Inspirations by Francis Durisseau

As the month of April comes to a close, we can look back at what was – both the good and the bad – or we can look ahead to May and all it might bring. I want to look back on some things but also feel the importance of looking ahead at what might be.
May I remember all the good. May I learn and grow from the things that weren’t so good. May I not let fear enclose me in its powerful grip, so may I have an extra dose of courage please, with an extra portion of dreaming good dreams, and fulfilling my purpose?
May I remember that, even when it feels like everything is going wrong or being stripped from me, I need not harden my heart but instead open it for love and other good things to enter in. May I have a renewal of strength when it feels as if life is beating me down, to rise up once again, infused
not only with power but also with peace.
May I remember that sometimes we have to go through what might seem like the worst, in order to arrive at what could be our very best. May I remember when I feel like throwing up my hands and screaming “I quit!” that, at times, things have to go wrong before they go right.
Goodbye to April, a month of renewal, the onset of spring and change. Hello to May and all that it might bring, to all that we have to encounter, to all that might be awaiting us and which just might enrich our lives in ways unknown to us now. May we approach May with excitement, encouragement and empowerment for all that we might discover during its 31 days!
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Living on purpose with William Holland

We know how important it is to have a good attitude and the correct motives, especially when it comes to approaching God. Let’s recall two Bible stories that expose the human conscience and identify why some people seem to overlook what is really important in their quest for satisfaction and security.
Our first example is found in Luke, chapter 18, and is about a wealthy businessman who has a meeting with Jesus. Verse 18 says: “And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
It’s easy to read over this and not discern exactly what was being asked. It seems “eternal life” is what everyone is always interested in and the easy version of salvation has given the masses just enough false security to believe that all we need to do is just understand the story of Calvary and everything will be all right.
We notice at the end of this conversation that Jesus perceived the pride and greed in the businessman’s heart and knew that He needed to be blunt in explaining to him what true discipleship is all about. When He explained that salvation was more about personal relationship than keeping a list of rules, the businessman weighed the cost against the scale of his love for materialism and decided that the price was too steep.
Tragically, this is a very common reaction among people who are faced with yielding their independence. But we will never enjoy spiritual fulfillment while living in the bondage of selfishness and arrogance. Of course, we can settle for a socially acceptable religious facade but, again, God knows the intentions of our heart.
Our second story is found in Luke, chapter 19, and is about a man named Zacchaeus. This man was also a wealthy leader in his community, but notice closely what he was seeking when Jesus went into his neighborhood. Verse 3 says: “And he sought to see who Jesus was; and he could not for the press of the crowd, because he was a short man”.
The first man wanted to know how to secure a place in Heaven but Zacchaeus wanted only to know about Jesus as a person! He did not ask about a point system, political favors or how to earn enough gold stars; he was sincerely focused on God.
Likewise, we should remember that the next life is not about streets of gold but rather about who sits on its throne. Heaven is not a fire-insurance policy but the glorious honor of being with the One who rescued us because He loves us and wants to be with us for ever.
The first man walked away depressed because he wanted an easy way to guarantee a good seat in the comforts and glories of splendor.
He represents people who are satisfied with just going through the motions in order to satisfy a requirement.
Zacchaeus, on the other hand, represents those who desire to worship God in spirit and truth and are willing to sacrifice their will. Such people are filled with the spirit of God and will be delighted to shout his praises because they have a clear conscience and a clean heart!
There is never a problem so devastating that they cannot sing “It is well with my soul” and there will never
be a night so dark that they cannot trust the light of Christ to be a light unto their path. Whether in abundance or scarcity, on top of the mountain or in the valley of the shadow of death, there
is a song of triumph on their lips and the oil of gladness within their souls!
All of this is evident not because they have gathered empires of wealth and power or have been recognized and respected in the halls of man’s admiration but because they simply want to know who Jesus is.
If anyone is just using the Lord’s grace as a free reservation for Heaven, they will miss the point of salvation, but if we love God just for whom He is, we will be given the privilege to live in the joys of his presence now and for ever.
Kentucky resident William Holland is an outreach minister, chaplain and author who has his own Christian website,, and sets out each week to find thought-provoking messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement for our readers

March 14
Mary Ann Gould
Born April 1918

April 15
Eddie Anderson
Died at age 82
Phillip Molis
Born April 25, 1993

April 16
Ralph Wayne Williams
Born December 21, 1956

April 17
Detree Danielle Martin
Born January 28, 1976
Neta Jean Millican
Born August 23, 1944
James Sterling Ridings
Age not advised
Beulah Smith
Age not advised

April 19
Helen Greco Amato
Born March 28, 1924
Joseph Arnold Doxey
Born March 25, 1967

April 20
Maria Calderon
Age not advised
Enora Johnson
Age not advised
Norris Edward Smith
Born October 13, 1941

April 21
Maxwell Herron Bloomfield
Born August 17, 1931

Cindy Lou Hughes
Born September 20, 1968
Claude Nelson Morris
Born March 1, 1933
Randall Lawrence Miller
Born May 23, 1957

April 22
Barbara Anastasiadis
Died at age 78
Frances Norine Durham
Born March 7, 1923
Edwin Eason
Born August 24, 1941
Shirley Faye Porter
Born July 31, 1935

April 23
Victoria Hight
Born November 22, 1928
Nellie Mae Reado Jones
Died at age 90
Walter Charles Lisbony
Born January 28, 1940

April 24
Tony Garza
Died at age 83
Betty O’Dell Morris
Born March 14, 1950
Robert Patino
Born June 29, 1934
Laura Kahla Thompson
Born May 7, 1935

April 25
Cassandra Ada Plain
Died at age 55
Terry Lee Sledge
Died at age 62
James Thomas Wade
Born January 4, 1958

April 26
Mitchell Bradley Hardee
Born October 7, 1948
Betty Jean Merchant
Born April 29, 1930
Date not advised
Anthony Sonnier
Born June 19, 1987

In loving memoriam is a free service offered by The Post to the Galveston County community each Sunday and records the known passing of citizens up to the previous Thursday. Mourners wishing to publish additional details of their loved one’s passing are invited to call 409-943-4265 for details.

Coming Soon

IF YOU’RE looking for new and unique items to spruce up your home, Haak Vineyards’ artisans’ market is the place for you to be, today, Sunday. Whether you are a new homeowner looking for a way to personalize your home or just want to treat yourself to some beautiful new pieces, make sure you’re there between 11:00am and 2:00pm. See our listing above left for details.
From wine to beer. At noon there’s another crawfish boil for your enjoyment. The six-hour event will be hosted by Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery, so it’s no surprise that you’ll be able to wash down the seafood with a beer or two. Oh, and there’s also music and fun for the entire family. Our April 23 issue contains details.
Across town, Saint Arnold Brewing Company will also be giving out free beer during an Earth Day Houston environmental trivia contest hosted by Citizens Environmental Coalition at the company’s brewery this afternoon.
Have some fun testing your knowledge about our environment by forming or joining one of the teams of eight who will be navigating nine rounds of questions on topics ranging from local water matters to global issues. Our April 5 issue contains details.
Even if you don’t give yourself a headache by imbibing too much alcohol at any or all three of the events, you can rest tomorrow and Tuesday before putting on your running shoes and participating in a 5k walk and run hosted by Snowdrop Foundation on Wednesday. The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Texas Children’s Hospital’s cancer center. Our April 23 issue contains details.
• We refer to past Coming Soon listings for three reasons; first, as a gentle reminder about events whose details we have already listed; second, to reserve as much space as possible for information about new events; and, third, to tell you where to check the information you need, either by re-reading the printed edition if you still have it or by going online to our website,, where all Coming Soon listings are available.

Artisans’ Market
WHO: Haak Vineyards & Winery
WHAT: Vendors sell handcrafted goods
WHEN: April 30, 11:00am-2:00pm
WHERE: Haak Vineyards & Winery, 6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe
CONTACT: 409-925-1401

Rock The Dock
WHO: Kemah Boardwalk
WHAT: Summer concert series
WHEN: Thursdays, May 4-August 24, 7:00-10:30pm
WHERE: Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah
CONTACT: Colleen Wagner, 713-224-9115

League City Music Festival
WHO: League City Lions Club
WHAT: Country artists, a parade (see below) and barbecue-cooking contest
WHEN: May 5, 3:00-11:30pm, May 6, 9:00am-11:30pm
WHERE: Walter Hall park, 807 SH-3 North, League City
HOW MUCH: Friday, 3:00-5:00pm free, 5:00-11:30pm $20; Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm under 12s free, adults $5, 5:00pm-11:30pm $25; weekend pass $20, VIP pass Friday $50, Saturday $75
CONTACT: 281-850-0753

Vintage Village Fair parade
WHO: League City Lions Club
WHAT: Music festival’s “tribute to first responders”
WHEN: May 6, 9:30am
WHERE: From Helen Gardens, 701 East Main Street, League City, to Walter Hall park
CONTACT: 281-850-0753

Crawfish boil
WHO: NAMI Gulf Coast
WHAT: Seafood and entertainment for the family
WHEN: May 13, 11:00am-4:00pm
WHERE: Runge Park, 4605 Peck Avenue, Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: Entry free; adult plate $30, child plate $10
CONTACT: 281-585-3100

2017 Playhouse raffle
WHO: CASA Of Galveston County, Bay Area Habitat For Humanity, Bay Area Habitat ReStore
WHAT: Fundraiser to help train volunteers who speak for foster children
WHEN: May 13, noon
WHERE: Drawing: Bay Area Habitat ReStore, 1101 West NASA Road One, Webster
HOW MUCH: Entry free; raffle tickets $5 each
CONTACT: CASA Of Galveston County, 409-572-2552

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Inspirations by Francis Durisseau

Moving is such a process. As you read this today, Sunday, I will be loading, unloading, hefting and basically wearing myself out in the relocation of my “stuff” to another abode. At first, I was very resistant to the fact that, suddenly, I needed to move and take my “stuff” with me. I was very sentimental about where I have been and the prospect of having to let go of my attachment and memories was beyond difficult for me.
Sorting though my late husband’s “stuff” is being forced upon me. I have been resistant in actually doing that for the past couple of years. Now I have to. Going through years of memories is tough but every now and then we all need to go through our “stuff”. We need to evaluate, re-evaluate, sort, toss, donate, clear out and figure some “stuff” out in various ways. No matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, no matter how emotional it leaves us, we need to deal with our “stuff” and sometimes even let go of it or relocate it.
I’ve already cleaned out a lot of “stuff”. There comes a time in life we must do just that. Soon, I will unpack all the important “stuff” that is left in a new place. I’m feeling better about some “stuff” now and am ready for a little less clutter – and a brand new view out of different windows!
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