Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February and Birthdays

"Rachel's Birthday," by Ben Mason CC BY 2.0

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

Photo by Sally L. Smith

...he will send rain a 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!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

And There Was Snow

Photo by Sally L. Smith

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 shoveling!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birthdays and Snow

"Front Yard" by Sally L. Smith

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, 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 wants the world to continue to spin.  Welcome to winter weather, W TN...and off to work!
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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Prescription For Strength

"Prescription for Strength" by Sally L. Smith

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 seasoned Northerners, 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.

(If you look closely, you can see that I got my title from a tiny vintage Bayer aspirin bottle.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Word Shines

New Year's Resolutions by Keoni Cabral CC BY 2.0

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


"Me and My Son Walking" by Anders Printz CC BY 2.0

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 complete dependence on Him.


Friday, February 6, 2015

The Pursuer

"Pursuing Love" by Sally L. Smith

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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Same Yet Different

"Nha Trang Potter" by Aviva West CC BY 2.0

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

Late on the Top of Little Annapurna" by Jeff Pang CC BY 2.0

 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

Horn (powerful weapon)
and more!

Monday, February 2, 2015

It's My Party and...

"Sleep Without Fear" by Sally L. Smith

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.