December 25, 2012

The Greatest Gifter



Celebrating the birth of the One who remains
the Greatest Gifter of peace,1 hope,2 unconditional love,3
truth,4 mercy,5 forgiveness,6 and  abundant life.7
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
1. John 14:27; 2. Psalm 39:7; 3. John 3:16
4. John 14:5; 5. Psalm 86:15; 6. Psalm 86:5; 7. John 10:10
Photo: Harvest Red Winterberry Hollly 
Taken at: Norfolk Botanical Garden

December 20, 2012

Be Still



On a recent afternoon stop at my favorite park, I observed these
Cormorants taking an afternoon stop also. It’s always good on a busy day if possible, to locate a scenic stop, rest and be still before moving on
with the tasks ahead of us.
 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth ... In quietness and confidence is your strength.  " ~ Psalm 46:10/Isaiah 30:15


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December 10, 2012

My Most Prized Possession



It was:

purchased in 1986
It has:

been read every day since

offered:the most effective emotional, physical

and spiritual healing
become my most valuable investment
It is:
my most prized possession
It remains:

my most life changing influence!

“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” ~ Jesus (John 6:63)

November 29, 2012

Trust



Today, trust is sometimes difficult to encounter. Widely advertised products fail to produce promised  
results. Investments loose value. Friends and family members disappoint. Expected lasting relationships end. Amid all of this, there is One whose trust never fails.
An article in Reader’s Digest 600 page book entitled “Strange Stories, Amazing Facts states:”  “Every minute of our lives the heart pumps 10 pints of blood – 30 pints during brisk exercise – through about 600,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries.”
Just think. Created by the hand of the Great Creator who says: “And be sure  of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age1."
I believe these words are not difficult for me to trust. What about you?
1. Matthew 28:20b (NLT)
Photo: Red-winged Blackbird 
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November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving




As I took my afternoon walk today along with my nine year old great-nephew Cairon, a Common Grackle seemingly joined me in proclaiming the words of the Psalmist David ~ “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.


 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.1” “O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
Happy Happy Thanksgiving to my blog readers and followers.
1. Psalm 121:1-2; 2. ~ Psalm 30:12

November 19, 2012

Command Attention



This Green Ash Tree dressed in full fall regalia recently commanded my attention compelling me to stop and capture its beauty.
You and I also command compelling attention because of our beauty. Listen to some of the words captured by the Heavenly Creator: Beautiful1, precious2, valuable3, special treasure4, royal5, chosen6, holy7, loved8.
These words command my attention. What about yours?


1. Song of Solomon 6:4; 2. Isaiah 43:4; 3. Luke 12:7; 4.  Deuteronomy 7:6; 5. 1 Peter 2:9; 6. Ephesians 1:4; 7. Ibid;  8.Jeremiah 31:3

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November 15, 2012

Eyes To See



It is claimed that the normal adult eye can experience about 35,000 different color
sensations … When we consider the wonders of the human eye, we realize again and again that all the superlatives of our language are insufficient to do justice to it or to make intelligible these wonders of our being.1 As David the psalmist so eloquently put it: “ You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.”2
Heavenly Father, for delicate eyes and the gift of sight that you have given me Your beauty and the beauty of Your creation, I am eternally grateful. Amen!
1. The Wonders of Creation –Alfred M. Rehwinkel
2. Psalm 139:13 (NLT)
Photo: October Glory Maple

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November 13, 2012

Pause ... Cease Moving



Two of the definitions of the word stop in my Primary Dictionary Series 4 are: to “pause,” or to “cease moving.” Life’s journey is full of movement. During a recent full of movement day, this traffic stop allowed me a moment to “pause” and to “cease moving” and remind myself that on the journey, I am never alone. The European Starlings at the top of the light seemed to have figured that out way before I did!
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." ~ Matthew 28:20b (NLT)
Photo: Virginia Beach Boulevard, Va.
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November 6, 2012

Beauty in a Shrub





One definition of the word shrub found in my Chambers Dictionary is: “a small bush.” To think that the Great Creator would place such beauty in a “bush” is another creation wonder that amazes me.
 You and I too have been created with such beauty. What do you think of these words
from the pen of the Psalmist David:  “I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.”1 and this amazing and miraculous beauty defies age, culture or gender. 
 1. Psalm 139:14 (GWT)


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October 29, 2012

In The Midst of the Storm




My nephew Timothy captured this Great Egret on Sunday as it seemed to be standing strong during Sandy’s 41 mph winds. Thanks Tim, I thought it  great example of what my reactions should be during the storms of life ~ stand ... then  rise above  them!                   

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” ~ Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

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October 22, 2012

Fall Beauty



Early this morning, I participated in a Fall Tree Identification Walk at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. This tree was a part of the educational tour. Needless to say, it captivated my attention and I had to share it. I hope you enjoy its dazzling beauty as much I did.

Heavenly Father for another day to experience family, friends, freedom and the beauty of Your creation, I am thankful!  
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5

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October 5, 2012

Beauty



Eye stopping beauty ... beauty defying description … beauty delicately created by the hand of the Creator ... the Creator whose beauty defies human description and
comprehension! 
Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. ~ Psalm 145:3 (NLT)

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September 28, 2012

Look Up



Throughout the day, I often find it necessary to stop in the midst of an overwhelming moment and look up to the Great Creator. Then, a calming effect takes place as I remember that I am not alone to continue the tasks that lie ahead.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT)
Photo Yellow-Eared Slider
Norfolk Botanical Garden 


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September 8, 2012

Standing Firm



To think these small seeds have the ability

within them to produce such large trees - To think that these trees have sustained

sunlight, rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms, northeasters and are still standing firm - is another creation mystery that simply amazes me!

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. ~ Genesis 1:11 (NIV)
Seeds: Courtesy Norfolk Botanical Garden, Great Nephew Paris

August 25, 2012

The Highest Prize

 

During one of my recent mid-afternoon walks through
the Garden,


I observed this Great Blue Heron displaying
agile gymnastic positions. Should there be Bird Olympics, the performance would have definitely qualified for the highest prize ... gold.



I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them!
 I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (GWT)

July 25, 2012

Twenty Third Anniversary Thanksgiving Prayer


When I see
the intricate
and
miraculous beauty
of this
lily
I am not amazed
that you
miraculously removed
cancer from my
body
and restored
my life.
Thank You Heavenly Father
Thank You 
I shall be eternally grateful!
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live!
~ Isaiah 38:16 (NLT)
Photo: Mount Trashmore Park

July 17, 2012

Valued


The beauty of nature … blue skies … water
 … trees … wild rabbits ... birds. To the Great Creator you and I are of  much much more value than all of  these!
"And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." Luke 12:7 ~ (NIV)
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July 4, 2012

Happy July 4th


To those who fought for the freedom of this Nation and to those who
still do, we honor you. To the One who gave His life for the freedom of all who would receive it – Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor in spirit. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.”~ Luke 4:18 (NLT)
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July 1, 2012

A Time to Rest


Last weekend, my niece Lorna invited my mother (Thelma), who is her grandmother, 
my sister Molly, my sister who is her mom (Yvonne), and myself to lunch.
It was a special day spent at the Williamsburg Pottery. We relaxed, enjoyed the shops, the beautiful flowers along the sidewalks and most of all, we enjoyed spending time together as a
 close family.
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"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” ~
Matthew 11:28 
Williamsburg  Pottery 

June 23, 2012

More Creation Splendor


 To think that I am personally acquainted with the One
who created such beauty and splendor soothes my soul and calms my spirit. How about you?
“Not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” ~
Matthew 6:29 (NIV)
Photos: Norfolk Botanical Garden
 Lacecap Hydrangea, Plum Perfect Day-lily, 
Matthew 6:29;