Flower Pot Crafting Part 1

What do you do on a hot Sunday afternoon… you create. I really wanted to make some yard art so here is what I am working on.

Laying the foundation.

We are making a knome mushroom house. Keep in mind these are the first stages so they are rough.

I am using a 10 inch flower pot and a drain pan large enough to extend out past the pot. You can get these from Michael’s or any garden supply.

Paint the pot with your desired base coat using either spray acrylic or you can hand paint like I am doing with artist acrylics. For the dots you can use any circular object and dip into the color you desire and use a rocking motion to make sure it makes a complete ring. Fill in with your artist brush to complete circle.

Make sure you fill in dots a second time allowing for drying time in between.

I have added the door and a knome beside the door. Continue to layer on paint until you are satisfied.

Sorry that is all for today but keep checking back for the final product.

Journals…a path of explanation!

I know it has been days since I blogged, but I feel like it is not enough just to tap some keys. Finding something worthy to write about is always the delima. The days are so hot I have not even pulled my camera out. My RV is still sitting idle in my yard because getting out in the heat is so undesirable.

Still, I am so grateful for life! While the summer months are not my favorite time of the year I still try to make the most of them. The morning hours are my most productive. While my dog woke me up so that he could make his visit outside, my only desire at that moment was for a cup of java. Thankfully his visit was short and sweet and then he jumped up on the couch and went back to sleep.

My husband was still asleep so I tried to be as quiet as possible. With cup in hand I came here to my office to have some quiet time. I always try to start my day by taking a few minutes to talk to God. Just those few moments of meditation can make the difference in how my day continues.

Today’s topic is about journalling. While unfortunately I am not real consistent about journalling I do believe it serves several purposes. It is a good way just to get through difficult times in your life. If you journaled during the lockdown of covid then you can relate to what I mean. It is a way of putting down on paper/or digitally your thoughts and breaking down even your most intimate fears. For me it is a way of documenting brief thoughts or bits of information that I might be able to use at a later time. I do a lot of research and some days my head is just so full of information that journalling is some times the most logical way of sorting out those details.

The traumatic times that we are living in now are worthy of journalling. Never before has our faith been so tested and our lives threatened. Each day as a way to deal with this every changing world write down your feelings. You don’t have to be a great writer, it is just important as a coping tool that you get those feelings out. We have to stay united with family and friends. To do that in a positive way it is important to have a place for any negative feelings. Keep ties with your family and friends a place of love. If you are having a bad day…don’t spread that negativity…document it. You will find that when you write it down it is just like you have had the conversation without hurting anyone’s feelings.

There have been some great books that started out by journalling. While you might not be trying to write a novel, you will find it useful. A year from now if you wanted to look back at what the year 2021 looked like and what you did…you have it in writing.

As a genealogist I often journal as a way of sorting out details and connecting the dots. While Ancestry and other sites do a great job of collecting data the links are not always accurate. When I journal any questions or data it makes it easier for me to go back later and pinpoint any errors in linkage.

If you looked at my journal you would probably say “oh what a hot mess” but it does have its purpose. While the scribbled notes may have no meaning to others they are an ends to a means for me. They turn the illogical into logical.

Sort out your thoughts, feelings, events, all into one space.

Have a great day!

Waiting Out The Storm

I may have included this in a previous post but here it is again. During a storm I am often reminded of the song “Standing In The Storm” by The Sharps. The song reminds us to be not afraid because God will keep us safe and warm, He is our refuge in a storm.

In the book of Nahum 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power and will by no means clear the guilty. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

When we think about storms we usually think about the vast amount of wind, the endless hours of rain and the sometimes angry thunder and lightning. I say to you now there is a greater storm, this storm may not easily pass by. This storm is of good versus evil. As I was just typing our power went out.

As stated above God is slow to anger but there will come a time when he will say “enough is enough”. When it says “and by no means clear the guilty” it means those who deliberately violate God’s law and refuse to repent will be forever lost. On the other hand if you trust in Him in all things you will feel his presence in the storm. He will embrace you with the blanket of the Holy Spirit and you will be safe from harm.

Even as a child I never feared storms. I just saw them as God exercising His power. Storms are to be respected as something that must play out. My husband said as children his grandmother would tell them to just sit, be quiet and be respectful.

Respect the storm by being faithful.

Behold the storm and watch God’s power.

Oh Lost Babylon…Or Is She?

If you have been “asleep at the wheel” and have not acknowledged what is happening to this country and this world, maybe it is time you took a moment to slow down and take notice. Yes the sun still comes up and the birds still chirp in the morning and life does go on but what is your part in it?

This is supposed to be one of the greatest countries in the world and yet in reality daily it is sinking further into a cesspool of unimaginable sin. No I am not trying to just be negative, this was actually all predicted in the Bible.

We know that Babylon was destroyed because of its great sin. Some people believe the United States is the new Babylon and is also set for destruction as described in Revelation 18:1-24. Now whether you believe this or not is up to you but what is written in the text and what is actually happening in this world….the puzzle piece fits! For instance: Rev 18:2 And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit, an abode for every filthy and detestable bird.

It is obvious this world is fighting a great evil. It is a battle in every sense. This battle is good versus evil. While it may appear evil has the upper hand, even Revelation leads us to believe that if the faithful to God stand tall in this battle there is still an opportunity to create a new world. This is not a time to be weak nor a time to be fearful. This is a time to stand tall and be a soldier for God!

We have become a lawless nation and a lawless world but God’s law is the law that matters. In Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law”. Even in the worst of times we have to put God and God’s law first! We know that based on the book of Revelations we could all be destroyed but…and there is a but..if you read the last two chapters it clearly defines a new heaven and a new earth. Is that just in the physical sense? We know the Bible is written in parables so it could just as easily be interpreted that the unjust [those who have not repented and have turned away from God] have been destroyed and the children of God who do believe and are faithful will be left to enjoy a new world.

The final alter call is here and now. The old Babylon is lost but the new Babylon still has an opportunity to be saved. The choice is yours, don’t make the wrong one.

I choose God and that is not a mistake! Have a blessed day.

Senior Moments – Making That Car Purchase

While my car is aging, like everything else that I own, I find myself looking through endless auto ads trying to identify the style that I want. While my husband in the past has just driven onto the lot of a dealership and got sucked into the “less than perfect” purchase my plan is a little different.

My plan is to do lots of research before ever setting foot on a lot to make a purchase. While I may have made mistakes in other areas of my life, I am very money conscious. Maybe not frugal but I do collect coupons when I can find them. I do compare prices when possible and I don’t just settle for second best.

My grandfather always said “buy the best that you can with the money you have”. Instead of wading through mounds of paperwork for that auto loan, I plan to pay for this purchase in cash. The biggest benefit of that of course is no interest and no car payment. By liquidating some of the assets I already have before making that purchase it puts me in a better position to negotiate on price.

Currently I am researching not only style but the “best bang for the buck”, the best safety record, and best performing car. A little time now in doing the research I hope will save me a lot of headaches down the road.

I hope sometime in the next few months I will be cruising down the road in my new car and still be debt free. Wish me luck!

A Wedding Day

On Saturday I had the privledge to attend my niece’s wedding. While it was beautiful in every aspect as was she, it was the vows they spoke that would forever linger long after their wedding day was over. They may not have been the traditional vows, there was no “obey” in them but there was a lot of love and thought put into them. The commitment they challenged them with was soft to the ears but touching to the heart. They set standards for themselves as a couple and attainable goals that will lead them well into their elder years. While marriage in recent years in itself has become the “exception to the rule” it is touching to see a young couple that much in love and still willing to make that long journey down the road of life together.

While the Bible does not speak a lot about marriage, what is does say is profound:

Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous.

Too many times as we age as a couple we forget the meaning of this verse. It is not just the physicality of marriage but it should also be about the spirituality of marriage. God honors marriage! He honors the commitment that a couple makes to make their lives one together. He will particularly honor it if they are also bound spiritually. “Let marriage be held in honor”, those few words set the tone for what a marriage should be. I believe that based on the vows my niece and her new husband chose that they truly “honor” each other and the union of marriage.

If you are considering marriage I hope you will consider God’s plan for marriage. While all marriages will have times of tribulation, if you stay the course it is worth the effort. God bless you all.

Morning Delight

I have been waiting patiently for a particular lily in my yard to bloom. She has been watered and talked to and pampered more than any other plant in my yard. When my husband took the dog out this morning I heard him holler for me to come to the backyard. I threw on my clogs and out I went. He pointed to the particular lily in question. There she was…not partially open but in her full glory. Here are different shots of her for you to enjoy. Keep in mind this is a very large bloom approximately 6-8″ across.

Hope you enjoyed my morning delight. Have a wonderful day.

Aliens In The Bible

There seems to be a lot of discussion recently about aliens and I have seen a number of people who have stated that aliens were even noted in the Bible. Here are the Bible references as they currently exist as quoted from the Amplified Bible.

Exod 18:3 And her two sons, of whom the name of the one was Gershom [expulsion, or a stranger there], for Moses said, I have been an alien in a strange land;

Deuteronomy 14:21 You shall not eat of anything that dies of itself. You may give it to the stranger or the foreigner who is within your towns that he may eat it, or you may sell it to an alien. [They are not under God’s law in this matter} but you are a people holy to the Lord your God. You shall not [even] boil a kid in its mother’s milk.

Job 19:15 Those who live temporarily in my house and my maids count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight.

Psalm 69:8 I have become a stranger to my brethren, and an alien to my mother’s children. [John 7:3-5.]

Proverbs 2:16 [Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you] to deliver you from the alien woman, from the outsider with her flattering words, [Prov. 2:11]

Isaiah 61:5 Aliens shall stand [ready] and feed your flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

Luke 17:18 Was there no one found to return and to reognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien?

Ephesians 2:19 Therefore you are no longer outsiders, exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself): and you belong to God’s [own} household.

Ephesians 4:18 Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature].

Hebrews 11:34 Extinguished the power of raging fire, esaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. [Dan. 3.]

Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried about by different and varied and alien teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and ennobled and strengthened by means of grace (God’s favor and spiritual blessing) and not [to be devoted to] foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no [spiritual] benefit or profit to those who observe them.

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I implore you as aliens and stranger and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul.

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be amzed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.

In each instance if you read the passage and the surrounding passages you will come to realize the term “alien” does not relate to a creature but to something strange or unfamiliar or a foreign location. It is easy to get terminology confused in the Bible as a lot of it is written in parables but in this instance each use of the term is the same or similar.

While there are obviously books that have been left out of the Bible, based on how the term is used in these passages I don’t think the inclusion of any other books will change the meaning. Feel free to do your own research. The internet while a useful tool can also contain a lot of false or misleading information.

Have a great day!

Hope

Yesterday I visited with a friend who has been told he is dying. I tried to express to his wife that just because a doctor makes that decision does not mean that is the way his life will play out. I believe with my whole heart that God still has a plan for him. While we live in a world where it is so easy to believe in the negative I search for the positivity in life. As the battle between good and evil is being fought before our very eyes……there is hope! The Bible speaks about hope:

Psalm 22:9 Yet You are He Who took me out of the womb; You made me hope and trust when I was on my mother’s breasts. (In this sense hope is a feeling of security.)

Psalm 27:14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. (Even though life may leave challenges at our feet, the Lord wants us to know that we can expect him and depend on him and look forward to his coming.)

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness. (God loves those who love and respect him ‘fear him’. On those who follow him he pours out his love in response to their obedience.)

Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You. (Don’t be afraid to “wait” and “hope” for the outpouring of God’s love because it will come in His time not ours.)

As you go through your own daily battles, don’t forget to have hope. God loves you and only wants the best for you. That does not mean that we won’t be tested but that when we are we have a heavenly Father that loves us and stands by us in all things. Go to Him in prayer. Go to Him when you are in need. Don’t forget to go to Him just to show Him your love for Him!

Have a wonderful Sunday.

God is the Creator of all things. In Him all things are made new.