Friday, February 18, 2011

A Prayer For Today

Keep O Lord, we beseech Thee,
under the shadow of Thy wings
Ourselves,
our relations,
and friends,
that we may obey Thy will,
and enjoy Thy presence always.
Compass us about with Thy holy angels.
Shield us with the armor of Thy righteousness
upon the right hand and upon the left.
Deliver us from the snares of the evil one,
and grant us to pass
THIS DAY
and all the days of our life,
without stumbling and without offence;
Thine it is O Lord to pity and to save...
-Dean Goulburn


"By words and works we can but touch or influence a few;
by our PRAYERS
we may benefit the whole world
and every individual of it!
High and low,
friend, stranger, and enemy."
- J. H. Newman

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

A Happy Valentine's Day from me in Oklahoma, America to YOU, wherever you are in the world! I wonder just what countries celebrate this day, is it just the US? If you read my blog from some other country, won't you please leave a comment and let me know? Thanks in advance!

This morning my husband snuck back home after he had left for the morning, thinking I would still be asleep, and brought in a little bouquet of 3 roses for me! 2 white and 1 red- that has a special significance to us that harks back to our dating days. We had our date at lunch, while the kids were at school. We enjoyed a good but small steak at Perkins Restaurant, enjoying slices of pie for dessert! We decided to do the Valentine special and all in all I think we got a good deal. I brought half my piece of pie home to finish off later tonight, and The Hub bought a HUGE cinnamon/pecan roll to try out. We ate out here when we first moved to this town this summer, but I don't remember buying anything from their bakery before. Nice quiet atmosphere, no tvs going or loud music. I guess I'm showing my age! Tonight we will go through the children's valentines from school. They had fun Sunday evening getting their little cards all ready to hand out to their classmates today.

Hope you have enjoyed today- it's sunny again here in OK and the snow is melting...we broke a record here last week. It hit 24 below zero (F) for the first time on record; previous low was -8. I guess I didn't know it COULD get that cold here in the MidWest! but it was fun for us...kept the fireplace insert going. I just love the smell of wood-burning heat in our home! I guess we should say, "We're keeping the home fires burning!" Surely you know what that means...our family is happy to be together. Two sweet children still at home, and a good man to take care of us all...Thanks to God for the good things in my life.

The vintage valentines in this post are from http://tipnut.com/vintage-valentines/


Monday, February 7, 2011

National Marriage Week (also International!!)


National Marriage Week is the brainchild of Richard Kane who started it in the UK in 1996. It has now spread to The Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Australia. See -http://www.marriage-weekinternational.com/. Marriage Week was adopted in the U.S. in 2002 by co-founders Brent Barlow and. Diane Sollee of Smart Marriages. In 2009, a group led by Chuck Stetson and Sheila Weber of the Let's Strengthen Marriage Campaign, working with dozens of organizations in the U.S. and many leaders in the marriage movement, have developed the National Marriage Week USA site to bring together the many activities that organizations all around the country, including churches and houses of worship, are already doing to strengthen marriage during National Marriage Week USA— February 7th to 14th each year
http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/aboutus/

http://www.marriage-weekinternational.com/

marriage-weekinternational.com



Friday, February 4, 2011

Lord's Prayer

Sir William Osler

In 1913 Sir William Osler, one of the great physicians of his day, told the students at Yale University: "Begin the day with Christ and His prayer- you need no other. Creedless, with it you have religion; creed-stuffed, it will leaven any theological dough in which you stick. Learn to know your Bible...In forming character and in shaping conduct its touch has still its ancient power."

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN.
Matthew 6: 9-13

I have been reading from Lamsa's translation of the Bible from the ancient eastern text in Aramaic, and I really like the way it reads here: "And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This seems to be the proper thought, to me...

"The Lord's Prayer
contains the sum total
of religion
and morals."
-  Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley,
1st Duke of Wellington
 
 
Sooooo...I wonder what the students at Yale University are being told TODAY...