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What’s behind me

Batman says:

“What’s behind me doesn’t matter” interesting quote I saw on a movie when I was young (never you mind when that was) about a race car driver I think. He was talking about cars he passed as he ripped off the rear view mirror, but if we think about it, it fits life.We should not spend time worrying about what’s behind us, or ‘in the past’ because we cannot change it. We learn from our past and continually strive to improve and move forward. If we don’t, we are likely to live miserable ‘I should have’ lives in which all we can do is constantly think about how we should have or could have done something different or better.

Remembering past parts of our lives is normal and even healthy (no I’m by no means one of those head doctors) I think, it should help us learn about ourselves and how we have changed.

Dwelling (no not the place you live) on the past cannot be healthy, it tends to hold us back and keeps us from moving forward to get better and stronger. By all means, remember the past, relish the memories of childhood and youth, all the fun things, as well as the fun things that you did and happened. Then, look forward to where you are now and see how much you have grown, and how the things in the past (behind you) don’t really matter in the long run. Another quote I saw or heard in a movie a long time ago “son, remember this, God doesn’t care who you were, he cares about who you are now”.

See? “What’s behind me, doesn’t matter”

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Don’t Believe ALL the Bad News You Hear! (only some of it) and HAPPY Father’s Day!!

Peach says: First of all, I want to SHOUT OUT to my Batman for EVERY DAY WITHOUT FAIL rising to the occasion to be a father to our sons. No matter the weariness or obstacles, no matter, even once, what he ‘felt like’, he has every day, every moment rallied to the occasion to provide, set the example, and love unconditionally. He has loved with grace and with gruffness and with discipline (because love does that, read your Bible 😉) and with humor! He has loved with his presence and with his provision, and with his WORKThank You, Lord for such a man of Yours for my very own husband to do parenting, and all of life with!! May he be extra blessed today and throughout this coming year!!! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!

And now, some Father’s Day observations. I work in retail and today I saw such an interesting phenomena. Over and over into our store came families, with Daddy, most were young families, but there were a few older families.  Every one of them happy to be there humbly and graciously providing the cute clothes, sunglasses, shoes, and bathing suits for their kids.

Might not sound like much to you, but on the ONE day out of the year designated to honor and celebrate our Dads, I think it speaks volumes to their quality of charachter to be out shoping and providing, doing the fun and the ‘extra’ for their children and their wives.

It’s all too common to hear such divisive talk between our two genders. Male and female. But, don’t believe everything you hear in the news and social media. We sure do need a bunch more JESUS, but there are STILL good people out there everywhere you go!! Look around, and you will see them! Every time I could remember to tell one of the Dads ‘Happy Father’s Day’, they lit up like a Christmas Tree! Such a simple thing!!

Father God, thank You for being our Daddy! Thank You for making a way for us to be adopted into Your family!! Thank You for the GIFT 🎁 of Family!!! Please do Your work today, this week and this year in our families!! Strengthen, realign, heal, give clear vision and purpose, let there be proper order and sweetness of life in our families all across our land, transform America one life, one relationship, one family at a time!! And let all the Daddies rise up!! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!!

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Closed on Sunday

Batman says:

Three words, profound implications. Closed on Sunday, where did this habit go? More proof that the masses of people are getting farther and farther from Gods Law and walking in Grace.

I remember the time when it was more common Not to be able to find a shop open on Sunday than it was to find one open. People would gather at Church or just gather someplace for fellowship and then return to their homes and be a family for the rest of the day. Now it’s more common for no one to be home on Sunday because everyone is out shopping or at a movie or eating out. We are being driven by the need to make money, spend money, and go have fun, instead of the need to give God his due and follow his rules and keep Sunday as the Sabbath and do no work. Seeing the sign “Closed on Sunday” on more places of business would return us to a better time and place.

Society today is failing in all aspects and mainly in religion. I truly believe if we more closely followed (or at least tried to) the law as written in the Bible, the world would be a better place.

“Closed on Sunday”

What a concept, thousands of years old, wise well ahead of its time.

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People

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Here in my home town we have several homeless people, they can be seen pretty much everywhere downtown during the day pan handling for money, but they are still people. They are dirty, rude, sometimes aggressive (mainly with each other) but people none the less, they live, breathe, hope, and dream I’m sure of a better life.

And we also have a self named, self proclaimed ‘transient watch’ group. Their sole mission in life seems to be to follow these homeless people around day and night (stalking & harassing), waiting on them to violate a City ordinance or violate a law, then call the police. If the police don’t IMMEDIATELY show up and handle the situation the way this group thinks it should be handled, the take to facecrook (Facebook for those that couldn’t make the connection) and rant and rave about how the police aren’t doing anything to help with the transient population. This group is comprised of fine upstanding citizens (that was sarcasm folks) who believe they are making a difference (they aren’t) and they believe they will somehow make the police do what they want (they won’t) if they keep at it.

Some enterprising lawyer is eventually going to find one of these ‘transients’ and show them the stalking law, or some civil harassment law, and they are going to take this ‘transient watch group’ to task. And because of all the documented calls from this group (who’s main complainer doesn’t even live in the town) to the police, are public record, they have made the evidence for any such case that much easier to obtain.

There are proponents for both sides, me I’m kinda in the middle, I know the homeless (most of them anyways) don’t want to live that way, but they don’t really try and change it. They can be an eyesore in a tourist town, but to be honest, of the two groups, I’ll take the homeless over the high and mighty ‘transient watch’ group who have forgotten what Christian charity and just plain good human beings are supposed to act like.

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Exercise

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Peach and I have always been in reasonably decent shape, but we decided to exercise a little.

We have the routine we try (notice the try) to do 3 times a week. Nothing crazy and no gyms, just little things we can do around the house. It’s always a chore to get started, even more of a chore to keep going and not stop in the middle. Sometimes we fail and do stop, but we do finish more than we don’t. Our routine would be laughed at as a joke by fitness over achievers, but it works for us. We also bike ride when we can and are pretty active around the house.

The reason for the post is, if you want to be around a long time to annoy Peach, and if you want to be around to annoy your best friend in life, ya mite wanna make exercise, no matter how ridiculous the routine you come up with is, a part of your week. Exercise is important, you don’t have to go overboard, just move around.

In the long run you will be surprised at the way you feel and heck you might even like it and exercise more…if you annoy your best friend to much, don’t blame me…exercise can help u outrun them to…just sayin..

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Have a Little Talk With Jesus

 

“Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray” – Psalm 5:2.

Peach here, Y’all! 2018. 2018 is some kind of amazing year already. So much happening, developing, growing, moving, changing, advancing! And through it all I need the wisdom of the Lord. I need my Jesus. I need to talk to Him and I need to hear from Him. I need to carry my cares to Him, ask for His strength, favor and intervention and provision! I give Him my troubles, and my gratitude, my loved ones, my friends, our country, and He gives me comfort, wisdom, joy, strength and answers!! He doesn’t need fancy words. Or some form in legalese in triplicate. Just respectful, authenticity. Based in faith in the goodness of His character and love for you. I use His Word to reframe my thinking and help me know Him bettter, and that fuels my prayer. Inspires me. Erases some of the world and it’s thinking out of me.

As I mentioned above 2018 is moving fast, and I thought at the end of last week that I rely so much on the Lord, and He is so MORE than faithful, in abundance even, is He faithful. And it made me sad to think there are those who do not know to turn to Him, do not choose to take their cares to Him. How do people make it through life without that grace, that mercy, that comfort and wisdom?

How about you? Well, as for me,  it’s time again for me to have a little talk with Jesus! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

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Priorities

Peach says: There comes a certain time where we realize the brevity of life, the fragility of it, the prescious gift that it is. We become aware of the fact the we only have a certain number of Christmases or 4th of July Independence Day celebrations. We begin to make choices on a daily basis, to hopefully, with the Grace of God and the Holy Spirit guiding us, make choices that will help us make the most constructive impact for our loved ones, our community, the Kingdom of God, and the world. Use that extra few hours to go visit your parents, enjoy old memories, listen to their wisdom. Use that afternoon to help your sibling, or your Uncle. Take that long put off anniversary trip! Go to church, you can sleep any time! Watch TV? Or write? Read FB or read your Bible? Or your new Jentzen Franklin book? Or how about, do you once again pick up that other shift at work? Maybe that’s right. Or instead do you take that day with your spouse and go take pictures, and drop in on your son who lives out of town, and go to dinner? You only have so many days. Use them to do things that last. To know the Lord more, to love on others, to serve, to build.

A major verse in our life this year is from Psalm 90:12 — “12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom”. To number as used in the verse means to set, to assign, to appoint, to tell. In other words, we have a role to play, God given authority to purposefully set, assign, appoint, to tell (declare) what our given days shall prioritize, according to His wisdom at work in us! So, go! Live, love, serve, have faith! Believe! He is good! Taste and see His mercy endures forever!

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Pie

Batman says:

Yep, just what it sounds like…Pie, brings up memories of yummy blueberry, raspberry, lemon meringue, peach (sorry honey), apple, key lime, chocolate and on and on.

I love pie of all shapes and sizes and tastes, crumbly crust, chewy crust, burnt crust I don’t care just slice it up and give me a piece.

Nothing profound in this post, no great words of wisdom, just PIE

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Establish the Work of Our Hands

Good Monday Morning!! Peach here! Hope this morning finds you in hope and great expectations! I like to start the week with a focus of good expectation, from the goodness of our God, and with that; a prayer and declaration, based on His Word, for myself and my loved 301AAFD9-1B29-4954-BB64-684A4B189765ones. Thought I’d share this with you: “Let Your work [the signs of Your power] be revealed to Your servants, and Your [glorious] majesty to their children.
And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.” – Psalm 90:16-17

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1 + 1 = 1

E7A607BB-6B29-4014-A425-26ED8E54BD1ASays Peach: Nope! That’s not Common Core!! It’s the beautiful mystery of the mathematic principal of marriage!! One of the reasons we are doing this blog, is we have been extremely blessed to enjoy a whole lot of love, life and years together. Wouldn’t have been possible without Jesus. Plain and simple and no apologies for saying so.  And in a world where marriage is becoming increasingly rare and increasingly put off until later, we hope to occasionally throw out some insight on the benefits of sticking together, being forgiving, being kind to each other, having each other’s backs, being creative at loving and serving one another, being each other’s advocate, cheer leader, comic support! Marriage will never not be a sacred gift from God, to help us and equip us to to do this thing called life!! “Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9