Lord’s Day Scriptures: Awesome Majesty

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Where I’ve lived the past 10 years, we don’t really have autumn and I’m always on a search for bits of that favorite season of mine. Today I stumbled on a pretty reddish leaf, which led me to more leaves and a tree with even more, although it was still mostly green.

I was so excited, I wanted to shout with joy! Why aren’t there ever other people around at these moments? :>

I’m so thankful for God’s GOLDEN SPLENDOR and AWESOME MAJESTY, including what we see here on earth, and more importantly, God’s own!

I love the way my Lord surprises me in these little ways with perks I need so very much at those moments. One little leaf gave me such pure joy that I could hardly bear the joy of seeing the rest of them! That’s the special care of a God who loves me so much, and brings simple joy from His own amazing creation! Thank you Lord!

Here are my wonderful leaves in phone photos:

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And our magnificent rock:

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God creates beautiful things!

(I found the image on Facebook and don’t know who’s it is)

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Book Review: Miracle in a Dry Season

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It’s time for another book review! This is brand new author, this is her first book, and I really enjoyed it. :>

Here’s the summary:

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

“In a Drought, It’s the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope

It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor…until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.”

The theme throughout the book is forgiveness. It’s a great reminder that there is a fine line between accountability and forgiveness, and it’s often difficult to see the right move God asks of us. And that only the Lord truly knows the heart of each Person. It’s also natural to wonder if someone is truly repentant if they aren’t displaying outward remorse for their sin. It’s great to think about these challenges and to see how the characters faced them as they learned more about God’s forgiveness. It isn’t just the main characters dealing with this issue either, there are quite a few characters judging (the way only God gets to), judging (as in accountability) and forgiving. So much healing takes place as the town struggles through drought, food and water shortages, blame, fear and desperation for rain. I also love that Perla’s daughter, Sadie is used in big ways to show the path to forgiveness. We can often learn from children, just as they learn from us.

The bottom line? God forgives, and tells us to forgive. Sometimes that’s easier said, than done, but always worth the work. We all need forgiveness!

Jesus (Christ) said, “I don’t condemn you, go sin no more.” John 8:11b

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review).

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Lord’s Day Scriptures: I Am God

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I needed this reminder this week. When I’m struggling, when I’m dealing with health issues that keep hanging on, I need to remember that God is always here, He never changes, He is always faithful. This verse says so much, because my Lord is SO MUCH! “Know that I am God” is a sentence filled with so much encouragement and hope. He is true, fair, just, loving, holy, righteous, gracious, forgiving, never-ending, a promise keeper…the list goes on and on…and I’m so grateful and thankful!

 

So I’ll keep working on being still and try to remember that HE IS GOD! That he’s in control, has a plan and know what’s best for me. Even when it doesn’t feel like it. Because He loves me more than I can know! :>

 

Be still and know that He is God this week!

 

 

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Modest Monday: Danish Days

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Last weekend we went to the annual Danish Days in Solvang. It’s always a lot of fun with Danish dancing, music and Swedish Delight, my favorite desert! It’s so perfect with meringue, chocolate and almond bits and whipped cream, light, yummy goodness!I decided to wear this sundress with a peasant top as sort of a modern way to dress up instead of a costume. I also needed something super cool, as it’s even hotter inland in Solvang, and this fit the bill.

 

These photos turned out better than I expected at the end of a hot, humid (read frizzy) and windy day. :>

 

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I’ve been wearing my hair in a braid a LOT the past couple of years during this hot drought, and one day I tucked it up into the top of itself and realized it was a fun new style! For this day I added a little daisy attached to a hairpin. An easy and fun new style!

 

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My Sweetie and I even did a little dancing!

 

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Lord’s Day Scripture: The God of All Comfort

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Reading God’s words brings me such comfort…and joy…and hope. He promises so many times that He will always be here…for little ole me. That He loves me. And knows what is best for me. And not only knows, but gives me the best things for me. And that one day all of this suffering will end…AND I’ll be with Him FOREVER. Now THAT’S a promise!!   :>

 

So…I try to hold on. Even though it’s often a struggle. And I’d rather escape all of the trials and daily pain…physical and emotional. But, for now, I still have a job to do. To show others who Christ is, and that I need Him, but so do you. We all need Him. So, I’ll try to be patient And wait. Because the right time will come. And then I’ll rejoice, FOREVER.

 

So in the meantime Lord, thanks for all of that comfort You’re offering. Because I really need it!!

 

Have a great week!

 

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Modest Monday: Ellie from “Up” and a Pixar Party

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Last Friday we celebrated the 23rd birthday of a dear young lady in our lives who is kind of like a daughter/niece to us. It’s always such a special time with dear young people we love so much. She decided to have a Pixar/Disney themed party, so I decided to dress like Ellie from “Up” and make her an “Up” themed gift. (You’ll see that at the end of the post) :)

 

My dress isn’t one of Ellie’s actual dresses, but the one I found was perfect in it’s style and era, so it worked. The birthday girl guessed who I was, that’s what matters!!

 

I rushed to take some photos for her as it was getting dark, and we took my photos at the end of the party, inside, after the humidity wreaked it’s havoc on my hair. Haha!

 

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I’ll need to make a more permanent modesty panel for the new dress. Love those daisies!!! :)

 

Now to the party pictures:

 

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Sally from “Cars.”

 

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Gifts!

 

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Hello cuties…and balloons and popcorn for the movie!!

 

 

 

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The spread and pretty flowers.

 

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The Ice Cream Cake! Yummy!!

 

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And the movie!

 

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And here’s the gift I made for her with the “Up” theme because she loves that film soooooooo much!!

 

Have a great week!

 

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