No Worries Mate!

As they say in Australia, “No worries Mate!” and here’s the Bible version…

“Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6

Dress for Success

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”

Ephesians 6:10-18

The Versatile Blogger Award!

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A great big Thank you to both, NanaDoll and Ana for nominating me for

The Versatile Blogger Award.

It is truly an honor, and I sincerely appreciate it!

Thank You. :)

Guidelines for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present  award to 15  Versatile bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post

Here are my nominees for The Versatile Blogger Award:( I’ve listed 12 of some of the newest blogs I’ve enjoyed. Please stop by and take a look. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too! )

http://allaboutmanners.wordpress.com/

http://fashionedwithpurpose.wordpress.com/

http://talinorfali.wordpress.com

http://ariseprayerministries.wordpress.com/

http://ksean824.wordpress.com/

http://trimdowntightenup.wordpress.com/

http://foodsnob86.wordpress.com/

http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/

http://sharedblogg.wordpress.com/

http://attilaovari.com/

http://ponderingbylaurie.wordpress.com/

http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com

Finally, a Special Thank You to those of you who read, “like”, or follow  Faithrises.

You make my day, and you’re the best!

Smiles and Blessings!

 Faith♥

Two Beautiful Violins

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Our youngest daughter began taking violin lessons at the age of three. She is now 12 years old and I’m happy to say that she has had the same sweet teacher all of these years!  When she first began, she was too small for the smallest violin. so her teacher made a small “violin” for her from a stuffed margarine box, wrapped in paper from a brown paper bag and attached to a yellow plastic ruler, (I still have it to this day!). By the time she was four we were able to fit her for the smallest violin and it was adorable!

We started off renting and continued to do so for each stage of violin until she was ready for a full-sized one. After renting for all those years, nearly ten years, we were told that a percentage of our rental fee would one day apply towards the purchase of a full-sized violin. Well, when this time finally arrived we were disappointed to find out that, long story short , all of the money we had contributed, would only be a percentage of our payment on a very low quality instrument, for which we were expected to pay a very unreasonable amount of money ON TOP OF WHAT WE HAD ALREADY PAID ALL THOSE YEARS!!!!!

We had been duped… Or had we?

I spoke with our daughter’s teacher and she told us that one of her adult students was selling a very nice violin in great condition, and asked if we would be interested. “YES!!” I replied, and we were able to purchase a beautiful quality violin for a great price! It was a real blessing…. But that’s not all.

A few months later, the teacher told me that the lady who sold us the violin has gotten to know our daughter, in passing as they met between lessons, and she would love for her to have another violin as a gift. It would be a spare for her and it wouldn’t cost us a thing! This kind lady just wanted our daughter to have it.

So you see, what would have turned out to be a loss for us, actually turned out to be a blessing. We hadn’t lost a thing, because now, by God’s blessing, and the extraordinary kindness of this lady, our daughter has two beautiful violins!! 

Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson

I’m Just Sayin’

“If God be for us, who can be against us?”

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:28 and 38