Saturday, November 15, 2014

Frost Magic!



As my husband was walking out the door this morning,
he asked me if I had noticed the "hoar frost" near the creek bed.
He suggested I take pictures of it.

On close examination, it was very exquisite and beautiful!
(Click on pictures to enlarge the intricate details of the frost designs.)

Wikipedia says that "The name hoar comes from an Old English adjective that means "showing signs of old age"; in this context it refers to the frost that makes trees and bushes look like white hair."

Some of the frost creations DID look like white hair...

And others had totally different forms.

I wondered if this was what the "manna" looked like
that the children of Israel picked up from the ground,
the life-giving food that sustained them for 40 years in the desert.
That's what Exodus 16:14 implies!

Wikipedia says that these ice crystals form   "...on cold, clear nights when conditions are such that heat radiates out to the open sky faster than it can be replaced from nearby sources such as wind or warm objects."   This is not unlike the white frost that occurs in man-made environments such as in our freezers. 

I like the promise from Isaiah 46:4 when referring to God our Father, it says
"
 And even to your old age I am He;
and even to hoar hairs will I carry you:
 I have made, and I will bear;
even I will carry, and will deliver you."

As you can tell by a recent photo,
my blogger sis in the middle (Unexpected Journey)
and I on the far right, now fit into the category of a "hoary head"!
I'm glad we never get too old to be carried by God!

(And to our friend Margaret on the left, God has you covered till
you get to the white hair stage, too!)

And YES, I know,
I'm still working on a Rock4Today post.
In case you are curious, it has to do with Peter's names for God,
and MAYBE I'll get it done today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Local National Honor Society Induction



Recently I had the privilege to witness the induction
of the local Fall 2014 candidates into the National Honor Society.


We were welcomed by the chapter president...

...And introduced to each of the officers.
After lighting a candle,
each officer spoke of one of the tenets of the Honor Society:
Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.

The auditorium was quiet as each inductee stood in line
waiting for their turn to sign.

After the last signature...

...The candles were lit...

...And together they recited this pledge:
"I pledge to uphold the high purposes of the
National Honor Society
to which I have been selected.
I will be true to the principles for which it stands.
I will be loyal to my school
and will maintain and encourage high standards of
scholarship, leadership, service and character."

Congratulations to the inductees!

King Solomon had something to say about HONOR.
"Get wisdom! Get understanding!
    Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth!

Do not abandon her, and she will protect you.

    Love her, and she will watch over you.

Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom,

    and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.
 Prize her and she will exalt you.
    Indeed, if you embrace her, she will honor you."

Thanks for your visit!
I'll have to admit, I've been a bit slack on posting on Rock4Today,
but hopefully I'll get "back in the groove" again soon!



Friday, November 7, 2014

Cheating a little...



I'd like to introduce you to my sis, Alice.

We had a recent trip to the farm...



...And had fun with our cameras!


Instead of writing a blog this week,
I'm just going to include a link to her blog.
She took a blogging break for awhile,
but has gotten brave and posted a couple of posts from her heart.
I hope you will take the time to check them out!
You can find them by clicking HERE!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Display


The ARKANSAS FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL DISPLAY

The "Field of Flags"
is at Twin Lakes Baptist Church
Mountain Home, Arkansas this week.


Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial is a none profit organization dedicated to raising funds to erect a permanent memorial park to honor and remember fallen heroes from Arkansas.






If you live in the area, please take the time to stop by and check it out.


















To see one of my heroes, click HERE!

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."



Thanks for dropping by!
To see my name of God on Rocks collection,
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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