September Blessings

 

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We all go through trials and tribulations.  The last few months have been hectic.  I have done a lot of praying for several members of my family.  God has answered those prayers in a positive way.  I thank God for the blessings that September has brought.

My daughter tore the long tendon on the underside of her foot – Flexor Hallucis Longus.. It takes months with support stockings and special protective support shoes to heal.  She used crutches and got some pretty good muscles in her arms crawling around her house.  It meant her mother-in-law and her mother (me) did a lot of work to take care of her and her house for over 6 weeks. It is hard to be housebound for months and have to depend on others – I have been in that spot many times in my life.  My daughter is much better now and able to resume her normal life.  I thank God for that

It did not help that garden season was in full swing and the work never seemed to end.  But I managed to get through the whole ordeal – groan.  Old age gets harder every day.

My brother lives in Nevada.  His wife died 6 months ago.  I have been trying to help my brother through phone calls.  He is a Viet Nam vet and is disabled and in a wheel chair.  He ended up in the hospital and I truly thought he was not going to make it.  He talked about suicide and I talked to him often about not doing that.  I got the state involved and my brother got the V.A. involved.  Through my brother’s doctor at the V.A. things have worked out.  My brother’s health has improved. He acquired  Medicaid  and is living in a nice group home and seems to be happier.  I prayed hard and long for my brother and God answered those prayers.  I thank God for that.

My husband suffers with COPD and Macular Degeneration.  His health has been bad for years.  He never gives up and tries to take care of this large 3 acre yard. I try to help with the outside work and do fair until my fibromyalgia clobbers me and sends me into my long periods of vertigo.  I try never to give up and that keeps me going.  I thank God everyday for answering prayers 7 years ago when my husband almost died of menigitis. God has given me more time with my husband since those dark days in January 2013.  I still thank God everyday for answering prayers.

Sometimes when a person is down they turn from God, they get mad at God. they blame God.  I get discouraged, but I do none of those things.  Life deals a bad hand to everyone at times.  My answer to the problems in my life is always prayer.

So – I take the time to watch beautiful butterflies and find peace in the blessings God has given me in my life.  Thank you Lord for your blessings and your love.

“Butterflies are tiny, graceful and enchanting creatures that lead us to the bright and happy side of life. http://www.LUVZE.com

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We All Must Grow Up

In our lifetime we must all grow up.  It is hard to watch our children and grandchildren become adults.  They spread their wings and they fly away.  My daughter home schooled my granddaughter for 7 years and did a fantastic job.  My granddaughter entered the honors program at college yesterday.  The first day of a long journey to become a physical therapist.  I am so proud to have such a wonderful daughter and granddaughter – God has truly blessed me.

The photo below was composed by my daughter when my granddaughter graduated from high school in May.  The little girl in the mirror has grown to be a wonderful, and beautiful  young lady.  And yes, I think back with tears in my eyes and wonder  where that little girl went.  But . . . We all must grow up..

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Fading Dreams

When I was a teenager I had dreams of what I wanted to be. Dreams of where I wanted to go.  But . . . Life got in the way!

I was watching an old rerun of the show “Kotter” from the late 1980s.

The song from that show keeps drifting through my mind.

“Welcome Back – Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back to the same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,

But those dreams have remained and they’ve turned around.

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back!”

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Do you think the character Vinnie (what a head of hair)  – alias John Travolta – had dreams that changed in the last few decades?

I have no regrets of the life I lived.  Yet, dreams of roads untraveled still plague my thoughts; after all these years.  Despite unfulfilled dreams my life has been quite fulfilling – thus far.  How about your dreams?  Is there time to fulfill some of those dreams from your youth?

The two unfulfilled dreams of careers, that I regret not pursuing, sound so corny now.    They are total opposites of each other and the secret of what they are will remain hidden.  (Don’t worry – they are not bad – just silly)

 

When Sorrow Comes

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When Sorrow Comes

by Peggy Joan

She stood on the sandy beach looking toward the far horizon. A storm was brewing and would soon reach the area where she stood.  She could see the huge waves build and crash in upon themselves.  In her heart a storm raged.  This very ocean had taken the life of her husband.

She fell to her knees on the sand and wept.  Her husband’s boat had capsized and been lost in a storm.  He was gone forever.  She would never see his face again and that thought overwhelmed her.

She had once loved this great body of water, but now she felt only anger for what it had taken from her.  How could she go on without Peter.  Did she even wish to face life anymore? When she first lost Peter she blamed God.  How could God destroy her life like this.  Yet, in her heart she knew God had not taken Peter’s life; it had been a terrible accident.

She had come to the beach this day to ask God to forgiver her for blaming Him.  The tears silently slid down her face as the wind whipped her hair and strands touched her wet cheeks.  It has been six months now since Peter had disappeared.  Months of devastating pain and sorrow had nearly destroyed her will to live.

She began to earnestly pray for God’s help and guidance.  She knew God was there beside her and would help her weather the storm in her soul.  She did not know how long she knelt on the sand and prayed.  Finally, she stood and lifted her hand to wipe the tears from her face.

She glanced toward the horizon once more.  Then, she turned and slowly walked away.  She knew God was walking beside her giving her strength to face the future.  Her faith in God would help her leave the storm behind.

The Light Of The World

Psalm 27:1  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.

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As I sat in the Retina clinic yesterday with my husband – I prayed to the Lord to let my husband keep the sight in his right eye.  The last three months have been filled with eye appointments and anxiety.  Yet, I knew the Lord was there to help and comfort us.  My husband has Macular Degeneration in both eyes, but his right eye is leaking fluid at the back of the eye.  David has lost some vision in his right eye, but with treatment each month he will retain what sight he now has in that eye.  We all go through trials and tribulations in this life, but with God’s help we can endure.  Never under-estimate the power of prayer – I saw prayer save my husband’s life 6 years ago when he was in the hospital with meningitis.  I thank the Lord each day for the last six years that David has been with me.  Live each day with gusto – for we do not know if we will have tomorrow with our earthly family. Yet, we all know eternal life will  be  wonderful and beyond our expectations.

Our Feathered Friends

I love to watch and then photograph our feathered friends that fill our days with enjoyment.  The rain has not stopped, nor hampered the activities of these little creatures that grace our lives each day.

I think this Bluebird and this Mocking Bird thought sitting on my lawn swing under the apple trees would keep the rain from soaking their feathers. Alas, this did not help.

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This Blackbird was actually taking a bath in the mud puddle in my garden.  This is not the best picture in the world, because he would just not stand still and pose for me.

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This baby Wren was a little smarter than the birds above – he waited for a sunny day to venture out into the world.  He sat on this small metal tube for quite some time as he waited for his parents to feed him.

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For a long time I have watched this lone duck search around the pond for his lost mate.  I know either a coyote or some other animal must have killed her while she was on her nest.  I felt sorry for this male duck as he frantically ran through the grass calling for his mate.

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When a few Canadian Geese venture to the area around the pond this duck starts making shrill noises and runs out to greet them.  He is seeking any kind of companionship.  The geese simply chose to ignore him, but he is unaware that they are shunning his friendship.

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There is a lesson in this encounter of the duck and goose.  We often shun those who we do not wish to associate with.  When we see a lonely person – a person who needs a friend – why not try to be that friend.  We moved very often when I was a child and I know how hard it is to fit in – in a new town and new environment. In each new school  I made friends with those that I could tell needed a friend.  I guess you might have called me and my new friends – Nerds.  But my new friends were some of the best people I have encountered in my life.  I am sure you will agree – God wants us to show kindness and compassion for all the people we encounter in our daily lives.

My Favorite View

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My favorite view is my backyard from my kitchen window that faces East.  Living in the country in Central Arkansas is wonderful.  The Spring rains have turned our half acre garden spot into a wet mess and has delayed planting.  My Yellow Delicious apple tree is in full bloom and is attracting several types of butterflies and bees.  The smaller Gala apple tree on the right  blooms several weeks later.

I stand at this window at dawn each morning watching the rabbits chase each other around the yard.  Numerous species of birds love to walk across the muddy tilled ground in search of worms and insects.  Each day I watch the fox squirrel leave the big oak tree to the North and venture through the garden and down to the Southeast corner of the property.  I am never sure why he makes this journey each day, but there must be something very interesting in that corner of the yard.

Our little Wren and his mate visit the base of the apple tree each morning looking for some small insect to eat for breakfast.  This pair of Wrens nests in my husband’s shop each year.  The small Wrens and the Bluebirds are my favorite birds.

The Bluebirds perch high on the power lines and swoop down to the ground for a bug or worm.  I often wish I had their keen eyesight.  We have several pairs of bluebirds that nest in bird houses that my husband has made and  placed on our 3 acre spot of land.

I never fail to be watching out my kitchen window during early morning dawn to capture a glorious sunrise in my camera lens.    I can view the little creatures that inhabit my yard through my kitchen window without disturbing them.

My husband and I often sit in the lawn swing and watch the garden grow.  On a warm day the sun warms our faces as we sit, swing and view nature.  On a very hot day the shade from the apple tree helps cool our brow.

The view through the window every morning makes my day begin with enjoyment and thoughts of what a beautiful world God has made for me to view.  I wish each person in the world had a private and peaceful place that brought them comfort and pleasure.

May God bless each of you with a happy, peaceful day filled with joy and contentment.  May you find a  place to escape the hectic world that swirls madly around us each day.

 

 

My Farewell.

Well I spent a month not being able to blog.  In that month I decided to stop blogging.  I disconnected my internet 6 or 7 weeks ago; I started going to my daughter’s house to use her internet service.  I was sick with my vertigo problem and could not leave home for 2 weeks.  Then my daughter got a virus and was sick for 2 weeks and I could not go to her home and perhaps catch this virus.  During this time I found that I returned to a life I had before internet.  I found I enjoyed the free time to do things I once use to do, but did not have time for anymore.  I now, am writing a second book, reading books, painting, drawing, spending time with friends and family; face to face.  I have enjoyed blogging with all of my blogger friends, I will miss you, but at age 75 it is time for this old lady to go back to the old ways of life.  Ha  So farewell and may God bless each of you in your lives.

I will leave you with this lovely sunset . . .

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Life

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.  ROBERT BRAULt

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When your kitchen table becomes a catch-all because every area of storage in your house is full – perhaps it is time to donate some of your belongings.  Once again I am in the process of a big decluttering rampage and so far I am in the right frame of mind to accomplish this feat.

Labor with what zeal we will, Something still remains undone, Something uncompleted still waits the rising of the sun. HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

Dragonflies

IMG_4922I recently read a book “Celtic Inspiration” by Lyn Webster Wilde, 2004.

The Celtics lived in Austria and Switzerland about 1,000 years before Christ.  They were a warlike people who were skilled in metalwork and horsemanship.They believed in the mystic realm, which centered around nature, the sun, moon, and stars

IMG_5123The following inspired Celtic thoughts could be applied to our lives today.

Retreat – Go to a new place for 24 hours or longer. No mechanical devices. Seek silence – consider what you need to let go of and visualize the future you desire. When you go home the world will seem different.  You will feel energized to make necessary life changes.

IMG_4924 (2)Walking by a river or stream, let the power of water, seen and heard, energize your spirit.  Let every ripple add its soothing blessing to your deepening inner calm.  Watch the qualities animals possess and imitate them.

IMG_5134 (2)Imagine that you are being pulled up into the stars; to a place where you can forget yourself in the darkness of space.  When you come back to Earth you will be different and very refreshed.

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