Friendship, Diamonds & Love in Common

Word for Today
: “Friendship is not finding Gold or Silver among the rocks of life. It is accepting each other until diamonds are formed with time.

Relationship:Relationship is not finding Gold or Silver among the Rocks of life… It is accepting each other as Coal till Diamonds are formed with Time… !

Life is Given not Sold

  • Diamond are found, not created.
  • Love is created, not made.
  • Life is made, not given.
  • Heart will be given not sold.


121010 – Chronicles of Narnia, Strict Rules? Not!, Fun Family Events,

Power Thoughts:

  1. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  2. Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabi
  3. Remember, this December, that love weighs more than gold. ~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Strict Rules? Not! Many people think being a Christian means following a strict set of rules to keep you obedient. But being a real follower of God means cultivating a loving relationship with him.

Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 NLT

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Our movie expert Bob Waliszewski, with Plugged In Online, roars about the latest film version of a C.S. Lewis book. Read the review at this link and hear the review after 7:50 am… Click on the arrow.

How To Buy Safe Toys For Your Kids: What to look for to ensure the toys you give your kids are safe. (Consumer Reports)

  1. The most important thing you can do to make sure the toys you bring home are safe for your child is to buy age-appropriate ones. Young children can choke on small parts, so take those age guidelines seriously.
  2. Look for “no phthalates” on labels. Phthalates are chemicals that are found in some plastics (they smell like a plastic shower curtain). They can be toxic if a child ingests them.
  3. Buy American products. Toys that are made in the U.S. have a better safety record than many imports.
  4. Watch for recalls. As we saw with the recent Fisher-Price toys recalls (more on page 83), any recalled toys should be removed from store shelves. But some may fall through the cracks, so check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ongoing list of recalls, at It’s especially important to check if you buy used toys on eBay or at a yard sale or consignment shop.
  5. Don’t buy toys at the dollar store. When we went shopping with our safety expert, Donald Mays, he found a number of cheaply made toys that could be dangerous to kids.

Looking for a Fun and Family Safe Events This weekend?

  • Evening in Old Bethlehem 25th Anniversary – Bring family to visit the night Jesus was born in the old city of Bethlehem – Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. at George H. Henderson Expo Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr., Lufkin
  • Lufkin State School Christmas Workshop – Gift Wrapping from 8-5, Monday thru Friday til December 24th – Please call (936)853-2759 for more information.
  • Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin Concert of Lights – Now through December 31, 6 p.m. til midnight – Please call (936)632-6599 for more information.
  • Gold City in Concert – Saturday, December 11. 6:00 p.m. – Trinity Baptist Church, 2909 E. Lufkin – Please call (936)632-8450 for more information.
  • Nacogdoches Tour of Homes – 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Historic Nacogdoches – Saturday, December 11 – Tickets available at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main, Nacogdoches
  • Sara Groves O Holy Night Christmas Tour – Sara Groves “O Holy Night” Tour – Saturday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. – Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin
  • Apostolic Lighthouse Fundraiser – Huge Truckload outdoor, outlet sale. Cash only. All proceeds benefit the Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal Church Building Fund. December 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal, Hwy. 259 N,, Nacogdoches, TX
  • German Christmas Service – Angel Of Joy Lutheran Church, Lufkin – All readings and hymns will be done in German, sermon will be in English – Sunday, December 12, 3:00 p.m.

Burdens, Elect Someone,Sugar Hyper Kids Not, Insurance Tips Homeowners

Power Thoughts

  1. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.” Unknown
  2. “As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.” Unknown
  3. “Despair will only keep you stuck where you are. Choose to exchange it for a good dose of inspiration.”  ” Unknown

Burdens: If the burdens you’re carrying are feeling too heavy, consider if you’re burdened by what God has asked of you, or by what you’ve asked of yourself. Be reminded which is truly paramount. (

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:29,30

Elect Someone: For Elections and Voter Information:

True or False: Eating Sugar Tends to Make Children Hyperactive. Is that can of soda causing your kids to bounce off the walls? You’re probably thinking, “Of course! They’re on a sugar high!” Parents and teachers often claim that eating sugar causes hyperactivity and behavior problems in children. However, numerous scientific studies have examined this claim, and none have found a connection between sugar or artificial sweeteners and hyperactivity. (healthlibrary)

Evidence for the Health Claim – The idea that food can impact behavior was first introduced in 1973 by allergist Benjamin Feingold. Since then, studies have found that parents who expect sugar to affect their children are more likely to perceive their children as hyperactive after eating sugar or drinking sugary drinks than a nonbiased observer would.

Evidence Against the Health Claim – A number of researchers have investigated the “sugar hypothesis.” For example, Wolraich and colleagues put children aged 3-10 on three different diets for three consecutive three-week periods. The children were either preschoolers, or grade school children. The children were given either one diet high in sucrose, one high in an artificial sweetener, and one high in saccharin (a sweet substance that has no effect on behavior) during each three-week period. The children, parents, and researchers did not know which diet the children were on…

Observations of behavioral and cognitive performance factors found that there were no significant differences between the three diets for the “sugar sensitive” children.  There is no evidence that consuming sugar or aspartame can make a child with a normal attention span hyperactive. Although sugar does make energy available to the body, it does not increase excitement or activity.

Six Insurance Tips For Homeowners: Smart ways to lower your premiums. Homeowners’ insurance isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. In fact, most mortgage companies won’t make a loan or finance a residential real estate transaction unless the buyer provides proof of coverage for the full or fair value of the property (usually equal to the purchase price). In this article, we’ll show you some simple actions you can take to make sure your homeowners’ insurance is sufficient for your needs. Homeowners’ insurance can be very expensive.  In fact, those in high-risk areas are often forced to pay annual premiums in the many thousands of dollars. But even homeowners in relatively sedate, suburban neighborhoods could pay between $500 and $1,000 a year for a basic policy.  The good news is that although you can’t (and shouldn’t) avoid purchasing homeowners’ insurance, there are ways to minimize the cost. (Forbes)

Here are six ways to make sure you get the right coverage and consequent compensation for your home:

  1. Maintain a Security System and Smoke Alarms – A burglar alarm that is monitored by a central station, or that is tied directly to a local police station, will help lower the homeowner’s annual premiums, perhaps by 5% or more. In order to obtain the discount, the homeowner must typically provide proof of central monitoring. Smoke alarms are another biggie. While they are standard in most modern houses, installing them in older homes can save the homeowner 10% or more in annual premiums. Of course, even more importantly, they could save your life!
  2. Raise Your Deductible –Like health insurance or car insurance, the higher the deductible the homeowner chooses, the lower the annual premium. However, the problem with selecting a high deductible is that smaller claims/problems such as broken windows or damaged drywall from a leaky pipe, which typically will cost only a few hundred dollars to fix, will most likely be absorbed by the homeowner.
  3. Look for Multiple-Policy Discounts –Many insurance companies give a discount of 10% or more to their customers that maintain other insurance contracts with the company (such as auto or health insurance). Consider obtaining a quote for other types of insurance from the same company. Several insurance companies -offer two-policy discounts.
  4. Plan Ahead for Construction –If the homeowner plans to build an addition to the home or another structure adjacent to the home, he or she should consider… 1. the materials that will be used. Wood-framed structures (because they are highly flammable) will cost more to insure. Cement or steel-framed structures will cost less because they are less likely to be damaged or destroyed. 2. a swimming pool. Pools and other potentially injurious devices (like trampolines) can drive annual homeowners’ insurance costs up by 10% or more.
  5. Pay Off Your Mortgage –Obviously this is easier said than done, but homeowners that pay off their mortgage debts will most likely see their premiums drop. Why? It’s simple: The insurance company figures if you own your home outright, you’ll take better care of it.
  6. Make Regular Policy Reviews and Comparisons –Investors should, at least once per year, compare the costs of other insurance policies with their own. In addition, they should review their existing policies and make note of any changes that might have occurred that could lower their premiums. Example, perhaps the homeowner has disassembled the trampoline, paid off the mortgage and installed a burglar alarm or a sophisticated sprinkler system inside his or her home. Simply notifying the insurance company of  the change(s) and providing proof could significantly lower insurance premiums. Look for changes in the neighborhood that could reduce rates as well. Example, the installation of a fire hydrant within 100 feet of the home. may lower the homeowner’s annual premiums.