Clarice James

Smart, Fun, Relatable Fiction



Here’s a little quiz based on random questions I’ve had over the past few weeks. You can see how my mind wanders. Pretty scary.

 Roy Orbison  1.       Do you recognize this singer?
 Mustard seed  2.       Do you know this seed’s name?
 nebraska  3.       What is this state?
 harperlee-190   4.       Do you recognize this author?
 u-umlaut  5.       Do you know what the two dots over the letter are called?
 Chartreuse_429758_i0  6.       What is this greenish-yellow called?
 pocket book hat  7.       What kind of pocketbook is this?
 anime cartoon characters   8.       What is this type of animation called?
 Cherry-pitter-1  9.       What is this tool used for?
 bunsen  10.   What holiday is celebrated on March 31st?

Did you know or did you guess?   Here are the answers below.

   1.       Roy Orbison—before he started wearing his trademark dark glasses.
 Mustard seed  2.       Mustard seed. They are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 or 2 mm in diameter.
 nabraska name  3.       Now do you recognize it? (Okay, so I had it upside down.)
 Harper Lee  4.       Harper Lee. Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was her first book and won the Pulitzer Prize. Fifty-five years later, at 88, she’s publishing her second book–a sequel to her first.
 u-umlaut  5.       Umlaut. It indicates a special pronunciation.
 Chartreuse  6.       Chartreuse.
 pocketbook hat only   7.       It’s a hat, not a pocketbook.
 Anime-logo-square   8.       Anime. They’re Japanese animated productions.
 a new cherry pitter  9.       Here’s a modern-day version. It’s a cherry-pitter.
    10.   Bunsen Burner Day celebrates the birthday of its creator, German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.


Walking the Narrow Path Together

The-Narrow-Path“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  ~ John 13:34-35 (NIV)

Hard to believe, I know, but none of us are perfect and all of us are different. Some of us are naturally jovial, sociable, and fun-loving; others are practical, serious-minded, and even cranky. Some make decisions based on emotion; others use every ounce of common sense and logic they possess. Some are selfless; others are self-centered. Some can be needy, anxious, and troubled; while others are independent, calm, and at peace.

Most of us are all of the above and more at one time or another. Yes, even Christians.

So how do we relate to the different personalities we encounter? The most honest answer I can give is, “It’s different every time.”

Although we can’t heal those with physical ailments, we can comfort and care for them. We can’t make people happy, but we can give them a smile and share a laugh. We can’t remove their grief, but we can listen as they share their memories. We can’t force peace on others, but we can exhibit it. We can’t stop the fear, but we can pray them through it. We can’t fix emotional problems or repair broken relationships, but we can encourage them through the Word. We can’t stop life’s craziness, but we can offer hope.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia, Author (1924-1998)

In encouraging each other, let’s be creative and use our God-given gifts. If you’re an artist, draw or paint someone a picture. If writing is your thing, compose a note of encouragement. Are you a comedian? Make them laugh! Do you crochet or quilt? They will cherish whatever handmade item you make them. If you love to cook, make them a meal filled with love. If service is your love language, run errands, help them clean their house or mow their lawn. If you’re a good listener (and that is a gift, I assure you), sit and listen as they talk.

We all need the Lord, and we need each other. With His help, let’s lend a hand as we walk the narrow path of His calling together.