THE LAMPLIGHTER by jennyyingdi


									                          THE LAMPLIGHTER
                                         EACH MORNING YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES
  Volume 12                John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has
                           something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would
   Issue 5                 reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’ He is a natural motivator. If an employee is
                           having a bad day, John is there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the
   MAY 2010                situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I asked him, ‘I don’t get it!
                           You can’t be a positive person all the time. How do you do it?’
                           He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You
                           can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in
  Special points of        a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can
      interest:            choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to be com-
• Missionary Letters       plaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of
                           life. I choose the positive side.’
• Kid’s Quotes
• Poetry                   ‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested. ‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ’Life is all about choices.
                           When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to
• Health Issues
                           situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood
• Gardening Tips           or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’
• Jokes
                           I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the job where I worked with John to start
• Birthdays/Events/        my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice
                           about life instead of reacting to it.
• Recipes
                           Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet
• Financial Solutions
                           from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he
                           was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw him about six months
                           after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, ’If I were any better, I’d be
                           twins… Wanna see my scars?’
Inside this issue:
                           I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the
                           accident took place. ’The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my
  Gardening           2    soon-to-be born daughter,’ he replied. ’Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I
                           had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live.’
  Missionary          2    ‘Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?’ I asked. He continued, ‘The para-
   Letters                 medics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled
    Poetry            3    me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got
                           really scared. In their eyes, I read ’he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.’
   It’s Your          5    ‘What did you do?’ I asked. ’Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,’
    Money                  John said. ’She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and
Health Issues 7            nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled,

 ON BEING A           8    Over their laughter, I told them, ’I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive,
  MOTHER                   not dead.’ He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing
                           attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after
Billy Graham’s 10
                           all, is everything.’
                           MISSIONARY CORNER                             Submitted By Brenda Crowell
                          me. I feel like I’m receiving good guidance for my life,” This helps to verify what we believe the
                          purpose of the Baptist Bible College of Zambia really serves. Our goal in establishing and operating
                          the school has always been to train and prepare workers for the ministry. A part of that must include
      “Go ye into all the giving them the needed guidance for their lives. If we are accomplishing that purpose, then it is
      World and preach worth the effort that it costs.
        the gospel…”
                          PRAY FOR ZAMBIA: The political climate in Zambia has definitely degenerated along with the
                          increasing financial crisis. Being in a country where the average people have almost nothing and are
Don & Mona Bowles         not really considered by those who are controlling them is very difficult. For instance, the copper
write, “Recently, we      mines have been the main source of employment in this area, but the management of the mines has
were talking to one       been terribly mishandled. The other businesses in the country depend on the mines, and because
of the Bible College
                          they’re not producing every one suffers. The mines were closed for a short time and then began to
students asking him
how his second year is reopen, but closed again after only ten months. In spite of their great patience people have lost hope
going. He said last       and are very discouraged. Not only do we see the terrible results in their situation, but we also pay a
year was hard, adjust-    price in our normal living circumstances. For example, our food and fuel costs have spiraled upward
ing to a new way of       unbelievably over the past two years. One reason, of course, is that so much of these things has to
learning, which is what be imported. Thus, the prices become unreasonable. In spite of the difficulties, we still recognize
our school represents to that our support remains stable because of faithful stewards like you. We realize that there are
them. “But,” he said,     difficulties on both sides of the ocean, but we know that “...God will supply all of our needs
“this year is much        according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” May you experience the promise of Luke 6:38,
better. The college       “...For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
seems like a compass to
                                                                                        In Christ’s Hands, Don & Mona
  SAUCER MAGNOLIA ATTRACTIVE ALL YEAR—Reprinted with permission of Dick Crum (Dr. Dirt). Dick
                 Crum is a retired horticultural agent with the Marion County Cooperative Extension Office.
In early spring, the saucer-sized blossoms command attention in the landscape. The blossoms are white to pink,
often tinged with purple. Late freezes and frosts may devastate the bloom. The smooth gray bark is attractive
throughout the year. There are many varieties of this beautiful small deciduous tree. Thus, the size varies with the
selection. Most varieties have a rounded form with a height and spread of 20 to 30 feet. The huge flowers (up to 10
inches wide) develop before the dark-green, oblong leaves. Throughout the growing season, there will be sporadic
blooming, but the big show of unusually large blooms is in early spring.
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:        Balled and burlapped and container plants are available starting in early spring. Care
must be taken not to plant too deep. Normally, a darker soil line is visible on the trunk, so plant no deeper than
this line. The planting hole should be the same depth as the root system. Width of the hole should be three times
the width of the root system. This allows the roots to easily spread horizontally. The saucer magnolia is a truly
beautiful specimen tree with four seasons of interest. A backyard location with a window view or near a deck or
patio would be ideal. Select sunny planting sites with moist, well-drained soil that are protected from strong
winds. Some pruning may be necessary when the trees are young to develop a strong branching habit. Pruning
cuts are slow to callus (heal).

                                               KIDS BEING KIDS
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At
the head of the table was a large tray of apples. The nun made a note, and posted it on
the apple tray: ‘Take only ONE. God is watching.’
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large tray of
chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples.’
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        National Holidays
                                                        THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON ON EARTH
May 4 - National Teachers Day
May 5 - Cinco De Mayo
                                                        The Most Important Person on earth is a mother.
                                               She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral.
May 6, 2010 - National Day of Prayer      She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral…
“Today the need for prayer is greater        a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body.
than ever. Many are trapped in a
culture of broken homes, violence,
                                                      The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.
sexual immorality, and social strife.
God wants us to pray and He listens
                                            They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new souls to heaven.
intently to every word.”                                          Only a human mother can.
May 9 - First newspaper cartoon in              Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature;
         U.S., 1754                            God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation…
May 12 - International Nurses Day
                                              What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?
                                                             Author: Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
May 15 - Armed Forces Day
May 31 - Memorial Day

                                                 ONE FLAW IN WOMEN

                                          Women have strengths that amaze men.
                                        They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
                                           but they hold happiness, love and joy.

                                      They smile when they want to scream.
                                        They sing when they want to cry.
                        They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.
                         They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice.

              They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.
                                 They go without so their family can have.
                               They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

                                                They love unconditionally.
                                            They cry when their children excel
                                         and cheer when their friends get awards.

                           They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
                                     Their hearts break when a friend dies.
                                   They grieve at the loss of a family member,
                                         yet they are strong when they
                                         think there is no strength left.
                            They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

                                        Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

                                          They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
                                          to show how much they care about you.

                           The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.

                                           They bring joy, hope and love.
                                          They have compassion and ideas.
                                 They give moral support to their family and friends.

                              Women have vital things to say and everything to give.


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                    Real Mothers don’t eat quiche; they don’t have time to make it.
               Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
                   Real Mothers often have sticky floor, filthy ovens and happy kids.
                 Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn’t come out of carpets.
                   Real Mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
 Real Mothers sometimes ask “Why me?” and get their answer when a little voice says, “because I love
                                         you best…”
Real Mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or is marked by the
                              progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.

                                  THE IMAGES OF MOTHER
                           4 YEARS OF AGE—My Mommy can do anything!
                        8 YEARS OF AGE—My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
                 12 YEARS OF AGE—My Mom doesn’t really know quite everything.
                    14 YEARS OF AGE—Naturally, Mom doesn’t know that, either.
                      16 YEARS OF AGE—Mom? She’s hopelessly old-fashioned.
                    18 YEARS OF AGE—That old woman? Mom’s way out of date!
                25 YEARS OF AGE—Mother? Well, she might know a little bit about it!
                   35 YEARS OF AGE—Before we decide, let’s get Mother’s opinion.
               45 YEARS OF AGE—Wonder what Mother would have thought about it?
                      65 YEARS OF AGE—Wish I could talk it over with Mother.

                                     BEAUTY OF A WOMAN
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she
                                        combs her hair.
 The beauty of a woman must be seen within her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart,
                               the place where love resides.
  The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her
  soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a
                               woman with passing years only grows!

                             HOW TO HELP BABY BIRDS
If you find a baby bird that has fallen out of its nest, return it only if you can do so
safely, says the New York State Department of Environment Conservation. But in
general, it’s best to leave young wildlife alone. A young bird out of its nest actually may
be learning to fly and won’t stay put after you return it.
                                                         Source: ThinkSmart, USA Weekend

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                                      RETIRED PEOPLE
Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well,
for example, the other day the wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in
there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.
We went up to him and I said, 'Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?' He
ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Dumbbell. He glared at me and started
writing another ticket for having worn tires.
So Mary called him a knot-head. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the
first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused
him, the more tickets he wrote.                                                                           better able to
                                                                                                          comparison-shop for
Just then our bus arrived. We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired. It's important at closing costs by using
our age.                                                                                                  the more accurate
                                                                                                          itemized estimates.
                 NEW MORTGAGE FORMS COULD SAVE YOU $700                                                   The new form also
All mortgage lenders now must give prospective borrowers a new, streamlined federal form                  has a ‘trade-off’
known as a “good-faith estimate” to help them shop around for loans and cut closing costs. showing how you can
                                                                                                          reduce your monthly
The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates the three-page form will                        payments by paying
save consumers nearly $700, on average, at closing. “In the past, there was no way for                    higher closing costs
borrowers to compare apples with apples,” says Ilyce Glink, author of the forthcoming                     or lower your closing
book Buy, Close, Move In! “This is a big step in the right direction.” Some charges are                   costs by accepting a
                                                                                                          higher mortgage rate.
guaranteed not to increase at closing, such as the lender’s origination fee and any points
you’d pay after locking in your interest rate. If you use firms selected by the lender for                Source: Richard
                                                                                                          Eisenberg, USA Weekend
services such as title insurance, those firms’ fees can’t increase by more than 10%. You’ll be

            CORN CHOWDER - 10 SERVINGS — From:
           Loretta Lynn’s You’re Cookin’ It Country                                                         The only
2 pounds white potatoes, diced                 In a large saucepan over high heat combine
1 bay leaf                                     the potatoes, bay leaf and water. Bring to a                  reason I
4 cups water                                   boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for
3 tablespoons butter                           10 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid.                       have a
3 medium onions, chopped                       Discard the bay leaf. In a soup pot, melt
4 celery ribs, chopped                         the butter over medium heat. Add the                         kitchen is
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped            onions, celery, bell pepper and cumin
2 teaspoons cumin seeds                        seeds. Cook until the onions are tender,                    — it came
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour                stirring constantly. Stir in the flour, sage
1/2 teaspoon sage                              and pepper. Stir in enough of the reserved                    with the
1/2 teaspoon pepper                            liquid to make a smooth paste. Stir in the
                                               remaining liquid and potatoes. Cook until
2 cups milk
                                               heated through. Stir in the milk and corn
1 & 2/3 cups whole kernel corn
                                               heat thoroughly.

  Q. & A. from PEOPLE’S PHARMACY By Joe & Theresa Greedon (King Features Syndicate)
Q. I got into some chiggers and was in misery, so when everything else failed, I decided to try hydrogen
   peroxide. To my surprise, the itch stopped immediately and never came back. Do you have an explanation?
A. Dermatologists say chigger bites itch because of a reaction to the digestive enzymes chiggers leave behind.
   Perhaps hydrogen peroxide degrades these enzymes, but we haven’t seen any studies that support this.

VOLUME 10                                                                                                    PAGE 5
While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After
finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip.

When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table and she didn’t
miss them until they had been driving about twenty minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could
find a place to turn around in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and
complained and scolded his wife relentlessly.

During the entire return drive. The more he chided her the more agitated he became. He
just wouldn’t let up.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car and
hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her: “While you’re in there,
you might as well get my hat and the credit card!”

                           May is National Mental Health Care Month...
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have
not a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
                                                      Erma Bombeck
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough
                                  trouble of its own.”
     Church Sign
  “Adam blamed Eve.                       MAY BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES/EVENTS
 Eve blamed the snake
                                     Birthdays                   Anniversaries                        Events
and he didn’t have a leg
     to stand on.”         4th    Gertrude Straley      This year, again, we have no
                           8th    Ralph Allen and       anniversaries to list for May.      9th Mothers’ Day
 “Today is the                      Gerald Dausch
tomorrow you                                            If your anniversary is in May (or
                           14th   Eldridge LaFavers     any other month and has not yet     11th Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
worried about
  yesterday.”              15th   Shirley Brennan and   been printed in the Lamplighter
                                    Kathryn Dickey      newsletter), please provide the
                           17th   Bill Blackwell        information to Pastor Marion or
                                                                                            25th Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
 Happy Birthday or         23rd   Letitia Speckin and   Irene Baker (IN WRITING).
 Anniversary!! We wish              Brenda Crowell                                          27th Newsletter Mailing
                                                        We both have mailboxes in
 you many happy
                           29th   Nancy Fearin          the church hallway for your                      9:00 a.m.
 returns of the day!!!
                           30th   Sue Cummings          convenience.
 Birthstone: Emerald
 Flower: Lily of the         CHURCH SIGN: “Down in the mouth? Come in for a faith lift.”

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    AN ACTION PLAN FOR BACK PAIN From St. Francis’ Good Health Today
Back pain can be as varied as the sources that cause it. But what do you do when back pain occurs?
How do you deal with the pain, and when does it warrant a trip to the doctor?
FIRST THINGS FIRST, SIGNS TO WATCH FOR: Ben Nordmann, M.D. pain management specialist
with the Franciscan Spine Center, says some symptoms associated with back pain require a doctor’s
evaluation right away. These red flags could indicate a pinched nerve or other serious condition,” he
said. Call your doctor immediately if you have back pain accompanied by: fever, loss of bladder or
bowel control or trouble urinating, pain when coughing, progressive weakness in the legs, numbness in
the groin or rectum, or significant pain following a fall or other injury.
HOW TO PRACTICE GOOD SELF-CARE: In most cases, though, it’s not necessary to see a doctor
for back pain. Back pain usually goes away in a few days with no treatment at all. But good self-care
techniques can help ease the pain until it does. Dr. Nordmann suggests exercise, a healthy diet and not
smoking as important factors in maintaining a healthy back. If you do develop back pain, try these tips:
1. Several times a day, apply cold compresses to the site of the pain for five to ten minutes to help reduce
inflammation. After two or three days, switch to heat to relax the muscles. 2. Rest for a day or two to
reduce pain and avoid aggravating an injury. But try to resume normal activity as soon as possible.
Staying immobile too long actually can prolong your recovery. 3. With your doctor’s approval, take an
over the counter pain reliever likd ibuprofen. This can temporarily reduce pain and inflammation. If the
pain doesn’t get noticeably better within 72 hours, call your doctor.
Experts advise everyone ages 50 and older to be tested regularly for colon cancer and polyps. Doctors
remove all polyps and test them for cancer. Fortunately, a new, less risky procedure to remove polyps
and early colorectal cancers is now being used at St. Francis Hospital, Mooresville. The surgery removes
low rectal and low sigmoid colon polyps and early cancers of the rectum and low sigmoid colon. It’s
called transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), a technique developed in Germany that recently was
introduced in the United States. Colon and rectal surgeons undergo specialized training to perform the
surgery, and hospitals must have advanced equipment to offer TEM. St. Francis is one of only three
hospitals in central Indiana to offer the procedure. With TEM, the polyps and cancers are removed with
less-invasive laparoscopic procedures, avoiding longer and riskier surgeries as well as their accompany-
ing pain and complications. “TEM offers the same outcomes and benefits that major colon and rectal
surgery does for select patients.” said Bridget Sanders, M.D., a surgeon at Kendrick Regional Center for
Colon & Rectal Care at St. Francis Hospital, Mooresville. “Most patients can go home the same day or
early the nest day after TEM, where standard surgery usually requires up to a 10-day stay.” Dr. Sanders
and Dipen Maun, M.D. also with the center, are two of only six surgeons in central Indiana performing
this surgery. Source: St. Francis’ Good Health Today

                                      HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes
the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens
around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the
clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. -Washington Irving
                      “Her children rise up and call her blessed…” - Proverbs 31:28
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                      ON BEING A MOTHER — Author Unknown
After 17 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I
love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.” The other
woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who has been alone for 20 years, but the demands of
my work and our two boys had made it impossible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite
her to go out for dinner and a movie.
“What’s wrong, aren’t you well,” she asked? My Mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night
call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
“I thought it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded. “Just the two of us.”
She thought about it for a moment, and then said, “I would like that very much.” That Friday after work, as I
drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to
be nervous about our date. She was waiting at the door. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress
that she had worn to celebrate her last birthday on November 19th.
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s. “I told my friends that I was going to go out with my
son, and they were impressed,” She said, as she got into our new white van. “They can’t wait to hear about
our date.”
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My Mother took my arm as if she
were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half
way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on
her lips. “It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small.” she said.
“Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor, I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable
conversation - nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other’s life. We talked so much
that we missed the movie.
As we arrived at her house later, she said, “I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.” I
“How was your dinner date?” asked my wife when I got home. “Very nice. Much more so than I could have
imagined,” I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a
chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from
the same place Mother and I had dined. An attached note said: “I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I
could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates, one for you and the other for your wife. You will never
know what that night meant for me. I love you, son.”
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: “I love you” and to give our loved ones the
time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve,
because these things cannot be put off till ‘some other time.’

 “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the
 belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”     -Michael Jordan

 “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”           - Abraham Lincoln

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                      SOMEBODY SAID                -    Author Unknown
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby...somebody doesn’t
know that once you’re a mother, ’normal’ is history.
Somebody said you learn how to be a Mother by instinct...somebody never took a three-year old child
Somebody said being a Mother is boring...somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a
driver’s permit.
Somebody said if you’re a ‘good’ mother, your child will ‘turn out good’...somebody thinks a child comes
with directions and a guarantee.
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a Mother...somebody never helped a fourth grader with
his math.
Somebody said you can’t love the second child as much as you love the first...somebody doesn’t have two
Somebody said the hardest part of being a Mother is labor and delivery...somebody never watched her
’baby’ get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten, or on a plane headed for military boot camp.
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married...somebody doesn’t know that
marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home...somebody never had grand-
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her...somebody isn’t a mother.

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All that I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all of my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I
received from her.”       - George Washington

                   ALWAYS ASK, NEVER ASSUME!
His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell phone
to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane
would be waiting for him at the airport. Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a
plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the
door shut, and shouted, “Let’s go”.
The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once in the
air, the photographer instructed the pilot, “Fly over the valley and make low
passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.”
“Why?” asked the pilot.
“Because I’m a photographer for CNN,” he responded, “and I need to get
some close up shots.”
The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, “So, what
you’re telling me is… YOU’RE NOT MY FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR?”

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Emmanuel Church of Greenwood                               BILLY GRAHAM — MY ANSWER
1640 West Stones Crossing Road
Greenwood, IN 46143                               Dear Billy Graham:
                                                  A casino opened near us about three years ago,
                                                  and I’ve lost so much money there and gotten so
Phone: 317-535-9673                               far into debt that I’ll never recover. But despite
Fax: 317-535-1810
                                                  all of this, I just can’t stop going. I don’t have a
Pastor Marion:
                                                  question, but maybe someone will learn from my
Web Master: Jennie Byers                          experience. K.S.
Lamplighter Editor: Irene Baker
Editor’s e-mail address:       Dear Reader:
Editor’s Telephone Number 317-784-4169            I’m thankful for your honesty, and for your
Technical Support: Allen Baker                    concern to warn others not to fall into the same
                                                  trap you have. The best way to avoid any trap is
                                                  to be forewarned, and to keep away from it in the
                                                  first place. But I’m very concerned for you and
     Geared to the                                your family, because you’re on a path that can
        Times,                                    only lead to misery—and you need to get off it as
                                                  soon as possible. You have all the signs of being
     Anchored to                                  addicted to gambling—just as surely as if you
      the Rock!                                   were addicted to drugs or alcohol or any other
                                                  destructive habit. Simply being sorry for the mess
                                                  you’ve gotten in won’t be enough. You need help—
                                                  and the sooner the better. Your pastor or other
                                                  knowledgeable professional can suggest programs
                                                  in your area to help you overcome this problem.
                                                  But you also need God. He can give you a new
                                                  direction and purpose in life, and he can give you
                                                  the strength to resist the pull of this habit.

                                                  Source: Tribune Media Services.

BOONE, NC (AP) - Rev. Billy Graham has retired from preaching, but
the 91-year-old evangelist is still writing books and offering spiritual
counsel to callers and visitors.

Rev. Franklin Graham says his father has spoken on the phone in
recent months with President Barack Obama and former President
George W. Bush, and was visited by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"He's not offering political advice, but he will offer spiritual advice to
anyone who comes to him," says Franklin. "He's in pretty good health.
His mind is just as sharp as a tack."

The younger Graham says his father recently finished updating his 1992
book Storm Warning, and is currently working on another book, but
slowly -- typically an hour of work followed by a nap.

Billy Graham's glib father-son advice, according to Franklin, was: "Don't get old."

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