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Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish

Yes, Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.Though we don't use the words "disconsolate" or "languish" much these days, they are beautiful and descriptive words for a drooping spirit that needs "heaven's cure".Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.” Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowingForth from the throne of God, pure from above.Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowingEarth has no sorrow but heaven can remove." I do not know the original tune written in 1816 by Thomas Moore and tweaked by Thomas Hastings in 1831. I’ve been listening to the Indelible Grace IV cd with this song's tune rewritten and sung b…

Here's the Thing (Of Rhinestones and Gems)

Rhinestone Alert! Movies are like rhinestones, but sometimes we discover a gem. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised and delighted in a movie we rent. I love when that happens! But often we're lured by the title or description and we're sorely disappointed in the movie. Into the Wild was one such rhinestone movie. However, I jotted down two quotes I liked as we were watching the movie before I knew it would have such a disappointing and disturbing ending. No, I would notrecommend the movie. But I did like these two contrasting word pictures from the movie. I've experienced both. "This love has got no ceiling." "A burden lay down on me full length." Have you experienced either (or both) of these? Movies are like rhinestones, but sometimes we discover a gem! If you know of any gems, please share the treasure!

Two Concerts and Almost Four Inches of Rain (So Far)

A Clarinet Quartet in honor of Sharon. Sharon is not a kid. She's several years older than me, but I know she'd like this quartet! These kids are good! They are playing a Gershwin tune.This afternoon was our dear and amazing blind friend, Sharon's Salina Chorale Concert at the beautifully remodeled Art Deco Fox Theatre. It is now called the Stiefel Theatre. Sharon gifted Christine, Joanna and me with tickets. We drove 15 miles to the concert in the rain then back home in the rain! And by rain, I mean mostly steady to hard rain with lightening and thunder! Sharon loves clarinet! The concert was a vocal concert, but she was featured as a soloist playing her clarinet. She played a lovely arrangement of an old song called, "Stranger in Paradise". I couldn't find a video version featuring clarinet, but can you top Gershwin?Front door flowers. The photo was taken today after arriving home from Sharon's concert. A happy sight amidst the rains thunder and lighten…

Spring Hope in the Garden

Lately we have enjoyed the sort of spring weather that beckons us outside. All too soon the summer sun will bear down and burn off the coolness. So tonight we pruned roses in the cool of the evening. We have 12 Knock Out Roses bordering a garden off of our patio. They usually don’t need pruning, but since we had a late frost that shocked some of the branches we decided to prune. I rather like pruning, especially working alongside Mike, but before we were done and the sunset faded, I went inside to get our camera. These photographs were taken around 8 in the evening and some were taken using the night shot setting. I am such a novice, but I have fun experimenting! The Metal Man A Metal Tag Specifically a Metal Tag for "Radrazz Knockout Rose" The rose thorns held onto this Oak leaf through the fall and winter and into spring. (Is there a lesson here?) Korean Spice Viburnum. Oh, the sweet, soft and spicy scent. Sunset through the Vibernum Mike with the sunset behind him! Ti…

"Well I realize that falling down ain't graceful...

But I thank the Lord that falling's full of grace. Last evening we were at some friends and as I stood up to walk across the room, I got my toe caught under the area rug, lost my balance and fell down. Not just a silly little stumble thing! I mean I really fell down! It was a soft landing, but I was embarrassed! The kids came from downstairs to see what was the matter! We were having some stormy weather at the time, so I suppose they thought the thunder was getting more severe! Last week I was in a dressing room at one of my favorite stores, Goodwill, and as I was sitting down, I apparently misjudged my placement. I lost my balance and fell over until my fall was broken by hitting my side on another chair! Not only was it clumsy and awkward, but it hurt! I have an interesting and sprawling bruise formation on my side as a reminder! I was alone in the dressing room, feeling hurt and miffed. I sat on the floor fighting back tears and knowing if I let them fall it may be difficult to…

Game Name

If no one minds I think I'll change the name of the game from Stink Pink to...Well you don't expect me to just say it do you?Here is the possible new name puzzler:Stink Pink: Muse, Chain-Section(Honestly now, do I have liberty to change the name or are we partial to "Stink Pink"?)Keep playing anytime you want! Just leave a "stink pink" (or the new name) in the current comment box anytime!Now since the game is interrupting sleep, (I had the same experience as Zoanna!) I'll move on, but just to keep us primed here are two more that interrupted my sleep:Stink Pink: Pal RepairStink Pink: Mouth Stumble

#1 Stink Pink: E-diary Vapor

THANKS FOR PLAYING! If you haven’t played, do it now! You may scroll down to the next post for the beginning! Here are a few more. One is from my husband, one from Zoanna and a couple from daughters Tab and Liv. #2 Stink Pink: Sleep Group #3 Stinky Pinky: Happy Candy #4 Stink Pink: Sleepy Voyage #5 Stink Pink: Incorrect Musical Poem #6 Stink Pink: Pant Diva

Wanna Play “Stink Pink”?

Are you familiar with the game? I hadn’t heard of it until several years ago when we were building a house on Main Street. It was the house we were going to live in for the rest of our lives and the house my Dad helped in so many ways including laying 2,600 sq. ft. of slate tile, but that’s another story. I was speaking of “Stink Pink”. When we were building Main Street house, a man named Bob was working with Mike and taught us the game. We put in some long hours and this was one of the pastimes as we worked! The rule is to give a hint that describes two rhyming words. If the words have one syllable, you say “It’s a “Stink Pink“. Two syllables- “Stinky Pinky” Three syllables- Stinkity Pinkity” and so on! An example of a “Stink Pink” is: A Large Feline. (A. Fat Cat) An example of a “Stinky Pinky” is: A Comic Cottontail. (A. Funny Bunny) A “Stinkity Pinkity” hint is: Okay, I’ve drawn a blank! Could someone come up with a three syllable “Stinkity Pinkity”? So you get the idea. The words…

How Sweet It Is!

This is Cutie Granddaughter Marcail holding a box of chocolates! (The photograph was taken a short while back!) She looks a little bit apprehensive, a little bit hopeful and a whole lot sweet!

Talk About Plans and Sidetracked Plans! This may give God fresh reason to laugh, and I think I'll join in!

Whew! Yeah, talk about plans and sidetracked plans! Okay this first photo is of boxes ready to hold photographs. They are labeled, but they are empty. I may have under estimated the amount of boxes we will need, but this is a start and my plan is to get the photos sorted into the boxes before the 4th of July!Sidetrack #1: It is Spring and it has been lovely outside, so Mike and I began sorting through pots, re potting a few plants and planning for geraniums, petunias and Greenhouse Surprises. Sidetrack #2: The Storage Shed! Sorting and ridding and trying to conquer the feeling of being overwhelmed! Since this is mostly Mike's stuff, since he is a builder and he does honestly need it all (most of it), my job is to be an encourager/cheerleader! We are trying to actually get some organization with this stuff. Give me a kitchen and I can get it organized fairly well, but PVC pipe in various diameters, plumbing fittings, clamps, nails, electrical parts, drywall stuff, pipe dope, glues, …

Lyrical Lark #1 Answer: IF I STAND and here it is as recorded by Rich Mullins

Good guesses Tab and Liv and of course you're correct! I wonder how many times we listened to this song together either cranked up in the car or on the home stereo!Do you remember going to Mullins' concerts?There's more that rises in the morning Than the sun And more that shines in the night Than just the moon It's more than just this fire here That keeps me warm In a shelter that is larger Than this room And there's a loyalty that's deeper Than mere sentiments And a music higher than the songs That I can sing The stuff of Earth competes For the allegiance I owe only to the giver Of all good things CHORUS: So if I stand let me stand on the promise That you will pull me through And if I can't, let me fall on the grace That first brought me to You And if I sing let me sing for the joy That has born in me these songs And if I weep let it be as a man Who is longing for his home There's more that dances on the prairies Than the wind More that pulses in th…

Easter Cuties!

Naomi, Henry and MarcailSean, Eleanor and Chloe READ ON!!!

Lyrical Lark 1

Here's a new "spirited adventure"! Do you know the song these lyrics are from?"The stuff of earth competes for the allegience I owe only to the Giver of all good things."

From Chimney to Brick Path

See the big house in the background of the second and third photos? Well, our neighbor has been working on the house getting it ready to move into for about a year now. He wants to restore the house to the way he remembered it as a youth in it's glory days. The long story short is that when he tore out the chimney, he gave some brick to Mike and this is what Mike did with a few of them. It's a little path from patio to yard. Christine got in on some clean up! This path will be used often! It is where firewood is brought to the patio and a good exit/entry from patio to yard!

“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen— nothing else matters.”

—Among the last words of Jaroslav Pelikan (1923-2006)Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world." John 11:25-27

Divine Demonstation

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.Romans 5:6-9

Confession: Coming out of the closet by looking inside. YEARS of photographs in disarray are sharing closet shelves with various games and frames!

Games, frames and photographs! I open those closet doors and instantly feel anxious, overwhelmed and somewhat guilty! I do NOT want to scrapbook! NO! I won't! I can't! I DO NOT WANT TO! NO! It is NOT Thearaputic! (Hence the guilt!) What's that about? I think it came with the first scrapbook party I ever went to. It was designed to educate us, AND it was designed to selllots of groovy scrapbooks, tools and supplies! I did go home and carefully pull or cut away my childhood photos from those disastrous magnetic pages and whatever pages those are with sticky backgrounds.Oh the guilt of wrecking a work my Mom's hands lovingly did! How could she have known that those magnetic pages were works of the Evil one?! But the guilt of having so many more that have NOT been organized!Some folks just don't know how to Party! But the party also frightened me when I looked at all the coolest scrapbook pages ever and realized I don't want to do it! I don't want to buy the su…

Mosaic #3 "Sunken Snapshot" and Eleanor's 2nd Birthday!

Today Mike put up the mosaic that he finished grouting on Tuesday. Mike designed these mosaics and did most of the work. Tab, Christine and I had some fun by helping “glue on” pieces much like a puzzle of our own interpretation and I had the fun of picking up various colorful items to bust into smaller pieces and odd objects (like the toilet, whale etc.) at thrift shops or garage sales, but truly Mike is the artist and though he didn’t sign his name, he should have! HERE are the two in the front entry and this “Sunken Snapshot” is in the back covered patio. Eleanor turned two. Her party was cancelled last week because of snow, so we had it at our house today! It was fun! I regret not getting a group photo! There were 13 partiers! Here is Olivia, Chris, Eleanor and Sean (Baby Chloe was being held by Great Grandad Dale)The cute froggy Cake was made by Daddy Chris! Happy Birthday Eleanor Olivia, Miss Ellie-O!