Sunday, July 6, 2014

I've been Wooed!



This afternoon I curled up with a book called "Captivating," by John and Stasi Eldridge.

I flipped through the book until a section caught my eye.

The words on the page had me pausing to stop and have a conversation with God.  I asked Him to give me a gift like He had given Stasi... I wanted to be "wooed," too.

I, right this very second, am staring at my gift from God.

It's a dragonfly.  And, it's HUGE!  It's about 4 inches in length.

Normally these precious creatures flit and fly about without much pausing.

This gift, however, has been outside my window for close to an hour.  Sunlight has kissed its delicate and lacy wings.  It's beautiful!

Seriously, is there a better way to end the day than staring out at a blue sky with your very own uniquely special gift from God directly in view?

I think most definitely..... NOT.




Goosebumps JUST shot through me as my little friend fluttered its wings.

Instinctively I knew it was saying "good-bye."  I quickly uttered my thanks to God and to this little friend for spending the evening with me.  And then.... it flew.... away.

Happy Sigh. 

PS: The link to the book above does not contain any affiliate links.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day




Thinking on years gone by

of many 4th's of July's

Remembering family and friends

picnic food-filled tables and outdoor games

Smiles and laughter, jokes through the night and after

Under blue skies or gray

Celebrating in every possible way.

Streams of light would streak through dark

Then burst open wide with colors sublime

All to celebrate the freedom

gifted to me and to you

by those that fought for

the Red, White and Blue.

Those 50 stars...

and 13 stripes....

were each bought with a steep, steep price

with thousands of heroic souls....

All for me

All for you

All for the country waving the Red, the White and the Blue.

   -  Stacey Dawn


May you rejoice in the freedom God's given you in the U.S.A. and in your own personal life.

Thank you to those who have served, who are serving and to those who will serve.

Thank you to the families who endure the hardships while loved ones are away.

Prayers to and for all of you today.







Saturday, May 24, 2014

Close







The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11


This week's Five Minute Friday prompt from Lisa Jo is:  close.

My heart longs for a good, solid Christian man to be close to.....in a forever way.
One that I can trust with my heart, and literally all of me.

I thought I had that in my last relationship.

It turns out I didn't.

And, even though I know the reasons for his leaving haunt him in ways only He can resolve, it doesn't make the loss any less painful.

As I come to terms with this loss and prepare myself for my future I find myself fighting inside my soul with Jesus being enough to fill the void this man left behind.

I found this verse above and am leaning heavily upon it.

I saw something online this week that said "God made the universe, He can handle this, too."

It reminded me that if God can create something as miraculous and complicated as this world and us humans, He can handle my future.

Image taken at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014


I wrote here this week, too.