A Foodie Post and my New Format

- writer Derek Maul January is always a good time to try on new ideas - or at least tweak what's already there. So I am doing a little experimentation with format that should do a better job - visually - of interfacing with my content. Everything I write still comes out of my core …

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Why Everyone Should Have a “Boxing Day” tradition!

- Silly paper hats are a must! Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10 Today is not going to be an "explainer" post so much as a …

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When every meal together is a special time of thanksgiving – three simple recipes

- North Carolina writer Derek Maul It has been a while since I wrote anything under the "Foodie" post label. Not that Rebekah and I have failed to eat with our usual enthusiasm, so much as that I have not had the available time to cook with the necessary level of concentration and creativity. This …

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Joy in the small things

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.Galatians 5:22-23 - Derek Maul Today - Wednesday - I'm going to share a good retirement story. I have written a lot about the difficulty of letting go, changing long-practiced routines, and …

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Photo Friday

I've got peace like a riverI've got love like an oceanI've got joy like a fountain in my soulI've got peace like a riverI've got love like an oceanI've got joy like a fountain in my soul Ah, today is "Photo-Friday" and a chance to share a few short thoughts with the extra pictures. Grandchildren, …

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Notes and photos from a good weekend

- hosting Resi and Keith Thomas The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. Acts 2:42-44 I would love to make this a …

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Saved by “Photo Friday” (there is always a story)

- Beks and David this week in Miami The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.    The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas    and built it on the ocean depths. - Psalm 24 TGIFF (Thank goodness it's photo Friday!). Because, this morning, I have every kind of …

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Birthday dinner and “Poole’s Diner” restaurant review

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31 Rebekah's birthday treat this year gave me the opportunity to avoid one of the America's most common spelling errors. I could write about Rebekah's birthday "dinner" or her "birthday diner" and be correct either …

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Beer pairings and wine-snobbery!

You make grass grow for cattle;    you make plants for human farming        in order to get food from the ground,         and wine, which cheers people’s hearts,        along with oil, which makes the face shine,        and bread, which sustains the human heart.Everything is permitted, but everything isn’t beneficial. Everything is permitted, but everything doesn’t build others up.  No one should look out …

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This story is – first – ours to live before it can be told

- Naomi's creation, enjoyed at the coffee table with the children and "Hamilton" Just a short post this morning in response to the "Evening of food and entertainment with Naomi" provided by our daughter. She cleaned the kitchen, prepared dinner, introduced us to our first viewing of "Hamilton," then cleaned the kitchen again. The meal …

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