A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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… and meanwhile, back in Kansas – What is John Coyote up to?  Let’s take a look at his latest videos!

http://youtu.be/xlWjvaKDpGk

He said this video was taken at Little Walnut River, ten miles southeast of Augusta. Kansas.  There is a unique beauty here in Kansas – or maybe I’m just biased in my opinion – ya think? 

http://youtu.be/yoqQ95QLcOk

I want today’s post to serve as a gentle reminder that we should get outdoors while we still can.  Before long the weather will be too bad and we’ll be stuck indoors – and you know what that means…  CABIN FEVER!  What will you do before the first snow of the year?

If you live in or around Kansas, you might want to take in the 16th annual Homemade Holidays Craft Show in Ottawa on November 14th.  It’s held at the Ottawa and Franklin County Visitor Information Center at 1230 S. Ash from 9am – 4pm.  I believe it’s free – (at least I saw no mention of a charge).  For more information you can call them at 785-229-8030.

Are you in the mood for some relaxing music and a bunch of friendly folks?  THIRD SATURDAY is also going on in Ottawa through December 19th when everyone in the community comes together for a fun relaxing day.

November 21st is the annual Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights in beautiful downtown Salina, Kansas.  I didn’t see what time it begins, but I’m guessing it’s around 10-ish.

The Downtown Holiday Parade in Hutchinson, Kansas is also on November 21st at 10am.  Good luck being in two places at the same time.  Why do they do that?

Kansas has a Swedish community not far from Wichita called Lindsborg.  It’s a college town and they have unique shops and restaurants.  Every Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat from November 8th – January 24th they will have the Birger Sandzen Holiday Gift Show at the Memorial Art Gallery at 401 N. First St.  For more information about that you can call them at 785-227-2220.

An evening stroll may be a little brisk these days, but in Wellington, Kansas they have the First Friday Art walk at the No. 7 Coffee House at 115 S. Washington from 5pm – 7pm.  I guess you grab a cup of their coffee to keep warm before you walk – or even while you walk – good thinking, No. 7!  For more information you can give them a call at 620-326-6777.

There’s still time to get out and go before we get stuck indoors!  These are all fun activities – but I think my friend John has the right idea – just go out and enjoy nature!  You never know what you may learn.  🙂

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

TL 1-16 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

1-16 FREEDOM TO PRAISE HIM

 

Today we lift our hearts and our hands to our Creator in thanksgiving once again!  We do that every day to thank Him for another beautiful day, but today we add a note of thanks that we as Americans have the right to enjoy RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY!!!

I was reading this really interesting article in the American Psychiatric Journal…. research shows that going to church actually boosts your immune system, decreases your blood pressure, and reduces stress. It’s kind of like an antioxidant from God.   – Bones, “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank,” original airdate 2014 March 17th, spoken by the character Seeley Booth, writing credits M.Peterson, H.Hanson, and K.Reichs

Each year on this date, the President calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.”  It is the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786.

ReligiousFreedomDay.com

Today we should promote and protect students’ right of religious expression.  These liberties need to be encouraged by parents, educators and others who work with children.  This is not a time in history when such opportunities should be ignored or taken for granted.  If we are to reach our youth for Christ, we must be proactive and aware of the doors that open before us.

Will we dare to walk through the door today, or will we sit back and wait for someone else to let a child (or adult) know that God is love and Jesus loves them?  It not only takes a village to raise a child, but it takes the whole family of God to help that child come to Jesus.  There are many religions, but there is one God and one Son of God, Jesus Christ.  He is the One we need to show to others.

Don’t think that you as one person cannot make a difference.

Through an activity or event – (or just one on one), tell someone that Jesus made a way for them to live forever and He is worthy of praise and He can be trusted with their heart, soul and life.  Once a person catches a glimpse of the plan of Salvation, it’s amazing and exciting to watch them grow in their faith!

They won’t know if we don’t share our faith with them.  They won’t understand if they are not taught.  Your faith in God was meant to be shared.  Look around you – people need faith and hope that only God can give.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  – John 3:16-17

Leave “religion” at the door and speak the truth of God’s Word to someone today.  That is the best way you could possibly celebrate this special day.  Jesus is my Savior, not my religion.  🙂