Prayers for the Week: Psalm 118:24

24“This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Have you ever woken up and remembered the words of the Psalmist as mentioned in Psalm 118?  I try and remember them each and every morning as I walk our dog River, it’s the opening to my morning prayers each day.  This week has been a crazy one, so I’m going to get right to the prayer requests and praises in a minute, but before I leave, I want to ask you to make sure you give thanks to God each and every day, as often as you can, despite the struggles in your life. Thank God for the good things, thank God for seeing you through the bad things, and thank God for all of the blessings you have been given in your life.  Now, please pray with us on our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • I want to start by praising God for seeing me through a stomach bug I had last week. It started Sunday after church, and I was down and out until Thursday.  I also want to give thanks to God for my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie, and even for our dog River, who stayed upstairs with me while I slept during the day.
  • Jodi has a prayer request: I need prayer for work I can do from home. I have applied to tutor locally and to an online teaching resource that teaches ESL to kids in China. They want you to have 3 months experience, which I don’t have, so don’t know if that will work out or not. Meanwhile, looking for ESL volunteer opps at our church/community. If anyone has suggestions for legitimate ways to earn money from home, please let me know or message me. If not from home, I could do something parttime weekday mornings. Suggestions??? [Btw, I have BA in Literary Studies, experience as freelance writer, freelance editor, managing editor for online publications, 16 yrs home educator, and 12 yrs in accounts payable.] Thank you!
  • Mrs. Lucas has a prayer request: Mike, one of Brent’s friends is losing his 10 year old daughter to failing intestines. The Dr.s say there is no more to be done. They sent her home under hospice care. Please pray for little Justice and her loving family. Thank you and the other Prayer Warriors!
  • Lori has a prayer request: 96 years is a whole lot of living but a friend of mine is asking for prayers for her grandpa – she’s not ready to give him up. She is hurting and therefore I hurt. Please pray that the Lord make his transition peaceful and bring her comfort at that most glorious moment!
  • Lastly, a big praise to God that no one was seriously hurt or died in the historic fire in Raleigh a week ago.  Our church suffered some small damage, and the construction project is a huge loss, but God enabled the fire personnel to do a wonderful job and they all saved it from being a lot worse.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.


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Review: American Time and Timepieces at The Henry Ford

We always find something new to see and experience at The Henry Ford Museum (of American Innovation, if we use the new, fuller name). On our last trip, we found this permanent timepieces exhibit:

Personally, I feel we have become slaves of time. I hope for a day when we can enjoy a slower pace without the heightened sense of urgency that almost everything has these days.

But I digress. On to the timepieces in this exhibit:

No. They don’t play Dixieland music.

One of the first truly American clock designs coming from the early 1800’s.

Gallery Clock: 1800-1805

This brass clock would have been displayed in a church or public building, as most common people of the day would not have had personal timepieces. It features 8-day weight-powered movement. And… it has an eagle!

The railroad was one of the major reasons people needed a more exact way to tell time. If you were late, the train would leave without you! We got the time zone system because of the need for standardizing time between cities, and to avoid disastrous collisions due to time discrepancies.

Enlarge and read the many reasons why New England became a major clockmaking center.

Pendulum swing like a pendulum do!

Someone should put that line to music. Did you know that Galileo helped to develop the pendulum? The test above is designed to show that no matter where you start the swing of the pendulum, it will take about the same time to swing back and forth. I tried it and it’s true!

COOL FACT: Christian Huygens was the first to use pendulums to regulate clocks in 1657.

Inside that Grandfather Clock

This featured an 8-day weight-powered movement and was used in a variety of tall clocks. It also had an hour strike and a quarter chime. The example pictured was manufactured between 1682 and 1709.

Telling time old-school

This one only lasted 5 seconds (I guessed 6 seconds).

COOL FACT: Signage for this item also mentioned that our inner sense of time is not as accurate as many animals.

More Cool Facts

This exhibit also covered sundials and many other traditional forms of timepieces. Even one digital alarm clock that many of us may still punch every morning. Love that snooze feature!

I hope you enjoyed this brief visit to The Henry Ford Museum. It can be found at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan.

Paul McCartney – The Music and Animation Collection

Everyone knows Paul McCartney from his time in the Beatles, and afterwards, his own efforts and popular work with Wings. He has also dabbled in scoring movies and writing classical music. Enough for anyone, right?

Enter the Paul McCartney – The Music and Animation Collection:

Enchanted Animated Tales with Original Music

This set contains three original animated tales featuring one famous bear (who is not named Pooh), one book adaption, and one completely original effort (my favorite!)

But before we go on, below is some information about the two men who led the teams that created these wonderful pieces:

The Collaborators

McCartney was definitely the man behind the music but equally important was the man behind the animation, Geoff Dunbar. Between them, I believe they produced some Oscar-worthy material!

Introduction Screen

Here you can select to play all three animated films in sequence, or select them one by one. There are also many extras to choose from, which we will touch on later.

Main Menu

You can choose from Rupert & The Frog Song (1984), Tropic Island Hum (1997), and Tuesday (2002).

Let’s have a look at each in turn:

Rupert Bear is a children’s comic strip character created by the English artist Mary Tourtel. He first appearing in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920. Rupert was a childhood favorite of McCartney and a natural selection for his first foray into animation.

Rupert Bear

Perhaps not as well know outside of the British Isles as Winnie the Pooh or Paddington Bear, Rupert is still a very popular character.

McCartney himself introduces the tale:

The book he is dusting off is presumably his own childhood copy of the original children’s book.

Shush! ‘The Frog Song’ is about to begin…

The Frog Song, actually called We All Stand Together, happens only once every 200 years or so, so listen now for you won’t have a chance to hear it again! It was released and  reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1984.

This animated film about Rupert stumbling upon the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hearing The Frog Song is animated in a simplified style but with beautiful imagery. The highlight of the film, however, is the music.

Psychedelic!

One scene of the frogs swimming to the music is reminiscent of some of the work done for Disney’s Fantasia. Given how both collaborators praise Disney in the Special Features section, this homage is not surprising!

I just wonder why McCartney never did any more of the Rupert Shorts?

The next film is:

Disney-like Animation

A squirrel is saved by a hot air ballooning frog and taken to a tropical island where animals of all sorts have gone to escape slaughter by man. Upon arriving, the two new friends are welcomed with a song.

Love

Tropic Island Hum is a catchy, imaginative, animated musical romp! By far my favorite of the set. The single of the title song reached #21 in the UK. The animated Short accompanied Disney’s Hercules movie in theaters in 1997.

The final film in this set is:

This film is based on a children’s book by David Wiesner but contains no words, only images to convey the story. Other than croaking and a few comments from confused humans at the end of the story, and a final piece of narration by Dustin Hoffman, the film pretty much follows that storytelling device.

Flying Lilly Pads

The story takes place on a Tuesday around 8pm. Frogs are lifted into the air, much to their surprise, and enabled to fly. They do so, right into town, where they cause all sorts of mischief.

Like knocking on windows…

… and crashing houses to watch TV.

The town is left littered with debris and lily pads. The mystery is never solved. But this is not the end! It seems that this occurs every Tuesday, but not just with frogs:

Even pigs get a turn to fly!

And why now pigs? The closing narration tells us:

The events recorded here are verified by an undisclosed source to have happened somewhere, U.S.A.. on Tuesday. All those in doubt are reminded that there is always another Tuesday.” So… why not, I guess?

The Special Features are interesting:

This is a nice collection of extras that round out the DVD collection. The set comes with a 16-page booklet with details about the production:

COOL FACTOR: 5/5

I love Paul McCartney’s music. I love animation. So having the two together is just amazing! The quality of animation is Disney-worthy and the soundtracks and original songs are obviously good. McCartney himself provides most of the voices for all three films with an assist by wife Linda for one female character.

If you are a Disney fan, an animation fan, or a music fan, this collection is for you! If only to hear Tropic Island Hum. Man, that’s one catchy tune! See for yourself:

Magical Blogorail: Is It Worth It? Park Hopper Option

Now we all know that the more days you purchase for fun in the parks, the less each day costs you. But does Disney get that money back by upselling you on options you don’t need? Like the Park Hopper option? Let’s find out!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing aspects of a Disney vacation that make people ask: Is it worth it?


So many Park choices!

Again, we all realize that buying admission days in bulk is the best option. The more days you buy, the cheaper each day becomes. But as with everything in life, it’s the extras that’ll kill you!

Let’s assume you are going to take your family of four to Walt Disney World for four days. Basic admission tickets for everyone would basically cost you $1,400 US (ouch!)

Now add the Park Hopper option to all four tickets for all four days and now you will spend $1,700 US (OUCH!)

So basically you will spend an additional $300.00 US just for the privilege of jumping around from park to park in the same day. Is that an extra that really adds value? Here are some reasons why I believe it does not:

  • You could probably spend that $300.00 on something else (dining, souvenirs)
  • There is more than enough to do in each park for a day without jumping
  • Precious vacation time will be lost travelling between parks
  • Got grumpy kids? Park hop. Nuff said!

This option makes more sense for a single visitor or for couples who visit often and know what they want to see and can thus plan to make the most of the Park Hopper option. For families, and those on a budget, this option is one best left off your basic ticket!

For more opinions on what is and isn’t worth the splurge at Disney,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange  | Is It Worth It? Loop:

Prayers for the Week: Look towards things above

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:1-17 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m sharing with you verses from the book of Colossians.  The Word of God is often complex and hard to understand, but to me, these verses speak plainly and tell us exactly what God wants from us.  If you are one with Christ, if you have, as the Bible reads, been “raised with Christ”, then God wants you to turn your sights away from the things of this world and instead turn them to the things above.  Look to God, look to Heaven, look to Jesus, and follow His direction, his leading in your life, rather than looking at the things of this earth.

In today’s world, there is so much hate, so much anger, so much malice.  You can’t avoid it, it is on the radio, it is on the television, it is experienced in the newspapers, on the streets, in social media.  It is everywhere.  The biggest concern I have about all that anger is that it will settle in the hearts of people, Christians and non-Christians alike, and when it does, the only one happy is Satan.

Social injustice has been a fact of life for hundreds of life.  In Jesus’ day the Romans were in charge, the Hebrews were oppressed, and the corruption was rampant.  Today people are angry at the Republicans like other people were angry at the Democrats before them.  I guess the point I’m trying to make, and likely failing miserably at, is that regardless of what we do to end social injustice, the likely fact is that we are not going to be completely successful.  The key to our struggle, to the human struggle, if you will, is that we need to change the one person we can — ourselves.

A great Biblical scholar, a man of God who devotes his time in sharing the Word of God, the Truth, with hundreds of men each week, recently told us these words of wisdom:

The Bible is not a book on social reform.  The Bible is a book on Salvation.

My friends, everyone wants to be that change for good.  Be the change for good in yourself, and be the change for good in your family.  Don’t let the anger that pervades this world settle in your heart and turn you from God.  Now, please pray with us for these prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Please pray for Patti.  Here is her prayer request: Asking for prayers for my mother in law. She has been hospitalized with congestive heart failure.
  • Vickie has a prayer request for her sister: Please pray for my sister Betty. I took her to the local ER and they flew her to Charlotte. She was having a heart attack. I should have gotten there sooner. They have not told us anything yet.Update: It isn’t good. Doctor said this has been building for some time. They can only treat her with medicine for now because there is too much damage and her kidneys are too weak. Surgery may be possible later on but doubtful. Update 3/17: Betty is no longer in ICU. They started dialysis yesterday. Hoping this will help stabilize her and then maybe they can address the blockages in her heart. Thanks for the prayers!
  • Lori has a prayer request: Asking for prayers for a good friend of mine, Colleen, and her family as her husband is having major colon surgery in the morning. I am thankful her husband’s sisters will be there for her tomorrow! God Bless the hands of the surgeons, and grant a successful operation and healing!
  • Please continue praying for Aaliz’s nephew. The latest update on his condition: He keeps having fevers and then they go down. It is very hard on my sister right now. Her name is Angie please pray for her and her husband Charles. They have been by his being at bedside for months now.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.


Source: Prayers for the Week