Friday, December 31, 2010

Morning Coffee - Getting it Righter!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~Oprah Winfrey

It seems that no matter how philosophically or spiritually I look at the beginning of a new year, it really just comes down to this.  I start the year with a new notebook, a new outlook and a new determination – hoping against all hopes that this will be the year that I get it right righter!

With a raised mug of coffee, I offer a hearty "Cheers" to a wonderful new year!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Morning Coffee - A Bright New Year!

I came across these wonderfully encouraging words of Karin on her blog, Yesterday, Today, Forever - and thought I’d share them here. 

Serve God with your whole heart, in joy and contentment.

Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid.

You’re never alone in your journey of life.

God will not fail you! Be not dismayed.

Do not look back! Keep your eye on the goal!

Only what’s done for Christ will last!

Don’t rest on your laurels or deny your mistakes!

The future looks brighter than any day past.

Karin Ristau

What a wonderful list of “resolutions” to have as the New Year begins.  For, as Karin affirms, “The future looks brighter than any day past.” 

Time to refill my cup and go over this list of encouraging promises one more time!  

Thanks Karin!
Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Morning Coffee

Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. 
~ Unknown

What better reason to sit with a second cup of coffee:   to contemplate all my new starts!


Monday, December 27, 2010

A Fun Give Away at Lazy Bee Farm

Matty at Lazy Bee Farm Blog is offering a wonderful selection of her home-made items to her blog readers.  Check out her interesting blog and this fun tin of gifts here!  To enter, simply leave a comment for Matty and her readers.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Prince of Peace

December 25

"His name shall be called Emmanuel . . . God with us." (Matt. 1:23) .
"The Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).

"There's a song in the air!
There's a star in the sky!
There's a mother's deep prayer,
And a baby's low cry!
And the star rains its fire
While the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King."

Streams in the Desert
Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Morning Coffee - Calling Back

"It shall turn to you for a testimony''  Luke 21:13.

“Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody ‘call back’ and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill. We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude. If anyone among us has found anything worth while, we ought to ‘call back’.”

Streams in the Desert
Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman

I love this image of calling back. Can’t you picture kids playing and one excitedly calling to the others, “Hey guys, come and look at this!”  And everyone runs to see and share the experience.

And isn’t this what we bloggers do in our daily posting. Hey guys, look at what I found…discovered…learned…or felt. And we all gather (albeit electronically) to read and share and grow – and find summits together.

I believe I’ll go pour a second cup of coffee and see who is “calling back” this morning!


Monday, December 20, 2010

"Maybe Christmas...perhaps... means a little bit more!."

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling, "How could it be so?
"It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
"It came without packages, boxes or bags."
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps... means a little bit more!."

Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This is a favorite passage of mine(And all the more so after a day of wrapping, tying and tagging.)

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Morning Coffee - All Delightful and Undisturbed

December 17
Holiness--as I then wrote down some of my contemplations on it--appeared to me to be of a sweet, calm, pleasant, charming, serene nature, which brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness, ravishment to the soul; in other words, that it made the soul like a field or garden of God, with all manner of pleasant fruits and flowers, all delightful and undisturbed, enjoying a sweet calm and the gentle vivifying beams of the sun.   ~Jonathan Edwards

Streams in the Desert
by Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman

How great to be able to begin each day with my soul "all delightful and undisturbed".  My morning devotions and morning coffee both help get me off to a good start in that direction!  Time for a second cup!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Morning Coffee

Love is all you need -

but a good cup of coffee doesn't hurt either!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Morning Coffee

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make
for our children."  ~Sitting Bull

Today, December 15, 2010, is the 120th anniversary of the death of Sitting Bull, the great Sioux leader. 


Monday, December 13, 2010

But Leave the Thread with God

"I will give thee the treasures of darkness"  Isa. 45:3
In the famous lace shops of Brussels, there are certain rooms devoted to the spinning of the finest and most delicate patterns. These rooms are altogether darkened, save for a light from one very small window, which falls directly upon the pattern. There is only one spinner in the room, and he sits where the narrow stream of light falls upon the threads of his weaving. "Thus," we are told by the guide, "do we secure our choicest products. Lace is always more delicately and beautifully woven when the worker himself is in the dark and only his pattern is in the light."

"May it not be the same with us in our weaving?"    ~J. R. Miller

The shuttles of His purpose move
To carry out His own design;
Seek not too soon to disapprove
His work, nor yet assign
Dark motives, when, with silent tread,
You view some soinbre fold;
For lo, within each darker thread
There twines a thread of gold.

Spin cheerfully,
Not tearfully,
He knows the way you plod;
Spin carefully,
Spin prayerfully,
But leave the thread with God.

--Canadian Home Journal

Streams in the Desert
by Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman

Family Wrapping Party

Silliness first

Three special grandkids!!

Two special kids!  
Seems like only yesterday that they were sitting under the tree in their pjs!  A fun time wrapping was had by all - and then came the snow!


Snow Snow Snow Snow Snow

Grandson Noah - King of the Hill
(Photo courtesy of Jenn at The Schires Five Blogspot)

It was a great weekend to hunker down inside and watch White Christmas! We will definitely be having one of those!!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Morning Coffee - Or How Many Socks Do I Need?

A couple of weeks ago, my son and a buddy loaded up on hot pizza, warm dry socks and bottled water and headed to downtown St. Paul to offer these things to those who might need them.  Sadly, there were many takers and their supplies were quickly gone.  Just before they left, a fellow who had been served earlier stopped by again asking if there wasn’t another pair of socks left.  It seems there was a young girl who had just arrived who needed a pair.  Unfortunately, Chris explained, the socks were all gone.  “Thanks, anyway” the man said and then walked over to the young girl and gave her his pair.

I think I need to assess over my coffee this cold Minnesota morning, how many socks do I need before I give a pair away.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Morning Coffee

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.  ~ John Stott

This is far from the same slick message touted by so many of our culture’s current Christian self-help books.  The purpose of God’s Word is not to make our road smooth and easy but rather to make us stronger and better fit for the journey.   

Oh – how often I need to remind myself of that.  I believe I’ll pour another cup of coffee and contemplate my spiritual fitness as I begin this day.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Morning Coffee

"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions -- the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment."
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I love the use of math illustrations; I relate to numbers and equations very well.  But you don't have to be  a  math lover to know that a whole is the sum of many fractions - and you don't get the big number without a whole lot of smaller ones.  I think I'll have another cup of coffee and begin gathering some fractions to create a wonderfully full and whole day!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Committed Yes!

November 30 - The Annunciation 
by Kathleen Norris

Mary's "How can this be?" is a simpler response than Zechariah's and also more profound. She does not lose her voice but finds it. Like any of the prophets, she asserts herself before God, saying, "Here am I." There is no arrogance, however, but only holy fear and wonder. Mary proceeds--as we must do in life--making her commitment without knowing much about what it will entail or where it will lead. I treasure the story because it forces me to ask: When the mystery of God's love breaks through into my consciousness, do I run from it? Do I ask of it what it cannot answer? Shrugging, do I retreat into facile clich├ęs, the popular but false wisdom of what "we all know"? Or am I virgin enough to respond from my deepest, truest self, and say something new, a "yes" that will change me forever?

Watch For the Light
Readings for Advent and Christmas

Making a commitment “without knowing much about what it will entail or where it will lead” is a very, very tough thing for me to do.  I need a plan – a detailed plan.  I need to know the route to my destination and how long it will take.  I need to know what to expect both along the way and when I arrive.  I pour over maps.  I plan agendas and make lists. 

But deep down what I really want to do is offer an unconditional, trusting “yes” and be changed forever.