Denise Day Spencer

January 26, 2009

Random Ramblings

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 12:54 pm

Yesterday I decided to take a back road shortcut home from church. Though it’s a lesser route by distance, the road is narrow, quite hilly and very curving. One usually takes a shortcut with the expectation that it will be faster, right? Below are the things I encountered in the road ahead of me as I drove along my merry way:

a slowly-moving big red truck

a small beige dog running frantically

a tractor bed full of hay

chickens

a troupe of elderly Pentecostals

But the good news is: Someone has fixed the potholes! By the way, “shortcut” is apparently a relative term.

January 2, 2009

Sometimes it’s OK to pretend

Filed under: Personal reflections — denisedayspencer @ 2:05 pm

I called her “Tillie.” She was some kind of hound dog mix who turned up in our neighborhood back in the summer. Actually our son, Clay, dubbed her something which I refused to call her (and I now refuse to print!) so I adapted his moniker to “Tillie.”

It’s all too common for animals to get dumped in our neck of the woods. And of course, unclaimed, they stay, mate and reproduce, thus worsening the animal control situation. I’ve tried to find homes for many a stray kitten, but when they’re born in the wild I can’t catch them to give them away.

But back to Tillie. She came to us nearly starved and otherwise in poor health. Her ribs stuck out under skin that appeared to cover nothing but bones. Her haunches were covered in sores. She didn’t have much energy, yet her sweet disposition was still obvious to the casual onlooker. (more…)

Children’s object lesson: The Parable of the Sower–part 4

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:02 pm

SCRIPTURES: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Luke 8:4-8, 11-15
OBJECT: a healthy potted plant

This is our last talk about Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. You remember the farmer who sowed his seeds. Some fell on a hard, dry path; others on rocky soil; still others in a bunch of weeds. None of those seeds ever became the healthy plants. (more…)

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