Monthly Archives: April 2011
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Laugh It Up, Wednesday's Good Word|
I’m not much on the forwards that inundate my email inbox, but this was too good to pass up. And it provoked some interesting thoughts which I’ll get into after you read:
The Pastor’s Cat
Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, but the kitty would not come down. The tree wasn’t sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.
That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little forward, the rope broke.
The tree went ‘boing!’ and the kitten instantly sailed through the air – out of sight.
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Heart Thoughts|
One year ago today, we laid my Papaw to rest.
I remember at the hospital, holding his hand, praying, and preparing to say the final goodbye, though I knew my words only reached his spirit. Long hours passed, and I kept turning his life over in my mind. Specifically, his part in mine.
The prior year, his words of encouragement about my writing touched me in a way no one else could. He wasn’t one to hand out compliments, just not his style. I knew he meant them from the depths of his heart most people never saw.
Through the process of funeral preparations, I knew I had to write something special. I’d promised him as much.
I hope this is an encouragement to you. Maybe help you cry a few tears you’ve suppressed too long.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matt. 5:4 NKJV
Everyone needs a cowboy in their life to tell the stories of riding the range. Tall tales of the way things used to be with just enough truth to reserve a memory in one’s heart.
Everyone needs a cowboy. You were mine.
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Book Reviews|
Book Review: The Portable Patriot
The best way to learn about the founding of the United States of America is from the founders themselves. The Portable Patriot, edited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish, is filled with well known and lesser known tales that brought this country to its point of birth and beyond. From the witty writings of Benjamin Franklin to the solemn advice of George Washington, this book caused me to laugh out loud, share quotes of wisdom with friends, and ponder the present state of our nation.
The courage, bravery, and sacrifices of these men and women made me want to cry. They not only wanted freedom for themselves–their plan was to insure it be passed down for generations to come.
Be forewarned: The Portable Patriot is not a contemporary read. I found myself re-reading parts to comprehend the depth of meaning of some essays. Nevertheless, I preferred the original writings as they helped me understand the thoughts and paradigms of our founding fathers.
Overall, I’d recommend this to everyone if for nothing more than to read the articles that shaped our country into one of the greatest in history–and perhaps help us find our way back to that place once again.