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Windy days in NY

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s been really windy here the last few days. The wind can sometimes be a nuisance, but could you imagine no wind? Nothing to stir things up? The environment would become stale, muggy, stifling, stagnant, static. Exodus 14:21 (ESV) 21 Then […]

Mothering in the community

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, usually in spring. Dates vary from country to country and this year’s Mother’s Day in the United States falls on May 11. Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on […]

The family cookbook

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mom kept our family of 7 fed with homemade meals. She typed out favorite recipes and put them in a green ring-binder notebook. The green binder was imprinted in my memory, whether I knew it or not. Mom died more […]

Compromising with a list

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After getting married, although I worked away from the home, I still was in charge of home care and cooking. After having children it was obvious my husband needed to negotiate because the house work was becoming a burden. I […]

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A mask of compassion
In my observance of life, I’ve noticed a human trait that can get out of hand. We humor ourselves or others. I’m not talking about humor, hahaha. Wittiness and fun lay low when we want to humor someone. To humor someone is to indulge them, to give them slack, or comply with what they ar

posted 8:14:24am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Getting out of the rut
Moses lived a few hundred years after Joseph, the guy who saved the children of Israel from starvation by bringing them to Egypt. The move to the land of plenty was a glorious salvation. By time Moses was born, the children of Israel became lazy followers. They expected the leader, Pharaoh, to fe

posted 8:31:11am Aug. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Authentic baptism
Last week, I was asked by Chris to come watch his baptism. He decided he wanted to be baptized in the Susquehanna River. The day was lovely. The event was touching. Chris’ family was there and church friends. We all sang: Shall we gather at the river? By Robert Lowry, 1864 Shall we gather

posted 8:39:05am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Human intentions are secondary to the intentions of the Holy Spirit
Promises generally come with good intentions, however, neither the promise or the intentions have the power to fulfill themselves unless resolve, endurance, diligence, aplomb, grit, and common sense pulls through. Human promises are inert without the Holy Spirit. Promises fall out of our mouths a

posted 7:35:41am Aug. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Cats howling
Beautiful day yesterday. Had all the house windows open to feel the fresh air. I was cleaning the floor on my hands and knees and faintly heard howling angry cats. I drop my cloth, run to the back door, put on my rubber boots and dash down the driveway to find the source of the bawling. There

posted 6:50:26am Aug. 13, 2014 | read full post »


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