New Site | Among the Lentils

As mentioned in my previous post, I have started a new site for the New Year.

The link below will take you to the homepage. You can see the first post by clinking the link in the box.

I hope you enjoy!

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Currently Reading | 28 September 2021

Hello everyone.

I hope this post finds you well! I wanted to take a moment just to share what I’m currently reading. I know many of my posts have been showing quotes from these books anyway, but I thought I would put them all in one place.

Feel free to drop some comments!

Have you read any of these titles?

What are you currently reading?

ESV Bible – just started a Chronological plan, so reading through Genesis and Job.

This last book has been really fun and I am enjoying it. I simply single this one out as a shout out to Ritu, who has been a great encouragement to this blog and to many others. Ritu, good job on this work. I still have to get the novel, but I am working toward that. Thanks for your work and for all your support. Blessings! P.S., I see where you got the name for your blog! Check her out here.

Scripture Milestone

During Sukkot of 2020, I started a Bible Reading Plan to read the Bible through before Sukkot of this year. I actually wanted to finish it earlier in the year, but today, while meandering around our Sukkah in the early morning rays of the September sun, with heavy dew and crisp air enveloping me, I read Psalm 149-150, Malachi 3-4, 2 Chronicles 36, and Revelation 22, thus completing the plan! It’s been a great journey and completing this task brings sweet joy.

I chose to use the Olive Tree App to track the readings and I chose the “Kingdom Bible Reading Plan”. This was a good way to track the progress and I really enjoyed that plan. It had nice customizable features and they did a good job stringing the texts together. It has my recommendation!

Now, off to the next plan!

How’s your reading coming along on this Sunday?

Have a wonderful day!

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Hello Again

My fellow bloggers, hello there!

It’s been such a long time!

I’m not even sure what I want to say today. It’s just been a while and I have missed communicating with you all; I just had to post something! I hope to get back on here with some consistency before too long. I have some pretty heavy topics – of which I am always hesitant to share – that have been burning in me.

I have been thinking through again what I want the structure of this place to be. However, I think I am going to leave it as it is. Although somewhat jumbled and a hodgepodge on here, it helps me organize my thoughts too.

I will be laboring to catch up with the 1,568,421 posts from many of you that I am behind. lol Although I have been absent, I do see your consistency, which has been an inspiration for me.

I have been writing while I was away! I am working on a larger project. Maybe it will turn out to be a first book … we’ll see! More on that another day.

Blessings to all of you and hopefully we’ll chat soon.

——— Powerful Words from Scriptures in this Morning’s Reading ———

Isaiah 64.1-3 — “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence – as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil – to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.”

Matthew 12.33-37 — “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello Fellow Bloggers, I am pleased to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award from Cassa Bassa, poet extraordinaire at Flicker of Thoughts. Ms. Cassa, thank you for thinking of me and giving me this nomination.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The award is driven entirely by the community, passed from blogger to blogger in recognition of their inspiring, creative and motivational blogs. Each nominee passes it on to 11 of their favorite bloggers, and round and round it goes. This is a great way to give recognition to new bloggers and those who may otherwise fly under the radar of many people.

For accepting the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination, there are a few suggestions:

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.

• Answer questions the blogger asked you.

• List the suggestions and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

• Nominate new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees new questions.

Cassa, thank you for the nomination!

My Answers For My Friend Cassa:

  1. What drives you to blog?
    •  The reasons I blog: (1) I hope to reach people who do not know Jesus with the Gospel and to reach Christians with new/fresh views on Scripture. (2) I hope to be a published author one day, so I use my blog to exercise my writing muscles and to get feedback from others.
  2. What is the one thing you wish you will do without?
    •  Although I do like my job most days and I’m at a position now that it pays well, I hope to be free one day. I hope to be an accomplished enough author and/or own my own business so I don’t have to be a slave to others. So, I do like working and I work hard, but I wish I could do without having to work for others.
  3. What is one of your funniest memories?
    •  Okay…so I was in college. I used to hang out at the Multicultural Center as my mentor was the Director of the center. It was an old house that had been converted to this office. Several of us students would hang out in the Living Room. Anyway, I was leaving one day and there were several young ladies in the Living Room hanging out. The sidewalk in front of the building ran adjacent to the large Living Room window. So, being the cool guy I was – with my boots not laced properly per cultural style – I strolled real smooth down the sidewalk, until. Well, what had happened was … … there was a small spot in the sidewalk that was uneven. Being that I was walking with so much swagger, and not picking my feet up properly, I hit that small spot, and went tumbling down in the grass…in front of this window. I feel so hard, both of my boots fell off of my feet! Of course, initially mortified, I did my best to hop up, slip my boots back on and play it off. When I went back later, no one mentioned anything. So either, they were being very gracious, didn’t see it all “go down”, or, just didn’t care! Now, I find it hilarious.
  4. How do you take your coffee if you drink it?
    •  Many ways! Usually, with agave or raw sugar and whole milk or breve.
  5. What is the one thing you are proud of yourself?
    •  Persevering through the growth God has granted me. Also, for the husband and father I strive to be – hope I get close to being that guy one day!
  6. What is your favourite movie?
    •  Oh sis, this is a tough question! So many options and for so many reasons! In this context, I would say Finding Forrestersince this is the one movie that really enticed me to want to write. When this movie came out, I had just picked up trying to write poetry. It had a big impact on me. Actually, I need to watch this one again…
  7. Chocolate, Celery or good old steak?
    •  Yes!


My Nominees

Okay, I know that people are so crazy busy. I will make some nominations, but if this doesn’t suit you or you can’t fit it into your schedules, I will not be offended. Here we go.

Suchie – when I revised my blog and really started working at it last year, she was one of the first writers that I really connected with, what I call a “blogging buddy”. She was really encouraging and spurred me on. Also, very creative and versatile.

Ritu – I am always impressed by her faithfulness to her posts in terms of posting consistency and themes. She has some great weekly themes.

Mama X – the growth she gets from her journey is inspiring and she communicates this well. She communicates her faith in God well.

Pooja – Great variety and creativity in posts. Uses gifs in her posts so well!

Luna – for her poetry work, but also for sharing so many other people’s work.


I know I am leaving many folks out, but I will leave it here for now.

For those that I nominated, here are my questions for you.

  1. What is it about writing that you enjoy?
  2. What sparked you to start and keep your blog?
  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you pick and why (can be fictional)?
  4. What do you like to listen to when you write?
  5. You are stranded on a deserted island. Excluded one religious text, you can have as many books as you like, but only one author. What author do you have with you?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. It’s been a long tough week. You finally have some time to yourself and you decide to write. You go to a local coffee shop. What do you order?

Congratulations! I look forward to hearing your answers!

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Update – New Posting Format

Hello everyone! Seems like I have been on a hiatus. Unfortunately, I have only been working like crazy which doesn’t leave much time – and certainly not energy – to write.




I am hoping to put into place a new format for posting. Hopefully this will give me good direction to be more consistent in what I want to accomplish along with providing enough variation to hit different interests.


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Here is the format:

  • Sunday | Homily
    • In the Anglican tradition within Christianity – of which I belong – there is a patten for four Scripture readings on Sundays. In some churches – such as The Table where I currently attend – they will typically take one or two of the Scriptures and deliver a sermon for about an hour. Another approach, is to deliver a homily which is typically, in my experience of churches, a shorter message and attempts to draw a lesson, or tie together, all of these Scriptures.
    • I am going to provide a “homily” type of post where I attempt to give some insights on the Scriptures for that week and on most weeks, tie them together!


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  • Monday | Poetry
    • I will share a poem, prose, etc. I will focus on original work, but will also periodically share work from other writers.


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  • Tuesday | Writing Prompt
    • There are a lot of writing prompts out there. I will pick a random writing prompt – or will take up a challenge any of you provide (including picture prompts) – and let it loose!


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  • Wednesday | From a Hat
    • Okay, so these topics will not be that random, but will be like a potpourri or freestyle. Things I want to hit on that will not fit into one of the other categories. Sarcastic, political, social, observation, religious, or other topics will go here. Who knows what you’ll get!



  • Thursday | Poetry; Part II
    • Just like Part I, but more!




  • Friday | 7-Word Stories
    • Let’s enjoy some short stories! I may post one or fifteen. We’ll see! Each Friday may be different.


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  • Saturday | Inspiration ~ Encouragement ~ Challenging Quotes
    • This day will be dedicated to things that I have heard or read throughout the week that captured me in one of the three ways in the title. I will not provide any commentary on these, but just list them out. They could even be things I disagree with, but respect it for what it is. If you are intrigued about why something caught my attention, feel free to ask!



Okay, now, it’s already Monday evening – I got some catching up to do! I will get there and – hopefully – stay on top of it after that. I am hoping to maintain this format until the end of the month and see if any changes will take place from there.

I would love to hear from you! Thoughts about this format or things you want to see?


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Currently Reading | 15 May 2019

Pile of Assorted Novel Books

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I have not read anything in a while! Oh, how I have missed books …



In January I began to really start working on writing and started building my blog page. Since then, I have met so many great writers on here! Your interactions have been a true blessing to me. Also, it gave me a different venue for reading and has refocused my need to consistently read. So, to you dear readers (writers!), thank you!



Two books that I am currently reading that are splittin’ my wig!



  • That Incredible Christian, by A. W. Tozer
    • This has just short essays that are oozing and overflowing with meaning.



  • The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
    • My favorite author and this one is most intriguing! It’s a fictional story of a bus taking a trip from Hell to Heaven and the riders experiences. Very thought provoking indeed!



Hope your reading is going well too! Here are a few children books I have read to the kids recently that we have really enjoyed too!





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