Friday, December 15, 2017

Sabbath Music - Hanukkah Blessings







Tonight we'll have a double blessing because we celebrate the Sabbath as well as the fourth night of Chanukkah.    Here's a song for the Festival of Lights.  Enjoy!  Hanukkah Blessings 

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach. . . (Have a good Sabbath and a joyous festival) . . .(and don't eat too many latkes, Gail-Friends.)


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Thankful Thursday - Wonder and Awe

graphic courtesy of Garden of Bright Images on Facebook

This is me.  I'm always so filled with awe.  For most of my life, I had a recurring dream that I relate to this graphic.

In my dream, I am walking down a sidewalk covered with leaves.  They are so beautiful, green, gold, red, yellow . . . and I am filled with JOY.  I begin to kick the leaves up in the air, enjoying the sight of them drifting back down.  The leaves become piles, and as I kick them, the leaves reveal gold and silver coins -- lots of coins piled on top of each other.  I've discovered a hidden treasure!  I smile and laugh and throw the leaves up in the air.  It's such a happy dream.

When I wake up, I always know what it means -- that JOY is in the little things.

I've never been rich in money, but I'm filthy rich in JOY.  Simple things make me happy.  I've never hungered for fancy clothes or houses or even dreamed of being rich.  I've always FELT rich.

The Scriptures say, "Now godliness with contentment is great gain." That's what makes me rich, Gail-Friends.

Here are some photos of the things that fill me with wonder and awe and make me feel rich.



I call this Florida snow because that's what it looks like to me.  These tiny pink flowers are covering our whole neighborhood right now.  Here's a close-up.  That blur is the tip of my finger. 
Don't they look like tiny lilies? 




I'm filled with awe, when someone is on my heart,
and I see her name right in front of me:




The beauty of the river when a storm is on the way.




A hidden surprise:



A rose-colored sunset on the lake:


Our fur baby, celebrating the Sabbath with us.  
She sat very still, in that same spot, 
through our whole Sabbath service at home that night.


Living long enough to see my children's children.  I have one grandchild, and what a blessing and joy he is.  I'm filled with wonder every time I see his precious face.




Being married to a man who is Godly, wise, kind, and brave.  
Men like him are very rare.  I'm in awe of how God brought us together.  

For all of these things, I'm filled with wonder and gratitude.  I'm so very rich.

What fills you with awe and wonder, Gail-Friends?


Blessings to you!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tablescapes Event



Last month, I attended a wonderful event featuring tablescapes at the Cocoa Community Women's Club.  I loved seeing the lovely china, crystal, silver, and linens on display.  I also enjoyed the flower arrangments that included common Florida plants.  I hope you enjoy seeing the photos as much as I enjoyed my visit.




The event was publicized in our local paper.

Lawndale around 1895

The funds raised from the event went to help in the renovation of Lawndale, a local historic home.  The photos below show the Limoges china, silver, and linens that were like those used by the former owners of the house.



































It was a lovely tablescape event that I hope will become an annual tradition. 

While there, I picked up a flier about a historic home tour in the area.  My next post will be about these beautiful homes built around the 1890's. 

Blessings to you!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Sabbath Music - Zealous Over Zion

David's Tower in Jerusalem


Shabbat Shalom, Gail-Friends!  We have cause for great rejoicing this Sabbath.  I hope you will meditate on the Scriptures I share today, and join me in prayer.

This week, President Trump fulfilled a promise to Israel by acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital city.  He has also said that the American embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  This is the fulfillment of a promise made decades ago, and I applaud him for his courage and integrity.  No other president has been so brave.  The decision is not popular in the Middle East and has already caused violence.

I am very encouraged by this action because it shows President Trump's heart according to this verse:

Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. (Isaiah 62:1,2)
(Read the whole chapter, and you will be blessed and encouraged)

A message came from Adonai-Tzva’otAdonai-Tzva’ot says, ‘I am extremely jealous on Tziyon’s behalf, and I am jealous for her with great fury.’ Adonai says, ‘I am returning to Tziyon, and I will live in Yerushalayim. Then Yerushalayim will be called Truth City, Adonai-Tzva’ot’s Mountain, the Mountain of the Holy One. (Zechariah 8:1-3 CJB)
 (Also, read all of Zechariah chapter 8 to see more of the 
significance of Jerusalem) 

Blessed be Adonai out of Tziyon, He who dwells in Yerushalayim! Halleluyah! (Psalm 135:21)

Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim; may those who love you prosper.  
(Psalm 122:6)

I am reading through the Psalms in my quiet time, and this was in my reading just this morning:

For Adonai has chosen Tziyon (Israel), He has wanted it as His home. 
 (He says) "This is my resting-place forever, I will live here 
because I so much want to." 
(Psalm 132:13-14 CJB)



My prayer is that President Trump will continue to walk in the paths of justice and righteousness.

I have two songs for you this week.  First, Jerusalem of Gold sung in Hebrew, with English lyrics.  You can feel the longing in this song.  Second, Zealous Over Zion written and sung by Ted Pearce, and based on Zechariah 8.  Both of these songs are on my heart today.  

Good Shabbos, Gail-Friends, and please pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

**The photo at the beginning of this post is the Tower of David, aka the Jerusalem Tower.  The site was named for King David because he prayed at this location.  You can read about my visit to Jerusalem HERE.
 


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Sabbath Music - Hoshiana



Graphic courtesy of MiYah Music on Facebook
 With Chanukkah on the way, I've been thinking about light.  Yeshua said, "I am the Light of the World" and our celebration of this holiday reminds of this.  Here is a song, based on Psalm 27:

Hoshiana - The L-rd is My Light and My Salvation
What a wonder-full meditation for the Sabbath.  As a young woman, I memorized parts of this psalm from the King James Version, and provide that translation here for you, via Bible Gateway.  I can't count the times these words have given courage to my soul.


Psalm 27  

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life;
 of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, 
they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; 
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, 
and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
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Blessings and shalom to y'all, and I pray you have a blessed, rest-full, and worship-full Sabbath.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

My Favorite Things at Biltmore

Because I love music, and enjoy playing the piano, I loved seeing them in the home.  The one above is in the sitting room adjacent to the library - also called the tapestry room.  You can see one of the lovely tapestries on the wall behind the piano.


This piano is in the upstairs family living room, adjacent to the master bedrooms.


This piano is in the music room.  I love the harp design.

I believe this piano was in the basement.  My first piano was an upright, so I felt deep affection for this one.

I love art, and the home is chock-full of priceless treasures by famous painters.  My favorite is this one of Mrs. Vanderbilt because I love, love, love wearing hats.  Flamboyant, right? 



I also loved this ceiling treatment, and I'm planning on using it in my home.


This ceiling treatment is in the music room.  Very unique.


There were many, many fireplaces, which I love.  This sitting area in the tapestry room, with the tea set up, was so inviting. I love the colors.  Wouldnt you love to sit here for a while and enjoy a cuppa?



After visiting the upper floors, we toured the basement area.  This floor includes the indoor pool, billiard room, men's smoking room, trophy room (with many taxidermied animals on the wall), gymnasium, kitchen, pantries, and . . . and the IRONING ROOM. The only thing I dread more than sewing is ironing.  I'm so thankful for permanent press.  Because I reared two daughters, ironing was a big part of my life for many years.  I cannot imagine the heavy, laborious work involved in cleaning and then ironing the clothes worn in the late 1800's and early 1900's. . . and in North Carolina . . .  in the summer. . .  with no air conditioning, it had to be miserable.


Just think of all of the clothing, plus the linens
 



Doing laundry was no small task back then.  Seeing all of this made me so grateful for the modern-day conveniences I enjoy.

When we first came into the basement, we saw this painting on the walls.  Because I love birds, I liked it:


There were other paintings on the walls that had dark themes.  The whole room gave me a bad feeling.  I found out later, it was painted for Halloween, and that explains my aversion to it.

I found the basement area to be the most interesting, especially the kitchen.  My shots did not turn out well, but thankfully this one did.  The two round objects on the table are butter molds.  I have one of these that belonged to my paternal grandmother, and I treasure it.


Now, on to my absolute favorite part of the tour - the gardens and the garden gift shop.

Unfortunately, my shots of the gardens did not turn out well because we were in a time crunch.  I took them quickly and wound up with blurry shots.  Here are a couple that turned out okay:


We didn't walk through the garden.  There is a driveway around the garden and the photos were taken from our car.


The greenhouse was gorgeous. 

We parked the car at the entrance to the garden, and I was enthralled by the things I saw:

I've never seen this plant before, but isn't is amazing?  Every time I look at plants and flowers, I'm in awe of Adonai's creativity.

This swing really made me swoon:


My grandson would have loved this cute train a few years back when he was enamored with Thomas the Train.  It was for sale . . . only about $3,000.  Yikes!


But here is where I fell into a swoon.  I love birds and garden art.


Birdhouses, bird paintings. bird cages . . . lots of bird everything.  


We have to build an archway like this.  Our yard has lots of branches and grapevines, so I know we could do it.    I can just see it at the entrance to Golden Pond, with my beautiful purple passion flowers growing on it.


I got ahold of myself and only bought one thing -- a rusty, little sparrow to put in my kitchen window.  I'd seen them elsewhere for $15.99, and I got this one for only $6.50. I love a bargain! Happy dance!!!  Doesn't she look happy to be at Golden Cottage?  She sure makes me happy!




Well, Gail-Friends, that's the end of my post about Biltmore.  I really enjoyed it while we were there.  After we finished the tour, my historian husband told me about the Vanderbilts. The history he shared, and the fact that the Vanderbilts were anti-semites, made me sick and sad.  If I'd known that, I'd never have paid good money to go through their house.  But because my husband loves me, and he knew a visit to Biltmore had been a long-time bucket list item, he never said a word about it beforehand.  You can look it up and study the history of the family for yourself.


My next post will be about our visit to some historic sites related to the Civil War.  Jem is writing a book about the history of the 7th Louisiana regiment, in which his great-great grandfather served.  I'll also share a bit more of the beautiful fall color we saw on the trip.

I'm happy to tell you that I'm putting the finishing touches on my book, titled Golden Moments.  It will be published through Create Space by the end of the year.  

Blessings and shalom to y'all, dear Gail-Friends.  

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