something to think about

Sunday Soul Search

golden leaves

sky so blue

every day

is

brand new..

with an open heart

and eyes to see

i thank the good Lord..

for what he has done

for you and me..

r gould

 

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colossians 3:17

something to think about

Worldly Wordy Chatter part 1

wordly wordy chatter

words gone wrong

what’s the matter?

prince of the air

got your tongue?

he’s having a heyday

having fun..

using your mouth

for evil

 to incite strife

nothing good and nothing right..

Prince of Peace

sadly looks on

where did the children

of God go wrong?

no longer discerning

between darkness and light

only puffed up

and following the crowd..

who think being louder

is ok

to prove their point

in what really is unsound..

                      r gould

Which way?

And you He made alive, who were dead in trepasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). and raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

                                                                                                           Ephesians 2: 1-8

As a child of God we are in the world but not of it. That means we are different. To be different. Not mean. not contentious, not vulgar, nor crude. We don’t follow the crowd of disobedience but on the path of right standing..

 

bullies

Unmovable

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…
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summer

Summertime

He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark..

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways,

He does great things beyond our understanding.

                                                                                  Job 36:32, 37:5

His ways are not our ways. As I observe my little sphere of the world I am in awe of the beauty in our little back yard. I hope I don’t tire you out from my backyard tales. But each day I am eager to see what’s new, what flower has bloomed, what vegetable has taken off. I am thankful for these simple adventures in gardening.

DSCN7551Thunbergia~Spanish Eyes

DSCN7533Lovely Hollyhocks

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DSCN7559Last summer I was looking at Sunflowers through this window

DSCN7516A little more honey

DSCN7561When its hot its hot… Kind of how I have been feeling..Lethargic..

DSCN7567Maybe a few strawberries will help…