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Winter-France 1945

Winter-France 1945

I haven’t written in a while about “Hard Times in the Heartland.” On page 195 Dad writes from the battlefield in one of his frequent letters home: “Bee I and several others were awarded the Combat Infantry Expert Badge for our participation in battle. That means $5.00 more a month. “It quit snowing for a couple of days. It’s warming a little , but the thaw brings gummy mud. The melting snow around each foxhole makes a good target for…

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Marriage Certificates

Marriage Certificates

According to an article online from Tenth Amendment Center (http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/01/oklahoma-bill-would-eliminate-marriage-licenses-nullify-federal-control-in-practice-2/) Oklahoma will again consider dropping marriage licenses and instead issue certificates of marriage after the fact. This is an attempt to make a way out for the county clerks who might be opposed to issuing a license to same sex couples. The proposed bill also leaves out any mention of marriage being between one man and one woman. This opens the door for someone to marry their daughter–or even their…

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Possible Flu Prevention

Possible Flu Prevention

With the flu flying around these days, we need to arm ourselves with a dose of prevention. I take the leftover chicken bones and make a broth. I put the broth in soups, sauces, and even chili. We haven’t gotten the flu yet. Perhaps this is the reason. Chicken Broth from Bones Throw all the chicken bones and leftover juice in crockpot. Add 2 T. apple cider vinegar to break down the calcium in the bones. You may add chunks…

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The Price of Unforgiveness

The Price of Unforgiveness

“I’ll never forgive him–ever!” Her words hung in the air as I prayed what to say. Would she ever hear any words of caution if I said them? I doubted she was aware of the scripture warning in Matthew 18: 21-35 that ends with, “My heavenly Father will do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive your brother from his heart.” You see, the slave owed his master 10,000 talents which the slave could not ever…

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This Year’s Calendar

This Year’s Calendar

It’s funny how calendars run some years. This year of 2018 is no exception. On Valentine’s Day we also have Ash Wednesday. This is the beginning of Lent–a time of self-reflection and repentance. A time to re-commit our lives and living to Jesus, the one who knows us best and loves us most. Easter falls on April 1–April Fool’s Day. I’m sure unbelievers watching the events of those few days some 2,000 years ago were sure Jesus’ followers were fools,…

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Novel Idea

Novel Idea

One of the most unique gifts given this Christmas was a head scratcher. I inquired and learned it was from Bed, Bath & Beyond. It took some searching, but I finally found it there for a mere $4. I love it. It has no batteries to replace and it gives a great massage. It’s easy to use. Just grab the handle, put the fingers on your head, and plunge away. If scratching your head causes creative juices to flow, you might…

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Jacob’s Distress–The Great Tribulation

Jacob’s Distress–The Great Tribulation

Jeremiah 30:7 speaks of Jacob’s distress. It reads: Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it. We refer to this distress as The Great Tribulation. The word distress in the original Hebrew can also be translated “trouble, tribulation.” Jacob here refers to Israel. All those who look to Jesus as their Savior, are a part of Israel. A modern teaching (within the…

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One of God’s 100 Pound Words

One of God’s 100 Pound Words

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with out weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). That word weakness in the above scripture is one of those Biblical words that weighs 100 pounds, it’s so full of meaning. It not only covers sickness and disease. It also covers our failure to understand or to do great and glorious things. It also means to restrain from…

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Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

If you want a delicious cookie for a very special occasion these will fill the bill. YIELD: 10-12 (I’d double this recipe for the cookies–not the piecrust.) Apple Pie Cookies Make this Never-Fail Piecrust but don’t put it in a pie pan or cook it yet. 5 C. flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 t. salt 3 t. brown sugar 1 lb (2 C.) lard ( solid Crisco) (make your 2 C. generous) 1 T. vinegar 1 egg, slightly beaten…

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Apologies vs. Forgiveness

Apologies vs. Forgiveness

  With apologies swarming around like a thick cloud of gnats these days, we need to examine the difference. To apologize, according to Dictionary.com, is “to offer an excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury. To make a formal defense in speech or writing.” An apology is “an expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another.” You can regret wronging another and still not change. You’re still not forgiven. It’s a pretend…

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