With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 2/8/09 - 2/15/09

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Show and Tell Friday ~ Vintage Toys

Here are a couple of plush toys I had as a baby...
a soft yellow lovey...and Horace Horsecollar made by Gund Mfg. Co.

I have more childhood favorite toys I plan on posting in upcoming Show and Tell Friday, including some Little Kiddles, Barbie and Skipper and other favorites.

Be sure to check out more Show and Tell Friday posts at Kelli's place!
Show and Tell

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


From my devotional reading this morning, a lesson from Christopher Columbus concerning perseverance in the face of tremendous difficulties:

By Joaquin Miller
BEHIND him lay the gray Azores,
Behind the Gates of Hercules;
Before him not the ghost of shores,
Before him only shoreless seas.
The good mate said: “Now must we pray,
For lo! the very stars are gone.
Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?”
“Why, say, ‘Sail on! sail on! and on!’”

“My men grow mutinous day by day;
My men grow ghastly wan and weak.”
The stout mate thought of home; a spray
Of salt wave washed his swarthy cheek.
“What shall I say, brave Admiral, say,
If we sight naught but seas at dawn?”
“Why, you shall say at break of day,
‘Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!’”

They sailed. They sailed. Then spake the mate:
“This mad sea shows his teeth to-night.
He curls his lip, he lies in wait,
With lifted teeth, as if to bite!
Brave Admiral, say but one good word:
What shall we do when hope is gone?”
The words leapt like a leaping sword:
“Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!”

Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck,
And peered through darkness. Ah, that night
Of all dark nights! And then a speck—
A light! A light! A light! A light!
It grew, a starlit flag unfurled!
It grew to be Time’s burst of dawn.
He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson: “On! sail on!”
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4


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