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GOING BEYOND

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GOING BEYOND OURSELVES Etched on a white marble pillar that marks a grave in a small cemetery surrounded by ancient oak trees are these words: He takes us where we would not go alone…beyond ourselves. I visit this cemetery often and have pondered those words many times. The very thought of going beyond myself, beyond my own natural ability is saying to me as a human being living on planet Earth; I am very limited. There are many things I want to do, long to do, but I cannot. Why? Simply because they are beyond my own capability…if I go…

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The Secret Place

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“HE THAT DWELLETH IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY.” – Psalm 91:1 There is a place, a secret place where we can find refuge from the daily stresses of life, those besetting troubles that often leave us perplexed and wondering, “why, Lord?” Women who resort to this quiet sanctuary find the strength to move forward, to meet the challenges of the day with courage and confidence. We understand that this secret place belongs to God alone. He beckons us to come closer to Him, to find all that we need,…

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SEASONS OF LIFE

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SEASONS OF LIFE  I cannot return to spring again To plant when sowing days are gone, Nor till the still soft earth of spring When summer suns have come and gone. Lord, help me know my times on earth To work the plan Your hand does show, Oh, let me bring at harvest time A life made whiter than the snow. ©ruthellinger2000

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HARVEST TIME

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   “For the time has come for thee to reap,    For the harvest of the earth is ripe” Rev. 14:15   Often, God chooses the simple things in nature, the earthy, mundane things of our lives to help us see a greater truth. The things familiar, often repeated in the cycle of life, are the things He chose to declare Himself, to proclaim His love and mercy to all who will receive it. No wonder the shepherd boy wrote in his psalm, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” Harvest time is one…

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BEHOLDING THE HARVEST

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  When I behold the seasons change From wintry snow to springtime rain, I see far more than eye beholds A deeper wisdom than has been told. I see a Love, Divine and fair That wakes the dead to blossoms rare, And bids the planted seed to grow Into the harvest fields aglow. I see far more than eye beholds Of baskets full and leaves of gold, I see His love and constant care His bounty of the earth to share. ©ruthellinger2000  

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THE GLEANER

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Harvest  Time Did you know that God is also a gatherer… a harvester and gleaner of precious souls? He knows when the fruit of the earth is ripe and He walks the fields in search of the present harvest. He sends the rain, the sun, and a faithful worker to till the ground. Because you are priceless to Him, He will patiently wait. He is looking for you in the fields of this world. Have you been gathered into His great storehouse? Are you ready for His coming?

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I AM THE NEW YEAR

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  I AM THE NEW YEAR. . . . . . . Bible Illustrator I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months. All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination. All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires. All that you…

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The month of December…

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Last month, Dec. 2013, I attended a number of book events in the Ohio area. Posting a few photos of the events. Most taken with my phone camera so the quality is not very good but hope you enjoy going along with me. A radio interview with Tina an hour after leaving the plane. Bad hair. Highlight was signing books at WAGNALLS Memorial Library,(encyclopedia people) Christmas Open House. The library is phenomenal and houses a Creative and Visual Arts dept and a theater that feels like going back in time. Also did a signings at Stage Coach and LCG Christmas…

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Storytelling is Healing

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STORYTELLING  IS  HEALING Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered “I” who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even contradictory versions of ourselves that we create for different occasions, different audiences… Most important, as we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize that what we understand and imagine about ourselves is a story. And when we know all this, we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves…

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