Beloved: Dear, Precious, Much Loved

Today’s photo challenge proved to be an emotional exercise, bringing back so many wonderful memories.  The photos stand as solid reminders of how blessed I am to be  part of a truly loving and affectionate family.  The theme is of a more personal nature, but love is a universal language.  I hope you enjoy seeing […]

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So Many Words

Sometimes I just need to sit quietly and listen. My days are often filled with writing—emails, letters, class notes, lessons, lists—with little time left for quality, undisturbed, focused listening. So yesterday I made a concentrated effort to listen by limiting my talking, which is naturally a prerequisite, and thinking hard about what I was hearing. […]

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Variation on a Theme: Different or Distinct Form or Version of Something

Today’s photo challenge puts a new layer on the usual theme by introducing variation.  Hope you enjoy the photos.   Firewood:  Halves, Whole, and a Wayward Branch     Varied Walkway at Ft. Sumpter, South Carolina       I Love Sheep!  (I think the older one is sticking its tongue out at me.)   […]

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Tracking My Heart

I received a fitness watch for my birthday, the kind with lots of embedded programs, monitors, flashing lights, alarms, and who knows what else. Basically, I’m interested in the pedometer feature that continually counts my steps. I’m one of those 10,000-steps-a-day people, combining some running, walking, stairs, and maybe even a little biking on occasion. […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: January 20

We’re very happy today to share some great articles with you.  Every one of them is rich in wisdom.  If you have children, don’t miss the last entry regarding David Murray’s new book to assist children in their reading of the Bible.  He has put his heart into this and is following it up with […]

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Silence: Quietude, Stillness, Tranquility

Today’s photo challenge, silence, looks like snow to me.  But it also brings to mind mountains, beaches, and open green spaces.  Enjoy the quiet beauty. This perky cardinal did everything he could to dodge my camera. Alone at Riverwalk, Charleston, South Carolina Lensbaby, Magnolia Gardens, South Carolina Quietude on the coast of South Carolina Tranquility […]

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A Full Plate

Over the holidays, we received an advertisement from Olive Garden on our phones. This one immediately grabbed my attention: “May your life be as full as your plate.” I wonder who thought that one up. Most of us probably know more than we care to admit about full plates, especially after all the recent celebrating […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: January 13

This week has produced lots of interesting reading from around the web.  So grab a cup of coffee and get those fingers clicking (or tapping). How to Discourage Your Minister in the New Year Six ways that you can discourage your pastor that take little effort and no spiritual maturity. Learning to Say Hello Again […]

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Lugging Around Our Push Carts

Do you ever look at another person and wish you could exchange lives? Maybe they’re better looking, or richer, or thinner, or taller, or shorter, or maybe they just seem to have it all together. The desire to walk in another person’s shoes often has a catalyst—trials, fears, failures, and a host of other things […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: January 6

Hope your new year is going well and your home is staying warm.  Below you will find a nice mix of articles from around the web to peruse this weekend.   I Could’t Call God Father An Iranian woman’s journey of faith. “I used to hate the word “Father,” but today I worship God the […]

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