Timeless Significance For Every Day
Short stories and also devotions that mix historical quotes and contemporary musings, as well as
author interviews and book reviews.
author interviews and book reviews.
What a great find, this is an old photo of Exchange Street in Bangor, Maine! I started looking at images for the 1800s and stumbled upon this photo in downeastdilettante’s blog post. If you are interested in Bangor, Maine or Maine history in general then please visit this location where I found this image: https://downeastdilettante.wordpress.com/page/19/ for there are wonderful photos and comments to luxuriate in.
I’m working on a Bangor, Maine historical and loving the rich details and history of this area. I wish to thank my sweet friend, Marie Kathleen Cutler Smith, for suggesting this location. She had moved from there to Wisconsin and so loved this town. Rumor has it that there is a town in Maine named after her family name, Cutler!
Marie’s suggestion also prompted me to write “Welcome” for the Splickety Love 1.2 Magazine. “Welcome” took place during the late 1780s when women would gather at their homes for all-female prayer meetings. At this time Bangor was called Penobscot. I discovered those story details in CITY ON THE PENOBSCOT A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORICAL OF THE BANGOR,MAINE by Trudy Irene Scee.
Finding courageous and imaginative individuals who took hold of faith and purpose is always inspiring to me. Have a wonderful day, thank you for stopping here to share a thought or two.
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He called the place Massa [proof] and Meribah [contention] because of the faultfinding of the Israelites and because they tempted and tried the patience of the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:7
Moses, directed by God with such intimate care. How beautiful to witness such respect between the Lord God and imperfect man. By the hand of the Lord, Israel overcame bondage in Egypt and traveled the wilderness for decades—not easily lead by Moses—because of the complaining, ungrateful chosen people.
The first time that the Lord led Moses to receive water out of the rock at Meribah [strife] the people proved surly. Their need so real that their sharpened tongues spilled out cutting demands to Moses, “Give us water that we may drink.” As though Moses could provide! Their respectful fear of the Lord God Almighty seemed to have evaporated with the thirst that deprived their company. Forgetfulness abounded concerning who truly lead them and provided for them. God’s sweet grace, a favored gift that glorified Him even when the actions and attitudes of His chosen did not, directed Moses to lead them to the rock of blessing.
Moses obeyed when told to take his rod and strike the rock, which released the flow of refreshing water that saved the lives and livestock of Israel. Such miracles! Such glory to have the Lord’s provision. If only Israel preferred the attitude of looking forward and holding onto the expectation of what the Lord would accomplish with their trials and roadblocks and needs.
Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to give forth its water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their livestock drink. Numbers 20:8
Eventually, Miriam had passed away and Moses was much older when 38 years later Israel was lead back to Meribah [strife]. Their tongues parched, angry, and as demanding as before. Violence directed their attitudes. The Lord was still as patient and able. Yet, the people barked orders to Moses—still not looking to their Lord God. The Lord told Moses to pick up the rod and speak to the rock. This time, Moses called Israel Rebels and preformed his service of ministry his own way. For Moses took up the rod and struck the rock—twice. I wonder if he panicked when after striking once, nothing come out. Lifegiving water would come, but the cost of Moses lack of obedience forfeited his entrance into the promise land.
Did God love Moses any less? Did He love Israel any less? No, nor does Father God’s love for us minimize with our lack and indifference. But oh how the angels rejoice when we do all as unto the Lord and seek to please Him. Yes, lets! Find what pleases the Lord and your heart and peace will be like a garden so sweet and fragrant that even our enemies will notice His call. Who knows but they may respond to such grace and largeness of life unnatural to the natural man.
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalms 3:3
We altered the cheese sauce: From "At Home With The French Classics" by Richard Grausman, page 359 Sauce Mornay Cheese Sauce
Cheddar cheese grated 4 0z.
Mozzarella 4 oz.
16 oz. Sour Cream
2 ½ Tab butter
3 Tab all-purpose flour
1/8 tesp salt
1/8 tesp pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
½ a pinch of chipotle chili pepper
14 or 15 boiled red potatoes with skins
4 oz shredded mozzarella
Mix the chives, cheese and potatoes in a mixer.
Sprinkle on dried bacon bits. If you want. (We wanted real bacon.)
Boil Manicotti’s for 6 – 8 minutes
Grate extra cheese over top of them.
Bake in 350° for 25 - 30 minutes.
PENS OF PRAISE
CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP
Let us know if your attending so we can save a seat just for you!
February 20, 2017
Monday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Free Church
2201 42nd St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
“WHAT WOULD YOUR CHARACTER DO?” taught by Taya Schreiter will be a teaching on—characterization! Taya is a natural born teacher, who is especially gifted in bringing out the best in other writers. Bring pen and paper and or your laptop for some possible writing exercises or goal planning. Engage your mind in the who, what, where, when, why and how that causes your character to shine on the pages of your story!
Special guest Minga will present her worship in song for our devotion to start off the night! We are blessed indeed to be ministered to by these young ladies!
“An Admirable Scoundrel or Hero I Love” is our prompt choice for this month— have some fun. Write in the genre of your choice and share/or don’t share if you want to and if time allows. We are a safe group to share with and no tomatoes have been thrown at the speakers or those sharing their latest work in progress!
Stop at a local coffee shop or bring your own coffee or soda and relax with us a while.
May the Lord bless your writing endeavors as you write for Him!
Any concerns or questions feel free to contact email@example.com
There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of thy countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increase. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone
O LORD, make me dwell in safety .Psalms 4:6-8 NKJV
Negative situations and individuals may be an everyday experience for us. Difficulties can abound, littering life with disappointments and pain. David cried out with verse one, Give me relief from my distress, be merciful to me and hear my prayer. Matthew Henry states ‘When men condemn us unjustly, this is our comfort, It is God who justifies; He is the God of the believers righteousness.’ When the LORD lifts up the light of His countenance upon us, it changes something significant inside our heart and spirit. Something we could never hope to change in our own strength. Oh, the love of our Lord is ever-present and healing.
Imagine experiencing His presence during a trial. His uplifting, cleansing, nurturing, filling and causing the overcoming of each painful experience. David mentions in Psalms 4:4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your hearts on your bed, and be still. When angry, isn’t it quite difficult to keep silent? Our minds may run over and over the topic of our dis-ease or uneasiness. But, once we have settled down to obey the Lord and be still, His love, joy and bounty can fill those wounded places inside our hearts. May His name be glorified! What a summertime joy within our spirit! Peace, long-suffering, patience, forgiveness, loving kindness, truth, and grace will change us to resemble Him in character and attitude. Our joy in this transformation is over and above the material gain and glory this world offers.
Worldly gain can be destroyed by drought, fire, or storm. The work of the Lord in our hearts can’t be taken away from us by loss, pain or bad report unless we allow it. I’m not saying that trials aren’t difficult. Sometimes it's all we can do to hold on to Him. But, with His strength it's doable. Receiving His approval is like a balm. He bolsters us up and fortifies us with courage to overcome life’s disasters. He makes us stronger if we become quiet and receptive in His presence. As long as we allow His ministrations to those pain-filled tempests we will become spiritually rich. Despite tragedies and because of them too, our response to His Spirit can be instrumental in offering healing and wisdom to others.
He is like a tree planted by the rivers of water. That brings forth it’s fruit in season, whose leaf also does not wither. And whatever he does prospers. Psalms 1:3
We can be those spiritual fruit-bearing trees laden down with the sweet offerings of a fruitful life. Our hearts, our names, our purposes are safe in Him, and we will prosper for all eternity in His presence for His glory.
Be still, receive, and thrive!
Susan Marlene Kinney is published in Splickety Love magazine and newspapers. She writes devotions, fiction, and nonfiction. She is a member and co-founder of Pens of Praise Christian Writers and is a member of Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW WISE, and Lighthouse Christian Writers. She speaks at writers groups and prepares devotions and teachings often for Pens of Praise Christian Writers. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and At-Risk Teacher’s Aide. She loves antiques and training her Leonberger, who in turn loves to train her. But don't tell the cat, she thinks she has everyone under control.