Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day

Thanks so much to all the brave men and women who have served (and are serving) our country so that my family and I can have many freedoms that other countries do not enjoy.  Thanks especially to my dad, sister, brother-in-law, and various other relatives who have served during times of peace and times of war.  I am so grateful!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The Family Circus

"Family Circus" creator, Bil Keane, dies...

I didn't know Bil Keane or his family but I certainly felt like I did!  I grew up reading "Family Circus".  I was about 7 or 8 when my dad brought home one of their books.  I still have it--even after 47 years!  It's falling apart and I've since bought another copy but I still kept that one.

Ever since I received that first book I've been collecting them and have almost the entire collection.  To me, "Family Circus" celebrates marriage and family life back in the day when it was a more innocent time.  When family values were important.

I know his cartoons were cheesy sometimes but they were very sweet, too.  I guess I am really nostalgic about them.  They remind me of growing up in the 1960's when it was so much different than today.  His cartoons were about things that I could relate to and about families that I knew.  Did this ever happen in your home?

I don't know if his son will continue his legacy but I'm glad I have a lot of his books because I will never be too old to read them.  It will be a sad day, indeed, when there's no "Family Circus" on the funny pages.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Focusing On Gratitude

It is only the beginning of November and already I am seeing Christmas lights, hearing Christmas music and seeing Christmas items displayed in the various stores around town.  What happened to November?  What happened to Thanksgiving?  I am probably in the minority but I think it is way too early to start with all this Christmas stuff!!

This month I want to focus on being thankful.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  God wants us to be thankful for everything that comes our way.  He doesn't want us to be thankful only when times are good, money is abundant, children are behaving and our health is well.  He wants us to be thankful in ALL circumstances.  How can that be?  How can we be thankful when things go "wrong"?  Because God says that ALL things work together for good.  ALL things.  Even when we don't understand that, He says it is.  God is sovereign and is in control.  Everything He brings our way is to conform us to the image of His Son.  He uses it all for good.

I am most thankful for my salvation.  I'm thankful that God choose me, rescued me, saved me and adopted me.  Thank You, Lord, for loving me--who was dead in my trespasses and sins--and making me alive in Christ.