Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!

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A BIG, HUGE THANK YOU!!

To Hot Rod Cowgirl at:

http://hotrodcowgirl.com/

“Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time…

Courage Is Being Scared To Death

But Saddling Up Anyway!”

Who nominated me for the…

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!!

I’m deeply honored!!!

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Now I get to show appreciation to my favorite readers and…

Nominate them for the same award!!!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1.  The Nominee of the Wonderful Team member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

2.  The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little.

3.  The Nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during 7 days.

Here are my nominees for:

The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!

http://merlinspielen.com/

http://emeraldogzz.wordpress.com/

http://booklovers1.wordpress.com/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/

http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/

http://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com/

http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/

http://becomingcliche.wordpress.com/

http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

http://offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com/

http://walkingonwaterwithgrace.org/

http://realityofchrist.me/

http://aprilhawk.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/dont-give-up-rise-up/#comment-1791

http://mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/fear-of-success-bible-prayers/comment-page-1/#comment-6280

Love them all!!

Oh, I really do love awards!

But, since God gives me what to write…

I glorify Him!!

In everything I do!!

1 Corinthians 13:4  KJV

“Charity suffereth long,

and is kind;

charity envieth not;

charity vaunteth not itself,

is not puffed up,”

1 Corinthians 10:31

“…do it all for the glory of God.”

It’s about God and His Love!

And His Love Edifies!!

Amen!

Philippians 1:9-11

“And this is my prayer:

that your love may abound more and more

in knowledge and depth of insight,

so that you may be able to discern what is best

and may be pure and blameless

for the day of Christ,

filled with the fruit of righteousness

that comes through Jesus Christ—

to the glory and praise of God.”

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Sunrise photo by my husband!

Behold

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Beautiful!! Inspirational! I love Emerald’s poetry!! Check out her entire blog!!

Emerald's Notebook

When in the dark
I see the ray of light
I walk out of the dark
And I behold you

My path trodden down
My way unseeingly
I lay it all down….
When I behold you

I know no other———
Help seem far ———-
You, my only brother
I realise, when I behold you

Your wondrous cross—
Where all my burden lay
I know our paths crossed
Just to behold you

My saviour, light of lights
A heart of servitude
Is all I can give thee right
Oh saviour divine,

Let your wondrous love
Never leave me behind
But to behold thee —-
Forever thine and you mine

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A Fish Story!!

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My husband caught this fish today!

A Black Drum…

Approximately 40″

It took him about 20-25 minutes to get it to our neighbor’s dock…

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After he accomplished that…

  Our neighbor, Wes, had to take the fishing rod…

My husband was spent!!!!

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His size 10 shoe is in the picture for comparison…

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After snapping these photos…

He went home to take a nap!!!

Ha!

The occupation of fisherman is quite labor-intensive!

Strain, long hours, and often little results!!

It takes persistence and dedication to the task…

His fishing always seemed so easy before…

I guess it’s the catching that’s hard!!

John 21:3

“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them,

and they said, “We’ll go with you.”

So they went out and got into the boat,

but that night they caught nothing.”

Matthew 13:47

 “Once again,

the kingdom of heaven

is like a net

that was let down into the lake

and caught all kinds of fish.”

John 21:10

Jesus said unto them,

“Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.”

Don’t just go fishing…

Catch some fish!!

Beautiful Mess We Are!!

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God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)
Better than a Hallelujah
(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)

Amen!!

Teachers…Parents Are Sending You The Best That They Have!!!

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Give Them The Best You Have!!

A Back-To-School Lesson!

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Romans 12:7

“If your gift is serving others,

serve them well.

If you are a teacher,

teach well.”

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Titus 2:7-8

“In everything

set them an example by doing what is good.

In your teaching show integrity, seriousness

and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned,

so that those who oppose you

may be ashamed

because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

For additional verses about teachers, go to:

http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/bible-verses-about-teachers.html

Where according to:

Prayers for Special Help,

“These Bible verses about teachers enlighten us

first on the exceptional responsibility that one has while teaching.

Due to the impact a teacher has on a student,

one quote warns us that teachers will be judged

with a greater strictness than others.

Jesus is often called a teacher

and he himself confirmed that he was one;

the apostles were also teachers.

The teaching passages above

also insist that the ability to teach is a gift

in which the teacher serves others

and leads by example

with the objective to make the students

as wise as the teacher.

It is the teacher’s task to study,

handle the truth correctly,

and teach accurate information

while treating the pupil with respect.

These quotes identify integrity,

dignity,

faithfulness,

and lack of hypocrisy

as traits that the teacher should possess.

Overall, the teacher is warned about too much study

that does not focus on the fear of God

and living a godly life.”

Humbling stuff, huh???

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James 1:5

“If any of you lacks wisdom,

you should ask God,

who gives generously to all without finding fault,

and it will be given to you.”

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Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

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Luke 12:12

“…for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time

what you should say.”

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2 Timothy 3:14-17

“But as for you,

continue in what you have learned

and have become convinced of,

because you know those from whom you learned it,

and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures,

which are able to make you wise for salvation

through faith in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is God-breathed

and is useful for

teaching,

rebuking,

correcting

and training in righteousness,

so that the servant of God

may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

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Deuteronomy 11:18-21

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds;

tie them as symbols on your hands

and bind them on your foreheads.

Teach them to your children,

talking about them when you sit at home

and when you walk along the road,

when you lie down

and when you get up.

Write them on the door frames of your houses

and on your gates,

so that your days

and the days of your children

may be many in the land the Lord

swore to give your ancestors,

as many as the days

that the heavens are above the earth.”

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Lord,

Teachers are going Back-To-School now!

We need Your help!!

Please help us to show Your love!

Even when our days are chaotic!

Especially, when our days are chaotic!!!

Amen!!

I’m Gonna Love You Through It!

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When I first heard this powerful song…

I heard Jesus saying these words…

“I’m Gonna Love You Through It!”

“It”

Being, anything that life throws at me!

Then, I heard…

“And I will send you angels…

Those in Heaven…

And those dressed in flesh…

To support you…

Help you…

And love you through life’s rough spots!”

Cancer…

Affects us all…

Those who’ve experienced it…

And those of us who have loved those who have…

My prayers are with you and your families!

May God always love us through it…

And bless us with people who will go through it with us!

To those who have survived…

I celebrate your life!!

She dropped the phone and burst into tears
The doctor just confirmed her fears
Her husband held it in and held her tight
Cancer don’t discriminate or care if you’re just 38
With three kids who need you in their lives
He said, “I know that you’re afraid and I am, too
But you’ll never be alone, I promise you

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you let go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.

She made it through the surgery fine
They said they caught it just in time
But they had to take more than they planned
Now it’s forced smiles and baggy shirts
To hide what the cancer took from her
But she just wants to feel like a woman again
She said, “I don’t think I can do this anymore”
He took her in his arms and said “That’s what my love is for”

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you let go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.

And when this road gets too long
I’ll be the rock you lean on
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.
I’m gonna love you through it.

Luke 4:10

“For it is written:

‘He will command His angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;”

Amen!

Thank you, Jesus!!

Speak The Truth In Love!

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I reblogged this from Holley Gerth’s blog…please check out her entire blog!!

When You Really Want to Be Heard

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Next time you’re afraid you won’t be heard, try this secret weapon: gentleness.

A gentle tongue can break a bone. {Prov. 25:15}

Lower your voice.

Speak a bit softer.

Look into someone’s eyes a little longer.

Yes, speak truth…just do it in love.

It’s fear that makes us respond with harshness–fear that we won’t be heard, that we’ll lose control, that we’ll be overlooked.

And so we fight with the sword of our tongues and wound those who love us.

Gentleness is powerful, friend. And it takes great courage to use it. But you’re brave enough to try it. I know it.

Our world needs more people who dare to be gentle. People like you.

They’re actually the strongest of all.

XOXO

Holley

Come To Your Senses! Get Down! Go Back Home!

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The way up is to get down!

This was our sermon on Sunday!

It’s the cure for…

“Give me!”

“Notice me!”

“Poor me!”

When it really should be…

“Search me!”

“Make me!”

It means…

Total surrender!

To Jesus!!

Two examples…

King Nebuchadnezzar

Daniel 4: 33-37

“Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled.

He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox.

His body was drenched with the dew of heaven

until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle

and his nails like the claws of a bird.

At the end of that time,

I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven,

and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High;

I honored and glorified Him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;

His kingdom endures from generation to generation.

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.

He does as He pleases with the powers of Heaven

and the peoples of the earth.

No one can hold back His hand or say to Him:

‘What have you done?’

At the same time that my sanity was restored,

my honor and splendor were returned to me

for the glory of my kingdom.

My advisers and nobles sought me out,

and I was restored to my throne

and became even greater than before.

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar,

praise and exalt and glorify the King of Heaven,

because everything He does is right

and all His ways are just.

And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.

The Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-24

Jesus continued:

There was a man who had two sons.

The younger one said to his father,

‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’

So he divided his property between them.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had,

set off for a distant country

and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

After he had spent everything,

there was a severe famine in that whole country,

and he began to be in need.

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country,

who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

He longed to fill his stomach with the pods

that the pigs were eating,

but no one gave him anything.

When he came to his senses, he said,

‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare,

and here I am starving to death!

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

I am no longer worthy to be called your son;

make me like one of your hired servants.’

So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off his father saw him

and was filled with compassion for him;

he ran to his son,

threw his arms around him

and kissed him.

The son said to him,

‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you.

I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants,

‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him.

Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

Bring the fattened calf and kill it.

Let’s have a feast and celebrate.

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

So they began to celebrate.”

There’s a downside to being puffed up…
Our inside is empty of the one thing…
Our heart truly needs
We feel invincible…
It’s always all about us!
Let’s love Him like we should…
Like He loves us!
Through bad and good…
And finally figure out where happiness is found!
In the midst of sadness…
  We are closer to Him now…
And that’s the upside of down!
It’s all switched around…
I was lost and now I’m found!
The upside of down!!
He is “more” in our “less…”
He is strength in our weakness…
Don’t go back again
His sunshine ends the rain!!
Don’t return to your old ways…
Don’t be a fair- weather friend!
The upside of tragedies…
Is knowing He’s holding your heart always…
Always!!!
  We may be down…
But find the joy in the pain…
The upside of down!
It’s all switched around…
I was lost and now I’m found!
The upside of down!!
Amen!!

Friendship Is A Beautiful Thing!!

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My dear friend, her family, and their dog traveled this summer to…

Door County, Wisconsin…

Let’s take a look at her beautiful photos!!

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Ahhhh…peace and quiet!!

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I see their dog feel’s right at home!!

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She snapped this photo for me…

The Italian!!

So I’d feel welcome, too!

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I love this beautiful 4th of July floral arrangement!!

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Vibrant colors in a background of lush green!!

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Deep purple…

The color of royalty!!

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Lilac-colored lollipop flowers???

Can we blow on these???

Or run with them in the wind???

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Cotton Candy, anyone???

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Pick me a big bouquet!!!

Genesis 1:31

“God saw all that He had made,

and it was very good…”

2 Corinthians 13:11

 “Finally, brothers and sisters,

rejoice!

Strive for full restoration,

encourage one another,

be of one mind,

live in peace.

And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Amen!

It’s A Pug’s Life!!

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My hairdresser is a Pug fanatic!!

Here are a few photos she took of her precious babies!!!

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“What’s with all this healthy food???

Where are all the tasty dog treats???”

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“Why does she have to take up the whole couch???

And where’s MY blanket???”

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“I just want to be left alone!!!

Is that too much to ask???”

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“I know…

I look really cute!!

But, they make my paws sweat!”

I just love her pugs!

This one is “Captain”

“Morgan,” her black Pug…

Didn’t wish to be photographed today!!

So let’s see if my Crazy Siberian…

Can be polite…

And say, “Hello!”

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Good girl!!

Thank you all for praying for my Crazy Siberian…

She’s feeling like her old-self again…

Crazy as ever!! 

Amen!

Exodus 23:25

“Worship the Lord your God,

and His blessing will be on your food and water.

I will take away sickness from among you…”

Thank you, Jesus!!