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God Is Doing Something!

Posted by imfreenow on January 31, 2009

I have been struggling with the un-forgiveness issue for a while now – praying for God to change me, taking communion over and over, confessing sin, going to other Christians for prayer, basically doing everything I know to do.

God is doing something. It’s getting better. My heart is softening.

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A Stranger In Town

Posted by imfreenow on January 30, 2009

This is an email someone sent me. I know that my dad also met this same stranger, invited him in, and he never left to this day, to my own dismay.

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our
small Texas town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this
enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The
stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young
mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary
instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.
But the stranger…he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound
for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he
always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even
seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major
league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger
never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing
each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the
kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the
stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger
never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not
allowed in our home… Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our
longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my
ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit
the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on
a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes
distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His
comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally
embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced
strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my
parents, yet he was seldom rebuked.. And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our
family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he
was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you
would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to
listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
His name?…. .. .

We just call him ‘TV.’

(Note: This should be required reading for every household in America!)

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Flywheel 2003

Posted by imfreenow on January 30, 2009

I just saw this movie last night and enjoyed it. It is so hard to give the message of salvation in Christ in a movie, but this movie carries it well. These are the same people who made the film “Facing The Giants.”

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The Hand Song – Nickel Creek

Posted by imfreenow on January 27, 2009


“The Hand Song”

The boy only wanting to give mother something,
And all of her roses had bloomed.

Looking at him as he came rushing in,
knowing her roses were doomed.

All she could see were some thorns buried deep,
And tears that he cried as she tended his wounds.

And she knew it was love, it was what she could understand.
He was showing his love and that’s how he hurt his hands.

He still remembers that night as a child, on his mothers knee.
She held him close and she opened her Bible, and quietly started to read.

Then seeing a picture of Jesus, he cried out:
“Mama he’s got some scars just like me!”

And he knew it was love, it was what he could understand.
He was showing his love, and that’s how he hurt his hands.

[instrumental break]

Now the boy is grown and moved out on his own.
When Uncle Sam comes along.
A foreign affair, but our young men are there.
And luck had his number drawn.

It wasn’t that long till our hero was gone, he gave to a friend what he learned from the cross.

But they knew it was love, it one they could understand.
He was showing his love, and that’s how he hurt his hands.

It was one they could understand.

He was showing his love, and that’s how he hurt his hands.

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Is He Insane?

Posted by imfreenow on January 25, 2009

Bush kept us safe, and now Obama smugly signs away Bush’s war on terror. Listen to this liberal crap about how Bush’s war on terror was “infantile” and put us in jeopardy. At what price are we going to have to learn that this is ridiculous?

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Nina Larkin-Mateyuna Artwork

Posted by imfreenow on January 25, 2009

Nina wrote me about some caricatures she found on my blog when she Googled Obama caricatures. She thought the ones I posted were mine, so she emailed me, and then directed me to some artwork of hers. Her work is very nice, so I’m posting it here.

She reflects strong wholesome old-fashioned American values.

While I’m at it – the only artwork of mine is on my other blog, a few portraits here.

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Caption This Photo

Posted by imfreenow on January 24, 2009


I’m at a loss for a caption so I’m waiting for you….

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The reason we look for the "no rbST" label on milk

Posted by imfreenow on January 24, 2009

Here is an article, I don’t know when it was written, about the horrors of farmers injecting cows with growth hormones. It’s basically about cruelty to animals in addition to unhealthy hormones being passed on to us. I think it was written before a lot was done to stop rbST use in cows in America, as I notice that a lot of milk has the label on it now that says this hormone is not being used.

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FOCA correction from Snopes

Posted by imfreenow on January 23, 2009

The email I got according to Snopes has both correct and incorrect information regarding FOCA. It is very important not to overreact to this stuff, but this is the first time I’m doubting Snopes, and why I’ll doubt Snopes from now on.

Many Christian sources have confirmed what the email says, and say that it is not exaggerated, even if Snopes says that it is. Oh well, have a look at what Snopes says anyway.

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God and the Spider

Posted by imfreenow on January 23, 2009

Click here to see the story.

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He’s the culture of death!

Posted by imfreenow on January 23, 2009


Obama wastes no time. He’s already calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and he has said the first thing he will do as president is sign the FOCA.

Obama has said that a baby as a result of sexual intercourse is a punishment. Still think he’s a decent family man?

Here is an email sent to me today, a little late, as this was supposed to have been signed by congress by today.

Prayers against The Freedom Of Choice Act
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> For those of you who do not know, the Freedom of Choice Act
> (FOCA) [also know as freedom to kill act] is set to be
> signed if congress passes it on January 21-22 of 2009. The
> FOCA is the next sad chapter in the book of abortion. If
> made a law, virtually all limitations on abortion will be
> lifted, which will result in the following:
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> 1) All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals would be
> required to perform abortions upon request. If this were to
> happen, some U.S. Bishops have indicated they would consider
> closing down Catholic hospitals rather than perform
> abortions – more than 30% of all hospitals in the United
> States are Catholic.
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> 2) Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no
> limitations.
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> 3) All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.
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> 4) Parental notification will no longer be required.
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> 5) The number of abortions could increase by as much as
> 100,000 annually.
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> Perhaps most importantly the government would then have
> control in the issue of abortion. This could result in a
> future amendment that would force women by law to have
> abortions in certain situations (down syndrome babies, etc)
> and could even regulate how many children a woman is allowed
> to have.
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> Needless to say this information is disturbing, but sadly
> true. As Catholics, as Christians, as anyone who is against
> the killing of innocent children, we must stand as one. We
> must stop this horrific act before it becomes a law.
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> The Plan :
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> To pray along with fasting to stop the FOCA. I would ask
> that you pray until Jan 22. The hope is that this will
> branch and blossom as to become a global effort with maximum
> impact. We have very little time so we all must act fast.
> Just do three things:
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> – Forward this letter on to five or more people
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> – Start Praying, and fast as you can, until Jan. 22.
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> Remember that with God all things are possible and the
> power of prayer is undeniable. If you are against the
> killing of defenseless children then the time is now to do
> something about it!
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> “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the
> Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that
> I’d do.” — Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the
> Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007
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> Please join this if you are able.
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> State Chaplain Dan Hall
> The Capitol Prayer Network
> National Day of Prayer at the Capitol
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> P.S. You can also go to www.fightfoca.com and sign a
> petition to help fight FOCA.

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To All The Kids Who Survived

Posted by imfreenow on January 21, 2009

the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times,we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?

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The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’

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Haven’t said anything about him lately

Posted by imfreenow on January 20, 2009

We’ll see if he can play the superhero he pretends to be!

Someone has a sense of humor!

In observing Obamania, I just shake my head and say, “I don’t get it.” While he’s being inaugurated, his Muslim father is off in Kenya. Great, all-American guy!

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Fire Rainbow

Posted by imfreenow on January 18, 2009


THIS PICTURE IS A FIRE RAINBOW –
THE RAREST OF ALL NATURALLY OCCURRING ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA.
THE PICTURE WAS CAPTURED THIS WEEK ON
THE IDAHO / WASHINGTON BORDER.
THE EVENT LASTED ABOUT 1 HOUR.
CLOUDS HAVE TO BE CIRRUS, AT LEAST 20.000 FEET IN THE AIR, WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ICE CRYSTALS AND THE SUN HAS TO HIT THE CLOUDS AT PRECISELY 58 DEGREES.

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Atheist Holy Day

Posted by imfreenow on January 18, 2009

FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY

In Florida, an atheist created a case against the Easter & Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews & observances of their holy days. The argument was, it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized day(s). The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer,the judge banged his gavel declaring, ‘Case dismissed.’

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, ‘Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter & others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur & Hanukkah. Yet my client & all other atheists have no such holidays.’

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, ‘But you do. Your client,counsel, is woefully ignorant.’

The lawyer said, ‘Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.’

The judge said, ‘The calendar says April 1st is ‘April Fools Day.’ Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.

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Learn From The British

Posted by imfreenow on January 18, 2009


This comes from my cousin, a staunch defender of the 2nd amendment.

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An Echo In The Universe

Posted by imfreenow on January 17, 2009

Helen at Random Musings feels God is telling her to get away from so much blogging time. I’m thinking the same thing. My internet and blogging time have gotten a bit ridiculous. I am thinking about volunteering at a church so they can have more adults on staff Friday nights for their youth center. There has to be a certain number of adults or teens can’t even be there. I would just hang out and supervise.

I also want to spend more time being outdoors skiing. God told me to get away and be with Him too. I don’t exactly know how to do that, but I’ll figure out a way. It just means I won’t be so obsessively involved in my blog. I doubt that will impact the universe adversely.

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I want to be the person my cat thinks I am

Posted by imfreenow on January 16, 2009


My cat, an orange tabby, starts to meow when he hears my car in the garage – so says my mom. Let’s see – that means the sun rises and sets on when I come and go.

When I go upstairs, he follows me. When I go downstairs, down the stairs he goes. When I crawl in to bed after I’ve had breakfast, to read the bible and meditate, he crawls in with me and falls asleep.

When I go to the bathroom, he gets excited waiting for me to play with the toy that brushes under the space under the door while I’m in there with the door shut.

I keep him fed and watered and keep his litter box supplied and clean. I brush his fur. I play with him regularly.

I am his world. To him, I am quite flawless. If only.

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"Come Away My Beloved"

Posted by imfreenow on January 15, 2009

God has been speaking to me lately about drawing away to be with Him and hear Him tell me that He loves me. There is this one lady who was healed of manic depression years ago who runs a healing center with her husband that is a close friend. She has been telling me that God loves me and that I need to hear that from God and write it in a journal. Beth Moore talked about it in her study “breaking free,” saying that we don’t have love until God loves us first, but that we can ask God for the love that we we need, since it’s according to His will.

I went to a healing center recently (Christian) for prayer, and while I was there a lady had a “word” for me from God (prophetic.) She said that God loves me, and that I need to draw away with God and hear from Him that he loves me. Does anyone hear an echo?!

Hear God tell you that He loves you. Draw apart from man and get near God and find His love for you.

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God’s Healing Mandate

Posted by imfreenow on January 13, 2009

I’ve been reading the gospels out loud every night to my parents, because my dad can’t read anymore. It’s amazing to just read the bare New Testament – no commentaries, no prosperity ministers, no poverty ministers, just the word of God, and the words of Jesus.

We came to Luke 9, and that’s where it is crystal clear. That’s where God’s healing mandate is spelled out. It is so simple.

Here it is:

Luke 9: 1-6

1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

It’s interesting that Jesus also talks about provision. He talks about having basic needs met. I see in the gospels that when it comes to healing, Jesus provides total restoration. When it comes to provision, He provides just what we need.

The reason I’m putting this emphasis on healing is that so many people are absolutely hung up on denying the importance of healing, and deny themselves the benefit of healing, even though Psalm 103 says, “forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases..”

And healing is so central to the gospel, that it went hand in hand with the gospel as Jesus commissioned His disciples, and it is our mandate as well.

In America, we are terribly impoverished in our thinking on this subject. We do not accept God’s gift of healing. We accept suffering and disease. I was looking for funny things on the web related to cabin fever yesterday, and I found a trailer for the movie “Cabin Fever” and it said this:

“A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.”

Maybe a part of us takes some sick, perverse pleasure in sickness and death. It’s ingrained in our American psyche.

Then I went further and found and another bad case of Cabin Fever depicted in the movie “The Shining.” More sickness in the American psyche! Not too funny!

We have had material prosperity – more than we need, and we lack health – the opposite of what Jesus had in mind. Example: CEO of Apple who is now struggling with his health.

What’s the answer? Draw near to God and He will draw near to us. See the problem and go to work on it. Find like minds and fellowship in the truth.

Interesting that my dad groans with pleasure at the thought of meeting Jesus in person and being touched by Him, when I read about His healing miracles. This means something when you read my testimony, which I recently tweaked.

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