Raoul’s 2 Cents

Hidden In My Heart

Stick your finger in the air. Notice the strong uncertain winds? People are facing financial storms, medical sink holes, thundering family battles, relational tidal waves, earth shattering political debates. This week has been a tough one; I’ve prayed unceasingly for myself and people I love.

I’m not exempt from stress. I admit I’m only human; and I do get worried how I’m going to pull things off but when I catch myself getting bogged down, I remember a wise man said: The BIGGER God is …  the SMALLER my problem. Indeed, our problems are infinitesimal in God’s eyes. And I’ve found that music consoles a troubled heart.

Jay Stocker recorded “Hidden in My Heart” — a collection of lullabies for children. Unbeknownst to him, the parents liked the music and soon his records were being listened to by an older audience — adults with adult-sized problems. In Stocker’s website it states that ” their vision expanded as so many adults were purchasing the music for themselves as well as to give to other adults. Just because we are older we think we need to depend on our own smarts. Yet many times, we need to step back and regain the faith of a child in order to comprehend the love of God.

I purchased one of his CDs for my wife but I think I listen to it more than she does. It brings me great comfort because it reminds me how God is truly BIG and AWESOME.

When there’s something wrong in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Nope! Not them! Silly! You call upon the Lord!

TGIF people!

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
— Isaiah 35:4 YOUTUBE VIDEO 

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA for sending this joke.

Joke of the Week: Quickie Jokes

Videos of the Week

funny video

Difficult English Language
Sent by Mike of New York

WARNING: Crude Language

I mean it. This video might offend you so skip this if you are sensitive to words. This is a video of a standup Finnish comedian explaining why English is so confusing to him.


Interesting5 Dishes That Actually Came From China
Sent by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

I was surprised by this list. But it does seem plausible. It’s a bit long at 7 minutes.


Don’s Puns

From Don’s collection of puns

Don's Puns: Buccaneer

Heavy Thought of the Week

Sent by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Heavy Thought of the Week: Beethoven

Parting Shots

Thanks to Naomi of North Hollywood who shared this

Parting Shots: On an Airline


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  1. Marilyn

    May 29, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    thanks so much Raoul!!!


  2. Heather

    May 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I’m laughing my hat off!


  3. Jeff

    May 29, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I laughed out loud this morning. There were some real funny ones.


  4. Tom

    May 29, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Great intro Raoul and Art is superb..I am reading a book that I think is terrific, 12 Rules of LIfe, an Antidote for Chaos. By Gordon Peterson. It is written by a learned professor of psychology but sensible and easy to understand. I took Psy in College but this is far better than a one year course. Tom
    Thanks for the smiles you bring to so many with this every week’


  5. Rommie

    May 29, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks Raoul for your TGIF jokes and personal messages!
    Hang in there! We all have too!
    God bless!



  6. Heather

    May 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I’m happy for your friend and laughed like crazy over the Alexa skit.


  7. Tom

    May 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks Raoul. Words of Wisdom are so welcome when it comes to Salvation. Hope your efforts bring a fruitful response !



    • Raoul

      May 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks Tom.

      People don’t really understand why they say Jesus saves. “Saved from what?” is all they can say.

      TGIF and have a good one!


  8. Marilyn

    May 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks again. You provide a good service with this column/



  9. Erika

    May 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Raoul,

    Boy this one hit home. Thanks for the message. 🙂


  10. Merwynn

    May 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing


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