Monday, July 8, 2019

God Speaks through Nature ~

Happy Monday to you ~ my dear friends!
My husband and I enjoyed an afternoon out on the 4-wheeler
and what a perfect time to get to know my new camera as I
captured some shots of nature here on the property.
We can evan take great "selfies" with this camera! 😉
While we were in Canada at the crokinole tournament 
I was asked by a friend if I would use her camera and take pictures
since she and her husband are always participants 
and unable to get pictures of themselves and their senior club.
I happily accepted insuring her that they may not be the best.
As I've shared here on my blog before, I am not very good with a camera,
but Cathy's camera was so nice and easy to use
that I found great delight rather than frustration 
as I went around snapping shots of the tournament.
To my husband's surprise, my pictures turned out beautifully.
We came home and my sweet husband so kindly bought me
the same camera as Cathy's, a Canon SX70 H with a zoom that is awesome!
I am amazed at the detail with this zoom. 
This camera is a perfect size for me, easy to hold and  easy to function,
my kind of camera.
In time I'm hoping to do much better with my picture taking,
I feel like I have a vision for a good picture,
just really bad with a camera.
I'm sharing with you some of the pictures I took on our day out ~ enjoy!

Lord, let me recognize Your voice above the world's clamor 
and follow You alone.
~ Cathy Elliott

Each spring we have the return of our Canadian geese
and a pair of mallard ducks that nest near the pond.
The red winged black birds as well as other small birds
enjoy the bull rush surrounding the pond.
It's a beautiful and peaceful site when Donatella and I take
our daily walks so as to check on the activity around the pond.
The red winged black birds look as if they were posing for the camera.

Lord, thank you that You are my hiding place
and that You protect me from harm
just as Your birds of the air do their young.
~ Janet Holm McHenry

Lord, thank you for looking out for Your creation!
For I know that if Your eyes are on creation,
then You are looking out for me.
~ Sandra Clifton

May we find our contentment in You, our Father.
~ Pepper Basham

The wild flowers have been stunning with all the rain 
 God has blessed us with!
Our State flower is the Columbine and this year they are magnificent.
The wild roses are in abundance with bloom after bloom.
And the mushrooms...they are the size of a volleyball ~ yes, a volleyball!
I have never ever seen anything quite like these mushrooms.
I placed the mushroom beside the seat on the 4- wheeler
to give you an idea of the size. 

Lord, let me see the beauty of Your plan in all things,
all creatures, and all people.
~ Cathy Elliott

Spend time outside today and see how many masterpieces 
God has put on display.
With each one, praise Him for His awesome creativity.
And then thank Him that this same God
knows you and calls you by name.
~ Ginger Kolbaba

Lord, teach us to stop and observe creation.
Help us see what You reveal about Yourself through
Your artistry and craftsmanship, in every creature great and small.
May we reflect You, too, in the details of our own lives.
~ Lori Stanley Roeleveld

Spend time in God's secret love garden today.
~ Devon O'Day

 The mushroom is beside the seat ☆

Let us go outside and open up our senses, and soak in the
wonders all around us.
I know that God will be there, waiting for us.
~ J. Mason Williams

Summer days keep us busy with so many wonderful things,
so thank you, dear friends, for taking time out of your own 
lives and stopping in to say hello.
Your visits bring a smile to my heart.
As you enjoy God's glorious creation where He has planted you,
may you find yourself encouraged, inspired, challenged and comforted
by His unfailing love and attention to your daily lives.
God's detail in our lives is precise, just as it is in His marvelous creation.
Glory be to God!

Heavenly Father, there is not one aspect of Your creation You haven't touched,
and not one aspect that hasn't known the flaws of a fallen world.
Thank you for the beauty of Your present creation,
but the glorious promise of an Eternally perfect one.
~ Heidi Chiavaroli


Be Lovely!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Like a River Glorious ~

For thus saith the Lord, Behold,
I will extend peace to her like a river...
~ Isaiah 66:12 ~

The lyrics on each photo are from the hymn ~ Like a River Glorious,
written by Florence (Frances) Havergal.
While Florance met with some boys so as to witness the Gospel 
she ran into cold, wet weather and became chilled.
Her fever grew worse and at the age of 42 with her brother at her bedside,
he commended her soul into the Redeemer's hand.
So young, yet, she was ready to meet her Savior.
Then sings my soul ~ is a book on 150 Hymn stories that belonged 
to my beloved in-laws ~ Bill and Betty.
I came home with this precious book and I will read and cherish it
knowing that it belonged to my in-laws.
Our time away in Canada was a time for family
and the internment of my husbands dad.
It was also a time with my husband's siblings to go through
their parents estate bringing a little bit of a closure to both 
Bill and Betty's passing.
Praise the Lord, they are both together now in glory with their Savior.

After spending time with family my husband and I headed up North
to spend some time at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
We practically had the park to ourselves,
maybe it was due to all the rain. 😉
Even though we had plenty of rain, that didn't stop us from 
enjoying some of the sites, nature, hikes and God's amazing creation.

These photos were taken of the Sand River
while we enjoyed our 3 hour hike on a day that was 
a mixture of sun, clouds and rain, 
but oh what an amazing river with its many rushing water falls!
These photos are just a small glimpse of some incredible beauty.
The hiking trail was right alongside the river 
and those rushing waters were astounding.

We stayed in Agawa Bay, where again, we practically had the 
campground to ourselves.
Our site was right on Lake Superior where the beach was
nothing but granite stones ~ my husband's joy!
He loves looking for stones to polish
and the beach certainly kept us busy looking for those perfect stones.
My husband has a rock tumbler, so our collection of stones will be beautifully polished.
As we hike around the large granite rock, I can't help but think of
the many granite countertops in their various colors that 
grace many homes with their beauty.
God's marvelous and glorious creation that we are blessed to enjoy.

We crossed the Border into Michigan and drove along Lake Michigan 
enjoying yet again, the beauty of our God.
Unfortunately we were not able go get good scenic photos 
due to the rainfall.
We stayed at a beautiful State Park right on the lake,
but oh my...the puddles in the park were incredible!
Each site had it's very own private puddle pool. 😉
So much water, every water source we encountered was swollen.
As we drove through areas of farm land in a few of the States
it was disheartening to see the fields flooded.
We prayed for those farmers as they work hard to plow their fields
in between the rainfall, then having to wait for a dry spell.
We saw a sign attached to a fence that read ~
Did you eat today? Thank a farmer
Yes, thank you to those HARD WORKING farmers and their family's!
Seems as though we brought the rain and cold weather back with us,
as it has been cold and rainy since we arrived home.
In all things give thanks ~ I am very thankful for the moisture 
which has made everything just that much greener and lush.
We enjoyed our time away ~ but it's good to be home.

I'm praising the Lord for His love and watch care over us
while we were traveling.
Both going and coming home we had some pretty nasty storms,
and driving a 35 foot  motor home with our "toad" behind us
can make for a stressful ride.
God cares for His own.
While driving through Wisconsin, as big and bright as anything 
was a billboard that said,
It was breathtaking to say the least!
Through the many heavy rainstorms we drove through
 our hearts were blessed with the Name of our Savior, 
surely nothing less heavenly could have
reflected such a glorious site for our eyes to behold.

To God be the Glory!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Time for some Traveling ~

For weeks now I have been enjoying the beauty of these gorgeous tulips!
As some of you may know, tulips are my ultimate favorite flower,
but sadly they do not last very long.
These little pretties are in a garden area that I have to pass 
every time I go to town and with the cooler weather we have been having
God has allowed me to enjoy these for quite a long time.

Our Spring has certainly been on the cooler wet side
making for a slow growth process with just about everything,
so this bunch of tulips has been a lovely welcome to my soul.
This season always brings travel plans with myself and my husband.
We will once again be going to the World Crokinole Championships
held in Ontario Canada, followed by some traveling up North 
to enjoy the beauty while taking in some hiking.
Oh yeah...Hiking with my new knee, I can't wait!
Our time is running short and we are both scrambling to get things accomplished 
with all that must be done in packing and getting the motor home
ready to take out on the road.
With the cold weather and snow some of the things have been put on hold.
We have yet to unwinterize the motor home due to below temps
and now our list is enormously long with very little time left.
So...I will be around for a little while, then off line.
I never take the Internet with me on these trips
and it's such a peaceful holiday.

♡ ♡ ~ ~ ~ ♡ ♡

After our traveling, life will be busy with the Summer
just around the corner and I am planning on taking
some time away from blogging to enjoy life with a little simplicity.
My notebook will be placed on the shelf in the cabinet 
and I will be quiet on the Internet for awhile,
so no worries if you do not see me around,
I'm looking forward to some down time.
So my dear and faithful friends ~
Enjoy the remainder of your Spring and the beauty of your Summer.

 Joy to You!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mother's Day ♡

Mother's Day is a day set aside to remember and honor our mother's.
There are many "special" mother's who deserve such honor showered with love.
Mother's ~ Step Mother's ~ Grandmother's ~ Great Grandmother's ~ Mother-in-Laws ~
and those who have been a loving Mother figure in the lives of others.
As a mother, we each one walk a path that has been set for us by God, 
and God does nothing without purpose.
He made each of us with a specific purpose in mind.
He also promised to work in us to fulfill that purpose.
What a blessing to know that God is lovingly working specifically in our lives
and in the lives of our children and grandchildren.
I know that my dreams and desires for my daughters and grandsons 
don't even begin to match God's, so I will rest in His purposes for them, 
as well as for what He has for me.

♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
~ Hebrews 13:20 & 21 ~

♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡

For us mother's, we can go through our daily routine with the hope 
of God's promises found throughout the Scriptures.
We can know that we are able to accomplish what God is calling us to do,
as we seek God and allow Him to draw us into intimacy with Him.
He will show us the areas that need perfecting so we can walk
in obedience to His purpose for our lives as mother's.

♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh,
but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, 
neither shall cease from yielding fruit."
~ Jeremiah 17: 7 & 8 ~

♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡

We are like trees. Without the life-giving power of Jesus Christ,
we would dry up.
I don't know about you ~ but I really do not wish to dry up!
According to these Scripture verses "we will be a blessed woman"
a happy woman, should we put our hope and trust in the Lord.
In so doing we will "be like trees that are planted next to the water."
Our roots will go deep into the riverbed of God's Word,
drawing the thirst-quenching, life-sustaining truth 
from the flow of His Spirit.
 As a mother/grandmother, that is the desire of my heart.
It will be then that we will "bear fruit" so that our families can be nourished.

♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡

As a daughter, my heart is grateful for my mother and grandmother's 
who loved me, cared for me and taught me by their example 
of living out their lives as ladies with a gracious spirit.
As a mother, my heart is grateful for the two daughters God gifted me, 
both unique and beautiful in their own special ways
with their own personalities, creativity and grace.
Lord, you know that I tried, and still try to love them according to their
own personality and needs knowing they are both so
opposite from one another, which makes them
so very beautiful in their own special way.
As a grandmother, my heart is grateful for the four handsome grandsons 
that my daughters have given me through God's goodness to them.
Lord, you know that my prayer as their grandmother 
is to love each one of them just the way they need to be loved
as they too, are unique and have been individually created by You.
It is a privilege to come before You and intercede on behalf of these boys.
Bring them to a place of Salvation and keep their hearts tender for You.
Give them a love for You, Your Word and a desire to obey
and make right choices over wrong in this tainted world. 
Give them a desire to walk before You all the days of their lives. 
As their grandmother, I am not always by their side,
so when they are standing at the crossroads trying to decide
which path to take, please put a person of faith there to point them
in a direction that would be right and pleasing to You.
Watch over and guide them, I pray in Your Precious Name, Amen.

Happy Mother's Day lovely ladies!

To God be the Glory!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Whiter than Snow ~

Yesterday,"May Day" we woke up to the sight of snow, yes,
beautiful wet snow was evident as I looked out the window and saw the trees on our property laced in such splendid beauty.
It is a pretty sight when the trees look this beautiful,
even on a Spring day.
 I couldn't help but think of  Psalm 51 ~ a prayer for Spiritual cleansing.
This particular Psalm is a Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet 
came to him after he had gone in to Beth~sheba.
Sorry enough to stop ~ those are the words I wrote at the beginning of Psalm 51
some years ago in my Bible.
The heart of every problem, is the problem of the heart,
and only Gods Spirit and Gods Word can change and control
the heart, as we yield. 

"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out
my transgressions."
~ Psalm 51:1 ~
David's repentance included ~
A godly sorrow for his sin.
"Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."
~ Psalm 51:2 ~
A verbal confession.
"For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
~ Psalm 51:3 ~
A turning away from sin and denouncement of his sin.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:
that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest,
and be clear when thou judgest.
~ Psalm 51:4 ~
It is against God whom we sin against first and foremost.
"Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
~ Psalm 51:5 ~
Restoration to God's favor.
"Behold thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part
thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
~ Psalm 51:6 ~
Rejoicing in salvation.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: 
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
~ Psalm 51:7 ~
A willingness to testify to others about the grace of God.

David is picturing how God cleansed him of his sin.
The idea David expresses is that God alone can forgive his sin and remove it.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse your us from all unrighteousness."
~ 1John 1:9 ~
In the Old Testament, man was required to go before a priest and have a sacrifice 
offered to receive a "covering" for his sin.
Under the New Testament system of grace, however, a believer can go
directly to his High Priest, Jesus, and can boldly approach the throne 
and receive forgiveness for his sin, which was covered by
Christ's shed blood on Calvary.
Praise God!
"Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, 
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
~ Hebrews  4:16 ~

Even on a Spring day when we're hopeful for a beautiful sunny day,
we can choose to appreciate the snow and it's beauty. 
We have no control over the weather, that belongs to God.
But ~ we can choose to except what ever the day brings
and go through our day with joy in our hearts
while praising God for His goodness to us.
Whiter than snow, such purity!

Praising my Jesus!
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