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October 8, 2018

     We are number ONE! We long to be in first place. We long to be associated with a winning team.  It feels right and it brings us worth.  Nobody I've ever met has ever shouted, "I'm number TWO!  In sports of any kind, there can only be 1 number one team.  Shared championships are not the norm.  In our faith walk God makes an exception.

    The other evening we held a healing service for those wh...

September 18, 2018

Mix flour, water, salt, ham, potatoes, other unknown ingredients and a slow cooker and what do you get.  A pot of YUMMYNESS! (or is it yummmieness?)  No matter, ham pot pie is good no matter how you spell yumminess.

    Last night at the men's Bible study, we were treated with Lisa's home made ham pot pie and in a word it was 'Delicious'! There was some irony in this meal for me personally and after sharing that caveat with Lisa, she also sha...

September 14, 2018

    If I, a solitary man, stand and look up to the sky, I am not able to see the end of the known universe.  Even if I had access to the Hubble Telescope and had it amped a 100 times more powerful than it is, I still couldn't.  Scientists and astronomers continue to plumb the depths and heights of our created order and are learning new things about all that we don't know about....

    It is so easy to be caught up in how important w...

September 10, 2018

     Ahhh, Saturdays!!  For many it is a day to sleep in.  No work!  No school!  For teenagers, who spent all night online playing video games, they never see Saturday. (**insert smiley face here)  Still others prep for the big game and get ready to tailgate and enjoy a day away from responsibilities.  Overall, I like Saturdays.  I was born on a Saturday.  So, what do you do on Saturdays?  Reading? Cooking? Cleaning? Traveling? Shopping? Little a...

September 7, 2018

      In order for most spiders to survive and gather (catch) food, they must spin webs and locate in areas of insect travel.  Have you ever wondered how the first spider knew to do this amazing feat of architecture?  What led them to believe the substance coming out of their spinnerets could (would) suffice for food catching capabilities?  Have you ever taken time to watch a spider construct their web?  Words like 'amazing' and 'stunning' don't...

September 5, 2018

The unmistakable sounds of certain things always leave us with a connection that cannot be broken.  For instance, I could sit and listen to Katy Dids call their ratcheting sounds forever.  The white noise hum of a sweeper used to knock me out when I was a child.  So many sounds, bring back so many memories.  Just the other day, I stepped into a time machine that whisked me back 30-40 years ago.

As I stepped inside the barn on the fa...

August 31, 2018

You've heard the joke about the man who visited his doctor and complained of his ears ringing and great pressure behind his eyeballs.  The doctor gave him some medications and sent him home.  He went back a few weeks later and complained again, the doctor gave him water pills and sent him home.  Finally the man thinking he was near death went to his tailor to buy a suit in which he would be buried.  He was to the point of no return and had given...

August 28, 2018

So I had high cholesterol at one time.  I didn't know it was high till random blood work by my employer revealed a total cholesterol number north of 320.  That was over 10 years ago.  At the time I thought, "Oh that's nice." with no plans to address the issue. It was here that a colleague who is much smarter than I suggested I do something about this high number.  I thought, "wouldn't it be cool to take one statin pill and immediately have choles...

May 7, 2017

    The old barn on our farm was built in the late 1800s and was used for farming till about 2015. It still holds some machinery and other things. What I remember about this magnificent structure was the rope sheave chained to the roof. The sheave (pulley) was used with the old hay forks back when hay lofts were filled with loose hay. That practice would have been way before my time. All I remember about haymaking  was the hay bales that were are...