Wednesday, April 1, 2015

About Age, Ads, and Amish People

This age thing is trying to kill me.  Some mornings I get up and wonder who beat me up while I was sleeping, and then I realize:  age did it!   It has stolen important things like my…uh…memory!  When I sit too long, it tries to immobilize me by using invisible ropes to tie me to my chair!  I know this because it is not only hard to stand up, it’s hard to straighten up!  Age arbitrarily grabs my joints, maybe a knee and a shoulder, or a hip and an ankle.   Some days, no mercy is shown!  If you are young, I suggest you just stay that way.  Age-itis is for the angry birds.  

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Amish Community Tobacco (Lawrenceburg, TN)
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Amish Garden - the rows go on and on!
The Amish believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  They usually take the Bible literally.  For example, James 1:27 says to "keep oneself unspotted from the world," so they stay away from cars, TVs, make-up, electricity and phones. (They do use generators).  Some communities are more strict than others.   If one of them participates in “worldly” things, they are often shunned by their own.  
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Amish Equipment....they are very hard working people
No tractors or combines....

Even though they believe in Jesus as our salvation, they also believe good works gets them closer to God, and if the good in their lives outweighs the bad, they’ll make it to heaven.  They are good, simple, hard-working people, and very forgiving people.  I wish they knew a little bit more about grace.  They believe in “Amish as a lifestyle” rather than a religion, and they focus a lot on family and home.
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Amish Signs...the fried pies are great, but stay away from the cookies!
Apple Blossoms
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Me at the A Day game...Roll Tide!
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Playing around with an azalea photo

15 comments:

  1. OH....IO to counter your roll Tide, lol
    Yes Grace......a beautiful thing. I think it's a difficult concept for many. I don't get the connection between not be spotted with regard to electric etc. I so agree with you on the age thing. I keep wondering why it's been called "the golden years", cause it's not all that great. Gotta keep moving, I find after sitting for awhile I really need to move. I feel better when I move, but you have to be careful to not move too much.......then the joint swell and you have a different kind of pain. Balance is the key, but not always easy to get. Happy 1st day of the challenge.

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    1. Balance is a tricky thing, that's for sure! It took me a minute to get the OH...IO lolz

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  2. My Aunt has been to Amish country a few times. I've read a couple of books about the Amish, it's pretty interesting! Nice post :)

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. The Amish community is about an hour from my house, so we make several visit thought the spring and early summer.

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  3. What a beautiful blog you have! Love it. I'm going to throw an amen to the age-itis problem...though as my dad always said, he supposed it beat the alternative.

    I live an hour or so from Amish country. I finally made it there to do some shopping and was shocked they had "like us on Facebook" signs in their shops. I wanted to ask the shopkeepers about it, but my girlfriends were easily embarrassed and discouraged my interview of shop keepers. But then there were other places that were more old order...so you're right...there are lots of different beliefs in the fold.

    (Huge fan of grace!! As a daily screw up, I am sooooo thankful!!!)

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth. I appreciate all your kind words.

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  4. I am 55 and if I could have anything back from my youth it would be the energy level... but ah yes arthritis and the joints .. that too lack of pain... Ads.. I like adverts, I find them entertaining...weird I know... The Amish are fascinating and your post was so connected in the most disconnected fashion, I loved it!
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  5. Ah, that dang age-itis!
    No matter how folks try and take care of themselves (hypothetically speaking ... I wouldn't know!), something or another is bound to clothesline everyone sooner or later.

    I never knew much about the Amish, but love their philosophies about family, home and doing good so as to earn their final reward.

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  6. I learned more things about the Amish today than I did before :) I always enjoy your photos so much! I get you with the age thing. When did I start moaning just trying to stand up from a seated position :)

    Do visit me tomorrow :)

    betty

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  7. Amazing photos and very funny. There is pain in workouts, pain in beauty, growing pains in youth, painful emotions, childbirth pains, ageing pains.....It takes Courage to Live Life.
    God Bless, Victoria

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    1. Vicki! I don't like pain! lolz. Love you, Girl!

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  8. Age. I was just thinking the other day that I wished I had been in better shape when I got here. (Here being 63 years old.) :}

    Amish. I sometimes wonder if they aren't just a bit closer to the truth of how to live than we are. Not the refusal to use modern conveniences or dressing funny, since that is not the "world" from which we are to separate, but some of the rest of it.

    Of course, as the world continues to spin out of control and our American culture becomes more ungodly, the way I live is starting to look a lot more separate and peculiar than I'd ever have expected. No bonnet, tho. At least, not yet.

    Deb

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    1. I think you'd look cute in a bonnet! Yes, I am certain that when the end draws really, really near...they'll be the only ones who thrive.

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  9. Many individuals who like to store for Amish-made products, or, Amish retail store products, also like to look a bit at the individuals who are part of this somewhat strange lifestyle. In some situations, in locations between and / or around the limitations of the Amish group and the place in which they may offer their products, strangers are able to notice the Amish way of lifestyle. However, it is very keep in mind certain dos and don'ts when it comes to your manners when going to and monitoring the Amish The Amish, e.g.

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