Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Recap

Did you spend Easter with family and friends? Have an egg hunt for the little ones?

Eat the ears off chocolate bunnies? (My personal favorite.)

At Bible Truth Ministries Church the children presented the Easter service.

They opened with a hilarious puppet show. The puppet characters explain what Easter is all about.

The rabbit says it's about the bunnies: chocolate, marshmallow, caramel, etc.

The Fox insists it's about the eggs.

The lion declares it's about the big meals, especially the ham. At this point all the puppets turn to face the pig puppet.

Finally the pig reveals the true meaning of Easter: that Jesus came to save us.

Celebrating Easter without Jesus at the center is like having a birthday party without inviting the birthday person.

What does Jesus have to do with you? This link makes it plain.

The bottom line is this:

Jesus loves you, and wants a relationship with you. His arms are wide open, waiting to hold you.

He did the hard part. All it takes on our part is a simple prayer.
"Jesus, please forgive my sins, and be my Savior."
The Easter eggs and chocolates will eventually be gone, but new life with Jesus will last for all eternity.

Bunny photo courtesy of Jeroen van Oostrom @free
Cross photo courtesy of njaj @free

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog hop derailment in Omaha, NE

Angela D. Meyer, one of my mentors from the Wordsowers Christian Writers Group, invited me to participate in a blog hop. Anything with the word "hop" sounds like fun, so I was in.

Angela D. Meyer lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of more than 22 years. She homeschools their daughter and recently graduated their son who is now a Marine. She has taught Bible class for over 35 years and served for almost three years on the leadership team of her local Christian writers group. She loves God, her family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea. Her first novel, Where Hope Starts, shares the story of God’s redemption in the middle of a crumbling marriage.

We interrupt this blog to bring you a late-breaking news story.

4/11/14 Omaha, NE (Wordsowers Press) --
A piece of the Internet-wide blog hop has hippity-hopped off the writing trail in Omaha NE.

What's a blog hop? Our investigation uncovered a rabbit trail of authors who used their own blogs to introduce 3 fellow authors. Like a keyboarding pyramid scheme gone wild, each of those 3 invited 3 more to join.
photo courtesy of pakorn

Insider sources revealed that Rhonda Hall brought in author Kim Stokely, who in turn lured Angela D. Meyer.

The pyramid began to crumble with two of Angela's responders, David Williamson and Jeanie Jacobson.
In a shocking admission David Williamson labeled his involvement an "Author Blog Flop." This family man and grammar Nazi, serving in the Air Force, is recovering from surgery. Despite heavy involvement in his church and community, he posts daily in the April A-Z blogging challenge between writing a novel and preparing for an overseas move.
(Quite the slacker in this reporter's opinion.)
Now local authors are in a frantic search for other participants.

Kat Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope, stated, "I invited 3 writers, but nobody even responded." A mystery indeed, as Ms. Crawford is friends with 97.3% of the population of the United States.

The same holds true for non-fiction writer Teresa Tierney, Wordsowers Leadership team member and blogger of "Roadblocks To Forgiveness."

Ms. Tierney echoed Kat's sentiments, but was too overcome to finish giving her statement. No word yet as to whether forgiveness guru Teresa pardoned those who snubbed her invitation.
Editorial disclaimer: Sources close to the author revealed this is not a photo of Teresa Tierney, as she is too polite to point. Photo courtesy of imagerymajestic @

Will this be the end of the blog-hop trail, or will these talented authors find someone to jump in with them?

Stay tuned for updates.
(This reporter suggests you don't hold your breath.)

Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for
Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as
the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s latest website
“From the Eyes of a Joyful Widow found at and her website filled with writing info, devotions and stories about
her husband’s rare cancer. You will also find her journal through breast cancer
and the loss of her husband at

Teresa Tierney is a freelance writer who earns her daily bread in the healthcare field.
She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 38 years and is the passionate spoiler of three grandchildren.
She writes about overcoming the roadblocks to forgiving those who have hurt us. Her prayer is that all would be free of the wounding they’ve suffered and find peace in God’s grace. You can find her at

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