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Not Ready

posted by dhanny

As I look outside at the trees with their leaves turning red,orange, and yellow; I just want to cry.  I am so NOT ready for winter.  I want the flowers to keep blooming and the sun to keep warming my […]

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Tthe Beauty Of Flowers

posted by dhanny

Another thing we really enjoy at the county fair is the flower competition.  They have so many varieties; mums, dahlias, sunflowers, roses,.zinnias and some I’ve never seen before. I love most flowers, but some are just plain ugly.  I think snap […]

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Prizes To Be Won

posted by dhanny

Another big attraction at the fair  is the game strip.  There are all kinds of games from Basketball toss to knock over the milk bottles.  They also usually have one where you race cars and one where you throw darts […]

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Bridges

posted by dhanny

Bridges are a good way of getting from one place to another.  Usually they cross over water, or train tracks, traffic patterns, or maybe just a small stream.  They can be composed of everything a board over a ditch to […]

Economic Crisis

posted by dhanny

Everything we see and hear on the news tells us what a bad place we are in.  The unemployment rate is up, the job possibilities are down, more people need food stamps and other financial assistance.  Life is horrible and […]

Wherever I Go

posted by dhanny

I am reminded of a chorus I sang as a teenager; shortly after I met Jesus.  It said, “Wherever I go, Lord; whatever I do;Lord keep me ever conscious of Your almighty presence. Wherever I go Lord; whatever I do”. […]

To Be Or Not To Be

posted by dhanny

“To be or not to be ” is a famous quote from William Shakespeare.  My topic is not Shakespeare.  The question is, “Today to be or not to be like Jesus”.  We choose each day whether we want to be […]

The Ride Called Life

posted by dhanny

I just finished teaching VBS at out church last week.  The theme was the Amazement Park.  Throughout the week I was reminded of how much our lives can be like a roller coaster ride.  We have really high points and […]

Wearing PJs in all the Wrong Places!

posted by dhanny

Have you ever been walking through Walmart or Krogers and saw someone in their PJs and slippers?  Since when is this the right way to dress?  There are signs posted in many stores and restaurants stating, “no shoes, no shirt…no […]

Finding Jesus Everywhere

posted by dhanny

I just came from buying groceries.  I have spoken several times to one of the cashiers about our church food pantry.  Today she asked if she could make a cash donation to me to buy food for the pantry.  Finding […]

When Relationships Fail

posted by dhanny

We all have many types of relationships in our lives.  Everything from marriage, child-parent,  close friends, relatives, co-workers, church people and many more.  Whenever there are two people in a relationship, there is the possibility for failure.  We don’t like […]

The Difference Between Ignorant and Stupid

posted by dhanny

Do you know the difference between being ignorant and being just plain stupid?  I don’t make a practice of calling people either one, although I know those who, by definition, are both.  According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary one who considered ignorant […]

Everyone Likes to Play

posted by dhanny

During a recent visit to the Toledo Zoo, I had the rare opportunity to watch both the elephants and the giraffes at play. The most recent baby elephant, Louie, was having quite a time throwing hay at his mother.  Then […]

We All Need Some Lovin’

posted by dhanny

The other night a friend of mine came home from work after dark.  When he got to his back yard he saw his white cat and began to pet her.  The more he petted her the more she rubbed against […]

Independance

posted by dhanny

Today we celebrate the winning of our independence  from England.  We all know the history here, the declaration of independence, the unfair taxes placed on the colonies, the Revolutionary War that finally brought us our freedom.  Today we enjoy the holiday […]

Whispers of Hope

posted by dhanny

Sometimes when I’m teaching my Sunday School class, the children get a bit too loud for me. I can’t really teach because they are talking and not listening.  I will begin speaking in just a whisper and say things like, […]

Do You See What I See?

posted by dhanny

Often we see things in part and assume the rest of the story.  That can be a very dangerous habit to get into.  I was taught to believe nothing of what I see and only half of what I hear.  […]

Your Secret Weapon

posted by dhanny

Did you know that you had a secret weapon?  God gave each of us one and its very easy to use.  It doesn’t cost any money to activate it and not much personal effort to put it to good use.  This […]

Summer Vacations

posted by dhanny

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  The kids are out of school. The swimming pools open up, and most people start thinking of their vacation trips.  Where will you go this year?  Will you travel by plane, train, […]

Walking In The Darkness

posted by dhanny

Have you ever had to walk somewhere in total darkness? It can be a bit un-nerving.  I remember as a child when the construction workers were working on the road in front of our house, they used smudge pots to […]

How Can We End Homelessness in America?

posted by dhanny

I’m sure I don’t have all the answers for that, but if we each try to make a difference in our own community and work together with others of like mind, I believe we can make a difference.  I live in […]

What Every Mother Wants To Hear

posted by dhanny

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many of us are looking for the perfect gift for our own mom Should we send flowers or buy a box of chocolates?  Maybe a new blouse for summer or a nice pair of sandals.  […]

Don’t Desire What Isn’t Yours

posted by dhanny

This is the last of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbors”.  The word covet is one we don’t use much these days.  Basically it means to desire greatly enough to try to make […]

No Lying Allowed

posted by dhanny

Bearing false witness or giving false testimony are just other ways of saying lying.  One of the prblems with lying is that we have made it into a degree measuring unit.  Some ‘little white lies’ are acceptable.  Things said in […]

Don’t Steal Things

posted by dhanny

When God gave this commandment, I wonder if He knew how people would twist its meaning.  Of course, He did, He’s God.  I always imagine some child stealing a candy bar or a teenager shoplifting a sweater they can’t afford […]

You Shall Not Kill

posted by dhanny

This is possibly the easiest commandment to explain.  We all know what it means to take someones life and that it is something we should not do.  I suppose the exceptions would be during battle in he military and when […]

Don’t Misuse God’s Name

posted by dhanny

The third commandment is, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”  This really doesn’t need a lot of explanation.  For some people the names Jesus Christ and  God are only heard as curse words.  They are […]

Volunteer Week

posted by dhanny

This week is National Volunteer Week.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to serve your community and make a difference in the lives of those around you.  Jesus did a lot of volunteering, but He called it ministry.  Have you ever […]

Too Much Candy

posted by dhanny

With so many Easter baskets full of candy, it will be hard to not to over do the sugar high that comes along with marshmallow eggs and chocolate bunnies.  If you don’t like sweets, you are truly blessed because most of […]

Does It Really Matter What Church You Attend?

posted by dhanny

With Easter just around the corner, many people are questioning just what they do believe.  Does it really matter, as long as we believe something and hold to that belief?  There are millions of churches around the world.  There are […]

Try New Things

posted by dhanny

In our pursuit of our destiny, we must be open to try new things.  How else will we know what is our passion is and what talents and giftings we have?  A person who goes to church every time the […]

Finding Your Destiny

posted by dhanny

I believe that God has a purpose for each of us.  There is no child born without a God-given plan for his/her life.  It is our responsibility to learn what that purpose is and pursue it with all our heart. […]

Sports for Homeschoolers

posted by dhanny

There is a bill currently before the Virginia General Assembly that would allow home-schooled students to try out for and play on public school sports teams.  It has been nicknamed the “Tebow Bill” because apparently that’s how Tim Tebow was […]

Serving God With Excellance

posted by dhanny

I think we all start out with the intention to serve God with all our hearts.  We make a commitment to yield ourselves; body, soul, and spirit.  But something often happens as we pursue our dreams and ambitions, and we […]

Celebrate or Be Depressed

posted by dhanny

I was volunteering at our local homeless shelter last weekend and learned that Valentine’s Day can be fun for everyone.  I took some craft supplies with me and one of the younger residents helped decorate the shelter and made some […]

Making Choices

posted by dhanny

Every day, sometimes every hour we have to make choices that concern our lives and well being.  A few months ago I watched as a group of children tried to make wise choices regarding their candy selections.  When I was […]

The Chill Factor

posted by dhanny

     Here in Ohio we often have enough wind during the winter months to measure a wind chill factor.  That isn’t the actual temperature, but rather the temperature that it feels like to our bodies because of the wind.  Today […]

The Secret of Christmas

posted by dhanny

We make Christmas to so many things that it is not.  It can become the most frustrating time of the year instead of the most wonderful time of the year.  But, Christmas isn’t candy canes and popcorn put on strings.  […]

The Last Rose of Summer

posted by dhanny

     I love my roses, especially the sweet smelling ones.  Often when they try to make hybred types, like purple and black roses, the flower loses its fragrance.  I like the unusual colors, but the fragrance is what is best. […]

Holiday Shuffle

posted by dhanny

     With Thanksgiving over, now we begin the countdown to Christmas.  There are so many things to take care of; shopping, wrapping, cooking, party planning, the church Christmas play, and sending Christmas cards.  Plus, the array of festive Christmas cookies […]

Some Bunny Loves Me

posted by dhanny

Have you ever had a pet bunny rabbit?  They are so soft and cuddly.  I love to rub my cheek over their warm fuzzy coat.  Bunnies are special little pets who give lots of love to their owners. There is […]

Patience is a Virtue

posted by dhanny

     Yesterday I spent 71/2 hours waiting in a hospital waiting room while my husband had a knee replacement.  Patience may be a virtue, but it isn’t my area  of strength, unless it’s regarding children.      I am grateful that […]

The Pediatric Pumpkin Patch

posted by dhanny

To the far right of the jail garden lies their pumpkin patch.  They call it The Pediatric Pumpkin Patch because of what they do with it.  This is the largest plot of land , except maybe the sweet corn, that […]

Eat Your Veggies

posted by dhanny

I would much rather eat a piece of homemade carrot cake than eat a raw carrot. I would be more likely to choose chocolate as a treat, over a radish.  Most of us would rather have ice cream instead of […]

Don’t Bother Me, I’m Napping

posted by dhanny

We all like to take a nap once in a while.  That is a good thing.  It has been medically proven that a short nap during the day increases our productivity and sharpens our thinking.  My son-i n-law takes a […]

The Straight and Narrow

posted by dhanny

This is a picture of the narrow, one lane road that runs by the Hanny homestead about five miles outside of Fremont, OH.  You can’t get two cars on it at the same time without one going off into the […]

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Not Ready
As I look outside at the trees with their leaves turning red,orange, and yellow; I just want to cry.  I am so NOT ready for winter.  I want the flowers to keep blooming and the sun to keep warming my face.  I want to go swimming and play with ...

posted 2:24:42pm Sep. 28, 2012 | read full post »

Blessed In The City And Blessed In The Field
You hear many Christians complaining about paying their tithe to the church.  They also hesitate to give offerings and alms, for fear of not having enough to pay their bills.  My husband and I have been tithing for over 25 years and have ...

posted 7:00:47pm Sep. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Winter's on Its Way
Depending on where you live the weather can changed drastically during the changing of the seasons.  If you live in Hawaii or Florida the changes will not be so dramatic.  Since I live in northern Ohio, I get to enjoy the beauty of each ...

posted 7:00:56pm Sep. 21, 2012 | read full post »

Who Can We Believe?
I really know very little about politics, but I know I'm sick of all the negative TV adds and the unsolicited phone calls regarding everyone from senators to the current presidential candidates.  Why can't they just tell the truth.  For every ...

posted 2:57:35pm Sep. 19, 2012 | read full post »

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