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Everywhere you go, it seems you see birds…..on pillows, bed linens, pictures, lamps, kitchen towels, little birdy nick-knacks, flags, dishes, books, soap dishes (that falls under birdy nick-knacks!). You can probably think of a lot more. Why is it we are seeing an influx of bird paraphernalia, especially this year? They are charming not only to watch but to listen to. Have you seen those little stuffed birds that when squeezed sound like the actual bird call of the species that they are supposed to be? How do they do that!?? We love to watch specials on TV about them (well, at least Jim and I do!)……big birds and really little ones. We all spend tons of money on special kinds of seeds for them to eat. Sometimes, purchasing gourmet seeds that only we know is gourmet! The birds could care less…at least I think so. We have to have that “just right” bird house…making sure the hole is big enough for the particular bird species they are trying to lure….and it has to be pretty too! Not for the birds, but for us.

Here are some I have just around my home…inside and out.

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You now understand that I am one of those who love birds….and you know what I like especially? I love the fact that those little things have no worry at all!! The special thing about them is their total reliance on God. In the Bible, I have counted (with the help of some great commentaries) 97 places that God refers to the “birds of the air”. But there may be more…

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” ~Matthew 6:26

Next time you are out gazing upward and see a wonderful blue bird zoom down to feed his young, remember how much more God values you and cares for you when you aren’t even aware of it. Yes, they are our feathered teachers….never just sitting and lingering in their nests and waiting for God to act, but while they are working gathering material for their nests and swooping down to pull up that worm…….. they rely on God to go before them and provide.

I love birds.

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Sew much fabric!!!

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Emily (my middle daughter visiting from Texas) and  her sister, Jennifer sorting through some fabric!

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We stuffed our van with as much fabric as we could! 

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….thanks to a local furniture company!!

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

We all have fears…be it physical or emotional fears…everyone has them. Not everyone lets their fears dominate their lives though. But I have been one of those that have.

 
I hate doctor’s offices….and my blood pressure lets me know just how much! It’s called “White Coat Syndrome”. You’ve heard of it before…when you are in your own surroundings your pressure is just fine, thank you! But stepping inside that doctor’s office….it shoots up sky high! And it’s been like this for quite a few years, and I couldn’t figure out why. Why do I get so nervous going to the doctor?
With so many articles and news shows featuring breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease…I could go on and on….those yearly exams are just something women cannot ignore! And the last 7 years, I did ignore them…..or at least tried to. But something happened this year….I knew that I was a fool if I didn’t treat my body the way I should. I eat well and take all of my vitamins…but those tests are given for a reason. A good reason. I knew…somehow…that my fear was more than just being afraid of these tests….a lot more. It came to me that maybe it was more of a spiritual nature. I think that God was gently showing me that maybe I really didn’t trust Him. Maybe….going further….I really didn’t believe Him. Maybe I didn’t believe that He is Who He says He is….how did I get all this from not wanting to go to the doctor?

 
To put it the way I saw it…..I was afraid if I went to the doctor and had these tests, they would find out something was wrong (really silly!!). I couldn’t have been able to face that. But wait, I am a Christian. Christians trust God, right?  They trust Him for everything. Well….y e s…….but. I’ll trust God if I know before hand what the outcome is……!! That is really absurd! But that’s the way so many of us “trust” God. We need to have some control over things. That is what I faced this year. I wanted so much to confront those fears and really, really trust God and only Him for the outcome. And just abandon my control once and for all…..and just let Him.

 
I made my appointments for a pap smear, mammogram and just a complete physical. I dreaded it. I was afraid. But I really wanted to do this. And I asked God for His courage…..Well, my tests came back normal! It was really a gift to me as I will never ignore them again….but more than that….it was such freedom. But you are probably asking, what if they came back that I had cancer? What then? Would I still have this freedom. I would hope that I would…because relinquishing my control and giving God that full dominion over me gives me that sense of freedom.
These various scriptures give me so much comfort in facing my fears. I do believe God that He is Who He says He is….and that He will do what He says He will do!

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. ~Psalm 27:3

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. ~Psalm 34:4

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. ~Psalm 112:7

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. ~Proverbs 3:24-26

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

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Left to Right - Eric, Don Greer, Raulston Hunsinger, Me, Ezra 

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Ezra with his kilt

My daughter, Jennifer made this for him through an online tutorial! Jason, Jennifer and Ezra went to the Greenville, SC Scottish games this weekend. Jason made the sporran (the pouch) for Ezra too!

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I have probably about 14 Lavender plants, so two being ruined by the rain isn’t bad. I am thankful really. Thankful for the rain and for the fact that I still have 12 other Lavender plants ready to bloom. The two plants above are about 1 year old.

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….showing pictures of my garden and stuff…this is a Japanese Iris.

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Jim grew this Lavender Grosso from seed!!

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These are some of my porch plants. This is one of my favorite begonias. The color of the leaves is spectacular! 

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Here is a fern..not sure of the name, a begonia and a plant called Tibouchina, which is really a tropical flowering plant I first “met” when we lived in Florida. I bought this one pictured here in NC at the Charlotte Farmers Market.

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These Brazilian Verbenas are just gorgeous in my garden.

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This is an ongoing building of my little gnome house. Lots more to do…just giving an update!

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A close up of the door and my feeble attempt at building a chimney! The little pile of rocks is supposed to be the chimney. I actually took my glue gun and glued small rocks around a small clay pot. Oh…Jim made the door for me!

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This is a close up shot of the little moss beds around my gnome house.

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