Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

A Very Merry and Blessed Christmas 

to Everyone!!!

--LKR

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday's Song--God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

--Unknown

 

This video was made from one of the songs on Annie Lennox's  2010 album, A Christmas Cornucopia.  Hope you enjoy!  --LKR 

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

121212 AKA Aaron Rodgers Day

Happy 121212 !!!
Or, Aaron Rodgers Day!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

Thank you to all our Veterans for keeping us, our freedoms, and liberties all safe! May God richly bless you all, and your families!  --LKR

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze;

A young Marine saluted it,
... And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought... how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves
No, Freedom is not Free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill;

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend;

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands.
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No. Freedom Is Not Free!!!!!!

--Kelly Strong, 1981

Written as a tribute to his dad who served two terms in Vietnam and is a career Marine 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday's Song--Give Me Faith


Give Me Faith
I need you to soften my heart
To break me apart
I need you to open my eyes
To see that You’re shaping my life
All I am,
I surrender
Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life
I need you to soften my heart
To break me apart
I need you pierce through the dark
And cleanse every part of me
Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life

I may be weak
Your spirit strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God you never will 
Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life
Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life
I may be weak
Your spirit strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God you never will
--Chris Brown

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday's Song--Matchless


  • Matchless
Son of a man, great I am, King of Heaven
Son of God, You hold the measure of my days
Holy Lamb, spotless Lamb, You are worthy, I am not
Before Your throne I stand amazed


Every tongue confess and every knee will bow

To Jesus Christ the Lord forever, hear our praises now



Your name is matchless, Your name is priceless

Your name means more than I could know

You're so far above me, the way that You love me

Goes further than any love could go


Wonderful counselor, root of David, morning star

You are the way, the truth, the life

Lion of the tribe of Judah, mighty God is who You are

The only perfect sacrifice


Every tongue confess and every knee will bow

To Jesus Christ the Lord forever, hear our praises now



Your name is matchless, Your name is priceless

Your name means more than I could know

You're so far above me, the way that You love me

Goes further than any love could go


In Your name You took the blind man and You gave him back his sight

In Your name You took the dead man and You brought him back to life

In Your name You took this prisoner and You opened up the doors

And I will sing before Your throne forevermore


Your name is matchless, Your name is priceless

Your name means more than I could know

You're so far above me, the way that You love me

Goes further than any love could go


Your name is matchless, Your name is priceless

Your name means more than I could know

You're so far above me, the way that You love me

Goes further than any love could go.

--Aaron Shust, 2005

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday's Song--Glorious Day


Glorious Day

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be

Jesus came forth to be born of a Virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He



Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed



Living He loved me, dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day



One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He



Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me



'Cause living He loved me, dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He's ascended, my Lord evermore



Death could not hold Him
The grave could not keep Him from rising again



Living He loved me, dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day



One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one bringing
My Savior Jesus is mine



Living He loved me, dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

Glorious day, oh, glorious day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fall is is the Air...

While it's been a relatively warm September, so far, trees are beginning to to usher in the forthcoming season.  Here are some photos taken at beautiful Big Falls County Park:


Even though it's arguably beautiful, I don't relish the anticipated colder weather.  Perhaps we will have an extended, glorious Indian Summer instead! --LKR

Friday, September 21, 2012

Who to Vote For? Think for Yourselves! :-)

I can still  hear my Political Science teacher speaking to my class echoeing in my mind from oh, so long ago:  "People!  We need to think for ourselves!  Don't believe everything you hear, and don't be content listening from one perspective!  Be empowered!  Be informed!  Don't just follow blindly!" Thank you, Miss Heckman, my wonderful "keep your eyes open, think and find out for yourselves" Political Science high school teacher!!! :-)

I challenge anyone who wants to comment to do so only after you've actually seen this movie or read
 this book so you have your *own* opinions, and come to your *own* conclusions. Be empowered! Be informed! Don't just follow blindly: Obama's America 2016 by Dinesh D’Souza.


This movie resonates well with me, being the daughter of parents who escaped first the socialist (my mom) and then communist (my dad) Hungary.  And I totally agree with this comment:

"My family came to America from Soviet Russia in the late 70th. We love this country dearly and this is so painful for us to see very clearly that this President wants to turn this country into communist hell we escaped. Only people who experienced firsthand life in communist state truly understand how horrible, inhumane, anti-human it can be. If you talk to any immigrant from USSR, Cuba, Korea, Vietnam etc. he will tell you the same thing. The makers of this movie understand the grave danger of current government, they are real patriots ofnthis country (the ONLY great country left in this world). I hope that we will not live to see this country disappear into abiss should this administration of self-important, lying, cheating criminals steal power again."


The below are other comments from people that expressed their own opinions after viewing this movie and worthy of posting:

'2016' completely surprised me. I thought it would be an emotional exhortation to get out the vote against Obama. Instead it was a factual, unemotional documentary of Obama's life and cutlural influences. If what Obama is actually doing to our country wasn't so distructive to our nation's heritage, economy and culture one might even come away feeling somewhat empathetic to Obama's goals and dreams. At the very least one will take the objective truths of Obama's anti-colonialist influences learned first hand from his father, and mentors who were card carrying communits, Weather Underground radicals, and the like. He detests what America is and stands for; the change he wants to bring is to destroy that cultural heritage."



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"The film answers the question about Obama's birth.

"What will America look like in 2016 if Obama is re-elected? That is the producers' question that he leaves with the viewers to consider."



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"We went today at 11:15 a.m (Sunday) & expected the theater to be empty. Quite the contrary, it was packed  and NOT with just white people either. I was glad to see that the movie did NOT address the issue of Obama's birth certificate. Instead, the movie connected the dots on information that has been right in front of us all the time, but we simply did not know how it all fit together. If anyone has doubts about Obama, Sr. being Obama's father, you won't after you see the interview with his half-brother in Kenya. Not only do they resemble each other, but their voices sound amazingly alike. What was surprising is that his brother is a supporter of capitalism, & that is probably why Obama doesn't help him even though he knows his brother lives in poverty. By the movie's end, you know where we will end up in 2016 if Obama is re-elected and it's a terrifying place. Go see it & take your liberal friends."


Which candidate will keep the American Dream alive?  Which one will continue to allow religious freedom?  Which one holds onto Biblical values?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget...


9-11 Memorial in Chatham Boro, New Jersey




9-11 Memorial in Morris Plains, New Jersey




9/11 Tribute: America's Rise From Tragedy (featuring Everything by Lifehouse) from anberlin_fan on GodTube.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012






The tension is thick in the air
Making it hard to see
I fear what is to come
And what will become of me
I say a prayer help me not run away
Will you please hold me

And sing me a love song again
Say the words that heal my heart
sing me a love song and then
Let your words remind me who I am

You've never failed me before
Why do I feel betrayed
If I close my heart to you now
The darkness would have its way
I crave your voice help me not fall away
Will you please hold me

'Cause you are all I need
And all that I want is you with me
You are all I need
And all that I want is you with me.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Never Forget


May we never forget to honor our brave military men and women who have chosen to defend and protect our great nation! Thanks to all who have, are, or will be fighting to keep our country and our freedoms safe! --LKR

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." General George Patton

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Annular Eclipse Today!

We in the United States haven't had an annular eclipse in 18 years. "Annular" refers to the fiery ring shape formed when the moon passes in front of the sun. This is different than a total solar eclipse where the moon fully covers the sun.

This afternoon, the western United States, along with China and Japan, should be able to see it to some degree. We are hoping to get a glimpse of it here in Wisconsin starting at around 7:20pm, even though thunderstorms are being predicted. Hopefully the clouds will part long enough for this solar show! --LKR

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mr. Know It All

Abuse isn't just physical. It can be verbal and emotional, too. There is help. --LKR


Mr. Know It All

Well ya think you know it all
But ya don't know a thing at all
Ain't it, ain't it something y'all
When somebody tells you something 'bout you
Think that they know you more than you do
So you take it down another pill to swallow

Mr. Bring Me Down
Well ya, ya like to bring me down, don't you?
But I ain't laying down, baby, I ain't goin' down
Can't nobody tell me how it's gonna be
Nobody's gonna make a fool out of me
Baby, you should know that I lead not follow

Oh you think that you know me, know me
That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely
'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me
You ain't got the right to tell me
When and where to go, no right to tell me
Acting like you own me lately
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

Mr. Play Your Games
Only got yourself to blame when you want me back again
But I ain't falling back again
'Cause I'm living my truth without your lies
Let's be clear baby this is goodbye
I ain't coming back tomorrow

Oh you think that you know me, know me
That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely
'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me
You ain't got the right to tell me
When and where to go, no right to tell me
Acting like you own me lately
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

So what you've got the world at your feet
And you know everything about everything
But you don't
You still think I'm coming back but baby you'll see yeah...

Oh you think that you know me, know me
That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely
'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me
You ain't got the right to tell me
When and where to go, no right to tell me
Acting like you own me lately
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

Mr. Know It All
Well ya think you know it all
But ya don't know a thing at all
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me.

Monday, May 14, 2012

This Lame Man Now Walks!


Enjoy this awesomely inspiring video of Arthur Boorman, an injured Gulf War Veteran, as he overcomes the disability his doctors told him he'd never be able to overcome!

Years ago, I had a friend who was in a car accident who was told she'd never be able to walk or use her arms. She wouldn't take that as an answer, so worked very hard. Within a year, she was walking and hugging, again!

Moral of these two (of many) stories? To quote a line from Galaxy Quest, "Never give up! Never surrender!" --LKR

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday's Song--The End of the Beginning

Here's to a very Happy and Blessed Easter! --LKR

Monday, March 26, 2012

Raising Confident Girls

Robi's article can be read here. The interview is below. Enjoy! --LKR

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


6 Tips for Raising a Confident Daughter

Psychologist Robi Ludwig says parents can help their young girls grow up to be strong women by acknowledging their strengths, sharing their passions, and pointing out positive female role models.

This morning on "Parenting Today," raising confident girls. Every parent wants her daughter to grow up to be strong, smart, and successful women. But in a world filled with mixed messages that often highlights beauty over brains, parenting a young woman can be daunting. Here with some advice is psychologist Robi Ludwig, contributor to care.com. Good morning, Robi.

Good morning.

So much to talk about here. I'm very interested in this as the father of a young girl. We do put an awful lot of emphasis on appearance in our society.

It's true. In fact, care.com did a survey and found what adjectives did mothers use when describing their daughters. You're beautiful. So clearly, listen, we live in a world where beauty does count. But if that's the only message your send to your child it's a dangerous one because really, we're comparing ourselves to images at one point that aren't even really real. And you don't want to give your child that there's only one trait that matters.

So how do you fight what's happening in society? Because as you say the reality is you go out into the world and people will judge a woman on her looks. You open up magazines, it's all about appearance. How do you fight that?

You have to remember that as a parent, your voice counts. In fact, it lives inside your child for the rest of their lives. So if you help your daughter understand that, yes, looks are important, but often what they're comparing themselves to are airbrushed images or there are many successful people in the world who are not only attractive, but they're smart, and confident, then that message will get through to your child.

And maybe when you're giving a compliment to your daughter lead with smart.

And also confident. so when you're looking at your daughter, point out, you know, "I really like how thoughtful you are with your friends". Or, "Wow, you are such a great cook". or "Oh, you're so organized. In fact, you're more organized than Mommy". You're pointing out things that she's good at. And you're noticing her strengths. And really, part of having high self-esteem is knowing what you're confident and good at.

I love the second one. Share your daughter's passion. Explain that one.

You want to plug in to what your daughter likes. And this sends the message, what she likes and what she is turned on by really matters to you. So you really are following your daughter's lead and you're also sending the message, "You don't need to be exactly like Mommy and Daddy. You can be like yourself, and have your own interests, and we will follow those interests and expose you to those interests".

And expand into some fields dominated by boys like science.

Math and science and we're seeing women, you know, representing all areas these days, which is terrific.

Your next tip, teach her to claim her own strengths with pride.

Right.

What does that mean?

Men are really good at this. But sometimes little girls or women have a hard time saying, "You know what, I'm really great with vocabulary". Or "I'm a fabulous reader". or "I'm a fabulous runner". You don't want to necessarily encourage them to say it to every single person that they meet. But basically have a knowledge of themselves. It''s wonderful because they're going to need it in terms of going out into the world and being resilient. And the person who is confident about the many areas that they have strengths in, they tend to be the more humble people.

Now, what's the best way for a parent, a father like me, to be supportive when a young girl is struggling with her self-esteem, maybe hearing things at school from friends that are making her feel bad about herself. What can I do as a dad?

Well, listening is learning. You basically want to listen to your child, remind her of all of her strengths and why she is special, remind her how you are there for her as a parent. and you may want to tell a story about something that happened to you in childhood or somebody who's prominent, who went through something similar and came out the other end. But basically the job of a parent is to help your child make sense of what's going on in their lives.

We're running out of time. But I want to get to point out positive female role models that we see in public. But also incorporate everyone in your daughter's circle. family, friends. How do you pull that off?

Basically, tell your baby sitters, your extended family, that you want your child to know that she's smart and to identify the areas in which she's good at. It's not just about beauty. It's the total package, a person that feels good about themselves. It starts in the home and they know that there are lots of areas that they're good at and strong.

Great advice. And you said the right thing. Parents have the strongest voice.

They really do. It lives on forever. so your voice counts the most.

Robi, thanks so much. Great to talk to you this morning.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

If I were the Devil...

This was broadcast back in 1965. It also is known as "Warning for America". Very insightful! We need to wake up, America!!! --LKR

If I were the Devil - Paul Harvey (Warning for America) from anberlin_fan on GodTube.

Monday, March 5, 2012

My Child

My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.

Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb.
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32


Love, Your Dad
Almighty God