Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Place For Peace & Restoration

Every morning before I do my devotions I work out on my deck when the weather permits and inside in the winter months. Here are some pictures of the view off my deck. It is my place of Peace & Restoration. I put on worship music, set a timer and GO FOR IT! It is such a wonderful time of worship and prayer that I hardly realize that I'm exercising. :o)


If you have a personal relationship with the God of this Universe "Jesus Christ" then you probably know what it is like to go through times when you just can't seem to connect with God or due to the pain that this fallen world may have inflicted on you sometimes you may even feel dead inside. I know I have. It is called "The Desert" and even though I now know that it is a place of growth it is not a fun place to be.

I have a promise bible that I read from each morning before I work on my bible study. It is called "The Complete Personalized Promise Bible" by James Riddle. It lists every promise in the bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is called "personalized" because after each scripture it gives a declaration of faith which helps you to apply its meaning to your own life. I am enjoying it!...........................This was one mornings devotion that I really liked, It showed me how my loving Father looked for me and pulled me out of the desert place.

Deuteronomy 32:10-13 AMP

He found him in the desert land, in the howling void of the wilderness; He kept circling around him, He scanned him (penetratingly), He kept him as the pupil of His eye. As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, He spread abroad His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions. So the Lord alone led him; there was no foreign god with Him. He made Israel ride on the high places of the earth, and he ate the increase of the fields; and He made him suck honey out of the rock and oil out of the flinty rock.

The Declaration Of Faith

My heavenly father found me in a desert place and pulled me from a barren wilderness. He encompassed me and drew me unto Himself so that I may find refuge in His arms. He keeps watch over me with an unfailing devotion and guards me as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up her nest and hovers over her young, He spreads His wings about me and bears me up in His pinions. The Lord alone is my direction. He leads me and guides me in my way. He makes me to ride upon the high places of the earth. He bids to eat from His abundance. He gives me honey from the rock and oil from the flinty crag. He is my Lord and my Savior. He continually watches over me so that I may enjoy the fullness of every good thing that life has to offer.

(Isaiah 43: 19-21; Psalm 17:8; 27:11; 34:10; 91:1-4; 103:1-5; Genesis 28:10-22; 2 Peter 1:3)

Someone's in the kitchen with Grammy someones in the kitchen I know

Ok, I won't sing..........The girls had fun making (and eating) "French Muffins" from their French cookbook " Ratatouille".

Jayda, Portia & Paris

Paris is the littlest and always wants to get on the counter to help with the cooking.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Secret Garden

We will be having a wedding here this summer for my Niece, Laura.

This gives me a really good excuse to finally get "The Secret Garden" finished.

This is just the beginning I have work a little here and there for years but have never finished the project and it has become totally filled in with weeds. As you can see I have recruited some help (I bribed them with cash). Hey! whatever it takes.

We have tons of weeds to pull and dig. Then flowers to plant. The reason I named this spot the secret garden is because there is a path that goes through the scrub oak and comes out at the other end. When you go in it feels like you are in the forest. It is also near the swing set/play house and the trampoline where the kids play. I think it will make a great place to hide and pretend.

Open My Eyes

I found this prayer today on another blog that I have been following. I'm "Ghana" Adopt , the woman there, Laurel has a whole bunch of kids, some biological some are adopted. She is also a believer in Christ and I have found it interesting to watch and read about her journey. Her prayer was for her kids and I just changed some of the wordings to fit my family and situation.

Lord ...

Open my eyes ... to see life through the eyes of my beautiful Grand Children. Help me to see life through their eyes. Help me to see what they see ... when they look at me ... and Papa ... and all of our family. Give me a clear vision of their needs, and help me to meet each of those individual needs.

Lord ...

Open my ears ... to hear what they hear. Help me to hear their fears. Help me to know the secrets that lie deep inside. Help me to pull them close and know how to comfort them when they are afraid.

Lord ...

Open my heart ... to feel what they feel. Help me to understand what makes their little hearts tick. Help me to feel their insecurities and give me wisdom in how to instill a sound self-esteem a strong sense of family and to know who they are in Christ Jesus.

Lord ...

Open my mind ... help me to know them more deeply. Help me to know when to speak, and when to keep silent. Help me to know when to encourage them to speak, and when it is okay for them to just sit in silence in my arms.

Lord ...

Help me to see my Grand Children, as you see them.

Help me to hear my Grand Children, as you hear them.

Help me to understand my Grand Children, as you understand them.

Help me to know my Grand Children, as you know them.

Lord ...

Thank you for Portia

Thank you for Paris

Thank you for Jaren

Thank you for Jansen

Thank you for Jayda

Lord ...

You see them,
and you love them.

You hear them,
and you know their secrets,
and you love them.

You understand them,
and you know the hurts and the dreams they hide in their hearts,
and you love them.

You know them.
You created them.
You love them.

Thank you Lord.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Happy Place

Sorry this post is a bit like me this week, all over the place. LOL
This is my new happy place.........There are rules here. No winning, gripping, *itching, yelling or complaining. If you are not happy you may not come in to my happy place.

He doesn't look very happy

If you zoom in on this picture you can see he is grinning......:o) I told him about my rule

Hay and water, what else does a goat need?

another goat........this one crys all the time, she is lonely! :o(

Kids love animals!

He worked hard on this project too.

My husband has been very busy with all his spring time honey do's.

He enclosed one of the horse stalls for the baby chickens so the raccoons can't get in and kill them and Rustin enclosed a large barn yard with wire fencing for the new goat and chickens (and who knows what else, will see, (maybe something with long ears?). This is Zoie the goat, she is the newest resident at the barn. The chickens are getting big and now have feathers. When they are a little bigger I will be able to let them out in the new barn yard to scratch and peck all they want. They are fun to watch, one of the chickens got a worm and several others chased it all over trying to get her worm, it was funny! hopefully this fall these 11 chickens will give me lots of eggs.