Update on Prayer Request


As you all know, on Valentine’s Day, David’s sister had open heart surgery. The surgery went well. However, on Friday she was dealing with some serious complications, including a collapsed lung. She was put into a medically-induced coma.

The message that we received earlier today from David’s mother said that Sandra’s blood pressure had come down some and that they were awaiting the lung x-ray results. She was doing some better and they had her sitting up.

Thank you for continued prayers for her and for their family. We all appreciate the prayers very much.

Have a blessed weekend.

Prayers, Please


I would like to ask all of you to pray for David’s sister, Sandra. She had open heart surgery yesterday. The surgery itself went well, as we understand it. However, this morning there are some severe complications, severe enough that she is in an induced coma.

Please pray for her healing, also for comfort and strength for her family, especially their mama, for whatever lies ahead.

Thank you.

Press Release: DaVinci Body Sculpting Offers $2500 Scholarship to Women in STEM Fields

DaVinci Body Sculpting Offers $2500 Scholarship to Women in STEM Fields

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Houston, TX – DaVinci Body Sculpting is pleased to announce it is offering a scholarship to women studying in STEM fields.

The scholarship, worth $2500 USD, is specifically designed to support women who have a passion for science and technology.  Women studying in any science program are eligible to apply, as the company believes women in STEM programs often go underappreciated for their accomplishments.

“Our team at DaVinci Body Sculpting has a great passion for science and technology and we are always inspired by women who develop new techniques and inventions,” says John Bergeron, one of DaVinci’s co-founding members.  “Over the years, we have found women are often part of the aesthetics narrative, but are often not highlighted in their incredible contributions.  We want to change that.”

To be eligible for the DaVinci scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled, or will be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester
  • Be majoring, or have a general interest, in STEM
  • Write a 1,000 – 1,500 word essay
  • Provide proof of enrollment and general application information
  • Agree to permit DaVinci Body Sculpting to announce their name (if chosen as the winner) via social media and website platforms

The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2019, with the winner being selected and notified via email by May 15th, 2019.

DaVinci Body Sculpting was founded by Dr. John Bergeron and his wife, Lori Lemon Bergeron.  Dr. Bergeron is a cosmetic surgeon specializing in liposuction, and is one of the most requested surgeons in the Houston area.  Lori is a highly trained and certified clinician who performs the company’s only service – CoolSculpting.

For more information about the DaVinci Body Sculpting scholarship, and the application process, please visit their website at https://davincibody.com/scholarship/.

6 Things You Can Do to Prevent Animal Cruelty

This is a guest post by Jeffrey Scott Franklin, owner and Operator of Cobra Canine.

6 Things You Can Do to Prevent Animal Cruelty

  1. Don’t get a pet as a toy or an impulse decision. The people who aren’t up for the 8 to 15-year commitment of responsibility (financially, physically and emotionally) are often times the ones who end up sending their pet to a shelter or simply not caring for the pet as is required. Pets need food, shelter, regular baths and nail clippings, vet checks, vaccines and in their lifetimes some sort of vet care or geriatric care may become necessary. Be prepared for these and this will make sure animals aren’t neglected.
  2. If you don’t know much about dogs (or any specific animal in question), don’t breed them.  Let experts do the breeding work. Enjoy your pet to his or her fullest- without adding more animals that may or may not end up in great homes. While we aren’t advocates of spaying or neutering until at least two years of age, we do believe in being responsible if your pet is around other animals.
  3. Volunteer at an animal shelter. If you feel the need to have a fuzzy pet friend, but not a lot of time- donate your time and energy to a local shelter. Go walk a few dogs and pet some animals that need some love and attention. There are never enough volunteers at these places.
  4. Keep them warm and cozy. Donate extra blankets and care items you may already have in your home to local shelters.
  5. Report suspicious activity. If you see animals that are maltreated, mistreated or neglected- report it.  You won’t get backlash for this from the authorities- but you very well may save an animal’s life in the process.  If we keep our eyes and ears open, animals have a much better chance at having a good life or potentially, a great life and a second chance.
  6. Adopt or donate money to shelters. We have found many strays over the years, and helped them medically, given them training, and found them loving homes.  If you see an animal that needs some TLC, or a home- help as you are able.


Jeffrey Scott Franklin is owner and operator of Cobra Canine. He has dedicated the last 25 years developing the finest quality canines for military, police, detection, drug, tracking, personal protection, and pet dog obedience and has worked with over 10,000 pet dogs and families. Directly responsible for serving the needs of several large programs including DOS, Pentagon, U.S. Customs, U.S. Military, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Algeria, and numerous police departments, Franklin’s life is a constant adventure. And he’s telling his story.

The new book, Franklin: The Man Behind the United States Commando Dogs by Matthew Duffy offers an exhilarating look into the fascinating story of the pioneer behind Elite Working dogs trained for the United States Military. Readers will go along on secret operative missions with the world’s foremost K9-Combat teams, witness the enduring bond between men and dogs, and learn how Franklin is making a difference in the lives of people and dogs across the world.

Press Release: The Aging Brain: A Road Map for Keeping A Sharp Mind Into Old Age

The Aging Brain: A Road Map for Keeping A Sharp Mind Into Old Age


Chattanooga, TN, February 27, 2018 ― Growing older is inevitable, but many of the afflictions associated with old age—including dementia, disability and increased dependence on others—don’t have to be. So if you could, would you choose to break the mold of aging?

Psychiatrist and international speaker Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., may have some insights. Dr. Jennings prescribes simple, everyday actions we all can take to stave off disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s. “The choices we make now can help us to keep our minds sharp and maintain our independence as we age,” says Jennings.

An easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout life, The Aging Brain is based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, and the interventions discussed may help prevent progression toward dementia, even in those already showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. The recommendations also may help reduce disability and depression.

“This book isn’t just for people hoping to slow the aging process,” says Jennings. “It’s also for anyone who is a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia. It offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.”

Jennings, who maintains a private practice in Chattanooga, TN, has authored several books, including The God-Shaped Brain and The God-Shaped Heart. He has spent more than two decades researching the interface between biblical principles and modern brain science. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, Jennings is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries.

For more information about Dr. Jennings and to hear his lectures, please visit the website: www.comeandreason.com.

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your MindThe Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind

Baker Books
Release Date: June 19, 2018
ISBN-10: 080107522X
ISBN-13: 978-0801075223

Image Source: Pixabay – Portrait of Elderly Man

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Wednesday Hodgepodge


 The Questions and the Answers

1. Are you currently operating at 100% capacity? If not, what % are you? What’s keeping you there?

No, I am not operating anywhere near 100%. After the extended hospital/nursing home stay, I was very depleted. Now, with a major heart-ripper going on, I have absolutely nothing left, mentally, physically, nor emotionally.

2. Have you done your taxes? Planned/booked a summer holiday? Thought about or started your ‘spring cleaning’? Besides what’s listed here, tell us one task that needs doing before spring rolls around.

David handles the taxes and is very efficient so, yes, they are done. No summer holiday in the plans. Decluttering will continue. I had started “spring cleaning” before we left for the hospital in December. I don’t have anything that needs to be done specifically before spring gets here. It just needs to get done!

3. What’s a favorite food from your part of the country?

Shrimp! But, that would be a favorite of mine no matter what part of the country I was in!

4. This isn’t a leap year, but let’s run with it anyway…look before you leap, a leap of faith, grow by leaps and bounds, leap to conclusions, leap at the opportunity…which phrase might best be applied to your life currently (or recently)? Explain.

“A leap of faith” comes the closest of all of the choice and that is because we need to hold desperately to our faith right now that everything is going to be okay. Right now, everything is not okay, and is the farthest it has ever been from okay. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. I have to keep holding on to that.

5. As the month draws to a close list five fun and/or fabulous things (large or small) you noticed or experienced in February.

After the heartbreaking things that have gone on this month, this is going to be a very difficult one for me to answer. I am going to try…

1. Funny – I just looked at the calendar behind my computer and noticed that it is still on January.
2. Fabulous – The waiting and watching for the wildflowers is on!
3. Fun – My Twitter feed is getting more attention. I don’t know what has perked it up, but whatever it is, I hope it keeps it up.
4. Fabulous – David’s foot is looking better and better.
5. Better than fabulous! – While going through some boxes that have been packed up since we lived in South Carolina, I finally found my Glamour Shots pictures from way back when I was 31 years old (February 1997). This gives me hope that I might soon recover our photo album that I haven’t seen since we left South Carolina. See, I had little unpackers that kept going behind me undoing things as I was packing for the move out here to Texas, so nothing is/was in the boxes where I initially packed them. Each box is a surprise.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert


The second line of this quote stands out to me because I know it to be true. Right now, my mind feels dead and totally useless to me. So much has happened over this last month that I just can’t fathom and I don’t know how to deal with it. Heavenly Father will get us through it, but recovering my mind? I don’t know if that will ever happen. They say we only use 10% of our brain. What happens when something really big and scary comes and takes away even that 10%?

Quote source: The Positivity Blog

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why Seniors Should Volunteer at a Church Nursery

5 Reasons Why Seniors Should Volunteer at a Church Nursery


The sound of a child’s laugh delights many people, but did you know that it may also be good for your mental health? The average adult laughs just 15 times a day, while children laugh as many as 500 times in a 24-hour time frame. Science shows that laughter is contagious and can improve your physical and mental health, so spending time with happy children may benefit you. Aside from making each other chuckle, there are numerous other perks associated with volunteering in your church’s nursery. Here are five of our favorites.

Enjoy Time With Little Ones When Grandchildren Live Far Away

If your grandchildren don’t live in the area or a hectic schedule prevents you from seeing them as often as you’d like, you can bond with other children in the nursery. Obviously these children aren’t a replacement for your grandkids, but they can help you forget about the ache in your heart that you feel when your family isn’t around.

Get to Know Other Senior Citizens

Make new friends by volunteering in your church’s nursery. In addition to meeting young men and women, you may have the chance to connect with fellow seniors. Increase your chances of meeting older adults by volunteering during times when seniors frequent the church, such as early-morning yoga classes or midday Bible studies. If your church doesn’t offer childcare during these times, talk to the youth group leader or pastor. The church might be willing to open the nursery during the day if enough parents and volunteers are interested.

Remain Mobile

It’s no secret that aches and pains often plague the elderly, but that’s not an excuse to eliminate physical activity. Volunteering in a nursery helps you remain mobile, especially since you’ll probably end up chasing after energetic kiddos as they play.

It’s important to remain active as a senior. Seniors who are rarely mobile spend more time visiting medical professionals than active seniors, and they’re also more likely to need prescription drugs.

Just be careful not to overdo it while you’re playing with the kids. If you have a bad back, don’t offer to give piggyback rides. If your knees ache, be careful not to kneel on the floor for extended periods of time. Talk to your doctor about your volunteer work for specific recommendations.

Brighten the Lives of Children

Although many parents do the best they can to raise their kids, there are still children who feel unwanted or do not receive much attention from adults. Volunteering in a nursery with babies and toddlers can bring joy to your life, but it can also benefit the kids you work with.

You can strengthen or improve kids’ self-esteem by spending quality time with them at church. You can also act as a role model by showcasing appropriate behavior for little ones. If kids do not receive much attention at home, you can let them know they are loved by engaging in fun activities with them at church.

Improve Your Well-Being

Volunteering with children gives you a sense of purpose, which may help you feel healthier and happier (and less apt to turn to bad habits). Research shows a connection between volunteer work and a decreased rate of mortality. Simply put, you might live longer if you volunteer in your church’s nursery.

Spending time with children may require you to memorize songs and dances, and you might have to learn the rules for kid-friendly board games. It also requires creativity, as little ones may expect you to cook fake food in their play kitchen or pretend you’re a superhero. All of this can help keep you mentally active as you age.

Volunteering in a nursery is beneficial for children, but it can also have a positive impact on your life. Talk to a leader at your religious center to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of local children by committing to volunteer work.

Jason Lewis
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Press Release: Christian History Magazine – Billy Graham: Apostle of Changed Lives and Second Chances


Christian History Institute – Christian History Magazine

Worcester, PA, (800) 523-0226, www.christianhistoryinstitute.org

Billy Graham: Apostle of Changed Lives and Second Chances

Christian History Magazine Issue #111 Features: Guest Editor, David Neff; Author, Grant Wacker and
Fellow Historians Chronicle the Life of the World’s Best Known Evangelist for Christ  

Worcester, PA, February, 23 2018 — Christian History Institute (CHI), a quarterly magazine series, published a special edition of Christian History – issue #111, titled: Billy Graham – Apostle of changed lives and second chances, originally released in 2014. Christian History magazine continues to publish informative and entertaining history, now alongside its companion website, christianhistorymagazine.org.

Christian History Magazine_Billy GrahamIn this issue #111, Christian History magazine’s guest editorial consultant, Grant Wacker, a Duke Divinity School professor and author of America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation, leads a team of distinguished historians and writers who tell the epic story of Mr. Graham’s life and career, a unique contribution to the character and spirit of the evangelical church, the nation and the world. The issue’s 10 articles, rare archive photos and intimate writing style documents the life and family of Billy Graham, who has personally shared the salvation message of Jesus Christ with more people than any other individual in history.

Guest editor, David Neff, former editor of Christianity Today, has assembled the talents and expertise of several leading historians and writers, to capture the essence of the life and times of America’s most prominent religious figure, Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ministry (BGEA). Outstanding among many central themes associated with Mr. Graham in the issue, and lasting throughout his career, is his core preaching message focused on belief in Jesus and the believer’s life, lived in faith and holiness.

In addition to Graham’s primary message of salvation in Christ, the issue’s contributors have identified and examined many of Graham’s famous milestones and associations that have helped to shape the Graham legacy. These themes include:

  • The 1949 Los Angles tent revival, that garnered the attention of the newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, who urged his editor to pay attention to Graham
  • Graham’s use of television and radio that positioned him in the living rooms of millions of Americans, where he introduced the values of evangelical Protestantism
  • His commitment to world evangelism that took him throughout Europe, the Far East and Africa as an ambassador of Christ
  • His interest and gift as a confidant to presidents, prime ministers and statesmen that made him a cultural influence in over 150 countries, 49 of which hosted his mass meetings that reached, in the aggregate, billions of listeners and millions of believers
  • Graham’s marriage to Ruth Bell which inspired men, women and families to a deepened personal faith life and encouraged future family and relationship ministries
  • His intellectual engagement with education leaders and students that spawned seminaries, colleges and universities, helping shape a worldwide evangelical movement and revival
  • His pioneering vision for racial integration that inspired the American civil rights movement – in 1953, he shockingly removed ropes that separated his audience by color – and in association with Howard Jones, a full-time BGEA associate
  • Graham’s uncompromising stand for ethics and morality, setting strict rules for his own behavior and that of ministry associates, which helped prevent moral scandal and compromise that destroyed many other ministry leaders and organizations

“No man has had more personal, one-on-one, impact for faith in Jesus Christ than Mr. Graham,” said Michael Austin, a Christian commentator and spokesperson for Christian History magazine. “He and his family are a living testimony to the faithfulness of the Biblical message he so clearly delivered from the start of his ministry. Billy Graham’s impact for good in this world is incalculable.”

Organizations, mentioned and profiled in the issue, which played pivotal roles in shaping Billy Graham, as well as the BGEA ministry, include: Youth for Christ; Christian Businessmen’s Committee; Navigators; Christian Endeavor; Decision Magazine and Christianity Today, both of which Graham helped found; National Association of Evangelicals; Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, more commonly known as The Lausanne Movement; Samaritan’s Purse (directed by Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, CEO, BGEA); Fuller Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Seminary (both co-founded by Graham). These Institutions demonstrate and promote, with passion, the themes Graham expounded throughout his ministry career – living a life of faith and holiness – the pathway to eternal salvation in Christ.

To honor Rev. Graham, CHM has dedicated an issue to his life, his ministry, and his legacy for a reduced price of  $3.99 until March 22.  For purchases of 10 or more copies the price is $1.99 per issue.

Christian History magazine issues, each of which focuses on a single subject, are intended as a study guide and personal reader for the home, schools, and church libraries. Its companion website, www.christianhistorymagazine.org, includes CHI’s entire archive of all 125 issues, downloadable files and multi-media features that are packed with information designed for fast and easy access. Programmed to serve as a self-study library or virtual encyclopedia of the Christian historic record, CHI makes a vast storehouse of reliable Christian history, easily accessible through the website’s downloadable study guides and support material.

Christian History Institute (CHI) is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation founded in 1982. CHI publishes Christian History magazine and also produces books and videos featuring important Christian history, including Torchlighters®, an animated history series for children. CHI is a donor-supported organization that provides church history resources and self-study material aiming to make Christian history accessible to the widest possible audience, through video and the internet. Contributions may be sent to Christian History Institute Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490. www.ChristianHistoryInstitute.org

Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!


Here are the fill-ins:

  1. My favorite president is _____ because ___________.
  2. This weekend, I have plans to ____________________.
  3. I _____ my _____.
  4. I believe ______.

Here are my responses:


My favorite president was Ronald Reagan. I liked him because he seemed to be genuine and an all-around nice guy. He didn’t appear the least bit arrogant or uppity to me.

This weekend, I have plans to finish losing the rest of my sanity, whether I want to or not.

I love my Zoomie. He is officially 100% mine now. 🙂

I believe that Jesus loves me and I need to sing that song a lot right now. Holding tightly to 2 Timothy 1:7:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Book Review: My Cells Made Me Do It by Robin R. Hayes

My Cells Made Me Do It by Robin R. Hayes

This is not the type of book we normally read. If we were looking on Amazon, we would smirk and think, “cute title” but that is as far as that would go.

However, we were sent a copy of My Cells Made Me Do It to review and it fell within our normal guidelines, so we read it. We have to say this is one of the most interesting and fascinating books we have reviewed in a while.

This isn’t the kind of book one just plows through. One must stop and think about what the author means and the implications of what he is saying. It is a different world.

The book is extremely entertaining, if one could ever call a book on cellular biology entertaining. It touches on just about every field in the sciences one could imagine. It does so in a very intriguing way.

My Cells Made Me Do It is not some long-haired book that only academics can enjoy. It is a book for us poor, dumb, rednecks who are still fascinated by trying to figure out if the light really does go off in the refrigerator when we close the door.

If you are a science major, this book may very well help you to understand better what you are studying. If you are the kind of person whose only interaction with a science book recently was to use one to squish a spider, you will love it, too. By the way, it does work well for squishing spiders, too. We tried that out.

We give My Cells Made Me Do It all five stars. We enjoyed it immensely. You will, too.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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