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Day 22 Proverbs Challenge: God Made Us All

by Tammy Phillips

“The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.”

Proverbs 22:2 (KJV)

The neighbors used to call it The Little White House because of its resemblance to the home of the U.S. President that was three miles down the street. The house was built in 1910 by a developer named Arthur Randle. His vision was to build mansions up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. World War One derailed his grand plans.

In 1996, the house was acquired by a ministry and the name was changed to The Southeast White House. A variety of activities were held in the house, one being the Wednesday reconciliation luncheon. The best china, silverware, glasses, napkins and tablecloths along with the tastiest food were presented in the dining room. The invitation to attend this luncheon was extended to everyone.

After the host welcomed the guests to the luncheon, icebreaker instructions were then given: State your name, where you were born and what you are doing now. Continue reading

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Day 21 Proverbs Challenge: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

by Sharman J. Monroe

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty.”

Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV)

We’ve heard the tale of the tortoise and the hare. The hare, who always bragged about how fast he could run, challenged the tortoise to a race. He just knew he could run faster than the tortoise and win so he wasted his time sleeping. When the hare woke up, the tortoise had crossed the finish line. How was this possible? The tortoise’s goal was to cross the finish line. His plan was to just keep moving toward the finish line and he stayed focused on his plan. The hare also had a plan, but he didn’t stay focused on his plan; he became distracted and slept.

How many times are we like the hare? Continue reading

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Day 20 Proverbs Challenge: Beware the Swirl

by Tammy Phillips

Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Proverbs 20:19 (NJKV)

I was a sloppy, singing, swaying drunk. Our small theatre company had completed a whole season and we were celebrating. Rum and coke, I discovered, was quite a tasty drink. Water, milk, soda and Kool-Aid were my beverages of choice until one evening when rum was added to my Coca-Cola. Heaven showed up and took a seat in my glass.

Normally, I was a reserved young lady. Square and nerd were appropriate descriptions of me until I swallowed my R&C. Then, I sang and danced gleefully. The cast and crew were comfortable with my shy, quiet ways. They were not sure what to make of my sudden sprinting across the stage, loudly singing with Bill Wither’s record, Lovely Day.

After my initial introduction to R&C at our wrap party, I started to drink it at any party the theatre members hosted. Since I lived at home with younger sisters, there was no way I would purchase and bring liquor into the house.   But, I was more than happy to partake at anyone’s house or apartment.

Then it happened. Continue reading

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Day 19 Proverbs Challenge: Anger Management

by Sharman J. Monroe

“A man of great anger will bear the penalty [for his quick temper and lack of self-control];
For if you rescue him [and do not let him learn from the consequences of his action], you will only have to rescue him over and over again.”

Proverbs 19:19 (AMP)

So many people are angry today and they are quick about showing their anger to everyone else. The cashier is slow checking out customers in the line. The customer service rep doesn’t say what you want to hear. Someone accidently bumps into you. Someone doesn’t return your good morning greeting. There’s a post on social media that you have to react to. Being angry is the “thing” to be.

When we are angry, we stop thinking. We loose control over ourselves. We spew words and do stupid things that hurt others or ourselves. Continue reading

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