Friday, November 18, 2011

Hanging with Kinfolk

I have wonderful news, my grandkids, oh and my son and his wife are coming to visit this weekend through Thanksgiving!! We only get to see them about twice a year. And my daughter and her hubbie will be here, too. :)
Sorry, I haven't visited as often this week and may not next week. But ya'll understand, right?
Can't wait to see them.
Ah, the unposed pictures!
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!" 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (did you know Paul was southern? see that proves it.)
Will "talk" soon and I'm sure I'll have plenty of pics. :P
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Saturday, November 12, 2011


This gorgeous bird is in the Lory area at Busch Gardens. You can walk in, buy food and feed the birds.

A dad next to us gave his daughter two cups, one for each hand. These birds landed first, then two more landed on her other hand. She started squealing, then...

One landed on her head and started picking at her hair. Now scared, she called out to her Dad. His response, "It's okay honey, I'm video taping it." The bird started picking out strands of hair.

The park attendant came up and said, "Oh, he likes you! Must be nesting!" and walked away. Yes, another male.

What is it? She was ready to bolt, but was listening to her Dad. He finally rescued her...sigh.

When life starts pecking all sides and then dumps down on your head, what do you do?

"God, listen to me shout, bend an ear to my prayer. When I'm far from anywhere, down to my last gasp, I call out, 'Guide me up High Rock Mountain!' You've always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all. A lifetime to pass to your safe-house, and open invitation as your guest." Psalms 61:1-4 (MS)
We can call to our Heavenly Father, who not only is watching, but will rescue us.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fighting Fear

This is the book trailer for Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home.

If you can't see the whole picture, here's the link  .

Back Cover Copy

Saying goodbye to a loved one leaving for war is a gut-wrenching proposition. But for those left behind, their deployment marks the beginning of our battle. And yet, it is possible to find God’s peace in the midst of fear and conquer the terror that lurks in the darkness of doubt. In Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home, parents, spouses and siblings recount their personal journey as God goes before His people during times of spiritual, physical and military warfare. Learn the secret to living a peace-filled life when a loved one leaves for battle. Fight fear; win the war at home.

This book is a compilation of stories, of which two of mine were selected. Whoo Hoo. The book is out just in time for Veteran's Day.

It's for sale at Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Hope ya'll will take a look. And don't forget to thank a veteran this week. It really means a lot to them. After all, they willingly fight for me and you.

Thank you son.

"He who did not spare His won Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32

Jesus won the battle for us, willingly and therefore we are free.

Thank you, Father.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Spot Metering

Sponges at Tarpon Springs, FL hang to dry out on this boat. (I am still playing with the functions on my camera. Metering is a fancy word for measuring the light that will be in your picture. Hey, took me a while to figure that out, even with help.) It was a cloudy day so I focused my camera (using the * button) on the lightness of these long sponges.  Too much light, wrong spot to focus.

Here I focused on the darker sponges and it made a better colored picture.

I overheard a conversation where two were discussing the Bible. One said it was a book that you could either take as a history of people, or like some do, a religious thing. That person also said that it's a fun thing to study for learning cultures of people. The second one responded, I like to read it, but it's so confusing. This reply sounded so disappointed.

Is the Bible just a book no matter how you "spot" it?

"Everything was created through him; (Jesus) nothing-not one thing!-came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light is the real thing; every person entering Life he bring into Light." John 1:3-4, 9 (MS) parenthesis mine-

No, when my life is spot metered through the Lord, His light will shine even in darkness. Meter my days on You, Father.