Sunday, September 21, 2014

What Do You See?

Hi friend!

Let's play a little game shall we?

What do you see?

Maybe you're thinking - "Nothing much" 
{sure hope you're not thinking  - "dumb game"}

Just a humble wheat field, kinda simple, plain even .....

.... or is it?

What do I see?

I see ...... beauty.....

.... the beauty of the wheat that will help feed hungry bellies.
.... the beauty of God's creation.
.... the beauty of the sun and it's rays painting the wheat a golden hue.

Now, take another look -

What do you see?

Surprise! This is actually the entire photo. {found on Photobucket}

So yea, I was a bit sneaky and at first only showed you part of the picture.  Gotcha! *wink*

Something about that solitary flower sticking it's head up speaks to me - 

It's brave and strong. 

It's all alone in that huge field and yet that's the beauty of it. There's beauty in it's uniqueness and simplicity.

Yes, the sunset is magnificent, the wheat field expansive, but that little flower is inspiring. 

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things
 in humble places 
where other people see nothing."
Camille Pissarro

The lesson from this sneaky fun game is this: Let's not disregard the simple and humble, and by doing so miss out on the true beauty that is all around us.

So friend, lets' try looking at the whole picture this week and see all the beautiful things God puts in view.

Linking up today with Barbie for some
Weekend Brew
over at her place in bloggy land -
My Freshly Brewed Live.
Why don't you hop over there
for a visit?

 Oh and I'd love for you to share with me your thoughts on finding beauty in unexpected places.

Love ya,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Minute Friday Fun: Change

Hi friend!

What day is it?
It's Friday!

And what does that mean?
It's time to party and have us some 5 Minute Friday fun! 

The party is at Kate's place in blog land. It's a linky party / blogger flash mob / free writing exercise. Whatever you want to call it, I say it's just plain FUN - blog land style.

Everyone spends five minutes writing on the same topic. If they have a blog, they link up to Kate's post.

No blog? No problem! Just leave your five minutes of writing in the comments section.

The truly fun part is that you write with freedom. There's no emphasis on grammar or spelling. Punctuation is also worry free {yay! 'cause I love me a bunch of commas when I write}. Pretty much the only "rule" is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement. 

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and GO!


I've been fretting and planning and wanting - CHANGE.

Like in tearing down a wall.....
and putting up a half wall.....
and how about some bead board in the bathrooms....
and changing the paint colors in a couple of rooms...

And one change leads to another in the next room. And so on. And so on.
Until I want to practically change something in every room in the house.
Oh and don't even ask about my plans for changes on the back porch.

I think this gal watches way too much HGTV and DIY. {hubby agrees}

Honestly, I know we don't have the time, money or tools or know-how to make most of these changes.

And to be a little more honest and real about all of this wanting change the last few months....
well, I've been pretty discontent with what I do have.

So, friend, I've decided a change is in order.

But, not in my home..... in my attitude.
I've started to look around my comfortable home and ask the Lord to help me be content.

And I'm finding thankfulness is the beginning of contentment. 

and STOP!

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Love ya, 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Keeping the Faith

Hi friend! 

I made you something using a quote that was in this morning's sermon notes ~

That sure says a lot doesn't it? 

It applies to all and any difficulty you may be facing right now.

Many years ago, as I was struggling though a very hard time, I found much strength and encouragement through what has become one of my favorite Bible passages - Isaiah 40:28-31. 

Today I couldn't help but think of those precious promises while reading the above quote. 

I'm sitting here typing and wondering something -
"How are you doing friend?"

I know a few of you are going through a difficult time. You struggle. You wonder if you'll ever make it through this one. 

If we were sitting together right now, discussing our struggles { I struggle, too }, with our iced coffee  
{ my drink of choice } or tea or coke in hand, this is what I'd say to you ~

"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak."
(Isaiah 40:28-29)

So dear one, let's decide together that ~
Today we're keeping the faith because He is greater than  _____________ ! 
{ fill in the blank with anything you want, and yes, He is greater than even that! }

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I'm linking up with Barbie for her  Weekend Brew


on Wednesday over at Holley's for some Coffee for Your Heart

Love ya,