frans friday forum: BROTHERHOOD FROM SEA TO SEA...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 09/26/14 11:22 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 … (0 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...HOW TO DEAL WITH TERRORISM...!!! - 09/19/14 06:58 AM
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 … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: THE 'GAME' BLAME...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 09/12/14 06:21 AM
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 … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: RENDER TO CAESAR...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 09/05/14 07:56 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 … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...KEEPING 'ICE' HOT...!!! - 08/22/14 07:11 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 … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: WOUNDED HEALERS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 08/15/14 09:02 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, … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: PRAYEMS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 08/08/14 07:09 AM

Have you ever been quiet with the Lord in prayer and heard words bouncing around in your brain...???
 

Sometimes, if I’m prepared, I can quickly jot those words down so as to preserve them and hopefully meditate on them later...I CALL THESE MOMENTS: PRAYEMS...part PRAYER part POEM...!!!
 
The other day, in my quiet time, here is what I heard:
 
 
Lord, make me a lump of clay at Your wheel;
 
A beautiful flower in Your Garden;
 
A fine tool in Your shed;
 
And a careful brush on Your easel of life.
 
 
When … (7 comments)

frans friday forum: PRACTIZING PERFEXTION...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 08/01/14 07:04 AM
BE PERFECT as your heavenly Father is perfect...
 
This is an oft quoted Scripture passage that is either ignored or misunderstood by many of us...!!!
 
I find that many are reluctant today to endeavor seemingly difficult tasks for FEAR OF FAILING...
 
The old adage, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, as enunciated all too frequently by the GOOD NUNS THAT TAUGHT MANY OF US, seems to have fallen by the wayside, and I feel, chiefly because of fear...FEAR OF FAILURE............’TRIAL AND ERROR’ has also become passe...
 
As humans, we are all created to grow in God’s Grace, and who more … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: IS HEAVEN FOR REAL...Fran's Friday Forum...??? - 07/25/14 09:07 AM
In a family of nine like ours with seven still living at home, a trip to the local theater is almost as costly as a nice dinner out...
 
SO...if a really blockbuster type ‘FAMILY MOVIE’ comes out we usually wait for the DVD to be released and POP OUR OWN POPCORN, BREW OUR OWN REFRESHMENTS, and PREPARE OUR OWN SNACKS...
 
Yet another way to gather the family around besides waiting for a nasty thunderstorm and a possible power outage...!!!
 
We recently did this with the movie ‘HEAVEN IS FOR REAL’...
 
Although the family ratings were split, I … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: GREAT SUMMER READING...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 07/18/14 06:28 AM

In over 70 years I have evolved from a virtual NON READER to an incessant book hound...!!!
 
At any given time I may have several books going simultaneously...this from a kid that relied on CLASSIC COMIC BOOKS and CLIFF NOTES to produce book reports in High School...!!!
 
I just finished reading ‘A VOICE UNDEFEATED’ by COLLIN RAYE...You may know Collin Raye, a Country & Western style singer...and a great humanitarian and Christian Witness...
 
Although Collin doesn’t receive the fame and fanfare of some other singers of his genre, nevertheless, his career has been very fruitful...16 number one hits … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...HOW'S YOUR CORNER...??? - 07/11/14 06:42 AM
Reflecting on all the problems cropping up around us...IMMIGRATION AND BORDER CHAOS, IRS DEBACLE, IRAQ, VA SCANDAL, BENGHAZI, KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN IN AFRICA, POLITICAL GRIDLOCK, etc....It dawned on me...THE SOLUTIONS ARE BEYOND THE SCOPE OF MY COMPREHENSION.......SO...
 
I DECIDED TO CHANGE THE WORLD...at least MY WORLD...at least MY LITTLE CORNER OF IT...FROM THE BOTTOM UP...!!!
 
We read and hear about the deterioration of our INFRASTRUCTURE...how costly and vastly laborious it will be to replace and/or improve ALL THAT NEEDS FIXIN’...
 
So I began to make a list of the ‘KNOTS’ and ‘TANGLES’ and ‘SNAGS IN MY OWN PERSONAL … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: A FOURTH OF JULY REFLECTION...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 07/04/14 04:57 AM
As I sat quietly in my study this morning, while everyone else in our home was yet sleeping (10 others including guests and pets)...Let me share my thoughts as I sought the Lord, The Creator to Whom we owe thanks for THE UNALIENABLE RIGHTS that were bestowed on us and that were elaborated upon for us by the FOUNDING FATHERS OF OUR BLESSED NATION...among which are...LIFE...LIBERTY...and...THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS...!!!
 
These rights have become the foundation upon which our Country was built, and these rights have sustained us until now...
 
LIFE.......Our Founding Fathers felt so strongly about this right that … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: PRIORITIES...PRIORITIES...PRIORITIES...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/27/14 07:01 AM
Most of this week was spent trying to DOUBT THEN ROUT A BOUT OF GOUT...!!!
 
When you’re immobile, lying practically inanimately on your back, and pain is radiating ‘big time’ from your left foot...WELL...I’m sure you get the picture...!!!
 
Thankfully, an x ray, some blood work, and eventually an accurate diagnosis of ‘GOUT’ was proffered for which the prescribed medication worked miraculously quickly.......and today I feel like new again and raring to go...SO...
 
Let me share a few thoughts which the Lord ‘planted’ in my quiet brain whilst He had me where I could listen and listen well...
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frans friday forum: TECH 'TOOL' OR TECH 'RULE'...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/20/14 08:09 AM
As a tool lover from birth, I must confess, I still have a fascination over a new tool...
 
My Father told of the Christmas when I received my first TRICYCLE...I had the wheel off before I even rode the bike the first time...!!!
 
My beef today, is HOW WE LET THE TOOL BECOME THE ‘RULE’ INSTEAD OF THE ‘TOOL’...!!!
 
TOOLS ARE USEFUL to enable us to complete tasks efficiently...THEY should never become ‘THE OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION’, however, because the very tools we employ to help us in our daily work and play can soon become the ‘OBJECTS … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: NEEDED: AN MD FOR IMMIGRATION CRISIS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/13/14 07:59 AM
How DO we solve the continuing IMMIGRATION PROBLEM...???
 
No...We don’t need a MEDICAL DOCTOR...but we DO need MD...!!!
 
We need the wisdom of a mid 19th century doctrine adopted by The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...!!!
 
The doctrine was called:   MANIFEST DESTINY...!!!
 
NOW...I have written about this on several of my previous posts...
 
 
MANIFEST DESTINY :   
SIMPLY STATED...The political theorists of the mid 19th Century felt that since a REPUBLIC such as ours in the U.S. offered the other countries of our world the only AUTHENTIC SOLUTION TO A GOVERNMENT where TRUE FREEDOM, RELIGIOUS … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: TEACH US TO PRAY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/06/14 06:01 AM
Prayer is an easy thing to define, but a challenging art to master...!!!
 
Conversation with God.......That’s probably the simplest definition of prayer...Yet, even Jesus’ closest disciples found it difficult to ‘KNOW HOW TO PRAY’ when they asked The Lord to ‘TEACH US’...Of course we then hear Jesus Himself PRAY THE ‘LORD’S PRAYER’...
 
In our daily lives we usually default to ‘ASKING GOD TO SUPPLY OUR NEEDS’ and often even squeeze in a few ‘WANTS’...BUT...
 
The more perfect prayers are ones of PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING...
 
God loves us JUST THE WAY WE ARE...And that’s reason enough to PRAISE … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: THEY THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/30/14 08:09 AM
Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD...This began the first ‘CHURCH INSPIRED NOVENA’...
 
What is a ‘NOVENA’ you say...???
 
A NOVENA is a period of NINE DAYS over which an intention is ‘KEPT IN PRAYER’...
 
AND, if you remember, The DISCIPLES OF CHRIST were asked by HIM to ‘WAIT UNTIL THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME’...AND SO, they waited prayerfully in the upper room for nine days...after which THE HOLY SPIRIT came upon them...MIGHTILY, I MIGHT ADD...
 
We refer to this event as PENTECOST...or THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH...It is better to prayerfully reflect on … (0 comments)

frans friday forum: HAIL...TO THE CLASS OF 2014...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/23/14 06:04 AM
If you live in or near Berks County, PA., you may have been deluged last evening with tons of ‘HAILSTONES’...Some the size of nickels, others the size of quarters, golf balls and even larger...!!!
 
Yes, I have a son graduating High School this year, and I certainly intended to write this post about some advice to the ‘CLASS OF 2014’, but in light of the devastating storms that rumbled through our area last night, I decided to digress from the usual ‘GRAD LINGO’...After all, what hasn’t already been said that is still left to say at most graduation ceremonies...???
 
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frans friday forum: MARRIAGE OR MATRIMONY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/15/14 04:00 PM
As a practicing Roman Catholic I found it necessary to explore the ramifications of the latest political controversy.......So I went about reading as much as I could before reaching any conclusions regarding the legalization of 'SAME SEX MARRIAGE'...
 
Of course, my initial reactions were, ‘Well, here go the media liberals trumping up yet another nonsensical issue trying to disguise the REAL PROBLEMS in our Society’...Nevertheless, in an attempt to LOVE MY NEIGHBOR AND PRAY FOR MY PERSECUTORS I did my due diligence, and, after prayer and reflection, here are some of the conclusions I reached:
 
1) It has been unprecedented in former civilized … (10 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...WHAT WE NEED MOST...!!! - 05/02/14 08:55 AM

I was raised a Roman Catholic Italian American, and like it or not, that is where I got my VALUES, VIRTUES, and VICES...
 
At least, that is where the seeds were planted that helped shape who I am today and how I’ve become who I am...!!!
 
That is certainly not to blame my parents and grandparents...they gave me the best they had to give...
As I learned later, it was up to me to exert my own FREE WILL to make the choices necessary to follow the path THE LORD had laid out for me...!!!
 
Enough about … (4 comments)

 
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