Sunday, December 31, 2023

Because of Jesus We Are.....


Because of Jesus We Are.......

Over this Advent season (2023) we featured an advent calendar that I changed to be focused on Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior.  It was called: "Jesus is the Bridge".  Today's post is a compilation of the lessons that we learned each day:
24 wonderful truths showing what Jesus has done for us!

(click on each title to view the Advent post that went along with that picture):

Because of Jesus We are......

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.d
2 Corinthians 5:17

"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ"
Romans 8:14-17

"Tell your sins to each other. And pray for each other so you may be healed. The prayer from the heart of a man right with God has much power." 
James 15:16

"Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;"
Isaiah 1:18

"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest."
Isaiah 32:18

"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."
Hebrews 10:35-36

"But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way."
John 4:23

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19"

"But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
Matthew 19:14

"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:8

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10

" Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
James 1:17


Because of Jesus We are......

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.”"
John 8:12

 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:7

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

"John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
Luke 3:16

"And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31:8

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
Psalm 96:1-3

"He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.  But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes."
1 John 2:9-11

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done."
Proverbs 19:17

"The time will come when people will not listen to the truth. They will look for teachers who will tell them only what they want to hear.  They will not listen to the truth. Instead, they will listen to stories made up by men."
2 Timothy 4:3-4

"........he (satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."
John 8:44

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light."
2 Corinthians 11:13-14


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Saturday, December 30, 2023

Top 23 Posts of 2023


Top 23 Posts of 2023

It's that time of year again - reminiscing over the best blog posts from 2023.  At the end of each year I review and ponder the previous year by featuring my favorite moments.  Below, you will find my digital review through the top 23 blog posts from during the entire year of 2023.

Please click on each title below to view the entire post - ENJOY!



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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  God bless you all in the New Year!
Thank you again for joining us!
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to the December 2023 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the December 2023 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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)

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(All features were chosen from the November 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! )


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #557

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #557!

Before we get to the blog hop today - 
a special post from the past:

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Checkout wonderful seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
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Or click picture below:


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


Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


We're your hosts & co-hosts 

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

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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. "Celebrate a Canine Christmas Tablescape" by Life is Better Lakeside
2. "Easy DIY Winter Camper Craft" by CrazyLittleLoveBirds
3. "Vintage Christmas Needlework" by Selep Imaging

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


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!


Grow your own!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
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Monday, December 25, 2023

JOY (Christmas Day) - Great Joy!!


JOY (Christmas Day) - Great Joy!!

Merry Christmas!!!!  Great Joy has come to us today!!  Jesus Christ our Savior is born!!!!

Over this Advent season we have learned about:
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And today, on Christmas day we have GREAT JOY! 

When researching for this series, I was amazed at how many times the word "joy" occurs in the Bible!  Just like all previous Advent posts this season we will begin with basic definitions of each word:

Joy - the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.  Bliss, cheer, delight, glee. 

Great - remarkable in magnitude, degree or effectiveness


In the Scripture passage below we clearly see the reason that we have GREAT JOY!

And that GREAT JOY continues when Jesus rose from the dead and when He ascended into heaven (see both Bible passages below):


Since we are filled with the Holy Spirit, this GREAT JOY continues throughout our life.  Through this GREAT JOY we share, lift each other up and strengthen one another.



Let's make sure to show our Jesus Joy for the rest of our lives:
Joy & Gladness
Joy & Peace
Overflowing & Joy-Filled
Shout, Sing & Leap for Joy
Great Joy!!



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