Friday, May 31, 2013

Short and Sweet: God's Creation

Just been enjoying views of God's great creation. . .from flowers, to the animal world, to nature!!!
Hope you enjoy!

"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:3)

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genisis 1:21
"O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens."
(Psalm 8:1)
For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!  Amos 4:13
Source: via Ann on Pinterest

 "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. All nature praises God" (Pslams 150:6)

Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror? Job 37:18
 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  Colossians 1:16
Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.  Psalm 69:34
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.   Isaiah 40:26
 Who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth— the Lord is his name. Amos 9:6

The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth. Psalm 96:10-13

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Luke 12:27

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.  Romans 11:36
Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

“From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?” ~Job 38:29

God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

I was allowed to share only a certain amount of pictures on this post. Good thing, since I could have kept going. 
 As you can see, God is such an amazing, Creator of all things!!

Have a blessed weekend!

Linking over to these blog hops:

No Rules Weekend Blog Hop @ Sincerely, Paula

Monday, May 27, 2013

So Much to Be Thankful For.

The past few weeks had been kind of rough. . . with family issues to work out, important decisions needed to be made, a schedule that wouldn't quit, and weather that fluctuated every day, sometimes moment to moment. 
But it seems to me, even with the difficult and DOWN times, God provides the UP times, too. He gives us rest when we really need it. And He even blesses our lives in so many ways! All we have to do is look around us. . .

For some reason, I had been feeling down and a little neglected, lately. 
I missed my son, who lives 4 hours away.
I missed seeing my long-time friend, who lives 2 hours away.

 God knew that, even though time was short, all I needed was a small tidbit of time with my far away loved ones.
It almost wasn't going to happen, but then God provided!

What a blessed weekend I got to spend with family and friends!! I hope each of you, my bloggy friends, had a blessed weekend, as well!!
 Continuing to count my blessings, one by one at  
1,343 -  God has blessed me with an amazing, loving, kindhearted son. (at Lake Monroe, Bloomington, IN)
 1,344 - A loving hubby, who after some persuasion, was willing to go with me to spend a few hours with our son, even though the drive is very long.
 1,345 - A beautiful warm, sunny day and a gorgeous setting among nature and man-made structures...(Lake Monroe Dam in Bloomington, IN.)
 1,346 - Beautiful movement and power of water. It provides nourishment to man and nature, yet has strength when put under pressure.
 1,347 - Much needed time with my son.
   1,348 - That each step in life is a step of faith,  adventure, and hope in Christ...
 1,349 - Life can often be an uphill struggle...knowing that God walks with us every step...even when our legs ache from the steep climb up.
 1,350 - Sometimes life can seem so distant and vague, but we need to stand in faith in the moment, knowing God will help us get to the top of our hill.
1,351 - He helps us focus on what we truly need...what's important in this life...and where He directs us to go and what He calls us to do.
 1,352 - Ice cream and summertime!

1,353 -
Best friends, who love you thru thick or thin!

1,354 - Just a little time with my best friend of 30+ years!(at her two son's graduation open house).
1,355 - This song that came to mind, as I look at this sweet picture of me and my best friend.

To see more great pictures and find out what other blessings I am so thankful for, head on over to my other blog post,
"Lake Living is Grand at Cairn Cottage"

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ever Lifting Me On Eagle's Wings

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, I contemplate what this holiday means to me. . .

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season in the United States. 

Memorial Day Weekend is a three-day holiday that is typified by the first family picnics and barbecues of the year. 

The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race takes place on the Sunday before Memorial Day.  

It also is a time for families to get together for ball games, swimming, and other early summer activities

Memorial Day is also a time to remember those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise. Parades and memorial services take place all over the country. Many, many prayers are said for those who have lost a child, spouse, parent, or family member who died in the Armed Forces. 

My heart aches for those who have felt this great loss!!!
Prayer on  Memorial Day
On this Memorial Day
Grant peace to the souls
of all those soldiers who died in war.
We remember the tears and grief of their families, 
The pain of mothers, wives, husbands and children
Who lost precious loved ones.
To build a meaningful memorial to them,
We ask God to give us all the will
To work for peace around the world
So no more sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, nor mothers
Are slaughtered by the guns and bombs of war.
memorial day 2012
To grant us the compassion and wisdom to affirm life
And honor the dead through forgiveness and peace making.
May God have mercy on the souls of the departed.
Grant them peace, O Lord.
May we have mercy on the living.
Grant us peace, O Lord.
In Your name we pray.

We also remember and pray for those presently in the military.
Prayer for Our Troops
Lord, please hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for
the selfless act they perform
for us in our time of need.
We ask this in the name of
Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

This week, I'm reminded of God's great and awesome strength that carries me when I feel helpless and weak. My hubby and I were out trolling around in our boat, when we saw THE LAKE EAGLE! Everyone on our lake knows about the lake eagle; some have had the privilege of seeing him. And now I am one of the few who have caught him on my camera. He was hiding in a tree, but I did get a few great shots . . .

 As we continued around the lake, we rode by this carved pole in someones yard. . . a great image of an eagle in flight. It reminded me, not only those who have fallen, but of our God who lifts us up on His wings of love and strength.

I recently heard this song "Ever Lifting" by Christy Nockels
It encouraged me, and I hope it encourages you.

What does Memorial Day weekend mean to me?
 rest, relaxation, family, and friends. . . and