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Category Archives: Musings

Christmas Craziness and Time with God

It’s that time of year when we never seem to have enough time. December 1st we published our Under the Mistletoe Collection of novellas. I wrote a romantic comedy called Holly’s Noel for inclusion in that. Today I uploaded the final ebook copy of Claudia to be released on December 15th. I hope you can join me for the release party on Friday evening.  I’d love to have you there. I’ll be doing a couple of giveaways. These past weeks have been busy from a writer’s perspective, but that hasn’t been all I’ve had going on. We have Christmas celebrations around the corner and even though I’m no longer involved in leading the youth group or the […]

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Hidden Blessings

Today is gratitude Friday! Our guest blogger never sent in her post, which opened up the opportunity for me share my thoughts with you on this beautiful Friday morning. I watched a glorious sunrise over the fields this morning, as our goats and sheep meandered out of the pen to start their day. I didn’t wake up in a terrific mood. I’d gone to bed offended and frustrated, although I’d read my Bible to try to get my head straightened out. Yet, as I made the coffee and watched the sky light up, my attitude changed. Some days, it’s hard to break out of a funk and we don’t see what’s around us. We don’t […]

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Tethered to my Anchor or set adrift?

  This morning, when I went on Facebook, two verses show up in my “memories” from something I posted a year ago. I never could’ve imagined how appropriate those verses would be today. Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Some days being a “menpleaser” is simply not possible. You cannot please everyone. If you make one person happy, you tick off another. Picture a puppy dog trying to catch his own tail. Are you doing […]

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Singing and making melody in my heart

It’s gratitude Friday. This feature does something special for me. It reminds me to look at my blessings. Today, I have something new for which to be grateful. We are in the process of buying a new house. We’ve been searching for quite some time. I believe, that we have come to an agreement on a property. Very exciting. Beautiful barn for the animals. Good horse property. I’m looking forward to spending time there on the back deck and the screen porch. It will be lovely. In addition to that, we have choir practice today. Sometimes choir practice is more stressful than fun, usually when we concern ourselves too much with mechanics and too little […]

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Where’s the love?

  I asked the choir to sing “Love Lifted Me” yesterday. We arrived at practice and Pastor Dave was whistling it. I had chosen two much slower songs and thought an upbeat one would be an improvement. The song was a success. The choir sounded great. The congregation enjoyed singing along. (I didn’t sing with the choir because I’m still having pain where that tooth was pulled that doesn’t allow me to keep my mouth open long enough for practice and service, but that’s another story.) Then the service started. I’d be lying if I said the idea for this blog post hit me then. In all honesty, I wondered why we sang the song. […]

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When Gratitude Doesn’t Come Naturally

Most of you know that I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), classical type. With that comes many sister diseases, such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, gastroparesis, mast cell activation disorder, early onset osteoarthritis, and things like bad teeth, because the collagen is faulty and breaks down. I had a tooth pulled Monday. Tuesday I broke another tooth. While I don’t break a tooth every day with EDS, I do have a health issue every day. I’d even go as far to say, every hour. An hour doesn’t go by when I don’t have a joint pop out of the socket, excruciating stomach pain, mast cell reaction, or another “gift” from EDS. I’ll admit. Some days I […]

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Do we see our own reflection?

 This topic keeps coming up recently. First a friend discussed the possibility of preaching on the subject. Then I had a dream about it. Christians judging other Christians. Being Judgmental. We all know the verse everyone uses when they are upset about being judged. Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Unfortunately for those people, there are plenty of other verses that talk about righteous judgment. And Matthew 7 goes on to say, that you will be judged by your own measure. So, if you are judging others, expect to be judged by that standard. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, […]

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My Answer Is Yes! What’s yours?

A few days ago, I wrote a post on obedience. If I am going to write about it, I should live up to it, right? I thought I was being obedient. I attended choir practice when I didn’t want to. I continued my writing ministry. However, the Lord has made it clear to me that there are areas where my obedience remains lacking. This morning, I made some changes and had a talk with my Pastor to remedy that. I’ve had this feeling like God was telling me to do a couple of things, but I have been resistant. Why would I resist what I believe is the leading of the Holy Spirit? Let me count out the […]

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The Intent to Be Obedient

Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys. ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters The above quote makes me think. The Screwtape Letters are written from a devils perspective and when looked at with a biblical perspective, can really shed some light on the spiritual warfare going on around us. In order to fight in that war, we need to put on the whole Armour of God, which you can find in […]

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A Dusty Piano

I sat down at my portable piano/keyboard on Thursday to practice a new song. I wasn’t surprised to find a thin layer of dust covering it. It’s that time of year. The windows are open and if I am not constantly using something, it will be covered in dust. The song Dust on the Bible immediately came to mind. I’m not sharing it here, because it has the implication in it that you can somehow earn salvation simply by reading it, when we know that salvation is by Grace through faith and that it is through Jesus Christ, and Him alone, not our own works that we are saved. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved […]

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