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Have you ever felt like people don’t really listen to what you are saying? You are not alone! Listening isn’t easy; it’s a decision and an action. God hears every whisper with the heart of a father.

“I am praying to you because I know you will answer, Oh God. Bend down and listen as I pray” (Psalm 17:6 NLT).

A few winters ago a barrage of hailstones pounded my office window. I looked outside instantly mesmerized as God surrounded me with His presence. I witnessed tiny chunks of ice erupt in slow motion morphing into fiery iridescence droplets as they hurled through the air. Then… the light faded, and hailstones turned into rain. Continue reading

“Love” might be the most often used word in America – and perhaps the least understood. People of all age groups just “love” anything from pizza to sports to cars to movies to vacations . . . sometimes even people. All of these expressions cause me to wonder if we genuinely understand the meaning of love.
The Greek language has at least three words for love. There is “philia” –friendship love – a type of relationship that begins to be learned at a very young age and continues throughout our life. It can include both male and female friendships and over a period of decades develop into a long list of people.
Friendship love involves a changing list of people, starting in early childhood and elementary school. If we are fortunate to remain in one geographic location during our growing up years, we might carry some friendships into our adult life. Continue reading

You know how bad luck comes in bunches? I know, so does good luck, but we’re talking bad luck here. It seems as if you are just getting your head above water – just getting over the latest catastrophe, when BOOM another one comes along. With me, it was not being able to get caught up, coupled with someone I care about blowing up at me, tripled with one of my dogs being diagnosed with cancer. Actually, there were about ten other things I won’t go into.
All of a sudden I was out of “Margaritaville” and into “overwhelmsville.” I fell into doing things by rote and avoiding issues so they didn’t become issues even though there were issues! We all have our little tricks to get through times like these, but they don’t always work. That’s when we cast around and with the river rising, we head for the roof. Continue reading

Pastor Clark Cothern

How does it feel to see blatant injustice and nobody is there to stop it?

I saw a guy get what he deserved one day as he was passing other cars dangerously. A cop saw him and pulled him over. Oh the exhilaration!

Justice showed up that day. It was Judgment Day for that horrible driver.

It’s an awful feeling to see injustice without anyone in sight who can do something about it, isn’t it? And it’s such a great feeling when someone actually does step in and justice is handed out. We feel so vindicated!

But… What happens when the shoe is on the other foot? Continue reading

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Question: “What does the Bible say about resentment?” Answer: “Ressentir is an old French word, literally meaning “intense feeling.” In English, it is resent, and it refers to feeling pain and indignation due to injustice or insult. People may feel resentful when they are cheated on, stolen from, or lied to. Resentment is often a reaction to being insulted or having one’s errors or weaknesses exposed. Resentment can be directed at an action, a statement, or a person—often, an authority figure, such as a parent, a teacher, or God. Resentment is the cheapest and least legitimate form of anger. It is all emotion and no strength. “Resentment can be sparked by perceived unfair treatment by another person. It could be an injustice, like not getting a deserved promotion, or it could be an insult. Either way, resentment stems from a love of the things of the world and a lack of faith in God and His plan. Continue reading

February Amethyst

February’s violets

February has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four. In common years the month has 28 days.
• February is the most misspelled of all the months.
• The violet is the February’s flower. Although there are some that say the primrose is February’s flower.
• Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February.
February 1 — National Freedom Day commemorated the signing by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution which outlawed slavery in the United States. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

Many people find the “basics of health habits” difficult. Things like 8-10 glasses of water, exercise, organic food, more sleep. Take care of those and the rest comes easier. Yet some people deny that they’re even “toxic” or think “it’s all in your head”.

I personally feel that doing the basics is a good way to prepare the body for a cleanse, a detox. We’re not yet in Springtime when fresher fruits and vegetables become more available, so keep working on the basics until we get there.

Some people need convincing of the need to detox. Well, we are ALL toxic! Few people are able to eat all organic food. We still love our snacks and sugar. Plus there are hidden and unknown sources of toxins. These ones, as well as the obvious ones, need to be enumerated and identified. Continue reading

A matriarch with her brood

No bull: boys need fathers

A number of years ago there was a problem with the elephant herds on a game preserve in Africa. Because they were protected, the herds were growing to such a size that they were destroying the countryside and even farm crops in a search for food. The local experts decided that the way to control the size of the herds was to “cull” them; to kill the adult bull elephants so that they could not breed.

Elephant herds are matriarchal in nature, in other words the female and young elephants live in a herd under the leadership of the dominant female. Older males live by themselves until it is time to breed. When male elephants are born they live with the herd for protection until they are teenagers, Continue reading

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

The Thames Barrier Cruise Ship Viking Star entering the Thames Barrier

During the 80’s and 90’s, Frank and I were blessed with the opportunity to vacation in England several times. On a couple of those occasions, one of our sight-seeing highlights was a visit down the Thames River to the spectacular Great Thames Barrier. We had never heard of the barrier before and first encountered it on a trip to Greenwich, where the mean time used historically as the prime basis of standard time throughout the world was determined (now replaced by COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME). Greenwich is also the site where the British clipper ship Cutty Sark is moored. The Cutty Sark, built in 1869, was one of the last tall clippers to be built (also one of the fastest at the end of a long period of design development, which came to an end as sailing ships gave way to steam-powered vessels. Continue reading

Perhaps one of the most familiar words in the English language is “home.” Every person, actually everything that exists, has a place called “home” – or in some cases a desire to have a home. A secure home solves many problems, and the lack of a home may be the greatest challenge to our survival.

Consider some of the uses of “home:” home team, home of our birth, animal home, the environment where a plant is at home, Home in Heaven – to name just a few. The home where we live probably comes to mind first. The need for a home follows us from the beginning to the end of our earth life.
Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the benefit of a place to call home. Homelessness is a major concern these days as we try to find a way for everyone who wants it to have a place to call home. If we were born in another country and wish we still lived there, we will talk about going back home. Continue reading

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