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"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." ~Matthew 6:33
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Dear Hate,

There has been a video passed around on social media since the recent shootings in Las Vegas by the title of 'Dear Hate' by Maren Morris and Vince Gill.  So very timely.  (Watch it below.)

Dear Hate 

The lyrics made me ponder a bit.  From where does this kind of hate come from...the kind of hate that causes one to snap and begin to plot and plan the demise of as many lives as is possible without even a second thought? ... The kind of hate that lies in wait to take the life of a God-appointed leader with the bend of a single finger?  Where does this kind of hate begin to take root?

The line "you whisper down through history and echo through these halls..."  Then the one word itself...'whisper'.....

This.  This is how it starts.

A whisper.

A whisper in one's mind, which turns into a thought, which then, when nurtured, becomes a stronghold.

'Hate' defined is 'an intense or passionate dislike' and/or 'hostility'.

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The Watering Hole

Every Wednesday night at church for the last 6 weeks, Todd has been facilitating a class by Andy Stanley called Life Apps. Sadly, we wrapped up this class with our last session on 'encouragement'. (I have LOVED this class, the people and the discussions we've had, and Todd & I have genuinely missed anyone who was not able to make it to every session!!)

In this last session, we learned that, in conversation, there are (6) criticisms to every (1) encouragement. That is a stunning ratio, in my opinion.

I have challenged myself today to reverse that ratio, and I have already failed.

The words 'we must edify & build up' come out of my mouth almost daily and, as a general rule, I try to be a person who encourages. But have I really made a conscious effort to be intentional with my encouragement?

This 'encouragement' session has made me try to focus more on the words that flow from my mouth. This is a good rule of thumb for everyone in every capa…

SOLID AS A ROCK

This man right here... I sure do love him.





He loves all things health-related.  
He loves everything nature and outdoors and enjoys long walks every day (weather permitting).
He loves to watch TV - Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, religious programs, and all things health-related. He loves to read, specifically and most importantly - the Bible.  He studies God's word faithfully.
He loves to read anything/all things health-related. 
Did I mention he loves all things health-related? 

He loves a good joke because he loves to laugh.   When he gets tickled, he almost can’t stop himself. He inevitably ends up with tears in his eyes because he laughs so hard!
Just like my granddad, his dad, he has a laugh like no other.  Their laughs are different and only similar in that they have a very distinctive laugh that compels others to join in!
















He loves music. 

He can play the guitar and the banjo, and he loves to listen to big band music.

For so long I credited my mother for giving me and my siblings the lo…