Sunday, June 25, 2017

Birds

How many different birds I could spy on my morning walk?
I love to listen for their different songs. 
Another one of my favorites is the chickadee.
                                   
                                             

Saturday, June 24, 2017

HAPPY HOUR!

One day a nursing home resident told me, "Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself or lonely or hopeless, I just begin to thank God and praise Him for who He is, and all He has done for me, and I get to feeling better."

"Stop trying to figure everything out
and stop worrying about 'down the road'.
God will take care of one day at a time.
If grief or selfishness or self-pity come to mind,
declare Happy Hour.
Sing or walk or call and encourage
somebody else.
Take fear and convert it into faith."
Bob Jones

Friday, June 23, 2017

Never Closer

“Heartache forces us to embrace God out of desperate, urgent need. 
God is never closer than when your heart is aching.” 
Joni Tada
He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking.
Psalm 34:18

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Caregiver

Praise the Lord; praise God our Savior!
For each day he carries us in his arms.
Psalm 68:19


When you "carry someone in your arms" for a while, you get to know each other pretty well. I know many families are caring for loved ones with long term illnesses or disabilities. The caregiver understands their invented sign language, the slightest gesture, expression, or cry.

Our Heavenly Father knows us through and through. I believe He hears our prayers before we even know what to ask. He will never leave us or forsake us. Every single day of our lives, He will carry us in His arms. As you carry your loved one, He is carrying you both!

Summer Visits

Lightning bugs, June bugs, bumble bees, butterflies, and humming birds. 
Yes, summertime visitors are here!
I am enjoying the longer days, the sunshine and gentle breezes, and visits from my granddaughters.
The girls love spotting birds in the back yard. My neighbor has a humming bird feeder on her patio.

We came across this old photo of Cameron and me visiting them when Kaedyn was newborn and sisters were 10 and 6. Now they are 18, 14, and 7..
Seems like they don't stay little very long!

I'll let you in on the sweet old truths,
Stories we heard from our fathers,
counsel we learned at our mother's knee.
We're not keeping this to ourselves,
we're passing it along to the next generation—
God's fame and fortune,
the marvelous things he has done.
Psalm 78:2-4 Message

Monday, June 19, 2017

Singing God's Word Back to Him in Prayer

LORD, how they are increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are saying of me, There is no help for him in God.
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
Psalm 3:1-3

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Quiet Place


As I was thinking of many beautiful places
I've been able to enjoy in Indiana
I remembered this song that I used to sing at church
 as part of a quartet in college.

There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind.
Sheltered by tree and flower
There in my quiet hour
With Him my cares are left behind.
Whether a garden small
Or on a  mountain tall,
New strength and courage there I find.
Then from this quiet place
I go prepared to face a new day
With love for all mankind.
Ralph Carmichael, 1967.
Here is beautiful rendition on Youtube 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWkizxIK9Yc&list=RDOWkizxIK9Yc

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sing for Joy

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, 
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Glad We Didn't Have a Computer


Summer Memories from the Fifties and Sixties:
Eating watermelon on Pawpaw's steps
Turning a hand-cranked ice cream freezer
Burying bottled soft drinks in a wash tub of ice for the family reunion
Wading in the creek
Boating at Lake Lanier
Picking blackberries with Grandma for jam and cobbler
Playing in the red dirt in the basement when it was too hot to play outside.
Swinging on a tire swing
Catching flies and grounders on the vacant lot
A yard full of neighborhood kids under the shade trees



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Refreshing Breeze

The Lord is my shepherd.
I shall not want.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.

Yesterday was a scorcher here, but in the evening, a refreshing shower rolled in, and the temperature dropped 27 degrees. I had a nice visit with my 87 year old neighbor on the porch.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lilies and More Lilies!

I am enjoying the many lilies planted all around the property here.  I am thankful for the maintenance team who do such a faithful job with the lawn and garden. Sometimes they are out mowing at sunrise when the weather is as hot as it is now. I am anxiously waiting for the hydrangeas to bloom!

My son Cameron just had his 31st birthday. He is preaching/teaching every other Sunday now at the church where he is on staff. He puts a lot of time into study and prayer and also leads worship each week. He is only an hour from the ocean in New Jersey. I hope he will get to spend some time at the beach this summer.
My son Cameron, my daugher Kathren, and her daughter Kaedyn



Sunday, June 11, 2017

This day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, 
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10b

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last Text Message From Teenage Girl


The 17 year old girl who was killed in a church bus crash in Atlanta this week texted this message to her cousin before her death:
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:23-25
"This is such a great reminder. We are like a wisp of smoke. We are only here for a moment and this not about us, life is not about us, it's about God who is eternal. So, I want to dedicate the one moment I am here, completely and entirely to Him" -Sara Harmening
http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/06/huntsville_church_bus_involved.html

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just and True

Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
    in days long ago.
Micah 7:18-20 NIV


Reading from Exodus 2, I thought about Moses' Mom, a Jewish mother who prayed that her son's life would be spared. You know the story of how he was not only rescued by Pharaoh's daughter but she hired his own mother to nurse and keep him until he was old enough to live in Pharaoh's palace.


I wonder how many times Jochebed prayed for Moses to stay true to the God of their fathers in the midst of a people who did not know Him. Jochebed's name means "YAHWEH is glory".


Many years went by before Moses led God's people to freedom from Egyptian bondage. It's amazing how God uses experiences in our lives to prepare us to be fit for His use.


They were singing the song of Moses, 
the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
 "Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty. 
Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations. 
Revelation 5:3

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray,
and cry aloud:
 and he shall hear my voice.
Psalm 55:17

Granddaugher Kaedyn spent the day with me this week. She wanted to read from the Bible the story of how Daniel prayed to God three times a day, even when it was against the king's decree. She is attending a reading enrichment class this summer and her big sister Kye is the assistant teacher. Kye plans to major in education.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sunbeam


May those who love the Lord be like the sun when it rises
in all its brightness.
Judges 5:31b God's Word

I remember singing this song as a child in Sunday School.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam
I'll be a sunbeam for him.

I have a friend, Carolyn, who has faithfully served our church for many years. She has cerebral palsy.

As she ages, her health and skills are failing, yet she always has a bright smile and a word of encouragement for others. She is surely one of Jesus' sunbeams.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Unending Help

May Jesus himself and God our Father, 
who reached out in love and surprised you with
gifts of unending help and confidence,
put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, 
enliven your speech.
2 Thessalonians 2:17 Message

With every sunset comes the promise of a new sunrise.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June Critters

I am enjoying the long evenings and watching the sunsets in the cool of the day.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Boundless

How wide, how long, how high, and how deep is His love for us.  

As you live this new life, we pray that you will be strengthened from God’s boundless resources, so that you will find yourselves able to pass through any experience and endure it with courage. You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light. 

For we must never forget that he rescued us from the power of darkness, and re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son, that is, in the kingdom of light. For it is by his Son alone that we have been redeemed and have had our sins forgiven.
Colossians 1:11-14

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Goodness and Mercy

It is through the Son, at the cost of his own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth. For God had allowed us to know the secret of his plan, and it is this: he purposes in his sovereign will that all human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its perfection and fulfillment in him. And here is the staggering thing—that in all which will one day belong to him we have been promised a share... Ephesians 1:7-11a 
A dear friend since my college days passed away yesterday. He was a Vietnam veteran, a wonderful Bible teacher, husband and father. I will always remember his teaching on Ephesians 1, that impacted my life as a young college student at GSU.
He had suffered from dementia for the last two years. I remember that one of his favorite songs was "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and I will feast at the table set for me."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rock of Ages Cave


Granddaughter Kaedyn visited Squire Boone Caverns recently with her first grade class. This is a photo of Rock of Ages Cave. Squire Boone was the brother of Daniel Boone. She was fascinated by stalagmites and stalactites. but most interested in the grist mill, and the candle and soap making.

Over Memorial Day weekend, her family moved to a town twenty miles away. I felt sad that she would not be near enough to drop in and visit me often, but I had to be happy for her when I saw how much she is enjoying her new back yard!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Indiana

Indiana has had four different plants as the state flower in its history, including the Carnation, the Tulip Tree Flower and the Zinnia. The state’s most recent choice, adopted in 1957, the Peony, thrives here in southern Indiana.

Even though I have been in Indiana for 27 years now, I live very close to Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Louisville.
View of Louisville KY from Indiana



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day

I heard a former prisoner of war in Viet Nam tell how he spent lonely years in captivity praying and remembering Bible verses and songs he learned as a small child.

Thank You, Lord Jesus for Your promise that: "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26 

I pray for those whose loved one died in the service of our country, and also those who are serving today and for their family members who await their safe return. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Christ's Love

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:35,38 NLT


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Being Stretched

I think it harder, Lord,
to cast the cares of those
I love on You, than to cast mine.
We, growing older,
learn at last
that You are merciful and kind.
Not one time
have You failed me.
Lord, why fear that you'll fail mine?
Ruth Bell Graham

When my oldest child left home, I couldn't stop crying. As I sat in my porch rocker, I watched a mother robin working feverishly to feed her baby who was as big as she was. It wasn't long before he left the nest. The Lord spoke to me, "It's a good thing for Carl to grow and stretch his wings, too!"

Now my oldest grandchild is graduating and going to college. I trust that the Lord will guide and guard her steps.


His Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those agonizing longings which never find words. And God who knows the heart’s secrets understands, of course, the Spirit’s intention as he prays for those who love God.

Romans 8:27 Phillips NT

Beautiful Reflections

When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills,
it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region,
earth being so intermixed with sky,
and gradually transformed into it.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

My first plane trip was in 1969 from Atlanta to Detroit. It was a thrill to look down at the rivers and farms beneath me. I spent ten weeks in different towns in Michigan, helping with Vacation Bible Schools, many times in backyards or camping areas. I have great memories of the kids we met that summer.

Our last week was in Munising with a view of Lake Superior. Such unforgettable sunsets there. But the most amazing sight was when we boarded a small plane and flew over Lake Michigan just as the sun was rising. The lake reflected the sky so perfectly that I couldn't tell where one ended and the other began.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heaven Came Down


You didn't want Heaven without us,
So Jesus, You brought Heaven down.
What a Beautiful Name (Kari Jobe)

In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God. 
He was in the beginning with God. 
All things were made through Him, 
and without Him nothing was made that was made. 
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:1-4

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jehovah Shalom - The Lord Our Peace

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1-2 NLT

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prayer for Our Leaders

  1. Pray that they would realize their personal sinfulness and their daily need for cleansing of their sin by Jesus Christ.

  2. Pray that they would recognize their personal inadequacy to fulfill their tasks and they would depend upon God for knowledge, wisdom, and the courage to do what is right.

  3. Pray that they would reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles, trusting God to prove them right.

  4. Pray that they would resist those who would pressure them to violate their conscience.

  5. Pray that they would reverse the trends of socialism and humanism in this nation, both of which deify man rather than God.

  6. Pray that they would be ready to sacrifice their personal ambitions and political careers for the sake of this nation, if yielding them would be in the best interest of their country.

  7. Pray that they would rely upon prayer and the Word of God as the source of their daily strength, wisdom, and courage.

  8. Pray that they would restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness and righteousness to the office they hold.

  9. Pray that they would remember to be good examples in their conduct to the fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of this nation.

  10. Pray that they would be reminded daily that they are accountable to Almighty God for the decisions they make.  (Written by Pastor Charles Stanley, Atlanta, GA)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Greater Is He

Peace does not come from being indifferent to what is going on in the world, or being so selfish that I don't care about the hurting people around us.. Peace comes from being confident that God loves me, and clinging to the truth that, "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Amazing Love

“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.” A.W. Tozer



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Hands

Hands that pulled up anklet socks
and buckled leather shoes.
That rolled my hair in pin-curls
for Sunday morning do's.
Homemade cakes they baked and iced
for family and friends.
They hung out clothes upon the line
secured with wooden pins.
Mother's hands were full of love;
gentle was her touch.
Her hands were busy dawn 'til dark
because she loved so much.

By Karen, in memory of Mother, Peggy Williams

Your love has given me much joy and comfort...
your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people.
Philemon 1:7

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fragrance Favorites



 Yardley Soap Ad:
"The soap that’s kept women in hot water for 200 years—
and they’ve loved every minute."

Now that my granddaughters are teens, I was thinking about the fragrances I loved when I was their age. I usually got perfumed soaps, lotions, and dusting powder for presents from my grandmothers.

I also loved White Shoulders, Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden, and Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps.

Do you have a favorite fragrance?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

God's Sunrise


Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God's Sunrise will break in upon us,
shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.

Luke 1:78-79 Message

Monday, May 8, 2017

While We Pray

God's angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste,
open your eyes and see— how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Psalm 34:7-8

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunny Sunday

The smell of wild roses and honeysuckle were in the air today.
One of my neighbors gave me a daily devotion book by Kay Arthur.
I loved this verse today:
We have this treasure in earthen vessels.
so that the surpassing greatness of the power
will be of God and not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Brook

The brook after all the rain this week.
This is how it usually looks!

It seemed like a good day to re-post my poem that was inspired by this little brook.

I stand on the footbridge 
Listening to the gurgling brook
Rippling over rocks, then
Disappearing around the bend.
Not knowing where it began 
Or where it ends
Or all the gaps
It fills along its way
Sometimes a trickle
Sometimes overflowing.

People see our hearts,
God's grace flowing through us
In dry times and storms
When we get it right
And even when we mess everything up, 
Amazing!
How our Father turns things for good.
We'll never know all the lives we'll touch
Because of His river of life.

Karen Rice


Friday, May 5, 2017

I Am His and He Is Mine

Heaven above is softer blue;
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen!
Birds with gladder songs overflow,
Flowers with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know as now I know,
I am His and He is mine.
George Wade Robinson

 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 
When Christ, who is your life, appears,
 then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:2-4

When I gave my life to Jesus, as a child, I remember I was baptized in autumn, and I noticed the beautiful colors of the maple trees as if I had never seen them before. When I got home, I looked into the mirror on our bedroom dresser, and thought to myself: I am a brand new person in Christ. He has been faithful through all these years.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Still, Still With Thee

Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

An author, crusader against slavery, and mother of six, 
Harriet Stowe woke at 4:30 each morning to 
"see the coming of the dawn, hear the singing of the birds,
and to enjoy the overshadowing presence of God."

She was inspired to write the hymn
Still, Still With Thee
while reading Psalm 139
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God...
When I awake, I am still with Thee!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Simple Blessings

Let your servants see what you're best at,
The ways you rule and bless your children,
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God,
rest on us, confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes, affirm the work that we do.
Psalm 90:16-17 Message

As I look back over the years, there are special memories that bring me joy. They are not major events like awards or winning the sweepstakes... Just simple things like sitting on the glider on the screened porch with my sister during a summer rain shower, of Daddy whistling as he shined our shoes for Sunday school, of the sounds and smells of mother cooking supper, or of getting a sweet card in the mail.

I believe God wants me to live as if one of those memories is going to happen today. Maybe my simple act of kindness might become a special memory for someone else.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Lamplighter

Many years ago, before the electric light bulb was widely used, the cities used to hire lamplighters to go about the streets at dusk and light the gas lamps. This is the chorus of a song about The Old Lamplighter that Mother used to sing:

He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

I remember how inky black the night was when the electricity was out all over town during a storm, and you couldn't see moon or stars for the heavy cloud cover. 

In the Psalms, David must have been remembering how God brought him through storms and dark times when he wrote this verse:


For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

Remembering in prayer the storm victims of this past weekend.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It Is No Secret


                                         There is no night for in His light
You never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may roam.

There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise,
Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.
Stuart Hamblen

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bird Watching at the Pond

I walked to a nearby pond, and discovered several killdeer nesting in the grass. They would scold me and even pretend to be wounded and flounder around to distract me from their eggs..

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Out of Sight

Oh, what joy
for those whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sins are put out of sight.
Romans 4:7 NLT

Because of the Lord's great love
we are not consumed.
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23


When I was in college, my professor gave us elementary education students this advice:
Every year you will have that one child who has behavior issues and can really push your buttons if you let him or her. So, when you and the child have have a rough day, take him aside just before the dismissal bell rings, and assure him that all is forgiven, and that you will start over fresh the next morning. 

I am so glad my Heavenly Father allows me to start fresh every morning!.

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