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"The Still Man" by kckerrie 0

  • Catherine Schmid Murphy

Paul, Silas and Scary Bylines 1

You know, that teaser line under the headline an article, the one that grabs your attention in case the title missed. Yeah, I know, just call it poetic license; I like the way it rolls off the tongue.

How breaking is a story if it has not changed for 3 days running? If a headline or byline brings fear, anger, worry, horror or a thought like WTF, try this: 1. Don't click it. 2. Turn your eyes back to Jesus. 3. Carry on.

Fear of anything in this world has no place in our lives; it turns our eyes away from Jesus. Neil just conveyed a story about Paul and Silas, beaten and jailed after casting a demon out of a woman. Surely they knew what that might mean for them. The demon itself was revealing the 2 men to be "servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way to salvation." If we do not speak and share God's word, not only the rocks and hills shout it out; even demons, even paint poured on a canvas, even music, even every gift from God to us WILL shout it out. Just sayin'. There is just no gettin' around it. God IS.

Anyway, I digress. During this event of adversity for Paul and Silas, which was BAD for them in this world, they prayed and sang hymns to God and they were freed from their earthly shackles. Yet they stayed inside the prison. And the Keeper of the prison heard about JESUS; and he and all of his were saved. Like Neil says all the time, "I don't know who needs to hear this, but somebody does."

Sometimes our chains are not literal, they are figurative. Sometimes they exist only in our minds. When you choose to turn to Jesus you choose to cast-off chains of all kinds. Keep your eyes on Jesus and all events in this world will be used for your good, and God willing, someone else's.

  • Catherine Schmid Murphy

Finding Love 0

There is a box called Feeling Love.
I resist going into this box since I was a very small child.
It is a dangerous place, yet one I crave to be in.

There is a place just outside this box
where I can go whenever I choose.
A box called Gratitude.

Gratitude is very close to Love.
And if I sit in the Gratitude box long enough
I open my eyes to find myself Feeling Love.
handesofawoman big shirt with big pockets feeling love and me



  • Catherine Schmid Murphy

Rebecca Stout Sings and Dances "Cluck Old Hen" 0

Rebecca Stout sings and dances "Cluck Old Hen," giving us a connection with our history, heritage and ancient oral tradition. An idea, talent, HARD WORK and a wood box...anywhere. This video was found on youtube and I enjoy this style of dance and story telling; look for more from her there. What's your idea?



  • Catherine Schmid Murphy
Thank you, every one.

Thank you, every one. 0

Very glad you are here.
  • Catherine Schmid Murphy
Apple Pound Cake

Apple Pound Cake 0

Here is a yummy recipe from my neck of the woods. Thanks goes out to Marilyn Campbell for letting us share this Facebook post to our blog. Whose recipe cache doesn't contain several dozen of these? Mine never get transferred to something else; they get stuffed in the recipe cabinet where I have to root through them to find what I need. My favorites end up stuffed between pages in my most used recipe book, close to the appropriate section. This is how we did it at home growing up and I carry on the tradition. Some things never change. Thank goodness.

Marilyn Campbell is a master baker. She posts the most wonderful food from her kitchen. We are grateful for permission to share this recipe with you.

  • Catherine Schmid Murphy