An Attitude of Gratitude

Although Thanksgiving Day dates back to the Pilgrims, it didn’t become a national holiday until 1863 when America was in the midst of a bloody Civil War.  Abraham Lincoln thought it might help to unify the country and it has been celebrated annually ever since.

An attitude of gratitude can do much to heal the country, but it also can heal the hurts that one inevitably suffers in this life and can make us healthier, happier and more successful.  These are scientifically proven facts.

Most of you are familiar with the song “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” from the 1954 movie classic “White Christmas.”  It begins,

“When, I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep and I fall asleep counting my blessings.”

These are not simply pretty lyrics.  A 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being found that spending just 15 minutes jotting down grateful sentiments before bed, helps one sleep better and longer.  Better sleeps leads to better overall health and well being and more productivity.   Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”

McCain’s Funeral Punchback

It is considered disrespectful to say anything bad about someone who is deceased.  However, when the deceased punches back at an enemy from the dead, all bets are off.

We know that Senator McCain spent months planning every detail of his extended farewell and funeral services.  These events were of the kind and duration normally reserved for heads-of-state.   However, I would hope that the decision that was made to disinvite President Trump and Sarah Palin came from his family and not the senator himself.

McCain professed to be a Christian.  Only the good Lord knows the truth of one’s conviction.  It is not for me to judge.  However, Jesus commanded us to forgive one another.  In fact, the prayer that He taught us to pray says, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We are to “love our enemies.”   Any sincere Christain knows that is not only difficult, it is next to impossible without the Lord’ help.  It is something that I have struggled with, perhaps more than any other of His precepts.

With that in mind, I can only hope that if the senator really meant to strike out at his enemies from the grave, that desire passed before he went to his eternal resting place.   Continue reading “McCain’s Funeral Punchback”

Supreme Court Go-Round

Radical leftist groups are tying themselves in knots again.  They want freedom of expression, yet they seek to silence any speech, be it written, televised, or spoken, with which they do not agree.

Leftist groups want to be free to demonstrate on behalf of their causes.  Yet they confront demonstrators with whom they disagree with threats and even physical violence.   Leftist groups claim they want everyone to be free to do anything he, she or the “unassigned,” wish to do or not do.  However, they are intent on beating up on Jack Phillips, the baker in Lakewood, Colorado, who was the victor in the Supreme Court case Masterpiece Bakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission handed down on June 4, 2018.

In case you have been living under a rock and may be unfamiliar with this case,  Phillips, a deeply religious Christian man, refused to create a cake especially for a gay wedding.   However,  he offered to sell the couple any cake that was readily available in his shop.  In short, he did not discriminate, by refusing to serve the couple, he simply refused to create something that violated his core beliefs. Continue reading “Supreme Court Go-Round”

Supreme Court Guilty of Dereliction of Duty

In sports, a tie is said to be like kissing your sister.

The Supreme Court decision Masterpiece Bakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case where a baker was punished for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding, was something like that.  It was unrewarding for both sides.

The 7-2 decision ruled in favor of the baker, saying the state commission did not treat him fairly when it disparaged his religious beliefs.   Also, the Court found the commission showed an obvious bias against this baker because it had upheld the right of other bakers to refuse to bake cakes with anti-gay themes.  Unfortunately, the Court did not rule on the underlying issues in this case.  Continue reading “Supreme Court Guilty of Dereliction of Duty”

Needed: A New Trump Advisor

“Through a multitude of counselors there is safety”  Proverbs 11:14

Every president has a multitude of counselors: national security, economic, health, environment, etc.  Some serve officially.  Others are at his beck and call.  This president, however, is sorely in need of one more — a linguistic counselor.

There was a time when a person’s dollar earning power could be measured by a simple vocabulary test.  The theory being that a large vocabulary is a good indication of a person’s level of education — the more you know, the higher your earning potential.  Certainly, that is no longer the case as our schools have been dumbed down and a good vocabulary is no longer valued.   Continue reading “Needed: A New Trump Advisor”

Easter Reality Check (The Gods that Tempt Us(

This is the week that Christians prepare themselves to commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection.  By far, it is the most important event on the Christian calendar. Without Christ’s sacrifice, there would be no forgiveness of sin and without His resurrection there would be no hope of eternal life.

While, mere ritual and religious observance are useless, it is important that we fully understand and remember the price that was paid for us and why?  It is also a time, for a serious reality check. Continue reading “Easter Reality Check (The Gods that Tempt Us(“

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

It is no accident that the stores are jammed this time of year with last minute Christmas shoppers.  I don’t think it is because most of us are procrastinators by nature.  I don’t think it is because shoppers have learned that the closer to Christmas, the better the discounts.  No, I think it is because we keep looking for the best gift ever for that special someone.

When I was young, I would invariably wait until the very last minute to buy a gift for my mom, knowing full well that there was nothing I could possibly give her that could show her the full measure of my love.  Now, it is the gift for my husband Roger that causes me to wait until the very last minute.  Oh, sure, I have lots of ideas, but somehow I just keep waiting for something better to explode into my consciousness that I couldn’t possibly have imagined the other 364 days a year.    Continue reading “Best Christmas Gift Ever!”