Friday, June 21, 2013

God's Imagination

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Flowers And More Flowers

Luke 12: 27-28: “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you …”
 Why did God create so many different flowers? I wonder if it’s because He wanted to show us that His power, His mercies, His blessings, His mind, and His creativity know no bounds? He is capable of “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). When we think that we’ve seen all the blessings He has to give, we haven’t. There’s always infinitely more that God is capable of giving. And when we can’t imagine that there is anything other than what we currently see before our eyes, we are wrong, because God’s divine imagination and vision far exceed ours, and He sees possibilities even where we see none.

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32: 27)

Was God concerned only with creating a world that would be useful to us, or did He care about beauty as well? Genesis 2:9 records that God created trees that were "pleasing to the eye and good for food". Ours is a God who cares not only about feeding us physically, but also about feeding us spiritually.
 Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
 Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.  Philippians 4:8 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summertime Memories

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Psalm 74:17 

You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.

Do you have favorite summertime memories? I sure do.

Cold, sweet watermelon, yum! They didn't have seedless watermelon when I was a child or I would have eaten a lot more of it- something about spitting seeds out all over the place didn't appeal to me.
Ahhh, the sound of the Good Humor Man's truck coming down the street always made me happy. We rarely bought from the truck but I loved watching him drive down the street with that huge ice cream bar on the side.
We did however, get to eat ice cream treats from the 'ice box', aka refrigerator.
Another summertime favorite was to go roller skating. Oh, how I loved to roller skate.
Remember skates like these? We had a key to tighten them...and wore the key on a shoelace around our necks.
I loved to bike ride!
I loved the smell of freshly mowed grass. We used a push mower like this.
My first job ever was mowing lawns with a mower just like this one.
Mom loved to take us to Lake Michigan to go swimming. 
( That was before it became too polluted to swim in. )
Sunglasses, suntan lotion,  cold beverages and a good book were always in our beach bags
Lake Michigan wasn't-isn't this clean.... but I wanted to use a pretty picture for
While looking for pictures, I found this and it reminded me of Mom and the beach.
...and Michelle and me playing on the beach.....
I loved to make sand castles....
I loved to blow bubbles......
Summertime- oh, all the wonderfully juicy fruits to choose from...
I have always loved to read. Summertime gave me plenty of free time to do just that.
Even as an adult, one of my favorite pass times is to read a good book.
As much as I loved going to the beach, I never did care for sand creeping into places best left, I prefer a nice clean pool to swim this one.
When the sun would start to set, I knew the fun was not quite over for the day- there were still fireflies to catch.

And at the end of a long day, there was nothing more relaxing than to fall asleep to the sound of the crickets chattering away outside- we still didn't have air conditioning , so windows were open and nature sounds crept in to lullaby me to sleep.
What are some of your favorite summer time memories?


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♥ Happy Anniversary, to my lovely sister, Michelle and my wonderful brother-in-law, Keith. ♥
Where did all the years go?
 ♥ Hoping and praying you two are together for another 40 years....and eternity. ♥

Amber Waves Of Grain

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Our backyard sits next to a farmer's field. This season there was wheat growing. This week is harvest time. It's pretty cool to see a field of amber waves of grain one day and all the harvesters gleaning the wheat this week.

Genesis 8:22 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day, Pa and Dad

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Psalm 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

Happy Father's Day!

Michelle and Dad

  I wish I had more photos of my dad with me. I cherish this one.

Michelle and Dad

 Dad, I wish  we'd had more time together. I thought of you often......

I am so glad we have been able to reunite after all these years.
My hope is for every child and parent to be close- to share a cherished moment or two.... it's never too late ...until it's too late.

Pa was like a dad to us. He was so awesome!
Pa, Lady, Michelle
This is the house Michelle and I grew up in as little girls. I loved this house, the people in it and the neighborhood.
Pa, Aunt Myrtle, Nana,Uncle Mac, Michelle, Patti

Nana and Pa- together forever.
Nana, Pa, Michelle, Patti
I wonder why I was pouting in this picture. ( Maybe the smell of Pa's cigarette smoke )
Look at my hat- it use to be one of my favorites.
I LOVED this neighborhood. It was filled with much laughter and good times. I even scraped my knees on these sidewalks tying to learn to ride a bike. ( which Pa helped me to learn )

Michelle, Pa, Patti
Nana and Pa took Michelle and I on a lot of trips. We always had so much fun. I could never wait to get to our destination for the day- there was always a hotel with a swimming pool to enjoy after a long day of driving.
Here we were in Washington D.C.
* I LOVED Michelle's dress.... couldn't wait for it to become a hand-me-down.
Pa and Nana
Nana and Pa moved to Colorado- they built a house in the mountains- their dream home.
This was  taken just as the house was complete but still needed yard work done.
Where ever Nana was, so was Pa.
Sadly, Nana left us....and it was so strange to see Pa without Nana.....
Pa, Nana, Mom, Dad
I LOVE this photo!
Cheers to you, Pa and Dad.
Thank you!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Words Like Gentle Showers

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His Words

Deuteronomy 32:2

Let my teaching fall on you like rain;
    let my speech settle like dew.
Let my words fall like rain on tender grass,
    like gentle showers on young plants.

Thank You, Lord- for Your love, Your Words, Your Heart.
 May I be an instrument to spread Your Words to others.