|"In the Morning I Will Sing" photo by Sally L. Smith|
Friday, January 29, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
|"Just Shadows" photo by Sally L. Smith|
Turn, and they're gone...forever. Such was the case of the little two-year-old boy who wandered away from a close family member who was distracted a short time helping his sibling. She looked, they looked, the whole community looked and he couldn't be found until a week later. It was the last effort and the searchers were returning home without finding him. One of the men walked right up on him, body curled tight, no mark on him, asleep, or so it seemed. He had died of hypothermia and no one could have done anything about it.
I have run the gamut of emotions this last week and a half: shock, fear, sadness, anger, blaming, deep sorrow and depression...all of which are signs of grief. I've been miserable but my feelings cannot even begin to describe what this family must feel.
The memorial service is tonight. Though I cannot go because of my own church obligations, I'm sure the community will turn out in force like they did for the search.
However, there is a faction of the community that is still dealing with the anger portion of grief. They cannot let go and have to blame someone for his death. They have started a petition for justice for him.
I do not blame the family at all! I know how difficult it is to keep track of an active boy. I've "lost" mine more than once and was so grateful to have found them in a short time. We get distracted and it doesn't take long for them to get away. I hope the blame-ers come to their senses soon and don't make trouble. They are not perfect either. I hope they can let the family grieve without producing more grief for them.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
|"Bubble Glass Fruit" photo by Sally L. Smith|
I will give you rains at the right season ; the land will produce crops, and the of the field will produce their fruit.
Scripture taken from The Expanded Bible. Copyright ©2011 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The trees looked like old fashioned bubble glassware this morning, though it seems most of it is melted off here at mid-day. The ice dripped from the branches like tiny fruit...thus the scripture above.
I was hoping for a "snow day" but such is not the case...again.
Ho-hum, but I loved staying home this morning and watching the trees melt.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
|"The Making Of Diamonds" photo by Sally L. Smith|
I am making ·you as hard as ·a diamond , harder than ·stone . Don’t be afraid of them or be ·frightened by them, though they are a ·people who turn against me .”
Expanded Bible (EXB)
Friday, January 15, 2016
|"Shining Through" - Photo By Sally L. Smith|
...Thorns and will grow in it....
Isaiah 5:6 GW
God put them here and I love the way the light shines through the fluff on these tall weeds. Each is illuminated like a torch but they don't burn up. They stick around all winter and entertain me with their beauty. These are right across from our driveway so I get this view often. Though weeds can be contentious to a gardener, many are also beautiful. The eye is in the beholder.
Monday, January 11, 2016
|Promises - Photo by Sally L. Smith|
Build cities for your families
and stone fences for your flocks,
but do what you have promised.
About 20 years ago we decided to make quilts for our grandchildren. Many obligations have blocked our time to do so but this has put us on the path again. This one is the tenth of 15 so we are two-thirds done!
I do the tedious work of finding a pattern, buying the fabric or finding some in our family's stash, piecing the quilt top and adding the layers with the two of us usually pinning the layers together. Bill does the difficult work of hand quilting it on his handmade quilting rack. Both of us find our side of the work rewarding. I taught myself how to sew (only because I would not let my mother teach me...yes, I'm hardheaded.) Bill, however, learned to quilt from his Grandmother Grace when he was just a boy. Who knew we would make a team and complete something lovely and useful together!
My last post was about the fruit of our hands. I'd say this is fruit...a heritage for our children. There is another heritage much more meaningful than this
thing of the world and that is The God of All who lives inside our soul.
thing of the world and that is The God of All who lives inside our soul.
As this quilt will be proudly displayed on the bed of one of our granddaughters after it is quilted, our lives and words have been displayed before her as well. I want the latter to be the one she remembers the most.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
|Fiber Art by Sally L. Smith|
I had never related "fruit" with "my hands." It makes sense, though. What we do is as important as our character, how we act toward others and ourselves, and what we say.
I read my devotional for today (Proverbs 31 Ministries through Bible Gateway) and this was the scripture used. Our hands can be fruitful and not lazy, fruitful and not hurtful, fruitful and not indifferent. Eryn Lynum, the guest author of the devotional I read uses these descriptive words for "fruitful" and I quote:
God... beckons our hearts to create something of artistry, of intrigue, of splendor, of His majesty.
by Eryn Lynum
(Eryn Lynum is a member of a group called COMPEL, an online group that helps writers hone their skills.
Most Bible versions say something like...with her savings, she buys a field (my interpretation) but "fruit" struck home with me. God wants women to be actively involved with more than their jobs at home, church and in the community. He wants us to look beyond the obvious into new horizons.
I now have a different outlook by reading this passage. Thank you, Eryn.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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Monday, December 14, 2015
|"Just a Weed Seed," by Sally L. Smith|
... scatter s of justice,
and harvest faithfulness.
Not everyone collects dandelion seeds but I couldn't resist this little beauty and saved it for a while on my windowsill. One does not need to save this kind of seed because the plant is equipped to self-sow.
I enjoy the little things in life: weeds, feathers, justice, faithfulness...yes, the little things.
He says, "Be..."
There is so much "do" at this time of year that I get wrapped up in the wrapping!
All the Lord wants of us is to "be."
I spent over an hour looking up what He wants us to be and I have just scratched the surface.
Be still...Psalm 46:10
Be holy...Leviticus 19:12
Be kind, compassionate,forgiving ...Ephesians 4:32
Be pure, blameless...Philippians 1:10
Be courageous, strong...Deuteronomy 31:6
Be on your guard...1 Corinthians 16:13
Be glad...Psalm 9:2
Be loving, like-minded, sympathetic, humble...1 Peter 3:8
Be honest...Proverbs 22:2
Be gentle,peaceable,considerate...Titus 3:2
Be patient...Ephesians 4:2
Be prepared with an answer to those who ask you to give a reason for the hope that you have....1 Peter 3:15
But first, be close to Him.
Be...because He is.
All scripture is taken from the
Monday, December 7, 2015
|"Frosty Walk" by Sally L. Smith|
I took this photo last February after a heavy frost. There is nothing more peaceful-looking than frost. Every stick is a thing of beauty covered with cold lace. Frost doesn't last long though, for as soon as the sun touches, it melts. God creates the most fantastic things each season and I am looking forward to winter just to see wonders such as this.