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Tuesday, October 30

Monday, October 29

October 29, 2012

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong.

For like the grass they will soon wither.

Like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good.


Sunday, October 14

October 14, 2012

As beautiful as Autumn is, it can be a challenge as we watch the beauty of summer fade away. Leaves fall from the trees, well loved plants and flowers dry up and die. Oh, I know it is the 'circle of life.' But that is hard sometimes. It is the perfect reminder of our lives.

Time marches on. The cycle of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall - continues to spiral around us as we watch new life arrive around us, with it's colorful and joyful youth. It grows and matures and replicates itself, until it is eventually aged and falling apart and finally is gone - only to be replaced by new life again.

Change is hard. Yes, change is very hard. And although there is such grace and beauty in this 'circle' . . . there is sadness as well.

Everything around us changes, except for Him. He is constant. He is reliable, trustworthy, dedicated, unswerving, unwavering and true. He never changes. He never lies. His promises are true. He is forever.


Saturday, October 13

October 13, 2012

Trying to work through some difficult self evaluation things right now. It is often hard to see "the ugly" in ourselves, but we all have it.

I came across this quote by Peter Marshall this morning (not the game show host but a Scottish Clergyman 1902-1949) - and it hit home for me.

How easy it is for us to always put the blame on someone else - for causing a rift - and stick to our guns that it isn't my fault they misunderstood.

But I keep thinking of  Romans 14:13 where it says so perfectly, "Let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way."

Even if there is nothing wrong with what I say or do, if it causes someone else to stumble ... then I need to examine myself and learn from that.  If I want to represent Christ to those around me, then I need to strive to be 'above reproach' in all things,  in what I do and in what I say and how I represent myself (and Him).

Thankfully, God continues to be my constant strength and my teacher. For that I am eternally grateful.

***Prayer Request***
On another note: I ask that you please be in prayer for my sister Laura and her family. Her mother-in-law is now on comfort care in the ICU in the local hospital. It has been a very long and hard road for all of them these past few years - and for it all come to down to this, is very difficult for them all.  Please pray for strength - and peace - and confidence in God - that His will be done. I fear for the days ahead for all of them. Thank you for your prayers.

Tuesday, October 9

October 9, 2012

So much going on in my mind lately. This quote hit me squarely in the face.
As Christians, we believe Christ, we trust Christ and we try to live as Christ.

And yet - so many do not live the lives of trying to live as Christ, but continually flaunt beliefs contrary to Him, in His face.

It breaks my heart. It must break His as well, and yet . . . .

How do we love with God's eyes and God's heart?
When I am hurt and wounded - I want to strike back. He does not.
How will I ever learn to be like Him?

I'm so glad He doesn't give up on me.

Monday, October 8

October 8, 2012

As my husband says,  "God's Fireworks."

Saturday, October 6

October 6, 2012

Even though the mums, the trees, the wind and the temperatures as well as the calendar tell us that it is Autumn  - I was so happy to see this morning some of my zinnia's are still healthy and strong. This photo was taken this morning. It brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

Flowers make me happy. They make me smile. So pretty and bright and cheerful. Each one an individual work of art - of our Creator.

I guess they are reminders that each one of us - is a work of art - created by our Creator. Each one of us - worth so much in His eyes, no matter how we feel about ourselves.

There are lots of people who don't feel too good about themselves. But they too are loved by the Creator.  Just thinking about that, brings a smile to my face and heart - and makes me want to share the joy of loving and living with everyone, just because . . . .