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First 4 Words You See? — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

I love puzzles. This was fun. I’m still not sure I found all the words. Enjoy.

Stevie Turner

I posted this on my Facebook page and it’s had over 40k shares with 10k+ comments and 6 million reached so I wanted to share it with you as well.

via First 4 Words You See? — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

My first 4 words were:

Connection

Power

Change

Self-care

So … maybe if I apply self-care I will have the power to change bad connections (or even  make good ones!)?

Let’s see which 4 words you come up with…

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What a doctor wishes patients knew about the end

This is very thoughtful and well written. Peter is right about no one liking to discuss this subject. I don’t and, as a nurse, I know better.

Life Unscripted

Peg and I have lived through the deaths of all our parents now.  The last of them passed some 11 years ago. We have lived through a variety of end-time experiences with family members and others and death is not an easy experience.

Making it harder to cope with is the fact that people seldom talk about the difficulties associated with the process.  Medical personnel who deal with patients in advanced stages of disease are familiar with the sort-of-routine-things that happen in a body that is in the process of dying; sometimes they help the family by explaining what’s going-to-happen. Other times they don’t.  Some doctors are better about bedside manner and make the process easier for their patients; others are business-like and cold offering zero compassion.  Seemingly the patient and their family have little effective control over which sort of staff they have put their trust in until they…

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Katy Perry, Flame and the magic four-chord progression

This was funnier than I expected, and their singing was good.

Matthew Wright

I’ve been a bit puzzled by the copyright suit that ended the other week in the US. According to the news reports, pop-star Katy Perry’s 2013 hit ‘Dark Horse’ copied a 2008 song featuring Christian rapper Flame, ‘Joyful Noise’. After a four-year court battle, a jury agreed and Perry, her co-authors and her label were ordered to pay damages.

I hadn’t taken much interest in it because I find Perry’s music pleasant enough, but rather vapid – I don’t actively seek it out – and rap is one of the three kinds of music I can’t stand (the other two are Country and, of course, Western). The concern, though, is the precedent that this case sets, which has provoked something of a shit-storm in the music industry, because it runs to the heart of how songs are actually written and produced.

Me practising the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression…

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Faith Filled Friday: Invasion of the Piss Ants

This was the piss ants second invasion into our home. The first time was about ten years ago. We must be on a migration path for insects. We have had two other invasions. The first one was thousands of ladybugs all over the house, mainly the living room, dining room and kitchen areas. The next year we got thousands of wasp-like critters crawling all over our house.
We have birds that like to nest on the top of the columns on the front porch and I let them. They cover the cost of their seed by keeping away the unwanted critters – I think.
Then the piss ants returned, probably coming up through the kitchen sink drain like they did the first time. I am terrible about wiping down the counters, but I do try to keep up. My fault is thinking that whoever spills their sugar on the counter should clean up after themselves. Maybe it is mean elves doing it after everyone goes to bed.
The night the ants returned I was sitting at my computer in the dining room. I picked one off my arm. I was not alarmed until I felt them crawling all over me. I pinched a few together between my fingers and took them to my husband across the hall.
He identified them as piss ants. I’m in a panic. The first time they came, they stayed in the kitchen and we sprayed them. End of story.
He used his trusty little flashlight to look for their trail. Neither one of us could see one. I sat in my recliner to watch TV, afraid to sit at the table. I still felt ants crawling on me and figured it was just nerves. When I looked, there were more on me!
I am definitely not calm about that! Not wanting to carry any into my bedroom, I grabbed a nightgown out of the laundry basket and headed to the shower. I washed my hair and stood under rather warm water. I wanted to flush as many as I could down the drain.
The one can of bug spray would not work. I found another one and sprayed both recliners, around the floor under the dining room table, and all over the kitchen counter.
I watched some TV until I was sure no more bugs were crawling on me. Also, I spent some time in prayer. I asked the Lord to protect us during the night and that the spray would do its job and get rid of the ants.
Honestly, I was not sure if I should bother God about ants, but it was more to calm my fears and give me comfort.
In the morning the ants were gone. I had slept well without being awakened by ants crawling on me. That was my biggest fear. I cleaned the counter and my son made the coffee. We were ready to start our day.
I was worried that my faith was not strong enough to expect God to get rid of all the ants. I am deeply thankful that He let our puny efforts be enough. Without His help I am sure the ants would have still been there in the morning.

Have you ever asked God for something that you thought might not be worth His time or effort?

Bible Verses about Restoration

I am thankful to have God in my life and heart. I can’t thank Him enough for all He has done for me over the years. – Connie

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • Job 42:10 NASB
    The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.
  • Psalm 14:7 CSB
    Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come from Zion!
    When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
  • Psalm 23:3 NASB
    He restores my soul;
    He guides me in the paths of righteousness
    For His name’s sake.
  • Psalm 51:12 CSB
    Restore the joy of your salvation to me,
    and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.
  • Psalm 71:20-21 NIV
    Though you have made me see troubles,
        many and bitter,
        you will restore my life again;
    from the depths of the earth
        you will again bring me up.
    21 You will increase my honor
        and comfort me once more.
  • Hosea 6:1 CSB
    Come, let us return to the Lord.
    For he has torn us,

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He loved me and Gave Himself for me

I hope you all have a blessed Faith Filled Friday.

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

“Use your self-control.”

This is one of my favorite takeaways from my son’s preschool teachers this year.  They are so gentle and measured when they say it.

He’s ready to lose it over a near-tragedy—not getting to sit next to his good friend or struggling with the zipper to his backpack because it’s extra full that day.

Their gentle reminder is the same: “Use your self-control.”

I love that it assumes he  has self-control and that he can access it, that somehow this little pause and this little reminder gives him the ability to breathe….reflect….choose.

Meltdown?  Or self-control?

He’s in progress.  He sometimes  chooses meltdown.

Me too.

Fruitfulness is part of the Holy Spirit’s work in us.  It means He is alive, and He is active, and we are yielded to Him.

Paul tells us:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law…

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160+ Ways to Describe Weather

I love her lists of descriptions. I hope you find them as helpful as I do.

WordDreams...

I keep a collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books I read. I’m fascinated how authors can–in just a few words–put me in the middle of their story and make me want to stay there. This one’s 160+ Ways to Describe Weather.

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).

Evening

  1. Evening shadows deepened into blue and purple.
  2. The shadows retreated.
  3. Sun was sinking toward the horizon, the pitiless white ball now an angry orange.
  4. Fading afternoon in early June
  5. Evening sky had turned to molten brass.
  6. Sun still cast a faint yellow light through Slowly gathering evening.
  7. Daylight had begun to drain away.
  8. one-quarter of a moonlit night
  9. cold light
  10. silver-white moon hung
  11. A half-moon rests in the fronds over our heads.
  12. watching the…

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