a cooking pot and twisted tales

Today, I choose to be happy. Not because everything is as it should be, but just because being happy is my opium.

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Simple Songs of Truth



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Play for me! Strum on silvery strings!

Old golden hymns of ancient Truth…

Soul calming song, fly on Dove wings!

Remind me of all eternity’s worth!

Tell me of the miracle only Love brings!


Spirit’s joy, lifted by Heaven’s mirth!

Saintly song across the ages still rings…

Encircling all of history’s wide girth!

Jesus the Name a saint eternally sings…

Calling the lost home to a new birth!


Soft and low Jesus is calling; faith swings,

Life Door opens! Church of one Faith…

Ancient cloud of witness with us sings!

Healing words approving His Truth;

Faith transcends, Jesus in all age’s rings!


So strum and sing of Messiah’s birth!

Rock of Ages to you believer still clings…

Glory come down! A Pearl of worth!

Revive us again! Hope in praise springs!

Light the dark! Simple songs of Truth!



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  I’m having an awesome time walking in this 52 Week Devo from Margaret Feinberg, oh, I do highly recommend you get into it.  Simple truths, light reading, power packed.  Plus, included is the newest thing since childhood to sweep the world, yes, you guessed it, Coloring…Oh my, I’m loving this!  

I invited a friend, Bonnie, to join me right away when I got my copy & she did, then another friend, Amy, we invited had already been praying for something just like this.  All 3 of us are very excited about it!  Plans are to meet weekly however I created an exclusive fb group just for us to post in just in case we’re unable to physically meet.  Technology allows for so many of our varied schedules to keep us on track.  I do believe this technology we have today is a tremendous gift for our Father God, to greater further His kingdom.

Won’t you join us?  Get your own copy at Amazon, very reasonable.  Oh, I made the 3 of us Journals, similar to the 1 in the photos.  Go to Flourish Partymob on Facebook to get in with a load of ladies all coming together…plus use the hashtag #flourishdevo every time you post about it, that way everyone can see your posts.  This is a good thing sweeping the globe.
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Rhyme for no reason – Ronovan writes weekly haiku challenge.

a cooking pot and twisted tales

I chose to have a little fun with the prompt ‘Rhyme & Reason,’ that Ronovan gave us for this week’s haiku. We need no reason to make a rhyme and sometimes I don’t follow any rules of poetry and write a free flow.

A man from Thyme loved to rhyme
during Summer season, for unknown reasons.
He played the pipe, he hummed and mimed,
he danced a jig and earned some dimes.

Sometimes I make some silly rhymes
for absolutely no real reason,
just for fun and a smile.

Sometimes I write deep, emotive rhymes
to express my inner thoughts
and expose how my mind reasons.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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Girls Reading Books

Oh, I just so very much love this! I know you wil, too.

Marcia Strykowski

XX Albert_Anker_Lesendes_Mädchen 1905Have you ever watched a child, or anyone for that matter, deeply engrossed in a book? Maybe they wear a slight Mona Lisa smile. Maybe they glance away from the page for a minute, but still have a faraway look in their eyes. Or maybe they even cry, gasp, or laugh out loud. There are so many gorgeous paintings from the 19th century of people reading books. This one (upper right) is slightly after that period (1905) and is by Albrecht Samuel Anker (April 1, 1831 – July 16, 1910). He was a popular Swiss painter and illustrator who often depicted scenes of 19th-century Swiss village life. XX Eduard_Klieber_(Kopie_nach_Meyer_von_Bremen)_Lesendes_Mädchen_1855For the sake of post length, I’ve limited my favorite portrayals to the following: young girls reading books by themselves. The picture at left was created in 1855 by Austrian painter Eduard Klieber (1803-1879).  It was around the time of many of these paintings (mid 1800s)…

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The Blessings of the Lord

Who would have thought on this (our reference) Good Friday, while Jesus, as man & God on earth, was going through more than any person could ever imagine let alone complete, would be referred to as anything Good?  Two thousand plus years later while we hide eggs, shop for new clothes, some grace the doors of the church on 1 of their 2 annual visits, prepare big ole baskets loaded down with way too many goodies, in all that still refer to this day as Good Friday with the sacrifice in mind of Jesus’ hard, hard work on the cross in the upcoming days for our redemption from the slavery of sin so we can live eternally with Him.  I am so very thankful for His work, but honestly, I do not always demonstrate my thanks properly.  Lord, carry me, carry me, carry me…..

We look to the moment … when we hear UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE WITH A MIGHTY TRIUMPH O’ER HIS FOES…

Thank You, Lord, for the empty cross, the empty tomb, the wide open arms awaiting us as we pass from this earthly life into our eternal reward…