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"The sky is falling ... apart! The sky is falling
... apart!" he shouted while darting through the
crowd dodging blankets, leaping over picnic baskets
and hurdling every cooler.
Bolting for the car, my then two-year-old son,
Scott, was almost a block away before I could catch
up with him. "Stop!" I yelled. "It's okay! It's just
the fireworks!" Misunderstanding the cause of the
exploding sky, this determined little tike quickly
lost his enthusiasm to celebrate the festivities and
ran for cover.
Over 280 million celebrated the birthday of our
great nation earlier this month with the usual
picnics, family, friends, and fireworks. "E-e-ews"
and "a-a-aahs echoed abound while brilliant
fireworks exploded in the night sky celebrating our
unique opportunity as Americans to enjoy life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Over 200 years ago on Independence Day, fireworks
exploded in the sky, but I would venture to say that
our ancestors exploded more with emotional
excitement and enthusiasm as they pursued and
anticipated the freedom and independence awaiting
our brand new country.
How ironic then, that the key to our country's
independence today actually stems from the
inter-dependence of yesterday. In fact, our country
was built on interdependence. We harvested together,
raised barns together, worked and worshiped
together. We taught one another skills and shared
expertise to survive. Otherwise, without
appreciating and recognizing the value of
interdependence, eminent failure would have
persisted for our country - our people.
We knew then what we should know now. God revealed
that the greatest commandment is to love Him. What's
the second greatest commandment? We are to love our
neighbors. "There are NO GREATER COMMANDMENTS THAN
THESE." Whoa! That's serious stuff!
You might be thinking, "What can I possibly do for
my neighbor - my country?" Amidst all our foibles
and imperfections or lack of talent and influence,
look around to see how you can bless someone -
receiving nothing in return. (Careful, though.
You'll probably be the one who ends up blessed!)
When we're intertwined in people's lives, there's
more purpose and fulfillment. When we're connected
to others, we experience "independence" from
loneliness, solitude, and life without purpose.
No "buts." You can't tell me there's not someone out
there who needs you right now. Start with one. And
start today, because tomorrow may be too late. Act
courageously and boldly be willing to join in
where's God's calling you. After all, He uses the
most unlikely characters to accomplish His purpose.
He doesn't look for the perfect, He looks for the
Allow me to make a 2007 Proclamation - embrace the
remaining 364 days of the year as a declaration of
"Inter-Dependence Day." Veto complacency. Reach out
to your neighbor, be proud of our country with
undiminished devotion, and love the one and only
true God with all your heart. You, too, will
experience an explosion - of joy and happiness! (And
rest assured - the sky is NOT falling ... apart!)
"Personality Insights for Moms" - Multiple awards
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WHAT'S YOUR YARD WORK PERSONALITY STYLE?
Task-oriented people ("Ds" and "Cs") enjoy the process
of seeing a job take shape. Their focus is completing
the task. For example, on Saturday mornings, they
bring out all their necessary supplies and look the
yard over (like a field marshal preparing battle
plans). Pity the poor neighbor who strolls by, eager
to chat. The "D" or "C" manages to wave, but they're
thinking, "Oh no, I hope my neighbor doesn't stop to
talk. I'm not out here to visit. I'm here to get the
Contrast this with the "I" or "S" people-oriented
personality styles. They're working on the lawn with
an entirely different motivation. Rather than driven
to get the work done, they want a yard that pleases
the neighbors. And if someone walks by, they're
thinking, "Oh good. A new friend. Someone to talk to!"
Life is for the purpose of enjoying friendships. The
yard can wait.
Whatever your personality style, balance is the key!
Work hard, but don't forget to plant seeds of
friendships while you're at it!
Remember -- no personality style is right or wrong --
assessment today to "D-I-S-Cover" your personality
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- 2 cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 1 pkg. 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 1 tsp. dry dill weed
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- Favorite veggies (carrots, broccoli, cucumber
(Roma) tomato, squash, etc.).
Serve immediately or cover and serve 1- 2 hours later.
Makes 32 delicious, yet easy appetizers. (From
- Separate cans of dough into 4 long rectangles
- Place dough in ungreased pan (press in bottom
and up sides to form crust)
- Bake 13 - 17 minutes (until golden brown). Let
- Mix cream cheese, sour cream, dill, and garlic
powder until smooth. Spread over crust.
- Top with favorite veggies
- 1) What is the smartest state in the USA?
- 2) What state in our country is inside another
- 3) What USA state is high in the middle and
round on both ends?
- Alabama -- because it has four As and one B!
- Kansas is in Arkansas!
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