Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today I was outside and noticed the butterflies swarming my neighbor's butterfly bush. There is a picture of the bush below. I think the orange or rust butterfly is so pretty.
Thank you for looking at my pictures. There is a slideshow in the post below, that I did earlier today.
The other day, I was outside in the back yard and saw two butterflies, dancing around, as if they were playing. Of course I had to go inside and get my camera, because they were very close to me. I think I found them on my neighbor's butterfly bushes across the fence. Then I had to go around looking for some more beautiful things. To view the slideshow, click View All Images.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Good Shepherd
I set the following scripture verses into a song and added it to my "Wordsong Collection."
Click here for the music.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.
Because he trusteth in Thee, Oh Lord, because he trusteth in Thee.
Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord, Jehovah, is everlasting strength.
God hath called us to perfect peace, for He alone is our Peace.
I felt led today to post this previous post on peace. This song I wrote is one of my most frequently viewed posts. I'm sure it is mainly because people are looking up the picture. I am hoping to be able to get some of my music on my blog soon.
Peace In the Midst of the Storm
Image courtesy of All Posters
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is a giveaway to celebrate my One Year Blogaversary. The three items are for three different people. I found the gifts at a Christian Bookstore, where I had an extra discount card. I thought they would be pretty easy to mail. The first person drawn can choose what they would like. I deleted the picture I had made of the angel, and I have already taped the box back up. So I will refer you to a website to see it. Just leave a comment by Tuesday at midnight, and I will announce the winners on Wednesday.
Willow Tree Angel of Happiness ~ the one at the top with the birds ~
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Christ in Clouds
And the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them.
Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for He hath given us His all. Although a tithe of His possessions would have made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was He not content until He had given us all that He had. It would have been surprising grace if He had allowed us to eat the crumbs of His bounty beneath the table of His mercy; but He will do nothing by halves, He makes us sit with Him and share the feast. Had He given us some small pension from His royal coffers, we should have had cause to love Him eternally; but no, He will have His bride as rich as Himself, and He will not have a glory or a grace in which she shall not share. He has not been content with less than making us joint-heirs with Himself, so that we might have equal possessions. He has emptied all His estate into the coffers of the Church, and hath all things common with His redeemed. There is not one room in His house the key of which He will withhold from His people. He gives them full liberty to take all that He hath to be their own; He loves them to make free with His treasure, and appropriate as much as they can possibly carry. The boundless fulness of His all-sufficiency is as free to the believer as the air he breathes. Christ hath put the flagon of His love and grace to the believer's lip, and bidden him drink on for ever; for could he drain it, he is welcome to do so, and as he cannot exhaust it, he is bidden to drink abundantly, for it is all his own. What truer proof of fellowship can heaven or earth afford?
"When I stand before the throne
Dressed in beauty not my own;
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart;
Then, Lord, shall I fully know-
Not till then-how much I owe."
Devotional by Charles Spurgeon
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
My dear friend, Deborah, at Songs from my Journey, has blessed me with this sweet award in honor of my One Year Blogaversary.
That was such a nice thing to do, Deb, thank you so much.
I would like to pass it along to Joyfulsister, at Encouragement From My Heart. Her blog is very uplifting with lovely music and beautiful poems she writes.
And also to Adrienne, at With A Grateful Heart. She also loves music and ministers as a Chaplin. She has lovely pictures and inspirational songs and verses on her blog.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Unicorns in Paradise
I am having trouble viewing You-Tube, for some reason. The unicorn video, I have seen earlier. The others I am posting look good.
'Unicorn' Deer Found In Italy: Discovery News ~ and Video
Christian the Lion
100 names for Jesus
"Lke A River Glorious" ~ This is a beautiful hymn. Be sure to listen to the mp3 music that is lovely.
Image courtesy of All Posters
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Today is my one year blogaversary and 250th post. It is hard to believe it was last July 12, 2007 when I posted my first little post. My header and sidebars were very plain. I have learned a little more since then, and have met many dear, sweet friends. Thank you all who read my blog. I am blessed by your friendships.
Lately, I have been busy working on music I have written. The owner of a local piano gallery here liked one of my songs and thought I should get it published. This is one I have not put on my blog. I would love to get something published, but it is just not that easy. Hopefully, one day my dream will come true. I also want to learn how to put music on the computer.
I thought I would share some more pictures. Most are from neighbor's yards.
Four O'Clocks ~ sweet smelling ~
Asiatic Lilies ~ gorgeous and sweet smelling
Unique Peppermint Twist Crape Myrtle bush ~
My Blue Bells ~
Butterfly bush I believe ~
Rose of Sharon bush again ~ more blooms
Thanks for looking at my pictures.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I am the Light
I don't know about you, but it really disturbs me to hear a weather forecaster talking about help needed from mother nature. I heard part of a sermon about the providence of God. The preacher was also referring to some awesome things God had done in early battles for George Washington and some others. He was talking about God riding upon the storm, His footsteps upon the sea, and how He rides upon the shore. Some Bible verses I hear I think are awesome.
I looked up some verses ~
2Sa 22:12 -
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
Job 20:6 -
Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
Job 22:14 -
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
Job 26:8 -
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
Job 36:29 -
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
Job 37:16 -
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
Ps 18:11 -
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
Ps 18:12 -
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
Ps 78:23 -
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
Ps 97:2 -
Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
Ps 104:3 -
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Ps 147:8 -
Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
Da 7:13 -
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Joe 2:2 -
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
Na 1:3 -
The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Mt 24:30 -
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
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Monday, July 7, 2008
I found a Christian radio station on a blog the other day, and thought I would share some pretty websites with you. You can listen live on the websites.
Abiding Radio ~ I did not have to login when clicking on the station from a blog. But now I see there is a place to login.
Worship Radio Network
Praise Broadcasting Network
WBFJ ~ Contemporary Christian music and teachings
106.9 The Light ~ may be more contemporary now
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Sunday, July 6, 2008
The voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.
My soul, now that the cool of the day has come, retire awhile and hearken to the voice of thy God. He is always ready to speak with thee when thou art prepared to hear. If there be any slowness to commune it is not on His part, but altogether on thine own, for He stands at the door and knocks, and if His people will but open He rejoices to enter. But in what state is my heart, which is my Lord's garden? May I venture to hope that it is well trimmed and watered, and is bringing forth fruit fit for Him? If not, He will have much to reprove, but still I pray Him to come unto me, for nothing can so certainly bring my heart into a right condition as the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, who brings healing in His wings. Come, therefore, O Lord, my God, my soul invites Thee earnestly, and waits for Thee eagerly. Come to me, O Jesus, my well-beloved, and plant fresh flowers in my garden, such as I see blooming in such perfection in Thy matchless character! Come, O my Father, who art the Husbandman, and deal with me in Thy tenderness and prudence! Come, O Holy Spirit, and bedew my whole nature, as the herbs are now moistened with the evening dews. O that God would speak to me. Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth! O that He would walk with me; I am ready to give up my whole heart and mind to Him, and every other thought is hushed. I am only asking what He delights to give. I am sure that He will condescend to have fellowship with me, for He has given me His Holy Spirit to abide with me for ever. Sweet is the cool twilight, when every star seems like the eye of heaven, and the cool wind is as the breath of celestial love. My Father, my elder Brother, my sweet Comforter, speak now in lovingkindness, for Thou hast opened mine ear and I am not rebellious.
Devotional by Charles Spurgeon
Friday, July 4, 2008
God Bless America ~ a Dayspring movie
Irvin Berlin's God Bless America ~ Kate Smith
"Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
- Ronald Reagan
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."
I really like what Karla Dornacher wrote in her E-Newsletter ~
As much as I'm enjoying June, I'm still looking forward to next month and celebrating the 4th of July! Partly because of Independence Day and partly because the 4th is my youngest granddaughter's birthday! But as I worked on the "Set Free" Clip Art Kit, I couldn't help but think about, not only the freedoms we can so easily take for granted living in this great nation, but also the freedom that is ours in Christ and how important it is for us to walk in and celebrate that freedom every day. Jesus said, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." True freedom is knowing the truth... the truth of who God is and the truth of who we are in Him... the truth of God's Word vs. the lies of the enemy and the culture we live in... the truth that sets us free from the past, empowers us to live today, and leads us into eternity.
May the stars and stripes remind you, not only of 4th of July, but of your freedom in Christ... and cause you to stop and consider the cost of both these privileges so undeserved!
God bless America... and God bless you!
by Karla Dornacher
One Nation Under God ~ Free Christian Video
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Neighbor's unique lilies ~
Rose of Sharon
Neighbor's butterfly bushes I believe ~
One little day lily near my fence ~
Little cutie thrown in ~
Blooming Hosta ~
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;
Thanks for looking at my photos.