Tuesday, May 29, 2012

pretty clouds.....
Today's reading is Genesis 17:1-Genesis 28:19. Hope you are enjoying diving into God's Word so far...feels good and so refreshing!
This cloud photo reminds me of an arrow pointing  me in the direction of the Lord's leading or of a pine tree on
its side or?
What does this picture remind you of?
For Wednesday read Genesis 28:20- Genesis 40:11..only one more day in Genesis!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Refreshed by God's Word

Red Sunflower Beauty! Photo by Rachel Ann
     99 Days...66 Books= One Amazing Summer! Please join me in reading God's Word this summer! Go to www.terilynneu.com  for reading schedules! Today's scheduled reading is Genesis1:1-Genesis 16:16.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why We Shouldn't Worry

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life."  Matthew 6 :25                           A quote from Oswald Chambers:  "It is not only wrong to worry-----it is infidelity, because worrying means that we do not think that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything else that worries us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke The Word he puts in?    The devil?  No, the cares of this world. It's the  little worries  always. I will not trust where I cannot see, that is where infidelity(towards God) begins. The only cure for infidelity is obedience to the Spirit." 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Guess who turns 4 today........

As you can see she isn't too thrilled to have her picture taken!
Happy Birthday to the best Corgi in the world!                                                                                     Posted by: Rachel

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Graduate

Graduation photos coming soon! In the meantime, here is the graduate beefing up his detective skills.

Matthew begins his career.....

Friday, May 18, 2012

Getting Out of God's Way...

Oswald Chambers said,"So often we mar God's designed influence through us by our self-conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus says there is only one way to develop spiritually, and that is by concentration on God. "Do not bother being of use to others, believe on ME"---pay attention to the Source, and out of you will flow Living Waters. Our heavenly Father knows the circumstances we are in, and if we keep concentrated on HIM we will grow spiritually as the lilies. The people who influence us the most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in the heaven and the lilies of the field, PERFECTLY SIMPLY and UNAFFECTEDLY. These are the lives that MOLD us. If you want to be of use to God, get rightly related to Jesus Christ and He will make you of use unconsciously every minute you live."          May I give up my vain attempts to control my life, my trying so hard to be consistent and useful that I am useless! To let God be my focus....my life, His Way. I want to live my spiritual  life to be like this lily as Jesus said in Matthew 6:28 "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

"Consider the lilies..." Matthew 6:28              Photo courtesy of Rachel Ann

Monday, May 14, 2012

3 teeth in 2 Days..

Hannah has lost an amazing 3 teeth in 2 days....her permanent teeth are very happy to spread out with the extra room! She is happy because now she can eat without worrying about swallowing teeth. She bravely pulled a loose one out during dinner and then since we are all trying to floss more, I casually suggested that I might help her floss. Well, the floss got stuck on another tooth that was wiggley! She pulled that one out easily after the floss loosened it. We resumed our flossing. THEN, the floss got stuck on another tooth and yanked it right out. It flew out of her mouth and landed on the floor...yikes! After the shock wore off, she was ok. She really thought she had lost too much blood, bless her heart! I reassured her that there was plenty left in her body...:) makes me glad I've already lost all my baby teeth!
2 of the 3(one got thrown away)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

My three blessings here with me and my 2 blessings waiting for me in heaven....motherhood is a glorious gift from God! A gift for which I am very thankful.I remember my sweet Mom today who has gone on before me..miss her so much but I know that I will see her again when Jesus sounds that trumpet blast! Thanking God also for my lovely Mother-in-law, Susan, for if it weren't for meeting her I would not have met her wonderful son who became my husband :) Have a very blessed Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Our Spring 2012 Garden

     Here are some pictures of our garden, hope you enjoy them!
Eight of the raised beds
Purple cabbage
Kaleidoscope carrots

one of our beets
snap peas
Post and Pictures By: Rachel

Monday, May 7, 2012

The first Monday in May

" I don't have much in the way of money or worldly possessions. I'm not beautiful, intelligent , or clever, but I'm happy! I was born happy, I love people, I have a trusting nature, and I'd like everyone else to be happy too!"---Anne Frank---

   I wrote down this quote when I began a Frugal Living Challenge from www.frugallysustainable.com . It was from day 6 of the challenge. The daily goal was "How has your health and happiness effected your ability to live frugally?" The strategy to attain this goal: Seek those things that help me meet my basic human needs of mind, body, and soul! But this quote from www.frugallysustainable.com really summed it up for me:  " In order to embrace frugal living- we MUST find contentment in the way things are!" Hhmmmm....find contentment in the way things are.....not the way I would like them to be , or think they should be and aren't...there is a BIG difference! I remember another quote: Our wants are MANY but our needs are FEW. God is my provider, my Jehovah-Jireh. I think a healthy mind, soul, and body can only be found when the heart is full of gratitude, a deep-seated thankfulness that wells up from within and then pours out into all of one's life. When it is well with the soul.....ALL IS WELL! 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hi! I'm Rufus...

Allow me to introduce myself.... my name is Rufus. I showed up  the Spring of 2011 and after a brief but almost deadly encounter with Ingrid the outdoor dog, I was rescued by the kind lady who lives here.Interesting but true, my brother was delivered to another neighbor just up the street on the exact same night! I took a strong liking to the little girl who lives here and guess the feeling is mutual. She takes such good care of me....plenty of food, water and scratches behind the ears. Ha, she's even got me trained to walk around the yard on a leash, no less. All in the name of love I say! I am quite a different cat than that snob Sterling. I just don't operate on his methods...he's stand-off-ish and I am quite the opposite, very approachable and friendly. He's hefty and I'm a bit on the lean side....but don't let that fool you....I am a bundle of purring love!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What a view!

This is  the beautiful view from our deck! I am blessed to be able to hang out my laundry on my clothesline and take occasional glances at fluffy clouds, blue sky and green palm trees. Ahhhh.... God does give wonderful gifts every day, doesn't He?      "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" James 1:17