Friday, May 25, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #131 }


It's good to be back hosting our Friday Foto Friends Link-Up! Again, thank you for letting me take a little break. I mentioned yesterday that I'll be having a giveaway because of a blog anniversary, but I'm gonna wait and share that on Monday!

I took these fotos of the baby robins on Saturday before Mother's Day. Late in the evening on Mother's Day, I told Pappy that I needed to go check on "my" babies and they were gone! There was barely enough room to hold the four little birdies!  

And, here's Momma (or Daddy, I'm not sure) making sure I don't do any harm to their kiddos.....


It's just amazing that a bird can create this.....


Not the clearest foto but here's one of the hawk before her babies flew away.....  


A blackbird taking a bath..... 


The wisteria blossoms didn't last very long before the heat got to the blooms.....


I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've had double red hot pokers and there were two like this.
Doesn't it look like a "red hot" heart?


An extreme close-up of a clematis!
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Have a great weekend, Sweet Friends!




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Thursday, May 24, 2018

{ I'm Baaaaack! }

Hey, Sweet Friends!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY and that means FRIDAY FOTO FRIENDS!


Yes, we're back up and running!

I'm sorry about last week.....
life just got a bit messy and full and I was stressed to the max and I couldn't get the camera/computer to cooperate and so I just gave up and went to bed. I'm pretty sure I needed the break and most definitely the rest. Thank you all so much for understanding!

PLEASE come visit and link up with your FFF post and because I just recently celebrated a blog anniversary, I'm gonna be having a giveaway, too!

HOPE to see each of you tomorrow!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

{ Wednesday's Word - Expectation }

expectation

a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future

  1. a belief that someone will or should achieve something


I'm being prompted to be a bit transparent, so for today's thoughts let's focus on the second definition!

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 I set my expectations REALLY high when it comes to how I think others should act/say/do and guess what that way of thinking does?  It sets me up for great disappointment. If you read my post yesterday, one of the notes I took at Saturday's podcast was.....

Recipe for disaster - unmet expectations

You can just imagine how fast I jotted down that note because it was like the lady on the big screen was pointing her finger directly at me.....
because God told her to!

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For most of my life,  I think that's been my way of thinking. There are those who have the attitude of "live and let live" and for whatever reason when I was created, I wasn't given that train of thought. 

So, guess what I've discovered!
We're all different!
(are you saying "duh", Deb?)

God created each and every one of us with different characteristics and traits and gifts. One of mine is the gift of mercy and if others don't show mercy the way I do or how I think they should, then boy howdy, I can get really upset over it. I have to back up....take a breath....and realize that their spiritual gift just might not be the same as mine and I've got to grant GRACE!  Also, I have no idea where their head or their heart is at, what's going on in their life because I'm selfishly focusing on my own troubles! And, who am I to think that I can live up to other's expectations of me?

But, did you grasp what I just said?
GRACE, Y'all!

The same thing that God grants me each and every second of each and every day!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

{ Delighting in the Word }

I went to a simulcast with Jess Saturday morning by Elyse Fitzpatrick, Women Delighting in the Word, and I couldn't stop taking notes. What I jotted down aren't things I don't already know but were worthy of repeating to my weary soul. My takeaway was something that God's been whispering to my heart for about 18 months (to let Him be enough) and served as yet another confirmation! 

I'm sharing my notes with Y'all in HOPE's that maybe they'll be helpful to someone else.....
and so I can go back and read them again.....
and again!

The Bible - God's love letters

NO ONE here on earth can answer my heart's cry

Jesus answers the deep heart sadness

We often read our Bible's hoping God will like us

Suffering always comes before glory - 
life on earth is a life of suffering

Don't read the Bible as a "how-to" manual for a pleasant life

God will use intensely painful circumstances to bring about His glory!

As a sinner, grab the hand of a fellow sinner and run to Jesus!

My identity is not in my husband

My treasure is not here on earth

Recipe for disaster - unmet expectations!
(Y'all, I could write a book on this one)

Jesus destroys all my enemies - the enemies of my soul!

The Bible brings JOY - only when we read it as the story of His redemptive LOVE for His people!

Jesus is reigning as Sovereign King - and as my husband!

All Jesus sees in me is purity - not what I see 
(and for that I say, thank goodness - very low self-esteem)

The only one in heaven with scars is Jesus!

Prayer - Lord, open my mind to understand the scriptures so my heart will burn within me!

The message of the Bible - repentance and forgiveness of sins!

Lay all your deadly "doing" down - 
don't trust in it!

Prayer - God, be merciful to me a sinner. I cannot judge my own heart. I throw myself wholly on Jesus!

Justification 
 Just as if I had not sinned - 
just as if I had always obeyed!

Jesus always hung out with the lowest of the low of women, saying "you are welcome here"!

God works continuously to bring broken people to redemption!

Jesus identified with me - He's a good husband!

One of my favorite statements made.....

I'm more sinful and flawed than I ever believed -
I'm more loved and welcomed than I ever HOPEd!





Thursday, May 17, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends }

Hey, Friends..... 
I'm so sorry but I won't be able to host our Friday Foto Friends link up this week.

Hope everybody has a great weekend! 


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

{ Wednesday's Words - Old Sayings }

  "old sayings"!


Bite the Dust - Psalms 72:9
The Blind Leading the Blind - Matthew 15:13-14 
By the Skin of Your Teeth - Job 19:20
Can a Leopard Change His Spots - Jeremiah 13:23  
Cast the First Stone - John 8:7 
Drop in a Bucket - Isaiah 40:15 
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry - Ecclesiastes 8:15 
Eye for Eye, Tooth for a Tooth - Matthew 5:38 
Fall From Grace - Galatians 5:4 
Fly in the Ointment - Ecclesiastes 10:1  
   Go the extra mile - Matthew 5:41  
The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil - 1 Timothy 6:10  
Nothing but skin and bones -Job 19:19-20 
The Powers that Be - Romans 13:11  
Pride comes before a fall - Proverbs 16:18 
Put words in one’s mouth - 2 Samuel 14:3 
Rise and shine - Isaiah 60:1 
Scapegoat (from the Old Testament Law) - Leviticus 16:9-10  
See eye to eye - Isaiah 52:8  
Sign of the times - Matthew 16:3  
Strait and Narrow -  Matthew 7:14 
Twinkling of an Eye - 1 Corinthians 15:52
There’s nothing new under the sun - Ecclesiastes 1:9 
Wash your hands of the matter - Matthew 27:24  
 Wit’s End - Psalm 107:27 
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing - Matthew 7:15 

One of my favorites.....
"Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.
Red sky at night, sailor's delight"
Matthew 16:2-3

And, one from my Momma.....
"If I live and nothing happens"
(which I find myself saying a lot in my old(er) age, too)

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Monday, May 14, 2018

{ Sweet Confirmations and Gentle Reminders }

My "Wednesday's Words" for last week were "Love Language". When I opened up my Journey early Saturday morning to read the day's devotion, the title was "God's Love Language" (obedience)!

My word to focus on in 2018 is "Dwell".  I've been doing a devotional based on Philippians 4:8 (40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, by Tommy Newberry) and as I read my Journey this morning and looked up the extra reading in my Bible, I was once again reminded to "think this, not that".....



Sweet confirmations and gentle reminders!

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