Tuesday, September 30, 2008

COME SEE WHAT I'M SAYING....

So, Liddie, you're probably exhausted from checking out everyone's video ... mine has taken me longer than expected to get it onto the site...electronically challenged in my old age.
This was fun...the ones I've seen so far are
FAB-U -LOUS!!!!
Keep it up everyone!!

Lastly, a disclaimer...the woman on the following clip is under no special contract or legal obligation nor monetary remuneration, so therefore, you get no special wardrobe, makeup or soundtrack...just me, and I was NOT brave enough to sing or dance like some of my wonderfully talented blogging counterparts!

Blessings to all...


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http://2nd-cup-of-coffee.blogspot.com/2008/09/welcome-to-i-see-what-youre-saying.html

Saturday, September 27, 2008

TWO "BUTCHES" OF A DIFFERENT KIND...

When i was a little girl watching my daddy work around the house, he'd let me be in tow (i would hand him his tools and sometimes he'd let me hammer or use the screwdriver).

While I was watching, he was busy teaching me REAL things...usable things that I remember to this day.

After he'd finish his work, wherever we were, he'd reach in his front shirt pocket for his Pall Malls...pull his stainless steel lighter out, clicking it open and watching him cover the cigarette from the wind as he lit it. There would be an engulfing puff of smoke as he lit up ... surrounding his head...his face would crinkle with a squint until he blew out that first puff, usually holding the cigarette in his teeth out the left side of his mouth and speaking with just the right side of his mouth!


Now, I know smoking is definitely NOT the thing to be doing...but it was a part of my Daddy I will never forget--it was uniquely him and I so rarely was around him without his "lighting up"...he's definitely the only "smoky" smelling person I ever wanted to hug...but nothing beat his hugs




....or, when I would get to sit on Daddy's shoulders while rubbing my hand back and forth over his flat top after he had just gotten it trimmed. It felt like a wonderfully SOFT boar's hair brush...I could play with it forever!
If you're not familiar with a flattop, it's very short--deliberately styled to stand up on top (typically no more than an inch or two) and is cut to be flat, resulting in a haircut that is square in shape. My daddy would work on it to achieve his flat surface--using "butch wax" to stiffen the front.


That "butch memory" made me think of another "Butch"...and wonderful memories...
I'm gonna miss Paul Newman who died yesterday, 9/26/2008. He and his wife, Joanne Woodward, are part of my family, too...at least they feel like it to us. When I was a kid we loved watching him on TV and on black and white movies...and nobody could have been better in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID!
And, his Hollywood years didn't hold a candle to his post-Hollywood years...race-car driving and the epitome of compassion and charity...Save me a place at the table, Paul...we'll miss you 'til then!



Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.



Friday, September 26, 2008

SEPTEMBER BLOOMS!


SHARING MY GARDEN IN A DIFFERENT WAY...


TODAY I WAS HOPEFUL MY "TRUMPET BUSH" HAD BLOOMED...AND...
WAAAAALAAAAAAH!!!
GOD PROVIDES NEW BEAUTY EVERY DAY...
IN SOME NEW, FASCINATING WAY...
BE IT A BURSTING NEW FLOWER...
OR THROUGH HIS UNMATCHABLE POWER...
HIS HOPE RENEWS DAILY!



GO HERE TO SEE MORE "HOPEFUL FRIDAY" POSTS... http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/2008/09/hopeful-friday_26.html
(SIDE NOTE: PLEASE DISREGARD MY CALLING IT A "BUTTERFLY BUSH" IN THE VIDEO...IT IS AN "ANGEL TRUMPET"...JUST HAVING A SENIOR MOMENT, I GUESS!)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MAY DAY!!! MAY DAY!!! IN SEPTEMBER??


Have you ever had a vacation you were so looking forward to--planning for days on end--what to do, best places to see?
Making lists of items to take to suit the weather, packing lite enough so you are not overloaded. Sometimes spending days watching the weather seeing if storms are lurking ahead--and checking websites ensuringe no traffic jams are clogging the route getting to "Shangri-la"!

A year ago today, hubby was readying for such a trip...eagerly looking forward to this trip with "the guys".

But...while enjoying their trip in the Gulf, their boat unexpectedly sank!!


Yes, maintenance had been done but there was a loose fitting in a built-in cooler...and while pounding across rough waves and battling some wind, the loose fitting came off. Gulf of Mexico water came pouring into the base of the cabin cruiser.

So much water so quickly...they barely had time to make a "mayday call" to the coast guard.

Thankfully the call was made and within a couple of minutes, they abandoned ship as the boat went under the waves. Their buddies in another boat plucked them from the water, and they were even able to float around retrieving items popping up from out of the boat--most of their belongings were retrieved.
Most of those traveling on this trip were past Boy Scouts...and I believe that's one reason they were able to respond and handle this situation as well as they did--and through God's grace and protection.

This taught me again that sometimes unexpected things happen when we least expect it.

Are we prepared ahead of time for the unexpected? We should learn from the Boy Scouts motto: ALWAYS BE PREPARED...prepared physically by pre-thinking where and what we will be doing, what could happen, anticipate the unexpected.

Also, we should prepare ourselves spiritually, for those times when someone or something is in a time of an unexpected personal happening. We've been given His Word to help us PREPARE for those moments...so, study His Word...be PREPARED to share the hope you have and know to be the TRUTH.

1Peter 3:15-16
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
As follow-up to the top travel scenario, hubby will be going on the trip again this year. So, I'm sure they'll plan ahead, pack accordingly, and be PREPARED.
When they leave and until the time they return, we will pray for them...prayers for safe travel, for their fun together, for them to enjoy praising their God in his natural beauty of the sea; and then, of course, for their safe arrival back home, everyone healthy and everything intact.
Psalm 61:7-8
May he reign under God’s protection forever. May your unfailing love
and faithfulness watch over him. Then I will sing praises to your name forever
as I fulfill my vows each day.

What unexpected things has God seen you through lately?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

HOPE...MEETING GOD IN PRAYER...

Have you ever PRACTICED
"lectio divina"?

(pronounced lex-ee-oh dih-vee-nuh)

I find this to be a wonderful way to center into prayer time and "hear" differently...

(instructional words from theupperroom.com Daily Reflections, November 6, 2006)http://www.upperroom.org/daily/?page_id=9, )

A Latin phrase literally translated as "divine reading", it refers to the reading of sacred scriptures as practiced by the early Christian fathers and mothers. It is NOT a Bible study and involves NEITHER an analysis of a scripture passage NOR an emphasis on text information.

Lord, send your spirit to those seeking you in prayer,
listening for your special voice in their lives.
May practicing Lectio Divina grow
their prayer relationship with you
in ways they never expected.
Amen


CIELO http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/2008/09/hopeful-friday.html from "House In The Roses" is the Hostess of Hopeful Friday. Please visit her blog to not only read what she has posted for today...but to visit the blogs of everyone participating today.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TOUCH ME NOT...WILLKOMMEN--MEIN GARTEN!

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

Another follow-up...last bits of color bursting in my front yard...tying to hang on to summer with all their might.
So glad I've been taking pictures this summer so I can go back and enjoy them throughout the fall and winter.


If the temperatures remain, I'll soon have several day lily blooms...scientifically speaking, this is the Hemerocallis 'Stella De Oro' day lily. These are so hardy and give lots of color early summer and fall.
About three weeks ago I was planting a lily a friend had given me...I was scratching around in my dirt...about a week later, these "touch-me-nots" bounded up out of the dirt...they were just lying under there waiting for me to scratch them up into the sunshine...

These used to be in my "granny's" side yard growing in and alongside her "tommytoe tomatoes"


Mine were grown from some of her seeds...so these are named "Ila Odessa"...one of those old southern names! You want to hear the best part?...she had first cousins named: Ora, Ura, Era...I promise!!!


Their scientific name is: BALSAM IMPATIENS (Impatiens balsamina) a.k.a.
Touch-me-nots...the little green seed pods you see hanging under the leaves "pop" when you touch them...spreading their tiny little seeds!




Last but not least is a picture of my front-door decoration for the new season...have to have sunflowers and scarecrows. I always have fun finding something to go in my "Southern Living" door hanger...

How are you decorating your front door or entrance way this Fall?

Monday, September 15, 2008

MOM, CAN I PLEASE HAVE SOME...

Having just enjoyed answering 2nd cup of coffee's question about my favorite 60's vintage commercial...(which was the "slinky" commercial...everyone loves a slinky)

My mind was going back to the days accompanying my Mother to the "Big Apple" every two weeks to load up our cart. This was a big deal--getting to go to the store...today it's not such an event, but back then it was to me (obviously I was a very sheltered child). Hey, I even wore a dress and my church shoes to the grocery store and my mom often wore her heels...go figure. You have to understand that was still in the day of wearing a pillbox hat and white gloves to church every Sunday morning.

Any way, every new aisle brought my quick eyes to seek out the neatest "kid" thing...a cereal I hadn't tasted, that I just HAD to have, 'cause Linda's mommy bought 'em! "Too much sugar", she'd say...and I'd cross my arms...then she'd grab the plain Cheerios. Turning the corner, we came to the freezer section, and I remember frozen dinners being the "new thing"...yum, Salisbury steak in brown jelly (supposed to be gravy), peas tasted like dirt and the fried chicken was more like fried fat with some chicken...wow, something you could put in the oven without having to fully cook it yourself!

I wasn't too into the baking aisle at that point in my life other than being intrigued by the latest kitchen gadgets and always wanting a set of measuring spoons of my own...don't ask me what that was about?!!


On the snack aisle I would always beg for "Jiffy Pop" in the little aluminum foil pan with the wire handle...we loved watching the circular aluminum cover expand with the heat on the stove as you rubbed it furiously on top of the eye so the kernels didn't burn for 5 or so minutes...no ease of a 3-minute cycle in the microwave back then. Most of the time Mom wouldn't let us buy the Jiffy Pop since we already had a big jar of loose popcorn for us to cook the "old fashioned way,... in a pot with a tablespoon of Crisco".

It was fun checking out the pet food aisle seeing what toys were on the market for my doggie...he was part German shepherd and loved to chase anything I threw. I especially loved the little plastic, squeaky hamburgers...they were easy to find in the yard and didn't roll if I overshot my target. I also remember we didn't have dry dog food then...it was the nasty, wet, slimy canned food like corned beef hash that slid out of the can after you opened it with the "manual" can opener...eeeeeewwww, I can still smell the pungent beef stench!

Naturally, being a Georgia girl, we would budget so we could have Cokes in the house...we got one a week...we thought they were horribly expensive when they made it to $.50 a bottle...what was the world coming to? Every once in a while we'd get RC Cola, my granddaddy sold those in his gas station store along with moon pies, one of my favorites. You see there weren't any store derivatives then and some times my Mom would buy Dr. Pepper. Another eeeewwww,I've never been able to swallow and enjoy Dr. P...it reminds me of cough syrup.

Being a child who never sat still, I always wanted to push the cart...which meant I often ran into the back of my Mom's heels...even when I had been forewarned before I even got into the store (Could I help it that whatever was intriguing me on the aisle would cause me to look away, and she was the one who stopped!) How many times did I promise not to do it again?! Then I would inevitably get into trouble for running with the cart and jumping onto the back foot bar as I wheeled down through the toilet paper aisle...at least it was cushioned when I hit it! Jeez, it could have been the Coke aisle, and there was no plastic then.

But, bar none, my favorite part of the grocery store was the checkout lane...where ALL the good stuff was...Juicy Fruit gum, ChickStix, Animal Crackers and CRACKER JACKS (my favorite). I was always big on getting a treat in the box, the fun of working your way to the bottom or just dumping it out in a bowl as soon as I got home so I could "see what I got"! About the only thing I never liked about Cracker Jacks was when you'd get a stray kernel and about break your molars...I can still hear their commercial playing...if you've never heard or seen it, look below my post...I pulled it off YOUTUBE.com.

What mundane things did you do with your parents that you enjoy thinking back on now? What are some of your special memories about those times?

Cracker Jack, anybody?


Proverbs 10:7The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

ANTICIPATION...it's keeping me wa-a-a-a-a-itin!

My yard is in the final throws of "last colors of summer"...the next season is soon to be dawning into yellows, oranges and reds of Fall. I'm anticipating this season for its wonderfulness of smells ranging from fading leaves, new pine straw, pumpkin spice coffee, and baking apples with cinnamon and butter.


Next to my garage, my yellow chrysanthemum is on the verge of blooming, reminding me of my Daddy...
there were lots of mums at his funeral in 1990, so it always reminds me of how much he loved the Fall, going to high school football games and yelling at the Falcons on the TV...he was not always timid.

(This is a micro shot...in reality it is about the same size as the end of your little pinky finger) [Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) Genus: chrysanthemum Height:18-24 in.]


Out in the front island are two angel trumpets...more than 5 blooms
on this one...only one pod on the plant in the front of the island. [Angel's Trumpet Brugmansia;Height:6-8 ft.attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birdsFlowers are fragrant]

Soon they will pop out to satisfy my eagerness..why am I eager?...because they are the "babies" in my floral array this summer...small as the array is, I appreciate every awakening of color as it bursts out to meet its new home.

Each time I will be looking on these two plants I will think of my dear accountability sister who kindly shared the plants with me...so, their names are Dorothy.




Just behind the trumpet and next to the sitting bench my moments are always smoothed when I take in a whiff of my miniature gardenia...
this is the prettiest bloom I've ever seen on it!

Can you believe I was able to capture it in a portrait so I can return and enjoy it again and again throughout the upcoming winter!
[Gardenia jasminoides...or miniature Gardenia or Cape Jasmine; an evergreen shrub; height & spread, 2 to 6 feet.]

I recently propogated a few branches of this bush for my Mother--she so enjoyed its crisply-sweet smell this past summer when she visited.
The blossom itself reminds me of the STAR of DAVID (5 points; such a sweet smell in the center)...just like Jesus is the SWEETEST SMELL of the line of DAVID! So, I think I'll name this one JESSEE...the line of Jessee!


Thank you, Lord:
for giving me such a beautiful covering of your creation to see,
to smell, to enjoy, to share with my blogging friends and neighbors.
Again, our prayers ask you to especially cover the Texas coast
as they are enduring Hurricane Ike...
put a hedge of protection around them.
Amen

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #89


1. I enjoy praying with my accountability sisters...lifting our deepest concerns together and sharing God's presence...peace comes even in the midst of turmoil and He reminds us of His promises, and many times gives us hilarious things to laugh about because they are so outrageous!

2. "Her-opause" definitely has my attention these days...(this word is so mis-named, what do "men" have to do with it other than tell us we "don't have it". Being slapped by this sudden onset is daunting to say the least, and I ponder just how bad it must have been a few decades ago when women didn't have today's modern medicine in dealing with the all-encompassing side effects that arise monthly, daily, momentarily, second by second...it is truly something I wonder about lately.

3. In my heart, I know my Mother and Daddy loved me, taught me right from wrong, instilled the importance of conscience and telling the truth...and said "I'm sorry" when they felt they had made a mistake.

4. Take iced tea, add a little Tropicana Pure/Raspberry- Acai and get ready to enjoy a cold drink that calms the hot flashes...you'll want to suck on the ice cubes and get every drop...then prepare yourself to say, "AHHHHHHHHHHHHH, don't it make you feel good?!"

5. God has gifted me with a brain and heart that believes He said it, and BANG it happened!!

6. Going to the nail salon, sitting in the vibrating recliner as my feet dangle in the deep pool of wonderfully warm, air-jetted, swirling foot bath and having a pedicure/leg rub....aaaaahhhhh--especially when the pretty, Korean girl with the delicate, yet powerful hands like a vice grip, dips into the gel salt rub--then slathers it on my shins, feet and ankles. Long strokes up and down the sides of the shins, rotating around my toes and behind my heels, buffing away those rough places I can't seem to get smoothed no matter what I do...aaaaaahhhh, yes, that is an instant vacation. After she smooths on the orange-almond lotion, it makes me want to go find a friend and let them smell my feet!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to "hearing God turned or slowed the storm and our friends in Texas are AOK,
tomorrow my plans include cleaning out another closet
and Sunday, I want to learn more about my new class of 9th graders in our small group during our youth program at church...they're amazingly funny and like to share their understanding of life. They give me energy on days when I think I've run out of it...that "her-opause" thing again!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

U SHOULD LOOK AT THIS...

To the right in my margin, there's a link to a recent youtube.com video...by one of our heroes who knows of what he speaks. Please watch it...

How would you address our candidates if you had the opportunity?
I pray we all take VERY SERIOUSLY the issues we have as a country, take VERY SERIOUSLY our freedom to VOTE, and read, listen, talk, and make an INFORMED decision when you get to your polling place in November.


Lord, I thank you for our men and women who sacrifice time with their families voluntarily,
who have lost limb and life for their nation.
In turn we're able to freely walk, worship, work and care for our own and others around the world because of our FREE enterprise system.
Forgive us for not giving You our whole hearts.
Remember us as we seek your forgiveness, your salvation, your sanctification of us as we grow and learn more about You.
Thank you for our strong leaders who have held steadfast in our past and I pray we have the courage to put the right people in office in Washington,
by showing up at the polls and voting. May our future leaders continue our legacy of right, truth and compassion for our own people and people of the world, Your world. Amen

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

WFW...persevere...persevere...








Why is it when I am so close to the end of even a simple project it seems harder to finish? Or am I one of the only ones who feels that way close to the end of a project? I've got another skein or so to go on my prayer shawl, and it will be completed.

Could my retisence to finish be my tiredness of what I'm doing, having grown bored with it in this "multi-tasking" lifestyle that whirls in my mind and in our society? My mind is already wanting to get going on the next project...

Why do I want to rush through my work...especially since this is a shawl that is being prayed over while I work...one day it will be wrapping someone's shoulders who may not be able to get out of bed...one day it may be wrapped around the dolly of a small child who is enduring cancer treatments at a local hospital...one day it may be comforting a grandmother who just lost her life-long partner. God has a plan for it, but at this point in time I do not know where or who it will be comforting.

Even though some days my crafty genes are healthier and eager to get about the business of crocheting there are days my hands are tired and hurt--and I want to be about other things. It is in those times I should place myself in the future of this shawl and pray for its new owner...for them to be able to persevere through whatever trial is meeting them during their days, their nights, their happy times and their sad times.

There are many scriptures giving guidance about perseverance and the fruits of the labor...especially in situations where we hear God's nudgings to our hearts or spirits about helping someone during difficulty. His Word guides us:

Hebrews 10:36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

James 1:12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Revelation 2:3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Lord,
Let us drink in Your refreshing, living Word.
have it revive us to be about our commitments...
stir us with things You bring to our attention...
spontaneously, remind us to be diligent and bold for Your sake,
not for our glory or edification, or comfort
but to show love of neighbor, of friend, of needy.
Amen


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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

10-MINUTE TUESDAYS....

How funny was this??!! Lots of fun...I took the challenge and did the "celebrity look-a-like" thingy...It's down below my two posts...
What does it mean when one of the top percentage look alikes is a GUY!!
Better a guy than an animal of some kind--There were some people it pulled up that I had never seen or heard of...so I didn't include them.

I guess it measures out proportions of your face, looks at hairstyles, and possibly size of eye...'cause I'm not so sure I look like any of these people...
The first picture I uploaded for comparison made a really way-out-there look at myself...Chris Farley was the #1...ha ha ha...eeeeeewwwww!

We are such a society of "LOOKS".......what will other people think if I don't look my best today?...what will other people think if my hair is out of place?...I don't want to go to church today, I don't have the right clothes......I can't go out with him, he doesn't look like my type. Have you ever said any of these kinds of things?

I find myself often comparing before I get to know someone...making many assumptions about people and situations I see on tv or read on the front cover of the tabloids at the grocery store while waiting in line to checkout.

Thank goodness I'm a Christian who knows God sees my heart, hears my prayers--I fall short no matter how hard I try...because it it through His Grace I was saved at the age of 12.
Since then He has gently nudged me, tapped my shoulder, or sometimes even konked me on the head to remind me of Whose I am and what I must confess to Him.

God, forgive me for comparing myself to others in this world, celebrities or otherwise...
give me your understanding of MY specialness to You--to the Plan You have for me--
I have special gifts You need me to use in Your special way...
I need to be about listening to where and how You want me to accomplish Your Plan.
Amen
2 Corinthians 10:12-13 (New King James Version)
"For we dare not class ourselves, or compare ourselves, with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you."
To see FaithfulChick's look alikes go here, http://www.faithfulchick.typepad.com/

Monday, September 8, 2008

BEE-CAUSE AWARD

"BEE-CAUSE AWARD"
for my friend who:


Makes me laugh so hard I cry
Accepts me...flaws and all, without question
Is completely real... all the time, no matter what the cost
Always makes me feel welcomed...loved, special and appreciated
Is a welcome sight when she shows up at a function I was dreading going to
You love as if you've known her your whole life
Feels more like a sister than a friend
Has captured a special place in my heart that can never be retrieved
Can say, with just a look "Don't worry, I'm here for you;
I support you; just hang in there; tough it out; It will be better soon; and I love you."
Will stand side by side in battle until the end without question

She's been in my life for the past 16+ years. Her love and encouragement have taught me how to love more and be loved. I am blessed--my life has been forever enhanced by her. Bless you my sister.

This tribute is to you, Be Still and Know(http://rlambright.blogspot.com/) .

Love you more than words can express.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

DON'T BLINK ; )


Usually I post a reference to a christian song, but this time a Kenny Chesney song ("Don't Blink") speaks to my feelings today...
love our kids, our family, each day, for the good and the bad
Tomorrow comes too soon......Don't blink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ySSg4QG8g


Lord, May all who read and listen to this take it to heart.
May we wisely build our houses on Your foundation
May Your Word give us Your understandings in things we don't comprehend.

We thank you for blessing us with the treasures of our hearts, our families, our communities, and a God-fearing country.
Continue to grow us through Your grace and increase our strength by our knowledge of You, Your Father and the Holy Spirit.

And, Lord, help us not BLINK!
AMEN
Proverbs 24:3-5

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;



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Instructions are easy.
Just write a post on your blog about a song. It can be a song that has spoken to your heart during a difficult time... a song that brings back a special memory... a song that makes you want to sing along to the top of your lungs... a song that makes you glad... a song that makes you want to dance... a song that has inspired you... a song that makes you feel like the words were written just for you... a song that makes your soul sing.

Friday, September 5, 2008

"HER"OPAUSE...'cause men don't have it


  • sit down, fan on; stand up, fan on; lay down, fan on ... see the pattern?







    • my car's air conditioner is set at 68 degrees...yet still I glisten

    • if there really were as many sheep as I've counted when I can't sleep, there would be no room for people on our planet






    • up to 10--number of times I've put my coffee cup in microwave to re-heat it and found it hours later when cooking dinner



    • used to keep the catsup in the pantry...so why did I find it in the freezer?!?
    • my head has bruises, my shoulders have scratches, my pinky fingers have bumps from banging, and my little piggy toes are lucky they've not be knocked off--all of which continue colliding with the doorframes

    • expect "Hey Big Spender" to start playing any moment now..."stripping " has become a daily event


      wore my shorts backwards to a friend's house, the market, the gas station and then DH asked if I had run into anyone while running my errands


    • exercise has increased--climbing the stairs, again and again--to get "it", never can remember what "it" is


    • missed the exit off the highway, again...I do know how to get home, I do know how to get home, I do know how to get home



    • picking things up; dropping them; picking things up; dropping them; picking things up, dropping them...another pattern

    • laughin' so I don't cry...




    Wednesday, September 3, 2008

    TIME WILL STOP BEING



    Our Bible study, Jesus in the Gospels, focuses around the word, FOREVER this week...while studying the various scriptures, my questions became more numerous--and so did my scripture look ups, trying to wrap my head around FOREVER.

    God was the beginning…in a great void until he spoke time into existence…the sun, moon and the universes. Gees, try wrapping your head around His being in existence without the earth, the animals, and the people. (Genesis 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.)

    The massiveness His creation overtakes my comprehension and I realize my “smallness”. That was “the beginning of ETERNITY”--God’s time frame--He was the beginning, the now and the end.

    Maybe you’re able to wrap your head around His time frame better than me. When I got frustrated about it, I went to the Word for relief…and it did just that. It says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

    I get comfort in hearing that at the time Christ was walking this earth and preaching His Word, people couldn’t wrap their heads around it either. That links “us people of today” with “those people of yesterday” in a continuing way.

    I continue searching individually, yet I have been given God’s wisdom through Jesus…about yesterday, today and tomorrow. 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 tells us, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

    Knowing this then, I should have a greater passion for wanting to share His wisdom with my loved ones and with my neighbors…so they’ll understand His message of wisdom and eternity. Yes, I want to dwell in Heaven with my family and wonderful friends He has given me throughout my years on earth. Try as we may to study and learn, we won’t fully understand it ALL until we reach FOREVER, as His HEAVENLY Bride. 1 Cor. 13:12 “…then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

    Sharing forever…eternity…it takes many words to try and fathom this, too…always, ceaselessly, constantly, continually, endless, eternally, everlasting, forever, incessantly, in perpetuity, interminably, limitless time, permanent, perpetual, without end!

    I do believe His promises, do you?
    An angel showed it to John in Revelation 21 "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

    Time will stop being as it is today…there will be no death. We will BE…
    BE WITH OUR CREATOR FOR ALL ETERNITY!
    Praising Him for His creation of LOVE.


    The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse! For more WFW posts, go to http://the160acrewoods.com/?p=1174#comment-2987