Monday, May 18, 2015

Wedding Day Beauty and Blessings!

Fragrance of peonies wafted through-out the church as we waited in anxious anticipation for the wedding
ceremony of our daughter, Rachael, and Daniel, her husband-to-be.
 One year of planning every minute detail of her future day was now culminating into this day-
                 her wedding day.

Ceremony beginning!
   Father and daughter walking arm and arm
        down the aisle of life from birth, to childhood,
              to youth,
             to womanhood...

to the arm of her waiting husband-to-be...
       a new beginning...
                                                                                   a new walk in their lives together, arm in arm
                                                                                           now facing the future together...
 "For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people will be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me."

                 from the Book of Ruth 1:16,17
                                                                                    "May the Lord bless you and keep you;
                                                                                     The Lord make His face shine upon you,
                                                                                      And be gracious to you;
                                                                                      The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
                                                                                      And give you peace."   
                                                                                                from The Holy Bible, Numbers 6:24-26
Congratulations, Rachael and Daniel!

Ready for pictures at the lake!

Blessed to share an evening of excitement and joy with family and friends !

Rachael's dearest friend, Maria, from childhood, high school, college days, and, now, into their married lives, shares from her heart the blessings of  their friendship, and its meaning to both of them.

" A friend is someone special
Who can stand inside your shoes,
   feel your joy and sadness
   not judge you or accuse.
Someone you can sit with
   not uttering a word,
but knowing in your silence,
there is something to be heard.
To have a friend such as this 
  is something very rare
Cherish this special someone with tender loving care."
 Author unknown 

 A very special father- daughter dance

Your father and I are very blessed, indeed,
to be your parents, Rachael,
and ever, so, very proud of you!

Our love always,
Mom and Dad

"... to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better or for worse,

for richer for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and to cherish,

from this day forward

until death do us part."

from Traditional Wedding Vows

                          My deepest love to you, Rachael,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Great is Your Faithfulness...

Living life in a state of thankfulness. How can we do this?

We feel the "hard" of each new day; so much tragedy in the world around us, far away, and close by. We all feel it, and our heart aches for the suffering of others across oceans, or across town. But I know
                             prayer changes everything! 
Every morning and evening, as I am privileged to pray with two women, I know the Lord hears and answers
the cries of our heart, as we lift our words before the Throne, putting out trust in our Savior Jesus.
I truly want to live each day in thankfulness for God's bountiful gifts, and as I walk early each morning, listening to His written Word, I remember; "His compassions fail not. They are new every morning."

Great is Your Faithfulness!
first Iris blooms of the season

Mother mourning dove nesting on our porch

Husband's plants started weeks ago from seed, ready for planting

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything gives thanks, for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus for you."
                                   1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 7th, 2015 National Day of Prayer

photo from national day of
On this 64th annual National Day of Prayer, we are blessed to join our prayers and praise to our great God,
seeking His hand of protection upon our Nation,
seeking His forgiveness for our unfaithfulness and our sins,
seeking His divine intervention for the challenges we face as a Nation, and to heal our land!

                                   Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
                                   The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.   Psalm 33:12

Please join me in prayer and fasting May7th, praying as led by the Spirit for personal and national revival
                                    for such a time as this!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

That's My King Dr. S.M. Lockridge - [OFFICIAL]

please silence blog music at lower left. Listen to Pastor Lockridge and praise Jesus Christ, giving Him all glory on this Lord's Day here on earth as Pastor Lockridge praises Him at the Throne room of heaven.

I wonder if you know Him?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Blessed Hope...

The days are hard, the times are hard, evil, hurts, pain, seems to surround us on all sides, from our famillies, towns, cities, our country, governments, world-wide countries; killings in Iraq, Christians being targeted, tortured,imprisoned, told to renounce Jesus or die, earthquakes in Nepal killing thousands, thousands more homeless without food, water, shelter, mourning deaths of loved ones, riots in Baltimore, unrest across America..
                                                    What is happening?
Now, today, in America, the sanctity of marriage, God's plan for  marriage between one man and one woman, is being threatened at the Supreme Court level, as arguments are being heard on same sex marriages.
I just prayed for 2 hours with those standing for the sanctity of marriage as God defines it, with
                                     Intercessors for America

We need to be in prayer for our Country of America, to turn back to God, humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, repent, turn from our wicked ways- then, He will hear our cries for help, forgive our sins and heal our
land.  ( 2 Chronicles 7:14)

Where should we be but on our knees, friends, praying for this chaotic world to stop spinning out of control!
For those who profess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we have a living hope.

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce all
ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God
and Savior Jesus Christ. "  The Letter of Paul to Titus 2:11-13

My prayers are with every person, I am privileged to have read this post. Stay strong in the Lord and the hope that He brings. He has promised;

                 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, 
                  and death shall be no more,
                  neither shall there be mourning,
                  nor crying, nor pain anymore,
                  for the former things have passed away."
                                               Revelation 21:4

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Today is Compassion Sunday!

Our God knows the desires of our heart even before we ask.
Compassion International has become a very dear part of my life with our child sponsorship.
 With the gifts He has given us, we are able to share with seven children around the world.

This is William, our newest sponsored child living in El Salvador, just 3 years old. I look at his picture and
wonder what the Lord has planned for this precious little child of God. And to think that our family
now has a part in his future by contributing to his physical needs, education, health care, and most importantly nurturing in the Child Development Center by caring staff, sharing the love of Jesus with William and all the children who attend.  I have seen first-hand, the love of caring staff at Compassion Centers sponsored in association with the local churches. I visited Compassion Centers in Nicaragua when I visited our sponsored child, Esmeralda, two years ago.
And do these children ever look forward to a letter from their sponsors!! The staff at Compassion spoke about the joy these children experience when they receive a letter, keeping these letters safe and treasured.  During the many years of our sponsorship, I was not very attentive to writing letters until my trip to Nicaragua and hearing about the children's joy in receiving a letter from their sponsor. Now their letters are a joy to me and become treasured moments as I read about their progress in school, their health reports, family news and desire to learn about Jesus.
Keeping in touch with our sponsored children is now a monthly occurrence marked on my calender! Last Friday was my letter writing day, which Compassion makes very easy using their "letter writing tools". I always attach a picture from the month to share with them from our life- like our past winter snow storm!

 Compassion Sunday-sharing the joy of sponsorship with our church family.
 My friend and I have been praying for the Lord's blessing of new sponsors, and today 10 children from around the world, will experience the love of another family who chose each of them
to be a part of their own family through Compassion Sponsorship.

If Christ is touching your heart to share the gifts He has given to you with a special child, here is a link to Compassion International.

Make a difference in the life of a child!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Be Still and Know...

                      "Be still and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10

Do you long for a day of quietness, solitude, alone only with the Lord?  These are called my Thankful Tuesdays. I talk about it with my morning prayer partner, telling her of my anticipation of the hours spent with the Lord in prayer, thanksgiving, quietness, and hours of sharing His love with my contacts through Global Media Outreach.

Today's morning sun beaming on my "Love" framed reminder
My morning meditations were in verses about God's love for me and you. I pondered the love of the Father
in sending His Son into this world of brokenness, and dying on a cross that I may be free of my guilt of sin.
Oh, the wonder of this sacrifice is too great to comprehend- leaving me in awe of my Savior.

I often question, where would I be without His gift of salvation, His peace to fill my days where in years past held such anxiety, strife, pain, and hopelessness. Do you feel that at times?
The other day, as I listened to my Christian radio station, the soft-spoken host said;
"Close your eyes and think... What give you peace?
This I did and truly the gift of salvation glory filled my heart and mind as I pondered the peace I now have knowing
I am safe in His loving care, no matter what this life holds today, tomorrow or days to come. The peace of God passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

As I went to my computer for my daily time with my contacts with Global Media Outreach, I shared these thoughts in answering
my emails from contacts- all searching to know Jesus more,   acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior of their lives.

April is very special to me because it is the month I started
volunteering with Global Media Outreach three years ago, and 820
contacts later! Can't wait to share the love of Jesus with my 1000th
Need to know that love for yourself, today?
Jesus is always there for you.  He waits for you to call on Him.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wedding Shower Blessings!

                                           The dawn of Saturday, April 11th began 
as a beautiful week-end morning, full of anticipation of the day ahead- the day of our daughter's wedding shower. Rachael planned all the details of her country-themed  celebration - her big day before the most exciting day of her life- her wedding day!
After capturing the morning sky, pictures were sparse after that; alas, I could not keep up with all the food preparations, table decorations, last minute my camera was left forgotten.
                                We prepared assorted  sandwiches, appetizers,salads,
and ice-cold flavored waters. Have you ever had lemon-mint-cucumber iced water? Most refreshing!

Colorful flowers of pink, yellow, blue, mint green, with yellow forsythia blossoms sprouted from
pale green-colored Ball jars to grace all the tables.
By noon our guests began to arrive and soon our home was filled with 30 excited women and children. My camera lost in the shuffle of  laughter, chatter, and greeting guests.

Relax,a word to the wise in the midst of a house full of guests!
Desert table filled with specialty cupcakes and most favored shortbread made by my sister-in-law. One vase of Ball jar flowers captured on engagement pictures table.    D&R initials painted in Rachael's wedding colors.

Our guests left with a small gift of spring flower packets in remembrance of our country wedding shower.

Rachael and I enjoyed making this hat that she will wear to the Kentucky Derby, planned as her bachelorette
party with her wedding attendants.
All the ribbons and bows from shower gifts so beautifully formed into a bouquet, and as tradition goes, to be carried by the bride, Rachael, during the wedding rehearsal at the church- very soon approaching.