"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label Song. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Song. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

W.O.W. - Wrap it Up for 2016

Last Weds. I started this "walk" through the

"Story of CHRISTmas"
[image credit: The Passion Translation TPT]

in The Passion Translation

Day 8
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Day 10
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And Mary sang this song:
“My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God!
⁴⁷My spirit bursts with joy over my life-giving God!d
⁴⁸For he set his tender gaze upon me, his lowly servant girl.
And from here on, everyone will know
that I have been favored and blessed.
⁴⁹The Mighty One has worked a mighty miracle for me;
holy is his name!
⁵⁰Mercy kisses all his godly lovers,
from one generation to the next.
⁵¹Mighty power flows from him
to scatter all those who walk in pride.
⁵²Powerful princes he tears from their thrones
and he lifts up the lowly to take their place.
⁵³Those who hunger for him will always be filled,
but the smug and self-satisfied he will send away empty.
Luke 1:46-53 TPT

WHISPER ON WEDS.

"Good night Kiss from Heaven: I hear Him whisper..."I am your identity."
I am the One who has formed you and defined you. Others will gaze on your weakness and faults, I gaze on your beauty as you are seated with Me in the heavenly realm. I have shaped you with My hands - twice I have perfected you. Once in eternity past and once when you came to know Me. You are twice purified in My eyes for you are Mine.
Your difficulties have shaped you, but they will not define you. I am the One who made you and I alone have the right to define you. I say over you, "You are Mine!" By creation and by redemption, you are Mine! I have set My seal over your heart and now I display you to the world as My very own, My masterpiece of love. Can you not see what My love has done throughout your life? Do not look upon your failures and your pain, for in My presence they do not exist. I have placed My glory over your life and call you, My Radiant One!
We move together as one. When you surrender to Me it is not you that guides your life, but I am the Shepherd that leads us. We work together on earth as holy partners, friends committed to serve one another. I have served you my grace even as you have yielded to Me your heart. As you pray to Me we are one, two spirits that breathe as one. Your voice is sweet and your face is lovely in My eyes as you come before Me. Never hesitate to give Me the desires of your heart and I will bring them to pass.
I have placed the Spirit of grace upon you. The strength to endure pressure and trial flows from My life within you. Do not say, "I can't handle this test," but say, "I can do all things in the strength of the One who lives in Me." When you speak out of your identity in Me, the surging power of My Spirit will lift you high and you will soar above the pain of the moment and the pressure of the test.
I am your true Identity. Find your pleasure in My and I will pour My power into you. The more you delight your heart in Me the more free I become to unleash My glory in your situation. Others will find your flaw, I have found your virtue, for you have trusted Me when you had nothing and no one to support you. I know your heart, for I have shaped it with My hands to contain My glory. Never doubt the love that I have placed burning within your soul. In that flame you will find Me and you will hear My voice whisper to you, for I am your true Identity in time and eternity.
Song of Songs 1:5 TPT
Jerusalem maidens, In this twilight darkness--
I know I am so unworthy—so in need!

[The Shepherd-King]
Yet you are so lovely!

[The Shulamite]
I feel as dark and dry as the desert tents Of the wandering nomads!

[The Shepherd-King]
Yet you are so lovely— 
Like the fine linen tapestry 
Hanging in the Holy Place!"

DAY 12
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I should have been publishing two book reviews by now or at least finishing them before this year ends and preferably before Christmas so you might have ordered yourself a copy of either or both ... both have been books that are speaking to me and causing me to "pause" in my "walk" - and work through some "issues".

In one of them, I am finishing a chapter entitled "the enemy's plan against you" as I read and re-read and begin the next one "Miracles in the Mess" which most definitely fits this blog and sister in Christ in the midst of believing for MIRACLES - mostly for someone else very near and dear that really, really needs some miracles and answers to many needs and MESSES, yet her messes and miracles affect me too ... Clearly, my blog title is coming to BE more than just the words Mazes, Messes and Miracles, as God knew long ago and gave me that title back when I began this blog in 2008 how they actually were going to play out in my life and those around me as I "Walk On Weds." and recall the CHANGES of 2016 and those yet to come. CHANGES I need, and CHANGES that would happen ... how the "Story of Christmas" would continue and weave my heart closer to Him, depending on Him, and knowing how Jesus changes us if we remain clay (putty) in His hands. Yes, truly, "God isn't finished with me yet"; I'm a Masterpiece in Progress" - taken from my right hand side bar since I began blogging. truly HE is Amazing and His Grace is aMazing! I keep on discovering and delighting in this Grace.

Hopefully, I'll still get these book reviews done so these excellent books may surprise you and be added to your list of "must reads". The publishers probably will never allow me the privilege of reading and reviewing for them again. One book is definitely my 365 book for this coming year ... and the other one is one that I did not think I personally needed but wanted to read, yet I have encountered so much "unfinished" work that God still is doing in me, changing me, healing me ... drawing me beyond in new ways and wrapping up ones that definitely need(ed) His touch.

Rather the One Word for this year was BE, LISTEN (HEARING HIS VOICE) or CHANGE ... God is not surprised and kept me guessing and hopefully growing as I made CHANGES and He worked on the CHANGES that I need. I've seen all of these One Word(s) in 2016 ... woven throughout every day and season as I ponder and lean into ALL He makes possible through our story in His Story (whether it's the "Story of Christmas" or the entire story of Jesus Christ) - it is never ending and everlasting if you have chosen to hear His Voice, follow and abide in His Word and in Him. HE is ALL I need (we need) - the choice today is to ACCEPT, BELIEVE and CONFESS Jesus Christ as Lord!


The Whisper from TPT reminds me
of such sweet truths like


{these words are in another special song}

however since I'm no longer near an "Ocean" I chose the one linked above


Saturday, August 27, 2016

S.O.S. Change ...

Changing my S.O.S. for today
because
I failed to get out a post when this new movie of
"BEN HUR"
released on 
August 19th, 2016
{August 12th for some Christian audiences}

Ben Hur (2016)
"Fight the Good Fight, Finish the Race"

... and so
I am making it the main feature for this last weekend in
August
{even if it's being declared a "flop" by critics, not for me}
as we know most critics view from an earthly perspective of
P-zazz


[Trailer parts]




Of course, I won't know until I get a chance to see for myself the full movie, but at least,
from the scenes that I've seen, I'd like to see it
and I am a fan of the original 1959 (or 1925?) classic
{remember I was but a mere child then but a really theatrical one}
however, I still would never compare them or pit one against the  other
{it's not my style}

{Here and here are two Christian reviews to keep the score kinda even}
and this
A GOOD REVIEW
by
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, CA




Once again through You Version, I was able to escape and enjoy tidbits of this "Ben Hur" movie, through a 7 day (probably promotional) reading plan but I saw it as an opportunity to view glimpses into "Ben Hur" and Jesus. {you do realize that's why most critics have problems with this and that they are looking for some breath-taking Biblical Spectacular!!! for the big bucks}

DAY ONE
from You Version reading plan
states:

Ben-Hur is a story set in the first century when Christ was on earth. But it isn’t a story about Jesus. It’s the story of a man whose life Jesus keeps interrupting. Like any historical fiction, Ben-Hur tells a story of fictionalized characters but in an accurate, historical setting. The scenes of Christ’s interactions with this story line are of course fictionalized, but as you’ll see, hold very true to the nature of the very real Jesus of Nazareth we read about in the gospels. This plan will explore five movie clips each with commentary from a different Christian leader. But today we’ll watch a music video from For King and Country that sets the stage for the movie’s themes of love, forgiveness, justice, and redemption."

with these two readings from Scripture

Matthew 10:34-42;  Isaiah 2:1-4
so technically, this could be considered an
S.O.S.
still
because I'm sharing vivid
SCENES
via the movie, right?
SCRIPTURE
and 
now this
one
SONG
by King and Country


{this is from "Movie Clips" but it's the same one that You Version shares on Day 1 and is listed as "unlisted" so be considerate and think twice before sharing}

You can even enter 

"Share your story of rising up and overcoming adversity"

#MyGreatestVictory

or

win
 
"a trip for two to Israel"
(see caption at the top)

You Version Day 2 "Radical Love", Day 3 "Love as Revolution" (Rick Warren "Jesus Protects the Leper"), Day 4 "Mercy Triumphs Over Justice" {Yeah!} , Day 5 "Go and Do the Same" {that scene that the Archbishop above chose as his favorite} and Day 6 "Forgiveness and Healing", Day 7 "Back to You" is another song by Mary and Mary - by now it's time to see the full movie, don't you think? {I will have to remove the links to the videos soon}

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Oh and while I'm at it, viewing wonderful Christian Cinema ... there is one coming for just one day in the theaters (so I hear) this September 20th that I hope I'm in USA by then so I can see it (most likely I won't be but I can hope) ...  I have to share it today so maybe you can catch it (for me) and I don't forget "To Joey With Love" - a beautiful tribute and compilation of so much love for Joey (MartinFeek by her dear husband Rory (his blog)

Trailer To Joey With Love

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Warning: This one will be a tear jerker, bring plenty of hankies


ENJOY
a
blessed and wonderful
weekend!

Maybe take in a movie



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

W.O.W. ~ Whisper On Weds.

As promised last week in
W.O.W.


{although I did not think that I'd wait this long and I'm sure by now, I have many other whispers to share that go along better with the theme this week and being "un-ashamed" or "un-invited"} however ...


this
WHISPER
lets us know
something
we all 
long
to hear
even if we
already know it


[image credit: Jennifer Camp]

"When I Whisper to You"

"Daughter, I know. I know. It is not I who whispers, “You are alone.” It is not I who whispers, “No one sees you, cares about you, loves you.” Daughter, I do not delight to see you in pain, to see you suffering. Your heart cries out, in its weariness, in its grief, and oh, child, I pick it up.

I lift you up, child.

I do not leave you sitting there, hopeless. I do not leave you there crying in an empty room. I fill the space in your heart that feels like breaking. I do repair work (my favorite kind), on you.

I know you want circumstances to change. I know you are frustrated and impatient—after all, you have been waiting so long. . . But my plan is not to bring suffering. If there is pain in a moment, in a situation, know, child, I can break through and be a beacon in the midst of it all.

I whisper . . . 

Come, my delight, lay all your troubles on Me. Come, darling, your hand belongs in mine, guiding you forward, moving you past sadness and through these walls into the new place I’ve created for you, a place where my light shines in the midst of dark, where my voice quiets all other whispers, where my gaze upon you buoys you up, teaches you how to stand again, reflects back your smile.

Smile, now, child. 

Rise for the joy that is yours to receive. Be surprised by the abundance of joy I have to give you.


I do not hold out on you. I do not leave you. I do not turn from you. I know your troubles. I hear your prayers. I know your desires and pleas. Oh, girl, I’ve got you. I know you. Trust Me now. Trust how I am here." Jennifer Camp, LOOP


“As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!” (Psalm 40:11)


I received this "whisper" and the one from The Passion on the same day (7-25-16) and WOW, I guess I needed to hear these words, more than I even was aware of at the time. It touched a part inside my heart tenderly and ever so gently. Often my thoughts or the whispers I hear, leave me wondering "is that You, God?" yet then I hear the Truth in His Word (and try to push the negative nagging ones away that come with fear, confusion, anxiety, anger and yes, maybe even shame, which should give me a strong clue that they're from the enemy of our souls rehashing or rewinding the errs of my past choices, decisions or habits I still have not broken, and stuff I wish I could change - for me, for you, for others, but it is what it is until ...) 

I HEAR HIS WHISPER

and it is confirmed or breathed
into the recesses of my mind
and the depths of the broken pieces
of my heart through messages

in emails

like

these from Jennifer Camp via her
LOOP devotionals

or

Brian Simmons and TPT team
with The Passion devotionals

and

sometimes
through the simple words
of friends like you

or

blogs

that's when I am reminded



{this is the song that Jennifer included in this LOOP}


{I was thinking I could use this in an S.O.S. post because of the song}


Sometimes
I HEAR HIS WHISPER
in my heart as I listen to music

with or without words

HE SPEAKS

tenderly

if you are intent in

listening

SMILING

even in the

tears

HE HEARS

do you?

LISTEN


Sunday, August 14, 2016

SOS ~ "Beautiful Messes"

Making this my blog's new theme song



to go along with the
Mazes, MESSES, Miracles
of
aMazing Grace

"Beautiful Messes"
Hillary Scott

Are you spinning in a ladder that keeps on telling you
That you're not good enough
And when you're looking in the mirror
Do you see someone impossible to love?

Full of fragile broken pieces
We're all rough around the edges

We ain't perfect no
We ain't even close
We got holes in our hearts
We got scars we don't show
But all that baggage we
Keep on dragging around
Anytime we start laying down

Lay it down at the foot of the cross
Give it to the one who can carry it all
Even at our worst, to him we ain't lost causes
Just beautiful messes

We're all David's we're all Mary's
We've been liars, thieves and everything between
But don't forget God used the misfits just like us
To do the most amazing things

So bring your thoughts, your flaws, your secrets
And watch him use those broken pieces

We ain't perfect no
We ain't even close
We got holes in our hearts
We got scars we don't show
But all that baggage we
Keep on dragging around
Anytime we start laying down

Lay it down at the foot of the cross
Give it to the one who can carry it all
Even at our worst, to him we ain't lost causes
Just beautiful messes

No matter where you are right now
Let thy grace come pouring down
It won't matter no
No it won't

We ain't perfect no
We ain't even close
We got holes in our hearts
We got scars we don't show
But all that baggage we
Keep on dragging around
Anytime we start laying down

Lay it down at the foot of the cross
Give it to the one who can carry it all
Even at our worst, to him we ain't lose causes
Ooh lay it down at the foot of the cross
Give it to the one who can carry it all
Even at our worst, to him we ain't lost causes
Just beautiful messes
Beautiful messes, yeah "


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For the last 13 days I have been enjoying a You Version reading plan by Hillary Scott that goes along her new album "Love Remains". I did not know her or her music before but I sure do like this country western style of hers {as I've mentioned before with Joey & Rory, I'm not really a "country western" kind of gal, but little by little, I'm changing and learning to like me this "twang" and style...}. And I really loved the daily devotional but I made it even more special by listening to each song that went with that particular devotional and the scripture readings.


So today, I'm 
Soaking On SONday
in the middle of some
"beautiful messes"
kicking-up my heels to some
country-western style music

Charreada at Lienzo Charro in Col. Juarez
Being a horse woman, this should be second nature to me

'cuz I sure do love me some dancing horses!

I'm not the only one that loves
to dance to worship
Our Lord
on
SONday

{keeps me out of all messes, beautiful and ugly}

but
makes me and keeps me
so aware of God's
aMazing Grace(s)

{I know my horses sure did, all 4 of them}

Speaking of "beautiful messes" don't forget about the online "Unashamed..." Bible Study starting up at Faith Gateway with Christine Caine and FaithGateway Crew; Laurie McClure, Jamie and Julie ... I promise, they'll be no horsing around, but lots of ... free-ing moments. More tonight.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "GOD of EVERY STORY"


"...is the title song from Laura's most recent album, "God Of Every Story", written by Laura along with Ed Cash (who also produced the album). The song is partly autobiographical; the man named Martin who is mentioned in one of the verses is Laura's husband. Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor a couple of years after he and Laura were married. It was life-threatening, but God is the Great Physician. Then in September 2012 their first child was born, Josephine Grace. That's her all bundled up in the little pink outfit."
Thanks Laura for sharing this inspiring song! - Bob Marshall

I figure this is the BEST song and video
to finish off this last week
of
Laura Story's
"When God Doesn't Fix It"
Online Bible Study
with
Faith Gateway

"We are all broken, but we can have a better story. ..."
"... And a better story begins with using our brokenness." Laura Story

Of course, God is in every story
Yours, Mine
and
in case, you don't think so
really look
search
and
find Him
there
woven into every fabric of every piece

piece by piece
broken
or
complete

Let 


be a time to see

GOD

in every corner

I'm not exactly sure that today is the day
but something inside me
tells me that it was
the end of part
of my story
and the
beginning of another that
began about a week from this day
on
August 1st

*if you recall, I wrote previously here in July that this month holds moments to "Remember"
and others that I'd like to forget
but they were all parts of
My Story
and
more importantly
GOD in MY STORY

How appropriate
that
God would allow
Laura Story
this study, this song
to speak to me
and remind me that
God is with me and has been
in every facet of my story
and
He is still writing it
on the tablets of my heart with His

What a beautiful difference it makes
to have God in control of 
every story

Yours - Mine

HIS STORY

Ours



Saturday, July 16, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "Til I Met You"

 "Til I Met You"

I don't know about you, but so many things flash through my mind as I ponder the title of this beautiful song! 

Of course, it's "'Til I Met Jesus" ... and I could not have lived or known love without having known Jesus for the greater portion of my life, in one way or another, HE has always been there for me, since my very beginning. Of course, HE'S ALL I (we) NEED ... yes, even since meeting Him, I have been "hopeless" and have known "empty" but not at all because of meeting or knowing Jesus ... it's quite often those other "flashes" of meeting ... or ... that someone else somehow tugged at me and at times pulled me away from what I knew as the Truth and Love of Jesus. He meets every need and fills every "hopeless" with hope-filled.

Just trying filling this in with someone (anyone) else

..." 'Til I Met ... "
(husband)
(close friend)
(significant other friend)
(someone famous)
(your child(ren)
(people that have influenced you)
(people at work)
(people at school)
(people at church)
(close family members)

not any of them
go with the other lyrics

"I've known pain and deep regret
I've known the weight of my mistakes like the back of my hand
I've known deception and all its games
I've known the way it feels to drown in my own shame

But I never knew love
I never knew truth
I never knew peace, the sweet release that brought me through
I never knew freedom, what grace could do
The broken chains, the hope that saves, a life made new
Till I met You

I've known rejections
I've bought the lie that I could never overcome the hurt inside
With arms of mercy You reach for me
Tore the veil away and gave me eyes to see
You're all I need

And I never knew love
I never knew truth
I never knew peace, the sweet release that brought me through
I never knew freedom, what grace could do
The broken chains, the hope that saves, a life made new
Till I met You (I'm accepting I was hopeless)
Till I met You (I was stumbling in the darkness)

I never knew love
I never knew truth
I never knew peace, the sweet release
You're the one Who brought me through
And I never knew freedom, what grace could do
The broken chains, the hope that saves, a life made new
Till I met You (till I met You)
Till I met You (till I met You)

Till I met You "~Laura Story

For I have known pain, deep regret, the weight of all my mistakes,
deception and all its' games,
the feeling of drowning in my own shame,
rejections, lies, and so many hurts inside
and outside for that matter
I've seen hopeless and darkness,
so many times I have started over with hope of a new beginning
BUT
until I knew all that Jesus gives and brings into each dark day
each hopeless thought
each painful hurt and memory
HE
changed it all
with
His Love
His Truth
His Peace
His Mercy
His Freedom
such sweet release
His aMazing Grace
made a life brand new
worth living
changed
saved
HE'S THE ONE
I MET
WHO
BROUGHT ME THROUGH
and
KEEPS BRINGING ME
through as
His Redeemed
His Beloved
His Very 
OWN


SOAKING ON SONday
S.O.S.
and a bit here on Sat.
in just how aMazing all this is
since I met Him


the sunsets were never so beautiful
out over the Pacific horizon
here

"'Til I Met You"


Saturday, July 9, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "Perfect Peace"

"PERFECT PEACE"

... "Stay close by my side ..."

we've heard these Words earlier in  
W.O.W.

This is the theme of this week's online study with
Faith Gateway and Laura Story
Week 3

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[image credit: faithgateway]

Prayer for the Week
"Oh, God, we love You! In the face of our most confusing, painful, crushing times, even if we have to say so crumpled in a pile on the floor, we say we believe in You and we know that You are good and Your plan is good. When You don’t answer our prayers the way we want You to, we wobble, we have questions, we may be angry, and we are so hurt that it’s hard to breathe. But, we still call You Lord and we trust that You lean down so close to kiss our tears away, weathering the storm with us, and giving us Your indescribable, inexplicable peace. Help us to cling to You even in our pain and to be glued to You until the day we see You face-to-Face. Help us to praise Your name even when You don’t fix it because we love You and You are our God. Our good and gracious and loving Yahweh. Thank You for never leaving our side, Jesus. We need You and we love You. Amen."Laurie McClure

* Laurie McClure actually shares this song in her blog this week 
and the lyrics too.

It's
PERFECT

God's PERFECT Peace

 "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!" (NLT) Isaiah 26:3

I actually had this song for next week's SOS but switched with the one I had for this week so I'd be in sync. God's Voice will comfort and bring peace. When you don't listen to God's voice, peace alludes you ... and I've heard or read this so frequently it has become part of a fundamental belief I hold dear to my heart:

[image credit]


and
I so want to
KNOW
and
believe that I do
as I

Soak On Sat./SONday

resting in His
PEACE

I will dwell and cling to 
God's Peace
especially for this week
that is why I had it for next week
but perhaps God wants me
to focus and fix all my
thoughts ahead of
time to remain
and trust in 
His Peace
{not remembering what was before, but on what God gives fully always}
Perfectly
in Him

"Deep within every heart is a longing for peace!"

{I know I just read and saved something somewhere related to peace 
that I hoped to add to this "perfect peace", but at the moment remains hidden}

"... ruminating on your my blessings to bring peace and calm to your my mind"
JCBC #18


[image credit: Jesus Always, Sarah Young]

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once again, this is a timely post that  
I moved it up to this week with the tragic events
once more from LA to MN to Dallas, TX


Let's us PRAY, which also means ACT in peace and unity!
{in case you have not heard this or visit Jennie Allen's blog and/or 
Tasha Morrison "Be a Bridge Builder"  View this video "A Unity Conversation"}

and also read Faith Gateway's
"Peace Treaty"


I'm sure that there are many articles around on this, please share in comments any that bring glory and honor to God with dignity for ALL! 

A MUST READ
as always
Ann Voskamp
at
"A Holy Experience"
sums up our heartache

 "The world weeps.

The world weeps, needing peacemakers who let the broken bits of their heart fill in all the cracked pieces & places in the world, us all becoming bridges."Ann V.



Saturday, July 2, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "He Will Not Let Go"

"He Will Not Let Go"

Genesis 32:22-31



“O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee.
 I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow, may richer, fuller be.” (credit)


Psalm 62:5

Isaiah 43:2

HE WILL NOT LET GO
HE WILL BE WITH US
HE HAS NOT LET GO
and neither will I

STANDING!

Holding On

Best-Made Plans
[faithgateway.com/OBS - Laura Story]


"If there's one thing I've learned walking through hardship,
it's that it's futile to place our hope in the
changing of circumstances."
~Laura Story~

{maybe that quote should have been in a "Walk On Weds."}
Displaying
I think I'd rather run than walk
but
the stroll on the beach
with
Lucky
was ever so
HEALING


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To my faithful visitors;
all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
I do appreciate you so much!

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy