frans friday forum: NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 01/08/15 11:17 PM
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
What would I like to see change in 2015...???
Fewer taxes, more income, smaller government, real healthcare reform, humane and just immigration policy, better border security, a bipartisan Congress, judicious use of our God given natural resources, neighborly love, higher moral standards, school vouchers, good jobs for everyone, more help for the less fortunate among us, simpler living, more time to read, a thankful heart...
AW HECK.......I CAN GO ON AND ON...BUT...
Feel free to add your own in the comments section below...!!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND A PROSPEROUS
frans friday forum: Fran's First Friday Forum For '15...GETTING CAUGHT UP...!!!
- 01/02/15 06:49 AM
OK.......I must admit...the last two weeks have found me ‘idly’ getting caught up on my reading...
I mostly read non-fiction and mostly spiritual classics...
Over the years I’ve gotten tired of SEARCHING for something worthwhile to read...NOW I usually only read HIGHLY RECOMMENDED books...!!!
In the spirit of true TRANSPARENCY (not the kind promised by politicians), I’ll share what I have been reading these past two weeks:
PRAYER OF THE WARRIOR...by MICHAEL H. BROWN...If you’re not sure evil exists (and are brave and strong in your faith in God) try this one...!!!
LIFE, LIBERTY AND
frans friday forum: TWAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/25/14 10:29 PM
TWAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS...!!!
Twas the day after Christmas
When all through the place,
Not a creature was stirring
Twas the end of the race...
No more packages to wrap,
All hectic time gone
Tis Jesus we exalt
Him and Him alone.
Let us recall these next twelve days
That Christmas is a season
With Jesus’ birth the reason
And celebrate joy very pleasin’.
Now bid you I must
In the still of this morn
Merry Christmas to all
Now that Jesus is born...!!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AS YOU CARRY THE SPIRIT OF
frans friday forum: GREETING THE SEASON...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/18/14 09:25 PM
One of the more popular expressions of greeting we hear this time of year is “SEASON’S GREETINGS”...Of course, WE CHRISTIANS prefer “MERRY CHRISTMAS”...BUT...
Including our brother and sister Jews, Muslims, and even atheists in a wish for BLESSINGS FROM OUR LORD by the use of SEASON’S GREETINGS is admirable...
That’s NOT where I’m going with this post, however...!!!
Is it me, or am I just imagining, that there seem to be many family members, friends, business associates, etc., walking around grouchy, irritable, and grumbling...
THIS IS NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON...!!!
Before you wish someone
frans friday forum: MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/11/14 09:23 PM
It was last Monday, December 8, in Roman Catholicism the Feast of The Immaculate Conception, when, while at Mass, I happened to notice well to my left, in a pew way in the back, a young lady carrying a little boy dressed in blue and about 5 months old...
I kept watching the boy, all the while listening to the readings and prayers at Mass, and I couldn’t help but notice how the boy would raise his arms, clap his hands, and express joy in his countenance, seemingly in tune with what was going on at the Mass...
frans friday forum: TIME TO RETREAT AGAIN...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!!
- 12/04/14 10:16 PM
Yes...It’s that time of year again...!!!
Our annual weekend men’s retreat at Malvern Retreat House...!!!
Suffice it to say we (some of my sons, grandson and I) use this time to draw closer to OUR LORD JESUS and His CHURCH FAMILY...!!!
We will pray for our friends and family members, particularly the ones we know may have special needs and hurts...
And we will include everyone with whom we come into contact in business, school, or socially, to be touched by the merciful and just HAND OF GOD...
Of course, we will share some fine
frans friday forum: BLACK FRIDAY RAMBLE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 11/27/14 10:45 PM
Still feeling the effects of a Great Thanksgiving meal and TRYPTOPHAN...
An Eagles thumping of the Cowboys in the ‘house that Jerry built’ while enjoying a medley of Thanksgiving desserts surrounded by 15 other family members including ONE cowboy fan (my wife) topped off a fantastic THANKSGIVING DAY...!!!
I think I heard it said that a Dallas defeat is sometimes more exalting than an Eagles victory...!!!
The hosts, Jason & Megan, my son and great daughter in law did a fantastic job at their first HOLIDAY HOSTING...!!!
Of course the tiniest ones remained the center of attraction
frans friday forum: PRESIDENT OR MR. IRRELEVANT...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 11/13/14 10:03 PM
All you fellow NFL football fans out there are probably familiar with the title ‘MR. IRRELEVANT’, traditionally given to the last selection in the final round of the annual NFL draft...
I’m not going to explore the many nuances as a result of this player selection...
Suffice it to say that ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ will probably make little if any impact on the success of his new team...!!!
I wonder if, in light of the recent election, President Obama now falls into the category of ‘MR. IRRELEVANT’...
Of course, if our President is truly the narcissistic, self centered
frans friday forum: OVERANALYZING ELECTION RESULTS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 11/06/14 10:40 PM
It is very tiring listening to the various media outlets and their attempts to explain the recent election results...THE ANSWER:
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been praying for some time now for THE LORD to alter the course of our nation...
SIMPLY STATED...I believe many others can say they have been doing the same...AND...we know from Scripture that A FEW SERIOUS PRAYERS can drastically change the course of history...
NO.......History can’t be changed... but events in history can be be shaped by prayer...!!!
NO.......God doesn’t CHANGE HIS MIND...but He knows in advance that that there
frans friday forum: OLD BOOKS DON'T LIE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/31/14 12:12 AM
Last week, at a local flea market, I was able to pick up a book originally priced at $10.95 for the amazing sale price of $.50 cents...
The book, LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, by PEGGY NOONAN, best selling author and former speechwriter for Presidents Reagan and Bush (the elder), was copyrighted in 1994...and for that reason...
Could be analyzed for TRUTH AND WISDOM when tested against all the history that has transpired SINCE 1994...i.e. Clinton’s second term re election, ‘MONICA’ affair and subsequent impeachment, Al Gore/George W. Bush and ‘the hanging chads’, 911, Obama, Obamacare, economic
frans friday forum: THANK GOD FOR LIBERALS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/23/14 10:47 PM
RELAX my conservative friends...I have not done a ‘BELLY FLOP’...
NO...It merely dawned on me that if it were not for the liberals all around us, we conservatives would find it harder to BE SURE WE ARE RIGHT...!!!
A quick mental list of LIBERAL VALUES (if you can call them that), assures most of us conservatives WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK...
In fact, even the word ‘LIBERAL’ with the insertion of a simple letter ’E’ becomes a truism for the ‘LIEBERAL AGENDA’...
Moreover, it is incredible that anyone trying hard to promote traditional American Judeo-Christian values
frans friday forum: QUIET TIME WITH GOD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/17/14 12:13 AM
Last Lent I spent a little time each morning with a booklet designed to help reflect on the true meaning of LENT and enhance one’s lenten devotions...
It only took a few minutes to read the printed material in the booklet which usually centered on a short Scripture passage and a simple reflection and comment by various authors...but the editor always ended each reflection with the expression, “SPEND SOME QUIET TIME WITH THE LORD”...!!!
Of course after a 40 day regimen of of this format, I found myself carrying over that mantra, “SPEND SOME QUIET TIME WITH THE LORD”,
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...CHRIST'S BODY, THE CHURCH...!!!
- 10/09/14 10:55 PM
A week ago today my youngest son, JARED, center for the DANIEL BOONE H.S. football team, was blind sided, hit from behind, and received a severe Whiplash injury...
Lying still on the field, face down, for about 15 minutes, all the while being attended to by a capable trainer, an orthopedic doctor, and several adept EMTs, Jared was then transported to The READING HOSPITAL TRAUMA UNIT...
My wife and I were VERY FEARFUL PARENTS...BUT...
Hindsight reveals that, from the first moment of being injured, He was constantly surrounded by caring coaches, loving teammates, and hundreds of THE BOONE
frans friday forum: ABSOLUTELY RELATIVE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 10/03/14 12:03 AM
The above topic sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo...doesn’t it...???
Maybe, just maybe, it may provide a clue as to why our world seems to be so turbulent and topsy turvy today...
If you’re reading this and you don’t agree with my implication of the present condition of the world.......get out of your easy chair and have another one of those ‘mind soothing’ cocktails...!!!
If I had to define my political ideology it would probably be ABSOLUTELY CONSERVATIVE, though I could vote for a moderate candidate who seemed ABSOLUTELY MORALLY RESPONSIBLE...
In a world trying to
frans friday forum: BROTHERHOOD FROM SEA TO SEA...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/26/14 04:22 AM
I hear many these days deploring the present condition of the world...
But, that is life.......never a straight line journey but a series of mountains and valleys...!!!
Now...if you choose, you can dwell on the tough times, the turbulence, the steep ascents and descents ahead...or you can stop for a moment, stand back, and admire the MOSAIC OF LIFE...and acknowledge even further the CLOSENESS OF THE LORD TO ALL OF HIS CREATION...
Such were probably the thoughts in the mind of the writer of 'AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL' (Katharine Lee Bates) when she described our BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY as the
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...HOW TO DEAL WITH TERRORISM...!!!
- 09/18/14 11:58 PM
Most Americans that I know are struggling with the question posed in the above topic...
Clearly, there are no simple solutions...BUT...
If we go to the source of all knowledge and wisdom and seek help...HELP IS SURE TO COME...IN FACT, IF WE ARE PERSISTENT IN PRAYER, HELP IS ALREADY ON THE WAY...!!!
Don’t expect ME to offer solutions which even military, political, and social experts have found difficult and complicated...BUT...
I would like to pose A FEW IDEAS OF MY OWN...some, I think are wise, and some are simply the thoughts of a peace loving, but confused
frans friday forum: THE 'GAME' BLAME...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/11/14 11:21 PM
Anyone who knows me knows how much I DETEST ‘THE BLAME GAME’...!!!
Blaming is COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE...!!!
Jesus said, ‘LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE’ when The Pharisees and Scribes tried to trap Him by asking Him how He would deal with a woman accused of prostitution...!!!
THE FIRST STONE is B L A M E...and what constructive purpose does ‘BLAME’ provide when confronted with ANY problem...
Jesus was MORE CONCERNED FOR THE WOMAN and the danger her lifestyle presented to her ULTIMATE HEALTH...THUS...
He cut to the chase and sent her
frans friday forum: RENDER TO CAESAR...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 09/05/14 12:56 AM
We have heard repeated many times the word’s of Jesus from Scripture, “...Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God’s...”
Do these words imply that everything is either God’s or Caesar’s.......what about US...does anything belong to US...???
I say yes...I think that Jesus was comparing ‘GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY’ with ‘DIVINE AUTHORITY’...If we resist the urge to take Scripture out of context and try to understand the implications that Jesus was trying to teach to the audience He was speaking to, by nature of His gift to us of FREE WILL, we should
frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...KEEPING 'ICE' HOT...!!!
- 08/22/14 12:11 AM
If, by now, you haven’t heard of the ‘ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE’ I’ll wait a few seconds while you exit your cave...!!!
OK.......To raise awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and increase donations to this worthy cause...some brilliant mind(s) came up with ‘THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE’...NOW...In the short space of this post, I’m going to assume everyone reading this is aware of the challenge and how it works...if not DO SOME GOOGLING, FACEBOOKING, and/or YOUTUBING and you’ll soon understand...
Several family members and friends have already been ‘TAGGED’ for the challenge and I have heard that contributions to the ALS
frans friday forum: WOUNDED HEALERS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
- 08/15/14 02:02 AM
As I sit here trying to put out a meaningful post, my thoughts keep turning to the World and all its present problems...and if I kept dwelling on these thoughts IT WOULD BE OVERWHELMING...
SO.......In times like this, when the torrents seem to be flooding down on us, I distract myself with THOUGHTS OF THE LORD AND HIS KINGDOM PROMISES...e.g. COME TO ME all you who are heavy burdened and I WILL REFRESH YOU...OR...ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD with those who LOVE HIM and are CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE...
WE ARE ‘WOUNDED HEALERS’...IMPERFECT SINNERS, WE CHRISTIANS,