Today’s thought – Peace in My Heart

apr11 008Fourth of July, I think, is the name of this happy rose.

Good Morning

Hebrews 10:22-24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

You can do everything right
and still not feel at peace in your heart
about your relationship with God.
Eighteenth-century giant, John Wesley,
came to America as a missionary,
ministered to prisoners,
and preached throughout the English countryside
in open-air revival services.
He read his Bible and prayed everyday.
But despite all those efforts,
he still felt insecure and unsure of his salvation.

What he discovered was that peace of heart,
assurance of our relationship with God
can only come from God Himself,
not our efforts.
While someone read from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans
at a prayer meeting,
he had an experience that changed his life forever:
“While he was describing the change
which God works in the heart trough faith in Christ,
I felt my heart strangely warmed.
I felt I did trust Christ.
Christ alone for salvation;
and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins,”

If you’re lacking assurance,
turn to Christ alone,
and your heart, too, can be “strangely warmed.”

from A Daybook of Grace

Turn . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

This is MY Risen Lord!

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Good Morning

This is my Risen Lord,

Do you know Him? . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Who me?

apr19 002the Farmer’s cactus garden, one is a bloom!

Good Morning

Matthew 26:20-22
Now when the even was come,
he sat down with the twelve.
And as they did eat, he said,
Verily I say unto you,
that one of you shall betray me.
And they were exceeding sorrowful,
and began every one of them to say unto him,
Lord, is it I?

 
When our Lord said, “One of you will betray Me,”
thank God thous disciples had enough spirituality
that nobody said,
“Lord, it is he?”
Everyone of those disciples said,
“Lord, is it I?”
If they would not have so responded
there could not have been a Pentecost.
But because they were humble enough
to point the finger in their own direction
the Holy Spirit fell upon them. . . .
A. W. Toxer

Bow at the cross of Jesus . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming!

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Good Morning

‘It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming’
is my favorite message during Easter.
It reminds me -
in the midst of hopelessness and despair
there is still HOPE.
God’s Word is still true.
BE still, it’s only Friday.

‘It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming’

S M Lockridge

BE assured it is only Friday!
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Abraham’s Faith

apr11 003Boysenberries vines are loaded this year, Yum, Yum!

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Good Morning

He went out, not knowing where he was going —Hebrews 11:8

In the Old Testament, a person’s relationship with God was seen by the degree of separation in that person’s life. This separation is exhibited in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and his family. When we think of separation today, we do not mean to be literally separated from those family members who do not have a personal relationship with God, but to be separated mentally and morally from their viewpoints. This is what Jesus Christ was referring to in Luke 14:26.

Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason—a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.

The final stage in the life of faith is the attainment of character, and we encounter many changes in the process. We feel the presence of God around us when we pray, yet we are only momentarily changed. We tend to keep going back to our everyday ways and the glory vanishes. A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles’ wings, but is a life of day—in and day—out consistency; a life of walking without fainting (see Isaiah 40:31). It is not even a question of the holiness of sanctification, but of something which comes much farther down the road. It is a faith that has been tried and proved and has withstood the test. Abraham is not a type or an example of the holiness of sanctification, but a type of the life of faith—a faith, tested and true, built on the true God. “Abraham believed God. . .” (Romans 4:3)

My Utmost for His Highest- Oswald Chambers

By faith  . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – . . . But as Thou Wilt

apr14 002the Farmer has radishes to pick and eat!

Good Morning

Matthew 26:36-39 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Choose but the will of God,
and thou willest His wisdom,
with His all-perfect choice;
thou enterest inot His counsels;
thou lovest with His love.
Be this our watch-word, brethren,
for the Church,
for those we love,
for our own souls.
Be this our rule in action,
“not what I, but what Thou”;
this, in suffering;
“not what I, but what Thou”.
This shall hallow our hopes;
this shall hush our fears;
this shall ward off disquiet;
this shall preserve our peace;
this shall calm anxieties,
this (if so it must be) shall soothe our heart-aches;
this shall give repose to our weariness;
this, the deeper our trouble,
shall be the deeper foretaste of everlasting peace and rest.
“Lord, not what I will, but what thou”:
not what I, in my misery,
and ignorance, and blindness, and . . .,
but what Thou, in Thy mercy,
and holiness and wisdom and love.
E.B. Pusey

Committing . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – In All Circumstances

apr5 006Blossoms from a nest of Hens and Chickens.

Good Morning

I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you

A farmer who lived near London during World War II
wrote to the Scripture Gift Mission requesting prayer
that no bombs would fall on his small farm.
He enclosed a five-shilling offering.
He explained that his harvest had been awful,
and he didn’t have enough money
to bring water for the parched crops.
He could not afford another setback without losing his farm.
The secretary of the mission wrote back
and said he could not ask that his farm be spared
but instead would bray that God’s will would be done.

Soon afterward the largest bomb in the German arsenal
hit the man’s farm.
The impact was so big that it unearthed a spring.
The spring not only amply watered his farm,
but also enabled him to share water with his neighbors.
And the next year,
he enjoyed an abundant harvest.
He sent a fifty-pound check
to the mission as a thanksgiving offering.
from A Daybook of Grace, Fall River Press

Thank God for unexpected blessings. . . Today
with my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Remember Jesus, Today

apr5 005I love these little violas.
Oh, Look, an oak tree sprout the Farmer hasn’t found.

Good Morning

When times get hard, remember Jesus . . .
When tears come, remember Jesus . . .
When fear pitches his tent in your front yard.
When death looms,
when anger sings,
when shame weighs heavily.
Remember Jesus.
Max Lucado

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and he will say, Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 NIV

There is a place of comfort sweet
Near to the heart of God
A place where we our Saviour meet,
Near to the heart of God . .
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.
Cleland B.McAfee

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Ten on Tuesday – Cozy Foods

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On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Foods That Belong Together.

1. My very first thought was a favorite dessert of our family -
Chocolate cake with ‘bonilla icing with sprinkles and
‘bonilla ice cream with chocolate syrup ‘uppa top’
I almost went out and bought a chocolate cake, icing,
ice cream and syrup ( I have the sprinkles);
baked and frosted the cake;
then fixed me some dessert.
So I could show you how good this really is.

2. Ketchup and any type of hamburger

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3. Spaghetti and Toasted Garlic bread

4. Summer and First of the season vegetables
(a previous year’s picture)

June 4

5. Frito Boats – Chili and Fritos
from Cooks.com Put two spoonfuls of heated chili in bowl.
Put a layer of Fritos on top of chili.
Put another of chili.
Add a layer of cheese.
Add a layer of lettuce and tomatoes if you want.
Top with a few more Fritos

6. Dark chocolate and almonds

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7. Bacon and Tomatoes and Avocados
make a delicious BTA.
I like mine n rye bread with mustard.

8. the Farmer says ‘any veggies’ go in the juice

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Drink it down—just think of it as medicine

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9.  Strawberry Shortcake -
We take fresh out of the oven sweet biscuits, split them open,
add a scoop of ‘bonilla’ ice cream, soften,
cover with sliced sweetened strawberries
be sure to get lots of juice.
I stop there, but some in the family proceed
to add a generous helping of whipped cream.
I can’t find the picture I took years ago.

10. DESSERT,

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POTLUCK and

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FAMILY

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Pictures are from a Thanksgiving with the Farmer’s family.

Join with Carole, but not when you’re hungry.
What am I going to have for lunch?

April 7. Today’s thought – Cacao Beans

Good Morning

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From Hugs for Chocolate Lovers, Bicket and Brandon

Turning cacao beans into chocolate is a long and difficult process.
Cacao pods are hand sorted, crushed, and then roasted.
Next the pods undergo winnowing, a grinding process
that removes the hard outer hulls from the tender chocolate nibs.
This chocolate is heated to a liquid through friction–
the longer it endures the heat, or conching,
the smoother and more refined its ultimate texture.
The final stage is tempering,
where the chocolate is cooled very carefully
to attain the desired snap when broken,
perfectly smooth meltability,
and glossy shine.
If the process is rushed,
the chocolate will crystallize,
ruining the finished product.

Life is a similar process.
Families go through any number of difficult stages:
crushing, winnowing, grinding, tempering, and refining.
It’s never pleasant to endure the protracted hear of conching
or the delicate cooling required for tempering.
But these stages are essential
to producing the beautiful sheen
and best quality in our families
and in our lives.

Bearing the crushing or the heat isn’t nearly as painful
when families stick together.
Indeed, it is these very processes
that serve to blend families together
in the most satisfying, long-lasting way.

If your family is being crushed in the crucible
or feeling extreme heat,
here’s sweet reassurance:
families that endure difficulties together stick together,
love together,
and eventually laugh together.
Don’t curse the blending process embrace it– and your family.

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (or good chocolate)

Enjoy some chocolate today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday


I’m joining Ashley on a Scavenger Hunt.
Each week she lists five topics open to photo interpretation.
I get to take a new picture this week (first choice)
or find a picture I’ve taken and post what I’ve chosen.
I have fun matching photos to the words.

Macro

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Wheels

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August 2012

Shiny

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Weather

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Favorite sport

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my daughter likes taking pictures 2012

If you like to look at pictures, join us here.

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Sunday Bible Reading – Ruth 1:14-17

apr5 001I love watching the grapes during all seasons.

 

Ruth 1:14-17
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again:
and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back
unto her people, and unto her gods:
return thou after thy sister in law.
And Ruth said,
Intreat me not to leave thee,
or to return from following after thee:
for whither thou goest, I will go;
and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:
thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God:
Where thou diest, will I die,
and there will I be buried:
the LORD do so to me,
and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

from Smith’s Commentary:
The Targum adds several things to this conversation between Naomi and Ruth. I shall subjoin them:
“And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee,” for I desire to become a proselyte.

And Naomi said, We are commanded to keep the Sabbath and other holy days; and on it not to travel more than two thousand cubits.

And Ruth said, “Whither thou goest, I will go.”

And Naomi said, We are commanded not to lodge with the Gentiles.

Ruth answered, “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge.”

And Naomi said, We are commanded to observe the one hundred and thirteen precepts.

Ruth answered, What thy people observe, that will I observe; as if they had been my people of old.

And Naomi said, We are commanded not to worship with any strange worship.

Ruth answered, “Thy God shall be my God.”

Naomi said, We have four kinds of capital punishment for criminals; stoning, burning, beheading, and hanging.

Ruth answered, “In whatsoever manner thou diest, I will die.”

Naomi said, We have a house of burial.

Ruth answered, “And there will I be buried.”

(A Targum is an Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) written or compiled from the Second Temple period until the early Middle Ages (late first millennium). Wikipedia)

The testimony of Naomi’s life offered Ruth such hope that forsaking all she knew; Ruth followed Naomi and the true God.

From the archives – Reading this again – I thought “Lord, I renew my commitment to continue to follow you where so ever you lead”.

Moving Day for the Chickens

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looking at it from the front of Bro. Bob’s house

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This spring the Farmer prepared this cozy spot for the chickens.

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This chicken house will fit right in the opening.

 

I didn’t get out early
enough to see the dismantling
of the extra wing attached to the hen house.

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apr5 moving chickens 005The crew and their deliberations.
With the help of the tractor,
the house was lifted up and onto the white trailer.
The trailer was pulled by the lawn mower
to the new chicken pen area.

I missed that part
because littlest A. Crain and I did a donut run.

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movin’ chickens is hard work.

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apr5 moving chickens 010Hens and Rooster seem happy in their new area.
Hens have found the nesting boxes. 
We expect eggs today, girls.

From my chair at my desk,
I can see the chickens.
I like    :)

 

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Chats on the Deck

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“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

What’s your favorite method of travel?

Road trips in the RV are #1.
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Trains #2, I want to see what I’m passing by

If you wear jewelry, are you more likely to wear silver or gold?

I don’t, but if I did it would be some of both

How often do you wear sunglasses?

I don’t my glasses are tinted, that works for me.

Which would be easier for you to leave undone (for a short period of time), dishes or laundry?

Laundry, it’s out of sight!

On a scale of 1-10 (1-hardly any+ 10- house is full), how much clutter have you collected?

If you walk in and look around it’s a ’2′ you got me on a good day. I picked stuff up yesterday. If you start checking in the cupboards or drawers or the stash shed, please, don’t
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I guess know you know the good, bad and ugly about me, if you’re want to learn what others are up to click here and join us on the porch.

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April 1, Today’s Thought – Mould Us

apr1Between showers on this rainy day, the Farmer watches over his gardens.

Good Morning

2 Timothy 2:21b . . . he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Mould us, great God,
into forms of beauty and usefulness
by the wheel of Providence
and by the touch of Thy hand.
Fulfil Thine ideal,
and conform us to the image of Thy Son.
In Thy great house may we stand
as vessels meet for Thy use.
We are little better than common earthenware,
but may we be cleansed,
and purified,
and filled with Thy heavenly treasure.
Dip us deep into the River of Life,
and give refreshment by us
to many parched and weary hearts.
F. B. Meyer

2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use]. 21 So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. Amplified Bible

Mould me . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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