TOUCH SOMEONE’S LIFE

TOUCH SOMEONE’S LIFE

You can touch someone’s life,
Just by what you say or do,
It’s nice to be able to do that,
And I’m going to do it too.

It might be by an act of kindness,
Or just by something we say,
It really doesn’t matter what it is,
Because it will sure make their day.

So try to touch someone’s life,
And show them your love,
Then you will be blessed in so many ways,
From our Lord and Savior above.

Submitted by D.B.

 

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Brain surgery in the offing

Dear Web Site Readers,

I haven’t been around much lately because of some very important things I needed to have done before February 21, 2013.  On that day, I am scheduled to undergo brain surgery to correct an aneurysm that cannot be repaired in any other way.  I will then be hospitalized for four to seven days and will need someone with me at all times for a couple of weeks after that. I have no idea how long it will take for me to be up and at my computer again or whether I will return to complete health or suffer some of the hazards of such surgery.

Knowing that I faced this surgery, I have recently been devoting my time to a project dear to my heart.  I have completed my second book, a work of fiction called The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Cat. The book is now available on Create Space books and also on Amazon books.  After going on either of  the sites, you can find it easily by typing in the title.  It is for sale for $8.99 + shipping/handling.  I hope some of you who enjoy stories on this web site will be kind enough to purchase it.

With the prayers of all of you who care, I fully expect to return to health and devote more time to this web site. In the meantime, thank you for being my audience.

Betty L. Killebrew

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The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Cat

cat cover for web-siteMy new book, The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Cat is now available at Amazon Books and on CreateSpace Books on the web. It’s also now available at Kindle Books.   After going on any of the sites, you can find it easily by typing in the title.  It is for sale in paperback for $8.99 + shipping/handling. As a Kindle book, it’s only 2.99 and you can read it at no charge by borrowing it as a Kindle book. Go to Kindle Books to take advantage of this offer.

Betty L. Killebrew, Editor and Publisher—www.trovemagazine.com.
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The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Cat     
By Betty L. Killebrew

Jonathan Cat, a barn cat born during the Depression era, leaves his farm home early in life and begins to travel around the country, enjoying a variety of adventures and living with various human friends along the way.

Told by Jonathan himself, this heart-warming tale chronicles Jonathan’s adventures with each of his best friends—Peggy, a little farm girl who has to be reminded to give him water; Boxcar Joe, a hobo who rides the rails; Boozer, a reformed alcoholic; Stripes, another cat with whom he develops a kinship; and Sharon the great human love of his life.

Seen through a cat’s eyes, the actions of the human characters in the book range from humorous to heroic.  From living with his friends, Jonathan learns important lessons about life and love.

The author was inspired by several cats she has “owned” and by the classic animal stories about Black Beauty and Lassie.  Her writing is clear and straight forward, making for easy reading; but this book is not primarily for children. It has appeal for readers over a broad spectrum. It will not only engross children, it will also fascinate cat owners and offer several hours of enjoyment to anyone who simply enjoys a good story.

Early readers have said that they laughed out loud in some places and cried at the end.  If you read this book, please post your review both at Amazon and in the comment section for this posting.

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Christian Generosity

My aunt and uncle were the two most generous people I have ever known.  They not only gave to their church far beyond their tithe amount, they gave to many charitable organizations on a regular basis—so many in fact that the IRS refused to believe that at their income level they could possibly be giving away that much and audited them several years in a row.

Beyond those contributions, they were always helping out in other ways. My aunt was there with her checkbook whenever there was a death in the family.  She might give $100 just to help out or buy the burial plot if the survivors couldn’t afford it.

The two were just as generous with their time as they were with money.  Almost every day after they retired they visited at local nursing homes with countless individuals—family members, friends, fellow church members, even lonely strangers.

They were both teachers and in younger years, they spent several days of each summer vacation re-decorating someone else’s house, buying the paint and wallpaper themselves.  I believe it was my aunt who was the engine behind all this, but my uncle always did his part with his usual dour expression and calm demeanor.

My aunt and uncle went to be with the Lord a number of years ago but they are not forgotten. With adequate but not huge incomes they made an impact upon the world that is impossible to measure.  I wonder what the world would be like if there were more people like them.

Edwina Williams

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Going up or Going Down?

One of my young relatives has been in trouble all of her adult life for drugs and for theft. She has also gone from one “love” relationship to another.  In the past year, however, she has lived with her aging parents and has behaved very well.  I was dismayed when I learned she had taken her parents’ car and stayed away all night two times in the past week.  This is part of a letter I wrote her.  It may seem harsh, but if she cannot accept this well-meant advice and act upon it, she will be lost to her family, society and the Kingdom of God. 

Dear Niece,

I am heartily aggravated and ashamed of you. Whatever you may actually do while staying out all night–or whatever story you choose to tell yourself or others–the fact that is the beginning of your downfall is that you DID STAY OUT ALL NIGHT! Not once, but twice.

I once heard that nothing happens after midnight that decent people should participate in. I believe that’s true. You are standing at the top of a precipice and can either make up your mind to turn away from the temptations that have, in the past, always lured you into the pit or you can fiddle around with little misdeeds until you fall head first once more into inequity. It’s your decision but I will have no use for you if you don’t do the following:

1. Stay home with your children.

2. Take care of the home your parents provide for you.

3. Take care of your parents.

4. Think of everyone for whom you are responsible ahead of yourself.

5. Never ever leave your children alone all night.

6. Never ever use an unlawful substance again.

7. Never ever take anything that is not yours from ANYONE.

8. Never ever engage in fornication again, (Save yourself for lawful marriage to someone.)

9. Never ever think you can commit a “little” sin. There’s no such thing.

10. Pray daily both with requests for God to assist in your improvement and thanks for all he has done for you in the past. Quite simply, you can choose to be a Christian or not. If you choose Christian behavior, the rest of your life will improve day by day. If you choose the other direction, God will turn his back on you as surely as you turn your back on him.

With love,
Your Aunt
O.W.L.

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An Honest Woman

Her “fall from grace” happened when she was a little over 25 and he was a bit older. She had been in love with him for several years but he was not of a mind to make a commitment just yet.  And then she became pregnant.  This situation, in those days, was unpardonable.  Of course, it must not get out!  A very few members of her family were told and together those family members hatched a plot.

The gentleman was compelled by them, and of course by his own honor, to do the right thing; and swiftly the young woman became, as they said in those days, an honest woman. Meanwhile, those few members of the family who were “in the know” spread the word that the couple had been secretly married one year earlier.

It turned out that the new spouses were meant for each other.  They went to church together, donated time and money to worthwhile causes as a team and grew old together in almost total harmony.  They both lived until they were married nearly 60 years.

On the couple’s “50th” wedding anniversary, their immediate family arranged a party for them.  They received many gifts, and guests present at the party also festooned a bare branch planted in a clay pot with dozens of dollar bills.

After the party was over, the “money tree” was placed on the mantelpiece and left there month after month. Then, when the next anniversary rolled around, the tree was taken down and the money was spent for some small luxury.  Gift towels, received one year earlier, appeared in the bathroom.

This honest wife was willing to make use of her “50th” wedding anniversary gifts only when she had truly been married for 50 years. 

Do you wonder how I know this true story?  Many years before the anniversary party, I was told, in confidence, the truth about the marriage by an elderly member of the wife’s family.  Then, on this good wife’s “51s’t” anniversary, she told me herself that she thought she had held onto her 50th anniversary gifts long enough and it was time for her to begin to use them.

I never said anything to indicate I knew her secret and even though she has long since passed away, I won’t reveal her name now.  I’m telling the story because the woman’s honesty before God is so inspiring.  As a matter of fact, I take back the first sentence of this article.  This dear woman never fell from grace.  At most she stumbled, as do we all; and I think she more than pleased God with her commitment to Him, to her spouse and to honesty.

Name Withheld

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He has just gone home…

I wrote this poem after viewing the body of a dear friend at the funeral home.  He was a Christian man, totally devoted to the Lord; and everyone who attended his visitation and funeral knew exactly where he was going.  We were all sorry that we would not see him again in this life but joyous because we knew he had happily gone to his home in heaven.       

He has just gone Home

Lying here, you see a shell
Of the dear man we knew so well.

It looks just like it was before
His soul was summoned to death’s door,

But this is not the man we knew—
It’s something like a worn out shoe.

He left the face that looks the same;
This is the form that bore his name;

But the one we love has slipped through time
To awake to his reward sublime;

So today weep for yourself alone—
He is not dead; he has just gone home.
bible art B. Killebrew

                                            

 John 14:1-3

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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Maybe I Love You

Am I in love?

Maybe I Love You
You tell me that you love me
And you cannot set me free;

And you’re sure that I love you
And will know someday it’s true.

Faced with your determination,
I have felt some consternation–

When I’m face to face with your insistence,
I simply cannot make resistance;

So maybe what you say is true—
It looks like I might love you too!

By Betty L. Killebrew
Copyright May 30, 2005

Please note:  This poem is from my book “Love Poems with a Story: 101 vignettes of love for every age and stage in life.” It’s available at Amazon.  Consider buying one for someone you love.  Because of the stories, it’s suitable not only for sweethearts but for mothers, aunts, really almost anyone.  Of course it’s suitable for many occasions: birthdays, wedding and wedding shower gifts, Valentine’s day and anniverseries.  Order your copy today.

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Leviticus 7, vs. 11-18 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
12-07-12

11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the Lord.

12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

14 And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the Lord, and it shall be the priest’s that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.

15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

18 And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts:

Verse 11 of Leviticus 7 mentions the sacrifice of peace offerings for thanksgiving. For thanksgiving, along with the sacrifice, unleavened cakes mingled with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil and cakes of fine flour, mingled with oil and fried.  Verse 13 says “Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.”  This part comes as a surprise to me as it is the first time I recall the use of leavened bread being asked of the Hebrews.

We also learn that a peace offering for Thanksgiving must be eaten the same day it is offered.  It cannot be saved for another day.

We learn however that a voluntary peace offering can be eaten the day of the sacrifice and the day after but on the third day the remainder must be burnt with fire.  If any is eaten on the third day it is unacceptable and an abomination.
Betty Killebrew

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A comment on so called “Sub”terfuge

Yesterday I heard that a suit has been filed because some of Subway’s “foot-long” subs are less than a foot in length.  I have also seen some recent advertisements for a competitor indicating that Subway’s meats are not sliced “in the back” but in a factory.

With all the above in mind, I would like to spring to Subway’s defense by saying the following:

To the person complaining about the length of the subs:  If you don’t think you’re getting good value, don’t buy the sandwiches!  (Problem solved.)

To any competitor making a big deal about where the meat is sliced, I say, “Be careful.”  I eat lots of meat sliced in factories—much of it in my own home.  This sanitarily packaged meat has never made me ill.  However, in the case of a certain nameless restaurant that brags about slicing the meat fresh, I became ill twice before I gave up eating my favorite sliced beef sandwiches from their establishment.

Just think about it.  In a restaurant you slice a little meat and you have enough sliced; do you immediately dismantle the machine and clean every part?  Probably not.  How often does an inspector come around?  Once or twice a year—maybe.  So which is more sanitary—the meat sliced in a factory where the preparation of meats is the whole job or the meat sliced on the premises—meat that may or may not be totally fresh and may or may not be sliced on a freshly cleaned machine.

For me it’s a no-brainer.  Go Subway, go.

Edwina Williams

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