Thursday, May 31, 2012

Trust. . .With All Your Heart!

Hello everyone! I'm a little behind schedule this week. Been quite a busy one, so far! Next week may also be a little hectic. Our home inspection is set. Then we will have the house appraisal. So keep us in your prayers. Little by little, we're getting there! :)

Hope you are all enjoying your day! Came across this photo/verse and it just really stuck with me, so I kinda made it my verse for the week.
Source: via Ann on Pinterest

"Trust  in the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART."
What does that really mean to you?
  • Giving every situation over to Him
  • Taking our hands totally off
  • Do not rely on our own strength
  • Giving both physically and mentally to the will of the Spirit
  • Confident expectation of something= having hope.
  •  Confidence in the certainty of God's control of the future
  • Not holding onto one specific situation or taking back the control you've given to God.
 "Lean not on your own understanding."
How do we do this?
  • Not seeking to figure the problem out logically
  • It doesn't mean that you don't use the brain that God gave you to make good decisions.
  •   If you know that God has given directions for how to act and your brain tells you that it would be easier or safer to do things a different way, then you trust in God and do things His way instead of what your natural mind is urging you to do.

“In all your ways acknowledge him,”
  •   This is to fear GOD (acknowledge His power, but not fear his judgement), in all we do. 
  • When you get your eyes off God and on the problem, it will get bigger and bigger.
If you do all the above. . . .
"HE shall direct your paths."
  • When you feel lost or don't know which way to go, He will guide you.
I never want to stop writing down the many blessings God has bestowed upon me! So, I'm continuing in the Joy Dare.
3 gifts that made you laugh
734. My dogs, being silly and running around the yard.
735. A fun couple of days with my friend, Malorie (we were trying to include the ducks in the background)
736. My couples Bible study group; especially Wes and Julie, Rick and Lynn!! They are a hoot!!

3 gifts found in community
737. An evening out for dinner with our couples Bible study group.
738. Time spent with my mentor, Marg.
739. Ladies Bible study (I love those ladies)

A gift in a plate, a pot, a package
740. Plate - Eating out and trying new kinds of food (Japanese) - sushi and pickled ginger.
741. Pot - Cream of Potato soup; after getting dental work done, it's the only thing that tastes good.
742. Package - New package of peppermint gum.

3 gifts hard giving thanks for
743. Extra work needed to be done on my teeth.
744. Break-ups (for son and his girlfriend.)
745. Surprising news from our realtor (not the good kind, either).

3 gifts found in church
746. Funny skit put on by the drama team.
747. Great sermon
748. Family, sitting beside me.

3 gifts in today’s work
749. Packing boxes and listening to Christian music.
750. Clean closets
751. Clean bathroom (Ughhh!!)

A gift at 8 AM, 12 PM, and 8 PM
752. Writing in my blog.
753. Relaxing at my favorite coffee shop.
754. Watching a movie with my hubby, son, and his girlfriend.(yes, they're back together)

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Friday, May 25, 2012

My Garden, God's Handiwork

Just another quick stop in, as I continue to get ready for our move to the lakehouse. I will definitely miss my flower gardens here at our current home. I'm hoping to take as many starts as possible with me for the new house and I hope the new owners love flowers and can enjoy them as much as I have. I am so amazed and enamored by the variety and beauty of God's creation!!!
 "Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)
 "A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant," 1820
"Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed... if we only knew it.  What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons."  ~James Russell Lowell
 "God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars."  ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."  ~John Muir
"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue Delft Windmills

Just stopping in to share what's happening around here...I've been doing a lot of wrapping and packing, to get ready to move to our lakehouse.  As you may have heard, I will be cutting back on the number of posts for a while, as we prepare for this move.

As I was wrapping some of my teaware, I was admiring some Delft blue-ware I had received from my mother as a gift and was thinking about the history of some of this beautiful artistry.

The story of the Delft Blue, or Delft Blauw, began in China hundreds of years ago. In the 1600’s the beautiful white and blue porcelain came to Europe, and the Netherlands, with the Dutch East India Company. It soon gained major popularity and Dutch potters started to imitate the technique. Germany, England, and France potters also produced Delft, which can be distinguished not only by the difference in shape and design, but the fineness of the porcelain.

In the first half of the 17th century there were several factories in the Netherlands, especially in Rotterdam and Delft.  The earliest tiles were used for flooring , often in churches, wealthy homes or institutional buildings. When some floor tiles turned out to be too delicate for heavy usage, the tiles moved to the walls. Single tiles and whole pictures of tiles were used in kitchens, around fireplaces and as baseboards where floors met walls. The tiles were also used as insulation and protection against water seeping into houses. (Source)

Source: via Ann on Pinterest

Why windmills? The Dutch have become very innovative when it comes to keeping out the water. They have built dykes, fortifications and last but not least wind and watermills to create new land. The oldest mill is a watermill that dates back to the eighth century. These techniques were used to pump dry hundreds of lakes and swamps and to prevent land from flooding. Today, windmills are characteristic of the Dutch landscape and a symbol of the Dutch struggle with water. With over a thousand windmills throughout the Netherlands, no wonder that they are the focus of most paintings and artwork.

I couldn't resist adding this tile set, with two teacups. This would be so pretty as a backsplash on my kitchen wall.

Source: via Ann on Pinterest

I was noticing that I have a few teapots and plates, but no teacups with the delft blue designs. I would love to find a set of teacups and saucers like the one below!
Source: via Ann on Pinterest

Here, also are some pretty delft blue items that I would love to find and make a part of my collection.
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This throw has delft blue tile designs on cozy and decorative, at the same time. I could definitely sit here and sip on a cup of tea. Couldn't you?
Source: via Ann on Pinterest

I saw this stitched piece and thought it was cute...and so true. These days, my schedule is very busy, but never too busy for a cup of tea.
Source: via Ann on Pinterest

I never want to stop writing down the many blessings God has bestowed upon me! So, I'm continuing in the Joy Dare.
3 gifts blue
713. My Delft blue-ware (so pretty)
714. The color of the lake.
715. So many pretty shades of blue (my favorite is colbalt blue).

3 gifts found In His Word
716. Hope -
Titus 3:7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
717. Joy -
     Psalm 19:8
     The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
718. Confidence -  
     Proverbs 3:26 (NKJV)
      "For the LORD will be your confidence,
       And will keep your foot from being caught."

A gift in a box, a bag, a book
719. All that God has provided - in many boxes, as I pack.
720. Bag of tasty tortilla the salty flavor!!
721. 2 books: "A Case for Faith" and "A Case for Christ" (Always good to review apologetics)
3 gifts unexpected
722. Water pump going out, causing us to not have water for 2 days.
723. Getting into the dentist so soon to get a crown worked on.
724. The neighbor, putting gravel in his back yard...very noisy day!

3 gifts from your childhood
725. Great memories of family vacations, holiday gatherings, etc.
726. The protection of God throughout my young life.
727. Growing up in a loving, Christian home.

A gift sweet, salty, sticky
 The perfect analogy for a good friendship: a little sweet, a little nutty & it sticks together.(source)
728. sweet - strawberry jelly
729. salty - peanuts (peanut butter)
730. sticky - good friends :)

3 gifts found in little people
731. Their innocence 
732. Child like faith is good. (Matthew 18:2-4)
733. They have a way of cheering us up/making us laugh.
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