God’s Gems

I love the rain!

I love the rain!

God kissed the earth with rain today

A blessing rich and bold

I count the gems in their sparkling array

Never ceasing to behold

Life’s gift provided as I pray

His love each droplet holds.

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Going to Town!

I used to find that going to town elicited a feeling of anticipation and excitement.  What will I buy; a new dress, a new chair, knickknacks or a book?  Those were fun days and I look back on them with a fond remembrance of time spent with children, sisters, friends, and parents but the thrill of the hunt is now a feeling of dread and I feel an intense longing to stay at home with a good book and cup(s) of coffee!  What changed?  Instead of the beauty of each moment spent frantically looking for something to buy, I now feel a strong desire to commune with God and revere His majestic creation.

Concurrently, I feel more creative and watch amazed as that creativity blossoms and grows.  I’m not talking about having a tremendous gift for anything creative, but rather the allowing of God’s genius to flow through me in very small increments!  I’m not a naturally gifted artist, musician, student; you get the idea, but I do thrill at experiencing something greater than myself within me.  Wow!  When I know without a doubt that the result is not of my ability or making, I’m overwhelmed with the need to praise God!  Lord, I praise your name, and thank you for helping me find relief from the endless monotony of going to town!

Holy Spirit Stained Glass

Holy Spirit Stained Glass (Photo credit: hickory hardscrabble)

Friendship

Not many events in life surpass spending time with people you love. I’ve discovered life-long friendships are rare, especially between couples, so when that special magic occurs I cherish it.  I just spent a beautiful weekend with dear friends and while we knew the threads of our relationship ranged from our beliefs, to music, to good books, and family; it was pure joy to weave those threads into something stronger and more beautiful as we added dreams and goals for the future.

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”― William Shakespeare

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly
smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration
that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you
and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”―Ralph Waldo Emerson

No matter life’s journeys, we are bound to each other.  Our future is the same.  We are heaven bound.  Thank you Lord Jesus for friendships that will survive this world  and belong to us in our heavenly home with you, our dearest friend.

Jesus on Friendship

John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

David and Jonathan

David and Jonathan (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

St Paul writing to Timothy

St Paul writing to Timothy (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

Ruth and Naomi

Ruth and Naomi (Photo credit: Yersin

Springtime

I live in a high-desert area where the color green is in short supply!  That is why I love the spring!  Our fields are green and trees are budding.  Unfortunately, the prairie dogs ate the 100 bulbs my sister planted last fall!  I’m learning that country living is all about learning to coexist!

I watched a Scottish Highlander cow calving today and felt as if the world around me had been reborn.  I had never been a witness to the birthing process from beginning to end with our cows because generally they calve effortlessly.  My sister, husband and I watched as she competently gave birth to a healthy calf.  We felt like members of the herd as the other cows seemed to come from nowhere, surrounding us and greeting this cow and her new calf, one of five this spring.  It was a miraculous moment!The start of the maternal bonding.

My husband successfully hatched 13 chicks this year and we’ve watched in amazement as they mature and feathers replace their down.  Our granddaughter has spent as much time as possible holding each in their first weeks of life.  It’s been a joy to see the wonder and awe so inherent in a child’s face as she pays homage to new life.

Our world is new again, and I give God the glory for rebirth and new life all around us.  My heart explodes in gratefulness for my rebirth and for His presence within which transforms.

Thank-you Lord!

Moisture

Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable

Our Precious Water

I didn’t appreciate the blessing of water, until I didn’t have enough! We live in a rural area, moved here 4 years ago, and our side of the valley is referred to as the dry side, with a small creek that runs through it. We have a small herd of Highlander Cows, chickens and a small orchard. Last year, midsummer, the creek ran dry. We lost some trees, and sold several cows, due to the minimal grass growth for the season. This morning, early spring, we woke up to a low-lying mist with possible rain. I felt joy to the depths of my soul! Father Almighty, thank you for your many blessings, and especially for the water you provide which nurtures life itself, from grasslands for our cattle, to water for our fruits and vegetables, to drinking water for our health and well-being. You are omnipotent and omniscient. You are worthy of our praise. Thank-you Father for your love.