Unity Music Festival Ticket Give-Away!

A few days ago I announced it was coming….following are the rules/details to win a free ticket to Unity Christian Music Festival: http://www.unitymusicfestival.com/schedule/main-stage-schedule/ Dozens of awesome bands!

Summer of 2013 picture from my phone 363

I have one three day pass to give to away!

It is worth $75.00 at the gate!

Please only enter if you will be able to come at least two of the nights. The first time you come through the gate, you receive a wrist band, then you are the only person who can enter with it-it’s no longer transferable. They don’t allow another person to use it on various nights, etc.

You will love the festival, it has a main stage with many bands, a teen stage, kids activities, speakers, very reasonable food booth prices, beautiful sunsets, and great family-friendly times of worship and praise enjoying the bands. Bring your lawn chair, and maybe one of those fan mister thingys to stay cool..

I am not going to go be a “policewoman” and count up your entries, so please be honest and let me know what you did. You are on the honor system. You must comment on my blog or Facebook author’s page, “Tablet of your Heart,”https://www.facebook.com/mjfolkert/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel   telling me what you did. (not on my personal page.) Those are the only two places I will be checking. When I post on my blog, it automatically goes to several social media sites, some of which I’m barely ever on, else I would spend all my time on those instead of writing.:)

Here’s the scoop:

Rules and details:

  1. You MUST tell me what you did on my blog or Facebook Author’s page. You will receive points for each thing you do, whether it is likes, tweets, shares, follows, email followers, pins, etc.
  2. If you have won in the last two years you are ineligible. You can know me, but not be related to me.
  3. Become an e-mail follower on my WordPress blog at https://myrnafolkert.wordpress.com/ and comment, or on my Facebook author’s page, called “Tablet of your Heart” https://www.facebook.com/mjfolkert/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel to tell me your name if it’s not obvious, and what things you did. I will only check those two places for comments.
  4. You will receive one point for any social media plug,  FIVE points for becoming a NEW e-mail follower and commenting on this post on my blog, FIVE points for sharing a favorite story from my blog on Facebook.  https://myrnafolkert.wordpress.com  That gives lots of chances for my current followers too. 🙂

Tuesday night, August 8, at 7 p.m., I will announce the winner on my blog– keep watching.

Everyone–BE NICE and FAIR! 🙂 I’ll make arrangements with the winner– most likely meet you at Unity Fest on the free night, Wednesday night, August 9, to hand you the paper ticket. It is good for one person, for all three nights.(August 10-12) HAVE FUN!!


It’s all in fun! Hope you enjoy Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, Michigan August 9-12–see you there!

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Unity Fest is Coming Soon!

Are you planning to go to the Unity Christian Music Festival next week in Muskegon, MI?! The dates are August 9-12 this year.

Do you have your lawn chair, a friend or family member to go with you, your schedule cleared? Most importantly, do you have your tickets?

Summer of 2013 picture from my phone 363Last year it was such fun I’m giving a ticket away again! Get ready and keep watching. It’s good for all three days of the festival plus of course, the free day on Wednesday. Four days of over 20 bands, just on the Main Stage!

Every year the line-up astounds me. Check it out! On FREE night we get to hear Tenth Avenue North, and Love and The Outcome. Other nights Casting Crowns, Toby Mac, Carrollton, Matthew West, Laura Story… lots of others.

If you haven’t attended before, there are two stages. One main stage, and one for teens with up and coming young bands, plus a huge area for kids to play, a tent with speakers and programs, and lots of reasonably priced food booths. Something for everyone!

Here’s the scoop: I’ll be posting in the next five days about the ticket giveaway, which if purchased at the gate, would be worth $75!! No entries yet please! I’ll detail the rules very soon. Stay tuned.

Here’s the link to the festival: http://www.unitymusicfestival.com/schedule/main-stage-schedule/


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Earthen Vessel


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Longing for you God, body’s failing, drags me down,

Old woman used to say I wanna go home.

Panic-stricken, weary and worn,

Hot coals rise up, ignite the dread.

Depths are constantly near,

Whispering lies I don’t want to hear.

Skipping beats in my chest,

A drum of tension raises.

Sleepless nights are fitful,

Toss and turn, hot and cold.

My mouth is parched and burning,

Neck is sore, foot is numb.

Fear laughs at me,

This earthen vessel, jar of clay.

Satan crouches, lies in wait,

Sneers in the corner, deems me prayerless.

Listen to my cries,

Hear me in the night.

Lord guard me close, right hand upholds,

When you lift me, I see the shore.

Sit in silence, Holy Spirit fills,

Clear my mind, whisper your love.

Father, on your lap, hold my hand,

The hope of things to come.

In quietness and rest is my strength,

The dark is pierced by light.

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Read 2 Corinthians 4:6-12

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Play: A Five-Minute Friday post

Hi there! I’m linking up with the Five-Minute Friday community at: http://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/07/06/link-up-play/  It’s lots of fun and helps us to work our writing muscles.

Today’s writing prompt is: PLAY



When I saw the writing prompt play, I thought it might be an easy topic for me, as we do a lot of playing especially in the summer. Many families might do picnics, camping, trips, and the like. My husband and I love to go on our boat. We slip our boat at a marina in our town, Holland, Michigan. We also spent a week at Grand Haven last week over the Fourth of July as we almost always do. We figured out that we have boated for approximately 30 out of our 33 years of marriage. We began after we were married about two years. We found the oldest, smallest boat we could possibly find, to accommodate our very small budget. It was a 15 foot, 1968 boat. We often say we “skied the wheels off that boat” as we skied and flew around in that little boat about every night in the summer for a few years, with my husband’s siblings. Then we bought an 18 foot boat and had that for some years. We then had our first son. Somewhere in there we didn’t have a boat for a couple summers. After that we played on a 21 foot boat when our two boys were very little. Every summer we began spending a week at Grand Haven on it. Then later we continued all the water sports with a 24 foot. What fun they had growing up with tubing and knee-boarding. About 7 years ago, we moved to a 31 foot and now we are empty-nesters. The boys call this an old man’s boat. We don’t care because my husband and I are really enjoying this time in our lives. Countless good times playing on boats with family and friends on Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa.




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This is a Five-Minute Friday post. As most of you know, we write for five minutes, post it, and then link up on Kate’s blog here: http://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/06/29/count-your-blessings/ Today’s word is BLESSING.


Given that I have insomnia a lot lately, I’ve found that counting my blessings when I lay down has been a great thing. I say thank you to the Lord for whatever pops into my head, and in the morning, I’m surprised how fast I fell asleep! An attitude of gratefulness really seems to calm the mind and helps to center the brain on the positive. It’s not always easy to make yourself start, but once started it’s hard to stop. I really do have so much to be thankful for. Here we are at the end of the first half of the year already, ready to begin the latter half of 2017. Can you believe that? I lay there many nights thinking what a blessed woman I am. He’s brought me through so much and will always be faithful to be who He is. My God never changes even when I do. Whatever comes my way might be challenging, but the Lord never fails to guide and support me. That’s a blessing right there!



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Nature Speaks

Writers are scavengers—we gather scraps and pieces together and turn them into stories.

I found these things as we did a scavenger hunt and free-write at writing group.


God is amazing how he gives us this beautiful world to live in. We see these kinds of common objects in nature, and sometimes they’re just there in the background and we don’t take notice of them. He creates such a huge variety of shapes, colors and textures.

brown uneven pine cone

Something rough

The pine cone is rough and uneven. It reminds me how the Lord loves us even though we have bumps and ridges.

green leaf

Something green

A vibrant green leaf is full of new life and moisture. This makes me think of how we come alive with Jesus and he gives us living water and gifts.

wood chips

Something woody

Wood chips are chiseled from a big piece of wood. They bear resemblance of the tree in some ways but had to be shaped to be useful. In the playground they enable children to play each day.

smooth white stone

Something stony

The stone was smoothed by flowing water in the creek. This is like the way we are fashioned by the living waters of the Holy Spirit when he develops our gifts.

bent stick

Something crooked

A crooked stick reminds me of how we are not perfect but the Lord uses us. Even though I have my own bent and don’t look like others, I have unique characteristics and can be used for his good purposes.

crumpled yellow leaves

Something cracked

These yellow leaves are cracked and crumbling. This makes me think of how we sometimes go through a dry and parched land but God is there to revive us again.

Take notice when you’re walking outside this summer, and ask God to speak to you through nature.

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My Uncle–A Memorial Day Story

We could never repay you…

I posted this story last year, and am posting it again this Memorial Day, with a few edits. Thank you to all those who have served our country like my Uncle Art.

Out of respect, I gained permission to post this story…

Many people have a story of a relative who served in a war or in the service. My hero is my Uncle Art. He is a very humble man.

But I want to honor him on this Memorial Day.

My Uncle Arthur Volkema is a veteran of WWII. There aren’t too many of them left anymore as he served very young. He’s 90 years old, his health isn’t where he would like it to be, but he still gets around. He is like a lot of veterans…they don’t want to be the center of attention and they don’t think they did anything special. They were just doing their job.

An amazing story of his Navy days in WWII, is about when he was serving on the aircraft carrier “U.S.S. Bunker Hill” when it was hit by the Japanese out in the Pacific Ocean. Over three hundred sailors died, some missing, and hundreds more injured, but thankfully not my Uncle Art. He has a picture of that ship hanging in his garage with huge billows of smoke rising above it. It’s a miracle that any of them survived.

The U.S.S. Bunker Hill after it was attacked.

The U.S.S. Bunker Hill after it was attacked.


We have a recording of my Uncle Art when he was interviewed long ago, about that awful day in WWII. It came without warning and was gruesome. Two Japanese kamikaze planes evaded the radar and crashed into the ship.

Webster’s dictionary describes them this way: “Kamikazi–(in World War II) a Japanese aircraft loaded with explosives and making a deliberate suicidal crash on an enemy target.”

The fact was, those who were left alive had to carry on immediately. They had to do what soldiers do. They put out the fires and burial at sea had to take place for hundreds of men. They had to take the dog tags or the marked belt off each one, if it was possible, so family could be notified. The clergy-person said a few words, and by tens they were put to sea. All this while wondering if they would be attacked again.

The first and only time my Uncle was willing to be in a Memorial Day parade to be honored was in Holland, Michigan a few years ago. His entire family came along to watch and we were all so proud of him. He rode by in a car wearing his “Bunker Hill” cap and waved and smiled. Then we walked to the grave-sites of my grandparents and lots of other relatives to reminisce.

Of course my Uncle Art has always meant a lot to me personally, because he is my mom’s brother. He is also the only surviving sibling of five children. After the war, he went on to marry my Aunt who has a gentle, loving and encouraging spirit towards me and everyone who has ever met her. Uncle Art and his wife Pauline are about the sweetest, kindest couple you could ever meet. They have been like second parents to me. Being the extremely welcoming and caring people that they are, they have been so encouraging to me over the years.  My Aunt Pauline still writes hand-written letters to the “elderly” people in the nursing facility nearby their simple suburb of Chicago area. They go to church, read their bibles and pray. They brought up their three children to be wonderful Christian people and now have several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They live a quiet God-honoring life.

I’m so thankful that I got to enjoy my Uncle Art all these years.  I wouldn’t have had the cousins that I do. I wouldn’t have known him and experienced the stories he tells of the history of our family and the town he grew up in. He was the youngest brother my mom watched over. They lost their mother at a very young age too, so the family struggled.

My mom the oldest, holding her youngest sibling, Arthur. My Uncle Fred is on the left, and my Aunt Bertha is on the right.

My mom Martha, the oldest, holding her youngest sibling, Arthur. My Uncle Fred is on the left, and my Aunt Bertha is on the right.

Today, on Memorial Day, I think about my Uncle Art and the sacrifices he made for our country. If men and women wouldn’t serve our country in the military, we would not be free. I enjoy freedoms of The United States of America because of brave soldiers who have died, or served in the past or present.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you Uncle Arthur Volkema.


I have another Uncle, Fred, and my Grandfather, who also have stories I’d like to tell…to be continued another day.

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