In light of current tragedies


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I believe it is pretty appropo for today.  I hope you see why.  May they rest in peace.

Please please pray for peace, an end to violence and hate, and renewed hearts.

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The Motorcycle Mama and the Lord


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We went for a lovely late afternoon/evening motorcycle ride and didn’t get home till somewhere around 9:30pm. It was really nice. I wear a full helmet that has the thing around the front and the visor that can be pulled down over my face. I gotta thing about wrecking my face if I ever fall off.
ANYWAY, I discovered that the rear view mirrors are right in my line of sight so I thought I’d take a peek to see what a woman in her 60th decade would look like sitting behind her man on a Harley Davidson. Lawd, first thing I thought was “Damn, I shoulda tucked my face in!”

When I was a kid, there was a period of time when my family was surrounded by motorcycles. We all rode. Heck, my brother even had his very own Honda. Those were good days, a summer of fun, exploring, stretching to see how far we could go. It was the last summer we had as a family and I’ll never forget it. Even my mom rode, may she rest in peace. I still chuckle at the memory of her on a bike, snaking across a pasture behind our house, her very ample boobs about to beat her to death, poor thing. As for myself, I was always a little timid when I drove. I don’t know why. I remember a dirt bike trail we frequented. I finally made myself brave enough to take it on. And to my surprise, I found it to be FUN! But still….every time I got a good run going I backed off. Why? What was I afraid of? Broken bones? No, it wasn’t a dangerous track and I don’t remember any of us ever getting hurt on it. It’s funny how we develop personality traits at a young age. I’ve done the same thing for most of my life in many different areas. The thought was worth exploring.

Now all of these years later, I realize I was afraid of success, of letting go, of stepping out of my comfort zone, of feeling unworthy to succeed. Man, it took me a long time to put an end to that kind of behavior! It’s basically the story of my life. How sad! But you know what? It’s never too late to change, to grow, and to prosper. Ok, you know where this is going, right? John 10:10. If you get a chance look it up in the bible. Meditate on it. It will change your life.
It says:
I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.

Wow. He loves me enough to see that I am well taken care of! He wants me to live and live well! To see that end, He has to heal me, body, mind, and soul. And guess what? He has over and over and over. For every crack that keeps me from wholeness, he patches up with his love and desire for me to have life and have it more abundantly. Oh Sweet Jesus, how can I repay you?

Well, the answer to that is not such a hard one to find but you gotta look for it and do what the instruction manual (Bible) says. Very clearly it says to love one another. And in doing so, do everything else that comes with it like help each other, take care of each other, reach out to the poor, lonely, displaced, misfit, etc. Just love one another. That’s all He asks. Everything else will fall into place. As it should.
Can you imagine a world where we all took the time to love one another?

Pray for peace, people. Please.

#2 Baptist Childrens Home, Monroe, Louisiana


The 'gang' that braved the cool weather to make a fun run to Baptist Childrens Home

The ‘gang’ that braved the cool weather to make a fun run to Baptist Childrens Home

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The weather was a bit crisp but clear, cool and beautiful. We couldn’t have picked a better day to ride motorcycles for 291 miles. Our goal was to bring a donation to Love Cottage, home to 7 young girls at the Baptist Childrens Home in Monroe, Louisiana. This is a yearly run by these faithful Christian motorcycle riders. Donations are taken, essentials are supplied, and a love offering is put together for the cottage residents who have been adopted by this ‘motorcycle gang’. DSCF7180

My husband and I were first-timers on this particular run. We have done others, but this one was the longest ride. Members of today’s group rode in from different communities and towns to meet up at St. Landry Baptist Church in a tiny community of the same name. Most of them belong to Faith Riders, a group of Christians who love to ride and proclaim their faith by example. Although this wasn’t a Faith Riders run, the concept was the same. My heart could do nothing but melt when I witnessed the generosity and love freely given by people from one end of the state to recipients on the other end of the state.

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LOVE COTTAGE, an appropriately named dwelling, is cozy, colorful, homey, clean, orderly…and an atmosphere of love envelopes every room. It is a brick building, one of many on the campus, which adds to the sturdy, stable character of the home. Seven girls, ages ranging from 17 to 8 years old, live there with a most delightful house-parent by the name of Ms. Yvette. Her kind face is bright and it is obvious she is easily in control. She is one of those people you hope your children could grow up to be like. And the girls we met are delightful. They were happy, talkative, brave, strong, excited, and grateful for our visit. We were all blessed.

Ms. Yvette, house parent for Love Cottage

Ms. Yvette, house parent for Love Cottage

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all the girls wanted to sit on the bikes.  Who wouldn't??

all the girls wanted to sit on the bikes. Who wouldn’t??

Many Thanks to Janet and Kerry, who did all the hard work getting this run together. Much appreciation to everyone who took part. And incredible gratitude to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus only commandment was this: Love One Another. Love is the one thing you can give that only costs one thing – your heart, and believe me, a heart can hold and give a LOT of love. My husband and I are humbled by the love we saw today, and the kindness and generosity. And we are thankful for the opportunity for spiritual growth afforded us by this experience. Ain’t God Good?!

When you talk to God tonight, please don’t forget to pray for peace. We all need peace. And the whole world needs our prayers.

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