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Saturday, September 27, 2014
My husband wasn't so lucky. About two years ago, he exited a freeway. As he neared the end, he looked behind him. A hundred feet away, a red light held back cars. No one was headed toward him. He stepped on the accelerator to cross the access road to a station. The light turned. A driver pounced on the gas. The car hit the back side of my husband's truck. Again, it got lost on his blind side.
I find that, as a Christian, I resist the outright sins like stealing and blasphemy. But, what about those on my blind side?
Sneaky sins catch up in much the same manner as an accelerating car barreling toward my rear bumper. God gives us insight onto some of those sneaky sins.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke: 21:34
Quote from Divine Dining:
I understand drunkenness.
Cares of this life can catch any of us. If activities, even good ones, keep us from worshipping and spending time with God, that thing becomes a snare.
Jesus aims the word surfeiting to people like me. Surfeiting means overindulging, gorging, stuffing even to the point that the word is used for discomfort or nausea. We try to apply this only to people who are overweight, but this applies to everyone at times.
Lord, keep watch on my blind side. Don't let sneaky sins like drunkenness, surfeiting, and cares of this life catch me in a wreck, one that has eternal consequences.
What about you? Have you ever had something sneak up on your blind side, spiritually, or physically?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
We entered the archway to the cemetery and walked the concrete paths to view graves marked mostly by German surnames. Set out in the middle of nowhere was this cemetery, a church, and a rectory. I researched the area. Many former occupants now live in nearby Burkburnett, Texas, and any children are bused into Burkburnett schools. I interviewed several such as Raymond Schroeder and Phoebe Todd. The North Texas historian, Dick Vallon, shared history on the area. The town once sported a post office, a school, a general story, and a bustling population.
Clara, Texas was founded by a German, Colonel Hermann Specht. Texans gave him the title but he was never in the military. Colonel Specht was instrumental in moving Germans from several states to North Texas. His dreams were high, and he set about to make them come true. He named the town after his beloved wife, Clara.
Colonel Specht's life faced a tragic end. He traveled to visit his brother in Germany. World War 1 broke out, and he was stranded. He died for away from the land of his dreams.
A woman by the name of Dorothy Crowder probably started the ghost legend in her book "Tales of the Red River Valley." Here's an excerpt:
The ghost of Colonel Hermann Specht can be seen on foggy nights walking between the headstones at the Clara Cemetery. Specht's back is rigidly straight in a military bearing, but he has a distinctive limp as he drags his left leg behind him. He is over six feet tall. His clothing includes a Prince Albert coat with boutonniere in the left lapel. Specht uses a cane to support himself. His face is gaunt, his eyes sunken. When he turns to see who dares to follow him, he shows no animosity, only sorrow. For Hermann Specht was a man who had a dream which withered and died before it was born.
... Colonel Herman Specht's ghost came into being one October morning when a reporter from KAUZ-TV called to ask if there were any good ghost stories in Burkburnett. He was told, "no, not in Burkburnett, but there is in Clara."
And, so the story spread.
When I discovered it, my granddaughter, Victoria, was going through her rebellious teens. As I love to do, I asked myself, what if ...
What if a young girl sad from lack of friends and feelings of rejection, met up with a sorrowing old ghost. Had Colonel Specht still work to be done in Clara Cemetery?
And, so the story Victoria and the Ghost was born. It's an inspirational, paranormal YA.
Well, that's my first ghost legend for Weird Wednesdays, and the one that sparked my interest in ghosts. Watch next Wednesday for the ghost legend that I explore in the sequel soon to be released by 4RV Publishing. It's titled A Ghost for Shelley.
If you have a ghost legend, you'd like to share on Weird Wednesday, let me know. See how to contact me under the "Who is Janet, and Where Can You Contact Her" page.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
I've listed ten signs. Count how many of these sentences or questions that you answer in the affirmative.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
|Plates painted by my 2 youngest & a bear picture painted by the oldest -both at age 8-9|
My three daughters are precious. Memories from their childhood grace several rooms. I cherish each and remember where it was made and which girl made it. Come Christmas, our tree sports decorations made by our daughters. No faddish tree will do for me.
|London souvenir from my English friend, Anne|
|from Australia. Thank you, Madeleine, my online writing friend.|
|painted by a dear friend now gone to heaven|
|My writing corner. The plaque above it says "Lo, I am with you always - Jesus|
Saturday, September 6, 2014
2. Good advice. Where did you get the idea for your new book?
Okay, I hit Ane with several questions, but she was gracious in her answers. Do any of you have questions or comments for her? Chapel Springs Revival sounds like a must-read to me.