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Reflection

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This is where I take my daily walk, a time to myself, a time to use my body and glory in the way God made me. (It still amazes me when I treat my body right, how great I feel. And the same way…when I overeat the wrong things, how lousy I feel). Anyway, it’s a time when God may sometimes instill in me something He wants me to learn.

A few days ago, as I was walking, I was thinking of a conversation I had with a friend of mine. Through talking about various spiritual things, it came up that she felt that someone who isn’t “working” for God may not be saved. She felt that going to church every Sunday morning, evening and on Wednesday nights makes you a faithful Christian. If you aren’t doing that….your salvation may be questioned. All of a sudden, as these thoughts swept through my mind, I had a flood of sorrow course through the core of my soul! How……how could we think this after what Christ did for us??? How can we think we are anything compared to His glory, holiness and mercy? There is nothing……nothing we can do to earn our salvation. We accept Christ’s salvation as a gift. We are as flithy rags with nothing to offer.

In our area, it’s called the Bible Belt, because there are churches everywhere. Most have grown up in the church. I find too, that this area is filled with many people who think they have to do something to be a good Christian. Remember the conversation that went on during this time that Jesus and the two criminals were hanging? 

 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” ~Luke 23:40-43

The thief didn’t have a life time of serving Jesus…in a split second, he knew that he would be going to be with Jesus, just by believing. When we do come to Jesus and accept this free gift, we want to serve Him in various ways…it is only natural when you love someone to please that person.

As I continued walking, tears flooded my eyes and my heart felt it might burst with this sorrow. I told my husband later, I was so surprised at my emotions. I thank God for giving me this glimpse …..

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Referee

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……So says Mama Bear Samson. This has been a hectic day. She needs a’ calgon take me away’ bath or maybe an O My Soap bath! She won’t go into what those four bears got into today!! The bears are trying to butter her up. What will tomorrow bring?

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Stay tuned……..for more Bear Adventures!

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We have this collection of bears that have been growing for a number of years. Not a big one, but ones that I especially think are cute. One morning I went in the guest bedroom (where I keep them) and saw this:

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Jim had arranged them this way! And since then the bears have had other adventures too! I never know what the bears will be doing.  So be looking for more of the Bear Adventures in upcoming posts!

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Anniversary Trip

For our 41st Wedding Anniversary, Jim planned an absolutely wonderful trip. Here is a pictorial account of what we did, where we went and what we saw! I brought Charlie with me and Jim brought his Dulcijo and we had some jam sessions in our hotel room!

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Our first stop was at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Here is a view from our room, overlooking the spa. By the way, Jim surprised me with a wonderful massage at the spa and swimming in the mineral pools! We stayed in the older part of the Inn and noticed how much oak they used in everything! There was a huge fireplace in the lobby where we enjoyed the warmth of the fire one evening, sitting in rockers that were lined up in front of it. We used the old fashioned elevator probably more than we should have, but just loved the uniqueness of it!!

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Next stop: Biltmore House in Asheville

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Some unusual plants in the Conservatory at the Biltmore House Gardens:

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Off to Bryson City to ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Charlie liked the little patio outside of our Bryson City motel. The train ride followed the Nantahala River Gourge and ended up at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

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Next stop: Brasstown, NC where we visited the John C. Campbell Folk School.

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This is so awesome. Please click and listen. A drama that you won’t be able to get out of your mind!

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My Cello Recital

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I will post more pictures but this is all I have of that fateful night! We were the first to play for Tuesday evening’s recital. Being adults, you would think that this would be a piece of cake! Well, as we took our seats ready to play, my hands were so sweaty. I had reasons for that too. There was one measure in the piece that I was having big time trouble with. Sometimes I played it perfectly…well, almost perfectly…..and other times…..most times I slithered through it. It was supposed to be played in 4th position which I really haven’t had any lessons on yet.(I’m making excuses!)  Actually that is the only way you can play this measure. And horrors of all horrors, during the performance, yes, I slithered through it and worse, I actually stopped playing for a micro-second. Later, a few people told me they didn’t even notice. Weeeelllllll….I don’t know how you could miss it. But the good thing of this evening, is after we played I was able to sit down and listen to the rest of 23 students play. They ranged from 6yrs old to around 16 yrs old. It was very enjoyable. What was so great is that these students….all of them (except for our cello trio) had memorized their music. There were students playing violins, cellos, piano and guitars. Bravo for them!

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And Bravo for the Cello Chics!

PS I will post pictures when I get them available!

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