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    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
  • Consider the Cost

    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
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    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

imageSeasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall is the fourth book of the Amish Vines and Orchards series. This is the second book of the series that I’ve read and I have fairly enjoyed both of them.

This book continued the story of Amish folks who worked alongside non-Amish “Englishers” and the relationships that ensued. Leah and Landon broke through traditional Amish dictates, causing upheaval in the Amish community. It was the typical story of, “Oh no, what are we going to do when my Da finds out?” Another relationship, Rhoda and Samuel, grew out of a broken one, and traditional Amish family dealt with the potential loss of a family member.

Neither books were major page turners, but each story turned out well and had a Christian view through out. I received the books from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review.

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Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall

Product DetailsSisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall is a three book series about a young girl, Hannah Lapp, who lives with her family in an Old Order Amish community. At age 17 she experienced a brutality that left her bewildered, rejected and unsure of her future. The first book, When the Heart Cries, weaves a heart wrenching story about how in just one day she went from an engaged, innocent little farm girl, to a dejected, and lost adult dealing with insecurities, disappointment and disloyalty. We learn of life in the Old Order Amish and the harsh realities that accompany such a strict, controlled community. Though Hannah’s community was tight knit, we begin to see the flaws in such a belief system when tragedy strikes Hannah on her way walking home alone.

In book two, When the Morning Comes, Hannah leaves her Amish faith for the outside world, leaving her family to pick up the pieces after their selfish rejection of Hannah and the truth of what had happened to their little girl. The Englisher world both amazes and frightens Hannah, but with determination and courage she embarks on a new life while trying to forget her old one. As she tries to forget the past, God continues to speak to her through a long lost family member and her new English friends, even though her heart had decicded to turn against all she knew of faith and her God. The story fluctuates between the life her family and friends continue to lead in the Old Order Amish and her life out in the world Hannah had been taught to fear and shun. Though Hannah seems to have adjusted well in her new life, the old one continued to call to her, asking her to come home. The third book, When the Soul Mends, collides Hannah’s two worlds through events that demand forgiveness and acceptance on both sides.

The first and third were very good reads with the second being a bit dry, which is typical of many book series. Yet I found it to be very entertaining and educational in regard to the lifestyle and beliefs of the Plain life. It brings to mind how situations and relationships can be manipulated by misconceptions, misunderstandings and outright lies. The end was heartwarming as we read how families and communities can see God and His loving kindness as they work through personal tragedy and the healing that comes through time effort.

Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of the Sister’s of the Quilt Book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.

Vance Havner

“I am certain that the Bible is the Word of God. Either it is or it isn’t, and either all of it is the Word of God, or we never can be sure of any of it. It is either absolute or obsolete. If we have to start changing this verse, toning down that, apologizing for this and making allowances for that, we might as well give up, so we must take it as it is or leave it alone.” – Vance Havner

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A.W. Tozer

“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.” – A. W. Tozer

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Check this out…New! Babylon 9 Translation Software

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Sears admits they were wrong; finally pulls website materials

We CAN make a difference!!!  Read all about it…

AFA told the truth, despite Sears telling customers otherwise

May 6, 2011

Dear Val,

When AFA reported Sears was selling pornographic DVDs on its website, Sears initially told AFA supporters that it was untrue.

Finally, Sears called AFA on May 6 after AFA supporters flooded the company with calls and emails. During the call, Sears again vigorously denied they were selling pornography. However, AFA clearly showed Sears the material on their very own website!

When Sears realized they were wrong, they issued this statement to AFA:

“We sincerely apologize to any customers who were offended. Our agreements with our vendors prohibit content that is pornographic or sexually explicit in nature. We are removing these items that do not meet our guidelines. We regularly review our processes to ensure compliance by our vendors, and we encourage our customers and community to help us flag any items that they believe might violate our guidelines.”

Within the space of a half-hour, Sears removed hundreds of pornographic DVDs from its website.

Because you and thousands of others chose to get involved, Sears is no longer selling pornography.

Thank you for taking action and convincing Sears to get out of the pornography business. Together, and with God’s help, we are making a difference.



Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

Sears Now Sells “Hot and Exotic” DVD’s

Today I just received this from the American Family Association (Hopefully Sears has responded to our complaints, for it appears they have now disabled the links leading to their “movie porn” site):

You won’t believe what Sears is selling now – “Hot & Exotic” is just one small sample of Sears’ explicit DVD offerings

May 5, 2011

Under the new leadership of Chairman Edward Lampert, Sears is now offering hard-core pornographic DVDs and music. Not just a few x-rated products, but scores of them! 

AFA ordered one of the DVDs to see if it really came from Sears. It did! It was mailed to us in a Sears envelope, with a Sears shipping label, from a Sears distribution center. See it here.

Not only does Sears’ website allow children to view its pornographic offerings online, it will sell them to children. During our online check-out process, we were never asked to verify our age.

I hope you will take my word for it, but if you must see the proof, AFA has set up a Sears Project page with more information, including a short video showing AFA navigating Sears’ website quickly and easily to access hundreds of explicit products. Warning: the material is extremely graphic and offensive, although it has been edited by us. 

Technology allows Sears to remove and stop selling these products within minutes, if they want too. AFA has tried more than a half-dozen times to reach out to Sears quietly and professionally. Basically, their single response was, “We’re going to keep on selling them!”

Take Action 

Unless Sears hears from you, they will continue to sell hardcore pornography. If you can only do one thing, please:

Please make a personal phone call to Sears, so your concerns are clearly understood. Call Sears’ corporate headquarters directly and ask to leave a message with Chairman Edward Lampert’s office. The number is 847-286-2500. 

If you can only do one thing, please:Additional steps you can take to make your voice heard:

1. Send an email in your own words using Sears’ website feedback form.
2. Make a call to the Sears’ Public Relations Department at 847-286-8371, option 1.
3. Call your local store manager and politely ask him to pass your concern along to his district manager. You can find your local store phone number here, or in your local yellow pages.

Click here for the AFA article.

Here is Sears’ email to me after I asked them to stop selling porn on their website:

Dear Val Frania,

Thank you for your recent correspondence.  We are always interested in hearing from our customers.

We strive to provide products that our customers want, and as a result, our customers can currently choose from over 12 million products. Given this broad assortment, we understand that customers may have very strong views on the some of the products we offer.

We take our customer?s feedback very seriously and have reviewed the products in question and found that they do not fall outside our marketplace guidelines. We also noted that these products are sold on other competing retail websites. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and want you to know that you have been heard.

Once again, thank you for contacting us.


Nadia T.,

Retail Customer Care

Sears Holdings Corporation

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5 Kernels of Corn

Here is a story of gratitude. It’s taken from the book, Windows II: book for those with a heart for helping kids heal, by Dr. James Sutton (www.docspeak.com) The original source of the material was Marshall and Manuel’s book, The Light and the Glory (Fleming H. Revell, 1977). They did substantial research on the material included in the book. Often, they were allowed to access documents and journals not readily available to the public.


On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower dropped anchor in a natural harbor on the inside of the northern tip of Cape Cod. There it stayed. The location was not the Pilgrims’ first choice; they had planned to settle near the mouth of the Hudson.

The area where the ship made landfall had belonged to the Patuxets, a fierce tribe that took intense delight in murdering anyone who would dare invade their territory. A sickness, however, had wiped them out, leaving their land free for the taking. (Other Indians, fearing “bad spirits,” would have no part of it.) The Pilgrims didn’t even have to clear fields for planting. They were alread there for them.

The nearest neighbors were the Wampanoags, a civilized tribe ruled by Massasoit. The chief and his people accepted the Pilgrims and helped them. Squanto, a lone survivor of the Patuxets, made his home with this new inhabitants and taught them how to survive in this new and challenging land.

Although the bounty of the summer of 1621 brought a time of heartfelt gratitude (the first Thanskgiving), the Pilgrims’ obligation to repay the backers who had financed their voyage left them dangerously close to starvation. Food stores had all but disappeared.

At one point, a daily ration of food for a Pilgrim was 5 kernels of corn. With a simple faith that God would sustain them, no matter what, they pulled through. History records that not a single one of them died from starvation that winter. Not a one.

The harvest of 1623 brought a surplus of corn, so much that the Pilgrims were able to help out the Indians for a change. So joyous were they that they celebrated a second Day of Thanksgiving and again invited Massasoit to be their guest.

He came, bringing with him his wife, several other chiefs and 120 braves. All sat down to a feast of 12 venison, 6 goats, 50 hogs and pigs, numerous turkeys, vegtables, grapes, nuts, plums, puddings and pies. But, lest anyone forget, all were given their first course on an empty plate.

They were each given 5 kernels of corn.


Free Babies R Us $5 Gift Card

*HOT!* Free $5 gift card to Babies “R” Us  today only (January 28, 2010). When you become a fan of Babies “R” Us on Facebook here, you’ll get a free $5 gift card to Babies “R” Us! This $5 gift card will be emailed to you and can be used in-store or online. Combined with a coupon, it would be a great way to get a package of diapers for next to nothing. Or, you could get another small item for free!  It appears the page is getting slammed! Thanks, Frugalista Cafe and Money Saving Mom!