A Dose of Cheer

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 (Proverbs 17:22)

What makes a cheerful heart? Ask a parent, and they will say what makes a cheerful heart is a home filled with laughter where the people are getting along and love each other. That’s a single sentence to read and write, but oh how challenging it is to live out.

First, a home filled with laughter. Someone has to keep a light-hearted spirit in the midst of various family styles. A tone must be established that keeps a home a fun place to be. People have to practice loving and be engaging to keep a family cheerful and fun. It takes effort. Second, a place where people get along. As personalities develop and differences arise, it will be more difficult to get along. Find the commonalities among the family members and spend time there. It will encourage people getting along and enjoying each other. Third, simply love each other. Love is patient and kind. Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Love is willing to see views other than its own.

These are the ingredients that will keep the home cheerful, and the verse says a cheerful heart is good medicine. In other words, we all get sick and need these remedies. Let’s practice them at home.

Parenting Principle

Kids like to take medication if it tastes sweet. Cheerfulness is that kind of good medicine.

Points to Ponder

  • Is your home full of cheer?
  • What could you do to improve the tone in your house?
  • Do your children respond favorably to laughter in the home? What can you do to generate more?

Taken from Once a Day Nurturing Great Kids

7 Up-and-Coming Wine Regions

When people think of high-end wine producers, regions such as Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Piedmont are the powerhouses that usually make the list. However, if you want to try something new, without significantly sacrificing on quality, consider sourcing wines from one of these seven up-and-coming wine regions.

Anderson Valley, California, U.S.A.

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Given its remote location several hours north of San Francisco, the Anderson Valley doesn’t see as many vineyard hoppers as Napa and Sonoma. That doesn’t mean the wines aren’t worth it, though. The cool climate has shown tremendous success with both pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, perfect as well for producing French-style sparkling wines. Today, Anderson Valley produces some of the best sparkling wines in the country.

Rias Baixas, Spain

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Rias Baixas is located along the Galician coast in Spain. There are a number of small inlets, called rias, where you’ll find nutrient-rich waters. The water plays a big role in making Rias Baixas wine so delicious. One wine variety that has shown significant success is albariño, a white wine with a nice blend of minerality and acidity.

Finger Lakes, New York, U.S.A.

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New York is one of the largest wine producers in the country, thanks in part to the Finger Lakes region that is producing some phenomenal cool-climate wines, especially rieslings. There are more than 200 brands of rieslings produced in the Finger Lakes region alone. Impressive for a wine region that only really established itself in the early 1980s.

Kakheti, Georgia

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The country of Georgia has been producing wines since at least 6,000 B.C., based on archaeological excavations that uncovered qvevri, a traditional winemaking vessel that allowed ancient winemakers to ferment wine underground. Today, wines produced in this mountainous region of Georgia utilize both traditional and modern techniques. UNESCO has since recognized the importance of the qvevri winemaking tradition, adding it to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

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Lebanon is another place where winemaking traditions date back quite a ways. Even in modern times, Lebanese wineries have faced their share of challenges, including Château Musar, which still managed to produce wine throughout the horrific civil war that tore Lebanon apart between 1975 and 1990. When the war ended, there were only around five wineries left in Lebanon. By 2014, that number had jumped to almost 50. While French grapes primarily dominate here, there are some local Lebanese wine grapes like merwah and obaideh present.

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico

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When most people think about Mexico and drinks, they probably picture tequila, mezcal and beer, not wine. Mexico is bucking the stereotypes and demonstrating that it has areas that are capable of producing award-winning wines as well. The mountainous terrain helps cool the hot summer days, allowing the grapes to flourish.

Texas Hill Country, Texas, U.S.A.

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The hot and dry climate of Texas is not the ideal condition you’d think of for an up-and-coming wine region, but Texas Hill Country is producing some pretty incredible wines, especially big reds. The climate is working well for varietals like tempranillo, syrah and tannat.

5 rarest flowers in the world

Trivia Genious

Everyone has violets and dandelions in their yard, and anyone can grow beautiful roses to look at and enjoy. But there are some flowers that are valued, not because they are nice to look at, but because they are extremely rare. Here are the top five rarest flowers in the world, some of which only have one or two remaining specimens left.

The degree of rarity for these flowers is debatable (in most cases it is impossible to know exactly how many specimens of a certain flower there are in existence), but what is not debatable is that they are all highly endangered and can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Chocolate cosmo

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No, this isn’t an alcoholic beverage. The chocolate cosmo is a stunning, dark, reddish-brown flower native to Mexico. Sadly, this flower no longer grows naturally in the wild; it only exists now in gardens and greenhouses. The last natural occurrence of the chocolate cosmo was more than 100 years ago. After that, the flower has had to be propagated by taking pieces of tissue or roots from an already established chocolate cosmo plant in order to grow new ones.

Jade vine

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Jade vines can only be found in the Philippines, thanks to decades of deforestation and destruction of its other natural habitats. This enchanting flower is very pretty, with light blue or green petals that form claw-shaped flowers on a vine that could reach lengths of nearly 10 feet. To make this plant even more incredible, it takes on a “luminous quality” at night to lure in the bats that pollinate it.

Kadupul flower

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The Kadupul flower is also known as the Queen of the Night, because it only blooms after dark. When night falls and the stars come out, this cactus blossom opens up its big, white petals, but by the morning the flower has wilted and closed, almost as if it were never open at all. You can only find this rare flower in Sri Lanka, India, China, Japan, and a few places in South America, where it is surrounded by myths and legends.

Corpse flower

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Its name might sound hideous, but this unique flower is actually quite interesting to look at… although its scent is a whole other story. This flower, which is located in the lowlands of Indonesia, rarely blooms, but when it does, it puts out a sickening odor that is said to smell like rotting meat or, as the name suggests, a putrefying corpse. According to Live Science, it smells this way for a reason: the stinky smell is designed to help attract beetles, flies, and other meat-eating insects to come to the plant and help pollinate it.

Middlemist red camellia

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The Middlemist red camellia originated in China, but now only exists in two places: a greenhouse in London, England and a garden in New Zealand. In China, the flower was cultivated and shipped out to places around the world as a luxury item, but soon the flower disappeared from its home country. In 1804, a man named John Middlemist brought the flower to the United Kingdom, where it was cultivated once more. Now, only two examples of this pink (not red, as the name would suggest), rose-like flower remain, making it the rarest flower in existence.

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”


God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will


Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn


Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods


He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek


At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts


God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss


He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land


God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness


Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear


Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way


God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares


Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings