Monday, March 2, 2015

All Life Is Beautiful


God showed his love for us 
when he sent his only Son into the world
 to give us life.
1 John 4:9


I think the photo of this leaf is interesting.  Even though it is on its way to the leaf pile, it still has appeal and is beautiful.  
As I experience more wrinkles, saggy skin, dim eyesight and loss of hearing, I remember that life is short and to make the most of what I have left.
I have true life when I allow Christ to rule over me.


Photo Credit: peddhapati on flickr

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February and Birthdays


It is a joyful holiday that they celebrate by
 feasting and sending gifts of food to each other.
Esther 9:19


Yeah, well, I pushed the scripture a bit to include birthdays here but you get my drift.
We have four birthdays in February...just in our immediate family with one of them today.  Our one-year-old grandson's birthday today is also my Dad's birthday who is celebrating with him in heaven.  Next month we have four more in the first half of the month.  With a family of three children with three spouses and their fifteen children, we celebrate often and we love it.
Pass the cake, please!




Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thankful for This Season


...he will send rain at the right seasons.
Deuteronomy 11:14


After a week of ice on the road, rain and fog surely look good.
We kept three of our daughter's and sil's children the past two days (the fourth one was picked up to visit his brothers and sister one of the days as well.)  Our poor daughter had a mean stomach virus over two days and could not care for them.  SIL stayed home from work one of the days to look after her and the baby and the other day was sent home from work because of sleet.  Though we love them so much, we also know why God sends children to the younger ones!


Photo from personal files


Thursday, February 19, 2015

And There Was Snow


Snow and heavy rainstorms
make us stop and think
    about God’s power....
Job 37:6-7


We don't get much snow in our neck of the woods so when we do, I try to take a photo of it...not so great but a documentation that it does exist in W TN.
It is so peaceful watching snow fall and for us misplaced Northerners it brings memories of multi-feet instead of inches.  Though we love it, we find it much easier to navigate in our older years.  
Just think...no shoveling!


Photo from personal files.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birthdays and Snow


Do your work willingly, 
as though you were serving the Lord himself,
 and not just your earthly master.
Colossians 3:23

Of course, on our worst snow day, everything is open...school, church, and a work opportunity.  I'm thankful for all, but this is my husband's and daughter's birthday.  We were planning to eat lunch together in town.  Now we have to find a place that will have a large parking lot so we can park feet away from others. 
 The roads were awful yesterday after 2-3 inches of sleet the day before and were full of ruts from traffic.  I'm not looking forward to driving since we have to take two vehicles and I have to stay in town until 8:30 tonight.  We had more snow last night and on any other snowy day, everyone would cancel.  After two days of the West TN world shutting down, I guess everybody got bored sitting at home and want the world to continue to spin.  Welcome to winter weather, W TN...and off to work!
Update:
Now, that's more like W TN.  School and Wed. activities at church were cancelled.  Well, it is going to be in the single digits tonight with 20 mi. an hr. wind gusts.  We had a bright, sunny, windy but lovely day today and slowly sloshed and bumped our way around doing our project and errands and we even met our daughter and family for lunch.  I'm baking a cake now and we'll share it with the Fam tonight.   Good birthday.

Photo from personal files.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Prescription For Strength


Don’t ever think that you
  are wise enough,
 but respect the Lord
 and stay away from evil.
 This will make you healthy,
 and you will feel strong.
Proverbs 3:7-8

Well....we finally got winter in the form of inches of sleet, no snow, and cold temperatures.  We went out yesterday in my wonderful husband's 4-wheel drive Chevy truck to have supper with our daughter's family...a whoppin' 4-minute drive that only took us a couple of extra minutes.  Being a seasoned Northerner, we know the best way to circumvent snowy weather.  It's the ice that will throw us a curve so we are extra careful when traveling on icy roads. That's the way it is in life.
  
Stay on the right path...that of following the Lord's leading...and you can't go wrong.

Photo from copyrighted personal files.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Word Shines


The Lord’s instruction is right;
 it makes our hearts glad.
His commands shine brightly,
and they give us light.
Psalm 19:8 CEV

The heavens declare the glory of God for all to see (as written in the first part of this Psalm) but it is not until we take His Word personally and allow it to dominate our thoughts and actions that we are filled with the light of His love and given indescribable joy.  
Other translations describe God's Word as perfect, sure, pure, clean and true.   We are looking for truth and purity in this world that is rotten with sin and here it is before our very eyes.  Following God's commands gives me peace.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Protector


I will always look to you,
 as you stand beside me
 and protect me from fear.
Psalm 16:8 CEV


Life is full of fears.  We can either run, hide or face them.  We can either internalize them and allow them to govern our lives or we can turn them over to the Protector, the one who holds our hand in times of trouble, our Heavenly Father.  Then we can live our lives as He would have us live them...in complete dependence on Him.






  

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Pursuer


Whoever pursues righteousness and love 
finds life, prosperity and honor.
Proverbs 21:21

I haven't attained righteousness; I keep pursuing it. But love?  Our four swings, backyard and path are demonstrations of it.  We are so blessed to have five of our fifteen grandchildren in the same city with us...interestingly, the oldest and the youngest.  To me, that is life, prosperity and honor.
Yes, we are grateful.


Photo from personal files.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Same Yet Different


We each were made from clay, 
and God has no favorites,....
Job 28:28


It's amazing to think that this potter formed all of these containers by hand. 
 They look so perfectly alike.
It reminds me of the Master Potter.
Though we were all formed in the same way, our Creator has made each of us different and He can identify each of us by those unique differences. The potter above, no doubt, had a noble future planned for all of his creations but some pots will be used for water, others for food and some for storage and... some will find themselves dirty and full of waste. 
 How will we use our own "clay vessel?"
  The choice is ours.







Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Strong God


 I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD  is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:1-2

Strength
Rock
Fortress
Deliverer
Refuge
Shield
Horn (powerful weapon)
Stronghold
and more!








Monday, February 2, 2015

It's My Party and...


You will rest safe and secure,
 filled with hope and emptied of worry.
 You will sleep without fear
 and be greatly respected.
Job 11:18-19


...and there's no way I'm crying today!  
What a great day to be alive!
God is good and has allowed me another year of life and the joys of His creations.
The scripture above was my reading today from 365 Fear Nots...a great one, I might add, and my hope for all my friends and family.


Photo from personal files.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Guard Rails


The highway of the upright avoids evil;
 he who guards his way guards his life.
Proverbs 16:17


Resistance effort.

Awareness of enemy forces.

Alert to ambush.

Yes, friends, we are at war with the evil one.  Everyone on the defensive.  Put up the guard rails.







Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dreaming


   It was winter,...
John 10:22


We did have a light coating of this white stuff last night but not enough to make a scene like this one.  It's gone today...........
Now, what is that stuff called again?

Well, I can dream.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Taming Coldzilla


Is anyone among you sick?
 Let them call the elders of the church 
to pray over them
 and anoint them with oil 
in the name of the Lord.
James 5:14

It's been a fruitless week.  The only thing good is my fever is gone and I'm feeling better.  Actually, I'm very happy about that!

It started with an innocent tickle in my throat that turning into a hacking cough and then it hit me.  My daughter's children had it last week and I merrily babysat thinking, "I've had all the cold strains."  That was very naive of me but I ignored the warning that "mutants" were on the loose.
Well, to saved very boring fever and mucus stories and the fact that I tried everything including oils, I did get better... acquainted with Netflix. Mindlessness was my game for 3 1/2 days.  Now I have to catch up.

Keep washing your hands, folks.  The common cold is really Coldzilla and it's out to get you.