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Bible Verses about “The Lord is My…”

I would like to wish everyone a truly blessed Easter. ~ Connie

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  • Exodus 15:2 ESV
    The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
  • Exodus 17:15 ESV
    And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner,
  • 2  Samuel 22:2 ESV
    He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
  • Psalm 16:5 ESV
    The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
  • Psalm 18:2 ESV
    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  • Psalm 23:1 ESV
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall…

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Faith Filled Friday: Praise and Thank You

by Connie Terpack

For several months I have had to use a cane for walking, especially on steps. Inside the house, I used the furniture and walls. Going over thresholds was also a problem and I truly do not know why. It did not matter if there was a slight rise or just a simple black line, I would stop and look at it as I stepped over it.

I honestly thought this was a progression of the myasthenia gravis (MG). Considering it has been 10 years since my initial diagnosis, I thought I did well to not need a cane until now. Myasthenia Gravis is progressive and eventually will make me bedridden. All along, I have been praying for the Lord would heal me. I met another woman who had MG and she said the Lord healed her. I will admit I was a little jealous. Why wouldn’t the Lord heal me?

The hip and knee pain that accompanied the weakness stopped a couple weeks ago, but the limp persisted. I had some good days with walking, but still needed the cane when out and about. There were many times I did not trust my right leg to push the gas or break pedals, so I left most of the driving up to my husband. A few times the problem switched to my left leg. Huh?! The tests showed my spinal cord was curved a little. Great, another problem.

Yesterday when I sat up on the side of the bed, I did it without having to push myself up with my arm. I felt straighter and taller. When I stood up there was no pain or wobble from being off-balance. I had no limp when I walked to the door. Maybe something popped back into place while I slept! I thanked the Lord and went about my day. It was easier to bend over, and to carry things like a laundry basket of clothes.

That afternoon I had a dental appointment and did not use my cane. I took it with me – just in case. No pain. No limp. No cane.

I went into the health food store and again did not need my cane. It felt great to walk normally again!

Today it’s raining pretty hard so I have not gone out. It is still easy to get around inside the house, and without a limp. I am not sure how many times I have thanked the Lord for that blessing. I can even go over a threshold without staring at it. Maybe it was because I needed to make sure my foot cleared the space even when there was nothing to step over except a thin crack.

The Bible tells us to be thankful in all things. That is easy to do when a good thing happens, but no so easy when the happening are trying or painful. I doubt that the Lord gets tired of hearing our thanks and praises. I am claiming a healing even though it has been only two days.

Thank you, Lord, for your healing touch.
Thank you for saving my soul.
I praise your holy name.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Recycling for Writers

I’m recycling some of my book ideas into short stories.

A Writer's Path

by ARHuelsenbeck

People concerned about the environment strive to reduce waste. As writers, we can do our part as well, to the benefit of the earth and also for a greater return from our labors. Here are some of the ways writers can recycle, repair, repurpose, and reuse.

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50th Wedding Anniversary

We started first thing this morning with celebrating a half century of marriage by going to Huddle House for breakfast. We took care of errands and headed home. We both took an afternoon nap. At four-thirty we went to the J. Peters restaurant in town. We had never eaten there, but several of my friends like their food. We decided to try it. The food was good and our waitress, Lynne, was sweet and attentive. My hubby wrote a lovely note on Facebook. The following is my poem to him. There are 50 lines, excluding title and author lines.

50 Years of Hugs and Holding Hands
by Connie Terpack

We started out simply holding hands
Soon kisses followed, too young to do more
I refused to give in to your seduction
until our fingers held our wedding bands

We were just kids in high school, when we met
I was impressed by your hands steepled in thought,
first two fingers tapping against your chin
Your deep blue eyes, not something I could forget

Hugs and kisses when we met and parted
Holding hands as we walked and talked
Even after all these many years
We are still as much in love as when we started

Being with you was like being on a love trip
Your loving touch sent sparks all through me
You held my hand with the birth of each son
Never frowning from my harsh “in labor” grip

Your hands always held mine firm and secure
I felt your love in your gentle touch
With your arms encircled around me
I never thought I needed anything more

Your hugs chased away my sorrow and tears
Our love has grown deeper and stronger
Loving you has not always been easy
but we’ve never stopped loving after all these years

I know your favorite brand of underwear
But I still don’t know your favorite color
We still have times we do not agree
But our love for each other is always there

It’s natural to hold hands and hug each other
Now and for all the years to come
Even though our youth has run its course
Our love remains strong for one another

People see us holding hands, “How sweet” they say
Now I need your hand and arms to hold me steady
Hugs always give great pleasure and comfort
All through the years, each and every day.

It was easy to keep our vow to have and to hold
Maybe our vows should have said to hug and to kiss
You even kissed me in church one time
I was a little surprised that you would be so bold

For 50 years it has become a habit – a habit of love
We hug anytime and many times during the day
I’m looking forward to holding Jesus’ hand
And being with Him and you in heaven above

Your love is easy to feel in your words and touch
Letting our timeless love forever shine through
We still enjoy our kisses and hugs
I doubt that we will ever feel we have had enough

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary
As always, all my love

Jesus’ Entry on a Donkey

This is from GotQuestion.org.  Link for this article: What is the significance of the triumphal entry?

The triumphal entry is that of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday, the Sunday before the crucifixion (John 12:1, 12). The story of the triumphal entry is one of the few incidents in the life of Jesus which appears in all four Gospel accounts (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19). Putting the four accounts together, it becomes clear that the triumphal entry was a significant event, not only to the people of Jesus’ day, but to Christians throughout history. We celebrate Palm Sunday to remember that momentous occasion.
On that day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey’s colt, one that had never been ridden before. The disciples spread their cloaks on the donkey for Jesus to sit on, and the multitudes came out to welcome Him, laying before Him their cloaks and the branches of palm trees. The people hailed and praised Him as the “King who comes in the name of the Lord” as He rode to the temple, where He taught the people, healed them, and drove out the money-changers and merchants who had made His Father’s house a “den of robbers” (Mark 11:17).
Jesus’ purpose in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be their Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Matthew says that the King coming on the foal of a donkey was an exact fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Jesus rides into His capital city as a conquering King and is hailed by the people as such, in the manner of the day. The streets of Jerusalem, the royal city, are open to Him, and like a king He ascends to His palace, not a temporal palace but the spiritual palace that is the temple, because His is a spiritual kingdom. He receives the worship and praise of the people because only He deserves it. No longer does He tell His disciples to be quiet about Him (Matthew 12:16, 16:20) but to shout His praises and worship Him openly. The spreading of cloaks was an act of homage for royalty (see 2 Kings 9:13). Jesus was openly declaring to the people that He was their King and the Messiah they had been waiting for.
Unfortunately, the praise the people lavished on Jesus was not because they recognized Him as their Savior from sin. They welcomed Him out of their desire for a messianic deliverer, someone who would lead them in a revolt against Rome. There were many who, though they did not believe in Christ as Savior, nevertheless hoped that perhaps He would be to them a great temporal deliverer. These are the ones who hailed Him as King with their many hosannas, recognizing Him as the Son of David who came in the name of the Lord. But when He failed in their expectations, when He refused to lead them in a massive revolt against the Roman occupiers, the crowds quickly turned on Him. Within just a few days, their hosannas would change to cries of “Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:20-21). Those who hailed Him as a hero would soon reject and abandon Him.
The story of the triumphal entry is one of contrasts, and those contrasts contain applications to believers. It is the story of the King who came as a lowly servant on a donkey, not a prancing steed, not in royal robes, but on the clothes of the poor and humble. Jesus Christ comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings but by love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. His is not a kingdom of armies and splendor but of lowliness and servanthood. He conquers not nations but hearts and minds. His message is one of peace with God, not of temporal peace. If Jesus has made a triumphal entry into our hearts, He reigns there in peace and love. As His followers, we exhibit those same qualities, and the world sees the true King living and reigning in triumph in us.

Living in the Age of ‘None’

The Way I See It

According to a recent report from the General Social Survey, “Nones” are now the largest religious demographic in the US. Those claiming ‘no religion’ now outnumber those who claim to be Catholic and those who claim to be Evangelical. This is a marked departure of where our nation has been throughout its history.

We have historically been a nation where most people are at least loosely affiliated with a faith institution of some type, and a Judeo-Christian ethic influenced most of culture. Has that changed? And if so, what does it mean?

First off, who are these…

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Current News – The New/Old Army Uniform

I love the humor on his posts.

Pacific Paratrooper

New/retro Army uniform

By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Army is finalizing its new green throwback uniforms inspired by soldiers’ World War II attire, but only recruiters should expect to don the new duds for the time being.

The service was making final tweaks to the design of the new uniform, to be officially called Army Greens, which will see an initial run of some 200 prototypes that will be fielded primarily by recruiters, Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, the service’s top enlisted soldier, said Monday. It could be another three months before that initial batch of uniforms is ready. But the vast majority of soldiers will not have an opportunity to purchase or receive the Greens until the summer of 2020.

Dailey received positive feedback from soldiers he spoke to about the new uniforms during a visit in recent days with troops in Asia…

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