It’s not your body

January 18th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hope and Humor cartoon by James Watkins

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On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 National Right to Life Day. I wish the day wasn’t limited to simply the unborn. So, here are my favorite columns on several right-to-life issues:

Capital punishment: serious questions

Ethuanasia and “dying with dignity”

Is it a life or a choice?

Pro-life graphics for posting

Pro-life from womb to tomb

I’m grateful my mom was “pro-life.” I hope my children will be!

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Top things my Mom taught me

January 7th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

For eight years Mom longed to be reunited with her “sweetie.” Thursday night she got her wish—suddenly and with no pain. I’ll be sharing this tribute at tomorrow’s funeral:

      I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: top ten things my Mom taught me. Actually, there are probably thousands: how to tie my shoes, do laundry, decorate Christmas cookies, ride a horse . . . the list goes on and on. But here are, what I consider, the top ten: [Continue reading]

Thanks for all the love and prayers we have sensed during Mom’s chronic medical issues and since her death. Keep them coming.

Have a God-directed New Year

January 1st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My annual predictions for the New Year
My annual predictions for the New Year have been 99 percent accurate for the past 20 years. I know, it’s kind of scary!

God has a plan for the new year
Yep! He has a plan for your relationships, schedule, location and more for the new year as evidenced in the Christmas story. He’s more organized and in control than the best party planner!

Keeping those resolutions
From the award-winning The Why Files series, here’s hope and help for “Breaking Habits Before They Break You.” You can develop new habits in the new year.

More than lighted balls drop on New Year’s Eve
Time Square’s lighted ball gets all the press, but other cities across America drop all kinds of things at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Some very strange things!

Have a God-directed New Year!

Top ten posts for 2018

January 1st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from 2018. (Number in parentheses, 2017 ranking.)

10. My bio sheet (15)

9. What must I do to inherit eternal life? (13)

8. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian? (6)

7. The Christmas Story in chronological order (8)

6. Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship (5)

5. My statement on Dr. Dennis E. Hensley (–)

4. From bad to worse to . . . astonishing (4)

3. God is never late—but he sure is slow (3)

2. It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories (1)

And, the number one post for the year . . .

1. What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12? (2)

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The 365 days of Christmas

December 31st, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I thought I had seen mass hysteria before: the time “Weird Willy” Smith set off a can of tear gas in the high school cafeteria. Or the practical joker who yelled “Shark!” at the beach causing me and my rubber raft to be flattened by half-crazed swimmers.

But these pale in comparison to entering a department store the day after Christmas! As I approached the automotive section, I stepped into the main aisle to see what looked like the entire cast from Ben Hur stampeding my way.

Leading the pack charged a six-foot brute with a Marine tattoo strangling a pastel neck tie. He was followed by a crowd of probably quite normal people who, in the passion of the moment, had turned into a murderous mob storming the customer service counter.

The season of peace on earth, goodwill toward men was over for another year—carefully packed away with the strings of lights and artificial trees.

Nearly two thousand years ago, the peace and joy came after Christmas. [Continue reading]

Welcome to Hope and Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 24th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Ho! Ho! Ho! I’m Jim. I may not be Santa Claus or even your true love, but I do have Twelve Sites of Christmas!

Articles on everything from sects to sex. (Scroll down for latest.)

• A sleigh filled with free book excerpts including my latest The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil

• Naughty and nice cartoons

• Free holiday comedy/drama scripts

Jim Talks: Like “Ted Talks” only hollier and jollier

• And from my workshop(s), writers’ resources

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Have a very meaningful Christmas!
encouragement, entertainment, James Watkins

Hope in a hand basket

December 24th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s so easy to believe “the world is going to hell in a hand basket.” Just click on your favorite news site for the evidence du jour!

But before you throw your hands up in despair, keep in mind that Christianity flourished during the Roman occupation of Palestine under leaders such as Nero. The Romans would make our culture look like a Sunday school picnic.

Jesus brought hope to that despairing world . . . and brings hope to ours! [Continue reading]

A Very Twitter Christmas

December 17th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

What would happen if the Christmas story was told in just 140 characters? (I stay up nights wrestling with these types of questions so you don’t have to. You’re welcome!) [Continue reading]

Find more hope and ho! ho! ho! at my Twelve Sites of Christmas.

While most people thrive on the holiday hustle and bustle of parties, crowded malls and family gatherings, we introverts would rather hide away with easy-listening Christmas music in the glow of a tree—alone.

It’s not that we’re the incarnation of The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge or Henry Potter all rolled into one big “Humbug.” It’s not that we hate Christmas and all the Whos in Whoville. It’s simply that the holiday activities tend to suck us as dry as a year-old fruit cake. Extroverts—the ones singing “Santa Baby” at the office Christmas party—charge their emotional batteries by being with people. We introverts recharge by being alone.

So, how can introverts survive the holiday drain? [Continue reading]