self talk



After hearing a very good word on overcoming yesterday, it was clear to me, that I was stuck in an attitude that was only fueling thoughts of defeat. In a web of sorts in my mind. It was making me mentally tired. There is so very much negativity floating around, that we are bombarded with each day. If  we, (I) am not careful, it will consume us (me) in a subtle way. Proverbs 4:23 says, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV So today I encourage myself to be heart healthy..stop listening to the old worn out record. All it has done is created a deeper groove and playing the same old song of defeat and bondage. What I take in each day affects my thought life.  I choose life, that I may have it more abundantly…


yard sales

Saturday Yard Sales

The quaint small town of Brownsville had a community yard sale on Saturday. I am sure I have shared this same link previously. Twenty dollars doesn’t go far these days, but we managed to pick up a few vintage items for under that amount and my conscience did not nag at me for spending too much. While on our way home we noticed a sign for another sale, and we were very curious, so we decided to check it out. The property was a combination of a few homes with lovely landscaped yards, flowers and the kinds of rustic yard art that appeals to me.

2015-07-18 004Besides meeting and talking to some creative and warmhearted individuals, I was inspired in many ways. I always enjoy seeing how old wood can be used to create wall and yard art. There was a combination of furniture, home decor and jewelry too.

DSCN8138These are the items I came home with..



Bully- a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who browbeat smaller or weaker people. 
I can still remember being chased around the kindergarten play-ground by one of my classmates. I don’t remember a name but I remember he was a big kid and he scared me. He must have thought it was fun to chase me and make me cry. I don’t know who came up with “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. It all hurts! Some people have no sensitivity as to what effect hurtful words spoken can do to a person. Especially if they repeatedly use the same wording over and over again. We have an enemy out there. He can try to disguise himself as an angel of light, he will work through people and use them to come against us. 
Be sober, be vigilant,because your adversary, the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8  In Ephesians 6: 10 It talks about putting on the armor of God so that we can resist the devil, because our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness,against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places. We are a target and without the armor the arrows(mean words) (mean people) will penetrate your heart. We need to be alert and not let our guard down. God gives us the tools and instructs us about walking in the Spirit. Bullies need our prayers but above all need God’s help and  to come to know of His love….

I wrote the above in 2010 at another blog. It so relates to our experience recently regarding our bees. I have learned that bullying can be very subtle. Often you can be minding your own business, but there is intention by someone to try to remove your presence or just make life difficult. Yesterday we did some exploring by the river and I noticed a leaf on a rock. We sat for quite a while and that leaf did not move. I was surprised because I was sure that the pressure of the water would force it to move. As I watched it, what came to me, is that I need to cling even tighter to the Rock that is Higher than I and that I will be like the leaf, unmovable…
spiritual warfare


This morning I had a visit from the code enforcement lady, and she informed us that someone, a neighbor emailed a complaint about our bees.. This is totally upsetting as they have become dear to us. We live in our little house with our four cats, that have been spayed, we have beautified our front and backyard.. I take pictures and we don’t bother anyone, so I would like think. Apparently there is something about us that is bugging someone….So, how can this be? Who is out to get us for being people who care about maintaining our home and making it look pleasing to the eye.


As disturbing as it is, I understand that there are forces of darkness that thrive on taking out peaceful people, people who are trying to make a difference in some manner. People just wanting to live life, honoring God, respecting the land, people and animals.

DSC_0014Ok, I’m busted!

DSCN7924We just need more catnip..we’ll be fine

Hmm.. yes, it’s  perplexing…human nature.. to want to kill, steal and destroy. I know it’s a spiritual battle and I know who wins, I know the outcome. And I  know that greater is He that is in me, than he…that rotten devil, that is in this world. And yes, he is a loser…

1 John 4:4