A Poem for Christmas – by Poet Lori Strawn

December 18, 2014

Originally posted on praypower4today:

He will come again perhaps in snow
or baked earth like the first time,
no one knows.
And if today,
what would he make
of sleighs and bells,
garlands, garish green
and red everywhere?
Perhaps he would shake his head
and chuckle at the foibles of his siblings.
Or point out, with rather more force,
“That’s a lot of hoopla
for a baby born in a manger.”
I myself would turn it all away,
all the tinsel and trimmings,
for a single moment of pure love.
That is what he came for,
and that is what he died for.
And so I say:
To beings everywhere —
You are greatly loved.
Believe it.
(That sharp uptick in your heart —
that right there is Christmas.)

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Wise Guys!

December 1, 2014


Uplifting post from “B is for Blessed,” a wonderful inspirational Blog that I follow. Great way to start the week!

Originally posted on B is for Blessed!:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV

Driving home from work I passed a Nativity scene near my home. The simple structures have to be nearly forty years old. They have yet to be replaced with those more modern or eye catching. The faded plastic stands proudly without touch up or fanfare as a testament to the story it depicts.

The Joseph, Mary and baby are placed prominently in a simple display.  Yet this evening it was the Wise Men that caught my attention.

I wondered what made these men so wise.

I found was led to Psalms 9:10…

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Stray Dog follows Amazon Race Team

November 24, 2014

London’s Daily Mail featured an article about a stray dog so determined to find a home that he followed an extreme sports racing team over 400 miles! Luckily, it has a happy ending. He was just a bit tuckered and needed a nap!

Challenge: As the team neared the finished the tasks began to take their toll on Arthur and he ended up with some injuries 

Inspiration du Jour

October 17, 2014

Trash Day!.

Re-blogged from a wonderful blog called B is for Blessed!

That Thing in You

September 28, 2014


From a wonderful blog called “Spiritbath”

Words to Live By

September 26, 2014

Permit me to re-blog this beautiful post from A Story by Me:

Reflecting on What I Left Behind.

Sunroom Time

September 23, 2014

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When he was younger, my son and I used to have “sunroom time” – a few minutes in the late afternoon during which we’d sit in the sunroom and talk about (pardon the pun) anything under the sun.

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Often, if his friends were over, we’d include them, too.

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It was warm and welcoming in the sunroom, and it seemed like the only time some of these kids had ever been asked, “So how was your day, son?”

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The bamboo blinds let in just enough light and gave us a view of the trees in the yard, so it felt like a little nature preserve. It was a favorite spot for everybody, including my late, beloved black-lab-mix, Sheena. That’s her in the yard – by the back fence.

This dog toy feels kinda ruff.

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Now that my son is about to turn sixteen, we no longer have “sunroom time;” in fact, it seems we hardly even have actual conversations. And this is the trajectory of life when our kids grow up. But I wanted to find a way to put my thoughts about life into a book, so I wrote this e-book using Amazon KDP, “Help Yourself, Jumbo Shrimp: A Teen’s Guide to Life, the Future and Everything.”

After I realized that there was no way to adjust the formatting (it uploaded out-of-whack and there is no such thing as Amazon e-book author support), I decided not to promote it, but I did want to leave it active so that when the spirit moves him and the time is right, my son will look at it and nod – maybe even smile a little – thinking back to our warm and fuzzy “sunroom times.”

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*Course, there’s a story behind Sheena’s full name! More to come.


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