I got to watch an advance premier of Dogs of War and I loved it! I love the concept of pairing these rejected animals with our war torn vets to offer both a second chance. The series premier is tomorrow night, Veteran's Day, how appropriate!
Here is some of the press:
DOGS OF WAR spotlights combat veteran Jim Stanek, who returns home struggling with PTSD. He looks into getting a service dog to help him heal, only to discover how expensive they are, and how long the wait to be paired with one is. So he starts his own nonprofit to rescue dogs from kill shelters, train them as service dogs and partner them with struggling veterans at little or no cost.
The show premieres Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10PM ET/PT and then moves to Sundays at 10PM ET/PT beginning Nov. 16.
In an era when most reality TV is hypersexualized, about cutthroat competition or designed solely to make us laugh at the culture of its "stars," it is so refreshing to be associated with a series like this, which spotlights a man who uses the greatest pain in his life to offer the greatest comfort to the lives of others.
And for those of you, like me, who don't have cable, there is an A&E app in the App Store which will allow you to watch this show as well as other popular series, such as Duck Dynasty!
Let me know if you watch the show and what you think!
From my studies, in regards to Matthew 13:12, "The question is not, How much truth, talent, or treasure does a person have? The question is, What did a person do with what God gave him?"
I wonder if that person that we think "has it all," has simply been faithful with what they have been given. If we are tempted to envy, perhaps we should look at our own unique giftings and ask the questions above of ourselves.
So I was talking with a friend the other day about how I have been having trouble writing. I want to, I really do, but I just can't get myself to put fingers to keypad...which really isn't writing in the technical pen and paper aspect, but I need not be so literal.
I have been afraid I don't have what it takes or maybe people aren't interested in what I have to say. Perhaps I just don't have that interesting of a life or the things that interest me are just too boring to share with the online world. But my friend said something that got me thinking.
Something to the affect of the world needing to read abouth things that are wholesome and good.
We aim for "wholesome and good" around here, and while we may not hit the mark all the time, we come close most days. We definitely don't fit "highlight reel"mode very often, shoot most days I am pleased when we hit "barely presentable".
Mostly, we just do "real" real good. So if you like reading about the plain and simple life of a now 40 (sweet Jesus, it has gone by so quick) mom of many and smokin' hot wifey to the handsomest fella this side of the Mississippi, then stick with me people. I will try to touch your heart and make you laugh and remind you that you and I really are NORMAL.
Keep checking back! I am gonna try to be consistent.
I thought everyone had this tune playing on the stereo of their mind when they rode their bicycle. Well, at least very woman. I know I do. Every time i tide my bike or see a woman on a bike, I think of it and some times will hum a little in solidarity.
At the bus stop this morning, our neighbors were heading down for the last pickup of the year. My neighbor's hubby was walking one dog and one of her children was walking the other. They were all happy, and my friend was riding her bike.
And then the image popped into my head, and the song.
Now, you need to know that my neighbor is NOT a grumpy old hag going about sticking her nose in everyone's business...that is not why my mind was replaying Miss Gulch's theme.
So I told my friend what was racing through my mind as she pedaled joyfully up to the bus stop. I don't think she quite understood that it was just something that brought me joy...to know that all the cycling sisters have a theme song.
She gave me a funny look, smiled and indicated that, no, the thought had never occurred to her as she popped in her ear buds and rode off chalking it up to crazy neighbor syndrome.
Lesson learned? Filter, filter, filter. I have to remember not everyone gets my quirky sense of humor. And apparently I was grossly mistaken about the thought life of women cyclists.
A couple of weeks ago I said I would follow up on the “think” idea, so tonight we are going to get our brains wrapped around two things:
As Christians, what should we be speaking about?
What is the first habit from “think” that we should nurture?
There is so much we can talk with one another about. The weather, sports, latest fashions, health trends…and those are fairly safe. Some hotter topics we can discuss are politics, religion, child raising. The topics that give us the most trouble though are the ones that fall into the realm of gossip and idle chit chat. A friend shared this post on idle chatter vs. Godly edification over at the ministry of Leslie Ludy setapartgirl. Now at first it may seem a little over the top, especially to those of us who are more prone to extroversion, but the point that speaks to my heart is that our words should point people (or draw them) to Jesus and none other.
Have you ever walked away from a visit and felt it was hollow and unfulfilling? Those moments may have been filled with idle chitchat. Have you ever walked away from a visit and felt edified and encouraged? Chances are those moments were moments that the conversation and activity glorified the Lord. I know when I am not making time to connect with my friends our conversations in passing just aren’t as fulfilling as when we are able to sit over a cup of tea and speak of what the Lord is doing in our lives. Conversations in passing have the filling of a treat, and we are all hungry for the meal. If there was a mark to shoot for in choosing our conversations, and our company, then it would be to have them both glorify the Lord.
Please don’t misunderstand me. Not all moments will be filled with songs of praise, we can glorify the Lord simply by fulfilling the callings of wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, child, coworker, etc…in lives fully submitted to the Lord. Every other word doesn’t have to be Lord or Jesus. And we don’t want to treat people as though they are projects we are working on either. Obviously, I am struggling with my words, but let’s read what Paul says:
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
EPHESIANS 4:25, 29-32
This brings me to the question of truth. The first habit we need to develop in “think” is that of asking the question, “IS IT TRUE?”
Some of the definitions from Webster’s for “true” are:
“agreeing with the facts: not false”
“real or genuine”
“being that which is the case rather than what is manifest or assumed.”
Is it the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Is it embellished, you know, add a little flair for drama or emphasis…turning truth into legend? Is it a downright lie to cover over our own wrong doing? Is it worded in such a way as to paint the guilty/innocent parties in a bad/good light? If it isn’t the truth, unaltered and pure, then we shouldn’t be sharing. We should probably go so far as to say, if it isn’t OUR truth, good or bad, we shouldn’t share it…we can weigh that more as we dive into the other habits of “think”.
For now, let’s finish with a final thought from Paul:
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
My hope is to get us thinking on this and prayerfully considering what comes out of our mouths. Our words have power.
I don’t write as one who has all this figured out, but am chasing after His Kingdom and righteousness. I fall short of the mark daily but I press on. _____________________________________________________________________________ "True." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/true>.
I don't know about you, but I sure have been dreaming of warmer dreams. Especially today! We are expected to get accumulating snow tonight. It's April! Anyhow, I have been busy with lots, just like you!
One thing that has been preoccupying much of my time has been preparing for the Beginning Quilting Skills class through Sartell- St. Stephen Community Ed, which I will be teaching next week. Wanna get a sneak peek???
I had some help picking out colors from my friend, Michelle Johnson, the owner of Bound In Stitches, an adorable quilt shop in Sauk Rapids. I loved the batiks and we chose the honeycomb focal fabric and spring boarded from there. Michelle has been quilting for years and can answer your questions large or small...you can even grab a cup of joe and a home baked cookie while you are there. I am so excited for the class! It will be a great way to start the week after Easter.
Speaking of Easter, and all things holy, if you are looking for an Easter experience focusing on Christ, The Waters church will be performing a Funeral Service for Jesus. There will be two showings at 4:00 and 6:00p.m. It would be great to see you there!
So ya, it's a real howler in April, but we got the winter clothes out still and plenty to keep us busy...like endless renditions of "Let It Go."
This week, I have thrown out at least 1,208 photos.
WHAT’S YOUR TOTAL?
So, the story goes like this. Several months ago I decided to be super smart and forward thinking and upload all the photos from my phone to my pc, you know to back it up. I basically just went into MS Photo Gallery and let it detect my phone and the photos and blindly let it upload. This was a huge mistake!
Oh, it uploaded everything! Photos of weird stuff that had been downloaded to the phone when web surfing and LOTS of duplicates of the photos I did want to keep. Now, I hear you saying, “But those photos are so small! It’s hardly worth it.” However, when that is all you have for the moment you wanted to capture, you keep it. Yeah, the photo will definitely need a caption in the album, but that is just how it is.
So, in an attempt to START the clean up of that foolishness:
I looked for distinct file extensions – something other than .jpg ~no such luck!
I looked for something that several of the file names had in common such as a string of numbers or characters ~ in this case I found the number 800 in quite a few, so I searched my My pictures folder for that and found 739 items.
Then I looked for pictures with a weird blackened mirror spot in them and deleted them:
then, I sorted all the photos alphabetically so I could try to eliminate duplicates, which only helped in a few cases. For some reason the phone sets some weird file names (x-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxx-800.jpg) and has several copies (in different formats???) of each photo EACH with different names. This is getting tricky
Instagram phots are saved as .jpg on the phone as well...I was hoping for a more distinct naming system for them...no such luck.o, then I tried sorting them by date and this helped a little as well.
I decided to delete them ALL from the computer...all the phone ones with the “800” in them ~ I GAVE UP!
There is probably software out there you can purchase to help you, but I am cheap.
I deleted all the duplicates from my phone...they had multiplied on my phone as well! What is going on??
I downloaded PicCollage and started arranging the photos I decided to keep (450+) into meaningful collages with the thought of printing them.
I am sharing the collages with myself to put them in my digital archive.
Crazy all you have to do just to find out it wasn’t worth it!
So how do you do it? How do you back up those photos you want to keep? Have you ever had a case of the ever multiplying photos when uploading from an ANDROID? I wonder what apple is like.
Better scoot. The shortest person got into the butter!