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Wednesday, February 29

February 29, 2012

Cardinals are a part of my childhood. Probably because  my Dad loved them, and they were often seen in our yard.

Living only about 20 minutes from  my childhood home - and in a tiny bit more rural of an area - I continue to have these beauties visit my yard.

Funny, my husband's mom loved them too.

The quote from Charlotte K just rang true to me today - the whole quote is as follows:

"A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood."
~ Chalotte Davis Kasl.

It is true for me!

Saturday, February 25

February 25, 2012

Day 3 of laying completely low and still. Thankful these asthma flare ups happen less and less - but it always seems they get much worse after the Dr visit, before they get better. 

Feel bad I didn't get to accomplish all I wanted on Spring Break. It is back to school on Monday, although I can't walk 10 feet without a coughing fit at this point. 

No, I am not at the end of my rope - as the quote above says - I am thankful and grateful for doctors that can help treat these problems. These are but physical ailments, and I don't compare them to the weariness that the scripture from Matthew perhaps is talking about. 

Heavy on my heart this morning is the knowledge that there are so many Christians across the world suffering horrendous and awful things for the cause of Christ - and yet they still look to Him - with a mirror of the Light shining  so gloriously from their eyes and hearts - as they serve and wait on the King of kings. 

You most likely have heard of the struggles of the Christian minister who converted from I * s * m - being arrested in 3-4 years ago - taken away from his wife and two young children. He was told if he renounced his faith in God - and went back to I * s * m - he would be released. 

That man has tied a knot and is hanging on - as it seems he has now been sentenced to death for NOT denouncing God. 

There are countless horrific stories that come out of m * lim countries, from those who have  come to the truth in the ways of God thru Christ, and yet have been and are being tormented and tortured by this wonderful loving and peaceful religion of I * s * m. 

Another man I have read about from a very reliable source, converted from I * * s * m to Christianity and shortly later he was arrested by his government. He was tortured for days in ways of intense physical pain to get him to deny his faith in Christ. After trying to kill him and torturing him in barbarous ways that are horrifying to imagine, he was finally hospitalized for almost a year and then was rescued. 

After such horrendous trials, he is back preaching and teaching the Word so that others may know and be released from this religion that claims to be of peace and love. 

So in our lands of freedom of religion, where we can pick and choose what we believe - even make up our own faith - by taking what we think is the best from all the options out there - we live in our own little worlds of partying and self amusement totally enjoying ourselves while there are people actually dying to have a relationship with the King of kings and trying desperately to live lives that would bring glory to Him? Why are they risking their physical beings - to help others see the Light? 

I think it is a question that if we don't have an answer for - we need to find one. 

Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun. History is scary - when we see the rise and fall of all the civilizations of the world over and over - Democratic Countries don't stay on top for ever - 

Yes, this week has caused me to be weary of my temporary illness - but there are much more serious issues at stake for many across the world.

And so I close this morning praying for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are brave enough to stand for the Truth and continue to share Him with those whose ears and hearts have been hardened to hear. 

Wednesday, February 22

February 22, 2012

Even amidst the brown days of a warmer than usual  (and practically a snowless - by WNY standards) winter, the promise of spring, of gentle rain to nourish the earth is constant - as are the promises of God.

Tuesday, February 21

Monday, February 20

February 20, 2012

As we 'celebrate' President's Day - in honor of the birthday's of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - I thought it appropriate to use a quote today from another of our earlier presidents here in the US - John Adams, the second president of the United States.

Solomon was so right when he wrote 'there is nothing new under the sun'. For even today (and we see it all through history) John Adams words ring true.

Those with power - all think that they are doing 'right' - when in fact it is only 'the right' that they have justified to 'be right.'

Too many of us pick and choose what we want to be true and right based on the ever changing rules of society. Will we ever see that even in our own lives  - we cannot choose what we want to be right.

The Truth doesn't change.

Sunday, February 19

February 19, 2012

So many different ways to look at something. 
I need to remember this when tough times abound. 

Friday, February 17

February 17, 2012

Sometimes - we all need a little reminder . . .

Thursday, February 16

February 16, 2012

Behind the smiles, and determination to get our jobs done and follow thru on our responsibilities - there are lots of hurting folks out there.

Today let's do our best to look beyond the outer smiles - and instead look deep into the eyes of those around us.

It is when we put our thoughts on those around us - that our own woes fade to the background.

Another verse I love: Encourage one another and build each other up.  

Wednesday, February 15

Tuesday, February 14

February 14, 2012

This is one of my absolute favorites of the hundreds of posts I have created. There are several reasons for it.

1.     I love pink and green!

2.     The photo turned out just as I had hoped - a little bokeh in the background - and nice crispness on the flowers themselves.

3.     Bleeding Hearts bring back warm and loving memories of growing up. My mom had a bush growing in the back yard. Thoughts of my mother always bring back the wonderful feeling of unconditional love. She loved me for who I was - not because of what I did.

4.     Billy James Foote song, "Amazing Love" warms my heart - to think that someone loves me so much, that He would die for me, even before I was created.

5.     "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."     1 John 3:16-18

~ Happy Valentines Day ~  
May the love you feel today, not be found in chocolate, flowers and cards 
but in the deepest places of your heart, mind and soul!

Monday, February 13

February 13, 2012

Yes, we finally got a bit more snow this past weekend - and I was able to go out and snap a few shots of it. It was blowing and snowing - making visibility a bit challenging at this point in the morning.

I had to think a bit when I found the quote above. I've never thought of snow as petals of frozen flowers - but it is a beautiful thought.

Like a flower girl - sprinkling fresh flowers on the aisle as she prepares it for the bride . . . snow perhaps can be viewed as a gift of refreshment, love falling from above, to give a moment for self reflection, meditation, a prayer of thankfulness or silence to feel the arms of the Creator wrapping around us . . . letting us know

He is there ... and He cares.

Saturday, February 11

Friday, February 10

February 10, 2012

So much of life is uncertain.

It's nice to know there is Someone in control who we can trust to have our best interests at heart.

Thursday, February 9

February 9, 2012

This little house - was in a residential section of Meissen, Germany. We had several hours to walk the town and explore. There were lots of narrow little streets with shops, the huge castle/church at the top of the hill, a smaller church in the center of the village, and people exploring everywhere.

I remember roaming thru the streets, at times with different groups of friends - and other times alone.

How true it is . . . that when we are alone - we are so inward drawn - looking around us only to see how things relate to 'me' and 'my world.' But when we travel with friends we have a larger view of the world. We see how places and circumstances are viewed through another set of eyes - affecting another set of circumstances.

As often as I find myself, loving to be a hermit, enclosed in my own little world, we were not made to live life that way.

How refreshing it is to open the windows and let in the 'fresh air' - and see others - and ourselves with another set of eyes.

Wednesday, February 8

February 8, 2012

In the medieval town of Dinklesbuhl, Germany, there was an ancient church with an awesome steeple. If you survived walking up the enclosed staircase, you were rewarded with an amazing view of the beautiful town surrounded by a wall.

I paid the fee and began the trek. What you see in the photo is exactly what I experienced. I get the same claustrophobic enclosed feeling - looking at the photo - as I did when I was enclosed in the cement stairway.

It was very narrow, perhaps 6.5 feet in height. You could only see this tiny bit at a time. Heaven forbid - someone was coming down while you were going up. There was room for only one.

My claustrophobia won out - and I turned around and went back down - thankful and grateful for the freedom of being out side.

When I found this quote this morning - I immediately thought of this photo. How often we give up on something so worthwhile - because of our fears and because of our little faith.

Oh - that my faith would grow - and  don't miss out on the unseen - because of my fears.

Tuesday, February 7

Saturday, February 4

February 4, 2012

When I read this quote this morning - all I could think of was the great number of people who were "shining the Light" yesterday, by covering my husband in prayer during his surgery.

We have all heard the saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," meaning of course that when times get difficult, people who can - tough it out and endure.

The going has been tough this last year for my H, culminating in the surgery yesterday. I am so grateful for the many friends and family who stepped up to the plate to encourage and hold us up in prayer - helping us to endure the uncertainties.

Time will tell if this surgery will in fact, take care of all the issues he has been dealing with this past year. But how grateful I am for the large circle of family who allowed the Light to shine from within, by caring and supporting us.

Matthew 5:14-16:  You are the light of the world,  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Today we are praising God for for you and for His faithfulness. 

Friday, February 3

February 3, 2012

My dear H is having surgery this morning. Praying that this will solve all of the issues he has been having. Trusting God to be in control every step of the way. At least I am trying to trust.

Thursday, February 2

Wednesday, February 1