Friday, October 31, 2014

Foto Friday


Heather visit

Bud in TN
Visit at Joel n Susan's house

Chicken kisses

Halloween 2014
Early voters

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In All Ways

God Be in My Head, eyes, mouth, heart and end.




            Sometimes people put God in a box, and think He is just there on a need to know basis.  We are instead to acknowledge Him in all our ways.  God lives in us and His presence should radiate through us.
           'Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.'  Romans 12;1
          As I read this poem, I must consider.... Is my head judgemental or merciful with understanding?  Are my eyes clouded with doubt or clear with forgiveness?  Is my mouth speaking hate or love?  Are my heart thoughts noble and pure or wicked and wrong?  Will my earthly end, be one of a new beginning into an eternal bliss or of hell?
          May we all consider where God might be in each of us.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Reasons Why

 "Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." Jules Renard



                God is at work in all of our lives and His reasons are often beyond our thoughts.  This is my friend, Heather, who is going through a stressful time with her sister in ICU for almost two weeks.  It is certainly a time of prayer, faith testing, trust in God and seeking wisdom for decisions.  'Our faith is not in the wisdom of man, but the power of God.'
                As I was on the patient side of the fence 4 years ago, I know the power of prayer.  I've went from being recommended for hospice to being a patient visitor today.  So I'm asking you to remember both Heather and her sister, Amanda, in your prayers.
                May His reasons include drawing you nearer to Him as you boldly approach the throne.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Foto Friday

Gluten free can be fun
1st time here


Jack waiting on my 3rd blog
book with comments to
finish processing
It's gona be awhile


Tiger keeping an eye on
the stucco guy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tongue Trust

Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.

             I read in the paper, ''If you have to swallow a frog, don't look at it too long.  If you have to swallow 2, then eat the big one first.  If you have to swallow 3, then consider why you are in the pond.''  I think these are very wise words.

            1 frog..... Instead of admitting our wrong readily, we often spend our time justifying it in our minds.  We think about all the reasons 'they' are wrong, but not our own.  Pride is often the biggest lump or frog in our throats.

             2 frogs... Sometimes we can just 'ribbit' out of control.  Proverbs 15;23 'A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!'  Be the bigger person by covering the broader ground first in your apology and then get specific.

             3 frogs.... Sometimes you have to get out of the circumstances that are drawing you toward negativity.  We must see how our choices and decisions have led us to the pond of bitterness and find our way out.  Don't let your emotions dictate your words.

             FROG..... Fully Rely On God

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Share the Blessings

Snoopy



            My October track record for the past few years has been one of sickness in varying degrees.  This year, my Oct 2014, has been well and free from illness for me.  This has not been the case for many of my friends.  My biggest help to them is to remember them in my prayers, but I also want to share my blessings with them.
           I know the feeling of being home-bound and out-of-touch with my world.  It's lonely, never ending, and boring without your fellowship with friends.  These are the moments when we have prime opportunities to let someone know 'Hey, I'm thinking of you' with a note, a treat, or a phone call.  It doesn't take much to be a joy booster to someone.
          We are to be do-ers of 'love thy neighbor'.  Good intentions fall short, if not followed thru with actions.  Bless others with what you've been blessed with.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oh Really?

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         This is the look on my face with every political ad that I hear on television.  We all  know the feeling of  'Ive heard enough.'  Whether it be an insurance seminar or a long winded storyteller,  there is a point where both your eyes and mind glaze over.
         Some people have this false idea about going to church.  They've heard it all before.  If that were true, then their life would be a perfect application of it.  No, not one person is good and doesn't need to hear the Word regularly.  You're never good enough to stay away from church, nor too bad to come in to church.
        Maybe this is the look of an unbeliever when they hear the truth and they realize they can't rely on themselves but need a Savior.  Too many sermons don't magnify the consequences of sin.  Sugar coated messages talk more about how to make this life better for you, rather than making a life that has eternal rewards.
        May you grow to know more of His Word and therefore know The Author even more.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foto Friday

Thursday with Cathy


Jack waiting for his fried pie


Family get together



Cocoa from Cathy

Susan visiting

Tutti frutti from Susan

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adjusting?
















                    Yes, these are my screams from the inside of my body as I type while laying here on top of my electric blanket.  I will adjust to the 'new normal' of temperatures, but it will not happen quickly.  They say change gets easier with time, but as I approach my 43rd winter, I don't find that true at all.
                   Daniel 2;21 ''He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.''
                   Some people are ready for a change that doesn't include the weather and that we have a voice in.  The season to elect new local government officials will be here soon enough.  It is both our duty and privilege to vote during elections.  We need to vote for people who will work for the beliefs we want our government to uphold.   You can find out about the candidates and know more about what you're voting for at www.arkansasvotersguide.com
                   Changes are coming, be prepared.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never Alone

Each step of the way



                  Isn't it good to know we are NEVER alone?  We are to recognize and acknowledge His ever presence with us. Psalm 79;6  ''Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name.''  We must not let the anxiety this world can cause undermine our trust in His care for us.  Proverbs 3;25-26  ''Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.''
                 God knows what you're going through and what lies ahead.  He will give you sufficient strength thru His grace and mercy for you.  'His love endures forever' is a promise like no other.  He may not calm the storm as fast as we'd like, but His love should calm us inside.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Should Have or Not?

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         The Lord says 'vengeance is mine' but we often want to return a jab for a jab.  Do you think later when it's too late, I should have said this or that.  No, we weren't looking to say something worthy but rather spiteful.  Too many of us won't walk away from an argument invite but instead jump in feet first and insist on having the last word.  Is it better to be nice than right, in their eyes?
         I have a pillow that says 'You can agree with me or you can be wrong'.  It's kind of a joke of truth to me. We must pick and choose our battles because not all battles are worth fighting.
        The best payback we can try to return to someone is to pray for them.  Who can turn hearts from evil to good but God?  Who can direct our paths to more righteous ones but God?  When we try to do good, God is glorified.  When evil is doubled, Satan profits from it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Foto Friday

Betsy and kids, and Gloria visiting

Where did the cats go?

Cathy's surprise birthday party
at Santo Coyote LR

Cathy with husband, Phil,
and son, David


'You sure fooled me' look

'Oh my gosh' look

My chili dog that
I won from Scoopdog

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Follow?





''It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.''  Deuteronomy 13;4


             There have been times in my life where I loved the need for speed feeling, like driving, but then there were times for the slowness of a snail's pace, like walking.  No matter what our speed is, if we are going in the wrong direction, we are still lost.
             I think there are those with map skills and those who just need to use it as a tablecloth in the car.  The map and navigation by the passenger can be a catalyst to road rage, so beware and turn on the GPS.
            Who is your guide in life?  The Bible is our map with directions.  We often want to trust ourselves, but that is foolishness in action.  We need to slow down and see if our thoughts are in agreement with His Word.  Many of our mistakes are due to our rush to respond without thinking it thru first.
            May we all consider not only where we are headed, but where we have been.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Who's In Charge?

All things are possible through Him who gives us strength!



            I read a disturbing article on people.com about a 29yr old woman with brain cancer who has moved to Oregon specifically to end her life through legally doctor prescribed drugs.  The sugar coated term for this is 'dying with dignity.'
           I'm not here to judge her, but rather to express my opposition to the idea of taking charge of your own death.  It is one thing to not choose medical intervention and let life run its course, but to take life ending drugs is a form of suicide.  Since God formed us in the womb and gave us life at conception, who then gave us the shift in power to end His plan for us?
           Our lives have both impact and influence on others and our feeling comfortable is not always a priority of God's plan.  There are MANY things I would have chosen not to endure, but that wasn't within my realm of options.  'Those who sow in tears will reap in joy of songs.'
           People often say 'if I just had 5 more minutes or 1 more day with them' but yet people want to legalize cutting short what days God had numbered for them.  As for myself, God will take me home when He sees fit and He will sustain me until that time.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

One Way


life changing.



"Godliness is so excellent that the worst men would like to have it, after they die. Though at present godliness is despised and under a cloud, yet at death all would like to be godly. A philosopher asked a young man whether he would like to be rich Croesus or virtuous Socrates. He answered that he would like to live with Croesus and die with Socrates. So men would like to live with the wicked in pleasure but die with the godly: "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!" (Numb. 23:10). If, then, godliness is so desirable at death, why should we not pursue it now?" - Thomas Watson


          It is true, we want our cake and eat it too.  So many people think they are 'entitled' to heaven for various false reasons.  After death, it is too late to be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.  Isaiah 55;6   'Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.'
         Life is a journey, a path of transforming your heart, mind and soul hopefully into who God intended you to be.  Is godliness a priority in your life?  When will 'less of me and more of Jesus' be a life goal of ours?
         If your life ambitions are not selfless and God-centered, they are worthless.  Our lives are to be the fulfillment of His plans and purposes through us.  Our eternal rewards await us because of our belief in Jesus as our Savior and not in any other way or means.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Foto Friday

My friend, Cathy, visited

The best homemade cinnamon
roll that you can't buy

The Humble Crumb crew with me
Saturday afternoons at
Hwy 107 and Woodruff

Kristy with me and the
RESPECTable frog she brought me


Kristy and Tamisha
brought over Myles and Maliyah
to visit