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Which Do You Prefer?

Facts are the language of the head; Story is the language of the heart. The language of the head encourages debate; The language of the heart encourages friendship. told stories, many stories. No wonder people loved to spend the day listening to him. -Tony Kriz in Neighbors and Wise Men What kind of friends do you prefer? Please share with us down at the bottom of the page in the comments field.

Speed Walking is Overrated

I'm continuing my writing journey on the Old Testament book of Job. Following is another excerpt from my work-in-progress, Job: Shlobberknockered by Suffering. Job suddenly found himself in a spot in life where nothing much, other than extreme suffering, was happening. The productivity and speed of his former accomplishments in life got turned down, way down. His life seemed to slow, nearly to a stop. What do you do when unforeseen or unexpected circumstances of life slow you down? How do you react? Perhaps after many years in the professional work force you suddenly find yourself a mother and homemaker with a passel of young children, toddlers, and a baby needing care. Nothing happens fast

Thinking About World Currency

Monday is bill-paying day around here. It makes sense to get the bills paid each Monday, because the hubby's weekly paycheck is automatically deposited every Friday. This week is a bit of a problem though, for the hubby was sick and only able to work one day last week. No work = no pay, so in this case a very small check makes bill paying a very large challenge. And so, I found myself obsessing about money, and those thoughts spiraled out in a bizarre direction as I avoided the issue of how to get those bills paid. Aren’t you glad the currency of our culture is paper money? Money that fits tidily into a small receptacle, a wallet of some sort, that then slips easily into a pocket or a purse?

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

I read an old, yet very familiar section of Scripture today—the Old Testament story of young David in his shepherding days. When King Saul accuses David of being too puny to confront the giant Goliath who has been hanging around and taunting the Israelite army, David calmly sticks up for himself: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the

The Four Stages of a Head Cold

In the first stage of a cold, you receive the typical “announcement” that it is coming: a bit of a scratchy throat, an instance or two of needing to blow your nose, maybe even a bit of lethargy. Oh yes, there’s definitely an enemy setting up camp somewhere in the recesses of your head. However, you deny it. You rationalize with yourself. Those symptoms could happen on any other day and mean nothing. You remind yourself that many other days you feel lethargic, or mellow. Mellow, yeah, that’s it. You’re mellow today, and a day off of work would be delightful. Instead of denying the inevitable, you should be running to the pharmacy and stocking up on daytime cold and flu meds, nighttime cough

Suffering is Mandatory

It was bound to happen. Yep, I've succumbed and have finally come down with The Crud. You know, that scratchy throat, blocked sinuses, and a feeling of lethargy and pain throughout the entire body. Is this the flu? I don't know. I don't care. It is what it is, and I'm miserable. I want to whine. I want to complain. I want to convince anyone around me that my life right now is miserable. But... I'm learning as I study the book of Job. Job suffered. Greatly. And, what good is it to study if you won't apply the wisdom to your own life. Following are some of the thoughts I've written for an upcoming study booklet on Job. I estimate the study will be available by late summer or early fall of 2018

 

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