August 31, 2013 · 1:29 am
When we look at the bright glistening ball in the sky at night, we forget that the moon is a huge hunk of grey rock that does not have a light of its own. Its silvery glow comes from the sun’s brilliant rays reaching the face of the moon which then reflect off, giving us a nightlight in the sky.
There are some nights that the moon brightens up the whole landscape around us. It is especially spectacular when there is snow on the ground.
Sometimes we only see a quarter-moon, a half-moon, a three-quarter moon, or that sliver some call God’s finger nail. Continue reading →
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August 28, 2013 · 7:38 pm
I was not able to write a post yesterday as usual (Tuesday) because I had two days of a migraine. Brutal! Here is my Tuesday post. 🙂
I have friend I will call Sandy. I met her about thirteen years ago when a little dog I was fostering snuck out of my yard. Sandy had recently moved in next door and offered to help me find the dog. We have both long since moved from that neighborhood, but we stay in touch. I consider Sandy a good friend.
Sandy feels bad about herself much too often, even more so when she is depressed. She has dealt with mean criticism and ugly labels throughout her life. She has been ridiculed and called names.
The thing is that because Sandy’s parents were heavy alcohol drinkers, Sandy suffers some of the symptoms of from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
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August 24, 2013 · 1:37 am
I have never been one to watch too many fantasy movies but was encouraged to by the way “Waking the Dead,” a book by John Eldridge, uses these as analogies to help readers understand the struggle we all live under.
John Eldridge, does not encourage readers to watch fantasy movies. He encourages us to wake up to the understanding that spiritual war is all around us and gravely affects our everyday life. The last thing the enemy wants from a Christ follower is success or to have anything good we attribute to God. He wants to keep us in a struggle so that we are not living up to our God-given potential, but instead we are as frustrated, disappointed, depressed and discouraged as possible.
I rented the Hobbit. Have you ever seen it?
As I watched it, I envisioned the dwarfs as the Israelites and Thorin as King David back in Old Testament times and King Jesus now and in the future. There are numerous attacks by forces of evil.
The way the forces of evil are depicted in the movie, I can clearly imagine this is what the invisible spiritual warfare is like all around us, but the majority of us remain as unaware to it as Bilbo, though we are indeed deeply affected. Continue reading →
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August 24, 2013 · 12:02 am
Very beautiful. Truly a soul stirring and tissue grabbing story!
In Calgary, Alberta, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.
Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true.
She took her son’ s hand and asked,
‘Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?’
Mommy, ‘I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.’
Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.’
Later that day she went to her local fire
Department in Calgary, where she met
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August 23, 2013 · 6:18 pm
As I have mentioned before, my former married life was excruciatingly painful. I often felt overwhelmed and badly in need of an emotionally supportive friend at home. God sent that supportive friend in the form of a dog.
Annie and me 1997.
God knew what He was doing when he made dogs. Annie was the best friend a person could want. It was spring of 1986. My three children then were five and under. As an avid animal lover, I jumped at the chance to get a lapdog when I heard there was a litter of designer-puppies. Free! They turned out to be a Lhasa-apso-terrier-mix. The owner did not want to deal with selling the mixed-breed pups. For over a week I begged my then-husband to give a puppy a try until he finally conceded, but was adamant he didn’t want this dog, he wanted a Doberman.
There was only one female left by the time we got the puppy. She was blonde, very affectionate and cuddly, with a curled, shaggy tail.
The kids and I were exhilarated when we brought her home. Months before we knew of the litter, I told the kids someday I wanted a girl dog named Annie. After that, my two year old son told everyone “My doggy name Annie,” so we named this puppy Annie.
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August 21, 2013 · 12:19 am
1st Corinthians 13:1-13
The Love Chapter
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Continue reading →
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August 20, 2013 · 12:03 am
“It all seems ultra-important at the moment—but later we realize much was done at the extent of cultivating deeper and more meaningful relationships with those we love most. Being held hostage by the tyranny of the urgent is not how we were meant to live.” Charles R. Swindoll.
I sure am.
The years I struggled as a single mom I was under an insurmountable amount of stress. It wasn’t just child support or family support that I lacked, I was also stuck with huge amounts of debt I didn’t create. I tried to make the best of things, but I was often overwhelmed, exhausted, and grumpy.
Unwittingly, I placed more importance on finding a home for my family than the treasured place my kids held in my heart. It wasn’t that I didn’t love them.
It was for them that I sacrificed! Continue reading →
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August 16, 2013 · 12:09 am
When my kids were little, money was always very tight. My then-husband had a great job and made good money. The problem was that he had a hard time letting go of it at home. I was the only adult I knew who received a weekly “allowance” that barely covered groceries but was supposed to also cover haircuts, clothing, shoes, gifts, gas, personal items, and anything in between. The amount of his paychecks was always kept a mystery.
I looked for ways to make extra money. I babysat, sold Avon, and had countless hostess parties like Tupperware and Christmas Around the World. I tried anything I could in order to buy needed things and to buy Christmas and birthdays gifts for my kids.
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August 15, 2013 · 10:21 am
I thought this picture was precious. There have been times I wish I could get away with doing the same thing!
I realize not everyone who reads this is in the midst of summer. I live in the northwest and though we get snow in the winter, our summer days can get quite warm, lately they have been in the mid 90s. I am more of a mid 70s girl myself. We have had slight humidity which gives you that need-another-shower feeling, but nothing like the suffocating humidity the east coast gets.
How do you survive the dog days of summer?
Found image on Facebook.
By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.
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August 13, 2013 · 12:49 am
I found a beautiful song that helps everything make so much sense. It is called “Blessings” The music is absolutely lovely, but the words are priceless and speak miles and miles of wisdom. I hope you get to listen to this song and that it will bless you as much as if has blessed me! This person who wrote the lyrics, Laura Story, she gets it! She was there. Her dream marriage came under fire as she and her husband battled for his health.*
As for me, I spent years angry at God for all the heartache and physical pain in my life. I felt cursed and I blamed Him for it.
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said, “ I tell you, if you have faith as small as a tiny mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
This verse greatly frustrated me because I know Jesus doesn’t lie.
I had faith the size of coconuts, yet the mountains weren’t moving.
And, everything–even ordinary things, just seemed impossible! Continue reading →
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