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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas Carols


There are so many wonderful Christmas Carols that it is a challenge to say which one would be my favorite.

"Silent Night", "The First Noel" ," Away in a Manger" are all well loved.  One though that seems to be especially uplifting is "Joy To The World".  It was written by a London pastor Isaac Watts.    I just recently read though that Mr. Watts did not have the birth of Christ in mind when he wrote this hymn.  He based the words on his interpretation of Psalm 98 which does not refer to the Lord's birth.

How it became a Christmas carol remains a mystery.   I am sure though that it is a great favorite of many during this beautiful season of the year.  It is one of mine.   Hope you enjoy this lovely song performed by Celtic Women.


"Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music, make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and sound of singing."   Psalm 98:4-5 (NIV)

Have a joyful week.

Hugs Debbie


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Holiday Madness

My hubby and I managed to avoid the holiday madness that takes place the day after Thanksgiving.  We spent time relaxing - enjoyed a lively game of Scrabble...a trip to the library and a delicious salad from Subway.   Whatever bargains were missed cannot hold a candle to the simple pleasure of  a quiet day savoring some relaxation before the Christmas Season arrives.

Wishing all of you some peaceful time as well.

Hugs

Debbie

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on who his favor rests."   Luke 2:14 (NIV)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Hoping

everyone who is celebrating this coming week - has a blessed Thanksgiving.   To all my  dear friends in other lands may you have a wonderful week.   See you in December :)!

Hugs

Debbie

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NIV)  

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Leaving

Today we are taking a walk and leaving the world's woes behind.   













We are "Looking up" - enjoying the beauty of  a November day.















Drinking in nature's loveliness...

Not getting entangled with life's brambles...



walking away...










and remembering to smile.   It always makes things better.












 
Hope all of you are doing the same.  Thanks for taking time to visit.

Hugs

Debbie

"He restores my soul." Psalm 23:3 (NIV)
 


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Letting Go


This is a season of  letting go.


There are remnants of autumn that remain but more  bare branches are seen.


                                                                                   Fall's landscape is letting go of its bright colors.
It is in transition - getting ready for what comes next.











I too am letting go and making a transition.

Instead of painting flowers... 
branching out to abstracts.

Letting Go















This is certainly a change for me.  Sometimes one needs to let go a bit and make a transition.

Would love to hear if any of you might be letting go and making a transition.

Have a lovely week.

Hugs Debbie

"Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well."  Eccl. 11:6 (NIV)











Sunday, November 3, 2019

Being Grateful

November's arrival has me focusing on being grateful.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner (here in America) it is nice to consider all the blessings one enjoys.

Such as beauty found in a blue sky...







wildflowers pushing their way through an old pile of wood posts...

a solitary posy bravely reaching for the sun's rays...

 simple leaves and weeds to sketch...













and last but not least - all of you who show up faithfully each week to pay me a visit.

God Bless

Debbie

"How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you."   1 Thessalonians 3:9

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Autumn Leaves

This Sunday's post is the celebration of autumn's leaves.












Hope you enjoy this lovely song.

Have a great week.

God Bless

Debbie

"...On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month .  And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."  Rev. 22:2b (NIV)

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