Thoughts from the Front Porch

Thursday, June 28 It’s a mockingbird morning. The mockingbird that rules our front yard is a providing a free concert in the (slightly) cooler Louisiana morning. I sit, cup of coffee and Bible, for my quiet time.  In spite of the racket of his 5 ...

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Wed. June 27

When Greg gets to Heaven   Greg Johnson is one of my friends. He’s also a hero and mentor.  I’ve learned way more from Greg than I could ever teach him. Greg lives in Union Hill and serves as a volunteer at Dry Creek Camp.  ...

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The 5 Big Questions of Life

Monday, June 25, 2012 The sun is so bright that I don’t have to prove it exists. I’m blogging this week on 5 of the biggest questions of life. This is certainly not an exhaustive list.  It is also not the only list.  I’d love ...

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On the Journey: Compelled

Thursday, June 21, 2012 Curt and DeDe Iles        Gondor, Ethiopia   circa 2007   Compelled:  to be driven along by a strong force or object. “It’s O.K. to be out on the limb.  That’s where the best fruit is found.” DeDe and I are taking the ...

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We lift our eyes to Heaven . . .

I’m blogging this week from G.A. Girls Camp at Dry Creek. Cade Gibbs leads the song,  “Christ be the center of our lives.                                                        Be the place we fix our eyes.” Young girls singing fills the Tabernacle. ...

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The Stories we hear . . .

Best part of my job:  I collect stories. The best stories I’m hearing now:  from the generation that saved the world.  Our Great Depression/World War II men and women. Join me in collecting their stories.  They’re all around you.  Grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, teachers.  They ...

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A Memorial Day Story for the Ages: 24,550 extra days of life

A Soldier’s Story Memorial Day 2012   It was a call I’d dreamed of :   “Sir, I’m contacting you because of your research on Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Leroy Johnson.  My father was with him in Company K on December 15, 1944.  In ...

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Heartwarmed in the Houston Airport

Everyone has a Story The Houston to Alexandria plane is late. It’s the story of airports:  hurry up and wait. I take my spot at Gate B-66.  Ready to get home to the Louisiana piney woods. It’s then I see her. Let me rephrase that.  ...

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Welcome to Fummat’s Home I don’t know if Fummat lives in the C Terminal restroom at Charlotte Int’l airport but he could. It’s that clean. Before boarding my Houston flight, I make a restroom break.  Freshen up, brush my teeth. This Men’s room in C ...

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A devotion for your day: Le Petit Baton Rouge

This devotion placed in the Blue Ridge Mtn. Christian Writer’s Conference contest.  I hope it blesses your heart. Le Petit Baton Rouge  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. -Jesus in John 13:35 When you step ...

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“An Easy Mark”

  An ‘Easy Mark’ To call someone an “easy mark” is normally not a compliment. We use it in the context of taking advantage of someone and associate it with weakness. I have a story that explains the term’s origin. I’ll let you—the reader—decide if ...

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Are you “doing what you were born to do?”

My ability won’t take me very far My fragility is a testimony of Who you are.  -“Jar of Clay”    Aaron Tate/Caedmon’s Call When it comes down to it, there’s little we can do by ourselves. When it comes down to it, we can get a ...

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Riding the Sunset Limited with a girl named Elizabeth

  “I’m a thousand miles away from home Waiting on a train.”  -Jimmie Rodgers If you’ve been following my social media this week,  you know I’ve been on a adventure. Monday afternoon I caught Amtrak’s Sunset Limited in Lake Charles and rode it to Los ...

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A devotion for the birds

For the birds May is a great month for birds. This morning was foggy with humidity you could stir with a stick, but it didn’t phase the birds. They slept in a few minutes and began their rituals slightly later. The bluebirds won the morning ...

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