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Facts are Fun: Children’s Nonfiction
with Annette Whipple
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7 p.m., Zoom Meeting
Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members
Great Inspirational Book
by Sally Jadlow on October 20, 2020 at 9:00 am
I stumbled across a great book the other day by Anne Graham Lotz called The Daniel Prayer-Prayer that Moves Heaven and Changes Nations. She bases the book on Daniel 9 where Daniel prays a powerful prayer while the Jews were in Babylon near the end of their 70 year exile. The Jewish people had been hauled off there because of their continued sin of sacrificing their children to the god Molech. While Daniel was reading the Old Testament book of Jeremiah... Read More Read Mor […]
When Hope Meets Up with Q4
by RJ Thesman on October 20, 2020 at 7:56 am
We are moving toward the Christmas market and ready to leave the year behind. We have reached our annual goals or transferred them to the next year’s editorial calendar. It’s easy to sit back, take stock of the year and … Continue reading &rarr […]
Grandma M’s Trip to Stockton Lake
by SuZan Klassen on October 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Last week I wrote about Grandma M’s Trip to Iowa with her five granddaughters. This week’s story recounts her trip with her grandsons to Stockton Lake, Missouri. She’s a busy lady. These trips always begin with the children’s arrival at Grandma’s house in the morning. They arrive with suitcase and sack lunch in hand. They … More Grandma M’s Trip to Stockton Lak […]
Has Anything of True Value Changed?
by Sylvia Schroeder on October 14, 2020 at 11:00 am
“Nothing of value has changed,” he said leaning over our daughter. His young face was earnest and sincere. His blue eyes searched to connect with hers, foggy and distant. Day after day another ability vaporized into thin air. She couldn’t walk. She couldn’t move her arms. Her words slurred. All of her body parts conspired […] The post Has Anything of True Value Changed? appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Episode 50—It’s Not All About Comfort
by Teresa Shields Parker on October 14, 2020 at 3:38 am
Comfort is an interesting word. When we dissect it, what we mean is really selfish. It’s all about what I want and nothing about what God wants for me. He is calling me and you to go much, much deeper with Him. He is calling us to a new level. He is calling us to transformation and He is using our issues with food to do it. He’s redefining what comfort looks like and feels like for us.The post Episode 50—It’s Not All About Comfort appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Hope Watches the Autumn Dance
by RJ Thesman on October 13, 2020 at 10:53 am
As I stood on my deck, a tree unloaded its entire leaf burden. It was as if God said, “It is now 3:24 on this date I created before the foundation of the world. Disengage.” Within seconds, every leaf had … Continue reading &rarr […]
The Election and its Consequences
by Sally Jadlow on October 13, 2020 at 9:04 am
We find ourselves today in a time not unlike Israel in Jeremiah’s day. Although he preached the truth to them, they refused to hear. He said the people had ears but did not hear and had eyes that did not see (Jeremiah 5:21 and following). God had given Israel the land of Canaan (otherwise known as the Promised Land) to the Israelites because the former occupants, the Canaanites, sacrificed their children to Molech (also known as Baal). Now, the Israelites... Read More Read Mor […]
Grandma M’s Trip to Iowa
by SuZan Klassen on October 12, 2020 at 12:34 pm
One of my friends goes on a trip every year with her granddaughters—all five of them. To protect the identity of the children I’ll simply refer to my friend as Grandma M. This year COVID put a cramp in their plans. “However, it opened up new, exciting possibilities,” she said. “And you can quote me … More Grandma M’s Trip to Iowa […]
3 Ways to Teach Our Children About Bible Translations and How (and How Not) to Use Them
by Eryn Lynum on October 7, 2020 at 6:01 pm
“Why do they change words in some Bibles?” I could sense the skepticism in my son’s voice, a new tone carried throughout his questions in recent days. It’s uncomfortable, yet welcome. I asked him for it, really ... […]
Episode 49-Jesus Versus Strongholds
by Teresa Shields Parker on October 7, 2020 at 2:15 am
We all know when it comes to a battle of Jesus versus our own personal strongholds, Jesus is going to win. Right? Well, it’s only right if we are putting our trust in Jesus instead of the stronghold we are hiding behind. We must take stand against the stronghold we have set up in our lives. Satan would want nothing better to whisper in your ear that you are defeated. But I’m telling you that you are only defeated if you want to be.The post Episode 49-Jesus Versus Strongholds appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Why the Paradox?
by Judith Vander Wege on October 7, 2020 at 1:57 am
“Why Lord? Why are you letting this happen?” I look around at news of the Covid-19 pandemic, cancers, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, Iowa’s derecho wind, earthquakes, riots, persecutions around the world, plus other illnesses and tragedies. My heart goes out in … Continued […]
When Hope Finds Its True Color
by RJ Thesman on October 6, 2020 at 10:00 am
My cyclamen bloomed a lovely fuchsia pink. But I bought it with the understanding that it would produce the dark eggplant purple color I love. What a disappointing surprise as the blossoms opened and showed off a deep pink. But … Continue reading &rarr […]
Brown Butter White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
by Sally Jadlow on October 6, 2020 at 9:15 am
With the cooler days of fall, my mind turns to baking. I found a yummy cookie recipe the other day on the Kitchen Aid site. They are crunchy, but the cranberries give them a chewy texture. Brown Butter White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies 1 1/2cups all-purpose flour 1teaspoon baking soda 1/2teaspoon sea salt 2sticks unsalted butter (browned and cooled, see Chef’s Notes) 1cup light brown sugar (packed) 1/2cup white sugar 1egg (room temp) 1egg yolk (room temp) 1teaspoon vanilla 1cup old fashioned oats 1cup white chocolate 1cup dried cranberries Equipment: KitchenAid® Cordless Hand Mixer with both... Read More Read Mor […]
The Writing Life
by SuZan Klassen on October 5, 2020 at 7:32 pm
Every writer seems to have his or her favorite book of inspiration for the writing life. Some swear by The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron or Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Several other titles are available. My personal favorite is a book of meditations for writers … More The Writing Lif […]
Make Sure You Accent the Right Thing
by Sylvia Schroeder on September 30, 2020 at 12:01 pm
It was a tiny village, not much more than an intersection with a few stores. When we moved into the area, the only American family in Magazzino, Italy, we gained immediate notoriety. I could feel the tension rising every time I stepped into its little corner grocery store. The husband and wife who owned the […] The post Make Sure You Accent the Right Thing appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Episode 48-Change Culture
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 30, 2020 at 12:28 am
I hear the words cancel culture thrown around a lot, but I’d like to recommend instead of canceling culture, let’s do what Jesus said. Let’s change the culture around us.The post Episode 48-Change Culture appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
When Hope Encounters a Rollercoaster
by RJ Thesman on September 29, 2020 at 10:23 am
Memories of fun in the past included rollercoaster rides. Those giant metal or wooden edifices roared as the track connected with the train. Hands held high. An unplanned scream. Stomach muscles clenched in a clash between fear and excitement. But … Continue reading &rarr […]
Giant Prayer Meeting
by Sally Jadlow on September 29, 2020 at 9:00 am
This past Friday night and Saturday Christians descended on Washington D.C. for prayer meetings similar to Washington for Jesus of 1980 and 1988. This one was labeled TheReturn.org led by Jewish/Christian believers in Jesus. Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, The Harbinger II and The Oracle was one of the organizers. There were additional groups led by James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and Franklin Graham. The attendees were guided in prayers of repentance so that we might see a revival in... Read More Read Mor […]
by SuZan Klassen on September 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm
Do you need some encouragement? The Return blessed my soul this past Saturday. Prayers offered to God put things in proper perspective. Worship music gave him the honor due his holy name. It is amazing how praise and thanksgiving to God embolden a person’s heart. Yellow flowers symbolize JOY. The photo above taken at Valles … More ENCOURAGEMENT […]
What to Do When Life is Miserable
by Sylvia Schroeder on September 23, 2020 at 12:04 pm
“What to do when life is miserable,” I suppose there are those of you out there that don’t know what I’m talking about. You’ve never had a miserable day in your life. I will not tell you how I feel about you. But to the others, the normal among us, sometimes life can be downright […] The post What to Do When Life is Miserable appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]