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No Less No More

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           It’s a funny thing sometimes what people will put on tombstones!

Building Presidential Consensus

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Twenty-four years ago I had written a few letters concerning some of the issues of the day to our new President at the time – Bill Clinton.  I actually received a letter back from him.  I guess he got tired of all of my letters.  It was kind of him to actually acknowledge my concerns.

His first few months of office were very busy after being inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993 three months prior to the time I wrote my letter to him.

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On January 25, 1993 Bill Clinton announced that Hillary Clinton would lead the task force on National Health Care Reform.  The President hoped to reform the National Health Care system so that all Americans had health insurance. It would ensure what he called “Universal Coverage” which would hopefully control health care costs which were continuing to rise out of control.

On February 5, 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act that requires companies to provide workers with up to 3 months of unpaid leave for family and medical emergencies.

Then on January 26, 1993, six people were killed and more than one thousand suffered from injuries after a bomb was placed under the World Trade Center in New York City. This explosion marked the beginning of threats against the United States by both domestic and foreign terrorists.  Who could foretell the dark days ahead relating to terrorism?

April 19, 1993 the day my letter was postmarked – In Waco, Texas Federal Law officers under the orders of Attorney General – Janet Reno fought a 51 day stand-off with a religious cult led by David Koresh.  The battles resulted in terrible fires that destroyed the cults compound and killed 75 people.

Our country faces issues today, just like we did during Bill Clinton’s presidency 24 years ago. Although there are many things I did not agree with President Bill Clinton on, I can agree that we need to have a consensus to work together as a country and a people.  After all, we are all in it together and we need each other.

Peach Cobbler Capital of the World

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I was in the “Peach Cobbler Capital” of the world today believe it or not.  Yes it’s  true, I was in the small town of Porter, Oklahoma with a population of 574 people today to take care of some personal business.  There is not a whole lot of town in Porter as you can see from the photo here.

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Porter is located in the northeastern part of Oklahoma and is also the “Peach Capital” of Oklahoma as well. Every year for the past 50 years Porter has hosted their annual “Peach Festival” on the streets of downtown Porter.

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On July 16th of this past year during the Peach Festival, Porter, Oklahoma set a new world record for the largest peach cobbler in the world weighing in at a whopping 2902 pounds. The winning cobbler which is now in the Guinness Book of World Records was 18 feet long and 8 feet wide and beat the previous record of 2195 pounds.  The cooking pan that was built to cook the cobbler in was 6 inches deep.

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It took 7 long hours to cook the peach cobbler cooked on kerosene burners in a permanent oven built right next to City Hall.  The ingredients consisted of 405 pounds of flour, 300 pounds of butter, 87 gallons of milk, 537 pounds of sugar, and 966 pounds of Porter Peaches.  So if you ever get hungry for some good peach cobbler and a lot of it, you might want to visit this little town during the middle of July. I am sure they might have some good peach cobbler and even a little ice cream to go with it!

Baby Girl Granddaughter Photos

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Just wanted to share a quick photo of my granddaughter from 4 weeks ago.  This was done on an ultrasound machine in Arkansas and they say baby girl was 21 weeks and 5 days old at this point. The doctors were apparently concerned about low amniotic fluid and other complications which requires my daughter to give herself shots in her stomach area every day during the pregnancy. The medical team highly recommended that further testing be done because of the high risk.

We had been praying for her prior to the ultrasound test at our church and all along for good health.  My daughter was sleeping with her prayer cloth on her from the church every night.  We believe in Acts 19: 11-12 and the use of prayer cloths or handkerchiefs in our church. “According to Acts 19:11-12 “And GOD was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick and their diseases left them and evil spirits came out of them.”  When my daughter and granddaughter were tested they say everything was perfectly normal and the medical staff could find nothing wrong.  

Praise the LORD!  All is well!  She is a perfectly healthy little girl.  Please keep baby girl and my daughter in your prayers. 

Quit Dividing America!

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Could it be that America is turning back to GOD with the results of our recent election?  I believe we have a man in the White House who has the best interests of America in mind, and certainly is turning more towards the things of GOD than our previous administration did that had control of America for the past 8 years. Just my opinion, but I do believe that things will get better because Donald Trump has the greater good in mind for our country and its people, not just for now, but for years to come.  We need to continue to pray for Donald Trump and our nation. We are called to pray for all of our elected leaders.  Some of us may not like who has been elected, but bear in mind we are called to support them as Americans and to pray for them. 

The liberal media can take sound bites and bits and spin them any way they choose to fit their liberal agenda. It will never change the truth though, because truth will always win out in the end and will never change.  Donald Trump did not have to run for President obviously, but he loves this country so much that he could not stand any longer to see the America that was once the greatest of the greats spiral down into a chaotic mess. 

I get tired of the Saturday Night Lives, the Madonna’s, the Bill Maher’s, Katie Rich, and all those who poke devious fun at a man who only wants to do what is right for America and Americans. I mean really, how can you go so low in the gutter as to verbally destroy Barron Trump – his little boy and say he will be a killer and kill his father!!!! I don’t ever remember anything similar being said about President Obama!  And by the way, if you want to move out, then don’t let the door slap you on the butt on the way out. That’s your choice!  Freedom is a privilege that was bought and paid for by the red blood of many Americans who wanted to keep this land great.  Either stand by the red, white and blue, or take the first exit you can find.  Quit dividing America!

Go The Distance

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America’s Eight Great Years

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This is just my own personal opinion, but I believe Donald Trump will end up being one of the best presidents we have ever had when everything is said and done at the end of eight years. Yes, I do believe he will be our president for two terms. Donald Trump is not without his faults. Previous leaders had their faults as well. But, I believe there will be a radical change from the way the White House has been run the last eight years.  America will become America again, and GOD will be our foundation of every decision again.  The many prayers for “our country” have been answered.  We now have a man in the White House whose heart beats for America, our people, and all we can become again. 

There are many who can’t stand the thought of having Donald Trump as our President for eight years. The inauguration was a breath of beautiful fresh air, and I was glad to see the many prayers for our country and our leaders. It was so cool to see the light rain that started up when President Trump took the podium to speak. Yes, it was a blessing from heaven. GOD was certainly smiling, knowing that America’s leaders were returning and turning to him.  I think we are now destined to return to greatness, and not relegated to second class as some of our previous leaders would position us as a country.  I am elated that President Trump is standing up for Israel.  He is absolutely right in that GOD will go against those who try to harm Israel and protect those who stand up for Israel.  We are now standing up for Israel instead of trying to throw rocks at them like our previous administration did.  It will take some time to unravel the damage inflicted on America by previous administrations but things will change and time will heal, and we will get straightened out.

I am also not quite sure why we have not had a wall to protect our borders between Mexico.  It is the right thing to do to build a wall to protect our borders. Why not?  We already have some of the money set aside to do it anyway, and Mexico can pay for the rest of it. Yes! I can’t wait to see what happens over the next great eight years!

For those who still refuse to believe that Donald Trump is the new president, I say wake up and get used to greatness!  America will never be the same, and will get even better and better over the next 8 years.  

Painting For You

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Nothing I Know

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Six year old Tammy Lynn Haynes sits at the feet of her mom building a small tower of blocks, ” Mom, you know I can do near about everything there is to do.” she says.

At 19 years old she says, “Just ask me anything.” 

At 41 years old she says, “If it is in my field of work, I know it like the back of my hand.”

At 52 years old, “There is so much knowledge in this great big world that even someone who studies hard can hardly grasp everything there is to know.”

At 71 years old, she says, “You know I have lived a long time and I have come to understand that what I know is small and what I don’t know is very large.”

At 92 years old: ” You know, I have figured out I don’t really know much at all, and I can remember even less than that.”

Being Happy

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“Once upon a time, there were four little girls, who had enough to eat and drink and wear, a good many comforts and pleasures, kind friends and parents…. and yet they were not contented…. these girls…. made many excellent resolutions; but they… were constantly saying, “If we only had this,” or “If we could only do that”….So they asked an old woman what spell they could use to make them happy, and she said,, “When you feel discontented, think over your blessings, and be grateful.”

     “They decided to try her advice, and soon were surprised to see how well off they were.  One discovered that money couldn’t keep shame and sorrow out of rich people’s houses, another that she was a great deal happier with her youth. health, and good spirits than a certain fretful, feeble old lady, who couldn’t enjoy her comforts; a third that, disagreeable as it was to help get dinner, it was harder still to have to go begging for it; and the fourth, that even carnelian rings were not so valuable as good behavior.  So they agreed to stop complaining to enjoy the blessings already possessed.”

Written in the Book – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

True happiness is indeed something that comes from within and does not relate to what we have or don’t have.  It relates to what we make of the day and the time we are given.  I have found in my own life that I am happier when I choose to make the lives of others happier. Everything we have on this earth is a gift from GOD.  The very breath we breathe is a gift.  

This past weekend I was able to see my little grand baby on an ultra sound monitor at only 16 weeks old.  The little baby is 4 1/2 inches long now and weighs in at a whopping 5 ounces.  Yet, as small as our baby is – I saw tiny legs, arms, fingers, and toes moving around and legs kicking like a wild one already. Yes GOD breathes the very breath of life into each of us and what a precious gift a new life is.  I am thankful, and happy I have lived long enough after my widow maker heart attack to be able to see my little grand baby before even coming out of the womb.  

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When I was youngster growing up on the south side of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma we didn’t have much in the way of material things.  My brother and I got school clothes once a year which consisted of 2 pairs of jeans, 2 shirts and 4 or 5 pairs of socks.  That was supposed to last us the whole year.  If we got holes in our jeans, Dad ironed on a patch or two to get us through until the next year.  There were many days we went without lunch and breakfast simply because we didn’t have enough money to make it to the end of the week.  I can remember being so hungry sometimes that I even thought about eating the crab grass in our front yard. Dad had an old Chevy that he paid $50 for that hardly ever ran.  Not having much though didn’t seem to bother us. We were content with playing baseball, hide and seek, freeze tag, and enjoying time with our friends.  Even if our stomachs were growling at us begging for food as we sat our desks in school, we were still happy for what we did have. 

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Sometimes when we start feeling down about ourselves, about what we don’t have, or how our life is going, it is best to start thinking about what we do have and in how many ways we have been blessed.  It might be time to look for ways we can be a blessing to others who cross our path.  That’s the path where true happiness can be found. It won’t be found covered up with things, but is waiting for you to find it where it’s been all along.