Life Measured, Eating Cookies, Buy American, Hospice Extreme Makeover Continues

Power Thoughts:

  • “Life is not measured by the # of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
  • “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict.”
  • “It is never too late in fiction or in life to revise!

Question of the Day: Mmmm, cookies… How do you eat your cookie? Please comment, like or share your answer… or call 800-944-8443.

Tips on how to eat Oreo Cookies: Al Ross style. I have to admit it I did not come by all of these by myself, my kids and friends have help with this find tune art of Eating an Oreo. Oh it works with Chocolate Chips too…

  1. Dip your Oreo in ice cold milk. This will soften the cookie outside so that when you bite a piece off, the whole thing will dissolve quickly in your mouth. Some people cannot resist the temptation to properly dunk an Oreo cookie. It even works well with Silk Milk.
  2. Twist it gently to open it, and hold the two pieces in your hands. Eat them in any manner that you would like.
    1. Lick the creamy insides with your tongue, one side at a time. Savor it as you eat, then crunch on the cookie itself.
    2. Lick or rake the creamy filling off with your teeth, allowing it to dissolve in your mouth. This will fill your mouth with a sweet, pleasant sensation.
    3. Pull off one of the cookies, lick out the filling, then put the cookies back together and eat them. You can do this with multiple cookies and make a tall stack out of it.
    4. Pull off both the top and bottom cookie. Eat them both, then eat the icing alone. This method works better with double stuffed Oreo’s.
  3. Eat it with ice cream. Nuf said…
  4. Smash the Oreo cookies up into crumbs or mini pieces. Make an Oreo pie. You can use Oreo crumbs as the crust. hmmmm
  5. Like my Grandson and Cookies Monster – crammed in and gobble gobble.
  6. Eat it normally… (Oreo Cookies WikiHow)

Hospice Extreme Makeover Continues

  1. The response has been awesome. yet, volunteers and funds still needed for Deep East Texas Association of Builders Extreme Makeover for Hospice.
  2. When: Demolition started Saturday, April 30 and continues until the ribbon cutting on May 13th
  3. Where -Hospice in the Pines, (former Community Medical Equipment) on Frank Street near Hill Street, Lufkin
  4. Contact: Brandy Terry, (936)875-3000 for more information.

Alone – not Lonely, Movie News, Rent or Buy, Christian Values,

Power Thoughts

  • “He who sings scares away his woes.” ~ Cervantes
  • “There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” ~ William P. Merrill
  • “A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune” ~ Anonymous

Alone – not Lonely: This weekend almost all of the girls at the station went together to a woman’s retreat. Yes, Michelle went with them. Which brings me to the point of this devotion. Genesis 2:18 says that in the beginning, He created Adam, and decided it was not good for him to be alone. I agree with that. God formed mankind for the purpose of establishing relationships?

The interesting thing about it is that God said alone, not lonely. None of the men whose wives went on the trip were alone. We had other children, friends, and of course the trusty pets. So we were not alone. Lonely, yes!
I missed my wife and so did the others. With Eve by his side, Adam was forced to fight his selfish desires. By loving someone else unconditionally, he would become a better man. I began to realize the lesson of Genesis 2 this weekend. With Eve in his life, God knew Adam would always be challenged to consider someone other than himself.
I encourage you to examine your relationships today, I am, and decide to develop above the temptation to live a self-centered life.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. 1 Corinthians 13:4

To Rent Or To Buy: That Is The Question: A growing number of Americans can afford to buy a home but choose to rent instead. (USA TODAY)

Half Of Americans Prefer Christian Values: A new poll indicates about half of Americans say the United States would be better if more Americans lived like Christians. (Rasmussen Reports)

Movie News – Box office Report 1. The Social Network, 2. Life as We Know It, 3. Secretariat (Yahoo News) So, what’s Family Friendly? (Go Here for Plugged In Movie Reviews)

Encouragement, A Personal God, Santus Real Story, Artist Prayer, Creative Home Buying

Power Thoughts

  1. “Those who trust in the Lord will never lack for anything.” Psalm 34:10
  2. “The Lord hears His people when they call on Him for help.” Psalm 34:17
  3. “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34

A Personal God: Do you see God as some kind of impersonal being who is more concerned with punishing people than showing them love? However, the idea of God is impersonal is just that—an idea. It’s an incorrect one idea. God loves you, and it is your knowledge of and belief in His love that will boost your confidence. I have found that this comes through meditating on God’s the Word and spending time talking and listening to Him. When you read the Bible, be curious as you search for revelation and read expecting God to speak a word to your spirit that is meant specifically for you.

The Scripture says that God is love, “And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.” (1 John 4:16). AMP

Popular Song & Heart Tugging Story Behind It: Sanctus Real’s Matt Hammitt wrote “Lead Me” for his wife Sarah.  Matt and Sarah made the decision to share this song and their story in the hopes that others will be reminded that they are not alone in the “Lead Me” journey.  This commitment to lean in to one another and into relationship with God takes time and effort.  Above all else, this commitment takes prayer.

Lead Me Prayers: Click on the links below…
1. Lead Me Kids 2. Lead Me Husbands 3. Lead Me Wives

Artists Prayer Update: Yesterday we requested prayer for Matt and His family… here is the update… Bowen’s surgery is done and he’s off life support…he’s doing great! Next 24 hrs will tell us a lot, but we are soaking in the moment. Praise God! If you missed the prayer request yesterday here’s how it started please pray for Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real and his family. Bowen arrived September 9th at 7:59 PM. He underwent a heart catheterization that night and will undergo his first surgery tomorrow (Monday 9/13) at 7:30 AM CDT.

In other artist news please pray for Aaron Shust’s son is also hospitalized with a feeding tube as they run tests.

If You Are Looking: 6 ways to come up with a down payment on a home (KTRE)

  • FHA has programs that benefit state employees who choose careers that fill a void. Teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and medical technicians are eligible for deep discounts on home ownership. The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a Good Neighbor Next Door program that will allow state workers to buy a home for 50% off of the list price. All homeowners need to do is live in the house for three years to be eligible for the discount. The house must be their sole residence. That’s a pretty good perk for working in a respectable profession.
  • State have Programs to make home ownership more affordable to lower income and moderate income buyers. For example, the state of Georgia has a program which offers assistance to lower income borrowers. States like Ohio offer down payment assistance grants for new graduates. Many states have similar programs.
  • Retirement Plans You can use up to $10,000 in funds for your first home purchase from your IRA, penalty free. Taking the money out of your 401(k), on the other hand, is a bit trickier. You can take a hardship withdrawal, but you will pay taxes on the amount that you withdraw and pay a 10% penalty. You can take a loan out from your 401(k) but you will have to repay the loan with interest.
  • Extra Income Take a part-time job or, you could ask to work overtime at your job for a few months until you have enough saved. You could do odd jobs around your neighborhood, such as painting, pet sitting or landscaping.
  • Gifts Now is the time to hit up the Bank of Mom and Dad. If not, see if relatives and friends want to contribute to your home buying quest. You just may find that Uncle John and others are more than happy to kick in funds to see your real estate dreams come true.
  • Loans Did you fail to convince Mom and Dad to give you the down payment for free? Another option is to ask them for a loan. Write up a contract and agree to repay the amount of money that they lend you.