Thursday, March 27, 2014

Carried on God's Wings...

Carried by God!

"The LORD your God carried you,
as a Father carries his son,
all the way you went, until you reached this place"
Deuteronomy 1:30

My husband and I went to Lake Norfork this past weekend
to check out the eagle's nest,
and to see if the eagles were raising another batch of young there.

And the answer is YES!
One was on the huge nest when we arrived.
While we were watching, the mate swooped in for a landing.

Can you see the feathers hung in the branches?
Those feathers reminded me of some verses in the Bible
that show God's care for us. 

"Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, 
so He spreads His wings to take them up and carried them safely on His pinions."
Deuteronomy 32:11

"I have carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime...
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you."
Isaiah 46:3-4

"Each day He carries us in His arms"
Psalm 68:10

"He will carry the lambs,
holding them close to His heart"
Isaiah 40:11

If you've been following my posts,
I'm sure you know that my thoughts and prayers have been with my nephew Joel
in his fight against glioblastoma brain cancer.
These verses seemed especially appropriate this week
as he is finishing up with radiation treatments.
 Click HERE! to take you to Joel's FaceBook page.

And, if you're missing my posts on RockToday,
check out some of my archives HERE!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Elusive Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Well, I finally caught him!

I grabbed my camera, switched lenses and tried to grab a shot before he flew away.
He was on the peach tree just outside my window.
This shot is not very clear, because it's through the screen and window.

The parallel rows that he had been leaving in our maple tree had given him away.
Sapsuckers drill holes in live trees,
then return to eat the sap and small insects.
Was it his drilling that had been killing our maple tree?

I've been trying to catch a glimpse of this guy for a couple of years!
From the peach tree, he flew to a large oak on our side yard.
I wished my lens was more powerful so I could get a GREAT photo,
but this is the best I could do before he flew.

I got out my trusty bird book...

And sure enough...  there he was...

Yes, that was him - a "Yellow Bellied Sapsucker"!

I just love it when God surprises me with a visit from one of His elusive creatures!

Thanks to Stewart for allowing me to link up with his gallery of bird photos at
Wild Bird Wednesday! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Covered Wagon - In Style and Comfort!

Yesterday as my husband and I were on our way down to the farm,
we met an unusual sight.
When we got up close, Gary recognized one of the drivers
as a former classmate from his "alma mater".

Although the horses were sweaty and tired,
his classmate offered us a short ride in his custom built covered wagon.

"Can you wait while I get my sister?" I asked.
Marye was staying in our farmhouse,
and was visiting from Canada.
(She loves to escape the harsh Canadian winters...
although she was a bit disappointed by our winter this year!)

Her husband, Ken, was enthusiastic about taking the ride with us.
(Ken is a professional hunting guide in Canada -
bears, moose, elk, ducks, geese, etc....)
Yes, that is a roll of tissue paper in front of Ken.
This covered wagon even has a "portable potty"!

I sat in the back on the comfortable softness of a queen size mattress,
while Marye and Ken sat in folding chairs in front of me.
My husband Gary and his school-mate
sat in the front, catching up on alumni happenings.

No, I really didn't drive the wagon...
David was just kind enough to let me pretend!
I was amazed at the comfortable electrically operated seats,
...and even an air conditioner that could be used
for camping out on those hot summer nights!

The Book of Revelation says that one day Jesus will come,
...not in a covered wagon....
but riding on a white horse!
So I guess horses are never going to go out of style!
For an update on my nephew's fight with glioblastoma cancer,
click HERE.
We are so thankful to God for your prayers,
for the amazing work of Dr. Black,
and the healing power of God!
And maybe, just maybe, I will get a new post up soon on
featuring the Names of God on Rocks!