Friday Fictioneers: Leonor

It’s time once again for Friday Fictioneers. This forum consists of 100 plus writers who share in 100 ish words stories based around a photo prompt chosen by our fearless leader Rochelle. Click on the photo below to go to Rochelle’s site from there the little blue frog will lead you to stories a-go-go!

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by JE Lillie

They told me Antonio had recanted. I should have known better. The great Herezuelo would never have bent the knee. But I was a weak woman too concerned with my position and the comforts of this life. I feared the arm of the inquisition and forgot the promise of greater things. I traded my faith for the dusty trappings of religion once again.

It has been ten years since they burned my love at the stake. All those years I have spent working up my own courage. Today at last the flames lick my feet.

Leonor De Cisneros burned at the stake in 1568 for embracing the Protestant faith.

Share Your World 2015: Week 17


Hey everyone! It’s time for another episode of

share your world. Click on the icon above to fly over to Cee-land and find out how the world has answered Cee’s queries.

Here are the weekly questions and my answers!

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I have so many favorite smells. I love the scent of onions and garlic cooking in the kitchen. On a warm summer night the scent of Italian food fills the atmosphere of our small town from the local eateries. I love it. Cilantro is a very calming scent to me. It reminds me of my grandmother and the smell of cherry pipe tobacco always makes me feel smarter.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

I prefer short hair but I am always struggling to find time to make it to the barbers so long hair is often a plague I must endure.

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

My whole world is planned sometimes to a fault. On the odd occasion I have even begun trying to schedule naps lately.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I love mowing the lawn and burning brush.

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

I had a wonderful meal Sunday after church with my daughter and anew family from our church. This week Watoto African Children’s Choir is coming to minister at our church. I am really looking forward to this ministry.

Taking the Witness Stand Pt. 2


Taking the Witness Stand is one sermon in a series our church staff is preaching following the NBC series A.D. The Bible Continues.

If you missed the first part of Taking the Witness Stand you can find it here:

Taking the Witness Stand Pt. 1

Now  on to today’s portion…

Yesterday we finished up by saying Jesus is our foundation.

I can remember a point many years into my Christian walk when things weren’t going so well for me. My career choices were in question. Financially things weren’t so good. The future looked grim and I can remember looking up to Heaven shaking my fist at God and saying, “You call this a plan? I can do better than this!”

I stopped praying. I stopped reading my Bible. I acted like there was no God. Fortunately, God never acted like there was no me. He dogged my steps. He haunted my dreams at night. He withdrew but stayed just on the edges of my life for weeks, waiting for me to realize the truth that He is the foundation of life. The good news is that in my moment of rejection He remained faithful and when I came back to Him I had learned that there is no such thing as real life without Jesus. He is the center of everything living. He is the foundation of order, and He is the way, the truth and the life.

Today I am with Peter and John. I get it. I cannot help but testify to it. I know that Jesus is the only sure foundation and everybody ought to know who Jesus is. He is why I do what I do. He is my reason. He is my goal. He is my beginning and end.

How about you?

Understanding that Jesus is the foundation of life and everything has caused Him to become my goal. That understanding drove Peter and John to give their lives for the cause of Christ. I am trying to do the same thing.

How about you?

I have a friend, Ben Nelson, who pastors in New Jersey. He writes a blog called Another Red Letter Day . In one of his recent posts he wrote,

In Matthew 20 Jesus gives us a parable that’s full of wonderful images. He paints a scenario from life on the land to teach principles of the kingdom of God.


In this parable He tells of a land owner who owned a vineyard, and needed laborers to work it. I’m guessing harvest was in full swing. He heads to town, to the market, where he knows those looking for work assemble, and five times throughout the day, he hires groups of laborers. He brings people back to his field starting “early in the morning” right up till “the eleventh hour,” with groups starting at the third, sixth, and ninth hours as well.


What can we learn about the kingdom of God from this parable?….


For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. – Matthew 20:1 NASB


The parable begins with a premise we have lost in our current day. The landowner (the Lord) went to the marketplace (the world) and looked for laborers (those entering the kingdom of God.)


It seems to me those entering the kingdom of God today, often look at it as an escape from work, a place of rest rather than labor. But Jesus speaks of entering into work.

I have learned that becoming a Christian is not really about having all your problems solved. Oh Jesus solves our problems: He heals; He delivers; He saves; He restores; He fixes broken lives  and we desperately need Him to do those things. In fact sometimes our brokenness is the starting point of our relationship. But it is not THE POINT. All of that is secondary.

At its heart becoming a Christian is about changing kingdoms. It is about declaring a new king over your life. It is about making Jesus Lord and master.  Romans 10:9 says

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved

Jesus heals, delivers, saves, restores and fixes because that is the required state of everything in the Kingdom; But as you make your decision to serve Christ please understand that you are becoming a citizen in a Kingdom not a democracy. You leave your vote at the door and take up the decision to obey.

We are called to receive God’s gifts and to obey his commands and sometimes like Peter and John we are called to face opposition in this world for our obedience and yet because Jesus is our foundation.

 We Have To Obey God even in the midst of opposition

Taking the Witness Stand Pt. 1

“Taking the Witness Stand”,  is one sermon in a series our church staff is launching off of the NBC telecast A.D. the Bible Continues.  The Scriptural reference is Acts 4:18-20


If you remember the story….

After the experience the disciples had in the upper room with the baptism in the Holy Spirit something inside of them changed. Before the baptism in the Holy Spirit the disciples were men and women filled with fear, not knowing what to do. Peter had denied Christ three times at the scene of Christ’s trial and all the others had been so afraid they had not even shown up at the hearing. But after the baptism in the Holy Spirit something was different about them! They had a new boldness. They had a new sense of passion, a new understanding of the mission. They began to preach and teach the message about Jesus every day in the Temple courts and from house to house.

In Acts chapter 3 a spectacular miracle of healing is recorded that causes the disciples and their message to be catapulted to new levels of fame among the Jewish people. In a very short span of time the church grows from 3,000 to 5,000 souls.

Wanting to quell the rising tide of revival the rulers of the Temple have Peter and John, the ringleaders of the Jesus circus, arrested. However, not having any valid charges to hold them on they prepare to release them And that is where our Scripture passage this morning picks up the story…


Acts 4: 18-20 New International Version (NIV)


18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

I don’t know about you but if I had been Peter and John I think I could have come up with a better response than that.

I could have:

Abandoned the message and just gone back to fishing because this was not what I signed up for.

Just told the men what they wanted to hear. I could have said something like, “As you wish gentlemen. We’ll stop.” Then I would have gone out and done the exact opposite of what I promised.

Tried to negotiate the message. I could have said,“Well what if we include the Kadosh and some really strong teaching about the 10 commandments in all our lectures? How about if we share time? We can share our message but give you a platform during the service as well?”

I am sure that all of these responses presented themselves to the rational minds of Peter and John in those moments. They were after all men just like you and me. But in those moments they chose not to take any of these options. Instead they openly defied the Sanhedrin and said “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen or heard.”

You see they understood something about the life they were now living. Jesus was not just an addition to the 10 commandments. Jesus was not a new fad in the Jewish religion. They understood It was not Jesus and the Law. They realized when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit that Jesus was the Law. He was the One the prophets proclaimed. Everything in the Old Testament was pointing to Him. They understood that everything in history was His Story. Jesus was their foundation. They understood that without Jesus there was nothing to believe in because Jesus had become their foundation and today I would put to you that

Jesus is our foundation too!!!!

What’s Wrong With Beginning Small?

Do not despise the day of small beginnings .

Vincent Egoro

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These days it’s all about “bigness.” Everyone one talks about big dreams; big ideas; big goals. We are always told to admire and model our lives after those people who conceive great ideas and successfully bring them to reality. Every young lady dreams of marrying or dating some rich man. Every young man thinks in millions and billions.

While nothing absolutely is wrong with such thinking anyway, many of us who are so engrossed in the thinking and talking big fail to consider the small things that make great things or a great life possible. The fact is we cannot all think in millions, and we cannot all aspire to vast achievements. But this is no reason why we should despise ourselves or look down upon ourselves because our daily work and our life may not be doing great things.

Are you doing small work? Are you…

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What was I thinking?!?

Reblogging you some hope on this busy and fruitful Sunday afternoon!


When I think back at all the foolish, and even dangerous things I have done in the past I have to question my common sense (or sometimes my sanity).  Then there are the politically correct things that I violated time and time again without thinking.

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One time while playing in the neighbor’s field, I decided to start an ant farm, so I put as many ants in my pockets as I could and brought them home to show my mother.  You can imagine how she reacted.  At an even younger age, I decided the dining room walls needed some extra color, so I rubbed butter all over one of them.  The grease stain remained there for years as a reminder of my earliest art work.  As I approached my teen years, my neighbors and I discovered the excitement of rock fights.  Unlike today’s video war games, people could actually be physically injured. …

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A great word from Kim for all who cannot find their voice.




When I sat down to write a new post this morning, as I began praying re: what to write, a post that I wrote in April of 2012 called “It’s Not Okay” kept coming to mind.

This led me to reblog the post because I believe someone needs to read it to either be encouraged themselves to speak up and say “It’s not okay”, or inspired to encourage someone else they know who is dealing with a situation to speak up and say, “it’s not okay”.

The post is below…… encouraged, be challenged, and be blessed.



(April 14th 2012)

Today I thought about how sometimes there are things that people do or say to us that are not okay with us, but we never say so.

We may want to speak up, need to speak up, or even…

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Cee’s Black & White: What Shape are You In?

This week Cee has asked us to come up with Geometric Shapes for her black & white photo challenge. Click the underlined words to see how others met the challenge.

050714  black and white (4)I have learned a few things from shapes about life.


For instance in life round is a pretty common shape!


While we would all like it to be a little more linear, the older we get the more we realize, this thing called life just doesn’t fit in a box.


Truth be told, the more we insist on controlling the shape of every detail in our lives, the more complicated our lives become.


Sometimes those things in our lives which appear to be the weakest offer us the most support through the troubled waters.


And, if you wait long enough and keep taking the bends in the road, eventually life does come full circle.

More Than Just Making It

 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  Ma 24:12,13

I just finished reading two great posts at Faith and Footsteps and Justified Freely

Look folks, we all pretty much can read the handwriting on the wall. We are in a season of increasing wickedness and the love of many is certainly getting a little chilled.

There’s a lot of chatter going on about how we have to change the world. Questions like, “How do we fix this?” ,“What needs to change?” and “Who’s to blame?” all make a regular circuit across the interview tables of the reigning talking heads.

These are great questions. I’m just not sure they are the first questions we ought to be asking ourselves as individuals. After all we can’t change anything in the world without first changing ourselves.

I think the first question we each need to ask is, “In light of what is happening in the world, who do I want to be?”

I want to be a champion for Christ! I want to be a man of passion! I want to be  someone who at the end of his days has used every ounce of grace given him to make a difference! I want to be a guy who does more than just make it into Heaven! I want to be the guy who gets and keeps the victory in life’s battles by daily utilizing the power of God!


Who do you want to be?