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Tetris©

Ever played the game Tetris©? Its a fun, annoying, addicting game where you move descending pieces into the puzzle pieces on the bottom of the screen. As you go into the game, the pieces move faster and faster, while you try to keep up placing the pieces where they'll do the least damage, decreasing the height of the wall instead of building the wall all the way to the top, thus ending the game. Like I said, fun, annoying and addicting, and most definitely frustrating.

It occurs to me that our lives mirror Tetris© in many ways. We build a solid base with the blocks that come easy to us...our family, finances, social status, and our faith, not necessarily in that order nor with all of the examples given. We go along, placing each block that comes in the appropriate place, and even though we might get the odd block here or there, we can easily place them off to the side or in a place where they almost fit, and then move right along to the next one. The problem is, life starts moving…

Perfection

A thought occurred to me just recently. I will never be perfect. I will never think, act, speak, worship, vote, drive, work, or do anything perfectly...and I'm okay with that. And you should be, too.

Why?

I'll tell you.

Because you aren't perfect. You can modify your body, your mind, your learning all you want to, it will never be perfect, because you aren't made to be perfect. We all fall way short of perfection. It's just not attainable.

I recently read about a young man who wanted to be what a certain doll maker considers perfection. He is modifying his body to make him look more like Ken. As it happens, he met the woman who modified her body to look like Barbie, and came away disgusted. Go figure.

Other people use plastic surgery, liposuction, enhancements, dye, permanent ink, all in the name of their brand of perfection. What they believe to be perfect is not so much in another person's opinion.
Our little girls are bombarded with pictures and ideas of ho…

Be not troubled...

Mark 13:8 says:

8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.These are the beginnings of sorrows.

No one can deny this year has seen it's share of troubles. Four major hurricanes in a row; catastrophic flooding in India and other areas. Wildfires in the Northwest United States, and now, the worst mass shooting on US soil in Las Vegas. One has to wonder how much longer before the entire world collapses in on itself with what's going on. These are only the things that are being reported publicly by the news media, how much more is going on that we don't know about?

How about the volunteers in Baton Rouge that are still helping to meet recovery needs? Or the scads of volunteers in Houston, Rockport, Corpus Christie, Beaumont, and other places in South Texas who are helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey, some of whom are still waiting for their homes to be mudded ou…

Love in the little things...

For a good portion of friends and family, it has been a very rough couple of weeks, and for some on the East Coast, it's looking to be a rough row to hoe for them, as well. I have friends and family in at least two of the States that are experiencing the wildfires...friends and family have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and now I have friends and family about to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. To top everything else off, now Hurricane Katia has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Hopefully she will poop out where she is and not cause any trouble.

All that to say this... love is being found in the little things. Homes that are being or have been devastated, people losing all of their possessions. Its heartbreaking to watch the news right now, when a person who is covered in soot watches what is left of their home disintegrate with the flames before their eyes. Or another person, on a rescue boat, blanket draped over their shoulders, turns and sees their home totally flooded, only the …

Can you hear me now?

I'm going to start straight out of the box with Scripture...just a heads up.

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Matthew 24: 3-14,32-38 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a]these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places.8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.10 And then many will be offended, wil…

Texas...Together

On August 25th, the Gulf Coast of Texas had a deluge of Biblical proportions. Harvey, a category 4 hurricane, took aim and smashed into Rockport, Corpus Christie, and then made it's way north. Fifty counties, and over 150,000 properties were destroyed or severely damaged according to FEMA. Countless numbers have had their homes swamped with muck, water and mold, rendering the home unfit for living. Entire lifetimes have been washed away...rich, poor, black, white, yellow...it didn't discriminate as far as devastation was concerned.

Interstate 69, going from downtown Houston toward Kingwood had their concrete barriers moved blocking all lanes, north and south, by the waters that ran over it. Homes that never, ever flooded, did, and on grand proportions. Livestock had to be herded down the middle of a city street...Horses were evacuated from stables by Cypress Creek. Along with the scores of now homeless men, women, and children, were homeless pets. Some left behind, some washed…

Are those gills developing on my neck?

Okay, so I don't have gills, yet, but I'm watching the webbing between my toes very closely. Ha, ha!
Also waiting to see if a ginormous boat with a bunch of animals will float by...yeah, it's getting real around here.

Seriously, though. Hurricane Harvey has been a bit nasty. The south and west sides are being inundated by the rain, it hasn't let up since Friday night. Creeks and bayous are cresting and over-flowing their banks. For a select amount, for about two hours yesterday, parts of the Houston area had no rain, and the sun tried to come out. Then the clouds passed over and it has been non-stop since then.

Right now, I have the television on, and in the background I'm hearing the newscasters tell people to not go into their attics, but to go to the roof instead. This is serious. One has even gone so far as to ask for prayer for Houston. You could hear the hesitation in her voice, but she said it. And we need it.

Me? We're on the Northeast side, and on a bi…