Photo taken in Scotts Head, Dominica by Mr. Craig Thompson

Sunday, June 25, 2017

{ SONday Song - O Come to the Altar }

"Leave behind your regrets and mistakes.
Come today there's no reason to wait.
Jesus is calling!
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy.
From the ashes a new life is born.
Jesus is calling!"

HOPE your SONday is awesomely blessed, Friends!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

{ An Extreme Makeover }

Do y'all like to watch those makeover shows as much as me? Whether it's an older home that's getting a renovation, or an actual human who gets a style change, it just amazes me at the transformation and I'm always kinda in hopes that somebody will come along and make changes like that to our home.....
but not at my expense!

 My little re-do isn't even comparable to either of those, but I thought I'd show the makeover my little garden gnome received.  I got this as somewhat of a joke from my son-in-love.  He 's to be funny so he had the idea to place this little fellow somewhere in our yard that I'd find him and wonder where in the world it came from......
but, I was putting something in the back of their van and spotted him and Jess told me the story.  She thought it would be cute to plant a "hen and chicken" in the hole in his back. Well, I couldn't leave him "as-is", so are you ready for his EXTREME makeover?!?!?

Here he is before.....kinda pitiful, don't you think?

I gave him a good scrub, dug through my craft paints to find something along the lines of what he was originally, and here's his reveal.....

Pappy cut and squared up the hole so that it would be more even and I could get the dirt and "hen" in it better.  He looks a little odd with a plant growing out of his back but.....

Now, I'm just waiting for somebody to come along and give this old gal a renovation!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 23, 2017

{ Friday Foto Friends #84 }

HOPE everybody has had a great week.
Mine has been full, as usual, and I'm sure yours has, too, but I did manage a few fotos!

Not a very clear picture but you see my little chipmunk friend is getting braver.  He was sitting right outside the front door close to the doormat.  

I love shadows and captured these on the ceiling of the the front porch.

A hole in the sky!

This old building is at the end of the road we live on and I pass by it almost every day but for some reason it stood out to me one day this week.

I filled up one of the bird feeders and lookie who showed up!

HOPE everybody has a great first weekend of summer!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

{ Thursday Thoughts }

courtesy of Mountain Wings

The sign above reminded me of something I read recently about how we should never allow one little incident that happens to us ruin our entire day (or days), like a comment somebody makes to us that is offensive or hurts our feelings. 

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See Y'all tomorrow for Friday Foto Friends!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

{ It's Tuesday }

First of all,  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of the precious comments on yesterday's post. You'll never know how it touched my heart to read that you're praying for us.  Prayer is so very powerful and I truly felt a peace all day!

And, to keep my promise that today will be more upbeat.....

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HOPE everybody has a terrific day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

{ Life IS NOT a bowl of cherries }

As a Christian, we want to think that life is just going to be the proverbial "bowl of cherries" if we try our best to serve the Lord.  There are some who will try to tell you that your life should be full of prosperity as a Christian but the Bible tells us quite a different story and I choose to believe God's word.  The last seven months have been very, very difficult ones for us. Not only the physical pain that Pappy has endured since February of 2016 (actually long before that, but that was when he was injured) but the emotional strain it's taken on him, especially since he was "let go" from his job last November. It's been a struggle, Y'all.  I think one of the most difficult things I've endured, besides watching him hurt physically and emotionally, is the disappointment of people backing off and not offering a kind word of encouragement to him. Not being a man, I don't completely understand what he's going through.  I've prayed for another man to come along side him and lift him up and encourage him.  Now, don't get me wrong, there have been a few.  Maybe part of the "problem" is what a private life we try to lead and don't like to ask for any kind of help.  I'm not talking about financial help (although there have been some awesome family and friends who have stepped up there), but emotional support.  As much as this has affected Pappy, it's taken a toll on me, also. I'm an emotional eater and that's one of the areas of my life that you can see with your own eye it's affected because in times of stress, I seek food as my comfort (God's working on my heart, there, Folks, to turn to Him). I've also had several bouts with my battle with depression and I've noticed in pictures just how tired and haggard I look.  And, I cannot honestly tell you that it's not affected our relationship, too. 

Why am I sharing this?
Because I've learned that just a simple statement to somebody like you realize they must be going through a hard time, but you're praying for them will make such a difference in their day.  I have a precious friend at church and occasionally I'll get a text from her, or a comment on Facebook, or even a card in the mail from her and her sweet husband that we're in their prayers, or she'll write our names on a prayer card at church.  Surely God gives others the wisdom and discernment to realize a friend or family member is struggling.  Can you not tell when you're around others if they're mood is down? Please don't let that observation go without acknowledgement.

This truly isn't a pity party, Folks, because I know that I am so blessed.  As I look back over these last 7 months and see the "it's not odd, it's God" things that have happened I realize they've  been nothing short of a miracle.....
only things that He could have ordained because of the timing.  I'm just asking that each of us open our eyes to the hurt that others are going through and maybe think back on a time that we've been "wounded" and step in with an offer to help in whatever way the Lord directs our hearts.

I promise tomorrow's post will be upbeat, 
but felt God nudging my heart to share something more personal with you today.

HOPE your Monday is truly full of many, many blessings!