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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Adventure

Shelby Waiting

 
It was a perfect day for a winter adventure.

Shelby is always up for a longer walk -













Schindler up Ahead
Schindler too!

We spotted some round bales of hay hiding beneath a bit of white stuff.

The old apple orchard looks forlorn during this winter season  -

so does the berry patch.

A remnant of autumn still standing with a dollop of snow was found.












Wow this was quite a hill to climb but we managed to get to the top without a hitch.  Sometimes it is nice to turn an ordinary walk into an adventure.    Hope you enjoyed coming along.

Have a blessed week.

Hugs

Debbie, Shelby and Schindler

"Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow."   Psalm 51:7 (NIV) 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

"Happy Place"


Yesterday I found some time to visit my "Happy Place".  It is nice to enjoy a few hours of down time doing something one loves.

We have fortunately had a very warm winter with little snow.  This weekend brought  a change.  Windy - cold - and some white stuff made indoors quite welcome.  Made a pot of chili...built a fire...and enjoyed a cozy afternoon in the studio.  Yes it was nice to be in my "Happy Place".

Hope you will take a few moments and share your "Happy Place". Would love to hear about yours. 

Have a lovely week.

Hugs

Debbie

"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."  Psalm 16:11 (NIV) 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Reading List


In my part of the world January is a great month to catch up on a bit of reading.  This month's list includes Billy Showell's  "Botanical Painting in Watercolour.  Lovely instructions as well as her beautiful paintings make this a delight to thumb through.

My beloved Mom gave me "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young for Christmas.  Sarah does a great job with daily devotions.  Last year I read "Jesus Always" which was superb.

Mary Alice Monroe is a new author to me.  "Beach House for Rent" promises to be a good story that takes place along the coast of South Carolina.  The Hallmark movie "Beach House" with Andie  MacDowell was based on Ms. Monroe's book.  It was a heartwarming tale about a mother and daughter.   If you have not seen the movie - certainly recommend it.

Just before Christmas read Kate White's "Such a Perfect Wife ".  It was a real page turner.  Thinking "Even If It Kills Her" is going to be likewise.

Well there you have it friends my January Reading List.  Some of you have shared yours and it is always wonderful to see what is on another's bookshelf.

Thank you to all who stopped by last week and took time to visit and let me know what perfect word or words you had  chose for the year.

God Bless

Debbie

"...for I trust in your word."  Psalm 119:42b (NIV) 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Trust

I trust that all of you had a blessed Christmas season and a great start to 2020.

As always with the beginning of another year a particular word becomes my focus.   Last year it was peace.  Did I practice it perfectly?  No but I experienced in the midst of the ups and downs of life an acceptance of things that I could not change and therein peace found me.

Someone once said  "life is a journey not a destination".  In my humble opinion one doesn't learn good things at once.  They come to us in stages.  They appear in adverse circumstances.  They show up during a storm.   It would be grand if we learned spiritual virtues while the sun shone, the birds sang, and the flowers bloomed.   Unfortunately we don't grow and mature when life is easy...it takes tough challenges to strengthen one's muscles of faith.
   
With the beginning of a new year as well as a new decade my perfect word is "Trust".   Perhaps those of you who also have a perfect word or words will share yours.

God Bless

Debbie

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding."  Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) 

 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

A Child Was Born

I am reminded with this lovely Christmas card
that a Child was Born over 2000 years ago.

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us."  Matt. 1:23 (niv)

This is the best gift mankind could be given.  He came for each of us - no one is excluded. 

May the miracle of His birth and God's love touch your heart this season.

Have a blessed Christmas!  I will be seeing you in the New Year - God Willing!

Hugs Debbie

 

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)

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