Friday, April 20, 2007

Expect the Unexpected.

Post 189 - - - - - - Friday, 20th April, 2007.

Hello my Friends ~~ We are having lovely weather lately around 24 C
but we desperately need the rain. I hope that everything is going well
in your part of the world. All is well with me and I hope to do some
gardening tomorrow. I want to plant a few flower plants and a packet
of Broad Bean seeds, so I hope I can do that. Wish me luck !!

The story I have tonight was in our local paper and was written by a
local pastor called George Deeble, who I have posted before.
It is called "Expect the Unexpected.

A young man was getting ready to graduate from university. For
many months he had admired a sports car and knowing his father
could well afford it, he told him what he wanted.

As graduation day approached, he looked for signs his father had
purchased the car.

Finally on graduation day, his father called him into his private study.
He told his son how proud he was to have such a fine son and told
him how much he loved him. He handed him a beautiful wrapped
gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man found a lovely,
leather-bound bible with the young man's name embossed in gold.

Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your
money, you give me a bible?" and stormed out of the house.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in
business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family,
but realised that his father was very old and he should go to him.
He had not seen him since that graduation day.

Before he could make arrngements, he received a phone call to
tell him his father had died and had willed all his possessions
to his son. He needed to return home immediately and take
care of things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden
sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search through his father's papers and saw the still
new-looking bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he
opened it and began to turn the pages..

His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matthew 7:11 : And
if you being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more shall your heavenly father who is in heaven,
give to those who ask Him?

As he read these words, a key dropped from the back of the bible,
it had a tag with the dealer's name who had the car he desired.
On the tag was the date of his graduation and the words 'paid in full.'

The car was still in the garage.
How often have we been like that young man and missed God's
blessins because they are not packaged as we have expected ?

First joke tonight came from my friend, Warren -Thanks Warren.

A woman in her fifties is at home happily jumping unclothed, on
her bed squealing with delight.
Her husband watches her for a while and asks, "Do you have any
idea how ridiculous you look ? What;s the matter with you ?"

The woman continues to bounce on the bed and says, "I don't
care what you think. I just came from having a mammogram, and
the doctor says that not only am I healthy, but I have the breasts
of an 18 year old."

The husband replies, "What did he say about your 55 year

She replied, "Your name never came up !!"
Knowledge You Can't Live Without !!

"I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
(And "I do" is the longest sentence.)

Pearls melt in vinegar.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather
for a year's supply of footballs.

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumped over the
lazy dog" uses every letter in the alphabet.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without
a letter is " uncopyrightable."

"Stewardessess" is the longest word that is typed with only
the left hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with -- month,
orange, silver, and purple.

The airplane that Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie."

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

Each king in a deck of cards represents a great king from
Spades -- -- King David.
Clubs --- Alexander the Great,
Hearts - - - Charlemagne, and
Diamonds - - Julius Caesar.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a
"Friday the 13th."

Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep
floating to the top and sinking to te bottom. (This works
in any clear soda.)

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
He's Alive !!
A noted criminal defense lawyer was making his closing
argument for his client accused of murder, although the
body of the victim had never been found.
The lawyer dramatically turned to the courtroom's clock
and pointing to it, announced, "Ladies and gentlemen of
the jury, I have some astounding news. I have found the
supposed victim of this murder to be alive ! In just ten
seconds, he will walk through the door of this courtroom."

A heavy quiet suddenly fell over the courtroom as every-
one waited for the dramatic entry. But nothing happened.

The smirking lawyer continued, "The mere fact that you
were watching the door, expecting the victim to walk into
this courtroom, is clear proof that you have far more than
even a reasonable doubt as to whether a murder was
actually committed.."

Tickled with the impact of his cleverness, the cocky lawyer
confidently sat down to await acquittal.

The jury was instructed, filed out, and filed back in just
ten minutes with a guilty verdict.

When the judge brought the proceedings to an end, the
dismayed lawyer chased after the jury foreman : "Guilty ?
How could you convict? You were all watching the door."

"Well," the foreman explained, "Most of us were watching
the door. But one of us was watching the defendant, and he
was not watching the door."

Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents;
maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault of
the younger generation. - - -Harold Coffin.

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone.
It has created the word "lonliness" to express the pain of being
alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the
glory of being alone. - - - Paul Tillich.

A bad habit never disappears miraculously; it's an undo-it-
yourself project. - - - Abigail van Buren.

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
- - - - Mary Kay Ash.

Bye for now Friends, Have a great weekend coming up and
take care of yourselves and each other. Love to all, Merle.

Post 189 - - - - - Friday, 20th April, 2007.


Jeanette said...

Dear Merle. Just caught up with your last couple of posts.Lovely story at Mcdonalds for breakfast,Casserole sounds yummy I might make one and freeze some for later use.Ihope you getyour plants in the garden. Iam heading to bed. Ive still got my friends staying with me till the end of next week, and now ive gone picked up a tummy bug. and feeling a bit washed out. Take Care ((((HUGS)))) Janxoxo

"Early Bird" said...

I loved this post, all the "facts" were so interesting...a beautiful weekend shaping up here...I'm so glad!!

Val said...

Interesting reading the knowledge you can't live without. Some amazing facts there!

Water situation getting scary.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

I knew that about the word orange but not the other words.

I liked the lawyer joke it gave me a good laugh, and I served on a jury last spring so I actually got to see a lawyer in action and saw how cocky they can be first hand.


Peter said...

Hi Merle, I have just got a couple of emails for the last couple of comments, so they MAY have fixed it.
You should have left "Ass" in Warrens joke, it made more sense then.

Jim said...

Hi Merle -- These were nice tonight.
I liked the lawyer joke and had chuckled again over the 50 year old woman. I think they're kind of nice myself.
And I learned [but will soon forget it] something about those kings on the cards.
Now, who are the Queens?

Meow said...

Hey Merle, hope you got your gardening done today. Is it raining out your way yet ?? It has been coming down steadily for the last couple of hours down here ... aaaahhhh, wonderful. Hope it keeps up for awhile !!
Enjoy your weekend.
Take care, Meow

audrey` said...

Hi Merle

How are you?

I read about the drought crisis in Australia.
Oh no.
It's so hot and dry.

Please drink more water, k?

Take care =)


Lee-ann said...

Hello Merle, yes the weather is so beautiful isn't it.....believe it or not we had a little rain today don't get too excited it was just a mist of rain realy.

Anyway it has been awhile since I visited you and as always enjoy your posts.

Hope this finds you well.

audrey` said...

Oh yes Merle!

May our Lord flood Australia with a lot of rain =)

audrey` said...

Dear Dear Merle =)

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