Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
But my soul will never tire to thank the Lord for what He has done for me. I'll use this poem written years ago by a dear family friend to express some of what I feel.
October winds do gently blow
The oak tree stands secure
But, now and then a leaf will fall
To knock on earth's green door.
God made the tree; He stirred the winds
Oh! marvel, man, and cry
For this same God has saved my soul
Dear God, I wonder why?
Why, my Savior? Why choose me?
Oh, I was so unworthy.
Overwhelmed by Thy love,
My heart cries out, "Such mercy!
I love you, Lord, with all my heart
For what you've done for me,
And, like the gallant, stately oak,
I'll stand secure in Thee."
My Strength is Made Perfect in Thee by Bill Magee
Have a Joyous and Happy Thanksgiving All!
Bill Magee on the left accompanied by his pastor, Bill Stowell. Picture taken this year.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
"I do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers." Ephesians 1:16
And check the post below for a few more players, if you have not already visited their sites.
Thanks, luv ya.
photo by Melissa Evans
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Karyn, has already written her five words.
Parsley drank coffee and her fingers flew over the keyboard! BTW, she is offering a chocolate giveaway on her blog. Whoo Hoo! (Sign up by Nov. 20.)
Come on ya'll, this is fun reading what others wrote. I'll check back and post other blogs as they let me know. (See post below for instructions.)
Puppies, puppies everywhere! In among those is our Major. We took this picture at the breeder's, Hidden Meadows, where different colored ribbons are tied around the puppies necks to distinguish them for prospective buyers. We held different ones to see if we could tell their temperament. Not.
This is the one we chose. Mr. Orange ribbon. Here is Major at four weeks.
We didn't hold him long before he started to whine for his mom and get back in the box. Before some had even finished eating, little yellow spots appeared in the box or wading pool where they stayed. (Hey, this is Florida, what do you expect.) That's why the breeders had plenty of blankets around.
And finally, when that darling pup slept, I wanted to just squeeze that cute little fur ball to death.
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should bear much fruit." John 15:16
Okay you knew I had to add a scripture, right? Just as we picked Major, the Lord picked us to be His children. How many times do I whine and fuss like a baby when I am taken out of my "box?" How many times does He get my hands and feet out of trouble? But the whole time I know He loves me, and even watches over me as I sleep. Who could ask for more?
Okay, here's the deal. If anyone wants to play, I'm changing the game up a bit. Uh oh?! Well anyway,I will list the five words below. Then whoever wants to use them in a post let me know in the comments, then I will list all the participants in the next post on Monday. That way we can hop over to all the blogs and see the different stories, real or made up-you decide.
And the words are:
Zone, Ring, Dust, Pineapple, Elephant.
Have fun! Can't wait to read them.
Photos by karenevans
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Parlsey, who loves animals and family and God.
Kathy, whose family children are both biological and adopted and has plans to adopt more.
Johnnie, whose tender heart and skilled writing encourages this stray to keep on writing.
Jeanie for her spiritual wisdom and kindness to others.
Clella who not only uses her wisdom and teaching skills to help me, but has promised to help me work on my wardrobe, to be classy like her. ;)
Thank you, Bina for the Honest Scrap award. I'm not sure what all that is, but according to the picture, looks like hard work and down to earth writing. I couldn't write "fancy" if I tried, which I did once and believe me, it didn't work. Again thank you. And this award must go to the following.
Kathryn, who speaks exactly what's on her mind, and is now a proud grandma!
Karyn, whose blog is beautiful and gives such yummy recipes and where I want to relax with a cup of tea.
Janna and her honesty about life and her wonderful thoughts.
Laura for her truth in raising boys, or any children for that matter, with tips for all situations.
Stephanie for her total honesty about the trials and experiences in life.
So all ya'll come on by and pick up your award. Thanks again to Bina and Diane.
Sorry I am late posting this and reading your blogs, but, I was visiting my grandkids, oh, and of course their mom and dad last week in VA. Just had to show off a pic or two. My other thankful things.
You see why I'm thankful!
My blog runneth over!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
"One cold February day a snail started climbing an apple tree. As he inched slowly upward, a worm stuck its head from a crevice in the bark to offer some advice. "You're wasting your energy. There isn't a single apple up there."
"There will be when I get there," he said.
As I work on my no-telling-where-my-story-will-end-up Nano novel, it's at this first week that I slow down. My first thoughts are on paper and I feel like a snail, now what? I just keep writing forward and try to reach that shiny 50,000 word apple.
"Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14
God prompts me to "keep on" even if my tree is knotty or scratchy or tall. I need to look toward and upward, He says, to the prize and not look down. He never told us our journey would be easy, but His companionship, strength and help is there for me. So if something slimy tries to tempt and discourage me, I must be like the snail, and ask God to help me remember His reward will be there, when I arrive.
Keep your eye on the apple.
Photo by istockphoto