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“TRAPPED LIKE A MISERABLE GOPHER” – April 2

April 5, 2016

It is gopher season once again here in southern Idaho. Last night, as my wife and I walked our property checking gopher traps (so romantic), she reminded me of this post. So, I thought it might be a good one to reblog.

A DEVOTED LIFE

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:11-12

I am a ruler; a sovereign noble over more than nine acres of flora, fauna and terra firma.  My kingdom produces a variety of produce including cheatgrass, kosher weed, thistle, white-top, knapweed, ragweed, stinkweed, milkweed, morning glory, hemlock, crabgrass, Russian olive, among other varieties of the unwanted.  My kingdom is not a land of agricultural produce.

IMAG0018However, there is trouble in my kingdom.  There is open rebellion to my rule.  Not all the inhabitants of my lands are willing to subjugate their existence to my rule.  The gophers have declared their independence.  They have declared their…

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The Alchemy of Grace*

March 29, 2016

From the Inside Out

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Nicolas Flamel (ca. 1310-1418, pictured above) looks like he could be St. Nicholas, with that full beard and impish face. In fact he lived long after and far away from the well-known saint. Flamel was a French scribe and manuscript seller. He also dabbled in alchemy.

Alchemists were those who, especially during the Middle Ages, experimented with various materials and procedures to turn ordinary metals like lead into gold.

Another dream of theirs was to discover an elixir of life—a potion that would provide eternal life.

Sir William Fettes Douglas The Alchemist 19th cent. “The Alchemist,” by Sir William Fettes Douglas, 1855

By the seventeenth century, legends had developed around Nicolas Flamel. Some claimed that he had discovered the Philosopher’s Stone, the alchemical substance that would turn lead into gold and produce the elixir of life.

But the only immortality he achieved is in print. Victor Hugo mentioned him in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and…

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The Power of the Blood ~

March 27, 2016

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

cleansed-by-the-blood CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

The power of the blood,
is our souls atonement
for Jesus became for us
our spiritual proponent.

His life and death brought,
with God reconciliation
for our sins Jesus suffered
shame and humiliation.

His blood has the power,
to cleanse us from all sin
to wash away the stains
they have left deep within.

The day He died for us,
was the day of justification
the cross on which He hung
was for our sanctification.

The power of the blood,
brings to all eternal peace
for Jesus died so we could be
from sin, finally released!

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Leviticus 17:11

” For the life of the flesh is in the blood:
and I have given it to you upon the altar
to make an atonement for your souls:
for it is the blood that maketh
an atonement for the soul.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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“A LIFE-RING ON A SINKING SHIP” – Feb. 21

March 1, 2016

A DEVOTED LIFE

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

English: (ship) half-submerged and sinking.It is a peaceful night aboard a comfortable ship, sailing through calm waters.  You rest in  peaceful sleep in a warm bunk after a long day of leisure.  Dreams of adventures and loves fill your head as your mind is freed to follow its own meandering course of conscious-less bliss.

This state of peacefulness is suddenly shattered by an unnatural jerk, a shutter, and a metallic groan of a mechanized beast that knows it has just been slashed by a death blow.  You jerk up in your bed, fully alert but swimming through the confusion of panicked shouts, faint emergency lights, warning alarms, and an incessant trampling of feet.

You place your stocking feet to the cold floor and move with no clear…

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Limited Time Free on Kindle: The Jonathan Edwards Collection: 20 Classic Works

February 26, 2016

Here is a heads up on a free Kindle deal for the collection of Jonathan Edwards works.

The Domain for Truth

The Jonathan Edwards Collection 20 Classic Works Kindle Edition

I don’t know how long this would be free for, but it’s free for the time being on Kindle!  It’s The Jonathan Edwards Collection: 20 Classic Works Kindle Edition!

Here’s the book description:

Jonathan Edwards was a Christian preacher in the 18th century and was considered to be one America’s most important theologians. The Jonathan Edwards Collection includes the following works:

A Divine and Supernatural Light
Christian Knowledge
Christ’s Agony
God Glorified in Man’s Dependence
God’s Sovereignty in the Salvation of Men
Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer
Many Mansions
Pardon for the Greatest Sinners
Pressing into the Kingdom of God
Safety, Fullness and Sweet Refreshment in Christ
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
The Excellency of Christ
The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable
The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth
The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners

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Thinking Thursday: Accused [my poetry]

February 1, 2016

Ann Marie Thinking Out Loud

Book

The line of the accused stretched off into the mist,
the clerk of the court was working through his list.
To each of the accused he gave a big fat file,
“Read your charges to save time, ” he said with a smile.

As they read, some people wept, some groaned and some stared,
this was not what they’d expected, they weren’t prepared.
“Where’s the angels and the harps and the life of bliss?
I want my friends and family, I don’t want this.”

They all looked through their files with dismay and despair,
as they saw all their thoughts and their actions laid bare,
and they knew they were guilty and saw on each face
they had lived without God and in heav’n had no place.

But sometimes came someone who didn’t have a file,
the clerk gave them a slip of paper with a smile.
The people crowded…

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Under the Shadow ~

January 30, 2016

WONDERFUL REALITY!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Under The Shadow ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

There is a shadow,
that comes from up above
we walk under it . . .
when we lose someone we love.

The void casts upon our souls,
the worst of our fears . . .
leaving us so heartbroken
our words, become our tears.

For, underneath the shadow,
there is but pain and grief
and the gloom that we feel
seems to have no real relief.

Laying beneath the shadow,
there is a raw darkness . . .
making everything around us
seems to dull, in its starkness.

But God has promised us,
this valley we’d get though
so remember while under it . . .
He is right there with you!

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Psalm 23:4

“Yea, though I walk
through the valley
of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me.”

King James Version
by…

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