Faith

Good Friday

This is how we know what love is;

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

1 John 3:16

 

Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Oh….sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

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Were you there when they nailed Him to a tree?

Were you there when they nailed Him to a tree?

Oh….sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!

Were you there when they nailed Him to a tree?

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Were you there when they laid Him in a tomb?

Were you there when they laid Him in a tomb?

Oh….sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!

Were you there when they laid Him in a tomb?

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Afro-American Spiritual

It was the third hour when they crucified him.

Mark 15:25

 

Faith · Garden · My Town

In Praise of Snow

Beautiful snow, so pure and white,

Dancing through the air you go.

Falling so gently, softly and light

From th’ clouds above to the earth below.

 

Beautiful snow, so pure and white,

Th’ crowning beauty of winter cold;

Falling both by day and by night,

Falling on mountain-top and wold.

 

Beautiful snow, so pure and white,

Falling gently on vale and dell;

Cov’ring the cottage of the poor,

And the mansion of the rich as well.

 

Beautiful snow, so pure and white,

Falling on things both high and low,

Hiding the fallen leaves out of sight,

While o’er the brown tree you thickly blow.

 

Beautiful snow, so pure and white,

Oh, how I love to see you fall.

Oh, I am certain, yes, I am sure,

Nothing’s as pretty as snow at all.

 

Lord! make my heart as pure and white

As the snow when it falls from above.

Fill me with Thy truth and light

And sweet beautiful faith and love. 

Effie Waller Smith

 

A poor photo, I know, due to the angle of the sun, but icicles on the roof of the house.  My roses are just below and they are entombed in ice also.  Hopefully, they make it through this winter.

There are benefits of snow for the garden.

  • Snow acts as an excellent insulator.  Shovel the snow onto your growing bed to give them a nice blanket of protection.
  • Snow protects from harsh, drying winds that can damage plants.
  • Snow can protect from the heaving up of plants due to the freezing and thawing cycle.  It is best to have the ground stay frozen until spring.
  • Snow provides moisture to perennial plants and bulbs as they are waking up for the spring.
  • Snow, as it melts, provides nitrogen that is essential to plant growth.
  • If you have designed a garden for winter interest, snow provides beauty as it covers everything.

As we are ending the month of January, we are leaving the season of Deep Winter.  As we enter the month of February, we are entering the season of Late Winter, and the seasonal temperatures should be steadily rising all across the nation, which they will continue to do till mid July.  There will still be snow and ice and cold to contend with, but-

Winter brings the

the cold of February,

But remember,

It is only temporary.

I do love a good snow fall!

Following are some photos of my town after the last storm.

 

And a photo of the Redbank Creek with the resident geese and ducks.

And lastly, a big shout out to the state and local snow crews that work so hard to keep our roads clear.

They had quite the big clean-up job after this last snow storm.  And another one is on the way….

Thanks guys!

You Lord, are forgiving and good,

abounding in love to all

who call to you.  

Psalm 86:5

Faith

March For Life 2022

March for Life

2022

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the March for Life that takes place in Washington, DC. every year.  This is the date that commemorates the disastrous Supreme Court decision of Roe Vs Wade that made abortion legal in our land.  An estimated 50,000 people are expected to take part in the march today to protest this decision, just as they have done for all these years.

We are praying that this will be the last March for Life and are looking for Roe vs Wade to be overturned with the Supreme Court that President Trump so wonderfully provided.  There have already been many court decisions that protect the unborn, for which we are thankful. 

Our church has been an annual participant in the March for Life for many years.  A charter bus is rented and has always been full.

Below is an article, written by Maria Lawrence, about last years march that was published in the church periodical-January 2021 issue of the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist.  It gives you an idea of what is involved in going to the march from here.  The photo in the upper left hand is a photo of the banner that her and I made many years ago to carry.  Hopefully, you can enlarge the photo and read the article.

I have not been able to attend the march for the last number of years due to health issues, so my poor hubby has to go without me….enjoying his pancakes alone at the breakfast stop along the way.

Abortion accounts for 42% of all of the deaths worldwide-62 million babies have been killed so far.

The theme of this years march is “Equality Begins in the Womb”  A good group to follow for up to date news on the right to life fight is Live Action.org.

The first issue for anyone that I vote for is the pro-life issue.

“First and foremost I vote for life.

Without the right to life any other liberties are meaningless.”

Elizabeth Worden Bixby.

 

Praying for a swift end to the atrocity of abortion.

 

 

Faith · Uncategorized

A New Year

 

This Year Is Yours

God built and launched this year for you,

     Upon the bridge you stand,

It is your ship, aye, your own ship,

     And you are in command.

Just what the twelve-month trip will do

     Rest wholly solely, friend, with you.

 

Your log-book, kept from day to day-

     My friend, what will it show?

Have you on your appointed way

     Made progress-yes or no?

The log will tell you, like guiding star,

     The sort of captain that you are.

 

For weal or woe, this year is yours,

     Your ship is on life’s sea,

Your acts as captain, must decide

     Whichever it shall be;

So now in starting on your trip,

          Ask God to help you sail your ship.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

As we start into a new year, I am looking forward to good things, knowing that if I let God help me it will all be good.  Each day, month, and year hold unknown things that we all have to go through, but with God as our guide we can rest in Him.

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions?

Psalm 27:1

 

Praying for a blessed year to you!

Love,

Margie

 

Faith · Family

What Is A Mother?

 

mother and daughter quilting, John Sloan

artist-John Sloan

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It takes a mother’s LOVE to make a house a home,

A place to be remembered, no matter where we roam-

It takes a mother’s PATIENCE to bring a child up right,

And her COURAGE and her CHEERFULNESS to make a dark day bright-

It takes a mother’s THOUGHTFULNESS to mend the heart’s deep ‘hurts’,

And her SKILL and her ENDURANCE to mend little socks and shirts-

It takes a mother’s KINDNESS to forgive us when we err,

To sympathize in trouble and bow her head in prayer-

It takes a mother’s WISDOM to recognize our needs

And to give us reassurance by her loving words and deeds-

It takes a mother’s ENDLESS FAITH, her CONFIDENCE and TRUST

To guide us through the pitfalls of selfishness and lust-

And that is why in all this world there could not be another

Who could fulfill God’s purpose as completely as a MOTHER!

Helen Steiner Rice

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Wishing all mothers, of every hue and kind,

a wonderful, blessed Mother’s Day!

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Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise up, and call her blessed…

 

 

 

Faith

Easter

Good Lord’s Day to you!

I wanted to post this song for Easter morning, but as life has a tendency to do, it gets in the way.

Study and testing for my insurance license, remodeling, wallpapering, painting etc, babysitting grandkids…

But I still wanted to post this song.  The message is so good and..

I love the bagpipes in it!  And the Scottish brogue is delightful!

Enjoy.

 

 

Psalm 16:11

In Thy presence is fullness of joy;

in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.

 

Faith

Behold

Behold

by Joseph L. Smith

Behold the man!

These are the words

That Pilate calmly said

As soldiers placed a crown of thorns

Upon the Savior’s head.

See Him as He stands alone

Among the sons of men

With no defense, without a friend,

No fault they found in Him.

Behold the Lamb!

God’s chosen Lamb

Who came to set us free.

He bore our sins upon the cross.

He died for you and me.

My name is written on His hands,

My sins, upon His soul.

He suffered all the pangs of death

To make the wounded whole.

Behold the King!

His throne, a tree

Outlined against the sky,

As all creation quakes in fear

And angels wonder why.

But, then in might and majesty,

He robs death of it’s sting.

He takes his throne in Heav’n on high,

The Lord of everything!

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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…

 

 

Faith

Palm Sunday

See,

Your King Comes to You!

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you;

righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9

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Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

“Hosanna, loud hosanna”, The little children sang;

Thro’ pillared court and temple The lovely anthem rang.

To Jesus, who had blessed them Close folded to His breast,

The children sang their praises, The simplest and the best.

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From Olivet they followed ‘Mid an exultant crowd,

The victor palm branch waving, And chanting clear and loud.

The Lord of earth and heaven Rode on in lowly state,

Nor scorned that little children Should on His bidding wait.

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“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,

For Christ is our Redeemer, The Lord of heav’n, our King.

O may we ever praise Him With heart and life and voice,

And in His blissful presence Eternally rejoice!

These are lyrics to an old hymn from Germany, the music written in 1784, the words penned by Jeannette Threlfall in 1873.

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Preparing our hearts for Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith

Sunday-To Please God

Love to God must penetrate

and possess our whole nature

and all the powers of it.

The mind must think of God,

the will must delight God,

in short, our whole being

must be employed to please him.

Samuel Annesley

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Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Faith

A Sunday Song

Come Thou Fount of Every  Blessing

A song written by Robert Robinson in 1758.

The tune is an early American Melody.

 

Come thou fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

Streams of mercy never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of God’s unchanging love.

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Here I raise my Ebenezer;*

Hither by thy help I’m come.

And I hope, by thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God.

He, to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood.

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O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace, now like a fetter,

Bind my yielded heart to Thee.

Let me know Thee in Thy fullness;

Guide me by Thy mighty hand

Till, transformed, in Thine own image,

In Thy presence I shall stand.

(*Ebenezar is a stone that was erected in commemoration of God’s deliverance of His people.  It literally means ‘stone of help’.)