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The All-Sufficient One

The All-Sufficient One

  I’m amazed at Jesus’ sufficiency for every situation as I walk this new path of widowhood. When I need tax advice, a trusted, competent advisor appears. When I am faced with questions about the farm and its daily operations, He provides people in the know. When I need energy to clean out a grossly overly cluttered garage, He supplies the motivation, a dear sister-in-law to help, and willing hands to carry off the unneeded plunder. When I need to…

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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

In reading over my dad’s letters written in May of 1945, 73 years ago, they showed that time proved to be extra-stressful. World War II had just ended with Germany, but not Japan. The battle-weary GIs longed to come home. A different rumor flew at least once a day. Would they be allowed to come home? Would they have to stay in Germany as part of the occupied forces? Would wives and children be allowed to join the GIs if…

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When Life Delivers Curve Balls

When Life Delivers Curve Balls

Life. Sometimes it’s good–sometimes it’s bad. I take comfort in knowing whatever happens is no surprise to my Heavenly Father. He’s planned all my days before I lived one of them according to Psalm 139. On those days when it feels like I’m at the plate and a 95-mile-an-hour curve ball just hit me in the stomach, it helps to tell Jesus exactly how I feel, even though He knows every detail. For me, it comes out best if I…

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Jesus, our Husband

Jesus, our Husband

  As I begin to walk this new, unfamiliar path of widowhood the Lord has reminded me that He has a special place in His heart for aliens, widows, and orphans. Isaiah 54:5a says, “For your husband is your Maker, whose name is the Lord of Hosts.” He is demonstrating that scripture me in very practical ways. Now I must make decisions not only for daily living. I have to have wisdom for things I know nothing about, like our…

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20/20 Hindsight

20/20 Hindsight

Each January signals a mad scramble to enter the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation contest before the cut off date of January 31. This year I was ahead of the game. I entered thirteen categories on January 8. This last weekend I attended the conference in Oklahoma City. On Saturday night they announce the winners. As I sat at the banquet awaiting the results I noticed a strange irony on my entry list. My entries included titles such as Good Memories, Last Farewell,…

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Homegoing

Homegoing

As this month of April draws to a close, the prompt on Poem a Day Challenge for the 30th was “closing time.” This is the poem I wrote to the prompt. Saturday, April 21, 2018 At 3:00 p.m., we gathered ’round husband’s bed in the Hospice Hospital to bid him farewell. As we sang to him, his breaths came in short puffs with longer spaces between. “We love you, Dad.” Said one. “Thank you for your leadership.” “I’ll miss you,…

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The Thin Thread

The Thin Thread

Thin Thread tethers husband to this earth which he walked for seventy-seven years. He stares at his new surroundings at Hospice House. Tell him repeatedly when he asks, “Where am I? Why am I here?” Pray the angels come quickly with their sweet chariot to carry him home. Note to reader: Two days later the angels conducted him into Jesus’ presence.   To see my books visit http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007F5H0H4 God’s Little Miracle Book is now available in audio at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sally-jadlow/1303687606 for iTunes and…

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Another Poem From the Dark Valley

Another Poem From the Dark Valley

Since it’s still April and the Poem a Day challenge is going on, I’ll post another poem I’ve written this month. In the prompt given we were to add a word to “weary.” Battle Weary came to mine immediately. Battle Weary Fall into bed, exhausted after a day at rehab as I’ve watched husband struggle to regain strength. Scruffy four-day beard, wasting body of skin and bones, peek from covers as he falls into deep, drug-induced sleep. His valiant effort…

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Writer’s Digest Poem a Day Challenge

Writer’s Digest Poem a Day Challenge

During April and November Robert Lee Brewer, Poetry Editor of Writer’s Digest, posts daily prompts. Poets can post their work online at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2018-april-pad-challenge-day-2. I have decided to chronicle what’s happening in our lives at the moment as the theme for this month’s poems. I’m not posting them on the Poem a Day website because they are considered published if I do. The prompt for April 2 was “Portrait.” Here is my offering: Portrait of an Illness Husband of fifty-six years complains…

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Mother Mable

Mother Mable

A year ago I was invited to submit a poem for an artist to paint her intrepretation of my work. Jenn Wilson of Lawrence chose my poem, Mother Mable. I finally got to see it last Friday night at the Painted Words Exhibit at Aimee’s Coffee House in Lawrence. I wrote it for an elderly woman I saw every week for Bible study at a retirement home. When you greated her, she’d give you a thumbnail sketch of her life in…

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