Sunday, May 25, 2014



That I may not cause pain!

At age 62, there’s only one person in my life that’s in the position to cause me real problems; that’s me. The following scripture addresses that:
1 Chronicles 4:10
New King James Version (NKJV)

10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested."  Amen

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The entire point of Christianity

Happy Memorial Day! The couple in the photo is my Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Daniels. My Great Grandmother lived to the ripe old age of 96.  I knew her well.  Great Grandpa passed away when my mother was little.  I never met him.  Despite never having met Great Grandpa, I always thought of them as a couple and I always loved them both.  I’ve been criticized by a professed Christian for suggesting that I was able to love someone that I never even met.  I find this ironic.  The entire point of Christianity is to love someone that we’ve never met, and to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength. If we’re not able to do that, there’s not much point to the rest of The Book.  SC


Memorial Day is a little like Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to appreciate, celebrate and give thanks for all the special people that have brightened our lives all through the years.  It’s all those relationships that make life worthwhile.  The Book says God is Love, and it’s through relationships with those we love that God blesses us and allows us to be a blessing to others.  Relationships are not always easy, and our affection for others can be a slippery slope, but if we endeavor each day to keep God at the center of all our relationships, then despite all our missteps and life’s inherent grief, love prevails, relationships thrive and our memories bring us joy. SC

Monday, May 5, 2014


With summer's temperatures come summer's creatures.



I spent last night here on my porch at Littlethicket, sleeping beneath the stars.  The porch railing makes sleeping here a little like sleeping in a baby’s crib. Owls hooted from the deep woods, Whippoorwills called, the unseasonably warm wind whispered through the silhouetted pines, and below in the meadow coyotes joined in a primeval lullaby. I slept like a baby!  Well, not exactly like a baby.  I didn't wet the bed and wake up crying, but I had a great nights sleep.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014


May will be over before you know it.  Make sure you take time to enjoy it.  Here in the Ozarks, spring arrived late and left early as usual.  Next week the weatherman is calling for mid 80s. Fortunately, its always shady at Littlethicket.