Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday 8 22



They look very similar...only difference really is where I point my camera and time of day. Looking forward to seeing what you've been capturing lately.

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Am still enjoying pressing and drying flowers. Some from my garden and some wild little daisies:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings 8 20

We see so many times in the word that God turns things the way they should go. He did it for Mordecai in the book of Esther. He does it for us every day even when we don't stop and realize.

From my morning reading this Saturday morning:

The little bird that sings in the tree ~ he sings for me. My gift from God in His creation this morning. The song he sings reminds that God is in control. The song reminds that if a little creature as a bird can sing so beautifully ~ how much more are our songs with Love in our hearts. We can rage, we can wail, but to no avail ~ God is in control.

In my daily reading, God is reminding me that when we speak, we should speak with Love ~ Love begets Love and Hatred only fuels worse than hate. And sometimes in that hate, God will use it to send the hater to the gallows (Haman). As in the book of Esther, we are reminded that there is a purpose for all things. A purpose for Queen Vashti to not come before her King. A purpose for Esther to replace Vashti as Queen.

I love the stillness of morning as I sit outside reading the word and drinking my coffee. Razzy loves it too as he accompanies me and lays on the cool cement. My view is not pretty like a well kept neighbors yard ~ rather it is an abandoned building that parts have quickly become a field of weeds. Not even pretty weeds. But as I gaze, a Butterfly I see. Even in the ugly, beauty can be found. God does that. The butterfly may not have found what he needed in the well mowed yards, but he is provided for among the clover in the weed field. As I ponder, I realize that for now, we will still have the ugly until God himself mows it all down. For now, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and beauty still abounds. Have Faith.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday 8 15

It seems for the past few years, as Summer winds down and my flower beds have flourished, but will soon be waning...the flowers I have anyway as I'm not really a green thumb...I have developed a love affair with weeds. It's so fun to find some weeds or wild flowers to photograph, and also a stray mushroom. ~smiles~

For those that fish, no, the photo below isn't a blown up image of a fishing bobber, but to me that's what it looks like. When I took this photo, I didn't notice the similarity. haha It is a tower. What it is for, I have no idea. Are you in agreement that it looks like a bobber?

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings Link Up 8 13

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his. He changes times
and seasons, he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to
the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
Daniel 2:20-22 NIV

I pray that you being rooted and established in
love may have power together with all the saints,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ and to know this love that
surpasses knowledge ~ that you may be filled
to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV

In my Reading Through The Bible, I am finally deciding to read Revelations. It's such a daunting book of the Bible, I feel anyway. But, nevertheless, one that if we're reading the complete Bible, I feel I have to read it also. It makes my insides quivery to even read the words.

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw.

You're Next for sharing a Sunday Scripture Blessing ~ thank you.

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I'm sharing the frame that I used for today's scriptures if you would like it. You can download it HERE without my logo. The file contains an adobe file that you will be able to insert a picture using the clipping mask feature or just type your words. It also contains the frame as a .jpg without my logo if you just want the frame. Hope you enjoy it. You can use it however you like with no link back expected.

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    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Pictorial Tuesday 8 8

    The daughter's wedding happened after a two year engagement. The vows were said with a backdrop of the lake, and then a reception aboard a yacht for a mini cruise followed by a honeymoon in Hawaii. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding. I was a patient mama and didn't call for three days to see if all was okay since they were so far away. haha

    Also sharing some black and white photography for Pictorial Tuesday.

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    Sunday, August 6, 2017

    Sunday Scripture Blessings 8 6

    Time for sharing a Scripture Blessing to start the week off great. All are appreciated. Please try to visit at least one other Scripture link and give them a hello comment. Thanks.

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    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Pictorial Tuesday 8 1

    Heard pecking and this cute little fellow must have been getting insects off the screen. First I've really seen any yellow and black birds around, but must be over in the nearby woods and not over my way much. Naturally, grabbed the camera and tried not to scare him, but he was so busy I don't think he realized I was on the other side of the window.

    You're next for sharing what you've been shooting. :)

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    Happy 1st Day of August 2017 ~ I cannot believe July is over already. Summer is going by waaaaaaayyyy too fast for me. :)


    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Sunday Scripture Blessings 7 30

     And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms
    in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show 
    the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
    Ephesians 2:6-7 NIV

    It's Sunday Scripture Blessings link up time and you're next. Thank you for the blessings that you share. Have a wonderful Sunday.

    ~hugs 'n giggles 'n blessings~


    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Pictorial Tuesday ~ Egypt's Sister Book Review

    Egypt’s Sister – The Silent Years/A Novel of Cleopatra
    Author:  Angela Hunt

    The author, Angela Hunt, winds a story around the life and loves of Cleopatra. The story is told in the voice of Chava (pronounced hah-vah) who as a child was a playmate and best friend to Cleopatra. They even swore to be blood sisters. Chava, a Jewish girl, loved Cleopatra, but knew she would never be on the same plain as Cleopatra; an Egyptian princess who would someday become Queen. But, she also felt they would always remain blood sisters and be in each other’s lives. She was thrilled to be a friend to the future Queen. She envisioned someday being her lady-in-waiting.
    If you’ve always thought you knew the story of Cleopatra, this book gives a look into the life of Cleopatra, and some Egyptian, Roman and Greek history. It is also the story of Chava, a Hebrew who starts out life with a naive view of the world. She soon learns some heartbreaking and also back-breaking lessons about love and giving your allegiance to a person.

    Chava is called by God whom she calls HaShem, for a special purpose in her life. She knows she has to remain true to what God has called her to do, but at times, she would prefer to follow her heart. The chain of events that follow in her life somehow don’t seem to fit with what God has asked of her, and she doesn’t see how His plan will be fulfilled.

    The author does a great job of setting the scenes of life through a woman who would have lived a century before Christ and the New Testament. There are many scenes when Chava and Cleopatra are young friends. There is also depictions of the differences of Egyptians and the Jewish population and what it means for Chava.

    In the beginning of reading the book, it took me a minute to grasp where the author might be going with this story, but it didn’t take long to get to the meat of the story, and my interest stayed piqued. There were many twists and turns, but to me that made it all the more interesting and a desire to keep reading to find out what happened next.
    It is a great and interesting story, and the author writes in such a way that you will feel different emotions; some anger, some sadness, and some bitterness. The author does a good job of getting the point of her book across. I would definitely say this is a must-have for anyone’s reading list no matter your genre preference.

    Excerpt from the book:
    Raised together in the Alexandrian palace, Chava, the Hebrew daughter of the royal tutor, and Urbi, an Egyptian princess, become as close as sisters – and rivals with their dreams of greatness. When Urbi unexpectedly ascends the throne as Queen Cleopatra, Chava believes their bond is strong enough to survive. But absolute power has a way of changing everything.
    The ultimate betrayal rips Chava from everything she’s ever known and sends her to the lowest rung of Roman society where she must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will for her life, if she hopes to rise again.
    Publisher: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
    There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy reading this book. I give it Five Stars

    I received Egypt's Sister as a copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise was required. All opinions are my own.
    The reviews on my blog are specifically my own interpretation of my like or dislike for a book that I read.

    Egypt’s Sister is available here:


    Book graphic that I've added to my graphic above came from aspnesdesigns.com

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    About the Author:  Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who expect the unexpected in novels. With nearly five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 140 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.
    Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times).
    Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
    Also in 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in biblical studies in 2008 and her Th.D. in 2015. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.  She is also an avid photographer, using her photos to help find homes for animals at local rescues.


    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Sunday Scripture Blessings 7 23

    Sharing some notes from past reading plans when I first began reading the Bible in earnest in 2014

    Question: How does remembering that it's not "about you" but instead "all about God" encourage you today?
    • The glory is to be given to God ~ not seeked by promoting things I do for my own glory.
    • I can know that when it's all about God ~ the plan of salvation was in place for me because He Loves Us
    • He takes center stage always, and I'm thankful it's not about me because he is so awesome and no one can fill those shoes except Yahweh.
    In what ways are you being called to step out in faith, in spite of your weaknesses and flaws and in spite of the labels you have given yourself?
    • I am called to have a more loving heart and reminded to be kind.
    • I am challenged to speak up and remember to share his word since that was never my norm.
    • I am called to read his word daily which reminds me who he is.
    • I am called to pray daily and be better at it.
    What might be standing in my way of obedience?
    • Not being Bold enough to speak up for God, but praying to be better about it.

    Working on Forgiveness for things that have happened in my life.

    1 Corinthians 15: 55-58

    55. "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
    56. The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
    57. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    58. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

    Observation:  The death on the cross was not in vain. There was no victory of death because He Lives! He is Risen!

    Application:  Give thanks daily to God and his gift of victory through Jesus and the Resurrection.

    Romans 3:21-24

    21.  But now, a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been make known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
    22.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference.
    23.  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
    24.  and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

    Observation:  Through Christ all are righteous who believe. The redemption of Christ on the cross paid for our sins.

    When studying/reading, I sometimes write out the scripture that I'm reading to try to help implant it in my brain better for memory. Sometimes it works, other times not. But doing it this way and with Bible Journaling has helped me get a better overall picture of God's word than I ever had before. The main thing is a daily read. I usually read first thing in the morning with quiet time and my coffee. :)

    "Peace I leave with you,
    my peace I give unto you:
    not as the world giveth,
    give I unto you. Let not
    your heart be troubled,
    neither let it be afraid."
    John 14:27 KJV

    I look forward to your scripture sharings with Sunday Scripture Blessings. You're next:

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    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Pictorial Tuesday 7 18

    Just some photo fun...Jumping Out from Winter into a warmer scene. The photo is an old family photo of myself (the one in the hat) and cousins having winter fun. Well, it doesn't actually look like we're having that much fun...we look cold.

    The grandson had used my black chalk tape to make the background black on card stock and used chalk to make the grass one day when he was bored at my house. Instead of throwing it out, I scanned it in and had been on my computer for a bit. I decided to do something with it, and this is what I came up with.

    The original photo is below.

    It's Pictorial Tuesday link up time, and You're Next. Thanks for sharing your photography and photo art. Hope you're having a fun week so far.

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