Friday, July 30, 2010



To all my Brother's out there trying to win the battles!
Be the kind of man that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil
says "Oh Crap, he's up!"
Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Love the ones who don't, just because you can.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
Forgive quickly.
God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it.

To the cool men that have touched my life. Here's to you!!

A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Late night shopping

I decided to go shopping for a DSL modem last night about 11:30pm. Yeah, it was late, but I had it to do.
So off I go to that giant retailer with the name starting with a "W". It was a small town, so it should be safe, right? I notice I'm getting some looks as I park in front of the store by a couple of police officers and several citizens. Before I could get into the store I realized I showed up in the middle of a dispute the police were trying to sort out. More people were still showing up and adding to the problem.
Back to shopping. I found the electronics department and asked the employee with the badge if he could direct me to a DSL modem. So he, some shopper he was visiting with, and myself all move where he leads us. He stops in front of the Nintendo DS cabinet and says "it's all right here." OK, so I start explaining the difference in DS Gaming and DSL internet. I quickly realized from the blanks stares that I was on my own and excused myself. But they truly wanted to help and would not leave.
I quickly started searching others aisles and I could hear the other shopper saying "he wants a motor?" The employee said "no, he wants a modem." Shopper says "what the ____ is that?"
Well, I finally found a modem. Only one in the store. The employee said he was thinking about getting hooked up to the internet some day. He then apologized for not being more help and then admitted he was just a stocker.
Back in the parking lot, there were a lot more onlookers. This is a small town and people need a story to tell I guess. I got in my truck to leave. People looked at me like they were thinking "why would you leave all this."
I had a modem to hook up ...

Thursday, May 27, 2010



Here are some new concerns for the "Boomer generation":

Then: Long hair
Now: Longing for hair

Then: Acid rock
Now: Acid reflux

Then: Moving to California because it's cool
Now: Moving to California because it's warm

Then: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor
Now: Trying not to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor

Then: Paar

Then: Worrying about no one coming to your party
Now: Worrying about no one coming to your funeral

Then: Rolling Stones
Now: Kidney stones

Then: Obsessing over PSATs
Now: Obsessing over PSAs

Then: Passing the driving test
Now: Passing the vision test

Then: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
Now: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

Then: Disco
Now: Costco

Then: Getting out to a new, hip joint
Now: Getting a new hip joint

Most things change with time. We grow old, gain wrinkles and lose hair. People around us move away and die. You may change jobs, and move from city to city every few years. Ever gone back to the place where you grew up to see what it looks like now? Things change. And life can be very unsettling if it is not grounded on something that does not change through the years.

Fortunately we have this assurance: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Heb. 13:8).

Even if we become faithless, he remains faithful (2 Tim. 2:13). When all others let us down, his love will still be there for us. You can count on it. What comfort and assurance that gives us! Praise be to God for his unchanging nature!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Thursday, May 6, 2010


(author unknown)

Before I was a Mom,
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom,
I slept as late as I wanted.
I never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom,
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys.
I never forgot words to lullabies.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been . . .
puked on
pooped on
spit on
chewed on
peed on
or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Mom,
I had complete control of my mind, thoughts and body.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never known . . .
the warmth
the joy
the love
the heartache
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much . . . before I was a Mom.

"She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed." (Proverbs 31:27-28a).

May God's richest blessings be with each of you mothers.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fwd: Joyful toon - Time Travelers

We are all traveling through time. And we can be sure that somewhere on the road ahead is the return of Jesus.