Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A little trip to "The Holler"

We had only gone through the field and started down the steep hill,
when we came across a little challenge.
The four-wheelers were able to pass easily,
but my grandson and I were in a Jeep Rubicon,
and found the tree would have to be removed before we could pass.

Grandson and his Papa tried to move it by hand,
but the fallen tree wouldn't budge enough to permit passage.

After multiple efforts,
it was decided to tie a rope around the fallen tree,
tie it to the Jeep,
and pull it out of the way.

Our efforts were rewarded as we enjoyed the tranquility
and beauty of "The Holler".

Wildflowers were in abundance.

Grandson and I made a little detour on the way back,
stopping by a favorite "swimming hole"
on Buffalo National River.

As we came up the meadow beside the river,
we noticed the rainstorm moving in.
We decided it was time to head back to the farm
if we didn't want to get soaked!

Praise the name of God,
    praise the works of God.
Shout “Hallelujah!” because God’s so good,
    sing anthems to his beautiful name.
I, too, give witness to the greatness of God,
    our Lord, high above all other gods.
He does just as he pleases—
    however, wherever, whenever.
He makes the weather—clouds and thunder,
    lightning and rain, wind pouring out of the north.
God, your name is eternal,
    God, you’ll never be out-of-date.
God stands up for his people,
    God holds the hands of his people."

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Beauty unfolding!

My "tame" daisies are about to explode into bloom.

My echinacea (purple cone flower) are a little ahead of them.

And my lilies are in their prime!

My climatis is dwindling,
but the strange culmination is also beautiful!

This is nearing the last of my evening primrose.

"The grass withers and the flowers fade,
but the Word of our God stands forever."
Isaiah 40:8

Steven Curtis Chapman has a great song called
To listen to it and watch the lyrics on YouTube,
click on the highlighted letters above.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Southern Memorial Day Tradition

Last week my husband got an invitation for both of us to attend a "cook-out".
This was no ordinary barbecue...
This 90 year old gentleman has been hosting it for 47 years!

"RG" had known Gary's father,
 and had worked with Gary's grandfather in the logging industry.
The ties that Mr. RG had to Gary's family made this occasion a special treat.

Entertainment was provided by a singing group called
"4 GIVEN + ONE".

The small grill was worked continuously
to keep up with hungry appetites!

Different types of food were served in various places.
Our host made sure everyone knew where to go
to sample all the delicious fares.
The last stop was strawberry shortcake with ice cream.
Gallons of strawberries had been prepared!
Mmmmmm...  Delicious!

The playground was busy with happy children...

...While grown-ups watched or visited.

Four-wheelers offered rides for those who wanted a little adventure.

A good time was had by all!
I felt privileged to be a part of this get-together!
Thank you, Mr. RG and family!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mourning or Mating?!!!

While I was having my morning cup of coffee one day this past week,
I saw two mourning doves land on the wires leading into our house.

I grabbed my camera,
and didn't have any idea what a show they were going to put on for me!
All these photos were taken in sequence...
although in reality I took nearly a hundred photos!
I've tried to pick out a few of the best.

They sat so close together...

All their movements seemed to be in sync...

...They moved through their grooming rituals...

They started at the front, and progressed to the back...

...sometimes their heads were not even visible...

...Occasionally they stopped their simultaneous routine... groom each other!

They snuggled close at times.
No wonder they are called "love birds",
and are often used in wedding ceremonies!

After "snuggling",  they would return to grooming themselves again.

This is the last photo I took of them together before they flew away.

One of them circled back around and landed on my back deck.
He appeared to be looking in the kitchen window at me,
and saying, "Did you get all the pictures you wanted?"!!!

As I looked at all the photos I took, I began to feel like I had invaded their privacy!
(Click on the above pictures to enlarge them.) 

How wonderful a God we have!
I love it when He reveals to me His glory and beauty in nature,
and I'm glad I could share some of it with YOU!
Last year around this time I did a post on a different type of doves.
You can find that post HERE.

The song below about doves was originally written by Bob Ferguson.
Click HERE if you'd like to hear it sung by Dolly Parton.

"Wings Of A Dove"
When troubles surround us, when evils come
The body grows weak
The spirit grows numb
When these things beset us, God doesn't forget us
He sends us His love

On the wings of a snow-white dove
He sends His pure sweet love
A sign from above
On the wings of a dove

When Jesus went down through the river that day
Well, he was baptised in the usual way
And when it was done
God blessed His son
He sent him His love
On the wings of a dove

On the wings of a snow-white dove
He sends His pure sweet love
A sign from above
On the wings of a dove

On the wings of a snow-white dove
He sends His pure sweet love
A sign from above
On the wings of a dove

Monday, May 11, 2015

Words Have Power!


This morning after my husband finished reading our Proverbs for the day,
I flipped to the back of his Bible to check on a cross reference.
The Bible had no concordance, 
but did have some interesting "Helps" in the back.

This was one of those "Helps",
and it got me thinking of a verse from Proverbs 18:21 that says,
"The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit."

This reminded me of Ephesians 6:10-18 where Paul talks 
about our Christian battle of spiritual warfare,
and he says in
verse 17 to
"Take the helmet of salvation
 and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God."

Is Jesus going to use words from the Holy Scriptures to win the end time battle?

"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, 
whose rider is called Faithful and True. 
 With justice He judges and makes war. 
 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  
He has a Name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  
He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood,
 and His Name is the WORD OF GOD.  
The armies of heaven were following Him,
 riding on white horses and dressed in find linen, white and clean. 
 Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword 
with which to strike down the nations..."

Do we have the same useful tool that Jesus is going to use
when He comes back to earth to defeat the enemy?
...And are we using it?
I, for one, am not SPEAKING THE WORD enough!
With God's help, 
I plan to PUT IT TO WORK more often!

The Bible I mentioned above can be found HERE as the
"Every Day Life Bible".

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

There are babies in the house!

Not in my house...
But in the birdhouse!

I'd been seeing a flurry of activity at the old blue bird house.
My husband had cut down the dead tree to which it had been fastened.
Impatient for him to put it up in another spot,
I used bungee cords to fasten it to a near-by tree.

I thought the chickadees had moved in,
but they are such quick little things,
it was hard to catch them.
But today I was able to catch them bringing food to their babies!

They weren't too crazy about having me watch them,
and looked me over good before allowing a photo op!

Finally they seemed to accept my presence,
and flew in and out of the little house,
bringing in food and carrying out debris.

This is a rather light hearted post compared to the Grace series 
that I finished up last month...
Often God uses nature to refresh me and restore my soul.

A verse that caught my attention this morning was from Psalm 103:20 NIV,
"Praise the LORD, you His angels,
You mighty ones who do His bidding,
Who obey His Word."

What God seemed to be saying to me through that verse,
is that when I speak God's Words in prayer,
He may unleash angels to accomplish answers to those prayers!

Now that's an awesome thought!
Unseen wings with the answer on the way!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GRACE... Can anything stop the flow? Lesson 7


Is there anything that can stop the flow of God's Grace to me?

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness,
without which no one will see the Lord:
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the GRACE of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble,
and by this many become defiled."

Those verses made me stop and think!
What could stop God's GRACE from reaching me?
The only thing that stops His grace is....   ME and MY CHOICES!

     We can forfeit the grace of God by clinging to "worthless idols" - Jonah 2:8
       What am I hanging on to or trying to fix instead of trusting God?

     "Today I have given you the choice between life and death,
         between blessings and curses.
       Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.
          Oh, that you would choose life..."    Deuteronomy 30:19

There is SO much that I have not put in this study.  Thank you for being a part of  my journey!  I would have to write a BIG book to divulge the many things that God has been teaching me about GRACE through studying His Word, the Bible.  To continue your own study on this subject, you might want to check out all the helps available at Blue Letter Bible or Bible Gateway

If you have not yet Tasted the Grace of God, you can start your journey by asking God to help you.  Billy Graham is well known for helping people find PEACE with God
 (Click on the highlighted link above to see the four easy steps he has laid out.)

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