Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends. Just remember that as we are celebrating, the best gift of all was God's gift to us when he sent Jesus to earth as a baby to die for our sins!! Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!

 John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Luke 2:1-20
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Matthew 2:1-14
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve!!!


Hey everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful day celebrating our Savior! Since I didn't have anything "planned" I thought I'd post a playlist of Christmas carols! I hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

And the winner is. . .

And (drum roll!) the winner for the Christmas Giveaway is Calamity Rene!!!!
I had fun with the giveaway, and I hope you all did as well!!
Calamity Rene: You have my email, so please send me your address so I can get it sent to you!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Carol history. . .Angels we have heard on high!

Well, I had a lot of fun with the voting! "Carol of the bells" and "Angels we have heard on high" were by far the most popular, but "Angels we have heard on high" won by one vote. So here's the history behind this poplar carol!

"Angels We Have Heard on High" is a Christmas carol of French origin in the public domain. The song commemorates the story of the birth  of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.

The words of the song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes (literally, "Angels in our countryside") composed by an unknown author in Languedoc, France. That song has received many adjustments or alignments including its most common English version that was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle northeast England. The carol quickly became popular in the West country, where it was described as 'Cornish' by R.R. Chope, and featured in Pickard-Cambridge's  Collection of Dorset Carols.
There is also a Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig)  translation of the carol which is known as Ainglean chuala sinn gu h-ard (literally, "Angels We Have Heard on High"). This was translated into Gaelic by Iain MacMilan from James Chadwick's English translation.

Well I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Finding the history for the carol was moderately easy (Thanks Wikipedia!) And I had fun learning about it!

*Update*  The Christmas giveaway ends at 8:00pm tomorrow night!

Friday, December 19, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend---Come, thou long excpected Jesus

Since I loved both versions of the song so much and couldn't choose just one. . .I decided to post both!

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Christmas time! Day 5


Christmas givaway!!

The Christmas DVD giveaway is for Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas!
There is a chance for each blog reader to have two entries into this giveaway.
#1. Comment on the blog and tell me how I met/know you :)
#2. Comment on the blog and tell me your favorite holiday movie!
Have fun!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Update!!!

Okay, since I got started on my "Christmas blogging" late this year, there will 3 posts tomorrow, A song and verse for the weekend, Christmas time--day 5, and. . .a Christmas DVD giveaway! That was the surprise I was planing to keep till next week, but since next week is Christmas, I thought I'd do  this weekend :)
Anyway, I hope y'all will be back!
Are you enjoying all the Christmas songs???

Christmas time day 4!!

Today's song is Good christian men rejoice!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas time---day #3!!

And today's song is. . .Infant holy, Infant Lowly!!
Are y'all enjoying the chrisntmas songs???
Any requests for tomorrow or Friday?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas time!!

Hey everyone! 
Wow, can you believe it's only little over a week until Christmas??? I certainly can't!
Okay, so here is the fun for this week!
1. Everyday I'm going to post a Christmas song.
2. Just for fun, I'm going to post a poll on the side of the blog, and y'all can vote for you're favorite Christmas songs! The one that gets the most votes, I will post a biography on this weekend. If there is a tie, I'll do one on Saturday and the other on Sunday.
3. I've got something fun planned for next week. . .but shhh, it's a secret :)
Sound like fun? I hope so!
Okay, here's the song for today: Angels from the realms of glory!


Friday, December 12, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--Angels we have heard on high

Luke 2:9-10
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people

Also, here is the link to a duet my piano teacher and I played of the same song :)
 https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1558149507755852&l=6908857749810971420

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--What Child is this

Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

I chose this song because it's one of my favorites. . .and It's also the exact same arrangement as the one I've been working on. (I'm so excited its time for Christmas music! :) I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review for the week--The Bronze Bow

Author: Elizabeth George Speare

Genre: Historical Fiction

Description:  Eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin has endured a life of unbelievable hardships. At the tender age of eight, Daniel witnesses his father’s and uncle’s crucifixion by Roman soldiers. His mother also dies shortly thereafter. Daniel’s younger sister, Leah, is so traumatized by their deaths that she appears to lose her mind. Daniel’s grandmother, poor and elderly, is unable to support the children, so she is forced to sell Daniel to the town’s blacksmith, Amalek.
Daniel works for Amalek for five years but then escapes. He flees to the hills above Galilee and becomes a member of a rebel group led by the zealot Rosh. Rosh despises the Romans who occupy Israel. It is his mission to drive them all from the land.
Daniel too is consumed by hatred of the Romans. He makes it his mission to kill as many as he can in order to avenge his parents’ deaths and to pay them back for the havoc they have wreaked on his country.
The longer he spends with Rosh, the more Daniel’s hatred grows. But he begins to hear about a man who has a different message, a message of love and tolerance. However, Daniel faces a long battle before he can give up his vow of hatred. He even puts his friends as well as his sister in danger. It seems that he will destroy them all in his single-minded pursuit for justice, but gradually, the words and actions of Jesus help Daniel understand that only love has the strength to “bend the bow of bronze.”

I first read this book because it was required for school. I started reading it just to get it over with . . .and  it ended up become one of my (many) favorite books! There are some cautions, especially for younger readers. There are quite a few scenes of violence against the Romans and Daniel's sister, Leah, is possessed by demons. (She is healed by Jesus near the end of the book.) It is a powerful book about forgiveness, mercy, and "not returning evil for evil, but overcoming evil with good"

Have you read it? What did you think? I'd love to hear!