Monday, February 6, 2012


 It seems WAY too early for these blooms...

 They are lovely though...
 While I was out enjoying taking pictures of the blooms I thought I would snap some pictures of some of my favorite houses that I get to drive by occasionally and enjoy. Lovely...

Oh, and just a last shot of one of my morning friends.  Blurry but colorful.

I have been re-reading the "Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers. Without a doubt some of the most gritty, inspiring books I have ever read. I am so moved by the character Hadassah. She puts God first in every aspect of her life. She loves unconditionally and selflessly. She is a little Jewish Christian girl enslaved in Rome after the fall of Jerusalem. This text below is just a bit of conversation between her and John.

John shook his head. "No, Hadassah. Our struggle isn't against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness."
"I can't fight Satan, John. My faith isn't strong enough."
"You don't fight him. Resist evil and be strong in the Lord, Hadassah, and in the strength of God's might.  He's given you armor for the battle. Truth, His righteousness, the gospel of peace.  Faith is your shield, the Word your sword.  Pray with perseverance in the Spirit of the Lord. 
Then stand firm, that the Lord might go out before you."
"I'll try," she said softly.
John took her hands and held them firmly, his warmth and strength surrounding her.  "God does not fail in His good purpose.  Trust in Him, and in His time He'll open your mouth and give you the words to speak." He smiled. "You are not alone."

There is just something about these books. Read them. I'm not just talking to women either. All of the MEN in my family have read them. I promise they will bless you!
You will fall further in love with Jesus through the telling of these stories. Wonderful.

Blessings on your week! Amy


Wa Wa Waughs said...

Love seeing God's beauty thru your eyes. It IS early for these blooms - I have some daffodils almost ready to bloom! It will be interesting to see what else the weather will do this year! Thanks for making me smile this a.m.

pilgrimscottage said...

Wow, that red door sure catches the eye! The blossoms are gorgeous! I like the red brick house and the cardinal is just lovely!!

Vickie said...

Amy, I've read that book - it was SO good and so humbling to me! Loved it!

I really can't believe that things are already blooming. They are around here, too. Daffodils, the tulip trees are coming out, buds on the trees, some of my perennials are starting to bud! I'm afraid we're going to get a bad freeze late and everything is going to have to start all over again!

Beautiful homes around you - have a wonderful week!

Liz Crittenden said...

Looks a LOT different in your world than mine!! Always love seeing your pictures though!

Love how you continually seek to be challenged by God & don't shrink back. Keep challenging others to do the same!

Love ya, friend!!

Leslie and James said...

After I read your blog, I downloaded these books. I'm only on page 30, and you were so right! Thank you for suggesting them! Can't wait for more book recommendations.