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!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sermon Notes and a Prayer Request

Our beautiful little white church

Today our pastor preached a wonderful message from the book of Mark, chapter 6:30-44, about the feeding of the five thousand with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish.  I will get into the "meat" of that in a minute, but first I want to request prayer for our pastor.  He was not feeling quite up to par all morning, but persevered to the end of the sermon, and then at the time of the benediction he started to sway, and collapsed down safely to the pew in front of him with the help of some quick thinking people.  He remained conscious, but very weak and faint.  9-11 was called, and he is now at the hospital having some tests run.  Please keep him in your prayers.  His name is "A.C."...which stands for something wonderful I am certain...not sure exactly what, so we just call him A.C.  Only a couple of weeks ago our pastor announced his plans to retire in June, so we were already feeling the sadness of seeing him leave our little church after seventeen years of ministry. Now we pray that he will be able to finish out his remaining months with us before his retirement commences, and that he will have a blessed and healthy retirement.  I know he and his wife (and our congregation) would appreciate everyone's prayers. So thank you!

Here are a few pictures of our little church. Most of these you may have already seen.  Our little flock is a very conservative, Bible believing, Spirit-filled and happy group of people.  I would ask you to pray for our church not only as our Pastor is recuperating from whatever illness this may be, but also as we begin the process of selecting a new pastor to lead our flock when he retires.  This will not be an easy transition for us since our pastor is dearly beloved and has been here, as I said, for about 17 years.

Also, please pray for the denomination of the United Methodist Church at large, as next week they will be voting on some very serious issues that plague many churches today. It seems as though Satan is trying to destroy God's church in any way that he can in these last days...causing division and strife and sorrow for many.   Pray for a strong and mighty movement of God's Holy Spirit in the hearts of the leaders of our denomination, pointing them to turn to God's Word for clear direction and to seek biblical, scriptural responses to those who would seek to have their own way regardless of the truth of God's Word. May God's Holy Spirit prevail, and may God's people stand strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and the truth of His Gospel.  Many of us are praying and watching and waiting to see what is going to be decided, and the results of that decision may bring about big changes for many of our churches.  And that will lead to each of us making personal decisions regarding the direction of our local churches.  May Jesus Christ be glorified and honored and exalted, and may His Church stand strong.

The Fellowship Hall...and the building on the far right is a little house that holds our church's Thrift Store Ministry, which supports several ministries in the church, including a housing ministry for recently released prisoners who need a place to live.

This little building  (above) used to be the parsonage many years ago, but now is used for our ladies' quilting ministry. They make beautiful lap quilts for use at the Ronald McDonald House, Hospice, and VA hospital.  (btw...the camellias are gorgeous all around the church right now!)

This is our Sunday School and office building, including a lovely prayer chapel.

Lovely camellias

The windows inside the sanctuary

Those same windows from outside.

Now, to the sermon notes. First of all...the Church is not really about the building at all...it is about the people inside the building...and also those same people inside taking the Gospel outside that building to the world.  That is essentially what our sermon was about today...here are the notes as best I can tell you:

  • The compassion that Jesus was showing to the multitudes of people who were following Him is an example of something He wanted us and His disciples to learn...
  • Look at Mark 6:30-44, and then especially at verses 34-36:
"34.  And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.  So He began to teach them many things.
35.  When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, 'This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late.
36.  Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat."

But look at what Jesus told the disciples in verse 37:

"You give them something to eat."
Of course, the disciples were rather surprised at this idea...they could only think of the physical means of feeding all those people, when all they had was a few loaves of bread and few fish...they really didn't see how they could feed so many with so little...

But Jesus showed them how...and He is showing us how today...we are to be the church to the LOST...those who have not heard the gospel...those on the outside of the church walls who are waiting to hear the gospel. It's not about US, who already are the saved...but about those who are perishing without Christ.  We've already been "found"... but the Church isn't supposed to be just for the "found" ones, but for the "LOST and FOUND".  We are to take the Gospel outside the walls and feed the hungry...not just those who are physically hungry, but those who are hungry for the truth...hungry for the love of Christ to touch their lives.

We may be like the disciples who look at the multitude and say, it is too great a task for us to feed them...send them somewhere else.  We don't have the money or resources to take care of such needy people.  But when we listen to the call on our lives from Christ...when we answer that call and open ourselves to the Lord God Almighty...He will make a way..

Even though Jesus Himself was tired and hungry (see Mark 6:31), He still was moved with compassion on the multitudes (vs. 34), "because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things."

Have we ever been so tired or busy that we missed an opportunity to introduce someone to Christ?
When we decide to show the love of Jesus, we will never want to send them away...we'll never say we don't have enough.

  • Jesus took something, blessed it, and made it more...
  • We say to ourselves that we don't have enough time, desire, money, energy...
  • Rather than trust in Jesus we drown under our own fear of failure...we want to send them away to someplace else...
  • Jesus has called to each one of us in an appointed place of worship...to go out and reach people...
  • That's not the preacher's job...that's OUR job.  ("You give them something to eat!")
  • God wants to open our hearts to people who are hurting
  • We need to pray and ask Jesus..."Where do I go, how do I get there?"
  • He will lead us as we follow Him.
Our closing hymn was "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

Have YOU decided to follow Jesus?  No turning back, no turning back....

Thank you for your prayers for our pastor and our church.  May Jesus Christ be praised.

Sermon Notes: FUMC, Interlachen, FL, Pastor A.C. Myers, 2/17/2019

Please Note : I want to repeat this disclaimer here...the notes, outline, and content included here are based upon my own personal understanding of the message that was being given. I am not attempting to completely quote or reproduce this message or any other message I've shared previously. Just as each person reading these notes may glean insights and thoughts that seem to directly apply to one's own situation and interpretation, my own delivery of these messages is skewed by my hearing and translation of what is being said. Some may read my notes here and wonder if they were hearing the same message as I...and I say, God speaks to each of us as He wills...there are things He is trying to get across to each individual that may be entirely different than what the person sitting next to you in the pew is needing to hear... That is how the Holy Spirit works! He knows what we need to hear and how to apply it to our hearts. So it is with that understanding that I present these sermon notes to you.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Valentine's Day Fifty Years Ago! (Friday Foto Friends!)

Yikes! I totally forgot today was Friday and I didn't do a special "Friday Foto Friends" Post, so I guess this will have to be it. Most of you have already seen it since last night. Sorry I totally forgot today was Friday!!
Now, let's try to remember how to get over to Deb's place at Breathing in Grace and see what our other Friday Foto Friends have been up to!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Do you remember where you were and how you celebrated Valentine's Day fifty years ago?
I sure do...
Fifty years ago I was a newly engaged young lady (engaged on January 25, 1969), and here I am with my sweetheart, celebrating his 21st birthday, which was on February 16th...so we celebrated our engagement, Valentine's Day, and his birthday all at once.
It was a very exciting time!!

Today it hit me that this was all fifty years ago, because this year will be our 50th wedding anniversary on August 16, 2019!  We met and had our first date in October of 1968, and by January 25th, 1969, we were engaged! It was a whirlwind courtship and engagement...but it must have been ordained by God, because we are still here together fifty years later!!

So I was looking through our scrapbook of our first year together, and reminiscing about our first Valentine's Day.  If you can read the newspaper clipping above, I saw this recipe for a heart shaped cake  and baked it for my sweetie on Valentine's Day.  Then we had the other big cake on his birthday two days later, at a family party at his Aunt Nellie's house.  That was the first time both sides of the family were together...my parents met his parents for the first time...and it was an exciting time for all.

Not long after we  put our engagement announcement in the local newspapers:
And then the fun began. 
But I won't share all the details of showers and parties and plans now. Maybe I will do that as a series over the next few months leading up to our anniversary. After all, we only have a 50th Wedding Anniversary once in a lifetime! So we might as well spend a little time celebrating and remembering.  We are not planning to have any big party to celebrate. I would like to take a trip somewhere. But these are things we are still talking and "dreaming about".  

Here is the birthday card I gave to my sweetheart on his 21st birthday, as we were "looking to this day"...

Some pretty poignant thoughts as we were envisioning what our life would be together:
Little did we know at that time just where the Lord would take us on this journey of the next fifty years.
I like what the card said:

"But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness, 
and every tomorrow a vision of hope."

Here we were on Easter Sunday of that year, at my family home, after attending church together, looking forward to our dream of happiness and a vision of hope.
I thank the Lord that we started our life together seeking God's plan for our lives.
It hasn't always been an easy road...actually quite the opposite many times...
But He has never failed us.

So very thankful for my sweetheart, and for the years God has blessed us with.
We truly have been blessed.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Secret Garden Chronicles ~ Who Do You Love? Revisited for Valentine's Day 2/14/2019

Original Post written 2/14/2017, but it seems to be worth repeating, since I didn't have anything new to share today...Hope you are having a beautifully blessed Valentine's Day, wherever you are, and whoever you are with.  Jesus Loves You...and that's the best Valentine you could ever have!!

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Seems like a lot of hype over today...but it is a great day to express and 
show love to each other in a tangible way; 
candy, flowers, or a special dinner...but it shouldn't be a day that causes one to feel sad or forgotten or left out if they don't receive any special treatment on this day.  For those who may not have anyone "special" in their lives to share this day with...perhaps one should find someone who could appreciate an extra word of encouragement, love, or kindness.

Don't let it be a day that is just "all about me", but make it a day that brightens someone else's life...young or old, rich or poor, lonely or overwhelmed with too many mouths to feed...a day to show love to those who may feel unlovable.  What a great way to share the love of Christ with others!

Here are some thoughts about love....

I John 4

7.  Beloved, let us love one another...
for LOVE is of God;
and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8.  He who does not love does not know God, 
for God is LOVE.

9.  In this the LOVE of God was manifested
toward us,
that God has sent His only begotten Son
into the world,
that we might live through Him.

10.  In this is LOVE, 
not that we loved God, 
but that He LOVED us and sent
His Son to be the 
propitiation for our sins.

11.  Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also ought to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

15.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God,
God abides in him,
and he in God.

18.  There is NO FEAR in LOVE;

20.  If someone says, "I love God", 
and hates his brother,
he is a LIAR,
for he who does not love his brother
whom he HAS seen,
how can he love GOD, Whom he has NOT seen?

Wow!  These are some strong thoughts about love, Lord!

Verse 21 further says:  

"And this commandment we have from Him:
That he who loves God MUST love his brother also!!"

So, on this day set aside to show love to one another, perhaps we need to think a little more deeply about who we really love...not just in the romantic sense...but in a holy, pure, Godly way.

Do I,  Do YOUTruly love our fellow "man"...brothers, sisters;  Or do I just "tolerate" them for the sake of keeping peace?  It would seem that "tolerance" is rapidly becoming a thing of the past in today's society.  Many people have moved away from being "tolerant" to just being downright hateful.

It seems as though people, even members of the same family, community, and even some churches, are becoming less and less loving because of strong differences in opinion politically and socially.  Certainly there are some behaviors that we as Christians cannot approve of or even begin to tolerate; but can we love others who may disagree with us?  Can we overlook some opposing views and still love the person?

It's a challenge...and as the day draws closer to the Lord's return, we may find it becoming even more and more difficult...

But God's Word tells us that if we do not "LOVE OUR BROTHER" whom we HAVE seen, then how can we LOVE GOD whom we have NOT seen?

Something to ponder...Something to cause us to look deep within, and pray for that kind of love that looks beyond one's faults and differences...and sees the person that God wants us to love instead...and perhaps even win that brother or sister to Christ because of our unwavering love.

Lord, Help me to be able to stay true to my convictions 
without driving away the people 
to whom You want me to show Your love.
I can't be a true witness for Christ if I harbor 
resentment or intolerance
for those who need to know YOU, Lord.
It's a fine balance between 
standing strong in what I believe,
and being strong in acting upon those beliefs 
by loving others the way YOU want me to.
Lord, I need YOUR help and guidance
and courage to love like YOU.

I John 5:14-15 says:

14.  "Now this is the confidence 
that we have in Him,
that if we ask anything according 
to His will, He hears us.

15.  And if we know that He hears us,
whatever we ask,
we know that we have 
the petitions we have asked of Him."

Hear my prayer, O Lord!

"Let the beauty of Jesus 
be seen in me;
All His wonderful passion and purity;
O Thou Spirit divine,
All my nature refine;
Till the beauty of Jesus 
be seen in me."
(Let the Beauty of Jesus by Albert Osborn)

Well, this is certainly a different way of looking at Valentine's Day, huh?
I pray it has been a day of joy and blessing for each of you!
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you today!!

Even a couple of buzzards know how to love!!!  

And So do these two camellias!!!  Back to Back, stuck tight together!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

An Evening Meditation: Sunset on Golden Pond

 I looked out our window this evening and noticed the glorious sun going down behind the trees, so I jumped in the car and drove down the road a little ways to a little pond where I could get a better view of the sunset on the "golden pond".  I was almost too late, but thank the Lord, still right on time for His marvelous majesty on display!

"O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
Psalm 8:1

"Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God,
You are very great;

You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,
Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire."
Psalm 104:1-4

"May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works.
He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke;

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God 
while I have my being.

May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord."
Psalm 104:31-34


Monday, February 11, 2019

I Will Rise - A Morning Meditation

This morning as I took an early walk, I headed to my favorite spot in the neighborhood...you guessed it, the little pond around the corner from our house.  It was another foggy morning and I knew it would be a beautiful time to spend with the Lord as the sun rose above the waters.  What I didn't know was that one of the nearby neighbors had left their radio playing loudly when they went back home from their weekend at their cottage.  Thankfully, they left it tuned into a Christian radio station, and when I stepped onto the dock, this is the song that was playing:

What a perfect background music for my morning meditation with the Lord:

I Will Rise
There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise
There's a day that's drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light

And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed

The victory is won

He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,

"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
"Worthy is the Lamb"

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

I hope you enjoyed this morning meditation. It was really a special time with the Lord  for me.  Praying it was also meaningful to you.

 (Note: The Eagle and "Angel Cloud" pictures are from previous posts in the past, but I thought the pictures fit the message.  All other pictures are from this morning's meditation on the dock)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sermon Notes: "God Is Calling"

Today's Sermon Notes come from the book of Exodus, chapter 3, verses 1-10

You may recognize this passage best as the story of Moses and The Burning Bush.  But the focus today was on "The Call of God".

Exodus 3:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Moses at the Burning Bush

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Now for the sermon notes:

  • God calls us when we least expect it...Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep out in the desert.
  • Moses was minding his own business when an "Angel of the Lord" appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. (vs. 2)
  • Moses said he would turn aside and see the great sight of why the bush was not burning (vs. 3)
  • What would have happened if Moses had not turned aside to look...He would have missed the call of God on his life.
  • Too many of us are too busy, only interested in the pleasures of this world...and perhaps we are missing the call of God on our own lives.
  • In verse 4 God saw that Moses turned aside to look at the burning bush, and when He saw that He had Moses' attention, He called to him.  God is the Messenger.
  • God got Moses' attention...Moses responded..."Here I am". (vs. 4)
  • Think about this...The Lord has also appeared to us...Jesus is His Name. I wonder if we have stopped and sought the meaning of this...
  • Look at Luke 11:9-10
  • 9.  "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  10.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

  • Have you asked? Sought? Knocked?  Moses stopped and sought to understand the burning bush.
  • God's call goes out to the person who wants to know God's plan.
  • Are you seeking God?

  • Jesus tells us in the book of Revelation 3:20 
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."

  • Moses was called by name.  "Here I am", he replied.
  • God knows us by name. He knows my name. He calls us by name.

Think about some the great ones of old:
  • Abraham
  • Samuel
  • Isaiah
  • Paul 
  • Moses
They all responded to God's call by saying, "Here I am".

Have you responded to God's call by saying, "Here I am?"

God stopped Moses dead in his tracks and told him to take off his sandals, for the "place where you stand is holy ground"  (verse 5)

("We Are Standing On Holy Ground", with the Gaither Homecoming group)

It was Holy Ground because God was there... God is holy...separate and distinct, pure, righteous, just, eternal.  

When we are standing in God's Presence, we are on Holy Ground.  
  • Be prepared
  • Be respectful
  • Be submissive
  • Be ready to accept what we are being asked to do.
  • Be ready to serve in whatever way we are asked.
Without God in our lives what would our lives be like?
In Exodus 3:7 God said to Moses:

"I have surely seen the oppression of My people 
who are in Egypt,
and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters,
for I KNOW their sorrows."

  • God sees our suffering and pain. 
  • God hears our cries
  • God KNOWS our sorrows.
In I Peter 5:7 we are told to 
"Cast...all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."

Back to Exodus 3:8...
  • God came down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians...to save them..
  • God has power to deliver us.  He is more than willing to do so.
Listen to the call of Christ...He can and will deliver us.

John 8:36 
"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

You will be free indeed.  Freedom from no direction and purpose in your life...to having direction and purpose in your life.

  • Have you allowed the Lord Jesus to set you free?
  • God redeems us from Satan and the world.
  • Heaven is so spacious--there's more than enough room for all of us.
When God calls us He expects us to respond and accept that call.
  • Go out as messengers to deliver others from the ways of this world...
  • I can't imagine more of an urgent call
  • God is interested in us...Are we interested in Him?
Can we respond, "Here I am, Lord" ?  Right now is the time to answer that call.

Our closing hymn was "Where He Leads Me"  

MY personal notes on this message... My husband and I both discussed this sermon all the way home from church.  Husband asks me, "What did you think of that message? What does it mean for us?"  I responded, "I don't know. We've answered God's call on our lives over and over again in our lives. " We spent over 30 years in full time ministry.  We have answered the call to serve Him, we even at one time said we would go to the foreign mission field, but God said "Thank you very much, but I want you to stay here "at home" and serve Me."

So, Okay, Lord, what are you asking of us now? We are supposedly retired, but we've been waiting for Your call...actually thought we already heard it, and we have answered by putting our house on the market and making plans to move to this community where we attend church, thinking that is where You want us to be.
We don't know what the future holds...at this point we are beginning to wonder what God's plan is . Our house hasn't sold...we haven't found a home to move to either...so we wait and pray and trust that God will show us His plan in His time.

Another familiar hymn we sang this morning is one that I know I've sung so many times, usually at a point in our lives when God was about to do something, like call us to a new "mission field"...

"Have Thine Own Way, Lord"

And then to finish it off, we also sang, "I Surrender All"

I've seen this all before in my life...many times...God calls us from the "burning bush" of His Word, His Messenger, whether it be a Godly Pastor or friend, or even through a still small voice speaking to our hearts and giving us the inspiration to to stand still and listen, and look and wait for the "call".  

And we open our hearts and cry out, "Here I am, Lord..."

We know that God is faithful...and in Exodus 3:12, just as He promised Moses, He promises us

"I will certainly be with you..."

Sermon Notes: FUMC, Interlachen, FL, Pastor A.C. Myers, 2/10/2019

Please Note : I want to repeat this disclaimer here...the notes, outline, and content included here are based upon my own personal understanding of the message that was being given. I am not attempting to completely quote or reproduce this message or any other message I've shared previously. Just as each person reading these notes may glean insights and thoughts that seem to directly apply to one's own situation and interpretation, my own delivery of these messages is skewed by my hearing and translation of what is being said. Some may read my notes here and wonder if they were hearing the same message as I...and I say, God speaks to each of us as He wills...there are things He is trying to get across to each individual that may be entirely different than what the person sitting next to you in the pew is needing to hear... That is how the Holy Spirit works! He knows what we need to hear and how to apply it to our hearts. So it is with that understanding that I present these sermon notes to you.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Foto Friends: "It Is Time To Seek the Lord"

It's Thursday night, and tomorrow is Friday Foto Friends day.  I should be writing my post, but I really don't have anything all that exciting to share with you. This week kind of snuck right past me. 
I guess I'll just go to bed and sleep on it and see what the Lord provides in the morning...

So...It is now Friday morning...and this is what I found in my walk just now this morning...

The sunrise peeking through the trees and a slight morning mist rising from the waters...

I was reading in the book of Hosea earlier this week, and there were several verses that spoke to me. I've been saving them so I could share them with you today...

Hosea 6:1-3

"Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;

He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

After two days He will revive us;
 On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.

His going forth is established as the morning;

(Yes, that is a deer running across my front yard...)

He will come to us like the rain,

Like the latter and former rain to the earth."

Hosea 10: 12
"Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you."

This is that same camellia bud I showed you last week.

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercies that are new every morning...Yes, it IS time to  break up our fallow ground and to seek the Lord. May He come soon and rain His righteousness upon us...and especially upon our nation, we pray.  

Okay, friend, let's take a walk over to Deb's place at Breathing in Grace and check up on our other Friday Foto Friends.  I know we won't be disappointed!! Fridays are always better with friends.  Have a blessed and glorious day!!!!