Aug 11, 2010

The Jewel

The Jewel

Rising gray and mist

A hand of heaviness on the feeling

Looking to see a piece of jewel in the sky

See it ?

Almost a whisper of sparkle

On the wind goes hope

In the breeze is a dream

On a cloud stands.............emerald? Diamond?

Feel a hint of sparkle and brightness

See a tint of blush on an apple

perfect agate

Happy sounds of creation

Fingers dancing on leaves

The wind brings me Hope

The breeze- Strength

Drink in bright ruby

The Jewel

Karen Kemi

Lily Katie Hannah

Watching the 3 Stooges

NYuck nyuck nyuck........ My intelligence is...... Dropping

Aug 10, 2010

Cathysue and Marilyn

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4 Keys to Raising Godly Children

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Surprise!!!! A Blondie

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Minnesota native was among 10 medical aid workers slain in Afghanistan:

Aug 9, 2010

Me at Graduation 1980

Aw....what a cutie!

Our chickens

3rd chicken


first chicken

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." ~Martin Luther King, Jr. #iheartquotes
GOD Is Busy  

If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!!!!!!   A United States Marine was attending some college   courses between assignments. He had completed missions   in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor   who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU.   One day the professor shocked the class when he came in.   He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, GOD if you are real   then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly   15 min.' The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop..   Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, 'Here I am   GOD, I'm still waiting.'   It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got   out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him;   knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold.   The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there   looking on in silence.. The professor eventually came to,   noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, 'What   in the world is the matter with you? 'Why did you do that?'   The Marine calmly replied, 'GOD was too busy today protecting   America 's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid things.
Titus 2

What Must Be Taught to Various Groups

1You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.

2Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

 3Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.

4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children,

5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

6Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.

7In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness

8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

9Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them,

10and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

15These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

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I Choose to Trust

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I Choose to Trust

The Weekly Walk

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10

Trust is the antidote to anxiety; it's the resolution of worry and the destruction of fear. Trust is the act of my will to give my burdens to God. It's like a muscle - as you exercise it, trust gets stronger.

Trust is walking forward moment by moment, having rolled your burden onto God. You've no doubt said, "I gave it to God once, but here it is again in my grip." When you sense that you've taken it back again, get back on your knees, get the burden back on God, get on your feet again, and continue to trust.

When you off-load your burden on God, you can pick up a promise from His Word. Second Peter 1:4 tells us that "he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world." There are literally hundreds of promises that apply to your specific burden. God's Word is filled with treasure.

I'm claiming Isaiah 41:10 right now for a burden I'm leaving at God's feet. "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." There it is! God is doing this whole thing with one hand tied behind His back. He's not stressed or strained. He's not worried about what to do. He has absolutely no capacity limits!

Isaiah continues, "Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you'" (vv. 11-13).

Take a moment to read that awesome promise again. Trust means you anchor your heart in the reality of God's awareness of your situation. He sees more than you can ever see. God, who loves you and is committed to you, will not disappoint you now or in the future if you put your weight fully on Him.

James MacDonald

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