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    Cottonwood Trees (Populus Deltoides): Healing by the Balm of Gilead

    Yes, today I’m writing about trees. Cottonwoods, to be exact. Growing up in the upper Midwest, cottonwood trees, specifically, the populus deltoides variety, are a staple part of the landscape. A large shade tree that loves the wet areas near rivers and streams, the tree grows rapidly and boasts bright green leaves in the summer and golden yellow in the fall. The Native American populations have revered the tree throughout the generations, as they used the large portions of the trunk for dugout canoes, the bark for medicinal tea, and the young sprouts and inner bark were eaten for the high nutritional value (Forney, NDSU, Nature at Confluence). Pioneers use…

  • Devotionals

    November Devotional

    Scripture: Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one     who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take     or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,     and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,     which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—     whatever they do prospers. (NIV) Thought: Walk with the wicked. Stand with the sinners. Sit with mockers. We have a choice. We choose where to walk, where to stand, and where to…

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    What Podcasts Are We Listening To?

    A quit overview. All three of us love listening to podcasts. It’s a great way to keep up with current events and ideas while scrubbing the floor or folding laundry–one of the few times I believe multi-tasking is acceptable. Below I have listed a few that I listen to regularly. Please note that just because I listen to them doesn’t mean I agree with everything they say. I choose podcasts that provide me with a variety of content, expand my understanding, and may even challenge my assumptions about things. Alisa Childers: The Alisa Childers Podcast (https://alisachilders.com/podcast/) Alisa is a rockstar at apologetics and hosts some very interesting guests while discussing…

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    My Comfy Shirt & Tattered Pages

    In the spring of every year, I anticipate the time when I can put on a pair of flip flops or walk in the lush grass barefoot. I enjoy every minute of gathering natural Vitamin D. And true to myself, every fall comes and I can’t wait for the moment that I can start to layer, wear cozy socks, put on a big comfy shirt and enjoy a cup of steaming hot coffee.  There is nothing better than pulling on that oversized, well worn, perfect fit comfy shirt or sweatshirt when the weather finally allows. Comfy shirts take time to develop. They are usually well worn, sometimes have a stain…

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    Hiding Anger: Masking Our True Identities

    I have been spending a lot of time thinking about anger lately. I suppose that might seem like a funny thing to be thinking about, but I’m finding it to be deep, complex, and insidious in my life. I started along this path some time ago because I knew I struggle with some unprocessed emotions from traumatic experiences in my life. Let me tell you a bit about my journey. Most people that know me would say that I am one of the most easy-going, gracious, and kind people they have ever met.  Measured in my speech, always looking for a way to compromise, and certainly never prone to angry…