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Uncle Ernest’s Kite

Andy Oldham:

Here is a wonderful memory that I think you will enjoy reading. I surely did. We should all be writing our memories like this one. Enjoy! :-)

Originally posted on Cryptic Garland click here:

I got a mildly terse phone call from a cousin whom I haven’t heard from for a number of years. We have joint ownership of our Grandfather. The general tenor of the call was to tell me that we never had an Uncle Ernest and even if we did he would not have left his French wife on her own and stayed in France to act the goat. I told him he was perfectly correct and thanked him for the compliment.

“What compliment?” he asked.

“The one about my creating a character that was real enough that you might have thought it was a real person.” I’m not sure if he picked up on the irony.

So allow me to explain that these are stories. I am not writing a family history. The one that follows is also not true. I made it up.

I have called it “What on…

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Everlasting Cronies

I am excited to introduce you to my debut novel, EVERLASTING CRONIES. I have collected not only my own stories but those of others since I was a child. I just love stories.  My new book is a compilation of many of these stories into one. I hope you enjoy it! Available now on Amazon and Kindle Direct.

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In EVERLASTING CRONIES you will enjoy a heart-warming, coming of age story about a trio of racially diverse boys who experience joy, loss, conflict, and redemption during the rural Louisiana summer of 1949. There is beauty, romance, and the racial animosity of the Deep South during that pivotal period. Ample local color, the ghost of the old mule jail, a snake dance, and a traditional Southern funeral, punctuate the drama that teaches the boys profitable life-lessons about faith, trust, loyalty and betrayal. This one unforgettable summer moves this threesome to the cusp of manhood and cements an enduring friendship.

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Things Are Not Always As They Seem

In the early 1960’s my Dad was privileged to go on the mission field in British Guiana, SA. While he ministered and supported existing churches and their native pastors there was a need for a new congregation in the back-country. Many hours were spent on a ferry that took him sixty miles inland and up the Demerara River.

There was a new excitement in this mostly Hindu community of Linden. When Dad first arrived in this small village he was placed on a donkey cart and taken to where he would stay. After a year, someone in the church loaned an older vehicle for Dads use when he was there.

The enthusiasm in Linden was contagious. The native pastor, Mr. Watson, insisted that Dad hold prayer meetings each time he came. The church was praying for the growth of the church in their community. This small congregation, on their knees in prayer, became the engine of growth in the area. There was no more room under the little house on stilts, or even in the yard. The congregation to continue growing and running out of room. They kept on praying anyway. They began petitioning God to relieve them by starting a new congregation. There was no one willing to lead the new one church so they began to pray for this new leader to emerge. No one knew who he was. No one knew where he would come from. They just to prayed.

 “…and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22 ESV

Dad was invited to speak under another house on stilts about 10 miles deeper into the interior. Upon arrival he and Pastor Watson were met with animosity. A curious crowd formed around the house. Dad said he preached…and he preached…and he preached. He felt the Holy Spirit moving upon his sermon that day and knew something wonderful was going to happen. He was excited. Nothing happened.

 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18 NIV

After the service, and a curry dinner, he went to the car and found one of the tires had been slashed. He opened the trunk to remove the spare when a man walked up to him and insisted that Dad let him change the tire. Once the man began removing the lug nuts he began to share with Dad that he did not appreciate his coming to his village and preaching a foreign religion that no one wanted to hear. He confessed that he was the one who had slashed the tire in attempt to send an unwelcomed message not to come back. However, after he heard Dad’s sermon he realized he was wrong and wanted to hear more. Dad won that man to the Lord that day and he became a member of the Church. Dad worked with him for a few weeks, teaching the Gospel and with Dads continued guidance, he became the new pastor of this new church. The church in both in villages continued to grow.

You see, something wonderful did happen that day. It was not when Dad expected it…during the service. No, it happened when God wanted it to, with a man who stood against God, and slashed a tire.

The church in Linden did not know the answer to their prayer. They only knew and believed and expected the answer. They knew the answer would come. In their diligence and steadfast faith the answer came. Like Daniel, they did not stop praying. The fighting in the spirit world was intense. But as always, God won, and the answer came at the right time, and in the right place.

His timing is His timing. Not ours

 “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie.

If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. “

Habakkuk 2:3 ESV

WordPress Family Blogging Award

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I have turned down several awards by such beautiful people like you in the past year. I appreciate those who have nominated me and I hope you know that I was thrilled by your nomination but had already decided that I would keep an Award Free Blog this first full year of blogging. I love you my friends and I appreciate all who nominated me this past year.

When John at http://theartisticchristian.wordpress.com sent me this nomination for the WordPress Family Award this morning I was thrilled and disappointed at the same time. Thrilled at the nomination and disappointed that I would, again, not accept this honor. However, after much thought, I have decided that I would accept this award because it is about you, my family here on WordPress. All of you have been so good to me. I do not post often but when I do I am overwhelmed with blessings from each of you.

It is so hard to choose 15 blogs out of so many wonderful blogs on WordPress. Regardless of whether you are listed below I want you to know that I am blessed beyond measure that you are a part of my family here on Word Press. You have been a joy and a pleasure to follow you, and to receive your comments this year. I pray that you will continue to inspire all of us with the words, and talent, God gives you in 2015.

 

Award Description

As for the award itself, this was designed as a way to express your gratitude to those who not only follow your blog, but have become like family.   Here is the description given by Shaun, the creator of the award:

“This is an award for everyone who is part of the ‘Word Press Family.’ I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave own my legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents ‘Family’ we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honor to start this award.”

 

Rules for the Award

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 10-15 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience.
  4. Let your 10-15 family members know you have awarded them.
  5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.

 

 Nominated Blogs

The following blogs have not only clicked the “Follow” button, but have supported me by taking time to leave thoughtful comments. If you’re looking for readers who will really engage with your blog, then you may want to give these a glance! Note: there are many blogs that are not listed who have been given this award before. I want to give this blessing to those who have not received it. I so wish I could pass it on to all of you!

http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/

http://beautifullifewithcancer.com

http://writingwingsforyou.com/

http://welldressedbranch.com/

http://lorriebowden.com/

http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/

http://mamasemptynest.wordpress.com/

http://theiamblog.wordpress.com/

http://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com/

http://jisbell22.wordpress.com/

http://sherrimatthewsblog.com

 

Photography & Graphic Blogs I love:

https://avian101.wordpress.com/

https://dapontephotography.wordpress.com

http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com

http://natuurfreak.wordpress.com

https://herladypinkrose.wordpress.com/

http://gillmcgrath.com

 

And to soooo many others………… thank-you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Request

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“O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.”

(Psalms 30:2 NKJV)

 

A good friend, and fellow blogger, in the UK is in need of our prayers. She writes a blog called: themaskthatgrins.wordpress.com. I had not heard from her in several months and I received this email this morning:

“Thank you, ANDY, for checking on me.  Although I have not written about certain things, this may puzzle you. But my sister, is years senior, has just been diagnosed with cancer. She has weeks, days, and months to live. She went to Accident and Emergency we call it A&E (ER in the US) because her legs were swollen. They told her she had terminal cancer. God must be speaking to you because this has come at the right time, thank you.

Again, I am sorry I have not been blogging, but I lost my job four weeks ago. Now I am gonna lose my only sister. I am emotionally drained, speechless, and so very sad. Christmas for me is cancelled, I’m so sad right now. Thanks all the Same

Will keep in touch.  God blessings, ok. 

B.

 Please lift her and her sister up to the Father in your prayers. Feel free to write her with  your prayerful support as well!

God Bless!

 

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,

anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

 (James 5:14-15)

 

PATIENCE WILL BRING REWARD

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One of my favorite memories is that of my grandfather Charlie feeding the squirrels. The large oaks in his backyard in Baton Rouge provided plenty of acorns, so he decided he would give them a gift one year.

He laid a handful of large southern pecans at the base of the tree closest to the house. He watched and waited from an inside window. He did not see a squirrel come that first day. The next morning the pecans were gone. He did that for several weeks until one day he saw a gray squirrel run down the trunk, pick up a pecan and scurry back up to the first limb.

Charlie continued to offer his free gift and progressed a little at a time with getting to know his squirrel. After a time he was able to sit on the back step and watch the squirrel climb down, sit at the base, and crack the pecan and eat it.

As the months went by, Charlie moved to the picnic table and sat on the bench. From here he decided to knock on the tree with a pecan, lay the little gift on the ground, step back about 10 feet and see what would happen. Surely the squirrel knew it was safe by now. He was cautious and moved ever so slowly toward the base; unsure of what Charlie was doing. When he reached the bottom of the trunk; he picked up the pecan and cracked it open without darting back up into the limbs. A smile of confidence grew on Charlie’s face.

Many months continued to pass and Charlie persistently knocked a pecan against the tree, laid it on the ground, and stepped backward, remaining a little closer each time. The Squirrel became more comfortable with Charlie and his presentation, so after a year of getting to know each other Charlie squatted down and held a pecan in the palm of his hand. The squirrel was frightened to take something that was free from his hand, so Charlie laid it on the ground and stepped back. The squirrel ran and grabbed the pecan and scampered up the tree. It felt safe taking pecans from the ground, but from Charlie’s hand there was uncertainty.

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Charlie continued holding his hand out and the squirrel continued to resist. Approaching two years, he took his time every afternoon and asked the squirrel to accept the gift in his hand. One day it happened. The little gray squirrel took the pecan. Charlie sat still and did not remove his hand. The squirrel sat next to him and cracked the pecan. The weeks passed and another squirrel hung upside down on the trunk inquisitive as to what this free gift was all about. Several squirrels began to show and found that the only requirement was simply to accept the gift.

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I thought about this story the other day and decided to share it this Christmas with my friends. Sunday, the pastor asked for a show of hands from all those who had shared the gospel with someone that week. One or two hands went up, and one even gave a testimony. Sadly, mine was not one of them. I have been bothered all week by that event. My hand should have been up and so should everyone else’s. The early church would have had their hands up. There would have been no teaching that Sunday because everyone had a testimony to share.

 “…there has been born FOR YOU a SAVIOR who is CHRIST THE LORD.”

Luke 2:11 (NAS)

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 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV)

 We are not the early church anymore, but we do have the same free gift and we should be just as excited to share as they were over two thousand years ago. It is important to understand that the Father handed us the free gift of salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ. All we have to do is accept Him. It is also through His Son that we are given the free gifts of grace and faith. Again, all we have to do is accept them.

Why are we not sharing our gift with those who do not know Christ? Like the squirrel, they are cautious and apprehensive, but with patience and perseverance we will bring them to the Gift as well. Kind, loving, and patient persistence is, should be our virtue.

 “… the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 (NAS)

 If we believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord, it will come out of our mouth. We can’t contain it. Do you love the Lord? When is the last time you shared the gospel? Will you introduce someone to Jesus this season? He is both the Gift, and the one offering His hand if they are willing. His Gift is not only free, but it is one of sacrifice, so that you and others may have everlasting life. Why not introduce someone to the Gift while we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas.

 “For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son,

so that we may have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

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