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A Pause   Leave a comment


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This week I will be making my annual trek to the Iowa State Fair.  It is always a wonderful ten days of enjoying the hard work of many individuals.  Staying in the campground has also given me the opportunity to form relationships with individuals who I camp near and see every day.  My volunteer time at the Fair has also created some great relationships with those whom I work with sometimes every day and in other times a few days each year.  So this week is a kind of homecoming for me.

I have come to understand the importance of taking pauses in life.  These pauses allow me to experience things outside my normal routine and normal environment.  My schedule is different.  My focus is different.  My sleeping arrangements are different.  During these pauses I am able to refocus.  I am able to get a different perspective.

So, my blog posts will probably be a bit more erratic and briefer.  I will try to share significant aspects and experiences which I have during the Fair.  Keep checking in, you will not know what I may discover and share.  Afterall, it is the Iowa State Fair, the greatest state fair in the world!

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The Master’s Hand   Leave a comment


Sometimes we all can feel that we have little value to this world.  Sometimes people can make us feel as if we are too damaged to be of worth.  The song which I share with you today is one that has reminded me that those feelings are not true.  I was introduced to this song by two wonderful female musicians at church camp many years ago.  I return to it often.  As a believer, I know that the Master does amazing things.  In the Master’s hand, we have great value.  So I share this with all of you.  Hopefully, it will be able to strengthen you on difficult days and also remind you as you look at others, the Master can make the change for all people so be careful of what worth you place on someone.