Fullness

Fullness
For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

in the meantime...

found in Google images

"In the meantime we worship a baby,
who became a man,
who unleashed our thirst for a world He foretold. 
And in the glimpses of it we are called to rest. 
To be at peace."

 ~ Misha @ kindbirds


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

pink

"Everything in my world should be pink, including you, Mommy!"


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

for unto us a child is born...

"'BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,' which translated means, 'GOD WITH US.'"  Matthew 1:23



unto us a Son is given...

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."  John 3:16-17



"The whole of Christ's life was a continual passion;
others die martyrs,
but Christ was born a martyr.
He found a Golgotha, where he was crucified,
even in Bethlehem, where he was born;
for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after,
and the manger as uneasy at first as the cross at last.
His birth and his death were but one continual act,
and his Christmas Day and his Good Friday
but the evening and the morning
of one and the same day.
From the creche (nativity scene) to the cross is an inseparable line.
Christmas only points forward to Good Friday and Easter.
It can have no meaning apart from that,
where the Son of God displayed his glory by his death."

~ John Donne, The Book of Uncommon Prayers




and His name shall be called,
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace...




*all pictures found in Google images

Friday, December 9, 2011

we'll be swingin'


and we were swingin'


yes, we were swingin'


just a swingin'


yeah, and we'll be swingin'


just a swingin'



lyrics taken from LeAnn Rimes version of "Swingin'"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

bliss


"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." ~ Emily Bronte

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fifth





"My, oh my, oh my!!!!"







"My birthday is REALLY today!" 





"It is my happy day!"





"I don't want this day to end."




"My room is a mess!"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Time of Thanksgiving

"Give thanks to Him and praise His name." Psalm 100:4
"The Pilgrims decided to have a special day to thank God for all He had given them. They had done this at harvest time in England.

Now they wanted to have a Thanksgiving feast and invite the Indian chief and his people.

And what a feast it was! 

The day of the Thanksgiving dinner was warm and pleasant. Long tables were set out-of-doors. Probably the Pilgrims dressed in the best clothes they had, the men wearing their big, wide hats instead of work caps.

The Indian chief and the governor of Plymouth sat at one table. Some sat at tables - some on the ground. Elder Brewster, the minister, said a prayer, giving thanks to God for homes and food and safety in a new land.

The Indians may have understood about the prayer, for their people had a Thanksgiving prayer of their own. They gave thanks to their God, who made 'the trees grow, the corn grow, and all kinds of fruits.'

After the feast the settlers played games. The Indians danced. The Indians stayed for three days.

The Pilgrims did not forget the hard times. They knew there would be difficult times to come. Still, they felt they had many things to be thankful for. They had food and houses and warm fires. The Indians were their friends. They were free in this new land. Free to work, to make their homes, to worship God in their own way.

Perhaps they sang the hymn they had brought to the New World with them:

'Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below...'"

(excerpt from The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.)

Happy Thanksgiving!  thank you, Father, for providing our daily bread and so, so much more. may we sing with thankfulness in our hearts to You!

Psalm 28:7
Colossians 3:15-17
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog." ~ Snoopy


Monday, November 21, 2011

"punkin hatch"

Once we were tiny.


Once we were green.


Now we are orange


To toast Halloween.


Soon we'll have noses,


Eyes and mouth too.


Then we will sneak up


Behind you and -


BOO!!!

Pumpkins Grin by Douglas Florian

Friday, November 18, 2011

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Friday, November 11, 2011

a parade in pictures

intentionally, i waited to publish this post until after Veterans Day, because in my mind everyday is Veterans Day.  

to the men and women of our U.S. Military and all who serve in uniform (past, present and future)...thank you for selflessly sacrificing everything everyday for the freedom we so freely receive. we are forever indebted to you and your families. God's grace and peace be with you!

to everyone else...the next time you see a service man or woman take a moment to personally thank them and their families for protecting and defending our freedom.  go one step further and buy their meal at the restaurant where you are eating or their coffee in the drive-thru of your favorite coffee shop (wherever you may be)!

Happy Veterans Day - Everyday!