Happy Birthday to someone dear to me. How did the years go by so quick? Who would have thought this silly song would ever literally apply to us?
How can you be sixty-four?
You still look like the boy I married forty+ years ago.
One of my favorite getaway places – Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. This post is part of Norm’s Thursday Doors – August 9th.
For those of you who wonder what I look like…this was taken earlier today right before our first day at the local lake. I’m wearing the sunhat and beach cover up my grand-daughter picked out for me for Mother’s Day. She has great style for a five-year-old. I love the big hat, it kept the sun off of me just like a portable umbrella. I am still a bit incognito behind the glasses, but folks…this is me. I wish for you all a sensational summer, and for those of you in the hemisphere down-under, I wish you an easy winter.
Mary Tyler Moore 1936 – 2017
I don’t know of anyone who didn’t love Mary Tyler Moore or her work. Our world lost a little bit of its sunshine today. Thank you Mary.
“From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.”
It’s easy to fill a shoebox with gifts and necessities for a child. The hard part is getting all you want to send into the box! When I imagine the box being opened up, and the toys, school supplies, and toiletries discovered, I feel real joy. There is still time to take part in this wonderful endeavor. Visit Operation Christmas Child for more information.
My sister and I, October 30th, 1977. I am the bride, just barely twenty years old. She is my Maid of Honor, aged seventeen.
On February 4th I blogged about packaging seeds for my sister in tea packets . This is the sweet email I received in return:
Thank you so much for the seeds. When I first saw them hanging on the back door I thought you were sharing tea with me. I even turned on the tea kettle went to the bag and then saw the writing, ha, ha. Thank you so much, I may start some of them today. Talk soon!
My sister is so talented and versatile. She wears many hats: nurse, beekeeper, gardener, skipper of a boat, hockey coach, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt and SISTER. I am blessed to be her big sister.
“‘We wanted to push boundaries because our God is not safe or small: He has a wild imagination.’
Rend Collective have never lacked imagination. From the bewildering array of children’s toys and whimsical, handmade oddities they call instruments, to the hare-brained and wonderfully impractical scheme of recording a live album on the beach around a campfire, to the safety-defying audacity of shooting a music video on a fully-operational fishing boat in the turbulent Irish Sea, this fascinating worship community have always pursued the colorful and unexpected.” ~ Rend Collective Website
I love the exuberant praise songs by Rend Colletive.
Today, my husband and I visited Red Bank Battlefield in National Park, New Jersey. We parked the truck beneath the bluest of Autumn skies. Airplanes climbed into the air before our eyes; National Park is across from the Philadelphia International Airport. Barges, tugboats and ships parted the waters of the Delaware, traveling up and down the river.
I was thrilled when a musical group began taping a music video just yards away from where we sat. Their gospel song soon added an extra blessing to our day. I was able to purchase a CD and find out the name of the lead singer. Katrice Cornett’s voice has the honeyed tones of someone blessed by the Lord Jesus with the gift of song.
You can read more about Ms. Cornett here:
Katrice Cornett Website.
“Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas.” ~ Wikipedia
For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.”
~ Ephesians 6:12
Are you in a battle? There is a great message in this song. A reminder to rely upon THE ONE can break every chain. Hallelujah!
There is power in the name of Jesus! Amen.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” ~ I John 4:4
I recently saw a special on Johnny Cash. He is one of my all-time favorite singers, and I love the message of God’s love that his life exhibited. I also love the words and message of Billy Graham. Two classics, one in song, one in word, and both men of God.
I am always inspired and uplifted by groups from all around the world who are dedicated to praising God in song. What terrific examples of people all across the world who are serving God. A good reminder that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Here are a few new songs I’ve recently come across.
You Are My Hiding Place – Golden Angels – South Korea
Wa Hamba Nathi (Siyabonga Jesu) – South Africa
How Great is Our God/Gadol Elohai – Israel/Joshua Aaron/Messianic Praise and Worship
Israeli musician Yaron Yerahmiel Cherniak on the Persian Tar.
United in Christ’s Love all around the world. Hallelujah! What a Savior.
One of my favorite groups…the harmonies are exquisite…Enjoy!
I love Reggae music. This year I found a Christian Reggae group by the name of Christafari. I purchased their “Greatest Hits” CD from Amazon and absolutely love it.
“Christafari is more than a group of musical trailblazers. They consider themselves “Musicianaries” – using their unique blend of traditional roots and contemporary dancehall reggae to proclaim an uncompromising message of hope and salvation to this lost generation.” ~ Christafari
“Christ beside me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”
~ St. Patrick
“If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.” ~ St. Patrick
I am quite fond of my Wood Sorrel Oxalis/Shamrock plant. I purchased it last Spring as a “Proven Winner.” I planted the oxalis in a medium-sized pot and grew it beneath the shady branches of a crab apple tree. The dappled sunlight it received allowed the plant to thrive. In the Autumn, I brought the oxalis into the house and placed it in a shady basement window. The plant thrived all winter with minimal attention. In a few weeks I will place it outside beneath the crab apple tree once more. A terrific plant, but might not be easy to find. It is available online.
“This is a sweet plant with lots of delicate small white flowers. Its leaves resemble shamrocks so it is a perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift. It will grow happily in a window of your home in a cold climate, as did my first plants. It also grew happily outside in my garden in the Caribbean isle of Montserrat. That’s not bad for flexibility which automatically makes it one of my favorites.” ~Green Garden Online Plant Source