, in woman, as a producer of evil thoughts, is idleness and novel-reading. It is almost impossible for a woman to read the current "love-and-murder" literature of the day and have pure thoughts, and when the reading of such literature is associated with idleness-as it almost invariably is-a woman's thoughts and feelings cannot be other than impure and sensual."

BRAINS AIN'T SO BAD

More sage advice from 1911:

This is for men seeking their mate . . .

"In your search for the attainable, avoid the ignorant and wrongly educated. There is a current dread of the learned, otherwise called "strong-minded" women, and broad doubts of their making desirable wives. Let this not trouble you; given all the required conditions for a perfect union, your wife cannot possibly be too learned."

Friday, May 22, 2009

BASED ON THIS CRITERIA ALONE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A FRONT RUNNER . . .

Again quoting from the 1911 book:

"An outward indication of an abnormal, unhealthy and unphysiological life is a small waist, whether abnormally natural, or caused by the wearing of corsets; avoid them as you would the plagues of Egypt, for they encompass sickness, premature decay and death. Such women are not capable of pure love, or right judgment, or, what is so essentially important, giving birth to healthy, vigorous offspring. Their very souls are malformed in harmony with their bodies. Some men admire small waists, but they are men who possess but a modicum of brains-or, if otherwise, they may admire, but they carefully guard against ever marrying them. If it is your desire to secure a wife that will be free from eternal nervousness, headache, pains, ill temper, and especially if you aim to have children that will not be sickly and short-lived, I pray you avoid marrying a woman with a small waist. I consider this matter of large waists such a necessity, in a woman who aspires to be a wife and mother, that, to impress it more positively on the minds of all men in search of wives, I will again repeat, in large letters, SHUN SMALL WAISTS, and act on the rule of "NATURAL WAISTS or no wives.” "

Hello There Blog Friends

Since this is my first post I feel obliged to tell you that I am a card carrying Right Wing Extremist, a Dittohead, a fan of Ann Coulter and a Pentecostal Christian. I don't want to debate you, I don't want to offend you, but I'm probably going to let some of that shine through in some of my posts.

Right now, however, I'm having fun with an old book we found called The Science of A New Life by John Cowan, MD, published in 1911. Just to pique your interest, here is a quote:

"The man who marries before twenty-eight or thirty, or who commits sexual excesses, or lives other than a life of strict continence, arrests the growth of his body, weakens his entire system, his muscles become pale and flabby, nerves weak, brain forever oppressed and clogged, and he is no more capable, in his work in life's vineyard, to make a name for himself among the earth's great ones, than the veriest born fool. Disease, premature age and early death make his life a sad failure."

Okay, guys, you know who you are. Bummer.

The book gets even better as it progresses . . . STAY TUNED!