September 2022 in 30 Pictures

September had a lot of everything: Searing heat, beautiful hints of fall, torrential rains, and then Hurricane Ian's blustery reminder that the tropics are determined to be anything but quiet. - writer/photographer Derek Maul: camera ready for what comes next! The month also marked tremendous progress in our garden, a wedding ring found, the passing …

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In the Middle of a Storm: does prayer turn hurricanes or hearts?

The Lord is good,    a refuge in times of trouble.He cares for those who trust in him, Nahum 1:7 So there is a lot of excitement, anxiety, trepidation, concern and more in Florida this week, with the promise of Hurricane Ian smashing into the Tampa area as a major storm. Even over in Orlando, where our grandchildren live, it …

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to stand under a waterfall of grace

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9 - church at HMPC It's not a hard and fast rule, but Mondays I tend to find …

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If we learned to listen maybe we wouldn’t judge so quickly….

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 - North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning's post could easily be a book. So, instead, I'm going to keep it short. I …

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Last Details Coming together for England Trip!

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." [Socrates, As quoted in Plutarch] - ready to travel! Three months ago I shared, with great excitement, the beginnings of our plans for an October trip to the U.K ("Making Travel Plans - so excited!"). Now, unbelievably, our flight from RDU …

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Gardening with Rebekah: We Simply Must Take Better Care of this Good Earth

- all this is about to be destroyed 😦 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 - Rebekah with the Cobbs in their garden Sometimes, especially in the big-picture world of ideological give and take, it's easy to get caught …

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A few more photos, and “hats off” to the Queen’s loyal staff

It's looking to be a busy Saturday, so my post this morning will simply be a handful more images you all may enjoy from this week. First, the photograph from the procession when Queen Elizabeth's coffin was moved from Buckingham palace to Westminster. Her majesty's senior household staff - often overlooked in all the noise, …

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Does Food Inflation have to Mean Compromised Flavor?

Why spend money on what is not bread,    and your labor on what does not satisfy?Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,    and you will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:2 I believe the top "food" topic on everyone's mind right now has to be cost. This morning I reviewed our retirement budget, a …

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Rebekah in Chainsaw Rambo Mode!

- our garden guard-pig holding on the best he can The Lord will guide you continually    and provide for you, even in parched places.    He will rescue your bones.You will be like a watered garden,    like a spring of water that won’t run dry. Isaiah 58:11 - Rebekah wielding the chainsaw! Evidently one post featuring the new chainsaw was not …

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There is a lot of noise in America, but very little actual communication

Teach the wise, and they will become wiser;    inform the righteous, and their learning will increase. An understanding mind gains knowledge;    the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 9:9, 18:15 Typically, I delete comments from people who troll this blog when there is obviously no interest in actual communication. One example is a frequent flyer in …

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