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“my treasure thou art”

I have a new found love for this old, old Irish hymn…

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.



1-2-3 (songs to waltz to)

I’m in Waltz and Foxtrot classes right now and they are a lot of fun. For years I’ve known I wanted to know how to dance, but Waltz is quickly becoming one of my favorite things. Here is a list of waltzes I’ve found to someday be able to gracefully glide across the floor to.

Moon River (theme to Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

The Theme to Romeo and Juliet

Edelweiss (song from The Sound of Music)

Fly Me To The Moon


I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

Rainbow Connection (yes, Kermit the Frog)

The Way You Look Tonight (by Frank Sinatra, this is my favorite)

Three Times a Lady (this one is kind of cheesy, but I liked dancing to it.)

Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)

Unchained Melody (Elvis Presley)

Open Arms (yes, Journey)

Que Sera Sera (Doris Day)

Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)

It Had To Be You (Harry Conick Jr.)

What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

As Time Goes By (theme to Casablanca)



make you feel my love

Ever since I heard Adele sing this song on her debut album, I’ve liked it. Along with her unique voice the instantly classic melody, I loved the lyrics. But, I always thought it sounded more like something a man would sing to a woman. Well, I recently found out that it was written and first sung by Bob Dylan and is also performed by Garth Brooks (whose version of the song appears in the 1998 movie, Hope Floats) and Neil Diamond. While talking to my pottery teacher about this, she told me that she too loved this song, stating that if we want to know how God feels about us, we could just listen to these lyrics. From a man to a woman or from God to man, either way, I think this is a beautiful song.

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I would offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love
When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love
I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong
I’d go hungry, I’d go blind for you
I’d go crawling down the aisle for you
There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love
The storms are raging on a rolling sea
Down the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
But you ain’t seen nothing like me yet
There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
Make you happy, make your dreams come true
To make you feel my love


O come, O come…

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
This will be my eighteenth Christmas. Each year, it is happier than I even recall it to be in the twelve months between them all, and each year I appreciate it more, but I am also older. And with this age (though it still has yet to add up to much!) I realize that I will have many Christmases in the future sprinkled with hardship and struggles and thoughts in my head instead of mere sugarplums dancing around. I see more of Jesus every year, but I need Him more every year too. Each time I celebrate His first coming, I am more impressed by the fact that it was the only thing that could have ever saved me.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
As the day (blessed day!) comes closer, I try to get “in the spirit” of Christmas, but that has a different meaning for me this year. We are celebrating so much more than Winter and gifts and family and the birth of a religion. We are celebrating Emmanuel.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
This morning as I buttoned up my sleeves and looked forward on this day, my predictions of what it would hold were weak. How good of The Spirit then to place on my heart the words to this song and the prayer that all day, God would be Emmanuel (“God with us”) for me. For much else happened in my heart today, other things tried to come in and out and some moments were trying, but through it all He was and is Emmanuel.
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
For I don’t know what you’re facing this Christmas or what Christmas has come to mean to you (perhaps a time of painful memory?) but for me, I find hope in the fact that Christmas has indeed come. It came once for all. He came. And because of Him, we’ll never face a Christmas alone. We’ll never go a year without a God with us. He came to love, may you know that well this season.
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

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