Friday, December 15, 2017

Joyful! Joyful!


Savannah Jane and Alexandra Nancy embracing the first snow flakes.

Psalm 68:3
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.

Christmas is right around the corner!  But for our three granddaughters, Christmas comes early with the huge (my word for this soon to be defunct year) snowstorm we have last weekend.  For Virginia Rose, snow isn't an unfamiliar experience, but you'd never know it by the excitement she exudes.



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For her little sisters, this is an entirely fresh and unique adventure.  Their happy, joyful expressions say it all.








The light in their eyes and the glow on their faces remind me of children seeing presents under the tree on Christmas morning.  Such excitement!  Such glee and gladness!

Such unbridled wonder at God's amazing winter gift!

My prayer for all of you, dear friends, is that this Christmas will kindle anew in you all the glee and gladness, wonder and joy of a child as we celebrate once again God's greatest gift to us all.

The gift of Jesus.

Our Savior.

Our Lord.

May you all have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!  I will see you again in the New Year!

Amen!

32 comments:

  1. Seeing a child experience their first snowfall is always amazing.

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    1. Isn't it, though? Thanks for stopping by, Roy!
      Love and blessings!

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  2. That was so much fun and the pic of the girls lifting their arms to catch snowflakes looked like they were praising God

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    1. That's exactly what I thought, Carol, when I saw this photo. I'm glad you liked the pictures - so filled with joy!
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Wishing you and your whole family the best Christmas ever.

    God bless you all always.

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    1. And a Merry Christmas to you and yours, Victor!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. so much joy in these words and photos!

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    1. Oh, yes, Jean - joy! Isn't that what this season is all about?
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Oh how I love these photos, and the joy and delight expressed on each child's face! Yes, that IS the kind of joy we should all have when we experience Jesus in our lives! Such wonder and awe and joy!
    Merry Christmas, dear friend. This certainly made me smile today.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos, Pamela, and that they brought a smile to your face. They did to mine, too, as you can well imagine. And yes, we who know the Lord should be joyful always.
      Love and blessings and Merry Christmas!

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  6. Martha, your post is simply precious. I love the excitement your granddaughters had for the snow. Seeing life through the eyes of a child brings things into perspective. In a fresh snowfall, I think about the purity of Jesus--how His blood washed our sins away.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Yes, Kim, seeing things through children's eyes is to recognize all over again the wonder of God and His creation. Theses little ones give me endless inspiration!
      Merry Christmas to you!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Thank you for visiting my Blog.

    God bless.

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    1. Victor, you are so welcome. You make my day!
      Love and blessings!

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    2. I'm so grateful you visit my Blog.

      God bless.

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    3. Why wouldn't I? I love it!
      Blessings!

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  8. Childhood wonder. A gift of huge proportions. (I had to do that). :) Merry Christmas Martha to you and Danny.

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    1. Oh, yes, Bill, the awesome wonder we can see in the eyes of a child. How they keep me young!
      Merry Christmas to you, Jo, and your entire family.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Oh, I love it, Martha! Thank you for sharing the wonder with us! Blessings, my friend!!

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    1. Is there any wonder greater than that of a child's? I don't think so, Deb! My grands teach me every day about the importance of seeing everything for the first time, and to treasure God's love anew each and every day.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. The wonder that only a child knows! Beautiful!
    Blessings!

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    1. Oh, no, Lulu! The wonder we see in the child can be ours to behold once again. Give it a try!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Such lovely pictures and the joy in the eyes is unparalleled. As kids I believe we are able to see everything with astonishment and appreciate the beauty of the world God created for us. Thanks for sharing this astonishment.

    Take care.

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    1. Privy, that's exactly why Jesus told His disciples to let the children come to Him, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. May we all greet this season of joy with the eyes of children!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Agreed! Seeing the joy and awe in the innocent faces is a gift from God. Funny as a kid we could never imagine how our parents and elders felt... we do now.


    Thank you for a wonderful greeting and prayer, sister.

    Merry Christmas to you and all of your adorable family!

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    1. I love your observation here, Floyd, that as kids, we had no clue as to how our elders perceived something like a snowfall. We were always so enchanted, while they kept the practical obstacles in the forefront. May we all regain the eyes of a child to wonder and rejoice in the splendor of God's works here on earth.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours, and all the best in the New Year!
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Wonderful pictures. Add in some dogs romping in the snow and you have a complete range of winter joy!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Oh, Galen, I have so many treasured memories of dogs rejoicing in the snow, including our Dutchess, the family dog when we were kids. She gave us so much joy! Now, it's the glee of the grands that floats my boat. Their sheer delight in the wonder of it all makes my day.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Dear Martha ... I hope you've had a wonderful month of snow, love, laughter, and celebration!

    Jesus has come ... and we're yearning for His 2nd appearance, aren't we.

    Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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    1. Yes, Linda, it's been such a beautiful season full of snow, fun and laughter. Hope your Christmas was wonderful, my friend!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Thank you for visiting my blog today! Our common connection, Pam, is such a lovely lady and dear friend!! Your granddaughters are adorable and you are so right about the joy they exhibit and the joy we adults hold in our hearts during this sacred time of year!

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    1. Terri, Pam is the best, isn't she? I'm so glad I met you through her blog; I'm now following you, and so happy you chose to visit me here.
      And thank you for your sweet words about the grands. Yes, they are my loves, and always fill my heart with joy no matter what the season of the year.
      Love and blessings!

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