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Faith Filled Friday: God’s Voice or the Devil’s?

Have you ever wondered who’s voice your listening to when you hear that still small voice? I know I do. This came around on Facebook and I thought it was helpful.

God’s Voice
stills you
leads you
reassures you
enlightens you
encourages you
comforts you
calms you
convicts you

Satan’s Voice
rushes you
pushes you
frightens you
confuses you
discourages you
worries you
obsesses you
condemns you

God is never early and He’s never late. He’s always right on time and His plans for you are good.
God is a God of love and order. If the voice you are hearing doesn’t sound like those things, they they are not from Him.

Why Is Reading Lips So Hard?

Lipreading Mom

Lipreading Class Photo

Read my lips: Lipreading is tough.

A while back, a producer with the Wanda Sykes Show emailed me, asking for help in understanding a news video clip. The idea sounded enticing: Come to California and watch a video blurb that had the speaker’s moving lips but no audio feed.

The truth is, many words look the same on a speaker’s face. Without some idea of the context of speech, I might confuse the sounds of /f/ and /v/ or /p/ and /m/ because they look similar on the lips. Face or vase? Pan or man? Patter or matter? It was tempting to bluff my way through deciphering a silent video clip just to take a trip to the West Coast, but I didn’t.

This month, I am teaching a lipreading class at a local library. A news reporter covered one of the classes. On the first session, I asked attendees:…

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Quirky Humor

I enjoy Saturday breakfast with my friends. We have a pleasant time chatting and eating. Several of my friends shared some funny stories this past Saturday at our breakfast get-together.
The first one is something Art Linkletter would have loved for his “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” A friend visited a Catholic church with her four-year-old daughter. The little girl pointed to a sculpture of Jesus on the cross and exclaimed, “Tarzan!” The mother explained that Tarzan was the only man in a loin cloth her daughter was familiar with.
Another friend relayed that her pastor worked at the hospital so he would stop in to visit church members when they were a patient. He wore his lab coat when he was on the floors to see them. The lab coat was embroidered with Coroner’s Office.
This is mine from Sunday morning service:
For as many times as I’ve read my Bible from cover to cover, you would think it would be easy to find the book the pastor said. I looked in the Old Testament then the New. He’s preaching on and my friend sitting beside me has already found it. I thought it was odd I couldn’t find it in the Table of Contents. I put my glasses on to read the screen. That’s when it dawned on me – there is no book of Nathaniel!! The pastor was preaching about Nathaniel in John, chapter 1.
Sometimes I wonder which I need more – a hearing aid or a functioning brain.

We Honor America on 9/11

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If you aren’t familiar with this terrorist attack, here’s a 2-minute overview:


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature collection. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, Spring 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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Faith Filled Friday: “It is I; Be Not Afraid”

Matthew, Mark, and John each wrote about the time Jesus walked on the sea to get to their boat. You will find the stories in: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; and John 6:16-21.
Our movies today are filled with wonderful and delightful CGI effects. Giving an actor the ability to walk on water is rather simple. However back in Jesus’ day, they had no special effects except for what He did.
Each disciple tells us the wind was difficult – contrary.
We know it was dark because it was the fourth watch of the night which is from 3 to 6 AM.
Matthew and Mark tell us the wind ceased as soon as Jesus entered the boat. John tells us that after Jesus stepped on board, the boat was immediately at the land they were headed to.
Each disciple also says that they were afraid and thought what they were seeing was a spirit (ghost), not their Lord. They each relayed his words of assurance.
I have heard some people say that they were near the coastline so it was easy for Jesus to walk on a sandbar just beneath the water and make it look like he was walking on the sea. However, Matthew and Mark tell us they were in the “midst of the sea” and John gives us a distance of “about five and twenty or thirty furlongs” that they had rowed. That would put them 3 – 3.5 miles (4.8-5.6 km) from the shoreline.
Matthew is the only one who writes about Peter’s faith. Jesus greeted them with assurance that it was really him.
And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”
And he said, “Come.” And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me.”
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14: 28-31)
That was the lesson for me. Peter had already walked on the sea. That should have been enough to give him a strong faith, but it was not. He let a little wind distract him and cause doubt and fear. He was close enough that Jesus only had to stretch out his hand to save him.
I accepted Jesus as my savior years ago and He has lived in my heart ever since. Can’t get any closer than that! But I have also been distracted from my faith by many small doubts and fears.
The Bible does not tell us that the wind calmed when Peter stepped out, but I thought it might have based on the next verse–”But when he saw the wind boisterous…” Maybe Peter looked at a high wave coming or the ship tossing about. Maybe a breeze blew his hair in front of his eyes. It did not take much for him to lose his focus on Jesus and became afraid.
The devil does that often – distracts us with a little something to worry over or fear. How many times do we feel overwhelmed and, like Peter, sinking. The next time, I’ll remember Jesus’ words – “It is I; be not afraid.”

USS Hornet (CV-12) – A Father’s Untold War Story – November – December 1944

USS Hornet (CV-12)-A Father's Untold War Story

John T. Ryan US Navy John T. Ryan US Navy

The world is still at war and my father, Seaman First Class, John Thomas Ryan is still serving on the USS Hornet (CV-12).

I should have included the following photograph in my posts about October 1944.

Overhead view of an ammo ship replenishing USS Hornet (CV-12), October 1944. Note the forward antenna masts half way up. Overhead view of an ammo ship replenishing USS Hornet (CV-12), October 1944. Note the forward antenna masts half way up.

Nov-Dec 1944 – Shipping and land strikes in the Philippine area, support of the Mindoro invasion.(According to ship’s log)

Third Fleet aircraft carriers at anchor in Ulithi Atoll, 8 December 1944, during a break from operations in the Philippines area. The carriers are (from front to back): USS Wasp (CV-18), USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Hornet (CV-12), USS Hancock (CV-19) and USS Ticonderoga (CV-14). Wasp, Yorktown and Ticonderoga are all painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 10a. Photographed from a USS Ticonderoga plane. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (Photo #: 80-G-294131). Third Fleet aircraft carriers at anchor in Ulithi Atoll, 8 December 1944, during a break from operations in the Philippines area. The carriers are (from front to back): USS Wasp (CV-18), USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Hornet (CV-12), USS Hancock (CV-19) and USS Ticonderoga (CV-14). Wasp, Yorktown and Ticonderoga are all painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 10a. Photographed from a USS Ticonderoga plane.
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Fair Weather Praying (worse than having a “Fair-Weather Friend”)

TOWER AND FLIGHTS

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SO….

a person you really loved for some time, is no longer being a friend when you’re going through difficulties.

Is this friend a friend, in deed?

In reverse: Some of us do not pray until we are going through major tragedies or difficulties.

Rest assured, people, we do not have a fair-weather God.

God is always waiting with love and mercy.

It is by creation, he created us for himself. Whether we stray far or near or fall shallow or deep, it is by A sacred design that each will meet and be judged by God.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the thingsdoneinhisbody, according to that he hath done, whetherit begood or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

Although God’s love and mercy is available…

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