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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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Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

  The day after we were married over fifty-five years ago, the Supreme Court of this land handed down the edict that prayer was no longer allowed in schools. In January 1973, just forty-five years ago, that same court made abortion legal. According to the Center for Disease and Control, at the end of 2013, there have been 51,888,303 abortions reported to that department since 1970. The Bible tells us in Hosea 8:7 that if you sow the wind, you’ll…

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A Reason to be Grateful

A Reason to be Grateful

For the past five months I’ve been learning new software to audio record my God’s Little Miracle Book (I, II, & III) series. After recording in two-hour segments at the local Johnson County Library MakerSpace and spending looooong hours in editing, they are now finished and up on Amazon.com for Audible, Amazon download, and iTunes. I was inspired to do this project when the director of a nursing home I visit every week for my chaplain duties asked me to…

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Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices

We recently left a cruise ship. It’s a long, but very organized process. Each room is assigned to a group number when the passengers arrive. When the ship has docked the final time, each group is to gather in the theatre area until your number is called. You may wait an hour or two, depending on how the disembarking is flowing. As I sat there I watched people. A certain TV station blared on the large screens. Most watched mindlessly,…

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Southwest Chicken Chili

Southwest Chicken Chili

One good thing about winter–soup. There’s nothing better than to come in from frigid frost to an aroma of a hot dish ready to eat. This recipe calls for a crock pot. I prefer it cooked slow in an iron skillet. Either way, it’s delicious. Southwest Black Bean Chicken Soup Ingredients 1 pound cooked chicken 3 (15.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed 2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chili peppers…

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Tiptoe Through the Turnips

Tiptoe Through the Turnips

Recently we hosted our annual family picnic at our farm. We always pick pumpkins and any other produce on a hayride through nearby fields after a hearty lunch of hot dogs and delicious sides. This year Vic planted turnips. Most in the guests didn’t know what they were or what they tasted like. Our dear ancestor, Lucy, could have told them. In 1890 that’s all she and her children had to eat after a killing drought and prairie fire consumed…

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A Kansan in New York

A Kansan in New York

Recently my husband, Vic and son, Josh along with Vic’s sister, Karen and her husband, Doug,  visited New York. The rest of our party had never been there before. The city now contains over eight and a half million people. Our sight-seeing bus ride which was to take an hour around lower Manhattan lasted two and a half hours. Streets jammed with stalled traffic. Sidewalks were almost impassable. Fire truck and ambulance sirens competed with the middle-eastern songs blaring from…

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The Signs of the Times

The Signs of the Times

I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the Old Testament book of Judges. Perhaps we should. I ran across this scripture the other day. You know when the Lord wants you to see something, how it kind of jumps off the page at you? That’s what this scripture did. It was a day or two after the nut job killed those fifty people in Las Vegas. See if these words stick to you…

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Prioities

Prioities

When I drove by a local church recently the words on their message board read, “Put God on Your Calendar.” For me, that statement went down sideways. It was like saying God was an add-on—something you must remember to do. In my thinking God is so much more than an item on my calendar or a line on a “to do” list. Since I’m a writer, rewrites are always a part of the process, so my writer brain kicked into…

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Predicting Winter Weather

Predicting Winter Weather

  Ever wonder what the weather will be this winter? Check the inside of a persimmon seed, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. WINTER WEATHER FOLKLORE Pixabay   HOW TO PREDICT WEATHER WITH A PERSIMMON SEED Cut open a persimmon seed. (The fruit should be locally-grown to reflect your weather. A ripe seed works best.) Image from www.hoosierweather.com Look at the shape of the kernel inside. If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel! If it is fork-shaped, you can expect…

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