Sunday, January 14, 2018

{ SONday Morning Song - More Than Anything }


Help me want the Healer more than the healing.

Help me want the Savior more than the saving.


Help me want the Giver more than the giving.


Help me want You, Jesus more than anything!








HOPE your SONday is awesomely blessed!


Friday, January 12, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #113 }


I smile every time I see that sweet little owlie holding her camera!

And, speaking of owls all my fotos today have to do with the birdies.  Here are a few that showed up after filling up the feeders with suet and sunflower seeds.







I took these out the back door one foggy morning this week and didn't realize until I opened the storm door and heard the noise that the tops of those trees were full of birds.


See them?!? 


Y'all, if you want some ever-changing weather, just move to East Tennessee.  Last week we had temps in the single digits.  Wednesday of this week the high was almost 70.  The forecast for this afternoon and evening is rain and ice and the temp is supposed to drop 30 degrees from yesterday's high.

Oh, spring, where art thou?!?!?

HOPE everybody has a great weekend.




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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

{ Wednesday's Word - Trapped }

Trapped


  • to prevent (someone) from escaping from a place
  • having (something, typically a part of the body) held tightly by something so that it cannot move or be freed



    Our Sunday school lesson this past week was based on the story of Paul and Silas being thrown into the inner part of the jail - known as the dungeon - and their feet put into stocks. The stocks were designed to be able to force the legs wide apart to add to the pain.  After I thought about this story for a bit, I realized that not only were Paul and Silas trapped (or so it seemed until God sent the earthquake) the jailer had to feel trapped, too. This was somewhat of a dead-end job for him in more ways than one. Rather than DWELLing (Dwell is my 2018 word) on their physical pain and humiliation Paul and Silas chose to pray and sing hymns to God "and the prisoners around them were listening to them."

Here are a few things I gleaned from this lesson.....

1) Although it's really difficult sometimes when we're in the middle of the struggle, we can make it a choice to DWELL on God and His goodness rather than the "ugly" of whatever the situation might be.

2) Others are watching how we handle the difficulties. Do we whine and pout and cry (ouch) or do we choose JOY instead? The other prisoners were listening and we aren't told in the recount but you know they had to be influenced, too, just like the jailer.

3) God will provide a way to deal with whatever the problem might be even though we often feel trapped and like there's no way out.  He sent an earthquake to release Paul and Silas. The Holy Spirit was there all along to have an ever-lasting impact on the jailer and his entire family. (Don't you know that the jailer never looked at his job the same again?!?)

4) Pray, pray, pray.....
and let God put a song of praise in our heart! 
Ask Him to send you a song....or songs....that come to mind just when you need it. I'm guessing that, like me, that song will pop into your head and often out of your mouth before you even realize it and you can smile and thank HIM for the peace that only He can give!

 ♫ Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that Name!






Friday, January 5, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #112 }



It's our very first Friday Foto Friends for 2018, Y'all, so to celebrate I changed our little "button"!
Whatcha think?
Isn't she adorable?
Okay, not everybody feels like I do about the owlies, I know!
😊

Here are my offerings for today!

Last summer we were invaded by yellow jackets. As old as I am I didn't know that yellow jackets are in the wasp family until I did some research. I also had no idea that they sometimes build nests above the ground. Because the weather has been really cold Pappy knew he wouldn't be in danger of getting stung so he removed the nest from under the back deck.  I'm sorry the pics aren't very good but isn't it just amazing how God designed it?
(notice I put it in a ziplock bag JUST IN CASE there might be a cold natured bee lingering in one of those holes)




Early one morning in the driveway at my Mom's house.....


The sky on the way to see our grands one day.....


Out our back door yesterday morning.....




HOPE everybody has a great weekend.....

PLEASE stay safe and warm!





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Thursday, January 4, 2018

{ Just Maybe }

Have you ever had something happen to you and you were surprised at your reaction? That was me yesterday. I made a comment to someone and I didn't get the response I'd hoped for. As a matter of fact, the comeback from the other person really hurt my heart. At a time in my life my reaction would've/could've been not so pleasant as I might've let them see how upset I was. As I thought back on what happened.....
and what didn't happen because that was what stood out to me the most.....
I realized that my word for 2018, DWELL, came into play. I made a choice not to DWELL on the negative response I received, but to tell myself I wasn't going to allow them to steal my joy. 

Maybe.....
just maybe.....
 I'm learning to listen a little more closely to that still small voice.

There's always HOPE, right?
😊

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

{ My Word for 2018 }

2012 - Truth
2013 - Calm
2014 - Believe
2015 - Ponder
2016 - (be)Present
2017 - More 


Rather than make New Year's resolutions many of us allow God to speak a word, or words,that He wants us to focus on in the New Year. This will be my 7th year of allowing Him to choose a word for me. At the beginning of each new year I find it kinda difficult to let go of my old word, but especially my word for 2017, MORE. I do believe that God revealed MORE of Himself to me in 2017 than ever before.....

but could that be because I listened more?!?

Sometimes it take a few weeks for me to focus in on what He's speaking to me and I had to narrow it down between 3 that kept showing up but finally I KNEW that He was speaking the word DWELL to me for 2018.

D
Desire to please ONLY God, not others

W
Wonder and Awe at His blessings

E
Excited to see Him work in my life

L
Let go of things that I have no control over and especially let go of things that I do.....
bitterness, resentment, etc.

L
Love, laugh and live life to the fullest!

This verse of scripture seems to sum up exactly what He's asking me to do as I write my blog and pray for wisdom and discernment and sing that song that He places on my heart when I get a bit stressed.....

and to just be thankful!

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If you have a focus word for this year, I'd love for you to share it with me in the comments.

Prayers for a happy and blessed and safe 2018 to each of you, sweet Friends!



Sunday, December 31, 2017

{ SONday Morning Song - Dwell }


Just a little "sneak peek" of my Word for 2018!





HOPE you have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!