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Dog Tail: Tipton

Today’s Featured Pet is Tipton. Tipton is 4 months old. His mother was an Akita mix. He is very playful and fun-loving. He will be a very large dog. You can find out more about Tipton and other dogs and cats available for adoption on the Mecosta County, Michigan’s Animal Rescue Coalition website: Welcome to…

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The Creator of Light

My reading this morning was from Psalm 69. Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. Psalm 69:1-3 My…

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Dog Tails: Grady

Today’s Dog Tail is about Grady. Grady is a nine month old mixed breed dog. He is quite large and strong but extremely happy and loving. He loves children and everyone he meets. He enjoys playing with tennis balls and going for nice long walks. Grady is available for adoption through Animal Rescue Coalition of…

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Friday Feature: The Darkened Land

Author’s Inspiration: The Darkened Land is the 1st in a Series of Eight books about the King and His light and the struggle to save His people who have become engulfed by darkness. It is an allegory of our world and God’s love for us. It was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia…

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Friday Feature: The Road Home

Today’s featured book is The Road Home by Christian author Malissa Chapin. About the book: Sometimes your past catches up with you. Sometimes you confront your past. When a life of tragedy leaves Audra March with a desperate desire foracceptance, she blurs the line between right and wrong. She runs from her tainted past and…

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Cat Tails: Louis

I’m working with the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County, Michigan to showcase some of their pets who are available for adoption. Their website information is listed below. LOUIS Louis is a 3 year old neutered male with extra toes on his front feet.  Louis needs to be an only cat and live in a…

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Life’s Journey Update

The garage sale went really well. I spent some time with my sisters and niece and nephew and enjoyed two days in the fresh air. Even though it was windy and cold and I got sunburned, that sunshine was refreshing. The fact that I cleared out my house and earned a little pocket money made…

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If I Were a Butterfly

“If I were a butterfly, I’d thank You, Lord, for giving me wings…” One of the songs we used to sing with hand motions in church when I was a young teen. I loved it and it stuck around in my head for years as I moved into adulthood and had kids of my own.…

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Friday Feature: The Blessed Bunny

Author’s Inspiration: This book is designed to draw attention to the true meaning of Easter contrasted to the commercialization of Easter. About the book: The Blessed Bunny is a rhyming story about a bunny that was taken from a pet store and put in a store with Easter sale items. A little girl chooses him…

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May I have this Dance Final Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Five Brooke His cold words hit her like a sheet of ice.             “You mean—this—us?”             “Yeah. I don’t think it’s going to work out between us.”             “But you said—”             “I said I love you, Brooke. And I mean it.”             She stepped back, suddenly chilled. She put her hands up to…

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May I have this Dance Chapters 33-34

Chapter Thirty-Three Chase The bridal couple was watching for them, and waited at the edge of the dance floor. “I was wondering where you two ran off to.” Julie laughed, and Lance winked at Brooke. “We’ve been wanting a chance to dance with you two,” Julie said. “Will you let me borrow her for a…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 32

Chapter Thirty-Two Brooke The wedding was less than a week away. The bride called Brooke several times that week to talk over the little details of the wedding, the catering, the cake order, the flower order. Brooke listened to all of her worries and concerns and gave her reassurances that everything was going to work…

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Recipe: Spaghetti Parmesan

Spaghetti Parmesan This 4-ingredient pasta dish is quick and simple, and tastes good. Not a low cholesterol or low fat dish, but an easy dinner with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Ingredients: 8 oz. spaghetti 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 4 tablespoons butter (not margarine) 1 clove garlic, minced Directions: Boil spaghetti and drain,…

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It is Well with My Soul

(I’m almost embarrassed to post this today after my recent Facebook post stating that in my own part of the world, there was peace in my mind and in my heart.) Today didn’t start off very well. I stopped for gas on the way to work and pulled up to the pump on the driver’s…

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May I have this Dance Chapters 30-31

Chapter Thirty Brooke Brinley was beyond excited when she woke up and found out they were going to the mall. “You promised I could get a Build-a-Bear the next time we go. Can I, really?”             Brooke had forgotten that. During their shopping trip in August, Brinley had begged to be allowed to buy and…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 28-29

Chapter Twenty-Eight Chase Chase’s mom didn’t seem to notice, or didn’t care about his discomfort. “I’d forgotten your husband was a hunter. That’s why Chase is taking Devon out.” Chase looked at Brooke. She was watching him, wondering what he’d say. It was a fact that she’d been married before, that her husband was a…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 27

Chapter Twenty-Seven Chase was pretty nervous about taking Devon out hunting. He’d talked to Dustin about it. His brother was the only one who was aware of how he felt. When one was prepared and knew the lay of the land, hunting was a safe sport. There were unknowns while taking out young hunters, especially…

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Another Chapter in My Story

As the new year began, my blog took a backseat as I focused on self-care and on my daytime job. I recently began working with children’s church and was elected for the role of director. I’ve always wanted to produce curriculum that teaches the Bible chronologically from the date of Jesus’ birth through Easter and…

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Baskets Full of Books Event

I’d like to take the time today to tell you about a great group that I have been a part of since December 2019: The Christian Women Writers. Here is an introduction from their website: “First, a word about who we are. Our founder, Jen Gentry, established Christian Women Writers to create a caring and loving…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 26

Chapter Twenty-Six Brooke was embarrassed when she walked into the office on Monday and Darrick greeted her. He was usually cold and wore a scowl when she came in, as if afraid to be friendly to her. This morning, he could hardly hide a grin.       · “Good morning, Brooke. How was the John Wayne movie?”…

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From the Vault: Healing a Broken Heart

We are in the middle of February, the month when we are surrounded by hearts. Back in high school, a student could buy a carnation for their sweetheart to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. I always wanted to receive one, but never did. I suppose like any teenaged girl, the longing for a boyfriend was…

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Easy Recipe: Mock Salisbury Steak

Um, this kind of looks bad, doesn’t it? Believe me, it is made with people food, not dog food. And it is food, not some other substance. It tastes better than it looks. And it only uses 3 pantry ingredients, not counting the mashed potatoes. Mock Salisbury Steak Ingredients: 1 – 16 oz. canned beef,…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 25

Chapter Twenty-Five Brooke found the idea of being completely alone with Chase exciting, but she was more than a little nervous. They hadn’t talked about their relationship for a few weeks. It seemed like they had moved forward, but as a family, not as a couple. The kids were all getting along well, but there…

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From the Vault: Unconditional Love

Before planning my own wedding, I had no idea of the details and decisions we would need to make. A wedding dress and veil, rings, registries, invitations, musicians, and…cake napkins? We didn’t have a lot of time or money to work with. We had to sacrifice some of the things we wanted to save money.…

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