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Do you have a dog?


 

If you do be prepared to have your home owners insurance revoked.

Also no back yard trampolines, pool diving boards or slides. Forget those swing sets your children love to swing on. Either they won’t write you a policy or cancel it after they have taken your money.

7 years in this house with a pool and never an issue with writing a homeowners policy, until now. Why? Money.

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If you want a good laugh, spend some time shopping around to hear what insurance agents will ask you. From my experience, most companies are more concerned about that yappy or very large dog positioning themselves to guard your front yard than the brick front steps one could easily fall on breaking their neck. They don’t charge extra for dangerous steps, just dogs.

Yes, this is really happening folks.

Part of my job in this household is finances. My husband can account for my penny-pinching inherited trait that has paid off more times than I can count. So when we received a home-owners renewal policy in January that a rate hike had kicked in within one year I decided to look around.  In the last 12 months SC policies jumped 12%.

Sorry to say even the agent who tried so hard to find us a great policy has now been placed on a complaint list. He was excellent. We had a great, fun conversation and he wrote us a dream policy. Arrowhead Insurance had no problem taking my money on January 15th; the entire premium in one transaction only to write me a rather nasty letter with an ultimatum.

No apology or “let’s talk about this.  “No chit chat.” (James Bond: Goldeneye)

After a strange inspector shows up a few weeks ago I receive a cancellation notice Tuesday due to our pool slide.  Never mind the locked fence around the pool; they want the scary slide gone.

The option given was we remove this 2000$ slide, send them a photo that it is removed and they would reinstate us. After speaking to “Mary” at Arrowhead I knew I didn’t want them to keep our money anyway.

Hours of phone conversations between the agents company and the provider, we are simply stuck in the middle. For the record the slide will remain.

An investigation into the conversation between me and the agent is in progress. If he asked about a slide I would have told him we have one. He wouldn’t have written a policy knowing Arrowhead was an arrowhead.  This particular agent had a good record of writing insurance. I was told he would now be reprimanded; they would work within to repair the damage. So much for helping me find another policy and/or the difference in price it may cost us.

Sorry, sorry, sorry were the words from the woman in the complaint department. Sorry, but that doesn’t pay for this debacle and the extra wasted time I am having to put forth to be an excellent customer.  I guess being excellent counts for nothing these days. (LOL)maxicat08

It may come down to insurance companies revoking home owners for their disgraceful, mean spirited, biting cats. If they knew ours I’m sure they wouldn’t consider writing our policy.

The moral to this story is don’t get a dog.

Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.”

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Are you playing offense?


 

Think about this.

You are dangling from a very high cliff. The ground below is pure rock. Falling would be your demise. Would you be thinking about the idiot who tried to run you off the road the day before?baby

You are lying in the hospital sick as a dog. The pain is so bad you can’t move. Would you be thinking about the hateful words your best friend spoke to you the week before?

Your fun day at the zoo was ruined by a bad fall. Not only did you break your leg, observers laughed at your clumsiness. Would you be thinking about how it hurt your feelings they made fun of you while you are laid up?

The moral here is we take offense at the least little thing these days. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty and life’s hardships, those insulting provocations become trivial. It’s a matter of a wrong perspective along with an attitude of arrogance.feelings

Our society has become a haven for “rights” or “causes.”

Ingrained is a sense of what belongs to “me” and no one else can touch it. Possession is 9/10th’s of the law or so it says but when that possession becomes an obsession, harm prevails and someone is bound to get hurt.

Whatever happened to sharing? Many prefer fighting over ridiculous frivolity to get their picture on youtube or the local newspaper.  The heck with being nice, it doesn’t get you on national TV with your own show….That requires rioting, protesting and killing. Of course the media thrives on shocking the audience all in the name of ratings. And better ratings means more money……

The game of “offensiveness” has become daily rhetoric for the sake of getting attention or filing law suits. Court dockets are full of cases that should be thrown out or never have happened in the first place. Crooked lawyers are making money promoting such court antics.

No matter the reason, society is on the offense; in other words, “how dare anyone say or do anything to hurt me.” Even our leaders are self-centered cowards when it comes to getting their precious feelings hurt.

Well, get over it.

Ask the women and children in Iraq about pain.

Ask those who live without clean water everyday what they are thinking about?

Ask those who have lost loved ones in war what they deal with every day?

Ask Jesus how it felt when he died on the cross for you.

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Un-existence


 

The practicality of pursuing evil is simply unpractical. Besides the trouble it causes the evil doer it also affects many others.  In many cases unfortunately, it can lead to a very hot and miserable un-existence.

A point being is you would think after centuries of repeat performances by the Herod’s of the world, those who indulge such folly would wake up and walk out of the fire. Realizing it doesn’t work has been done over and over.  So why are so many still trying?mlk

They believe they can out-do Herod, Hitler or Putin?

They don’t believe the Bible?

It couldn’t possibly be they are stubborn and prideful could it?

Or power-hungry and selfish?

Maybe they’re just…….

We know what happened to Herod and Hitler.  Putin……..….is a walking time bomb.

Refusing to read, much less believe God’s word is willful negligence and worthy of a life sentence without it.

Ill-gotten gain of anything is a gamble. It’s like telling the slot machine you’re going to play until you run out of money? Duh….

For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” (Luke 8:17-18 ESV)

Years of my own ignorance to the truth prompted me to begin the search. At least I was practical enough to realize how often I was making a fool out of myself. Don’t get me wrong here I still have a longggggggggggggggggg way to go but I am not where I was.

Many don’t see the fool the enemy is making out of them. Evil does that. Beyond sinning against God you would think the incentive to stop looking stupid would be enough to want to change it. Considering the sinister events people are pursuing these days evidence proves many would prefer pride over righteousness. Well, we know where that leads.

The ultimate life by those who deem to be right over the truth is a sign of an earthly un-existence.

My father always said, “if you’re gonna play with fire, you will get burned.”1910168_702594429788689_6382289769666630879_n

The earthly un-existence may end up in an extended one. Literally.
In other words wise-up!


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A Scrabbling Witness


 

If you read my posts at all you will discover I love words. Give me English and Spelling over Math and Science any day. You would be sorry if you ask me to add or subtract.words

Words are powerful. Jesus is the word in the flesh. My admiration for the “written word” may have arisen out of my love for reading but also because words are descriptive in nature; beholding of meaning and can make or break nations.

God works brilliantly in our depths of despair. Maybe He was tired of my moaning and groaning unable to do anything for myself much less anyone else. He prompted me to look for a “Scrabble” game on my phone. This moment of enlightenment gave me the incentive to search. Hence, the games began.

You would think by now I would know of God’s elusive creativity better than I do. However he is always full of surprises if for no other reason but to send me off on a “Yellow Brick road” discovery.

Then God spoke.

“Even in your so-called useless state, I can still use you. Scrabble will become a witness to my Glory.”

And so it has.

Even as I have played this exciting, word game over and over I question myself,

“Is this a waste of my time?”

During the course of the last few months I have connected with other “word fanatics” from all over the world. India, Texas, the North east and Australia to name a few. Through this game God has opened communication between me and my opponents to share the gospel, encourage and one case give a prophetic word.

There are those who choose to use a “vile vocabulary.”

In those instances it gives me great joy to display words such as “God,” peace, love, sin, grace or joy! Immediately the tone of the game changes even without a dialogue. The game itself becomes the witness.

A farmer plants seeds to grow crops.calm

Scrabble has allowed me to plant seeds of words to create a harvest.

Go figure.

Acts 1:8


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History Repeating Itself?


 

Listening to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, I realized I had never sat through an entire Presidential State of the Union Address. Why?bibi

Boring. Same ole’ same ole’. People falling asleep. 

So this was a first for me. The Halls of Congress for once kept me waiting for his next words.

Rather sad isn’t it? It took a foreign leader to get my attention.

Yet, this man is no ordinary leader. I believe he is called by God for such a time as this.

He possesses the qualities of a leader; firm, fearless, factual. His charismatic personality roared through the air like a lion. (Katy Perry) His stance was nothing short of a man sure of his position and beliefs. His words carried an olive branch with a sword attached.

Ignoring the political rhetoric here was a behind the scenes methodology of God.

Kim Clement prophesied in 2010 that Benjamin Netanyahu would one day stand before the Joint sessions of Congress and speak to the world.

The Jewish Festival of Purim landed at this time he was speaking. He referred to it in his speech. Queen Esther put her life on the line to save the Jewish people from the evil, conniving Haman. Ancient Persia where this occurred is today modern Iran. History repeating itself?

But what of the outcome?

Mordecai, Esther’s cousin and leader of the Jews angered Haman by refusing to bow to him. Hhhhhhmmmmmmm……..

Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear?

Mordecai spoke to Congress Tuesday. He did not and has not bowed down to the evil confronting his homeland nor has he bowed to our government. In fact, he determined that if we would not listen, Israel would go it alone.

I wonder if Speaker Boehner has any idea the part he played in this story.Speech

Esther broke protocol. She was not allowed into the King’s court without his invitation. But she approached him anyway putting herself in danger for the mission. He accepted her request I think because he was so curious.

Speaker Boehner asked the Prime Minister to come and speak; not the President. He broke protocol for the mission. And by the crowd I would say it was the right thing to do.

My conclusion of this historical, Biblical meeting is the same outcome as it was for the Jews  during Esther’s time.

God will preserve his people.

God will (is) expose(ing) those who do not support his people.

God will bring the truth to the forefront punishing those who do not support his people.

And like Esther and Mordecai’s belief in God stood and faced the devil, God received the glory.

History all over again.

 

And one more little note where God tied in a treat to the Prime Minister’s speech. 

What happened 84 years ago from March 3?


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Keep Calm and Happy


 

Yeah right.

How long have I been on this journey?

The Bible is full of words about keeping peace all the time. First we have to learn how to get it to begin with.

It sounds so easy; it sounds so cliché; it sounds like a joke.journey

But it isn’t. God ordains peace and goes as far as giving it to us as a means of a reward for seeking him.  What?

So why is it the more I seek him the more chaotic my life is? My list is too long to write. And I admit a total failure in the realm of finding God’s peace yet I want it more than anything.

Inner peace with God is fully trusting him no matter what happens. Striving to trust him completely is the understanding we face death every day. In other words, be ready.

We have to get to the end of ourselves; letting go and letting God with everything.

The mention of losing control is the ultimate in realizing God is in control. We really don’t have much control; we have been fooled into believing we are. Yet the battle gets better when we do understand the loss of control because it is the beginning of inner peace with God.

It’s like asking the question, “Who do you run to when you have no other option?” As if God is a last resort……

My lack of control over my circumstances this past year brought me to a place with God I had never been before. That place of understanding He was my hope. My only hope.

Yea, maybe in the back of my bewildered mind I knew it, but actually applying it? Well, that is another story altogether.

I am guessing for most people we don’t think about it until we are in the position where we have no other option but God; can’t do anything about our circumstances or the control we thought we laid claim to never really existed. “False security?”

Yep. For the sake of trying to keep it together, our minds devise instruments of security to ward off the unknowing fear of the truth. The truth is God protects us from more than we know. What better reason to put our faith and trust only in Him?

Isaiah 54:17 describes it perfectly.

But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.

In other words God gifts us with his peace and security as we triumph over oppression.

How many people would rather get a car? Or a trip or a boat?

Not me. I want peace.

 

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