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What is a friend?

Jodee Schrlau

What is a friend?

The word "friend" comes from Old English "frēond", which means "to love" and "to honor". The ideas of friend and friendship involve three components: association, loyalty, and affection. There are also three levels of meaning: friendship as association only; friendship as association + loyalty; and friendship as association + loyalty + affection. The last is the kind of friendship that we desire with someone.  It is the kind of friendship Jesus longs to have with us.  In this series we will look at friends and friendship. We are going to talk about what it takes to be a friend. We will examine...

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Beautiful Table Settings for the Holidays

Jodee Schrlau

Beautiful Table Settings for the Holidays

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Coffee Bar Table

Jodee Schrlau

Coffee Bar Table

I've just finished a table for my coffee bar / break room and I love it! The table I started with was from the backroom at Hancock's, where I worked. It wasn't very pretty, so I sanded it down, stained it with a homemade coffee stain. then added graphics,I finished the top off with a polyurethane spray to seal the graphics in  and protect the top from coffee stains (ha ha). My husband was very skeptical  but generously helped prepare the stain, sand the table. and helped chisel the crate lines.  He admitted he had  doubts about this project, (as he does...

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Itsy Bitsy Spider/A Lesson of Perseverance and Waiting

Jodee Schrlau

Itsy Bitsy Spider/A Lesson of Perseverance and Waiting

  Isn't it wonderful how many ways the Father speaks to us!  He does, you know, every day, if only we were open to hear him.  Last week, I had lunch with my sister- in- law and her 2 year old grandson. While she was on a phone call, Murphy and I had a conversation about the Itsy Bitsy Spider. "The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout" he said in a sing-song voice. Then he stop and looked at me expectantly.  "Then what happened to the spider?" I asked.  He thought a minute and replied sadly, "He got washed away."...

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Jodee's Jammin': Tomato Jam

Jodee Schrlau

Jodee's Jammin':  Tomato Jam

  Last week I picked the last of the tomatoes from  our garden.   As I was searching for something to do with them, I came across recipes for Tomato Jam and decided to give that a try.  I thought it would be a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, and I was right!  (Or it will be if there is any left by then). After comparing recipes, thinking about flavors, and searching my cabinets, this is the recipe I came up with this recipe for tomato jam. I used beefsteak, roma, grape and cherry, left the skin on and seeds in.  I also found  a lone yellow pepper...

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