Archive for October, 2012

Almost November

By Kathy NickersonOctober 29th, 2012mercy4 Comments

It is almost November as I write this post. If you are like most of the people I know, the thought of another calendar page turning makes you moan a little about the passage of time. My brilliant (and handsome) husband once explained it to me:

When you were ten years old, the time from one Christmas to another was one-tenth of your life. No wonder it seemed like forever. Now, the span between Christmases is only about one-fiftieth of your life. Relatively speaking, those days seem to fly.

What a helpful perspective. (I told you he was brilliant.)

Even knowing that, though, I still catch myself whining. Almost every day someone asks me for the correct date, and I inevitably answer with something like, “It’s the 26th of October if you can imagine. I don’t know where the month has gone.”

One morning after I made that statement, my friend Becky looked up from her checkbook and said, “Oh, yes, but wouldn’t you rather it be that way than to be thinking, ‘Will this day ever end?'”

I had a sudden flash of memories: Teething babies, stomach flu, and chemo pods to name a few.

Thanks for that perspective,Becky. And hello November. Bring it on!

 

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Making Choices

By Kathy NickersonOctober 22nd, 2012mercy6 Comments

When I see someone’s name mentioned in the Bible, I pay attention. That’s because the Bible is not a blog. Moses didn’t grab his iphone out in the desert and type: Had manna for breakfast this morning. Eleazar wanted to sleep in, so he snagged an extra basketful yesterday. But when he woke up at noon today, it was full of maggots!!!! LOL. I guess God meant that daily bread thing.

No. It wasn’t like that. Instead, the true stories of God’s relationship with man were handed down from generation to generation until someone recorded them on scrolls or rocks or something. Every detail had to be breathed upon by the Holy Sprit and then repeated over and over. So, I’m intrigued by the fact that two women’s names survived the oral traditions.

Shiphrah and Puah were Hebrew midwives. That is not a job description that should get them into the Bible. Not like David’s Mighty Men or something. And yet…

The king of Egypt (Pharaoh) wanted to control the Hebrew slaves, and he was worried about their population explosion. So, he ordered the midwives to kill any baby boys at birth. The first legalization of partial-birth abortion, if you will.

But! The midwives wouldn’t do it.

Pharaoh believed their excuse about Hebrew women being “lively” and delivering before the midwives could get there. And God honored their stand. The Bible says He established households for them. And, He recorded their names. Forever.

I have never had to face such a serious moral dilemma. No one has ever ordered me to obey a man-made law that violates a God-ordained law. Even so, this November, I have a chance to follow the brave example of Shiphrah and Puah in my own small way.

When I walk into the voting booth of our little town, I will scan the names of candidates. I will review in my mind their voting records. And then, I will choose life.

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Beware the Voices

By Kathy NickersonOctober 18th, 2012mercy3 Comments

October seems like a good time to talk about those voices we all hear in our heads. You know, the ones that say: Oh, yeah, you wrote that one great article last month, but you don’t have anything left now. You’ll never do anything that good again.

Or maybe this one: Do you know why your child got his color card changed in kindergarten today and ended up with a grumpy face? Because you didn’t breastfeed him and now he will never play well with others!

Or possibly: Your wife says she doesn’t mind picking up a couple of shifts to cover the budget gap. But the truth is she thinks you are a lousy provider. Sometimes she wonders if she should have married What’s His Name from high school.

You can fill in the rest with the voices from your own head. These guys are relentless. They have been around ever since Eve heard the first one whisper: Did God say…?

Don’t worry about being the only one who ever fights such things. When Jesus was baptized, He heard a true voice from Heaven say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.”

Just a short walk later, Jesus heard another voice: If you are the son of God…

Jesus didn’t even bother to adress the “if” question. The identity issue was settled for Him. Instead, he silenced the accusing voice with the powerful, pure Word of God.

I believe I’ll go do the same thing. Happy October.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in [me] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

 

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By Kathy NickersonOctober 15th, 2012mercyNo Comments

I have a rejection letter from Christopher Little. If you are not impressed, maybe you don’t know he is the agent who represents J.K. Rowlings. In fact, he is the agent who managed her career to the mega-brand of success she currently enjoys. (No matter what you think of the Harry Potter books, you have to admit the lady has made it in the publishing world.)

My letter from his office has Mr. Little’s actual signature I think. It might be a stamp, but it looks original. The letter was written in the days before computers and shows the distinct taps of an electric typewriter. All these little details make the letter valuable to me.

The thing that makes it most valuable, though, is what it says about me. I wrote to the Christopher Little Literary Agency in London, England, back in the 1980’s and asked them to represent a book I was ghost-writing.

Several things should stand out to you in the above sentence. All of them indicate that I was young, idealistic, and confident the world was just waiting to discover me.

Now this is the point in the post where you’d expect me to tell you how much I’ve grown since then. How my idealism has melted into reality and how I’d never have the nerve to write a letter to such a prestigios firm today.

Instead, I’ll tell you the truth. I half-expect Mr. Little to be cleaning out his files one of these days and decide to give me a quick call. Really. I haven’t changed that much since the eighties.

How about you?

 

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By Kathy NickersonOctober 9th, 2012mercy9 Comments

I’m giving away stuff!

(Great stuff. Not my old toaster, or anything)

Jaymes Schrock of Scribble & Scribes did a magnificent job of redesigning my website.  To celebrate, I’m having a virtual party and giving away four fabulous party gifts. To enter, just sign up for the free newsletter I’ll be sending out soon.

(If you’ve already signed up for the newsletter, you are entered. Since you don’t have to do anything else to win, this is technically a sweepstakes, I believe. I have no idea what your odds are. This giveaway might not be valid in Canada, though I’m not absolutely certain. And those are all the technical details I’m even close to understanding.)

I’ll hold a random drawing on October 25th for these prizes:

One winner will receive this new EP, Love More Perfect, from worship leader Charity Long. (Who happens to be our youngest daughter for the purposes of a disclaimer.) You can check out Charity’s Facebook page for more info. Or buy it on Amazon.com or itunes if you can’t wait to see if you win.

 

 

 

One winner will receive a paperback copy of this beautiful memoir about a horrible time. The Thank You Room happens to be written by our Daughter #2, Serenity Bohon. Check out her website for a great read or to  buy a few copies of this book for Christmas gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

One winner will receive this gripping story of redemption from our good friend, Tass Saada. A former PLO sniper, Tass now runs a kindergarten in the same Jericho valley where he once took lives.

 

 

One winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to Amazon.com. That one is self-explanatory.

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you want a chance to win free stuff, or if you want to read a few encouraging words on faith, family, friends, and fun now and then – – just sign up on my homepage.

 

Now go drink some punch, eat some cookies, and we’ll call it a cyber-party!

 

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