Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Just a few short hours ago, I wrote words of the heaviness  upon my heart- burdens that we carry about life, but most tender and deep are the burdens we carry in our heart for our loved ones.

Did not I say that we must turn them all over to the Lord, to trust Him with our every care, worry, sorry, grief, even all joys,and happiness- He wants it all. He carried it all to the cross and it was nailed there with each beat of the hammer upon His precious hands. Then Jesus died for it all.
All because of His deep love for us.

Now,within this last hour, I receive word of the death of one so young and so very dear to our hearts.
Ask,"Why God?"  No.
I will only trust in my God, my Savior and Lord.

                   Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes to lie down in green pastures;
                                                                       He leads me beside the still waters.
                                                                       He restores my soul;
                                                                       He leads me in the paths of righteousness
                                                                       For His name's sake.
                                                                        Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For  You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
                                           Trust in God, our only hope.                                                                

Saturday, July 4, 2015

"When God Whispers Loudly"

This is the title of a very small book, by Chris Hibbard, I found in my Kindle collection yesterday. So small it took only minutes to read, but a profound message that I needed to hear, at just this time, when days can seem overwhelmingly stressful and out of control in our world and National situations, and questions arise, "Why God?"
Throughout the day, God loudly whispered,"Trust in Me.Stay close to Me."
So, I say to you, friend, whatever is heavy on your heart today, give it all to Him, because He cares for you, and has promised to carry all our burdens, if we but trust in Him.
                                    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
                                     and do not lean on your own understanding.
                                     In all your ways acknowledge Him,
                                     and He will make straight your paths."  Proverbs 3:5,6
As I walked early this morning, singing my praises to God, I was aware of the many displayed flags flying from homes around my neighborhood in honor of the memory of  that day in 1776, when our founding fathers wrote;
" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."     From the document  In Congress, July 4th, 1776, A Declaration by the Representatives  of the United States of America In General Congress Assembled.

                                                            "Is It the Fourth?"
"Those were the last words recorded of Thomas Jefferson. He had authored the Declaration of Independence exactly fifty years before he took his last breath. He died July 4, 1826. That same day, his great rival and dear friend, John Adams, died five hundred sixty-two miles to the North. Adams' last words were; 'Thomas Jefferson still survives.'" 
  quotes from newsletter from Tony Perkins' Washington Update for July 3, 2015

As we celebrate with family and friends this 4th of July weekend, let us remember and affirm together,

                                "In God We Trust "

Friday, July 3, 2015

This Fredom Weekend...

Let us be in prayer of thanksgiving, of praise and glory to our God, who has given us our freedoms in this Country, our godly heritage, yet, now so fragile and threatened. Lift your voices, asking God to heal our land as we seek His face on our knees.

Join me in prayer with Intercessors for America, today, first Friday of the month prayer.
Today, thanking God for our godly heritage.  12:15 EST  Thank you, and may God's blessings be upon you this weekend.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grace Moments Through It All

 "Through it all,
   Through it all,
        My eyes are on You. Through it all.
 So let go my soul and trust in Him
The wind and waves still know His name.
        It is well with my soul."
                                               from Bethel Music

Yes, my friends, through all the dark, dreary chaos of the days, our God still controls all. His plans are so far above ours in every trial, tribulation, sorrow, strive, you or I may face. I always come back to my favorite
Psalm 46 for comfort.
                                         God is Our Fortress
                         "God is our refuge and strength,
                          a very present help in trouble.
                          Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
                           though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
                           though its waters roar and foam,
                           though the mountains tremble at its swelling...
                           The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
                            He utters his voice, the earth melts...
                            Be still, and know that I am God.
                             "I will be exalted among the nations,
                             I will be exalted in the earth."...

Do not fear, nor be troubled, trust in Him, alone. There is such peace in knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Jesus said of Himself, " Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me."  John 14:1

As our rainy spring season has passed, I have lots of grace moments to share, like the opening cloud picture
that I was able to capture after one of the exceedingly heavy rain storms. As I gazed upon the sky, I was filled with the wonder of God as He displays Himself in His Creation. I could only humbly say, thank You, God.

 My camera is always within easy reach, otherwise I might miss moments like a beautiful butterfly
stopping from a flight to land on a chaise cushion.

 Father's Day, we were blessed to have all of our children and some of our grandchildren here with us in celebration.
 Gifts ready, flowers on the table, food prepared, but why the picture of the glass swan that sits on my kitchen window shelf?
Because that amber colored swan belonged to my
husband's mother, and for me, it is a constant reminder to be in prayer for all of my children and grandchildren as she did every day of her life, even to the day that she entered eternal glory.
Prayer, for her, was an essence of living. I know my husband is a man of God, because of prayer-her prayers as he was growing up, and every day thereafter, and now mine.
For many years I have read, daily, in my devotion time;
The Power of a Praying Wife and   The Power of a Praying Parent,
now using,      The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children.
                                                                                         by S. Omartian
Prayer changes everything! 

Every year,it seems, we have a different bird stopping by to build a nest on our porch- this year, it's a mourning dove.

 In early June, a very flimsy nest began to be built on an inside porch  log. Mama bird nestled there for two weeks, undisturbed by the opening and closing of the porch door. Neither did she mind my watching as I busied myself with yard work, using the porch often.
I "Googled" my way to a better understanding of my new neighbors, to find that the male and female take turns sitting on the eggs; male daytime nesting, female nests at night.
They are
 so very quiet, not even chirping when the two nestlings hatched two weeks later. The parents feed their young crop milk,(pigeon milk), by opening their mouth wide; the nestling sticks its head inside to feed on the milk. Both young doves took their solo flight on June 7th. From then on, they stayed around the grounds close to the porch, waiting patiently for their parents to feed them.
After flight out of nest, this one liked the comfort of my shoe!

Mother dove with one of  her young
Both parents

Preparing the nest
Tender moment

Parent watching

The young spent hours sitting close to the house among the flowers

Watchful parent on porch log

Parent and young one's first flight to tree branch.
Now, my two new friends, are no longer sitting together on the fence, but I know they're among the birds at the feeders, on the ground or in the close-by trees of our yard, while their parents are busy again sitting on the same porch nest preparing for two more nestlings-soon!
I'm totally blessed to be close-by observant of God's nature moments.

June is also a time for homeschool testing. I am forever grateful to be a part of administering tests to four dear children, belonging to a loving, very inspiring Christian family. Truly my honor to spend two days with this family.

Summer! The time of extra hours with my youngest granddaughter.
 Outdoor fun, reading and new paper-mache project!

On-going book What Would Jesus Do?, reading few chapters at a time during our visits.

Endless garden hours devoted by husband, preparing lots of vegetables, especially tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro for summer salads.

This same hard worker, now picking cherries from our tree, and then off to our son's trees; hours of picking from bountiful branches!
I spent the last day of June preparing them into concentrated juice, using my new steamer; making cherry pies, freezing bags of cherries for winter use, and making cherry preserves.
Thus, the month of June ended, and through it all; the fun times, family gathering times, the hard news times, the work times and sleep times- and all the grace moments between,
            through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You. Thank You, Lord, for all your grace moments.
And to all of you, friends, who took the time to read this blog, I pray God's abundant blessings upon you, and yours, especially my friends reading this in Russia; so blessed to have you here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pray Without Ceasing...

Today was a very sad day- tragedy across the continents, Tunisia, Kuwait, France; it's hard to find words to describe it.
 And  in America, we now have same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, by the redefining of marriage by five justices.
This is a very disheartening decision with far reaching ramifications for the American people, but as Followers of Jesus, we will stand firm to our belief in the sanctity of marriage as God designed it- between
one man and one woman. God's Word is clear; He created marriage.

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."  Genesis 2:24
As Christians, we need to "pray without ceasing" for America to turn back to God before His judgment is inflicted upon us for our many sins.
  God help us- we need revival in America, individually and as a Nation.


Friday, June 19, 2015

In Prayer for Charleston, S.C.

My heart is heavy, my thoughts have been with you day and night, as the people of Charleston, and families of the church victims mourn and weep in anguish over the deaths of their loved ones.
God is with you as you walk this journey of sorrow, knowing He will never leave nor forsake you.
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Know that you are loved, and kept in prayer by your sister in Christ.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Reflecting on One Month Ago

Hard to believe a month has past since our daughter's wedding day!  Oh, so much planning goes into a special day- one year for us, planning, now that day is a memory- a very special memory.
I want to share more pictures with you, and of God's grace in making the day so joy-filled, for this I am so thankful.
                        "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
                         For His mercy endures forever."   Psalm 118:1

Stepping fast into a wedding, soon to begin!

 "The love of a mother is the veil
of a softer light
      between the heart
               and the heavenly Father."
                        Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Dearest daughter,
You were our long awaited third child- a deep desire
of our hearts.
God was so gracious and granted us a precious gift-
our second daughter, you, Rachael Sarah.

The years have gone by so quickly, filled with laughter, tears,
joys and sorrows, but always with a thankful heart for the gift of you, Rachael.

Now years of sweet childhood, growing up with a younger brother, being "aunt" to your sister's sons, only a few years
younger than you; the school years, homeschooling years, gymnastic years, high school, college- all are now cherished
memories. We have been and are so very blessed!
And dear daughter, your father and I love you very much, and thank God for His gift to us in you.

Love, Dad and Mom

Memories of the wedding hang in our log home dining room.
Many memories of the day were with me as I made this
baby's breath wreath from the reception table decorations.
Thanks for reading our day of memories, friends!