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Thankful Thursday: Blogger’s edition #3

I waited with bated breath as my sister shakes the bag, then puts her hand inside it and swish the pieces of paper around a little. Finally, she withdraws her hand and opens the piece of paper to reveal the blog that I’m grateful for today:

Pop in for a visit at Following Him Beside Still Waters

I love Grace and I am extremely happy to know this wonderful being. She is a woman after God’s heart and the beautiful name of her blog was inspired by Psalms 23. You can visit her About page to learn more about the woman behind the blog.

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Grace is multi-talented. She writes poems, stories, takes exceptional photos, fixes pipes, writes wonderful book reviews, maintains a garden, and she builds snowcats! Yes, I kid you not! She is really good with her hands. 😊

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The fabulous Snow Cat via Grace

Grace is also a Criminal Minds and Spencer Reid fan and we spent quite some time talking about the show and the character two weeks or so ago. If you haven’t visit Grace today, pop in for one. I promise you that you won’t regret it. 💙

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Day 8: What book are you most grateful for?

I talked about these two books last month a lot so I won’t go into many details. The first book I am most grateful for is the Lord’s Word. Without this guide, I wouldn’t know how to live.

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The other book I’m grateful for is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. This was the book that set off my love for all things France and the French and of course, novel reading.

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What book are you most grateful for?

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50 Foods #40: Jaffa Orange

Origin: Near the city of Jaffa
Date: By the mid-19th century
Type: Fruit

I could imagine the marketplace of Old City Jaffa overflowing with oranges in the hot summer sun. The Jaffa orange is sweet and practically seedless.

But where is Jaffa? History is what I do best. 🙂

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The biblical town of Joppa is known today as Jaffa or Yaffo and it is one of the oldest port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean. Tel Aviv was founded on the outskirts of Jaffa in 1909 and it encompasses the ancient city today.

The city of Joppa is mentioned in Acts 9:36-42 when Peter came to Joppa from Lydda to raise Tabitha from the dead and he had a vision on a house-top. The city has also been associated with Jonah when he fled from the Lord (Jonah 1:3). It is also the place where the woodcut in Lebanon by Hiram’s men for Solomon was brought in floats (1 Chronicles 2:16).

The city was taken by Napoleon in 1799 for the French. This event was known as The Siege of Jaffa. There’s a statue of the Frenchman welcoming visitors to Jaffa and Napolean’s gate still stands today.

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Okay, that’s enough history. I apologize for getting carried away.

I’ll love to visit this ancient city one day.

Would I eat/drink it?: I love oranges! 

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