Saturday, March 21, 2009

Springtime Memories

I was looking out over our backyard this morning and enjoying the feeling of springtime in the air.  There has been some changes there since we first moved into this home and although I will replace them someday, I miss my three overgrown, unpruned, misplaced rose bushes.

One of the first springs that we lived here, Logan developed his "photography bug" and started saving for a nice camera.  Now, I had just purchased a nice new camera and he convinced me that he needed to practice with it until he could get his own.  Being the good, creative, homeschool Mom that I am, (Can you hear the humor in my voice?) I suggested that he begin a Nature Notebook with pictures from our backyard.  He spent several hours out there that first day and was very proud of his work.  Sometime later, we uploaded them to the computer and I was astounded at some of the photos that he had created.  He had taken several up-close shots of the roses on my "mangled" rose bushes.  They were beautiful.  We eventually submitted one of them ("Sepia Rose" shown below) for publication in a Photography Album and was accepted.  Logan was ecstatic! 

Looking out at the backyard this lovely spring morning, reminded of those beautiful pink roses and I missed them.  But thanks to Logan, those springtime roses are still here. Memorialized by digital technology.  So allow me to share some beautiful spring memories with you....

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's About Your Faith!

When will we get it through our heads that the enemy doesn't want our money, our jobs, our homes, our stuff, our position, our church ...  He wants to destroy our "faith"!  He can't use our money, he can't work our jobs, he can't live in our homes (technically)...  He just wants us to give up, fear, doubt and worry or (better yet) trust in ourSELF to make it happen .  We've heard it said so many times that doubt is the opposite of faith,  so we can assume that if the enemy wants to destroy our  faith... and is successful... we are left with doubt, worry and fear.  We must have faith because...  "without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Heb. 11:6)  God wants us to believe and trust in Him! In other words... Have FAITH in Him!  We have to trust in every part of that scripture. 

Why would the enemy want to destroy our faith?   Well, maybe we can get a little "clue" from Hebrews 11:33-34  "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."  WOW!  When the enemy "gets your faith," he keeps you from doing what you are destined to do!  And I don't know about you, but I want to see the results of stedfast, bull-dog FAITH -- That won't let go and won't be distracted from it's calling, purpose and destiny!

So when things are going crazy, money is tight, job situation is shaky, the world is in an uproar and it seems like the struggles on --  remember.... IT'S ABOUT YOUR FAITH!   It's NOT about your job, your money, your car, your stuff, your church, your organization, ...  IT'S ABOUT YOUR FAITH!  Hold on to it... fight for it... stand on it... don't get sidetracked... reminded yourself daily  - IT'S ABOUT YOUR FAITH! 

  1 Peter 5:8-11 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Monday, March 9, 2009

May your days be filled with smiles and laughter....

(** I wanted to update my blog... but am feeling too tired to try real hard!!  :)

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