Saturday, August 24, 2013

quick quotes

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
CS Lewis

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'
CS Lewis

Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. 
I know that by experience.

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

birds bugs bees bunnies beetles

Today was awesome.  No humidity and temps in low 70’s.  I moseyed around the backyard this afternoon, stopping here and there to see and watch and look and peep and view and observe and glimpse at all I could see around me. 

A couple of bees briefly buzzed around me, then went along their merry way.  I settled back into a comfy chair in the shade.  A large buttercup yellow butterfly put on an amazing dance just for me, then slowly disappeared from my view.  I know her dance was just for me because there was no one else around except me.  It really was an awesome thing to see.  I’m thinking she did her best ever dance just for me, because I talk.

Yep, I talk.  I talk to them.  In my backyard haven, my secret garden, I talk.   To butterflies and bunches of birds* and grasshoppers and bumble bees and ladybugs and earthworms and lightning bugs and tree frogs and other frogs and praying mantises and snails and caterpillars and beetles and bunnies and crickets and squirrels and goldfish and spiders and stinkbugs and ants and aphids and June bugs and feral cats and moths and dragonflies and turtles and, and, and...

Oh, I forgot: once to an opossum and a black snake and a raccoon and a couple of puppies and a cute little lime green snake.

Hey, a girl’s gotta draw a line somewhere, and I have drawn mine:
I do not talk to wasps nor slugs nor bats nor gnats nor hornets nor some other stuffs.  And (drum roll...), I don’t talk to mosquitoes.  I just smack ‘em.

*for Mother’s day, my sweet grandkids gave me ‘The Birds of the Carolinas’ book so I can look up (by colors) birds and learn about them

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

am i meek ? ~ release

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Matt. 5:5 (NIV)

O LORD, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek; thou wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear
Ps 10:17 (RSV)

What does meek mean? It’s defined as showing patience and humility; gentle; easily imposed on; submissive; enduring injury with patience and without resentment; deficient in spirit and courage; and not violent or strong.

To be meek, I must:
not easily get angry
put up with insults and injuries
be considerate to everyone
think more of others than of myself
not be envious
take orders and criticism
accept God’s will
attribute all I have and all I am to God’s grace

Wow! That’s a tall order to fill! I can only work towards this goal with Jesus in my life. I admit, I’ve not really thought about this - God’s desire is for me to be meek. To be meek - at home, at the grocery store, around friends, at WalMart, with family and friends, driving in traffic, around enemies, at church, on a walk in the neighborhood, eating at Chili's - everywhere I am and with everyone I am with.

Wisdom, fear, and meekness, say they, are of high esteem; but, "meekness", is greater than them all.
Author: Unknown

God, teach us to be meek but not weak and to be bold but not arrogant. Amen.

(Photo: Taken by Andrew, on the hill behind Mt Vernon Baptist, Boone, NC)

Monday, August 5, 2013


I love this song: Ginny Owen - 'Say Amen'

Sunday, August 4, 2013

I am blessed.  I know I am.  But I can’t begin to know just how blessed I am.  Does than make sense?  God has given me a life overflowing with blessings. 

Speaking of  blessings, let me tell you about my grandkids.

I love how my heart feels when I hold them close.
I love their smiles and laughter and giggles.
I love their hugs and kisses and snuggles.
I love them.

I'll tell you about another blessing.
I truly, sincerely thank God for Skype. 
You may wonder why I’m so thankful for that blessing.  Well, I’ll tell you.
Today I watched my grandkids playing and laughed so hard I almost snorted!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Today is one of those days when I clearly need to remember this...