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God’s Blessed Surprises

God’s Blessed Surprises

I spent an exciting weekend recently speaking to Wordwrights, a Christian writers group from Oklahoma City. We met at a home of one of the members near Mulhall, OK. Donna and her sister, Gloria, run a restful retreat center called Yonderland the Way Station on their property. I love speaking to writers. There is an amazing synergism of creativity that happens when writers gather. God filled our time together with unexpected surprises above and beyond our expectations. Friday night my hostess…

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Six-word Short Stories

Six-word Short Stories

It is said that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a six-word story. His response: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” This past week I attended a group offered by Hospice on grief writing. Our assignment: write a six-word story. These are some of my responses: Cancer devours, brings down good man. Seeming arthritic hip reveals cancer diagnosis. Future plans dashed by cancer doctors. Death dies when Jesus rises. Surprise! Seeming defeat swallowed up in victory. Jesus brings joy…

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Of Grief

Of Grief

  I begin a new grief class this next week offered by Hospice House using writing as an aid to working through the process of my new normal after losing my husband, Vic, in April. In June, we would have celebrated 56 years of marriage. I never cease to be amazed at God’s timing. I’m a wee bit behind in my daily devotional reading of New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. His entry for June 24 reads, “Grief is good…

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Jesus the Concrete Contractor

Jesus the Concrete Contractor

A month ago I set an appointment with Jesus,  a concrete contractor, to come on Thursday this past week. Before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday I received a text that he was coming with his crew between eight and eight-thirty that day! I flew into full panic mode to clean out the last few items left in the garage so they could begin demolition on the garage floor. My son, Josh and I then moved on to the patio to remove the…

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All About Okra

All About Okra

I’d never heard of nor ever seen okra until I met my husband. This year I saw some okra seeds and decided to plant them next to the patio. Vic grew it at our farm but it never got this tall. I wonder if I got hold of some Jack and the Beanstock seeds! When this stuff gets going you have to harvest it every day before it gets too big and tough. Growing it sure beats plunking down a bunch…

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Priorities

Priorities

In conversation recently the subject of time and priorities came up. If I could see a time chart divided into the amount of time spent in a day, I wonder if I might be surprised at the time I waste on unimportant things. This week I focused on Colossians 2:8 which reads: See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world,…

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How to Can Blackberries and Make a Pie

How to Can Blackberries and Make a Pie

I spent a rare cool morning for this part of the country at a blackberry patch in Louisburg, KS this past week. After two hours I had about seven quarts of berries. For my afternoon activity I canned my pick because the freezer is full. While the canned berries cooled on the counter I got a haircut. My hairdresser asked how I canned the berries. She’d never done it before. This is what I told her: “It’s simple really. While…

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Sampson at Sight & Sound

Sampson at Sight & Sound

I recently had the opportunity to visit Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson, MO. This production company does a phenomenal job bringing this Biblical character to life. The stage production is out-of-this world. I especially enjoyed some of the lines. When Sampson has lost his strength by having his hair cut and he’s blinded by his enemies, a character says to him, “God’s grace is like hair–it just keeps growing.” I’ll not share more with you. I’ll let you discover the…

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An Observation Through Scriptural Glasses

An Observation Through Scriptural Glasses

  In today’s world you can seldom turn on the TV without the words Strzok or Page spilling out the speakers. As I watched his appearance before congress the other day several scriptures came to mind. Though he admitted to questioners he held animus toward Trump, he adamantly denied it affected his actions. God’s word says differently. Proverbs 23:7 in the King James Version says, “For as a man thinketh in this heart so is he.” As various questioners read…

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A Powerful Declaration for our Nation

A Powerful Declaration for our Nation

A person a one of the places I visit each week as a chaplain gave me this recently. I don’t know who Karen Serna is, but I think her ideas are very powerful. Let me know what you think. An Expanded version of the Preamble to the US Constitution as written by Karen Serna Ps. 11:3 Declares: If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Therefore, we the People of the United States in order to form a…

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