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Time for the Mole Patrol

Time for the Mole Patrol

Oh, how winter weary the grass looks after all of the snow and ice has melted.

And, look who has been busy in the ground already-

ground moles.


They are busy making their tunnels through the earth.


I really don’t worry much about the mole tunnels in the yard-

We are not very particular about having a ‘golf-course’ groomed lawn.

There are many weeds amongst the grass, and I am just happy to have it mowed in a timely fashion.

The tunnels do not bother me-

I know that the moles are busy looking for a favorite food-grubs.

And they can have all the grubs that they can find, as matter of fact, the more, the better.

The more grubs that they eat, the less Japanese Beetles to combat in the summer.

My little black dog, Jingles is a Dachshund, also know as an ‘earth’ dog.

She can smell the moles under ground,

and has been busy trying to catch one.


No success yet.


Psalm 67:7

“God shall bless us;

and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”

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15 Keys for Raising Kids

 15 Keys to Raising Kids

15 tips for raising kids

Last week, my husband and I were privileged to attend a 3 day Ministerial Institute.  This is a yearly event for the ministers of the Allegheny Conference, and is usually held in the beautiful Canton Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist, in Canton, Ohio.

This is a time for the preachers to be preached at,  and believe it or not, preachers like to be preached at for a change!  How enjoyable to be able to sit in the pew (‘tho after 3 days they did become hard!) and listen and soak up the Word.

The 2 ministers chosen for this years speakers were Rev. Brian Covert (and wife Nadine) from Graham, North Carolina, and Dr. Brian Black, a professor at Penn View Bible College.  They both did an excellent job of preaching and teaching, and shared wonderful truth with us.  I wanted to share just one area of the message on ‘The Minister’s Accountability in a Changing Culture’ with you.  In the area of accountability to our children, Dr. Black shared 15 keys with us.  Here they are.

Keys to Raising Kids

  1. Be a good example.
  2. Be consistent. Do what you say you are going to do.
  3. 90% of parental contacts should be positive.
  4. Children need to know the consequences of their action before action occurs.
  5. Parents should not disagree about discipline before theirs kids.
  6. Parents must win the battle of the will.
  7. Anger does not motivate good behavior.
  8. The Bible advocates the use of corporal punishment. (spanking)
  9. Punishment should fit the crime.
  10. You should not punish when angry.
  11. There are options other than spanking, especially for older children.
  12. Children are different.  What works for one may not work for another.
  13. Punishment should occur as soon as reasonable possible, especially for younger children.
  14. Peer pressure is critical.  Be careful of who your child is friends with.
  15. Give increased responsibility to older children and gradually let them go.

How much parents need the Lord’s help in raising good kids in this day and age.  Follow God’s way.  May the Lord be able to say this of us!


Genesis 18:19

“For I know him,

that he will command his children 

and his household after him,

and they shall keep the way of the LORD.”

Future Church Cleaners

Future church cleaners!

Training them up right!

Blessings on you!




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The first flowers of Spring have sprung!



What a cherry sight to these winter weary eyes!

Crocus are the promise that there is still life after winter.


Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it shall be given you;

seek, and ye shall find;

knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”



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Our Risen King


He is risen graphic

Our Risen King

He has risen!

He has risen indeed!

Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?

Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,

the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead,

he cannot die again;

death no longer has mastery over him.

For this very reason,

Christ died and returned to life

so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life.”

He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

Thanks be to God!

He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Who am I ???

Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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