Nostalgia (#6WSP)


Nostalgia’s rosy lens offers romantic view.


I know this challenge/post is supposed to be only 6 words…but I never hear the word nostalgia that I don’t fall back in time to when Julio Iglesias was a hot recording star (“swoon-worthy”) singing, among other hits, “Nostalgie”.  So I hope you’ll indulge me…I simply had to include it here…with the English lyrics.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations

Amadeo (Still My God) ~ Sunday Song

Hey, Peeps!  Happy Palm Sunday to those who observe this coming Holy Week🙂

I bring you a peppy Sunday Song with a chorus you can easily sing All Day Long!! 

The pandemic has shoved us into a world which changes rapidly on a daily basis.  No more “same-o–same-o” days blurring one into the next.  We’re bombarded with Breaking News which details one or more new aspects and statistics.  Each report ranges from worrisome to scary, filled with warnings…nothing uplifting on the coronavirus front.

So, “where’s the good news, Rhen?”, you ask.  I’m happy to say, God is unchanging—He’s the same Good Father yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He’s still with us, still in the center of the storm, still working on our behalf…and still watching our responses.  Are we embracing fear, or faith?  Are we sharing LOVE, Kindness, Generosity, Mercy and Grace, Hope and Encouragement—from a protective distance? 

Please know that I’m not judging those who are fearful…we’re all afraid of something, if we’re human.  True confession:  I don’t fear I’ll contract the virus, but I do have anxiety that another episode of vertigo and falling may cost me the independence I value like gold (because I lack family/friends/neighbors’ assistance).  What I DO have is God’s constant caring presence; His promise to never abandon me, and to be my sufficiency…supplying Everything I need.

Let’s sing songs as loud as we can—loud enough that everyone six or more feet away from us can laugh if we’re way off key!  Let’s Laugh, guffaw so often that laughter becomes more contagious than infectious germs.  And let’s continue praying for the world…praying for an end to Covid-10, SOON.

May God Bless and Protect Everyone Abundantly this week.  Love, Rhen

Focus on Now ~ Sunday Song

Many of us have trouble keeping our focus on “right now”.  My bad days are usually when I can’t shake off Yesterday, or begin speculating fearfully about Tomorrow…instead of ‘standing still’ in Today.

Our Sunday Song is a wonderful message and prayer that God will help us stay “in the moment”, lest we get sidetracked and miss something important.  The image which comes to me is of the Good Shepherd (Jesus) who uses His crook to gently and protectively redirect the sheep who’s unwittingly veering off the path of blessings. 

Many days that sheep is me. 

I hope you enjoy the song.  May God bless you all Abundantly

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Shamrocks (Gogyohka) and Celtic Thunder

This gogyohka is for Janet’s “green” theme (…Click the link for her great posts, and to join in!  (I don’t even care if you skip my poem and just enjoy the Celtic Thunder songs♥♥♥)


Emeralds dripped from her dainty ears

Matched the eyes, snapping sparks, of this Galway girl

She pined for the Englishman who stole her heart away

Sure the handful of shamrocks promised his return…

For, if he’d wooed another, he’d see jealous flames for miles 

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

And here’s another version…oh, be still my rockin’ heart!♥

We Praise You #Worship #Inspiration #MattRedman #BrandonLake

Oh my, this is SO GOOD, just what we ALL need! Let’s pray, and praise God, sing and worship Him for who HE IS–our Mighty Fortress. Faith trumps fear always.  I’m declaring Victory over any and all enemies today–because Jesus has overcome, and prevailed, regardless whether the manifestation is evident yet or not. 

Visit Jason’s blog for more great posts from him! ♥Rhen

Poems for Warriors

I feel like this song is very apropos based on all that we are facing in the world today. Yesterday in church our pastor talked about intercessional worship. Most church people know about intercessional prayers, or praying on someone else behalf when they cannot pray or don’t know what to do, and intercessional worship is similar: praising God by song on someone else’s behalf.

We sang this song, an exceptional example of intercessional worship, praising God for breakthrough on the earth.

Lyrics of “We Praise You”

Verse 1:
Let praise be a weapon
That silences the enemy
Let praise be a weapon
That conquers all anxiety
Let it rise, let praise arise
We sing Your name in the dark
And it changes everything
We sing with all we are
And we claim Your victory
Let it rise, let praise arise

We’ll see You break down every wall
We’ll watch the giants fall

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