Sometimes it's hard to be thankful . . .

I’m not thankful. There it is. Not thankful. I’m not thankful that in the beginning when God created Earth that he let sin and depravity in. But I am thankful that God gave up his only Son Jesus to die on the cross and be the remedy for sin. John 3:16 I’m not thankful for the abuse and sadness in the world, but I’m thankful for all the kindness of many individuals who come together and passionately combat all that is abuse in support of the victims. I’m not thankful …

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Today and Every Day

Today is November 11th, the day all across America we celebrate Veterans Day. In case you’re curious here’s the canned definition of how it came to be: “Veterans Day was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. The national holiday is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the day World War I ended in 1918. Today Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country.”  This article From the Denver Post fully …

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A lens not made for me

“Janie, can you bring me my glasses? They’re downstairs on my desk.” In that simple request was a complicated lesson. My dad was a minister and spent hours out of every day studying scriptures and reading commentaries to prepare him to share the gospel in teaching and in living. He also shared his skill as a carpenter and mechanic for people in need. Daddy’s glasses were not single strength lenses for a linear focused guy, they were trifocals necessary to accommodate the vision stages of close-up study, distance ahead, and …

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Construction …. The End

I am now officially weary of our construction project. Superman has nothing on me because I’ve become an expert at jumping over hurdles with a single bound. Have you ever felt like this? Running behind on everything, half done tasks, watered down commitments, little mountains of clutter everywhere, turbulence! Blame it on the upheaval of construction – it’s just been going on too long now.  But I know that’s not it, not entirely. The chaotic surroundings contribute, but sometimes I think it’s the symptom of something much deeper. Avoiding has …

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What God has joined . . .

Open letter to my precious, loving husband. Today we celebrate 43 years of life together. I can’t imagine life without you. “For better – we’ve had better; for worse – we’ve had worse” and that’s how to live the storybook life. The first years were like being in a canoe – paddle one side, then the other – not often synchronized, even a few capsized moments, but still managed to stay afloat. We progressed to speedboat status working at jobs, working on house repairs, working on relationship repairs, raising 3 …

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What's in your snowball?

What’s in your snowball? I’ve been thinking about snowballs a lot lately. It might have started when I opened email from several different friends and saw was a snowball headed straight for me. Maybe these thoughts of snowballs was prompted by a text from my grandson, Tyler, stationed in Virginia, saying “I want snow for Christmas”. I texted him back with a photo of our back yard with the inscription “I think we can comply.” Why do we love snow? It’s not because we love the challenges it presents. It’s …

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What's up with Sunday?

I woke up this morning with this pouring from my heart:   Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole; I want Thee forever to live in my soul; Break down every idol, cast out every foe; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies, And help me to make a complete sacrifice; I give up myself, and whatever I know; Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Words by James Nicholson, 1872 (1828-1876)/ Music by William G. …

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Heading for an Extreme Makeover!

It must be Friday. How do I know? What gave it away? Running behind on everything, half done tasks, watered down commitments, little mountains of clutter everywhere, turbulence! Blame it on Friday – five days into a too busy week.  Freaky Friday! But I know that’s not it, not entirely. Sometimes I think busy is the symptom of something much deeper. Busy is easy. It gives me a way out of doing things I don’t want to do, but I struggle with the chaotic rule busyness has over my life.  …

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Refining Grace