Fridays Songs

Praise You In The Storm

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Our Pets

I'm not much of a dog person, actually I don't like them at all, but I thought that this dog is something special and worth sharing.
The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord. He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did. Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'. The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly took out one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor. If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.

K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner

Thought you'd find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans! Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8 . Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters


Our Lamb

Mary had a little Lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school each day,
T'wasn't even in the rule.
It made the children laugh and play,
To have The Lamb at school..

And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became
To bring The Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His Name!

Every day got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gun shots and tears.

What must we do to stop the crime,
That's in our schools today?
Let 's let The Lamb come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray!

Time...How Much Do You Think You Have Left?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'

DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.

SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $25?'

The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' He asked.

'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

A lesson to myself!!!



I finally got to take a break at work and guess what? One of my "workers" thought it would be funny to document it. I told her that if the "higher powers" ever saw these she would be unemployed. Oh, and she better not use these photos to blackmail me for a raise.


Strength For The Day

Isn't It Time To Emphasize the Uniqueness of Jesus?

Scriptural Basis:

“Let it be known to you and to all the people… that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man is standing before you. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The Apostle Peter, Acts 4:10-12

Christianity Today-Online polled its readers last week on what theme they thought the magazine should address most in 2009. The choices were evangelism, catechesis (the church’s teaching responsibility), the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, abortion, and persecution. 1822 readers responded to the poll, and the winner by 11% over 2nd place (35% overall) was “the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.” Undoubtedly some of these themes overlap and all of them have an importance and urgency to them, but why is “the uniqueness of Jesus Christ” a theme worthy of theirs or anyone’s greatest attention?

Simply, because the message of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation never fails to emphasize it! Jesus declared it over and over that it might get through our thick skulls. None of the other themes have any validity, relevance or authority if Jesus, the One who commands us to do something about these themes, is not who He says He is. Paul declares Jesus’ essential uniqueness and exclusive place in our salvation, as well as the only reason for the existence of the universe, when he wrote to the Colossians, “by [Jesus Christ] all things hold together.” (1:17)

“All things” refers to more than the created, material universe. It also means society, civilization, justice, goodness and truth; everything that exists. Jesus Christ not only brought all things into being, but He holds it all together; including the mouths that denounce Him with obscenities, the hands that perpetrate every type of evil, the minds that devise lies and fraud to their own aggrandizement, the proponents of each and every other religion who in their man-made idolatry seek to nullify Him in subverting the truth, which He is. After all He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)

The second reason to emphasize Jesus’ uniqueness in 2009 is that apparently, if you believe recent polls, a remarkable number of professing Christians, even Evangelicals, have caved to the intimidation of being considered intolerant and a bigot to admit they believe that Jesus, as He Himself testified, is the ONE and ONLY way to salvation. Who is at fault here; pastors, ill-taught, ignorant Christians, pervasive pluralism in our culture, seeker-friendly churches offending no one while teaching and preaching “mush?” I recently read over Christmas that 70% of Britons today do not believe in the historicity of the account of Jesus’ birth. This is the nation of John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon.

Yet America is hard on Britain’s heels. A non-vague, specific poll by the Pew Research organization this past summer produced results that 54% of professing Christians in America who attended church at least weekly believed that Jesus was NOT the ONLY way to salvation. There were other paths that were equally valid. 37% of white Evangelicals admitted they believed this; 75% of mainline Protestants; and 85% of non-Hispanic white Catholics.

Let me ask a question; would you rather be called a bigot and intolerant by an ignorant world now; or told by Jesus at the most important time in your life, “Depart from me, I never knew you?”

May the theme of the Apostle Paul’s life also be yours in 2009: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of salvation for everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) And if that is your confession, may you also be ready to “always give an answer for the faith which is in you,” when someone asks, how can you believe Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation?

“Heavenly Father, I know I will be tested in this; give me courageous, steadfast faith to confess Jesus before men, that He might confess me before Your presence in the courts of Heaven. Amen.”

by Stephen Leonard