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The Lord is the strength of my life

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

I tend to think too much about what other people think of me. I can also dwell too much on past events and become fearful and anxious. This verse really encouraged me yesterday. There is no one I need to fear or be afraid of. The Lord is the strength of my life. He is powerful over all mankind and is ready to protect me. He is also with me even if I do not “feel” that He is there. His Word is so comforting and rich, if I just take the time to meditate on it.
What truth has the Lord been teaching you this week?

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, please consider His offer of salvation. He is the only One who truly understands us and can save us from our sins. Any good deeds or works will not guarantee entry to Heaven. Jesus Christ shed His blood to pay the price that your sin requires. Trust in His perfect work today! For He says: “In …
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In heavenly love abiding

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Christmas in England (Part 2)

Boats on Brixham Harbor.  (photo credit: Sarah)

(photo credit: Sarah) 
                                 Brixham, England.
(photo credit: Sarah) 

(photo credit: Sarah ) 

One day, we walked around Brixham harbor. It was chilly and windy. The seagulls provided a nice soundtrack. After our walk, we sat down at the lovely Old Market House and had coffee and juice.

      (photo credit: Elizabeth)

      I am not drinking caffeine right now, so I ordered juice. I like how they named the brand J2O.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." 
  Matthew 5:14 (NKJV) 

Back at Grandma's cozy house.

Christmas in England (Part 1)

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         Views from the plane on the 9 hour flight from Houston, TX to Heathrow, England.

                             (photo credit for these two pictures: Sarah)

     In Grandma's livingroom
(all other photos credit: Elizabeth) 

 How is there green grass in December? I guess because of all the rain. In Oklahoma we had dry,  brown grass.

Flowers still blooming in December!  At my Uncle's home in the countryside.

Christmas lights in Devon, England.

   Rainbow after a shower of rain.

       Yours truly.