Our Crazy Language



Our Crazy Language-Why is it that Way??

(Unknown Author)




Did you know that “verb” is a noun?

How can you look up words in a dictionary if you can’t spell them?

If a word is misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know?

If two mouses are mice and two louses are lice, why aren’t two houses hice?

If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?

If you’ve read a book, you can reread it. But wouldn’t this also mean that you would have to “member” somebody in order to remember them?

In Chinese, why are the words for crisis and opportunity the same?

Is it a coincidence that the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable?

Is there another word for a synonym?

Shouldn’t there be a shorter word for “monosyllabic”?

What is another word for “thesaurus”?

Where do swear words come from?

Why can’t you make another word using all the letters in “anagram”?

Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

Why do people use the word “irregardless”?

Why do some people type “cool” as “kewl?”

Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

Why do we say something’s out of order when its broken but we never say in of order when it works?

Why does “cleave” mean both split apart and stick together?

Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?

Why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?

Why does the Chinese ideogram for trouble symbolize two women living under one roof?

Why does X stand for a kiss and O stand for a hug?

Why doesn’t “onomatopoeia” sound like what it is?

Why don’t we say “why” instead of “how come”?

Why is “crazy man” an insult, while to insert a comma and say “Crazy, man!” is a compliment?

Why are a wise man and wise guy opposites?

Why is abbreviation such a long word?

Why is dyslexic so hard to spell?

Why is it so hard to remember how to spell MNEMONIC?

Why is it that no word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple?

Why is it that the word “gullible” isn’t in the dictionary?

Why is it that we recite at a play and play at a recital?

Why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?

Why is the plural of goose-geese, and not the plural of moose-meese?

Why isn’t “palindrome” spelled the same way backwards?

Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?


Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
729. Chat with Esther M re: analogies about prayer gleaned during her ladies Bible study:
  1. magnifying glass – God’s power covers the earth. Prayer focuses and magnifies His power on a particular situation or a specific life. That life or situation, consistently exposed to His intense power, is changed by it. The power belongs to God. Prayer focuses the power of God.  God’s specific and intervening power is released into circumstances and individual lives by prayer.
  2. signature/check – Imagine that a business man is going to set up a corporation. He is the boss. He is sovereign over every decision about the corporation, and there are many options for how to set things up.  One decision to make is this: Will he require one signature on a check or will he require two signatures on a check? He decides that it requires two signatures.  From then on, two signatures are required.  Why? Because the business man CHOSE to need them.  Andrew Murray: “God’s intense longing to bless seems in some sense to be graciously limited by His dependence on the intercession that rises from earth. He seeks to rouse the spirit of intercession that HE may be able to bestow His blessing on mankind. God regards intercession as the highest readiness to receive and to yield themselves wholly to the working of His almighty power.”  The Almighty God has chosen to condition the release of His intervening power on the prayers of His people!!!!!!
  3. Things happen when we pray that wouldn’t happen if we did not pray. (Ken Johnson quote passed along from Marilyn to Esther to me to you)
  4. Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s willingness. Ro 10:12  “God richly blesses all who call on Him.”
730. I had two anniversaries on Dec 30th: a happy one 🙂 and a sad memory one :(. 22 years ago yesterday I married my best friend (that’s the very HAPPY one! John is a great husband.). Yesterday also marked my one year “cancerversary”: the day I went from thinking I was very healthy to discovery of breast cancer. Actually, God used that nightmarish mammogram to get me some help and for that I am grateful. Whatayear! Ladies–anybody due for a mammogram or a thermogram they are putting off? My advice is to delay no longer. Mine on 12/30/10 revealing aggressive multifocal stage 3 breast cancer was done exactly ONE year to the month after a normal one that revealed only fibrocystic breast disease. We have much to praise Him for!  Friends, don’t forget to be faithful with monthly self breast exams.  I was lax and sporatic about doing mine.
731. Our family saw “Courageous” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1630036/ showing at a church last night.  It was excellent and a blessing for me to count.  It increases my desire to be the wife and mother God wants me to be.  I looked up the “Resolution” mentioned in the movie:
The Resolution Message for men: “I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home. I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me. I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength. I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly. I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy. I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion. I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family. I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged. I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God. I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will. I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24:15”
I might possibly adapt the above into my version as helpmeet to John and Mom to Nicholas, Joy, and Hannah  I can use–will think about that.
732  “Behavior wags the tail of feelings, we do, therefore we feel.” David Reynolds
Talking to myself through my application of that quote: Paula Girl: consistently line your thoughts up with God’s Word, then ACT, doing the right thing, God’s way whether you feel like it or not.  You thereby  will not be ruled by fickle emotion or on an emotional rollercoaster ride based on”how things are going at a particular point in time”  or the simple fluctuation of hormones affected by drugs used in the treatment of cancer.   You, Paula, can CHOOSE to be happy and at peace based on the truths in the Bible and operate like that, even during the times when your circumstances are not happy or peaceful.  This is not “fake”, it is allowing the Lord to do a genuine work in my heart.

“Anybody Can Have Peace When the Sun is Shining…”

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There are many stories related to the sinking of the “Titanic”. Some have come to light due to the success of the movie. For example, most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellman’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. The “Titanic” was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after New York City.  The Mexican people were eagerly awaiting delivery and were disconsolate at the loss. So much so that they declared a national day of mourning which they still observe today.
It is known, of course, as: Sinko de Mayo

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
724. “God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks – not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it. “–Kay Arthur

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. (AMP)

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (NLT)

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJ)

726. “If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!” –Elizabeth Elliot

727 “Anyone can have peace when the sun is shining and everything is going great. But the peace that God offers is peace that controls our hearts and keeps us calm, even when everything around us is raging. ”  The peace OF God is mine in Christ. http://jamesmacdonald.com/blog/?p=10339#more-10339

727.” Fear Not, I am with you” song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOMASMquh84

728.. I will Praise You in the Storm song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHdcyue0bSw

God’s beloved Paula who plans on being around for my family a really long time, God willing! 🙂

Rules For Better Writing

Rules For Better Writing

 (Unknown Author)

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.

4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

5. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat)

6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

7. Be more or less specific.

8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually)unnecessary.

9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

10. No sentence fragments.

11. Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.

12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s
highly superfluous.

14. One should NEVER generalize.

15. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

16. Don’t use no double negatives.

17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

20. The passive voice is to be ignored.

21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words
however should be enclosed in commas.

22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

23. Kill all exclamation points!!!

24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth
shaking ideas.

26. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not

27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know.”

28. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist
hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.

29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.

30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

32. Who needs rhetorical questions?

33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
721. The blessing of Joy and Hannah having a few fun days away at grandparents
722.  Only my left chest and back were burned during radiation, not the rest of me.  In the past I have cared for burn patients with the majority of their bodies severely burned. Some of them screamed in pain when their dressings were changed.  They would gladly exchange their burns for mine.  My skin hurts and it looks like an ugly mess to me but it is temporary.  God will grow me back some new skin.  I can be happy for the many people who only get a mild sunburn type reaction from radiation even though that wasn’t what happened to me, it could be much, much worse.  God has helped me through every single thing that I did not want to do in fighting cancer, gave me the courage to do it, and it is behind me.  I can press forward now.  In God’s economy I can be brave, hopeful, and unafraid.  I choose to live in God’s economy.
723.  A precious friend emailed me this: “but God is faithful through my discouraging responses and I am thankful for His grace and that His mercies are new every morning.”
I got her permission to quote her here. That’s what I feel like too. I mess up all the time.  I’m so glad for 1 John 1:9 and that He does  forgive , cleanse us from all unrighteousness,  and pull us out of our pits, even though we often keep crawling back to where we don’t want to be in our responses , etc.  He has so much better for us than the flesh.  I love that quote ,”When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.”  There is therefore now NO condemnation in Christ Jesus.  I have been lamenting over this exact thing of “my discouraging responses” in my own life.  Like Paul, so often I do what I don’t want to be doing and don’t do what I should be doing.  I’m glad God included that in the Bible. God alone truly is my hope–not just with the cancer thing but with all my thoughts, attitudes, actions.
Continuing some “Cant’s” of cancer: http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/281
Cancer can’t get me down unless I let it.  I must not let it.  I will not let it.
Cancer can’t take away the happy memories that will always be mine to cherish.  I can make some lovely new ones too that cancer can’t touch.
Some “Cans” of cancer:
Cancer can introduce me to an amazing sisterhood of fellow breast cancer survivors as well as other courageous people fighting other battles.  Cancer has already flung open the doors of my world and invited some beautiful new friends into my life and will continue to do so.
Cancer can take away my haiir and it did, but only for a season.  It was temporary.  It’s growing back.  Even though it is not returning in the color I had and would have never chosen for myself unless I was much older than I am ;). There is always hair dye if I want. It is my very own hair again, only softer and  I appreciate having hair more than ever. It’s comfortable and not hot and itchy like a wig. It’s going to grow long enough that I’ll even need to comb it again, yeah!!!  Men who loose their hair as they age don’t get a new crop to replace what fell out like I have the privilege of getting.     Three cheers for hair!  Hip, hip, hooray for hair!  Thank You God for hair on my head and for returning eyelashes and eyebrows!  Too bad armpit and leg hair grows so well despite chemo.  Ha!
Cancer can (and is) making me into a person that is leaning harder on God, seeking Him more, resting deeper in His love, who is stronger in the strength of the Lord.
Cancer can make me a more compassionate person with many new experiences under my belt that allow me the blessing of being able to “be there” for others going through similar circumstances.

“Joy Through My Teardrops and Gains Thru My Losses”

Did you hear about the blonde gal who went to the pop machine and put in her 25 cents and out came a soda?  After that she put in another quarter, and another, and another…Time went by and there was quite a line behind her until one gentleman spoke up and said, “Excuse me, Lady,  can we have a turn too please?’   

The blonde smiled sweetly at him and replied, “No way, not while I’m winning!”   

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
716. Pam and Terry sent me a very beautiful song, written by Janice Rogers Edmiston, out of the deepest heartache of her life. It was written to be sung to the music of “A Few of My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music, one of my girls favorite movies. This is now one of my new favorite songs. 🙂
Joy thru my teardrops, and gains thru my losses
Beauty for ashes, and crowns for my crosses;
He binds my wounds, and He dries all my tears
Calms every storm and He conquers my fears.
He gives me hinds’ feet to walk on high places,
He floods my soul with His heavenly graces;
When I am weak then His strength makes me strong
I know I can trust Him, He’s never been wrong.

Trials may come and temptations assail me
Though I may falter, He never will fail me;
So Satan I bind you in His holy name
For at the cross Jesus’ blood overcame!

When the doubt comes, when I’m lonely
When my heart is sad;
I’ll lift up mine eyes to my Savior above
And Jesus will make me glad.

When in my heart there is sadness and sorrow
Jesus has promised a brighter tomorrow;
Victory is mine, yes, it’s already won
I’ve only to claim it by faith in God’s Son.

All of my cares I will cast down before Him
Even in trials my heart will adore Him;
He bears my burdens, He comforts my soul
Oh why should I worry when He’s in control?

Lord in the time of deep grief and emotion
I will yet serve You with constant devotion;
You have not failed me one step of the way
That is the reason I’ll trust You and say:

I will praise You! I will praise You!
Jesus Christ my King;
For You fill my heart with a song in the night
Yes, You make my heart to sing!

718. Fresh starts and forgiveness when I mess up
719. Kathy G sharing her friend’s good writing which also contained “That’s my King” http://www.ignitermedia.com/mini-movies/4/Thats-My-King
720. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, including getting back on track with healthy eating and exercise today and not waitng for the New Year

John 1:16


 **A father was approached by his small son who

told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!”

             His father smiled and replied, “What do you

mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?

             The son replied, “I do know!”

             “Okay,” said his father. “What does the Bible


             “That’s easy, Daddy…” the young boy replied

excitedly,” It stands for ‘Basic Information Before Leaving



Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/

710. Chapter on happiness by Joanna Harris in her excellent book “Grace in Time of Need”  http://joyoharris.blogspot.com/2011/03/happiness.html


John 1:16

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

John 1:16

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

16Because of all that the Son is, we have been given one blessing after another

John 1:16

New Living Translation (NLT)

 16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

John 1:16

Amplified Bible (AMP)

For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.

712. Along with other nice gifts and expressions of love, I got an awesome manicure and pedicure from Joy on Christmas day.  I now have pretty flowers painted on my nails  🙂

713. A rip-roarin’ family game of Clue.  I think the last time I played was about 40  years ago!

714. The many joys of the Christmas season, a good day with family yesterday

715 Hymn:  http://www.youtube.com/embed/MBDwpLLXMTA

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Merry Christmas, everybody!






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Tim Hawkins (Christmas song humor)


A Christmas Story

It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so.


It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas—oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it-overspending…the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma—the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church, mostly black.

These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes.

As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears.

It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn’t acknowledge defeat.

Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.”

Mike loved kids-all kids-and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That’s when the idea for his present came.

That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church.

On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me.

His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years.

For each Christmas, I followed the tradition—one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.

The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal it’s contents.

As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn’t end there.

You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was joined by three more. Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad.

The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the envelope. Mike’s spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us.

May we all remember each other, and the Real reason for the season….

 Copyright © 1982 Nancy W. Gavin
— Submitted by Edwin G. Whiting

The story first appeared in Woman’s Day magazine in 1982. My mom had sent the story in as a contest entry in which she subsequently won first place. Unfortunately, she passed away from cancer two years after the story was published. Our family still keeps the tradition started by her and my father and we have passed it on to our children. Feel free to use the story. It gives me and my sisters great joy to know that it lives on and has hopefully inspired others to reach out in a way that truly honors the spirit of Christmas. — Kevin Gavin

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/

706. I am alive and happily enjoying Christmas 2011 with my precious family: a gift.

707.“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

708. “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
-Luke 2:10-14

709. “Your present condition is from the Lord. He has not given you a stone, a serpent, or a scorpion. What He has given you may seem hard, but it is for your lasting good. Trials may surround you, BUT GOD will bring good out of the apparent evil (Gen 50:20). Even now, infinite wisdom is fulfilling your wish. Amid fiery trials your faith is honoring God. Every circumstance of your affliction is made subservient to the perfection of your soul.” Charles Spurgeon on Luke 11:12

Luke 11:10-13

10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread[a] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

happy Birthday Jesus

Biopsy Report :)

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down, shanty style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale’. He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

‘You talk?’ he asks.
‘Yep,’ the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’
The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young.. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA.

In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’
‘I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running…

But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.’ ‘I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
‘Ten dollars,’ the guy says.

‘Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’
‘Because he’s a liar. He’s never been out of the yard’

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Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
703. What a RELIEF to have a malignacy-free path report on my right breast!  Whew.  Thank You Lord for this tremendous blessing !  A breast without cancer is a gift for me to appreciate and never take for granted again.

704.“Confession is the act of inviting God to walk the acreage of our hearts. “There is a rock of greed over here, Father. I can’t budge it. And that tree of guilt near the fence? Its roots are long and deep. And may I show you some dry soil, too crusty for seed?” God’s seed grows better if the soil of the heart is cleared.”
Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment: A 365-Day Devotional Journal

705.  1 Peter 1:13

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas, everybody!




Is 26: 3-4

A rather sharp blonde enters the library……..walks straight up to the librarians desk.

She boldly asks for a cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke.


The librarian looks at her and says……”shhh, Ms….this is a library, not a diner”.


“Oh”…..says the Blonde as she whispers.”…so sorry …..I would like a cheeseburger,


fries and a Coke.”





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 I am thinking about getting back my biopsy report on my remaining right breast soon, most likely today.


That pathology report  is probably going to be Jim-Dandy and A-OK.  Probably, most likely, but not positively.




When I heard that there was a suspicious area in my right breast on the mammogram results last week, I thought, “Aww, c’mon!  Can’t I at least have one breast that’s normal and stays with me, “as is” ?  Haven’t I already gone through enough? I’ve already done all the stuff I didn’t want to do like the mastectomy, the chemo, the radiation, I’m taking the Herceptin for a year, and hormone blockers are awaiting me in January. I ended up doing everything I did not want to do. How I wish the nutritional approach would have worked to address all this but it didn’t.  That was so sad and disappointing to me. Sometimes I feel like a ticking time bomb, waiting and wondering with uncertainty if I’m “fixed” yet, scared that the cancer is going to take over despite our best efforts, on edge. Sometimes it’s plain ole’ hard to be positive, even though I want to be.


 I miss having a left breast.  I miss the intact nerves and 11 lymph nodes in my left arm.  I miss my energy and sense of well being.   I miss sleeping well. I miss being pain free.  I miss my hair and body before cancer;  I think I’ve been grieving over the losses of this year. OK–I let go of every last one of these things I miss.  God,  I give You everything I miss and let go of it.  It’s Yours.  I’m Yours. While I’m letting go of stuff, I let go of all bitterness, resentment, self pity, being mad that this is happening to me, feeling like it is so unfair. I leave it all in Your hands.  I am not my own, I belong to You.


 #697 on my gratefulness list today is this:


Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
WHAT kind of peace, Paula?  PERFECT peace.  Complete, absolute peace.  God “guarding” the inclination of my mind with constant peace.  God keeps people with their minds set on Him, secure and steady on their feet, even if bad things happen.
WHY perfect peace?  Because of a mind is “stayed” on God, thoughts “fixed” on Him, leaning on Him, hoping confidently in Him, depending on Him, trusting Him no matter what.
WHY trust in the Lord and for how long? The reason why I can trust in Him FOREVER is because the Lord is everlasting strength, an everlasting Rock, the Rock of ages.  In the Lord I have a sure thing. He never gets caught off guard like I do.  He is completely trustworthy and knows what he is doing in my life and why He allows the things He does in my life.  NO mistakes, nada, goose egg, zero “ooopsies” on God’s part.  I mess up plenty but He never does.  As I think about the character of God, I know this to be true.  Trusting Him is a choice and that is what I choose.
698. From a missionary with liver cancer, fighting the Good Fight:

A lady in the Yembi Yembi tribe in PNG died. She was a believer. At her funeral, one of the brothers said this …

“Some of you have swallowed (believed) that our sister was killed by black magic, some of you have swallowed that her spirit is floating around the village (Yembi Yembi belief), but I say you have swallowed false talk. I stand on this book (Bible) and this book says that God marked her days and only he has the power to close fingers (end life).

YES–I “swallow”, as this tribal brother in the Lord and the missionary with liver cancer did too, that only God has the power to “close my fingers” (end my life on this earth) and bring me to Heaven. I don’t have to be afraid or worried about when or if cancer will kill me.  I will do the best that I can with what I’ve got and leave the results to God.  HE is the One who has numbered my days, not cancer.


699. He is God and I am not.  Good thing, huh? :0)


700.Celebrating today with a date out to lunch with John after seeing my GYN doc- I’m done, done, done with radiation!

701. Joy starting to feel better and her progress finishing up Algebra

702. Jan sharing today’s blonde joke with me.  She cracked me up the way she whispered the punch line. 🙂


Pilot Father’s Tough Love

Hope this tickles your TOTALLY “just kidding funny bone” 😉 as it did mine:

Most people nowadays think it improper to discipline children,
so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have
had one of ‘those moments’.

Since I’m a pilot, one that I have found very effective is for me
to just take the child for a flight during which I say nothing and
give the child the opportunity to reflect on his or her behaviour.

I don’t know whether it’s the steady vibration from the engines,
or just the time away from any distractions such as
TV, video games, computer, iPod, etc.
Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving
after our flight together.

I believe that eye to eye contact during these sessions is
an important element in achieving the desired results.
I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son,
in case you would like to use the technique…

Should also work with grand-kids.












Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
691. Today is #30 out of #30 of my radiation treatments. Yahooooooooooooooo and wahoooooooooo!  I am thankful for Dr Lester, Dr Looper, Dr Gossain, and all their excellent staff who gave me wonderful care http://www.cancercarecenter.md/ .  Rebecca, Amy, Heidi, Paula, and Brandy were super as were the receptionists and office folks.  What a great team!

692. Naps. I appreciate my family lovingly allowing me mostly quiet, undisturbed rest when I’ve needed it even during the daytime and when I hit the sack early.  John, Nicholas, Joy, and Hannah have really taken up the slack when I didn’t feel well and helped me in a million ways this year as we’ve fought cancer as a family: I am so grateful .
693. The roughest stuff in this cancer battle is all hopefully behind me now… onward and upward to rebuilding my health!  If there are more hard things ahead in this battle, I will face them one at a time with God’s help and strength.  He will see me all the way through it all.


 694. Quotes from “The Red Sea Rules” that Sonia shared with me from hers and Linda’s reading:


“God doesn’t waste suffering.  If He leads us into impossible spots, He will deliver us in His own time, in His own way, and for His name’s sake.  Our job amid the difficulty is to learn our Lord’s simple  but submissive prayer:  “What shall I say?  Save me from this hour?  No, Father, glorify Your name.”
“God sometimes raises difficulties in the way of His people,” said Matthew Henry.  “that He may have the glory of subduing them, and helping His people over them.”
The Lord devises ways of turning difficulties into deliverances and problems into praise.  He gives beauty for ashes and an attitude of worship for the spirit of heaviness.  He will glorify His name in the lives of His children, whatever their afflictions.  He will gain honor for Himself over our adversarial situations.  In the process, He will leave behind such blessings as make the burdens melt away like wax in the sunshine.” 
695 I will remember to breathe in deeply all the beauty that God has created around me in my world too.  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ThFCg0tBDck
696. The joy of the meaning of Christmas! “[Glory in the Highest] Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11
More Cancer Fightin’ Words:
–HER2 cells are easy for HIM2 abolish into oblivion:  God will do what is best for me. 
–The Lord has designed my body in amazing ways to recover.  So far so good: as far as I can tell, I am getting healthier and stronger and am overcoming cancer.
–Every day of my life is a precious gift for me to unwrap and enjoy.


Yesterday’s Biopsy

Feel free to skip this if you don’t want to hear the graphic details
Sharing the hardest things about yesterday’s stereotactic biopsy:
1. I had to lay still, face down on my painful radiation burned chest with part of my right breast smooshed in a thingamabopper for a long time — about 45 minutes if I judged correctly.    Thankfully the device does not have the vice-like squeezing grip like a mammogram.     If I didn’t have a radiation burned, swollen chest on the left side,  or a arm like my left one which has been a huge challenge since the mastectomy that had to be in such an awkward position for so long , it would have been much easier.  Now that I’ve experienced both, I would say an ultrasound guided biopsy is WAY quicker and nicer than a stereotactic one but this is the kind I needed this time and I got through it ok.
2. The titanium clip marker that is supposed to be left in the breast for future reference of the biopsied area  accidently unknowingly came out when the biopsy needle instrument was withdrawn and it had to be replaced, guided by ultrasound in a separate procedure later which caused me to be late for my GYN appt (I called ahead and let them know I would need to be about 20 minutes late because of the clip glitch) which caused a postponement till next week because that Dr had two procedures scheduled after my appt.
3. It is uncomfortable to have a mammogram and then a repeat mammogram after a breast biopsy. 
The best things:
1. It’s over and done.  All the unpleasant stuff I’ve experienced in my fight against cancer is all temporary.
2. The two women involved doing the procedure were kind, compassionate, experienced, and skilled.
3. I had a nice chat with a couple ladies in the different waiting rooms I waited in.  There is quite a “sisterhood” revolving around breast cancer and I have met some wonderful new friends through this.
4. I should know what my pathology report says on Friday. Two radiolooogists apparently have two differing opinions when they compared my latest mammogram with last years and perhaps and maybe even probably, all is well with my right breast. Wow, that sure would be great to have one A-OK breast left intact.
More “Cancer Fightin’ Words”:
NED and I are life long bosom buddies. (HA!  Just thought that one up and love it!) “NED” is the medical terminology for “No evidence of disease”.
“Don’t tell God how big your cancer is, instead tell your cancer how big your God is” (Unknown author)
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass it’s about learning to dance in the rain!” (Unknown author)
I am an active and proactive participant in my own, well thought out health and wellness  plan.  After consulting with expert health care professionals, I get to make the decisions that are best for me.

“Yes is a world and in this world of yes I live.” (e.e. cummings) 
Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
689. Excerpt from article by Dave Dravecky:
But God loves who we really are – whether we like it or not. 
God calls us, as He did Adam, to come out of hiding.

“Come to me now,” Jesus says. 
“Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you:
a Savior of boundless compassion,
infinite patience,
unbearable forgiveness, and love that keeps no score of wrongs. 

Quit projecting onto me your own feelings about yourself. 
At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it,
a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. 
You are in a safe place.
“God’s grace is an incredible source of fuel for endurance.  It encourages us to keep going even when we stumble because we know He understands and knows our weaknesses – yet He still loves us.  HE LOVES US EVEN ON OUR WORST DAY!!!  This was a huge source of fuel for me to continue walking on my journey with Him knowing … 
“If we have only the will to walk, then God is pleased with my stumbles.”
Sometimes we are so sick and tired of stumbling that we don’t want to walk anymore.  What a blessing it is to realize that all we need to have is the will to walk with Him, and God is pleased with us – even when we stumble.  That’s an incredible expression of grace.  That is a tremendous motivation to endure.”
 The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
PSALM 37:23-24


690. I just have two radiation treatments left: today and tomorrow.  After this, I hope never, ever, ever to have any more chemo or radiation, or breast surgery.  The planned Herceptin for a year and hormone blockers for 5 years is all that’s is left on the agenda if all remains stable with no further evidence of disease.  Surely 2012 will be healthier.  Please, Lord?