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, November 17, 2017

Friday Foto Friends - A Day At The Seashore

Psalm 104:24-25

24.  "O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions---
25.  This great and wide sea,
in which are innumerable teeming things,
living things both small and great."

 After our son's wedding last weekend we spent a day at the seashore with our family from Maine.  It was a chilly, windy, gray day, but it was special and sweet in that we were together for a brief time before they had to head back home. For Friday Foto Friends,  I thought you would enjoy these pictures from the seashore...there is such an artistic beauty about this that I will just leave it up to you to enjoy and furnish your own explanations and words of praise for God's artistry...

A last look at the seashore before returning home...

I hope you enjoyed this little walk along the shore with me.  As you begin your preparations for a busy Thanksgiving holiday next week, be sure to take some time to reflect on God's goodness, glory and grace.  Have a blessed and joyful weekend my friends.

Now let us surf on over to Deb's place at Breathing in Grace and see what our other Friday Foto Friends are sharing!

(Pictures taken at Crescent Beach, Florida, just south of St. Augustine)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kingdom Blessings for God's Children

Some words of hope and encouragement for God's children.

Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10
1.  "The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
2.  It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.

The  glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.

3.  Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.

4.  Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
"Be strong, do not fear!

Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God;
He will come and save you."

5.  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

6.  Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the dumb sing..."

10.  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing,
with everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."

May your day be filled with joy and gladness...and may all sorrow and sighing flee away.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Such A Perfect Beginning...

I know many of you are waiting to see some pictures from our son's wedding yesterday.  I couldn't wait to see them myself!  Here is just a sampling of some of my favorite moments from the last couple of days:

I'll start with the picture you've been waiting for the most:  May we present to you Mr. and Mrs. Steiner:

Now I'll go back a couple of days and show some other favorite moments:

Here is our handsome, TALL 6'4" grandson and his sweet mama arriving the day before in their fancy rental car. They look like a couple of celebrities...which they are to us.  They flew in from Maine for this special occasion:

After their arrival, we had to get our grandson fitted into his outfit for the wedding. Here Grandpa is helping with his necktie. We had an anxious moment when we discovered that he had already grown out of the pants we had purchased for him to wear (per earlier measurements), and so some last minute changes had to be made in a big hurry.  We were glad that we had made a decision early on not to try and fit him with a suit for the occasion, because it would not have fit...

 Proud Grandson and Grandpa...I never thought one of our grandchildren would get taller than my hubby, who was 6'3" in his prime, but this young man has reached heights we never dreamed of!  And at age 18 we are not sure that he has finished his growing streak...

So later that evening our two lovebirds came together for the rehearsal of their nuptuals:

The bride's father and other family members arrived safely from Minnesota earlier in the week for the big occasion. Here below the bride "Rose" is with her dad, practicing that long walk down the aisle.  I like this picture not only for the two people in it, but also the sign behind them which reads:

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you..." Matthew 6:33

A fitting verse for the way God has brought our son and his bride together...and a wonderful verse upon which to build their marriage.

 And here is the bride and groom, on their wedding day, listening to the pastor exhorting them to live holy lives before the Lord...I love the way the bride is "glowing" in this picture...

"You may kiss the bride:"

Here is our family together after the service, our daughter in law and grandson from Maine, the Groom and Bride, yours truly, my hubby, and our youngest son

 Now this was a very sweet and perfect moment...our grandson, the Best Man, was offering a toast to the Bride and Groom...off the cuff, not rehearsed, and extremely well done. We were all amazed and pleased at the gracious words that he offered in his toast to his Uncle and new Aunt.  I am still hoping that someone was recording it and will share it with us, because I neglected to do so...

By the way, the cupcake wedding cake you see behind them was a joint effort of the bride and groom.  The groom built the tiered tower for the cupcakes in his workshop, and the bride baked and decorated all the cupcakes herself.  It was really beautifully done.

So here they are cutting the cake...

And here they are so sweetly feeding each other...

And sharing a sweet cake filled kiss

There were so many happy moments throughout the day, but I won't bore you with everything. This next picture is one of my favorites;;;I think my son is singing "I'm forever blowing bubbles"  as they make their escape for their honeymoon...

My sister captured these next two pictures of me hugging first the Groom, and then his Bride. We were pretending to cry as we said good-bye, but it was truly a happy, happy moment...(and a little funny too, as I "cried", "Oh, my baby, my baby!!! Good bye to my baby!" and his bride was getting a good laugh at us...

So happy to embrace our new "daughter in love"...

And away they go!!!

See? I really was smiling...

My sister Doris had picked these two beautiful roses in her garden before they left to come to the wedding. She intended to give them to "Rose", the bride, but forgot...and so she gave them to me after the newlyweds left for their honeymoon.  I brought them home and put them on the kitchen windowsill to remind me to pray for them each new day of their lives...

 And so, this is the end of a perfect beginning...This story it to be continued....

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Foto Friends-A Very Present Help

Dear Friday Foto Friends...
As most of you are aware this is a very busy week for our family...and we've had lots of things going on in addition to what was planned.  First of all, I want to say THANK YOU to friends for your thoughts and prayers...as well as a big Praise the LORD for His healing and strength.  I started the week out with a tummy virus which rather knocked me for a loop for a couple of days. Our son, the bridegroom, also had a "bug" and had to spend a day at home resting.  We are so very thankful that no one else has gotten "the bug", and the wedding is set to take place this Saturday as planned.  I will be posting more about that next week I am certain.

For now I will just post a few pictures of things that I've been doing this week in addition to recuperating.  I don't have a picture of this, but in addition to the "bug", somehow our car had a very flat tire...actually a big gash in it, rendering it totally unfixable. So, on that particular day (Monday), we were forced to stay home and rest and recuperate and wait for our son to come home from work to help us get the flat tire off and take it 25 miles away to be replaced. I want to give our youngest son a BIG THANK YOU for doing exactly that after working hard all day; he never stopped to eat supper or anything. He just took care of that tire and had it back home and back on the car (in the dark) in a couple of hours...and then he was able to eat, take a shower and "crash" for the night. Praise God for our wonderful children.

 Now I feel like this bee...busily gathering and preparing food for our family and for the wedding rehearsal dinner/wedding reception.  The wedding is not going to be really large (about 60 people), but to keep costs down for the bride and groom both families are contributing/preparing the food for the luncheon reception.
 I've been busily making my lists and checking them twice to be sure nothing important is being left out...

Oh, another praise...as I mentioned last week (HERE), my computer had died, and I thought I had lost everything in it.  We ordered a new (refurbished) computer online, which thankfully arrived earlier than expected.  It took me the better part of a day to get everything set up and running. We also ordered a special cable adapter that is used to transfer data from the old hard drive to the new, as long as the old hard drive wasn't corrupted by virus, etc. That arrived a few days later, and I was able to transfer all of our documents and pictures that were on the old computer, including my Picasa photo editing program! So now I can continue editing my pictures in the manner in which I am accustomed.  I give credit and thanks to my hubby for learning about this adapter in a YouTube video online.  It only cost us about $10.00, and it saved us a bundle!  It pays to "google" these things and learn how to do stuff!  (I can tell you one thing...my brain hasn't had this big of a workout since I retired exactly two years ago.  So thankful to know that it still works...)

Yesterday was my day to iron the wedding shirts for the men of the household.  My hubby will be co-officiating, our younger son and our grandson will be groomsmen...and actually, our grandson, who is flying in all the way from Maine, is going to be the Best Man. He is standing in for his daddy, who would have been the Best Man had God not needed him in heaven already...so that will be a poignant moment to see our fine, tall, handsome 18 year old grandson doing the honors that his father would have done. I know his daddy will be watching and smiling down from heaven.
 As I ironed my son's shirt (The Groom), I prayed with every motion across the bright white fabric.  I prayed that the Lord would be with him and bless him and his sweet little bride with many years of happiness, health and joy.  While ironing the sleeves I asked the Lord to wrap His loving arms around him to protect, strengthen and provide in the good times and the difficult.
That was a precious time of prayer and communing with the Lord, which made the task of ironing go much sweeter and smoother.

Early this morning at the crack of dawn I looked out the front window and saw this deer enjoying her breakfast on our lawn.  The picture is a little fuzzy because there was so little daylight.

 She stood there quietly eating for quite a few minutes, totally unaware of my watching (from inside the house).

 Then she walked across the driveway and yard and on down the road...
Isn't she lovely?  What a peaceful, beautiful way to start my busy day of cooking and ironing and checking things off my lists...

How fitting that the scripture passage we read this morning in  our devotions was from Psalm 46...

1.  "God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble..."

7.  "The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge."

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

11.  "The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge."

I love how the Psalmist repeats the phrase "The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge."  How comforting it is to know that no matter what we are going through, whether it be sickness, a busy schedule with limited strength, broken equipment and vehicles, preparing for a big change in our lives (even when it is a happy change...it is still a major adjustment), conflicting emotions...the bittersweet reminders with the joyous answers to prayer..."The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge."  Praise God for this refuge...and for His strength and very present help in all circumstances!  I am thankful that He caused me to "Be still, and know that I am God"...for just a few moments before starting a very busy day.

Now let us glide over to Deb's place at Breathing in Grace and see what our other Friday Foto Friends have been up to this week! Have a blessed and glorious weekend...take some time to "Be still, and know" the Presence of God in your midst!!