AUTUMN CRUD

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This is my favorite time of year.  The trees are splendidly dressed in their most brilliant colors, the air is crisp and clean, and I even got married in September.  One of the side effects of this season for me is the surge in my allergies to mold, trees and other stuff that’s in abundance right now.

Add to that the fact that I sifted through crates of costumes this past week and the dust got into my lungs, causing another case of bronchitis.  Being an asthma sufferer, everything intensifies when my allergies kick in.

All that being said, I didn’t attend church this morning.  My coughing is the deep bronchial cough that is more of a distraction for those trying to enjoy their worship.  Fortunately I have another chance to go to church during the week.  Hopefully I’ll have recovered by then.

Sin is like the nasty germs of this season, the mold of dead leaves, the deterioration of life.  It embeds itself into our inner selves, plays on our conscience and makes us sick.  Praise God, He loves us with unconditional love and provided a way for our sin to be dealt with.  It was the perfect sacrifice – God’s sinless Son, was the unspotted lamb that took away our sins through His death.  His resurrection showed His power over the grave and we can be sure of attaining paradise once we leave this veil of tears.

Thank you, dear Lord, Jesus, for taking my place on the altar of sacrifice – for paying the full ransom for my soul and the sin of the entire world.  Help us all to share that you have made it possible for everyone to enjoy this gift.  Amen!

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TWO CHOICES

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Relief carving on two panels.

 

Two trees stood in the garden there,

Their beauty filled with fruit to spare,

Conditions went along with each,

The fruit from both was in their reach,

God told them they could eat from one,

But from the other death would come,

The serpent set his trap to win,

To lead the couple into sin,

Luring Eve with forbidden fruit,

While Adam watched and remained mute,

And when she offered him a bite,

He’s blinded by his appetite,

The devil won that victory,

But there’s much more to this story,

His children disobeyed His Word,

Their vision was completely blurred,

By Satan and his evil plan,

To set a curse upon the man.

From that day forth they’d now fear death,

Until they took their final breath,

But God’s plan for their redemption,

Showed His love with no exception,

His precious Son would come to earth,

He’d come from lowly virgin birth,

To save the futures sons of man,

And that’s when life returned again.

 

 

 

 

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THE SINGING CHURCH

Originally posted by atimetoshare.me on 10/27/16

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”  Martin Luther

One lovely result of the Protestant Reformation was the introduction of congregational singing.  Music had already existed in the church in the liturgical singing of the priest and choir, but the congregation simply listened to the words.  This inclusion opened doors to the many hymns we sing today.

This gave the common man the opportunity to not only hear the Word of God, but to participate in it.  There’s nothing like a choir of trained, rehearsed voices, but to hear the cracking voices of the elderly and the sweet sounds of children raising their enthusiastic voices in song is just as beautiful.

Giving praise and thanks to the Creator of the universe, is a great honor.  No matter what the ability, God hears the vocal prayers of His people.  Today we can lift our voices in song just as David did when he sang his Psalms to the Lord.  It’s a privilege we’ve almost forgotten.

When we are permitted to join in the responses of the Liturgy, our involvement gives us a closeness to God that simply doesn’t happen when we aren’t.  Really concentrating on those words gives us comfort, reassurance of the forgiveness of sins and a direct line to God through Jesus, Christ our Savior.

Today, many churches have introduced more contemporary music for those who crave a different sound, but there is nothing like the good old Christian hymns.  The following is the battle cry of the Lutheran Church – written by Martin Luther.

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.

 

 

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WRITERS’ FUNNIES

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AWAITING HIS RETURN

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ORIGINAL RELIEF CARVING BY PAUL T. BOECHER WITH POETRY FROM KATHY BOECHER©

Life is but a whisper in the scheme of things,

We take our first inhalation of air,

And begin a journey,

So far we’ve been safely blanketed within our mother’s womb,

Protected from the elements, encased in a familiar space of our own,

We go through the motions of living day by day,

Learning, trying, building, creating, thinking,

Working, striving, winning, losing, dreaming,

Each day passes slowly at first,

As we wait to pass through those early years,

When we finally get there,

The days begin to proceed at a much faster pace,

Still we push forward, sometimes gasping for air,

Sometimes choking on it,

Rarely taking time to enjoy the moment,

When we reach the final act, time has no bearing at all,

It speeds by like the wind and carries us to our final destination,

We rest in the safety of our Savior’s arms,

The glory of His loving touch,

This isn’t the end,

Just the beginning,

Come, Lord, Jesus – come quickly!

 

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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Today is September 23, 2017 – a day that should be the ending of all the strife in the world, all the evil, all the pain, every last person and the elimination of planet Earth.  So say the astronomers.  Their reasoning has to do with the autumnal equinox and the alignment of the planets and the stars.

How often do these doomsday claims occur?  I can recall at least four of them in my lifetime.  Since men started looking for signs in the heavens, they’ve been trying to figure out God’s mind.  Since the beginning of time, humanity has been attempting to be on the same level as God and sometimes believing they know more than Him.

We’re told in scripture to look to the sky for signs, but also to be aware of the signs that we face daily – signs like wars and rumors of war, inhumanity towards one another, lascivious and immoral behavior, earthquakes, flooding and destructive wind.  The book of Revelation tells of many of the final signs that will occur before the Lord returns in glory.

For us to try to figure out God’s future for this planet is really futile.  Jesus taught that we do not know the hour or the day.  It will come when we don’t expect it.  I remember when the millennial came to an end and it  was supposed to be the end of the world.  There was the Mayan calendar of final doom.  When the world is in such a mess, it’s probably normal for us to want it to be over.

Today, the signs are there.  We’re in the midst of horrible weather and natural disasters.  Immorality has become the norm along with political correctness.  Abortion has become an every day event.  Sex before marriage is fine.  Commitment to another person, a job, a family, is lacking.  We are witnessing a tug of war between America and her allies and a tyrant who wants to take over the world.

Is it time? I don’t know and I don’t believe anyone else does either.  The thing I do know is that we must be ready at any moment for Christ’s return.  Now is the time to ask Him for forgiveness and prepare for that day within our daily walk.

I believe the prophesies of the Old Testament have been fulfilled.  Christ was born, lived, died and rose again to pay for my sins.  That’s the only prophesy that saves us.  If we believe it, we will inherit paradise.  What are your thoughts?

 

 

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WRITERS’ FUNNIES

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A GOOD MOM?

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON ATIMETOSHARE.ME 5/1/14

Proverbs 31:26-27 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

When I was in my early teens I got a job as a nanny for the summer. Little did I know exactly what that would entail. Within those short months I learned that being responsible for a child’s care for 8 hours a day was huge. The job requirements would have turned the most efficient manager into a bowl of Jello.

Being a mother is one of the most challenging jobs you will ever experience, but also the most rewarding. I believe my mother was a saint having to put up with me. I also believe I might have been honored with sainthood for helping to raise 3 of my own. My daughters have far exceeded that honor by giving me three wonderful grandchildren that I get to boast about without the responsibility.

An average day in the life of a mother: You get up between 4 and 6 AM to have a few quiet moments to yourself. Before you have that opportunity, you hear the sound of a baby crying or are met with a child who has be awakened by a bad dream. You stumble to the laundry room and notice the box of unmatched socks. You decide it might be a nice fashion statement for your children to wear one of each. Your first executive decision of the day.

You start a load of wash and carry yourself to the kitchen only to find one child putting their science project into the microwave while another is spray painting the dog. You set them at the table while you put on the coffee and pack their lunches. You notice that your daughter has chosen to wear a purple polka dotted shirt with blaze orange pants. You try to guide her through her first choice of the day, but are soon out-voted and decide that the two different socks will go nicely will complete her outrageous ensemble.

Your laundry room looks like Mt. Everest. You know you will never reach the pinnacle. Your hair hasn’t been styled in weeks. The things you expected motherhood to be have taken a back seat to the needs of those special individuals you call your children.

You advise them, console them encourage them, cheer them on when they don’t make a goal, fight to defend them, love them, are available for them 24/7. You put them first. You try to give them things you didn’t have as a child, but soon realize that all they really want is you.

The rest of your day is filled with moments of frustration, disappointment, fear, anxiety, sadness, inability to cope and the feeling of complete failure at times. By the time you tuck them into their beds at night and look into those precious eyes, you see a reflection of yourself. You see that every minute of your day was worth it.

Being a mom is many things, but mostly it’s the best job a woman can have.

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OLD RAGS

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I’ve been sorting through crates of costumes that were packed away in our garage for the past year.  Before we moved, I didn’t realize I would have no further use for these things, so they were sealed up and made ready for the mover.

What a job!  It’s like going through a lifetime of memories.  Each costume stirs thoughts of past productions; who wore them; what was their response when told they had to wear them; and how they lit up the stage by doing so.  I threw many of the oldest ones away, but many remain.  There are pirates, harem girls, cowboys &  Indians, early settlers, orphans, cartoon characters, poodle skirts, rock stars and lots of props and accessories to go along with them.

I’m going to have a sale next week and since we live in the Halloween Capitol of the World, these costumes should sell quickly.  What doesn’t sell will be donated or given away.

Last year, as we downsized and rid ourselves of 50 some years of our life, it was a bit painful, but necessary.  Now I’m saying goodbye to years of fun memories I shared with my theater pals.  It’s kind of bittersweet, but if we’re going to be able to get a car in our garage this winter, it must be done.

As I do this, I think about the great gift God has given us.  We once wallowed in our sinfulness.  We became more and more used and abused because of it.  Soon our clothes became unrecognizable.  We tried to cover up our sins by doing good deeds, but all of those were like those filthy rags to God.

His blood washed all of them clean and made us pure again in God’s sight.  Just imagine being able to stand before the authority of God – sinless – because of what Jesus did for us.

I feel a load of weight lifted from my shoulders by getting my costumes ready for sale, but the weight of sin is so much greater.  Praise be to God, He has given all of us the victory over death and damnation.  I can’t wait to greet Him in heaven, clothed in the purest of clothes.

ISAIAH 64:6  “ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

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RIGHTEOUS BLOOD

 

 

Faces and heads shrouded in black,

Too cowardly to show themselves,

Thoughts of waging a righteous war,

Against those who don’t believe as they do,

Brainwashed into thinking they are doing this for their god,

Misdirected, searching, groping for something to believe in,

Something to hang on to,

Do they find peace in ending lives?

Where is the righteousness?

Blood flows from a beaten, smitten corpse,

Hanging on an instrument of torture,

This One not taking life, but giving it,

Through His own precious blood.

That is righteousness,

Bought and paid for the ugliest of us.

KATHY BOECHER©

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