Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wow! Winter Wonderland!

It was predicted and it happened!
There's  beauty here, I told myself,
so camera in hand, I ventured out,
captured very early AM peacefulness, and even went out on the roads for my
ESL teaching class.

Friends, let's be in prayer during these
very cold, winter days, for those traveling on the roads, for safety, and
God's protection.
Always carry blankets, water, emergency supplies when traveling during hazard driving conditions.
Praying for your safety, too.



"There are but two lessons for Christians 
to learn: the one is, to enjoy God in everything;
the other is, to enjoy everything in God."
            -Charles Simeon


"The question is not 
      what you look at
                 but what you see."
       Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Have You Started Your Christmas List Yet?

I started my list this past Thursday as I looked out at soft, white, whirling snow- our first of the season.
For me, nothing begins a festive, joyful season more than  giving gifts to His children,
to bring hope into their
little lives with a shoebox filled with love.

Our church, The Chapel in Marlboro, is hosting Samaritan's Purse Christmas  shoe boxes to be distributed
to children around the world in name of Jesus.
 Such fun to fill two boxes, for a boy and girl and enclosing a letter sharing Jesus' love for them!

www.samaritanspurse.org  There's still time to pack your own shoebox with collection centers listed on their website. Have fun bringing a smile to a special child!

picture from Samaritan's Purse


Next on my list are the names of our sponsored children through Compassion International.
I love celebrating our Savior's birth with gifts to His children; Esmeralda, Elizabeth, Ishimwe,  Iradukunda Grace and Fedeline.

Christmas is a perfect time to share the love of Jesus by sponsoring a child.
                                                         www.compassion.com



Next on our family list of gift giving is Compassion's Gift Catalog.
My husband likes to choose these gifts, giving his favorites:
Bibles for the children, water filtration system, and livestock.
www.compassion.com/catalog.htm



As cold weather sets in here, I was reminded of the Iraqi  refugees who had fled from the militants to seek protection, food, shelter in Northern Iraq. Now cold  temperatures in
                                       30's at night are difficult for the families in need of blankets, and warm clothing.
                                                      
                                       Samaritan's Purse has already started a Middle East Relief Effort with their
                                       Winter Coats for Iraq    www.samaritanspurse.org
You, too, can be a part of this project and send needed winter supplies to Iraq. We can all be the hands and feet of Jesus in a hurting world this Christmas.

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
         And He will pay back what he has given.  Proverbs 19:17 

God bless you, friends, during this special Christmas season!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Letter Writing to My Sponsored Children


Yes, today was set aside to spend time in writing to my five sponsored children with Compassion International and World Vision . I had each of their letters before me as I answered their questions, and our distance separated by miles and an ocean, became as close as the letters before me.

Loves brings us very near to each other, and thus, I spent my morning writing to five very special children.



Esmeralda is ten years old and lives in Nicaragua.
I will always remember my trip to visit her, and the blessings we shared  in getting to know each other.








                                       This is Iradukunda Grace and she will be
                                        9 years old this month.  She is from Rwanda.
                                        Happy birthday, Grace!                              
picture from compassion

 Compassion makes it so easy to write to my children online,
providing beautiful stationery, ease of attaching pictures, and
sending birthday and Christmas gifts to my children. All gifts
are bought locally in the children's own community, and especially
chosen for each child.
Compassion community centers in their countries provide a Christmas
party for all the community children, where they all receive a gift in the name of Jesus.
http://www.compassion.com 
Is God calling you to share your love this Christmas with one of His children in sponsorship?  You will truly be blessed when you receive your child's picture and information packet in the mail, and then your first letter.
 Please go to the site listed above and watch the video of a child receiving a letter from her new sponsor. Her tears of joy will bring tears of gratitude to your eyes for the blessings He has given to us, that we may share with others.

This is Ishimwe, he is 5
years old, and lives in Rwanda.
This precious, caring child hopes to be 
a doctor some day.







                This is Elizabeth from   
                Tanzania, and she will be 
                 6 years old in December.
                 Happy birthday,
                     Elizabeth!

This is Fedeline from Haiti. She is now 10 years old and she told me in her letter that she enjoys drawing.
We sponsor her through World Vision.

http://www.worldvision.org     

Answer the call, my friends, to touch the heart of a child this Christmas with the gift of sponsorship.              

Monday, November 3, 2014

Election Day, November 4, 2014


My friends, let's inform ourselves, pray for wisdom, and get out and vote, tomorrow, Nov.4th.

Be prepared for our ballot's issues. Vote with confidence. Go to   iVoters.com , a fast, free, nonpartisan

voter information service available in all 50 states.

Join  in the National Prayer Call, Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 11am to 12noon, ET
call 712-432-0075 and enter pin 4961322#

We need to pray now!

"If the people fail to vote, a government will develop which is not their government...
The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. 
Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to fail."

                               Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of United States 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

True Woman '14: Nancy Leigh DeMoss—Jesus, What a Wonderful Name!



My friends,listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss' recitation of
 Jesus: What a Wonderful Name! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh3POrHTsfY


Why memorize Scripture?
* Your desires change.
* You gain strength to fight temptation
* You'll have clear direction
* You'll be ready to share the Gospel
* Your prayers become more powerful
http://www.godlife.com/joy/prayer-letter/5-benefits-of-memorizing-scripture

Friday, October 31, 2014

Operation Love the Land


It's not too late to join in the 27 hours of prayer for our Nation.
 We are reading the entire New Testament to the praise and glory of God! Reading nonstop in every State, in all time zones.
Join me in this privilege of reading from His Holy Word. Join for an hour or longer and may you be blessed as we intercede for our Country before the Throne of Grace.

 Call to prayer: 12 midnight 10-31-14 to 3am Saturday November1

Conference number 559-726-1300  access code 596015#

www.getamericapraying.com

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!   Psalm 133:1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PRAY! PRAY! IT'S VOTING TIME!

Friends, in just one week, we have a chance to make a difference in our Country!
Let's get informed about the issues and candidates, then get out to vote.
We need to be in prayer for wisdom in our vote, for integrity in all aspects of the voting process, for the election of leaders who seek God's presence in our Country.
This Friday, October 31st, 12:15 ET join in an election prayer conference call.
phone 712-432-0075 (access code 1412452#)
Fast and Pray for Revival in our Land!
http://www.getouttheprayer.com   click here for more information. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Days Like Spun Gold


" To everything there is a season,
           A time for every purpose under heaven."
                                                   Ecclesiastes 3:1



 Open my eyes, Lord, to the beauty around,
    
That I may see Your faithful love abound,
   
 in freshly fallen autumn color

      softly floating to the ground.





I am so blessed to have a friend who enjoys God's Country as I do. 





 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome To Autumn!

 Two photo enthusiasts, Nikons in hand,
met at Quail Hollow Park for an entire morning of
capturing beauty, laughing, sharing, and enjoying
the gift of friendship.



Friendship is a sheltering tree.

"Autumn is a second spring
    when every leaf is a flower."
                   Albert Camus 
 "The tints of autumn...
a mighty flower garden blossoming
under the spell of the enchanter, frost."

John Greenleaf Whittier






 "Autumn... the year's last,
loveliest smile."
                   William Cullen Bryant




"I'm so glad I live in a world where there 
      are Octobers."
             L.M. Montgomery
                    Anne of Green Gables 






"Autumn carries more gold in its
pocket than all the other seasons."
                        Jim Bishop











                                                   Thank You, Lord, for the joys of autumn color and gift of 
 friendship to share the beauty of Your nature.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Something to share


Yes, I have something to share with you- a blog that I have been reading for a few months, and now Misty has worked her way into my heart, as I know she will to your heart also.
Her link to Charlie's Song is located on the right or you can go to it from here.

http://charliessong.com

Misty's and her family have been exposed to toxic mold and it has affected the health of the entire family, most especially, Misty, who by her own acknowledgment has been sick everyday this year.  They lost their precious son, Charlie at 37 weeks, and two more babies died in the same year's time, before they found out on February 14, 2014, that their family was affected by toxic black mold.
Her blog is her family's journey through this dark valley.
Still, still, she holds on to her Savior and Lord to see her through and give her strength for the journey, knowing she will be with her precious babies in eternity. Oh the hope we have in knowing Jesus and the power of His Resurrection!
Please pray with me for this family.

Heavenly Father, we ask You in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus, to place Your healing hands upon this family and restore their health, asking Your Will to be done. Give them strength to lean heavy upon You each day of this journey, seeing Your love with every step of the way.
 Guide doctors directing their care, giving them wisdom from You, the Great Physician. 
Ease their hurting hearts, Lord, and fill to overflowing with Your grace.
And may we, as friends, keep this dear family in our thoughts and prayers, bringing honor and glory to You, our Father God. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen