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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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The Bridge to Nowhere

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People who find themselves at one of life’s dead end roads are often there because they refuse to hear the truth about themselves and the choices they have made. Some make unwise decisions; take some bad advice, travel the course of least resistance only to find they are on the bridge to nowhere.  If we find ourselves at this place in life, we should possess enough humility of spirit to acknowledge our mistakes and take the necessary steps to find the right path again. If we have learned anything over the course of our life, it should be that we…

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MY SIMPLE THANKS Father, I thank you for the quietness of home Sweet refuge from the storms of life. I thank you for good and wholesome work, For strength to perform what is mine to do. I thank you for food, for taste and appetite; For peaceful rest at the close of day I thank you for your healing touch To mind and soul and body, too. I thank you for simple faith to believe That you will be there; loving, caring for me. I thank you for bearing all my cares When we meet each day in the secret…

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Lead me to the rock that is higher than I…

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Vacationing along the coast of Maine is breathtakingly beautiful. We took so many photos and were inspired by the natural beauty and rugged coastal landscape. I could spend a summer there; walking along the shores and visiting with the many interesting people and their unique culture.The history itself is fascinating How many times have I been in this spiritual place? If the little boat can make it to this rock, a store of food and water is kept in the tower for any who are lost at sea or for the weary who need to rest God will bring us…

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The Word of God is

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This photo of this powerful Bible verse in Hebrews is from my paternal grandmother’s Bible, a book well-worn with time and use. In the Wildrosebook series, one theme is woven like a continuous thread throughout the inspirational stories and is the predominant key scripture used in “Sword of the Wild Rose.” Elizabeth’s Bible is a treasure, very presious to me. It has notes in her own hand and little keepsakes between the pages. I thought once to have it re-bound, but then…part of her story would be lost. This photo tells a story. What could you write about it? The…

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I have taken a hiatus from blogging for some weeks to spend time vacationing and traveling. We visited our daughter Katherine and her family who lives in the northern panhandle of Idaho. The scenery there is breathtakingly beautiful but the winters are long and often dreary to us sun lovers. Katherine’s husband was building her a greenhouse so tomatoes and other vegetables requiring a longer growing season other than what nature provides, could mature and ripen View from Spyglass Mountain, near Katherine’s home Their farm is complete with chickens, horses, cats and dogs, a barn for hay, a chicken house…

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This month is my husband’s birthday and I wanted to do something very special for him…but my plan fell apart and I have nothing even close to adequate to express my love and thankfulness to God for giving me such a wonderful husband. Through the years of his selfless service, I have been by his side as he ministered God’s word, facing every difficulty with courage and hope. Opposition and misunderstanding are part of this work and the journey is fraught with tears, joys and losses, but the gains far outweigh the losses. I came to realize how much he…

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Things I remember about my Dad ♦ He was always old (I was born when he was about forty) ♦ He had lots of freckles and green eyes ♦ He loved my mother with great devotion ♦ He worked hard ♦ He made me work hard ♦ He spanked me a lot, then hugged me ♦ He told me stories of his life ♦ He sang Scottish love songs and recited poetry, even in his old age ♦ He was patriarchal and very moral ♦ He encouraged me to seek excellence ♦ He encouraged me to learn ♦ He told me…

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The Shepherdess Speaks…

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 Joy of the journey  And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10:13-15   Dangerous Journey     Hope and encouragement comes to Honduras In answer to the Macedonia call, “Come and help us,” my husband, (a pastor) and another minister acting as translator, arrived in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, known as the ‘murder…

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Alexandria Noel graduates from high school   When she was learning to talk, she called herself “Abiga.” As her Grammy, Alexandria (her given name) will always be “Abiga” to me, that darling little girl who brought such comfort and joy into our lives. Now, off to college and a future already given into God’s hands. How blessed we feel to know she has chosen to serve God in her youth. She is just as sweet as she is beautiful. High on the list of Andria’s accomplishments are her musical talent as a pianist and her journalistic contributions for the Osprey…

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