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The God of Details

I love the beach. It is my happy place. The smell of the salt water, the steady pounding of the surf, even the prickles from the sand, are a pleasure to me.  I, who am not in great physical shape, can walk for hours at the beach. It is like a treasure hunt. First looking out into the ocean, hoping to see a dolphin, then in the air, maybe a brown pelican will cruise by, but it is the shells on the shoreline that are the most captivating. I walk a little then stop and sift through the sand, so …

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One Kind of Splendor

    It is a glorious day. The sun is shining. The air has just a hint of cold, which is great for us Southerners who have been praying for cooler weather, but didn’t really mean it!  I have gone to a park that is full of different gardens, and they are spectacular. However, I know the names of very few different trees or flowers. There are beds of pansies and tulips. The pansies like tiny little faces smiling in bright and happy color. Tulips in red and yellow, standing tall and reaching for the sun. Roses of many different …

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The Creation Prompts Praise To The Creator

      “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:1 The life of a shepherd was a lonely one. David, the author of Psalm 8, spent a good portion of his younger years in nature and isolation. No street lights, no cities or buildings, and no human beings also meant no distractions … plenty of time to think and ponder. As David looked to the heavens and beheld creation, he was prompted to worship the Creator. The vastness and beauty of God’s creation led to astonishment that the Creator both thought about David and …

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What Shall We Say

Romans 8: 37-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall trouble, hardship,persecution,or nakedness, danger, famine, or sword..No, in all these things  we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us: for I am convinced neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present or future…nor height or depth, nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What then shall we say in response to the above? I really believe COVID-19 is a wake-up call, and pray that it is not too late …

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A Work of Beauty

  It is amazing how a skilled sculptor can take a lump of lifeless ugly clay and form it into something of stunning beauty. Having tried this myself, taking clay into my hands, kneading it like bread dough, throwing it onto a wheel and forming it into a beautiful work of art or even an object of usefulness, this particular skill most certainly eludes me.  I have no talent when it comes to this form of art. My sister, on the other hand, shapes the clay with her hands, imagines what it will become and gently shapes and molds the …

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My Stroll Down Memory Lane

Memories of a Centenarian Scripture: “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the surface of  the earth…” Genesis 1: 1-2 One October morning Doris Mitchell Lisemby sat at her desk and looked out the window of the apartment.  As the sun cast its first radiant rays across a small lake beyond the apartment, the sun appeared beyond tree tops in the distance. While viewing that impressive and almost breath taking scene, I wondered where the time had gone! It seemed only yesterday that I was a young woman with my life and dreams before me. It was an unusually beautiful morning with …

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We Begin Our Stroll

Memories of a Centenarian Scripture: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: because You are with me…” Psalm 23: 4 I opened the front gate, and began my stroll down a narrow trail which meandered through majestic pines and deciduous trees in the forest. I noted nature was beginning to clothe herself.  Former bare branches were now decked with vibrant green foliage.  In the distance, I saw a gnarled old dogwood tree adorned with pretty white blossoms, which added to my enjoyment. Stepping briskly over a trickling stream, I enjoyed the alluring fragrance of wild pink …

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Continuing My Stroll

Memories of a Centenarian   Scripture: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness.” Psalm 23: 1-3 Continuing my leisurely stroll, I marveled at God’s Omniscient ability to decorate my awesome environment with amazing beauty and tranquility. I wondered if the Garden of Eden had been more beautiful than my woodland paradise.  Beginning to feel a bit fatigued, I sat down on a log near my trail. Soon I heard rustling of dead leaves on the ground, and looked up just …

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Time: Another of God’s Blessings

  Scripture:  “Redeeming the time: because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5: 16 Returning our thoughts to my seat on a log in the forest, while sitting there I had been so enthralled with the superlative beauty of God’s splendor around me, that time passed rapidly. And I remembered that at age one hundred plus, I am completing my next book titled “Making Life Count”. Though I have not lived a life of fame or fortune: God is leaving me on earth for some purpose, and although advanced age brings some limitations, God has continued to bless me with an alert mind and an ability to use a computer. Though our family still …

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God Created You and Me

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You: for I am  fearfully and wonderfully made; my soul knows it well.” Psalm 139: 13-14   Long before I was born, God knew who my parents would be, the color of my skin and eyes, where I’d be born and when and where I will die. It is no wonder the psalmist could praise God, and I also praise and thank Him, not only for forming my body, but for providing a way of escape after my became tainted by sin. After I was blessed with a new born child, held him in my arms, and he …

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God’s Creation

Scripture tells us in the beginning God created the world and everything in it. What an amazing, all powerful God to take a huge mass of dark void and in six days create this once perfect world. There is some debate as to the length of the day at that time, but since no time lapsed between each day, and each day’s creation begins with and, this appears to indicate each day was created consecutively one after the other. And note that God spoke the world into existence. And we need to remember there is a difference between creating and …