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Carried Away Caterpillar

In Bugs, Caterpillars, Inspirations, Psalms, Spiritual Sunday's on August 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I was watching this caterpillar wander around the green table, outside, the other day. Not knowing where exactly it was and how to get where it wanted to be, it traveled aimlessly in all directions. I found this fuzzy bear in the grass and almost stepped on it. Wouldn’t that have been a horrible outcome for him at that very moment?

Sometimes, we can’t understand the path of life that God has us on. Sometimes, we find ourselves aimlessly seeking and searching or just walking daily into the routine. Sometimes, we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory and desperately seek our way out or around where we must be.

The caterpillar was taken from it’s comfort in the grass, unknowingly in a place that was harmful and dangerous to his life; and he was placed in another area, where he could be observed for awhile, kept safe. He was closer to me…so close that I think he could almost see me.

Aren’t we like that with God?!

† Psalm 65:4 from the American King James Version ~ Blessed is the man whom You choose, and cause to approach to You, that he may dwell in Your courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, even of Your holy temple.

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We don’t live in a log cabin.

In changes, Our Home, Psalms on July 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Log Cabin

The benefits of living in a log cabin, such as this, would be easy rearranging; although, we’d have to be one inch tall and then it wouldn’t be so easy. We’re in the process of thinking about all of the details concerning our house, cars, yard, etc. and the changes that we’ll be making this summer.

The front porch has TWELVE windows! Twelve. That’s a lot of windows to replace and yes, they need replacing…badly. We’ve found some and have opted to decrease the size a little and have only one window on each side of the porch, rather than three. That helps. It’ll only cost us $400 for the porch. Our upstairs windows will be replaced (yay) along with the siding when we confirm a contractor 🙂

It’s all coming together. This weekend, another part broke on my Jeep (really broke), the sway bar link (ouch). The boys and I still drove it around on Friday with the clunking and cringing, because I had to bring that darned movie back…and we went bowling because it was on the way back. Not knowing exactly what the problem was helped, I probably wouldn’t have gone anywhere…well, maybe not, if I had known that it was completely broken. Being a mechanic’s daughter toughened me up a little bit for driving and I grew up with an “If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!” mentality. Some people appreciate that I am this way.

So…I’ll be looking around for a new vehicle now and then, in the days of other chaos. So much to do and think about this summer, but you know what….I know that God has already planned my travels and that I can 100% trust for goodness in the end results…help through the thought process and strength in the chaos.

Have a wonderful day, my friends.

† BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! -Psalm 103:1 Amplified Bible

Faithful Bloggers Writing Project

In Christian Group Writing Project, Inspirations, Psalms on July 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I found this inspirational site through Loren this morning and as I read the challenge, I became excited. See, I have a deep desire to share my why reasons of loving The Lord, loving The Word and to find the inspiration in this form…well, it really moved me.

From the Faithful Bloggers site they’ve posted:  The topic for the first ever Faithful Blogger’s Group Writing Project will be Psalms 23. Each blogger will select a verse and write a post explaining what that verse means to them. It can be as long or as short as you want. It can be a personal testimony, a devotional, or Bible study in nature. It can be a photo that you believe describes the verse. Anything goes.

I love the entirety of this Scripture, Psalm 23, I always have…but after reading each verse as they’ve shared them on the site, I have to say the one that really spoke to me was the first verse….

1. The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

Growing up, this Scripture was one that I kept safely tucked into my heart for those moments of feeling overwhelmed with life. Whether it was a friend who hurt me that day, the loss of my pet or favorite stuffed toy, feelings harmed with a harsh word spoken unaware or something else, I could reach into this Scripture and find “MY Shepherd”.

Today, as a mother of three boys and many other titles, I can easily become overwhelmed with the expectations of others. Naturally, my first desire was to scan the Scripture for the verse that says REST HERE…which would have been the second verse – BUT – the gentle nudge told me to read it all, read it again and so, I did.

When I read it again, the first verse was like music to my soul and the Spirit moved me onward.

The Lord IS MY SHEPHERD ~ contentment fills me as I say these words. Why? Well, because, for me…knowing that HE is my Shepherd, means that I FOLLOW HIM. I do not know where this path is leading, I need not feel like I must be the one to make all decisions, I need not follow the expectations of others…I need to follow Him and with that said, I am refreshed…contented…released. Oh, yeah. I am so willing to let God lead me. For He is the One that I TRUST for all of my life, all of the details.

I shall NOT want ~ as a child, initially, I didn’t understand this one because every child (and adult) “wants”. Growing up and being taught by The Spirit has resulted in a deeper understanding. My relationship with God is most important to me, to know that He delights in me just because I am His child and not because of anything I “do” – allows me to be loved, to feel loved, to know love. I shall not want, for me, tells me that He will supply my needs and deepest inner desires, regardless of my actions. Knowing Him and to have opened my arms wide for His provision in my life, time after time, has created an understanding that I am cared for. We are cared for and need not worry for those needs and wants.

As I follow my Shepherd, He will provide my needs. I can rest in the knowledge of His unfailing love, I can feed on the greenest pastures and fill on the cleanest waters. Seasons change, time passes on and each step I take is one step closer to following my Shepherd Home ♥ I love You, Jesus.

So, thank you, those at the Faithful Bloggers site and this Christian Group Writing Project for inspiring me today. You have no idea how much I was in need of this.

Precious Reminders

In Friendship, My Memories, Psalms, Quotes on June 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love,
the things you are, 
the things you never want to lose.
~From the television show The Wonder Years~

This little apple is made of glass. I assume that it was once a sweet perfume holder. The daisy was from my overgrown grass on the other side of our property where we don’t mow and it’s standing tall inside the little hole where the topper goes. The topper is the apple’s stem piece, also made of glass.

I was rummaging around in the bathroom cupboard the other day when I found my little apple. I’ve always been very, very, fond of it. I can’t say why but it’s true. There’s something special about it. It reminds me.

Brings me back. Back to the feelings of being a young girl, spending time in my bedroom, enjoying and appreciating my space. It reminds me of my mom. It was hers after all, originally. I admired the little apple, sitting on her dresser and at some point in my childhood, it became mine.

I have many other special things that bring me back. Maybe I’ll have to share a few more in the near future, if I don’t forget :).

I met with a friend, my friend from younger days. This friend is the one that I wrote a short fictional story of once, before she found me, again. I love this friend, love her deeply…just being with her brings me back. She brings me back to the feeling of being appreciated and being with her reminded me that I can refresh the life of another…just by simply being.  She and I have always laughed together.

Okay…now, I need to wipe my eyes.
(I’ll share our reunion day with you in another post to come)

† Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the House of the Lord forever. ~Psalm 23:6 NLT

In High Spirits

In Animals and Birds, Psalms, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
Come to the edge!
And they came,
and he pushed,
and they flew.

{Christopher Logue}

Let Refreshing Begin

In Mountains, Poetry, Psalms, Scenic, Simply Heather Quotes, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on March 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

The waters stagnant
The stream trickles slow
Upon this mountain
Is where I must go
Approaching with heaviness
Releasing the bags
Step forth through the fog
My face full of sag
Weary and tired
Unable of sight
In need of Your guidance
Shine forth Your White Light
Bless me, dear Jesus
Desire fills me up
Foot strong on this mountain
Do fill my small cup
Overflow with Spirit rain
Cleanse waters within
Only You can wash through me
May refreshing begin

Psalm 90:14

In Mountains, Psalms, Scenic, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Sunrise on February 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

With the Psalmist, we say…

In Farms, flowers, Psalms, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on February 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and young women, old men and children.

Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones—
the people of Israel who are close to him.


Praise the Lord!

Psalm 148 from The New Living Translation

Planted

In Mosaic Mondays, Psalms, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Vermont on January 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart. ~Psalm 104:14-15

Please visit Mary at the Little Red House to see more from Mosaic Monday.

A Gift

In flowers, Old Family Photos Edited, Psalms, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on January 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm