Manger Scene in a Snow Globe
Snowman(s) and Christmas Tree
A Welcoming Front Door
Before the Holiday Season is over for 2017 I wanted to post a few pictures. We had a very quiet Christmas Eve and Day! It was peaceful and relaxing. Got walks in and hot tub time with music and candles and a slivered moon. It snowed off and on and at one point the sun was shining while big huge flakes were coming down. We reflected on our blessings and prayed for continued blessing on our whole family. We also prayed that our eyes would be open even wider to the many blessings we take for granted. Yeah, we all face hard times but putting God in the middle of each one can only help give hope where there is no hope, and watching for the blessings in the trial gives it purpose for our good!
The following are pictures I have taken recently! I hope you enjoy them.
The Old Homestead
Still able to wear boots, but soon snowshoes will be necessary!
Tall Pointy Pine Tree near my office in McCall
Captured from a window in my office in McCall. A storm is coming over the lake.
Purple, Sparkling Water
Reflected Clouds in River
Frosty Pine Trees on Other Side of the Fence
Mountain Majesty Across the River
As we head into the New Year 2018 I pray that it will be a wonderful year for us all. Peace, joy, patience, goodness…. Hey, I guess I am speaking the Fruit of the Spirit into our lives! Yes and Amen!!!!
I am so glad to take this time to blog today! It’s been a long time! Life gets too busy, hard, fun, full plateish! (how do you like that word?) Anyhow, I read this paragraph out of a book recently and I found it delightful. I am going to post the paragraphs and then some pictures of clouds that I have taken. I hope you enjoy and I hope to write soon!
Fenced in Clouds
Rainy Skies and Raindrop on Windshield
Rays of Sun and Low Lying Clouds
Big Billowing Clouds
What is it about the silhouette of bare. black branches against a gentle winter morning sunrise?
What is it about the glitter-like sparkle of new fallen snow?
What is it about the heart warming feeling of a young child’s arm thrown around your neck and their soft cheek pressing into yours?
What is it about the scent of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, cooling on the table, waiting to be devoured?
What is it about the exquisite beauty of an intricate flower blooming in mid winter in my sun room (more beautiful then any of Solomon’s clothing)?
What is it about the seasons, each one so different and unique in a small mountain town, and the speeding up of their passing as time goes by?
To me, it is all about the wonderful handiwork of our Heavenly Father, who delights in blessing His children with good things!
So then, what are trials, hardships, abuse, deep sadness, and seemingly impossible-to-get-through situations all about?
They are our opportunity to turn to our Heavenly Father, lean into His goodness and blessing and say “I trust you Lord in the good times and bad. You, who are always faithful, are holding me tight and You will get me through this!”
I can tell you – it works!
It came again… It will probably “went” again…
December 14th! What?
AND IT DID!
But even without snow – the Christmas show must go on – so to speak!
Christmas Cactus (Always blooms for Thanksgiving!)
Tried to get Chooch to show some Christmas spirit but she was feeling Schroogish!
Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree!!
Here are some pics from our Thanksgiving trip:
Some Down Time
Zeke scored a point on a great game invented by Sadie!
Tickle Chooch Silly
Games and Snacks
“Everybody Dance Now ” – Dance party with Uncle Jess!
A little bit of Settlers of Catan on Thanksgiving
Snow Doggy Sammy
Life is full of little lessons. I thought of three just in the half hour it took to walk my dogs when I got home from work the other day.
The first lesson was “Find Joy in the Little Things!” Two words come to mind regarding my dogs when we start out on our walk – “wild abandon” -They do their own face plants and rub their snouts left and right in the new snow. They prance with their tails high. Makes me laugh and I realize joy is a simple thing found anywhere. And it’s infectious!
As I walked along the river I heard a lone goose honking across the way and sensed it was flying closer. Then I heard a sound I did not understand. As I was looking up for the source of the sound I was half afraid that I woud see a space ship hovering over me. I was dumbfounded when I laid eyes on a gaggle of silent geese flying over, in their proverbial V formation, with only one sporadic honker/leader. Because there was only the one goose honking I was able to hear their wings flapping and it was a very sharp, whirring sound that I had never heard before. Lesson – in a big group, quit honking and listen to the leader and you might hear the sound of wind in your wings
The final lesson: I was tired and sorta wondering how I would make it up the hill that I must climb to get home. I quit worrying about it and just trudged on, putting one foot in front of the other and suddenly I was surprised to find myself on top of the hill and didn’t even remember the struggle of the climb. It’s good to learn to take your eyes off the looming struggle and just focus on what is before you, casting your worries aside.
This ends my lesson for today students. Your homework assignment: Search out Life Lessons in your all life – you will be asked to share tomorrow!
Well! It’s back!…
snow in the middle of the fall. I like to catch photos like the above. Winter come to settle on my fall deco. Ironicy at it’s finest. Makes me laugh!
I found some wonderful things to take pictures of on my doggy walk yesterday morning:
Mushroom s Climbing a Tree!
Surprise Fall Bounty!
Red and Green Christmas Tree!
I have been reading a book called Ruthless Trust (The Ragamuffin’s Path to God) by Brennan Manning (Copyright 2000) I am finding myself underlining, circling, astricking (is that a word?) and exclamation marking all through the book. This is one excerpt from the book that I did just that to:
“Uncompromising trust in the love of God inspires us to thank God for the spiritual darkness that envelops us, for the loss of income, for the nagging arthritis that is so painful, and to pray from the heart, ‘Abba, into your hands I entrust my body, mind, and spirit and this entire day–morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Whatever you want of me, I want of me, falling into you and trusting in you in the midst of my life. Into your heart I entrust my heart, feeble, distracted, insecure, uncertain. Abba,unto you I abandon myself in Jesus our Lord. Amen'”
Yes and AMEN!
Talk About Frost on the Pumpkin!
Frozen Grass in the Morning
Sunset Water Reflections
Sun Shining on New Snow
Level of White Creeping Down the Mountain
I wanted to say the “RELENTLESS” march of winter but realized that would sound a little negative! We are only into the second month of the season of fall and once again we are blessed with frozen rain. I actually get a little excited because the beauty of new fallen snow can take your breath away. We are ready – wood stacked, pine cone fire starters made, the camper has her winter tarp on and the snow plow is moved over and battery charger plugged in. It’s not hard to find gratitude in my heart for the blessing of a warm home!
May you all be ready – don’t let Old Man Winter catch you napping!
Woke up to a beautiful world this morning. Old Man Winter has not lost his grip and he laid his mantle of white all around.
Mantle of Snow
Hubster and I have been on a journey of humility for a long time. I think it is a lifetime journey for pretty much everyone. Pride rears it’s ugly head in my life most often in the area of “I don’t deserve to be treated this way” or “I don’t deserve to go through this trial” or “I deserve more than this…”! Pride is what causes Hubton and I to spend hours (exaggeration to make a point) talking about the faults of others. (I will admit, at this point, that usually it is me who starts the ride down the slippery slope dragging my Hubflix along without asking.) Thankfully, God gets a hold of us and reminds us that finding fault is judging and there is no end to scripture verses that speaks against THAT so one of us usually stops the fall off the cliff by remembering that we have no right to find fault. BUT, (another BIG one) we want to take it even further and not even go there in the first place.
How? What can we do to keep from finding fault? EASY SCHMEASY – PUT ON THE CLOAK OF HUMILITY! When you operate out of a place of true humility you WILL NOT spend any time FINDING FAULT.
If we look around, I think all of us can think of at least one person who personifies this lifestyle. Fortunately, one person Hublet and I both had the privilege of spending time with his mother Milly. (or Mility which is our new name for her -just kidding) Yes, she was human and she had her faults, and she admitted that she struggled with pride but by the end of her life she had it down pretty good. She had a way of effacing herself, putting others ALWAYS first, not expecting or feeling like she deserved ANYTHING. Of course we could not truly know her mind but she demonstrated this lifestyle and we got to witness it and the affect it had on us and others. She would build others up finding ways to make them feel better about themselves always putting a Godly spin on her words. She worked tirelessly for others and spent much time with the Lord praying without ceasing. At the funeral the testimonies were many by those whose lives she touched mostly sharing about her humility.
I was reminded the other day of Jesus’ humility. One of Ann Voskamp’s post talked about how Jesus came to the earth riding on the back of a humble donkey on the journey to Bethlehem in His mother’s womb. He again rode a donkey’s back riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and then came the most humiliating death a person could die.
I am reading a book called, “Angels of Humility: A Novel” by Jackie Macgirvin. It is about a women who comes to the Lord at an old age and yet God uses her to bring about His will. (I am not done yet so I am assuming that is how it will end.) The story also brings in the spiritual world with angels and demons. I am always thankful to be reminded that our world is so small and insignificant while the spiritual world is huge and yet we can play a vital role in advancing the kingdom with our simple prayers. Anyhoo, when the main character comes to faith she is fitted with a glowing white garment with her spiritual gifts embroidered with white threads followed by a brown cloak that completely covers the white glowing garment and guess what that cloak is? Yep, the cloak of humility. Reading that did something to me. (Does that happen to others? Going along, minding your own business when “Wham” “Bammm” something hits you squarely between the eyes – TRUTH!) Any ministry that anyone could ever have needs to be completely covered with the CLOAK of humility.
Garment of Praise
We also wear Garments of Praise which focus on the goodness of God and His glory! Giving thanks at all times keeps us humble and focused on His ability not our own for without Him we can do nothing.
So… at this point I feel I just need to keep stewing on this… please enjoy the snow!
Mantle of Snow
Your humble servant,