The lady on the left is a friend on mine needing prayer. Yesterday she had an accident on her horse and was airlifted to the Trauma Unit. She keeps her horse across the street from me and yesterday I saw the flight for life helicopter land and take off. I thought it was a car accident. She had fallen off her horse and her neck is broken. She was surgery this morning and the vertebras that move your arms and legs were crushed in the fall and being fused back together. The next two days will tell if the surgery was successful or not.
Life is so uncertain. I was thinking this morning. A group of ladies including her had started a Bible Study in the barn (a nice, nice barn) and rode afterwards. I was wondering if this was preparing them for the days ahead. For weeks they had studied together and prayed together. Please pray for Barbara.
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The practice was late so it time for the sunset. My granddaughter didn't have practice and forgot to bring entertainment, so she made her own till she met new friends.
He was having a ball (no pun) playing with friends.
Loved the lighting on his face.
Also we walked up to see my niece's son play pee wee football. Now I know where they got the name--pee wee. I noticed one boy relieving himself at the edge of the woods, well it opened the floodgates (literally) You would see 2 running there and 1 coming back. So cute.
Our little star was really in the game. He is the one in the picture below with the navy shirt who is serious as he crouches ready to go.
As the practice ends, the sun really lit up the sky and this tree.
"Their horses are swifter than leopards." Habakkuk. 1:8
The book of Habakkuk has so many lessons for us..
"How long O Lord must I call for help...Why do you tolerate wrong?" (1:2-3) (Habakkuk was crying out to God because of the wickedness of Judah.)
(The Lord's answer in vs. 6) ..."I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe...I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people."
(It was unbelievable to Habakkuk that He was sending men who lives were more wicked than Judah's. Habakkuk questioned why but waited for the Lord's response),
"I will stand at my watch, and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me." (2:1)
(2:2) Then the Lord replied: "Write down the revelation (His Plan) and make it plain on the tablets...though it linger, wait for it.(Wait) "But the righteous will live by this faith (Have Faith)." (14) "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord." (God will be glorified) (20) "But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him."(Calm down, He has things under control. He is still on the throne.)
(3:2) "Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy." (Prayer and faith go hand in hand) (16-17) "Yet I will wait patiently...Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crops fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights." (Live in an attitude of victory. Praise Him through anything. Take your eyes off difficulties and look to God. Rejoice in the Lord always.)
"His glory covered the earth, His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand." Hab. 3:3b
So many say they wish horses were a part of their lives. I so understand that. To me if you are a pet lover, you would love horses. The added bonus is getting wonderful rides, being with friends, rides through the countryside and the love of a horse. So I thought I would give you a ride on both of my horses. The first ride is on Gracie, my horse I have had since she was three. She was kind of a rescue since she was kept in cold dark barn. I have covered alot of miles with her. She is about 10 years old. So smooth. She is a gaited Tennessee Walker. It is a little more windy than usual curiosity of Hurricane Irene. Hang on and go ahead keep drinking your coffee. She is that smooth.
Next ride is on my husband's horse named Preacher. He is a little go-ey so keep a tight rein. He can be smooth unless he starts dancing (kind of a two-step with a little attitude thrown in). Hope you enjoy your ride!
On the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we reflect back to that day. Sometimes we ask why bad things happen and ask where was God to allow it to happen. The answer is the same place He was when His Son was nailed on the cross.
We had something tragic happen in our community recently. Grandparents were strolling their one year old grandson and a limb fell from a tree striking the baby and killing it. So hard to understand. I am sure so many cried out to God, why?
We won't know the reasons until Heaven. But something I am convicted of about myself is my response to times like these. I will say, "Maybe God is...." Who I am to try to give reasons for God's actions. Isn't this what Job's friends did? God's response in Job 38:1-2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge."
The primary reason we are sometimes at a loss for words is
that we should be at a loss for words. We are in over our heads and silence is our best option. Remind yourself what you do know about God. His ways-slow to anger, compassionate, & can do no wrong. We live by promises not be explanations (W. Wiersbe)
I want to always remind myself of Romans 8:28 and of His promise of "all things work together for the good of those who know the Lord and are called according to His purpose." and of Ecc. 5:1-2 "let my words be few."
I do get comfort in the news that I heard this week regarding the baby that died. The grandfather was saved. He will see his grandson again one day. But you know, when I get to Heaven I wonder if I will be so busy praising my Father that these former thoughts will fade away.
(Most of the comments and statements above were copied from my notes of what wiser people than me have said. I wish I had made of notes of who they were.)
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"When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, 'If this man were a prophet...' Jesus answered him..."(Lk. 7:39)----Christ holds us responsible for the things we say to ourselves. He reads our minds. My heart and mind are of greater importance to Him than my words and deeds. Our innermost places need daily purification. Part of the process is recognizing and confessing the judgmental, impure or critical thoughts before they can make their way to our mouths and our actions (Beth Moore-Jesus the One and Only).
Matt. 9:4 "Knowing their thoughts..."
Ps. 139:4 "Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely, O Lord."
And my daily request to God---"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord and keep watch over the door of my lips." Ps. 141:3