terça-feira, 29 de julho de 2014

WE ARE HOME!


I am home, Bruce is home, JC is home, and now Victoria is home! We are all home, living together, for a couple of weeks until Jonathan moves into his dorm for the semester (right here in town)! It has been a long 4 years since we last lived together. We were all in Brazil when Jonathan and us decided that he should come to the US. Then, the following year, Victoria told us that the Lord was sending her to Casper, WY (which He confirmed to us). We were very sad in Brazil without our children. We finally decided to relocate - yet again!

A year and a half in Casper, WY was a blessed time! But, now, once again, we relocated to Johnson City, TN. I know, I know, we are “pursuing” our children, much like God, the Father, pursues us! We love our children more than anything in this world (second to God, only). We love them unconditionally, much like God, the Father, loves us!

We came ahead to move into our new “home!” We came ahead to prepare the house for our family, much like Jesus, the Son, went ahead to prepare us a place in heaven. It is not the most expensive home in town, by any means. It does not have the most expensive furniture, that’s for sure! It does not have the most modern equipment, but it is OUR home! In this home there is much love going around. There is much laughter all the time. There is an open arm and forgiveness daily.

My heart rejoices and is filled with gladness to see my children back under one roof! I feel like I’m a chicken with its chicks under her wings, much like Jesus takes care of his “little chicks.” I have come to realize how much I love my husband and my children all over again! I experienced depression when they all left the nest and now I experience extreme joy to have them come back.

I know this won’t last forever, but now they will fly the coup because they will get married. That, to a Brazilian Mom, feels more natural, feels right!
 
 
Thank you, Jesus, for paying the price for me!
Thank you, Father, for loving me unconditionally!
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for patiently working on my character!       

Neide Colson
Johnson City, TN.
July 29th, 2014.

quarta-feira, 23 de julho de 2014

SEGURANÇA EM DEUS (De Davi)

Salmo 27

O SENHOR Deus é a minha luz e a minha salvação; de quem terei medo?
O SENHOR me livra de todo perigo; não ficarei com medo de ninguém.

 
Quando os maus, os meus inimigos, me atacam e procuram me matar, são eles que tropeçam e caem.
Ainda que um exército inteiro me cerque, não terei medo; ainda que os meus inimigos me ataquem, continuarei confiando em Deus.

 
A Deus, o SENHOR, pedi uma coisa, e o que eu quero é só isto: que ele me deixe viver na sua casa todos os dias da minha vida, para sentir maravilhado com a sua bondade e pedir a sua orientação.
 

Em tempos difíceis, ele me esconderá no seu abrago. Ele me guardará no seu Templo e me colocará em segurança no alto de uma rocha.
Assim vencerei os inimigos que me cercam. Com gritos de alegria, oferecerei “sacrifícios no seu Templo; eu cantarei e louvarei a Deus, o SENHOR.

 
Ó SENHOR, ouve-me quando eu te chamar! Tem compaixão de mim e responde-me.
Tu disseste: “Venha me adorar.” Eu respondo: “Eu irei te adorar, ó SENHOR Deus.”
Não te escondas de mim.


Não fiques irado comigo; não rejeites este teu servo. Ó Deus, meu libertador, tu tens sido a minha ajuda; não me deixes, não me abandones.
Ainda que o meu pai e a minha mãe me abandonem, o SENHOR cuidará de mim.

 
Ó SENHOR Deus, ensina-me a fazer a tua vontade e guia-me por um caminho seguro, pois os meus inimigos são muitos.
Não me entregues nas mãos desses inimigos, que dizem mentiras contra mim e me ameaçam com violência.


Estou certo de que verei, ainda nesta vida, o SENHOR Deus mostrar a sua bondade.
Confie no SENHOR. Tenha fé e coragem. Confie em Deus, o SENHOR.

 

terça-feira, 22 de julho de 2014

PORTUGUÊS AO CAIR DA TARDE


PERGUNTA DA
 
 
Amado Mestre, Zazo Araujo, tenho uma pergunta de Português. Muitas pessoas falam, por exemplo, "Ela havia trago." Me soa muito errado mas não sei explicar. Será que você pode me dizer se existe um erro e qual é ele? Obrigada!

EXPLICAÇÃO DO

 
Existe sim, querida Neide. Como sabemos, alguns verbos têm duas formas de apresentar o particípio passado. Sobre eles, dizemos que são "abundantes" na forma participial. Essa formação do particípio, quando regular, apresenta os finais "ado", "ido" ou "ndo", sendo essa última mais rara. Exemplos do binômio "infinitivo/particípio: cantar/cantado, amar/amado, vender/vendido, curtir/curtido... agora, saca só: vir/vindo (tipo "eu não devia ter vindo aqui"). Esta é a primeira parte da explicação. Vamos à segunda
Quando o verbo é abundante no particípio, isso quer dizer que, além do finalzinho regular, como vimos na primeira postagem, ele apresenta outra forma, esta irregular. Se não, vejamos o trinômio "infinitivo/particípio regular/particípio irregular" de alguns verbos: matar/matado/morto, benzer/benzido/bento, ascender/ascendido/assunto. Agora dois bem interessantes: pagar/pagado/pago e pegar/pegado/pego É por causa desse último que muita gente quer criar o falso trinômio "trazer/trazido/trago". Alerta vermelho, porque não existe a forma participial irregular "trago".

Editei a última postagem. Eu havia escrito que não existe o particípio "pego", mas esse existe. Doquinha me alertou. Eu queria dizer que não existe a forma participial "trago". O verbo "trazer" tem apenas o particípio "trazido".
 
A forma de uso desses particípios é que me soa interessante. Via de regra, preferimos os particípios regulares quando temos sujeito agente, isto é, voz ativa. Exemplos: "O policial não devia ter matado o bandido"; "Eu poderia ter pegado uma gripe".

Agora, na voz ativa, a tendência é ficarmos com o particípio irregular. Vejamos exemplos: "O bandido foi morto por policiais"; Eu fui pego em flagrante, fazendo uma traquinagem".
Por fim, a gente diz muito nas igrejas que "Jesus Cristo foi assunto aos céus". Deve ter um bando de gente achando que ele "virou assunto, tema de conversas no céu", kkk.

É isso, amiga Neide Colson. Obrigado pelas palavras, Daria Lowe e Nane Sylvestre.
Mas tem outra coisa, Daria Lowe. Você é uma pessoa que lê. Isso faz toda a diferença. Faz uns anos, li um texto que dizia que Machado de Assis não sabia quase nada de gramática. No entanto, suas frases são citadas nas gramáticas por aí, direto.

É mesmo, Nane.

A Doquinha é fundamental. Valeu, gente.
PARTICIPAÇÃO DA 


Vou me meter aqui, Neide. Muitas pessoas acham bonito usar particípio reduzido, mas nem todos os verbos possuem essa forma (e quando possuem - os chamados 'verbos abundantes' -, não é correto usar com qualquer verbo auxiliar). "Trago" como particípio não existe; assim como também não existe o particípio "chego". O correto é "havia trazido" e "havia chegado". Desculpa a intromissão, professor Zazo. Fique à vontade para dar os esclarecimentos técnicos... rs

Quem tá arrasando é o Zazo, Daria ... Minha explicação ficou primária perto da do catedrático.
Kkkk Osmose não, Daria. Na verdade, você aprendeu o correto e apreendeu a regra, apesar de não conseguir explicá-la... Entendeu?

Graças a Deus e às minhas leituras - desde muito pequena -, nunca tive problemas com o Português também, Daria . Muitos acham que minha fluência na Língua deve-se ao fato de eu ser jornalista... Sabem de nada, inocentes! rs Fico perplexa com erros grassos cometidos na mídia... Ser jornalista não é sinônimo de falar e escrever corretamente. Quanto à leitura, eu acredito ser o grande pulo do gato: geralmente, quem tem o hábito de ler escreve corretamente.
Eita... falamos quase que simultaneamente sobre a questão da leitura, Zazo

REMARQUES DA 

 
Arrasou...
Acho que ta todo mundo arrasando... Eu falaria de forma correta mas por osmose não por conhecimento das regras.

Obrigada Nane Sylvestre, é que nem me lembro de ter estudado isso, mas a minha mãe é professora e desde pequena que ouvimos correções do português, aparentemente causou um grande impacto no meu português.

AGRADECIMENTOS DA 
 
Wow!!!!!!!! Amigos queridos. Que papo gostoso ao cair da tarde! (Como o "Piano ao Cair da Tarde." Kkkkk lindíssimo, caro catedrático, Zazo Araujo, por isso lhe perguntei. Mas, agradeço muito a participação da Nane Sylvestre, que também entende muito do assunto e que de agora em diante vai poder explicar ao mesmo nível do Zazo! Obrigada Daria Lowe, por ter participado de forma mais "ao nosso nível", mas também de muito peso, pois é com "êsse tipo de Brasileira" que interajo no Facebook. A sua grande maioria (dos amigos do Face) não interessa tal assunto. Eles seguem suas vidinhas tranquilas e falando um Portuguêzinho marromeno! Kkkkk (sem ofensa), eu também não me interesso quando o assunto é Alemão ou Russo! Kkkkkkkk

Também gostaria de RESSALTAR a participação da grande Doquinha, que CORRIGIU o Zazo Araujo (e olhe que ela estava na cozinha, kkkk).

 

 

 

MERE HUMANS


Last Sunday we visited a small church here in East Tennessee. The preacher, a young guy, the Youth pastor, preached on Pride x Humility. It was simple, fast paced speaking, I took notes and have been pondering everything he said. Also, as I am focusing on the book of Isaiah the Lord has been speaking to me on the same subject. And to top it all off, I have been weeding my flower garden around the house and that has given me a lot more insight on what the Lord wants to do in me! I thought I would share some, because maybe, just maybe, He wants to do the same in you and others.

LOFTY & HUMBLE
Isaiah 2:12-18

“The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Basham, for all the towering mountains and all the high hills, for every lofty tower and every fortified wall, for every trading ship and every stately vessel. The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.”
The text starts out with “The LORD Almighty!” It is establishing who the LORD is! He is the Almighty. He has a “day in store” to deal with the proud and lofty. That is, with all that seeks themselves as “exalted.” Webster defines “lofty” as “rising to a great height: very tall and impressive; very high and good: deserving to be admired; showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.” Wow! As I think about that, I ask myself, am I “lofty?” am I prideful or arrogant? If I am, Lord, I want you to deal with me. And the text goes on to say that the Lord WILL deal with the arrogant, WILL bring men low and will take care of people’s prideful attitudes. The LORD alone will be exalted! And the “idols” will disappear. So, do I have any idols in my life, Lord?

The problem with having a relationship with the Lord and asking Him questions is that He WILL answer them!
And Isaiah, one of the greatest prophets, goes on to say (Isaiah 2:19-21):

“People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the FEARFUL PRESENCE OF THE LORD AND THE SPLENDOR OF HIS MAJESTY, when he rises to shake the earth. In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the FEARFUL PRESENCE OF THE LORD AND THE SPLENDOR OF HIS MAHESTY, when he rises to shake the earth.”
First of all, people will do those things WHEN they realize and understand the FEARFUL PRESENCE OF THE LORD AND THE SPLENDOR OF HIS MAJESTY. Now, my husband has been digging deep about those ideas. The ideas that the Lord, the all Powerful one, the merciful one, the Good Father and Shepherd, is also FEARFUL! In the presence of the FEARFUL God no one will just stand there! Everyone will FLEE (if they have things to hide, much like Adam and Eve who hid when they had sinned.) And it also says that they will do that when He rises to “shake the earth.” So, I think to myself, God shakes the earth! It is He who makes earthquakes, and hurricanes, and controls all the natural disasters and phenomena. He IS the Almighty. No doubt about that! And, the same who gives life is the One who decides when one will die or will suffer calamities. If we accept the good from God, how will not accept the bad also?

And to finish this chapter, Isaiah sums it all up (Isaiah 2:22):
“STOP trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?"

Mere humans!
Why trust in them?
Mere humans!
I will not!
Mere humans!
All they have is but a breath in their nostrils.
I do too!
Mere humans!
Sinful people just like me.
Mere humans!
Why would I hold them in esteem?
Mere humans!
Why would I put them in a pedestal?
Mere humans!
I will not! I would not!
Mere humans!
 
Neide Colson.

segunda-feira, 21 de julho de 2014

THE "SELFIE" CULTURE

I have been wanting to learn how to take good selfies.
I've been wanting to analyze the "selfie" phenomena.
I've been thinking about the "selfie" problematic.

I've been wanting to write on "selfies."
I've been wanting to  have time to write about "selfies."
I actually don't know what it is to "make time" because I just "am!"

So, today I got the inspiration.
I decided not to write a long text, but I started with a poem.
I decided to write a text, but I actually started by listing all the "habits."

The habit of taking selfies.
The habit of the century.
The habit of everyone.
The habit of the mirror.
The habit of making faces.
The habit of very little clothing.
The habit of fad.
The habit of travelling.
The habit of buying.
The habit of serving.
The habit of being served.
The habit of using.
The habit of spending.
The habit of liking.
The habit of loving.
The habit of observing.
The habit of criticizing.
The habit of copying.
The habit of having.
The habit of being.
The habit of doing.
The habit of the internet.
The habit of Facebook.
The habit of Tweeter.
Thanks, Steve Jobs!
Thanks, Mark Zuckerberg!
Thanks, all virtual friends!

So, here is my contribution to the "Selfie" Culture or to the Culture of "Selfies!"
At the end, feel free to leave your contribution or your own selfie.

What does a selfie "say":
1. Look how pretty/handsome I am!
2. We are here!
3. Look how I love myself!
4. What an incredible place and I am here!
5. Look at how interesting I am, even on my "mature" age!
6. What a remarkable experience!
7. Look at what an attractive and young person I am!
8. What a special moment!
9. Look at how modern we are!
10. What a versatile camera I have!
11. I, too, have an iPhone or a Smartphone.
12. We love each other and we know how to enjoy life!
13. We know how to have fun!

What does a "facial selfie" says":
Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 e 11.



What does a full body selfie says, or a selfie in front of the mirror:
Numbers 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 e 11.



What does a "feet selfie" say:
Numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 e 11.



What does a "group selfie" say:
Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 e 13!!!!!!!!



Like we say it in Brazil, a big kiss for you (on your cheek, of course!),
Neide Colson

A CULTURA DO SELFIE!



Há algum tempo que venho aprendendo a tirar selfies.
Há algum tempo que analiso este fenômeno do "selfie!"
Há algum tempo que venho pensando sobre a problemática do selfie.

Há algum tempo que quero escrever sobre selfies.
Há algum tempo não tenho tanto tempo pra escrever sobre selfies.
Há algum tempo que não sei o que é "ter" tempo porque sei o que é "ser!"

Então, hoje chegou a inspiração.
Decidi não escrever um longo texto, mas começo aqui com uma poesia.
Decidi não escrever um texto, de fato comecei listando umas manias.

Mania de selfie.
Mania do século.
Mania de todos.
Mania de espelho.
Mania de fazer bicos.
Mania de pouca roupa.
Mania de moda.
Mania de viajar.
Mania de comprar.
Mania de servir.
Mania de ser servido.
Mania de usar.
Mania de gastar.
Mania de gostar.
Mania de amar.
Mania de observar.
Mania de criticar.
Mania de copiar.
Mania de ter.
Mania de ser.
Mania de fazer.
Mania de internet.
Mania de Facebook.
Mania de Tweeter.
Obrigada, Steve Jobs!
Obrigada, Mark Zuckerberg!
Obrigada, amigos virtuais!

Aqui vai minha contribuição para a cultura do selfie!
Ao final, você pode deixar a sua contribuição ou o seu próprio selfie.

O que "diz" um selfie:
1. Olha como eu sou linda(o)!
2. Estamos aqui!
3. Olha como eu  me amo!
4. Que lugar tremendo e eu estou aqui!
5. Olha como sou interessante mesmo na minha idade mais avançada!
6. Que experiência marcante!
7. Olha como eu sou jovem e atraente na minha adolescência!
8. Que momento especial!
9. Olha como nós somos modernos!
10. Que máquina versátil, esta minha!
11. eu também tenho um iPhone ou um Smartphone.
12. Nos amamos e sabemos curtir a vida!
13. Olha como sabemos nos divertir!

O que diz um selfie de "rosto":
Números 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 e 11.



O que diz um selfie de corpo inteiro, ou na frente do espelho:
Números 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 e 11.



O que diz um selfie dos "pés":
Números 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 e 11.



O que diz um selfie de grupo:
Números 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 e 13!!!!!!!!



Um grande beijo,
Neide Colson

sábado, 19 de julho de 2014

NEIDE'S DIET


Have you put on any extra pounds this Summer? Or maybe it was during the long winter and you’re still trying to get rid of them so that you can enjoy the rest of the Summer (before the Fall and next Winter)? Well, I have just the plan for you! This one will NOT fail!

You see, all my life I was a skinny little girl, then a skinny teenager, then a skinny adult. Had 2 babies but they didn’t leave me any extra pounds. Went all my life just eating anything I wanted, whenever I wanted and never put on any extra pounds. Oh, wait, I’m lying. I did put on 20 lbs when I lived in South Carolina at 17 years of age. Then as soon as I got back to my routine in Brazil, I lost them all and continued to be a skinny girl.

Well, I hit 40s and still skinny! Still eating everything I wanted, as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted! Many of my friends “envied” me and my eating habits! Lol! Two big changes happened when I turned 40. Number 1 was that I needed to wear reading glasses. That, in itself, was enough to send me on quite a “feeling like I was turning 80 years old” trip! Then I finally realized that it was part of life and that it was ok, I was ok! Number 2 was the need for a hysterectomy and with it, early menopause. THAT, my friends, was a BIG thing for me! And that was only the beginning (big sigh!)

Then, when I turned 50 (big breath)… a lot more things happened in my body! Things never before expected. Well, for one thing, both of my kids had left the house at 17 (totally caught me by surprise on that one). All the day-to-day struggles of living in Brazil, plus all the stress, working outside of home, building a house and all that good stuff - depression hit me hard because of the kids leaving home. Then, I finally decided to go see my doctor. We decided I should take an anti-depressant and hormones. Little by little I started to feel better. Also…. Little by little I started to put on some weight. So, at 50 – half a century – was when I started to struggle with my weight.

I know, I shouldn’t be complaining – and I’m NOT! My daughter laughs at me when she sees me working on losing weight for the first life in my life! No, I’m not complaining, it’s just that now I do have to watch what I eat, how much I eat and when I eat. Otherwise, I can become wider than my beautiful red front door! Lol!

I also have to add to this beautiful “backdrop” the fact that my husband started on his own health journey. He has gastroperasis (slow guts) and the nutritionist suggested a diet in which he has to eat 6 smaller meals a day, each time he eats shouldn’t be more than a cup. Within a week of this diet he had lost quite a few pounds. Little by little he is working it out, learning what he can and cannot eat. When and how much also so that he doesn’t continue to lose weight.

So, with all that being said, I have come to some conclusions of my own as far as what a healthy diet is for me. I decided to share them with you for two main reasons, 1) because you need to laugh a little with me, 2) this diet could actually save your life!

I will number my ideas as to make things a little easier for you to get the picture:

  1. I eat 3 bigger meals and 3 smaller snacks between meals. This way I won’t be too hungry for the bigger meals.
  2. My portions are smaller. For example, at lunch (our customary big meal of the day, per Brazilian culture) I make myself one plate, not too much and not too little. I do not have seconds. It is a well-balanced meal with protein, carbs and salads.
  3. After lunch (any time between right after lunch to an hour) I enjoy a good cup of coffee, with cream and sugar, and a cookie or a cake of some sort. I have decided that I want to lose weight, yes, but I continue to be happy! To be happy you have to eat what you enjoy eating and eat fun things! So, yes, ladies, I do bake banana breads and cookies regularly at our house. I have made some with applesauce so that my husband can enjoy them, too.
  4. My morning snacks consist of papaya and bananas cut up. About a cup or so. Papaya is my all-time favorite fruit and it “moves” me quite well – if you know what I mean? Lol!
  5. My afternoon snack, most of the time is my coffee with cake or cookies. That’s why sometimes I decide to wait an hour after lunch so that it holds me up until supper time.
  6. Our supper is typically lighter than lunch (again, per Brazilian culture). It can be just a sandwich, or soup and crackers (or bread – I LOVE BREADS!). But, when I’m in the mood for pasta I will make myself good, ol’ Kraft’s Mac & Cheese while my hubby has his cereal with soy milk. Ha!
  7. My bedtime snack can be either gelatine (that I always have made in the fridge in small portions, to make it easy for anyone to grab), banana bread with tea or simply pretzels with nutella (sometimes I add peanut butter).
  8. Besides all that (I usually drink a lot of water, anyways) but during my “diet” I try to drink even more. I've also cut the amount of sodas and juices in general.
  9. I try to walk every day, but sometimes it doesn’t happen and that’s ok. I do plenty of exercise cleaning the house, taking care of my flowers, shopping and I definitely exercise my fingers a lot on my writings and on Facebook. Lol! I do enjoy stretching exercises a lot! I learned many moves from our Wii exercise and from the Jillian exercise program so I just keep doing them.
  10. Last, but not least, a great counsel from my Mother! In her view, a good warm (or hot) bath is the remedy for pretty much anything in life, from health issues to life stresses, from real life problems to heart breaks and emotional issues. Since I love hot baths, I decided to incorporate them into my diet plan. I take weekly baths (at least twice a week). I enjoy reading a good book while I listen to soft music in my dimmed light bathroom. Did you get the picture? It relaxes and gets me ready for bed. After that I also sit in front of the TV and massage my foot (or have my husband do that for me, which is the best!)

There you have it, ladies! The main thing is: DO NOT stop eating the things that you like! Do not go hungry! Do not be somber and sad. On the contrary, choose to eat what you like, but eat healthy! Always try to have a feeling of being satisfied. And, by all means, BE HAPPY!

With much love, from the woman who lost all the 6 lbs that she put on in 2 weeks, in 1 week! Woooohoooooo!

Me.

Where There Is...

Where there is shade, there is darkness.
Where there is darkness there is sin.
Where there is sin there is disobedience.

Where there is day, there is light.
Where there is light, there is life.
Where there is life, there is obedience.

Where there is tragedy, there is death.
Where there is death, there is crying.
Where there is crying, there is sadness.

Where there is party, there is life.
Where there is life, there is laughter.
Where there is laughter, there is joy.

Where there was confusion, there can be clarity.
Where there was loss of confidence, there can be total trust in oneself.
Where there was hopelessness, there can be salvation.

If faced with darkness, choose light!
If faced with death, choose life!
If faced with hopelessness, choose Christ!


quinta-feira, 17 de julho de 2014

BATEU UMA SAUDADE DA BAIXINHA!


Hoje me bateu uma saudade daquela baixinha! Tampinha! Talentosa!
Decidi primeiramente ouvir e ver todo o seu show (youtube). Até compartilhei no Face. Depois ouvi uma música da sua filha, Maria Rita - muito talentosa, voz que lembra a da Elis, muito bonita! Aí, decidi ouvir uma entrevista realizada na TV Cultura – Jogo da Verdade. Que jogo, que verdade! Durante a entrevista passei por vários sentimentos e pensamentos. Senti pena, que desperdício! Depois também pensei nas ‘verdades’! Pensei - é mesmo! Ela deve ter passado por muita coisa pra chegar àquelas conclusões! E ainda, ela tinha uma tristeza profunda! Finalmente comecei a pensar - o que será que a levou a tirar sua própria vida? Tenho certeza de que muitos já tentaram decifrar o enigma. Principalmente seus filhos, seu ex-marido, seu marido na época em que morreu. Que coisa! Mas, bem no final da entrevista ela revela mais do que eu pensava que ela poderia revelar. Ela reconhece todos os da sua geração que realmente eram a “feijoada”, o resto dava pro gasto, era muito “pastel, muita feira. Feijoada mesmo, nós que fizemos!” Ela mencionou, “Tá confuso! Ninguém faz nada certo... A hora tá errada.”  “O 666 tá solto! É muita confusão!” “É muita loucura e eu sou mais louca que a loucura que tá solta!.... É fruto da minha observação. Pode ser que eu esteja vendo a vida por um prisma errado, mas é o que eu acho!” Pronto! Disse tudo! Essa foi a última entrevista dada por Elis, 15 dias antes de tirar a sua vida. Não dá pra concluirmos nada porque realmente não sabemos nada. Mas fica em aberto pra entendermos no futuro. Quanto ao nosso presente, resta-nos pensar: está confuso pra nós? Somos loucos? Vemos a vida por um prisma certo? Como é a nossa visão de mundo? E se o anti-cristo (666) realmente está vivo, o que será de nós?
RIP Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (1945-1982)



terça-feira, 15 de julho de 2014

WEEDS, WEEDS, AND MORE WEEDS!


Today I worked for another half an hour in the morning! Wow! The more weeding the more weeds there seems to be! What’s up with that?

One of my first thoughts as I started weeding was actually my good friend, Connie Fezell! She is the one who taught me much about planting flowers. She has the green thumb and I don’t. She has the knowledge that I don’t. She has the expertise that I’m far from. She has the love that I am still acquiring to take care of flowers!

So, the more I weed, the more weeds show up! At least that’s the way it feels to me! Since I’m all about “feelings” (because I’m a woman) weeding feels like a tedious work! For some people, like Connie, dealing with plants is a therapy. Not for me! It feels much like “punishment.”
Anyway, as I was weeding away, I was thinking about all the weeding God has done and continues to do in my life! And that reminds me of my own prayer this morning. I asked God to prune me, and to take off everything that displeases Him. That’s a dangerous prayer, right?

Weeding a garden is tedious and painful to my body! So is weeding my soul! Yes, it is tedious and painful! Tedious, because it is an ongoing task - until Jesus comes back. That’s why we say “Maranatha!” And painful, because it is NOT fun when the Lord points out  sin that you have committed lately or during all your lifetime (more than half a century, in my case). It hurts to get rid of stuff that you used for so long. It hurts to get rid of habits that you developed during your lifetime. It hurts!
But, what keeps you moving is the thought of the end result! At the end of the day, the flower garden looks clean and beautiful! Ready for another season! Ready to be admired and appreciated! Even ready to receive more flowers in the spaces that once were filled with weeds. It is the same with our lives. Once we get rid of sin, we can fill up the empty space with the Word of God, with love, with respect, with beauty!!!!!!

Maintenance of a flower garden reminds me of maintenance of a “soul garden.” If we let go of our flower gardens, the weeds take over. The same happens with our soul gardens. If we let go of it, sins will take over! Those bad habits that are so easy to acquire will creep in and control your life! Watch for those weeds! Let the "Gardener" week your "garden" for you!

 
Neide Colson.

segunda-feira, 14 de julho de 2014

WEEDING MY FLOWER GARDE, WEEDING MY SOUL!


“The Lord said, “I was ready to answer my people’s prayers, but they did not pray. I was ready for them to find me, but they did not even try. The nation did not pray to me, even though I was always ready to answer, ‘Here I am; I will help you.’ I have always been ready to welcome my people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way. They shamelessly keep on making me angry. They offer pagan sacrifices at sacred gardens and burn incense on pagan altars. At night they go to caves and tombs to consult the spirits of the dead. They eat pork and drink broth made from meat offered in pagan sacrifices. And then they say to others, ‘Keep away from us; we are too holy for you to touch!’ I cannot stand people like that – my anger against them is like a fire that never goes out.
“I have already decided on their punishment, and their sentence is written down. I will not overlook what they have done, but will repay them for their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They have burned incense at pagan hill shrines and spoken evil of me. So I will punish them as their past deeds deserve.”
Isaiah 65:1-7
“But it will be different for you that forsake me, who ignore Zion, my sacred hill, and worship Gad and Meni, the gods of luck and fate. It will be your fate to die a violent death, because you did not answer when I called you or listen when I spoke. You chose to disobey me and do evil. And so I tell you that those who worship and obey me will have plenty to eat and drink, but you will be hungry and thirsty. They will be happy, but you will be disgraced. They will sing for joy, but you will cry with a broken heart. My chosen people will use your name as a curse. I, the Sovereign LORD, will put you to death. But I will give a new name to those who obey me. Anyone in the land who asks for a blessing will ask to be blessed by the faithful God. Whoever takes an oath will swear by the name of the faithful God. The troubles of the past will be gone and forgotten.”

Isaiah 65:11-16

Half an hour of weeding a garden this morning gave me plenty of time to weed my soul!
That’s a practice that the Lord takes me through every once in a while (more often than I would want, lol!) But, it comes at His perfect timing!

In preparation for weeding my flower garden I bought gloves and tools and put them into a caddy to help me move easily. My husband provided me with a big square foam pad so that I could bend over and kneel down to work faster and with less pain (this old body is giving me a good run for the money, lol!)
 
But, unknown to me, the Lord had me prepare when I went to a local church yesterday. The church is as big as the one we attended in Wyoming. Great worship time (although calm and different). Great transitions for each part of the service! (My only observation was that the offering “box” was outside the sanctuary. So, here I thought that they shouldn’t have taken the “offering” out of the “worship service”! Just my humble, worshipper’s observation). GREAT preaching/teaching! I took notes, I listened, I meditated, I took more notes, the Lord spoke to me, I cried and repented!


So, as I knelt down for about 5 minutes at a time, I had a chance to think of my own “sinner’s condition.” What a condition! It is much worse than any “cancer!” I tell you!
And, Facebook? Let me tell you, friends, Facebook is not only one of the greatest inventions of the century, but it can also be used of God to speak to you and change your heart! I say that from experience! On Facebook you can really “see” the heart of a person! On FB you can really “sense” how people feel about things and people! “On FB you can really “get to know” people, your own family and yourself! On FB!



So, to finish my day yesterday (besides Germany’s great victory over Argentina! Or as they are saying in Brazil, the ‘Germanos’ against the “Hermanos’! Lol) the Lord, my Father, the One who loves me unconditionally, used a post to speak to me. He used my own words to reveal a little more of myself and of someone else. He used that interchange to reveal Himself to me!
So, as I “expose” myself on my blogs, my posts, FB, real life and to real life friends, the Lord continues to bring healing to my soul! He is definitely weeding my soul of junk and ridding myself of sins!

What is he doing in your life, today? Care to share? Please, use the comments on Facebook to do that!
Have a blessed and glorious “weeding day!” The “Wedding Day” is coming up in 150 days!!!!! Wooooohhhhhhoooooooo!

Neide Colson.

sábado, 12 de julho de 2014

ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT I AM THINKING ABOUT TODAY?

Lol!
Maybe not!
Maybe you really don't care for what I think or have to say!
Maybe you really don't care for reading all my ramblings.
That's ok!
I don't care either!
LOL!

I don't care if you read this or not.
I don't care if you like what I write or not!
I don't care if you are interested in reading what I write.
It really doesn't matter to me if you agree with me or not!

Does that sound a little bad?
Does that sound like I'm an insensitive person?
Well, I'm really not that bad!
I'm just NOT a "people pleaser."

I write because writing is therapeutic to me.
Writing is the way I like to express myself.
I have blogs to write because I like writing.
I post my blogs on Facebook to give people a chance to read - if they care!

Having said ALL that,
do you still care to know what I'm thinking about today?
TODAY, there will be the last Brazil game on the 2014 World Cup.

It is NOT the most important thing in the world.
It is NOT the end of the world!
And NOT the beginning of it either!

I wish it would be the end of something
and the beginning of many good things!
But it is not!

I wish it would be the end of "soccer politics" for CBF (the Brazilian Soccer Federation).
I wish it would be the end of "soccer politics" for FIFA!
I wish it would be the beginning of a new vision for both CBF and FIFA!
But I don't think CBF and FIFA really care for what I think! Ha!

But, today there will be the last game for Brazil!
Brazil will be playing the Netherlands.
Both teams have the potential to win and to lose.
I won't even try to guess a score because that would be so meaningless!

I am proud to be a Brazilian!
I will be cheering with joy and excitement!
I will be screaming if Brazil scores
and will not be screaming if the Netherlands score!

I will believe that Brazil can win this game!
I will allow myself to have emotions and to express them freely!
This is Brazil's last game!
I will cheer with all my might,
but I will not suffer with all my heart!

I will be happy if Brazil gets the Third place or Fourth Place!
Third is better than Fourth! But fourth is better than fifth!

I love my fellow Brazilians, but am not proud of them sometimes!
I love my country and am patriotic, but I know it is not a perfect place!
I pray for my country and know that the government needs much help from the Almighty!

IF you read to this point, I just have a few more things to mention.
IF you are an American and want to cheer for Brazil, I like you!
IF you are an American and don't want to cheer for Brazil, I still love you!
IF you are an American and don't care for soccer, that's ok too!

Thanks for your love and for your time today!
Please, leave me a comment!

Neide Colson.








ONDE VOCÊ ESTAVA NAS COPAS DURANTE TODA A SUA VIDA?

Parei pra pensar, outro dia, onde eu estava por ocasião de cada Copa do Mundo, durante a minha vidinha de meio século!!!! Kkkkkkk Decidi listar tudo por ordem da atual até a primeira, na minha tenra idade! Aqui vai:

2014: EUA
          Johnson City, TN
          Weston, FL
          Raleigh, NC
          Rochester, MN
          Appleton, WI

2010: Brasília, DF, Brasil

2006: Green Bay, WI, EUA

2002: Green Bay, WI, EUA

1998: Green Bay, WI, EUA

1994: Green Bay, WI, EUA

1990: Brasília, DF, Brasil

1986: Brasília, DF, Brasil

1982: Brasília, DF, Brasil

1978: Brasília, DF (morei em Fortaleza, CE, entre 79 e 81)

1974: Manaus, AM, Brasil

1970: Manaus, AM, Brasil

1966: Manaus, AM, Brasil

1962: Manaus, AM, Brasil (nasci em Julho de 62)

Que tal, gostou?
Acho que com essa experiência toda posso ser escolhida pra, no mínimo, votar no próximo técnico! Kkkkkk Ou, até, ser a própria técnica!
Com certeza, sei que entendo mais de futebol do que muito Americano, Europeu ou até Argentino! Kkkkkkk
Cuidado Maradona, tô na tua cola!!!!!
Kkkkkkkk

HOJE, torça com alegria, mas não se entristeça com o resultado!
Torça com animação, e até acredite que o Brasil pode ganhar êste jogo!
Torça com emoção, pois este será o ultimo jogo na Copa de 2014!
Torça, mas não sofra!
Torça e se alegre com o Terceiro lugar, afinal terceiro é melhor do que Quarto, que é melhor do que Quinto, que é melhor ......

Beijo no seu co-ra-ção de torcedor Brasileiro!
Coração de torcedor guerreiro!
Coração de cidadão Brasileiro!
Coração de cidadão guerreiro!

Você é Brasileiro, querendo ou não!
Então, seja também patriota!
Ame a sua pátria amada e ore por ela!
Páre de criticar a Deus e o mundo!

Amo, você, amigo Brasileiro de Facebook!
Neide Colson.







quinta-feira, 10 de julho de 2014

GREAT RESULTS


  433
-122
  311

Great Results!
Great total of friends!
Between true friends and the ones not so true,
I have 122 sincere and loving friends!
(I say this with a smile on my face. Just kidding, really!:)

Thank you for all your words!
Thank you for your love!
Thank you, all Facebook friends, who sent me a word of encouragement!
Thank you to those friends who sent me am inbox message!
Thank you to those who sent me pictures and flowers (via Facebook).

I had the day that I really wanted to have had.
I did exactly that which I wanted to do: practically nothing! Ha!
Did my nails, shopped in a beautiful store and bought only a few little things.
Had a beautiful lunch that my men grilled.
Laid on the couch for most of the afternoon.
Received and responded to love messages.
Organized and took more pictures!
Talked to people who I love dearly!
Received love from precious people!
Laughed a lot and did not receive any bad news!
 
And, most importantly, I was affirmed by my Father in Heaven!
The Abba, Father!
My true Father.
The one who desired me, planned me, conceived me and gave me life!
He had me born in this world and in the spiritual one, too!
He made me who I am, he formed my personality and continues to form my character!
He called me and redeemed me.
He has healed me and still saves me every day!
 
To Him, be all the glory, the praise,
The admiration and the adoration!

Neide Colson.


 

GRANDE SALDO DE AMIGOS!


  433
-122
  311

Grande saldo!
Grande saldo de amigos!
Entre os verdadeiros e os não tão verdadeiros,
Ficaram 122 sinceros e amáveis amigos!
(Imaginem o meu sorriso agora. Falo isso de brincadeira. :) )

Obrigada a todos pelas felicitações!
Obrigada a todos pelo carinho e amor!
Obrigada a todos os amigos do Face que me mandaram uma palavra de encorajamento!
Obrigada àqueles que mandaram parabéns via inbox!
Obrigada àqueles que mandaram fotos e flores (pelo Facebook).

Tive o dia que realmente queria ter tido.
Fiz exatamente o que queria ter feito: práticamente nada!
Fiz as unhas, passeei numa loja linda, comprei poucas coisinhas.
Comi um almoço feito pelos homens da minha vida.
Deitei no sofá a maior parte da tarde.
Recebi e respondi mensagens de carinho.
Organizei fotos e tirei mais fotos!
Falei com as pessoas que amo!
Recebi amor de pessoas queridas!!
Ri muito! Não recebi nenhuma notícia ruim!
 
E o principal: fui afirmada pelo meu Papai do Céu!
O Aba, Father!
O meu verdadeiro Pai.
Aquele que me desejou, planejou, me fecundou e me fez nascer!
Me fez nascer neste mundo e depois no mundo espiritual!
Me fez quem sou, formou minha personalidade e continua formando meu caráter!
Me chamou e me redimiu.
Tem me curado e me salvado a cada dia!
 
À Êle, toda a glória, todo o louvor,
Toda a admiração e adoração!

Neide Colson.

 

 

quarta-feira, 9 de julho de 2014

ON MY BIRTHDAY!


On My Birthday (To family and friends)
Please, DO NOT share ANY bad news with me!
Please, DO NOT tell me the TRUTH, if you think that could hurt me!
Please, DO NOT disagree with me, even though I have tough skin!

On My Birthday (to family)

I DO NOT want to know of anybody’s problems – sorry for my selfishness!
I DO NOT want to know of anyone’s hurting hearts – sorry for my selfishness!
I DO NOT want to know of any children’s or grandchildren’s misfortunes – sorry for my selfishness!

On My Birthday (to friends)

I love and care about you, but today is MY day!
I love and care about you, but I would appreciate you reciprocate!
I love and care about you, and on your day I will do the same for you!

On My Birthday (to my American Friends)

I hope you have a blessed July 9th, 2014!
I pray you have a blessed day with your family!
I wish you the best of this life!

On My Birthday (to my Brazilian Friends)

I hope you have a great July 9th, 2014!
I pray you have a blessed day with your family, enjoying them and loving on them!
I wish you the best of this life, and may the best win today!

On My Birthday (July 9th, 2014)

I don’t want to stick my head in the sand and forget about the world,
I don’t want to be so selfish and insensitive that I won't care for what is happening in Israel, Mozambique and other parts of the world,
I don’t want to be so unloving that I won’t stop to feel somebody’s pain!

On this day, that the Lord has made, I want to stay in the comfort of my home,
Watching TV with my laptop on my lap, loving on my husband and my son, wishing my daughter was here, hoping that Argentina wins today so that they lose to the Germans on Sunday (I really don’t think they can pull that off. Deep down, I hope the Netherlands wins big!!!!).

On this day, that my Lord has made, and in which I celebrate my life!!!!!
I celebrate LIFE, LOVE, LAUGHTER!
I celebrate my LORD, my GOD, my SAVIOR!!!!!

Thank you, Jesus!!!!!
Neide Colson.