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Children and Their Attention Span

Connie Terpack 9/20/2020

A cute thing happened during church this morning, which I plan to work into a story.

A young teen and his younger brother came upfront and set up. The young teen boy, Collin, sat and adjusted the music stand. He got his guitar ready and his younger brother stood off to the side, ready to turn the page.

Collin played a chord and the choir started singing. His music was simple and he did a wonderful job with the timing.

His little brother leaned in closer and whispered into his ear. I’m guessing he was reminding Collin not to forget to nod his head when it was time to turn the page.

Soon Collin nodded his head. His little brother was watching Jay, the choir director. Collin nodded faster and faster. He finally glanced over at his brother and saw that he was not paying attention, so he kicked his foot. His brother turned the page, and I couldn’t help but giggle.

After church I talked to Cindy, who is a soprano in the choir and the boys’ grandmother. She missed seeing it because she was concentrating on the song’s rhythm. That was one of the things that impressed me about Collin. He never missed a beat and kept on playing. That is a sure sign of a great musician. I figure as he gets older, he is going to be a fantastic guitarist and make his guitar do things others can’t.

What the Bible Says About Hell

Faith Filled Friday

by Connie Terpack

Hell is not a place I’d want to go, even for a short visit.

It is known by several names. In Hebrew, it is Sheol (pit or grave). The Greeks use Hades (comparable to Sheol) and Gehenna (Valley of Hinnom, a ravine outside the southern wall of Jerusalem).

Hell is:

a place of eternal separation for God, 2 Thessalonians 1:9 and Revelations 20:15

of chains of darkness, 2 Peter 2:4

of continual punishment, Matthew 25:46

of blackest darkness, Jude 13

of everlasting contempt, Daniel 12:2

of torment and agony, Luke 16:23, 24

of weeping and gnashing of teeth, Matthew 8:12, 22:13

of pain and suffering, Revelations 14:10-11

God’s wrath will be unleashed, Revelations 14:10

of unquenchable fire, Mark 9:43

of insatiable thirst, Luke 16:24

of unending sorrow and anger, Matthew 13:42

The best part is that God does not want anyone to go there (1 Timothy 2:4). He loves us and wants us to be with him in heaven (John 3:16). Jesus paid for our sins with his death on the cross (1John 4:10). All we have to do is ask God to forgive us and let Jesus into our hearts (2 Peter 3:9).

A Collision of Worlds: Almost Every Pixar Movie Mentioned in The Office

I always thought it was funny when characters in one movie talked about another movie, either a what a character said, fashion, the plot, and so on. It made them seem more real.

Andrew & Sarabeth

Dr. Crentist.

I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.

Don’t drop the soap!

That’s what she said.

If you recognize any of the above lines, chances are you’re a huge fan of the American version of The Office. And thanks to DVD box sets, syndication, and streaming, chances are that you’ve watched all nine seasons more than once. Or twice. Or, if you’re like Sarabeth and me, you’ve lost count, but you’re always looking forward to the next episode.

Also, mega fans of the show have likely listened to the No. 1 podcast by Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin), Office Ladies. Or Brian Baumgartner’s (Kevin Malone) one episode of An Oral History of The Office. (Sure, there’s only been one episode posted for almost two months, but it’s a damn good episode.) And did you know there’s also a book about…

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Faith Filled Friday: Creation

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

I have believed in creation all my life. Evolution makes no sense to me and it does not have all the answers either. Some who believe in evolution have told me they don’t know where the earth or planets came from – they were just there. Human life came from a single cell that crawled out of the water.

When I look at the diversity around me I have to believe in God creating it all. All of it works together. If a single cell started it all, one has to ask why. What made it change? How could a single cell change into a cornstalk, a hippopotamus, a soaring eagle, or a human being?

Some say God is not real because they have never seen him or know where he is. We don’t know where God came from. Does it matter? I don’t think so. We are finite beings so it is hard to understand infinity.

I found several verses in 1 Corinthians which explained more. Chapter 15, verses 35-44 are talking about the resurrected body, but I think it still applies to our creation.

38: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

39: All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is on kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

40: There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

41: There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another of the stars: for one star differth from another star in glory.

I understand these verses to say that we are all different. I did not not come from a fish and none of us evolved from a monkey.

Our earth and the rest of the universe run efficiently like a well-oiled machine. I doubt that could occur with a random toss of planets. When I dropped my bag of marbles on the floor they all rolled in different directions. A few bumped into a table leg, some hit the rug and rolled along the edge, and others bumped into another marble. That’s the way I see evolution – a confusion of rolling marbles.

My apologies for being late for Faith Filled Friday again. Connie T.

An Officer Rapped on the Window

by Connie Terpack

We were the fifth car back in the window line at the pharmacy. Soon we saw a police car drive past us and go around the bend. Another came down the road just as the other car came back up with a third police car behind him. We thought the pharmacy was being robbed.

A black pickup pulled in behind us, angling so that Jack could not back up and drive off. He recognized the move and knew we were being blocked in. We were startled when an officer knocked on the driver’s window. He asked to see both our IDs. Usually all they need is the driver’s. He told us to wait until he checked things out. We could have pulled out at that time since the line had moved forward. The other police cars stayed in position.

We stayed put and joked about it. I did not catch the officer’s name, but he was very nice and courteous. He returned in only a few minutes and gave us back our licenses. He explained they were looking for a yellow pickup that was caught attempting to tow a car out of a parking lot. The owners happened to come out of the store and saw him trying to hook their car up to his truck. The robber took off.

We pulled up to the window and the clerk asked us what was going on. He said they saw a lot of police cars and had no idea what was happening. We explained it to him. Jack commented that it was stupid to try to steal a car using a yellow truck since it would be very noticeable.

I guess auto thieves are considered a dangerous type of criminal considering it took at least four officers for this incident.

Olivia de Havilland and the 11th Airborne

As always, a very interesting post.

Pacific Paratrooper

Olivia de Havilland in her 11th Airborne jacket

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland, born 1 July 1916) was a British-American actress. Her career spanned from 1935 to 1988.  She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading movie stars during the golden age of Classical Hollywood.   She is best known for her early screen performances in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and (1939), and her later award-winning performances in To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The heiress (1949).

Olivia de Havilland pin-up

Born in Tokyo to British parents, de Havilland and her younger sister, Joan Fontaine, moved with their mother to California in 1919. They were brought up by their mother Lilian, a former stage actress who taught them drama, music, and elocution.  De Havilland made her acting debut in amateur theatre in Alice in Wonderland. Later, she appeared in…

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Early September in Gardens4me

I love the beauty of these flowers. They add joy to my day and I hope they will to yours also.

Lorieb (Lor-eee-bee)

Although the calendar says early September, the summer weather (heat and humidity) is still going strong. That means many of the perennials blooming last month are still looking good…

Coming into their own this month are the seedheads of the fall grasses that look awesome in the garden or in containers on a deck or veranda…

…as well as another perennial called Turtlehead (I had never heard of it, but it looked promising at the nursery), and an annual vine called Cardinal Climber…

I have lots of roses thriving in Gardens4me, in many different varieties and colours. I love the roses because they bloom off and on all summer and well into the fall. They are also (believe it or not!) relatively low maintenance. Last month I posted a picture of one such rose just starting a second bloom. Here it is…

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Faith Filled Friday: Hope

How many times a day do we use the word ‘hope?’ Have you ever stopped to think about it? I never did until today. With my recent computer problems I am always hoping this will turn out or that will work. I hope I can learn Windows before I turn ninety. I hope my book is a financial success. I hope my doctor tells me all is well. I hope I don’t fall. I hope tomorrow is better. And on and on.

Who should we put our hope in? My hope is in Jesus. He has answered many of my prayers, yet I am always hoping he will answer the next also.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 1 Timothy 1:1

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

Welcome to Christmas island

Fascinating video to watch.


The first thing you can imagine thinking of Christmas Island, is a place with cold temperatures as Lapland, with expanses of ice and vast uninhabited areas. Characterized by long nights with the bitter cold of the Arctic, populated by very friendly and nice peoples, surrounded by deep forests populated by wild animals.

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Faith Filled Friday

Faith Filled Friday: Trusting God

by Connie Terpack

For the past few weeks trusting God has not been easy for me. I have trusted him most of my life so I do not know why these few weeks should be any different.

I did one or two posts after they fixed my Apple computer, which took about 3 weeks. Then it crashed and was no longer functional. I used the computer for years, so it was hard to adjust to a Windows. I still have not figured it out.

This computer has lots of bells and whistles that I am not familiar with and I am forever pressing the wrong keys. It does not create pages that I like and I do not have all my files on this computer. I have to use my husband’s desktop where we stored some files and where the repair shop stored most of the others.

I am not sure how many files have been lost, but it seems my ‘Religious/Christian’ folders did not survive the transfer. Maybe they are there and I simply have not found them yet.

I apologize to the haphazard posting for the past month or so. When the computer fails, I have no way to do anything else. I am learning how to switch my files to the two desktops, but I have not switched any of my files from the old Apple to my new Windows. The systems are not compatible and the computer repair guy was able to download my computer to my husband’s desktop. What he loaded to my laptop it looks like it is there, but it’s usually blank when I open the folders.

I find I am afraid to trust God. I am afraid of losing files or not being able to open them after transferring. Like I have already said I have been trusting God since I was pretty young. Sometimes his answers are not what I expect. When we were overrun by cockroaches after a bakery moved in across the street I finally asked God to help. We had tried food poisons and traps. The whole neighborhood was affected, but I never asked if they were helped along with me. The next morning, as I expected, the cockroaches were gone from the kitchen. I thanked the Lord for answering my prayer.

While I worked on making breakfast, I noticed a few field mice. More and more showed up. My husband explained that field mice loved cockroaches. I had to laugh. Not the answered I expected nor particularly wanted, but it did get rid of the roaches. Everywhere we have lived since then, we have had mice but not roaches!

I trusted God to take care of the problem and He did, just not the way I expected. Maybe that is why I am a little leery now to trust him with my computer trouble. Maybe he will answer my request in a way that I will not find helpful at all.

The same day that my laptop went dark for the last time was the same day the TV set died. The show went to a commercial and the TV quietly went black. No buzz, click or beep. We bought a 55-inch which was a lot bigger than our old one. My husband also bought a wall mount attachment for it.

Saturday my youngest son came down and put up the wall mount. He had installed two for them so he did it rather easily. He also hooked up the television. We were now set.

We currently have a fly infestation. I do not know if flies serve a useful purpose or not, but they are annoying. Since living in this house we have had birds coming inside, as well as the porch, to build their nests and lay their eggs. We also have had butterflies (2 years in a row), mice, some type of wasp (also 2 years), and ants. Whew!

I am including the two verses I go to when I need God’s reassurance: 1 Corinthians 14:40; 15:10

I still trust God, but he has to know that I am keeping a list of questions to ask him when I get to heaven. It is getting rather long.