Monday, April 21, 2014

~ Texas History ~

Today is Monday, April 21, 2014 

Today in Texas History
1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto (near present-day Houston). This 18-minute battle decided the independence of Texas. I love being a Texan.

1873 - The Texas state legislature repealed the law authorizing the State Police. At least thirty-six State Police members became Texas Rangers. The Real Texas Rangers...not the baseball team, although both sets of Rangers share today as an anniversary in their history.

1888 - The Texas State Capitol in Austin opened to the public. Construction was not complete at the time of the opening. Love our state capitol building. 

1906 - Frank Hamer enlisted in the Texas Rangers. He was successful in his assignment to track down the high-profile outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.   
1942 - The first group of internees arrived at the Kenedy Alien Detention Camp near Kenedy, Texas. The camp was converted into a prison of war camp on October 1, 1944.  

1972 - The Texas Rangers beat the Angels, 7-6, before a crowd of 20,105 in first game for the franchise at Arlington Stadium.  

1993 - The first episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" aired on CBS.  
Texas Quote
Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking."
~ George W. Bush

Saturday, April 19, 2014

~ Happy Easter and Resurrection Day! ~

The Cross and the Empty Tomb
By Roy Lessin 

The cross means that we can look back and be thankful;
The empty tomb means that we can look ahead and be hopeful.

The cross fills us with gratitude;
The empty tomb fills us with expectation.

The cross means that He died for us;
The empty tomb means that He lives for us.

The cross means that the old has passed away;
The empty tomb means that all things have become new.

The cross is the triumph of mercy;
The empty tomb is the triumph of righteousness.

The message of the cross is, “It is finished;”
The message of the empty tomb is, “I am alive forever more.” [We are alive forever more In Him]

The resurrection allows us to look up, to look forward, and to look ahead.
When we look up we see Jesus seated at the right hand of God,
When we look forward we see Him daily guiding our steps,
When we look ahead we see Him coming again for His bride.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ brings the assurance that the enemy of death has been defeated, our home in heaven is secure, and our inheritance will never fade away. How good He is, and how blessed we are to serve a Lord who is alive, who is above all, and who loves us with an everlasting love!

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Calms Our Fears
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking  for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here;
Confirms His Word
He has risen, just as He said.
Comforts Our Hearts
Come and see the place where he lay.
Commissions Our Lives
Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.
Clarifies Our Vision
There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.”
 Matthew 28: 5-7

May you all have a joyous and blessed Resurrection Sunday! May the Lord bless you and keep you and shine His face upon you and give you His Peace!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~ Remembering My Mother ~

Eleven years ago today, my mother made her transition to Heaven. She had been ill for a long time and didn't know any of us. It was so difficult to watch her deteriorate over the years. One thing I'm sure of, she has everything up there clean and shining!  We didn't have a "perfect" relationship but when you lose a parent, I believe it leaves a huge void in one's life.  I so hope that she and Abby have connected...what a team. :)  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

~ Choices ~

 The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”
She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”
And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less