Saturday, May 20, 2017

O Lord I Raise All of Us to You



           O Lord, You make my heart blossom when I open it to You and Your love.

I raise all these concerns, I raise all these issues, I raise all this pain and all these troubles to You O Lord.


We are so needy

We cannot manage without You and Your love, Your grace and most of all Your JOY in the morning.



                    Your "Son" light is always shining on us.

You are the Great I Am, the still small voice who is always listening, always caring, always gently whispering the right way to proceed if we only listen.

I read the prayer list and there is so much to ask, so many calling out to You.

You are only waiting for us to ask. You tell us to ask and You will answer.



You provide for the birds of the air and flowers of the field without them even asking.  How much more You will do for Your children if we only ask.

We need to remember it will be in Your time, which is perfect and it will be Your way.

Our ways are not Your ways and You know what is best for us in the long run.

You see the big picture



Farm near Morley, NY.  The field is plowed awaiting planting.  The farmer knows the plans he has for this field and what he hopes will grow.  You know the plans You have for us

You know the ending before we even get started

We can only trust You.

There is no one more trustworthy.

You are faithfulness from forever to forever.

You bring beauty to our lives at all times.  Even the dandelions add color and beauty in their time.


          Road between Bucks Bridge and Morley, NY

You are more wonderful than words.

I call out to you now on behalf of all these souls and myself too.

We need You so badly, please help us or we are lost.


My child:

You know I am here and I am listening.

Because you pray with all your heart, you touch my heart.



Know my child that I will find a way to lead you beside the still waters and restore your soul regardless of what life gives you.  Just trust in Me.

I hear about the ones who are in pain, the ones facing surgery, the ones waiting for test results, the ones who are lonely, the ones whose families are broken, the ones whose hearts are broken and all the others.

I love all of you so much.

I do not always give the answers you ask.
You must trust Me.

But know that I am with you forever to the very end of time.



            I am always with you even when you don't see Me.

Know that I will walk with you every step of the way through all your trials.

Know that I walked there as a man and will never ask you to do anything that I have not already done.

I really understand what you are going through and my heart aches with you every step of the way.

Someday you will see my face and I will wipe away all your tears, all your pains will be gone and your JOY will be incredible.

In the meantime, continue to pray, it does matter and does make a difference.

Continue to fight the good fight.

Never forget how much I love you.



   After the turmoil of this life, I will lead you to the peaceful waters of eternity.

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Revelation 21:4  New Living Translation





Under Construction, Expect Delays




I live at a dangerous intersection that has seen many accidents including fatalities. The Department of Transportation or DOT will correct the problem by removing the highest parts and filling in the lowest parts.

They hope to achieve a much better line of sight for everyone and eliminate or at least greatly reduce the number of accidents.

I am not looking forward to the mess, the noise and the inconvenience involved. However, I am looking forward to living at a much safer intersection.

It occurs that God is a little like the DOT. I am a work in progress, complete with lots of issues, problems, imperfections and one who regularly commits sins.

God nudges and corrects me. It’s not pleasant to have my parts changed. I am a creature of habit and left to my own devices, would not change.

However, God loves me so much, He wants me to spend eternity with Him in paradise.

Since I am so imperfect and He is perfection I am not fit to spend eternity with Him unless I become righteous like Him. Hence, He is changing me to be His righteous child.


He must really like a challenge when He works on me. I have so far to go to become righteous. 

He loves me that much. He is willing to go that extra mile. He cared enough that He became man to teach you and me how to live. He became the flawless lamb who was the sacrifice who died to pay our sins.

He asks me to acknowledge my sins, to apologize for those sins and to try my very best not to sin again. When I do apologize, He forgives those sins, never to remember them ever again! Imagine how much He loves me – and you!

If the DOT does not do its job, more accidents will most likely happen. If we do not cooperate with God, the unthinkable will happen, we will not spend eternity with Him but will spend forever and ever burning in hell.

The DOT did not give us a choice to cooperate. God does give us a choice. He gave us free will. 

Will you choose to be a work in progress who is always under construction? Or will you choose the other way? 

Please choose wisely, my friend. I look forward to your company for eternity in Paradise.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1John 1:9

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Book Review



Emotional Freedom by Jane Ault

My friend Jane Ault, has written a very enlightening book about freeing ourselves from emotional dysfunction so we can achieve our true potential. This book is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also contact her on her blog (see below) to purchase it at a discounted price.

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The Priest by Francine Rivers

This is a riveting, respectful, fictional account of what life may have been like for Aaron who was Moses' brother.  It gives great insight into his human side and all the difficulties and joys that accompanied the job of Priest that he took so seriously.  I borrowed it from the Knapps Station library and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

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Knapps Station Community Church

Would you like a fresh Strawberry Shortcake dessert after a delicious roast pork dinner for only $8.00? Check us out on June 15, 2017.

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Why It's Too Soon To Give Up

My friend Jean Oathout has a wonderful post about the importance of never giving up on anyone in prayer.  You just never know when all your efforts will be fruitful.

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  Photo by Debbie McEwen



 The 7 R's of Restful Living: Remaining With Jesus
Another inspirational post by Jane Ault. Trusting in God to lead me where He wants me helps me get done what is really important. I look forward to reading the other 6 R’s of Restful Living!

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Voice of the Martyrs 



Please pray for our brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to worship as they choose.
Many suffer and die for their faith.

We are so blessed to worship as we choose.
Many died to give us this freedom
May we never lose this freedom.

And may we never take it for granted.

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Blessing

My friend, may you be blessed all the days of your life with the knowledge that our Heavenly Father loves you more than earthy life.
That He became man, suffered and died a horrendous death.
He did that because He loves you so much that He wants you to spend eternity with Him in paradise.
May you always realize His mighty love and allow Him to lead you home forever.

May God bless you greatly,
        my friend!

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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 June 3, 2017

                           Old wagon with flowers in Slab City

         "Tree face" on a rock in our front yard.  Doesn't he look ready to "spin a yarn?"

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jesus, I am Your Little Girl


                                Your love makes my soul 
                                as beautiful as this sunset

You love me at all times.
You teach me.

When I come to You and I am dirty from my sins and my choices, you wash me clean with Your blood.

When I tell you I am sorry for what I have done wrong, you welcome me with open arms.

You whisper Your directions, Your way, the best way to proceed.

Sometimes You correct me when I am not listening. Sometimes, Your correction is very unpleasant or even painful. That is the way of all loving parents.

I welcome Your corrections because You are shaping me more and more into the child You want me to be.

You comfort me through all that life throws my way, including the problems that were caused by my own choices.

You see all my “boo boos.” You put your band aids on them and help me with my healing.

You always watch over me, allowing me to choose my path, nudging me along the right path but never forcing Your way.

If I were to stop listening and caring, You would still nudge but Your voice would get fainter.

Please help me never to allow that to happen.

When my choices cause the inevitable problems, You help me. There is never an “I told you so” or “you got what you had coming” even though I would so deserve those, even though I have been guilty of saying those to others.

You are so much better to me than I deserve.


Your love is so incredible.

I am so wonderfully blessed to be Your little girl, Jesus, I can’t wait to see Your loving face in person when I get to heaven. I can’t wait for a real hug from my “Daddy.”


See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 
1 John 3:1



         Seen from boat launch in Madrid, NY,
          looking across the Racquette River

     Loving Father, You make all things beautiful.
              You renew us with Your love


                           Gazebo in park in Madrid, NY


                           Boat launch in Madrid, NY


Brook near Buck's Bridge, NY

River in Buck's Bridge, NY




You are My Awesome Father

You are Lord and Maker of all that exists

You are all powerful

You existed from before the beginning of time

You are the Great I AM, the Great Jehovah

You are the Prince of Peace and the Might of the Nations

You have endless names and titles

You are the greatest of all beings

You are not a creature but rather the creator

You are faithful from forever to forever

You are too wonderful for words

There are not words sufficient to describe You and Your qualities

But the greatest of these is love

And You are love incarnate

I love because You loved me first

How blessed I am to be Your creature and Your child

And to know You are my awesome Father who loves me!


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


Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:2


                                    Richville, NY taken from Route 11
                       Father, You are so much more faithful
                     
than the seasons that follow each other.


                   An old silo and barn on Route 11 near Richville, NY

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Book Review

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

Would you like to find out what happens when you die?  Would you like to hear from someone who was dead for an hour and a half and came back?  Is heaven for real?  Read about someone who experienced just that first hand.  This is a very interesting and inspirational book.  I borrowed it from the Knapps Station Library.

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Knapps Station Community Church

Operation Arctic - Answers in Genesis

Stay tuned for more information about Operation Arctic Vacation Bible School July 10-14 at Knapps Station Community Church.  It promises to be very COOL!

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I invite you to check out my friend Jane Ault's blog post. As you may have noticed, I also love nature and flowers and never fail to find the glory of God through His magnificent handiwork.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang   Musical presented 
by the home schoolers at the Christian Fellowship Center in Madrid, NY! Tickets
May 4, 5, - 7:00
& 6th- 1:30 & 7 pm

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I invite you to check out the blog post of my friend Jean Oathout.  Many posts center around the importance of prayer.  This one discusses dealing with the trials that life throws your way.

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Please pray for our brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to worship as they choose.
Many suffer and die for their faith.

We are so blessed to worship as we choose.
Many died to give us this freedom
May we never lose this freedom.

And may we never take it for granted.

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Blessing:

May you be blessed to know that you have a heavenly Father who loves you dearly.
May you always know that He is closer to you than you can possibly imagine.
And may you remember that He is always listening, patiently waiting for you to ask so He can answer.  
Know it will be in His time, His will and His way
and it will be perfect.

May God bless you greatly,
      my friend!

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 May 20, 2017

                                      My backyard.
                   My heart sings with the new life of spring.
                   God is renewing the earth and me as well!


                    This is the first violet that I found this year.
                      Finding it  seemed like finding a treasure.
                      Finding God is the best possible treasure. 
                     

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Please Help Me, Father.

              Father, God, please help me to clear away the clouds of my pride
                          so I can see the beauty You have created.


I’ve made a mess with my pride.
It got the better of me.
I just had a wonderful prayer time at the Prayer Vigil
   and Satan struck when I got home.

I got so mad over something
   that wasn’t that important.
I’m afraid I hurt my husband.

I deserve to be upset, to feel guilty.
It bothers me so much that I hurt my husband,
   that I hurt You with my pride.

I thought I had it under control.
My pride goes so deeply into me.
I’m just starting to learn how much so.

I can’t fix this. 
You can, You can show me what to do.
I allowed Satan an inroad and he took it. 
I was so wrong and I am so sorry.

Please help me.  I really don’t know what to do
   but I know You do.  

Amen




             Please help me to be open to Your love 
       so it can blossom in me like this crab apple tree.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
   and will forgive us our sins and purify us
   from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9



                                     Brook near Nicholville, NY

The Greening

It’s slowly creeping into sight.

Dirty snow is finally gone.

Mottled green and tan grass is slowly becoming that glorious “spring green.”

Puddles are quietly receding, taking the mud season  with them and firming up the ground.


Overhead, the sky seems bluer
   and the sun seem brighter.



           Norwood Pond on back road between Norwood and Norfolk, NY

Even the air smells fresher.

The weather man said yesterday was very warm
   with a record-setting high temperature of 78
   degrees.  The sun felt wonderfully warm.



         Nature Center on St. Lawrence River near Louisville, NY

Today is overcast and cooler
   but my tulips are poking out of the earth
   giving me faith that Spring is surely on its way.

I have heard the birds sing,
   calling for warmer breezes.





I have heard the Canadian geese honking
   on the way to their summer homes.





My lilac tree is budding, producing tiny leaves.




I am beginning to see the sun shining
   through the lacy green filigree
   of new leaves on many trees.

The “froggy song” of the peepers
   never fails to delight my soul.

The air has changed and winter’s bite has departed.

The greening of Mother Earth is upon us
   and my heart rejoices
   the coming of this new season.


He has made everything beautiful in its time.
   He has also set eternity in the human heart;
   yet no one can fathom what God has done
   from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11


Book Reviews:


Create Your World by Patricia King

Would you like to improve your world and your life?  Ms. King gives help and instructions on how you can do that by following God's word and ways.  She does not say you will never have problems or strife but shows keys and insights into the creative power that Christ placed in you to help you live a fulfilled life.

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Knapps Station Community Church

Operation Arctic - Answers in Genesis
Stay tuned for more information about Operation Arctic Vacation Bible School in July at Knapps Station Community Church.  It promises to be very COOL!

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Hope in the Strangest Places

Is your hope running thin?  Do you need some encouragement?  Please check out my friend, Jean Oathout's blogpost and you may find hope in the strangest of places.
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How Do I Respond to Sadness and Happiness?

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. Through it all God uses our experiences to shape us into the children He wants to live with Him for eternity. Some of the shaping is very difficult and painful, some is so joyful. If we only cooperate, the results will be heavenly. Please check out my friend Jane Ault's new blogpost for her inspirational message.
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Voice of the Martyrs 

Please pray for our brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to worship as they choose.
Many suffer and die for their faith.

We are so blessed to worship as we choose.
Many died to give us this freedom
May we never lose this freedom.

And may we never take it for granted.


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Blessing:

 When I decided to print my Please Help Me Father prayer, it tugged on my pride.  God was trying to shape me and remove the parts that stand in the way of me becoming His child.  I really didn't want to let go of the parts He wanted to remove.  It hurts to lose parts of yourself that have always been there.  To grow, you must let go and let God.  It is really freeing when you can let those pieces go and not try to grab them back. I'm working on it and I wish this blessing for you and for me too.

I wish us the blessing of always trusting God,
   of always knowing He is working all things for our good,
   of surrendering to His will 
   and giving our all to Him.
He suffered and died for us, holding nothing back.
He rose and offers us the same.
May we be blessed forever by His love, His Grace and 
  His neverending JOY!

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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 May 6, 2017

May God bless you greatly until we meet again

    May we always remember that the sun may set 
           but God's love remains forever.