What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Foto Friends - Progress in the Garden!

Hello Friday Foto Friends!  I truly love this weekly gathering of friends from near and far...who share their favorite photos of the week...which could be  anything from babies to birds to seashores to sunsets to snow...we never know what we will see each week...but it is always fun and interesting.  So, I hope you will join us! Grab your camera and take some pictures this next week, and share them with us next Friday!  Just link up with Deb at Breathing in Grace on Friday for the Friday Foto Friends.   (I wrote this last night to post today...but as you can read below, we had to take a little detour today...)

I am sorry that I am a bit late to the "party" today.  We got a call late last night that my sweet 93 yr old mother in law had fallen and was taken to the hospital. So we made a 2 hour trip one way to be with her today and have just gotten back home. Please keep her in your prayers. She does have a fractured hip, but not severe enough for surgery or a cast, thank the Lord. She also was dehydrated and has some other issues, along with her dementia, etc.  So they have admitted her and she will most likely be going from the hospital into long term care.  Thank you for your prayers for our family as we make these decisions and attend to her care. We know that God is in control...and we can trust Him to care for His dear child.  But...well, so many of you already understand how this feels.

So now, here we go for my photo offerings for the day:

As most of you are probably aware by now, I am attempting to create a "Secret Garden" as a place of prayer, meditation in God's Word, and just resting in the Lord while I observe His creation at work around me.  Click HERE for  how it all started with a Christmas gift from my son... .  Now for an update on the progress:

This was the view looking at the back yard fence toward the neighbor's house behind us.  I wanted to create something  to give the Secret Garden a little more sense of peace and solitude. So we decided to put up something to give the visual illusion of privacy without it being a total blockade fence...



It took our best "engineers", "architects" and "construction supervisors" to figure out the most reasonable way to put up this privacy screen with minimal expense and also without having to bring in heavy equipment to dig down through the myriad of roots of the huge magnolia tree that shades this spot.  So with some creative use of rebar, PVC pipe and vinyl lattice panels we came up with a plan...

We framed the lattice panels to give them more stability...


And then we carefully attached the panels to the PVC  pipes already pounded into the ground over the rebar...






And the finished product does exactly what I hoped it would do...it gives a visual screen of privacy without totally blocking the light ...and creates a lovely, peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the Secret Garden.  Next comes the "landscaping"...clearing out some of the ferns to create a spot for the lovely new bench and some other secret surprises for the garden...hopefully when my "landscape architect" gets some time to do some creative  weed-whacking and planting...  (please note, these "specialists" are all family volunteers pretending to be whatever I happen to want them to be for the moment...)




Already God is blessing this little place with beauty and friendship...one of my friends in the community who happens to sell plants at the local flea market brought me a lovely gift of a camellia bush for the garden and another delightful plant that will have bright yellow flowers in the summer that attract the butterflies... (I can never remember the name of that plant...help!)  This was such a wonderful surprise that I never expected...and I thank the Lord for this dear friend and neighbor who has such a giving heart....




And then I saw THIS plant on her plant trailer and just had to purchase it....it is called a 
New Zealand Tea Tree...and it has such dainty little pink flowers...and also will attract
bees, butterflies and birds!  :




So we are off to a wonderful start in our Secret Garden! God is already blessing this place with His Presence and drawing people here in a spirit of love and fellowship.  That is my dream and goal...

Oh, I guess I haven't shown you the bird houses we added to the garden...yep, right there on top of the clothesline...




And the other morning I noticed a chickadee flitting around in front of the bird house on the left...and then scolding me for watching her...therefore I don't know if she decided to build a nest in there yet or not, so I'll be watching from a distance! But isn't that exciting?  It's kind of like the saying from the movie "Field of Dreams",  "If you build it, they will come!"....so stay tuned for more adventures in the Secret Garden...

Until next week...


"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord,
"He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
Psalm 91:1-2
Amen.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Today, If You Will Hear His Voice

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

Today, if you will hear His voice;
Do not harden your hearts, 
as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness...

Psalm 95:6-8


Remember this sign that I posted not too long ago , when I told you about my One Word for 2017..."REST"...and also in conjunction with that I am in the process of creating a "Secret Garden" for a place of prayer, meditation on God's Word, and REST?

I couldn't help but think about this sign when I read the above scripture from Psalm 95 during our morning devotions today.  Interestingly, this same scripture is quoted again in Hebrews 3:7-14...and it seems to me that it is a message that the Lord wanted to drive home to me since both passages were a part of the proscribed readings for today.

It would appear that we are very prone to allowing our hearts to become hardened when we are overwrought with concerns, anxieties, lack of rest, and possibly even a bit rebellious.  We may even say that we are okay, and that we don't need to rest... like a little child who is in desperate need of a nap...we might be in denial and become touchy, grumpy and downright irritable.  When we don't allow ourselves time to rest...and time to actually say...

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker"

and when we neglect our time of personal meditation on God's Word, times of worship and praise and literally bowing down, kneeling in prayer before the Lord, then it doesn't take much to become hardened in our hearts.  Our spirit then easily becomes hard and bitter because we have neglected to soften it with the soothing balm of God's tender words of love, comfort and grace.  

Notice again what the Psalmist says in verse 7:

"Today, if you will HEAR HIS VOICE..."

How can we "Hear His voice", unless we are listening?  And how can we listen, unless we deliberately set aside a time to tune in to God's voice...by reading and meditating on His Word, worshiping Him with adoration and praise,  and giving the Lord  the  glory due His name?

So that's where I want to be...tuning in to Jesus...listening for His voice...every moment of the day He could be speaking...speaking through His Word, speaking through family members and/or the people we meet throughout the day...speaking through you, my friends here in blogland and beyond...speaking through nature and His beautiful creation...

Are you listening for God's Voice?  He's speaking to YOU as well!  Take a moment and just listen.  You may be amazed at what you will hear.




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Live Joyfully in the Midst of Struggles

This is what I read in Sarah Young's "Jesus Today" today.... #116

"I am calling you to live joyfully in the midst of your struggles.
You yearn for a freer, more independent way of life than you're currently experiencing.
You pray fervently--and then wait hopefully for the changes you desire.
When I don't answer your prayers according to your will, you sometimes get discouraged.
It's easy for you to feel as if you're doing something wrong--
as if you're missing out on what is best for you.  
When you think that way, you are forgetting a most important truth:
That I am Sovereign.
I am in control, and
I am taking care of you."

This past weekend was very stressful for us.  As most of you know, we take care of my 93 year old mother in law on the weekends, and she is getting progressively more fragile, dependent and extremely needy.  My time is consumed with caring for her needs, and by the end of the weekend I am pretty well exhausted.  I was so much so this past weekend that I am still feeling the effects on my body and in my spirit.  Those of you who have cared for elderly loved ones can relate.  Our whole family is affected by this in a negative way, and we know that some changes are going to have to be made soon.  But we are reluctant to take those steps, and I find myself praying that God will intervene for her and on our behalf...and be merciful for His children's sake. I know God understands my heart in this, and I don't believe He thinks badly of me for having these feelings.  But He wants me to trust Him to do what is best for all concerned.

This is part of the reason I believe I was directed to choose the word "REST" for my "One Word" for 2017.  Not only is it for a spiritual resting in Christ, but also for a physical rest...which actually coincides with the spiritual.  Because when our physical bodies need rest, our spirit usually needs rest as well.  

Today I was uplifted and blessed to be a part of our monthly gathering of our "Lovely Ladies of the Lord" group.   After we meet for a time of prayer, Bible study and sharing our concerns and joys, we usually continue our fellowship at a local restaurant for lunch...

I know the Lord planned this gathering for this week, because I truly needed this time of respite and joy in the midst of my struggles.  These ladies always give me a blessing just by their words of love and comfort and prayer. We are there for each other...and I am humbled by the true beautiful hearts of these dear women of the Lord.  We all learn so much just from sharing our burdens and cares...and laying them at the feet of Jesus. 

I have come away from this meeting today with my burdens lifted, knowing that, 
Yes, God IS sovereign, and yes, God IS in control, 
and most definitely God IS taking care of me!
And I can live joyfully in the midst of struggles!

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever!"
Psalm 118:1
Amen.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Be Exalted, O God!


 "Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings
I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by."
Psalm 57:1

 
The bird you see flying high above is an eagle.

"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth."
Psalm 57:5

Great Blue Heron

"My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.



Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn."
Psalm 57:7-8

American Robin

"I will praise You, O Lord,
among the peoples;
A Red Bellied Woodpecker among the Robins
I will sing to You among the nations."
Psalm 57:9



"For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds."
Psalm 57:10


"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth!"
Psalm 57:11

I hope you have enjoyed these readings from Psalm 57, with pictures taken here in my neck of the woods and along the road as we traveled.  God's glory is abundantly surrounding us wherever we may be...and He is covering us in the shadow of His wings no matter how difficult the journey.  We just need to lift up our eyes and behold His glory...and give Him praise!    

Verses 2-3 of Psalm 57 says:

"I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth."

There is no picture to adequately describe what God does for us when we cry out to Him in our distress...but in my mind's eye I can imagine Him sending His holy angels to rescue me from danger...and I can also see the angels fighting for me when my enemies would swallow me up...


Psalm 32:7 tells me that God is my hiding place; and that He shall preserve me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance!  What a beautiful picture that is...and such a marvelous song...I wonder how many times God has had to dispatch His angels on my behalf...and I wonder if the beautiful music of the birds singing all around us could possibly be the songs of the angels...




Some day we will have our eyes opened to see just what God hath done for us, but in the meantime, let us continue to give Him praise among all people...and sing to Him among the nations!


"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth!"
Psalm 57:11

Amen!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Stand Still And Consider...

"...Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God."
Job 37:14





As I stood by my kitchen sink washing up the morning dishes, my eyes were directed to this beautiful little mug sitting on the windowsill.  I ordered this mug for myself some time ago because I loved the scene on it so much...a log cabin sitting alongside a pond, with a little log cabin bird house in the foreground with a chickadee perched atop.  Wildflowers dance next to the pine boughs...and it is such a peaceful, tranquil scene I just would love to walk right into it and go sit on that cabin porch beside the pond and rock and enjoy the serenity.



Since my "One Word" for 2017 is REST, this mug should be designated as my mascot for the year!  And please note the verse, taken from the book of Job 37:14, is where Elihu, one of Job's "friends" is exhorting Job to "Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God."  I feel as though God is also reminding me of this in His mandate to "REST".   Even as I stand at my kitchen sink and look out the window, I can't help but be reminded to "Stand Still and Consider the wondrous works of God" as I enjoy watching the birds, bees, butterflies hummingbirds, and even sometimes bears and foxes passing by.  And even when I can't see outside the window because the windows are so steamed up with condensation due to the very cold temperatures outside and the warmth within, (like today on this wintry day in Florida), I am still reminded of God's wondrous works...

Here are just a few of the reminders on my windowsills...


This potted plant is an Amaryllis bulb, just starting to burst forth with a new cluster of lovely red blossoms (actually this one will be red with white mixed in...still a beauty)....I absolutely LOVE to watch these plants grow almost visibly before my eyes...every day you can see new growth...and it reminds me of a new baby Christian...growing up straight and tall and beautiful as he feeds on the nourishment of God's Word and is watered daily by the grace of God, and soon blossoming with joy and beauty for the glory of God.


This little picture  above reminds me to never lose hope, even when doors seem to shut in my face...because God always opens a window of new opportunity and blessing if we just trust Him and be patient....it is also the message that is the inspiration for this blog!


And who could not be blessed and encouraged to be patient by this beautiful stained glass window ornament above...with a portion of one of my all time favorite verses:

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as the eagle.
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint"
Isaiah 40:31


Then there is this little mug, with another chickadee on it! (I do love chickadees...but I love ALL birds really)...And it reminds me to:


"Let Heaven and nature sing!"

Which is the theme of my whole kitchen window!!!


And last but not least is this little candle holder, with the message:


"A Heart that seeks God finds Him."

So, even when I am unable to go outside and sit in "My Secret Garden", (like today...when it appears to be so sunny and beautiful, but is really quite chilly and too breezy)


or when there is no time to truly "rest" from my labors...I can still be reminded to seek God even while doing the mundane chore of washing dishes or preparing our meals.  I can stand at my window and "consider the wondrous works of God", while I "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" ...and am sometimes even known to sing along with songs of praise and worship while scrubbing and chopping and rinsing and drying...Just like  the birds...they sing praises to their Creator as they gather their food for their families and bathe in the water provided...



So, no matter where we are, or what we are doing...let us be reminded to look around...up at the skies or stars, out at the trees blowing in the wind, or the snow that is falling gently to the ground...
and let us:

"Stand Still and Consider 
the Wondrous Works
of God!"

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Saturday Praise and Whimsy

It's Saturday morning, and I've got nothing special to say....except Thank You, Lord, for getting us safely through another week.  Thank You, for the rain that is falling today...and that the storms did not harm us during the night.  Thank You, Lord, that my mother in law seems a little better today. Yesterday she was not herself at all and we were strongly considering taking her to the hospital today for an evaluation...but today she is resting peacefully and seems to be not quite as disoriented as yesterday.  

So, today, Lord, I'd just like to give You thanks for the marvelous ways You continue to care for us, Your children.  Even though we don't deserve Your kindness...You lavishly shower love upon us. I give You praise and thanksgiving today. Thank You!

Now here are a few pictures to bring a smile to our faces...just a little whimsy from God's creation here in my neck of the woods... 


"The Lord upholds all who fall...

 And raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.

You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.


The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.


The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.


He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them."

Psalm 145: 14-19

Hope you all have a blessed and joyful day!  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Repurposed For Christ (Friday Foto Friends)

"For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,
who has shone in our hearts 
to give the light of the 
knowledge of the glory of God 
in the face of Jesus Christ...



But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, 
that the excellence of the power 
may be of God and not of us."
(2 Corinthians 4:6-7)


Just an ordinary light fixture, repainted, recycled, repurposed and lit up for 
God's Glory!


Isn't the transformation remarkable?
I wish I had taken a BEFORE picture of the light fixture...it was 
 very dingy, dark, dirty and boring....



This is what happens to us when we allow the 
Light of Christ
to shine in our hearts!
We become re-purposed for His glory!!!
No longer dingy, dark, dirty or boring...
but filled with the joyous Light of Jesus, 
radiating out to a darkened world!

(and yes, this light is going to shine
in 
The Secret Garden!)
Stay Tuned!


Linking today with Deb at Breathing in Grace and friends for Friday Foto Friends. Hop on over and visit with the rest of the group!  Have a blessed and Light-Filled Friday!

Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Being Renewed-Recharged! Day by Day



"Therefore we do not lose heart.
Even though our outward man is perishing,
yet the inward man is being renewed day by day."
2 Corinthians 4:16

"Being Renewed Day by Day...."   Yes...that is what I long for, groan for, earnestly desire...to be renewed by God's Holy Spirit day by day...even though my outward woman...my body...is perishing...my inward woman is being renewed, strengthened, helped, restored day by day...

How can I make this happen?

Think about your electronic devices...your phone in particular...something that everyone seems to becoming more and more dependent upon for just about everything and anything...from appointments to travel directions, shopping, bill paying, all communication...think what happens when you forget to recharge your phone...it dies, shuts off, becomes useless until recharged.  So, what do you do religiously every day?  Yes, you plug it in to recharge...you set aside a special place in your home or car or wherever you are...and make sure that the phone(s) all get recharged or you know you won't be able to function.

And so it is and should be with our inner person, our soul and mind and spirit...if we don't stay plugged in, recharged, renewed daily by a steady diet of communing with God, we will soon find ourselves unable to function.   As I yield my heart and mind to Christ each day...as I allow myself to REST in Him, by setting aside time and space specifically for this purpose each day, I am being renewed, restored...recharged for service.

That is why I believe God is encouraging me (maybe even pushing me) to set aside this special place for daily recharging...you've already heard me talking about it for the past few days..."The Secret Garden".  A quiet place away from the distractions of the world, the things going on inside the house, the TV, the Computer, the news, the housework...a place where I can "plug in"  and meditate upon God's Word, allowing His Holy Spirit to recharge my spirit as I relax and revive, surrounded by the beauty of His creation.

Now don't get me wrong...I can still commune with God and meditate on His Word in my recliner in my living room, or in the rocking chair on the front porch or in the dining room or sitting on my bed in the bedroom...or standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes...I don't HAVE to have a "Secret Garden" to do this...but for some reason it just seems like this is what I am supposed to do right now...and even the thought of creating this lovely space has energized me in a way that I've not experienced in a while.

Perhaps God just knew that I needed an extra push to get serious about communing with Him...and that I also needed to truly learn how to REST in Him. Whatever the reason...I am grateful to the Lord for taking the time to teach me and show me His abiding love and grace.

I wonder if you may also be feeling the need to be recharged, renewed, restored in your relationship with God?  You don't have to have a Secret Garden to do this...but I would recommend that you find a place that is special for you...a quiet place free from distractions of the world...and get plugged in to the Lord.

Some recommended reading about meditating on Jesus and preparing a secret place to do so is a little book I am currently reading by one of my new Facebook friends:  Live Free ~ The Inner Journey to Healing by Gayle Belanger.  You can also learn more about Gayle's "Live Free Healing Ministry" at  http://www.livefreeministry.org/.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BE STILL AND KNOW...Updated and Recycled

Dear Friends, as most of you know, my new "One Word" for 2017 is "REST".  Today I was thinking about a certain song, "Jesus I Am Resting, Resting"...and was reminded that I had included it in a previous post some time ago.  So, after researching through my archives, I discovered this post, written on 4/22/2015, which includes a link to that song.  Apparently my need for "REST" is not new at all.  It appears that this is a recurring theme throughout the history of my blog posts through the years.  So, rather than write a new post for today, I thought you might like to go back in time with me and see how the Lord has been teaching me throughout the years.  When you get to the link for the song "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting", please be sure to turn on your sound, click on the link and sit back and enjoy that song with the pictures... It is is very calming and "restful" .

Here is the original post:




"Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
Psalm 46:10

It is curious how often I come back to this verse in my thinking...in prayer time...in times of devotion and worship.  I don't believe it is ME doing the prompting in this process...it is coming from another source directly connected to me...God.  Yes, God is directly connected to me...by blood...the blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, which was shed for me...and by Spirit...His Holy Spirit...Who came to live within my heart when Jesus left the earth and sent Him to dwell here in His place.

In case you've missed it somewhere along the way, my "business" IS working in God's Kingdom...as a Church Administrator for a large historic church in an active modern community...and also as a semi-retired minister's wife with many years of experience in varied types of ministry.  So I should KNOW about serving God...and I should KNOW God Himself up close and personal.

Sounds like a lot going on there...and yes, there is! All too often I get so caught up in the busyness of this world...and even in the business of working in God's Kingdom in this world...that I forget to listen to the prompting of God's Holy Spirit reminding me to "Be Still...and KNOW that I AM God!"

If you read my previous post "The Food That Satisfies", I talked about how we can get so fraught with running to and fro in search of more spiritual food that we are literally starving for the living "Bread of life",  in the person of Jesus Christ Himself, and missing that deeper personal walk with Him.  So many people in today's Christian society seem to have the "bigger is better" philosophy of worship and church ministry.  We get caught up in the hype of bright lights, loud music, multi-sensory activities that boggle our minds and create an emotional pseudo- spiritual experience that makes us "feel good", but may leave us feeling dissatisfied with those quiet moments of inner reflection.  We tend to forget how important it is to our personal spiritual growth to spend some quality AND quantity time alone with God away from the noise and clutter of corporate "worship".

Jesus invited His disciples to

"Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while,"
(Mark 6:31)

right when they were in the height of their new and exciting ministry...(you can read more about this in the whole sixth chapter of Mark)...

He had sent them out (vs. 7) "two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits...", and they (vs. 13) "cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them."

and it says in verse 31:
"For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat."

They were so caught up in the miracles and the excitement of their new-found ministry that they barely had time to eat or sleep...so Jesus Himself took them on a little "retreat" away from the crowds for a little while...so that they could set apart some time to
(Sign courtesy of Ben's Country Woodshop)

I am not trying to be critical of today's modern style of worship...but what does concern me is that I see so many trying so hard to be super spiritual that they lose sight of the One Who has it all...God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit...Three in One...Blessed Trinity...
We need to purposely set aside time to "Be Still...and KNOW that I AM God"....and to "Come aside and rest awhile..." with Jesus.

Here is a modern version of an old hymn that I love and seems to fit here: 

Take a few moments...or as long as you can...and rest in Him...Find out the greatness of His loving heart...and be at peace.  Amen.

Here is another post on a similar subject you might appreciate: My Open Window Wasn't Really Open

And Another: Driven Into The Wilderness.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In the Secret Place...


This morning I was rushing to put a load of clothes from the washer into the dryer...rushing because my husband was waiting for me in the car to leave to go run some errands...and I remembered at the last minute that the clothes were sitting in the washing machine and I didn't want to come home to stinky clothes that would have to be washed all over again...and yes, I was in a hurry as usual...because that is just how I tend to operate...
and God got my attention....


I looked up and out of the window that is just above the washer and dryer...and there sat this beautiful male cardinal...partially hidden in the branches...but an obvious contrast to the green leaves surrounding him.  Naturally, I stopped what I was doing...and ran and got my camera, and prayed he wouldn't fly away before I could get a picture of him...and there he was, waiting for me...
because he was God's little reminder to me about my new One Word for 2017...REST... Stop what you are doing and pay attention to ME for a moment...the errands can wait...(even though my husband came back inside to see what was taking me so long...)   The pictures aren't the best quality due to being seen through a dirty window and it was rather cloudy this morning...
but God got HIS message across to me...
and here it is:




"You are my Hiding Place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with 
songs of deliverance."
Psalm 32:7

and:

In Psalm 32:8 He says:

"I will instruct you and teach you 
in the way you should go; 
I will guide you with My eye." 


"Oh how great is Your goodness,
which You have laid up for those who fear You,
which You have prepared for those who trust in You
in the presence of the sons of men!

You shall hide them in the secret place of Your Presence
from the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
from the strife of tongues!" 
Psalm 31:19-20

Oh yes! I believe I am going to enjoy this new One Word adventure for 2017...  The Lord is drawing me closer to Him...hiding me in the secret place of His Presence...away from the plots of man and this world and away from the strife of tongues.  He is already surrounding me with songs of deliverance...singing His loving lullabies over me...and sending songbirds to brighten my pathway.  

Now, if I could just learn to stop rushing around so much!

Have a blessed, joy-filled, restful, peaceful day, my friends!