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Chili Dogs and Bullets. Just a Day at the Office.

April:

Part 2of 3

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

Below is a guest post written by my son Drew about an experience he had a couple of years ago.

The 9mm bullet from that day I keep at my desk

It was part of my weekly routine.

For just under two years, I had worked at Hinda Incentives, whose office was tucked into a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Sure, weird things happened there from time to time. There were a couple of bullet holes in the side of the building. Younger kids often tried to get me to buy them beer while I walked to the train. Occasionally there was a guy high as a kite. Other than that, it really didn’t feel that dangerous during the day. All that “weird stuff” happened at night, well beyond closing time.

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Around once a week I would walk to a Nicky’s, a hot dog stand around the…

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Living on a Prayer

April:

Part 1 of 3

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

“God, I ask that you place your angels of protection around Drew and Megan throughout the night tonight and throughout the day tomorrow. Walk with them and keep your angels of protection around them in their cars, parking lots, parking garages, the streets, street corners, the subway and subway stations, their buildings where they work, and  parking lots and garages. No matter where they go please surround them and feather them with your mighty protection from ALL harm and evil and ALL harm and evil people.”

This is part of my nightly bedtime prayer. As you know, I am a BIG believer in prayer. All through my growing up and now in my adult life, I have experienced prayers answered. Yes, there have been times when I have wondered if God was really on the job. Yet, events happen or someone shares an experience with me and I immediately see…

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Love In Action

April:

Re-posting this in loving memory of Jim Hawkins, Sr. He went home to be with the Master last January 12, 2014.

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

Three Generations of Hawkins Men: Jim, Sr. Jim, Jr. and Drew

In the summer of 1983, I met a very special man. One of my first encounters with this special man was he offered me a peach freshly picked up from the Farmer’s Market. Not only did he offer me a peach but he peeled it for me. All I had to do was sit there and  enjoy the sweetness of the peach and the conversation that came with it.

Over time, I have experienced many special encounters of this man. He is a man of few words but of a lot of action. When you are at his home, regardless of how much you offer to help out, he is always insistent to take care of you.

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I have watched this man plant and harvest a garden for 29 years of my life.  Through the harvest of the garden…

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God Speaks. I Write. He Reveals His Plan.

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

Is there anybody there?

We can be confident that His desire to reveal will always be greater than our desire to know. Corrie Ann Pearce

In my post He Will Have The Last Laugh , I shared how I began writing my Faith Thoughts and started my website. It was through my son, Drew, asking me about my passion and God telling me to write. In my November post,  I shared about  God  having the last laugh with me. God had a plan and He knew I would one day share my faith in words.

As I look back on the posts that I have written, it has been revealed to me that I have not just been sharing my faith, telling how God is in control, and how we should trust Him. God has also been talking to me through my own writings. You have heard the quote physician heal thyself. In recent days, I have gone back…

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It’s What’s In The Heart

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This season I watched  the competition “The Voice.” similar to ‘American Idle” in giving young singers a break in the music industry, I like the way “The Voice” chose their teams and contestants. In the beginning of the series of competition and voting, the singers audition before the judges/coaches but the judges/coaches have their back turned to the performer. This is done so that the judges/coaches hear the true talent and heart of the performer and not size them up according to their appearance. Also, through watching this show, the beautiful hearts of the performers and their stories were seen  more than the outward appearance.

These days, I hear so many moms of teen girls who struggle with their appearance. The girls want to fit in with the right clothes, and the list of the wants  go on  just to be accepted. Not only do the girls deal with this but guys do as well. I remember my son in middle school would…

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What A Ride!

April:

Throw Back Thursday…blog from the past…. 2012

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

“This is the day the LORD hath made! Let us REJOICE and be glad in it!

Psalm 118:24

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Jim’s Bucket List

My husband, Jim has always dreamed of owning a convertible. His eyes have always been set on a Miata. Yet, in the Fall of 2011 on the eve of Jim turning 50 June 2012, we came across a very sweet ride and purchased our Toyota Solara. Needless to say, mid-life crisis/fun had hit the Hawkins’ home.

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One of our favorite areas is the Smoky Mountains. It is our favorite area because it is the area where we met, fell in love and have taken many trips together. Both our families had vacationed in the area before we met. Since the Smokies are one of our favorite places, we decided we would vacation there for a week the Summer of 2012.

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In the process of planning our…

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The Future Is So Bright……

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

In the 1980’s, there was a hit tune with the lyrics “the future is so bright I gotta wear shades.” As I had mentioned in my previous post Putting On A New Face, I give my family a gag gift each Christmas.  This year the gift was the big goofy sunglasses.  When I gave them these precious glasses that they looked so precious in, I told them that I wished for them in 2011 a “future that was so bright that they would have to wear shades.

When God placed us here on earth, He did not promise us days without obstacles or temptations.  There are days when we just want to probably give up and give up on God. But, when we feel like giving up, we have to realize and know that God is there every step of the way. You have probably heard  the saying “He brought you…

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