life

Protective Refuge
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday July 22, 2024 Several times a day a blue jay comes to the bird feeder. His company is always welcoming.  When God sends a blue jay to grace your presence it has been said, the bird symbolizes “protection, wisdom, and bonds of family.”  For me I just find him interesting, a very handsome bird with brilliant blue feathers and good co...
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Building Strong Bodies 12 Ways
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Psalm 73:26: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever"  Wonder Bread builds strong bodies 12 ways! Myself, along with many other babyboomers, remember that television commercial and how kids wanted their moms to buy Wonder Bread!  What great advertising! And it proved to be a gr...
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Getting Back to the Good Old Days
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, July 15, 2024 Drinking my cup of coffee and thinking about recent happenings  that have made this a harder year in the USA. Going forward, I am as certain today as I will be tomorrow, that God is trustworthy. However, disturbing times have come to the American people and we must keep the faith. Thinking about a somber memory when I was...
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Keep It Simple
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Psalms 103:1 “Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, And all that is (deep) within me, bless His holy name.” It’s Friday! July 12th and the birthday of Henry David Thoreau, writer and poet, who wrote about the simplicity of life. Oh, yes, it’s National Simplicity Day too! Oh, my yes, let’s keep life simple and streamlined. I certainly...
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Seeking the Truth
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, July 8, 2024 Psalms 18:30 (TLB)  “What a God He is!  How perfect in every way!  All His promises prove true. He is a shield for everyone who hides behind Him.” As I heard our President of the United States say this week in a speech in Wisconsin, “I know how to tell the truth”; I pondered that for isn’t there a difference...
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Don't Be Like a Lightning Bug
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
‭John 8:12 (AMP)‬ "Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” When I was little, I loved to chase lightning bugs. I was intrigued how their light came on and off. I loved capturing as many as I could in a glass jar. In a way, I look a...
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Everything Leads to New Mercies
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, July 1, 2024 “The faithful love of the Lord never ends.His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-24 is a reminder that life is sometimes hard but God is good.  Lynn's Daughter's cat Twila Paying property taxes and an unexpected medical bill is enough to make me testy....
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Life Essentials
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Philippians 4:19 (AMP)‬ "And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Life essentials. What could you live without? Your cell phone? Your computer?Your car? Your pet? Well, yes, you could live without those. So many things we think are life essentials, but are not. Most of us ...
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Reflection on Life Well Lived
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good reputation at the time of death is better than loving care at the time of birth.” Glenn was a great guy. Glenn was a family man. Children were a priority with both Glenn and his wife, my cousin Linda. He was known by his family as the one who often shared wisdom. We enjoyed many years of gathering together with Glenn and Li...
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Less is More
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday 17, 2024How I love it when summer mornings start out cooler.  One can peacefully enjoy the porch with solitude and a piping hot cup of coffee.This year I have a few less flowers and have replaced several chairs with a small round table and four chairs. Makes it perfect for having lunch on the porch. Also it provides a space to color and...
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Quiet Time
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Ecclesiastes 3:7 NKJV ‬"...A time to keep silence, And a time to speak.." In her later years, my mom lived with my brother; they practiced "quiet time" every day from 2 to 4. They accepted no phone calls, no visitors, watched no television and listened to no radio from 2 to 4 every day. It was "quiet time". I remember hospitals used to implement th...
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My Lord is My Shepherd
Lynn Berna
Devotions
 Monday, June 10, 2024I have been enjoying my cup of coffee while keeping an eye on the chickadee filling up on seed at our birdfeeder. This week marks a two year anniversary of an emergency abdominal surgery which left me feeling weak and challenged.   Recovery has continued and as I hold my granddaughter as she sleeps I speak ...
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Keep Tending the Garden
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Acts 14:17 “He did good and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” . Gardening takes time and effort.  Left to themselves my husband says you end up growing an unwanted plant, in other words...a weed. The fruits of your effort though are always great to share. Larry's favorite frui...
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Let's Be Like Pat Boone, Squeaky Clean!
Carolyn Hayes
Life
Romans 3:10-12:  King James Version "10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one" Pat Boone We need more squeaky clean people like ...
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Best Meatloaf for Two
Carolyn Hayes
Life
 Ecclesiastes 9:7 "Go, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a merry heart, because it is now that God favors your works." When putting together my prayer board (pages), I even pray about what Pat and I should eat, meals for two. I realize all the meals I make are not always healthy but I want them to be good. Pat's a...
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Reflections on Celebrating 35 Years of Marriage
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, May 20, 2024  Celebrating being married thirty-five years and find it as satisfying as steamy coffee in a favorite cup.The Bible says in Ephesians 5:22-23 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” It takes a lot of patience, forgiveness on each ot...
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Life is for the Birds
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Here’s Mr. 83, a racing pigeon. I took this picture several years ago, and I often think of this bird. I don’t know anything about racing pigeons and I don’t want to know. I do know that it’s not good for the birds, too many hazards, and keeps them away from their mates too long. It’s another gambling device for people that they don’t need! With it...
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The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful
Carolyn Hayes
Life
Just for fun, the second in a series of iconic LIFE covers, I chose Zsa Zsa Gabor as she sported the LIFE magazine cover on October 15, 1951, one day before my birth. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a Hollywood star. A lot of little girls did. However, many of the Hollywood stars' lives were sad and tragic. I read a quote the other day on t...
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Small Town in the Summer
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, May 6, 2024 If you have had the privilege of growing up in a small town you have been truly blessed. Vacation Bible School at a community church, getting an ice cream cone at the dairy, swimming at the public pool, a Little League baseball game, such are the pleasures of living life in a small town when the season turns to summer. Little Le...
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What's Your One Chicken?
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Hebrews 13:16 (ESV) "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."  The other day I watched a video on Facebook. It was of an older lady with a southern accent telling a story about her family. I love to hear someone talk with a Southern accent, especially saying words like chicken and pie...
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