Monday, April 14, 2014

The "River of Life"


What Grandparents do in their "spare" time!


Our grandson had been looking forward to a float trip
on the Buffalo National River.
It was evident that area businesses were gearing up for the floating season,
but my grandson and his buddies couldn't afford to rent canoes.
No problem!
"Grampa Gary" to the rescue,
providing a canoe and a kayak,
...and paddles, of course!


It was decided that Buffalo Point would be the place
from which the float trip would start.



His group was anxious to get started on their trip,
but I got them to pause long enough to capture
a few photos with my cell phone.

The river looked peaceful and quiet as they carried
the canoe and kayak down to the water's edge.

I wasn't sure how they were going to fit all their gear
into their small boats!

This placard by the place they put in the river proclaimed the Buffalo River to be
"The River of Life".
I found that very interesting,
because of what the Book of Revelation says about the
 River of Life in Revelation 22. 
It states that it flows from the Throne of God,
and only those whose names are written in the
Book of Life
will see this River of Life!


 

(Billy Graham has an excellent video available called "The Cross"
that shows how you can have your name written in the "Book of Life".
Click HERE to see it!)
 
 
My husband didn't sleep very well that night;
I often found him missing in our bed.
He was concerned about the kids out on the river,
and spent considerable time praying for their safety.
 
Consequently, the next morning we headed out earlier than planned to pick them up...
Gary was afraid they would over shoot the place where they were to land.
 

As we went, I couldn't help but notice businesses getting ready
for spring float trips and guided fishing tours.
 


We drove past the abandoned mining town of "Rush" on our way to the river.


The group was already there waiting for us,
although we were nearly 3 hours early!
They were relieved not to have to wait for us,
and Gary was extremely relieved that they were all okay
and had not gone past the selected landing!

Minutes after we arrived a ranger dropped by,
checking to see if all was okay.

The satisfied look on our grandson's face as they loaded up,
made it all worthwhile!

If you've followed many of my posts,
you know of my love for the Buffalo National River!
To see a related post, click HERE!
 
(To see any of these photos more clearly, just click on them to enlarge them!)
 
 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby Eagles in the Nest!



Yes, there are baby eagles...

Although I'm not sure how many...


As we first drove up, one baby eagle was visible...
 
 
But we only got a quick glimpse of it before it was tucked down in the nest.

 
I was so focused on the baby and the activity in the nest...
 

That I almost missed the mate sitting on a tree limb not far away.
We watched his colors seem to change as the sun sank lower...

And got home just as the sun was setting.

Yes, I have to admit, I do have a fascination with these birds.
Besides being our national bird,
they just seem to command our attention.
I think God must have liked them, also,
because He made a lot of interesting references to them in the Bible.
(If you're interested, click HERE to see a few of them.)
 
One that I find very interesting is from Proverbs 30:18-19 which says:
"There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maid."
 
 
Check out other bird photos from around the world at
Wild Bird Wednesday! 
 
 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Shadow Monster!


This past weekend, my new friend Terri Sigafus invited me to a booksigning for the release of her latest book:  

"THE SHADOW MONSTER"

What fun it was to listen to her concert,
and watch the children interacting with her.

Besides signing books,
monster cookies and punch were served.

Chad and Terri have been a singing team for years,
but the addition of the "Shadow Monster" is a new and exciting venture!

For a preview of their book, click on this LINK,
which also gives information how to get your own copy.

Did you know that monsters are mentioned in the Bible?
Speaking of God, Psalm 74:13 says,
"It was You who split open the sea by Your power,
You broke the heads of the monster in the waters."


I'm still taking a blogging break from Rock4Today,
but HERE is a link to one of my popular posts there!

Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Resolutions!



Resolute - "Marked by firm determination"

Resolution - "Firmness of resolve"


I had to laugh at this starling this morning...

Resolutely, he tried again and again to gain entrance into the bird house...

Because it was built for a bluebird, his size would not allow him entrance.

The mate left the scene and scrambled for leftovers under my birdfeeder.


Meanwhile, the goldfinches appeared to have resolved to devour all my peach blossoms...


Resolutions can be powerful things.
This verse from Luke 9:51 caught my eye this morning,
"Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem".
Then a few verses later when speaking of the opposition that Jesus felt,
Luke 9:53 says, "the people there did not welcome Him,
because He was heading to Jerusalem."

Was Jesus thinking of His resolve to accomplish our salvation when He said in Luke 9:62,
"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God"?

An old hymn that I hadn't thought of in years came to my mind
as I thought about the words resolute, resolution, and resolve.
It was written by Palmer Hartsough, who lived from 1844-1932.

I AM RESOLVED

I am resolved no longer to linger, Charmed by the world's delight;
Things that are higher, things that are nobler, These have allured by sight.

 I am resolved to go to the Saviour, Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One, He hath the words of life.

I am resolved to follow the Saviour, Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth, He is the living way.

I am resolved to enter the Kingdom, Leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me, Still will I enter in.

I will hasten to Him, Hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, Greatest, Highest, I will come to Thee.


Someone that demonstrates great resolve to me is my nephew Joel.
In his fight against glioblastoma brain cancer, 
he and his wife Codie have resolved to give God the glory no matter what.
Seeing their bravery and faith in action has stirred up my resolve
to be more faithful than ever in praying for his recovery.


How about you?
It doesn't have to be New Year's to make a resolution!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Carried on God's Wings...


Carried by God!



"The LORD your God carried you,
as a Father carries his son,
all the way you went, until you reached this place"
Deuteronomy 1:30



My husband and I went to Lake Norfork this past weekend
to check out the eagle's nest,
and to see if the eagles were raising another batch of young there.


And the answer is YES!
One was on the huge nest when we arrived.
While we were watching, the mate swooped in for a landing.

Can you see the feathers hung in the branches?
Those feathers reminded me of some verses in the Bible
that show God's care for us. 


"Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, 
so He spreads His wings to take them up and carried them safely on His pinions."
Deuteronomy 32:11

"I have carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime...
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you."
Isaiah 46:3-4

"Each day He carries us in His arms"
Psalm 68:10

"He will carry the lambs,
holding them close to His heart"
Isaiah 40:11


If you've been following my posts,
I'm sure you know that my thoughts and prayers have been with my nephew Joel
in his fight against glioblastoma brain cancer.
These verses seemed especially appropriate this week
as he is finishing up with radiation treatments.
 Click HERE! to take you to Joel's FaceBook page.



And, if you're missing my posts on RockToday,
check out some of my archives HERE!


Friday, March 21, 2014

The Elusive Yellow Bellied Sapsucker



Well, I finally caught him!

I grabbed my camera, switched lenses and tried to grab a shot before he flew away.
He was on the peach tree just outside my window.
This shot is not very clear, because it's through the screen and window.

The parallel rows that he had been leaving in our maple tree had given him away.
Sapsuckers drill holes in live trees,
then return to eat the sap and small insects.
Was it his drilling that had been killing our maple tree?



I've been trying to catch a glimpse of this guy for a couple of years!
From the peach tree, he flew to a large oak on our side yard.
I wished my lens was more powerful so I could get a GREAT photo,
but this is the best I could do before he flew.

I got out my trusty bird book...

And sure enough...  there he was...

Yes, that was him - a "Yellow Bellied Sapsucker"!


I just love it when God surprises me with a visit from one of His elusive creatures!


Thanks to Stewart for allowing me to link up with his gallery of bird photos at
Wild Bird Wednesday! 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Covered Wagon - In Style and Comfort!



Yesterday as my husband and I were on our way down to the farm,
we met an unusual sight.
When we got up close, Gary recognized one of the drivers
as a former classmate from his "alma mater".

Although the horses were sweaty and tired,
his classmate offered us a short ride in his custom built covered wagon.
 



"Can you wait while I get my sister?" I asked.
Marye was staying in our farmhouse,
and was visiting from Canada.
(She loves to escape the harsh Canadian winters...
although she was a bit disappointed by our winter this year!)


Her husband, Ken, was enthusiastic about taking the ride with us.
(Ken is a professional hunting guide in Canada -
bears, moose, elk, ducks, geese, etc....)
Yes, that is a roll of tissue paper in front of Ken.
This covered wagon even has a "portable potty"!


I sat in the back on the comfortable softness of a queen size mattress,
while Marye and Ken sat in folding chairs in front of me.
My husband Gary and his school-mate
sat in the front, catching up on alumni happenings.




No, I really didn't drive the wagon...
David was just kind enough to let me pretend!
I was amazed at the comfortable electrically operated seats,
...and even an air conditioner that could be used
for camping out on those hot summer nights!

 
The Book of Revelation says that one day Jesus will come,
...not in a covered wagon....
but riding on a white horse!
So I guess horses are never going to go out of style!
 
 
For an update on my nephew's fight with glioblastoma cancer,
click HERE.
We are so thankful to God for your prayers,
for the amazing work of Dr. Black,
and the healing power of God!
 
 
And maybe, just maybe, I will get a new post up soon on
featuring the Names of God on Rocks!