Throwback Thursday ~ Weeping with Those Who Weep

Michelle Lesley

Originally published August 26, 2016


I was driving down the road one day last week, if sitting through three red light cycles per intersection due to horrendous traffic could rightfully be called “driving,” that is. Hot and sweaty, filthy, emotionally drained, and exhausted from cleaning and hauling, I was making my way from my best friend’s flooded house to help out at my ninety-five year old grandmother’s flooded house, guilt-stricken that I couldn’t be in both places at once.

And that’s when I heard it.

I was listening to one of my favorite theological podcasts, and when the host began talking about the flooding in Baton Rouge, my ears perked up. He began talking about God’s sovereignty- that, because God always does what is best for believers – for our discipline, growth in holiness, increased dependence on Christ, and the like – that this flood was good for us. He…

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The Blessing by Wanda E Brunstetter


The Blessing (The Amish Cooking Class #2)Heidi’s cooking classes are the focus point of the story. People from different walks of life come together for a class that gives them much more that learning to cook some Amish dishes. I enjoyed how each person becomes a friend and how Heidi is blessed through blessing others! Wonderful characters, a truly feel good book, and, I’m looking forward to trying the interesting Amish dishes that were included in the book.

I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary…

About the Book: Return to the Troyer farm where, despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Joel and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an…

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Philippians “That I May Know Him” | Introduction Week


Today we begin our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Philippians, “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson. We are so excited you are joining us and to learn that we can have deep down heart-felt joy in every circumstance because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross.  This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study works.  We want your online Bible study experience to be positive and enjoyable.

Let’s face it! Life is tough! Not one of us are immune to the tribulations and trials of difficult times. Things may go smoothly for a season and then we reach that bump in the road of unexpected tragedies and heart-breaking experiences.  How do you handle difficulties in your life?…

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The Perfect Vacation for an Imperfect Family

Living Our Days

We arrived at our campsite well after dark.  The rodeo had been a much-anticipated highlight of our cross-country trip, and no one was in a hurry to stop talking about it — or to crawl into our sleeping bags.

It’s a good thing, too, because standing where our tent should have been was a small gathering of fellow campers.  One was setting up our lawn chairs and three others were headed in our direction, dragging a pile of fabric that looked like . . . our tent.

The six of us piled out of the mini-van into the glow of our headlights.  My eight-year-old took my hand.

Kind neighbors informed us that while we were gone a tornado had swept through the campground throwing tents and camping equipment in every direction.  Our tent had been completely uprooted, leaving behind all its stabilizing ropes and anchoring pegs, and landing in a…

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Today in HisStory August 22

Today in HisStory

Civil War in England began between Royalists & Parliament. (1642)

In Massachusetts, missionary John Eliot founded an Indian church at Martha’s Vineyard. (1670)

First female US newspaper editor was Ann Franklin in Newport, Rhode Island. (1762)

American Revolutionary War: Redcoats landed at Long Island. (1776)

United States annexed New Mexico. (1848)

The first air raid in history took place. Austria launched pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice. (1849)

International Red Cross was founded. (1864)

First Geneva Convention was adopted in Geneva “for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field.” (1864)

Cadillac Motor Company was founded. (1901)

US President Teddy Roosevelt became the first US chief executive to ride in a car. (1902)

Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia. It was recovered in 1913. (1911)

J. Edgar Hoover became the Assistant Director of the FBI. (1921)

WW2: Adolf Hitler ordered…

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My Piece of the Elephant

Living Our Days

Long ago and far away there were six men, wise indeed, but, alas, they were all without sight.  An opinionated lot, every one, in the course of their wanderings, they happened to meet an elephant, standing squarely in the center of their path.

Feeling duty-bound to report on his discovery, the first wise man gripped one of the massive beast’s sharp tusks and declared, “It is stunning how much an elephant resembles a spear.”

The second wise man, equally confident, reached out until his hands connected with one large and floppy ear.  “Nay,” he retorted, “you are mistaken, for ‘tis clear to me that elephantine nature is like that of a fan.  Already I feel the cooling of air around me as this fine elephant sweeps back and forth.”

The third wise man could no longer hold his peace, for he had meandered off to the rear and found the…

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Sending Grace Downstream

Living Our Days

Dining on cubes of watermelon and calling it breakfast, the youngest son stands pajama-clad at the counter, his toothpick a dowser for the juiciest chunks.  In just a few end-of-summer days from now he will be up to his fetlocks in geometry, and I will be preserving the summer sweetness of our red tomatoes with one eye on the clock and the other eye (fierce!) on the boy’s screen time allotment.  We will approach breakfast with business-like efficiency, thinking about food groups and family devotions and the day’s agenda.

But today, summer is still in full sway and grace is on the menu — along with the watermelon.  In the busy days that lie ahead, is there a way to keep on living juicy, to hang onto the full brightness of summer solstice even though the planet keeps tilting us into shadow?  Brushing crumbs from the dining room table, I…

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