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Pictures to Brighten Gloomy Days

This area seems to have experienced several gloomy days lately. I am one of many people whose mood is affected by gray, rainy, chilly days. To combat this, at least while at the computer, I put photos featuring sunshine as my desktop backgrounds, switching between them when I get tired of one. Below is my current background. It brightens my mood every time I see it. Hope these pictures serve to brighten any gloomy days you may have!

Photo Credit: P. Booher
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What I Am Enjoying Now

  1. Looking up in the night sky and recognizing some constellations like Orion the Hunter, Cassiopeia, and the Big Dipper.
  2. Daffodils blooming
  3. Hearing that red-winged blackbirds are back. I haven’t seen any yet, but I heard the birds are in the area.
  4. Reflecting on God’s providence for our household, especially in the past few years. Thinking about how God provided in the past decreases anxiety related to future needs and wants.
  5. Moments spent petting Georgie Girl, our new feline
  6. God is opening my faith up. I am practicing praying for situations, and then thanking Him for the victories before I see them. (Philippians 4:6,7) This gives me peace; I have given them to the One Who is able to do something about them.
  7. Blogging!  🙂
  8. Talking to friends on the phone
  9. Learning more about writing
  10. Looking forward to more things to enjoy!
  11. Reading
  12. Hearing robins chirping when I come home from work

©P. Booher

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A Note About Posts on “Country Ripples”

Some of you may be wondering where my posts have been. I’ve been experiencing technical problems in getting posts published. Whether this is due to my internet connection (I live in a somewhat rural area, with lots of hills and valleys, so topography could certainly play a part) or something else, I don’t know. But I run into problems when WP is saving the draft–then the connection seems to “go in and out”. I don’t know how else to explain it. I may be typing merrily along, thinking the whole draft is being saved, only to find out later that just half of the post has actually been saved, and I need to input the rest all over again. That, my friends, causes much frustration, because I do want to publish posts!! Sometimes it produces enough frustration that I give up for the evening. It is also frustrating because I don’t know what to do about the situation.

Be assured that I do want to continue with the blog. I enjoy writing pieces and reading your comments. As the ripples in my header picture illustrate, the blog is a means to connection, and that means a lot to me.

P. Booher


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Re-Blogging: Renovation

I enjoyed reading this post by Gracespeak. It’s well worth sharing.


Turn on your television, and you will find a home improvement or makeover show. Renovation is the going thing. People are updating, creating, repairing, and they are telling everyone else about it.

Even our bluebirds got into the action this year. Our family put up a beautiful new birdhouse, but it evidently did not quite meet Mrs. Bluebird’s ideal. When we went out to look, we found that on the sections where they nested the entry holes had been painstakingly enlarged. They renovated!

I confess, however, that the renovation shows frustrate me. They spend way too much time on the details of demolition, foundation repair, and other behind the scenes work. I just want to see the before, the plan, and the finished product, with lots of attention to the finished project. When I stream a show, I often fast forward to the last few minutes…

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This Is Important to Me

For most of my life I’ve listened to voices in my head. The voices belong to authoritative people from my past. They say things like, “Why do you want to do that?” “Why bother with that?”

It’s likely the questions were designed to help me see I needed to put some more thought into what I was proposing. But the tone in the questions led me to believe the speaker didn’t take me seriously or worse, considered me stupid. I lacked the inner resolve to take the matter any further and didn’t know how to figure out solutions for the problems. I dropped the matter, even though I considered it important.

At this late stage I’m finally learning I have to take the position of: “This (whatever it is) is important to me. It is what I’m going to pay attention to, no matter what you say.” I’m learning no one gives that right to me; I have to take it, and be prepared to stick to it.

Writing is the activity which allowed me to realize this. I believe my desire to write is something God gave me. To other people He gave an enthusiasm for sculpting, or working on cars, or decorating, or any number of endeavors. To me He gave an enthusiasm for writing. It is that thing which makes me say, “This is important to me”.

I decided I can take that example of inner resolve and extend it to other areas. There are places where I need to speak up.

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Guest Post on Inspire Writers

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Baker

I have a guest post on Inspire Writers website. If anyone would like to check it out, it can be found at:

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Re-blogging: Love Limit?

This is a reblog from All Haiku, from Davids Daily Dose.

All Haiku

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

Is there a limit

for unconditional love?

“I think not,” says God.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

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Re-blogging: Nobody Knew His Secret Ambition

I am reblogging this from David’s Daily Dose. It is worth taking the time to watch “Secret Ambition”.

Davids Daily Dose

Blogger Beth Alison, from Lessons from a Lab, shared a post yesterday about the Christian’s new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead. A Moment with Our Creator: 1 Peter 1:3 closes with Beth’s request for her readers to share their favorite Easter song.

Musically, Easter brings to mind a favorite tune from back in 1988, Secret Ambition, by Michael W. Smith. The last line of the chorus summarizes the whole song:

🎶 Nobody knew His secret ambition was to give His life away.🎶

Michael W. Smith

I grew up Baptist, and the Passion of Christ (the events from the night before his crucifixion until his death on the cross) was not emphasized. Nevertheless, during the Easter season the Holy Spirit draws me to passages, like Isaiah chapter 53, where Jesus is described as our Suffering Servant.

He was arrested and sentenced…

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Re-blogging: Black Bear Visit

My friend at The Squirrelseye had a visit from local wildlife today.


Bear at the bird feeding station

The deer that frequent our yard and the stray cats have been acting a little strangely for the last couple of days, and I began to suspect that a large predator was in the vicinity, and this morning my new neighbor’s garbage looked as though it had exploded. (I forgot to tell her about the kitty litter on top of the garbage bag trick.) My suspicions were confirmed when I looked out my bedroom window and saw this young fellow. Weighing in at about 150 to 200 pounds, he isn’t the biggest bear I’ve seen in my yard, but he was certainly the least timid. He even stepped to the window to say hello, which made me a little nervous, I must confess. Especially when my cat Boots jumped up to the sill and started to paw at the window. I wish the photos…

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Re-blog: Be Careful for Nothing!

This is a reblog from Devotional Treasures. It’s good thoughts and worth sharing.

Devotional Treasure

I am pleased to introduce a guest post by brother Bruce Cooper, one the brethren filling in for me while I am busy preparing for a family wedding. Bruce’s writes regularly on his blog Reasoned Cases For Christ. Bruce majors in apologetics and defending the faith, with frequent Bible Studies, all of which I have found instructive and a blessing to me. I would recommend following Bruce’s blog to anyone who is seeking Biblical instruction. Here is Bruce’s post for you today.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

“Be careful for nothing”, or as the NIV says “but in every situation”.

Do you remember the scripture verse where Jesus says “Here I am! I stand at the doorand knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,I willcome inand…

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