The Moment is Right

This is to my immediate family as well as to all of you – my cyber family!!  Thank you for all of the support you have given us over the past year (or I should say the past 4 years!!)  I love and appreciate you all.  May God bless you richly, keep you safely in the palm of His hand and grant you the Merriest Christmas ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – along with a Happy New Year too 🙂  xxxxxxxxxxxxx o

(BTW:  Mark just got his third opinion last week, that doctor concurred with the first two and their diagnosis. 😦  BUT, we will not allow it to dampen our Holidays.  I plan on enjoying however much time God grants us together; hoping and praying for another miracle Christmas like the one He gave us a few years back when my brother wasn’t supposed to live long enough to see the day and we still have him!!)

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The Latest and Greatest

Hi everybody!!  

Let me start with dad.  He is getting better, more alert and mobile.  The compressed vertebra near his tailbone is killing him but that’s better than having a broken back, which is what they first thought.

Thank you everyone who has sent their love, thoughts and prayers!!!!!!!!!!!  They have helped tremendously.

I have been working my tail off on getting together a little e-catalog of my items for sale that I can send off to people upon request. 

It’s been an experience trying to learn how to use this camera, get the pictures downloaded, fine tuned and view able.  

Once I get that done, I will have to work up a price sheet to attach to it all.  But, in the meantime, I thought I would share some of it with you all.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Puzzle Wall Hangings (I haven’t worked out how I’m gonna frame them or what I’ll use but have a few cool ideas):

Here are some of the clay items (better pictures this time, I hope):

Have I overloaded you yet?

Here are some of the regular things I’ve done too:

That should give you a good idea of what will be included in “catalog”, lol.   

I’ve been very hard at work.  It’s extremely time-consuming and I apologize for ignoring my friends during this time but, with Christmas fast approaching, I have to get this done.  Honestly, I should have been working on it for the last 6 months since it takes me longer than normal people to accomplish some of this stuff due to the MS interference with cognitive and motor skills 😦

Anybody who would like to receive an e-catalog to look at, just let me know where to e-mail it to and I will be happy to provide you one.  I will try my best to keep up with your comments and delete the address from showing to the public.

My greatest love and hugs to you all!!

God bless, Terri

Sharing Time; Dad, Jewelry & New Endeavors

Well, dad is in an extended care facility now.  He’s going through re-hab and sleeping a lot.  I’m sure that’s partially due to the pain meds and partially the depression.  We will just have to keep an eye on it.  At least I’m not crying all the time about it.

I have some new jewelry pictures to share with you and also the new creative endeavors that I am pursuing.  Shouldn’t have spent the money it took to get started but I figured that Christmas is coming up – people shopping for gifts and me needing gifts for the 6 females in the family.

I hoped, too, it would help jar me out of this depression.  I hope you like!!

Love and hugs to you all, Terri

 

Can’ see the beads very well but this is made with ice blue and lavender beads.

This is some variety of jade green stone.

This one is of turquoise and coral colored stone.

Various colors of green glass.

You can’t tell it but the beads I used in this are those iridescent kind that change colors in the light.

Turquoise, shell and bone.

 

I have been working on some wire art pieces and this is one.

This is made of shell, tinted in rainbow colors, and buffalo bone.

I used buffalo bone, leather and wood in this one.

Here is another of green glass.

Here we have glass, ceramic and wood.

Shell, turquoise and coral on memory wire.

Just used glass and acrylic on this set but I thought it turned out really pretty.

 

Same with this one too.

 

And, of course, this it “stabilized” turquoise.  (whatever that means)

Now, you have to remember, when looking at the next few, that I am a total novice when it comes to working with polymer clay but I think I’m off to a good start anyway.  Let me know what you think of them, be honest too, lol!

was so mad when I started to put these two sets together.  I had made matching beads for my “Pandora” bracelet but when I went to put them on, they were too narrow to get the chain through.  So I had to sit there this morning with a pair of scissor and a Phillip’s head screwdriver, since I’m ill-equipped on tools, and bore the holes out until they would fit!  I was a little testy about it but I think they look great now that I got it done.

Well, I’m off to run an errand before picking Sara up from school.

Thanks for all the support and lovely comments, you are all much too good to me!!

 

Love and mega hugs,

Terri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A-Z ARCHIVE: M! PHOTO CHALLENGE; Merry

 

 

 

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This Day’s Thought From The Last Few Days

This Day's Thought

Prayer Requests

Ask the astronomer if God is a haphazard God.  He will tell you that every star moves with precision in its celestial path.  Ask the scientist if God is a haphazard God.  He will tell you that his formulas and equations are fixed, and that to ignore the laws of science would be a fool’s folly.  If the laws in the material realm are so fixed and exact, is it reasonable that God could afford to be haphazard in the spiritual realm where eternal destinies of souls are at stake?  Just as God has equations and rules in the material realm, God has equations and rules in the spiritual.

Billy Graham


This Day's Verse

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”

John 5:39-40
The English Standard Version


This Day's Smile

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This Day's Thought

Prayer Requests

I salute you.  I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.  There is nothing I can give you which you have not already; but there is much, very much, which though I cannot give it, you can take.  No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today.  Take heaven.  No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this precious little instant.  Take peace.  The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.  There is radiance and courage in the darkness could we but see it; and to see, we have only to look.  Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their coverings, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.  Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, and wisdom, and power.  Welcome it, greet it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it.

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence.  Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys.  They, too, conceal diviner gifts.  Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.  Courage, then, to claim it, that is all!  But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims wending through unknown country our way home.

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greeting, but with profound esteem now and forever.

The day breaks and the shadows flee away.

This old Christmas greeting from a letter written between 1387-1455 by Giovanni da Fiesole (Fra Angelico)


This Day's Verse

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14
The New International Version


This Day's Smile

Love was born at Christmas.

Christina G. Rossetti

This Day's Thought

Prayer Requests

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;
To remember the weakness, the loneliness of people who are growing old;
To stop asking how much your friends love you and ask yourself whether you love them enough;
To bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;
To try to understand what those who live in the same house with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you?
Then you can keep Christmas.
And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.

Henry Van Dyke


This Day's Verse

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose going forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Micah 5:2
The New King James Version

 

This Day's Thought

Prayer Requests

Then let every heart keep Christmas within:
Christ’s pity for sorrow,
Christ’s hatred for sin,
Christ’s care for the weakest,
Christ’s courage for right.
Everywhere, everywhere,
Christmas tonight!

Phillips Brooks


This Day's Verse

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:6-7
The New International Version


This Day's Smile

An attorney I very much admired once said that the greatest gift he ever received in his life was a note his dad gave him on Christmas.  It read, “Son, this year I will give you 365 hours.  An hour every day after dinner.  We’ll talk about whatever you want to talk about.  We’ll go wherever you want to go, play whatever you want to play.  It will be your hour.”  That dad kept his promise and renewed it every year.

Ann Landers

This Week’s Sermon From The Ranch – Why I Celebrate Christmas (Sorry It’s So Late)

(Each Sunday, This Day’s Thought is blessed to share Eric Elder’s sermons from his wonderful ministry, “The Ranch”)


The Ranch: A Place of Healing and Restoration


Why I Celebrate Christmas

By Eric Elder

www.theranch.org


There was a time when I almost gave up celebrating Christmas.  Our kids were young and they weren’t yet hooked on the idea of Santa Claus and presents, Christmas trees and decorations.  I had even read that the Puritans who first came to America were so zealous in their faith that they didn’t celebrate Christmas at all.  They went so far as to fine their fellow Puritan businessmen if any of them didn’t keep their shops open on Christmas day.  The Puritans didn’t want anything to do with a holiday that was conceivably rooted in paganism.

As a new believer and new father myself, the idea of going against the flow of the excesses of Christmas had its appeal, at least in some respects.  But then I read an article by a man who simply loved celebrating Christmas.  He was both a pastor and one of the strongest Christians I had ever known.  To his way of thinking, there could be no greater way to celebrate the birth of the most important figure in human history than having the grandest of parties for Him.

He explained that our word “holiday” came from the words “Holy Day,” and he reminded me that the Bible often encouraged lavish celebrations on various “Holy Days” throughout the year.  One such celebration is found in the book of Nehemiah, when the people were tempted to mourn and weep because of the situation in which they found themselves.  But Nehemiah helped them to see that this wasn’t a day to be dour, but a day to celebrate, and Nehemiah gave them some ideas about how to do it.  The book of Nehemiah says:

“Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, ‘This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’

“The Levites calmed all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for this is a sacred [holy] day. Do not grieve.’

“Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them” (Nehemiah 8:9-12).

Sometimes people need to be reminded why they should celebrate something, especially when they’re tempted to break down and cry instead.

So today, I’d like to give you a reminder, too, and encourage you to take some time today and throughout this “holi-day” season to celebrate the goodness of God.

Like the people in Nehemiah’s day, you might not feel like rejoicing today.  You might not feel like celebrating and feasting and giving gifts to one another.  Things may have happened this week, or this month, or this year, that make you feel like crying instead.  But let me remind you of what this day is about.  It’s a day that is dedicated to the one Man in the world who has loved you more than any other person ever could.  A Man who, like His Father in heaven, wants to pour out His love on you today and every day from now until eternity.  A Man who, being born in a barn and raised in a no-name city was able to give life and hope and purpose and meaning not only to people in His generation, but to people in our generation, some 2,000 years later.

His name, of course, is Jesus, and He was not only the Son of God, but the very essence of God Himself, who came to earth in human form to do what we could not do for ourselves:  to die for our sins, so that we could live the lives He created us to live.

I remember the night I put my faith in Christ so clearly.  You may have heard me tell you this before, but I’d like to remind you of it once again, as it may help to remind you why you can celebrate His coming into the world, too.

It was back in 1987 at a point in my life when I finally realized I had sinned deeply in the past and those sins were very likely to catch up with me soon.  When I realized what I had done, I confessed my sins to God and agreed with Him that I was indeed guilty.  Then something incredible happened.  I heard a man speaking about Jesus in a way I had never heard before.  I realized that Jesus wasn’t surprised by my sins, but that He had come specifically to remove them, to wash them away, and to restore me in my relationship with God again.  I was overwhelmed by the love that I felt that night.  It went beyond anything I had ever known in my life.

I didn’t know what to do.  As God’s love washed over me, I reached for a phone to call an old friend.  I just felt like I had to express my love to someone.  But then three words came into my mind: “Talk to Me.”  I didn’t know what to make of them, so I reached for the phone a second time.  Then I heard the words again in my mind saying, “Talk to Me.”  But a second time I ignored it and reached for the phone again.  Then a third time, the words came again, simply and clearly saying:  “Talk to Me.”  This time, I knew it was God.

For the third time, I put down the phone.  I knelt down on my bed and buried my face in my pillow.  I called out to God and I cried.  And I cried.  And I cried.  I told God I was sorry for everything I had ever done wrong.  I confessed to Him that I had taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way and I didn’t want to go that way any more.  I told Him that I wanted to straighten out my life and go His way from now on.  I wanted Him to be my Lord.  I wanted Him to call the shots from this day forward.  I put my faith in Christ that day and I’ve never looked back.

It’s been twenty-four years since I made that decision, and I’ve never regretted it, even when the days are hard or things don’t go my way.  I’d rather follow Jesus any day than my own way, because I know that whatever He has in store for me will ultimately work for good.  Why?  Because I know that He loves me, and because I know that He has a purpose for my life that goes beyond just what happens to me, but affects many other people around me as well.  I know that God has a stake in my future that’s bigger than whatever stake I might have in it.  And as long as I’m surrendered to Him, I know that I can trust Him to guide me and direct me in the way that He wants me to go.

So why do I celebrate Christmas?  Because it’s a day when I can remind myself again of all that God has done for me through Christ–and to praise Him for it.  I’m so thankful He came into the world.  I’m so thankful He showed me the way to live.  I’m so thankful He’s given me a reason to get up in the morning, if only to breathe in and out and praise Him for giving me the breath to do it.  When you’re in love with someone, it makes you want to celebrate them.

I love celebrating the birth of Christ, just as I love celebrating the birth of other important people in my life that I love so dearly.  My wife’s birthday happens to be on Christmas day, and when I think about what she’s meant to me in my life, believe me, it makes me want to celebrate!  It makes me want to have a huge party and give gifts and let everyone know how much I love her!  (She doesn’t want a huge party like that, but the love in my heart for her makes me want to give her one!)

In the same way, the love in my heart for Jesus makes me want to celebrate His coming into the world, too.  There’s no better way for me to spend Christmas day than by remembering what He’s done for me.

And if Christ has come into your life in a meaningful way, too, then you have a good reason to celebrate this special “holi-day” as well.  And I hope you’ll do it with gusto, whether you celebrate it by yourself, on your knees or with your head in your pillow, or whether you go to a full-blown party with family and friends or co-workers or even strangers.  Praise God with your heart and praise Him with your voice.  Sing out to Him with a joyful spirit for all He’s done in your life, even if you can’t see the fruit of all He’s done yet.  He’s still your God.  He’s still your Creator.  He’s still the one who gives you life and breath and a purpose for living every day that He keeps you here on this earth.

Let God have His way in your life today.  Let Him remind you of His great love for you today.  Let Him come to you and be with you on this special “Holy Day,” this day that has been dedicated by Christians worldwide to celebrate the birth of God’s Son, Emmanuel, which means quite literally, “God with us.”

There’s a time for crying and mourning what’s been lost.  But today is not that day.  This is a day to celebrate what’s been found.  As the angel told the shepherds on the day that Jesus was born:

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).

Will you pray with me?

Father, thank You for coming into the world to be with us, and for saving us from our sins.  Help us to celebrate You in a meaningful way today, whether alone or with others, whether in pain or at peace.  Help us to know that You haven’t left us alone, but that You always have been and always will be Emmanuel, “God with us.”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

P.S.  I’ve posted a special Christmas song on our website for you to listen to today.  It’s called “What Child is This?” from a CD called “Tenderly” that I helped my super-talented sister to record on the grand piano.  I hope you enjoy the song, and the rest of this holiday season.  Click the link below to listen.  I’ve also included the words below in case you’d like to meditate on them as you listen to the song.  Merry Christmas!

Listen to What Child Is This?”

“What Child is This?”
by William Chatterton Dix, 1865

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

TenderlyP.P.S. And if you’d like to get a copy of the whole CD “Tenderly,” whether on CD or as downloadable MP3’s, I’d love to send it to you for a donation of any size to our ministry this month.  Your gifts really do help us to reach out to people every day throughout the world with the message of Christ, and I’d love to send you this music as an appreciation of your support.  The CD features the soft and soothing sounds of the grand piano, played “tenderly” by Marilyn Byrnes, and is sure to lift your spirits, not just at Christmastime, but throughout the year.  Songs include:  The Prayer, Greensleeves, What’s New, Tenderly, Over the Rainbow, The Wind Beneath My Wings, Get Here, I Can Read Your Mind (the Love Theme from Superman), I’ll Only Love You, Canon de Noel, The Way We Were, Somewhere (from West Side Story), and Faithful.  Again, I’d be glad to send you a copy of the music anywhere in the world, either on CD or as downloadable MP3’s, for a donation of any size to our ministry.  Click the link below to make a donation and get a copy.
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Angel Of Christmas Joy

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The angel of
our Christmas joy
watches over every
girl and boy

Each mother, daughter
father and son
Since the day
it first begun

She sprinkles down
the Christmas snow
giving us a  
winter wonderland aglow

With every single
and unique snowflake
floats a blessing
us to take

A Christmas gift
sent from above
by the Father
of all love!

Teresa Marie  12/26/11 ©

 

 

Not Wanting To Go

On eve of Christmas day

did fairies come to play

With the decorations on display

there in candle’s light array

When on this enchanted night

crept out to take flight

In a Christmas wonderland delight

gazing at their joyous sight

When time came to go

before day’s light could grow

The little fairy Susie-s0-so

told her mother “Oh no, no!

There is just no way

that I’m going back today

Here’s where I wanna stay

to see faces merry & gay!”

Mother fairy was most adamant

and looked at her askant

While saying, “No you can’t,

this wish I’ll not grant.”

As Susie stomped her feet

refusing mother’s eyes to meet

In defiance took a seat

with a scowling face replete

For this was no excuse

but saying “It’s no use.

To  go I now refuse

see how I have the blues!”

This time of Christmas bliss

mother having none of this

With her hand didn’t miss

giving Susie’s backside a kiss

As she began to cry

mother just wanted to die

Asking Susie, “Why, oh why,

did you choose to defy?”

“I only wanted to see

the children oh so happy

When they come running to be

 gathered around their Christmas tree!

And share the magic moment

when opening up their present

To hear all their excitement

would give me such enjoyment!”

This made mother so sad

that she had gotten mad

And that she ever had

spanked Susie for being bad

“Okay then we will hide

to observe the yule tide

As presents they all divide

to see what is inside

But then we must flee

before they ever see

Either of you or me

then will you be happy?”

Susie jumped with such joy

that nothing could ever destroy

To see the girl and boy

receive their Christmas toy

“Oh mamma, mamma thank you

and I do promise to

Go back when they’re through

thank you, thank you, thank you!!”

Teresa Marie  12/25/11 ©

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Take My Son – Via My Brother – I Cried! Marvelous Story!!

The ending will surprise you.
Take my Son…..


A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.
They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael.
They would often sit together and admire the great works of art…

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war.
He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another 
soldier.
The father was notified and grievedeeply for
his only son.


bout a month later, just before Christmas,

There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door
with a large package in his hands..



He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom
your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was
carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and
he died instantly… He often talked about you, and your love for art.’
The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much.
I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’



The father
Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man.
He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son
in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled
up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture..
‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.’



The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home
he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other
great works he had collected.



The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings.
Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and
having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.



On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel.
‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?’




There was silence…



Then a voice in the back of the room shouted,
‘We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.’



But the auctioneer persisted. ‘Will somebody bid for this painting?
Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?’



Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see thispainting.
We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!’


But still the auctioneer continued. ‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room.
It was the long-time gardener of the
 man and his son.
‘I’ll give $10 for the painting…’ Being a poor man, it was all he could afford
.

‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’


‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’
The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son.



They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.


The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. ‘Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!’


A man sitting on the second row shouted, ‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’



The auctioneer laid down his gavel. ‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’

‘What about the paintings?’


‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction,
I was told of a secret stipulation in the will… I was not allowed to reveal
that stipulation
 until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned.
Whoever bought paintingthat 
 would inherit the entire estate,including the paintings.




The man who took the son gets everything!’


God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross.
Much like the auctioneer, His message today is:

‘The Son, the Son, who’ll take the Son?

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything

God Bless.

Can’t You See – Saturday’s Limerick

What? Can’t you see
that I am merry?
This mah Christmas face
all doubt should displace
I’m happy as can be!

Teresa Marie  12/24/11 ©