Monday, December 31, 2012

Ringing in the New Year With Prayer

…A perfect way to begin the New Year!

       Hope you have a very


              NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year


Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Saving Faith

Winter village

My dear Readers,

If you have read much of my blog, you know that I LOVE Dr. Charles Stanley and his ministry.  I feel like he has raised me in the Lord, having listened to Him since I was a young teen.  2012 has been a special year - He has celebrated his 80th birthday, 55 years of ministry and 35 years of In Touch Ministries.

I must share today's devotion with you.  If you or anyone you know is unclear about salvation, this devotion may be just what will help.  I hope that you will click and read the link below. 

                                                                                A Saving Faith

For further reading about the Lord’s gift of salvation, you can click here:

                                                                          The Greatest Gift of All 
                                                                               and here: 

                                                                     Benefits of God's Greatest Gift

If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, these devotions may help give you the confidence you need to witness to someone.

May you be blessed as you read these! 

                                                     Prayerfully yours.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!


As we celebrate our dear Savior’s birth, I hope that you are having a very Merry Christmas!

I will make this a quick post, as we are in the midst of severe weather.  It has been an interesting day weather wise for us.  Please pray for those in the path of these storms.  Blessings to each of you!!!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Victorian Christmas Home Tour

Wherever I go, I keep at least one eye out, although usually two, for old, Victorian homes.  I don’t know when my interest for that time period in history began, but I have a never ending curiosity for the sights and stories of the bygone era.  Driving around old Southern towns, and scouting out places that bring history alive is definitely my idea of thrill seeking.

Here is one such house, that we came across, situated so stately on a steep hill in the heart of Columbus, Mississippi.



Does anyone paint that way anymore?  It would be so spectacular to have paintings of my kids like these!



This charming house was a mixture of elegance and quaintness.  Endearing and interesting, the owner, a retired school teacher, was elegant in her own right.  Picturesquely dressed in Christmassy red, with her hair neatly up in a bun, she was busy in the basement kitchen baking sugar cookies for an afternoon Christmas gathering.  





I loved the meandering architecture of this house, and the landscape was equally interesting,


with lots of aged brick and stone paths, hedged in with azaleas, liriope, and cast iron, giving the courtyard such a well established, cozy feel making me long to be in one of the wicker rockers enjoying it on a rainy day. 

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DSC_0616  For me, if hearing the stories about the lives that were lived in these old homes weren’t enough to fill me up with wonderment – which they are – there’s always decorating ideas to inspire my attempt to make our house have the feel of stepping back in time, oh say, 130 years or so. 

As I type, I hear the sweet sounds of my youngest merrily singing while she clangs dishes in the kitchen, which is beckoning me.  Thanks for touring this house with me today.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shining Brightly This Christmas

Ah, the joy of the Christmas season!  Like many of you, we have been busy decorating, and enjoying this favorite time of year.

While we make preparations, I am reminded…

As we enjoy the warmth of our hearths, let us warm our hearts with a passion for Jesus;

by the hearth

as our Christmas trees shine brightly, let us take care to be the “light of the world;”

vintage Christmas tree

as we shop and choose special gifts,


let us share the message of the Greatest Gift of all.

baby Jesus

With excitement and fervor, let us remember to be “a city that is set on an hill,” proclaiming His perfect love and the message of His redemption.


     Have a joyous 
Christmas  Season!


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