Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Friday, April 24, 2009

I Love this Place!

I've got some awards to thank people for! First of all my kin in name Laura at http://tomariescabin.blogspot.com/ honored me with the following award telling me she was a fan of my blog! Well, Laura I am a fan of your blog too! You are so sweet and have the most beautiful and cozy cabin!

And sweet Kim http://kimsdomesticbliss.blogspot.com/ gifted me with this award!

Isn't it adorable! This award is given to a fellow blogger that exhibits an "Attitude of Gratitude". And I am honored and humbled to receive it! I associate gratitude with my faith. Gratitude seems to be a lost emotion in today's fretful and fastpaced world! People are so busy looking for what's around the corner and how to get it now that they are forgetting to be grateful for what they have! Yes, I get caught up in the rat race from time to time but because of my faith in my Lord I remember to be thankful for what He has given me! He has taught us that He has already given us everything we truly need! I hope that is why Kim gave me this wonderful award because somehow that attitude of gratitude is showing itself thru my posts! Thank you again Kim and Laura!

Of course the rules for blogging awards are to pass them on to your fellow bloggers! I love the way Christine at http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/ gave her fan award out! She said that if she had visited your site she was a fan so to be sure and take the award from her and pass it on! I agree! If I've visited you then I'm a fan! I have made such wonderful friends out there in blogland! So take this award from me to you and then pass it on!

The Lemonade award asks that you pass it on to fellow bloggers you think show an "Attitude of Gratitude"... that they are happy with their life under any circumstances! I think that all the blogs I have visited show this but I specifically want to pass this award on to the following:

and right back at ya! Kim at http://kimsdomesticbliss.blogspot.com/

These ladies have made me feel so welcome and comfortable in blogland! Instant connections were made and I feel very grateful to have met them! They are sweet and wonderful ladies with a heart for the Lord and an "Attitude of Gratitude!"

This Sunday I am leaving to go to west TN and then to Ashville, NC to the Biltmore! for my birthday! It is incredible that when I told Christine about my trip she informed me she and her husband's birthday are on the same day! April 29th! I promise to start posting again when I get back! Of course I'll have my pics of the Biltmore to share! Love you all! God Bless! Lauralu :)


  1. Hello Dearheart...

    Congratulations on receiving this special award, Sweetie! You deserve it!!! I feel so honored that you're passing it on to me...thank you so very much!!! You know that I love you, Darlin'!!!

    Girl, I didn't know that your birthday was coming up...Happy, Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like you have a fabulous birthday celebration lined up...the Biltmore??? Ohhh my goodness...how exciting!!! I have never been there but would love to go! Of course, I've seen all kinds of photos but it's not the same as seeing it face to face!!! I'm just soooo happy for you, honey!!! You go and just have the time of your life!!! Bring back lots of photos to share with us!!!

    Sending you my very best wishes and blessing for the best birthday ever...Lord Bless you, my friend!!!

    Love ya,
    PS...Thank you again for the award...you always make me smile!!!

  2. Hello back to ya, birthday girl! Before anything else, let me wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! How exciting and how nice of your hubby to take you to the Biltmore to celebrate. I can't wait to see pictures so be sure you take a lot. You have a great time, my friend and hope you get ALL your birthday wishes. We are in Chicago now, arrived this morning. Weather is beautiful! Thank you so much for the award, I truly appreciate it and congrats for getting them!...Christine

  3. Congrats on the award Laura, I hope you have a Great Birthday girl...I have always wanted to go to Biltmore...maybe in my other life I'll made it there..have a safe trip..and you should come see me sometime..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Laura, I am so glad to see you back! Thank you so much for the Lemonade Award. Gratitude is something I truly work at. It is a blessing in itself! Now, on to YOU! Happy Birthday! I am so excited that you are going to the Biltmore--take lots of pics! We are headed to Nashville for a wedding--more "bridal brain" for me. And yes, I am grateful this one isn't ours--I'm not ready yet!!! :)

  5. girl...you make my heart swell! and of course my ego! I don't deserve this award... but I won't turn it down! I will post it when I can....and please know I feel the same way about you....what would we do without our blogging friends?
    thanks so much for thinking of me!

  6. Laura, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Congratulations on the awards-you deserve them. (I'm a fan of your blog too). laurie

  7. Oh dear Laura, sure hope this finds you well. Thank-you so much for thinking of me.. trying to get prepared for my dh full knee replacement Monday.. Oh dear Vanna, is having some family health issues again.. her Mom and her Dad.. I haven't spoken directly to her but Laurie received an email from her.. so sorry to hear that she is having to face all of this.. but I guess if we are blessed with having our parents this long this is part of it. I am a big fan of your blog too. Gosh I can't remember how to do anything.. on this thing and not sure my brain is going to be getting much of a break any time soon.. You take care dear girl.. don't be worried if I am not around too much.. Love, Cindy

  8. Congratulations on all the awards. Isn't blogland just the neatest place, so many loving and friendly people. I love your blog and you so deserve each award. Hugs, Marty

  9. Oh Laura, Thank you so very much for the award. You are a very special friend to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for thinking I show gratitude! I do try, and I know you do too!

    Oh, The Biltmore...a very favorite and special place to visit. Happy, Happy Birthday to you sweet friend. Do enjoy your special day and thank you once again!


  10. Happy early birthday, Aunt Laura! I hope you have a wonderful trip! I've always wanted to see the Biltmore, especially at Christmas.

    Thank you for my award! I haven't gotten around to posting the other one you gave me a few weeks ago, but I'll try to get on that soon! : )

  11. Happy Birthday Aunt Laura. You are one amazing woman!

  12. Oh Lauralu please forgive me for not getting over here sooner- My brain is a little- ok alot spacey these days! We had more company this last weekend and more coming in Friday plus getting out our newletter for the quarter- 500 folding stamping, stuffing etc!!!

    You are such a sweetie to pass this award on to me and I am so very touched! THank you! I will blog about it promise promise!!

    How was your birthday friend? Happy Belated Birthday-I guess I am going to have to get you to be my trainer= we are only a year apart and you looks so much younger-- do I really have to get a job in a gym to look like that!!!!!!!!!???


  13. Belated Happy Birthday, LauraLu. Sorry, I did not get to greet you today. I was going to greet you the other night but I thought I'd wait for the 29th but then it got so busy, packing, flying and traveling. We just back home tonight and we had a good time too. The highlight of our trip was meeting Janie, aka Bondie's Journal and her hubby. I'll blog about it soon. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures...Christine


Hello and God Bless! Thank you for visiting "Hidden Promise"! It's wonderful to get comments from you all! I think they are a great way to show our love, care and support of each other! Have a wonderful day! Lauralu :)