"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)The century that transpired during the lives of Cecil and Norma Combs began its journey in a horse and wagon across rural America and ended in the International Space Station. Their news came first by word of mouth and finally by instant messaging via the Internet.How did they survive such enormous change and challenges and yet maintain their sanity and balance? The key ingredient was their faith in God's sovereignty and providence. They raised a family of fourteen children believing that God was in charge of their lives, had a specific plan for them, and would provide everything they needed to fulfill that plan.Like so many of The Greatest Generation, they were humble, ordinary people who lived each day by the dictates of their hearts. Despite living simple lives, they impacted thousands of people. They were faithful to the tasks God set before them, and they loved people. Rather than quoting the Golden Rule, they lived it.This is the story of the history, the struggles, and the victories of an ordinary family. This is the story of Cecil and Norma Combs, two people who lived by faith.Judith Combs Puckett is a freelance writer, mother of three, and grandmother of seven. She has written poetry, magazine articles, and Sunday School literature since retiring from OG&E Electric Services. She has served alongside her husband Jim during their 45-year marriage as he pastored churches in Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. She and Jim live in Norman, Oklahoma, and attend One Church in nearby Moore. She enjoys traveling, reading, walking, and photography. She welcomes your comments by e-mail at [email protected]
Release on 2010-06-02 | by Henry Brandt,Kerry L. Skinner
Author: Henry Brandt,Kerry L. Skinner
Category: Family & Relationships
If you didn't plan for them -- or even if you did -- having kids may threaten to spoil the fun of marriage. Henry Brandt and Kerry Skinner's book shows how to make parenting a fascinating, pleasant journey, wherever it may lead. This biblical, practical guide is based on the truth that parents need help from a resource outside themselves -- God. Two popular authors of discipleship books (Skinner writes curriculum for Henry Blackaby Ministries) demonstrate, with anecdotes, examples, and meaningful Bible references, how to develop an inner peace with God to navigate the twists and turns of family life -- and make it enjoyable!
Thoughts of the Heart, is a collection of snapshots from my personal moments. It was written to encourage every reader to have a good journey in spite of the difficult days you face! It is an easy read and it offers practical points for dealing with everyday life. The reflections are of poems, prayers, passions, keepsakes, and short stories. It provides a variety of feelings expressed in a slightly poetic way. It has an uncommon twist for reasoning with hidden thoughts. It reveals them! Wait, I know there are some things that we must keep to ourselves, and believe me I will! We all know that many thoughts are better off left unsaid. And we should constantly pray down the evil ones. Nevertheless, these thoughts are out! And as you read; you witness my love, my inspiration, my fears, my tears, my hopes, my dreams, and my desire to be open with you. In fact, I gift you with my found treasure. In a nutshell, this book reveals me in a uniquely different and real way! I hope you will find comfort, embrace love, and become moved to action as much as I was compelled to write. Ultimately, I pray you will be inspired to believe that all things are possible through Jesus Christ, think outside of the box of limits, and become motivated to share the amazing gift that God has given you! I encourage you to share your one of a kind self, the self that you were created to share, “Straight from the heart!” We can’t do anything about the past, and we don’t know what the future holds, but we can decide to make the most of the precious moments that we have left! And as you journey on to the end; show the love, make a difference, and highlight your lessons learned then pass them on! In the meantime remember to be simply you, and to find positive and creative ways to express the desires of your heart! Because keeping sentiments, emotions, and love pinned up inside aches the heart, despairs the mind, and keeps you from experiencing your many possibilities! I trust that my perspective will somehow connect with your innermost thoughts and aspirations in one way or another. I hope to spark a positive reaction within you that is unforgettable! So fasten your seat belt and get ready to travel with me through some of my “Memorable Moments,” one page at a time. Please know I wish you well! And whenever you need Christ, He will always be there for you! I promise!
Release on 2007-04-01 | by Amal Rifa'i,Odelia Ainbinder,Sylke Tempel
A Palestinian Teenager, an Israeli Teenager, An Unlikely Friendship
Author: Amal Rifa'i,Odelia Ainbinder,Sylke Tempel
Pubpsher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder are two teenage girls who live in the same city, yet worlds apart. They met on a student exchange program to Switzerland. Weeks after they returned, the latest, violent Intifada broke out in the fall of 2000. But two years later, Middle East correspondent Sylke Tempel encouraged Amal and Odelia to develop their friendship by facilitating an exchange of their deepest feelings through letters. In their letters, Amal and Odelia discuss the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They write frankly of their anger, frustrations, and fear, but also of their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Together, Amal and Odelia give us a renewed sense of hope for peace in the Middle East, in We Just Want To Live Here.
Why you should read Not by Accident In this clearly written book - the author Candice Irene's shares her very unique way in which she feels God is communicating and answering her prayers. It is a “visual” so to speak! Years ago she watched a news report stating that the majority of people will not notice a coin on the ground, counter, floor of a store, or in an airport, etc... They will overlook it, as if it were not there, kind of like some of us do when God is trying to get our attention. Another way Candice Irene feels God communicates with us is by putting just the right person in our path at just the right moment. As you read Not by Accident you will share the author's magnificent personal journey of discovery. It will give you the knowledge to understand why each coin or person was put in your path! This book will enhance the readers understanding that even the smallest connection with another person, place, or coin find may jolt a series of phenomenal moments, each moment leading toward inner peace and contentment within oneself.
I want to invite you to take a journey with me while we study and apply ourselves to live out our priorities. It is a journey designed to leave excuses behind as we apply ourselves to an extreme relationship workout. We are going to lift the ideals we have settled for in our relationships to new standards, set aside pre-conceived ideas, commit to develop and apply new skills, and take a look at some of the priorities we have unintentionally allowed to slacken. As we dedicate ourselves to these tasks, results will follow. This book will give you the tools to enjoy marathon relationships. Avoid common obstacles that hinder successful communication Identify destructive habits that are eating away at marital happiness Prepare to get through problems without danger or injury to your relationship Achieve true intimacy, love, and friendship with your husband Hold onto joy through the ups and downs of life together Your marriage cannot work unless you do.
They discovered the empty cottage in 1940 - when they were still at school, four teenage friends from wildly different backgrounds and with the war casting its shadow over their lives. The cottage became a place of refuge for them - symbolising their loyalty to one another which held in the face of jealousy, passion, tragedy, and betrayal. It was to the cottage that Monica came, pregnant, alone, frightened, and it was there that their story really began. For Bessie, born secretly and shamefully to one of them, raised by another, and loved by them all, came to represent what was the very best in their lives.
In the 1970's, the Burlesque industry was thriving. Nudity and pornography was a public and political outrage. And people across the country were flocking to burlesque theaters to see Melissa St. John: The Upside Down Girl, A.K.A. Wild Star. Little did they know she was a single Mother, alone, on the road, with her two children in boarding schools in separate states. Over a 6 year period while traveling on a burlesque circuit across the country, she was searching for a way to come face to face with her true spirit. Through writing her innermost thoughts on paper, she found herself in the most unconventional way. THOUGHTS OF A STRIPPER: A MOTHER'S STORY, by Opal Dockery, is an inspirational, spiritual and autobiographical journal of a stripper's thoughts over a 6 year period in the 1970's. Her personal thoughts on single parenthood, spirituality, alternative lifestyle thinking, travel, the burlesque industry and family will inspire you, shock you and uplift you.