Saturday, September 29, 2018

It's time to pray...

In light of current events I shared some of the following thoughts on Facebook and Instagram. Many people have been sharing those posts, so I thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts here with some links you can click on that will lead you to some scriptures that some of my statements are related to.

It was the summer of 1982 when she was fifteen years old and he was seventeen. Thirty six years later, she's a highly educated, successful college professor, wife and mother. He's a highly educated, successful judge with an unblemished record of public service, a husband and a father. Last Thursday in a highly charged emotional Senate hearing we saw both of them give sworn testimony about an alleged assault in that summer of 1982. I cried as I watched. I prayed. I'm still praying.

God alone knows the real truth of what did or didn't happen. But, what we can be sure of is that the spiritual forces of wickedness will destroy them both in order to further divide and destroy our nation. Look beyond the headlines-there's a spiritual battle going on in our nation, for our nation.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, September 30th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Friday Faves...My new favorite painting

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my autumn mantel which included an attempted abstract beach painting done by myself. You can see that here. This past weekend my six year old and nine year old granddaughters spent the night at our house. I had a leftover canvas and decided to let them paint, using some navy blue paint, some white paint and some sponges.  I LOVE their painting so much better than my own and I wanted to share it with you.
What I love about it is that it gives the effect of being in the middle of a wave when you are looking at it. 
I am loving my subtle, simple autumn mantel this year. It's the peaceful and uncluttered look I am loving these days.

It's almost FRIDAY, friends!

Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Beautiful Victoria B.C. at blue hour...

We ended our recent vacation with a few days in one of our favorite places-Victoria, British Columbia. It's a beautiful city and is especially lovely all lit up in the evening.
Victoria is the capital of the Canadian province, British Columbia. It's located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It is about 60 miles from the city of Vancouver, B.C. and 25 miles from Washington state, USA, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Above is The Empress hotel all lit up at night and located right across the street from Victoria's inner harbor. Having afternoon tea at The Empress is an experience everyone should try at least once when visiting Victoria. But, Murchie's Tea and Coffee shop is my favorite spot for an informal cup of tea and the most delicious current scones, (with devonshire cream and jam-YUMMM!), in Victoria, in my opinion.
One of my favorite things about visiting Victoria is that it is a very walking friendly city. In other words, while we do take our car on the ferry to Vancouver Island in case we want to drive elsewhere on the island, in Victoria proper we usually walk everywhere that we go. (Which helps to compensate for those scones I eat!)
The lovely, historic parliament building.

Two out of three of our daughters and their husbands honeymooned in Victoria at our recommendation, and they loved it as much as my husband and I do! I'm already looking forward to our next visit to Victoria!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Autumn blessings...

Looking out my kitchen window and at this week's weather forecast, you'd think it is still summer. But, the chill in the morning air and the changing colors of the trees say otherwise. It's officially autumn and that's an undeniable fact, though at the moment, current circumstances could fool a person into thinking otherwise. On any given day or moment, contrary circumstances can arise, causing one to question God's goodness. But, His love, favor and blessings are an undeniable fact, though at the current moment circumstances can fool you into thinking otherwise. Don't be fooled. Count your blessings. Take note of the evidence that God is faithful, steadfast, constant, caring, and loving. The signs of His love are all around you.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-the first cup of coffee in my favorite cup, lighting my glassybaby candle, 
sitting in my favorite cozy chair in our kitchen nook, meeting with God there
-lunch and fellowship with a sweet friend from church
-the trees beginning to show off their autumn colors

-praying God's Word-the verses that I stand on, feed on, live on, trust in
-a day in the kitchen cooking and baking for our first autumn small group gathering
-God's provision

-beautiful signs of autumn all around
-a sweet afternoon with my middle grandson
-living so close to beautiful parks, rivers and lakes

-texted photos of our grandson all decked out for preschool picture day
-a fresh haircut
-a powerful message on surrender

-getting to pick up our two youngest granddaughters from school 
-a backyard fire in the fire pit now that the burn ban is over 

-snuggling in our bed and watching the Wizard of Oz

-first day of autumn!
-making pumpkin scones with our granddaughters
-painting with our granddaughters, 
(and loving their painting more than the one I did a few weeks ago)
-a fun evening with a friend

-powerful worship
-a good word about worshipping in Spirit and Truth
-lunch with our oldest granddaughter
-friends stopping by for a visit 
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Let peace rule...

LET -allow to, permit to, give permission to, give leave to, authorize to, sanction to, grant the right to, license to, empower to, enable to- the peace and soul harmony which comes from Christ rule continually in your heart.

I don't know anyone who doesn't want more peace within. God wants us to allow His peace to rule in our mind and hearts. He wants His peace to be allowed to act as an umpire within us. In other words, He wants His peace to be allowed to call the balls and strikes in our thoughts and the desires and affections of our heart. But the big question is...HOW? (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, September 23rd, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bandon Beach...

On our recent vacation, one day we took a drive from the little cabin on the Umpqua River south on coastal highway 101 to the little town of Bandon, Oregon. The coastline there is rocky and dramatic and reminds me a bit of the coast of Maine. The weather was gray and moody, but not cold or windy.
 It's a beautiful and dramatic view from the cliff top overlooking the beach.
 There's a walking path along the cliff edge and then stairs you can walk down to the beach.
I enjoyed walking along the shore and exploring all the nooks and crannies of this rocky stretch of beach. There was even a dead shark washed up on shore, but I'll spare you a photo of that!

In the photo below you can see a large tree trunk that has washed up on the shore and is now beginning to petrify.

I loved our time at Bandon beach and hope you enjoy the photos!

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