Monday, March 4, 2019


FAITH


Faith is our spiritual shield protecting us from the darts of the devil. 
Lay this shield aside even for a moment and disaster follows. 
Any departure from the living God is the result of unbelief.

  
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able
to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Ephesians 6:11, 16

 
 

Why does the battle thicken so –
The darts rain fast upon my breast,
While missiles hurled with cruel force
Ring loud against my burnished crest?
Above the din I seem to hear
My Captain’s voice in accents clear,
“Because your shield is down!”

Why does the enemy advance
And hem us ‘round on every hand
While we, the army of the Lord,
Can scarce his arrogance withstand?
Above the shouts I seem to hear
My Captain’s voice in accents clear,
“Because your shields are down!” 

Ah! Now it’s brighter – now I see
The enemy is taking flight,
And lo, the banner of the Cross
Streams red against the morning light;
But as they flee I seem to hear
My Captain call in accents clear,
“Let not your shields go down!”
Thomas Kimber

 

Here are two cards I made:





I would appreciate your comments.

Have a great day!



The above poem was taken from the Springs in the Valley devotional book.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lessons from Michael

LESSONS FROM THE TREES

  
One morning as I finished my devotions I looked out the window at my yard
and the fields across the road.  It seemed that the Lord gave some thoughts
about people from the trees I saw.

I understand that in the Bible trees are often used
as a representation of people.

Here is what came to my mind as I looked at what was left after the hurricane
had destroyed so many of trees in my yard and the area around me.

My pecan trees lost all their pecans/fruit,
but were green with new leaves and growth.

My roses that were stripped of their leaves
were putting on new growth and blooming.

The beautiful ornamental pear trees that lined my neighbor’s land
were gone with only the stumps left.

My largest, strong appearing oak was torn up by the roots.

In one place one tree was standing while the one right
next to it had broken off and was gone.

The pencil tree (Italian cypress), that everyone admired
and had weathered many storms, was broken off at the base and gone.

Many bushes, broken off, but are coming back.
My bridal wreath bush was unchanged.

There were trees that had lost all their leaves,
had many broken limbs and were scarred for life.
They looked worthless,
but they were still standing tall.

Some went down with the first wind.
Some are broken and bent,
but stood strong through the battering winds.

There are some that the tops were blown off,
but are still strong and looking good.

Some fruit trees lost their fruit
and the leaves are curled up,
but they are coming back.
One fruit tree was uprooted.
Some fruit trees kept their fruit
and it is still available to eat even now.

Some trees weathered the storm and are still standing,
but will never be worth much again.

Some look like they still may not make it
even though they didn’t go down.

There were trees in a group that braced against each other
and stood even though some branches are gone.

The big old oak survived and the storm removed the mistletoe
that was going to kill it
and it is standing strong.

There were young and old trees that stood strong
and young and old trees that fell.

There were trees that destroyed other things
during or because of the storm.

Some stood because of their root system.
Some came up by the roots because the roots were shallow.
Some roots were in solid ground and some in soft.

As I sat and looked at the trees,
I thought how very much we are like those trees.
When storms come are we like the strong ones with our roots
firmly rooted in the Word of God?

Are we just trees that look great and admired by people
or are we serving a purpose?

How do the storms of life affect us?
Do we stand strong or do we, when battered and bent,
still come back to be a strong witness?

The storm removed the mistletoe that was going to kill the oak.
Do we let God, through the storms of life, remove
what may be a hindrance to our Christian life?
Do we let them make us better?

Do we stand together through the storms?
Do we keep grounded in God’s Word?
Do we continue to bear fruit even though
it seems that everything in the past is gone?

What is our attitude through the storms of life?
Anger, resentment, discouragement, confidence, confusion, courage?
It is up to us to choose.
It is up to us to fight back when Satan or people wound us.

It is our choice.

Storms will make us stronger or they will destroy us.
One thing for sure they will show others what we are made of.


Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners, 
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalm 1:1-3



Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share this with my followers.  
Thank you for sticking with me and please leave a comment.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

MICHAEL

MICHAEL

How quickly time has passed since my last post.
Many things have happened, but I feel the need to get back to 
sharing with you some of the things that I have learned.

On October 10 we experienced the worst hurricane
to ever impact our area.   

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane
to make landfall  in the contiguous United States in terms of pressure,
 the fourth-strongest land falling hurricane in the
contiguous United States in terms of wind speed
and it was the strongest storm on record in the Florida Panhandle.
Wikipedia

It was powerful, surprising and destructive … and
 there will never be another Hurricane Michael   
The Guardian

Since I live about 60 miles inland, storms normally 
start to die before they hit our area.  But...
As I heard the reports that it was becoming stronger and that there 
would be a curfew imposed in the early morning, 
I was urged by my children to leave home for a safer place.  
My son lives farther inland near the Alabama line and 
he wanted me to come there.  
I quickly packed my things and loaded up 
my dog and kitten and left.

I asked the Lord to give me some promise 
to take with me through the storm.
He gave me...

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: 
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. 
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
John 14:27

The storm only put down two smaller trees and some limbs 
at my son's home, but there were trees down 
everywhere in the neighborhood.

The next day we headed back to see how my house 
had fared.  You had to hunt for a road with even one lane 
clear enough to drive through.  
The eye of the storm passed through between my town 
and another just east of here.

As we approached my house I wondered what I would see
since it is an older frame house.
As we topped the rise the first thing I saw was
most of my trees were down, some broken off and 
some (including my big oak) up by the roots.  

But then I saw my house!
It looked like nothing had happened.  
The house looked like it did when I left.

Then we went inside.  A narrow strip of shingles 
on the roof in the back was gone.
Inside, there was wet, soggy insulation 
all over the kitchen floor, several inches deep.
About 1/3 of the ceiling in the kitchen was on the floor.
The rest of the house only had 
a few water spots on the ceiling.
There was only water on the tile floor, 
none on the carpet!

I had a little damage outside, but nothing major.
While some are still waiting for adjusters to assess 
their damage or receive repairs, 
my home is done except for a
little painting of the ceiling.

I am blessed!

I only told you all of this to show you how God has blessed me.
There are so many others who have suffered immensely.
Don't forget to pray for them.
The city of Mexico Beach on the coast was wiped out.
Panama City suffered great damage.  
Other cities along the coast were devastated.

The wonderful thing is that there was minimal loss of life.

I am blessed!

It is three and a half months since the storm and 
the clean up has only begun.

There is no way to say the total devastation of the landscape.
We had so many trees and did not realize how blessed we were.
They are gone.  
I heard that 75% of the trees are damaged or gone.
I never understood why people would say they were confused
after some of the storms, but I do now.
Nothing looks like our area.
The landmarks are gone.

We have also been having many rainy days and 
a few bad thunderstorms since then.  
the water is not being absorbed because of the loss of vegetation.

Through all of this the Lord has shown me some lessons
that I will share with you in future blogs 
since this one has become so long.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; 
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; 
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10




A big thank you to all of my faithful followers.
I appreciate you for sticking with me.







Friday, September 28, 2018

MY VISITOR


I am very sorry that I have not been able to post lately.
I have many tasks that keep me quite busy, 
plus I am getting older and it takes longer to get things done.

BUT...a very delightful event occurred last week!
I had a visit from Sharon, better known as Shaz.

She is a fellow card creator who lives in Australia
and we have been online friends for several years.

You will want to visit her even if you are not a card maker.

It was such a blessing to meet her in person and visit and share
our experiences, go shopping and out to eat!

We especially enjoyed going to Michaels, Hobby Lobby 
and Tuesday Morning and going through their card making things.

She taught me some new techniques to make my cards better.
We also shopped online for some stamps and dies.

We had a great time!

I am missing her sweet companionship and our conversations, 
but she was getting tired since she had already visited 
several other countries and friends before come to the US.

She stopped in Texas overnight and Hawaii for a few 
days after leaving here.  I just got an e-mail
saying that she is on her way home!

Pray that God will help her to recover quickly from the trip and 
be back to sharing her beautiful work with all her friends.

Love you Shaz!


I thank my God upon every remembrance of you
Philippians 1:3




Here is the card we created using tissue paper and 
embossing powder:




God bless you all!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018