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What’s In a Name? More Than You Think

I enjoyed reading about how some titles and names came into being.

A Writer's Path

by Cassie Newell

It’s interesting how names come about in literature and other facets of life. Do you ever wonder how names come about in writing and whatnot? I read an interesting fact today. It was about how Clark Kent came to be Superman. If you know me very well, you know I have a great affection for superheroes and Superman is my all-time favorite.

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A Bit of Humor

Faith Filled Friday, February 26, 2021

It’s rainy, cold and dreary, but our Friday Women’s Bible Study finally restarted today! I read a couple of these in the paper I picked up at church and decided today would be a good day for humor, albeit on the groaning side. Connie

1. Some say that Adam and Eve had the ideal marriage: he did not have to hear about all the men she could have married and she did not have to hear about the ways his mother cooked things.

2. A Texas rancher, visiting a South Dakota farmer friend, asked him to show him his farm. After seeing the thousand-acre spread, the Texan bragged that down home he could get into his car, drive all day and by evening would not have gotten to the distant point of his ranch. The South Dakotan simply replied, “You know, I had a car like that once.”

3. Q: What do you call a transparent mobile phone used only for fake phone calls? A: Cell o’ feign.

4. Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, yet dish-washing liquid is made with real lemons?

5. Great One-liners:

Do you know how a hippopotamus gets into an oak tree? He sits on an acorn and waits.

Why do you take a blacksmith on a picnic? To shoe flies.

What do you call a dancing cow? A milkshake.

What do elves learn in school? The elf-abet!

What is a tree’s favorite drink? Root beer!

Where do you learn how to make ice cream? Sundae school.

What’s a snake’s favorite subject? Hiss-tory!

Why do you never see an elephant hiding in a tree? Because they are really good at it!

Why did the girl put peanutbutter on the road? To go with the traffic jam!

Why did Mickey Mouse go into space? To find Pluto!

Why did the barber win the race? He knew a short cut!

Suggested Bible verses to read: Isaiah 26:3; Proverbs 18:24; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 10:10 and 1 Corinthians 1:27.

Seeking God

Faith Filled Friday, February 19, 2021

by Connie Terpack

Whenever we have troubles or sorrows we seek God. There are plenty of times we should also spend time with him because we want to praise his name or thank him for something good.

Here are a few verses that remind us of both.

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. Psalm 18:30

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8

Make a joyful noise unto God all ye lands: Sing forth the honor of his name; make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:1,2

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4

O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:29

I will run the way of thy commandments when thou shall enlarge my heart. Psalm 119: 32

Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. Psalm 119:41

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Psalm 147:7

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

Valentine’s Romance


If you have a romance novel, please add it to the comments so we can crowdsource Valentine’s Day. Here are two I liked:

  1. Juggernaut–fun romantic story about innocense, crime, and justice
  2. Snow White and the Civil War(Part 1)–a Civil War era take on Snow White complete with dwarves, wicked stepmother, and magic
–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed. I need to be inspired to write. That’s why so many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5


by Bobbie Underwood


Juggernaut, a Romantic Adventure (2019) was written by Bobby Underwood, an Indie efriend. I don’t read a lot of romance but I’ve enjoyed Bobby’s other fiction so thought I’d try it. Another winner! The plot is not uncommon–a beautiful girl falls victim to criminals. While trying to untangle her dilemma, she finds the man of her dreams. No spoilers.

Kindergarten teacher Felicia…

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Do You Have a Life Raft?

Faith Filled Friday, 2/12/2021 by Connie Terpack

The other morning when I went to get a cup of coffee I discovered I had left the soapy dish water in the sink from the previous night. I remembered that I had found one bowl I had missed and tossed it in planning to let it soak a bit. I promptly forgot about it. I could see the bowl under the water. I washed it and a knife that was in the sink also, then I pulled the plug.

After I made my cup of coffee I looked in the sink to see what else might have been missed. I was rather surprised to see a small mouse hugging a spoon. I guess he thought the spoon was a life raft! Needless to say, the bowl and knife I had already washed went into the other sink for a thorough soak and hot wash!

My son Vaughn was kind enough to take care of the mouse disposal. I figured there was a Bible lesson in there somewhere.

Do I talk about the poor mouse and his attempt to keep the spoon from going down the drain or was he using the spoon as a life raft? I am sure his legs being wrapped around the spoon was coincidental to the rush of water as it was draining. We all know that a spoon would not work as a life raft.

My big question is what kind of life raft do we use? We have trials and problems everyday, some little, some big. Many times we need help or advice from someone older or more knowledgeable. When I was younger I went to my mother or older sister, sometimes my dad or my older brother. On the job, you go to a fellow coworker, your supervisor or boss. When I was the team leader I had a shift supervisor to go to.

My husband and I have been married over 50 years, so I lean on him a lot. Do not worry. He leans on me quite a bit also! Isn’t that what marriage is all about?

Who do you rely on when you are alone, frightened, or worried? What if it’s the middle of the night?

Jesus is my life raft. He is with me 24/7. I depend on him to help me with a lot of things, big and small. I ask him to protect my family and friends, and to keep us all safe. When I am driving I ask him to keep me and other drivers on the road safe. When I go to bed I pray that he will let me and my family sleep well and wake up in the morning. Sometimes I think I bother him too often and put off asking for his help, only to wish I had talked to him sooner.

Jesus is the best life raft you could ever have.

Here are some Bible verses:

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Ephesian 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

You might want to look up these verses as well: Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:1-20; Proverbs 4:5; Psalm 33:20; 34:4; 40:17; 70:5; 89:26; 95:1; 103:6; 120:1; Acts 26:22; 1 Corinthian 10:4 & 13.

Trust, Faith, Hope and Belief

Faith Filled Friday, February 5, 2021

by Connie Terpack

A couple days ago a friend and I were talking about COVID. She was worried she would get it since it seemed so many around her had it. I told her that I had prayed hard about it and trusted in the Lord that I would not get it.

She replied, “Believing you won’t get it won’t stop it.”

“I’d like to think that He will honor his word.”

Her response, “Trust and faith are nice to have, but they don’t mean anything.”

Trust, belief, and faith, what do they mean? Can you ever have enough? Are they just words?

She is a born-again Christian, but I was sorry to hear her belittle the basics of most religions.

I was one of six kids and lived in a trailer park until I was nine. I liked going to church most of the time because Sunday school class was fun. I heard Bible stories and got to make a craft, usually a picture to color. The best part were the stories about Jesus. I was so glad to have Jesus as a friend and someone who loved me.

During the summer months I would cross the highway and go up the little hill that was behind the gas station. There was a small clearing and a flat-topped rock in the middle which was perfect for a little girl to sit on and pour her heart out to Jesus. I learned to trust and believe in Jesus at a very young age. I have relied on Jesus many times over lifetime.

According to my dictionary, trust is a confident reliance on the integrity, honesty, or justice of another; faith.

Belief is the acceptance of the truth or actuality of anything without certain proof; Something held to be true or actual; Trust in another person; confidence.

Faith is confidence in or dependence on a person, statement, or thing as trustworthy; Belief without need of certain proof; Belief in God or in the Scriptures or other religious writings.

We could include hope also: To desire with expectation; to wish or want; to continue hoping even when it might be in vain.

There is not a lot of difference between all the words and their definitions. It seems like they all go hand in hand. The Bible gives us lots of verses on all those subjects.

Hope and Faith: Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7

More: Philippians 4:13; Romans 5:2-5; 15:13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Hebrews 10:22-23; Psalm 33:18; Psalm 39:7: Isaiah 41:10;

Faith and Trust: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

More: Psalm 62:1-2; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 46:1; Hebrews 11:6

Belief: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

More: Matthew 14:25-31; Romans 8:22-25

I can not imagine my world without Jesus’ love and salvation. I hope and pray you will learn to rely on Jesus; to trust and love him; and to ask him into your heart today.

“Static Line” 11th Airborne newspaper

Great article!

Pacific Paratrooper

“Static Line”
Static Line staff

On 7 January 2021, I ran a post about the L-4 Grasshopper, the plane that most think of as a Piper Cub.  This note was included…

“While some of the men were confined to fighting up in the mountains, the division’s newspaper called the Static Line, used a piper cub plane to drop bundles of the publication down to the men.  This was the only news of the outside world that the troopers could receive.  One day, a roll of the papers was dropped with a note attached addressing it: “To the girls, with the compliments of Art Mosley and Jack Keil, Phone Glider 3.”  It was discovered later that the WAC camp received the roll meant for the 11th airborne.”

I located an issue of “Static Line” on the internet and wanted to share it.  News included kept the men up to date on…

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Some Verses that Help Me

Faith Filled Friday, January 29, 2021

Since I missed Friday again, I thought I would keep this simple and share with you some verses that have helped me a lot. There are many verses that I find helpful, but I will not post them all at once!

1. For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

I can’t see Christ, but I feel him in my heart. Is seeing Him important? Not really. I’ll see Him in heaven. Now, I simply enjoy having his closeness and comfort.

2. Let all things be done decently and in order 1 Corinthians 14:40; and But by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Those two verses go together. I have written about this before, but I will share again. When I first developed all my health problems I felt lost and confused. I did not understand why it was happening and I wanted answers. I prayed about it, but never got an answer. Then one morning I opened my Bible to the page these verses were on. My eyes landed on 15:10 and realized that was God’s answer. I wrote down the verse address so I would have it to read again. When I looked back at my Bible I was surprised to see I had written down the wrong address. That is where 14:40 comes into play. God was letting me know He had it under control.

3. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26

There have been plenty of times I felt a little lost about how to ask for what I wanted or needed. This verse help me to understand that the Holy Spirit explains it to God in ways I can’t.

4. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

This was the first verse I learned as a child and have recited it often over the years. It has always been a comfort to me when I remember how Jesus has never stopped loving me.

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

Actually it just the first four words that give me pause – In the beginning God… That tells me God was here from the very start. He knows all about everything and will be there for me at the end of my life on earth.

Each of us has verses that speak to our hearts. You are welcome to share some of your favorites.

Interesting Explanations of Bible Words and Phrases

Faith Filled Friday, January 22, 2021

by Connie Terpack

You might have a Bible like mine (Ryrie Study Bible, KJV), which offers definitions, clarifications, and explanations of the Bible verses at the bottom of each page. I thought I would share a few that I found interesting.

10 talents of silver, six thousand pieces (shekels), 2 Kings 5:5: The silver was about 12,000 oz (340 kg); the six thousand pieces were roughly about 2,400 oz (70 kg)

Saw one another in the face, 2 Chronicles 25:21: means engaged in battle.

Shake mine head, Job 16:4: It was a gesture of derision.

Strike hands, Job 17:3: This was the method of pledging a guarantee. Today we shake hands.

A tabret, Job 17:6: This meant a spitting in the face, an abhorring.

Clap your hands, Psalm 47:1: This is an indication of rejoicing.

One jot or one tittle, Matthew 5:18: The smallest Hebrew letter is yodh (jot), which looks like an apostrophe. A tittle is a very small extension or protrusion on several Hebrew letters, which distinguish these letters from similar ones, like the English R from a P. The Lord’s point is that every letter of every word of the Old Testament is vital and will be fulfilled.

Raca, Matthew 5:22: Probably means “empty-head.” This is one of those definitions that I’m not certain about.

Take no thought, Matthew 6:25: Jesus is telling them not to be anxious.

Lunatick, Matthew 17:15: This supposed to mean epileptic, having seizures.

Fuller, Mark 9:3: That was a person who cleaned clothes.

Stand praying, Mark 11:25: In ancient worship this was the normal position of prayer.

To feed swine, Luke 15:15: This was the lowest possible humiliation for a Jew.

I trow not: Luke 17:9: I think or suppose not.

Two or three firkins, John 2:6: That was about 20-30 gallons or 75-113 liters.

Five and twenty or thirty furlongs, John 6:19: That was 3 – 3.5 miles or 4.8-5.6 km.

Whited wall, Acts 23:3: Paul called the Sanhedrin this while they were judging him; means hypocrite.

There are hundreds more explanations, so please share your favorites.

What is Love?

Faith Filled Friday, January 15, 2021

This was posted on Facebook. I loved their answers. There were more than what I have listed here. Children, aged 4 to 8 years old, were asked “What is love?”

When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ Rebecca-age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’ Danny – age 8

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ Cindy – age 8

Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ Mary Ann – age 4

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8

God has shared his words of love and comfort with us many times throughout His Word.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

It is truly wonderful for me to know God’s love and have him in my heart. He has helped me through many trials and temptations. Please, feel free to share your stories of God’s love to you. ~Connie