Making Beautiful Pottery at Studio Dall

Beba Schlottmann Going Places, Other Writings, Uncategorized 4 Comments

“Life handed him a lemon,As Life sometimes will do.His friends looked on in pity,Assuming he was through.They came upon him later,Reclining in the shadeIn calm contentment, drinkingA glass of lemonade.”[11] The Optimist as it appeared in a 1940 edition of The Rotarian I have read the story of the potter in Jeremiah chapter 8 many times, as I do a “read through …

Being Honest

Beba Schlottmann Other Writings, Uncategorized 4 Comments

When you have a near death experience, you begin to live life with a more focused view of what’s ahead.  I often think to myself that one has to in order to survive the constant threat of dreariness you become a victim of.  You yearn for more days, for more experiences, and at the same time, you find yourself unable to ignore …

Compromise Not Promise

Deborah Newport Other Writings, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Reading your Bible and coming across a verse that lists “thirty gold dishes, a thousand silver dishes, twenty-nine duplicates, thirty gold bowls, 410 silver bowls of a second kind, and a thousand other articles” (1:9, 10) might not garner a lot of your attention. Like a list of begats, we might quickly pass over the list. However, Ezra’s detail, consuming five …

The Quarantine Experience

Beba Schlottmann Going Places, Other Writings, Tipping Parade, Uncategorized 6 Comments

Recently, I experienced fourteen days of mandatory quarantine in Seoul, South Korea due to the recently introduced COVID-19 health and safety measures. (Thanks, pandemic). I think it is an understatement to say that life as we know it has changed dramatically all over the world, and going through quarantine upon arrival in Seoul is certainly one of those dramatic changes. …

Perils of Anxiety

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“An anxious mind is a divided mind” Hakeem Bradley The date was April 14, 2014.  I had just finished sharing an inspiring testimony about my father’s journey of faith.  During that morning’s sermon, I noticed my husband suddenly began to nervously text back and forth, and I was frankly annoyed that he would do this during service, which in all honesty is …

Changing

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“Can we drink of the cup of suffering when it comes? How will we react to a season of wilderness, isolation, pain, and suffering?” -Chasing Life: Lessons on Suffering Well (P38) I think by now, everyone who knows me and is familiar with my journey with suffering, knows well that pain and grief are pretty much long-stay friends of mine.  Nevertheless, …