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The Bachelor: Matt: Women Tell All

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Another Monday, another day of big intentions of being in on the couch at 7:00, another failure. Hoping to whiz through this episode because, are we really going to gain anything insightful? I doubt it. Chris Harrison says there was more controversy and drama than in any season before. Only if you count his own controversy and drama. A lot of cat fights and mean girls. More mean girls than any other season.  After a roll of clips of drama between the women, Chris addresses Jessenia and MJ. MJ says she owned it and apologized for what she said to Matt. She still says she wasn't there to tear anyone down, only to build people up. Jessenia was just Jessenia. Chris is ready to move on quickly. Chris changes the subject to when the five new women arrived. Ryan spoke, mentioned Victoria, and quickly changed the subject to Queen Victoria's reign. Victoria likes to make up words like upsetness. She claims she does blow off comments about her bra straps though. (I for one am guilty of t

Daniel in the Lions' Den

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When I was a kid, we only sang the Daniel and Jonah parts of this song, but I found more verses on a website. Kids these days don't know any of the verses! I've tried it with groups after this that didn't know it.    Who Did Swallow Jonah? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah? Who did swallow Jonah? Who did swallow Jonah? Who did swallow Jonah… Up? The whale did. The whale did.  The whale did. The whale did. The whale did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah The whale did. The whale did.  The whale did. The whale did. The whale did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah The whale did. The whale did.  The whale did. The whale did. The whale did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah The whale did swallow Jonah  The whale did. The whale did. The whale did swallow Jonah… Up! Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah in the arky, arky, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah in the arky, arky, Noah, N

Have You Tried Verse Mapping?

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Have you heard about Verse Mapping?  Have you even tried it yourself?  Verse Mapping is a Bible study process developed by author Kristy Cambron. She first introduced the process a few years ago, and I've been watching as it's taken off, but admittedly, haven't tried it myself. With the release of the new Verse Mapping Bible, I thought I'd give it a try.  With the snow last week, I literally did not get mail for a week. It came Sunday, but I didn't realize because who checks mail on Sunday. I have been running in circles with deadlines and working late nights since I pulled it out of the box on Monday, so I haven't been able to start mapping yet.  The Official Verse Mapping Bible 4-1-1: Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read---to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mappi

The Bachelor: Matt: Week 8: The Fake Hometowns

It's Hometowns tonight on #TheBachelor 🏡🌹 pic.twitter.com/ZKyTKxHvBk — The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) February 22, 2021 I had to end up working Monday night, so I didn't get to watch and blog like I usually too. I was disgruntled that I was on a deadline because A) Monday night is the one night I try to get done with work, dinner and on the couch at 7:00 and B) because if I didn't do it Monday, I'd have a heck of a time motivating myself to do this blog post otherwise.  Let's just say I know myself well.  On Tuesday night, I had a softball game, and here it is Wednesday, I worked until 7:30, cooked dinner, ate and am dreading starting this at 9:00. I'm also kind of just over all things The Bachelor right now. I haven't read it all, so I can't really make an educated comment, but my news tab on Facebook is full of angry Bachelor cast members. I really think the whole franchise may implode soon.  Also, who can keep track on if Clare and Dale are on again

I Will Call Upon the Lord

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 This was one of the last videos I recorded pre-COVID right about a year ago. I Will Call Upon the Lord By Michael O’Shields I will call upon the Lord,  (women echo) Who is worthy to be praised  (echo) So shall I be saved from my enemies  (echo) Chorus The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock, And let the God of our salvation be exalted. (repeat) Jesus Christ who died for me,  (echo) And He took away my sins  (echo) I will live with Him for eternity  (echo) Chorus I will call upon the Lord…  (end in unison)

Sometimes You Find Your Roots Where You Least Expect Them

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The d ebut novel from Amanda Wen shows  the beauty in God’s plan for our lives For readers who can’t decide if they would like to pick up something historical or contemporary for their next read, debut author Amanda Wen offers them the best of both worlds in her new release. Roots of Wood and Stone ( Kregel Publications/February 2, 2021/ ISBN: 9780825446689/$15.99) is a warm, beautifully written split-time novel that will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations. Sloane Kelley was abandoned at birth, and while she wants more than anything to learn more about where she came from, her family roots remain a mystery. As curator of the Sedgwick County Museum of History, Sloane has dedicated her life to making sure others can connect with their history. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact, after all, the museum has a few on display and

An Interview with Jennifer Deibel about A Dance in Donegal

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  Today, Jennifer Deibel shares more about her new book, A Dance in Donegal . Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to get a copy of your own! Debut novelist Jennifer Deibel spent six years on the Emerald Isle and fell in love with the sights, sounds, smells, and language of the lush country and its colorful people. Now she brings her love of Ireland to the pages of her historical romance novel, A Dance in Donegal . In the summer of 1920, Moira Doherty decides to fulfill her deceased mother’s wish for her to leave Boston and teach in her mother’s home village of Ballymann in Donegal, Ireland. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about a scandalous family reputation abound and threaten not only Moira’s new position but also her life. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of unlikely friends, including a handsome thatcher named Sean, to help clear her family name before it’s too late. As she seeks to n