Graduate shares her academic gifts to help others succeed – The Star Democrat – Easton, Maryland: Local

Graduate shares her academic gifts to help others succeed - The Star Democrat - Easton, Maryland: Local. This is one of my nieces, and I am so proud of her. Hoping I can paste the article here. If it doesn't work just click on the link. Katie was born with Cerebral Palsy, but that has [...]

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Just a quick note to my internet friends and followers: I will be away from my computer for a week, so please no messages or replies until I'm back online Tuesday, May 26. I'll need time to recuperate from a quick up-and-back trip to WV for my mother-in-law's funeral. When I get back, though, look [...]

Happiness

Tony A. Smith knows the key to happiness. Read on. A lovely poem showing us that happiness really is a choice.

Tony A. Smith

Happiness Happiness

Happiness is something we create in our mind.  

It’s not something we search for and so seldom find.

It’s just waking up and beginning the day, by counting our blessings and kneeling to pray.

It’s giving up thoughts that breed discontent, and accepting what comes as a gift heaven sent.

It’s giving up wishing for things we have not, and making the best of whatever we’ve got.

It’s knowing that life’s a responsibility for us, and pursuing our tasks without fret, fume, or fuss.

For it’s by completing what GOD gives us to do that we find real contentment and happiness too.

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Follow Me – A Christian Poem About Following Jesus

This is powerful. Following Christ does require giving up one’s self, and being willing to suffer the persecution that Christ and many others have endured. The world says Christians are crazy (but that’s not hate speech when applie to Christians, right?) and weak. Well, it would take a brave child to carry a Bible to school, woudln’t it? Enough of my thoughts here. The poem speaks for itself.

Along the Barren Road

small__13500195574The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him,“Follow me.”44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”49 Nathanael answered him,“Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said…

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The Dark Night of the Soul – A Christian Poem About Doubt

This young man has a firm grasp on the Christian growth process. He’s also a great poet. Hope you all like this as much as I did from alongthebarrenroad.com

Along the Barren Road

282536042_7fbcf7f726This is a continuation of my post yesterday about dealing with the topic of doubt. It is a common misconception that there is something wrong with doubts, that if you doubt you don’t really believe. This is simply not true. Even John the Baptist had doubts. “Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see:the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.’ (Matthew 11:2-6)

Now at this point we know from the Gospel of…

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Self Righteous Arrogance

Beautiful Life with Cancer

It was pride that led an angel to turn against the God that HE KNEW formed the Universe, that HE KNEW was all powerful, and that HE KNEW deserved all praise.  Satan got so full of himself that he turned from God and LOOK WHAT IT LED TO!

Perhaps that is why the greatest trick up Satan’s sleeve is pride.  Just look at this world!  We are/I am a bunch of self righteous pride.  Oh, Don’t you dare say that ABOUT ME!  Oh, Don’t you dare try to correct me!  Oh no you did not just cut ME off in traffic!  You did not just say that to ME, do you know who I am?!  Why do you expect ME to help?  We/I are so full of ourselves!

Father, take me down a notch!  Ouch!  That prayer hurts!  And I don’t like to hurt!  BUT I WOULD RATHER HELP!  I…

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The Enemy Within and the Art of Fighting for Your Life

Great artistry and writing for children. Must check this out. Y’all enjoy and share with your little ones. Reblogged from secretkingdombook.wordpress.com

The Secret Kingdom

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“Like Clockwork” by Michele Bledsoe

A couple of years ago, I experienced a home invasion.

I was alone when a man kicked in the back door and entered our house.

To make a long story short..

As we confronted each other in the middle of my living room

I did not feel fear – I felt anger.

And in that moment of fight or flight.. I chose to fight.

Eventually, we ended up in the laundry room where I tried to chop his face off with a pair of branch loppers.

He managed to stumble outside, shouted “Sorry, wrong house!” and ran for his life.

When I started working on The Secret Kingdom, I faced an even greater enemy…

Myself.

Not a physical fight, but an intensely psychological one.

This enemy had powerful weapons: Self-doubt. Procrastination. An arsenal of laziness, distraction and fear.

What was at stake was not…

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