Courage To Be

I am way behind this week with the story writing….But in my defense last week was one bussssssssssy week! Patricia’s prompt was from ee cummings and you can find the link to her blog along with the rules of the game at:

http://patriciasplace.me/2015/02/23/courage-to-be-in-other-words/

Our story prompt was

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
ee cummings

The Girl Who Never Came Out Of the Barn

by JE Lillie

She remembered cold winter mornings spent filling the manger for the scrawny milk cow her parents kept. She recalled sweeping the seat of the outhouse on hot summer nights to make sure there were no spiders before she sat down. She never tasted soda until she was teen-ager but drank only water from the hand pumped well all her childhood. In her girlhood angst she grew to hate the farm. She grew to hate the poverty that clung to it even more.

In high school she would steal magazines from the local drug store: McCall’s, Harper’s Bazaar and even Forbes. She would dream of life in the big city, being a business woman or an actress. But it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

She married the farm boy down the street when she was seventeen when he promised to give her indoor plumbing. He built her a house on a hundred acres five miles from her parents. She had four children. She milked her own cow, Their artesian well spilt better water than any other well in the county. The girl  who had hated the farm, never came out of the barn, but one day when she was dandling her grandson on her knee in the parlor of her country home she realized it was because she had never really wanted to.

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Share Your World 2015 Week 8

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Hey all! We have been sharing our worlds for the first 7 weeks of 2015. Now it is time for an eighth share. My answers to Cee’s 5 questions are below and you can either answer the questions yourself in the comments section below or in a blog post of your own. Come on it fun! The most fun part is reading what others have shared at

http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/23/share-your-world-2015-week-8/

My answers:

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

This is a tough one. At this point I have written over 2300 posts on two blogs. I do a lot of series writing; so it’s really hard to narrow it down to one post, but one of the series of posts I recall the best, is the “Ferocious” series. I have reblogged it a few times now and developed into a thirteen week Bible study since I first wrote it. Those posts can be found on my “Ferocious” page under the “Pastor Wrinkles” heading or by clicking on

https://josephelonlillie.com/pastor-wrinkles/sermons/ferocious/

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? Why?

The most enjoyable way to spend $500.00 is to spend it on someone else or to give it away. Giving carries one of the greatest emotional blessings of happiness known to man. It is hard at first for me to commit sums of money to other people (it’s against my nature) but I have learned that once committed to, the gift brings with it an incredible peace and joy that settles over my soul

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

“How in the world did I end up here?”

Where do you eat breakfast?

I eat breakfast most days at home while watching the morning news or reading at the breakfast table. It is usually two pieces of toast with peanut butter a half a banana and two cups of coffee.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for an incredibly productive day on Saturday with our C.cada artists.

https://josephelonlillie.com/2015/02/24/whats-a-maker-space/

This week I am looking forward to leading worship at our Network office in Charlton MA

What’s A Maker-Space?

C.cada is the artist’s wing of Cornerstone Church. It is a place people gather to discover their talents, develop their talents and deploy their talents in community. That is a simple definition of a makerspace. C.cada was birthed almost five years ago and since then our artists have met one Saturday a month at our church to practice using their talents in community and to figure out how do we use those talents to enhance our region.

Every month I am amazed at how much work can be accomplished by these dedicated folks in just one day: This month a group of ten artists met via Skype with  Kidzark, a drama ministry in the Netherlands. Our team participated in a read through and editing workshop of Kidzark’s newest play (scheduled to go up fall 2015). The prayer shawl  ministry met and put the finishing touches on 48 new shawls slated to go out sometime this month to sick and hurting individuals around the world. While that was happening two of us met to edit next month’s newsletter. Our circulation of this letter has recently found an open door in a prison church about 40 minutes East of here and some of their members have begun writing devotional articles for publication. I met and interviewed with another young artist who is looking for ways he can collaborate with us for community monthly even though his work is not transportable and while I was meeting with him one of our  members was giving music lessons to a group of elementary students. All the while individual artists were working throughout the building on instruments or easels. Finally in the afternoon twenty of us met for  a choir practice in preparation for Holy Week.

This is makerspace, people coming together to be creative in community and to better their community…and the world. We are not a group of geniuses or prodigies. We are just regular people who don’t want to neglect the gifts God has put in us any longer and so we have decided to be intentional and set aside time to use those gifts. We know that most of us will never make a living off of our art. That doesn’t mean our art can’t produce a better life for us or those around us.

If you would like more information about C.cada you can view our website at artistdayapart.com or you can contact me directly at 978-297-3125 xt. 105

Pastor J

Help Needed

Putting this out again for anyone who might be able to help

Lillie-Put

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Hello WordPress Family. I am sending this word out to all 707 WordPress followers plus my 500 Facebook Friends and 121 Twitter Followers in hopes that at least one of you can help me.

As some of you know I am in the process of publishing my first novel. It is a coming of age story and one of the characters in it is a nun who has left her order for the Protestant church. My publishing editor has given me a list of to-do’s as we begin the editing process and one of the things on this list is to interview a sister who has left her order in the Catholic church and has joined the Protestant church.

Here is how you can help. If you have walked this pathway or if you know someone who has could you possibly make the introduction with the possibility of an interview. It can be done…

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Heaven Pt. 162: Bigger Than

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Thunderheads over the Lower Lake, Killarney

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1,2

Have you ever climbed a mountain? I have. What I can’t believe about mountain climbing is that there are people who actually do it for fun. I remember climbing this one mountain ( I remember it because it was the only mountain I ever climbed). I remember looking up to see the peak. I remember making my way up the steep thigh-killing trail, my breath tearing out of my lungs in great gasps.

I kept saying to myself “just a little further and you will have made it. The top is right around the corner!”

I remember coming out of the trees on that summit only to discover that what I thought was the top was just an outcrop masking the view of the real peak which was some half mile up in the distance. I think I wept.

Mountains are like that: tricky, turn-coat, hiding their bigness in the clouds and aiming to steal your joy at every turn of the path (sorry mountain climbing lovers I just calls ’em likes I sees ’em). The truth is if we keep our eyes on the mountains we will lose hope pretty quickly. Honestly, if you’re looking at the mountain and it seems to big for you to climb you’re only seeing the half of it. The real mountain is worse than you know.

But there is HOPE. You won’t find it looking at the mountain though. Hope is found in the Lord. He’s the maker of Heaven and Earth and He is bigger even than your mountain. Never forget to factor God in on your mountain climbs. He’s the greatest asset you have and He is the only reason you are going to make it up and over whatever mountain stands in your way. As Scripture says, “It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he causes me to stand on the heights Psalm 18:32,33

If God should think the mountain is to big for you to climb He will help you move it straight out of the way. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” Mark 11:23,24

Let me encourage you, stop looking at the mountain. Start looking at the God who is bigger than…

The Heaven posts are a devotional study through the Bible using the word “Heaven”. To find other Heaven posts go to my Pastor Wrinkles page above and click on the “Heaven posts” drop down.

Help Needed

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Hello WordPress Family. I am sending this word out to all 707 WordPress followers plus my 500 Facebook Friends and 121 Twitter Followers in hopes that at least one of you can help me.

As some of you know I am in the process of publishing my first novel. It is a coming of age story and one of the characters in it is a nun who has left her order for the Protestant church. My publishing editor has given me a list of to-do’s as we begin the editing process and one of the things on this list is to interview a sister who has left her order in the Catholic church and has joined the Protestant church.

Here is how you can help. If you have walked this pathway or if you know someone who has could you possibly make the introduction with the possibility of an interview. It can be done in person, via phone, in written form or using Skype.

Thanks JE

It takes courage…In Other Words

Here is week 2 of Patricia’s challenge all. Try it out!

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In Other Words

Use the quote or the author as inspiration for a post;
a story…fiction or non-fiction, a poem or memory,
a commentary, opinion or just a picture.
Write something new about 250.-500 words.
Add your post’s link (for this prompt) to, In Other Words.
Somewhere in your post add a link back to, In Other Words,
doesn’t matter where…it can be text or logo at the end.
The link will start Wednesday soon after midnight EST and close the following Tuesday.
Visit other contributors.  We all love comments and encouragement for our efforts.

Be creative and have fun!

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are
ee cummings

Click on the blue frog to add your link
and to see who has linked to this post and visit them.

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