Well, I am back here to tell you how God is blessing this "Open Window" of new opportunity and ministry...
Go back to the Acts chapter two story of the first Christians in the first "church"...
|I can't believe our "little grandson" is now as tall as his uncles (6'1") and almost as tall as his Grandpa...|
His daddy Matthew was a little bit taller at about 6'3"...but Noah is almost there...and definitely still growing...
|First, Uncle Scott explains to Noah the importance of careful measurement and mixing things in order...|
|Then he shows him the secret information: FOLDING in the buttermilk correctly...|
|This was our porch in the fall 2012|
|This was the porch at Christmas 2012|
|Looking out from the porch in winter (we live in Florida...) 2013|
|And this is our porch now, in the spring (5/17/2013) SEE UPDATE BELOW|
|And THIS is ONE of the inhabitants of our porch in spring! Isn't he charming?|
|He started to show us his "colors", note the red throaty look peeping out from under his chin...He thinks we want to get cozy with him...or he may think we want to fight...|
|No Porch, no flowers or shrubs...and lots of bright, hot sun in the afternoon (western exposure) Thank the Lord for those sycamore trees in the summertime...but they are bare all winter...|
and it still gets pretty hot out there!
|This picture of the front of our house added on 5/2/2015...quite a difference!|
|Click on picture to go to "Ben's Country Woodshop", Creator of these signs|
|The new sign on my front porch, created by my son Ben from Ben's Country Woodshop|
"I wish I had remembered to begin this actually on my birthday~but I was too overwhelmed to write! It is hard for me to realize that I am actually 50 years old! Inside I still feel like the same little girl I used to be. Certainly, I've matured & hopefully have grown in wisdom. But deep inside there is still this little girl yearning to see the world and experience all the good things life has to offer. Actually, I have already tasted of many of those things~I've had a beautiful and well blessed life. God has been so gracious unto me. I have excellent health, and a clear mind (most of the time!), and a wonderful home and family.
But there are still some mysteries in life I've yet to discover and understand. There are people waiting to be known and loved, places to be seen and enjoyed, sunrises and sunsets too beautiful to describe waiting to fulfill their destiny. May God be praised for all the glorious things He has done-and is continuing to do."
"Suffice it to say that as I begin this 2nd half of the 1st century of my life, I anticipate God doing some extraordinary and marvelous things. I want to live my life each day as if it were my last day-for none of us knows when that day may be. I want to savor the moments of joy and beauty that come my way...rejoice in the fellowship of friends in the Lord-who are sent to brighten my life--for they are ambassadors of Christ to bring comfort and healing and joy...To worship the Lord more fully in the Spirit of Holiness...to keep my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith...to learn to trust Him so much that I am able to walk on the water instead of just wading through the river..."
|This is me now...still learning to trust Him one day at a time.|
Praise God....He still has NEVER let me down...and He never will!