Friday, August 15, 2014

Early Morning Summer-Sights, Sounds, Smells

 This is the visitor I spotted early, sitting atop the basketball back-board. I've never seen an owl before in our yard. Such a grand surprise!
I read in my Book of North American Birds that it could be  Barn Owl.

Shortly after, I captured a picture of this creature.
Same owl? Don't know.

 My bird friends are so used to me intruding on breakfast time that I just sit close by the feeder, now, clicking shutter,
one frame after another.

Hearing sounds of distant drums reminds me of school days approaching and outdoor band practice carried in the air

 Morning friends!

Such joy they give me in exchange for  few seeds!
 Table brightness every morning,

lavender fragrance
  with  smells of simmering tomato soup
             laced with fresh lemon thyme
               and sweet basil

Hours upon hours does the gardener spend  laboring the soil
 for the freshness we enjoy on our summer table and winter's  freezer feasts.

Front porch flowers and fern

So what's this yellow grossness growing in our yard?

Is this a touch of fall approaching ?
(hope not)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Please accept my apology!

Dear readers,
I have been notified that I have had comments to some posts, but I have not been able to read them, unfortunately. I truly welcome your comments and thoughts on things that I post, so we may share in a discussion, sometimes on deep issues and other times share the many blessings that God lavishes upon us everyday.
So please accept my apology for not having my blog settings correct.
I am sorry for any comment I have missed, and sorry that it would seem like I didn't want to respond.
 I treasure readers that take the time to share their thoughts that we may learn together and develop a friendship via blog posts.
I do know I have readers in Russia and other countries, and this is an honor to me, and extremely humbling. So welcome, and please share your thoughts with me.
Joy in Jesus,
May the joy of the Lord be your strength.(Nehemiah 8:10)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Flashes of lightening, and rumblings, and peals of thunder"

please continue here, love having you visit. Silence music at lower left and listen to my favorite author and speaker, Joel Rosenberg.
August 11, 2014 speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa

"The Future of America, Israel and the Middle East in Light of Scripture"
His points: 1. "America is not simply in decline, we are on the road to collapse, on the road to implosion."
                  2. "We must all ask ourselves a critical question: 'Is America at a Jonah moment, or a
                       Nahum moment?"'
                   3."What happens if -- on top of all our nation's challenges and sins-- America abandons or
                       turns against Israel?"                    (quoted from Joel C Rosenberg's blog)

"Flashes of lightening, and rumblings, and peals of thunder..."  Revelation 4:5

Words flashing before me last night- a sleepless night
Thoughts of world happenings, rumbling for hours in mind
Peals of heart-rending, torn lives vivid before my eyes as my room was lit bright with flashes of lightening

Where do we turn with rumbling words?  sorrow, death, torture, escape to the hills, famine, Ebola, lightening swift killing rockets, terrorists, antisemitism, hatred, sin, 55 million abortions America alone, devastating fires, flooding, drought,border crisis, hopelessness, suicide, Robin Williams, deep depression, my Grand Jury duty,seeing lives dragged down low with drugs, hellish heroin, cocaine, alcohol, indictments, families fractured- ripple effect on and on.
 Is there no end to this?  Pride-filled words of, "I'll follow my own way, thank you," instead of  THE way.
My sin shone too!  Didn't He command us not to worry about anything? So why the sleepless nights?

"The Lord is at hand: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus . Philippians 4:5-7

'"I will never leave you nor forsake you.' so we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'"   Hebrews 13:5-6

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. but take heart; I have overcome the world."  John 16: 33

"He shall 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

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'"
John 11:25-26

" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved  through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is judgment; the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."    John 3:16-21

You can read the Bible here:

Do you, friends, desire this peace with God through the redemptive work of Jesus?
Is He calling you out of darkness into the light of faith? God our Savior desires all to come to the saving knowledge of the truth. ( 1Timothy 2:3)

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
 Here is how you can receive Christ:
*Admit your need. (I am a sinner.)
*Be willing to turn from your sins (repent)
*Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
*Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

Lord Jesus,
 I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
 I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead.
 I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life.
 I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.
                 In Your Name, Amen

Praise God!



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Super "Super Moon" August 10, 2014

 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
                          Psalm 19:1

O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in
             all the earth!

When I look at the heavens,
 the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful
        of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
                         Psalm 8: 1,3-4

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

please continue here, love having you visit!  please silence the blog music, on lower left.

Sometimes we need to just stop what we're doing,pause, and

                                        just praise Him

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Light of Eternity

                       Like a shadow declining
                                     swiftly away... swiftly away...

     like the dew of the morning

       gone with the heat of the day;

Like the wind in the treetops,

like a wave of the sea,

so are our lives on earth
         when seen  

in the light of eternity. 

    by Ruth Bell Graham
"Jesus spoke to them, saying,
'I am the light of the world. whoever follows Me will  not walk
in darkness, but will have the light of life."'
               John 8:12

Heavy Hearts in Our World Today

The Gaza War is in day 28, please read from Joel Rosenberg's blog  the anguish of 10,000 attending funeral for this young Messianic soldier
(at the site, go to the right at Gaza War Update Day # 28, click there)

WORLD | Fleeing hell | March 22, 2014

WORLD | Fleeing hell | March 22, 2014   click here

please read this article about the present situation in North Korea, then pray

Aug 04: Korea, North | Operation World

Aug 04: Korea, North | Operation World  click here

Please pray for the people of North Korea
pray for those suffering in the detention camps, suffering starvation and cruel treatment
pray for those in the underground churches in North Korea to remain strong in Christ

pray for the current ruler of the Kim dynasty, Kim Jong Un, successor to his father, Kim Jong Il,  to know the love of God for the people of North Korea

"Pray without ceasing"  1 Thessalonians 5:17
for we live in troubled times   Bible app

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Safely Home

a novel by Randy Alcorn,   finished reading for second time
                            Truly, this is one of the most thought provoking books I have read concerning Christian persecution, yet beautiful in light of the faith of Li Quan, a fictional character, remaining strong to the end, body broken in death, but found in the loving embrace of Yesu, Savior King.

"Randy Alcorn shows us what it could be like to live and die for a faith that will last for eternity. Read this book and you may never be the same again."     Clive Calver, former president of World Relief

In 2001, when this book was first published I read it with profound interest and wonder of the underground church in China, whose love for Shengjing (Bible) surpassed fear of being caught as they gather in the dead of night in house churches praising Yesu and making copies of pages of Shengjing by candlelight, praying the words, memorizing passages before passing treasured pages to another hungry soul for the words of Yesu.
Wonder of these faithful souls stayed with me through the years, always in prayer for them; to endure, some under persecution, to remain strong in trials.

God gave me the desire of my heart to go into the heart of China, to this enchanting land.
Six years ago today, August 2, 2008,  I was on a flight to California to meet our team members, Ambassador's Travel; our Mission: "Reaching beyond culture to make friends that last forever."
We traveled Korean Air to Seoul then Shenyang.
Yes, memories and friendships forever!

my roommate and "ever friend" Sue

Yes, "Reaching beyond culture to make friends that last forever."
 I dream of returning, someday.