Saturday, December 31, 2016

Showers of Blessing

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There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Daniel Whittle

I will make them and the area around My hill a blessing: I will send down showers in their season--showers of blessing. 
Ezekiel 34:26

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wind and Waves

Even the wind and the waves obey Him!
Mark 4:41

This pond adjoins the property where I live. I saw so many flocks of birds today even with the very strong wind we had. I cannot imagine being out on the sea in wind and high waves. It reminded me of the story of Jesus calming the sea.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Kaedyn's Pics

My granddaughter takes lots of pics when she visits me. She aims for really unflattering pics of me most of the time LOL. This one is through a water bottle she had just emptied. I think it is kinda cool!

I thought this was a good one: Christmas lights reflected in the window at twilight.
My little decorator is going to be mad next week when she comes to visit and all the decorations are gone! We may have to decorate early for George Washington's birthday!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Prayer for America's New Leaders

Christmas is behind us now and we start counting down to 2017 and the U.S. inauguration January 20. This is a time to really pray for the transition ahead.

Father God, Please put new hearts and a new Spirit into all of our leaders. Take away the hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh that are sensitive, tender and responsive the the Word of God. My our leaders recognize the voice of the Shepherd - the King of Love - and discern and expose the deceptions of the enemy,

I pray that our leaders will follow in the footsteps of King Josiah. When they hear the Word of God, it will grip their hearts. They will obey it and will declare it to the nation. [2 Kings 23]

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Blessings

Lord, be gracious to us.
We long for You.
Be our strength every morning,
Our salvation in time of distress.
Isaiah 33:2

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face to shine on you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace,
Numbers 6:24-26

Friday, December 23, 2016

My God Hears Me

He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.
 Psalm 147:4

I will look to the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy. When I fall, I will arise, When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:7-8

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

God's Hand

If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun
or land on the most distant shore of the sea
where the sun sets,
even there your hand would guide me
and your right hand would hold on to me.
Psalm 139:9-10 


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" was written by Charles Wesley, the 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley. He was born on December 18, 1707.

Bill Federer has written an interesting article about the origins of favorite Christmas carols published on Charisma News.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Gift of Loving Words

Mother, 1992
Each of us has a special way that we like for people to express their love to us.  For me, it is words of endearment.

A sweet childhood memory I have of Mother was that she would wake me up in the morning saying, "Come on, Sugar! I've got your breakfast ready."

Through the years, when I was going through difficulties, I could always call Mother, day or night. She prayed for me, and before she hung up, she would say, "Love you, Sugar."

Lord, my prayer to You today is: Thank You that You are Love. Any time, day or night, I can open the Bible and find love notes from You tucked inside.

Long, long ago God decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
Ephesians 1:3-6


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Good News

Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own

I bring you good news
of great joy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Carried

Praise the Lord; praise God our savior!
For each day he carries us in his arms. 
Psalm 68:19



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

White as Snow

When I was substitute teaching in public school, I noticed that God is left out of the conversation. I was instructed not to sing any Christmas songs with the children, not even Jingle Bells.  But, thankfully, one little first grader was okay with praising the Lord at school. As we were going out to recess, we saw a few snowflakes sifting down. She burst out in song, "Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!"

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Robert Lowry

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Song the Angels Sing

For lo, the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

The word 'SING' appears 121 times in the Bible.
The most recorded command in God's Word is
 'SING TO THE LORD".

There is an eternal song of rejoicing in Heaven.
We can choose to sing along.

Imagine the day
when the whole world gives back the song
which now the angels sing.

Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace among men
with whom He is well pleased.
Luke 2:14

Saturday, December 10, 2016

My Snowman Poem

So where did Mr. Snowman go? I worried about "Frosty" when I was a little girl. Why did he seem eager to leave the children for new adventures?

I am reposting this poem I wrote when I was teaching about the water cycle in second grade. I thought it would be great to imagine all the things the melted snowman would do through the seasons as the children wait for him to come back next winter.

Where'd Mr. Snowman Go?

He's the puddle of slush
that flows over your feet
Numbing your toes
as you trudge down the street.
He's the crystals you see
on your own windowpane
As you wait for your school bus
to come down the lane.

In spring, you hear him
in quiet gentle showers
That water new leaves
and bright garden flowers.
He cascades down streams
'til they overflow
Bursting over waterfalls
onto rocks down below.

In summer,
he gives the trees a good drink
As the thunder claps
and lightning bolts blink.
He rains on your picnic
in the middle of July,
Sends you running for shelter
to keep yourself dry.

Autumn comes,
and he's watching so proud
From a gorgeous pink sunset
on a cotton candy cloud.
Then he teases the children
with an early snow flurry
To let them know
winter will come in a hurry.

Now winter is back
and we can't wait to hear
If we'll have a big snowstorm
again this year.
But "whenever great heaps
of snowflakes fall"
We'll build another snowman,
the best one of all.


~Karen Rice

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Best Gift of All

Jesus said: 
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. 
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
 So don't be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27 NLT

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Gift of the Present

Someone said that continually bemoaning the past, or dreading the future, is just a way to get out of hearing and obeying God right now....Ouch.

Lord, Thank you that you have given me the gift of the PRESENT! Help me to enjoy Your presence and love the people who cross my path today - one at a time.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Loving My Neighbor


I love this picture of two birds NOT of the same feather sharing a twig in the snowstorm. Does it seem like when stormy weather comes that people pitch in and help one another...neighbors who may have never even stopped to chat in good times?



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sled Ride


I talked to my granddaughter, Skyler, today who now lives in sunny California. She longs for a white Christmas like they once had in the mountains of Virginia. She will soon be sixteen.

When I was 8 years old, we were surprised to wake up one morning to eight inches of snow, a rare treat in Georgia! It had been an unusually cold winter and Grandpa said, "If snow stays on the ground for three days, it will snow again, and it did!"

"If  it stays on the ground three days,"
Grandpa said, "It will snow some more,"
The next morning we saw snowflakes falling
Through frosted panes in the front door.
In the afternoon sun, it melted to slush,
But froze that night with an icy crust.
Icicles dangled from the traffic light,
As we dashed across the street for a snowball fight.
We Georgia kids had no flexible flyer,
So we rounded up whatever we could acquire.
We borrowed the lid from a metal trash can
And pushed the little one in an old dishpan.
With our fingers numb we charged through the door
Tracking up Mama's just-mopped floor.
Her cups of cocoa warmed our insides
And we rushed out the door for one more sled ride.

-Karen 

Christmas is for Receiving

Did you ever know someone who would not receive a gift from you?  I had an MIL who would not accept gifts from me, even if I went to great lengths to get the very thing she said she wanted. It made me feel awful. There was an episode on "Everybody Loves Raymond" where Ray discovers Christmas gifts from years past piled in his parents' basement, still in the original unopened boxes, because they "couldn't understand high tech stuff like tape players". It was funny on the sit com, but hurtful in real life.

It made me think about the fact that Christmas is a time for RECEIVING as well as for GIVING.
How must God feel when people refuse the wonderful gift of His Son?

I read this beautiful quote from Dale Evans Rogers:
"Christmas is giving. But Christmas is also receiving. In the Bible it says, 'As many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God...' As many as received Him! When we understand that, we understand that receiving can be even more important than giving - at Christmas!
When we receive Christ, we experience completely the gift that is Christmas."



Friday, December 2, 2016

Imitation

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Message

There was a man in our worship band at church who played the guitar with his little four-year-old son right beside him on the platform every week playing his toy guitar. It was sweet to see that the son had all his Dad's moves down, and even his facial expressions.

Let me be a shadow in Your light
Just a small reflection of a greater love
Let me be a shadow in Your light
That falls on the lost and the lonely

I saw this photo online and I had to share it!
The caption said: Hen comforts kittens in storm.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tree Topper

Kaedyn loves to decorate Christmas trees. Her Mom has saved ornaments the girls have made through the years. One of my favorite is the tree topper angel with her photo.

She sang "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" as she helped me decorate my apartment this week.


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