Wisdom, Rubies, and the Female Principle!

Perhaps because of my name and its derivation (philo-sophy: the love of wisdom), I have a special relationship with wisdom. I remember when I was a teenager that my prayer — with heart-yearning anguish — was “To Understand.” “Understand what?” someone might have asked, had I opened the secret...

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Celebrate Liberty!

          Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)  For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  For the United States of America, Independence Day, July 4th, is a family celebration.There are bar-b-ques, picnics, parades, and fireworks.  From small town USA to New York’s Macy’s and Washington D.C.’s spectacular fireworks...

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Bits and Pieces

Lou is my very dear, elderly friend who is almost like a second mother to me.  She is now 88 years old and still very active.  Her husband had a military career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, and they have lived in more states than I have room...

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A Christmas Past

This month I defer to another author, Vanessa, from “At The Picket Fence” blog.  I confess that I avoided blogs for several years, unsure if I actually wanted to spend any of my precious (and rare) spare time there.  I finally decided that I would limit myself to two blogs,...

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Making a Memory

I was seated on the bride’s side of a large church sanctuary awaiting the beginning of a wedding.  Prelude music filled the air, and I scanned the scene making note of every exquisite detail in the decorations—all breathtakingly gorgeous.  The bride was an only child; her parents were not wealthy,...

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Can You Relate?

The picture accompanying this article was made in front of our house next to our entry porch.  If I had taken a picture of this same area two months ago, you would have seen some well-established boxwoods and a holly bush.  But life happens…and replacing a field sewer line...

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That Time of Year

Springtime is my favorite time of the year; I adore all the gorgeous flowers and the bright greens of the tree leaves.  But there are two words that I really don’t care to even have whispered in my presence in April:  “Spring Cleaning” — oops, I don’t think I...

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The Celtic Knot

March is upon us, and when I think of March I always think of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish and Celtic.  I am a collector of cross pendants, and several of my pendants feature Celtic knots.  However, none of my pendants seem to have the same celtic...

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A Healthy Heart

“…be ye holy; for I am holy.”  I Peter 1:16 (AKJV) The American Heart Association has designated February 5, 2016 as “National Wear Red Day” in an effort to raise awareness of heart health.  There will be no shortage this month of articles, commercials, websites, recipes, and numerous other...

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A Perfect Christmas

I have a magazine addiction; I may as well just go ahead and admit it right here and right now.  The addiction is worse around Thanksgiving and Christmas when all those specialty holiday editions appear on the racks.  I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about…they are NOT...

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Armed and Ready

“Also take salvation as our helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.”  Ephesians 6:17 (GOD’S WORD Translation) I sit unnerved as I write this — a gunman has opened fire on a Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting center and then moved on to another military...

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Comfort Me with Food!

“I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.”  John 14:18 (KJV) Just about any magazine you pick up these days is likely to mention “comfort foods”–those foods that give you a feeling of well-being and link you to a person, place, or time that stands out...

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Earth’s Sweet Music

“Welcome sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song.  Murmurs of gladness, fall on the ear…”   Michael Watson, composer, 1884/lyricist unknown While driving to work yesterday, I was smitten with all the gorgeous Springtime colors that surrounded me:  tulips, candy tuft, creeping phlox, dogwoods, azaleas….oh my, brilliant color everywhere!  With...

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Easter Egg-cellence

“Lord, let the grace of your blessing come upon these eggs, that they be healthful food for your faithful who eat them in thanksgiving for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.”  The Roman Ritual, Part XI, Blessings and Other...

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Oh Me of Little Faith

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20:29  (NIV) Trying to define the word faith is about as difficult as trying to define the word love….or hope.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1 that “faith is being sure of what we hope for...

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Birthday Wishes

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, where is it to be found?”   J. B....

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Paying It Forward

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you….”  Matthew 7:12 (NIV) I gave up making New Year’s resolutions about 10 years ago.  Prior to that decision I struggled every New Year’s Day with what I proclaimed I would or would not do in...

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A Few of My Favorite Things

…I will answer their prayers and take care of them.  Like an evergreen tree I will shelter them.  I am the source of all their blessings.   Hosea 14:8b   (GNB) Good News Bible Real, live, natural decorations are one of my favorite things during the Christmas season.  I mean, what...

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Angels in Charge

“For He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.”  Psalm 91:11  KJV Let’s imagine that you and I are engaged in a word association game, and I say “November.”  What would be your response?  Most likely, you would say “Thanksgiving” since that...

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We are Family

“Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is.  Blessed are you who run to him.”   Psalms 34:8   The Message My editor at FaithShapes emailed the October/November website theme to me:  “Friends, Family, and Food”, and I immediately thought, “How true for my family.”  You...

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CONFIDENCE IN CHANGE

“….I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Joshua 1:5 KJV I am one of those folks who doesn’t embrace “change” very easily…just ask my co-workers.  My supervisor learned many years ago to slowly ease changes in my direction rather than giving me the full force effect all at once. ...

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Love Learning; Learn Loving

“…let the wise listen and add to their learning.”  Proverbs 1:5 (NIV) I am a “reader” — I love to read books, newspapers, and magazines (my college degree is in Library Science, if that tells you anything).  I prefer to read biographical books….and if it is also historical, that...

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January: The Peace of Winter

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV) In her book, Simple Abundance, author Sarah Breathnach had this to say about January: “January, the month of new beginnings and...

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The Joys of Christmas

  “Joy to the world; the Lord is come…” My friend and co-worker, Kathy, has the most fabulous last name:  “Joy.”  I must admit that I am rather envious; it has such a happy sound—“Mrs. Joy”…about as happy a sound as “Mrs. Claus” or “Mrs. Elf.”  On the down side,...

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Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some that face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”    Douglas Everett “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”     C.S. Lewis While we...

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Sand, Seashells, and Stones

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”   Psalm 127: 2 (NLT) School is dismissed for the summer in most areas of the country, and families are...

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Flower Power! Women and Wild Roses

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.  Proverbs 31:30 (NLT) If I had to choose only one flower to represent women, it would be the rose.  Long considered the symbol for beauty, the rose offers us a...

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Fruits of the Spirit

“On the other hand the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control; no law can touch such things as these.” Galatians 5:22-23. New Jerusalem Bible

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Proverbs and Wisdom

Blessed are those who have discovered wisdom, those who have acquired understanding! Gaining her is more rewarding than silver, her yield is more valuable than gold. She is beyond the price of pearls, nothing you could covet is her equal. In her right hand, is length of days, In her left...

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