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Archive for April, 2010

Recipe for Peace

No matter what or who you believe in or who you are or where you live or how old you are or if you are a man or woman or teenager or child or how much income you earn……..everyone desires peace in their lives. We are all the same when it comes to this desire. But……we are all so different in how we go about getting it. Some ways of getting that desired peace in our lives can be as diverse as being retired and no longer working, or having that perfect job that you love so much that you are working constantly. Yes, there are many ways of  possessing peace, but most are short-lived, creating a hole that you keep trying to fill with the next idea that comes to you about acquiring peace. Maybe all new furniture would give me peace about my life. It would be all new, and different….purchasing this new furniture would just give me a new lease on life! Or maybe I need to get away…a trip would make all the difference in the world! Or we’ve been married so long that the spark we had has gone out. Maybe if I meet someone new…that would give me the much desired peace in my life. Drugs and alcohol are other ways. We try every way but the Way that will last and last, if you let it. This then, is the tried and true recipe for peace:

“….the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.   Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:5b – 9

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My husband, Jim

I’ve known him since 4th grade and loved him since 7th! God was absolutely amazing to give me “my hearts desire” by putting this wonderful man and I together 42 years ago.  He is an amazing husband.

I would have never thought of all of the unbelievable adventures that we’ve had together throughout our marriage. Life has not been boring with him! I always saw and loved his sense of fun and playfulness, but never knew he could be so entertaining with his own special foreign language that he has tried to teach to our grandkids! 

I feel so special and blessed having a romantic and sentimental husband. After all these years…he hasn’t changed. He makes me feel beautiful even though I don’t. He makes me feel special and the only woman he would ever want to be with. He still makes my heart flutter. That’s amazing.

My three daughters would not argue with me what an extraordinary father he is. I have a picture of him vacuming our rug while holding one of the girls when they were an infant!  Always helping me and never complaining. That’s an amazing father.

I love it when I see him studying God’s Word…he has been such an example to all of us.  He has shown me just how awesome God’s love is by being the kind of husband and father I’ve been describing. So unconditional in his love for me and his family. In his loving ways, he shows us how much God the Father loves us.  And I thank God for giving me such a husband and father.

 He truly is an amazing man and I say to him today, Happy Birthday Jim, my sweet husband. And I will say tomorrow, Happy Anniversary sweetheart, to the best of the best, to the love of my life, to an amazing man.

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Just a Thistle!

I had posted a picture of what I thought might be a poppy….my Mom told me that they look like thistles…but I was at Home Depot and saw some potted poppy plants and studied the foilage and realized with great dismay that what I had growing in my garden are plain old thistles! Jenn, you are right!!!

The real foilage of a poppy plant!

What is growing in my garden

Ok, they really don’t look alike…but kind of. Does anyone have any tips for growing poppies? Please let me know!

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Some new flowers….

Bleeding Hearts

My Lilac bush that came from a very small twig my Mom started for me years ago...there are 12 blooms this spring!!

Delicate Dogwood

Handful of Lilacs

Lilacs in McCoy Vase

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I saw this on the Facebook of a friend of mine and just had to share it! It is too good not to! Hope you enjoy it.

You can tell Nora really enjoys playing!!

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Creeping Jenny! This plant just loves water so it's especially pretty now.

I’d forgotten I had this Japanese Beech Fern!

Here it is, peeking up at the beginning of Spring...it will get bigger and prettier!

According to my Mom, this may be a long desired poppy! I hope it is. I've planted seeds three years in a row!!

This is a little sedum that I really love. It survived winter just fine!

 

My Jack in the Pulpit showing itself!

 

A good place to keep my glasses while I pull weeds!

 

Jim planted these Pansies last fall....aren't they gorgeous?

Our backyard taken this afternoon.

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I was thinking about today being  “good friday”. Why is it so good? Afterall, Jesus was crucified! But then without His crucifixion, there would be no resurrection. And without Christ’s resurrection, there would be no hope. There would be absolute depravity. Life would end at death. But….we know that Christ did die, but was resurrected three days later!  He gave us hope and a future. We know He did what He did because of His love for us. We know when we put our trust and faith in Him as our Lord and Savior, we can know eternal life. But it’s more than that….we can know Him as our faithful God and have this relationship with Him that goes beyond awesome. Yes, it is a good Friday.

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