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M is for Mercy

"David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” (1 Chronicles 21:13 NIV) Do you yearn for mercy? Or crave forgiveness for something you did yesterday—or years ago? Is the offended person long gone from your life? Did you ask and your apology was rebuffed? Do you think you don’t deserve forgiveness? Stop right there! There is something you may not know: “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalms 136:1 NIV) If you sincerely pray to God, asking forgiveness from Him, the God who is love and mercy, how could He not forgive you? God—the Father, the S

L is for Loft

BARN LOFT Lofts in barns or stables are ideally filled with hay to be fed to farm animals. On our alpaca farm, we filled our loft with hundreds of hay bales averaging 60 pounds each. Convenience: Minimal or no transportation (once they’re in place) to distribute. Just toss bales onto the ground level for easy distribution to paddocks, pens, or fields. We used smaller hay bales which were convenient to be moved by hand (with a good workout) as opposed to huge round bales weighing almost a ton each. Above-ground storage maximizes barn space and the necessity for additional buildings. It is noted, however, that throwing bales from overhead does create risks for those with breathing conditions,

K is for Killybegs - Ireland, that is

We’re close to the grand Irish day, March 17—St. Patrick’s Day. What better way to get in the spirit than to tell you about Killybegs? In northwest Ireland, north of Donegal Bay, lies picturesque Killybegs. The second largest fishing port in County Donegal has a population of about 1,300. The cozy town is active with family, friends, businesses, and the yes—the ships. In 2001, my husband and I met our own Irish relatives in Killybegs. Their hospitality was A+++ and included a tour of the town and port, the best food prepared in all of Ireland, and genuine warmth complete with storytelling. Donegal is famous for Donegal Rugs, which closed in 2003. Their rugs have complimented homes ranging fr

J is for Jewelry

Jewelry communicates. It whispers and shouts. It waves banners and flags. It reflects joy, heartbreak, memories, and causes. When you change emotions, you change jewelry. Does your jewelry ever reflect one or more of the following? Everyday Fun. Do you have a hobby? Wear jewelry indicative of your creative passion. Someone may comment, perhaps a kindred spirit. Geographical Preference. Remember a vacation spot or a location you yearn to see. Showcase your family roots. Where do your family and friends live? Sentimental Feelings. Do you wear a locket in remembrance of someone? Or do you wear jewelry given to you by someone special? Support a Cause. Organizations support worthwhile causes rang

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