Monday, December 22, 2014

Advent Day 22

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Matthew 2:7-8  The Message (MSG)

7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Advent Day 21

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My favorite Christmas carol seems to change from year to year.  This year "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is my favorite.  What's your favorite Christmas Carol?

Matthew 2:3-6  New International Version (NIV)

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Advent Day 20

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This year I have appreciated simpler Christmas decor on blogs and in magazines.  I will rethink how I decorate next year.  What are your thoughts: Simple Christmas Decor or Over The Top?

Matthew 2:1-2  New International Version (NIV)

The Magi Visit the Messiah

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fresh Greenery

Good Afternoon!  I hope you are having a wonderful day.  We're staying close to home due to the protestors scheduled to block our local highway and mall. We'd planned on doing some last minute shopping today, but we've changed our plans.

On Wednesday, we put out some fresh greenery for Christmas.  I wanted to put more garland out, but I only put it around an arched window on our front porch (and of course I forgot to photograph it).

We also planted a few pansies out front.  Here are the photos:

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I found this bright lime green ribbon at Pier 1.

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This year's mailbox saddle.  They are popular here in the South!

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Of course magnolia leaves and pinecones make it Southern!

We will bring in fresh greenery for inside the house on Tuesday.

Do you decorate your mailbox for Christmas?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Advent Day 19

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Methinks Finlay is back on Santa's Nice List!

Micah 5:2-5  New International Version (NIV)

2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace
    when the Assyrians invade our land
    and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
    even eight commanders…

Until next time…

Ricki Jill