Graze: To feed on growing grasses.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

-Ps. 23:1-6

Growing up on a farm, I used to watch the cows, sheep & horses graze in the pasture. Each morning we would open the gate to the barnyard and they knew there was freedom from that small pen they were in. They also knew there was nice green grass beyond the barnyard. Once the gate was open, look out because those animals wanted to get where the tall, green grass grew – the pasture! They would take off sometimes even running up the old fenced lane that went up over the hill through the cornfield to the lush green pasture on the other side of the farm. There they would graze for a while then lay down and rest for a while then graze some more. They did this all day long. Come evening we would go over to the pasture’s edge and call the cows – 'come boss, 'come boss. They would gather at the pasture gate. Sometimes we would have to go round up a few stragglers and when all were accounted for, we’d open the lane gate and back over the hill they would go to the barnyard for the night. The next morning was the same routine, day after day.
What a life, huh?!

Oh that we could just graze and rest in shady green pastures all day long! But we can rest and graze in God’s green pastures and restore our souls . . . The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. (Ps. 23:1) I believe God wants us to slow down and “rest” and “graze” and “feed” on His Word. Life throws so many things our way and we are so busy – busy doing good things. But are we running on empty a good share of the time? Are we feeling stretched to extreme? Are we content with who we are in God’s divine providence? Slow down and take some time to just leisurely graze, rest a while, then graze and feed on the good things God has provided for you. Graze, rest, and enjoy the “shady green pastures” of God’s abundant love, grace, and mercy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hot Temperatures

Speaking of Temperatures . . . it has been so hot here in the mid-west!  The high temperatures of about 98-105 plus the humidity from all of the flood water has brought the temp up to 115+ degrees for the heat index!  That is way too warm for a gal my age!!  I think I have actually felt like the "popped" ear of corn!!!  LOL!  Anyway this cartoon really hit home but there isn't much we can do about it except carry on and keep that "ice tea" jug full!  So wherever you are - keep cool and before you know it we will be complaining about the snow and ice!!!!!

Temperature Preference

Flood of 2011


I like the fact that in spite of the flooding in our area - some people still have a little humor to share!  This was out by a driveway on my way home!!  LOL!

These are picture of Goosehaven Loop in the Crescent/Honey Creek area.  We have family that lived here.  They are all out and safe but not sure what will be left of their homes.

Lots of current in these waters!

Honey Creek entrance into river.

Rushing water beyond the river banks!

Standing Tall

Standing for what you believe in regardless of the odds against you, and the pressure that tears at your resistance . . . is Courage.

Keeping a smile on your face when inside you feel like dying, for the sake of supporting others . . .

is Strength.

Stopping at nothing and doing what’s in your heart that you know is right . . .
is Determination.

Doing more than is expected, to make another’s life a little more bearable, without uttering a single complaint . . .

is Compassion.

Helping a friend in need, no matter
the time or effort, to the best of
your ability . . . is Loyalty.

Holding your head high and being
the best you know you can be
when life seems to fall apart at your feet;
facing each difficulty with confidence
that time will bring you better tomorrows,
and never giving up . . . is Confidence.

Hold your head high and make your life better every day!

God is for me

God is for me.

God is for me.

God is for me.

God is for me.

Read again Romans 8:31-39

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Truly He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also who is raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For Your sake we are killed all the day long. We are counted as sheep of slaughter."
But in all these things we are more than conquer through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.     -Rom 8:31-39

Monday, July 18, 2011

You Are A Living Collection Of Seeds

"Most people have no idea about what a Seed really is. Showing up at work on a Seed. Showing up ahead of time is another Seed. You see, anything that you can do to make life easier for your boss or anyone a Seed. Millions have never used 10% of the Seed stored within them. You see, mowing the grass for your church is a Seed. Babysitting for a struggling single parent is a Seed. You are a "Living  Collection of Seeds" a museum of powerful, tiny golden passionate beginnings." 

What a great quote that is from Dr. Mike Murdock!  Stop and think about your assortment of seeds - how can you use them today?  I challenge you to open up your package of seeds and start planting them. Don't wait for the perfect little garden spot to plant them - just start planting and watch those seeds begin to take root and bloom. I have always loved that old saying, "Bloom Where You Are Planted" - Look around your and let's start planting today, ok?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Midwestern "flooding-shoe fashion"!

Here's the latest in shoe

fashion - - -

especially popular with all of

the "flooding" here in the