Monday, May 23, 2016

Eagle Watchers!



Yesterday as my husband and I were coming back from church,
I asked him if we had time to swing by the eagle's nest on Lake Norfork.
Last year each time I had visited their nest I had failed to see them,
and therefore presumed the pair of eagles must have deserted this nest.



A fellow "Eagle Watcher" was there,
and we visited with her for awhile.
She assured me the nest was occupied,
and invited me to come back and watch the eagles
with her on the following day.
She stated she had been watching them and photographing them
for the past seven years!

An instant bond was formed
as we shared our love of these magnificent birds,
and also found we had a mutual relationship with their Creator.
We hoped to catch some photos of the parent eagles
bringing in food to the juveniles who were still in the nest.

While we waited for their arrival,
my new friend showed me some of her photo albums.
I was so impressed with her beautiful photography.

Not only did she have some superb photos of eagles,
but many other subjects as well.

I enjoyed perusing through her beautiful photographs
and visiting with her as she continued shooting with
her "Fine Pix S" camera and 50x lens
that she had purchased for less than $400 from Walmart!

As we talked, a flock of large birds flew overhead,
and she quickly positioned her camera to focus on them.

She shared with me that she had health problems,
but this hobby was something that seemed to bring
the presence of God nearer to her,
and give her enjoyment and peace.

I had been so busy looking at her photos
and visiting with her,
that I hadn't focused my own camera on the nest.
Two juveniles seemed like they themselves were
having a conversation.
Unfortunately, the parents didn't show up during this visit.

One of the young ones stretched his wings as
he perched on the edge of the nest.
He looked as if he was testing them,
...checking them out
to see if they were ready for that first daring flight!

I returned home to check the flight status
 of the little juvenile Mockingbird
that had taken up residence in my back yard.
He, too, was making progress,
but still not getting too far from home!


The Book of Job in the Bible
has some interesting comments about birds:

"...Ask the animals what they think ---
Let them teach you;
Let the birds tell you what's going on.
Put your ear to the earth ---
Learn the basics.
Listen --- The fish in the ocean will tell you their stories.
Isn't it clear that they all know and agree that
GOD IS SOVEREIGN,
That He holds all things in His hand ---
Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature?"

"When times get bad, people cry out for help.
They cry for relief...
But never give God a thought when things go well,
when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts,
When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom,
USING BIRDS AND BEASTS TO TEACH WISDOM."


Thank you for your visit!
(My Rock4Today blog featuring the Names of God on Rocks,
should have a new post before too long.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

John 3:16... More than a Bible Verse!


It's a Ministry!



My granddaughter thought she was only going to a Fish Fry!

She was in for quite a surprise!
Although we were not late,
the place was already filled.
We were lucky to find a seat!

The "servers" made an impressive sight
in their red shirts as they stood on the sidelines.


Chairs turned toward the podium
as excitement about the entertainment mounted.



The reason for the Fish Fry became clear,
as the Hopper duo took the stage.
They have been instrumental in making our area
aware of this ministry to help
men overcome addictions.

There was lots of good entertainment...
among them my favorites -
The Bill Pittman trio,
featuring Bill and Perri Pittman,
and my pastor's wife, Annette Lipsky Bailey.

Applause broke out as the funding goals were reached!

The "Moms On A Mission"group
had a big part in helping reach that goal!
There's nothing like the passionionate speech
of a mother of a recovering addict to reach into
your heart and pocketbook!
...Especially when the evidence
of this ministry is changed lives!


The evening ended in prayer and praise to God!


My granddaughter was impressed!
So was I!

To learn more about the John 3:16 Ministries,
click on the highlighted link to take you to their website.


Here's the popular Bible verse
as featured on the sweat shirt that I'm wearing today!
(You may have to click on the photo to enlarge
for easier reading!)

Today's Joy4Today is linking with Jenny Matlock for her
"Warm Heart Wednesday"
where you will find many uplifting and cheerful posts!

And by the way, Rock4Today has a new post
featuring the Names of God on Rocks.
Toyota may have a "FORERUNNER",
but it's got nothing on Jesus!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cancer Fights and Flights!





It was a lovely day for a flight...

My husband was privileged to have a flight in this plane.
His pilot was Blogger Jim Davis, Cancer Survivor,

and new author of a book in the making.

Jim has used this plane for a unique mission.
You can find photos and his newsworthy story by clicking HERE,
 and then click HERE for the report when his objective was completed.

And, NO! ...In case you were wondering,
although we have had to face the cancer-fight 
with several family members,
very thankfully,
neither my husband nor I have had to face that challenge!
However, my sis Alice, is presently staring that giant in the face.
She has done some blogging in the past.
You can find one of her poems  HERE.
Prayers for her and her family are solicited and appreciated!


Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

"May the God of HOPE
fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with HOPE
by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:18


Thanks for your visit!
Rock4Today should have a new Name for God posted soon,
so check back later, okay?


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Peach Blossoms


It's Peach Blossom time in North Central Arkansas!



Linking up with NCSue for Wordless Wednesday!


To see my Names of God on Rocks for this week,

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Woodpeckers!

I couldn't believe my eyes...
I saw this guy across the yard...

I was trying to get a good photo,
when this one came zooming in,
and landed on the peach tree that is about 15 or 20 feet
away from my kitchen window.

The red on its head was different from the other one.
They must be a pair,
and this one must be the female!

Before she flew away she seemed to look directly
at me in the window!

Then this yellow bellied sapsucker came.
They had been very elusive...

...and I had never been able to get a very good photo of them.
I got a few photos in a post two years ago
that you can see by clicking HERE.

And sure enough...
Check out that breast...
It does have a yellowish tinge!

To see my Names of God on Rocks for today,
click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Handmade Texas Legend"

Did you know there's a place in San Angelo Texas that makes
custom cowboy boots?

Recently my two younger sisters and I were privileged
to have a private tour of this unique place.

Meet Jason McClelland,
owner and our tour guide...



He is holding one of the books which records the measurements
and other specifics for each customer's boots.

Ostrich is one of many choices in types of leather. 

Alligator is another choice.
We found it most interesting that some of the leather
came from alligator farms where the alligators were fitted
with jackets to protect the leather from scratches or scars!

This is almost the beginning of the tour.
I missed taking a photo of the equipment that cuts the leather.
I didn't have my good camera,
but whipped out my cell phone and, with permission,
began to capture the rest of the tour with pictures.
 
Molds of many kinds filled the shelves.

Our guide is showing us how the designs
are sewn in each individual boot.

Special sewing machines are used, of course!

After the designs are sewn on...

...the boot is turned inside out...

These are "boot pullers"...

...which are needed to pull them"right-side-out" again.

We were shown many different phases of completion...

No wonder it takes about 18 months from when the initial
order is taken until it is completed!

Mr. McClelland points out what makes his boots different
from ordinary factory made cowboy boots.

Although it was on a weekend,
we were privileged to see a couple of people
working on their areas of expertise.

Sewing this area by hand gives the boot
reinforcement not found on routine boots.

It looked like hard work to me
to put that needle through the leather
and snug it tightly.


Guess what kind of leather this gray boot is...
It's elephant hide!
It felt soft and almost velvety to the touch.

Here Mr. McClelland is showing us how the heel size
is chosen and put in place.

This machine sands and polishes the heel.

Then the heel and sole are colored.

We've nearly finished the tour...

But wait...
One more important bit of information...
Each custom made boot has its own number...

...And that number is recorded in these books of records.

With that number, these boots can be repaired
for the life of the boot.

Wow!
That's almost as good as God's promise to the Israelites
when they were marching through the wilderness 
for 40 years on their way to the Holy Land from Egypt.

"I took you through the wilderness for forty years
and through all that time
the clothes on your backs didn't wear out,
the sandals on your feet didn't wear out...
proving to you that I am in fact
GOD, your God."


Should you be interested in visiting this interesting place,
or in ordering a pair of these handmade boots,
here is the contact information:
Or you can click on this link:
Handmade Cowboy Boots


Many thanks to Mr. McClelland for taking the time to explain how this procedure is done.


I hope you have enjoyed this little tour,
and I also hope I've gotten all my facts straight for this post!
With so much interesting information, 
it was hard to do it justice!


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You can find my newest post by clicking on Rock4Today!