Friday, April 20, 2018

Sabbath Music - Psalm 71


This morning, I was reading and meditating on Psalm 71, especially on these verses:

"I will always hope
and keep adding to your praise.
 
15 All day long my mouth will tell
of your righteous deeds and acts of salvation,
though their number is past my knowing.
 
16 I will come in the power of Adonai Elohim
and recall your righteousness, yours alone.
 
17 God, you have taught me since I was young,
and I still proclaim your wonderful works.
 
18 So now that I’m old, and my hair is gray,
don’t abandon me, God, till I have proclaimed
your strength to the next generation,
your power to all who will come,
 
19 your righteousness too, God,
which reaches to the heights.
God, you have done great things;
who is there like you?

My heart just swells as I look back on my life and see the wonderful works He has performed.  I've been abundantly blessed, even though I've gone through hard times.  Each one of those trials has taught me more of his love and care for me, His child. 

This past week, I spent a few days visiting with dear, close friends who are like family to me.  I have one friend who has been in my life since first grade.  What a blessing.  I met with friends from my high school, too.  We'll be celebrating our 50th reunion this summer.  How beautiful it is to sit and talk with them all about our life in Adonai Elohim and give praise as we remember the joy of knowing Him.

I found this song about Psalm 71 that is so beautiful.  The lyrics don't follow the Scripture word for word, but are very close.  I'm amazed that someone could put this Bible passage to music in such a pleasant way.  I hope you enjoy it: Psalm 71 by Jason Silver.

This is a wonderful meditation for Shabbat.  I challenge you to read it and write about the memories that come as you listen.  List all the times Adonai has rescued you, provided for you, and shown you His love.  Praise Him for those times, Gail-Friends, and have a wonderful Sabbath.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Sabbath Music - Have A Little Talk With Jesus


The Sabbath is nearing, and as I'm preparing, I'm thinking of this song:  Have a Little Talk with Jesus by Tennessee Ernie Ford.  This was one of my daddy's favorite songs.  I have a fond memory of him singing it.

I love this part of the lyrics:

I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears, 
but Jesus is a friend who watches day and night. 
I go to Him in prayer. He knows my every care. 
And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

The graphic above is pertinent to this song.  ADONAI longs to spend time with us, and said, "Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you."  He also said, "My sheep hear My voice and they follow Me."

His voice is soft, quiet, and tender, dear Gail-Friends, and  I treasure the Sabbath as a special set-apart time to be still and talk with Him.  His voice, along with His Word, give me strength and peace and revive me for the week ahead.

I hope your Sabbath is rest-full, worship-full, and peace-full.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Everyday Blessings





Greetings from Golden Cottage!

I saw this graphic from Garden of Bright Images and knew I had to write about it.  It made me think of all the everyday blessings we take for granted.


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It brought to mind what a blessing it is to have a baby.  Nothing in my life compares to the precious baby days with my two daughters and my grandson.  How quickly the baby days pass.  I'm thankful for those blessings.



Getting a new roof, which was just finished this week (damaged during Hurricane Irma) isn't an everyday blessing, but I thank Him daily for a non-leaking roof and a place to lay my head.  I thank Him for this every time I see a homeless person, too.


This man and this dog are everyday blessings for sure.  Yesterday was National Pet Day, and both of them are my pampered pets.  I'm thankful that Jem is turning me into a dog person, too.  What's not to love when you this pic, right?

A friend and I went to the Barberville Spring Frolic this week and enjoyed music, dancing, arts and crafts and the wonderful weather we experience (almost) every day here in paradise (aka central Florida).  I'm so thankful for girlfriends who are like-minded. Here are a few pics from the day's fun:


This group, Front Porch Revival, sang a song about Noah that I remember from my childhood.  It was done by Tennessee Ernie Ford back then.  Great song.  You can probably find it on YouTube.


The young lady in the middle is the daughter of a long-time friend of mine.  We enjoyed some great music that day, which is another everyday blessing because I have music playing all day long at Golden Cottage.


Barberville has a large collection of feathered friends.  The chickens and roosters are always fun to watch.  And this:



Being the true-blue bird nerd that I am, I just loved the show put on by the two male peacocks.  We also saw a flock of cedar waxwings having a berry buffet in a big tree.  I couldn't get a good pic to share, though. :(

Birds are an everyday blessing here at Golden Cottage.  Oh, how thankful I am for all the different varieties that visit the Golden Pond feeders.  Our newest visitors are the Indigo Buntings.  We have a nest in the bouganvilea bush:

Another everyday blessing is a fully-equipped kitchen with electricity and running water.  You don't take those things for granted if you've ever had to do without them.  I'm thankful for the everyday blessing of the way the morning light streams across my kitchen.  


What are some of your everyday blessings, Gail-Friends?

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