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Posted by Cindy H French on 07/05/2013

Ok, so some people call me Pollyanna, just because I would wish for a world where people would believe in God, had an opportunity to know Him if they wished to, but at the very least everyone knew right and wrong and practiced it.

I was sent two different emails this week. One that I am going to give you at the end of my writing tonight. I am going to cut and paste it in. For those of you who were born before 1980, you might appreciate it as much as I did, as much as my kids might (they were born in the 70’s).  The other email I got was that the Jihadists had beheaded a priest. They beheaded him of course, because he would not deny his Savior and become a Muslim. I cannot imagine his courage, but I cannot imagine denying my Savior either. For what is life but a wisp of smoke against eternity??

Today the world knows that it is America’s birthday. Our great MR O in the WHITE HOUSE  didn’t think our troops or our military bases needed any kind of emotional or national support in the form of fireworks  so he made sure they were all cancelled because they couldn’t be afforded today-anywhere. Wonder how they felt if they were able to catch a PBS station somewhere? A Capital Fourth is put on every year with the cooperation and the help of the US government and US Armed Forces. They actually participate in the program!! So please, if you have a family member or a friend in the armed forces, tell them for me, thank you!!!  Thank you for all you do to keep us safe; to allow us to live the lives we live right now.

Today was a nice, lazy, catch-up day for me. I did a little office work and then I went in and watched an old movie with my husband that had Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in it. I hadn’t seen it before. But it was sweet and the good guys won the right girls and it was explained at the end of the movie that Gene Kelly had gone to war at the end of the picture filming. It was released a year later and then he was nominated for an Oscar for his role and by then he was back from the war. So he was really fortunate as the kind of actor/dancer/singer to not be forgotten and to still have a career when he got back. The next show was Yankee Doodle Dandy. I hadn’t seen  it either, believe or not and I love old movies! Of course all of these movies prompted my husband to give me a series of history lessons-hhhuh-he views things a little differently than I do. I now look at history strictly in view of what I know to be true of God’s Word and His long-term Plan for all of us. He believes it, he just thinks I “feel” it deeper. but that isn’t it at all!!

As I watched people dancing and singing along with the different performing stars on A Capital Fourth, all happy to be “free”, I wondered if we will still be this free this time next year. I pray so. I am concerned though, that with all of the “issues and scandals” that we have seen that things won’t be just that much worse. Right now, we are fighting for our very Bill of Rights. For those who want to stick their heads in the sand and pretend it is not happening, I am sorry for you. You don’t live in that other time before now. You live now. You are, some day, going to be faced with making a choice. My mama always said, ” Cindy, if you haven’t already decided what the choice is going to be before you get there, you won’t be able to make it when you get there.” She was absolutely right. You know, I think that every man of God in the Old Testament, from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Moses and Joshua, and women, Rebekah (could I ever be so brave as she), Tamar, and Rahab, then Deborah, much less the prophets and of course David,  just gave their hearts to the Lord. They followed Him when there wasn’t anything necessarily formal such as we have now with Bibles and documentation and such that so and so lived and died. Everything they did was on faith.  That’s why in Hebrew’s 11, the whole chapter is concerning the faith of those of the old Testament who believed. It was so important to note that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Now I am going to give you the email that I got earlier this week. I finally figured out to cut and paste it to this blog. ( you have to use Chrome, not Explorer). I apologize to those of you who are not Jay Leno fans as this came from him. I am not a fan one way or the other , but I thought this particular email has great merit. Unfortunately for Mr. Leno, he was playing this for laughs. I think it is very serious.

Those of You Born 

1930 –  1979

At the end of this Email is a  quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don’t read anything else,  PleaseRead what he Said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno.

TO ALL THE  KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and  70’s! First, we survived being born  to mothers  Who smoked and/or drank while they were  Pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue  cheese dressing,  Tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for  diabetes. Then after that trauma, we  were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright  colored lead-base paints.  We had no childproof lids on  medicine bottles,  Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode  Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our  heads. As infants & children, We would ride in cars with no car seats,

 No booster seats, no  seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no  brakes.  

                                                                                         Riding in the back of a  pick-up truck on a warm day                                                                                                                     Was always a special treat.                                                                                                                           We drank water                                                                                                From the garden hose and  not from a bottle.                                                                                                 We shared one soft drink with  four friends,                                                                                         From one bottle and no one actually died from  this.                                                                                         We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter  and bacon..                                                                                                 We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.                                                                                                                 And,  we weren’t overweight.                                                                                                                                       WHY?                                                                                                                           Because we were                                                                                                               Always outside playing…that’s why!                                                                                          We would  leave home in the morning and play all day,                                                                                                                As long as we were back  when the                                                                                                                          Streetlights came on.                                                                                                                             No one was  able                                                                                                                To reach us all day. And, we were OK.                                                                                           We would spend hours building our go-carts out of  scraps                                                                                                  And then ride them down the hill, only to find out                                                                                                We  forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes                                                                                                  a few times, we  learned to solve the problem.                                                                                           We did not have  Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.                                                                                            There were no video games, no  150 channels on cable,                                                                                            No video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound  or CD’s,                                                                                   No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no  chat rooms.                                                                                                                      WE  HAD FRIENDS!                                                                                                  And we went outside and found  them!                                                                                        We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones  and teeth                                                                                         And there were no lawsuits from these accidents.                                                                                          We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt,                                                                                                  And  the worms did not live in us                                                                                                                        Forever.                                                                                       We were  given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,                                                                                        Made up games with sticks and  tennis balls and,                                                                                               Although we were told it would happen,                                                                                                We did  not put out very many eyes out.                                                                                        We rode bikes or  walked to a friend’s house and                                                                                        Knocked on the door or rang the bell,  or just                                                                                         Walked in and talked to them.                                                                                        Little  League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.                                                                                                    Those who didn’t  had to learn to deal                                                                                                                 With disappointment.                                                                                                                        Imagine that!!                                                                                         The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke  the law                                                                                                                       Was unheard of.                                                                                                        They actually sided with the law!                                                                                          These generations have produced some of the best                                                                                            Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.                                                                                                                      The past 50 years                                                                                           Have been an explosion of  innovation and new ideas.                                                                                           We had freedom, failure, success and  responsibility,                                                                                                      and we learned how to deal with it all.                                                                                                            If YOU are one of them?                                                                                                            CONGRATULATIONS!                                                                                               You might want to share this with others                                                                                         who have had the luck  to grow up as kids, before the                                                                                lawyers and the government regulated  so much of our lives                                                                                                              for our own good                                                                               While you are at it, forward it to your kids so  they will know                                                                                                   how brave and lucky their parents were.                                                                                   Kind of makes you want to run through the  house                                                                                                                  with scissors, doesn’t it ?                                                                                                                    

The  quote of the month is by Jay Leno:                                                                                          

 “With hurricanes, tornadoes,  fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another,                                                                                                           and with the  threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks.  Are we sure this is a  good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’ 

For those that prefer to think that God is not  watching over us.. ..go ahead and delete this.  For the rest of us…pass this on. A  Small Prayer! God determines who walks into your  life…’s up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let  stay, and who you refuse to let go.      When there is nothing left  but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.      Now this is my own idea to put this out here in the blog  world. but what better place and what better time than the 4th of July? Maybe we’ll start a little power for the people of God again with this!! Then send  it on to five other people,  Within hours you will have caused a  multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch  the power of God work in your life and our lives.

G’night. God bless.


P. S…. Five  is good, but more is better.                                           IN GOD WE  TRUST 



  1. The world surely has changed in the past several decades… some thing for the better but some definitely not…Happy 4th of July!…. Diane

  2. lbtk said

    I remember all those things! Good times! Loved the Leno quote too. Have grand day! Sandy

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