Thursday, July 20, 2017

Don't Give Up

Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 HCSB


Prayer Works! It doesn't always change my situation, but it often changes ME.


After the divorce, many years ago, I felt like I was going crazy, and could not imagine how I would be able to make it as a single mother. One night, I made up my mind that I would stand up and keep praising the Lord out loud until the fear and anxiety lifted. It took a while, but my fears finally turned into a peaceful calm. I still didn't have all the answers, but I knew for certain that I had the presence of the Lord, who is my Peace.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

If God had a refrigerator, 

your picture would be on it. 

If He had a wallet, 

your photo would be in it. 

He sends you flowers every spring 

and a sunrise every morning... 

Face it, friend. 

He is crazy about you!  

Max Lucado

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Morning Walk

I love the blue wildflowers that grow in the fields here, alongside Queen Anne's lace. There was still a morning mist when I went to walk. It was refreshingly cool with a gentle breeze.
I found a nice wooded trail and I enjoyed the many different bird songs.

This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.
Maltbie Babcock

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Roses

I love walking in the garden near me when the roses are in bloom. 

I am praying for my son Cameron this week who will be teaching in vacation Bible School for the first time. They are expecting 150 children. I loved VBS when I was a child, and I hope these children receive a great blessing.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Good Questions

Is there anything anywhere that you want more than Jesus?
And is there anything you would rather do than the will of God?
Rolland Baker, Missionary

Show me You ways, O Lord,
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4

Breathe on me, breath of God.
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the way You love,
And do what You would do.
Edward Hatch

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Led by God's Spirit

It's the voice of the Lord that will guide us.
He knows when it's time to move
and when we should stay put.
God's children don't make decisions just by what they can
see or hear or feel.
We are called to do what our heavenly
Father tells us to do.
We are not to be led by circumstances or situations,
but by the Spirit of God.
We live by faith, not by sight.

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; 
he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 
Psalm 55:22

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away.
He holdeth me up
And I shall not be moved.
He giveth me strength as my day.
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
And covers me there with His hand.
Fanny Crosby

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bunny



We have so many rabbits here at the apartment complex. I suspect that some of the residents are feeding them lots of carrots because none of the bunnies need glasses. This one is so tame; he turned and posed for me this morning. He faithfully visits 87 year old Marilyn who sits on the porch each morning at daylight. She wears bright colored flip flops, toe rings, and ankle bracelets. He creeps right up to her and seems to be smelling her toes.
Why do we see bunnies in the cool of the morning? If they played in the heat of the afternoon, they would be hot cross bunnies.
How do you catch a unique rabbit? You 'neak up on it. How do you catch a tame one? Tame way.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lily of the Valley


I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.

In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.
He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
by William Hays and Charles Fry


An old favorite hymn that was the inspiration for my blog name.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thankful for the Bright Colors of Summer

When do you GO at RED and STOP at GREEN?
When you're eating watermelon!

What is the coolest letter in the alphabet?

Iced T

Friday, July 7, 2017

About Caleb

Caleb and me on his 2nd birthday

When I mentioned my fourth child in a recent post, several newer friends asked about him.

He had Down Syndrome and severe heart and lung defects, as well as extremely low muscle tone. He amazed the doctors by living three and a half years. The most he ever weighed was 22 pounds. He could say a few words. He never walked or crawled, but he was very loving and cheerful. He enjoyed worship music, and would bounce on his seat and clap his hands and shout, "Woo Hoo!"

The time he was in the hospital when he was 20 months old, we were told there was nothing that could be done for him and they expected him to die right away. That was when we were playing the praise music. A few days later, the heart doctor was shocked to see him smiling and bouncing a rubber ball against the wall.

We had many happy days together, and then many sad ones as his health began to decline again.
I had a "professional" tell me I should put him in a facility and forget about him because he would have a negative influence on his brothers and sister. I cannot even describe what a tremendous blessing he was in my life and in theirs.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Unspeakable Joy

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glory without fault and with unspeakable joy, to the only God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before time was, now, and in all ages to come, amen. Jude 24-25

When my youngest would be in the children's hospital, he loved for me to play worship songs on the little tape recorder. He loved Marty Nystrom's songs. Our doctor and the nurses would come in and comment on the peace they felt in his room.

I was having arthritis pain this morning and feeling sorry for myself, and remembering Caleb clapping his hands to this song cheered me up!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

No" can be an anointed word. We cannot be saviors to all. We are servants, daughters, sons, and brides, but not saviors. There is only one Savior. We cannot have His job. We are called and allowed to rest. God is able to keep His world going, and in the meantime it is very important we do not do more than He is asking.  Heidi Baker




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

LIBERTY

“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our Creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence,” - President Donald Trump

Monday, July 3, 2017

Morning "Glory'

I enjoy finding new treasures on my morning walk: blooms, butterflies, berries.
I looked out my bedroom window this morning to see honeysuckle, blackberries, morning glories a butterfly bush, and even a perfect circular spider web glistening in the sunlight.

When Kaedyn was visiting, she sang this song for me that she had learned at school last year.
I love the second verse of Great Is Thy Faithfulness:

Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Children of God

 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
 in the morning I lay my requests before you 
and wait expectantly. 
Psalm 5:3 

I have been enjoying some biographies on my Kindle. I am inspired by George Muller, who obeyed God by opening an orphanage in the 1800's in Bristol, England, caring for 10,000 children in his lifetime. He trusted God to provide, and never tried to raise money himself, and God did provide.

His faith that God would provide for the orphans, was the same faith that assured him that he was a child of God, forgiven, on the basis of God's promises in His Word in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Fun Friday


Thankful for a visit from granddaughter Kaedyn today. We woke up this morning to see a lovely sight: dozens of flags flying in the breeze along the entrance to the church at the top of the hill.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Living in the Light


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, June 28, 2017

Teacher Learns a Lesson

"You have to humble yourself," Daddy would say, "Or somebody else is liable to bring you down a notch or two".

When I was a special education teacher in Kentucky, I had a fourth grade student whom I was evaluating. I had been taught to lean in and whisper to the child when he needed to be corrected, making eye contact, and waiting for him to acknowledge that he understood.

"Teacher," Philip asked with his innocent eyes, "You ever heard of a TicTac?"

Our principal was observing, and could not stifle his laughter.

Guess Teacher was brought down a notch or two!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Led by His Spirit

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; 
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Psalm 32:8

Holy Spirit, breathe on me,
until my heart is clean;
let sunshine fill its inmost part,
with not a cloud between.

The photo was taken on the walking trail at Tomahawk Park in Overland Park, KS
when I lived there in 2014.

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.

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