Thinking of You ~ Wishing You Well ~ and many more!

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Have you received a card or note that has been handwritten? If so, I hope you felt the love that went into it. Every year since we have been married my hubby gets a birthday card with a handwritten message in it from his grandmother. They almost all start the same way: “I remember the night you were born …” These cards have been a treasure for my hubby and for me also. Through the years I learned family tales and stories and traditions were passed on.

A few years ago I did what almost every one I know does on a daily basis. I walked out to my mailbox and picked up the mail. Every day I would get excited anticipating something addressed to me. Maybe I would get an announcement from my favorite nail salon, or a great coupon for a local restaurant, or a postcard from a family member, or a “Thinking of You” card from a friend or maybe … just maybe …a hand-written multi-page letter from a friend!!!

What I found was the same old thing.There was a couple of free magazines, a few odd advertisements addressed to “Postal Customer”, and bills! The only thing that even remotely looked like a personal letter was …

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An Advent Lesson ~ of Repentance and Grace

Unchopping A Tree

Start with the leaves, the small twigs, and the nests that have been shaken, ripped, or broken off by the fall; these must be gathered and attached once again to their respective places. It is not arduous work, unless major limbs have been smashed or mutilated. If the fall was carefully and correctly planned, the chances of anything of the kind happening will have been reduced. Again, much depends upon the size, age, shape, and species of the tree. Still, you will be lucky if you can get through this stage without having to use machinery. Even in the best of circumstances it is a labor that will make you wish often that you had won the favor of the universe of ants, the empire of mice, or at least a local tribe of squirrels, and could enlist their labors and their talents. But no, they leave you to it. They have learned, with time. This is men’s work. It goes without saying that if the tree was hollow in whole or in part, and contained old nests of bird or mammal or insect, or hoards of nuts or such structures as wasps or bees build for their survival, the contents will have to repaired where necessary, and reassembled, insofar as possible, in their original order, including the shells of nuts already opened. With spider’s webs you must simply do the best you can. We do not have the spider’s weaving equipment, nor any substitute for the leaf’s living bond with its point of attachment and nourishment. It is even harder to simulate the latter when the leaves have once become dry–as they are bound to do, for this is not the labor of a moment, Also it hardly needs saying that this the time fro repairing any neighboring trees or bushes or other growth that might have been damaged by the fall. The same rules apply. Where neighboring tree were of the same species it is difficult not to waste time conveying a detached leaf back to the wrong tree. Practice, practice. Put your hope in that.

Now the tackle must be put into place, or the scaffolding, depending on the surroundings and the dimension of the tree. It is ticklish work. Almost always it involves, in itself, further damage to the area, which will have to be corrected later. But, as you’ve heard, it can’t be helped. And care now is likely to save you considerable trouble Continue reading

Online Bible Study from Methodist Church

The A Word in Time Bible Study can be accessed daily by logging on to wherever they are in the world.

A Word in Time will feature a daily Bible reading, background on the text, reflections and questions to ponder from that week’s contributor. It follows the readings in the Methodist Prayer Handbook, All things in Christ. Sundays will be extra special with a blog attached to the commentary, enabling users to post their own comments and thoughts on the featured Continue reading

5 on Friday ~ Online Freebies for Churches!

I’m sure you have seen or heard about many of these, but take a look and see what’s new. Pass them around to others. Then tell us of others you know about – share the love of freebies! 

  • Google Voice: Are you tired of giving out four or more numbers (church office, home, cell, home office, etc.) so people can reach you? With Google Voice, you get one phone number and you  decide which device it rings. If you don’t like listening to voice-mail messages,  Google Voice will transcribe the message and can send it to you in an e-mail. This tool can be a great asset!
  • Agapage: Are you unsure if your church can afford a paging system for the childcare department? Agapage is a free service you use to send a text message to a child’s guardian when the child is in need. Forget about purchasing pagers. Simply text  adults on their cell phones. This would be an invaluable tool for churches with a day care center or preschool.
  • Aviary: This website offers free photo, vector illustration, video and audio editing. Aviary does not require downloads;  it is all Web-based. The site offers fun competitions that can give you an idea of how your work stands up with the rest of the community.
  • Go2Convert: If you can’t afford Adobe’s Creative Suite or Photoshop Extended, never fear, Go2Convert is here! This free online tool will take any file (BMP, DIP, JPG, EPS, PCX, PDF, PNG, PSD, SVG, TGA) and convert it to an easy-to-use format that you can open on your computer. Whether you are a graphic designer or a secretary putting together a bulletin, this online tool is a must!
  • Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor. It does not have all the tools that Adobe Illustrator has, but it also doesn’t have a price tag. We’ll let you pick. Check out the Inkscape galleries to fully understand its power. Inkscape runs on Linux, Windows 2000/2003/XP, and OSX. Download it here. The online book on Inkscape will get you started.
Here’s a bonus this week:
  • Free Website Design Tool – Well, duh on this one! WordPress is Web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. Thousands of plug-ins and themes are available. WordPress Driven Church has tutorials on how to use WordPress and offers many themes specifically geared towards Christian ministry.
  • Then go to FreeBookSpot for over 250 popular titles in Christian reading. These are available for Kindle, Nook, pdf downloads – and more! Start your small group reading program or Bible Study with no cost to the participants!
  • LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer!
So, what do you use free online that would benefit others in Church ministry? Pass it on!


The Newest FREE Reads on my Kindle

Cover of "24 Hours That Changed the World...

Cover of 24 Hours That Changed the World

  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #1 The Last Supper ($1.99 on Amazon)
  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #2 Garden of Gethsemane (FREE on Amazon)
  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #3 Condemned By the Righteous (FREE on Amazon)
  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #4 Jesus, Barabbas and Pilate (FREE on Amazon)
  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #5 Torture of The King (FREE on Amazon)
  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #6 The Crucifixion (FREE on Amazon)
  • 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton: #7 Christ the Victor (FREE on Amazon)
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I’m Free in the Spirit!

I need a new hair-do. In fact, I need a new “look” of sorts. Something that perks me up. Something that goes with my new lifestyle. Something new … Something fun …

Years ago I had this style: (It was the 80’s, give me a break!)

It seems that now whenever I wake up, I have something closer to this style:

I’m thinking something sleeker, something younger might be more of what I need now. 

Maybe this:

or this:

(Although I think with my curls – these won’t work quite the same for me!)

 So I guess I’ll go more in this direction:

or this:

Maybe I’ll even go further in adopting my new freedom and go with my wild side:

And if I am willing to go all out and live my life on the outside the way I feel on the inside, you just might see me with my hair being as free as my spirit!

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Free”dom of the Book

I tried it – I loved it! (Hope you do also :))

Broketrope—online reading for free

The idea for Broketrope comes from a simple question—how to connect books to readers? Publishers have traditionally found readers by putting books in stores, getting reviews, asking authors to do personal appearances, and trying to stimulate word of mouth. Today bookstores are disappearing and reviews in traditional publications are losing readers and influence. People connect much more through the web, and new communities are found in websites, blogs, and forums, where people discuss books everyday. But the books themselves aren’t found at most of these sites. Broketrope gives books a home on the web where readers can find them and interact in new ways with the books themselves and other readers.

At Broketrope, you’ll find “public” copies of books that are still in copyright, not just the older public domain books that are found at other free reading websites. These books are from publishers and authors who get it—having free books online attracts new readers and ultimately improves book sales. You are free to read Broketrope books beginning to end or you can sample—just like you can in a library or bricks-and-mortar bookstore. Broketrope and our authors and publishers hope that some of you will buy printed copies of the books, or tell your friends about our books and perhaps some of them will buy. So, please read our books and appreciate them. | Freedom of the Book.