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Saturday, September 29, 2018

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

                                   Does it take your breath away 
              when you see a beautiful sunset?
               
            How about when you look in the eyes 
              of your children or grandchildren 
        and see them looking back with eyes of love?


                Does it brighten your day
                  and quicken your step
         when you come upon a beautiful flower?

       Or find a woolly caterpillar with no black?
      Can that actually mean a very mild winter?


               Discover the sun sparkling on the water                                  under an old bridge.


       Find the sun sparkling through
               ice covered trees.


          Find the first dandelion in spring.


                       Do you chuckle 
      when you find your kitty peaking out at you 
              from his latest hiding place?
              Or discover that he is an acrobat?


         Experience the magnificence
            of the mighty mountains.



           Or the delicate beauty of a butterfly.


   View the riotous colors of fall in Northern New York.

Find a barred owl perched just outside your home and are able to sneak up and shoot a picture.

Enjoy the friendship and love of friends and family.

Enjoy the beauty that God has created just for me to enjoy.


           I am blessed to be married 45 years 
                   to my best friend, Tim.

These and so many other blessings have brought happiness to my heart and a laugh to my lips.
Some have taken my breath away.
I am so blessed that God has placed me in a time and place where I can experience so many wonderful things.  
I am not a world traveler but I have found incredible beauty in my life. 
So many discoveries have brought me great happiness.
However, when I feel the love and presence of Jesus in my heart and soul, I am filled with an incredible JOY and peace that no earthly event can compare to.
That is why my heart sings!
Have you found that song in your heart yet?
Our Father is waiting patiently for you to reach out and He will freely give it to you.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.  Psalm 28:7


All  photos taken by Debbie McEwen
All bible reference from the NIV
     unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested,
    you can click on the Blog Archive
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    to connect to previous blog posts.
I would love to hear from you either 
    on the comment section of this blog post
    or through my email.
    debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I usually post every other Saturday.
The next post should be about October 13, 2018. 

Some blog posts have been late due to my having extra Grandmother duties and enjoying my grand babies.
My apologies.  I will try to budget my time better in the future. 


      I took this picture from the Medical Campus 
              in Canton, NY yesterday.  
     It as a glorious day with mild temperatures 
              and a beautiful blue sky.
I could only say "This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."  
           Psalm 118:24      


Saturday, September 8, 2018

God is Love and God Loves You

                               "In the beginning, 
      God created the heavens and the earth."
                           Genesis 1:1

      Before that, there was NOTHING except God
                   and His Incredible Love.



    In 6 days, God created the heavens and the earth 
                 and everything on the earth.  
          And on the 6th day God also created 
                        man and woman.  
   God said "Let us make mankind in our image, 
             in our likeness."  Genesis 1:26
             God saw all that He had made, 
                    and it was very good.
                          Genesis 1:31

God had so much love, 
that He created all that exists.
And He created us.
God knows all things.
Before time began, He knew all about us.
He knew our faults and our talents.
He knew ahead of time all we would do
both good and bad.
He created us anyhow.
And He loves us without limit.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16


    God knew we would make so many mistakes 
                and commit so many sins.

                  He loves us so much and 

    so badly wants us to spend eternity with Him
                that He can be called 
          the God of our second chances.

The rainbow represents mankind's second chance after God destroyed the world with the great flood.




          The cross where Jesus took on all our sins                               and died for us 

                     and the empty tomb 
              where Jesus rose from the dead 
               represent our second chance 
            to spend eternity with our Father 
           who is love and who loves us dearly.

        Jesus reaches out His arms and asks
         "Will you accept my limitless love?"

            We love because he first loved us. 
                     1 John 4:19

         When life becomes extremely difficult, 
                when you make mistakes
              and may question your worth 
            (as I have done so many times)
            when you wonder why bother:
              Remember that God is love
                   and He loves YOU!

          (Know God will ALWAYS help you 
             through all those hard times)

All  photos taken by Debbie McEwen
All bible reference from the NIV
     unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested,
    you can click on the Blog Archive
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    to connect to previous blog posts.
I would love to hear from you either 
    on the comment section of this blog post
    or through my email.
    debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I usually post every other Saturday.
The next post should be on September 22, 2018.             
     
        As you may already know, I love sunsets.
       They represent God's promise for tomorrow
     and for a magnificent eternity to look forward to.
              
           

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Come, Loving Father


        I took the photo of this magnificent sunset about a week ago.
            As you will see in the pictures that follow the prayer, 
                           the more I zoomed in on the sun, 
   the more beauty and intense color that the camera was able to pick up.
        In our prayer lives, the more we "zoom in" on God, 
                      the more JOY we find in our lives
                         and the happier we become.

I sit here and wait for You to come
I welcome You into my heart and soul
I ask You to fill my being
I long for Your heavenly presence


I am empty
And You fill me up

I am insignificant
You are my everything

For many years, my heart had longed for You
I didn't know what I was seeking until I found You

Now my whole being knows that I need Your presence every day

I need Your wisdom
I need Your love
I need Your grace, Your mercy

I have humbly repented my many sins
and asked Your forgiveness
As my loving Father, my Abba,
I know that You have forgiven me
And welcomed me back into Your loving arms

I need Your essence to be complete
With You, I am as I was meant to be

My whole being rejoices when You are with me
You are the lover of my soul who makes me whole

Thank You, loving Father
for always being so accessible
Always being so present in my life

You have all of creation to attend to
And yet I matter, everything about me
is important to You

You are too wonderful for words

You dearly love all Your children
You made all of us in Your image and likeness
And we are all so precious to You

You are always present and available
for each of Your children
We only have to ask You, Our Loving Father
and You come to us


Blessed, blessed be Your most holy name


...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20

     This is what I saw with my eyes without benefit of a zoom lens.
            Just starting to zoom in and getting prettier.
           The sunset also gets more beautiful as it progresses.




     Never underestimate the power of prayer to affect our lives for the better.

Prayer Request:
There is so much going on in our world.  There are almost daily tragedies with shootings, crashes and so much more.  Never forget that God is in charge and will make all this right.  Please pray for the victims.  Please pray for the perpetrators.  Please pray that God will touch these people in a mighty way and prevent further tragedies.  Please pray for unity under God in our country.  Whatever you choose, please pray.  Pray for God to make all the wrongs right and know that He will in His time, His will and His way.  He does all things for our good and this too will turn out right.  Please, just pray at all times.

May God bless you greatly, my friend.


All  photos taken by Debbie McEwen
All bible reference from the NIV
     unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested,
    you can click on the Blog Archive
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    to connect to previous blog posts.
I would love to hear from you either 
    on the comment section of this blog post
    or through my email.
    debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I post every other Saturday.
The next post will be on September 1, 2018.

                  This is a moon shot that I took about a month ago.
             This world where God has placed us is absolutely amazing 
      from the sun, moon and stars down to the tiniest molecules in our bodies.
                   Everything is a testimony to God's infinite power 
                          and the incredible love He has for us.
                and God

Friday, August 3, 2018

Father, Please Help Me

                                                (geraniums)

                         God makes all things beautiful in their time.
                                 He provides for all of His creation.
                         He directs them at the right time to blossom.
                    Since He made us "just a little lower than the angels,"
                              think of all the love He has for us and
                                        how He wants to help us.
                                          We only have to ask.



I don’t know which way to go.
Do I do this, or do I do that?

The older I get, the more I realize how little I really know.
I do know that You, Father God know everything. 

And You love me.
I know You care for me without measure.

I know that I only have to ask, and You will help.
It will always be in Your time, You will and Your way.
It won’t necessarily be what I would like or when I would like it.

But it will be the best in the long run.

I know You do all things for my good and in my best interest.

There is so much happening in my world that is so terrible.
Sometimes I don’t even know what to ask for.

You know the end results.
You know the best outcome.

I put everything in Your hands and try my best to listen for Your still small voice directing what You want me to do.

You are my Father, my Abba, my Daddy and I trust You completely.
I surrender to You.

I know You will take perfect care of me.
I know You will help with everything that needs helping.

I know You want to hear from me about everything so I’m asking You how to handle all the situations in my life.
I’m asking You to heal so many hurts.
I’m asking You to fix so many problems, to make things right.

I’m asking for Your guidance in everything I do.
I don’t know the answers, but I know You do.
And I know Your answers will be the right ones.

So, please help me, Father.

Thank you and Amen.



                                                                     (lilies)
See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Matthew 6:28-31


                              (geraniums)
                               (orchid)

                                         (orchid)

                              (orchid)

                             (orchid)
Prayer Request:
I am asking for prayers for the victims of the wild fires in the western part of the United States.  
Also for the firefighters.  
I also ask for prayers for our country in general.
There is so much turmoil. I ask for prayers for our politicians that they pray to God for direction and make decisions based on His Word and His Way.  
I pray for unity.  There is so much division.  
We are the United States of America 
and we all need to act in each other's best interest.
"We are one nation under God, 
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Thank you so much for your prayers!
May God bless you greatly, my friend!


All  photos taken by Debbie McEwen
All bible reference from the NIV
     unless otherwise noted.

If you are interested,
    you can click on the Blog Archive
    dates on the top right side of this post
    to connect to previous blog posts.
I would love to hear from you either 
    on the comment section of this blog post
    or through my email.
    debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I post every other Saturday.
The next post will be on August 18, 2018.


                                            I love sunsets.  
                           They give me hope for tomorrow.  
          They also remind me that God has my best interest in mind 
                                       in all things He does 
                    from the beginning of my days to the very end.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

You Are Precious in His Sight

                                   This is the 4-5 year old group 
                            at Knapps Station Vacation Bible School
                                         for 2018 Cave Quest 

                                                at snack time.
                                  Our children are precious to us.
                    Imagine how precious we all are to the Father
                            who deliberately chose each of us.


Can that be for real?

Am I special to the Creator of all that is?
Am I worthy?
Am I important?

There have been many times in my life when I absolutely did not feel special or important and certainly not worthy.

I have made so many mistakes, done so many things that I would rather not think about today. Things that I truly regret.

And yet He loves me.

He plucked me out of where I was and placed me firmly in His presence. He has always watched over me and protected me. I can look back now and see His hand in my life, guiding me, nudging me away from the bad and toward the things He wanted me to experience. I always had a choice and can remember the gentle voice calling and encouraging me. Sometimes I listened and heeded the call, sometimes I didn’t. The times when I didn’t are times I now regret.

He never gave up on me even when I deserved it. I guess God never gets discouraged and never gives up on us. He keeps working on us because He loves us so much.

Way back before anything was created. Way back when only God and His incredible love existed, He thought about you and me and He chose us because He loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him in paradise. He knew back then all the mistakes and sins we would commit and still created us and still loves us. No matter what we do or don’t do, He never stops loving us.

Because only perfection can go to Paradise and we can never be that good, God sent His beloved Only Son to live and to die for our sins. He paid the price so imperfect you and me can spend eternity with Him in Paradise. He loves us that much. We truly are precious in His sight.

However, we can only go to Paradise if we choose to go. We must choose God and tell Him we are sorry for what we have done wrong. We cannot earn this privilege. God freely gives it to all who choose Him.

Regardless of your choice, you are precious in His sight but only those who choose Him get to spend eternity with Him.

I hope to see you there someday. 


Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.  Isaiah 43:4


                                This is most of the group.  
                There were over 70 children and over 50 volunteers
          who participated in the fun learning about and growing in Jesus

                at Cave Quest, the Vacation Bible School 2018
                     at Knapps Station Community Church.



Commentary:  We are going through a very hot spell where the temperatures reached the high 80's and low 90's and it has been very uncomfortable.  We can get relief by using fans or air conditioning.  Cool drinks and cool foods also help.  A cool breeze and shade give some relief. 

What would it be like if there were no relief?  No breeze, no fan, no air conditioning.  Nothing cool to eat or drink and there never would be.  What if the temperature got into the 300s or more and there was never any kind of relief and it went on forever and ever.  You never passed out, you never died.  You just suffered unimaginable agony for eternity.  

Did you just imagine hell?

Would you willingly choose that?

You would if you didn't choose Jesus. 

Think about it!

When you die, there are only 2 places to go and I know where I want to spend eternity.  

How about you? 

Some of our older kids
            This is most of the group who performed a puppet show 
              at the beginning and end of each day of VBS.
                          I am the one on the far left.
                            I really enjoy doing this.

       This is Miner Marlene and Tad who helped the kids learn about Jesus.


                                              Learning about Jesus.
                              Some of the 2-3 year old group.

All VBS photos taken by Beth Shanty and Stephanie Johnson
All bible reference from the NIV
     unless otherwise noted.

If you are interested,
    you can click on the Blog Archive
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I would love to hear from you either 
    on the comment section of this blog post
    or through my email.
    debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I post every other Saturday.
The next post will be on August 7, 2018.


        My grandson Mark having fun and learning about Jesus at VBS.







Friday, June 29, 2018

The Knot

                 Does your life ever get twisted and confused?
                          Do you ever feel like you are tied in a knot
                      and have no idea of how to get straightened out?

Sometimes my life is so difficult 

  that it seems to be tied in a knot.
I get anxious.
I absolutely cannot manage things on my own 
  and tend to make them worse 
  when I try to proceed.

However, when I pray 
  and put everything in God's hands, 
  He untangles the threads one by one 
  that were tied so tightly. 

He smooths out the bumps and loops. 

It seems so simple when He gets done. 

I can see clearly now, 
  when before it had been such a tangled mess. 

He puts His hands on my shoulders 
  and I can feel His loving presence 
  calming my anxiety 
  and taking my worries away. 

He shows me the way to proceed. 

And it always works.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
               Proverbs 3:5-6


       Jesus has the incredible ability to straighten out our messes 
                    when we surrender to Him and His love.

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Monday July 9 through Friday July 13
      6:00 to 8:00 PM
(Registration starts at 5:30 on Monday night 
   or you can pre-register.  
   Registration forms are available at Church.)
Vacation Bible School
at Knapps Station 
            Community Church

Children ages 2-12 are encouraged to come and 
     learn more about Jesus and the bible
     through stories, crafts, games, snacks, 

     music and fun.

There is no charge 
  and each child receives a free t-shirt.

There is also a free hotdog cookout with bouncy house, smores and much more on Friday July 13.  Everyone is welcome for a fun night.

Here are a few moments of the great fun from last year's VBS whose theme was "Operation Arctic".















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Prayer Request

5 people were shot and killed at a newspaper in Maryland yesterday.  2 more were injured.  This makes my heart ache.  There has been way too much violence.  Please pray for everyone involved.  Please pray that all people allow God into their hearts and allow Him to work.  This world needs Jesus more than ever.  He is the only solution to all our problems.  He can work out solutions where none existed before.  And He always will - if we just cooperate.  Please pray that we all cooperate.

All photos taken by Debbie unless otherwise noted.
All bible reference from the NIV
     unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested,
    you can click on the Blog Archive
    dates on the top right side of this post
    to connect to previous blog posts.
I would love to hear from you either 
    on the comment section of this blog post
    or through my email.
    debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I post every other Saturday.
The next post will be on July 14, 2018.


                                          Both flowers are beautiful.
The one in the sun is more beautiful just because the sun shines on it.
                          We and our lives are so much more beautiful 
                                when the Son (Jesus) shines on us.

May God bless you greatly, 
           my friend!