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It’s My life; No, It’s My Lie

Grocery shopping has been on my attention list for about six weeks now. Sounds strange does it not? We have a family of five/six on the weekends and four during the week.  How can it be that grocery shopping is not completed. Before the dial to the hot line, our children are fed and watered. The Friendship Mall has filled in the gaps, General Mills stock has jumped, and my pizza app is racking in the points. I am certain this sounds oh so familiar with many parents. It’s what many of us refer to as “just life with kids”.  …

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Scars Always Have a Story

  I first noticed these scratches months ago; I just noticed the beauty this week. The photo captures the deep scratches into wood from the pew at church. Shame. That’s what I first felt. My family had harmed such an important piece of furniture in our Lord’s house. As a child, my Granny was the caretaker and maintained the church. What fun it was to hang out with Granny on cleaning days! The church isle seemed to be so long and steep; the microphone was used to sing private specials; and the piano better not be touched! It wasn’t a …

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No Kissey Kissey, We Went to Bed Mad

Spend a bit of time on Pinterest and you’ll almost always find a bedroom quote that reads “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” or maybe, “Never go to bed angry”… ohhh or even “Love conquers ALL.” So many quotes on so much ship-lap thanks to Mrs. Gaines and HGTV. Guess what – those quotes on that cute ship-lap can go jump in the creek. We went to bed angry! And you guess it, we woke the same! The Mr. seemed to give in and lose most of his immature frustration during the course of the next day; but nooo, not me. I …

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Let Freedom RING!

My laptop screen died.  I possessed a God-given sense to self, just failed to have the sense to “Cart and Check-out” with the correct item.  The faithful UPS driver was certainly happy when I finally hit the screen lottery!  That little chasing my tail story to say this, blogging happens when the need arises and bless it, the need arises at odd times.  Odd places.  Odd places require a lap top.  Laptop died.  My freedom to blog as before was no more.  A silly thing really; but silly, real and hindered.  My freedom and a itty-bitty ministry was hindered. My …

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Birth Marks and the “Heart Parts”

My family and I have conversations about strange things. I’ve always enjoyed listening to my kids and how their minds work in comparison of my own. During a recent road trip, the topic of the moment was birth marks. I named each and the location. The kids were a bit “weirded out” for lack of a better vocabulary and to quote the teen gibberish of the time. I was immediately hit with stinging darts as to how I can remember the shapes and locations of such as birth marks but often can’t recall the correct sibling’s name or who likes …

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God, You’ve Worn Out Your Welcome

God, you’ve worn out your welcome. There are numerous country western songs on life in small towns. And for some reason, my heart loves them all! I’m a small community gal at heart. I enjoy school open houses that turn into reunions, grocery isle catch-ups, and coffee drinking, problems solvers at the station. Maybe only one time in my life have I considered just packing up and moving; only to have God remind just where He planted His crop! Life here is not easy; nor is it slow, regardless of what your music stream sings to you. Life here is …

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For Mine Eyes Have Seen

For mine eyes have seen… We have a daughter that is a glasses girl. It’s a big part of her physical feature and enhances her fun personality.  However, for the last several years, the prescription changes far faster than either the doctors or I can keep track. Time escaped and the prescription changed drastically. While driving home, she talked and talked about viewing details. And when I say details, for the first time, she realized trees had leaves high in the their tops. Sounds ridiculous, right. My daughter had been living her life not viewing the leaves in the tops …

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Paul and a Farmer’s Tan

  The summer harvest time is certainly a favorite.  In small farm-like community you will most likely, at some point, drive behind a gentleman moving his equipment from one field to another. Slow and steady, the driver eases to and from an acre of green to the next. It is likely that in your haste to pass the man and his equipment, you’ve not considered nor witnessed the long and hot preparation to hit the highway or side road. You just need to move on; pass; and get on with the drive.  In our family, the guys have always broke, …

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Cue The Smile

CUE THE SMILE; WELCOME TO WORSHIP SERVICES. Proper church work is God’s work; and it’s important! And I believe it! But can we just take a moment and be honest! While reading my commentary, please provide a bit of lee- way, this is the blog of a grace guzzling sinner that attends worship service for worship! There is much buzz on media outlets as to church etiquette, how to make visitors feel welcome, how to make new parents feel welcome, how to make new couples feel welcome, and the lists and suggestions go on and on. The writers and sites …