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• My Kidology Story

Karl Bastian’s parents were my classmates while we attended Moody Bible Institute from 1961-1964. I first met Karl at the age of ten, when his father invited me to be the guest speaker at their evening VBS at his church in Bellflower, CA. I learned many years later that Karl’s decision then was “to be [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Sunday, February 27th, 2011

• Condo Splish Splash

It was a quite time at the Condo when I went there for a Writing Retreat. However, the silence was broken late morning when a vacationing neighbor broke out this virtual water-park slide, unbeknown to me. Apparently, he blow up the unit and attached a hose. The silence of my solitary place was broken with [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Friday, July 4th, 2008

• Pondering the Greatness

  Having a place to go, just to rest, reflect, write and have some time alone, has been a great blessing for me. Being able to travel to Palm Springs and walk on green paths like this has been really calming, on the one hand, and challenging, on the other. In my early ministry this [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Thursday, March 20th, 2008

• A “Sign” from God?

I tend to read signs while I am driving. While I was returning from store on my last trip to Palm Springs, I caught a glimpse of this sign as I was passing a Bus Stop. Did it say what I thought it said? I was so intrigued by that thought, that I turned around [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

• My Favorite “View Spot”

I started the New Year out right with my monthly Writing Retreat to Palm Springs. I was reminded again just why I like coming here. It is not the weather, which was just gorgeous, no clouds, no heat, no wind, no rain, no snow and it was wonderful. It was also really quiet. My favorite [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

• The Fruit of Gratefulness

Saturday, while taking a walking break from my writing in Palm Springs, I found myself checking out the fruit to determine its readiness for picking. The grapefruit turns from green to yellow, then brighter yellow to a reddish blush. When this reddish blush appears, that’s how you can tell this type of grapefruit is ripe. [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, November 19th, 2007

• A Restful Day Away

The lure of some fresh air, a wonderful sunny day and thought of jumping into a warm jacuzzi was just too inviting. It was another restful day away. I tried to avoid much of the Friday night traffic, but I caught some anyway. I settled in, for what promised to be, a restful day on [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Sunday, November 4th, 2007

• What is a Blog Chain?

I am learning that Blogging is not just about rambling on and on about nothing that no one wants to read. This profound exercise called Blogging, is rather a well orchestrated narrated collection of links, like links in a chain that contribute to the whole for the purpose of the site. I guess you could [...]

Posted by: kidhelper on Sunday, October 28th, 2007

• A Desert Writer!

It’s been almost four years now, since I started retreating monthly to the desert to write. It all started when I was attending our annual three-day Board Retreat. It was suggested that I begin to write about my children’s ministry. I asked, “Why should I do that? The answer came, “Because you may get too [...]

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Posted by: kidhelper on Sunday, October 21st, 2007