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.

More Forgotten Photos

While cleaning out more space in my office I found another photo CD that I had apparently forgotten to transfer to my computer. These pictures were taken with my manual Canon AE1 so it had been a while since I had seen these.

I have photographed a lot of waterfalls. I think this is Hanging Rock.
From the landing walking down.
Mountain Flowers
A view from the mountain top.
Clouds starting to roll in.

Thank you for stopping by. God bless you all.

Welcome Surprises – When Missing Photos Appear

While I suddenly feel the need to purge a lot of things, I came across a Walmart CD that contained pictures. Of course I had to pop it into my drive to see exactly what was on it. It contained pictures of a friend’s children and horses that I took probably more than ten years ago. I will only show the horses and other pictures out of respect for their privacy.

Above picture is the top of Pilot Mountain and this is the view looking down.

Hope you enjoy. Funny how things appear just when you need something to write about.

God bless and have a great day.

And Then It Rained…

With the current drought even the thought of rain is pleasant. Today has been an on again off again rainy kind of day. In between showers I managed to get these few shots of my hydrangeas once again.

I acquired this “snowball bush” when my father passed away.
As you can see the blooms range from a deep blue violet to a lively pink.

Enjoy the rain. Things always seem more awake and greener.

Have a great day.

New York Symbols – Will The Truth Set You Free?

In viewing some of the old photo albums that my Mother had, I found the following two.

Twin Towers – I don’t know what year this was shot in. The picture was so faded it took some editing to even get it to this quality.

There will soon be a lot revealed about this world we live in. Things and people are definantly NOT the way we have seen them all our life. What really happened with the bombing of the Twin Towers. What you think you know and what was reported most likely is not what happened at all. Is the United States responsible for its own demise? Do your own research. We are so quick to blame others countries but is that really what happened? Even the History Channel has detailed information that implies that this country is its own worst enemy. It is time America started asking questions and started getting answers.

Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty as well as many other monuments are in question. While this country has been so quick to destroy Civil War monuments that only portrayed truth and heroism, other monuments still stand that may have a more sinister history. The Statue of Liberty is no exception. In Brad Metlzer’s Decoded on the History Channel the statue is full of less than honorable codes. You be the judge. You can view this video and more on YouTube. His research is not based on “conspiracy theories” but on facts.

To be the judge of what is really going on in this country, do the research. This puzzle has many pieces and many players. There are specific reasons why other countries are pulling away from the United States.

If you are a history buff like me, I will research anything. Some things are not quite so obvious they are hidden in codes and other methods of deception that you may not even be aware of. I have uncovered things in my family history that I certainly was not expecting and uncovering the real history of this country is no different.

Throw out the history books that you have read and start doing your own research into history. What you find might truly amaze and shock you. Keep an open mind because the TRUTH will set you free.

Painting Pooches!

Well this is a trial and error process as I have never painted that many dogs

Oreo
Oreo2

This little guy named Oreo made a delightful impression on me recently. When his owner brought him to an auction we attend on Friday nights he just seemed to take to me. I took a few photos of him including the two above in hopes of being able to get enough details to paint him. Here is the result:

Native American Art & More

Scout

This was a painting my father did many years. He loved southwestern art and the style seemed to fit him.

After I took the painting to my home recently I noticed several scratches in it that needed attention. I carefully set the large canvas on my easel. While I was hesitant to even touch my father’s work, I carefully mixed and added paint to the scratched areas. I have to say the scratches are no longer noticeable.

A few days ago I uncovered a little known thread in my mother’s genealogy line. Her grandfather had a wife that the family did not know about or they just did not talk about her. She was full blood Cherokee and was listed as a free Indian woman.

While this woman is not in my direct line…I joke and say that is where my wild spirit comes from. All joking aside I have nothing but respect for all of the Native American people of this country.

Celebrate your heritage through art.

Have an awesome weekend!

Charity Crafting

If my hands lie idle…I am probably asleep! While I love doing a lot of different crafts and needlework, it is usually a crochet hook that I pick up. My interest in doing crafts for charity began 14 years ago when my father passed away from cancer. While the two may seem unrelated…they are. My father always encouraged me to express myself through my art and crafts.

Since I had been to the cancer treatment center on several occasions I knew that some patients got very cold during treatments. After my father passed I felt the need to give back somehow so I started making shawls and hats for the patients.

When I took my box load of hats and shawls to the local cancer center they were very excited. So, I continue to do it.

While the yarn above may look too fancy to use it works pretty well but any lightweight yarn will do.

Giving doesn’t have to be expensive. I buy new yarn but I also pick it up at yard sales, auctions and flea markets. As long as the yarn is clean…it’s useable.

The real lesson is if you give of yourself, everyone benefits.

Have a great day.