Immersed in Thankfulness

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! TAGSBlessingsFaithFreedomGodInspirationMike GillandOpinionThankfulnessThanksgivingThe Shepherd Radio NetworkWorship Previous articleFree PPE giveaway December 1-3: Orange County continues to assist small businessesNext articleThe lifesaving power of gratitude Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Opinion | Faith & InspirationBy Mike GillandI came by it honestly, growing up in a home of coffee drinkers.  It took a little while, but by the time that I was a young broadcaster signing on a radio transmitter at 5:30 in the morning, my transformation into a full-grown lover of the coffee bean became complete.  You just gotta love that wonderful warmth and comfort that we get from our morning cup of caffeine.Fast forward to the days when Starbucks began to pop up all over the country. I remember the first time I ever opened the door to one of their shops, all decorated with the green-and-white logos, beautiful wooden cabinets and inviting music playing softly; that’s when it happened. The aroma was everywhere. Not just emanating up from the cup, it was in every cubic inch of the air that we were breathing. It was exhilarating, and I was hooked. Coming into those shops became a treat, because now, it was more than a cup of coffee; it was a java experience.Now, while that might be an extreme way of looking at coffee, (I have been known to talk in superlatives), in a real way, that is exactly how we should view all of the blessings in life that we’ve been given. The Psalmists excelled in this very thing, giving us chapter after chapter of beautiful lyrics, amazing imagery, all crammed through and through with deep theological truths about the goodness of God and our need to be grateful and thankful to Him.If you have ever studied the real stories of America’s history, you will have learned that the desire to worship our God freely in this manner is what drove our nation’s settlers to risk everything on the voyage to this new land where they could worship freely. That desire produced an immersive longing that was thicker and sweeter than the aroma from any coffee bar.What began as a humble feast centuries ago became a national holiday. And while our country has changed in so, so many ways (and continues to do so), one thing should remain the same, unchanged in spite of time, and that is the need to recognize that we are recipients of mercy and grace. God’s grace, given freely. He has given us the privilege of living in a nation where we can, and should, worship freely, where we can receive the bountiful blessings from God and then, in turn, share our blessings with others. It really can happen. We will become more content, more peaceful, and less selfish when we merely stop and do an inventory, see what we have and all that we’ve been given. It will produce in our hearts a thankfulness, and we will enjoy the fragrance of love from our loving Father.And that is better than all the coffee in the world.Happy Thanksgiving!Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format. Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers.  In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270.   In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader.  As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to eight grandchildren.center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Photo by Nick Hillier on Unsplash Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Pasadena Police Plan Checkpoint to Stop Drivers Friday, Won’t Say Where

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, February 27, 2015 , at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 6 lives and resulted in 84 injury crashes harming 125 of our friends and neighbors,” said Pasadena Police Chief, Phillip L. Sanchez.Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Pasadena Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drink Driver – Call 9-1-1.” 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe More Cool Stuff Community News Make a comment Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img latest #1 Pasadena Police Plan Checkpoint to Stop Drivers Friday, Won’t Say Where Published on Monday, February 23, 2015 | 11:24 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business Newslast_img read more

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19 Spring flash, fizzle

first_imgVolume XXXNumber 1Page 19 “It happens every year,” said Gary Wade, an Extension Servicehorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “People will go on abuying frenzy and buy anything and everything in bloom.”Trying to buy out the garden center on a single visit isn’t allbad.”Spring is the best time of the year to buy spring-bloomingplants,” Wade said. “You can see the plants in bloom and tell ifthey’re the colors you have in mind. It assures that you getplants of the same variety — plants have been known to be taggedwrong.”DownsideSpring buying sprees have drawbacks, though. The first is howquickly the color fades after you get home.”What people don’t always realize,” Wade said, “is that when youbuy that plant and take it home in its peak of color, within aweek or so those blooms will be gone. You won’t have color untilnext year.”Planting them can shock them and further shorten their display,he said. You can stretch the blooms out a few more days if youjust put them where you want them, still in their containers, andkeep them watered until the blooms drop. Then plant them.One of the biggest drawbacks to one-day spree-buying is that whenyou buy many kinds of plants in their peak of bloom, you canexpect them to all bloom together next year and for years to come.”What you wind up with is a real splash of color that lasts aweek or two, but a somewhat drab landscape for the rest of thespring,” Wade said.Lasting springA better idea, he said, is to simply spread out your landscapepurchases. “Visit the garden center once a month during thespring to buy plants that bloom at different times,” he said.Nurseries and garden centers know you’re going to do that. Theybet the business on it every spring. And they’re going to keepplants in a peak of color for as long as they can. One way theydo that is with different varieties.”Azaleas are available in three types, in terms of their time ofbloom: early, midseason and late,” he said. “Early-bloomingvarieties usually bloom around April 1-15 in central Georgia,give or take a week in north or south Georgia.”Expect midseason varieties to bloom from mid-April to mid-Mayand late-season varieties to bloom after mid-May,” he said.”Buying and planting varieties from each of these categories willextend the color show. Good gardening books usually listvarieties according to their time of bloom.”Spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils are the sameway, he said. “They come in early, midseason and late-seasonvarieties,” he said. “Buying the right varieties can extend theircolor several weeks.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThe normal way of buying flowering plants tends to producelandscapes with three stages every spring: a glorious flash, afizzle and wait-till-next-year.last_img read more

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Après Ski

first_imgAprès ski. There’s no way to say it without sounding like a complete douche, and yet no two words in any language get me as excited. Roughly translated from the original French, après ski means, “I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.”I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist.Sadly, there are no champagne/hot tub accidents where I ski. Because, you see children, my local ski hill is in a dry county. There are no shot skis. No Jager luges. No bar with cougars trolling for ski bums. When the lifts shut down, our only après ski option is to head to the nearest Steak n’ Shake for burgers. N’ shakes. The struggle is real.I’m not a wise man, but I’ve learned a few things in my 39 years on this planet. For instance, I know that making peace with your own limitations is the key to happiness. Well, it’s one of the keys to happiness. There are probably 12 keys to happiness in total. I don’t know, like I said, I’m not a wise man. But 12 seems like the right number.A couple of other keys to happiness I figured out along the way: marry someone who’s out of your league. Conventional wisdom says you should stick to your own classifications for attractiveness when finding a life partner. If you’re a seven, marry a seven. But trust me, waking up to someone who’s significantly hotter than you will make you happy.Also, listen to a lot of Beastie Boys.But back to accepting your own limitations. What I’m really taking about here is the Southern Appalachians during ski season. We have a lot of really great ski resorts to choose from in the South, and during a banner year, there is even some cross country and backcountry turns to be had. But you simply can’t compare the Southern Apps to the Rockies, or even the Northern Appalachians for that matter. We just don’t have the snow. It’s a matter of math. The South has a lot of fine qualities that make up for the lack of snow (boiled peanuts, bourbon), but you can’t argue with math.It took me a while to come to terms with the Southern Appalachians’ geographical limitations, but as soon as I accepted those limitations, and made peace with a winter that was less snowy, I started enjoying the ski season more. I’ve accepted a winter full of man-made snow and the occasional dusting of God-given powder. I can accept a ski resort that only gets 60 inches of natural snow a year, but I cannot accept a resort that has no bar in the lodge, or anywhere within a 10-mile radius, for that matter. You have to drive 20 minutes across the county line to get a beer. And that beer is in an Ingles. You gotta drive all the way back to Asheville to hit a legitimate bar, and then you’re the only one wearing ski boots and still sporting goggles. That’s not après ski. That’s just drinking.Our lack of snow is a matter of geography. The lack of booze at my hill is human error. Fortunately, it’s an isolated situation; there are plenty of great après ski options in the South. Beech has a killer bar on top of the mountain. They even have their own brewery. Whitegrass Café, at the base of Whitegrass ski touring center, is a veritable party after a good powder day. In fact, the resort where I hold my season pass might be the only dry ski resort below the Mason Dixon.The lack of a bar at my local hill is frustrating, mostly because I don’t want to ski anywhere else. I like the terrain. The ski patrol lets me skin up the hill during the week. The lifties wear denim and blast classic rock from mid-station. Why can’t this mountain have a damn bar? And more snow, but we already talked about that, so I’m gonna let it go. But the bar…the lack of a bar is a tough thing to let go.Alas, when the world gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Then spike that lemonade with vodka.So in lieu of a legitimate bar, we tailgate. We pop the trunk on our SUV, brandish a cooler full of quality local beer and crank the Phil Collins, right there in the middle of the parking lot. You’ll see a few other people doing the same, particularly during that hour between the day session and the night session when the mountain is closed for grooming. Dudes retreat to their trunks and sit, nursing a few beers, tired but ready to hit the hill again after dark. We talk about how the mountain needs a bar. How the food could be better. And how much we like the mountain anyway, in spite of all of its flaws. Or maybe because of them, it’s hard to tell. And really, who needs a snooty après ski bar with overpriced Bud Light, when you can après ski in your own trunk. SEC football style.last_img read more

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One more exit from the GFF

first_imgACTING General Secretary of the Guyana Football Federation is the latest to have tendered his resignation at the office of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).Mr Meerson Jones, in an invited comment, made it clear that he was forced to resign because of a critical family situation abroad, which he has to attend to immediately. That is the reason he quit his post that he was acting in for the last three months, yesterday“It was a very challenging period and I learnt a lot. I feel committed to the development and once I am here again I would be involved. I must thank the Federation for giving me the opportunity to serve the sport which certainly has a long way to go. I would also like to extend best wishes to the football family,” Jones told Chronicle Sport in parting.Last week Friday, the chief accountant Christine Jones handed in her resignation as well. Two financial directors and a technical director have also departed for greener pastures since this current executive assumed office last year November. The General Secretary was fired three months ago.last_img read more

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