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Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Pieces of My Life

               Sometimes my life feels like a jumbled jigsaw puzzle 
                                with no picture and no directions 
               - until I look to my Father and His guidebook, the Bible.

Here are my pieces, Lord.

Here are the pieces of my life,
the pieces of my family and my friends,
with health, relationships and all the other issues.

Here are the pieces of my church
with all our issues, needs and prayers.

Here are the pieces of my country
So many issues, Lord.
So many problems
So many people trying to do their best
and then there are the others, Lord

Here are the pieces that don’t fit into any category

I give you all my pieces, Father.

I know you will sort them out and make sense of them.

When you are done, this puzzle will be a masterpiece
because You know the best way to put everything together
and how to make sense of it all.

Only Your way is best.

Only Your time is right.

It can only be Your will, not mine, Father.

And the pieces will fit perfectly!


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.   Matthew 7:7



           Picture was taken at Fobare's near Chase Mills, NY.
                     When I give all my problems to my Father, 
                 He will handle them and make everything right 
                                    - in the end.

Prayer Requests:  Please pray for all the less fortunate, especially those in Alaska where there are earthquakes, those in the war torn zones, the refugees who are seeking asylum at our Mexican border, those guarding the border and all those in need.  There are so many needs in our world and the only good answers are from our Father.


        Our Father is the light through the trees.


           He is the shelter in the storm.
        He doesn't take all our problems away
      but He helps us find a way through them
            and guides us to the solution
               -when we turn to Him.


    He is the glorious sunset at the end of the day.

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.
Lately I have been very busy with Grandma duties on weekends 
    so I may try to post during the week.
The next post should be in about 2 weeks.

This post is a little late.  Sorry.  My husband had knee replacement on Nov. 13 and I am late posting.  He is recovering nicely but still in a lot of pain.

If you like my photos and would like prints, I have started printing my pictures and I am selling them.  If you are interested, please contact me 
at debbieamcewen@gmail.com 
or call at (315)265-7469.

                   This is the church at Paul Smiths.
      A good path to find your way to your Father
     is to join a Bible based church of your choice
           and fellowship with other people 
                 who are seeking Him.
              I attend and recommend 
        Knapps Station Community Church 
                      Norwood, NY

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What Will You Do to The Walls You Meet?


                                              Each of us is "under construction".                                       


If you think of everyone you meet
   as a wall under construction, 

   what will you do when you encounter them?

Do you add bricks and mortar?
   Do you smooth the mortar and settle the bricks,
   or do you 
loosen the mortar 
   and knock down the bricks?
  

In other words, do you build up
   or do you knock down?

Every time we interact with other people,
   we do exactly that.
Our words and actions will either build up
   or knock down others.
We can either brighten someone’s day or darken it. We can bring Jesus’ light or Satan’s darkness.


It costs us nothing to give a store clerk a kind word       but may take the sting out of
   someone else’s thoughtless remark. 

A misbehaving child may need a hug 
   more than anything else. 
He or she may have been acting out 
   just to get attention. 
An act of love can turn around a life.

Our lives consist of a series of choices
   and each choice leads us to our final destination. The love we show may be passed on.
The bricks we lay make that wall stronger. 

The lack of love only tears down walls and lives. 

When we build up, it strengthens someone else, 
   it also shores up our souls against the darkness 
   that fights every moment to take over. 
Our building up, our laying of bricks can be small 
   or large actions. 
Even a smile can brighten a day 
   and spread Jesus’ love.

Sometimes we think we don’t matter, 

   that what we do really isn’t important, 
   but it is. 

There is a battle waging in the heavens 
   for each of us. 
Light versus darkness. 
What we do, gives ammunition to one side 
   – or the other.

I choose to lay bricks. I choose light!

What will you choose?

Ephesians 4:29 tells us ”Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give good grace to those who hear.”



  We've lost the brilliant reds and orange colored trees but the sun shining on                     these golden trees is beautiful on this glorious day.
   This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!"
                   Psalm 118:24


                  This is a side road near Paul Smiths, NY a week ago.
                              I can choose to dread the snow
                 or choose to see the beauty that God places in my path
                     and edify others with the beauty that I see.


     The image of the trees on the water is only a distorted image of reality.
                                Do we only see the reflections of life?
                    For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; 
                                then we shall see face to face. 
                      Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, 
                    even as I am fully known.  1 Corinthians 13:12


                           I challenge you to choose the light
                and to soar above the evil that tries to fill this world. 

                 When you fly to the light, your heart will sing.
       Your choices to build up others will give strength to your wings
                                   and JOY to your soul.
                  When you fall short, as we all do, keep trying. 
                    God sees your efforts and loves you for it. 

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 usually post every other Saturday.
Lately I have been very busy with Grandma duties on weekends 
    so I may try to post during the week.
The next post should be in about 2 weeks.
                           
                Be blessed, my friend 
       and may your life reflect the beauty 
                of God's love in you.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

This is the Day!

This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Psalm 118:24
My 4 year old grandson Mark and I took a ride to see the beautiful day and take pictures.  We stopped at a playground in Waddington, NY.  Here Mark jumps for joy, just to be alive and enjoy the day. Our Lord wishes us to become like little children, to jump for joy and to delight in Him and all He has done for us. 


Something startled the Canada geese and they took flight.  On a day like this one and every day, my heart takes flight when I see the wonders that God has made for my delight.


A ship traveling somewhere between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic.  This part is the St. Lawrence River.


There is still some beautiful color on the trees at Brandy Brook at the McGuinnes Road Waddington, NY.


There is so much beauty to be see around each bend in the road if we are looking.  (McGuinness Road)


              The beauty that the Lord has created 
              makes my heart sing.
            This photo was taken at Fobares near Waddington, NY.


              I zoomed in on still brilliant trees across a mown field.


                                                      More of Fobares


                                                   More of Fobares
Did God compose this just for me to find today?
How many other JOYS
are waiting around the next bend,
waiting for me to say: 
This is the day the Lord hath made, let us  rejoice and be glad in it!  Psalm 118:24

Notice, Notice

Knapps Station Community Church
Women's Bazaar
Saturday November 3, 2018
8am to 3pm
There will be a bake sale and lots of great stuff.
Something for everyone!
Another one of those Knapps Station events that is not to be missed!

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.
Lately I have been very busy with Grandma duties on weekends so I may try to post during the week.
The next post should be in about 2 weeks.

As all grandparents know, there is nothing more special than our grandchildren, especially when they are being silly.  I believe that God also delights in us, who are His children. Especially when we are enjoying His wonderful creation.


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
    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 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
    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 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
    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 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