Sunday, July 15, 2018

THHOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY


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 In the Book of I Chronicles David is returning the Ark of God back to the city of David.  There was rejoicing, laughter, dancing and music as the Ark of the Covenant was returned.  Part of that celebration is as follows and is my prayer for today.

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Sing to him, yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
Exult in his holy name.
Rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

Search for the Lord and his strength;
Continually seek him.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
His miracles, and the rulings
he has given.

Would you join me in the freedom we have in Christ to rejoice, to laugh, to dance and to sing of his great goodness.  At this joyous celebration there was also gifts from King David.  Each person was given a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins.  

Lord, let our rejoicing be in the singing, dancing, laughing, loving and giving gifts in Your Holy Name for what you have done for us.  I love You.  Amen.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~ SPEAK UP

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Proverbs 31:8  " Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."

Lord, I am so grateful that You love us, regardless of our appearance, our wealth, our social or political status.  We cannot impress You, nor do we need to.  You have chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and inherit the kingdom.  In light of this, Father God, give me a compassionate heart.  Help me be as impartial in my love for others as You have been in loving me.  I love You.  Amen. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

RECORD HIGHS

Southern California had a heat wave yesterday~  Setting records with 118 at Villa Ramona.  We stayed inside with the AC at 79 and had a nice cold chef salad for dinner.  Today it's only going to be 105.  The pool looked inviting, but in that weather.. it probably felt like a sauna!

Hopefully it will continue to cool off.....

Been really busy around here...hardly open the computer!! Perhaps one of these days, I'll get back to a regular routine.  Does anyone else find it hard to find time to blog???

Saturday, June 30, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~ FREEDOM



 II Corinthians 3:17  "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, and are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit."

Father, I praise You.  Through Jesus You have removed the veil of doubt from my mind so that I might understand Your Word more clearly.  You have removed the veil of bondage from my heart so that I might live in freedom before You.  You have removed the veil of darkness from my face so that I might reflect You light to others.  Help me to live boldly before You, realizing that you have placed me here to fill my corner of the world with the hope and glory of Christ.  I love You.  Amen.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A "FRENCH" ANNIVERSARY

 I have a favorite French Bistro in Santa Barbara ~ Stella Mares.  So quaint and special and that's were we celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 24th.

My choice was delightful.  No ordinary eggs when I could have blueberry stuffed french toast with fresh blueberries, raspberries and whipped cream.  It was dessert for breakfast, and it was heavenly.
 My dearest had Eggs Benedict and he enjoyed every bite!

 I love this garden room and requested when we made our reservations to be seated there.  I could move into a French Villa like this!
A couch sits in front of the fireplace and we sat after brunch and just enjoyed the atmosphere and reflecting on our life-long love for each other.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY "IN THE QUIET OF THE MORNING"



 Dear Heavenly Father ~ In the quiet of the morning, I will worship Your name.  I will lift my voice with singing to praise You again.  For it fills my heart with gladness that remains through the day.  In the quiet of the morning, I will worship Your name. *

You're calling me to a deeper place.  You are calling me to come away.  This is the day You have made to walk in Your love and grace.  And I will sing to You my King, forever and ever.  

I will rise up and worship Your holiness.  I will sing a song of Your faithfulness.  On the mountains and through the valleys.  Your love will be my peace.  And I will sing of Your love for me.  I love You.  Amen. **

*In the Quiet of the Morning ~ Wes Tuttle
**I Will Rise Up ~Mike Ash
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A WHIRLWIND MONTH


A crazy wonderful month!  Jill and Tristan's visit from Oregon, and his 5th Birthday.  Aunt Michel gave him the party of a life time.

He got to see his Uncle Myk and big cousin Elijah and Aunt Chelenne...they had not seen him since he was one.

Uncle Myk (our son) hosted a wonderful Mexican BBQ.
The chili's filled with Mexican cheese were to die for.
Then off to another adventure.  Adventure City!! Just perfect for younger kids.
Aunt Michel, and our great grandson's Issac and Matthew joing for the fun day.
They kids rode all the rides and Tristan was having the time of his life.  The higher or faster they went, the more he love it.  Grandma got on this one!!!
UP, UP, UP we go....wheee!
Back to Grandma's and the playground and pool.
 Tristan and Jill both enjoyed the pool several times a day.

They are back home now, and the house is so empty and quiet.  Miss them so.  But what a great experience for all.  BTW, Tristan found a catipillar and put it in a jar...it made a cocoon while he was here, and became a butterfly in Oregon!

Just started our VBS that will go all summer on Wednesday's nights.  So the beat goes on....



Saturday, June 16, 2018

FATHER'S DAY PRAYER

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God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting.
Bless those who have lost a spouse to death ... or divorce
who are parenting their children alone.
Strengthen them by your love that they may be and become
the loving, caring persons they are meant to be.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Many times we think of single mother's raising children, but there are also many single father's raising children,....today we honor and pray for them, along with all the fathers this special day.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

JILL AND TRISTAN FOR A VISIT

 Jill and Tristan came to visit from Oregon.  Quite a road trip for them, covering over 800 miles.  But I think the road trip Tristan is enjoying at Grandma's is walking Molly.
 And of course the pool.  Jill is our youngest daughter and Tristan our youngest grandchild ~ will be five this week.
 "Floaties" are the best.  He can enjoy the pool without us worrying about him going under.  Trying to teach him to hold his breath.
Jill is the daughter that was in the horrific car accident in 1989, when she was 18, and almost lost her life and right leg.  In the hospital for months with multiple surgeries and skin grafts.  As a result she has a stiff, scared and disfigured leg.

She had written the first draft of a children's book about animals that have scars and hurts that make them look different, and how beauty comes from within,  She had been thinking about this for many years as she has "lived it" and now want's Tristan to learn this lesson.  

She's reading the story to him, and bless his heart, he drew a picture of Marvin the coyote with his paw caught in the barbwire fence.  Jill want's me to illustrate it and I'm working on some idea now.  So who knows....Maybe in the future you will see a children's book called "The Diamond Club", as we are all diamonds in the rough.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ CLASSIC

1957 Chevy Classic

 I was a "50's" girl.  High School was 1956 -1959.  The movie "American Graffiti" had not been made...because we were living it!

Yes, I'm one of the "oldies"

I used permanent markers to fill in my penciled sketch.

Those were the days, my friend, thought they would never end.  Bobby socks and poodle skirts.  Dragging 10th Street in Modesto in what today are the "classic" cars.   Who would have thought??

To see what all the other artist chose as "Classic" just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~ HE KEEPS ME FROM FALLING


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 Jude 1:24  "To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy ~~to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!"

But as for me, O Lord, my feet had almost slipped;  I had nearly lost my foothold....Yet, I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you?  The earth has nothing I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  O Jesus my Savior, You alone keep me from falling.  You alone present me faultless before God ~ right now, and forevermore.  I love You.  Amen. 

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

A LOVELY TEA PARTY

Our Women's Bible Study ending our session with a most excellent Tea Party.  I took a hatbox of my tea cups to add to the party.
Ann Hosted the tea party and she and her husband Jim, made the patio area just marvelous.
 We had over 20 ladies there to enjoy the Tea.
 The table settings were lovely.
 The Dessert Bar ~ to die for!!!
 Cookies and sweet treats
 Very special cookies made by Becky ~ in the shape of perfume bottles with editable paper labels.
 And I make lots of scones.  Apricot walnut, and Cranberry.  Also make some "mock" Devonshire Cream.  Yummy.
Also plates of finger sandwiches, and lovely salads.  We will take a break for summer, and begin a new study in the Fall.  
Wish you all could have been there.

PS.  I have got myself organized again...so reactivated my fb account.  So see you there,  and see you here.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~~~ JESUS, MY FRIEND


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JOHN 15:13-15  "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

O Jesus, I have no other friend like You.  In times of trial You re always there.  You always hear the unspoken longings of my heart.  You have hidden nothing from Your Father's truth.  Everything I need to know You have revealed.  You have loved me with an unsurpassable love.  You have given Your life for me, choosing by grace to call me Your friend.  Help me dearest Friend, to love as You have loved and to live as You have lived.  Help me to trust You enough to do all that You command.  I love You.  Amen.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

THE BEAN STALK BLOOMED



Remember the bulb I planted last Christmas...and it started growing like Jack's Bean Stalk.  The above picture is a few months after planting the bulb.



It just kept growing and producing leaf after leaf.  Well when we got home from our trip up North it had started to bloom and now stand about 4 feet tall.

The bloom is lovely and certainly worth the wait!
Then this morning, I notices another plant is coming up in the same pot...so maybe I will have another surprise.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~Search Me O God




 Proverbs 21:2-3
"All a mans ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."

Dear Father, You know my heart better than I do.  Nothing is hidden from You.  For You search every heart and understand every motive behind our thoughts.  You have shown us what You require of us ~ that we act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with You.  So I pray, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.  I love You.  Amen.

I praise Thee, Lord,
For cleansing me from sin.
Fulfill Thy Word,
And make me pure within.
Fill me with fire,
Where once I burned with shame.
Grant my desire
To magnify Thy Name.
~J. Edwin Orr 


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ STORM

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We have been out of town attending an Memorial Service up North where we served in a Church for many many years.  Even thought we have been retired 10 years and live out of the area, they are still "family" and loved to have Pastor Don officiate the services as loved ones pass away.

That is why my contribution for this week is a painting I did in 2007 for a set of Winter Scenes Note Cards.   We aren't as young as we used to be, and needed a few days rest to catch up.    It looks blurry...but that's just the loose watercolor to give the effect of a storm rolling in. 

Look forward to seeing all the "Storms" for the Picnic this week.  Guess we won't be having it outdoors.....haha. And then again, why not!!!!!

To see all the other storms...just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HOME SAFE AND THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS


My dearest and I are home safe and sound after our whirlwind trip of North for the Memorial Service.

Thank you for your love and prayers.  This picture was taken outside the church after the service and I thought it was a really nice picture of me and my dearest.

Busy week ahead.  Salad Luncheon and Tea Party at the Clubhouse Thursday instead of a Cooking Class this month.  Will take pictures to share.

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

QUICK TRIP AND THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY

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With this season of our lives it seems we see to many friends passing away.  We got a call that one of those dear friends had passed away and they have asked my dearest to have the Memorial Service.  We are leaving this morning for a quick weekend trip up North where we served those many years.
Would appreciate your prayers for journey's mercies and for Don as he shares God's Word at the service and that we can be a comfort to the family.

I'm posting Sunday now, since we won't be home.  

Wishing all of You a Lovely God Blessed Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ STRAWBERRY


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The theme for this week is "Strawberry".  I've missed the past couple of weeks and was anxious to get back in the swing of things so I will gather a basket of strawberries and meet you at the park.

Is there anything better than a juicy ripe strawberry picked right off the vine?

Of course, they make divine smoothies, salads, milkshakes and who hasn't had a box of "Sherie's Berries" chocolate covered strawberries delivered right to your door.

To check out all the other strawberries, just click on my Scribble Picnic badge on the sidebar,

Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together. Nikki Giovanni
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Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together. Nikki Giovanni
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/strawberries

Sunday, May 6, 2018

GOOD NEWS

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS FOR TOM.

He is making progress.  The heart is pumping good, the blood pressure is good.  He is still having kidney problems, and fluid.  Still has all the tubes in, but awake a little more and responding with a squeeze of the hand since he still had a tube down his throat.

My dearest had open heart surgery with 5 bypasses 22 years ago, and I remember those touch and go moments and all those tubes and wires and machines.  Rather scary...but thank the Lord, he has reached down and touched Tom and he is much improved over the past two days.

So again...thank you for your love, concern and prayers.  We have a faithful God who delights in answering prayers.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY

 My thoughts for Sunday are a little different today.  I'm asking for prayer for our dear and longtime friend Tom from Texas.  He was the wonderful "Mad Hatter" at my 75th birthday celebration a couple years ago.
He is in the hospital today after having open heart surgery.  It was a struggle through the entire operation, and he is still in critical condition.  He has improved a little since yesterday.  Over the past few years he has also had three strokes, one very serious.  We know our days are in God's hands, but He also encourages us to pray for the sick, so I would ask my blog friends to hold Tom in your prayers today that  God would reach down in His mercy and touch Tom if that's His will.

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

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For several weeks I have been buried in the California Drivers Handbook and sample tests on line.  My license expired on my birthday May 1st, so I went on line to get an appointment early in April and the earliest appointment was May 3rd at 2 PM.  I'm happy to report my studies and my prayer for "recall" was answered and I only missed one on the test, and received a 98%.  Yeah!!! Some of you prayed for me so Thank You.
My birthday was beautiful.  Two of my daughters took me to a lovely lunch, and every day last week the mailbox was full of beautiful cards and greetings.  The yellow tulips and a lemon cake were from my daughter.  My dearest has a way with words, so he wrote me a most endearing letter.

I missed two weeks of Scribble Picnic as I was spending much of my time studying.  The Drivers Handbook, my Kids Time lessons, and my Women's Bible study.   But I think I'm back....haha

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

77 SUNSET STRIP and MY 77


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Does anyone remember the TV series "77 Sunset Strip"?  Well today, I am "77" and old enough to remember 77 Sunset Strip, and Kookie and his comb...haha.

For more of 70 of these years I have had a dear and best friend, Kris.  When I celebrated my 75th birthday she gifted me with a book of our life together.  I've taken a few of those pictures to share in celebration of these 77 years that have been given me by heavenly Father and shared with Kris.

 This is the cover of the book she made.  Me and my wonderful black cocker, Sambo!
 Kris and me with our dolls standing behind my Dad's Willis Car.
 We had the fun of being waitresses at Knott's Berry Farm Chicken House while attending college at Biola in La Mirada, CA  (my dearest in the photo on the right)

There was always a little time to spend at the beach.
 Years later, Kris and I attended a reunion at
Biola.
These past 77 years have been a ride..from Sun Set Strip, to the Sun Set years of my life.  I have loved the journey.  The good, the bad and the ugly that every life has...but I think the GOOD has always been what I focus on...and God was always faithful to me.