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Words For Wednesday

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He Has Made Us Fishers Of Men

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Imagine the normal, everyday scene as Jesus was walking along the seashore. He came alongside two brothers, fishermen by trade, who were casting their nets into the water. Shortly He met two additional brothers who had stopped fishing for the day and were preparing their nets for tomorrow.

All was comfortably ordinary until Jesus passed by.

There was clearly something different about Jesus Christ if just 11 words - one compound sentence - caused them to immediately change their lives forever.

Jesus used parables and comparisons to explain heavenly concepts to simple people. He knew these professional fishermen would understand better if He used familiar terms, so He came down to their level to lift them up to His.

When a person gets saved, God could choose to take them straight to heaven, but that isn't the case. For most of us, we will be left here on earth for years and decades to come. This is part of God's perfect design because He has a special purpose for us in that tim…

Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

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Yesterday I showed you how the puppies cuddle when it's snowing, but I neglected to show you what the snow does to the property! Shame on me, right? Here's what the Carrell Wildlife Preserve looks like now that the first snow has arrived.





I can't wait to see how long this snow turns everything quiet white. And knowing this is just the first of many snowfalls over the next few months makes me smile. Hope you do, too.

Puppies Cuddled Up In Where It's Warm

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The snow is falling in southern Iowa! As much as I love taking the puppies out to play in the new snow, they're pretty happy being curled up inside where it's warm. While I'm camped out on the couch writing, you can usually find them just like this.

Diesel is a big ol' mama's boy, and he often makes me stop what I'm doing to hold his paw while he falls asleep. Yes, it's adorable. I'm just glad he falls asleep faster than any dog I've ever seen.

The spare bedroom is the warmest place in the house, and the puppies treat the bed like an amusement part ride. They also curl up together in the sunshine streaming through the window.

The big dog doesn't like to lose sight of me, so she follows me all over the house. If I sit down anywhere, she comes to cuddle. If it was up to me, we'd just sit there together all day. There's not anything I really have to get done, right? I didn't think so.

There is one thing that will get them off the couch…

DIY Presentation Folder

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For Danny's birthday last week, I adopted a tiger at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines in his name. The packet they sent included a certificate of adoption, a picture of one of the tigers, tickets to go feed some of the zoo animal and an adoptive parent decal. But you can't just give someone a pile of papers held together with a paper clip! Well, I can't anyway. That's why I made this presentation folder.


The size of the matted certificate gave me the dimensions for the folder. I cut two pieces of cardboard slightly larger than that frame.

Then I adhered three pieces of ribbon to act as the hinge and covered both sides of the cardboard with decorator paper.


Using the 8.5x11-inch letters, I made a pocket for the side opposite the certificate. I folded one edge of the decorator paper over...


...then the other two sides and adhered them down to form the pocket. I did the same thing with the small pocket to hold the tickets.


And then my favorite part - the cover! I raided …

Words For Wednesday

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The Importance Of Election Day

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Somebody assumed this week that because I don't talk much about politics, that I must not vote. I was kind of shocked because that's not the truth at all. I have voted at every possible opportunity for as long as I can remember. I feel that my vote is my voice, whether it goes with the popular opinion or not.

The reason I don't talk about politics is simple: I don't enjoy talking about it. I stay up-to-date on the topics of the day, but I don't spend the day watching or listening to the news. It hurts my brain and my heart to listen to the way government has been warped over the years. I know there have always been problems and scandals in all levels of government, but I really don't want to waste brain power thinking about who's done what to who and how many times. That sounds more like a soap opera than our nation's representatives.

That being said, voting is one of the great opportunities we have in America. We may never be able to speak face-to-face…

Volcano Of Chocolate Birthday Cake

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If I had to choose between baking and decorating, I would choose decorating every time. I love to bake, but I'm not a big fan of numbers and measuring and time. My creativity can come out when I'm decorating, and that makes me happy.

Friday night at our OCC shoebox packing party, we celebrated Danny's birthday, too. I didn't need any Pinterest boards or glossy magazine pictures to get the inspiration for this one - just Danny's sweet tooth!

I bought two cakes at the grocery store, one large chocolate and one small lemon. I asked the bakery ladies to stack them and give me a happy birthday phrase. I knew they wouldn't have room to write it on the cake because of my ultimate plan for the decorations.

Once I got the cake to the church, I used miniature chocolates all over as if they'd been blown out of a volcano. The randomness looked amazing, and the visual effect made my blood sugar go through the roof!

Danny was thrilled with his birthday cake, and he even …

Having Scripture Handy And In Your Heart

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If you follow the Reading Through The Bible In A Year on the lefthand side of this page, you'll get to journal about this question this week:Do you have Scripture securely in your brain so you can bring it to mind as you need it?
Hopefully the question will get you thinking about reading and memorizing Scripture. We often think we'll be able to look up what we need when we need it, but that's not always the case.

Read the following scenarios and decide what Scripture you would share and what Scripture you would need to keep in your own mind as you help them and pray for them:

* A friend calls to tell you her mother has passed away. She now has to travel, interact with uncooperative family and plan a funeral.

* An elderly woman in the checkout line in front of you is clearly struggling. She's having a difficult time understanding the clerk's questions and getting her bill paid.

* One of your church members has a serious illness come out of nowhere. She has very lit…

How To Throw A Fabulous Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party

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Last night was our Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party, and everyone had a great time. We filled more than 200 boxes with school supplies, hygiene products and lots of fun treats for children of all ages.




Our assistant pastor's wife Louanne set up the room in such a smart way. Each row of tables had the items for a different age group and gender. Then the pieces every box would have - the school supplies and hygiene items - were lined up along the back wall. This made organizing and filling our boxes so easy!

What especially touched me was having the opportunity to include a note inside each box. I loved being able to tell a child in a foreign country, who I may never meet, that God loves them so much and they are being prayed for. The boxes were then stacked in the pews so we can pray over them again on Sunday morning.

In addition to packing boxes, our evening also included supper and a birthday party. We were so excited to get to packing boxes, and it was such a goo…

Happy Birthday To My Amazing Husband

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I am married to the most amazing man, and today we're celebrating his birthday! I am blessed beyond measure to have this godly, loving man in my life. Thank you, Lord, for Danny.

Every day is an adventure, and going on this journey with him is such a joy. He is sweet, funny, gentle and caring. He has a huge heart, and it's incredible to watch him change the world one smile at a time.

Danny has an incredible work ethic, whether it's at the funeral home or working on the property. His inward strength matches his physical strength, and we are blessed in so many ways because of it.

I look forward to whatever the future holds because we'll be walking it together. Happy birthday, sweetheart. Here's to celebrating another year of your amazing life.

Happy 5th Birthday, Molly!

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Our big dog Molly turns 5 years old today. She is the best girl in the whole wide world, and she definitely had a celebration. Her cake was made of peanut butter and oats, trimmed with dog treats and a doggy chew in the middle. She shared her cake with the babies, but not graciously.

My favorite part of the day, though probably not hers, was giving Molly her present: a lion's mane! We've always said she looks like a lion, and we found a mane that was just her color.

With her mane, she looks like a tall, gangly, teenage lion who hasn't quite grown into her legs yet. She went along with the silliness, prowling around the house and growling. It was a wonderful birthday celebration, and we look forward to many more years with our Molly dog.