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It’s gratitude Friday. This feature does something special for me. It reminds me to look at my blessings. Today, I have something new for which to be grateful. We are in the process of buying a new house. We’ve been searching for quite some time. I believe, that we have come to an agreement on a property. Very exciting. Beautiful barn for the animals. Good horse property. I’m looking forward to spending time there on the back deck and the screen porch. It will be lovely.

In addition to that, we have choir practice today. Sometimes choir practice is more stressful than fun, usually when we concern ourselves too much with mechanics and too little with worship. Yet at other times it can be a real blessing. I love singing for the Lord. Music is such a lovely form of worship when used properly. There is nothing like losing yourself in an old hymn as you think about the meaning behind the words. When you lose yourself in worship as you raise your voice to the Lord, it is freeing. The time spent in worship is time that is that isn’t spent in worry or on the treadmill of life. We can take a moment to refresh our spirits.

This week we’re planning on singing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” I like this upbeat version of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” I hope you enjoy it. (There are no vocals, but you can sing along with the lyrics.)

Matthew 10:29-31
29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Today, I am grateful for my family, my friends, my church family and my fellow choir members. I look forward to singing for the Lord today. And I hope and pray that the pain from my pulled tooth, doesn’t prevent me from singing again. If it does, I’ll be singing and making melody in my heart.

Ephesians 5:18-20
18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

(emphasis added)

(All verse references are taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly referred to as the King James Version.)

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