Awesome new short promo for Forever and Always starting at 1:31.Please take a second to view.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1xt3pkWC_s… Thanks Steve & Cleve Show! You two are a gas! That’s good 🙂 Blessings with the show.
Everyone has their idea of what a good life is; some feel it is in the job they have, the amount of money, designer clothes they’ve accumulated. Some want position and power.
In the 40’s kids played football in the street. If they didn’t have a real football they would play “kick the can.” The gutter, if it wasn’t raining, was a great place to play marbles.Sometimes they made their own toys, with the parents’ help, like, say, a bow and arrow made from a sturdy smaller tree limb. It might take a bit, but they would bend it enough to make a bow; Dad might help out getting the tension and then they were off! Running, playing, shooting every target in sight! They might make a slingshot. And kids were happy with what they had! A new home in 1940 cost just under $4,000, the average income was about $1,725.00 and gas cost 11 cents a gallon.
Let’s look at the 60’s. By then, a new house cost $12,700. The average income had risen to $5315.00, and gas cost 25 cents a gallon. Soda (or bottle of pop) cost ten cents, same as a newspaper! A postage stamp cost 4 cents. The Beatles came to America; watermelon cost 2.5 cents a pound. Kids still played football in the street; the only difference was they usually had a real football. Marbles were still in; my brother had some. He was very protective of his Shooters, Aggies, Cat’s eyes, all of them! If I remember right he played Keepsies.
It’s all in how you look at things. Possessions are cast to the side as we age for something new. Now in 2016, our “toys” are bigger and more expensive, but in reality, we get the same enjoyment from them. We all have a good life whether we recognize it or not. I don’t have a lot of money or possessions, and certainly not power the way it’s defined today. What makes my life so good? God, the people in my life and my relationships with each of them makes me happy. I can write books, which has always been my dream. I’m fulfilled. I hope you are too.
Driving home from church today, I saw a church sign that said, Autumn Leaves, God Does Not. Those words really made me stop and think. Here we are in Fall. The Autumnal Equinox occurred September 23rd. The Winter Solstice will occur on December 21st. Just as the seasons change, so do people. God made us that way. He also gave us Free Will; that can be good or bad.
You see, we naturally like to think of it in a positive way; that bad people change into good people. It gives us hope for the future. If we are honest with ourselves, we know too, that good people can change into bad people also. People come in and out of our lives. Even circumstances change. We are living in a world of constant change.
It is comforting to my heart to know that God does not change. His love is constant, unchanging; everlasting. God does some pretty awesome stuff for us, His Children. He gives us life, gives us this beautiful and sometimes challenging world to live in; friends and loved one to care for and who care for us. He wants us all to return to Him. To aid us in doing so, He gives us His Word and chosen people to help guide us to Him. God is always with us. He will never leave us. We may not see Him, or realize, but no matter, He is there; to help us and give us guidance. Lean on Him today. He can take it!
I don’t know about anyone else, but these thoughts give he reassurance and make me smile.
We have all had a first love that we remember with gentle fondness and loving memories. It isn’t necessarily the first person we date, although for some, that is exactly how it came along. For John McDougal and Patricia Heifelmeyer that is precisely what happened. Who are these people, you ask? John and Patricia are the protagonists in my novel Forever And Always.
When they met back in 1863 in Orleans parish John was the older of the pair. Along with being older you would naturally think he was very ‘experienced in the ways of the world’. Was he? How did they meet? Was it really love at first sight? I can’t tell you here, but all is revealed in Forever And Always. Here is a link to purchase the book: