Sunday, February 27, 2011

God's Reserve

“…I am the only one left….
after the fire
came a gentle whisper…
 The Lord said…Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal…”  
I Kings 19: 10, 12, 15, 18.

Sometimes the news and the internet makes us believe that evil has taken over the world. It is refreshing to me to read of others from one coast to another claiming their love of my Lord. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Go Ride Something Else

"Gracie, heads up. She is walking down here with a halter. What is she doing? It is noon. She always rides in the morning. You said we are safe after 10 AM."

"Don't look at her. Maybe she doesn't see us." 
 "She sees us. I am out of here."
 "Maybe she will chase him."
 "No eye contact, no eye contact."
(Arms crossed)..."I'm not going."

"Pleaase, I am so comfortable."
"Good day to ride a bike!"

"Can't you just sit here and lets talk about it?"

(Ears back)....."I am going but not happy about it!"
"Can I go?"

Friday, February 18, 2011

Colorful Barns

There are two old barns in our area that I always wanted to stop and take a few pictures of them. The snow gave me the reason. 

During the cold and rainy times of your life, God has shown Himself to be a safe warm, dry shelter. So you can trust Him now for whatever you need.
In His strong tower, you are removed from the enemy’s battle below. You are protected from attack, safe from harm. Peter Wallace
You are a strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies. Ps. 61:3 
For more inspirational verses go to Spiritual Sundays

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birds of the Air

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap…yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Matt. 5;26

Worry makes you feel worthless, forgotten, and unimportant. That’s why Jesus says that we are worth much more than the birds of the air who neither worry nor die of hunger because their heavenly Father fees them. They enjoy what’s there. If God is able to sustain the lesser creatures, won’t He sustain the greater?—Charles Swindoll

God doesn’t want to give you
                           the wings of a dove
to fly away:
                He wants to give you
                                the wings of an eagle
                                to soar over your problems
                                 right they where are.--
                                         Adrian Rogers
See more encouraging words at Spiritual Sundays

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Curious Cows in the Snow

It usually snows here about two to three times a season, but this season we have had at least five. Two of them have been this week. I am tired of it but with Northern states having 20-30 degrees below, I am trying to whine quietly. It is 16 tonight but 65 degrees predicted next week. So I will make it and meanwhile take my pictures. These cows were good sports and curious about the woman wearing a camera...
 "Ralphie (from Christmas Story)---
Don't put your tongue to the pole"
 "Are you my mama?" 
Due to the snow the off-ramp of Hwy 385 is backed up. No "tail gating."
Minnie Pearl
Just another pretty face
Cold Milk

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pure Joy

"Pure joy"...In my trials? Father, I need help with this.
I like a quote from Billy Graham--Don't confuse happiness with joy. Happiness come with circumstances, joy wells up deep inside our souls as we learn to trust Christ. Joy doesn't mean we are never sad or that we never cry. But joy is a quiet confidence--a state of inner peace that comes from God. Life's troubles will rob us of happiness--but they can never rob us of God's joy.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. I Cor. 13:12

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Bent Tree

I am amazed at this tree. It is alive and growing even though a fierce storm has bent it and it is growing sideways. It is now parallel with bridge rail. It has made through season after season in which healthier trees have fallen.

This tree reminds me of a few "Heros of Faith" that I know in life. Like this tree a fierce storm has changed their lives forever. Daily they face a bent life of pain and problems. But yet they remain strong, faithful and growing. You wonder often how they survive. Maybe they have a firm root system that helps support them under this pressure.
I like this illustration by Ann Graham Lott--"In North Carolina there are ridges where the trees are so enormous-- more than anywhere else. It is because the winds were the strongest and the storms were the fiercest on the ridge with nothing to shelter the trees from the full blunt of nature's wrath. The trees broke and fell or they became incredibly strong and resilient. God plants you and me in our faith as tender saplings then grows us up into trees of righteousness using the elements of adversity to make us strong. And He leads us to endure victoriously as we choose to praise Him regardless of the storms swirling."