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Tender Place


In today’s Daily Guideposts, contributor Shawnelle Eliasen shared a special moment she had with her “near adult son.” Even though they had experienced some growing gaps and family hurts recently, he invited her to come into the living room and listen to his latest musical creation.

Shawnelle wrote,
“This invitation was everything…
Finally my son invited me into a tender part of his life.
The place where music lives
and creativity runs free.
A gentle place.
A place of peace.”

She thought back to the days when he was young. When his fingers first curled around a pencil and later around a steering wheel. She thanked God for those fingers that now played the beginnings of an original song – and invited her to come along.

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Where is your gentle, peaceful, tender place?
What or who shares the place where your creativity runs free?
Who might you invite to enter – to join you there?
Someone who’d love to share your company in that place.

Think about it.

Open your tender place
and let extra love come in.

Thanks for visiting
my “Tender Place” here on WP.

See ya later.

How to Relieve Stress


Do you sometimes experience stress?

How do you overcome it?

Here are a half a dozen suggestions that work for me:

1. I Pray –

My faith in the Lord, knowing the Holy Spirit always is with me, is my first line of defense. I simply ask for His Peace to overcome the distress that is causing my stress. Usually that works if I just sit quietly long enough… and smile as I wait for His peace and confidence to flow through me. I know He is in charge – and He has my best interests at heart.

2. Take a walk or a ride

Go into nature and while I’m out and about, notice the beauty. Let the peacefulness of nature wash over me.

3. Reach out to friends.

Share my concerns with others and solicit their help. In the process, look for ways I can help them. Nothing makes me feel happier than being able to help another. My own stresses dissolve in the process.

4. Count my blessings.

Take my mind off the area that’s causing stress and remember all the areas of goodness & success in my life. Rejuvenate the “I can do this” spirit in me.

5. Put on some crazy music 🎶

… and let the theory of Music Therapy (the ISO Principle) wash over me as I gradually change crazy to rhythmic to slower, peaceful music. Watch … wait, and feel my mood change with the mood of the 🎵 music 🎼

6. Color!

Let the act of changing black and white to joyful color succeed in changing my stressful mindset to one of colorful positivity instead.

Which of those half a dozen ideas might work best for you?

Try them all…
And have a peaceful day!

See ya later!

Christmas in September


It feels like Christmas!

Snow draped the fir trees

Like garland decorations

Today’s snowflakes cling

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Home again tonight

It was a lovely weekend

Here are the highlights

Ready for Saturdya night

Company for dinner in our home –

Saturday night fun:

Good food, great conversation,

and after dinner sing-along.

 

fellowship- church Choir before teaching church school

Then Worship service followed by

A delicious fellowship hour

 

Elaine baked a pineapple upsidedown cake.

Yum!!

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These gourds decorated the tables.

They reminded me of beauty in distortion

Never be afraid to be different

 

The Bozeman Symphony this afternoon

was incredible!

We thoroughly enjoyed the music

and the gift of a very talented conductor

and creative, dedicated musicians.

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After the Symphony we tried a new restaurant:

Nordic Brewery in Bozeman, MT.

We highly recommend it.

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Try to get Avery as your waitress.

She was efficient and adorable –

And the beer samples and food were delicious.

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I chose the skirt steak and Bob had a hamburger

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My skirt steak was tasty and done to perfection

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Do you think I liked it??

 

I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend, too

with great friends, good food,

and beautiful music.

God is good – all the time.

Every day is Christmas

when you enjoy

the gifts

God gives you.

 
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See ya tomorrow

(I don’t know why the audio didn’t work. Got any clues for me about how to link to mp3 music?)

Just Be Happy


It’s the middle of the night here in Ennis, Montana, USA.
I can’t sleep.
Do you ever have that problem?
What do you do about it?

There’s an old song that comes to mind.
These may not be the exact words,
but it goes something like this:
When you’re troubled and you can’t sleep,
Count your blessings instead of sheep;
and you’ll fall asleep
counting your blessings.”

See you later!
After some restful sleep…
If I can just get TazE to stop waking me up!

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OK, just be happy…
Life is good-
Even at 3: in the morning!!

How Can I Keep From Singing?


 

Sermon Notes from the message
inspired by Colossians 3:12-17
“How Can I Keep from Singing?”
Delivered by Rev. Steve Hundley
today in McAllister, Montana
at our
Little White Church in the Meadow

McAllister Church

Why did God create this world?
We’ve given Him nothing but trouble.
It was enough that He created Adam,
Then the trouble seemed to double!

But Adam alone could not sing
In God’s perfect harmony.
He needed Eve and crickets, too.
Needed birds and waterfalls, and me!

Nature is awash with lovely sound –
Whipporwill and tree frogs sing.
I hear coyotes howling in the dark.
God made lovely sounds in everything.

God must have needed all those notes
From all Creation as they raise
Their voices in glory to Him.
He created us all to give Him praise.

If we don’t sing, we’re as good as dead!
Throughout history songs are recorded.
“Hallelujah” sang the angels on high.
We can read the songs the Psalms reported.

However, when we destroy the habitat
Of animals who sing and swing in trees,
Or the homes of God’s loving people,
We silence songs such as these.

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How can we keep from singing?
How can we assure the continued song?
We must keep God’s creation alive
And praise our Lord as we sing along.

 

Join the birds, crickets, Joey and Rory
In beautiful songs of praise and love.
Join hands and hearts and keep alive
The melodies from God above.

Amen!

Our service in that little white church
was filled today with music and merriment.
Sing along with us as we have a great time
with “Daddy Sang Bass” (… Mama Sang Tenor).
Betcha can’t keep from singing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA9jf-bm2As

Have a blessed rest of your Sunday…

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Keep on singin’ –
-ya hear?

See ya tomorrow.

Send Me An Angel


Send Me an Angel

Here I am! In the land of the morning star,
Will you send me an angel?
Wise men said, “Just raise your hand
And reach out… hear the voice from deep inside…
Close your eyes and you will find
Your way out of the dark.”
Here I am – in the land of the morning star.

A blogging friend posted this YouTube video yesterday morning.
Yesterday afternoon I needed a guardian angel to catch me before I fell.
It was a weird accident. I guess most accidents are.
I was just turning to head out of my kitchen and my sandal turned
before I did… and my body lunged sideways, banging my head on the log post.
I thought my guardian angel musta been working overtime elsewhere.

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I gashed my head open – about a 2 inch gash – requiring four stitches.
Bob & I spent the afternoon in the emergency room at our local medical center.
So, that’s why I didn’t get this blog posted yesterday.

But, I am okay… and I guess my guardian angel was with me after all.
The CT scan showed no internal brain bleed. Could have been worse!
Keep me in your prayers, will ya? Weird falls are the #1 reason folks my age
end up in the emergency room… and it’s not my favorite place to be!

And beware those sharp turns in your kitchen! Oy Vey!!

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See ya later

Little Things Mean a Lot


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I posted the link to this song,”Little Things Mean a Lot” by Kitty Kallen, popular back in the era of Doris Day … because a blogging friend wrote this week about how little things mean a lot. My friend is much too young to have ever heard of Kitty Kallen. Have you? Do you know this song?

The words and sentiment are timeless. Treat yourself by listening. And then tell me, what “little things” would you add to the lyrics?

Has the world changed that much since Kitty Kallen’s day?

Kitty Kallen, who sang with top bandleaders including Harry James and Artie Shaw, in an undated photograph.

CreditCreditvia Photofest

Have a great week.

 heart of love

See ya later

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