Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

Thank you to all who have served our country and for protecting our freedoms and for all the sacrifices you made for us! Also, thank you to your families who served right beside you!!

Happy Veterans Day!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Encouragement

Isaiah 40:26

I think this week's encouragement can be on the subject of slowing down and taking time to notice the beauty all around us created by an awesome God!

I love sunrises and sunsets and clouds and I take numerous pictures of them and blog about it but I do looking at a night sky and the stars. There is something so beautiful  and peaceful about it. 
A shot of the night sky looking south-southeast from Lake Granby in Grand County, Colorado. The bright star in the middle is Sirius, the brightest star in the sky and part of the constellation Canis Major. Part of the constellation Orion can be seen in the top right.
There is so much to enjoy and to give God thanks for each one.

Just yesterday, I was in the kitchen and looked out the window a second and saw a blue jay on my tree collecting berries. The bird was gleaning what is left on the tree which isn't much but it was a gift from God.


Then the past two nights we have had a full moon that has been beautiful.
We still have a lot of trees in our area with a lot of fall colors on them. I could look at them all day. I know in a week it will probably be gone.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia, USA ... driving up the parkway in the fall from western NC through Virginia is one of the prettiest drives you'll ever take

It's about to turn winter here and we have already seen snow flurries and snow on the mountains. 

NC mountains ... late Fall, with early snow on the peaks and high ridges

Snow covers trees and vegetation along Little River Road to Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Maryville, Tenn.
All gifts from God.

Even if life is hard right now, take time to slow down and enjoy these gifts from God.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Psalms 31:30 ~ A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised...

There are so many opinions and products out there today that suggest to a woman this how you are supposed to dress and this is the makeup you need and this is how you should apply it. There is also a world opinion in what a woman should weigh and that can be overwhelming to anyone.

The world's view of beauty is certainly different than what God's Word has to say it.

Modest dress is not the norm and I suppose it's still the same in school as it was when I was in high school over thirty years ago, wearing name brands or trends or fads is the popular thing to wear.

I also see a lot of young women who aren't afraid to be themselves and dress modestly and I also see a lot of young women who are not afraid to profess their faith in Christ and that is encouraging to me.

There are so many stories of girls and guys being bullied in school by the way they dress or their weight and that is not right and it is sad that other people feel they need to bully others just because they don't meet up to the standards they think they should live by. 

Think about it..You're beautiful!!(:

God loves you no matter what your size is and YOU are beautiful to Him.  We are all created in His image.

Psalm 46:5. LOVE THIS VERSE. !

God is for you.

Remember this:

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;     honor him, for he is your lord. ~ Psalm 45:11

Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Beautiful Season

Give thanks

God has definitely out done Himself with the beauty of this  year's fall season.

The leaves have been a deep color of oranges and reds this year that I haven't seen in a long time. I have taken so many pictures of trees but I can't help it. ;-)

It is my favorite season and to top it off, it has been cool and we even had snow showers on Halloween night and the following day.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecc. 3:1

He spreads snow like a white fleece,
    he scatters frost like ashes,
He broadcasts hail like birdseed—
    who can survive his winter?
Then he gives the command and it all melts;
    he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring!

There is beauty in every season. Even in the hard or dry seasons of life. It may take extra effort to find it but it's there if we look for it and keep praising God.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After the Holiday

It was a great and long weekend.

I love this time of year. September is the beginning of Fall to me. My house is decorated for Fall and football started and all I need is the weather to turn cool.
Fall Beauty

I went to the store last night and turned the corner and there were the pumpkins. I couldn't believe they were in the stores this soon. They were beautiful but I can't buy them yet.

Labor Day consisted of doing a little shopping and eating lunch at Jersey Mike's and coming home and watching t.v. and then a short visit with my oldest.  Basically, a quiet day.

Over the weekend, I watched as much football as I could stand, which means, I watched it all day. :)  The most exciting game was LSU/Wisconsin game. I knew Les Miles would find a way to win. That man never ceases to amaze me. Baffles the mind.

Sunday, we went over to my friend's house for the Tennessee game. It stormed right before kickoff and afterwards this happened:

Photo: The rain is gone and there's a rainbow over Neyland Stadium.

After the storm, a rainbow appeared over the stadium. Loved it!

The start of our first football party of the season:

Photo: Our first football party of the year! Go Vols!!
Everyone is on their phones before the game. ;-)

It was a beautiful night for a win in a sold out stadium of 102, 455 fans!!

All in all it was a great Labor Day weekend and a great way to say goodbye to summer.

He changes times and seasons, deposing some kings and establishing others. He gives wisdom to the wise; he imparts knowledge to those with understanding; Daniel 2:21

I am glad seasons change. Each season has it's good and bad.  Fall is my favorite season and it seems like summer was gone is a flash.

He spreads snow like a white fleece,
    he scatters frost like ashes,
He broadcasts hail like birdseed—
    who can survive his winter?
Then he gives the command and it all melts;
    he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring! Psalm 147

This season of life is about to change for me. I will turn 50 this coming Sunday. A new decade. A new driver's license picture. (blech)

Life has been hard for many years now. I hope and pray that God will give me some rest as I turn 50. I want to see some seasons of difficulty pass. This season will bring me a grandson around Thanksgiving.

I am thankful to God for all the blessings in my life and for the strength to get through the hard times. I am thankful HE changes seasons and times and I am praying for exceedingly and abundant blessings in this decade. I'm praying that I will serve God in the areas He wants me too.

Our seasons may seem long and like they are never going to change but God does change them in His time.

Enjoy your Fall season and have a blessed week!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

When God Doesn't Make Sense

There will be times in our lives when we are going through something or we pray about something and something happens that leaves you in total disbelief and thinking, God, why? This doesn't make sense.

I was there this past week. My family and I were praying for mom while she was in the hospital and asking God to correct her doctor's mistake and God had placed several verses on my heart to pray and I prayed and believed that what we were praying for would happen; but it did not happen that way.

Now, mom is stuck with a hospital bill that she can't pay and because she wasn't admitted as inpatient , her insurance won't pay and she couldn't get the therapy she needed. She was weak and needed rehab. Instead, my sister had to discharge her from the hospital and bring her home. We talked or tried to talk to everyone from case managers to the CEO of the hospital. There was nothing that could be done.

I am going to be honest here:  I was mad. Mad at the doctor, mad at the staff of the hospital and mad and confused at God.  I know in my heart that I should not be mad at God but I was mad. Actually, I felt more disappointed and betrayed than anything.

I was afraid for mom to come home without having rehab and I was afraid we would not be able to care for her. It was a very stressful week and to be here on a Sunday morning, and the fact that I can share this with my faith in tact, is nothing BUT God.

Again, being honest,  it took me a day to go back to God and to be able to pray again.  I asked a friend of mine to pray for me. I was struggling in my faith. I talked with my son and he was feeling the same way and we are prayer and accountability partners. We talked it out and then we got real before God.

We laid out all our emotions, the good, the bad and the ugly emotions right before God.  Beth Moore tweeted the other day, no matter how raw your emotions are, take them to God. We did just that.

I felt better after praying; but I am still a little hurt with all that didn't happen.

Here's the thing,

It all comes back to trusting God.  In times like I just mentioned, God will test our faith.  I found mine to be lacking. I wasn't trusting God. I gave in to my fear instead of trusting God and I wasn't thanking Him no matter what happened.

I have been a Christian for a long time; but at times our faith can get knocked down, right from under us, if we are not alert and not paying attention to our enemy, satan, who prowls around seeking who he may devour.

I felt like my faith had been devoured and it was my fault. Not God's; but my fault.

God waits for us. God lets us be totally honest with Him about everything we are going through. He never stops loving us and He is always faithful! Even when we think He failed us.

So, when God doesn't make sense, still trust Him. When you begin feel like your faith is struggling, take it to God. When you feel hurt, take it to God. When you are fearful, take it to God.

If you find yourself in a place that I was in, pray and ask God to strengthen your faith and give glory to God. I am going to pray this verse this week for myself.

Have a blessed Sunday.