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,
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, 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!

Flowers from my Garden

Well, I promised a look at the flowers I've been growing this summer...

I'm not sure of the name of this one,
but I think it's a pink peace lily.

This is a New Guinea Impatience that my daughters got for my birthday.
The flowers are so brilliantly pink!

I love the purple cone flower.

For the shady spot under my peach tree,
it's hard to beat regular impatience.

This spider wort keeps sneaking in among my daisies.

This is actually celery stalks going to seed!

I think this is a pumpkin of some sort.
I grew it from seeds collected from our harvest display last fall.

Blossoms from my Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans!


Why did I put this one in?!!!
Because I've been having a fight with the moles this year.
I've tried many ways of getting rid of them,
even flooding their tunnels with the water hose!
Do you have any suggestions?
If so, please leave me a comment!

This is one of my favorites...
the "Star Gazer" lily...
The fragrance it gives off is so beautifully strong
that it is almost overwhelming!

I thought this lily was a star-gazer,
it smelled just like one,
but I didn't remember planting bulbs that matched this description.
When I looked it up, I found it was called a
"Snow Princess Stargazer".

I think King Solomon must have liked lilies,
When he decorated the temple, he had lilies engraved into the pillars.
Also in the Song of Solomon, he compares his beloved to a 
lily among the thorns and speaks frequently about gardens.
It seems that much of his wisdom had to do with plants and gardening!

God also must like gardens,
because that's where He first "planted" man!

To me, gardening is relaxing,
and makes me feel close to God
as I work with Him in getting plants to grow and enjoy their beauty.

I put together a little "Lily Album" on my FaceBook page.
Click HERE if you'd like to see it.  
Just click on each photo to move through the album.

Thanks for dropping by!
To see my latest Name of God on Rocks, click HERE!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Update on my nephew Joel

Encouragement from my nephew as he fights glioblastoma        (a fast-growing type of cancerous brain tumor)

For any of you that might be wondering how my nephew Joel is doing,
he recently made the post featured below.
(To see this on his original blog post site,
and any of his previous posts, click HERE!
...or click HERE for a look at his Facebook page.)

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭5‬ NIV). I am so thankful for all the people or encouraging and praying. This is been a roller coaster ride by your prayers have been so uplifting and encouraging. Please don’t forget to bring up those of you know are going through tough times your prayers and encouragement mean more than you know. God bless you all have a wonderful day love and prayers from the team Hedlund

And from one of his first blog posts:

Good news sounds the best when you need it most. If you are feeling discouraged and a loss of hope today my encouragement to you today is don’t give up. There is hope on the way. And God’s promise is that he will never ever let you down. And you can count on him!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A New Look at the Crucifixion...

so I was brought up as a preacher's kid.
I have no idea how many sermons I have heard ---
not just from my dad or my brother Bill,
but from years of Bible Camps, Vacation Bible Schools, Revival Meetings, etc.
Many hours of my adolescent life were spent in Yardell Chapel,
where my dad pastored from 1956 to 1969.
Sometimes for people like us,
we seem to have a harder time actually getting the truths
that we have been hearing for so many years from our heads into our hearts.
When I was very young, I believed on Jesus as my Savior.
I knew I was a sinner...
couldn't deny that...
frequent "spankings" from my Mother confirmed it!
So I didn't need the words from Romans 3:23
("All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God")
to prove that I couldn't make it to heaven without a Savior.
But I had trouble understanding how Jesus,
who was a perfect man and knew no sin,
could become sin for us so that we could have His righteousness.
How could Jesus take on my sin, especially when He died so long ago?
Yesterday as I did my exercises on my mini trampoline,
I also got some exercise of my spiritual muscles as
I watched Joseph Prince, the pastor of the largest church in Singapore.
Wanting to watch it again and to share it,
I was so happy to find it had been posted on youtube.
If you, like me, have struggled to picture Jesus taking your place,
I think you will be blessed by taking time to watch the short animated video.
Maybe it will give you #anewlookatthecrucifixion also!
Click on the hash tag above to take you there!
The Message Translation from Isaiah 53 gives a word picture of that video.
" was our sins that did that to Him,
    that ripped and tore and crushed Him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
    Through His bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
    We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
    on Him, on Him."
This new look at the crucifixion causes me to take a new look at Jesus.
My younger sis gave me a little book with 365 names for the Lord.
So many of them speak to me that I am having a hard time choosing
which to post on Rock4Today, but I plan on posting one soon!
Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FOOD - Facts, Folly, or Faith?!!!

I guess my fascination with food facts began about 40 years ago
when the doctor discovered I had hypoglycemia.
At that time, I began to devour books on nutrition,
and actually became quite obsessed with health food.
(My older two children can vouch for that,
and still joke about my cookies that tasted like cardboard!)

As time passed, I think I became a little more balanced.
 ...But then about two months ago, a friend challenged me to do a small experiment
regarding the use of my microwave oven.

I started with two healthy plants,
and watered one with tap or distilled water,
and the other with water I had cooled after microwaving it for four minutes.

In a little more than a month, the one with the microwaved water 
seemed to grow taller and spindlier,
while the other one grew fuller, but was shorter.

Facebook friends gave me feedback as I posted weekly updates and photos.
One of them said that if I used water only, without any soil
the results would be more reliable,
stating that both plants were getting nutrients from the soil.

So, I broke off a few sprigs off each plant and placed the microwaved watered plant
in microwaved water, and the other in regular tap water.

They both looked droopy and looked like they were going to die in less than 24 hours!
 (Tap water plant on left, microwave water on right)

I began to think that this experiment was quite inconclusive,
and thought about calling it quits.
In the meantime, I looked up quite a few verses
 about what the Bible had to say about food.

Here's a few of the verses:

"Accept other believers who are weak in faith 
and don't argue with them about what they think is right or wrong  
For instance, one person believes it's all right to eat anything. 
But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.  
Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don't.  
And those who don't eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, 
for God has accepted them."
Romans 14:1-3

"Do not be attracted by strange new ideas.  
Your strength comes from God's grace, 
not rules about food, which don't help those who follow them."  
Hebrews 13:9

"Don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink..."  
Colossians 2:16

And this one was kind of scary!
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, 
giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons... 
commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received 
with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.  
For every creature of God is good, 
and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving , 
for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer."
1 Timothy 4:1-3

But I think the best advice came from this verse:
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31

So, anyway, I had quite a surprise today when I went to water my plants.
I had left the small shoots in the little vases,
and expected them to be totally dead by now.

But not so!

The plant in tap water (on the left) was showing some signs of life,
but what amazed me the most was the plant on the right
which was placed in microwaved water.
Talk about the dead being raised to life!
That's what it looked like to me!
So does that mean I should continue using my microwave?
I have no idea!

So what have I learned from this?
For one thing, I think my experiment was full of flaws and inconclusive!
I think God is interested in My HEALTH,
as noted in a previous post on Rock4Today .
I'll probably continue to use my microwave for some things,
but maybe not so excessively!

I'd love to hear your opinions if you'd like to leave a comment!