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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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Promises Fulfilled

Promises Fulfilled

  God’s word is a complete instruction book from our Manufacturer. It contains the wisdom needed for our lives and living. Unfortunately, many read Scripture with eyes of skepticism, doubt, and outright unbelief. Because our current culture has largely ignored God’s truth, we find ourselves perishing from lack of vision. A scripture that God has laid on my heart a lot lately reads, “Give attention to My words; incline your ear to My sayings. Do not let them depart from…

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Making Almond Milk and Almond Flour

Making Almond Milk and Almond Flour

After buying some almond flour for a recipe it occurred to me to go to Google “How to make almond flour” and found this. This post from http://allsortsofpretty.com/how-to-make-almond-milk-and-almond-flour-a-surprisingly-easy-diy/ also tells you how to make almond milk as well as almond flour. Go for it!   HOW TO MAKE ALMOND MILK AND ALMOND FLOUR – SURPRISINGLY EASY  Not pictured here is a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, which you should add since it breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and cultures…

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Solution for School Shootings

Solution for School Shootings

  At the time of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, the usual questions of gun control, pro and con spewed from the lips of Congressmen. Others advocated for a stronger police presence in schools. The list of solutions was endless. As I pondered this dilemma, God’s word filtered into my consciousness. “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst…

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Inflammatory Words

Inflammatory Words

From what I knew of her, she had a quick tongue. Not satisfied unless she had the last word. Always on the defense. After several years of marriage, her husband grew weary and left. As she recounted the latest battle to me, I saw a picture in my mind’s eye. It was a woman standing in front of a bonfire. Beside her stood a pile of wood. Every time she spewed another volley of words, she threw another log on…

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God’s Surprises

God’s Surprises

God has some of the most unique ways of drawing someone’s attention to Himself. This past Valentine’s Day instead of sending cards to my fourteen grandchildren and four children, I texted. I was unaware one grandson who lives in Colorado, had changed his phone number. My “grandkid list” had become outdated. The texts went like this: Me: Hey my favorite peeps, may God’s richest blessings be on you this day. May Jesus’ love pour over you in buckets. You are…

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God’s Promise for Wayward Ones

God’s Promise for Wayward Ones

Do you have people that are near your heart but very far from God? His word is full of promises if we will fulfill His conditions. The Holy Spirit recently took me on what I call a gold mining trip. It’s when you’re made aware of a scripture and it seems God wrote that verse just for you. You have to dig out each word from the original Hebrew or Greek to see the full meaning of the words. I use…

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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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