Monday, September 30, 2019

Our Glorious Fall Colors ~

Here in Colorado the colors have been magnificent this year!
Our spring was long with plenty of moisture 
and I believe because of that we are reaping the glorious
benefits now in the changing of colors 
as our aspen trees, grasses and shrubs show forth their beauty.
Our home is surrounded with glorious yellows, reds, oranges and green
with beauty at every turn.
As I step out of the house I can't help but sing the hymn Majesty;
There's glory at every turn and my praise
is to God and God alone!
Isn't His world glorious?!

Majesty, worship His majesty, 

Unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise.

Majesty, kingdom authority flow from His throne unto His own;

His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus,

Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.

Majesty, worship his majesty;

Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all Kings.

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty;
the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith
he hath girded himself: the world also is established, 
that it cannot be moved.
Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. 
The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their waves.
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters,
yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becomes thine house,
O Lord, forever.
~ Psalm 93:1-5 ~

The reason Aspen leaves change, like the leaves of any deciduous tree,
is because of a decrease in photosynthetic activity 
as the days get shorter in the fall.
The gold and yellow colors we see in autumn 
are always there; in the fall, they simply are revealed
when the green hues from chlorophyll production fade.
☆ Colorado State Forest Service  ☆

I've always said that the leaves on an Aspen tree clap their hands.
Well, flat rather than round stems allow the leaves to flutter 
making them sound as if they are clapping.
Plus, stems give leaves strength, 
allowing them to twist in the wind.
That is why the Aspen tree is so beautiful when the wind blows.

I pray that you are enjoying all he beauty and glory
that surrounds you.
God, in His greatness shows forth Himself everywhere we look,
don't miss out on the glories He has for you.
Take care my lovely friends and joy to you!

Be Lovely!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Return from Arizona ~ Ladies Retreat

"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;
for it is pleasant; and praise is beautiful."
~ Psalm 147:1 ~

My heart is extremely full of praise and thanksgiving!
Thank you each and everyone who prayed for me 
as I traveled to and from Arizona.
I had also asked for prayer on behalf of mom as she 
had surgery on her hand and elbow, and with another praise, 
the surgery went very well and mom is doing great.
Mom can already feel the change from the nerve block
and is able to use her cane now with out severe pain.
I've had a song of praise in my heart now for the past few weeks as
God's goodness time and again, fills my heart with joy.

Arizona was HOT 🌵☀️
I'll never forget the day it was 109 degrees!
It was a great time regardless of the heat
and I was able to accomplish so much for mom.
I did some pruning on a few cactuses around mom's home
and found it quite different from the type of pruning here in Colorado.
Mom and I took a beautiful drive through the
Saguaro Desert National Park on a lovely Sunday afternoon.
You know...the more I visit Arizona, the more beautiful I find it.
Such beauty in each and every cactus, even this disfigured one.

The second day on my drive home I chose to take a scenic route 
and I was not disappointed!
My dad loved taking the back roads and I'm no different.
It was a perfect sunny day and it was as if I had the road all to myself.
Slow and peaceful is the best way to describe that drive.
Donatella and I stopped a number of times
and took a leisurely walk discovering new territory. 
Oh the new smells that Donatella enjoyed,
she was in her Hound dog glory! 🐾

As I came around a bend there was a herd of buffalo in the field
and what a magnificent sight!
This was quite an awesome ranch and well looked after.
The buffalo seemed quite at peace on those grounds near that pond.
I quickly turned the car around and sat by the roadside 
drinking in the beauty of this magnificent animal, God's creation.
When I left Arizona the temperatures were in the 90's and cooling down some.
I left behind warm sunny days and beautiful blooming foliage
and was greeted with the changing of colors in our Aspen trees.
One of the mountain passes I drove over had a few clumps of yellow
popping up announcing that Fall was arriving.
While I love and enjoy all the seasons, I have to be honest,
I am not ready for this next season quite yet.

"God is with you"
"If you have a heart willing to be changed
and a mind willing to be stretched, 
our God has something amazing planned for you.".
This was the theme for the ladies retreat 
with Liz Curtis Higgs in Pagosa Springs Colorado.
Three days after I returned home from Arizona, I repacked my suitcase
and headed for some quiet time alone
just me and God, and a whole lot of joy and laughter
with author/speaker Liz Curtis Higgs.
It was through a dear blogging friend and her giving heart
that I was introduced to Liz just after my knee surgery over a year ago.
Liz is a cancer survivor who has an infectious positive attitude, who is
full of joy laughter and a smile that warms your heart.
Being able to go to one of her speaking engagements 
has been a desire of mine since I first read her book
"31 Verses To Write On Your Heart".
Liz teaches the Word of God in a way that you understand it ~ word for word 
and in a way that is thought provoking for your own personal walk with the Lord.
 She's amazing!

~ Liz and myself at the retreat ~

I had the most wonderful time at this retreat!!
I left Pagosa Springs having met new friends and sisters in Christ
and a renewed and refreshed heart through the working of the Spirit.
Liz does not usually speak to small groups,
but God opened up that door for a unique purpose 
and I truly believe that it was God's appointment for my being there.
Three Bible characters Liz spoke of were, Sarah, Lea and Hagar,
and she shared how "God was with them".
God knew them, He knew their situations, their troubles pain and sorrow
and He met them right where they were and never left them.
God's love is enough, may we never forget that!
The joy of the Lord is our strength,
the strength of the Lord is our joy.

You know summer is coming to an end when these beauties arrive.
These happy little "weeds" line our highways 
as our Summer comes to a close.
I love seeing these as they show off their happy faces,
it's just knowing what follows... the end to another Summer season
that I dislike about their appearance.
I'm doing my best in making the rounds so I can visit with you,
but these last few weeks have not allowed for many visits.
I hope to catch up with you and the beauty you share 
with us throughout our blogging community.
Take care my friends and God be with you.
God is worthy of our praise!

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