This past week I lost one of my dearest friends Dolores Mader of Walkill NY>
We met in Queens when we were members of a volunteer ambulance corps. It was the most wonderful experience in my life. Giving help to those who needed help. It was one experience that changed me for the better.
When you volunteer and help others you do not realize the experience brings you full circle to the spot where you begin.
When you do this you make friends with the most amazing, loving, gifted people that God has given you. These people will move heaven hell and earth, for you. They will be your friend , confidant, mom,dad,sister or brother.
Dolores was that for me. She and her husband Paul Mader and kids will forever be family to me.
We had both just had miscarriages when we got really close. Dolores would be the driver and I the emt. We would be on call while the kids were in school. We had shared our lives and most private moments and thoughts.
I could never ask for a better friend. I could never ask for anyone more loyal and trustworthy.
For many years Dolores served at her church, and many other organizations.
Now God called her home.
She battled cancer for four years. She is now victorious over life. God has her with him. I know she is looking down on her family today.
Paul and his family are so brave Becca their youngest daughter is getting married today to Dan . Mom will watch from Heaven.
Her body is earthbound Her soul is with them. She is free now to praise God, be healthy and happy with Him.
God is so good. He BRINGS people together for a reason.
It seems Dolores taught me a lot. Real Love, Hope,Joy. Those gifts will be with me forever.
I pray that each of you take that friendship when offered . It is a Gift you do Not want to miss….. Patti, aka grammasrunamuck
Today I have been watching James Robison and his wife Betty.
Their guest was Shane Warren .http://shanewarren.org/ His book ” The Last Days of America” is available http://shanewarren.org/resources/thelastdaysofamerica/
The discussion has been on whether the USA has gone too far afield of what God wants for us.
Both James Robison and Shane Warren have written books on this subject.
James Robison’s book is Indivisble. It is co authored by Pastor Jay W Richards.
This book is intriguing . It fully describes the way this nation has turned from God to following a path of sure destruction.
Here is a link on Amazon to a synopsis and part of the first several chapters.
I found that this book really describes both in historical content and in what is happening in our nation today.
When this nation was formed God was paramount in all levels of government, daily life and the plans for the future
Now our president , yes in small letters no caps , since I do not believe he is entitled to the office nor the title. He is the first potus to leave our troops behind. He is the first potus to abandon our Ambassador. He did nothing to prevent the rapes and murders of US citizens. He is the first potus to create racial discord. He has done in my opinion so much to destroy the faith of Christians in the USA.
In this country Christians,Jews and Buddhists are not allowed to pray in school. The partisan behavior or politically ahem correct leaders of our nation allow Moslems to pray in schools.
Dearborn MI and Chicago IL both allow this. Now others are following suit.
Our potus is in favor of removing God from the pledge of allegiance, money ,buildings, funerals for our troops no matter what their beliefs are.
On the other hand a Moslem sits in Fort Hood charged with and confessed murder of our troops. That man can pray at will. He is given special foods, time for prayer and other benefits not given other prisoners. I do not understand this at all.
I was raised to believe and practice that all men are created equal.
I could go on for days with all the info gathered on the internet,tv,radio and newspapers the misguided behavior ,or is it intentional destruction of this nation.
Shane Warren’s book deals very closely with the history of the USA, her people, and their connection to God. The blessings they received in the USA was what made this nation great.
Shane Warren and James Robison both speak of the hope for the USA, the indecisiveness of the public, the media and all the unwillingness to change the path we are on by our leaders.
Both books give hope. They remind us that if we want to change this nation we must stand up for the US Constitution, our faith, and each other.
No man is an island. No man stands alone, unless we all hide from the truth.
We all tell God what we want, how we feel, yet do we listen to HIM?
We are His. We as Joyce Meyer says our hearts are Christ’s home.
I strongly encourage you to look past what you see in the news and find the truth.I sincerely hope that you read both books. I want to see this as a chance to rebuild our nation under GOD.
If we do nothing our nation will have drawn her last breath. As we see our president has broken the law by allowing illegal immigrants into the nation. He has cast aside those seeking legal methods for entry. It appears that in and of itself has endangered our national security,as well as the security and safety of all Americans.
I ask that you all do not fall prey to the racist remarks of our leaders. If America is separated into many factions she will not survive.
Do not go along with what you know is wrong.
Pastor Martin Niemoller said it best:
Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
Do not allow this to happen. Honor God. Respect the laws of the USA. Help each other. Stand up against the evil that has overtaken our government.
Do not hide but stand tall… We can not allow genocide, of any kind.
Show others the path to freedom must remain clear.
Yes all of this is my opinion and strong belief. I wish our leaders well , and pray for them . I thank God my opinions are protected by the US Constitution. For now…
I remember so many things that have left us for parts unknown.
It almost seems that good manners, is the biggest. How can we show respect for others if we do not know how to be kind and use good manners? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
It seems that I hold the door for others, very few reciprocate or say thank you.
For some people I think they either are very uneducated, shy, or are just ignorant of the courtesy we should show each other.
I would not like to think they choose not to say a simple thank you. For me its not a big deal.
A good representation of this happened to a member of my family today. Shopping at a local department store some person reached into her basket and helped themselves to items in her basket. Then to top it off another woman grabbed 2 2qt pitchers and walked away. Now of course she was astonished. She put her hand over her items and said these are my items.
One almost wonders were they on candid camera. I have no explanation for this. It seems people are totally engrossed in their own desires.
I was at the store the other day, a shopper behind me had 2 items. The shopper in front of me had 300.00 dollars worth of shopping. I offered the person behind me to go ahead. One would do that for others …I would think. Next to us a new line opened. What a flurry of people running to the newly opened register.
Good heavens it is not a wild party, nor is it free money. Why not give the next guy a break.
Has life gotten to the point that we must be the one taken care of NOW? I just do not see it that way.
I have seen people cut me off for a spot, give me the finger,and cuss me out when I was waiting for a spot blinker on being patient.
There have been times that I would get upset and argue. Now its just not any challenge.
I find it more challenging to be nice, let them have a break,and to just let it be
My husband rest his soul taught me that. I was that nervous woman fighting the behavior not having peace. He never let it bother him.
Other things did bother him. He was very quiet, the opposite of this wild woman.
I am firmly the type that has to fix things.
Now as I look around I realize that things are not easily fixed if you let them frustrate you.
I see now that the joy of life can be sucked out of you by an employer, fellow employee, a relative, neighbor , friend or acquaintance if you let them.
I have learned that the way things were when I was a kid have changed. It is not the Happy Days. It is not Mayberry. It is not I love Lucy either. The days of those shows and Bachelor Father, My Little Margie, Hazel, Lassie and all the rest are still in my heart and my head.
They and church and my parents shaped me. I choose to be the Hazel type. I choose to want the life in Mayberry.
Yes call me a dreamer. The days of the Beverly Hillbillies, Oh Susanna, Petticoat Junction each taught me something .
They taught me to love my neighbors, lean on them, and laugh. Those shows taught me fairness.
As a kid we played in Queens .We were out on the sidewalks in parks ,back yards and being nice was easier.
As a kid we were handed a bar of soap told go out play in the rain by our moms. Yes Middle Village Queens was a lot of fun. The schoolyard was where we played on weekends after homework.
Yes we did our homework and did not talk back. If you did get into trouble someone’s mom or dad was there to help or correct you. If you got corrected by someone else mom and dad found out and you would catch it again. We learned manners, good behavior by example .
Sometimes it was a scout leader,sunday school teacher, school teacher or neighbor doing the teaching.
In any event you learned.
Today it seems that the young adults do not learn, they do insane things, hurt each other and themselves. It seems there are no rules. Kids need rules.
Stop letting little kids talk back, get into booze, run wild and be rude. It is high time that they learn from shows like Davey and Goliath, Mayberry Rfd, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and the old cartoons.
Now its the new cartoons full of sex and violence parents let them watch. Those are not cartoons for children nor adults either.
So yes they were the days my friend I thought they would never end….. to quote a favorite song.
You can recreate those days make life special for kids and yes even you….
Just do it keep up the good in the world……… for me
I am reviewing my life today.
I do not do enough fun things. I tend to become engulfed in the needs of others. I tend to push myself aside. I watch tv, I moderate kids fights, pet the dog, and basically ignore myself. I need to change that. In fact I am starting with straightening the house to my liking, I feel happier when the house is cleaner, prettier and the time is now to work on that.
I am also working on me. I am not finished yet. God has a plan, I wish I knew what it was but I like surprises.
Hmm you say. Yes truth be told I am one of those folks who will bend over backwards to meet the needs of others. ” Why”?
I have always been the caretaker. I think you are born that way. I want to fix things, relieve pain and sorrow. I want to make the world better, my family and friends happy, even acquaintances fit into the scope of those I care about.
Yes strangers are not strangers for long. I am that one who would bring home a lost soul and have. Yep thats me.
Know what I have gotten from it? LOVE. Joy , hope, kindness and the knowledge that I can make a difference even if its only a small thing.
Giving makes me happy . Have you ever done an RAOK. Random Acts of Kindness are the best. I get giddy. I have told someone when I did it not out of glory seeking but out of my outrageous joy unbridled at doing something nice.
My mom always told me stop being so nice you will get hurt. Yes she was right. Dad always was nice to the wrong people. He was well liked but when he got sick and passed away where were they.?
I do not do good things to kiss up. I do not do them to be remembered. I do them to make me happy. Happy !
I can not explain to you how good it feels when you make someone who is sad happy.
I can not explain all the ambulance rides I gave with patients who felt unhappy , sad, lost and alone. I do not want anyone to feel alone. I want to help people know they are special and loved and give them hope.
For a long time all I did was volunteer now I can not do that anymore. I wish I could. I do know that by sharing Hope, Joy,Peace , Love and my Faith maybe I can change the world a little. Who does not want to change the world? We can do it together a little at a time.
Live a life of simple joys. Bring your family and friends closer. Color in a coloring book, Take a bubble bath . Blow bubbles, run your toes in the sand, do whatever makes you happy.
Simple joys cost nothing. A smile, a hug, an offer to help someone, be there to comfort someone and do something for you
Live a life of simple joys….. .
Today my mother in law Doris Irene Egel Scholl was laid to eternal rest.
A good woman who blessed me by having my husband and being his mom.
My kids will miss her , though they did not see her much. Living in the southern Adirondack Foothills is far away from the big Apple.
What she did in life will carry through in her grandchildren. Her dtr Veronica has 4 girls all grown some with kids of their own. Her son Thomas has 2 a boy and a girl . Both of them have children, Frank and I had 2 of our own a boy and a girl
Now if you look at those kids all grown with their own kids who will remember their great grandma and tell their kids about her . Each one will have their own story. Each their own experience.
I wish that I were with them all now. I did not attend the services. I thought it best to stay home and avoid the heat and effects of asthma.
I have seen photos my son sent of them having a remembrance meal with the family and am happy they went. It is important to show love and affection to your family and those who are close friends.
History shows us that if we do not talk about our lives together we will forget or be forgotten. Family is so very important to me. I do not have to kiss fannies, nor bow down to anyone but God. I do , however, believe that there are times to forgive and forget.
When we forgive someone we give our self a gift. We also give that person a second or third or fourth chance. I rather like getting gifts. I love giving gifts. I love sharing love with others.
I know life is short. The days go by so fast. Time on earth is short. Love the life you are living.
Of course we all have difficulties , things we would rather forget. I hope that I can forgive myself for my mistakes and am trying. I find its easier to forgive others than to forgive me. Yes that is a flaw. I am aware I am flawed. I am aware that I may not be perfect . Oh heck I know I am not perfect but try not to look too hard at myself in fear I may find more that I can not handle.
I do not know how many of you look at life in retrospect yet. I know that as each person enters or leaves this world and my life huge changes happen.
It may not seem huge to you. It does to me. Family and friends are everything on earth. We go through this world meeting and saying goodbye so often.
Every time a child is born it is a gift. Each life is a gift . Open that gift gently. Open it with love ,hope and warmth. Add in some sweetness and salt as life needs spice. Do things with love as love is the reason we are here.
Remember life is short Take it one step at a time, Take deep breaths, Enjoy each second. Make life worth your time. Share your life with those you love and those who you do not like or know. It will make life full and happy…
Now go life is calling you….
When I visit Lowe’s I also remember to ask for help with whatever I am buying. It is important to know that the product you buy is really meant for the project you are planning.
I have found that the Lowe’s employees know more about the items than the instructions allude to . Most of the instructions are unclear or parts of important steps are left out.
Through trial and error the associates at Lowe’s always come to the rescue. Each one has different experience with the items but they all know who to ask who has used that item. It is wonderful knowing that the item I am buying has been tried by others and what the results are.
I have never had the occasion to be disappointed by the instructions given by the Lowe’s associates. I have found them to know the shortcuts, the proper techniques not shown on the packages.
Lowe’s offers you the opportunity to have an associate teach you the techniques needed to tile, paint, caulk, fix a toilet, install a sink, use a tool, and even decorate your home with wallpaper, carpet and windows.
The associates also know when its time to offer installation services. I am not able to install a waterheater on my own , though some may be able to.
Knowing that is a plus. They know the products, services , techniques and even are permitted to voice an opinion . Yippee that is refreshing. Other stores refrain from that. I like it. It shows me the corporation, store management and the employees really care about what they sell. I have not run into a unhappy Lowe’s customer yet.
There are always cranky people, and yes the associates sometimes have a rough day of it, and so do I.
I really enjoy shopping there.
I hope one day to run into one of the Kitchen, Bath,Yard Crashers there. I do have the ugliest kitchen,bath and yard around . I admit it
That would make this Lowe’s diva very happy. Imagine redoing my kitchen ,bath or yard with the special folks who do wonders with the items Lowe’s furnishes for their shows.
Wow Happy does not even come close…. Maybe one day I will be ecstatic….lol
So for now its Lowe’s dreaming for me….
Hope is one of those things that describes the way people go blindly into situations they normally would not .
Hope is the one thing that keeps me going. I know that God is my hope my path to heaven.
I know that without hope and or God there is nothing for the human spirit to lean on.
I know that Hope is like Love . They both need nurturing,trials errors and growth.
In order to survive in this world we need both Hope and Love. You can have on or the other ,but then you feel incomplete.
You know you can be loved or be in love but, without love and hope combined there is not a bit of strength to deal with life.
In this world we need Hope. In this world we need Love. We need them more than anything now.
Times are hard enough without the incessant changes in politics, world almost at point of destruction, sickness, loneliness, sadness.
We have to have the Hope that we can overcome all of those. For me knowing God has my back is very important to me.
I am an only child. Not such a good thing.
No one is there for you . Most people used to have cousins close by. My cousins are all far away.
So for me it helped me know that with God I even me… can do something good.
When I am afraid of things I either back off from it or dive in and be the super friendly overly trusting type.
Some folks do not like that. Well they are the losers.
When you meet a person who has hope its like opening a big GIFT. Open slowly is my advice. You do not want to waste any of the hope that is in that gift. You want to grab it and hold on for dear life. You want to learn how to hope, love and trust.
To be near a person with Hope can be contagious. In fact, I hope that you do get close to those with Hope. They dream, glimmer, shine and become euphoric at the thought of joy .
Outrageous you say? Well to me its outrageous that some folks have no hope, no faith, love or joy in their lives.
I want to wish you all Hope, Joy,Love,Trust,Faith in all you do or endeavor to be. I want to wish you hugs , puppy kisses, crayolas and paper , chalk on a sidewalk, paint on the walls,ceilings, floors and furniture. Each of those cries out hope.
Hope for the future ,the family, life, and the world is within you.