Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection Morning...

He Is Risen! The tomb is empty! We are saved. 
Thank you Father.

Matthew 28 New Century Version 

Jesus Rises from the Dead

28 The day after the Sabbath day was the first day of the week. At dawn on the first day, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to look at the tomb.
At that time there was a strong earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven, went to the tomb, and rolled the stone away from the entrance. Then he sat on the stone. He was shining as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The soldiers guarding the tomb shook with fear because of the angel, and they became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here. He has risen from the dead as he said he would. Come and see the place where his body was. And go quickly and tell his followers, ‘Jesus has risen from the dead. He is going into Galilee ahead of you, and you will see him there.’” Then the angel said, “Now I have told you.”
The women left the tomb quickly. They were afraid, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers what had happened. Suddenly, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings.” The women came up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my followers to go on to Galilee, and they will see me there.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Red House Finch...

Why blog about a bird?
Simply because it is so lovely.
There are no colors like God's colors.
Matthew 6: 25-27
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. 26 Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Paint and Praise...

We had painting help last Saturday from students working in The Big Event. They helped us spruce up an old shed here at our little house that is designated to be a future rent house. It is now a cheerful YELLOW little shed with a fake surf board floating on the side. No, we are no where remotely near the ocean but we can dream can't we?
Cute, right?

I was also inspired to hang lights in the back and we will soon have our recently painted (bright green) picnic table placed under these lights. Fun.
We have been pondering about what Jesus went through to lead up to Him giving His life for us and then being raised by God. Thank You Father for loving us this much and for calling us according to Your good purpose. Thank You for saying that we can walk in His steps. You call us righteous and You heal. Amazing and we praise You!
I pray that the rest of our week will be filled with being grateful and being awed by the saving of our lives through Jesus Christ.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Am I Too Careful?...

I love the man I am married to. 

He sent this to our sons and to myself this morning:

Am I too careful? After reading Don Miller's latest blog post re: his delay in getting his recent book out (Scary Close), I was struck with thoughts of how I often am too cautious and careful, thus limiting God's blessing and the Spirit's work in my life. One of the things I find myself fighting on a regular basis is being too consumed with what others think. If I can simply act on impulse, without over-thinking, I am usually better off. I'm not talking about impulse buying, but acting on an idea, making a call, sending a text or email, perhaps even making a move on a prompt from the Spirit! One motto I've tried to live by lately: Taking action & failing is better than taking no action at all. So what if we act & fail, at least we acted! Another preferred motto: Better to act and ask forgiveness than to ask permission. Let's be bold & courageous, acting to speak & bless others, small acts of kindness with no hesitation, and especially when taking action for work: applying, calling, texting, emailing, or writing a note. If we don't act, it's difficult for God to bless.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friends and Flowers...

The Killough Family from Colorado (Blue Haven teachers) came for a visit the past few days.
Always a blessing to see fellow CBH heart friends.
Bahama Buck's was tasty too.
Blue Sky, puffy clouds-
Who paints the skies into glorious day?
Only the splendor of Jesus.
Wisteria Into Spring

Upon opening the curtains 

To welcome the day
You were standing there
Your head hung low
Your endless array of purple
Clinging to your slender 

You waved as the gentle breeze 
Blew your delicate fragrance 
My way
I love spring when you are in 
Full bloom
My beautiful magical plant

Thelma Elizabeth Zaracostas, Australia

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thankful People...

It's good to just be at home right now. Feeling the cool of the old hard wood under my feet and hearing the quiet creak of the boards as I walk through the house. Yesterday was Monday and not a good Monday- mind you. Not a horrible one really but long and hard. Tuesday still feels like Monday. 
Monday needs to take a leap off a cliff. 
Today in the midst of concern on so many fronts and what is beginning to feel like spiritual attack, I stop and think and am thankful.  Home is good. Lighting a candle, listening to uplifting soft music, prayer, God speaking from His Word and in my heart and lots of thankfulness. I want to be one of the thankful people. I want to be thankful no matter what because there is always something to praise Him for. This has been a good recipe for peace. On a more cheerful note...we have sweet company coming today.
I have been in one of my favorite places for a few hours. My own kitchen cooking for company. Pumpkin cake, banana muffins, Jan's granola, southwest stew and cornbread. There will be a feast tonight yes and good fellowship. 
If you are enduring hard times and every day seems to be Monday, hang in there my friend.
Be thankful. Count your blessings. Ask for His peace.
And get excited because one day and -
He gives us life.
He helps us endure and find peace and joy in the midst of tough times.

Friday, March 13, 2015

From Cold Texas to Warm Arizona- Road Trip...

Hello! What a great week it has been.  We are home from a wonderful road trip out to see our son and his sweetheart in Arizona. We made a sentimental stop in Ft. Davis, Texas on our way out. We have camped in these Texas mountains for many years past on Spring Break.  This trip it was just the two of us and it was enchanting and full of sweet memories.  We have never been in this part of the country when a blue norther has blown in. It was absolutely COLD but incredibly lovely. If you are ever looking for a peaceful, off the beaten path vacation spot- check out Ft. Davis, Texas and the Davis Mountains State Park
This lovely place is Indian Lodge. It is the most tranquil and peaceful spot in Texas. There is a restaurant on site called The Black Bear that has wonderful, yummy food.

 We enjoyed the toasty fire...
 This is the view looking out of the Black Bear restaurant...
We also stayed one night in town at  The Limpia Hotel
Quaint and old. It feels as if you are stepping back in time...
 We spent quite a few hours reading in these cosy chairs by this fire...
 This happened too...goodness.
Then...we drove to warm Arizona!!
This was the first thing I saw as I got out of our car at W and C's house.
The color was gorgeous and the temperature was about 80 degrees. Perfect.
The view out of their window...
My early morning companion. Ava and I listened to the birds chirping and had a good time chatting. 
She is a sweetie cat.
 Blooms everywhere...
Walks in the park...
Goodness- we miss this boy and his girl...
See that mountain? We climbed it the next day.
I am happy to say that I can now walk again and I did not die up there. It was close.
 Here we are on the way up...

 Squaw Peak...

 Reward...   :)
 We love breakfast, at any time of the day...

My sweet daughter in law treated me to a pedicure.
Loved spending time with her. She is for sure a keeper.
 More blooms...

 And shady places...
 And a gentle giant feeding his kitty! ha.
Of course several games of 42.
Candace is obviously the only normal person in the picture...
So- as we now await the sun shine and spring and endure these last days of cold and clouds we have to remember...
Know also that, He has His angels watching over us when we make Him our refuge and our dwelling place...