Defense against offense.

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Adonijah was really ticked.  Here’s the back story, (and it’s not a pretty one…)

King David’s family life was not convenient. Suffice it to say that his immediate relations were many and confused, and not altogether amiable, and so Adonijah had many siblings.  One of his half-brothers, Absalom, (from a different mother) had already tried to wrestle the kingdom away from their royal dad, and after severely dividing the kingdom and disgracing his father (intentionally), he was brutally killed in battle.  Then more patient Adonijah waits until his father has grown old and, since he is next in line by birth for the kingship (according to tradition), gets a following and proclaims himself king with all the hoopla he can muster.  Funny thing is, he Continue reading “Defense against offense.”

Shaggy Dog Story

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I did it.  I actually spent the money to have the Mighty Wonder Buck fully groomed.  I mean, the works, like pushing all the buttons at the automated car wash.  He had been shedding profusely, and a little black hair here and there kept turning into black dust bunnies the size of a Star Wars Wookie.

Okay, maybe not quite that Continue reading “Shaggy Dog Story”

Outstandingly Ordinary

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James Birk is a math teacher in Great Britian.  This means that he is smart, but it also means you should read this with a British accent and it will make it even more impressive.  Be sure to check out his site at: http://jamesproclaims.com/  You are sure to come away smiling, and giggling…  (And don’t forget my “disclaimer” HERE.  Cheers!)

OUTSTANDINGLY ORDINARY

Why is being average
Never quite enough?
Why must we always strive
To be a cut above?

If everyone is better
Than what we call the norm
Then whoever defined normal
Was sadly misinformed

By its very definition
Mediocre is not bad
So it shouldn’t be a label
That makes us feel so sad

So if being ordinary is
Your most defining trait
Then surely that’s a reason
For you to celebrate?

© James Birk, used by permission, see his site at : http://jamesproclaims.com/

My own cup of tea (not yours)

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“No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
    but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.”

Be yourself!!

Psalm 25:3  Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Wholly Holy

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Unlike my sister-in-law, Terri, I’m not a jigsaw puzzle person.  Every vacation or holiday, you can just about bank on it—out comes some beautifully photographed but deviously detailed puzzle with three million pieces, and somehow that’s supposed to be stress-reducing? 

To each his own.

If I were a puzzle-fan, however, I definitely wouldn’t buy them secondhand, like I do most everything else.  There’s just this nagging thought that after all that work the last piece (or five) would not be in the box.  That could mean, for instance, that Washington’s nose might be missing as he’s crossing the Delaware, or the chalice might be missing from the Last Supper, or Picasso’s Guernica….

….well, okay, on that one I might not notice.

Point made, if I want to make sure I have a whole puzzle, it needs to be a NEW puzzle.

I’m also thinking this is what God had in mind when Continue reading “Wholly Holy”

Blogging Blast #6: I like big BUT’s (not a typo…)

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“Your mother’s great-uncle-twice-removed named you in his will, but…”

“Everyone gets an extra vacation day this year, but…”

(And one of my personal favorites): “I apologize, but…”

Sometimes we only want to hear the first part of a sentence and go no further, which can cause, dare I say it, “a failure to communicate”. That little word “but” is a conjunction that Dictionary.com defines as “except, on the contrary, otherwise than”.  Alright, so I really did know that; I’ll admit I had to check the same source to remind myself what a “conjunction” is.  I quote: the act of  Continue reading “Blogging Blast #6: I like big BUT’s (not a typo…)”

Blogging Blast #5: Once Upon a Time…(I do so love stories)

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I have no analogy today, but a story.  So here goes: once upon a time…

…I read a little book, the first in a series entitled “Bible Guides”, which premiered in the early 1960’s.  It was authored by biblical theologian William Barclay, who, at the time of this publishing, was Professor of New Testament at the University of Glasgow.  This first little study book is entitled “The Making of the Bible”.  Now all that might sound a bit stuffy, (unless you like that sort of thing, which I do), until you get to about page 67.

This is where Dr. Barclay starts talking about how the Continue reading “Blogging Blast #5: Once Upon a Time…(I do so love stories)”

Mitchell School

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Mitchell School was written by one of my bloggish friends, Oneta Hayes.  Oneta is 80+years young, a retired school teacher, and quite an inspiration. Here’s a little bio on this wonderful lady:

FIVE FACTS ABOUT ME. (That is, Oneta…)

  1.  I was born in a dugout in the southeastern plains of Colorado.
  2.  I graduated high school at the top of the class.   Hold the applause -there were only 24 in my class so my odds were pretty good!
  3. My present husband, Sammy, is my only husband.  We have been married 62 years.  (Great opportunities for divorce – 135 times.  Hold it, I’m joking – a little!)
  4. I always loved grammar but was scared and very insecure about composition  writing.  The first real writing began when I was about fifty years old.  I wrote an article called “My Case for Sunday School.”  It was printed in two church denomination magazines.  It was so foreign to my concept of my own ability, I believe it was inspired by God in order to move me to new ministry opportunities.
  5. I’m a member of Toastmasters, Int.  My love for writing and love for speaking go together very well.

I encourage you to visit her site: http://onetahayes.com/ for a refreshing look at life in general.  And, of course, my “disclaimer” is HERE.  ENJOY!

MITCHELL SCHOOL

We talked of community, not neighborhood;
We talked of counties, and towns
We met in schools and courthouse lawns
Wore overalls and dresses, not evening gowns.

The building housed the public school,
A place of learning and social gathering –
There was church, spelling bees, the voting booth
A center of knowledge – perhaps, just a smattering.

From eight years old to eleven or twelve
Mitchell School, was my place to go
It was not true that we walked in rain
By then, folks were modern, you know.

Owning their farms, livestock, and cars,
Their taxes kept that school house firm
Paid the teachers and bought the books
All gung-ho and ready for a new term.

Then the children grew up and moved
Adults bought new Chevys and Fords
The walls of Mitchell School began to fall
“Save the School” was a slogan – no action, just words.

To folks like me, ‘tis a pleasant memory, but
With no one left to maintain it with pride
A snippet was written to serve as a eulogy
And Mitchell School’s walls just fell down and died.

© Oneta Hayes, used with permission   Visit her at: http://onetahayes.com/

(PS, just in case anyone is keeping track, this post counts for my BLOGGING BLAST this week!!)

Blogging Blast #4: Consider the reviewer, not just the review-ee

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(So just what is a Blogging Blast??BLOGGING BLAST #4)

My hubby wrote a book.  He’s written several actually, self-published a few, set them up on Amazon, had a few sales, and all of that. We’ve even gotten some decent reviews (I say “we” since I’m the one who finds the reviewers and sends his stuff out there, kinda a mom and pop writer/publicist arrangement…we have fun.)

In the past, long before the proliferation of the Indie movement, he would get plenty of rejection notices from already established publishing houses.  You sort of get used it, I suppose, things like “this is not what we are looking for currently” and the like.  So, to oldies like us, the actually Send-Me-Your-Book-And-I-Will-Read-It kind of Indie review is a fairly new and open road. 

And not one without its own hazardous potholes. 

Now, it’s one thing to get a private Continue reading “Blogging Blast #4: Consider the reviewer, not just the review-ee”

Blogging Blast #3: Step right up—get your vaccinations here!

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(So just what is a Blogging Blast??  — BLOGGING BLAST #3)

I have discovered a new disease. 

Well, I suppose it’s not new exactly, and I’m thinking I’m not the first to acknowledge it, not to mention personally suffer from its ill effects.  All humans are susceptible to this malady, but it tends to run rampant in prosperous societies and is particularly marked within the Christian demographic.  Even the most virulent strains leave no outward blemishes until the inward damage has been done…insidious that way.

I call it “The-Cart-Before-The-Horse-Syndrome”, and although the pandemic in recent memory would be from the 1970’s, unfortunate remnants remain today.  The pathology tends to progress thus: Continue reading “Blogging Blast #3: Step right up—get your vaccinations here!”