January 24, 2015


Prayer (verb) 
1. a devout petition to God or an object of worship.
2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.

Prayer has been around for a very long time, by many religions. This LINK to wikipedia shares the history of Prayer as related to Christianity.

I am a prayer (noun) a person who prayers. I believe prayer is an integral part of life. Just as breathing is critical to our physical life (it IS the lifeline!), so too is prayer to our spiritual life. Which to me-is everything.

I could not imagine doing this thing we call life without the personal relationship that God wanted with me...He wanted it with me! So much so that He (Jesus) left the perfectness of heaven to come to this place He created, to live fully as a human so He could ultimately lay down His life to restore that broken relationship that sin caused. Knowing He would do that for just me, well....it's mind blowing!

Except He didn't do it for just me....He chose to die a gruesome death on a cross for ALL OF US! A gift unlike any other we can or will ever receive. A gift that oftentimes gets put on a shelf and forgotten, because the worries, stress, fun & frolicking of this life here on this earth so distract us from what truly really ultimately forever matters. Eternity...with Him or separate from Him.

And He loves us so much, that He will NOT force His desire on us. He allows us to choose whether we wish to accept the gift He freely gives or reject it. He desires nothing more than that all men, women & children from all ages & eras know Him personally. Accept His gift. And not put it on a shelf somewhere and forget about it.

Prayer...it's how we communicate with the ONE who gave everything up for us. To build that most precious relationship with Him, communication is a MUST! Reading His Words recorded for us and talking to Him (prayer) that is always a great place to start. I am so thankful that God, the Creator of it all, loved me so much that He was willing to leave heaven, life as a human and die to restore my relationship-through forgiveness of those sins that so easily entangle me. How could I not be a prayer (noun)?

Do you know Jesus? Not the historical figure as written about in the Holy Scriptures or history books...but the real person, the man who loved you so much He chose to leave heaven, live as a human and die to restore your relationship through forgiveness of those sins that so easily entangle you? Do you know that man? That heart? If not, and you are interested in meeting him...would you let me know, I'd be more than happy to introduce you to Him. I promise it's one meeting you will never regret! He really is awesome!

And if you have met Jesus, has life gotten so crazy distracting that perhaps He has become that forgotten gift placed on the shelf covered in dust? If so, why not take some time today to talk to Him...see what He might have to say to you that might inspire you to remove that gift from the shelf & clean up the dust, you might just find that it really is the best gift you've ever been given! He is waiting for you, remember He loves you so much He will NEVER force His desire to be with you on you, He will ALWAYS allow you to choose to spend time with Him.

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January 16, 2015


Such an interesting word to say...olfactory (ol-fak-tuh-ree OR ohl-fak-tree). It is an adjective meaning of or relating to the sense of smell

Smell is such an important part of our lives...one we don't always take time to appreciate, that is until we can't smell! The past week I have suffered from a horrible head cold that left my head feeling like it was the size of our friend's hot air balloon!

That stuffed head left me drained (both literally, my nose was draining & figuratively, my body was worn out) and in the process I had no appetite. I am a person who LOVES the smell that accompanies food (or hates it....depending on the food) but needless to say, I taste with my nose! (I don't know if that's scientifically true but it's true for this girl.)

I think that was a big part of why I wasn't hungry. Well, I had moments I was hungry...but no appetite.  I didn't truly enjoy much of what I did eat, had no desire to cook (I probably shouldn't be cooking for anyone else the way I was feeling anyway.) I couldn't smell my candle burning or even a pretty flower. What a feeling of disconnectedness from the world around me.

It isn't until I was without my olfactory sense that I realized how much I take that for granted. What else do we take for granted? Let's think about it before it's gone, so we can appreciate it while we have it....or perhaps more importantly it should be 'who' that we think about.

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January 9, 2015

N is for....

Nothing, Nada, Nein... 
Today, I came to my blog with the letter N in mind & in all honesty nothing came to mind to share. 
So in hopes of something coming from nothing, I headed over to the dictionary for my weekly definition... here's what dictionary.com had to offer in the way of a meaning.

As usual, the first definition would probably stretch my English teacher's definition of acceptable as it isn't using the actual word as the definition, it just got a bit creative... wouldn't be a King'sMountain definition without an "improper" one popping up now would it? I digress... here you go.

NOTHING means:
1. no thing; not anything; naught:
  • to say nothing.

2. no part, share, or trace (usually followed by of):
  • The house showed nothing of its former magnificence.
3.something that is nonexistent.

4.nonexistence; nothingness :
  • The sound faded to nothing.
5. something or someone of no importance or significance:
  • Money is nothing when you're without health.
6. a trivial action, matter, circumstance, thing, or remark:
  • to exchange a few nothings when being introduced.
7. a person of little or no importance; a nobody.

8. something that is without quantity or magnitude.

9. a cipher or naught:
  • Nothing from nine leaves nine.
10. (used in conventional responses to expressions of thanks):
  • Think nothing of it. It's nothing. Nothing to it.
11. in no respect or degree; not at all:
  • It was nothing like that. Nothing dismayed, he repeated his question.
12. amounting to nothing, as in offering no prospects for satisfaction, advancement, or the like:
  • She was stuck in a nothing job.
13. for nothing, free of charge. for no apparent reason or motive. futilely; to no avail:
  • They had gone to a great deal of expense for nothing.
14. in nothing flat, in very little time:
  • Dinner was finished in nothing flat.
15. make nothing of, to treat lightly; regard as easy. to be unsuccessful in comprehending:
  • He could make nothing of the complicated directions.
16. nothing but, nothing other than; only:
  • We could see nothing but fog.
17. nothing doing, Informal. emphatically no; certainly not. no activity, inducement, advantage, etc., present to the eye:
  • We drove through the town but there seemed to be nothing doing.
18. nothing less than /short of, absolutely; completely:
  • She was used to nothing less than the best.
19. think nothing of, to treat casually. to regard as insignificant:
  • He thinks nothing of lying to conceal his incompetence.

    Who knew a word meaning "not anything, naught, no trace, nonexistence," could have so much to say? I hope you enjoyed my post about nothing which actually did turn into a little something after all. Have a fabulous day!

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January 3, 2015


Stop action animation at it's best! It's the time of year when I pull out all of my favorite Christmas movies. I am a HUGE Rankin-Bass fan. I just love the memories they bring back... the stop motion is just great!
But before I get into that too much: What is stop motion? Here's the wiki definition
Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object or persona appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.

I love the regulars...Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman, I mean who doesn't like these classics, right? But my favorites to pull out are the ones that make my guys just roll their eyes! Obscure, uncommon Christmas Classics. Jack Frost is great too! Kubala Kraus is a great villain with his Keh-nights, iron horse & side-kick, Dummy!

The Year Without A Santa Claus & the not so old A Miser Brother's Christmas...what's not too love! Ya got the Miser Brother...Heat & Snow! Mother Nature makes an appearance or two. Then add in the Jay Leno inspired North Wind & well...it's Lights, Camera...stop motion animation!

Or what about Rudolph's Shiny New Year? How many of you have seen that one? Father Time & Baby New Year plus a crazy old bird...all happening in the Archipelago of Years.
If not, here's a link to watch the whole special on youtube: Rudolph's Shiny New Year. You won't be sorry, you might even sing along a little bit.

Now let's change gears a little bit to some classic animation from year's gone by:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas...no doubt everyone has seen that one! It is a great story, I think I might have wanted to be Cindy Lou Who when I was little.
[And of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas...who here hasn't recited the true Christmas story when Linus does his monologue? I know I do it everytime. It was how I memorized Luke 2 :) ] added 1.3.15

What I really want to know though...how many of you have seen these obscure classics?
The Cricket on the Hearth...click HERE to check that one out!
The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold, can be found HERE. I mean seriously, it's Christmas time who doesn't think of Leprechaun's, right? ;)
And this one is an actual family favorite (I don't get too many eyerolls when I put this one in) Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Check him out HERE. Anyone recognize this side dish?

I hope you enjoyed this little jaunt down memory lane. Perhaps you have discovered a hidden treasure amongst these classics. OR maybe you always wondered if this lady at TheKingsMountain wasn't a little bit off her rocker, only to have that thought solidified in your mind by this crazy off the wall post. No matter what, I hope this post at least made you smile...for a moment!

Lights...Camera...Action...what are some of your favorites?

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