Please Pray For This Family

This was on my Facebook May 25, 2020.


Please take a moment a pray for this sweet young man.. This is just so sad on a day that wad supposed to be filled with joy.. 😢

Fleming County parents killed in crash on the way home from son’s high school graduation.


Posted at 8:35 AM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 1:31 PM, May 25, 2020

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two Fleming County parents were killed in a car crash on Saturday after leaving their son’s high school graduation.

Also in the car were two of their sons, who are recovering at UK Hospital.

Kentucky State Police say the crash that killed Nancy and Lyndon Barnett happened near the intersection of KY-599 and KY-11.

Dalton Barnett is their youngest son and had just finished getting his diploma at his social distancing graduation celebration when the crash happened on their way home.

Dalton’s principal, Stephanie Emmons says this tragedy is felt not only in the school but throughout the entire community, “being from a tight-knit community any kind of tragedy doesn’t just impact a small portion of the community, it impacts all of us.”

Dalton was one of the first grads to walk across the stage, his mother, Nancy, wore a shirt that read “some people wait their entire lives to meet their inspiration, I raised mine.”

Emmons says Dalton has plans to join the military after graduation.

Dalton and his older brother, Michael, are being treated at UK Hospital.


To all of my readers, any of you that are praying people, please pray for this young man and the rest of his family, especially his brothers that are being treated at UK Hospital.

This young man and his brothers have a long way to go, and no parents to help to guide them when they need encouragement.

Also, please put this family on the prayer list at your individual Churches.The more prayers the better. Besides, prayers never hurt anybody. Thank you for joining me in my praying for them at the same time as some of you may be praying for them also.

Old-timer’s Situations

This was from Facebook.


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When you are on a diet, and you go into a bakery, this is the reply you may receive if you actually did ask that question. I can picture it in my mind now. But, I guess it could have been worse. The lady behind the counter could have said, “I’ll fill a bag with our sweet smelling air, and you can imagine you are about to eat one of the goodies, that you can’t have on a diet.”

Growing Up With Technological Advancements

Reaching the magical age of six years old was something that I looked forward to from about three years old and in Primary Sunday School Classes at Church. My older brother is one year older than I am, and therefore started school one year before I did. Needless to say, I wanted to go to school too, but kept being told that I wasn’t old enough to go to school.

There was no such thing as Preschool, or Kindergarten. That was to come nine years later that a child could go to private Preschool and/or Kindergarten. Public Kindergarten in Virginia didn’t come until the mid to late 60s.

Before that, I would gather the 4 and 5 year olds and we would go to my house, where I would teach them their alphabet, their numbers, their colors, and their basic shapes. For teaching them, I would make their alphabet letters by putting dashes for the shapes of the letters and they would trace over them. The same would be done with their numbers, and I would just hold up items with the different shapes and different colors for them to identify.

There was no such thing as a cell phone, they were all equipped with a dial pad that had a plastic disc with individual open circles for each of the nine numbers, and the phone lines were called party lines and were shared by four or five different families. It would be several years later before the numbers were on individual squares and each one had a different tone that it made when you pressed it down to select it.

Televisions were black and white pictures until 1969 when the first color television came out for the public to be ale to purchase. There were three basic channels ABC, CBS, NBC, a government channel and a public service channel. Television service went off the air at midnight to one o’clock in the morning, and did not come back on until six to seven o’clock in the morning. Profanity, nudity, and sexuality were not allowed. Shows with a husband and a wife made the husband and wife sleep in separate twin beds. There were no walk men, no CD players, no cassette tapes with cassette players. Most radios had only AM on them, there was no such thing as AM/FM radios until the mid to late 60s.

There were no digital cameras. You had to use rolls of film that had to be threaded into the camera after 20 to 24 pictures, and there were no automatic flashes in the cameras, individual flash bulbs had to be put into the flash attachment. Later came Flash Cubes with four sides that had a bulb in each side. Each individual roll of film had to be developed, or put onto picture thick paper. Then came cameras that used little automatic rolls of film in a little cassette roll of film. Now there are digital cameras with little SD cards with different amounts of memory on them. When they are full, you load them onto your computer and save them on your disk drive or save them into one of the many memory clouds that are out there.

Having computers at home were unheard of, and when they did come out, only rich people could afford to purchase them. The manual typewriters were replaced with automatic ones that plugged into a regular electric socket. That was the nearest thing to a computer that most normal people could ever even hope to purchase. Most recorded music was on records. Circular discs made of vinyl, came in three different sizes, with the music being on groves in the vinyl. Now the music comes out of your computer or from a MP3 player where you recorded what music you want to hear, from your other CD’s and real live concerts, if it’s allowed.

Posting about all of the changes that I have lived through could go on for several more hours. But I’m going to stop here and say that thanks to modern day technological advances, news can be reported within minutes of its’ happening, thanks to Drones, powerful cameras, and super fast internet services.


Midland Flood Of 2020

This was on Facebook. Being able to see things like this by way of a Drone is fascinating. But at the same time, when it’s about something like a fire or a flood, or any other “Act Of God”, they are heart breaking as well. When you stop to really think about technology, it can almost blow your mind away.


What Is First Thing

This is from Facebook. Thank God that COVID-19 is over!!!!! And if one comes to me, then I’ll write a poem.


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The first thing I’m going to do is to get up and thank God that the pandemic is over and I didn’t get it. Then I’m going to get dressed and go to the store just to look around, and I may buy something to show how happy I am that it’s all over. That’s if it’s a weekday. If it’s a Sunday, I’ll catch the bus and go to Sunday School and Church if they are both being held.f only one is going on, then I’ll go to that one. When I get home, I’ll sing.



I Always Get Up!

This is from Facebook. Probably, if the truth be told, most everybody can relate to some if not all of what this says. I know that I can. To me, I relate it to “What God Hath Promised”. When life knocks you down, God will give you the strength to get back up – just ask Him. If all you ever see is the good things that you want to see, then when the bad things come, you won;t know what to do to be able to get back up- ask God. If all you ever had was success, then you would be devastated by the failures when and if they ever came-trust God. No matter what befalls you, God can help you and will carry you if you cannot walk by yourself. You may be wondering how I know this. The answer is that I have experienced it and always called on God to get me through. And He did. Why did he do that for me? Because “God Is Awesome”, and I’m a Child of God.


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One of my talents is my ability to write poetry. I have won awards, honorable mention awards, and editors choice awards with many of my poems.The one posted below is one of these poems that is special to me.

Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

Winners never quit and quitters never win

For if you’re a quitter then you’ve stopped trying and given in

A fighter never won a fight with delivering a powerful blow

A runner never won a race by running very slow

This is how it goes in everyone’s life

Even in the middle of turmoil and strife

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Is a phrase that helps people do a lot of growing

They say “The best things in life are free.”

And that “No one ever said the way would be easy.”

There are so many different walks in life

Here too you have to decide what for you will be right

If by chance the first one you choose doesn’t work

Don’t be a quitter but a winner and for another one look

For you can’t give up if you want to win

Because winners never quit and quitters never win


Bonnie Jean

November 11, 1989

This poem won an Honorable Mention March 31, 1991 from the World Of Poetry.


Being A U.S. Veteran

This was on Facebook. Our Veterans are all of these things and then some. Yet, our society has hardly any respect for them. Worst of all is what our government does to them or doesn’t do for them, whichever the case may be. When they first enlist they are promised so many things that they will have access to, both during the time they are in the service and when they retire after 20 years of service, or get out after serving their required 4 years of service and are discharged. Yet there are many that cannot even feed their families when they are living on the base, and have to obtain food stamps. That to me seems like a slap in the face. Even worse is when they have served their 20 years, and think they are coming home to their home to live comfortably for the rest of their lives. But instead they find out that their home has been foreclosed on and they have no place to go and are now homeless. I don’t know how other people feel, but so far as I’m concerned, that’s like a slap in the face.


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The New Resistance


I would like to tell all of the Veterans that, even though there is no way that I can know all of their names, I love and respect all of them. They are prayed for and thanked everyday. They will never be forgotten. My Father and one of my brothers were 20 year Veterans, and I will always be proud of them for being willing to give up their own life to keep us free. One of my other brothers was honorably discharged from the service, after being in a jeep accident while stationed in Germany. I am proud of him too. I’m not too sure about my other two brothers, but I love them also.



Just Because You’re Struggling

This is from Facebook. I imagine that there are quite a few people that feel like they are failing when they are struggling. It’s very hard to understand how anybody can even think that they are not failing when the struggling gets worse and worse, and it seems like things are never going to change. I have gone through it many many times. But I have some secrets that I try to fall back on, and here lately they have worked just fine.

I love music, especially Christian music and Southern Gospel. Whenever things start going wrong, I try to sing as many songs as I can remember. This is especially true when I am alone. It’s sort of praying and singing at the same time, if you can imagine it. Music has always cheered me up. Especially the songs we sing in Church. After all the Bible says:


I looked it up on Google and this is what the results are.

Psalm 100 is the 100th psalm in the Hebrew Bible of the Book of Psalms. In English, it is translated as Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” in the King James Version (KJV), and as “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands” in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).


I make a noise that is joyful to me. I don’t know how joyful it is to other people, but as long as it’s joyful to me at the time, that’s all that matters.


Sometimes I try to think of really special and upbeat things to try. One of the things that I try is reading the poem, “God Has Not Promised” You will find it below. I looked this up on Google as well.


God hath not promised skies always blue, 
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun with out rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.


But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labor, light for the way;
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.


God hath not promised we shall not know 
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe; 
He hath not told us we shall not bear 
Many a burden, Many a care.


God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, 
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.


* Public Domain in US Only.

Words © This text is in the Public Domain



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Not everybody has everything handed to them on a silver platter. And even the ones that do seemingly have everything, could still be struggling. Struggling just shows that you are trying to accomplish whatever thing it is that you are working on.

Do You Pray?

This is from Facebook. It’s talking about the different things to pray about, and how those are done. There are things that we do as a matter of habit and don’t even give them a second thought. For me, that was until today when I first read this prayer. I am doing some of these things myself, and never even consider that they could be and/or were a form of prayer.


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Other than prayer being how we are supposed to talk to God, I never really thought about it this way.The biggest thing about praying was being taught that I was supposed to thank God for everything. And the EVERYTHING included the good and the bad. It was the thanking God for the bad stuff that I couldn’t understand.

I was in my mid to upper twenty’s before it was explained to me the way that actually made sense. In the process of explaining it to me, a poem was used about what God had and had not promised us.Here is a copy of the poem that I looked up on Google:


God Hath Not Promised

1 God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
2 God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
3 God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.******************************************************************************************************************************

In that being explained to me, as the saying goes, “I saw the light.” I realized what thanking God even for the bad stuff meant, and it finally made sense. We have to have some things bad in our life or we would never know just how good the good was. Even after it being explained to me in a way that I could understand, it was hard to thank God for it. So in my prayers, I even told God about not wanting to thank Him for the bad stuff, and how weird I felt doing it. But eventually, I came to a place where I could thank God for everything while saying my prayers.

It no longer seemed illogical to do it, like it first did. I even started lifting prayers up to God during the day, and not just at bedtime. It really does make a difference in my whole being and how I feel throughout the day. Now instead of never thanking God for the bad, I literally thank Him for EVERYTHING that happens in my life, and everything that is given to me, as well as things that I had at one time, but no longer have for various reasons. When I catch myself getting upset about certain things that I have lost, I talk to God about that too.

If you are a person that does not pray, you may want to start doing it. You will feel strange at first, but after doing it for a while, it will become very pleasant to you. There have even been times that I wished the day would hurry up and end so I could say a long prayer instead of just praying little prayers throughout the day.

A Few More Weeks…

This is from Facebook, and I feel the same way.


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Lara Hattingh

April 10 at 5:07 AM

*************************************************************************************************I would much rather be in quarantine a few more weeks than to lose a family  member of a friend. You would think more people would think that way too. But I guess not.