Those Cold Basement Walls…

Prism or Prison?

Which light do you reflect?

We have a prism in our southeast window. When the early morning sun is ‘just right’, and we spin the prism, we obtain hundreds of ‘dancing rainbows’, around the livingroom. The kids jump and shout for the happiness it brings.

This morning I start a small series of devotionals about prison, not prism. Not a penitentiary, but a prison of abuse to children. My fellow contributor is ‘Ava’, who went through a prison of a home, of physical, sexual, and mental abuse.

A sudden ‘downer’ for you as a reader?

No indeed.

Thousands of our children don’t ever have a dancing rainbow for cheer and delight, but cold basement walls, no food, and a beating if they cry out… But God knows and rescues the perishing. ‘Ava’ went through this, survived as one tough writer for Jesus and is finishing a book about abuse.
If you are cuddled under a filthy blanket in a basement of your life right now, understand there is hope, real love, understanding, and life after it all in Jesus name. 1 John 2:25 (KJV) And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

When you accept Jesus, you will be with Him in a place of Glory, of no hurt, no death, no tears, forevermore.
Author Terry Palmer
Credit to ‘Ava’, our dear sister in Christ.

photo by Isabelle Taylor

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Tough Words, whew…

Much in prayer for this devotional this morning as a ‘how to’ How to, reach out to those who shout, ‘Shout Your Abortion’. You and I already know that the wages of sin is death, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, or from 1 John 1:5 (KJV)This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Another message from scripture is from the Proverbs 3: 7, 3: 31-32, 4: 19, 4: 20-23 and so on, all about being careful to not be as those who do such things, to be careful and sin not.
Perhaps Romans 8 says it best for you and I as we love the people, ache for them to also know Jesus, but have to be so careful of sin… Romans 8:38-39 (KJV) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is God’ Word for our age, to come to Jesus, no matter what you’ve done, or how hideous the event, Jesus still wants you to come to Him, amen.
Whew, tough words for a tough time…
Author Terry Palmer

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Which Way Papa?

Directionally Correct!
Once upon a time, this ol’ papa brought home over twenty same sized big boxes and a host of those big empty watermelon bins which you see at your grocer. The idea was to open up each box on its side, attach the flaps to each other in a tunnel form, keep going with the next box and on until this ol’ papa had formed a tunnel of fun. After that, I simply cut the right sized hole in the side of the big bin and whew, a fun time was formed. Then I pushed the works out into the yard and chuckled a bit, because there was no configuration in which to fit that long line into the yard. Whew…
So I turned the long tunnel into a curved shape, added the end bins and whoosh, we were off. The grandchildren and neighborhood kids loved the ‘big curve’, because when you crawled in one end, you couldn’t see out the other end, part of the adventure of it all. I added a third part later, making the big curve into a triangle sort of shape. Such fun. No matter which tube the kids would crawl into, the curve ended in a bin to one side.
After trial and error, I found that to start out on an adventure in trust, not sure of the outcome, made the path filled with faith and adventure.  Add balloons, crayons, and markers.
In today’ lesson from Proverbs One, we don’t have to worry if our path is straight or curved, because God is our guide.
Proverbs 1:2-4 (KJV) To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
This ol’ papa would have rathered to have listened as a young man, instead of being a rascal, going my own way in life. I trust in God now for my direction. Whom do you trust to guide you in our tunnel of life?
Author Terry Palmer

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‘Nother Sweet Reward…

The Reason for My Wide Smile
If you are a pie maker in a sense of the old traditions, then you too, know my wide smile. At this moment, I have a bag spread on my lap, a wider bowl of deep cold water, and my trusty sharp apple peeling knife in hand.
The table is getting ready too.
My wife and daughter are busy with the other pie making tools which include her solid long rolling pin, glass pie plates, big bin of flour, big container of shortening, and so on as my smile gets wider and wider.
Long, wide, bib type aprons come out of the closet. These gems were homemade by my wife, well used, a bit frayed, just like us, but oh the memories of many a pie makin’, are held in these threads.
Mmmm, sort of a contentment, or perhaps anticipation. For this ol’ papa knows that in a short time, all of these fine ingredients will become a heavenly aroma… It is also an aroma of family working together, of industry, of creativity, even have a scroll of old hymns in the background, so we hum along as we peel and bake.
Mmmm, ‘nother long curl reveals the sweet firm ’pie apple’ pieces. Not just any apple will do, mmm, only hand picked, heavy, papa approved Granny smith apples for this pie. After the many years as a produce manager, this eye knows…
There now, my part is done, an entire big bowl of peeled ‘pie ready slices’ are ready to be combined with some brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, way too much butter, (is there such a thing), and be placed into the ‘made with respect’ flaky and tender homemade pie crusts.
This ol’ papa can settle back with ‘nother cup of coffee, a sweet reflection of a sweaty brow, of happy family, of sweet reward.
Made by hand with love of God and family…
Thank you Lord, so very thankful for Your providence and give you the Glory, amen.
Author Terry Palmer

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Value of calm rest…

Cold Camp Perspective
Cold drizzle surrounds me
As a hush of nature nods
With damp cover of art
Laid out from trees to sods

For what is today
Cold and damp to my soul
Will for next spring
Become a garden bowl

Wise am I
To follow the way of God
To welcome a damp day of fall
As I tread across this weary sod

To know within my soul
A moment of rest and peace
Perhaps damp with my tears
To know in Him release

For what for today
Seems cold and damp
Will become a shout of victory
From His next battle camp

Author Terry Palmer

photo by it’s me neosiam

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Makin’ The Right Choice…

Lost And Found

Lost was I in a sea of shame
Seeking my Lord, to know His name
But darkness held me in a strong tower
Waited to fall by my call for His power

So lost I stayed in a moment of debate
Wondering which path would seal my fate
Thinking of all that I would lose
If a path with Jesus I would choose

Little did I know that Christ is GAIN
To stay in darkness is just a game
A lure, perhaps, to keep me there
To hold me in a death like snare

Mmmm, now I bask in a heavenly glow
To follow Jesus, the Bible to know
My time in darkness is all a loss
Now I know Jesus, the man of the cross

Now, you can know my Savior too
In Spirit and Truth, so rich and true
To know no doubt in heaven to be
With Jesus forever in eternity

Author Terry Palmer

photo by Gabriela Paki

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Just Think !

Just Think !

Just think how horrid this nation is to be
Just think how Christ died on Calvary
Just think how Jesus loves you and I
Just think of that to make me cry

For once Jesus sweeps us away
For once the Holy Spirit releases His Stay
For once prayer is gone for good
For once the people understood

Then will the devil have his way
Then will horror rule the day
Then will people rush and say
We should have listened in that day

Accept Jesus now
Today is the day of Salvation
This poem will happen when you least suspect, perhaps today?

Author Terry Palmer

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