Plagiarized Pearls From Living a Long Time #7

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
You want to be encouraged? 
Go to a High School Graduation
Last night Sandy and I went to a high school graduation. May not sound like much to write about about, but spending those couple of hours in that gymnasium was the most encouraging experience we've had in a long time! The excited anticipation of those young adults was palatable. Even with the pandemic, nearly half the graduates received scholarships and a third of them earned GPAs over 3.5. The valedictorian was a second and third grade student in our Sunday school class back what seems like such a short time ago.
We were honored to be invited, but my recommendation is you go invited or not. And don't make a beeline for the exit when the ceremony is over. Just sit for a bit and soak in the the joy and excitement being shared by family and friends. And teachers and administrators.
As I type this in mid-May, high school graduations should be plentiful in your area.
We live in fly-over mid-America, but I've gotta believe the same attitude of hope is going to be part of the graduation wherever you go.
You want to be encouraged? Go to a High School Graduation!
Till next time,
Sam from

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Plagiarized Pearls From Living a Long Time #6

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
It is never wrong to call wrong "Wrong" when God calls it "Wrong".
Good morning,
The most quoted verse in the Bible is "Judge not, lest you be judged". Pretty good advice, huh? At least for the grey areas of life. But what do we do when we run smack dab into an area where God clearly calls a particular action "Wrong"?
I'm not asking about what our individual denominations interpret as wrong. I'm asking about what is as clear cut as the original Ten.
As I sit here contemplating the subject of wrong I can not help but wonder why we do not major our actions on what God calls "Right".
I do not have the ability to wrap this up with a pithy little closing. I guess the encouraging part today is for you to know that there are others (me, at least) who do not have their understanding set in concrete. But, I do not let what I do not know shake me from what I do know. My favorite parable is the one about the blind man. He was interrogated as to the details of his healing and he responded that he didn't understand the details, but he sure enough knew that once he was blind and that now he can see! That's me.
Unless the Bible clearly states an action is wrong, who am I to judge? 😀
Till next time,
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Plagiarized Pearls From Living a Long Time #5

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
I don't want what I can't afford
Good morning,
"I Don't want what I can't afford..." This plagiarized jewel fell from the lips of our number one (and only) son, Tony. He was answering someone's question of why he didn't own a larger, newer and nicer motorhome. Their old Commander got he and his wife, Tammy, and their desert toys back and forth for weekend jaunts to their favorite Southern Californian desert playgrounds, but the Commander admittedly did lack panache. Tony and Tammy both have a lot of ambition and like nice things. They are goal setters who desire to achieve. What they do not do is envy, begrudge, lust after or crave those things they can not yet afford. Wanting what we can not afford is a real bugaboo.
Actually not wanting what we can not afford frees us up to really enjoy what we can afford.
Till next time,

Sam from

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Plagiarized Pearls From Living a Long Time #4

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
Place every piece of criticism
between two slabs of praise.
No idea where this one originally came from but I know it works... if applied.

At least it works on me when Sandy has used it on me. Of course she has great difficulty finding anything in me to criticize. 😇

Actually, criticism is so wasted and overused. Whether it's Roast Preacher for Sunday lunch or Stupid Politicians for workday diner, we all waste a lot of criticism on issues we will never impact. Child rearing, teaching, supervising, relating to our spouse, now there are some areas our positive criticism could impact. Heavens to Betsey, we might even find an area in ourselves that is less than perfect. Nah...

Till next time,



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Plagiarized Pearls From Living Long #3

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
Average = the worst of the best
Average = the best of the worst
My first sales manager with Allstate was a wonderful man named Bud Johnson. It was from Bud that I heard this definition of average. His abhorrence of mediocracy was impressed on me as a form of encouragement to excel.
Whether we swing an ax, shovel dirt or perform brain surgery, being average is not a lofty goal. Have you ever met a grandparent with average grandkids?
Till next time,

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Plagiarized Pearls From Living a Long Time #2

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
How to Glorify God:
Simply make God look better to those around us.
Hello again,

I've always wondered what it meant to glorify God. Don't know how many theologians will agree with my recently picked up one liner, but it works for me. Never giving those around us a reason to tag us as a hypocrite is a good start.
So, my intent is to share these one liners with you in the hope you will find some of them encouraging.
If you like this, my second one, please share it.
You can also be an encourager. Till next time...

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Plagiarized Pearls From Living a Long Time #1

"Thinking of ways to encourage others..."
Everything is not falling apart.
Everything is falling in place.
This is encouraging for those of us who look forward to
the second coming of Christ.

Here is something brand new for me. I was reading the Bible this morning out of the NLT and came across Hebrews 10:24a: "Think of ways to encourage others..."
People have pegged me for years as an encourager, and I have also for years written down one liners drawn from just listening, reading and living.
So, my intent is to share some of those one liners with you in the hope you will find them encouraging. If you like this, my first one I over heard yesterday, please share it. You can also be an encourager.
Till next time...
Sam from

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Our Final Little Kicker Book Is Here!


Little Kicker Books—When you care enough to give the very best

We started this journey several years ago. In May, 2011 our first book was printed, followed by a new book each year. We received our eighth and final book of the series in October, 2018: Little Kicker Believes... God has a Plan for him and for you.

Today is Cyber Monday, November 26, 2018. Sandy and I have just returned home from a 52 day book signing and selling tour down across some South Eastern states. On our next birthdays I will be 78 and Sandy 75. Working 11 and 13 hour days is not as easy as it use to be, and recuperation takes a little longer. Anyway, we've got a prayer request: We need direction on establishing Little Kicker for the future. Sandy has completed her race in that the stories God gave to her so many years ago are now in print. In print in English, that is. What about the children of the world who are not English speaking? What about the children born after we have left this world?

Surely those who have read these darling little books will acknowledge their specialness. A specialness that will over-arch language, culture and time. We are desirous of God's perfect plan for Little Kicker's future. Please join us in prayer that Sandy and I will recognize that plan when in His perfect timing it is revealed. 


New Book Release

Kimble Creek Press LLC, DBA Little Kicker Books® has taken the third week of August, 2017 to announce the release of their newest book titled Little Kicker's Friendship Book, subtitled Being Happy With the Friends God Gave Me.

Sounds kinda like what I imagine a press release is suppose to sound like, huh? Anyway you slice it, this really is a big deal for Sandy and me. Her first book, A Prayer For Little Kicker, had its first printing in 2011 and has been reprinted two more times since then. Our brand new book, Little Kicker's Friendship Book, is our seventh and is our next to last. Our hope is to have our final Little Kicker book number number eight published early in 2018. We are amazed how God is using these books and plush donkey to help parents, grandparents and other adult care givers instill Bible based values in the children they love.

We covet you prayers. As many of you know, Sandy is a ten year cancer survivor. Yesterday she spent two hours on an MRI table getting a full scan with contrast of her spine. Her spine was where her cancer manifested itself years ago, and her spine has been giving her serious pain for some months now. We of course pray her painful back problem is an everyday, ordinary problem that can be easily corrected. Our nuro-spinal surgeon will invite us in for the MRI