Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah

I found this song for the New Year. This is the second week I have been sick with a cold, so I have not felt like posting much. I want to wish all my sweet friends a Blessed and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 29, 2008


Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.

"I have seen His ways, and will heal him."-Isaiah 57:18 It is the sole prerogative of God to remove spiritual disease. Natural disease may be instrumentally healed by men, but even then the honour is to be given to God who giveth virtue unto medicine, and bestoweth power unto the human frame to cast off disease. As for spiritual sicknesses, these remain with the great Physician alone; He claims it as His prerogative, "I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal"; and one of the Lord's choice titles is Jehovah-Rophi, the Lord that healeth thee. "I will heal thee of thy wounds," is a promise which could not come from the lip of man, but only from the mouth of the eternal God. On this account the psalmist cried unto the Lord, "O Lord, heal me, for my bones are sore vexed," and again, "Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee." For this, also, the godly praise the name of the Lord, saying, "He healeth all our diseases." He who made man can restore man; He who was at first the creator of our nature can new create it. What a transcendent comfort it is that in the person of Jesus "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily!" My soul, whatever thy disease may be, this great Physician can heal thee. If He be God, there can be no limit to His power. Come then with the blind eye of darkened understanding, come with the limping foot of wasted energy, come with the maimed hand of weak faith, the fever of an angry temper, or the ague of shivering despondency, come just as thou art, for He who is God can certainly restore thee of thy plague. None shall restrain the healing virtue which proceeds from Jesus our Lord. Legions of devils have been made to own the power of the beloved Physician, and never once has He been baffled. All His patients have been cured in the past and shall be in the future, and thou shalt be one among them, my friend, if thou wilt but rest thyself in Him this night.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming

Unidentified Montage Based on the Birth of Jesus by John Millar Watt
Unidentified Montage Based on the Birth of Jesus

I am going to refer you back to a post from last year here.

Also, have you seen the cute 4 year old sing "Happy Birthday, Jesus"?
It was so precious I thought.

And I recently posted a Christmas song that I wrote, "Like A

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Go to Amy's for more pretty music.

Links for You

Peace on Earth, Dove with Star
Peace on Earth, Dove with Star

Mimi's wonderful post ~ For This I Have Jesus

An Online Christmas Songbook ~ sheet music with music playing

Sita's Sanctum ~ Handel's Messiah: The Biblical Message Behind the Musical Masterpiece

"Let there be peace on earth"

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Avery Winter - Happy Birthday, Jesus (Cactus Theater)

I found something absolutely adorable. It will bring smiles and tear to your eyes.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Like A Rose

This is a Christmas song I wrote some years ago.

Click here for the music.

Like A Rose

He was born long ago, in a manger low,
Holy child, Prince of Peace, Son of God.
Wise men bearing gifts, knelt and worshiped Him,
Offering gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Like a rose of Sharon my Jesus lives.
Ever pure, fair and lovely is He.
He's the True Living Word, the Son of God,
Full of grace, tender mercy and love.

Shepherds watching their flocks on a starry night,
Saw a glorious light fill the sky.
Then a Heavenly Host from on high appeared,
Saying "Fear not, I bring good news."
Like a rose of Sharon my Jesus lives.
Ever pure, fair and lovely is He.
He's the True Living Word, the Son of God,
Full of grace, tender mercy and love.

Unto you, now is born, in Bethlehem,
Jesus, Savior, Christ the Lord.
Then the shepherds followed the shining star,
To the place where the infant lay.
Like a rose of Sharon my Jesus lives.
Ever pure, fair and lovely is He.
He's the True Living Word, the Son of God,
Full of grace, tender mercy and love.

God so loved the world that He gave His son,
As a light in the darkness to shine.
For the gift of God is eternal life,
Through Jesus Christ His Son.
Like a rose of Sharon my Jesus lives.
Ever pure, fair and lovely is He.
He's the True Living Word, the Son of God,
Full of grace, tender mercy and love.

Text and Music Cathy L. Simpson
© Copyright 1996 by Cathy L. Simpson

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hodgepodge of Links

Season of Peace by Bill Breedon
Season of Peace

Encouragement From My Heart ~ A Gift of Hope

Kim Komando's Cool Website of the Day ~ Winter Is

Life Verses and Values: God's Word to Us at Christmas

A neat music website ~ THE RADIO.COM

True Meaning of Christmas

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Winters of Long Ago

Winter Memories by Alan Sakhavarz
Winter Memories

I posted this last January, but have noticed a lot of people are looking it up. It is so cute, I thought I would post it again. And there is so much snow lately.

Go here to You-Tube to watch it.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Decorations

This picture, taken in the light rain outside, did not turn out that well.

I bought this on sale at the Cracker Barell a few years ago, and I love it.

This was my mother's little Christmas tree.

I bought this cross at Belks on sale, and love it too. I leave it in the window all the time.

As I was shopping at Macy's for Christmas decorations for my niece and nephew, I had to see this. Could a musician resist this lovely ornament? They were on sale though.

Last night I went to a Christian Bookstore where I find lots of ornaments on sale. I had a fellowship card which gave me 50% off. Most of them were very inexpensive, like $2.99 or so originally.

I just could not resist this for myself. The color is more blue and green, as you will see in the mantle picture below.

Some decorations on my mantle ~ Little animals have been given to me through the years by my family.

Thank you for looking at my decorations.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Woah! US Troops in Iraq Give Bush a Tremendous Sendoff!

I found this great video at the Gateway Pundit.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Links to Share

Christmas Morning by Leighton Lundberg
Christmas Morning

A sweet poem by Lorie ~ An Ornament for God

A Christmas poem at Mimi's

Robin Lee Hatcher's Write Thinking ~ Quiet in the busyness of life

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Libera "Silent Night"

I saw this precious video on Jill's blog for Then Sings My Soul Saturday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Mighty Lord

Psalm 24:8
The Lord mighty in battle.

Well may our God be glorious in the eyes of His people, seeing that He has wrought such wonders for them, in them, and by them. For them, the Lord Jesus upon Calvary routed every foe, breaking all the weapons of the enemy in pieces by His finished work of satisfactory obedience; by His triumphant resurrection and ascension He completely overturned the hopes of hell, leading captivity captive, making a show of our enemies openly, triumphing over them by His cross. Every arrow of guilt which Satan might have shot at us is broken, for who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect? Vain are the sharp swords of infernal malice, and the perpetual battles of the serpent's seed, for in the midst of the church the lame take the prey, and the feeblest warriors are crowned. The saved may well adore their Lord for His conquests in them, since the arrows of their natural hatred are snapped, and the weapons of their rebellion broken. What victories has grace won in our evil hearts! How glorious is Jesus when the will is subdued, and sin dethroned! As for our remaining corruptions, they shall sustain an equally sure defeat, and every temptation, and doubt, and fear, shall be utterly destroyed. In the Salem of our peaceful hearts, the name of Jesus is great beyond compare: He has won our love, and He shall wear it. Even thus securely may we look for victories by us. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We shall cast down the powers of darkness which are in the world, by our faith, and zeal, and holiness; we shall win sinners to Jesus, we shall overturn false systems, we shall convert nations, for God is with us, and none shall stand before us. This evening let the Christian warrior chant the war song, and prepare for to-morrow's fight. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, December 6, 2008

"High and Lifted Up"

I found this lovely worship song at Sue's blog.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Popular Post

Shepherds with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in Bethlehem
Shepherds with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in Bethlehem

This post is googled year round, but I have noticed so many coming to it now. I believe people are seeing the image of Bethlehem. Here is my post from last year:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Pictures to Share

I wanted to decorate my little new tree with lights. I found it on sale at a fine garden shop.

A most favorite decoration by Karla Dornacher ~ wish I could find more!

Another favorite decoration by Karla Dornacher ~

Found this in a catalog ~

A cherished decoration from my mother ~

A pretty cross I bought on sale at Belks ~

A pretty cross I bought on sale at Old Salem. Actually I bought 3, one for a friend.

This is a pretty frog I bought some years ago.

These little lambs were gifts from my family.

I realized I had enough angels to have an angel tree. I used an old little tree I had.

This little old cat, "Jewels", has taken up with me. She acted like she was starving. Now she thinks she is supposed to be on my lap all the time. I have heard that the owners said their older children really don't care for their cats anymore.

This is "Honey", a stray cat that I have befriended. I made him a couple of places on the side porch to sleep in. He doesn't want to stay inside for long. The other day, little Jewels clawed him in the face!

Thanks for looking at all my pictures.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

George Winston - Thanksgiving

I almost forgot TSMSS, and then thought more on Thanksgiving would be good.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"For the Beauty of the Earth"

Praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works. Ps. 107:8

Shades of Autumn by Kent Wallis
Shades of Autumn

For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies;
Lord of all to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

Provencal Village V by Michael Longo
Provencal Village V

For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flower, Sun and moon and stars of light;
Lord of all to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell
Freedom from Want

For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child;
Friends on earth and friends above; For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Lord of all to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.

The Choir by Paul Barthel
The Choir

For Thy church that evermore Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore Her pure sacrifice of love:
Lord of all to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

Behold the Lamb by T. C. Chiu
Behold the Lamb

For Thyself,best gift divine, To our race so freely given;
For that great, great love of Thine, Peace on earth and joy in heaven:
Lord of all to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint 1864, altered
Music: Conrad Kocher 1838; arranged by William H. Monk

Listen to the hymn here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Giving Thanks" The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (?)

I found this video on a "Then Sings My Soul Saturday" post here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Broad Rivers and Streams

Yellowstone River Meandering Through Hayden Valley at Sunset, Yellowstone National Park, USA by John Elk III
Yellowstone River Meandering Through Hayden Valley at Sunset, Yellowstone National Park, USA

Isaiah 33:21
The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams.

Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land. Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to His Church. Having God she has abundance. What can she ask for that He will not give her? What want can she mention which He will not supply? "In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things." Want ye the bread of life? It drops like manna from the sky. Want ye refreshing streams? The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ. If you suffer any want it is your own fault; if you are straitened you are not straitened in Him, but in your own bowels. Broad rivers and streams also point to commerce. Our glorious Lord is to us a place of heavenly merchandize. Through our Redeemer we have commerce with the past; the wealth of Calvary, the treasures of the covenant, the riches of the ancient days of election, the stores of eternity, all come to us down the broad stream of our gracious Lord. We have commerce, too, with the future. What galleys, laden to the water's edge, come to us from the millennium! What visions we have of the days of heaven upon earth! Through our glorious Lord we have commerce with angels; communion with the bright spirits washed in blood, who sing before the throne; nay, better still, we have fellowship with the Infinite One. Broad rivers and streams are specially intended to set forth the idea of security. Rivers were of old a defence. Oh! beloved, what a defence is God to His Church! The devil cannot cross this broad river of God. How he wishes he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the same. Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

All The Way My Savior Leads Me

I was not familiar with the hymn, but saw this lovely video.

All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who thru life has been my guide?
Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know whate'er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me; Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for ev'ry trial, Feeds me with the living bread:
Tho my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see.

All the way my Savior leads me; Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised In my Father's house above;
When my spirit, cloth'd immortal, Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song thru endless ages: Jesus led me all the way.

Text: Fanny Crosby
Music: Robert Lowry

Hymn Story ~ "All the Way My Savior Leads Me"

Go to Amy's for more pretty music.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Tag From Sally

My friend, Sally at Smiling Sally has tagged me for a book meme. Sally loves books and is a book reviewer. Her blog is very cute with cartoons, a "Blue Monday" that she started, a "Pink Saturday," and other neat posts. The rules for the meme are:

1. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share seven random and/or weird book facts about yourself.

3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

My Seven Random Facts are:

1. I will always remember my mother taking me downtown, when I was very young, to a little old library. I believe it used to be a church.

2. I am good at starting books and not finishing them.

3. But when I am reading a very interesting book, I cannot put it down and have to finish it.

4. I have the Scribner Radio Music Library, volumes of music, and I enjoy playing many of the songs.

5. When my grandson was young, I loved to read to him and buy books for him. Now he loves to read and is very smart.

6. In High School I remember pushing a bookmobile around to patients in the hospital, so they could check out books. I believe this was a part of the Red Cross.

7. One year while working at my church, I read the Bible through and received a certificate from the Pastor.

I am tagging:

Barbara at Tidbits and Treasures

Mimi at Listen to Grammie

Deborah at Songs From My Journey

Patricia at Pollywog Creek

Kelli at There is no place like home

Saija at Thro' A Glass Darkly

Maxine at Nanna's Reflections

Sally also offered the awards below to her friends. I would love for my friends to also have them, so please do take them to share. Thank you, Sally.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Links to Share

Little Brittany Has a Deathbed Visitor

My friend Lorie has the most encouraging blog and such a way with words. She writes lovely poetry, and the music there is always beautiful. Here are a couple of links from recent posts:

Joy Like A River..Series Four

Joy That Comforts

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Monday, November 17, 2008

A New Painting

I went to a neighbor and friend's Christmas Open House Saturday. She is an artist and paints beautifully. I bought one of her original paintings to go over my mantle. I probably need to get another one. Two other people there wanted it, so I thought I had better go ahead and buy me a present. You can find her website here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"All to Jesus I Surrender"

I saved this pretty video recently when I saw it in a newsletter.

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