Posted in January 2011

Just Like My Father (by Jen Duffy Ruzicka)

We’ve all done it – wondered who our children might resemble or take after. It’s pretty clear with my kids. The girls look like me and Deacon looks like his dad. Of course, we will always have those family members who desperately want the kids to look like my great-great grandmother or their dad’s eleventh … Continue reading

High Horses & Low Riders (by Aaron Case)

Okay, I’m wrecked, totally ruined, all because of a sincere compliment. I don’t take compliments well. You know, with humility? The other day one of my Facebook friends commented on one of my posts. She said she looked forward to what I post each day. A really nice thing to say right? I got the … Continue reading

Yogurt, Bacteria, and Love (by Len Winneroski)

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you seethe Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (English Standard Version) I love yogurt.  It is one those foods though, like … Continue reading

Rivers of Healing (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!! My Daughters BLISTERS seem to be getting worse. Her socks have become BLOOD STAINED. Basketball season with its constant HAMMERING really puts the wear and tear on a person’s FEET. She said she tries not to think about the PAIN until the games is over. They hurt worse when they LOSE. Has the … Continue reading

Spiritual Sushi (by Len Winneroski)

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (NIV) Some of my friends are crazy about sushi.  Sushi is vinegar flavored rice that is usually toped with fresh, thinly sliced raw seafood.  The raw seafood is called sashimi, which is a Japanese word that means “pierced body.”  Sushi … Continue reading

From Pain to Gain (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!! They say a woman’s hair is her Crown of Glory. It’s amazing to me how naturally beautiful some women’s hair is without do anything with it. But not mine. For my hair to be beautiful I have to endure Hair Surgery!!! I have to Wash it, mousse it, root lift it, tease it, … Continue reading

Hands (by D.A. Cobb)

Have you ever looked closely at your hands? Really, really examined them? I have. I remember my Dad, shortly before his passing, spending hours studying his hands. I’d love to know what he was thinking at those times. Mine are the hands that held my first rattle as a baby, helped support me as an … Continue reading

White-Knuckled Focus (by Len Winneroski)

“You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is … Continue reading

Road Signs (by Becky Rommel)

Good morning!! While DRIVING to work I missed the ROAD I was to TURN on. I went the WRONG WAY. Are you missing the ROAD to your DESTINATION? God always POST SIGNS to give us DIRECTION. Even if it seems CONDITIONS are HAZARDOUS in your life right now, you can always make a SHARP U-TURN. … Continue reading

Vapor (D.A. Cobb)

My day began running a “must do” errand. It was very early and the temperature was two degrees above zero. This was one of those daybreak moments when you would prefer to roll over, sleep in and overlook the morning’s frigid conditions. As I was driving you could see exhaust fumes coming from yet to … Continue reading

Fixable (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!! I need to consider going to the CHIROPRACTORS to get some relief from this PAIN I’m having. Have you allowed the STRESS and TENSION of this World we live in, weight heavily on your SHOULDERS? Some of it is BACK PAIN you received from the past as a child. The biggest ADJUSTEMENT you … Continue reading

Thief for Breakfast (by Becky Rommel)

Good morning!! This wild thing happened this morning while I was reading my bible. There was a continuous knocking sound at my back door. I thought it was my stray cat I feed everyday outside, so I opened it and it was that raccoon again. That thief keeps eating the cat’s food I lay out. … Continue reading

Scarf (by D.A. Cobb)

I received a beautiful gray scarf as a Christmas present. It was given to me by a valued friend and will always be cherished and remain a part of my cold weather attire. Some have suggested wearing this garment makes me look like a college professor or at least a thoughtful eccentric. If anything, I … Continue reading

Cooking for God (by Becky Rommel)

Good morning!! While napping I was awakened by the SMELL of FOOD from downstairs. I could tell Chris was SERVING something GOOD. God is SERVING a perfect MENU too. He gives you a CHOICE AT THE PICKENS. What are you going to FEAST ON? It’s RARE to have everything TURN OUT PERFECT. Even if you … Continue reading

Rawhide Lessons (by Len Winneroski)

“ Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 I love my dogs.  Teddy is a laid back twelve-year old Bichon Frise and Bella is a sweet and spicy five-year old … Continue reading

100% Sure (by Becky Rommel)

Good morning!! I heard that Brad Pitt said that he didn’t believe in a God. He was even raised in a Christian home. He said he would take his CHANCES when he dies. CHANCES. Wow. Is that how you feel? Do you believe it’s just “CHANCE” that you’re reading this message today? What’s the CHANCE … Continue reading

Reassembled (by Becky Rommel)

Good morning!! We had a new family picture taken. Our two older children came from Kansas. Everyone has changed so much. Not everyone was happy. The babe was sad, no smiles. Her little face represents so many families that are hurting today. Our family is no exception to this, for we too our formed together … Continue reading

Beauty Mark (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning! My daughter was able to bring to my attention the ugly black hair that was growing out of my, lets see how she stated this? “Beauty mark” (that’s what my mom always told me) that’s on my face. It’s been there since I was born. She asked me, “since there are hairs growing … Continue reading

First Snowfall (by D.A. Cobb)

Early this morning I peeked outside to check on last evenings forecast. For a change the weather man was right. During the night we had our first predicted snowfall of the season. It also brought frigid below zero temperatures and strong gusty winds. Not a lot of the white stuff, I’d say maybe around two … Continue reading

Precious Present (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!! My girlfriend Karla gave me the most PRECIOUS PRESENT. It’s a book, and its title is called just that. A story of an old man using his wise words to help teach a young boy how to search for Joy and Happiness. I am convinced people can’t possess these GIFTS because they are … Continue reading

Christ-ogenesis (by Len Winneroski)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version) Miracles are all around us. The transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly is one such miracle. There seems to be an unwritten law that whenever a butterfly flutters into … Continue reading

The Twelve (by D.A. Cobb)

I have finally completed my preparation for becoming a Stephen Minister. It has involved over fifty hours of classroom work, weekend study retreats and plenty of assigned reading including three textbooks and two training manuals. Our mission is to be with and minister to the needs of those persons suffering from a variety of crushing … Continue reading

Burden of Proof (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!! If you were CHARGED with CHRISTIANITY, would there be enough EVIDENCE to CONVICT you? Where do you STAND on this QUESTION? How would you PROVE WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT this was TRUE for you? Having a bumper sticker and a crucifix cross doesn’t make you a CHRISTIAN, anyone can have that. … Continue reading