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Tagged With: encouragement

QTMs for 3/13/17: I’M SURE GLAD YOU’RE THERE

“What do you do?” “I’m a writer.” “Oh-h-h…”  (Glancing at the ever-present cell phone) : “Wow, would you look at the time.  Gotta run.  Catch ya later, okay?” Writers are always jotting ideas and thoughts down in something – in my case, usually a notebook.  Anything can trigger an idea for writing seeds.  Snippets of conversation.  Billboards.  TV commercials.  Sermons.  … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 2/23/17: I WANT TO BE ADDITIVE.

Survivors of life-threatening experiences are the same in one amazing way:  they are fearless in their desire to squeeze as much joy out of each day’s living as is possible. G’mornin’,  friend.  Help yourself to a piping hot, fresh cup of Tanzanian Peaberry.  Those of you who’ve been 2nd Cuppers from way back will instantly … Continue reading »

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300-Word Stroll, 1/1/17: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

Yes, really. I was on morning-auto, filling the coffeemaker reservoir.  As I turned off the faucet I heard a high-pitched sound.  I dialed up my ears, and—sure enough.  A lone cardinal was singing full-voice.  Cheery.  Bright.  Joy-filled.  The longer I stood listening, the louder it sang. Morning-auto.  Doing The Things, mind in standby, thinking ’16 … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 12/27/16: CLEAR THE HURDLES

See, I didn’t get that when I was in P.E.  It’s why I hated hurdles. In the Spring, Milt Durand, our P.E. teacher, took us middle schoolers all out to the cinder track.  Occasionally he figured we all needed to run hurdles. Did I mention I hated them?  I was embarrassed to even be seen with all … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 10/28/16: WHO HELPS THE HELPERS?

We do. ‘We’ is Shepherds’ Fold Ministries.  You’ll find vital information at www.shepherdsfoldministries.org and facebook.com/shepherdsfoldministries Each year around this time we invite evangelical ministers and wives of all denominations from around Kansas to meet in Wichita for an annual DAY of RENEWAL.  That event occurred yesterday. Shepherds’ Fold exists to offer year-round care and encouragement for pastors, their … Continue reading »

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100-Word Strolls for 8/19/16: NOTES FROM MY BATHROOM MIRROR

Ever notice some of your most incisive thoughts and most brilliant debates occur in the shower when you can’t record them for mankind? I have a big 4′ by 3′ mirror in my bathroom.  We are not friends in the morning. “PING”.  Idea.  I got some black dry-erase markers and began capturing all that early-morning … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 7/7/16: BIG DADDY IS DEFINITELY WATCHING YOU

The Police: Every breath you take and every move you make Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you Every single day and every word you say Every game you play, every night you stay, I’ll be watching you I’ll be watching you Every breath you take and every move you … Continue reading »

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#25: DREAMS UNLIMITED, STEPS REASONABLE

“DREAM BIG, MAN!”                     Absolutely!  Ever listen in when someone asks a 9-year-old what they want to be?  There’s NOTHING he can’t do, NOTHING out of bounds for her, zero they can’t accomplish.  Great scientist?  Army General?  World-class chef?  Navy Seal?  Neurosurgeon?  Astronaut?  Astrophysicist?  Part of first Mars colony?  SURE!  No lid, no … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 5/20/16: WHAT IF . . .

Maybe imperfection is perfection in disguise. We all know that Adam and Mrs. Adam were the sum total of perfect humanity, in our recorded history.  Two. And since neither you nor I are one of those two, a couple of things seem equally counterproductive: using perfectionism to excuse doing little or nothing to excel in … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 5/16/16: “YEAH, WELL, IF ADAM HAD BEEN A LIBERAL —-“

I think I’ve figured it out. Christians – derisively called Those Conservatives or The Far Right by those of the port-turning persuasion – habitually pray and tell God, “I’m sorry” more because they’re trying to please Him. Nominal, professional or non-Christians think that’s cute, that actual Christians are mentally weak, and never tell God anything – let … Continue reading »

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