Wednesday, December 24, 2008



It's Christmas Eve, and there's a beautiful White blanket of snow in Boston!!! I'm up to my "Mrs. Clause hat" in ribbons, glitter and bows but wanted to wish All my sweet blog friends a Warm and Cozy Christmas Holiday! I will be leaving for Canada the 26th to visit with my Dad for a couple of weeks. I am so excited to be able to spend some quality time with him. 

 Christmas at my house-This year I went for an all white and silver decor for my tree. My angel topper had seen better Christmases, so, I place an iron Candelabra for my tree topper and added christmas bulbs in the candle holders. My intention was to actually use candles and light them, just for the shot of course.. I will do anything for a great picture..But, my tree dried out pretty quick this year so , even if it was for the shot, and fire extinguisher in hand, I thought, maybe not....Next year..smiles


Wishing you a Very Blessed and Healthy New Year!
Jo
xo

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This is a photo of my dear sweet friend Natalie Stephans ( shown on the left). She has been writing beautiful spiritual devotionals on my website for over 3 years. I received very sad news today that Natalie passed away. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of this year.  She leaves behind a loving husband and two young teenage boys. Natalie was not only a dear friend but a spiriual guide.  She touched the life's of so many with her writings, grace and goodness.  She was a Godsend to me when I needed a shoulder. I will miss her deeply...

I want to share with you Natalie's last devotional...

Peace of Christ

By Natalie Stephans

 And the Peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

 

Ever been through a really tough trial? Lost some one you loved very deeply? Most of us have experienced this heart breaking moment. If there ever was a time we needed our faith in Christ it is at that very moment. The Word promises us a peace in Christ. Not just any peace but a peace that surpasses all knowledge. A peace that comforts the soul and heals the heart like nothing this world could ever offer. This peace comes from Christ alone. 

  

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

 

What comfort our Savior offers us in these words do not be afraid your Jesus loves you very much. You only need to go to Him pour out our hearts and seek His peace and comfort. Our world today is not always stable. But all we have to do is keep our eyes on our true Prince of Peace.

 

...Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:19

 

In today’s busy world I hear less people offering to pray for one another but this is the day we must stand in the gap and pray for our family and friends. And how often do we try and find our peace in many worldly distractions? Peace is not there it never was there for us… look only to the One that loves you! Today make it the day that you become the face of Christ to others even the smallest gentle acts of kindness bring joy to a weary soul you would be amazed my friend what your encouragement will bring and how it will help heal your own heart!

 

Let me encourage you to look up these Verses Psalm 27:14, 2 Kings 6:16, Isaiah 40:29, and Psalm 42:11. They will soothe your weary heart and soul.

 

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18

 

Dear Heavenly Father..

 

You know each one of these ladies personally, you know their individual struggles and situations. God you care so much for each one of us that you sent your precious Son to die on the cross for our sins, You gave us a way into Your Arms eternally. Father strengthen their hearts and help them through their hardest trials. Your Word is there to encourage and give them hope we just have to read and believe those promises. I am agreeing with each lady in your perfect will today..that she will in fact receive help and strength for this very moment. The Word says all we have to do is ask and we shall receive. Matthew 7: 7-8. Thank you God You do hear our heart cries and prayers. You love your precious children very much Father thank you for your matchless love! ~Amen~ 

 

He loves you more then you could ever imagine dear friend! God bless and I will be praying for you.

  Natalie Stephens

xo

Thursday, December 18, 2008




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