While I love the early mornings, I am not really a “morning person”. Most days I spend as much time awake at night as I do during the day. That, of course, is a bad habit I am trying to correct.
The one thing I have enjoyed since retirement is “getting back to nature”. I like grounding (going barefooted) on the wet ground. It is not only healthy but gives me a real sense of connection with the earth. I spend some time everyday walking outside. It not only gives me that immunity boost but even fifteen minutes a day walking helps to loosen these old joint.
When I went out this morning there were morning glories in my flower garden. Here is part of my morning:
Have a wonderful day. Take a moment to enjoy God’s creations.
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This morning, like a lot of mornings, I went out on my back deck to greet God. For a change it was nice out. With camera in hand I got these few shots.
Eyes Of God
I have been called smart by some and crazy by others. First and foremost, I am faith driven. As an artist I guess I tend to see things differently than a lot of people but I consider that a good thing.
These photos are simple enough but the feeling I get when I take them is much for complex. Daily we are reminded of God’s love even though we may not even realize it.
Just for one day, make a note of how God presents himself to you. Use your senses to identify that small miracle, feeling or event that could not be explained any other way.
Don’t be so busy in your life that you fail to acknowledge the presence of God in your life because he will remind you he is there! Now more than ever as we fight a spiritual war it is important that God’s people unite together! It doesn’t matter what your race is, what you normally believe, what your sexuality is, it matters that you stop what you are doing right now and ask for God’s forgiveness. Ask him to be a part of your life. Ask him to walk with you through this spiritual war so that you won’t be alone.
God is not too busy for you….don’t be too busy for him.
Where do I begin. Life is like a game of cards in many ways. In the game 52 pickup you just flip the cards and watch them randomly fall through space and on the floor. This one is clearly where we are now. Someone randomly chose Biden to go to Washington and yet he never got there legally, has no game plan, and is lying on the floor waiting to be picked up. This is a lazy man’s game. Not one for a thinker.
Texas Hold’em, not just a poker game but a game of strategy. It is not enough to know the cards or the plays, you need to know your opponent. What will his next move be? What card will be delt next? You have to take what you have and what has been played to make a winning hand. You might say this is the Trump game. Not for the week of mind. It is much like chess in many ways. It takes a person of great thought or maneuver.
Last game to consider is solitare. Some people are happy to play this game as it is basically simple but the cards don’t always fall where they should. This game while mostly controlled lacks intrigue and challenges. Because it is mostly controlled and the cards placed in a simple order, it creates boredom. It becomes like robots because there is little freedom. This game is really known as socialism.
What game do you want to play? I prefer Texas Hold’em myself as I thrive off challenges.
While I enjoy the internet, cell phones and my new car that practically drives itself, there is much to be said for a simpler life. Why do you think so many people have turned to a homesteading/alternative lifestyle? They simply appreciate what God gave us not what man created. Here is my tribute to a simpler life.
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I apologize for the delay in posting this part. In part one you saw the base for my mushroom/knome house. Now we move forward on making the roof and/or mushroom top. Take a terra cotta drain pan that fits large enough to go past the base of your bottom. (8″ pot 10″ drain pan). Paint the base color, I made mine a kind of murky brown so it would look natural. Not to worry it does not have to look perfect as nature is not perfect. Pain in the circles in a contrasting color, I chose white. Here is what it looks like.
When try place your pot upside down and then add the drain pan on top like this:
To complete this project pray with a water repellant or paint sealer. Thanks for following this craft project.
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I remember well when my Dad was fighting his battle with cancer that he remarked on just that. He said when he read John Doe fought the battle of cancer they were not kidding because it was a daily battle.
As an observer of a friend who is now going through this same battle I am seeing another side of it. With my Dad I guess I was too close to the situation.
While my friend has had surgery he has chosen to not undergo further treatment. That being said, I have to tell you this is a man of amazing will. His wife has acknowledged some of the terrible days that he has had and yet…he amazes me physically and spiritually. A lot of people are praying for him daily and the results are amazing. The hair on his head has grown back in just a few short weeks to cover his large incision. He went from being unsteady on his feet to dancing with his wife in five days.
While his doctors may have given him a short time to live he is showing he is planning on LIVING with the time he has left.
Doctors don’t know all the answers and they don’t know the limitations of the human spirit and faith. While doctors may tell you your time is up…God says NOT YET!
It is so important to not just be physically healthy but to also be spiritually sound. I don’t mean to just show up in church on Sunday I mean you have to build a deep spiritual connection with God. That kind of connection is truly amazing!
My father was very artistic and loved to paint. He never sold any of his works because he put so much time and effort into them that they were an extension of himself. When he passed away members of the family were finally able to take a part of him with them. The remaining works stayed in the home until after my mother passed in 2019.
As crazy as it may sound, when my father passed that is when I started my path of giving back. Over the years I had given money to various charities like The Cancer Foundation and United Way…only to find out the money was selfishly pocketed instead of actually helping people. When my father died of cancer I wanted to actually do something that would benefit the patients. I remembered how cold he got during treatments and sat down and started crocheting hats and then shawls and have now added lap blankets. When I had collected enough to fill up a large tote, my husband and I took them to our local Cancer Center. The first trip I could not go in, it was just too painful and I wasn’t sure they would even take them. My husband new some of the staff there. He grabbed the tote and I watched as he disappeared behind the glass door. He was gone for what seemed like an eternity when he finally emerged with a big smile on his face. When he expressed how excited the staff were I was relieved. Every year since 2009 we have made that same trip. It was several years later before I actually walked in myself. When a cheerful staff member relayed to me the reactions of the patients I knew the time and effort was worth it.
I don’t give so someone can pat me on the back for it. I give because it is the right thing to do. Sure I could probably make a nice living selling what I make but it is much more meaningful to give it where it is needed.
I am now also making baby blankets that I hope can be used by foster parents and moms that might otherwise not be able to afford them. In addition I also have made one-of-a-kind dolls and bears.
Again, I am not “tooting my own horn” but trying to tell you that your talents are being wasted if you don’t use them for good. It’s not hard.. identify your talent and pair that with a need in your communities. This means you too guys. There is a group of men locally that builds ramps for the disabled and elderly so if you have those carpentry skills…get to sawing!
It is worth the time, expense and challenge to give back.
While I have been busy with crafts and other things, I have also pondered what to write about. I don’t like to just throw things into a blog but to find things meaningful to write about. Maybe I don’t write every day, sometimes not even every week, but I hope my few posts have meaning for you in some small way.
As you have seen in previous blogs I am a history buff. Yesterday I went and took a few pictures of our Confederate monument which our evil government moved from its original location so that it would not offend anyone. It offended me and hundreds of other loyal patriots that love this country. They stuck it out among trees away from public view. They have greatly dishonored those that this monument represent. It doesn’t represent any particular race, it represents the hard cold battle that was fought on our soil to maintain control of their land and their inheritance. I don’t care whether you think the war was right or wrong, just respect those who died that we might live!
The next time you see a civil war monument, don’t just turn you nose up at it and walk away…..take a moment and take it in and then research it. You just might learn something of value!
Have a great and blessed day.
PS I have visited many monuments and stood at the graves of great heros.