PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORDI know that it’s more difficult to get into Christmas because of the terrorists attacks.  Believe me, I’m very saddened that once again our country has been a target – a soft target.  In spite of these happenings, we as Christians have a HOPE – in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is worthy of our praise and worship.  He came to earth to save us and we celebrate that fact.

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Today’s goal is to take some photos of God’s beautiful creation.  I find photographs of beauty soothe my troubled soul.  Let’s take a moment today to thank God for all the beauty around us.

I need this flower in my hair - and matching gloves!
I need this flower in my hair – and matching gloves!
What a lovely shot of the sun with the snow!
What a lovely shot of the sun with the snow!
Awe... how cute are they???
Awe… how cute are they???
Will you walk toward the sun or away from it?
Will you walk toward the sun or away from it?
When was the last time you made a snow angel?
When was the last time you made a snow angel?
The allure of this photo should seem obvious... COFFEE!!!
The allure of this photo should seem obvious… COFFEE!!!
A frosty pine tree branch. Isn't that pretty?
A frosty pine tree branch. Isn’t that pretty?
Isn't this nice?
Isn’t this nice?
Alpine... wow!
Alpine… wow!
Do you ski??? Not me... I'm not even almost athletically inclined.
Do you ski??? Not me… I’m not even almost athletically inclined.
I don't know much about birds, but aren't they pretty?
I don’t know much about birds, but aren’t they pretty?
Covered bridges are so romantic - even in the snow!
Covered bridges are so romantic – even in the snow!
I like that fence - it looks better covered with snow.
I like that fence – it looks better covered with snow.
Isn't God's creation majestic?
Isn’t God’s creation majestic?
This looks so serene.
This looks so serene.

grand-canyon-981717 grand-canyon-956723Did you know it snows at the Grand Canyon???  I didn’t – but then, I’ve never been there – not even in good weather.  It’s on my bucket list to visit – and I’ll get there someday – sure hope to.

This forest is a wonderland of snow.
This forest is a wonderland of snow.
They look like crystal, don't they?
They look like crystal, don’t they?

The last ice storm we had here in Wichita was back in 1993.  I remember standing outside where it was so quiet – then suddenly there would be a loud CRACKLING noise – the sound of branches breaking off trees from the weight of the ice!  It’s a weird sound to be sure.  The folks just northwest of us had an ice storm over the Thanksgiving holiday – just in time to mess up their plans.  😦

Hopefully these photos have helped us focus on God and have reminded us that He is in control – of nature, the climate, man and the future of everyone.  May God richly bless you today.  🙂

 

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INTERNATIONAL WHISTLER’S DAY

TL 4-6 INTERNATIONAL WHISTLER'S DAY

Do you know a person who whistles?  I can’t whistle worth a hoot, but my daddy could.  When I was a kid it made me crazy because I wasn’t what you’d call a morning person.  I’m more of one now since I discovered coffee.  My dad got up in a good mood and started his morning routine by whistling.  Many a morning I heard it and put my pillow over my head as I grumbled.  Hey – sad but true.

 Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.  – Doug Larson

I don’t hear people whistle anymore.  Did fathers forget to pass the trait along?  Is the world just such a bleak and desolate place that there is no point to it anymore?  Well, pardon me, but my parents lived in the days of the great depression – and those days were not so wonderful either.  Daddy was a Veteran of WWII and he was a whistler back then too.  Whistle your way through a war?  Well – yeah!

He takes requests on twitter.  Jus’ sayin’…

If doctors could just prescribe one hour of meaningful whistling every day for their depressed patients, the drug manufacturers would have a fit because their profits would plummet.  They would no longer be selling folks Prozac and other mood enhancing drugs.

Seriously – even if you are like me and can’t whistle worth a plugged nickel – give it a shot today.  It really does make you feel better.  In my case it sounds horrible – but even that makes me laugh – and that’s still a good thing!

Whistling is less about perfect pitch and more about perfect attitude.  – Linda Palmer

It’s not that we don’t live in very serious times, but I learned first hand that it’s about the attitude you face problems with that will help you come through better than you were before.  I think the dwarfs in Snow White were on to something when they suggested the idea to Whistle While You Work, but I don’t think grumpy and sleepy really whistled.  I think they must have faked it.  There’s no way they could be that way if they had really whistled!  Hmm…  I should investigate that angle.  Wink!  😉