Let’s Praise God Together

Over the last few weeks, I have been writing about the subject of praise. Today I wanted to praise the Lord with you. He is so worthy of our praise. But praise is something we often overlook in our daily lives. I would like to make this a habit in my life and I hope that you will too. So, let’s start today by offering God this prayer of praise.

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

We humbly come before You today to offer You praise. You are so worthy, You are so glorious, You are so awesome and amazing. You are above everything we know, for You created everything we know. So how can we even come up with the words that truly describe just how magnificent You are?

We want to thank You, Lord, for all the blessings in our lives. Even through these uncertain times, You have blessed us beyond measure. You have been by our sides every day. You never left us. You have continued to provide for us and watch over us. Thank You, God.

Every single day You look out for us, protect us, and cover us. You keep a shield of protection around Your children all day and every day. There are so many things that You do in our lives each and every day. It would blow us away if we knew of the trillions of things that You did behind the scenes to protect us, to guide us, and to bless us. Lord, we thank You. We can never say “thank You” enough for all of the wonderful things that You do for us. You are our shield. You are our strength. You are our hope. You are our joy.

While it’s true that some days may be difficult, we still know that You are working all things together for good. Thank You, God. It amazes us to know that You can take the difficulties in our lives and make something beautiful out of them. You are loving and merciful and compassionate. And You love all Your children beyond measure.

Thank You, Lord. We thank You. We praise You. You are so wonderful and amazing.

Father, it brings tears of joy to think about how You hear all of our prayers. You are always there for us, Lord. When we call out to You, whether our prayers are full of praise or petitions. Thank You, Lord, for hearing us.

It is so wonderful to know that You guide us every single day. You hold our hands, guiding us like sheep, down the right path. When we are feeling down, we thank You for being there for us, for being our comforter and our friend.

You are so good to us, Lord. It says in the Bible that Your thoughts about us cannot be numbered. How amazing that is to think about! You think of us so much and so often. All day and every day. What a comfort that is to know how much You love us.

God, we thank You for adopting us into Your family. We thank You for calling us Your children. Thank You for our true inheritance. Thank You that we are now joint heirs with Jesus. When we accepted Jesus into our lives we were washed clean, we were made as white as snow. We can never express enough thanks for this precious gift.

Lord, we thank You for the Bible, Your Holy Word. What a precious gift You have given us that we can pick up and read Your words at any given time. And there’s so much power in Your word, God. We thank You for this wonderful gift You have given us.

Lord, we put our trust in You and You alone. You are the only one who can truly guide us, protect us, keeping us safe and secure. The things of this world are temporary, but You are eternal. The things of this world are weak, but You are strong. You are our strength, Father.

God, You fill our hearts with joy. Your love overflows on us, all day and every day. You shower us with love and with blessings. You fill us with peace.

We praise you. We love You, Father. We thank You for all that You are.

In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray, Amen.

 

Thank you for praying this prayer with me. I hope you enjoyed praising God. If you have anything you would like to add, please comment!

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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When to Praise God

Over the last few weeks, my posts have been about praising God. Today I want to discuss when to praise God. Many of the posts have already touched on why we should praise God. I also talked about how to praise God and where to praise God. So that left the question of when to praise God. When talking about where to praise God, before giving specific examples, I mentioned that we could really praise God anywhere. And likewise, when it comes to when to praise God, we can praise Him at any time. However, in this post, I would still like to discuss specific examples. And I will share a Psalm that will help you in these scenarios.

1 – When things are going well. It might seem obvious to praise God when things in life are going well, but I feel like this is often overlooked. When things in life are going well, many times we don’t give God a second thought. When life is good and we are being showered with blessings, we should praise Him and thank Him for all He does for us. Many of the Psalms are hymns or thanksgiving songs. So if you need a place to start, you can use an appropriate Psalm to get you on the right path. Psalm 100 is a favorite of mine.

2 – When things are not going well. I wrote about this in another post a couple of weeks ago. Many of us are quick to run to God and ask for His help when things are not going well. But we might stop short of praising Him. Praising God during difficulties is not a natural response for most of us. But as I mentioned in a prior post, praising God in our troubles will help turn our outlook around. Yes, we will face trials in life. But when we praise Him, in the midst of a storm, it helps us to remember that God is still in control and will see us through whatever we are facing. It’s also ok to cry out to God for help when we need it. Many of the Psalms are considered laments. Lamenting to the Lord helps us to pour out our concerns to Him, while it reminds us that He is still God, He is still on the throne, and He has the ability to help us with what we are facing. If you are looking for a Psalm that reminds you that God will get you through whatever you are facing, Psalm 121 is another favorite of mine.

3 – When we are repentant. If we have sinned and grieved God, it’s essential to first confess to God in prayer. But I believe thanking God for showing us that we have made a mistake and thanking God for forgiving us is important as well. Psalm 51 was written by David after he committed adultery. However, it is also a beautiful Psalm that you can read at any time when you want to draw closer to the Lord.

4 – When we are weary. Perhaps you have just been going through the motions of life, and your days are a bit humdrum. Or maybe you feel lost and don’t know which way to go. Praising God will help get you back on track. Psalm 23 is a well known Psalm and it is also very comforting when life has you feeling disoriented.

5 – When we are waiting. Whether we are sitting and waiting in a doctor’s office, or waiting for a breakthrough, I believe it’s safe to say that no one likes waiting. When we are waiting, we tend to feel restless. We might even be anxious or worried. Praising God in our waiting reminds us that He is in control and that His timing is not our timing. In these times, Psalm 27 would be a good place to start.

6 – When we need protection. If we are traveling or if we feel our safety is at risk, praising God will help us feel better about what we are facing. We will remember that God has us in the palm of His hand. And praying through Psalm 91 will also bring you comfort.

These are just a few examples. I could list out many more scenarios. But I think you get the idea. No matter what we are facing, praising God will bring joy and peace into our lives. It will help turn our monotonous moments into treasured times. Praising God draws us closer to Him and helps us to feel His presence. Who doesn’t need more of that? I hope this post helps. If you have anything to add from your own life, please share in the comments!

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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Where to Praise God

Over the past several weeks I have been writing posts that deal with praising God. Last week I talked about how to praise God. Today I want to focus on where to praise God. The bottom line is that you can praise God anywhere, whether you are alone or with others. But I will get a little more in depth on places where I personally have been praising God.

1 – At Church. Under normal circumstances we often praise God when we are at church. Right now with the pandemic going on many of us have not been going to church on a regular basis. So during this time you can still praise God when you are attending church virtually. God designed us to fellowship with others and that is something that is emphasized a lot in the New Testament. When we are with other Christians we can encourage one another and edify one another. Praising God together with your Christian brothers and sisters will not only help you grow in your relationship with the Lord, but it will also help you grow in your relationships with those around you.

2 – At Home. Right now many of us are spending a lot of time at home. So praising God at home will definitely be something you want to seek right now. But even without a pandemic, praising God at home is still very much appropriate. Home is where we spend much of our time. We might be around family or we might be alone. If we are alone then you can feel free to praise God more comfortably. But even with other people around, praising God should still be something we do. We want to bring the Holy Spirit into our homes so that those around us will be greatly influenced by our attitude of praise.

3 – Outdoors. There is some thing about being outside in nature that is so special. When I am outside, whether I am sitting, walking, or riding a bike, I love to praise God. I love to talk with Him and spend time with Him. It feels like there is nothing blocking me from reaching Him when I only have the sky above.

4 – In Our Vehicles. I also often praise God when I am driving. I love to sing praises to the Lord, but I don’t consider myself to be a very good singer. Ha! So if I am alone, this is a perfect chance for me to sing to my heart’s content. And I also like to talk to God when I am driving. I feel I can pour my heart out to God when it is just Him and me. And a bonus to praising God when driving is that you won’t get so upset with other drivers. 🙂

Those are the places where I have been praising God the most over the past few months. I hope you found this helpful. But if you have any ideas of your own, please share!

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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How to Praise God

Over the last few weeks I have been talking about the importance of praising God. Last week I challenged you to praise God anytime you have felt down. Did you try it? If so, let me know how it went!

I haven’t specifically told you how to praise God because I initially wanted you to find your own way of doing this, a way that would come from your heart. But in case you are struggling to praise God or if you want some ideas, I felt now was a good time to share my thoughts.

1 – Praise God through prayer. You can talk to God and tell Him how amazing He is. Let your heart run over with all of His wonderful characteristics. And thank Him for all He has done for you.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 17:6

2 – Praise God through journaling. Another option is to talk to God through pen and paper. Write down a list of His awesome attributes. You can also write down blessings in your life. Having a list in front of you will help you to see, all the more, how magnificent He is.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1

3 – Praise God through singing, music, or dancing. Singing doesn’t have to be something you only do in church. You can sing to God at any given time. And don’t worry about your ability to carry a tune. I am convinced that it still sounds beautiful to God, because it is coming from your heart. If you play an instrument or like to dance, you can do that as well. We see evidence of King David playing instruments and dancing in the Bible.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:1-2

4 – Share with others. Don’t be shy about how glorious God is. Allow God’s praises to be on your lips when you are in the company of other people.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14

5 – Read the Psalms. I have mentioned the Psalms in my last several posts on praise. Reading some of the Psalms aloud to God in prayer is a great way to praise Him, especially if you are at a loss for words and need some inspiration.

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. – Psalm 145:1-3

These are just a few ways in which I have praised the Lord. I hope that these tips have helped you. If you have any insight on different ways that you like to praise the Lord, please share.

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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A Secret to Praising God

Over the last several weeks I have been talking about praising God. Today I want to share a secret with you. Sometimes we might not feel like praising God. Perhaps we are anxious, worried, stressed, angry, or feeling some other negative emotion. We might be so wrapped up in an issue or circumstance we are facing, and our hearts just aren’t into praising God at the moment.

Here is a secret – that is when you need to praise God the most! Once you begin to praise Him, your heart and your mood will turn around!

I have seen this firsthand in my own life over the past several months. When I am feeling down or worried, praising God always gives me a boost. One example comes from before the pandemic, which is when God first started speaking to me about praise. It was a Monday morning. My husband had to tend to some important banking matters that day. Normally I would have asked my boss if I could take a couple of hours off so I could help my husband. But I had an important meeting that day as well. So there were two things weighing on my mind that morning. I was anxious and fretful. As I drove to work, I took the time to praise the Lord.

Then something miraculous happened. I felt peace settle over me. I was no longer worried about the big things my husband and I were facing that day. I knew God was in control and He would help us through them.

This wasn’t a coincidence or a one-time thing. Over the past several months, throughout the pandemic, or when I have been feeling down about something, I have praised God. Each time, I have felt my mood lighten. It’s an amazing feeling. You heart pours out to God, and He in turn fills your heart.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:11

Challenge: Over the next week, I challenge you to try this. When you are feeling down, worried, anxious, depressed, angry, fretful, sad, or any other negative emotion, stop what you are doing and praise God. I guarantee you will feel better. Try it for seven days and let me know how it goes!

I want to share a song that I have been LOVING these past several months. It is now an absolute favorite of mine. It is guaranteed to make you smile. Alive & Breathing by Matt Maher

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Praising God Wholeheartedly

Over the last couple of weeks I have been discussing the importance of praising God. David was a great example of someone in the Bible who praised the Lord often. In fact, David wrote 73 of the 150 Psalms. There is one particular story concerning David which illustrates the importance of praising God, and the consequences of not praising God.

In 2 Samuel 6, we read about David and his men bringing the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem. David was “rejoicing” (v 12) and “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets” (v 14-15). This is a beautiful picture of the king of Israel praising the Lord.

However, there is another person in this story who doesn’t have the same attitude. David had a wife named Michal, who also happened to be the daughter of Saul. Michal “watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.” While picturing David’s praise brought something sweet to the story, picturing Michal’s disgust brings a sour taste.

But the story doesn’t end there. When David arrived at home, Michal told him exactly how she felt. She said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would” (v 20). But David didn’t back down.

He replied to her, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel – I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by the slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor” (v 21-22).

The worst part of the story is yet to come. In verse 23 it says, “And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.” How very sad that the story ended this way for her.

But it is a good reminder of the importance of praising God with our whole heart. David didn’t care what other people thought of him. His eyes were on God and His opinion. That is why David was called a man after God’s own heart. The Lord wants us to seek Him wholeheartedly. And when we praise Him, He can see and feel our love pouring out.

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Closer Than a Phone Call Away

When I was a child, my maternal grandparents lived over a thousand miles away. When I was very young, my grandfather passed away. My mother traveled to be with my grandmother and spent many months with her. Returning home worried my mother because basically she felt like she was leaving my grandmother all alone, far away from everyone.

So my mother and my grandmother started a new routine. Every single night, without fail, one of them (whoever got to it first) would ring the other one’s phone and hang up. Then the recipient of the initial ring would ring back and hang up. Some nights my grandmother might have rang our phone first and hung up. Then my mother rang back and hung up. If my mother thought about it first, she would ring my grandmother’s phone and hang up. Then my grandmother rang and hung up. If one of them felt like talking that night, then they would answer the phone, let the phone keep ringing, or maybe even call back. But the majority of nights, they just rang each other.

This went on for around fifteen years, until it was time for my grandmother to live with my mother. The ring each night was a message letting us know that my grandmother was safe, she was okay, and all was well. And it also gave my grandmother a way to connect with someone each evening, since she lived alone at the time. The ring of the phone provided a sense of comfort to both parties. The ring of the phone was all they needed to go to bed each night in peace.

We too can have comfort and peace every day and every night of our lives. We don’t have to ring someone like my mother and grandmother did. We can turn to Jesus. No matter how alone we might feel at times, we can feel connected to our Lord and Savior every single day. No matter what is weighing on our minds, we can rest assured knowing that He is there. We can connect with Him at any given time. When we have Jesus in our hearts, we don’t have to worry or fret because we know He is all we need. We don’t have to wait to see if He will ring back or answer the phone. He will always be there. And He always hears us when we call on Him.

Last week I talked about the importance of praising God. Something I have learned when praising God is that He always hears us. Sometimes it might feel as though God is not listening, but that is never true. Here are some Bible verses from the Psalms which assure us that He hears us when we call.

  • “… the Lord hears when I call to Him.” – Psalm 4:3
  • “… Lord, you hear my voice…” – Psalm 5:3
  • “You, Lord, hear…” – Psalm 10:17
  • “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” – Psalm 17:6
  • “… I called to the Lord… he heard my voice.” – Psalm 18:6
  • “I sought the Lord, and he answered me…” – Psalm 34:4
  • “…he turned to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1
  • “You who answer prayer…” – Psalm 65:2
  • “You answer us…” – Psalm 65:5
  • “But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” – Psalm 66:19
  • “The Lord hears the needy…” – Psalm 69:33
  • “… I call to you, because you answer me.” – Psalm 86:7
  • “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice…” – Psalm 116:1
  • “I call on the Lord … and he answers me.” – Psalm 120:1
  • “When I called, you answered me…” – Psalm 138:3
  • “The Lord is near to all who call on him…” – Psalm 145:18
  • “… he hears their cry…” – Psalm 145:19

These are just a few promises found in the Bible, which tell us that God hears us, He is there when we call, and He answers us. If we cry out to Him, pray to Him, praise Him or even just whisper to Him – He always hears the voices of His children. And more than that, He answers. What a wonderful gift that is. So whatever you are facing today, take a moment to call on Him, in prayer and in praise.

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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The Secret to Life

Several weeks ago, when COVID-19 was making a lot of changes in our lives, I also changed my Bible reading routine. At the time I was in the book of 2 Chronicles. I halted and moved over to the Psalms. I decided to read five Psalms a day. There are 150 Psalms, so that would mean I would complete the book in thirty days.

When I first devised this plan, I had no idea how much the Psalms would change me. Reading through the Psalms has been such a joy to me and made a big impact on my heart. I loved reading them so much that when I reached Psalm 140, I slowed my pace because I was sad to see the book come to an end. But when I slowed my pace I could tell that my outlook took a turn as well.

So, I decided to take a different approach to make the Psalms last longer by simply reading through them again. I have done this before with the book of John, re-reading it several times in a row. All the gospels are good, but John is my favorite. Perhaps it is just the way the author writes. I always feel comforted when reading John, more so than the other three gospels.

And the same is true for the Psalms. They have been bringing me so much comfort and joy over the past several weeks. When things in the world seemed to be falling apart, I was reminded of how great our God is. Many of the Psalms focus on praising the Lord. Therefore, as I read through the Psalms, I found myself praising the Lord more.

And I discovered that is the secret to surviving this chaos, and even the secret to surviving day-to-day life: Praising God!

Praising God transforms us in several ways:

  • It takes our attention off of any issues we might be facing. The more we focus on our problems, the bigger they seem to become.
  • Praising God also keeps our eyes on God. When we focus on Him and how amazing He is, our troubles seem to shrink in comparison to His greatness.
  • It helps us to see that God is our source. God is our strength. God is our provider. God is our shepherd.
  • Praising God reminds us that we don’t have to worry and fret because we have the Most High God by our side.

So during this time, if you have been feeling down, I encourage you to read the Psalms and to praise God. Keep your focus on the Lord. Remind yourself each day of just how amazing He is. Remember that God is still God. We don’t have to fear when the Most High God is by our side.

I will be talking a bit more about praising God over the next several weeks. So be sure to come back next Tuesday for more on this topic!

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! – Psalm 18: 46

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Housekeeping

Personal Housekeeping

Every so often, we each should perform some housekeeping in our lives. What do I mean by housekeeping? We should analyze the current state of things, dig around to find any areas that might benefit from some changes, and then proceed accordingly.

This is something that is important to do in all areas of our lives. Today we are just going to focus on three primary areas of our lives – spiritual walk, relationships, and health. But you can also do this for any area of your life, such as work, education, etc.

Our spiritual lives should always be our first area of focus. When our relationship with God is in the right place, when our thoughts and actions are aligned with His will for our lives, then the other areas are easier to adjust. We can walk in peace because we know that each step we take is on the right path. So take some time today to look at your spiritual life. Ask yourself if there are any changes you can make today in order to realign yourself with the Lord.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

Next take a look at your relationships. Start with those closest to you, and branch out to other relationships as well. The enemy will try to pull families and friends apart. So make sure you keep this in mind when you analyze this area of your life. If there is any discord in your relationships, then it could mean that the devil is trying to cause division in your life. Ask yourself if your relationships are where you want them to be. If the answer is no, then ask yourself if there is anything you can do to improve the situation.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34

Third, take a look at your health. How have you been feeling? Are there any issues you have been ignoring? What has your diet looked like lately? Do you need to make any changes in this area? And how about physical exercise? Do you move throughout the day? If not, how can you implement some changes? Our health is often something we take for granted. We don’t worry about it until we are faced with an issue of some kind. But striving for good health is important. I think many people are realizing that now more than ever. When the stores were running out of toilet paper, they also were running out of things like hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. Let’s make our health a lasting priority, not just when we are faced with a pandemic.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Ultimately, when we do some housekeeping in different areas of our lives, it is important to keep in mind that we are to honor God. So when you analyze your spiritual walk, relationships, health, and any other area of your life, ask yourself – am I honoring God?

Blog Housekeeping

With all that being said, I will be making some small changes around here. For starters, I will try to post on Tuesdays now, rather than Saturdays. This day will work better for my schedule. I am trying to avoid posting on the weekend. There are various reasons that come into play. One reason in particular is that I am trying to solidify a better Sabbath routine. To read more about that, you can click here. I want to ensure that I can devote more weekend time to the Lord, to my family, and to slowing down.

Don’t forget that I also post every Thursday on the Christians Read blog. If you are not following it, I encourage you to do so. There are several writers that write for that blog. This keeps the posts fresh and interesting, and you will be guaranteed to read something that resonates with you.

This brings me to my next point. I am here for you and I am here to honor God. Therefore, I want to provide content that is useful and encouraging. If you have any requests on topics which you would like for me to write about, please don’t hesitate to ask. Or if there were certain posts you enjoyed more than others, let me know that too. This will help me to focus on the topics and content that are most beneficial to you.

Most of all, I just want to say thank you for being here. It makes the journey so much richer when we have friends by our side. When there are people out there who walk beside you, bring you fresh insight, and inspire you – those things are truly priceless. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you!

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

This sunset was taken the day before Easter. What a beautiful way for God to remind us that incredible things were about to happen.

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Fix Her Crown Award

I have exciting news! I have received a blogging award called the Fix Her Crown Award! Thank you to Tina for nominating me for this unique award! Tina’s blog is called Pippi’s Poetry. Tina is a gifted blogger and poet. Tina’s posts are always inspiring. What I love the most about Tina is that she is always genuine and real. She shares stories from her own day-to-day life to help encourage others.

Fix Her Crown Award

The rules are simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to her blog.
  • Copy and paste these rules to your post and please include a link to the Fix Her Crown Award post: http://cindygoesbeyond.com/2020/02/24/fix-her-crown-award/
  • Post three photos of just yourself and write a short caption beneath each about why you chose that photo.
  • Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.
  • Link to the blogs of the seven nominees.

 

OK, I will be honest. I don’t like the part of including photos of just me. I am not a selfie kind of a person, perhaps because I don’t like the attention. Fortunately, I was able to find three photos of just me.

Me - First Book Signing

The first photo is from my first book signing. This Monday will be the one year anniversary. To read more about this fun day, click here.l

Me - Good Vibes Only

The second photo was taken on New Year’s Day of 2019. This was a rare occasion when I did take a selfie of just myself. Normally my selfies including other people, especially my husband. This is one of my favorite shirts in the photo, and includes a motto that I would like to keep in the forefront of my mind.

Me - Christmas Crescent Cane

The third photo was taken on Christmas Day 2019 at my sister’s house. Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year. I was displaying a yummy Crescent Cane that I had made for the day’s festivities. In case you want to try it, here is the recipe. (I left out the pepper because my sister is allergic.)

I nominate the following. You each are an inspiration and a blessing!

Peaceful Wife

The “F” Word – Faith, Family, and Food

Blessings by Me

The Project: Me by Judy

Not Your Season: Summer’s Blog

Transformation Place

The Mimosa Blossom

From a Spark to a Flame

Harvesting Hope

Crystal Byers