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Wednesday, November 30



One of my favorite photos. I love the little nuthatches.

Always so busy . . . constantly moving . . .

It is hard to catch them in a moments pause.

Not a care in the world . . .

Oh to have a faith that completely trusts . . .

To cast all my cares on Him.

Monday, November 28

November 28, 2011


In this month of Thanksgiving, I am so thankful to have a constant in my life.

God.

He never changes. He is always there. It is unfathomable to me  ... this ...  unconditional love He has for each and everyone of us. But, I am thankful and grateful beyond words.

It has been a difficult week as many of my closest loved ones are hurting. And this morning I am laying it all at the foot of the cross.

The things that I can do nothing about ...
... I know that HE CAN do something about.

I pray that He will comfort those in grief and sorrow, I pray He will sustain those who are in need, and I pray that He will bring the wayward home, strengthening them with the desire to trust and lean on Him for all they desire.

Thank you God - for Your steadfast love, Your faithfulness, and Your promises.

How blessed we are.


Wednesday, November 23

November 23, 2011




I find it very hard to see others the way God does. To have unconditional love for those      who continually turn their back on Him.

      Oh to have the heart and eyes of God.

      To see as He sees.

      To love as He loves.

Tuesday, November 22

November 22, 2011




(photo of and by my son Zach 2010)

He has been pretty sick the last 3 days. Not sure if it is food poisoning or a stomach bug. He is the healthy one of all of us. Hardly ever sick - and recently he ate at a restaurant and came home saying it was the worst thing he ever ate . . . and has been sick ever since . . . just can't eat a thing.

Praying he is better today.

My H - continues to have the mysterious symptoms of the illness he began suffering from  back in February. We had another trip to the ER this past week - with an overnight stay. We know his heart is good (in lots of ways :) just wish we could figure out what is causing all these crazy symptoms.

And so ... we continue to TRUST God to know what is best for all of us.
He holds the future in His  very capable hands.
So very thankful he is so trustworthy and faithful.

Thursday, November 17

November 17, 2011


It's Thursday . . .
Two more days to go till the weekend and some family time.  With everyone moving in different directions during the week - sometimes it feels like being lost and alone in a desert.

And then I feel very selfish - as I know of one who is very close to me trying to do just that. Hanging on for dear life. Trying so hard to do what is right - and yet suffering in silence as a very great toll is being taken on the family.

Please be in prayer for this sister in Christ and her family. May God be praised in this situation and may a solution come to light that is agreeable and workable for everyone concerned.


Wednesday, November 16

November 16, 2011


I don't like cats. Maybe it is because they scare me. Something about their eyes. I am very uncomfortable around them. I especially have trouble with the ones that run freely around - spraying my outdoor furniture - marking it as their own. It stinks!

But kittens are cute and cuddly and for some reason, I don't mind them.

The other day - I saw this big blob sitting on my compost. At first I thought a raccoon, and then was worried because it was day time. But it moved and I realized it was this big fluffy cat.

I  don't like it. But it does have wonderful eyes doesn't it.

Funny isn't it ... the very thing that scares me about cats - is the thing I am drawn to with this one.

I shot the photo from my deck - with my 270mm lens - so no, I didn't get to close.


Monday, November 14

Sunday, November 13

November 13, 2011


I am so very grateful and thankful - that God never changes.

I am also very grateful and thankful - that He continues to shape and mold and change me into who He created me to be.


Saturday, November 12

Thursday, November 10

Wednesday, November 9

November 9, 2011


One of my favorites from last year.
Hope you don't mind the repeat.

I think we all need a reminder to prayerfully consider our purpose in life.

Tuesday, November 8

November 8, 2011



I am smiling at you!

Monday, November 7

November 7 2011


Thankful today - that I do not have to be perfect.

That doesn't mean I don't strive to be my best for Him.

He loves me.

He loves you.

His power is made perfect in us.

Thank- you Lord!

Saturday, November 5

November 5, 2011



Today I am thankful 
for Hope!


A lilac bud -

already on the plant -

the leaves and flowers hidden away, for now -

biding time  for when they will bloom in the spring.


Encased in frost, yet protected . . .


God gives us the strength for the moments when we feel we can't go on.




Friday, November 4

November 4, 2011



Today I am very thankful for prayer!


It is so amazing to me that we have the opportunity to come before the Lord of the universe and talk to Him one on one. It is so funny how people get so excited about seeing a famous person (I do too) and yet - we forget we can have the Lord God living inside us. He is waiting for us to notice and accept and love Him. 
That is much more awesome than seeing a football player or movie star!


Heaven and Earth will pass away . . .

Thursday, November 3

November 3, 2011


November . . . The month of being thankful.

One of the songs I sing with my students in school is the "Thankful Song."
They sing,

There are many things I am thankful for
I can find them near and far.
There are many things I am thankful for
Let me tell you what they are.

Then each child gets to sing a line and share what they are thankful for.

Out of the mouths of babes . . . the precious responses.

I know if we  truly take time to list all of our thoughts of thanks, it would go on and on and on.

This morning I will start with one -

Colors

I am so thankful for the millions of colors that give variety to our lives.
Our God  is an awesome God - to create even the minute details - full of colors!

Wednesday, November 2

November 2, 2011



Photo credit goes to my son Zach who took this while in the Adirondak State Park, NY a couple weeks ago. This is from the top of Bald Mountain.

Tuesday, November 1

November 1, 2011


The lyrics to the song, "Sunrise Sunset" are flitting thru my mind this morning.

Sunrise, sunset
Quickly fly the years.
One season following another.
Laden with happiness
And tears . . .

This dried up seed head - of a beautiful Queen Anne's Lace flower from this past summer is a reminder of how quickly time flies . . . but in it - I see hope for tomorrow.

One of my favorite things of this time of year - are these seed heads. There isn't much outward beauty of them now. It is brown and shriveled, even decayed in parts, but looking deeper - into the journey that it has traveled, it once had a beautiful and delicate form, pleasing to the eye, nectar for nature . . . and now in it's present state ... it is hope for the future, with the promise of many more flowers to come.

A lesson for me this morning . . . to look past outward appearances, to find beauty within that has been brought on by the experiences and journeys traveled, to see hope for the future . . . because of the promises of God.

Revelation 21:5
"Behold, I am making all things new. And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."
And now another song is in my heart:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness!

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!