Friday, May 31, 2013

A view from my world #8 & 9


Here is a catch-up post since I forgot to post last week.

 #8 – Body Parts 
Knees are important things … even when banged up from falling.  My sister had this sore knee a couple weeks ago.




#9 – Kitchen
A pot of rice waiting to have a delicious sauce made up.

Next week: Wheel

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Play’s the thing



Napoleon Bonaparte – Italian Crusade – Rallying his dejected soldiers.
 Every year on the Monday of the Victoria Day weekend, some friends from the library put on a “Porch Play”.  The family (mom, dad, and two daughters) prepare and present a play for their family and friends.   This year marked their 8th anniversary.  I have been privileged to attend three of these plays.  The first year I saw their performance; they presented select scenes from Shakespeare.  Last year, they presented a silent film play (think of Charlie Chaplin).  This year, they presented 30 speeches in 30 minutes.  The speeches were selected from a book of great speeches throughout history and ranged from Socrates to Abraham Lincoln to Sir John A. Macdonald to Samuel Clemmens (aka Mark Twain).  Some were serious and others hilarious.  I think they did an excellent job and hope to be able to join them again next year for this creative entertainment.

Sir Winston Churchill – and his cigar
Abraham Lincoln – famous Gettysburg speech which includes the words, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,...” This speech is now one of Lincoln's most well remembered.

Friday, May 17, 2013

A view from my world #7



A typical weekend view this time of the year.  Yard sales!
 
When I first thought of a picture for this challenge, spring-cleaning & yard sales came to mind.  Though as the week went on I began to think of something more significant.  Living in a sin-filled world and born with a sin nature, we accumulate “junk” by the bucketfuls.  But, we do not have to live like that.  Jesus, the holy Son of God, gave Himself as a sacrifice to clean us from sin so we can put off the old nature and be cleansed as white as new snow.  


Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.  
Romans 6: 6-7  

O wretched [person] that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! 
Romans 7:24-25a

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  
Romans 8: 1-2 

Next week:  body parts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Longing



Is it harder being a single woman longing for marriage or a married woman longing for children?  This question has been playing around in my brain lately.  Currently, I am in the single category…longing to make my life pleasing before the Lord whether I stay single or meet and marry someone. 

I have been with friends as they pour out their desire to be a wife.  A desire that they cannot see how it can become a reality.  I have prayed with them and listened to their heart.  Some of them are now married; others are still longing for that relationship to be part of their story. 

I have also been with friends when they are struggling because they cannot get pregnant or they have recently miscarried.  The longing to be a mother is so very strong and seems as if it will never be theirs.

On this day, just after Mother’s Day, my heart goes out to the ladies in either category.  Those who desire to be a wife and mother and those whom God has blessed with marriage, but are still longing to be a mother. 
 
I know that I often long for things that are out of sight.  In this, I am learning that need to turn these longings into a dependence on the Lord.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)  God gives good gifts to His children.  Sometimes I see the gifts a being good; other times I do not understand why such hurt or uncertainty is part of my story.  But when I look, I see God is good in the midst.  I am learning contentment in every situation.  Sometimes I think, “Okay, I’ve learned to trust God.  Hooray!  This is good.”  Then a new situation comes up in this sin filled world and I am challenged in a new way to turn to my Saviour in it.  I am learning the truth of this verse, and I hope you are too.  “… be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)   Whatever comes, the Lord will never change and I can trust Him to be my firm foundation, hearing my cries, understanding my pain, while giving me a joy that is only found in Him.  

May your longings be filled by Him, who loves and cares for you.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A view from my world #6

1,000 Step Challenge - go for a walk and take a photo every 100 steps
1. A tulip growing beside my door

As you will notice as you scroll through the pictures, I actually took 24 pictures instead of 10.  I thought, “If I’m going to look strange taking pictures, I might as well do it for my entire walk”.  And so I did.  I counted out 50 paces between pictures and made sure I took a couple extra steps if I was going to be in the middle of an intersection when I was supposed to take a picture.
2. New leaves
3. A view down the street
4. An orange jeep
5. Hummingbird gates I have admired on many walks
6. No exit
7. A garden walk
8. Painted window frames
9. Homage to the rail lines that used to go through town
10. Waste removal
11. A gentle breeze
12. A hidden stream
13. Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.
   
14. What’s a town without a Timmy’s?
15. Dandelions are peeking their heads up
16. Mulch for the gardens
17. An old stone house
18. Sharp turn ahead
19. Need some gas? :)
20. What would life be without electricity?
21. Me and my shadow going for a walk
22. Green, Green, Green!
23. Pick up sticks
24. That’s all folks!

Next week: Got Junk?
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