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I love hearing our national anthem. I love singing our national anthem. It has come under pretty intense attacks in the last few years, but as long as I'm around, I think it is a song worth singing. It is a song worthy of honoring our nation - its citizens, those who serve in defending our nation with their lives, and yes even the freedoms some would attempt to wreck with their protests. 

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cradle hymn (tuneful tuesday #12)

I know, I know. It's not Christmas. But this tune based on a hymn by Issac Watts reminds me of the blessing of my Savior - and with all the little children being born by relatives and friends, I thought it was a nice reminder...

Cradle Hymn by Kim André Arnesen performed by Nidarosdomens jentekor (Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir) and conductor Anita Brevik.

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happy new year!

2018
Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Amen


o holy night

This was a Christmas day stop while I was floating around the internet enjoying a cup of tea and some toast. A magnificent tune, a beautiful voice, and a tender arrangement with some amazing visuals - a great reminder of the Gift that was given and the lesson He gives us...

"Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace."

 


missing you...at Christmas

The holidays are hard. So many emotions. So many memories. Each year they all come flooding back...and for those who find themselves alone at Christmas it becomes particularly difficult.

I miss my Mom. I miss my Dad. I miss the friends that are no more - whether it be my fault or theirs. Some nights I sit and watch the lights on my little Christmas tree, and pray to my Savior and ask Him to help me to remember, to reflect, and to rejoice knowing that no matter what has happened or will happen, He's ever with me.

I pray the Lord will inspire you to grow closer to Him this Christmas season, and help you hold on to Him today, tomorrow, and always.

Merry Christmas my friends.


single at Christmas

Man2A Facebook group I follow had an article about the stresses and troubles single women face during the holidays. It was a good article, but after reading it, I was thinking, "OK, but what about single men?"

So I wrote an article and submitted it to the group's editor. No idea when it'll appear on their website, but I'll put it on mine...

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throwback thanksgiving

TBTI stumbled onto some old - like 1950's old - films that depict life in that era.

Maybe just a little early for me, but it still gives a good idea of life in the day when family values were radically different than they are today.

For much of my childhood, thanksgiving meant butchering time at my grandparents' house. It was only as I got older, and my grandparents decided they would no longer raise pigs and mess with butchering that Mom would go all out on thanksgiving... I miss those days.

 


It's Friday...

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Yes - it's Friday, and this weekend we remember our fallen men and women who died defending our country. Here is an emotional clip from one of Ronald Reagan's speeches reminding us that our brave soldiers gave up two lives - "...the one they were living, and the one they would have lived."