Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Getting Gruff on Graffiti!

The big granite rock had been defaced!
It changed the climate of my childhood beach!

The "Big Rock" was a well-known and well-loved fixture - 
not only to our family,
 but also to the entire small Canadian community who still live near here.
It was large enough to block the chilly wind that came off the lake,
and to give shelter when hovering around campfires
while roasting marshmallows and hot dogs.

The Canadian lake water was often extremely cold, so after a swim,
 if we didn't have a fire to chase away the chill bumps off our bodies,
 we could climb on the rock to soak up some of its stored up warmth from the sun.

So, recalling these pleasant childhood memories,
it was distressing on our recent visit to find graffiti painted on the rock.
My younger sister suggested a plan for removing it.
Her husband bought us some "Graffiti Remover".
Taking her grandchildren with us,
we went to work!

Her granddaughter tackled the smaller rock.

Her grandson was our "water boy",
bringing us the necessary liquid to do our cleaning.

Little by little we could see our progress.

Breaks were needed for a little skipping of rocks...

...or demonstrating the skill of underwater handstands.

It was hard to keep flip-flops on while doing the stunts!

Back to work...

Great job!
And the kids were ready to head back to Grandma's house!

Maybe we didn't get all the graffiti off,
but we made good memories,
and the partial restoration of the lake scene was worth the hard work!

Thinking about that big rock, reminds me of another ROCK
and a song:
"On Christ the Solid Rock I stand...
All other ground is sinking sand..."

Speaking of  ROCKS,
have you checked out my most recent Rock4Today
which features the Names of God on Rocks?
(Click on the highlighted link above to take you there.)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Skewed Visual Perception!

As the mountains of the Glacier National Park came in sight,
my excitement mounted.

Getting nearer the Park,...
Gary laughed at me when I thought these might be wild horses...
Well, they could have been...
After all, this was Montana...

The views were beautiful...

...Until the clouds began rolling in.

From moment to moment the weather changed...

But that wasn't all...
I discovered something about myself.
At times I have skewed visual perception.
I was certain that we were going downhill instead of uphill!

When no one was behind us, my husband put the truck
 in neutral gear to show me
that we would roll backwards.
So odd!!!
It had happened to me before when we visited
Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills.
On a recent visit  there Gary did the same thing,
and immediately the truck began to roll backwards.
He reasoned with me,
showing me the streams of water
and lovingly pointed out the fact that the creeks don't run uphill!
This made me feel like I was really losing it!
(Click on the highlighted letters to see a post of our visit
to Spearfish Canyon two years ago)

Maybe it had something to do with the way
 the rock formations were beside the road,
whether they were slanted or straight up and down...
...because this looked uphill to me...

...And this was shortly verified by the sign
which denoted the elevation!

The temperature outside had dropped down to 41* F.
With the wind and rain, it felt REALLY CHILLY!

Coming back down the mountain,
we caught a little glimpse of the Jackson Glacier
between cloud bursts of rain.

This wrong perception on my part
of the uphill/downhill thing
made me think about how easy it is for us
to get a wrong perception of Scripture facts as well.
Fortunately, like my husband, God gently shows us
when we have wrong thinking!
He says in Isaiah 1:18:
"Come now, and let us reason together...
Though your sins are as scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool."

And in Luke Chapter 15 He tells us over and over
how He not only reasons with us,
but looks for us and pursues us.
I'm glad He doesn't let us stay where we are
with our skewed up perceptions and messed up thinking!

And, in case you are worried about me,
please don't!
If I have continued weird symptoms,
I'll go see a doctor and get checked out!

Speaking of checking out something,
have you dropped by Rock4Today lately
to see what Name of God I have posted?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alumni... Alumnus... Alumna???

According to a popular education site on line:
"We used to have “alumnus” (male singular), “alumni” (male plural), 
“alumna” (female singular) and “alumnae” (female plural)...
Many avoid the whole problem by resorting to the informal abbreviation “alum.”

Well, anyway, I am a graduate from Prairie College,
formerly known as Prairie Bible Institute.

On a recent visit my husband and I were privileged to be given a tour
by Director of Student Development Shannon Weiss.
Old Prairie grads that have not been back to visit for awhile
might enjoy taking the "virtual tour" as seen
through the lens of my camera!

This impressive building
 (which is named after founder L.E. Maxwell)
 immediately caught my eye.

And that is where we met our "Tour Guide".

Many changes had taken place
 with the passing of time
since I was a student.

It was a pleasant surprise to find some things much the same.
...like the dining hall.
 Although it had a new name...

...Inside it looked very familiar...
...Like this verse that remains over
the kitchen doors.

Inside the kitchen
memories swirled in my mind.
I could almost imagine Mr. Geiger
with his white apron,
standing beside one of those large kettles.
stirring up
some of the delicious soups he used to make!

I missed the tabernacle...
Age and deterioration
had forced its retirement and demolition.
But here in the little chapel
I felt a sense of peace,
a place where students could come
and quietly spend time with God.
The stained glass windows added to the atmosphere.

The old dormitories that I used to live in were gone.
How fitting for the new buildings to be named
after two ladies who gave their lives to
teaching music and Bible!

But wait!
Look at the building on  the right...
Could that be the old gymnasium
where I spent countless hours
as a gym teacher?
(Two years as a student teacher,
and one year on staff.)

Yes, I recognize this place!
Many memories... exercise classes... friendships..
intense volleyball games... basketball games...
and sore muscles!!!

Now a profitable thrift store!

The old motto was still there!

Do you recognize this building?

...Or how about this one?
Could that be the old music building?
Or was it "A" Domitory,
where I stayed the year I was on staff?

Programs have changed so much since my graduation!
The addition of flight school and nursing are two of the major changes I noted.
As stated on Prairie's website,
Prairie is a leading Canadian Christian post-secondary institution
 that integrates applied education, biblical literacy & spiritual formation
 in order to equip students to help address
some of the world’s greatest needs."

I bet you were wondering how many years have gone by 
since I attended this school..
It's been 48 years!
I'm happy to see the changes that have occurred. 
I would have loved to have been in the nursing program...
Well... I think I would have,
maybe I wasn't ready then...
My husband has been used by God to build my confidence.
It took him a few years to convince me that I could become a nurse
when I didn't think it was possible.
I had two children and a third on the way when I graduated
from nursing school here in Arkansas!
As it says in Ecclesiastes
God brings about beautiful things in His time!

Do you have unfulfilled goals?
It's never too late to see what God can do!

To check out my other blog, 
to take you to "Rock4Today"
featuring the Names of God on Rocks!