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Follower of Christ, writer & artist.

getting lost

Grace and peace on this Lord’s Day Dear Hearts Today I want to share a few thoughts about getting lost in the quagmire of current circumstances: “It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.” Horace Greeley FROM A TEACHER: Yesterday, I shut down class…

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a new white rose

The latest showpiece in our garden is this exquisite white hybrid tea rose. We’ve tried pure white roses before. Most have been rather ho-hum. This one promises a better showing and more substance. Never mind that it was a big-box store special a couple of years back, and I’ve misplaced the label so I can’t…

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the “I” syndrome

I want to be the best Christian I can, so I strive to obey the law — “But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t…

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a rose garden

Well…here we are! It’s the start of rose season in our garden. The first outpouring of blooms is always spectacular. A couple of the plants offer up flowers the size of dessert plates! Day after day Mr. L brings me beautiful bouquets, each one an out-pouring of his love for me and for his amazing…

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light vs. darkness

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14 be a light in the darkness Don’t give up! Those who give up do so because they are living according to their own strength, according to what their natural eyes see, and according to what their emotions dictate.…

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The Morning Altar

Good afternoon Dear Hearts I’ve had something on my heart during the past several days that I need to share with you. As some of you know my computer died a few days before Easter. While I was deciding if buying a new one, so I could continue with my blog and Contentment Cottage II…

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wisteria n’ more

The beginning of the color show around our little cottage home. The wisteria is in full flower. And our first cut of roses is ready to be taken inside, carrying that amazing color and fragrance with it. I’d love to have you drop by for a visit while the garden is in this season of…

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garden bright spot

The Japanese Maple is showing exquisite color. It appears to think it’s autumn, but in fact it does this in the spring and turns gold in autumn. The tiny blossoms produce winged seeds. Spectacular!! The light was just right this evening, even if the garden was not. More light on the maple this year due…

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the headlines

Grace and peace on your day Dear Hearts This morning let’s talk about fear. It is something we’ve all been offered as a daily diet in the headlines for over a year now. Some have accepted fear and some have refused it, and some have waivered back and forth between fear and faith moment by…

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grow in grace

Grace and peace on this terrific Tuesday Dear Hearts This morning I’ve been looking at Peter’s thoughts on grace. 1 Peter 1:2 God planned long ago to choose you and to make you his holy people, which is the Spirit’s work. God wanted you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood…

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