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Father's Day

The best dad

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June 17, 2018

My dad was wonderful. There were times growing up when I didn’t think so. He embarrassed me more than once, and his groaner jokes were the worst, but he loved our mother and he loved us. He would do anything for us, and when times were tough, he did. When we were little, he worked… Read More ›

Yellow Rose

Dear Mom

Mona Peralta Conkle Dear Mom: When you died in 1986 at the age of 62, it was a blow to all of us. Despite a diagnosis of cancer, we all kept hoping against hope you would pull through and get back to normal, to being Mom, the woman who had an answer for everything. I… Read More ›

Above the storm

In all times

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:27 NIV Jesus wept, but he laughed, too. He went to parties. Visited with family. Saw the humor in the mundane. Welcomed friends. Understood the value of storytelling as an art form. Engaged his audience. Jesus’ life was filled with people of all kinds…. Read More ›

He arose

Easter Sunday

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 (NIV) We have a long way to go if we want to “prove” God loves us. There is no formula for belief. It is… Read More ›

Arise

Holy week prayer

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6 Great God of all, the beginning and the infinite, you who sent yourself into the world as a wee babe who grew up and traveled the world as a man, misunderstood by many, feared by the establishment, teacher of… Read More ›

Peace

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (KJV) Peace is hard won in a world where negativity pours out of the media, and family struggles pluck at your heart. Peace. Everyone talks about it,… Read More ›

#blogbranding

Experts say, you are more likely to get where you’re going if you know what you want to achieve. I’m taking a course that asks participants to set three concrete goals for their website/blogs. It’s called branding and everyone in business knows exactly what that means, even when it seems an impossible target to hit…. Read More ›

ONE ROOF PUBLISHING

HELP!

I do a lot of free online meetings, mostly about blogging and site building. Invariably the topic of SEO comes up (Search Engine Optimization). Let us pretend I know what that entails. Let us pretend I know what that even means. So, what does it take to make a website stand out from all the… Read More ›

Persevere

Persevere

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 Perseverance is hard. Disappointment after disappointment stands in the way of achieving your goal…. Read More ›

Walk in faith

He is my strength

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14 You are wandering in the desert, alone, afraid, disoriented. What do you do? Pull out your cellphone and pray you have service! Life can feel a bit like being lost in an unknown place. Panic sets in and you know you… Read More ›

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