Author Archive: theshepherdspresence

Joseph, a Baby, and Disappointment

Of the many ways we can be disappointed in life, in my opinion, infidelity would be a top ranking, if not the top of the list. When a person that is trusted shows up with the failure of faithfulness and purity—that is a big blow.  Joseph, the Carpenter faced that ultimate disappointment. Joseph and Mary …

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Creation and Country

I had the pleasure of teaching in Christian schoolroom all of my teaching career. It was more of a calling than a career. I plugged into places where a teacher was needed, but I mostly taught high school English. In all my years, I never had any fear of a parent getting in ill-temper because …

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Blessed are they that Mourn–a word to the wise

What kind of attraction would we gather if we went about in black clothing with a black veil over our faces? You say,” Karyl, people don’t do that anymore.” I ask, “Why?”Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted” in His list of beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Life …

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Perfection and Consistency: a word to the wise

This morning the sun rose in the east. It is now trying so very hard to break through the heavy cloud cover today. I see peaks every now and then. Now, if world leaders controlled the universe (as they seem to think they do) the sun might come up, might not. It might come up …

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Mistaken Identity

Recently I decided to design a new birthday card for my family.  It is just one of those things I do now since I took an art class at my local “senior center,” which is officially called, Active Adult Center. I really don’t draw very well, but it gives me purpose to design my own …

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Sniff, Sniff–Goodby May

May is my favorite month of the year.  The weather is usually not to hot and not too cold in May.  It is a “free” month when it comes to heating and cooling. That isn’t the only thing about May I like, however.  My yard has something blooming the entire month of May.  Although the …

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Two Capsules, Confusion, and a Ring

Capsules, Confusion, and a Ring The title is the short side of this story.  Here goes!Every day I take two capsules that help my vision at least stay where it is, although it is getting dimmer, it is still clear most days.  It set the two capsules out on my desk in a green lid …

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An April Doodle

April is a favorite months for me.  Spring is my favorite season, and baseball is my favorite sport.  It is a wonderful mix! It seems that I have acquired a well-rounded enjoyment of music, but nothing quite matches the crack of bat and the roar of a baseball stadium. When the pandemic was at its …

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At Calvary

A song for the day, today, Good Friday. Do you recall, as I do, that time was when schools and businesses closed at noon on Good Friday. Everything seemed to stop to remember that day when Jesus went to the cross, willingly, to pay the penalty in our place for our sin. Read the words, …

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A March Memories Doodle

As a child, I can’t say that I much cared for the month of March. Central Wisconsin saw ice begin to break up on the lakes and fishermen who had ice   fishing shanties had deadlines to get them off the lakes.  We had sandy soil on our farm place and thus, not much mud.  My …

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