Our neighbor was a survivor of the death march of Bataan,
His name was Joe, he was pretty shy.
I hadnâ€™t thought about them in many years.
I was sorting some pictures this afternoon and came across them.
His wife’s name was Jane and she and my grandma Besta were best friends.
Besta immigrated to the USA.
Her marriage certificate was dated 29 JUN 1921.
She taught me to listen and be quiet.
I was always kind of scared of Joe.
I rode his horses for years because Daddy told me they needed work.
I fell in love with one when I was 12.
His name was Spooky, Joe sold him to me
For 5.00. I worked hard for that money, weeding strawberries.
When I bought Spooky from Joe, Spooky was two, he was spooky.
We kind of grew up together. Spooky
Took me to a National 4-H championship,
many years ago.
He was an amazing pony.
He trusted me to keep him safe.
If I said you can do it.. He would.
He was a bay paint pony.
He had the outline of Michigan on his sides.
I have no idea of where he came from.
Joe said his daddy had bought the mare in foal at a slaughter sale.
I was not a normal kid, I rode calves, horses anything I could jump on.
I rode bulls at home for fun; I roped cows and calves because they were there.
In High School, I was the first girl Sec. of FFA.
Bill Bartow was our Advisor.
He Believed in me.
I chaired the Agforum FFA to a state championship in 1974
Yes girls were not popular then. It was a male alliance the FFA.
I was so damn good they had to let me chair the team.
We were in Kansas City in 1974.
I found the coins from Kansas when The Queen Mother died.
I found a letter from Joe to my Daddy from 1969 saying I was
The best horseman he had ever known.
Joe. God Bless You.
I cannot ever remember Joe addressing me directly.
I gathered cows for him on open range for years.
He never said a word, just worked the gates, and fed me coffee.
His wife sewed the gown that I wore for the National FFA Finals.
It was Navy blue velvet.
Mrs. Jane and Besta sewed for days,
They braided my hair when I left. It was The first gown I had ever worn.
It was the first time I can remember being away from home.
My parents actually drove thousands of miles to Kansas City Kansas to
Support me and my team.
I am sorry Joe for all you suffered as an American Hero
I loved Mrs. Jane.
She died of cancer when I was 18.
I was honored to be a pall bearer.
She was a lovely lady.
She was married to an American Hero.
God gives Grace, and pours out his Mercy in the most unexpected places.
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Having lived most of my adult life in CowboyHeaven, Montana, I am neither surprised nor astounded at the ongoing antics of cult members of Westboro Baptist.
Montana draws cultists and white supremacists like flies on cow paddies.
Usually wet ones.
The romance you know. Hey I live in BigSky country.
Watching Shirley Phelps on Fox , because some of the kids were home for Mitchelâ€™s fifteenth birthday and they have to have the TV on!All The time!
She fits the profile of the perfect Christian wife, long hair, (showing her submission)
Eleven children, the faithful wife.
Hey Shirley do they beat you for mistakes?
She misquoted a passage from Leviticus, it actually is written:
‘Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:17-18
Gosh didnâ€™t Jesus say something like this also?
â€œJesus said to him, â€™you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.â€
Westboro Baptist is neither Baptist nor Christian.
It is a cult of evil.
That is not a judgment; by the way, it is discernment.
“Make every effort to add to your faith, goodness;
And to goodness, knowledge;
And to knowledge, self-control;
And to self-control, perseverance;
And to perseverance, godliness;
And to godliness, brotherly kindness;
And to brotherly kindness, love.”
(2 Peter 1:5-7)
“If we possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive.”
(2 Peter 1:8)
The fruits of the spirit are evident in the life of one who loves God; characteristics such as Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.
Contrast these fruits of the Spirit of a Christian with the behavior of those misguided and lost souls of Westboro Cult under the Evil lead of Fred Phelps.
Hate, Outbursts of Wrath, Contention, Jealousy, Vengefulness, and Misery, Harshness, and Selfish ambition.
In addition to their anti-homosexual stance, the cult also possesses a strong anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, racist, neo-Nazi, anti-American, and anti-Semitic leaning.. umm well
something like that
Elements of a Cult
1) A centralized form of leadership that rules with unquestioned authority
2) A body of convictions, beliefs, and practices set forth boldly as “the truth”
3) A compelling presentation of the group vision to prospects that is inviting and challenging
4) A series of manipulative socializing sessions to instill psychological dependence on the group
5) A definable process of group dynamics used to unethically control and manipulate members
6) A history of abuses of authority by group leaders freely using deception and fear tactics
7) A history of psychological and spiritual abuses of group members that destroy lives
Pity them and pray for them.
More at ; Michelle Malkin
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