Slow Dance

A Momma's View

I found this poem in one of my friends Facebook posts today and I thought it’s a good way to start the new year (or for you guys to end it as you are most likely only counting down now…). A beautiful advice for the new year to come…

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CELEBRATE!

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Christmas is almost upon us! I love all the decorations, music, and joyful celebrations! But I don’t want to forget the true reason for celebration–the birth of the King!

CELEBRATE!

The angels’ song is filling
the air with hope and joy.
But no one stops to listen.

A star beams out the message
that life is offered to men.
But no one stops to see

Shepherds tell their story—
a king lies in a manger.
But no one comes to worship.

Too many tasks to do.
Too many gifts to buy.
Too many wishes to make.
Too much to celebrate.

No time for the gift of life.

Darlene Estlow©2016

May you have a blessed Christmas!

COME

 

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May your Christmas be blessed!

COME

Come into the night
where shadows cover all.
Hear the angels’ song:
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men
on whom his favor rests.”

Come look to the sky
where darkness hides the day.
See the star’s light
that leads to the promise
of peace on earth to men
on whom his favor rests.

Come see the baby
lying in the manger,
fulfillment of the angels’ song,
fulfillment of the star’s promise
of peace on earth to men
on whom his favor rests.
©2010

Tune My Heart Lord ~

As we approach Christmas, the best thing we can do is have God prepare our hearts! Thanks, Deborah Ann for pointing us in that direction.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

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Tune my heart Lord,
adjust the loose strings
tighten them so I can be
thankful for all things.

Tune my heart Lord,
pull up all the slack
till I believe in You
for everything I lack.

Tune my heart Lord,
let the tight strings out
so I can be relieved
of any fear or doubt.

Tune my heart Lord,
tweak as You must
until my faith is strung
with the strings of trust.

Tune my heart Lord,
make me Your instrument
so I can be for You . . .
a singing testament!

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Psalm 144:9

“I will sing a new song unto thee,
O God: upon a psaltery and an
instrument of ten strings will
I sing praises unto thee.”

King James Version
Public Domain

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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(50 Bits of) Free Advice From an 80 Year Old Man.

Good advice!

Kindness Blog

John M. Sweeney  is (as well as being one of Kindness Blog’s inspirations) the creator of Suspended Coffees, a nonprofit organization partnering with a variety of businesses around the world, helping to bring communities together and change people’s lives.

One of the followers of John’s own Facebook page, sent him the following list of wisdom.

1. Have a firm handshake.

2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.

4. Own a great stereo system.

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

6. Keep secrets.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.(See 17)

8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

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10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness…

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IS THANKSGIVING PAST?

Thanksgiving Day is over. Is thanksgiving over?

I ask myself, am I continuing to be thankful? Scripture tells me to be thankful at all times! One of my favorite verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

What? In all circumstances? When I tear my meniscus and have pain no matter what I do? When I get strep throat and then a cold? When my finances don’t seem to be what they should?

But then I am reminded that God’s will is that I be thankful. And for that, He gives me peace and joy. Oh, things don’t automatically become better (though they may), but I know that He is listening to me and I can trust Him. He is in charge. After all, He is not my personal servant boy, waiting on hand to give me whatever I ask, or my Aladdan with a magic lamp. He is the Creator of the Universe who showed His love and care about 2000 years ago when He came to earth to die for me!  Through that, He has opened heaven’s door to me. This life is so short (though in suffering it doesn’t seem so!) and ahead of me lies heaven since I have embraced Jesus as God eternal and my Savior.

So I ask myself, am I continuing to be thankful? I must admit, too often I am not. But when I come back to God’s will for me and express thanks for the marvelous gift of coming as man to earth (an event we are soon to celebrate), plus the gifts He has given me, He gives joy and peace. This life with all its sorrows and pain will soon come to an end and then the decision I have made about Jesus will bring joy and peace forever.

HOPE

The results of our election for the President have left some feeling hopeless. They fail to realize that government isn’t the answer. Hope came to earth 2000 years ago when God Himself came to earth and with His life, death, and resurrection showed us there is more to life than what we see here. This life is not all there is. I am so glad.

For those who have lost hope, regardless of the situation:

HOPE

In the middle of bitter days,
God gave me a seed of hope.
I buried it deep in the soil
of my heart, far from the
probing eyes of the Spirit of God.
I feared the Light that He Is
would cause it to live and thrive
and bring pain. But God plowed
my heart with His Word and watered
the soil with His love. My heart
surrendered to the growing
seed and yielded a garden
of joy and trust in the living God.

Darlene ©2005

May God fill you with His hope in Jesus!