Alice, my friend

Alice Foreman Furlough, November 15,1915 – March 18, 2005

My beloved friend, Alice, has now been gone from us for a year. Alice would have been 90 years old in just a few months before she left. But God had a different plan for her 90th Birthday. We like to believe that she celebrated with her loved ones that had gone before her.

Alice was a very special friend. If you wanted someone to pray with you, you visited Alice, If you wanted someone to sing with you, you visited Alice. If you wanted someone to share a secret with, you visited Alice. If you wanted a hug, you visited Alice.

I was ten years old when I meet Alice, who became known to me as Sis. Furlough, in church in my hometown in NC. My Father had died and the Methodist church we attended had moved and a new little church had started in our Methodist church building. My Mother bega Continue reading “Alice, my friend”

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A Song of Blessing

This song has been such a blessing to me that I would like to share with all of you. Let’s all just sing together now.

“God is in Control”
Twila Paris

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever

He has never let you down
Why st Continue reading “A Song of Blessing”

Happiness Belongs to You!

Benjamin Franklin was concluding a moving speech on the guarantees of the Constitution when a heckler shouted, “Those words don’t mean anything. Where’s all the happiness you said it guarantees us?” Franklin smiled and calmly silenced his critic.
“My friend, the Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.”

Jesus, expounded this same teaching with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). When we read Blessed are you, we are reading and hearing “Happy are you:”

Try reading the scriptures below by replacing Blessed with Happy and catch happiness.

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 )Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6) Ble Continue reading “Happiness Belongs to You!”

MOSAIC OF JOY

Sara’s Notes of Joy

(Zephaniah 3:17) “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

What do you do when The Lord is rejoicing with gladness and singing over you?

In the book of Zephaniah the prophet is describing the destruction of Judah, Philistine, Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia, and Assyria by the might nation of Babylon. Yet, Zephaniah was assuring these nations that not one nation of people was too far from God’s love, and not one nation was too small for His power! Then he closes this little book with powerful promises and encouraging the people to respond positively to God’s full circle of love.

How? (Zephaniah 3:14) “Sing, shout and be glad and rejoice with all your heart. (Verse 15 Amplified) (For then it wi Continue reading “MOSAIC OF JOY”

Attitude=’s character

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
– Albert Einstein

attitude |Л?atiЛЊt(y)oЕЌd| noun a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior : she took a tough attitude toward other people’s indulgences | being competitive is an attitude of mind | differences in attitude were apparent between ethnic groups. • a position of the body proper to or implying an action or mental state : the boy was standing in an attitude of despair, his chin sunk on his chest. • informal truculent or uncooperative behavior; a resentful or antagonistic manner : I asked the waiter for a clean fork, and all I got was attitude. • informal individuality and self-confidence as manifested by behavior or appearance; style : she snapped her fingers with attitude. • the orientation of an aircraft or spac Continue reading “Attitude=’s character”

The joy of an artist

Painting Pugs and Poodles, Shelties and Shih Tzus, Collies, Mixed-breed and
Cockers and Poms;

Oh the joy of watching pure white canvases burst forth in phases of shape,
color and poise. Capturing framable companions of love for memories
to last a lifetime.

Light out of darkness, in many ways to others joy, to Him praise.
I take out my trusty water worn brush, a flash of color or a
tinted hush. Browns and tans, blues with hues, a twinkling eye,
one pup or two.

My gift of painting is an outpouring of the love that was poured
into me through hard work and true friendship by many.

“Life is to be fortified by many friendships, to love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.” Sydney Smith…..(On an earlier blog by Sara she asked is this true?) My answer was yes and what I am writing is why I said yes. By painting do Continue reading “The joy of an artist”