Monday, January 20, 2014

quick quotes

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickinson

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
~ Langston Hughes

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

something about my Dad

One of my Dad’s favorite hymns was ‘The Old Rugged Cross’.  I remember he was also fond of ‘How Great Thou Art’.  This post was going to be about this song, but while reading the lyrics, my mind went traveling back in time.  It was the second verse of ‘How Great Thou Art’ that sent me smiling down memory lane.

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Dad and I shared a great love of the outdoors.  I have sweet memories of the times we enjoyed it together.

He loved rocks.  Just like me.  He re-homed trunk loads of ‘interesting’ rocks and fossils from the farm in Tennessee where my Mom grew up.  The majority of those awesome fossils were re-homed with me.  (Confession: I have also re-homed a bunch of river rocks from my favorite place in the mountains.)

He loved creeks and streams and rivers and waterfalls.  Just like me.  He loved growing things.  Just like me.  He grew veggies and blackberries and bunches of other things.  I think he loved getting his hands dirty.  (My hands have also seen their share of dirt.)  He loved growing flowers.  I remember the time he grew all kinds in a greenhouse he built.  That’s why the smell of geraniums still makes me smile.

He loved raising animals - cows, chickens, bunnies.  (Confession: I have seen a cow gutted and a chicken running around without a head.)  That’s nasty, but also a part of life.

When I look thru the thousands of pictures I’ve taken, I will come across one I know he would like, and I smile.  I know his view in heaven is no comparison to the world outside my door.    

You can hear the song here, lyrics below.

'How Great Thou Art'

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Saturday, January 11, 2014

foto favs

Grandkids are the gifts of yesterday, 
the pride of today, 
and the joy of tomorrow...

Friday, January 10, 2014

journey, my journey

journey to the summit... is the name I chose for my blog back in 2007.  When I decidedto dive in, I had no idea what it entailed.  I haven’t written anything earth-shattering, no amazing jewels of wisdom, quite a few ramblings, things that make me wonder, some devotional posts, lots of pictures from the world outside my door, anything about the wonderful creation of God, stories from my childhood, the things I learn from nature, about my amazing grandkids, songs that are special to me, subjects that cause me to ponder, some of my favorite photos,  Bible verses and what they mean to me, memories that are mine, quotes that are meaningful to me...

There have been many hiatuses.  Times I just don’t have anything worth writing about.  I’ll keep on writing, if only for myself.  My journey to the summit continues... 

Joy in the Journey 

There is a joy in the journey
There's a Light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind

To all who've been born of the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin

Forget not the Hope that's before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost

There is a joy in the journey
There's a Light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And freedom for those who obey

(Michael Card, John Thompson)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

pause 'n ponder


Tuesday, January 7, 2014


In God’s Word, there’s a lot about obedience.  Somewhere I read that Deuteronomy 11:26-28 sums up obedience as ‘Obey and you’ll be blessed.  Disobey and you’ll be cursed.’  Well said..

Jesus said the Christian life is a life of obedience.  If I don’t do His will, I can’t obey.  If I don’t trust, I can’t obey.  If I don’t believe, I can’t obey.  If I don’t have faith, I can’t obey.   If I don’t love, I can’t obey.  If I don’t repent, I can’t obey.  If I don’t forgive, I can’t obey.  

I believe it all begins with ‘If I don’t do His will, I can’t obey’.  I have this link bookmarked:  It’s well written. (Better than I could do.)

The greatest discovery I have ever made concerning how to know the will of God involves the following:
  • Fully surrendering my life to the Lordship of Christ
  • Living a life of obedience in the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Maintaining my first love for our Lord
Many Christians are trying so hard to discover the will of God that they lose the joy of the Lord and leave their first love for Him.

But all we need to do is abide in Christ, maintain our first love for Him, and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, and we will be in the will of God. So as you continue to walk in the Spirit, He will guide you in making the most important decisions of life. He will also guide you in the daily, moment-by-moment decisions and actions of your life.

Speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus says, "When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth...and he will tell you what is yet to come" (John 16:13). So the key to knowing God's will is to be obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit of truth. If you are willing to trust and obey God and live a holy life, God will reveal Himself to you and direct your steps as a way of life.

Monday, January 6, 2014

reflective reads

''The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life’,  A.W. Tozer, (1897-1963)

What Tozer calls ''personal heart religion'' can grow only from reverent meditation on God. And Tozer's own bestselling classic, The Knowledge of the Holy, is immensely encouraging. In straightforward and readable language, Tozer describes the attributes of God and shows how understanding them (''knowing the holy'') can help you grow in the Christian life. An excellent book for personal devotions and for preachers.

*Yet if we would know God and for other's sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.

*What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday songs

There’s a Christmas song, 'Sweet Little Jesus Boy', I haven’t listened to in a number of years.  The first time I heard it, I loved the way it told the story of Jesus’ birth.  I found it on YouTube sung by Kenny Rogers, Casting Crowns, Gladys Knight, Rebecca St James, Larnelle Harris, and Mahalia Jackson.

According to William Simon, editor of the Reader's Digest Merry Christmas Songbook, Robert MacGimsey composed this song after walking past crowded speakeasies in New York City on Christmas Eve, 1932.  It was published in 1934, its style similar to African-American spirituals.  Intended as an art song, it became one of many spiritual songs. Most recordings take liberties with the lyrics, some adding entire verses. The initial 1934 copyright was allowed to lapse. 

'Sweet Little Jesus Boy'

Sweet Little Jesus Boy
They made You be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child,
We didn’t know who You was.

Didn’t know You come to save us, Lord;
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we couldn’t see,
We didn’t know who You was.

Long time ago, You was born.
Born in a manager low.
Sweet little Jesus boy.

The world treat You mean, Lord;
Treat me mean, too.
But that’s how things is done down here,
We didn’t know ‘twas You.

You done showed us how,
We is trying.
Master, You done showed us how,
Even when You’s dying.

Just seem like we can’t do right,
Look how we treated You.
But please, sir, forgive us Lord,
We didn’t know ‘twas You.

Sweet little Jesus Boy
Born long time ago.
Sweet little Holy Child,
And we didn’t know who You was….

Saturday, January 4, 2014

obedience is as obedience does

Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer.