Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mark Schultz - Different Kind of Christmas (Live)



This is a special song that was written to honor

 my wife's father who passed away two years ago.

 I hope it encourages you this season.

Elaine Tavolacci: 'The Spirit of Elisha: Prophetic Voices Will Declare My Glory To This Generation'

Elaine Tavolacci: 'The Spirit of Elisha: Prophetic Voices Will Declare My Glory To This Generation'

BOOK REVIEW- Shadow of Deceit

Shannon Reidel is still recovering from the  car accident that killed her husband and now dangerous people are coming after her demanding something she doesn't know anything about.  Add to that the FBI agent Tony Crazaniak, believes her dead husband Tyler was involved in something criminal and that she needs protection.  The attraction between the two of them is something they both resist because there is just too much at stake;  finding the missing blue diamond and the location of the mine is only the start.  Shannon's love ones are being threatened too.  

This story had action right out the gate and Shannon was no perfect, retiring heroine.  I liked the fact that she still struggled with the physical limitations from the car accident, it made her more real. I did find that although the story started out fast, it did seem to slow a bit about halfway through or so, I think that had more to do with Shannon and Tony trying to get to know each other better.  I did like the touches of humor in the story.  "The Crazaniak Effect", is one example; which I am not going to explain. .  There were times when Shannon was a bit too independent and put herself into dangerous situations, which made me want to slap her in the head.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  I would think for a smart woman she sure made some dumb decisions.  Of course that helped keep the story going, I know that. 
 I liked Tony's friend, Thiggy and his side story as well.  Unique and different. 

"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, December 19, 2014

TekDry - Fox 2 News Headlines

TekDry - Fox 2 News Headlines

This business provides a service to restore phones like smart phones if dropped in water.

Also works on camera's. ipods & etc.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Not Witholding yourself from others

I re-found this note today..still a thought provoker. At least to me.. (Not sure who the writer of it is)-

"to withhold your life from others and not serve others is essentially the same as refusing to give Christ a cup of water as He dragged His cross up Golgatha to die for you." 

Joy is Not a Four Letter Word

Joy is Not a Four Letter Word

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.     
             -  Psalm 16:9-11

We are not created to be unhappy. Joylessness is counter to our beings, to the way we’re intended to function as people. There’s a reason that it seems like such hard work, and why it takes more muscles to frown than to smile – God made us that way. What’s more, it’s a vicious circle… to lack joy in our lives and joy in our approach to life simply means that we’re allowing joylessness to become our default option. Joylessness is a burden. It bends us, and if we allow ourselves to give in to it, it will do its best to break us. Under that burden, we find ourselves staggering down a slippery slope in a downward spiral, weariness and apathy leading to resentment and bitterness, because those who do experience joy in their lives seem almost to be mocking us.
Deciding to rejoice as your default option in your approach to life means hitting the reset button on your approach to everything. Joy isn’t a temporary thing, it’s a permanent condition, and if your joy fades then you’re not rejoicing right! Negativity is a transitory thing, because it’s not intended to last. It’s supposed to lead to a reaffirmation of purpose, and an awakening of the sense of possibility in your life. As Christians, when trials occur, we identify the problem and instead of bowing to the weight of joylessness we embrace the opportunity to lift ourselves higher despite the problem. We don’t toil under the burden of tribulations. We stand on top of them so that we can get a better view.
Scripture is bursting with exhortations to rejoice. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 simply says, “Rejoice always”, as part of a three part command to pray and give thanks, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” James 1:2 encourages the twelve tribes of Israel to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials”. Psalm 100:1 instructs us to “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!”; Psalm 118: 24 announces that “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”; Psalm 126:5 promises that “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” 1 Peter 4:13 tells us to “rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” Nehemiah 8:10 commands us, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Zephaniah 3:17 simply states, “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Notice a pattern? These are not equivocations. These are statements, announcements, instructions, commands and promises. These are avowals with authority behind them, because we have authority from Christ over negativity. We have authority from Christ over passivity, and apathy, and resentment, and bitterness. We have authority from Christ over joylessness, and a mandate from Him to spread joy wherever we can, to exemplify His Spirit in our lives.
Joy is a delightfully contagious way to live. It spreads like wildfire, a smile begetting a smile. We're not supposed to be controlled by our emotions, because we have been given authority to stand when the world wants us to fall. The biggest enemy we face isn't the enemy; it's passivity, and a meek acceptance of the majesty of God. It’s a gradual falling off of awe, a reluctant nod where a huge grin should be. The Good News becomes just okay news. Christianity becomes life enhancing instead of life changing. We stop being radicals, because we think it’s enough just to be ‘nice’. A cup of coffee in the morning is ‘nice’. It’s ‘nice’ when we get nothing but green lights on the way to work. ‘Nice’ people only finish last because they’re content not to be first, and when the Church becomes willing to settle for being ‘nice’, the Church becomes dull, predictable and monotonous. We need to live in wonder and astonishment at the Kingdom we’ve inherited, not be blasé about it.
Think about the things that stand in the way of you and a lifestyle of rejoicing. Do you have areas of your heart and your daily routine that lack joy, that you feel drag you down? This isn’t good for you. It’s not healthy, for your mind, your body or your spirit. We act in service of Christ, and as His representatives on earth, and we’re commanded to rejoice. As we live in joy, we become more like Him, and others can see, reflected in our smiles, the smile of Jesus. God is happy. He wants us to live in victory, because He paid for it with the blood of his Son. 
We live in expectation of victory, with the confidence of those who have already won, a confidence born of an everlasting, astounding love, a confidence that engenders the kind of faith that is said to move mountains. While others buckle under the burden of their problems, we set them upon the ground, stand upon them and then pull our suffering friends up to stand with us, smiling all the while.

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Freekibble Knews and Fresh Step Team up to Donate Much Needed Cat Litter

Since and Fresh Step teamed up to donate cat litter in late July, over 550,000 scoops of litter have been donated! That's A LOT of premium litter going to shelters and rescues around the country - and it's all because of people (like you) who to donate litter for free.
Freekibble Knews
Heather, Emily and Wendy & their kitten friends welcome the donation!
The first donation of Fresh Step litter (3,000 lbs) was delivered to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Waiting for the delivery was Lynne Ouchida, the Outreach Coordinator, some of the wonderful staff and a handful of excited kittens. "When the delivery truck arrived with Fresh Step Cat litter, HSCO felt like Santa Claus brought the number one wish list item for our animals. For the first time, cat litter is no longer on our 'wish list.", Said Lynne.
Not only does the litter help fill an important need at shelters and save money that can be spent on other important programs, it also helps adopt more cats. Lynne explains, "Having a premium cat litter to reduce odors is critical because it creates a pleasant environment for potential adopters to interact with the cats. With Fresh Step there is no offensive odor when we open the kennel doors. Making a good first impression is key in the adoption process."

A BIG thanks to all of you who visit for making this all possible. Please spread the word!
Click HERE to see an amazing video of a military hero and the kitten that saved her!