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Standing on the promises

Promises are little statements that mean quite a lot to us. They are the phrases that enable us to believe in the security o the future. Promises are words and their meanings that we trust, we hold to them, and based on them we act. · So what happens when this trust is broken, sh ...

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Peering through the glass

Peering through the glass · As I sit staring at my screen this morning, I wonder about the why of it all. · I write because I desire to express my thoughts but then I often ask does anyone truly want to know my thoughts. · Are they useful to anyone? · After reviewing more than a ...

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Resolving Problems

We each in our own way have the need to resolve problems. We face generally a reasonable amount of situations that require our attention and unenviable more than a few of them need repair. We face the opportunity to solve problems. · Now it is true that some of these problems are ...

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Saying hello

Hello and welcome to today's post on various and hopefully thought-provoking concepts. The general greeting we use when welcoming a person the single word hello has been in use since the early 1800s. It was instituted or used to answer the telephone as we were no longer able to s ...

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Friendship: an art or a skill

I have had the definition of friendship defined as someone who is willing to get up in the middle of the night to go to the middle of nowhere to give you a hand. And to be honest it seemed accurate. But where do you get such a friend or perhaps more honestly how do you become suc ...

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Beneath the swirling

Today as I sit pondering what to say, nothing comes to mind. No story or point rises to the top of my swirling thoughts. The jumble of ideas fail to coalesce so I simply type words, not ideas. My internal hopes and frustrations compete against one another yet none gain support to ...

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Camping

Camping, a traditional family adventure designed to instill fun and family unity. A time spent under rustic conditions establishing stories that unite the family through the years ahead. Camping. Stories told under the stars, and days spent simply being together. A time where you ...

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Returning to a proper focus

There are times when it becomes necessary to just stop and watch a sunrise. To recognize the start of a new day and the beauty and promise it holds. Our days are easily filled with noise and confusion creating days that leave us drained and often frustrated not just by the events ...

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The wisdom that comes from attending a funeral

Yesterday I attended the third funeral in under two weeks and two more of my friends have passed. This causes one to think, to consider the nature of man. We die. It truly does not matter what kills us, old age or disease. We die. There will come a time when it will be my funeral ...

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The forest or the trees

The old adage that “we can't see the forest for the trees” is often true, but what is to say we don't need to see both? Are there not times that we need to see both the big picture and the small? Do we not need both perspectives to accurately understand what we are looking at? Th ...

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There comes a time

There comes a time when one must stop and ponder, pause and think. Then begin to add one to another the things that are going well. To count the moments that are good and pleasant. And say, it is well with my soul.  · Sure we could continue to focus on only the poor decisions we ...

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Playing in tune

Playing in tune · Trying to convince someone that you are telling them the truth or at least persuade them that your position is valid is like playing an instrument. Each note we play must sound true. Any sour note spoils the entire piece. · As we attempt to persuade someone we t ...

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Rights, opinions, and perspective

A growing debate that is being bantered around is to what degree are you permitted to have differing opinions before they become public concerns. This debate is sometimes subtle while other times far from subtle. The discussion doesn't just surround the receiving or not of the va ...

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Is sin still wrong?

More than a few months ago I wrote a post called “for the wages of sin is death”. This post was far from well-received. And that could be simply that it was not as well written as it could have been. But the idea buried in the post was simple. Sin equals death. · To be completely ...

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Can you hear me?

The Sound of Silence", originally "The Sounds of Silence", is a song by the American music duo, Simon & Garfunkel. The sound of silence is often considered a song about the difficulty of communication. How we talk but never are able to transmit the information. The true absence o ...

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3 months ago

Can you hear me?

The Sound of Silence", originally "The Sounds of Silence", is a song by the American music duo, Simon & Garfunkel. The sound of silence is often considered a song about the difficulty of communication. How we talk but never are able to transmit the information. The true absence o ...

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4 months ago

How is your day?

Each of us face days where, to be honest, we aren't having the best of times. Days that regardless of how we adjust our actions seem to simply go from not so great, to wow this is bad. These are the days that test our ability to “make the best of it”. · To make the best of a poor ...

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5 months ago

Dipping my toe into a sea of anger

As I sat down to write this morning I considered writing a simple yet angry letter about abortion. But as I thought of what I would say I felt that it would fail to help anyone. Anger does not help any discussion nor does it bring clarity or peace to the procedures. Abortion has ...

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You determine what today is

You determine what today is · Each morning we have the privilege of choosing how we will handle the day. That is not to say we will determine the events of the day, just how we handle them. Each day is a series of events that accumulate into our day and those events are very ofte ...

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The writers struggle

I must admit to an unsettled morning. Not one full of frustration just one filled with thoughts that are perhaps unjust. My attempt to place one thought in front of another has become a complete waste of time, as no coherent series has arisen out of the turmoil of my mind. To wha ...

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