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As I was looking back through our picture files, there are so many pictures of the children that have touched my life, mostly from First Baptist Plainview. Most have graduated and are off living their adult lives. I try to keep up with a lot of them. Some I see occasionally, some I've lost contact with, but they are all holding a place in my heart and allow me precious memories. I could post hundreds of pictures of great times!

This picture is a really fun one.

 

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Jesus loves the children.

 


Harmony

 

“It takes the black keys and the white keys both to make perfect harmony.” - Benny Goodman, The King of Swing's reply to when he was asked as to why he had an integrated band. Long, long ago, about 4th grade, I read this quote, and it has been in my heart for all these years. Creating harmony can't be done alone. 

On Friday, Juneteenth, a group of Plainview residents will come together to have a dialogue on social justice. It will be held outside of Dreams Entertainment right off of 6th and Columbia Streets at 7 PM. Here is the schedule:

 

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Paul McCartney wrote, Ebony and Ivory, and I remember as a teen thinking how powerful these words are and also not fully understanding them.

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?
 
We all know that people are the same wherever you go
There is good and bad in ev'ryone
We learn to live when we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive, together alive
 
Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?
 
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, ooh
 
We all know that people are the same wherever you go
There is good and bad in ev'ryone
We learn to live when we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive, together alive
 
Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?
 
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
 
In the Word, I read Romans 2:11, For God shows no partiality.
 
1 Corinthians 14:26, What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
 
Ephesians 4:2-3, With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
 
Philippians 2:3, Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
 
James 1:19-20, My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
 
 
The Golden rule is what my parents instilled in me that I carry with me and try to remember in every circumstance, "Treat others how you want to be treated." 
 
As I have prepared to attend this important meeting, I have studied, listened, learned, watched, asked questions, and prayed, as God flipped the lightbulb switch on to the beginning of understanding in my mind and heart. I am ready to listen to our panel of key Plainview people and hear local citizen's questions that will begin our progress of understanding as we build relationships, set goals, and partner fully as a community.
 
Jesus loves the little children of the word, Red, Yellow, Black and White (and colors in between) Jesus loves the little children of the world. 
 
Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." 

Umbrella

 

We almost needed an umbrella today because we had a little shower. Speaking of umbrellas, we woke up to this today...

 

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A metal support plate broke off and there it went! It wasn't even windy overnight. It was fine at 10:15 last evening. I guess the week's wind just did a toll on it. It was new this season and I love this particular umbrella. I'm sad!!!

 

On another note...this stuff is good. I got the first bottle on a trip to Mineral Wells. Forget the water, I had to order a 2nd bottle of this. One of my health helps.

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I enjoy prisms and how the light reflects off of them.

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Do you see it on the grass? Last night there were little rainbows all over the back yard!!!

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Small Blessings

 

Yesterday I started cleaning out my closet. I needed to go through and get rid of things I was not wearing and allow someone else to enjoy them. Today, I finished this project. I came across a couple of things that brought back sweet memories.

The first is a hanger cover that Karen Rogers, a friend, and Theta sister, made me many, many, years ago. It hangs over this black sequin jacket to protect it. 

 

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These yarn wrapped hangers I first made in Girl Scouts. I learned a lot in the Girl Scout program. From then, through the years. I made more, and my mother made them, too. I have about 20 of these, my mom's and mine. 

The closet is done, and it was a sweet time of knowing I'm blessed, even in small blessings!

 


Candles

 

How many times did you blow out all of the candles on the first try? How many times did you blow spit all over the cake trying to blow them out? How many times did your wish come true?

 

Clinton is six in this picture. It looks like he is blowing right down the middle while unlit candles await. Maybe he is simply practicing while he waits. This is such a sweet picture.

 

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High School

 

From time to time I will jump on Ancestry.com and look at our family trees. I leave pretty quickly because it is very overwhelming to me. I want to share these pictures of my mom from high school.

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1946 ...

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1947 ...

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1948 ...

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Me in high school. I don't ever see that we look anything alike. I wish I had her curls, her skin, her eyebrows, and her smile!

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Sweep

 

Do you remember the car broom? We have one still. I remember my parents using this to sweep out the floorboards of the car.

 

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The term "sweep something under the rug" means to conceal something embarrassing, damaging, or unpleasant, that you don't want other people to know about, i.e., like sweeping dust under a rug, how embarrassing, right?

In today's instant media gratification addicted world that is a blessing and a curse, sweeping or keeping something hidden is not possible in many instances. Most situations should work their way through spiritual healing without worldly interference. There are things, though, that should be brought into light for evaluation to protect humanity. The same spiritual nature should be the foundation of the process, with conversations that allow for each spirit to feel respected and protected through informative dialogue with the goal of unity.

I am not of this world, but run the race as a follower of Jesus Christ. In Galatians 3:28, I place my trust, There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

I am the hands and feet of Christ.