Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet;then all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4
Now may the God of Hope
fill you with all joy and peace
in believing that you may
abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And I have no delight or desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the Rock and firm Strength
of my heart and my Portion forever. Psalm 73
See how great a love the Father
has bestowed upon us, that we should be called
the children of God; and such we are... 1 John 3
And she gave birth to her firstborn son;
and she wrapped Him in cloths
and laid Him in a manger...Luke 1
(Lilly Joy hard at play.)
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.
O ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.
For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.
God loved me first,
even before I had given Him a thought.
Amazing. My response? To love.
1. O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by:
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.
2. For Christ is born of Mary;
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth;
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.
3. How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
The dear Christ enters in.
4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel.
Rev. Phillips Brooks, 1868
(taken on a foggy, chilly November morning as my daughters and I waited to begin our 1/2 marathon.)
For I am the Lord your God,
who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you,
"Do not fear, I will help you." Isaiah 41
down the Grand Canyon on a horse.
It was quite an adventure.
You can see the "path" was quite trecherous.
Sometimes our own path of life is rough.
Sometimes it's quite peaceful.
However you find your "path of life" today,
Your Father knows the way.
"For the Lord knows the way that I take
and when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23
Isn't this a comforting word?
Of course for Mary, she knew the Lord was with her.
That knowing enabled her to say later
in that conversation with Gabriel,
"Be it unto me according to your word."
( I bought this simple wood carved nativity in Kenya at a place where they actually did the carving. All very primitive. I love the simplicity of this one. )
come to save us from our sin
Can I interest you in a nice cup 'o calm?
come, sit and stay awhile
the tasks at hand are
I just want to make you smile
I've set my table
the feast will be divine
won't you come and
sit with me and dine?
Come, let's dine.
(penned by lindamarie)
These clay cookie presses were given to me
by my mom, perhaps 30 years ago.
I used them on peanut butter cookies.
I passed them on to my daughter. Now she follows in the tradition.
(The adorable gingerbread man apron was
made by Mary Keating. firstname.lastname@example.org)
(photo by Becky)
My brother-in-law putting up a few more Christmas lights....
dark, chilly, up on a ladder set on icy porch...
now, there's a dedicated man.....who is holding the ladder?....
hopefully not the picture taker!!!!
As you can clearly see, my granddaughter is
joyfully enjoying mixing up her "special recipe"
for her special PKU diet.
Her joy is contagious, isn't it?
Here is the recipe for her PKU Christmas roll-out cookies.
(just in case any has a family member with phenylketonuria, PKU. )
New and Improved Almost Free Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/4 cup Parkay margarine (in the tub)
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg (4 srvg size) instant vanilla pudding (8 mg phe)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups wheat starch (28 mg phe)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375. Cream shortening, margarine and sugars. Add pudding, vanilla and water. Mix well. Add wheat starch, baking powder and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Dough will be a bit sticky. Roll out using wheat starch to prevent sticking. For the big cookies, I baked them for 7 minutes. (They didn't really look done but now that they are cooled off, they look perfect.)
Phe for total recipe is 36 mg. I ended up with 9 big cookies so that's 4 mg each. Still not bad!
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God
among those who are being saved and
among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2
Come, house of Jacob, and let
us walk in the light of the LORD. Isaiah 2
Oh, such a perfectly wonderful invitation.
Gettin' my tennis on now. Want to join me?
"Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains
of fine twisted linen and blue and purple
and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim,
the work of a skillful workman...
and you shall make a veil of blue and purple
and scarlet material and fine twisted linen;
it shall be made with cherubim,
the work of a skillful workman...
and you shall make a screen for the doorway
of the tent of blue and purple and scarlet material
and fine twisted linen, the work of a weaver.