Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!



2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)




Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring II

Yesterday a neighbor rotor tilled a small garden area for us. Today I purchased 4 different tomato plants, 4 pepper plants, and two clematis. I was able to get everything planted. I will still have room for some pole beans, & onions. I can hear it raining as I write this. That is good. I have some flower seeds from my niece, Violet to plant also. I wish my body was as willing and anxious to do everything that my mind thinks I'm able to do. Oh well my spirit is young, but my body is less young. I'm excited because my brother and we are meeting Saturday. It will be good to see him again. Did I ever mentioned that I LOVE spring. Today I harvested rhubarb from the plants we planted last year. I made a rhubarb crisp today and invited three neighbors over for dessert tonight. I served ice cream with it. I had only a small bite without ice cream.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring

I absolutely love spring!!! All the things we planted last summer are up and doing well. Today I purchased some pansies, a flower with a tiny white bloom, and one hosta to fill in a space around our maple tree. Pansies always reminds me of my Dad. My irises remind me of my Mom. I miss both of them very much. So I got my hands dirty planting those. Some Pelicans have returned to a couple lakes around here, but they aren't all back yet. We purchased a sprayer to spray the two apple trees we purchased last year. The gentleman at the greenhouse said to wait till all the blossoms are gone. before spraying. My rhubarb is looking real good and I plan to take some and make rhubarb crisp tomorrow. Oh my crocus are blooming also. We will need to mow the lawn again tomorrow also. Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful season. Oh Spring,Oh Spring, Oh SPRING, Oh SPRING. The farmers are in the field. One of our friends, a farmer has planted 1,000 acres of corn and another 1400 acres of corn. Our neighbor said he saw some corn up already about 20 miles from here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Prayer

Prayer
What a wonderful privilege we have to be able to have conversation with God directly.
How blessed that our savior will speak to His Father in our behalf. Right now my hearts cry to God is that He will heal our daughter. She has had five surgeries in the past year. The first one being on May 18, 2009. She has a tentative date of June 2 we just found out tonight. That is if the doctor her surgeon wants to assist him accepts her case. She will see that doctor on Tuesday, April 27. He is not in her health care plan so we are asking God that arrangements will be made that he will accept her case. She has checked him out through the Internet and he is rated the best in his field in her area. We rest believing God has her in His care. She said she has confidence in the surgeon and the person he wants to assist even through she has not met him yet. Praise God He still can heal.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Veteran

A Veteran
I'm very thankful for all the men and women who serve our country. I received this poem as an e mail. We need to pray for these men and women and pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones while serving. This poem arrived with no title or author.

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair is falling fast,
And he sat around the RSL,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his chilren and his wife..
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politican's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know,

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would your really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days..

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY


A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life,
wrote a blank cheque made payable to 'Australia', 'New Zealand',
'Canada', 'Great Britain', 'The United States' or any other God fearing country for an amount "up to and including my life".

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this WORLD who no longer understand it.

Thank you veterans and Soldiers who have served in the past and who are now serving.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Full Coverage

Full Coverage

I have an insurance policy.....
Written in the blood of the Lamb,
Sealed by the Cross of Jesus,
Redeemable wherever I am!!!

The company will never go bankrupt,
It is bonded by God's promise true;
It will keep every word of it's contract,
Exactly what it says it will do.

I don't have to die to collect it,
No premiums do I have to pay;
All I do is to trust God's promise
And walk in His holy way.

No collector will ever come calling,
It was paid on Calvary's tree;
It insures me for living and dying
And for all eternity.
{Author Unknown}

Friday, April 9, 2010

Space

Space
We were blessed to be able to purchase a used John Deere 30 inch riding mower this week. Bob had mentioned to our neighbor Tom that we might purchase a used mower. Well Tom has been helping his Mom get things ready for an estate sale as his half brother passed on. He asked Bob if he still what a riding mower. Tom drove it over to our place and we bought it. Now why did I title this SPACE. Well WHERE WERE we going to keep it. Our sun porch has become our second garage, because that is where we have a little space. We are thankful that the things Bob moved to have the mowers and snow blowers in the garage will be dry and usable in their new space (home). God is so good in providing for all our needs. PRAISE GOD!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Visiting Violet

We had an exciting time for Easter. We went to visit my niece Violet and her family. We always have a great time with them. They had other guests for dinner (noon) on Sunday. David is a Pastor and their church had a Easter breakfast which was delicious. Then David had a very nice Easter message. He spoke of the empty tomb and our eternal hope, because of the empty tomb. It is so true we have that hope, because Christ arose and the tomb is empty. He is even now preparing a place for all who place their faith in the finished work of the cross. The blood of Christ is the only payment we need for our sins. He is the light at the end of the tunnel. Our Risen Lord!!! Praise God!!! I'm also excited because Violet is coming to attend a Beth Moore Live Simulcast with me on Sat. April 24 th. She will be staying overnight.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Arranging A Urn

This afternoon I went to a town near us and at Wal-Mart I choice flowers to arrange in a urn I purchased last fall for my brothers grave near here. When I got home I thought I would ask Maureen, a friend and neighbor if she could help me. She was excited to help and her husband helped with his special saw to cut the styrofoam to put the flowers in. He also helped with putting white rocks in the urn then Maureen with only a small amount of help by myself arranged the flowers. I wasn't sure how many flowers to purchase so Maureen added some baby breath and red roses to fill in. Then we put Spanish moss on top of the rocks. It is beautiful.