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Posted 9/29/15 at 8:40 AM | Veronica Philips

Does My Prayer Count

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We Should Pray For Each Other.
Someone posted a video of a man saying goodbye to his wife on social media. Some things really are private. As I watched the video I felt guilty for the invasion of privacy, but I couldn't turn my eyes away from it because the sheer rawness of emotions was overwhelming. As she lie dying in her hospital bed she reached up and touched his cheek then told him, "I love you. I love you". As the phone fades away we can only assume that she passed. I've seen death both ways. I've seen the long illnesses come to a blessed end, and I've seen death make a swift appearance. Doesn't matter, both ways are painful. Death is not our friend. As the tear rolled down my cheek I said a prayer for this man I've never met because he's going to have to get up in the morning and realize that the woman he loved for 60 years is no longer there. It makes me think of Merrill and Sigh.They say if you send your love out into the world it will never return void. Doesn't mean that bad things aren't going to happen, doesn't mean that we're going to be protected from life, it just means that our love and compassion is going to fill someone who needs it. The Blessing is that the Golden Rule is going to apply as someone is going to show love and compassion for us. My Mercy Rule is if the Merciful are Blessed then I'm gathering up as many points as I can get. I also believe that if we send our prayers out into the world, a prayer is going to find it's way back to us. As I watched this painful private moment on social media I said a prayer for this man. The irony is that my gift is not in prayer, but in mercy. I've been known to scan the lost and found pages and pray for pet owners....LOL....I've prayed for contestants on game shows....I'm a compassionate person, it IS my a Introvert Sensor, I think my whole life is based on intercession for others, I guess prayer counts too.... My point is that when we send out our love, whether it be prayers, thoughts, compassion, will be put to use, and it will come back; which is great, because I need it. Some things are private, but I suppose it gave me an opportuity to pray for this man, who has my heart sucks.....but it's oh so beautiful too...I think the blessing is that we get to chose which is. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show Grace and Mercy to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

Posted 9/27/15 at 9:16 PM | June Samuel

The Time Is Now

“Now it is high time to awake out of sleep.” The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Rome over two thousand years ago. Here we are in the 21st century, and the same words apply to us today. “It is high time” for us “to awake out of sleep”. Why are we sleeping and why should we awake now?

Paul the Apostle said, “Now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed”. Romans 13:11 The Lord Jesus’ return for His Church is two thousand years closer than when those words were penned. Our Lord’s return is closer now than when we accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior. Paul said, in Romans 13:12. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand.” ….. If “the night was far spent” then, we are very close to the dawning of the morning. The Son is about to rise from his seat at His Father’s right hand.

Are you ready to meet Him? Will He find you sleeping or will He find you alert and overcoming the enemy? Verse 12 continues, “Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness,…” This is a deliberate act of our will. An image comes to my mind of a wrestler going into the ring with his flowing robe. Once in the ring he yanks the robe off his body, and he is ready to wrestle. We must do the same if we have not as yet. We have to throw off the works of darkness. Deny ourselves of any pleasure we derive from them, and serve the Lord Christ. This 21st century we are living in calls for no less. It is time to awake! FULL POST

Posted 9/23/15 at 7:21 AM | Veronica Philips

Well, Are You a Woman, or a Mouse?

The Juggling of Life
Veronica Philips
Recognizing the Pitfalls for what they are, is the key.
While taking Princess home yesterday, we discussed a Modern Day Aesop’s Tale. It’s the story of a mouse, which found herself caught in an urn of milk. With the immediate risk of death at hand, the mouse has two choices. She can give up her fight and drown, or…
It’s maddening to look around and see so many people have so many things handed to them, but do they really? A closer look reveals the stress lines, the knitted brow, and the permanent frown. The one thing our parents didn’t teach us, and I really was remiss in this myself, is that this journey becomes much harder, the closer we get to victory. I don’t agree with a new method of detox for drug abusers. They put the patient in a coma, then allow the process to take effect, while asleep. There’s no pain in that! The late night studies, the colicky babies, the living paycheck to paycheck, the job search, weight loss…all of it……becomes rockier, bumpier, more twisted and TURNEY, the closer we are to our success. You really didn’t think that success was going to be handed to you did you? There’s no fun, or reward in a victory we didn’t earn. Princess, is in the hour before dawn, when it’s the darkest. She’s going to be okay because she’s MINE….and because life taught her, what I could not. The pitfalls are nothing more than a façade. The irony is that she is NOT one step closer to failure, but on step closer to WINNING. I can advise her, but the path is hers alone. She’s smart….she’ll get it. So how does the mouse get out of the milk? She paddles…and paddles….and paddles…until it becomes butter….then she walks out like a BOSS. You too can struggle, and walk out like a BOSS…..if you just see through the illusion. You are closer to victory than you think….oh, and I’m right the rim…waiting. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Wednesday.

Posted 9/21/15 at 7:52 AM | Veronica Philips

Mite I trouble you for a Penny?
The Widow and the Mite
The issue with going to bed early, is one will awaken early. Yep, Duchess and I went to lie down at 9:30pm, my body clock was up at 3:30..SIGH. While I was in bed, making deals with myself, (Okay, if I’m still up at 4am I’ll get up, if I’m still up at 4:30am I’ll get….5am…FINE…I’m up! ARRRGH), I allowed my mind to wander. I thought back to yesterday, and how Duchess ran into her sister’s arms, and said, “Sissy, I got you a resent” (Pronounced PRESENT) and ran off. Merrill said, “Wait for it”….when Duchess came back, she had an old Cabbage Patch Doll from the 80’s and handed to her sister as if it were her most prized possession….we could learn a lot from the generosity of a toddler.
Jesus tells us the story of the Widow who upon arriving at the Temple, gave her last two “Mites”; which in that society was the least valuable of the coins (it would be a penny to our dollar). God had a special heart for the Widows, because without a man to guard them, they were at the mercy of society. Jesus noted that the rich men arriving to the temple, were giving a portion of their wealth (silver), while the Widow was giving all she had, but she was doing so…CHEERFULLY. Jesus rightfully surmised, that in her giving, she had given MORE than the silver pieces. Duchesses gift, while a “regift” came sincerely from her heart with JOY. God wants our JOY more than our possessions, and when we give back to society what has been given to us, we serve with JOY; which in turn becomes a BLESSING. My toddler doesn’t understand the concept of Joy…she just gives from the heart. Ignorance may be bliss after all because AGENDAS skew the INTENT. I may not have the silver of the wealthy, but I can have the Joy of the Widow, and THAT my friends is far more valuable to God.….Hmmm, wonder if I can pay my electric bill today with a smile? It’s worth a try. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

Posted 9/20/15 at 9:25 AM | Veronica Philips

And Isn't It Ironic????

I’m a simple Ozark girl. Aside from my obsession with all things bags (can you BELIEVE I almost bought another one yesterday? Thank you Goodwill for being slow ass people)…I digressed in my digression. Forgive me. Aside from my obsession with all things bags, I’m a simple girl. I love hot chocolate in front of a wood burning stove on a cold night, I love to watch the combines from my North facing bay window harvest the Fall corn, I love to just wander the aisles at Wal-Mart and browse the costumes and fall decorations, and I LOVE singing songs with my children on the way back from celebrating Oktoberfest. I’ve argued that the best things in life are free, and they are. Have you noticed that the older you get, the more ironic things become?
Irony. If you have to define it, you don’t know it. The 90’s hit, “Isn’t it ironic” wasn’t ironic, but unfortunate. As I sat defining all the awesome simple things in life that make me happy, I realized that I probably have thousands (not bragging) of dollars worth of bags, shoes, and others in my closet, yet you will most often find me in a pair of 20 year old TORN jeans, tennis shoes the same age, and an Illini sweatshirt….Irony….probably, and the irony of THAT…is that I wouldn’t realize that I’m happier with the torn jeans, if I didn’t have the expensive jeans hanging next to it ☺ The longer I’m here, the more I know I’m blessed, and I know I’m blessed by the way all the free things make me feel. Satisfaction, Contentment, Peace, Joy, Kindness, Love, Freedom….all FREE…all the Best. I’m not mad at ya, if you walk around with a Louis Vuitton bag. I may even stop you and compliment you on your choice of accessories….I’m just saying that I have a flea market bag, with fake pearls strewn on them….that I LOVE the most! The difference between Fame and Role Model is how well you fit into both skins….It’s ironic because you have to BE both…to know the difference (I’m not a Role Model, get it? ). SIGH….Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday.

Posted 9/19/15 at 10:19 AM | Veronica Philips

Take This Man to Prison

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Jailer Guarding Prisoners.

When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!" And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,…(Acts 16:27-29). At the darkest hour of the day, there was a great earthquake, and the chains that bound the men of God (and every other criminal in the prison) opened up and fell. It was this scene that the Jailer, a man who easily had the most thankless job of the culture, encountered as he awakened, and then attempted to commit suicide.
We too go through the quakes, and isn’t it ironic that the tremors come upon us, in our darkest hour as well? The jailor was terrified because not only did he lose control of the jail, but the consequences from the Roman Government, was going to be swift and severe…He’d RATHER DIE…..Paul understood his FEAR, but instead of walking out; which was his right, he stayed, and honored God. When we hear, then follow, the small still voice in the dark, we too can be comforted, knowing that like Paul with his Jailor, God too…is here with us. We can panic, or we can wait, either way, Fear is not from the Lord. It’s how we react to our “DARK”, that determines the effects of the His Light. Paul could have left….He didn’t…..”Do not harm yourself, He is here”…..May your Dawn rise soon. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE AND MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.

Posted 9/18/15 at 9:42 AM | Veronica Philips

Memory Cells

The genius behind vaccines is that a tiny bit of matter (be it live, dead, denatured, or partial) is injected into the human body and the body will create antigens to protect itself should that material find its way in again. It works because of the creation of Memory Cells, via the Thymus University. Memory Cells will wander and roam the body, like a patrol car (1 Adam 12) , and if/when it encounters the material again….our Memory Cells, have it’s number (excuse me sir, your sheath matches the description of a…). See, it’s like having a high-speed internal ADT system. When the system detects the virus, it beats it’s ASS, and you don’t get sick….it’s got you covered…a genius on our Creator’s Part….. isn’t it too bad we can’t do that for our cognitive ability?
The adage, “You forget about birth the moment you give birth” is crap. I never, ever, never, ever forgot the pain and discomfort of birth. I remembered the pain, and willingly did it all over again, for a man, and isn’t it ironic that a man is almost always behind the need for Cognitive Memory Cells?. All too often, we’re too willing to overlook, or accept that which isn’t good for us, when we KNOW it isn’t good for us because we’ve already been injected with the material once. Imagine, Little Sisters, if we obtained the vaccine for small pox, but the Memory Cells forgot the virus, or worse, didn’t care? We’d get small pox! Yet our heart does the same thing. The heart just wants to feel better, so it overlooks the virus of our past choices, risking injury again. I get it, but remember we are the keeper of “self”, we are the only protection we have. If we continue to allow the virus back in, harm and in some cases death will come. Just imagine how healthy we could be, if we remembered the virus…then KILLED it. Paul said, “I die daily”. Maybe it’s time the virus dies too. The brain knows…the heart trumps…and you are somewhere in the middle. To be truly happy, we must remember, then eradicate……Think upon that…as you move about your Friday……Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. Be Kind to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday.

Posted 9/8/15 at 9:28 AM | Veronica Philips

Iniquity, the Gateway Drug to Sin

Iniquity. The sliver wrapper around the chocolaty goodness of sin. Many have danced with this devil in the pale moon light, and lived to tell the tale, yet others, have been so taken in by the seductive, silky smooth nature of the package, that they never realized until it was too late just how wrong their actions were. Get the feeling we’re not talking about chocolate anymore? We’re not, but let me end with this little disclaimer: If Chocolate is wrong, I don’t wanna be right….I’ll take the sin….Just Saying.
Good friends will tell you when you’re wrong. Some may enjoy it a tad bit too much, but there isn’t a law that states you cannot enjoy admonishing a friend…I’ll remember that. I think the Grace comes in, (after a weekend of forced self-introspection), when one realizes just how easy the wrong thing, with the right intention is. I’ve danced with iniquity so many times, that I no longer think how certain actions (of mine) will affect the feelings of others. I mean, I don’t set out to cause pain where pain already exists, but intention matters little…when I do. We like to think we’re helping when in church we say, “We need to pray for Martha” but honestly, has anyone asked Martha how she feels about being prayed over???? NOPE….and THAT my friends….is gossip. I’ve been the victim of gossip and sadly, I’ve been the offender of the sin as well, but when the lines are blurred, that is, when False Witness hasn’t exactly been bared…the line between the wrapper and the chocolate becomes mighty fine…..The yardstick I use is: If my actions are not motivated by LOVE….it’s SELF…and SELF is SIN.
This whole fame crap is kinda sucky. I’m not being ungrateful, I’m just Saying. I get that I chose this, I get that I don’t get to determine what does and does not get judged, and I get that just because I say I’m not a Role Model, doesn’t mean I’m not a Role Model……but COME ON. I’m grateful for the opportunities to improve myself, painful as it may be, because I get to learn. Every time I’m brought before the court of public opinion and found guilty, my skin grows a little thicker…. I’m grateful to all those who step to me by calling me out in public. I gotta tell ya, however, some things are too easy, and I do them without thinking. My intentions are never motivated by an evil desire to be a troll, but that matters little, when someone is hurt. I suppose the greater good lies in the fact that there are those who care enough to not see me sin….because sin takes away Mercy Points…..I don’t have many left, so friends, I open the door to you (sigh). If you see me dancing with iniquity….tell me…’s too easy to sin, and THAT’S why the Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions……um, but if you could line up and take turns…that’d be great. I’ve had enough this weekend…..Okay, gotta go. That’s enough self-debasement. Duchess is up, Sweetness is going to school, and the Guardians should be here any minute….Mommy’s home….how much longer before we go back? Happy Fall…Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

Posted 9/7/15 at 11:41 PM | Daniella Whyte

Like Begets Like

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7, ASV).

In human biology, scientists largely agree with the statement, "like begets like". This means that parents produce offspring, or children, who are similar to them in some way. Each parent gives the child approximately half of their genes, thus the similarities between the parents and the child. The phrase "like begets like" is the principle of heredity. This principle plays out in many aspects of life. An apple seed produces an apple tree. Gorillas produces baby gorillas. Human beings produce babies. FULL POST

Posted 8/20/15 at 9:43 AM | Veronica Philips

Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?

In a Post-Apocalyptic world, it won’t be street people standing around the meager elements as they attempt to stay warm, the dogs roaming the streets trying to find enough to eat, the “not so well” regulated militia policing the streets hassling people….no….Instead there will be zombie like creatures roaming (pun), with their cell phones in their hand,“ But I didn’t get the call”…..the more technology has made our lives easier, the more we cheated life….it will come back on us….our calls will be DROPPED.
My sister wrote on FB this am, “I called you. Went right to VM”; which either she was lying, or my phone is a piece of crap…I wouldn’t take odds…that she’s lying. All I ever wanted was a phone that made calls, but no. I was suckered into getting one that also texted (which I do need), emailed, gave me full access to all things social (which I don’t NEED), and a calculator…..I was verifying my identity with a banking center yesterday when the CS Rep asked me for a phone number…..Hell I don’t know. You can’t judge me, because ½ of you don’t memorize your phone numbers either. If a guy were to walk up to me in a club, and ask me for my digits, I’d tell him go to ‪#‎MVPCouple‬….on TWITTER (little ad there). We don’t even have to let a guy down politely anymore. There’s a service that will tell the guy, when he calls, “She thought you were a loser. Move on”. Nay friends, the real Anti-Christ, spoken of in Revelations, is going to be a hacker. You’re looking for someone from the Middle East…he’s probably the nerd next door…the one you gave the “loser” number too….
We are a lazy breed of people anymore. I plow (or something ridiculous) every night, and I’m PROUD? My ancestors rationed food, as they ran from the bombs of Hitler. Not one ounce of the fare was wasted. From the Horn to the Hoof, all things were used for survival. For me, if my tomatoes don’t grow, I’ll go to the store. My Little House on the Prairie Grandmother had one bag (one bag?) and made it work. I get why the Aliens hate us. I couldn’t even give a phone number for verification. What kind of jack wagon does that make me? I don’t even have to worry about spelling and grammar…..Should our grid fail us, and it will, there will be mass pandemonium like the world has never seen. God forbid we have to go out and toil (TOIL gasp!) for our food….Alexander Graham Bell said it best, “Hello, can you hear me now?”. There has got to be a movement away from reliance on foreign oil……NO….wrong status….there has to be a movement away from technology and a reliance our good ‘ole brain power. Well some of you stay with Technology. I’m not judging you…just saying. Technology was to serve us, now as I travel down I-74 on a Business Call, I pray to my provider that the call doesn’t get dropped…..CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Every now and then Merrill has to take his contacts out, and wear his glasses….those glasses turn me on…just saying. Getting Back to Basics is no long the name of my next tour, but the motto we need to start spreading, least the Great Anti-Nerd get us…and I am only ONE-HALF kidding on that…..Okay, Gotta go. I see that my computer wants to update. I’d better let it…or it will cut---------------Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

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