AS I SEE YOU THERE

Photography, Praise, Video

One afternoon while sitting on my front porch, I noticed this Stick Bug.  I knew that it was certainly lost from its natural habitat.  I felt there were lessons that I and maybe others could learn from this Stick Bug.

AS I SEE YOU THERE

I wonder as I see you there,

How lonely you must be.

Far away from your home,

Your surroundings so strange indeed.

I watch you as you struggle to move,

Just to go a little more.

Can a lesson be found,

Maybe one about loneliness?

Giving thanks to God always,

That people never have to feel alone.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (HCSB)

5 Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I  will never leave you or forsake you.                      6  Therefore, we may boldly say,  The Lord is my helper:  I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?   

                                

We Can Rejoice

Photography, Praise

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I have shared my peony blooms before and it will always be one of my favorite flowers. To me, it does remain lovely after losing its petals and only the seed pod is left. I have shown pictures of that before on the blog.  But even with the beauty that brings to us, the fact remains that it’s here for just a short time.  It is so wonderful that we can say and rejoice in knowing that God’s love remains, and is here with us forever.

 

Isaiah 40:8 (HCSB)

The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever. 

 

John 3:16 (HCSB)

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

The Savior’s Love and Grace

Photography, Praise

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               The Savior’s Love and Grace

In the quietness and stillness, as we sat,

We heard the power of God’s truth spoken to us.

Understanding the greatness of salvation and recognizing sin,

      We felt a renewal of the Savior’s love and grace.

Early Spring Flowers

Nature, Photography, Praise

Early spring flowers bring smiles to many faces. The rose always gives a fresh fragrance to the air as you walk by.  The yellow water lily is in our fish pond.  I spent a lot of time trying to get a picture of this bumble bee. He finally stopped long enough in an area for me to get a picture. So this bumble bee brought a smile to my face.

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Oh That I Would Ever Wonder

Photography, Praise

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Oh That I Would Ever Wonder

 

Oh why is it, that I would ever wonder, how You know
Each person’s need, each person’s hurt, each person’s heart.
Why oh why is it that I would ever wonder how You know.
You are so faithful, so true.
Giving constant abiding love.
Unspoken to anyone, You hear the small voices inside the heart.
You hear the cry of Your child.
And in ways so gentle you work, You speak.
We have to listen or we will not hear or see.
The need is met, the heart and the hurts are comforted.
Love is given, love is shown.
Comforting the cry of Your child.
Oh, why is it that I would ever wonder how You know.                                                                                                                           Gay Nell Olive

 

 

Giving Thanks Always with my Son

Photography, Praise

 

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For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.        Psalms 100:5(KJV)

 

About four and one-half years after my miscarriage, God gave us a son. Complications I had with all my pregnancies could have resulted in miscarriages each time, I would find out years later.  I am so thankful for our two children and grand children. When Alan was almost 16, I asked him if he wanted to volunteer at the hospital where I worked. I thought he might be interested and it would occupy his summertime break.  He answered my question with “yes”.  At the time he immediately thought, “Who just said that?  I can’t believe I said yes.” That was not how he thought he would spend his summer. I worked the day shift at the hospital and Alan would just be riding with me to the hospital.

The very first morning that he volunteered is a morning that both of us will never forget.  We know why God had him in the car with me that morning.

Alan related the events of the morning to me .  We were riding down the Interstate when I suddenly began going too fast. I almost ran into the back of cars, and big transfer trucks. He didn’t know what was happening, but knew he didn’t want to die. He quickly decided he had no choice but to scream at me to try and get my attention. He was trying to tell what to do.  I know that had to be hard for him but he knew he had no choice.  He wondered if there would be consequences  for his behavior, but we would be alive. He said he had to tell me to slow down, then to speed up. He tried to help steer the wheel.  He said he was so scared and just knew that we were going to die. He had to keep the car on the interstate from the passenger seat to keep us from going off an embankment.  Several times he tried to get me to pull over on the side of the road, but I would not.  Finally, we got to our exit where he directed me off and I went up a small embankment but did not wreck. It did get the car stopped. Alan was able to help me over into the passenger seat and he drove us the rest of the way to the hospital.  Alan doesn’t hesitate telling anyone that he knows God had him in the car with me that day to protect and take care of his mother. He will also tell you that he knows now when he answered my question, if he wanted to volunteer, who it was answering for him.  I know he was volunteering that summer for one reason and maybe more. I know God protected both of us that morning.

 

Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (CSB)

Accept Who I Am Today

Photography, Poetry, Praise

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How do I thank you for coming and being born as a baby.
To give hope, love, grace, mercy and light to all who receive you.
So much love and grace I know you have given to others and to me.
I wonder what it is that I can do to show your love.
Many years you have given me and so thankful for that I am.
Independence is what I long for but it never seems to come.
Maybe acceptance is what I need to do.

Accept Who I Am Today, what I can do today.
Start each day with renewed strength in You.
That the day has been given me to serve You by serving others.
Thank You God, for giving us love and light through your Son.
Give me strength to do all You want me to do.
And to Accept Who I Am Today.

Gay Nell Olive