Bluebirds

Do you ever feel like you’re hitting your head against the wall, to borrow an oft-used cliche? I decided to take a picture of a puzzle I put together. I sent the picture to my e-mail account. Then I opened it and copied it, but when I went to paste it on WordPress it didn’t work. Then WordPress disappeared. I tried to re-open it and the computer told me I have no internet connection. Which I knew was a lie, because a quarter of an inch from the WordPress tab was my e-mail tab and it was functioning. So, I re-opened WordPress, ignored the lie and walked away and seconds later WordPress was open. So, I searched my computer for the bluebirds and the download is gone. When I went to the world icon and typed in the JPEG code, it showed up but I couldn’t get it to open. Aargh!

My husband came to the rescue, thank You. Lord.

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This is a puzzle from a company in Buffalo, NY, buffalogames.com, and the shapes of the pieces are unique and challenging themselves. I took the photograph with a Smart phone and that’s the best photo of about eight tries. The white shiny spot is from the light overhead, so it doesn’t accurately portray the beauty of the picture. I bought it because I like birds and the quality of the color and thickness of the material impressed me.

When I look at bluebirds and cardinals and blue jays and robins and big black crows I think how creative God is and we are creative as well.

I’m blogging at the end of a very long day. So I will sign off.

May God bless you. I have a verse on a bulletin board over my desk. A note says: Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”  Ahh. Peace.

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Occasionally I look at my life from an objective viewpoint, or as much of an objective viewpoint as is humanly possible. Lately I’ve noticed that people I saw regularly have been moved out of my life. I don’t see some due to sickness, some from changed circumstances so their time doesn’t mesh with mine much, and some from their lack of interest. I decided that there are seasons in life when people are nearby and seasons when they’re gone and then it changes, and they’re back again.

It doesn’t feel that way right now. I wonder if the Lord is trying to get through to me and I’m not hearing Him. Recently, when plans are made or opportunities come along, the door gets slammed shut. Not all of them, but some of them. I’ll make plans and move along to fulfill them and then someone calls and cancels. My husband and I accept invitations and then work demands more of him than he expected and he tells me we can’t go. Then one of us picks up the phone and apologizes. Either the Lord is trying to get through to me or He’s helping me to adjust to variations so I can be flexible.

On the other hand, I’ve also noticed how He orchestrates my steps. I’ve been on my way somewhere and think that we’re almost out of bread. I have time to stop at the store. Once there, I’ll run into someone I haven’t seen in a while and they need to know something I can answer, or I need advice or prayer and they’re there for me. I’ve seen it over and over again with different situations.

Today I intended to spend half the day at home doing chores. My husband and one volunteer have been working hard to get handicap bathrooms into our church. We’ve moved more than once in our lives, so I’ve learned how to paint. I intended to offer to help paint tomorrow. Then I realized they were painting today and my husband looked tired.  So, I ended up staying there to paint and another lady joined me. I got hungry before he did and the helper, an expert contractor actually, agreed that he could eat as well. I ordered pizza with my husband’s approval and that blessed the man that has so greatly blessed us. My husband calls this volunteer “The boss” because his level of expertise in building far surpasses ours.

Others have volunteered as well, but not as steadily.

Maybe the reason I feel like a bird whose wings have been clipped every time my expectations get dashed is because God wants me doing things for others that are more important than what I’m aiming for. I enjoyed painting today and getting to know a couple of people better.

I don’t have anything to complain about, I just feel a bit off-kilter. 🙂

I guess that’s a part of life.

How are you doing today?

May God bless you!

 

Not Happening

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God loves His children!

Hi! I’ve been unable to reach my son at a mutually beneficially  time to get my computer looked  at. So, I thought of blogging at the library on one of their computers, but I ran out of time. While I’m relatively calm, I’ll end this blog since I have a terrible time writing with a cell phone on WordPress. God bless! Hopefully tomorrow will bring technology back into synch here. Going to go read Psalm 91. I can use the encouragement. lol

Marriage Takes Work

 

I’ve been hearing a lot about marriage ever since I started writing about it the past few days.

I heard a couple speak about their marriage on Focus on the Family radio broadcast yesterday. The woman said they found out after the wedding that despite having many interests in common, they discovered they were exact opposites in their personality traits and in the way they did things.

The man said it added flavor and spice to their interactions and he wouldn’t have it any other way. She agreed.

That surprised me. I’ve heard other people say the same thing, but their differences drove each other crazy.

So, how do you work things out?

  • Be willing to try things another way. You may find you like his favorite lunch: a peanut butter onion sandwich, if you take a bite.

  • When your spouse rolls the toothpaste tube up tight and you like it flat, consider if that is worth even arguing about. Do you have control issues? Talk about it, or pray about it and then bring it up, or gasp! – ignore it. It’s easy to get over things if you don’t build them up. Maybe be grateful that your spouse brushes their teeth in the first place.

  • When both parties are not tired, make a list of things you like to do together. If there isn’t anything, ask what they like to do and see if you can force yourself to go. Stepping into the other person’s world can bring a connection worth any initial discomfort. If you hate it, be honest and tell your partner that it’s just not for you. At least now you probably have an understanding of the job or hobby and it’s an area you can talk about.

When you love someone, you want what’s best for them. If you’ve lost that loving feeling, become a detective and look for things you like about your spouse.

Concentrate on the positive attributes and try to ignore the minor annoyances. When you try and bless the other person, they will notice and usually pay attention. That’s a great first step to re-kindle the spark that ignited early in your romantic relationship.

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I’m not very familiar with arranged marriages, but I’ve met some people that started marriage due to their parents’ agreement with another family. They seemed content with one another.

If a person finds themselves in a marriage with someone with serious issues, many folks find help with a marriage counselor’s assistance.

To me, a marriage is worth working on to strengthen the bond between man and wife. I remember a friend of mine back in high school. She was an art student. She showed me her arm and the way it curved. She said it’s perfectly designed to fit with a man’s arm.She found that fascinating. An arm linked with the arm of a person of the same sex does not meld together.

In the book of Genesis, near the beginning, God made man and then He made woman to be a helpmate for him. Men have strengths and women have strengths and they complement each other.

In our home, if one of us is better at paying bills and keeping a budget, that person does the work regardless of their gender. If one of us likes to garden and the other doesn’t, then the other gets to totally ignore the garden and the landscaping and the other gets to choose plants and dig in the dirt until the sun goes down if they want to.

1 Corinthians chapter 7 gives principles of marriage: these include showing affection for one another and realising that since they became one flesh they don’t have authority over their own bodies, but their spouse has authority over the other’s body. So they should not deprive the other person without permission from their spouse. Even then, Paul says it should not be for a long time so they don’t get tempted by someone else.

There’s so much about marriage, I could write a book, which is why I started to. I don’tknow if I’ll write anymore about marriage for a while. I’ll have to pray about it. I just know that the longer I’m married, the more I appreciate God coming up with the model of marriage for men and women. Marriage gives men respect, purpose and stability. It gives women love, value and security, to name a few benefits for both sexes.

May God bless you.

ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: THE MASTER DESIGNER

I love seeing the wondrous things God has done.

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ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING:  Sister Johnson did an awesome job of teaching today’s lesson. The lesson was entitled, “MASTER DESIGNER”. The Scripture was from Psalms 104:1-4, 24-30. The KEY VERSE was verse 24 which reads, “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom, you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Here is the translation of verses 24-30 from THE LIVING BIBLE version:

O Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all! The earth is full of your riches.

25]  There before me lies the mighty ocean, teeming with life of every kind, both great and small.  26]  And look! See the ships! And over there, the whale (leviathan), you made to play in the sea. 27]  Every one of these depends on you to give them daily food. 28]  You supply it, and they gather it. You…

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Mind Control Technology

Some of this is beyond my understanding, but I am concerned with stuff I’m seeing in the world and wondering how is it happening. May God give us wisdom.

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Do you ever wonder what in God’s creation is going on in people’s minds?  Do you have this sense that the world has gone crazy or at least a lot of people have gone crazy? Have you noticed that so many people seem to be in a daze? Have you noticed people you talk to parroting the exact same words they hear on television? Do you ask yourself often if these people have a mind of their own?
Warning, some of this material contains scientific and sometimes boring lecture points.  But, if you want to discover the dark plans of higher powers engaged in trapping the minds and hearts of humankind, you must patiently wade into this field of study to pluck the golden nuggets of truth.  Be patient, do your due diligence in checking the sources and then take it to our Lord God Father and Savior in prayer…

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Buck

My husband and I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Buck.”

It was about the man in the movie that Robert Redford portrayed in “The Horse Whisperer.”

He had a harsh upbringing so he learned another way. He’s so gentle with the horses yet firm. He talks with the owners of the horses if they have an issue that’s causing the horse to have an issue. What a privilege to see such beautiful animals and fun to watch him interact with the paint and other pretty equines. Robert Redford told some tales of Buck’s impact on the movie.

My husband heard of some men that tour the country with their horses to showcase the animals and to present the Gospel years ago. He sat in his office wishing he could see them when he heard a loud sound. He went outside and there in our church parking lot stood a horse trailer attached to a heavy duty pickup truck. He couldn’t believe his eyes. They needed a meeting place to deliver a horse to a gal on their way to an event. They were about to ring the doorbell to see if it was okay to stay there for a short while. He invited them inside and got a chance to visit with them.

Later on he told his dad about it and they drove to the good-sized city to watch the “Sermon on the Mount” show in a large arena. He bought a DVD from Horse Whisperer Lew Sterrett.http://shop.sermononthemount.org/dvd.aspx

I can’t help but think about God’s word saying in Psa_37:4, (ESV):  Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

May God bless you. I hope this finds you well.

A Christmas Poem

Reclaim Our Republic

freedom Merry Christmas

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
transforming the yard to a winter delight.


The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love, I would sleep,
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,

Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just…

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