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Encouragement Recipe          With a touch of philosophical sage                                                                 
blog (short for weblog) is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption.

Encouragement recipes                                                      with a touch of philosophical  sage

Art & Faithe Reed owners and operators of ArtFolk Music and Wood have been in Brason sinse 1999. Art a retired minister says, “I used to be a Methodist – now I’m a Luthier.”                        Art’s blogs are posted on   Contact: Phone   417 365 3611    3300 N  Gretna, Branson   65616     Email:

A compendium of  miscellanea for devotees of life and joy! 


3-31    BEGINNINGS: In the beginning of each day are the seeds of its  destruction/construction. In the beginning of every relationship or enterprise are the seeds of its destruction/construction.


Have you ever studied the nature of seed?

1.       It is a package of potentials. Think about the power contained  within a seed. I have often observed how a seed can push obstacles  out of its way to make room for its growth.

2.       Before you call I will answer you. Our foreknowing God.

3.       The colossion power   In Him all things consist.

4.       Unlock the promises.

5.       Understand life?


6.       Don’t waste negative energy on the past. It is time to change your expectations.  Positive expectations must by nature be based on hope. You can’t develop hope and faith while reviewing  the negatives of the past.

7.       Build power and strength in your character  by learning to forgive.

8.       Live beyond the obvious.

9.       Feelings can best be changed by studying, memorizing and meditating facts.

a.       Every change you have accomplished in your life is the result of changing your neuro-associations about pain and pleasure.

b.      Feelings and emotions are  our best friends and worst  enemies.

c.       Blame and unforgiveness are cancers to the heart.

d.      Self-pity deprives us of strength, hope, energy enthusiasm and creativity.

10.   Become an expert  on natural energy and habitual conditioning.

a.       laughter
Drink lots of water
Exercise faithfullu

11.   Never postpone failure.

12.   List every thought and/or action that is guaranteed to shroud you with defeat and failure

blog (short for weblog) is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption.



“Pharaoh’s dream” has too often been my waking experience.  My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I have need to be aware of lean prayers and lean praises, lean duties and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for ever so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the canker worms of worldliness the palmerworms of self indifference, lay my heart completely desolate and make my soul languish, all of my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails  me nothing whatever. How anxious I should be to have to have no leaned flesh days. No ill –favored hours! If every day I journeyed toward the goals of my desires.


Perhaps you have wondered why we write these daily blog messages.

Parkinson's update: Due to the constant  tremor and making Sweet Harps I have developed carpel Tunnel in my right hand.








3/21/17                Today Faithe is having eye surgery and I am battling Carpal Tunnel. Growing older is not for wimps. So I am sitting in the waiting room for two hours trying to be productive. “Productive” now

there is a word to contemplate. its primary consideration is how our calling and purpose match up to our efforts. If we follow one of the models taught by Jesus, we should go fishing. “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” So let’s take a look at the fisherman’s technique and notice how Jesus’ metaphor applies to fishing for men. It seems to me the primary technique of a good fisherman is to use a good “lure.”   


A lure is designed to attract fish. Just like the fisherman’s lure, some things work and some things do not. And so it is with what we might do to attract by our witness. Let’s take a look at a few principles and methods.


70% of our communication comes from beyond our words. The evolution of our ability to communicate is a fascinating study. From smoke signals to cell phones technology continues to explode, yet we continue to struggle to say what we really feel.


1.       Countenance: Nothing is more attracting than a merry heart. “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:” (Proverbs 15:13)    he that isoof a merry heart hath a continual feast.

2.       Attitude  “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good it is.” (Proverbs 15:23)

3.       Mannerisms    

4.       Graphics (drawings)

5.       The heavens spoke firsi

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."




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