Sunday, March 5, 2017
It's been a long, strange winter here in Northern Michigan.
But the song of the red-winged blackbird has returned once again, bringing the message of hope and renewal that spring always brings to the earth.
I have resolved once and for all to never make New Year resolutions again. 😄
Instead I have made a list of achievable goals for the year.
Among these goals are:
*Go back to church.
I attended church today for the first time in several months. You know you've been gone too long when the pastor forgets your name!
I also finally got my computer repaired two days ago. It took them a whole ten minutes to replace the faulty Power Supply Unit; so I thought today would be a good day to get started on another goal....drum-roll....
*Get back into blogging regularly!
In fact, some of my other goals can be used in blogging, such as:
*Practice kindness and mercy toward others.
*Write more often, but using less words. (challenging for me)
*Slow down and do things with more thought and care.
*Be more organized.
*Focus more on relationships, not material possessions.
Of course I must be able to balance the time spent online in order to achieve the last goal ...
*Keep house neater, cleaner, and more organized.
I have been practicing this for a couple of weeks now, and am finding that with a little organizing and decluttering, this is becoming easier every day.
Well, that wraps this post up for today.
Thanks for visiting me here!
~Blessings & Love~
and remember, we are...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I lift up your Holy nation, Israel, and your Holy city, Jerusalem.
Protect your people, and make them to stand firm in the knowledge of your promises.
I pray that you would remind them of your everlasting covenant concerning the land that you have given them.
I pray also, for a hedge of protection to be placed around Donald Trump and his family and staff..That you would have his heart guarded against deception and to have his heart set upon Israel continuously, so that America will be called a blessed nation under God once again!
May any resolution from the UN to divide your holy city be cut down, and any effort or attempt by Iran or any other nation to attack your people, Israel, be turned back upon their own heads!
Finally, Abba, may your people who are called by your name humble themselves and pray, and seek your face, and turn from their wicked ways that you might forgive us our sin, and heal our land!
In Jesus, I ask...~Amen~
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
|Meet Mama-Mia..Our new kitty adopted from our local shelter.|
Her time was running out and when I saw her online, I just knew she was for me!
|The dogs both love her!|
It's weird, but she acts as though she's always been a part of our family.
I also think she makes a great birthday gift to Buddy who just turned seven today!
Happy Birthday Bud!
& remember, we are...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
I'm not even gonna name the restaurant, since I don't want to freely advertise this..But most of you probably already know anyway.
Opening day of deer hunting is a big thing up North where we live.
And yes, we do have venison in our freezer still from last season as I write this..
The reason I am not happy about this is because, as an eater of venison, I am able to enjoy the meat because I know that the person who harvested my deer did so with responsibility and even compassion. I know that she lived within her herd and grazed on the land that our friend owns which consists of several wooded acres as well as thousands of surrounding farm fields here in Northern Michigan.
Not one season have I failed to first thank the Creator for this provision and then thank the deer for her sacrifice.
So..why shouldn't the folks who do not or cannot hunt be able to partake in a venison sandwich at a fast food restaurant? Well, my answer is pretty simple.
For the same reason I have given up eating beef, pork and chicken. *I am not always successful in avoiding these foods however, but am working on it. I am also in the process of eliminating dairy from my diet..This is actually easier for me because of awesome products such as almond and cashew milks.
I can no longer eat those animals knowing that (many times) their sacrifice came about from having to exist in a very cruel and abusive industry where their flesh means big money, and they are treated as just a product for mass consumption. Living in cramped holding stalls or cages unable to see daylight in many cases, and in order to get good and fat, unable to run around and feel the earth beneath their feet and graze with their herds the way God intended.
I am not trying to start a debate here..just telling the facts of what our consumer-driven fast food chains have to do in order to satisfy the wants of their customer in a way that is cost effective for their industry.
I think many people would agree that it is pretty awesome to watch wild deer as they peacefully graze in a field or leap through the wild landscapes like they do so here in the great state of Michigan and elsewhere..their white tail flagging as they retreat into the forests.
I enjoy watching the small family of four deer that like to hang around our front yard picking through acorns that have fallen, or pulling down branches of the cedar pines that grow in our swamp and nourish them throughout the cold winter months.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I've only been online for a short while now and already I am addicted to YouTube.
I've been hearing an awful lot about an impending WW3, and other disturbing things...So I have decided to put my trust in The Lord, and not worry about this. Some might think that is foolish, but as my daughter says, "Don't let the devil steal your joy today with fears about tomorrow."
Jesus said the same thing:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33,34
So here is my offering to any who are weary from listening to the news..Some of God's little reminders of his power and Majesty over his creation..and his love for his children through Christ our Lord..
As soon as we got our cable upgrade, we were blessed by a week long visit from our oldest granddaughter..She and I had a total blast!
We are so much alike, and I think she was really surprised that her grandma really is such a kid at heart! I know her mom is probably confused about what ever happened to the strict disciplinarian that raised her, lol! I am retired from all that now, so it's time for some fun, fun, fun with the grands!
|Here is Jeff and daughters aboard two ship museums on the coast of Lake Michigan|
Only two days after returning home, our Son In Law shattered his hip in three places..He is a disabled veteran, only 30 yrs. old, and he is having a very difficult time of it. He initially stayed in the hospital for five days after surgery, but we had to take him back for an additional five days because of severe pain and swelling. We would sure appreciate your prayers for his recovery. He is at home now...
Thank you, and God bless!
~Blessings & Love~
Just one more photo...
Taken after I completed this post..
Yes, that is snow on that pine branch!
(sorry about the reflection in the window)