Carpe diem

Carpe diem—seize the day, how does one seize the day? We could have as many answers as people reading this. While my daughter recovers from major surgery, I’m seizing the day with five of my grandchildren.

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A Modern Psalm

The biblical Psalms is a book of poetry. It is comprised of various types; psalms of praise meant to be sung, psalms of lament, and psalms of gratitude celebrating God. It’s easy to distinguish these three types but there may be additional categories or subcategories. Today, I’m going to share a modern psalm.

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Time, Talents, and Treasure

Recently, I took a short trip to visit a friend that has moved. We renewed our friendship and encouraged each other. After that trip, I spent three days at a Christian Writers Workshop. When I returned home, my mind and heart overflowed with memories, experiences, and fresh ideas. I asked the Lord what I was to write. God inspired me through a post by Pastor Pete, author of “Praise 2 Worship“.

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There is a sweet camaraderie in the presence of friends. As I write this, I’m on the end of a mini-vacation visiting a friend who moved 1100 miles (1770 km) from my home town. As I planned for my trip, thoughts stirred about friendship.

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Courageous Adventure

Men at Ellis Island waiting to travel circa 1910.

In the early 1900s, my paternal grandparents were immigrants to the United States. At 18, my grandfather left family, friends, and everything he would have known in his home country of Denmark for the opportunity and hope of a better life in America.

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Caution Infectious

Recently, I encountered a person who infected me. This man was working the checkout register at a consignment shop I entered. He did not infect me with a virus, illness, or some other dreadful thing; no this is an infection I hope to spread more of.

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I admire two men of noble character, Joseph and Job. The Bible records stories about both of these men of faith. Why these two men? Because of the way they maintained their righteousness despite the unjust, horrific, and traumatic events that occurred in their lives I’m drawn to their stories again and again.

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Blackout Forgiveness

I blacked out forgiveness. Before you unsubscribe me for fear, I’ve departed my Biblical values and beliefs, please hear me out. In the US we just celebrated Mother’s Day. It can be a day filled with difficult emotions for people who are grieving the death of their mother, the loss of a child, those in the throes of infertility, or for other reasons.

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Shhh, the Flowers are Speaking

Come take a virtual walk with me. Every spring I love to photograph the flowers announcing spring is here or near. It gives me such joy to see their beauty and draws me outside. In my garden, the first to emerge from winter’s slumber is daffodils and I’m blessed to have a few varieties. Each year they whisper the same sweet oration to me as they primp and pose for this annual photo shoot.

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Processing Life

I would guess many bloggers, like myself process by writing. I may mull over an issue for hours, days, or more depending on what I’m pondering. Then I journal to get it out and sort my thoughts. Recently, I did my processing by writing a free-verse poem. It started with two words that kept bouncing around in my mind. The two words are the title of my poem.

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