Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Puddles!

After a much-needed day of rain, puddles were everywhere! 


Following the puddle stream down the road.


Oooh, this puddle looks good!


What do you think, Ansel?


My boot!


Even the little puddles are fun!


Who's the handsome kitty in the puddle?


Hmm....


this one???


Here's one that's my size!


Testing the waters....


Splash!! Perfect!!


We even had a couple double rainbows!!


And the clouds after the storm were beautiful!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Overcome

(the neighbor's cat)

There is a cat. She's a cat of our neighbor's, but she has decided that she needs to be as annoying as possible to us and our cats. She's a sweet petite thing I will admit, but she thinks that we're now part of her family. I think she'd live with us if she could. How did she get this way? Subtly, very subtly.

We knew she was our neighbor's cat, so when she came in our yard the other day, she was welcomed warmly. A mistake on our part, I will admit. We enjoyed petting her, and watching her roam our yard. And within a few short hours, we realized our mistake. She doesn't get along with our cats for one thing, and when we tried to get her out of our yard, she refused.

When her owner came, he tried to take her home a couple different times, yet she still returned. She sneaked herself into our yard and next thing you know, she'd be laying in the middle of the garden, or staring down one of our cats. Now trying to keep her out of the yard is proving to be a difficult task. We like the sweet kitty, but she needs to stay with her family. Today alone I've already had to shoo her home a few different occasions.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. ~ 1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV)

Sin and temptations are the same way. They worm their way into our lives, and when we realize what's happening, they can be a pain to remove from our lives. Just like the cat, we need to be on guard for when the temptation returns. It's not a sin per-say, but something in my life that is like this is stubbornness. Oh, can I be stubborn!

Over the past several months it's something I've truly noticed, and with some prayer & work on God's part, I'm slowly trying to overcome it. Let me say it is so easy to be stubborn. In fact it's painful not to be stubborn. So then I have to make a choice, do I stay stubborn or do I yield & submit? It's hard to decide sometimes, but God's way is best.

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. ~ Ephesians 6:21 (NIV)

If you just leave the sin and temptations in your life, it's just like letting that pesky cat roam into your yard and doing nothing to remove it. But, if you pray, stand firm, and remove them, then bit by bit, you can overcome them. Some of them will be pesky and continue to test you. Stubbornness is still testing me, and quite possibly always will. Three verses come to mind.

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV)

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33 (ESV)

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. ~ 1 John 5:4 (ESV)

So today I challenge you to take some time to think, pray, and ask God what in your life needs to be removed. What do you need to overcome? It is a hard, yes. But! It is worth it! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Snow! In April!


Awhile back, my friend and I were talking, and I lamented the fact I haven't been able to enjoy the snow. So I was delighted when I awoke to this!


My one friend's response to the snow was this: You know, I have a reason to believe that Moriah is the one who prayed for today's snow ;) lol


Another said: 

....Moriahhhhhh!!!!!

hahaha!


And still another said: I wouldn't doubt it lol


I will be truthful and admit I wasn't praying for the snow, but I'm excited it's here!


Ahhh squee!!! I love snow!!!


Snowflakes on the lilac buds that are beginning to bloom!


Snow in the pine trees....mmm!


Artsy Snow


Collage of Artsy Snow


Ahhh isn't snow beautiful!?!


Water droplets on the violet!


Ahhhhhh what a lovely day!! :~D I love snow!!! And spring!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Just write....

It's one of those beautiful spring days in which you just want to write.

(Our first daffodil! Spring is so vibrant and lovely!)

I'm not even sure what I'd like to write, but I'd love to do so.

So here I sit and type.

(And eat my breakfast. ;~)

The kids are outside playing so the house is quiet..

I've been wanting to write, but haven't been able to figure out what.

I wrote about being sick with mono back in March, and I think I have begun the road to improvement.

Throughout this mono I've come down with pneumonia, a cold, a couple migraines, and I think now I have another cold.

This is definitely a test of my patience, faith, and steadfastness in God.

It is so easy to get down, depressed, and discouraged about oneself.

If God hadn't seen me through this, I'd be a mess!

I laugh to myself because I am a mess.

I'm far from perfect, but God is perfect!

I've been thinking about Psalm 138:3 (ESV) this morning:

On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.

I've called to God so many times to help me through this.

Every single time I've called, He has answered.

He has been strengthening me in every way.

And I can't thank Him enough.

God is so good!

Psalm 73:28 (ESV)
But it is good for me to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.

I'm not sure how I'd like to wrap up this long rambling post.

Remember, no matter what you're going through, look to God!

Sounds cliche, yet it's the best decision you can make!

And now I shall go enjoy this lovely spring weather with a book and some tea!

Au revior!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Liebster Award from Bethany!

Bethany, from Liberty or Death, nominated me for the Liebster award! Unfortunately I have no one to pass it on to...but nevertheless I can answer her questions! :~) So here we go!


1.  Would you share a favorite quote and a favorite Bible verse?

My favorite quote would be this: When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way. -- Fred Rogers

My favorite bible verse? I have too many.... I'd have to say 1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.

(And if anyone really knows me, they'll know I stole both of those off my email signature ;~)

2.  What would you like to accomplish before the year is over?

I'd like to finish going through the Bible again. I'm in Isaiah now.

3.  What is your ancestry (e.g. German, Italian)?

Off the top of my head, all I can remember is Welsh, and Chickasaw/Choctaw.

4.  What is your favourite genre of music?

I'm currently in love with hymns!

5.  Do you have a favorite bird or flower?

Roses!! :~D

6.  What is the most encouraging thing anyone has ever told you/or that you've ever read?

Probably the sweet scrapbook with pictures, quotes, and notes from my friends that I received for my birthday.

7.  What is your go-to meal for when you need to cook something quickly?

Toasted/grilled cheese!

8.  Do you have a favorite word?

Yep! ;~)

9.  What is your favorite tv series?

Get Smart with Don Adams and Barbara Feldon!

10. If you could have a gift card to any clothing store, including online, what would it be for?

Dress Barn, I think...I like their skirts and dresses.

11. If I were to visit you in your hometown, what would be the first place you'd want me to see?

The lovely walk through town to the bank, post office, and library. Then we'd swing by the Antique Store since I know you love antiques! :~D

Thank you, Bethany!!! 



Previous times I've been awarded the Liebster Award
4/29/2014
4/7/2013
3/27/2013

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Snowflakes!

Easter morning dawned...


...snowing and dreary. 


Hahaha, that's right no sun, no shine, and lots of snowflakes!


In my opinion, they weren't snowflakes.


They were beautiful snowflower confetti! 


They hailed the beautiful morning!


A day in which we remember the resurrection of our Savior!


Isaiah 1:18


Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.


Don't you just love snow(flower)flakes?? :~D

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter to you all!!! 


Thank you for those of you who joined us for the 46 Days of Lent!


Have a wonderful day as we remember and celebrate what Jesus did for us!!

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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