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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