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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snow or no snow...

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Copying over verses from Matthew 6:25-34, this morning, into my journal, only seems fitting to share again today, in regards to this here word-prompt: doubt.

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Truth be told I was beginning to doubt if we'd ever see a snowflake.  I read on my gardening almanac type calendar this phrase -
"January warm, the Lord have mercy".

I believed that.  We needed some snow!  At least more than a dusting...


As the kiddos and I were talking this morning...
What one, two, or even three days difference can do with the weather and yet - these little birds have not a single care in the world... about their life.

Snow or no snow...

Why, then, do we worry about ours?
Why do we doubt our heavenly Father's daily and constant care for us?

I was just so encouraged writing out these verses of Scripture this morning!  Verses from Matthew chapter 6 and in particular - this final verse...

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  
Each day has enough troubles of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34

Do I ever doubt? Or, question?  Or, worry?
Sure I do.  I just told you that I do.
I read that line over and over on my January calendar and wondered for the future - what would a winter without much snow do for the following seasons?
I would read "the Lord have mercy" phrase over and over and pray fervently for snow...
I was worried.  :)

Listen, I want it to be said of me that this is a woman who trusts and fears her Maker.
That she is one who rests in the Sovereignty of her God!
Snow or no snow... He is God!!
He will sustain and keep us in HIS righteous, right hand!

Consider the birds of the air; neither do they sow nor reap nor gather into barns... 
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Enjoying the Blizzard of 2016

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And more (snow) is on the way....
Perhaps even later this week!
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The drifts we get around here - are amazing!!  Like the second and third photo from the top... what looks like foot tracks is really the road plowed through. It might be the angle or the way the photo was taken... but the drifts were amazing out across our front lawn area.  Our mailboxes were actually buried.  Some of those drifts were over five feet ...  and as you see, drifts almost to the top of the barn door there on that one photo.  And other parts of the driveway almost clear - due to the way the wind blew that snow around.

Nothing like feeling safe and cozy indoors.

Remembering this Blizzard of 2016 - as perfect!!

Winter finally and fully arrived in one fell swoop!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Embrace that or walk away!!

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When words reach your ear you don't want to hear or you're not expecting to hear... how is it received?
Like me - you have a choice.  Embrace it or walk away.
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Yesterday afternoon - I was sitting with my Bible and pen in hand writing out truths of Scripture: this prompt word - embrace - on my mind!!  Immediately, Ecclesiastes, chapter three, came to mind.

You know that  - a time to embrace and a time to refrain....?

Well (I kid you not!)... just then... in walked my kiddo's having just gotten home from school. Right away I could sense my son was not a happy camper.  In fact, it was quite evident he wasn't just sad - he was aanngggrrryyy!!

Things started getting thrown and punched and, and whoa!!!!!!!!  Hold on a minute...

What happened within me was a temptation to add fuel to the fire and scream/demand him stop... but my angry tone would have only severely escalated the moment.

Without even realizing it - fully - I pulled my soon nine year old onto my lap.  All near 80 pounds of him.  And, we sat like that on our sofa, my arms around my son... I let him tell me what was going on, in between bitter tears and seething upset words...

 What had happened that had caused all of this to unfold?
Unfortunately, not a lot that I could gather...

Kids will be kids and I wonder if some of his reaction wasn't partially for show - to show his "tough side"... but all of Ecclesiastes came rushing in.

I had to show him!

Thankfully he had calmed enough to follow my lead over to the Word of God!  I told him I had just began to write out these verses and showed him my journal.  How ironic; how crazy, that I'd have this moment - so soon - to embrace this truth for myself and to help apply it then, for my son - young enough to understand.  He began reading aloud on his own...

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

My son asked me how long to keep reading but, he just kept on... :)
His voice softening and slowing as he embraced Scripture to soothe his little soul.

"God will bring to judgement both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed. - verse 17.

I gently reminded him.
"Son, you and I have a choice in how we respond to what is handed our way on this path of life.  Our response(s) will either make or break a situation.   It's a choice we've all been given...

Embrace that or walk away.

I think he chose well.

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**linking with Finding the Grace Within | tuesday @ ten :: embrace

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

trust

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:: TRUST ::

Not a very big word.  One rather easy to say.
However, at the very best, quite challenging - to live out!  

Can I get an Amen?
I don't know that I would say I've ever had trust issues.  But it has acted as a backdoor catching me on the backside, from time to time - if and when I'm not careful.

It's hard!

I came across a single quote the other day that has kept me thinking...

God's part we cannot do; our part God will not do.

This year, our little family has a real opportunity to walk this road...wholeheartedly!

Not blindly... but with a sure confidence.
Hand-in-hand with our Saviour who goes before!
 Do the tears fall, and the lip quiver?   Yes!  Perhaps, a little too often.

However, here's what I know.

We can't do God's part of orchestrating the plan he has in mind for us - but we sure can do our part of following in his footsteps.  One step at a time.

Thank you for your prayers as we lean on Him!!


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Housecleaning!!

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With the new year now upon us (obviously, here we are in the midst of January!) I took note of a little "update attention" needed with our address book!  It's tired.  It's back is breaking and it needs cleaning it up a bit, if you will.  Got to start cleaning house...somewhere!!
Lord, have mercy -  I say.  This poor book!  A life-treasure, for sure!

However, it seems there are more lines (names and addresses) crossed out; whited out, replacing the old with the new of updated name and addresses filled in and rewritten here and there - throughout this old book of ours; possibly, more than one can even imagine. It's no wonder, really, because the original book is close to 15 years old. :)

A lot of our life has taken a turn...

It's amazing how life's revolving door brings about such a dramatic and relational change, etc. People come and go!  Location and vocation take us here and there.
Unfortunately, we sadly lose touch!

 I don't know if you feel like this... but, it's like if you lose contact with certain folks - you feel almost guilty for taking them out of your address book - because it feels like you've "taken them out" of your life - for good!  Is that right?


I don't know if I like that... feeling!

Honestly, the one thing that the old book has allowed - is a pass down memory lane.   As I would think about so and so and wonder what they're up too; where life has taken them to... I pause to pray.

However, all of this is a literal two-way street - isn't it? - to stay in touch with everyone you know and even once knew?  I reckon, I haven't always done my faithful best.  But - this is how life rolls, doesn't it?

Maybe it's my loyal heart talking - but I wonder why so many silent good-byes...?  Makes me kinda sad... and yet - I think of all the new "hellos" that are out there for today - ones that I am so forever grateful for.  Ones that I KNOW will remain a part of our family and lives for a long, long time.


Nonetheless, it honestly is time to update, while continuing to cherish the family and friends
 that remain a constant in our young family's life.

Here's to 2016!!

:: Have you ever paused to consider just how many people you know? ::

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

In the here and now!

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It's that place between the then and the there!  

Here.

I feel it's right and safe to say it's exactly where I want to be.

While there's a lot of yucky in the here - right now...
There are lots of questions...as well.
There is confusion and frustration... the building of angst and concern.
The "what next" question, looms large, if you will.

However, nothing can take the place of being in - the here!

The right now.
The place like no other.

His presence.

I want to, but I can't always find the time to do this adequately!  I trust I'm not alone.

One thing I know.  I am so thankful for the patience of my Lord and Master!
Bidding me come.
Willing me to listen.
Drawing me to desire.
Instilling me to depend.
Teaching me to pray.
Love-daring me to trust!

It's only been a couple of days now - but since the New Year I've been scripture journaling - filling the journal pages, by hand...with familiar verses and some not so familiar.
Being challenged to stay focused on my Saviour.
It's been a wonderful time of dwelling.
Of sitting.  In the here!

Knowing full well that he will perfect that which concerns me... (Ps. 138:8)

Last Sunday's sermon was no different, with the gentle reminder that while Martha was doing/serving well.. still she was rather distracted with her "busy".  And Mary, her younger sister, who was not "helping her"... seemed to be doing an even better thing.

Sitting at her Saviour's feet.

We can still lead full and busy lives with a Mary's heart.
Sometimes we simply need to empty the schedule in order to fill the soul.

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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! ~ Psalm 34:8, ESV



Monday, January 4, 2016

In Loving Memory...

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The reality is...
This is just a memory now!

I'm so grateful for the flood of memories and good times we've had in getting to know our landlord, over the past nearly seven years.   Not just as as landlord, but as a friend.
Many a Saturday morning - my husband would about miss his (hot) breakfast - due to the fact that you'd find him out in one of the barns - chewing the fat with Mr. A.

As a small family; tenants; friends - we had the privilege of attending his funeral service, yesterday afternoon/evening.  We wouldn't miss it for the world!!
What a wonderful celebration service... I mean, we felt as if we were part of the family - almost.
As the stories were shared and the photos were viewed... we felt as though we could have shared the very same words... and we did have a few of our own.

What an honor!
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It's quiet here, now.  The cows have been gone for several weeks.  The barn doors only open if necessary. The gator gets pulled out only every now and then...
However, the sights and sounds of the farm are of a lonely sort.

The above collage-photo is the alphabet in photos of snippets of and around the farm and homestead...

We really don't know what our future holds - or how long we have to continue to enjoy the blessing of living here.
But - until we know that... life does go on!

Back to the so-called-monday-washday and routines of life.
That sounds a bit trite... but it's truly what Mrs. A reminded us... as we "visited" with her in the receiving line last evening.  It's true!

Life does go on.  With no stopping.  It waits for no one.

It's up to us.
To not only count the days but to make each day count.

Probably one of the greatest pieces of advice ever shared, right there!

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Thank you kindly for your continued thoughts and prayers... they are and will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Just as I am ~ for 2016

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105

Resolutions!
And so 2016 begins with thoughts and wishes for all things new!  Heart-changes.  Last year was full enough of unsolicited change... some really hard changes... as a matter of fact.  Ones we hope to not ever have to face again.  Some changes were good, right and helpful.  Wonderful blessings!
 But we have no idea what this year will bring.

I resolve in my heart to walk through this coming year with grace, by my side!

I have been pondering several things... here of late. Things like: How might I tangibly walk this road with a God-fearing confidence?

One thing I know, I cannot do this by myself!  This can never be of a confidence in and of myself.

 I fully need the aide of the Holy Spirit and his comforting hand to guide and lead...

One of my greatest desires is to grow in the Word! Always has been.
Recently, I've been given a tangible and practicable way, or idea, in doing this.  So my plan is to handwrite scripture verses out on paper, on a daily, regular basis.

Now - the question is... which and whose plan will I want to use to follow? :)

There are several out there, such as...

Sweet to the Soul - Soul deep in God's Word!

Or, another found through Facebook (a closed facebook group where you'll need to sign up for) - via a friend of mine.
Write His Word

Or, another from Sweet Blessings.

I'm sure there are many others to choose from.  Check them out!

In the meantime.. my prayer for 2016 comes through the touching lyrics of this well-known and dearly loved hymn.  Just as I am!

I pray these words will minister to your heart as well, as they do mine.
To come... simply come... just as I am!



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I am thankful for each one of you - my readers!  And without you - blogging wouldn't be as much fun, now would it?

**I'm linking today's post with Finding the Grace WithinTuesday @ Ten.  The prompt this week was : I resolve to...

Looking forward to what the rest of this New Year will bring!! And, especially looking forward to spending the rest of this day - with dear fremily! :)

Have a Happy New Year - Day!
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