Box Tops For Education

November 24, 2008 at 10:04 am | Posted in shopping | 3 Comments
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I go to the Box Tops site to rack up points for Cookson Hills Christian School is part of  Cookson Hills Christian Ministries.  My 6 year old grandson wants points too for his school so I have to send him the little coupons logonew off of products periodically so he knows he is not forgotten.  It is a simple thing to clip the coupons off of products you already use and save them.  My daughter told me that Keagen was very excited over the last ones I sent him two weeks ago.  060

With the very busy consumer shopping season coming up I know many will be looking to online resources for gifts.  Well you can also send points to a school at the same time by going to the Box Top site first and then selecting your retailer to shop. Once you are registered at Box tops (a one time registration) then you can just link through shop whenever you have a need.  They also offer grocery coupons about once every two weeks and a drawing for extra Box Tops (I have not won YET).

If you don’t have a child or grandchild with a school to register I am sure Cookson School would appreciate any points you wish to send their way.    As of today’s date they have only made 32% of their goal for the year.  To select them just go to the Box Tops site and register selecting COOKSON HILLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – Kansas, OK as your school to support.  Thanks.

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Scrumptious Delicious Grapes

November 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Posted in grapes, motorcycle, travel, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I know you are wondering what this has to do with biking or even anything else that I have blogged about.  I LIKE em a LOT!!!! Besides I am outside some sort of metal shop in Akron, OH sitting in the van unplugged from the Internet and Twitter and Facebook and TV etc. I have already listened to my Hillsong Live “Saviour King” CD, read two more chapters in The Essence of His Presence by Ogilvie, the December-January 2007 issue of Country Home magazine and even lost a game of Hoyle Rummy Squares. Well lately I have been on a grape kick so I decided I might as well do something else and share this (as if you were really interested!)

Even back several months ago when we were still riding before the mounds of snow dumped on us I would rinse nice clusters of green grapes, separate them from their stems, dry them and place generous servings into baggies for our sack lunches.  So many times out riding we stop at places that just have the fast foods and fried stuff which I tend to avoid and I know is not healthy at all for myself or my husband.

God has given us a wonderful food in the grape.  I can remember for years the story of Joshua and Caleb way back when…even before I became a Grandma… when they were spies into the promised land.  Their tales of the land flowing with “milk and honey” was substantiated with the pole they carried of a cluster of grapes.

Numbers 13:23  And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

Now I don’t know about you think, but I think if that was ONE cluster of grapes those were some BIG babies!!!!!!

I am sure that cluster was much larger the this one I found on the Internet

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I also found about 33 other scriptures relating to grapes in the Bible that were interesting.  If you find this fascinating you too can search here for more information.

The grapes I have been finding locally at the stores lately have been huge, sweet and juicy.  Will thinks they are rather expensive.  Well they have not been on sale, but oh they are soooo good!  By the time he looks to see if there are anymore I have already eaten them.  They almost as big around as a ping pong ball and just about too big to pop whole into your mouth!

Anyway since it is now day two of our trip and I have a bit to connect to the hotel Internet before traveling more this afternoon I will post this now, but it it goes through immediately give me a few minutes to get online and edit it as I know I have to do a few things like insert my photo and check for typos. hehe

The Prayer Band that Started a Revolution

November 19, 2008 at 12:54 pm | Posted in prayer | 5 Comments
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This prayer band has been declared illegal in China.

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Chinese police have stopped people on the streets and taken the bands off their wrists. Some have been interrogated and arrested; at least three families were evicted from their homes—for the government, the prayer band is a symbol of revolution.

We thank everyone across the U.S. and around the world who answered the call to wear a “Pray for China” prayer band and pray during the Olympics. Your willingness to stand with Chinese house church Christians encouraged them as they also wore prayer bands and prayed for their country. Their commitment came with a cost. Read more.

Yet, house church Christians refuse to be intimidated. They say that prayer for China is even more critical now that the world is no longer watching. Persecution has increased. Will you join in this revolution of prayer for China?

“They can arrest me or put me in prison, but I’m not going to stop praying for China. Although the prayer band is banned in China, prayer can never be banned. I am asking every Christian to support believers in China by wearing a prayer band.”
-a prominent house church leader

At this crucial time, will you partner in prayer?

» Click here to order a China Prayer Band.

Please forward this information to others who will want to pray for the persecuted in China. (Permission has been granted.)  Even if you can’t order a prayer band you can add our persecuted brothers and sisters to your prayer list. Thanks!

Friends-Not the TV Show

November 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Friends, meme | Leave a comment
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Wendy, A terrific Internet friend for about 5 years now awarded me this:

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It comes with a questionnaire to answer and then you pass it on to four friends

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood? Not really in the sense of girlfriends to do things with.as we moved so many times. It was difficult to have friends for very long and back then there was no email etc. to keep in contact.  We are still in contact with the family friends we made when I was in first grade as a six year old.  My classmate, Jeff Smith, died of cancer a few years ago, but I still email his mom.   We have not lived next door to them since I was 13, but then when I was 14 we moved from Indiana to live near them in New Mexico.  They were all there and wonderful when my dad died in 1981.  We did not live in New Mexico at the time and that is where my dad had his heart attack.  Mom was traveling with dad at the time.  My hub and I lived in California.  If it had not been for the Smith family I am not sure how we would have managed.  They opened their home to us.  We love this family dearly even though distance has separated us over the years.

2. What do you value most about your friends? The support they provide in trying times no matter how long it has been since we have seen each other or talked to each other.  We are able to just pick up where we left off and renew our friendship as if time has been waiting for us.  That is the beauty of true friendship.  Also the fact that true friends really understand you and do not get angry at you over every little thing.  They “really get” your difficult days and love you anyway.

3. Are your friends your sounding boards? Yes!  I do depend on my friends to help me when I can not make a decision on something.  They can some times put an insight on something I can not see as I am too close to the problem.  Other times they just point out things I already know, but do not really want to admit.

4. What is your favorite activity to share with your friends? Eating and shopping!  Is there anything else??? hehe

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Wendy wrote her article on her blog on Saturday and tagged me then, but I procrastinated until today to do my post.  I am glad I did too.  I think God had a hand in it as yesterday’s sermon was on friends and friendship.  We had Bring a Friend and lunch at our Sunday gathering so it really fits in with this meme.  After all Jesus is my best friend.

The Bible has a lot to say about friends and stories on friendships.  If you have never studied these just go to  Bible Gateway and search friend(s) and friendship by using the keyword or phrase option.

Proverbs 27:9 (NIV)
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.

A more contemporary paraphrase states it this way:

Proverbs 27:9 (The Message) Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.

I am tagging

Paula, Alice, Cecilia and Chris (he will be surprised as he is my son in law)

Have a terrific day and God Bless!

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