Sentimental value kept the old one around for ages.

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Photo by Jill Kelley. Farewell old friend.

The children are grown and have homes of their own, so now we are ready to redecorate our small kitchen dining nook. We are shopping for an updated, perhaps trendy, narrow, bar-height rectangular solid wood table with high barstools. This will replace a worn-out, much-loved, old mahogany formal dining table we inherited when my mother passed away in 1996.

In 2006, when we moved into our current home, the chairs that go with the set were deemed too wobbly, so they went straight into the attic. Ever since then, chairs have been mismatched. …


It’s better than nothing.

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Photo by Janez Fabijan on Unsplash

The city-dwelling children enjoyed recess on a playground made of sandboxes housing monkey bars. Past a rectangle swatch of mowed grass, there was a backstop for playing kickball on an asphalt field. Along the chain-link fences, there were a few holes cut out of the blacktop where trees grew. From the outfield, you could see the mountains far away.

That’s where the sixth-grade camp was held. The sixth graders got to go camping for five days and four nights. They found wilderness there.

Camp counselors took them hiking through the forest, teaching them about things like the difference between deciduous…


Or is today tomorrow’s yesterday?

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Photo by Katt Yukawa on Unsplash

Here you sit again, hungover, broke, and with no prospects. You’ve got no clean clothes, every dish in the house is dirty, and all your bills are due.

After rummaging through junk drawers and pants pockets, you find enough money for either some groceries or a bottle of booze and a pack of smokes. You look at the cash, and your stomach growls.

The mountain of postponed duties totters overhead, threatening to crush you if you pile on one more wasted day. Pocketing the money, you head out the door. Today is the day you stop being such a googgatate.


I want to go to there.

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Photo by Brandon Kelley

The first Saturday after moving from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Nampa, Idaho, we decided to go for a picnic in the great outdoors. It took us a long time to drive past all the farms. We thought Idaho would be full of wilderness, and I suppose it is, but from Nampa, one must drive a long way to get past all the farmlands. As we passed crop after crop of private property, I began to suspect this place was not meeting my expectations.

Through the car windows, as far as my eyes could see, in every direction, there was an…


They’ll think they’ve had one too many

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https://www.theakstons.co.uk/shop/#!/product/old-peculier-backwards-clock

Mrs. Wheeler, a professor of history at Cambridge University, was a staunch advocate for temperance. She completely abstained from consuming alcohol in any form except for medicine, and it would please her greatly if her students would do likewise. However, if they wouldn’t abstain, then moderation would have to suffice.

She carried her parcel through the Lamb and Flag passage into the old pub and delivered it to the barkeeper. He opened it.

The barkeeper threw his head back; his laughter spewed forth like a fountain. With gusto, he thanked Mrs. Wheeler and hung the backwards clock on the wall.


Like Peter’s mother-in-law

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606–1669. Christ Healing Peter’s Mother-in-Law, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed

Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:29–31, NKJV)

In case you didn’t know, Simon’s nickname is Peter.

What do you make of this story? How does it make you feel? Does it seem misogynistic? Is it acceptable to ask…


Scripture Prompt

God is trustworthy to lead the way

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Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23–24, NKJV)

These words are similar to those of Psalm19:14. David asks God to examine his thoughts and purge him of sin so that he might enter into everlasting life. (NKJV Study Bible annotation)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, NKJV)

As I contemplate these verses, I am…

Jill Kelley

Grateful Believer, Homemaker, Artist, Writer

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