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Sep 13, 2008

Spiritual Sundays: Leaves Withering, Fading, and Dropping...

With autumn upon us, I feel led to focus on Scripture that tells us that meditating on the law of the Lord is a means of prevention, in that our leaf will not wither, fade, or drop. I have pulled my selected text out of 3 different translations.

Psalm 1:2-3 (New King James Version)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3 (MSG Bible)
1 How well God must like you— you don't hang out at Sin Saloon, you don't slink along Dead-End Road, you don't go to Smart-Mouth College.
2-3 Instead you thrill to God's Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You're a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

Psalm 1:1-3 (Amplified Bible)
1 [a] BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.
2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

a. Psalm 1:1 This has been called "The Preface Psalm" because in some respects it may be considered "the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon." It opens with a benediction, "Blessed," as does our Lord's Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3).

Sep 11, 2008

Tidbits and Tea-bits...

Apples on Silk - Constance Bachmann - art.com

Happy Thursday! It's time for some bloggy business...
  • 2 days left to vote on your favorite Diamond Poem, just one post down.
  • If you would like to join me on Facebook, you may link with me HERE.
  • Also, on Facebook, I created a vintage gift app called RetroBliss. You will find it in my Facebook profile by clicking on Applications and then RetroBliss.
  • Harney and Sons has a fabulous autumnal tea offering called Cranberry Autumn. They describe it as "a blend that combines black teas from China and India with dried cranberries, oranges and cranberry flavoring. Reminiscent of the crisp days and joyous family meals surrounding Thanksgiving and Autumn."
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
-Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

Sep 9, 2008

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DIAMOND POEM!


UPDATE:
Voting has been disabled. The winner will be posted today, Saturday, September 13th.

In my recent post, "Poetry Challenge: Diamond Poetry," I invited my visitors to exercise their poetic prowess. I received some wonderful submissions and before I can reward one these poets with a $10.00 Gift Card, I need YOU to cast your vote.

Here are the simple rules for voting...

  • You may not vote for you own poem. (This will make the results more interesting.)
  • Quickly review the example and the Diamond Poetry instructions— two posts down.
  • Choose the poem that inspires you most and closely follows the instructions.
  • Vote for only ONE poem.
  • Then, in the "Comments" section of this post, give the # of the poem that you have selected.
  • The deadline for voting is Friday, September 12th at Midnight PST. The winner will be posted the following day.
Example by KJ
Summer
Torrid, Humid
Lounging, Sipping, Napping
Shades, Sundress — Sweater, Scarf
Raking, Piling, Leaping
Windy, Dry
Autumn


1. Beverly wrote...
Spring
Colorful, Pretty

Blooming, Renewing, Refreshing

Flowers, Bunnies - Leaves, Pumpkins

Raking, Baking, Carving

Chilly, Frosty

Autumn


2. kari and kijsa wrote... (kari)
Leaves
Verdant, effervescent

Bursting, burgeoning, maturing

Life, voyage, journey, chapter

Trumpeting, spiraling, swirling

Stark, empty

Branches


3. kari and kijsa wrote... (kijsa)
pumpkins
orange, smooth

seeding, cutting, carving

eyes, nose - seeds, fruit

mixing, stirring, patting

oven, plate

pie


4. CIELO wrote...
Autumn
Magical, mellow

Reaping, dreaming, nestling

Leaves, haze -- daffodils, birds

Planting, dancing, singing

Luminous, limpid

Spring


5. ShabbyInTheCity wrote...
Hayride
itchy, kissy

bumping, laughing, flirting,

Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, Winter,

bundling, singing, celebrating,

snowy, jingly,

Sleighride

6. Mary Isabella and Kiley too! wrote...
pumpkins
orange, round
tricking, treating, baking,
jack-o-latern, halloween, pie, Thanksgiving,
snowing, falling, freezing

cold, frosty

snowballs

Sep 7, 2008

Points of Interest

Be sure to check out...
  1. "Poetry Challenge: Diamond Poetry" - a poetry contest with a prize, directly below this post.
  2. "Spiritual Sundays: An Apple a Day" - 2 posts down.

Poetry Challenge: Diamond Poetry

I love poetry challenges! I believe that each of us has poetry surging through our souls. It may be a modest stream, but words always await expression. Here, many reluctant poets have responded to poetry challenges and crafted some delicious images because of it!

Our challenge today is DIAMOND POETRY. Now, before you switch blogs, you need to know that participating could help
you earn a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks or Target: your choice... Are you with me? Here's an example:

Summer
Torrid, Humid
Lounging, Sipping, Napping
Shades, Sundress — Sweater, Scarf
Raking, Piling, Leaping
Windy, Dry
Autumn


-By Karen June Miller
Instructions:
  • Line 1: Write down a noun. Then skip to line 7 and write the opposite of that noun or a noun that represents a contrast.
  • Line 2: Write 2 adjectives describing the subject.
  • Line 3: Write 3 participles (words ending in "ing") that relate to the subject.
  • Line 4: Write 4 nouns related to the subject. The second pair of nouns should show a shift toward the ending noun or mean the opposite.
  • Line 5: Write 3 participles that show the change or development of the subject.
  • Line 6: Write 2 adjectives carrying on the idea of change or development.
  • Line 7: One noun that is the opposite of the subject on the first line.
The example serves as a guideline. The words are centered to form a diamond pattern and the meaning gradually shifts from top to bottom.

Rules:
  1. Submit as many Diamond Poems as you wish.
  2. They should be related to the season.
  3. The Deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 9th at Midnight PST.
  4. On Wednesday, September 10th, my readers will be able to select their favorite Diamond Poem. So, come back to vote. Guidelines will be posted.
Have FUN!

Spiritual Sunday: An Apple a Day

"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed."
-Robert H. Schuller

"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."
-Jane Austen

Autumn and school days definitely evoke images of apples. Likewise, the apple almost seems to be synonymous with Adam and Eve. However, contrary to common folk lore, the Bible does not identify the forbidden fruit as being an apple. In fact, that fateful food from the Tree of Knowledge was referred to only as fruit! The apple took the rap when Hugo Van Der Goes included it in his famous 1470 AD painting, The Fall of Man.

Nonetheless, apples do receive Biblical recognition. Solomon refers to apples romantically. Joel includes a withering apple tree in a picture of desolation. Proverbs 25:11 (NKJ) gives apples ornate stature with, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver." And, often "the apple of His eye" or "...Your eye," is used to indicate God's affection for Israel.

On a scientific note, studies are proving that the popular saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," carries a great deal of weight. The apple helps with bone protection and asthma; cholesterol levels and Alzheimer prevention; lung, colon, liver, and breast cancer prevention; and diabetes management. It was even shown in a Brazilian study that women who ate 3 apples or pears a day, lost more weight than women who didn't.

Isn't it interesting that God chose the the health filled, vibrant apple, not to identify with sin, but to represent His affection for Israel?

Apple Facts - From EAT THIS
  • Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
  • The word apple comes from the Old English aeppel and the Celtic word for apple is abhall.
  • Quercetin is found only in the apple skin. The skin also contains more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh.
  • China produces more apples than any other country.
  • There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown in the world.
  • About 2500 varieties are grown in the United States.
  • Red Delicious is the most popular and most-produced apple in the United States. Golden Delicious is the second most popular.
  • The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
  • Apple trees don't bear their first fruit until they are four or five years old.
  • Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, a kind and generous American pioneer born in 1774 who planted apple seeds in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • The Adam's apple is so-called because of a popular idea that it was created when the forbidden fruit got stuck in Adam's throat when he swallowed it.