Share Your World–2013 Week 43

Here are Cee’s questions for Share Your World.

1. Do you prefer to receive gifts or give them?
Give.

2. If you could be given ANY gift, what would it be?
A housekeeper

3. If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, people, or animals) what would you put on it?
iPad for communication, books/Bible, music,
utility functions, camera
a Journal to write in
Binoculars for birdwatching

4. Would you spend the weekend in an abandoned house in the forest?
A weekend in the forest sounds nice, depends on the house…is it bear-proof?

Come and join the fun! Write a blog post and link to Cee’s, or leave your responses in the comments section below.

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Random 5 Friday

It’s Friday! Time to write five random facts to share with Nancy and friends at A Rural Journal, Random 5 Friday. Here we go…

1. My new favorite snack/dessert is Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars. Strawberry was my favorite–until I found coconut.

Yummy!

Yummy!

2. The hum of the washing machine is music to my ears. Earlier this week I put in a load to wash, but when I went back to check on it, the tub had filled with water, but stopped there. I read the Troubleshoot section in the owner’s manual, to no avail. Everything seemed to be in working order, but it didn’t get the message the lid was closed. After unplugging it, I jiggled the wires to the switch and tried starting it again, Voila! It worked!

3. Four years ago, I joined the writers group that meets at our church. This week, I joined our regional writers group, Hampton Roads Writers, and look forward to attending their fifth annual conference in September.

4. We had a great visit with the family last weekend, went to see the movie, Despicable Me 2 We come close to filling an entire row.

5. Most weeks, hubby and I have a Thursday lunch date. Yesterday, I had an appointment that conflicted with our date, so today’s the day–I’d better get ready! 

That’s my five for Random 5 Friday, where YOU can share five random facts about you,  your day, your pets, your kids, whatever!  Have a great week.

Let my words be life,
Let my words be truth…
Lyrics for WORDS, by Hawk Nelson.

 

The Day after Christmas

Rain. Nearly two inches, so far. Severe thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon. Minor in comparison to the record number–34–tornadoes, and the devastation they brought to the southeastern U.S.; and the snowstorms stretching across the Midwest to the East Coast. Named Euclid. I’m having a hard time getting used to winter storms having a name. 

Merry and Bright skipped town and left us with this:028 - Copy (3)

The song lyrics of “We Need a Little Christmas” from the Broadway Musical, “Mame” keep running through my head. It wouldn’t be so bad if I knew more than four lines…

The busyness of the Christmas season is past, except for those taking advantage of the after-Christmas sales, when left-over stock is marked down for quick clearance.

For once, I’m not joining the fray. Instead, I sit in my cozy recliner with the peaceful sound of rainfall. The Christmas tree lights slowly brighten, then dim in a festive-yet-calming cycle. That reminds me of yet another song lyric, “…all is calm, all is bright,” from the age-old carol, “Silent Night.”  

Around our world, there are many who do not have this sense of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man. I am blessed to live here, and I don’t take it lightly. Though one may not experience peace externally, there is an internal peace. It is the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, that guards the hearts and minds of those who believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
(Philippians 4:7–The Bible)

My 2013 prayer for our hurting world is to know this Peace, that goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life, and may you dwell in the house of the Lord, forever. 
(from Psalm 23–The Bible)

 

 

 

 

Ups and Downs of Leap Day 2012

I couldn’t believe my eyes when a Facebook friend posted of the death of The Monkees Davy Jones this morning. I had to go to a REAL news site to confirm. It had a video of the group singing “Daydream Believer,” which I listened to and had the song stuck in my head the rest of the day. Every time I caught myself singing it, the news of his passing would bring a wave of sadness. 

I was eleven when The Monkees invaded our lives. Davy was  a major crush for my cousin and me. (He ranked right up there with the milkman I adored at age five.) We’d get our Tiger Beat magazine and stare at the pictures; read all the articles, every word of every interview; and watch the show weekly. That was a long time ago, and I hadn’t thought of him in years. It’s funny how people have touched our lives, even when we didn’t know them.

On a happier note:

Some of you saw this on Facebook, but for those of you who didn’t I’m sharing it here, too. This is a picture of my fourth granddaughter, and the post description was written by my daughter. 

Cutest Toilet Paper Holder Ever

Here is the prototype in a new line of trendy toilet paper holders. She’s cute and she’s tiny! She’s here to wipe your hiney! No assembly required. Free standing. No mounting necessary. Made in china.

Thanks for stopping by today, Happy March!

 

 

 

Make Us One

I can’t get this song out of my head, especially the verse that says:

“We got to let go of pride
Embrace the idea of difference
Make unity our calling
And move within forgiveness.”

One
By Chris Sligh

Holding onto our beliefs
Like a child holds to its father
It’s like we’re trying so hard to breathe
With our heads underneath the water

Keep trying to find the balance
Of our love and our convictions
‘Cause we know that life in You
Moves far beyond religion

We know, we know, we know, we know
That nothing else even matters but love

Whoa, we keep trying to find a way
Whoa, to come together
Whoa, Lord, take these fears away
Whoa

And make us one, one, one, whoa
Lord, make us one, one, one, Lord, make us one

We are the face of Christ
In a world of shadows
Is it God’s love we’re fighting for
Or our denomination’s ego?

We got to let go of pride
Embrace the idea of difference
Make unity our calling
And move within forgiveness

We know, we know, we know, we know
That nothing else even matters but love

Whoa, we keep trying to find a way
Whoa, to come together
Whoa, Lord, take these fears away
Whoa

And make us one, one, one, whoa
Lord, make us one, one, one, Lord, make us one
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Imagine what could be, imagine what could change
If love was all that really mattered
Would the light of Christ finally shine through
Me and you?

Holding onto our beliefs
Like a child holds to its father
It’s like we’re trying so hard to breathe
With our heads underneath the water

Whoa, we keep trying to find a way
Whoa, to come together
Whoa, Lord, take these fears away
Whoa, oh yeah

And make us one, one, one, whoa
Lord, make us one, one, one, Lord, make us one, oh
Make us one, one, one, whoa
Lord, make us one, one, one, Lord, make us one, oh

Make us one, one, one, whoa
Make us one, one, one, Lord, make us one, oh
Make us one, one, one, whoa
Make us one, one, one, Lord, make us one

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Monday Morning Music

My clock radio is tuned to our local K-LOVE station, and I woke to this song this morning. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the week, so I’m sharing it with you, and hope it blesses you and brightens your day.

K-LOVE can be found in many areas, or you can listen online. Here’s where to find your local station, if available.

In my state of half-sleep, I also managed to knock over a glass of water that was sitting on the nightstand. Most of it went in the trash can that is positioned between the nightstand and bed. 🙂

How did your morning start?