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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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Why Do Trials Come?

posted by dhanny

Why does it seem the harder we try to please God, the more tribulations that follow us?  The Bible tells us that tribulations will come. Jesus tells us in John 16:33,”These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me […]

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An Empty Ride

posted by dhanny

We went to the county fair last week and got there before the rides opened up.  There sat the lonely Ferris-wheel spinning around without anyone on it.  It was being faithful to provide the ride it’s passengers desired, but alas […]

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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 […]

Where Did God Go?

posted by dhanny

There are so many bad things happening around the world and in America.  Some people would blame it all on God.  Over the past few years, we have experienced devastating hurricanes and tornadoes which have taken many innocent lives.  We […]

The Wearing Down Of The Saints

posted by dhanny

Have you ever felt so sick and tired of being sick and tired, that you just wanted to give up?  When one has been a Christian for a long time, the enemy of our souls knows a frontal attack will […]

No Water Needed

posted by dhanny

Why is it that the weeds seem to grow in our yards and gardens, no matter what the weather conditions?  Most of our country has been in a terrible draught this year.  Ohio isn’t as bad as some other states, […]

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 […]

Replacement Parts

posted by dhanny

As I looked out the window at my husband, Rich, weeding the flower bed, I was again reminded that “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.  Last year Rich had a complete hip replacement in June and a complete knee […]

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 […]

After The Rain

posted by dhanny

As I sit listening to the rain on my roof, I am reminded of how fresh and sweet everything smells after the rain.  Our gardens really need a good drink from Heaven.  Often we feel hot and parched in our […]

The Lady Next Door

posted by dhanny

We have a neighbor lady who is really quite interesting.  She has worked every job from sales to nursing.  She has terrible mood swings, so I never know which way to approach her.  She is very nice and a good […]

New Growth

posted by dhanny

New growth isn’t always pretty.  Look at this bush.  All those fresh little leaves do not make the bush attractive.  In fact it makes it look a little unruly.  However, without the new growth each year, the bush would stagnate […]

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.  […]

Our God Is Awesome

posted by dhanny

In my Sunday School class this week we learned what it means to be awesome.  Webster says to be awesome is to express the attribute of awe.  Awe is said to be a state of wonder that is inspired by […]

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 […]

All God’s Creatures

posted by dhanny

I love to look out my windows and see what the nature world is doing in my yard.  This fat bunny comes almost every day to find what he can under the bird feeder.  Sometimes I put cut up fruit […]

Make No Idols

posted by dhanny

The second commandment is, “You shall not for yourself an idol in any form of anything.”  In biblical times people worshipped many different things, from golden and bronze statues to cows and monkeys.  Some worship toads or the sun and […]

Worship Through Dance

posted by dhanny

Many churches think it is wrong to dance at all, especially in church.  Our church welcomes the freedom to worship in dance.  We have an adult team and a children’s team.  On Easter Sunday the ladies group performed a beautiful […]

Do You Believe In The Easter Bunny?

posted by dhanny

Easter, much like Christmas was introduced as a way for Christians to celebrate and enjoy holiday festivities at the same time the pagans were.  Because there is no way of finding the actual dates of things like the birth of […]

Spring-A Time For New Life

posted by dhanny

It never ceases to amaze me how all the drabness of Winter turns into beautiful new life in the  Spring.  All the old deadness and ugliness suddenly changes with the hope of warm weather.  These weeping cherry trees show the […]

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 […]

Don’t Get “Puffed Up”

posted by dhanny

Once you have found your destiny in God, it is not difficult to get “puffed up”.  You may think you are the best at this ministry and deserve recognition for all your accomplishments.  Recognition is not a bad thing, but […]

Passion + Giftings + Ministry= Your Destiny In God

posted by dhanny

God is so wonderful when it comes to pulling things together.  Things that we think are just a mumble jumble of experiences, He can use to create a powerful ministry.  We often ask children, “What do you want to be […]

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 […]

Sleeping Children

posted by dhanny

Even the most rambunctious child is peaceful and quiet when sleeping.  It does’t matter what kind of mischief they have gotten into during the day or what level of frustration you have reached; when they sleep they are adorable. My […]

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 […]

Fire From Heaven

posted by dhanny

     A few nights ago we experienced the largest solar flares in over 8 years.  These solar storms travel at 4 million MRH.  When the geomagnetic particles meet with the Earth’s atmosphere, they create a beautiful sights in the skies.  […]

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 […]

Whiter Than Snow

posted by dhanny

    We finally have the first snowfall of the winter in Ohio.  Is there anything whiter than new fallen snow?  I don’t think so.  I doubt if God would have used that as an object of comparison regarding our sins, […]

His Mercies Are New Every Morning

posted by dhanny

   With the coming of each new year comes the notion that we have a new beginning.  Of course, this quite true, but not only with the coming of a new year.  God’s Word tells us in Lamentations 3:22-24, “It […]

Survivor South Pacific

posted by dhanny

Last week they concluded the 23rd year of Survivor.  Many times this season one would find the cast members were  having a prayer meeting, instead of playing a game.  Even Jeff Probst mentioned that he had never seen a year […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

posted by dhanny

I always thought “The twelve Days of Christmas” was just a goofy song to sing at Christmas time.  What in the world do leaping lords and swimming swans have to do with Christmas?  Then someone sent me this explanation for […]

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. […]

One of Those Days

posted by dhanny

  Have you ever had a day when everything that could go wrong did?  Well, I have had that kind of week.  My husband had knee surgery a few days ago and is in a rehab center now.  He probably […]

There Is No God

posted by dhanny

     As I look out my window at the beautiful colors of my trees and watch the leaves float down in the afternoon breeze, I wonder how anyone could not believe in God.  My happy little squirrel is stealing bird […]

Fast Forward to Christmas

posted by dhanny

     Now that Halloween is over, let’s be getting ready for Christmas.  The stores are already decked out in Christmas style.  As the Halloween items go on the clearance racks, the Christmas goodies come out.  Around here some stores had Christmas […]

A Work In Progress

posted by dhanny

We recently did some remodeling in our bathroom.   My way of handling it was to run away with my friend and go shopping for 2 days.  The house was a mess, with tools and dry wall all over the place.  […]

From Death To Life

posted by dhanny

We had the most beautiful red maple tree when we lived out on the farm.  It was just gorgeous in the fall.  I noticed a few months ago that they had cut it down.  Apparently it’s  branches were too close […]

The Merry-Go-Round

posted by dhanny

Does your life ever feel like you are riding a merry-go-round?  Your emotions go up and down like the horses on the poles of a carousel.  Your spirit soars one day and you are in a valley the next.  Your […]

Going to the High Places

posted by dhanny

Have you ever noticed how cats love to climb up to the high places in your house?  Mine will even jump up to the top of the fireplace or refrigerator just to check out the view.  My husband gets quite […]

The Captain of Our Ship

posted by dhanny

I have never been much of a boat person.  Maybe because I get motion sickness very  easily.  I was always fearful on the small boats on Lake Erie.  I wasn’t sure the person handling the controls was really capable to […]

My Rock

posted by dhanny

One of the neatest things about the shores of Lake Erie is that there are many places where one can climb up on a big rock and just think or pray.  There are lots of these huge rocks near the […]

Sea Birds

posted by dhanny

These seagulls look as if they are all lined up to see a concert or watch a play.  I don’t particularly like these birds, but they are fun to watch.  They like to poop all over the place, including on anyone […]

Tomorrow May Never Come

posted by dhanny

A friend of mine once told me, “Life is what happens while we’re busy making plans”.   That is so true.  We spend much of our time planning what we will do next, instead of what we are doing right now.  […]

The Lighthouse

posted by dhanny

One of the most beautiful places on our Lake Erie shore line is the Marblehead Lighthouse.  Not only is it a lovely spot to picnic and watch the boats come and go, but also quite a tourist attraction.  People can […]

Fix Your Barn

posted by dhanny

As we travel around the rural area where I live, there are hundreds of barns to see.  Some are top of the line; huge, with fresh paint and a new roof.  Others look like they have been neglected for years.  […]

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

posted by dhanny

     I have always found it hard to believe that God knows how many hairs we each have on our heads.  I know it is true because God’s word says it to be true.  I cannot even imagine knowing this […]

God Will Provide

posted by dhanny

     Our world is becoming a scary place to live.  There are earthquakes and hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.  Even droughts and extreme temperatures are becoming more common.   That’s only in the realm of weather patterns!      We look at our economy, […]

Sowing and Reaping

posted by dhanny

     It’s amost harvest time here in Ohio.  Some things have already been harvested, like the wheat, hay, oats,  rye and barley.   The cabbage is coming off now and the tomatoes have begun to turn red.  We have fields of […]

Doctor, Doctor

posted by dhanny

    As children we used to sing this little tune, ” Doctor, Doctor can you tell what will make poor Jimmy well?  He is sick and going to die.  Doctor, Doctor tell me why.”   Back then, most families had one doctor.  If […]

The Correct Position For Prayer

posted by dhanny

     What should be the proper position of our body when we pray?  This is a question I posed to my Sunday School class a few months ago.  They are kindergarten and first graders.  The unanimous answer was….we must bow […]

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 […]

Believe It Or Not

posted by dhanny

     What people believe can cause a lot of controversy.  We all believe in something.  When we meet others who have the opposite belief or at least a different belief, it can spark  an argument.      There is sometimes a vast […]

Sunflowers

posted by dhanny

Sunflowers are beautiful to look at as they grow in the backyard.  They make a nice fresh flower arrangement for a table centerpiece.   The sunflower design is used very often in home decor.  My kitchen is done in sunflowers and […]

Time’s a Wasting

posted by dhanny

Did you know that time waits for no  one; not for man ,women, or child?  The only record in history when time ever stood still was when God did it sovereignly. (Joshua 10:13) So to say that  time ‘s a wasting is or can be […]

Courage

posted by dhanny

    As our nation and world seem to be racing out of control, it takes courage to even get out of bed every morning.  We all have our own challenges and trials to face  each day.  We each have family […]

Why Do Christians Get Depressed?

posted by dhanny

  Christians struggle with all types of depression in the same way unbelievers do.  It ‘s puzzling for some to understand this.  One shouldn’t be depressed if they believe in Jesus.  One should be able to “Cast their burdens upon […]

Where The Ivy Grows

posted by dhanny

Have you ever noticed that ivy grows in areas that have seen no recent activity?  This silo has been standing empty for years and now can barely be recognized because of the ivy.  Ivy in some places is beautiful, but almost […]

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Small But Very Wise
Proverbs 30  tells us, "There are four things on earth that are small,  but they are very wise.  Ants are not very strong, but they store up food in the summer.  Rock badgers are not very powerful, but they can live among the rock.  Locusts ...

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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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