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Bible-In-A-Year Plans, Be Damned!

Bible-In-A-Year Plans, Be Damned!

The first Sunday of January, my church offers up a “bible reading plan” designed to take you through the bible in one year, then graciously includes the week’s readings in the Sunday bulletins. This year, they even added a chronological reading plan. For a couple years […]

To the Hesitant

To the Hesitant

Message for Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day), 2017 at Vestal UMC Today’s passage from John 14 takes place the night before the crucifixion, the evening of the Last Supper. They’re gathered around the table, Judas has already left the party, it’s night time, and we find […]

Proof Is Easy

Proof Is Easy

Delivered Sunday, April 23, at Walland UMC. Worship Greeting: L: This is the day that the Lord has made. C: Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Good morning! I want to thank David for letting me twist your Order of Worship up a […]

Statement of Calling

Statement of Calling

In my lifetime, I have broken every one of the original ten commandments as well as Christ’s second commandment, some more than once, and a few of them daily.  I would hazard that you could include most of the other 609 Old Testament laws, too. […]

Down On the Farm

Down On the Farm

Spirit Dog Farm is a micro-farm located on 4+ acres of reclaimed farmland in Knox County in East Tennessee. Before being parceled off more than a few decades ago, it was used to raise corn and a couple market calves. We are in the process […]

Ladies Farm Journal

Ladies Farm Journal

Just this female farmer’s blog chronicling our adventures in turning our property into a farm, raising kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, and trying to survive in a chaotic world. Hopefully someone can learn from our mistakes … erhhh … experience! LFJ also includes our thoughts, reflections, aspirations, […]

Faith

Faith

Oh, yay, another homeschooling, homesteading, long dresses and hair in a bun blogger! Ummm, nope. Not at all.  We are a fairly stereotypical American family living in a metropolitan statistical area of approximately 1,000,000 people. We have, by farming standards, a tiny acreage zoned agricultural in […]

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

This is the written version of a message I delivered on February 19, 2017 to the congregation of Vestal United Methodist Church, Knoxville, TN.  I so very much appreciate Pastor Kevin Blue for giving me the opportunity to not only speak in front of his […]

A Time to Grieve …

A Time to Grieve …

Let’s see what you’ve won America….. Muslims in America have no idea what the future holds for them. Women will lose their right to privacy and access to healthcare. Gay couples don’t know if their marriages will be valid or if they haven’t yet taken […]

Ceasefire

Ceasefire

Opening Prayer Grant, O God, that Your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that the barriers which divide us may crumble, the suspicions disappear and the hatreds cease; that, with our divisions healed, we may live together in justice and peace; […]

Oh-oh, Spaghetti … OH!

Oh-oh, Spaghetti … OH!

This one would be fun to sneak in as a surprise dessert!

Let Them Eat Cake Sandwiches!

Let Them Eat Cake Sandwiches!

I love this! Not so much the sprouts and greenery choices, but the concept! What a way to wow a soup and sandwich night!

Fun and Fancy Fellowship

Fun and Fancy Fellowship

Fun and Fancy Fellowship My church (and probably yours) has a regular Wednesday night fellowship meal plus an assortment of special events that involve meals or finger foods.  I’m always keeping my eye out for recipes that are different from the normal “church casserole” type […]

Let Me In

Let Me In

Once again, I have been blessed to have conducted the worship service at Walland UMC. Below are the components of the service and my message.  Thank you, Rev. David Fugatt, for allowing me this opportunity and congratulations on your promotion to Provisional Elder! Jump to […]

Resolution Revolution

Resolution Revolution

They asked me back! Walland UMC Pastor, David Fugatt, asked me to come back again. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is GOOD! This, my second sermon, was delivered on January 3, 2016, the First Sunday of Epiphany and the […]

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Altar

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Altar

I was asked by my former pastor, David Fugatt, to substitute for him at his new assignment, Walland United Methodist Church, Walland, Tennessee, on October 11, 2015. I want you to know, I was bowled over. Floored.  David was the first person I approached about wanting to […]

For GtG (The Knot Prayer)

For GtG (The Knot Prayer)

Some days you’re just tired. Some days your mind just won’t process one more iota of the world. Some days you just whisper “tomorrow” and go to bed. My friend herein called GtG had one of those the other night when she tried to read […]

Memory Lane – VFW Essay Contest

Memory Lane – VFW Essay Contest

About a million years ago (1974 or 75), my high school English teacher persuaded me to write and submit an essay in the VFW’s “Why I’m Proud to be an American” contest.  And trust me. He worked hard to convince me. I wrote the essay […]

What’s My Life Verse?

What’s My Life Verse?

If you’re new to Bible Study, trying to live the Word, or Christianity in general, choosing a life verse can be rather daunting.  After all, there are 31,102 to choose from!  Here are some link that might help you get started down the right path […]

Being Prepared – Woodland & Grazing Management

Being Prepared – Woodland & Grazing Management

I wanted to share something with you. While this video focuses on a couple western states, its message is important to all of us. Sometimes the smaller farmers don’t think about things like managing their woods. Pasture rotation can also be tricky when you only […]

Deep Calls to Deep – Psalm 42:7

Deep Calls to Deep – Psalm 42:7

  I have been agitated for some time now, and recently it grew worse. I couldn’t sit still when problem solving. I had to pace. I couldn’t think clearly unless I was completely alone. I was frustrated, worried, and vexed. So many things were careening […]

We Want To Welcome You To The Family

We Want To Welcome You To The Family

If you’ve ever read Matthew 1, you know that it contains a long list of names. Some of which will twist your tongue in an untangleable knot. Most of us skip over it. Yeah, okay. Jesus is related to Abraham. Got it. Some of us […]

Come As You Are … Anytime

Come As You Are … Anytime

  On Sunday, May 30, I posted the following on my personal Facebook page: “Sunday, June 7, is communion Sunday at my church. I’m inviting you for ALL the reasons in this song. I’m inviting you because we don’t get hung up on religion or dogma […]

Journal Galleries (for the impatient)

Journal Galleries (for the impatient)

For those of you who want to cut to the chase visually, I’m adding a gallery for each journal that I keep.  I encourage you, however, to read the articles relevant to each image as they become available, or you’ll miss the “chase” entirely. The […]