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!

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!

Daisies...

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!!!
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