"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Friday, June 27, 2014

Older and

not much else.

To the world most of us hold many labels: wife, husband, father, son, daughter, etc.   We also are many other things to those who we meet in our lives.  We may be the dork, the cutie, the meanie, the hoarder, the low talker, the good tipper, the sweetie, the messy house person, the awful neighbor, or perhaps just the one that functions but in a way that allows for the past to stay there and the present to be a quiet simple place.

There is nothing much we can do to those around us to improve or change the perceptions others may have.  Seems like we humans love to analyze others and embrace that ever so thin concept that we are fine, because we are not like so and so. 

Truth is we are all messed up.   In God's terms, we are all sinners~ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

Some of us function well and enjoy our lives but have our quirks and so on.  Others flee home as the idea and needs of care of the home are nearly impossible and it shows in every measure from the children to the lack of cleanliness.  Others embrace the security that home affords sometimes for the first time in their lives and dive in head first to make it the way home should have been all of their lives.  Then some gently float on the notion that they are incredible simply because of material items.

But you see, none of this matters.   What matters is our walk with God.  

As I celebrated yet another birthday, I have been thinking deeply about this and smile knowing that I am comforted, I am strengthened, I am bold, and I am wonderfully made all because of my Creator.
This is how my mountain looked on my birthday.  Pretty amazing mural that is priceless and free at the same time!


Anonymous said...

Happy,Happy birthday!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Happy, Happy, Birthday Jen!


Maria said...

A very thought provoking post, Jennifer. Hope you had a wonderful day .

Glenn B said...

Happy birthday. If you think the real life mural that you see of the mountains, from your home, is free - you are wrong. You and your family worked hard at what you have achieved on your farm thus kept the farm and kept the view and all that has forever changed how you see that vista. Enjoy it, it is well deserved from what I can tell about you.

All the best,
Glenn B

Glenn B said...

I should have said happy belated birthday!

Humble wife said...

Liz-I sang that as I read your comment!!:):):)

Deanna-and I sang while reading yours too!!!:):):)

Maria-thankyou. I had an incredible day with the farm family!

Awww Glenn...that is such a lovely comment. Bill and I are humbled as we only did but one thing~we rolled up our sleeves and moved forward in spite of the situation.

Thank you so much for the bd wishes as well! :)