Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Heritage of a Granny

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In 1960, the little country church celebrated their 50th anniversary when three generations who had worshipped and matured there returned to sing together, eat together, pray together and remember together.  Our mother’s mother Johanna, along with her husband, was one … Continue reading

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Resting In His Shadow

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Psalm 91 Dwelling in Your secret place, looking on Your face, resting in Your shadow, daily learning grace. Grace that saves and covers, grace that shields and calms, resting in the shadow of Your loving arms. Guarded by the angels … Continue reading

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Letters to Rosebud: August 31, 1925

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Dear Friend: I received your welcome letter about a week ago: also the note. I was in Sidney yesterday, and my sister came with me home last night.  The folks are coming this afternoon to help feed the threshers, who … Continue reading

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We Are The Church Of What’s Happenin’… Right Now

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The prophecies of Ezekiel 38, 39 seem to be setting up and it’s getting easier to understand the details of Daniel 9. The prequel called The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ is sort of playing out in the … Continue reading

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Is Sin Necessary in Order To Be Human?

In The Incomparable Christ,  J. Oswald Sanders, has synthesized so many precious things about the person of Jesus Christ in a highly readable narrative. One of the things he addresses in his discussion of the humanity of Christ is the often unchallenged assumption that may burrow into our faith-foundations~~the … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Patches

Patches was the border collie brought to us by our older brother when he was studying electrical engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman. We didn’t know beans about the care of a dog except to feed him table scraps, pet … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Counting Things in Church

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I remember the cry room in the back of the sanctuary of the country church, a place where no child ever wanted to go.  Mothers, babies and toddlers went to church on Sunday morning with the family.  They didn’t go … Continue reading

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Sense and Nonsense

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The nonsense first.  The following message appeared on a motel sign in Fergus Falls on Easter Sunday in 2005: Man or God~~His Message was Love What a patronizing tip-of-the-hat to the resurrected Christ. Contrast that with what was written in … Continue reading

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The Window At The Landing

About 2:00 in the afternoon on a very special summer day,  I would be sent up to the north window to keep watch. There is a little landing three-quarters of the way up to the second story where the staircase turns … Continue reading

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No Rush To Harvest

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Harvest, by definition, always came after a lot of work, after a lot of time, after a lot of growth.  There was no other way to do it. In early spring, the thaw would begin.  Weeks later,  the final snow … Continue reading

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Real Life Really Is Entertaining

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In the 1990’s, our daughter-in-law gave me one of those blank books for recording family heritage information.  Each page had a question at the top, followed by the lines where the answer should be written.   It wasn’t until 2003 that, … Continue reading

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Just Yesterday

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This poem was given to me by our mother a little while after our father died in 1962. Just Yesterday I had a dad, just yesterday; not young, it’s true, but well and gay and full of life and love and … Continue reading

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Before There Was Unholy, There Was Holy

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Holy ~ is not a word that God came up with to contrast with unholy.  Holy ~ expresses what God was before Satan ever rebelled taking a third of the angels and then taking mankind. God was ~ holy ~ before there … Continue reading

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Philippians 1:4

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“Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly.” It wasn’t just because of his chains;  it was because of how he handled his chains. … Continue reading

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Now That I Think Of It……..

 Strangers on our little red scoria roads in eastern Montana were met with the same suspicion as the unrecognized small plane flying north to south (more on that in a moment).  If I were an artist, I could paint my mother’s back as … Continue reading

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“Earthquakes, Tsunamis (and Meltdowns?) Oh My!”

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Luke 21:25-28 says, And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and … Continue reading

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New Category: Fresh Thoughts

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This category has been created for a place to put things I write today, (whatever “today” it is),  as I continue journaling when I’m reading Scripture and praying, noticing new lessons or want to simply write a note about the present, share a … Continue reading

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The SR-71 Blackbird

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It’s called “the Sled” by those who flew it.     They’ve published a couple of coffee table books that are good reading if you enjoy the remarkable achievements of remarkable people who did their visionary planning in the 1950’s and production in the early 1960’s. … Continue reading

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“Lord, When I Need Comfort…..”

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It is not incidental that the word translated comfort in the first chapter of II Corinthians and the word translated exhort in Hebrews 12:5 are the same in the original. It is paraklesis, which means comforter or that which comforts. Exhortation means~~ to incite by … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Household Hints

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In high school I was awarded the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award although I was the only girl in the school who refused to take Home Ec classes.  Nevertheless, I still have the proof: it’s a tidy bronze pin shaped like a heart that … Continue reading

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