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An Unfulfilled Dream

It was so exciting, our dream of moving to the country seemed like it was going to come true. My parents had brought three beautiful acres in the country, and it would not be long before we left the city life for the peace and quiet of the country. My father was so excited that he every time we visited the he would pull down a few of the thin trees that would easily give way.

He even went to the store and purchased a chain saw so he could cut down and clear the land.

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A Tough Milestone

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For the past few weeks, I have repeatedly sat down and tried to make a post. But even though my head is full of ideas, as soon as I sit down in front of my computer, the words seem to evaporate, and I quickly find myself mindlessly scrolling through articles I have no intention of reading, doing my best to avoid the painful memories of my first year without my head cheerleader, sounding board, and father.

He was the first one that I went to after hearing about self-publishing and when I decided that I would like to start my own You Tube Channel. When I was ready to start running Amazon Ads, he was the one who helped me with the funds. Whenever it came to major purchases or decisions on what step I should take next, it was his patient ear that I turned to. Without him I felt like a ship without a rudder struggling to weather the storm.

Over and over I felt the pang of loss as I faced a tough decision and turned to look for advice only to be greeted by his empty chair. When a bit of good news such as having 5 books sell in one day or like today when my Poetry Channel finally reached the 200-subscriber mark brought a smile to my face, how fast it faded as I realized that he was not going to be there to share in my simple joy.

Life had already brought enough lonely tears as I watched the mile markers of life pass me by. Locked away by endless days of pain and seemingly forgotten by the world at least I could count on the support of my family. And now that one support, that one precious gift that I had been blessed with, was being taken from me. Love, career, success, friendship, the satisfaction of earning my daily bread, the joy of having my own home, children, independence, and all the pleasures of adulthood had been denied me. Like a time capsule buried in the sand I had watched the years go by, yet my life had remained unchanged. I ate, I dressed, did what I could to maintain my sliver of health, put on a cheerful face, and waited for my chance to become a part of life as I had since childhood. Only now there was one less voice to celebrate the few successes and encourage me when life rained down its many disappointments.

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Bread Maker A Definite Winner in My House

My father was the baker of the family. Every few months he would make a half dozen loaves of bread and a batch of pizza dough. After I learned that some of my symptoms was the result of food allergies, this special treat became a lifeline as buying bread from the store was nearly impossible. After his unexpected death almost a year ago, I cherished that last loaf, not only because it was a symbol of his love, but with my chronic health issues, making bread by hand was not an option. Therefore there was a definite possibility that this precious loaf might be the last time I was able to have bread.

Years ago we had a bread maker. And once in a while I would use it to make a loaf of bread. But shortly after moving to our new house my mother, wanting to do a big favor, made a loaf of bread. The problem was that she did not realize that this particular model had a tendency to shake rattle and move. And move it did, right off the counter onto the floor which was of course the end of our bread maker.

For years we looked for a new one, but without any success. Then one day a few weeks ago, my mother and sister went shoe shopping during tax free week and was surprised to find a break maker on sale. Fortunately, instead of walking away they called to ask me what I thought, and of course I told them get it.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope that you and your family are enjoying a wonderful day of giving thanks to God for all of his wonderful blessings and the millions of ways that He takes care of you and your family all year long.

Also here is a fun turkey Nanogram to add to the fun of this wonderful day of thanks.

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Fun Fall Themed Sudoku Pack

It is finally beginning to feel a bit like fall where I live. I am so excited because the heat of summer and I are not the best of friends. To celebrate the change in weather, I created a fall themed sudoku pack that is perfect for children, beginners, and sudoku logic puzzles fans.

The pack contains 5 of each of the following types of Sudoku puzzles

  • Very Easy 4 by 4
  • Easy 4 by 4
  • Hard 4 by 4
  • Very Easy 6 by 6
  • Easy 6 by 6
  • Medium 6 by 6
  • Hard 6 by 6

Here are a few sample pages for you to check out.

Checkout this fun, fall themed Sudoku pack at https://payhip.com/b/JnTWo

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Genesis 1 Bible Quiz

Here is a fun Bible quiz to help test your knowledge.

Fill in the blank

  1. In the beginning God created the _____
  2. and God divided the light from the ____
  3. And God said, Let the waters bring forth ______ the moving creature that hath life,
  4. And God created great _____,
  5. And God made the beast of the earth after his ____,

Multiple choice

6. God gave man what type of seed to eat?

A. flowering seed B. herb bearing seed C. plant bearing seed D. tasty seed

7. God divided the day by

A. morning and evening B. midnight to midnight C. 6 to 6 D. evening and morning

8. To whom did God give every green herb for meat?

A. the beast of the earth, the fowl of the air, and every creeping thing B. mankind C. the fish of the sea D. none of the above

9. Dry land was created on which day of the week?

A. the first day B. the second day C. the third day D. the sixth day

10. Man was created on which day of the week?

A. the first day B. the third day C. the fifth day D. the sixth day E. the seventh day

11. The Bible says that the Spirit of God moved upon what?

A. the face of the waters B. over the dry hills C. flew above the clouds D. watched from afar

12. Based on Genesis, which of the following represents a matching kind?

A. a dog and a horse B. a dolphin and a lamb C a wolf and a dog D a mango tree and a chimpanzee

True and False

13. According to Genesis a kind can only bring forth animals of the same kind.

14. God created man lower than the animals.

15. The Bible says that mankind was made after the image of a single -celled animal and evolved over million of years to an advanced state.

16. The Bible declares that the creation week took six literal days.

17. God says that everything he made evolved to be good.

18. The Bible tells us that God used death and destruction to create the world we see today.

19. The Bible says that in the beginning everything was good

20. Both man and animals were given the command to be fruitful and multiply

What ruled the day?

I hope that you enjoyed this quiz and that inspires you to spend more time in the word of God.

Answer Key

  1. heaven
  2. darkness
  3. abundantly
  4. whales
  5. kind
  6. B. Herb bearing seed
  7. D. evening and morning
  8. A. the beast of the earth, the fowl of the air, and every creeping thing
  9. C. the third day
  10. D. the sixth day
  11. A. the face of the waters
  12. C a wolf and a dog
  13. True
  14. False, they were created above and given dominion over all of creation
  15. False, Genesis 1:26 states that we were made in the image of God and after his likeness
  16. True
  17. False, at the end of every creation day God declares that what He made was good and even very good
  18. False, the Bible declares that God said and it happened or came forth right away. There is no indication of long periods of time
  19. True
  20. True

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Thoughts about Faith

Faith, it is a very small word containing only five humble letters, yet it certainly is a mighty word. When everything is going right, and the road of life is quiet and well paved, it is really easy to say I have faith and think that you understand what that word really means. But how can you? What faith is required when life is at its best and want and fear have no place in your life.

What faith is required to walk on plush carpets and eat ice cream by the pool? What faith do you have to rely on when your life is like a romantic postcard or an add for a tropical resort? What exercise of heart and mind is called for when your life could be flashed up for the poster image of successful because your every want and need is met for years to come. When your beliefs line up with the crowd and are excepted at every turn as the only way to live, saying I have a measure of faith takes neither courage nor self-denial.

It is not until trial and adversity hunt your steps, when discouragement and disappointment hunt you down like a pack of hungry hound dogs that you really get a glimpse of the depths and power of faith. Because it is then that you have to chose to hold on to faith. It is then that you have to chose to grab hold and cling to faith, that it become more than words.

From our comfortable arm chairs it is easy to look back at the mighty men of faith and say, I would do the same. Or to look down at those who fell short of the mark and say, I would never do that. Nothing would make me lose my faith. I would never chose the comforts of this life over faith in Jesus. If I were in that garden, or if I had been King Saul, or if I had been so and so I would have done this and not done that.

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I Trust and Wait

I trust and wait, is an easy thing to say when everything is going right. But during times like these, when the tiny two steps forward that it has taken years of struggle to gain, in one second has been swallowed up, and it seems like you are about to be pushed back a thousand feet farther than ever before, its not so easy to say. And harder yet to mean.

I trust and wait, praying and working, even though that is all you can do in this life, sometimes does not seem like enough. And it seems like vanity, when you look at the wall of problems eagerly seeking a way to knock you down.

O how simple those words of faith are in times of ease, but in uncertain days like this, when your fledgling business that a few months before was just starting to grow, has suddenly turned upside down. And a thousand clicks is lucky to bring in one or two sales. And all your painful sweat, your agonizing hours of pushing through exhaustion and pain, have evaporated into another lost dream, suddenly its not so easy to promise to put everything in God’s hands, and to give over your heavy burdens.

In times like these it is so tempting to rip them from His hands, and say Lord, I know better than you. To say why did I let go, when everything I have tried goes wrong. And every corner of my life seems to be filled with nothing but impossible dreams.

It is easy to say I trust and wait when life is a breeze, but when the trials of life hit, then you know who really mean it and who are just saying words made of puff and fluff.

Yet this is the moment, this is the hour that our faith must rise to the challenge, and take an even stronger hold of that Almighty hand. Now more than ever, it is time to give God every corner of our heart, and to tell His listening ear of our increasing woe. For we are small and powerless, but who can stand before the Maker of the Universe? Who can cross the line, of Him who by a word quieted the storm?

They say that after a long trip, the last few miles home are the hardest. And from the looks of things, that is where we are in the scheme of prophetic history. The bulk of our wandering in an arid desert is almost over. In a few more miles we shall reach the banks of the Jordan and there we shall at last lay down all of our burdens. But like the wandering children of Israel before us, the last few miles will not come easy. Temptation and trials will increase, as the devil uses every device to trick, discourage, and if possible prevent us from making it to the other shore.

If you enjoyed this poem you might want to check out my book Poetry From the Heart Poems of Faith.

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