A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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1-27 PRAYERS FOR MY FRIENDS IN THE EAST

When it seems as though we are brought to a halt, by an act of God or by circumstances in life, may we always remember that God is the architect, the Master of our lives.  He is the one who performs miracles, great and small, every day.  If we lean fully on Him, we will be brought through all situations and shine brightly on the other side.

The East Coast already looks like a snow globe thanks to winter storm Juno, but the worst is yet to come.  Thousands of flight cancellations and everyone is required to stay off the streets except emergency personnel.  It sounds so scary!  I just want you to know that little ol’ Linda in Kansas is praying for you.

 Lord and Master of all seasons,  I pray for everyone affected by winter storm Juno.  Protect them every one from the elements, for Father it sounds so very dangerous.  Protect the animals as well I pray.  May they instinctively find shelter from the brutal cold and strong winds.  May the sick have enough medicine and may the elderly have enough blankets and food.  Bless families everywhere with real moments during this time to have conversations where normally they wouldn’t.  Help them to make the best of this situation and reconnect as a family unit.  May everyone show genuine concern for everyone else during this time, and may we all be better people after the storm passes than we were before it came.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Major impacts from the storm are expected in the Big Apple.  I pray that everyone has shelter and all the animals have shelter.  They are calling this storm historical because it will leave some areas with up to 2 feet of snow in a very short time.  There will be blizzard conditions and winds are expected to gust up to 65 MPH so it is definitely deadly out there.  Please stay indoors. 

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people have sort of an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  – Ruth Stout

I pray you have enough to sustain you and that you do not experience power outages or any other devastating conditions.  I read stories and saw photographs of empty shelves in grocery stores and very long lines at checkout counters.

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Empty shelves at grocery stores

So…  If nobody’s supposed to go out unless they are emergency personnel, how do all these TV people in N.Y. get to work to do their anchor jobs???  Huh…  huh???  Yeah – good question, right???  They had better not shut Fox News down – I mean – it would be like – well – like I have DISH or something!  LOL – I had to say it!

May you have everything you need to ride out the storm, and may God Himself see you through it.  ❤

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY

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(11) HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE STEEPLE

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  – Psalm 95:2

What is Mel thankful for?  Well, God healed him of terminal leukemia in 1998, so it’s obvious that he is very thankful for life.  He’s also thankful for the Holy Ghost.  He’s thankful for another day to praise God for His goodness!

How many ways can we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us?

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  – Meister Eckhart

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.  – Psalm 50:14

Thanks be to God for all the miraculous deeds He has done in my life.  I don’t know why He is so good to me, but I’m sure glad He is!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”  – William A. Ward

What would Thanksgiving be without Charlie Brown.  Put on your jammies and fuzzy socks.  Grab your favorite snack and watch this cute cartoon with me.

 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  –  Psalm 26:7

This day and every day I will lift my hands to the heavens and praise the Lord for all the many blessings He has bestowed on me.

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.   – Terri Guillemets

This is a cute little song –  you’ll be singing this all day!  You’re welcome.  😉

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  – Psalm 69:30

Shine Your everlasting light in my perpetual darkness, heavenly Father.  May everything I do be for Your honor and Your glory, for there is no other reason to do anything I do.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve made Monkey Bread in the past, but this Apple Monkey Bread looks so delicious!  I’m always thankful for the food on Thanksgiving Day – aren’t you?

I’m thankful for food, shelter, love of friends and family and Charlie Brown cartoons around the holidays.  All of these things bring to mind happy times of the past and provide hope for the future.  I hope you will take some time today to let your friends and family know how much you love them.  Take time to let God know you love Him too.  ❤

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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MY GIVE A HOOT

The closest I got to having a pet owl was buying a FURBY. :-/

We all have one… I’m talking about a GIVE A HOOT. Mine has been less than enthusiastic lately, but today it completely flat-lined. Why? Well, it could be the mild temperatures and almost no wind we have enjoyed the past couple of days. It could be something else. I don’t know and dare I say… I don’t care.

Even though I don’t give a hoot right now, I must admit that owls fascinate me! They are nocturnal creatures – like me!

When I was little sometimes I stayed with Granny & Grandpa on their farm. At night those ol’ barn owls would stir things up. I know some people would be frightened by it, but I wasn’t. I always felt very safe and secure at the farmhouse. Granny LaVella used to say that the barn owls are better to have around than a cat because they eat mice and other critters. She made a brush pile and scattered seed on the ground to attract the mice, which in turn attracted the owls. Owls don’t like bird baths, but they did like to go to the horse trough, I guess because it was deeper.

Of course the barn owls nested in the barn, but they also enjoy the dense mature trees with good limbs to roost on during the day. They don’t like direct heat either and will seek out a shady place to spend their daylight hours. There were plenty of hollow trees on the farm and the owls seemed to be attracted to them. There were also a couple of special places in the loft where the owls nested. Owls nest in January or February, earlier than other birds. Little owlets are so cute! Awe!!!

So even though my give a hoot seems to be a little disheveled at the moment, I think owls are very cool and I definitely give a hoot about them! 🙂

THANKS LIVING DAY 23

 

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God has blessed me with warmth throughout my life. He will continue to provide for me. Praise His Name! I’m warm and safe and dry.

I just love it when Miss Daphne and I are on the same wavelength! We are both thankful for our blankets and pillows and all that STUFF. She’s adorable!

Our first house had a wood-burning stove. It was an old-fashioned pot-belly style burner. There was one thing that drove me batty about it. When wood chips fell on to my PEACH color carpet! Yeah… that was a trip to clean! I should have chosen a more practical color of carpet – obviously it was MY BAD! LOL!

This house has a gas fireplace. There are just two comments to make about that. We only use it as needed (just the coldest of cold days) and we cry when we see our gas bill in the wintertime. Sometimes I miss that old wood burner! I’d gladly go back to cleaning the wood chips from the peach carpet!

Jesus loves children and so do I. Daphne is so right in her simplicity. I like snuggling up in a lot of blankets at night in the wintertime. There’s a certain pillow I use and get a little cranky if I have to use a different one. Blankets and pillows and all that stuff. I assume the “stuff” she refers to is her stuffed animals. I don’t have any of those (are you relieved?) but there are throws on my chairs and that probably counts as “stuff”. When I sit down in one of the recliners, I wrap up in the throw. When I get up, I throw the throw over the back of the recliner again. That’s a LOT of throwin’, isn’t it? Wink! 😉