Silent Sundays 11-25-18

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Forces Of Nature

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forces of Nature.”

The Daily post has asked us to show the forces of nature from our little corner of the globe. Having just come through one of the worst winters ever in my life time here is my force of nature

I am so glad Spring is finally here!

Weekly Travel Theme: Environment

Ailsa has challenged us with the word: ENVIRONMENT this week. To see how others met the challenge go to

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/02/27/travel-theme-environment/

Here are some pics of different environs from my archives

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I come from a world of winter and pine forests.

When snow falls, nature listens. ~Antoinette van Kleeff

When snow falls, nature listens. ~Antoinette van Kleeff

And this year all the world has listened to the winter howl in our environment.  Who says there’s no evidence of global climate change?

The bark at Torc

The bark at Torc

All that said I know the world will someday be green again!

Share Your World 2015 Week 7

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Every week Cee from Portland asks us five questions about our world. We her contributors answer those questions and so we share our worlds. You can see how folks across the globe answered Cee’s questions this week by going to

http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/16/share-your-world-2015-week-7/

Here are the questions and my answers

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

Absolutely not. The money is stuffed in every which way. Some is folded and some is just crumpled in with the receipts

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I really love my Maltese puppies. There coats are a labor of love but they are so sweet-tempered I hardly mind.

If money was not an issue, would you go on a cruise?  If so where would you go?

I would really love to take a Viking River Cruise up the rivers of Europe some day.

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight?

I probably wouldn’t but if I did it would be to exorcise the ghosts and demons out of the place.

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 to have the drives and walks cleaned out once again. I am really grateful for the help my neighbors gave in cleaning out the ends of my drive. I am excited to begin the chapter treatments on my next book this week. It is called, I Wasn’t Really Dead, and Other Lies I’ve Told.

Tired, Cranky and Greatly Blessed

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. ~Alfred Wainwright

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. ~Alfred Wainwright

I have finished packing for today’s Special Touch Gathering. This afternoon after ministry I have to do some last-minute shopping before Winter Storm Neptune slides in with New England’s next foot of white stuff. I am also thinking I should refill the wood rings on the porch with wood from the wood stacks and I need to make sure the cellar door is clear to get the snowblower out tomorrow morning should we have church.

Like most New Englanders I am tired and admittedly a bit cranky. This year we have experienced  more snow in less time than ever before. We pride ourselves on being a tough, resilient lot but the air in my neck of the woods just now is filled with definite cantankerosity. People either have massive cabin fever or a burning desire to climb back into bed and not get up again until after Easter.

While this is the prevailing mood over our region, I realize it is just that, a mood and nothing more. While moods or emotions are powerful things they only have as much power as we give them. Frankly we are not supposed to give them much power. Moods are not meant to rule us. They are meant to guide us, inform us of current conditions so that we can then approach God for solutions in the Spirit.

Last year I met a missionary friend at a pastor’s conference. While the winter of 2014 was not quite as nasty as it has been this year this missionary had done quite a bit of travelling and ministering in very difficult circumstances.

I asked her, “I heard you have had a rough year of travel.”

“Oh it’s been absolutely terrible! One of my worst itineration years ever. The driving has been bad. So many services cancelled.” Then my friend looked around and noticed that others were listening in on our conversation.

“And I am so blessed!” She smiled with a wink and a nod.

It may be humorous but It is also true. We are blessed. We may experience hardship. We may face trials. We may be tired of snow. We may be in pain from shoveling. We may find ourselves feeling troubled, sad, even cranky. Yet we are blessed. We serve a God of love who has some benefit for us even through the bleakest winters of history. Let’s not let tired and cranky steal from us the truth that we are greatly blessed. Acknowledge tired and take a nap. You will feel blessed. Acknowledge cranky and choose to do something that will pick you up. Acknowledge pain and pray for healing. Acknowledge the trial but don’t let the trial rule. Find a way to put the blessing in the driver’s seat of life. Choose that now!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fav Things Verse Three

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Cee has challenged us to create a post from this prompt…

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, Silver white winters that melt into springs, These are a few of my favorite things.

I have no white- dress-blue-satin-sashed girls for this challenge. What I do have is a ton of silvery white winter. With two more feet of the slivery white wintry stuff ready to dump on my head I am really looking forward to the melting into spring thing.

Find out how others answered this challenge at…

http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/03/cees-fun-foto-challenge-my-favorite-things-verse-three/