Wet Weather

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Those of us who live in the “Tornado Belt” of the U.S. know what Spring holds in store for us concerning bad weather.  Sometimes Arkansas dodges the bullet and the storms leave our state before they become violent.  We were not so lucky Saturday, April 29.  We had 6 inches of rain, tornadoes, hail, wind, flooding, power outages, damaged property, human injury and death.  I can’t understand why any of us decide to reside in an area that has such wild weather.  My excuse is that I married an Arkie – I truly would prefer to live in the Western U.S.

The saddest tragedy concerning the 6 deaths we had in the state was the following story: A mother was out driving with her 2 young children, she ventured into flood water with her automobile.  Her car began to float away when the swift water became too deep.  The mother had to make a choice and she managed to swim ashore, but her 4 year old and 18 month old were still buckled up in the back seat.  She could not save her children as the water rushed into her car.  They have not found the car or the children at this time.  The police on the news who say this is not a rescue, they know it is now a recovery, have tears in their eyes as they talk of this incident.  We all know this mother is probably blaming herself; she will never be able to forget what happened; she will grieve for her children the rest of her life; depression will be the center of her life for a very long time. Each time I hear a story like this it brings sorrow to my heart and soul – I do not know what words could be said that would bring this mother comfort.

The morning the clouds from this storm began to build up over our state –  the sun managed to peek out for 30 seconds.  I was looking out the kitchen window, saw the sun, grabbed my camera, and got these two photos through the window – and then the sun was gone from sight.

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The rain came and in 12 hours we had a total of 6 inches of rain often mixed with hail. The wind blew leaves from the trees and limbs began to fall.  It is never uncommon in these storms to have a death from limbs or entire trees falling on a home.

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Roads were washed away; roads were closed; farmer’s field with planted crops were flooded causing serious financial loss.

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Life on this earth is often rough and very sorrowful.  I will leave you with this scripture: II Corinthians 1: 3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

 

 

God Verses Science

Each time I read anything that a scientist wrote about how the universe was formed, I become angry (shame on me); It is as if mankind thinks they are smarter than God.

I read this article in a magazine the other day: “The most widely accepted theory of how the moon was formed is; That a young planet collided with earth more than four billion years ago.  This collision created debris that came together to create the moon.”

In the Bible it tells us: Genesis 1:14-19 “And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years; And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Throughout the Bible prophets, wise men, King David and others reminded us that God created our universe.  Psalm 8:1 & 3-4 “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; (4) What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?”

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Water’s Beauty

Thanks to my blogging friend Kris from Panama – showing her trip to the lovely ocean – I had to go to the lake.  Ha

These baby goslings can swim and dive 30 to 40 feet under water when they are one day old.  These goslings will follow anything that moves – dogs, ducks, humans.  The adult Canadian Geese live to be 10 to 25 years old and mate for life.

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Each Day

There is a church song I love – “A Beautiful Life”.  I love the first verse of this song – “Each day I’ll do a golden deed.  By helping those who are in need.  My life on earth is but a span. And so I’ll do the best I can.” The sunrise this morning was beautiful and as I stood outside I sang this song to myself.

A buzzard flew over, landed in a tree to watch me. A little rabbit bounded by and went on his way.  He was too fast to capture his picture.

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I looked at this cloud and thought I saw a Teddy Bear laying on his back, watching me, as he drifted slowly by.  His front paws were on his chest and his back leg was raised to wave at me.

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These wavy clouds drifted by – as if they were waving a greeting to me.  What a beautiful world God gave us to enjoy.

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I can still see that Teddy Bear raise his head to look at me.  As he drifts along on his fluffy, soft bed of clouds, high up in that beautiful sky.

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The last verse of the song . . . “While going down life’s weary road. I’ll try to lift some traveler’s load. I’ll try to turn the night to day.  Make flowers bloom along the way.”

My husband and I did just that last week for a stranded 60 year old lady.  Her car broke down and she had little money to continue her journey home (500 miles).  She had been sleeping in her car for 3 nights. It was a blessing for us to help someone who told us the truth.  Someone who truly needed help. She said, “God sent her 2 guardian angels.”  She had taken a wrong turn and ended up in our area. We told her God sent her our way so we could help.  A wonderful christian mechanic, we know, fixed the mechanical problems with her car and did not charge a fee.  This lady sent us an email when she arrived safely home. It makes me think of the verse in the Bible – Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Unique Country Finds

You never know what you will find when you drive the country roads.  I found a few unique items that I do not see very often.

I managed to see a couple of the older concrete silos that once were used to store grain. The first upright silo like this (made of wood) to store grain was made by Fred Hatch in Illinois in 1873.

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You do not see many windmills in our area.  There are a lot of windmills in the West, especially across the panhandle of Texas.

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I do not live in a fancy house, but this small house was quite a unique find.  I would need to have more windows and the refrigerator in the kitchen and not on the front porch.

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The mailbox was so interesting.  This little cowboy was made of metal. The person who made this was quite a craftsman.

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I have not seen a well like this since I was a child.  My grandmother had one on her Missouri farm.  My brothers and I use to let the wooden bucket down into the well and it took all 3 of us to get it back up; full of water.

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Rose of Sharon

I am going to post one more name I photographed over a gate to a ranch.  This name -“Rose of Sharon” reminds me of the following hymn from church.

Jesus, Rose of Sharon bloom within my heart . . . Beauties of Thy truth and holiness impart . . . That where’er I go my life shed abroad. . .Fragrance of the love of God. . . Jesus Rose of Sharon. . .Bloom in radiance and in love within my heart.

I think the first verse of this song says it all.  Love and live as Jesus would do and spread love through out this world. Amen

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On Bended Knee

Was taking a drive through the country the other day and ran across this marvelous sign over the entrance to a ranch.

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Made me think of this poem by S. D. Gordon

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray.

It is not the only thing, but the chief thing.

The great people of earth are the people who pray.

I do not mean those who talk about prayer;

Nor those who say they believe in prayer;

Nor yet those who can explain about prayer;

But, I mean those people who take the time to pray.

Peace, Love, and Harmony

I guess everyone has sad memories in their lives.  I commend the bloggers I chose to be friends with – they seem to overcome tragedies and move on.  I do not generally mention my memories from 2012 – 2015, which were mostly like living in a nightmare.  Our preacher said the other day – “Ask God to forgive you for the sins and shortcomings in your lives, put them behind you, and move on.  God forgives you – forgive yourselves.” I had many shortcomings in those years due to overwhelming stress.  I did ask God to forgive me many, many times.  But it is funny how your mind will not let them go. My therapy for all of this was to go out into nature and photograph its beauty.  Even a simple puddle of water with reflections inspires me to see beauty.

If Man could learn to live their lives in contentment as the little birds do or the animals – what peace would fill your mind.  These small creatures go on with their lives and simply live in peace and harmony.  Man has never mastered the talent of all the small creatures that inhabit this world.  I guess all the violence and hate in this world is getting me down.  The tornadoes and storms that have damaged Arkansas and other states in the last few months has brought sorrow to my heart.  Sometimes you question why this world has to contain so much sorrow.  I do not blame God – I blame the actions of mankind on this earth.  America will be in a turmoil for 4 years over the actions of the Democrats and Republicans.  These two political parties are waging their own war against each other. Who is getting hurt in the cross fire (?) – the entire world.

I had no intention of writing all this – but I will say – Mankind needs to get their act together and straighten up.  None of the hate that transpires helps anyone.  God is not responsible for any of this turmoil – for God is love.  God gave man a free will to think for himself and mankind simply does not do what is pleasing in God’s sight.  Many need to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions.  You could say mankind acts like they are little children.  I believe children are more mature than many adults in this world.

These little blue butterflies live in peace and harmony.

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