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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Your Choice?


Two different kinds of rainbows that I have seen in the past 2 weeks.
Both are beautiful and both are gifts from God.
        "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it
          and remember the everlasting covenant between God
           and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 
                                         Genesis 9:16
                     
God always chooses us and all things ultimately
                                   in our best interest.
                                  What do you choose?
        


Jesus tells us: I will never give up on you.
"Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Know with confidence that you are His and He fiercely protects what is His.

Jesus, son of God prays for you. Imagine what that means, that the son of God prays to His father on your behalf!

You are so special.
You were chosen by God from the beginning of time.
You are loved beyond all measure!
So much so that God in the person of His beloved Son suffered a horrendous death to pay for your sins and mine and to buy our ticket to heaven.

God seeks us.
He knocks daily on our door.
He wants to spend eternity with us.
That’s why He created us.

He also gives us free will to choose.
He loves us so much that He will not force us to choose Him and heaven.

He wants us to take our rightful place as His chosen and beloved children.
We only have to choose to join Him.

What will you choose?

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15



               Photo taken yesterday at Black Lake, NY.
                     Life has some very dark times for all of us.
                    When we choose God, He leads to still waters 
                                   and restores our souls
                     regardless of whatever life sends our way.





Prayer Request:
The people of Puerto Rico, the people in Guatamala, the people in Hawaii who are all suffering the devastation from nature's fury.

Please pray for healing for this country.  There is so much division in thoughts and actions.  We were all created by God and He loves all of us dearly.  Please pray that God helps us find common ground and work together to make our great nation the wonderful, free democracy that it was meant to be "One nation under God with liberty and justice for all."


All photos taken by Debbie unless otherwise noted.
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     unless otherwise noted.

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I post every other Saturday.
The next post will be on June 30, 2018.

                          Anybody know what kind of moth this is?
                             It visited my house last weekend
                              and kindly posed for this picture.

                          I love the colors and the huge "eye" spots.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

O How I Need You, Father

         Just as the earth needs the warmth of the sun to survive,
                   I need the love and the grace of my Father.
               

Every moment of every day
And every step along the way

I need You so badly.

I need You to breathe.
I need You to walk.
I need You for all the parts of me to function.

I need You to help me with my pains and with my troubles.

I need You to hold the stars and the moon in place, so I can delight in them at night. 





I need you to make the sun shine to warm me and to make the grass, the flowers and the food grow, to feed my body and my soul. 





I need You to hold this wonderful world in Your loving hands and keep all its parts functioning properly to house me, until I go to heaven.

I need You to correct what is wrong in this world, so it works the way You meant it to.

I need You to direct me, to do my part to make it work right.

I ask You to make me, Your hands, Your feet and Your mouth to do Your work.

I ask You to touch me and whatever I do in a mighty way to give You all honor and glory and to spread Your love.

I humbly ask You to forgive me for all the things I do wrong. I am well aware that my sins are many and happen every day. Without Your love, mercy and grace I would be absolutely lost.

I thank You Loving Father, for the people You have put in my life. I am so blessed with wonderful family and friends.

I ask that You teach me how to treat them as You would treat them and to bring Your Love and Your Word to them by my words and actions.

I need even more than I can even think of or be aware of.

You know everything I need, and You always provide.

I thank You so much for always being in my life, even when I didn’t know that I needed You.

Thank You so much and Blessed Be Your Most Holy Name.


Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5


                 Photo taken last spring near Saranac Lake, NY.
                           The beauty of this sunny day 
                   makes my heart sing praise to the Lord.


On a yummy note:  Keep June 14 available for the Strawberry Shortcake Dinner at Knapps Station Community Church.
It is a dinner not to be missed!

Prayer request:  My dear friends, please pray for the people of Puerto Rico.  They are our American brothers and sisters who are still suffering terribly from the effects of Hurricane Maria which hit them in 2017.  4645 souls have died since then!  The island is still in a shambles and the new hurricane season has begun.  If you are able to do more than pray, I humbly ask you to do whatever you can to help.  

There but for the grace of God could be any one of us. 

May God bless you greatly for whatever you are able to do!


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The next post will be on June 16, 2018.

                This Johnny Jump Up is growing outside my garden.
                   I didn't plant it there but I am enjoying it anyhow.
              We all need to remember to bloom where we are planted,
                     even when it isn't where we think we should be.
                                God puts us where we need to be.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Do You Ever Wonder?

    This the swamp on Route 35 between Norwood and West Potsdam, NY.
                    I am amazed that Spring always follows Winter.
              I am amazed the earth always changes its tilt in such a way
        that the sun now warms the earth and the time of new life comes.
           Even this swamp is alive and beautiful with green and new life.
             The sun and the Son bring new life in their appropriate time
                                and make all things beautiful.

I wonder and think about all kinds of things.

I am amazed that a tiny seed can grow into a beautiful flower. 

                     Even the dandelions and wild violets are beautiful.

                      The brook near my house is alive and green.

I am so grateful that I live in a house where I can get a hot shower. I think about the technology that caused the house to be built and all the things that went into it. I think about the fact that there is electricity to pump the water into the house and heat it. And then to gently shower that heated water into a tub so I can get clean whenever I want to. I think about all the inventions that had to be thought up to make the pipes, the electricity and so on and to deliver it to my home. There are an incredible number of components that go into that one activity and I am the fortunate beneficiary.

This is only one little aspect of my life that is amazing.

I have always been amazed that I can walk upright on 2 feet. Being clumsy, I am not the most graceful person, but I am still able to walk upright.

I can think about moving the various parts of my body at will and they usually respond as I direct them to. It is amazing that I can type/keyboard this piece that you are reading, and my fingers respond appropriately to my mental commands. 

                            Even these crab apple blossoms seem to shout,
          "Look at me I am a creation of the Son and I rejoice just to be alive.
           I was created for your pleasure and to give glory to the Father."

I am amazed that I live in such a beautiful world. Winter is gone. Trees and fields are turning green. Some trees are blooming. Some flowers are blossoming. The air is warm. The sky is often a beautiful blue and the sun shines warming me to my core.

I never cease to be amazed by the world that God made for me to live in and enjoy. 

              The beauty and diversity of the world that the Lord has made 
                                  is absolutely incredible.

I am amazed that He made it beautiful and made me in such a way that I can see it as beautiful.



I am amazed and grateful that the act of love of a man and a woman can create a new life and a new person.

The list is endless, and I never stop wondering.

The most amazing and wonderful thought is that I have a Father who loves me no matter what I do and that He made all this just for me – and you.

When you wonder, wonder about that.

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5

On a yummy note:  Keep June 14 available for the Strawberry Shortcake Dinner at Knapps Station Community Church.
It is a dinner not to be missed!




              You are so amazing Father. 
       Whenever I reach out, You are there.                            You take my little hand. 
          You hold me in Your mighty hand 
                   and You love me.  
          Blessed be Your most holy name.

My dear friends:  Please pray for the victims of the shooting in Texas.  Please pray for the families, friends, acquaintances, law enforcement and everyone involved - even the shooters.  Please pray that God may touch their hearts and the hearts of all those who would do harm to others.  Please pray that the cancer that is eating away at the goodness of this country can be cured.  Please look for acts of kindness that you can do to fight this cancer.  If we each do our little part, with the help of God we can overcome the evil and darkness.  We can bring light back to this amazing world that our Father created and bring it back to the beauty that it was meant to have.  Let us pray that there will be NO MORE SHOOTINGS!

                   The sun may be setting but there will be another day.
                  Let's work together to make it a better day for everyone. 
            As Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" said "God bless us everyone."
                               And know that God will bless us all.
                             May He bless you greatly, my friend!

All photos taken by Debbie unless otherwise noted.
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     unless otherwise noted.
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I post every other Saturday.
The next post will be on June 2, 2018.


                 I saw these tracks at the bridge near my house. 
                         Does anyone know what they are?

Friday, May 4, 2018

Are You Ever Overwhelmed?

              Do you ever feel like you are at the end of your rope
                           and hanging on for dear life ?


Do you ever feel like you have too many obligations?

No time for yourself?

Thoughts swirling in your head?

Do you ever feel like there's just too much to do?

Do you ever have people coming at you from all directions with requests and demands?

Do you ever feel like there just isn’t enough of you to go around?

Do you ever feel totally depleted, empty, like there is nothing left of you and your essence?

Is that how Jesus felt when the crowds followed him?

Pleading, yelling, demanding, requiring, “heal me!” “help me!” “save me!” “speak to me!” “give me what you’ve got, all you’ve got!” “I’m needy” “feed me” “It’s all about me!”

Did anyone have a care if Jesus ate, if he slept, if he had any comfort, any peace?

Did He complain?

Did He send the crowds away?
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:35-36


Or send the children away?

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 



Was He ever sick?

Was Jesus ever exhausted?

Did He ever have a bad day and just not feel like “doing all that?”

Although fully God, Jesus was fully human so He must have felt that way at times.

The time He spent in prayer with His Father kept Him going.

He knew He was opening the door, paving the way for all of us to spend eternity with Him and His Father.

He knew He was paying a terrible price to atone for all the sins of humanity.

When Jesus was overwhelmed, He thought about the end game and how precious we are to Him.

When you feel overwhelmed, turn to Him, reach out to Him and He will give you eternal peace and never-ending JOY!



                              This was my yard just a month ago.


                        This is my yard today.  The snow is gone.  
                                 New growth is everywhere.  
                  I have heard the peepers and Spring is here.  Yeah!!
          When I turn to God, He takes away the cold in my heart and soul. 
                                   He gives me new growth.  
                          He warms me and makes me come alive.  
                    I may still need a lot of cleaning up like my yard
                              but He puts me on the right path. 
                            And He puts JOY in my heart and soul!


Blessing:

My friend:  I wish you the peace of knowing that when you are troubled, when your life is in turmoil, that our Brother and Savior, Jesus is only a heartbeat away, waiting anxiously for you to call out.  When you do, He always answers.


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The next post will be on May 19, 2018.




              2 pictures of a beautiful sunset this past Monday night.
             No matter how bleak and foreboding your life may seem,
                   God can take you and your life and make you
                                 absolutely beautiful! 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Is Satan Out to Get You?

Satan tries his best to put barriers between us and our Father.
He finds ways to tempt us away
            from the light and love our souls crave.

Satan's way leads to everlasting sorrow and the pit of fire for eternity.
Only God can really satisfy our souls and give us true JOY and peace.
God, Jesus is the everlasting light that fills and fulfills all our needs.

Is Satan our to get you?
You can count on it.

He knows he’s going to spend eternity in the pit of fire and wants to drag every one of us along.

Misery loves company and he wants all the company he can get.

How does he do it?

Any way he can, and he has thousands of years of experience.

He knows us better than we know ourselves.

He knows all our weaknesses and how to tempt us.

The closer we get to God; the harder Satan works on us.

He knows every crack in our armor and is so skilled at working his way in. And he never gives up.

Sounds hopeless doesn’t it?

Sounds hopeless but it ABSOLUTELY is not.

I’ve learned that when I fall, when I give in to temptation and have no idea of how to get myself out of the mess that I got myself into, I pray.

And it really works. God listens. He’s waiting anxiously for us to ask and then He works His miracles.

And miracles they truly are!

He finds solutions where none existed.

It is not an instant fix.

God, Jesus, works in His time. It must be His will and His way, not ours.

Know that God works all things for our good, to benefit us and not to harm us.

And know that His love for us is limitless.

Just know that when times are at their worst. When you are at your worst. God is just a breath away, waiting anxiously for you to call. It can be out loud or just in your heart and head. He will hear and answer.

Jesus beat Satan long ago when He died for our sins and rose from the dead, defeating death itself.

Satan knows he is defeated.

Now you know it too.

No matter how bad the situation is, turn to Jesus and He will give you peace. You may still have to deal with the consequences of your actions.

But with Jesus help, YOU WIN in the long run.

You win extraordinary peace in this life.

And you win eternal life and paradise.

Satan is out to get you and me but when we turn to God, Satan loses!


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 2 Kings 6:16

                               Your life can be in a shambles.

                                         When you turn to your Father, 
                       He leads on the right path through all the problems
                                          that life sends your way. 


Be blessed, my friend in the knowledge that you have a Loving Father who will always be there for you, no matter what you have done or should have done.  When you turn to Him and ask for help, when you tell Him you are sorry for your sins, He welcomes you with open arms. 

All photos taken by Debbie unless otherwise noted.
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The next post will be on May 5, 2018.

               Hopefully we are done with the snow for another year.
          No matter how bleak our circumstances, there is hope on the horizon.
             With God at our side, tomorrow will be a brighter and better day.

Friday, April 6, 2018

More Than I Deserve

On 11 mile road between Santa Clara, NY and turn off to Malone, NY.
                    Are you lost in the wilderness of life?
  If you look to Jesus, He will put a bridge over your troubled waters.
          He will give peace to your soul, if you only turn to Him.
               He gives us all so much more than we deserve.

What do I deserve?
What do you deserve?

Do we deserve all the circumstances of our birth?
Did we deserve to be born when and where we were born?

Did you ever look at pictures of the uber rich wonder what they did to deserve all they have? I have at times and wished for a little of what they have.

I have also seen pictures of people in Third World countries where so many have to struggle for the things that I take for granted like clean drinking water or food, let alone medical care or a roof over their heads.
I feel pretty rich compared to those struggling people.

Do I deserve all that God gave me?

Do I deserve enough to eat, clean water and so on let alone the love and forgiveness that He hands out freely?

Did I do anything to earn His graciousness?
Did I earn His death on the cross to pay for my sins so I can spend eternity with Him in Paradise?

There is absolutely no way I could ever do enough or be good enough, righteous enough, to earn the fact that God in the person of His Son, suffered and died on the cross to pay my way to Paradise for eternity.

If I got what I truly deserve, I would be headed to the pit of fire for eternity.

I don’t deserve that He forgives me every time I ask for forgiveness for all the things I do wrong.

I have a Loving Father who has never given up on me and loves me so much that He gives me so much more than I deserve.

He loves you the same. 


Will you accept His love? 

He’s waiting patiently just for you.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
   slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
  nor will he harbor his anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
  or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
  so great is his love for those who fear him;
  as far as the east is from the west,
  so far has he removed our transgressions       from us
Psalm 103:8-12


                    Tim took this sunrise picture a couple of days ago.
                   Each day is a new chance to start over and do better.
        God always gives us second chances right up to the end of our life.

                             He knows we will make mistakes
                      He just asks that we keep trying to do better
                                 ask for forgiveness for our sins
                                      and turn to Him for help.


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The next post will be on April 21 2018.

            This is the first Bald Eagle that I have ever seen in the wild.
It was exciting when Tim spotted the eagle and his mate and got pictures.
                   Photos were shot also on the 11 Mile Road.
                    A dead deer provides a meal for the birds.
         Many times God uses what we consider to be misfortune
                   to give us opportunities to better ourselves.

                                        Female Bald Eagle.
                             Her feathers look all messed up.
                       Did she loose the fight for the deer meat?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

What Was Jesus Thinking?

                         The sun descends in glorious colors.
           The clouds reflect the sunlight adding beauty to the scene.
                            We become incredibly beautiful
                        when we reflect the majesty of God.
                            Jesus death and resurrection
                           opened the door to enable us
                to reflect that incredible beauty for all eternity.


What was Jesus thinking when He rode the donkey into Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna to the son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven.” (Matthew 21:9) knowing that a few days later the same people would shout “Crucify him” when given the choice of freeing innocent Jesus or a criminal? Was His heart heavy?

What was Jesus thinking when He taught His followers those last parables, those final lessons? (see Matthew 21:18 through Matthew 25)
Was He trying to make sure He had covered all the important points, so He could leave knowing He had prepared His followers for the enormous job ahead of them? Was He anxious? No. He knew how well they would spread His word and His Love?

What was Jesus thinking when He went to that Last Supper with His disciples? Did His heart ache knowing that both Peter and Judas would betray Him? Knowing that almost all His disciples who had pledged undying loyalty would run off leaving Him to suffer and die in unspeakable agony?

Did He also rejoice knowing that His words “This is my body and this is my blood” spoken over the bread and wine would be said by millions of followers for thousands of years as they, as we celebrate Jesus precious gift for us?

How did Jesus possibly manage going to Gethsemane? He knew His followers could not follow where He had to go. He said to His Father “Your will, not mine be done” knowing the agony that was to start shortly and last for many torturous hours. (Matthew 26:36-45)

What was Jesus thinking when His betrayer greeted Him with a kiss to identify Him for those who came to take Jesus to His horrible death? He knew ahead of time what was about to happen. Could I, could you have gone through it all? He was innocent, I am not. He knew He could call on God and His angels at any time to stop His death. He chose to continue knowing all those who would deny Him, refuse His love, sinning repeatedly. I could never have done what Jesus did. Imagine His love for us!

What was Jesus thinking when the soldiers pounded nails into His wrists and feet to nail Him to the cross after beating Him so badly that the skin was ripped off His back and His bones were showing, bleeding, His lifeblood oozing out onto the ground. The blood had dripped into His eyes from the crown of thorns forced on His head. He was beaten and bloody from head to toe. This was God in the person of His precious son who chose to accept this death, the punishment that we deserve for our sins. What did He say? Did He condemn? He said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

What was Jesus thinking as He died? Why did He do this? His actions say to each of us “I love you more than this life itself. I love you so much that I willingly accept the punishment that you deserve. I want you to spend eternity with me in paradise. Will you take my hand and follow Me? 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

 Matthew 11:28-30

What was Jesus thinking when He did all this? He was thinking how much He loves you and me and wants us with Him for eternity in Paradise. 


Will you accept?

Blessing:
Be blessed my friend, knowing that we do not have to pay for our sins, that Jesus did that for us - if we only accept.


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The next post will be
on April 7, 2018.


                                      Spring is bringing new life.
                                     Jesus' death and resurrection
                                  bring us new life, everlasting life.
                                  Will you accept His incredible gift?
                                Photo taken at West Stockholm, NY.