Friday, September 5, 2014

Lonely, but not alone!


“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  Matthew 28:20b

This scripture has kept me comforted for many, many years.  Somehow knowing that God is by my side has made this life so much more livable.

At the age of about 10 or 11 with the arrival of my beloved baby sister I was no longer the star of the family, there were times that I would withdraw and climb up my favorite tree.  Being a tomboy of sorts, I was usually found in a pair of cutoff jeans climbing some kind of tree, which besides reading was one of my favorite pastimes.  But there was a special tree, a Chinaberry tree that grew on the left side of our driveway near the backyard that I would climb when I wanted to “fly away”.  When I would climb that tree and finally get to the highest branch, I can remember now like it was yesterday, I felt like I was on top of the world…my little world anyway.  With the warm breeze blowing in my face, I felt as close to God as I could get.

Though I did not know at the time that is what I was seeking, I believe God knew I was seeking for my purpose.  Who am I? Where do I fit in? Are you there? I’m sure were some of the things going through my 10 year old mind.  And now when I look back, I realize that He spoke to me on my level.  A bird stopping to sing a beautiful song:  “You are my creation, even more important than this bird.“
My Mom or Dad would call my name checking to see where I was:  “You fit in to this family that I have given you.”  The soft wind blowing in and caressing my face:  “Yes, I am here.”  He spoke to me even back then reassuring me that He is ALWAYS there.

Since that time, and through my life’s journey God has escorted me through some things that if I’d had a choice I would not have wanted to take that route, but never the less, He has proven Himself so very faithful to me. He has truly never left my side. Sometimes He is silent, but I know that He is there, encouraging me to continue to go forward.

Sometimes it can get very lonely, but I am learning that I am never alone. When I can sit on my back porch in the early morning hours and say nothing but wait in His presence and begin to feel His peace that passes all understanding come over me, I know He is there.  When I don’t know what to
do and He seems silent, I am learning that He is still there and as I trust Him He will show the way in His time.

 

Since my adventures in my favorite tree, God is teaching me Who I am: I am His child, and though I had wonderful parents who loved me with all their hearts, they were only examples of His love for me, a love so deep I cannot fathom.  Where I fit in: I fit in wherever His love directs me to go, because as I am obedient He will use my gifts and talents to be a blessing to someone.  And Is He there:  Yes! Yes! He is ALWAYS there, to love, to chastise, to comfort, to encourage, directing, to listen and the list goes on and on!

 

So yes I get lonely at times, but I KNOW that I am NEVER alone!  He will never leave me, in that I can trust!
 
Thank You Lord for Wisdom and Understanding!
 
On another note I took a trip to a gigantic Thrift store the other day and here are some things I saw:
 
A tea set on a Teapot, how lovely!

Precious Moments anyone?

Something for everyone!

Oh Tinker Bell how lovely!

These pillows were so luxurious and so cheap!

Patriot Teapot!

Cow jump over the moon teapot!


I say that Bunny is chasing down those veggies

So cute just right for the spring!

Mickey!

Humpty Dumpy and Book Teapot!

I was very good and these were my only purchases!

Do I need this?  LOL

A brass Monkey!

Sunflower mirror!
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

September already!

Wow how time seems to be flying!  I guess that it's true what they say "The older you get, the faster time seems to fly." I am just so grateful to be here and be able to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Fall is my most favorite time of the year. The weather is usually moderate in temperature here in New Jersey With cool mornings and evenings and slightly warmer mid days. The leaves generally begin to change in colors around mid to late October. You will also see lots of signs for Apple and Pumpkin picking around that time. The geese will begin to fly south, so there is a lot of honkin' going on and the Mums (Chrysanthemums) are huge and gorgeous, and shouting at me on each farm or road stand to stop and buy a couple for the front porch.

I don't think that I will do as much decorating this year as I have in the past, simply because it's WORK to take it all down.  Oh I'll still sip my warm Apple cider and light my new Autumn scented candle when I bring out my plastic tub of Fall decorations, but fewer things are going up.

My Crockpot will be put to more use too.  There is something about cooler weather that makes me want to pull out the larger of my crockpots and simmer a good chili, soup or a new recipe, like "Chicken Cheese Steak"  YES in the crockpot!  It's nice when you go outside and work in the yard a bit then come back in to the scent of something yummy cooking in the old crockpot.

Here's a tip: I like seasonal scented candles, so I get them at the end of each season at places like Kohl's and Ross.  Kohl's especially have their candles marked down sometimes to 80% off after season.  Store them in a cool dry place until that season returns and voila', you don't have to pay those high prices when they first come out. I'm already set for this year, it is a Chesapeake Bay Candle scented "Caramel Pecan." Nothing better than the house smelling like warm Pecan pie on a cool autumn day.

 
 


So thankful to God for giving us different seasons to experience. That is one good thing about living in the northeast of the country we get 4 definite seasons to enjoy.  I won't decorate until around October 1st, but here are some things I did in previous years.  Glad I have the pictures, because there will be certainly less this year!  Happy September!
















 








 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunflowers...


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do.”
-Helen Keller
While riding around in my neighborhood I noticed that many yards and gardens were adorn with beautiful sunflowers. They stood tall and cheery above all the other plants and flowers with their bright yellow "faces" seemingly bathing in the summer sun...they make me smile.  So even though I did not plant any sunflowers in my yard or garden I did do a bit of decorating with some faux. (will attach pics at the end of this post.  But for now here are some facts about this cheery fun flower ...
 
•The stem of a sunflower can grow up to 10 ft tall and the flower head can be 11.8 in wide.

•Sunflowers are very fast growing plants, in the right conditions they can grow 8-12 feet tall in six months.

•As of 2012, the Guinness World Record for the tallest sunflower is 27 ft for a sunflower grown in Germany.

•Famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh did a series of paintings featuring and called Sunflowers.

•There are two kinds of sunflower seeds. Sunflower oil which is used in cooking and in margarines is made from black seeds and snack food is made from the striped seeds. The seeds can also be used as bird feed.

•Sunflowers can also be processed into a peanut butter substitute called Sunbutter. In Germany, sunflower seeds are mixed with rye flour to make a type of bread (Sonnenblumenkernbrot).

•The sunflower is native to the America's and was used extensively by Native American Indians for food, as oil, in bread, medical ointments, dyes and body paints.

•Kansas is often known as the Sunflower state and the flower is in fact Kansas's state flower. The sunflower is also the national flower of Ukraine.

•Sunflowers can be used to extract toxin such as lead, arsenic and uranium from contaminated soil. For example, sunflowers were used to remove toxins from a pond after the Chernobyl disaster and similar projects took place after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

While doing my fun "research" on sunflowers, it's interesting to know how popular they are. They are used in:

Clothing:

Strapless dress
 
Gown and jacket


Bowtie
 

Neck tie




Jewelry:





Handbags:
Of Course Bouquets:




Food:
 



Pottery:



And we can't forget "Sunflower" Pups!:






I'm so thankful that God made Sunflowers...hope these pictures made you smile ...

 
“Think how the flowers grow. They do not work or make cloth. Yet, I tell you, that King Solomon in all his greatness was not dressed as well as one of these flowers.” Luke 12:27
 (New Living Translation)

Here's my Sunflowers around the house: