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True Grit

True Grit

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I saw the movie, “True Grit”, the other day.  No comment.

Like my daddy always said, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” Oh, wait, that was Thumper’s dad…

Anywho,  I Youtubed scenes of the old John Wayne version  to compare and came across this colorful old cowboy, instead (see below).

The video’s about 3 minutes long, but if that’s too long for you,  click on the “Youtube button” at the bottom of the video, and skip ahead to 2:19.  That’s the main part.

Outside my window

A new day I see

And only I can determine

what kind of day it will be

It can be busy, sunny, laughing, or gay,

Or boring,



and gray.

My own state of mind is the determining key.

For I am the only person

I make myself be.


I can be patient with those that may not understand

Or belittle ‘em,

hurt ‘em

as much as I can.

I can enjoy what I do

And make it seem fun,

Or gripe

And complain

And try to hurt someone.

But I have faith in myself

And believe what I say.

And I personally intend

To make the very best

Of each day.

Stop! Drop! and Pray! **

Let’s pray:

Oh, Father, your Word says, “gray hair is the crown of the aged”, (Proverbs 16:31)  Thank you for this gray haired gentleman, and his poem’s reminder that “my own state of mind is the determining key, for I am the only person I make myself be.”

Your Word says, “As He thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7)

I want to ” Fix [my] thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirableexcellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)

And I want to fix my eyes on You.”  In Jesus’ name, Amen

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~~ Hebrews 12:2

**”Cowboys’ Prayer” picture found at TrekLens**

Stop, Drop, and Pray II

Feeling stressed?!  We all face it in no matter what our jobs or titles.  Do you see yourself in the lines below?:

“Your alarm interrupted a sweet dream.  You just want to stay where you lay.  WHAT DO YOU DO?!…  Stop, drop, and pray! 


Your sinks overflowing with dishes.  The baby’s been crying all day. WHAT DO YOU DO?!… Stop, drop and pray!

Your inbox is full and growing, yet the boss throws more work your way.  WHAT DO YOU DO?!… Stop, drop and pray!

 A paper’s due this morning, and a test is just hours away!  WHAT DO YOU DO?! … Stop, drop and pray!

No matter what stresses your facing, the solution is always the same.  Whenever you feel like screaming…. Stop! Drop! and Pray! ” ~Gloris Young

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Do you know Christ Jesus?  Click on the alarm clock above for a brief introducion. It’s about time you did!

Grrrrr-ammar Lessons: Nouns

a_noun_tile_coasterMy baby girl’s moving out today!  She’s an English major and bad Grammar is her pet peeve. (i.e. don’t text “wheruat?” to her.  I’ve learned that the hard way. :))

So, in honor of my Grammatically-correct daughter, Liz, today we review the all-important noun.  Hey! Don’t leave!  It gets interesting!  Keep your seat and watch this!:


A noun is “a person, place, or thing”….

Get out your notebooks, class, and write this down ~~ the person’s, places and things with which we associate, affect us.  (effect us?  Did I use the right form of that there word, Liz?!)

Liz, pausing from packing to pose for me.

Liz, pausing from packing to pose for me. She still has her stage makeup on from the last showing of “Beauty and the Beast”. Off the stage one day and out into the real world the next.


We’re just mirrors.  We reflect the world around us.

Who’s in your world, Mirror?

I mean, who and what are the persons, places and things affecting you? (effecting?!)

In the virtual world there could be 1000’s of persons, places and things rubbing off on you.

Read this effective poem on that very topic. (affecti….oh, never mind.)

“Twitter, Facebook, Movies, Wii.

Entertain!  Entertain!  Entertain me!!!

This is our life, our heart’s decree!

How sad!  How mad!  How lost are we…” ~ gloris young

Class, get out your notebooks again and copy down these persons, places and things the Bible says we should be reflecting:




 “Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.”  Proverbs 8:34 (That’s God, and he has lots to say to us if we’d listen…)



“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. ” Isaiah 26:3  (That’s the place to be, in Perfect Peace)




Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”  Matthew 6:19-20 (It’s good to have some permanent things in our lives.  The good we do for God and others, those are things that can never be taken away from us, the things we should really treasure.)


THE NOUN PRAYER (click on the verse references to read in context):

“Father, you are a Person, not a place or a thing. (Isaiah 48:12)  You are a Person Who loves me. (John 3:16)  You have important things to say to me. (Proverbs 8)  No person, place, or thing I desire compares with You. (Proverbs 8:11) I haven’t taken enough time to listen to You.  Help me set down my things and come away to a quiet place to spend some time with the most important Person in my life.  In Jesus name. Amen.”

Do you know him, class?  Click on the chalkboard to meet the Teacher:

Lessons from Literature: Winnie the Pooh

“Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
I don’t much mind if it rains or snows,
‘Cos I’ve got a lot of honey on my nice new nose!
I don’t much care if it snows or thaws,
‘Cos I’ve got a lot of honey on my nice clean paws!
Sing Ho! for a Bear!
Sing Ho! for a Pooh!”
Winnie-the-Pooh chap 8

Winnie the Pooh was a great work of A. A. Milne and I imagine the author had a warm grin across his face as he created him.

I wonder if Milne created Pooh to pass on that grin to his readers, to bring warm cheer into the world, ’cause that’s just what he’s done.  (Plus made a fortune for Disney, but that’s another story. 🙂 )

You’re a great work of God’s, too, Christian.  His poem.  That’s what the word “workmanship” means in the verse below ~ poem

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works..” Ephesians 2:10 

light and cheer, that’s what we’re created for in Christ Jesus…

“You are the light of the world.”  Matthew 5:14

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

And, do you know, God made the same comforting promise to us that Winnie the Pooh made to Christopher Robin ~~

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in you heart, I’ll stay there forever.”  (see John 14:16-17)  Christ in our hearts ~~…Christ in you, the hope of glory…”  Colossians 27 Is your heart empty?  Would you like to be a poem?  Click here to meet your Author,  and then “keep him in your heart…forever.”