Heat, Traffic, and Playing Tourist.

A Writer's Corner

As you have probably noticed I haven’t posted anything for a couple of days. Well, there’s a reason for that but before I mention why, I have managed to be able to write a couple more chapters on the new book I’m writing.

I’m finding it easier to write early in the morning while my guest does her devotional, prayers, and Bible study. I did manage to get one chapter written early one morning because I was able to go to bed, fall asleep, and awaken at 6:00 a.m.

Then another chapter got written late at night after my guest went to bed and I was still wide awake. The story is definitely getting interesting and a couple of times I’ve stopped and said. “Huh? Where in the world are you taking this, Lord?” Of course the only answer I get, if I even get an answer is, “You’ll see.”

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Job Well Done

A Writer's Corner

It’s wonderful what a whirly (jet tub) and some rest can do for this old body. My friend and I was able to dig up all million, at least a million, (it felt like a million) Iris’s and get them divided up into boxes and bags for the various people that said they wanted some, and transplant some for me. It doesn’t look like much in the picture but believe me when those bulbs are separated there’s a whole lot more than it looks like!

My neighbor came over with his tiller and the ground is so hard, we haven’t had any rain for at least two weeks now, that he had to go back and forth three times to break up the cement, I mean the dirt. I only needed one strip plowed over and just that small amount turned into a job.

But, the Lord blessed us and…

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A Rare Occurrence.

A Writer's Corner

Exhaustion was an understatement for yesterday. My friend and I spent the better part of the day digging up a whole bunch, and I mean a whole bunch if Iris plants I had going across the front part of my house.

I had no idea how those things can multiply and take over an entire flower garden. It reminds me of how gossip is. One little comment and in no time it can take over an entire church.

Back to the topic at hand though. I was so exhausted that eating wasn’t even on the want list but we did manage to throw something together. Then the “whirly” (jet tub) was calling loud and clear and this gal was crashed in the bed by 10:00 p.m.

Now that is a rarity! And I actually slept through the night to awaken at 6:00 this morning. That’s another rarity. The juices (words)…

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When The Words Flow

A Writer's Corner

With the preparations for company coming; cleaning house, grocery shopping, getting the laundry done and out of the way it can be difficult to focus on writing but somehow I have been able to do that.

I think it’s a matter of priorities at times or what we want to do the most. We always seem to make time for what we want to do and in this case I preferred to write, but the priority needed to be food, clean house, and free time with my guest.

But believe it or not I did get a few chapters written on the new book in progress. That’s a praise, but on the other hand I was also up until 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. Hey, when the words are flowing like a downstream river during a rainstorm, I’m not going to get any sleep anyway so getting them on this screen…

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How the Apostles Died

My very special friend, Nell Dale, shared this on Facebook and I thought you would enjoy it.

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HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.

1. Matthew. Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark. Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke. Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4. John. Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully

5. Peter. He was crucified upside down on an x shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James. The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.

This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James the Son of Zebedee was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry.

As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial.

Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew. Also known as Nathaniel. He Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew. He Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony.

His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words, “I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it”. He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas. He Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Subcontinent.

11. Jude. He Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias. The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. He was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul. He Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor to compare to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Pass on to encourage other Christians. Why Do we feel sleepy in Prayer, but stay awake through a 3 hour movie?
Why are we so bored when we look at the HOLY BOOK. But find it easy to read other books?

Why is it so easy to ignore a massage about God,
Yet we forward the nasty ones?

Why are Prayers getting smaller, but bars and clubs are expanding.

Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God?

Make this message your contribution to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yep, I knew It!

A Writer's Corner

Remember in a post just recently I said I was hearing three words and I wasn’t sure if those three words were coming from the Lord or just something popping in my head to throw me off track? Well, I have to confess that when I heard the three words about the third time I knew where it was coming from.

There are times when the Lord will speak to me, and yes, I hear His audible voice, so there’s little doubt where it’s coming from, and I’ll place my hands over my ears, shake my head back and forth, and say, “I didn’t hear that.” “Oh yes you did!” is His usual reply.

I’m sure some of you might do the same thing. Maybe not placing your hands over your ears, but wanting to ignore what He’s just told you He wants you to do. It might be something…

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