Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday Post -- The Wondrous Cross
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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Isaac Watts, pub.1707

Public Domain
[words from Timeless Truths free online library]

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Award and gift night

I was given a couple of awards recently and it is now past time to send them back out.

There is one thing about awards, you can't just keep them, you are supposed to pass them around. Like the chain letter principle, it may be a big race to see who can populate the world with the creation you designed the fastest. You can post the awards in your side bar if you choose. They may need to be resized.

1. My first award is the "You Make The World A Better Place" presented to me
Merle of Merle's Third Try.

So here is a big thank you, Merle, for giving me this award. Merle's blog, in case you haven't followed my link over there before is designed to cheer the readers up. She truly deserves the "You make the world a better place" award.

Her blog has a short journal entry, then one of those nice feel good stories like we all get in the e-Mail. This is followed by a lot of jokes, she even buys joke books so she won't run out or duplicate herself too often. Each blog ends up with a series of quotes from notable persons.

I love her blonde jokes, I didn't know there were so many.

I am supposed to pass this on now. I truly believe these/you bloggers are making the world a better place, so they/you are my nominations:

U K Bob, As Night Falls. (The Estate Gardner)
Cheyenne, Muse & Amuse
Cliff Morrow's Blog
Doug, Walking Ambrose
Felisol, On The Far Side Of The Sea
Jamie Dawn's Mindless Blather
Janell, One Square Mile
Jerry, Lazy Blogger
Lori, Living for the simple things in life
Lucy, Lucy's Frugal Living
Mrs. Mac, Whatever Happened To...
Poopie, Keeping in the Faith
Ralph, Homespun Headlines
Rachel, Sliding Through Life
Raggedy, It's a Raggedy Life
Seeker, First Hundred
Teach, Work of the Poet
Terry, Canadian Blogger

Or to any of my friends who would like it, please let me know or just get it from here. I did not select my Aussie friends because I think Merle has spread these around over there real good.

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2. My second award is from Teach of Work of the Poet. She made this award after being prompted by a friend to come up with one. Read about it here.

Teach is a creative person, writing and teaching writing. Teach, a college teacher of literature, especially likes teaching and reading poetry and memoirs. Would you believe he also teaches blog writing classes?

The "You Light Up My Life Award." I think the reasoning behind this award is to honor someone filled and radiating with compassion, concern, and good:

"Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished."

So now I list those people I think deserve this award.

Doug, Walking Ambrose
Jamie Dawn's Mindless Blather
Jan, Jen's Chronicles
Lori, Living for the simple things in life
Merle, Merle's Third Try
Rachel, Sliding Through Life
Terry, Canadian Blogger

Feel free to pass it on but if you do, please tell people that Teach created the award, okay? And please link back to his and my page. Thanks.

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3. "Pay It Forward Challenge."

I will be given my surprise gift by Lucy of Lucy's Frugal Living. See Lucy, I am trying to pass the generosity on from here tonight.

So here's a chance to get your surprise from me, on a surprise date, in the next 365 days.

Here are the rules:

a. ~Leave a comment on my blog that says you want to play. First three folks to comment will get a gift from ME. (If I don't know it already, let me know how I can contact you by comment or e-Mail to jhovendic[at]yahoo[dot]com.)

b. ~Do the same thing on your blog! The first three folks who leave a comment and commit to doing this on their blog, too, will get a surprise from YOU at a surprise time in the next 365 days!

Lucy said this should prove to be fun.....and interesting. And that this is a great way to make new friends too.....let's see what happens.


I am not a big one for awards. You may not be either. But please don't gripe about it to me. I am honoring those who nominated me by following their wishes dutifully.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!! A four-leaf clover for you

A scripture for Sunday also, I'm skipping right over that day this week (please do remember it's Palm Sunday the 16th!).
"All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee" (Psalm 145:10 KJV)



I thought too, I'd skip right over the Ides of March on the 15th. On this date in 44 BC,
Julius Caesar was assassinated. That day always scares me. Why, I don't know.

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I picked this clump of clovers beside the sidewalk leading to downtown Killarney, Ireland.

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There was only one with four leaves. You will have to find it, I did not pick it. Isn't picking four-leaf clovers bad luck? Later in Scotland I was able to find another four-leafed one.

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Our nice B&B in Killarney. This one was on a hill with a wonderful view from our front bedroom window. (link to Muckross Drive House)

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Here is the one I found in Scotland. It was on the grounds at the Drummond Castle and Gardens (


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This picture is not clear although it may show you the four leaves more distinctly.

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