Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 9, 2012
Death Comes to All
1This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God’s hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor. 2The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad,a ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don’t.
3It seems so tragic that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Just as in our physical life, when we fall down, it’s because we lose our balance.
It’s not our sense of equilibrium that is lost – it may still be intact – but our physical bodies, the thing we use to communicate with the external world, has taken a spill.
It’s important to get back up, and to continue toward a path that leads to understanding.
Remember: It’s important to think about how you think.
Gaining a Healthy View of Conflict
By Tim and Joy Downs
The very presence of conflict in marriage is a source of embarrassment and even shame for Christian people.
Here are three revolutionary ideas – thoroughly Biblical ideas – that can change the way you look at conflict in marriage.
1. Marriage will not always be enjoyable.
Marriage workshops are dangerous places, and marriage is no different. Marriage is Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Life can have its moments.
And, those moments can try even the best of us.
Sure, there are some really trite sayings about life and relationships.
But unless you’ve been there, done that, and got the ratty, tattered tee-shirt to prove it, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference.
And because divorce sucks and blows huge gnarly chunks.
But I Don’t Feel Like It
By Pam Farrel
I see it all the time as a counselor. We’ve all felt it: the “Hey, what about me?” syndrome. Sometimes it sneaks up on us when we feel that our emotional needs aren’t being met – and we resent it. Or maybe we have a hard-to-love spouse and we’re tired of trying to make things work. That’s when the “Hey, what about me?” syndrome hits. When does it come? It’s when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves – or just plain tired of trying – what can we do?
Choose to make wise decisions.
Don’t rely on feelings or emotions when the going gets tough.
Our feelings don’t carry us to the right decisions; rather right decisions carry us to right emotions – and positive rewards. Here are a few ways you can exercise your will over your emotions:
Decide to take “divorce” out of your dictionary.
My husband, Bill, and I have counseled couples back to happiness from all kinds of crises: loss of a child, loss of a home, all kinds of addictions, affairs, and a whole lot Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 17, 2010
Sometimes, things aren’t always what they seem. Some call it ‘the irony of life,’ though it may be known by other names. It is indeed fascinating to note that what we see is often not what it is – or the true nature of a thing. There are reams and volumes galore of books written upon such the subject, which touches upon art, science, philosophy and religion.
Recently, having been blessed by reading an old prayer that indeed succinctly expressed the irony of life through faith, I had decided to share it with a dear friend.
Following is his response, then the prayer:
I think I first encountered this prayer while Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, August 5, 2010
Miracles happen daily.
They just don’t get much press.
“… a small community of Jesuit Fathers living in a presbytery near the parish church, which was situated less than a mile away from detonation point, well within the radius of total devastation. And all eight members of this community escaped virtually unscathed from the effects of the bomb. Their presbytery …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Exactly what are the rules of “the Blame Game?”
We certainly know how to play it. And it seems that the silly little games we adults often play at times like this – in the midst of tragedy – rather than accept responsibility, we adults behave as if we were once again, carefree 6th graders on a playground somewhere, dodging and deflecting a kickball thrown at us.
Games however, are as much for adults as they are for children, and perhaps more so, because in learning to abide by rules and cooperating, we come to understand strategies, tactics, and how best to utilize opportunities – things and events – that come our way. Essentially, it is “the hand that is dealt us.” Hopefully, we learn how to be gracious losers, and equally humble winners, understanding also that no one always wins, and that “our time is coming.”
Yet, it is game-playing at inappropriate times that characterizes and differentiates children from adults. …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My Thanksgiving this year was unremarkable.
I said jokingly – although with serious intent – that I should’ve gone to the homeless shelter to eat. At least that way I would’ve had some turkey, dressing and traditional food!
The ironic part of it all, was that I bought enough groceries to feed an army: 25 lb turkey, 20 lb ham, 10 lb pork tenderloin, 7 lb of three types sausage, 2 lb slab-cut bacon, mushrooms (shitake, portobello & white), onions, leeks, fresh spinach, cream, genuine maple syrup, pecans, walnuts, tomato paste, salad dressings, cheeses, and much, much more (over $300 worth)! The meat is now residing in the freezer, while the other perishables are in the refrigerator’s cooler drawer.
Perhaps it was my Matthew 22:9 moment. The well-read will recall that is the parable of the feast taught by Jesus Christ, in which the king made ready a feast but the invited guests didn’t show up. So, he commanded his servants to go out into the city streets, highways and byways and bid all to come to the feast.
My roommate is “vegetabletarian,” wasn’t invited anywhere by anyone she knew, and I didn’t get the invite from my folks because they were invited by my brother’s in-laws (Clifford & Jolene) to their place. I thought that was kind’a ass-holey of them, not my folks, to not invite me. I’m the elder of two, have neither spouse nor children, and don’t lead a secret life. Which is to say, C&J and all the gang know that. I guess they gave me the great big “FUCK YOU” this year.
But oh, dear LORD… don’t let ‘em think for one moment they might be “dissing” me – their artificially nice world would cave in around them. But know what’s weird? He’s a Baptist-turned-Independent “holiness” preacher.
See what I mean? At least if I ate with the homeless folks, I’d have been around some folks that would’ve taken an interest in me.
As it was, I enjoyed the fellowship of one human being – my roommate and her dog Atticus – and one other… Mr. Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
Okay, enough carping.
So, the first turkey I had this season was at – of all places – a Chinese restaurant, the Sunday after Thanksgiving! Oh yeah… I also had some of my favorites: octopus salad, raw oysters, shrimp and kimchi, along with some beef – cooked, of course (though I’ve eaten it raw… yum! *LOL*).
I had a couple of laughs that day with my waitress and the folks at the table next to mine. I’m a personable fellow, and I like to laugh and smile.
Folks that know me, know that.
In retrospect, I suppose it all worked out for the best… though I still think it sucks.
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