Fear Not Post-3

Have you seen the news?!? It looks really bad out there! Many of my friends have had to stop watching the news simply because it gets them too depressed. Someone is trying to instill fear in us and I am, not sure who it is Republicans…Democrats… the Russians….The Chinese….. The Devil.

Here’s the thing. Fear is not more powerful than love. It is not more powerful than faith. And it is not more powerful than hope. These three things can conquer all the fear that the mysterious whoever musters. I am not giving you a Scripture today. Instead I leave you with a song to meditate on. It’s an oldy but a goody.

Share Your World- Jan. 30,2017

I am just coming back to the blogoshere after vacationing with my son Joe. My first blog this week is going to be Cee’s Share Your World Challenge..

If you have never played it is so simple. Cee asks five questions and in answering them the world is shared…at least a little bit . And folks every little bit of sharing in a positive light these days helps.

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Here are Cee’s five questions and my answers:

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

Oh gosh this is a hard one. I have been privileged to see so many amazing sights.

I think the grandest sight in nature I have seen has to be the Grand Canyon.

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I have been twice and both times the sight just took my breath away

A close second was Angel’s Peak in Zion

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Third was the Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher

And The Lower Lake in Killarney was also pretty impressive

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How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

I have one sister, Brenda. I am two years her senior. We are very close. She is a missionary in the Netherlands.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I am a slipper, not very impressive on the surface and certainly not a very exciting shoe but I am comfortable and warm.

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What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Ostrich jerky.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am so grateful to have had a week with my son. We went to Boston and Keene NH. We played board games and ate out a lot. We also got a chance to catch up. Joe is quite a conversationalist.

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This week I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at Cornerstone Church. I sense this going to be a year of change and my word for the year coming out my time of fasting is LEAD.

 

Share Your World 2016- Week 51 Holiday Traditions!

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Woo Hoo! I get to share my world this week! This year has been so busy I have missed a bunch of weeks but I have some extra time this week it being the holidays and all and so I have time to share little bits of my world with you through Cee’s challenge.

THIS WEEK SHE IS ASKING US FIVE QUESTIONS AROUND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS. CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW ALL CEE’S CONTRIBUTORS ANSWERED THE QUERY.

Here are the questions and my answers!

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

I love to cook at the holidays. Our traditional Christmas feast is lasagna, garlic bread and cole slaw. For dessert we usually have either pumpkin roll or Christmas Shtollen

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Do you travel for your holiday?

I don’t usually travel for the holiday. This year Mom and I went to my daughter Melanie’s house for Thanksgiving. It was her first Thanksgiving at her home. I imagine as the years move on I will be doing a lot more of making the rounds at Christmas. It’s that time of life.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

Oh this is one of my high holy days. I love! love! LOVE! Christmas eve service and this year is especially special because Christmas is on a Sunday so we have both Christmas Eve and Christmas Sunday service. Christmas Sunday is my ALL TIME FAVORITE SERVICE AT CHURCH!

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Is there a gift exchange?

We do have a gift exchange, but as all the kids are grown, and I don’t have grandchildren yet gift exchange is much smaller just now. Mom usually gives money as she doesn’t go to the stores much any more and as my son, one of my daughters and sister live away even I find gift cards and mailed gifts easier to deal with.

My favorite thing to open is the stockings. After all Christmas is the season where we all sit around a dead tree eating candy out of our socks!

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How long does the celebration last?

Christmas season starts directly after Thanksgiving. and goes until The 26th. The season is complete with special services, outreach, concerts and parties. Usually I also go carolling but this year do to the craziness of the rest of my schedule I opted out of that.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  

I am to have finished my final two outreach concerts last week. This week I am looking forward to Christmas Eve service Christmas Sunday service and on Christmas night my daughter, my nephew and I will go to see our Christmas movie which this year is PASSENGERS.

Mid AfternoonMeditation 4-2-16

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 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him,whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 2 Cor. 5:7-11

How are living by faith, not by sight and fearing the Lord related?