People – Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, is a wonderful program providing Christmas Shoeboxes to children in need all around the world.

“From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.”

It’s easy to fill a shoebox with gifts and necessities for a child. The hard part is getting all you want to send into the box! When I imagine the box being opened up, and the toys, school supplies, and toiletries discovered, I feel real joy. There is still time to take part in this wonderful endeavor. Visit Operation Christmas Child for more information.

People – Throwback Thursday/Sisters

My sister and I, October 30th, 1977. I am the bride, just barely twenty years old. She is my Maid of Honor, aged seventeen.

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On February 4th I blogged about packaging seeds for my sister in tea packets . This is the sweet email I received in return:

‘Hi Kathy,

Thank you so much for the seeds. When I first saw them hanging on the back door I thought you were sharing tea with me. I even turned on the tea kettle went to the bag and then saw the writing, ha, ha. Thank you so much, I may start some of them today. Talk soon!

Love, Sue’

My sister is so talented and versatile. She wears many hats: nurse, beekeeper, gardener, skipper of a boat, hockey coach, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt and SISTER. I am blessed to be her big sister.

People – Rend Collective

“‘We wanted to push boundaries because our God is not safe or small: He has a wild imagination.’

Rend Collective have never lacked imagination. From the bewildering array of children’s toys and whimsical, handmade oddities they call instruments, to the hare-brained and wonderfully impractical scheme of recording a live album on the beach around a campfire, to the safety-defying audacity of shooting a music video on a fully-operational fishing boat in the turbulent Irish Sea, this fascinating worship community have always pursued the colorful and unexpected.” ~ Rend Collective Website

I love the exuberant praise songs by Rend Colletive.

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People & Praise – Katrice Cornett – Concert in the Park

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Today, my husband and I visited Red Bank Battlefield in National Park, New Jersey. We parked the truck beneath the bluest of Autumn skies. Airplanes climbed into the air before our eyes; National Park is across from the Philadelphia International Airport. Barges, tugboats and ships parted the waters of the Delaware, traveling up and down the river.

I was thrilled when a musical group began taping a music video just yards away from where we sat. Their gospel song soon added an extra blessing to our day. I was able to purchase a CD and find out the name of the lead singer. Katrice Cornett’s voice has the honeyed tones of someone blessed by the Lord Jesus with the gift of song.

You can read more about Ms. Cornett here:
Katrice Cornett Website.

People and Praise – Tasha Cobbs

For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.”
~ Ephesians 6:12

Are you in a battle? There is a great message in this song. A reminder to rely upon THE ONE can break every chain. Hallelujah!

There is power in the name of Jesus! Amen.

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” ~ I John 4:4

Praise & People – Across the World in Song #1

I am always inspired and uplifted by groups from all around the world who are dedicated to praising God in song. What terrific examples of people all across the world who are serving God. A good reminder that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Here are a few new songs I’ve recently come across.

You Are My Hiding Place – Golden Angels – South Korea

Wa Hamba Nathi (Siyabonga Jesu) – South Africa

How Great is Our God/Gadol Elohai – Israel/Joshua Aaron/Messianic Praise and Worship
Israeli musician Yaron Yerahmiel Cherniak on the Persian Tar.

United in Christ’s Love all around the world. Hallelujah! What a Savior.

People & Praise – Christafari

I love Reggae music. This year I found a Christian Reggae group by the name of Christafari. I purchased their “Greatest Hits” CD from Amazon and absolutely love it.

“Christafari is more than a group of musical trailblazers. They consider themselves “Musicianaries” – using their unique blend of traditional roots and contemporary dancehall reggae to proclaim an uncompromising message of hope and salvation to this lost generation.” ~ Christafari

People, Plant & Quotes – St. Patrick

 

“Christ beside me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”
~ St. Patrick

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White Wood Sorrel

 

“If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.” ~ St. Patrick

I am quite fond of my Wood Sorrel Oxalis/Shamrock plant. I purchased it last Spring as a “Proven Winner.” I planted the oxalis in a medium-sized pot and grew it beneath the shady branches of a crab apple tree. The dappled sunlight it received allowed the plant to thrive. In the Autumn, I brought the oxalis into the house and placed it in a shady basement window. The plant thrived all winter with minimal attention. In a few weeks I will place it outside beneath the crab apple tree once more. A terrific plant, but might not be easy to find. It is available online.

“This is a sweet plant with lots of delicate small white flowers. Its leaves resemble shamrocks so it is a perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift. It will grow happily in a window of your home in a cold climate, as did my first plants. It also grew happily outside in my garden in the Caribbean isle of Montserrat. That’s not bad for flexibility which automatically makes it one of my favorites.” ~Green Garden Online Plant Source

Prose & People – A Woman’s Prayers to God

My Letters to God by S. Corrine Davis
My Letters to God by S. Corrine Davis

“My letters to God came about by my need to communicate with him on a regular basis. I need—as a Christian, a wife, and a mother notwithstanding—to pray every day.”

This beautiful book is filled with words from the author’s heart to God. Corrine Davis is a Pastor’s Wife, a mother of five, a grandmother, a wonderful cook, an amazing seamstress, a pianist; she can take anything old and make it look new again. She is an inspiration to many, and I am proud to call her my Aunt.

Here are a few quotes from, “My Letters to God.”

“Lord, I see that so many are struggling with the ‘daily stuff’ of life. And, it’s really so true for everyone. That little stuff—the nitty, gritty junk we all deal with—is sometimes what can make us or break us. All the time we are looking at the ‘big’ stuff that threatens to hit us and take us out, when in reality, I find that the junk drawer that refuses to shut is often what can wreck my relationship with you.”

“My desire is to be like Jesus. To do this, I will reevaluate my goals, my dreams, my hopes, therein finding the sweet will of God. Hold me close, Lord. Please don’t let me slip out of your grip.”

You can find “My Letters to God” from these sources:

My Letters to God by S. Corrine Davis
“My Letters to God – Kindle Edition

You can read more of S. Corrine Davis’s Prayers to God at: My Letters to God Blogspot

People & Place – Mark Hirsch and “That Tree,” An Update

In January of 2014 I wrote a post on Mark Hirsch and “That Tree.” Imagine my delight and surprise yesterday when the subject of my post, Mark Hirsch, commented on the post. He gave me a few updates about his project.

“I am tickled that your sister shared my project with you. Thank you for sharing it on your blog. My book That Tree was published in October of 2013 and can be found at independent book sellers throughout the midwest. It is also available through my website at “THAT TREE” Shop.
I am still finding time to document and experience life in and around my magical bur oak tree. You can see and follow my ongoing posts at That Tree on Facebook.

Here is the original post and video:

My sister recently sent me a terrific link. I had mentioned to her that I was photographing a pathway into a nearby woods once a week. *** I thought it would be fun to post it in a blog page (The link to “The Path” can be found in the top left sidebar of this blog) I love the link she sent me in return of “That Tree,” the oak that Mark Hirsch photographed with a smart phone for 365 days in 2012.

*** I photographed my “pathway” for several weeks, and then due to a vacation and bad weather let the project end. This has re-inspired me, perhaps in April, when this terrible winter weather clears up a bit, I can once again find a path or special spot to photograph weekly. Why don’t you give it a try too?

People – Happy Birthday Mr. Washington

“Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.” ~ George Washington, Prayer

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“Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” ~ Proverbs 11:14

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” ~ George Washington