Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thank you to Sharon for sharing this award with me.
I would like to pass it on to some other special friends: Lori, Ginny, and Jennifer.
And for a bit of fun..... What are you?? I am Mayonnaise!!! LOL! I found this at Deby's site:
You Are Mayonnaise
You tend to be a very quiet, introverted person.
You're happy to sit back and let stronger personalities shine.
You value loyalty and harmony. You try to bring people together.
Your taste in food leans toward simple comfort foods.
You love holiday meals as well as old school favorites like mac and cheese.
You get along with mustard and ketchup personalities. You have an unlikely alliance with hot sauce personalities.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
It's still Thursday, so I thought I would join in with Iris at Sting My Heart, and others. I so appreciated her verse on seasons. We are entering the autumn season here in the northeast with trees turning color early this year. Fall seems more like the beginning of a new year more so than January. I guess that comes form being a teacher and homeschooling. But I find myself in a new season, one I didn't know about ~ that of being an empty-nester SAHM with a husband too young for retirement! He's still a "workaholic", still so busy and often gone for meetings with one of his two jobs. Often I find myself alone. Generally I don't mind, but other times...... anyway, this is a thankful post, so what am I thankful for?
* God, who saved me and shows me grace and mercy
* my husband who works so hard
* having eyes to read with, ears to hear music, a tongue to taste all the wonderful tastes there are
* having the opportunity to work one on one with a student who needs help learning English
* my son, my one and only special gift from God, and his wife of nearly 2 years
* all the blessings we have that I take for granted
*for having music on my blog again - yea!!!
I know there are so many other things I could write, but since it is late and I am now back to teaching (unexpectedly - to me, not to God!), I need to end for now.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
"Flowers are lovely; love is flower-like, friendship is a sheltering tree."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834
I have a tree in my back yard that reminds me of this quote . Though it is not very big, there is something about it's shape that looks so inviting. I thought this quote would be a good topic for our secret pal devotional. I decided to begin by looking up definitions of the words.
Friendship - a relationship between two friends. ** Don’t you hate it when you look up a definition and it uses a word that you have to look up and then that one uses another word and it goes on and on??!! OK, so, what’s a friend? **
**Friend – a supporter, a confidante, a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
One can be a friend to another, but in order to have a friendship, there must be reciprocation. Each one must be a friend to the other. It takes two in order for friendship to exist.
Shelter - to shelter means to cover, to protect from danger, to give security, to defend
Tree – a tree gives shade and protection; it is larger than a bush or shrubs. It is sturdy and strong. It can usually withstand storms and winds.
As I looked at these definitions, I can understand why Coleridge said that friendship is a sheltering tree. A true friendship is one in which each person attempts to be a secure, safe place of refuge for the other, a place of rest and relaxation, one that will remain throughout the storms of life.
In 1 Sam. 20, we have a good example of friendship with Jonathan and David. Although Jonathan would be the likely one to succeed King Saul, he knew that God’s choice was David. Jonathan did all he could to warn and protect David when Saul tried to kill him. They made a vow to each other and David promised to take care of Jonathan and his family/descendants. They were true friends.
As I thought about friendship, I could see that it is a picture of what God desires with us. He is our sheltering tree. He is our protection, our refuge, our security and our defender. David speaks of the shelter he has in God.
Ps 61:3 - For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.
Ps 61:4 - I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
Ps 143:9 - Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; In You I take shelter.
Joel 3:16 - … the Lord will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.
God is our perfect friend. He is loving and giving. He knows us well, accepts us, and loves us. He has given His best and sacrificed for us. …. But we are His friends?
Is it even possible to be a friend and have friendship with the almighty God? It’s hard to get a grasp of His greatness, all his “omni’s” (omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresent) and think about Him wanting us for His friends. But according to Scripture, we can be called His friends.
James 2:23 - And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.
Jesus said in John 15:14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you..
Through Christ, we can have a friendship with Almighty GOD. We can communicate with Him, listen to Him, read His word, share our joys and sorrows, & trust in His care and comfort. Because of His great power, God may not “need” or rely on us, but He can and does use us to be His hands, feet, eyes, ears & mouth to help accomplish His will. When we obey Him, we show that we are friends with God.
So the next time you take the time to sit and relax under a nice shade tree, remember that friendship with God is the best sheltering tree that we could ask for.
©July 1, 2008 J-ME
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Since I have a particular tree out back that I really like the shape of, even though it's not very big yet, it always makes me think of the quote, "Friendship is a sheltering tree" by Samuel Coleridge. Anyway, that quote kept coming to mind, so that is what I did the devotion on. It turned out to be not so much about friendships among women, but how God is the ultimate friend, and our friendship with Him is the best sheltering tree we could have.
Is He your "sheltering tree"?
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Hi! Have you missed me?
As you can tell, I haven't been musing much lately. I haven't been doing much of anything lately except for substitute teaching long term in 1st grade and existing! I had some crazy idea that 1st grade would be easier than 4th grade! LOL! What was I thinking???!! I spend 10-12 hrs. at school and come home exhausted. Now I am dealing with illness as we have one week to go, thankfully. This past week was difficult with being sick.
I am so looking forward to the time to take my coffee and Bible and go sit on my back porch and watch the flowers grow and listen to birds sing, or sit on my swing and listen to the music of water running in the "pond" my hubby made me.
I just wanted to check in since it has been so long. I'm not sure anyone has noticed, but hello anyway!!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thanks to my friend, Lori, for this "Circle of Friends" award. It's nice to have friends that we can get together with personally, to chat with, shop with, have coffee with, etc., but I have found that my internet friends are very special too. Sometimes I am able to share more with them than I can with people I see day to day or weekly. Some of my best friends are internet friends. Not all of them have blogs, so I can't pass this on to them, but some of the ones I do think of are:
Jennifer, who makes me laugh with the way she has with words!
Ginny, who has been part of my circle of internet friends for a long time, and whom I have been blessed to meet twice!
Deby, who has also been a long time friend and has given me encouragement over the years.
Thanks to each of you for your friendship.
You Are Flip Flops
You are laid back and very friendly. (hmmm. laid back,true, but shy at first - then friendly!)
Cheery and sunny in disposition, you usually have something to smile about. (I'd like to be more like that)
Style is important to you, as long as you can stay casual. (casual - right on! I'm just a country girl!)
It takes a lot to get you to dress up!
You are a loyal and true person, though you can be a bit of a flake. (who, me??? a flake? No way!!! LOL)
You tend to "play hooky" and blow off responsibilities a lot more than most people. (really?? well, maybe.... I sure would rather read than do housework...)
You should live: By the beach (absolutely!!!, but I don't)
You should work: At a casual up and coming company (hmmm. I wonder what that might be?? I'm happy being at home, being a substitute teacher and Bible study leader)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I suppose we can look to the feminist movement who wanted to make women look, act, and be more like men. Sadly, that meant the apron had to go. Then with the introduction of fast-food and pre-made cookies and pies, there was no need to protect clothing from flour spills and other "from scratch" items. A friend of mine recently forwarded the following to our email group. I don't know where it started, who wrote it, etc., but it was too good not to share. If you know of the author, please let me know. (9/8/08 I have seen this posted at Shipwrecked in South Carolina's blog, so perhaps he is the author.)
> Both of my grandmothers wore aprons a lot. I remember them doing some of these very things with them (right cuz's?). Good memories don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears .
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Send this to those who would know, and love the story about Grandma's aprons. <
How sad that many have lost the service, protection, comfort, usefulness, and welcoming nature of a simple apron. I so enjoy finding blogs of those who still carry on the cheer of apron wearing. So.... apron wearers unite! I would love to know who you are and to visit your blogs. I am so inspired by all of you!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Oh my, I don't think of this blog as being artistic or creative, but I am thrilled that she finds insiration here, and I do love crafts (see my other blog!). I had a lot of fun visiting other bloggers' sites who have been awarded the Art Y Pico Award, also.
There are 5 rules attached to this and they are:
1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award. http://arteypico.blogspot.com/
5) To show these rules.
So, I started thinking of who I could pass this award onto. It needs to go to blogs that focus on creativity ... hmmmm...
1. Delfí - I have visited this blog since I began personal blogging. It was one that I found when I clicked on "next blog". Although I have been puzzled by the language, the photographs are stunning. Please go see them.
2. Barbara - I'm not sure how I found this blog, but I enjoy her stitchery and family photos.
3. Lori - a fellow stamper who has lots of good ideas.
4.Ginny - a crafter through and through, even in midst of trials.
5. Lisa - who somehow finds the time to make beautiful cards!
Thank you all for inspiring me.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
How many times have I walked in the stubbornness of my heart thinking I will be OK. But the rest tells me that my own actions do not affect just me, they affect others as well. That made me stop and ponder this section.
Verse 29 made so much more sense to me now. I don’t know if I ever really understood it before…. “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Granted, we are not “under” the Law, but we are to obey Christ’s commands. We are to teach them to our children, to share them with others. We may not understand why certain things happen in our lives - those are secret, only God knows - but He has revealed to us many other things. Are we using them? Teaching them? Sharing them? Living them?
This was my “aha” moment a few days ago.
Monday, March 24, 2008
To all who have been faithful in reading my blog, if you have not yet received the "Good Neighbor" award, I pass it on to YOU with many thanks for supporting me in my new blogging endeavor.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
God has done great things for us. Stop for a moment and think...... what has He done for you? Of course as we approach Resurrection Sunday, I think of the Cross. Jesus died on a cross in my place. All my sin was put onto Him there.
To be honest, I have always had a difficult time reading about the events that took place and that happened to Him after He was arrested. I never could bring myself to really read it and dwell on it. Sadly, I would skim over it. How can I read what He endured in order that I might be set free? When I saw "The Passion of The Christ", I had to look away many times. How could I watch what my sin cost Him? Although seeing, hearing, knowing is difficult, it can not come close to what He went through for me. Why did He do it?
LOVE. Love for me and love for you. Though it is still hard for me to read and hear those words of that crucifixion day, I know why they are necessary. And joyously, I know that the story doesn't end there. As "The Passion of the Christ" ended, it made me feel so sad and dejected. Although the film did portray the empty tomb, I felt like more of the story needed to be told. I wanted to jump up and shout, "That's not the end! The best part wasn't told. Jesus isn't dead! He's Alive! He lives!"
So as we approach this wonderful Resurrection Sunday, I am reminded of the great things God has done for me.
He has given me the greatest gift of all - salvation - through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
He has given me the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
He has given me His Word, and not only one Bible, but many!
He has given me a husband, a son and a daughter-in-law, and a "daughter by love" & her husband.
He has given me a home and extended family.
He has given me the ability to teach, even when I have doubts.
He gives me strength for each day.
He has given me His love.
He has given me many opportunities to serve Him.
He has given me my senses that I am able to enjoy His creation.
Great things God has promised. Great things God has done. There is no way I can list them all, but my heart overflows, knowing that He loves me and is with me all the time. For that I am forever thankful.
And so, I ask again.... what has God done for you? Rejoice and be glad!
Blessings to you on this special weekend as we celebrate God's love for us.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
photo taken March 2, 2008
Now, does this look like a Palm Sunday should look? Perhaps that is why I can't believe that it is today, and that Resurrection Sunday is only a week away! Tonight, we are having an Easter Cantada at my church. Regardless of the weather, we can rejoice that we have a Risen Savior!
When I posted a photo of our house a few months ago, I thought we had a lot of snow. It has steadily increased, making me very happy to have a snowy winter, but I must admit, I am ready for spring. Signs of spring are in the air - birds singing, snow slowly melting, water puddles in the potholes, and slightly warmer weather.
The other day, my mom and I passed the car in the photo below. It had more snow around it then and didn't look quite so dirty; a bit more of it is showing today. I thought it was so funny to see just the front end of a car sticking out from a snowbank. It's a wonder that the snowplow never clipped it. There is a sidewalk between the street and the car, but still ....
Anyway, I thought I would share the signs of spring here in the Northeast with you.
Wishing you a wonderful day.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I was quite inspired by some of the ideas. 101 things to do in 1001 days, Identify 100 things that make you happy, Reduce your worldly possessions to 100 items - whoa, that's scary. I don't know how I'd do if I tried that. I have too many sentimental items.
I am looking forward to having some time for myself again soon. I finish one long term substituting stint in 2 days. The next one begins in late April. I will have some time to reflect on these lists and see what I can come up with.
Have you ever read the book, Jacob's List? I found it inspirational, along with the songs, "Live Like You were Dying" and "When the Sand Runs Out", both of which are on the cd "Three Wooden Crosses." All of these have made me think of making a list of what I want to do.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
As I visited some blogs this evening, I came upon a reoccurring theme - accepting myself as I am, as I age. I have to admit I have sometimes stood looking into my mirror arguing with God that I just can't be 50+; it CAN'T be; NO, it can't BE! Regardless, it is the truth. Do I feel it? Do I act it? It most likely depends upon the day, but in my mind's eye, I am not 50+!
I visited Nancy and read her post "the gift", then went to see Michelle who has some thoughts on aging at the top of her blog, and then visited Sharon who has a beautiful video/song and reflective thoughts at her site, "The Real Me." I think I am afraid to visit more blogs! LOL! Interesting, I never would have given this topic any thought today until I read what I did today.
Yes,, I did go to check another favorite site - Sunshine on my Shoulders, and there, Diana is giving the opportunity to share what God is doing in my life - "Him in My Life" Mondays. So, here I am. I don't know for sure what God wants of me, but I know I need to be open to His leading and teaching. I know that I need to accept who I am right now as a 50-something! I also know that I have some work to do in the area of accepting myself as He does. I am such an approval seeker when it comes to other people, but the only one I need to truly seek approval from is my LORD. If I do that, I know all else will fall in place.
I'm thankful to the ones He put in my path today.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Winter in Maine brings many bumps in the road, especially with frost heaves. Last Wednesday, along came a bump in our Life's Road. I had a call from my dh at work, after school, which was very odd, since he wouldn't call me unless it were important. I knew he had scheduled a dr. appointment for 2 that afternoon, so figured it must be related. He was being very vague, but to make a long story short he had gone into the ER at 11:30am and a blood test had shown that something was going on with his heart. Little did I know what that meant, and it still wasn't clear when I got to the hospital, but then as a bit of time passed, it came out that he had had a heart attack and was being transported by helicopter to a heart unit at another hospital. WHAT???!!!! I guess I got into a bit of my own adreneline rush then!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Have a "SON"filled day.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Last Sunday, he continued on the theme of worship ... what constitutes worship? Some people may find a very traditional church service the best way to worship, and others may find more contemporary services help them worship. What about the various aspects of the service? More things to ponder as he taught us....
Everything that we do should be a form of worship: our singing, our praying, our giving, our listening, our learning, our reaching out to others, etc. None of these can be worship though if our hearts aren't right. So, we can't say we've been to "worship' just because we took part in the service. So now come my musings .....
We have to look inside. What will we find? A stubborn spirit or a teachable one? A willing heart or a complaining spirit? A heart that is open to changes that will bring glory to God, or a spirit that is holding fast to "the way things have always been done" even if it's apparent that those "traditions" aren't necessarily right? A heart that is content to stay the same or one that yearns to learn and grow?
I pray that I will have a teachable heart, a willing spirit that seeks to glorify God, and a heart that yearns to learn and grow. How about you? Are you going to church or to worship?
Is your heart going with you?
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.