THE LAST FRAGILE WHISPER

hospital

“It will be a wonderful life with you,” the bride  whispers  confidently.

“Hush, little baby, mama’s darling child,”  mother coos softly.

“Go back and brush your teeth now,” mother scolds sternly.

“Wow, these grades are great,” mother exclaimes encouragingly.

“Go, go, kick that ball,”  mother yells excitedly.

“You will have to pay the money back,”  mother advises regretfully.

“Congratulations, son.  She is a very sweet lady.”  mother says warmly.

“No way!  You mean it.  A grandchild!”  mother shouts joyfully.

“Hush, little baby, precious little lad,”  grandmother murmurs lovingly.

“Where have you been?” wife asks suspiciously.

“The bills are paid with money to spare,”  wife rejoices excitedly.

“It wasn’t good new, darling,” wife acknowledges brokenly.

“Only the husband,” nurse instructs cautiously.

“I love you,” husband cries quietly.

“Goodbye, darling. … My life has been wonderful,” wife whispers fragilely.

 

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2017/10/01/october-writing-prompts/

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PINK-PANSY-PERSUASION

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Gardening is too much work for all year round.

Stripped for the winter all through the town.

Leaves raked, lawn mowed, roses pruned.

Trimmed vines, stored tools, and bandaged wounds.

No, fall flowers are not for me!

They’re just too much work, don’t you see?

I’m going to Walmart to buy a good book.

Going to take it easy for a while …… oh, look!

Do you see those pink pansies?  Just right for the occasion.

Thus I fall again to the pink-pansy-persuasion.

 

M’s October prompt #4 “pink persuasion”

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2017/10/01/october-writing-prompts

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shepherd

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I’m revisiting the subject of the shepherd today.

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Is. 40:11).  Ever the gentle shepherd! He makes allowances for the young, for the weak, and for the needy. He is not a “respecter of persons,” (Acts 10:34); yet he has regard for the lowly. He is not given to showing partiality but he gives heed to the needy. Ps. 138:6 says, “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly . . .”

Check Ezekiel 34:17-22 and see His feelings toward the way “fat” sheep behave toward the weak sheep. Verse 16 “…but the sleek and the strong I will destroy…”  He will not abide bullying, even if he has to destroy the bullies.  I do not suggest that he will not try to discipline them, but if he has to choose between the bully and the weak, he will protect the weak.

God delegates his “shepherd” role to pastors of our day.  Also many of us who are lay people will find we have sheep to care for.  There are people in your sphere of influence who look to you as their “shepherd.”

It is a fearful thing to be accountable to God as a shepherd. God wants his sheep cared for. One can see the anger which God has toward poor shepherds by his complaint in Ezekiel 34:1-10. Verse 4 says, “The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost.”

The Good Shepherd does not like it when the weak and lowly are neglected!

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BOO!

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MIST ENTERED THE ROOM

ASSUMING AN EERIE SHAPE,

FILLING US WITH FEAR.

**************

Now here I’ve gone and wrote something Halloween-ish when I had a perfect opportunity to describe a stunning, marvelous mist shimmering from the half-moon shaped mountain lake on a crisp, pink-cast dawn of a new day. 

And I hate Halloween!  😀

 

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge

https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/10/03/colleens-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-53-mist-shape/

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A WORMY ISSUE

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SILK WORM: SHEDS THREE SKINS

ENLARGING ITS HOUSE FOR GROWTH.

MARVEL OF NATURE!

 

https://ronovanwrites.com/2017/10/02/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-169-silkskin/

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GOD LEADS US ALONG

That’s not me in the public library, but I am joining the young beauties and various other sorts there today.  Having trouble with the computer at home today.  Looking on the bright side, however, it did not crash.  Hopefully my material is still all there waiting for me.

I’m grumped this week because of being suckered by a law firm who filed a lien for about $7500 on my property.  I was never notified and just luckily found out about it.  Fortunately, I have a friend who charged me a bare minimum to go to court for me. ($1500 – other lawyers just said it wasn’t worth fighting because it would cost too much.)   The rascals did not appear before court.  Of course, I won and got a judgment for lawyers fees.  The lawyer says I have a winnable case; but the problem is that the statute of limitation is past.  Almost makes me want to call somebody some names!  😀

But then I remember to sit back and leave it to Jesus who will use this to make me a bit more like him if I cooperate.  So I’m speaking peace to my irritation.  The following story puts my problem in perspective.

Early in the 1900’s George A. Young was a young country preacher of limited finances. After a long struggle, George was able to move his family into a small home that he had built himself. He continued preaching in rural communities.

One time while he was out preaching, his house was set afire by some young thugs who did not like his preaching.  He reaffirmed his faith by writing a song that has been encouragement to many through the years.

God Leads Us Along. 
(verse 3)  Tho’ sorrows befall us, and Satan oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.
Some thro’ the waters, some thro’ the flood,
Some thro’ the fire, but all thro’ the blood;
Some thro’ great sorrow, but God gives a song;
In the night season and all the day long.    

 

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COFFEE INTERLUDE

coffeeThe soldier had been on the bus six hours when the girl sat beside him.

“Where you going?” he asked.

“To college,” she replied.

Time was long;  they chatted the forty miles to her destination.

Driver called, “Unload for twenty minutes.”

“Coffee?” the soldier asked.

“Sounds good,” she answered.

Slipping into a booth, they ordered coffee.

“I hope you won’t have to go to Korea.”

“Might as well be me as anyone.”

More chat.  He drank his coffee; she sipped hers.

“All aboard.”

He was off to training; she to the classroom.

Why do I remember?  Because I hated coffee!

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A RESPONSE TO “A tale of two Christianities on its knees”

Well my dear friends, you’ll find me different today.  My comments to   | May 3, 2017

“Mike Frost, obviously you did your research about the charitable giving of Kaepernick, you did nothing about the charitable giving of Teebow. This I call a lie by silence. Why did you not include that in your article. I haven’t researched to call one over the other but you certainly should have. Also you present the “taking the knee” as equal, I consider it vastly different that one did it during the playing of the national anthem; the other did it on the sideline before the game. I don’t think it was ever done during the playing of the national anthem. Two very deliberate and important omissions you have made. If they were not deliberate, you do not deserve your reputation to casually leave out such important details.”

This article compares Kaepernick’s Christianity with that of Teebow’s.  The writer’s conclusion is that the two Christians are both worthy, kind, clean-cut, etc. but they are vastly different in that Kaepernick does all these great things for social justice and Teebow’s is all talk and no walk –  (my words but his implication).  He presents the “kneeling” as being the same.  But he neglects to say that Teebow did not do it in protest to his country and he did not do it during the national anthem.  He lists many things that Kaepernick does in  charitable giving but says nothing about Teebow’s giving which I think is a lie by implication.  I was/am upset!

TEEBOW’S CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A CHRISTIANITY WHICH IS ALL TALK AND NO WALK!  AND TEEBOW IS AS MUCH A CHRISTIAN WITNESS WITH WORDS AS KAEPERNICK IS WITH TATTOOS.  ACTUALLY I HAD NOT RECOGNIZED KAEPERNICK’S TATTOOS WERE ALL CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS.  I WONDER IF HIS FOLLOWERS CAN READ HIS TATTOOS.  I’M SKEPTICAL THAT HIS TATTOOS ARE LIKELY TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OR FEED THE HUNGRY.

I’m slightly ticked off at a blogger who presented all the article as the last word.  She also failed to research any further than her nose.

You can send me to my “private” corner if you wish.  I’ll talk to the Lord about whether he would be pleased if I would get a lot of Christian symbols tattooed on my body.  😀

 

 

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YOU’VE GOT TALENT.!?

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YOU’VE GOT TALENT.!?

I’ve used all those punctuation marks on purpose. I could be telling you, amazed at you, or asking you.

Maybe you don’t recognize it, but you have something within you that you like to do, that you’re good at, and that can be used in God’s kingdom! Remember the parable of the talents? Notice that nobody was left out! One talent was the minimum given to anyone!

One problem with our thinking about talent, is that we have attached the word “talent” to the arts, such as painting, singing, or dancing.  After 2017 America’s Got Talent Darci Lynn Farmer, we would probably add ventriloquism!  Wasn’t she amazing.  Bragging on my hometown girl.  If you haven’t seen her, she is certainly worth a peek.

Read Exodus chapters 35 and 36. See how many times there is a statement about “skilled” people being needed.

Skills mentioned in Exodus are: Perfumer (maybe pharmacist, maker of incense), Embroiderer, Needleworker, Dyer, Spinner, Weaver, Engraver, Jeweler, Stonecutter, Tailor, Metalworker.  (The picture above is not likely to represent metalworkers of that day!)

Hope that list is enough to convince you that God has a place for your skills!

But hold on a bit.  Two other things are needed (also listed repeatedly in Ex. 35 and 36) – that is you must be willing and have a God-inspired heart.   I call that a creativity given by God—King James Bible  calls it “witty inventions” Proverbs 8:12.  I love that.  Don’t you love writing something that you feel is God-inspired, witty, and unique?

 

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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JEHOVAH-ROHI:

Pictures presenting the 23rd Psalm generally show a beautiful valley with green grass, cool running water, and healthy sheep but reality is that every shepherd has to deal with sick sheep, weak sheep, wayward sheep. All sheep need care from time to time. Even even-tempered, obedient sheep must on occasion face hardship.

The shepherd rejoices when the flock is well-fed, obedient, contented and lying down in green pastures, but they have to be kept on the move. Food and water supplies run out. Floods come and the shepherd has to seek higher ground. Sometimes valleys, rugged terrain, mud and mire must be crossed. There are cold and wet seasons; there are hot and dry seasons. New lambs must be birthed; old sheep must die. Mountains must be climbed; cliffs must be scaled. Muscles are build by effort not by a life of ease.

The Psalm 23 picture is where the Shepherd wants you to be but you must follow the Shepherd to get there and the path will not always be easy.  He will take you through the hardships.

The old hymn, “He Leadest Me” written by Joseph Gilmore over 150 years ago, says  “His faithful follower I would be, For by His hand He leadeth me.”

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