Category Archives: Encouragement

GET OUT OF THE BLACK CLOUDS

Today I went to the doctor to have my knee X-rayed.  I should be delighted that it is nothing more than a sprain.  The doc mentioned that my knee was practically arthritis free, there were no breaks and it was … Continue reading

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TEARS, LAUGHTER & MEMORIES

Our lives are filled with many emotions, but the main three are tears, smiles and memories.  We cry and the tears ultimately dry.  We laugh and the smiles eventually fade from view.  The memories we create along the way will … Continue reading

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SURRENDER

When we think about the word “surrender” we naturally assume a sort of giving up – giving in – acceptance.  When the white flag of surrender went up at Yorktown, it signaled the ending of the American Revolution.  Almost a … Continue reading

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ON TURNING 99

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him” If my dad had lived beyond his 61st birthday, he’d be 99 today.  As I come near my 77th, I … Continue reading

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HOORAY, IT’S SATURDAY!

Hooray, it’s Saturday – another week down in the annals if time – another ink blot on the pages of history.  It should be a time of gratitude that the week is over, but as most weeks lately, it left … Continue reading

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MANNA FROM HEAVEN

“ But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”  Numbers 11:6 Ever since I was a little girl and first heard about manna, I related this heavenly food to snow.  … Continue reading

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IT’S MONDAY – AGAIN

Mondays are kind of like Ground Hog Day reruns.  Every Monday you wake up and it’s the same as it was last week.  I guess you could say that for Tuesday, Wednesday and the rest of the days, but Monday … Continue reading

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LOONEY TOONS

  I remember Saturday mornings being a time of watching cartoons.  Occasionally, when there’s nothing on TV, I’ll tune in the Cartoon Network. In fact, on my wedding day, I spent the morning watching cartoons.   Maybe it was like saying … Continue reading

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CRUSHED, BUT NOT DEAD

ORIGINALLY POSTED 11/06/2017 Ezekiel 37:11-14 “Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’  Therefore prophesy and say to … Continue reading

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ELECTRONIC CHAOS

Every time a computer glitch occurs, I can count on being tied up for at least eight hours.  This amazing device, which normally can save hours has the capacity to make a sweet old granny very cranky. This morning I … Continue reading

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HUGS

It used to be that hugs were natural.  Now we must be careful not to offend or give the wrong message.  Over my lifetime, I’ve seen a gradual loss in the show of any kind of physical affection in our … Continue reading

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MONDAY – BRING IT!

Mondays are kind of like the recurring Ground Hog Day movie.   We go through life, thinking this is as good as it gets – go to bed and repeat the same from day to day.  Mondays have a way of … Continue reading

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CRUSHED BUT NOT WITHOUT HOPE

Ezekiel 37:11-14 “Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’  Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is … Continue reading

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LIKE A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS

A RERUN FROM LAST YEAR ORIGINAL ART & INSPIRATION BY PAUL T. & KATHY BOECHER© Last night. as I drove home from the country, I half expected to have a deer jump out into the darkened roads.  The sun goes down much earlier now and … Continue reading

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GOALS

Mondays are great for setting new goals, fulfilling old ones and just starting over.  Maybe you failed at that diet you promised to stay on last week – try again.  I’ve tried this for 75 years and it still doesn’t work.  You … Continue reading

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STEREOTYPES

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON ATIMETOSHARE.ME 7/30/14 A stereotype is defined as an over-simplified or standardized conception of a culture, profession or group.  How often do we categorize people?  For example, everyone knows that cops and donuts go together – right?  The Italian people are … Continue reading

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THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

I like the idea of the Swiss Cheese Diet.  If nothing else, everything you eat, would fall right out.  I’ve spent most of my life on a diet.  I didn’t start out fat.  I weighed in at 7 pounds 75 years ago. … Continue reading

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GOODBYE AUGUST

This was the view out my living room window on this day last year at our old, old house. The air is fresh and crisp today.  Skies are clear and brilliant blue.  Usually we don’t have much change in color until … Continue reading

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TOMORROW

This picture was taken a few years ago, when my granddaughter appeared in “Annie, with a Twist.”  The story was an adaptation of the famous Little, Orphan Annie and Oliver Twist, who in my version turned out to be lost relatives.  Through … Continue reading

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DEAR GRANDSON, AS YOU GRADUATE

To my second born, grandson, Joshua – There are a million things I could write about all your funny sayings, your accomplishments, your personality, but I’d like to focus this letter on who you are today and who you will become … Continue reading

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