Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #553

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #553!

Before we get to the blog hop today - 
during the month of October, I will be featuring past posts about potatoes or sweet potatoes (from this blog):

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 2018-11-13_zpsxplj67l7.jpg

Checkout wonderful seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
click HERE to shop for the best seeds
Or click picture below:


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Also, checkout one of my Bags/Purses available at Zazzle:


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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


TWTbasic


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "October Fall Color in Michigan" by Comfort Spring Station
2. "Christmas Hutch" by SELEP Imaging
3. "DIY Dollar Tree Sled Decorations for Christmas" by CrazyLittleLoveBirds

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

TWTfeatured



The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Grow your own!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
click to view


Monday, November 27, 2023

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (November 2023)

Next week is already the First of Advent - are you getting ready for Christmas?
Thank you again for joining us!
There are many ways to follow me:
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo SundayPsalm119AYIN_zpsx1dnwn0j.jpg

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WELCOME to the November 2023 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the November 2023 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev from Eclectic Red Barn
Niki from Life as a LEO Wife

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)


by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo ShopHoppingFeatured_zpsf9fab123.jpg

(All features were chosen from the October 2023 "You're the Star" blog hop)



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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )







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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Getting Ready for Advent Season

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Getting Ready for Advent Season

Some of my most precious childhood memories were during advent season, which is the season that starts the celebration of Jesus' coming to earth.  The word "Advent" is derived from the Latin word "adventus" which means "coming".  During Advent Christians celebrate the birth of the Messiah Jesus but it is also a time to prepare for the second coming of Christ. 

Advent calendars and advent wreaths are both part of the cherished traditions.  However, most treasured was the spiritual experience learning about Jesus Christ. 



Below are six RUMBLE videos about Advent and learning the true meaning of Christmas:

1.  Family Worship Time During Advent


2.  Nativity Basics


3.  Mary's Faithful Life


4.  Joseph's Faithful Actions


5.  The Swift Actions of the Shepherds


6.  The Enduring Journey of the Magi






ENJOY!






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You might be interested in viewing this video:
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click HERE to view


Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #552

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #552!

Before we get to the blog hop today - 
during the month of October, I will be featuring past posts about potatoes or sweet potatoes (from this blog):

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 2019-10-20_zpswmtpd8xx.jpg

Checkout wonderful seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
click HERE to shop for the best seeds
Or click picture below:


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Also, checkout one of my Bags/Purses available at Zazzle:


_____________________________________________________________

Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


TWTbasic


TWTpictures
We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "My Fall Perennial Garden & Final Fall Harvest" by Amy's Creative Pursuits
3. "Organic Cleaning with DIY Cleansers" by Comfort Spring Station

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

TWTfeatured



The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Grow your own!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
click to view


Monday, November 20, 2023

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (November 2023)

Wishing all of our American friends a blessed Thanksgiving this week!
Thank you again for joining us!
There are many ways to follow me:
blog  |  TruthSocial  |  facebook  |  pinterest  |  twitter  |  zazzle  |  RUMBLE

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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

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A Good Beta Carotene Garden Year

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsjbrldhcx.jpg

Welcome to week#3 of the November 2023 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
November 2023 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Cohosts 

YoureTheStarFamily(1)
This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
Kris @ Kris and Larry . com

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo ShopHoppingFeatured_zpsf9fab123.jpg

(These features were chosen from the October 2023 "You're the STAR" blog hop)


practicing gratitude 8 of 31


Remote Work Challenges for Working Parents: Coping with Stress and Interruptions


If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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Sunday, November 19, 2023

TREES #9 - Zacchaeus & The Sycamore Tree

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TREES #9 - Zacchaeus & the Sycamore Tree

Originally, in part#6 (Figs) of this series I had touched on the Sycamore Tree.  However, I have since found out that the Sycamore and Fig trees are NOT the same.  I have since taken out that portion in part 6.  This is what I found out today - the fig tree is part of the mulberry family, whereas the sycamore tree is part of the maple family.  I can now see the shape resemblance between a sycamore leaf and a maple leaf (in the first picture below the brown leaf on the right is the maple and the large one on the left is the sycamore) (in the second picture below the maple leaf is the yellow one inside of the large sycamore leaf):

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In today's continuation of the trees series, we will be focusing on the Sycamore Tree. 

(NOTE - the picture used above is a painting by Andrew Wyeth and it is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art - I added the "#9" to it.).

This is Part#9 on "Zacchaeus & the Sycamore Tree".

There's nothing insignificant in the Bible and I believe that there is a reason why Zacchaeus climed a Sycamore tree.

The Sycamore tree lives an average of 200 years but can live as long as 600 years.  The Sycamore is gigantic and can grow to 130 feet tall!!  The trunk often hollows out near the base and these areas make great habitat for wild animals.


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We first need to talk about "tax collectors" in Jesus' day because Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector.  You see, the tax collectors were hated.  At that time the Jews were being controlled by an occupying force - the Romans.  These taxes were going to the Roman government instead of to the Jews and therefore this was fraud.  Also, the tax collectors were known to be cruel in their collection methods.  Therefore, tax collectors were considered traitors.

I believe this tree symbolizes the fact that Zacchaeus originally thought of himself as above others - high and mighty and wealthy.  But  Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus and since he was so short he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree.  This was an act of faith - running ahead and climbing the tree.


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Zacchaeus did EXACTLY what Jesus asked of him:
- he came down from the tree quickly
- he brought Jesus to his house for the night
And he also received Him JOYFULLY!!!
(can you imagine having Jesus spend the night at your house?  Eat whatever you prepare for dinner?)

This joy is what happens when our sins are washed away!  Forgiveness and repentance.  Once Zacchaeus knew that his
sins had been forgiven he immediately went to work on RESTORING what he had stolen through his fraudulent tax collection (see verse 8)(In Exodus 22:1 it talks about restoring what was stolen fourfold).


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Then look what the public say about Jesus after going to Zacchaeus' house:

But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, 
“He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
Luke 19:7

And Jesus clarifies - He has come to save those who are lost - That includes fraudulent tax collectors.

 And Jesus said to him, 
“Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 
for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke 19:9-10


Jesus came to save ALL of us!



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