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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Ñandutí: The Shrouded Gift

I was privileged to visit Paraguay in South America,
during my college years in the mid-1980s.
While staying with friends, I was introduced to ñandutí,
which is the Guaraní word, meaning "spider web."

An artwork developed, which is similar to lace tatting. The patterns of ñanadutí lace are amazingly similar to the actual spider web, which is seen in nature. I bought a couple of pieces of this amazing lace,
which I still display in my home to this day.

Legends surrounding the origin of ñandutí are varied but are consistently mystical and connected to indigenous religious belief.

Aesthetically speaking, ñandutí lace is beautiful, colorful,
and potentially mesmerizing, due to the circular patterns in the lace.

I hope you will enjoy this unique poem and wonderful artform.






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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "The Best Place to Live

We find our best Home in the Lord, according to Psalm 27:4-5 and Hebrews 4:9.

The Lord Jesus of Nazareth is the One in Whom we find our truest rest,
the Home, where we can worship every day, and all-day-long
as well as the greatest place of safety when difficult days are ever-present.

May the Lord bless you with His Presence this very day.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "The Prepared Table

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is for the purpose of encouragement.

I hope you will be encouraged as you read it.

Blessings Always, Everyone.


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Thank you for your good and encouraging word, MaryAnn. With God’s Help, I will.
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "A Hopeful Thaw

Today is a glorious day!

The current temperature is 74 warm degrees with full sun and light breezes.
There is not a low in the 30s and only three in the mid to upper 40s
for the next ten-day forecast.

What a relief!

What a Blessing!


This dear poem virtually wrote itself. I hope you enjoy it.

Blessings, All! The Lord make His Presence very real to you this and every day!


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "The Living God

Today's poem is a continuation of my thoughts
and response to Fathertymme, Winter Edition in the thread post
of this week's Spiritual Newsletter.

My attempt at trying to explain the existence of God
is, no doubt, meager at best.

I have learned over the years, that telling others what to believe about God
is consistently not well-received, nor is it easily provable.

Therefore, my approach has been to tell others what I can or cannot believe
about the Person of God.

Anyone, who knows me knows just what a childlike heart I possess.
I celebrate Christmas year-round in various forms.


My response to Fathertymme is quoted in part here, "Fathertymme,...Are you referencing the alleged 'Creation OF God'? I don't think it is logically possible for God to be created. At least I can't understand that possibility.

The Self-Existence of Uncreatable God is the concept, that is totally outside the realm of human comprehension as it is expected to be, if God can actually exist as I believe, that He does.

Any God we can comprehend cannot possibly be God. It is my deepest and longest-held belief, that God must exist or nothing else can. Ergo, life on Earth exists, therefore God must exist in order for life to be possible.
(Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4; Revelation 22)"

Why have I quoted myself, today? I want to clarify something. It would be unwise for me to tell Fathertymme or anyone else what to believe if that individual does not hold to the Absoluteness of Holy Writ as I do. Some individuals may have the ability to conceive of a God, that can be created. I am not one of those.

The childlike spirit, that lives within me, sees everything, that God says about Himself in The Holy Bible as being The Absolute Truth. Small children tend to believe their parents (at least at first) without question because the parents take care of all of the needs of the children.

Those, who come to Jesus for Salvation, as I have, must come to Him as that same type of trusting little child, that believes the Guardian without question. (As a maturing Christian, I have learned to question the faith, respectfully, for the purpose of certifying the Truth to be shared with others, but still, the foundation for Christian faith is trusting the Person of Truth, [Jesus - John 14:6] as a little child.)


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "Walking Right Upon the Way

Here is today's answer for the prompt from the group,
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Finding the way to Heaven is never a matter of typing in the final destination
into an Earthly GPS, and coldly following the turns and the straight aheads.

Walking the King's Highway is always a matter of running to the King and walking in His Steps.

"Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
"
(John 14:6, KJV)


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Liberty Upon its Knees

Today's poem is my answer to the challenge from
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This apostrophe is written in honor of Lady Liberty in New York Harbor.
Though she has had (and continues to have) many detractors
throughout the history of the United States of America,
Lady Liberty remains strong, and well-loved by those of us who know her.

The Statue of Liberty has weathered many storms of late, not the least of which
is the snow and ice storm, which blankets much of our country.
Yet, by the Grace of God, she will remain firm as will all freedom-loving,
and God-fearing citizens of these United States as well
as the like-minded nations around the world.

May the Lord bless the nation of Israel. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
they shall prosper that love thee.
"
(Psalm 122:6, KJV)

"2And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing:

3And I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
"
(Genesis 12:2-3, KJV)


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "The Shepherd of My Soul

Today's post is in response to the daily prompt from the group,
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Sheep are helpless creatures.
Infants, toddlers, those who are chronically sick
as well as the aged are quite helpless, too.

The verses, being highlighted, today, show us that
the Lord of Glory, the Good Shepherd of the sheep,
is well aware of His role in providing for the care of those,
who cannot provide for themselves.

The way God provides for us demonstrates the way
He wants us to provide for the care of others,
who have been placed in our trust.

Blessings, All.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Santa Claus Village

The childlike heart about Christmas has never left me.
In the past couple of years, I've learned about the Santa Claus Village
In Lapland at the Arctic Circle.

I know I want to visit there someday,
but I've, also, considered what it would be like to work there year-round.

Even mucking the huskies and the reindeer would probably not be enough
to dissuade me. What a career in retirement for a Southern boy,
who has seen very little snow for decades.

I was born in Cattle Town, Fort Worth, Texas,
but amazingly enough, my experience with snow by and large
harkens back to those years of my first decade on Earth,
growing up in north Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

My family and I were snowed in during a blizzard when I was five
as we rode out those snow days in a motel in Amarillo, Texas.
I remember such joy looking out the large plate-glass windows
of the restaurant, wondering about the concern on the adults' faces,
while being thrilled over the wonderful mounds of white just beyond my reach.

Then, there was the winter when I was in first or second grade,
living in Guymon, Oklahoma, completely in fantasy land
about the mounds of white snowdrifts,
that stretched all the way up the side of my house.

Yes. I'm well aware of the strong winter storm in Texas right now,
but I remain confident, that Texans will weather the storm,
coming out stronger on the other side.

That's why you don't mess with Texas. Not even the weather messes with Texas.

We're survivors.
We live large.
We are the kind of people, who could make a job out of serving Santa Claus
in a winter wonderland, that lasts twelve months every year.

Enjoy my poem and the video about the Santa Claus Village,
"keeping Christmas all the year."

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.


― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/494832-i-will-honour-christmas-in-my-heart-and-...



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I too was born in Texas and durn proud of it. It's truly pride shining through when someone ask me where I'm from, no matter what state I'm living at the time. I'm a Texan! I have family still scattered from Liberal, Kansas to the Texas shoreline. They are all doing fine and some still without power have all been checked on by phone and even a wellness check by the local authorities.

It has been ten years since I've lived in Amarillo and remember that first winter moving back very well. It had been very cold, but it could have been due to me getting older and not able to stand the cold as I had growing up in Kansas, Oklahoma and my great state of Texas.

This year is still early and who knows what we have in store for us in 2021. God willing it's not as rough as 2020. He is still trying to get our attention and we need to heed and listen to what He has to say.

I love your wanting to live in Santa land in your last days. Please, remember to dress warm and stay in doors. The temperatures there are far worse than here. But to think of it that is why Santa has a beard and wears a thick coat with knee high boots. 🤔🥶❤🤣🎅
Thanks, Teresa. That’s a great background to have. The Lord is, indeed, speaking loudly. I pray I hear well His specific words for me.

Kansas? Cool. I remember getting my first airplane ride in Kansas in a little crop-duster. I man was running a special. “Place your child on the scales. A penny a pound is your ticket.”
I thought it was interesting that the US isn't on the top places they receive letters from, then I remembered we have our own North Pole in Alaska. I bet that's where most letters from us go. *Wink* The city changed their name in something like the '50's or '60's (I'm too lazy to look it up lol) to increase tourism and it worked. *Bigsmile* They have a Santa village and a Santa Claus. I saw him and he knew a lot. He asked where I was from and I said, Auburn, Alabama and he he said, "War Eagle," our football team's battle cry. That was cool.

Then my friend said she was from New York City. He asked where in New York. She named her street and he said, "Oh, over near (something I don't remember)." She was so surprised and was like, "How do you know that?"

He said, "I'm Santa Claus." *Laugh*
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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "Let the Little Child Come

Today's post is once again in response to the prompt from the group,
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#2225667 by Chris Breva AKA Marvin Schrebe


Children are so honest and accepting, that these traits are the very ones,
that are necessary to bring us to salvation.

May the Lord give us these restored blessings of childhood,
that we may enter His Kingdom this very day.


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