April 2008

Easy Street

Quote of the day:  Easy Street

     I come from a long line of family members that have worked very hard in their life time, and taking easy street wasn’t an option or they wouldn’t eat.  I am not just talking about working long hours, I am also talking about laboring hard, when they worked on farms, cleaning homes, constructions jobs, plumbing, you name it, they were a jack of all trades.  My father, being a very hard worker, came from a family of eight and my dad being close to the youngest of eight, had to deal with working hard since he was really young.  He lost his father at a young age, this could be considered a problem for some, but instincts to survey and help his mama out came into play or again they wouldn’t eat.  After he married my mom and they me and my brother, my father continued on with school, another hard task while you have children, yet he finished, which modeled working hard to my brother and me.  Now, Jeff and I have also embraced this motto of working hard and now tell our children that they can do anything that they want in this world, but they are going to have to work for it and not look for the easy road in life, and do so with a God mindset.  Sometimes the easy way seems faster to get from point A to point B, especially if there is a problem tied to it, but in the end, the results may not be what you were looking for.

   “There is a tendency throughout life to search for the easy answer to every problem.  We all search for Easy Street.  Well, I am told that it actually exists.  Just travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, and take the Pali Highway northbound.  Travel about a third of the way to the Pali Pass and turn right on Park Street.  Go one block and there it is:  “Easy Street.”  The problem comes when you turn left and go one block more.  There’s another sign that says “Dead End.”  Dead end–that’s what happens in life, too, whenever we think we’ve found the easy way.” (Michael Green)

    Sometimes taking the easy street isn’t always the fastest way either.  Once we get onto east street and wind up at the dead end, it may take longer for us to get back to where we were at the beginning, had we just done it the way that it was supposed to be done to begin with.  I encourage you, to not always look for the “easy street” in your life, for taking the “easy street”, may lead to a dead end.

Quote of the day:  John Ruskin

“The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 8:6

“You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hand; You have put all things under his feet.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes it can be easy to choose “Easy Street”, but I pray that to remember how grateful I am to You for not choosing “Easy Street” when you created me.  God, you are a God of order, and You do things in a perfect way, not an “Easy Street” way.  Although I can never be a perfect person, I know that I can choose what road to take and if not taking “Easy Street”, means that it is going to take my task a little longer, than so be it.  Father, thank You that You have taught me these life lessons.  I pray to continually teach my kids this important life lesson as well and that they too will embrace the ethics of working hard and not doing things the “Easy Street” way just because things may get hard, but through it, they too can appreciate all that You have blessed them with.

In Jesus Name I pray,


Funny Friday Picks, March 2008

Funny Friday Quote

water-lilies.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny Friday Quote:  Family

    “Years ago, my happy married life almost went on the rocks because of  the presence in the household of old uncle Buddy.  For twelve long years he lived with my wife and me, always crotchety, always demanding, always the first one at the table at mealtimes.  Finally, the old man caught double pneumonia and died.  On the way back from the cemetery, my wife told me that she had a confession to make.  “Darling” she said, “if I didn’t love you so much, I don’t think I could have stood having your uncle Buddy in the house all the time.”

    I stared at her aghast.  “My uncle Buddy!” I exclaimed.  “I thought he was your uncle Buddy!”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 89:1

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for such a blessed week!  I ask that You give us rest this weekend, and restore our minds and bodies from the busyness that the week brings forth.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,