Sunday, August 25, 2019

Writing Letters ~

Grandma Maxie with two of her sons ~ my precious dad is sitting next to grandma
Uncle Spike was instrumental in my salvation and my personal relationship with Jesus

 My mother was going through her things doing some more purging
when she came across some old hand written letters by
my Grandmother (dads mother).
She asked if I would like them and happily, I said yes!
Grandma always began her letters with ~ Good Morning,
 as she was an early riser and made her way out to her little 
"Rancho Chico" as soon as she was able.
Grandma loved the outdoors and played on her little ranch with delight.
I'm pretty sure I took after Grandma Maxie in that respect, why,
once the weather is warm I absolutely DO NOT want to be inside!
I believe Grandma knew that if she didn't write her letters 
first thing in the morning, then they would never be written.
Hand written letters are becoming a lost art, yet, 
I think we can all say that we enjoy a hand written letter
delivered to us in our mail box now and then, don't we?
I actually enjoy writing personal words to others either 
in a card or on pretty stationary, which is hard to find these days.

☆ ☆ ~ ♡ ♡ ~ ☆ ☆

In one of my daily Devotional readings the topic was on ~
"Writing Letters" 
quite fitting I thought as I had just received my Grandmother's letters.
2 Corinthians 3:2
"Ye are our epistle written in our hearts,
known and read of all men."
The apostle Paul's words ~ "that those who follow Jesus
are "a letter from Christ," who were 
"written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God."
2 Corinthians 3:3
"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the
epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink,
but with the Spirit of the living God;
not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."
Paul encouraged the church in Corinth to keep on following 
the true and living God as he had previously taught. 
In doing so, he memorably described the believers as Christ's letter.
Their transformed lives were a more powerful witness to the 
Spirit's work than any written letter could be.
God's Spirit in us writes a story of grace and redemption!
It is our lives that are best witness to the truth of the Gospel,
for they speak volumes through our compassion,
service, gratitude, and joy.
What message might you send today?
Please know that as it states in John 17:3 ~ It is never too late
to enter into a personal relationship with God thru His Son, Jesus Christ.
Open your heart to Him!
"And this is the life eternal, that they might know thee
the only true God, and Jesus Christ,
whom thou has sent."

☆ ☆ ~ ♡ ♡ ~ ☆ ☆

The time has arrived for mom to return home, 
so Arizona, here we come!
I will be driving "Miss Daisy" back home
and staying in Arizona for a few weeks in order to
get mom and her home up and running after being away over the Summer.
Mom will have hand surgery while I'm with her
so I will be able to look after her needs.
Once again ~ may I ask for your prayers as we travel and for her surgery?
There is great peace in knowing others are in prayer with you
and I certainly covet your prayers.


Monday, August 5, 2019

One Year Ago ~

A big HELLO to you my dear and faithful blogging friends!
I trust you have been enjoying the beauty
of Summer right where God has planted you.
We couldn't ask for a nicer Summer than what we have had.
Yes, our Spring was long and wet with an awful lot of snow,
but boy did it ever help in yielding the most luscious, green Summer.
This past week as I've gone out and taken my daily walks with sweet Donatella,
each day is showing evidence that our Summer is soon coming to an end.
These photos I'm sharing are signs of what has arrived and what's around the corner.
The daisies are in their assortment of color
along with the light shades of grasses mixed with horse tails,
or cat tails as some call them.
August can be cooler with rain here in the Rocky mountains,
my husband's favorite month ~ maybe it's because his Birthday is this month? 😊
September can bring with it an awesome Indian Summer, 
but then the dreary month of October arrives with little to no color at all.
I'm the type of person who takes each day as they are given to me
from our Great God, and I enjoy them all.

It was one year ago when I had my total knee replacement 
and when I saw my Orthopedic surgeon he was delighted with my results.
My x-ray was perfect with nothing showing scar tissue or arthritis
and my bend as well as how straight I am able to put my leg
was awesome according to the Doctor.
I was told to keep doing what I've been doing as it appears to be working.
I've been faithful in massaging my knee with cocoa butter daily
praying that it will help with the scar tissue 
as I've heard it can creep in quickly.
My therapist told me that I was to ride my stationary bike 
 20 minutes a day for the rest of my life.
I guess I had better obey. 😉

Exercise...Mmm ...that's not every one's most favorite thing to do 
but we all know how important it is for our health and heart.
My new knee holds me accountable these days,
and for that, I am very thankful.
I'm reminded of these Scriptures ~
"Exercise thyself rather unto godliness"
~ 1 Timothy 4:7b ~
"For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness
is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life
that now is, and of that which is to come."
~ 1 Timothy 4:8 ~
Exercise is important, because the body is God's temple.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit 
of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;
for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
~ 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ~

 Exercising unto godliness is profitable both now and in eternity. 
We would be foolish if we took care of our decaying bodies 
while ignoring our spiritual lives, which will last 
into eternity and which can be renewed day by day.
"And be not conformed to this world: 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, 
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect will of God."
~ Romans 12:2 ~
"For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man
is renewed day by day."
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 ~
Like physical fitness, godliness is not developed by being passive 
and does not just happen; it requires effort and is 
maximized through our daily exercise (spiritual discipline).
As much as I love the Lord with all my heart, soul and mind,
disciplining myself  in exercise both for my soul and body,

I think we all know deep down the importance of  exercise,
but unfortunately it's easy to find a reason not to exercise.
Years ago, I read somewhere on the topic of exercise
and it has stayed with me, though I may fail at times,
it's still in the back of my mind.
It was something like this, and so true ~
Knowing we should exercise regularly but not doing it can create negative feelings 
toward ourselves, and that is an energy drain.
The way this happens is every time you think of exercise,
all day, if you haven't done it yet, you say to yourself, 
" Well, I haven't done any yet today,
and I probably won't be able to later, so I'll do it tomorrow."
Meanwhile you can't help feeling guilty.
However, if you exercise first thing in the morning, 
then every time you think of exercise during the day,
it's with a feeling like "Yeah! I've already exercised!"
It fills you with a fantastic positive feeling for yourself,
and these feelings spill over into other areas of our life.
Everything is enhanced.
Once we get into the habit of exercising every morning,
we'll get to the point where we'll actually feel disappointed 
if we miss a day.
And that my friends, goes for bodily as well as spiritual exercise.

~ ~ ❤  ❤ ❤ ~ ~

"Horses sweat, men perspire, and women glow."
I like that!
As women, we glow when we exercise, but don't you find 
that we have a godly glow after we have been with Jesus?

Be Lovely!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Peaceful Sunset ~

 ~ Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing Who to thank ~

While my husband and I were in Canada back in June
we did as we always do and went down to the beach
to watch the sunset.
This particular evening we had gone out for a delicious fish dinner
with family members on my husband's side,
then headed to the beach.
Southampton Ontario, which is on Lake Huron is known for their
majestic sunsets, many of them with gorgeous pink tones
and this one did not disappoint.
When we arrived it was looking as if it wasn't going to amount to much,
but wow!
I was headed back to the car thinking it can't get any better,
then I turned around and captured this photo of the family silhouetted 
with my phone no less.
What a picture!

As the sun began to go down the colors came alive
and looked more vibrant with each snap shot.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
{ Psalm 19:1 }

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
the Lord's name is to be praised.
{ Psalm 113:3 }

The day is thine, the night also is thine: 
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
{ Psalm 74:16 }

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.
{ Psalm 119:105 }

And the evening and the morning were the third day. 
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night;

 and let them be for signs, and for seasons, 
and for days and years. 

 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven
to give light upon the earth:
and it was so. 
{ Genesis 1:13 ~ 15 }

Glory to God in the Highest!


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!

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