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GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. PSALMS 118:1

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Its late Summer.....
The days are shorter.......
The evenings are getting cooler....
The flowers of Summer are slowing fading.......


In just a few short weeks....
All this color will be gone......



For today....
 Enjoy the blooms.........











 









Happy Summer Days......
While they last......

May each day be filled with lots of blooms and blessings!




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sweet Sunday Blessings!

Do you see what I see?
Look again...

 


Look past all the flowers......
It is around the tub and ferns...
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Actually it is in the tub.....
Do you see it now?
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Can you see all the white on top of the tub?
It looks like a cloud......
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Yes, my tub over-flows with bubbles...
Tons of silky..
light as air...
sparkly, shiny bubbles.....

I do believe this little rusty guy looks guilty...
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He looks as if he just dumped bubble bath in my fountain...
Look close...
I think he is smiling....
and
possibly  singing...
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I would have to admit when My Grandson came running in shouting..
"Nana,come look at the tub!"...

I did not know what to expect...
I thought...
Oh, no....
It has run dry....
Instead.....
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 "it is overflowing with bubbles!"


The last thing I expected to see after adding bleach earlier
to keep my water clear
was bubbles....
I mean after all, 
since when did bleach....
which is supposed to sanitize....
purify...
cleanse...
cause bubbles?
I will have to admit...
the bubbles attracted us to the tub in a new way...
Oh, we enjoy the sound of the water coming through the old well faucet..
But Today...
we  enjoyed the bubbles...

 And so it goes with each of our lives as a believer....
Jesus comes in and washes away our sins...
cleanses us...
makes us whole...

And in return....
Our life is to be like bubbles....
overflowing...
touching others....
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This reminds me of  an old hymn.....

Its bubbling, Its Bubbling
Its bubbling in my soul
There's singing and laughter 
since Jesus made me whole..
Folks don't understand it...
Nor can I keep it Quiet
Its bubbling bubbling bubbling bubbling
bubbling day and night!...... 
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"Live your life in such a way 
that those who don't know God
come to know God 
because they know you"
Author Unknown


Overflow this week and touch others with your life.....
Let others see Jesus in you!


"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow
for each other and everyone else,
Just as ours does for you...

I Thessalonians 3:12 NIV

BLESSINGS!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sweet Blessings!

Do you ever just sit and look at a space...
and think...
hummmmm
It needs a little something more?
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Please pay no attention to the mess outside..
focus on the window..
particularly the banner....
 

  I love the idea of a banner hanging in my dining room.....
Perhaps saying...
"Give Thanks".....


Something making a statement about who I am...

or 

What it means to be in this area...
Perhaps.....
A welcome to guest....
Who sit at our table......

What do you think?

Maybe I could stencil something in Bold letters
Or 
Keep it simple 
and use White.....

What do you think?

Maybe.........
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Something that causes folks to pay attention to the details...
Of who I am...
What my home represents...

What do you think?


Maybe I should leave it.....
simply as a burlap Banner...
Speaking for itself...
With a simple statement of color and texture....

What do you think?


Yep....
I like the idea of a banner hanging in this area...
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As a reminder...
To Give Thanks....
To Our Lord...
Who is over all....
As a reminder that He is A Good God...
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A God who Provides....
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A God Who gives Peace..
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A God who Protects...
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And...
A God who Loves....

Song Of Solomon
2:4
"He has taken me into the banquet Hall....
and his Banner over me is Love!"



A little reminder for you this week...

God loves you!
Allow His banner of love 
To cover you!

BLESSINGS!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sweet Sunday Blessings!

Around my home these days......
There are lots of white pitchers...
and I do mean....
LOTS!



 Yep....
I admit it loudly....
My name is Patty....,
 and I am a "Pitcher addict"........
seriously.......
 You could say.....
 I have a little "collector's craze" going on......


I do not know what you like...
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As for me.......
There is a special beauty around the really "used" ones......


Through the lens of my camera....
I become more aware of the details........
The beautiful Patina......
Small chips....
some even have cracks.......
Others have a beautiful crackle that has formed from age and use.......


How is it that being "used" could make something more beautiful?
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I cannot help but wonder........
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What were they used for......
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Fresh milk for a family.....
Sweet tea........
Maybe flowers.........


Used with purpose....
 time and time again........
Filled up and then emptied....
 Being poured out....
Refreshing someones life...
With cold drink....
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Maybe a weary traveler...
A special guest...
or
as service for an ordinary family supper......


 Then to be put away
waiting to be filled...
To be used again.....
or perhaps used up.......
 Ending as a display...
Sitting on a shelf.....


Believe it or not.....
My time looking at......
and  taking pictures of these beauties
actually challenged me.....
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You should know me by now...
God has a way of turning everything into a life lesson for me.....


The question for me.........
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Am I willing to be used? 



Am I  willing to sacrifice myself for the work of another believer.........
to pour out my life sacrificially for the ministry and faith of others? 
Or do I say, 
“I am not willing to be poured out right now,
This is not a good time....
 I don’t want God to tell me how to serve Him........ 
I want to choose the place of my own sacrifice.
And to whom I serve.....


It is one thing to follow God’s way of service if it is convenient...
perhaps easy......
But........
to be so totally insignificant.....

 To be used in such a way
 that no one remembers you..
or says...
"Thank you"....

gulp....
that sounds difficult......



No body wants to be the pitcher on the sink...
holding the cleaning utensils.....

Am I willing to sacrifice?
 To be poured out time and time again.......
 until I am used up and exhausted—
used in a place of insignificance.........
not seeking to be ministered to,
but to minister?
Gulp....
again!




I guess we all want to be the pitcher that holds the beautiful arrangement of flowers......

But we can't.......


Paul was a great Biblical example........
He lived a life of service....
Most of it in Jail.......

He willingly gave his life for the sake of the gospel.......

He said this from a prison in Rome....

Philippians 2:17
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering
 on the sacrifice and service 
coming from your faith, 
I am glad and rejoice with all of you.




As the Lord fills you with His love and power this week.....
Look for others to pour into.....
No matter who they are.....
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Where they may be.......
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No matter how different or difficult it may seem for you......
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or how insignificant.....

Remember the one who "pours" into us...
He is more than able to help us to pour into others.....

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Beautiful Blessings to you !