Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today at 1:37pm

Dear Friends,
I very seldom ask you to call your representatives in Washington, D.C. but today, we need your help. Care Net was just made aware on Friday, June 26th, that a House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a bill containing President Obama’s proposal to gut the longstanding ban on taxpayer funding for abortion in the District of Columbia (D.C.). If the bill is passed and signed into law, free abortions will be available in our nation’s capital, which already has the nation’s highest abortion rate! In fact, there is nearly one abortion for every live birth. If this bill is passed, abortions in Washington, D.C. will skyrocket. Providing free abortions will only result in more abortions. And this from a President who claims to want to reduce abortion? Not only that, it will set a dangerous precedent for direct taxpayer funding of abortion. If it’s allowed in DC, what state or area is next?

But the good news is that Care Net has plans in the works for expanding pregnancy center support and life-affirming services in Washington, D.C.! Care Net is working with African American pastors and leaders in the area to plant a new pregnancy center in the heart of Washington, D.C. Currently, abortion providers in DC outnumber pregnancy centers at least six to one! But with more pregnancy centers, more women facing unplanned pregnancies will find the help and hope they need to choose life for their babies.

Will you join me in taking two action steps to promote and protect the unborn in our nation’s capital? 1. The House Financial Services Appropriations bill was approved (without the ban on DC abortion funding) by a voice vote in subcommittee on June 25th and is scheduled to be considered by the Full Appropriations Committee on July 7th at 7:00 pm EDT. • Please contact your Member of Congress today (contact information below). • Inform them you are calling in reference to the “House Financial Services Appropriations Bill.” • Urge them “to REINSTATE the ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in Washington, DC. and to OPPOSE final passage of the bill if the ban is not fully reinstated.”

EMAIL: To send an email to your Member of Congress, visit https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml and enter your state and zip code. You will then be directed to an email form. Enter the message above.

PHONE: Find out who your Member of Congress is by going to www.house.gov and entering your zip code in the upper left-hand side of the page. You will then see the name of your Member of Congress. Dial the Capitol Switchboard (1-202-224-3121) and ask for that Member’s office. Tell them the message above.

2. Please join Care Net in praying for new pregnancy centers to be planted in undeserved areas and specifically for the development of a new center in Washington, D.C. There are many who would seek to block our efforts but we are trusting God to accomplish great things! We’ll keep you updated as this project develops. Again, thank you for your ongoing friendship to Care Net. It’s such an encouragement to know you are standing with us. Together for Life, Melinda Delahoyde,President P.S. Check out the video of Congresswomen praising the work of pregnancy centers and opposing the DC abortion funding proposal!

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJGByaDsqEU) Praise God for their pro-life leadership!

John is 63 years old and owns his own business. He is a life-long Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year is now all but gone. With the stock market crashing and all the new taxes coming his way, John knows he will be working for a good number more years.

John has a Granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives a late model car, wears all the latest fashions, and also likes going out and eating out a lot. Ashley campaigned hard for Obama, and after he won the election she made sure her Grandfather (and all other Republican family members) received more than an earful on how the world is going to be a much better place now that Obama won the election.

Ashley recently found herself short of cash and cannot pay her bills, again. As she has done many other times in the past, she e-mailed her Grandfather asking for some financial help. Here is his reply:

Dear Ashley,
I am replying to your request for more money. Ashley, you know I love you dearly and am sympathetic to your financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election of President Obama, your Grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold new economic plan of our own....the 'Ashley Economic Plan'. Let me explain. Your grandmother and I are highly productive, wage-earning tax payers. As you know, we have lived a comfortable life and in return have forgone many things like fancy vacations, luxury cars, etc. We have worked hard and were looking forward to retiring soon. But this plan has changed. Your president is significantly raising our personal and business taxes. He says it is so he can give our hard earned money to other people.. Do you know what this means, Ashley? It means less income for us. Less income means we must cut back on many business and personal expenditures. One example is, we were forced to let go of our receptionist today. You know her. She always gave you candy when you visited my office. Did you know she worked for us for the past 18 years? I can't afford her anymore.

That is a taste of the business side. Some personal economic affects of Obama's new taxation policies include none other than you. You know very well that over the years your grandmother and I have given you thousands of dollars in cash, tuition assistance, food, housing, clothing, gifts, etc., etc. By your vote, you have chosen another family over ours for help.

Judging from your Email requesting more money, I recommend you call 202-456-1111. That is the direct telephone number for the White House. You yourself repeatedly told me I was foolish to vote Republican. You said Mr. Obama is going to be the people's president and is going to help every American live a better life. Based upon everything you have told me and things we heard from him as he campaigned, I am sure Mr. Obama will be happy to send a check or transfer money into your checking account. Have him call me for the transaction and account numbers, which by now I know by heart.

Perhaps you now can understand what I have been saying for all my life: those who vote for the president should consider what the impact of an election will be on the nation as a whole, and not just be concerned with what they can get for themselves (welfare, etc.). What Obama voters don't seem to realize is all of the "government's" money he is 'redistributing' to illegal aliens and non-taxpaying Americans (deemed "less fortunate") comes from tax money collected from income t ax-paying families.. Remember how you told me, "Only the richest of the rich will be affected"? Guess what, honey? Because of our business, your Grandmother and I are now considered to be the richest of the rich. On paper, it might look that way. But in the real world, we are far from it. But, as you said while campaigning for Obama, some people will have to carry more of the burden so all of America can prosper. You understand what that means, right? It means that raising taxes on productive people results in them having less money. Less money for everything, including granddaughters.

Congratulations on your choice for "change". For future reference, I encourage you to attempt to add up the total value of the gifts and money you've received from us over the years, and compare it to what you expect to get over the next four years from Mr. Obama.

Remember, we love you dearly... But from now on you'll need to call the number referenced above when you need help.

Good luck, sweetheart.
Love, Grandpa

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Please pray

This request comes from Amrita:

"Please pray for a Hindu convert named Kishen. He has a young family. Kishen is suffering from throat cancer. He's had chemo and now is under going radiation therapy. There are ulcers in his throat , he cannot swallow. Pray his faith may be strong, his family 's too."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A few more ....

Friday, June 26, 2009

These two churches sit across the street from each other ...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I'm looking for anyone who might know the Long family. I believe they attend Metro South Church here in MI. Please reply to this if you know them.
Thank you.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I copied this from Amrita's blog, written June 17; please pray for the needs of her sister Namrita that are given here:

"Since the past one week Namrita has been having severe migraines.She cannot cope without painkillers.She has a slight swelling on her head too.A doctor said it could be an injury which she concurredas a child and is now resurfacing.She feels very weak and ill.Cannot bear noise .She has to go to Guwahati in Assamfor MRI tests and consultation witha neurologist.She will travel with her husband on Sunday.The proceedings will begin on Monday.My dear baby sister has had many struggles of her own.Her name means "gentleness" which is included in Gal. 5 fruit of the Spirit list. Namrita is an excellent home maker and teacher, very much loved and respected in her community and school. Pray for healing, correct medical intervention, spiritual comfort and strength".

Cathy Hill is still in the hospital. Experiencing severe headaches and numbness in her arms. Doctor's aren't sure what's going on. Also, her father, J.C. Ramey, died early this morning. Please pray for the family.

Me...I'm doing better, thank the good Lord. I went this morning to check on my Mom, came home & had some lunch & took a nap. I'm still not to where I'd like to be, but the pain isn't as severe as earlier this week. Thank you all for praying.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Please pray for Wanda B and her son Mike. Mike has Huntington's disease and was overly agitated with his Mom today. She's very upset and not sure if the illness is progressing quicker than expected.

Also pray for Don and Don, father and son. Don Jr is about 60 years old and worked with my husband. His kidneys are failing and he was hospitalized all last week. Just yesterday his father, Don Sr had a massive stroke.

And pray for my sister Kay & her husband Mike. They have to have their dog put down this afternoon and they're very upset. They've had this dog for 12 years.

I'll update me later. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Not feeling well .... fatigue, PAIN, moodiness, anxiety ... depression due to fatigue & pain & moodiness & anxiety ... oh this getting older is tough going some days. Supposed to go to a wedding shower this Saturday but if this persists I don't think I can. Simply too tired and in too much pain from fibromyalgia right now. Due to some long-term 'good days' I had forgotten how debilitating this stuff is.
Praying for Sara ... that all goes well tomorrow in surgery land.
Blessings to you all. I must go to bed.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Please pray for Cathy Hill, wife of Pastor Gary Hill. She's in the hospital and testing is being done to determine if she's had a stroke. She's experiencing some paralysis also.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Please pray for Amon & Pearl Rabon, friends of my Mom's. Mr. Rabon is scheduled to have ear surgery and his wife Pearl is experiencing severe itching and rash on her legs.

Also, their niece Martha will be having open heart surgery tomorrow, Friday, June 12.

Thank you!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Me again. Like, who else would it be???

Just wanted to let you know I saw the speech therapist yesterday; she's a very nice doctor and I like her. She did a thorough medical history and put me through some testing and her final diagnosis is that I'm doing everything right ... I don't smoke, don't drink, I'm not a screamer or a shouter and I don't work in a toxic environment. Then why am I experiencing hoarseness? Because, as she said, 49 years of having Asthma, coughing to beat the band and asthma medications have caused damage that can't be repaired. Where I am right now with my voice is about as good as it gets.

I will see her again, she has some techniques she wants me to learn so I can make the best use of my voice when I do speak. I still can't yell or whisper; can't try to talk over background noise (none of these things are good for anyone by the way ... the Dr. said so). Since my lung capacity is reduced it affects my vocal cords and my speech ... only makes sense when you think about it. No air, no voice.

The good Dr. said that our vocal cords are expected to give us a voice well into our 80's and 90's. Then she got quiet and I said "If I live that long, I may not have a voice, right?" And she shook her head Yes. Frankly I don't know that any of us will be around in our 80's and 90's the way this world is going. Hopefully we'll all be Home in 20 years ... or even sooner for all we know.

I emailed the lady I co-teach with and told her I won't be teaching any longer. I simply can't do it. She was very understanding and very concerned for me. I did tell her I'll do my best to help her behind the scenes. Like keeping the bulletin boards updated, taking photos and doing any Internet research she needs done. She was more than grateful for that. In a way it's a relief to know I don't have to prepare lessons, but it's also sad to deal with the reason why. I must find the joy in this and trust the good Lord will meet each need as it arises.

The Dr. yesterday asked where I was born. I told her in a small community back in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. She smiled and said "Oh, you must speak! You have stories to tell!" I never thought of that, but I do have stories to tell and one way or another, I shall get them out there. We all have stories to tell and using this blog is one great way to share them.

I shall close for tonight. I am tired. The fibromyalgia kicked in on Sunday and I still ain't up to where I'd like to be energy wise. Hopefully that will change for the better soon.

Blessings to you all.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We're adding Sara to our prayer list friends. Her surgery will be either June 17 or June 24.
To learn more about this, go to her site on my Friends list.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wanted to let you know that my Mom's neighbor JoAnn died Saturday night. She had been in the hospital and in a great deal of pain and asked her daughter to 'let her go'.

Thank you to all who prayed for her.
Okay, guess what. Can't guess? Well then I'll tell ya.

I've been having recurring hoarseness since December when I had laryngitis for 31 days .. remember? Anyway, I was concerned and got a referral to see a throat specialist. The appointment was this morning and after looking at my vocal cords (kinda cool how they do that ... spray a numbing solution into one side of your nose, then put a l...o...n....g tube thru the nose and down to the vocal cords) ... not bad at all.

The camera showed that I have irritation on a portion of the right cord and some damage on the base of both cords; plus, when I speak the cords don't touch. When we talk the vocal cords are supposed to vibrate & touch each other ... mine don't. Hmmmm.

Doctor J thinks the irritation is caused by asthma medication and also thinks I may have 'silent acid reflux' ... never heard of it but I'm now taking medication for it. I have to see a speech therapist on Monday for an evaluation, take the med's, and see the dr. again in 6 weeks. In the meantime I can't whisper and I can't shout. I'm not to talk excessively and I'm not supposed to try and talk over back ground noise, like television, lawn mowers, children or dogs. If possible I'm to make eye contact with the person I'm talking to and keep my voice at an even level. Also, I can't do my class at church for at least a month. I talked with my co-teacher this evening and she was completely understanding and sympathetic. I had hoped to ease out of the class, but not this way.

I am hoarser than usual right now because of the scope being down my throat. And once again I'm finding silence isn't such a bad thing. I am also grateful that I can type and use the blog as my voice again.

Wonder what all I'm supposed to learn this time? I'll keep you posted.

Me and my long-time friend Glenda ... this photo was taken at my friend's Mom's house yesterday afternoon. I went to see them again and took the photos I had taken on Saturday. Glenda & her husband left this morning, going back to Kentucky. I love this lady a lot. Of course, I care for all her sisters but I have a special relationship with Glenda.

I learned yesterday that almost all of Glenda's sisters are going to church and that one nephew was baptized and became a member of a local church last year. What a blessing! James was also there yesterday and gave me a grin and said "Hi" when he came in. Such a sweet child.

As I was leaving yesterday I thought "If I never see you again on this earth Glenda, I will see you again in heaven" ... I'm so thankful for that blessing.