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Updated on January 1, 2013
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What a Wonderful Day God Has Made!

When you are looking for love:

It is 2013..

Christmas is past but I pray it always is in your hearts.

It’s a new year. What are we going to do for the New Year?

Let’s help one another. Let’s always be kind, you never know when you will be talking to an Angel.

"His banner over me was love:" Song of Solomon 2:4

As a child, love for me was, smelling grandma’s cookies baking:

The laundry hanging out back on the clothesline and on a rainy day hanging in the house smelling of musk, and waking up in terror from a nightmare with loving arms holding and rocking and soothing full of love.

I could hear love in my mother’s voice reading me bedside stories and spun dreams of years to come while holding me on her lap, her love so generous with lots of tender hugs.

I remember holding my father’s hand so tightly so scared I would be taken away by a boogey man. Dad was a great dad, he would take me on walks and he would point out wonderful things we would see in our neighbors, explained things to me so I would understand.

I would feel love as my mother would vigorously brush my long blond hair. Love was being cared for, protected, and wanted. I was a child in a secure and happy home.

Now, love has become a sunset, the purring of kittens, and the presence of God. Through HIM and HIS promise I know that the greatest love’s experiences are still to come.

I pray for all of us, Loving Father, I wish I’d known as a child what I know now—that I could find nurturing love in YOU, GOD!

I still need it, Father, not only for myself, but also to pass on to others.

The love you’re seeking, GOD has in abundance. Find a quiet place and spend a few minutes basking In His love.

Have a wonderful and productive New Year. Let’s be good to each other.

God of Wonder For He Is Love!


By: Debbie Brooks

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Eddy thank you dear friend.. I am so glad you liked it

      Debbie

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So very beautiful Debbie;hereI vote up,across and share all around.

      Eddy.

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      Shirley 4 years ago

      this is so beautiful

      bless you

      Shirley

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Flash thank you so good to see you have a great new year

      Debbie

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      Wonderful words of wisdom and praying is a good way to start the new year. I wish you the best all year round. Much love and blessings.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hello Brave Warrior thank you so much for visiting.. you are so awesome..You are so welcome I always love it when you visit

      many blessings to you

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hey sweet Bobbie.. so good to see you my friend.. it is so precious to have sweet memories like that .. God bless you and Happy new year to you too

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Story teller..you are so right love does triumph negativity

      many blessings

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Victoria.. thank you so good to see you I am so glad you liked my memories..

      Debbie

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Debbie this is such a beautiful compilation of memories and forward wishes and dreams! Thank you for bringing us this beautiful piece.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Dear Debbie,

      Such a beautiful gift you have given us by sharing---and I can still recall the smell of sunshine in my grandmother white apron---she always wore---because she said all Southern Ladies were taught to protect their day dresses.

      Thanks for making me recall the simple wonderful experience of all the love and security I had in my grandparents’ home.

      Best wishes of 2013 to you and yours,

      Bobbi

      Voted awesome, beautiful and shared with FB Friends.

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      Barbara 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Love does indeed trump negativity!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Very nice! I could feel the comfort in the memories of mom and dad. A very uplifting hub. :-)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Beckye I love it when you come visit me my dear.. I love your outlook on life.. you are so wonderful

      xstatic good to see you my dear

      Happy New Year to you both

      Debbie

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful memories and advice Debbie!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Just beautiful Debbie. Thanks for taking me back to those special moments when I laid on the grass in our back yard viewing the cloud-pictures in the sky with my dog Ginger. Or the wonderful feeling of riding my bike downhill on a hot August day with the wind cooling me off.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Martin so good to see you.. bless you

      Debbie

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. I enjoy other people's recollections.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Robin.. there were a few bad times.. a mean uncle but I did have great parents.. I know how you feel getting discouraged.. but I have determined.. that I am going to be happy.. makes me old to fast... lol

      God bless you.. my friend

      Debbie

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Deb, you had an idyllic childhood, I am envious.

      My wish parallels yours. I too pray for positive human interaction. My experience over the past two years plus has left me with an enormous void. I have lost faith in people. So, I do hope that your wishes prevail.From your mouth and pen to God's ears.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Deb, you had an idyllic childhood, I am envious.

      My wish parallels you. I too pray for positive human interaction. My experience over the past two years plus has left me with an enormous void. I have lost faith in people. So, I do hope that your wishes prevail.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith thank you my dear..May Many blessings be bestowed on you..

      Happy New year

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      A most beautiful way to bring in this New Year with such lovely thoughts on what does love really look like . . . the video and music are amazing. Thank you for this beautiful hub that says it all.

      Let us all ponder what real love looks like . . . like Him!!!

      Voted up+++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love Always my dearest friend in Christ, Faith Reaper