Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

It’s hard to believe December is already here! You are reading this on December 2nd, but I’m writing it on December 1st. Already this morning I have initialed and dated school assignments for my daughter and was mildly alarmed at the fact that I was writing 12/1/17 on the page. Where has the year gone? Before we know it, this month will end and a new year will begin.

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is typical of the Christmas season, I am thankful for the theme for this week’s photo challenge. It’s good to pause, breathe, and remember the serene moments of life before returning to the busy schedule on the calendar.

What is more serene than a quiet afternoon on the porch swing with Grandpa and Puppy Love?

swinging with grandpa

“Princess” Alysa with Grandpa and Puppy Love

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When Morning Gilds the Skies

One day several months ago I went to church with a heavy heart. Our family had just been through a bitter-sweet experience, and that day was feeling more bitter than sweet. The service began, and the song leader announced the hymn: “When Morning Gilds the Skies.” I opened my hymnal and sang along obediently. Verse 1, then verse 2. As we sang, I took in the words, especially verse 2. “Does sadness fill my mind?” Yes, it does. “A solace here I find.” What is it? “May Jesus Christ be praised!” Okay, Lord, I’m listening. “Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this: May Jesus Christ be praised!” With those words, my sorrow began to fade as my heart was filled with praise to my Savior. Continue reading