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May Christmas Stay With You

❄ Merry late Christmas, dear readers! I hope you had a joyous day. ❄
Although Christmas day has come and gone, I think one of the most important things for us to do now is for us to keep the Spirit of Christmas in our hearts. I woke up the day after Christmas and thought "now what?" There were presents to enjoy, yes, but what were the presents if I would be so soon to forget the sense of peace that came from remembering that my Saviour loved me to much to come to earth and redeem me from my sins and short comings?
O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining; It is the night of our dear Savior's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees O hear the angel voices O night divine! O night when Christ was born O night divine! O night, o night divine!
May you always remember that holy night, and may we say as Mr. Scroog…

Blog of the Year Nomination: Chloe

Hello, dear people! Are you having a beautiful winter? I sure am. Christmas is very soon approaching!
My blog friend Kara started a "Blog of the Year" award, which you can read all about in her post here

Rules: •For the sake of spreading the word about the award, please include the host's link as well as the above picture •Award ONE blogger and do a blog post dedicated to them, thanking them for being the amazing blogger you see them as •Answer the following questions in the blog post ( feel free to delete any of the questions that aren't relevant to the blogger or the post and add some of your own to make it more personal) •Let Kara know on Saved by Grace who you nominated •Let the blogger know that you nominated them
When Kara announced it, I started thinking about who I could nominate. I haven't been too active in Blogland this year, so I haven't discovered any new blogs. I reviewed the ones that I have looked at, and one stood out in my mind for deservin…


At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Prince of peace, and we all can open our hearts and let in the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Phillip. 4:7) Isn't there something so delightfully and irresistibly cozy about a scene like the ones pictured below? Gazing at a nativity scene gives me an overwhelming sense of peace, as I think about wonderful it would have been there to see the newborn King! And what about that feeling you get when you see the snow blanketed deep?

Some of my very most favourite scriptures are about peace. I'd like to share three with you now~
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  ~John 16:33
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  ~John 14:27
My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine affl…

"Light the World" this Christmas

One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is the lights. And the warmth. This time of year is cold and dark (depending on where you live. . .), and I love that we are given a holiday to bring some light and warmth to those that are lacking it. We celebrate the birth of our Saviour, who is the light of the world.
This video beautifully shows how we can be a light for others. Watching it is a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season! Let's all do our part to light the world for Christ!

#LIGHTtheWORLD Along with the video is a calendar with wonderful ideas how you can be a light all month long. It's getting me so excited as I see all the good I can do this month! :) I hope you see some ideas on there that you can do, too.

"I am the light of the world." ~John 8:12

"Ye are the light of the world." ~Matthew 5:14

Attention all readers! Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale for "Song of the Sword"

Hullo all! I hope you had a most delightful Thanksgiving this year. ♥ As with this time of year come sales of all shapes and sizes, today I have a sale to announce, and a Thanksgiving gift. A good friend of mine and fellow author, Hope Ann, is hosting this sale for her Rapunzel retelling, "Song of the Sword". I love her writing--it's so captivating! So if you enjoy a good fairy tale retelling, read on!
✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ ✻ Hope Ann is a Christian fantasy author who is currently writing a series of novellas retelling fairy tales. And, until the end of November, she is offering an exclusive Song of the Sword wallpaper in three different formats. One for computer, one for an iPad, and one for an iPhone. All you have to do is sign up for her newsletter and you’ll get your free wallpapers!Click here to sign up.

And now, onto the sale. . . Song of the Sword
A glittering sword.
An ancient oath.
A blackened rose.
And a…

To Give Thanks

The KBR Ministries's annual "Give Thanks" challenge is approaching with the month of November. I always look forward to participating every year, to write down seven things each day I'm thankful for. As I look back on this last year, I feel so incredibly blessed by the Lord for everything that He has given me. How undeserving I feel at times! But He is merciful and good. How I love Him! I think this year I'll go a little beyond. Everyday brings blessings overflowing. I'll let all I'm grateful for flow out and write down as much as I can.
And now I extend and invitation to you-- join in the challenge! It doesn't take much to write down 7 things a day that you're grateful for. Let us all give thanks to the Lord next month!
"For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." ~Psalm 100:5

More information on KBR's "Give Thanks X7 challenge" here.

In Honour of these Happy 3 Years

The first day on this month (being October 2016) was the third anniversary of the beginning of "On Solid Ground". Three years! Ah, it's been a good adventure. I personally have changed much in these three years, and this blog shows it, doesn't it? Let's take a look and see what I've done. . .

-Started On Solid Ground
-Did the 30 day LOTR challenge
-Awarded the Sunshine Award
-Started Three Fangirling Sisters

-Awarded for the Liebester Award, and the Sunshine Award.
-Added blog pages
-Posted a lot about needing to post more (*sigh* ☺)
-Got a bit excited about acertain movie. . .
-Wrote Misty Streets
-First Year Anniversary
-The Things That Make Me, Me

-Awarded/tagged the Blogger Recognition Award, Authorly Bucket List Tag, Sweater Weather Tag, and 12 Days of Thanksgiving Tag
-Took a blog break
-Designed quote pictures
-Created and reported on my summer bucket list
-Designed my compass blog design
-Participated in a photo challenge
-Second Ye…

In Which There is a New Blog Design

Dear friends,
     I thought, I asked, I liked, I looked, I worked, I figured things out. . . and lo, and behold! A new design for On Solid Ground. Thanks to Les for suggesting sycamore leaves! I quite like how it's turned out so far, but I think I have a few more extra touches to add. What do you think of it?

Love ~ S. F.

Reflections from My Dresser Top

I took a look at my piled dresser top and thought something like, "To sort or not to sort, that is the question." . . .
Well, the answer was sort. (Obviously.) And so I ended up taking everything off the dresser top and out of two "stuff drawers" and making a pile akin to Mt. Everest on the bed. :D Yes, it took a while to "sort" and yes, I still have to organise it all properly. . .but the point I'm heading for isssssssssssssss. . .I removed lots of particles (and piles) of dust (and one spider! O.O) which made me feel good.

A couple of days later. . . I took a look at my hibernating blog and a thought something like this came to mind. . . "DUST." Dust? Yes, dust! Something fresh and new and brilliant! I think I'll start with the design first. The water colour/compass design has been up for over a year, so I'll try something new (not quite sure what just yet. . .any ideas?) and then do a little updating of things here and there. The o…

Quote Tag - Day 3

In which S. F. forgets to do the Quote Tag Day 3 until a few days later. . . ;)

The simple rules~ 1. Thank the person who tagged/nominated you 2. Nominate/tag three new bloggers every day. 3. Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days.
 For the final day, here are some quotes for us readers and writers~

I tag. . . SW Elizabeth Les

Quote Tag - Day 2

Thanks again to Chloe from Rustling Thoughts for tagging me!

The simple rules~
1. Thank the person who tagged/nominated you
2. Nominate/tag three new bloggers every day.
3. Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days.

The theme for the quotes I picked today is sharing joy. :)
(All pictures from Pinterest)

And now for the tagging. . . I am going to insist that this qualifies as tagging three bloggers and tag Abby, Phoebe and Jo over at their blog "A Girl's View". :)
See you tomorrow for the final day of the quote tag!

Quote Tag - Day 1

Chloe from Rustling Thoughts tagged me for the quote tag--thank you so much!
The simple rules~ 1. Thank the person who tagged/nominated you 2. Nominate/tag three new bloggers every day.
3. Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days.
Here is an assortment of inspiring quotes (because one does not simply pick one quote, and the more the merrier)~
(All pictures from Pinterest)

I tag. . .  Kara Elizabeth Carissa

Make Today Count

We only have one life. And believe me, it may go faster than most of us expect. If we aren't aware of what is going on around us, we will suddenly realise that the time has swiftly gone from sunrise to sunset.

 How can we make today count? How do we wish to live our lives? What do we want to exchange our days for?

"Through this toilsome world, alas! Once and only once I pass; If a kindness I may show, If a good deed I may do To a suffering fellow man, Let me do it while I can. No delay, for it is plain, I shall not pass this way again." ~ Unknown
That one day. That one chance to do good and help another along. We must take the chances "for it is plain, I shall not pass this way again."

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone's burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, m' friends!

I know no finer day to wear the most green possible, cook your version of the traditional Irish breakfast, listen to and sing Irish music, get chills as you listen to the Irish Rugby team sing "Ireland's Call", and to celebrate your Irish pride. :)

My great-great-great-great-grandfather was born in Ireland. . . so I'm not sure how much Irish blood that gives me.  . .but I know it's enough to be proud of and wish you all a very hearty HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! :)

"May your troubles be less,
and your blessings be more.
And may nothing but happiness
 come though your door."
(An Irish blessing.)

Love, S. F.

The Gothard Sisters - Hummingbird

The Gothard Sisters have a new music video for their song "Hummingbird!" It is very beautiful, happy, and inspiring. :)

The Happy Tag

Thank you so much for tagging me, SW! ♥ This tag is quite fun and brings a bit more joy into your day as you think about all the things that make you happy. :) What you do is list things that make you happy under the 6 categories given.

I tag Kara, Abby, Carissa, Chloe and Sarah.

The Word of God Anne of Green Gables The Wind in the Willows The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe A Child's Garden of Verses
Peter Rabbit
Love Faith

Movies/TV: Anne of Green Gables
Little Women
Scenes in Hobbiton from LOTR and The Hobbit

Scents: Just before it rains Mushrooms cooking Dirt and grass Roses and Rosemary Old books The library
I Am a Child of God Mountain Rose Waltz by the Gothard Sisters Fairy Dance Jig by the Gothard Sisters Sunshine by John Denver Fur Elise and other classical
Hobbiton theme song
Smiley Faces :)
An armful of books
Letters from friends in the mail (and e-letters, too)
The tick-tock of a clock
A cat's pur

February 29th

"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; Thirty-one the others date, Except in February, twenty-eight; But in leap year we assign February, twenty-nine."  ~Unknown
Happy Leap Year Day 2016! Just think, today there was no last year and thereis no next year! :)

♥ LOVE ♥

Valentine's Day has passed, but I still wanted to share some of my favourite quotes on love.

“The world is indeed full of peril,  and in it there are many dark places;  but still there is much that is fair,  and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief,  it grows perhaps the greater.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien
"Love doesn't make the world go round,  it makes the ride worthwhile." ~ F. P. Jones
And then this acrostic is so perfect that I had to share~

Frosty Mornings

It's that beautiful time of year when you're greeted by a white frost almost every morning. On two of those such mornings, I ventured out and photographed some of the magical fairyland (as it seemed to be.) Here are some of the best: