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Rainy Night in the City; How raindrops on my windshield spoke volumes to my spirit!

It was a rainy night in the city
as I drove picking up passenger after passenger.

It was a rainy night in the city I drive Uber in.  You may or may not know that I am an Uber driver now.  I clock a lot of windshield time.  I drive in the sunshine or rain.  I really do not mind driving at all … through the rain or sun … makes no difference to me.   I just don’t drive after dark.  Except now during the Fall/Winter when it gets dark so darn early.  I do try to be off the paying road and headed home by dark anyway.  I have a thing about people getting into my vehicle that are … well … a little inebriated.  You see, my “new-to-me” vehicle, that I have had a year now, is the first vehicle I have had that has all leather and loaded.  Yep, I made a heck of a deal Black Friday 2015.  I love it!  It is a Toyota 4Runner and it is probably the nicest vehicle I have had since I have been single.  Anyway, I digress.  Back to the windshield time.

The other day it was raining on and off and I found myself headed home in the rain.  So… I noticed something that spoke volumes to me.  Actually, I heard that familiar voice in my spirit that said… “This is a good topic to write about.”  To be honest, I have heard that voice a lot in the last few months and just never wrote about any of the topics.  I made a note about the topic but just never put the words down that went with it.  That happens from time to time.  I just seem to think I am too busy and do not take the time to write those important words that are waiting to be put to the keyboard.  As you have read before, if you have ever read any of my blog posts, that I don’t really know what I am going to write fully until I sit down and do it.  It seems as though God is guiding my thoughts and fingers as I type.  I like that too!

It usually takes me anywhere from 3-4 hours to write a blog post, proof it, add scriptures and pictures to it and then do the “Yoast, SEO perfection”.  That is why I don’t do much writing lately.  I am trying to drive and do many other things to earn $$$ so as NOT to return to “Corporate America” to work.  I love being more available for mom and dad and for a few other things.  Really, I am so much happier now than I ever was before in so many areas of my life.  One of the many things that makes me happy is having mom and dad living here with me.  God has truly blessed me with their presence, every day!  We have a lot of fun together.  Yes, it’s not always peaches and cream but it is life.  It is real and it is love.  It is family! We do love each other and we are learning how to co-exist and have a grand time doing it.

Is Jesus Lord of your life?

So, back to the rainy night on my way home from “Ubering” all day.   It wasn’t really raining hard, just a little sprinkling.  One of those kinds of rain that if you are in the darker areas you can see just fine through that windshield, but once the light of an oncoming vehicle shines on your windshield the reflection of the light on the rain droplets makes it difficult to see unless you use your windshield wipers.  It was just about the time when the light from an oncoming car hit my windshield and my eyes couldn’t adjust to see when I heard … “This is a good topic.  The spots all over the windshield represents the sin in your life and the light … well, represents Me.” Also, when you turn on the windshield wipers they wipe the rain drops (sin spots) away like Jesus does when He becomes Lord of our lives.  It brought tears to my eyes, as it always does.  I immediately knew in my spirit what was being said and knew I was going to write a post about it someday!

We may have a clean windshield for a very short time, but then that old sin nature creeps back in – because we are human – and we sin again.  Just because Jesus comes into our lives and becomes our Lord doesn’t mean that we become perfect and never sin.  There will always be those showers of just sprinkles of sin or the “Oh My Gosh! Downpour!!” of sin.  Rainy nightI have experienced both, more than I care to say, since Jesus shined His Pure, White Light onto the windshield of my life and exposed all the sin spots and wiped those sin spots away.

You know, we are human and God/Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves.  He knows that we are going to sin and sin again.  He is our Creator.  The Creator always knows what the created is going to do. However, Jesus didn’t come to this earth to just be an excellent example.  He came to do just what He did.  Live a sinless life, be crucified on a cruel cross and die there.  Then be buried in a borrowed tomb and RISE AGAIN on the third day, after defeating death and Satan.  He is now in Heaven awaiting the time when the Father says “Son, go get my children.”  That will be THE MOST AWESOME DAY!!!  We will meet Him in the air and live with Him forever.  That is if you have asked Jesus into your heart to Shine His Pure, White Light onto the windshield of your life and wipe away those sin spots and the sin that you will commit in the future.

1 John 1:6-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

You say, well, “If Jesus is going to wipe away my sin now and in the future, I can sin and not worry about it.”  That, my friend, is one way you can look at it, however, if you truly give your life over to Him and want Him to lead and guide you in your daily walk with Him, you will not EVER have that attitude.  He loves you and wants a true and healthy relationship with you.  Let’s look at it a different way.  If you are married, you don’t say … “Well, since I am married I can do anything I want.”  WRONG!  You want your relationship to be a good one.  You want to please the person you are spending the rest of your life with.  You love them so you want to do whatever it takes to make them happy and feel loved.  You don’t want to hurt them intentionally.

Although we want these things for our loved one, sometimes, we mess up.  They mess up.  We neither one are perfect.  We should know this going into the relationship. Likewise, in our relationship with Jesus.  Although He is perfect, we are not and never will be.  We should want to please Him and want Him to feel our love.  You don’t ever want to do something intentionally to hurt Him but it happens.  When we begin to live our life for ourselves and do it “our way”, that is basically a sin.  It is not easy to live with one foot in the world and one foot with Jesus.  It pulls at your heart and it hurts Jesus’ heart.  He wants all of you, just like you want all of your spouse’s love.  This is the way we should feel if we have a “real” relationship with Jesus.  Sometimes, though, we do hurt Him.  We do disappoint Him.  We are human and He knows it.  This is a link to a very good website about hurting God.  It speaks to many different things.

Pure White Light

Anyway, the raindrops on my windshield will always remind me of my sin and how Jesus shined His Pure, White Light onto the windshield of my life and wiped away my sin because of His death on the cross.  His blood on that cross covered my sins.  Even 2000 years ago, He knew then that I would need His cleansing power over my life.  His blood has wiped my windshield clean of those sin spots,  so-to-speak, and always will.

If you would like to know this Jesus I have been speaking about, click this link and it will take you to a website that will explain what it means to be saved and it will guide you into a relationship with Him.  He loves you so much.  After all, He calls you His beloved.

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THE WRAP-UP STORY OF MAGGIE MAY

In my last post, I was telling you that I would write a wrap-up story of Maggie May and so here it is.  I didn’t think it would take me this long though.

When I mentioned writing a wrap-up story about Maggie, I said something about the name of it would be “Maggie May – The Final Rest Of The Story” but I want to change that because it sounds as if she has left this earth.  So… I have renamed this The Wrap-Up Story for Miss Maggie so it sounds a bit better.

It has been a few weeks since I wrote about the little senior dachshund that I helped re-home to the panhandle of Texas (click this link to read the last post “MAGGIE MAY – THE REST OF THE STORY”).

Maggie is a beautiful 10 year old, senior, mini dachshund.  She is a little doll and I had the honor of picking her up and having her accompany me to Abilene to meet Cheryl with Dusty Puddles Dachshund Rescue.  Cheryl agreed to take Maggie into the rescue group so she could go to a foster home and then on to her forever home.  This is the freedom video… or the journey to Abilene video…

Trip to Abilene

Cheryl was going to be transporting her to Lubbock and then a foster was going to be taking her to Hereford, Texas for a little while until a forever home was found.

This video is at Maggie’s foster home.  She fit right in there and even was unwinding by playing fetch.

Maggie’s foster fun time

Well, it didn’t take long to find that forever home.  Cheryl told me about an elderly couple that always adopts senior dachshunds and have them until they pass.  This couple travels all over and always takes their babies with them wherever they go.  So they were supposed to have a meet and greet and then take it from there.

Needless to say … Maggie made a huge hit with the folks that wanted to adopt her.

Cheryl provided a text that the new mommy sent her….

“I just got this back from the Adopter.  “… Well she shared my fish and fries, ate all of my hush puppies, explored the backyard twice, guards the front door and barks to welcome whoever arrives, and is asleep in her bed right now. The doggie door is new and she’s not sure about anything that wants to push back.  Likes to look out and sniff the winds if you hold it open though. She has explored the house from top to bottom and stays near me so far. My daughter has gone after Marsha so we will see how sleepy meets energy. Maggie is a sweet gentle soul. She is going to be loved and spoiled so rotten.

And another…

From Adopter:  “Finding out our little Maggie has food issues. Need to give her room and a safe zone to her liking or may bite. Leash does not want or like. Will come when called if off leash but has donkey streak and all four planted on leash. Has a smile when sleeping now. Makes her wants known. And uses the doggie door on her own if she can’t talk you into opening the big door for her

Sweet most of the time but like most of her kind has a one track mind that will not derail under any circumstances.”

So as you can see… Maggie is living the high life now.  She is a typical Mini Dachshund with that “donkey streak” and she is now enjoying life with her new sister, Jackie (a standard black and tan senior) and her new mommy and daddy.  She travels and is living high on life!  AND NO BARK COLLAR AND NO KENNEL!

Here are a couple of pics of the new mommy and Maggie and her new sister Jackie.  Maggie is being held by her new mommy, Karen.  Jackie is on the right.  She is a standard size dachshund.  Picture1

I am honored that I had the opportunity to help re-home this little angel.

I am dedicated to doing all I can do to help the ones without a voice – shelter babies and the ones that just need a new home.  It may be only “sharing” on Facebook or networking a baby … but until I hit the jackpot or lottery – I will continue to do as I have done for 4 years.  Share, Share, Share and Pray, Pray, Pray and Cry, Cry, Cry and Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice… I just wish the rejoicing was more often than the crying.  But… all in God’s time.

Thank you for reading the story about Miss Maggie May.  She stole my heart that day that she and Zuckie and I went to Abilene.  I would loved to have had that little senior girl.  She is in a much better place now though. She will be so happy with those folks.   It will be time one day for me to get another, but right now, my Mr. Zuckie is relishing in the place of NUMERO UNO!  Here’s Zuckie in all his glory!  His eyes will melt any heart beyond repair!

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MAGGIE MAY – THE REST OF THE STORY

Maggie May – The Rest Of The Story is a follow-up post about a 10 year old little dachshund that is having to be rehomed.  Please read on.

Good morning all.  Last week I posted TWO SENIORS – MAGGIE MAY AND LIESEL BETH.  You can click the link and read that post.  I had hoped to follow-up that post with a Part 2 and have it post by today, however, I will not be able to wrap up the story about Miss Maggie May until tomorrow.  Read on.

I plan on posting the wrap up story about Miss Maggie by Wednesday or Thursday.  I know it will be an emotional time tomorrow.  I will be picking the little one up and taking her to a Cheryl of Dusty Puddles Dachshund Rescue organization.  I will be meeting Cheryl in Abilene, Texas tomorrow.  Then Maggie will travel on to Lubbock and then her final destination will be Hereford, Texas.  This is in the Panhandle of Texas.  She will have an adventure for sure.

I believe that God loves each and every creature He has created and I located a few scriptures about that love and our responsibility to the animals of this world.  Here is an excerpt from the original post ” TWO SENIORS – MAGGIE MAY AND LIESEL BETH. ”

Here are just a few scriptures I looked up from a website called Knowing Jesus. The website is a wealth of information about many things but these are scriptures are concerning the animals of the earth and how God feels about them and how He says that we ought to treat them.

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Proverbs 27:23

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;

Job 12:7

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Psalm 50:10-11

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. “I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.

Matthew 6:26-30

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Please come back and read “Maggie May – The Final Rest Of The Story” later this week.

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TWO SENIORS – MAGGIE MAY & LIESEL BETH

Two Seniors, Maggie May and Liesel Beth.  They are two mini Dachshunds that have touched my life in a huge way. With the happenings of this past week, I have to write about them. I want to add a disclaimer here, at the beginning, so whoever is reading this does not misconstrue anything I am going to say about the owner of Maggie. I do not believe the owner has mistreated, neglected or abused this baby girl in any way. The owner is simply at a crossroads in her life and has to make a very difficult decision. This post does point out and make reference to people in this world that do mistreat, neglect and abuse God’s creatures and/or creation, which I believe is wrong in many ways. God loves His creation, whether it is His humankind, animals or the earth and all that is in it. He created all things and it was good.

Genesis 1:31

31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

So, with that preface, I will continue down a little bit of memory lane with Liesel Beth and then on to Maggie May’s story. I will tell you now that this post is different than any I have written before and probably will again. So, I hope you read with an open heart and mind and hear my heart.

Sometimes, when I don’t really know what to write about for my blog, I sit at my computer ready to type and wait for God to tell me what He wants me to share with you. Tonight I can’t seem to sit still or hold my mind still enough to listen for His voice. I finally sit and listen. God speaks and I hear in my heart… “What has happened that is near and dear to your heart this past week?” The first thing that pops into my head is the text I got from a lady that was the previous owner of my little Liesel that I lost December 1, 2015 to Lymphoma.

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Liesel Beth

Liesel, for those of you that don’t know, was my little Red Dapple Dachshund that I rescued 2 ½ years ago. She wasn’t in an “abusive” situation as most people would think, however, neglect is abuse. She came to me not knowing how to play, show love or accept love. It took her about a year before she began to open up and really blossom. She had learned to love life. She got to sleep on the “big bed” instead of her kennel. She got to run and play out in the back yard during the day instead of being in her kennel 10-12 hours a day with a Labrador. She was able to go in the car and enjoy the ride from her car seat instead of being placed in a soft-sided kennel for transport. Anyway, you get the idea. She had been thought of as only a dog and not a member of the family. She became a member of our family almost immediately. She was skinny and so shy, yet had that red head personality. A little firecracker. So, her birthday was declared July 4th. Being a rescue we didn’t really know when her birthday was but we knew about how many years she was… so I declared July 4th as her birthday. She fit it quite well, too!

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Liesel and Zuckie

She was 7 when I got her and 9 ½ when I lost her. Only 2 ½ years with her and yet she brightened our lives so much. She was the funniest little thing. A mini Dachshund weighing only about 10 pounds when we got her. She gained more weight and then some. She was, after all, a senior and you know, weight just doesn’t come off as easily, right? Being a senior never really slowed her down until close to the end. I love to hear a story that my father tells about Liesel. One time he walked out into the back yard and Liesel and Zuckie (my standard dachshund) were out there barking their head off.   An unfortunate squirrel had found himself caught inside the fence that surrounded dad’s garden and there were two barking dogs on the outside of the fence just dying to get in or get the squirrel out. The squirrel would run back and forth and never outrun the barking. Then, dad said that it was almost like slow motion, the squirrel decided to take a flying leap to the fence (about 6 feet from the back of the garden fence). He said that the poor squirrel could not have timed it worse, being that Liesel was waiting for that fatal jump and Liesel was as fast as could be, when she wanted to be. Liesel jumped up in the air at the same time that the squirrel did and grabbed him in the middle. Squirrel jumpingDad said she hit the ground and shook the poor squirrel so hard it broke his neck and killed him instantly, I suppose. She laid it down and looked over at my dad as if to say, “See, I still have it in me.” Dad said Zuckie had just sat down and watched the drama unfold. It was entirely too much effort for him to enter into the kill. So, he watched. Dad said it was so hilarious that he laughed at that crazy little girl and then took her prize and threw it away. Now the bird feeders were a little safer … there was one less squirrel in the neighborhood. She was a clown sometimes, that’s for sure.

When the diagnoses came back as lymphoma, it was a sad day. We had all grown so close to her and her to us that I couldn’t imagine being without her now. She was a happy, go-lucky girl until the last week when breathing became so labored that it was difficult to even walk across the room without getting winded. The cancer had probably spread into her lungs, doc said – the most compassionate Veterinarian I have ever known – Dr. Kirk Weicht. He is a good friend and the best animal doc I have ever known. Little Liesel lasted only 1 month after diagnosis and we miss her terribly.

Now, fast forward to 3 days ago. The previous owner of my baby girl, Liesel, texted me and said she had a friend that needed to re-home her 10 year old dachshund and was I ready for another. I answered her “No, I can’t right now, but I will help find her a home.” I would so love to take in little Maggie May, but I just can’t right now. I will have another rescue girl one day, just not right now.

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Maggie May

The owner of the little girl texted me in a little while and gave me some details. This lady had just had a baby (seven days old) and this little Maggie girl was a mini Dachshund that she has had since she was six weeks old! Maggie had begun barking incessantly and having bathroom issues in the house. The husband was apparently more irritated with this situation than she because she told me that he had trouble responding in a good way to this apparent new behavior of this senior baby. So, I gathered all the information and pictures I could get from the Mrs. and began the process of finding Miss Maggie May a new forever home (I added the May … Maggie May. It just fit and sounded right).

The next day, I got busy posting pictures and information about Maggie on Facebook. You see, if you don’t know, I work on Facebook, along with many others, to help place babies that have been left at shelters or abandoned or just found as a stray. Many have been abused and in need of special medical attention, love and care. Others are ones that have just dumped by their owners. Discarded as a piece of trash, not thinking or caring about the feelings, yes I said feelings, of the baby they just spent 1, 5 or 10 years with. Then there are the really irritating ones that dump the senior at the shelter to go home with a puppy or kitten. That is the epitome of selfishness, as far as we “rescuers” are concerned.

We work very hard and strong to find homes for the homeless babies all across America and sometimes beyond. The ones that don’t have a voice of their own, we are their voice. So… with that said, I will step down off of my “Rescue Soap Box” and get on with this post.SOAP BOX

Like I said, I got busy and posted information about Maggie. Almost immediately she had some attention. I had a couple of individuals and one Dachshund rescue group that wanted her. When I contacted the owner about the fast response, she began crawfishing on me. Now, that term is one you may not know. Then, if you are from Texas or Louisiana or somewhere like that, you may know what that means. It means she started backing up and changing her mind about rehoming Maggie. She said she had been doing some reading and talking to a vet about her latest behavior. She said they were going to try to make a go of it. She told me that she had also bought some essential oils and a thunder vest for her and apparently she was barking less. However, she did potty in the bed, lying next to her, the night before. She told me that she read that they will do that when they are stressed and her hubby stresses Maggie out most, she said. However, they were going to try the patient thing and see what happens.

So, everyone that was interested in taking this baby into their life was put on hold for now. Until the emotional, new mom could make her decision to let her 10 year old Dachshund baby go, that she has had since she was six weeks old. I know this is a very hard decision. My heart is very heavy for the lady. However, one has to, or should, keep in mind, that when you get a dog or cat – or any animal for that matter – they are not “just a dog” or “just a cat” or “just a pet”. They should be thought of as part of the family. They have feelings and emotions just like we do. God was their creator too! He put things inside the animals of the world just like He did with you and me.

I know this post is quite different than any other I have done in the past or probably will do in the future. The happenings of this past week were just a reminder of my baby girl Liesel and how special she had become in a short time. Also, how many senior babies I see on Facebook that are discarded and forgotten. NOT that this owner was doing that with Maggie. Not at all! It just brings up all the ones that I have seen in the last four years since I have been on Facebook and involved in rescue.

God loves His creation. Whether it is the majestic mountains that reach for the sky or the beautiful meadows full of wild flowers. Even the tiny rabbit that hops around in that green meadow, or the fish in the ocean or the birds of the air. All things great and small are our Father’s and He made it all good.

This old world, with its enormous amount of humans walking around on it, is groaning. Groaning for the return of God’s Son, Jesus. Many people on this planet have just plain abandoned any compassion or kindness for others or any living thing. One day, when all is said and done, they will have to answer to my Father, who is in Heaven. God will require an account be given for our actions… good and bad.

Romans 14:10-13

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

Here are just a few scriptures I looked up from a website called Knowing Jesus. The website is a wealth of information about many things but these are scriptures are concerning the animals of the earth and how God feels about them and how He says that we ought to treat them.

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Proverbs 27:23

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;

Job 12:7

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Psalm 50:10-11

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. “I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.

Matthew 6:26-30

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

As I said this post is a bit different. I want it mostly to help make you aware that there are folks that just plain don’t give a darn. That is, give a darn about another living creature, human or animal, or the world for that matter. God loves all of His creation. He put us – humans – in charge of the animals of this world and the world itself, to take care of it. Not to abuse, neglect or destroy any part of the world or the living things in it. I personally cannot comprehend the mind of some people that have mistreated or hurt another living thing, human or animal. I worked with a lady one time that told me that Michael Vick didn’t know any better than what he did because that is how he was raised. She said “Leah, he was raised around dog fighting. That is just what they did.” For those of you that don’t know… Michael Vick had a dog fighting ring at his mansion and claimed he didn’t really know what was going on. RUBBISH! Michael Vick made a choice, as others do, to hurt, maim or kill a living creature that God created – or have someone else do it while you watch or benefit from the proceeds. That is wrong and no one can convince me that any human being doesn’t know that. If they live in this world, they know that hurting, maiming or killing another living creature (human or animal) is wrong.

Oooops… I got up on that Soap Box again,… well, to get along with the “rest of the story” will have to wait for the next post. I have heard from Maggie May’s owner and she is ready to make the hard decision to let her go and rehome her. I have alerted the Dachshund Rescue group and they are ready whenever. I will follow-up with Part 2 when it is all over with. It will be a new and exciting road for Miss Maggie May and I will be there with her to make sure she is well taken care of the rest of her life.

Thanks for reading this post and any other that you may have. I love to write and have been on a hiatus for a long time. I posted one last Monday and this one is on Monday again. I hope to get back to writing more often but I will write when prompted by God. He places things on my heart to share and this one was a surprise to me.   I did not sit down and intend to write about the abuse that goes on in the world of dogs, cats and otherwise. As I typed, words just began to flow out of my fingers and I felt compelled to continue to share about the shelter animals that have no voice. You see, I believe that God’s heart breaks for the animals “left behind” just as it does for the humans that have the same demise. He hurts when we hurt because He loves us so much! After all, He calls us His beloved!

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WAITING FOR MY INSTRUCTIONS

“I’m waiting for my instructions”. “Instructions are: You fix it, I will eat it”.

As I sit here and wonder why God spoke to my heart when I overheard my mom and dad recite these words this morning, I think of all the other things that He reminded me of throughout the week. I can just be doing anything and see a butterfly, or hear the wind rustle through the trees or… this time of year, hear he cicadas singing in the trees… I will get to that in a moment… and I think of how wonderful God is and how He cares for us.

First I want to bring your attention back to the conversation I overheard. This phrase, that were lovingly spoken by two people – that had no idea I was paying attention – is but one of many that I overhear these two folkDSCN0777s saying. You see, most of you may know, my mom (86) and dad (84) live with me, and have for 6 years, and it has been quite a journey. It has been a blessing to have them share my life and me theirs. They have been married for 67 years. 67 YEARS! That is a long, long time. You just don’t find that kind of commitment these days. Today many folks get married with the thought in mind that “if it don’t work out, I can always get divorced.” That attitude permeates the young and old today. Instant gratification and throw it away when you don’t see any use for it any longer.

My mom and dad have been through so much “life” and have come out on the other side as survivors of it all. Through sickness, personal trials, natural disasters and heart aches, yet there was joy, happiness, peace and love. LOVE… that is what makes it all go around! Love is how they have survived 67 years together. Firstly, love for our Heavenly Father and secondly love for each other. Even though they h65th Anniversayrad some problems, there was always that bond of love. I am so thankful that they taught us kids this. To love our Heavenly Father first! Then each other – family second and I forgot… hard work in a job. That is another thing that some of the young folks – and I guess some of the older ones too – don’t really appreciate, is a job. For me, it is being without a job that brings to mind how important it is to have one. Even a low paying one in a call center – like I had for 2 years and 3 months. So… back to the Love… That is a grand thing to have love in your family. Loving and caring for one another covers a lot of bad. We may not agree on everything in our lives but we do love each other greatly!

So, back to that conversation I overheard. Mom: “I’m waiting for my instructions”. Dad: “Instructions are: You fix it, I will eat it”. No, she doesn’t really have to ask for his instructions on what to fix for breakfast. She doesn’t even have to fix breakfast, but she does because she loves my dad and wants to fix what he would like.

To top that off, my dad is one of the easiest men to please when it comes to eating. He can be happy with a bologna sandwich and chips or a steak and baked potato. He can eat just about anything. Even Liver and Onions! We all three love that! Mom and I kid around about how we have to clean the refrigerator out pretty regularly because, we say, he would eat things in there that had mold on them even! YIKES!!! He just scrapes it off and eats what’s underneath… well, that may be stretching it a little bit, but he is very easy to please.

Also, my mother… she is one wonderful lady. She is a very easily pleased lady, as well. She is a quiet, unassuming and very loving and caring lady … really both of my parents are very loving and caring. Mom is a survivor for sure, too! SheMOM AND DAD 2 has been through the ringer at least 2-3 times in her 86 years and she keeps bouncing back, or God keeps giving us more time with her and we are ever so grateful!

The two people that had that wonderful little dialogue are so very special to me and many, many others. They have touched lives as they have traveled along theirs. The lives are really too many to count. From Vacation Bible School to Sermons on the Good Shepherd, leading the Youth Group from church to witnessing at the jail for 10 years and so much more. These two people have placed God in the center of their life and marriage and it has flourished – their love for God and each other and for their fellow man.

I just want to say thank you, mom and dad, for all you have done and I don’t think I say it enough. You two are my rock! You are my wonderful parents and I love overhearing all of the little conversations in our home, each and every one of them. It makes our home a home. A loving, warm and welcoming place for others to come and join us in life. We may not have a big, fancy house, but the one we have is a home full of love. We keep the Main thing the Main thing – Love God, Love People. That is the main thing. God will bless and even allow you to experience miracles in your life if you do this.

Another way to look at this phrase … at least the first part… or put it all together and change it up just a bit… and let’s tell God that…  “I am waiting on my instructions, God.  You say it and I will do it.”  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful conversation to have with God?  God loves us so much that He would delight in that opening sentence to a conversation with Him.

We, as Christians, should be willing to say those words to the Creator.  The One Whom all things exist from and Who holds it ALL together, knowing He would never ask us to do something that would harm us or be detrimental to us in any way.  He loves us so much!

Psalm 25:4-5

 Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

Now… for the second topic I wanted to cover in this post… I know it is a strange combination and I thought of doing them as separate posts, but felt led to do them together because of the connection. The miracle of two folks staying together 67 years in spite of all the life things that could have torn them apart and the miracle of the Cicadas. Yep, you heard right… the Cicadas. I told you it was a strange combination. Read on to be awed by yet another wonder of our Great and Mighty God that created this magnificent world of ours.CICADA

Now, you hear them every summer. The trees sing with their song of courtship. In the heat of the summer the sound of the Cicada can be very loud and it gets your attention. I have always loved this sound of summer. It reminds me of sitting on the porch at my grandmother and grandfather’s house in Fort Worth.   We would sit out there in the early evening and drink a glass of iced tea or coffee and just sit and enjoy each other’s company. Then the singing would begin in the trees. You couldn’t really see what was making the noise but you knew there must be a lot of them to make that loud of a noise.

Also, there was always the brown shell left behind… but what kind of “bug” sheds their shell and climbs up in the trees and makes the wonderful sound?inspiredbyin Well, I have always called them katydids but those are a large kind of a grasshopper. The Cicada is different kind of “bug”, if you will. They are a very interesting and diligent little thing. The miracle of these little creatures is so fascinating. I think some of the Cicada’s song is a praise to its Creator.  Every being knows their Creator.  Jesus said that even the rocks would cry out if no one praised Him, so I believe that every creature has their own way of praising their Creator.

Luke 19:37-40

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:

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Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The Cicada waits for just the right time to emerge and go through its ritual of finding a mate, laying eggs and then ending the cycle of its life.  It waited, did what it was supposed to do then went the way of everything else on the earth.  God is so awesome.

There has to be… as if I didn’t already know… there has to be an Intelligent Being that created all of this. He thought of absolutely everything and His creation is so magnificent that I get overwhelmed at its beauty and its … well, magnificence! God is so good and loves us so much to give us such a beautiful world to live in. As I have said before… He could have given us a black and white world and we would never have known anything different. But He didn’t … because He loves variety and color and … He loves us! So He gave us things like the Cicada to wonder about and to be in wonder of.  He calls us His beloved and He shows us in so many ways that He loves us!  We just have to take notice and thank Him for them.  God-god-the-creator-9773541-1013-803

Please take the time to watch this short documentary on this wonderful little wonder. You probably have an idea about them, but there is at least one thing in this short documentary that you may not know. Please watch and be in awe of our Creator and how the Plan of life for the Cicada is a wonderful one.

The Video – The Return of the Cicadas

This video is a song by Bryan Doerksen and it depicts the wonderful earth and various wildlife that definitely knows their creator. Enjoy!

The Song – Creation Calls  by Bryan Doerksen

The Video – Creation Calls by Bryan Doerksen

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HUMBLED BY HIS GRACE

I know some of you out there can relate instantly by the title of this post – Humbled By His Grace. Some of you just haven’t gotten there yet and I suppose you will eventually. The sooner the better though. God is a wonderful and magnificent God. His Grace and Mercy is overwhelmingly humbling to me. The Big Picture God is a God of Wonder and Majesty and a lot of the time He is shrouded in Mystery. He allows us to see only a glimpse of Him in this life. However, He loves us so very much He wants to let us in on bits and pieces of the Big Picture from time to time. You say “Why not let us see it all now?” Well, for one thing, I don’t believe we could actually take the entire Big Picture at one time. If so we might get puffed up and too sure of ourselves with some things or… we might see things that were disturbing and frightening. I am not sure which would be worse. To be so proud that we quit relying on God for our every step, or being so afraid of what is about to happen that we are afraid to trust Him for the outcome.

I get an email every morning from Our Daily Bread, which is a daily devotional. I enjoy reading this because there are many, many times I read it and it hits me right where it needs to that particular day. Some time back, there was one entitled “Feeling Insignificant?” Here are the first two paragraphs of that particular daily devotional.UNIVERSE

“We are among seven billion people who coexist on a tiny planet that resides in a small section of a rather insignificant solar system. Our earth, in reality, is just one miniscule blue dot among millions of celestial bodies that God created. On the gigantic canvas that is our universe, our beautiful, majestic Earth appears as a tiny speck of dust.

That could make us feel extremely unimportant and inconsequential. However, God’s Word suggests that just the opposite is true. Our great God, who “measured the waters in the hollow of His hand” (Isa. 40:12), has singled out each person on this planet as supremely important, for we are made in His image.”

This particular daily devotional humbled me to a point when I read it, as it always does, when I think of how BIG God is and how minute we are (and yes, that word, minute, is spelled correctly but not meaning a measure of time but VERY, VERY small). On that same train of thought… I have been given a wonderful opportunity to view a particular part of my life with the rose colored glasses removed – if only for a brief moment in time. This doesn’t happen very often, if ever, in a person’s life and I am so humbled and brought to a feeling of awe and amazement in my God.

You see, I met someone that shared with me a dream they had. In that dream, they met a woman and was told by God that this woman would be “the one” and would do great things. Then this person saw me at a distance shortly after that dream (a few days) and “knew” that I was the woman in their dream. We had never met and didn’t know anyone that knew each other… you know… the Six Degrees of Separation thing. At least we haven’t found that out yet. Now you may be wondering about who this person is. Well, let me just say that this is a very special person and will be in my life for some time to come. I don’t know how long and I am not sure they even know. I do know one thing though… when this person was relaying all the particulars to this dream and happenings around this dream, I began to see puzzle pieces being placed together and “snapped” into place. The puzzle pieces from years ago! Not just recently, but at least 3 years ago or more.4916213896_d919133936_b

Now, I believe “All things work together for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose”. Romans 8:28. I have believed it with every fiber of my being before and if it’s possible, I believe it even more this very moment. God allowed me to see a glimpse of where He has brought me from and the path He has set my foot to now. He has given me the assurance to know that I know that I know that I am in the exact place that I am supposed to be. That is very humbling to me. It shows me that our God is not a God of mystery in a bad sense of the word. He is a God that loves His children and simply cannot share every detail of our life to preserve us, not to confuse or hurt us. I am telling you… to know the information that I have learned is such a wonderful thing and yet I guard it with my very soul. Why? Because it is precious and wonderful to me. So, you may ask… “Why are you spreading it all over the world, then, on this post?” Well, there are many more details that I am not sharing because it is just not right. However, God laid it on my heart to share what I have shared so far because He wants all of His children to know He loves them and He has a plan for each and every one. He loves you, the person that is reading this post, right now. He loves you so much! He wants you to know, as I wrote in an earlier post – “Beauty for Ashes”.

“Holy is the Lord our God. Almighty, Omnipotent Majesty. The Most High God. This same God that fashioned the universe and called the world into being, knows you by name. He has ordained this time in your life. This very minute. This exact second. The Father is concerned with all that concerns you. He knows your heart. He knows your struggles. He has seen you in the times of incredible victory and He has been there in the times when you have been overwhelmingly defeated. Calling you by name… crying out to you to cast your cares upon Him. He calls out to you now with a still small voice. Come to me… all who are tired and weary with cares. Find rest in my arms. Come home.”humbled-751386[1].1

This particular paragraph speaks to my life so much. You see, He was there when I was overwhelmingly defeated when I was in an abusive marriage that I didn’t know how to get out of.  Also, He was there when I was literally “walking on the mountain tops” when I had the opportunity, years ago, to attend an event called “Christian Artists Seminar in the Rockies”. I can see, a little more now, how every step has led me to this point in my life. Do I see all that is before me? NO! Never! I do know that as long as I rely on my God He will direct my paths and it will be ALL FOR GOOD!

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I am not sure who this post will speak to. I do know this, this post is speaking to someone right now. It is speaking to your heart and it is speaking volumes to you. God is NOT through with you yet. It has been a long row to hoe but I tell you this… keep trusting that He has a plan. The perfect plan for your life. Trust His heart when you can’t see His hand and know that He loves you so very much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – You Are Amazing God – Chris Tomlin

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PATCHWORK

Is there patchwork showing in your life?

I began this post some time back with just the title and first sentence. Many times during the day/week/month, I get little snippets from the Holy Spirit and I try to write them down when I hear them in my spirit. Why? Because I will forget … lol. Really, though, I try to record them in some way because they always … ALWAYS … mean something eventually, even if it is a month later. I am always able to relate to them and I believe share those moments with you when they become a full thought and something to relate to my walk with The Lord. I got the “word” one day when I was traveling imagesalong a road that had been recently patched with tar. The road had potholes and the like from bad weather that had been in the area for a while. So the potholes and all the cracks created quite a rough ride as I traveled down once before so the road crews had made it nice and smooth again.SMOOTH ROAD

Now this post could go many directions. The first thing that came to mind is the potholes and cracks (so-to-speak) in our lives as human beings living on this revolving globe. However, that is not the first path I want to take. I will pick this train of thought up in a moment. First I want to go the direction that is right before us today.

As I sit here in my mother’s hospital room, she naps in the quite stillness, while the only noise is the Echocardiogram making its occasional sound… well, actually it’s the sound of my mother’s heartbeat making the soft pumping sound as the heart is doing its job and pumping blood through her body.  This is an amazing thing to watch the valves open and shut as the blood is pumped in and out of this magnificent muscle called the heart.  That will have to be another post someday.  She is peaceful and resting well. this-echocardiogram-presents-the-heart-from-a-different-perspective-560x412My father is sitting in the easy chair (as easy as it can be in a hospital) and his head is leaned forward and he is napping as well. He has been so worried about my mother and so have all of us… even some of you reading this blog post. I have wonderful friends and family scattered across this wide, wonderful world of ours… which is actually not ours… but the wonderful Lord’s, which is also another post in the making.

So, this room is a patchwork in and of itself. In it there are three lives that have been touched in so many ways by life events. The latest one being my mom’s bout with what we thought was another TIA (mini stroke). Yet, turns out it is just – and I use that word lightly – pneumonia instead of a stroke. Which we will take pneumonia over stroke any day! Right!? So, some of the patchwork in her life along with my father’s and mine is the illnesses she has endured and overcome in the last 6 years, not to mention the last 75 or so. She is 86 years old and has survived cancer, heart attack, stroke and a myriad of other things that could do a normal person in. However, she is a strong, wonderful lady that keeps beating the odds. So, that alone is a lot of patchwork between the three of us here in this hospital room.

Now let’s talk about the patchwork in a Christian’s life. The patchwork that God makes into a beautiful thing. This reminds me of the other day in Sunday School. One of the ladies had made a beautiful patchwork quilt. It was some design that was absolutely beautiful. She made it and another lady hung it on the wall so we could all enjoy it and that we did… enjoyed it greatly! We all oohed and aahed over it (how do you spell those anyway?)… lol. Nonetheless, it brought great attention and admiration by us all.patchwork-pepi  This picture is not the one in the Sunday School class but a beautiful one indeed.

OK, back on track now… a Christian’s patchwork that God makes into a beautiful thing. All of the life events that we endure, or survive, create a sort of patchwork quilt. Some of the shapes are the same and some are not. But they all fit together some way or another. God is the One that must fit them together, though, to make a beautiful masterpiece. We sometimes try to make it on our own but it never works that way.  If we are a Christian, we need to rely on God to lead us in the way He would have us go.  NOT the way we want to go.  The Bible tells us we are His masterpiece.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  (New Living Translation used)

Rick Warren says “The reason you have value is because of what God says about you, not because of what other people say about you.” (excerpt from article “You Are God’s Masterpiece” – click the link to go to the full article).

Now to mention the tar that is used on a road to make it smooth again, it may need to be done over and over again until the road has to be completely remade to make it the best. Believe you me, I have felt like my life has been remade many times and I am living one of those remakes now.  The road patches are something different than the beautiful quilt for sure. But the same idea is used. Patch something together to make it better. The pieces of the fabric that make up the quilt are really no good by themselves. Just like the tar. If it stays in the bucket it is of no use. So, if the fabric is pieced together by a master quilt maker then it becomes a beautiful work of art that you can hang on the wall or use for warmth. Either way, it is beautiful. The road… the tar is perfect for the patching of the road and it makes the roads a much nicer trip.

God takes the pieces of our lives, some little pieces and some big pieces, and fits them all together to make a beautiful work of art. He is the One Master Quilt Maker for sure!  I think the quilt He is making in my life is a continual one. As time goes on, it is getting bigger and bigger with all of these life events that I have gone through. We all have them though. I guess the quilt – or the beautiful work of art – will never be finished until we see His face. Oh that will be Glory!

So as you travel along the path in your life and the “life events” happen, remember it is just another piece of fabric – the patchwork in your life – for God to use to create a beautiful masterpiece. God loves you so much! He will continue to use the patchwork in your life –  if you allow Him – to make a beautiful masterpiece. After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – The Masterpiece

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CREATION CALLS

This is basically a post I posted back in May and it was entitled “HORSE AND FAIRIES, DOGS, MICE AND DUCKS, OH MY!”  I am running short on time and want to repost because I love bringing people’s attention to God’s Creation! I have added a wonderful video called Creation Calls. This is an awesome video that displays God’s wonderful creation. I know you will enjoy it!

Thank you for allowing me to repost from time to time. Sometimes I find myself in a time crunch and need a little grace. Enjoy!

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I love to enjoy God’s Creation!  The other day on my way home from work I saw the coolest cloud formations.  There was one long wispy line of clouds from North West to South West and it seemed to be the only clouds in the sky..  It was so pretty and unusual. CLOUDS It obviously was blown by the winds up high and it made quite a display.  I began taking pictures of it and noticed one of the formations of clouds resembled a horse… wispy yes, but still a horse.  I loved it!  I posted it on Facebook and others said they saw the horse as well… which made me feel better … lol.  Anyway, I love finding shapes in the different cloud formations.  Usually you find great things in the big white fluffy looking clouds easily.  But the wispy ones are just pretty because of the wind that blows them around so to find a shape of any kind in them is unusual.  I have always found shapes in clouds.  One time I was driving from Fort Worth to Dallas and in one trip I found the whole cast of Disney cartoon characters. I discovered Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck and so many more. It was such fun and quite entertaining… not to mention it might have been a bit dangerous to be gazing up into the beautiful blue sky with the white fluffy clouds catching my attention as opposed to watching the highway… nonetheless… I made it OK and had fun on my trek to Big D.

My point in all this is that God is so good to givGOD MAKES IT GROWe us beauty in the skies and the earth.  I have stated before that God’s beauty is all around us and all we have to do is stop and take notice.  Never be too busy to absorb the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, or the rain clouds headed our way.  Even the rain drops on the flowers and plants after the storm has passed is beautiful to me.  Everything sparkles and is so fresh and clean.

I have always said that God could have given us a black and white world and we would never know the BLACK AND WHITEdifference.  But He didn’t!  Black and White has its own kind of beauty but there is no comparison to the colorful world that He did give us!  God loves color and all different shapes and sizes of things!  He gave us the most beautiful birds, animals and fish and sea creatures along with all the plant life on this planet.  He placed us (man) in charge of it all and we really need to stop and enjoy His gifts at least once in a while.  I used to love to camp in a tent (when I was MUCH younger) so I could hear the world come to life in the morning and hear the nightfall with all the sounds at dusk and into the night.  I loved falling asleep to the cricketGOD'S CREATIONs, whippoorwills and bullfrogs.  It was so peaceful and relaxing. Gazing into God’s night sky with the cozillion stars… I know that probably is not a real word… but Forrest used it so I can too… lol.

We are told in 1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”  These sites that are being spoken of here does not mean for everyone to see and hear… these special, spectacular sites are in Heaven are only … ONLY… for those that love Him.  I, myself, cannot wait to see those “sites” that He has prepared for me and us! HEAVEN If you love God you have certainly accepted His Son Jesus into your life and allowed Him to help guide you through this life here on earth.  For without Jesus… you will not see these beautiful sites that God has in store for us.  I want you all to be there with me!  We can celebrate together and dance the streets of gold with Jesus!  If you have not accepted Jesus into your life yet, please pray to receive Him today into your heart.  This link is to a website that will help you find “The Way” to God through His Son Jesus!  (Bible.org)  If you would rather talk to someone about it, call your local church or contact a Christian friend or neighbor. Also, please feel free to contact me anytime!  I would love to hear from you!  Reach out and talk to God today… He is waiting to hear from you, after all you are His beloved child.

The Video – Creation Calls – Brian Doerksen

The Song – Great And Marvelous – Scott Cameron

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His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Again

Here I am again, posting His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Again and I beg your indulgence to re-post a previous post.  This is probably one of my favorites and I know it’s one of my dad’s favorites.  I was telling a girlfriend about it the other day and that morning that I saw all this unfold, it was incredible.  God is so good and He shows me examples of His goodness and His humor every day.

When I am not writing a post for my Prayer series, I will either deviate to writing something that is appropriate for the day or post a previous post and this is one of those times I am going to post a previous one that was well liked.

In this post His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Again, I remind us that God will always provide for our needs.  We just have to have faith and believe.  He loves all of us so much and likewise loves the creatures of His world.  This story is a wonderful example of provision and warning… read on and see what I mean.

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I have seen a prime example of His Eye Is On The Sparrow  and I wish I had had a camera at my fingertips that morning.

A few weeks ago I am standing at the kitchen sink watching my House Sparrow bird house because we have a clutch of 3 babies waiting to fly away.  They still have about His Eye Is On The Sparrow - Againa week left but I look at them every day to keep up with the progress.  Momma and Daddy Sparrow are busy feeding and flying… that seems to be all they ever do… they must get exhausted.  One arrives with bugs in its mouth and the other hops out of the nest hole and takes off… the one with the bugs sticks its head in and out of the hole feeding the loud, hungry babies.  Every year we have been here (which was 5 years on May 2, 2014) we have had at least 2 nests of babies.  Last year we had four nests of babies in that same house throughout the summer months.  I am looking forward to more this year as well.  This is our first clutch this season.

Anyway, I was standing there just looking out and a Mockingbird caught my eye.  His Eye Is On The Sparrow - AgainHe chased a bug of some sort and had landed in the street just at the end of our driveway with it in his beak.  He put the bug down for just a split second and all of a sudden I saw a House Sparrow swoop in and grab that bug and take off into the shrubs across the street.  What drama!  The Mockingbird looked so stunned and surprised!  That little sparrow waHis Eye Is On The Sparrow - Agains moving so fast I bet the Mockingbird didn’t even see him swoop in and snatch that bug right out from under his beak!  All he knew was that his bug was gone!  In an instant!  This was a priceless drama that morning in a “day in the life of God’s Kingdom” that unfolded right before my eyes!  I so wish I had captured it on video!

Now there are several trails of thought I could go down here.  One is you better guard what you have with all you have or someone will come and steal it in a blink of an eye… another is “survival of the fittest” and another “only the strong survive” … but I choose to go down another trail of thought because when it happened right before my eyes … God said… “Here’s another topic to write about”, “I provide for the Sparrows and I will provide for you!”  Oh My Goodness!  I loved it!  God speaks to me in the greatest times!  You may actually have already determined which trail of thought that I might be going down now.  And you would be right if you guessed “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” trail of thought.  I love that song.  It has been one of my favorite songs for many years. His Eye Is On The Sparrow - Again

Here are my thoughts on this subject.  God provides!  Simple as that.  God provides for His children!  You may have to work at it but the provision is there.  Being a Christian does not mean we sit back on our laurels, haunches or backsides and have God dole out the “goods”.  God told us in His Word that He will provide for His own.  However, we must do our part!  In God’s Word – Matthew 6:26-27 it says 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?”  and Philippians 4:19 says “19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”   I also found a wonderful website Bible.org and this particular page from that website talks about some various names of God.  Here is an excerpt from that site:

“The Revelation of the Name Jehovah-JirehGenesis 22:12-14. The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord Who will see to it that my every need is met. One Who knows my need because He sees. One Who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and One Who can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac’s place. For us it is whatever we need.” 

I love that about Ggod-provides-for-his-peopleod!  He sees and He provides!  God is never late… God is always on time in His provision.  We just have to step out in faith and know that He is God and we are not!  Why would He have brought you this far to let you go?  He wouldn’t!  He loves you!  He cares for you!  He will always be there for you!  If He provides for the birds of the air, how much more precious are you to Him!  Remember you are His beloved!

I know and understand how hard it is to step out in trust, and I also know that God will provide for your every need.  Not your every “want” but “need”.  Read the scriptures over again.  Let them sink deep into your soul and realize God Loves You!  He sent His son to earth to walk among us and to be our example.  Then He lived a sinless life and died on the cross for our sins and rose on the 3rd day just for you!  You, me and the rest of the world!  For Us!  He love you so much!  After all, He calls you His beloved.

The 1st video I am including is one of Larnelle Harris singing His Eye Is On The Sparrow at a Gaither Tent Revival.  After he sings Bill Gaither talks with Cliff Barrows and he recalls a Billy Graham Crusade where this wonderful lady sang the same song. The 2nd video that I have included here is that precious soul that is in the presence of Jesus now… Ethel Waters.  She sang at Billy Graham Crusades and this particular video is one of her singing at one.  Sit back and see how much she loves Jesus and knows her God loves her and watches over her!  Enjoy!

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YELLOWSTONE OR BUST

I wrote this last year sometime and wanted to share with the readers of my blog. I wrote it in 2 parts at first but have combined both into one for this post. I have enjoyed writing and sharing God’s words with all of you. This is a great post and one I think you will enjoy … even if you have read it before. I am including 2 songs because I couldn’t decide which was most appropriate… because of combining, I have two different subjects… God’s wonderful creation and Living Water of Jesus Christ. Read on and enjoy!
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We were driving along the highway to our final destination, which was miles away.  It was getting dark and we found ourselves in Nebraska when the sun set and still when the sun was long gone.  It began to get dark and darker.  About 10 pm it was just plain dark.  No city lights, not many car lights and the light of our headlights seemed brighter than usual because of the darkness that enveloped us out in the country.  We were on a mission to discover Yellowstone National Park but we were always on a journey to discover – period.  So, the suggestion was made to pull off the main highway onto one of the country roads and drive a ways down and stop the car, turn it off and just stand there and look up.  So this is what we did and Oh My Goodness!  What beauty and breathtaking awesomeness.  p712819798-3The stars and moon shone so bright it was so beautiful!  The Milky Way could be seen so plainly.  We stood there in the quiet stillness of the night and God’s vast beauty just soaking it in.  Oh how I wish I had known The Creator like I do now.  Nonetheless, He revealed His magnificence to us that night on that country road in Nebraska.  That was only the beginning of our journey and it got even better as we continued.  Later on in the trip, we found ourselves staring up at the huge magnificence of the Rocky Mountains and the refreshing sound of the running river below.  We experienced the wonderful awakening of the day in Custer State Park.  The gentle breeze rustling through the Aspen and Pine trees, and the low lying clouds on the tops of the trees as the morning came alive was one experience I will never forget.  We even experienced the wildlife of Yellowstone. 3 From the little chipmunk climbing up on our laps and reaching in our pockets for those desirable peanuts to the gigantic moose standing in the middle of a stream feeding on the bottom.  There were so many experiences and so many sites to see that it was the most memorable vacation I had ever taken.  God’s beauty is everywhere!

If you don’t do anything else today, tell God how wonderful His creation is!  He loves to hear us tell Him how much we appreciate what He has given us. 33101_web I will never understand how anyone… ANYONE could not see and proclaim the glory of God by looking at His creation!  It is simply and utterly amazing and beautiful!  I could go on and on about that… but I will leave it at that and ask you to reply to me in the days to come to tell me what you have stopped and admired and thanked God for in the beautiful earth that He has given.

The Song – How Great Is Our God – The Singing Men Of North Central Texas

In the Northern part of Yellowstone there are these natural hot springs that are fascinating.  There is one called Morning Glory Poolyellowstone-national-park-morning-glory-pool_jpgThis is a YouTube Video of it.  It is beautiful and one that I remember because of the colors that it has and the unmistakable shape that reminds you of a Morning Glory flower – one of my favorites. There are several hot springs up there but the one that is most popular is probably Old Faithful!  This also was a fascinating site.  This hot springs, as you may know erupts every 91 minutes which is why they call it Old Faithful… it always erupts every 91 minutes and is faithful to show its power every time. old-faithful-geyser_20423_600x450 It amazes many people that visit the area.  Some of the first visitors had this to say about it:.

In the early days of the park, Old Faithful was often used as a laundry:

Old Faithful is sometimes degraded by being made a laundry. Garments placed in the crater during quiescence are ejected thoroughly washed when the eruption takes place. Gen. Sheridan’s men, in 1882, found that linen and cotton fabrics were uninjured by the action of the water, but woolen clothes were torn to shreds.[6]

Well, as you know there is a comparison here too.  I know another “faithful” Spring.  The Spring of Living Water. LIVING WATER2 Jesus Christ.  He gives that Living Water that he told the woman at the well about.  It is also faithful to fill us up and satisfy us beyond our imagination.  It will wash us thoroughly clean but definitely not leave us “torn to shreds” as the Old Faithful geyser did to the early settler’s clothes in 1882.  It mends, heals and refreshes!  I love the comparison of Jesus as Living Water and you will never thirst again after drinking of His Spring of Life!  Listen to the song I have attached.  Michael_Dudash_Living_Water_700It is sung by Karen Wheaton and it is about the woman at the well.  Talk to Jesus about His Living Water.  He will gladly offer it to you and give you what you have longed for all your life.

The Song – Never Thirst Again – Karen Wheaton

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