December 13, 2017

Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel

As we celebrate this second week of Advent, here is another favorite hymn many of you may recognize. May God bless you and your family with His amazing grace as we rejoice in the coming of our Savior's birth.

Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel

Oh, come, Oh, come, Emmanuel, 
And ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Oh, come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free 
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Oh, come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Oh, come, Thou Key of David, come
and open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high
and close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

December 11, 2017

Book Preview ~ Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes, by Denise Hunter
Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.
When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.
Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.
Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again? Buy the book HERE.
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride andThe Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website

December 8, 2017

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes.
May you be blessed this first week of Advent.

December 6, 2017

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

For this first week of Advent, here is another hymn we enjoy. 

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming As prophets long have sung,
It came, a flow'ret bright, Amid the cold of winter,
When half-spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it, The rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, The virgin mother kind.
To show God's love aright, She bore to us a Savior,
When half-spent was the night.

This flow'r, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor The darkness ev'rywhere.
True man, yet very God, From sin and death He saves us
And lightens ev'ry load.

O Savior, child of Mary, Who felt our human woe;
O Savior King of glory, Who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray To the bright courts of heaven,
And to the endless day.

December 4, 2017

Book Preview ~ Liar's Winter

 Liar's Winter, by Cindy K Sproles

Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark - and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it "the mark of the devil," and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise.
Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there's anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which will truly free her?
Set in the wild and beautiful Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, Liar's Winter is an unflinching yet inspirational exploration of prejudice and choice. Buy the book HERE.
Cindy Sproles is an author and speaker. She is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries and the cowriter of the popular He Said, She Said Devotions written with her cofounder, Eddie Jones. She is a novelist and best-selling author. She is the mother of four adult sons and  lives in the mountains of East Tennessee with her husband. Cindy can be contacted at 
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