Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I haven't posted lately because I'm on vacation!  Having a great time with my family.  This is a real treat to me, since I'm a widow and have no blood relatives within a 400 mile radius. So I don't get to see relatives unless I visit them or they me, which is about a twice a year thing.
I'm not feeling sorry for myself, because to be quite honest, God has given me the grace to actually like my peaceful and tranquil home. Of course I get  lonely at times, but trust that God knows all about it and will tip me off when He wants me to move closer to family. So until then I enjoy my time when I am with my family and treasure every moment.

Everyday has been busy, shopping, eating, at the pool, eating, sight seeing, eating, museum, eating, visiting historical houses, and of course eating!  LOL!  We aren't pigging out, but it has been nice to let the restaurants do the cooking.

I will be posting pictures when I get back. Thanking the Lord for the privilege to enjoy some time of rest and refreshing.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Anxiety NO! Peace YES!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Anxiety!  What in the world am I doing with anxiety?  It seems to creep up on me whenever I'm
about to make a change, a big decision or even take a trip!  And you know what? That anxiety has a way of robbing the joy that I should be experiencing. Over the years I have gotten a lot better, but I'm still not  where I would like to be.

Apostle Paul speaks to the people Philippi and encourages them not to be anxious about ANYTHING, but to talk to God about it and be thankful. And then the peace will come about the situation, peace that may seem unexplainable, but peace nevertheless.  I need peace, I crave peace. I know what it is like to be at a place of unrest and it is not pretty.  But I also know that with the Lord I and you my friend, can experience peace that goes beyond all understanding.  We just have to trust in Him.

I had a dream once, more like a nightmare; and in this dream I heard a voice say "This is how it feels to not have peace." Instantly in the dream I began to feel hopelessness, fear, rejection, and all the
negative feelings you can think of; a very un-restful, uneasy nervous feeling. I woke up in a sweat still feeling the residue of that dream and remember saying to God " I NEVER, EVER want to feel that way again!" It was awful, and yet I know that there are millions of people that feel that way all the time. That dream has given me more compassion for those that do not have Peace with the Lord. And hopefully I  will share boldly to them that there is Hope and Peace in Christ Yeshua.

So this anxiety has to go! It has no place in my life!  I've prayed about the situation, thanked God and I trust Him for the peace...AMEN!

On a side note, here are peeks of my Summer décor for the kitchen:

Apples and sunflowers plates and Teapot
Summer Wreath in the Kitchen
Love this Apple Teapot!
Kitchen table

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bathroom Diva?

My fellow Blogger Sheila over at "Note Songs"  ask for those us reading her wonderful blog to be daring and post our Bathroom Diva self portrait...well here I don't laugh!

 This was taken in my downstairs Powder room (that's still a bathroom right?  And I think it funny because I look so short !  LOL  So dear Sheila  I don't know how much of a "Diva" I am, but this is good for a few laughs!

Friday, July 12, 2013

His Plans...

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. .”  Jeremiah 29:11

I am so thankful that God knows the plans He has for me, because sometimes I wonder to myself just what the plans for my life are!  Yes even at my age…I wonder.

My late husband and I had plans, great plans, but when he passed I felt at a standstill.  I took my marriage very seriously; the two of us in my heart had really become one. His dreams became my dreams, his plans my plans. So when he died, those things seemed to die for me also.

It has taken many years of inner healing, but God in His faithfulness is convincing me (I’m thankful He has the patience with me) to see that He has plans just for me. Grief can sometimes be a strange journey; so many stages that don’t go in any particular order and repetitive.  I think that getting through the guilt stage (what ifs, should haves, etc) The Lord opened my eyes to “see” that it is okay to have what I call a “Personal Plan” for your life. As much as we are joined with others in relationships, we are still individuals to God and He has individual plans for each our lives.

We can accomplish much when in relationship with others; that is part of God’s plan too. But if we never realize our individual plan, we cannot successfully fulfill the Master Plan.  We were not created to be alone in this world, God made that quite clear in Genesis 2:18, “…it is not good for man to be alone…” He knows that we need fellowship and relationships with others, but ultimately our most important relationship, the one with Him is strictly one on one.

I’m so thankful that His plans for you and I are to prosper us and not harm us; to give us hope and a future. Whether we face that future with our loved ones or alone, one thing that remains constant, He will always be with us.
On another note...
Here are a couple of my recent thrifty finds...
Parisian motif boxes
Blue and white teapot and cups