Rejoice! Rejoice!

I sit here in the stillness, gazing at the white lights on the Christmas tree… I’m filled w/ peace, hope, joy, and wonder. The song that comes to my heart is: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel…Shall come to thee, O Israel.”

Not Your Typical…

…Wedding Guest Interview

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As many of you know, my hubby, Scott has a second job. He is also a videographer for Chestnut Photography in his “spare time.” Anyway, he has done oodles of wedding videos, but for a family member, he also made this additional bloopers video. I think it’s pretty cute and funny. Well, o.k., actually, it really cracks me up!  Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Ba ba, ba ba-ba ba…

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My sweet hubby played this cute and happy ditty for me this morning. It’s such a fun little tune. When I hear this song, I just can’t help but dance around and hum along! Check out this video (and don’t be surprised if it has that effect on you too! -) ) :

How Will You Spend It?

Time is something I think most all of us tend to take for granted. How do we spend our time? Doesn’t time seem to “get away” from us? Really, where does the time go?

Well, last night, I was reminded of a good song by Clint Black (from a little while back) that  addresses this issue of “time.” (For some reason, it wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I really started to appreciate some Country Music). Anyway, I have posted the song below; you may not have heard it for a while, or maybe not at all. I hope as you follow along with the lyrics and listen to this song, that you think about the gift of “time,” and remember not to stress over it, but to appreciate each and every day our good Lord gives us!

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**Update: This morning when I was reading Our Daily Bread, this aspect of time was reiterated. The ending poem and last comment are as follows:

Farewell dear flowers, sweetly your time ye spent,
Fit, while ye lived, for smell or ornament,
And after death for cures.
I follow straight without complaints or grief,
Since if my scent be good, I care not, if
It be as short as yours.
~~George Herbert

“What wisdom in this poem! Our time, however short, may be spent “sweetly”—a sweet fragrance of Christ to others (2 Cor. 2:14-16). Should not this be our prayer each day as we arise?” — David H. Roper

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Spend My Time

Artist: Clint Black

How can we know how far,
The long way can be?
Looking from where we are,
It never seemed that long to me.
I’ve many miles behind me,
Maybe not so much ahead.
It seems I made good time,
With the directions I misread.

So I’m gonna spend my time,
Like it’s going out of style.
I’m moving the bottom line,
Farther than a country mile.
I still have hills to climb,
Before I hit that wall.
No matter how much time I buy,
I can never spend it all.

Funny thing, that time:
We’re always running out.
I’m always losing mine,
There’s not enough of it about.
An’ though it’s always here,
It will always come and go.
The days become the years,
That’ll be gone before you know.

So I’m gonna spend my time,
Like it’s going out of style.
I’m moving the bottom line,
Better than a country mile.
I still have hills to climb,
Before I hit that wall.
I won’t go quietly into that dark night.
There’ll be no more burnin’ daylight.
I’ll be living in,
Every moment that I’m in.

Oh,I’m gonna spend my time,
Like it’s going out of style.
I’ll only use what’s mine,
I’ve been savin’ for a while.
I still have hills to climb,
Before I hit that wall.

No matter how much time I buy,
I can never spend it all.
No matter how much time we buy,
We can never spend it all.

I’m gonna spend my time.
I’m gonna spend my time.

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**You may read today’s entire devotional (from Our Daily Bread), by clicking here.

Interview With God

A while back, my friend Regina sent me this presentation entitled, “Interview With God.”  This wonderful and beautiful slide-show made an impact on me, and it’s stayed in the back of my mind as something I wanted to share.  Today, I visited the website, and I also located a video of the original presentation on You Tube.  Apparently, it has been around for a while, circulating the Internet.  However, just in case you haven’t seen it yet, I want to make sure you get the opportunity.  Also, if you have viewed it before, in some time past, you may very well enjoy seeing it again!

I just think it’s AWESOME–I really do!  Please take out a couple of minutes from your day and take a peek at this video. In case you are not able to actually view the video for any reason, I’m also including this excerpt:

(From:  Interview With God

“What surprises you most about mankind?”

God answered, “That they:

get bored with childhood,

rush to grow up,

and then long to be children again.

–That they lose their health to make money…

and then lose their money to restore their health.

–That they live as if they never will die…

and die as though they had never lived…” 

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I hope the message from this presentation has touched your heart as much as it has mine.  Whenever I view it, I find myself taking in a big, deep refreshing breath, and letting out a sigh of relief…  I feel reminded that my God is in control, and He is with me always!  Whatever you may be worried or anxious about, take a deep breath with me, as you lay it at His feet!  May you have a peaceful, God-centered, blessed day!   🙂

**Note: You may also visit the official website here.

Sweet Children Singing

Last Sunday, I was unable to attend my church, because I was sick with a stomach virus. However, thankfully, my husband Scott videoed the special Baptismal service, so I was able to watch it. The youth sang a couple of songs: “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Built This Church On Love.” While singing Jesus Loves Me, some of the kids also did some signing along to the words.

My two kids were on the front row, both trying to act a little shy. Sarah is usually anything but shy, but this particular day, apparently she was feeling a little shy. (She kept holding the song folder in front of her face). Sarah was dressed in her red and black dress and little Kerry was wearing his suit. I know, I guess I’m bragging a little…they both just looked especially cute and precious! Of course I was proud of all the youth and was so glad that Scott had taped them singing. It’s a blessing to see young people get up and sing about Jesus and His love.

Scott has put both the videos on our church website. You may view them at the church youth page– here and over here.

God With Us

God With Us

By: MercyMe

Who are we that You would be mindful of us?
What do you see that’s worth looking our way?
We are free in ways that we never should be…
Sweet release from the grip of these chains…
Like hinges straining from the weight
My heart no longer can keep from singing.

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All that is within me cries for You alone be glorified
Emmanuel–God with us
My heart sings a brand new song
The debt is paid these chains are gone
Emmanuel–God with us.

Lord You know our hearts don’t deserve Your glory
Still You show a love we cannot afford
Like hinges straining from the weight
My heart no longer can keep from singing. [ back to chorus ]

Such a tiny offering compared to Calvary
nevertheless we’ll lay it at your feet. [ back to
chorus ]