Merry Monday: Christmas is coming!

Yesterday in church, our pastor reminded us all that Christmas Day was one month away. That wasn’t the point of his sermon or anything, but it gave me a shock. I knew it was November 25th, and thus December 25th obviously was a month later, but still. Sometimes it just doesn’t hit me early enough, I guess, haha. At any rate, I woke up this morning determined to head into December with Advent and Christmas fully on my mind.

It’s now 11:30 am and I haven’t done anything except organize my Christmas Pinterest boards. -shrug- I suppose that’s as good a start as any, and since I’m still not feeling the greatest, it’s probably to be expected. Plus, I didn’t have to work today. Maybe I should go into work, just so I can pick up a Christmas tree. (I’m still wondering how our kittens are going to handle that…O_O Might have to forgo most of the ornaments this year.) My birthday is this coming Thursday, and that has traditionally been the day that I begin to decorate, but I want to start a little sooner this year, especially as our first wedding anniversary is next Monday, December 3rd. I can’t believe it’s almost been one year!!

I think perhaps I will attempt to post everyday in December; Christmas has always been my favorite, and so I should have plenty to post about, even if all I post is a photo and a Bible verse. Advent is, after all, a season of preparing. And on a more personal note, even though our first Christmas was technically last year, with the wedding being so soon after Thanksgiving, I had so little time to prepare for Christmas, so this year will hopefully be much better! I always have grand plans in my head…they rarely happen, but we shall see.


Sleepy Saturdays: after-Thanksgiving Blues

It seems that more often than not, I am sick over Thanksgiving. I catch colds easier than most of the people I know, and this year is apparently going to be no different. I caught a cold at the beginning of the week and felt rather horrible on Thanksgiving Day. Hubby and I went to my cousin’s house for food and fellowship anyway, and it was enjoyable, despite my awful cough. Last night was his family’s Thanksgiving dinner, which went a little better for me.

This morning, I didn’t want to get out of bed. I did, though, and drank a cup of black coffee and chatted with my mom on Facebook for a bit. That didn’t make me feel much better, but my dear mother-in-law is making me some of her amazing chicken soup, so I think I’ll feel better by the end of the day! I don’t know what she puts in that, but it’s soooo good.

So now I’m sitting on the couch, watching TCM and wishing I had a vanilla latte to sip. We’re out of milk, so I suppose that’s out of the question. Ah well. But hey, now Christmas Eve is one month away! Time to get my Christmas on! 😀

Sunday Serenade: The Battle Hymn of the Republic

I love when Veteran’s Day actually falls on a Sunday. There is something glorious about being in the presence of God and specifically remembering those who have fought to keep our country free so that we may be in the presence of God and worship Him freely. This morning, our church had a service of a kind that I have never experienced before. (They do this every year for Veteran’s Day, but we didn’t start attending there until last December.) The sanctuary was decorated with American flags, we recognized both those veterans who have fallen and those who are still with us, and we sang some of the patriotic hymns that I adore so much.

One of these hymns is “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” penned by Julia Ward Howe in 1861. Below I have posted the complete lyrics to this gorgeous and emotional hymn, with the verses we sang this morning in bold.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally …let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.


Our country used to be a shining light in this world. I fear that this will no longer be the case for many, many reasons, one of them being our poor excuse for a President. I honestly mean no disrespect to the office of the Presidency, but when the man who is in the position does not respect it nor the country he is supposed to be leading, it is quite hard to respect him. Lord, give me strength.

I pray so hard for America. We don’t necessarily need to be the greatest nation in the world, but the freedom we have is precious and I would not like to see that lost. Not to mention the sad economic status that is going to put everyone in debt. Technically, we are all already in debt. The social issues are terrible, as well, because things like abortion, gay “marriage,” and “women’s rights,” are tearing our country apart. So few people value life and moral living anymore that those who still do get lost in the cries of “ME, ME, ME, IT’S MY BODY, IT’S NOT A CHILD,” etc, etc, etc.

So of course, now you know where I stand. I hope this does not keep you from reading my future posts, nor that you post hateful comments. If you do, I will probably delete the comments. Hate speech is not free speech; and that goes for everyone across the board.


Finally, let me share with you a recording of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” from YouTube. It is instrumental, played on the King of Instruments, the mighty pipe organ. I hope you enjoy it. This has been Sunday Serenade.

Battle Hymn of the Republic

(Anybody want to help me understand why I can’t get a video to show up in my posts?!?!?! Maybe I should have stuck with Blogger. It was EASIER. Sigh.)