Fri. Dec. 17

Oswald Chambers: “God’s grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered, spoiled weaklings.” Jesus is not interested in wimpy followers. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much great hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”  -Mother Teresa. Let’s look for …

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Thur. 12/16/10

Proverb for your Day:  “A just balance and scales belong to the Lord…” Proverbs 16:11  A reminder on integrity in our business. How to get in the Christmas mood: take a group of precious Dry Creek girls caroling.  We went last night to three homes.  The singing was spirited; the spirit was inspiring.

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Thur. Dec. 15

“A soft answer turns away wrath.” Prov.15:1 It’s also called a “gentle answer.” A reminder: “how we say it is as important as what we say.”

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Mon. Dec. 13

Proverbs for the day: A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.   Prov. 13:12 “Lord, help me have influence and impact in the lives of my five grandchildren. Help me to leave an inheritance of love, family, laughter, fun, memories, and faith in You. Amen.”

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Sat. Dec. 11

Today I’ll be at the Grant Christmas Tree Farm. If you’re in the area, drop by.  It is the ultimate family place.  Learn more at http://www.grantchristmastreefarm.com That photo shows why I look writing books. It has been a wonderful way to make so many new friends of all ages and backgrounds.  My favorite quote right now is from cellist Yo …

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Thur. Dec. 9 Southern Thoughts

“There ain’t no tacky like Southern tacky.”   I’ve seen it all: pink flamingos filling the yard, trees painted white up to head high, tires half-buried as borders around the flowers, junk freezers at the driveway end for the trash (can anyone spell t-r-a-s-h  b-e-n-d.) These are the things I love about Southern Living (and I’m not talking about the …

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Wed. Dec. 8 "Lady Wisdom"

Proverbs 8:1  “Does not wisdom* call out?  Does not understanding* raise her voice?” Proverbs is a book of wisdom.  Several times in the book, especially in chapter 8, wisdom is personified as a woman calling out to passersby with wisdom, intelligence, and insight. In chapter 9, another woman calls out (v.13)  She is named the woman Folly. She’s loud, brash, …

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Tues. Dec. 7 ‘Deep Roots’ has arrived

The first 300 copies of Deep Roots have arrived.  2000 more will be marching  in later in the week. You can easily order autographed copies at http://www.creekbank.net Here are locations where copies will be available by Tuesday evening: DeRidder:  Thrifty Way Pharmacy, Ideal Drugs, Big Stick Dry Creek:  Foremans, Dry Creek Camp DeQuincy:  Nichols Grant:  Grant Christmas Tree Farm Wednesday …

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Friendship

Friendship is such a wonderful thing. It’s even richer at this time of the year.  Enjoy friends and families as you celebrate the birth of Jesus.  My parents have shared a life-time friendship with Ed and Kat King. Bro. Ed and my dad are both gone.  However, our family’s friendship continues.  Leslie King, granddaughter in law of the King’s (married …

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Burned yet Blessed by the Fire . . . a story that touches hearts

Click here to hear podcast of “Burned Yet Blessed” From Deep Roots, the new short story collection by Curt Iles Burned yet Blessed “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today.” Nothing breaks my heart like a field of burned pines. Yet that is exactly what I’m looking at driving toward …

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Fri. Dec. 3

“The first rule of consumerism is never buy anything you can’t make your children carry.”  -Bill Bryson “No opera plot can be sensible for in sensible situations people do not sing.”  -Poet W.H. Auden This is My Father’s World This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the …

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1st Day of December

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Scroll down to read entire chapter from Deep Roots,  “The Pine Knot Pile.” Proverbs for Dec. 1  “… and the complacency of fools destroys them…”  Proverbs 1:32   Warning: doing nothing destroys just as improper action does! Quote for your day: “A friend is a present you give yourself.”  -Robert Louis Stevenson Deep Roots update:  Our new …

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Last day of November: Underdogs and Vulnerable

Greetings from Ft. Worth.  Charlie Bailey and I are scouting for a Spring Break 2011 church mission trip. This is the Proverbs verse(s) that is on my mind today: “Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.”  Proverbs 31:8 Proverbs 31 are sayings of King Lemuel and where taught to him by his mother (verse …

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Mon. Nov. 29 "Homeless"

Friends: I wish for each of you a great day.  Read below for the story “Homeless in Dry Creek.” Quote for your day: Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.  -Jim Rohn Proverb for Nov. 29:  Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to …

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