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Merry Christmas

christian_christmas_message aMay you sense the peace the Savior of the world brought to earth one Christmas morning long ago. Merry Christmas and God bless you!

Hugs & love, Cathy and DH

Q is for Quiet Time


Smoky Mountains Valley View


As your morning breaks, reflect on these words found in Psalm 46:10.

“Be quiet and know that I am God.”



And, then enjoy the day filling refreshed and at peace!


Have you considered having your own personal quiet time? I have been randomly going on and off with finding my place with God in solitude. Life’s hurried nature creates chaos in my routine and I have not managed to grab the reigns to pull things to a swift halt.

The desire of my heart is to spend quiet time each morning with God but my human nature allows distractions to interfere with my plans.  I’m too tired right now after I’m awake or I need to get this task started before I do anything else or The house is too noisy and I can’t concentrate… The excuses are plenty, I know.

Why do I seek to have this walk? It’s simple, I want to have a deeper personal, loving, friendship with the Lord.

How should I spend my quiet time?  Ultimately, I want to devote a small block of time each day reading what God wants me to know from His word.  However, as I mentioned above life gets in the way with truly peaceful moments to spend reading.  At moments like this, I need to be creative to find other ways to have personal one-on-one quiet time with the Lord.

  • Play peaceful, inspirational music. (see below for free MP3 songs)
  • Keep a journal – write a letter to God for the day.
  • Find a special way to minister to others – make a hand-stamped card with sweet sentiments or call someone you love or write an inspiring post for your blog.
  • Use the Internet to find uplifting and awe-striking photographs or slide presentations of our world.  The Lord created this just for us.

Taking time…making time to spend with the Father isn’t hard to do.  I just need to re-condition my mindset to give into my heart’s desire.

For free MP3s…

Useful Resources:
How Can I Improve My Daily Quiet Time? by Gregg Farah
How to Have a Meaningful Quiet Time by Adrian Rogers
Quiet Walk Daily Bible Devotion
How to Have a Quiet Time With God by Rick Warren

Miss Jenny Alphabe-Thursday assignment of the letter ‘Q’ was the inspiration for my post, Quiet Time.
Have a quintessential day!







9 Essentials for Surviving Everyday

Years ago, a dear friend sent me a care package of the most unusual items in an interestingly unique care package.  Inside, every item was properly tagged with a scripture card explaining the value of each article each.  The survival kit served to remind me what is needed to make it through life with these 9 Essentials for Surviving Everyday.


1) TOOTHPICK – To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others. (Matthew 7:1)
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

2) RUBBER BAND – To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out. (Romans 8:28)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

3) BAND AID – To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s. (Colossians 3:12-14)

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

4) PENCIL – To remind you to list your blessings everyday. (Ephesians 1:3)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

5) ERASER – To remind you that everyone makes mistakes and it’s OKAY. (Genesis 50:15-21)

15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

6) CHEWING GUM – To remind you to stick with it, and you can accomplish anything. (Philippians 4:13)

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

7) MINT – To remind you that you
are worth a mint. (John 3:16-17)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

8) CANDY KISS – To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday. (John 4:7)

“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”

9) TEA BAG – To remind you to relax daily and go over your list of blessings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

How appropriate is this for a friend to share such a sentimental gift?   This is a beautiful illustration of how one can view everyday objects as a device for survival with the appropriate scripture.  9 little essentials passed from one friend to another now being passed to you, my friend.


PS:  I researched the net to find the author of this inspiring concept, but came up empty-handed.  However, I did find some information, which might encourage and help your school kids with these, 8 downloadable survival scripture cards for back-to-school that I originally found at the Tip Junkie site’s that no longer works.


(I’m using the freebie version of this pdf plugin before purchasing the license to see how it works for now.  You can right-click image and do “Save As” )

You may also like this post, I wrote: I Call You Friend.









I Call You Friend and 7 Characteristics of a true friend

Friends are an important part of our lives.  We naturally migrate to others seeking love, acceptance, support, comfort, and kinship.

From grade school through high school, a parade of faces passed through my life.  Surprisingly, many of those friends I have reconnected with after many lost years through the world-famous social networking of Facebook.  Sometimes, friends fade completely out of my life.  I don’t count them any less of a friend, just ones that have gone MIA.  Maybe one day our paths will meet and we can reconnect broken ties.

Unfortunately, I have had friends who really weren’t my friends at all.  These people were two-faced liars who back stabbed me.  It was my ‘true’ friends who came to my rescue in pointing out the wolf in sheep clothing.  Call me ignorant, naïve, or clueless, but never call me unfaithful.  These life experiences have taught me to not trust people, but to exercise caution.
What is a true friend?  You’ll recognize a true friend if you spot these characteristics in her.

  • A true friend is loyal, hanging with you through the thick and thin while others walk away.
  • A true friend is non-judgemental having an understanding heart and unspoken creed which serves to remind her of, “How could my friend help me best if I were in her shoes?”
  • A true friend is your cheerleader, always quick to offer the encouragement and support you need.
  • A true friend is honest, she’ll tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear.
  • A true friend always watches out for you, she’ll let you know when something isn’t in your best interest and will try to safeguard you from bad choices.
  • A true friend respects who you are, never asking you to change but loves you despite your differences.
  • A true friend listens not only with her ears, but her heart and then offers inspiration and strength.

Not everyone is fortunate to find true friends. In fact, it’s difficult for some to know how to pick a real friend without disappointment when the friendship fails.  I stumbled upon this interesting Bible study on friendship that offers hope and encouragement called  10 Top Characteristics of a True Friend.

“A friend loveth at all times…”
Proverbs 17:17


Friendships can be spawn through different encounters: pen palling, social networking, blogging, or a perchance meeting. Some of the dearest women I know are those who I have never met face-to-face, but yet, I call you friend!