Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Moss and mushrooms!

Linking with NC Sue for Wordless Wednesday!

I'm not sure whether this last picture is moss or fungi, but it sure was interesting!  Also, interesting was being introduced to morel mushrooms this week, and I didn't think to take a picture of them.  Click on this link morel mushrooms to see what they look like.  The ones I saw were of the smaller variety!

The Scripture that comes to mind is "He has made everything beautiful..." - even interesting things like moss and fungi!   (Ecclesiastes 3:ll)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Shoulders, Ballcaps, Bolsters ...and Strength!

Having had recent shoulder surgery, I've found it a bit challenging to do many things -  one of which is to do my hair.

This is a recent picture showing the shoulder immobilizer in place.
Fortunately, my sis-in-law, a former beautician, had just done my hair the day before!

To take care of my inability to fix my hair, I ordered a ballcap with a ponytail sewn in.
However, I haven't had many chances to wear it much, because

my husband has been having too much fun with it!!!

In facing a few challenges with my shoulder being immobilized, I am encouraged by some words written by the prophet Habakkuk.  He said:

"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
The Sovereign LORD is my STRENGTH!

Well, I know I don't have it that bad!  There are beautiful blossoms on my apple tree right now.  Whether they will bear fruit or not, I have no idea.

Apple blossoms in my yard this morning

But I do know this.  God tells me not to worry, but to give Him all my cares for He cares for me.  1 Peter 5:7

I am very thankful that I didn't have to have the rotator cuff repaired. It turns out that I had a large bone spur pressing on my rotator cuff, but it was not torn. What did need fixing was the biceps tendon that was badly torn.  Like a rotator cuff tear, it was fixed with a screw to hold it in place into the humorous bone in the top of the shoulder, and recovery and rehab will be similar.  I am so grateful to God that the tear did not completely rupture, for the surgery required would have been MUCH WORSE!

For a look at my post today for Names of God's on Rocks, and something to smile about - click here!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Birds and Blossoms

For a late Christmas present, my husband got me a new camera.
What a joy to be able to capture close ups of blossoms
and the tiny creatures that regularly visit my bird feeders!

Here's a little glimpse of a few "Birds and Blossoms"
as seen through the eye of my new camera lens!

Robin in my apple tree
Bradford Pear tree

Dogwoods bursting into bloom

Black capped chickadee on my peach tree

Thanks for stopping by!

May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you His favor,
and grant you His peace!

To visit my Names for God on Rocks, click here.

Waterfalls... and Perspectives!

Something I learned from my brother Bill
shortly before he passed away was this: 

The size of something

is determined by our perception of it!

The presence of my little Cairn Terrier in the second photo
adds a proper perspective to the size of the waterfall.

Sometimes our perceptions of problems are intimidating,
but God says in His Word:

"Don't be afraid;
because I am with you.
Don't be intimidated;
I am your Elohim (God).
I will strengthen you.
I will help you.
I will support you with my victorious right hand."
Isaiah 41:10
(Names of God Bible)

To see my Name of God for this week
click on the link for Rock4Today.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

God's arms... and surgery...

I'll be doing good to be able to post any blogs in the next few weeks
due to shoulder surgery tomorrow...
I'd appreciate any prayers!

Just a few thoughts for Joy4Today...

Sassafras buds in the rain

"Is the LORD's arm too short?"
Numbers 11:23

"Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened
that it cannot save;
nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear."
Isaiah 59:1

I'm glad I don't have a God with short arms!
His arms are long enough to reach me,
and to bring me through surgical procedures
and ensuing pain, recovery, and rehabilitation!

If God takes care of the flowers of the field,
I know He will surely care for me!

Dandelion peeking out

"Is My hand shortened that it cannot redeem?"
Isaiah 50:2

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring is springing!

"To everything there is a season..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

"Consider the lilies of the field..."

"If God so clothes the grass of the field...
will He not much more clothe you?"
Matthew 6:28-30

"While the earth remains,
seedtime and harvest, ..."

"...Winter and summer,
and day and night shall not cease."
Genesis 8:22

For a look at one of my favorite names for God
painted on rocks, click HERE to go to Rock4Today!