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!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Perfectly Light and Lemony Dessert for Spring ~

More than half a century has passed,
and yet each spring, when I wander
into the primrose wood and see the
pale yellow blooms, and smell their
sweetest of scents...for a moment
I am seven years old again and
wandering in the fragrant wood.
~ ~ Gertrude Jekyll

~ ~ ☆ ☆ ~ ~ ☆ ☆ ~ ~

 I remember my grandmother's house as a young girl,
it was like a wandering path through blooming flowers...a series
of surprises with fragrances that sooth, fragrances that delight
and fragrances that have lingered and left an impression on my heart.
My grandmother (dad's mother) was amazing in her flower garden,
it seemed like everything she grew was bright and beautiful.
I remember her petunias over everything else, gorgeous full blooms 
 graced her backyard walkway, and till this day,
 petunias grace my window boxes in memory of my dear, lovely grandmother.
Soon enough my window boxes will once again be showing off their beauty,
awe...the glory of spring.
Spring has finally arrived, though we still have snow banks surrounding our home
and when springtime arrives I'm eager to try new desserts out on my husband,
desserts that require no baking with hot ovens.
Well...I've got a wonderful dessert that is perfect for springtime
and I wanted to share its goodness with you.
This Philadelphia No-Bake Lemon Chiffon Cheesecake
is out of this world light and delicious with springtime written all over it!

I was given a Kraft Recipes magazine by a dear friend and this recipe was in it.
My dear friend Dixie had my name for Stephanie's Christmas ornament exchange
and we have become fast friends.
This dear lady sends me the happiest mail!
Boxes chocked full of joy and goodness, and for no special reason at all,
just because she has a BIG loving heart.
If you have any special occasions coming up this spring,
then you may want to add this to your menu,
because I'm telling you, its wonderfully delicious!

☆ Philadelphia No - Bake Lemon Chiffon Cheesecake ☆
This recipe is from Kraft Recipes

What you will need ~
28 square shortbread cookies finely crushed (about 1 3/4 cups)
5 Tbsp. butter, melted 
3/4 cup angel flake coconut toasted, divided
3/4 cup boiling water 
1 pkg. (8oz) lemon flavor gelatin 
1 cup ice cubes
1 pkg. (8oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest
1 tub (8oz) cool whip ~ whipped topping (about 3 cups) thawed, divided

Make it ~
Combine cookie crumbs, butter and 1/2 cup coconut; 
press onto bottom and up side of 9 1/2 - inch tart pan with removable bottom.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
~ I used mini pie pans so I could share two with my dear Stephanie 
who was in need of some deliciousness. ~ ❤
Add boiling water to gelatin mix in medium bowl; 
stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add ice; stir until melted.
Beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon zest in large bowl with mixer until blended. 
Gradually beat in gelatin. 
Add 2 cups (about 2/3 of tub) cool whip; whisk until blended.
Pour into crust.
Refrigerate  4 hours or until filling is firm.
Remove cheesecake from side of pan just before serving.
Top with remaining cool whip and coconut. 
Extra Special  garnish with lemon wedges.

Enjoy this perfectly light and lemony dessert as you enjoy spring!

"O taste and see that the Lord is good"

Be lovely!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary ♡

 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
~ Genesis 2:24 ~
One man and one woman in a lifetime commitment.
God never intended for man to be alone ~
"And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone;
I will make him a help meet for him."
~ Genesis 2:18 ~
The very bone from which woman was crafted came from man.
"And Adam said, 
This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: 
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
~ Genesis 2:23 ~
Woman was taken out of Man, then presented to man in order to complete him.
We were created in the image of God with physical and emotional needs
that only another human being could meet.
It is not good that man should be alone.

♡ ♡ ♡ ☆ ☆ ♡ ♡ ♡

42 years ago on the ski slopes of Vail Colorado
where I was a chair lift operator and my husband was visiting from Canada
we met...and fell in love. 
We believe it was the hand of God that brought us together,
and for 40 years He has kept us together.
We had a long distance relationship for two years before we married
which involved a lot of letter writing, and believe me, 
there was A LOT of snail mail sent both ways. 
Back then there were no cell phones and using a land line was quite costly.
If we phoned at the wrong time of the day it could cost as much as $1.00 a minute.
My husband remembers paying a $120.00 phone bill one time, 
 that was a lot of money back then. Ouch!
For myself, saving up for a long phone call was well worth it,
I was in love. 😍

♡ ♡ ♡ ☆ ☆ ♡ ♡ ♡

A while back I was reading some of A. W. Tozer's collections
and in his book "The Purpose of Man" he spoke on
 "The absolute worth-ship of Christ", he was writing about
"The Lord of All and His Bride."
"Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world that He might
save us from the ugliness of sin to a beautiful heaven. "
How beautiful are those words A. W. Tozer penned!
"The old Testament gives us the story of a man named Isaac.
His father, Abraham, called for his servant to go find an
acceptable bride for his son (see Genesis 24). 
With the help of the Holy Spirit, that old servant went down into the town Abraham indicated and found a young woman there. 
The Bible pictures her as being very beautiful. 
Her name was Rebekkah and she must have been beautiful, 
because the servant was instructed to find a 
bride that was beautiful to look upon. 
Isaac is a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
God the Father sent the Holy Spirit out among the 
people of the world to win a bride for Christ, 
one that was worthy of Him. "
One that was worthy of Him!
What a beautiful picture.
Those words actually took my breath away as I read them,
one that is worthy of Him, sigh...
As a wife, I am constantly asking myself, am I worthy?
Am I honoring the man God has blessed me with?
Am I the help meet God desires of me to be
each and every day of our lives together?
Daily in great humility I bow before the throne of God,
seeking His face as a wife, for I long for nothing else but Thee
as I strive to be first, worthy of God, then worthy of my husband.
Without God in my life, it would be extremely difficult
to be the wife I so desire to be. 
It is only by the grace of God that I am who I am.  
"The bride's significance was to rest in the groom.
She has no worth of her own, but her worth lies in her
relationship to the groom. Jesus Christ is the groom
and is worthy of our love, adoration and joyful worship.
Rebekkah was merely the daughter of her father.
But, when she was taken to Isaac, she took on a new identity-the identity
of her groom."
A picture we all know that comes with marriage,
the taking of our husband's name, such an honor to him!
Our identity is now in our groom.
"Our identity is now in our Groom. The past identity is now forgotten, 
with all its obligations. Our Groom is now our identity, 
and nothing in our past matters anymore. 
The bride not only takes on the identity of the  groom 
but also his name as well. She is now forever known by that name. 
The Groom Shepherd is worthy of our affection
and is deserving of us leaving everything and 
embracing Him as our own."
I found this to be such a beautiful picture, both in my 
marriage to my wonderful husband
and in the marriage of Christ and his bride. 
This isn't a new story to me ~ but knowing that our Wedding  Anniversary
was just around the corner it found its way into my heart
and touched those heart strings in a very special way. 

If I were to say it's been 40 wonderful years of BLISS I would be lying to you, 
and to God. 
But I can say,  that these past 40 years have been beautiful
because God has been there orchestrating the both of us
in our lives together as husband and wife. 
As Christ-followers, by faith we press forward in our daily lives together
knowing God will lead and guide us,
and by faith we believe He will never leave nor abandon us.
My husband is a steady man who loves the Lord, and because of his love for the Lord 
he is a wonderful husband whom I am honored to love and respect
until death do us part. 

"But she that is married careth for the things of the world,
how she may please her husband."
~ 1 Corinthians 7:34 ~

Take Joy!

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Resurrection Sunday,
as you celebrate the victory that has been won
through our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hallelujah ~ what a Savior!
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