After a year of planning, we held our annual Bikers for Christ gathering last weekend in Osage Beach, MO. What a grand time we had too! Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 folks show up from all corners of the state for a weekend of revitalizing and rekindling friendships. The weather started out a bit dicey, but by Friday afternoon the sun had popped out and it turned into a beautiful weekend for riding.
Here are two of my favorite guys... my hubs Darrell(l), and Will Shackelford - one of our dear friends.
By God's direction, we found this shelter in the middle of the state and it was the perfect place for Sunday morning service. The accoustics were perfect for hearing the Word and John delivered an awesome message!
We all came away feeling so energized and empowered in the Lord.... can't wait for our next get-together!
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.' One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelid s shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him. Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
Life Is a Gift ...
Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion. Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around.
This speech was given by Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 - read his ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN...
'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
these guys are amazing... and this is how stuff can happen these days.
I discovered The Ooks of Hazzard on my nephew Darb's FB - and after checking into them, I learnd that they were formed just two months ago.
On April 18th seven ukulele players, an accordionist and someone playing something called a cajon get together at the Live Rock Studios in Torrance California and were filmed doing a cover version of MGMT's "Kids". Sometime on April 19th the video is uploaded to You Tube.
The band is comprised of Danny Kopel, Meredith MacArthur, Charlie Diaz, Patrick Hildebrand, Jay Ponti, Nick Deane, Ed Marshall, Timm Freeman, and Dave Botkin.
They are burning up Facebook, UTube and Twitter sites ... because this is very good stuff - and everyone is sharing it with everyone they know! And that's how a star is born (in the form of a band named the Ooks of Hazzard).
This is good stuff ...very good stuff and I love it!
When we moved into our home in May several years ago, the lilac trees planted out front were blooming if full. It was such a wonderful experience to open the windows and let the wonderful scent fill the entire house - one that I relished spending days at home for.
Since that time, my trees and their blooms have been hampered with late frosts and killer snows - that is, until 2010!
I'm so glad to share pics that I took this afternoon... I believe with all my heart that Heaven must smell like this ♥
One of my 2nd grade report cards pretty much summed it up. It read "Karen is a joy to have in class. She is a wonderful student but needs to work on her self control and stop bothering her neighbors so much."
God's Grace saved me, but I'll forever be a spitfire!