Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"Badly done, Emma, badly done!"
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Unfortunately, alcohol still stole from her children, and many battled alcoholism. One daughter as a beautiful teenager was walking home from the movies with a date when he hit her on the head with his beer bottle and raped her. Unknown to them, scar tissue formed and put pressure on her brain causing her to go insane. The Arkansas state mental hospital was no picnic in the forties and fifties. They gave her an operation, separating her brain to wipe out the traumatic experience, also wiping out all her early memories and learning. She had to learn how to walk, talk, and read again, all unnecessary if they had known about the scar tissue pressure.
Another aunt died from a "hangover-the-toilet" from ingesting vomit into her lungs while drunk.
After raising three children, we became foster parents, then adoptive parents. Our two young sons have been terribly scarred by the effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Our youngest was born with drugs in his system. What is too little known is that fetal alcohol has a more damaging effect while pregnant than drugs. They will have life-long challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally because of it and most likely will need medicine their entire lives. Alcohol is the number one cause of PREVENTABLE birth defects. 5,000 FAS babies are born every year and 65,000 are born with FES a year, a milder but serious form of birth defects. This creates a tremendous burden on families, schools, and medical care. Unfortunately, a majority of women do not realize when they become pregnant. Drinking during the earliest stages of pregnancy can cause the most damage. Remember, alcohol is a poison that goes directly to a develping fetus.
*Cancer: increases risk in liver, pancreas, rectum, breast, mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus.
*Fetal Alcohol: leading cause of PREVENTABLE birth defects with physical and behavioral abnormalities.
*Heart Diseases: raises blood pressure, blood lipids, and risk of stroke and heart disease in heavy drinkers.
*Hyperglycemia: raises blood glucose.
*Hypoglycemia: lowers blood glucose, especially in diabetics.
*Kidney Disease: enlarges the kidneys, alters hormone function and increases risk of kidney failure.
*Liver Damage: causes fatty liver, liver alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis (liver can only process 1/2 oz an hour).
*Malnutrition: increases risk of protein-energy malnutrition. Alcohol is empty calories. Unused energy fuel is stored as fat while nutrients are unable to be absorbed.
*Nervous Disorders: neuropathy, dementia, impairs balance, and memory. Adulteration and death of brain cells.
*Psychological: causes depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
*Heart: even a small amount can be harmful to the heart: can progressively destroy heart muscle so heart can't pump efficially and also starves the heart by decreasing blood flow in the coronary articles. Increased rate of hypertension, fat levels in the blood can be raised by alcohol. Calories create obesity and greater chance of heart disease.
*Immune System: impairs immune system, the ability to fight infectious disease, more colds, long term susceptibility to infectious disease and cancer.
*Circulatory System: decreased blood pressure, pulse, and respiration while under the influence. Long term, chronic high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy (deteriation of the heart muscle)
*Skeletal-Muscular: can reduce muscle mass in heavy doses.
*Reproductive System: can lead to infertility in men and impotence. In women, estrogen metabolism in the liver is decreased boosting estrogen levels in the body. Can cause menstrual irregularities and potetially infertility.
*Digestive System: alcohol can damage cells lining the stomach and intestines which can block the absorption and break down of nutrients. Can cause anemia. Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining inducing gastritis (inflamation of the stomach lining), ulcers and acid reflux, can erode stomach lining and cause chronic blood seepage into the stomach.
"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-18
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Believe in grace,
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"I find the day to0 short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take,
"Dreams are kind of like goals, but with wings."
Wish upon a star,
The Good Book, never grows old and offers new insights with every reading.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Have you noticed how many times angels, or God Himself, tells us, "Do not be afraid." Think of Joshua, Mary, and Daniel. Do not be afraid to seek God humbly to understand His will. That is different than seeing the future. A sage old preacher once told us, "The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you."
Working in an inner city school during a teacher strike, all the tires on the staff cars were slashed except mine. (I drove one of the only '67 Rancheros in Kansas City.) I was called every name in the book by fellow teachers when I crossed the picket line. (My job as a teacher's aid was not protected: I would have been fired.) I was put in charge of the classroom that the Union Chief had walked out of when he heard TV crews were coming to interview him where students were throwing their desks out of second story windows. I had to assist the teacher I worked with who was being assaulted as she walked to her car her last day of work. Unfortunately, this world takes courage.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
"...in 1662, on one of the darkest days in all British history, nearly two thousand ministers (including Susannah Wesley's forefathers)-all those who would not submit to the "Act of Uniformity"-were ejected from their livings. Hundreds of these men suffered throughout the rest of their lives, and a number died in prison. Yet these terrible conditions became the occasion of a great volume of PRAYER; forbidden to preach under threat of severe penalties--as John Bunyan's (Pilgrim's Progress)Bedford imprisonment bore witness-they yet could pray, and only eternity will reveal the relationship between this burden of supplication and the revival* that followed."