Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Growing up!


“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”  I Corinthians 13:11

October…beautiful October!  This month has many happy memories for me: it is the month that we (my late husband, son and I) moved into our new to us home in New Jersey. We had a home in the Philadelphia area for a little over 6 years and felt that it was time to move on up. We were “The Jeffersons” of New Jersey.  J  I remember that we were so excited and planted like a hundred flower bulbs that October. I still have some flowers that come up from that planting many years ago.  What a great time that was, new home, nice neighbors and beautiful weather!

The month of October was also the month that we would make our annual trip up to what we called “Dutch country”, which is in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area.  It is so very beautiful up there this time of year when the leaves change their colors. Also lots of great places to eat the cooking made famous in that neck of the woods.  Such precious memories….

But there are some memories that are not so happy this month; two of them being it is the month of both my late Mom and husband’s birthdays.  Even though they both have been gone for several years, I still miss them when this time comes around.  To top it off, a few days ago I ran into an acquaintance that I had not seen in a while and she made a statement that shook me up pretty bad.  The rumor about me that she stated was not a good thing to say to someone.  I chose to believe that she did not say it to be mean, so I managed to smile and lovingly part our ways after a brief conversation.

The old me would still be in an uproar over that incident, even fearful.  But Glory to God! Within a few minutes I allowed the Lord to turn something negative into a positive experience!  I believe that I’m growing up! I no longer feel depressed when this month comes around. Instead I have chosen to think on the precious, good memories that God has blessed me with. 

Abie Kulynych said something very profound a few Sundays ago during his sermon. I paraphrase what he said referring to prayer : God wants us to have Child-like faith when we come to Him, not Childish faith. Childish faith demands its own way and gets upset when things don’t turn out the way we think they should .  But Child-like faith is a faith that wants only what the Father God wants. Because if we believe that Father God truly loves us, then we will have the assurance that He will only give what is best.  Now THAT is "grown-up" thinking...something we should all earnestly seek after.
I thank God for the new season. Not only is it beautiful, but it is a new beginning …an opportunity to grow up!
 
Here are some pictures of my outing on this beautiful October day!
 










 

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!