This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, February 8, 2008

Faith Lift Friday

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Traditional Gaelic Blessing

On the road this weekend. Visit Sheryl at Taking the Challenge for more uplifting thoughts for your weekend.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thursday Thirteen--Flowers

A long time ago I had a beau who thought it very proper to send red roses. For every thing. Every. Thing. Let me tell IS possible to get bored with red roses.

So with Valentine's Day is drawing near there are other flowers that exist and are possible to send. If you send something other than a rose, what are you saying with the flowers you send?

Thirteen flowers and their symbolism:

1. Gardenia--joy (a favorite sentiment here!)

2. Black-Eyed--Susan encouragement

3. Daisy--innocence

4. Lilac--first love

5. Sunflower--adoration

6. Carnation--pink gratitude

7. White Chrysanthemum--truth

8. Hydrangea--perseverance

9. Orchid--delicate beauty

10. Baby's Breath--festivity

11. Lavender--distrust

12. Statice--success

13. Ivy--fidelity

Say that you've decided roses are a must for sending--what does the color you are sending say?

1. Red Rose--deep love, romance and passion

2. Light Pink Rose--admiration, joy and sweetness

3. Dark Pink Rose--gratitude or appreciation

4. Yellow Rose--happiness and warmth

5. Lavender Rose--love at first sight

6. White Rose--purity and innocence

7. Orange Rose--enthusiasm and energy

8. Coral Rose--desire, passion

9. Cream roses--richness, perfection

10. Peach Rose--friendship or admiration

11. Burgundy roses--Unconscious Beauty

12. Red and White roses sent together--Unity

And then there's the Finale Bouquet:

13. Dead Roses--well...this kind of speaks for itself...When you care say it's through.

Here's hoping your flowers are well received or that you receive well...

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Ash Wednesday

Memento homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.

Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19

And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel). Mark 1:15 (AMP)

Repent, and believe in the good news. Mark 1:15 (NIV)

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
Joel 2:12-14

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1 (KJV)

Now that you've cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God's living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That's why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God's Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
1 Peter 22-25 (The Message)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Notre Dame de Montreal

Statue at Notre Dame de Montreal, taken over 25 years ago. Someplace I would love to see again.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Children’s Book Monday

Dear Mr. HenshawDear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.

She gave us Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins and so many other wonderful children’s books and Beverly Cleary presents a touching story with Dear Mr. Henshaw.

Leigh Botts begins an inauspicious correspondence with author Boyd Henshaw when he is in second grade. The letter includes a salutation, a mere three sentences, and a closing. But it is only the first of many. The story is told solely through Leigh’s letters and his journal over four years. Through it we see Leigh’s spelling and punctuation improve and we see more. We see a young boy growing and maturing and becoming a writer himself.

Children's Book MondayBeverly Cleary’s poignant story, a 1984 Newbery Award winner, is humorous and human, a story for young people to identify with. It is deftly illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky’s black and white drawings.

This was a favorite of Roo’s a while back and sure to be a favorite of Boo’s soon. This is a great reader for second to fourth graders.

Visit Elise at A Path Made Straight for more ideas for wonderful children’s books.

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Bless My Heart and Soul

Wendy at The Button Factory passe on this award to me. She was nice enough to say: "Julie at Joyful Days. Whether she's writing about their homeschool adventures or her spiritual journey, I feel a kinship with her." Awwww...Wendy! You made me blush. That was really unexpected. Thank you!

I am supposed to share this award with ten other bloggers who I feel deserve an "E" for Excellent. So I will be passing this one on to:

Annie at My Life as Annie --Annie is such a thoughtful person, she's a good mom & from the recipes she shares, a good cook I'll wager.

Maria at Free to Fly--Maria is focused on spreading happiness and kindness throughout the blog-o-sphere. You cannot leave her blog without a smile.

Leslie at Do You Weary Like I Do?--Leslie is not afraid to tackle the tough subjects. She is honest and open and you always feel she sees the heart of the matter.

Donna at Just Me --What can I say. Donna makes me happy when I visit. She makes me feel like I've stopped by for a chat about daily life; she shares about her husband and horses.

Renee at 2 Peas in Pod--Renee is fun to visit to learn about books and recipes and kindness an hospitality. She's always there with a kind word.

Kim at mom-musings--Kim is all about family and making life sweeter. She does a great book review and is a good cook!

Heidi at God's Grace in Practice--I started visiting Heidi a short while back and I am so glad I did. Heidi is truly practicing living in God's grace.

Sheryl at Taking the Challenge --Sheryl is the hostess of Faith Lift Fridays, she is a reader and just an all around sweet blogger. Visit her for faith, family and fun!

Mrs. Pear--Who is more organized and thrifty? Who has such good menus and recipes? Mrs. Pear is a wealth of information that she generously shares. I leave her blog hungry, though...and I am NOT as good a cook--but learning!

DeeDee at It Could've Been Worse--Well...DeeDee has the best outlook on life. She makes me (and how many others) laugh until we either spew coffee on our keyboards or run for the bathroom. I think she is the Erma Bombeck of our generation. I'm waiting for the book, "Life with the FiddleFamily." DeeDee, I'd like to have mine autographed please.

And then Maria at Free to Fly and Leslie at Do You Wearly Like I Do? shared this award that originated with Karen. It says "You encourage me to follow in His FootSteps. These bloggers do this:

Maria & Leslie--back at you!

Kelli--at Living In Grace, what can I say, other than one peek at Kelli's life is enough to point me toward God's great love and grace.

Liza at Liza's Eye View--Liza has a fantastic view and it isn't just Hawaii. Visit her and see her heart for God.

Barbara at Stray Thoughts--faithful and constant, a true lady, I love the sense of peacefulness and serenety at Barbara's blog. It's obvious where she places her trust.

"Joy shared is joy doubled"--Johann Von Goethe