I dedicate this post to Chesapeake Church's Executive Pastor Ann Edwards. I wish I could credit meditation and deep contemplation for it. But in fact, it was this weekend's very poignant message "Isn't It Time I Stop Wasting My Life," delivered by Ann Edwards at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, that inspired me to spread the … Continue reading “So Much Wasted Time”
A Harsh Reality This week our church family was once again struck by a harsh reality--that we live, we love, and then we must let go. That is, we should never take life, family, friends or God for granted. We always should live our lives as though today might be our last. Love God, Love … Continue reading “We Live, We Love, We Let Go!”
Or, the One Rotten Fruit that Spoils the Bushel? As I draft this post, my husband and I are driving to Virginia to be with our eldest son, Bobby's family. We are joining him, his wife, and their youngest of three sons, Andy, who is graduating from the Virginia Police Academy on Friday. Bobby's other two … Continue reading Are You the Apple of Your Family’s Eye . . .
The Month for Lovers Continues... My niece, Caitlyn Boling (daughter of my brother John Arthur and his wife Joyce), and her new husband Anthony Rubio, honored my parents' (Frank and Norma Boling) 70 years of marriage together (2/5/1946) at their wedding this past Sunday, February 21, with an Anniversary Dance especially for them. As some … Continue reading And, together they danced…
Bob Dylan--an American singer, songwriter, artist and writer He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1997, Bob Dylan became the first rock star ever to receive Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation's highest award for … Continue reading The Times, They are a Changin…
Here's something you might have a little fun with. It is a Google Maps photosphere (shot in February 2015). It lets you freely look up, down, and all around to explore the entire El Ayudante campus. Day Five - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Day five with our El Ayudante 2015 team of ordinary families and … Continue reading “We’re On A Mission From God” – Day 5
And, We're Off... The past 10 days or so have been very exciting, hectic, happy, sad, and life-changing ones. Over the next few days, I will draw from my journal notes to share my times with you. Starting at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27th when we got up to get ready to leave … Continue reading “We’re On a Mission From God” – Day 1
We all could use more than a few moments to occasionally ponder what luxury is and is not in our lives and how we can help others in need… The Howard Family (Mark and Tracy and their three young children, Kai, Riley and Jordan), are beautiful examples of people living their lives to help glofiy God through their intentional relationships and services to the poverty-stricken people who live in Comayagua, Honduras. Mark and Tracy, while working with the El Ayudante Missions are Chesapeake Church’s staffing extension there. Regularly throughout the year, Chesapeake Church members visit the Howard Family and support El Ayudante’s efforts. This year, it’s our turn, and I am so looking forward to my eminent few moments to lend a hand painting, digging latrines, setting up water filters, providing vacation bible school for the children, attending their local church services, and most of all sharing loving experiences in a culture who’s luxury is so very different from ours. Thank you, El Ayudante, The Howards, Chesapeake Church, and the people of Comayagua, Honduras.
I am doing research for a class the doctor at Clinica El Ayudante is doing for parents of malnourished kids in our area. I am sitting here reading about what it is like to try and eat healthy when you don’t have many resources. I pause, and realize I am hungry. I had a good workout with a friend this morning, and apparently I didn’t eat enough breakfast. Something to do with three little guys wanting to play soccer, and trying to take a shower within the small window where they are happily playing together. I go to my kitchen and open the cupboard, which is full of healthy and yummy choices. Maybe I’m not hungry, I’m thirsty. So I go to my water cooler and fill my clean bottle with crystal clear, filtered, cold water. All this time, my mind is processing what I have been reading.
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A Headlining Easter Service Reviewing current hilarious accidental newspaper headlines is where Reverend Robert Hahn started. And soon he became very serious, "Man Executed on Friday Rises from the Dead on Sunday! Yes, as millions of Americans traditionally do, we attended Easter Services yesterday at our church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is typically … Continue reading Man Executed on Friday Rises from the Dead on Sunday!
"Blessed Assurance" is a well-known Christian hymn. Fanny J. Crosby, famed blind hymn writer wrote the lyrics in 1873 to the music written by Phoebe Palmer Knapp, (both were members of the St. John's Methodist Church in New York City). It may have been blind Miss Crosby’s example that encouraged Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839-1908) to write … Continue reading Blessed Assurance
Honoring, laughing with and apologizing... I am honoring, laughing with, and apologizing to our three children who may relate all too well to my reblog of the 20 Signs You Grew Up in Catholic School, below. I read this post on the heels of my daughter and I attended a Catholic funeral a couple of … Continue reading 20 Signs You Went to Catholic School
The Normal--a Coincidence--a Good Thing, A Bad Thing, Neither? It's more than coincidence when the daily prompt request, "The Normal," falls on the heels of the end to a 7-week teaching series at my church on "The Real Normal." So, feeling compelled to respond from a higher authority, and with the help of my church … Continue reading Daily Prompt: The Normal
Bach's Jesu' Joy of Man's Desiring My Beautiful and talented GREAT Niece - Alyssa Nicole LaLone on Saturday, June 1, 2013, granddaughter of my brother Frank and his wife Diane, and daughter of their daughter, Jessica and Todd LaLone, celebrates her 8th birthday. I've Got The Music In Me (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, or Part 5) … Continue reading I’ve Got the Music In Me – Part 6
My Direct Line and Extended Family When I initially think "family" I immediately think about my parents and our family's blessing of five living lines of descent--21 people in all: children (3), grandchildren (9), great-grandchildren (7), and great-great grandchildren (2). We are very fortunate that all but five of our direct blood line still reside … Continue reading Think Family–Act from a Global and Humanitarian Perspective
Culture & Identity/Arts and Artists: February 4, 2013 And this is my other family...Chesapeake Church, Huntingtown, MD For more of Chesapeake Church visit: You Tube