Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eclipse on 10/23/2014



It was rather cloudy, but when I darkened the photo with the
contrast I saw a green dot...

It seemed to move depending on the angle of my cell phone camera.

And I couldn't get a good focus if I tried to zoom in too much.

The clouds moved away for a bit and I got a couple of shots.

I know I'm no expert, but I thought they were very interesting.

And I'm not really sure what I was capturing...
It didn't really look like an eclipse to me...
but it was unusual...

But I am neither astronomer or professional photographer.


...And then the clouds came back.


But it did remind me of something from the Bible!
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven:
And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn,
And they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven
With power and great glory."


"So you also must be ready,
because the Son of Man will come at an hour
when you do not expect Him."



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click HERE!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Who da Thunk It?"

In and Out of the Fog


This morning as I was driving home from my sister's place,
I couldn't help but think about how FOG and GRIEF are related.





Sometimes I would drive out of the fog into the sunshine,
thinking I had left all of it behind,
...only to enter another wall of it a few miles further.

Like grief, I often feel like I have left it behind,
when suddenly there it is again, and the tears flow.




This parallel of fog and grief
reminded me of some verses King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes.

You may remember his famous words that say,
"a time to be born and a time to die".
He is the author of this quote, too:
"All come from dust, and to dust all return".

But he also said:
"As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother's womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,the Maker of all things."

And,
"the spirit returns to God who gave it"

But this is the verse that jumped out at me!
"None of us can hold back our spirit from departing.
None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death.
There is no escaping that obligation..."




I never expected to be comforted from the book of Ecclesiastes!
Nothing I could have said or done could have changed the outcome. 

As my brother Dave used to say when he was amazed by something,
"Who da thunk it?"
(Or in better English...
"Who would have thought of that?")

"The LORD gave,
and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the Name of the LORD!"


Later this evening I hope to have another post on Rock4Today
featuring a name for Jesus painted on a rock!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Acceptance...





...And Honesty





Death...
I've faced it before...
Lives seemingly ended too soon because of illness or tragedy...
Why would THIS death affect me so deeply?


I struggled with a title for this blog post...

"Learning to pray again"
(Well, I never really stopped praying, just not sure what to pray now.)

"Unanswered prayers"
(He answered, but it wasn't the answer I wanted...)

"Learning to trust again"
(I know God is trustworthy; His thoughts and ways are just so beyond my thinking.
The bigness of God and my inability to understand Him and His ways
have intimidated me somewhat!)

"When your faith is shaken"
(I believed God could heal. Why did He not?)



Grief...
Many of the stages of grief were not strangers to me,
...but anger?
This was a new feeling.
I didn't want to be angry at God,
but I had to admit I was.



Acceptance...
Have I truly accepted this death?
Not really, but I'm working on it.
...Or probably, God is working on me about it!



HOPE!
I think Job summarized this thought the best when he said,
"But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and He will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see Him for myself.
Yes, I will see Him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought."



Max Lucado, author of the new book on prayer entitled "Before Amen"
 has a short two minute video that has been helping me
in understanding God's answers to prayers.
You can watch that video by clicking HERE.



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(Writing the Names of God on Rocks)




Friday, September 26, 2014

My Soapbox.... Recycling!


OLD THINGS MADE NEW


Yesterday I went with my husband to take a load of stuff to the recycling center.

Usually I am the "recycler" at our house,
and take our plastics, aluminum cans, newspapers, etc.,
to a recycling agency that offers employment to special needs people.
(Note the pen made out of recycled water bottles!)


But this time, Gary was taking items 
for a friend who was moving to California,
and his trailer was piled full of broken or unusable items.

Have you ever been to a recylcling center?


A scale is built into this narrow driveway,
and measures the weight of your "treasures".
After the items are unloaded,
the weight is calculated by driving over it again
and reweighing.

Here's a look at some of the items
 that have been brought here to recycle.

This must be the car and motorcycle division...

And maybe this is the car crusher?

Why do I have a passion for recycling?

Well, for one thing, I think God wants us to take care
of this earth that He has entrusted to us.

And for another,
why throw away something 
that could be made new and be made into something beautiful again?
(Example - the pen made out of water bottles in first picture above.)

Broken things made new.
That's what God specializes in.
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away;
the new has come."

Speaking of being "made new",
my sweet nephew now has a new body.
Although we were praying for a miracle that would heal
his earthly body, God chose to heal him in a different way.
To see a video of the celebration of his life, click on the link below:



Thanks for dropping by!
I'm working on a post for Rock4Today...
Yes, I know... I'm running way behind...



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Miracles Still Happen!



Last week when we got a call that my nephew Joel was not doing well
and had been placed in Hospice Home Care,
we hurriedly got on line to change our airline tickets to Fresno to an earlier date.



A miraculous change in Joel's health occurred while we were there!
Click on the link below to hear it from Joel!

But that wasn't the only miracle!
Leaving Fresno turned out to be a bit of a problem,
because all planes were grounded both in and out of Phoenix
due to storms.
Further delays occurred when we reached Phoenix due to a flat tire on the airplane.
By this time, we were beginning to get a bit anxious about making our third connection
from Dallas to Springfield, MO.
...And sure enough...  Not only did we miss our flight,
there were no flights available until 5:30 pm the next day,
and NO RENTAL CARS AVAILABLE EITHER!
Although it was nearing midnight,
my daughter and my husband were adamant about the need to return home
that night because of business necessities the next day.
As I sat in a wheelchair in the terminal with luggage piled high on top of my lap,
I silently reminded myself of the faithfulness of God in past circumstances,
and asked Him to please help us in this dilemma. 
I boldly asked Him not only for an angel to help us,
but for a roomy, comfortable SUV type vehicle that we could drive home that night! 


How do you like this for an answer?!!!
Jehovah Jireh - My Provider

A National Car Rental agent had mercy on us,
and stated since we were going north,
we could take this car.


This is the sign that was written on the window.
(The tree and sky are reflections on the glass.)

I had to smile when I looked at the license plate...
Yes, it was from up North alright!
...The country of my birth!


Yes, once again God had shown us that
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
nor is His ear too dull to hear."
To see my Name for God on Rocks this week,
click on ROCK4TODAY!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills





Last week with a little time to spare before a wedding ceremony in the Black Hills,my husband and I took a short trip to nearby Spearfish Canyon.

Bridal Veil Falls was just one of several waterfalls we visited.

Little bridge pathways,

...picnic tables nestled in shady spots,

...easy access to the falls with railed pathways,

and gorgeous scenery were all present.

What a great prelude to a wonderful day!

My husband and I both love waterfalls.

The sound of running water is music to our ears.

The Book of Revelation in the Holy Scriptures tells of the
"River of Life",
which flows from the very throne of God.
To read about it, click HERE.
To find out how you can see that RIVER OF LIFE yourself,
click HERE to hear it explained by Billy Graham.

Thanks for your visit.
I hope you enjoyed coming along with me to beautiful Spearfish Canyon!
I look forward to meeting you someday as we view the River of Life!

And HERE is where you'll see my latest Rock featuring the Names of God on Rocks.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little town of Everton



Last weekend as Gary and I were heading home from my high school reunion,
we took a slight diversion from our route to peak into an old town.

This old hotel with a "No Vacancy" sign
was one of the first buildings to catch our eyes.

It had some very interesting features,
...like this old washing machine on the wrap-around porch.

When taking a picture of the side-view of the old hotel,
something else caught my attention...

...I had to take a closer look...
Yes, it really was a parking meter!
But I don't think it's used any more...

Just down the street was the "Old Everton Bank".

Beside the bank was a building called
"The Little Store".

It had a little home-made sign advertising
another home-made Southern staple!

My husband decided to see if
"The Little Store"
was actually open as the brightly colored flag stated.

Since it was a hot late July afternoon,
we opted for a vanilla ice cream cone
instead of their famous biscuits and gravy!

What a neat little side-trip!


Thanks for coming along on the tour!

For another type of tour,
why not take a trip through the rocks in my rock garden?
You'll find them HERE!