This first one hangs in our main bathroom and says, "No tears past the gate."
This one I did for my husband and says "My love will never let you go." It hangs over his dresser in our bedroom.
Now here's something just for fun
I'm one of the 55. Are You? Don't even think about using spell check!!!!!!!!
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Here is the link to the remaining post of Jazzy's devotion with this picture..
I trust many of you will find him as delightful as I do and add him to your favorites.
I've been tagged for the Middle Name Game by Hazelruthes's.
Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog post containing your own middle name game facts. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.My middle name is...........
I was not given a middle name at birth. Since marriage I have always used my maiden name as my legal middle name.
I am departing from the original instructions (given above). Rather than using a fact relevant to my life, since it is Sunday and I love Jesus with all my heart, I have chosen to make comments relevent to my walk with, and beliefs in, my Lord.
E - very good gift comes from God.
R - emeber to pray every day.
R - ejoice in the Lord always.
E - verlasting life is for all who believe Jesus is the Son of God.
T - rain up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.
T - ake not the name of the Lord thy God iin vain.
I am not going to tag 6 people. If you would like to play, please do so . Be sure and leave me a comment telling me when you post it so I can come read yours. I will say this was a fun, easy one for me to do!! Thank you Cathy (Hazelruthes's) for tagging me.
Sorry this picture is out of order. It will be explained at the end. Mickey's front and my back so you can see both sides!!! Also, he's better looking them me :o) (click to enlarge)
I just wanted to share a little bit of how I started off my day today. I also want to share my heart about our Church. I think most of you know that we attend Coweta Assembly of God Church. Our first service there was December 23, 2006 so it has only been 8 months.
We had been attending another church. In October last year we attending a prayer meeting of a national ministry in Branson, MO. It was a wonderful time and we were stirred to the depth of our being. At that time we felt the Lord was telling us He wanted us to find another church We struggled with it for 2 months. WE (in the flesh) did not want to leave. We loved this church. We loved the people. We were very involved in ministry there. Care Leaders, door greeters, and Mickey was learning the sound booth. We had been involved in the purchase of 12 acres of land and had watched the beautiful new church building being built. We had only been in the new building since Father's Day and now God was telling us to leave. Finally, out of obedience, we decided on Sunday, December 20th that we would not be back. I have told people: we sort of felt like Abraham....who was told to go out of the land but not told where to go!! We left in blind faith
That Wednesday Mickey said "We are going to attend Coweta Assembly tonight". Now, again in my flesh and mind, this was not where I would have chosen!!! It is a larger church, about 950 people, and we have always been in a small church of 250 or less. It was a denominational church, and if you've been reading much of what I've written you know I am totally against denominational ism!!!
But since Mickey is the Priest of our home and my spiritual head (took me YEARS to learn this one by the way!!!!!) I said, "Okay". The minute we walked in, as they were worshiping, we both knew this was where God was placing us. The following Sunday we showed up for Sunday School (which we have not been in for years!!) and Church. We have been there at all services since.
Now after all that background I'll post what is on my heart.......
I went to the church this morning at 6 a.m. and prayed for an hour. They have 24 hour prayer, in the prayer room, every Friday from 6pm to Saturday 6pm. Even though we've been attending there 8 months I had never signed up and gone. I've always felt "Oh well Mickey & I pray together every morning and that's good enough."
First thing I had to do this morning was repent of THAT thinking!!.
They have this large room all set up with six different settings: 1) Personal cleansing, 2) prayer for Coweta & America, 3) Thanks for answered prayer, 4) Prayer requests, 5) Prayer for missionaries with pictures of many of the missionaries we support but not just limited to our missionaries, and 6) That God use me for his plans & purposes. Scripture verses are also written at these various settings. It was totally awesome!!
There is worship music playing very softly, the room is dimly lit and the bulletin boards about the 5 posts are on the floor along with a large pillow to sit on. Of course there are chairs and tables around the room if you choose to sit and pray or read your bible. The minute I walked in I felt such a peace and such a conviction that it had taken me so long to get there.
There may be more than one praying in there at a time. But there will always be at least one because you sign up for the 24 hour period and make a commitment to fill the hour you choose.
Many of you came to my mind this morning as I was praying. Your needs and concerns were included in my prayers.
Our church is open 24 hours a day to this prayer room and you can come and go as you please.
I love our church. I have ALWAYS thought the Church should not be locked but this is the first one I've ever attended which was not.
Mickey went to the church at 4:45 this morning to help with Angel Food Ministry. Our church participates in this program and the last Saturday of every month people can come from 9 to 12 and pick up a box of food for $25. The list of what will be in the box is available the first 3 weeks of the month. You come in and sign up and pay $25 and then pick it up the last Saturday. This is not just for our church but the entire area of Coweta. What a blessing and what a ministry.
Mickey went so early this morning to go with the man who heads it up to go pick-up the food in Tulsa, load it on the truck, bring it back and unload it at the church and set it up for distribution. Many other people come in around 8 o'clock to help with the distribution. Did I say I LOVE OUR CHURCH!!!!
The Sunday evening before Coweta schools opened on Tuesday, August 14th, our church provided free hair cuts, dental exams, school supplies, etc. to this community. Not just to our church body but to anyone and everyone for free.
September 13-16 Coweta has a Fall Festival. This year our Church is setting up a Prayer Tent, right on main street Coweta. The T-shirts we are wearing in the top picture will be worn by all of us working the prayer tent. We will be walking the streets with prayer cards that say "Why Pray" and talking to people. Anyone who wants to can go into the tent and pray themselves or have someone pray for them. Of course people from our Church will be manning this tent and praying around the clock during this entire 3 day festival (From 6 pm Thursday night until Sunday evening) One of our young men will also be working around the clock doing a large art mural which will depict the Crucifixion when finished. This art work will be done outside the prayer tent and can be seen by all walking by.
I have to tell you that 2 years ago the Coweta City Council said we could no longer pass out Bible tracts at Fall Festival but the City Council is not only backing the prayer tent but excited about it.
My goodness.....here it is Friday again and time for Show & Tell at Kelli's, There Is No Place Like Home. Isn't this fun? I love seeing what everyone shows each week. What a great, wonderful idea you host, Kelli. Thank YOU!! If you're new go over to Kelli's site and find out all about it and the guidelines. Pick a Show & Tell and post it and then go back to Kelli's again and sign up on Mr. Linky. It's that easy!!
Karen at Karen's Ramblings tagged me for this meme.
ACCENT - I definitely have a Southern accent. You'd think it was because I've lived in Oklahoma so many years now but even when I was growing up in New Mexico people would always say they thought I was from Texas.
I DON"T DRINK - alcohol. I hated the taste of beer. I use to drink a little wine, once in awhile, but I don't anymore.
CHORE I HATE - Emptying the dish washer. I hardly use it with just Mickey & I but I do use it when we entertain and I have a lot of dishes.
PETS - We have none. We had cats and dogs when our children were growing up. The last pet we had was a blue Beta fish we named Geronimo which we had about 6 years before it died.
ESSENTIAL ELECTRONICS - My computer first and then my digital camera. I do not have a cell phone. We had one when we traveled but cancelled it when we moved back into our home.
PERFUME - White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor (but I don't like Liz Taylor!!!)
GOLD or SILVER - I like them both. Being from New Mexico I have quite a bit of Silver & Turquoise. My wedding rings are white gold but I quite a bit of gold jewelry too. I have a very loving husband who has bought me a lot of jewelry over the years.
INSOMNIA - I definitely am a light sleeper and usually wake up at 2 or 4 a.m. Sometimes I will go back to sleep and sometimes I do not. I have always been able to function on 5 or 6 hours sleep.
JOB TITLE - Retired I retired from a CPA firm where I was a staff accountant. I was not a CPA.
MOST ADMIRED TRAIT - I am extremely loyal and make long term friendships.
KIDS - 2 daughters and 2 sons. All adults.
PHOBIA - I don't think I have any.
RELIGION - I hate to be called religious!!! I am a believer in Jesus the Christ and I consider myself spiritual and not religious. I do not like denominational ism. I have been a member of various Churches: Southern & Independent Baptist, Bible Fellowship, Vineyard Fellowship, Non-denominational. We currently attend an Assembly of God Church but I do not consider myself an Assembly of God. I am a Christian who happens to be attending an Assembly of God Church. which we love and are being fed by a wonderful Pastor and a very active, involved body within the community.
SIBLINGS - I had 3 half-sisters but I was raised as an only child since the youngest was grown and out of the home by the time I was 7.
TIME I WAKE UP - 5 a.m. if not earlier.
UNUSUAL TALENT/SKILL - I played the piano for years, don't much any more. I am a very fast typist and extremely good with numbers. I would not qualify any of this as "unusual".
VEGETABLE - I do not like okra, which is a very common vegetable in Oklahoma.
WORST HABIT - Back seat drivings. Drives my husband crazy!!!
X-RAYS - Chest and one MRI on my back.
MY FAVORITE MEAL - Lasagna.
I am tagging the following 5 people:
As always if you choose to play please do so and then tag 5 people of your choice. You are under no obligation, however, and if you choose not to play that's quite alright.
I am once again posting a devotional from THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY because it spoke so clearly to me.
Last spring we decided to plant vinca minor in a fairly large section of our back yard. We have a very large back yard and felt this would make it a little easier for Mickey not to have quite so much mowing. The area where we planted the vinca had been bermuda grass. Mickey rototilled it and put down chemicals to try and kill out the bermuda. All last summer and fall I worked very hard pulling up the bermuda grass that kept coming up amidst the vinca plants.
This spring, when it was time to weed, I was having some back problems and was not up to weeding. Mickey assured me, "It's okay, the vinca will choke out the bermuda." I did not agree with him but was hoping he might be right since I could not do the weeding. Let the tell you........the bermuda grass is so thick and tall that you would hardly know there was any vinca planted there!
Yesterday we had a very nice, slow, gentle 2" rain. What a blessing since we have been having no rain and 104-105 degree temperatures. Also, since our temperature was not going to be in the 100's today I decided to begin to tackle weeding the vinca.
One of the reasons I don't mind weeding is because I have always been aware of God showing me, as I weeded, what a similarity there is between weeds and sin in our lives. The hours I spend weeding are kind of like a spiritual lesson about sin vs. God. About how it's our choice whether we are going to give in to the sin (weeds) or whether we are going to fight the good fight and do what ever and how ever it may take to uproot and get rid of sin in our lives. This is a necessary step so the new life that God has planted within us can not only grow but flourish.
This is not a new thought to me and I am just reminded of it every time I weed. Today I realized something even deeper on the Spiritual level. The thing I was noticing this time, since the bermuda had been given the opportunity to grow as it pleased, was that the bermuda runners were literally wrapped around the vinca runners. In a lot of instances when I pulled up the bermuda I also pulled up the precious vinca runners. So not only does the vinca (good) not choke out the weeds (sin) but the vinca (good) actually gets so entwined with the weeds (sin) that the bad cannot be pulled without harming some of the good. Thus setting us back some in our walk with our Lord. Jesus himself spoke of something similar when He spoke of the wheat and the tares.
"But while man slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?" Matthew 13:25-27
I'm aware I'm taking a little liberty with these verses over the example of Christians being sown among non-believers but I think it can be applied here. We all have weeds (sin) of our former lives and from our fallen nature. Believing in Jesus as Savior and surrendering your heart and life into His hands as Lord does not instantly get rid of the sin (weeds) in our soul (soil). That is something that we have to work at constantly. It is a never ending job and we will never be completely free of the struggle until we are given a new body and enter Heaven.
The main point to me is.......I can be vigilant and pull up every sin (weed) as they begin to appear and be making continual progress in my walk with my Jesus. Or, I can hope sin will automatically be choked out by the new life. Or I can try and ignore those sins (weeds) and allow them to get all tangled up in my new life and actually harm the progress I've made. I choose to be diligent in taking care of the little sins and not allow them to cause me much harm and damage later.
How about you? Have you been weeding on a continual basis?
Added later: I wrote this post yesterday and did not get it onto my blog. Today, as I went out to weed some more, the Lord showed me yet something else. Mickey came out this morning and began helping me with the weeding job. Isn't that just what God does.......when we begin to work on those areas of our lives that need some weeding, or even if we are busy watering the plants that are growing well......God always sends in just the right person or thing to help us!!!!! It may be a phone call, just when you needed it. It may be that He has moved upon someone else to post just the post you needed for this very moment or day. It may be the person who stops to just say "hi". But God does, and always will, send just the help we need when we are truly looking to Him to do the right thing.
Many of you have been that encouragement to me and I thank God for you!
"Let us pass over to the other side."
Mark 4:35b KJV
If you're really serious about getting to the other side - you've got to take what's in front of you and keep pushing it behind you. In other words, keep strokin' ! You might be crying while you're swimming, but keep strokin'. Your heart may be about to come out of your chest, but keep strokin'. It's when you feel backed into a corner with nowhere to go, that you've to reach down, take hold of what God put within you, and keep strokin'. "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Mt. 11:12). Notice the word "violence" - sometimes you have to rise up in faith and fight your way through, confident that God is on your side. The waters you're in don't determine your destiny; they can either carry you over or take you under. Your faith has got to rise up and fight your fear. If you quit, God can do nothing more for you. So whether you're doing the breaststroke, the backstroke, or some other kind of stroke nobody's even heard of - keep strokin' !
Well here it is Friday again. At my house that means Show and Tell with Kelli!!!! I really look forward to Friday and seeing and reading about all the wonderful items and things that my fellow blogland friends show. If you haven't yet joined in the fun I encourage you to do so. It is a real blessing. So jump on over to Kelli's, at There Is No Place Like Homeand, and read all about it. Select something to Show and Tell and then sign up on Mr. Linky and share it with all of us.
I am once again showing one of my keepsakes from my teenage years in the 50's!!! This is a pearl (not real of course) collar. If you enlarge the picture you can see it also is adorned with rhinestones. Mine has yellowed over the 50 years I've had it but you can tell how lovely it was.
These were worn with a short sleeve sweater or a sweater set. I looked for a picture with me wearing it but couldn't find one. That surprises me because I wore it a LOT. We also didn't take a lot of pictures in those days.
Do any of you remember these? Do any of you still have one? I'd love to see yours.
Hope you enjoyed my Show and Tell...........Now I'm off to visit and see all of yours!!!
Have a wonderful and blessed day in the Lord.
I also know that we can not just pick and choose what scripture we will believe and stand on. I am just as aware of "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecutions, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35
Our family is certainly not experiencing persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword. Although we are fully aware MANY in this world are. What we are experiencing is for us tribulation and distress.
Our beloved 12 year old granddaughter Oksana has made a very difficult decision for herself and everyone else involved. Her father is her custodial parent but when Oksana began voicing the desire to go and live with her mother he told her she was free to make the choice SHE felt was best for her. Both Aric & Oksana traveled to visit their mother for 2 weeks beginning July 31st. As late as Tuesday, August 7th, she was speaking to her father on the phone about things she was planning to do upon her return to Tulsa. Then, after much agony on the part of all of us, she made the decision on Thursday, August 9th that she would remain with her mother.
It had previously been decided that where ever she began her current 7th grade school year, here in Tulsa or there with her mother, she would complete the school year where she started.
Marc picked Aric up on Monday, August 13th, and took up the remainder of Oksana's clothes, her computer, her TV, school supplies and some other items. One of the bad things is that school began there on August 6th so she will be starting school 2 weeks behind. She is very smart and can quickly catch-up if she applies herself.
Yes, there is a big hole in our hearts and in our lives right now with her not being here in Tulsa with us. BUT all of us have perfect peace about the matter and know that God is, and will, have HIS perfect way in all our lives.
"Who shall separate us from the love of God?"
NO ONE & NOTHING!!!!!
Please keep all of us in your prayers. Especially Marc, Aric & Oksana as this transition takes place and normalcy is established.
I surrender ALL
I surrender ALL
ALL to JESUS I surrender
I surrender ALL
Susan of Learning for Lifetime. Susan is a fireball of energy and dedication to her family of a loving husband and 4 boys. She extends this energy and dedication to her professional life as well. She is one of those woman who seems to be handling it all with grace and charm. Susan is a very thoughtful, compassionate, deep thinker. Many, many times her posts make me think seriously about our world and our Christian commitment. I appreciate that you do that Susan and you are a Godly example of true caring.
Big White Hat is a Texan. (Could you tell?!) He is the devoted father of an autistic son. His love, attitude and appreciation for his son is to be envied. While BWH writes on various and sundry things his love of family, God, Church and his strong faith stand out loud and firm. Another Godly example to all of us.
Karen of Karen's Ramblings is a new found blogger for me. I am glad I found her. She lives way down under in New Zealand. Karen is a young woman with a deep faith and understanding of God's word. In the short time I have been blessed to read her blog I have been impressed with her Godly example in everything she writes.
Brin of My Messy, Thrilling Life. This is another very recent find for me. Brin is a young 23 year old single woman. Her blog contains beautiful pictures and is a joy to view. It is her superb writing skill and her depth of the message of God and His word that inspires me. Brin is a Godly example.Jennifer of Pen-of-Jen. I gave this award to Jennifer in my first selections. I really wanted to pass this one along to people who were fairly new to me but I just had to include Jennifer again. Jennifer is one of the most uncompromisingly strong bloggers I have found. She writes with a conviction and passion that is not only real but very well informed. I know of no one who sets a more Godly example in her writings and her life than Jennifer. I am honored to call her "friend".
Anita from My Country Cottage Garden had a drawing of seeds from her beautiful Lupin flowers shown here. I was one of the three fortunate winners of the drawing and found out on August 3.
"And now, may I proudly present the three winners of my blue lupine seeds! The lucky winners are:
Jeanette from Australia over at Jen & Cazz's Chronicles
Susan from the US over at Penless Writer
Monika, my compatriot from Germany over at Country Living in the City"
Once again, "But my God (who) shall supply all your (my) need (and above) according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19 What an awesome, wonderful, above what we can hope, dream or expect God we serve.
I really don't have the words, Anita, to tell you what a wonderful blessing this is me. I hope and trust sometime in the future to be able to post a beautiful picture of my lovely Blue Lupine all the way from Germany. Who'd of thunk it!!!!!
This was an e-mail I received a some time ago. I had seen it before, and a lot of you might be familiar with it, but it has such a good message that I felt it was worth posting on my blog to remind all of us of the truth it contains.
Michelle of Ozarks sew n' sews has been kind enough to name me for the Nice Matter's Award. For the first time I am going to pass this Award to all of you who not only read my blog daily but take the time to leave comments. NICE MATTERS and each and every one of you bless me daily. I never take you for granted and always appreciate your niceness :o) Thank you Michelle for being kind enough to pass this one on to me.
Many of you who read my Show & Tell yesterday, and left comments wanted to see some prom pictures. Wish I had some :o( I looked and didn't.
HAPPY FRIDAY ONCE AGAIN AS WE PARTICIPATE IN SHOW & TELL. Drop over to Kelli's and find out all about it, write up your blog and item to show for this Friday, then go back to Kelli's and sign Mr. Linky and join the fun.
I posted 10 Great Quotes on April 21st. Here are 10 more:
It gives me a deep, comforting sense that things seen are temporal & things unseen are eternal. Helen Keller
I have found the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want & then advise them to do it. Harry Truman
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, & must undergo & withstand the shockes of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. FDR
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. Charles De Gaulle
We can do no great things - only small things with great love. Mother Teresa
You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming interested in other people than you can in 2 years by trying to get other people interested in you. Dale Carnegie