Joyful Noise

“Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the new born King

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With angelic host proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the new born king!”

 

Charles Wesley

Dancing

” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing:

You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. 

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You, and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

I’ve Learned

Weeping may endure for a night

and I’ve learned that the night

can be very long...

but then, I remember

that even though it’s darkest before dawn,

“Joy comes in the morning”

And for that, I can hold on.”

-Faith Carr

The Greatest Gift

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is givenand the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Blog of the Year Award!!!

Thank you Nitzy for nominating me for the 2012 Blog of the year award!!!!

This is an honor, and I appreciate it very much. I am humbled and thankful for such an honor, and it is my hope that readers who follow or stop by this blog will be inspired, uplifted, and encouraged. I give God all the glory for the wonderful response that I have received and I appreciate every single one who has ever read, “liked”, or followed Faithrises.

 I would like to pass this award along and nominate Francine of francineinretirement. Francine is a fellow blogger who shares beauty and inspiration in every post, through her photography and thoughtful words. I’ve appreciated the creativity and  consistency of her work ever since the first day I stopped by, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!

Smiles and Blessings to You All

Love

    Faith ♥

Sweet Blogging Award!!

Thank you PC Zick, @ pczick.wordpress.com, for nominating me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! I think that this award is so cute and it’s so nice for my blog to be considered “Sweet!” I’m honored to have been nominated by such a popular writer. I admire her blog and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too, so treat yourself to a visit!

Thanks Patricia. :)

Guidelines:

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

 

“Super Sweet” Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? 

Right now I’m not eating sugar, but if I were, it would be… CAKE!!! Plain cake and plain cookies,like pound cake and shortbread.  :)

2Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla.

    3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Lemon Pound Cake

    4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

I don’t have a big sweet tooth, so I don’t usually crave sweets.

   5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

I checked with my hubby, and he said “Sweetheart” ♥

A Baker’s Dozen of  “Sweet” Nominees:

collinesblog.wordpress.com

awinsomejourney.wordpress.com

tastythumb.wordpress.com

francineinretirement.wordpress.com

reflectionsintheword.org

auntieemsguide.wordpress.com

frommyfrontstep.wordpress.com

jpdaily.wordpress.com

lettersfromlilies.wordpress.com

homeandtherange.wordpress.com

rantingchef.com

feedthepiglet.wordpress.com

alotonyourplate.wordpress.com

Surfing through these blogs will be “sweet” so pay them a visit and enjoy!!!

Special thanks to everyone who visits, follows, “likes”, or comments on this blog! Smiles and Blessings to you all. – Faith :)

Blessing in Surprise

Once, several years back, I took my Jeep in to have my brakes checked, and as I sat in the waiting area, an elderly man sat, quietly, a few chairs down,waiting for his vehicle and reading a newspaper. I smiled at him as I sat down, and began leafing through one of the magazines on the table next to me.

When the mechanic came out to give me the news about my Jeep, I stood up and walked over to the counter to meet him. He basically told me that my brakes were in worse condition than I thought, and that I was going to cost much more than I had expected. I asked how much it would cost to do part of the job now and the rest later on, and he said he’d go back and check with his manager.  I went back to my seat and the older gentleman, leaned over and quietly said that he would like to pay the difference, so that I could get the whole job done today. I was totally surprised at this and responded by saying, “Thank you sir. That is very kind of you but I can’t accept, thank you though. That’s very nice of you to offer.”

He answered by saying that he would really like to do this for me and my family, and this is just the type of thing that he and his wife try to do for others whenever they have the opportunity. So he asked that I please accept his offer. I thought for a minute and then asked if I could  have his name and address in order to repay him, and he said no. He said  that this would be a gift, and that he did not want to be repaid. I realized that this was a blessing, so I graciously accepted. ( I did manage to get his name and address anyway, so that we could send him and his wife a thank you note. We also included a gift card for he and his wife to go out to dinner.)  :)

That day, when I drove off, I felt so much gratitude, as I had thanked this gentleman several times, and was doubly blessed to have experienced true generosity and a “blessing in surprise!”

Catching Up is Hard To Do!

I am so blessed to have been nominated  for these beautiful awards during my long absence! Thank you. It was a great “Welcome Back” surprise!  You’ve made me very happy, and it’s so -ooooo good to be back. :)

  

Basically, these awards require that you acknowledge the person who nominated you, with a link to their blog, tell a few things about yourself, and pass the award on to 5,7, or 10 other bloggers as nominees, posting a link to their site.

I’m going to list the awards, and the lovely people who nominated me, tell a little about myself, and then nominate a few great blogs of the many blogs that I enjoy. Here we go!

A Little About Me:

I enjoy musicals, and some of my favorites are: My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Fiddler on the Roof. :)

I consider it a great honor to have been nominated for each of these awards, and I sincerely appreciate all of the kind words and comments given by the very special people who nominated me.

Thank you  P.C. Zick, pczick.worfdpress.com for nominating me for the “Sunshine Award

My nominee for this award is: giselemorgan.wordpress.com, Beautiful photography, that just feels like “Sunshine!”

Thank you Lynn, lynnlovesediting.wordpress.com for nominating me for the “Beautiful Blogger Award

My nominee for this award is: learning2bestill.com, beautifully encouraging, and uplifting blog, focusing on God’s Word

Thank you forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com for nominating me for the “Reader Appreciation Award”

My nominee for this award is: francineinretirement.wordpress.com, I enjoy and appreciate reading her blog, and I’m sure you will too!

Thank you April, lettersfromlilies.wordpress.com and Martha, inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com for nominating me for the  “One Lovely Blog Award”

My nominee for this award is: grandmothermusings.com, a wonderfully warm blog with lovely photos!

Whew!!  And last but not least…

A Special Thank you to those who read, “like”, or follow this blog! You’ve helped to make all of this possible. You’re the best!

Showers of Blessing

“… I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

Ezekiel 34:26

Throwback Thursday- Crazy Faith

It’s Throwback Thursday and “Crazy Faith” is all about having faith, and believing God for what seems impossible, regardless of your circumstances. Read more and be encouraged!

Faithrises

There was a time when, my family, friends, and neighbors would have thought that “Crazy Faith” would be a perfect title for my autobiography! :)

I know that this is true, because once, when I was in the final months of my pregnancy, (you know, the pregnancy that I prayed 10 years for), I overheard my husband talking to a neighbor, saying; “We all thought that Faith was losing her mind!… While she was struggling with her health and praying for another baby, her mother and sister would call and say, “We’re really concerned about Faith..”  They thought that I was going crazy!!! He had never told me this before, so when I heard it, I laughed, and said, “That’s OK… They thought that Noah was crazy too, but it sure did rain didn’t it? So, I’m in good company!”

It all began 15 years earlier, when I read Luke 8:48,  “Daughter, your faith has made…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to you all, and a very special Mother’s day to my own dear Mom!

I’m so thankful for the mother that God has blessed me with. She is my friend, and has been a tower of strength for me, as she constantly gives of herself, and encourages me in the word of God. I am thankful for the example she has given me in mothering my own three children, and I am thankful for her own mother, my sweet grandma, who although she has gone on to be with Jesus, has left a loving legacy of motherhood for me as well, and my children still benefit from her example of love, courage, and faith.

Just as the Apostle Paul said of Timothy, in 2 Timothy 1:51; ” When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that  in thee also.”  My grandmother, who introduced me to Christ, and my mother, who continually encourages me in Him, have blessed me, and instilled in me, the treasure of possessing an unfeigned faith in God, loving Jesus, and trusting in His Word, for which I am eternally grateful.

God Bless You all, and have a Happy Mother’s Day!

I’ve Still Got It!

One day last week, my daughter told me that right in the middle of class, her teacher, middle-aged, mother of two, did a cartwheel right in the middle of a lesson, and cartwheeled right back to her original position and said, with a great big smile on her face, ” I’ve still got it! and the whole class just roared with laughter! I thought to myself, “Wow! How great it must feel to be so free at heart, even in the midst of a busy workday, right in front of a  class full of fifth-graders, turning cartwheels!”

For me, this teacher’s exclamation of  “I’ve still got it!” implies so much more… It not only speaks of her impressive physical capabilities, but also of her ability to seize the day, enjoy the moment, and keep the “kid” inside alive!

Refreshing. :)